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Contents

Calendar of Events

Meeting Notice

Prezí Mix

October Club Meetings

DX News

Classified Section

JPL ARC Club Roster

All-Ham ISS Crew Launch

Calendar of Events

November 4

[Fontana Swap Meet, A. B. Miller HS, Fontana}

November 8

General Meeting, Noon - 238-543

November 18

[CMRA Hamfest, Cal Poly, Pomona, 7 AM]

November 22

Board Meeting, Noon - 233-305J

November 25

[TRW Swap meet, Redondo Beach]

December 2

[Fontana Swap Meet, A. B. Miller HS, Fontana}

December 13

Annual JPL ARC Banquet

December 16

[CMRA Hamfest, Cal Poly, Pomona, 7 AM]

December 27

Board Meeting, Noon - 233-305J

December 30

[TRW Swap meet, Redondo Beach]

January 6

[Fontana Swap Meet, A. B. Miller HS, Fontana}

January 10

General Meeting, Noon - T-1309

January 20

[CMRA Hamfest, Cal Poly, Pomona, 7 AM]

January 24

Board Meeting, Noon - 233-305J

January 27

[TRW Swap meet, Redondo Beach]

Meeting Notice

By Christopher Carson, KE6ABQ

The November General Meeting of the JPL Amateur Radio Club will be held November 8th at noon in 238-543.† It is vital that you attend to help the Club conduct the business that needs to be handled.† Topics include next yearís budget and election of club officers.† This is YOUR club.

The November JPL ARC Board meeting will be held November 22 in 233-305J.† Everyone is welcome to attend Ė bring your lunch if you want.††† n

Prezí Mix

By Bob Dengler, NO6B

A lot of things have been going on in the local ham scene this month.† General meetings of the 220 Spectrum Management Association (220 SMA) and Two Meter Area Spectrum Management Association (TASMA) were held within one week of each other.†

While attendance at the 220 SMA meeting was fairly light, more TASMA members were present at their meeting due largely to increased participation by the Hispanic Radio Amateur Network.† This appears to be in response to TASMAís chronic refusal to coordinate the HRAN 2 meter repeater, which is operating on an ďodd splitĒ of 146.49 in/147.495 out and has been on the air for over 10 years.†

This is a situation that Iíve been casually watching for much of this time and personally, I think itís high time that this system receive coordination despite the use of traditional simplex frequencies for its operation.†

This system is one of the busiest in the area and is one of only three systems (and the first of the three) that serve the LA basin that Iím aware of that allow Spanish language communications.  Coordination of this system will require a vote of their general membership to amend the TASMA bandplan; hopefully this change will be approved.

After being QRT on HF for over 12 years, Iím happy to report that Iím finally back on the low bands!† Ever since I moved to Diamond Bar I toyed with the idea of getting back on HF since I could finally put up some antennas, but since I didnít have any HF gear I concentrated on VHF and UHF from the new location.†

About 3 weeks ago I was the recipient of a Gap Titan vertical HF antenna given to me by Jack Halem, K6DLX.† Gap antennas use a rather unique design that I havenít quite figured out yet, but seems to be an integrated dipole/balun with transmission line transformers to achieve 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meter coverage using only a single lumped element: a capacitor mounted at the top of the antenna.

OK, so now I had an antenna.† About a week later I happened across a good deal on a TS-940.† This weekend I finally got the antenna, feedline and radio setup and got on 29.60 FM (still my ďfavorite modeĒ, even on HF) Sunday evening and worked LU1ICI in Posadas, Argentina.† Full quieting both ways.† I guess it works!†

The VSWR of the Gap Titan on 10, 12, 17 and 30 meters is exceptionally low.† However, the VSWR on 40 meters is a bit high.† This is probably due to its proximity to my backyard fence and/or Pomegranate tree.† The VSWR on 80 meters is right at spec: 2:1 or less over 3900-4000 kHz.†

This is truly amazing given the antenna is only 25 feet tall and has no coils.† Probably the Gapís greatest weakness is its inability to accept power outside of resonance.

The manual repeatedly warns not to use an antenna tuner to bring down a high VSWR, as this can arc the one capacitor in the antenna.† Since itís rated for 1500 W PEP under normal matched conditions, I figure it may be able to stand up to 3:1 or so for 100 Watts in.

