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At our September Meeting, Allen Hubbard, N6VTX will talk on APRS/GPS. Most of
us have heard of the Global Positioning System which has revolutionized
navigation through solid state electronics and satellite technology. Amateur
Radio is now combining with GPS to offer a system in which Amateur Radio
stations automatically report their remote locations with great accuracy. Our
speaker has been involved in the use of APRS during the Annual Pasadena New
Years Day Rose Parade. This has allows a higher level of information
transmission, better event management and faster damage control.
Be sure to be at the September Meeting for an opportunity to learn more about
GPS and how it can interact with Amateur Radio to provide APRS, a powerful
resource for emergency and other public services. You will also get an
"insiders" view of how Rose Parade communications a managed.
REMEMBER, OUR September 15th MEETING IS IN THE HESSE PARK BUILDING AT 7:30PM
We wish to thank Dr Marvin Litvak for a very interesting talk on Radio
Astronomy at out July meeting. It was particularly interesting to learn of
the relationships between certain microwave frequencies, molecular species and
We had a good turnout for the picnic at RPV City Hall Park. As usual plenty of
hamburgers and hot dogs were consumed. It was a great day for socializing in
sight of RPV’s beautiful coastline. The 2 meter station in the emergency com
center made many Maritime Mobile contacts with the S.S. Lane Victory which was
making one of their summer day cruises in the Catalina Channel. Guenter Daub,
KC6TWP set up a portable HF station which also worked the Lane Victory and
other contacts. It was also a great pleasure for us to enjoy the company of
our friends, RPV Council Members John McTaggart and Barbara Ferraro.
I am wondering if it might be worth while considering moving the picnic to
September to avoid the conflicts with many family vacations. Please pass
along your thoughts to Steve Smith or me. (See Lighthouse Day below)
December Holiday Party
Please let Steve Smith know you will be attending the December Party on 3
December. Our attendance has been increasing each year. This year we are a
week earlier then previous parties, so you get in the Holiday mood earlier and
enjoy the season more.
Jamboree on the Air
JOTA is a Amateur Radio-Boy Scout event which will occur on 16 October this
year. The Club has never taken this opportunity to introduce this group to
Amateur Radio. The idea is to invite Scouts to Ham stations and let them talk
to other scouts on the Ham bands. I am not sure what is the best way to do
this, but we must make contact with a Scout troop leader and put out an
invitation early. I believe someone in the Club said they have a contact with
a Scout Troop. Someone please volunteer to followup on this.
Air Force Anniversary QSO Party
I wonder if we could get your support in publicizing the annual Air Force
Anniversary QSO Party (18-19 September). Anything you could post on your
web page (or a link) or in your newsletter would be appreciated. Our club
web site is at http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/k5xs
73 and thanks.
Bernie Skoch, K5XS
1999 Air Force Anniversary QSO Party
Dates and Times:
0001 UTC September 18th, 1999 until 2359 UTC on Sept 19th, 1999.
International Lighthouse Day, 21-21 August, a special operating event, somehow
arrived on the scene before I knew much about it. URAC operated from the
inactive Point Fermin Lighthouse and had a great event. I tuned in and
contacted a few lighthouses, but couldn’t help feeling bad because we have an
active lighthouse in RPV, Point Vicente Lighthouse and we were not operating
during this unique special event. Well, next year we’ll be prepared for it.
So please let me know if you want to join us. All salts and landlubbers will
be welcome. It might be possible to combine this event with the next years
PVARC’s Gray Eagle, Dan Colburn, W6LJ recently trained and qualified several
airline jet Captains to fly a vintage DC2. This all happened in Gulfport,
MS, in preparation for a Trans-Atlantic DC2 flight. If you want to see the
whole story with lots of great photos, just check out this web site;
http://www.dc2.nl. One of the site’s pages, nieuws2, has a photo of Dan
relaxing between flights. Well done, Dan.
Three Council seats will be contested in the upcoming elections this fall.
