and clean signals

the publication of

The 50 MHz and UP Group of Northern California, Inc.

Volume 4 Number 4                  April, 1999

(Edited by Rex Allers, KK6MK)

Visit our web site at: http://www.nitehawk.com/rasmit/50UP.html

Next Meeting: Sunday, April 11, 1:00PM - at NATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR CREDIT UNION.

PROGRAMFree-form gathering and swap meet. Members are encouraged to share any projects or ham activities that they have underway now or have recently completed. Bring show-and-tell or pictures if you can. Mingle with members and seek advice if you need any. Get to know people in the group.

SWAP: Bring any goodies you might have for a buy /sell / swap session.

DIRECTIONS: The meeting place is National Semiconducto Credit Union. NSFCU is located on Kifer, between Lawrence Expressway and Wolfe. Kifer is located one light south of Central Expressway. From 101, take Lawrence Expressway south to Kifer. Turn right on Kifer. Go past the main National Semiconductor Buildings. On the right just before a park is the Credit Union. Go around to the back entrance. Door is at right side as you face toward Kifer.


Officers for 1999

President Rex Allers KK6MK 408-377-6848 rexa@dnai.com
Vice President Jim Moss N9JIM 408-746-2789 Jim.Moss@nsc.com
Treasurer Will Jensby W0EOM 408-296-6071 w0eom@aol.com
Secretary Bill Ogilvie KQ6FY 650-968-3707 wogilvie@best.com
Board Member Jeffrey Pawlan WA6KBL 408-371-0256 jpawlan@pawlan.com
Board Member Art Lange
408-245-7453 art_lange@trimble.com
Board Member Sam Wood K6MSR 650-941-8000 sam@msr.com



New members welcomed

We are always looking for more people to join and share with our group. Dues are $15.00 per year, or the special rate of $25 for two years.

Please encourage anyone who might have an interest to join our group.

Contests and Events

Foothill Swap Meet - Second Saturday of each month (March – September) at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Parking fee required.

Livermore Swap Meet - First Sunday of each month at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA, 7:00 AM to noon, all year. Talk in 147.045 from west, 145.35 from the east. Contact Noel Anklam, KC6QZK, (510) 447- 3857 eves.

VHF+ WeakSignal NETS

Sunday  8PM  144.240  Southern California WSWSS 
Sunday  8PM  144.250  WSWSS in NCAL
Sunday  8:30PM  432.100  Central California WSWSS 
Tuesday  8PM  144.250  Northern California SWOT, Oakland 
Tuesday  8PM  144.200  Arizona WSWSS 
Wednesday  8PM  144.240  Southern California WSWSS SWAP 
Thursday  8PM  144.250  Northern California SWOT/WSWSS 
Thursday  8PM  432.120  SCAL General, Oceanside, DM13 

50 MHz & Up Group Minutes

Meeting of Mar. 12, 1999 Minutes

The 50 MHz & Up Group held its March meeting at the Lockheed-Martin auditorium on the evening of March 12, 1999. Executives and directors present were: Rex Allers KK6MK, President; Jim Moss, N9JIM, Vice President; Will Jensby, W0EOM, Treasurer; Bill Ogilvie, KQ6FY, Secretary; Art Lange W6RXQ, director. There were 16 members and visitors in attendance.

The meeting began with the announcement of plans for a new beacon for 10 and 24 Ghz., to be situated in the South Bay. Bob Johnson, KF6KVG, showed a 10 Ghz unit that he had built.

Jim Moss, N9JIM, gave a talk on the new FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields for Amateur Radio Stations. The FCC now requires all Amateurs to perform a survey of their station, to evaluate its' effective radiated power, on all bands. This can be done with a simple worksheet, that can be downloaded from the FCC web site.

de KQ6FY, Bill Ogilvie

WA6KBL EME Station Update

Jeffrey Pawlan, WA6KBL, our board member has been working hard for months to build a 1.2 and 10 GHz EME station. The goal has been to accomplish this very quickly to fulfill an ambition of Ron Hopkins, N6BQ, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The station is based on a 5 meter Scientific Atlanta dish mounted on a WWII vintage SCR-584 radar pedestal. Current status: the tower is up, the SCR-584 is almost ready for use, heavy-duty hardware has been built for mounting the dish, the dish has been assembled, and installation of all the antenna assembly is close at hand..

Here is a note from Jeffrey and a picture...

Attached is a photo of Monica (KQ6PY) tightening the hub bolts on the 5 meter EME dish. She graciously agreed to squeeze into the hub to do this as we were all too large to fit.



Monica finishes Dish

The project is moving along but much still remains to be done. Please contact Jeffrey if you would like to help with this project in any way.

Picnic Gathering this year

Our yearly picnic will be held at the Park Area at National Semiconductor on Saturday, June 26. This is the weekend of the 1999 ARRL Field Day, so we plan to set up some rigs and make a minor effort to participate as a group this year. Try to keep that date open. We look forward to everyone coming, whether you want to operate on field day or just visit. Contact me if you have any suggestions or if you are willing to help coordinate our activities.

-- Rex, KK6MK

Annual Membership renewals

I have arranged our membership database, so that we now print your membership expiration date at the top of the address on your newsletter. Please look at the information on this newsletter. Contact me if you feel the expiration date is not correct.

If your membership has recently expired or if it will expire in the next few months, you should have received this newsletter in an envelope. Included is a reply envelope addressed to our treasurer, Will Jensby. This can be used to renew your membership. Be sure to include your name so that we can properly record your payment.

Dues: $15 for one year, or $25 for two years. You can also renew at the meetings.

-- Rex, KK6MK



On the Internet…

Do you have a Web Page relevant to our members? Let us know and we will put it here. (You must be a member.)

50 MHz and Up Group page: http://www.nitehawk.com/rasmit/50UP.html The official group web page. Hosted by Rein Smit, W6/PA0ZN as part of his Weaksignal News Kiosk. The 50Up page includes an archive of newsletters.

W6/PA0ZN's Weak signal pages: http://www.nitehawk.com/rasmit/

ARRL Pacific Division Web page:  http://www.pdarrl.org/

Rex's Place - KK6MK:
http://www.dnai.com/~rexa/ Microwave stuff, 50 MHz Up Group pictures and information.

Laser Communications Home Page! http://www.qsl.net/wb9ajz/laser/laser.htm Lots of bright stuff.