Regular membership meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month beginning at 12 noon in bldg 238 room 543. The meetings are open to all interested parties.
The Board of Directors meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 12 noon in bldg 198 room 211. The meetings are open to all club members. Members are encouraged to participate and mold the future of the club.
JULY BOARD MEETING
The Treasurer reported a successful hot dog sale at the picnic. The total Club fund is now about $600.
Announcement was made that a Henry Radio representative would display some new commercially built ham gear at the August club meeting.
An open discussion took place regarding future allocation disposition of a 1 mHz segment of the 220 mHz ham band. Merv (W6IUV) recommended that JPL should send a letter to the FCC representing the Club's view pertaining to that allocation, which probably would be more impressive than individual comment. Merv described a license qualification plan (developed by Pete Lyman) that could be recommended. For details, please phone Merv at x-2112.
DX'ers NOTE by Jay Holladay
Interested in DX? The Southern California DX Club sponsors a weekly DX bulletin on 20 meters. Check 14220 kHz at 8 p.m. Wednesday evening (local time) for the latest DX info as broadcasted by K6SVL or alternate W6AOA.
Hams interested in DX are invited to visit a meeting of the Southern Calif DX Club. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at Cliftons Cafeteria, 648 So. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. Editor of the SCDXC's monthly DX bulletin is Jay Holladay (W6EJJ) who would be happy to provide more info on SCDXC or send you a sample copy of their bulletin.
OSCAR NEWS as of 8-16-73 by Jay Holladay
AMSAT has announced that the launch of OSCAR 7 is now scheduled for late March or early April of 1974. This helps clear the way for the JPL ARC sponsored aircraft test flight of the prototype 432 to 145 mHz translator, which will be flown on OSCAR 7 (see attached bulletin).
A 75 meter net for state wide coordination of the aircraft test flight will meet on 3910 kHz at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning August 22nd.
OSCAR 6 has entered its tenth month of orbital operation and continues to provide good communications via its 2 to 10 meter translator. The operating schedule remains as it has been in recent months; in the on state for Monday, Thursday and Saturday (GMT dates) and in the off state for the balance of the week for battery recharging. For info on where and when to listen for OSCAR 6, contact Norm Chalfin or Jay Holladay.
MORE ON OSCAR
At a meeting of the JPL Space Exploration Post 509 in Von Karman auditorium on July '8th, Jay Holladay, W6EJJ, and Norm Chalfin, K6PGX, discussed OSCAR 6 and 7. With a slide and sound presentation Norm discussed participation of members of JPL ARC in the preparation for launch of the OSCAR 6 Amateur Radio Satellite. Jay discussed operation through OSCAR 6 and plans for a flight test of a 3/4 meter to 2 meter translator for OSCAR 7. He also described the OSCAR 7 spacecraft equipment complement. A full size mock up of OSCAR 7 spacecraft was on display on the platform.
A special feature of the meeting was a demonstration of communication through the OSCAR 6 Satellite. Jay, using Norm's AMECO 62 transmitter and his own 75S3 receiver, made a contact with W6BGJ of Palo Alto and picked up 11 other stations broadcasting through OSCAR 6 translator.
The antenna for 2 meter transmission was a home-brew ground plane clamped to one of the iron fence posts outside Von Karman auditorium. The 10 meter receiving antenna WAS a whip clamped to another fence post.
HAM RADIO CLASS
Merv, W6IUV , found an article in the West Arcadia Hub Shopper for August 15th announcing that PCC will offer a 12 week Amateur Radio licensing course. It is to commence Sept 20th from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tuesday will be cw night and speeds up to 15 wpm will be taught. Theory will cover Novice, Tech and General classes. Anyone who in 18 years old (or older) or is a hi-school grad (or hi-school senior having his principal's approval) may attend. The location is Pasadena High School, 2925 Sierra Madre Bl.
2 each 250 pf split stator var C, 2 each 3" National tuning dials, 1 each 4 or 5 position switch for antenna tuner. Call Ed W6CZF at home 833-0484 or Nash 2047.
Drake R4B. Phone W6FXZ 714-633-1254 or Nash 2047.
Motorola R22 for 52525, RM-16 Crystal 14670, Model 33 teletype. Phone Mike Morris 2753 or 447-7052 after 530 p.m.
4-1000's and other linear parts. W6FXZ 714-633-1254.
HW-100 plus accessories. Call W6HCD evenings 790-4387
AA-3 Bulletin No, 2
July 20, 1973
TO: Interested Radio Amateurs
FROM: Jay Holladay, W6EJJ
SUBJECT: AMSAT/OSCAR West Coast Test Flight AA-3
Attached is an announcement of the West Coast aircraft test flight of the OSCAR 7 432 MHz to 145 MHz translator, sponsored by the JPL Amateur Radio Club, Please note that the date for the full test flight is now October 6, 1973,
The AMSAT Board of Directors has voted to support the test flight, The JPL ARC is completing arrangements to obtain the prototype translator, and planning of the flight is now in prog ress.
Check into the West Coast AMSAT Net to obtain the latest test flight information. The net meets on 3850 kHZ at 8 P.M. PDT on Monday nights. In August we will start a separate net for state-wide planning and coordination of the test flight.
Please pass the word on the test flight to your local club, bulletin, etc. We hope you will be participating in this activity with us.
July 20, 1973
JPL AMATEUR RADIO CLUB OSCAR 7 AA-3 TEST FLIGHT
The JPL Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a West Coast aircraft test flight of the OSCAR 7 432 MHz to 145 MHz translator. The flight plan will be similar to the successful AA-2 test flight of OSCAR 6 in September 1971, and the same pilot and aircraft will participate.
Schedule for the AA-3 test flight calls for a shakedown flight in the Southern California area on September 22, 1973. The full scale flight will take place on October 6, 1973 and this flight will cover the state from San Diego to San Francisco.
We will fly the OSCAR 7 prototype translator built by DJ4ZC/DJ5KQ. Operating frequencies are:
Uplink 432.150 MHz
Downlink 145.950 MHz
Bandwidth is +/- 25 kHz from these center frequencies, and the translator will invert the input passband. (i.e. 432.125 MHz uplink results in 145.975 MHz downlink, and USB input will result in LSB output.) Recommended modes of operation are CW and SSB. A beacon will output on 145.980 MHz.
W6EJJ is Project Manager for the test flight, and W6QJO is secretary. Contact either of them or K6PGX for further information.