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Volume 29, Number 8 - AUGUST 1999


The Speaker for the August Meeting will be Arv Hamer, WA6UUT, Topic of discussion will be the Design and Construction of a Quad Antenna. Specifically it will be a 4 Element, 6 Meter Quad.

Howard, KE6PWH


Technology and Society Committee Luncheon

Ultra Wideband:
A New Wireless Technology for New Applications

Dr. Robert Aiello - August 31

Ultra Wideband technology has the potential to enable a new set of applications currently beyond the reach of existing wireless technologies. It can be applied to radar and communication systems for safety applications, scientific and environmental use, medical applications, education, assistance to the elderly, and consumer applications.

Be there by 11:45 AM $7 members; $8 non-members


Livermore Swap Meet - 1st Sunday of each month at Las Positas College in Livermore, 7:00 AM to noon, all year. Talk in 147.045 from the west, 145.35 from the east. Contact Noel Anklam, KC6QZK, (510) 447-3857 eves.

Foothill Flea Market - 2nd Saturday of each month from March to October at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills. FARS NET on 145.23 repeater Thursday nights at 8 PM.

Jim, WE6V is running W1AW code practice sessions on the 145.23 repeater every Tuesday evening 8:00 to 8:30.


The 145.230 (600 KHz negative offset, 100 Hz PL) repeater provides free access to emergency agencies in the SF Bay Area. These agencies include fire, police, security services on 9 college campuses, AAA, Allstate Road Service, Telephone repair, and PG&E to name a few. There are a couple of non-emergency numbers that hams can use to check their ability to access the autodial.
To get a free copy of the Emergency Autodial Codes, send a self-addressed-stamped-envelope (SASE) WITH a copy of your ham license to:

523 Repeater
P.O. Box 391288
Mt. View, CA 94039-391288
You should receive your copy of the codes within two weeks. Please do NOT send your request to the repeater trustee. He does not have extra copies of the codes to distribute. Please do NOT send any money. This is a free service provided by the repeater owners; SARS (SRI Amateur Radio Society) and SPARK (South Peninsula Amateur Radio Klub).

 Once you receive your copy of the codes, try dialing either the US Geological Survey recording or the Sunnyvale VEC recording to check how the system works. If you have trouble, feel free to call the repeater trustee, Rich, W6APZ at 650-494-0128 who will be glad to help new users access the emergency autodial. When you call, please have your instruction sheet in front of you. Please do NOT discuss the codes or the dial up procedures on the air.

de Rich, W6APZ



President: Jack Eddy, WA6YJR

Vice President: Howard Califf, KE6PWH
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 Baldwinson N6ATD; Hans Neumann KE6TGA; Herb KF6BKL , Arv Hamer WA6UUT, Larry Moore KM6IU.

K6YA Station Trustee: Stan Kuhl, K6MA

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For help, send the word "help" to; For human assistance, email to: The FARS Relay is the official monthly newsletter of the Foothills Amateur Radio Society. Meetings are held at 7 PM on the fourth Friday of each month except January (Winter Banquet); and 3rd Friday in June, Nov. & Dec. Annual membership $20; family $25. Visitors are always welcome! Directions on the back page. Talk-in: W6APZ (145.23-, 100Hz) or W6ASH repeater 145.27 or 224.36). Contributions to the newsletter from members, family, and guests are earnestly solicited! Contributions subject to editing and/or compression. ASCII files via packet, Internet or diskettes preferred; but all readable forms welcome.

Here is how to reach the editor:


VHF voice: KD6WRG on W6APZ, 145.23- (100Hz PL) FARS net Thursdays 8 PM; Various other times. Mail: 1093 Kelly Drive San Jose CA 95129-3222 Voice: 408-996-1613 (Until 9 PM); Fax: 408-725-1036, and at FARS meetings.



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President's Corner

Summer is nearing an end and we need to start thinking about the things that have to take place in the fall. As members you need to start thinking about whom you want to be your leaders for the next year. Most of the officers are not willing to continue so there will have to be some new faces. 

Your board will do what it can to try and find those willing to serve, but you, as members must be willing to help and willing to serve. 

Shel, N6RD, has resigned as treasurer and at the next meeting we will be recognizing his long years of service. He will continue to the end of the year, but will not be available at meetings. 

We are in the planning stages to have a PARA/FARS picnic later in September.




SPECS could use some help with the October 9th Flea Market. 

There will be 2 hr shifts starting at 5am. Volunteers should contact Dennis KC6PUN at: 650-948-9275 and/or

Thanks, Dennis


I have some pieces of "aircraft" cable suitable for use as permanent tower guys. Also a large supply of the clamps used for this cable. Anyone interested should contact me.

Paul, aa6pz at


VEC Applications Pile Up
As ULS Gets up to Speed
ARRL Bulletin 53 ARLB053

ARLB053 VEC applications pile up as ULS gets up to speed The transition to the new Universal Licensing System has created a backlog of new amateur applications at Volunteer Examiner Coordinators. As of today, the FCC has processed only the few Amateur Radio applications that VECs have been permitted to file. The ULS Task Force says, however, that filing of amateur applications by individuals via the ULS has gone well, and that the FCC will attack the VEC application logjam very soon. 

While the FCC has begun accepting some data from VECs, the quantity they're allowed to submit has been very low--10-20 applications per VEC were accepted the first three days after ULS went into effect for hams. Not all of the VECs are set up to file under the new system. 

As a result, applicants for new amateur licenses will have to wait a few more days--perhaps several days--longer before their new call signs are issued by the FCC. In addition, no vanity call sign applications were processed during the ULS phase-in period last week. 

Applications filed via the ULS during this inaugural week for the Amateur Service have been processed or accepted for processing, although the ULS server has been down more than once. Amateurs wanting to check on the status of applications filed via the ULS can do so via the ULS home page, Clicking on ''Application Search'' or ''License Search'' and plugging in the applicable call sign should yield the desired information. 

Various Web call sign servers might not display the latest FCC licensee data, however, because updated data have not been available. Daily ZIP file postings for call sign servers should become ''routine'' by next week, according to the ULS Task Force. Once the ULS is working as planned, automated processing of electronically filed applications is supposed to occur nightly each business day. Vanity applications also will be processed each night, although the built-in lag of at least 10 days between application and grant will remain. 

Although it's not been announced formally, the new ULS has begun accepting on-line fee payments via credit card for vanity call sign applications. 

For now, the ULS does not accept club station applications, and amateurs registering for the ULS should register only their personal call signs. Trustees and custodians of club, military recreation, and RACES licenses should continue to use the old Form 610B to file applications for those stations and should not use their personal Social Security Number as the TIN for these licenses. Club station trustees and applicants should contact ULS Technical Support at 202-414-1250 to obtain an Assigned Taxpayer ID Number for each club license and provide it on the Form 610B. 

On-line registration is available on the ULS home page, Applications filed on-line by anyone not registered in the ULS will be dismissed. Applications filed through a VEC automatically register the applicant in ULS, as do paper applications mailed to FCC that include the applicant's Social Security Number. Manually-filed FCC Form 606s go to FCC, Information Technology Division, ATTN: Kathy McLucas, 1270 Fairfield Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245. 

Complete registration and connection instructions are on the FCC's ULS home page ( Amateurs having ULS problems or questions should contact the FCC's ULS Tech. Support at 202-414-1250.



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. 

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