Hellgate Static



MAY 2007



Next meeting is May 14, 2007

At St. Patrick Hospital Meeting Room





Hellgate Amateur Radio Club

P.O. Box 3811

Missoula, MT. 59806-3811

HARC Board of Directors

Club President, N7GE, Jerry Ehli at jehli@modernmachinery.com
Vice-president, W7PAQ Frank Kisselbach at fkissel@hughes.com
Treasurer, K7PX, Steve Schlang at ripply1@msn.com

Secretary, KE7NO, Craig Nelson at twincreek@blackfoot.net

Program Director, AC7UZ, Lewis Ball at ac7uz@blackfoot.net 

Training, W7DHB, Dennis Barthel at w7dhb@montana.com  


Hellgate Amateur Radio Club

April 9, 2007


President Ehli, N7GE called this meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.. Twenty five members were present at the meeting.  Treasurer’s report showed that our account had a balance of $2,194.40 for March and $3,580.48 for April.  Income of $1,869.34 and expenses were $482.40.  Minutes were presented and accepted as documented in the April Hellgate Static.

Old Business

Eric, NZ7S, has purchased controllers for use on the local repeaters.  The 146.80 MHz and the 146.96 MHz repeaters will be changed first, with 146.90 MHz and the 147.04 MHz repeaters following.


Personnel volunteering for the Grizzly Triathalon will  meet at 7:30 A.M. at the Grizzly pool.  We will need 8-10 people to man the stations, and one “floater” would be great.  Currently the frequency pairing has not been decided.  If necessary, the portable repeater may be used.  The availability of the Wilma rooftop site will be investigated.


The River Bank Run is slated for April 28th and Dennis, W7DHB will be coordinating the Hellgate Amateur Radio Club activities.


Wayne, N7TAE, has arranged the Missoula County Library for the next testing location on April 12th.

New Business

Elmer, old KE7JQD new WG7E, has given us a list of potential programs (please see a following article –ed.).


The Tour of the Swan River Valley (TOSRV) will take place on May 19th and 20th.  Bob Black, K7BA, and Bob Henderson, N7MSU, will be coordinating the HARC activities.  Remember, receipted gas costs for your TOSRV costs.


The annual activities for the Fourth of July and Field Day were briefly discussed.  Bob Henderson, N7MSU will need your help.


A hamfest is planned in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on August 3rd through the 5th.  It is coordinated by WIMU (Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and Utah) and information can be found at the website http://home.comcast.net/~wimuhamfest/ .


The Glacier-Waterton Hamfest is scheduled for July 20-22.  Further information can be gotten at the website http://www.gwhamfest.org/ .


Wednesday night VHF net control operators:

April 18                  KE7JQC- KE7JQD/ W7PAQ

April 25                  W7PAQ / K7VK

May 2                     W4MYA / W7DHB

May 9                     N7ZS / W7DHB

May 16                   K7VK / W7PAQ


Frank, W7PAQ, reminds us that June 14-17, the Montana Boy Scout Council will be putting on the Montana Boy Scout Jamboree.  Over 2,000 people are expected and the Montana National Guard is also expected to help with the set-up.  Frank has said that generators will be needed, although Byron, NN8A, mentioned that Cascade County has an emergency van that may be available.  Frank has also received permission to use the call sign K2BSA/7.


Todd, KD7DPF, has arranged for us that the website hellgateradio.org will be licensed to us for the next twenty years.  Our current website still works fine, but no one will be able to use the other website in the future.  Great job Todd!


Meeting adjourned at 7:32 PM.  Lance, W7GJ presented a great program on VHF DX-ing using moonbounce, meteors, propagation, and even airplane-bounce.  A great program! 



The Hisortical Museum at Fort Missoula has invited HARC back to celebrate Independence Day again this year.   We’ll be needing operators and hams to help set up and take down the operation.   This is a fun one.  Lots of people, lots of events, lots of food and fun for the family.  Contact Bob N7MSU at 251-4148 or slvrtip@bigsky.net .




