Watts News

Monthly Newsletter of the

Olympia Amateur Radio Society

P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507


  October 2003
Edited by George Lanning  KB6LE 

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From the Oval ShackAt last month's meeting, we had nominations for next year's officers, and I am pleased to report that we have a full slate of candidates. They are: Leroy, N7EIE, President; Duane, WB7ROZ, Vice President; Helen, KB7JDL, Secretary; Ed, N7WW, Treasurer; and Larry, KC7CKO, Member at Large. It is good to see some new names on the slate of officers for next year, because new faces bring new ideas, and every organization needs that to maintain interest and enthusiasm in the membership.

While both Lee, KI7SS, and I have enjoyed serving for the past 2 years, we both felt that it was time for some new blood in the board of this organization.

However, don't forget that nominations will still be accepted from the floor before voting at the October meeting.

Ever since I became active in OARS a few years ago, it has been a very public service oriented club. However, during the recent comments that I have received on the controversy over the repeater (see Repeater Status elsewhere in this newsletter) some people have told me that they did not favor this orientation for the club. This was something of a surprise to me, since I have asked for feedback from the membership in almost every newsletter and this is the first time that anyone has mentioned it.

I am even more surprised, since a variety of the activities that the club is involved in, and even listening to the weekly net preamble, gives the impression of a very service oriented organization. This is also why the club has received the ARRL designation as a Special Service Club. If the membership is truly interested in developing other interests, then this needs to be brought up at the meetings and shared with the membership.

Another way is to run for an office, or at least become part of the leadership. We are all interested in sharing new ideas.

Be sure to attend the October 22 meeting and exercise your right to choose the leadership for the club.

-- Ken Dahl, K7TAG


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World's broadcasters join anti-BPL chorus

A subcommittee of an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) http://www.itu.org/ panel of technical experts responsible for terrestrial broadcasting issues has joined a growing chorus of concern about the interference potential of power line telecommunication (PLT) -- better known in the US as Broadband over Power Line (BPL). ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) Sub Working Group (SWG) 6E1 expressed the view that interference produced by systems employing PLT as well as by Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) equipment and short-range devices, would compromise broadcast reception.

"SWG 6E1 is of the opinion that any increase in the amount of noise due to these systems is unacceptable," said a statement from the group's chairman to the chairman of Working Party 6E (WP 6E). "In particular, broadcast services should be protected from unwanted emissions from PLT systems," the panel asserted, "as these emissions are a byproduct of a system that is not itself a user of the radio spectrum." The panel recommended the formation of a group representing all users of the radio spectrum "to coordinate development of limits to be imposed on the radiation from these systems."

WP 6E says it will continue to study the effects of PLT/BPL, ISM equipment and short-range devices on terrestrial broadcasting and send the results to ITU-R Working Party 1A, which is responsible for spectrum engineering techniques. WP 1A is scheduled to meet in Geneva October 30 to November 5.ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, expressed strong support and appreciation for the SWG's conclusions and the ongoing efforts of parent Working Party 6E to study the issue. "If BPL is a problem for broadcasters," Sumner said, "it's easy to see that it would be a disaster for us."

Broadcasters themselves also have exhibited increased concern about the potential of PLT/BPL to prevent their signals from reaching listeners. The Research and Development branch of the highly regarded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has released a White Paper http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/pubs/whp/whp067.html reporting on a brief trial in Scotland. The two competing PLT/BPL systems in operation in the town of Crieff both interfered with HF reception. Tests were conducted at four locations.

"The forms of access PLT that were tested in Crieff were found to have demonstrable potential to cause interference to indoor reception of broadcasting in relevant bands," the White Paper concluded. Significant interference even occurred in one residential area with an underground power distribution cable. BBC engineers described the interference as varying between "annoying" and "a level sufficient to make the broadcast completely unintelligible." Before commercially licensing PLT, the report advised, regulators need to undertake further study of other PLT systems and, among other issues, look into possible ways to make the PLT systems compatible with radio reception.

A report prepared by the Australian Communications Authority (ACA), Broadband Powerline Communications Systems -- A Background Brief http://www.aca.gov.au/radcomm/frequency_planning/spps/0311spp.pdf, concluded that "a potential risk to HF radiocommunications services from the widespread use of broadband powerline communications systems" appeared to exist. Citing BPL trials in the US, Europe and Asia, the ACA brief said, "The results of these trials have not alleviated concerns over the potential interference risk to radiocommunications."

