KITTITAS COUNTY HAM NEWS
An ARRL Affiliated Club
April 2019

This is the April newsletter, but hopefully most of you will receive it before March is gone. That would be good because March has 5 Saturdays. There is a fifth Saturday drill planned for Saturday March 30. Please contact Randy K7RHT ( [email protected]) to hear the details and get your name on the list. Thanks.

April club meetings are scheduled for Saturday April 6 in Ellensburg at the Copper Kettle restaurant and Sunday April 7 in Cle Elum at the Cottage Cafe. Both meetings will start at 8 AM. Arrive early to get your breakfast ordered before the meeting starts.

The Rodeo City Radio Club meeting in Ellensburg will include a vote on a small change to the club constitution. There was a discussion and a printed handout about the change at the last meeting. According to the constitution, the proposed change, after having been discussed at a meeting, must be distributed in writing to the members. Then, it can be voted on at the next meeting. In accordance with that procedure, you will receive a second, forwarded email with this newsletter. In case it does not arrive properly at your address – here, in writing, is what you need to know. The proposed change is in the Preamble. According to the current document, one of the club purposes is to “encourage participation in Club, radio and community service activities, and encourage radio operation which is within Federal Communication Commission rules and regulations.” If the proposed changes are agreed to, that portion of the preamble will read “encourage participation in Club, radio, community and emergency (including, but not limited to ARES, RACES) service activities,and encourage radio operation within Federal Communication Commission rules and regulations.” If you have questions – please contact current president Christopher Hobbs KD7REM ([email protected]) or past president Jim Huckabay KF7ALO ([email protected]).

The first VE test of the year happened on March 23. It was well attended by people who passed tests. We made 3 new techs (all in E'burg) and 2 people who were non-hams are now general class hams (1 each in Ronald and E'burg). Congratulations to all of them. The next VE test will be Saturday April 20. We also have tests scheduled for June 15, August 17, and October 19. All of the tests will be in Ellensburg at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church (609 N. Chestnut) at 10 AM. The test fee is $15, cash or a check made payable to ARRL VEC. In addition to the fee you must bring: a copy of your current license if you have one, a photo ID, and the original and a photocopy of any CSCE that you will be using for credit. Also, you will need to know your social security number for the government paperwork. We need you to register no later than a week before the test. Contact person is – Gloria WA7GYD at 509-962-3820 or [email protected] Thank you.

There have been some changes made to the WSEN. The Monday night net is now a regional net, EWSEN, not statewide. The notice I received did not specify actual frequencies, but I believe it is VHF/UHF instead of HF. For more information – contact Randy K7RHT ([email protected]) .

Here are some upcoming events you might be interested in. The Yakima hamfest is set for April 13, 9 AM, at the State Fair Park, $7 for adults, 12 and under free. The annual Comm Academy happens April 13 and 14 in Seattle. More info at www.CommAcademy.org . CWU is offering a monthly First Saturday Planetarium Show. The shows are free, start at noon, and are open to all ages. Location is the planetarium in room 101 in the Science Phase 2 building. (roughly at the corner of 11th and Wildcat Way, H-11 on the online campus map)

Have you heard about the new Facebook page for “Kittitas County Amateur Radio Group” ? You can find it by searching in Facebook for “Kittitas County Amateur Radio Group” or by following this link - https://www.facebook.com/groups/364587707707613/ Thank you to Charlie Gorman W7CEG. Also remember that there is a “Kittitas County Hams” google group. To join that group send an email to Chris Caviezel WX7EMT at [email protected] . You must include your call sign in the email. Members can post a message by sending an email to [email protected] .

If you are looking for online FEMA training – visit https://training.fema.gov/is . When you get there, look for IS-100.c or IS-700.b . Those are the courses you should start with. When you complete a course, please tell Randy Thomas K7RHT ([email protected]) . He can also suggest other courses that you might want to complete.

If you want to practice using winlink – there is a group called Hams on Winlink (or HOW) that can help. Randy Thomas K7RHT ([email protected]) can help you get signed up with HOW.

The Yakima County ARES Weather Spotter practice net meets the 4th Monday of each month at 1900 hours (7PM). All weather spotters are welcome to participate. Kittitas County hams should use the Quartz Mtn. repeater on 145.27, tone 123.0 .

You can become a Weather Spotter by completing the training offered by the National Weather Service. Training at this time of year is online, classes run two hours and are free. There are still no classes scheduled, but you can find information at www.weather.gov/pdt/spottertraining .

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 frequencies, if needed, are 147.000 (+ , 131.8); 444.450 (+, 131.8); and (last resort) 147.540 simplex. Note that 147.000 and 444.450 are linked. Also note the seasonal time change which is associated with the change to or from Daylight Savings Time.

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.

And – there is an informal DMR net each Wednesday at 8AM on TG “Cascades East” . (Please note - that is a change of frequency for this net.) 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 8:00AM. 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 – RC2 – Saturday April 6, 8 AM, in Ellensburg at the Copper Kettle. UKCARC – Sunday April 7, 8AM, in Cle Elum at the Cottage Cafe.