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Re: WA7CPA Demolition Day for CN88 Shack

Robin WA7CPA
 

Magic happened. Mess was gone before end of day. Building new walls will be next.
Robin, WA7CPA


Re: WA7CPA Demolition Day for CN88 Shack

Howard E. Mahran / WA1HEM
 

That’s awesome! Cant wait to see when its completed

 

From: <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> on behalf of Robin WA7CPA <wa7cpa@...>
Reply-To: <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:06 PM
To: <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io>
Subject: [SnoVARC] WA7CPA Demolition Day for CN88 Shack

 

Thought a few would be interested and amused at the state of my Port Townsend shack. Today is Day 1. It's going to have a lot of electrical outlets above the desk height and be a fully enclosed room with a door and a wall heater. Two basement windows let in plenty of light but it will have a nice overhead fixture. 5 photos attached. Work proceeds when contractor has a lull in bigger projects. Electrician may actually have time in the coming week.


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Howard E. Mahran
WA1HEM
(425) 864 - 5104
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WA7CPA CN87 Shack

Robin WA7CPA
 

The Jefferson County club asked members for shack share photos. That is what has inspired these 2 posts here. Second to antenna/tower photos, I think seeing others' shack photos is fun. Who is next?

Here is the Woodinville shack where I spend most of my pandemic time. Notice the KPA1500 on the lower shelf, STILL unwrapped waiting for 220v and some grounding and bonding.


WA7CPA Demolition Day for CN88 Shack

Robin WA7CPA
 

Thought a few would be interested and amused at the state of my Port Townsend shack. Today is Day 1. It's going to have a lot of electrical outlets above the desk height and be a fully enclosed room with a door and a wall heater. Two basement windows let in plenty of light but it will have a nice overhead fixture. 5 photos attached. Work proceeds when contractor has a lull in bigger projects. Electrician may actually have time in the coming week.


Re: Ham License Fee Increase

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Why discriminate based on age?

I’m in favor of sponsoring license fees for Valley (defined broadly) residents getting their first license, regardless of how old they are.  Getting more people to be active hams is probably the most useful thing SNOVARC can do to build communications capability in the valley.  People cannot become active hams until they get licensed.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Mar 21, 2021, at 11:38 AM, Robin WA7CPA <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

I propose we add to the April agenda a discussion of sponsoring license fee for new hams under age 25 who join our club. Probably need to give a reduced fee for joining, maybe $5. Of course that would also involve some marketing effort.

Robin, WA7CPA


Re: License Fee Update

Robin WA7CPA
 

Yes, members of ARRL got that email. We can be proactive in our response to protect younger people from the fee increase by setting aside club resources when the fee increase happens. 


License Fee Update

Rowland
 

Fom Mike the ARRL Northwestern Division
Directr

Contrary to what you may have heard or read, the collection of
application fees for the amateur radio service and certain other
services will NOT begin on April 19, 2021.

Although April 19, 2021 is the date the rules in the FCC Report and
Order adopted last December generally take effect – i.e., one month
after the R&O was published in the March 19, 2021 Federal Register –
certain parts of those rules, including collection of the application
fees for the amateur radio service, will NOT begin on that date.

The effective date for new amateur radio fees has not yet been
established. The FCC explicitly states in the published Notice that the
fees will not take effect until:

     *  the requisite notice has been provided to Congress; AND
     *  the FCC’s information technology systems and internal
procedures have been updated; AND
     *  the Commission publishes [FUTURE] notice(s) in the Federal
Register announcing the effective date of such rules.

The League’s counsel for FCC matters estimates that the effective
start date for collecting the fees will be some time this summer, but
regardless of the exact timing we will have advance notice. Stay tuned
for further developments on this. 

Keep in mind that one can only renew their amateur license within 90
days in advance of the expiration date. If you, or a club station
license you are trustee for, are within that 90 day window now, I'd
renew as soon as possible to avoid the new fee.

If you are thinking of switching to a vanity callsign, I'd also
seriously suggest you apply for that special callsign sooner rather than
later.  (Of course, if you are an Extra class seeking a new shorter 1X2
or 2X1 callsign, competition for those calls in the future MIGHT be a
bit less due to the new fees! We'll see...)


Thanks,

Rowland


Re: Ham License Fee Increase

Robin WA7CPA
 

I propose we add to the April agenda a discussion of sponsoring license fee for new hams under age 25 who join our club. Probably need to give a reduced fee for joining, maybe $5. Of course that would also involve some marketing effort.

