and clean signals
the official publication of The 50
MHz and UP Group located in Northern California.
Volume 2 Number 6
Visit our website at: http://www.nitehawk.com/rasmit/50UP.html
Next Meeting, SUNDAY, July 13, 1PM at Lockheed Bldg 202.
PROGRAM: Microwave Measurements and Calibration
by Steve Adam
Steve is an engineer, retired from HP. He helped in the development and
establishment of microwave measurements techniques.
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.
Contests and Events
13 Jun 97 CY9AA, St Paul Island including
6/2m thru 21st.
14-15 Jun 97 JUNE VHF CONTEST!
21-22 Jun 97 SMIRK 6 meter contest
28-29 Jun 97 Field Day
Aug 97 FP Dxpedition including
6 and 2 St. Pierre et Miquelon
late Oct 97 Pacificon - 50 MHz and UP VHF+ Sessions
3-5 Oct 97 Western States Weak Signal Society Conference
23-26 Oct 97 Microwave Update '97, Sandusky, Ohio
VHF+ WeakSignal NETS
||Southern California WSWSS
||Central California WSWSS
||Central California WSWSS
||Northern California SWOT
||Southern California WSWSS SWAP
||Northern California SWOT SWAP
||SCAL General, Oceanside, DM13
50 MHz & Up Club Minutes
The 50 MHz and Up Group held its May meeting at the National Semiconductor
Credit Union in Sunnyvale, on May 4. Club officers and directors
present were: Jeffrey Pawlan WA6KBL, President; Will Jensby W0EOM,
Treasurer; Bill Ogilvie KQ6FY, Secretary; Art Lange W6RXQ, and Jim Moss
WB9AJZ Board Members. The meeting started with a barbecue in
the NS Employee Park, hosted by Jim Moss. Close to 30 members
of the 50 MHz and Up Group, as well as members of the Bay Area Communications
Society (BAYCOM). Sam Wood WB6BUP gave a talk on the spread
spectrum microwave network he operates, that provides control capabilities
and internet access to remotely located repeaters.
After the barbecue,
the meeting re-convened inside the NS Credit Union auditorium.
It was announced that a callsign, KF6JJL ad been assigned to the club,
and that ARRL affiliation has been achieved. Six
people expressed an interest in buying a club T-shirt. A motion
was passed to have a club logo design contest.
During the March meeting an unusual contest was announced:
Anyone who arrived at the first Foothill Flea Market before Lars Karlsson
AA6IW, would win a prize at the May meeting. Bill Ogilvie KQ6FY
had the dubious distinction of meeting that grade; having arrived at the
March 8 event at 3:55 AM. The prize was an excellent certificate
and a very heavy power supply.
Jim Moss WB9AJZ gave a brief talk on laser communications, with demonstrations.
The main talk, by Lance Ginner K6GSJ, of the Bay Area Communications Society
then began. This group was formed in 1962 under the club and
repeater call of WA6YCZ. BAYCOM has
maintained operational repeaters on Mt. Umunhum since the summer of 1962.
This was a very interesting talk, with lots of slides and insight into
the history and long term contributions of this group. There
web site can be visited at: http://sun1.umunhum.ba.tetherless.net/
de KQ6FY, Bill Ogilvie
How about a club T-Shirt? We've found a source that can supply just
about any type and color with whatever logo we may want. The prices
look reasonable ($8-10 depending on type). We don't have a logo yet.
We voted to give away a free tee shirt to the design of the club logo,
as a contest. We'd like to hear from you. Let any of the board members
know if you have interest, or mention it at the next meeting.
Pacificon -VHF Sessions
We are in the planning stages for the Pacificon show in October.
The club will be hosting VHF sessions. So far we have planned:
8AM: "parking lot", Antenna Measuring Session, by 50 MHz and UP Group
1PM: "Big Room", Getting Started with Microwaves - a panel discussion
and demonstration of microwave gear, oscillators, amplifiers, mixers, and
2PM: "small room", Amateur Radio Laser Communications, Jim Moss, WB9AJZ
3PM: "small room", Low Noise Amplifier Design, Jeffrey Pawlan, WA6KBL
4PM: "small room", VHF Propagation, panel
Contact Art Lange to help out in anyway, including session chair, speaker,
or panel member.
WSWSS asks if we will do the WSWSS 98 conference
The Western States Weak Signal Society has has asked if we are intrested
in hosting the 1998 WSWSS conference in 1998. They have traditionally
been held in the Fall, but if we are the host, we have some inputs.
Let's talk about it at the next meeting, along with our Pacificon work.
Any one interested in a club station for the VHF Contest?
