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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

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The Room was Full!

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Elizabeth showed up after the Farmer's Market

Elizabeth showed up after the Farmer’s Market

Samuel Morse was born on April 27, 1791, but his influence extends to this day

From Time Magazine:

The telegraph has become the epitome of an obsolete technology. The last telegram was sent two years ago, and Morse code blinked out a few years before that. But in terms of influence, Samuel Finley Breese Morse—born on this day, April 27, in 1791—is anything but obsolete.

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Bryan gave a presentation on the upcoming Cascadia Rising exercise.


For those interested, here’s the links from the presentation at the April meeting:




Presentations on WSPR and the Mike and Key Club’s Flea Market



Paul Elliot, WB6CXC, gave a presentation on his implementation of WSPR at the March meeting:

Low Cost WSPR with Raspberry Pi and SDR

WSPR (pronounced “whisper”) stands for “Weak Signal Propagation Reporter”. It is a computer program used for weak-signal radio communication between amateur radio operators. The program was initially written by Joe Taylor, K1JT, but is now open source and is developed by a small team. The program is designed for sending and receiving low-power transmissions to test propagation paths on the MF and HF bands.

more from Wikipedia





SWR Presentation

Amateur Radio Parity Act video

Upcoming events calendar

Visitors from off-island



An earthquake measuring 6.4 has hit Taiwan, and caused buildings to collapse.

HARTS (Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society) has received a weak voice signal from the CTARL Taiwan (Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League) that asks that the following frequencies be kept clear.

HF frequencies used in Taiwan are voice: Main is 7.060 MHz with backup 7.050 MHz and 3.560 MHz.   Short range frequencies are on VHF and UHF.

At least four buildings have collapsed in the south of the island.

Dozens of residents are reported to be trapped in the city of Tainan, those houses nearly two million people.

Tremors were felt in the capital Taipei, on the other side of the island, and aftershocks were felt.

Taiwan lies in the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’ and in 2013, four people were killed in a 6.3-magnitude quake.

Jim Linton VK3PC

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