Robin, WA7CPA


Re: Ham License Fee Increase

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

https://www.kb6nu.com/license-fee-date-still-not-set/

So it looks like probably this summer, not April.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Mar 19, 2021, at 7:15 PM, Rowland <rowland.brasch@...> wrote:

It has been announced in the Federal Register that the $35 fee for
Amateur Radio Service licenses will be implemented on April 19, 2021.

Here is a tinurl address for the Federal Register article:
https://tinyurl.com/yfc7g2u2

This means those interested in getting their first FCC Amateur Radio
Service license, an upgrade or vanity call sign need to act within the
next 30 days to avoid the new fee.


Thanks,

Rowland



Ham License Fee Increase

Rowland
 

It has been announced in the Federal Register that the $35 fee for
Amateur Radio Service licenses will be implemented on April 19, 2021.

Here is a tinurl address for the Federal Register article:
https://tinyurl.com/yfc7g2u2

This means those interested in getting their first FCC Amateur Radio
Service license, an upgrade or vanity call sign need to act within the
next 30 days to avoid the new fee.


Thanks,

Rowland


SK Sale

Rowland
 

This link was referred to me so I thought I would put it on the io site for all to see.



Thanks,

Rowland


Re: March 18th SNOVARC mini exercise

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

I will try to be on the 441.850 Carnation repeater from 6:30 until the Rookie Roundtable at 7pm for those folks who want to give that repeater a whirl (or try it through the Big Rock crossband).

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Mar 17, 2021, at 3:34 PM, Bob Otis <rmot47@...> wrote:

I think you are spot on.  After my memory was jarred a bit, I remember reaching the repeater with the 8900, probably on 35W, with good reception on a test with Tom.  I tried both my Icom ID-51 and Yaesu FT-60 with whip antennas and he could barely make out what I was saying under the static.  So, my test for tomorrow will be with the 8900 and/or 7100 on lower than high power and the attic antenna (maybe start at 5W and go up from there).
Cheers, Bob
 
From: Gerard Hickey <hickey@...> 
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 2:27 PM
To: Bob Otis <rmot47@...>; tomwa7tbp@...; snovarc@groups.io
Cc: laragila@...; we7x@...; w4mhi@...
Subject: Re: March 18th SNOVARC mini exercise
 

If you are getting back a courtesy tone that is really staticky then it is pretty good chance you are not making in into the repeater to be audible or just barely audible. I have a feeling that I am going to be in the same boat as I have to up over the ridge line to get to Carnation's city hall. But we will see tomorrow night. 

-- 
Gerard Hickey / WTØF           IRLP:3067/Echolink:529661
hickey@...     DMR: 3102272
425-395-4554                   Allstar: 531920
On 3/17/21 1:36 PM, Bob Otis wrote:
On the main exercise, I can do 6M FM, and maybe 6M SSB, but would bow out on the other two (no antenna).  
 
On the 441.850 repeater, I have talked back and forth several times on my 8600 and, I believe on my HTs.  However, we might want to have a quick test on that one tomorrow night.  I would try one or two HTs, checking both 5W and low power.  I can trigger the repeater  with my HTs on 5W, but haven’t timed it right to talk to anyone and just get static as a reply.
 
73, Bob KI7RMO
 
 
From: tomwa7tbp@... <tomwa7tbp@...> 
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 11:01 AM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Cc: laragila@...; hickey@...; we7x@...; w4mhi@...; rmot47@...
Subject: March 18th SNOVARC mini exercise
 

Hello everyone:

This Thursday, tomorrow, there will be the 3rd Thursday mini exercise. This week, we will be done a "tune up" on 10M FM simplex, 29.5 MHz and 6M simplex, 52.52 MHz. Have the Cougar Mountain repeater on in the back ground. If, for some reason, these listed frequencies are busy or unusable, we will switch to other frequencies that will be announced on the Cougar repeater. Depending on the number of participants, we might do some SSB as well. If we do SSB, I will announce that on the FM simplex channel we were using. 
 
Issaquah Club members. Please try our new UHF repeater that is set up and operating at the Carnation City Hall. It is on 441.850, plus 5 MHz, tone 103.5 Hz. SNOVARC members have been surprised at the coverage of the new repeater. Please try it and let us know how it works.
 
See you on Thursday after the weekly SNOVARC net.
 
73,
 
Tom, WA7TBP

 



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Rowland
 

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Thanks,

Rowland


Re: March 18th SNOVARC mini exercise

Bob Otis
 

I think you are spot on.  After my memory was jarred a bit, I remember reaching the repeater with the 8900, probably on 35W, with good reception on a test with Tom.  I tried both my Icom ID-51 and Yaesu FT-60 with whip antennas and he could barely make out what I was saying under the static.  So, my test for tomorrow will be with the 8900 and/or 7100 on lower than high power and the attic antenna (maybe start at 5W and go up from there).

