SARS Meeting

Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted

The next meeting of the SARS will be November 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Location,  2383 Napa Vallejo Highway
Just south of the Kennedy Park Golf Course
Napa Memorial Gardens

2016/2017 Club Officers President-Ken Moore N7CCN; Vice-President-David Whalin AE6W; Treasurer-Rich Rau KO6FR; Secretary-Beverly Moore-W7CCN

 

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Special presentation:  Peter, N6NZI will demonstrate the use of WSJT-X, one of the newer Digital Modes for HF.  WSJT-X has a number of features not found in modes such as PSK-31.

 Current Schedule of Presentations:

January, 2014.  Phil – KD6RM  Topic: Antennas and Feedlines
February, 2014.  John N6XN Topic: Fiber Optic project (or how I spent my summer vacation.
March, 2014. Ron W6BIS.  Topic: Repeaters and Dstar
April, 2014.  All.  Annual BBQ Dinner
May, 2014.  All.  Field Day prep and signups.  Officer Nominations.
June, 2014.  All.  Officer Elections.

 

Testing

Test sessions are held prior to odd-month meetings / upgrades: Important Notice, the Extra Class test will be using the new Syllabus.  Be sure you are practicing with an updated version!!!!

contact KO6FR to make an appointment for the test session.

 

SARS Meeting

October 17, 2017 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $5,016.23 for repeater and club funds combined

Ron Rogers W6BIS – Cannot get to repeaters, batteries are dead. PG&E said hopefully by midnight, Wednesday, 10/18/17, power should be on. Theoretically batteries should be dead from the excessive heat from the fires in the surrounding area. Once the power is on the repeaters should come back on. Ron W6BIS and David AE6W have heard nothing from RACES. They will find out next week at the meeting.

David AE6W – 9/23/17 Defeat ALS is next bike race. David AE6W thanked those that helped with the race. Issues with SAG vehicles because there were not enough to cover the event. David AE6W has to get ahold of Bonnie and the other person about t-shirts. David AE6W commented it was quite impressive to see all the people who came out to help the fire.

Net for next month –

10/18/17 David AE6W

10/25/17 Mike KI6QX

11/1/17 Fred KE6FVX

11/8/17 Ken N7CCN

11/15/17 Ron W6BIS

New Business – Pete, N6NZI, ask about how to help volunteer with ham radios and David AE6W said RACES never contacted him nor Ron W6BIS.

Pacificon is this weekend, October 21 & 22, in San Ramon at the San Ramon Marriott.

Pete, N6NZI, will do his presentation on digital modes at November’s meeting.

Fred KE6FVX had an old 2 meter hand held for show and tell; no tone at all. Receiver works but does not transmit. If someone wanted it, they could have it.

Old Business –

Christmas Party, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Filippi’s at 6:30 p.m. – Menu: Margherita Pizza; Antipasta Salad; Chicken Parmigiana; Lasagne; Pasta Primavera. Dessert will be a choice of Tiramisu, Cheesecake, Chocolate Mouse Cake, Italian Lemon Cake or Spumoni Ice Cream. David AE6W will work with Filippi’s for the price per person and will put the cost per person and the date money is needed.

Testing – The next regular testing will November 2017

Dues are due – $25 single and $37.50 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

The next meeting of the SARS will be November 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

September 19, 2017 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $5,166.23 for repeater and club funds combined

Ron Rogers W6BIS – October is meeting with the County and hope to know something about RACES. Still working on repeater and is getting closer.

David AE6W – Eagle Bike Race was August 20, 2017 – one broken shoulder. Mike, AI6QX, ask about not using call sign – the call sign is supposed to be announced every 10 minutes. He had difficulty getting out at on the radio at Nicholini.

9/23/17 Defeat ALS is next bike race. David AE6W has all the spots covered. Ron W6BIS, & Morgan KD6JAI, are at Fish and Game. Steve WA7CYQ, at Orchard. Francois KE6MLT, at Lake Hennesey. David AE6W, will be at Pope Valley. Flan KB6IWU, Frank Family on Larkmead Lane. Bob N6OFB and Rich KO6FR Net Control.

Net for next month –

9/20/17 Mike AI6QX

9/27/17 David AE6W

10/4/17 Fred KE6FVX

10/11/17 Ron W6BIS

New Business – Christmas Party, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Filippi’s at 6:30 p.m. David AE6W ask for $150 for the deposit from Rich, Treasurer. David will work on the menu and price and have the information at next month’s meeting

Ron W6BIS brought in 2 meter radio with power supply to give away.

Old Business –

Discussion of possibly going to quarterly meetings due to the fact there is minimal member participation was held until tonight’s meeting. Pete, N6NZI, would like to do presentation on digital modes at October’s meeting. Members felt the club would fall apart with quarterly meetings. Fred KE6FVX felt quarterly meetings are not a good idea and monthly meetings are better. If participation declines during quarterly it would be difficult to reel everyone back in. Motion made to keep monthly by Bob N6OFB and Steve KD6KQB second. Meetings will be kept monthly.

Ron W6BIS commented that since meetings are to continue to be monthly, at every meeting each member could do a presentation. Fred KE6FVX suggested he would talk on different topics, electronics, radio. David AE6W commented that the presentation does not necessarily have to be on radio communications.

Testing – The next regular testing will November. 2 people took test and both passed this evening.

Dues are due – $25 single and $37.50 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

The next meeting of the SARS will be October 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

August 15, 2017 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $4,466.23 for repeater and club funds combined

Ron Rogers W6BIS – battling problem with intermittent issue on 441.8 and it is worse on a hot day and keeps chasing. He has a couple of ideas but waiting for a hot day. Does not expect it to work for at least a couple of weeks.

 

David AE6W – Eagle Bike Run 8/20/2017 sent out the information to the people that have volunteered to help. Mike AI6QX is taking Nicholini; Steve WA7CYQ out at the lake; Juan KK6EVL Trower; and Flan KB6IWU at Napa College St. Helena. Jeff W6BYS said we could use his repeater if needed.

9/23/17 Defeat ALS is next bike race.

The last couple bike runs we have done the attendance is way down.

Net for next month –

8/16/17 Ken N7CCN

8/23/17 David AE6W

8/30/17 Ron W6BIS

9/6/17 Fred KE6FVX

9/13/17 David AE6W

New Business – Discuss possibly going to quarterly meetings due to the fact there is minimal member participation. If quarterly meetings are decided upon minutes still have to be taken and logged, net dates would be included and members would be assigned at each meeting until the next meeting and announcements could be made on the weekly bet. Everything would stay the same except meetings would be every 3 months instead of monthly. If SARS goes to quarterly meetings the meeting dates for 2017 and 2018 would be:

10/17/17

1/16/18

4/17/18

7/17/18

10/16/18

It was discussed on not sure how club participation can be approved upon. Bev W7CCN did an information letter to give to people who take test to inform them of our club.

Quarterly meeting discussion will be further discussed at the September 19th meeting.

Perspective from a younger person, Peter KJ6NZI – he listens to other nets and observed that members do not converse with one another. Listening to people converse about what they are doing and how they are doing stuff is interesting. And the other active nets are on DStar and they have active discussion. John N6XN said every Tuesday at 8 p.m. there is a technical night on PAPA, Hamnation between 6-7pm. There is also an automated scheduler that is to help promote participation.

Old Business –

Elections – Members did nominations at the March 18th meeting and those that were not in attendance could emailed their nominations to David AE6W. Francois KE6MLT and John Painter WB6V received most of the nominations, but both are on vacation and not available tonight. John is not able to accept the nomination and cannot attend the next few meetings due to scheduling. Therefore Ken N7CCN and David AE6W will resume their positions until next year.

Testing – The next regular testing will September

Dues are due – $25 single and $37.50 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Ron W6BIS brought some information to share. Primarily for the new hams but unfortunately they did not show. He brought different types of coax indicating when looking for coax be very careful and also you should know how to put fittings on/together.

The next meeting of the SARS will be September 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (**If going to quarterly, next meeting will be October 17, 2017)

Meeting adjourned.

 

 

SARS Meeting

There are no Minutes for July as the Secretary was unable to attend.

New Hams from the July Testing:

Manuel Rodrigues, Napa

Edward Fein, Fairfield

Jordan Germyn, Petaluma

Mike Nolette, Napa

Congratualtions!

 

May 16, 2017 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7C

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $5,091 for repeater and club funds combined

Ron Rogers W6BIS – Last few month 441.8 has been “sputtering” and 147.18 off the air. Due to the fact that Ron returned to work 2 days a week that turned out to be 5 days a week until about 2 months ago and did not have time to work on the repeaters. Now that he has time he has been working on them and recently realized 441.8 was a temperature control problem. All of the equipment up there is 10-20-30 years old. We have no new equipment. He went up and realized they were off frequency during the day so he put back on frequency and went back in the evening and they were off frequency again so he put it back. Now he has to reset the levels. John N6XN is working on the “raspberry pies” to work with the microwave links.

David AE6W – Tour de Cure, Sunday, May 7, 2017 – went well – 1,675 racers

Eagle bike race – August 20, 2017

Defeat ALS, Saturday, September 24th – Per Bonnie they need SARS, it is the usual program, Sterling and Clos Pegase are not available and they are looking at T Vine.

Net for next month –

5/17/17 David AE6W

5/24/17 Ken N7CCN

5/31/17 Ron W6BIS

6/7/17 Fred KE6FVX

6/14/17 David AE6W

6/21/17 Ken N7CCN

6/28/17 Ken N7CCN

7/5/17 David AE6W

7/12/17 To be announce

New Business – Thanks to CHP and their involvement the talking on blue tooth radio law is exempt for ham radios. More information is on our website www.napasars.net

Reno swap date is Saturday, May 20 at Cabela’s

There is a swap also a meet at Carmichael Elk Lodge is Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 5631 Cypress Ave, Carmichael, CA

Old Business –

Field Day – Napa SARS club has been invited to participate with the Vallejo radio club. Members can look on their website www.nbara.org (North Bay Amateur Radio Association) to see where and how the Vallejo club Field Day happens at Alden Park Mare Island. It is the weekend of June 25-26. Set up time will be 7 a.m. Saturday with operating to commence at 11 a.m. lasting for 24 hours. It is also a training exercise, campout, barbecue and a great time for members to socialize with friends.

