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April 3, 2023 Club Meeting

The TRI-CITIES AMATEUR RADIO CLUB (TCARC) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 3rd, 2023. The meeting will be held at the Kennewick Red Cross Office, 7202 W. Deschutes Ave. at 7:00 PM. Please enter through the metal side door of the building to the left (south) of the main entrance.
The club meeting is open to anyone who has an interest in HAM Radio. If you are curious about HAM RADIO or maybe you have a call sign that needs dusting off, you are always welcome here.

The meeting starts at 7:00 PM local Pacific Time with the presentation and discussion of “Portable Antennas” Following our well attended March meeting on Go-Boxes and of interest to those who are thinking of SOTA / POTA activities. Following the presentation at 8 pm, we will have the business part of the meeting.

We are operating a MORNING NET pretty much seven days a week. We usually key up around 7:30 AM local time and run for 30 minutes and often a bit longer. This is a social meeting and we are chewing on all kinds of rags as well as on ham related topics. You can find us on the 146.640 MHz repeater, which uses a standard NEGATIVE offset and a TONE of 100 Hz. All you need is a legally obtained HAM license and a good sense of humor.

March 2023 In-Person Amateur Radio License Testing

There will be in Person, ARRL, no computers, Ham Radio License testing on March 19th in Kennewick. If you are interested in testing pre-registration is required. To Register or if you have questions, contact Mike at 509-783-6236 or kc7cck@arrl.net

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WINTER FIELD DAY

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WINTER FIELD DAY IS IN THE BOOKS

8 MEMBERS OF THE TRI-CITIES AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, AND 4 VISITORS TOOK PART IN OUR WINTER FIELD DAY OPERATION.
THE CLUB STATION IN THE RED CROSS BUILDING WAS A VERY BUSY PLACE ON SATURDAY THE 28TH..
MARK HUNN BROUGHT AND OPERATED HIS "GO BOX" I DON'T THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN A BETTER THOUGHT OUT PORTABLE UNIT. THANKS MUCH MARK!
WS7V TONY, KG7TYU SCOTT, AND W6OLA ED, SPENT TIME ON THE AIR CHASING POINTS.
THIS EVENT WAS OPERATIONAL FOR 24 HOURS, BUT WE ONLY SPENT 6 HOURS, 4 ON THE AIR AND 2 HOURS STATION PREP TIME DUE TO BUILDING RESTRICTIONS.
OTHER CLUB MEMBERS ACTED AS LOG KEEPERS AND "ELMERS". WE WERE GLAD TO HAVE CLUB MEMBERS THAT ACTED AS "ELMERS" SINCE OUR 4 VISITORS WERE FULL OF QUESTIONS. RON KK7JNU, JIM W7ZND AND MARTY N7UMW. THANKS GUYS.
ONE OF OUR OPERATORS HAD NOT BEEN OF HF FOR A LONG TIME, SO OUR FIELD DAY OPERATION ACCOMPLISHED ONE OF THE GOALS WE HAD IN MIND FOR "FIELD DAY". HAVING MEMBERS ACT AS "ELMERS" AND HAVING NON-HAM VISITORS MET TWO OF OUR OTHER GOALS.
WE MAY NOT HAVE WRECKED UP A LOT OF POINTS IN THE CONTEST; BUT AS A CLUB WE SPARKED INTEREST IN MEMBERS. OLD AND NEW, TO GET ON THE AIR.
WE EVEN PUT MIKE KC7CCK TO WORK. MIKE SPENT THE WHOLE TIME TROUBLE SHOOTING OUR KENWOOD RIG THAT MAY BE A LOST CAUSE.
COFFEE, COOKIES AND FRIENDSHIP KEPT US GOING.

TAKING A LOOK AT "LESSONS LEARNED" WE SEE SOME ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT:
1. WE NEED A RIG TO REPLACE THE KENWOOD TRANSCEIVER. ANY DONATIONS WILL BE WELCOME.
2. WE HAVE 3 HEAD SETS THAT ARE IN VARIOUS STAGES OF USELESSNESS.
AGAIN I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY THAT HELPED MAKE IT A SUCCESSFUL "FIELD DAY"
ED W6OLA

2023 Sea-Pac Waves

2023 Tri-Cities ARRL Amateur Radio License Testing

ARRL-based in-person Amateur Radio Testing (VE Testing) for the Tri-Cities area is held every other month. Pre-registration is required. You are asked to call Mike Tesky (509 783-6236) to pre-register. The location will be the Boy Scout office, 8478 W Gage Blvd, Kennewick, WA on Sundays at 1 pm. Updates to particular testing dates and locations will be listed on this website, Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Operators Facebook page, and when you call to pre-register. The ARRL charges a test fee of $15. Please be prepared with EXACT cash, as no change will be provided. A check payable to the ARRL will also serve as payment, for a cash-less transaction.

