Our May 9th Club online meeting has been changed to facilitate our members attending the MicroHAMS Digital Conference.

Many of you my remember that back in January, MicroHAMS announced their May 9th Digital Conference 2020 with a new venue in Woodinville. It was exciting to see a world-class ham radio event in our backyard. Like many (most? all?) organizations, MicroHAMS has had to change their venue and method of delivery for the conference because of COVID-19. They have shifted to an online YouTube LIVE event and all of the content will be delivered for FREE. To help our club members attend this event, we are going to change our monthly online Zoom club meeting.

We will be opening up the club’s Zoom meeting as a social chat room from 8:30am to 5pm. We will not be having a typical club meeting – we are encouraging members to participate in the MHDC. Feel free to watch the conference in YouTube while using our Zoom meeting to “chat” among your fellow club members either in the Zoom video/audio or in the Zoom meeting chat. Our hope is that people would be willing to ask clarifying questions, comment on personal experiences, etc. in our smaller audience rather than in the full conference chat room. Join when you wish for as long as you wish.

Remember that YouTube LIVE events are also recorded and pause-able. If you hear something you do not understand, feel free to pause YouTube – and ask a question or make an observation on the club’s Zoom meeting and then resume YouTube later.

Here are your links:

Club Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/764222672?pwd=cWhEams5eGExT2drTzZHczhOSUpDdz09 — the meeting password is 73. We will open it a little bit after 8:30am and close it at 5pm. This is an unmoderated social chat among club members. We will have one co-host online to keep the meeting open but that is it.

Latest update on MHDC is here: https://www.microhams.com/2020/05/04/microhams-digital-conference-update-may-5th/ The Agenda and speaker list is here: https://www.microhams.com/mhdc/mhdc2020/ The last pointer that we have for the YouTube LIVE channel event is at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcuTgZcwgZDiGAMImUJKfJA — again all of the content is FREE (although they are accepting donations to help defray their production costs — see the MHDC site).

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Unfortunately all our onsite club meetings, classes and exam sessions have been cancelled. We have no estimate yet when they will restart. Everything has been transitioned to online Zoom meetings (except the testing sessions which remain cancelled).

The venue that we use is a conference room in Redmond City Hall (with our continued thanks to the sponsorship of the City of Redmond, Office of Emergency Management). Because of the latest COVID-19 guidelines published by King County Health, the City has requested that all groups who use their facilities cancel any “large events”. They defined “large events” as those with more than 10 people. Our meetings certainly qualify as we get 40-60 hams each meeting. We have no idea when this condition will be lifted.

Conditions are very fluid and changing daily (sometimes hourly). We have not made any decisions with regarding our April and beyond club meetings and exam sessions.

Currently our monthly meetings are meeting online using Zoom. Our meeting link is: https://zoom.us/j/764222672 and we meet the second Saturday of the month (Apr 11th, May 9th) at 10am.

If you have any questions, drop me an email at dwickert@hotmail.com.

Keep safe.


_-_-_ Dave, AE7TD

A list of useful Zoom “tips and tricks” is located here:

Updated 28-Mar-2020 — During the March 22nd Kirkland ECT / ARES Sunday Night Net, the amplitude of the signal from the 2-Meter VHF repeater suddenly decreased dramatically, probably on the order of 50%. The repeater is still operational, but at a substantially reduced audio level. 70cm and 6m are unaffected. We do not yet have a timeline for repair.

Interested in getting one of our new club badges? Go here:

WOW! We have a new permanent club monthly meeting site! We have been invited by the City of Redmond, Office of Emergency Management to use the city’s Conference Center at Redmond City Hall (side entrance). Go here for more information.

Our thanks to the Redmond Presbyterian Church for the use of their facilities over the last couple of months as a temporary home. We appreciate it.