Elections – Members did nominations at the March 18th meeting and those that were not in attendance could email their nominations to David AE6W. Francois KE6MLT and John Painter WB6V received most of the nominations, but both are on vacation and not available tonight. John is not able to accept the nomination and cannot attend the next few meeting due to scheduling. Therefore Ken N7CCN and David AE6W will resume their positions until the July 18th meeting.

Dwindling of club members is partially due to the fact that we may need presentations. Steve KD6KQB mentioned an idea for outreach could be to participate in the Fire prevention the first week of October. And possibly National Night Out in August

Testing – The next regular testing will be in July. 2 people tested this evening and passed, 1 Tech and 1 General

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

The next meeting of the SARS will be July 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. No meeting in June.

Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

April 18, 2017 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $5,091.23 for repeater and club funds combined

Ron Rogers W6BIS – no RACES report – the last couple of meetings have been cancelled because the person running them is busy writing grants since there is Federal money available.

David AE6W – Tour de Cure, Sunday, May 7, 2017 – everyone that helped last year is willing to help this year and David AE6W is in the process of reconfirming.   Rich KO6FR and Bob KO6FR will be net. Jim WB6ZZR and Francois KE6MLT will team up to be a sag. Chris KJ6DLF and Fred KE6FVX will also be sags. Jeff W6BYS will allow club to use his system as backup. We need St. Helena to cover Alexander Valley.

Net for next month –

4/19/17 David AE6W

4/26/17 Ron W6BIS

5/3/17 Fred KE6FVX

5/10/17 Ken N7CCN (David AE6W as backup)

New Business –

Repeater issues are a work in progress – Ron W6BIS reported since John N6XN is not available. John N6XN has made the changes for D-Star but is still having issues getting it to run properly. Computer is not fast enough and not enough storage. The new D-Star system is a lot better and has a total new program and takes a huge amount of memory. It is suggested that John N6XN buys a new computer and the club will pay for it. Fred KE6FVX made a motion that John N6XN to buy computer and David AE6W seconded the motion.

Issues still with 441.8 and Ron W6BIS is trying to work on it but it keeps raining so when the rain stops he will try this week when weather gets nicer.

Dave WZ6X had to books for “auction” and the money will go to the club. Repeater Guide for 2016-2017 sold for $3.50 to Steve KD6KQB and JT65 and JT9 Digital Systems sold for $5 to Jim WB6ZZR

Ron W6BIS had some equipment to give away – 2 meter and 440 antennaes, cables, magnet mount antennae and a stand. He also spoke of a hand held transmitter that has all repeaters preloaded available for $400. For more information contact Ron W6BIS.

Old Business –

Field Day – Members need to think of a new place because David AE6W is on vacation and not available. Ken N7CCN & Bev W7CCN will be camping and will not be available either. Fred is willing to have a conversation with Fire and will go out to NSH but wants a show of hands to participate the entire weekend and no one showed interest.  And he has been watching the sun and it was dismal last year and it is looking the same or worse for this year. Napa SARS club has been invited to participate with the Vallejo radio club. Members can look on their website www.nbara.org (North Bay Amateur Radio Association) to see where and how the Vallejo club Field Day happens at Alden Park Mare Island. (***Information from N.B.A.R.A. website is included at the end of the minutes.***)

June 20, 2017 meeting – need new place because David AE6W is on vacation and not available – no recommendations at this point so there will not be a meeting.

Elections – Nominations were done and voting will be done at the May 16th meeting – Ken N7CCN and David AE6W are not interested in continuing to serve as President and Vice President. David AE6W will announce for those not in attendance can email their nominations to him.

Testing – The next regular testing will May

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

The next meeting of the SARS will be May 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

***Information from N.B.A.R.A website:***

Field Day Update: N.B.A.R.A. will participate in Field Day again this year from Alden Park on the weekend of June 25-26. Set up time will be 7 AM Saturday with operating to commence at 11 AM lasting for 24 hours. Field Day is a 24 hour emergency radio drill operating off of the grid with temporary stations on temporary antennas running on emergency power, normally in a public location. It is also a training exercise, campout, barbecue and a great time to socialize with friends. We will have many visitors throughout the day from the public, the Times Herald and people with a interest in Emergency communications. At this time I have some tentative team assignments. These are subject to change as we get closer to Field Day:
**15 Meter GOTA  Band Captains Kurt Schulmeyer KE6GKV, Ed Brown KK6WAB, Nick Bianchi KI6LCD, Margo Kennedy KJ6SCD
**20 Meter CW    Band Captains Gary Gross KE6QR, Ross Guldenfrien W6FG
**20-40 Meter PSK/CW:  Band Captains Dave Woodard KO6B, Dave Beard WA6PEP, Cyndi Pilgrim KK6NGZ
**20 Meter Phone:  Band Captains Ray Bryant N6RBY, Tamara Bryant KI6PJK, Celeste Langstaff KK6YVW
**40 Meter Phone: Band Captains Chris Jones KD7TQO, Powell Helems KK6YVV, Lee Simmerson KA6IFA
**Setup: Craig Brammer AA6EF, Steve Strunk KB6LMB
**Tour Guides: Bob Gregory AB4AL, Mathew Pearce KI6WYQ
**Cook: Jennifer Gross KI6ARW
**Chris Jones will be providing a cross band repeater on site. 446.050 PL 88.5 linked to the 145.310 repeater. Please have your Hand-Talkies programed to the 446.050 PL 88.5. We will use this frequency for on site communications, demonstrations as well as a link to the repeater as a “talk-in” frequency for visitor’s coming from outside our area.

We are still in need of a 80 meter station. We are also still in need of a safety officer.
Please come down and be part of the Biggest Ham Radio Social event of the Year. See you at Field Day!   Gary KE6QR  ***

 

SARS Meeting

February 21, 2017 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $5,208 for repeater and club funds combined

Ron Rogers W6BIS – out of power for over 3 days during one of the storms this month and the batteries did not die. 147.18 repeater still down.

David AE6W – is not interested in officer position in June but he will continue to do the bike races. At this point he is not sure he will continue to coordinate the Christmas party.

Net for next month –

2/22/17 David AE6W

3/1/17 Ken N7CCN (David AE6W Backup)

3/8/17 John WB6V

3/15/17 Ken N7CCN (David AE6W Backup)

New Business – David AE6W is not available for Field Day, June 24 & 25, 2017 this year because he is on vacation. Club members need to find a new location for Field Day.

Club members also need to start thinking of members to fill officer position for election in June. David AE6W and Ken N7CCN do not wish to continue being President and Vice President. David AE6W will not be available for June meeting so club members will need to find another meeting place. He suggested that we contact Fire Chief at Napa State Hospital because he had previously indicated there was a couple of spots available. David AE6W said we could miss June meeting and do nominations in April and vote at May’s meeting. David AE6W indicated he will continue to do the bike races but still undecided if he will coordinate the Christmas party.

Ron W6BIS – did “show and tell” on old stuff to give away. Motorola radios and with a little modification you can make a repeater out of it. Great radio but very difficult to work on because it was one of their first radios and has crystals in it and he does have books on them. They are programmable but you must have an old computer with DOS to do this. If you buy coax make sure you buy really good coax and good fittings. The best would be to buy double shield coax.

Old Business –

Mark from Horsemen’s Association has class March 18 & 19, 2017 and 1 p.m. testing after the class on March 19 at the Horsemen’s Association. He is expecting approximately 40+ people which includes 2 organizations that are wanting to send people. Rich KO6FR has to request additional paper work to accommodate that many people. We will need several VE’s to be available for the testing on Sunday, March 19th. There is also testing during our next regular SARS meeting March 21st.

Testing – The next regular testing will May – ask Rich

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

The next meeting of the SARS will be March 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

January 17, 2017 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $5,208.00 for repeater and club funds combined

Ron Rogers W6BIS – AE6W David reported Ron W6BIS is trying to work with Eric and Kevin from Napa County to get the radios working and also offered to program the radios.

David AE6W – bike races, Tour de Cure – no additional information is available. Defeat ALS has a new female running the tour and David has not emailed her back for information.

Net for next month –

1/18/17 David AE6W

1/25/17 John WB6V

2/1/17 David AE6W

2/8/17 Ken N7CCN (John WB6V) to cover if Ken N7CCN cannot

2/15/17 John WB6V

Old Business –John WB6V tried simplex frequency 147.540 after the 12/14/16 net. It worked pretty good. He had a total of 6 contacts and the furthest was Francois KE6MLT which is approximately 17 miles and also FlanKB6IWU. John WB6V was running 50 watts with a vertical of 300’. He would like to try a 10 meter at a later date.

New Business – Mark from Horsemen’s Association has class March 18 & 19, 2017 and 1 p.m. testing after the class on March 19 at the Horsemen’s Association. He is expecting approximately 40+ people which includes 2 organizations that are wanting to send people. There are 7 VE’s available. Rich KO6FR has to request additional paper work to accommodate that many people.

Francois KE6MLT –made comment that we do not have enough members and Ken N7CCN reminded that we do have members but they do not come. Bev W7CCN commented it is an informal gathering. He thinks we should have more formality and discussing radios, antennas, and more technical information should be shared and spoken on. David AE6W commented that people want to be a part of the club but don’t want to help. Francois KE6MLT would like members to come and suggest ideas.   He thinks ideas should come out of all the members. John suggested to brain storm to come up with ideas for presentations. John WB6V wanted to know if there is another way to communicate with the members and that is one of the reasons John N6XN put the website NAPASARS.NET together, but a lot of the members don’t access the site. Bob N6OFB commented that we need to make more of an effort to invite the people who take the tests to stay for the meetings.

