Socorro Amateur Radio
SARA Newsletter ----- "If it happens, it's news to us"
----- February, 1998
Since the last report, the status of the SARA 146.68
MHz repeater has not changed. While the repeater
continues to work satisfactorily, the autopatch is not
enabled. Bad road conditions followed by other
demands on the time of the control operators have
meant that a planned visit to the repeater site has not
yet occurred. Hopefully weather and work schedules
will permit a remedy to the problems with the
autopatch in the near future.
Opening for Wordsmith
I've enjoyed many aspects of serving as editor for
SARA News since preparing my first issue in July 1996.
In many ways it seems like I've only just done a couple
month's worth. In other ways, it seems like virtually
every moment away from work is devoted to some
aspect of SARA. I have several SARA-related projects
that have been postponed for far to long and many
personal challenges that I plan to address.
There are several reasons why preparation of the
May 1998 issue will be my last. First among these
relates to involvement. We can all point at several of
our colleagues who have been deeply involved, serving
in several capacities: elected and appointed. It is
crucial for the long-term health of any group like the
Socorro Amateur Radio Association that as many
members as possible contribute to the activities of the
association. As May approaches, I encourage you to
consider a higher level of participation. We will need
at least four new officers and a newsletter editor. Give
it a try. It could be a great deal of fun.
- February 21, 22 - ARRL International DX Contest,
- March 14 - AZ Network Intertie Grp. & AR
Council of AZ (hamfest), Scottsdale, AZ. Daniel J.
Meredith, N7MRP, PO Box 45378, Phoenix, AZ
- SARA's HF station at the clubhouse is available
for use by members. The keys to the facility may
be obtained from Al (AC5BX) or Sandy
(KB5YIX) at the Socorro Radio Shack. If you
have questions direct them to Al, Sandy, or to any
of your officers.
- Visit SARA's home page at: http://griffy.nmt.edu/sara/homepage.html
- 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
- 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
- Everyone is invited to coffee and donuts every
Saturday ~8:30 to 9:30 am. Folks seem to visit the
Socorro McDonalds regularly. On Saturday
mornings, give a call on the SARA (146.68 MHz)
repeater to see "where they are this week."
AMATEUR RADIO DIGEST
From the ARRL
Sputnik PS2/RS-17 officially declared dead - It's
official. The Sputnik PS2/RS-17 mini-satellite ceased
transmitting on December 29, 1997. The little satellite,
a one-third scale replica of the original Sputnik 1,
beep-beeped its way around the globe for 55 days,
more than two weeks longer than it had been projected
to last. The 200-mW transmitter was powered by
lithium batteries. The Sputnik PS-2 was launched by
hand from the Russian Mir space station on November
4, 1997, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the
launching of the original Sputnik by the USSR in 1957.
The original Sputnik only transmitted for about one
The Sputnik PS2 beacon, on 145.82, was widely
monitored and recorded around the world. The
satellite was fabricated by students in Russian and on
France's Reunion Island. Sputnik 40 Years, which
sponsored the satellite project, said the last known
recordings of the Sputnik PS2 beacon were made on
December 29 at approximately 2100 UTC by a ham in
Washington and by FR1AJ on Reunion Island. At the
time, the data indicated an internal temperature of 40
Those tracking the satellite reported that the Sputnik
PS2's beacon signal had continued to get weaker as the
end approached. Even after the beep-beep ceased,
however, the satellite's unmodulated oscillator
continued to transmit for a while longer.
Reception reports go to The Radio Club of Jules
Reydellet school on Reunion Island. Those whose
reports are confirmed will receive an approximately
6x9-inch color certificate on high-quality paper with
number identification and the radio club stamp.
Requests for these certificates should be made only by
letter with an SASE (6x9 inch) and two (2) IRCs. Do
not send requests via e-mail. The mailing address is
FR5KJ Radio Club, 103 Rue de la Republique, 97 489
Saint Denis Cedex, Reunion Island (ARRL Space
Bulletin 001, CT January 9, 1998).
