CHEHALIS VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY
P. O. BOX 304 CHEHALIS, WA 98532
APRIL, 2001 EDITOR KA7CVT
2001 BOARD MEMBERS
Pres Jim Kruger KK7AB
1st V.P. Loren Krenelka KD7EMH
2nd V.P Bill Harwell KC7QHJ
3rd V.P. Eric Gildersleeve KD7CAO
Sec Stacie Munro KD7JPL
Treas. Mike Schessler KC7HTG
** APRIL 4th, 2001 ** is the next CVARS monthly meeting. Held at the First Baptist Church of Chehalis, 1800 S. Market Blvd. at 7:30 p.m.
April 12 Lewis County Historical Bike Ride.
April 21-22 Communications Academy. NOAA Conference Center at San Point in Seattle.
May 4-6 Lewis County Spring Youth Fair. Southwest Washington Fairgrounds.
May 25-27 2001 Washington State Search and Rescue Conference. Mason County Fair Grounds.
June 23-24 ARRL Field Day.
September 30 CVARS Swap meet. Southwest Washington Fair Grounds. 9am to 2 pm.
Apr 8 KC7ASV May 6 KC7ASY Jun 3 KC7ASV
Apr 15 KC7QHJ May 13 N7EIK Jun 10 KC7QHJ
Apr 22 KK7AB May 20 KC7TPK Jun 17 KK7AB
May 6 KA7EOV May 27 K7OVN Jun 24 KA7EOV
by Rob Hanson, N7NZV
LEWIS COUNTY HISTORICAL BIKE RIDE
On Saturday, May 12 we have been invited to provide communications for the Lewis County Historical Bike Ride. I understand that our club has been involved in this event in the past and I am thrilled that we have been asked to do so again. Personally, public service events are one of my favorite things about Ham radio.
There will be 4 courses for the riders to choose from. A 100 mile, 72 mile, 46 mile, and a 20 mile. The courses all overlap each other to some degree so it is not as spread out as it might seem. We will need to man 4 water stops, the start / finish point, and some, as yet undisclosed, locations along the route. If we have enough bodies I would also like to put an operator in the "sag wagon". This is a van that is available for mechanical break downs, flat tires, and / or slightly injured riders.
I already have several volunteers. If this is something you think you might be interested in, please feel free to contact me. If you are worried that you have no experience, DON'T WORRY. We can team you up with a more experienced operator and you can learn the ropes that way. Remember, we were all new at this once too.
I would like to have enough support that we can put two people at each location. More enjoyable, less monotonous, and some what safer. So come on out, maybe meet some of our newer club members, make some new friends, provide a public service to the community, and last but not least, give Ham Radio some good exposure. Contact me at 807-6189 or e-mail to email@example.com.
73 Terry K7TJN (AKA/NØKNG)
Jim Pace, K7CEX, District 4 DEC says "Kudos to Lewis County ARES/RACES Team, for their response to the earthquake. I was very proud of their response and professional actions. You folks are a credit to your community.
The official ARRL bulletin reads as follow:
AMATEUR RADIO MOUNTS QUICK QUAKE RESPONSE
Hams responded within minutes after an earthquake hit the Seattle area the morning of February 28. The epicenter was some 35 miles southwest of Seattle, but the quake was felt as far away as Salt Lake City. Washington Governor Gary Locke declared a state of emergency for western Washington. As of week's end, Amateur Radio had scaled back its response as power and telephone service returned to the stricken region. Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) teams in the quake zone were mobilized within minutes of the event. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) and the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) also activated. Residents in the affected region now are picking up the pieces. Damage estimates could top $2 billion. Upwards of 350 injuries--a few of them serious enough to require hospitalization--were reported, but no deaths were directly attributed to the earthquake.
ARRL Western Washington Section Manager Harry Lewis, W7JWJ, reported that very soon after the quake struck, State RACES Officer Jim Sutton, WA7PHD, was on the air, handling net control duties for the Washington State Emergency Net on 75 meters from the State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray. Western Washington Section Nets also activated on HF SSB, and in the Seattle area, ARES volunteers had mounted an emergency repeater net with King County EC Rich Hodges, KB7TBF, and Lt. Russ Reed, N7NOV, of the US Coast Guard sharing NCS chores. Several other county ARES nets took to the air. Amateur Radio operators also set up a temporary 2-meter net to assist the Red Cross with damage assessment. An unconfirmed report says one ham used an ATV link from a helicopter to the State EOC--where Governor Locke was on hand—to survey the damage below.
While Eastern Washington was not as badly affected, Spokane County ARES/RACES activated to assist. Because the Spokane County Department of Emergency Management had trouble maintaining contact with the State EOC at Camp Murray, an auxiliary cross-state link was established via the Washington Emergency Net. "This HF link was maintained by Spokane County's off-site Official Emergency Stations, communicating with operators at the County EOC by 2 meters," said Spokane County EC Nathan Jeffries, KI7QT, who said the action drew later praise from a County emergency official. Eastern Washington SM Kyle Pugh, KA7CSP, said "a loose information net" also fired up on 40 meters to handle general inquiries and health-and-welfare traffic. The Alaska Pacific Emergency Preparedness Net also took the airwaves on 20 meters (14.292 MHz). "The net was opened within minutes of the quake, and hundreds of messages were passed," said Bob Baker, NL7UH, in Anchorage, Alaska. Baker praised net participants for their "very highly professional manner. The net was formed after the 1964 Alaska earthquake, and it includes several net control stations in Alaska and in the "Lower 48." The SATERN Net activated for about six hours on 20 meters (14.265 MHz), processing health-and-welfare information requests and handing out situation reports from Washington and Oregon amateur stations. "Scores of stations over the nation assisted in relay," said National SATERN Director Pat McPherson, WW9E. SATERN's Web site, www.go.to/satern, remains available for inquiries. Lewis said he was "deeply impressed" by the speedy amateur response.
HOW TO BECOME A GREAT FIST (part 2)
Step 2 - adjusting the key
Adjust the gap under the key contact. Open the gap with the rear screw on the key. Adjust the side screws so the armature - the part that rocks up and down - doesn't wobble from side to side. Also adjust them so the armature contact is centered over the base contact - these are usually just ahead of the front screw, on the bottom side of the armature. Don't over tighten the side screws. Then adjust the rear screw for clearance, using a sheet of paper, or sometimes an ace of spades. Tighten the gap until the card or paper can just be pulled out easily. Do not over tighten. When this is right, raising your wrist should let your fingers fall on the key knob and close the contact. Adjust the key spring tension - the front screw - to get the right tension. Too heavy a spring will demand that you move your forearm, and this will cramp your wrist" in a short time.
Step 3 - getting the beat
Find a metronome or get some other way to produce 120 audible beats per minute. I couldn't afford a metronome, so I practiced in our kitchen. I let the faucet drip onto the back of a pan, and adjusted it for the beat rate I needed. Listen to the beat. Practice pressing the key down on one beat, and releasing it on the next. Keep this up for at least one minute. If your arm or wrist begin feeling cramped, you are not relaxing enough. This is not physical exercise - it is an exercise in relaxing and getting the feel of an even on-off action of the key.
The Editor for this paper is Karen Schessler
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