THE TREK TO PARADISE IS LABOR DAY WEEKEND
SEPTEMBER 2ND THRU SEPTEMBER 4TH
THE CARA MONTHLY MEETING WILL BE THE SECOND MONDAY SEPT. 11TH
WE’LL MEET AT GREEN ACRES FOR THAT MEETING
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This is the big weekend coming up. Not only is it Labor Day weekend but also it’s our annual trek to Paradise, Arizona where we not only have “fun and frolic” but we can talk with the world from on top of the world and, this year, get acquainted with our new MCU. Bob has asked for a head-count but that doesn’t mean, if you’re not yet counted, you can’t join in the fun. Go anyway, if you find you can make it up there. There’s plenty of room for all and it’s an unforgettable experience. Come for a day or spend the weekend.
Bob Hollister N7INK
September 2-4, 2006 Paradise
October 14 Cochise Perimeter Cycling Classic
Paradise 27th Anniversary Outing - Just a reminder that we are on top of the annual Paradise outing and training event. As always, we will be using the Labor Day weekend as members with the MCU and its various capabilities.
Since the MCU is still relatively new, there are a number of members who will benefit from this opportunity, not to mention the fun of operating the Special Event station from the Ghost Town of Paradise. We will depart from Green Acres in Sierra Vista at 7:30 on Saturday and convoy to Paradise to set up and operate over the weekend. Lee is providing a new HEX Beam antenna to experiment with this year. We tested it last Sunday and it seems to work very well. That should be fun as well as taking advantage of the pneumatic mast to put it in the air. We will have a second radio available to operate on a table under the awning with the inverted V antenna. I am looking for the temporary loan of a 20-25 amp DC power supply to use for this radio for the weekend. Thanks.
3) MCU Training - Thanks to all who attended the MCU training on Saturday (7/29). We used a short task list and gave each participant an opportunity to get some hands on experience. As an update, the MCU (has been) in Tucson at the Chevy dealer to determine the cause of (the previous) loss of power to the wheels. It felt a lot like the transfer case shifted to neutral but there is no way to do that manually. The experience certainly reinforced our
policy of ensuring that a chase vehicle goes out with the MCU on every mission. The MCU is back now but, unfortunately, they were unable to duplicate the problem.
ARES Sign Up and Website - The AZ Section Emergency Coordinator has been working with a couple folks to provide a secure website for AZ ARES members. The purpose of this site is to provide a convenient registration site for ARES members as well as to provide a resource database of amateur operators. There are places to identify your training and equipment. Recently they added a location to keep a log of volunteer hours so that statistics on the number of volunteer hours can be used for reporting purposes. I encourage Cochise County members to log on to this site and create an account. I will also tell you that it is voluntary and that you can put as little or as much of the requested information as you are comfortable with. The website is: www.az-arrl.org From there you can go to the secure part of the site and create your own log in.
Bisbee Coaster Race After Action - Earlier this week I spoke to the race organizer and he wanted to pass along his sincere "thank you" for all the participating stations. He also commented that next year he wants to add something to our duties. As a result of the accident at the bottom of the course, he wants to issue a red flag to each of the RACES members to assist in stopping coasters on the course in the event of a repeat of the accident. He feels very confident that he can count on us to ensure that racers on the course are made aware that an accident has occurred and that anyone on the course needs to stop to avoid running into anyone further along. Racers who are stopped midway due to an accident will be given the opportunity for a new start. This will add an extra level of safety to the existing procedures.
Vince Fero, AA7JB, Bob Hollister, N7INK
Vince (AA7JB) and I took a short trip to the top of Mule Mountain this morning (8-17), before the weather hit, to troubleshoot the repeaters. Here is what we found: The shack was a mess with mouse excrement. It was on everything to include the repeaters. We swept the floor, removed a couple shelves and washed them off and swept off the equipment. The 100 amp main breaker was open. Some water got into the circuit box plus there was a chunk of steel wool in there, which together may have blown the breaker. When reset, all came to life. When the repeater controller was reset the 449.525 came back to life. We called Ev (WB7VNF) for a check from off the mountain and it worked fine with good audio. He reported some noise but we were getting a lot of it into our HTs so we felt it was the environment.
We do need to get a work party together to pull everything not mounted out and clean the shack. Copious amounts of disinfectant will be in order as well as rubber gloves and facemasks to clean the floors, shelf racks, etc.
The UHF antenna needs to be replaced. It may have a broken element or the feed line is bad. The only matching UHF antenna up there is connected for now, a Yagi. We do have a candidate for an antenna. That can be installed after the weather clears. Vince made a second trip this afternoon and reset the squelch tail on the 440 to clean up some of the noise that was getting into the system.
