2017 Western Washington
Section News Archive
February 6, 2017, 2016 - Distracted Driving Bills - HB 1371 and SB 5289
from WWA Section Manager Monte L Simpson, AF7PQ:
Today produced some positive results to our efforts to have the Amateur
Radio Service excluded from enforcement action in Washington House Bill
1371 and Senate Bill 5289.
I've revisited Revised Code of Washington 46.61.667 and noticed a
foot note that I'd like to share with you for informational purposes
"Intent" 2007 c 417: "The use of wireless communications devices by
motorists has increased in recent years. While wireless communications
devices have assisted with quick reporting of road emergencies, their
use has also contributed to accidents and other mishaps on Washington
state roadways. When motorists hold a wireless communications device in
one hand and drive with the other, their chances of becoming involved in
a traffic mishap increase. It is the legislature's intent to phase out
the use of handheld wireless communications devices by motorists while
operating a vehicle." [ 2007 c 417 para 1.]"
Chris Imlay has indicated he is out of town, but he will get back with
me on Tuesday. The above Intent item was brought to his attention.
There are two successes to share with you:
1. Dick Illman, AH6EZ, sent the following:
"Senator Ann Rivers said in an email to me yesterday that she
supported Amateur Radio and that there were Amateur Radio exemptions in
2. John MacDuff, KA7TTY, sent this response from Representative Paul
"From: Paul Graves
Date: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 7:27 AM
Subject: Re: HB 1371
To: John MacDuff
John, thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will make sure
that provision gets added. Please don't ever hesitate to get in touch
with me about issues that matter to you.
When you hear from your legislators I'd appreciate it if you would
share them with me so I can keep the ARRL membership in Western
Washington apprised of what is happening with our efforts.
I'd like to recognize is Denny Niles, KH6XT, who is a volunteer
counsel for the ARRL. It was his guidance to have Chris Imlay involved
in our legislative efforts. Thank you, Denny.
There is a ham that has been diligently doing research and forwarding
information to me. Stephen Aberle, WA7PTM. Steve has saved me a lot of
leg work on the internet and I appreciate his support.
I am grateful to the 5,145 ARRL members in the Western Washington
Section for your support with this important issue. Please share this
information with nonmembers so they too can become involved. In turn,
we'd like to invite them to join the ARRL.
ARRL Western Washington Section
Section Manager: Monte L Simpson, AF7PQ
January 13, 2017, 2016 - 36th ANNUAL MIKE & KEY ELECTRONICS SHOW & FLEAMARKET
There will be an on-site snack bar and a consignment area.
||The Mike & Key Electronics Show & Fleamarket is one of the largest annual
Amateur Radio events in the Pacific Northwest. It is held on the Washington
State Fairgrounds during the first part of March, up to 3,000 Hams and
non-Hams alike are drawn to a modern 40,000 square foot facility located on
two floors of the Exhibition Hall with room for over 300 tables selling radios,
computers, and general electronics equipment. Lots of radio and computer
related items are available for sale and/or trade.
||Saturday, March 11, 2017
Ticket Sales open at 8:00 AM
Doors open at 9:00 AM
Dealers Close by 3:00 PM
PAVILION EXHIBITION HALL
WASHINGTON STATE FAIRGROUNDS
9th Ave SE. & Meridian ST S.
PUYALLUP, WA 98372
examinations will also be given on-site.
V.E. Exam Sessions - Schedule Information:
||Saturday, 11-Mar-2017 - Note: Schedule may be revised as event approaches.
||One session, Registration starts 10:00 AM.Limit of 35-40 examinees per session. First Come First Served.
Line up along the wall outside the State Patrol building.
||Puyallup Fair Grounds, Washington State Patrol Bldg, 1st
floor, next to flea market building.
|| $15 (covers 1 try at each exam element), No retests for failed elements
within the same session. You do not need to pay for a flea market ticket if you are
not attending the flea market. Just enter at the Gold Gate' and say you are heading
to the VE exams.
||Government Issued Photo ID Required. (Children should be accompanied by
parent with ID.) If you are upgrading your existing license you need to bring your
original signed license document. If you are applying CSCE credit, you will need
to bring the original CSCE document.
Examinees (and parents of child examinees) need to be aware that two of the forms
that are submitted to the ARRL VEC and entered in the FCC database has the
examinees FCC Registration Number (FRN) or social security number. So bring either
of those with you. Current license holders can use the FRN number shown on their
license. Examinees without an FRN can preregister at
to get one.
For questions and comments please see the following website:
For those who haven't attended the Mike and Key event this is the premier
amateur radio gathering place for hams from the Pacific Northwest. You'll see
your friends here and make new friends.