Only 2 of the 3 incumbents with expiring terms are running for reelection.
The past 3 years have given many club members a chance to watch the present
council work. We also watched the Ad Hoc Committee of the Planning Commission
“struggle” with the Amateur Radio Antenna “problem” for months until the City
Council took action to close the issue. The Club did not get all that we had
hoped for, but we got 90%. A year ago a RPV Ham could not legally put up ANY
antenna without a submitting a site plan, gaining approval and paying $110.
The new ordinance allows a large varity of Ham antennas to be put up without
permission. The Council was unanimous is passing the recent revision. I
strongly believe that both incumbents seeking re-election deserve the full
support of the RPV Amateur Radio Community. Regarding the remaining seat, I
am sure you will have no trouble getting suggestions from members who followed
the antenna saga.
A Visitor from the East
At our March meeting, we were delighted to have as our guest, Domi Samderubun, YC9LPC. He is a resident of Timor Island in Indonesia.
During the past year he has been at USC for a course in management methods for officials of foreign countries. Bill Harper, WA6ESC, who had spent 3 years in Indonesia installing satellite ground stations in many remote islands, enjoyed exchanging stories and impressions with Domi. You may or may not see a picture of Domi elsewhere in this edition.
73, Jack, KC6WYX
Domi Samderubun, YC9LPC
reprinted from the QRO
SPECIAL FEATURE: A club member's story and photographic essay of a Dxpedition to the South Pacific island of New Guinea. For a "Trip to New Guinea", Click here.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Presenting the FMARC Beam Heading Calculator. This program has been placed on line to allow Hams all over the world to quickly calculate needed headings for all of their favorite and rare DX contacts. To check it out just, Clickhere.
ITS HERE: A Ham tribute to the fairer sex, the YL (young lady for the non-Hams) QSL Card of the Month. Each month a new QSL card featuring a YL will befeatured right here. Don't miss the excitement. Browse in regularly and check out what's new on the FMARC Web Page. Bring a friend.
THE YL QSL CARD OF THE MONTH OF APRIL This month's YL is a very pretty Tahitian lady adorning the QSL card of FO4OK, EDDY TCHUNG of Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia. Any question why this card, which confirmed a 1993 QSOon 10 meters, is one of my favorites?
THE YL QSL CARD OF THE MONTH OF MAY This month's YL is a relative of one of the most interesting and colorful characters in history. VR6RC, Raelene Christian is a great......great granddaughter of Fletcher Christian, the most famous of the mutiners of the HMS Bounty. I had the honor of a QSO with Raelene soon after she became licensed. After watching at least 4 motion pictures versions of the Bounty story and reading every book in the library on Pitcairn I and the Bounty, I was beside myself when I heard Raelene's voice from Pitcairn say my call sign. She has a delightful voice and charming personality and will always be the center of a huge pileup when she gets on the air. She has traveled to the USA and is now living in New Zealand.
THE YL QSL CARD OF THE MONTH OF JUNE This month's YL is part of a fetching scene shown the PJ9X QSL card for OH0XX & OH6DO's operation from Curaçau during the 1993 World Wide WPX SSB Contest. A nice blend of simple elements combine into great artistic effect.
THE YL QSL CARD OF THE MONTH OF JULY This month's YL is part of a dance scene shown the T30JJ QSL card for JF2MBF, Nob's, W. Kiribati operation from Tarawa during Mar 1994. Nob is a very active DXer from the Pacific area. I've also had the pleasure of talking to him from Pitcairn, VR6JJ; and Nauru,C21/MI. This scene is in sharp contrast to that viewed by U.S. Marines when they arrived on Tarawa in 1943.
THE YL QSL CARD OF THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY This month's YL is a drawing of a lovely Japanese YL classically dressed in a kimona. This beautiful image appears on the QSL card of Naokatsu Nagasaki, JA3AFR
73, Jack This page maintained by Jack Carter, KC6WYX
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