I’ll start this newsletter by letting our NW Division members know
that I will be out of the country from May 11th through May 31st, with
very limited e-mail and cell service while I’m gone. (I’ll get home
just in time for SEA-PAC!) My wife and I area heading to GI land
(Northern Ireland), and have five full days booked to do microfiche
genealogy research on her family history at the Public Records Office of
Northern Ireland (PRONI) in downtown Belfast. The rest of the time
we’ll visit her relatives there, and see the sights. (Of course, if we
happen upon a large HF ham radio antenna along the way…..)
If any urgent Division issues arise while I’m gone, please contact
Vice Director Tharp (email@example.com) for assistance, or better yet,
your ARRL Section Manager.
Note that there will probably not be time to put together a May
Northwestern Division newsletter before I head to SEA-PAC at the
beginning of June, so please enjoy this one!
ARRL IDAHO SECTION MANAGER DAN MARLER, K7REX, WINS YASME FOUNDATION
I was very pleased to learn that our very own ARRL Idaho Section Manager
Dan Marler, K7REX has been named as a recipient of a very prestigious
2022 Yasme Excellence Award. (One of only two awardees for the year!)
The Yasme Excellence Awards are presented to individuals who through
their own service, creativity, effort and dedication have made a
significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may be in
recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement as all
three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper.
The awards are categorized roughly in accord with the FCC’s “Basis
and Purpose” for amateur radio as consistent with the Foundation’s
purposes and expertise. Those areas of amateur service include
noncommercial communications service, advancement of the technical and
operating arts, technical training and international goodwill.
From the Yasme website: “Dan Marler, K7REX – When the COVID pandemic
led to cessation of in-person meetings, training sessions and
gatherings, Dan converted a small limited-membership Zoom platform to
the open presentation forum known as RATPAC. In the subsequent two
years, RATPAC has hosted over two hundred online presentations that have
been viewed by thousands of radio amateurs. Among the wide-ranging
topics, half focus on public-service communications, while the rest
address technical, operating, scientific and general-interest topics
offered by a host of presenters. The recordings of these sessions are
available for public viewing and constitute a valuable resource for the
amateur radio community.”
I have had the privilege to conduct a few technical presentations for
RATPAC over the last two years, and his seminars were always well
attended. My hearty congratulations go out to Dan! Well deserved.
For more information on RATPAC: https://sites.google.com/view/ratpac
For more information on the important work the Yasme Foundation does for
amateur radio, check out their website: www.yasme.org
DAVID KIDD, KA7OZO, RE-ELECTED AS ARRL OREGON SECTION MANAGER
I want to congratulate David Kidd, KA7OZO, of Oregon City, for his
re-election as ARRL Oregon Section Manager. David ran unopposed for the
position, and was declared “elected” at the end of the nomination
period. His new two-year term begins on July 1, 2022.
NEW $35 FCC APPLICATION FEES FOR AMATUER LICENSES NOW IN FORCE
We mentioned last month that the new $35 FCC license
“administrative” fees are now in effect, as of April 19th. So far,
I’ve only seen a bit of misinformation on social media related to the
fees, and things seem to be moving smoothly. As a partial repeat of last
month, here is a short FAQ list:
- How are the new fees collected?
All fees collected can be submitted only via the FCC ULS website by the
applicant, or by somebody on their behalf. The VECs and their test
examiners themselves will not be collecting any FCC fees when tests are
administered. Once you pass a test you will have a certain amount of
time following the application submission by the VEC to log into the FCC
ULS website and pay your fee.
- What happens if I submit for a vanity callsign and I do not win a
competitive situation, or my application is otherwise rejected?
Fees will now be collected for each vanity call application, and NOT
refunded if you do not win a competitive bid for a particular callsign,
or it is otherwise rejected. This makes it vitally important that one
thoroughly researches potential callsigns BEFORE you apply for a new
one. Look the new one up on QRZ.com website, or on the AE7Q.com
- Does the new fee apply to license upgrades?
The new application fee does not apply to license upgrades, just new
licenses, renewals, and vanity call applications.
A REMINDER: CLARK COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB TO HOST THE “LEWIS & CLARK
TRAIL ON THE AIR” OPERATING EVENT
The Clark County Amateur Radio Club, (CCARC) out of Vancouver, WA will
be hosting an operating event, “The Lewis and Clark Trail on the
Air”, (LCTOTA) will be active from June 4-19, 2022. More information
can be found on their website: http://www.LCTOTA.org, or their Facebook
Get on the air and support our local club!
SEA-PAC AND THE ARRL NORTHWESTERN DIVISION CONVENTION
If you’ve not already signed up for SEA-PAC, please do so via their
website: www.seapac.org, and click on the REGISTER button on the left.
