December 9, 2017
Poodle Dog VHF Breakfast Report
It's nice to catch up with friends over breakfast, and enjoy watching the experts test and tune microwave radios after the meal.
We had 18 attending:
Stan KG7P (Did I miss anybody?)
John W7FU said that "the Test and Tune time went well. Quite a few people showed up to
watch and offer advice. Ray managed the power meter and level settings. I handled signal sources.
Dale, KD7UO, and Barry, AC7MD, brought their W1GHZ 10 GHz transverters. We were able to help with
RX and TX alignment and set the proper IF drive levels etc. One observation is that these W1GHZ
transverters, while capable of great performance and elegantly designed, they are a bit of a bear
to tune even with test equipment. The pipe cap filters adjusting screws are pretty touchy.
I enjoyed the session and learned a lot. Maybe the next time at the Poodle Dog or at Parkers we
can have another Test and Tune."
December 6, 2017
Rogue Valley Lunch, Oregon
Our usual scribe is Bob K7JBU. Bob is in the hospital recuperating from an
operation so I will fill in for him this month with the Rogue Valley VHF Group.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob for a speedy recovery.
On December 6th we held our monthly luncheon gathering at the Centennial Grill
at the Centennial Golf Course. Attending were
Rob N7RFD, and
David KL1XI demonstrated satelltie communication using his mobile FM rigs in the car.
David successfully connected with the new AO-91 satellite and made a few contacts.
We were able to monitor the downlink with a Yaesu handheld FT-65 on 145.960 using
only a rubber duck!
Steve KW5V brought his RV with the 40 meter magnetic loop on the roof and
demonstrated his ability to use off-the-grid solar power to fire up his low band
rig on 40 meters. The loop is made of copper water pipe tubing complete with
a matching stub and adjustable sliding "trombone" capacitor. Steve did a lot of
work to make the RV antenna and his workmanship and designs paid off well.
We encouraged him to publish and photograph his work so others can share in his
Bill K7WGD showed us his new VHF/UHF radio.
Bob KD6UIH brought his newly acquired 223 MHZ trans-verter manufactured in the
Ukraine. Bob and N7RBP Bob plan to start activating 223 MHZ SSB in the near future.
We meet for lunch on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:30PM.
Our meetings are informal in nature and usually have a few show and tell items every month.
Everyone is welcome!
October 24, 2017
2017 Conference Proceedings
The complete 2017 Conference Proceedings
and the Photo Gallery are now published online.
We provide them on the world wide web for everyone instead of publishing and mailing
disks. I'm sure you'll enjoy this collection of notes and pictures about the event.
This year, I'm trying out a new method to display photos. When you click on a photo
collection, it will pop up a viewer with easy access to click through the entire set.
Please let me know how well this works for you -- I haven't tested it on all possible
October 14, 2017
Etienne K7ATN - 2017 VHFer of the Year
We are pleased to tell you that Etienne Scott K7ATN is
our 2017 VHFer of the Year: "For recruiting and mentoring regional
hams in VHF, Microwave, and SOTA activity, along with developing
skills in building antennas and operating contests, and more.
His enthusiasm is catching and admirable."
This award was announced at our annual conference this weekend.
It is given to the amateur in the Pacific Northwest who has gone
above and beyond the call to further VHF+ activity. He was nominated
by several people in both Oregon and Washington, and the board of
directors voted unanimously for Etienne. We are all grateful for
his energy and passion to further the goals he shares with our Society.
Board of Directors
October 1, 2017
New Conference Proceedings
I added the PNWVHFS 2006 Conference Proceedings
and also the 2007 Conference Proceedings
to our website for your nostalgic enjoyment. Plus, there's a ton of new "stuff"
in the 2005 Conference Proceedings.
This was all brought in from historical CDs – the words and pictures
haven't much changed. When Kevin Immel KF7CN originally produced all
that, he did a heckuva good job and made this migration possible.
However, the entire visual appearance did change:
- New nav bar to "Time travel to conference year"
- All pictures organized under "Photo Galleries"
- Faint background that looks like binary
- Flattened navigation - each year's index page includes a list
of all the material available, all on the same page
- Modern look and feel, including responsive design to support
devices from wide desktops to narrow cellphones
- 2004 and 2005 proceedings have been updated to the
same modern look and feel, with flattened navigation
Enjoy. Let me know if you spot any hiccups.
