Newsletter of the Riverside County Amateur Radio Association ARRL Affiliated Club #1720 - - - - Celebrating our 52nd Year Volume 53 No. 4 April 2008 http://www.w6tj.com OUR APRIL 10TH PROGRAM VENUS: LARGE AS EARTH This month's program is a Chef's Surprise. It features a large cast and I can only hope there is room for all of our members too. Be sure not to miss this 1) exciting, 2) thrilling, 3) inspiring, 4) meaningful, and 5) powerful program. 73, Justin, AE6YD AE6VE – SILENT KEY Sad news. Gary Van Noty, AE6VF, had an apparent heart attack the morning of March 25th and passed way. As you already know, a memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5th at Venus is as large as Earth, and it is difficult 3:00 PM in the La Sierra University Church. for its atmosphere to escape due to the planet's This is where we hold our monthly club gravity. The solar wind is the best source of meetings. energy to accelerate the upper atmosphere's Let us keep his dad, Van–AA6SD and charged particles, giving them enough energy to his sister, Carol Sue, WB0RTQ in our thoughts escape. This is why Venus loses its atmosphere and prayers during this difficult time for them. due to interaction with the solar wind. It’s a great picture, isn’t it. FIELD DAY COMMITTEE We are fortunate to have Chris Maness, KQ6UP and Justin Nelson, AE6YD as our committee this year. This is the first time we have any of our newer stars stepping up for this task. Mark your calendars now for the weekend of July 27-29 – that’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In the past, Friday has been used as the day to do most of our antenna set-up. The actual Field Day starts at 11:00AM on Saturday and ends 24 hours later at 11:00AM on Sunday. If you enjoy ham radio and don’t belong to the ARRL, This is a terrific opportunity for our Techs SHAME ON YOU to try out HF and help light a fire to upgrade. Page 1 PRESIDENT’S QSO The Monitor is published monthly by the Riverside County Amateur Radio Association P.O. Box 1412, Riverside, CA 92502-1412 Greetings: Well, since we last met, PUBLICATION DATE Monitor publication 11 days prior to each my cat got out of the house. I meeting. All articles for May’s issue must be went outside and was sure she received by the Editor no later than Sunday, April would come in when I called 20th. Send text file via e-mail to her for a special treat. firstname.lastname@example.org with photos as I called, “Here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, President here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, Ric Maxfield, N6RIC 546-6691 here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, Vice President here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, Justin Nelson, AE6YD 231-5283 here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, Secretary here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, Ric—N6RIC Brent Austin, KI6OQT 353-1629 here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, Treasurer here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, here Bruce Morgan, K6OIF 353-1474 kitty, here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, Editor here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, here kitty, here kitty“ But, Fred Roberts, W6TKV 687-8145 I had no success whatever. Director of Communications Bil Seymour, WA6MOD 909-795-4983 73 de Ric, N6RIC Director of Membership P.S. Believe Ric was in Hawaii – some folks will do Ed Morgan, KF6BNQ 689-1917 anything to get out of writing an article for The Monitor. Past President Bob Wade, W6RTW 785-1210 Trustee of W6TJ Ted Hudson, KQ6U 686-7157 ————————————————————–—— VE Team Leader Frank Van Derpoel, K6UIZ 686-1873 Website Administrator – www.w6tj.org Art Sutorus, KQ6HF 734-1485 Meeting Site Coordinator ‘Van’ Van Noty, AA6SD 689-2386 Meeting Coffee Master and Back-Up Brent Austin, KI6OQT 353-1629 If you enjoy ham radio Damon Jones, KI6HPV 909-880-1921 and don’t belong to the ARRL, Public Information Officer SHAME ON YOU Steve Evans, KF6NBP 780-9059 Club Historian As an Affiliated Club of the ARRL, we are obliged Arlo Myers, WA6UDR 686-7473 to have a membership where at least one-half of our Monitor E-Mail Distribution Notice members belong to the ARRL. Some years ago when the Clair Cessna, K6LG 689-4580 —————————————————————— 220MHz band was being attacked, a younger ham said, IECARO Delegates “Well, I don’t use that band, so it doesn’t make much Bob Wade, W6RTW 785-1210 difference to me.