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Reported by Dave, K9MRQ

Prior to the club meeting at Mullis Fire Station on June 10th we ran an unadvertised VE session to allow Tom Huse, KE7MXK, to take his upgrade to Extra. Examiners were Ed Kelm, KD7TUN, Mike Sear, N7TLL and Dave Vandaveer, K9MRQ. The corner conference room was used for the testing process. Chief Creesy is always helpful the ham community.

The test was uneventful and Tom almost scored a perfect exam. The paperwork was forwarded to ARRL and dutifully entered into the FCC database. Tom had requested a 2×2 call for the upgrade and it has been granted. His new call is AG7AM and we should look forward to him on the air.

We do have the capability to run special VE sessions to help the local hams upgrade. We have no plans to advertise these special sessions to the public, but can help club members upgrade as long as we can find 3 VE’s to administer the tests.


Ham Radio Operators Recognized By County Council


SJCARS recognized by SJ County Council

Field Day planning

Introduction to NW Digital Radio UDRC


San Juan Island Marathon

We provided comms support for the Marathon this year, thanks to all who participated

  • Stu and Martha Salot came over from Crane Island
  • Basil and Corky came over from Lopez
  • Ed and Clare provided support from home

We tried something new using the Raspberry Pi/UDRC Setups in Basil and Corky’s vehicles to provide APRS messaging on 440 while using the Cady 2m repeater for voice coordination.

The message system allowed us to track runners better and estimate what time they would reach the next station accurately. The messages were also picked up by IGates on Vancouver Island and showed up on aprs.fi. It was fun and interesting to see how messaging worked for supporting this event.


2016-06-19 09:52:38 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Race day message 1 from Spinnacker
2016-06-19 09:52:44 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: nessage 2 fm Aid 7
2016-06-19 10:03:01 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: San Juan race msg 2 from Spinnacker
2016-06-19 10:06:48 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: First Runner #305, 307 Aid 7
2016-06-19 10:08:01 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Did first runner have a dog
2016-06-19 10:08:29 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Yes he had dog
2016-06-19 10:09:35 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Do you hit Cancel Pending Msgs before sending subsequent msg
2016-06-19 10:11:01 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: No
2016-06-19 10:14:15 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Did you enable auto reply msg?
2016-06-19 10:15:46 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: First and second woman passed 10:16
2016-06-19 10:16:27 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Bibs 316, 320
2016-06-19 10:19:01 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Spinacker: seen 10 runners, expecting 3 more
2016-06-19 10:19:05 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: I do not have auto reply enabled
2016-06-19 10:24:00 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Spinacker: bib 303 woman, 10:23
2016-06-19 10:30:28 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Runner 301 10:31
2016-06-19 10:33:03 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Spinacker: bib 319 woman, 10:32, runner 12
2016-06-19 10:35:36 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Spinacker: bib 318 woman 10:35, runner 13
2016-06-19 10:41:54 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Aid 7: Woman Bib 317 10:42
2016-06-19 10:46:40 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Spinacker: bib 318 woman 10:35, runner 13
2016-06-19 10:46:45 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Aid 7: M & F 309 & 310 10:44
2016-06-19 11:07:14 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Mobile: test from
2016-06-19 11:07:29 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Aid 7: Female 319 11:08
2016-06-19 11:10:17 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Aid 7: Female 318 !!:11 Last Runner
2016-06-19 11:25:43 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Roche West: on site 11:22am
2016-06-19 11:28:49 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Aid 10 on Site Roche & Sunrise Ridge
2016-06-19 11:35:24 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Roche West: bib 317 @ 11:32am
2016-06-19 11:36:53 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Roche West: bibs 309 M, 310 F, 11:35am
016-06-19 11:57:17 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Aid 10: Female 317 11:55
2016-06-19 11:57:43 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Roche West: bib 303 11:56am
2016-06-19 12:04:00 PDT: N7NIX-1>AF4PM-1: Roche West: bibs 318, 319 female, 12:00 last runners
2016-06-19 12:19:55 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Aid 10: Female 303 12:19
2016-06-19 12:21:40 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Aid 10: Female 318 12:22
2016-06-19 12:22:33 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Aid 10: Female 319 12:24
2016-06-19 12:23:22 PDT: AF4PM-1>N7NIX-1: Aid 10: Final Runner – Closed Out

Vigilant Guard Follow-Up

JISSC Whatcom County

JISSC Whatcom County

I first want to say a huge THANK YOU to you Scott Honaker, your agency Snohomish County ACS, Whatcom, Island and San Juan County ARES Amateur Radio operators.

