Volume 28, Number 4 - APRIL 1998
Jack Eddy, WA6YJR, will speak on what Hams had to do with the development
of Radio Control for models. He will have a couple of Airplanes with him
so all can see how it is done today.
We will be presenting Constitution and by-law changes that will be voted
on at the May meeting. There will be copies of the proposed changes available
at the meeting. Speed readers are requested to scream quietly.
President: Jack Eddy, WA6YJR
Treasurer: Shel Edelman, N6RD
Secretary: Martin Liberman, KD6WJW
Training Officer: Paul Zander, AA6PZ
Radio Officer: Mikel Lechner, KN6QI
Newsletter: David Wilkes, KD6WRG
Board members: Dirk Thiele, KE6ZUY; Dick, N6ATD; Hans, KE6TGA; Martin,
KD6WJW; Herb, KF6BKL
K6YA Station Trustee: Stan Kuhl, K6MA
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Dear FARS Members,
Some of you may be wondering why I came along in February to be president
of the club. I was asked to do this in December and at that time had to
turn it down because of commitments of church work. I have been able to
free myself from a lot of the church work and so I am willing to put my
energy into the FARS Club.
I am hoping that this can be a good year as the club moves from being
EMARC to being FARS.
As many of you know I was curator of the museum when we started the
EMARC club. At that time we asked all of the local clubs to help us organize.
Most of the clubs helped by sending workers and members. It is for this
reason that I feel it has been a good choice to take on the FARS name and
I am asking each of you as members to become involved not only in a
meeting once month but in the other club activities and needs.
What are our needs? We need information about those you may know that
could speak at our meetings. We need a Vice President and two more board
members. We need participation in the Thursday night net. This net can
be used as a great training tool for emergency communications with some
of you being net control operators. You can get checked out in the club
station and become a part of the group that operates the station. We need
workers for field day which is coming sooner than you think. We have always
done well on field day, but it does take a lot of willing workers so I
hope we will see a lot more of you taking part.
I want you to remember this is your club and it will only be as great
as you the members help make it.
Feel free to contact me with your ideas, needs and complaints.
If you have items to bring up at the club meetings, please let me know
before the meetings. This will help me to plan the meeting and have it
Please remember the officers and board members are here to help run
the club, but they should not and cannot be the only workers.
Thanks, Jack WA6YJR
I want to thank all those who signed up to help on field day. We are
still in need of some workers in the area of food. This is an important
need for a successful day.
You voted to buy a Gin pole and Dick N6ATD and Larry KM6IU will be making
this purchase. The board has appointed Dick and Larry to head the committee
that will oversee the Gin pole use. Club members may use the Gin pole by
going through the committee.
The committee will make sure that you have experienced help to oversee
its operation. This is for your protection as well as the clubs.
So you can mark your calendars the club meeting in June is the third
Friday since the fourth weekend is field day.
Many of you have experiences in the field of electronics or friends
that do and we need your help in finding people who are willing to speak
at our club meetings. Give it some thought and let me know who you know
would make a good speaker.
We still need a Vice President and surely out of 100 members we can
find one. Perhaps it is YOU.
I want to personally thank the Officers and board members who have been
aboard for several years and I hope each of you will take time to thank
them also. Without these few who give every year the club would not be
where it is today.
The MS walk last weekend had the benefit of many radio amateurs
the activities. For once there was no interference with communications.
One disturbing item was the use of a cell phone with simplex capabilities.
The units worked very well and could replace amateur radio as
medium of choice -if the sketchy information I got was true. Apparently,
the MS society rented these cell phones for $18 for the weekend. Does anyone
know anything more about these evil units?