ARRL's comments http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/et03-104/, reply comments http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/et03-104/reply-comments-index.html and technical exhibits filed with the FCC in response to the Commission's Notice of Inquiry (ET Docket ET 03-104) are available on the ARRL Web site. See also the article "BPL is a Pandora's Box of Unprecedented Proportions, ARRL Tells FCC" http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2003/07/08/1/. Additional information and video clips are on the ARRL "Power Line Communications (PLC) and Amateur Radio" page http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/.

To support the League's efforts in the BPL fight, visit the ARRL's secure BPL Web site https://www.arrl.org/forms/development/donations/bpl/.

-- from the ARRL Letter, Electronic Edition


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Used ham related items from estate

  1. Icom Dual Band Transceiver Mobile IC2330A 2meter, 220 MHz. Have user manual. $150. Cost of replacement Mic =?? Make me an offer.
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  6. Pierce Simpson Bearcat 23 Base CB. (Make me an offer)
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  8. CB SWR/Modulation/Watt meter. (Make me an offer)

Contact person:

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Senior moment

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two elderly gentlemen were talking, and one said, "Last night we went out to a new restaurant, and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly."

The other man said "What's the name of the restaurant?" The first man knits his brow in obvious concentration, and finally said to his companion "Aahh, what is the name of that red flower you give to someone you love?"

His friend replies "a carnation?" "No, no -- the other one," the man says.

His friend offers another suggestion, "the poppy?" "Nahhh," growls the man. "You know, the one that is red and has thorns."

His friend said "Do you mean a rose?" "Yes, yes -- that's it. Thank you!" the first man says.

He then turns toward the kitchen and yells, "Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?"

-- from W1GMR, via packet


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Treasurer's Report

As of 9/30/03

GENERAL FUND (checking account)

Previous balance     $2,420.52

    Income              125.08

    Expenses              0.00

Ending balance        2,545.60


REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)

Previous balance      $ 969.41

    Income                2.69

    Expenses              0.00

Ending balance          972.10


-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer


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OARS Directory

Name                    Call     Address                                       Phone

Larry Alvar             KD7TQW   3412 Beth Ct NE Lacey WA 98516-9248           360-413-7539

Reade Apgar             N7AGG    929 Trosper Rd SW RM 126 Tumwater WA 98512    360-754-0395


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

Jack Barber             W1PRT    4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503      360-438-5921

Ruth Barber             K1IIF    4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503      360-438-5921

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

Ruth Bolstad            KC7QHK   929 Trosper Rd SW Tumwater WA 98512-6961      360-754-7433

Duane Braford           WB7ROZ   204 Shadow Ln NE Olympia WA 98506             360-412-1902

William Braford         KD7SQT   2030 Cardinal Lane Lacey WA 98503             360-438-5777

Bob Brown               KA7KSK   6106 Lemon Rd NE Olympia WA 98506             360-452-3842

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

Mick Bush               N7ZTU    1003 Surrey Trace Dr. SE Olympia WA 98501     360-956-3312


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

Thomas Christian        W7IOM    5825 Stellar Ln SE Olympia WA 98513           360-459-3060

Marc Cote               KD7MHC   2105 Wedgewood Dr SE Olympia WA 98501         360-753-2276

Lois Cox                KB7HTX   4818 Belwood Dr. NE Olympia WA 98506          360-357-6256

Daniel Crane            KB7DFL   4310 Glen Terra Dr. SE Lacey WA 98503         360-459-1564


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

Rick Damitio            W7DOY    7023 Mullen Rd SE Olympia WA 98503            360-491-2587

Curt Danell                      1708 Ann St Olympia WA 98506                  360-951-3848

D.J. Darby              KD7USS   4839 Sleater Kinney NE Olympia WA 98506       360-491-1457

Rod Deakin              NR7E     PO Box 8820 Lacey WA 98509


Jim Elder               KD7CZM   6007 LaVista Ct SW Olympia WA 98512           360-705-4329

Ken Elfbrandt           AA7MX    918 Corral Lane SE Tumwater WA 98501          360-357-4447

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

Gary Ernest             N7HKI    2718 24th Ave. SE Olympia WA 98501            360-352-2503

Isabel Ernest           KA7WIC   2718 24th Ave. SE Olympia WA 98501            360-352-2503


