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This weekend is the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend, and we will once again be manning stations at Lime Kiln Lighthouse.  Mike, N7TLL will be on 20 meters with a dipole and 200W, and Hoop will be on 40M with an inverted-V and 100W.  We’ll be setting up at about 8am, on the air by 8:30, and go until we get tired or cold, but no later than 5pm.

Come visit; take a turn operating, or just hang out and enjoy the view.

Bring your own lunch, or buy something at the food stand in the park.  Discover Pass required to park in the lot.

8.8k Run

41st Annual 8.8k run:

Saturday Aug 18th
9:00AM Start Time


Meet on the Cady Repeater at 8:30 and I will assign stations. We will support the 3 Water Stations and 2 points in between if we have enough Hams. Bring snacks/water and a pair of binoculars is also handy. Here are the stations and Tactical Call-Signs:

Start Wells Fargo

Shipyard: Near Shipyard Cove Marina
Pinedrona: Water Station 1 Beach Access Road
Pear point: Near E Shore Way
Jackson Beach: Water Station 2
Argyle: Water Station 3

Finish Fairgrounds

NIST FY2019 budget includes request to shutdown WWV and WWVH


Highlights include:

• Field Day wrap-up report

• Net 44 plans

• Club members qualify islands for the U.S. Islands Awards Program

• A presentation on remote controlling a ham station


I am sad to report that Club member David King became a Silent Key on Thursday.  His family has provided the following information:

August 3, 2018, Roche Harbor, Washington. David King, a long-time resident of San Juan Island, died yesterday in a plane crash near the Lopez Island Airport. There were two highly-experienced pilots on board the single-engine plane, but no survivors. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, but San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord, who also acts as the County Coroner, told the family this morning that the crash appeared to be accidental.

David King was born May 2, 1942, in Los Angeles, and was raised in Laguna Beach, California. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York, in 1964. He worked as an engineer for a variety of companies, including TRW, Applied Technologies, and Northrup Grumman, where he retired in 2007. His specialty was electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum technologies.

On a driving trip across Canada in 1964, he heard about the San Juan Islands, and took a ferry to visit. He visited almost every year until 2007, when he retired to live full-time on San Juan Island, first in Friday Harbor, then on Davison Head, north of Roche Harbor.

From 2007 until 2010, he worked on the Orca Hydrophone Project, which allows visitors to Lime Kiln State Park to hear sealife while still on-shore. David designed the software for the project, but also helped pour concrete and set up the equipment to hear the whales.

David was almost painfully shy and quiet, but once he was comfortable, he displayed a warm humor, quick wit, and an easy laugh. He was very active in leading local organizations, including being the President of Bay Area Chapter of the “Old Crows,” an organization of electronic warfare veterans, the Treasurer of the San Juan Pilots Association, the San Juan Yacht Club, and the Roche Harbor Neighborhood Association, a civic charity on the northern end of San Juan Island. He was an avid photographer, and an active member of the Friday Walkers hiking group on San Juan Island. He earned an “extra” amateur radio (ham radio) certificate and was active in the local ham radio organization. He was recently learning to make his own gourmet pizzas.

He learned to fly in 1964 and became instrument rated in 1970. His plane, which crashed on Lopez Island, was a Mooney M20J. He and his cousin Martha Ford once flew from Los Angeles to Goose Bay, Labrador, and he and his wife Helen often flew around the United States.

He is survived by his wife Helen King, his cousin Martha Ford of Carlsbad, California, and her sons David, Tim, and Keith Ford, and several other family members.

A Celebration of Life is being scheduled for September in Friday Harbor. The King family wishes to thank the emergency responders and volunteers from Lopez Island and the San Juan Sheriff’s Office for their help.


Highlights include Field Day preparations and a presentation by K7NHE  “Recent Trends in Marine Electronics”.


We held a brief business meeting at our annual Orcas Island  picnic.


Just a brief follow-up on the SJCARS Orcas Picnic, which was just fabulous! Yes, really! We had a great spot, wonderful food, perfect weather, and even better company! Thanks everyone for coming out. We had fly-ins and drive-in from San Juan, Lopez, and mainland, and even a few new and old HAMs that were new to the club. And for those who couldn’t make it…you were missed.

It was fun to setup the VHF radio for talking-in, and thank you to Corky AF4PM who ran with the idea to setup the club N7JN HF rig (FT-840). We set that up with an SGC tuner and random length (117′) wire to see what might come in… We didn’t reach anyone on transmit, but on 20 meters we did hear HAMs in Moline, San Diego, and parts in between. Also tuned in Radio Havana for some shortwave news of the world.

A few items were left… Please email me (w7slm@arrl.net) if you can claim anything (I am pretty sure I know at least one person missing an item):

I look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting, June 8th, at Mullis.

Scott W7SLM

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