Western Washington
2015 Section News Archive

NPS icon goes here December 28, 2015 - WWA National Parks on the Air activation -
Olympia Amateur Radio Society is planning an activation of Mt. Rainier National Park as a part of National Parks on the Air. This will take place this Saturday, January 2, 2016. We expect to be on the air 11 am to 3 pm, depending on the weather and road conditions.

Bruce
WA7BAM


(Look at https://npota.arrl.org/nps-events.php for the national list)

WWA icon goes here December 26, 2015 - Section Calender Updated AGAIN
The ARRL Western Washington section calender (selected by the "Section Calender" button above) has been updated for 2016. The calender now shows the current month as well as the next two months. It now includes ARRL sponsored contests and civil holidays in addition to club meetings and license exam sessions. In the near future it will also have National Park centenial operations in the WWA section and possibly in other areas as well. I (yer editor Glenn WB6W) would appreciate hearing about any errors in the calender. I'd also like to hear about any additional events that would fit - things like ham fests, special events etc. that belong on the WWA section calender. Thanks.

73 de Glenn WB6W
WWA Section Webmaster

WWA icon goes here October 19, 2015 - Section Calender Updated
It's that time again. The ARRLO Western Washington section calender (selected by the "Section Calender" button above) has been updated for 2016. For the rest of 2015, it will include an entire year of section events. Right now, it has only the club meetings are license exam session I (yer editor Glenn WB6W) know about. I'd appreciate hearing from club officers about any errors in the calender. I'd also like to hear about any additional events that would fit - things like ham fests, special events etc. that belong on the WWA section calender. Thanks.

73 de Glenn WB6W
WWA Section Webmaster

ARRL diamond goes here October 18, 2015 - SENATE BILL S 1685: The Amateur Radio Parity Act
SENATE BILL S 1685: The Amateur Radio Parity Act (Senate version) has passed out of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. There were only two Committee members who voiced opposition to the Bill.

Senator Maria Cantwell voted in our favor. Please drop her a letter, email or phone call and thank her for her support.

James D Pace, K7CEX
ARRL Northwestern Division Director

ARRL diamond goes here October 11, 2015 - ALERT! - CONTACT SENATOR CANTWELL!
ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an urgent call for League Members to contact Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation members representing their states (Washington Senator Cantwell is a committee member) to urge their support of S. 1685, the US Senate version of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015. President Craigie said the bill could be scheduled for mark-up in the committee as early as next week, and that opponents to S. 1685 have been rallying their supporters. She said the ARRL and its legislative consultants on Capitol Hill "are hard at work" to ensure that the mark-up goes favorably. President Craigie called for "a blast of support for the bill" from ARRL members living in states that committee members represent.

"We learned this morning that opponents of the legislation have asked their people to contact Senators on the committee to communicate what can only be called bald-faced lies about the legislation's intent and effects," President Craigie said on November 11. "They are the same lies addressed in our video."

President Craigie said the message - by telephone or e-mail - is simple: "I'm a constituent and an Amateur Radio operator. I urge Senator Cantwell to support S. 1685, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, when it comes up for a vote in committee. Thank you." Visit Contacting Your Congressional Representatives on the ARRL website for contact information for Members of Congress.

bookshgelf image goes here October 11, 2015 - Guest OpEd - HF SDR Musings - Alan W6AKB recently sent a summary of the state of Ham Software Defined radios. With his kind permission, it's worth consideration.

High Frequency Software Defined Radios have been here for awhile, but there have been some pretty big changes recently and coming up in the near future. The latest crop of these rigs have 120+ MHz 14-16 bit Analog to Digital Converters (ADCs) directly sampling the 0-55 MHz RF after minimal filtering and possibly preamplification. This 100+ megasample datastream is processed by Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) initially and then by high performance Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) or by standard PCs that do the conversions, filtering and demodulation via software.

Something like this has been going on for awhile, what's different?

Early SDRs operated at IF frequencies, not directly at RF. This includes Flex 1000 through 5xxx, the Icom ProII, ProIII and IC7600 and the Elecraft KX3 and K3 among others. Direct Samping RF is more recent. Examples include some newer Flex radios in the fairly expensive 6xxx models. Last year at Dayton Flex introduced the lowest cost model of the line, the 6300 at about $2500, hardly an entry level price.

