Sunday, May 24, 2015

Latest Results -- Ballard's May 23, 2015 Technician + General Class

Here are the results for the
Technician Licensing Class
General Licensing Class
May 16 + 23, 2015
PC Center, 2363 NW 80th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)
(see original announcement)

to all of the Trainers, VEs, and Supporters
who helped to grow our HAM Community
during this Holiday Weekend!
(and a SPECIAL Thanks to Mike [W7BMW]!)
26 Technicians
20 Generals

(7 Tech/Gen Combo)
2 Extras

126 New HAMS YTD
 Daniel Stevens KL7WM
Training Coordinator
ARRL Liaison VE
206 228 9274

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 5/24/2015 10:09:00 AM

Special HAM Event Station [W7A] QSL Card -- 25th Anniversary MSH 1980 Eruption (May 18, 2005)

Mount St Helens 1980 Eruption
25 Anniversary (May 18, 2005)
 Special HAM Event Station QSL Card
 (Thanks John [WT7G])

Friday, May 22, 2015

Can You help VE TOMORROW (May 23) in Ballard?

Can You help VE Tomorrow (May 23)?
 in Ballard
PC Center, 2363 NW 80th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)
(just south across NW80th street from Larsens' Bakery)
Saturday, May 23rd
(2:30-5:30PM G+Ex)

 Please contact Daniel

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 5/22/2015 12:11:00 PM

Memorial Day Weekend 2015 -- PSRG-ers at Northwest Folklife Festival

I am surprised with all the musicians in the ham community that we don't see more of them at Folklife.
Here's the schedule. . .KD7DK Doug is dancing and I'm playing and singing. . .  busy, busy day.
-- Elaine [KG7CME]

The Drunken Maidens

May 23rd 2:15 - 2:45pm
Traditional Stage.
This is just north of the Key Arena.

If you want to see some Morris dancing:
Doug and I perform with
-- Morris dancing --
Saturday Stage set in the Armory:
11:00 - 12:00
Renegade Rose
Bridgetown Morris Men
Two Rivers Morris

12:00 - 12:50
Vancouver Morris Men
Tiddley Cove Morris
Sound and Fury Morris

Saturday Morris at McCaw Promenade
(just west of McCaw Hall)
2:30 - 3:30
Renegade Rose
Bridgetown Morris Men
Two Rivers Morris

3:30 - 4:30
Vancouver Morris Men
Tiddley Cove Morris
Sound and Fury Morris

Posted at 05/22/2015 10:00:00 AM

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FREE HAM Classes (Technician & General) -- Ballard -- May 16 & 23, 2015

Can You help VE?
Ballard -- Saturday, May 23rd
(2:30-5:30PM G+Ex)
 Please contact Daniel
FREE HAM Classes Coming Up Next:
Technician Licensing Class, May 16 and 23, 2015
PC Center, 2363 NW 80th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)
General Licensing Class, May 16 and 23, 2015
PC Center 2363 NW 80th Street, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)
 All classes are for 9 AM to 5 PM with a VE test on the last day.
Registration is so the handout can be prepared for everyone.
To register, see below!
Can You help VE?
Ballard -- Saturday, May 23rd
(2:30-5:30PM G+Ex)
 Please contact Daniel
What to expect at this training:
The Radio Licensing Class is 16 hour, or two days.It talks about Rules, Operation Procedures, Amateur Practices, Radio Waves Propagation,
Electronic Principles and Components and some circuits, Radio Modes, Antennas and Safety.
The class handouts are ten self grading quizzes, band charts and a booklet

 with 152 illustrations from the training slides.
The class will discuss all of the over 400 questions in the Question Pool.
The final test is a 35 question test taken from the Question Pool.
That is the formal side of the class.
The instructors will also cover what radios do what and which types to buy.
Different groups to get into:
Radio nets, and emergency communication, Satellites, long distance communications,
 contest, experimenting, remote controlled models, WiFi and long distance WiFi,
Ham Internet, Internet back modes, and the social aspects of radio.
Daniel Stevens KL7WM
Training Coordinator
206 228 9274
Registration is so the handout can be prepared for everyone.
To register, one needs to send an email and what class one want to take to:
Daniel Stevens [KL7WM] at

Thank you,

Daniel Stevens [KL7WM]
Training Coordinator
206 228 9274

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 4/29/2015 09:18:00 PM

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mount St Helens -- May 18, 1980

Follow Mt St Helen's 1980 Eruption Story:
USGS Volcanoes is on Facebook
(Updates all day)
Mount St. Helens, 35 years ago, May 18, 1980, 8:32 AM.

