2016 Western Washington
Section News Archive

ARRL diamond goes here December 19, 2016 - NORTHWESTERN DIVISION NEWSLETTER
I would like to take this time, on behalf of the Division leadership, to wish you all a wonderful and joyous season of celebration with friends and family. In your celebrations, remember those in your community that are shut ins or have no family to be with. Also, remember the military personnel who stand guard so that we can celebrate. 73, and good Hamming

FCC TO CLOSE OFFICES: The FCC is closing many Field Offices across the Nation, leaving the Enforcement Bureau quite limited in Amateur Radio Enforcement activities. The January Board meeting of the ARRL will include a discussion as to what we can do to mitigate these potential deficits in enforcement. To have accurate information for that meeting, I am looking for some input from our Division membership. If you have an open case of RFI - in which the FCC is involved - please send me the case information to: nwdvd@comcast.net so that I can compile a Division report.

2017 HAMFEST/CONVENTION SCHEDULE: The 2017 Hamfest/convention schedule is already shaping up. Start your planning now, by checking the schedule at: www.n7cfo.com This is a live schedule with regular updates.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 68TH INTERNATIONAL DX CONVENTION: Registration is open for the 68th International DX Convention, set for April 21-23, 2017, in Visalia, California. This year's format has been expanded to 3 days, with Contest University (CTU) on the opening Friday.

Some highlights: DX and technical seminars on both Friday and Saturday; Dozens of exhibitors offering the latest gear on Friday and Saturday; ARRL DXCC QSL card checking; DX and ARRL forums, and optional Friday dinners - Top Band Banquet, IOTA Banquet, and Contest Banquet. For more information go to: http://www.dxconvention.com

SANTA SAYS NORTH AMERICA Q COUNT NEEDS TO IMPROVE: From Santa's Village in Finland comes word that Santa Claus is unhappy with the paltry percentage of North American contacts that OF9X (sponsored by Radio Arcala, OH8X) has logged to date - on the order of 3% of the total to date. Next to Santa's Village, the elves have even resorted to Sun dancing to obtain better propagation, and with Santa's encouragement, the elves have managed to erect a 6/6/6/6 20-meter array on a 300-foot(!) rotating tower. Starting on Friday, December 16, at 1900 UTC, Santa will call "Ho-ho!" on 20 meters to North American children (listen for OF9X between 14.200 and 14.240 MHz; Santa's not sure exactly, as the VFO dial may get frosty). These operations will be streamed, with incoming signals played back at all times. Tell Santa that you see him, and he will wave to you personally. You can also connect on your mobile device.

After your first contact with Santa, you are eligible to request a live video/audio appointment, during which he can speak with your children or grandchildren via Skype or Facebook. More information on OF9X's QRZ.com page.

WASHINGTON DOL FINDS PROBLEM IN HAM LICENSE PLATE PROGRAM: Pat, WA6SCW has discovered a glitch in Ham Plate issue/renew process. For those hams in WA with callsign license plates, you may be interested to hear that last weekend (12/10/2016) WA DOL changed its website and software for renewing car license tabs. Unfortunately, the new system has a bug which prevents online or mail renewal of license tabs for Ham Plates. An error message is produced which says that the tabs cannot be renewed because "additional documentation is needed", but DOL Customer Service in Olympia has no idea what (if anything) is needed or how to fix it. My local licensing office in Jefferson County couldn't help either, as they have no control of the online or mail renewal systems. I spent about 2 hours on the phone today going back and forth between Olympia and the local office, but I really don't think anyone knows how to elevate the issue to someone who can fix it, so it will probably be awhile.

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

ARES logo  goes here December 18, 2016 - ARES District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) sought - ARES District 2 is composed of Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties. There is at present no District 2 ARES DEC. We are looking for an applicant. If you are interested or know of a good candidate, please contact Frank Wolfe NM7R, SEC for WWA.

(the DEC job description is here)

question mark picture goes here December 3, 2016 - Section Calendar Update - The WWA section calendar has been updated for 2017. I hope you all will take a look at it and let me know if there are any errors or anything that should be there that isn't. It's temporarily extended through November 2017 for this review. The January 2017 update will be cut back to three months at a time. 73 de Glenn WB6W

FCC shield goes here November 14, 2016 - October 2015 OO report

Monitoring Hours
Admin Hours
Advisory Notices Sent
Good Op Cards Sent
Total Cards
Observations Not Carded
359.6
25
0
0
0
2

73,
Scott Douglas, w7xc

ARRL diamond goes here October 25, 2016 - NORTHWESTERN DIVISION NEWSLETTER
CONGRATULATIONS RTC: On Sunday, October 16, 2016, Vice Director Altus and I attended the 100th Anniversary of the Radio Club of Tacoma (RCT was founded October 16, 1916), where it was an honor to present a special plaque, from the ARRL, honoring the milestone.

The event was very well attended, with people from all over, including California, Oregon, Massachusetts and Canada.

The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the original ARRL Charter, signed by Hiram Percy Maxim, 96 years ago. The document had been discovered in a box of papers, having been archived years ago, and now resides proudly at the W7DK Clubhouse, in a UV protected frame, for all to see.

One extra surprise for me, was the attendance of Dennis Reanier W7UBA, one of the two Elmers I had in 1957, when I started in Ham Radio. (The other was Ron Wagner, W7PSB who became SK in the 80's) Congratulations to the Radio Club of Tacoma; what a wonderful legacy they have for the future of Ham Radio in the Northwestern Division.

