2017 Western Washington
Section News Archive

WWA section icon goes here 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 only:

"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 both bills."

2. John MacDuff, KA7TTY, sent this response from Representative Paul Graves:

"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

Mike and Key logo goes here January 13, 2017, 2016 - 36th ANNUAL MIKE & KEY ELECTRONICS SHOW & FLEAMARKET
What: 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.
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 Ticket Sales open at 8:00 AM
Doors open at 9:00 AM
Dealers Close by 3:00 PM
9th Ave SE. & Meridian ST S.
There will be an on-site snack bar and a consignment area.

License examinations will also be given on-site. V.E. Exam Sessions - Schedule Information:
    Date: Saturday, 11-Mar-2017 - Note: Schedule may be revised as event approaches.
Times: 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.
Location: Puyallup Fair Grounds, Washington State Patrol Bldg, 1st floor, next to flea market building.
Fee: $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 https://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do to get one.
Exam Questions: Email ag7t@arrl.net

For questions and comments please see the following website: http://www.mikeandkey.org/flea.htm

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.

ARRL diamond goes here January 13, 2017, 2016 - NORTHWESTERN DIVISION NEWSLETTER

ARRL SCHOLARSHIPS: 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 year. 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 capability."

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 Table.

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 (RM) number.

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 secretary@cwops.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:

  • 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.
Registration for one or both days includes lunch. Web page for further details: www.CommAcademy.org. Registration opens Sunday, February 26, 2017.

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
E-Mail: AlanBJones@frontier.com

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

Western Washington
Section Staff

Section Manager
Monte L. Simpson, AF7PQ
P.O. Box 5835
Bremerton, WA, 98312
(360) 633-7665 af7pq@arrl.org

Assistant Section Manager
Official Observer Coordinator
Scott Douglas, W7XC
Post Office Box 7320
Bonney Lake, WA 98391-0913
(253) 891-8000

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

Assistant Section Manager
Tribal Liaison

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

Technical Coordinator
Tom Herman N1BEC
PO Box: 775
Napavine, WA 98565

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

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

Section Webmaster
Glenn Thomas WB6W
PO Box 72
Oysterville, WA 98641
(360) 665-2807 (h)