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Greg AE7EL has become quite active in emergency communications, to the point that he is involved even beyond our own San Juan County Auxiliary Communications Services activities.

When I circulated DEM Director Brendan Cowan’s call for new members of the Northwest Incident Management Team (NWIMT) last year, Greg applied.  This Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team drills together periodically and is in place to deploy a full team of multi-disciplinary responders to emergency and disaster incidents that are larger and more complex than a local agency can handle alone, such as was done at the Oso Land Slide in March of 2014. The team is funded by numerous local agencies and covers San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom, Snohomish, and Island counties. As a member of the NWIMT’s Communications Unit, Greg has a travel bag all packed and ready to go, should the occasion arise. 

This level of emergency communications involvement requires training, and Greg has completed not only the required on-line FEMA classes but has also attended in-person classes.   At one of these recent in-person classes he met Aaron Blake, the Emergency Communications Program Manager for the Idaho Office of Emergency Management in Boise. And perhaps because Greg remembered one of the SJC ACS Core Values  being able to communicate (both in and) out of a Western Washington damage zone, Greg suggested to Aaron that an SJC EOC to Boise EOC communications test could be valuable.

And so it happened that Aaron reached out to Greg on July 8 to suggest a possible HF test with the EOC in Boise. Greg got in touch with the scheduled SJC White Box Drill net control, who suggested contacting Hoop.

On Tuesday morning July 9, from his home QTH, Hoop had successful 25 watt PSK-31 digital mode communications with Aaron KI7LOQ at the Boise EOC, demonstrating the ability to do such out-of-damage-zone communications.   The QSO was on 7.085 MHz.   A successful LSB QSO was conducted on 7.285 MHz.   Eighty meters was not open at the time of the QSOs which was about 8:00 am PDT.   Another successful PSK-31 QSO was conducted the next day, Wednesday, July 10, also on 7.085 MHz.    What was not successful on both days was communications using the MFSK-32 digital mode, which is used in many locations for emergency communications.  Hoop took the action item to see what changes to his system might be required in order to effectively do MFSK-32 communications. 

Thanks to Greg for making the contact with the Boise EOC!

Hoop, K9QJS
San Juan County EC

For the first time in a few  months our meeting returned to the Mullis Fire Station in Friday Harbor. With the exception of our September meeting which will be a picnic on Lopez Island the remaining meetings for this year are scheduled to be at Mullis.


Highlights of the June meeting included:

• SJCARS Field Day venues

• Hoop’s report on the  2019 Dayton Hamvention

• Review of a affordable propane generator


On May Saturday May 11 we held our annual Orcas Picnic meeting at Cascade Lake in Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

Scott convened a very short business meeting then we went back to eating and socializing.


Three new hams and an upgrade from SJCARS’ June 8th Laurel VE Session in Friday Harbor:

  • KJ7HBI – Karen Palmer
  • KJ7HBJ – Mary-Brooke Barger
  • KJ7HBK – Patti Wickham
  • Tom Pemberton, KJ7HAF, upgraded to General.

Tested on Saturday, Call Signs Monday Morning!

Thanks to our attending Laurel VEs:

  • Kenny, KU7M, San Juan County VE Team Leader
  • Basil, N7NIX, Session Leader
  • Bryan, K7UDR
  • Ed, KD7TUN
  • Corky, AF4PM
  • Hoop, K9QJS
  • Paul, N7TZW
  • Mike, N7TLL
  • Dave, K9MRQ

Greg from Orcas, AE7EL, has joined the team as a VE

HamWAN Update

Kenny, KU7M, has added our West-Side node to the HamWAN main map which monitors connectivity.

Over 20 Megabits/sec!

Thanks Kenny!

Free Tower

A number of years ago Friday Harbor Airport replaced their NDB. Ed and I thought the 55′ Guyed Tower might be useful, so the Club acquired it at no cost.

It’s been gathering weeds on my property since then, but now it’s time for it to move on. We have an inquiry from Decatur Island that would like to use it for their GMRS Repeater, but Club Members get first chance.

Anyone Interested? It needs to go in the next couple of weeks. Here’s a similar model.


Updated Frequency List

Wayne, WA6MPG, has updated the frequency list. It’s in the Files Tab.

Did you know that way back in 1996 the International Date Format was changed to Year-Month-Day?

Wayne’s filename conforms to the standard for the World-Wide-Web.

Thank you, Kenny and San Juan VE Team, for arranging another test session!

We have confirmed the VE testing. It will be on June 8th in Friday Harbor, starting at 11am.

If you’d like to test, please fill in this registration form prior to the session, and submit it via email to: Kenny@holenwall.com  This allows us to have all your information entered and saves a lot of time on testing day.
(If you are not able to fill it out electronically, just print a copy and then email a picture or scan of it.) 
Having an FRN number (FCC ID number) is required to take a test, along with a valid government issued picture ID. If you do not have a FRN, you can get one instantly by signing up with the FCC at: https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/
If are upgrading, please bring a copy of your current license. Directions for getting an FRN number is included on the registration form.(If you already have a license, you also already have an FRN)
If you are arriving late (after 11am) and did not pre-register, please bring a completed registration form with you.
Friday Harbor Masonic Lodge
15 2nd St North, Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Walking distance from ferry terminal and street parking available.
Testing will be in the dining hall, which is up the stairs from the main entrance.
From the ferry: walk (or drive) up Spring Street, turn right on Second Street, walk up Second Street to the corner with Reed Street (on left). It is the large blue-gray, two-story building. The door is at the north corner of the building.  The meeting room is up the stairs. (Elevator access is available at the back near the flag pole, but please make prior arrangements.) It is about a 5 minute walk.

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