Olympia Amateur Radio Society

ARRL Special Service ClubWatts News

Monthly Newsletter of the

Olympia Amateur Radio Society

P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507

  March 2008
Edited by George Lanning  KB6LE 

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From the Oval ShackPresident's Message

Hello all --

I was contacted today by a woman who is working on a project she heard or read about. Apparently a man named John Kanzius has found that by feeding RF into a test tube filled with salt water, he can apparently release hydrogen in quantities sufficient to light and to power a small Stirling engine. The woman calling me was seeking a grid dip meter for tuning the device they are building. They wanted the grid dip meter this weekend and had the name of a fellow I used to work with, so I did some checking online and gave his email address as well as his physical address (since it was online, I figured it was public domain information) and wished her well.

I looked up the information she gave me and found the inventor of the process was John Kanzius [K3TUP] who was written about in the February 2008 issue of QST. I had read the article before and was interested in his ideas for the treatment of cancer. Basically his idea is to inject modified nanotubes into a cancer patient and bombarding the patient with RF. The nanotubes are apparently modified so they will stick to cancerous masses ignoring the healthy tissue nearby. When the patient is bombarded with RF at 13.56MHz, the nanotubes heat killing the tumors while leaving the adjacent healthy tissue unharmed. More information about his idea can be found in the February, 2008 issue of QST on page 52, or online through a search engine -- I used Google. One item I found particularly interesting is that Mr Kanzius is not a physician nor is he in any way connected to the healthcare field. He is a retired broadcast engineer and former television station owner (and let us not forget, a ham radio operator.) I have long been a proponent of experimentation by hams, but had not really considered the probability of a lay person's experiments being an efficacious cancer treatment -- I would have assumed this would be something left to trained medical experts.

One item I wanted to address is entry to the EOC on meeting nights. Tom Bohon is allowing us to enter the secure facility on meeting nights. Among other things, he has asked people not administering or taking examinations to please wait until 1845 before seeking entry to the building. Apparently someone else opened the front door for people before that time and there were several of our people in the lobby well before then. In order to continue to use the EOC, I ask that anyone entering for OARS meetings not enter the building until 1845 (6:45 PM) when Tom himself admits us. This is a nice facility and I know we appreciate having it for our meetings without the need for a desperate search or interruption in our scheduled meetings. I hope we do not have authorization to use the facility revoked because we have not complied with Tom's requests. Remember, we are "secondary users"of the facility and our use of it is due in great part to the allowance of the "primary users." Thank you.


-- Klaus

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Communications Academy 2008

When: April 5-6, 2008

Where: South Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA

Academy 2008 is the 10th annual Academy.

The Communications Academy is open to anyone with an interest in emergency communications, volunteer or professional. The presentations are designed to promote the development of knowledgeable, skilled emergency communicators who will support their local communities during a disaster or emergency response.

The Saturday 2008 keynote speaker is Rich Tokarzewski, King County Emergency Management Coordinator. Topic: Cultural and langauge barriers in teaching the Incident Command System.

The Saturday 2008 lunch speaker is Charles Simonyi, ham radio operator and astronaut on the International Space Station.

The Sunday 2008 keynote speaker is Dennis Dura, K2DCD, ARRL Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager

for more info go to: http://www.commacademy.org/


ARRL Western Washington Section

Section Manager: James Pace, K7CEX

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The Quiz Game

A lawyer and a blonde are sitting next to each other on a long flight from LA to NY. The lawyer leans over to her and asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde just wants to take a nap, so she politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists and explains that the game is really easy and a lot of fun. He explains, "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5, and vice-versa." Again, she politely declines and tries to get some sleep.

The lawyer, now somewhat agitated, says, "Okay, if you don't know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don't know the answer that you'll ask me, I will pay you $500!." Figuring that since she is a blonde that he will easily win the match. This catches the blonde's attention and, figuring that there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game. The lawyer asks the first question. "What's the distance from the earth to the moon?" The blonde doesn't say a word, reaches in to her purse, pulls out a five-dollar bill and hands it to the lawyer.

Now, it's the blonde's turn. She asks the lawyer: "What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?" The lawyer looks at her with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references. He taps into the Air phone with his modem and searches the Net and the Library of Congress. Frustrated, he sends E-mails to all his co-workers and friends he knows. All to no avail.

After over an hour, he wakes the blonde and hands her $500. The blonde politely takes the $500 and turns away to get back to sleep. The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks, "Well, so what IS the answer?"

Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5, and goes back to sleep.

-- ymmunoz via email, thanks to Klaus, AC7MG

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Q: How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Two. One to assure the public that everything possible is being done while the other screws it into a water faucet.