Well thatís my ham adventure for the month.† Anyone for 75-meter FM?††† n

October Club Meetings

By Jonathan M. Cameron (KF6RTA)

General Meeting, October 11

The general meeting was held at the W6VIO shack (T-1309).† Those present included Eric Archer (N6CV), Jonathan Cameron (KF6RTA), Chris Carson (KE6ABQ), Bob Dengler (N06b), Randy Hammock (KE6HUR), Jay Holladay (W6EJJ), Walt Mushagian (K6DNS), Scott Nolte (N6CUV), Bob Polansky (N6ET), Carl Puckett (K7UFO), Chuck Sarture (GG6NF), Mark Schaefer (WB6CIA), Robert Smith (W6GRV), and Jan Tarsala (WB6VRN).

Bob Polansky gave everyone a detailed run down on the shack and all the capabilities that we have there.† Several people expressed interest in setting up a PSK-mode station in the shack or in building 180.† Everyone at the meeting thanked Bob Polansky for all his Y2K work.

Board of Directors Meeting, October 25

There was no quorum present for this meeting.† Only three members were present and the secretary was absent.† There was some discussion of the tentative 2001 budget.††† ĺ

DX News

By Bob Polansky, N6ET

BHUTAN - Several operations are active/planned from this Himalayan hideaway.† One is on the air now.† I believe his call is A52B.† Another, A52UD will be active from 1 through 9 December.† He has special permission to run a full kilowatt!

CAPE VERDE ISLAND - D44AC plans to operate from 1 through 8 November.† I understand he plans some WARC band activity.

CONWAY REEF - Several operations are planned for this Pacific reef.† The first is by YS1RR and a group of YU hams, as I recall.† That will take place from 5 through 15 February.† The next is from 5 through 24 April.† There is a third; however, I donít have the details with me during the composition of this article.

EAST MALAYSIA -† 9M6BAA will be active through 2 November.  Heís been spotted on 24910 and 18071 kHz.† Another station, 9M6ERT is also frequently heard on the WARC bands.

ERITREA - Look for E30TA.† He is active now through 1 November.† Heís been worked on 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, and 30 meters on the West Coast.† In general, heís pretty loud.

KINGMAN REEF - K5K, a rather unique call, has been worked locally on every band from 160 through 6 meters.† They continue very active through 1 November.† Donít miss them.† Itíll be a long time before the next operation from here.

NORTH KOREA - A possibility exists that there may be some kind of legitimate North Korean operation starting 7 January.† With the lessening of tensions between the two Koreas, and the apparent realization by the North Korean government that they need to establish better relations with the rest of the world, I suspect that such an operation is only a matter of time.

SAN FELIX - A CE0X operation will take place from 8 through 15 February.† More details on this one later.

VANUATU - A group of W9ís will be attracting the multitudes from this Pacific garden spot from 18 through 28 November.

Donít miss the CQ World Wide CW Contest scheduled from 25 through 26 November.† In the opinion of this author, this is the most exciting DX contest of the year!† Until next month, 73.† n

Classified Section

Wanted:

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Your want-ad or article for inclusion in a future issue of W6VIO Calling.† Submit to Bill Wood, W6FXJ, 31094 Hemlock Ave, Barstow, CA 92311; or email w6fxj@earthlink.net

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US Tower (MA40) 40 foot tubular telescoping tower, hinged base, 2 co-ax arms, mast extension, Hy-gain Explorer-14 beam antenna with 40 meter dipole add-on, and Hy-Gain antenna rotator (Ham IV).† Original cost, less tax, was over $2200.† Sell all for $800.† Contact Ron Zenone (W6TUZ) at (626) 914-5585.†††

Icom UT-40 Tone Squelch Option Board (CTCSS) for HT models 2GAT, 4GAT, 12GAT, 32AT or for mobiles 228, 448, 901, 1201, 2400 and 2500.† Cost: $80 (AES Catalog)† Sale for $40.† Radio Shack, Rotor/Controller and Cable, 3 years old, never used, have box/papers, like new. Cost: $70+† Sale for $50.† Scott Nolte, N6CUV 818-354-9724 n

JPL ARC Club Roster

By Scott Nolte, N6CUV

The following list of Jet Propulsion Laboratory Amateur Radio Club members in good standing for 2000 was compiled from the club membership database.† If you feel that there is an error or omission in the list please contact Scott at ext 4-9724, mail stop 306-364B or email Scott.H.Nolte@jpl.nasa.gov.††† n

Eric

Archer

N6CV

Extra

Darren

Baird

KE6NIH

Tech

Donna

Barnes-Roberts

KE6PNC

Tech

Phil

Barnes-Roberts

AD6PQ

Extra

Dan A.

