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The Repeater Story and The Survey

Western Wash DX Club - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 5:23pm

For those who were unable to attend the February membership meeting, we were briefed on both the status of our 147.00 repeater and where things are progressing in Puget Sound for repeaters in general.  Much of what came to light was a surprise for many of us.

First, here’s the present status of our WWDXC 147.00 repeater.  The equipment we actually own is presently located at a City of Seattle tower near Maple Leaf Reservoir in NE Seattle.  It is, in fact, turned off.  If you are copying a repeater on 147.00 with our W7DX callsign, that’s a different machine; it’s owned by the West Seattle ARC and is located at a City of Seattle tower near the SW Myrtle Street Reservoir.  They have temporarily borrowed our 147.00 frequency pair at the request of the City’s emergency services group to enhance communications in the West Seattle area.  We don’t own or control that repeater.  Its coverage seems ideal for those in West Seattle.

Second, the now silent WWDXC-owned repeater is technologically out of date.  The coordinating body for all repeaters is the Western Washington Amateur Repeater Association, who sent a spokesman to our February club meeting to brief us on what coordination means, and where repeater technology is headed.  Legacy 25kHz wideband FM machines like ours are destined, in the not too distant future, to be totally replaced by 12.5kHz narrowband infrastructure to meet the FCC mandates that the commercial services were ordered to do in 2013.  No new wideband amateur repeaters will be permitted, and the band plan for all of Western WA will be remapped to narrowband channelization.  Within the decade, it’s envisioned that narrowband will be replaced by ultranarrowband (6.25kHz).  Digital communications, even digital voice, will be the standard.  Those ‘standards’ haven’t been unified, as we have already seen the arrival of Icom’s D*Star, Yaesu’s SystemFusion, and the emergence of Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)’s narrowband and ultranarrowband protocols.

The Board believes we’re now at a point where we can’t simply stand still.  The Status Quo is unacceptable and possibly irresponsible.  Our own repeater is off the air.  Our coordinated pair (147.00) is not providing service to the majority of WWDXC’s widely dispersed members.  What do we do?  Where do we go?  If we do nothing, other non-WWDXC hams will make the decisions for us.

This initial poll was made available to all the Club members via the email reflector and we received 67 responses. Let’s talk about that for a moment. Is 67 enough?

Regarding surveys, academia says that:

·         The best a Public survey can expect is a 15% response rate.  At 15%, validation of data is achieved 50% of the votes already in hand (50% of 15, or only as high as 7.5%).  An example of a Public survey is an congressional or general election with two candidates.  You see this happen when the news channels see 15% of the votes cast in an election and even before the polls are closed, they declare that Candidate X has won 50% of those votes tabulated…even if there are more to come.

·         The best a Private survey can expect is a 40% response rate.  At 40%, validation depends on the number of answers, but the recognized rule of thumb is that validation is achieved as soon as one of the answers reaches a percentage exceeding any other 2 combined.  Examples of Private surveys are those limited to a company’s employees, or an organization’s members.  Yes, that’s us.

With 67 responses received, that’s more than half of the club members on our email reflector, e.g., we got great participation!  The validations are fairly plain to see.

So here are the results, and the Board will take these into consideration and make some decisions soon. If you have more input that you’d like to share, please talk to a Board member asap.

That’s significant. Almost 90% of those who responded told us that coverage is a major factor no matter what we do.

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Latest Club Calendar (as of March 2020)

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 4:38pm
Please see the attached pdf for the latest club calendar, with internal and external events. SJCARS 2020 Calendar Internal and External as of 2020-03-13 73, Scott W7SLM P.S. The Zoom Cloud Meeting was a great success today! If you were unable to join, it is very likely we will do this again in April. If […]
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April 2020 Meeting – H40TT

Western Wash DX Club - Fri, 03/13/2020 - 9:10am

April 14th, 2020

It’s always DX season.  Grant will provide us with a travelogue on his and Rob’s DXpedition to rainy Temotu Province this past November.  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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SJCARS March 13th Online Meeting

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Wed, 03/11/2020 - 9:33pm
SJCARS Monthly Meeting Friday, March 13, 2020, 11:30 am,  Online Meeting Dear SCJARS Members and Friends,  Our next monthly meeting will be on Friday March 13, 2020, at 11:30 am. Due to the current global SARS-Cov-2 / COVID-19 pandemic, we will be conducting a virtual meeting, via Zoom Meeting. You may join the meeting via computer, mobile phone, or landline phone. Please plan […]
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MicroHAMS Club *VIRTUAL ONLY* Meeting >> Tuesday, March 17th at 6:15 PM*

MicroHAMs Amateur Radio Club - Tue, 03/10/2020 - 5:38pm

Summits On The Air: Amateur radio and the great outdoors (indoors too!)

