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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


It appears to have turned into 10 seconds on the air but the full segment is online.


Your typical methods of communication may not work in a disaster.
Scott Honaker, N7SS
Communications Coordinator
Snohomish County Emergency Management

Members and friends of SJCARS:

I am posting this on behalf of Scott Honaker, N7SS and Microhams in case any on you are looking for Rohn 25 tower sections or other tower hardware.

Years ago Microhams used towers for large Field Day events on campus.  One year we had an incident trying to bring the tower down with too few people.  It was a safety issue but no one was hurt.  The decision was made that we would have no more towers.

Since this time, all these tower pieces have been sitting in my pasture.  Now I need to move.  My house will be listed within two weeks and they need to be gone.  I have received authorization from the board to sell them and return the proceeds.
There are several 10′ pieces (6?) of Rohn 25, about 30′ of a lightweight aluminum tower and some other pieces.  They all need to be gone.  I can accept any reasonable offer.
Let me know if you’re interested.
Scott N7SS


Thinking about getting into Amateur Radio?

I’ll be hosting a Test Prep class for the Amateur Technician license in August. The class is free but there is a $15 fee to the ARRL for taking the test.

Tech License Prep Class:
Friday Harbor Labs
Tuesday August 1st 1-3PM
Thursday August 3rd 1-3PM
Test Saturday August 5th 10-Noon

If you’re interested send email to bhhoyer at gmail.com

This was our first meeting in several months at the Mullis Fire Station. An hour and a half was filled with discussions ranging from Field Day to Dan’s trip to Germany to the activities of members of SJCARS.


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