Feed on

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.


Three new hams and an upgrade from SJCARS’ June 8th Laurel VE Session in Friday Harbor:

  • KJ7HBI – Karen Palmer
  • KJ7HBJ – Mary-Brooke Barger
  • KJ7HBK – Patti Wickham
  • Tom Pemberton, KJ7HAF, upgraded to General.

Tested on Saturday, Call Signs Monday Morning!

Thanks to our attending Laurel VEs:

  • Kenny, KU7M, San Juan County VE Team Leader
  • Basil, N7NIX, Session Leader
  • Bryan, K7UDR
  • Ed, KD7TUN
  • Corky, AF4PM
  • Hoop, K9QJS
  • Paul, N7TZW
  • Mike, N7TLL
  • Dave, K9MRQ

Greg from Orcas, AE7EL, has joined the team as a VE

HamWAN Update

Kenny, KU7M, has added our West-Side node to the HamWAN main map which monitors connectivity.

Over 20 Megabits/sec!

Thanks Kenny!

Free Tower

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.

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