From the Editor – Gordon K2GLW
Although I have had to watch it from afar, it looks like the club has had an amazing October.
Hamfest went well, we came to the rescue of JOTA and we helped put the county’s Great ShakeOut drill on the air. The club has a new Librarian, and our November elections for club officers are just ahead.
I wish I could bottle up some of that drive
and energy and bring it to New York. I
returned to New York to find the city does
not have a functioning ARES. The city’s
Emergency Management unit (NYCEM)
won’t assign a role to volunteers in any
capacity. The Red Cross has been so
swamped by seemingly endless
deployments to disaster scenes it has no
time to think about EmComm..
At any rate there has not been a New York City on-air EmComm net in months.
I will be working the NYC Marathon on November 4, working DMR. And I will be back in time for the January meeting. Until I
have a chance to do so in person, I will use
this opportunity to congratulate Melissa
(now AG7QL) on earning her Extra Class.
Finally, I do need your help to keep doing Solid Copy from afar. When you have news, send it along to my email at: email@example.com.
73 to all
Gordon – K2GLW, Editor, Solid Copy
CLUB CALENDAR of EVENTS
KCARC CLUB BREAKFAST SOCIAL
Saturday, November 3rd @ 9-11 AM. Location: Silverdale Best Western Hotel 3073 Bucklin Hill Road, Silverdale. ($10 cash or check only)
KCARC BoD Meeting
Saturday, November 17th @ 8:30AM
(All KCARC members are welcome)
KCARC GENERAL MEETING
10:00AM – 12:00 Noon, Saturday November 17th. Location: Bremerton Public Works Building, 100 Oyster Bay Ave. in Bremerton.
CHRISTMAS PARTY – FRI DEC 14
Our annual Christmas Party will be FRIDAY NIGHT, DEC 14 at Ambrosia Catering in Bremerton. Attendees last year raved about how great the food was, and what a nice, quiet a venue Ambrosia Catering provides. Save the date – join again this year. Watch for RSVP emails from Steve AF7MS
HEADS UP: Scheduled date for the club
December meeting is the morning of
Saturday, December 15th—just hours
after the Christmas party. Status of the
meeting is TBA, says President Steve
Burton (AF7MS). Steve says, “I may
possibly ask folks to meet for the
purpose of planning 2019.”
Stay tuned for more details about the
WEEKLY NETS WEDNESDAY EVENING
UHF- 7:00 PM on 444.075 MHz (+5.00
MHz offset, PL Tone 103.5)
VHF – 7:30 PM on 145.43 MHz, (-600
offset, 88.5 PL Tone)
HF – 6:30 PM on 3983 +/- 5KHz
HF – 8:00 PM on 28.330 MHz
HF – 8:30 PM on 3983 +/- 5KHz
KARS / ARES / RACES / ACS NETS
Sunday nights at 7:30 PM on the
145.43 repeater (-600 offset, 88.5 PL
tone). Check in to be well-informed on
EMCOMM in Kitsap County.
NEW AND UPGRADED LICENSEES
Melissa Burns (now AG7QL instead of
KI7SCE) Amateur Extra
WE HAD A GREAT HAMFEST THIS
YEAR SAYS STEVE AF7MS
Hamfest Co-Chair Ron Sefton (N7EM)
says we were within two tables of a
complete sell-out with 44 of the 46 available
tables in use. Based on ticket sales we
drew around 150 people.
Brian Roads KC7FYX
Club President Steve Burton (AF7MS)
reports that, “I circulated around and tried to
talk to as many vendors as I could,
spending particular time with the multi-table
Mark W7BBO, Key Peninsula, back in 2019
“Out-of-area vendors that I spoke with were
very happy with sales and plan to return
next year. Two hams from Key Peninsula
raved about the event and promised to
come back next year.”
Don W7DDR, Key Peninsula, back in 2019
Aim of the event is to make money for the
club and we did make money—income of
$1,930.27 and a net profit of $710.32.
