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Salmon Run popular local CW/SSB contest September 17-18

Robin WA7CPA
 

Robin, WA7CPA cross-Posting for local ham radio interest:
There are a few SnoVARC members who will be interested in knowing that our locally sponsored Salmon Run contest has had some rules changes this year. It is also asking for operators to sign up as rovers in Washington State Counties. Here are the rules changes straight off the Western Washington DX Club website, sponsor of the very popular Salmon Run contest:


The Salmon Run 2022 Rules are out and published on the Rules Page. This year the WWDXC Salmon Run Committee did an extensive review of the rules and made a number of updates to help the Party run smoother and encourage as many stations as possible to participate. We also added a couple of new Awards to encourage participation and friendly competition among entrants.

Here are the main changes that might impact your operating plans:

No Digital Contacts

While we understand this may feel like a step backwards for some, digital mode participation has been languishing substantially in recent years.  With most digital activities moving to the “FT” modes, stations like the W7DX Salmon have spent hours calling on digital calling frequencies for RTTY or PSK with very few responses. We didn’t want to tire out any of the salmon swimming the wrong way, so until the WSJT-X team is able to incorporate more flexible contest exchanges, we’ve decided to sideline digital modes and encourage operators to put their energy where it makes the most contacts.

Multi-Operator Geography

In accordance with many other contests, we require that multi-operator stations, with the exception of those operating in the Unlimited category, to reside entirely upon the same premises (including all transmitters and antennas) and within a 1000-foot diameter circle. We love Multi-Op entries, and while the past few years have shown us there are a number of different and unique ways to operate Multi, we want to make sure the rules are explicity for this category.

That being said, stations that want to participate as “Distributed Multi-Ops” are encouraged to enter into the Unlimited category. Equipment used by multi-op operators in this category does not need to be on the same premises, It is only necessary that all radio equipment and antennas be located in the same WA county (or state/province/DXCC entity for non-WA multi-ops). All stations must use the same callsign, and only one station may be on any band+mode at any given time. Simultaneously operating different modes on the same band is allowed.

We also encourage other entries that may not fit our rules to enter the Unlimited Category and please do drop the Salmon Run Committee a note with your ideas.

Eliminate 2M contacts entirely

WWDXC members have a great history in VHF and up operations, and the mountains around Washington provide some great opportunities for hill toppers, mountain goats, and the like. However, we found that the 2M band was used almost exclusively by Puget Sound area entrants to work each other over short distances on another band, and we want to encourage that time spent moving stations to and from 2m to be used working more counties, states, and entities.  6m will remain available, and while it can be used for local line of sight contacts as well, we always hope for a nice regional, national, or international 6m opening to liven up the party and add some 6m hooks to the water.

DXCC entities are counted for up to 10 multipliers

Previously, DX credit for DXCC entities was unlimited for WA credit, but to level the playing field across the classes and modes, we’ve decided to limit the WA station multipliers for DX to a maximum of 10.

Expeditions can operate while mobile

Historically the expedition class encourages operators to set up portable stations field-day style at one or more locations, while the mobile class requires operating from a station that’s capable of motion at all times.  Expeditions that wanted to operate two or more counties had the penalty of down-time while driving between the counties.  To encourage more time on the air, expeditioners (especially multi-ops) are encouraged to consider (safe) operation while mobile if moving between counties or between your home and an expedition site.  However, the 1000-ft rule still applies, so a multi-op driving to an expedition site which is actively participating needs to wait until they arrive on site to participate.

Awards

Finally, for awards, we’ve added two “horse race” awards that can be won by working a group of multipliers first.  For stations outside of Washington, the first station to get a clean sweep of WA counties will be entitled to a plaque.  For Washington locals, the first station to work all of the U.S. and Canadian multipliers will win the race.

 

73,

Justin, K5EM, on behalf of the WWXDC Salmon Run committee. Special thanks to Rob N7QT, Rusty W6OAT, Tom NU7J, and Kirk N7UK for their work on this over the past months and to Dink (N7WA) for his past work administering the contest and his continued support in scoring. A special thanks to John (W7CD, SK) for all the tireless work he put into the Salmon Run over the past few years especially to bring our logging into the digital ages.


Field Day

Robin WA7CPA
 

If all goes well, I will be operating 1B from Fort Warden in Port Townsend. CW and SSB only. Probably exclusively on 20m from Tarheel. KX3 into KPA100. Max power about 80-90w. Hope to work some familiar call signs but I will probably have a pretty big skip.

