Sunday, February 19, 2017

Jim [K7PDZ] -- "Winter Mirage?" - Water on Ice (Feb 19, 2017)

From Jim [K7PDZ]
The color photo was taken at Jim's lakeside property
in Eastern Washington.
This "winter mirage" was formed when rain fell
upon 14 inches of lake ice, leaving about 1/2" of water on top.


Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 02-19-2017 21:00PT


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ALERT! -- WA Senate Bill 5289 2017-18 - Distracted Driving (Feb 7, 2017)

Unlike the current statute, the proposed law does not provide an exemption for members of the Federal Communications Commission’s Amateur Radio Service.

Maybe you can include some information on the fun blog. 
The legislature makes it easy to comment on bills. 
and 

Click on the name of a sponsor, click on email and fill in the form to offer comments to ask for an exemption for licensed radio operators. I emailed each of my representatives and every sponsor of the house and the senate bills. 

Dave
KG7LEA
Begin forwarded message:

Subject: Washington Senate Bill 5289 2017-18 - Distracted Driving
Date: February 5, 2017 at 7:22:29 AM PST


Following my email about House Bill 1371 – 2017 – 18 Distracted Driving,

I received questions about Senate Bill 5289 – 2017-18. The
wording and purpose of the senate bill is identical to the house bill.
Information regarding this bill may be found at:

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5289&Chamber=Senate&Year=2017

“Revises distracted driving provisions with regard to portable
electronic devices which are defined as a device that is capable of
wireless communication or electronic data retrieval and is not
manufactured primarily for hands-free use in a motor vehicle.”

The bill repeals Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 46.61.667 and 668.
Then will add a new RCW that addresses “personal electronic device
while driving a motor vehicle on a public highway.” Unlike the
current statute, the proposed law does not provide an exemption for
members of the Federal Communications Commission’s Amateur Radio
Service.


I need to share an observation with you regarding RCW 46.61.667 and
that is the intent comments of the statute:

“Intent—2007 c 417: "The use of wireless communications devices by
motorists has increased in recent years. While wireless communications
devices have assisted with quick reporting of road emergencies, their
use has also contributed to accidents and other mishaps on Washington
state roadways. When motorists hold a wireless communications device in
one hand and drive with the other, their chances of becoming involved in
a traffic mishap increase. It is the legislature's intent to phase out
the use of handheld wireless communications devices by motorists while
operating a vehicle." [ 2007 c 417 § 1.]”

I am not sure how this effects the outcome we’re seeking, but that is
a point we’re seeking guidance on.

Today one of ARRL’s volunteer counsel suggested that the league’s
counsel be contacted about both bills.
I have sent an email to Mr.
Chris Imlay asking for guidance on dealing with the legislature
regarding both bills. I will share his response with the Western
Washington Section when it is received.

Those of us in the Amateur Radio Service will be adversely impacted if
Senate Bill 5289 were to be enacted and signed into law without an
exemption as currently provided for in the current law. We would not be
able to not only engage in hobby communications, we would be not allowed
to engage in communications for public service events such as walks,
bike rides and perhaps parades. Further, use of amateur radio in
support of Search and Rescue or moving windshield surveys would not be
allowed. Our FCC licenses are issued at the public’s interest,
convenience and necessity. It would not be in the public’s best
interest for the Amateur Radio Service to not be exempted from the law.

It is important to note that the exemption would be only if the amateur
is otherwise lawfully operating their vehicle.


SB 5289 is currently in the Senate Transportation Committee. Sponsors
of this bill are Senators Rivers, Liias, Miloscia, Carlyle, Kuderer. If
you would like to communicate with one of the sponsors or your
representative, please be courteous and respectful to them. You can
find information on how to contact members of the house/senate
transportation committees at:
http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/TRAN/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx
http://leg.wa.gov/House/Committees/TR/Pages/MembersStaff.aspx
Other useful links are:

To find your legislators see the excellent map at:  
http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder

Click on your district and your two representatives and senator will be
displayed. Click on one of the names and you’ll be taken to a page
with contact information for house or senate.

