Letter 10/2015

WINDING DOWN: Now that the Hamfest and convention season is winding
down, this would be a great time to inspect antennas and feed lines, in
preparation for the winter season. Winter isn’t a good time to climb
towers or search for that connector that has lost its weather
protection. A little effort now will prevent a lot of work later.

GREAT ORGANIZING TIPS: Have you ever had one of those drawers that
have all sorts of cables, but you’re not sure what they all are for?
Or how about all the Wall Warts you have collected over the years? Well
Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, has an idea. Go to:
http://www.n7cfo.com/amradio/projects/cblmark.htm and see if this will
help your shack; it certainly is helping me organize mine.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Chief Executive Officer
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a non-profit membership
organization with the objectives of promoting and advancing the art,
science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio, seeks a full-time Chief
Executive Officer in Newington, CT, to direct its day-to-day
activities. The League has 167,000 members, an annual budget of $15
million, 100 paid employees, a nationwide network of volunteers and an
elected board of 15 directors. The League publishes a monthly magazine
and many books on radio topics and oversees training and assistance
programs for Amateur Radio activity. It also serves as Amateur
Radio’s primary interface to society, especially government.

The CEO will report to the President and the Board of Directors and
work collaboratively with them in leading the ARRL in accordance with
its Articles of Association, Bylaws, and Board Policies. Specifically,
s/he will ensure the day-to-day management of the League and the
League’s fiscal operation. In addition, s/he will oversee and make
certain that the fundraising, marketing, human resources, technology,
advocacy, and governance strategies of the League are effectively
implemented across all segments of the organization.
Interested candidates will find additional information concerning the
position and the application process here:
http://www.arrl.org/employment-opportunities#top
For more information contact: Monique Levesque (MLevesque@arrl.org)

ATTENTION WSJT-X USERS: K1JT Advises WSJT-X Users Not to Use
“Unauthorized” Builds of His Software:
Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, the developer of the popular WSJT
“weak-signal communication” software suite is advising users to
avoid what he called “unauthorized” versions of his software. He
said problems could result by using these builds on the air, and any
results that might be shared with the broader user community would be
unhelpful.
“Third-party individuals — ie, others not part of the WSJT
development team — have been compiling WSJT-X from the open-source
code and making unauthorized ‘releases’ of their builds,” Taylor
said September 8 in a discussion of WSJT-X “fast modes” on his
website. “I do not recommend use of these builds on the air. If you
operate with one of these unauthorized ‘rXXXX’ code revisions in
our experimental code branch, you have no idea what you've got.”
Taylor said that such programs “quite possibly” have been built
from an intermediate, temporary “save” of various files that were
not intended to produce a usable program. Subsequent observations
regarding what does or does not work, he said, then become “worse
than useless. [T]hey waste your time and ours.”
WSJT-X implements JT9, which Taylor has described as “a new mode
optimized for weak-signal communication on the LF, MF, and HF bands.”
Taylor said JT9 is about 2 dB more sensitive than JT65 while using less
than 10 percent of the bandwidth. WSJT-X is an “experimental” or
“extended” package. Plans call for the eventual inclusion of other
popular modes now supported in WSJT.
A new alpha release of experimental WSJT-X v1.6.1, r5865, includes
major improvements to the JTMSK decoder. For more information go to:
http://www.arrl.org/news/k1jt-advises-wsjt-x-users-not-to-use-unauthoriz...

WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION: The 2015 Washington State ARRL
Hamfest/Convention, will be held on September 26, 2015 at University
High School, 12420 E 32nd Ave, Spokane Valley WA 99216. Saturday,
September 26. Vendor setup: 7:30AM-9:00AM; Open to public: 9AM –
4PM; License Exam: 12PM

ARRL GOES GREEN IN 2016: Hmm, I wonder what that means??? Watch your
email, ARRL Website and weekly eLetter on October 15, to see how and
what going green is all about. In the meantime check out ARRL’s
Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/ARRL.org?fref=ts

WASHINGTON STATE QSO PARTY (SALMON RUN): 2015 Salmon Run Information:
Dates and Times: Saturday, September 19th: 9:00 a.m. to midnight PDT
(1600Z to 0700Z) Sunday, September 20th: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT
(1600Z to 2400Z). For more information on rules, county abbreviations
etc. go to:
http://www.wwdxc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-Salmon-Run-Rules.pdf

For more information on upcoming events, go to: www.n7cfo.com

AFFILIATED CLUB AND SPECIAL SERVICE CLUB UPDATES: It is important to
keep Affiliated Club listings current so potential members have
accurate contact information. To remain in active status Affiliated
Clubs must update their listings annually, and special Service Clubs
must update every two years.

To check the status of your club, go to the “Big Club List” at
http://www.arrl.org/big-club-list and search for your club. The second
line in your club listing shows the last annual update, and the seventh
line shows your Special Service Club status.

Information on updating Affiliated Club listings is at
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Clubs/Club%20Update%20Online_20150806.pdf
Special Service Club listings can be updated at
http://www.arrl.org/ssc-application

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

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