Testing – The next regular testing will be in March – ask Rich KO6FR. 2 people took Tech test and passed this evening.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

The next meeting of the SARS will be February 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

November 15, 2016 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $4,671.73 for repeater and club funds combined

Ron Rogers W6BIS – no report, but John N6XN announced D Star is working.

David AE6W – next bike race is Tour de Cure in May. They have already contacted David AE6W for our services

Net for next couple of months –

  • 11/16/16 David AE6W
  • 11/23/16 Ken N7CCN
  • 11/30/16 Bev W7CCN
  • 12/7/16 Mike AIQ6X
  • 12/14/16 John WB6V
  • 12/21/16 David AE6W
  • 12/28/16 Ken N7CCN or John WB6V
  • 1/4/17 John WB6V
  • 1/11/17 David AE6W

Old Business – Members tried to talk on a simplex frequency of 147.540 after 10/26/16 net – no results. Members tried again on 147.540 on the net night of 10/26/16 – no results.   John WB6V announced he will try Simplex again on a 147.54 after 12/14/16 net.

David AE6W – Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Filippi’s. Cost is $33 per person. Members need to RSVP to David AE6W no later than November 29, 2016. MENU:  Appetizers – Garlic & Oil Pizza & Antipasto Salad.   Entrees: Lasagna with meat sauce & Chicken & Prosciutto Tortellini & Eggplant Parmigiana.   Dessert choices are Cheesecake or Spumoni ice cream.

New Business – David AE6W announced that the room should be quiet during testing as stated in the rules and should be classroom environment. Francois KE6MLT announced and encouraged members to read and get informed on antenna convenants on www.arrl.org. (Regulatory & Advocacy>>Federal>>Federal Legislative Activity>>Amateur Radio Parity Act). At the top of the page under “US House Passes the Amateur Radio Parity Act” members can send a message to their US Senate by clicking on the link “click here”. http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act

Testing – The next regular testing will be January 2017.  5 people took test this evening and all passed.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

The next meeting of the SARS will be January 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. There will not be a regular meeting in December because of the Christmas party on December 6th.

Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

October 18, 2016 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $4,171.73 for repeater and club funds combined

Ron Rogers W6BIS – Repeater report – repeater still broken and interesting thing is repeater does not work in the afternoon when sun goes down or possibly a bad piece of coax. A person in south bay complained we interfered with him and Ron W6BIS is working on it.

David AE6W – No major issues in the ALS bike race. Next bike ride will be May 7, 2017, the Tour de Cure. David AE6W had not heard anything on the check SARS is to receive for our volunteered services for the Eagle bike race, so he emailed the appropriate person and is awaiting the check.

Net for next month – 10/19/16 David AE6W 10/26/16 John WB6V 11/2/16 Ken N7CCN    11/9/16 Bev W7CCN

Old Business – Members tried to talk on a simplex frequency after one of the October nets – no results. Members will try again on 147.540 on the net night of 10/26/16.

David AE6W is still working on the menu and price for the Christmas Party on December 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Filippi’s and will report at the November 15th meeting.

New Business – Jim WB6ZZR demonstrated/showed the antennae he built – Harbor Freight antennae pole he plans on mounting to his chimney.

John WB6V and Francois spoke on PacifiCon they attended previously.

John WB6V mentioned Gordon West and Bob Heil are available to do presentations/talks.

Morgan, KD6JAI, talked about her and Ron’s, W6BIS, all expense paid trip to New York City they won from KGO. They also got to go the broad way show Aladdin and was in the audience of the Good Morning America Show and went to the World Trade Center Memorial.

Today, October 18, 2016, Morgan brought chocolate cake with custard to celebrate Ron’s, W6BIS, 76th birthday

Testing – The next regular testing will be November 2016

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

The next meeting of the SARS will be November 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. There will not be a regular meeting in December because of the Christmas party on December 6th. We will assign members to cover the net for November and December and part of January.

Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

September 20, 2016 Minutes by AE6W

Rich KO6FR treasury report is $4,201.00

John N6XN John talked about the repeaters. 147.180 MT Veder is still down, Ron has been working on it and the VHF/UHF antenna will be replaced

David AE6W Working on the defeat ALS still needs two more people to cover rest stops.

Weekly nets 9/21 David, 9/28 Bev, 10/5 Ken, 10/12 Ken.

Mark is going to have a ham class in January and there will be about 30 people and he asked if we could be the VES for the test.

David AE6W The Christmas party will be December 6, 2016 at 6:30pm David will work on the menu and what the price will be.

John N6XN brought up that there are several building in Napa that have ham radio antennas so that we can talk on simplex frequencies.

We are going to try and talk on a simplex frequencies  and we hope that everyone  will join us.

The next meeting of the SARS will be October 18, 2016

 

SARS Meeting

August 16, 2016 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $4,351.73 for repeater and club funds combined and power is paid for the rest of the year.

Ron Rogers W6BIS – no report

David AE6W – Eagle Bike race Sunday August 21, 2016 all rest stops are covered. Rich KO6FR and Bob N6OFB are net control. Trower – Juan KK6EVL; Nichelini Winery – Ken N7CCN and Bev W7CCN; Poper Valley Airport/Whiskey River – Steve kWA7CYQ; Napa Valley College St. Helena – Flan KB6IWU. The tour will have rovers and SAGs on the course. Members are encouraged to go to stops to shadow.

Defeat ALS October 1, 2016 6 rest stops this year Lake Hennesey, Pope Valley, Calistoga, Orchard Avenue, Fish and Game and Rutherford.

Steve from American Canyon was concerned that repeater was working because he had difficulty checking in on the net. John N6XN announced that Ron W6BIS is aware the repeater is not working properly because he is working with the cavities. Difficult to tune because close together and affects everyone to the south. It will be a couple more weeks before it is working properly.

Net for next month – 8/17/16 David AE6W; 8/24/16 Mike AI6QX; 8/31/16 Ken W7CCN;  9/7/16 John WB6V; 9/14/16 Bev W7CCN

Old Business – none

New Business – John WB6V suggested a speaker for the future, The past editor of 73 Magazine around until 2003 who was a member of NapaSARS. John N6XN will send him an email.

Testing – The next regular testing will be September 2016

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FRThe next meeting of the SARS will be September 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

July 19, 2016 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,126.73 for repeater and $1,507.00 for club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – no report

David AE6W – Eagle Bike Run August 21st. Bob N6OFB & Rich KO6FR Net Control in Yountville and Dan WA7G may help as trainee. Steve WA7CYQ Pope Valley; Ken N7CCN & Bev W7CCN Niccolini; Juan KK6EVL Trower; Flan KB6IWU at the college at St Helena

Next bike race is 10/1/16 Defeat ALS – David AE6W will have additional information at the next meeting.

Field Day, June 25 & 26 – David AE6W – Rich KO6FR announced we got 800 + points and 700 bonus points but we won’t know placement until November.

Net for next month – 7/20/16 David AE6W   7/27/16 Mike AI6QX  8/3/16 Francois KE6MLT 8/10/16 David AE6W

Old Business – none

New Business – a card was circulated for members to sign for Don’s AC6LE passing

Testing – The next regular testing will be September 2016

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FRThe next meeting of the SARS will be August 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

June 21, 2016 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,126.73 for repeater and $1,507.00 for club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – no report

David AE6W – Eagle Bike Run August 21st. Need volunteers for 4 rest stop and 2 for net control.

Field Day, June 25 & 26 – David AE6W – Steve KD6KQB, as safety officer to sign off for the extra points. Can starting set up at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and starts Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and will go until 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The club plans on having 15, 20, and 40 meters. At noon on Sunday, after Field Day has ended, we will have the BBQ. Members are to bring their choice of “meat” and a dish to share plus you own plate & silverware. David AE6W has turned in the news release to several papers. There is a service and reception on Saturday at the mortuary, so members will use alternate bathroom until 5 p.m. David AE6W has ask the Sheriff to come out and sign off. Ken N7CCN & Bev W7CCN will get ice and case of water. Pancake breakfast Saturday morning prior to set up and hot dogs Saturday evening and both will be at Ken W7CCN and Bev N7CCN trailer.

Net for next month – 6/22/16 Ken N7CCN   6/29/16 David AE6W  7/6/16 John WB6V        7/13/16 Bev W7CCN

New Business – John WB6V (formerly N3APA) – SARS Website – ask members if there are any special websites used often and he will help John N6XN bring the SARS website up to date. They will add websites and links that members request to add and members can email either one the information. Francois KE6MLT mentioned that for new members to try to include them and make them feel more comfortable. Let them know where to get the hats. Francois KE6MLT suggested looking at the new licenses from Napa and possibly sending a post card or contacting and inviting them to a future meeting.

John WB6V did a short presentation on a portable vertical antenna that he has used for several years and is easily set up in 5 minutes or less and fairly inexpensive. He gave a handout with a chart of dimensions needed for each band and information for parts needed.

Testing – The next regular testing will be July 19, 2016

New Business – Nominations – The names/positions may remain the same and need to be voted on. President – Ken N7CCN; Vice President – David AE6W; Treasurer – Rich KO6FR; Secretary – Bev W7CCN. Bob N6OFB made motion to keep officers the same and Steve KD6KQB seconded.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

The next meeting of the SARS will be July 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

May 10, 2016 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,126.73 for repeater and $1,284.00 for club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report –Few issues with repeater property and some things were overlooked or missed by the County in the past because their side of the inspection was incomplete. Ron W6BIS met with the County and got things cleared up and received paper work stamped “Completed”. Art is working on enlarging the battery box.

