Watts News

                    Monthly Newsletter of the

Olympia Amateur Radio Society

P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507

 June 2010                                                                                                                                                   Edited by KB6LE (George Lanning) 360-866-2185

 email: oars@att.net                                                                                                                                                                                       website: olyham.org

Table of Contents

from the Oval Shack

President’s Message

Hello Everyone -


I am sorry to inform you that Helen Lanning, wife of George [KB6LE], passed away on May 28, 2010 after battling Alzheimer's disease. I received word Wednesday, June second. Several from the club including myself had planned to attend her memorial service, but apparently we received the wrong date and time so unfortunately we missed it. For those who do not know, George edits our newsletter each month as well as maintaining the club's webpage. Our condolences go out to George.

While looking online for information concerning Mrs. Lanning's memorial service, I found that Mr Chandler Caughie [W7EST] died May 25. I was introduced to Mr. Caughie a few years ago on the air by another ham and believe he came to an OARS meeting when we met at the EOC.

For those who have not heard, we will be holding our Field Day exercise on Friday Lane at the top of Tumwater Hill this year. To get there, drive to Tumwater Hill Elementary school, then continue past it up the hill. Friday Lane will be on the right at the top of the hill. Sign up for time to operate, bring friends and family, your favorite dish for the potluck Saturday, as well as your appetite. We will be setting up Saturday morning beginning between eight and nine, then Sunday morning we will be tearing down after eleven.


Klaus [AC7MG]

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Western Washington Hams Honored

Western Washington Section Manager Jim Pace, K7CEX reports the following Hams have been honored for their contributions to Amateur Radio in 2009.

Kim Aiken AC7YY, received the City of Centralia Police Department, Volunteer of the Year award, for his efforts and dedication to the development and promotion of the Centralia ARES program.

The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors announces the ARRL Foundation Scholarship awards for 2010: Of the 66 recipient of scholarships, 3 were Western Washington Hams:

The Ted, W4VHF, and Itice, K4LVV Goldthorpe Scholarship - $500 awarded to: Zachary Schrempp, KM7I of Bothell WA

The YASME Foundation Scholarships - $2000 awarded to: Eric Wilson, AD7JL of Mount Vernon WA and Justin Miller, KE7GTS of Snohomish WA

Congratulations to Kim, Zachary, Justin and Eric, for their zeal and contributions to our hobby

— ARRL Western Washington Section Manager: Rev James David Pace, K7CEX


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Dead Donkey

Young Chuck moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.00. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.

The next day he drove up and said, “Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the donkey died.” Chuck replied, “Well, then just give me my money back.” The farmer said, “Can”t do that. I went and spent it already.”

Chuck said, “OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey.” The farmer asked, “what ya gonna do with him? Chuck said, “I”m going to raffle him off.” The farmer said “You can”t raffle off a dead donkey!” Chuck said, “Sure I can watch me. I just won”t tell anybody he”s dead.”

A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, “What happened with that dead donkey?” Chuck said, “I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars apiece and made a profit of $998.00.”

The farmer said, “Didn’t anyone complain?” Chuck said, “Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back.”

<>Chuck now works for Goldman Sachs.

–thanks to Judi Koehn
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  President                                       Klaus Neubert                          AC7MG            280-2428

Vice President         Tom Gibb              W7TAG      970-6312

Secretary              Paul Taylor           KC7LA      866-0683

Treasurer              Ed Fitzgerald         N7WW       491-2289

Member at Large        Mark Dempsey          KB7JTU     943-0165

RFI Committee          Ghery Pettit          N6TPT      412-1340

Repeater Committee     Larry Watkinson       KC7CKO     943-4352

Club License Trustee   Duane Braford         WB7ROZ     412-1902

Information Net        Duane Braford         WB7ROZ     412-1902

ARES Net               Tom Bohon             KE7EJJ     456-6260

Web Site               George Lanning        KB6LE      866-2185

Newsletter             George Lanning        KB6LE      866-2185

Classes                Lee Chambers          KI7SS      951-2538

License Exams          Klaus Neubert         AC7MG      280-2428

Equip. Custodian       Larry Watkinson       KC7CKO     943-4352


REPEATERS:           147.36 MHz      224.46 MHz      441.40 MHz

Membership is open to all interested radio amateurs.