Barry Hansen K7BWH
August 30, 2017
Rogue Valley VHF Lunch on 8/30
We met for our monthly luncheon at Centennial Golf Club with 8 people present.
Two of our regular members couldn't make it.
Bob Moore (KG7YFB) showed us three devices he'd purchased recently.
Bill Martin is going to share a two meter Eggbeater antenna he used on the air
to shake it down and acquaint the members of the local net With "on the air"
signal reports . It is half the satellite array that will be used at N7EU this winter.
We're using 144.200 for our Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning get-togethers.
Although we understand this to be the national calling SSB frequency, we use it to
show those listening, 2m SSB is alive and well in the Rogue Valley.
Next monthly meeting is Sept 6th - all who are interested are urged to attend!
July 27, 2017
New old 2004 and 2005 Proceedings Added Online
You can now enjoy online the presentations, pictures, technical resources, manuals,
projects, videos, and other material from years ago. There is about 500 MB of new
online files. We have published everything from the CDs released years ago for 2004
These new old web pages are kept in their original design layout for your
enjoyment. The original CD is reproduced here on our website with minimal required updates.
The historical look and feel is retained as much as practical to reproduce the state
of web design in 2005. Isn't it remarkable how far we've advanced in the last twelve
A tip'o the hat goes to Scott N7SS for providing me the historical CDs.
July 5, 2017
Rogue Valley July Luncheon
There were only five people at the luncheon this time; we are scheduled to meet on the
second of August.
We had one new person at the meeting Marco (KF7MYJ); it is good to see some of the younger
people get into the hobby.
Marco( KF7MYJ) and David (KL1XI) were working on the FM satellites They like to work
both SO-50, and AO-85.They were comparing antennas, it was quite interesting.
June 14, 2017
New Pacific Northwest VHF Society Distance Record
Those members who have been watching 6-meter propagation know
that this sporadic-E season is off to a great start. The digital
modes of JT65A and MSK144 are becoming very popular and JT65A,
designed for weak-signal work, has been used to work most continents
(if not all) from the PNWVHFS area this year on 50 MHz.
On June 3, 2017, stations in the Western Washington and nearby areas
experienced a big 2.5-to-3-hour-long opening to Asia. I personally
worked 122 Japan stations on CW. Using JT65A, W7FI worked 2 Taiwan
stations and 30 Japan stations. He heard a third Taiwan station and
BA4SI also during the opening, but didn't work them. He was heard in
the Philipines, as well! As I was looking at his numbers this morning,
I saw that Jim had actually broken the Society 50 MHz Digital distance
record when he worked the BV stations.
During the June VHF Contest, several PNWVHFS stations worked stations
in JA, BA, BV and E51 (N) using JT65A.
This morning, I received a report from Hal, N7NW, that he had worked
VK8MS last night (6/14/2017 UTC) on 50 MHz sporadic E using JT65A digital
mode, a distance of 12255.32 kilometers. This JT65A contact broke the
previous Society record by a whopping 3480 kilometers! Apparently,
Society members made contacts also with stations in VK4 and E51 last
night, as well.
I recorded Hal's record onto the PNWVHFS Distance Scoreboard which
can be viewed at:
BTW, if anyone thinks they may have broken a Society distance record,
please send me the details so your accomplishment can be recorded.
73 and Good DXing
PNWVHFS Distance Scoreboard Moderator
May 3, 2017
Rogue Valley VHF Lunch on 5/3
We met for our monthly Luncheon at Centennial golf club, we had two
guests present that we are in hopes of meeting with us monthly as well
as on the air. Clair Martin (KC7ARX) and Arlen Hatlestad (W9PCI).
There was no active Show and Tell though there were members active in
the parking lot.
The next luncheon will be on 6.07.17 at Centennial, we meet oh 144.200
on Tuesdays at 19:00 as well as Wednesdays at 10:00 for those retired
or can make it.
April 5, 2017
April VHF Lunch in Rogue Valley
We met at the Centennial golf club for our monthly luncheon, there were
eleven people in attendance. It was as usual, a no host affair; there was
no Show and tell from the members this month.
The next meeting will be 5.03.17 and will be at Centennial.
