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SNU Rally Eagle Lake May 2017

The pictures are up! The rally this time was at the North Eagle Lake BLM campgound. See the Eagle Lake Rally Page for gallery links and other information.

Eagle Lake Rally May 2017

This from collection #2 – See the photo gallery! The link to collection #1 is on  the Eagle Lake Rally Page.

The campground is ‘old style’ BLM which means the camp sites tend to be rather small and maneuvering rather difficult. Phil, the host, says this rally had more campground visitors than he’s seen before. It’s usually a quiet place without too many visitors.

The California DOT has quite a rundown on CA 139 (PDF) which is the route from Klamath Falls to Susanville and goes by Tule Lake and the Lava Beds National Monument before it gets to Eagle Lake then over Antelope Pass to Susanville. The scenery is special but the road is rather difficult for larger, modern RV’s as the lanes are narrow and shoulders nearly non-existent. It is an old road.

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SNU May Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The May 2017 Newsletter has been posted — Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the May newsletter: May rally at Eagle Lake -|- Ft Sage rally review -|- Emergency Planning -|- Ghost Towns -|- Ukrainian Eggs -|- Why choose the SNU -|-  Airstream Inc

May Rally at Eagle Lake

Thursday, May 18 to Sunday, May 21, 2017, the SNU rally will be at the BLM Campground at Eagle Lake. The campground is 30 miles north of Susanville on Highway 139 and a half-mile west on Lassen County Road A-1. Thursday we will have a salad and sandwich dinner. The SNU will provide the bread so rally participants should bring sandwich fixings and/or a salad. Saturday we will have a Mexican inspired dinner. Let us know if you plan to come so we can make sure we have enough tacos and other goodies for you. RSVP’s  phone: 775 972 9392 or Email: hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org. If you can’t come for the whole rally, come for a day or come for a visit whatever fits your schedule.

For maps, more information and pictures check the website

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Pet Peeves: Email for club business

Business communications includes club and association communications and doing it right is stepping up to effectiveness. Business Email Etiquette – 5 Simple Rules For Managing Email Without Being An Ignoramus hits the main points.

There are a few simple business email etiquette rules that you can follow to make your life a whole lot easier and save yourself from being an email ignoramus.

Sure, business email is a necessity, but I think we can all agree that email is a colossal pain in the a$$. A lot of that pain is caused by ignoramus’ rampant misuse of email.

TechTerms defines Netiquette as

Netiquette, or net etiquette, refers to etiquette on the Internet. Good netiquette involves respecting others’ privacy and not doing anything online that will annoy or frustrate other people. Three areas where good netiquette is highly stressed are e-mail, online chat, and newsgroups. For example, people that spam other users with unwanted e-mails or flood them with messages have very bad netiquette. You don’t want to be one of those people. If you’re new to a newsgroup or online chat room, it may help to observe how people communicate with each other before jumping in.

This is really one of those ‘no excuses’ things. It used to be something taught in school typing classes. It’s still a popular topic for Secretary Handbooks (Amazon Affiliate Link). You’ll even find it buried in the links on our website pages (communications etiquette). The link on that page to RFC 1855 appears to be suffering link rot. A search shows the source document can be found at The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF®) from October 1995

This document provides a minimum set of guidelines for Network Etiquette (Netiquette) which organizations may take and adapt for their own use.  As such, it is liberately written in a bulleted format to make adaptation easier and to make any particular item easy (or easier) to find.  It also functions as a minimum set of guidelines for individuals, both users and administrators.  This memo is the product of the Responsible Use of the Network (RUN) Working Group of the IETF.

It is abuse of etiquette that prompted the CAN-SPAM act of 2003 (Wilkipedia). That was aimed at businesses and wasn’t very effective but it did clarify what was bothering people in I’net communications. As such, the law can provide a good guideline for proper practice.

What is amazing is the hostility often encountered when trying to suggest avoiding some of the more gross etiquette breaches. It’s not just about looking good, it is about a consideration for others. It is how a club actually demonstrates what it thinks of its members and other people. Your communications show what you think of your correspondents. Make it good!

