Radio club meetings are really different this month. Please pay attention. The Rodeo City Radio Club (RC2) will meet Saturday August 4 at the Copper Kettle restaurant in Ellensburg. And, the Upper Kittitas County ARC (UKCARC) will meet Saturday August 4 at the Copper Kettle restaurant in Ellensburg. Yes, that is correct. UKCARC has lost their meeting space and the club meetings will be combined until they decide how to proceed. (As you might expect, suitable meeting space is not abundant in Cle Elum.) The meeting will start at 8AM. And, right now, I am not exactly sure how it will work. But it does seem to be a good idea – we all know each other, and both clubs talk about a lot of the same things. Visitors are always welcome. Arrive early to get breakfast before things start. See you there.
Our condolences to Joe Antonich KC7NTQ at the recent passing of his wife Myrna KC7ODM. Our thoughts are with you.
Our next VE test is scheduled for Saturday August 18. If you will be taking a test – please bring picture ID, $15 cash or check made payable to ARRL VEC, a copy of your current license if you have one, the original and a photocopy of any CSCE you will be using for credit, and you will need to know your social security number. Testing will be at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church at 609 N. Chestnut and will start at 10 AM. If you want to take a test you must register in advance - please contact Gloria Sharp WA7GYD at 962-3820 or [email protected] by August 11. Also contact Gloria with any questions you have.
The Cascade Crest 100 mile race is rapidly approaching. It is scheduled for August 25 and 26. Race start time is 9AM Saturday, the course closes 34 hours later (7PM Sunday). You will only be working a portion of those hours during the time an aid station is open. This is a fun event that needs a lot of radio operators so make sure it's on your calendar. The course starts and ends at the Easton Fire Station, and travels all over the wilds of upper county in between. Ham radio locations are scattered throughout the race course, at all kinds of interesting locations. Most of them can be driven to, although some of the roads are pretty rough. You will need to bring a handheld radio with extra batteries (if you have a mobile radio - bring it too), a mag mount antenna will be very useful at many of the stations. Also please bring food, water, warm clothing, and a flashlight. Our contact person this year is Ron Oja WA7OJA ( [email protected] ). He reports that, at this time, there are still places that need a radio person. He needs you to volunteer to spend a few hours with a bunch of happy people. To get your name on the list to help please send Ron an email right away ([email protected]) . Thank you for volunteering. You can find more info about the race at www.cascadecrest100.com . And remember – you will not have to run anywhere.
If you are new to the area, or even if you aren't, one thing you need to know is that working a 100 mile race is excellent ham radio training. It's interesting, it happens at nice locations, you are probably not going to be bored, there are lots of nice people around, you get to use your radio. And, you might even have fun. You should sign up. You will have to be ready to pay attention to what is happening, listen to your radio, respond if someone calls you, change batteries, keep records, do all those things you need to do to be a good radio operator. For those who haven't participated before – you will be assigned to a location with another ham, you will be given directions so you can drive there, you will know an approximate start and finish time, you can eat (bring your own food), there will be other people around and activity most of the time. You're right, it sounds like a “civilized” emergency situation. Good training! You should sign up.
And when the Cascade Crest is over for another year - the Teanaway 100 is a brand new 100 mile race. 2018 is the first year. Race organizers have asked if we can provide ham radio support. The course will be an out and back type – that means runners turn around at 50 miles and run back to the start point. The start/finish will be in the Salmon La Sac snow park area. There will be 7 aid stations (I don't think that includes the start/finish), they will serve runners going both directions, with one being the 50 mile turnaround point. The race is scheduled for September 15 and 16. According to the website – start time is 5AM, finish cutoff is 9PM Contact Randy Thomas K7RHT (206-255-9510 or [email protected]) if you'd like to participate. Also, take a look at the race website www.teanawaycountry100.com .
So that is two different 100 mile races. Two opportunities for civilized, scheduled, radio training. Sounds good – Contact Ron WA7OJA ([email protected]) and Randy K7RHT ([email protected]) .
This was in a previous newsletter, but I have decided to print it again (with some added content) as it is something that has caused some trouble the last few years. Cascade Crest uses “cut-off” times at some of the aid locations. I'm guessing that Teanaway 100 will also use them. If you are assigned to an aid location that uses a cut-off time please be aware that it means nothing to you. It does not affect your start time or your end time or anything else about your time at your location. An aid station specific cut-off time applies to the runners and it means that no runners will be allowed to leave the aid location and continue the race after that time. Racers will still arrive at the aid location after that time but they will need to drop instead of continuing on. You will need to be at the aid location until the last runner has arrived regardless of any cutoff time. Aid station specific cut-offs are a way to stop runners who have no chance of finishing in the allowed time. I repeat that they mean nothing to radio operators.