Here is the link for tomorrow night’s presentation.

When joining, please give your *first name* and *call sign*.

*Use the web client* unless you already have the desktop client installed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Firefox and Safari are NOT supported. More details below.

Please note that the March meeting is online only. *There is NO on-campus meeting location.*

We plan to *start* the meeting/program at *6:15* so don’t be concerned if
you connect before that and don’t see anything. We won’t start early with
the program even if we get set up faster than we expect.

Don’t forget to* mute* your mic during the presentation and be sure to
unmute when you want to ask a question during the Q&A session.

Please use the “chat” to ask questions during the presentation as we will
have attendees muted.

During Q&A, you can ask a question via chat window in Teams and the
event producer will unmute attendee for the Q and any follow-up.

Firefox and Safari browsers don’t work. They look like they might, but fail when trying to get audio. What works is anything chromium based:
Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera, new Edge browser.

If your default browser is Firefox or Safari, the work around is to copy and paste link into Chrome or other chromium browser.

Agenda:

*Summits On The Air: Amateur radio and the great outdoors (indoors too!)
Whether you’re interested in summiting or chasing, you won’t want to miss this presentation!
Tim Nair, KG7EJT will present on the subject of the Summits On The Air program, sharing stories of his adventures and lessons learned all while on his way to achieving the highest points score and summit count of any Washington state ham! Tim has been active with the SOTA program since 2015 and has exceeded 2000 points and 400 summits. Hear what he learned in the last 5 years and enjoy a fantastic program packed full of great tips and even greater stories!
Also:

– 2020 Board of Directors Elections
– Discussion of other upcoming club activities

MicroHAMS meetings are open to club members, those interested in joining
the club (see club membership policy at http://www.microhams.com and guests of club members.
Others may also attend a club meeting by sending email to the club at least a few days prior to the meeting. Space
can be a bit limited.

73,
Grant Hopper
KB7WSD
MicroHAMS Club Secretary

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W7EJS, SK

Western Wash DX Club - Sun, 03/08/2020 - 2:19pm

The following is reported by Mike/N7WA.

“I regret to announce that Ernest had a heart attack Friday during the first hours of the <Mike & Key Club Puyallup> Swap Meet setup.

Bystander CPR was started immediately and fairground personnel showed up immediately with their defibrillator. They did manage to give him one shock before Central-Pierce showed up with their equipment.

I don’t know if they administered any shocks but they worked on Ernest (CPR) for a very long time before he was transported to Good Samaritan where he was pronounced as a Silent Key.

On a personal note, I work in the defibrillator industry and occasionally teach bystander CPR/AED training. I was impressed with both the willingness of the bystanders to jump  right in and start CPR. The Fairgrounds personnel were trained and knew what to do. Normally, witnessed cardiac arrest cases like this with a quick shock have the highest chance for success.

The Mike & Key has expressed our condolences to Mrs. Sabo and wish to express them to all that knew Ernest.”

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Meeting Minutes: February 2020

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Tue, 03/03/2020 - 5:17pm
Highlights include: • Discussion of upcoming meeting and event dates • Repeater status and updates • A presentation on DSTAR linking commands • A presentation on QSL cards and a display of members’ QSL cards SJCARS_Minutes_February_2020
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February 2020 – Board Meeting Minutes

Western Wash DX Club - Mon, 03/02/2020 - 4:57pm

WWDXC Board meeting February 24, 2020

Present were Adam K7EDX, Kirk N7UK, Tom NU7J, Rich W6RS, John W7CD, Brian N7RVD, Rusty W6OAT and Dennis K7DSE.

