This months dates are 4 and 5. Saturday November 4th is the Rodeo City Radio Club (RC2) meeting at the Copper Kettle restaurant in Ellensburg. Meeting start time is 8 AM, you are welcome to arrive early to get your breakfast before the meeting starts. Sunday the 5th is the Upper Kittitas County Amateur Radio Club (UKCARC) meeting, 8AM, at the Cottage Cafe in Cle Elum. Everyone is welcome at either meeting, bring a friend or family member.
Saturday November 4 is also the date of this years annual all-county ham dinner. Of course, that is a dinner for hams not a dinner of ham. You may choose from prime rib, salmon, or lasagna. The location is The Last Resort at Lake Cle Elum. As it was last year, the restaurant is on one side of the road or the other out there near the lake and forest. Dinner starts at 6PM with cocktails at 5PM, you choose the entree, they all include salad bar, mashed potatoes, veggies, dessert,coffee, tea and soft drinks. The price per meal is $25.00 which includes everything except a gratuity. We need to let the restaurant know how many will be attending and what they will be eating (so that they can plan and be ready) so please contact Carl KG7JMI before November 1 and let him know (email@example.com or 425-281-6644). Thanks.
This is ARRL Foundation Scholarship application season. There are 80 different scholarships this year, all require the recipient to be a ham but beyond that each scholarship has its own rules. There is an online application, and the deadline date is January 31. Go to www.arrl.org/scholarship-program to get all the details and/or to apply.
Skywarn Recognition Day (SRD) is set for December 3 2017 starting at 0000 UTC. This is the operating event jointly sponsored by The National Weather Service (NWS) and the ARRL. I don't have a flyer yet, but there usually is activity at NWS offices. Your goal will be to contact other SRD stations, especially those at NWS offices. You can probably find more info on the internet.
If you attended last months club meeting in Ellensburg you probably remember a report from Doug Fessler KI7DQG regarding new bands that were opening to ham use but required hams to register before any transmissions. Here is information from the November 2017 QST. The frequencies are 472 - 479 kHz (630 meters) and 135.7 - 137.8 kHz (2200 meters). And the rules are: First, there is no mobile operation allowed. Second, before any use - amateurs must notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their call sign, their intended band(s) of operation, and the coordinates of their antennas fixed location. If the UTC does not respond within 30 days, the amateur may operate. This notification is required because these frequencies are used for other purposes and amateur operation located within 1 kilometer of Power Line Carrier (PLC) systems using the band is not allowed. (Information not found in the QST article is how to contact the UTC.) Here is an email newsletter only update/addition to the preceding item. Doug KI7DQG sent me an email which included a link to a very informative ham blog on this subject. Included in the post are a link to an ARRL article which is also quite informative and includes a link to the UTC notification page. (I think that is also at the end of the blog post.) You should read this information. It's very interesting. http://ve7sl.blogspot.com/2017/09/getting-started-on-new-lf-and-mf-bands.html .
Phil Hamilton K7RZS has some equipment that he would like to sell. If you see something on this list that interests you, please call Phil at 925-3737. Here is the list: Icom 706MKIIG Transceiver (never used) MFJ 4035MV Power Supply LDG Z11 antenna tuner and a tower - about 50 feet, fold over at about 22 feet, 11 inch triangular design (free for removal)
Repeater News - The tower holding the antennas for the new K7RHT repeaters recently lost a fight with a wind storm and is on the ground at this time. Both repeaters, 147.000 and 444.450 are off the air and will be until early next year. Sorry to have to report that news. The KCRA repeaters, 147.360 and 442.200, remain on the air and available for use, as well as all the simplex frequencies on your radio. ARES net backup frequency will be 147.540 simplex.
The annual Pacific North West VHF Society conference is scheduled for Saturday October 14 in Moses Lake. This is usually a very good conference. Find more information at www.pnwvhfs.org .
If you like to work special events stations there are lots of them on the air around Veterans Day. There is a list in the current QST (pg 102) or you can find information at www.arrl.org/special-event-stations . Don't miss the 146th birthday of the NRA (K7NRA) on November17. It's on the QST list and you can also find information, including frequencies and times, in the November NRA magazines.
The November QST also has a review of a Tytera digital/analog dual band radio. The digital is DMR which matches the repeater in our area, the analog is your choice of VHF or UHF. This is a brand of DMR radio that is recommended and low cost. I did not realize that these radios were dual band/system. That is interesting. Read the review on page 55; there is also a section about DMR on page 58.
The Thorp Fire District 1 has a new chief. Welcome to Brandon Schmidt and best wishes to DJ Evans, the retiring chief, who was a good friend to ham radio.
Here's the link to FEMA online training: www.training.FEMA.gov.is Look for 100.b, 200.b, 700.a, 800.b Be sure to let Randy K7RHT (firstname.lastname@example.org) know when you finish any of these courses. Thanks.
The Kittitas County ARES/RACES net meets every Sunday evening at 8:00 PM on the 147.360 repeater (131.8 or 141.3 tone, + offset). Our simplex backup frequency, if needed, will be 147.540. Everyone is welcome to check in. This is a directed net, if you are not a regular roll call member, please check in when the net control calls for visitors. The 147.360 repeater (or 147.540 simplex) will also be our primary gathering spot in case of emergency or other unusual event.
The Kittitas County round robin net meets daily at 7:30 AM on 147.360. Everyone is welcome. This is a more informal net. Listen and check in when it seems appropriate.
Hams meet for coffee/breakfast every Tuesday in Cle Elum at the Senior Center at 8:00 AM. On Wednesday's in Ellensburg there are two groups. One meets at Super One at 8:00 AM, and one meets at Carl's Jr at 8:00 AM. Everyone is welcome.
Both clubs have web sites. See them at www.qsl.net/wr7ukc and www.qsl.net/rcrc . Thanks to Jack Williams W7HNH who keeps them both updated.
Both clubs are ARRL affiliated. Please see your club treasurer before you join or renew ARRL.
Please send comments, questions, ideas, or address changes to Gloria Sharp WA7GYD at 962-3820 or email@example.com or 7731 Reecer Creek Road, 98926. Your input is appreciated. My "call sign at arrl.net" email address has not been working for at least a month. If you sent me something using that address and I did not respond to it please resend the mail to my kvalley address as shown just above. Thank you. If you use a "call sign at arrl.net" address you might check to see if it is working as no one seems to know what the problem is/was.
Remember the meetings - Saturday November 4, 8 AM, Ellensburg, Copper Kettle; Sunday November 5, 8 AM, Cle Elum, Cottage Cafe.