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



** JUNE 6th, 2001 ** is the next CVARS monthly meeting. Held at the First Baptist Church of Chehalis, 1800 S. Market Blvd. at 7:30 p.m.


June 23-24 - ARRL Field Day.

September 30 - CVARS Swap meet. Southwest Washington Fair Grounds. 9 am to 2 pm.



Jun 3          KC7ASV

Jun 10        KC7QHJ

Jun 17        KK7AB

Jun 24        KA7EOV

July 1         KC7ASY

July 8         N7EIK

July 15       KC7TPK

July 22       K7OVN

July 29       KC7ASV


Aug 5        KC7QHJ

Aug12       KK7AB

Aug19       KA7EOV



June's meeting program will consist of a presentation by 1st V.P. Loren, KD7EMH on Field Day. For those who are thinking about participating in Field Day this year, Loren will have a "how to" on Field Day protocols, logging etc.



Because of the July 4th holiday, July's meeting will be on July 11th instead of the first Wednesday of the month. July's program will be a presentation on QRP.



3rd V.P. Eric, KD7CAO has acquired four ducklings as CVARS mascots. Anyone wishing to name them needs to contact Eric with ideas...



Attendees from CVARS were; Bill Harwell-KC7QHJ, Eric Gildersleeve-KD7CAO, Stephanie Vander Meer-KC7ASY, and Jim Vander Meer-KC7ASV.


There were many interesting classes offered, all of us attended several, including a nice APRS presentation by Dave Dobbins-K7GPS. Steph was under the weather for some of the time, but recovered fine. Eric brought his trailer mounted tower, which worked really well. He was able to access a whole bunch of 70cm repeaters, using his 11 element yagi at the top of the 24' tower. We strung up a 5 band home brew trap dipole as an inverted "Vee", mounting the apex to Eric's tower and the ends to the luggage rack on Jim's Jeep, and the bed of Eric's S10 pickup truck. We worked Calgary Alberta, and Ekilstuna Sweden, on 20M, and several stateside stations on 20 and 40M, using Jim's IC 765 from Jim and Steph's tent trailer.


We were also able to check in on the WSEN net on 75M Saturday AM using Bill Harwell's IC 706 Mk II and an 80M dipole that Bill strung between two trees. This station was housed in Bill's Silver Streak travel trailer. It appears that we can "get out" on HF pretty well, using temporary field antenna setups.


One of the highlights of the SAR conferences is a banner contest, a popularity contest of the banners that each group displays at their campsite. CVARS took first prize, with our club banner, even winning out over a nice banner, held by two rather attractive, and somewhat scantily dressed young ladies! We all felt that this was a defiant "coup". All returned tired but safe, Sunday afternoon.

73, Jim KC7ASV



Terry Neumann, K7TJN will have a full report at the June 6th meeting.



from Jim Pace, K7CEX


Here's a phase of Ham Radio that not everyone is involved in, mostly because of the special equipment that is normally needed.


Work the International Space Station on 2 meters? Yes, that's right, with your normal 2 meter gear you can work the crew of ISS, and get a QSL card for your efforts.


The best situation is a beam and a bit of power, however it's not necessary. I have worked the station on packet and on FM phone, with a vertical antenna and ten watts. My last contact was with Susan Helms, who says the view from up there is "indescribable", and I believe her. If you don't have $20,000,000.00 to buy a ride into space, you can still get in on some of the fun, by talking to those who are able to go into space.


Here's how: Most passes are on packet. the uplink is 145.99 and the downlink is 145.80. Go into your "unproto" and remove the CQ or whatever is there. Then type your grid square indicator (your location) the word via then nocall.


When you are done this is what it should look like: CN86MR VIA NOCALL the CN86MR is my grid square. Now when you hear the station signals, hit "return" . Your station will send a signal up - watch your screen; if you make it, you will see your unproto message come on your screen. You may have to repeat your transmission many times as there are a lot of "data crashes" up there as many hams are trying to get through. Right now, the station is only acting as a repeater - signal up, signal down. You may be able to use your converse mode and have a quick QSO with another station here on earth.


Now, for FM voice: the uplink is 144.49 and the downlink is 145.80. Listen for the voice signal, before you begin trying contact. If there are packet signals, don't try voice. You won't have any problem hearing the voice station, the signal is nice and strong. (only has to come 230 miles). Contacts on FM voice are limited to exchanging call signs and a quick comment about signal; maybe a comment on the weather. Remember that on phone and packet there are lots of hams trying to get through - don't hog the channel. (get it? hog... ham)


Now, how to find the station. The web has a couple of tracker programs that you can use. I use the one at: www.kc7lsp.net


Check it out gang and have fun with ISS expedition 2.


To get a QSL card, send your card with a SASE to:

ARRL Headquarters


225 Main Street

Newington, CT


Have a good time   73   Jim



Jim KK7AB, Justin KC7UXL, Mike KC7HTG, and Karen KA7CVT participated in a "two meter invitational" golf day at Fort Lewis on May 20th. Those also participating were Dan N7VOE and son Jonathan, Don N7LFH, and Dave AC7KP. Some played 9 holes and some played 18, some kept score and some did not. Everyone got a trophy, provided by Dan N7VOE and everyone had a wonderful time.



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.