CVARS    K7PG
  The Chehalis Valley
 Amateur Radio Society
A  501(c)(3) Non-profit

     ARRL special service club
CVARS Newsletter – February 5, 2020

CVARS WA7UHD Sunday Night Net Controller Schedule

When:        Wednesday, March 4, 2020
6:30 PM Board Meeting
7:00 PM Social Time
7:30 PM Program
Where:Lewis County Fire District 6 Training Room
corner of SW 21st St & Jackson Highway
Chehalis, WA

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. Preamble is at: .
Net controllers are:
February 9 Grant Gienger, KF7ZAO
February16 Bill Harwell, AC7SR
February23 Ken Adams,KK6YUQ

March 1
March 8

February 5, 2020 BOARD MEETING NOTES
MEETING CALLED TO ORDER: 1832 by Bill Harwell.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Harwell, Chuck Verdon, Paul Van Dyck, Bill Knepper, John Ellingson, Jim Pace and Kevin Rasku.

January MINUTES: Approved.

FINANCIAL REPORT: Bank Balance: $8,518.74

MERCER LIABILITY INSURANCE PREMIUM NOTICE: The 1 year renewal premium notice of $252.50 due March 22, 2020 was received. The board approved payment.

REPEATER: Eugene O'Neill presented a list of NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) weather related message codes. (Also see: Jim Pace and Chuck Verdon will review and recommend which codes to to send over the Baw Faw repeater. It was suggested to give a presentation to the membership.

Jim Pace asked if there was interest in relaying the "ARRL Amateur Radio Newsline" and/or "The Doctor Is In" podcasts over one of our repeaters.

WEYERHAEUSER SITE LEASE: Bill Harwell asked about the status of the Baw Faw repeater site lease renewal which was approved at the January meeting.

CONTESTING: Bill Harwell mentioned that the N3FJP contest logging application has the ability to collect individual contestant status in real time and to display the status. See: for more details.

SALMON RUN: Jim Pace mentioned the recent Salmon Run contest and was disappointed that there were not more club entries.

CVARS.ORG WEB SITE: James Van Ornum announced he is upgrading the web site to HTML5.


February 5, 2020 PROGRAM NOTES
The February 5, 2020 General Meeting was called to order by Bill Harwell at 7:30 PM with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag followed by people introducing themselves with their first name, call sign, home town, and whether they had seen enough snow this winter. The attendance signin sheets were passed around.

The February calendar, which is available at, was presented.

Bill Harwell summarized the recent Winter Field Day activity.

Leads and Needs:
─ Two people are interested in taking a General license class. James Van Ornum took their contact information and announced that others interested in a General class should contact him.
─ The ORCA (Oregon and California) Digital Net meets Tuesdays at 1930 Pacific Time on 3.581 MHz uses FLDIGI, FLMSG, and FLAMP. Additional information is available at A new Western Digital Net is starting Thursdays at 1930 Pacific Time on 3.581 MHz using MFSK-32.

Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, talked about Telegraph Key Collecting and learning International Morse Code. The ARRL website at has a collection of web resources to help learn the code. Farnsworth timing, where individual characters are sent with the target speed timing and the time between characters is increased to slow down the words per minute, is explained at The Kock learning method, starts with accurately recognizing 2 characters (k and m) and adding 1 character at a time.

Lynn also talked about various transmitting keys. Straight keys are available from Nye Viking at Vibroplex at has a line of semi-automatic (or "bug") morse code keys. Milestone Technologies at carries a broad line of straight keys, bugs, and iambic paddles.

The meeting adjourned about 9:03 PM. There were 35 people registering their attendance on the attendance sheet.

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