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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

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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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An update on the motion of our regional representative to remove WBCCI affiliation with the SNU:

SNU members and friends,

Keep in mind that there will be no change in SNU operations or planned activities from any WBCCI decision. 

It is the WBCCI that is at risk as its decision will be about whether or not its Constitution and Bylaws mean what they say and whether or not the SNU represents its purposes and activities as represented to the state of Ohio and the IRS. This is why a page on _Questions to consider if you value WBCCI_ has been posted on the SNU website. See the index page for WBCCI Governance.

If you value the WBCCI, it is time to examine this case of its behavior and to make a stand – speak your voice – about what it is doing, how it functions and what should be done to make it a healthier and more vital organization.

Correspondence and presentations from WBCCI members and officials and other information has been added to the website to provide background and depth for the current case. More is added as it is found. Be an informed member of the organization and do your part to make WBCCI an organization that upholds its legacy and purpose; an organization where we can take pride in our membership.

Also don’t forget! Next week is the rally at Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area – camping, with friends, in our Airstreams, to enjoy and learn about the special nature of the Eastern Slope of the Sierra and the Great Basin. This is also Amateur Radio Field Day weekend so it will be a good time for members with ham radio licenses to exercise their emergency communications skills, too.

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SNU June Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The June 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 June newsletter: Crocker Rally Review -|- June rally at Hickison -|- SNU Success -|- SNU Kids -|- Remembering Don & MaryLou Damoth -|-  SNU Business – Delegate Meeting & Proposed IBT motion -|-  Randy & Vicki join the SNU in 2005 -|- Lassen Rally Update -|- Share your SNU Memories

June Rally at Hickison

Hickison Petroglyph Area is the site for the SNU rally Thursday June 23- Sunday June 26 2016. Hickison is 20 miles east of Austin just off US 50 at Hickison Summit. The turnoff is well marked and easily spotted. This is a BLM site with individual camping spots and lots of nice juniper trees. Elevation at the campground is 6500 ft.  Be sure and bring wood for campfires RSVP to the SNU at hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org or call 775 972 9392.

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The gathering at Crocker NFS campground

The weather forecasts scared off a few. The road construction might have given some others pause. For others, those obstacles were just a part of a special experience.


See the photo gallery. The SNU knows how to enjoy the special capabilities of their Airstream RV’s!

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SNU May 2016 Newsletter

SNU Folks

 

*The May 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 May newsletter_

Ft Churchill Rally Review -|- May rally at Crocker -|- Review of SNU Special Events -|- SNU Enters the Electronic Age -|- Remembering Baxter Swaffer -|- Don’s Region 12 Flyer -|- Jerry & Dyann, Why We Joined

May Rally at Crocker

Thursday May 19 – Sunday May 22, 2016 are the dates for our May rally at Crocker campground. Crocker is a primitive NFS campground off of Highway 70 near Beckwourth, CA. At Beckwourth (coming from US 395 and Reno) turn right on Rt 177, the Beckwourth-Genesee Road. The campground is about ten miles up the road. The turn off at Beckwourth and the campground are well marked with signs.  Be sure and bring wood for campfires RSVP to the SNU at hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org or call 775 972 9392.

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*For Sale* — 1973 Argosy 26ft trailer in good condition all original. see the photo gallery For more information contact: hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org

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SNU at Fort Churchill April 2016

The SNU gathered at Fort Churchill Nevada State Park in April 2016.


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One of the visitors to the park was seen on the trail heading down to the river with his kayak. He said family was down at Lahontan State Park to give him a ride back to camp after he had floated down the Carson River. The State Parks Division has done a lot of work on trails and historical restoration at this civil war era fort and Pony Express station.

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SNU April newsletter

SNU Folks,

The April 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 April newsletter: Washoe Lake Rally Review -|- April rally at Ft Churchill -|- The SNU & Wally’s Four Freedoms -|- Remembering the Hersey’s -|- Solar Lights -|- Op Notes

April Rally at Ft Churchill

SNU April rally will be at the main campground at Ft Churchill Thursday April 21, 2016 – Sunday April 24, 2016. The sites at Ft Churchill are available on a first come basis. Facilities include packed gravel parking, pit toilets, and a dump station. Ft Churchill is Southeast of Reno about 80 miles. From Fernley head south on alternate 95. It is about 25 miles from Fernley to the Turn off to Ft Churchill State Park. The turn off is on the west side of the highway and well marked. You drive past the ruins of the fort to the campground.Be sure and bring wood for campfires RSVP to the SNU at hq@sierranevadaairstreams.org or call 775 972 9392.

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For Sale — 1973 Argosy 26ft trailer in good condition all original. see the photo gallery.


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Washoe Lake State Park March 2016

Spring breakout — time to see if the rig is ready for another season. The SNU gathered at Washoe Lake State Park


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What to do at Washoe Lake State Park? It isn’t for water sports or ATV trails. The brochure at the kiosk notes star parties and several hikes, including one over to Virginia City. Trails for horses seem to be a big feature. Facilities include a dump station, flush toilets and showers, water spigots, paved roads, and shelters over the picnic tables. 

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