Cheers, Bob

 

From: Gerard Hickey <hickey@...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 2:27 PM
To: Bob Otis <rmot47@...>; tomwa7tbp@...; snovarc@groups.io
Cc: laragila@...; we7x@...; w4mhi@...
Subject: Re: March 18th SNOVARC mini exercise

 

If you are getting back a courtesy tone that is really staticky then it is pretty good chance you are not making in into the repeater to be audible or just barely audible. I have a feeling that I am going to be in the same boat as I have to up over the ridge line to get to Carnation's city hall. But we will see tomorrow night.

-- 
Gerard Hickey / WTØF           IRLP:3067/Echolink:529661
hickey@...     DMR: 3102272
425-395-4554                   Allstar: 531920

On 3/17/21 1:36 PM, Bob Otis wrote:

On the main exercise, I can do 6M FM, and maybe 6M SSB, but would bow out on the other two (no antenna). 

 

On the 441.850 repeater, I have talked back and forth several times on my 8600 and, I believe on my HTs.  However, we might want to have a quick test on that one tomorrow night.  I would try one or two HTs, checking both 5W and low power.  I can trigger the repeater  with my HTs on 5W, but haven’t timed it right to talk to anyone and just get static as a reply.

 

73, Bob KI7RMO

 

 

From: tomwa7tbp@... <tomwa7tbp@...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 11:01 AM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Cc: laragila@...; hickey@...; we7x@...; w4mhi@...; rmot47@...
Subject: March 18th SNOVARC mini exercise

 

Hello everyone:

This Thursday, tomorrow, there will be the 3rd Thursday mini exercise. This week, we will be done a "tune up" on 10M FM simplex, 29.5 MHz and 6M simplex, 52.52 MHz. Have the Cougar Mountain repeater on in the back ground. If, for some reason, these listed frequencies are busy or unusable, we will switch to other frequencies that will be announced on the Cougar repeater. Depending on the number of participants, we might do some SSB as well. If we do SSB, I will announce that on the FM simplex channel we were using. 

 

Issaquah Club members. Please try our new UHF repeater that is set up and operating at the Carnation City Hall. It is on 441.850, plus 5 MHz, tone 103.5 Hz. SNOVARC members have been surprised at the coverage of the new repeater. Please try it and let us know how it works.

 

See you on Thursday after the weekly SNOVARC net.

 

73,

 

Tom, WA7TBP

 



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Re: March 18th SNOVARC mini exercise

Shawn / K7ATA
 

Don't forget the Big Rock cross band pointing to that repeater. 145.750, no shift, Tone 103.5, should have some decent coverage as well.

--Shawn
--K7ATA

On 3/17/2021 1:36 PM, Bob Otis wrote:

On the main exercise, I can do 6M FM, and maybe 6M SSB, but would bow out on the other two (no antenna).

On the 441.850 repeater, I have talked back and forth several times on my 8600 and, I believe on my HTs. However, we might want to have a quick test on that one tomorrow night.  I would try one or two HTs, checking both 5W and low power.  I can trigger the repeater  with my HTs on 5W, but haven’t timed it right to talk to anyone and just get static as a reply.

73, Bob KI7RMO

*From:* tomwa7tbp@aol.com <tomwa7tbp@aol.com>
*Sent:* Wednesday, March 17, 2021 11:01 AM
*To:* snovarc@groups.io
*Cc:* laragila@msn.com; hickey@kinetic-compute.com; we7x@aol.com; w4mhi@yahoo.com; rmot47@comcast.net
*Subject:* March 18th SNOVARC mini exercise

Hello everyone:

This Thursday, tomorrow, there will be the 3rd Thursday mini exercise. This week, we will be done a "tune up" on 10M FM simplex, 29.5 MHz and 6M simplex, 52.52 MHz. Have the Cougar Mountain repeater on in the back ground. If, for some reason, these listed frequencies are busy or unusable, we will switch to other frequencies that will be announced on the Cougar repeater. Depending on the number of participants, we might do some SSB as well. If we do SSB, I will announce that on the FM simplex channel we were using.

Issaquah Club members. Please try our new UHF repeater that is set up and operating at the Carnation City Hall. It is on 441.850, plus 5 MHz, tone 103.5 Hz. SNOVARC members have been surprised at the coverage of the new repeater. Please try it and let us know how it works.

See you on Thursday after the weekly SNOVARC net.

