Socorro Amateur Radio Association

SARA Newsletter ----- "All the news that fits, we print" ----- December, 1995

The November Meeting

... was held on November 8th with 25 members in attendance.


Dave Johnson, KB5YIW

On Friday, November 10, a crew consisting of Benny Baca, Bob Sparks (WB5QZD), and Dave Johnson (KB5YIW) traveled to a location (106 deg 04' 04'' N, 34 deg 58' W at 6995 feet) on the southwest side of Socorro Peak. There, we erected and guyed two tower sections (18 feet) and a 70-cm antenna (another 10 feet), and installed the WB5QZD 70-cm repeater. As has so often been the case, the Socorro Electric Cooperative helped with the loan of a cable cutter. The first contact made using the repeater was with Felix (WB5LXA) at 11:20 that morning.

Initial tests of coverage indicate that the repeater will provide superior coverage throughout the town of Socorro for those using low power (an HT and rubber duck). The repeater location is an especially good one for communications to the east and south of Socorro, and to the west as far as Magdalena. Areas to the north are shadowed by west peak (the location of the 146.68 MHz repeater), however, coverage as far north as La Joya seems to be well within the capabilities of the repeater. Using 5 watts and a mobile (5/8 wave) antenna one can work the repeater from the high hills just south of the Albuquerque airport on I-25, although reports indicate that signal quality is compromised. For those interested in utilizing this facility, the vital statistics are as follows: Rx on 444.375 MHz, Tx on 449.375 MHz using a PL of 127.3 Hz. The repeater sports an automatic IDer so that those who have become accustomed to providing identification for the repeater during its test phase, may now rest easy. Give it a try.

The next priority is to return the Mastr II to service as the 146.68 MHz repeater.

Highway Cleanup

On Saturday morning, Nov. 4, eleven SARA members met to pick up trash along I-25. Thanks to Gayle Rhodes, KC5HGJ, for coordinating and gathering the supplies needed. Jim Oty found a $20 bill, and he still wouldn't buy donuts the next week! Those who helped Gayle were: Jim Harrison, AB5UO; Howard Peavey, K9PV; Jim Oty, WB5GWH; Monte Bateman, WB5RZX; Kálmán Oravecz, AJ5B; Felix Barreras, WB5LXA; Dave Johnson, KB5YIW; Chuck Broadwell, W5UXH; Rebecca Reiss, KB0STO; and Bob Sparks, WB5QZD. Thanks for your help.

Christmas Dinner

Jon Spargo, KC5NTW

The Crhistmas Dinner will be on Dec. 8 at 6:30 at K-Bob's Steakhouse. Below is a banquet menu. We will need a people count and an entree count by no later than Monday, Dec. 4 at noon! Please contact me at -7305 at work or at -1606 at home or by e-mail at

Salad Wagon $5.49
One trip salad wagon with entree $1.99
Super Burger $4.49 -- Half-pound burger served with one vegetable.
Ranch House $6.49 -- Six ounce top sirloin steak served with one vegetable.
Chicken Fried Steak $5.29 -- served with choice of one vegetable.
K-Bob's Catfish $4.99 -- Breaded and deep fried, served with one vegetable.




Sales tax and 15% Gratuity will be added to your check.

President's Corner

Thanks to the VE teams

Thanks again to SARA's VE teams. This group of hard working folks never get told `thanks' often enough, so I thought I'd start off this month by recognizing their efforts. They ran two sessions at the hamfest for 27 candidates and did it all under four hours. The diligent examiners were: Luis Aguillar, WB5JMD; Mike Best, NE7H; Chuck Broadwell, W5UXH; Dave Finley, N1IRZ; Jim Harrison, AB5UO; Bill Junor, N5RKD; Kálmán Oravecz, AJ5B; and Howard Peavey, K9PV. Thanks for your service.

Congratulations to all the members of SARA. We put on another successful hamfest. I have heard nothing but positive comments. Folks said they really enjoyed themselves and the vendors did very well. We can expect them all to return next year. Thanks to the folks at the high school for providing a nice facility and good concessions. With our move to a new facility there was plenty of possibility for foul ups, but thanks to everyone's help, it all went smoothly. Thanks again.

Prizes & QRP Contest

The grand prize, a dual-band handie-talkie (Icom IC-W31A) went to David Anderson, KK5VT of San Antonio. The second prize, a 2m handie-talkie (Icom IC-T22A) went to Gene Glover, N1CSD, of Amarillo, Texas.

As for the QRP "goings-on," Paul Harden writes:
"The prize for the homebrew scratch category went to Brian, N5ZGT, in Albuquerque. Brian is a high school student whose soldering iron burned up, so he built a simple QRP transmitter at the hamfest using my iron. The whole of his project didn't set on the table more than half an hour, as most of the time was spent building it and then testing it out on the test equipment I took. I mailed the paddles and keyer to him yesterday.

"The homebrew kit category was won by a Paul in Albuquerque, who built the NN1G 30m transceiver into the literal ham can. We also tweaked it up on the test equipment and got the VFO trimmed to cover the 30m band. Puts out 3 watts. Unfortunately, I'm still trying to track him down. I have emailed several Albuquerque hams, but so far, nobody knows who this guy is. He had a real cheapie straight key on the rig and said, after a couple of QSOs, that he wanted to get some paddles and a keyer. He'll be elated to know that's what he won ... if we can just find him.

"David Yarnes, W5RMZ, of Tucson came here primarily to get his NorCal 40a kit checked out. He had a nice kit project and certainly traveled the farthest to take advantage of one of our hamfest "features." I tweaked up and aligned eight different QRP rigs on the test table. It was a big hit, a huge expression of Elmering, and was well appreciated.

---Paul Harden, NA5N


As this year comes to a close, it's a good time to reflect on what we've accomplished over the past year. Just look at that list in last month's newsletter! This month, I wish to thank everyone for what they do, mostly without being asked or thanked. From the weekly ARES net to the VE team, I say "thanks for your tireless help and willing spirit." Please come to the Christmas Dinner and celebrate our great year. Happy Holidays!

--- Monte Bateman, WB5RZX


Gatherings, gatherings

From the Internet

New Award & Upcoming Special Event Station

On 12 Dec 1901, Marconi bridged the Atlantic by receiving the first transatlantic radio message on Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland. To celebrate the 100th year of radio, a special QSL will be made available to any amateur or SWL who works/hears VO1AA on Dec. 12 this year. Please listen around 14.030, 7.030 (CW) and 14.300 (SSB).

An award is being established for anyone who works/hears VO1AA on five or more anniversaries of Dec. 12 from this year to the 100th aniversary in 2001. Further announcements will be made at a later date.

VO1AA and the awards are sponsored by the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs. VO1AA also operates under the callsign VO1IMD on international Marconi Day each year.

---73 Joe, VO1NA

Quotable Quotes

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
--- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe 5 computers."

--- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last the year."

--- The editor in charge of business books for Prentice-Hall, 1957

"But what ... is it good for?"

--- Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."

--- Ken Olsen, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

"This `telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."

--- Western Union internal memo, 1876.

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"

--- David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a `C,' the idea must be feasible."

--- A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"

--- H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper."

--- Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind."

"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make."

--- Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."

--- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."

--- Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this."

--- Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.

"So we went to Atari and said, `Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, `No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, `Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'"

--- Apple Computer Inc. cofounder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."

--- 1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy."

--- Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."

--- Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."

--- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."

--- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction."

--- Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon."

--- Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, 1873.

"640k memory ought to be enough for anybody."

--- Bill Gates, 1981

--- Happy Holidays! ---

Monte Bateman, WB5RZX
SARA Newsletter Editor
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