March 17, 2017
Welcome New Members
Welcome new members in 2017:
Britt Bayers KG7VLB in Portland,
Jim Shaw WA6PX in Issaquah,
Dave Schaller W7DEQ in Bellingham,
Del Morissette WA7AQH in Nine Mile Falls,
Rick Jones W7HBP in Olympia,
Tom Wiswell W7TCW in Centralia,
George Albertson WA7VIZ in Lacey,
Wayne Connell KF7QHQ in Snohomish,
Josh Richesin K7JLR in Madras,
Roger Lustri W7TZ in Myrtle Creek,
Nick Pair WB7PEK in Kelso, and
Brian Dickman AF7MD in Beaverton.
March 5, 2017
Rogue Valley March VHF Lunch
Ten of us met at the Centennial Golf Club for our monthly luncheon.
Robert Earl (KD6UIH) gave a brief show and tell on an MFJ 4416 power
booster and Robert Moore showed us an extension for our cell phones
that will work with an external SIM card. The beauty of the extension
is it will work on either operating system.
An excellent time was had by all; with excellent food.
Our next meeting will be April 6, 2017 at Centennial again.
February 11, 2017
VHF Breakfast at the Poodle Dog, Fife
We had a good turnout for breakfast the the historic Poodle Dog restaurant in Fife
(near Tacoma) with twenty people enjoying a good meal, lots of conversation, and a
few equipment swaps on the side.
Darryl WW7D, Doug AC7T, Hal N7NW,
Jim K7ND, Veda KG7OOL, Loren WA7SKT, John W7FU, Merle W7YOZ,
Paul K7CW, Mark VE7AFZ, Tom KE7SW, Bob W7BA, Bob N7QOZ, Mike KD7TS,
Stan KG7P, Eric N7EPD, Barry K7BWH, Ed KL7UW, Janet, Barry AC7MD
January 28, 2017
Steve Sala K7AWB
VHF lunch at Frankie Doodles in Spokane
There were 8 of us. Here is a picture with names and calls.
KA6NZZ Karen Phelps,
W6LLP Jim Phelps,
KG7ZCW Dan Carter,
WA7AQH Del Morissette
W7OE John Dempster,
K7HPT Mark Van Winkle,
W7BHP Dick Snell
EWA Director Steve Sala K7AWB was holding the camera.
January 14, 2017
VHF Lunch at Elmer's in Tigard, 1/14
A small but enthusiastic group attended the south area luncheon
at noon at Elmer's restaurant on Saturday, January 14. The road conditions
were still icy after a week of subfreezing temperatures and a recent dump of snow
around Portland, which reduced
On left is Greg K7RSG with his daughter Bridgete. On the right is
Lou WA7GCS and Jim K7YO.
After lunch, the group visited the new
Ham Radio Outlet store across the street.
November 2, 2016
Rogue Valley VHF Lunch, 11/2
We had our monthly luncheon the first Wednesday of the month at Centennial Golf Course,
there were only eight in attendance. We did have a couple of show and tell projects.
We had one new member, Paul AG7AA, and he and his wife are new to the area, they
are buying in Grants Pass and though he has nothing up at the moment, he is in the
process of getting his station on the air.
There are now twenty-three members on our local mailing list now. And though we do
not have a formal net control, the word is sent out by Bill N7EU every week. He also
sends reminders that we are meeting after Wednesday net for luncheons.
The next luncheon will be December 7, 2016.
73 Bob K7JBU
October 18, 2016
August UHF Contest
PNWVHFS wins most logs submitted in August UHF Contest
October 8, 2016
2016 PNWVHFS Conference
The 22nd Annual VHF Conference was a terrific success.
See our Conference Proceedings
and the 2016 Photo Gallery for complete information
and to download the presentations.
September 28, 2016
Rogue Valley VHF Lunch, 9/28
The Rogue Valley SSB VHF group met for our monthly luncheon at "The Point"
in Medford. There were 11 members present. Bob Ross brought a
to show the group. The SDRplay website includes:
- The RSP (Radio Spectrum Processor) from SDRplay is a Software Defined Radio
which can turn a PC into a general coverage receiver spanning VLF (10kHz)
through to Microwaves (2GHz)
- With 12 bit A/D conversion and very sharp 5th order Chebyshev filters, the
RSP allows you to process a massive chunk of 10MHz of radio spectrum all in one go.
Great noise factor, great sensitivity and perfect for all the popular SDR software
- Sample frequency ranges from 2 MSPS to 10.66MSPS, with 10.4 ENOB,
60dB SNR, and 67dB SFDR.