WB9AJZ/6 to be active from CN70xa for June VHF
Kevin (N5XSA) and I will be active in the June VHF contest from near Shelter
Cove, CA. We will be active on as many bands as possible, but will
definitely include: 50,144,432,2304,10G,Laser. We will be VERY close
to the CM79/89/CN70/80 corner and would love to have more operators join
us! Let Jim know if you'd like to come along.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-721-6906
June Contest Invite from W6AMT
Please consider our invitation to join W6AMT for some QSOs this June VHF
Contest, June 14th and 15th. We will be operating from the appropriately
named Mt. Diablo, CM97bv, on 50 MHz through 2.3 GHz, most modes. We will
also have 10 GHz (WBFM), your basic MCW laser, and hopefully 24 GHz (also
WBFM). Naturally, we are looking for schedules for rovers and other "hard
to snag" contact possibilities. As we get them, we will post them on our
W6AMT June Contest Web Page: http://www.amt.org/June97
Please feel free to contact us before or DURING the contest at: June97@amt.org
73, and see you in June,
Don't forget our VHF Contest page at: http://www.amt.org/June97
WSWSS Conference Announcement
Western States Weak Signal Society 1997 Conference Announcement
*Antenna Gain Measurements and Noise Figure Testing
*Equipment testing and tune-up!
*ARRL VEC license exams
*W6JKV Banquet Speaker (Travelogue)
*Many high-quality technical presentations!!
The 1997 Western States Weak Signal Society Technical Conference will be
held on Friday through Sunday, October 3 to 5, at the Montecito-Sequoia
Lodge. The lodge is located in the Sequoia National Forest between
Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, 65 miles east of Fresno at 7500
feet, just minutes from Grant Grove & the famous Giant Sequoia Trees!
For rates and reservations, call Montecito-Sequoia at (800) 227-9900.
The Conference Technical Program will include the following presentations:
NU8I ---- VHF amplifier design using Svetlana tubes
K6QXY ---- 6m EME and large array engineering
W6JKV ---- VHF expedition travel log (dinner presentation)
W6GGV ---- Designing N-Way power dividers
K6WR ---- Regulatory issues of interest to the weak signal enthusiast
(Brad is the ARRL Pacific Division Director)
K6MYC ---- TBD
Conference pre-registration is $15; or $20 at the door.
For more information on our 1997 Conference, visit http://www.qsl.net/n7stu/
or contact Robert Brown, N7STU, at email@example.com.
WEAKSIGNAL BREAKFAST, 5/31, 9AM
QST TO ALL IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY, JOAQUIN VALLEY, AND SAN
FRANCISCO AREA...THE WEAK SIGNAL GUYS AND GALS ARE GETTING TOGETHER
WHERE: BAKER'S SQUARE, HARBOR BLVD AND HWY 50 IN WEST SACRAMENTO
WHEN: 31 MAY 97 AT 0900L
DOOR PRIZE: M^2 2 METER ANT. 2M9SSB (NEED TO BE PRESENT
AFTER BREAKFAST WE WILL MOVE TO ANTENNAWORKS (KA6NBC RICH) FOR A MINI SWAP
MEET AND TOUR OF THE SHOP...RICH HAS PROMISED TO HAVE SOME SPECIALS AVAILABLE
FOR THOSE ATTENDED...DIRECTION TO RICH'S WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE BREAKFAST...FOR
THOSE WHO WOULD JOIN US THERE ITS: 1648B KATHLEEN AVE SACRAMENTO, CA
OUR LAST VENTURE WAS A COMBINATION OF SPOUSE AND HAMS. THIS WILL BE AN
INVITE TO ALL AGAIN...A REMINDER RSVP RSVP...LAST TIME 88 PEOPLE SHOWED
UP FOR A ROOM THAT HELD 72...
I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'VE FORGOT, BUT PLEASE REMIND ME IF I HAVE. THANKS
FOR THE SPACE....SEE YA IN SAC...
73 WB5OMF CM98AI CMSGT (RET) LARRY HOGUE firstname.lastname@example.org
Laser Communications Home Page!
Lots of bright stuff
and archives of the LASER mail reflector.
I have just set up a "mirror site" at Geocities.com. Please try this
if the Virgin Net pages download very slowly. The mirror site seems to
download MUCH faster!
URL is: http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Vista/7012
73 from Peter, G3PHO
Ex: ZL2BDA 1966-68, ZL2LA 1975-80
Editor: RSGB Microwave Newsletter
Microwave Homepage: http://freespace.virgin.net/p.day/ghz.htm
(mirror site at:
"Unofficial" Internet 5/21/97 June Contest Survey
By Tim Marek - K7XC
Version - 1.31 (wb9ajz ammended some inputs)
Below is a list of planned Contest DXpeditions I have been gathering off
the Reflector. Feel Free to Update, Change the Version #, and Repost to
the Group. 73s... Tim - K7XC
(6M Op of the W7KK DN10 Operation.)
