Western Washington
2013 Section News Archive

FCClogo goes here May 6, 2013 - Official Observer Report for April 2013 -
73 Scott Douglas OOC/WWA scott_douglas@comcast.net
OO Call Sign
Monitoring Hours
Admin Hours
Advisory Notices Sent
Good Op Cards Sent
Total Cards
Yr-To-Date Failed To Report Totals
(4=Dropped From Pgm)
AA9MQ
11
0
0
0
0
0
K2MLS
15
0
0
0
0
0
K7EK
16
0
0
0
0
0
K7NA
89.5
0
0
0
0
0
K7YHB
23.5
0
0
0
0
0
KD7JGJ
80
0
0
0
0
0
KE7GSK
20
0
1
0
1
0
KE7SA
32
0
2
0
2
0
KN7S
19.25
0
1
0
1
0
N1BEC
24
0
0
0
0
0
N7KRE
15
0
0
0
0
0
W3OZ
10
0
0
0
0
0
W7ARC
120
0
0
0
0
1
W7FU
27
0
0
0
0
0
W7POE
50
0
0
0
0
0
W7TG
185
0
2
0
2
0
W7THS
9.5
0
0
0
0
0
W7XC
20
20
0
0
0
0
W7ZF
0
0
0
0
0
1
WA7PML
16
0
0
0
0
0
WB6W
30
0
0
0
0
0
WC7I
10
0
0
0
0
0
WV7R
10
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
832.75
20
6
0
6
2

NTS logo goes here May 5, 2013 - WWA Net Reports for April 2013 -
73, Bill, W7ARC, STM Western Washington
Net
QNI
QTC
Sessions
Manager
NTN 14005 320 60 W7TVA/KV7L
WSN 477 87 60 N7YRT
WARTS 4301 121 30 K7YR
NWSSB 1567 39 30 W7GPL
PSTS 25 0 25
WCN 228 23 30 K7WCN
TOTAL 20603 590 235

FCClogo goes here April 10, 2013 - Official Observer Report for March 2013 -
73 Scott Douglas OOC/WWA scott_douglas@comcast.net
OO Call Sign
Monitoring Hours
Admin Hours
Advisory Notices Sent
Good Op Cards Sent
Total Cards
Yr-To-Date Failed To Report Totals
(4=Dropped From Pgm)
AA9MQ
7.5
0
0
0
0
0
K2MLS
20
10
0
0
0
0
K7EK
12
0
0
0
0
0
K7NA
126
0
2
0
2
0
K7YHB
10
0
0
0
0
0
KD7JGJ
80
0
0
0
0
0
KE7GSK
3
0
0
0
0
0
KE7SA
50
0
4
0
4
0
KN7S
19.25
0
0
0
0
0
N1BEC
28
0
0
0
0
0
N7KRE
23
0
0
0
0
0
W3OZ
15
0
0
0
0
0
W7ARC
0
0
0
0
0
1
W7FU
25
0
0
0
0
0
W7POE
60
0
0
0
0
0
W7TG
115
0
1
0
1
0
W7THS
22
0
0
0
0
0
W7XC
20
20
0
0
0
0
W7ZF
5
0
0
0
0
0
WA7PML
14.5
0
0
0
0
0
WB6W
12
0
0
0
0
0
WB7OML
0
0
0
0
0
3
WC7I
6
0
0
0
0
0
WV7R
2
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
675.25
30
7
0
7
4

NTS logo goes here April 8, 2013 - WWA Net Reports for March 2013 -
73, Bill, W7ARC, STM Western Washington
Net
QNI
QTC
Sessions
Manager
NTN 14866 360 62 W7TVA
WSN 464 114 62 W7QM
WARTS 4626 179 31 K7YR
NWSSB 1547 44 31 K7WNE
PSTS 27 1 26 KA7TTY
WCN 250 23 30 K7WCN
TOTAL 21780 721 242

WWA Section logo goes here February 24, 2013 - 32nd ELECTRONICS SHOW & FLEAMARKET on Saturday, March 9, 2013 - Mike and Key's premier opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones is the 32nd ELECTRONICS SHOW & FLEAMARKET on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Ticket Sales open at 8:00 AM. Doors open at 9:00 AM. Admission is $8.00 (under 16 with an adult is free). Dealers Close by 3:00 PM.


Held at the
  • PAVILION EXHIBITION HALL
  • WESTERN WASHINGTON FAIRGROUNDS
  • 9th Ave SE. & Meridian ST S.
  • PUYALLUP, WA 98372
The Mike & Key Electronics Show & Fleamarket is one of the largest annual Amateur Radio events in the Pacific Northwest. It is held on the Western Washington Fairgrounds during the first part of March, up to 3,000 Hams and non-Hams alike are drawn to a modern 40,000 square foot facility located on two floors of the Exhibition Hall with room for over 300 tables selling radios, computers, and general electronics equipment. Lots of radio and computer related items are available for sale and/or trade.

