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Minden, Nevada

SIERA Repeater Frequency: 147.330 MHz, PL: 123.0 Hz, Offset: +600 Hz
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Web Site Last updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 10:00pm
Date Updated Action Taken Change Made
06/23/2021 Posted - 2021 Pony Express Wrapup and Photo submission instructions
06/16/2021 Updated - VHF & HF Net Call Sheets and, Membership Listing
06/07/2021 Posted - 2021 Field Day Announcement
       "Activities | Communication Events | Field Day"
     See the announcement below on this webpage.
05/31/2021 Posted - June 2021 SIERA Beacon Newsletter
04/07/2021 Posted - Special announcement regarding the Fire Tower that SIERA uses to
     house our repeater on Leviathon Peak.
     See the announcement below on this webpage.

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The Nevada portion of the 2021 Pony Express Re-Ride has been completed

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PEX 2021 - West to East

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The 2021 Pony Express Re-ride has completed traveling through Nevada from Woodfords to Ibapah this year.
The Pony came into Nevada at Woodfords on Thursday, June 17th, around 1:00pm PDT, and left Nevada at Ibapah on Sunday, June 20th around 1am PDT.

Your participation in this event, as always, was greatly appreciated!

Click here to go to the Main Pony Express page for additional information

A new photo album is being compiled that will show the photos submitted from the field during the 2021 Pony Express Re-ride.

If you wish to submit your photos of the Re-ride, please contact the SIERA Webmaster, Don McRoberts-W3DRM via the "Contact Us" menu item for instructions on how to upload your photos.

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Field Day 2021
The board of Directors of SIERA have decided not to host the 2021 Field Day events at
the Minden-Tahoe Airport as had been planned.

Members are encouraged to participate on their own from home this year.

We hope to have full participation next year so start thinking about joining-in on the Field Day fun.

Revised: 5/14/2021

Based on CDC and Nevada COVID restrictions being lifted for the most part, we are beginning to return to some normalcy relative to meeting schedules. See the following notes on our various functions.

1) SIERA Board and General Meetings will resume but will be held "outdoors" for the time being. The location of each meeting will be determined as early as possible so everyone is aware of the location. Watch the SIERA website for details. The locations will also be announced on each of the Nets and on the Watering Hole on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings respectively. These meetings will be held at their normal times.

2) The remaining SIERA activities are covered below.

Any changes will be announced here, in the SIERA Beacon Newsletter and on the repeater during the Nets and Watering Hole sessions.

Meeting Schedules: SIERA General Club Membership Meetings are held at 1:00pm PT on the first Saturday of each month. Meeting location will be announced prior to the meeting.
SIERA Club Board Meetings are held at 12:30pm PT on the first Saturday of each month. Meeting location will be announced prior to the meeting.
SIERA VE Exam Sessions remain SUSPENDED until further notice.
Social Breakfasts:
The Social Breakfasts at the Taildragger Restaurant on Saturdays are now fully back in operation. The Taildragger has returned to 100% capacity seating and will support the club on the fourth Saturday of each month starting at 8am. For location and details see below.
Lunch Gatherings:
The Lunch Gatherings remain SUSPENDED until further notice. We'll get further information on this venue as soon as possible.
Repeater and Net Info:
The SIERA Repeater is an open 2-meter repeater, located on Leviathon Peak south of the Carson Valley. It operates at 147.33 MHz with a +600 KHz input offset and a PL of 123.0 Hz. On Tuesday evenings, we conduct a roll-call net on our repeater at 7:30 PM PT. On Wednesday evenings we conduct an informal net (called the "Watering Hole") on our repeater at 7:30 PM PT. We invite all amateur radio operators to join us during these nets. The nets meet to discuss, collect, and pass on general information of interest to both club members as well as non-members. Following the Tuesday evening VHF net we also conduct a roll-call HF net on 3.982MHz ±, LSB, at 8:00 PM PT.


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Saving Leviathan Peak Lookout
UPDATED: April 7, 2021
Leviathon Peak SIERA Repeater Site
Leviathon Peak
SIERA Repeater Site

Special article by Bob Yandow - K7GUU

In the past we have discussed the Forest Service and CALOES plans for the Leviathan Peak infrastructure. I am a member of the Forest Fire Lookout Association which would like to save the Leviathan Peak lookout building. See the following information regarding potential plans to demolish the old lookout tower.
Thanks for your help. Bob K7GUU

Some may remember I have worked as a wildfire lookout in past summers and I belong to the Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA). Our association has the purpose of saving and restoring fire lookout structures across the United States. We have assisted federal and state agencies in maintaining fire lookout towers when their funds were short. Some of these were grants of several hundreds of dollars and some were major rebuilding projects. A few have consisted of moving the structures piecemeal or intact via helicopters.

Currently the Forest Service is planning on destroying the Leviathan Peak lookout which is the site of the SIERA club 147.330 repeater. The FFLA leadership in the Western U.S. would like to save the lookout and has contacted the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest administration about alternatives in place of destroying the lookout. We understand building a new communications tower and destroying the lookout has been delayed. The FFLA wishes to evaluate if the lookout can be used where it is or moved to another location. To do this we would first need the structure of the lookout evaluated by a structural engineer to determine if it can be saved or moved. I would like to know if any of the SIERA members are structural engineers or know such an engineer who would be willing to do a gratus evaluation of the structure relative to it remaining in place or being moved. If someone does come forth I can put them in touch with the FFLA staff able to proceed with such a project.

Thanks for your help. Please email me at k7guu@arrl.net to discuss this further.
Bob Yandow K7GUU.

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