Bathker

K6BLG

Gen

Dorothy

Billitti

KB6VOG

Tech+

Joe

Billitti

KA6SMO

Tech+

Robert B.

Blakely Jr

N6MTI

Tech+

Carol J.

Bruegge

KE6SRN

Tech+

Christopher

Bruegge

KF6HZE

Nov

Thomas J.

Bruegge

KE6SRO

Tech

Ron

Burns

KF6AKJ

Tech+

Jonathan

Cameron

KF6RTA

Tech

Christopher

Carson

KE6ABQ

Tech

Kurt

Carter

KE6HRG

Tech+

Allan

Chapman

W6MEO

Adv

Robert

Dengller

NO6B

Extra

Alan

De Vault

N6WDX

Tech+

Walt

Diem

W6PEA

Adv

Warren L.

Dowler

KE6LEA

Tech

Courtney

Duncan

N5BF

Extra

Viann

Duncan

WD5EHM

Tech+

Rick

Ebert

KE6ONX

Adv

Harry T

Enmark

WA6IUR

Adv

William C.

Fesler

AC6UQ

Extra

William T.

Fesler

KF6DKD

Tech

Mark

Fiore

WA2YKF

Adv

Robert A.

Francis

KD6AMI

Tech

Michael

Frantz

KM6QZ

Adv

A. Robb

Frederickson

W1EEL

Extra

Eric

Fuller

KF6OPW

Tech

Christine

Gauthier

KE6WWC

Tech

Margaret A.

Gauthier

WA6OUD

Tech+

Mike

Gauthier

K6ICS

Extra

Paul S.

Goodwin

KO6D

Extra

Randy

Hammock

KC6HUR

Tech

George R.

Hansen

NJ6I

Ext

Barbara

Hartley

N6TQH

Tech+

R. Booth

Hartley

N6BH

Ext

Jerome

Hawkes

W6WXL

Extra

Jay

Holladay

W6EJJ

Extra

Allen B.

Hubbard

N6VTX

Tech

Christina

Hubbard

N6ZCS

Tech+

Patrick

Hubbard

N6BUG

Tech

Vince

Humphrey

W6RNO

Adv

John W.

Johnston

N6ZZJ

Tech+

Dayton L.

Jones

K6DJ

Extra

Ray

Jurgens

KQ6RH

Adv

Tigran

Karsian

KF6PGE

Tech

Laurence R.

Kinney

WA6HOB

Adv

Albert M.

Kuchler

KI6IE

Adv

Gregory R.

La Borde

KD6MSM

Tech

Gaylin

Laughlin

KE6ZTE

Tech

Betty M.

Lawson

KA6JEX

Tech+

Donald B.

Lawson

WA6SQF

Adv

Robert W.(Padgett)

Layne

W6LTC

Adv

Peter T.

Lyman

K6PTL

Adv

Merv

MacMedan

N6N0

Ext

Jim

Margitan

KE6IGX

Tech

Peter V

Mason

N6BBP

Gen

Leona

McKinney

KA6RHH

Nov

Richard P.

McKinney

KA6DAN

Extra

Vieve

Metcalfe

KD6YLI

Tech+

Joel

Mosher

KB6RXE

Extra

Diana

Mushagian

KC6LPR

Tech+

Walter H.

Mushagian

K6DNS

Extra

Scott

Nolte

N6CUV

Extra

John J.

Norris

KE6QEZ

Tech

Maryann

O'Hara

WB6YSS

Tech+

Tom

O'Hara

W6ORG

Adv

Jerry

Person

KK6TS

Extra

John

Piotrowski

KC6TVK

Tech

Michelle

Piotrowski

KD6NEH

Tech

Maurice A

Piroumian

WA6OPB

Adv

Robert G

Polansky

N6ET

Ext

Carl

Puckett

K7UFO

Ext

Lawrence

Rauch

W6JVT

Adv

Leonard

Reder

KB6DVG

Tech

Charles

Rhoades

WB6KZE

Adv

Mel N.

Roberts

W6OC

Extra

Stan

Sander

N6MP

Ext

Charles M.

Sarture

KG6NF

Adv

Deril M.

Schmitt

KA6YIX

Tech

Dennis

Shebel

WB6IZR

Tech+

Phil

Smith

WB6LQP

Tech+

Robert

Smith

W6GRV

Extra

Ross

Snyder

N0GSZ

 

Anita M.

