NETNEWS

by WB6IXN

12/03/2006 OCWN 40m CW Net - NCS/UEB checked in IMW, GVG, KFW, VDP, HKT, OIO, NT, IXN, NXY, and IC.  Strong winds last nite forced UEB to fix the antenna this morning, so it’s off to get coffee and a bagel after Net.  Last week IMW was QRV in the Santa Ynez Valley, wid two interviews in the San Jose area…Fingers mxd.   GVG, wid sun & more sun at Newport Beach, said that folks were strolling the beach with coffe & bagel in hand!  KFW’s felt lucky that his antennas survived the strong SA winds, and VDP, wid vy dry conditions, got a new truck fer trips to AZ, replacing his 24 yr old truck.  Rough copy between HKT and the Net…Homer didn’t get much wind, but the temp fell to 35 deg., and, HKT is off to the LA Auto Show just to look…He’s not done wid the Tacoma yet!  The feasting has begun fer OIO!…An has lunch today, dinner next week, and, two more after that!  NT, wid a nice day & a blue sky, has worked over 80 countries wid his gud DX antenna.  IXN & Lee had gud WX in the mountains over TG, 2/3 of the QTH is now painted, and Bob is now a type 2 diabetic.  NXY, after a short absence frm the Net, spent two weeks in Oct. in China near Tibet wid the XYL…Mike had the time of his life!  NCS cud barely detect IC’s sigs, but NXY relayed that Fred gave NCS an RST of 339…(IXN was unable to hear any sigs frm IC!)

 

12/06/2006 10m Phone Net – W6ZE/AF6C checked in CCD, IXN, and HHC.   CCD put a remote in the car for the rig, and Tom didn’t hve to take the XYL to Visalia this week…Then Tom got the din-din call.   IXN announced the Geminid Meteor Shower to peak Dec. 13/14, and OPs talked abt dust devils, and, possible water on Mars!  HHC will help AF6C take a big box out of the car, and, Bob will be removing an old steamer trunk frm the QTH to make room fer a new workbench.  HHC had his grandson, Michael, in the shack…No mike fright here!…OPs enjoyed the go-around wid Ken’s interesting 1st grade harmonic!  AF6C announced that the ARRL Audio News is ready to roll on the 2m Net, and Bob and HHC made sum slight changes to the Club webpage.

 

12/06/2006 2m Phone Net – W6ZE/IXN checked in N1AB, DDE, AF6C, HHC, MIH, and KF6EVX(Robert).  AB is working on bringing up his code speed.  DDE has been busy cleaning up arnd the QTH, Christmas shopping wid the XYL, and helping HHC wid inventory of ham radio gear at OPD RACES.  And AF6C is pricking his fingers on that naughty bougenavilla once agn…Next will be to find and repair a leak in the roof!  Tom told HHC that he got his emails, and OPs hope that grandharmonic Michael, in 1st grade, will become a future ham.  MIH & IXN briefly wnet over some wilderness protocol that might have saved Mr. Kim’s life if he had known it.  And Robert, KF6EVX, in Anaheim, has a Tech+ license, but is working on his General Class ticket…Right now, Robert only has 2m capability.  AF6C then aired 12/1/06 ARRL Audio News…FCC makes corrections to the Omnibus proceeding…WTO-140 rules changes caused removal of sum questions frm the question pool, but didn’t require the addition of any new questions…GENESAT 1 will be used in a Contest right after launch on Dec. 12…VU7LD is on the air in the Indian Ocean fer DXCC contacts, and VU7RG DXpedition will come later…Tnx, Bob!

 

12/10/2006 OCWN 40m CW Net – NCS/UEB checked in IMW, GVG, IB, KFW, OIO, RND, HKT, VDP, NT, IXN, and NXY.  UEB’s XYL got her Christmas present early, new speakers, a combination mixer/amp, and microphones for her singing performances.  IMW had FB sigs wid a quiet band at the QTH, and GVG had mostly 599 sigs on all in Bonsall…Wid 10m open, Roy has been having fun working the CW contest.  IB yielded to a breaking station that ‘flew in and flew out’, and Casey has been running arnd the last few weeks on ‘honey do’ details…HI!  KFW said that the OCARC will hold its annual Christmas party next Friday and all are welcome…See W6ZE.org fer details.  OIO, in Garden Grove, has two holiday feasts down wid two more to go…HI!  RND enjoyed the rain that woke him up in the middle of the night, and John is getting ready fer Christmas.  HKT, wid 54 deg. temp and WX clear & windy, is still learning what the Kenwood F6A handheld, wid 5W on all bands, can do!  VDP will be in AZ next week and Larry will try to check into Net!  NT, checking up wid sum old QSLing chores, had heavy rain by the bay last nite.  And IXN announced that the Geminid meteor shower will peak on the nite of Dec. 13 and the morning of Dec. 14.  NXY just finished putting new tires on the auto in time fer the rain, wind, and cold WX! 

