Letter 12/2014

WWARA Makes Donation to the ARRL Education and Technology Fund:
Many thanks to the WWARA for their generous donation of $1,000.00 to
support ARRL's Education and Technology fund…..ARRL's successful
efforts to promote Amateur Radio Stations in schools and to provide
professional development for teachers, in wireless technology.

The ARRL developed their education outreach project to introduce
teachers to Amateur Radio as an instructional resource and to provide
an educationally sound curriculum focused on wireless communications.
The goal is to offer the resources to build a foundation of wireless
technology literacy among American teachers and students.

Again, many thanks to members and officers of The Western Washington
Amateur Relay Association (WWARA). WWARA has been providing frequency
coordination services for Western Washington since 1976.

Tiny School in Alaska Fills Big Shoes:
Pilot Station Alaska: Pilot Station Students take to the airwaves and
third place for School Club Round Up 2014. During the second week of
October a group of students from the Lower Yukon School District’s
Pilot Station School, participated in the fall edition of the ARRL
School Club Round up competition. School club round up is a twice
yearly week long event held every October and February. “It is
believed by the event organizers that we were the first school station
to participate from Alaska”, said Donn Gallon, KL7DG, Pilot Station
5th grade teacher.

Donn Gallon, KL7DG (former K7LOP and resident of Centralia, WA) moved
to Pilot Station this year to teach 5th grade in the 175 student K-12
village school. Donn is a real advocate for Ham Radio, especially to
his students. Recent conversations in Pilot Station include obtaining
a call sign for the School Club, and starting an ARES group in the
area. Check out the article in The Delta Discovery at:
http://www.deltadiscovery.com/story/2014/12/03/youth-news/pilot-station-...

Donn and the students are on the air periodically, so listen for them
and ‘talk’m up.

W1AW/7, Washington State:
Eastern Washington SM Mark Tharp, KB7HDX, reports: Coordinating the
W1AW/7 operation for the second week in Washington was the most fun I
have ever had and most likely ever will have in Amateur radio.
Shortly after meeting Dave Patton, NN1N in person at the PNW DX
convention in 2013, he called, and asked if I would be interested in
coordinating the second week. I thought about it for a short time (like
30 seconds) and of course said yes. How hard could that be? Fortunately
it was not hard, but very time consuming.
The short list of stations I wanted to be involved was the only thing
that took moments… The rest was time consuming. We had a yahoo group
to keep informed, and sent over 500 messages back and forth prior, and
during the week.
Building the team was almost as much fun as operating. It was great to
be able to offer this once in a lifetime chance to be the DX to so many
of the great amateurs we have in Washington. We used an online, real
time schedule that allowed the operators to just jump on when they had
extra time during the week, and that was in my opinion the reason for
our high q total.

We were on the bands pretty much all the time, and tried to balance our
modes to accommodate as many folks as we could. One afternoon I got an
email from HQ that one of the operators was too close to the SSTV gang
on 20 meters. So after an email to the team, and taking a think on the
subject, I called up my buddy Tom, KC7PH former SM of EWA and told him
the story. Then asked him if he wanted to BE W1AW…. Well, after that
discussion, we were no longer interfering with the gang on 20 meter
SSTV, Tom was calling CQ AS W1AW/7. We ended up with 22 SSTV qs in the
log, and many of them are confirmed on LOTW!

For the week, we ended up with a raw q total of 47,343 contacts. 38
stations were on the team, AE7NR, K7AR, K7BTW, K7CEX, K7GS, K7WA, K9JF,
K9QJS, K9VD, KB7HDX, KC7PH, KI7DG, KK7UF, KO7I, KT7G, KW7Y, KZ1W, N6AU,
N6NR, N7AU, N7KRN, N7MZ, N7NM, N7WA, N7XS, W7BJN, W7CCY, W7CNP, W7GB,
W7GTF, W7LRD, W7SXM, W7ZF, WA7LT, WD7K, WR5J, WR7K, and WS7I. Combined
with the station owners 99 folks participated and were on the air AS
W1AW/7 during the week.

HR 4969:
As we all have experienced, the political process is complex and slow
and the wheels of government are even slower. That being said, our
efforts with HR 4969 have had measures of success; we intended to
obtain 30 co sponsors for the Bill and actually ended up with almost 70
co sponsors, and ARRL’s advocacy is once again being known and
gleaning interest in the halls of Congress.

