ARRL ClubWatts News

Monthly Newsletter of the

Olympia Amateur Radio Society

P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507

  April 2004
Edited by George Lanning  KB6LE 

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From the Oval ShackGreetings from the Oval Shack in the Spring 

This is always a beautiful and cheerful time of year, replete with many blossoming flowers and ham radio events. It is also a welcome precursor to summer antenna renovation season. Get ready, folks, your wire antennas have been oxidizing all winter. Your coax connectors need sealing. Your/my antennas may be or are drooping. Your/my coaxes may have been collecting water through capillary action down to the low drooping point of the coax feed line every time it rains. Those should probably be replaced. Lubed your rotor lately? Sealed your traps? Checked the SWR of all your antennas? You may not like what you see.

And of course there are the two or three "nice to have" antenna projects you/I need to put on order. Time's a wastin', folks. It'll be raining in September before we know it.

Speaking of blossoming operating events, Field Day is in two months. Lee Chambers, KI7SS, is ably in charge this year, so let him know if you will be participating, and in any particular areas in which you can assist. I myself have volunteered for the second-best part of the weekend, the potluck supper Saturday June 26th. Next month: category assignments.

My abundant kudos to our "Watts News" editor George Lanning, KB6LE, for his continued high quality newsletter output every single month. Watts News is one of the best designed ham radio organization newsletters produced in the Pacific area, and I get a lot of other newsletters. The topical content is always germane and informative, and he consistently reminds us to not take life too seriously. Nicely done, George, keep up the good work!

Re: his good work, that puzzle last month took me five hours! I know, must be nice to be retired, yes it is. I forgot about Lesotho, Dahomey, and Andorra. Those were tough. Next time he runs one of those, I think I'll peruse a map of Africa for a few minutes before I start. On sheer numbers alone, African countries are bound to come up more often than countries in other continents, and only the DXers work with those names with any frequency!

I don't know how many of you send out or respond to QSL cards, but I encourage all ham radio operators to QSL. As a ham radio operator that just got back in the hobby a couple years ago, I can tell you that receiving QSL cards from new friends all over the world is a highlight of the trip to my mailbox every day.

Right now I have received four hundred QSL cards from all over the world, and treasure every one of them. It amazes me as to all the different interests, philosophies, and personalities displayed by each station's QSL card. I have verified two hundred fifteen counties, forty one states, and five countries so far; only nine away from WAS -- getting there. And DXCC by 2024, that's fine. My point is, and I do have one, that if you do receive a QSL card from a ham radio operator with whom you had a QSO, it may very well MAKE THEIR DAY when they receive your QSL card from Thurston County Washington. It's part of what being a ham radio operator is all about, and it's fun too.

Those of you who have been good enough to run the OARS net on the repeater on Tuesday night, please also announce that the OARS CW net immediately follows at 2000 local on 3.68 MHZ. Want a little 8 WPM code practice once a week? That'll do it, including Technician Plus licensees and Novices. That's what clubs of friends are for.

There was an article on BPL on the ARRL web site (What a shock that is, eh?) a month ago, and it answered a few questions we had during the BPL discussion we had during our meeting a few months ago.

There are now audio recordings available on the web site so everyone can hear what BPL sounds like. Also, does anyone know if PSE has gone ahead with their BPL project? Let any of our officers or RFI Committee chairman Ghery Pettit N6TPT know if you hear anything.

I hope everyone in OARS is able to participate in the many operating events this summer and fall. The Capital City Marathon and Field Day have a long tradition of being great events for ham radio operators from around the Olympia area to get together and have fun operating their radios. See you there.


-- Leroy N7EIE

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Puzzle Answers

For those who may not have been as diligent as Leroy, here are last month's puzzle answers revealed:

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OARS Repeater Update

On Friday, April 9, 2004, the CTCSS Tone of 103.5 was turned back on for the 147.360 repeater. Also, the autopatch is now available, but there are currently no preprogrammed autodial slots.