Mount St. Helens, 35 years ago, May 18, 1980, 8:32 AM. 
This is it!
USGS’ Coldwater II observation post is 1300 feet above the North Fork Toutle River on South Coldwater Ridge, 5.5 miles north-northwest of Mount St. Helens. USGS scientist David Johnston had taken over from Harry Glicken on the evening of May 17. Before 7 AM, Johnston shoots three laser measurements to the bulge and radios the data to Vancouver. A ham operator records two transmissions by Johnston after 8:32.
Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!”
[Hiatus, probably less than a minute; the radio repeater clicks on.]
“Vancouver! Is the transmitter on?”
[Repeater clicks off.]
Columbian newspaper photographer Reid Blackburn controls two remote cameras from Coldwater I. He keeps a log. After an entry at 7:11 AM come these: 8:33 AM, 8:34 AM. The eruption is well underway when Blackburn punches off the cameras twice; then twice more. Unlike earlier entries, his handwriting is shaky, hurried, and no time to comment. He shuts the transmitter lid and snaps the latches—sealing in the notebook. He jumps into his Volvo and slams the door. The hot ash cloud smashes in its glass.
Neither Johnston nor Blackburn survive.

Mount St. Helens, 35 years ago, May 18, 1980, 8:30 AM. 
  Go faster!
  A Cessna nears the summit of Mount St. Helens. Bruce and Dorothy Stoffel are geologists for the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Department of Ecology; Bruce is piloting. They approached a serene crater, about a thousand feet up.
Unexpectantly, a mile-long east-west fracture pops open just north of the crater. The whole mass begins to vibrate, ripple, and churn. Huge east-west waves undulates like agitated jello. Ten seconds later, the great bulge sinks north—a gigantic mass detaching from the mountain. The steep scarp grows taller by the second. A second gigantic landslide glides on a second detachment plane; this slide takes the crater. A thousand feet below the airplane, the mile-wide face of the mountain is flowing, picking up speed. Below, a huge explosion blasts up out of the slip plane. They feel and hear nothing. Gray and frothy clouds billow beneath, blocking the view of Spirit Lake.
“We gotta get out of here!”
   Bruce opens the throttle and dives to gain speed. The cloud swells, chasing them. Dorothy pounds the front panel, urging them on, glancing behind and screaming to go faster. Bruce banks south, levels off.
   On the radio, Bruce tries to tell Seattle traffic control that the whole north side of the mountain just went, warning other aircraft. The response is nonchalance; they have dealt with many false alarms and think Bruce overexcited. How big, they ask. The response? It’s [expletive deleted] big! In another two minutes, the Stoffels outrun the clouds by heading south and land at the Portland Airport about 9:10 AM.
Image is an aerial view of Mount St. Helens' crater rim with eruptive column and ash cloud spreading over the pumice plain, May 18, 1980, 10:05 AM. USGS image by T. Casadevall.
 USGS Volcanoes
Mount St. Helens, 35 years ago, May 18, 1980, 7:30 AM.
  Just an hour before the horror.
  For the USGS, the morning meeting is almost mundane. The bulge still bulges, Don Swanson says. It’s announced that two armored vehicles will be sent to the observation post, one coming later in the day.
  If the geologists sense that an eruption draws near, the radio and meeting exude no urgency, just an hour before the horror. Nor do anyone’s field notes, the logbooks, or flight talk.
 USGS Volcanoes
Mount St. Helens, 35 years ago, May 18, 1980, 7:00 AM.
  Totally clear, no activity.
  USGS scientist Bob Christiansen is in Vancouver (WA). He radios Coldwater II. David Johnston has been up since 5:50 AM, making three laser measurements to Goat Rocks, tracking the movement of Mount St. Helens’ north flank.
  “What’s it like up there, Dave?”
  “Very nice, totally clear,” says Johnston. “You can see the mountain entirely.”
  At the Coldwater I observation post, Columbian newspaper photographer Reid Blackburn hits the transmitter and two remote cameras snap frames of Mount St. Helens, beautiful in the morning light. He jots in a notebook 7:11 AM, clear, no activity.  Loggers wake in the Hoffstadt quarry. Frying eggs on a camp stove, they give no thought to Mount St. Helens, hidden behind several ridges, talking instead of finishing the thinning of the last 10 acres. Ten miles southeast on Road 100 above Bear Meadow, Keith Ronnholm wakes and glances out his Toyota pickup—there is no summit steam this morning. Gary Rosenquist has been up all night at the fire, swapping stories with friends. Ronnholm screws a camera to a tripod, frames the volcano against a beautiful blue sky and punches the shutter.
  Later, seismologists will scour the seismic records from May 15 to 18 trying to find a scrap of information that could have foretold the event. There is none. The huge seismic buildup March 25, 1980 seems to be the wad of magma intruding into the volcano. That was the big event. In time, it caused all the others.