Here are some other upcoming events: August 3 – 5 is the PNW DX Convention in/near Vancouver BC; September 7 – 9 is the NW APRS/Digital Summer Gathering at Valley Camp in North Bend WA; September 22 is the Spokane Hamfest/WA State ARRL Convention at University HS in Spokane Valley WA; October 12 – 13 is the annual Pacific Northwest VHF Society Conference in Seaside OR this year(www.pnwvhfs.org); and October 20 is the fall hamfest at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall OR. More info about all of these events, and other interesting stuff, can be found at www.n7cfo.com .
You might have noticed that it seems to be fire season. Maybe you have noticed the tv, radio, and newspaper talking about “level 1, 2, or 3”. Maybe you wondered what that means. Here is what I have found. Ready Set Go is a fire preparedness program used by many fire departments including ours. It uses the 1, 2, 3, labels in conjunction with ready, set, go as indicators of what the current fire situation is. Level 1 means get ready, level 2 means get set, and level 3 means go. Level 1 is best used before a fire is happening – get your home ready, clear brush, create a defensible space, assemble emergency supplies, plan what you might do if a fire happened, know driving routes away from your area (more than one if possible), decide what you will take with you if you must evacuate, make sure all family members know what the plan is. Defensible space means an area immediately around your home that will be easy for a fireman and a hose to defend. (no woodpiles, no plants or things that will burn easily, short grass and no grass right up against the house, etc.) At level 2 you will be packing your emergency/evacuation items in the car, and staying aware of the situation. At level 3 a fireman will be at your door advising you to evacuate. You can not be forced to leave but you are encouraged to go when the firemen say go. At that point they think the fire is coming in your direction and if you wait longer you may not be able to get out. If you are asked to evacuate and don't – the firemen will not be coming back to your house – they will not be able to help you if you decide to leave later. You are on your own if you stay. No one will check on you or your house. Our local firemen understand that you don't want to leave but they want you to be safe and not in their way. Also, their fire chief wants to keep them safe and putting them in the path of an oncoming fire is not a smart thing. Check your computer for more details about getting ready – level 1 items that you can do ahead of time. Firewise is full of level 1 items.
According to a recent ARRL ARES E-Letter FEMA has released revised/updated versions of the 100 and 700 classes. At this time, if you have completed earlier versions you are not required to complete the new versions. It may be a good idea to review the new information, but the notice did not suggest an easy way to do that. To find the new and other not-yet-updated classes, go to https://training.fema.gov/is/ and look for IS-100.c, or IS-700.b . That address has changed slightly in case you have it stored in your system. Please let Randy K7RHT ( [email protected] ) know when you complete a course.
The Yakima County ARES Weather Spotter practice net meets the 4th Monday of each month at 1900 hours (7 PM). All weather spotters are welcome to participate. Kittitas county hams should use the Quartz Mtn. Repeater on 145.27, tone 123.0.
The Kittitas County ARES/RACES net meets every Sunday evening at 8:00 PM on the 147.360 repeater. (+ offset, tone of 131.8 or 141.3) Backup frequency, if needed, is 147.000 (+offset, 131.8 tone) with a simplex backup of 147.540. This is a directed net, if you are not a regular roll call member, please check in when the net control calls for visitors. Everyone is welcome. PS – the second tone listed above (141.3) activates the remote receiver on the Craigs Hill watertower. This is needed for areas that cannot reach the repeater directly – mostly downtown Ellensburg and areas southeast of Ellensburg. Try it if you have trouble reaching the repeater.
The Kittitas County round robin net, also known as virtual coffee, meets daily at 7:30 AM on 147.360. Everyone is welcome. This is an informal net, listen and check in when it seems appropriate.
Also, there is an informal DMR net each Wednesday at 8 AM on “TG local2”. This is an open format net, new DMR users and questions are welcome. Contact Carl Munson KG7JMI, 425-281-6644 or [email protected] for more information.
Hams meet for coffee/breakfast every Tuesday in Cle Elum at the Senior Center at 8:00AM. On Wednesday in Ellensburg meet at Super One at 8 AM. Everyone is welcome.
Both clubs have websites. www.qsl.net/wr7ukc and www.qsl.net/rcrc . Thank you to Jack Williams W7HNH who keeps them both updated.
Both clubs are ARRL affiliated clubs. Ask your treasurer for more information about that.
Please send comments, questions, ideas, or address changes to Gloria Sharp WA7GYD at 962-3820 or [email protected] or 7731 Reecer Creek Road, 98926. Your input is appreciated.
Remember the club meetings – RC2 - Saturday August 4, 8 AM, Ellensburg, Copper Kettle; UKCARC - Saturday August 4, 8 AM, Ellensburg, Copper Kettle.