|Monthly Newsletter Dedicated to the Advancement of Amateur Radio April, 1999|
THE PRESIDENT'S CORNER
Jim Duncan was unable to join us for last month's meeting because of the threat of bad weather. He was going to talk about APRS. He's very active in Kansas City APRS activities. Our March meeting consisted of a mini-auction of some items from Doris Grosh, AAØDU. She has also loaned us several items for the club station, KS0MAN. Jon Held, NØRYQ, was our entertaining auctioneer. After that Norm, NØJCC, gave us an update on the KSU Solar Car and then several people went to the campus to see the car. It will be on display in front of Durland Hall at the KSU open house April 10.
Our next meeting will be April 9 at 7:30 PM. Jim Duncan is scheduled again to talk about what's going on with APRS. We'll have a video from Collins Radio to show in the near future. The meeting will be at the Riley County Red Cross Building at 1410 Poyntz in Manhattan. We will meet at the Sirloin Stockade for dinner about 5:15 PM before the meeting.
The XYL's went to dinner this month. Nine of us enjoyed dinner at the El Cazador. Our next outing will be May 27. We had a great time.
Norm Dillman, NØJCC
HELP WANTED #1
HELP WANTED #2
APRIL 9 MEETING
The next time Rod is in Manhattan I've asked him to talk about a project he is working on. Here are his comments:
"In the middle of all this, I have gotten involved in another very interesting extra project. Five engineers here at Collins are working with a Company called Nauticos that is going to search for Amelia Earhart's plane. We are supplying a study and analysis of radio propagation and navigation aspects. During the trips I read 8 books on her and all the different "theories" about what happened to her and her navigator - Fred Noonan. In spite of all this analysis, it is going to be a very expensive search. The Pacific ocean around Howland Island is very deep!"
Some engineers from Garmin, the GPS folks, will be on campus that weekend so I'm trying to get them to talk about global positioning systems, GPS. We'll keep you informed on the Tuesday night net about what is going on. As usual, the meeting will be at the Riley County Red Cross Building in Manhattan on Poyntz near 14th street. The meeting is at 7:30 PM following the "eating meeting" at the Sirloin Stockade on the east side of Manhattan.
The following are some excerpts from the March 26 weekly "ARRL LETTER" that is distributed by email to ARRL members. ARRL members can get this newsletter each week. GO TO: http://www.arrl.org/members. There are usually several interesting items each week.
SPUTNIK 99 TO LAUNCH IN APRIL
NASA PROVIDES SPACE QUALIFICATION FUNDING TO SAREX/ARISS
FCC INVESTIGATING TEXAS AMATEUR
In other actions, the FCC sent Warning Notices to an Illinois ham alleging broadcasting and on-air harassment as well as transmission of profane and indecent language. The FCC also warned a Texas ham about causing deliberate interference on 40 meters, an Illinois ham who holds a Technician ticket about operating on 20 and 40 meters, and a North Carolina Novice who's allegedly showed up on 2 meters.
RESIDUAL NOISE POLLUTION IN MODERN PHASE-LOCKED LOOP RECEIVERS
NOW - THE RESULTS!
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Chuck Carter, AAØRI
The secretary's minutes will be e-mailed to everyone on the e-mail list and Lenore will print several copies to hand out at Friday's meeting for anyone who wants it. Lenore has been very busy the past couple of months and wasn't quite ready for the deadline. I understand that as I almost forgot to do this News Letter myself.
You may think that the article by Al Cake sounds a little fishy, but remember this IS April.
Speaking of April, I also have some humor sent to me by Bev, NØRKO. Please don't take these personally! I know I'm guilty of a few of these myself.
...-.- de AAØRI
Note: This "Rusty Bumpers" column is from the May 1993 issue of "Solid Copy", the Richmond, VA Amateur Telecommunications Society's monthly newsletter. Most of the examples used by "Rusty" have happened on the local repeaters exactly as written, although some of the items are exaggerated slightly for humor. (step 35 was written before the 1993 "no business" rule change.)
HOW TO SOUND LIKE A LID
On two meters lately, I have noticed a tendency of people making a concerted effort to sound like a Lid (i.e. poor operator). Since this appears to be the new style in amateur radio, I thought I would present this handy guide to radio nerd-dom. The following is what I call: "How to sound like a Lid in one easy lesson."
1) Use as many Q signals as possible. Yes, I know they were invented solely for CW and are totally inappropriate for two-meter FM, but they're fun and entertaining. They keep people guessing as to what you really meant. i.e. "I'm going to QSY to the kitchen." Can you really change frequency to the kitchen? QSL used to mean "I am acknowledging receipt," but now it appears to mean "yes" or "OK." I guess I missed it when the ARRL changed the meaning.
2) Never laugh, when you can say "hi hi." No one will ever know you aren't a long time CW ragchewer if you don't tell them. They'll think you've been on since the days of Marconi.
3) Utilize an alternative vocabulary. Use words like "destinated" and "negatory." It's OK to make up your own words here. "Yeah Bill, I pheelbart zaphonix occasionally myself."
4) Always say "XX4XXX (insert your own call) for I.D." Anything that creates redundancy is always strongly encouraged. That's why we have the Department of Redundancy Department. (Please note that you can follow your call with "for identification purposes" instead of "for I.D." While taking longer to say, it is worth more lid-points.)
5) The better the copy on two-meter FM, the more you should phonetically spell your name, especially if it is a short and/or common one. i.e. "My name is Al...Alpha Lima" or "Jack...Juliett Alpha Charlie Kilo." If at all possible, make up unintelligible phonetics. "My name is Bob...Billibong Oregano Bumperpool."
6) Always give the calls of yourself and everyone who is (or has been) in the group, whether they are still there or not. While this has been unnecessary for years, it is still a wonderful memory test.
To be continued in a future issue.
If you would like to become a member of the American Radio Relay League and receive the monthly issue of QST, your treasurer has a form you may use to apply. The club keeps $5 of each new member's dues and $2 of each renewing member, so even if you are renewing, do so through the club. The main thing to remember is that if you join through the club, your check must be made out to MAARS. When the form is sent in, the treasurer writes a new check deducting the amount which the club is permitted to keep. They will not reimburse the club. If you are renewing, bring your notice for renewal along to the meeting or send it to the Treasurer at the MAARS address.
June 4 - 5 - Iowa State Convention - So. Sioux City, Neb.