Repeater Coordination Pioneer John Crockett, W3KH, SK
(from www.arrl.org)
John Crockett, W3KH, of Columbia, South Carolina, died on October 12. An ARRL Life Member, he was 69. Licensed in 1963, Crockett was the developer of and project manager for the Southeastern Repeater Association (SERA) Universal Coordination System, as well as project manager for the entire SCHEART system, analog VHF and UHF linked repeaters, and, most recently, the Digital Mobile Radio linked repeater system. He was a member of the SERA Board of Directors and served as SERA Vice President.

"John was perhaps one of, if not the most beloved hams in South Carolina, but known far and wide," said ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, who previously served as South Carolina Section Manager. "He is probably responsible for more Amateur Radio licensures in South Carolina than any other individual."

Crockett worked with the South Carolina State Guard, sponsoring licensing classes and was a mentor and technical advisor. He was President of the Columbia Amateur Radio Club.

In 2011, Boehner and past Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF (SK), presented Crockett with the Roanoke Division ARRL Vic Clark W4KFC Service Award for his contributions to Amateur Radio. "He was probably the best diplomat I've ever known," Boehner said. "He worked with multiple repeater owners, clubs and groups, and helped them work together - a skill that has thoroughly impressed me."

Crockett was an electrical engineer and, in his professional life, was Vice President of Engineering for the South Carolina Educational Television. He was an ardent advocate of emergency communication and served as net manager for the South Carolina Statewide ARES VHF/UHF Net, which met on the SC HEART Linked Repeater System.

"Amateur Radio and emergency communications had no greater advocate in South Carolina than John Crockett," said Jenny Myers, WA4NGV, the president of the Charleston Amateur Radio Society, of which Crockett was an honorary member. "He will be greatly missed."

Crockett served in the US Air Force and was a Vietnam War veteran. In the past, he held the call signs KC4YI, WA3EAJ, WA4EVC, WA4VUS, and HS3MC.

Boehner said Crockett was a strong supporter of the ARRL and very modest of his accomplishments. "When I think of an individual who has truly made a difference in Amateur Radio, his name comes right to the top," Boehner said.

IARU Honors Past ARRL President Rod Stafford, W6ROD, with Michael Owen, VK3KI, Award
(from www.arrl.org)
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has honored past ARRL President and outgoing IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD (ex-KB6ZV), with the Michael J. Owen, VK3KI, Memorial Award. Presenting the award was IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA. The award's namesake served as IARU Region 3 chair and as President of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA). Although Stafford is stepping down as IARU Secretary, he will continue to represent the IARU to the ITU Development Sector.

The presentation took place at a dinner on the opening day of the IARU Region 2 General Assembly in Via del Mar, Chile. The Owen Award is bestowed upon an individual with "an outstanding trajectory of service to Amateur Radio," IARU Region 2 said, in announcing Stafford as the award's recipient.

Stafford's service to organized Amateur Radio began as ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section Manager from 1983 until 1986, when he took office as ARRL Pacific Division Director. He served in that post until 1990, when he became an ARRL Vice President. In 1992, the ARRL Board elected him to be First Vice President, and in 1995, he succeeded George Wilson, W4OYI (SK), as the 12th ARRL President, after Wilson suffered a stroke. He served as ARRL President until 2000. Stafford served in several IARU Region 2 capacities and has been IARU Secretary since 2009.

The ARRL Board has appointed former ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, to succeed Stafford as IARU Secretary, a post he has held previously.

Owen, who died in 2012, may be best remembered for his WRC-03 work on Article 25 - a package of revisions to the international Radio Regulations specific to the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services.

Are You Prepared?
The after action reports are out, in regards to Cascadia Rising 2016. Although a recent article in the Seattle Times reports that the exercise was less than successful, it indicated that Ham Radio Operators helped to fill the gap' in the communications activities. (see: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-states-plan-for-megaquake-grossly-inadequate-review-finds/ )

From my perspective, the exercise did what it was supposed to do; it revealed many shortcomings in our planning process. However, now we know where they are and have begun to shore up, where it is needed. I complement all of the Ham Radio teams that participated in CR16, and encourage you all to continue working to improve your skills and networks.

GeekGirls Gathering:
I attended the GeekGirlCon in Seattle to support Susan Matthews KF7RTF and the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club. Susan was ably assisted in the planning by Amrita George KF7YCC. A variety of flyers were available on their table but the most popular one was a flyer that Lynn Burlingame N7CFO put together for them. It contained information about where to take licensing classes, where to take licensing exams and other important information for getting started.

The Western Washington regional director for the Girl Scouts was at a nearby table, so Susan made introductions with him for me and for the Hillier family when the girls arrived with their father to help staff the table. The youngest Hillier sister was licensed at 9 and the 16-year-old sister has her Extra Class license. The Regional Director for the Girl Scouts was especially interested in the idea of families being licensed together, which is very common when children obtain their license. He was also interested in the idea of the license being practical as a part of family disaster preparedness. Susan was interested in encouraging the Girl Scouts to offer their Radio and Wireless Technology badge in the area.

There were quite a number of convention attendees who stopped by the table and were seriously interested in licensing. One woman, who brought her young daughter to the table and picked up some information on licensing, said her daughter had been asking for a walkie-talkie but ham radio sounded a lot better. This was a very successful event and I suspect the groups on Lynn's flyer will soon be contacted about licensing classes and exams.