As mentioned last month, there will be a significant ARRL presence this
year. Feel free to stop by the ARRL booth and say HI! (I’ll have some
ARRL themed W7VO “Eyeball” QSL cards there, be sure to ask for
As a part of SEA-PAC, the SEA-PAC QSO Party contest will be held
Saturday – May 28, 2022 6:00 AM to 11:59 PM PDT, (Saturday – 1300
UTC to Sunday – 0659 UTC). According to the SEA-PAC website: “The
contest objective: To encourage Radio Amateurs in the Pacific Northwest
and beyond to work as many stations as possible in celebration of our
returning annual SEA-PAC Ham Convention, past and future. The format and
scoring is intended to reward and encourage the new and casual operator
who may not be an active contester. Categories reflect requested modes
from 2021. The contest is be held one week prior to the 2022
“In-Person” SEA-PAC Ham Convention. Join the 3nd annual SEA-PAC QSO
Party for a “Ham-tastic” time on the airwaves!”
In addition, an ARRL VEC Volunteer Examination (VE) session will be
available for those wishing to upgrade their amateur licenses while at
SEA-PAC. VE Testing will be conducted at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church,
320 1st Ave, Seaside, OR 97138, at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 4th 2022.
Seating is limited, so reserve your place by registering now. You must
be pre-registered only, no walk-ins!
The registration deadline is: May 15, 2022. A printable registration
form is available on the SEA-PAC website:
https://www.seapac.org/testing_files/print_ve_test_appl.pdf, or you can
snail mail your registration to:
John Bucsek, KE7WNB
PO Box 230216
Portland, OR 97281-0216
Or email all information to: VE@seapac.org. Questions? Call John Bucsek
at 503-803-6134 evenings, or email John at VE@seapac.org
Please bring the following:
- a photo ID
- the original plus a photocopy of your current license
- the original plus a photocopy of any CSCE that will apply to the
- and a check for $15.00 payable to ARRL VEC.
ARRL WEBSITE LOG-IN ISSUES WITH NEW WEBSITE UPGRADES
Ever since the ARRL married the old ARRL website with its new Personify
association management software at the beginning of the month, a few
members have experienced log-in issues. Rest assured the staff at ARRL
HQ is well aware of the problems, and is working to fix them, one
problem at a time. Bob Naumann, W5OV, the Operations Manager at ARRL HQ
has the following advice for those having ARRL website log-in issues:
“Follow these steps to sign in and access ARRL features and services:
Go to arrl.org and click “Login”. If you had an existing account and
have not logged into the new system yet, you can do one of the following
If you know your username, click “Reset Password”. Check your email;
you will receive an email from “Personify Identity Provider” with a
subject of “ARRL Reset Password Request”. Follow the instructions in
the email. If you do not receive an email to reset your password, click
on “Forgot Username” and proceed from there.
When you get to the Login Screen, Click on Register. Enter the main
e-mail address we have on file and click “Next.” *
You will be prompted to create a username and new password. Your
password must contain at least eight characters, a number, an uppercase
letter, a lowercase letter, and a non-alphanumeric character.
*Note, if the email address is not on file, then you will need to fill
out all the fields (first name, last name, address, etc).
If you have logged into the new system, please enter your username and
If you never had an ARRL account, click “Register” and follow the
prompts. This will log you in to arrl.org, which now allows you to
renew, donate, and shop all in one transaction.
If you need help, we’re here for you. Call us Monday – Thursday from
8 am – 7 pm (ET) and on Friday from 8 am – 5 pm (ET) at
860-594-0200, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Until we meet at SEA-PAC in just over a month’s time, 73 and Stay
Mike Ritz, W7VO
Director, ARRL Northwestern Division
Vice President, ARRL Foundation
Now, let’s hear from Vice Director Tharp!
Diary of the Vice Director, Volume 4, April 2022
Well, not much to report from my chair this month. I spent most of it on
vacation in Utah!
I was involved with five interviews for the ARDC Scholarships and a bit
of time spent with ARISS.
With the new system at ARRL HQ, (Personify) some of the monthly totals
of new members and division stats have not been updated. I’m told that
will be corrected next month. The numbers below reflect this.
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:
Events I am currently planning to attend are:
SEAPAC June 3-6
Wenatchee Hamfest June 10-12
PNW DX Convention (Spokane) August 5-7
N7YRC Swap (date TBD)
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 us
a note and we would be glad to include it here. It is always good to
hear from members.
Division statistics: from March
272 new licenses issued.
12,712 ARRL members in Division (February data)
149 Active ARRL affiliated clubs.
59 Amateurs upgraded their licenses in February
(February data, new system is catching up) Our challenge from President
Rodrick to pass the Atlantic Division in membership looks like this.
The Atlantic Division had 12,675 members. (a friendly competition of
course) We are ahead by 37!
Roanoke however has now grown to 12,875 and has taken the #2 spot behind
the Southeastern Division with 15,656 members.
If you have any questions or input, an email to email@example.com is the
best way to contact me.
Mark J. Tharp, KB7HDX
ARRL Vice Director
ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: Michael T Ritz, W7VO