Yearly dues are: $20 for individual, $25 for family.

License Exam Sessions

6:00 pm before each monthly OARS meeting

Walk-ins allowed

To apply contact Klaus Neubert 280-2428


Maybe You Can Help Me 

Reply to |boatmanef@comcast.net

To nt7h

I have a very old Heathkit SB-200 Linear Amplifier that recently died on me. Do you know of anyone who could troubleshoot it and repair it?

Thank you, Gene WO7C

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Tech Test Gets a Little More Technical

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

Ever since the FCC dropped the code requirement and the Novice license exam, the Technician Class license has really been misnamed. Being the first license that most hams obtain, it really should have been called the Novice license. The question pool was arguably at the appropriate level for newcomers to amateur radio, being heavy on rules and operating practices, and perhaps a little light on technical topics.

That's about to change. On July 1, 2010, the question pool for the Tech test changes, and this version has noticeably more technical questions than the previous test. You could say that the Tech test is getting, errrr, a little more technical.

For example, the new question pool contains more questions about electronics components and their functions. In addition to that, examinees must also be able to identify the symbols for these components on a schematic diagram. This is a big change from the previous test, which had no diagrams at all. There are also more detailed questions about transistors and how they work.

There are also questions on how to make basic measurements with a multimeter how to troubleshoot basic problems that Technicians are likely to encounter. One question asks, "What two measurements are commonly made using a multimeter"? Answer: voltage and resistance. A follow up question asks, "What is the correct way to connect a voltmeter to a circuit"? Answer: in parallel with the circuit.

To make room for these questions, the committee dropped questions on operating practices and rules and regulations. In general, these are not big losses, but two questions that I was sorry to see go are the questions on the "basis and purpose" of amateur radio. I think these are very important for new amateurs to learn and keep in mind. (If you don't recall them, go to http://www.arrl.org/part-97-amateur-radio and review them.)

By the time you read this--or shortly thereafter--the new version of my No-Nonsense, Technician Class License Study Guide should be available. You can download it free of charge from my website, www.kb6nu.com. Look for the link in the right-hand column. It's currently in the hands of more than two dozen reviewers, who are proofreading it right now.

While it may not be in the initial release, I plan to include a section that contains links to websites that cover topics included in the study guide. That way, students can find more information on a topic, if they choose to do so. If you have any favorite websites that discuss making measurements with voltmeters or how to read schematic diagrams, I'd love to hear from you.

When not updating his No-Nonsense amateur radio license study guides, you'll find him on 40m, 30m, 20m, and if we ever get any sunspots to stick around, 15m and 10m pounding brass. You may even hear him trying to get the hang of using the bug he bought at Dayton this year. You'll find his blog at www.kb6nu.com, and you can e-mail website suggestions to cwgeek@kb6nu.com

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Pacific Northwest DX Convention

The PNWDX Convention is rapidly approaching, July 30, 31 & August 1st 2010 in Vancouver BC.

The BC DX Club has always put on a great show, and I hope many of you can attend this year. For more information including motel reservation links go to:


The PNWDX Convention rotates location each year.

2010 Vancouver BC, British Columbia DX Club (BCDXC)

2011 Seattle WA, Western WA DX Club (WWDXC)

2012 Portland OR, Willamette Valley DX Club (WVDXC)

2013 Spokane WA, Spokane DX Association (SDXA)

ARRL Western Washington Section Manager: James D Pace, K7CEX


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OARS Net Check-ins

The following stations checked in on the OARS General Information Net one or more times on the dates of May 4 and 11:

AC7MG      K7TAG      KB7STO    KC7CKO


KE7JTU      KE7RJJ      KI7SS        N5MUR

N7WW        NX6W       W6EGV     W7RUE

W7TAG      W7UUO

Net control station reporting for the month was Rod KI7CQ Thank you for your support!!