73, Bonnie Altus AB7ZQ, Northwestern Division Vice Director Club Affiliation:

ARRL Affiliated Clubs
Is your club an American Radio Relay League Affiliated Club? If not, they are missing out on a lot of benefits! These include mailing lists of new hams, a sales commission for new ARRL memberships and renewals, ARRL Club Liability Insurance, Club Ham Radio Equipment Insurance, and referral of prospective club members. Each club is listed in the national directory with meeting, webpage and contact information. Once club affiliation is granted an annual report is required to ensure that this information is up to date.

Of special interest is the club library book set which includes popular ARRL publications, intended for clubs that wish to make a gift to a local library or school at the special price of $200 per set.

More information about Affiliated Clubs and an on-line application is available at http://www.arrl.org/affiliated-club-benefits

ARRL Affiliated Clubs are also eligible for Special Service Status. Special Service Clubs are clubs that go above and beyond in service to their communities and Amateur Radio. They are the leaders in their Amateur Radio communities who provide active training classes, publicity programs and actively pursue technical projects and operating activities. Information is available at http://www.arrl.org/ssc-application

Each ARRL Section has an Affiliated Club Coordinator to assist you in applying for Affiliated Club Status and to serve as club liaison with the ARRL staff. Please see your section webpage for contact information. 73, Lynn Burlingame N7CFO, WWA Affiliated Clubs Coordinator

WWA Section News
Summer 2016 was a busy time for our section and I thank everyone who contributed to our successes. In June volunteers of ARES/RACES/ACS worked hundreds of hours in support of the national level earthquake exercise Cascadia Rising 2016. The contributions made by members of the Amateur Radio Service were greatly appreciated and commented on at the after action review in August. I would like to recognize three hams who helped me during the two year ramp up for the exercise. Kudos to Mike Chaplin, NC7Q, Scott Honaker, N7SS and Robert Wiese, W7UWC of the Eastern Washington Section. In August many hams in our section contributed to the success of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) area of WASHJAM 2016. This was a very successful time for the scouts thanks to the Lake Washington Lake Washington Ham Club who have been engaged in attracting young people to our hobby via the STEM program. Connor Mitchell, KI7GUD, of Olympia, was awarded a Yaesu handheld radio for being the youngest ham to earn his ticket during WASHJAM. As the Section Manager I would like to say that our affiliated clubs and the VE program continue to be very important for attracting youth to our hobby. During SEAPAC in June ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, challenged the sections within the NW Division to grow its membership. Our section was challenged to add 500 members of the ARRL. I believe our great section can meet this challenge by special emphasis in our clubs and providing membership applications during VE sessions. With that said it is word of mouth advertising has been proven as the most effective way of getting the story out about a club, a business, or product. I'd like to thank all of the members of our section for your dedication and commitment to the ARRL and our wonderful hobby.

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

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

ARES emblem goes here October 5, 2016 - Frequencies in Use in Conjunction with Hurricane Matthew Response

These Amateur Radio frequencies are known to be in use or are available for use during the response to Hurricane Matthew. Please avoid interfering with these frequencies, and do not check into any emergency nets unless you genuinely have something of importance to contribute.


Northern Florida ARES Net 3.950 or 7.252 MHz
International SATERN Net 14.265 MHz (USB) Health & Welfare Traffic
Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) 14.325 MHz (USB)
7.268 MHz (LSB)
Weather data and storm reports from stations in affected area
Cuba (Primary) 7.110 MHz (LSB)
Cuba (Alternate 1) 7.120 MHz (LSB)
Cuba (Alternate 2) 7.045 MHz
Cuba (Alternate 3) 7.080 MHz
Cuba 3.720 MHz
Cuba 3.740 MHz
IARU Region 2 3.750 MHz Emergency Center of Activity Frequency
IARU Region 2 7.060 MHz Emergency Center of Activity Frequency
IARU Region 2 14.300 MHz Global Emergency Center of Activity Frequency
IARU Region 2 18.160 MHz Global Emergency Center of Activity Frequency
IARU Region 2 21.360 MHz Global Emergency Center of Activity Frequency
IARU Region 2 18.160 MHz Global Emergency Center of Activity Frequency
VoIP Hurricane Net WX-Talk Conference, Node #7203 on Echolink and IRLP Reflector 9219.
IRLP Reflector 9553 is the backup.
(Due to the number of limited routes to the Echolink node for mobile devices, monitor WX-TALK on a desktop computer if possible.)


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

Kitsap County ARC emblem goes here October 4, 2016 - Kitsap County Amateur Radio Club HAMFEST
The Kitsap County Amateur Radio Club invites all to their HAMFEST, to be held Saturday, October 8th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Doors open for vendor setup at 8am. Doors open for general public at 9am.

Location: Filipino American Community Center, 1240 Sheridan Rd., Bremerton. This is to the east of the gas station located at the intersection of Sheridan Rd. and Wheaton Way.

Admission is $5. Vendor 6 ft. tables are $10, two for $17 Vendor helpers: $5 ea For vendors, the membership of the Filipino American Association has just invested in renovating their community center and it's requested that utmost care be taken to not damage the floor or it's finishing.

Vendor info is at hamfest@kcarc.org

Talk-in frequency is 146.44 simplex.

The club will have numerous raffle prizes all during the event and an Yaesu FT 60R dual band HT for the grand prize.

For questions regarding the Kitsap County ARC Hamfest please contact Ron Sefton, N7EM,KCARC 2016 Hamfest Co-Chair at rlsefton@Comcast.net.

