First of all, I hope everybody is ready for the New Year’s holiday,
which is just right around the corner! Mark and I have been very busy
getting ready writing up reports and preparing motions for the upcoming
ARRL Board meetings, which start on January 19th next month, and run
through the 22nd. There is nothing better than freezing one’s tail
off by traveling via Chicago-O’Hare to Connecticut in January! I’ve
heard there will be some very cold weather coming to our own Pacific
Northwest next week, (in fact it’s snowing heavily here at Radio
Scappoose as I type this!), so I guess I’ll be well used to it by
As a side note, on Saturday, December 12th I had a lot of fun
participating in the ARRL 160 Meter CW Transatlantic Centenary QSO Party
discussed here in detail last month, and was highlighted in December’s
QST magazine. Out of the approximately 450 or so stations that ARRL
headquarters station, W1AW, worked that evening, I managed to get
through! When I received the “W7VO 599” back I was as giddy as those US
amateurs that were heard in Scotland by 2ZE back in 1921. The ARRL was
live streaming the W1AW operation on YouTube, so I was able to go back
later, watch them work me and actually see my callsign in the log.
Congratulations to ARRL staff for putting on the wonderful event,
especially to ARRL Operations Director Bob Naumann, W5OV, who was at the
W1AW controls and managed to pull out my weak signal from a flood of
loud East coast callers.
I didn’t hear a peep out of the Centenary sister station in Scotland,
GB2ZE, that evening though. I’d be curious to know if anybody in our
Division worked BOTH stations. If you did, let me know!
UPCOMING ARRL ANNUAL BOARD MEETING
As mentioned above, and in just a few weeks’ time, the “Annual”
ARRL Board meeting will take place. This is the most important of the
two formal full Board meetings the ARRL does every year. The meeting
this year is especially important as all the ARRL Officer positions will
be up for election. (As they are every two years.) These include the
positions of CEO, CFO, Treasurer, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents,
International Affairs Vice President, and of course, President. I
don’t expect very many of these jobs to change hands this go-around,
except for the ARRL Treasurer position.
Dr. Rick Niswander, K7GM, who has had the ARRL Treasurer job for the
last 10 years or so, is retiring. Rick has been a VERY important part of
the ARRL team as not only our Treasurer, but also as the investment
manager for the League’s portfolio. The financial services he has
provided the ARRL over the last years have all been at a zero
basis-points cost, something that is certainly hard to beat. His
expertise in this field, and his relentless dedication and service to
the ARRL will be sorely missed!
I am flying in to Newington a day early to assist in interviewing the
final candidates for the Treasurer office, and view a presentation put
on by an Investment Management firm the ARRL is considering hiring to
replace Dr. Niswander.
There are a couple more things I expect the Board to be tackling, such
as the Clean Signal Initiative I’ve discussed here previously, and the
Board possibly moving from two to four formal meetings a year; (two
“live”, and two new virtual meetings), to be able to get things done
more expeditiously. I’ll certainly have more to report on after the
NEW LOW POWER LIMIT FOR ARRL HF CONTESTS
As previously approved by the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services
Committee, (PSC), effective January 1, 2022, the power output limit for
low-power (LP) categories in all ARRL HF contests has been lowered from
150 watts PEP to 100 watts PEP output. With the exception of ARRL Field
Day, this change is in effect for all ARRL- sponsored HF contests as
well as the IARU World HF Championship.
This change has been implemented to standardize the low-power categories
in the contesting community. This aligns the ARRL with the CQ sponsored
contests, and in fact with all the other major DX contests put on by
organizations world-wide. This change came out of a strong
recommendation put forth by the Board’s Contest Advisory Committee
Additionally, the previous 150 W limit is no longer applicable to low
power contest categories as the vast majority of modern HF transceivers
sold today only have a power output of 100 W or less, and would require
an amplifier to get to 150 W.
Some have wondered why ARRL Field Day was not included in this decision.
There are several reasons for that, including the fact that Field Day is
technically an “operating event” not a contest. Secondly, Field Day
equipment used by some clubs may include older rigs that may put out
more than 100 watts. That said, there is a push by some to change LP for
FD to the same 100 watt limit.
FIELD DAY SURVEY COMING SOON
As I mentioned a few months ago, one of the things I pushed for at the
PSC is to have the ARRL publish a member survey regarding what 2022 ARRL
Field Day rules should look like. At the next PSC meeting ARRL
Radiosport staff will be presenting the text of the proposed survey for
consideration, which I believe will be available to members sometime in
February. This is a chance for you, the ARRL members, to have a say in
your event! When the survey becomes available I urge you to participate
and let your voice be known.
