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Calendar of Events

Meeting Notice

Prez Mix

September Club Meetings

DX News

W6VIO New Shack Status

Classified Ads

25 Years Ago in W6VIO Calling

Amateur Radio Volunteer Info

Calendar of Events

October 6

[Fontana Swap Meet, A. B. Miller HS, Fontana]

October 10

General Meeting, Noon - 238-543

October 20

[CMRA Hamfest, Cal Poly, Pomona, 7 AM]

October 24

Board Meeting, Noon - 233-305J

October 27

[TRW Swap meet, Redondo Beach]

November 3

[Fontana Swap Meet, A. B. Miller HS, Fontana]

November 14

General Meeting, Noon - 238-543

November 17

[CMRA Hamfest, Cal Poly, Pomona, 7 AM]

November 24

[TRW Swap meet, Redondo Beach]

November 28

Board Meeting, Noon - 233-305J

December 1

[Fontana Swap Meet, A. B. Miller HS, Fontana]

December 12

General Meeting, Noon - 238-543

December 15

[CMRA Hamfest, Cal Poly, Pomona, 7 AM]

December 29

[TRW Swap meet, Redondo Beach]

Meeting Notice

By Christopher Carson, KE6ABQ

The October General meeting will be held October 10th at noon in 238-543. Everyone is welcome and you are invited to bring your lunch. The topics include the proposed Club Budget for next year, the move to the new Shack, and nomination of Club Officers for the coming year.

The next Board meeting will be held October 24 in 233-305J. Everyone is welcome to attend. Bring your lunch if you want.    n

Prez Mix

By Bob Dengler, NO6B

This month was a month of tragedy and unfortunate firsts for our country and our club.  We had what was probably the first meeting cancellation in our club’s history that was due to a closure of the lab. 

Immediately after the attacks, the level of radar interference on the 440 MHz band suddenly became worse than it’s ever been in over 10 years, making our 445.20 repeater temporarily useless for HT’s. 

Fortunately, this condition cleared up after a couple of hours, but it did reveal one flaw in our emergency communications plans: we still need 2 meters as a viable backup option to 222 and 440 MHz. 

Our 224.08 system worked fine, but many members including myself do not have reliable 222 MHz capability, hence the need for 440 or 2 meters.  440 MHz is usually preferred over 2 meters due to the superior building penetration and lesser amount of intentional QRM problems on 440. 

However, with the possibility of being subjected to heavy radar interference, we should either keep 147.15 available as a backup for our lab emergency communications network or consider having a separate 2-meter receive-only input available at Cerro Negro.  The latter would actually be quite easy to implement, so we might want to discuss this possibility at the next club meeting.

Some problems with the station in building 310 were found during the emergency net activation.  We should plan to activate this station on a more regular basis, perhaps during the Monday noontime net or every first Monday to keep the equipment in place and in ready-to-operate condition.

Coincidently, our 224.08 to 223.96 JPL to Table Mountain link system failed right on or near Sept. 11.  Thanks to quick repair work by Bill Wood W6FXJ, the link’s failed power supply was replaced, burned in and returned to it’s site in the City of Industry all within a couple of days.  Great work, Bill!

I regret to announce that I have decided to abstain from volunteering to serve as your club President for 2002.  I’ve been doing this for 3 years straight and it’s really time for someone else to take over, at least for next year.  In addition to my ever-increasing JPL work load and family obligations, this year I took on the daunting task of leading TASMA, the local 2-meter frequency coordinator.  Fortunately, some of my reforms have taken hold but more work is needed there, probably one more year (provided they’ll let me).

Therefore, I ask that all of you consider leading the JPLARC into 2002.  I’ll still be around (I’ll have to be at most of the meetings, since I’ll be “Director at Large” being the past President), so I’ll be available to help in whatever way I can.  If you don’t think you’re the “leader” type, don’t worry: there are other club officer positions that need relief as well:

Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Chris, Jonathan and Chuck have all served us very well for several years so they deserve a pat on the back, and more importantly, a break too!  n

September Meetings

By Jonathan Cameron, KF6RTA

General Meeting, September 12

This meeting was not held because the JPL was closed due to the terrorists attacks on New York City and Washington DC.  .

