Northwest Clubs

January 2020 Meeting – 147.00 Repeater’s Future

Western Wash DX Club - Tue, 11/12/2019 - 9:46pm

January 14th, 2020

Analog? Digital? NBFM? DMR? Our club repeater is ‘long in the tooth’ and we need to think of its future.  A spokesman from the repeater coordinating body, the Western WA Amateur Relay Association, will give us a briefing on where things are going. Armed with this knowledge, we need to make a decision.  Join us for optional dinner that’s RSVP ($25).  The program begins at 7pm. Details about our monthly meetings and a catalog of past programs are available on the Monthly Membership Meetings page.
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MicroHAMS Club Meeting >> Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00 PM

MicroHAMs Amateur Radio Club - Mon, 11/11/2019 - 3:38pm

Location: Building 35/4801  Map:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35

IMPORTANT NOTE!!!!!!
Heads-up to all: we got bumped from our Club Meeting room for Tue 11/19, for this month only, we’ll be in the same bldg, same floor, but different room: 35/4801

Agenda
  • Ham Help
  • Program: Miguel Mayorga, KC7IGT : Amateur Satellites for everyone!, Getting started, growing your station, not breaking the bank!

This month’s program is presented by Miguel Mayorga, KC7IGT.  Miguel will show you “How to work our amateur satellites” covering which satellites are easy to get started on, what the minimum equipment is and how to not break the bank while getting on the air and having fun on a new mode.

Miguel is no stranger to satellite operation and has been operating through these amazing machines for many years.  Having started with a simple station and progressively added capabilities through they years, he’s gained a great deal of experience on a range of birds.  He has the experience to show you how to get started with a minimum of effort and equipment and what to do when you’re looking for “the next thing”.  Needless to say, Miguel knows what it takes to be successful in making contacts and having success with amateur satellites.

Our December meeting will be a Christmas dinner get together, with details forthcoming.

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions during this segment. This is also the time and place to share your amateur radio discoveries and experiences, no matter what they are.  If you’ve run across something interesting that you think might help other hams, no matter the topic, consider taking 3-5 minute to share it with others during our “Ham Help” segment!

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Meeting Minutes: October 2019

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Sat, 11/02/2019 - 1:17pm
Highlights include: • Ed’s presentation comparing horizontal dipoles and vertical antennas. SJCARS_Minutes_October_2019
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October 2019 – Board Meeting Minutes

Western Wash DX Club - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 1:55pm

WWDXC Board meeting October 28, 2019

Present were Rob N7QT, Adam K7EDX, Kirk N7UK, Tom NU7J, John W7CD, Rich W6RS, Larry K7EKD, Walt K7ZQ, Brian N7RVD, Dennis K7DSE and Guest Rusty W6OAT.

Rob opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.

Review/approve minutes
* The September 2019 minutes were approved by voice vote

Correspondence
EP6RRC expedition funding request is undecided as of this date.

Treasurer’s report
* The September report was approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance 9/30/19: $30,282.20, Income September: $376.37 and Expenditures $2.78.

Membership
* Dennis, K7DSE reports no new members.
Old business
* Tom, NU7J reports all Silent Key Estate items have been sold.
* Contest Committee prospects were polled and resulted in Chuck N6KW, Dink N7WA, Rod W7OM, Rusty W6OAT, Tom K7RI, and Dick K7BTW accepting roles in its formation.
Walt, K7ZQ accepted the role as liaison to the Board.

New business
* Teleconferencing was discussed in the event of severe weather or meeting room unavailability.
Rob, N7QT volunteered to recommend software and set-up requirements to the Board.
* A motion was made and adopted for an additional $400 toward the raffle prize fund for the December meeting.
* The following awards were proposed for 2019:
MOY (Member of the Year) Rich W6RS and John W7CD for their roles in making the DX Convention a success.
New MOY (New Member of the Year) Doug NR5W for his diligent participation in contests.
MVP (Most Valuable Player) Chuck N6KW for his Trustee, organizational and contest roles.
Johnny Dack Lifetime Achievement Larry K7EKD for his lifetime dedication to the hobby.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* The dinner meeting will be on November 12, 2019 at Robs 125 Street Grill. Guest speaker will be Brian N9ADG, editor of the ARRL Contest Update weekly newsletter. He will be discussing interstellar wave propagation, stealthy antennas for 630 meters and his recent visit to Area 51.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE
Secretary

