Socorro Amateur Radio Association


SARA Newsletter ----- "All the news that fits, we print" ----- October, 1997

THE SEPTEMBER MEETING

... was held on September 10th with 18 members in attendance.

SARA NEWS

President's Corner

Congratulations, and gratitude are in order to all of the hams who participated in the rain drenched Fat Tire Fiesta. I know those of us in the shelter of the gazebo had a great time. See more about the fiesta in this newsletter.

Jim (AB5UO), and I (AC5BX) had the pleasure of attending the organizational barbecue for the Tech Amateur Radio Association. For the first time, I saw the TARA station in its dungeon. Now I have a better idea of the other side of our Tuesday night code sessions. It looks like TARA has a good group of staff and students going into this year. We are looking forward to maintaining our close working relationship with TARA.

The hamfest is coming upon us. Let's have a good turnout at the October meeting to get this going.

Fat Tire Fiesta

On the weekend of September 19-21, about 180 mountain bike enthusiasts and 3.96" of precipitation, the majority of which fell late in the weekend, visited Socorro. Though billed as the "Fat Tire Fiesta" it might better have been called the "Wet Tire Fiesta." Where in prior years, bodies of cyclists were liberally covered in sunscreen, this year’s riders were slathered in mud. Virtually every ride was ridden in some level of rain. Most rides "went" and the few that didn’t were cancelled not for lack of participation, but for insurmountable problems. The Bosque Sunrise ride had to be cancelled for a lack of sunrise. The ride in the Oscuras would have gone, except the 8 riders drove 45 miles only to discover that the "maintained" road to the start point on WSMR was a quagmire. Through it all SARA persevered. The base station on the Plaza was operated largely by Howard (K9PV), Al (AC5BX) and Sandy (KB5YIX) with assistance from Tom (KA0YYP), and Chuck (W5UXH). The South Baldy Hill climb was supported by Ryan (KC5WDT) and Dave (KB5YIW) who, confronted with lightening early in the morning, surrendered his perch on the ridge top for a less exposed site a mile from the top. Sixteen riders raced 7.5 miles in rain, sleet, hail, fog and about 30 seconds of sunshine to the finish line. Becky (KB0STO) supported the Sevilleta ride. Jim (AB5UO) supported the Barite Mine/Quebradas Loop ride and Tim (KB5YJA) supported his own ride from his bicycle on the Strawberry Peak ride. Jim (WB5GWH) provided the entertainment for riders on the Cerrillos del Coyote ride by proving the superior traction abilities of his four wheel drive rig on a deeply rutted, steep course.

As nearly as I can determine, riders and radio operators alike had a very good time on each of the rides.

To SARA Members

The following letter was received by Al (AC5BX) and is reprinted here for the benefit of all SARA members.

Socorro Amateur Radio Club (sic)
c/o Al Braun
733 California Street

Greetings,

The Socorro County Chamber of Commerce and the Fat Tire Fiesta committee would like to thank you for your sponsorship of the 6th Annual Fat Tire Fiesta. With your generosity the Fat Tire Fiesta was a success, in spite of the rain Socorro received. Thank you again for your support. The Chamber of Commerce staff and the Fat Tire Fiesta committee look forward to working with you on next year’s event.

Respectfully yours,

Susan Martinez, Executive Director,
Katie Alderman, Tourism Coordinator,
Dave Johnson, Fat Tire Fiesta Committee,
Mitch Plummer, Fat Tire Fiesta Committee

Upcoming events

Just Over the Horizon

Nets

Gatherings, gatherings

AMATEUR RADIO DIGEST

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 be removed. 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)

Sputnik Special Event to mark Sputnik launch anniversary - Special event station M1ASE (Amateur Satellite Experimenters) will mark the 40th anniversary of the launching of Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957, by the Soviet Union. The 184-pound, basketball-sized sphere ushered in the era of the space race. At the height of the Cold War and several months into the International Geophysical Year, the Soviet Union had beaten the United States into space, a symbolically significant achievement. Within a year, the US government created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. M1ASE will be on air for 24 hours on October 4, 1997. Then, activity will continue into November, ending at 2359 UTC on November 3, the date of the 40th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 2. M1ASE will be active in voice mode on all available analog satellites, concentrating on RS-10, RS-12, RS-15, RS-16. An SWL award, special QSL cards and an award certificate are available for those working M1ASE on more than one satellite.--AMSAT News Service/John Heath, G7HIA; NASA

From the ARRL

All vanity applications to require Form 159 - The ARRL has learned that when the vanity application fee jumps to $50 on Monday, September 15, the FCC also will start requiring everyone filing a paper Form 610V Amateur Station Vanity Call Sign Request to include FCC Form 159, FCC Remittance Advice, with their application--no matter the method of payment. Applications received on or after September 15 and lacking a Form 159 will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant.

Previously, the FCC only required an Form 159 with a hard-copy Form 610V if the applicant was paying with a credit card or money order--or for a single remittance to cover multiple applications.