-- from ajokeaday via Internet

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Treasurer's Report

As of 2/29/08

    GENERAL FUND (checking account)

        Previous balance     $ 1,157.22

            Income               551.26

            Expenses              66.00

        Ending balance         1,642.48

    REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)

        Previous balance     $ 1,010.80

            Income                 0.00

            Expenses               0.00

        Ending balance         1,010.80

-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer

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Language Problems

One reason the Military Services have trouble operating jointly is that they don't speak the same language.

For example, if you told Navy personnel to "secure a building," they would turn off the lights and lock the doors.

The Army would occupy the building so no one could enter.

Marines would assault the building, capture it, and defend it with suppressive fire and close combat.

The Air Force, on the other hand, would take out a three-year lease with an option to buy.

-- ajokeaday via Internet

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OARS Net check-ins

The following stations checked in on the OARS General Information Net one or more times on the dates of February 5 and 19:


Net control station reporting for the month was KE7JTU. Thank you for your support!!

The net meets at 7:30 every Tuesday evening on the 3 linked OARS repeaters: 147.36, 224.46, and 441.40 MHz. All Hams are invited to check in.

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Astronauts Work on Columbus Lab on the ISS

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station complex are focusing on getting the new Columbus lab up and running. Columbus, the laboratory built by the European Space Agency (ESA) and host of two Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) antennas, was launched into space on February 7 aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, arriving three days later. According to NASA, Columbus' activation process has been running a little behind because of computer problems, but flight directors believe they've fixed the glitch.

In 2007, the ARISS antennas successfully passed electrical and SWR tests, with one of the two antennas, Antenna 42, going through a final test -- a thermal test under vacuum. Columbus will house an additional Amateur Radio station, including the first digital Amateur Radio TV (DATV) station in space, as well as a ham radio transponder. The yet-to-be-built Columbus amateur gear will facilitate operation on new frequencies that will make it possible for ARISS to establish wideband and video operations for the first time and allow continuous transponder operation.

According to ARRL ARISS Program Manager Rosalie White, K1STO, "The ARISS-Europe Team has been holding meetings to determine what the ARISS International Team should have for a station in the Columbus module. The Europeans will need to begin fundraising for the multiple sets of equipment, such as the on-orbit equipment, the required back-up on-orbit equipment and the test equipment."

She continues, "Some portions of the equipment system can be purchased, but much of it would need to be built. Once the team purchases or builds the equipment. Next comes the special testing for space and getting the equipment certified (probably by ESA) and finally manifesting the system for launch. All of that will take many months and help from ARISS volunteers from many countries."

The mission, STS-122, brought seven astronauts to the ISS: Commander Stephen N. Frick, KD5DZC; Pilot Alan G. Poindexter; Mission Specialist Rex J. Walheim; Mission Specialist Stanley G. Love; Mission Specialist Leland D. Melvin; Mission Specialist Hans Schlegel, DG1KIH, of Germany, and Mission Specialist/Expedition 16 Flight Engineer Leopold Eyharts, KE5FNO, of France. Flight Engineer Dan Tani, KD5DXE, already on board the ISS, will depart when Atlantis returns to Earth; Eyharts will stay behind on the ISS and take his place.

Atlantis will remain at the ISS until February 18, making for a 13-day flight. Touchdown is set for February 20.

-- ARRL Bulletin ARLS003

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OARS Directory, March 2008

Name                   Call      Address City ST ZIP                           Phone

Fred Baker             W7SIX     224 Satsop Ave Shelton WA 98584               360-357-2662

Ben Bennett            N7IVM     1212 Tabitha Ct NW Olympia WA 98502           360-705-8533

Jon Bennett            W7LWB     7132 Hawks Prairie Rd NE Lacey WA 98516       360-459-0697

Thomas Bohon           KE7EJJ    PO Box 8834 Lacey WA 98509                    360-786-4211

Mike Buettner          KB7STO    16201 Prairie Hts SE Yelm WA 98597

Richard Bullard        KD7RAT    2020 Mare Ct SE Olympia WA 98501              360-357-3249

Frank Byles            KD7SQU    1807 Arbutus St Olympia WA 98506              360-352-4725

Sharon Campbell         N7DHE    9101-24 Steilacoom Rd. Olympia WA 98513       360-491-6460

George Carle            N7ARY    1809 Centerwood Dr SE Olympia WA 98501        360-943-3536

Chris Chambers          KA7BNS   908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0800

Kristopher Chambers     KC7ZWN   908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0800

Lee Chambers            KI7SS    908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0800

