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Saturday, September 14, 2019,  
Odlin County Park

Dear SCJARS members and Friends, 

Our next SJCARS monthly meeting will be the Lopez Club BBQ, which will be on Saturday, September 14. Mark your calendars! The BBQ will be at the Picnic Shelter at Odlin County Park on Lopez Island, from about 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, or as your schedules permit.  The park is lovely and is right on the beach.  Click here for a map from the ferry.  

The Summer Ferry Schedule calls for an early start, and potentially early departure for those coming from off-island:  
– Depart Orcas at 9:15 am arrive Lopez at 9:50 am
– Depart SJI at 8:30 am arrive Lopez at 9:50 am 
– Depart Anacortes at 9:35 am arrive Lopez at 10:15 am

– Depart Lopez at 2:40 pm arrive Anacortes at 3:20 pm
– Depart Lopez at 1:30 pm arrive Orcas at 1:45 pm
– Depart Lopez at 1:05 pm arrive SJI at 1:55 pm 
(Next inter-island boat leaves at 3:45 for those that wish to stay until then / explore more of Lopez.)

Lopez hams can provide transportation if you choose to walk-on the ferry, or for those who fly-in. 

This is a modified potluck: bring food to share and something of your own to grill.  Our Lopez contingent will provide a grill and a cooler with drinks. Bring something to grill and a side dish, salad or dessert to share. We encourage folks to prepare for a no trash event by bringing a reusable plate and utensils.  As always, friends and family are welcome!

We will table the usual meeting business items such as minutes approval and committee reports, and instead will simply touch on any upcoming calendar items and “Stories from your Shack”. Of course, bring you HTs and any interesting ham gear to show off.
The August minutes will be posted to the website.

Monitor Cady Mountain Repeater 146.700, Dup-, Tone 131.8 for coordination of rides to Odlin County Park from the ferry or airfield.    

Scott W7SLM


Highlights include:

• HamWan is installed on Lookout Mt

• What is AMPRnet (Net44)?



Highlights of the meeting include 2019 Field Day reports.


There is a new HamWAN Site that Kenny, KU7M, helped bring up last weekend. It’s located south of Bellingham on Lookout Mountain, and paints the east side of the San Juan Islands:

To get a better view, check out HWLookout on heywhatsthat.

If you’re in the coverage area and would like to connect, contact me at the club meeting this Friday.

There will be an Open House Celebration of Life for Sue and Dick Rich on August 4, 1 to 4 p.m., at The Backdoor Kitchen, 400 A St., Friday Harbor.  Dick, W6OPX, was a long time SJCARS member and one of the regulars who did the Tuesday CEMNET checkin at Mullis Fire Stn. for many years.

Click here to see the article about the Open House in the Islander.

Ed K.


Greg AE7EL has become quite active in emergency communications, to the point that he is involved even beyond our own San Juan County Auxiliary Communications Services activities.

When I circulated DEM Director Brendan Cowan’s call for new members of the Northwest Incident Management Team (NWIMT) last year, Greg applied.  This Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team drills together periodically and is in place to deploy a full team of multi-disciplinary responders to emergency and disaster incidents that are larger and more complex than a local agency can handle alone, such as was done at the Oso Land Slide in March of 2014. The team is funded by numerous local agencies and covers San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom, Snohomish, and Island counties. As a member of the NWIMT’s Communications Unit, Greg has a travel bag all packed and ready to go, should the occasion arise. 

This level of emergency communications involvement requires training, and Greg has completed not only the required on-line FEMA classes but has also attended in-person classes.   At one of these recent in-person classes he met Aaron Blake, the Emergency Communications Program Manager for the Idaho Office of Emergency Management in Boise. And perhaps because Greg remembered one of the SJC ACS Core Values  being able to communicate (both in and) out of a Western Washington damage zone, Greg suggested to Aaron that an SJC EOC to Boise EOC communications test could be valuable.

And so it happened that Aaron reached out to Greg on July 8 to suggest a possible HF test with the EOC in Boise. Greg got in touch with the scheduled SJC White Box Drill net control, who suggested contacting Hoop.

On Tuesday morning July 9, from his home QTH, Hoop had successful 25 watt PSK-31 digital mode communications with Aaron KI7LOQ at the Boise EOC, demonstrating the ability to do such out-of-damage-zone communications.   The QSO was on 7.085 MHz.   A successful LSB QSO was conducted on 7.285 MHz.   Eighty meters was not open at the time of the QSOs which was about 8:00 am PDT.   Another successful PSK-31 QSO was conducted the next day, Wednesday, July 10, also on 7.085 MHz.    What was not successful on both days was communications using the MFSK-32 digital mode, which is used in many locations for emergency communications.  Hoop took the action item to see what changes to his system might be required in order to effectively do MFSK-32 communications. 

Thanks to Greg for making the contact with the Boise EOC!

Hoop, K9QJS
San Juan County EC

For the first time in a few  months our meeting returned to the Mullis Fire Station in Friday Harbor. With the exception of our September meeting which will be a picnic on Lopez Island the remaining meetings for this year are scheduled to be at Mullis.


Highlights of the June meeting included:

• SJCARS Field Day venues

• Hoop’s report on the  2019 Dayton Hamvention

• Review of a affordable propane generator


On May Saturday May 11 we held our annual Orcas Picnic meeting at Cascade Lake in Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

Scott convened a very short business meeting then we went back to eating and socializing.


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