Entrance fees brought in $747 and table
rentals brought in $474.52. The rest came
from food and coffee donations, sales from
the club table and our percentage from the
sale of estate items..
The West Sound Improvement Club
Our venue for the event, show above, has
worked out so well that we will be coming
back there next year for Hamfest 2019.
Date will be the second Saturday in
October—October 12, 2019.
Summing up the event, Steve had this to
say, “Thanks, Hamfest Committee Chairs,
Jim Nicolet (N7SYD) and Ron Sefton
(N7EM). Congratulations on your great
organization, and great execution.”
HERE IS THE FINAL WORD FROM
SALMON RUN—BUT HOW DID WE
Attached to the end of this Solid Copy is
our Certificate Of Participation in the
2018 Salmon Run from the event
sponsors, the Western Washington DX
Club. Our participation was led by Phil
Housel (KC7SVI) and was based for the
first time at the Public Utility Building on
Oyster Bay Road—same place we have our
So our taking part in the event is confirmed.
What is less clear is exactly how we did in
If you simply look at how well we did
overall, we finished 22nd among 27 clubs.
But John Zantek (W7CD) says, ‘Not quite
correct.” There were only five clubs in our
category—multi-operator, two transmitters.
And in that category we were fifth of five
clubs. But John further explains that if our
category had been split into categories
based on operating power, we would have
finished first in this sub-category. (That
brought an appreciative “John, I love the
way you see the data,” from, Phil). In our
category we were only outscored by
stations running high-power linears.
One thing that is not in dispute is that Doug
Smith (W7ZZ) finished first in the WASOAB
HIGH PH category. Translated, Doug ran Single Operator All Bands, High
Power (over 100 watts) on phone. That did not boost our score, however, since Doug entered as a member of the Western Washington DX Club, not KCARC.
HOW WE HELPED MAKE A BOY SCOUT SUCCESS of JOTA
The October issue of Solid Copy told how Phil Housel (KC7SVI) became K2BSA/7 to help local Boy Scouts take part in this year’s Jamboree on the Air. Through the October 19-21 weekend, with help from Randy KG5OFG, Phil activated K2BSA/7 from VFW post 4992 in Bremerton. That let Troop 1539 get on the air as part of JOTA.
Other club members who came by on Saturday to help were Dave N7DUE, Tim AF7RV, and Brian KC7FYX.
The Scouts did get on the air through a timely assist from our club. On the evening of the 19th, President Steve (AF7MS) put out an urgent call for voices on 40 meter phone—we had Scouts at our rigs looking for QSO’s and no one at the other end.
Hams from KCARC came to the rescue. Club members got on 40 to give the Scouts voices to talk to. John (W7CD) got on the WWDX Club reflector and several of that club’s members joined in. That made all the difference to the Scouts, say Randy and Phil. That brought a “bravo…well done” from Steve.
Here are excerpts from the on-scene report from Randy KG5OFG:
We brought our KCARC Equipment Trailer and parked it outside the VFW hall on Friday afternoon and began unpacking.
We only set up the radios and dual band vertical early before scouts got there after school around 5:30. When they got to the VFW Hall later they assisted and learned how to set up the Crank IR along with guy ropes. We attempted contacts on HF until 10:00PM with very little success but Phil worked with the scouts on his DMR rig fairly successfully. We had a few FT8 contacts on Friday night.
On Saturday we started up the HF radios again around 1:00 PM and again with little success. We then had 10 scouts assist us in setting up the second HF club dipole using the tall trees around the VFW Hall. They learned about a “potato launcher” and stringing wires between trees. By 5:00 PM we were having some limited success contacting a few HF stations on 20 and 40 meters. Steve AF7MS contacted all of our club members by email with a request to come meet the Scouts on the air. After that the Scouts were scrambling to talk and keep up.