After lunch several members joined up (read: snuck out) at the local Harbor Freight
candy store to browse. Honest, just only to browse a little! Next month, we decided to go to
The Sandwich Factory on Riverside Avenue in Medford.
73, Bob K7JBU
August 20, 2016
North Meets South in Castle Rock, 8/20
Thank you everyone who converged in Castle Rock at
Parker's Restaurant for receiving another fine meal and for transmitting all these elaborate lies
about VHF activity. People came from Washington, Oregon and British
Columbia. Personally, I was very happy to attend after spending the last
six months taking care fulltime of my ailing father. It was very nice
to meet our newcomer Todd KI7BNA.
CN85: Jerry K0JJ, Mark KE7MSU, Ron N7EA, Lou WA7GCS, Todd KI7BNA
CN86: Bob KB7ADO, Mike N7KSI, John N7MWV
CN87: Jim K7ND, Tom KE7SW, John W7FU, Barry K7BWH, Bob N7QOZ, Bob W7BA
CN89: Mark VE7AFZ
May 21, 2016
East Meets West in Ellensburg Lunch, 5/21
Thank you to all who came out for lunch Saturday, We had a good turnout of 10 folks.
It's good to see ham friends more than once a year at the annual conference.
We all met at a central point in Washington State to have our VHF lunch together.
(It was equally far for everyone to attend.)
In this photo on the left: Al W7HDD, Eric N7EPD, Barry K7BWH, Rod WE7X, Bob W7AVK
On the right are: James K7KQA, Jim WA7DUY, Jim K7ND, Tom KE7SW, Ed KD7PY
Next Dry Side lunch in a couple of months, location TBA. If you have a suggested
location please email me. Stay tuned to the e-mail reflector.
May 6, 2016
Bob Householder K7JBU
Rogue Valley 2-meter SSB Lunch, 5/6
We got four of the group together (most of which are named 'Bob')
for lunch at Miguel's and two more joined us later.
Our new member Don WA7DCG is running an IC-7100.
Bill N7EU had jury duty and was unable to attend.
The weather was too good: the rest stayed home.
Due to the small turnout for lunch, we did not
have any show and tell this time.
- Bob K7JBU has been working WSJTX
- Bob N7RBP and Bob KD6UIH have been working DSTAR
- Bob Moore KG7YCB and Bill K7WGD both bought Yaesu FT-991 all-band transceivers.
The June luncheon will be held at Bobbio's in Medford June 1, 2016 at 12:30.
Bob Householder K7JBU, CN82ol
April 6, 2016
Bob Householder K7JBU
Rogue Valley 2-meter SSB Lunch
There were 7 of us who got together for a luncheon (12:30) after the
regular rag chew on Wednesday Morning. We met at "Wild River Beer
and Pizzeria" for our monthly luncheon. Due to an early Spring day,
some of the group decided not to show up.
We didn't have any new antennas to pass around, so we took the opportunity
to exchange eyeball QSO cards and the seasoned people were able to answer
questions of new people coming on.
A new FM repeater is in the valley (145.410, no tone and unlinked) and has
excellent coverage. It's a good machine to use as an intercom.
Our next luncheon will be at Miguel's in Eagle Point on May 4, 2016 at 12:30.
Bob Householder K7JBU, CN82ol
March 26, 2016
Etienne K7ATN and Jim K7YO
VHF Lunch at Buster's BBQ
Ten of us enjoyed lunch at Buster's BBQ in Tigard,
Oregon, on Saturday 3/26/2016 from 11 am - 1 pm.
Attendees included these fine folks and a few others that I didn't get names:
CN85: Jerry K0JJ, Louie WA7GCS, Guy N7UN,
Mark KE7MSU, Todd KI7BNA and his charming wife Tiff who took the picture
CN86: Jim K7YO
We talked about cancellation of the ARRL August UHF Contest and encouraged
people to submit a log - on paper if that was all they can do for that contest.
I think it's something we need to focus on for August 2016; everyone should log and submit.
We talked about scheduling a south side gathering every couple of months
at Parker's Restaurant midway between Portland and Seattle. People seemed
to like it better and also some CN87 folks show up at that venue.
Etienne K7ATN and Jim K7YO
March 18, 2016
August UHF Contest WILL Happen
Read all about it:
Volunteers have stepped forward from all over the country to help sponsor the
2016 August UHF Contest, which will be held as scheduled, but without ARRL
sponsorship. Many, many people love that contest and are willing to help
make it happen. Since PNWVHFS had the most logs of any club last year,
you surely want to make certain the contest happens in 2016.
