CONGRATULATIONS RTC: On Sunday, October 16, 2016, Vice Director Altus
and I attended the 100th Anniversary of the Radio Club of Tacoma (RCT
was founded October 16, 1916), where it was an honor to present a
special plaque, from the ARRL, honoring the milestone.
The event was very well attended, with people from all over, including
California, Oregon, Massachusetts and Canada.
The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the original ARRL
Charter, signed by Hiram Percy Maxim, 96 years ago. The document had
been discovered in a box of papers, having been archived years ago, and
now resides proudly at the W7DK Clubhouse, in a UV protected frame, for
all to see.
One extra surprise for me, was the attendance of Dennis Reanier W7UBA,
one of the two Elmers I had in 1957, when I started in Ham Radio. (The
other was Ron Wagner, W7PSB who became SK in the 80’s)
Congratulations to the Radio Club of Tacoma; what a wonderful legacy
they have for the future of Ham Radio in the Northwestern Division.
73, and good Hamming, Jim Pace K7CEX, Northwestern Division Director
Repeater Coordination Pioneer John Crockett, W3KH, SK
John Crockett, W3KH, of Columbia, South Carolina, died on October 12.
An ARRL Life Member, he was 69. Licensed in 1963, Crockett was the
developer of and project manager for the Southeastern Repeater
Association (SERA) Universal Coordination System, as well as project
manager for the entire SCHEART system, analog VHF and UHF linked
repeaters, and, most recently, the Digital Mobile Radio linked repeater
system. He was a member of the SERA Board of Directors and served as
SERA Vice President.
“John was perhaps one of, if not the most beloved hams in South
Carolina, but known far and wide,” said ARRL Roanoke Division
Director Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, who previously served as South Carolina
Section Manager. “He is probably responsible for more Amateur Radio
licensures in South Carolina than any other individual.”
Crockett worked with the South Carolina State Guard, sponsoring
licensing classes and was a mentor and technical advisor. He was
President of the Columbia Amateur Radio Club.
In 2011, Boehner and past Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson,
W4PWF (SK), presented Crockett with the Roanoke Division ARRL Vic Clark
W4KFC Service Award for his contributions to Amateur Radio.
“He was probably the best diplomat I’ve ever known,” Boehner
said. “He worked with multiple repeater owners, clubs and groups, and
helped them work together — a skill that has thoroughly impressed
Crockett was an electrical engineer and, in his professional life, was
Vice President of Engineering for the South Carolina Educational
Television. He was an ardent advocate of emergency communication and
served as net manager for the South Carolina Statewide ARES VHF/UHF
Net, which met on the SC HEART Linked Repeater System.
“Amateur Radio and emergency communications had no greater advocate
in South Carolina than John Crockett,” said Jenny Myers, WA4NGV, the
president of the Charleston Amateur Radio Society, of which Crockett
was an honorary member. “He will be greatly missed.”
Crockett served in the US Air Force and was a Vietnam War veteran. In
the past, he held the call signs KC4YI, WA3EAJ, WA4EVC, WA4VUS, and
Boehner said Crockett was a strong supporter of the ARRL and very
modest of his accomplishments. “When I think of an individual who has
truly made a difference in Amateur Radio, his name comes right to the
top,” Boehner said.
IARU Honors Past ARRL President Rod Stafford, W6ROD, with Michael Owen,
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has honored past ARRL
President and outgoing IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD (ex-KB6ZV),
with the Michael J. Owen, VK3KI, Memorial Award. Presenting the award
was IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA. The award’s namesake
served as IARU Region 3 chair and as President of the Wireless
Institute of Australia (WIA). Although Stafford is stepping down as
IARU Secretary, he will continue to represent the IARU to the ITU
The presentation took place at a dinner on the opening day of the IARU
Region 2 General Assembly in Viña del Mar, Chile. The Owen Award is
bestowed upon an individual with “an outstanding trajectory of
service to Amateur Radio,” IARU Region 2 said, in announcing Stafford
as the award’s recipient.
Stafford’s service to organized Amateur Radio began as ARRL Santa
Clara Valley Section Manager from 1983 until 1986, when he took office
as ARRL Pacific Division Director. He served in that post until 1990,
when he became an ARRL Vice President. In 1992, the ARRL Board elected
him to be First Vice President, and in 1995, he succeeded George
Wilson, W4OYI (SK), as the 12th ARRL President, after Wilson suffered a
stroke. He served as ARRL President until 2000. Stafford served in
several IARU Region 2 capacities and has been IARU Secretary since
The ARRL Board has appointed former ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, to
succeed Stafford as IARU Secretary, a post he has held previously.
