Club meetings for May follow the “regular” pattern – first Sunday for upper county, first Saturday for Ellensburg. So this month that means that the Rodeo City Radio Club (RC2) will meet Saturday May 5 and the Upper Kittitas County ARC (UKCARC) will meet Sunday May 6. Both meetings start at 8 AM, the RC2 meets at the Copper Kettle restaurant in E'burg and the UKCARC meets at the Cottage Cafe in Cle Elum. Visitors are always welcome. And, arrive early to get breakfast before things start.
Condolences to the family and friends of Beth Rairdan ex-KD7ZSV who passed away recently. (You may remember her as “Jeffery's grandmother”) She was a nice person and will be missed.
Saturday April 28 will be a VE test day – so far there are 4 people coming to take a test. Look in this space next month to see the results. Other dates scheduled for this year are June 16, August 18, and October 20.
Remember that the Tech questions change on July 1 2018. If you are studying now, you should plan to test before July 1.
Weather spotter training is being offered online this year. You can find details and register at www.weather.gov/pdt/SpotterTraining Upcoming dates, when I looked, were May 2. Start time is 7PM and it is scheduled for 2 hours. Registration and contact info at the above website.
If you take the above training or are already a weather spotter - Yakima County ARES hosts a Weather Spotter practice net on the 4 th Monday of each month at 1900 hours (7 PM). All weather spotters are welcome to participate. The net is on the Yakima County linked system, which for us means it is on the Quartz Mtn repeater, 145.27 with a tone of 123.0 . Mark Tharp KB7HDX, who sent me this information, says that the Weather Service office in Pendleton can reach the Yakima County linked system. And that means that we should be able to reach Pendleton by using the Yakima system.
Field Day is coming up (June 23 and 24) and will be different this year. UKCARC, which has been sponsoring it for many years, decided not to do that this year. Our ARES EC, Randy Thomas K7RHT, quickly stepped in to take it up. So, mark your calendars, Field Day will happen somewhere in the county on June 23 and 24. Actual location has not been decided yet. If you want to be involved in the planning, please contact Randy ([email protected]) and let him know. And stand by for more info to come.
Spring is balloon launch season - I recently received an email from Paul KD4STH who will be launching 2 balloons in our area on Friday May 18. (These launches will bring his launch total to 175.) They will be using APRS and he is hoping some of us local hams are willing to help out. I believe this is a school project, so presumably we would be helping students. He would like to hear from you if you have questions or would like to help with the project. Contact him at [email protected] Feel free to pass this info on to other hams you know who might want to participate.
Spring is also picnic season and that means the Burrows cabin in the Teanaway. I agree, hooray! The date is set for Thursday June 21 and all the details are the same as usual. The location is beautiful, the food is good, the company is the best, there will be a campfire, what more could you ask for. More details in the next newsletter, but so you can be ready – you are asked to bring a salad or dessert to share, a beverage if you want something other than coffee or fresh, mountain water, and your jacket. Dick and Dian will provide burgers and wieners on the barbecue. Mark your calendars.
Another mark your calendar item – The Cascade Crest 100 mile race is scheduled for August 25 and 26. More info in the next newsletter, but mark your calendar now. This is a fun operating event where ham radios are really useful but it needs a lot of us to help out so get it on the calendar. And if you just can't wait – contact Ron Oja WA7OJA ([email protected]) to get on the official list. PS – You can think of Cascade Crest as a type of field day: you are going somewhere you've probably not been before to run your radio; there won't be any radio facilities there; you have to pass correct messages to someone somewhere; you might have to relay for another ham; and it's fun. Or, maybe we should think of Field Day as training for the Cascade Crest.
The Kittitas County EMS Division has added a couple of classes to those they offer on a regular schedule.
A Child And Babysitting Safety class (CABS) is being offered on June 1 in Ellensburg and June 15 in Cle Elum. Both are at the Fire Stations and run from 3 PM to 7PM with a cost of $25. The fee includes a certificate, a book, and pizza. Participants must be at least 11 years old, must register in advance, and parents are welcome to attend. Registration is open until the class is full or two days prior to the class. Registration can be via email or phone; info needed is parent's name, babysitter's name and a phone number. [email protected] or 509-674-2932 for registration or more info. Another new class is Adult CPR/AED & Stop The Bleed. This is a free class; an optional ASHI CPR card is $6. Schedule is May 16 in Ellensburg, and May 22 in Cle Elum; location for both is Fire Station; time is 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Register in advance or more info at [email protected] or 509-674-2932. The regular First Aid-CPRAED classes are scheduled for June 16 in Cle Elum and September 15 in Ellensburg. Registration is open until the class is full or June 13 for Cle Elum / September 12 for Ellensburg. The cost is $45 which includes a card and the time is 9 AM to 2 PM for both locations. Books are available to borrow or purchase. Snacks are provided but bring your own lunch if desired. Registration, or more info, is same as above – [email protected] or 509-674-2932. If you register for any of these classes – please be sure to specify which class when you register.
This is “Clean the Garage and Storage Shed” time of year so please remember about the possibility of Hantavirus. Allow the building to air out for at least half an hour before you enter. If you have to enter to open a window – open the door all the way first and hold your breath while you go in and open the window. Then go in the house and look at www.cdc.gov/rodents/cleaning/ for all the info you need.
It's also a good time of year to be out and about in the wild areas of our county. If you are in the area near Ellensburg see if you can reach the Ellensburg repeater (146.720, minus offset, 131.8 tone). I am always amazed by how reachable it is. Of course, wherever you are, if all you can see when you look towards E'burg is rock, you won't reach the repeater.
Here is something that just came in the email- May 5 and 6 is the 7QP contest. It is known as the largest QSO party in the country. Hams in the 7 th call area (us) are the pursued and everyone else in the world is the pursuer. So all kinds of people will be trying to contact you. If you like to do radio that could be fun. The contest was originally started by a club in Bend OR. Get more information at www.ws7n.netor just search for 7qp.
Also, remember that www.n7cfo.com has up to date information about all kinds of radio events.
Don't forget about NIMS classes. Go to www.training.fema.gov/is/ and look for 100.b, 200.b, 700.a, and 800.b . Let Randy K7RHT ( [email protected] ) know when you complete one.
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.
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's in Ellensburg there are two groups. One meets at Super One at 8 AM, and one meets at Carl's Jr at 8:00AM. 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 – Sunday May 6, 8 AM, Cle Elum, Cottage Cafe;Saturday May 5, 8 AM, Ellensburg, Copper Kettle.