The change came on very short notice, and the FCC has yet to issue a formal public notice to address it. But the FCC appears ready to stand firm on the requirement starting September 15. A spokesperson at the FCC in Gettysburg said that on or after September 15, Mellon Bank--the FCC's fiscal agent--will not cash or deposit any fees which are not accompanied by a Form 159. Applications received at Mellon Bank that lack a Form 159 will be forwarded to Gettysburg for handling (the fee will not be deposited), and Gettysburg will return the entire application and the fee to the applicant with a blank Form 159 and instructions to refile.

When completing Form 159, all applicants must include a taxpayer ID number (your Social Security number) in Item 1 (FCC Account Number). In Items 14A and 14 B, Payment Type Code, applicants should write ''WAVR.''

FCC Form 159 can be obtained by writing ARRL/VEC, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. An SASE is appreciated. Form 159 also is available from the FCC via the Internet at http://www.fcc.gov/formpage.html or ftp://ftp.fcc.gov/pub/Forms/Form159/.

You can also get the form by return fax by calling 202-418-0177 and requesting Form 000159. The FCC Forms Distribution Center also accepts orders at 800-418-3676.

If you need assistance completing Form 159 or need filing information contact the FCC National Call Center at 888-225-5322.

The FCC still has given no indication of when it will begin processing Gate 3 vanity call sign applications. It's estimated that more than 1000 applicants filed on the opening day, August 6. The FCC also has not said when it plans to open vanity Gate 4 (ARRL Bulletin 53).

Most U.S. Ham Radio Operators Now Hold The No-Code License Class - Amateur radio in the United States is expanding at about 6% a year. Most of the growth, however, is coming at the VHF "No Code Technician" level which was implemented in 1991.  

U.S. Ham Operator Census By License Class:  

 Year

Extra

Advanced

General

Technician

Tech Plus

Novice

Total

Increase

 1986

41082

97771

115715

-

85312

79882

419762

0.9%

 1987

43902

98610

114398

-

93466

83013

433389

3.2%

 1988

46885

98681

113082

-

101495

80168

440311

1.6%

1989

50324

102141

117153

-

115427

85747

470792

6.9%

1990

53836

105309

119796

-

127427

93875

500243

6.3%

1991

57488

107642

122592

28152

129889

97354

543117

8.6%

1992

61319

109882

125207

59833

132351

99065

587657

8.2%

1993

65277

112637

126898

92868

134813

99105

631598

7.5%

1994

69495

115882

129356

128295

137275

98307

678610

7.4%

1995

72380

117089

129962

149745

139738

97080

705994

4.0%

Abstract of the Minutes for the August SARA Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm. Eighteen members were present.

Reports – Minutes of the August 13th meeting were accepted.

Announcements – None

Old Business – Dave Johnson reports that he has made some progress on the articles of incorporation for the association.

New Business – Jim Oty proposed that we consider purchase of a commercial UHF or VHF repeater at a cost of ~ $1,200 for M-Mountain. These machines will have every feature that we could want. The current M-Mountain repeater could be used in Datil. Jim will obtain more information. Support for replacing the current repeater was voiced by members.

Dave (KB5YIW) commented that after necessary expenditures our treasury balance has increased by about $1,000 per year in the last three years.

Dave (KB5YIW) solicited radio support for the Fat Tire Fiesta (see Fat Tire Fiesta above) to be held September 19-21.

Al (AC5BX) has been in negotiations regarding use of the Middle School for the Hamfest. Apparently we will sign a contract.

Al has sent in the paperwork to have the hamfest sanctioned and Kalman (AJ5B) has sent in registration for VEs.

Bill (K8HUH) opened a discussion regarding prizes for the hamfest. He has made preliminary contacts with vendors, however, a hamfest flyer must accompany orders to obtain a discount. Paul Harden will create a flyer for this purpose.

Jim (WB5GWH) moved that we authorize a maximum expenditure of $800 for the 3 main prizes. Seconded by Kalman. The motion passed after some discussion. The selection of items is left to the discretion of the committee.

Dave (KB5YIW) moved that we allow up to $50 for hourly prizes. Kalman seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Al (AC5BX) suggested an extra prize for the "mystery event." Dave (KB5YIW) moved, seconded by Jim (AB5UO), that we allow the limit of $30 for a "Surprise Prize" mentioned by Paul (NA5N). Paul is going to Pacificon Oct. 17 through 19 where he will look into obtaining a new set of paddles available from the NorCal QRP Club. The motion passed after some discussion.

Dave (N1IRZ) presented the possibility of having a "75 meter Shoot Out" in Socorro.

Jim (WB5GWH) volunteered to take charge of the highway Cleanup scheduled for a Saturday in late October or early November.

Dave Johnson will take responsibility for Hamfest badges and ribbons (for officers, VEs, VIPs and speakers).

At 8:35 pm Jim (WB5GWH) moved that we adjourn. Seconded by Kalman and approved by the members.

Following the meeting Bill (K8HUH) gave the presentation "What’s all this stuff about antenna gain, anyhow?" 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.)

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


73!

Dave Johnson, KB5YIW
SARA Newsletter Editor

SARA News
1307 Lopezville Rd.
Socorro, NM 87801-4853

djohnsonATnmt.edu