Friday, December 15, 2017

Louie [W7DBB] -- 58 Trips Around the Sun and still Counting (Dec 15, 2017)

Happy Birthday, Louie!

 The trips are better when shared with your Venus!
"Yeah shure, straight lines are always a little screwy."
-- Larry de Boston

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 12-15-2017 12:00PT
+ Revolution #58 + 


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

LW [K7LWA] -- Listen Live to meteors on 55.240MHz! (Dec 13, 2017)

(from: Live meteor echoes at LIVEMETEORS.com)
Listen Live to meteors! [Link]
This PING's for you! [Link]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvYsGmN6qBk
(from: Live meteor echoes at LIVEMETEORS.com)
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 pings.

Meteor Radio
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 broadcasting 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#.

Please see:
David [N5JRN] -- Earthsky.com: 10 tips for watching the Geminids (Dec 13, 2017)

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 12-13-2017 10:00PT


David [N5JRN] -- Earthsky.com: 10 tips for watching the Geminids (Dec 13, 2017)

REPOSTED FROM EARTHSKY.COM
(Thanks: David [N5JRN])

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monte Simpson [ARRL] -- WA Distracted Driving Laws Now in RCWs (REPOST Dec 11, 2017)

Original Post: Monte Simpson [ARRL] -- WA Distracted Driving Laws Now in RCWs (10-05-2017)
WA Distracted Driving Laws Now in RCWs
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from: ARRL Western Washington Section
Section Manager: Monte L Simpson, AF7PQ

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The WA State legislation in SHB1371 and SB5289
have been codified into the
Revised Code of Washington Chapter 46.61.

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+ IMPORTANT +
Print out these RCWs and keep in vehicle to show any
Traffic Officer BEFORE mistakenly issuing you a BOGUS ticket!
[K7LWA]
Both laws may be found on line at:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.61.672
http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.61.673

(It is necessary to cut and paste the full URL into your web browser or to retype the URL.)
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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
emergency services;
        (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
stationary.
        (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.
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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.
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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
thirty dollars.
    (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.]

Both laws may be found on line at:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.61.672
http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.61.673

(It is necessary to cut and paste the full URL into your web browser or to retype the URL.)

I want to once again thank all the amateur radio operators who supported our efforts to get the exclusion for amateur radio in RCW 46.61.672.

We are now approaching several holidays between now and the first of the year. Please drive carefully.
-------------------------------
  ARRL Western Washington Section
Section Manager: Monte L Simpson, AF7PQ



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[BLOG NOTE: Print out the new RCWs from the above links, and keep with you whenever mobile]

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 10-05-2017 12:00PT
RE-Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 12-11-2017 09:30PT 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Daniel [KL7WM] -- RESULTS! Issaquah WA Tech Class 12-02+12-09 2017 (12-10-2017)

RESULTS!
 Issaquah WA Tech Class 12-02+12-09 2017
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uSiY1yCvTS4/VV-BLMd5wLI/AAAAAAAACPY/dG_PZlfjLDs/s1600/VE_CLASS_P9270079.jpg
65 New HAMs, including:
56 - New Technicians,
8 - Technician/General
1 - Technician/General/Extra
and
4 - General Upgrades
1 - Extra Upgrade
(21 Walk-Ins)
New/Upgraded HAMs for 2017: 338

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 12-10-2017 09:00PT


Steve [N7GWG] -- Listen to the 12th Man Sauerkraut GO HAWKS ANTHEM (Oct 01, 2017R)