“ My response was, “If someone in your Ric Maxfield, N6RIC 870-0832 family was attacked, you would rise up and fight back. Well, Amateurs are a big family, and when one is attacked, we all must fight back.” His reply, “Gee, you’re right. I never thought of it that way.” Have you? DON’T MISS THE APRIL The ARRL fights our Federal and International MEETING AND BOB-W6RTW battles to protect our frequencies. Shouldn’t we all be a SENDING FOUR CW part of this and not just let others carry all the weight? MESSAGES ALL AT ONCE. de Fred, W6TKV, ARRL Member 50+ years Page 2 IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR CONGRATULATIONS TO – Last month's meeting program was At the March VE Testing Session, Frank- supposed to be presented by Duane-N6JPO titled K6UIZ reported the following upgrades: “All About APRS – the Automatic Position Reporting Tom Welch, KD6UZD upgraded to Extra System”, but he had to cancel at the very last minute due to something coming up at work. Well, Carlos Sosa, KI6JRN upgraded to General Ric-N6RIC stepped up to bat offering a Congratulations to both Tom and Carlos. presentation, “Sailing from Vanuatu to New Well done! Caledonia to Australia” which promised to be a fascinating program. But first, we had our usual CLIPPERTON DX-PEDITION Show and Tell – well, this one was hardly usual. Although some of "Club Ducie" sat this one First, Arlo-WA6UDR showed a variety of devices out, a number of club members made another used to measure the ambient air pressure in a good showing for the Clipperton DXpedition. room. Second, Don, WB6FKR presented an HF Tuner that had been given to him (mailed) by an The final report from the Clipperton gang Austrian ham when Don (also in Austria) needed reads, “TX5C went QRT at 1400z on March 15th, one. Third, Brent, KI6OQT presented an interesting two days earlier than originally planned. Due to Morse Code challenge – a recording with CW at both weather and sea conditions, the Captain of fairly slow speed which varied in tune, sound level the Shogun determined that an earlier departure and speed – while sending “Beethoven's 5th was required to ensure the safety of his crew and Symphony” to the tune of the same name. Different our DX team. to be sure. Fourth, Bil-WA6MOD displayed and “We began moving equipment offshore two described his “Travelling Tool and Hardware Bags“ days prior in challenging conditions. By the time which were said to contain every tool he could the last team members were extracted from the possibly need and every nut and bolt (English and atoll late in the day, all but one of the zodiac spare Metric) he could possibly need. Fifth, Bob-W4NFZ propellers had been broken on the reef. The presenting what his XYL made for holding a radio Shogun pulled anchor at 0130z March 16th and steady if it was “seat-mounted”. She took old pants, as the sun set, the team watched Clipperton Atoll cut the legs off, sealed one end and filled them with slowly fade from view. sand. Bob assured us of two things, 1) the radio “TX5C made 71,794 QSO's in 156 hours never moved, and 2) no one ever stole these (6.5 days) of operating.” “socks” - they simply weighed too much. So, here are the results of those members Well, when the Show and Tell program was who reported (taken from the Clipperton on-line). finally concluded, Ric advised it was after 9PM and really too late for his 1-hour program, so he closed the meeting. Surprisingly, we ended up with several QSO groups sitting in a circle talking, sitting in small CALL NAME CW SSB RTTY SUM group talking, and standing talking. The tone was “I WB6FKR Don 17 --- --- 1 don’t wanna go home yet, I’m enjoying myself too AD6FR 4 Jim 17/30/40 20 --- much.” N6JW John 12/17/30 80 --- 4 Needless to say, if you missed this month’s program, you really did miss a very good and most K6LG Clair 10>160 10>80 40 17 unique one. Hope to see you at the April meeting! W4OFE Ken 15 10>80 --- 8 We can only wonder what will happen next? W6RTW Bob 15/160 --- --- 2 73, Justin AE6YD KC6TFU Bill --- 10>80 --- 6 WHAT ABOUT CW W6TKV Fred --- 15>80 --- 5 Some say CW is yesterday’s story, but the WA6TLL Tom --- 15/20 --- 2 CW operators during the Clipperton DXpedition could really handle the key and pound out the WA6UDR Arlo 30 --- --- 1 QSOs. If you’re new to HF, listen to the CW at the K6UIZ Frank 15/17 --- --- 2 low