HAM RADIO UNIVERISTY EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE TO GO VIRTUAL AGAIN
With COVID-19 uncertainties precluding an in-person gathering for a
second year, the 23rd annual Ham Radio University (HRU) educational
conference will be held as a virtual event again this year, on Saturday,
January 8, 2022, 1300 – 2000 UTC, as an online GoToWebinar
Advance registration is required and began on December 20. (Their
website is : www.hamradiouniversity.org)
HRU 2022 will be adding five forums this year, for a total of 19
presentations by experts in a broad range of amateur radio activities,
including Amateur Radio Emergency Communications.
Other topics are:
Basics of HF Operating
Ham Radio Contesting and DXing
Communicating through Amateur Radio Earth Satellites
HF and VHF Digital Communications
Parks on the Air
Cables and Connectors
Using Raspberry Pi Computers in Amateur Radio.
Online attendees will be able to ask questions of the presenters.
Founded by Phil Lewis, N2MUN (SK), HRU also serves as the online
convention of the ARRL NYC-Long Island Section.
As in past years, participation in HRU 2022 is free; an optional
donation of $5 is suggested.
DEADLINE LOOMING FOR ARRL FOUNDATION SCHOLASHIP APPLICATIONS
Next Friday, December 31st at 8:59 PM PST will end the 2022-2023 ARRL
Foundation Scholarship Application season. After that date applications
will no longer be accepted, and candidates will have to wait until
November 2022 to apply for the next round. There is a record $900,000 or
so in scholarship funds available this year, and I’ve heard through
the grapevine that many more applications have been received so far, as
compared to last year.
A final reminder that transcripts and any additional required documents
must be submitted WITH the application and not emailed separately as was
done in the past. A number of scholarships require additional documents,
such as a letter of recommendation from a sitting Officer of an
ARRL-affiliated club. Applications without accompanying transcripts and
additional required documents (if applicable) will not be considered.
NW DIRECTOR HEADED TO YELLOWSTONE RADIO CLUB EVENT
Finally, a note that I am flying to Montana on January 15th to attend
and give the keynote address at the Yellowstone Radio Club’s (YRC)
Annual Dinner Party, to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Billings.
Over the last three years I’ve been your NW Division Director, I’ve
personally attended many events and visited with clubs in all of our six
ARRL Sections but one; Montana. I’ll finally be able to cross that off
my bucket list, and many thanks to the YRC for inviting me. I am
73 and Stay Safe;
Mike Ritz, W7VO
Director, ARRL NW Division
Director, ARRL Foundation
Now, we will see what our NW Division Vice Director, Mark Tharp, KB7HDX
is up to!
Diary of the Vice Director, Volume 3, December 2021
Welcome to Winter, Northwestern Division! I wish each and every one of
you a joyful new year.
Mike and I are busy planning our trip to ARRL HQ next month for our 7th
Board of Directors meeting.
Where did the last three years go? This will be another busy meeting
week, with the selection of officers, interviews for a new treasurer,
selecting an investment management firm, and everything else that goes
along with keeping the league moving. We both are grateful to the
members of this Division for your continued support in allowing us to
represent you. It is truly an honor.
The list is down to three firms and another meeting on the 28th will
hopefully narrow it down to two. The final two will make presentations
to board members who are not on the committee Wednesday the 19th of
January and the full board will debate the finalist during the meeting
on the 21st and 22nd.
The finalist for the Emergency Management Director has made it past the
last round of interviews and that announcement should be out by the end
of the year.
Rosalie, K1STO and I worked on our year-end report for the Board of
directors meeting next month.
The most current list of Hamfests, Conventions, and other gatherings,
can be found at the website maintained by Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO at:
A link to this page is also on the Division website at:
Past NW Director Jim Pace, K7CEX, sent me an interesting news hit this
week. Many of you may have seen this on various news sites. It seems
that two fellows felt it necessary to blow up an ATM at a bank in
Centralia Washington and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The Local ARES group, always looking for things to keep its members
busy, has taken evidence search training from the Centralia Police
department and was called out to assist with finding evidence. A short
news clip from King 5 is here:
Other training the group has taken includes; Lost child search,
helicopter LZ setup and control, traffic control, wild fire and weather
observations. They also participate and provide communications for a
number of parades including the “Tractor Light Parade” which was
last week. Nice job Centralia ARES® for keeping your members active and
ARRL HQ has brought back Club News, a monthly e-letter with a focus on
clubs. The current issue is available here http://www.arrl.org/club-news
as well as the past two months. You, as a member, can select to have
this delivered to your email each month in the email subscriptions tab
of your member profile at ARRL.ORG. Click the “edit your profile”
link under your user name at the top of the page.