Owen, who died in 2012, may be best remembered for his WRC-03 work on
Article 25 — a package of revisions to the international Radio
Regulations specific to the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services.
Are You Prepared?
The after action reports are out, in regards to Cascadia Rising 2016.
Although a recent article in the Seattle Times reports that the
exercise was less than successful, it indicated that Ham Radio
Operators helped to ‘fill the gap’ in the communications
From my perspective, the exercise did what it was supposed to do; it
revealed many shortcomings in our planning process. However, now we
know where they are and have begun to shore up, where it is needed. I
complement all of the Ham Radio teams that participated in CR16, and
encourage you all to continue working to improve your skills and
I attended the GeekGirlCon in Seattle to support Susan Matthews KF7RTF
and the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club. Susan was ably assisted in
the planning by Amrita George KF7YCC. A variety of flyers were
available on their table but the most popular one was a flyer that Lynn
Burlingame N7CFO put together for them. It contained information about
where to take licensing classes, where to take licensing exams and
other important information for getting started.
The Western Washington regional director for the Girl Scouts was at a
nearby table, so Susan made introductions with him for me and for the
Hillier family when the girls arrived with their father to help staff
the table. The youngest Hillier sister was licensed at 9 and the
16-year-old sister has her Extra Class license. The Regional Director
for the Girl Scouts was especially interested in the idea of families
being licensed together, which is very common when children obtain
their license. He was also interested in the idea of the license being
practical as a part of family disaster preparedness. Susan was
interested in encouraging the Girl Scouts to offer their Radio and
Wireless Technology badge in the area.
There were quite a number of convention attendees who stopped by the
table and were seriously interested in licensing. One woman, who
brought her young daughter to the table and picked up some information
on licensing, said her daughter had been asking for a walkie-talkie but
ham radio sounded a lot better.
This was a very successful event and I suspect the groups on Lynn’s
flyer will soon be contacted about licensing classes and exams.
73, Bonnie Altus AB7ZQ, Northwestern Division Vice Director
ARRL Affiliated Clubs
Is your club an American Radio Relay League Affiliated Club? If not,
they are missing out on a lot of benefits! These include mailing lists
of new hams, a sales commission for new ARRL memberships and renewals,
ARRL Club Liability Insurance, Club Ham Radio Equipment Insurance, and
referral of prospective club members. Each club is listed in the
national directory with meeting, webpage and contact information. Once
club affiliation is granted an annual report is required to ensure that
this information is up to date.
Of special interest is the club library book set which includes popular
ARRL publications, intended for clubs that wish to make a gift to a
local library or school at the special price of $200 per set.
More information about Affiliated Clubs and an on-line application is
available at http://www.arrl.org/affiliated-club-benefits
ARRL Affiliated Clubs are also eligible for Special Service Status.
Special Service Clubs are clubs that go above and beyond in service to
their communities and Amateur Radio. They are the leaders in their
Amateur Radio communities who provide active training classes,
publicity programs and actively pursue technical projects and operating
activities. Information is available at
Each ARRL Section has an Affiliated Club Coordinator to assist you in
applying for Affiliated Club Status and to serve as club liaison with
the ARRL staff. Please see your section webpage for contact
73, Lynn Burlingame N7CFO, WWA Affiliated Clubs Coordinator
Around the Division:
Here’s an update on activities at ARRL and this fall in the Oregon of
As your new Oregon Section SM, I have just returned from ARRL HQ in
Newington with plenty of news. The Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation
is top priority at the League and it looks promising that the bill will
pass into law but nobody knows when that might happen. That’s good
news for us condo-dwellers but that’s not all that going on. ARRL now
has a new “Introductory Electronics Teaching Program” designed for
middle school kids, new programs to promote college ham radio clubs and
is urging all of us to get more active using social media to reach 20-40
year olds. ARRL is also working with FEMA and others to chart a future
for changes in the ARES program that will require more training, more
certification and an emphasis on recruiting more members.
Here in Oregon, we’ve just completed the annual mid-October
Swaptoberfest gathering held amidst a dangerous fall wind and rain
storm that kept some folks close to home supporting their Emergency
Managers including Oregon Emergency Management which was activated
while their trailer was at Rickreall. The Pacific Northwest VHF/UHF
Society Conference in Bend October 7lh was held under more pleasant
Oregon ARES/RACES has launched two new on-line training programs for
Amateur Radio Operators (ARO) which have been very well received. Some
57 members are taking the Oregon ARES Digital Network 8-week class and
118 have registered for the new 7-module on-line ARO course. ARES
members from 17 counties are involved in these programs. In addition,
we have a November 5th statewide Simulated Emergency Test scheduled
that will test our unit activation notification system. New SEC and EC
appointments include Van Sias K7VS as our HF Nets lead and Brian
Woodsley, EC for the State Amateur Radio Unit at OEM.