What's really changing is the cost and availability of these direct sampling architectures. It is about to explode, or at least expand rapidly. Two key product lines using this advanced technology are either here now, or will be soon at near entry level prices.

One is based on the open hardware and software development by the HPSDR group and others (including our own KA6S) and now being commercialized by Apache Labs. These radios, called the ANAN series, are already on the shelf for sale at HRO and GigaParts, starting under $1000. The lowest cost model is the ANAN 10E which has 15-20W output and somewhat downscaled ADCs and FPGAs. It still has receiver and transmitter performance that place it near the top of the charts - better than just about every conventional radio out there. Direct sampling avoids most of the problems in heterodyne receivers such as images and nonlinearity. The PureSignal pre-distortion transmitter algorithm creates RF that is significantly cleaner than other Amateur Radio transmitters by compensating for the nonlinearity in the transmit RF amplifiers, both internal and external. This radio requires a decent computer to run the signal processing. The radio transfers the digital stream via a Gigabit ethernet interface, but any reasonable i3 CPU is adequate for the job. Some have done it with dualcores.

The other product that is about to hit is the Icom IC-7300. This rig has been shown and talked about for months and is due for release soon (maybe it will slip a bit, perhaps till Dayton 2016?). Icom indicated the price would be well under $1500 for this IC730 sized rig with a large 4.3" color screen and realtime high resolution PanaFall display. No external computer is needed, all the processing is internal via FPGA and DSP. This radio has knobs and displays unlike the Flex and ANAN (though Flex has an expensive external front panel and knobs that can be added to their models). We don't yet know quite where the performance of the IC-7300 will fall, but the architecture is capable of (and likely to have) the same extreme performance as the HPSDR/Apache Labs and the Flex radios. This radio could outperform the $14K IC7851 in most ways, as well as the IC7600 and the IC756ProIII. Icom will probably differentiate it by leaving out features, unlike the ANAN's that have available any feature the hardware will support. But for operations like Field Day the 7300 should have a much better band display, a cleaner and harder to overload receiver and a clean transmitter in a package that is smaller and lighter than the usual ProIII we have been using.

It remains to be seen of course, and there are many ways to get something "wrong" in a new radio, but more than ever the IC-7300 is firmware/software based and can be fixed with an upload, which Icom has been supporting on their high end radios for awhile now.

This is old news to some of you on this list, but for others it may be informative. Take a look at the ANAN's, Flexes and IC-7300 and see what you think.


de W6AKB

FCClogo goes here September 11, 2015 - Official Observer Report for August 2015 -
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
Observations Not Carded / Notes
AA9MQ
N/R
0
0
0
0
0
AF7PQ
10
5
0
0
0
0
K7EK
22
0
0
0
0
0
K7NA
107
0
0
0
0
0
K7YHB
9
0
0
0
0
0
KD7JGJ
2
0
0
0
0
0
KE7GSK
7.5
0
0
0
0
0
KN7S
15
0
0
0
0
0
N1BEC
5
0
0
0
0
0
N7KRE
2
0
0
0
0
0
W3OZ
11
0
0
0
0
0
W5KAV
2
0
0
0
0
0
W7ARC
N/R
0
0
0
0
0
W7FU
40
0
0
0
0
0
W7POE
60
0
0
0
0
0
W7TG
25
0
1
0
1
0
W7THS
N/R
0
0
0
0
0
W7XC
40
20
0
0
0
0
W7ZF
4
0
0
0
0
0
WA7PML
16
0
0
0
0
0
WA7TZ
N/R
0
0
0
0
0
WB6W
20
0
0
0
0
0
WC7I
10
0
0
0
0
0
WV7R
2
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
409.5
25
1
0
1
0

WWDXC logo goes hereAugust 17, 2015 - 2015 Washington Salmon Run - The 2015 Washington Salmon Run will be held on September 19 and 20; this is the weekend operators across North America and worldwide look for QSOs with Washington state stations, and operators in Washington state look for QSOs with all 39 Washington counties and other stations outside Washington. Activity runs from 9:00 AM (1600Z) to midnight (0700Z) Saturday, and from 9:00 AM (1600Z) to 5:00 PM (2400Z) Sunday. Contacts count on SSB, CW, and Digital modes, even FM on 2 meters! The Salmon Run contact exchange is signal report and location (County for WA stations, and State/Province/DX for out of WA stations). There will be many portable and mobile stations out in the rarer counties, and look for the WWDXC Club station W7DX for bonus points on each mode.