[This and other eyewitness accounts are from In the Path of Destruction, Eyewitness Chronicles of Mount St. Helens, by Richard Waitt, available at]
More on Mount St. Helens at; images at…/….
‪#‎mountsthelens‬ ‪#‎msh‬ ‪#‎cvo‬ ‪#‎cascadesvolcanoobservatory‬ ‪#‎usgs‬ ‪#‎volcanoes‬ ‪#‎msh1980‬

Shelley [KF7TBA] and LW [K7LWA]'s Winsystem's Insomniac-Net for May 15, 2015

Questions = 2015[20]Q -- Ins-Net Qs for May 15, 2015_"Mount St. Helens: 1980 -- Part 2"
Answers = 2015[20]A -- Ins-Net As for May 15, 2015_"Mount St. Helens: 1980 -- Part 2"

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 5/18/2015 08:32:00 AM

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mount St. Helens Week: USGS-Cascade Volcano Observatory (CVO) Wants YOU!!!

USGS-CVO Volcano News: 
Commemorate the 35th anniversary 
of the eruption of 
Mount St. Helens!
Here are ways to commemorate the May 18, 1980 eruption
 of Mount St. Helens and celebrate 35 years of scientific discovery!
Bring a scientist into your classroom through the 
online Volcano Explorers program:
 On Friday, May 15, 
USGS Geologist Liz Westby:
the Mount St. Helens May 18, 1980 eruption story.
On Friday, May 22,
USGS Geologist Wendy Stovall:
the 100th anniversary of California’s Mount Lassen eruption.
Volcano Explorers brings live, interactive video presentations 
to students across the country.
[see previous Volcano Explorers presentation here] 
  Using webinar technology, Volcano Explorers easily works in just about any classroom with a computer, projector and internet connection.
  For more info and to sign up for the free programs, go to

Watch the eruption unfold on the USGS Volcanoes Facebook page:
  The USGS recently created a new USGS Volcanoes Facebook page devoted to providing content about volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, and Yellowstone.
  Starting on March 19, the page has followed scientists as they monitored what was happening at Mount St. Helens 35 years ago.
  On May 18, the posts begin at 7:00 AM with a recap of the USGS morning meeting followed by events that unfold at 8:32 AM.
  Follow the science and eyewitness accounts all day on Facebook,

Visit Mount St. Helens to hear eyewitness accounts and 
learn about scientific discoveries:
          Commemorate the 35th anniversary of the
May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens
 with events at the 
Johnston Ridge Observatory
and Coldwater Science and Learning Center.
Saturday, May 16 (10am - 6pm)
 It’s a Blast is the opening day of the Johnston Ridge Observatory overlooking the crater of Mount St. Helens.
  This is a family friendly science education event with admission fees ($8 adults, kids free) supporting the non-profit Mount St. Helens Institute’s volcano volunteer and education programs.
  Details at
Sunday, May 17 (11:30am – 5:00pm)
  Eruption Eyewitness Stories is an event at the Coldwater Science and Learning Center that features a series of 30-min talks by people whose lives were forever altered by their experiences at Mount St. Helens. 
  Photos and stories describe the incredible events leading up to the catastrophic 1980 eruption and the massive landslide, lateral blast, mudflows and ash cloud that followed.  Meet eruption eyewitnesses and leave with an autographed poster or book. Admission is free.  Event Details [LINK].
Monday, May 18 (10:00am - 4:00pm)
 Join Forest Service officials at 10:30 am for a Ceremony Commemorating the 1980 Eruption at the Coldwater Science and Learning Center.
  From noon to 4:00pm there will be Celebration of 35 Years of Science Discovery featuring 20-min presentations by scientists describing their amazing discoveries at the volcano and posters and hands-on science demonstrations.
        Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet a remote “spider” instrument package used to monitor eruptions at active volcanos.
        Admission is free.  Event Details [LINK].
Hope to see you again at the events.
Carolyn and Liz

