Jun 22nd, 2016 by Peter Dahl, WA7FUS
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.
Jun 20th, 2016 by Peter Dahl, WA7FUS
SJCARS recognized by SJ County Council
Field Day planning
Introduction to NW Digital Radio UDRC
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
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.
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!
From Both Ends!
Elizabeth showed up after the Farmer’s Market