GL and have fun everyone on Field Day!

73,
Robin, WA7CPA


No Trilogy Net at 9am on 6/25

Mike Kelly KJ7JNG
 

SNOVARC members:

The Trilogy net that normally is held on Saturday mornings at 9am will not be held on 6/25.

The Trilogy team has volunteered to support the Trilogy Trek-a-Thon to raise money for Seattle  Children's Hospital. 

The Trilogy team will resume their scheduled net on Saturday July 2nd at 9am. 

Thank you,

Mike Kelly 
KJ7JNG 


Myers work party

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone:
 
Sorry for the late notice. I had a discussion with Jo-Anne late this evening. Because of some last minute complications, the work party at the Myers house, originally scheduled for Saturday, June 18, (tomorrow), is postponed.  I will keep you posted on the future work party.
 
Again, sorry for the late notice. Just the way things worked out.
 
73,
 
Tom
 


UV5RE CHIRP File

Konstantin
 

Hello!

Can somebody share a local setup file for the UV5RE please?

Regards,
Konstantin


RigExpertUSA (aka PNC Engineering) has been officially closed for business

Rowland
 

Here is an FYI for the owners of these devices. 

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antenna for inside roof

Robin WA7CPA
 


Myers yard project

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone:
 
I am still in need of help for the yard project at Jo-Anne Myers house. So far, I have two maybes plus myself.
 
The Myers yard project is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th. We will gather at the Myer's house at 1000 hours. We can get this done quickly if we can get at least 5 of us there.
 
The address is 31001 NE 141 Street, Duvall.
 
Please e-mail me so I can get a head count for the crew.
 
Thanks in advance for your help. As a reminder, we will need to bring our own tools. Jo-Anne will provide the riding lawn mower. If you think we need a tool, please bring it.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call me at home 425-333-4833.
 
Thank you in advance. I will be discussing the yard work with Jo-Anne. I will point out to her that we are willing to help with the yard this one last time. but this will be our last yard project.
 
Please let me know as soon as possible. If we have to cancel, I want to give Jo-Anne as soon as I can.
 
73,
 
Tom
 


Third Thursday mini exercise, June 16th

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone:
 
This Thursday, our mini exercise will be testing the Myers UHF repeater and VHF cross band access. After the check in net, I will be the net control and we will test your ability to access the Myers repeater directly. Then, we will try accessing the Myers repeater via the VHF cross band channel. For this exercise, I would like you to record the information using your own format. I will not be providing you a data sheet this time.
 
We will test the UHF Myers repeater first. We will run the Myers repeater check in net on the Myers repeater. I will ask each station to run a test. The script is as follows, "WA7TBP testing, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. WA7TBP clear." Each station on the net will do the same test. Please record the usability of the signals of the stations you hear. We will follow the same procedure when testing the VHF cross band frequency. Please be flexible as always. Sometimes, one of you comes up with a great idea and I want to use it during the test. I always appreciate the ideas. 
 
Tech data:
    Cougar repeater (check in net), 441.825 MHz, plus 5 MHz, tone 103.5 Hz.
 
    Myers repeater, 443.250 MHz, plus 5 MHz, tone is 103.5 Hz.
    Myers VHF cross band, 145.590 MHz simplex, use tone 162.2 Hz.
 
I will monitor the Cougar repeater during the Myers repeater testing just in case anyone cannot access the repeater directly or via the cross band.
 
Myself and others have been testing the Myers repeater. Compared to the original set up, the new set up has resulted in improved range. It will be interesting to see the data from this test.
 
Looking forward to hearing you on the the net this Thursday. If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call me at home, 425-333-4833. 
 
73,
 
Tom
 
 
 
 


Re: Snoqualmie/Rattlesnake DMR Repeater Gone?

Rowland
 

This came from North Bend crew.......

ALL of the repeaters located at the SECAST comm site shack on Rattlesnake have been removed.  This includes at least one VHF and one UHF FM analog repeater, one 220 FM analog repeater, a D-STAR UHF repeater, and BOTH the VHF and UHF DMR repeaters.  The 6m repeater that has been out of operation for a few years was also removed.

 

This is because of action taken by WA DNR to either squeeze money out of the amateurs for each repeater ($5K/yr) or to create space for what DNR falsely believes will attract commercial users that pay them.  In the case of the SECAST site, DNR does not own the facility, generator, tower, etc, but it’s possible they may find a way to legally take it away if it’s not removed (which is impractical since it was built by relatively poor amateurs).   This is despite RCS that requires DNR to accommodate amateur radio repeater on their land in recognition of the public service we provide. Thank Hilary Franz, elected Commissioner of Public Lands for that.  

