Socorro Amateur Radio Association
SARA Newsletter ----- "All the news that fits, we print" ----- October, 1998
THE SEPTEMBER MEETING
...was held on September 9th at 1930 hrs with 11 members in attendance. The main topic of discussion was the Fat Tire Fiesta and the
upcoming Hamfest which will be held in November. The meeting was adjourned by the President at 2030 hrs. The next meeting will be
held at 1930 hrs on October 14th.
Minutes of Meeting
The following are excerpts from the minutes of the September meeting:
- Dave, KB5YIW, outlined the new Fat Tire Fiesta format. This year radio operators will be on bikes rather then just stationed at
strategic points along the ride routes. He also circulated ride sheets with the names of ride leaders and radio operators for each ride.
Nigel Blamey will set up a base station at the Plaza, Al and Sandy Braun and Ken Wolf will man the station on Sunday. Jim Oty will
do mobile Sunday, Bill Brundage will cover Saturday afternoon and Al will listen in from the store on Saturday.
- Dave, N1IRZ, visited the warehouse where Dave Martin and crew are preparing the gondola for his round-the-world balloon flight in
December. All is going nicely.
- Jim, WB5GWH, has received the crystals for the Master II and expects to start assembly soon. After assembly is complete he predicts
a lengthy testing period in Socorro to work out any bugs.
- Paul, N5YGC, reported that he has sent letters and a map to the Forest Service in an attempt to obtain clearance to install a repeater
on Davenport. It appears that letters are not going to get the job done and “eye” contact is going to be necessary to resolve the issue.
- Bill, K8HUH, presented a list of proposed prizes for the Hamfest. The items were discussed and members voted on which items to
purchase. See Hamfest article in this issue.
- Al, AC5BX, talked with City Treasurer Pete Gonzales and he will take care of our mailing list for the Hamfest.
Fat Tire Fiesta
On behalf of the Fiesta organizing committee, I would like to express thanks for the communications support provided to the Fat Tire
Fiesta by members of the Socorro Amateur Radio Association and by other local amateur radio operators. You assisted by accompanying
rides (Ryan, KC5WDT; Alan, KC5RXH; Becky, KB0STO; Schlake, KD5CTE; Jeff, KD5CTC; and Andy, KD5CTG), manning the base
station on the Plaza (Nigel, KC5URO; Howard, K9PV; Kálmán, AJ5B; Jim, AB5UO; Bill, K8HUH; Al, AC5BX; Sandy, KB5YIX and
Ken, KC5HGG) and by agreeing to stand by for emergencies with mobile units (Paul, N5YGC; and Jim, WB5GWH). Felix (W5BX) made
his battery available to power the base station on the Plaza. There is some real possibility that I have missed someone along the way, but
let me know and I’ll make a correction in the next newsletter. This was an outstanding effort, particularly since we competed head-to-head
with the Albuquerque Hamfest. I know I had a great time. Thanks again. Dave (KB5YIW).
The Hamfest is just around the corner, November 7th to be exact. At the last meeting Bill, K8HUH, presented a list of possible prizes to be
offered at this years Hamfest. After discussion and a vote the following items will be offered this year:
As previously mentioned, the City of Socorro will handle the mailings for the club this year. Final plans will be made during the October
meeting. As usual, there will be plenty of things to do for anyone who is willing to volunteer. Come out to the meeting and sign up to help
‘cause if’in ya ain’t there, ya just might get volunteered fer somethin’ ya don’t like ta do.
- Alinco DR-605T 2/0.7 meter FM Mobile
- ICOM IC-T8A 6/2/0.7 meter FM HT
- Ten-Tec 1340 40 meter QRP T/R Kit
- MFJ 418 Morse Code Tutor and Book
HAM RELATED STUFF
Air Force QSO Party
If band activity is any indicator, the second annual Air Force Anniversary QSO Party was a roaring success. K5HOG and K5XS were
active on 80, 40, 30, 20, 15, and 10 meters and heard tremendous anniversary activity on each of those bands from the starting gun until
the last second. If you participated, we hope you enjoyed it. If you didn’t we look forward to hearing you in 1999 for the celebration of the
52nd anniversary of the Air Force. We encourage you to send in logs. Full submission requirements are at our web site:
Although last year was our inaugural year, activity was high and we did receive a large number of logs. But in some cases, certificates for
state winners went to the only stations to submit logs in those states; they were uncontested for the certificates. And in a few cases, there
were no logs submitted from some states, even though we were aware of participants from those states. So we encourage you, even if your
point total isn’t large, to submit your logs. You might win a state winner certificate! Although the QST article lists our old Hawaii address,
the club was moved on short notice with the whims of the Air Force to Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Our correct address is: The
Razorback Radio Club 8437 Wesley Stinnett Blvd Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 If logs are submitted to the Hawaii address, that’s fine.