end of the HF bands. It is really impressive. Page 3 THE MATTER OF PHONETICS STANDARD PHONETICS One thing most HF operators notice is A - Alfa J - Juliet S - Sierra that Technicians, most being primarily repeater B - Bravo K - Kilo T - Tango users, are definitely used to a full-quieting C - Charlie L - Lima U - Uniform signal with zero interference, and since most D - Delta M - Mike V - Victor Technicians (and hams in general) tend to E - Echo N - November W - Whiskey favor one repeater over all others, everyone F - Foxtrot O - Oscar X - X-Ray not only remembers all of the call signs but G - Golf P - Papa Y - Yankee also gets quite proficient in recognizing voices H - Hotel Q - Quebec Z - Zulu too. I - India R - Romeo At times, it does seem repeater operators tend to compress their call signs, In using phonetics, you will occasionally making it hard for others listening to catch find the other station will come back to you and their calls. have copied your call wrong. For instance, if the By comparison, HF operators hardly QSO goes like: ever have two things: 1) a totally clear (HIM) CQ, CQ Victor Echo One Victor Kilo Tango. frequency, and 2) a strong incoming signal. To QRZ. solve the problem of copying a call sign (YOU) Victor Echo One Victor Kilo Tango, this is accurately, the sender uses phonetics, i.e. Kilo Whiskey Six Kilo Victor Uniform, over. 6 Alpha Bravo Charlie. On HF, there can be a (HIM) Whiskey Six, your call again. wide variety of problems: band conditions, other hams quite close to your frequency, (YOU) Whiskey Six Kilo Victor Uniform, Whiskey fading signals, ignition noise, power line noise, Six Kilo Victor Uniform etc. As a result, phonetics make real sense (HIM) Whiskey Six, something Uniform again. and are a great help in getting a callsign right. (YOU) It is time to stretch the letters he is missing A newcomer to the HF bands is easily out a little. Kilo >> Kilowatt, Victor >> Victory. spotted – sometimes by calling CQ without call Whiskey Six Kilowatt Victory Uniform (and repeat it sign phonetics, and at other times, by his odd twice). selection of phonetic words. For example, a Field Day station with the call K7LED* should The basic idea is to spread your callsign be “kilo seven lima echo delta“, but you may out with spaces between each letter so the other hear “kilo seven light emitting diode” which is station can hear each letter. Often, a newcomer to amusing and may even earn a chuckle. HF will say his callsign phonetics too quickly, and it never gets across to the other station. If, however, you are trying to work a non-english speaking amateur does actually One other point to make sure you are really speak “ham english” by knowing a limited on the other stations frequency. Just move that number of words, e.g. my name is, thanks for BIG dial back and forth to be sure you are dead call, your signal 59, weather is good, it is 30 center. Celsius, QSL, etc. You see, whenever two * K7LED is the club callsign of the Mike & Key ARC people have mutual interests they can in Seattle, WA. Great Field Day gang with opera- communicate quite well even though neither tions in SSB, CW and GOTA – all operating sta- speaks the other’s language. tions on the air for 24-hours. About 12 years ago, So as our Technicians keep moving up W6TKV could not be with RCARA (seems like a to General and then onto Extra Class, they brand new Granddaughter in Seattle took priority). should make an effort to become familiar with He wanted to be a part of Field Day, so he looked the standard phonetics which are shown in the on the ARRL website and checked the prior year’s next column (these are listed on the web site results. It seems K7LED was #3 in the USA, and http://www.ac6v.com/dxphonetics.htm . After so he signed up for Field Day with them, had a all, you don’t want to look like a “newbie” do great time, joined their club and now serves as you? Keep in mind VHF has it’s “rules” and HF their QSL Manager – primarily for Field Day QSL has it’s “rules” and they are very different. cards. Page 4 MINUTES – GENERAL MEETING High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. The array is composed of 180 polarized antennas President Ric Maxfield – N6RIC, called the located on 20 acres. He said they asked hams to listen March 13th meeting to order and led the Pledge of and report what they hear and receive a QSL card. Allegiance, then introductions by