 

 

12/13/2906 10m Phone Net - W6ZE/AF6C checked in IXN, HHC, and LDC.  AF6C may sojourn back East to visit his sister in Feb, and Bob I now working on adjusting brakes on the 240-Z…AF6C also got new Club badges made and Good-of-the Club Awards, too!  HHC, winding dwn frm the day’s work, is still working on the COAR inventory, and, planning on attending the Club Christmas din-din on Friday!  AF6C told HHC to check Radio Shack fer an audio line splitter.  IXN said chances of finding water on the moon are nil, and Bob also warned that in the milleniums to come, the Imperial Valley will spread apart, becoming part of the Sea of Cortez!   LDC, now finished wid a landline call, was in Palm Springs last weekend…And, wid a ’lil work done on the motorhome, Larry & XYL will be off journeying once agn in Jan/Feb.  HHC, the Christmas chores completed, said that his Nikon camera is not working.

 

12/13/2006 2m Phone Net - W6ZE/IXN checked in HHC, KFW, VDP, AUL, AF6C, and N1AB.  N1AB ‘flew in and flew out’, and HHC, wrong mike in hand, checked in after a slight delay…Ken is transferring PSK-31 info over to the new Dell computer while thinking abt the IC-7000 that will be raffled at the Christmas dinner!  KFW, doing Christmas shopping, is planning to have his daughter & family in frm Colorado fer Christmas, and, to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29.  VDP, off to AZ Fri. morning, will try to check into the OCWN on Sunday if he gets an antenna up…And AUL can get a CR20-32 battery holder fer VDP.  AUL told OPs that a broken mike prevented gud SKYPE phone patch internet connections the 2nd contact frm Argentina…Nicolas said the food & WX were pretty gud on their trip.  AF6C’s 240-Z passed smog inspection, Bob will be at the Christmas dinner, and AF6C is reading a patterson mystery, “Life Guard”.  AF6C then aired the ARRL Audio News dtd 12/8/06…FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s report on BPL is biased!…ARISS makes its 1st German contact…Communications Specialists, in Orange, are fined by the FCC fer selling a Tech Finder rig wid too much xmitter power…Tnx, Bob!

 

12/17/2006 OCWN 40m CW Net - NCS/UEB checked in IMW, IB, OIO, RND, NT, IXN, VDP/7, and NXY.   UEB, planning on a short bike ride if it warms up, announced the end of Morse Code testing!…Those that can will do!  IMW, wid band condx gud despite the solar storm, says he needs a new CW test…HI!  IB, going to the Bay Area this morning, quipped ‘Long live Morris and his Code’!  NCS, unable to hear VDP’s check-in frm AZ, asked RND to relay…VDP reported bad QRN, clear & cold WX in AZ.  RND also had to relay fer NXY since Mike was QRP.  OIO got tickets at the La Mirada Theatre fer “Plaid Tidings” …Barbershop on steroids…What fun!  RND said that OIO, IB, and IXN are blasting in, but no copy on IMW!…John & XYL will fly to Boise, ID, fer Christmas, so RND will miss the next Net.  VDP told RND that he was using a dipole on top of the house.   NT, wid a chilly day at the Bay, cudn’t hear IXN or IMW, and IXN cudn’t hear VDP on his second transmission wid the QRN & QSB, and, IXN was off to the mountains for Christmas and New Years Day.  NXY, now bk on the big rig, said that the band was crazy this morning, wid NCS’ sigs varying between nil and 40 over!