Although we got a very late start on the legislative effort last June,
because of waiting for a minority cosponsor to make a commitment so
that a truly bipartisan bill could be introduced, we were able to amass
an exceptional and surprising level of support for the Bill, given the
co sponsorship. This will give us a big head start in the 114th
Congress beginning in January. We have in mind reassembling at least 60
of the cosponsors that we had for H.R. 4969 as original cosponsors for
the new Bill which should give us momentum to obtain a much larger list
of cosponsors for the new Bill. We have also have had expressions of
interest, from some Senators, in sponsoring a Senate version of the
Bill. So far, opposition from the one association representing HOAs has
been only minimally active in attempts to oppose the Bill and they have
been unsuccessful due to their misstatements of fact and
mischaracterization of the actual effect of the Bill.
We were well-aware that there was likely not enough time to pass H.R.
4969 in the 113th Congress, but it was urgent to begin the process and
amass the largest showing of support for the good work of Amateur Radio
operators that we could, so as to build momentum for the continuation of
the process in the 114th Congress. So far, we are way ahead of where we
hoped to be by this time.

Many thanks to all of you, who wrote, called and visited your
Congressional Representatives, as we began our travel in the maze of
representative government; your efforts have not gone un-noticed and
have built a strong foundation for the next phase.

Not Too Early to Make Your SeaPac Motel Reservations:
The SeaPac Committee is hard at work getting things organized for
another great weekend at Seaside. There are going to be lots of
seminars, exhibitors and activities….making June 5, 6 & 7, 2015 a
great weekend at the beach. As in the past, we expect the prime motel
and campsites to go quickly. I’ll see you at SeaPac 2015

December 31 – Red Badge Day:
It’s getting down to crunch time: The ARRL Centennial QSO Party ends
in just about 3weeks! If you’ve been procrastinating about building
your point totals to the certificate level, one more major opportunity
to put some serious points into your log is just ahead.

The final 2014 Red Badge Days will take place and on Wednesday,
December 31. Vice Director Bonnie Altus, AB7ZQ is worth 200 points and
Director Jim Pace, K7CEX, is worth 225 points. Get on the air and bring
the year of celebration to a Ham Radio conclusion.

Here is Something to Try:
Although a short operating time, it might be fun to copy SSTV from the
International Space Station: The Russian Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) team members plan to activate
slow-scan television (SSTV) from the ISS on December 18 and December
20. The expected SSTV mode will be PD180 on a frequency of 145.800 MHz
with 3-minute off periods between transmissions. Several passes will be
over North America.

Twelve different photos will be sent during the operational period.
Transmissions will begin at around 1420 UTC on December 18 and 1240 UTC
on December 20. The transmissions should terminate around 2130 UTC each
day. — Thanks to Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, ARISS-Europe Chairman

Although the passes aren’t too favorable for the Northwestern
Division, you never know what a little software and good antenna can
do.

LOTW Hits New Milestone:
ARRL's Logbook of The World Tops 100 Million QSL Records! The ARRL's
Logbook of The World (LoTW) online "card-less" contact-confirmation
service this week recorded a new milestone -- 100 million QSL records
out of some 630 million uploaded contacts. That's an increase of more
than 18 million QSL records since the end of last year. First described
conceptually in the October 2001 QST "It Seems to Us..." editorial,
Logbook of The World launched in September 2003. Since then, it has
become an accepted Amateur Radio institution -- perhaps not at the same
level of traditional QSL cards, but close and gaining. The 100 million
contact confirmations, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, pointed out, are
the equivalent of 200 million QSL cards.

End of 2014:
Soon 2014 will be over and the ARRL celebration of its Centennial,
with the conventions, on air activities and all the hustle and bustle
will come to an end. However, it sounds like the excitement will
continue into the next year.

One of the great messages I received this year was from a Ham that had
not been on the air much. He was so excited about getting on for the
W1AW Portable event and the Centennial QSO party. “I’ve never had
so much fun”, was his comment. This response was echoed all over the
Country. We even have been getting suggestions to do more on air
activities. We’ll see what the New Year brings
.
In the meantime let’s continue to advocate for Ham Radio to our
friends, fellow students and co-workers, and make 2015 another hallmark
year.

Check out upcoming Division and Section events and Classes:
www.n7cfo.com

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ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James D Pace, K7CEX
k7cex@arrl.org
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