ARRL PACIFIC DIVISION UPDATE
Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act Introduced in House of Representatives:-
On March 27, Representatives Michael Bilirakis (R-FL-9th) and Ron Klink
(D-PA-4th) introduced HR 3572, the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act
of 1998. The operational portion of the bill is Section 3 (see below),
which, if passed, would require the FCC to provide "equivalent replacement
spectrum" if the Commission reallocates any primary or secondary Amateur
Radio frequencies. You can look up the full text of the bill on the House
THOMAS web site at:
The bill has been referred to the House Commerce Committee. While it is
too early to offer any prognosis, the House only has about fifty days left
actually in-session before the proposed October adjournment. Our strategy
must be very straightforward - a simple numbers game of gathering as many
House cosponsors as we can. Here is Section Three: "SEC. 3. FEDERAL POLICY
REGARDING REALLOCATION OF AMATEUR RADIO SPECTRUM. Section 303 of the Communications
Act of 1934 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
(y) Notwithstanding subsection (c), after July 1, 1998-- (1) make no reallocation
of primary allocations of bands of frequencies of the amateur radio service;
(2) not diminish the secondary allocations of bands of frequencies to the
amateur radio service; and (3) make no additional allocations within such
bands of frequencies that would substantially reduce the utility thereof
to the amateur radio service; unless the Commission, at the same time,
provides equivalent replacement spectrum to the amateur radio service."
Here is a draft sample letter to send to your Congressman to enlist him/her
as a cosponsor:
The Hon. (congressman name)
Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative (congressman name):
As one of the nation's more than 650,000 licensed radio amateurs, I
urge you to sign on as a cosponsor to HR 3572, the Amateur Radio Spectrum
Protection Act of 1998. This bill, introduced by Representatives Bilirakis
and Klink on March 27, is a non-partisan, non-controversial measure designed
to afford a measure of protection to Amateur Radio frequencies used by
radio amateurs in (state name) and elsewhere to provide emergency
technical experimentation and recreation. The bill would require the Federal
Communications Commission to provide "equivalent replacement spectrum"
in the event it becomes necessary to reallocate radio frequencies currently
allocated to the Amateur Service. This is a matter of fairness, and is
in the national interest. The bill would help ensure Amateur Radio's continued
public service role to the people of the State of (state name).
Pacific Division Ham Published in Scientific American:- There was a great
article in the April 1998 issue entitled, "Spread Spectrum Radio" by Dewayne
Hendricks, WA8DZP, Assistant Director, and David Hughes. Congratulations,
Dewayne and David!
Amateur Radio Newsline
VA Antenna Victory: Maybe
Virginia may soon have the most Amateur Radio friendly antenna laws
in the nation. This, after that states legislature passes SB-480 and sends
it on to the Governor for his signature.
SB-480 gives Virginia hams what amounts to an inalienable right to erect
an antenna system. This, because the measure directs that all areas of
the state be covered under PRB-1 like preemption language that directs
all communities to make reasonable accommodation for ham radio towers and
But it does not stop there. Areas of Virginia with population densities
greater than 120 persons per square mile based on the 1990 Census cannot
regulate antenna structures to less than 75 feet. Areas under 120 persons
per square mile cannot regulate antenna structures to less than 200 feet.
And no area can regulate the number of support structures meaning that
hams can put up as many antennas as they want.
As to restrictions? There is only one that is of any consequence. It
says that reasonable and customary engineering standards for antenna erection
must be followed in all locations. But that in itself is also a positive
step because it makes sound engineering a state mandate and takes away
the benefit of localities having final say on engineering and structure
In getting the measure passed, Virginia hams defeated two of the most
highly influential anti-antenna and pro local government lobbies in the
(Via WB5ITT, others)
Emergency Communications Competition
The commercial satellite industry may soon be competing with Amateur
Radio to provide free communications carriage for humanitarian efforts.
The March issue of Satellite Communications Magazine reports that Mobile
Communications Holdings Incorporated plans to offer free time on the Ellipso
network for disaster relief efforts worldwide. According to Ellipso's Joseph
Tedino, the company's objective is to offer relief organizations a way
to foster good works and alleviate burdens. He says that the company plans
to have at least a portion of the Ellipso services to be available by the
For years, providing free emergency service communications has traditionally
fallen to radio amateurs. This, as commercial service vendors have been
hesitant to dip into corporate profits except in times of major disasters.
Now that's changing, but probably not anywhere near as far as the satellite
industry might think. This is because Ellipso's decision to furnish free
satellite air time is just that. Its free air time to transmit information
but it does not include the trained communications personnel needed to
get the messages delivered and the responses back.
