Field Day 2018 is June 23rd-24th. We will have stations will be up on several bands running for both phone and CW. Plus we will be trying for some digital contacts as well as a satellite QSO. There will be a GOTA VHF/UHF station for non-hams to see what ham radio is all about.
We will be meeting at our Woodinville club shack for lunch (bring your own) and a grill-extravaganza, free dinner provided by the club Saturday evening between 6pm and 8pm — All are welcome!
The club shack is located at: Vinyl Fence Specialists, 23128 SR 9, Woodinville, WA 98072 (across the street from the Brightwater Treatment Plant).
Our next monthly meeting, July 14th, will be in our new meeting place (see below) at the City of Kirkland Maintenance Center. The “Tech Talk” topic has not yet been finalized.
Click here for maps and more photos of the new monthly meeting place.
Updated 10-Jun-2018 — All of the repeaters at Rose Hill and Lincoln Square are fully operational.
Dan Hartman KI7UBD started his return voyage home on Monday May 7, 2018. The WSPRnet beacon and antenna are on the yacht and seem to be working well. Current route plans are to Sail from Opua, NZ to Tahiti; Tahiti to Hawaii; and; Hawaii to Seattle. Dan has a crew of one that joined him in NZ and will make the entire trip.
Bob Sutton, ZL1RS, configured an Ultimate3S WSPRnet kit and antenna for tracking and supported Dan with the installation. Check out the live tracking and details on Dan’s tracking page at: http://qrp-labs.com/mydream.html for his current location (and more info).
Dan will also be checking in daily on the Pacific Seafarer’s net; https://www.pacseanet.com/ . Be sure to look for his call sign on the PSN link.
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.
Kirkland CERT takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Will you take it too? Drop a line to Don W7OXR if you are up to the challenge!
Interested in CW? Take a look at this document. Very cool stuff! http://www.tasrt.ca/TASRTVersions/TASRT.pdf
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:firstname.lastname@example.org).
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:email@example.com .
2018 Memberships now available: Renewal (and new) memberships for 2018 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 offer amateur radio instructional classes to children and their parents and to prepare these people to participate in emergency service communications groups. The Club’s secondary mission is to increase awareness of amateur radio and to promote the continued use and growth of this important community resource. In the event of an emergency the repeaters are reserved for the Amateur Radio Emergency Services