Thanks to all of the folks that organize conferences, drills, serve in
Public Service and support Amateur Radio!
73, John Core KX7YT, Oregon Section Manager
Jamboree on the Air October 14-16, 2016
A joint operation was held between MatSu ARES (KL7JFU) and Elmendorf
Amateur Radio Society (KL7AIR)/ The MatSu section setup on the 14th and
operated both the 15th and 16th. All together there were 13 hams
involved and close to 60 Cub and Boy Scouts. The bands were
occasionally open so we only had 8 HF contacts including one from
Japan. The winds were blowing at 25mph with gust reaching 50mph. Made
for a cool operational period. I appreciated the hams who did come and
help and encourage other hams to get involved in their local scout
programs. These can be future hams.
73, Ray Hollenbeck KL1IL, Alaska Section Manager
Eastern Washington Section
Eastern Washington is working on a venue and date for a Fall/Early
Winter ARES summit meeting. That's about all we have going on over
here; it’s pretty quiet.
73, Mark Tharp KB7HDX, Eastern Washington Section Manager
The Idaho Section held our annual Simulated Emergency Test on Saturday,
10/15. Bill Ward (K9GRZ), our AEC for training and exercises developed
a list of “scavenger hunt” items that required participants to
provide information on the status of local resources or situations.
Winning ARES groups will be awarded “points” for their successes,
after all documentation of the event has been checked. (In Idaho,
“points” don’t count for much, since we’re all in pay grade
zero). Rotten HF band conditions sure didn’t help, and some ARES
groups made use of (gasp) e-mail for reporting.
We have just begun attempting to understand how we (Idaho ARES) might
fit in to 42 CFR 482.15, the mandate for medical organizations (who
receive federal funding) to develop emergency plans (including
emergency communication plans) for care of their patients should an
emergency situation occur. Much work to be done!
Many instances of Antenna Farming in Idaho have been reported, although
it’s a known fact that the very best Antenna Farming is done after the
temperature is below freezing, preferably with sleet.
73, Ed Stuckey AI7H, Idaho Section Manager
“All quiet on the Western front” Not a lot going on in Montana. I
have started my annual visits to each affiliated club, still a few to
Our SET exercise was shared with the MARS people. Emergency nets all
across Montana were activated on 10/19/2016 at 10:19AM when the
simulated earthquake hit. The Cascade County DES radio room counted 135
check ins from 18 Montana Counties (and 9 from the EOC in Boise, Idaho).
60 meters, 75 meters, as well as VHF and UHF frequencies were
73, George Forsyth AA7GS, Montana Section Manager
Western Washington Section
Summer 2016 was a busy time for our section and I thank everyone who
contributed to our successes. In June volunteers of ARES/RACES/ACS
worked hundreds of hours in support of the national level earthquake
exercise Cascadia Rising 2016. The contributions made by members of the
Amateur Radio Service were greatly appreciated and commented on at the
after action review in August. I would like to recognize three hams who
helped me during the two year ramp up for the exercise. Kudos to Mike
Chaplin, NC7Q, Scott Honaker, N7SS and Robert Wiese, W7UWC of the
Eastern Washington Section. In August many hams in our section
contributed to the success of the Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM) area of WASHJAM 2016. This was a very successful
time for the scouts thanks to the Lake Washington Lake Washington Ham
Club who have been engaged in attracting young people to our hobby via
the STEM program. Connor Mitchell, KI7GUD, of Olympia, was awarded a
Yaesu handheld radio for being the youngest ham to earn his ticket
during WASHJAM. As the Section Manager I would like to say that our
affiliated clubs and the VE program continue to be very important for
attracting youth to our hobby. During SEAPAC in June ARRL President
Rick Roderick, K5UR, challenged the sections within the NW Division to
grow its membership. Our section was challenged to add 500 members of
the ARRL. I believe our great section can meet this challenge by
special emphasis in our clubs and providing membership applications
during VE sessions. With that said it is word of mouth advertising has
been proven as the most effective way of getting the story out about a
club, a business, or product. I’d like to thank all of the members of
our section for your dedication and commitment to the ARRL and our
73, Monte Simpson AF7PQ, Western Washington Section Manager
ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James D Pace, K7CEX