When using the Autopatch, please identify first and then enter *phone number C. When finished with the call, enter #C and then identify (These are the same instructions given on the OARS Web Site.)

Thanks. We will be adding autodial slots in about a month.


-- Ken Dahl, K7TAG

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The BPL threat continues

Ever wonder about the rest of the world's current perception of Amateur Radio? This appeared recently in the Wall Street Journal. It ran on the front page in the middle column.

In This Power Play, High-Wire Act Riles Ham-Radio Fans

New Use for Lines Sparks Tension With Operators; 'Firestorm' in Penn Yan

March 23, 2004

Rick Lindquist drove down a street in a New York City suburb, ignoring the snow swirling around his car and twirling the dial on the ham radio mounted to the side of his dashboard. The radio picked up an operator in Minnesota discussing antennas, the Salvation Army's daily emergency network check and then the time, as broadcast from Colorado by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

As the car turned onto North State Road in the village of Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County, the voices faded, replaced with whirs and wahs -- what could have been sound effects from a 1950s science-fiction movie. The source, according to Mr. Lindquist, was right outside the window: the power lines running alongside the road.

Owned by Consolidated Edison, the lines transmit not just electricity but data, much like phone and cable-TV wires. The utility is testing a system for reading meters, probing for outages and potentially offering high-speed Internet access to its customers via their electrical outlets. The interference from the power lines "ranges from very annoying to that's-all-I-can-hear," contends Mr. Lindquist, 58 years old, who often taps out Morse-code messages as he drives.

In a clash between the dots and dashes of the telegraph and the bits and bytes of the Web, the nation's vocal but shrinking population of ham-radio operators, or "hams" as they call themselves, are stirring up a war with the utility industry over new power-line communications. Hams have flooded the Federal Communications Commission with about 2,500 letters and e-mails opposing power-line trials. In a letter to the FCC, the American Radio Relay League, a ham-radio group with 160,000 members, called power-line communications "a Pandora's box of unprecedented proportions."

The league has raised more than $300,000 from nearly 5,600 donors since last summer, to pay for testing, lobbying and publicity to spread the word about the perceived threat. A half-dozen hams even confronted FCC Chairman Michael Powell, a big advocate of the power-line technology, when he visited a test site near Raleigh, N.C., earlier this month.

The problem, most ham operators contend, is that power lines weren't built to carry anything other than electricity. Telephone and cable-TV lines are either shielded with a second set of wires or twisted together to prevent their signals from interfering with other transmissions. But signals sent over electrical wires tend to spill out, the hams contend.

The FCC and the utilities say new technologies have eliminated the interference and accuse the hams of exploiting the issue for their own gains. "We haven't seen the sun darken and everything electrical turn to white noise and haze during a deployment," says Matt Oja, an executive at Progress Energy, whose test Mr. Powell visited. "This is a fairly vocal group that has been whipped into a frenzy by their organization."

The controversy comes at a sensitive time for the hams. Not too many decades ago, ham-radio operators were on the cutting edge of communications technology. They chatted with people in far-flung places at a time when long-distance calling was still a luxury. They spread word of disasters that otherwise might have taken days to reach the public. In the age of e-mail, wireless Internet access and cell phones that double as walkie-talkies, many operators worry that their hobby will fade away.

To become a fully licensed ham operator, people still need to learn Morse code, though that requirement likely will be dropped soon after more than a decade of debate. Aging hams, who built crystal radio sets as kids or were radio operators during World War II, are dying. Fewer youngsters are replacing them. Armed with powerful computers, today's young tinkerers grow up to be tech geeks, playing video games and writing software.

The American Radio Relay League has seen its membership shrink to today's 160,000 from a peak of 175,000 in 1995, and the average member is in his mid-50s. The group estimates that there are about 250,000 active ham-radio enthusiasts.

