P. O. BOX 304 CHEHALIS, WA 98532





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



** FEBRUARY 7th, 2001 ** is the next CVARS monthly meeting. Held at the First Baptist Church of Chehalis, 1800 S. Market Blvd. at 7:30 p.m.



February 24 - Lewis County ARES training. 10am to noon in Chehalis. Location to be announced.

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. 9 am to 2 pm.



Jan 28 W7ZLR

Feb 4 K7OVN

Feb 11 KC7ASV

Feb 18 KC7QHJ

Feb 25 KK7AB

Mar 4 KA7EOV

Mar 11 KC7ASY

Mar 18 N7EIK

Mar 25 KC7TPK

Apr 1 W7ZLR

Apr 8 K7OVN



CVARS has two new members. Both studied on their own, took the Technicians license exam and passed. They are: Sandy Cornell, KD7LIN (KD7KQD David Blohn’s YL) and Cindy Kruger, KD7LOM (KK7AB Jim Kruger’s wife)





Bob Pickus, K7OGU became a silent key this past month. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue. From those of us who will always remember:

"K7OGU and SUE"


2001 DUES

2001 dues are due. If 2001 dues are not paid by this time next month, this will be the last newsletter to be received. Dues at $15 per month per person or family. They can be mailed to the address in our header or brought to the meeting on Feb 7th.



Lewis County ARES has scheduled a training exercise for February 24th between 10 am and noon. Location will be announced. For questions or queries contact EC/RO Bill Harwell, KC7QHJ at: 360-748-8086 or e-mail kc7qhj@arrl.net



Let’s face it, the Baw Faw repeater is in sad shape right now and it could seriously use YOUR HELP. The only way that we can continue operating is for your support. Whether by donations or joining a work party, we would be grateful. We are currently looking at doing a work party to go up to the site and remove, repair or replace the antennas. If you are interested in helping please contact either Eric, KD7CAO or Mike KI5KB. We are looking for someone that could assist in climbing the tower with Mike, KI5KB. Thank you for your continued support.

73’s Eric Gildersleeve, KD7CAO

e-mail egildersleeve@myhome.net



Since the FCC rule changes on Morse Code have gone into effect, it seems not much is said about operating CW any more. Here is the beginning of an article found and printed with permission from, Mike Tola, K3MT. The complete article can be found at http://users.erols.com/k3mt/k3mt.htm.

CW operators each have individual "sounds" to their rhythmic tapping of the key - or, as we say, pounding the brass. Some are beautiful to hear. Others need some practice, and still others are almost intelligible.

To be complimented on one’s fist, the beautiful, rhythmic pattern produced at brass pound is indeed a lofty goal. To be found out as a lid - a poor operator - is cause for concern and need of improvement. Ham radio, unlike the internet, does not engage in flame wars. Instead, we hams try our best to help one another, and take pride in doing so. That’s one reason I have written this.

Step 1 - position: Establish a comfortable position. Sit in a chair facing your operating table. Place the key on the table about even with your left shoulder. It should be fastened to a thin base, or to the table itself.

Put your right elbow on the table. Bend your right arm so your right hand touches the key. Move the key to do this: your thumb, index finger, and middle finger should all be able to touch the key’s knob.

Put your index finger on top of the knob, and use your thumb and middle finger to very lightly squeeze the opposite sides of the knob. Don’t overdo the squeezing - you should just be able to lift the key up with the right finger positions. Let your ring and little finger curl up lightly under your hand. You’ve now made a very loose fist. Put your fingers of your left hand under your right wrist. Relax. Now lift your right wrist just a bit and let your hand fall limp: your index finger should then fall heavily enough on the knob to just about close the key. A very slight downward pressure with your hand will complete key closure. Do not "push forward" with your arm to close the key: get the feel of hinging your hand at the wrist, with the forearm not moving. (Relax and have fun practicing)



The Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the Mason County Search and Rescue Council will be hosting the 2001 SAR conference. The Pre-Conference certification courses offered by the WA State Dept. of Emergency Management will begin on May 21st and go through May 25th. The conference will be on May 25th at noon and will conclude on May 27th at 4:00 pm. There will be please of camping sites for RV’s and tents. There will be special awards for SAR unit flags or banners, a SAR Olympics competition and evening entertainment. For info call (360) 427-9670 ext 303 or e-mail at sheriff@so.co.mason.wa.us. Contact for Lewis County is EC Bill Harwell, KC7QHJ.



The Editor for this paper is Karen Schessler. My address is P. O. Box 1372 Chehalis, WA 98532-0340.  My e-mail is kc7htg@localaccess.com.



This year’s Communications Academy has been scheduled for April 21-22, at the NOAA Conference Center at Sand Point in Seattle. (Same place as last year) The theme of the conference this year is borrowed from the IARU’s theme for World Amateur Radio Day on April 18. That is "Providing Disaster Communications: Amateur Radio in the 21st Century" Marina Zuetell, N7LSL is the Medical Services DEC and can be contacted at n7lsl@arrl.net or home phone is (206) 524-6567. Local contact would be Lewis County EC Bill Harwell, KC7QHJ