Date   
SwapFest July 13 10 a.m.

Robin Amundson
 

Where: Redmond Presbyterian Church, 10020 166th Avenue NE
Lake Washington Ham Club http://www.lakewashingtonhamclub.org/

Lots of good ham gear for sale. See website above.

64th Annual Pacific Northwest DX Convention August 9-11

Robin Amundson
 

I am happy to say the 64th Annual Pacific Northwest DX Convention is older than I am. Pre-registration is still open through August 1.

It is going to be a blockbuster event with top headliner speakers. Research scientist, Dr. Tamitha Skov, Spaceweather Woman! Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT, the astrophysicist and Nobel laureate in Physics and developer of FT-8 digital operating mode! Elecraft CEO Eric Swartz will talk about the new K4. And more down-to-earth speakers and topics.
http://pacificnwdxconvention.com/
The convention is held at the Delta Hotel, 3105 Pine Street, in Everett, Washington.

I hope to see you there!

73,
Robin, WA7CPA

Re: SWR cable or ant problem?

Ryan - KJ7GIE
 

Updates:
*All testing being done at 5W with a HT now as my ic-7100 is packed away until I get my shack back.

The replacement element arrived and that did drop SWR to 1.9/2.0 on 2m and 1.5/1.7 across 70cm. Not great yet. Testing continued.

Last night I had the antenna at the park and had some additional eyes on it* as well as using a different meter but same coax and radio for testing. This was also the first time I had tested it on the ground as recommended by Arrow. Results:
- Some frequencies were blowing past 3 SWR
- Antenna worked better with some height instead of sitting directly on the ground (thanks Howard for being brave enough to hold this thing above your head!)
- Howard identified that I had installed the base plate upside down. This caused the "lip" on the mast mounting side of the plate to sit above the radiating element instead of below. If you look at the install instructions on Arrow's website for the GP140/440 you'll find a visual of this plate. At this point, and without tools, we abandoned further testing.

This morning I corrected the base plate issue and rebuilt the antenna. I tested both outside in my wet grass on the ground and upstairs in a bedroom with the antenna sitting on a bed. The second story bed install gave me better results by ~.2 or so SWR:
144.1 1.5
145.5 1.4
147.5 1.4
426.0 1.5
432.5 1.0
439.0 1.1
446.5 2.2

This antenna is not rated for better than 1.5 SWR across the bands. So, in this configuration I'm now technically "within spec" except for the high side of 440. That really kind of sucks because that's right where the repeater is and so I'm losing half my 5W towards our repeater. I have another e-mail into Arrow and the story will continue.

*I just wanted to mention the value in having multiple eyes looking at the same problem. As humans we can get into a troubleshooting rut. It happens more often than we realize. That's when we miss the obvious... like you installed the thing upside down. If you're having an issue ask others to look at it. Somethings will be obvious to fresh eyes but you'll never see it after becoming "too invested" in trying to solve it on your own. Really glad I brought this thing to the park last night. Really glad Robin organized these get togethers. Really glad Howard was willing to keep at it and asked to see the instructions. And the others that have given advise along the way. Progress.. <high five> See everyone next week.

Wake Up Call

Rowland
 

OK Folks,

 

We had a little wake up call last night about 2:50 AM.  Though it was somewhat small (4.6) it is still something to take seriously.  Make sure you have your emergency kits up to date, your radio go kits ready to go, etc.  I know that radio operators are always a little more prepared then the average citizen but make sure your kits are up to date.

 

Go to this site to see suggestions for what you should have in your kit.  Then update your kit as needed.  https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

 

There are also options available at stores like Costco that have ready made food kits.  https://www.costco.com/all-emergency-food.html

 

For those of you that have generators make sure the gas is fresh and they are ready to go.

 

A little preparation now will go a long way when the time comes.

 

Thank You,

 

Rowland

Re: Wake Up Call

Shawn / K7ATA
 

It happened at 2:52 local time, 0952 UTC, and I was playing a game at the time; Thought I was getting too excited for a moment until my chair started moving sideways.