Winter Games special event - Special event station
8NØWOG will operate from February 7 through
February 22 during the XVIII Olympic Winter Games
in Nagano Japan. The station will be sponsored by the
Japan Amateur Radio League and will be available for
operation by amateurs from any country. If you're
planning to be in Nagano for the games, don't forget
your Amateur Radio license. 8NØWOG will be at the
Nagano City Warm-Hearty (Fureai-Fukushi) Center,
1714-5, Midori-cho, Nagano. Operating hours will be
0930 until 2100 JST. HF bands will include 160
through 10 meters, SSB and CW. The station also will
operated on VHF and UHF. For more information,
contact Kimihiko Koyanagi, JAØTBJ, e-mail ja0tbjATmx2.nisiq.net (The JARL News, volume 17,
Number 4 , January 23, 1998)
KB6LQS survives balloon failure - Dick Rutan,
KB6LQS, and an accomplice were forced to abort an
around-the-world balloon flight attempt January 9,
parachuting from the craft just an hour after launch
from a site near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The fabric
in the propane-fueled balloon developed a flaw which
forced the occupants to abandon the so-called "Global
Hilton." Rutan, who won acclaim for circumnavigating
the globe in an ultralight aircraft in 1991, was only
slightly injured. The other crewmember, Dave Melton,
suffered a dislocated hip. According to Rutan, the jump
was the safest option as the crew faced the prospect of
an explosion onboard the craft. Following the crew's
evacuation, the balloon caromed out of control at about
100 miles per hour before it crashed into electric lines
and caught fire in Texas. Rutan's flight was another in
a recent series of unsuccessful attempts to circle the
globe by balloon (This Week in Amateur Radio in the
ARRL Letter, Volume 17, Number 3; January 16,
Special Event Stations
- Jericho, VT: Jericho Historical Society, W1B,
1400Z Feb 7 to 2300Z Feb 8, Wilson A
"Snowflake" Bentley, 28.415 21.350 14.250,
3.870. Certificate. John Fowler, N1PDV, 385 VT
RT 15, Jericho, VT 05465-9729.
- Tampa, FL: Tampa RC, W4DUG, 1400-2000Z
Feb 7, Sasparilla Festival, 14.245 18.135 21.315.
QSL. Tampa ARC, W4DUG, Box 10453, Tampa,
- Minneapolis, MN: Robbinsdale ARC, W0R, Feb
13 to Feb 14, RARC 40th Anniversary Station,
14.300 7.280. QSL. Louis Sica Jr, AC0X, 13325 D
58th Ave N, Plymouth, MN 55442.
- Prescott, AZ: Yavapai ARC and Granite Mountain
Middle School ARC, KB7TRE, 1530Z Feb 13 to
2200Z Feb 14, Statehood Day, 7.120, 7.240,
14.240. Certificate. Granite Mountain Middle
School, c/o Terry Pemberton, 1800 Williamson
Valley Rd, Prescott, AZ 86301.
- Show Low, AZ: Kachina ARC, WA7GWG, 1500Z
- 2300Z Feb 14, Arizona's 86th Birthday, 7.235
14.240 21.350 28.350, Certificate. Kachina ARC,
Box 2996, Show Low, AZ 85901.
- Fargo, ND: Red River RAC, KZWG, 1400Z-
2300Z Feb 14, 16th Anniversary of Handi Ham,
14.240 14.035 21.320 21.035. QSL. Jim Mowery,
KZWG, Horizons Manor, 2500 Broadway # 1006,
Fargo, ND 58102.
- Alexandria, VA: The Mount Vernon ARC, K4US,
1500Z Feb 14 to 2200Z Feb 15, George
Washington's Birthday, 7.250 14.250 10.110
18.088. Certificate. MVARC, Box 7234,
Alexandria, VA 22307.
- Apache Junction: Ocotillo ARG, KJ7FG, 1400Z
Feb 14 to 2400Z Feb 15, 86th Anniversary of
Arizona, 14.260. Certificate. K6RLS, 5228 N
Idaho Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85219.