Subject: Special Event - Web/QST Missoula MT

July 4, 1600Z-2300Z, Missoula, MT

Your Special Event announcement has been posted to the ARRL Special Event Web page (www.arrl.org/contests/spev.html). Please check the listing.  Your event will also appear in the July 2007 issue of QST.


Maty Weinberg, Production Coordinator



I just visited (April 25, 2007) Wayne, N7TAE at Riverside Health Care Center in Hellgate Canyon.


He looks good and his hip has healed up.  Unfortunately, he is still attempting to get the knee to heal.  Wayne hopes to go home early next week. 


He appreciates visitors, so if you are in the area, stop by and see him.

Thanks & 73,


Vick    K7VK



“I am thrilled to report working N8S today (-28 dB) on 6m EME.  After I  completed, I saw them sending OOO to someone (a # sequence), but they were not strong enough at that point for me to decode who else they were  trying to work.  TNX to K6MYC for keeping up their interest in 6m EME,  and for finally getting information about when they were going to be on,  and on what frequency.  Their web site is STILL not correct :-(

TNX also to W5UN and KB8RQ for the help in tracking them down on 2m - I  worked them on 2m EME yesterday.

In other news, cndx today were about as good as they get on 6m EME!  The  Kp index was down at 1, and the degredation was only -1.5 dB!  Today I  also worked OH2BC, G10AR, G3FPQ, PA7FA and G4PCI all on random CQ's.  MNI TNX to all!  VY 73, Lance”



March was a tough month for many of us.  Weather was the worst we've seen over the entire winter.  Maybe now, we'll be able to get some antenna repairs accomplished.

May 5th is the 2nd annual Seventh District QSO party.  It was a great time last year and promises to be the same this time around.  The plan is to get as many counties in the 7th area on the air.  If you have an HF mobile, I'm sure they'd love to have you go out into one of Montana's far flung counties where there are no amateurs living.  If you do, be prepared to send lots of QSL cards (order
'em NOW) and keep a good log.  Contact Bob Leo, W7LR for information.

For those of you who know Will Wilburn, WA7GQF, he's still in Denver at the VA hospital receiving treatment.  Hope is that he'll be home next Saturday.  We all pray he'll make that date and get back to Montana soon.  Best wishes Will.

Some changes in procedure for the Montana Traffic Net.  Many have expressed comments regarding the new plan, more pro than con.  Our effort is to streamline net operations and improve traffic throughput to feeder nets and message recipients.  Net manager Jack, KD7HWV has put many hours into thinking these changes through and is working to sort out any problems.  Constructive criticisms are always welcome, but should also be accompanied with suggestions.  Just because we "always did it that way before" doesn’t mean
we can’t change now.  Keep up with the net and you'll hear the new preamble and operations.

May will be a busy month for your SM.  I'll be out of sight for a few weeks.  If you need to contact me, email would be the best.

IMN-W5UYH, QNI-316, QTC-121 MTN-KD7HWV, QNI-2825, QTC-188 MSN-K7YD, AE7V, K7MT, K7LMT and others, QNI-98, QTC-4

Thanks to all who read this column.
73,  Doug, K7YD



As of this morning, we have two openings for volunteer positions here in Montana. 

The first one is Technical coordinator (TC) for the entire section.  Bill, K7MT has served in this job for some years now and is planning on focusing his efforts into the AMSAT area of our hobby.  The TC needs to be conversant with the technology we use and be ready to help and support new and older hams alike with information to help solve problems simple and complex. Thanks to Bill for all his efforts

In addition, we now need a Net Manager for the Montana Traffic Net to replace Jack Brooks, KD7HWV. Position requires administration of net reports over the month and reporting to the SM at the end of the period.  Job requires net attendance as often as possible.  Our thanks to Jack for his support of MTN and the changes he's made to improve the net. 

Please contact me if you are interested in either position.

73  Doug, K7YD-SM, MT



If you received this newsletter via hardcopy mail and would like to help us save mailing costs by downloading it or reading it from the internet, please drop any of the officers a note.  Thanks



As mentioned earlier, Elmer, WG7E, handed out a list at the last meeting, are you interested?