Our new monthly club meeting place will be at:

Redmond City Hall (side entrance)
Conference Center Room A/B
15670 NE 85th Street, Redmond WA

2nd Saturday of every month
@9:30am for the regular club meeting and
@11am for our VE Exam Session (for new and upgrading license candidates)

The ARRL has launched a new podcast geared towards new ham radio amateurs. Click here for more information.

Two interesting awards are available from the ARRL. Check them out!

First, for new hams, the ARRL has a “First Contact Award.” The award is a very nice certificate suitable for framing that commemorates your first “on-the-air” contact. This would be a wonderful surprise to send a ham when you are THEIR first contact. For more information, check out the First Contact Award page at http://www.arrl.org/first-contact

The second award is the ARRL “Elmer Award.” An Elmer is someone who provides personal guidance and assistance to would-be or new hams. While technology constantly evolves, the human interaction between hams will not be replaced and will always remain one of the hobby’s strongest traditions. As licensed hams we are all ambassadors of Amateur Radio and we should always be looking at ways in which we can welcome newly licensed hams and project a positive image that will attract others to ham radio. The Elmer Award is a way that you can thank your own Elmer for their time, expertise, and encouragement. Check out the Elmer award page at http://www.arrl.org/elmer-award to present the Elmer Award certificate to someone who has helped you in Amateur Radio.

9-Dec-2017 — Interested in trying something new? But still old? (That sounds interesting, huh!) At our “Holiday Field Day” party, Rick Beatty, W7RNB47@gmail.com announced that his 10 meter repeater continues to be available in Edmonds. Given the uneven and unpredictable propagation in the current sunspot cycle, he is interested in feedback of successful contacts with it. The repeater is at 29.68 MHz (-100 KHz offset) with a PL tone of 110.9. The repeater is available for general use and is open to all. However, you might notice that its receive frequency is outside of the Technician phone portion of the 10M band, so you will need a General license or higher to transmit to it.

Interested in CW? Take a look at this document. Very cool stuff! http://www.zerobeat.net/downloads/tasrt-english.zip

Club calendar now ONLINE: Click here to view (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lwhcmembers/cal) — it is part of our Yahoo group. Feel free to add or edit any entry! It is a shared calendar for the club’s use. If you update it, then please send an email to the Yahoo group so everyone knows about it(mailto:lwhcmembers@yahoo.com).

Club Yahoo group — ‘lwhcmembers’  is now ONLINE: Click http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lwhcmembers/join to join the club’s Yahoo group. It is a closed group to just club members — no SPAM — no unsolicited emails. To send email just click mailto:lwhcmembers@yahoo.com .

2020 Memberships now available: Renewal (and new) memberships for 2020 are now available. Membership is based on the calendar year and is not pro-rated. For your convenience, if you want to pay online, here is a PayPal link to process your renewal:

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Many local companies, such as Microsoft Corporation and Boeing, have matching gift programs for non-profits. Contact your HR department to check to see matching donations can be made available to LWHC. Thank you for the early renewal for next year’s membership.

Note: We can only take renewals via the above PayPal link. General donations to the club are welcome but unfortunately cannot be done via PayPal. Contact the club at lwhc@lakewashingtonhamclub.org to make donations to the club. LWHC is a 503(c) charitable organization.

New to HAM radio? Do you have questions around what would be a good first radio? If so, we have a great new way to get some advice. Go to our Radio Selection Survey page and take our survey. The results will be posted to a group of the club’s HAMs who has lots of experience to help you. Here is a link.

Mission Statement: The primary mission of the Lake Washington Ham Club is to provide Amateur Radio support to the community. Toward that end the Lake Washington Ham Club:

  • Offers amateur radio instructional classes and testing services for new and upgrading ham radio operators;
  • Trains emergency service groups in communications;
  • Offers short term loan of radio equipment;
  • Operates radio repeater stations; and
  • Owns and operates an amateur radio station.

Our club has a particular focus on youth. All of our programs have a youth component – click here for more specifics on our youth activities.

Important: In the event of an emergency the repeaters are reserved for the Amateur Radio Emergency Services

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