So please mark your calendars to get on 222 and up on August 6-7, 2016.
When I send out a mailing listing the volunteers, may I add your names
and the name of PNWVHFS as a sponsor? I promise you won't be alone:
leaders of the Mt. Airy Packrats, the Northern Lights group (in MN) and
many others are helping to put on the contest. What we all hope is to
maintain continuity by having the contest this year while ARRL's revitalization
subcommittee decides whether ARRL will sponsor the UHF contest in the
future and under what rules. I hope we do have ARRL sponsorship so
our volunteer effort is only a one-year venture.
Being a sponsor doesn't entail a lot of work. One of the log-checkers
who does large ARRL contests is volunteering to handle the logs this year.
The regular author of the result article for the August UHF Contest is
willing to do the article about the 2016 contest, even if it appears only
online and not in QST. Someone else is paying for the club gavels
and other awards. NLRS gives an award to the top 3-band rover. It's
open to non-members as well as members. That award will also be
given this year.
Please join us and in the publicity for the 2016
August UHF Contest.
73, Wayne Overbeck, N6NB
March 11, 2016
ARRL VHF Contest Revitalization Committee
ARRL 2016 August UHF Contest Cancelled
From the ARRL website:
The ARRL August UHF Contest for 2016 has been cancelled,
while the ARRL VHF Contest Revitalization Committee considers
The Contest Revitalization Committee fielded dozens of
comments from members concerning possible changes to this
annual UHF operating event, traditionally held on the first
weekend of August each year. Many commenters expressed
dissatisfaction with the timing of the contest, occurring
as it does at the hottest time of the year, and that it was
too close on the calendar to other VHF/UHF events.
In response to this member input, the Contest Revitalization
Committee recommended to the Programs and Services Committee (PSC)
that the 2016 August UHF Contest be cancelled, and the PSC agreed.
The ARRL VHF Contest Revitalization Committee continues to study
the possibility of redesigning or replacing the August UHF Contest
with a similar event at another point in the calendar - possibly
in the spring - for 2017.
The Committee will solicit member comments in the near future,
as it weighs several alternatives.
February 29, 2016
Welcome to New February Members
Welcome to new members in Feb:
Steve K7DNA in Talent, OR,
Grant KB7WSD in Everrett, WA,
Rusty K7RMO in Sherwood, OR,
Ken VE7KPB in Cranbrook, BC, and
Ron KF7UVH in Woodland, WA.
February 6, 2016
Medford Monthly VHF Lunch, Feb 6
We met at Miguel’s in Eagle Point, OR for our monthly two meter
get together. There were eleven guys present, and though there was
no specific topic, we were all in agreement: we will continue
with the two meter net on Tuesday nights (144.200) but that we
should also use six meters (50.125) on Wednesday mornings, thus
putting both bands to use, as well as making our presence known to
the local community. We feel that by using both bands, the local
hams will know and use them. Also, it will give the active members
a better idea of where to go in the case of an emergency.
We meet alternately at three restaurants:
We meet on the first Wednesday of the month. Our next lunch date
is 12:30 pm at "Debbie's diner" near Phoenix, OR, and the talk-in
frequency is 147.00 with a tone of 123.
January 30, 2016
VHF Nets in Rogue Valley - Medford Oregon
We are a "round table" net and
include ragchewing and sharing VHF tips.
The nets are very informal. No net control.
Everyone welcome to join us
Tuesday night 7PM and
Wednesday morning 10AM on 144.200 SSB.
Most of us have modest antennas and power.
Some use verticals, halos and small yagi beams. Activity is mostly local in
the Rogue Valley but we do hear and work hams in Klamath Falls and Grants Pass.
We are trying to encourage local activity and participation on a weekly basis.
I am finding the guys are building antennas and look forward to giving each
other signal reports or just helping each other out.
73 Bill N7EU, CN82nj
January 16, 2016
VHF Lunch at Parker's Steakhouse, Castle Rock, WA
A big group of VHFers enjoyed lunch at Parker's Steakhouse on Saturday.
