Friday, May 27, 2016

Steve [N7GWG] -- Franklin High School's 2016 Hall of Fame Honoree (May 26, 2016)

STEVE LOUGH, '62 is one of our FHS 2016 honorees!

A tireless advocate for electric cars, Steve got interested in electronics at Franklin when his teacher Victor McClellan got all of his student ham radio licenses.

With the gas crisis of 1979 he brought electric cars to his family-owned car dealership in Seattle.

He soon joined and then became president of the Seattle EV Association (SEVA) with the goal to 'Educate, Demonstrate, and Proliferate' the use of EVs through rallies, contests, car shows, and public speaking.

He never wavered from that passion and has been recognized by Mayor Greg Nickels, Governor Jay Inslee and King County Executive Ron Sims.

He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Electric Auto Association in 2013.

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 05/27/2016 08:30PT

Friday, May 6, 2016

Tim [KG7EJT] + Mark [K7MAS] -- SOTA Activation for Granite Mountain -- ACTIVATED! (May 6, 2016)

2m (146.520S + 146.580S) SOTA Activated!
Thanks again for the contacts today!
Always great to hear you when I’m out there.
Are you familiar with Washington Trails Association (WTA)?
They recently published an article on ham radio and SOTA.
I’ve attached a few photos from our joint Activation of Granite Mountain today; Mark [K7MAS], and me. 
 Tim [KG7EJT]
We plan to be on the summit of
Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass
about noon on Friday. 
We'll have 2m-fm and HF; 
20m and 40m. 
7.285 ssb on 40m; 
not sure frequency for 20m. 
I also have 70cm-fm.
SOTA reference for Granite Mountain is W7W/KG-037.
I look forward to talking with you and others tomorrow!
Tim [KG7EJT] with Mark [K7MAS]
(Friday May 6, 2016 @ Noon)
(below: Tim [KG7EJT] Listening For YOU!)

SOTA Activation
Please check in with Tim and Mark
on 146.52 SIMPLEX
Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass
around Noon today

Summit Information for W7W/KG-037
Granite Mtn - 1716m, 6 points
Association: USA - Washington  Region: WA-King
Latitude: 47 25 3 N, Longitude: 121 28 53 W
Today's Sunrise: 12:37 UTC, Today's Sunset: 03:27 UTC

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PNWSOTA: SOTA Activation: Granite Mountain, King County, Washington
- February 28, 2015 (by Mark [K7MAS])
(Submitted by PNWSOTA on 01 Mar 2015)
Summit Activity
Total Activations: 6
Latest By:
  • K3XD on 30 Apr 2016
  • NU7A on 30 Jun 2015
  • KG7EJT on 28 Feb 2015
  • K7MAS on 28 Feb 2015
  • NU7A on 31 Jul 2014
First Activated by:
  • K3XD on 05 Aug 2013
46 QSOs on these bands:
40m 9 20%
20m 16 35%
17m 4 9%
2m 17 37%

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 05/06/2016 0800PT

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May 7, 14 and 21 Extra Class Licensing Course in Federal Way, WA (May 2016)

(All Classes -- Training Slides BELOW)
May 7, 14 and 21, 2016:  Extra Class Licensing Course

Federal Way Amateur Radio Club (FWARC) 
are hosting an Extra Class License Upgrade Course
for those already holding a General Class License.
This is a 24 hour course spanning 3 Saturdays --
with the License Exam at the end of the 3rd Saturday.
            May 7 from 8am to 5pm
            May 14 from 8am to 5pm
            May 21 from 8am to 5pm
      Cost: The instruction is FREE, however the FCC charges a $15 examination fee which we must collect
             Federal Way Masonic Hall
             1700 South 340th
             Federal Way, WA 98003
    (see Directions/MAP below)
    Download course materials using hyperlinks below
    The Extra Question Pool is changing on July 1, 2016.
    This is a MAJOR change where there will be 21% New questions.
    If you are think of Upgrading, please use this opportunity to pass the Extra element 4.
    This course covers all the questions in the Extra Question pool.
    There has been a 90% pass rate. This will be worth your time.