After a brief walk around the house, I checked in on the repeater, and it seems like I was the only person awake. :-)


Anyone that wants details on last nights event can look here:
https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/uw61535372/executive

--Shawn
--K7ATA

On 7/12/2019 11:44 AM, Rowland wrote:

OK Folks,

We had a little wake up call last night about 2:50 AM.  Though it was somewhat small (4.6) it is still something to take seriously.  Make sure you have your emergency kits up to date, your radio go kits ready to go, etc.  I know that radio operators are always a little more prepared then the average citizen but make sure your kits are up to date.

Go to this site to see suggestions for what you should have in your kit.  Then update your kit as needed. https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

There are also options available at stores like Costco that have ready made food kits. https://www.costco.com/all-emergency-food.html

For those of you that have generators make sure the gas is fresh and they are ready to go.

A little preparation now will go a long way when the time comes.

Thank You,

Rowland

Re: Wake Up Call

Robin Amundson
 

I was monitoring the repeater. Per standard practice I listened
-only in case someone with an emergency needed to use it.

On Jul 12, 2019, at 12:48 PM, Shawn / K7ATA <shawn@...> wrote:

It happened at 2:52 local time, 0952 UTC, and I was playing a game at the time; Thought I was getting too excited for a moment until my chair started moving sideways.


After a brief walk around the house, I checked in on the repeater, and it seems like I was the only person awake. :-)


Anyone that wants details on last nights event can look here:
https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/uw61535372/executive

--Shawn
--K7ATA

On 7/12/2019 11:44 AM, Rowland wrote:

OK Folks,

We had a little wake up call last night about 2:50 AM. Though it was somewhat small (4.6) it is still something to take seriously. Make sure you have your emergency kits up to date, your radio go kits ready to go, etc. I know that radio operators are always a little more prepared then the average citizen but make sure your kits are up to date.

Go to this site to see suggestions for what you should have in your kit. Then update your kit as needed. https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

There are also options available at stores like Costco that have ready made food kits. https://www.costco.com/all-emergency-food.html

For those of you that have generators make sure the gas is fresh and they are ready to go.

A little preparation now will go a long way when the time comes.

Thank You,

Rowland



Big Rock Ball Fields update and a 4.6 nudge

Robin Amundson
 

As posted on our Facebook page, I do not want to unnecessarily risk my equipment this evening with this unpredictably changing weather pattern. I plan to bring my complete field setup next week on Thursday for running FT8 from Big Rock Ball Fields. (A fun side of our hobby). The weather guessers say sunny warm weather next week.

A serious side of our hobby: Please check in to Kirt's net at 7 p.m. It is a great opportunity for hams who do not usually check in to practice PTT for that day we know is coming when radio propagation is our most likely means of communication. Also, the club's mission as emergency communicators can also be advanced by getting as many club members as possible checking in at 8 p.m. If you have no propagation at home, knowing where to go nearby is worth the drive on a Thursday evening. That day is coming...I felt the surge of adrenaline the other night. My shoes were not by the bed. (They used to be--I got complacent). My HT was in the shack. I had no water in a container by the bed to quickly rehydrate and calm my brain. I was duly warned...

73, Robin, WA7CPA

Re: Big Rock Ball Fields update and a 4.6 nudge

Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW)
 

Look forward to the FT8. I've been getting into it lately because of the lousy propagation. Though I got a surprise last night and worked Austria SSB on 20m with 5x7 both ways.


Sent from ProtonMail mobile



-------- Original Message --------
On Jul 18, 2019, 12:52 PM, Robin Amundson < wa7cpa@...> wrote:

As posted on our Facebook page, I do not want to unnecessarily risk my equipment this evening with this unpredictably changing weather pattern. I plan to bring my complete field setup next week on Thursday for running FT8 from Big Rock Ball Fields. (A fun side of our hobby). The weather guessers say sunny warm weather next week.

A serious side of our hobby: Please check in to Kirt's net at 7 p.m. It is a great opportunity for hams who do not usually check in to practice PTT for that day we know is coming when radio propagation is our most likely means of communication. Also, the club's mission as emergency communicators can also be advanced by getting as many club members as possible checking in at 8 p.m. If you have no propagation at home, knowing where to go nearby is worth the drive on a Thursday evening. That day is coming...I felt the surge of adrenaline the other night. My shoes were not by the bed. (They used to be--I got complacent). My HT was in the shack. I had no water in a container by the bed to quickly rehydrate and calm my brain. I was duly warned...