???? - KP2/W6JKV Multi- AB
BL11 - NH6YK S/O- AB,
CM87 - AJ6T S/O- ABDE,
CM88 - K6QXY S/O- ABDE,
CM89 - K6AAA S/O- ABD
CM93 - KD6TBE Maritime Multi- ABCDE
CM94 - N6TEB TBD - TBD
CM95 - W6WE S/O- ABCDE
CM97 - W6AMT Multi- ABCD9EFGHI, WWW.AMT.ORG/June97
CM98 - WB5OMF S/O- ABCDE
CM99 - WA6ZFK S/O- ABD
CN70 - WB9AJZ Multi- ABDFIL
CN73 - W6SQN S/O- AB
CN80 - K6AAW S/O- ABD
CN82 - W7IY Multi- ABCDE
CN83 - AE7Q S/O- AB
CN84 - W7EW S/O- ABCDE
CN85 - N7DB S/O- ABCDE
CN87 - W7FI S/O- ABCDE
CN88 - VE7SKA Multi- ABD
CN91 - WB6HMD S/O- BD
CN92 - WA7TDU S/O- ABD
CN94 - N7ART S/O- ABCDE
CN95 - WB7PPK S/O- AB
CN96 - W7FHI S/O- ABD
CN97 - KB7N S/O- ABD
DM02 - WA6TBO Multi- ABCDE, EME Capable BD
DM03 - K9AKS S/O- ABD
DM04 - WB2ODH Multi- ABCD, W3SE Multi- ABCD
DM05 - WJ6T S/O- ABD, W6DE S/O- ABCDE
DM06 - NI6G S/O- ABCD9, KK6LR S/O- ABD
DM07 - N7STU S/O- ABCDE, KE6ILX/R- ABCDE
DM08 - KF7UV S/O- ABD, KE6ILX/R- ABCDE
DM09 - WA6JIC S/O- ABCDE, KE6ILX/R- ABCDE
DM12 - W6RDF Multi- ABCDE
DM13 - KI6FF S/O- ABD
DM14 - WB6FCS S/O- ABD
DM15 - WA6PEV S/O- ABD
DM16 - W6JZI S/O- AB
DM17 - KE6ILX/R- ABCDE,
DM18 - KE6ILX/R- ABCDE,
DM19 - ?
DM26 - K7CA S/O- ABD
DM27 - KE6ILX/R- ABCDE
DM28 - KE6ILX/R- ABCDE
DM29 - KE6ILX/R- ABCDE
DM33 - WB7VVD Multi- ABCDEFGHI
DM36 - KF7NP Multi- ABCDE
DM37 - N7JM S/O- ABCD
DM38 - N7VQW S/O- AB
DM41 - W7CS S/O- ABD
DM42 - W7GZ S/O- ABD
DM43 - AA7A S/O- ABD
DM44 - W7XP S/O- ABD
DM49 - WB7REL S/O- ABD
DM54 - K5AM S/O- AB
DM67 - WG6K S/O- ABD
DM69 - W0KEA Multi- ABD
DM78 - W0AH S/O- ABD
DM79 - W6OAL S/O- ABD
DM86 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
DM96 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
DN00 - KE6ILX/R- ABCDE
DN01 - N7LQ Multi- ABDE
DN06 - K7XW ABCD9E
DN10 - W7KK Multi- ABCDE, EME ABD, 3818 HF,
DN10 - KE6ILX/R- ABCDE
DN11 - KE6ILX/R- ABCDE
DN13 - W7ZRC S/O- ABDE, WA7GSK S/O- ABCDE
DN14 - NI7T S/O- AB
DN15 - KA7MFM S/O- ABD
DN16 - N7XTS S/O- AB
DN17 - KA7GUX S/O- AB
DN18 - N7ANL S/O- AB
DN20 - N7WVZ S/O- ABD, KE6ILX/R- ABCDE
DN21 - KE6ILX/R- ABCDE
DN22 - AB7BC S/O- ABD
DN24 - WA7FSI S/O- AB
DN27 - W7GJ S/O- ABD
DN30 - NJ7A S/O- ABD
DN31 - WB7QBC S/O- ABD
DN32 - K7HK S/O- AB
DN40 - K7DJB S/O- ABD
DN41 - N7SFT S/O- ABCD
DN43 - KR8L S/O- ABD
DN55 - WJ7F S/O- AB
DN70 - N0EC S/O- AB, K0GU S/O- ABD
DN71 - WA7KYM S/O- AB
EL83 - CO0VHF Multi- ABD
EL86 - WB2QLP/R- ABDE
EL87 - WB2QLP/R- ABDE
EL88 - WB2QLP/R- ABDE
EL95 - WB2QLP/R- ABDE
EL96 - WB2QLP/R- ABDE
EL97 - WB2QLP/R- ABDE
EL98 - WB2QLP/R- ABDE
EM04 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
EM05 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
EM06 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
EM12 - N5KB S/O- AB
EM13 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
EM14 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
EM15 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
EM16 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
EM23 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
EM24 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
EM25 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
EM26 - NL7CO/R- ABD HF Liaison
EN55 - N9PBA S/O- ABCD
EN67 - N0EDV Multi- AB
EN74 - KF9US/R- ABCDE
EN75 - KF9US/R- ABCDE
EN82 - KF9US/R- ABCDE
EN83 - KF9US/R- ABCDE
EN84 - KF9US/R- ABCDE
EN85 - KF9US/R- ABCDE
FL16 - C6AIE S/O- AB
FM18 - ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FM28 - ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FM29 - ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FN00 - N3LJK/R- ABCDEF,