Adam opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.

Review/approve minutes
* The January, 2020 minutes were approved by voice vote

Correspondence
* The Board approved $100 for the 9J2LA Zambia funding request.

Treasurer’s report
* The January report was approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance 01/31/20: $28,360.18, Income January: $575.98 and Expenditures $48.77.

Membership
* Dennis, K7DSE reports 167 members. Membership status will be updated to the Club website after renewal checks have been posted to the Club database.

Old business
* Adam K7EDX will investigate incoming mail scanning set-up for the Club PO Box. This will generate alerts without physical presence.
* The Club repeater survey will be sent out shortly.
* The Board thought best to gather the repeater gear at the Mapleleaf location. John W7CD and Kirk N7UK will coordinate the process.
* Adam K7EDX will correspond with the restaurant managers at the meeting location as to a proposed larger screen for dinner meetings.

New business
* Tom NU7J will draft proposed changes to the Club’s Totem award.
* Adam K7EDX will coordinate the manning of the Mike and Key booth March 7th 2020.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* The dinner meeting will be on March 10, 2020 at Robs 125 Street Grill. Grant KZ1W will be presenting on the Temotu DXpedition.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE
Secretary

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March 2020 Meeting – Quarantined

Western Wash DX Club - Mon, 02/24/2020 - 12:00am

March 10th, 2020

Due to the published concern about the COVID-19 virus in our area and warnings for seniors 60+, the March meeting has been postponed.  KZ1W’s Temotu DXpedition presentation will occur in April.   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, February 18th at 6:00 PM

MicroHAMs Amateur Radio Club - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 3:27pm
https://microhams.blob.core.windows.net/content/2020/02/HuskySat.mp4

Homegrown Satellites!  The University of Washington “Husky Satellite lab” will present a program on HuskySat-1

Location: Bldg 35/4561

Agenda
  • Ham Help
  • Update on MHDC New Venue, exciting speakers!
  • Program: Homegrown Satellites!  Our University of Washington “Husky Satellite lab” will present a program on HuskySat-1
  • Discussion of other upcoming club activities including Field Day 2020, elections in March, and rescheduling the Spark Museum trip date.

At the next MicroHAMS regular meeting, members of the Husky Satellite lab will present a discussion of the development and mission status of HuskySat-1, a 3U+ cubesat developed at the University of Washington with the primary mission objectives of testing a pulsed plasma thruster with sulfur fuel and an experimental 24GHz transmitter.  It will also outline our relationship with AMSAT and their transponder and communications module.

 

In the past few weeks, they have been busy exercising the ground station hardware and personnel in preparation for first contact (which occurred late in January), and beginning their experiments of the 24GHz system as well as the thruster.

 

Our speakers will include:

Paige Northway, who is an Earth and Space Science graduate student pursuing her PhD,

Paul Sturmer, who is a physics graduate student pursuing his PhD, and

Nathan Wacker, who is a Computer Science undergraduate student pursuing his BS.

 

HuskySat-1 in the news! – https://qrznow.com/huskysat-1-gains-enthusiastic-following/

See you there at 6 PM!

A reminder that club meetings are open to any person regardless of membership.  Persons who are not members, or members of guests can arrange attendance by emailing microhams@microhams.com.

 

We will also discuss the details of upcoming activities including Field Day, March Board of Directors elections (we will be seeking nominations this month) and scheduling of the Spark Museum tour.

 

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!

 

Next Month

Next month we’ll have a presentation by John Boal, K9JEB on his ham focused kits, and the story of how he built a hobby business on filling a need (and the specifics of his design development for both the power products and the J-poles.)

 

Access

146.58 MHz FM simplex will be monitored for anyone who needs help finding the site or for access to the building. (Monitoring is done with handhelds, so range is limited.)

 

SECURITY NOTE: Anyone who does not have their own Microsoft badge for unescorted access to Microsoft buildings MUST be escorted into Building 35 and conference room 4561 by a badged MicroHAMS member. Do NOT under any circumstances attempt to “tag” onto or “tailgate” Microsoft employees entering the building. Please congregate about five to ten minutes before the meeting outside the lobby entrance on the south side of the building.  If you have a Microsoft badge, please check outside the front entrance for other club members who need to be escorted.

 

MicroHAMS meetings are open to club members, those interested in joining the club (see club membership policy at http://www.microhams.com), and guests of club members.  Others may also attend a club meeting by sending email to the club at least a few days prior to the meeting. Space can be a bit limited.

 

73,

Grant Hopper

KB7WSD

MicroHAMS Club Secretary

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Mike and Key Swap Meet

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 9:03am
Saturday March 7th, 9:00AM Pavilion Exhibition Hall Puyallup Fair & Events Center 110 9th Ave SW Puyallup WA 98371 We do have tables still available if anybody is looking to sell items. People can also download their own copy of the flyer from: http://www.mikeandkey.org/docs/fleamarket/flyer2020.pdf Other info, like maps and lodging are available at: http://www.mikeandkey.org/fleainfo.php Questions […]
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Tektronix 2225 50-MHz oscilloscope for sale

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Sun, 02/09/2020 - 12:35pm
—- SOLD!—- posted on behalf of Dan N6AU: There were no takers for the scope at the FHHS rummage sale, so I have listed it on eBay (starting bid $10). It includes the original Tektronix service manual. https://www.ebay.com/itm/tektronix-2225-oscilloscope-for-parts-not-working/143527863910?hash=item216aed6666:g:1qgAAOSw6tNeP0Yv If any one from the Club should bid, I will end the auction early, accepting the Club […]
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A Moment of Silence

Western Wash DX Club - Thu, 02/06/2020 - 11:17am

The minutes of the January meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors will be published later today, but a draft has been kindly provided by one of our Club’s members. Please note that the League’s official record now includes two of our Silent Keys, Chuck and Joe.

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2. A moment of silence was offered in memory of Amateurs who have passed away since the last meeting, especially: Joseph Areyzaga, K1JGA; Les W. Barclay, G3HTF; Roland Barnaby, NØRAB; Harold F. Blocher, W4YWH; Frederic ‘Fritz” Bock, WD9FMB; Phil Clements, K5PC; Jack Creed, K4EPC; Frank Dowd, K4BVQ; Frank Fascione, K1MAA; Peter Glasmacher, DK5DC/AA6HM; Joe Gregory, W7QN; Erwin Grossman, KØIVO; Mike Hoeft, K2MPH; George W. “Bill” Henry, Jr. K9GWT; Harold Johnson, W4ZCB; James Johnson, WB8YBA; Larry “LJ” Junstrom, K4EB; Brian Kantor, WB6CYT; Rose Kautz, W5KZ; Kresimir “Chris” Kovarik, 9A5K; George Laurer, K4HZE; Robert Mcanany, KM4VRY; Bob McCaffrey, KØCY; Chuck Miller, N6KW; John Nelson, KØIO; Paul H. Newberry, Jr., N4PN; Reynold L. “Fritz” Nitsch, W4NTO; Ananth Pai, VU2PAI; Millard Parker, WB8RQS; Holly Peacock, KB2ZMM; Dr. Larry Price, W4RA; Dan Pruitt, AE6SX; Herbert “Butch” Reich,
KØUBK; Paul L. Rinaldo, W4RI; Doug Robbins, W5DUG; Robert Roehrig, 9EUI; Reginald Russell, NS9H; Bill Santelmann, N1AU; Hisao Shono, JA1AA; Ron Stailey, K5DJ; Myron Steinart, KFØPN; Randy Suess, ex- WB9GPM; Skip Tenney, W1NLB; Harvey C Tewes. KØRY; Stephen Veader, N4DXS; and Glen Whitehouse, K1GW.

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Next MCARC Meeting: 2020-02-08

Mason County ARC - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 8:17pm
Missed 2020-02-02 by ] [ much! But, be that as it may, the next meeting of the MCARC is this coming Saturday 2020-02-08 at the usual place and time! (See that little box to the right!)
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January 2020 – Board Meeting Minutes

Western Wash DX Club - Mon, 02/03/2020 - 7:15pm

WWDXC Board meeting January 27, 2020

Present were Rob N7QT, Kirk N7UK, Tom NU7J, Rich W6RS, Brian N7RVD, Rusty W6OAT and Dennis K7DSE.