And that's where trained, volunteer ham radio operators really shine.
It's also why they will always be needed. As most emergency service
directors know, the radio and air time is only half the communications
Dallas heart monitor failure suggests DTV problems
If you think you have RFI problems, a Dallas Texas television station
has you beaten by a city mile. When it turned on its new high definition
transmitter it caused the wireless heart monitoring system at the Baylor
Medical Center to loose all patient contact.
According to news reports, no patients were injured during the system
outage. The station involved, WFAA Dallas, Texas, did agree to suspend
operations of the new transmitter until the hospital monitoring system
was moved to a new set of frequencies not prone to digital
But the shutdown of wireless heart monitors following launch of DTV
service in Dallas is almost certainly is a harbinger of similar problems
According to Communications Daily, the problem centers on the fact that
many hospitals have wireless systems which relay patient heart activity
data to nursing stations. This lets the patients roam about. Unfortunately,
many of these systems rely on previously unused television channels which
just now are being occupied by new Digital Television signals. Moving all
the hart monitoring systems will be an expensive proposition for the nations
And the heart monitors are not alone. Many other types of wireless systems
are believed to use currently unused DTV channels as well.
(Via CGC Communicator and other news reports)
The $500 HF Radio
Last week we told you about the under $600 high frequency transceiver.
Now comes word that another company may soon an under $500 radio available
to the ham radio community. That company is ADI Premiere.
Take a look at amateur radio HF rigs today and you'll see mostly high-end
contest models. Prices in the thousands with dozens of features and front
panels full of knobs and switches. Premier Communications, maker of ADI
radios, believes that's enough to keep some hams off the low bands. So,
Premier is thinking about going simple by offering an easy-to-use HF rig
at or below $500.
"We're basically targeting it toward the codeless licensees that have
come in during the last decade. We are approaching 10 years now of the
code-less license. Of course the number of upgrades are very low, so we
are targeting those guys. Trying to give those guys a real obtainable thing
from them to go after that upgrade." Ken Collier, KO6UX
Ken Collier, KO6UX, is Premier's assistant sales manager. He says the
company is getting a lot of response from its request for comments from
hams about what features they want in a low cost HF rig.
"Basically what we're looking for is what we can cut out of a radio
without severely impacting those, the sales of the radio." Collier
Of course, low cost means the radio would lack certain features like
advanced signal processing. But Collier says the new model would include
general coverage receive capability. The company knows the price would
have to be right.
"We'd like to keep the cost under $500 retail. And that is actual selling
price. That's not the suggested retail price. Suggested retail is going
to be somewhat higher than that. Whether or not we can actually do that
remains to be seen, but the engineering staff would be pretty optimistic."
Collier says Premier may decide later this year on whether to bring
the cost and complexity of HF communications down to perhaps the lowest
While ADI may wind up being the first to break the $500 barrier, another
company has already come close. As reported last week, the Bellevue, Washington
based SGC Corporation has announced that it has developed a new twenty
watt out high frequency transceiver that carries a manufacturers suggested
retail price of only $595.
W3AA to remain on the air
Some good news from Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO. Bob says that thanks to efforts
of the Philmont Mobile Radio Club, the Franklin Institute Station in
will remain on the air. According to Club President Russ Stafford, W3CH,
discussions have been taking place and the station will be available to
visitors at the science museum.
As reported on Newsline a few weeks ago, the station was in danger of
becoming an inactive exhibit. The most recent meetings with Institute officials
indicate the station will remain an active display.
Originally licensed in 1952 as W3TKQ, this continuously active exhibit
has demonstrated to countless thousands of visitors the excitement of radio
communications that is available to licensed amateur radio operators,
(Via WA3PZO, Newsline)
Also, members of the Hungarian Pannon DX Club will operate from Mongolia
in May. According to a report relayed by HA0HW, the team plans to keep
2 to 3 stations simultaneously on the air 24 hours a day, to maximize band
openings. All HF bands will be activated, on SSB, CW, & RTTY. The callsign
to be used will be announced at a later date.