FN10 - N3LJK/R- ABCDEF, ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FN11 - ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FN12 - ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FN13 - ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FN16 - VA3IKE Multi- ABD, ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FN20 - N3LJK/R- ABCDEF, ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FN21 - W3CCX Multi- ABCD9EFGHI, ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FN22 - ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FN23 - ND3F/R- ABCD9EF
FN31 - WA1LOU S/O- ABCD9E
FN44 - K1TR Multi- ABCD
Are YOU Ready?
73s from DM09 de Tim - K7XC... sk email@example.com
WSWSS NET PARTICIPATION AWARDS
A program to increase activity on the nets has been instituted. Awards
for participating in the net activities both as a check-in and as a net
control person. It is open to WSWSS members or non-members both. Must have
a valid license. All WSWSS sanctioned nets are eligible. What is a WSWSS
sanctioned net and how to get sanctioned? To be a WSWSS net, the net control
operator must be an active paid up WSWSS member. It must be announced at
the beginning of the net and frequently that it is a WSWSS net, what the
purposes of the group are, and have announcements of WSWSS activities,
etc. To get sanctioned, contact any officer of the group who will relay
the information to Hank, W6GGV, who is now the net coordinator. Give the
Frequency and mode of the net, day of the week, and time; who the net control
is and any alternates. Get your net sanctioned; if you are not sure, give
us your info.
Anyone can start and run a net. Ask your area rep about one in your area.
Ten years ago there was a real slump in VHF/UHF SSB activity in Southern
Cal; sure there might be a pretty good showing during a contest, but you
might be hard pressed to find someone to talk to at other times. There
had been a SWOT (a good group, we should all join) net but had dwindled
when the net control, Gordon, WB6NOA, had an increase in his work travel,
and just could not do it any longer. Gordon asked David, KI6FF, to run
it, but as we all know he is a procrastinator and never became a SWOT member,
although a regular check-in on their nets. Gordon said for David to go
ahead and start a generic net. He did, and it eventually led to the WSWSS.
So if there is no activity in your area, start some. Get on the air, declare
the net and its purpose and ask for check-ins. If anyone shows up, get
them all checked-in, then have a round table for an hour or so. You can
talk about technical stuff, SSB and CW related weak signal stuff all night.
As net control operator you must be consistent with your attendance, be
there at the same time each week. If you can't make it have someone run
it or make an announcement. Let everyone know about the net, talk it up
at club meetings and on your local repeaters on the way to work. Let people
know that there is some exciting ham radio still around and that you are
the center of it with your net.
1 point for participating in a weekly net 6 meters up to 432 MHz. Net control
gets 2 points for running the net.
2 points for nets on 902 MHz and 1296 MHz. Net control gets 4 points for
running the net.
Participation awards at 50 points, with additional stickers for 100, 200
for more info contact Jim Moss, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE/WANT ADS
Jeffrey WA6KBL has for sale: commercial solid 10' dish, call him at his
phone listed above.
Jeffrey WA6KBL needs: 16' dish for 10 GHz operation, call him at his phone
Jim, WB9AJZ has for sale: UV 215BQ PINdiodes, rated .15A/W at 250nM, $5
ea + shipping.
Jim, WB9AJZ has for sale: 4x500's, 4x150's, 4cx250's, 4x250's, parts for