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2017 News

December 9, 2017

Barry K7BWH

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: Ray W7GLF, Jim K7ND, Bob N7QOZ, Bob W7BA, Tom KE7SW, Barry K7BWH, Nick N0CYT, Dale KD7UO, Fred N7FW, John W7FU, Adam W2NCC, Rod WE7X, Merle W7YOZ, John N7MWV, Barry AC7MD, Veda KG7OOL, Loren WA7SKT, Jim N7ND, 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."

Ray W7GLF, Bob W7BA, and more Adam W2NCC, Merle W7YOZ, and others Bob W7BA and Tom KE7SW Barry AC7MD Dale KD7UO and others Nick N0CYT and John W7FU

Barry K7BWH

December 6, 2017

Bill N7EU

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 David KL1XI, Don WA7DCG, Bill N7EU, Bob KD6UIH, Gerald K6KSI, Lyle WB7VUF, Bill K7WGD, Steve KW5V, Rob N7RFD, and Bob N7RBP.

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 efforts.

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!

Bill N7EU

October 24, 2017

Barry K7BWH

2017 Conference Proceedings

2017 Conference Group photo, with names

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 screen sizes.

Barry K7BWH
Webmaster

October 14, 2017

Barry K7BWH

Etienne K7ATN - 2017 VHFer of the Year

Etienne Scott 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.

Barry K7BWH
Board of Directors

October 1, 2017

Barry K7BWH

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
PNWVHFS Webmaster

August 30, 2017

Bob K7JBU

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!

Bob K7JBU

July 27, 2017

Barry K7BWH

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 and 2005.

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 years.

A tip'o the hat goes to Scott N7SS for providing me the historical CDs.

Barry K7BWH

July 5, 2017

Bob K7JBU

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.

Bob K7JBU

June 14, 2017

Paul K7CW

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: www.qsl.net/k7cw/pnwvhfs/distancescoreboard.html (off-site)

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

Paul K7CW
PNWVHFS Distance Scoreboard Moderator

May 3, 2017

Bob K7JBU

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.

Bob K7JBU

April 5, 2017

Bob K7JBU

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.

Bob K7JBU

March 17, 2017

Barry K7BWH

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.

Barry K7BWH

March 5, 2017

Bob K7JBU

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.

Bob K7JBU

February 11, 2017

Barry K7BWH

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

VHF breakfast at Poodle Dog on Feb 11th John W7FU and Merle W7YOZ at Poodle Dog on Feb 11th Hal N7NW and Doug AC7T at Poodle Dog on Feb 11th Ed KL7UW and XYL Janet at Poodle Dog on Feb 11th

Barry K7BWH

January 28, 2017

Steve Sala K7AWB

VHF lunch at Frankie Doodles in Spokane

VHF lunch at Frankie Doodle's in Spokane

There were 8 of us. Here is a picture with names and calls.

Left: KA6NZZ Karen Phelps, W6LLP Jim Phelps, KG7ZCW Dan Carter, WA7AQH Del Morissette
Right: W7OE John Dempster, K7HPT Mark Van Winkle, W7BHP Dick Snell

EWA Director Steve Sala K7AWB was holding the camera.

Steve K7AWB

January 14, 2017

Jim K7YO

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 attendance.

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.

Jim K7YO

November 2, 2016

Robert K7JBU

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

Barry K7BWH

August UHF Contest

PNWVHFS wins most logs submitted (off-site) in August UHF Contest

October 8, 2016

Barry K7BWH

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

Bob K7JBU

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 SDRPlay receiver (off-site) 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 packages.
  • 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 (off-site) on Riverside Avenue in Medford.

73, Bob K7JBU

August 20, 2016

Barry K7BWH

North Meets South in Castle Rock, 8/20

Thank you everyone who converged in Castle Rock at Parker's Restaurant (off-site) 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.

Attending:
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

Barry K7BWH

May 21, 2016

James K7KQA

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.)

VHF lunch in Ellensburg

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.

James K7KQA

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.

