Socorro Amateur Radio
SARA Newsletter ----- "All the news that fits, we print"
----- August, 1997
THE JULY MEETING
... was held on July 9th with 15 members in attendance.
President's Corner ---
Field day has come and gone. This time I can
congratulate all of you on a job well done without fear
The intrepid five, who ran the station at Datil Wells
were Jim (WB5GWH), Tom (N5PLX), Luis
(WB5JMD), Gary (KC5VVE), and Al (WA5POL).
They ran one station, and in spite of poor propagation
made 168 sideband contacts. Tom (N5PLX) and his
wife Birgett provided the picnic which was enjoyed by
Meanwhile back at TARA, we operated two stations
on the grounds at Macey Center. The CW station made
a total of 360 contacts. The SSB station made 233
contacts, for a total of 593. Our thanks to the many
operators who kept both going for the full contest.
Special thanks to Felix (W5BX) for organizing Field
Day, and to Jon Spargo for making the picnic a
We have a wonderful opportunity to enhance the
public service role of amateur radio here in the Rio
Grande Valley. The National Weather Service is
bringing the Skywarn project our way. Skywarn uses
trained visual spotters to augment radar and other
Dave (N1IRZ) prepared excellent description of the
program, and the spotter class presented by the NWS,
for publication in the Defensor Chieftain. By the time
you read this, we should all be trained spotters. Since
Sandy (KB5YIX), and I (AC5BX) keep a station at the
store monitoring the repeater most of the time, we are
looking forward to participating in the program.
The next big event on our agenda will be the 1997
Sombrero Ham Fest. We need to start planning at the
next meeting. Volunteers will be recruited, so be sure
to be present for your favorite duty.
For those of you who are now initiated into the world
of weather spotting, you might like to check out the
Web site organized by the University of Oklahoma,
Norman at: http://www.nssl.uoknor.edu/~nws/spotterguide.html.
The site includes sections on: supercells, tornado
intensity, and other hazards. There is a "Storm
Spotter's Glossary" and "Severe Weather Safety
Slow Code Night Changes ---
15th, the SARA slow code net was changed to Tuesdays
at 8:00 pm on 28.228 MHz. Organizers will adjust
their code speed to accommodate those who are
developing their CW skills. Plan to join in to work on
your CW. Several of the SARA CW operators meet on
this frequency on other nights, usually beginning a little
later, around 8:30 pm local time.
No More Daylight Donuts ---
As most of you
know the Socorro Daylight Donut Shop has closed its
doors and is no longer available for the regular
Saturday am coffee klatch. No particular spot has yet
been selected as a replacement, so on Saturday
mornings, give a call on the SARA (146.68 MHz)
repeater to see "where they are this week." If you have
suggestions on a permanent location, let them be
known. As soon as a location is established, it will be
announced here and in the SARA News.
Repeater Report ---
A little more than a month
ago lightning struck somewhere on Socorro Peak and
took out the autopatch capabilities for the SARA
repeater. A call to Mark Reynolds at Tech's ISD
resulted in a replaced "card" and the phone was back in
operation. This is a reminder that we are back in
lightening season and that the power to the peak can be
interrupted. If you should hear the ID for the repeater
followed by the CW character "B" (for battery), give
me a call at 835-1432 or call Tech's ISD office to
report that power to the hill is off. The Hill has a diesel
generator which kicks on automatically, but runs out of
fuel after ~24 hours. ISD still does not have any
indicator that they are operating on emergency power
until the fuel runs out.
After several weeks of cross band operation, the
SARA 444.750 repeater has been taken off the air due
to intermod received from the 2M side. The
interference is generated on 146.68 MHz which trips
the squelch on the 70 cm machine, which intern cycles
the 2 M repeater. The solution revolves around either a
different 2 M frequency pair of PL access for the
146.68 input to the 70 cm machine.
Fat Tire Fiesta ---
The Sixth Annual Fat Tire Fiesta is scheduled for
September 19th to the 21st, and SARA has been asked
to assist with communications for the event. Several of
the "old standard" rides are included (South Baldy Hill
Climb, Sevilleta, Bosque and Trinity rides), but there
are several new ones as well (Ozane Stage Stop,
Strawberry Peak, Riverine Parks rides). The Socorro
Amateur Radio Association has an important role to
play in providing communications for this popular
event. Planning will begin in earnest in early
Where are the Bateman's? ---
Monte (WB5RZX), Jean (N5HZV) and James have
come to rest in Huntsville. Contact info: P.O. Box
948, Madison, AL 35758; phone 205-464-9664.
Monte's email address is: monte.batemanATmsfc.nasa.gov.
