When a meteor enters the Earth's upper atmosphere it excites the air
molecules, producing a streak of light and leaving a trail of ionization
(an elongated paraboloid) behind it tens of kilometers long. This
ionized trail may persist for less than 1 second up to several minutes,
occasionally. Occurring at heights of about 85 to 105 km (50-65 miles),
this trail is capable of reflecting radio waves from transmitters
located on the ground, similar to light reflecting from a mirrored
surface. Meteor radio wave reflections are also called meteor echoes, or
In order to listen to meteor echoes, you need a powerful transmitter in
VHF band (ideally a tower broadcasting analog TV on a channels 2-5)
located not too close but not too far either from you, a TV antenna, a
VHF receiver... and patience.
The meteor detector at LIVEMETEORS.com is located in DC Metropolitan
area and is currently pointing the Yagi antenna at a TV tower in Canada
on channel 2 analog TV, around 55.24 MHz, or based on availability and propagation
on channel 3 analog TV, around 61.260 MHz, likely located in Timmins, ON.
Receiver is RTL/SDR and software is SDR#.
RCW 46.61.672 (for the amateur radio exclusion see (5) (b)
Using a personal electronic device while driving.
(1) A person who uses a personal electronic device while driving a motor
vehicle on a public highway is guilty of a traffic infraction and must
pay a fine as provided in RCW 46.63.110(3).
(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to:
(a) A driver who is using a personal electronic device to contact
(b) The use of a system by a transit system employee for time-sensitive
relay communication between the transit system employee and the transit
system's dispatch services;
(c) An individual employed as a commercial motor vehicle driver who uses
a personal electronic device within the scope of such individual's
employment if such use is permitted under 49 U.S.C. Sec. 31136 as it
existed on July 23, 2017; and
(d) A person operating an authorized emergency vehicle.
(3) The state preempts the field of regulating the use of personal
electronic devices in motor vehicles while driving, and this section
supersedes any local laws, ordinances, orders, rules, or regulations
enacted by any political subdivision or municipality to regulate the use
of a personal electronic device by the operator of a motor vehicle.
(4) A second or subsequent offense under this section is subject to two
times the penalty amount under RCW 46.63.110.
(5) For purposes of this section:
(a) "Driving" means to operate a motor vehicle on a public highway,
including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic
control device, or other momentary delays. "Driving" does not include
when the vehicle has pulled over to the side of, or off of, an active
roadway and has stopped in a location where it can safely remain
(b) "Personal electronic device" means any portable electronic device
that is capable of wireless communication or electronic data retrieval
and is not manufactured primarily for hands-free use in a motor vehicle.
"Personal electronic device" includes, but is not limited to, a cell
phone, tablet, laptop, two-way messaging device, or electronic game. "Personal electronic device" does not include two-way radio, citizens
band radio, or amateur radio equipment.
(c) "Use" or "uses" means:
(i) Holding a personal electronic device in either hand or both hands;
(ii) Using your hand or finger to compose, send, read, view, access,
browse, transmit, save, or retrieve email, text messages, instant
messages, photographs, or other electronic data; however, this does not
preclude the minimal use of a finger to activate, deactivate, or
initiate a function of the device;
(iii) Watching video on a personal electronic device.
As a point of reference, there is a new RCW 46.61.673 -- Dangerously Distracted Driving.
There are no exclusions for this statute. This law is considered for secondary enforcement, and that is discussed in the law.
RCW 46.61.673 - Dangerously distracted driving.
(1)(a) It is a traffic infraction to drive dangerously distracted. Any
driver who commits this infraction must be assessed a base penalty of
(b) Enforcement of the infraction of driving dangerously distracted may
be accomplished only as a secondary action when a driver of a motor
vehicle has been detained for a suspected violation of a separate
traffic infraction or an equivalent local ordinance.
(c) For the purposes of this section, "dangerously distracted" means a
person who engages in any activity not related to the actual operation
of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation
of such motor vehicle on any highway.
(2) The additional monetary penalty imposed under this section must be
deposited into the distracted driving prevention account created in
subsection (3) of this section.
(3) The distracted driving prevention account is created in the state
treasury. All receipts from the base penalty in subsection (1) of this
section must be deposited into the account. Moneys in the account may be
spent only after appropriation. Expenditures from the account may be
used only to support programs dedicated to reducing distracted driving
and improving driver education on distracted driving.
[ 2017 c 334 § 3.]
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12/02/2017 Start/End Dates: 12/02/2017 - 12/09/2017 Times: 9:00am - 5:00pm both days # of Sessions: 2 Class level: Technician Morse code offered: No Pre register required: No Fee: FREE, but the test cost $ 15 Pre Study required: No Class Type: Weekend/One Day Exam offered: Yes Sponsoring Club/Organization: FWARC & Mike & Key ARC Instructor: KL7WM@aol.com Contact: Daniel Stevens KL7WM Phone: (206) 228-9274 Email:KL7WM@aol.com Location: Issaquah City Hall, Cougar Room
130 E Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027 Additional Information: This FREE 2 Saturday radio class is for everyone with little or no radio knowledge. One just needs to know how to multiply and divide or use a calculator. You will get everything you need to pass the test and get an amateur radio license. You don’t need to learn Morse Code or CW. This is a very exciting cutting edge hobby. You can talk around the world on a radio that cost only $50. The VEC Test cost $15. 7 year olds have passed the test. Many families attend. There are 60 pages of handouts with 160 illustrations and quizzes and many items to see, feel and handle. 4 or 5 instructors will answer your individual questions. There is over a 90% pass rate, and many pass the second level test also. Videos, songs and informative Youtubes will make this a fun class for all. Do something exciting for yourself, this year. Get your radio license. Ham radios are great for Emergency preparedness and Survivalist, Hiking, Camping, and Boating. Please register so your handouts can be prepared. Register by sending your name and class dates in an email to, Daniel Stevens, at KL7WM@aol.com
Thank you for volunteering this year You have received an assignment for this year's Marathon. Some assignments have changed since the briefings so please check your info. I have also added additional files such as maps, GPS files, frequency lists, bib numbers, and documents from the Marathon Association. Lot of great info is online. You may download soft copies of the documents using the following link. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-9GnRAu0u3uSk5YenJkdVJDRUU - Marathon 2017 = has the specific files for this years race - Volunteer Info = has great documents for hams that are new to support events - Forms = has the general forms such as medical incident, SAG transport log, radio logs, etc... We look forward to working with you again this year. -Matt, AE7MK & Laura, W7LMK