David AE6W – May 1st, Tour de Cure Rich K06FR and Bob N6OFB were on Net Control; Steve WA7YQ Rutherford; Flan KB6IWU Sterling; Bev W7CCN & Ken N7CCN Alexander Valley at the School; Ron W6BIS and Morgan KD6JAI Fish & Game; David AE6W Harris Ranch; Fred KE6FVX and Juan KK6EVL were SAGS. Tour de Cure went fairly well. Had 1800 riders. We need to make sure we take pen and paper to write down information on riders that are picked up and/or transported so that correct information can be passed on to Net Control and officials. Before the event members that volunteer need to make sure batteries are charged and radios are in operating condition and strong enough to transmit in remote areas (5 watt minimum).

Fred KE6FVX had a couple of comments on repeaters that were ok at Alexander Valley School but when he got to Calistoga he had to switch to 441.9.   A couple of other comments from club volunteers were the issues with riders that rode double file or more, cutting corners and running stop signs. One of the sag drivers was not familiar with course, nor familiar with the car being driven and also yelled at the riders to ride single file. David AE6W will pass along information to appropriate event person.

The next bike race will be in August and Defeat ALS is in September.

Field Day, June 25 & 26 – David AE6W – Steve KD6KQB, as safety officer to sign off for the extra points. The club plans on having 15, 20, 40 meters and 20 meter PSK. Mark, may do 80 meters. David AE6W will work on PSK while he is on vacation. At noon on Sunday, after Field Day has ended, we will have the BBQ. Members are to bring their choice of “meat” and a dish to share. David AE6W will download the press release. There is a service and reception on Saturday at the mortuary, so members will use alternate bathroom until 5 p.m.

Net for next month – 5/11/16 David AE6W      5/18/16 Ken N7CCN   5/25/16 Bev W7CCN  6/1/16 John N3APA     6/8/16 Ken N7CCN     6/15/16 John N3APA

Testing – Mike KK6ZID took extra class test and passed.   One test coming up at the Deli on May 17, 2016. The next regular testing will be 3rd Tuesday of July 2016.

New Business – Nominations – Names for officers were written down. The names/positions may remain the same and will be voted on at June 21st meeting.  President – Ken N7CCN; Vice President – David AE6W; Treasurer – Rich KO6FR; Secretary – Bev W7CCN

Discussed changing meetings back to 3rd Tuesday of the month. Ron W6BIS made motion and it was seconded and passed for meeting to be moved back to 3rd Tuesday of the month. Therefore next month’s meeting will be June 21, 2016. QST’s will be announced on Wednesday nets.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

The next meeting of the SARS will be June 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

April 12, 2016 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,126.73 for repeater and $1,284.00 for club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – last meeting was cancelled.

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – Ron W6BIS and John N6XN will be going up on Wednesday and put in the new batteries that Mike’s KK6ZID, friend got for the club (details below under old business)

David AE6W – May 1st, Tour de Cure Rich K06FR and Bob N6OFB are on Net Control; Steve WA7YQ Rutherford; Flan KB6IWU Sterling; Bev W7CCN & Ken N7CCN Alexander Valley at the School; Ron W6BIS and Morgan KD6JAI Fish & Game; David AE6W Harris Ranch; Chris KJ6DLF, Fred KE6FVX and Juan KK6EVL have volunteered to be SAGS. Brian K9RBA, and a couple of other members will drive around and shadow to see how things work before volunteering in the future. The next bike race will be in August.

Field Day – David AE6W announced ARRL has new rules and extra points are given if a safety officer is in attendance. Steve KD6KQB (retired Napa County Safety Officer) was asked if he could be available to go around and review and sign off for the extra points. The club plans on having 15, 20 and 40 meters, 20PSK, Mark may do 80 meters. At noon on Sunday, after Field Day has ended, we will have the BBQ. Members are to bring their choice of “meat” and a dish to share. David AE6W will download the press release.

Net for next month – 4/13/16 David AE6W     4/20/16 Ken N7CCN      4/27/16 Bev W7CCN  5/4/16 John N3APA

Next testing – There will be an additional testing on May 10th before the regular meeting. The next regular testing will be July 2016. Tom KJ6VML, took test and upgraded to general. Ray took test for technician and passed.

David AE6W – went over the VE rules and testing area should have a classroom environment and has to be very quiet. Members that arrive early have been asked to leave the testing area if they are to engage in conversations.

New Business – members will need to think about nominations for May meeting.

Old Business – At the last meeting a motion was made & seconded to purchase a new antennae for approx.. $400. Ron W6BIS, was going to research for the best price and purchase & report to members this month – Rich K06FR researched and it just needs to be ordered.

Also at the last meeting Dan, WA7G and Art, WA6JKP, were going to research prices for 8 110 batteries and report to members at this meeting – Mike’s KK6ZID friend works for a communications company and there are batteries are changed out every 2 years. They received 6 and will get 6 more and Ron W6BIX and John N6XN will install the ones received on Wednesday, April 13.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

The next meeting of the SARS will be May 10, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

 

SARS Meeting

March 8, 2016 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,126.73 for repeater and $1,099.00 for club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – attended the Napa County EMS meeting. They were fumbling around to come up with a guest speaker, so Ron, W6BIS volunteered to do a talk on amateur radio and its position in an emergency at the May meeting. He will speak on what SARS can do if the County utilizes the volunteered services.

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – Repeater on Mt Veeder has a problem with one of the antennaes. It was not meant to be 60’ in the air and it is in a fiberglass case – eventually the padding falls out and Ron W6BIS has been conducting a couple of tests. He went up with a SWR bridge and it was not good. There is a new model that is 24’ long and on 2 meter you gain 8.3 db gain and UHF you gain 11.7 db gain and cost approximately $400. Bob, N6OFB made a motion to buy a new antennae and John, N6XN seconded and the members approved the purchase.   Ron, W6BIS will research for the best price and purchase.

John, N6XN recommended to buy 8 110 new batteries. The batteries currently being used are in their last stage. Dan, WA7G will research and give information at the next meeting. Art, WA6JKP will also look up price and report at next meeting.

David AE6W – Tour de Cure May 1st, Fred, KE6FVX and Juan, KK6EVL volunteered to work as a SAG. Hopefully we can get more members to participate. Ron W6BIS – Fish & Game, Ken N7CCN & Bev W7CCN – Fieldstone. David AE6W will contact Flan and a couple of other people for the remaining locations. Ernie, KB4EFX did volunteer to help but unfortunately he will not be available. If any member desires or can volunteer to help, it would be greatly appreciated.

The next Eagles bike race will be in Sunday, August 21, 2016 & Defeat ALS is in September.

Net for next month – 3/9/16 David AE6W    3/16/16 Ken N7CCN    3/23/16 Bev W7CCN    3/30/16 John N3APA     4/6/16 Ron W6BIS

Next testing – The next test will be May 2016

New Business – Tom Carpenter from SAR took Tech test and passed and Mike, currently Tech and took General and passed.

Ron W6BIS went to Alaska but did not get to see the northern lights. Rode train there. Alaska is having a problem with the weather being warm. Truck loads of snow being shipped in for the Iditarod. Coal fire power house built almost 30 years and have not been used in regular service because did not meet the right requirements but have been used in emergencies. Train stops at Hurricane Gulch and at the bottom was a moose with a pair of babies.

Ken W7CCN and Bev N7CCN were stranded in San Diego and toured the Midway ship and saw the radio room with a lot of ham radios. Ken will print pics for the next meeting.

Old Business – none

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be April 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

SARS Meeting

November 10, 2015 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,126.73 for repeater and $1,144.00 for club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – no report

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – Ron W6BIS and John N6XN working on problem with Echo link and now there have been a few problems with the id’s and he has been putting one on top of another and has caused a few problems. There is no voter in South Napa at Mt Veeder which is the repeater that carries the echo link. They almost have it fixed. We have been at Mt. Veeder since 2002.

John N6XN – no report

David AE6W – no report

Net for next month – 11/11/15 David AE6W 11/18/15 Ken N7CCN 11/25/15 John N3APA 12/2/15 Bev W7CCN 12/9/15 Ron W6BIS 12/16/15 David AE6W 12/23/15 John N3APA 12/30/15 Ken N7CCN 1/6/16 David AE6W

Next testing – The next test will be January 2016

New Business – 2 Tests were given and were passed.

John N3APA attended Pacificon and met Francois KE6MLT and Phil KD6RM and talked about an asymmetrical antennae and different way to set up radio and what they were able to do with it. There were about 6-8 presentations during the day and interesting day about antennas. They talked about Bay-Net which is an open amateur radio repeater system providing wide-area coverage for public service event and emergency communications. 2 good web sites for additional information is http://www.bay-net.org/ and http://ciphermachines.com/enigma

Bill KI6GPN talked about getting new members and may have a new member and will bring him to Genova’s Deli for coffee Thursday morning to introduce him to members because he was not able to make it to the meeting this evening.

Old Business – Christmas Dinner is Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Filippi’s- $30 per person and David AE6W needs members to RSVP no later than November 24, 2015. Menu- Family style meals include sourdough garlic bread and non-alcoholic beverages. APPETIZERS: Margherita Pizza – thin crust tomato, basil & mozzarella cheese and Antipasto Salas – Romaine & iceberg salad with tomatoes, red onions, carrots, broccoli, garbanzo beans, green olives, pepperoncini, sharp provolone cheese, salami & mortadella ENTREES: Chicken Parmigiana – baked with marinara & mushrooms topped with parmesan & mozzarella and Spaghetti served with meat sauce and Pasta Primavera – Mostaccioli tossed with fresh garden vegetables servedin an olive oil, white wine, garlic & butter sauce. DESSERT CHOICES: Cheesecake or Spumoni ice cream.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be January 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

 

SARS Meeting

October 13, 2015 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $4,270 for both repeater and club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – David AE6W & Ron W6BIS went to meeting the other day-not much on emergency type operations. But talk was given on fire at Lake County. How do you care for all of the animals. All types of animals, guinea pigs, horses, snakes, cats, dogs etc. What types of food is brought in or what types of food not to bring. What animals are not combined in same room. Very interesting and lots of information.