Upcoming events ---
- August 10, 1997 (Sunday) --- Socorro Triathalon
- August 23 (7:30 am to 5:00 pm) and August 24,
1997 (7:30 am to 1:00 pm) --- 1997 Duke City
Hamfest at the National Guard Armory, 600
Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM. VE
testing (call Les Lines AT 505-869-2683 or Pete
Dewolf AT 505-299-4128 hm or 505-242-2449
wk), forums, tailgating, RV parking, dealers,
demos, and left over auction. Prizes: Grand -
ICOM 706 Mk II; Second - MFJ-259 antenna
analyzer; Pre-registration - Alinco DJ-S41 (70 cm
HT); plus hourly door prizes! Talk-in: call Dee
(KC5JBO) on 147.06 & 444.00 MHz (100 Hz PL)
or 147.15. For more information call: George
Wagner AT 505-271-1537, Richie Allen AT 505-
242-0208 or email kc5nzrATrt66.com.
- September 10, 1997 (7:30 pm local) --- SARA
- September 19-21, 1997 --- Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta
Just Over the Horizon ---
- October 2-5, 1997 --- Enchanted Skies Star Party,
- Saturday, October 11, 1997 at 9 am - VE EXAM
in Room 119 in Harlan Hall on the campus of
Western New Mexico University. Harlan Hall is
located on the corner of 12th and Alabama streets
in Silver City. Exams for all classes of licenses will
be given. Parties interested in obtaining a license or
upgrading need to bring a photo identification.
Those parties with a license or CSCE need to bring
the original and one photocopy. There will be a fee
of $6.25 per test session. Inquiries about the exam
can be emailed to Roland Shook at shookrbATzianet.com.
- October 18-19, 1997 --- El Paso International
National Guard Armory at Patriot Freeway and
Hondo Pass Road. Hours: Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m.: Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. VE
Exam Schedule: Saturday, Sunday. International
Hamfiesta, P.O. Box 23010, El Paso, TX 79923;
email to K5TRW at: cemertATdzn.com.
- November 15, 1997 --- SARA/TARA Socorro
- November, 1997 --- SARA Highway Cleanup
- December, 1997 --- SARA Christmas Dinner
- Don't forget to tune into the weekly ARES net on
146.68 MHz, on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm local.
The SARA slow code net is held Tuesdays at 8:00
pm on 28.228 MHz. Join in to improve your CW
Gatherings, gatherings ---
- SARA meetings are held, beginning at 7:30 pm on
the second Wednesday of each month, in the
SARA clubhouse (704 5th Street, between
Manzanares and Abeyta, and behind the chain link
AMATEUR RADIO DIGEST
From the ARRL ---
FCC opens Gate 3! - The long wait is over for
advanced class amateurs. The FCC has just announced
that it will open filing Gate 3 of the Vanity Call Sign
Program on Wednesday, August 6, 1997. Advanced
class hams will be able to apply for a call sign
appropriate to their license class on or after that date.
Applicants must file either a paper FCC Form 610V
or electronically via the FCC's Web site at
http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/amradsrv.html and pay the
current $30 fee (ARRL Letter Online, 7/4/97, v. 16, no.
ARRL SEEKS EXPANSION OF PRB-1 - The
American Radio Relay League has asked the FCC to
strengthen PRB-1, the FCC's 1985 limited pre-emption
of local zoning ordinances that applies to antennas. The
petition also asks that an antenna height of 60-70 feet
be declared as "reasonable" accommodation for
amateurs and that burdensome conditions for land use
The League wants it made clear that a municipality
still must make a reasonable accommodation for
amateur communications even if it has denied a permit
to an amateur. Furthermore, the ARRL wants states
and local authorities to apply to the FCC for a waiver if
local restrictions intrude upon the new proposed
(Section 97.15(e) FCC antenna regulations. The FCC
assigned RM-8763 to the ARRL proposal (W5YI).
From Newsline ---
Newsline Announces N5ZGT As 1997 YHOTY
Winner - The "Duke City" Albuquerque, New Mexico
is the place that gives us and you this years Young Ham
of the Year Award winner. His name is Brian
Mileshosky; his call sign is N5ZGT and he is the
epitome of what everyone believes a young ham radio
operator should be.
Brian was on a cellular telephone at a Boy Scout in
rural New Mexico, over 150 miles from home, when
Capt. Larry Zettwoch, KR4IF who heads up our
Awards Committee and I brought him the news.
"Well, congratulations. You were selected by three
individuals who reviewed your package along with
some other packages. You were a unanimous decision
that you be the 1997 Young Ham of the Year."
