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Published by the Rip Van Winkle Amateur Radio Society, Inc.
December, 2002
QNZ de K2WG….

During the holiday season we are surrounded by the glitter and tinsel of a highly technological, fast-paced, dehumanizing society. It is this time of year when it’s easy to become selfish, “I wonder what I will be getting this year?” Everyone is supposed to be very happy this time of year, family gatherings, presents, special holiday trips, vacation from school or work, etc. All too often, however, we allow our expectations to surpass reality and we become disappointed and frustrated.

To avoid any holiday doldrums, let’s keep in mind the REAL reason we pause to celebrate during this holiday season. Looking beyond any particular religious or secular beliefs and celebrations, we should all recognize a common bond, the sharing of the human experience. If we dedicate our lives to making this world a better place for ourselves, our loved ones and for all of humanity, we will indeed have something to truly celebrate every year.

My best wishes to all of you and your families during this holiday season. May you all find peace and happiness as we look forward to the New Year!

73 for now… AR SK de K2WG

Rip Van Winkle Amateur Radio Society

President — Wayne Gearing K2WG
Vice President — David Clapper WA2FTI
Secretary — Erika Goetz KC2DMI
Treasurer — Stan Engel WA2UET
Historian — Ken Goetz N2SQW
Safety Officer — Stan Engel WA2UET
Newsletter — David Clapper WA2FTI
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Annual “Goodie Fest” Meeting
Dec. 16 at Hudson Elem. School;
Upper Hudson Lower Brass to Play

The Upper Hudson Lower Brass: Left to Right — Ann Clapper WA2KCU, Tuba; Debbie Halland, Tuba; Sy DeLucia, Tuba; Ellen DeLucia, Euphonium; Larry White, Euphonium; Shelly Evans AA2Y, Euphonium. Standing — David Clapper WA2FTI, Conductor.

The December meeting of the Rip Van Winkle Amateur Radio Society will be held at the John L. Edwards Elementary School, Hudson, on Monday, December 16 at 7:00 pm. This traditionally has been our Annual “Goodie Fest” celebration. Once again this year we will be serenaded by the Upper Hudson Lower Brass who will play music of the season for our enjoyment. Everyone is encouraged to bring a supply of cookies, brownies, cup cakes or whatever calorie ridden “Goodie” you like to share with all of Rip’s Hams and friends. Wayne will brew up an urn of his famous coffee!

Family and friends are welcome at this meeting. It’s also a great time to bring along anyone you know who is interested in becoming a Ham.

There will be a short business meeting before the festivities begin.

Page 2 — December, 2002
New Technician Question Pool Released

NEWINGTON, CT, Dec 5, 2002—The Question Pool Committee (QPC) of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators has released a revised and expanded Amateur Technician class (Element 2) question pool into the public domain. The new question pool becomes effective July 1, 2003, and must be used to generate all Technician written examinations administered on or after that date.

"The newly revised pool released this week by the QPC includes significant efforts to present the pool in a more friendly and understandable fashion for beginners while maintaining appropriate emphasis on safety, rules and operating procedures," said ARRL VEC Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ. "The Technician syllabus was completely revised during 2002 to allow for the revamping of the new question pool."

The new Element 2 question pool contains 511 questions--up from 385 in the April 2000 release that occurred around the time of Amateur Radio restructuring.

The new question pool, which is available now on the Amateur Exam Question Pool Web page, includes all questions and answers as well as graphics related to the questions for Element 2. Question pools no longer are available via diskette or hard copy.

The Question Pool Committee now will turn its attention to developing an outline for the General class (Element 3) question pool, which will be revised during the fall of 2003. The QPC has put out a call for input by January 31, 2003, to the Element 3 syllabus and question pool. "It is our intent to release this revised Element 3 syllabus for public comment in February or March 2003," Neutstadter said.

Remember When? RVWARS members are pouring the concrete foundation for the Repeater Building over 20 years ago! Can anyone identify the workers?

Build a QRP Transceiver for $25!

Bill, W3MJ, a former RVWARS member, now escaped to 3-land, has written to tell us about the latest project he has been working on: the Rock-Mite by Small Wonder Labs. It is a “one evening kit” and costs only $25, including shipping!

The Rock-Mite is a crystal-controlled direct-conversion transceiver operating on 7040 KHz, the North American 'watering-hole' for QRP activity, or 14060 KHz for the 20M version.

The little rig is rated at 0.5W of power output at 12V supply. The DC Supply voltage range can be 8-15V. It is fix-tuned, two frequencies ~7039/7040 Khz on 40 meters, or ~14060/14061 on the 20M version. The transceiver has automatic Transmit/Receive with the offset being reversible. It has a built-in Iambic keyer, 5-40 WPM with built in sidetone of 700 Hz.

Bill reports that the kit went together with no problems. There are no coils to wind, everything needed is included in the kit except an enclosure. It just happens to fit in an “Altoid” can, which is available in just about any Super Market or Drugstore.

Here’s an opportunity for us “Rippers” to dust off our soldering irons and build something that can be a lot of fun. For more information, visit the Small Wonder Labs web site at

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