- Culpeper, VA: Culpeper ARA, KE4BWD, 0000Z
Feb 14 to 0600Z Feb 18, Presidents Day, 3,700
7.125 28.200. Certificate, D Evan Crow,
KE4BWD, 15157 Bleak Hill Rd, Culpeper, VA
- Slidell, LA: Mercury ARA South East, KM5LS,
1400Z-2200Z, Feb 14, Cajun Valentines Day,
14.280 21.325. Certificate. Michael White, 404
Holmes Dr, Slidell, LA 70460.
- Ft. Myers: FMARC, W4LX, 1400Z-2100Z Feb 16-
20. 80-10 meters, Edison Festival of Lights. QSL,
Certificate. FMARC, W4LX, Box 61183, Ft
Myers, FL 33906.
- Marquette, MI: Hiawatha ARA, K8LOD, Feb 20 to
Feb 22, Up 200 Sled Dog Championship, 3.875
7.250 14.275. Certificate. Rich Schwenke,
N8GBA, 21 Smith Ln, Marquette, MI 49855.
- Yuma, AZ: Yuma ARC, K7Y, 1400Z Feb 21 to
0500Z Feb 22, Yuma Crossing Days, 14.310
21.310 28.410 CW.040. QSL. Yuma ARC, 2750
W 22nd St,Yuma, AZ 85364.
- Mobridge, SD: QCWA Chapter 102, WDAK,
1500Z Feb 21 to 2000Z Feb 22, 21st Anniversary
of the Chapter. All bands CW and SSB.
Certificate. Frank Shaw, NUF, 118 E Van Buren
St, St Rapid City, SD 57701.
- Edmonton, KY: Southern Kentucky DX Assn,
K4PL, 1500Z-2100Z, Feb 28, Kentucky
Headhunters, General Portion of all bands. QSL.
David Welch, K4PL, 111 Pocahontas Trail,
Glasgow, KY 42141.
- Robins Air Force Base, GA: Middle Georgia Radio
Assoc, WR4MG, 1400Z-2100Z Mar 7, 9th Annual
Young Astronauts Day, 7.250 14.250 147.300.
Certificate. MGRA, Box 7282, Warner Robins,
- Norfolk, NE: Elkhorn Valley ARC, W, 1600Z-
2300Z Mar 8, Nebraska State Ham Convention,
3.880 7.280 28.380. QSL. Elkhorn Valley ARC,
Box 1033, Norfolk, NE 68702-1033.
- Hinckley, OH: Brunswick ARC, KB8ONI, 1300Z-
1830Z, Mar 15, Return of the Buzzards, General
portion of 20 40 10. Certificate. Dennis Krieger,
KB8ONI, 1751 W 130th St, Hinckley, OH 44233.
- FYBO Winter QRP Field Day, Sponsored by the
Arizona ScQRPions 1600 UTC Feb 7- 0400 UTC
Feb 8. QRP Only. CW and Phone. Bands: HF,
standard QRP calling freqs (no WARC). For
Novice portion of bands, suggest 3.710, 7.110,
21.110, 28.110. Work stations once per band.
Exchange: RS (T), state/province/DXCC country,
power output, and temperature (Fahrenheit) at
operator's position. Indoor stations must report
indoor temperature. Example: "RST 579 AZ 2W
58F". Novices sign with /N, Techs sign with /T.
Categories: Single Op, Multi Op (single xcvr),
Novice/Tech. Send logs by Mar 7 to Joe Gervais
(AB7TT), PO Box 1822, Goodyear, AZ 85338.
See complete FYBO rules on the Web at http://www.primenet.com/~vole/.
- NW QRP Club Digital Contest, sponsored by the
NW QRP Club, 1700 UTC Feb 7 until 0500 UTC
Feb 8. 80 -10 meters (except 30, 17 or 12 meters).
Limit QSOs on 20 meters to those above 14.070
kHz. Single operator, multi operator, club. Single
transmitter only. Baudot RTTY, PACTOR and
AMTOR. Exchange RS(T), NWQ no (power
output for non-members), State/province/country.