CN85: Jerry K0JJ, Mark KE7MSU, Wayne AI9Q, Ron N7EA
CN86: Bob KB7ADO, Mike N7KSI, Veda KG7OOL, Loren WA7SKT, John N7MWV and XYL Christina
CN87: Gary K7PG, Jim K7ND, Tom KE7SW, Jerry W7IEW, Eric N7EPD, John W7FU, Barry K7BWH, Mike KD7TS, Ray W7GLF
CN88: Dave KA7RRA
CN89: Mark VE7AFZ
Dec 31, 2015
Welcome New Members
Welcome to new members John W7FU, Michael KA7HBB, Tree N6TR,
Richard WD6HDY, Steve W7SJT (was K7PZN), Stacey KG7YES, William KD6LTD, Phil AF7GY,
Ken W7DYX and Kelly K7MHI.
Whew! That's a bunch. This calendar year we started with Veda KG7OOL #524
joining us in January, and finished with Kelly K7MHI #570 on New Year's Eve.
All told, 47 hams joined us in 2015! I look forward to meeting them and seeing
many of you in 2016. Happy New Year!
Dec 18, 2015
New Website Supports Mobile Devices
Do you have a smartphone or tablet? You're now looking at a major new update to
the Society website.
Some of the changes are:
- Page layout adapts to all manner of screen sizes for desktops, phones and tablets
- Three-level nav bar supports more Conference Proceedings
- Forward [>] and back buttons and [<] let you flip through pages
sequentially like a book
- Breadcrumb trail tells you where you are in the forest (we have about
125 web pages)
- The changes are extensive under the covers but I kept the DayGlo color crayon
palette for historical consistency
- An interesting new Heat Map shows our members by
- Modern replacement graphic for the club territory page
Click around using smartphone, tablet and desktop systems.
If anything can be improved, however minor, please
let me know.
PNWVHFS Webmaster & WWA Director
Dec 8, 2015
Jim Pace K7CEX
2015 June VHF Contest Results
Pacific Northwest VHF Society June VHF Contest Results:
Congratulations to the PNWVHFS for their score in the
2015 June VHF Contest Affiliated Club Competition.
They placed eighth in a field of 38 with a score of 314,130!
Jim Pace, K7CEX
ARRL Northwestern Division Director
Dec 3, 2015
FFMA #7 for Lance W7GJ
The FFMA Award was developed to encourage collecting of 2° wide x 1° high
grids across the continental United States on the 6m ham band and recognize the
accomplishment of W5FF, who was the first operator to contact stations in all
those 488 grids. Many MANY thanks to all the Magic Banders who helped make it
possible to achieve this award during my time on the 6m band over the last 19 years!
I am especially thankful for the many 6m operators who operated portable to activate
a rare grid for me!
Thanks also to K1JT for the WSJT modes that were so useful (especially FSK441)
in contacting portable stations in rare grids within 1000 miles of my QTH, and
for JT65A to enable me to log some of these rare and distant grids on 6m EME!
From DN27 here in Montana,
it would have been very difficult to complete
contacts with many of those grids on traditional modes of CW and SSB via sporadic
E skip. And special thanks to AK3E, K1BZM, K1WHS, KB3SII, K5QE and KX8D, for the
6m EME contacts!
Thanks to the heroic efforts of KB3SII and K1WHS, who traveled up to northernmost
Maine to activate FN67 on 6m EME, I completed contact with my last grid on
September 28, 2015 (also my birthday)! How cool is that? Thanks to everyone who
sent me QSL cards confirming our contacts in the required grids!
Lance Collister W7GJ (website )
Frenchtown, MT DN27ub
Nov 26, 2015
Dave Lofgren, K7RWT
6m DXCC from Oregon
Greetings Friends and Fellow VHF’ers,
Paul (K7CW) and Mark (W7MEM) completed 6 m DXCC from the
states of Washington and Idaho in 2013, and I am happy to report
that after fifty two Sporadic-E seasons, five solar cycles, and
two years on 6 m EME I have received the
ARRL Six Meter DXCC certificate number 1424 and joined Paul and Mark in their accomplishment.
Prior to 2012, I had 75 countries confirmed on 6 meters.
Sunspot Cycle 24 was proving to be a 6 meter fizzle compared to
the previous five cycles and I had pretty much given up on the
idea of ever working 100 countries on six meters from Oregon.
Then, on June 29th, 2012, six meters treated many in the Pacific
Northwest to an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime, six hour opening
to nearly all of Europe. I worked twelve new countries that day
which brought my country count to 87 and renewed hope that I might
be able achieve six meter DXCC within my lifetime.
