CVARS Newsletter – July 2011




                AUGUST MEETING

                CVARS WA7UHD Sunday Night Net Controller Schedule


                JULY MEETING MINUTES

                PRESIDENT'S CORNER

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When:  Wednesday, August 3, 2011

                6:45 PM Board Meeting

                7:00 PM Social Time

                7:30 PM General Meeting and Program

Where:   Lewis County Fire District 5 Administrative 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:

                July    10 - Dick Morrison K7KFM

                July    17 - Rita Pratt KE7YAB

                July    24 - Larry Pratt KE7YAC

                July    31 - James Van Ornum KG4YWD

                August    7 - Linda Morrison K7KFL

                August 14 - Dick Morrison K7KFM

                August 21 -

                August 28 -

                September   4 – James Van Ornum KG4YWD


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

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(other candidates are invited to submit their background statement for distribution to the CVARS membership by emailing to


I received my first ticket in 1957 as KN7CEX and upgraded in 1958 to General. Over nearly 54 years, I have been an active operator, promoting Amateur Radio and ARRL at every opportunity.  I have served as a OES, DEC, SEC and ASM in Western Washington, gaining experience and working my way up to Section Manager.


I am currently the ARRL Section Manager for Western Washington completing my second 2 year term. As SM, I have worked hard to strengthen Amateur Radio in Western Washington. We now have an ARES program that is head and shoulders above other programs in the country. Our OO program is the most active in the nation, logging several hundred hours of monitoring each month. We have always had a Technical Specialist program, but over the last 4 years we have developed it into a Technical Assistance program, for the benefit of all Hams - new or old. Recently the Technical Assistance program coordinator was asked to assist the National Weather Service, in troubleshooting and

repairing their Tiger Mountain repeater.


Over the past 4 years I have worked hard to develop good relationships between Western Washington Amateur Radio and our served agencies, such as:

Department of Natural Resources, FEMA Region 10 RF Division, Washington Emergency Management Division, Washington State Patrol and State Guard, and many others including our County Emergency Managers.


I am currently serving as the Washington State RACES Officer and represent Amateur Radio on the State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) that oversees the EAS/AMBER program.


Last year, I formed an EmComm working group with membership from all three State MARS units, FEMA Region 10, State EMD and ARES, to foster a working arrangement between the organizations. This year we will be adding others to the group such as SATERN, Coast Guard Aux and American Red Cross. Cooperation not competition is our goal.


Another project, started this year, is a program to reach out to Girl/Boy Scouts and other youth organizations, encouraging interest in Amateur Radio. I hope to get some of our clubs involved in JOTA, reaching out to the local Scouting organizations in their area.


I have 2 children: Tammy, who Lives in Pensacola Florida and Zach who lives in Beaverton, Oregon. I am retired but fill my time with church work, time with my children and Ham Radio. I also serve as the current chairman of the Centralia Civil Service Commission.


I am hoping to be re-elected for another term as SM, in order that I might finish some of the project started this term. You vote for me will assure WWA of strength and continuity for Amateur Radio in WWA.

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The board meeting was called to order at 6:55 PM with James Van Ornum, Jeff Mayfield, John Ellingson, Jim Campbell, Dick Morrison and Ken Wages attending.


1.       The Centralia Post Office Box has been closed. The $2 key deposit was returned and given to John.

2.       Stan Hedwall facility and waiver of fees forms have been submitted to Chehalis Parks and Recreation department for Field Day 2012. It was suggested that we return to Fort Borst Park again in 2012. Final decision on location was tabled.

3.       Details about the field trip to Camp MurraY Emergency Operations Center will be presented during the general meeting.

4.       Dick reported that the VE exam on June 28 yielded 2 new general licensees.

5.       Jim Pace, ARRL Western Washington Section Manager, is activating an outreach to scouts.

6.       Fire District 5 Firefighters Association is sponsoring a Community Garage Sale Friday to Sunday, July 15 to 17 in their Administrative Building parking lot.


The board meeting adjourned at 7:04 PM.


James called the general meeting to order at 7:28 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and everyone introducing themselves with first name and call sign.


Announcements included:

1.       John Ellingson was holding a 50/50.

2.       CVARS Net Controller signup sheet was circulated.

3.       CVARS meeting attendance sheets were circulated.

4.       James repeated the announcements listed above that were made at the board meeting.

5.       James thanked Jim Campbell for his efforts to bring Dave Morris, founder and webmaster of, to our club meeting. Dave needed to decline because of mechanical problems with his airplane.


Bob Willey present information about the field trip to the Washington State Emergency Operation Center at Camp Murray on Saturday, July 16. We will meet and car pool at the parking lot next to the Centralia City Hall, 118 Maple Street, at 12:30 PM. We expect to be back in Centralia between 4:30 and 5:00 PM. Riders must have a government issued ID, such as a driver license. Drivers should also have their vehicle registration and proof of vehicle insurance.


We’ll tour the Emergency Operations Center, 24 hour command center, amateur radio room, and possibly their emergency mobile communications trailer.


John Ellingson presented last minute information about the Swapmeet coming up July 30 and the picnic that follows the swapmeet. The road signs for the swapmeet were assigned for placement Friday evening or Saturday morning and for pickup after the swapmeet. The club has 2 expired General Class License Manuals that will be auctioned.


Don McDougall collected field day pictures from several people and organized them. James displayed the pictures and we all enjoyed talking about all that was done at field day, including the solar panels and the tree “antenna” that actually logged a few contacts Sunday morning.


Jim Campbell won the 50/50 pot of $10.


The general meeting adjourned and 8:36 PM. 17 people attended.

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FIELD DAY WRAPUP – All who participated really enjoyed Field Day 2011. It was great to have so many trees to support the antennas. And there was plenty to eat! We need to seriously consider where to setup next year, and we should try for more 2 meter activity and at least one digital station.


STATE EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER – Thanks to the Centralia ARES group for organizing this field trip. Let Bob Willey (, or 360-736-9633) know if you plan to go. It’ll be interesting to see a building build on springs for earthquake protection. Now, how did they hookup utilities?


SWAPMEET – (Is that 1 or 2 words??) Let’s all get out for at least a little while, and support the club’s one big money raising event. It is fun to look and buy. It is also fun to help out with ticket selling, setting up, cleanup, talkin station support, and just general gofering. See you there.


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


73,  James Van Ornum, KG4YWD