Lee Isle, KD7OED
Every year, at the Williams Hamfest, the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona recognizes one Amateur Radio Operator as the ARCA Ham of the Year. The 2006 ARCA Ham of the Year was awarded (posthumously) to Lee Crisman, AB7HW for his contributions to Amateur Radio, particularly to handicapped amateur radio operators. Lee was active in several Amateur Radio organizations and served as Field Day liaison by maintaining communications between the Phoenix valley and the MARCA Field Day site. He assisted fellow sightless people on his website (blindleader.com) and wrote about his many escapades with his trusty sidekick "Scotty the Wonder Dog (W7woof)." He attended the Handi Ham camp on a yearly basis and taught many skills to the blind. Lee dedicated much of his life to the Amateur Radio Community and will be sorely missed by all.
David Clark, KD7NZK was named the 2006 ARCA Young Ham of the Year at the ARCA/Williams Hamfest. David is an active member of the Explorer 599 and is currently serving his second year as president of the group. He holds an Extra Class license and is a participant in numerous public service events and has written an approximately 15 page operation plan for the Nova race communications. David is a member of a ham family, with both parents and grandfather being licensed hams. He enjoys bike
riding/racing, radio and raising Border Collie and Chihuahua dogs.
Lee Isle, KD7OED
The results from this year’s international DX contests are in, and the good news is that K7RDG was the first place multi-op single transmitter station in Arizona! (OK, we were also the only multi-single station). We also placed #6 of 27 stations in the section. The single-op stations that placed ahead of us are all dedicated DX entities. K5RR’s entry on QRZ.COM says his primary interest is HF contesting, K7JE shows a picture of an antenna farm that rivals Green Acres, and the other three are from DX association entities. So we did pretty well for a bunch of casual contesters – thanks to all for a job well done!!!
P.S. Our claimed score was 77,418 points and 253 contacts, but our credited score was only 68,013 points and 229 contacts (24 contacts less than claimed). I’m not sure why this is – perhaps the only points that count are those that can be verified by other log submissions (either that or we are making mistakes copying call signs). But the credited score is always lower than the claimed score – so hakuna matata (no worries)!! J
NEW EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS BILL INCLUDES ROLE FOR HAMS, ARRL Newsletter 7-28-06
A bill to enhance emergency communication at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) includes Amateur Radio operators as part of an overall effort to provide interoperability among responders. The 21st Century Emergency Communications Act of 2006 (HR 5852), an amendment to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, passed the US House this week on a 414-2 vote and has gone to the Senate. Its sponsor, Rep David G. Reichert (R-WA) -- who chairs the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology -- says his legislation is designed "to improve the ability of emergency responders to communicate with each other" -- interoperability.
"Until the events of September 11, 2001, many people in this nation believed and assumed that first responders from different disciplines and
jurisdictions could actually talk to each other," Reichert -- a former
police officer -- told the House in support of his bill. "It wasn't
happening. It is still not happening today. Unfortunately, that was not the
case then and, as demonstrated by the inadequate responses to Hurricane
Katrina, that is not the case today."
Reichert told his colleagues that the inability of first responders to
communicate with each another effectively led to the loss of many lives
along the US Gulf Coast last year. "This is simply unacceptable," he said.
His measure also would require the DHS to strengthen its efforts to improve emergency communications. HR 5852 calls for Amateur Radio operators to be part of a "Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group" (RECC Working Group) that would be attached to each regional Department of Homeland Security office. The RECC Working Groups would advise federal and state homeland security officials.
In addition to radio amateurs, membership in the RECC Working Groups would include state and local officials; law enforcement, first responders such as fire departments; 911 centers; hospitals; ambulance services; communications equipment vendors, telephone, wireless satellite, broadband and cable service providers; public utilities; broadcasters; emergency evacuation transit services; state emergency managers, homeland security directors or representatives of state administrative agencies; local emergency managers or homeland security directors, and "other emergency response providers or emergency support providers as deemed appropriate."
Federal government representatives to the RECC Working Groups would include representatives from the DHS "and other federal departments and agencies with responsibility for coordinating interoperable emergency communications" with state, local, and tribal governments.
ARRL Newsletter 7-28-06
A recent addition to the DXCC rules has led to the designation of Swain's
Island (KH8) as the 337th DXCC entity. A brief inaugural DXpedition
operating under the call sign KH8SI was to get under way soon.
In June, the ARRL DXCC Desk announced the addition of a Paragraph (c) under Section II, DX List Criteria, 1. Political Entities of the DXCC Rules: "The Entity contains a permanent population, is administered by a local
government and is located at least 800 km from its parent. To satisfy the
'permanent population' and 'administered by a local government' criteria of
this subsection, an Entity must be listed on either (a) the US Department of
State's list of 'Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty' as having a
local 'Administrative Center,' or (b) the United Nations' list of
The new language effectively reclassified American Samoa as a political
entity for DXCC purposes. Subsequently, the DX Advisory Committee and the Awards Committee concurred with a request, accompanied by substantiating evidence, and added Swain's Island to the DXCC List as the first "separation entity" from American Samoa. Contacts made with Swain's Island on or after 0001 UTC on July 22, 2006 will count for DXCC credit.
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