After talking to Dan (NN7J), Hal (N7NW), Paul (K7CW), and Mark (W7MEM)
and reading the wealth of information on Lance (W7GJ)’s six meter EME
page it became clear to me that I might be able to work at least some
of the remaining thirteen countries I needed for 6 m DXCC on EME.
With that encouragement and information, I decided to build a 6 m EME
array and give the moon a shot. It turned out that I was able to work
eleven of the last thirteen countries I needed for DXCC on EME and in
September of this year I completed my goal of working one hundred countries
on six meters from Oregon.
I know there are other six meter operators in the Northwest who are
chasing and closing in on six meter DXCC and I wish them the best of
luck in achieving their goal. It is not an easy task to work one hundred
countries on six meters from anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. I am
looking forward to hearing soon from those PNW operators who are also
in the six meter DXCC hunt that they too have achieved their goal.
Happy Holidays and may the DX Gods be with you!
73, Dave Lofgren, K7RWT
Nov 14, 2015
Poodle Dog Breakfast
Paul K7CW received
his shiny new Lewis & Clark certificate for the
Spirit Bear Award #1
for working 15 grid squares in British Columbia.
Twelve members enjoyed breakfast at the Poodle Dog restaurant in Fife, WA:
Bob W7BA, Barry K7BWH, Mike KD7TS, Chuck N6KW, Stan KG7P, Dale KD7UO,
Jerry W7IEW, Jim K7ND, Adam W2NCC, Paul K7CW, Tom KE7SW, Bob N7QOZ
October 30, 2015
Website Performance Improvement
The PNWVHFS website has moved to a high-performance web server. I’ve tested
everything but please tell me if you notice a glitch in the matrix.
In the October Conference, I heard that www.pnwvhfs.org response
time is variable and page delivery is not 100% reliable. Until today, it has
been running on GoDaddy web hosting. GoDaddy is generally reliable but they
don’t have the best or fastest network. Frankly, the performance is about
what can be expected using an economy subscription from a massive low-cost
web hosting provider.
Personally, I run a small business building and hosting
websites; today I moved the PNWVHFS website onto my production servers in
I believe everyone will enjoy a slightly faster and more reliable Society website.
You don’t need to change a thing about how you access the website; everything is
automatic. My measurements indicate that page load times for Seattle users were
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Oct 11, 2014
Grand Prize Winners
Thanks to donated prizes by Icom, Yaesu and Directive Systems, we had
great prizes at the 21st Annual PNW VHF Conference in Issaquah, Washington:
October 23, 2015
Lewis & Clark award winner Paul K7CW
Congratulations to Paul K7CW for working
15 grids in British Columbia from his home station. This achievement earns the
first Spirit Bear Certificate
awarded in the Lewis & Clark Grid Explorer program.
In addition, Paul made all his contacts on a single band, 6 meters,
thereby also winning the Outpost endorsement.
Also a big thanks goes to all of the active portable and rover stations
that lit up remote parts of BC, including VE7DAY, VE7AFC, W7CE, KB7Q, and others.
Paul was close, very close, to receiving this award at the
Oct 10th Conference
in Issaquah, but the last QSL didn’t quite arrive in time.
By the way, for his fifteen confirmed contacts, there were six FSK441,
five SSB, and four CW. His longest distance contact was to CO88 near the
Yukon Territory border (about 770 miles) with KB7Q/ve7. Also by the way,
British Columbia has 89 grid squares and 33% more square miles than Texas.
And a lot fewer roads. Now all we need is a rover crazy enough to activate
fifteen BC grid squares to win the Fraser Certificate.
Barry K7BWH /R
September 28, 2015
The society welcomes our newest members that have joined us
in the last few months:
Fred Moore KF7WZK,
Stephen Hutchings WM7X,
Dick Tooley W7RFT,
Andy Burri K7UL,
Stacey Kirkpatrick KB7YS,
Dave Miller VE7HR,
Michael Schulz K5TRI,
Robert Patton KD7YDL,
Barry Williams AC7MD,
Ron Simonson N7WMX,
Franz Niedermeyer N3HFS,
David Lofgren K7RWT,
Bob Nielsen N7XY.
August 22, 2015
Big Gathering on 8/22 at Parker's Steakhouse, Castle Rock
Before lunch, some hams visited the
Clark County Ham Fair in Vancouver, WA.