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – no report

David AE6W – no bike races until May 2016 – Tour de cure which is 1st Sunday in May 2016. We received payment from Eagles. Attendees seem to be less as compared to last year. David AE6W received email from Bonnie thanking us for our participation and to let us know they received over $700,000 on this last ride for Defeat ALS and that they received no negative feed back for SARS.

Net for next month –10/14/15 David AE6W  10/21/15 John N3APA   10/28/15   Bev W7CCN   11/4/15 Ron W6BIS       John N3APA kept track of check in for last month for 3 times 18, 24 & 21. (Note: David AE6W will fill in if Bev and Ken can not get thru for 10/28/15 from Pollock Pines.)

Next testing – The next test will be November

New Business – Ron W6BIS – We do have an issue in this club which there seems there is not a lot of participation and participation is down compared from a few years ago.   We need to seriously think about how to increase participation.   Maybe advertise in Napa Register, Market Place magazine. David AE6W will look into that. So if members could brain storm and bring ideas to the next meeting. The Wine Train is under new ownership and most likely a few changes are on the agenda in the future. One of which could possibly be a “commuter train”. The Wine Train is still connected to the public train system. Ron W6BIS also brought some different types of meters to show and talk about. Some were even in the original packages.

Old Business – Christmas Dinner is Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Filippi’s and price is $30 per person and David AE6W needs RSVP and money no later than November 24th. Dinner menu will be posted on the website.   Cost is $30 per person.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be November 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

 

SARS Meeting

September 8, 2015 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,755.73 for both repeater and club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – no report

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – Ron W6BIS – will need to build a box for batteries which will have 1000 amp hours

John N6XN – no report

David AE6W – Defeat ALS – Saturday, September 26, 2015 – Rich KO6FR & Bob N6OFB net control – Rutherford Ranch; Orchard; Hennesy Ken N7CCN & Bev W7CCN; Fish & Game Ron W6BIS; Pope Valley David AE6@; Clos Pegase Flan KB6IWU. David AE6Wwill check with Juan KK6EVL and Steve WA7CYQ for Rutherford & Orchard. Bonnie wants every rest stop checked every 30 minutes. She will come up with a form for each stop so that there can be an estimate of how many bikes coming thru and how the rest stops are doing.

Net for next month – 9/9/15 Ken N7CCN; 9/16/15 David AE6W; 9/23/15 John N3APA; 9/30/15 John N3APA; 10/7/15 Ron W6BIS

Next testing – The next test will be October

New Business – Ken N7CCN and Bev W7CCN will be moving to Pollock Pines and will try to check in on the net next week

Old Business – Christmas Dinner is Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. and David AE6W will be working on the menu. David AE6W took deposit check by to Filippi’s to reserve our room.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be October 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

 

SARS Meeting

August 11, 2015 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,755.73 for both repeater and club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – no report

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – Ron W6BIS passed around pictures of batteries -1780 amp hrs of capacity and they are nickel cadium cells – takes 10 to get 12 volts and he has 11 batteries and in the process of running tests. They are used batteries that were used in railroad service and hopefully he will be able to get a few working.   He ask that members “dream up/come up with” a metal shed not very high to cover them.

John N6XN – no report

David AE6W –Next bike run is the Eagle Bike Run – Sunday, August 16, 2015 Rich K06FR & Bob N6OFB and Jeff WA6SSO Net control; Ken N7CCN & Bev W7CCN Nicolini; Francois KB6IWU Pope Valley Airport; Flan   NVC St Helena off Pope St;   Juan 2151 Trower Defeat ALS – Saturday, September 26, 2015

Net for next month – 8/12/15 David AE6W   8/19/15 Bev W7CCN      8/26/15 John N3APA   9/2/15 Ron W6BIS

Next testing – The next test will be September

New Business – Christmas Dinner is Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. and David AE6W will be working on the menu

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be September 8, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

 

SARS Meeting

July 14, 2015 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,674.23 for both repeater and club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – no report – last 2 meetings have been cancelled

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – John went up to do work on D Star computer and put wire in wrong slot and railroad radio did not work. Ron looked at it and fixed. While up there looked at 8 batteries and one was hot, disconnected it. The batteries are approximately 10 years old and eventually club will need to purchase new ones. He is working on an alternate plan which involves building a cabinet. We have had problems with D Star since he went with U-Verse. John N6XN called a man who is familiar with U-Verse and you cannot open some of the ports and remembered how he got static ip address it helped and Ron W6BIS has ordered it which is $15 per month

John N6XN – no report

David AE6W –

Next bike run is the Eagle Bike Run – Sunday, August 16, 2015 Rich K06FR & Bob N6OFB Net control; Ken N7CCN & Bev W7CCN Nicolini; Francoise KE6MLT Pope Valley; Flan KB6IWU NVC on Pope St Bridge, St Helena;   David AE6W 2151 Trower

Defeat ALS – Saturday, September 26, 2015

Net for next month – 7/15/15 Dave AE6W   7/22/15 Bev W7CCN  7/29/15 Ken N7CCN     8/5/15 Ron W6BIS

Next testing – The next test will be September

New Business – Bob KJ6WED – this is his last meeting. He is moving to Arizona and thanked everyone.

Field Day – Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28, 2015. PSK did not work. 20 meters Dan and Jeff did a great job while Dave AE6W was working. 15 Meter Ron W6BIS contacts were fair. John N6XN CW had 148 contacts. 40 meters phone Ken N7CCN, Bob N6OFB, Fred KE6FVX, Bev W7CCN and a couple of others lent a hand while the conditions were poor and managed to have 88 contacts.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be August 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

 

SARS Meeting

June 9, 2015 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,674.23 for both repeater and club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – no report

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – problem with 147.18 – sometimes not working usually in the afternoon when it warmed up. There was a loose screw. John N6XN D star had issue and did not have a good signal at his house – only had ¾ watt. Went to transmitter & had the same-he wiggled it & moved things around and got to checking – the RF fitting on the icom radio had sucked back into the radio so it could not make contact with pin.

After field day Ron needs strong bodies to help get concrete up at Rich’s to get voter on 147.18 and 3 voters on 441.8.

John N6XN – no report

John N3APA announced he needs a little help with a project – remote rig and remote antennae controlled by microwave

John N3APA announced VHF contest this weekend 6/13/15 on 144.20

New Member – Mike Elliot KK6QJS

David AE6W –Next bike run is the Eagle Bike Run – Sunday, August 16, 2015Defeat ALS – Saturday, September 26, 2015

Net for next month – 6/10/15 David AE6W     6/17/15 John N3APA          6/24/15   Bev W7CCN  7/1/15 Ken N7CCN     7/8/15 Ron W6BIS

Next testing –The next test will be July

New Business – Nominations – everyone wrote down names at the last meeting. President – Ken Moore N7CCN; Vice-President – David Whalin AE6W; Treasurer – Rich Rau KO6FR; Secretary – Bev Moore W7CCN. Bob KJ6WEDmade motion to leave as same, seconded by Juan. Motion carried to leave officers same.

Field Day – Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28, 2015. The bands available are 15 , 20, 20 PSK, 40, 80 and 20 CW. Jeff WA6SSO will help Saturday with 20 meter phone from noon to approximately 3:30 p.m. and return 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning after he gets off work. David AE6W will take over at 4:30 p.m.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be July 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

 

SARS Meeting

May 12, 2015 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,674 for both repeater and club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – no report

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – few minor changes, changing out radio that take less current to save money. Will put new radio on Mt Veeder

John N6XN – Ran into problem with computer for echo link problem between ATT modem and new computer.

David AE6W – Tour de Cure 2015 – Sunday, May 3, 2015 – Rich KO6FR & Jeff WA6SSO and Bob N60FB were net control; Steve WA7CYQ Rutherford Winery; Flan KB6IWU Sterling;   Bev W7CCN & Ken N7CCN Fieldstone; David AE6W Fish & Game; Harris Ranch David KI6FQM & Jacob KK6PRR – went well – only two issues 2 bicycles collided and had one guy whose blood sugar was low, short on sags and only had one ham. Thanks to every one who participated

Next bike run is the Eagle Bike Run – Sunday, August 16, 2015

Defeat ALS – Saturday, September 26, 2015

Net for next month – 5/13/15 David AE6W         5/20/15 Ken N7CCN                       5/27/15 John N3APA          6/3/15 Ron W6BIS

Next testing – The person who was scheduled this evening did not show – The next test will be July

New Business – Nominations – everyone wrote down names and voting will take place next meeting on June 9, 2015.

Field Day – Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28, 2015. There is a service from 11-4 that Saturday. We are still able to use the restrooms, but people will have to walk around. David AE6W will be on call and we will need someone to do 20 meters during the time he is on call. David will have the radio and computer available. He did work on PSK and it does work and will give it a try on Field Day. At this time we should be able to use the same locations as last year. John N6XN will be done CW ; Ron W6BIS will be doing 15 meters; Ken N7CCN & Bev W7CCN and Bob N6FOB will be doing 40 meters. Need someone to do 80 meters. Ken N7CCN will bring “TV Van” has 2 radios in it. Should be able to do both 80 and 40 from the van but we do need a couple of volunteers. We will have BBQ same as last year after Field Day ends. Members should bring own meat and dish to share. Dave AE6W will do write up and put in local papers.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be June 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

 

SARS Meeting

April 14, 2015 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,674.23 for both repeater and club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – no report since last 2 meeting have been cancelled.

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – sprayed for poison oak.