Carolyn L. Driedger
Hydrologist/PIO/Outreach Coordinator
USGS-Cascades Volcano Observatory
1300 SE Cardinal Court
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 993-8909
Southwestern Oregon Community College
GeologyLecture Series.
A great series of public geology talks.
Preparing for the Next Eruption in the Cascades
[1:08:39] This is the USGS expert who taught the
Living with a Volcano in your Backyard
Workshop that K7LWA attended at MORA in 2012.
Part of the Geology Lecture Series
presented on March 5, 2011.
Dr. Carolyn L. Driedger

Carolyn's presentation at the CommAcademy's 2012 conference:
(Username: comm     Password: handout)
 28_Preparing-for-Future-Eruptions- Mt-Saint-Helens_Driedger.pdf
Liz Westby
U.S. Geological Survey-Cascades Volcano Observatory
1300 SE Cardinal Court  Building 10  Suite 100
Vancouver, WA   98683
(360) 993-8979
(oh, did I mention the Lahar Hazards at Mt Rainier?)
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Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 5/13/2015 02:38:00 PM

THE JULIETS next Meeting -- May 17 at 6:00PM

We have one General Meeting
a month, on the 3rd Sunday.

We also have small group meetings,
around a specific topic,
that are scheduled as
people have the time to get together.
Those meetings are sent out to
our email discussion group
when they're scheduled,
and people are welcome
to join as they can.
May 17th, Sunday 6pm

Hollie's house
(email for directions)

The Juliets

Thursday, May 14, 2015

John [WT7G] finally shares photos of his cats: Maniac & Griffon!

(delivered simultaneously via Window/Brick Express and Concrete Block COD)
Could I impose on you to posts my babies on the blog.
I ask this knowing that

it will probably make most of the other pets
(not yours of course) feel inferior
because MY babies are SO beautiful.
The mostly black(dark brown actually) beautiful little girl
is Maniac.
John [WT7G] /Maniac
The handsome black(dark brown actually)
with white blaze and white on the nose, young man
 is Griffon.
John [WT7G] /Griffon
Thank you Sir, very much for your time.
I know you are very busy fighting crime and
saving the world from wackos like me.
I fully expect (demand) that MY babies will be center stage,

 full spotlight and be the talk of the town from now on!
Thank you for your understanding.

End of demand
John [WT7G]

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 5/13/2015 06:51:00 PM

Pepa's Grandkids and Son: Lily, Hugo and their Dad, Oliver (Easter 2015)

Pepa's Grandkids and Son:
Lily, Hugo and their Dad, Oliver
Hugo and Dad [Oliver] (Easter 2015)
Lily and Hugo (Easter 2015)

Posted at 5/07/2015 07:50:00 PM

Ken [N9PHW] -- UWashington Formula SAE Unveiling 2015

May 15, 2015
Manufacturing quarter is wrapping up and our cars are nearly complete. 
We would love to have you join us as we reveal
 both this year's electric and combustion models to the public at our annual Unveiling!

This event is open to the public, so please bring your family as well!
Unveiling will be held in Kane 130 on the University of Washington Seattle campus. 

Doors open 6:30 -- Ceremony set to start at 7:00
[Facebook Link]

Posted at 4/28/2015 10:11:00 PM

Brett [W7SAT] Checks in from Grand Park -- May 9, 2015 AM Net

Brett [W7SAT] checked in on 
Theresa [KG7AII]'s Saturday AM Net
(approximately 80 miles)
-- CM4 with a little frying in the pan -- FR7300? --
[Right click to enlarge]
Yup in that general area. 
I took an early morning hike up to Grand Park.
What a great day for it.
The trailhead starts about 10 miles up forest road 73. 
When I checked into the net I was at about 4,000 feet,
but surrounded by higher peaks. 
Here is one picture from the hike.(above)
 I had the whole place to myself.
Take Care!!
Brett W7SAT

(May 9, 2015 AM Net)
Grand Park -- Mount Rainier Area
Location: Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River
Length: 9.0 miles, round trip
Elevation: Gain: 1100 ft. Highest Point: 5600 ft.
(from Washington Trails Association)

Posted at 05/09/2015 08:14:00 PM