CVARS Newsletter - May 2011




                JUNE MEETING

                CVARS WA7UHD Sunday Night Net Controller Schedule

                MAY MEETING MINUTES

                PRESIDENT'S CORNER

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When:  Wednesday, June 1, 2011

                6:45 PM Board Meeting

                7:00 PM Social Time

                7:30 PM General Meeting and Program

Where:   Lewis County Fire District 5 Training Building

                115 E Washington St;  Napavine, WA

                Southwest corner of Washington & 2nd Ave;  parking lot entrance is off 2nd Ave

Program: To be announced.

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CVARS WA7UHD Sunday Night Net Controller Schedule


The CVARS WA7UHD Net meets Sunday at 8 PM local time on 145.430 MHz -offset 110.9 Hz tone. The net preamble is on the web site under the CVARS Info tab. Net controllers are:

                May    8 - Dick Morrison K7KFM

                May 15 - Bill Harwell AC7SR

                May 22 - Larry or Rita Pratt KE7YAC/KE7YAB

                May 29 - Jeff Mayfield KE7ACE

                June   5 - James Van Ornum KG4YWD

                June 12 - Dick Morrison K7KFM

                June 19 - Bill Harwell AC7SR

                June 26 – Loyann Munyan W7LOY

                July 3 – James Van Ornum KG4YWD


The Net Controller Schedule can be found on the web site under the CVARS Info tab.

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The board meeting was called to order at 7:03 PM with James Van Ornum, Jeff Mayfield, John Ellingson, Jim Campbell, Dick Morrison and Ken Wages attending. We had a late start because the combination for the entrance had been changed. Subsequent conversation with Eric Linn, Fire District 5 Chief, indicated that Eric had left Dick a message about the change. Dick had been out of the area until just before the meeting, so he had not heard the message.


James said that some people had a problem printing the newsletter when it was in the body of an email message. He proposed just sending a short email when the newsletter was posted on the web site. On the web site, a link to the latest newsletter is near the top of the main page.


James suggested we start thinking about where to hold the December Dinner meeting since the District 5 Training Building would be small for that event. We will discuss this further at the next meeting.


James said we still are looking for a secretary to serve for the remainder of 2011.


The board meeting adjourned at 7:09 PM.


James called the general meeting to order by James at 7:30 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


Announcements included:

1.       John Ellingson was holding a 50/50.

2.       John Ellingson reported a balance of $4259.48 in the club treasury.

3.       CVARS Net Controller signup sheet was circulated.

4.       CVARS meeting attendance sheets were circulated.

5.       James said a tour of the Mossy Rock Dam would be available Saturday, May7.

6.       Bill Harwell said the 29th Annual Lewis County Historical Ride would be held Saturday, May 7.

7.       Dick Morrison reported the VE exam held May 2 resulted in 14 new Technician class and 2 new General class licensees. Thanks were extended to Dick for his teaching and to the VE corps for their holding an examination session.


Bob Willey presented a sketch, which is copied below, of the Field Day (June 24-26) layout at Borst Park. During a general discussion it was decided that:

·         Setup would start at 6:30 PM, Friday, June.

·         Saturday’s pot-puck supper would begin at 5:30 PM.

·         Breakfast would be served at 8:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday. Bill Harwell will oversee the breakfast activity.

·         The N3FJP contest logging software would be used.

·         The assumption is that each station will operate on a single band, that is not switch bands during the event, so it is not critical to network the logging computers to avoid duplicates.

·         Evelyn Dailey, KE7ACI, will be contacting Rob Majoros, KD7RTL, for a coffee pot and possibly additional help on the food team.



Jeff Mayfield presented a video of Doug Wheelock operating as NA1SS from the International Space Station and talked about his experience contacting the ISS. The ISS video can be found at:



Jeff also showed a video of an air inflated antenna tower. We were not able to find a price for this antenna tower, which is available in three heights. Find the video at:



Chuck Verdon won the 50/50 pot of $20.


The general meeting adjourned and 8:43 PM. 24 people attended.

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LEWIS COUNTY HISTORICAL RIDE – This was a great community service event Saturday, May 7, with nearly 100 riders and with 13 hams providing communications and SAG (support and gear) vehicles. Thanks to all who helped out!


NEW HAMS – Congratulations to the newly licensed radio operators and to the teacher and the testers.


73,  James Van Ornum, KG4YWD