    To register for this class, send email to
      Federal Way Masonic Hall
      1700 South 340th Street
      Federal Way  WA  98003
      Approach South 340th from the south.
      There is a triangle at Hwy 99,
       16th South and South 340th,
      that stops one from turning onto 340th when coming from the north.
      1  From I-5 exit on to S 348th going west into Federal Way.
      2  Turn right at the first light onto 16th Avenue South.
      3  Go past S 341st and turn right onto South 340th.
      (This is just as 16th South is merging with Highway 99) 
      (click to enlarge)

      Technician Class Training Materials:
      Download All Modules in One Zip File (38MB)
      T1 - FCC Rules
      T2 - Operating Procedures
      T3 - Radio Waves
      T4 - Radio Practice
      T5 - Electrical Plus
      T6 - Electrical Components
      T7 - Station Equipment
      T8 - Modes
      T9 - Antennas & Feedlines
      T10 - Electrical Safety
      Technician and General Handout
      Technician_Slide Count

      General Class Training Materials:
      Download All Modules in One Zip File (33MB)
      G1 - FCC Rules
      G2 - Operating Procedures
      G3 - Radio Wave Propagation
      G4 - Radio Practices
      G5 - Electrical Principles
      G6 - Circuit Components
      G7 - Practical Circuits
      G8 - Signals & Emissions
      G9 - Antennas & Feedlines
      G10 - Electrical & RF Safety
      Technician and General Handout
      General Slide Count

      Extra Class Training Materials:
      Download All Modules in One Zip File (15MB)
      E1 - Commission Rules
      E2 - Operating Procedures
      E3 - Radio Wave Propagation
      E4 - Amateur Practices
      E5 - Electrical Principles
      E6 - Circuit Components
      E7 - Practical Circuits
      E8 - Signals And Emissions
      E9 - Antennas and Transmission Lines
      E10 - Safety
      Extra Slide Count
        (COPIED from
      theTECTeam Training Roadmap Website -- Thanks Marty and Mark!)

        Tukwila Emergency Communications Team

      Partnering with the City of Tukwila to Provide Reliable Communications

      Wednesday, May 4, 2016

      Ken [W7KKX] -- Rocket's Bright Glare -- TBA (March 1, 2016)

      Thought this might be a good addition to the Fun Blog.
      Finally got around to painting the Vertical Assault.
      The planned flight profile should put it about a bit over 13K feet if you can believe it.
      Ken [W7KKX]

      Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 05-04-2016 09:00PT

      Friday, April 29, 2016

      Mike [KG7JRT] -- Closer to Home (April 29, 2016) -- UPDATE

      Latest Update (18:43)

          After 10 days Sea to Austin.
          Then Charlotte to Wilkes Barre to see the folks onto Boston to see the kids.
          NH to go to HRO, Makerfest in Portland, hamfest in Portland,
          Then back to Wilkes Barre to do some work at the parents and on to Kansas City with out a hitch.
          7 hour delay in Kansas City.
          So you can give a quick check in for me! Ill try to listen in.
              Check out reader board first line.
      Earlier on April 29, 2016
          I was in the reactor before it started up -- was at PSU ant the time and we stood in the vessel.
         This trip was Austin Charlotte Scranton Boston Salem Portland Scranton Kansas City
         Went to a Hamfest in South Portland ME and a Makerfair in Portland ME.
         2 hours at the Hamfest gave a month worth of crazy stories.

         Hamfest of old Maniacs was a trip!
         Crazy goings in Minneapolis at the estate of the artist formally known as alive.

      Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 04/29/201621:33PT

      Thursday, April 28, 2016

      Mike [KG7JRT]'s Recent Photos of Susquehanna Steam Electric & Wilkes-Barre, PA

      Susquehanna Steam Electric and the WB!
      Susquehanna Steam Electric
      The Susquehanna Steam Electric Station,
       a nuclear power station, is on the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County,
      northeastern Pennsylvania. It is just south of Shickshinny, in Salem Township.
      Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Founded in 1770, this former coal town along the scenic Susquehanna River is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise for kayaking, whitewater rafting and hiking an extensive system of hiking/biking trails. Four state parks and numerous ski areas make this a popular destination. Enjoy gaming at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, take in a minor-league Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game and watch the Railriders baseball team at PNC Field.
      Thanks, Mike!

      Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 04/28/2016 2100PT

      Sunday, April 24, 2016

      Total Solar Eclipse (08-21-2017) Maps

      Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21
      Red Line = Center (Max) Path of Totality

      Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 04/10/2016 09:00AM

      Kevin [KG7KNS]'s Titanic Connection (April 15, 2016)

      From Kevin [KG7KNS]:
      A metallurgical cut 3 inches thick with rivets from the SS Nomadic --
      -- the tender (supply vessel) to RMS TITANIC and RMS OLYMPIC.
      SS Nomadic is a steamship of the White Star Line,
       launched on 25 April 1911 in Belfast. 
      She was built as a tender to RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic
      and is the only surviving White Star Line vessel afloat today.
      Nomadic was commissioned by the White Star Line in 1910, to tender 
      for their new ocean liners  RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic
      which were too large to dock in Cherbourg harbour. 
      She and her running mate SS Traffic ferried passengers, their baggage,
      mail and ship's supplies to and from large ocean liners moored off-shore.
      The keel of Nomadic was laid down in the Harland and Wolff shipyards,
      Belfast in 1910 (yard number 422). 
      She was built on slipway No. 1 alongside RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic
      which were constructed on slipways 2 and 3 respectively. 
      She was launched on 25 April 1911 
      and delivered to the White Star Line on the 27 May, following sea trials.
      (from SS Nomadic)

      Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 04/15/2016 21:00 PT

      BBC Ulster: Titanic Letters (2012) -- 42 Audio Letters from 104 years ago (April 15, 2016)

      Titanic Letters (2012)
      42 Episodes (mp3)
      (from LW [K7LWA])
      (Titanic Wireless Room)
      (Radio-Telegram from Titanic (M.G.Y.) requesting assistance)
      To commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic,
      Ciaran Hinds introduces a series of letters

      written 100 years ago to the day by people on-board, 
      each read by a different famous person

      Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 04/15/2016 12:00PM PT

      Wednesday, April 20, 2016

      Richard [K7ITX] Recently at the El Centro Navy Station (April 20, 2016)

      Thanks, Richard, for the great photos!
      California Blue Angels at El Centro Station Airshow 03-12-2016
      Getting ready for the...
      Boeing Seafair Air Show 2016
      Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 7, 2016
      Genesee Park/Lake Washington
      FRI/SAT 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., SUN 7:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.

      One of the most impressive air shows in the country, the Boeing Seafair Air Show returns in 2016 with more exciting acts and daring aerial maneuvers than ever before!
      The Boeing Seafair Air Show Features:
      -the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
      -Flying Heritage Collection 

      Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 04/20/2016 20:00 PT

      Monday, April 18, 2016

      NOAA -- Western Washington Snow on this Day (April 18, 2016)

      Do you remember snow on this day (April 18, 2016)?

      Shelley [KF7TBA]'s and LW [K7LWA]'s Wisteria 
      on April 18, 2016 (Seatac, WA)
      Can you spot Shelley [KF7TBA]'s 3-element yagi?

      Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 04/18/2016 15:00PT

      Wednesday, April 13, 2016

      Free TECH + GEN Ham License Training (BALLARD) -- April 16+23, 2016

      April 16+23, 2016 (Saturdays)
      Free Ham License Training:

      Technician and General Classes
      (9:00AM-5:00PM Saturdays)
      Philadelphia Church
      PC Center
      2363 NW 80th St, Seattle, WA 98117
      (free off street parking)
      Followed by FCC VE Exams (April 23):
      Technician, General, and Extra License
      (3:30 PM to 5:30 PM).
      We can accommodate 50 students
      on a
      first come first served basis.
      Register early.

      (Detailed Info here [PDF])

      VE Walk-Ins Welcome
      $15 VE fee | Photo ID | FRN/License (Upgrade)

      For more information and
      training materials,
      and to register
      Please Contact:
      Daniel Stevens KL7WM
      Training Coordinator
      206 228 9274

      Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 03/21/2016 12:00 PM