Yaesu FT-991
  • 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: PNWVHFS Lunch at Buster's BBQ in Tigard, Oregon on Mar 26, 2016
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

Wayne N6NB

August UHF Contest WILL Happen

Read all about it: www.AugustUHF.org (off-site)

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: (off-site)

The ARRL August UHF Contest for 2016 has been cancelled, while the ARRL VHF Contest Revitalization Committee considers alternatives.

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

Barry K7BWH

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.

Barry K7BWH

February 6, 2016

Bob K7JBU

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.

Bob K7JBU

January 30, 2016

Bill N7EU

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

Barry K7BWH

VHF Lunch at Parker's Steakhouse, Castle Rock, WA

A big group of VHFers enjoyed lunch at Parker's Steakhouse on Saturday.

Dave Lofgren K7RWT

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

Barry K7BWH

Dec 31, 2015

Barry K7BWH

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.

Happy New Year!

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!

Barry K7BWH

Dec 18, 2015

Barry K7BWH

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 geographic density
  • 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. (email)

Barry K7BWH
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

Lance W7GJ

FFMA #7 for Lance W7GJ

Lance Collister W7GJ and FFMA #7 Lance Collister W7GJ and FFMA #7 plaque

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 (off-site) 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 (off-site))
Frenchtown, MT   DN27ub

Nov 26, 2015

Dave Lofgren, K7RWT

6m DXCC from Oregon

Greetings Friends and Fellow VHF’ers,

Dave Lofgren K7RWT

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 (off-site) 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

Barry K7BWH

Poodle Dog Breakfast

Paul Kiesel K7CW

Paul K7CW received his shiny new Lewis & Clark certificate for the Spirit Bear Award #1 for working 15 grid squares in British Columbia.

Poodle Dog breakfast, Nov 14, 2015

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

Barry K7BWH

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 Seattle.

Web speed clipart

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 averaging 1.7s and will decrease to about 0.8s. Let me know if there are any hiccups, thanks.

Barry K7BWH
PNWVHFS Webmaster

Oct 11, 2014

Barry K7BWH

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

Barry K7BWH

Lewis & Clark award winner Paul K7CW

Paul Kiesel 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. Not it!

Barry K7BWH /R

September 28, 2015

Barry K7BWH

New Members!

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

Barry K7BWH

Big Gathering on 8/22 at Parker's Steakhouse, Castle Rock

Before lunch, some hams visited the Clark County Ham Fair (off-site) 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 (off-site) at I-5 Exit 49. Very good food, and a great chance for the two areas to meet up.

Gathering at Parker's Steakhouse in Castle Rock on Aug 22, 2015   Gathering at Parker's Steakhouse in Castle Rock on Aug 22, 2015

May 30, 2015

Barry K7BWH

Poodle Dog Breakfast

Many fine lies and complete fabrications were shared on the Wet Side at the Poodle Dog breakfast among the 12 people.

Attending: Matt Lawson KC7EQO from Sequim, Jim K7ND, Mike KD7TS, Bob W7BAS, Mark W7PJ, Stan KG7P, Barry K7BWH, Jerry W7IEW, Darryl WW7D, Bob N7QOZ, Tom KE7SW, Hal N7NW

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

Barry K7BWH

Poodle Dog Breakfast

It was another fine breakfast on the Wet Side at the Poodle Dog in Fife, with 17 attending.

Oct 11, 2014

Barry K7BWH

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

Jim K7YO

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

Barry K7BWH

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.

Lunch at the Poodle Dog Larry N0LL and Adam W2NCC

July 4, 2014

Barry K7BWH

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 necessary.

June 30, 2014

Jim K7ND

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

Barry K7BWH

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

Bruce KI7JA

Buster's BBQ Lunch, Portland, Oregon

There were 15 attending (including K7YO's non-ham son).
Busters BBQ Lunch Oregon From left around the table:
Gary K7GJT, Jerry K0JJ, Bob K7GE, Lou WA7GCS, Dave K7RWT, Ron N7EA, Kevin WH6KO, Bruce KI7JA (standing), Jim K7YO (standing), Chuck AF8Z, Marc KD7RYY, Mike KB7ME, Jim K7ND, Wayne AI9Q, and Jake taking the picture.

Bruce KI7JA