Jay Bastow reports that four new members have signed up with our Club:

Ed Cole (DSCC) K8MWA/6
John Hultberg W6MEE
Fred Smith
Jim Lumsden

Jay would also like to remind you that if ARRL members intend to renew, or if anyone in the Club intends to join the ARRL as a new member, this can be done through the JPL ARC. This way, the Club treasury can retain 50¢ of the usual $6. 50 ARRL dues, and will forward the rest for you. Just let Jay know all the necessary details (i e., new, renewal, etc.) and he will take care of the rest. Of course, don't forget to enclose your check for $6.50, too.


Will the person who borrowed the JPL Library book "Radio Operators License Q &A Manual," 621.3841, 7th Edition, 1968, please return same to Vickie West at the Library? The book is horrendously overdue.


Club meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at noon, in 238543. Everyone is welcome.

Business meetings of the Club' s Board of Directors are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at noon, in 180-102. Club members are welcome.


WWV announced that, on an experimental basis, standard times and frequency; broadcasts are being made via a NASA satellite. The transmitting frequency is 135.625 MHz; broadcasts are currently scheduled daily at 1700-1715 GMT and 2330-2345 GMT. Area of coverage is North & South America. Further information may be obtained by writing a post card to:

Code 3
National Bureau of Standards,
Boulder, Colorado 80302


Saturday, September 25, the Amateur Radio Emergency Corps (AREC) assisted the U.S. Forest Service with auxiliary communications on the opening day of the hunting season. This is the third year of participation, where amateur radio operators provided extra "eyes and ears" for the Rangers, State Fish & Game, and other officials in one of the most heavily populated hunting areas in the state.

Twenty mobile units, on the Southwestern Division AREC frequency of 146.820 MHz FM participated with the LA Section repeater (W6FNO), backed up by a portable repeater on the same frequencies located to afford coverage deep into the canyons of the Angeles National Forest.

Forest Service officials praised the annual event as a great assistance in spotting fires, injuries, and other related happenings that their relatively small staff has to monitor.

Two JPL'ers, Bill Carpenter/WA6QZY, and Chuck Krinke/WA6LWB, participated.


Guess who happened to drop by the cafeteria for lunch on August 30? Al Couvillon, former JPL ARC President, who is now Director of Engineering Services for the Artificial Heart Test & Evaluation Facility of the University of Utah. Al's call-sign is W7IAV; it was formerly K6BNV. Also, at the same facility in Utah, is Norm DeGroot, who Club members will recall as W6WWH, and who now sports the new call W7ICT.


A new procedure for handling QSL cards has been implemented by our QSL Manager, Hans Weber/WA6QJU:

Outgoing Cards - When you work a station and wish to send him a card, request the number of 'VIO QSL's needed from Hans (Ext. 5744). When you receive them, fill them out with the addressee's call letters printed boldly on the address side; no QTH is necessary. Mail them back to Hans, enclosing 4¢ for each card. They will be forwarded anyplace in the USA or the world through our membership in the World QSL Bureau, at the stated price. If desired, you may send the cards direct, but you will have to pay the full postage rates.

Incoming Cards - Cards addressed to W6VIO will be delivered in the mail to Hans. He will regularly place these in an incoming mail basket at W6VIO, 171-B8. All operators are requested to check this mailbox frequently. Ops are obliged to answer their own cards. Please mark the "QSL" column in the station log when you receive a card, and when you send one.

Remember, we want to do a good job on QSL obligations for two reasons: First, our Club's reputation is at stake; let's not be blacklisted as non-QSL'ers when we can use this opportunity to spread some good words about JPL to the public with our beautiful 4-color cards. Secondly, W6VIO, like your home station, may soon be eligible for some awards, provided we have the cards as proof, when needed.

So, if you have operated at the station, and have QSL'ed, drop by from time to time to see if you have some cards waiting.


Merv MacMedan notes that not all of the Club Questionnaires sent out were returned. If you forgot, please fill them out and mail to Merv at 233-307.