Board of Directors Meeting, September 26

Those present included: Eric Archer (N6CV, by telephone), Jonathan Cameron (KF6RTA), Chris Carson (KE6ABQ), Bob Dengler (N6OB), Walt Diem (K6PEA), Randy Hammock (KC6HUR), Walt Mushagian (K6DNS), and Bob Polansky (N6ET).  The meeting was called to order by Bob Dengler.

Bob Polansky had three items he presented to the board.  The first item was that he had located a surplus military field antenna for the 30 to 70 MHz range.  The antenna is apparently a wire log-periodic type, raises to 25-30 feet off the ground, has a sturdy tripod base, and can be erected by one person.  He was recently informed about the antenna and can purchase it for $250.  He recommended that we purchase the antenna for field day use.  The board voted unanimously to authorize Bob Polansky to purchase the antenna.

In the second item, Bob reported about the club performance in the recent on-lab closure due to the terrorist attacks of last week.  Only he and Jay Holladay checked in at the emergency operations center (EOC) and on emergency nets that morning.  He and Jay stayed there a good portion of Tuesday and Wednesday. 

For this particular emergency, that was adequate, but it is clear that our club needs some training in this area.  He indicated that anyone that had one of the emergency communications vests (available at the shack) could have gotten on lab and helped out.  He said that the Kenwood TM642 EOC rig was operating intermittently.  Other members of the board seemed to be familiar with the problem.  In any case, it needs to be repaired.  Bob also mentioned that the AC power cord for this radio is missing.  Bob also shared that the HF station in the EOC needs headphones to be used effectively in that noisy environment.  After some discussion of all this, the board encouraged Bob to make a presentation about this topic at one of the upcoming general club meetings.

The final item that Bob presented was the design of new QSL cards for the club.  He has worked out free printing of the cards via contacts on lab and will get a couple thousand printed.  The picture side of the card shows the Goldstone antenna against a blue sky.

Bob Dengler then presented the latest version of the club budget for next year.  There is still a significant overrun so the board spent most of the remaining time discussing various items on the budget.  A few budget items were adjusted but there is still more work to be done to get the budget to balance.

Randy Hammock reported that he is making progress assembling equipment for the IRLP (Internet Relay Linking Project) setup in building 180.  He is looking for a Pentium class computer (100 MHz or better) for this project.

Walter Diem will talk with officials of La Canada Flintridge city council about the difficulty we are having accessing our equipment at Cerro Negro.    n

DX News

By Bob Polansky, N6ET

My continued thanks to The Weekly DX newsletter for the lion’s share of the information provided here.  The solar flux is through the roof and the HF bands are humming with activity.  Among the more exciting entities active as I type are Nepal, Chad, Turkey, Tromelin, Botswana, and Pakistan.  There are many more, of course.  Don’t miss the fun.  Listen and work them while they’re active.  Specifics follow.

CHAD - TT8DX should be active for the next year.  This is apparently an all-band operation.  W6VIO needs him on SSB.

ERITREA - Look for E30NA to create large pileups from 17 October through 3 November.

IRAQ - Look for YI1BGD to be more active than usual, operated by a visiting Britisher.  The operation will be from 30 September for several weeks, if I correctly read the tea leaves.  1400Z is the time he plans to start his on the air activity.  20 meters is our best chance on the long path at this time.  W6VIO needs this as an all time new one.

MALTA - 9H0VRZ should be available through 6 October.  No specifics on bands are available to me.

MOZAMBIQUE - C98DC will be the call used by this not-to-common entity.  Activity is planned from 28 September through 13 October.

NEPAL - 9N7BY, DL, and QJ will be operating through 2 October.  This one, W6VIO needs on CW.

PAKISTAN - AP2JZB and AP2ARS are your best chances from here.  Antennas are being considered for 30 through 80 meters in addition to the beams currently being used.  AP2JZB does well into Southern California on 20 through 15 meters.

TROMELIN - Another Tromelin DXpedition is active at this time.  He is using the call FR7ZU/T, a call he used on a previous “outing”.  Don’t miss this one.  It’s quite rare these days.

Enough for now. Got one more article I have to prepare. Enjoy! n

W6VIO New Shack Status

By Bob Polansky, N6ET

The new W6VIO ham shack is coming along well.  Painting is complete, the new air conditioner is in and operating, the Internet port, CCTV cable, and telephone interfaces are being installed and should be operational within a week or two.  Floor covering will be installed, within a week, in the entry room. 