FCC shield goes here October 3, 2016 - Comments in FCC "Symbol Rate" Rule Making Proposal Due by October 11

(This is a QST bulletin that came out awhile ago. Given that the filing deadline is approaching, it seems appropriate to repeat it. - 73 de wb6w)

The FCC will accept public comments in response to a July FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 16-239 -- the "Symbol Rate" proceeding -- until October 11. Reply comments -- ie, comments on comments already filed -- are due by November 10. The NPRM now has been published in The Federal Register, thus opening the respective 60-day and 30-day comment/reply comment windows.

In response to a 2013 ARRL Petition for Rule Making (RM-11708), the FCC proposed to revise the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to eliminate current baud rate limitations for data emissions, consistent with ARRL's Petition, but it declined to propose a bandwidth limitation for data emissions in the MF and HF bands to replace the baud rate limitations.

ARRL had asked the FCC to change the Part 97 rules to delete the symbol rate limits in Section 97.307(f) and replace them with a maximum bandwidth for data emissions of 2.8 kHz on amateur frequencies below 29.7 MHz.

Interested parties may comment via the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing Service (EFCS), as well as by mail.

Communications Acadamy label goes here October 2, 2016 - Communications Academy 2017 Call for Presentations
The Communications Academy is soliciting proposals for presentations for the 2017 Communications Academy, to be held April 22-23, 2017, at South Seattle College, Seattle, WA. 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.

The Communications Academy Program Committee is seeking presentations on new ideas and practical solutions to the challenges facing today's emergency communicator, related to the 2017 Communications Academy theme:

"Public Safety/Public Service: Supporting Your Communities with Emergency Communications,"

Presentations or tutorial topics are encouraged around this theme, especially those which provide case studies and innovative solutions for emergency communications challenges, applied to amateur and non-amateur radio emergency communications, radio communications technology, community hubs and CERT teams, emergency management, volunteer recruitment and training, and EmComm leadership. Demonstrations are also encouraged.

Possible tracks include: Practical and hands-on technologies; Advanced communications technologies; Community Service; Management of volunteers; Leadership – keeping served agencies and teams engaged with each other; Equipment readiness and infrastructure; EmComm response to emergency incidents or disasters, etc.

Proposals should include a brief abstract and outline of the presentation, along with a short speaker bio, and are requested before November 30, 2016. Proposals should be sent via email to n7lsl@arrl.net. Submitters will be notified of the final program selection in early January, 2017. The Communications Academy Program Committee will make the final program selection. Submissions received after January 10 will be considered only if there is curriculum space available.

Presentation Guidelines: The presentations should fit into a 75-minute timeslot, including time for a question and answer session. Any special audio-visual or demonstration requirements should be specified in the proposal. If you think you need more time, we can discuss the best options. There are a few slots that can be 90 minutes.

Final presentations will be due April 15, 2017, and will be published on the CommAcademy web site after the conference, unless the author restricts this. The presentation material preferably should be in Microsoft PowerPoint, using any template desired, and any supplemental handout material should be in PDF or WORD format. Please ask about other presentation formats you might want to use.

Marina Zuetell, N7LSL
Program Chair, Communications Academy 2017

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

WWA logo goes here October 1, 2016 - WWA SECTION NEWSLETTER
The Western Washington Section Affiliated Clubs Coordinator, Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, has worked diligently to maintain a Speakers Bureau list for our section. He is now attempting to verify the information he has and to add speakers to the list.

If you are currently on the Speakers Bureau list, please verify your contact information by checking the list via the WWA Speakers Bureau "bingo board" button above or at http://www.n7cfo.com/amradio/hf/SB.pdf.

Can you make a presentation on amateur radio and related subjects? If so, the Western Washington ARRL Speakers Bureau needs your help! Please see the speaker listing at http://www.n7cfo.com/amradio/hf/SB.pdf for our current list of speakers. We particularly need speakers in the following areas:
      
  • Logbook of the World
  • Digital modes
  • Basic skills for new hams – selecting radio equipment, operating procedures, mobile installations, base station installations, portable operation, etc.
  • TVI and RFI
  • Software defined radio
  • Winlink
  • Contest operating
  • Weak Signal VHF
  • APRS
  • QRP OPERATION
  • Building a Comm Van
  • Coordinating Public Service Events
  • Attracting youth to our hobby and keeping them involved
  • Any assistance the section can give to Lynn is greatly appreciated. If you have expertise in a topic of interest to amateur radio and would be available to share the information with a club or group, please send Lynn an email at n7cfo@arrl.net. Perhaps you've been on a DXpedition, have designs for some great antennas, or lead a successful public service event, if so, Lynn would like to hear from you.

    I'd like to take this chance to say Thank You to all of the ARRL members in the Western Washington Section you have made our section one of the best in the ARRL.

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

    ARRL diamond goes here September 30, 2016 - ARRL Scholarship Applications Being Accepted
    The ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications on October 1 from eligible radio amateurs planning to pursue post-secondary education in the 2017-2018 academic year. Completed applications must be received by January 31, 2017. Individuals and clubs support many of the more than 80 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $5,000, that are awarded annually. Applicants for all scholarships must be active radio amateurs and must complete and submit the online application.

    "The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors is very pleased to be entrusted with managing this program. The scholarship program is a wonderful way to encourage students to continue their Amateur Radio activities while assisting them with the costs of their higher education," says ARRL Foundation Secretary and ARRL Development Manager Lauren Clarke, KB1YDD. "All ARRL Foundation scholarships are made possible by individuals or clubs, and we are grateful for their support."