Bill Fill               KD5IC    3 Fair Oaks Dr Conway AR 72032                501-327-0337

Dora Anna Fill          NI5D     3 Fair Oaks Dr Conway AR 72032                501-327-0337

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


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

Ron Hill                W7NN     10624 Zephyr Ln SW Olympia WA 98512           888-357-7779


Cheryl Jackson          KD7SNS   3539 Yorkshire Dr SE Olympia WA 98513         360-455-5090

Jeffrey Jackson         W9CID    3539 Yorkshire Dr SE Olympia WA 98513         360-455-5090

Phillip Jackson         KA9BON   3539 Yorkshire Dr SE Olympia WA 98513         360-455-5090

Finch Johnston          KA7UXU   6335 103rd Ave SW Olympia WA 98512            360-236-1319

Gerald Julian           KD7CZN   4417 Clar Mar Ln SE Olympia WA 98501-4711     360-943-7009


John Kennedy            KD7ISO   PO Box 5556 Lacey WA 98509

Bob Keppler             KE7HA    1120 Chestnut SE Olympia WA 98502             360-943-1368

Dorlene Keppler         N7HFS    1120 Chestnut SE Olympia WA 98502             360-943-1368

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   3737 Golden Eagle Lp SE Olympia WA 98513      360-491-2540

Paul Leach              N7GGX    2030 Cardinal Lane Lacey WA 98503             360-438-5777

Vaunn Litchfield        KD7UJH   7844 Holiday Valley Dr Olympia WA 98502       360-866-3618

Charles Lund            K7VRE    PO Box 14729 Tumwater WA 98511                360-319-8715

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


Clark Main              N7HCT    5509 Thornbury Dr SE Lacey WA 98513           360-923-1300

Mark Matthies           W7MRK    PO Box 14114 Tumwater WA 98511-4114           360-943-1624

Keith McDonald          N7JSK    10337 Carney Dr. SE Olympia WA 98501          360-352-2514

Lawrence McKnight       KD7MBP   4931 Delores Dr NE Olympia WA 98516           360-412-5973

Barbara McRoberts       KB7OSX   9101-68 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513     360-438-2965

Dick McRoberts          WB9ZIP   9101-68 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia WA 98513     360-438-2965

Jeffery Meador          KD7SXW   PO Box 1288 Yelm WA 98597                     360-458-3823

Dennis Mills            N7MEA    804 Narnia Lane NW Olympia WA 98502

John Moore              N7GMC    2407 Tyndell Circle SW Tumwater WA 98502      360-357-6234

Kathleen Moore          KC7RHK   2407 Tyndell Circle SW Tumwater WA 98502      360-357-6234

H.J. Motomatsu          WB7AKL   PO Box 206 SilverCreek WA 98585               360-866-7975

Wallace Music           W7UUO    5305 Stikes Ct. SE Lacey WA 98503             360-491-0354


Tim Nairn               KB7UKX   5629 Sleater Kinney Rd NE Olympia WA 98506    360-491-4956

Reed Nightingale        KD7MNN   2423 Woodfield Lp SE Olympia WA 98501         360-491-1280

Phil Norris             KD7LZA   205 Shadow Ln NE Olympia WA 98506             360-491-1873


David Palmer            AC7PT    2413 Woodfield Lp SE Olympia WA 98501         360-491-3749

Brian Parsons                    3235 Lilly Rd NE Olympia WA 98506-3009        360-438-3966

Jeff Parsons            KC7GBQ   3235 Lilly Rd NE Olympia WA 98506-3009        360-438-3966


Shirley Rohr            NW7Q     609 N 9th Ave SW Tumwater WA 98512            360-402-9097

Terry Rohr              WF7E     609 N 9th Ave SW Tumwater WA 98512            360-402-9097


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

Don Shields             KJ7NV    1872 Circle LN SE Lacey WA 98503              360-438-5066

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

Leroy Smith             N7EIE    8525 Mahonia Ct SE Yelm WA 98597-9794         360-468-8286

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


Brett Taylor            KC7OQJ   3720 Wesley Loop NW Olympia WA 98502          360-866-0683

Paul Taylor             KC7LA    3720 Wesley Loop NW Olympia WA 98502          360-866-0683

Mark Tyler              KD7LVV   2247 Sapp Rd SW Tumwater WA 98512             360-352-5990


Bill Waesche            KE7CG    PO Box 1190 Rainier WA 98576                  360-446-5085

Steve Ward              WC7I     5034 Meridian Rd. NE Olympia WA 98506         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

Al Williams             K7PUC    706 Frederick St NE Olympia WA 98506          360-753-1328

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

Tim Woodard             WH6KC    406 B St SW Tumwater WA 98512



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OARS Repeater Status

In Mid September I, as President of OARS, received a letter from the Thurston County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) stating that we must make available to them (and CAPCOM) a copy of the repeater control program by Oct. 31, 2003.