By 8:30 PM Saturday most of the HF bands had abandoned us and we could not receive calls from even our local friends in the Washington DX club who were so helpful, with all the success going to John Zantac for helping to contact those Hams. The moral of the story is we were successful in getting young Boy Scouts on Ham Radio (we had a three-year-old little brother also on the radio) and they learned about issues, problems solved and unsolved, and many elements of Amateur Radio.
Many, many Kudos to Phil Housel for his unbelievable efforts to provide this experience to the Scout troop! I was only his “gofer”. And a note about Scouting. The award goes to the Scout Master and his assistants who stuck with these kids from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning doing all the grocery shopping, cooking, supervision, planning and basically doing everything possible.
I would be happy to draft a letter to the Boy Scouts commending them for this troop of scouts and their Scout Masters.
Randy Sweeten- K5OFG
OUR HELPING HAND AT JOTA COULD BE THE START OF SOMETHING BIG
Helping out at JOTA could become a
regular club activity. Among other things,
this year’s effort brought us an accolade
from far away—a mention in the Amateur
Radio Newsline National Podcast for
October 5. Here’s what they said about us:
“Philip Housel, KC7SVI, will be activating
K2BSA/7 from VFW Post 4992 in
Bremerton WA. Troop1539 will be operating
both JOTA and JOTI. Special thanks to the
Kitsap County Amateur Radio Club for use
of radio equipment and club members who
will be helping make this event a success.”
So helping the Boy Scouts also helps us,
and what could be better than that.
HOW OUR EMCOMMERS WENT ON THE
AIR AT THE GREAT SHAKEOUT DRILL
October 18th was the annual Great
ShakeOut as more than 1 million folks in
Washington and around 50 million people
worldwide practiced their earthquake
survival skills. Club members played their
part by running an emergency
communications net from the emergency
operations center (EOC) of the Kitsap
County Department of Emergency
Jim Nicolet (N7SYD) was net control,
backed by operators Doug Blangsted
(K7CDF), Brian Roades (KC7FYX) and
observer Mike Arnold. Randy Sweeten
(KG5OFG) provided radio support at the
Kitsap County Administrative Campus,
Mike Montfort (KB0SVI) was at the Central
Kitsap School District Administration
Building while Dan Hebert (KX7DX)
checked in as Medical Group Supervisor.
Dan established a medical net and took
check-ins from several medical facilities. He
also set up a link with Jefferson County to
confirm it could be done.
In keeping with the spirit of the ShakeOut,
the building was briefly evacuated at 10:18,
the precise time of the drill. All radios went
silent until it was safe to return to the EOC.
WE’RE SEEKING NEW NET CONTROLS
Our two main, long-term net control
operators – Ed Saftich(AK7H) and Russ
Swank (KI7PG) – are stepping down and
the call is out for members who would like
to take charge of our various Wednesday
night nets. President Steve AF7MS says
“the club is very grateful to them for keeping
the nets running very professionally for
years. New hams learn to operate by
example & experience. Week after week,
Russ and Ed provided wonderful
examples of exactly how it should be
At the October 20th monthly meeting,
President Steve (AF7MS) appointed a Nets
Committee to update and/or revise our net
control guidelines. On the committee are
Chris Hoffman (KG6O). Phil Housel
(KC7SVI) and Doug Blangsted (K7CDF)
with Jim Nicolet (N7SYD) serving as
We have an interim list of net control
operators for the rest of this year. For the
first week Steve AF7MS took VHF & UHF,
while Melissa AG7QL took 75m. On the
next page is the interim list of net controls
for the rest of 2018. As you see, there are
some open spots on the list still waiting for
sign-ups to fill them: Because of poor band
propagation, Melissa can’t continue running
75 until she gets a better antenna and a
linear. Perhaps maybe Santa brings . . . .
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NETS ROSTER – WE NEED SOME HELP
WE’LL BE ELECTING CLUB OFFICERS
AT THE NOVEMBER MEETING
Big event at the November club meeting (on
November 17th (at the Bremerton Public
Works building) will be the annual election
of club officers.