There is an on-site snack bar and a consignment area. License examinations are also given on-site. For details, see http://www.mikeandkey.org/flea.htm

WWA Section logo goes here February 24, 2013 - Microhams Digital Conference - March 23, 2013 -
The sixth annual MicroHAMS Digital Conference will again be held on the Microsoft "Studio West" campus, located in Redmond, WA. The agenda this year is a little different then previous years, rather then covering a wide variety of topics, it will be very focused on digital networking.

We have talks about two local efforts which are currently underway and are leveraging off the shelf wireless networking technology for Amateur radio. The NW-MESH effort is a spin-off of the ARRL HSMM program, which has been getting lots of traction the last couple months. The HamWAN project is attempting to provide a high speed wireless backbone for the greater Seattle area and we'll get an update on its status. Additionally the guys from NWDigitalRadio will be back to give us an update on the very cool UDK56K digital transceiver, which was one of the coolest things announced at Dayton last year. (And we got a sneak peak at MHDC last year) Finally we'll get a run down of interesting things you can do with the Raspberry Pi, which is being leveraged all over ham radio since its introduction last year.

Because of space limitations and parking requirements on the Microsoft campus, we are strongly suggesting pre-registering for the event. Registration is $30.00 if done prior to the event and will be $35.00 at the door. We have a web-based sign-up form (details below) and have arranged pre-payment via the Paypal service. (No Paypal account is necessary) In addition to the presentations, a demo area will be setup along side the conference space and door prizes will be given away. Event Details

Location: Redmond, WA (on the 'Studio West' Microsoft campus)
Time: 8:30 to 17:00+
Lunch: Sub sandwiches (provided)
After Event: Pizza Gathering (local pizza place, to be named later)
Cost: $30 if pre-registered and $35 at the door

Registration is available now at http://www.microhams.com/registration/. Agenda/List of speakers and talks is available now at http://www.microhams.com/softcontent.aspx?scId=64.

This conference could help you to be on the cutting edge of the digital revolution occurring in our hobby.

WWA Section logo goes here February 24, 2013 - 15th annual Communications Academy will be held April 13-14 2013 - The 15th annual Communications Academy will be held April 13-14 2013 at South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle. Please join us! This years theme is "Maintaining Readiness When Nothing Bad is Happening"

The Communications Academy is open to anyone with an interest in emergency communications, volunteer or professional. The presentations are designed to promote the development of knowledgeable, skilled emergency communicators who will support their local communities during a disaster or emergency response.

Fees & Registration

Online registration is open. 2013 Registration Fees are:
  • Early-bird Rate: $30 for one day, $55 for the weekend. Early bird rate ends Sunday, March 31st.
  • Normal Rate: $35 for one day, $65 for the weekend. Normal rate is good from April 1st until 11:59PM Tuesday, April 9th.
  • Walk-in Rate: $45 for one day, $75 for the weekend. Walk-in rate begins on Thursday, April 12th until the last day of the Academy.
  • Groups of 7 or more receive a 10% discount
A buffet luncheon with a variety of sandwiches, salads, deserts, and beverages is included with your registration.

Full details are available at http://www.commacademy.org

WWA Section logo goes here February 23, 2013 - Volunterrs Needed! - The section coordinators for the Official Observer and Technical Specialist programs are seeking volunteers who are technically savvy and have excellent communications and interpersonal communications skills.

Official Observer (OO)
Apply Now by contacting the Official Observer Coordinator Scott Douglas, W7XC at w7xc@arrl.net

The Official Observer (OO) program has been sponsored by the ARRL for more than 85 years to help Amateur Radio operators assist each other to operate their stations in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.

Official Observer appointees have assisted thousands of Amateur Radio operators to maintain their transmitting equipment and comply with operating procedures and regulations. The object of the OO program is to notify amateurs of operating and technical irregularities before they come to the attention of the FCC and to recognize good operating practices.

The OO program serves as the first line of "eyes and ears" for the FCC. It is the backbone of the Amateur Auxiliary. OOs are certified in the Auxiliary by passing a mandatory written examination.

The OO performs his/her function by observing rather than transmitting. They keep watch for such things as frequency instability, harmonics, hum, key clicks, broad signals, distorted audio, over deviation, out-of-band operation and other potential problems. The OO completes his/her task once the notification card is sent.