Use of repeaters- How to connect / link with others, Echo link, phone patch

Home rigs-            Some of the most popular features, important components, vendors

Mobile rigs-          HF rigs, VHF rigs, UHF rigs, features and components, related antennas, vendors

Base Antennas-   recommended models, manufacturers, vendors

Contesting-           How to get started, what to do, rules and etiquette

QSL cards-           Vendors, what to include, how to collect, explain “by the bureau”

Keeping a log-      What to include, vendors for books, styles of log books

RACES certification-         Web site to get started, what levels of certification

Equipment for shack-         Amplifiers, tuners, watt meter, antenna switch, interfaces for RTTY, PACKET, etc.



During the past month, I received an e-mail from a former / “new” member of the Hellgate ARC.  His question was simple, and was easily answered.  During a quick e-mail exchange with Vick, K7VK, a potential article (one year old) arrived on my computer.  Enjoy!  -ed.


“I was president of the club for part of one term during my last year in graduate school at UM.  I know that I resigned my office in July or August of 1974 when I left Missoula to take a job in Texas.  I have been trying to get back to Missoula ever since, and I may succeed this summer having recently retired.  In my time in Missoula in the early 1970's, I was the young whipper-snapper looking in awe at the retired guys in the club and wishing that I had such discretionary time to devote to my hobby.

So, I suppose that I was elected sometime in the fall of 1973 and served until mid-1974 when I moved.

I see that your Field Day site will be at Ft. Missoula this year.  In 1974, Ken Gordon, W7EKB, Woodrow Wilson (Woody) Davey, W7CJB, Milburn (Mil) Parker, W7NEG, and I set up along the diagonal road west of the historic entrance to Ft. Missoula at South Avenue and Reserve Street. 

At the time, I lived just a couple of blocks north of there on North Avenue West.  Ken lived a few blocks east on Eaton.  Mil lived just west of Russell on Kensington, which was a sleepy little street in those days with lots of mobile homes, of which one was his.  His shack was a small 20 year old (at the time) trailer on the back of the lot where his modern mobile home was parked.  Woody lived "all the way across town" south of the university.  The historic entrance to Ft. Missoula was still open in those days.  Except for the fire station and the hospital, not much was on the grounds except the old fort buildings.  We made a few contacts, as I recall, during Saturday afternoon and called it quits at dinner time.

A couple of years later, after I had made my first escape from Houston, I was living in Moscow, ID, and I joined the club for Field Day when it set up at a park on the west side.  I think that it was along Spurgin Road.  I drove along Spurgin Road one day last spring, and it did not look very familiar after 30 years.

My son, Robb, KD5RXS, is now a student at UM and is working this summer at the Forest Service fire lab in Missoula.  I have suggested that he try to connect with the Hellgate club for Field Day…. 

I am looking forward to reconnecting with the Hellgate club when I get relocated to Missoula later this summer or early fall.

Best regards, and I hope you have a good Field Day experience,

Bob Lankston, WA7TZP”



On April 28th the Hellgate Amateur Radio Club (HARC) continued it's support of the YMCA by providing emergency communications for the 35th annual Riverbank Run.  The races consisted of 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile races, with a Trifecta in which some runners ran in all three races. 
In support of these events HARC provided the emergency communications and traffic support as well as race desired 1st through 4th place runner number identification.  The YMCA reported that the race participants totaled about 6000.
Thanks to Eric, NZ7S for the use of his repeater and the following HARC personnel for their support in this annual event, as well as the Wilma Hotel office for allowing us on the roof for a bird's eye view of the situation:

Bob Black, K7BA                Frank, W7PAQ                   Bill, W4YMA                       Greg, NL7WB     Bob Henderson, N7MSU

Lewis, AC7UZ                      Liz Myers, WG7E               Elmer Myers, WG7P          Larry, K7GIS       Jerry, N7GE (on the roof) 
and myself, Dennis, W7DHB (also on the roof).