those present. There were 31 persons signed in with 14 non-members. Brent Austin, KI6OQT added that the HAARP Project is a part of a U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative, ANNOUNCEMENTS: and these powerful pulses are reported to be able to 1- Bil Seymour, WA6MOD gave a report on the “shoot down” incoming war-head missiles. City of Grand Terrace City Council meeting regarding 3- Bob Barden – WA4NFZ showed a mobile antenna restrictions. The city council announced that it radio mounting support base made of blue jean bags would consider including public input from Radio filled with lead shot for weight – it securely holds his Amateurs. equipment straddling the drive shaft hump of his new Steve Evans, AF6HR added their City Council truck. has proposed an ordinance to restrict the number of 4– Bob Wade – W6RTW showed a home- antennas to one “whip antenna” no higher than 20 feet. brew 2M 3-el DF antenna made of PVC plastic pipe And, the reason the City Council would include input from and cut-to-size steel tape measure elements. The Radio Amateurs is due to an ARRL threatened a lawsuit. design has greater than 30 dB front-to-back gain. Bob Brent Austin, KI6OQT added that FCC laws raffled off this innovative antenna and it was won by Bill supersede local restrictions against Amateur Radio Rhinehart – KC6TFU. Towers and Antennas due to rules that specifically 5- Don Johns – WB6FKR showed an L-C promote the Amateur Radio Service that provides antenna tuner generously mailed to him by an Austrian emergency communications in disasters. ham in response to Don’s need while in Austria. Ric Maxfield, N6RIC mentioned if one signs the 6- Bil Seymour, WA6MOD showed his two CC&Rs in a neighborhood or residential complex, the toolboxes including all the tools, nuts ‘n bolts and home owners’ association could restrict activities in any connectors he might need while in the field. many they decide. 7-Ron Braley – KE6RYX, gave a report that 2- Ron Braley, KE6RYX announced a Hospital RACES patches and hats were available for purchase. Exercise for emergency communications will be conducted on April 1st. This drill to make up for last FIELD DAY: November’s drill that was cancelled due to all of the Bil Seymour – WA6MOD commented on the Southern California fires. Ron asked if any RACES field generator and also the proposed new location for members were interested in participating. the Field Day. He has seen the property and it looks 3- Fred Roberts, W6TKV gave an update on good. IECARO, noting there are openings for a Vice Chair, Bill Rinehart – KC6TFU volunteered to be the Secretary and Treasurer – if interest, call him. The 2008 Field Day chef. Arizona convention is August 2008 and the Inland Empire Ric Maxfield – N6RIC will arrange for Port-A- one in September 2009. Potties if needed. It is yet to be determined if we can 4- Art Sutorus, KQ6HF handed out the new use the kitchen and restrooms at Fellowship Hall. Membership Roster created by Ed Morgan, KF6BNQ to NEW BUSINESS: all members present. If members find errors, contact Ed Morgan. GOTTA BE HERE TO WIN Raffle: The winner was Edwin Richards – W6YJH, but he was not present, 5- Frank Van Derpoel, K6UIZ announced two so the $5 prize goes back into the pot – next month the hams upgraded – Carlos Sosa, KI6JRN upgraded to club adds $5, so the prize will be $10. General Class and Tom Welch, KD6UZD to Extra Class. 50-50 RAFFLE: “Van” Van Noty, AA6SD held SHOW AND TELL: the winning ticket, and won $14.00 of the $28.00 pot. 1- Arlo Myers, WA6UDR showed sample units PROGRAM: and spoke on sound level meters, explaining decibel measurements and calibrations. While at UCR, he did Since the evening ran so long with our “Show- research and used these audio meters. He and-Tell” items, our Speaker, Ric Maxfield – N6RIC demonstrated a vacuum tube model dating from the cancelled his 1-hour program to a later date. 1950s and a newer solid-state unit. ADJOURNMENT: 9:12PM. 2- Art Sutorus, KQ6HF gave a recorded audio Submitted by: Brent Austin – KI6OQT, Secretary presentation of a U.S. Military “Moon Bounce” by the HAARP antenna array located in Alaska. HAARP is the Page 5 WHEN THE WIND BLOWS 10M AND DXCC Recently, Louise, KA6ING who served a term as President of the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC) became a Silent Key. Of interest, a portion of her ham activities (aside from having 2 children, 