Sunday, June 24, 2018

LW Abel (K7LWA)

1950 - 2018

Memorial Service to be held Saturday July 21st, 2018 @ 2 pm (14:00 hours)
3438 S. 148th St., Tukwila

From Mark Gedosch notes of 6/20/18 as read over the 21:00 hour net.

Let me begin by making a call
Kilo Seven Lima Whiskey Alfa
Silent Key

I am sure many have noticed the absence of LW on the net the last couple of months and his cheerful banter, helpful advice, and boundless enthusiasm for amateur radio. He didn’t want to trouble anyone with the news of the aggressive cancer which silenced his voice yesterday at 1:12 PM local time.

He was born in 1950 in Hershey Pennsylvania and knew a lot about chocolate. Some of you may know he has a twin sister Beth. He lived and worked in many places including Pennsylvania, Carson City, Reno, Irvine, and a stint in England. He was working in programming, IT, and the phone product support line for the Pick program when he met Shelley, KF7TBA, in 1992 and ended up moving to Seattle in 2001.

LW had an insatiable curiosity and a keen mind for science, not just radio and computers, but geology, evolution, biology and meteorology. An avid history buff he had an encyclopedic knowledge of the civil war. He was also a master gardener.

Shelley and LW traveled widely visiting battle grounds, chasing eclipses, collecting rocks, and buying wines from vintners.

LW was my Elmer and was the sole reason my wife Sue, KI7RXI, and I made it on the air.

We have lost a great man, a great mind, a kind and gentle spirit, a friend, a brother, and a partner. 73 and safe travels through the universe LW.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Another PSRG +FUN+ SATURDAY! -- Mar 17th!! (Mar 16, 2018)

Another PSRG FUN
Mar 17th!!
March 17: Winlink Training by Seattle ACS
The next PSRG Educational Meeting (Topic = HamWAN) is March 17, 2018 at 1:30 PM. 
PSRG meetings are at the
Salmon Bay Cafe
5109 Shilshole Ave NW
Following the Educational Meeting, an Antenna Party will be held at  
Pirate Radio Dave’s workshop
(See below)
Participants will be directed to the workshop from the meeting. 

450 ohm window line will be available for making J-poles,
It is suggested that you may want to try a simple dipole or Yagi, using #12 or #14 wire or tape measure. 
Bring a 36″ dowel if you plan to make a Yagi,

PSRG Antenna Party
(after PSRG EDU MTG 03-17-2018)
Workshop provided by
Sam [KD7PWA]

and Pirate Radio Dave [KD7PWB]
Address: 1543 NW 49th St.
(behind the ONLY house)
on the West side of 15th.
1/2 block west of Ballard Bridge

Parking available under Ballard Bridge
(bring beverages if you like - PUBs & BUD Shop nearby)
MAP + Directions

 Also on March 17: Winlink Training by Seattle ACS

Here is the ACS Announcement:

In order to avoid a head-on conflict with PSRG meeting and training on March 17th, Seattle ACS has changed a previously-scheduled
Winlink training session to Saturday MORNING 
from 9 am to Noon (instead of Saturday afternoon).
 The training will be at South Seattle College, Olympic Hall, room 101 (where ACS normally meets).

This is intended to be hands-on training with as much one-on-one help as possible.  Based on the ACS poll that was sent out, we have about 9 people who are available to help, and about 19 people who want help. That’s pretty good, about a 2 to 1 ratio.

If you are coming for help YOU need to do the following:

  1. Bring your radio, laptop, and whatever other equipment that is meant to be part of your Winlink setup to the class, ready to use. This is hands on, not lecture.
  2. Before you come, go to the following two links from last years comm Academy and review Scott Curie’s excellent classes on Winlink. Follow those classes as much as you can on your own before the 17th to allow the absolute best use of the limited time we have on the 17th.

Other opportunities for help.

The following opportunities are also available for Winlink help, and you are encouraged to utilize these as much as you can.

  1. Every Monday night during our Monday Night ACS net you can go to North Seattle College to our radio room, and get help with Winlink. Dave Wilma is the contact for getting to the radio room.
  2. We (various of us) can offer one-on-one remote control help through an audio/video chat room where you can share your screen so we can see it, and do a lot to get you going that way. The challenge is finding the right person to help and matching them up with you and finding a time that works for both people. Despite the “hassle”, this is still a powerful tool for us to use. Please email if you would like to try and schedule one of these sessions.