Rob opened the meeting at 7:00pm PST.

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

Correspondence
* No new correspondence.

Treasurer’s report
* The November and December reports were approved by voice vote.
* Cash balance 11/30/19: $31,746.21, Income November: $300.78 and Expenditures $2.06.
Cash balance 12/31/19: $27,846.46, Income December: $45.87 and Expenditures $3,945.62.
The remaining Silent Key Estate checks have been sent to recipients which accounts for the large expenditures in December.
* The 2020 Club Budget was proposed. A motion was made and adopted to accept it as proposed.

Membership
* Dennis, K7DSE reports 63 membership renewals sent in January.

Old business
* (Non Profit) Club Status: Upon investigating the Club’s filing and registration status, the following results were found: Under the State of Washington UBI number 601 832 827, the Club is registered as a Washington Nonprofit Corporation. The Club appears via Tax Exempt Organization Search on the IRS website under EIN 90-0591026. It files a form 990N used for small tax-exempt organizations with annual gross receipts of less than $50,000.

* The Contest Committee chairperson position is still undecided.

* The proposed larger screen for dinner meetings and Club PO Box relocation discussions were tabled to a later date.

New business
* Elections were held on December 10, 2019 at the annual Club Christmas dinner meeting. The vacant Director position held by Larry K7EKD was filled by Justin K5EM. The Club Trustee position was filled by Val K7VAP. The remaining 2019 Officers and Directors ran unopposed and thereby reinstated for 2020 by acclamation.

Monthly dinner/meeting
* The dinner meeting will be on February 11, 2020 at Robs 125 Street Grill. The January meeting was cancelled due to severe weather. Kenny Richards, KU7M or other spokesman from the Amateur Relay Association will be presenting on the advancement of repeater technology.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Respectfully submitted
Dennis Kourkoumelis, K7DSE
Secretary

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Batten Down Your Antennas!

Mason County ARC - Fri, 01/31/2020 - 6:49am
RAW Weather Service Message: * WHAT…Southwest winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts up to 50-60 mph expected. * WHERE…Hood Canal Area and Western Strait of Juan De Fuca. * WHEN…From 10 AM this morning to 7 AM PST Saturday. … Continue reading →
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Wx Report. Flood Watch. Hang On Until Monday!

Mason County ARC - Thu, 01/30/2020 - 8:03am
Flood Watch National Weather Service Seattle WA 253 AM PST Thu Jan 30 2020 WAC009-027-031-033-035-041-045-053-057-061-067-073-302300- /O.CON.KSEW.FA.A.0005.200201T0000Z-200202T1800Z/ /00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/ Clallam-Grays Harbor-Jefferson-King-Kitsap-Lewis-Mason-Pierce- Skagit-Snohomish-Thurston-Whatcom- 253 AM PST Thu Jan 30 2020 …FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING… The Flood … Continue reading →
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Explanation about Prop 1 (Sales Tax Increase for Emergency Services Radio System)

San Juan County Amateur Radio Society - Tue, 01/28/2020 - 11:37pm
Posting on behalf of Patty KJ7PRW:   David Robison (KJ7KJC) and I worked with Chief Williams on drafting the attached document.    01 27 2020 letter on emcomm tax     Thanks, Patti Wickham KJ7PRW
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January 2020 Meeting Minutes

Snoqualamie Valley Amateur Radio Club - Sat, 01/25/2020 - 6:36pm
January 2, 2020 SnoVARC Business Meeting Minutes 2020 Members in Attendance: Guests/Prior Members in Attendance:     Robin Amundson WA7CPA Jesse Brasch W7JEB Rowland Brasch K7RWB Bill Condon k7WJC Rick Burns KB7CIN Robin Thompson G3TKF Paul Butzi W7PFB Ron Wilander...
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John Miles – Phase Noise

MicroHAMs Amateur Radio Club - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 2:14am

John’s excellent presentation on phase noise. I hope you were able to check out his cesium beam frequency standard.
http://microhams.blob.core.windows.net/content/2020/01/MicroHAMS-01-21-20-John-Miles.mp4

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