3 grandkids and 5 great grandkids) were expressed by her daughter, Nikki. “Louise was an avid 6M enthusiast, and chatted regularly on the 147.24 repeater. She enjoyed chasing DX on 10M, where she managed to confirm 295 countries as a Technician Class licensee.” Hope our Technicians keep this in mind as the solar cycle progresses. FEBRUARY VE HAPPENINGS Some how or other, your Editor missed listing those who benefited from the efforts of our In all of the winds over the past two decades VE Team. or so, this KT34-XA at the QTH of W6TKV has One upgrade and two new hams: withstood everything. Larry Michalski, KI6DCG, upgraded to General. Recent winds, however, have broken two Brent Austin, KI6OQT, new Technician. half-elements on one side of this 6-element tri-band Steve Bluemer, KI6OQU, new Technician. beam. Of interest, the half-elements are still hanging at the antenna by the tuning wires. WANTED – Getting this antenna down for repair (or ARTICLES FOR THE MONITOR replacement) is not going to be as easy as it was The Monitor usually consists of articles when it was put up. Three factors are of concern. gathered or written by your Editor. They vary in First, the roof didn’t have tile on it when the antenna subject but obviously always represent items or went up, so we could easier stand on and move ideas of interest to your Editor, or ones he sees as around the roof. Section, the antenna isn’t in a flat being of interest to our newer members. plane any longer with the two half-elements no On the rare occasions when a member longer in place but hanging. Third, I am 20 years or sends in an article, several things happen. First, so older. the spelling is corrected – there are always The thought that keeps reoccurring is to hire spelling errors in whatever is written and a crane so it can be more easily moved to ground whomever rites it. Articles are read more than a level. If it can be quickly repaired, then the crane couple times to avoid spelling errors – and believe could be used to raise it back up on the tower. me errors happen more than you think. The usual way to lower a large antenna is to Starting with an article, there may be run a couple of lines to ground and then slide the space constraints. Of course that can always be antenna down the wires. This method seems a tad accommodated by making the font size smaller or scary, particularly with the hanging two elements. larger, but that doesn‘t look so good. Articles which deal with things that happened at the Board Meeting are more time WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION sensitive, for example, than a story about how a Ham member got into ham radio. So, one takes priority Radio over the other. Outlet Pictures are good for filling space, particularly since one can make them large or Janet Margelli 933 N. Euclid Street small. And, of course, an article can go on and on Manager Anaheim, CA 92801 KL7MF 714-533-7373,1-800-854-6046 Fax 714-533-9485 until it reaches the bottom of the page. Like this. ANAHEIM, CA ATLANTA, GA BURBANK, CA DENVER, CO NEW CASTLE, DE OAKLAND, CA PHOENIX, AZ PORTLAND, OR SALEN, OR SAN DIEGO, CA SUNNYVALE, CA WOODBRIDGE, VA Page 6 GLAARG - OUR VEC Our current VE Team Leader is Frank- K6UIZ to whom both our VEs and our club The Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio members are all indebted. The current team Group (aka GLAARG) came into being in 1984 includes: Mark-K6GUK, Art-KQ6HF, Clair-K6LG, when the FCC moved ham license testing from Bob-W6RTW, Van-AA6SD and Fred-W6TKV – being an FCC function over to the ham community. since only 3 are required at any testing session, we The basic plan was for the FCC to establish many know if a couple of our VEs are otherwise Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) who engaged, the test session goes on, and when would take over the management of the grunt work Frank has been under the weather, Clair has related to ham radio licensing. Each VEC, in turn, stepped in to manage the session. would authorize VE groups, like ours, who would One of the great benefits of our VEs being actually hold the FCC test sessions. Also included with GLAARG is how rapidly they process in the transfer was regular updating of the Question paperwork for both new hams and upgrades. In and Answer Pools for all license classes, currently general, the processing costs are much lower with the Technician, General