Keep a close eye on the upcoming issue of QST for an article from our
very own Al Rover, K7AR, from Vancouver, WA. Al gives up some hints and
tips on planning a DXpedition. And don’t forgot to vote for your
favorite article at
During the month, I started a dialog with Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, who is the
current President of QCWA, (Quarter Century Wireless Association), about
revitalizing my local chapter. I asked him to write a few lines about
the history and current activities of the association and his letter is
included below in this newsletter. QCWA is pretty low key, however does
great work with handing out scholarships. This is not to be considered a
call to join, but more of an information opportunity for them to share
with the members of our Division.
Another item I failed to include back in June was a note from Peter,
KJ7DNI in Clallam county Washington. about an event his group was
involved with. Peter actually sent me two news items, and both of them
are at the end of this month’s letter. Sorry Peter!
Mike and I are always looking for information to share with the
Division. If you have a news item you would like to offer please send
Mike or I a note and we would be glad to include it here. It is always
good to hear from members.
Division statistics from November:
242 new licenses issued and 70 upgraded licenses.
12679 ARRL members in Division
149 Active ARRL affiliated clubs.
2407 New hams in Division YTD.
637 Amateurs upgraded their licenses in 2021 YTD!
Our challenge from President Rodrick to pass the Atlantic Division in
membership looks like this.
The Atlantic Division had 12,697 members. (a friendly competition of
course) We are short 18.
Overall league membership 157,790, down 51 members from 2020
If you have any questions or input, an email to firstname.lastname@example.org is the
best way to contact me.
Mark J. Tharp, KB7HDX
ARRL Vice Director
An open letter to the Northwestern Division from QCWA President Ken
ARRL Northwestern Division Vice-Director and QCWA member Mark Tharp
KD7HDX asked if I would write a few words about QCWA. I know many that
follow the divisions monthly newsletter may be familiar with QCWA and
its beginnings. And then there may be readers who have not heard of
QCWA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Private Foundation. The purposes of
the Association are to promote friendship and cooperation among Amateur
Radio (Wireless) operators who were licensed 25 years or more, and to
operate exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes.
Our members consist of like-minded Amateurs who have an enormous wealth
of experience in the art of radio communications. QCWA sponsors a large
scholarship program that has provided $765,000 for 596 scholarships
It was 7 PM on the evening of Friday, December 5, 1947 in an upstairs
room of Pappas Restaurant on 14th St. in New York City. Gathered were 34
young men who, unknowingly, were making amateur wireless history. The 34
were Amateur Radio Operators, who had been licensed at least 25 years
before, and were assembled because of an idea, originated by a 10 meter
round table the month before, by John DiBlasi, W2FX; Uda Ross,
W2UD/OA4J; Ed Crane W2FF; John Gioe, W2FD; Dr. Ernest Cyriax, W2DI;
Irving Groves, W2DX/K4HT. By December 31, 1947, twenty more names had
been added. This made for 54 who became charter members.
There were several factors of common bondage that made for a very
nostalgic evening. Licensed 25 years or more (1922 or before), which in
turn, meant all had operated during the days of spark. Many started out
using a Ford Model T spark coil and working up to a KW with a rotary
gap, and all operating on or above 200 meters. Dad’s missing spark
coil was the cause for running on 3 cylinders only!
World War II had ended two years prior, which also resulted in new
equipment and stories of war experiences. Discussion took place about
the name for the new group. The final result, as presented by Frank
Lester W2AMJ (W4AMJ), proposed the name “Quarter Century” for 25
years licensed and “Wireless Association” to recognize an
organization of members who pioneered amateur radio from the early days
of wireless spark.
The logo was developed from a cartoon in a 1923 QST accompanying an
article “ROTTEN QRM,” written by “The Old Man” himself, Hiram Percy
Maxim. Otto Eppers, W2EA, a commercial artist, made some minor
modifications to the drawing. He added some sparks and the letters
“QCWA,” and the QCWA logo was thus born.
Officers elected were: President John DiBlasi, W2FX; Vice President
George Droste, W2IN; Secretary Leon Hanson, W2FIT and Treasurer Dave
Talley, W2PF. Meetings were held twice a year with over 100 attending.
Speakers of pioneer fame included Paul Godley, Hugo Gernsback, Arthur
Batcheller, Alfred N. Goldsmith, J.O. Smith and many others famous in
the early days of wireless communications.
All meetings between 1947 and 1971 were held in New York City. The
first meetings outside of New York were held in Washington, DC (1972);
Scottsdale, Arizona (1973); Orlando, Florida (1974) and Reston, Virginia
As the years rolled by and more and more Amateurs became eligible, the
membership increased and spread out over the United States. By 1951
there were well over 300 members. Because it was impossible for many
members to travel the distance to New York for meetings, it was decided
to allow chapters to be chartered geographically so meetings could take
place locally. The first chartered chapter was Cleveland, OH, Chapter 1,
on January 6, 1951. This followed with others that now total 230
The development of the pioneer days of amateur wireless brought romance.