The hard line termination “pole” has been fitted with a junction plate and the first of the four hard lines has been moved from the current shack.  The other three will be moved in the next week with temporary interfaces put in place to the existing ops trailer so operation can continue until the large move takes place. 

I anticipate that to occur within the next month.  Following that, we will have some significant work to do to re-layout the antenna interfaces on the hill to optimize their use with the new setup.  B173 IS CLOSE TO OPERATIONAL!    n

Classified Section


Reliable on-lab person to receive about 40 copies of “W6VIO Calling” each month to address and mail to retired and other off-lab club members.  Job involves applying club supplied adhesive address labels and postage stamps.  Takes only one hour each a month.  Contact Scott Nolte, K6SN, at Ext 4-9724 for details.

Your want-ad or article for inclusion in a future issue of W6VIO Calling.  Submit to Bill Wood, W6FXJ, 31094 Hemlock Ave, Barstow, CA 92311; or email

For Sale:

Gillette Gen-Pro 12.5 Kw Diesel Generator, 21Hp DUETZ RUGGERINI air cooled diesel, Electric start, 8 gal fuel tank, Low hrs.  Can be viewed at  Cost $7800, sell for $3100.  Contact Buddy, 626-584-4645 days, 661-944-3864 eves, Lv msg.

Kenwood TS-940S base HF radio w/automatic tuner, MC-60 microphone, SP-230 speaker & MFJ 300 watt dummy load.  Asking $850 or trade for FT-100D.  Contact Bob at 909-396-0991 or

Kenwood TM-G707A 2 meter/440 dual-band mobile (single band receive).  50 W 2 meters/35 W 440, CTCSS decoder modified to eliminate falsing problem common with all G707s & V7As.  Original/only owner, asking $260.  Contact Bob at 909-396-0991 or

QST 1990-1994 CD-ROM set, new.  $25 (ARRL price $39.95) Skip, W7NWY, 818-354-9674

Icom UT-40 Tone Squelch Option Board (CTCSS) for HT models 2GAT, 4GAT, 12GAT, 32AT or for mobiles 228, 448, 901, 1201, 2400 and 2500.  Cost: $80 (AES Catalog)  Sale for $40.  Radio Shack, Rotor/Controller and Cable, 3 years old, never used, have box/papers, like new. Cost: $70+   n

25 Years Ago in:

By Bill Wood, W6FXJ

Editor Merv MacMedan, W6IUV, packed off the October 1976 issue with many interesting articles of importance to The JPL Amateur Radio Club.

Jim Lumsden, WA6MYJ, led off the issue with a detailed status report on the Viking N6V Special Event activity Jim reported that the activity was extended beyond the initial 40 day period to November 15 due to the high level of interest by the media and the world-wide amateur population. 

Contact by Canadian hams with N6V highlighted on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as part of their evening national news program.  KABC-TV visited the N6V operation and aired a 5-minute segment on their local news broadcasts.

ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director Jay Holladay’s, (W6EJJ) “ARRL Notes” reported the FCC’s plan to allow Extra Class amateurs who were licensed prior to November 22, 1967 to apply for so-called two-letter call signs in newly assigned “N” prefixes.

Finally, Ralph West, WB6YMF, solicited inputs from club Members to gauge interest about going ahead with a club project that would build and install a system of amateur radio repeaters.

The full October 1976 issue can be accessed at the following Internet address: n

Amateur Radio Volunteer Information is on the Web

NEWINGTON, CT, Sep 25, 2001--Amateur Radio volunteers continue to be needed to assist with disaster relief communication in New York City.

REACT International is looking for additional Amateur Radio and licensed GMRS users, primarily to support the Salvation Army's relief efforts in New York City. REACT International Secretary Lee Besing, N5NTG, said his organization has been lining up volunteers, and Jeff Schneller, N2HPO--who's affiliated with the Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Network (SATERN)--has been handling scheduling for the support effort.

REACT needs up to two dozen volunteers a day but wants those who are willing and able to first visit the REACT International Web site or send e-mail to "Don't just show up!" Besing requested.

The Virginia ARES operation in support of the Salvation Army in Washington, DC, and the New York City ARES/RACES effort in support of the American Red Cross have ended.   Via    n

Newsletter Deadline:

Friday, November 2 for the November issue of W6VIO Calling.  Your articles, ads, photos, diagrams, letters to the editor, or technical material should be submitted to the editor via email ( or regular mail to: Bill Wood, 31094 Hemlock Ave, Barstow, CA 92311.