Socorro Amateur Radio
SARA Newsletter ----- "All the news that fits, we print"
----- September, 1998
THE AUGUST MEETING
...was held on August 12th at 7:35 pm with 10 members and 4 guests in attendance. Main topics of discussion
were the proposed Davenport repeater, the upcoming Fat Tire Festival and the Hamfest. The meeting was
adjourned by the President at 8:30 pm. The next meeting will be held at 7:30 pm on September 9th.
Minutes of Meeting
The following are excerpts from the minutes of the August meeting:
- Dave, N1IRZ, reported that Bob Martin and his crew expect to start their around the world balloon flight
from Australia in December. ICOM has donated numerous pieces of communications equipment for the
flight, including an IC706 Mark II transceiver. SARA will be handling the QSL's for the flight.
- Dave, KB5YIW, presented a preliminary shopping list for the Davenpert repeater and estimated it would
cost approximately $615.00 to purchase the items still needed to make the repeater become a reality. Felix,
W5BX, made a motion (which was 2nd and passed) that we accept and allocate the amount of $615.00 to
purchase the equipment needed for Davenport. Jim, WB5GWH, has already ordered the necessary crystals
for the repeater and has also procured a 6 element directional antenna.
- Bill, K8HUH, questioned how much money should be spent for the Grand Prize at the Hamfest. After a
brief discussion a motion was made and carried to allocate a maximum of $800.00 for Hamfest prizes. Bill,
will report next month on suggested items and their respective prices for prizes.
- Dave, N1IRZ, gave a brief report on the FCC restructuring proposal for Amateur Radio. Surprisingly, both
the FCC and ARRL proposed changes are close to being the same. Dave will make copies of the FCC
proposal and leave them at Radio Shack for anyone to go and read. This is a serious change to the licensing
structure of Amateur Radio and everyone is urged to voice their opinion.
Sometime during the week of July 13th, lightning struck somewhere along the NMT telephone system in the
vicinity of the SARA repeater on West Peak. The strike "took out" the phone card for the area and disabled
the SARA autopatch. I was unaware of this until Tuesday (7/21) when I called Tech's ISD to report that we
weren't getting a dial tone for the autopatch. Mark Reynolds replaced the card, but we still did not have
use of the autopatch.
A call to Pacific Research (maker of our controller) to see what might have happened to the controller in a
lightning strike produced some promising suggestions. Jim (WB5GWH) and I headed up the hill Wednesday
(7/22) morning. Once in the bay we quickly established that there was still a problem with the phone line
provided to us by Tech, we had no dial tone. We nearly left it at that, but decided to take the controller out for a
look and a little testing. It is good that we did. Two 50-ohm resistors protect the "front end" of the autopatch
circuit. Both of these resistors tested as "open" and upon visual inspection, showed signs of shock (a portion of
the covering on each was blown off or cracked) and high heat. We replaced these, contacted ISD to report the
bad line and half an hour later the autopatch was back in operation. I might make the observation that the
damage to the clamping circuit in the controller was downstream from two other telephone lightning protection
features installed previously. (KB5YIW)
Fat Tire Fiesta
The Seventh Annual Fat Tire Fiesta is scheduled for September 18th to the 20th. Once again, SARA has been
asked to assist with communications for the event. Plans this year call for something a little different than in
previous years. Amateur radio operators on bicycles will accompany most of the rides that will have radio
communications. On Saturday and again on Sunday, we would like to have one SARA member with a mobile
rig to be "on call." Although any high clearance vehicle will do, a four-wheel drive vehicle would be best. In
addition we will man a base station at the Plaza as we have in past years. Rider/communicators have been
pretty much arranged, but if you would like to be one of the "on call" drivers or help man the base station,
please contact: Dave Johnson at: (505) 835-1432, evenings; (505) 835-5481, days; or by e-mail at
djohnsonATnmt.edu. Please volunteer to help. The Socorro Amateur Radio Association has an important role to
play in providing communications for this popular event. Planning will be finalized at the September 9th
- Sept 18-20 --- Socorro Fat Tire Festival. Volunteers needed to man routes. Contact Dave by e-mail:
djohnsonATnmt.edu or 835-5481 during the day or 835-1432 evenings.
- Sept 19-20 --- Duke City Hamfest; New location: National Guard Armory on Hwy 44 in Rio Rancho. VE
testing at 1300 hrs Saturday. Talk in 147.06+ PL 100hz. E-mail dchfATqsl.net for information.
- Oct 24-25 --- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday: International Hamfiesta Saturday, Ysleta
Independent School District Cultural Arts Center, 9600 Sims, 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.
SARA Web Site
SARA's Web Page is located at - http://www.ees.nmt.edu/sara/ on the internet. The SARA
web page is maintained by Dave, KB5YIW, and contains past copies of SARA Newsletters, calendar of events,
latest and greatest ARRL news, club events, and links to other Ham related web pages. Next time your surfing
the net...give us a visit.
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 835-2720 (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
Doug Staley, KC5RXI