    The Foundation reported that 81 radio amateurs were the recipients of 2016-2017 academic year scholarships it administers. Awards totaled $120,150.

    Students planning to apply for 2017-18 academic year awards should first carefully review the eligibility requirements and scholarship descriptions. Although only one application per applicant is required, applicants may ask to be considered for as many of the scholarships for which they are eligible (some scholarships have geographic criteria or other requirements). Check off only the scholarships for which you would like to be considered. In addition to completing the online application, applicants must submit a PDF of their academic transcript from their most recently completed school year.

    Applications are due on January 31, 2017, by 11:59 PM ET. Applications without accompanying transcripts will not be considered. Awards winners typically are notified in mid-May by USPS mail and e-mail.

    Established in 1973 as an independent and separate IRS 501(c)(3) organization, the ARRL Foundation manages grant and scholarship programs to support the Amateur Radio community. All grants and scholarships are funded entirely by the generous contributions of radio amateurs, clubs and friends. Individuals, groups or clubs wishing to establish an ARRL Foundation Scholarship Fund should visit the ARRL Foundation website.

    For more information about ARRL Foundation scholarships, e-mail the ARRL Foundation at foundation@arrl.org or call 860-594-0348

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

    ARRL diamond goes here September 16, 2016 - NORTHWESTERN DIVISION NEWSLETTER
    YOU ARE INVITED TO A BIRTHDAY PARTY: The Radio Club of Tacoma will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the club, on October 16 beginning at 2:00 PM. The celebration will be held at the Scottish Rites Temple 817 S Vassault St, Tacoma, WA 98465, For additional information call: 253-820-0890 or email: Dave@W7UUU.net . RTC was formed in 1916 and affiliated with the ARRL in 1920.

    Come and help celebrate this great accomplishment, as the club station, W7DK, will also be doing a sort-of special event using the W7DK/100 identifier the weekend before and the Saturday immediately before the event.

    AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT HAS PASSED THE HOUSE: The Amateur Radio Parity Act, has passed the House of Representatives, with no objection on the floor. In fact, the Congressmen/women who spoke on the subject, gave Ham Radio excellent praises for their work in many disasters such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. Our legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign. The legislation now moves to the Senate, where we need every Senator to approve the bill.

    You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States. Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily. NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL MEMBERS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS!
    • If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner's Association, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!

    • If you already have outdoor antennas, but want to support your fellow hams, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!

    • If you want to preserve your ability to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
    To help us in the effort, please go to this linked website and follow the prompts: https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act.

    The process is quick and easy. When you enter your zip code, you will see a letter addressed to your two Senators. Fill in your information and follow the submission directions. As of this morning, just over 30,000 letters have been submitted by ARRL members, the Northwestern Division has emailed over 2,300 letters to their Senators.

    It is not certain when the vote in the Senate will take place, however it is expected soon. So if you haven't sent your letter, please do.

    LUNAR-ORBITING HAM RADIO SATELLITE IN THE FUTURE? A NASA Cube Quest Challenge (CQC) team partnered with AMSAT-NA is among the five CQC teams to receive $20,000 each from the space agency as part of a competition that could lead to a lunar-orbiting Amateur Radio satellite. The Ragnarok Industries Nano-Satellite Company team, comprised of former NASA Goddard Space Flight Center PhD engineering interns, is designing the 6-unit (6U) Heimdallr CubeSat to test advanced propulsion and communication technologies for lunar and deep-space missions. AMSAT would develop the 5 GHz uplink/10 GHz downlink — the so-called "five and dime" paradigm — Phase 5 Amateur Radio transponder for the spacecraft, and AMSAT's Ground Terminal initiative is supporting the effort. The five teams announced on September 9 scored highest in the first of four "ground tournaments" making up the initial phase of the $5 million CQC. The three teams with the highest total cumulative scores will be offered rides as secondary payloads on the first Space Launch System (SLS) mission, Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) in 2018.

    "Cube Quest is an opportunity for non-government CubeSat developers and builders to compete in lunar orbit and deep space for accomplishments in communications, navigation and longevity," said CQC Competition Manager Jim Cockrell of NASA's Ames Research Center.

    The August tournament winnowed the competition from 13 teams that presented initial spacecraft designs, and it did not involve any hardware. Cockrell likened it to a "mission concept review."

    The project's Howie DeFelice, AB2S, said that at the end of the SLS mission, AMSAT would take control of the satellite and operate it in lunar orbit. Watch www.arrl.org and QST for further developments.

    UPCOMING HAMFESTS AND EVENTS:
    • SPOKANE HAMFEST: ARRL Washington State Convention September 24, 2016 =University High School 12420 E 32nd Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216

    • 22nd ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST VHF-UHF-MICROWAVE CONFERENCE: Oct 7-8, 2016 in Bend, Oregon at Shilo Inn Hotel 3105 O.B. Riley Road, Bend, OR 97703

    • GeekGirlCom: October 8-9, takes place at The Conference Center, located at 8th and Pike in downtown Seattle, WA, right across the street from the Washington State Convention Center. Local Lady Hams will be staffing a display and participating in the events. For more information, go to: www.geekgirlcon.com.
    NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH: September is National Preparedness Month! As the month runs quickly to its end, ask yourself the question; am I prepared? Remember, You are Your Own First Responder.