73,

Tom, WA7TBP


Re: March 18th SNOVARC mini exercise

Bob Otis
 

On the main exercise, I can do 6M FM, and maybe 6M SSB, but would bow out on the other two (no antenna). 

 

On the 441.850 repeater, I have talked back and forth several times on my 8600 and, I believe on my HTs.  However, we might want to have a quick test on that one tomorrow night.  I would try one or two HTs, checking both 5W and low power.  I can trigger the repeater  with my HTs on 5W, but haven’t timed it right to talk to anyone and just get static as a reply.

 

73, Bob KI7RMO

 

 

From: tomwa7tbp@... <tomwa7tbp@...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 11:01 AM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Cc: laragila@...; hickey@...; we7x@...; w4mhi@...; rmot47@...
Subject: March 18th SNOVARC mini exercise

 

Hello everyone:

This Thursday, tomorrow, there will be the 3rd Thursday mini exercise. This week, we will be done a "tune up" on 10M FM simplex, 29.5 MHz and 6M simplex, 52.52 MHz. Have the Cougar Mountain repeater on in the back ground. If, for some reason, these listed frequencies are busy or unusable, we will switch to other frequencies that will be announced on the Cougar repeater. Depending on the number of participants, we might do some SSB as well. If we do SSB, I will announce that on the FM simplex channel we were using. 

 

Issaquah Club members. Please try our new UHF repeater that is set up and operating at the Carnation City Hall. It is on 441.850, plus 5 MHz, tone 103.5 Hz. SNOVARC members have been surprised at the coverage of the new repeater. Please try it and let us know how it works.

 

See you on Thursday after the weekly SNOVARC net.

 

73,

 

Tom, WA7TBP


March 18th SNOVARC mini exercise

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone:

This Thursday, tomorrow, there will be the 3rd Thursday mini exercise. This week, we will be done a "tune up" on 10M FM simplex, 29.5 MHz and 6M simplex, 52.52 MHz. Have the Cougar Mountain repeater on in the back ground. If, for some reason, these listed frequencies are busy or unusable, we will switch to other frequencies that will be announced on the Cougar repeater. Depending on the number of participants, we might do some SSB as well. If we do SSB, I will announce that on the FM simplex channel we were using. 
 
Issaquah Club members. Please try our new UHF repeater that is set up and operating at the Carnation City Hall. It is on 441.850, plus 5 MHz, tone 103.5 Hz. SNOVARC members have been surprised at the coverage of the new repeater. Please try it and let us know how it works.
 
See you on Thursday after the weekly SNOVARC net.
 
73,
 
Tom, WA7TBP


Re: QSO Today Virtual HAM Expo 2021

Rowland
 

I reissued ticket and everything seems to be working ok



Thanks,

Rowland



On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 10:37 AM Robin WA7CPA <wa7cpa@...> wrote:
I still can't get in. At all. Finally found an order number from way back in January. Tried to generate new E ticket using latest link. The page does nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Robin


Re: QSO Today Virtual HAM Expo 2021

Robin WA7CPA
 

I still can't get in. At all. Finally found an order number from way back in January. Tried to generate new E ticket using latest link. The page does nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Robin


Re: QSO Today Virtual HAM Expo 2021

Rowland
 

Yes I have taken several classes so far.  Much better than yesterday.  Wonder if it had to do with the large number of participants.  I would assume there are a lot less today.


Thanks,

Rowland



On Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 10:27 AM Paul Zoba <pezoba@...> wrote:
FYI, everything seems to be working well today. I got to sit down at a table with Eric from Elecraft and talk for awhile. 


On Mar 13, 2021, at 11:17 AM, Bob Otis <rmot47@...> wrote:



I agree with Robyn.  So far, I am 0 for 4 – the first two were not what I was expecting and the last two couldn’t get their videos to play.  And last year’s was so good.  Hopefully, the presentations/videos will be available sometime in the next 30 days.  At least the comments in the chat column are quite entertaining 😊.

Oh well, an early lunchtime. 

 

Bob, KI7RMO

 

From: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io <snovarc@snovarc.groups.io> On Behalf Of Rowland
Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:35 AM
To: snovarc@snovarc.groups.io
Subject: Re: [SnoVARC] QSO Today Virtual HAM Expo 2021

 

I understand.  I hope they eval this hosting software because it is really bad compared to last year.  Possibly the attack didn't help but time will tell.  Glad the cost was minimal.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 

 

 

On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 10:29 AM Robin WA7CPA <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

I got "in" but the KPA1500 that originally was scheduled for 10 is not there. Many, many folks complaining of trouble in the comments. I'm done. It's a bust. Going to enjoy the day outside. 

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