73, Robin, WA7CPA

New IC-7300 for sale

Robin Amundson
 

Owner says it is in original unopened box with warranty, asking $950. If interested, contact Walt, K7ZQ, 425-641-9670.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA

FW: US THIRD-PARTY MESSAGES RULES NOW ARE ENFORCED BY CMS

Rowland
 

If you are a Winlink user and have not seen this please read.

Thank You,

Rowland

Subject: US THIRD-PARTY MESSAGES RULES NOW ARE ENFORCED BY CMS

All,

If you are a US-licensed station that routinely connects to a foreign gateway, or a non-US-licensed station that connects with a US gateway, you may be affected by new CMS behavior. The Winlink CMS now will enforce US Third-Party Message rules.

Because Winlink is being severely criticized for allowing US client and gateway operators to violate US amateur radio third-party traffic rules, we are today starting to test automatic enforcement of these rules. Part 97.3(47), 97.115 and 97.117 apply.

If you attempt to send or receive a third-party message between a US-licensed station and another station the US does not have a third-party communication agreement with, you may receive a service message saying the message will violate the applcable rules and that the message is refused (if you're sending) or being held at the CMS (if you are receiving). Alternative means to successfully send or receive the message will be explained. The US has treaties with most countries in the North and South America, but not most European, Asian and Pacific countries.

If you are a US-licensee, you should have no trouble sending and receiving to/from internet addresses if you connect with another US-licensed gateway, or one licensed in Central or South America — as long as the US has a third-party agreement with the licensing country.

If you are a non-US licensee, you should have no trouble sending and receiving to/from internet addresses if you connect to non-US licensed gateways.

We wish this was not necessary, but we have relied on US client and gateway operators to know the rules and obey them—and most have ignored them, unfortunately for all of us. In order to clean up the violations we are taking these measures to keep US Winlink operators legal. All licensees have an obligation to study, know, and obey the Amateur Radio Rules.

New monitoring and enforcement measures are coming into play with the establishment of a new Volunteer Monitor Program, now being set up by the ARRL at the request of the US FCC. We're doing this to make it easier for US operators to avoid loosing their licenses!

We will be tweaking the behavior of this new mechanism to make it as friendly and informative as it can be. Please bear with us as we make changes.

Thanks and 73,

Lor W3QA
Winlink Development Team

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Re: FW: US THIRD-PARTY MESSAGES RULES NOW ARE ENFORCED BY CMS

Martin Tuip
 

So would this affect the pigate software?



On Sat, Jul 20, 2019 at 4:15 PM -0700, "Rowland" <k7rwb@...> wrote:

If you are a Winlink user and have not seen this please read.

Thank You,

Rowland 

Subject: US THIRD-PARTY MESSAGES RULES NOW ARE ENFORCED BY CMS

All,

If you are a US-licensed station that routinely connects to a foreign gateway, or a non-US-licensed station that connects with a US gateway, you may be affected by new CMS behavior. The Winlink CMS now will enforce US Third-Party Message rules. 

Because Winlink is being severely criticized for allowing US client and gateway operators to violate US amateur radio third-party traffic rules, we are today starting to test automatic enforcement of these rules. Part 97.3(47), 97.115 and 97.117 apply.

If you attempt to send or receive a third-party message between a US-licensed station and another station the US does not have a third-party communication agreement with, you may receive a service message saying the message will violate the applcable rules and that the message is refused (if you're sending) or being held at the CMS (if you are receiving). Alternative means to successfully send or receive the message will be explained. The US has treaties with most countries in the North and South America, but not most European, Asian and Pacific countries. 

If you are a US-licensee, you should have no trouble sending and receiving to/from internet addresses if you connect with another US-licensed gateway, or one licensed in Central or South America — as long as the US has a third-party agreement with the licensing country. 

If you are a non-US licensee, you should have no trouble sending and receiving to/from internet addresses if you connect to non-US licensed gateways.

We wish this was not necessary, but we have relied on US client and gateway operators to know the rules and obey them—and most have ignored them, unfortunately for all of us. In order to clean up the violations we are taking these measures to keep US Winlink operators legal. All licensees have an obligation to study, know, and obey the Amateur Radio Rules. 

New monitoring and enforcement measures are coming into play with the establishment of a new Volunteer Monitor Program, now being set up by the ARRL at the request of the US FCC. We're doing this to make it easier for US operators to avoid loosing their licenses!

