The Monitor is published monthly by the Massanutten Amateur Radio Association, Inc.,
(a non-profit organization under the IRS regulations),
for radio amateurs in the central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Although he had experienced physical problems for some time, Bob did not let this stand in the way of his volunteering to do what he could when the need arose. A regular on the Skywarn nets, the afternoon drive-time informal nets, and many other public-service-oriented activities, Bob was always willing to help a traveler, give a local weather observation, or offer advice on road conditions, routing suggestions, or other needed information. He was familiar with the roads all over the valley as well as most of the eastern United States, and his advice was received and appreciated by many a driver, vacationing ham, and casual traveller. He had participated in many public service activities involving ham radio, including walks, runs, and school demos.
Escalating problems with his health forced Bob into the hospital just prior to Memorial Day. Although his overall condition was improving, he suffered a stroke which landed him back in the intensive care unit of a northern Virginia hospital not far from his mother's residence where he was staying. While a local ham was checking on his condition over the phone, the nurse on duty told Bob that his ham radio buddies were asking about him. Unable to speak, he smiled at this news. He died peacefully a short time later.
All of us in the valley will miss "Bob Six". In honor of his ham radio service, his family directed that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Massanutten Amateur Radio club.
Dick Weaver, W4JZC, a close personal friend of Bob's, is assisting Bob's mother in tying up his personal affairs. Thanks to Dick for his help to Bob and the family during this time.
A few hardy souls camped out at the FD site a week before field day. We endured rain from Sunday through Thursday. We still had a good time. The weekend turned gloriously beautiful with no rain. Remember .... "it never rains..."
We were fewer in number this year, but made up for it in quality. We had no major problems, and only a few minor ones. Our rented generator was acting up a little, and we were able to get a backup on the mountain in a few hours. The rental generator eventually quit, so we changed over to the backup.. We also had a computer crash and thought we had lost about 170 contacts from the phone station, but a very competent ham (a computer whiz) took the computer home Saturday night and was able to retrieve all of the data. The computer was brought back to field day on Sunday and we were able to add the contacts to the backup computer.
I would like to thank everyone who participated, who did anything at all, however large or small. It all adds up to accomplishing a great Field Day. We had a great time, and I think we did better than last year. Looking forward to seeing you again next year. Remember, Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, every year. Thanks again to everyone.
Joe Meeks, KD4FKT
Chairman, MARA/VARA Field Day
MARA/VARA ARRL FIELD DAY 1996 / 1995 Call: W4XD Category: Multi Multi MODE: CW CW MODE: SSB SSB BAND: 1996 1995 BAND: 1996 1995 80 237 200 80 212 180 40 176 184 40 154 260 20 310 404 20 336 94 15 152 121 15 40 2 6 100 84 2 22 42 440 4 2 NOV 24 NOV 247 180 SAT 1 5 PKT 6 1 NAT'L 6 11 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- |1996 = = = = 905 CW QSO'S + 1122 SSB QSO'S = 2027 Total QSO| | ( 905 X 2* = 1810) (1122 X 1* = 1122) | | (1810 X 2** = 3620) (1122 X 2** = 2244) | |(3620 CW QSO PTS + 2244 SSB QSO PTS) = 5864 + 1000 BONUS = 6,864 TOTAL PTS| -------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------- |1995 = = = = 910 CW QSO'S + 860 SSB QSO'S = 1770 Total QSO| |(3640 CW QSO PTS + 1720 SSB QSO PTS) = 5460 + 1000 BONUS = 6,460 TOTAL PTS| -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Club Affiliation: MASSANUTTEN and VALLEY ARA * CW MULTIPLIER = X 2 and SSB MULTIPLIER = X 1 ** POWER MULTIPLIER = X 2 (150 watts or less)
Vic, KE4LKQ, presided for Dale, KD4DAI, who could not attend.
Dick, W4JZC, treasurer, gave the financial report, the balance being about $1,122.68. The club received $25 from Blue Ridge Community College in memory of Bob (#6), KE4SSG, who passed away recently.
Norman, KA4EEN, ARES Net Director, is in dire (!!!) need of net control operators. Please help out in net operations by contacting Norman and volunteering to take the net for 1 or more nights. He will greatly appreciate it.
Norman also announced that Donna, N3UHJ, has a place on her BBS for local announcements. (145.03 Mhz).
Mark, WA4E, needs help with parade control at the Bridgewater Lawn Party on July 19 and 20. The club voted to take this on as a club project. Six to eight operators are needed each night for about 2 hours.
The club voted to continue using the Golden Corral for its meeting place.
Dave, KD9LA, the newsletter editor, reported that the normal cost of printing and mailing the newsletter each month was about $70. However, when Roy, KE4UFN can print it for the clubs, the cost is only about $14.
Dave also said that the Tucson Packet organization is getting together a bulk purchase of GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) units, less antenna, for $169 each. Dave has complete information, so check with him.
Walt, KF4BFB, said that there are 2 people interested so far in a Novice/Tech class (that he is aware of).