Join the on the air fun when you can, whether for an hour or the whole weekend. Who knows, your QSO and county may help someone win a Smoked Salmon Award this year!

See YOU in the Salmon Run!

Thanks to the 2015 Washington Salmon Run Committee: K7EDX, N7UK, K7SR, K7DSE, N7WA, K7BTW, and K7WA.

For more information and the County Activity List see the Western Washington DX Club website: www.wwdxc.org

73,

Monte L Simpson, AF7PQ
ARRL Western Washington Section Section Manager
af7pq@arrl.org

DX120 logo goes here August 17, 2015 - North America SOTA Activity Weekend 2015 - September 12th & 13th is the annual "Summits-on-the-Air" Activity Weekend.

North America SOTA Activity Weekend 2015 is a casual event involving tiny battery-powered radios on mountain summits. It is not a contest but is intended to introduce "Summits on the Air" to newcomers with home stations who try to work summit operators during one or two days. There are no rules regarding power levels, modes or number of bands worked, but please be courteous when more than one station is trying to talk to a SOTA operator on a summit. The SOTA operators have just climbed mountains as high as 14,000 feet; they use low power; and they don't receive on split frequencies.

Check SOTAWATCH.org to spot who is on which mountain. Summits are numbered, and you can hover your cursor over the number to see the name and point value for each summit. Expect the website to show activity near 7.032, 7.185, 10.110, 14.342, 18.095, 18.155, 21.350, 24.905, 24.955, 28.420, 146.52, 446.00, and 61 Khz up from the bottom of 20, 15 and 10 meters CW. Participants are invited to collect points toward certificates and trophies offered by the thirteen-year-old international SOTA group (SOTA.org.UK) As we learned in past years, this is a barrel of fun for both hill climbers and home operators. See you then.

The folks at NA-SOTA.org

This information was received from K6EL,Elliot Pisor, Event Co-ordinator, SOTA

For those who desire more information or have questions please visit: www.pnwsota.org

73,

Monte L Simpson, AF7PQ
ARRL Western Washington Section Section Manager
af7pq@arrl.org

FCClogo goes here August 12, 2015 - Official Observer Report for July 2015 -
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
Observations Not Carded / Notes
AA9MQ
8
0
0
0
0
0
AF7PQ
25
5
0
0
0
0
K7EK
19
0
0
0
0
0
K7NA
103
0
0
0
0
0
K7YHB
7
0
0
0
0
0
KD7JGJ
4
0
0
0
0
0
KE7GSK
5
0
0
0
0
0
KN7S
7.5
0
0
0
0
0
N1BEC
10
0
0
0
0
0
N7KRE
1
0
0
0
0
0
W3OZ
3
0
0
0
0
0
W5KAV
40
0
0
0
0
0
W7ARC
124
0
0
0
0
0
W7FU
15
0
0
0
0
0
W7POE
50
0
0
0
0
0
W7TG
N/R
0
0
0
0
0
W7THS
5.5
0
0
0
0
0
W7XC
40
20
0
0
0
0
W7ZF
4
0
0
0
0
0
WA7PML
N/R
0
0
0
0
0
WA7TZ
N/R
0
0
0
0
0
WB6W
20
0
0
0
0
0
WC7I
10
0
0
0
0
0
WV7R
4
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
505
25
0
0
0
0

ARRL logo goes hereJuly 29, 2015 - Northwestern Division Newsletter - August 2015 - This has been a busy year as Dir. Pace and V Dir. Altus travel to club meetings and Hamfests, in addition to ARRL Board meetings and various committee meetings. Busy but lots of fun, as we meet the membership and listen to their input. These are exciting times for ARRL as we begin our second century of continuous service to this great hobby of Amateur Radio. I hope it is as much fun for you, as it is for us.

We want to thank Assistant Director Lynn Burlingame, for representing Division Staff at the Montana State Convention. Unfortunately, that event seems to always fall on the same weekend as ARRL Board and Committee meetings. Lynn had a great time and encourages all of us in the Division to consider attending the Montana Convention, in the future.

Once again, the Northwestern Division leads the nation in new and renewed memberships. The importance of ARRL to the members of the NW Division is quite apparent.

W7SIC/SK: Al Berg, W7SIC, became a silent key on July 22, 2015. Al was the founding chairman of Sea-Pac, (the NW Division Convention) a founding member of the Oregon Tualatin Valley Amateur Radio Club (OTVARC), a member of the Clark County Amateur Radio Club and a Northwestern Division Assistant Director. Al arranged for the ARRL National Convention that was held in Portland in 1988. He will be missed in all his ham radio activities.

July ARRL Board Meeting Results: Director Pace and Vice Director Altus represented the Northwestern Division at the ARRL Board meeting in July, in Hartford and Newington Ct, where many actions took place:

Chief Executive Officer Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, has set a target date for retirement of May 1, 2016. He has been a part of the ARRL headquarters staff since 1972. Director Pace is on the search committee and was selected by the committee to assume the position of committee chair. A job posting will be coming out soon. Watch QST and weekly eLetters.

One exciting event that was approved by the board was the National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) for 2016, as we help celebrate the 100th Birthday of the National Park System. More information will be forthcoming; the operating format will resemble SOTA, with activators and chasers. If your club organizes an NPOTA event, please let us know. We would like to visit some of these sites, schedules permitting. Web based spotting of activations is being worked on as we write.

The ARRL has created new display pennants for affiliated clubs and special service clubs. The board voted in favor of providing a complimentary Special Service Club pennant to every ARRL affiliated club that achieves SSC status. These are small, attractive and easy to display at your meetings, whether you have a permanent location to hang it, or if you need to bring to each meeting to display. More will be posted soon and Director Pace and Vice Director Altus will make arrangements for the pennants to be presented to the SSCs.

Many of you have been hearing about the possibility of a dues increase. The basic dues rate for ARRL membership will be $49.00 per year effective January 1, 2016. The dues have not increased in the last 14 years. Since that time, many new services have become available to members. Some of these include Logbook of the World, a digital edition of QST, expanded product reviews, ARRL publications available on Kindle, Online Exam Review, free license renewal assistance and more. Along with that, the ARRL has kept the increase in expenses significantly below the inflation rate. From this time forward, dues increases will be tied to a specific inflation index, to avoid any large increases delayed by long periods of time; which is what most dues organizations do when evaluating their dues increases.

Some amendments were approved for the ARRL HF Band Plan. The report anticipating this was published in the April 2015 QST. The only significant change from the published proposal was to set the upper RTTY/data limit at 14.125 MHz. This is consistent with the IARU Region 1 band plan.

The board authorized the preparation of a petition for FCC rulemaking to make some changes in the 80 and 75 meter bands. A survey was distributed to obtain input from the membership and more than 1,000 responses were received. Again, these changes will not occur unless approved by the FCC. More information will be available later about this process. At some point, there could be opportunity for additional comment to the FCC when it gets to the point of proposed rule making.

The board directed the CEO, ARRL staff, General Counsel and Executive Committee to develop and execute a plan to improve the timely and visible enforcement in the Amateur Radio Service. The areas of RF interference from power lines, Part 15 and 18 lighting devices and malicious interference to HF net operations and VHF/UHF repeaters is of concern in this area. The board is interested in new strategies to handle these issues.

Thanks to Ted Antanaitis WA7ZZB's suggestion, the Program and Services Committee will be adding some new Field Day bonus points beginning FD 2016. Bonus points will be given for FD operations that appoint a Safety Person, who will not only help to keep the site safe, but will do the important RF Exposure rates for each antenna. Thinking of operator safety and public safety - thanks Ted.

The Strategic Planning Work group is continuing to work and refine the strategic goals after preliminary approval from the board regarding the general direction and progress of the work group. The final strategic plan is expected to be approved at the January 2016 board meeting. If you have comments about this process, please send them to strategicplan@arrl.org. All members of the work group have access to view emails received at this address. Vice Director Altus is a member of this work group.

The Hamfest season is not over yet, with State Conventions and several smaller gatherings. Dir. Pace and V Dir. Altus will be traveling a great deal in the next few months and are anxious to talk with you about Ham Radio in general and ARRL activities and services. Drop by the tables and say hi!

A special thanks to Vice Director Altus for putting this newsletter together, as Director Pace is tied up with the CEO Search Committee.

73 and good Hamming

ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James D Pace, K7CEX
k7cex@arrl.org

ARES logo goes here May 27, 2015 - Alberta ARES requests priority access to 14.135, 7.135 and 3.675 due to Fires -

Fires in Alberta have resulted in the activation of Emergency Management Alberta and the subsequent activation of amateur radio assets.

RAC requests that Canadian and US amateurs honour the request of Alberta ARES that priority be given to Alberta amateurs on 14.135, 7.135 and 3.675 in their support of the Alberta government during the emergency.

Bill Boskwick, VE4BOZ
RAC Chief Field Services Officer
ve4boz@rac.ca


Thank you for cooperating with our friends in Alberta.

73,
Monte, AF7PQ
ARRL Western Washington Section
Section Manager: Monte L Simpson, AF7PQ
af7pq@arrl.org

ARRL logo goes here May 25, 2015 - 92 Year Old Ham Earns Extra Class License -
Graham Kent, W7CZL, born in 1923, passed his Extra class exam on Saturday. I'm not sure if this is a record for the oldest ham passing an FCC exam, but congratulations to Graham for his accomplishment. Graham has been a long time member of Army MARS and a Life Member of ARRL.

James D Pace, K7CEX
ARRL Northwestern Division Director
k7cex@arrl.org

FCClogo goes here May 23, 2015 - Northwestern Division Newsletter Supplement -

ARRL to Change Administrator for Insurance Plans: Effective May 26, 2015, the ARRL will be changing the program administrator for its sponsored Equipment and Club Liability insurance plans. Beginning on that date, all program administration including policy application, issuance and claims administration will be handled by Risk Strategies, a privately held, national insurance brokerage firm. The ARRL programs will be administered from their offices in Chicago, Illinois.

This move is being made based on the results of numerous comments from the ARRL membership relative to the former administrator, Hays Affinity Group which is based out of Minneapolis, MN.

The transaction, unlike previous changes, will involve a transfer of the total program business from Hays Affinity to Risk Strategies. Participants in the programs will retain their current insurance policies and the details of the coverage and the cost of coverage will remain unchanged, as will the insurance company, Hanover Insurance Company. An e-mail will be sent to all the current participants in the programs describing the changes and what, if anything, they need to do to access their on-line information.

The web address for the programs will be the same, www.arrlinsurance.com, but will take on a new look with improved functionality. The 800 numbers will also remain unchanged for contacting the new administrator. There will be a short delay in bringing up the new site once the programs have been transferred and we appreciate your patience while Risk Strategies makes the programs operational.

As a leading U.S. insurance broker, Risk Strategies offers sophisticated risk management advice and insurance placement for property & casualty and employee benefits risks. Risk Strategies serves middle market commercial companies, non-profits, public entities, and individuals, and has access to all major insurance markets. Ranked in the top 30 insurance brokers in the country, the company is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

FCC to Eliminate fees for Vanity Callsigns: The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), released May 21, it's a matter of simple economics.

"The Commission spends more resources on processing the regulatory fees and issuing refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment," the FCC said. "As our costs now exceed the regulatory fee, we are eliminating this regulatory fee category." The current vanity call sign regulatory fee is $21.40, the highest in several years. The FCC reported there were 11,500 "payment units" in FY 2014 and estimated that it would collect nearly $246,100.

For more information go to: http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-eliminates-amateur-radio-vanity-call-sign-regulatory-fee

HB 1301: If you are going to the SeaPac Convention on June 5, 6 & 7, don't forget to stop by the ARRL booth and sign a letter to your Congressman/woman, asking them to co-sponsor this Bill that would direct the FCC to extend the reach of PRB-1, to allow for 'reasonable' accommodations for Radio Amateur antennas in HOA and CC&R restricted areas.

73 and Good Hamming

James D Pace, K7CEX
ARRL Northwestern Division Director
k7cex@arrl.org

FCClogo goes here May 15, 2015 - Northwestern Division Newsletter -

TIME TO HEAD FOR THE BEACH: Once again, the annual Northwestern Division Convention will be held at Seaside Oregon on June 5, 6 & 7. As always, the convention is expected to draw large crowds of Ham Radio enthusiasts and their families. With lots of seminars to tons of equipment to buy - and of course flooding the streets of Seaside with Ham Radio advocates, this year will be an event not to miss.

ARRL Chief Operating Officer, Harold Kramer, WJ1B, will be in attendance, along with Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI and Membership Manager Diane Petrilli, KB1RNF. Stop by the ARRL Table and say hello. There is still time to register online or at the convention desk. See you at Seaside!

CHANGING EMAIL ADDRESSES: From time to time, many of us change our email addresses. When the primary email address changes, we need to remember to change our forwarding settings in our reflector subscriptions and other forwarding services, such as ARRL.net.

To continue to receive ARRL notices and e-letters, go to www.arrl.org sign in with your username and password, then go to 'edit your profile'. You can now change your email address. It would be good to bring this matter up at your club meetings, to remind others.

DIVISION/SECTION NEWSLETTERS: At a couple of Hamfests, this year, I have heard the question "A friend of mine said he gets newsletters from you, but I don't. how do I get them"?

Well if you are getting this newsletter, you can pass along the info at your clubs and to your friends. To receive Division/Section Newsletters and email, you have to 'opt in'. Just like changing your email address, sign in to your profile and select 'subscriptions' tab. You can check the newsletters/emails you wish to receive.

AMATEUR RADIO POISED TO GAIN ACCESS TO TWO NEW BANDS: The FCC has allocated a new LF band, 135.7 to 137.8 kHz, to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis. Allocation of the 2.1 kHz segment, known as 2200 meters, was in accordance with the Final Acts of the 2007 World Radio Communication Conference (WRC-07). The Commission also has proposed a new secondary 630 meter MF allocation at 472 to 479 kHz to Amateur Radio, implementing decisions made at WRC-12. No Amateur Radio operation will be permitted in either band until the FCC determines, on the basis of comments, the specific Part 97 rules it must frame to permit operation in the new bands. Amateur Radio would share both allocations with unlicensed Part 15 power line carrier (PLC) systems operated by utilities to control the power grid, as well as with other users. In addition, the FCC has raised the secondary Amateur Service allocation at 1900 to 2000 kHz to primary, while providing for continued use by currently unlicensed commercial fishing vessels of radio buoys on the "open sea."

See http://www.arrl.org/news/view/fcc-proposes-to-permit-amateur-access-to-2200-and-630-meters for more information.

ATTENTION VEC'S: It has come to our attention that there may be some confusion in regards to fees charged for license examination sessions. Please take a look at: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-vec-exam-fees for rules regarding testing fees.

WASHINGTON ESB 5656-2015: ESB 5656, the most recent attempt at 'hands free' driving Bills, seems to have passed and will become law on August 1, 2015. However, because of the reference to "electronic data communication", someone doing keyboarding on something like APRS or D-Star may have a problem, but the run-of-the-mill voice communications does not appear to be prohibited by SB 5656.

As we have reported in the past, the State Legislature has been attempting to pass a Distracted Driving Bill that is in compliance with the Federal MAP-21 guidelines. To that end, a Bill was finally passed and becomes law on August 1, 2015.

Dan Henderson, ARRL Regulatory Information Manager, reports: "States are taking a long look at their various distracted driving laws and Washington is no exception. Recently, SB 5656 has been working its way through the state legislature. The bill is geared towards regulating things like texting, emailing, instant messaging, or engaging in any other form of electronic data retrieval or electronic data communication. This bill does not appear to focus on hands free cell-phone usage and is addressing younger drivers, especially those driving with an intermediate permit. While it does not appear to affect those operating Amateur Radios while mobile, it is important to bear in mind that all drivers - whether Amateurs or not - should pay close attention to their driving when on the road".

Using data entry devices such as computers, Tablets and even ham equipment that require keyboard input, may be covered by SB5656. Normal voice communications seems not to be covered because of the MAP-21 definition of 'wireless communication devices'.

NEW DIVISION STAFF APPOINTMENTS: Please welcome Steve McKeen, W7QLO who has been appointed as a Division Assistant Director, working with Faith Based Organizations - especially in Emergency Communications. If you know of a Faith Based group that wants to get involved in Ham Radio, contact Steve at: w7qlo@arrl.net

Also Welcome Jay Townsend, who has been appointed as the Northwestern Division representative on the DX Advisory Committee. To contact Jay, send him an email at WS7I@arrl.net

Jay and Steve are great additions to the Division Staff and will serve with experience and zeal.

US NAVY-MARINE CORPS MARS PROGRAM TO END: The US Department of Defense is phasing out the US Navy-Marine Corps Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program. Its operational mission will transition to the other MARS service branches by the end of September. The announcement was from the head of the US Navy-Marine Corps MARS program in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Navy-Marine Corps MARS program also supports the US Coast Guard as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the US Department of Homeland Security, and local emergency management agencies. A US Department of Defense-sponsored program, MARS branches are separately managed by their respective military service branches. MARS volunteers are Amateur Radio operators who provide auxiliary or emergency communications to local, national, and international emergency and safety organizations, as an adjunct to normal communications.

For more information see: http://www.arrl.org/news/us-navy-marine-corps-mars-program-to-end

NEW GENERAL LICENSE MANUAL AVAILABLE: The new ARRL General Class License Manual (8th edition) now is available in soft-cover, spiral-bound, or e-book versions.

With the optional academic-style spiral-bound edition (ARRL Item 1904, retail $32.95), the manual lies flat, making it more convenient for both students and instructors. It includes everything you need to prepare for the 35-question General class Amateur Radio license exam, so you won't have any surprises on test day.

ARRL SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED: The ARRL Foundation will award over 80 scholarships this year. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $5000 a year, are awarded to deserving students pursuing various disciplines at colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the Country. Applicants need to be licensed Amateur Radio Operators and enrolled in their institution of choice and must file the ‘scholarship application and a copy of their transcript’ between October 1 and January 31 of each year. Applicants are rated on: need, community involvement including Amateur Radio, grades and writing skills. Some scholarships are geographically restricted such as the Wilse Morgan Memorial Scholarship, which is restricted to applicants from the Northwestern Division.

Although the Foundation Board has just finished reviewing applications to be awarded for the Fall of 2015 school year, it isn't too late to be gathering information and application material for the next round beginning on October 1, 2015. Applications can be obtained at: http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-program

ARRL TEACHERS INSTITUTE ON WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY: Do you know a science teacher in the Jr or Sr High School or College environment? Get this information in their hands for next year’s round of classes.

As part of our educational outreach to schools through our Education & Technology Program, each summer the ARRL offers multiple sessions of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, an expenses paid professional development seminar, in locations through the U.S. The Teachers Institute has provided teachers from elementary school to the university level with tools and strategies to introduce basic electronics, the science of radio, space technology and satellite communications, as well as weather science, introduction to micro-controllers and basic robotics in their classrooms. The curriculum is designed for motivated teachers and other school staff who want to learn more about wireless technology and bring that knowledge to their students.

The application period for 2015 sessions closed May 1, but you or your teacher candidate can check: http://www.arrl.org/teachers-institute-on-wireless-technology for updates about Teachers Institute activities and new offerings. If you have questions or to request brochures contact us at: ead@arrl.org Register with us to receive news about Education & Technology Program activities and notification about future Teachers Institutes.

QST TURNS 100 YEARS OLD: "The monthly Journal for Amateur Radio, will turn 100 years old in December of this year. To help celebrate 100 years of QST, ARRL will introduce a commemorative reissue of the first QST -- the December 1915 issue -- during Dayton Hamvention®," said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. "The special reprint is free when you join, renew, or extend your ARRL membership at ARRL EXPO." Inderbitzen said ARRL Life Members may obtain a free copy just by stopping in at the ARRL EXPO store. Those unable to attend Hamvention may obtain copies directly from ARRL for $9.95 each.

James D Pace, K7CEX
ARRL Northwestern Division Director
k7cex@arrl.org

FCClogo goes here May 12, 2015 - Official Observer Report for April 2015 -
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
Observations Not Carded / Notes
AA9MQ
15
0
0
0
0
0
AF7PQ
25
5
0
0
0
0
K7EK
17.5
0
0
0
0
0
K7NA
33
0
0
0
0
0
K7YHB
8
0
0
0
0
0
KD7JGJ
0
0
0
0
0
No Hours Reported
KE7GSK
10
0
0
0
0
0
KN7S
22
0
1
0
1
0
N1BEC
35
0
0
0
0
0
N7KRE
20
0
1
0
1
0
W3OZ
11
0
0
0
0
0
W5KAV
80
0
0
0
0
0
W7ARC
124
0
0
0
0
0
W7FU
13
0
0
0
0
0
W7POE
70
0
0
0
0
0
W7TG
50
0
1
0
1
Expired License
W7THS
4
0
0
0
0
0
W7XC
40
20
0
0
0
0
W7ZF
5
0
12
0
12
All Advisories for Out of Band
WA7PML
16
0
0
0
0
0
WA7TZ
0.1
0
0
0
0
0
WB6W
20
0
0
0
0
0
WC7I
5
0
0
0
0
0
WV7R
7
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
630.6
25
15
0
15
0

WWA logo goes here March 13, 2015 - Washington Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5656 - Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5656 is the proposed legislation to tighten up on distracted driving law in the State of Washington. It has come to my attention there may be Amateur Radio Service operators writing to the legislature regarding this bill.

ARRL Headquarters staff have reviewed this bill and asked for comment from the league's general counsel. The basis for this bill is a federal act known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century or MAP 21. Basic information on MAP 21 can be found at: www.dot.gov/map21 You may find Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5656 at: lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2015-16/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5656-S.E.pdf

The focus of MAP 21 and Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5656 is "Personal Wireless Communications Devices." ARRL has the definition of personal wireless communications devices at: www.arrl.org/mobile-amateur-radio-policy

Personal Wireless Communications Device as used herein means a device through which commercial mobile services, unlicensed wireless services, and common carrier wireless exchange access services are transmitted. Such devices include hand held or portable electronic equipment capable of providing full duplex, wireless voice or data communications via the public switched telephone network between two or more people, and devices for text messaging or paging, but do not include two-way radio communications equipment such as that used in the Amateur Radio Service.

The ARRL's position is that amateur radio does not need an exclusion because it is not included in the definition of personal wireless communications device as used in the federal law and Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5656.

Please bear in mind that an amateur handheld transceiver could be confused for a device covered by the federal law and state proposed law. If an officer sees the driver of a vehicle driving erratically and holding something that appears to be a prohibited device they have the duty to determine if in deed it is a prohibited device. The federal law and ESSB 5656 are about the safety of those of us using the public roadways. Distracted driving is a serious problem on our roadways.

Please take a few minutes to read ESSB 5656 and MAP 21 to see that amateur radio is not mentioned or included in the definition of personal wireless communications device.

73,

Monte, W7MLS

FCClogo goes here March 11, 2015 - Official Observer Report for February 2015 -
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
AA9MQ
13.5
0
0
0
0
K7EK
13
0
0
0
0
K7NA
76
0
0
0
0
K7YHB
8
0
0
0
0
KD7JGJ
2
0
0
0
0
KE7GSK
15
0
0
0
0
KN7S
22
0
1
0
1
N1BEC
18
0
0
0
0
N7KRE
20
0
0
0
0
W3OZ
6
0
0
0
0
W5KAV
80
0
0
0
0
W7ARC
112
0
0
0
0
W7FU
4
0
0
0
0
W7MLS
30
5
0
1
1
W7POE
70
0
0
0
0
W7TG
4
0
0
0
0
W7THS
3.5
0
0
0
0
W7XC
40
20
0
0
0
W7ZF
6
0
0
0
0
WA7PML
18
0
0
0
0
WA7TZ
0.1
0
0
0
0
WB6W
15
0
0
0
0
WC7I
5
0
0
0
0
WV7R
24
0
0
0
0
Totals
605.1
25
1
1
2

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

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

Section Youth Coordinator
Delvin Bunton, N7QMT
7410 NE Glenwood Dr
Vancouver, WA 98662
drbunton@comcast.net

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