Letter 11/2015

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.FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A
* FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST WASHINGTON AND WEST CENTRAL
WASHINGTON...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...IN NORTHWEST
WASHINGTON...CLALLAM...GRAYS HARBOR...JEFFERSON...KITSAP...
MASON...SKAGIT AND WHATCOM. IN WEST CENTRAL WASHINGTON...KING...
LEWIS...PIERCE...SNOHOMISH AND THURSTON.

* FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON

* A WET PATTERN WILL DEVELOP FRIDAY AND CONTINUE INTO SATURDAY. RAIN
WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES...ESPECIALLY OVER THE MOUNTAINS. 4 TO 8 INCHES
OF RAIN IS LIKELY OVER THE MOUNTAINS FOR THE 48 HOUR PERIOD COVERING
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. THIS WILL
CAUSE SHARP RISES ON AREA RIVERS. MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE POSSIBLE
ON SOME AREA RIVERS BY SATURDAY MORNING AND FLOODING CONCERNS FOR AREA
RIVERS WILL CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY. OF PARTICULAR CONCERN IS THE MOUNT
RAINIER AREA AND RIVERS FLOWING OUT OF THE PARK. SOME MODELS SHOW
RAINFALL AMOUNTS WELL OVER A FOOT FOR THE 48 HOUR PERIOD ENDING
SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THESE AMOUNTS COULD CAUSE MORE SERIOUS FLOODING FOR
RIVERS FLOWING OFF MOUNT RAINIER.

NPOTA: By now most of you have heard about the upcoming celebration of
the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and the ARRL’s
National Parks On The Air event for 2016.

The idea for the establishment of the national parks has been credited
to the artist George Catlin. In 1832 he traveled the northern Great
Plains of the United States, where he became concerned about the
destruction of the Indian civilization, wildlife, and wilderness as
eastern settlements spread westward. He wrote, “by some great
protecting policy of government... in a magnificent park... a
nation’s park, containing man and beast, in all the wild[ness] and
freshness of their nature’s beauty!” Unfortunately, Catlin’s
vision had no immediate effect.

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating
the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of
the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and
monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be
established

On June 10, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive
Order 6166 which consolidated all National Parks and National
Monuments, National Military Parks, the eleven National Cemeteries,
National Memorials, and the National Capital Parks into a single
National Park System. The National Park Service was directed to oversee
all of these areas.

What a great opportunity we Hams have, to not only help celebrate this
anniversary, but for some of us – we will get to visit and explore
some of these sites that represent a part of the history of the United
States.

ARRL has more information up on the ARRL website, with some FAQs. Go
to: http://www.arrl.org/NPOTA

HAM RADIO PR WORLDWIDE: We have all seen videos showing Ham Radio at
its finest in disaster relief situations, and some PR videos touting
how much fun we have with our hobby. Here’s another one, from across
the pond: https://youtu.be/8x6x_6mDVlQ[youtu.be] Enjoy and notice all
the young folks.

ARRL MEDIUM-WAVE EXPERIMENTERS SPONSORING SPECIAL EVENT IN NOVEMBER:
The 107th anniversary of the Berlin Treaty, which created the
international distress frequency at 500 kHz, will be the occasion for a
special event operation in that vicinity of the spectrum. The event,
announced by ARRL Medium-Wave Experiment (WD2XSH) Coordinator Fritz
Raab, W1FR, set for the November 13-14 weekend, will involve
experimental operators in the US, Canadian Amateur Radio stations, and
US heritage maritime stations.

“For US experimental ops, this will be a CW event,” Raab said.
“Some stations will run beacons with special messages, and some will
offer special QSLs. Other stations will simulate maritime
communication. They will call CQ on a designated calling frequency and
then QSY to complete the QSO. Silent periods will be observed. Some
stations will pass message traffic.” (Excerpt from ARRL Website)
For more information go to:
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-medium-wave-experimenters-sponsoring-speci...

CASCADIA RISING: Monte Simpson, the Washington State RACES Officer,
brings our attention to a major exercise that will happen in 2016.

Cascadia Rising 2016 is a national level exercise that presents
opportunity for nearly the entire NW Division. At this point committed
to play are the states of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Our friends in
British Columbia will be holding Exercise Coastal Response concurrently
with Cascadia Rising 2016. The hams in SW BC have long been a committed
partner with the WWA Section in preparing communications for
emergencies and disasters that affect both BC and WA.

WWA held its SET on October 3, 2015, with very good results in using
data communications as our primary method of passing traffic. In round
numbers there was nearly 200 messages passed via VHF and roughly 300
messages passed by HF. The SET was successful and I want to thank
everyone who took the time and effort to be engaged. For the next eight
months of preparation I want to emphasize regional and statewide team
work not only in WWA, but in EWA and with our neighbors in BC, ID and
OR. This is the first national level exercise that a large role in
communications has been shared with the Amateur Radio Service so I’d
like to see us provide the best possible support to our partners in the
emergency management arena.

Recently I became aware of a Washington National Guard planning
document that maps how a major disaster will impact not only the state
and counties, but the individual communities. They have identified
islands within the counties and how the islands will be isolated during
an earthquake such as being simulated in Cascadia Rising 2016. I believe
that the maps should be looked at closely by our ARES/RACES leaders to
determine if changes are needed to be made in how we best serve the
people of the State of Washington. By looking at the islands it is
apparent that we may not be as prepared as we think for an event like a
9.0 earthquake. I will be sharing the maps with the ARES/RACES leaders
as soon as they are provided to me. I sincerely feel our ARES/RACES
teams need bolstering before we are faced with a catastrophic event
like a 9.0 earthquake.
I would like to thank the many hams and communications professionals
who are actively engaged with the ESF2 sub working group that is
diligently working to prepare all facets of communications for the
exercise in June of 2016.

HANDHELDS IN CONTESTS? Yes indeed! All of you who are new Hams and
only own a handheld VHF/UHF FM radio, can now participate in contests
– so get on the air and have some fun.

Certainly, absent any strange propagation, your contacts will most
likely be in your local area, or possibly extended a bit because of a
mountain top, but you will have fun and maybe get excited enough to
upgrade to General or Extra, where many other contests take place.

What is a contest? A designated period of time and frequencies where
Hams see how many other Hams they can contact. You sharpen your
operating and listening skills, which will help during emergencies,
meet new people and have a lot of fun.

I’ll see you on VHF/UHF.

APPLICATIONS FOR ARRL CEO POSITION ARE DUE BY NOVEMBER 15:
The League is accepting applications for the position of ARRL Chief
Executive Officer. The deadline to submit an application is November
15. The complete position description is available on the ARRL website.
The position is at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut.

The CEO ensures the day-to-day management of the League and its fiscal
operation. An undergraduate degree and 10 years of management and
supervisory experience are required. A candidate who is an active radio
amateur is preferred.

To apply submit an application, cover letter, and resume via e-mail to
Monique Levesque at ARRL Headquarters.

BAND CONDITIONS: As you all have experienced, band conditions can be a
challenge at times. One day they are up and the next several days dead
as can be. Conditions give us an opportunity to experiment with
antennas, frequencies and additional equipment. As my former Professor
Ron Wagner (W7PSB sk) said: “if you can hear’m you can work’m, you
just have to be patient".

I’ll see you on the air!

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

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