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SNU April 2017 News

SNU Folks,

The April 2017 Newsletter has been posted — Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the April newsletter: Lahontan rally review -|- April Rally at Ft Sage -|- The Most Toys -|- Carefree Camping -|- Local Resources -|- Airstreaming For Everyone-|- Batteries, A New Era -|- SNU Community Service -|- Ft Sage Memories

April Rally at Ft Sage

Thursday April 20 to Sunday April 23, 2017 are the dates for the SNU rally at Ft Sage near Doyle. Be sure to access Ft Sage from Laver Crossing road which is 2 miles from the north end of the Doyle loop. The route provided by a lot of GPS programs from the south is NOT RECOMMENDED for RV’s (unless the bridge has been repaired).  Ft Sage is a BLM campground and off road trail head. The trails are great for hiking and bike riding as well as off road vehicles.  Bring wood for campfires RSVP’s appreciated and helpful. phone: 775 972 9392 or Email: hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org. If you can’t come for the whole rally, come for a day or come for a visit whatever fits your schedule.

For maps, more information and pictures check the website

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Lahontan 2017

The SNU rally at the Lahontan Nevada State Park Beach 7 in March 2017 was a nice weekend given usual Nevada spring weather. The big event was watching the lake level rise as water was held to allow spillway maintenance. That put the kibosh on the campfire after the first morning as the fire pit was drowned.

See the rally page and the destination page for more about the event and the place. Some of the new or updated photo galleries include Lahontan Scenery -|- Lahontan water levels 2012 and 2017 -|- The Disappearing fire pit -|- Lahontan Review 1996 to 2017.

Lahontan Rising

Here’s the view towards the lake. The water is part of an inlet with the major part of the lake over the berm in the upper part of the picture. 

The lake is a reservoir fed by the Carson River and the Truckee river via the Newlands Project. It is used to irrigate farmland near Fallon. The excess goes into the Stillwater Wildlife Refuge and there has been work done on US 50 and US 95 to provide culverts and other preparations anticipating a record runoff from this year’s snowpack in the Sierras.

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Spring breakout rally: Lahontan 23-26 March

It’s time to get that rig road ready! 

No doubt about it, it’s going to be a great weekend for the first SNU rally of 2017. Looks like the weather is going to be typical for March in Northern Nevada. Dealing with a little rain, a little sun, a little wind or whatever won’t inhibit us from enjoying our rally. Weatherwise, be prepared for anything and everything, Plan to join us at the campground at Beach 7 at Lahontan. If you can’t come for the whole rally, come for a day or come for a visit, whatever fits your schedule. 

The rally will be a good, low risk, test of all systems so you can gain confidence that your rig is ready for any trips you plan for this year and that you have it stocked with what you need to be able to enjoy the experience. Sanitize, flush, then fill the water system. Check the tire pressures and the TPMS sensors. Check the supplies inventory. Inspect for winter damage and make sure all the wear parts are wearing properly have the proper preventive maintenance.Keep in mind batteries and tires are good for 5 to 7 years but only if properly maintained. If they are getting up in age pay particular attention in looking for potential problems. Are your propane tanks filled? Is everything outside, like the awning, well secured for road travel? 

Some links: USGS water level reportsstate park Facebook page – Wikipedia on the dam and the reservoirNSP Lahontan home pageDepartment of WildlifeSierra Nevada Airstreams Lahontan page

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SNU March 2017

SNU Folks,

The March 2017 Newsletter has been posted — Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the March newsletter: February lunch review -|- March Rally at Lahontan -|- Welcome to Susie Brown -|- Rally changes -|- Expanding the Experience -|- Nevada State Parks -|- The SNU – A Personal Story -|- SNU membership -|- Solar Eclipse -|- SNU Rally page -|- Region 12 Newsletter

March Rally at Lahontan — Thursday March 23 to Sunday March 26, 2017 are the dates for the rally at Lahontan beach 7 structured campground. Turn right at the end of the paved road to get to the campground. The campground itself has nice paved roads and parking sites. We are planning on a Pizza Party for Thursday dinner.  Bring wood for campfires RSVP’s appreciated and helpful. phone: 775 972 9392 or Email: hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org.