We will be electing our President, Vice-
President, Sergeant-at-Arms and Directors.
Ron “CW” Morse (N7CWM) has
volunteered to stay on as Treasurer and
Tim Johnsrude AF7RV will stay on as
Here are the volunteer nominees to date
who we will be voting on:
President: Steve Burton AF7MS
(Doug K7CUU had to withdraw)
Secretary: Tim Johnsrude AF7RV
Treasurer: Ron Morse N7CWM
Sergeant-at-Arms: Phil Housel KC7SVI
Directors (three at-large to be selected)
Craig Hatfield WA7CH
Jim Cook KI7WZB
Dan Hebert KX7DX
Jim Nicolet N7SYD
Last minute note: Because of health
considerations, Doug Hudson K7CUU has
withdrawn his name from consideration as a
volunteer to be our next Vice President.
The principal duties of the VP are to
seek out and schedule our monthly
programs, and preside in the absence of
There will be a call for more nominations at
the November club meeting – followed by
the vote. You must be present to vote – the
Club By-Laws make no provision for email
or absentee voting in our annual election.
The new leadership team will take office on
January 1, 2019 to serve for one year.
A REMINDER: TIME TO MAIL BALLOTS
FOR THE ARRL DIVISIONAL ELECTIONS
Just a head’s up that we are electing both a
Director and a Vice-Director of the ARRL
Northwestern Division. That, of course is
our division—also including Oregon, Idaho,
Montana and Alaska.
There are three-way races for each post.
Incumbent Director Jim Pace (K7CEX) is
not running for re-election. Incumbent Vice
Director Bonnie Altus (AB7ZQ) of
Sheridan OR is one of the three candidates
to succeed Pace. The other two are
Horace Hamby (N7DRW) of Bellevue WA
and Mike Ritz (W7VO) of Scappoose OR.
The three candidates seeking to
succeed Altus as Vice-Director are
Delvin Bunton (NS7U) of Vancouver
WA, Daniel Stevens (KL7WM) of Kent
WA and Mark Tharp (KB7HDX) of
You should have received a ballot if you
are an ARRL member in good standing. All
ballots were due in member hands back on
October 10. Just in case you overlooked it
in the mail, it came in an envelope from the
ARRL, with the words “Official Ballot
Enclosed,” as in the picture below.
440 Net 2M Net
10/24 AG7QL AF7MS AF7MS KG6O
10/31 WA7CH WA7CH
11/7 AF7RV AF7RV
11/14 AF7RV AF7RV KX7DX KX7DX
11/21 KI7MBY KI7MBY AF7RV
11/28 KI7MBY KI7MBY AF7RV
12/5 KG6O KG6O KG6O
12/12 K7CDF K7CDF KX7DX KX7DX
12/19 KI7WZB KI7WZB
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ARRL Official Ballot Envelope
To be counted, your ballot must be back to
the ARRL by noon on November 16. All
ballots will be counted on November 17th.
Winners announced as soon as the
counting is done.
PHIL (KC7SVI) TAKES THE PLUNGE
INTO DMR (DIGITAL MOBILE RADIO)
DMR radio has been gaining fans in recent
years and Phil Housel is the latest to jump
in. His radio is a Hytera and as you see in
our story on JOTA he has already put it to
use in an event.
So what makes DMR special, or at least
worth looking into?
Audio quality is perfect and there are no
drop-offs as you reach the outer limits of a
repeater’s reach. We have a very highquality
local DMR repeater (AF7PR) on
Gold Mountain—linked to DMR repeaters in
I (K2GLW) was an early adaptor of DMR. I
work DMR at such events as the New York
City marathon. Have also taken part in
statewide DMR EmComm nets as of part of
Fifth Saturday drills. Phil, as always the
tech whiz, has gone much more deeply into
the technical side of DMR.