Marie Chambers          KC7MNM   908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0800

Morgan Chambers         KC7VNY   908 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502           360-866-0800

Ray Chenhall            AA7ET    9038 Waddell Creek Rd SW Olympia WA 98512     360-902-7378

Dan Conrad              KD7LYY   2629 Ballantine Dr SE Olympia WA 98506

Ken Dahl                K7TAG    1120 Palomino Ct SE Tumwater WA 98501-8633    360-534-9357

Mark Dempsey            KE7JTU   11441 Fellowship Ln NW Olympia WA 98502       360-943-0165

James Elliott           AA7OH    3455 Martin Way #18 Olympia WA 98506          360-456-5571

Ed Fitzgerald           N7WW     5006 Lacey Blvd. SE Lacey WA 98503            360-491-2289

David Gates                      PO Box 414 Tenino WA 98589

Robert Goodnow          N7JHJ    4017 Indian Summer Dr SE Olympia WA 98513     360-456-2427

Helen Hannigan          KB7JDL   2409 Morse Rd SE Olympia WA 98501             360-352-9189

Ken Julian              K7VOX    5541 Colby Court SE Olympia WA 98501-9129     360-951-6352

Sharon Kinder           N7SSD    502 S. Edison St. Olympia WA 98501            360-943-6187

George Lanning          KB6LE    4129 Green Cove N.W. Olympia WA 98502         360-866-2185

David LeFevre           KC7FEC   8128 Bo Court SE Olympia WA 98501             360-413-7405

Robert Lyon             AA7YD    7734 Nottingham Ct SE Olympia WA 98503        360-459-9263

Sara Lyon               AB7PS    7734 Nottingham Ct SE Olympia WA 98503        360-459-9263

Rodney Maupin           KI7CQ    PO Box 976 Rainier WA 98576                   360-446-1050

Bob Mcmath                       471 East Penzance Shelton WA 98584

Bob Morris              KB7ZEN   16501 92nd Ave SE Yelm WA 98597               360-539-1973

Cindy Morris            KD7KDE   16501 92nd Ave SE Yelm WA 98597               360-539-1973

Klaus Neubert           AC7MG    PO Box 12104 Olympia WA 98508                 360-753-1493

Andrew Noble            AJ3N     PO Box 2026 Shelton WA 98584                  360-422-1406

Al Price                KE7LOP   4112 Teakwood Ct SE Lacey WA 98503            360-459-5193

Jim Ryan                KD7HTG   10505 Ryan Ln SE Olympia WA 98513

Richard Schwender       AD7KC    PO Box 8773 Olympia WA 98509

Charles Scovill         KC7FEE   6625 Bellevista St NW Olympia WA 98502        360-866-1961

Rollo Shaw              AB7NE    1809 Sawyer St SE Olympia WA 98501            360-754-9682

Kenneth Smith           W7HRY    7627 Cooper Point Rd. NW Olympia WA 98502     360-866-2507

Leroy Smith             N7EIE    8525 Mahonia Ct SE Yelm WA 98597              360-458-8286

Thom Solberg            N7KJG    3067 60th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501             360-456-3297

Kip Stilz               K7KIP    4625 Norcross Ct SE Olympia WA 98501          360-456-4949

Charles Stoddard        NX6W     1737 Judd St NE Olympia WA 98516

Owen Ticknor            WA7JZM   18124 Sunshine Ln SW Rochester WA 98579       360-273-8975

Jennifer Vein           KE7CQI   PO Box 8773 Olympia WA 98509

Steve Ward              WC7I     5034 Meridian Rd. NE Olympia WA 98516         360-456-4249

Kathy Watkinson         KC7OQM   1405 9th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501              360-943-4352

Larry Watkinson         KC7CKO   1405 9th Ave SE Olympia WA 98501              360-943-4352

Jeff Withers            W3GE     6010 193rd Ave SW Rochester WA 98579          360-273-8614

Lisa Withers            KB7PNX   6010 193rd Ave SW Rochester WA 98579          360-273-8614

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If you are missing from the directory, you probably have not paid your 2008 dues.

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Auto Break-in

An elderly woman called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car had been broken into.

She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher: "They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator!" she cried.

The dispatcher said, "Stay calm. An officer is on the way." A few minutes later, the officer radios in. "Disregard." He says. "She got in the back seat by mistake."

-- from ajokeaday via Internet

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Save Those Tickets

"What am I supposed to do with this?" grumbled the motorist as the police clerk handed him a receipt for his traffic violation.

"Keep it," the clerk advises. "When you get four of them, you get a bicycle."

-- from ajokeaday via Internet

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