David AE6W – Tour de Cure 2015 – Sunday, May 3, 2015 – Rich KO6FR & Jeff WA6SSO and possibly Bob N60FB net control; Steve WA7CYQ Wine Co-op; Flan KB6IWU Sterling;   Bev W7CCN & Ken N7CCN Fieldstone; David AE6W Fish & Game; Harris Ranch 10-12 still need someone – Jeff WA6SSO will cover if no one volunteers ; Chris KJ6DLF and possibly Juan KK6EVL for Sag

Field Day – Saturday & Sunday, June 27 & 28, 2015

Eagle Bike Run – Sunday, August 16, 2015

Defeat ALS – Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Yountville bike run people requested SARS members’ help again this year which we declined due to late notice and pre-existing event the following weekend and issues that would need to be resolved.

Net for next month – 4/15/15 David AE6W    4/22/15 Bev W7CCN       4/29/15 Ken N7CCN                       5/6/15 Bev W7CCN

Next testing – next month

New Business – Need to start thinking about nominations – we will take names at the May meeting and we will vote at the June meeting.

Susan announced she acquired N6APA, formerly her Dad’s (Arne) call sign and Betty, Arne’s wife donated a lot of Arne’s radios, antennaes & miscellaneous equipment and members are welcome to the stuff and the money received will go to the club. Betty has also donated the fox to the club.

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

John N3APA spoke about the W3EDP Antenna which he made this last weekend. He brought it to the meeting for members to look at. The antenna is a design developed in 1936 and has found recent popularity with the Summits on the Air group and also Qrp enthusiasts. W3EDP might have patterned his design after the much publicized Zepp (elin) antenna that was patented in 1909 by Hans Beggerow. The antenna was typically connected to the transmitter with a tuned link coupled network. John had a hand out that included the description of the antenna, how to construct it and an article that was written by Yardley Beers, W3AWH in March 1936.

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be May 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

 

February 10, 2015 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,574 for both repeater and club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – no report – the person responsible is unavailable due to all of the earthquake related issues.

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – no report

John N6XN – repeater alive & well and working

David AE6W – Field Day June 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday

Net for the next month:                   2/11/15 David AE6W    2/18/15 Ron W6BIS      2/25/15 Bev W7CCN      3/4/15 Ken N7CCN

Old Business – none

Jeff W6BYS – ongoing issue with his antennae and the City of Napa – ARRL will most likely get involved.   He has contacted the state. He has also had a New York superior judge offer money to help donate/pay some of his costs. He has had a lot of communication from all over.

New Business – there will be a guest speaker for the March 10th meeting

Some of the members talked about some of their projects.

David AE6W finally got a radio put in his new SUV, but has not put a “hole” in the vehicle.

Sharon KG6NEY is involved with CERT and would like to talk with some of the CERT people to get their ham license. She also ask about family radios.

Ron W6BIS – there are some CW ID’s not working, but he thinks he has it figured it out

John N3APA commented on the Yaetsu Fusion – does digital and analogue, but does not cross. Only problem everyone would have to go buy new radios. Also he built an antennae running on the ridge top and had 80 contacts in approximately 2 hours time on a “pile up”.

Rich KO6FR – talked about a couple of radios he has

Ken N7CCN and Bob N6OFB – bought a 1997 news van with a 52’ mast to be converted to a mobile ham shack. Hopefully will be all ready for field day.

Ron W6BIS brought in a UHF cavity and it is a way to hook coax and radio up to it and will pass a very narrow portion of a frequency thru it – signal in/signal out. They are used to filter out unwanted signals.

Bill KI6GP Ntalked about radio communication on the Iowa.

Next testing will be 2nd Tuesday of March

Dues are due if you have not paid – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be March 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

 

January 13, 2015 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $3,594.23 for both repeater and club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – no report

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – After the meeting Ron has a print out of how we are spending money for the repeaters. The usage varies. On the report you can tell when the nets are held. The graphs work well for seeing the peak power usages.  June, July and August are a little higher months because fans are going.

John N6XN – on 147.8 there is a D star going on for a couple of hours. If no one is listening, no reason to leave it run because it could affect the PGE bill. It has been off the air for the last 4 months. Ron W6BIS said to let it run and he will compare costs and we will follow up at the next meeting.

David AE6W – no report

Net for the next month: 1/14/15 – Ron W6BIS       1/21/15- Bev W7CCN     1/28/15 – Ken N7CCN     2/4/15- David AE6W

Old Business – discussed coming up with something for an emergency plan, mostly an organizational plan. Need to figure out where SAR would be and then make a decision based on their location. Define the difference between emergency and when it is no long an emergency. Jeff W6BYS offered his repeater. Everybody programs their radios the same, but everyone would have to agree to it. Suggestion and discussion of doing a simplex net. Do a regular net and then immediately after switch over to simplex. Tabled for further discussion

Jeff W6BYS has another hearing at City of Napa on Tuesday, February 3rd so he talked about his problem with his antennae with the City of Napa and it is an ongoing issue with the City Council, CHC Cultural Historical Committee Council. If you have an antennae before the ordinance you are exempt. The Code says you don’t need a permit if it is a certain height, but they gave him the height of 55’ a couple of weeks ago. City Council has given him usage time from 6 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Next testing will be 2nd Tuesday of March

Dues are due if you have not paid – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be February 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. No meeting December 9, 2014.

 

NOVEMBER 11, 2014 Minutes by W7CCN  

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $2,380 repeater funds and $1,004.23 club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – no report – County has been over whelmed with EQ Fema

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report –  repeater up, but has R D code has no tone

Ron Rogers W6BIS commented on the fact that there has been a lack of subject matter for our meetings. Most of our members do something that may be of interest to our members.   It does not have to be radio matter.     Fritz’s friend has knowledge of area 51 and he may be able to get him to come talk to our club. John N6XN will talk to him.

Devon N6SNN passed his general

Fred KE6FVX talked a little about his Dad who served in WWII, since today is Veterans Day and yesterday, 11/10/14 was the Marines birthday of 239 years old.

Morgan KD6JAI talked on being a Marine many years ago, different cultures was an eye opener and being with so many young people who would do anything for their country and such an amazing experience. What she learned, “I don’t have to like you, but I have to respect the position you hold”.

John N3APA talked about a friend’s son who went to West Point and right out of West Point he got deployed to Afghanistan, lost both his legs. Fast forward to today, approx. 30 operations and reassigned and now assistant football coach at West Point. The struggles one has to go through. The dedication of service people is amazing and the same today as in the past.

Bill KI6GPN talked about his Dad, experienced ham and after Pearl Harbor prior to rule of siblings serving together, his Dad & Dad’s brother, Milton went to join. The Navy would not take his Dad, but took his Dad’s brother. Because his Dad worked at the shipyard working on radar systems, this was more important than serving in the Navy.

Bob N6OFB commented on Ancestery.com is allowing people to look up information on family who served this week for free.

Ron W6BIS showed and talked about early synthesized GE radio. He was at the Dayton Ham convention and he got everything in the box for $15 and UPS shipped them home for free. VHF & UHF are the same unless you know what to look for. Can’t be used today, but he uses for links for the repeaters. He uses one for transmitting and one for receiving, because one cannot be used for both. He talked about how members should take a little more interest in getting stuff and put it together and have some fun instead of just buying a radio and push a button and talk.

David AE6W collecting the money for Filippis for Christmas dinner. He needs the money by November 25, 2014. The date is December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Dinner menu is posted on the website.   Cost is $35 per person.

Net for the next month: 11/12/14 David AE6W;     11/19/14 Kevin KK6SAR;    11/26/14 Ron W6BYS;   12/3/14 Bev W7CCN;   12/10/14 Ken N7CCN;     12/17/14 David AE6W;    12/24/14 – No net;         12/31/14 – No net;    1/7/14 Ron W6BYS

Next testing to be determined.

Dues are due if you have not paid – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be January 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. No meeting December 9, 2014.

 

OCTOBER 14, 2014 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $2,380 repeater funds and $828 club funds

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – no report

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – if the weather stays good until Thursday 147.18 Mt. Veeder will be back on. Mt. St. Helena may come back online Thursday. D-Star puts out a lot of static and needs to be worked on. Jeff WA6SSO and Devon KK6MQR have been working on the repeater sites at Rich’s KO6FR – approximately 2 weeks before the new cabinet will be in place.

David AE6W –  next race in April 2015. Tour de Cure is May 3, 2015. Defeat ALS bike ride September 27 went ok, with a couple of minor glitches, which are being addressed.

David AE6W has the menu from Filippis for Christmas dinner. The date is December 2nd  at 6:30 p.m. The date is early to avoid any conflicts during the holiday season. As soon as David gets finalization of the menu and confirmation from the owner, Bev W7CCN will post on the website.

Jeff W6BYS – had his hearing with CHC Cultural Historical Committee. The City & City attorney has kind of approved the antenna but with stipulations because of Federal law states reasonable accommodations.   He will be having another meeting with the City. The City is hiring engineer to review Jeff’s engineer report and the work he had done by a licensed professional engineer.

Net for the next month: 10/15/14 David AE6W    10/22/14 Ken N7CCN   10/29/14 Bev W7CCN    11/5/14 Kevin KK6SAR

Next testing is in November – two are signed up and the testing is scheduled for the November meeting

Dues are due if you have not paid – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be November 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

September 9, 2014 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $2,800 repeater funds and $1,029 club funds

Don Meehan AC6LE – VIP – retired last month from VIP grou and will no longer update VIP.

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – other day in while in County communications he saw a stack of radios that are being worked on, but got delayed due to the earthquake.

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report – went up on hill to see what may have shaken around. Everything was pretty much in same place and nothing damaged.  If members are interested Railroad radio receiver on Martinez sub covers Oakland to Sacramento. Railroadradio.com or contact Ron W6BIS or David AE6W.