    GOOD NEWS ABOUT SUN SPOTS (OR MAYBE SUN SPECKS): - from ARRL eLetter - Propagation guru Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, says that, while conditions on 12 and 10 meters will pick up as they always do in the fall, F2 propagation on those bands will decline thereafter, with only sporadic E during the summer months as a possible saving grace. On the other hand, the lower bands — 160, 80, and 40 meters — should be good going forward, and 20 and 17 meters will be the mainstays of daylight HF propagation.

    Luetzelschwab made these observations during an August 23 World Wide Radio Operators Foundation (WWROF)-sponsored webinar "Solar Topics — Where We're Headed." He said data suggest that Cycle 24, the current solar cycle, will bottom out in 2020, and advised that radio amateurs may need to lower their expectations on the higher bands (and 6 meters) looking beyond that. "I think the only conclusion we can make with some confidence is that we are headed for some small cycles," he told his audience. He cited various evidence related to the Sun's polar fields — which appear to be decreasing in strength, A index trends, and cosmic ray data to support his assertion. Luetzelschwab cautioned, however, that past performance does not necessarily predict future performance.

    "There seems to be a good correlation between how long a solar minimum is and the next solar cycle," said Luetzelschwab. "The longer you spend at solar minimum, the smaller the next cycle."

    He observed that hams active since the 1950s and 1960s have experienced short inter-cycle solar minimums of approximately 2 years, until the one between Cycle 23 and Cycle 24, which lasted about 4 years. He also allowed that the science is not fully understood, and that some things appearing to be patterns may just be coincidences.

    On the other hand, he said, it looks like the downward trend of disappearing sunspots has leveled off, suggesting that Cycle 25 may see a lower smoothed sunspot number as opposed to zero or near-zero sunspots.

    Counting those sunspots can be a subjective business. "That's a tough job," he said of the task, noting that it appears observer bias also has been a factor over the years, affecting historical sunspot data. "We now have new corrected data that are believed to be more accurate." Luetzelschwab's article "The New Sunspot Numbers," appearing in the October issue of QST, will discuss the new sunspot numbers.

    Luetzelschwab cited historical sunspot cycle data going back centuries — including the "Maunder Minimum" of zero and near-zero sunspots between the years 1645 and 1715 and a later, less-drastic "Dalton Minimum." He pointed out that over the last 11,000 years, 19 notable grand maximums — including Cycle 19 and the cycles around it — and 27 notable grand minimums were recorded. "We're likely to have more of both grand maximums and grand minimums in the future," he predicted. The current system of numbering sunspot cycles begins with Cycle 1 in the mid-18th century.

    "We don't fully understand the process inside the Sun that makes solar cycles," Luetzelschwab said. "Thus, you should exercise caution with statements seen in the news."

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

    ARRL diamond goes here September 14, 2016 - NORTHWESTERN DIVISION UPDATES
    YOU ARE INVITED TO A BIRTHDAY PARTY: The Radio Club of Tacoma will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the club, on October 16 beginning at 2:00 PM. The celebration will be held at the Scottish Rites Temp817 S Vassault St, Tacoma, WA 98465, Phone:(253) 565-027. RTC was formed in 1916 and affiliated with the ARRL in 1920.

    Come and help celebrate this great accomplishment, as the club station, W7DK, will also be doing a sort-of special event using the W7DK/100 identifier the weekend before and the Saturday immediately before the event.

          AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT HAS PASSED THE HOUSE:
    From the desk of the President

    Dear ARRL member,

    I am writing to you today because we are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act.

    Our legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, passed in the House of Representatives yesterday, September 12th. The legislation now moves to the Senate, where we need every Senator to approve the bill.

    You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States. Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily.

    NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL MEMBERS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS!
    • If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner's Association, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
    • If you already have outdoor antennas, but want to support your fellow hams, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!
    • If you want to preserve your ability to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!!


    We need you to reach out to your Senators TODAY! Right away. Help us in the effort. Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts: https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-senate-to-support-amateur-radio-parity-act

    Thank you
    73,
    Rick
    Rick Roderick, K5UR
    President
    ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®

    ARRL diamond goes here September 6, 2016 - NORTHWESTERN DIVISION UPDATES
    Washington State Convention: Please join the 40th annual Spokane Hamfest on September 24, 2016 at University High School in the Spokane Valley from 9AM-4PM. This event is also the ARRL Washington State Convention & is hosted by six local clubs. Seminars, displays, swap tables, prizes, "test gear" table, card checking, license exam, open-cry auction, & non-stop food are all featured. Admission is $5. For more info, please visit: http://www.n7cfo.com/amradio/hf/hf.htm

    President Roderick Appointments Entry Level License Committee, to review and suggest if we need to establish a different license class. It has been about 15 years since the license classes changed, so this is a good time to review the results.

    Members of the Committee are as follows:

    Director Tom Frenaye - K1KI Chair
    Vice Director Bonnie Altus - AB7ZQ
    Vice Director Tom Delaney - W8WTD
    Maria Somma - AB1FM
    Bruce Blain - K1BG
    Ward Silver - N0AX
    Paul Veal - N0AH
    Andrea Wayward - KG4IUM

    We are fortunate that Vice Director Altus, AB7ZQ, is a member of this committee. I you have any comments or questions, please contact Director Frenaye, k1ki@arrl.org or Vice Director Altus, ab7zq@arrl.org

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

    ARRL diamond goes here September 3, 2016 - National Disaster Preparedness Month
    Ham Radio Operators are known for serving during disasters when communications are interrupted or overloaded. Backup power and radios with various antennas, are a given in most Ham homes.