Hams always have been a quirky bunch. They haunt a series of short-wave radio frequencies set aside for them by the federal government in the 1930s. Other slices of the spectrum are reserved for AM and FM radio, broadcast television, cell phones, and police and fire departments, among other uses.

Hams take great pride in radioing around the world. One favorite game: trying to contact someone in each of the 3,000-plus counties in the U.S. Mr. Lindquist is so enthusiastic about ham radio that he vacations in spots such as Whitehorse, the capital of Canada's Yukon Territory, so other hams can claim they made contact with that city.

Ed Thomas, the FCC's chief engineer, says the commission has spent a year listening to the hams' concerns about power lines and is getting frustrated. "Why is this thing a major calamity?" he says. "And honestly, I'd love the answer to that."

Companies such as Con Ed and Progress note that current FCC regulations call for systems to be shut down if they interfere with hams. The radio operators agree the rules are clear, but they fear they will be rescinded or not enforced.

Con Ed says its system in Briarcliff Manor doesn't interfere with the hams and maintains that, in two years of testing, it hasn't received one complaint. But the American Radio Relay League says it did mention this system in its letters to the FCC, and it has been complaining about it on its Web site.

The hams have been quick to act wherever systems are being rolled out. Just days after Penn Yan, a town of 5,200 that sits amid New York's Finger Lakes, approved a plan to test power-line Internet access, "the firestorm started with the ham-radio operators -- letters, e-mails, telephone calls saying, 'You can't do this,' " recalls Mayor Doug Marchionda Jr.

Hoping to keep everyone happy, he approached David Simmons, a local ham and owner of an electronics store that sells radio gear. They surveyed the town before the trial began to get base readings of interference. They even pinpointed a spot that had bothered police and firefighters for years, tracing it to refrigerators at a local supermarket.

With the refrigerators fixed and the power-line system in place over nine blocks of Penn Yan, Mr. Simmons is satisfied that there is no interference and now favors the new technology. "This thing has caught quite a buzz," he says. "It's just so much negativity out there."

Tom Gius, a ham-radio operator in Alpine, Texas, sees the power lines as a threat to the public services that hams provide. When hailstorms sweep through each spring, Mr. Gius heads to the local radio station, while other hams fan out to the north, south, east and west. They communicate by radio, and Mr. Gius passes information to the radio station. "We won't be able to understand each other, it'll be so noisy," frets Mr. Gius, a 60-year-old retired broadcaster.

-- from Steve Stroh N8GNJ, via seatcp mailing list

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A Mafia godfather finds out that his bookkeeper has embezzled ten million bucks from him. This bookkeeper happens to be deaf, so the godfather brings along his attorney, who knows sign language.

The godfather asks the bookkeeper: "Where is the 10 million bucks you embezzled from me?"

The attorney, using sign language, asks the bookkeeper where the 10 million dollars is hidden. The bookkeeper signs back: "I don't know what you are talking about."

The attorney tells the godfather: "He says he doesn't know what you're talking about."

That's when the godfather pulls out a 9 mm pistol, puts it to the bookkeeper's temple, cocks it, and says: "Ask him again!"

The attorney signs to the underling: "He'll kill you for sure if you don't tell him!" The bookkeeper signs back: "OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed in my cousin Enzo's backyard in Queens."

The godfather asks the attorney: "Well, what'd he say?" The attorney replies: "He says you don't have the guts to pull the trigger!"

-- from W1GMF, via packet

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When my cousin, Bobby, was 3 years old he was sitting on the porch eating watermelon. He wasn't bothering with the seeds, he was just swallowing them. His mother told him if he didn't quit swallowing the seeds, he would have a watermelon growing in his stomach.

A few days later at the grocery store a lady who was quite pregnant came up behind Bobby and his mother in the checkout line. Bobby turned around and pointed at the lady's belly and, in a very loud voice, said "I know what you've been doing!"