In substantive rule violations cases, OOs refer problems to ARRL HQ. After review by HQ staff, the OO may be requested to provide additional information that may be forwarded to the FCC for possible enforcement action.

Responsibilities :
  1. Reporting to the ARRL Section OO Coordinator monthly on Form FSD-23.
  2. Sending out advisory notices as needed.
  3. Submitting good operator reports as warranted.
Requirements:
  1. Recommendation of ARRL Section Manager
  2. Pass an examination based on study of the ARRL's Amateur Auxiliary Training Manual
  3. Full ARRL membership
  4. Technician class license or higher for at least four years


Technical Specialist (TS)
Apply by contacting the ARRL WWA Technical Specialist Coordinator, Tom Herman, N1BEC at n1bec@arrl.net.

For a section team to be effective in one of the most important arenas in Amateur Radio, technology, there must be a cadre of qualified, competent Technical Specialists (TS). "Advancement of the radio art" is a profound obligation we incur under the rules of the FCC. TSs help meet this obligation.

Appointment by the Section Manager (SM), or Technical Coordinator (TC) under delegated authority from the SM, the TS supports the TC in two main areas of responsibility: Radio Frequency Interference, and Technical Information. TS can specialize in certain specific technical areas, or can be generalists.

Requirements: Novice class license or higher; Full ARRL membership.

Responsibilities:
  1. Serve as a technical advisor to local hams and clubs. Correspond by telephone and letter on tech topics. Refer correspondents to other sources if specific topic is outside TS's knowledge.
  2. Serve as advisor in radio frequency interference issues. RFI can drive a wedge in neighbor and city relations. It will be the TS with a cool head who will resolve problems. Local hams will come to you for guidance in dealing with interference problems.
  3. Speak at local clubs on popular tech topics. Let local clubs know you're available and willing.
  4. Represent ARRL at technical symposiums in industry; serve on CATV advisory committees; advise municipal governments on technical matters.
  5. Work with other ARRL officials and appointees when called upon for technical advice, especially in emergency communications situations where technical prowess can mean the difference in getting a communications system up and running, the difference between life and death.
  6. Handle other miscellaneous technically-related tasks assigned by the Technical Coordinator.
Thank you for considering to be an ARRL volunteer. - Monte Simpson, K2MLS

FCClogo goes here February 10, 2013 - Official Observer Report for January 2013 -
73 Scott Douglas OOC/WWA scott_douglas@comcast.net
OO Call Sign
Monitoring Hours
Admin Hours
Advisory Notices Sent
Good Op Cards Sent
Total Cards
Yr-To-Date Failed To Report Totals
(4=Dropped From Pgm)
AA9MQ
11
0
0
0
0
0
K2MLS
5
0
0
0
0
0
K7NA
127
0
2
0
2
0
K7YHB
7
0
0
0
0
0
KD7JGJ
80
0
0
0
0
0
KE7SA
40
0
2
0
2
0
KN7S
9.5
0
0
0
0
0
N1BEC
30
0
0
0
0
0
N7KRE
0.1
0
0
0
0
0
W3OZ
17
0
0
0
0
0
W7ARC
50
0
0
0
0
0
W7FU
25
0
0
0
0
0
W7POE
50
0
0
0
0
0
W7TG
195
0
3
0
3
0
W7THS
5.5
0
0
0
0
0
W7XC
20
40
0
0
0
0
W7ZF
3
0
0
0
0
0
WA7AVI
59
0
0
0
0
0
WA7PML
23.5
0
0
0
0
0
WB6W
24
0
0
0
0
0
WB7OML
0
0
0
0
0
1
WC7I
5
0
0
0
0
0
WV7R
0.1
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
786.7
40
7
0
7
1

WWA Section logo goes here January 24, 2013 - Senate Bill 5000 Update - Thank you for a job well done -
Senator Jim Honeyford has withdrawn SB 5000 due largely to the great support WWA ARRL members gave to kill the legislation. Senator Honeyford's decision to withdraw the bill is appreciated. Here is the e-mail that was sent to me on the senator's behalf.

"Thank you for contacting me regarding Senate Bill 5000, which deals with the potential aviation hazards of temporary radio towers.