    But what about food, water and shelter for you and your family? Do you have a meeting point that every member of the family is familiar with? Do you have an out of the area phone/mail contact, in case you or a member of the family gets separated from the rest? Does everyone in your family know how to shut off the gas, electricity and water, should there be a break in a service line?

    September is National Preparedness Month; so remember You Are Your Own First Responder.

    Being prepared is not just words on paper, it is your responsibility before you deploy to serve your community. Ham Radio Operators are known for serving during disasters when communications are interrupted or overloaded. Backup power and radios with various antennas, are a given in most Ham homes.

    But what about food, water and shelter for you and your family? Do you have a meeting point that every member of the family is familiar with? Do you have an out of the area phone/mail contact, in case you or a member of the family gets separated from the rest? Does everyone in your family know how to shut off the gas, electricity and water, should there be a break in a service line?

    September is National Preparedness Month; so remember You Are Your Own First Responder. Being prepared is not just words on paper, it is your responsibility before you deploy to serve your community.

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

    ARRL diamond goes here August 19, 2016 - Comments Needed on FCC's Consideration Of Symbol Rate Petition
    The article below, will be published in the next eLetter but I wanted the NW Division to see it now.

    Comments are needed on the issue of the Symbol Rate removal, as was originally submitted to the FCC by the ARRL. The current rendering of the matter is essentially not what the ARRL had proposed in the original petition. Although we did ask for the removal of the Symbol Rate, we also asked for bandwidth limitations on digital signals. FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 16-239 -- the "Symbol Rate" proceeding -- until October 11. Your comments are needed!!!!

    Although I generally embrace new technologies in the advancement of our hobby, I believe that those advancements must have an element of accommodation for the rest of the hobby; the current matter being reviewed does not have that accommodation, as the FCC has removed our bandwidth proposal from consideration, which, I believe, is not in the best interests of our hobby.

    While it is important to many people in Alaska and other remote locations in the NW Division to be able to run Pactor IV for their digital traffic handling - especially during times of emergency, with out the bandwidth limitation, I'm afraid that operations would interfere with other modes, on the bands.

    As I said, your comments are important. Please comment through the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System. If you do comment, would you please send a copy of your comment to myself (nwdvd@comcast.net) and CEO Gallagher at (ny2rf@arrl.org)

    73 and good Hamming

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

        Comments in FCC "Symbol Rate" Rule Making Proposal Due by October 11
    The FCC will accept public comments in response to a July FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 16-239 -- the "Symbol Rate" proceeding -- until October 11. Reply comments -- ie, comments on comments already filed -- are due by November 10. The NPRM now has been published in The Federal Register, thus opening the respective 60-day and 30-day comment/reply comment windows.

    In response to a 2013 ARRL Petition for Rule Making (RM-11708), the FCC proposed to revise the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to eliminate current baud rate limitations for data emissions, consistent with ARRL's Petition, but it declined to propose a bandwidth limitation for data emissions in the MF and HF bands to replace the baud rate limitations.

    ARRL had asked the FCC to change the Part 97 rules to delete the symbol rate limits in Section 97.307(f) and replace them with a maximum bandwidth for data emissions of 2.8 kHz on amateur frequencies below 29.7 MHz.

    Interested parties may comment via the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing Service (EFCS), as well as by mail.

    ARRL diamond goes here January 26, 2016 - NORTHWESTERN DIVISION NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2016
    Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, of West Palm Beach, Florida, will succeed David Sumner, K1ZZ, as the chief executive officer of ARRL, effective April 18. In that role, he will oversee all activities at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. Meeting in a special webinar session on January 25, all 15 ARRL Directors voted to elect Gallagher as CEO and Secretary, positions that Sumner will relinquish on April 18. Gallagher will join the ARRL staff as CEO-Elect on February 29, and a transition period will follow.

    "I am excited by the prospects of ARRL's Second Century, but I am equally mindful of Dave Sumner's enormous 4 decade contribution to our organization and of the extraordinary contributions he has made to advancing the art and science of Amateur Radio, to growing our ranks, and to expanding the sheer enjoyment of ham radio around the world." Gallagher said.

    Gallagher said he is looking forward to attending the ARRL 2016 National Convention, hosted by the Orlando HamCation, February 12-14.

    Licensed in Pennsylvania in 1966 as WA3GRF (and later N4GRF in North Carolina), Gallagher is a member of the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group. He describes himself as "an incurable HF DXer and inveterate tinkerer." He credits his first visit to the Franklin Institute's Amateur Radio station W3TKQ in 1963 for inspiring his interest in ham radio.

    Amateur Radio led to an early career in broadcasting. He was a cameraman and technician with WGBH-TV in Boston, the CBS Television Network, and Metromedia's WIP Radio in Philadelphia.

    He joins ARRL following 3 decades as an international investment banker and financial services executive. His career has included senior leadership positions with JP Morgan Chase & Co and CIBC Oppenheimer & Co in New York, and with Wachovia Capital Markets in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and as CEO of the Secondary School Admission Test Board in Princeton, New Jersey. Gallagher has served on boards, both public and non-profit, including two NYSE companies, the NPR affiliate in Charlotte, the Executive Board of The PENN Fund at the University of Pennsylvania, and The International Center of Photography.

    Gallagher graduated magna cum laude with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and he holds an MBA from The Wharton School. He is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School, where he held the Nicholas Noyes scholarship.

    In addition to ham radio, Gallagher enjoys saltwater fishing and sailing which, he confesses, is sometimes just an excuse to operate maritime mobile.