We will be tweaking the behavior of this new mechanism to make it as friendly and informative as it can be. Please bear with us as we make changes. 

Thanks and 73,

Lor W3QA
Winlink Development Team

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Big Beautiful Big Rock Gathering is ON for Thursday evening: FT8!

Robin Amundson
 

I will be setting up a station Thursday at 6 p.m. for running FT8 digital mode at Big Rock Ball Fields. If you are new to ham radio, this is a good chance to see and talk about basic components of station setups. See how easy it can be tuning a Tarheel screwdriver antenna mounted on car roof using a simple YouKit analyzer. See band changes in the field at a touch of a button. 40-10. We will focus on 30, 20, 17. Take a look at WSJT-x software for decoding digital mode signals. My components: Elecraft KX3 (15 watt), SignaLink (TNC), ThinkPad with Win10, KXPA100 (power amp to 100 watts driven by about 2-3 watts out of KX3, external speakers, and an assortment of 4 Bioenno batteries, and a whole bunch of wires and connectors. Let's hope there is good propagation with some interesting stations decoded and worked. And if a "problem" is encountered, that is definitely a part of this hobby too! 🤣 Kirt White will be net control for the 7 p.m. Newbie net on 441.825+ (all licensed hams invited) and at 8 p.m. is the traditional SnoVARC net check-in. All hams welcome. Bring yourself a chair and some water. Questions happily answered.
73,
Robin, WA7CPA

For Sale (Cross posting)

Robin Amundson
 

From Robin, WA7CPA: Looks like some good items for building a station...

Ham Radio Items for Sale - July 24, 2019

 

The following items are for sale. I am no longer using these and they need a new home.  -  John Owens  -  N7TK

 

 

Gap Titan 80-10M Vertical Antenna - $250  (installed, you have to take it down). No radials required.

 

Drake TR-3 Xcvr (bought new in 60's) - $250 w/ac and dc power supplies

 

Cushcraft A3WS (w/ 30M) - $375

 

ICOM IC_2KL S/S 500W Linear Ampl -  $1000

 

Top Ten Devices Antenna Relay Box - $70

 

Hy Gain T2x with Controller - $425

 

New Hy Gain T2X without controller (never installed) - $450

 

Astron 35A Power - $100

 

Astron 50A Power Supply - $175

 

MFJ 1275 S/C I/F - $50

 

Kenwood TS-440 SAT XCVR - $400

 

Heil DSP Clear Speech speaker console - $100

 

TE Systems 445TG 440 MHz Hi Pwr Ampl - $400

 

Vibroplex CW Hand Key - $100

 

ICOM SM-8 Station Mike - $110

 

Yaesu VX-5 UHF/VHF Handheld Xcvr - $150

 

PSF-432 425-450 Bandpass Filter - $60

 

MFJ 941D Versa Tuner - $75

 

B&W 300W Antenna Tuner - $75

 

Kenwood PC-1 Phone Patch - $30

 

West Mountain Rigblaster - $65

 

ICOM CI-V Level Converter - $30

 

ICOM CT-16 I/F UNIT - $25

 

Knight P-2 PWR/SWR Meter - $20

 

Kenwood TM-241A Mobile 2m Xcvr's (3 @ $60 ea)

 

All sales are via my PayPal account for N7TK. 

 

John Owens -  N7TK

 

Listen NOW to our UK friend Robin on Malta

Robin Amundson
 

http://sdr.loginto.me:8073/

Our biannual visitor Robin Thompson can be heard over above Internet link operating as 9H6YB in the IOTA contest. Islands on the Air. Fun listening for anyone. Contest ends 5 am our time Sunday.

Re: Listen NOW to our UK friend Robin on Malta

Robin Amundson
 

There are several Rx channels. Select Malta.

Fall Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

Lindy KG7IFA
 

Are you ready? In a large-scale emergency or disaster, professional emergency responders may well be stretched beyond their capacity. Fortunately we have local citizens who are preparing to assist themselves and their neighbors by learning basic disaster response skills. Citizens train in skills such as personal emergency preparedness, disaster medical operations, basic fire suppression, disaster psychology, light search and rescue, and team organization.

