For those of you who remember, Bryan Watt, WA6JFM, was the former
owner of the 147.945 Repeater at Gibraltar Peak. Leila Srour, MD, was
employed at Sansum before they decided to pull up stakes and go to
Laos. Brian was active with SBARC and several Club projects when he
resided in Santa Barbara as a EE. He later went to Brooks which
provided him with the skills to launch another career.
My former experience in Laos many years ago was quite different in an
extremely poor country which was torn by political factions and war.
Glad to see that one of our own is helping to make a difference.
"Bryan Watt graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Science in
Photography from the Brooks Institute of Photography. He was an honor
roll student, on the President's list, and received the First Year
Award. At graduation, he was presented with a Departmental award and
the Achievement Award - the highest award presented by the Brooks
Institute of Photography. After graduation, Bryan taught photography
for several years at the Brooks Institute of Photography.
Bryan believes a socially responsible photographer leaves with a part
of the soul; and in return must give by helping those in need. Bryan
helps to arrange medical care at the local level, provincial level,
and national level. and has even helped Lao children to travel
overseas for heart surgery and facial-reconstructive surgery. Bryan
donates all the proceeds from his photography to the
<http://www.bryanwatt.com/fund/fund.htm>Bryan and Leila's Lao Children's Fund.
Bryan and his wife Leila Srour, a pediatrician have been living in
the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos) since 2002."
For more information go to:
Santa Barbara News Press Page D1
Children of Laos
May 27, 2008 12:00 AM
Brooks Institute is hosting a fundraiser to help Brooks graduate
Bryan Watt and his wife, Leila Srour, rebuild a school and children's
center in Laos. A photographic exhibition of prints is on view
through July 10 at the Brooks Institute Cota Street Gallery, 27 E.
Cota Street. From 5 to 8 p.m. on June 5, all work will be auctioned
at the free event, which coincides with the Downtown Organization's
1st Thursday art walk. Proceeds will go to the project for the
children of Laos. In the northern city of Muang Sing in Laos near the
Chinese border, there is a temporary classroom structure built out of
sticks with a thatched roof. The Watts' objective is to rebuild a
permanent school with a center for 286 kids. Gallery hours are 8 to 9
p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends. For more
information, call 690-7612.
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Goleta medical device start-up is looking for an electrical engineer
for a few days of consulting work – to rig up an RF linear amplifier
for a lab experiment. Someone with amateur radio background preferred.
The person does not necessarily need an electrical engineering degree,
but he/she needs to know a fair amount about circuit design.
The person will need to figure out how to couple the output of the
amplifier in an odd way into a load with unknown impedance.
The ideal person would have built ham gear and have a rudimentary home
Compensation would be negotiated according to the individual’s
Could start within a week or two.
Contact Andy - 805.698.7382
Courtesy of the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club
I've been confused about how amateur radio will be affected by the
upcoming hands-free law effective July 1st. Most people refer to this
line from the FAQ page:
Q: May I use a dedicated two-way radio while driving?
A: Yes. The use of dedicated two-way radios such as walkie-talkies or
Citizen Band (CB) radios is not affected by the new law.
This seems to imply that amateur radio will be exempt from the hands-free
However, here is a portion from section 23123 of the California vehicle code:
23123. (a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a
wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and
configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that
manner while driving.
(e) This section does not apply to a person when using a digital two-way
radio that utilizes a wireless telephone that operates by depressing a
push-to-talk feature and does not require immediate proximity to the ear
of the user, and the person is driving one of the following vehicles:
The text then provides a list of various types of vehicles, mainly used
for assorted professions.
There is no mention of CB or "dedicated two-way radio" in the code.
Further, the exemption in paragraph (e) above specifically refers to
digital, wireless telephones as the only medium for hands-free use.
The ARRL and other amateur radio organizations seem to be only referring
to the FAQ page when saying that amateur radio is exempt from the revised
code. However, if we are stopped by a law enforcement official, they will
most likely be going by what the vehicle code says, not a FAQ page.
Just in case you didn't read Sunday's SB News-Press obit column
GOODEARL, Jack Robert (WA6DQK)
May 18, 2008 4:03 PM
Jack Goodearl passed away May 9, 2009 losing his 2 1/2 year gallantly fought
battle with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). He was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada
and grew up in Longview, a small town near Calgary. Jack, with his wife and
two children moved to the US in 1964 locating in the Los Angeles area where he
worked for Standard Oil Company of California (which later became Chevron Oil
Company) in their gas plant in Baldwin Hills. Jack and his family did not like
living in the "big city" and as Jack always said "he wanted his kids to grow
up knowing the good earth was made of something besides asphalt and concrete"
so they drove up the coast looking for something better and found Carpinteria
and the Standard Oil/Chevron gas plant here. He transferred to Carpinteria
with Chevron in 1965. He worked in the gas plants both in Carpinteria and
Gaviota, worked on the platforms Hazel and Hilda, operated the lifts and cranes on
the pier and finally as purchasing agent, retiring from Chevron in 1990 after 26
years of service.
Jack, WA6DQK, was an avid Ham Radio Operator. He was a member of the Santa
Barbara Amateur Radio Club and ARES where he performed countless hours of public
service. He enjoyed participating in several Ham Radio Nets each day. When
ALS stole his voice he continued to participate in the nets with his talking
Jack was also a rock collector and with his family spent many hours in
interesting places throughout the western states and Canada finding different rocks
which he cut and polished and made into jewelry or just gave to people who
Jack was always building something be it for himself, a friend, a neighbor or
just someone who needed it. For many years he was the one all the kids in the
neighborhood came to to fix their bicycles or skateboards or whatever needed
fixing or building. They all knew "Mr. Goodearl could fix it". He also
volunteered time at the Veterans Memorial Hall helping with meals for the Seniors.
Jack always had a smile and a twinkle in his eyes and was always ready to
lend a helping hand wherever needed. He will be missed by his loving family, his
many friends and neighbors and all who knew him.
Thank you to Dr. Willis for his care of Jack and for just being there
whenever we needed him. Thank you also to Jack's caregivers especially Nancy and
Bonnie who were there for him the most. Thank you also to our neighbors and
friends who have been there for us with a shoulder to lean on and a helping hand
during Jack's entire illness.
At Jack's request there will be no service. He will be cremated and the
family will scatter his ashes at some future time. Those who wish may make
donations to the ALS Association to aid in research to find a cause and a cure for
this devastating disease. We love you Jack and will carry you in our hearts
forever ... until we are together again.
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From: Bill Talanian
Subject: Weather Reader Format
The Weather Reader operational on 147.555 is formatted to read the
weather parameters in the following order. This is the shortest set
available from the reader.
Current outdoor temperature.
Overnight low temperature,and the time at which it occurred.
Wind direction and speed.
Peak gust today and the time at which it occurred.
Average wind speed over the last ten minutes.
Average wind direction over the last minute.
This week's rainfall.
A Hallicrafters S40B Radio was left in the room after last Friday's club
meeting. If you know who it belongs to, please respond to this message.
Tom Saunders N6YX
Cell 805 452 0840