Thanks to the Equipment Exchange Ham Trader, we can pass along an address where you can get free (or very reasonable) the exact manual issued with any government surplus equipment now declassified. It is part of the government, not a commercial venture. If this location does not have the material, they will refer you to another source. The address is:

Department of the Army
Commanding General, U.S. Army
Electronics Command
Fort Monmouth, N.J. 07703


The JPL Amateur Radio Club Board of Directors met on September 22, 1971. Those present were: Walt Ross, Merv MacMedan, Jay Bastow, Jay Holladay, Nash Williams and Gordon Crawford.

The following items were discussed:

1. It was reported that Harold Wheelock has reconsidered his resignation as Publicity Chairman; everyone is extremely pleased that Hal will remain on the job.

2. Merv MacMedan reported that he will undertake the distribution and processing of the membership questionnaires, as part of the secretarial function. All member should have their copies by next week; responses are requested in two weeks.

3. Nash Williams, representing the AMSAT Committee, reported that the precursor AA-2 flight was very successful and everything is bright green for the flight on Sept. 25. Dick Ulrich was particularly commended for his successful efforts in raising the transponder output to a full 1 watt. An article will be submitted about the flight by Hal Wheelock to 73 Magazine on the day of the flight. W6VIO will monitor the activities of the day, and Rex Edwards will choose the most interesting of them to link back to Goddard Space Flight Center in real time. An action item was assigned to the AMSAT Committee to provide information on their plans and schedules for the remaining activities after this flight at the next Board meeting on October 27.

4. We were unsuccessful in our bid for a KWS-1 power supply from a midwest source, and have a wanted ad running now. However, the Board wants to pursue the design and construction of our; own unit in the event a Collins unit cannot be procured. Al Chapman was appointed KWS-1 Committee Chairman. Club members may expect pleas for parts donations as soon as a parts list is developed.

5. QSL cards, and other outside mail is sometimes delivered to the station, 171-B8. Ultimate delivery to the addressee is spotty, at best. It was decided that the President should receive all outside mail and route it internally via interoffice mail. Walt Ross will inform the ERC and the Mail Dept. of the arrangement. This includes incoming QSL cards, which will be forwarded to the QSL Manager, Hans Weber. An action item was bestowed upon Hans to formulate a Club policy on handling QSL's that come into the Station, requesting confirmations for contacts with W6VIO. (See Page 2)

6. Walt Ross was asked to list all the Club activities and committees he has in operation for review and updating at the next Board meeting.

7. Nash Williams relayed a request to the Club for help in obtaining or building a chin-operated or sound operated TV remote controller for the son of JPL'er, Bob Condon, who is nearly completely paralyzed. It was thought that a Club member could gather information as to the scope of the problem (e. g., details of the patient' s remaining motive ability and a survey of commercially available controls) and see how the Club could help. Walt Ross will contact Charles Potts for his advice on this matter. Joe Newman has offered system level support to this effort.

8. Nash Williams reported on the status of the Weather Satellite APT station, a project being pursued at JPL's request. An area school is to build the electronic gear with Club guidance (on a consulting basis) and JPL will supply the steerable antenna. The finished project will be installed on display in Von Karman and will show the current weather picture from each local pass of a weather satellite. Technical assistance will be needed soon, and those that may be interested in this somewhat different mode should contact Nash. Hal Rosenberg/W6DHU has accepted responsibility for the facsimile readout subsystem.

9. Artwork for the membership cards has been approved and is awaiting a printing order.

10. Items deferred to the next meeting were:

* JPL Emergency Plan Status
* By- Laws Status
* Crawford's Licensing Course on Audio-Visual.


The following page is a partial list of amateur repeaters and remotely controlled amateur stations. These remote installations are operated and financed by groups or individuals whose policies on use may vary. It would be advisable to contact the licensee or listed contact for further information in each case if operation is planned on the nets. If you are new to FM, don't transmit until you have listened long enough to get fully acquainted with the peculiarities of operation on that channel. Usually a couple of days will suffice. Generally each channel has its own personality, and it is a good idea to know what it is before you become a part of it.