-- from W1GMF, via packet

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Treasurer's Report

As of 3/30/04

GENERAL FUND (checking account)

    Previous balance $ 1,189.87

        Income 450.27

        Expenses 1,264.52

    Ending balance 375.62

REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)

    Previous balance $ 974.58

        Income 2.18

        Expenses 0.00

    Ending balance 976.76

-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer

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OARS Net check-ins

The following stations checked in on the OARS General Information Net one or more times in the month of March, 2004:


* Net Control Stations

The net meets at 7:30 every Tuesday evening on the 3 linked OARS repeaters: 147.36, 224.46, and 441.40 MHz. All Hams are invited to check in.

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Is it a stroke?

This might be a lifesaver if we can remember the three questions!

Is It a Stroke? Or is it in your mind?

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say any bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February.

Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.

PASS IT ON...............

-- Keith McDonald, N7JSK

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FCC invites comments on Amateur Radio restructuring plans

The FCC is seeking comment on three plans, one from the ARRL, that would reshape the Amateur Service licensing structure. Each Petition for Rule Making responds to World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 actions last summer that made changes to Article 25 of the international Radio Regulations. While differing substantially in some other aspects, the three petitions call for modifications at Amateur Radio's entry level and for a three-tiered license system. One petition goes beyond licensing structure to recommend additional changes to amateur testing and HF digital privileges. A fourth petition focuses solely on the Morse requirement. Comments are due by April 24 on all four petitions.

Designated RM-10867, ARRL's petition asks the FCC to create a new entry-level license class -- being called "Novice" for now. It would offer limited HF CW/data and phone/image privileges on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters plus certain VHF and UHF privileges. The League plan also would consolidate Technician, Tech Plus (Technician with Element 1 credit) and General licensees into a new General license that no longer would require a Morse examination. Current Technicians automatically would gain General privileges without additional testing. Applicants for Amateur Extra would still have to pass a 5 WPM Morse code examination, but the General and Extra written exams would stay the same.

A news report "ARRL to Propose New Entry-Level License, Code-Free HF Access" www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/01/19/1/, has further details. Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are addressed on the ARRL Web site, www.arrl.org/news/restructuring2/faq.html.

An "unincorporated grassroots organization," the Radio Amateur Foundation (RAF), has filed a petition designated as RM-10868. Its wide-ranging filing asks the FCC to modify the Technician ticket to allow restricted HF phone, data, image and CW privileges. The group also proposes retaining the 5 WPM Morse requirement for General and Amateur Extra applicants, upgrading Advanced class holders to Extra and all Novices to Technician. The Radio Amateur Foundation said it sees no need to change licensing requirements for General or Amateur Extra applicants.

The RAF also wants to scrap existing Amateur Radio question pools and start over from scratch, keeping the question pools out of the public domain and requiring a 10-day waiting period before retesting. In addition, it would permit only Generals and Amateur Extras or Technicians licensed more than two years to request vanity call signs.

The RAF has further asked the FCC to permit digital experimentation from 29.0 to 29.3 MHz at bandwidths of up to 15 kHz.

In his two-page petition designated RM-10869, Ronald D. Lowrance, K4SX, calls on the FCC to retain the 5 WPM Morse code requirement for General class applicants and to raise the Morse requirement to 13 WPM for Amateur Extra class applicants. He called Morse code "the most reliable mode of communication" in an emergency. Lowrance would make no change in Technician licensing requirements.

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) wants the FCC to establish a new entry-level license called the Communicator class. Its petition, designated RM-10870, reiterates its call -- first made last fall in RM-10787 -- to altogether eliminate the Morse code testing requirement.

The NCVEC's petition would upgrade all current Novices to Communicator class. The NCVEC would further upgrade all existing Technician and Tech Plus (Technician with Element 1 credit) licensees to General and all Advanced class licensees to Amateur Extra without further testing. Once the Morse requirement goes away, NCVEC said in its filing, "there will be no effective difference between the Technician and General class licenses."

