April 26, 2017, NORTHWESTERN DIVISION NEWSLETTER - MAY 2017
WASHINGTON STATE HAM PLATES: It has come to our attention that some
folks attempting to renew their auto license Ham Plate have been having
problems. While I must admit I had no problem with mine, I'm told
that others have. EWA SM Mark Tharp, KB7HDX, has had a conversation
with DOL and obtained the following suggestions:
RUMORS, RUMORS AND MORE RUMORS: It always amazes me how rumors get
started, but moreover, how they get spread. Oh well, it seems that's
the way of some humans.
- The best and possibly easiest way to reach us to update the FCC
license is to call the Customer Care Center at 360-902-3770. They will
forward an action request to the Special Plates Unit so that they
can look up the license to update for the customer.
- The customer can email the Customer Care Center and request
assistance at this email address:
- The customer can take a copy of their updated FCC license to their
local licensing office to have the date updated. (ed. she did say the
sub agents may charge extra for this?)
- The customer can send a copy of their updated FCC license with a
note asking to be updated to:
DOL does say
that the problem was a glitch in the migration of software, but will
eventually be corrected.
The ARRL is reviewing three of its legacy programs, to see what can be
done to modernize them, so they are relevant considering today's
communication needs; ARES, OO and NTS. At the moment, no decisions
have been made - in fact no recommendations have been brought forward
to the Board of Directors, that would alter any of the programs. Each
program has had a subcommittee assigned to do the research and make
suggestions. As soon as there are any changes, updates or
recommendations, We will let you know. In the meantime, all 3 programs
are still functioning - and quite well in the NW Division.
WASHINGTON DISTRACTED DRIVING BILL: As of this writing, the Bill has
passed out of the House and the Senate, with an exemption for Amateur
Radio, and is now on the Governor's desk to be signed. Once signed,
the law will become effecting January of 2019.
I would like to thank SMs Mark Tharp and Monte Simpson, for spurring on
a real grass roots effort to preserve our privilege to operate our
mobile radios while in a moving vehicle. Be aware, though, we can
still be cited for distracted driving if we improperly operate our
vehicle while using our radios. Many thanks to your leaders and all
those who helped.
IN SPACE: NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) says a minor
(G1) geomagnetic storm watch remains in effect for April 24-26, due to
the continued influence of a large, recurrent, negative-polarity
coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS). A coronal hole is an area of
the Sun where the magnetic field folds back, and solar wind escapes.
This follows on the heels of an unexpected coronal mass ejection (CME)
impact on April 22.
Conditions on HF are no better than fair, with conditions on the higher
bands (17 through 10 meters) deemed poor. A G1 warning had been in
effect until 1500 UTC today.
The odds of a G1 storm are 50-50. The upside is that the CH HSS
increases the chances of auroral displays at lower-than-typical
latitudes. NOAA says migratory animals are affected at the G1 and
higher levels, and aurora is commonly visible at high latitudes
(northern Michigan and Maine).
A G1 storm can cause weak power grid fluctuations and possibly impact
satellite operations. According to NOAA, during storms, the currents in
the ionosphere, as well as the energetic particles that precipitate into
the ionosphere, add energy in the form of heat. This can increase the
density and distribution of density in the upper atmosphere, causing
extra drag on satellites in low-Earth orbit.
The local heating also creates strong horizontal variations in the
ionospheric density, which can modify the path of radio signals and
cause GPS errors. Geomagnetic storms can generate harmful geomagnetic
induced currents (GICs) in the power grid and in pipelines.
YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR: Nominations for the 2017 Bill Pasternak/Amateur
Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY) will be accepted until May
Candidates for the award must be 18 or younger and reside in the US (or
its possessions) or Canada. Nominees must hold a valid Amateur Radio
license issued by the US or Canada.
A candidate needs to have accomplished something outstanding as an
Amateur Radio operator, whether by recruiting new hams, engaging in a
community service project, or helping to benefit Amateur Radio in other
The award presentation will be held at the Huntsville Hamfest on August
19, 2017. The Young Ham of the Year Award was created by Amateur Radio
Newsline founder Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF (SK). The 2016 YHOTY was Skyler
Fennell, KD0WHB, of Denver
NEW ENTRY LEVEL LICENSE? No, not really! However, the ARRL Board of
Directors has established an ad hoc committee to review the past 15
years, under the current licensing structure. Our own Vice Director,
Bonnie Altus - AB7ZQ,
is a member of the committee.
A recent survey was taken of our membership, yielding over 8,000
responses - some positive and some not so positive. The committee is
reviewing the responses one-by-one and may bring some recommendations to
the July Board meeting.
Is there a chance for a new license class? Well, that is truly hard to
predict. Even if the Ham Community felt a new entry level license was
needed, the ultimate decision is of course, the FCC. Stay tuned for
NORTHWESTERN DIVISION CONVENTION:
SeaPac, the Northwestern Division Convention
is almost here. ARRL Chief Executive Officer Tom Gallagher,
NY2RF (what a great call sign) will be in attendance. Tom is passionate
for Ham Radio and the future of the ARRL. Come visit him at the ARRL
booth, in Seaside.