If you can’t come for the whole rally, come for a day or come for a visit whatever fits your schedule.

For more information and pictures check the website

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SNU February 2017

SNU Folks,

The February 2017 Newsletter has been posted Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the February newsletter January lunch review -|- February lunch -|- Welcome to Shelly Hargraves -|- R12 ballot -|- Nellie the Airstream -|- Spreading the Word -|- Remembering Dan Randall -|- Airstream Art -|- New Year, New Traditions -|- Trip Diaries, Logs and Blogs -|- 2017 Return of Winter -|- Randy & Vicki’s Creations

February Luncheon in Gardnerville The SNU February lunch will be in a new location – El Aguila Real in Gardnerville. The date is Saturday February 25, 2017 at 11:30 am. El Aguila is located at 1488 hwy 395. Parking is behind the building.  The menu is extensive and includes some American dishes as well as some unique Mexican dishes. Please RSVP via phone: 775 972 9392 or Email: hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org. For more information and pictures check the website

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SNU Newsletter January 2017

SNU Folks,

Happy New Year!

The January 2017 Newsletter has been posted — Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the January newsletter: January Lunch -|- Holiday Luncheon Review -|- 2016 Highlights -|- Whats in a Name -|- The MBCU caravans -|- 2008 Railroad Museum -|- 1975 Welcome letter

January Luncheon in Sparks: The first SNU luncheon for 2017 will be at Carolina Kitchen in Spark off North McCarran on Glendale – 950 Glendale Ave . The date is Saturday January 28, 2017 at 11:30 am. To RSVP Contact the SNU via phone: 775 972 9392 or Email: hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org.

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Here’s a gift: Photo album updates and additions

Whewieeee! Diane’s been busy. There are photo galleries from two luncheons (December and November), the SNU Diorama, the lighted wonder, Ruby the anniversary Airstream, creative projects, And an index to Randy and Vicki Grossmann related photo galleries and how-to’s and other good stuff.

Here’s something from the table at the December get together:

Good way to enjoy Christmas – browsing memories with friends. This collection oughta’ get you going on that.

Here’s the the lighted wonder

And here’s Ruby at the Lassen Resort Rally

Lot’s more. Merry Christmas and may 2017 yield even more of these sorts of memories.

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SNU December Newsletter

SNU Folks,

*The December 2016 Newsletter has been posted* Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the December newsletterPlaza Lunch review -|- December lunch -|- Cool Weather Camping -|- SNU Newsletters -|- Promoting the SNU -|- Holiday Decorations -|- Glamping SNU style -|- Grand Opening

*December Luncheon in Reno*
The SNU special holiday luncheon will be Saturday December 17, 2016. The luncheon starts at 11:30 am. Brian & Jeni Root will be hosting this luncheon at their home in Reno. This luncheon will be a great way to culminate the celebration of the SNU’s 40th Anniversary year and get into the holiday spirit. For directions and other information and to RSVP Contact the SNU via phone: 775 972 9392 or Email: hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org.

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SNU November newsletter up

SNU Folks,

The November 2016 Newsletter has been posted. Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the November newsletter – Scout Camp rally review -|- November lunch -|- December lunch -|- SNU at Lahontan -|- The Rally Puzzle -|- Bodie Stories -|- Waffle story -|- Winterizing – Drains & Valves -|- SNU business – 2017 officers, Reminder to renew for 2017

November Luncheon in Carson City – The November SNU luncheon will be at the Plaza Hotel on Saturday November 19, 2016 starting at 11:30 am. The Plaza is on Carson Street across and a little south of the Ormsby House. The address is 801 S Carson Street.  RSVP to the SNU at hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org or call 775 972 9392.  For more information on the Plaza Hotel luncheon go to:

Update – Winterizing   Check out the new post on this blog

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SNU October Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The October 2016 Newsletter has been posted – Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the October newsletter – Anniversary Rally Review -|- October Rally -|- Thank you from Randy & Vicki -|- Celebration -|- Tin Man -|- Special People, the SNU members -|- Photograph Contributors -|- SNU business – Dues reminder, bylaws approved, questionable behavior -|- Wireless Experiment -|- Kitty Kredit Recognitions -|- Thanks Greenbrae Trophy

October Rally Scout Camp – Thursday October 20 to Sunday 23, 2016 the SNU rally will be at Scout Camp at Ft Churchill NV State Park. It is located on Hwy 95 just past Buckland Station. The turn off is just over the Carson River on the left. RSVP to the SNU at hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org or call 775 972 9392.  For more information on the Scout Camp rally go to:

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Sierra Nevada Unit 40th Anniversary Rally at the Lassen RV Resort

It was a special gathering at a special place, the Lassen RV Resort out of McArthur, California (wikipedia). Pictures? You bet! Photo galleries of the Lassen Rally: The decorations -|- Rally photo gallery one -|- Rally photo gallery two -|- Visit to the Ft Crook Museum -|- Lassen RV Resort -|- Photo Gallery – The Anniversary Celebration.

 

See the 40th anniversary home page.

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SNU September 2016 Newsletter has been posted

SNU Folks,

The September 2016 Newsletter has been posted. Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there. Topics in the September newsletter: Obsidian Rally Review -|- Lassen Anniversary rally -|- Welcome Brandon and Kimberly -|- SNU Highlights & Achievements -|- Remembering the Leipper’s -|- 2005 Kingston crickets

September SNU Anniversary Rally at Lassen RV Resort. Thursday September 22– Sunday 25 2016, will be the culmination of the celebration of the SNU’s 40th Anniversary. Don’t miss this very special rally. There is still time to make your reservations.  Cost is $120 per rig (includes 3 nights space rental and special meals for 2 people) RSVP to Randy Grossmann Email randyg@pyramid.net  Phone: 775 883 3603. Lassen RV resort is located one mile off Hwy 299 and 8 miles east of McArthur, CA. It is 175 miles North of Reno via Hwy 395.

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SNU Obsidian Dome Rally August 2016

This was a tenth visit of the SNU to the south side of Obsidian Dome.


Obsidian Dome SNU Rally

See the photo gallery!

The road to this place is a bit iffy and larger vehicles would be in for some nail biting situations. Next year, the SNU plans to transfer the rally site over to Hartley Springs nearby. That road is a bit better with a few sandy spots being the major hazard.

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SNU August Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The August 2016 Newsletter has been posted – Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the August newsletter: Weed Heights rally Review -|- August rally at Obsidian -|- Welcome Claudia and Frank & Diane -|- Report on New Directions -|- Airstream Activities -|- SNU business – 2017 dues, rallies & bylaws -|- Trailer Park Troubadours -|- Wheeler Kitty Kredit memories -|- Good Maps

August Rally at Obsidian Dome

Thursday August 18 – Sunday 21, 2016 are the dates for the SNU rally at Obsidian.  We’ll start off with a sandwich and salad dinner on Thursday. Marla will pick up some bread at Shat’s. The rest of us should bring salads and sandwich makings. Obsidian Dome is south of Reno on US 395 about 160 miles. Between June Lakes and Mammoth Lakes, CA. The campground is 2.7 miles off of US 395. Check the website for detailed directions. Rick will post some signs to guide people to the rally site. RSVP to the SNU at hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org or call 775 972 9392.

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Weed Heights 2016

The SNU gathered at Weed Heights for the annual air conditioner exercise. And good fellowship. And good food.

See the photo gallery!

The annual Night in the Country festival was also in Yerington so RV traffic on Alternate U.S. was rather heavy at times but nobody reported any difficulties getting to the rally or to home afterwords. The traffic situation made watching the Google Maps traffic overlay an interesting exercise.

The fixin’ this time was a water heater problem. The park manager just happened to have the part for the thermostat but that didn’t fix the problem. Figuring out the valving system on the water heater bypass turned out to be the trick this time.

Trying to find a path between the trees for satellite TV reception presented a challenge.

