and clean signals

the publication of

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

Volume 4 Number 2                  February, 1999

(Edited by Rex Allers, KK6MK)

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, February 16, 7:30PM - at Lockheed Bldg. 202.

PROGRAM:  Microwave Antennas by John Sanford. John will give an overview of principles for designing effective antennas at microwave frequencies.

Dr. John R. Sanford is head of Smartwaves International designing systems and components for wireless communications. Previously he was senior engineer at Endgate where he designed antennas and packaging for millimeter wave radio links. He was a professor at Chalmers University of Technology, was head of the antenna group at Huber & Suhner AG, and was a research engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Nominations and voting: This is the meeting for election of 1999 Officers and Board Members. There will first be a round of additional nominations. Paid members, please come and vote.

DIRECTIONS: The meeting place will be the Lockheed Auditorium in bldg. 202 on Hanover St. in Palo Alto, California. Access Hanover from Page Mill Road (between 280 and El Camino). Follow Hanover as it curves right and up the hill. Watch for the Lockheed sign indicating Bldg. 202 on the left side, about 2/3 of the way up the hill.

Officers for 1998

President Rex Allers KK6MK 408-377-6848 rexa@dnai.com
Vice President Jim Moss N9JIM 408-746-2789 jmoss@rockie.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 Bob Johnson KF6KVG 415-854-5117  
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

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  Central California WSWSS 
Sunday  8:30PM  432.100  Central California WSWSS 
Tuesday  8PM  144.250  Northern California SWOT 
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 January 12, 1999

The 50 MHz & Up Group held the first meeting of 1999 at the Lockheed-Martin auditorium on the evening of January 12, 1999. Executives and directors present were: Jim Moss, N9JIM, Vice President; Will Jensby, W0EOM, Treasurer; Bill Ogilvie, KQ6FY, Secretary; and Jeffrey Pawlan WA6KBL, Bob Johnson KF6KVG, Sam Wood K6MSR, directors. There were 20 members and visitors in attendance.

The meeting began with several announcements from the membership: Someone in the 50 MHz & Up Group is looking for a Wavetek 907 service manual. Sam Wood, K6MSR has contributed several channel banks to the Group. It was noted that RA enterprises has started advertising in the group's newsletter and is offering a 10% discount to members who bring in the ad. They are located at the E. end of Walsh Ave, in Santa Clara.

Nominations were held for officers and directors. The results are:

President Rex Allers, KK6MK
Vice President Jim Moss, N9JIM
Treasurer Will Jensby, W0EOM
Secretary Bill Ogilvie, KQ6FY
Board Members Jeffrey Pawlan, WA6KBL
  Bob Johnson, KF6KVG
  Sam Wood, K6MSR
  Bill Rausch, AA6PA

Any additional nominations can be made at the next meeting, Feb 16 (7:30 at the Lockheed-Martin Auditorium). Concluding any additional nominations, voting will commence for this year's slate of officers.

A talk was delivered by Austin Lesea, AB6VU, titled "Higher Order Modulation Methods". He has worked in all areas of the electronic industry , for the past 22 years. Early on in his career he taught at UC Berkeley and worked with Ken Thompson on Unix developments. Austin in has developed precise frequency control and digital phase locked loop designs, for high speed data transmission applications.

Austin's talk was very informative and interesting. He presented very technical material in a clear, easy to understand way. This led to some good discussions.

de KQ6FY, Bill Ogilvie

Elections for 1999 coming up

The 50 MHz and Up Group of Northern California, Inc. holds elections of officers at the February meeting. The first round of nominations for officers and board members took place at the January meeting. More nominations and the elections take place at the February meeting prior to the voting. You must be a paid member of the Group at the time of the meeting to nominate or vote. Dues can be paid at the meeting for anyone who's membership has expired.

Please look at the current list of nominations in the January minutes above. Think about any additional nominations you would like to make.

Please come to the February meeting and exercise your vote.

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.

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.dnai.com/~rexahttp://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.

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.