 

12/20/2006 10m Phone Net - W6ZE/AF6C checked in LDC, CCD, HHC, IXN, and KTS.  LDC & XYL, Pauline, unable to get gas at COSTCO wid the long lines, will be off to Acton to be wid family at Christmas.  CCD & XYL enjoyed the Club Christmas dinner, won a couple of books at the raffle, and Tom recommends Hi-Tech Liquidators in Costa Mesa as a source of goodies!   AF6C added dates of upcoming events to the Club webpage, had a slight touch of stomach upset last weekend, and announced that Bob Heil will speak at Jan. Club meeting.  IXN & Lee thought that the food was much better at the Club Christmas dinner this year, and IXN will be in the mountains for Christmas, and he will miss next week’s nets…And Bob said that the wave ejected from the sunspot was probably in the audio window.   HHC enjoyed the Club Christmas dinner and the COAR dinner at the Orange Hills Restaurant, and wid the PSK-31 station back in operation, only sporadic reception was heard last Sunday…HHC also said the Club had broke even by 5:30 pm on expenditure vs income fer the Christmas dinner & raffle, and HHC also picked up the audio splitter at Radio Shack.  KTS said that AF6C sounded like he was at the far end of a tunnel, as David will soon be off to bake sum cookies!…And KTS also replaced the top hat on the ant, and is re-programming the 2m HT fer a nephew that is getting his Tech license.

 

12/20/2006 2m Phone Net - W6ZE/IXN checked in JD, VDP, AUL, HHC, AF6C, KD6BWH/KBWH (N. Dakota), and KFW.  BWH, Bob Buss, was in the Club for many years holding numerous offices in the OCARC…HHC received emails frm BWH during the 2m Net, since he cud hear us but only reply by digital means…BWH will soon hve SKYPE in operation…HHC relayed Bob’s replys to NC and the Net…our 1st 2m DX frm N. Dakota, wid no snow on the ground at present!  VDP, bk frm the QTH in AZ fer Christmas, contacted the OCWN during last Sunday’s Net, on 40m CW…Wid an S6 noise level, he was able to hear IB, UEB, RND, and NT, pretty gud fer an antenna not much above roof level!  JD enjoyed the Club Christmas dinner, and Lowell & XYL will hve family at the QTH fer Christmas.  AUL got a new power supply and put out strong sigs, enjoyed the Club Christmas dinner, and will be off on another trip the 2nd week in January.  If the snow permits, KFW will hve family in frm Denver fer Christmas and to celebrate Chris & XYL’s wedding anniversary on Dec. 29.  AF6C looked fer batteries, needed by VDP, in a Panasonic catalogue…And AF6C told BWH that he is still airing Newsline & ARRL Audio News fer Net members…AF6C is off to lunch wid former employees in Long Beach tomorrow (at a hot, spicy food restaurant!), and, Bob then aired ARRL Audio News fer Dec. 15…FCC takes Joseph W. Hartman to task fer trying to steal the call of K3GWX, and, ARISS is temporarily off the air due to re-programming and repairs of ham gear…Tnx, Bob!

 

12/24/06 OCWN 40m CW Net - NCS/UEB checked in IMW, HKT, IB, KFW, OIO, IXN, and VDP.  UEB, enjoying the Holiday vacation until Jan. 2, plans to bike ride wid the harmonic today.  IMW said good morning wid C Notes frm all and wid colds in the family, bad fer CW…HI!  Wid a good morning to Rick & CWers, HKT was in Arizona & Nevada last week…And Homer wished all a MC & a great ‘no-code’ year!   NCS cudn’t copy IB, too much QRN!  KFW & XYL, wid the shopping over, are preparing fer Christmas, the 50th wedding anniversary, and New Year Eve celebrations!  OIO wished all a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and all that good stuff.  IXN & Lee are off to the San Jacinto Mts. early tomorrow morning, and VDP told Homer that he got thru to the Net last Sunday frm AZ…VDP will try a better antenna next time.

 

12/27/2006 10m Phone Net - W6ZE/AF6C checked in HHC, KTS, CCD, and N6HC.  IXN was up in the San Jacinto Mts.  OPs compared Christmas gifts.  CCD is now mobile on 2m/440 after installation of a Yaesu FT7800 rig in the auto!

 

12/27/2006 2m Phone Net -  W6ZE/HHC checked in KD6UIV(Joel, San Gabriel Valley), JD, AUL, AF6C, AB, N6HC, KTS, and KBWH.  IXN was up in the San Jacinto Mts…(Tnx, Ken fer NC duties!)     Ken provided a SKYPE phone-patch for BWH in N. Dakota into the Net, and BWH continues to have little snow up in N. Dakota.   AF6C aired an interesting ARRL Audio News dtd Dec. 22.

 

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