(Via HA0HW, The DX News Sheet, others)
Missing Owl Hunt
And finally, what do Burrowing Owls have to do with ham radio hidden
transmitter hunting? Quite a bit when the owls are lost and there is nobody
else really out there to find them. Confused? We asked Joe Moell, K0OV
to straighten it all out:
"You've seen the TV nature shows where critters of all kinds are tagged
with little transmitters and tracked by radio direction finding. But have
you ever listened for these signals yourself? Here's your chance to help
researchers from Saskatchewan who are trying to find a dozen endangered
Burrowing Owls that migrated south from Canada last fall.
Weather was so bad that aircraft lost the radio collar signals in North
Dakota. The owls are thought to have wintered in southern Texas or nearby
in Mexico, and they're expected to head north again very soon, if they
haven't been bagged by hawks or other predators.
If you live in central states from Texas to North Dakota, you can help
the biologists by listening for these owls. They hide in burrows during
the day, so you 're most likely to copy the short pulsed signals during
hours of darkness. Frequencies are near 170 MHZ. Your scanner or extended-range
hand-held may be all you need, but if you have direction finding gear,
so much the better.
For all the details including exact frequencies and technical tips,
see the Homing In Radio Direction Finding Web site. There's a link on the
Amateur Radio Newsline site to get you there. If you're not on the Web,
send me an e-mail. The address is homingin -- one word -- firstname.lastname@example.org .
Or you can send a stamped self-addresssed envelope to my callbook address
for a hard copy." Moell
As Joe said, for more information on how to help in this electronic
owl hunt contact him by e-mail to: email@example.com
(Via K0OV, Homingin)
T-Hunting Part 1
And finally, a question. Have you ever been on a hidden transmitter
hunt? The first National Foxhunting Weekend is coming, April 25 and 26.
Mobile hidden transmitter hunts have been popular for a long time. I first
tried it as a pre-teen 40 years ago. But today's sensitive receivers, handi
talkies and doppler sets make it a lot more fun for both the hunters and
the hider. For starters, your club can hold easy two-meter hunts, where
someone transmits for 15 seconds every minute or so from a parked car .
A good time is when lots of people are listening anyway, such as right
after your club's weekly net. Make the signal source easy to find using
common directional antennas like small yagis and quads. After everyone
has found it and be sure to give plenty of clues the first few times so
that everyone does, have a get-together at a nearby restaurant where everyone
compares notes and stories. Once everyone has the hang of it, your hunts
can get harder, longer, and more intriguing. Move them to simplex, have
more than one transmitter, and put them in tricky places like a baby carriage
at the zoo, or hanging underneath a bridge you get the idea.
For more suggestions
and the details of the National Foxhunting Weekend, see the April issue
of CQ VHF Magazine. If you're on the Web, surf over to my site for help
with simple direction-finding setups. There's a link to it at the Amateur
Radio Newsline site.
(Via K0OV, Newsline)
New 220 MHZ handheld by Premier Communications
ADI says it will soon introduce a new handheld radio for the 1.25 meter
band. Dubbed the ADI PR-222, the HT is a compact, rugged radio that offers
5 watts of output on the 1.25 Meter amateur band. Other features include
built-in CTCSS encode and decode, 40 channel memories, the ability to store
a different CTCSS tone and repeater shift in each memory, a real BNC antenna
connector and much more. ADI says that the PR-222 should be available at
the end of May. A 6 meter HT is expected to follow shortly.
(Via ADI Premier news release)
T-Hunting Special - Part 2
And finally, some hams think that finding hidden transmitters is one
of the greatest thrills in ham radio. The CQ VHF National Foxhunting Weekend,
April 25 and 26. "Hidden transmitter hunts in the USA have traditionally
involved cars, trucks or vans full of direction finding gear, roaring off
for miles of fun. But the folks in China, Korea, Japan and many countries
of Europe such as Belgium and Sweden, well, they think we're sissies. To
them, a ham radio foxhunt involves a couple of hours of running through
thick forest, using hand-held direction finding sets to seek out five to
seven one-watt transmitters. It's not unusual to have to run or walk three
to five miles to punch your ticket at all the transmitters, or "foxes"
as they call them. It's a sport for all ages, fit and not-so-fit. They
even have national and world championships, the last World Championship
was September 1997 in Germany. Competitors are grouped into age and gender
categories, and there are medals for individual and national team winners.