The new Communicator ticket would permit a power limit of 100 W on bands below 24 MHz and 50 W on all frequencies above 24 MHz. Communicator licensees would have to use commercially manufactured equipment (or gear built from a commercial kit). They could operate both voice and digital modes on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters plus VHF and UHF up to 70 cm.

All three license restructuring plans call for changes to the present HF subbands.

Interested parties may view and comment on these petitions via the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System, www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html. When entering the RM number in the ECFS "Proceeding" field, RM must be in capital letters and the hyphen must be included.

-- ARRL Bulletin ARLB007

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-- from David, ZL3AI, via packet

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2004 OARS Dues

The OARS Directory which follows in this issue includes only members whose dues are current. If your name is missing, perhaps you forgot to renew.

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OARS Directory By Name

Name                   Call    Address                    City ST ZIP            Phone

Larry Alvar            KD7TQW  3412 Beth Ct NE            Lacey WA 98516-9248    360-413-7539

Geoff Apgar            W7JEZ   P.O. Box 5801              Lacey WA 98503         360-923-0109

Reade Apgar            N7AGG   929 Trosper Rd SW RM 126   Tumwater WA 98512      360-754-0395

Fred Baker             W7SIX   224 Satsop Ave             Shelton WA 98584       360-357-2662

Jack Barber            W1PRT   4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE  Lacey WA 98503         360-438-5921

Ruth Barber            K1IIF   4316 Chambers Lake Dr. SE  Lacey WA 98503         360-438-5921

Ben Bennett            N7IVM   1212 Tabitha Ct NW         Olympia WA 98502       360-705-8533

Jon Bennett            W7LWB   7132 Hawks Prairie Rd NE   Lacey WA 98516         360-459-0697

Ruth Bolstad           KC7QHK  929 Trosper Rd SW          Tumwater WA 98512-6961 360-754-7433

Duane Braford          WB7ROZ  204 Shadow Ln NE           Olympia WA 98506       360-412-1902

Tiffany Braford        KD7KHE  204 Shadow Ln NE           Olympia WA 98506       360-412-1902

William Braford        KD7SQT  2030 Cardinal Lane         Lacey WA 98503         360-438-5777

Bob Brown              KA7KSK  6106 Lemon Rd NE           Olympia WA 98506       360-452-3842

Richard Bullard        KD7RAT  2020 Mare Ct SE            Olympia WA 98501       360-357-3249

Harold Burchards       KD7YOE  6029 55th Ct SE            Lacey WA 98513         360-413-0869

Mick Bush              N7ZTU   1003 Surrey Trace Dr. SE   Olympia WA 98501       360-956-3312

Sharon Campbell        N7DHE   9101-24 Steilacoom Rd.     Olympia WA 98513       360-491-6460

George Carle           N7ARY   1809 Centerwood Dr SE      Olympia WA 98501       360-943-3536

Chris Chambers         KA7BNS  908 Narnia Lane NW         Olympia WA 98502       360-866-0800

Kristopher Chambers    KC7ZWN  908 Narnia Lane NW         Olympia WA 98502       360-866-0800

Lee Chambers           KI7SS   908 Narnia Lane NW         Olympia WA 98502       360-866-0800

Marie Chambers         KC7MNM  908 Narnia Lane NW         Olympia WA 98502       360-866-0800

Morgan Chambers        KC7VNY  908 Narnia Lane NW         Olympia WA 98502       360-866-0800

Ray Chenhall           AA7ET   9038 Waddell Creek Rd SW   Olympia WA 98512       360-902-7378

Thomas Christian       W7IOM   5825 Stellar Ln SE         Olympia WA 98513       360-459-3060

Sarah Coats            KD7WSH  2413 Woodfield Lp SE       Olympia WA 98501       360-491-3749

Marc Cote              KD7MHC  2105 Wedgewood Dr SE       Olympia WA 98501       360-753-2276