January 13, 2017, 2016 - NORTHWESTERN DIVISION NEWSLETTER
The deadline is Tuesday, January 31 (at 11:59 PM ET), to receive
completed ARRL Foundation scholarship applications from eligible radio
amateurs pursuing post-secondary education in the 2017-2018 academic
Individuals and clubs support many of the more than 80 scholarships
that the ARRL Foundation manages, with awards ranging from $500 to
$5,000. Applicants for all scholarships must be active radio amateurs
and must complete and submit the online application. Students applying
for 2017-18 academic year awards should review the eligibility
requirements and scholarship descriptions.
One application per applicant is required, but 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).
Applications without accompanying transcripts will not be considered.
Talk it up with your families, clubs and students. The ARRL Foundation
will award over 80 scholarships during this cycle.
60 METER CHANGES:
ARRL has asked the FCC to allocate a new, secondary contiguous band
at 5 MHz to the Amateur Service, while also retaining four of the
current five 60-meter channels and current operating rules, including
the 100 W PEP effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The federal
government is the primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The proposed
action would implement a portion of the Final Acts of World
Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) that provided for a
secondary international allocation of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz to the
Amateur Service; that band includes 5,358.5 KHz, one of the existing 5
MHz channels in the US.
"Such implementation will allow radio amateurs engaged in emergency
and disaster relief communications, and especially those between the
United States and the Caribbean basin, to more reliably, more flexibly
and more capably conduct those communications [and preparedness
exercises], before the next hurricane season in the summer of 2017,"
ARRL said in a January 12 Petition for Rule Making. The FCC has not yet
acted to implement other portions of the WRC-15 Final Acts.
The League said that 14 years of Amateur Radio experience using the
five discrete 5-MHz channels have shown that hams can get along well
with primary users at 5 MHz, while complying with the regulations
established for their use. "Neither ARRL, nor, apparently, NTIA is
aware of a single reported instance of interference to a federal user
by a radio amateur operating at 5 MHz to date," ARRL said in its
petition. NTIA — the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration, which regulates federal spectrum — initially proposed
the five channels for Amateur Radio use. In recent years, Amateur Radio
has cooperated with federal users such as FEMA in conducting
communication interoperability exercises.
"While the Amateur Radio community is grateful to the Commission and
to NTIA for the accommodation over the past 14 years of some access to
the 5-MHz band, the five channels are, simply stated, completely
inadequate to accommodate the emergency preparedness needs of the
Amateur Service in this HF frequency range," ARRL said, adding that
the five 2.8-kHz wide channels "have not provided sufficient capacity
to enable competent emergency preparedness and disaster relief
Access even to the tiny 15-kHz wide band adopted at WRC-15 would
"radically improve the current, very limited capacity of the Amateur
Service in the United States to address emergencies and disaster
relief," ARRL said. "This is most notably true in the Caribbean
Basin, but the same effect will be realized elsewhere as well, at all
times of the day and night, and at all times of the sunspot cycle."
In its Petition, ARRL also called upon the FCC to retain the same
service rules now governing the five channels for the new band. The
WRC-15 Final Acts stipulated a power limit of 15 W effective isotropic
radiated power (EIRP), which the League said "completely defeats the
entire premise for the allocation in the first place."
"For precisely the same reasons that the Commission consented to a
power increase on the five channels as recently as 2011 [from 50 W PEP
ERP to 100 W PEP ERP], the Commission should permit a power level of
100 W PEP ERP, assuming use of a 0 dBd gain antenna, in the contiguous
60-meter band," ARRL said. "To impose the power limit adopted at
WRC-15 for the contiguous band would render the band unsuitable for
emergency and public service communications."
ARRL pointed out that the ITU Radio Regulations permit assignments that
are at variance with the International Table of Allocations, provided a
non-interference condition is attached, limiting the use of such an
assignment relative to stations operating in accordance with the
The League asked that General class or higher licensees be permitted to
use the band. The FCC will not invite comments on the League’s
Petition until it puts it on public notice and assigns a Rule Making
FROM THE FROZEN NORTH:
Members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) will be on the
air during March 2017 from locations in Alaska, Yukon Territory,
Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Greenland using RST-suffix
fixed-station call signs. Expected to be active are KL7RST, VY1RST,
VE8RST, VY0RST, and OX7RST. The goal is to promote Amateur Radio in
northern North America.
The 2017 event, the second annual RST operation, will feature the
addition of OX7RST, as well as more rovers and fixed stations, new QSL
cards, and certificates. Activity will be on all modes, 160 through 6
meters, including 30, 17, and 12 meters. SWLs may participate too.
