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Eight candidates for new or upgraded ham licenses at the San Juan Island Library on Oct 20. Recently licensed hams, Peg Gerlock (KI7PJS) and Paul Barger (KI7QBJ) sucessfully upgraded to General Class. James Deuel (KB7JAD) from Orcas upgraded successfully to Extra after a long layoff. Larry Gadallah (VE7VQ) got tired of logging into the net with his Canadian call plus stroke 7, so he came over to take all three tests and will soon have an American Extra Class call for logging in.

Thomas Twaddell took both the Tech and General tests and passed. He will soon be checking in as a General.

Travis Hill, Phil Johnson (husband of Peg Gerlock) and Ryan Nelson all passed the Tech exam with flying colors.

All tests taken were passed, a rarity in recent memory. Administering these great candidates were Hoop Hooper (K9QJS), Ed Kelm (KD7TUN), Mike Sear (N7TLL), and Dave Vandaveer (K9MRQ). Hoop made sure he got all the email addresses for these folks and has already been sending them invitations to club activities.

(posted by Peter Dahl on behalf of Dave, K9MRQ)


The Echolink system for the Cady repeater is up and running 24/7, but the link radio is only on for Wednesday Net during the testing phase.

You need to be on the Whitelist to connect. Email me if you’d like to be added.


  • AF4PM
  • N7NIX
  • KU7M
  • WA7FUS
  • N4RVE
  • K7NHE
  • KC7WJJ
  • K9QJS
  • K9WRP
  • AE7NA
  • K7BLS
  • N7IPB
  • W7SLM
  • N7TAU
  • K7LRK
  • K7UDR
  • KE7TLE
  • KD7TUN


Minutes this time are coming from Odlin Park on Lopez and include praise and thanks from ARISS and Island Rec.Minutes 2017-09

PayPal Update

We have changed the PayPal option for membership to a subscription model. This has 2 benefits. First your membership is for 12 months instead of the calendar year. Second it’s a 5 year subscription billed annually so you don’t have to remember to pay every year. Of course you can cancel any time and you won’t be billed for future years.

Great Washington Shakeout

The 2017 Great Washington Shakeout Drill is coming soon. On October 19th, 2017 you can join thousands of Washingtonians and millions of people world wide and participate in this community awareness earthquake drill. At 10:19 AM you’ll get the message to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On!”. It’s quick and easy to sign up at:


When you register you’ll receive Shakeout news and prepaedness info, and be counted among those making preparations.  

Participating in the Shakeout is a great way to build earthquake awareness and disaster resilience in the islands community. It’s safe to say that after a major earthquake the islands will be isolated for an extended period of time. Start, or build on your preparedness today by signing up for this drill, and then check out the home and neighborhood preparedness information at the DEM website:


If you have questions or would like help getting started, contact the DEM office at, 360-370-0587, or email dem at sanjuandem.net.

Be Prepared, It’s The Island Way!
Brendan Cowan

• Rob, ZL2US told us about ham radio in New Zealand.

• Brendan Cowan helped us understand the Incident Command System

• Large Attendance: 35


2017 ILLW

This year’s ILLW was hampered by poor propagation as we head towards a sunspot minimum.   However, we still had a good time.

Mike, N7TLL, and Ed, KD7TUN, arrived at 8am and began setting up.  Mike brought his trusty antenna rope launcher, a cut down fly rod with a golf ball on the end of the fish line.  His first attempt at launching the golf ball into the trees failed when the ball hit the tree trunk and bounced back at us.  His second attempt looked good – until we realized the fishing line broke, and the ball had disappeared over the bluff, most likely ending up in the water.   With no spare ball, we had to improvise.  Ed dug around in his tool bag and produced a snap on ferrite bead about the size and weight of a golf ball.  We tied it on to the line with a cloth strap, and added a red paper chop stick bag to help make it visible.

Mike did a practice launch to get the feel of the new weight, and when it hit the ground the plastic case of the bead broke in half, leaving nothing on the end of the fish line but the cloth strap and the chopstick bag.  More work with the cloth strap and the pieces of bead, and we tried again.  We finally got Mike’s 20M dipole up in the trees about 40 feet high, and aimed roughly SSE.  Soon after, Mike bagged our first out-of-WA state, working a station in the Ohana net on the big island of Hawaii.



Hoop, K9QJS, arrived about 9:30, and started off by working S. Dakota.  We had plenty of park visitors asking questions, including someone from France who asked about French lighthouses participating.  (There were 3, two of which he was familiar with.)  No Orcas showed, but we did see some humpbacks.  We took turns operating, and by the end of the day we managed to scrape up 24 contacts.  Hoop stayed until about noon, and Mike and Ed toughed out the chilly wind until about 3pm.


Ed & Mike

The final tally was:

States & Provinces:  BC, CA, CO,  HI, SD, WA, WY
US0067   Old Pt. Loma, CA
US0218   New Dungeness, WA
US0037   Pt. Fermin, CA
US0117    Pt. Arena, CA
US0033   Pt. Vicente, CA

State Parks:  KFF-1226, Lathrop St. Park, CO



Ranger Ted has retired, so thanks to volunteer Mary for putting us in touch with Ted’s replacement, Ranger Rich, and thanks to Rich for giving us access to the spot and the AC power.

Ed K.








Highlights of the meeting:

• Field Day reports

• Announcements

• Volunteer  Opportunities

• Local ham radio news

• Presentation: Propagation and Fun Facts


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