    At his Florida home along the Intracoastal Waterway, Gallagher has maintained a fairly low Amateur Radio profile, with a wire antenna that, he says, works well into Europe and Latin America. He also has a 40 meter Windom. "I would like to work Asia when I get a better HF antenna solution," he said. Gallagher has both modern and vintage stations as well as a high-speed multimedia (HSMM) digital repeater.

    Gallagher and his wife Lindy Allyn divide their time between West Palm Beach, Florida, and Manhattan. They have three sons. He plans to return to Connecticut; he'd previously lived for 13 years in New Canaan.

    New ARRL Officers Elected: The ARRL Board of Directors has elected ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of Little Rock, Arkansas, as the ARRL's next president. The Board took the action as it convened for its 2016 Annual Meeting January 15-16 in Windsor, Connecticut. Roderick, 63, officially assumed office for a 2-year term at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. He is the ARRL's 16th president, succeeding Kay Craigie, N3KN, of Blacksburg, Virginia, who served for three terms as the League's president. The Board also chose other officers, electing Dakota Division Director Greg Widin, K0GW, of Stillwater, Minnesota, as First Vice President, succeeding Roderick, and Rocky Mountain Division Director Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as Vice President, succeeding Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF. Roderick, Widin, and Mileshosky all are ARRL Life Members.

    Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, was later elected by the Board as an ARRL Honorary Vice President. Jim served the Board for over 15 years and most recently lead the Strategic Planning Work Group, presenting the board with a new ARRL Strategic Plan.

    THE 35th ANNUAL MIKE AND KEY ARC ELECTRONICS SHOW & FLEAMARKET MARCH 5, 2016 @ 9AM PAVILION EXHIBITION HALL WASHINGTON STATE FAIRGROUNDS 110 9th Avenue SW, Puyallup, WA 98371

    170,578: ARRL Membership has increased, once more, and the Northwestern Division leads the Nation, for one more year, in new memberships for 2015 with a 5.2 percent increase. Although Nationally the ARRL shows a modest increase of 2.94 percent over the previous year, congratulations need to go out to the Idaho section who posted a growth of 9.9 percent.

    Bob Inderbitzen's team and Diane Petrilli in particular did a splendid job trolling for members, with emails to specific target groups proving to be a very cost-effective method. It helped that new licensing and upgrading both ran ahead of expectations during the year; I do not have final figures yet, but there were more than 31,000 new licensees and 11,000 upgrades in 2015. Incidentally, an analysis by Joe Speroni, AH0A, shows that over the past five years Idaho has had the greatest percentage growth in amateur licensing of any state.

    New Book from ARRL: The ARRL has published a new book that is very informative. The Radio Amateur's Workshop - Your DIY guide for Ham Homebrewing. Written by Joel R. Hallas, W1ZR, the book lays out a simple plan and list of things every DIY Ham should have. Check it out, and the other ARRL Publications.

    Idaho State Convention: April 22-24, in Boise, Idaho. There are many changes that will give you a great experience. For more information, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/voiamateurradioclub/home

    Northwestern Division Convention at Seaside: June 3, 4 and 5, 2016, ARRL Northwestern Division Convention at the Seaside Convention Center, Seaside, OR. Commercial Exhibits # Giant Flea Market # Seminars # Banquet/Entertainment # VE Testing # DX & YL Luncheon. It's not to early to make plans to attend!

    ARRL Legislative Advocacy Fund Created: ARRL has created the Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund for the express purpose of educating Congressional representatives, and their respective staffs regarding issues that affect the Amateur Radio Service and ARRL's advocacy goals.

    There is an urgent need to raise monies to offset the substantial cost of sending our voices to Washington for legislative advocacy, and we need to continue these expenditures into the future to achieve our goals, including and beyond the current CC&R legislative effort as there are other issues on the horizon that will require a continuing presence on Capitol Hill. We must establish a brand for Amateur Radio now so that we no longer have to be reactive when it comes to the relationship between the Federal government and Amateur Radio.

    This is not a Political Action Committee (PAC). The purpose of the fund is to educate and inform members of Congress of the importance of legislation that impacts the League and its members, and furthers the mission of ARRL.

    Besides our current efforts regarding CC&Rs, there will be other issues in the near future that will require legislative action, including spectrum allocation (especially broadband allocation conflicts); a revised Communications Act; the adequacy and efficiency of FCC enforcement issues; use of Amateur Radio volunteers; increased privatization of Amateur Radio admission; FCC oversight issues; RFI concerns; and many other issues necessitating Congressional assistance.

    All of these areas require the continuing education of our Congressional representatives as to the mission of the ARRL and to the membership we represent as the national association of Amateur Radio. It is not enough to conduct our advocacy efforts at the ITU, CITEL, the FCC and NTIA. Nor is it enough to have a Spectrum Defense Fund. We must also be recognized as advocates for Amateur Radio in Congress at the effective level at which we are working right now.

    It needs to be understood that there are no guarantees. However, if we don't take steps to ensure our future, there may be no future.

    We have seen, poignantly and directly, the results of maintaining too low a profile in Congress. We now find ourselves in a position of either educating or re-educating Congressional Representatives and their respective staffs on the purpose and benefit to the public of a viable Amateur Radio service. Typically there are, in round numbers, between 700 and 1,700 hams in a Congressional district. These numbers are - we know - meaningful to Congresspersons. We need to keep our efforts up at a level that produces results.

    For other upcoming Ham Fests and Conventions, Check www.n7cfo.com

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

     
    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