"Great! Glad to hear that." Mileshosky
"How do you feel?" Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF
"I don't know." Mileshosky
After it all sank in for a few minutes, we got the
opportunity to ask Brian if he had any words of
encouragement for other young hams. Brian had
plenty to say:
"Don't just get your license and sit around with it.
Advance and excel in the hobby. Do everything you
can to make it a better place because as youth, they are
the future of this hobby. They are the ones who will
make it fly or crash to the ground." Mileshosky
Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, was chosen 1997
Young Ham of the Year based on his total dedication
to the service and the people in it. Even though he
is only 17, he already holds a General class license, is
an Eagle Scout who recruits other new young hams
through scouting; is President of his local Explorer
Post, a regular net control station, the youth columnist
for Worldradio magazine. In fact there is so much
more that we really do not have the time to report it all.
One thing we do want to tell you is that one of
Brian's career aspirations is that of becoming an
astronaut. He will be entering the University of New
Mexico this fall to begin a full four year course in
engineering, but before that he will get a chance to find
out what astronaut training is like. This is because as a
part of his award Brian received an expense paid week
at Spacecamp courtesy of CQ Magazine. He also gets
to spend the weekend of August 15th through the 17th
at the Huntsville Hamfest courtesy of Yaesu U.S.A.
corporation. We at Newsline will be presenting Brian
with the award plaque which is this year sponsored by
Dave Bell, W6AQ of QRZed Media Corporation. This
presentation will take place the evening of August 16th
at the Huntsville Hamfest grand banquet. Obviously
we will be there to bring you all a live report (Newsline
Radio - CBBS Edition #1040 - 07/18/97).
New FCC Consumer Info Number - Speaking of RFI
and TVI problems. Word that the FCC's old Consumer
Assistance number in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is
being discontinued. All calls now should go to the
new, toll free number, (888) 225-5322.
For the time being, calls to the old number will ring
over to the new number after a little message that
informs the caller of the change (Newsline Radio -
CBBS Edition #1040 - 07/18/97).
Abstract of the Minutes for the July SARA
Meeting --- The meeting was called to order by Al (AC5BX) at
7:35 pm. Fifteen members were present.
Reports - Al (AC5BX) reported on Field Day at
campus and Jim Oty (WB5GWH) reported on the Datil
Wells Field Day station.
Old Business - Our certificate of incorporation has not
seen any progress yet.
New Business - Dave Finley (N1IRZ) reported on
Skywarn, a program sponsored in our area through the
National Weather Service in Albuquerque. The Service
would like to have trained spotters in our club-area and
would be willing to come to Socorro to train interested
members - about a two hour session. A session will be
arranged for SARA later this month.
Paul Rhodes (N5YGC) spoke on the status of
ARES. We have tried to register with the ARES state
representative, but it is not clear whether or not we are
currently officially recognized as an ARES affiliate.
General Comments - Regularly scheduled "Slow"
code practice will be changed from Thursdays to
Tuesday evenings. Time and frequency remain the
same. SARA CW operators often congregate starting
at about 8:30 pm on other evenings.
Al stated we will soon have to consider the
upcoming hamfest, and all that has to be done to get
Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm. Respectfully
submitted: Agnes M. Halls (KA5KIE).
Submissions to SARA Newsletter ---
Contributions related to amateur radio will be considered for inclusion in the SARA Newsletter. Text should be of general interest to readers, and on the order of 200 to 300 words. Each month ads from SARA members to buy, sell, or trade may be included. The usual caveat applies, items must be ham-related. Material will be included on a space available; first come, first served basis; and pretty much at the discretion of the editor. For information on the cost of advertising by nonmembers contact the editor. To be assured of consideration for the next newsletter, material must be received by the 25th day of the month. I would prefer to have submissions in the form of a DOS ASCII file. Email is ideal (to
djohnsonATnmt.edu), snail mail to 1307 Lopezvillle Rd., Socorro, NM 87801-4853, or you can FAX text to (505) 835-6436. Telephone queries will be received at 835-1432
AT hm, or 835-5771 AT wk. (D. Johnson - ed.)
Thank you ---
The Socorro Amateur Radio Association would like to thank the Albuquerque District office of
Lanier Worldwide, Inc. for its generous support of the SARA Newsletter.
SARA Officers ---
President: Al Braun (AC5BX) : 505-835-1061
V. President: Bill Brundage (K8HUH) : 505-835-3916
Secretary: Agnes Halls (KA5KIE) : 505-835-4985
Treasurer: Tom Frawley (KA0YYP) : 505-835-3931
Dave Johnson, KB5YIW
SARA Newsletter Editor
1307 Lopezville Rd.
Socorro, NM 87801-4853