Daniel Crane           KB7DFL  4310 Glen Terra Dr. SE     Lacey WA 98503         360-459-1564

Ken Dahl               K7TAG   1120 Palomino Ct SE        Tumwater WA 98501-8633 360-534-9357

Rick Damitio           W7DOY   7023 Mullen Rd SE          Olympia WA 98503       360-491-2587

Tom Dennis             KA4VVA  1919 Evergreen Pk Dr #18   Olympia WA 98502       360-754-6651

Ken Elfbrandt          AA7MX   1727 Sleater-Kinney Rd SE  Lacey WA 98503         360-438-5971

James Elliott          AA7OH   3455 Martin Way #18        Olympia WA 98506       360-456-5571

Gary Ernest            N7HKI   2718 24th Ave. SE          Olympia WA 98501       360-352-2503

Isabel Ernest          KA7WIC  2718 24th Ave. SE          Olympia WA 98501       360-352-2503

Bill Fill              KD5IC   3 Fair Oaks Dr             Conway AR 72032        501-327-0337

Dora Anna Fill         NI5D    3 Fair Oaks Dr             Conway AR 72032        501-327-0337

Ed Fitzgerald          N7WW    5006 Lacey Blvd. SE        Lacey WA 98503         360-491-2289

Dave Gates             KD7YXY  PO Box 414                 Tenino WA 98589        360-956-7574

Robert Goodnow         N7JHJ   4017 Indian Summer Dr SE   Olympia WA 98513       360-456-2427

Helen Hannigan         KB7JDL  2409 Morse Rd SE           Olympia WA 98501       360-352-9189

Ron Hill               W7NN    10624 Zephyr Ln SW         Olympia WA 98512       888-357-7779

Gerald Julian          KD7CZN  4417 Clar Mar Ln SE        Olympia WA 98501-4711  360-943-7009

John Kennedy           KD7ISO  PO Box 5556                Lacey WA 98509

Sharon Kinder          N7SSD   502 S. Edison St.          Olympia WA 98501       360-943-6187

George Lanning         KB6LE   4129 Green Cove N.W.       Olympia WA 98502       360-866-2185

David LeFevre          KC7FEC  8128 Bo Court SE           Olympia WA 98513       360-413-7405

Paul Leach             N7GGX   2030 Cardinal Lane         Lacey WA 98503         360-438-5777

Lee Lininger           W7RLL   20525 Lonesome Ln SE       Yelm WA 98597

Vaunn Litchfield       KD7UJH  7844 Holiday Valley Dr     Olympia WA 98502       360-866-3618

Chuck Lund             K7VRE   PO Box 14729               Tumwater WA 98511      360-319-8715

Robert Lyon            AA7YD   7734 Nottingham Ct SE      Olympia WA 98503       360-459-9263

Sara Lyon              AB7PS   7734 Nottingham Ct SE      Olympia WA 98503       360-459-9263

Keith McDonald         N7JSK   10337 Carney Dr. SE        Olympia WA 98501       360-352-2514

Lawrence McKnight      KD7MBP  4931 Delores Dr NE         Olympia WA 98516       360-412-5973

Dick McRoberts         WB9ZIP  9101-68 Steilacoom Rd SE   Olympia WA 98513       360-438-2965

Dennis Mills           N7MEA   804 Narnia Lane NW         Olympia WA 98502

John Moore             N7GMC   2407 Tyndell Circle SW     Tumwater WA 98502      360-357-6234

Kathleen Moore         KC7RHK  2407 Tyndell Circle SW     Tumwater WA 98502      360-357-6234

Tim Nairn              KB7UKX  5629 Sleater Kinney Rd NE  Olympia WA 98506       360-491-4956

David Palmer           AC7PT   2413 Woodfield Lp SE       Olympia WA 98501       360-491-3749

Brian Parsons                  3235 Lilly Rd NE           Olympia WA 98506-3009  360-438-3966