Just like the Olympics, right? Well, European and Asian foxhunting leaders
would indeed like to see it become an Olympic sport. And they would also
like it if hams in North and South America would get more involved. Next
week, I'll tell you about upcoming opportunities for that to happen. Meantime,
consider an international-style foxhunt for one of your activities during
the National Foxhunting Weekend. For more information, see the April issue
of CQ VHF magazine and my Web site, which you can access by link from the
Amateur Radio Newsline site." Joe Moell, K0OV: Be here next week for the
conclusion of Joe's 3 part series.
A TRIP TO MARS... er MARCS
On Sunday, March 15th, about a dozen members of the GVARC visited the
Marina Amateur Radio Contest Station. This station occupies the building
and grounds previously occupied by the Fort Ord Army MARS station. The
invitation to see the station was originally extended to us last summer
by Art, W6BV. Art, as many of you remember, was an active CW operator at
the our GVARC Field Day events on Fremont Peak recently. During the Monterey
Winterfest hamfest, Hal, Tony, & Fred wandered into a DX session given
by Pat, AA6EG. After "stumbling" through a simulated CW pileup, we got
to talking to Pat. He re-invited us to the station. "OK, we get the hint,
time to make the trip finally", we said, simultaneously to ourselves. Sooooo...
Pat, AA6EG, the President of MARCS was kind enough to arrange for our visit
on the 15th. Tony, KE6YNR, made the arrangements with Art and Pat and coordinated
the transportation. Thanks go to Hal for driving several of us in his van.
As Hal, AC6LK, put it, the surroundings really tug at ones sense of history
and there is a feeling of nostalgia brought on by seeing the many boarded
up barracks buildings and homes that you see as you ride through the post
on the way to the station. Mark, KF6JZH, mentioned that he had been stationed
at the base and this visit had brought back many memories.. Tony recalled
that the base had been his home at the age of 5 when his dad was stationed
there. For me, the nostalgia was more in the form of memories of my MARS
operation in the late 60's. While I had never visited any of the MARS stations
I had served while operating from AFA7UGA, I imagined they would have looked
like what I was about to see, except they would have had a line of anxious
GIs waiting for 5 minute phone patches to loved ones back in "the world".
We were met by Ray Moore, KC6BCH, at the corner of 11th Street and 12th
Street (an unusual address) Ray is a member of MARCS and he revealed that
it hurt to see the post disintegrate before his eyes For 20 years Ray had
been the Post's civilian locksmith and twice he had been stationed at the
post in the service Ray wished us a pleasant visit and quickly left for
home I expect he would rather think of the post in its happier and more
vibrant While Fort Ord is no longer an Army base, some services are still
provided by the federal government until the transition takes place. One
is law enforcement - You want to obey the post's speed limits, we were
told! When the transition is complete, the MARCS facility will be actually
a park dedicated to recreation. It will share this status with an equestrian
(horsies, ya know) facility adjacent to the MARCS property. As you approach
MARCS (at 599 DX Drive, Marina CA 93933) you go near a 40 meter log periodic
antenna. This antenna, which covers all frequencies from 7 to 30 MHz.,
is mounted in the corner of a triangular shaped platform (18 ft. on a side)
which has been constructed atop three 75 foot telephone poles. Each pole
has been buried 9 feet in the ground, making the antenna platform at near
the 66 foot level. This antenna, by itself, would be a proud addition for
any amateur station. As you enter the grounds of the station, however,
your eyes just can get away from looking at the 80 meter discone antenna.
