Socorro Amateur Radio Association
SARA Newsletter ----- "All the news that fits, we print" ----- January, 1995
The December Meeting
... was our annual Christmas party! We had a record 43 in attendance,
with lots of spouses present. Thanks to the Vagabond Restaurant for the
great food and great service.
Repeater/Autopatch Protocol ---
Although I don't believe that there is undue cause for concern, there have
been several incidents this month that suggest that we might review the
requirements and etiquette associated with aspects of repeater and autopatch
use. First and foremost, while the SARA repeater is an open repeater, the
autopatch is closed. That certainly does not mean that a member cannot set
up a call for another ham, but it does mean that the codes for accessing
autopatch and autodial should not be circulated. If it develops that our
codes are in the hands of nonmembers, and particularly if these folks are
not hams, we may be compelled to change our access codes.
When accessing the autopatch (or autodial), announce your intentions and
call sign: "de KB5YIW on autopatch" or words to that effect. As a matter of
good operating etiquette you might encourage others to make priority calls
before you tie up the repeater with a phone call. When you have completed
the call and cleared the autopatch, announce: "de KB5YIW clear of the
It is not only bad practice, but illegal to bring up a patch, find that
there is no one at the number called and bring down the patch, all without
--- Dave Johnson, KB5YIW
- The next licensing class will start on Thursday, January 26th, 1995.
- Don't forget to tune into the weekly ARES net on 146.68 MHz, the SARA
repeater, on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM local.
- The SARA slow code net is held Thursdays at 8:00 PM on 28.228 MHz.
Join in to practice your code!
Gatherings, gatherings ---
- Due to the President and Vice-President being out of town on our
regularly scheduled meeting night, the January meeting has been moved up a
week. So, the next SARA meeting will be Wednesday, January 4th at 7:30 PM.
- Everyone is invited for coffee and donuts every Saturday at Daylight
Donuts 8:30 -- 9:30 AM.
From ARRL Bulletins ---
Special Bulletin 33: New 144 MHz record
A new tropospheric ducting, continental distance record has been reported on
the 144 MHz amateur band. On November 5, Rene Shaw, WB4MJE, of Big Pine Key,
Florida, and Serge Szpilfogel, VE1KG, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, worked over a
1687 mile path.
The previous record was 1468 miles, set by K5WXZ and K1RJH, and had stood
since October, 1968.
WB4MJE is crucially located for this work at the southern tip of the Florida
This information comes from Al Ward, WB5LUA, who maintains VHF and UHF North
American distance record information for QST's "World Above 50 MHz" column.
Records on bands from 144 MHz to 678 THz are published in April QST each
Monte Bateman, WB5RZX
SARA Newsletter Editor
bateman @ nmt.edu