One big plus for me is that DMR is virtually
jam-proof—and jamming is a huge problem
in New York. Every user has a unique ID
and that ID is visible to all the moment you
press your push-to-talk button.
If you are interested, we have a very good
Pacific Northwest DMR Group at
pnw@DMR.groups.io. It lists all the
repeaters in the region, and has a library of
codeplugs covering all the repeaters. They
have an on-air net – which unfortunately
comes on at 7 p.m. on Wednesday – the
same time as our Club 70cm net on the
KC7Z Club repeater.
Phil is eager for DMR QSOs. Look him up
at the next club gathering; he’ll be glad to
give you a quick lessons in DMR.
LONG-TIME LIBRARIAN BILL HIPPE
RETIRES; JEFF WILL TAKE OVER
After many years as our club librarian Bill
Hippe (AF7PZ) says it is time for him to
step down. In a letter to President Steve
Burton, Bill wrote, “I believe it is time for a
new librarian. My schedule has become so
busy that my attendance is too sporadic to
Taking over a new club librarian will be Jeff
Mills (AG7KP). Handover of the library
took place at the club’s October meeting.
Jeff Mills AG7KP & Bill Hippe AF7PZ
Formal name for the library is The Horace
Ory (K7ORY) Memorial Library. Horace,
now an SK (Silent Key), was a club
member many years ago. His estate
donated money to establish the library.
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Doug Smith (W7ZZ) recalls. “A librarian
was recruited and given the autonomous
authority to decide what we should have in
the library, order it and then retain
possession of it. Bill Hippe took the job and
built up the library, bringing it to club
meetings every month.”
The library should be on display at the
November club meeting. That will give
members a chance to see what is in the
Bill & Jeff showing the new ARRL Extra-
Class Study Manual. Note the spiral
binding. It was Bill’s very good idea to
spend the money for the spiral-binding
edition of that study guide because, with
that binding, the book will always lay flat
when you open it to study.
Jeff and his wife Melissa Burns (AG7QL)
will be cataloging the library and a list of all
the material avail to club members will
appear in the December issue of Solid
By the way, if that call sign for Melissa looks
a little strange, it is because it is brand new.
As we noted on page 2, She is no longer
KI7SCE. Melissa has passed the exam and
earned her Amateur Extra Class Ticket,
now sports her new Extra-Class 2X2 call
sign of AG7QL.
WHAT IS COMING UP IN CONTESTING
The contest calendar lightens up
considerably in November. For instance,
there isn’t a state QSO party on the air
during the month. Here is what there is,
with all times being GMT:
Ukrainian DX Contest: 1200 November 3
to 1200 November. A chance to nail
another entity for DXCC.
10-10 International Fall Contest for
Digital: 0001 November 10 to 2359
November 11. Primarily for members of 10-
10 but a chance to nail some 10 meter
contacts if the propagation Gods are
CQ-WE Contest. 1900 November 10 to
0500 on November 12. Read more about
this oddity below.
LZ DX Contest: 1200 November 17 to
1200 November 18. LZ translates into
Bulgaria and a chance to pick up another
ARRL Sweepstakes Contest for phone:
2100 November 17 to 0300 November 18.
Read more below about this old-timer of a
CQ Worldwide DX Contest for CW: 0000
November 24 to 2359 November 25. The
most important contest November. Read
more about it below.
HERE’S MORE ABOUT THOSE
Contest #1: CQ-WE. The WE here stands
for Western Electric and it is open to any
current or former employee of any part of
the pre-divestiture Bell System. That
means AT&T, Western Electric or any of
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the regional Bell operating companies. If
you ever worked for Ma Bell or any of her
kids, this contest is for you. For more,
Google CQ-WE Contest.
Contest #2: ARRL Sweepstakes. The
objective, says the ARRL, is “For stations in
the United States and Canada (including
territories and possessions) to exchange
QSO information with as many other U.S.
and Canadian stations as possible on the
160, 80, 40, 20 15 and 10 meter bands.