September 27, 2014 – David AE6W – Defeat ALS bike race. Orchard Ave – Steve; Fish & Game Ron W6BIS & Morgan; Hennesey at the dam Ken N7CCN & Bev W7CCN; Sterling – Flan KB6IWU; Pope Street – no one has volunteered so Dave AE6W will put on the net Wednesday, Sept 9 for a volunteer.

David AE6W has the menu from Filippis for Christmas dinner. The date is December 2nd. The date is early to avoid any conflicts during the holiday season. He will have the menu and price finalized by the next meeting, October 14, 2014.

KO6FR Rich – submitted information for Field Day and no results to date.

Ken N7CCN – suggested to come up with protocol for a communication plan as a result of the earthquake.   FCC rules – you cannot take over repeater without permission. A few members noticed the morning of the earthquake that Search & Rescue seemed to dominate the radio. One idea was to separate the ham repeaters and with permission from the owner of Sugarloaf it would be designated as the Search and Rescue emergency repeater in the event of another community disaster/emergency. There are enough local repeaters that we could coordinate for this. A communication plan will be drafted to be reviewed at a later meeting. Napa Register was at Jeff’s W6BYS house observing ham radio communication. Bob’s N6FOB neighbors were at his door right away knowing he had the ham radio and could get information.

Fred KE6FVX would like the gavel back that he donated several years ago if it is not going to be used because it was a gift and hand made by a distant uncle that has passed.

Jeff W6BYS – his hearing in September was cancelled at the last minute because he has to meet with the Historical Preservation Society sometime in October.

Net for the next month: 9/10/14 Ron W6BIS;   9/17/14 David AE6W;   9/24/14 Jeff WA6SSO;   10/1/14 Bev W7CCN;   10/8/14 Ken N7CCN

Next testing November – date to be determined

Dues are due if you have not paid – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be October 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

 

August 12, 2014 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $2,200 repeater funds and $1,029 club funds

Don Meehan AC6LE – VIP – cannot go in on 147.18, Mt St Helena repeater ink. You have to go in direct. The County will work on it on Friday, 8/15/14.

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – The County has all the radios that are going into the key places around the Napa Valley.

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeater report 147.18 on Mt St Helena is somewhat of a problem. The County will be working on it. On the repeater controller, builder of the controller emailed Ron the programming setup and Ron will have it next month.   There are no controls on the mountain top. Ken N7CCN made comment on clicking noise and Ron W6BIS said it comes from N6XN station. Has to do with the voter interface. John N6XN. 441.8 was down during the last net , but has been been fixed.

Dave Whalin AE6W – Dave got more volunteers than he has spots on the Eagle run. He still does not have a contact person. Jeff WA6SSO will work on that Sunday morning.– Net control: N6OFB Bob, KO6FR Rich and WA6SSO Jeff. Rest Stops: WA7CYQ Steve – Trower Ave;  N7CCN Ken & W7CCN Bev – Nichelini Winery; KJ6WED Bob – Pope Valley Airport; KB6IWU Flan – Napa Valley College, St Helena. The tour will have rovers & SAGs on the course. Juan KI6EVL will be on his bike. The runner will be the communication link between the SAG organizer and Net control. There will also be mechanics on the course, sometimes roving and sometimes at the rest stops. Riders on the 65 and 100 mile courses get an early start. Volunteers should be done by 1600 hours. A thank you to everyone for making this a great event.

September 27, 2014 – Defeat ALS bike race. Once the Eagle ride is over, Dave AE6W will work on the September race.

Dave AE6W has emailed Filippis for Christmas dinner. The tentative date is December 2nd. He is trying to reserve the date early trying to avoid any conflicts during the holiday season.

KO6FR Rich – a little over 2,000 points, the lowest ever for Field Day

Jeff W6BYS – The City is going after the horizontal aspect of the transmitting antenna. There is no definitive height requirements. City of Napa went through this about 22 years ago with Bruce Butler. There are also FCC recommendations. His hearing is on August 21st at 5:30 p.m. at the City Hall chamber next to Police Dept and Water Co. and has ask people to show up for support. If your tower was up prior to 2003, you are exempt. After 2003 you are subject to height waivers/permits.

Net for the next month: 8/13 AE6W Dave;  8/20 W7CCN Bev;  8/27 KKSAR Kevin; 9/3 WA6SSO Jeff

Next testing September. Contact Rich KO6FR

Dues are due if you have not paid – $25 single and $40 Family, give to Rich KO6FR

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be September 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

 

July 8, 2014 Minutes by W7CCN

Meeting called to order by Ken N7CCN

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report – $2,200 repeater funds and $1,132 club funds

Don Meehan AC6LE – VIP – no report

Ron Rogers W6BIS – RACES – turned over to Steve Hackett KD6KQB but nothing to add to report .

Ron Rogers W6BIS – repeaters someone said there was problems last night, but not sure what. He talked to manufacturer of new controller and ready to go, but he has not has had time to work on it because he is working a lot.

Dave Whalin AE6W – August 17, 2014 – Eagle Bike run – need Trower & St Helena covered. The Hennesy rest stop moved to Nicholini Winery. Aetna Springs being remodeled and will now be out at Pope Valley Airport. Need t-shirt sizes for people participating

September 27, 2014 – Defeat ALS bike race.

Francois had question on antennas and needed help from members. He seems to get conflicting information from books. Ken Moore N7CCN suggested Phil Sittner KD6RM do a question and answer at the next meeting and have a round table conversation.

Net for July:  Dave 7/9;   Jeff 7/16;   Kevin 7/23;   Bev 7/30;   Ron 8/6

Next testing in September. Contact Rich KO6FR

Dues are due – $25 single and $40 Family.

Rich KO6FR – still needs dup sheet from Ken Wing from Field Day

It is a first for the club. John, 16 yrs old took all 3 tests. He aced the technician, missed 1 on the general and aced the extra.

Bev Moore W7CCN talked to one of the attorneys at the County and ask about incorporation. Incorporating does not take total liability off club members, because it still could be penetrated. Bev will complete paper work and submit to IRS. Also the IRS has shortened the 501(c) non-profit application process from 26 pages to 3 pages and it can be submitted online for small businesses that receive less than $10,000 per year.

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting of the SARS will be August 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

 

June Minutes by KO6FR

Meeting called to order by Kevin KK6SAR.
Rich KO6FR gave treasury report.
David AE6W talked about Eagles bike event on Aug. 17th, also about ALS event on Sept
21st.
We assigned bands for field day.
Ken/Don VHF/UHF, 6M, 80M and 10M ssb.
Bob/Ken/Bev/Kevin 40M ssb.
John 40M cw
David 20M ssb
Ron 15M ssb
Kerry 20M psk31
all others can run these station also.
BBQ Sunday after field day, bring your meat, plates, forks and tools, drinks and something to share.
Rich will need Dupe sheets printed out or on thumb drive.
DUES VOTED ON $25 SINGLE OR $40 FAMILY. (NO ONE OPPOSE THIS) We did this power bills and rent.
We have not raised dues in 14 years, but bills kept going up.
Bev is working to Incorporate club, Cost will be $25 plus $5.
New Officers:
Ken N7CCN Pres.
David AE6W VP
Bev W7CCN Sec.
Rich KO6FR Treas.
73
Rich KO6FR

 

May Minutes by KO6FR

Meeting called to order by Kevin KK6SAR.

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report. (still more members to meet P.G.& E. bill and we do not pay full bill)

Don AC6LE on VIP. Fire season has started and Cal Fire has covered over 1300 fires so far.

Ron W6BIS Getting equipment to show low voltage, which is 12 volts. You will hear beep on repeater.

New tower going on Mt. STH. is in design stage this with Government.

David AE6W on events. Make short contacts, no flat tire reports, Net write  everything down and your call every 10 minutes.

Eagles bike event August and ALS Sept. 21.

Ron W6BIS said push PTT then talk on MIC. (Editor’s note:  When using a repeater, don’t be in a hurry to talk.  The repeater radio needs time to get ready to repeat your transmission.  Key up, wait about a second, then talk.  If you are using Dstar, make that 3 seconds and don’t release the key for 3 seconds after you finish talking.)

There was motion to raise dues, because membership does not meet bills. There has not been increase since Glenn Henderson was Pres. (If you remember Glenn raise your hand)

Field Day Bands passed out. These people will set up their equipment and stay there the full operating time. all others can operate these stations. We will be 6 alpha East Bay. I will need dupe sheets to send in, log sheets will be held by stations for one  year.

Meeting adjourned.

73,

Rich KO6FR

April Minutes by KO6FR

Kevin KK6SAR called meeting to order.  He asked for net controls.
David talked about the event on Sunday. He said tour-de-Cure on May 4th.
We had a pot luck at meeting, we did not  announce this on repeater. {but the announcement had been in the news letter.  If you feel disappointed to have missed out  ed.}.come to meetings, you will hear about these
events.
Meeting adjourned,
Rich KO6FR

March 11, 2014 minutes.

Kevin KK6SAR called meeting to order and asked for introductions.
Rich KO6FR gave treasury report combo of club and repeater donations. (3055.44)
Ron W6BIS RACES had nothing going on.
Santa Cruz is giving 5 days of training on setting up emergency radios.
David AE6W  said Apr. 13th will have  bike event from Yountville, will need 2 at net control, 1 sag 7 people at rest stops.
Also Tour-de-Cure on May 4th. They want 15 sags, rest stop people.
Kevin asked for net control people.
Ron said tones have been sent by someone and it has change different things in controller.
The power supplies shut down, and batteries  week before 147.180 Veeder shut down.
Ron wants people to help clean up area at repeater site. No date set.
Meeting Adjourned,
73 rich KO6FR
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Feb. 11, 2014 Minutes by KO6FR

Meeting called to order by Kevin KK6SAR.

Rich KO6FR gave Treasury report.

Ron W6BIS said they are getting radios

for the different sites.