 

I urge everyone to contact our elected state representatives and senators as well as King County local rep Sarah Perry to commit during this election campaign season to pressure Franz to do the right thing, and to provide the $150/repeater funding to DNR the RCW requires.

 

That leaves upper snovalley coverage to the Valley Camp DMR repeater, which is down in a hole with poor coveratge, and the East Tiger DMR repeater, which has spotty coverage towards I90 east and is often down.  We typically cannot reach the Cougar Mtn DMR repeater from North Bend and Snoqualmie, and Haystack’s DMR repeater is too far away.

 

There is some history details that I know about this, including the notice that Rattlesnake Mtn amateur repeater owners received Sep 2021 from DNR to vacate their land.   Then it snowed making it unsafe to perform the work.  SECAST emptied their remaining club treasury to pay DNR an agreed upon amount for 6mos which took them through the end of May 2022; the remaining repeaters were removed during the 3rd week of May.



On Thu, Jun 9, 2022 at 1:12 PM Ken Koch WA7KK <groups@...> wrote:
Does anyone know if the Snoqualmie/Rattlesnake DMR repeater is gone?  When I try to hit it, it says "repeater not found".  I haven't tried it in a couple of months, so this may be old news or just a temporary condition.

If it is gone for good, are there any alternatives that have good coverage for the upper snoqualmie valley?

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Thanks,
Rowland


Re: Myers yard project

Rowland
 

I will be there

On Thu, Jun 9, 2022 at 4:53 PM Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello everyone. Thanks for your responses. 
 
The Myers yard project is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th. We will gather at the Myer's house at 1000 hours. We can get this done quickly if we can get at least 5 of us there.
 
 
Please e-mail me so I can get a head count for the crew. We will discuss some things about this project on site.
 
Thanks in advance for your help. As a reminder, we will need to bring our own tools. Jo-Anne will provide the riding lawn mower. If you think we need a tool, please bring it.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call me at home 425-333-4833.
 
73,
 
Tom
 
 
 

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Thanks,
Rowland


Re: Myers yard project

Mike Kelly KJ7JNG
 

Sorry Tom - Saturday's are just not good for me. 


On Thu, Jun 9, 2022 at 4:53 PM Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello everyone. Thanks for your responses. 
 
The Myers yard project is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th. We will gather at the Myer's house at 1000 hours. We can get this done quickly if we can get at least 5 of us there.
 
The address is 31001 NE 141 Street, Duvall.
 
Please e-mail me so I can get a head count for the crew. We will discuss some things about this project on site.
 
Thanks in advance for your help. As a reminder, we will need to bring our own tools. Jo-Anne will provide the riding lawn mower. If you think we need a tool, please bring it.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call me at home 425-333-4833.
 
73,
 
Tom
 
 
 


Myers yard project

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone. Thanks for your responses. 
 
The Myers yard project is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th. We will gather at the Myer's house at 1000 hours. We can get this done quickly if we can get at least 5 of us there.
 
The address is 31001 NE 141 Street, Duvall.
 
Please e-mail me so I can get a head count for the crew. We will discuss some things about this project on site.
 
Thanks in advance for your help. As a reminder, we will need to bring our own tools. Jo-Anne will provide the riding lawn mower. If you think we need a tool, please bring it.
 
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or call me at home 425-333-4833.
 
73,
 
Tom
 
 
 


Snoqualmie/Rattlesnake DMR Repeater Gone?

Ken Koch WA7KK
 

Does anyone know if the Snoqualmie/Rattlesnake DMR repeater is gone?  When I try to hit it, it says "repeater not found".  I haven't tried it in a couple of months, so this may be old news or just a temporary condition.

If it is gone for good, are there any alternatives that have good coverage for the upper snoqualmie valley?


Re: Invitation to join Issaquah Amateur Radio CLub's July picnic

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Paula and I will attend!

-p W7PFB
paul.butzi.org
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Jun 8, 2022, at 10:17 AM, Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp@...> wrote:

Hello everyone:
 
The Issaquah Amateur Radio Club (IARC) has invited SNOVARC to join them at their July picnic/pizza party.
 
The details: Wednesday, July 6th at 6:00 PM. The place: Issaquah Confluence Park, located at 595 Rainier Blvd North, which is behind the Dairygold Plant. 
 