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November 2019 Meeting – Brian Moran, N9ADG

Western Wash DX Club - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 8:53am

November 12th, 2019

Brian, the editor of the ARRL Contest Update weekly newsletter, will be discussing interstellar wave propagation, stealthy antennas for 630 meters, and his recent visit to Area 51. Join us for optional dinner that’s RSVP ($25).  The program begins at 7pm. Details about our monthly meetings and a catalog of past programs are available on the Monthly Membership Meetings page.
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Verticals vs. Horizontal Dipoles

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 8:57pm
The following pdf file is the slide show I used in my presentation on vertical antennas vs. horizontal dipoles at the 10/11/19 club meeting.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment, or email me at: my call sign at ARRL dot net. VvsHpresentation Ed K.
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Activate a County for Salmon Run

Western Wash DX Club - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 6:55pm

 

If you’re going to activate a county in the Salmon Run, please let a WWDXC officer know, or email the information to salmonrun@wwdxc.org, and we’ll add it to the list!  Please tell us which days/hours, bands, and modes where people can find you.  The Activate a County List is a way to inform hams around the world participating in the Salmon Run who to look for in the different Washington counties – and to let those of us who go out with mobile stations know which counties may not be covered.  There is no requirement to operate specific bands or modes, and there is no exclusive reservation.  This list and the map will be updated regularly in the 30 days preceding the contest.

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Salmon Run Results Posted!

Western Wash DX Club - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 3:52pm

We’ve posted the results of the 2019 Salmon Run. There were 337 logs received before the deadline, which is more than the past few years. That’s a great sign – that even as the Solar Cycle declines and the bands become challenging, the Salmon Run is growing in popularity.

2019 Salmon Run Results
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October 2019 Meeting Minutes

Snoqualamie Valley Amateur Radio Club - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 9:23am
Snoqualmie Valley Radio Club Meeting Minutes for October 3, 2019 Business Meeting called to order 6:15 p.m. Duvall Fire Station 45 by Tom, WA7TBP. 14 members and guests present for business and Elmer meeting: Rowland Brasch, Paul Butzi, Bill Condon,...
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VE Testing Session: November 9, 2019 – Lopez

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 9:30am
Date: Nov 9, 2019 Time: 9am-noon Pre-Registration is preferred, but not required. Please download and e-mail the registration form to ku7m@ku7m.net      Where:  Lopez Public Library 2225 Fisherman Bay RoadLopez, WA 98261 (in the ‘Meeting Room”)   Posted on behalf of Kenny KU7M
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MicroHAMS Club Meeting Tuesday, October 15th at 6:00 PM

MicroHAMs Amateur Radio Club - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 6:21pm

Location: Building 35/4561  Map:  https://www.bing.com/search?q=microsoft+building+35

Agenda
  • Ham Help
  • Discussion January field trip as well as ideas about other places of interest to amateur radio operators
  • Program: Mike Mraz, N6MZ: QSLing for Dummies, Everything you ever wanted to know about QSLing but didn’t know to ask!

Mike Mraz N6MZ will cover the ins and outs of QSLing and in particular, how to make sure you get that card from that rare DX you just worked as well as some best practices for your own outgoing QSL cards.

Mike is no stranger to QSLing.  He’s got more than 400 countries confirmed under the DXCC program, and Mike has been the DX on more than a few occasions.  Only a few hams worldwide have matched that level of on the air accomplishment and needless to say, Mike knows what it takes to be successful in insuring you receive that card you so richly deserve.

We will also discuss the details of the January field trip to the Telecommunication Museum in Seattle.

Ham Help

If you don’t know everything about amateur radio yet, that’s OK. As a club, we have a broad spectrum of interests and experiences. Please feel free to ask questions during this segment. This is also the time and place to share your amateur radio discoveries and experiences, no matter what they are.  If you’ve run across something interesting that you think might help other hams, no matter the topic, consider taking 3-5 minute to share it with others during our “Ham Help” segment!

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September 2019 – Board Meeting Minutes

Western Wash DX Club - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 11:17am

WWDXC Board meeting September 30, 2019

Present were Adam K7EDX, Kirk N7UK, Tom NU7J, John W7CD, Larry K7EKD, Walt K7ZQ, Dennis K7DSE and guest Rusty W6OAT.

Adam opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.