This is a real piece of art It is strung using 8 60 foot high telephone
poles arranged in a circle about 75 ft. in diameter. Another pole in the
center supports the center of the disc of wires that form from the center
to the outer circle and the cone of wires that come down at angles to the
base of the circle - quite a sight! It is essentially a vertical that operates
on 80 to 10 meters without any need for tuning. Something the military
would need more that the typical ham, I suppose, but it is something to
cherish none the less. Besides these two extraordinary antennas on the
property there is a fine looking 20 meter monobander that has just been
erected (Pat reports that this is a confirmed "killer antenna" as judged
by the testing they've just completed.) There is also a huge 80 meter Double
Extended Zepp wire antenna that I listened to on 20 meters It sounded sweet
- S1 noise and S9 signals from the east coast. Other beams that are in
the MARCS inventory but not yet erected include another 4 element 20 meter
Cushcraft monobander, 2 2 element 40 meter monobanders, a 5 element Telrex
tribander, a 3 element Wilson tribander, a 6 element 10 meter monobander,
a 5 element 15 meter monobander and a KT-34-XA tribander. Pat commented
that they have more beams than rotors at present. Rotors are always needed,
but strategy may be to mount fixed monobander on the poles fixed in on
Europe, Japan and South America, with the rotary beams providing "fill"
to places like the Caribbean, or Australia So many poles, so little time
(before the peak of the sunspot cycle)! Pat showed us the grounds surrounding
the shack and it looks possible to have a rhombic on the property pointed
to Japan That requires about 900 feet between the poles at the long ends!
What HF buff wouldn't like to just try one of these if he had the room?
Jim, KA6GJU, was really impressed with the enormity of the antenna farm.
Jim and I, you may know, suffer from CC&R's that allow us to sneak
up an antenna once in a while. Gee, after thinking about this, I wonder
if I could somehow design a neighborhood rhombic that masquerades as block
party decorations? Hmmm... The MARCS "shack" is roomy (1200 square ft.)
and houses three individual (sound proofed) operating rooms, a break area
and a rest room. The couch in the break area would seem to be just what
you'd need to wind down after working furiously to break pileups! Tony
said he thought this would be a great contest environment. I agree. As
Fred, KG6QV, commented Pat was a very gracious host, indeed. Pat was also
very enthusiastic about MARCS and its possibilities. It will take a lot
of work but in a sense it is a labor of love. For example, it took Pat
6 months of weekends to disassemble and refurbish the 40 meter log periodic
antenna. Now he is now working to replace its balun with a choke balun,
consisting of a hunk of coax in a coil about 8 inches long and 8 inches
in diameter. We enjoyed the tour immensely and look forward to somehow
help the MARCS group in some way in the future in exchange for the thrill
of being a small part of what could become the greatest contest station
on the west coast! Once registered, $5.00 per month gets you 24 hour access
to the site. An electronic card security system controls access. All are
welcome to visit - contact Pat via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
-- de Frank, N7FF
(Lifted from the GVARC newsletter)
LEARNING THE CODE
Learning Morse Code is really a matter of mastering a new skill. It
is rather simple, but it does require that the "student" spend a 10 minutes
or so of practice every day. Three methods are available to FARS members.
1. I have accumulated an assortment of commercially prepared audio cassette
tapes which I will lend to anyone interested. 2. Computer programs. Super
Morse can be readily douwnloaded over the intenet. The second also describes
how to set up Super Morse for the "Koch" method which is said to teach
13 wpm as fast as most people learn 5 wpm. I'd like to hear from anyone
who has tried this. If you do not have access to internet, you can contact
me or Charlie
3. The Unofficial EMARC On The Air Morse Code Class. A few years ago,
Jim KT6W prepared a set of CW training tapes for a month of daily classes.
At least 2 sets of these tapes exist. What we need is volunteer with a
reasonable 2 meter rig (25 watts and a roof mounted antenna. ) Pick a time
that is convenient for you, say 9 PM every weekday evening. Guarantee:
committing yourself to a regular schedule to transmit the tapes will make
sure you also listen to them and learn Morse Code!
73, Paul email@example.com
How to get to meetings:
(Visitors always welcome)
FARS meets at the Covington School District building, 201 Covington
Road, Los Altos. Take the El Monte exit (The same exit as for the Foothill
Fleamarket) off of I-280 and go East on El Monte. Cross Foothill Expressway
and turn right at the next light on to Covington (Note Saint William church
on corner). Stay to your left as the road forks. Just past the fork, turn
left into the school parking lot. Walk through the center hallway and turn
right. The meeting room is the first door on the left. Talk in on 145.23
or 145.27, negative offset, 100 PL.