PLACES TO GO: We are in the beginnings of the Ham Fest season, with
some big ones in the Northwestern Division coming up. Of course, the
Division Convention at Seaside, DX Convention in Spokane, Washington
State Convention in Spokane, APRS/Digital Summer Gathering, PNW VHF
Society Conference in Moses Lake and many more. For additional
information on these and others go to
where Lynn keeps a great updated list of activities.
7CQP - 7th call area QSO Party: 1300 UTC Saturday to 0700 UTC Sunday
(6 AM to midnight PDT the first
Saturday in May - it's May 6,7 this year)).
7th call area stations work everyone, others work
7th area stations only. Work stations once per band/mode. 7th
area mobiles (and those participating in other concurrent QSO parties
or contests) may be worked again as they enter new counties.
Awards: Certificates will be awarded to the top three finishers in each
category within and outside the 7th call area, plus the top finisher in
each state/province and 7th area county; a 25-QSO minimum applies.
See the web site for a list of plaques to be awarded.
Single-op:|| high-power, low-power <150W, QRP <5W; CW, Phone, Digital, Mixed
Single-op Assisted:|| high-power, low-power, QRP; CW, Phone, Digital, Mixed
Multi-single:|| high-power, low-power
Multi-multi:|| No differentiated mode or power levels
7th-area County Expedition:|| This is an operation from a temporary location
using antennas installed for the contest period, using temporary
supports or trees, either
single-county, county-line; single-op, multi-single, multi-multi; or
open (anything else)
Mobile:|| This station must be self-contained and capable of motion:
single-op (one person, unassisted, performs all operating, logging and
driving functions and, for safety reasons, should operate only while
parked), multi-single (any other mobile operation); high-power,
low-power; CW, Phone, Mixed. Use of APRS (location and call only) is
Exchange: 7th area stations send signal report plus 5-letter
state/county code (e.g., ORDES; see list). County-line stations send
multiple codes, e.g., UTRIC/IDBEA (state code needed only once, e.g.,
ORDES/JEF). Non-7th-area stations send signal report plus
state/province/"DX" two-letter codes. Stations in other QSO parties
send their appropriate exchange. The 13 "Provinces" are VE1-9, VO
and VY0-2. County-line contacts may be logged with one entry showing
all counties or with separate entries for each county.
Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6 and 2m, simplex only. Suggested
operating frequencies: 1815 and 40 kHz up on CW, except on 40m, where
7025-7035 is suggested; 1845, 3855, 7180, 14255, 21355 and 28455 on
SSB; 3580+, 7035+, 14070+, 21070+ on PSK; 3585+, 7038+, 14075+, 21075+
on RTTY. Check 80m at 0500Z, 160m at 0530Z. All CW and Digital
contacts must be in the CW/Data sub-bands.
Scoring: 2 points per SSB QSO, 3 points per CW or Digital QSO.
County-line contacts count as multiple QSOs for both stations. 7th
area stations multiply total QSO points by the total of states (50),
provinces (13) and other DXCC entities (maximum of 10). Non-7th-area
stations multiply total QSO points by 7th area counties worked (259).
Logs: All logs must be received by May 17; logs containing more than 40
QSOs must be submitted electronically via email or floppy disk. Send
-- include the station callsign in the email
"Subject" line. Cabrillo preferred (7QP details here) but any plain
text format will be accepted. A web form is available for online
Cabrillo log-file generation and submission. Be sure your entry
includes name, address and/or email address, station callsign, entry
category, location code(s) and operator callsigns (if Cabrillo, they
should appear within the Cabrillo attachment itself; the log processor
ignores the rest of the message). Send paper logs with a completed
summary sheet to:
Check to make sure your callsign, with correct entry
category, appears on the
7QP web site's Received Logs page
-- normally within two days of receipt.
||7th Call Area QSO Party, c/o CODXC|
|61255 Ferguson Rd|
|Bend, OR 97702|
Other: All equipment and antennas must lie within a 1000-foot diameter
circle. County-line operations must be within 500 feet of the county
line. Any computer-to-computer mode is considered digital. The
same station may be worked on each band on CW, Phone, and Digital.
All contacts must be made without using repeaters, digipeaters,
satellites, etc. Only one entry per callsign (can't do, e.g., mobile
and expedition entries).
Help: On the web site at
are these complete rules; FAQs
(please read); lists of county names and abbreviations: state/county
maps; county sign-up sheet; summary sheet; state coordinators;
logging-program info and configuration files; list of plaques and
This is a great event and even with band conditions as they have been,
we'll have some fun. Look for me from Alaska de K7CEX/KL7
DON'T FORGET FIELD DAY: Did you know that the ARRL sponsors the
largest emergency test activity in the world? Indeed, it does!
Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams
throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in
public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to
our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency
preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single
event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the
most popular event in ham radio.
We welcome the public to come learn more about ham radio! Use our
Field Day Locator
to search for a Field Day site near you.
Follow Field Day on Facebook and Twitter! ARRL has created a Field Day
event on Facebook, and you can also join the conversation by using the
hash tag #ARRLFD. Share your plans, tips and tricks to a successful
Don't forget to list your Field Day site on the ARRL Field Day Site
73 and good Hamming
ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James D Pace, K7CEX
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)