On February 7, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. the bill will be discussed in the
Senate Committee on Transportation. It is suggested that you keep tabs
on the bill at the site above in case the meeting time changes.  
The Western Washington Section State Government Liaison Lee Chambers,
KI7SS, is planning on attending the meeting. It would help greatly if
you could attend to explain what the impact would be on you and your
stakeholders if the bill is passed as written.

Thank you to the ARRL members in the Western Washington Section who
emailed or called me with your comments. I would greatly appreciate it
if you would share with me any responses you receive from your
legislators.

--------------------------------------------------------------------
ARRL Western Washington Section
Section Manager: Monte L Simpson, AF7PQ
af7pq@arrl.org
--------------------------------------------------------------------
xxxx

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 02-07-2017 09:00PT


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Got Snow? (Feb 05, 2017)

9" @10:30 near Seatac City Hall
Seattle City Light -- System Status
Seattle City Light -- Mobile Outage MAP
(Report an Outage: 206.684.3000 or 206.684.7400)
Status 8:30AM Mon, Feb 06, 2017 -- Outages: 53 Affected: 14202
Status 9:50AM Mon, Feb 06, 2017 -- Outages: 78 Affected: 8637
Noon Mon, Feb 06, 2017 -- Outages: 85 Affected: 7276
----------------- 
 ++ Current PSE Outage Map ++
(Report a PSE outage call 1-888-225-5773)
Status 8:30AM Mon, Feb 06, 2017 -- Outages: 63 Affected: 91888
Status 8:30AM Mon, Feb 06, 2017 -- Outages: 362+ Affected: 100149
Status 12:00 Mon, Feb 06, 2017 -- Outages: 260+ Affected: 89636
Check Current conditions:

as of 08:15PM Feb 05, 2017
Windytv.com
Seatac,WA 08:30 Feb 06, 2017
 
 

From LW [K7LWA]

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 02-05-2017 20:00PT


Friday, February 3, 2017

John D Rafael [WT7G-SK] - Memorial Service - Saturday, Feb 04, 2017

John D Rafael [WT7G-SK]
- Memorial Service -

Saturday 12:00 PM
February 4, 2017
Christian Faith Center
20th Avenue South
Federal Way, WA
Directions
John [WT7G-SK]
You touched many lives.
Farewell, Our Friend!

At the 2016 Mike and Key Swap Meet in Puyallup

Postings about/by/from John [WT7G]

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 02-03-2017 19:30PT


Sunday, January 29, 2017

2017 PSRG Annual Meeting -- PSRG Board Election Results (Jan 29, 2017)

2017 PSRG Annual Meeting
PSRG Board Election Results


   I would like to inform the membership of the outcome of our board elections today at the Annual General Meeting.
          Tim Helming, WT1IM was elected Vice President.
          Bill Thomassen, N6NBN was elected to board position #1.
          LW Abel, K7LWA was elected to board position #3.
   I congratulate them for offering to serve and their election, and look forward to working with them on the board in the coming year.
   I'd like to also thank our departing board members:
          Tyler Heinemann, AF7BO;
          Jessica Phipps, KF7UHK; and
          Jon Newstrom, KL7GT
   for their service over the past 2 years.
   Please join me in welcoming and thanking all of these volunteers.
   Regards,
   -Doug-, KD7DK
   PSRG President

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-29-2017 18:00PT





2017 PSRG Annual Meeting -- Jan 29, 2017 1:00PM-4:00PM (Jan 29, 2017)

2017 PSRG Annual Meeting
Sunday, Jan 29, 2017
1:00PM-4:00PM


    The PSRG Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday January, 29th 2017, 1-4pm at the EOC and at that time the membership will be electing a Vice President, and two Board Members (seats #1 and #3).
    The speaker for this year's meeting will be Bob Gudgel, K7IQ.  Bob is a former PSRG board president and avid ham who is passionate about solar and other alternative power solutions and will be speaking to us about solar power for the radio amateur.  He is a founder of Midnight Solar in Arlington Washington and has been a principal in several other energy related engineering companies during his career.
    In addition to the business meeting and Bob's talk, there will be time to socialize before the meeting gets underway and we'll have reports from the president and secretary/treasurer.  We also have some great door prizes and giveaways for those attending.
Please plan to arrive by 1pm sharp or a bit before.
   The building will be open from 12:45 or so and you will be required to sign in.  Hope to see many of you there.
EOC map
    Our thanks to the Seattle Office of Emergency Management for hosting our meeting again this year.
    Regards,
      -Doug-, KD7DK