Jeff Parsons           KC7GBQ  3235 Lilly Rd NE           Olympia WA 98506-3009  360-438-3966

Charles Scovill        KC7FEE  6625 Bellevista St NW      Olympia WA 98502       360-866-1961

Rollo Shaw             AB7NE   1809 Sawyer St SE          Olympia WA 98501       360-754-9682

Don Shields            KJ7NV   1872 Circle LN SE          Lacey WA 98503         360-438-5066

Kenneth Smith          W7HRY   7627 Cooper Point Rd. NW   Olympia WA 98502       360-866-2507

Leroy Smith            N7EIE   8525 Mahonia Ct SE         Yelm WA 98597-9794     360-458-8286

Thom Solberg           N7KJG   3067 60th Ave SE           Olympia WA 98501       360-456-3297

Kip Stilz              K7KIP   4625 Norcross Ct SE        Olympia WA 98501       360-456-4949

Charles Stoddard       NX6W    1737 Judd St NE            Olympia WA 98516

Brett Taylor           KC7OQJ  3720 Wesley Loop NW        Olympia WA 98502        360-866-0683

Paul Taylor            KC7LA   3720 Wesley Loop NW        Olympia WA 98502        360-866-0683

Bill Tilton            K7OKC   3700 14th Ave SE #120      Olympia WA 98501

Deloise Tilton         KB7GEG  3700 14th Ave SE #120      Olympia WA 98501

Bill Waesche           KE7CG   PO Box 1190                Rainier WA 98576        360-446-5085

Steve Ward             WC7I    5034 Meridian Rd. NE       Olympia WA 98506        360-456-4249

Kathy Watkinson        KC7OQM  1405 9th Ave SE            Olympia WA 98501        360-943-4352

Larry Watkinson        KC7CKO  1405 9th Ave SE            Olympia WA 98501        360-943-4352

Al Williams            K7PUC   706 Frederick St NE        Olympia WA 98506        360-753-1328

Jeff Withers           W3GE    6010 193rd Ave SW          Rochester WA 98579      360-273-8614

Lisa Withers           KB7PNX  6010 193rd Ave SW          Rochester WA 98579      360-273-8614

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Vandals 1, WC7I 0

Vandals attacked the WC7I repeater on or about April 12, 2004. Using a pair of bolt cutters, they cut the lock on the automobile gate, then cut the chain on the perimeter fence, and then cut the chain on the stairs that lead up the back of the water tower.

Apparently they took the bolt cutters up with them because the antenna was cut near the base and the hardline coax was also cut. The cuts look like a bolt cutter did it.

Then the coax was thrown down as far from the tower as they could throw it. The weight of the coax was enough to rip the plastic holders so the whole coax came down on to the ground.

The owner, Steve Ward WC7I, does not think there was any attempt to hurt amateur radio in general, or even to specifically attack this repeater. He believes it was the easiest thing to cut while up on the top of the water tower. No other damage was done to the water tower or pump building.

The WC7I repeater will be off he air until the antenna and coax are replaced. While the repeater is off the air, Steve WC7I , will move the actual repeater to a location outside of the water pump building where it has been located for a few years. It will be a while before everything is completed and the repeater is back on the air.

-- Steve Ward, WC7I

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Why are we there?

Every day there are news reports about more deaths. Every night on TV, there are photos of death and destruction.

Why are we still there?

We occupied this land that we had to take by force, but it causes us nothing but trouble.

Why are we still there?

Their government is unstable, and their only leadership is a strongman.

Why are we still there?

Many of their people are uncivilized and they dress oddly.

Why are we still there?

There are more than 1,000 religious sects which we don't understand.

Why are we still there?

We can't even secure the borders.

Why are we still there?

They are billions of dollars in debt, and it will cost billions more to rebuild -- which we cannot afford.

Why are we still there?

It is becoming very clear...

We must abandon California !!!

-- from David, ZL3AI, via packet

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