This is a very old contest, going back to
- As the ARRL describes it, “This
event draws amateurs of all levels, from
hardcore competitors to casual
participants.” The challenge is to work all
83 ARRL / RAC (Radio Club of Canada)
sections in a single weekend.
For more details, including a guide for firsttime
participants, go to:
Contest #3: CQ Worldwide DX for CW:
This is the third of the global DX contests
”run by CQ Magazine. First came the
contest for RTTY in September and the
contest for phone at the end of October.
Now comes the third leg of this particular
stool—the contest for CW.
As with the phone version, there are
multiple categories based on operating
power, number of operators and years of
As with the phone contest, it will draw
operators from all over the world—including
some exotic locales you are only likely to
hear on contest weekends. The exchange
is signal strength and CQ zone.
We are in CQ zone 3. In contests, the
signal report is always 5-9 even if you only
hear a whisper, and 599 on CW.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE NEWS
It will be time soon to start filling out your
2019 calendar. When you do, here are a
couple of important dates to plan ahead for:
Mike and Key Hamfest Hamfest. This one
is poised to become a regular club event.
Plan ahead date is March 9, 2019.
Location is the Washington State
Fairgrounds, Pavilion Exhibition Hall in
Puyallup. You can expect to hear this
event talked about at the next few club
meetings. This is the premier regional
hamfest, well worth attending.
2019 Pacific Northwest DX Convention.
The event for 2018 was held up in British
Columbia—a bit far for most of us. Well,
the 2019 convention will be a lot closer—in
Everett, WA in 2019, to be precise.
Dates are August 9-11, 2019 at the Delta
Marriott/Seattle in Everett. If you want
more details, you won’t have to look very
hard. Public contact for the event is none
other than our own John Zantek (W7CD).
Have You Heard from DUCIE ISLAND?
As Baker Island was to last summer, so
Ducie Island is to the autumn. It is a 1.5
square mile uninhabited island in the South
Pacific—an atoll in the Pitcairn Island
Group. It is being put on the air by the
VP6D DXpedition. First activity was a
04:18 GMT on October 20—first on 40
meter CW and then on 20 meter phone.
It ends on November 3, meaning you will
probably have made your contact before
you read this. As we did with Baker Island,
we will report on the club members who did
make contact. Drop me an email when you
do connect and your feat will be duly
recognized in the next issue of Solid Copy.
I Get my Marching Orders for the NYC
Marathon. I (Gordon K2GLW) will be
working the New York City marathon this
for a 10th year–one of around 300 hams
from all over the country that work the
event. For a second year I will be operating
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DMR. And for a second year, my job is to
shadow the operator of Jumbotron 2—one
of five huge electronic signboards along the
course. Should there be an emergency, I
would pass messages to the runners and
spectators from Race Command to the
operator. My tactical call sign is Jumbo 2.
Like it or not, we hams have become part of
the security apparatus at these events—
watching the race but keeping watch for
terrorists. At the NYC half-marathon last
March, I got a runner taken off the course
for running with an American flag. The flag
was on an aluminum pole and no poles or
sticks or anything that might serve as a
weapon are allowed in the course.
I’ll report on the race in the next issue.
And finally a couple of special event
stations worth noting. On November 10th
from 1700-2359 (GMT) NI6IW will operate
from the museum ship USS Midway (CV-
41), honoring Veteran’s Day and the
birthday of the Marine Corps (born in
1775). Frequencies are 14.320, 7.250 and
14.070 for PSK31.
On November 11 from 1800 to 2359 (GMT)
the American Legion Amateur Radio
Club operating as K9DC will hold a Salute
to Veterans on14.275, 7.225, 147.315—
also on IRLP and Echolink.
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Gordon K2GLW Author & Editor
Steve AF7MS Editor & DTP Layout