City of Seattle - Office of Emergency Management
105 5th Avenue South, Seattle, WA ‎ (206) 233-5076

(Map

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-29-2017 09:00PT


Friday, January 20, 2017

John [WT7G] - SK (Jan 18, 2017)

John [WT7G]
You touched many lives.
Farewell, My Friend!
Good Morning.
Welcome to the 9 O'Clock Net  this morning, January 20th 2017.
This is K7LWA -- LW in Seatac -- your net controller this morning.
Before I start the net this morning, I have an important contact to make,
    so all stations -- please stand-by.
    Again, all stations -- please stand-by..
This  is net control calling for station W - T - 7 - G, John...
        W - T - 7 - G -- John?
        W - T - 7 - G -- John?
Your kindness, wit, and voice on these airways will be missed.
However, we will remember your friendship forever.
      One last call for:
    Whiskey - Tango - Seven - Golf...
    Godspeed John...
 Silent Key

Griffin
Maniac

At the 2016 Mike and Key Swap Meet in Puyallup

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-20-2017 09:00PT


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017-Spring HAM Training Classes (Jan 06, 2017)

2017-Spring HAM Training Classes
from Daniel [KL7WM]:
The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring two FREE licensing classes in Federal Way,
    1   an entry level class for the Technician License and a
    2   General Licensing class.
Both classes will be on January 14 and 21, 2017 at the
    Federal Way Masonic Hall
    1700 South 340th Street
    Federal Way, Way, WA 98003

These classes have several instructors to answer all the students questions.
There are over 60 pages of handouts for each student, plus many show and feel items and YouTube videos.
There is a very high pass rate from these classes.
To register a student only needs to send their name and class they want to attend in an email to   KL7WM@aol.com

Please pass this class information to your team

Daniel Stevens KL7WM
Training Coordinator
206 228 9274
from Zac [K7ZAC]:
here is a class in Enumclaw this month.
Technician Class will be taught at the Enumclaw LDS building, 246 Semanski Street, Enumclaw, WA,
Friday Jan. 13, 6 to 9PM,
Saturday Jan. 14, 8AM to 1PM
and Saturday Jan 21, 8AM to 1PM

followed by the license exam at 2PM.
Contact Grant Erickson, 253-709-9609 or ericksongje@gmail.com for more information.
The next Ballard classes (I think these are at the Phila Church Tech Center):
We have scheduled four Technician Licensing Classes in Ballard for 2017

February 11 and 18, 2017
April 22 and 29, 2017
September 9 and 16, 2017
November 4 and 11, 2017

There will also be a General Licensing Class on
November 4 and 11, 2017

The classes are from 9 AM to 5 PM both days
FREE, but the test at the end of the second day cost $ 15
Sponsored by  Mike and Key ARC
Contact is Daniel Stevens KL7WM
To register send an email to. KL7WM@aol.com with name and class date