Carnation Duvall Citizen Corps’ mission is to train citizens like you to support their communities before, during and after an emergency. Join us and become a responder. Over 500 of your neighbors have already trained to become CERT members. Graduates have the opportunity to become registered as temporary emergency workers who can aid in local and regional disaster responses.

Class is held every Monday evening between September 16th and November 4th.

Click here for more information and to sign up:

https://fallcertclass.eventbrite.com/?aff=snovarc

 

Good Document

Rowland
 

Hi All,

 

This is a good document to have when driving and talking on your radio and getting puled over for such.  Always be polite when you show this to the police officer and realize it is not a get out of jail free pass as they may still write you up.  Then you take this document to court and present it.

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 

Polarity Tester

Rowland
 

Here is the info on the power pole polarity tester the Lynn was showing us last week at the meeting.  Would be a fun “club meeting Elmer event” to build some of these.

 

 

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 

Re: Good Document

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

RCW 46.61.667 appears to have been repealed in 2017 and replaced.  So probably handing that to the nice police officer is not going to get you much.  But if the cop insists it’s still in effect I would suggest pointing out that it applies to holding a communications device to your ear, which you probably didn’t do with your HT or hand mike.

The replacement appears to be RCW 46.61.672.  Note that it very specifically excludes amateur radio equipment, citizens band radio, and two way radio from the definition of ‘personal electronic device’.  Notwithstanding this exclusion I expect that if you are chatting away on your radio and your driving suffers, you’ll get ticketed for negligent driving or for reckless driving.

Notwithstanding the legality of using ham radio while driving I want to remind everyone that, emergencies aside, if simultaneously talking on the radio and driving is a challenge due to weather, traffic, or whatever, it’s always, always, always fine to tell someone you need to put the mike down and concentrate on driving.

Please be safe.  All the time.

-p

RCW  46.61.672
Using a personal electronic device while driving.
(1) A person who uses a personal electronic device while driving a motor vehicle on a public highway is guilty of a traffic infraction and must pay a fine as provided in RCW  46.63.110(3).
(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to:
(a) A driver who is using a personal electronic device to contact emergency services;
(b) The use of a system by a transit system employee for time-sensitive relay communication between the transit system employee and the transit system's dispatch services;
(c) An individual employed as a commercial motor vehicle driver who uses a personal electronic device within the scope of such individual's employment if such use is permitted under 49 U.S.C. Sec. 31136 as it existed on July 23, 2017; and
(d) A person operating an authorized emergency vehicle.
(3) The state preempts the field of regulating the use of personal electronic devices in motor vehicles while driving, and this section supersedes any local laws, ordinances, orders, rules, or regulations enacted by any political subdivision or municipality to regulate the use of a personal electronic device by the operator of a motor vehicle.
(4) A second or subsequent offense under this section is subject to two times the penalty amount under RCW  46.63.110.
(5) For purposes of this section:
(a) "Driving" means to operate a motor vehicle on a public highway, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays. "Driving" does not include when the vehicle has pulled over to the side of, or off of, an active roadway and has stopped in a location where it can safely remain stationary.
(b) "Personal electronic device" means any portable electronic device that is capable of wireless communication or electronic data retrieval and is not manufactured primarily for hands-free use in a motor vehicle. "Personal electronic device" includes, but is not limited to, a cell phone, tablet, laptop, two-way messaging device, or electronic game. "Personal electronic device" does not include two-way radio, citizens band radio, or amateur radio equipment.
(c) "Use" or "uses" means:
(i) Holding a personal electronic device in either hand or both hands;
(ii) Using your hand or finger to compose, send, read, view, access, browse, transmit, save, or retrieve email, text messages, instant messages, photographs, or other electronic data; however, this does not preclude the minimal use of a finger to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of the device;
(iii) Watching video on a personal electronic device.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Aug 5, 2019, at 3:08 PM, Rowland <k7rwb@...> wrote:

<RCW 46.docx Driving with HAM.docx>

Re: Good Document

W7ABD
 

Thanks Roland!

Also good idea to have a paper copy of your FCC License to show the cop as well.

Jim
W7ABD


On 8/5/19 15:08, Rowland wrote:

Hi All,

 

This is a good document to have when driving and talking on your radio and getting puled over for such.  Always be polite when you show this to the police officer and realize it is not a get out of jail free pass as they may still write you up.  Then you take this document to court and present it.

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland