There were 24 members in attendance at the November 13th meeting.
Our annual Christmas banquet is scheduled for Wednesday December 11 at 6:30 pm. We have reserved the Banquet Room at K-Bob's and initially estimated that about the same number as last year (~40) will attend. However, K-Bob's has asked us for an estimate of the number of attendees at least a week before the date of the banquet.
This year, the menu has been simplified considerably. Below you will find a description of what is available and pricing. There will also be a small wet bar set up in the banquet room that will allow you to purchase beer or wine, at an additional cost, to go with your dinner. As it was last year, everyone will be responsible for paying for their own meals.
BANQUET MENU(Their descriptions - not mine!):
MERCHANT'S STEAK -- A 7 oz. New York Strip--K-Bob's special cut of an American Classic--charbroiled to a medium temperature and served with a freshly baked potato with all the fixin's.
TERIYAKI CHICKEN -- A boneless, skinless chicken breast, marinated and charbroiled, served on a bed of rice pilaf with Teriyaki sauce for dippin'. Includes steamed broccoli spears.
CATFISH FILET DINNER -- Two boneless catfish filets, hand dipped in K-Bob's signature cornmeal breading and golden fried to perfection. Served with hushpuppies and choice of steak-cut fries or creamy coleslaw.
THE EXTRAS -- All meals include warm bread and a garden tossed salad for starters, your choice of iced tea, coffee or soft drink, and warm fruit cobbler for dessert.
FOOTIN' THE BILL -- Price per meal is only $9.00. Add the Salad Wagon for only $1.29 per meal. Please add sales tax, if applicable, and servers gratuity.
Well, that is pretty much it. Hope we have a good turnout this
year. I would like to ask you all to indicate to me, by Wednesday
December 4th, if you plan to attend. This is not required but
will help K-Bob's plan for meals. You can reach me by email at jspargoATaoc.nrao.edu or
by phone at work at 835-7305 or at home at 835-1606. If you
decide to attend at the last minute, not to worry, just come on
in! When you contact me you do not have to indicate a meal
preference unless you want to. You can also change your mind
about the food at the last minute. See you at the banquet! (Jon
For those of you who are doubtless sorry to have missed this
semiannual event, rest assured that that you will have a chance
to participate in the Spring. The first bits of "seed' trash hit
the shoulder from a passing car, even before the last SARA member
left this Fall edition.
Hello Fellow Hamsters:
Viva dog day, viva vanity forever, hallelujah, hoop-la, olay, muncho gusto. Somewhere along the bumpy road of life I learned that every dog has its day. Well folks, after many years of bouncing on that bumpy road, the day for this old dog has arrived. The FCC gods, with the holy intervention of Jesus Christ have found me fit to bestow upon me a much coveted ONE by TWO call sign. ... . And so it is with profound pride and extreme happiness that I proudly announce to the world that henceforth I shall be known as ... W5BX. WB5LXA, "Una ves nada mas." ... . Thank you for letting me share my expression of happiness and gratitude. ... .
de Felix, W5BX
... the Sunday morning 10:00 AM session, which I expected to attract 30 or 40, was full too! Paul Harden came in late and had to stand in the back of the room!! Paul Harden, NA5N, author of the QRPers Handbook for Homebrewers was the 3:00 speaker and did one of the best jobs that I have ever seen of teaching. Paul is a natural teacher, and he has the ability to get information across, and he does not talk down to his audience, it is a "feeling" of two way communication that all good teachers have. Paul explained how a NorCal 40 works, and provided a handout with a schematic of a NorCal 40, Emtech NW80-20, and MFJ9020 series transceiver. He used the handout to show how each designer did slightly different things to accomplish the same end. A truly eye-opening experience. I learned more from talking to Paul and listening to his presentation than I have in years of reading. Paul is a treasure. He has agreed to return next year, and we will have him for two sessions, as there just is not enough time for him to share with us what he has in one 45 minute talk.
I really do think that Paul should get the perseverance bad
luck award. He had his flight changed by the airline, he got in
to the Oakland airport 4 hours early, and decided to take a taxi
to the hotel. He had no idea how far it was, but now can tell
you that it is $60 worth (grin). Don't worry, we reimbursed him.
Then Sunday, Paul was to take the airline shuttle bus back, and
was to leave at 10:07. His watch was 5 minutes slow, and he
missed the bus. He came walking in to my presentation right
after I had told everyone that he was gone and that if they
missed buying a copy of his book, that they would need to send
off for it. No sooner had I said that than Paul walks in,
carrying his SLV pole, and a sheepish grin on his face. We
worked out transportation with Bob Tellefsen taking Chuck and
Paul to the airport. Thanks Bob for your help. The good news is
the Paul was able to sell several more of the QRPers' Handbook.
If the WB5TGR machine (444.750+) does not suffer excessive receiver desensing it will be installed, at least during the interim. When the WB5QZD machine is returned, it will be installed on Socorro Peak, directly overlooking the city and operate on 444.275+. This location should provide superior coverage for the city. The decision has not yet been made regarding the use of an access PL tone on this machine. If the machine can be operated without one, it will. If a PL must be used, it will be 123.7 Hz.
Ryan Snyder (KC5WDT) is hard at work on reestablishing
digipeater capabilities for Socorro. Although there is currently
no schedule for returning the machine to the top of Socorro Peak,
Ryan is getting a Mastr II returned to operation so that the
digipeater can be put on the air for testing. The digipeater
will be located down in Socorro during this phase, but you might
try to log on occasionally to see how things are going. For
those on email, periodic announcements will keep you abreast of
Persons interested in applying for any of these positions
should contact Bill Brundage (K8HUH), NRAO VLA-VLBA Electronics
Division Head, at 505-835-7120 (M-F, 8-5, request page) or e-mail wbrundagATaoc.nrao.edu
- 27 Nov 1996
Gate 2 on hold - The FCC has confirmed reports that no more Gate 2 vanity call sign applications will be processed until Commission personnel deal with complaints from several hams whose vanity applications arrived too early and were dismissed. An FCC spokesman in Washington said the affected hams all had used the same express service and had requested delivery on Saturday, September 21, so they would be in the queue for the opening day of Gate 2 on September 23. Instead, all of the applications arrived on Friday, September 20, were designated as ''untimely filed'' and dismissed by the FCC.
The affected applicants are seeking to have their applications reinstated. The FCC spokesman said he had ''no idea'' when a decision would be made in the matter. ''The irony of it is, in many cases, the call signs they would like have already been assigned,'' he said. The affected applicants were not aware that their applications had been dismissed until a week or so after the opening of Gate 2. The FCC spokesman said the issue is under review. At best, the applications could be included with the day-two applications; at worst, they could stay dismissed, he said. ... .
Meanwhile, an FCC spokeswoman said personnel at the Gettysburg
office were ''a little more than halfway'' through the stack of
up to 550 day-one vanity applications that needed some kind of
special handling--which the FCC calls WIPS for ''works in
process.'' As many as 550 first-day applications ended up in
WIPS, either because the FCC was unable to match one of the
applicant's call sign choices or because the application
contained ''inconsistencies''--some as simple as a date of birth
on an application that was missing or failed to match one already
in the FCC's database. (ARRL Bulletin 84, November 19, 1996)
325 McCutcheon St. W.
Socorro, NM 87801-4535