And it was a good time to try out the dolly for the toad to make sure everything worked right and the checklist was complete.

Down at the fairgrounds was a big gathering for country music and party fans. Up at the RV park was a bit quieter with a much smaller crowd having their own kind of fun and relaxation.

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Cutting back. Changing times. WBCCI Amateur Radio Service Nets

It’s a sign of the times. AJ4UX says the WBCCI sponsored 20-meter International RV Service Nets [are] Discontinued.

When WBCCI was created in the 1950’s, the primary need for amateur radio was for communications for caravans which roamed far and wide across North America and into the rest of the world.

Because we have been unable to recruit volunteers to manage these two nets, the low participation primarily due to poor propagation, and the replacement by an extensive network of mobile telephone service over North America, the officers decided to discontinue sponsorship of the two 20-meter nets.

The other three nets, all operating on 40 meters, are healthy and have a full complement of net managers and net control stations. These nets, spanning the lower 48 states and into all Canadian provinces, continue to provide excellent contact among net members for social, technical and communications purposes.

The 40 and 20 meter bands are popular for mobile operations. 40 offers regional propagation characteristics most of the time while 20 is better for DX or distance contacts. For local communications, the 2 meter amateur band, often with repeaters, and the CB radio service were used. CB does not require any testing or paperwork for a transmit license so it was very common for in-site rally news and communications. 2 meter with repeaters did require some paperwork and a technical and regulatory test for a ham license but it worked well for metropolitan area coverage.

Cell phones now cover most of these communications needs for sitewide, metropolitan, regional, and national coverage. In addition to voice, they also provide SMS for short text messages and I’net access for information sites and discussion forums. As the cell network has built out and the technology has become more prevalent, the need for CB and ham radio communications has dropped. CB is now nearly just a vestige and ham radio moving more towards the hobbyist aspects with the Preppers coming in because they see it as a doomsday backup.

There is more here, though. “unable to recruit volunteers” and “low participation” bespeak of change. This change is related to the recent ‘rogue Trustee‘ brouhaha in the WBCCI. It is about the Annual WBCCI rally being an order of magnitude smaller than in its heyday – despite Airstream cranking out trailers as fast as it can and despite the iconic nature of the brand and its vintage attractions. The need for in-person meetings to make decisions and printed matter distributed by the post office to communicate and inform and the disappearance of special costs and fees for long distance telecommunications, are technological advances that have diminished the need for the traditional local club operating in the traditional manner with a newsletter and a monthly gathering to decide what to do and how to do it. There are also social changes that divide personal loyalties and provide alternative means for satisfying social needs that diminish the need for the traditional local club. 

For each of us, these changes provide more options for us to express ourselves and find satisfaction and meaning in life. For traditional groups, it means finding ways to adapt to a membership that is not so bound to the group. This is not going to be easy. It will be exploring many new ideas. It means tripping and stumbling and growing and exploring. Errors will be made. Ideas will die. But some ideas will surface and flower. People will get angry and do harmful things. Our mettle will be tested. 

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SNU July news online now

SNU Folks,

The July 2016 Newsletter has been posted. Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there.

Topics in the July newsletter: Hickison Rally Review -|- Weed Heights Rally -|- CBL Update -|- Welcome New Members -|- Remembering Dale & Marge Grosch -|- Update on SNU 40th Anniversary Rally -|- Early Report from Lewisburg -|- Brainstorming with NV State Parks -|- SNU Contributions to WBCCI -|- Dyann’s Kitty Kredits Memories -|- Clarification on officer lists

July Rally at Weed Heights

Weed Heights RV Park near Yerington is the site for the SNU rally Thursday July 21 – Sunday July 24, 2016. The park fees are approximately $24 per night per rig with Good Sam or AAA membership. Pay the park host upon arrival. This full service park The special event for this rally will be Friday dinner with Jerry’s special Nevada Surf-n-Turf BBQ and ice cream for dessert. Don’t miss out. Let us know if you plan to attend so we can make sure we will have enough food for everyone. RSVP to the SNU at hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org or call 775 972 9392.

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