If you plan to attend, please e-mail me by June 22 so I can give the IARC a headcount.
 
My daughter is the president of the IARC. Both of us are interested in our two clubs doing more things together. This includes socializing, teaching events, and public service.
 
Again, please let me know by June 22nd if you would like to attend. I will provide more details later.
 
73,
 
Tom


Re: Invitation to join Issaquah Amateur Radio CLub's July picnic

Rowland
 

I will be there by myself.  What can I bring?


Thanks,

Rowland



On Wed, Jun 8, 2022 at 10:17 AM Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello everyone:
 
The Issaquah Amateur Radio Club (IARC) has invited SNOVARC to join them at their July picnic/pizza party.
 
The details: Wednesday, July 6th at 6:00 PM. The place: Issaquah Confluence Park, located at 595 Rainier Blvd North, which is behind the Dairygold Plant. 
 
If you plan to attend, please e-mail me by June 22 so I can give the IARC a headcount.
 
My daughter is the president of the IARC. Both of us are interested in our two clubs doing more things together. This includes socializing, teaching events, and public service.
 
Again, please let me know by June 22nd if you would like to attend. I will provide more details later.
 
73,
 
Tom


Invitation to join Issaquah Amateur Radio CLub's July picnic

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone:
 
The Issaquah Amateur Radio Club (IARC) has invited SNOVARC to join them at their July picnic/pizza party.
 
The details: Wednesday, July 6th at 6:00 PM. The place: Issaquah Confluence Park, located at 595 Rainier Blvd North, which is behind the Dairygold Plant. 
 
If you plan to attend, please e-mail me by June 22 so I can give the IARC a headcount.
 
My daughter is the president of the IARC. Both of us are interested in our two clubs doing more things together. This includes socializing, teaching events, and public service.
 
Again, please let me know by June 22nd if you would like to attend. I will provide more details later.
 
73,
 
Tom


Re: Jo-Anne Myers workparty

Mike Kelly KJ7JNG
 


Tom,

I am currently open on June 21st. That could change as I receive work orders from my clients. Please let me know if I need to hold that date open.

Mike Kelly
KJ7JNG 

On Tue, Jun 7, 2022 at 11:44 AM Tom WA7TBP via groups.io <tomwa7tbp=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello everyone:
 
As you know, SNOVARC members helped Jo-Anne Myers with yard work last spring. We had to cancel the other sessions we had planned because of lousy weather. Jo-Anne has reached out an asked for help again. She still has the riding lawn mower available to us. We would need to provide all the other gear we would need to use.
 
Here are the dates Jo-Anne has available for us:
    Friday, June 17, Saturday, June 18, Monday, June 20  and Tuesday, June 21.
 
Would you please send me what date would work best for you so I may coordinate with Jo-Anne. I will be advising her that this will most likely be our last yard work event we will do as a group. 
 
Thanks to all of you who helped in the past. I know she wants to sell the house, and I hope this will be helping her move in that direction.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
Tom, WA7TBP


Jo-Anne Myers workparty

Tom WA7TBP
 

Hello everyone:
 
As you know, SNOVARC members helped Jo-Anne Myers with yard work last spring. We had to cancel the other sessions we had planned because of lousy weather. Jo-Anne has reached out an asked for help again. She still has the riding lawn mower available to us. We would need to provide all the other gear we would need to use.
 
Here are the dates Jo-Anne has available for us:
    Friday, June 17, Saturday, June 18, Monday, June 20  and Tuesday, June 21.
 
Would you please send me what date would work best for you so I may coordinate with Jo-Anne. I will be advising her that this will most likely be our last yard work event we will do as a group. 
 
Thanks to all of you who helped in the past. I know she wants to sell the house, and I hope this will be helping her move in that direction.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
Tom, WA7TBP


Ham operators needed for Eagle Scout project

Rowland
 

Help if you can.........

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From: William Fuller <wrfuller@...>
Date: Fri, Jun 3, 2022 at 7:28 PM
Subject: Ham operators needed for Eagle Scout project
To: <rowland.brasch@...>, <Irvina.Mizell@...>


Dear Irvina and Rowland,
My name is Will Fuller, KJ7FWM, and I am working on my Eagle Scout project which will be to manage communications for the big backyard 5k  run at Marymoor park. I was wondering if any members of your club might be interested and available to help with radio communications during the race this Sunday, June 5th, between 7:30-9:30 am? If so, please invite them to contact me at wrfuller@....

Kind regards,
Will Fuller
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Rowland

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