GO HAWKS ANTHEM 
FLASH: Steve, the Sauerkraut King of Seattle, is on Batch #25
FLASH: Steve, the Sauerkraut King of Seattle, is on Batch #25
GO HAWKS ANTHEM
[Kraut Korner]   [Kraut Korner]   [Kraut Korner]
[Kraut Korner] SauerKraut Invades 9-O'Clock Nets! Post Here
Steve [N7GWG]'s 12th (Man) Sauerkraut Batch
be sure to check out his short video!
[006] 2014-02-22 From: Steve [N7GWG]
How to make SauerKraut while listening to German Music..  LOL
[NOTE:   A MUST SEE!] 
Making SauerKraut to Beethoven's 9th
GO HAWKS ANTHEM
(Please click below to view the video) 
 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 [Kraut Korner]   [Kraut Korner]   [Kraut Korner]

REPOSTED: Originally Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 10/29/2017 09:00:00 AM
REPOSTED: Originally Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 10/01/2017 09:00:00 AM
REPOSTED: Originally Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 09/24/2017 09:00:00 AM

REPOSTED: Originally Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 1/17/2015 09:00:00 AM
Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 1/15/2017 09:15:00 AM


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Happy Birthday -- Steve [N7GWG]! (Dec 05, 2017)

"It takes a very long time to become young." -- Pablo Picasso
"The whims of youth break all the rules." -- Homer, The Iliad
"To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, 
except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable." -- Oscar Wilde
"The elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into 
one constrained shape long at a time." -- Mark Twain

RE-Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 12/05/2017 08:15:00 AM
RE-Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 12/05/2016 08:30:00 AM
Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 12/01/2015 10:30:00 AM


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Daniel [KL7WM] -- Issaquah WA Tech Class 12-02+12-09 2017 (11-30-2017)

Issaquah, WA 98027

LICENSING CLASS
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
NOTE: If you can help VE on 12-09, please contact KL7WM@aol.com

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 11-30-2017 09:00PT


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sam [KD7PWA] -- Wet Cat, Ahoy! (Nov 24, 2017)

Schroeder hasn't gone in for many years.
Don't know what happened cuz it was dark.
Now it's time to change the sheets.

Sent from Sam's Bar & Grille
It's more than a place,
It's a State of Mind

Originally Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 11-25-2017 09:00PT


Dave [KG7LEA] -- Seattle Marathon 2017 Hams (Nov 26, 2017)

-- Seattle Marathon 2017 Hams --
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
Thanks to Dave [KG7LEA] for this info relay!

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 11-26-2017 06:00PT


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving Day 2017!



Be sure to catch the Thanksgiving Day wrap-up at 9PM tonight with Doug [KD7DK]!

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 11-23-2017 09:00PT


Happy Birthday, John [KG7WOI] (Nov 23, 2017)

Happy Birthday, John [KG7WOI]
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k_HXusGSF20/V4JyD1xi6ZI/AAAAAAAAD3U/eAbgamTwzaI5TqsRUFD2BDhucdYqGyFxQCLcB/s1600/_BBB4088.JPG
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7i4p_zTFOOI/WHQ4ENPy85I/AAAAAAAAEKY/NFOuCyauVq4s_uwTKbOKqiwnqGe94Gu_ACLcB/s1600/32189121555_f03ec9d9cf_o.jpgBirthday Boy and that GUY from Boston

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 11-23-2017 09:00PT


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mike [W7MJK] -- Cheyenne! (Nov 19, 2017)

Mike [W7MJK] -- Cheyenne!
(Saturday, Nov 19, 2018)
Got here last night. 200 miles of icy.
Mike [W7MJK] -- Cheyenne Bound (Nov 18, 2017)
Mike [W7MJK] -- Cheyenne Bound (Nov 17, 2017)


Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 11-19-2017 08:00PT


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mike [W7MJK] -- Cheyenne Bound (Nov 18, 2017)

Mike [W7MJK] -- Cheyenne Bound
(Saturday, Nov 18, 2018)
Waiting in Rock Springs for 80 to open


Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 11-18-2017 09:00PT


Mike [W7MJK] -- Cheyenne Bound (Nov 17, 2017)

Mike [W7MJK] -- Cheyenne Bound
(Friday, Nov 17, 2017)
Wyoming last night and today's conditions




Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 11-17-2017 09:00PT