We have a donation from Randy Streck (KD7ABQ) today, besides his cash donation a month and a half ago, of a laptop computer for the club. It is a Dell Latitude D610 (just like the one that I have) with Windows XP Pro on it and inside it has a Pentium III, one ghz processor. It has a DVD/CDRW drive along with a floppy drive and a cable. It has a wireless connection inside so if we ever get to a wireless spot, all we will need is a wireless card to use the internet. This is a great addition to the club coffers since it was an idea of mine to present to the club, that the club gets one, along with a new HF rig, to help with logging contacts during our special events such as Skywarn and Field Day.


Thanks from the Hellgate ARC,

President Jerry Ehli, N7GE,


Ahh, the Good Old Days!

From the ARRL April 12, 2007, Propagation Bulletin # 15

Kerry Webster, WB7AKE of Tacoma, Washington writes about another experience from 1958: ''My dad worked in a gas station in Centralia, Washington. One day he was chatting with the local cop, leaning in the window of the squad car, when the police officer picked up his microphone to check in with his dispatcher. To his surprise, the voice that came back was a strange woman with a southern accent, wanting him to go to 'Peachtree Street.' Turns out the dispatcher was in Georgia. I remember the cop cars of those days, with their long whip antennas, so I'm guessing they were on the old 40 MHz low VHF band.  The incident made a great impression on me, and shortly afterward I got my first S-38 and started listening for this cool stuff myself.''



From the April 5, 2007 ARRL Club News

A huge thank you goes out to all of the mentors and instructors and examiners who have helped the new hams, and to all the radio Amateurs who have extended a welcoming hand to not just the new operators, but to all hams.  It is reassuring to see that nobody paid any attention to the curmudgeons that tried to tell us that ham radio was going to become the new Citizen's Band or that ham radio licenses were some how being degraded because we no longer are required to test for Morse code proficiency.  It is unfortunate that some people continue to wallow in their own complacency while the rest of us adapt, accept and move forward.  Ham radio in the 21st century is as exciting as ever.


Although I agree with this statement in majority, I have heard reports that some of the “new” DX  pile-ups (such as N8S on Swains Island) have been bordering on horrible.  My advice to the folks new to the HF bands is to LISTEN!  Listen to how other stations are able to work the station you are trying to work.  Look at the numerous spotting programs on the internet, and don’t be afraid to call an Elmer in your area.  If you are listening to a station that says they are “listening up” or “up”, begin at listening around 5 khz up from the frequency they are operating on.  THIS frequency is your transmitting frequency.  Please use your split VFO option and watch which VFO you are transmitting on.  Often with CW, the split may be as little as 2 khz, this means things can be “tight” and you will need to employ your filtering systems.  When calling, transmit your complete call.  If you are using a rig with full QSK (break-in on CW) and you can hear the DX station returning, STOP transmitting!   If you are calling, you can’t be heard, but you become QRM for everyone else.  The last bit of advice is, only call back when the station calls you!  I really hate losing a station that has come back with “KE7N??” to a station that might have a “K” in their call.  Once again listen. It is an “audio sport”.  Not listening is similar to “un-sportsman like conduct”.-ed



from the ARRL ARES E-letter for April 18, 2007


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report this month on interoperability issues likely to be taken seriously by this congress. Among them, it cites technical solutions including VoIP, and software defined radios. It also addresses the core issues having little to do with technology, including the resistance to the use of plain language instead of codes and industry specific protocols.

As we move towards the digital future of Amateur Radio, I'm starting to question the wisdom of some of our systems, like D-Star, which are not directly interoperable with first responders. APCO 25 would seem a better choice, since spending in the first responder community dwarfs that of Amateur Radio. It's likely that ultimately Amateur Radio digital systems using APCO 25 would be less expensive to manufacture than D-Star versions and assuming the radios were capable of wide-band receive, we'd still retain our ability to use our radios to directly monitor public service frequencies, which is a huge asset during an emergency. Currently, I own an ICOM ID-800H D-Star transceiver but I've also purchased a handheld scanner with APCO 25 capability. It would be nice to have both in one radio.