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible on March 17th, and welcome PSRG members who are not involved with ACS to participate if they so desire.
The next PSRG Board meeting is on April 21, 2018 at 1:30 PM. (The meeting has been postponed from its regular date to avoid conflict with the Communications Academy.)
PSRG meetings are at the
Salmon Bay Cafe
5109 Shilshole Ave NW

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 03-16-2017 03:00PT

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Ron [NR7O] -- PSRG HAMs at Puyallup 2018 Mike+Key HAM Swapmeet (March 10, 2018)

 Ron [NR7O] -- "This was easily the best of the 3 I took... "
(Photo copyrighted 2018 by Ron Wilde)
Thank You, Ron!!

If you would like to share your comments, photos, etc.of the 2018 M+K Hamfest....
 please send to
Please include any comments, Copyright, restrictions, etc. as appropiate.
+ Upon posting, I will reply with the POSTING link +
Thank you -- LW

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 03-10-2018 21:00PT

Thursday, February 22, 2018

LW [K7LWA] -- Got SNOW? (Feb 22, 2018)

Snowy Seatac, WA

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 02-22-2018 09:00PT

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tyler [AF7BO] -- In the Line of Fire! (Feb 17, 2018)

-- Saturday Storm --

Here is what I saw after I pulled over 
to call 911 for a branch in wires on fire.


Thanks Tyler for the exciting Storm report!

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 02-17-2018 21:00PT

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Jack [KI7RMU] - Jacob in THE ANXIOUS AVENGERS!!! (Feb 15, 2018)

This Saturday & Sunday
(see below for times) 
You've heard on the PSRG nets and 
probably have met Jacob at recent PSRG events
 -- now see him bring down the curtain!
(Thanks, Jack [KI7RMU]

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 02-15-2018 21:00PT

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ron [NR7O] -- Come Dance Your Face Off With The Tasty Waves! (Jan 20, 2018)

Come Dance Your Face Off 

With The Tasty Waves!

Dance the Mito Away on January 20th!

The Tasty Waves invite you to come dance your face off with friends and neighbors and support the Mitochondrial Research Guild at the same time!

The Mitochondrial Research Guild is a special interest guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital. The guild was founded by a group of families in the Seattle area that are working together to raise awareness, promote research, and improve the quality of medical care that is available to children who are dealing with the devastating and potentially life threatening effects of this disease.

The Guild will be set up to accept voluntary donations on the night of the event.

A special thank you to Frank Marcus & Columbia Winery for generously donating wine and Georgetown Brewing for providing tasty beer for the event!   If you want to enjoy anything else, BYOAE (Anything Else!). 
Please feel free to share this invitation with friends, we want a rockin' event!
Please RSVP!
RSVP: I'll Be There!

  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Vasa Park Ballroom
    3560 West Lake Sammamish Parkway
    Bellevue, WA
  • Doors open at 7pm
  • Live Music starts @ 8:00PM
  • Love to Have You Join Us!

Tasty Waves Website
The Tasty Waves are: Ken, Paul, Stu, Art, Dan, Mike, Scott & Ron
Copyright © 2018 The Tasty Waves, All rights reserved.

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-20-2018 09:00PT

Monday, January 15, 2018

Rich [K7RCH] -- Pt Reyes: Marine Radio Historical Society (Jan 15, 2018)

 I am attaching several photos of the Pt. Reyes radio site. 
I’ll have more when I have time to edit them
 but I may just put them on my own blog.

I suggest saying:
“Check out Rich’s blog,
The Further Adventures of Elusive Richard
in a few days for more photos and information.”
(Right now: Marconi Coast Station KPH)
Meanwhile, here is some explanation of the photos 
attached to use for captions.
9245: Richard Dillman, W6AWO, co-founder of the Marine Radio Historical Society, looking at the main operating position.
9246: A better shot of the main operating position.
9252: Another operating position (there are 6 altogether) 
next to a carousel used to hold messages queued to be sent.
9257: In the “Treasure Room,” an early RCA rig.
9271: Part of the antenna
9272: Outside of the building. Note, this is the Receive site. The transmitters are located several miles away and are operated remotely.
224535 & 224555: QSL cards

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-15-2018 22:00PT

(P18AD)_PSRG 2018 Annual Dinner_PHOTO_INDEX.(Jan 13, 2018)

PSRG 2018 Annual Dinner
(January 13, 2018)
Photos by Steve [N7GWG]
PSRG 2018 Annual Dinner Photos (Jan 13, 2018)
Photo by Louie [W7DBB]
PSRG 2018 Annual Dinner Photos (Jan 13, 2018)

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

Posted by PSRG FUN BLOG at 01-15-2018 06:00PT