Please post these classes on your website

Thank you

Daniel Stevens KL7WM
Training Coordinator
206 228 9274
from Lynn Burlingame's N7CFO.COM website:
Licensing Classes
Date Class Organization Location Additional
Info/Contact
Jan 13, 14, & 21. 
License exam on Jan 21.
Tech
LDS meetinghouse
246 Semanski Street, Enumclaw, WA
Contact Grant Erickson,
253-709-9609 or
ericksongje@gmail.com
for more
information.
January 14 & 21 Tech  Federal Way
Amateur Radio Club
Federal Way Masonic Hall
1700 South 340th Street
Federal Way, WA 98003
Contact Daniel Stevens
 at KL7WM@aol.com
January 14 & 21 Gen Federal Way
Amateur Radio Club
Federal Way Masonic Hall
1700 South 340th Street
Federal Way, WA 98003
Contact Daniel Stevens
 at KL7WM@aol.com
February 11 & 18 Tech Mike and Key ARC Ballard To register send an email to
Daniel Stevens,
KL7WM@aol.com
with name and class date
Source:  Western Washington Amateur Radio Licensing Classes and Examination Sessions at http://www.n7cfo.com/amradio/hf/cls&ve.htm
(as of 01-07-2017) compiled by K7LWA

Please visit often for latest info:
Lynn [N7CFO]'s Radio Training & Exams Page
Western Washington Amateur Radio
Licensing Classes,
Training Classes, and
Examination Sessions

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-07-2017 16:00PT
RE-Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-18-2017 12:00PT


Monday, January 16, 2017

Elaine [KG7CME] -- In the Pink - Beautiful Sauerkraut (Jan 15, 2017)

Elaine reports it's very yummy!
[Kraut Korner] SauerKraut Invades 9-O'Clock Nets! Post Here
Thanks for sharing, Elaine!

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-16-2017 10:00PT


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pack Up the Flag, Not the Kraut -- Steve [N7GWG]'s 12th (Man) Sauerkraut Batch (Jan 15, 2017)

[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
(Please click below to view the video) 
 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 [Kraut Korner]   [Kraut Korner]   [Kraut Korner]

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


Friday, January 13, 2017

"The Mountain is Out!" with John [W7PUY] + Moonlight (Jan 13, 2017)

Mount Rainier is FANTASTIC in the winter!
On Snowshoes at MORA


"Yesterday @ Paradise, Mt. Rainier"
John [W7PUY] 


Under Moonlight

Paradise

Jackson Visitor Center in Paradise

Jackson Visitor Center in Paradise

Tatoosh Range from Paradise

Longmire


And don't forget Mt. St. Helens


January 13th @ 11AM


Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-13-2017 12:00PT


Happy Birthday, Michael [KJ7WC]! (Jan 12, 2017)

Happy Birthday,
Michael!
  (from a "younger self")

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-13-2017 10:00PT


Monday, January 9, 2017

Steve [N7GWG] -- +ALL+ 2017 PSRG Annual Dinner Photos (Jan 07, 2017)

+ALL+ Photos of the 2017 PSRG Annual Dinner
(Jan 07, 2017)
"Birthday Girl" Donna and Steve [N7GWG]
Wonderful time had by all.
Thanks again to Doug [KD7DK] and Elaine [KG7CME]!
Here is the Photo Album [LINK]

Names and Call Signs will be added shortly
(Click to download -- average size ~4MB)
Sam [KD7PWA] and "Pirate Radio" Dave [KD7PWB]
Bonnie and Mike [KG7QME]
Bob? and Kathy [KF7TTM]
Carl [N7KUW] and Kathy [N7RCT]
Bill [N6NBN] and a future HAM!
Doug [KD7DK], Tim [WT1IM], and Glenn [K7GLE]
Dave [KG7LEA] and Elaine [KG7CME]
John [K9JEB] and CK [KG7AUL]
Ashley [KI7xxx] and Steve [K7SEK]
Karen [xxxxxx]
Theresa [KG7AII] and Dana [KG7CGP]
Jessica [KF7UHK]
Todd [WA7FOX], Don [W7UUL], and Barry [K7PAL]
Dave [KN7S], ???? [XXXXX], and Cory [NQ1E]
Aaron [K8AMH] and Pom
Lesley [AF7WG] and Frank [xxxxxx]

(Click to download -- average size ~4MB)
(Click to download -- average size ~4MB)
 
(Click to download -- average size ~4MB)
And...
Donna's Surprise Birthday Cake [VIDEO]
Thanks Steve [N7GWG] for the photos and video (the singing? er, not so much)!

Originally Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-08-2017 10:00PT
Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-09-2017 17:00PT