QCWA’s great beginnings will always live on as a monument to the
history of amateur radio communications.
If you wish to learn more about QCWA you can visit www.qcwa.org. If you
have any questions that you are not able to find answers for on our
website, please reach out to me at email@example.com
47 & 73,
Ken Oelke, VE6AFO
President, QCWA, Inc.
Frosty Moss was, but wasn’t…
Frosty Moss 2021 was. On Saturday, May 15 the Frosty Moss relay run was
held. A long, 80 mile course it started at Camp Creek Road west of Port
Angeles and ended in Blyn followed by dinner at the Seven Cedars Casino.
Teams of 2,3 or 4 people competed.
But, also it wasn’t. It wasn’t frosty. No matter how hard
imaginations were put to work it wasn’t frosty. Normally the race is
run earlier in the year when it really can be quite nippy first thing.
This year it had to be delayed a bit because of COVID-19 restrictions so
was put back to May. Even starting at 5:30 in the morning it was still a
glorious spring morning and day and part of a couple of weeks this year
when we’ve had really warm temperatures for around here. So, no
frostbite this year.
As in past years ARES stepped forward to assist and provided seven folks
to handle communications. Over much of the course cell phone coverage
was nonexistent or unreliable, but amateur radio and ARES operators
provided both good and reliable coverage.
The following turned out and ran their radios for the benefit of all.
Steve Singhose, KB7ZDD; Herm Halbach, W7HRM; Steve Baranowski, N1SB;
Dale Fiorillo, K7MPZ; Rick DeWitt, AA0RD, Marty Rausch, KI7MZB and Ralph
Radios were tested, communications worked and a good time was had by
all. Some other lessons learned, too. According to Dale: check your
assigned station and route beforehand! It can save problems later. I
gather going the wrong way at zero dark 30 on an unlit forest road is
not much fun ‘til you figure things out. Dale (eventually) got it
right but has warned others!
Thanks to all who participated. We helped the Frosty Moss Run folks and
the practice helped ARES.
Peter Raiswell KJ7DNI
May 16, 2021
CCARES Has Busy Spring
Spring 2021 was a busy time for Clallam County Amateur Radio Emergency
Radio Emergency Service members. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is still
very much in evidence CCARES was able to take part in several events.
Most notable was the North Olympic Discovery Marathon held the weekend
of June 6th. Starting at the Seven Cedars Casino in Blyn the course
followed the Olympic Discovery Trail for much of the course ending at
the City Pier in Port Angeles. There were many runners entered in the
full marathon, 5K and half marathon events over the two days of the
event and CCARES members were out on Sunday to provide communications
for the entire course at the various checkpoints and water stations
along the route. There were 10 stations in all and the following people
were there to help: Dale K7MPZ, Chris WA7TPB, Steve N1SB, Peter KJ7DNI,
James N0LTF, Rik WX7RIK, Ralph W6EJE, Herm W7HRM, Bruce KD7WBM, Kathleen
N1ERT, Rick AA0RD. and Bill Peterson K7WWP on the sweep bike. Mostly we
provided update and reports but a couple of runners needed medical
attention and we were able to help there, too. All in all, great
training and a good time was had by all on a lovely sunny day.
On May 29 we had an EOC to EOC drill between Clallam County EOC and WA
State EOC where we practiced sending and receiving messages using the
prescribed ICS forms the state needs. These exercises used to be called
“fifth Saturday” events but now occurs when the state decides.
SEAPAC 2021 occurred virtually this year. It was out of Seaside OR with
lots of good presentations and sessions enjoyed by those who registered
and attended virtually.
We are supporting the efforts of the Clallam County radio club to sell
fireworks for the upcoming July 4 celebration. Our members efforts help
raise some funds for ARES.
The county is receiving funds from the COVID-19 national distribution of
funds and has asked for new equipment needs and recommendations, so we
are in the process of looking at our needs and recommending where we can
update and acquire new equipment so we as fully prepared as possible for
the next emergency.
Two groups in Sequim have been meeting on Tuesday mornings to practice
and learn. Bob Mills invites people to the Sequim Fire Station and Steve
Baranowski is running a group that brings up the radios in the Sequim
Transit Center and has a different learning discussion each week. Any
members are welcome at either event. The group at the transit center got
a bit sidetracked last week when we tried to use the laptop there after
a big software download. The computer got stuck and could not be
restarted, but with a certain amount of flattery and threatening from
Steve coupled with the old-fashioned method of removing the battery from
the laptop eventually all was well.
If you are interested in attending either place give Bob or Steve a
Sadly COVID -19 has caused the cancellation of Field Day 2021 at the
Clallam County Fairgrounds. The restrictions and requirements now in
force dictated that it was not feasible to run the event.
Peter Raiswell KJ7DNI
ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: Michael T Ritz, W7VO