Work stations once per band. Submit the best 6
hours of the 12 hours contest for scoring. Count 5
points per QSO with NWQ members, 3 points per
QSO with non-members. Awards. Send your logs
by Feb 31 to Stan Yarema, KG7ME, 3457 12th W,
Seattle, WA 98119, or e-mail your log to n7mfbATjuno.com.
- Ten Ten International Net Winter Phone QSO
Party, from 0000 UTC Feb 7 until 2400 UTC Feb
8. Contacts must be made on phone on 10 meters
only. Exchange call /name/state and 10-10 number
if member. Score 1pt/QSO w/nonmembers and
2pt/QSO w/members. Send logs by Feb 23 to
Trotters and Pacers Chapter, c/o John Raczek,
K2HLC, 22 Lake Ave, Eatontown, NJ 7724.
- Vermont QSO Party, sponsored by the Central
Vermont Amateur Radio Club, 0000 UTC Feb 7
until 2400 UTC Feb 8. Stations may work any 24-
hour period during the 48 hours. Down times must
be a 6-hour minimum. Classes: Single operator,
multioperator, club, QRP (5 W CW, 10 W SSB),
Mobile. Work stations once per band and mode
(CW and RTTY/digital modes are separate).
Vermont stations send RST plus county and state;
others send RST plus state/province/DXCC
country. Frequencies: CW - 40 kHz up from
bottom of the 160 to 10 meter bands (excluding the
30, 17, and 12 meter bands) and 20 kHz up from
the bottom of the Novice subbands. SSB -160-10
meters in the first 25 kHz of the General portion of
each band, entire Novice 10 meter phone band.
VHF - 50.200, 144.200, 146.49, 146.69. No
repeater contacts. VT stations count 1 point per
phone contact, 2 for CW, RTTY or other digital
modes. Multiply by number of VT counties, states,
provinces, countries, or W1BD. Multipliers count
only once regardless of the number of bands they
might be worked. Other stations count one point
per VT phone QSO, 2 per VT CW, RTTY, etc.
Multiply by number of VT counties plus W1BD. A
station may be worked up to 4 times per band
(different modes). All stations submitting logs will
receive a VT QSO Party certificate. Plaques to the
3 highest scoring station in each state, etc. Highest
scoring QRP station will receive certificate. Send
logs postmarked by March 1 to: Central Vermont
ARC/Vermont QSO Party, PO Box 674,
Montpelier, VT 05601.
- ARRL International DX Contest, CW. http://www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/98/intldx.html
- CQC Winter QRP QSO Party, sponsored by the
Colorado QRP Club, from 2200 UTC Feb 22 until
0359 UTC Feb 23. Single band, multiband, and
Novice/Tech. QRP only. Exchange RS(T),
state/province/DXCC country, first name and CQC
no. or power output. CW1.825 3.560 3.710 7.040
7.110 14.040 21.060 21.110 28.060 28.110;
phone1.910 3.985 7.285 14.285 21.385 28.385.
Score 6pts/4 pts/CW QSO with member/non-
member; score 3 pts/2pts/phone QSO
w/member/non-member. Final score is QSO pts
states/provinces/DXCC countries number of first
names worked, one/letter of the alphabet, 26 max.
Bonus points for working WCQC station - 1000
points. Awards. Send logs to Jim Pope, KGPP,
POB 31575, Aurora, CO 80041-0575 or e-mail EJimATaol.com. See the Colorado QRP Club site
on the Web at http://www.mtechnologies.com/cqc/.
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 Lopezville
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 -
- President/Director Al Braun (AC5BX); 835-1061
- Past Pres./Director: Howard Peavey (K9PV); 835-9653
- V. Pres./Director: Bill Brundage (K8HUH); 835-3916
- Secretary/Director: Agnes Halls (KA5KIE); 835-4985;
- Treasurer/Director: Tom Frawley (KA0YYP); 835-3931
Dave Johnson, KB5YIW
SARA Newsletter Editor
1307 Lopezville Rd.
Socorro, NM 87801-4853