Review/approve minutes
* The August 2019 minutes were approved by voice vote

Correspondence
No new correspondence

Treasurer’s report
* The August report was approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance 8/31/19: $29,988.10, Income August: $9,296.85 and Expenditures $15,821.11.
Income and expenditures were primarily Convention related.

Membership
* Dennis, K7DSE reports 164 total members with 143 being current on dues to this date.

Old business
* W7TSQ estate equipment sold for $400. $200 is owed to the family.
* The Club repeater was discussed at length. The questions are to what extent is its usage, would it be beneficial to relocate the site, and weighing up advantages of upgrading to digital.
Initial thoughts were to have a presentation first to address digital advantages and then poll the Membership afterwards.
* A contest committee was discussed with potential prospects to be involved. The general consensus is that a structured Committee with Chair and support staff would better administrate rule changes, enable follow through and address Member proposals.

New business
* 2019 membership awards are forthcoming. Officer and Director elections will be at the annual Christmas dinner meeting.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* The dinner meeting will be on October 8, 2019 at Robs 125 Street Grill. Guest speaker will be Grant Saviers, KZ1W discussing station grounding.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE
Secretary

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BOOKS!

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 3:19pm
Boxes of books!  From the collection of Dick Rich, W6OPX, Silent Key.  They are free to a good home.  Take one, take 10, take them all. Contact Ed Kelm, KD7TUN, if you are interested in any.
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Yearly Emergency Exercise Check-In Net Notice

Mason County ARC - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 2:45pm
The MC-ARES will conduct a county-wide Emergency Exercise Check-In Net for ALL local ham radio operators. It will be from 11:00 AM until 11:30 AM on Saturday, 5 October 2019. They can check in on the N7SK 146.720 +103.5 repeater … Continue reading →
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Meeting Minutes: September 2019

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Sat, 09/21/2019 - 4:18pm
Hoop conducted a short meeting at our annual Lopez Island SJCARS picnic .SJCARS_Minutes_September_2019
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WWDXC Goes to the Solomons!

Western Wash DX Club - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 10:51am

Grant, KZ1W, and Rob, N7QT, are going to the Solomon Islands. It hasn’t been announced via the usual Internet mouthpieces yet as they are waiting for license confirmations. The tentative dates await the airlines, but anticipated for Nov 13th through Nov 26th.

Locations will be the hotel in Honiara on Guadalcanal in the Solomons (H44) and then from Pigeon Island while in Temotu Province (H40).

Callsigns: H40KT and H44KT for Grant. H40TT and H44TT for Rob.

Modes will be CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8. Rob advises that we can use the South Orkney VP8 10m-160m for their initial band plan: https://sorkney.com

They have a goal of real-time logging using ClubLog live view but internet service and SAT service is expensive. It will be determined if they can get this feature implemented, otherwise we can expect daily uploads to Clublog.

The QSL manager will be M0URX.

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September 2019 Meeting Minutes

Snoqualamie Valley Amateur Radio Club - Tue, 09/17/2019 - 10:57am
Snoqualmie Valley Radio Club Meeting Minutes for September 5, 2019 Business Meeting called to order 6:15 p.m. Duvall Fire Station 45 by Tom, WA7TBP. 15 members and guests present for business and meeting: Robin Amundson, Rowland Brasch, Paul Butzi, David...
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SJCARS Lopez BBQ, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, Odlin County Park

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 8:01pm
SJCARS Lopez BBQ Saturday, September 14, 2019,   Odlin County Park Dear SCJARS members and Friends,  Our next SJCARS monthly meeting will be the Lopez Club BBQ, which will be on Saturday, September 14. Mark your calendars! The BBQ will be at the Picnic Shelter at Odlin County Park on Lopez Island, from about 10:00 am to 3:00 […]
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October 2019 Meeting – Grant Saviers, KZ1W

Western Wash DX Club - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 9:30pm

October 8th, 2019

Did you have an ‘enlightening’ experience during the recent thunderstorms?  Revolting, eh watt?  While no one reported a direct hit on their shack, there were some electrical systems that failed.  Grant/KZ1W, will discuss Grounding Your Station at our next meeting.  Join us for optional dinner that’s RSVP ($25).  The program begins at 7pm. Details about our monthly meetings and a catalog of past programs are available on the Monthly Membership Meetings page.
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Meeting Minutes: August 2019

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 6:51pm
Highlights include: • HamWan is installed on Lookout Mt • What is AMPRnet (Net44)? SJCARS_Minutes_August_2019  
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