I was attached to the 56th Theater Information Operations Group and the Utah Air National Guard JISCC which was deployed to support the Whatcom Unifiied EOC / GTF Region One.

I was assigned to serve as a communications liaison between the JISCC (Joint Incident Communications Capability) tent and the EOC including supporting their ACS/ARES Amateur Radio & COML (Mr. Brian Lawler) as best that I could.

(I had a ‘split mission’ which was actually a good ‘test’ of how well I could adapt to changing circumstances.)
I’m including in my After Action Report (AAR) how your agency along with others including a number of amateur radio operators were extremely helpful in helping us obtain position reports and observations directly from the field thanks to resources like yours.
JISCC & Ham Radio “Position Reporting”  Network

I was in the JISCC at one point communicating directly with the UH60 pilot (“Cougar 22”) when he was in range of our UHF ~260 Mhz station.  However, when he went out of range, this is where the coordinated net of amateur radio operators were noticed by our unit Captain and what value they posed immediately to these operations.

This also provided an opportunity to introduce the Captain to amateur radio and the immense value it brought to bear in a scenario such as this.

Thought for Future

There are going to be additional Joint Services COMMEX activities, TBD.

My intent is to request through my chain of command, that we invite and include ACS/ARES in future activities of this sort.

Here is just one example of why I believe we MUST include such groups in large communications exercises:

What became immediately clear were such things as how each local ACS/ARES amateur radio operator had organic knowledge of field station sites where signals, especially across jurisdictions (e.g. across Puget Sound) would work best.  An ‘outside’ unit may not necessarily have this knowledge.

Thanks Again

There’s so much more I’d like to say, but I will pause here as I have more After-Action-Reports (AAR’s) and a couple of Staff Study papers to write.

Please know that Scott and the Senior Radio Officers of the Snohomish County ACS were my first mentors in emergency/disaster communications as far back as 1992.  I have them to thank and credit them with starting me on a path that would help lead me to WSG EMCOMM.

Brian Lawler – Thank you and your team for your hospitality and the opportunity to learn from you all.  I really do hope that we may get to work together again in future training.

I am excited and hopeful that our EMCOMM team may once again get the opportunity to serve you and work with you in future endeavors such as these.
Thanks All!
Very Respectfully,
Ray Orien N7KPT

On Station this morning after the 8:08 Earthquake:

  • San Juan EOC: Ed KD7TUN
  • Lopez Fire: Basil N7NIX
  • Orcas Fire: Wayne WA6MPG
  • Island Hospital: Dan N6AU

I monitored from the County Council Meeting with Hoop and Dave.

Wayne made our medical supply request to Snohomish EOC on 20m and confirmed helicopter delivery Thursday. Monitor OPS-1 (444.500+ PL 103.5) to follow the delivery.


This was our annual picnic meeting at Cascade Lake in Moran State Park on Orcas Island. Our June meeting will be held at Mullis Fire Station in Friday Harbor.

VE Session

By Dave Vandaveer, K9MRQ

The club had the most recent VE session for testing new hams and upgrades on April 23 at the San Juan Island Library.  Twelve candidates showed up and 11 either received an upgrade or received a new license.  This is quite a change from several recent sessions when no candidates showed up and the test crew spent the several hours engaged in discussions of ham radio by themselves.

The VE team consisted of Ed Kelm, KD7TUN, Mike Sear, N7TLL, Bryan Hoyer, K7UDR and Dave Vandaveer, K9MRQ.  There were paper forms all over the place due to the large number of candidates.  Somehow, all the proper signatures were affixed to the proper forms and licenses were upgraded or granted.

Earning upgrades were Paul Elliott, WB6CXC to Extra; Steve Roberts, N4RVE to Extra; and Scott Miller, W7SLM to General.  Scott brought his two sons who both earned their Tech licenses – Peter, KI7EBC and Robert, KI7EBG.

Other recipients of brand new Tech licenses are Mike Close – KI7EBD; Dorothy Baker – KI7EBE; Jim Knych – KI7EBF;  Minnie Knych – KI7EBH; Sandra Rabinowitz – KI7EBI; and Elizabeth Farr – KI7EEBJ.

Several of the new licensees are also in the fire department MERT program and will be checking in to various emergency nets.  If you hear these new calls on the air, make sure to welcome them to our beloved hobby.

Photos by Mike Sear, N7TLL

The Room was Full!

The Room was Full!

From Both Ends!

From Both Ends!

Elizabeth showed up after the Farmer's Market

Elizabeth showed up after the Farmer’s Market

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