and Extra Class. an all-volunteer group. Being a VE Group for a Acting together the VEC groups serve small VEC has some very distinct advantages for collectively as the National Conference of Volunteer all brand new hams and our Volunteer Examiners Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC). Together the alike. All Extra Class members are invited to sign VECs c keep the entire effort glued together. If you on as Volunteer Examiners. Like chicken soup, it need the Q&A Pool for any license level, just click couldn't hurt. on www.ncvec.org - and by the way, this same This article was suggested by Clair-K6LG group also issue 1X1 callsigns, if you are interested in using one for a 2-week period for a special event. DIDJA KNOW? The current VEC groups are listed with the Did you know that 6M is used for Radio ARRL probably being the largest one - Controlled Model Airplanes by those who are also 1 - Anchorage Amateur Radio Club – AK Hams? That’s true. 2 - ARRL – CT And, did you know that Bob-W6RTW is an 3 - Central America CAVEC, Inc. – AL active participant in that hobby too? 4 - Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society (Chico) THE PROPAGATION FORECAST 5 - Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group-CA The ARRL Propagation Forecast is issued 6 - Jefferson Amateur Radio Club -LA weekly by Tad Cook, K7RA. There was an 7 - Laurel Amateur Radio Club, Inc. – MD interesting and unusual note in the March 20th 8 - The Milwaukee Radio Amateurs' Club, Inc - WI issue. 9 - MO-KAN VEC Coordinator – KS Dale Drake, W7GMY of Florida asked, "Just 10 - Sandarc-VEC (San Diego) a curious question on the cycle numbers. How do 11 - Sunnyvale VEC Amateur Radio Club – CA they come up with cycle numbers? Cycle 24 would indicate that at 11 years per cycle, they have been 12 - W4VEC – NC recorded for the past 253 years.” 13 - W5YI-VEC – TX Tad responded, and you may also be 14 - Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society VEC surprised to learn that daily sunspot records do – TN stretch way back over hundreds of years, and At the time RCARA members were approved Cycle 1 in fact peaked a quarter century prior to as VEs, GLAARG had just gotten underway. Our America's Revolutionary War. Check web site at, initial VE Team Leader was Chuck Peck, KN6U-SK, http://wm7d.net/hamradio/solar/historical.shtml to who later served as our President in 1988 and see graphs of Cycles 1-23. 1989. Of interest, one of the original Volunteer Examiners is Fred-W6TKV who reports, "As I recall, DX IS! the original group was 6-8 RCARA members. My GLAARG VE badge was issued on August 1, 1984 and bears serial number 0027 - that's 22 years ago, and it's still current - but I also have an ARRL VE badge, just in case." Page 7 A STORY ABOUT e-QSL Cuba de W6TKV Czech Republic An interesting thing happens at the bottom of Denmark the solar cycle for a few years – that being a slowdown in exchanging QSL cards with both DX Dominican Republic stations (fewer contacted) and with stateside England stations due to some bands not being open. And, of Estonia course, 41c postage can be a big deterrent). Finland There is, however, an interesting way to France exchange “pseudo” QSL cards at no cost at all, and Germany that is via eQSL. The word pseudo is used because Guantanamo Bay all eQSL cards carry a printed signature – and that Hawaii means the ARRL which offers the most meaningful awards does not accept them for credit. After all, Hungary they are the easiest to duplicate and show you have Ireland worked every country – all without a transceiver. Israel The prime advantage to eQSL is that no Italy postage is required (yea!) and they can be Japan download from the eQSL sight (yea!). Kuwait Recently, I received a notice from eQSL Lithuania saying a ham whom they identified by call sign had Luxembourg sent me an e-mail. I thought, “I’ll just take a peek at Madeira Island it.” When I opened the eQSL file, there was not a Mexico single QSL for me, but a stack of 1,049 QSLs Netherlands waiting for me. Just as a matter on interest, I New Caledonia printed the list which ended up being 23 full pages. Ogasawara I cannot recall how long ago I last checked Panama eQSL, but obviously it was quite a fairly long time ago. In scanning the list, there were QSLs from: Papua New Guinea Portugal USA – there were about 100 QSLs here Puerto Rico Angola Russia (Asiatic) Alaska