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Proceedings of the 26th Annual
Pacific Northwest VHF Society Conference

October 8, 2022
Salem, Oregon

PNWVHFS 2022 conference group photo
Holiday Inn Hotel, 3301 Market Street NE, Salem, OR 97301    See Google map (off-site).
There were 40 attendees.   See also the 2022 Conference Photo Gallery.

2022 Presentations and Papers

2022 Conference Overview

A brief summary:

Friday check-in and social hour showed off 122 GHz equipment demos inside, while the rovers were outside admiring each other's vehicles.

  • Matt KC7OOY showed his amazing aluminum supports and antennas, all homebrew and all designed for quick field assembly.
  • Ed N7PHY brought his pickup truck in which he roved across Montana for a month last summer.
  • Barry K7BWH showed his ham van, a Sprinter 4x4, a combination camper/cargo van set up for 'roughing it' fairly comfortably. He calls it Motel 5 with the motto: "Not nearly as swank and luxurious as a Motel 6."
  • Dave KA7RRA brought his Toyota Highlander, currently outfitted with a horizontal loop antenna.

Saturday presentations:

  • 3D Printing by Dave VE7HR showed off his rather elaborate printed adjustable tripod mount. I think 3D printing for ham radio is really, really good at making adapters to mate things together. If you have 3d modeling skills (like Dave!) then the sky’s the limit.
  • Jim K7ND talked about Building Antennas with lots of hints about techniques that worked well for him and suggestions for parts procurement.
  • Ray W7GLF offered tons of interesting details about 122 GHz characteristics and challenges. He demonstrated a link across the room. At this frequency, a single leaf or sheet of paper can obstruct the signal completely. Over break, several folks made microwave contacts outside for the Sprint contest.
  • After lunch was my favorite presentation: Rick KK7B with his adult daughter Ana K7XNA told us about Hidden Transmitter Hunting on 432 MHz using modulated AM, Kenwood TH-F6 handhelds and homebrew 3-element antennas. It was in the context of providing this 'attendee participation ham activity' in the conference hall at a recent large microwave conference. Rick is a EE professor at Portland State University and he's a very engaging speaker.

Saturday afternoon is our Society business: elections, reports, awards, a drawing for door prizes, and a tailgate swap meet. Some awards worth mentioning:

  • Matt KC7OOY was awarded Rover Maniac for activating the greatest number of PNW grids over the last 3 years.
  • Paul K7CW was awarded Grid Master for working the greatest number of PNW grids.
  • Barry K7BWH earned the Lewis & Clark Sacagawea Award for activating all 20 grids in Idaho.

Thanks everyone for a fun conference! See you next year in the Seattle area, probably at Issaquah again.

2022 Proceedings

Tom WA7TBP and Jim K7ND Friday Registration and Check-in   — Jim K7ND (off-site)

Hospitality Suite Hospitality Suite

Rover Show'n Tell Rover Show'n Tell

Pietro's Pizza with Ed N7PHY, Mark KE7MSU, Mark KB7HDX, Matt KC7OOY Friday Dinner   — Pietro's Pizza

Saturday Morning Check-In Saturday Morning Check-In   — Hal N7NW Hal N7NW (off-site)

Opening remarks and introductions Opening remarks and introductions - Jim K7ND (off-site)

3D Printing Ham Radio Adapters by Dave Miller VE7HR 3D Printing Ham Radio Adapters   — Dave VE7HR (off-site)
3D Printing: Be Lazy, Have Fun (PDF) 

Building VHF Antennas - Jim K7ND Building VHF Antennas   — Jim K7ND (off-site)

Expedition to the Mayotte Islands as TO7GJ 6m EME Expedition to the Mayotte Islands as TO7GJ   — Lance W7GJ (off-site)
TO7GJ Mayotte Island (off-site)

Microwave Progress in the PNW - Ray W7GLF Microwave Progress in the PNW - Ray W7GLF   — Ray W7GLF (off-site)
122 GHz Challenges (PDF) 

Catered Lunch

Hidden Transmitter Hunting on 432 - KK7B and K7XNA Hidden Transmitter Hunting on 432   — Rick KK7B (off-site) and Ana K7XNA (off-site)

PNWVHFS Business Meeting with Jim K7ND Society Meeting   — Secretary Jim K7ND (off-site)
Officer Elections
Prize Drawings

Tailigate swap meet, PNWVHFS Conference, Holiday Inn Salem Oregon Tailgate Swap Meet

Saturday dinner at Olive Garden, Salem Oregon Saturday Dinner - Olive Garden

Contest Award Winners

We have 170 award certificates in the PNWVHFS Parallel Award system. We're catching up on three years since the conference has not been held due to the pandemic.

Notable awards are:

Matt KC7OOY, Rover Maniac Award Rover Maniac Award earned by Matt Stagg KC7OOY of Phoenix, OR
for roving to the greatest number of PNW grids in contests

Paul K7CW, Grid Pirate Award Grid Master Award earned by Paul Kiesel K7CW of Tahuya, WA
for working the greatest number of PNW grids in contests

Barry K7BWH, Lewis and Clark Sacagawea Award Lewis & Clark: Sacagewa Award achieved by Barry K7BWH of Lake Forest Park, WA
for activating all 20 grids in Idaho