The purpose of this legislation was to provide markings for towers that are more temporary in nature and that tend to spring up overnight. These towers, while valuable to many in our community, may also be dangerous to crop dusting pilots who fly at very low levels to apply crop protection chemicals and control spray drift. No other pilots are permitted to fly this low. I personally knew two such pilots who have lost their lives. Iím aware of at least one additional fatality in recent years in Eastern Washington, and I felt we needed to help make their work as safe as possible. However, as the legislative process provides for hearings where the public may make their concerns known, some of you have written or called in opposition to Senate Bill 5000. Still others have provided helpful suggestions for improving the legislation. Some of these suggestions are:
  1. Exempt towers within 50 feet of a building;
  2. Exempt towers that are in the vicinity of other towers, structures or trees of similar height;
  3. Exempt towers that are listed on the Seattle Sectional Charts; and
  4. Exempt towers that are not in the vicinity of agricultural land (however this approach could encounter some problems in drafting to be successful).
I wish to thank those of you who have been helpful in providing suggested changes to the proposed legislation. Working together with a mutual respect and positive attitude is the most ideal way to make change in the Legislature. I now realize that this bill is simply too broad and could have negative impacts to some radio operators. For that reason I have withdrawn the bill for consideration this year and will work during the interim to narrow the legislation in order to help keep our hardworking crop dusters as safe as possible. If you or your association would like to be included in the billís redrafting, please have a designated representative of your organization contact my office.

Senator Jim Honeyford
PO Box 40415
Olympia, WA 98504-0415
Phone: (360) 786-7684
Fax: (360) 786-7257"


I personally want to thank everyone who provided me with their guidance and advice as we progressed through this process. Our fellow team members from EWA also worked tirelessly on this effort as well. The great cooperation and team work by the ARRL membership in Washington made this a successful endeavor.

Monte L Simpson, K2MLS

WWA Section logo goes here January 17, 2013 - Legislative Alert - Washington SB-5000 -
Senator Jim Honeyford, 15th district, which is in Yakima County, has introduced Senate Bill 5000 which, if enacted, will require towers identified in the bill to be painted and marked in a manner prescribed in the bill. The bill is briefly described as:

"Requires certain temporary or permanent guyed towers to be lighted, marked, and painted or otherwise constructed to be visible in clear air during daylight hours from a distance of not less than two thousand feet."

The bill is two pages in length and can be found at:

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5000.pdf

This bill affects towers over 50 feet in unincorporated areas requiring them to be lighted, marked and painted in a specific way. The impact of this bill, if it were to become law, would be an undue burden on amateur radio operators with towers in rural areas.

SB 5000 was referred to the Transportation Committee on January 14th and the committee meets on January 24th.

Please read the bill and then share your comments with the appropriate committee chairs:
The House Transportation Committee chair is:
    Rep. Judy Clibborn Judy.Clibborne@leg.wa.gov.
 
The Senate Transportation Committee is co-chaired by:
    Senator Curtis King (R) 14th District Yakima County curtis.king@leg.wa.gov
    Senator Tracey Eide (D) 30th District King County tracey.eide@leg.wa.gov

In 2007 Sen. Eide was helpful to the amateur radio community by supporting HB 2335 which saved repeater operators from having to pay commercial rates for sites on state property.

Since the Sen. Honeyford's intentions are not clear your assistance is requested by taking a few minutes to contact your legislators and ask them to vote against SB 5000. Your support is very important to the amateur radio community. Taking your time to share your thoughts with your own legislators is valued and appreciated. This link will help you help you to quickly contact them:

http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

 
Western Washington
Section Staff


Section Manager
Monte L. Simpson, K2MLS
2523 N Wycoff Ave.
Bremerton, WA, 98312
(360) 373-3095
k2mls@arrl.org

Assistant Section Manager
Robert M. Purdom, AD7LJ
PO Box: 65171
University Place, WA 98464
lcdrbob@hotmail.com

Section Emergency Coordinator
Frank Wolfe, NM7R
PO box 91
Nahcotta, WA 98637
nm7r@arrl.net

Affiliated Club Coordinator
Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO
15621 SE 26TH St.
Bellevue, WA 98008
n7cfo@arrl.net

Official Observer Coordinator
Scott Douglas, W7XC
Post Office Box 7320
Bonney Lake, WA 98391-0913
(253) 891-8000
w7xc@comcast.net

Public Information Coordinator
Bruce Miller, KC7IAY
PMB 2989
PO Box 257
Olympia, WA 98504
(206) 903-9677
www.NorthwestHamNews.com

Technical Coordinator
Tom Herman N1BEC
PO Box: 775
Napavine, WA 98565
n1bec@msn.com

Section Traffic Manager
Bill Frazier, W7ARC
16419 Spruce Way B5
Lynnwood, WA 98037
(425) 361-1181
w7arc@arrl.net

State Government Liasion
Lee A. Chambers, KI7SS
1625 Delphi Road SW
Olympia, WA 98512
(360) 866-0236 (h)
(360) 951-2538 (c)
ki7ss@arrl.net

Section Webmaster
Glenn Thomas WB6W
PO Box 72
Oysterville, WA 98641
(360) 665-2807 (h)
wb6w@arrl.net