First Responders: Much Work Remains to Improve Communications Interoperability (GAO-07-301). Washington, DC: GAO Report to Congressional Requesters, April 2007. <http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-07-301> -- Les Rayburn, N1LF,
National Communications System-NCS047; Navy MARS NNN0HSI;  ARES-SHARES-Skywarn; ARRL EmComm Level 3 Certified Official Emergency Station





Congratulations to 5 candidates at the April 12 examination session.  Upgrading were KE7LRH Dallas to Extra, KE7LRG Garth; KC7UZJ Jack and KB0WBE Neal from Colorado, all upgrading to General and new Technician from Belgrade, KE7MQV Matthew.  Thanks to examiners, K7PX Steve, K7VK Vick and W7DHB Dennis.  


After 23 years, 27 HARC volunteer examiners have seen 1042 candidates.  Fifty-four percent have been successful yielding 245 Technicians; 106 Generals; 102Technicians(w/ 5 wpm code); 59 Extras; 42 Advanced and 21 Novices.   More statistics and examination information is at http://www.users.qwest.net/~k7vk/examinations.htm


Thanks to W7PAQ, Frank for scheduling our upcoming examinations. 


The plan is to have the examinations the same night as the HARC meetings, beginning at promptly at 5:30 PM.   Folks arriving early can set up, or can get coffee and/or dinner in the cafeteria.  Yum. 


Having the examinations the same night as the HARC meeting means that after the exams, candidates and examiners can attend the HARC meeting


The Exams will be at St Pat's hospital in a conference room next to the cafeteria or in a room in the Broadway conference room complex.  All are accessed from the same corridor.  


I may not be at the May examination session, so K7PX has the materials box.  He will be the contact VE.  Please let him know if you'll be an attending VE.   Some of you (VEs) might not be able to make it by 5:30, coming a bit late due to work is fine (not K7BA, hee hee).  Thanks.   


So our next two examinations are May 14 & June 11.  Thanks W7PAQ. 



Vick    K7VK      



Your Personal Diary

By the early 1980s, required amateur radio station logging (writing down all of your transmissions) had been discontinued by the FCC.  But should you still keep a “radio log” of your radio operations?  Many of us suggest, “yes”.  Some hams actually have thousands of radio contacts logged into logbooks dating back to when they first flipped on the transmit switch of their stations.  There are good reasons for a complete logbook of your station transmissions. 

·          With a memory like mine, you may need a logbook to recall contacts/callsigns & names. 

·          Contests and some Awards require a log of “stations worked” for entry (ARRL, CQ, Worked All Hellgate, and others).

·          Interference complaints may be resolved  (were you really on the radio when your neighbors TV went dead?).

·          It’s a good way to keep track of band openings (six-meters actually does open).

·          Logbooks provide a record for confirming contacts for QSL cards.


Paper logs were about the only logging method years ago for amateurs. 



















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Today however, it is quite common for hams to use computer-logging programs.  Folks use DX4WIN, WriteLog and many others.  There are even hams logging on Excel spreadsheets.  A new advent to logging is the internet system linking your log entries to others.  Check this out on the ARRL website, Logbook of the World (LoTW).  


Radio logging can be an important necessity, time consuming or just plain fun (your choice).  Like a personal diary, logbooks can also provide a way to reminisce about those ‘contacts of old’ and for those of us with slipping memories, had long forgotten, or other cases, what you heard, but could not contact (bummer). 


Need a paper logbook?  Check-out the ARRL store or their publications locally at Northwest Distributors, 125 E Main.  Occasionally radio manufacturers have free logbooks (for example, Kenwood).  Or, you can create your own, computer-generated or hand-drawn.  My first logbook (WN7DEO) is a three-ring binder with vertical lines drawn on the pages to highlight the log entries. 


I hope that you have many log entries & 73,

K7VK, Vick 



April 4 and April 18,  2007

Along with award qualifications comes word of a postage increase from Neil W3ZQI. "US Postal rates are going up May 14 -
(http://tinyurl.com/22uo6k) and QSL card seekers are urged to begin including the higher rate of US postage in their SASEs now to
accommodate the queues of QSL managers. $.01 and $.02 stamps are currently available while the US "Forever" stamp is due in April."


George N8RBS notes that his club (http://dale.pages.web.com/id6.html) includes future contest schedules, bands, exchanges, etc as a regular feature in the club newsletter. "Will this help ease the newcomers into HF?  Will any of them get hot on the trail in contesting? We don't know for sure, but without knowing what is available to them, and how to get involved, they probably would not.  We're just hoping to show the way. If we can help get them through their first contact on the air and through their first contest without getting into trouble then we have accomplished our mission - to be a little bit better operator, have a lot more fun with radio, and hopefully make a contester or two along the way."

Tatsuro JA5BJC, owner of one of the biggest Japanese Multi/Multi stations, passed away on the morning of April 1.  Tatsuro's station
was a beacon from Japan on all bands featuring top JA contesters.  If the band was open to JA, then JA5BJC was in the log.  His signal will be sorely missed. Another well-known JA contest and DX operator, Masa AH0K/JR2GMC died on 26 March.  Masa had been very active as a key member of JA2YKA in 1980's then with KH0AM in 1990.  Masa was also a member of the JIDX Contest Committee. (Thanks, Tack JE1CKA)


At three minutes and four seconds after 2 AM on the 6th of May this year, the time and date will be 02:03:04 05/06/07. This won't happen again for 1000 years!  How many sunspot cycles is that, anyway?  (Thanks, Phil W7PDZ)


Every ham needs a Robotic Beer Can Launcher (http://brkout.org/8h2) don't you think?  Why, there are all sorts of useful purposes to
which something like this could be put. (Thanks, Trey N5KO)


One very valuable directive that I read long ago in a contest column by a forgotten author (sorry!) was to take breaks when you're tired.  Not long naps, just 5 to 10 minutes of walking around outside or taking a shower.  Anything to get your brain refocused, "...even if the whole band is calling!"  If you're slogging away, drowsy, nodding off, then your accuracy is probably going to be terrible.  Do yourself a favor and freshen up - you won't regret it!


In many areas, rocks or even bedrock make digging a hole for a tower base mighty tough.  Joe WD0M shows us on his Web site
(http://home.centurytel.net/WD0M) how to turn lemons into lemonade with a little drilling and epoxy. Click "Tower Project" in the "Ham Radio" menu on the home page.



                   Members as of  2007-04-19




Lewis Ball



Allyson Nelson



Frank Davis



Robb Lankston


Bob Black



Michael Leary



Jerry Willis



Bob Henderson


Larry Stipe



Liz Myers



Wayne Van Meter



Bob Lankston


Gerry Nelson



Elmer Myers, Jr



Janet Davis



Bill McGuire


Steve Schlang



Bryan Gillispie



Martin Merwin



Paul Shuey


Vick Applegate



Jack Piippo



Mike Boxell



Morris Campbell


Joseph Mata



Craig Nelson



Greg Lee



Wilmajean French


Mitch Stachowsky



Kevin Goffe



Eric Sedgwick



Myron Boucher


Dennis Shaffer



Walter Bradford



Bill Farrell



Bruce McCloskey


Kathy Brummit



Steve Flood



Dennis Barthel



Dave Haverfield


Donna Pecastaing



Ed Nesselroad



John Vugteveen



Jack Randolph


Todd Clark Family



Jim Brummit



Dick Lindborg



Donnie Fort


Jackie Harrington



Ruth Scott



Frank Kisselback



Jerry Ehli


Generous Contributors - 2007




 Michael Garrison



 Ray McLaughlin



 Myron Boucha



 James Sylvester


 Ralph Pebbles



 Colin Shissler



 Martin Merwin



 George Hummel


 David Gasvoda



 Randy Streck



 Henry Butzel





 Mitch Stachowsky



 Dave Farra



 Laurence Jones





 Paul Blomgren



 KC LaFlesch



 Pat Connell




A complete list of HARC members and contributors is kept up-to-date on the HARC website, membership. http://www.users.qwest.net/~k7vk/HARC-members.htm



The ARRL Letter, Vol. 26, No. 15, April 13, 2007


President George W. Bush has honored ARRL member Randy Hatfield, AG6RH, of Victorville, California, with the President's Volunteer Service Award. A volunteer with the City of Victorville Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Emergency Communication Service, Hatfield met briefly with the president April 4 to receive the award. President Bush honors local volunteers as he travels throughout the United States. When a call came from the White House, Hatfield at first thought he was the victim of an April Fool's Day prank by ECS Coordinator Robert Barton, W7OES, who nominated Hatfield for the award a few days earlier.