Twenty people came from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia
for our casual group lunch:
Mike KB7ME and Siri, Jim K7ND, Tom KE7SW, Lou WA7GCS, Ron N7EA, Ed N7SNT, Kevin WH6KO, Bob KB7ADO, Veda KG7OOL,
Barry K7BWH, Paul K7CW, Marc KD7RYY, John N7MWV, Merle W7YOZ, Jerry K0JJ, Dave K7RWT, Mark KE7MSU, Mark VE7AFZ, and Loren WA7SKT.
Midway between the Puget Sound area and Portland is
Parker's Steakhouse at I-5 Exit 49.
Very good food, and a great chance for the two areas to meet up.
May 30, 2015
Poodle Dog Breakfast
Many fine lies and complete fabrications were shared on the Wet Side at
the Poodle Dog breakfast among the 12 people.
Matt Lawson KC7EQO from Sequim,
Apr 13, 2015
Kent O'Dell KA2KQM
Spring Sprints Announcement
The Central States VHF Society is proud to sponsor and announce the dates
and times for the 2015 run of the VHF and up Spring Sprints!
- 144 MHz: Monday, 4/13/15 from 7 - 11 PM local
- 222 MHz: Tuesday, 4/21/15 from 7 - 11 PM local
- 432 MHz: Wednesday, 4/29/15 from 7 - 11 PM local
- Microwave, 902 MHz and up: Saturday, 5/2/15 from 8 AM - 1 PM local
- 50 MHz: Saturday, 5/9/15 from 2300Z until 0300Z Sunday, 5/10/15
More information and rules will be posted on the Central States
VHF Society website.
Kent O’Dell KA2KQM & Mike Metroka WB8BZK
Central States VHF Society Spring Sprint Organizing Committee
Sat, Dec 6, 2014
Poodle Dog Breakfast
It was another fine breakfast on the Wet Side at
the Poodle Dog in Fife, with 17 attending.
Oct 11, 2014
Grand Prize Winners
Thanks to donated prizes by Icom, Yaesu and Directive Systems, we had great
prizes at the 20th Annual PNW VHF Conference in Seaside, Oregon:
July 26, 2014
Lunch at Busters
We had a good turnout at the Buster's BBQ near HRO on Pacific Hwy, Portland/Tigard,
at least for a warm summer day, anyway. And we collected a new member application from Kevin WH6KO.
Thanks to Bruce, KI7JA, once again, for setting this up.
Attending: Lou WA7GCS, Ron N7EA, Kevin WH6KO, Bruce KI7JA, Bob K7GE,
Mark K7MSU, Chuck AF8C?, AI9SU, Jerry K7GJT, Jim K7YO
Jim K7YO - Oregon Rep. PNWVHFS
July 9, 2014
Poodle Dog Lunch with Larry N0LL
Thirteen people attended the lunch at Poodle Dog restaurant in Fife.
Here are pictures of the group, and a closeup of our new members #500 and #501.
July 4, 2014
New Online Conference Registration
Try our new online VHF Conference Registration page,
the quick and easy way to sign up for the Oct 11-12, 2014 conference in Seaside, Oregon.
You can choose the number of registrations and lunch guests, along with joining our annual
group buy of engraved badges with the Society logo. The prices are calculated for you
and it accepts all major credit cards. It is based on PayPal but a PayPal account is not
June 30, 2014
Over 500 Members!
Welcome to more new members: Adam W2NCC, Larry N0LL,
Paul NS6V and Kevin K7ZS.
And special congratulations goes to our 500th
member: Adam Barbera, W2NCC of Tumwater, WA.
The new online membership application
is quite convenient.
June 20, 2014
New Online Membership Application
Want a quick and easy way to join the Society?
Try our new online membership application here.
You'll be glad you did. All it takes is a few clicks and a tip'o the hat to PayPal and you're done.
Our latest new member, John KG7CFV of St Helens, used it today and gosh it's easy.
Also, welcome to our new members John KG7CFV, Mark KE7MSU, James K7KQA,
Richard WD6HDY, Mark KB7N, Glen VA7CV and Brian KE0CO.
April 26, 2014
Buster's BBQ Lunch, Portland, Oregon
There were 15 attending (including K7YO's non-ham son).
From left around the table:
Bruce KI7JA (standing),
Jim K7YO (standing),
and Jake taking the picture.