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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.

Dear SCJARS Members and Friends, 

Our next scheduled club meeting will be the Orcas Club Picnic, which will be on Saturday, May 11th. Mark your calendars!  The weather forecast is “Glorious.” 

The Picnic will be at Cascade Lake at Moran State Park, Orcas Island. Click here for a map from the ferry.  
We have the Shelter reserved, and is nice rain or shine. Moran State Park is about 30 minutes from the ferry, so plan accordingly. Rides can be coordinated for walk-ons.

Check the ferry schedules. If you are coming from:
>> Lopez, catch the 9:55 am interisland, arrives Orcas at 10:35 am
>> Shaw, catch the 10:15 interisland, arrives Orcas at 10:35 am
>> San Juan Island, catch the 8:30 am interisland, arrives Orcas at 9:15 am
>> Anacortes, take either the 7:30 am, arrives 8:20 am, or the 10:35 am, arrives 11:45 am.
>> Orcas has an uncontrolled airport, open all the time. Rides available from airport.

If you are bringing a vehicle from the mainland, be sure make a reservation for the ferry…the sooner the better. 

A Washington State Park Discover Pass is required if you are bringing a vehicle. Day use and annual passes can be purchased at the park if you don’t already have one.

We have the shelter all day. I plan to be at the site from about 9:00 am onward… don’t be afraid to show up “early!” A large thermos of coffee will be on hand, and help setting up a couple radio stations will be welcome. Lots of room at tables and sills for display if you have any radios or ham projects you would like to show.  

This is a potluck, with a bring-your-own-meat-to-grill option, overseen by Chef Jim K2SON. So bring something to share, a side or munchies or dessert, and bring your own plates, utensils and beverage. The Potluck starts as soon as you arrive! The grill should be going by lunchtime.  

Around noon we will have an abbreviated club meeting with topics including any Field Day updates from the individual island organizers, meeting minute approval, treasury report, committee reports, and most importantly: some time for “Stories from Your Shack.”

Again, bring food to share, tasty comestibles for the grill, and your own utensils and beverage. Monitor Cady Mountain Repeater 146.700, Dup-, Tone 131.8 or monitor the 224.48 repeater on Mount Constitution if you have 220 capability.

Scott W7SLM

P.S. The club’s discussion forum is live! Visit and sign up at https://groups.io/g/sjcars

Our April meeting was held at the Friday Harbor Fire Hall

Highlights of the meeting include:

• a report on the 5th Saturday EOC Excercise

• a presentation on  JS8call  and innovative uses of it

• a presentation on antenna insulators

Next meeting Saturday May 11 in Moran Park on Orcas Island


The VE Team of Kenny K7UM, Basil N7NIX, Corky AF4PM and Monte N7TAU held a Laurel VEC Ham Exam on Lopez on April 6th.

All hams are Technicians from Lopez except as noted. New hams – Renee KJ7FUS, Ken KJ7FLX (General), Dan KJ7FLY, Karen KJ7FLW, Kate KJ7FLV, Jessica KJ7FLU and Thomas KJ7FLT (General – Friday Harbor). Upgrades – Jeff KD7KAC (General), Alan KJ7BFC (Amateur Extra – Friday Harbor) and Brian K7BLS (Amateur Extra).

I credit 100% passing to hard work studying and an excellent Tech class by Corky AF4PM.

We have offered to order and program an HT for those who are interested. Clark K7LRK will hold a hands-on workshop on operating basics.

Brian K7BLS

We met in the downstairs meeting room at the Friday Harbor Key Bank

Highlights of the meeting include:

– Updates on San Juan County Auxiliary Communications Service

– An introduction to Northwest Digital Radio’s DRAWS


An updated calendar sheet as a PDF is now available, with corrections as of 3-8-2018.
SJCARS Calendar 2019

A copy is also posted in the files section of our Groups.io site: https://groups.io/g/sjcars

Scott W7SLM

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