W6AOE 147.15-147.75 Pine Cove-- Banning coverage.
WA6FLH 146.22- 147.39 Tempo Repeater Group, Sta Monica Mtus, West Los Angeles coverage.
W6FNO 146.82- 146.70 AREC, Johnstone Peak, greater LA coverage.
WB6GUA 146.34- 146.94 Richard Miller/WA6MYH, Palmdale, Palmdale coverage, 1800 Hz burst.
K6MYK 146.98-145.22 AM VHF Repeaters, Inc., Arthur Gentry/W6MEP, Mt. Lee, greater LA coverage, AM
K6SJF 146.16- 146.995 Painted Cave--Santa Barbara coverage
K6SYU 146. 52-146.19 Anaheim Amateur Radio Assn, Inc., Orange County, also has 145.62 AM input.
WA6UPB 145.175 -147.66 AM Harry Hahne/WB6VZZ, Palos Verdes Mt., greater LA coverage.
WA6URI 146.16-146.88 Riverside County Amateur Radio Assn., Box Springs, Riverside coverage.
WB6WLV 146.34-146.85 Otai Mtn--San Diego coverage, 2100 Hz burst.
WB6ZDI 146.61-147.33 Palisades Amateur Radio Club, Hollywood Hills, West LA coverage.

Simplex Frequencies in use in Southern California:

146.46 Mountain top simplex channel
146.76 General simplex, heavy usage in San Fernando Valley
146.82 Simplex, also used for W6FNO input
146.87 Simplex, South Bay area of Los Angeles
146.94 General simplex, very heavy usage throughout Southern California



The long-awaited AMSAT/OSCAR AA-2 flight was successfully completed on Sept. 25. The aircraft, piloted by Booth Hartley/K6KVC, covered about 1100 miles, overflying California' s most populous areas, which included about 50,000 licensed amateurs within line of sight of the plane. Maurice Piroumian/WA60PB served as co-pilot and flight project engineer and Dick Ulrich/K6KCY functioned as the repeater flight test engineer, protected the repeater from overload, scanned and recorded the repeater output, and maintained operating logs. Some of the highlights of the flight were:

The flight AA-2 didn't encounter the weak 10-meter repeater output, as reported during the East Coast flight.

The repeater successfully passed AM signals, if they were held below the saturation point on modulation peaks.

While enroute to San Diego, repeater output was reduced from one watt to 200 milliwatts, because of distortion from strong signals, causing the repeater to oscillate. Rather than penalize weak stations by attenuating the input, the choice was to drop power output, effectively eliminating the problem.

Almost every type of legal emission was heard through the transponders, including ssb, cw, fm, am and some TTY.

No accurate count of contacts through the repeater can be made at this time, but the flight crew reported monitoring as many as 125 stations during the flight. Many others, particularly on cw, could not be logged because of simultaneous transmissions.



Complete SSB Station for sale:
bulletSwan 350 (late Model), with xtal calibrator
bulletSwan 117V power supply, with matching cabinet
bulletMoseley three-element tri-band beam with rotor
bullet15-ft roof-mounted tower
bullet$325 takes all
bulletDick Sparks X4215 or 798-5727

Sideband Engrs Transceiver (SB-33), Solid state, except for final. Selectable USB/LSB. Built-in AC power supply. DC power supply, mic, mobile ant, with coils. Reasonably priced, S.C. Patterson 281-5617 evenings 796-9381, X581 days

Hornet TB-500 3-element, tri-band beam CDR AR-22 Rotator Tri-Ex Tower, 2 sections (40 It), hand cranked. $100 takes all Stan Hench X2475 or 963-2225


Heath HP-13A Mobile Power Supply Nash Williams X2047 or 790-4387

Novice crystals, just got on the air- Sam Weaver/WN6EMO X3997

General purpose 5" 'scope for TV servicing; also antique battery operated radios. Bob Root 869-3650 (home) 869 -4912 (Work)

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