Russia (European) American Samoa Saint Martin Argentina Serbia Austria Slovak Republic Azores Spain Balearic Islands South Shetland Island Barbados Svalbard Belgium Sweden Bonaire/Curacao Netherland Antilles Switzerland Bhutan Taiwan Brazil The Gambia Canada Ukraine Canary Island Uruguay Chile Venezuela China Wales Colombia West Malaysia Comoros That’s a lot of QSLs and bear in mind, these Croatia came in over a period of several years. Oh, well. Page 8 WHAT’S UNUSUAL IN THIS SERIES? YOUR FIRST WIN Hand, spring, time, table, spoon, bill, board, walk, out, come, back, ground, work, space, ship, mate. Look at the words long enough and you’ll see the answer. Honest, you will! QUIRK IN THE MONITOR de W6TKV Yes, I realize this headline is just asking for cute comments from many, if not all, RCARA members. Oh well, to the quirk. When I complete each issue, I turn it over to Art-KQ6HF who converts it from Microsoft Publisher (in JPEG format) to Adobe (in PDF format). For some bizarre reason, very bottom line or two is occasionally cut off in the PDF formatted Monitor. To avoid this, I recently started reviewing the issue on our Website as soon as it arrives there, and alert Art to any problem areas which he can You mean I really won a contest?? patch prior to our members being alerted to the issue being posted at www.w6tj.com – quirk free. Yes sir, that is exactly how you feel. As it turns out there are many contests one can enter WORKED IN A RECENT CONTEST and end up as a winner. If you didn’t work these guys recently , you Bear in mind, there are many levels in all shouldn’t be surprised. They were really rare ones . contests. Being at the top in the Orange Section .. is a great deal more possible than being at the top in California or in the U.S. AH0AX Well, how do you end up as a winner. TR1CK There are some obvious “rules” that make sense as soon as you here them. FR0G Rule #1 – Always send your contest log into the contest sponsor. Usually that is done via W1ERD the Internet, and the form you send is generated OK2LAF by your computer contest program. Rule #2 – Check the prior year’s results APR1L and you may find an area that affords you a good FO0L ! ! ! opportunity. In ARRL Sweepstakes, you will find very few stations entered the QRP category last time. In general you will do better in CW contests because there are more “low power” entrants. BUY SSB contests are really hard, tiring, depressing work in the QRP category although it can be done – it’s just not fun. & Rule #3 – Plan to spend as many hours in the contest as you can, and make sure you have SELL ITEMS every thing set up prior to the contest day. Last minute things can eat you alive. If you do not have a Contest Logging Just go to www.w6tj.com Program, there are many of them you can review on the Internet. One low cost (~$40.00) program and click on the is Amateur Contact Log by N3FJP. It has a general log where every QSO is stored and has Buy and Sell Items many contests plus all the State QSO Parties. Page 9 THE CLUB SCHEDULE FOR APRIL 2008 REGULAR WEEKLY NETS Every Monday at 7:00 PM 10M Early Check-In Net, 28.328 MHz Info: WA6DDL Every Monday at 7:15 PM 2M Net on the Repeater Info: N6WMH Every Monday at 7:30 PM Newsline on the Repeater ---------- Every Wednesday at 8:30 PM Simplex Net on 145.52 MHz Info: K6GUK EVENTS UNTIL NEXT MEETING April 5th – Saturday at 10:00AM T-Hunt – St. John’s Church, Corona Info: W6TKV April 10th – Thursday at 6:30 PM VE Testing (by appointment only) Info: K6UIZ “ “ – Thursday at 7:30PM Club Meeting Info: N6RIC April 15th – Tuesday at 7:30 PM RF Group (aka Real Friendly Guys) Info: AA6SD or K6GUK April 17th – Thursday at 7:00 PM Board Meeting Info: N6RIC May 3rd – Saturday at 8:00 AM KA6ABL Breakfast – Flo’s Cafe Info: W6RTW “ “ – Saturday at 10:00 AM T-Hunt – St. John’s Church, Corona Info: W6TKV May 8th – Thursday at 6:30 PM VE Testing (by appointment only) Info: K6UIZ “ “ – Thursday at 7:30 PM Club Meeting Info: N6RIC FUTURE CLUB EVENTS June 27th-29th – Friday to Sunday Annual ARRL Field Day Info: KQ6UP or AE6YD LOCAL SATURDAY SWAP MEETS April 12th – 7:00 AM Cable Airport Swap Meet, Upland Sponsor: IEARC March 19th – 7:00 AM Chino Hills High School Swap Meet Sponsor: CHHS Boosters March 26th – 7:00 AM TRW Swap Meet, Manhattan Beach Sponsor: W6TRW ARA Riverside County Amateur Radio Association P.O. 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