"Friday, March 30, I was contacted by a woman saying she was calling from the White House, and I was interviewed over the phone," Hatfield recounted. "I thought Robert was pulling a very elaborate joke!"

A year earlier, Hatfield had volunteered to help Barton rebuild the ham radio communication group for ECS. "He didn't really know me that well but decided to give me a shot," Hatfield said of Barton. "I told him I would do everything I could to assist him in getting ECS going. My condition was that I not be made a leader of anything. I was to remain in the background." Barton, in turn, believed Hatfield should be recognized for his successful efforts.

On April 1, Hatfield got another call from the same White House staff member telling him he'd won a Presidential Service Award. "I was nice to her and played along but knew this was a prank," he says. Nonetheless, he went to the airport meeting place at the appointed hour on April 4 and learned it was for real.

Hatfield greeted the president as he disembarked from Air Force One. President Bush shook Hatfield's hand and presented him with an award pin. Then, they chatted for a few minutes while photos were taken. He'll receive the official award document and a signed photo of their meeting in a couple of weeks.

"I'm supposed to be the behind-the-scenes guy," protested Hatfield, who has logged more than 500 hours of volunteer service over the past 12 months.

The award recognizes his volunteer work with CERT, a Citizen Corps program that trains volunteers in basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue and disaster preparedness. In his volunteer work with ECS, which uses Amateur Radio volunteers to assist city and county personnel in the event of a disaster or emergency, Hatfield has taught ham radio classes to community members. Over the years, Hatfield estimates, he's helped some 350 individuals to get their ham radio tickets.

Hatfield says he and his wife have been active with the Victorville CERT and ECS for a little more than a year. The couple had been involved in CERT previously when they lived in Marysville, Washington.

In his nomination letter, Barton praised Hatfield for inspiring others by example to also volunteer their time and receive CERT and Amateur Radio training.

"His classes provide hands on and practical applications to the materials taught," Barton said. "Randy has made service to his community a priority in life by volunteering his time and talents," Barton concluded. "He is always there when needed to provide support and resources to accomplish any task requested."



From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  April 5, 2007
To all radio amateurs

The ARRL is expressing concern that negative consequences could result from chasing DX on 60 meters. Some DXpeditions have announced plans to operate on Amateur Radio's only channelized band, where amateur operations hold secondary status to fixed service operations, including some US government stations. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, says that while it's legal for DXpeditions to operate on the 5-MHz band provided the licensing administration extends privileges there, DX pileups on 60 meters pose the potential for real and unique problems.

''US amateurs are limited to five channels on 60 meters, USB only, maximum effective radiated power (ERP) of 50 W, audio bandwidth not exceeding 2.8 kHz, and not all of the channels are useable because of ongoing fixed service operation,'' Sumner points out. Upon request of a primary service user, Sumner says, it's ''absolutely imperative'' that hams be prepared to relinquish any 60-meter channel immediately. This means constantly monitoring the transmitting channel. Hams also must not exceed the radiated power limit, he stressed.

Not all countries authorize amateur operation on 60 meters.  Transmitting on a 5 MHz frequency without authorization not only
breaks the law but jeopardizes the operator's continued participation in the ARRL DXCC program. Five MHz cards submitted for
DXCC may not be accepted for credit without evidence the operation was authorized.

Sumner emphasized that causing harmful interference to fixed and mobile service stations could jeopardize even the existing, limited
privileges as well as the chances of increasing those privileges on a domestic basis, plus any possibility of obtaining an international
allocation on 60 meters.


 If there is something YOU would like to see, or that you feel is overdone, please let me know.  This is the Hellgate Amateur Radio Club newsletter, not mine!  If you have something (even a simple one-liner) please write to me at our address or e-mail me (Craig, KE7NO) at twincreek@blackfoot.net.  Sorry this one was so late.  Remember 7QP this first Saturday!