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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Treasurer’s Report

As of 5/31/10


GENERAL FUND (checking account)

Previous balance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 1,907.91

       Income. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.37

       Expenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.00

Ending balance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,908.28


REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)

Previous balance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 1,034.40

       Income. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.00

       Expenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0.00

Ending balance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,034.40


— Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer

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Pete and Larry had not seen each other in many years. Now they had a long talk trying to fill in the gap of those years by telling about their lives. Finally Pete invited Larry to visit him in his new apartment. "I got a wife and three kids and I'd love to have you visit us."

"Great. Where do you live?"

"Here's the address. And there's plenty of parking behind the apartment. Park and come around to the front door, kick it open with your foot, go to the elevator and press the button with your left elbow, then enter! When you reach the sixth floor, go down the hall until you see my name on the door. Then press the doorbell with your right elbow and I'll let you in."

"Good. But tell me...what is all this business of kicking the front door open, then pressing elevator buttons with my right, then my left elbow?"

"Surely, you're not coming empty-handed."

— from AjokeADay.com

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CQ Hall of Fame

CQ magazine today announced its 2010 Hall of Fame inductees, welcoming 15 new members into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame and two new members each into the CQ DX Hall of Fame and the CQ Contest Hall of Fame. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors those individuals – whether licensed hams or not -- who have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio, as well as those amateurs who have made significant contributions either to Amateur Radio, to their professional careers.

From Western Washington Howard Schmidt W7HAS from Issaquah has been named as a 2010 Inductee to the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

Howard gained previous National recognition when on Tuesday, December 22, President Barack Obama named Howard A. Schmidt, W7HAS, as the new White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. According to the White House,

Schmidt -- an ARRL member -- is one of the world's leading authorities on computer security, with some 40 years of experience in government, business and law enforcement and "will have regular access to the President and serve as a key member of his National Security Staff.”

Congratulations Howard and thank you for representing Amateur Radio in Western Washington and Nationally.

ARRL Western Washington Section

Section Manager: James D Pace, K7CEX


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Chehalis Valley ARS Swapmeet

Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, Chehalis, WA

General Admission - $3.00

FREE AFTER 11:00 am

Vendors, $10.00 for one car space and one admission. Additional spaces are $5.00 each. Vendors are welcome all morning as long as there is space available.

This is a California style tailgate Swapmeet. It is going to be outside and under cover.

No early setup* At 9:00am, the gate opens for vendors to enter.

Talk in 147.06 (PL110.9) & 146.52 Simplex

License Exam @ 10:30 am

Radio Gear

Door Prizes

Commercial Vendors


Most anything electronic is allowed

See www.cvars.org


Driving Directions: Take I-5 Exit 79, go east to the “T”, turn left and follow it about three miles. Turn left onto Exhibitor Street, go one block to the “T”, turn left, go 100 feet then turn right into fairgrounds south parking lot. Turn right into the parking lot.

General admission vendors, go straight ahead and follow the signs. We will sign you in and you will be ready to enter at 9:00.

If you need a table, the cost is $6.00 each the day of the show.

The Auction will start at 10:30 with consignment of equipment taken up to the start. The club will charge a 10% fee for anything that sells. Get rid of the stuff that did not sell.

The swap meet is inside a 200 ft by 150 ft covered area. Rain or shine, “WE HAVE YOU COVERED.”

* Set up for Commercial Vendors only — Saturday 7:00am to 9:00am. There is still a table cost, if you don’t have your own. If you would like to set up Friday night, let me know to make arrangements.

Questions, please email John at k7osk@boatanchor.com 360-273-5929

— ARRL Western Washington Section

Section Manager: Rev James David Pace, K7CEX


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A Note from KB6LE

The memorial service for my wife, Helen, was held Wednesday, June 3 at 6:00 pm. I am sorry that confusion about the date kept some of you away. It was a beautiful service.

My sincere thanks for the many condolences.

— George

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