The reason for this was because at that time, only one person had access to the repeater programing, and this meant TCSO was supporting an emergency backup system with an engineered single point of failure, which was unacceptable to them.

Larry, KC7CKO, chairman of the repeater committee, sent an email to the club license trustee indicating that it was the intent of the club to comply with the request by the TCSO and to do so as soon as possible.

The original letter from the TCSO and the response by Larry, KC7CKO, were emailed to the membership and are also posted on the OARS Website (olyham.org).

I received many comments from the membership about this, and regardless of the feeling about the ultimatum given us by the TCSO, there was a unanimous feeling that we could not have only one person with that access to the system.

In discussion with the members of the repeater committee and the board of directors it was decided that the club would comply with the request from the TCSO. Unfortunately, the club license and repeater trustee was unwilling to make this code available, so as President of OARS and with the concurrence of the board, I regretfully removed the existing club license trustee.

I then found a new club license trustee and submitted the paperwork to change the responsible individual. Duane, WB7ROZ will be the new club license trustee, and we will be using his call on the repeater until we get the confirming paperwork back from the FCC. At the same time, we changed the mailing address on the license to the clubs P.O. Box.

At about the same time, we began experiencing some unrelated repeater controller problems which result in having to do a hard reset on the controller twice in a single week. The systems have been unlinked and we have brought the water tower controller back on the air with a very simple program. There are also no auto-patch functions available.

Since the controller now seems to be functioning properly, we will slowly add functions to it. We will begin by adding a voice id-er and then adding the Crawford Mountain link to the system. Once those are stable, we will add basic auto-patch and then add the stored auto patch slots.

Thanks for your patience while we resolve these issues. 73

-- Ken, K7TAG


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Annobon Island DXpedition Shut down

The Annobon Island 3C0V DXpedition http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/ea5yn/ ended abruptly October 4. Local officials reportedly ordered the operators to shut down and vacate the tiny, mountainous South Atlantic island. The Daily DX http://www.dailydx.com reports that at least three of the 3C0V operators have left Annobon -- a part of Equatorial Guinea and located in the Gulf of Guinea off Africa's west coast -- while one remained at last report. The Daily DX Editor Bernie McClenny, W3UR, got word of a very brief telephone call October 6 from the DXpedition to pilot station Gaby Mardiros, OD5NJ.

"Gaby received a 10 second phone call from EA5BYP, Elmo [Bernabe], who reported that 'the military soldiers allowed only the three operators to go back to Spain,'" McClenny said, adding that it appeared that Franz Langner, DJ9ZB, Victor Polo, EA5FO, and Vicente Pastor, EA5YN, had been released but that EA5BYP -- the team leader -- would be remaining on the island. McClenny said the telephone call was cut off before Mardiros could obtain additional information. At week's end, The Daily DX reported that Langner was safely back in Germany, but there was no word concerning the other three operators.

Some initial reports indicated that local authorities had given the DXpeditioners 24 hours to pack up and get off Annobon "or else," McClenny said. The details surrounding the shutdown remain a mystery, however.

The 3C0V operation took to the air September 26. Although struggling with technical, antenna and weather issues, it was expected to remain operational until October 11. The team had managed to log numerous contacts on 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters but had not yet activated the lower bands.

Also known as Pagalu, Annobon was the site of the 1999 3C0R DXpedition http://web.jet.es/lynx/annobon/annobon.htm in which EA5BYP and EA5YN also participated.


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Trip to the Sun

A Russian, an American, and a blonde were talking one day.

The Russian said, "We were the first in space!" The American said, "We were the first on the moon!" The blonde said, "So what? We're going to be the first on the sun!"

The Russian and the American looked at each other and shook their heads. "You can't land on the sun, you idiot! You'll burn up!" said the Russian.

To which the blonde replied, "We're not stupid, you know. We're going at night!"

-- from David, ZL3AI, via packet






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