Wilton, KF4BFL, has a friend that has a 486 computer with 4 MB of RAM, 5-1/4 and 3-1/2-inch floppy drives, a 30 megabyte hard drive, color monitor, and printer for sale, asking $600. Contact him if interested.
Rusty, N4YET, said that due to circumstances, the VHF/UHF contest effort has been greatly reduced in operating time, and that they would announce on the repeaters what was finally to be the plan.
A committee was formed for the purpose of deciding the exact disposition of the equipment that was donated to the club by W2FIB. The committee includes Rusty, N4YET (chairman), Dick, W4JZC, and Colin, N4ZFQ.
The 50/50 drawing was won by Wayne, KD4WIE. his share was $12.
Since the next meeting date is July 4, the club decided to move it back to July 11 to avoid the holiday.
Al, N4NOL, requested help to install an antenna at his residence.
The meeting officially adjourned at 8:27 pm.
Ken KD4VPE, said that the Grottoes Fire Department parade will be on July 13, and he will need several hams to help with it.
Jeff, WB4PJW, reported on field day details. He encouraged all who show up to operate, and enjoy themselves.
There was no other formal program.
David Tanks AD4TJ
The 50/50 drawing was won by June Waldmuller, KC4PKJ.
It was announced that David Pickering, KF4JCY, will be voted on next month.
The Secretary's Report was accepted as printed in the May newsletter. Dick Waldmuller, WB8GIF, made the motion and June Waldmuller, KC4PKJ, seconded.
Again, Ken Harris, KE4GKD, reminded the club that, due to health reasons, his responsibilities as club president will be shifted more towards the vice-president, Mike Dillon, KO4EA.
Mike Dillon, KO4EA, had an ARES report from a few months back. ARES was called upon by the Augusta County EOC to act on a situation. The icy conditions had caused some transmitter sites to go down, including Elliott's Knob. The fire and rescue stations in the county were using a transmitter site that was running off of battery power. There was a good chance this site would also go down. They needed amateurs to get in place at the various stations around the county just in case this backup site went down. An announcement was made on the local repeaters, and within one hour 23 amateurs from Augusta and Rockingham counties had volunteered to help. Luckily, after only a few hours, power was restored to Elliott's Knob, and the immediate crisis was over. Mike thanked everyone who had helped with this situation.
Mike also had another announcement. He is looking for someone with any interest in assuming his position of EC in Augusta County. With some family and job situation changes, he is unable to continue his work as Augusta E.C. ARES will have to be dorman until someone is able to take over the position. Anyone with an interest in this position and would like more details, please contact Mike Dillon.
On a different note, Mike made aware to the club the fact that there is some new legislation from an industrial group, "Little LEO", that would like to take over or share a large portion of the 2-meter and 70-centimeter Amateur bands. They are interested in these bands for commercial use via Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. They feel they need these bands more than amateurs do. ARRL has asked the amateur radio world to send in your letters of concern to the FCC. The FCC will use some of this information when presenting material in defense to what this group wants to do. This is a powerful group filled with very powerful and influential people. Everyone should do their part to help save our frequencies. To read up on the subject, and for more details on what actually you should do, read the article, "It Seems to Us", in July's issue of QST (page 9). ARRL is more than just a magazine. They continually, year after year, fight threats like this and you can bet they will be in full force on this proposal, too. This proposal was very shocking since they are threatening two of the most popular bands in amateur radio. If the amateur world loses these bands, think of how easy it will be to lose the not-so-popular bands. Do your part in helping ARRL protect your radio freedom.
Sam Pickering, KF4EKV, reminded us about the "Jamboree on the Air", on October 19, with the Boy Scouts. This is an annual event where the Boy Scouts, world-wide, setup certain bands and frequencies to communicate on. They are requesting the help of a couple of operators to set up and allow the boys to talk to other scouts around the world. This event will be held at the scout building in Crimora. If anyone can help, or would like more information, please contact Sam.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Joe Moomaaw, W4XD, and seconded by Dick Waldmuller, WB8GIF. The meeting was adjourned at 8:23 pm.
Ken Harris, KE4GKD, gave a video presentation on someone's special achievement. Joan Pitsenbarger, KF4CWR, has successfully completed her John Deere training, and was very surprised that her accomplishment was honored Wednesday night at the club meeting. Actual video footage of her "secret" techniques in the art of Green Thumbing were captured forever on video tape. Talk to Ken about a free showing of this most exciting accomplishment.
Submitted by Doug Zirk,
President: Dale Showalter, KD4DAI
Vice-President: Vic Alger, KE4LKQ
Secretary: David Tanks, AD4TJ
Treasurer: Richard Weaver, W4JZC
Board (exp 96): John Nelson, WA4KQX
Board (exp 97): Bill Edmundson, W4IMS
President: Kenny Harris, KE4GKD
Vice-President: Jeff Rinehart, WB4PJW
Secretary: June Waldmuller, KC4PKJ
Treasurer: Christy Osterloh, KC4PKK
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