Socorro Amateur Radio Association
SARA Newsletter ----- "All the news that fits, we print" ----- July, 1998
THE JUNE MEETING
...was held on June 10th at 7:30 pm with 15
members in attendance. The main topic of
discussion was the upcoming Field Day being held
at the end of the month. The meeting was
adjourned by the President at 8:15 pm. The next
meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on July 8th.
Minutes of Meeting
The following are excerpts from the minutes of the
- Jim (WB5GHW) stated that the "Real Field
Day" would be held at Datil Wells utilizing
SARA's transceiver and club call sign KC5OLJ.
- Kalman (AJ5B) stated that for Field Day the
TARA station would be set up at Macey Center
using the club call sign KC5ORO.
- Jon (KC5NTW) will again serve as chef for the
barbecue at Macey Center during Field Day
- A motion was moved and seconded to allocate
$123.17 plus or minus, excluding taxes for food
and soft drinks at Macey Center Field Day.
- A motion was moved and seconded to allocate
$23.17 plus or minus, excluding taxes for food
and soft drinks at the Datil Field Day site.
- It was announced that the new repeater
frequency will be 147.02+
- Al (AC5BX) will proceed with ARRL
sanctioning for our Hamfest to be held
November 7th at Sarracino Middle School.
- AC5BX also announced that the club
incorporation papers had been returned with
some "glitches" and will need correction before
resubmitting to Santa Fe.
The third week of June was a productive one for
programming the repeater control. The autopatch
and autodial capabilities are now fully enabled and,
to a degree, tested. At the March meeting, SARA
members voted to make the autopatch open. Please
feel free to communicate to your amateur radio
friends and colleagues the information necessary to
access the SARA autopatch. We do ask that you do
not make a practice of doing so over the air, since
unlicensed listeners might be inclined to initiate a
patch or even terminate a legitimate patch.
What is involved? You may now bring up the patch
with "*" followed (without keying) by the local
exchange telephone number (835-, 838-,450-, &
480-). Using the autodial (speeddial) feature
involves keying "**nn", where nn = the two digit
autodial number. Do include the leading zero for
AD numbers less than 10. All patches and autodial
calls are terminated with a "#". The long
established "*18" number to bring up the patch and
"#3" to terminate will still work. If you have not
already done so, test your AD number to make
certain that I keyed it in correctly. If I didn't, I'm
sure you'll be in touch.
Socorro emergency services may be called by
generating the DTMF tones "911". The "*" or
"*18" are not required, but may be used. This (and
other) autopatch calls are terminated with "#" or
will timeout after 30 secs without an input to the
repeater receiver. If the party you are speaking to is
long-winded, or if you are waiting for someone to
come to an answered phone, key your transmitter
every 20 secs or so to reset the timeout timer. If
this proves to be a problem, let me know and I'll
add a time increment to the timeout.
Since we are back up to speed with respect to
autopatch capabilities, I can strongly encourage
members who do not have assigned autodial
numbers (or would like another) to arrange for one -
or more. There are currently over 70 available
slots. If you would like to have a number assigned,
simply provide me with the local exchange
telephone number you would like to have entered
and three or four choices for AD numbers between
03 and 99. If you would like to take an active role
in the AD number selection call me (days - 835-
5481: evenings - 835-1432) or e-mail me at djohnsonATnmt.edu.
There will be other developments related to user
commands for the repeater and at some point before
Fall, I'll prepare a wallet-sized list of commands.
In the meantime, announcements will appear on
SARA's web page
Field Day was held on 27 - 28 June at Macey Center
and Datil Wells. Felix (W5BX) reported that the
TARA station made 144 cw contacts and 154 ssb
contacts during the 2 day event. No information
was available from the Datil Wells group. A
barbecue was enjoyed by all attending members and
friends at the Macey Center Site.
Again, Chef Jon (KC5NWT) out did himself and
we offer him a big THANKS! Further information
about Field Day will be published in next months
- July 11 ---- Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
Trip: Special Event Operation (K5T) on the train
from Antonito, CO to Chama, NM. Contact Jim
Ferry (KI0HR) at 907-731-9409.
- July 24- 26 --- Arizona State Convention,
Flagstaff, AZ. Mark Kesauer (N7KKQ); PO Box
42003-312 Phoenix, AZ 85080-2003; Fax 602-
- Sept 18-20 --- Socorro Flat Tire Festival
- Sept 19-20 --- Duke City Hamfest; New
location: National Guard Armory near Bernallilo.
E-mail dchfATqsl.net for information.
- Oct 24-25 --- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Sunday: International Hamfiesta
Saturday, Ysleta Independent School District
Cultural Arts Center, El Paso, TX.
- Nov 7 --- SARA/TARA Hamfest, Sarracino
Middle School, Socorro, NM. Details to follow.
- Don't forget the weekly ARES net on 146.68
Mhz, Wednesdays at 8:00 pm local.
- The SARA slow code net is held Tuesday
evenings at 8:00 pm on 28.228 Mhz. Join in to
improve your CW
- SARA meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday
of each month at 7:30 pm. The clubhouse is
located at 704 5th Street, Socorro, NM (between Manzanares and Abeyta behind the chain-link fence).
- Every Saturday ~ 8:30 to 9:30 am. Coffee and
donuts at McDonalds in Socorro.
Submissions to SARA Newsletter
All contributions related to amateur radio will be
considered for publication in the SARA Newsletter.
Text should be of general interest to the readers and
be 200 - 300 words in length. Each month ads from
SARA members to buy, sell or trade may be
included. Items must be ham-related. Materials for
publication will be included on a space available
basis: first come, first serve, and at the discretion of
the editor. To be assured of consideration for the
next newsletter, material must be received by the
25th of the month. Submissions in the form of DOS
ASCII files would be preferred. E-mail is good (to domarATrt66.com), snail mail to PO Box 132,
Lemitar, NM 87823. Telephone inquires will be
received at 838-2720 (not home...leave a message).
Sorry no Fax. (D. Staley - editor).
- President - Al Braun (AC5BX): 835-1061
- V.Pres - Kalman Oravecz (AJ5B): 835-3734
- Sec'y - Agnes Halls (KA5KIE): 835-4985
- Treas - Paul Rhodes (N5YGC): 835-1581
- Director - Dave Johnson (KB5YIW): 835-1432
Again I ask the membership if they want to see new
featured items, changes in format or any other
changes that may improve the newsletter. I would
also like to extend an invitation to any member who
would like to contribute an article for publication.
Anything that would be of interest to the amateur
radio community will be welcomed. Thanks - ed.
Doug Staley, KC5RXI
SARA Newsletter Editor
PO Box 132
Lemitar, NM 87823