The object is to work or log as many NCDXA RST stations as possible
from their various locations. Plans call for operation from a Canadian
research station near the North Pole on Ellesmere Island, a diamond
mine in Northwest Territories, an Alaskan bush school, and many other
locations. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW).
More information is available on the K7ICE QRZ.com profile page.
CW OPS ARISE:
CWops is seeking candidates for its annual Advancing the Art of CW
Award, which recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have
made the greatest contributions toward advancing the art or practice of
radio communication by Morse code. Candidates may include:
Authors of publications related to CW
CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches, and instructors
Public advocates of CW
Organizers of CW activities
Designers and inventors who advance the art or practice of CW
Other contributors to the art or practice of CW.
The award is not limited to Amateur Radio operators and organizations.
Nominations may be made by anyone and should be submitted via e-mail
(with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 15. These should include
name(s) and call sign(s), if applicable, and complete contact
information of the nominee(s), including mailing address, e-mail
address, and telephone number(s).
Submit a detailed explanation supporting nominee qualifications. Those
submitting nominations should include their name, e-mail address,
telephone number, and call sign (if applicable). A plaque will be
presented at Hamvention®.
NOT TO SOON TO BE THINKING ABOUT SEAPAC/SEASIDE CONVENTION:
Tne of the workshops scheduled for the ARRL Northwestern Division
Convention this year will one titled "A Pi In Your Shack and Go Kit"
during which attendees will gain hands-on keyboard experience with the
ultra-portable Raspberry Pi computer, and at the end of the day be able
to walk away with a unit which is fully configured for ham radio use.
To facilitate this workshop, Elmers will be needed who can assist the
attendees, as needed, with their RPi units. So, if you are using a
Raspberry Pi for ham radio, are knowledgeable in one or more RPi
applications, and enjoy helping people, please consider becoming an
Elmer at this event. There is no "Workshop Admission" for the Elmers
who are accepted, and there will be an opportunity to participate in
the group buys of RPi and RPi-related hardware.
If you are interested in being an Elmer (or even a topic presenter) at
this workshop, please email "workshops at seapac.org" for more
information. Additional details are available on the
http://seapac.org/workshops.html web page.
For more Info, contact: Steve Aberle, WA7PTM, Raspberry Pi Workshop
Coordinator SEA-PAC 2017.
COMM ACADEMY 2017:
A weekend-long training workshop for Volunteer Emergency Communicators.
South Seattle College, Seattle, WA. There is a plenary session each
morning followed by a series of multi-track breakout sessions on:
Registration for one or both days includes lunch. Web page for further
Registration opens Sunday, February 26,
- radio communications
- emergency management
- technical communications
- radio communications for new hams
- Keynote speaker: Bruce Richter, Office of Emergency Communications,
- Dept. of Homeland Security for Region X, Anchorage, AK.
- Emergency Communications vehicles display Saturday only.
Please notify members of your group about CommAcademy 2017.
For additional information contact:
Alan Jones, KD7KUS, CommAcademy 2017 Publicity
17629 NE 138th Street
Redmond, WA 98052-1226
T: (425)883-0405, C: (425) 736-4697
FIRST ARRL BOARD MEETING OF 2017:
The ARRL Board will meet the weekend of January 20, in Hartford
Connecticut. Director Pace and Vice Director Altus will be attending;
if you have any subjects that you would like them to take to the
meeting, please let them know, by Monday January 16.
James D Pace, K7CEX
ARRL Northwestern Division Director
Monte L. Simpson, AF7PQ
P.O. Box 5835
Bremerton, WA, 98312
Assistant Section Manager
Official Observer Coordinator
Scott Douglas, W7XC
Post Office Box 7320
Bonney Lake, WA 98391-0913
Assistant Section Manager
Robert M. Purdom, AD7LJ
PO Box: 65171
University Place, WA 98464
Assistant Section Manager
Steve R. Aberle, WA7PTM
10214 NE 75TH Street
Vancouver, WA 98662
Section Emergency Coordinator
Frank Wolfe, NM7R
PO box 91
Nahcotta, WA 98637
Section Youth Coordinator
Delvin Bunton, N7QMT
7410 NE Glenwood Dr
Vancouver, WA 98662
Affiliated Club Coordinator
Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO
15621 SE 26TH St.
Bellevue, WA 98008
Tom Herman N1BEC
PO Box: 775
Napavine, WA 98565
Section Traffic Manager
Bill Frazier, W7ARC
16419 Spruce Way B5
Lynnwood, WA 98037
State Government Liasion
Lee A. Chambers, KI7SS
1625 Delphi Road SW
Olympia, WA 98512
(360) 866-0236 (h)
(360) 951-2538 (c)
Glenn Thomas WB6W
PO Box 72
Oysterville, WA 98641
(360) 665-2807 (h)