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posted Jun 9, 2017, 5:24 PM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 5:29 PM ]

Good day to you. It’s our monthly meeting time again and this time it’s the last one for the year. Please plan to join us for another enjoyable and informative meeting at the Ferndale Library on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00PM. This meeting promises to be yet another exciting and very informative one. As always, we plan to have a general, hopefully lively discussion about ham radio and many of the “ham” activities and developments that interest and influence us here in the great Pacific Northwest, the surrounding counties, and elsewhere. As always there will updated reports on the Red Cross, the Digital and Repeater Groups, the WECG, and a few others.
Don Boyer, W7AIN, will discuss the forthcoming Field Day preparations.

For your files and log books, the Field Day contact information is as follows:

Don W7AIN don.boyer =at=
Kerry KE7ZTZ kerry.kercat
Doug KE7QPL hwsalkeld

Also, Wes, W7WSL, and Danny, K7ISC, will provide us with a demonstration where they will compare a “homebrewed” antenna analyzer with a commercial one, using a slinky antenna (see photo below for an example). We will have our monthly Ham Swap & Shop table set up in the room so if you have a neat piece of ham equipment lying around collecting dust or taking up too much room consider bringing it along for someone to consider “swapping or shopping.” Given our new state law on the use of handheld communication devise (e.g., cell phones) a few colleagues asked me to advise you to keep a copy of your amateur radio license in your car especially if you have a mobile unit (see RCW 46.61.667  Using a wireless communications device or handheld mobile telephone while driving; (3)(a) Subsection (1)(a). If you happen to be talking on the radio and a law enforcement officer pulls you over and attempts to cite you for talking on your radio you can show them your license and that may get you off the hook. A few of you who more knowledgeable about this new law can bring us up to date.

Of note is the fact that our recent list of Mailchimp subscribers is now at 173 and the number continues to grow. How exciting for us.Finally, for now, we would like to remind you that elections to serve on the Board for the 2017-2018 year will be decided at the meeting so consider nominating either yourself or someone else to run for the Board’s seats. We need your guidance, wisdom, and support. We look forward to visiting with you on Tuesday. We will have plenty of wonderful, cake (end of the year tradition), tasty cookies, and freshly brewed coffee.