Sohus

KE6JTW

Tech

Brian

Stapleton

KW6J

Ext

James M. "Mike"

Stewart

N6PLM

Tech+

James† C.

Sutton Jr.

ND6X

Ext

Cheryl B.

Tarsala

KB0QJJ

Tech

Jan A.

Tarsala

WB6VRN

Extra

Michael

Tope

W4EF

Extra

Richard L. "Dick"

Ulrich

K6KCY

Tech

Fred

Vescelus

WB6LNO

Extra

Sam

Weaver

WB6EMO

Gen

William

Weber

N6CI

Ext

Bill

Westphal

WB6YPF

Gen

Richard

Wetzel

WA6JBZ

Gen

Harry W.

Woo

KN6MG

Adv

Bill

Wood

W6FXJ

Adv

James W.

Young

W7FTT

Extra

Karen A.

Young

N6PJL

Adv

John

Zitzelberger

W6GL

Ext

 

And They're Off! All-Ham Crew is ISS-Bound

Via www.arrl.org

NEWINGTON, CT, Oct 31, 2000--Right on schedule, a Russian Soyuz rocket carrying the all-ham International Space Station Expedition 1 crew blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning.† Amateur Radio operation from the ISS is expected to debut by mid-month.† The crew will spend four months aboard the ISS.†

The ISS Expedition 1 crew: Left to right, Krikalev, Gidzenko, and Shepherd.† [NASA Photo

On board the Soyuz when it lifted off at 0753 UTC were US astronaut and Expedition 1 Commander William "Shep" Shepherd, KD5GSL, and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko--the Soyuz commander--and Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR.† The Soyuz is expected to dock with the ISS on November 2.†

"Give us a fast ship," Shepherd--a Navy captain--was quoted as saying.† Shepherd, 51, is only the second US astronaut to go into space aboard a Russian launch vehicle.† The Soyuz lifted off from the same launch pad where Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin--the first human in space--made space history 43 years ago this month.†

An artist's conception of the Soyuz spacecraft.† The Soyuz will remain attached to the ISS to provide an emergency crew return vehicle.†

In a NASA interview, Shepherd said the ISS will give humans "unique access to the space environment where we hope we can do very interesting and productive research." But he and the other Expedition 1 crew members also view the ISS as a stepping stone on the pathway to human habitation of space.†

"If we don't have this progress with this space station, it means that humans in space are pretty much destined to stay close to the Earth, and I don't think that's what humans are about," Shepherd said.†

Krikalev described the multinational ISS project as "joint exploration of the universe," while Gidzenko predicted that mankind "has to develop and will continue to develop in exploring space."

"You could even fantasize and say that for the future, man may have problems of overpopulation, problems with water and food and maybe we're going to have to develop some, explore some new planets, or regions in space," Gidzenko concluded.†

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station--or ARISS--initial station gear already is aboard the space station.† It will be installed temporarily in the Zarya Functional Cargo Block of the ISS and will permit operation only on 2 meters--FM voice and packet.† Tentative operating frequencies are: Worldwide downlink for voice and packet, 145.80 MHz; worldwide packet uplink, 145.99 MHz; Region 1 (Europe) voice uplink: 145.20 MHz; Region 2 and 3 voice uplink, 144.49 MHz.† An ARISS operating schedule will depend on the crew's work schedules.†

The Expedition 1 crew's primary mission will be to flight test the new space station and to assist with critical assembly activities on board in anticipation of the arrival of the station's first science laboratory early next year.† However, ARISS spokesman Will Marchant, KC6ROL, says the crew has expressed a lot of interest in getting on ham radio early in the mission.† Crew members may use their personal call signs or one of the "club station" call signs issued for ISS use--NA1SS, RZ3DZR, or DL0ISS.†

QSLís and SWL reports will be processed via the ARRL or Radio Amateurs of Canada.†

Cloud cover permitting, the continental United States will enjoy visible passes of the ISS for the next few days.†

Visit the Heavens Above site for more information.†

For ARISS information and updates, visit the ARISS Web site.†

For a Visual Reality tour of the ISS visit, http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/vtour/.† n

Newsletter Deadline:

Friday, December 1 for the December issue of W6VIO Calling.  Your articles, ads, photos, diagrams, letters to the editor, or technical material should be submitted to the editor via email (w6fxj@earthlink.net) or regular mail to: Bill Wood, 31094 Hemlock Ave, Barstow, CA 92311.

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Posted November 1, 2000