Dates

  • Jan 15
  • March 19
  • May 21
  • July 16
  • Sept 17
  • Nov 19

More Info Contact Testing Coordinator Mike Tesky:
Phone(509) 783-6236
Click To Send An Email Message

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New Vertical Antenna is Installed

On Saturday the 29th, men of the Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club got busy and removed the well aged vertical antenna for the club station and replacex it with a new vertical antenna. A huge thankyou to Mike, Marty, Steve, Tyson, Ed, Albin and Dogger for getting it done.
Things are working fine. We now have a vertical and loop antenna for the club station. Some of the guys were working some DX.

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New Morning Net on W7AZ 146.64 7:30AM

Everyone is feeling a little isolated these days and for good reason but you don’t have to be isolated. You can be social, make friends and still be safe at the same time. There is a new 2 meter social net in town.
If you’re a NEW HAM or an Old HAM you are invited to participate in a new morning social net on the 146.64 repeater W7AZ. The purpose of this net is to help new hams get involved and give old hams a way to stay involved in the exciting world of amateur radio. The net is every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7:30 AM. This is a social net open to anyone with a valid FCC amateur radio license. The conversation will be light and casual. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about ham radio operations. The 146.64 repeater uses a standard NEGATIVE offset and a TONE of 100 Htz. Come join the fun!

You do not need to be a member of the Tri-City Amateur Radio Club to participate. New Hams are encouraged to participate. - Richard Bogert https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2999824720083254&set=gm.29080593...

Pacific Northwest Hamfairs and Swapmeets

The below link is by far the most comprehensive list of amateur radio related events in the pacific northwest. Much thanks to N7CFO .....

Pacific Northwest Hamfair webpage at http://www.n7cfo.com/amradio/hf/hf.htm

About Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club

The Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club (TCARC) is open to all persons with an interest in amateur (Ham) Radio. It is incorporated in the state of Washington as a not-for-profit corporation.

2023 Club Officers

Effective Jan 2, 2023

President:

Albin Ennsthaler, KK9HAM(contact)

Vice President:

Vice President: Richard Bogert, KI7OOM(contact)

Secretary:

Tony Gasperino WS7V(contact)

Treasurer:

Pam Follansbee, WM7R (contact)

2023 Club Trustees

Note: The permanent license trustee is the station license holder. The remaining three trustee positions each have 3 year terms.

Permanent:

Pam Follansbee, WM7R

1 Year Remaining:

Jim Follansbee NY7T

2 Year Remaining:

Mark Glaman N7MHB

3 Year Remaining:

Mike Tesky KC7CCK

To contact any of the above Officers, please use our contact form CLICK HERE.

Club Meetings

The Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club holds a regular meeting the first Monday of every month of the year. Each meeting includes an amateur-radio-oriented program that will be of interest to most hams.

Regular Club and Business Meetings start at 7:00 pm in the Kennewick Red Cross Building, 7202 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick, WA. All individuals interested in amateur radio are welcome and invited to attend these meetings - you do not need to be an amateur radio operator!

Do you have an idea for a club meeting, or can you give presentation or demonstration of a ham radio related subject? If so, please use the contact form and select the Vice-President CLICK HERE.

Membership Information

All individuals interested in amateur radio - you do not need to be licensed - are invited to become members of the Tri-Cities Amateur Radio Club. Membership is only $20.00 per year, $25 for family, and goes to maintain an amateur radio station in the Red Cross facility, three area repeaters (146.04/64 on Johnson Butte; 146.16/76 and 444.1/449.1 on Rattlesnake Mtn), liability insurance at club events, and support for various club events. Without your membership and support, the club is not all that it can be.

The best way to join is to attend a club meeting (see info above) and seek out the Treasurer or other officer. They will fix you up. You can mail in your membership or annual renewal. CLICK HERE FOR FORM AND MAILING INFO.

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