They will make their way to the club in due course. But you can save some processing time by sending them directly to the Maryland
We have specified the times for the third annual Air Force Anniversary QSO party. It will begin at 0001 UTC on 18 September 1999 and
end at 2359 UTC on 19 September 1999. We hope to hear you there! We will be happy to consider any rule changes you’d care to submit.
Mail them to the above address, or e-mail them to: K5HOGATaol.com. Warmest regards and Go Air Force! Loel Skoch, N3XNE
President, Razorback Radio Club
The National Weather Service Office in Albuquerque announces Amateur Radio Club
Vanity call sign for SKYWARN ham radio station
The NWS Albuquerque Radio Club has been assigned amateur radio club vanity call sign WX5ABQ. Club status was recently granted to
nine hams, all from within the staff of the National Weather Service (NWS) Albuquerque Office. The unique vanity call sign was
selected by combining the common abbreviation for weather (WX), the regional designator (5) and the Albuquerque international aviation
WX5ABQ should provide an easy association with the Weather Service Albuquerque ham station when used this winter season for
collecting snow reports and providing limited travelers forecasts. Focus of the station will turn to SKYWARN or the reporting of severe
thunderstorm weather each spring and summer.
The NWS Albuquerque Office is fortunate to have MegaLINK and other repeater system coverage over nearly 80 percent of its 88,000
square mile County Warning Area.
For information on contacting the NWS Albuquerque station, winter and thunderstorm safety information or to scheduled SKYWARN
severe weather training contact Keith Hayes at (505) 243-0702.
FCC Restructuring Proposal
The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will, if adopted, restructure amateur radio licenses in the U.S. The FCC seeks
input from amateur radio operators on the proposed rule changes. The ARRL is on record with a similar, but not identical proposal. Both
of these proposals and FAQS related to this issue may be accessed from http://www.arrl.org/news/restructuring/. Please visit this site
and make your comments known to the FCC.
- October 14, 1998 at 1930 --- SARA Monthly Meeting
- October 24 from 0800 to 1700 and Sunday, October 25 from 0900 to 1400 - International Hamfiesta Saturday, Ysleta Independent
School District’s Cultural Arts Center El Paso, TX. Contact: Clay Emert, K5TRW; 109 Pasodale Rd., El Paso, TX 79907; 915-859-
5502; Email cemertATdzn.com for more information. http://www.dzn.com/hamfiesta
Over The Horizon
- November 7, 1998 - SARA/TARA Hamfest; Socorro, NM. Contact Al Braun at:
- November 7-8 - West Texas ARC, Odessa, TX. Contact Robert Jordan, N5RKN; 1521 East 13th St., Odessa, TX 79761-2958; 915-
335-7980; E-mail: n5rknATapex2000.net for more information or : http://nonprofit.apex2000.net/hamfest
- 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
Well , here it is October already.....next month is Hamfest. Final plans will be hashed out at this months meeting and Al Jefe will be on the
prowl looking for volunteers to help with the many activities planned. So come on out and get involved. By now you have probably
noticed a few changes in the newsletter...the latest, back by popular demand is the standard page size. As I stated before, any and all
suggestions for this publication will be taken into consideration. Also, as stated before.....articles for the general interest of the Ham
Community would be greatly appreciated. Food for Thought: What would a woman from Salem, Mass that is an Amateur Radio Operator
and rides a broom be called?
Doug Staley, KC5RXI
SARA Newsletter Editor
PO Box 132
Lemitar, NM 87823