ARRL Northwestern Division Newsletter- March 11, 2019

We’re already well into March, and there’s a LOT happening within
the vibrant ARRL Northwestern Division!


Division News

Work is underway on our new Division website: My sincere thanks go to Assistant Director Michael Sterba, KG7HQ, who volunteered to be project leader and webmaster. Besides posting our own newsletters from your Director and Vice Director, we are having all of the ARRL news bulletin feeds from their website automatically fed and posted to our website as well. We have also posted short biographies of the NW Division management team, and a link to Assistant Director Lynn Burlingame’s (N7CFO) extensive NW Division event calendar.

Recently added is a page dedicated to all our NW Division Assistant Directors, however, it’s not complete yet. Assistant Directors are hardworking volunteers, appointed by the Division Director, and are subject matter experts in their field. If you have a question or issue they can assist with, or address, please contact them! If you have a skill that would benefit the Division’s members, and would like to be considered for appointment as an Assistant Director, please contact me.

Note that there is a LOG IN button at the top right of the website home page. Members within our Division are encouraged to establish a log-in profile for themselves, which will enable the ability to comment and provide feedback on posts.

Division News:

Congratulations are in order for Dan Marler, K7REX, for his recent appointment as the new Idaho Section Manager (SM). He officially takes over the job on April 1, 2019, after current SM Ed Stuckey, AI7H recently resigned for personal reasons. We wish both all the best going forward!

In Montana news, no candidate applications were received to replace MT Section Manager George Forsyth, AA7GS, who decided not to run for re-election. As a result the ARRL will be resoliciting for the position in the April and May issues of QST, and applications will need to be into HQ by Friday June 7th at noon EDT. If more than one candidate is approved ballots will be mailed out around July 1st, and will be due back by August 16th. The ballot count will be held on August 20th, with the new MT Section Manager taking over on October 1st. Section Managers are a very important part of the ARRL Field Organization, and a complete job description can be found here: If you live in Montana, and want to give back to the amateur radio community within your Section, now is your chance!

Last month I attended the Rickreall hamfest, sponsored by the Salem Repeater Association. It’s typically the first event of the year for most of us, and harbors the beginning of the hamfest season. When I wasn’t on the swap meet floor looking for great deals, or visiting with Division members, I attended separate meetings with members of the Oregon National Traffic System (NTS), and with leaders of the Oregon Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). Remember that a motion was passed at the last ARRL Board Meeting that re-affirmed formal support by the ARRL for the NTS, after years of allowing it to languish. (In fact, many former NTS operators were so frustrated with the ARRL they formed their own competing organization as a result!) As a part of the just released ARES Plan, it was further reiterated that NTS will be a part of the ARES program at the national level. Hopefully, in the future you’ll see a more collaborative atmosphere between the two organizations.

Kevin Fox, KU0L, ARRL Oregon Section Traffic Manager has provided a list of currently active Oregon nets. They can be found on the Oregon Section website: For more information on traffic handling nets, or the ARRL NTS program in general, please contact Kevin at:

Scott Burrows, N7DOD is setting up a new ham radio club in the Portland/Vancouver area, named the Portland Metropolitan HamWAN Amateur Radio Club. The club emphasis is to focus on creating, operating, and coordinating digital networks within the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. Coordination services are to ensure the interoperability of other similar networks not directly under Portland Metropolitan Amateur Radio Club control. The areas within the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area include the cities of Vancouver, Battleground, Camas, and Washougal, Washington, and in Oregon, the cities of Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, Tualatin, Tigard, and West Linn. Contact Scott at (503) 473-7251 or e-mail for more information. For more information on HamWAN technology, check out the HamWAN website:

Regarding events, registration is now open for the MicroHAM Digital Conference in Redmond, WA, March 23, 2019. Here is the registration link:

Communications Academy 2019, will be held at the South Seattle College campus, Seattle, WA, on April 13 and 14, 2019 this year. The event is two days of training and information on various aspects of emergency communications. Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES©); Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS); EOC Support Teams; Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), Civil Air Patrol, Coast Guard Auxiliary, REACT, CERT and anyone interested in emergency communications should attend. Learn, network, and share your experiences with others. Further information regarding the event can be found here:

Registration is also open for SEA-PAC, in Seaside, OR, May 31-June 2, 2019, which graciously hosts the ARRL Northwestern Division Convention each year. Details are here: Special ARRL guests this year will be ARRL CEO Dr. Howard Michel, WB2ITX, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, and ARRL Marketing Manager, Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. There will be an ARRL Forum at SEA-PAC on Saturday, where you will have an opportunity to quiz ARRL leadership, and hear their views on the future of the amateur radio. Don’t miss it!

Finally, another absolutely “don’t miss” event coming up this summer is the 2019 Pacific Northwest DX Convention, hosted this year by the Western Washington DX Club, in Everett, WA, August 9-11. The stellar speaker line-up includes luminaries Dr. Joe Taylor, K1JT, of FT-8 and JT-x digital mode fame, and Space Weather guru Dr. Tamitha Stov, WX6SWW. Registration for the convention is now open here:


Mike Ritz, W7VO

ARRL Northwestern Division Director

Diary of the Vice Director Volume 1, March 2019

February and early March were much calmer from the Vice Directors chair.

I participated in two phone conferences, one for the Entry level licensing committee, and the second for Legal defense and assistance. Both were mainly “let’s meet each other” as they were the first for the new members. I was also asked to sit on the Public service enhancement working group, which is a subcommittee of the Programs and Services Committee.

The ARISS committee has exchanged a few emails and we are planning a phone conference in the near future. The team is holding a fundraiser auction of a new Kenwood TS-890S, and the six volume 2019 ARRL Handbook boxed set in April. The committee is not involved with this auction; however, I think it’s relevant and you should know about it.
More information on ARISS can be found here:

The ELLC group is in somewhat of a holding pattern, waiting to see if the FCC acts on the proposal submitted last year. So far, they have not done anything with it. The group is talking about the next step if they approve or deny the current proposal, and what we might do to continue the goal of achieving a more basic entry level requirement to get involved in Amateur Radio.

The Legal Defense committee is working on a number of fronts aiding
fellow amateurs.

I had a very short meeting with the unofficial greeting committee in Mackay Idaho. Jim, KG7E lives just outside of town, and drove up to the local gas station to meet Jo, KA7LJQ and I while we were on vacation. We had a short chat on 146.52 and eyeball QSO. Thanks Jim, it was great to meet you in person!

Mike and I, along with WWA SM Monte Simpson manned the booth at the Mike and Key swap meet March 9th. It was great to see everyone. EWA SM Jack Tiley, was also in the building, but had a table to man of his own. He
did find the time to stop by and meet folks.

Upcoming events I am looking forward to attending are, Yakima Hamfair on April 13th, NW Div. Convention (Sea-Pac) on June 1st and 2nd, Wenatchee Hamfest on June 7th, 8th and 9th, the PNW DX Convention in Everett on August 9th, 10th, and 11th the Spokane Hamfest on September 28th And the PNW VHF conference in Issaquah on October 12th.

If you have any questions about or input on any of the committees feel free to shoot me an email. That is the best way to contact me.

73, Mark

ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: Michael T Ritz, W7VO

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