David AE6W said new bike event on 4-13-2014.

There will be four rest stops.

The Tour-de-Cure will be on May 4th.

He said we made Tony from Deli a Hon. member,

he has cancer and is 85 years old.

KEVIN talked about shirts for club, and what colors

to get.

John N6XN gave presentation on Fiber Optics,

which was job he did year plus.

he had power point pictures of equipment boring

hole under ground for conduit. Had pictures of

buildings be built at factory, and being installed

at the sites. He talked about what the different

Cities wanted for permits.

He showed the equipment being installed in the

buildings, with wiring going to them

This was a great presentation, but you had to

see it with power point pictures.

You need to show up at meetings to view the

presentation pictures.

The meeting adjourned.

73 Rich KO6FR

January Minutes by Rich KO6FR

Meeting called to order by Kevin KK6SAR.

No treasury report, statement did not show up.

Don AC6LE said red Flag warnings coming up over weekend.

Ron W6BIS said they checked sites for RACES radios and equipment. There will be training for people working call outs. He said voter at Rich’s house is making noise. The one at John’s house was changing levels during net.

He also has radios to bid on,  call him for info.

Phil KD6RM gave a great presentation on antennas. He had a dipole set up, with graphs showing all the specs. (swr, freq. and other readings). Then he lowered end to make it a inverted-V to show changes in readings. He said to remember to figure length of dipole, 468 divided by the frequency (in MegaHertz) you will be using. He also talked about velocity factors. You should show up for these presentations we are going to have this year.

Meeting adjourned,

73 Rich KO6FR 

NOVEMBER MINUTES BY RICH KO6FR

Meeting called to order by Kevin KK6SAR

No VIP or RACES information.

Nothing about drill coming up.

Kevin asked for net controllers.

David  AE6W said Christmas party will be Dec. 4th and will be $28 with minimum of 30 people, less people more money. Look on WEB site for menu.

Presenters for coming meetings will be posted on WEB site, with subject matter

Bill talked about tour of old radio station KRE, but will check to see it is still open.

Ron W6BIS talked about Wine Train.

Ron also had some radios for sale and some free. They will be on WEB site for info.

The meeting adjourned, have a good Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

73 Rich KO6FR

October meeting minutes

Oct. 8, 2013 Minutes

Ken N7CCN called meeting to order, and asked for introductions.

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report.

RACES said working on locations for antennas/radios, they found lost radio.

David AE6W is making list of issues with ALS event to turn in .He is also looking at site for Christmas Party.

People from Angwin want us to help with VE testing.

Phil KD6RM asked everyone what they would like to hear about amateur radio. Some of the ideas were HF (contest, DXing, how to operate radios, QRP and logging), Digital (echolink, D-star and PSK-31) Logging, Q-signals, repeater tones, antennas, emergency communications, and computer controlled radios and others. This is for presentation at meetings.

Meeting Adjourned

73 Rich

September Minutes

  Sept. 10, 2013 Minutes

Meeting called to order by Kevin KK6SAR.

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report.

Don AC6LE talked about fire in Sonoma pallet factory.

Ron W6BIS talked about RACES. They are putting two radios at all 16 sites, this includes antennas, coax, and power supplies, they will need 2000 feet of coax. A grant writer is doing it for Federal money, it will take about 9 months to receive.

Ron on repeaters, the levels are off, working on.

David AE6W ALS event on Sept. 28th . SAR will be working Sag vehicles.

Meeting adjourned.

73 Rich KO6FR

AUGUST MINUTES

Kevin KK6SAR called meeting to order and asked for introductions.

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report.

David  AE6W said RACES is to inspect two sites Vets Home and Yountville FD.

Don AC6LE said VIP does not us out any more,  they use cell phones.

Event this Sunday Aug. 18th. ALS will be on Sept. 28th.

Two young boys showed up one talked about his grandfarther, and will take test in Sept.

The other is senior this year and his term paper is on Amateur radio. He is going to study to take test.

Phil is going to be their Elmer.

We said no logs, no band for next year.

73′ Rich KO6FR

JULY MINUTES

Meeting by Kevin KK6SAR the new President.

Rich KO6FR gave treasury report.

Don AC6LE gave VIP report said Napa not getting called out.

Ron W6BIS /David AE6W talked about RACES. It will be going in City Dispatch. Ron/Kevin OES head looking at radios for new areas they will cover.

All RACES members will be finger printed, to  get into Police Dept. City wants one dual and one single band radio, for locations. Ron suggested two dual band radios one to be D-Star. There will be fifteen stations some will have D-700 radios rest will get new radios.

Ron also said voter repeaters going back up soon.

David said we will have bike events in Aug. and Sept. He also talked about fieldday, low amount of contacts, but said food was great both days.

Kevin KK6SAR asked everyone to tell how they got into amateur radio. This was very interesting.

Meeting adjourned

73 Rich KO6FR

 

MEETING MINUTES for June BY KO6FR

David called meeting to order.

Don AC6LE said not much going on in VIP.

Ron W6BIS talked about the repeaters. No voting UHF receivers on line. The dual band antenna does not work too well in high winds. Commercial antenna best.

David said Eagles bike run is Aug. 18th, no hams in sags, only at rest stops.

Ron said RACES not active and ham radio is being pushed by RACES Manager.

He said Health Dept. lost cause. American Canyon bought radios, but can’t find them.

Ron also sais Eric county tech boss has trained tower climbers.

Need help for drills from hams. Radios at 15 sites to cover areas, and may use Warn System for call outs.

Field Day bands, Ken N7CCN 40m ssb,

Kevin KK6SAR 20m psk, Ron W6BIS

15m ssb, David AE6W 20m ssb, Misty

KG6OQH/Mark KE6O will run GOTA

station and work 10m/80m ssb.

 

VOTES COUNTED RESULTS ARE:

Kevin KK6SAR PRES.

Ken N7CCN VICE PRES.

**MEETINGS NOW ON SECOND TUES.**

73 Rich KO6FR

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MINUTES FOR MAY 2013

David AE6W called meeting to order and and asked for treasury report.

Rich KO6FR said we had $2792.46 for repeater and club funds.

David thanked everyone who helped out for Tour-de-Cure and said Eagles Ride is Aug. 18th and ALS is Sept. 28th.

David had forms to make nominations on, all of these will be put on ballot next month.

We talked about fieldday and what bands would be covered. We may be missing CW stations this year and PSK-31.

BBQ will be same bring you meat, plate and eating tools. Also a dish to share.

David said news release ready to go.

David asked for net controllers.

–DUES ARE COMING UP FOR MOST–

Meeting adjourne

73

Rich KO6FR

MARCH 19 MINUTES BY KO6FR

We had a T-Hunt before meeting.

David AE6W called meeting to order.

He said Field Day would be on June 23-24.

The Cycle For Site would be held on April 20.

Tour-de-Cure on May 5th, and they want 15 sags.

ALS is in Sept.

Ron W6BIS would like club members to help clean up repeater site on April 6th or 13th, let him know.  (if you can help)

He said Art WA6JKP donated power generator for repeater site.

He said that none of the repeaters have heard from the Air Force Base interference problem.

The meeting adjourned, time for cookies.

73 Rich KO6FR

Feb. 19, 2013 Minutes

Meeting called to order by David,  AE6W. He asked for introductions.

Don AC6LE had nothing from VIP.

Ron W6BIS said D-Star up and running. It took 2 months for Linux to run correctly.

He also said radios from Broadmoor being worked on. He also said people still do not understand PL’s on repeaters (use Tx PL only)

David said Field Day June 22-23, this is not full weekend. Also Tour-de-Cure coming up on May 5th. , they want 15 sags.

Don AC6LE said he has items for someone to store.

We had one new member signup WA7CYQ, Steve.

73

Rich KO6FR

 

A  little more detail on the change of PL on the W6CO repeaters:  There are two types of PL in use.  The one that many radios refer to as “repeater tone” allow you to access the repeater.  If you do not transmit the correct PL along with your audio, the repeater will ignore you.  Currently, if you want to access the VHF repeater on Mount Veeder, you transit 91.5 Hz.  If you wish to access the VHF repeater on Mount St Helena, you use 151.4 Hz..  None of that will be changing.  What will change is something the radio manuals often call CTCSS or Tone Squelch (TSQL for short).  What this does is allow you to leave your radio on without listening to signals from repeaters outside the area.  An example is the Mount Vaca repeater on 147.195.  That repeater is so close geographically as well as in frequency, that if you do not use TSQL, when listening to 147.180 you will usually hear it’s signal, but distorted because it is off frequency.  By setting your TSQL CTCSS to 91.5, you will hear only Mount Veeder and not Mount St Helena nor Mount Vaca.  What’s that?  You don’t bother with any of that stuff?  This article is not for you.  But if you do use TSQL, then that is what is going to change.  Shortly, all the W6CO transmitters will be sending out 151.4.  The only thing that will be different once that happens is you will hear any signal coming from Mount Veeder,  Mount St Helena, or the Angwin Airport.  You will still need your appropriate repeater tones selected to access any of those 3 sites.  Ron has found that if you are using Icom type software to program your radios you probably can’t set different tones for transmit or receive.  If you run into this problem, simply open your manual and set the tones from the front panel of the radio.


2 Responses to SARS Meeting

  1. Ah, I see my name has been mentioned in the minutes…

    What questions are there so that I can prepare?

  2. Lorenzo says:

    Hmmm. I wonder when that was? Seems like a couple of months I threw out the idea that we should get you to come to the meeting and put on a demo. Seems to me that there are lots of guys who signed up for membership in napasars.net and don’t have the slightest idea what keys to press. Why does that surprise me?

    But for the meeting tomorrow, I think it will be mostly on the upcoming field day next week end. I doubt that there will even be a mention of the news letter.
    Anyway, I have a tech question about weirdpress that I will ask via regular email. 73

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