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About W7ARC

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This is the Internet home of W7ARC. My home QTH is Lynnwood, Washington, about 16 miles North of Seattle, WA, in Snohomish County, in the United States of America.

I have been a Ham operator since 1971 when my call sign was WN7RWU. I let that call sign lapse . I re-took the Technician Class test in May of 1996 and was issued KC7REK.

I applied for W7ARC in November 2001 and received it as a vanity call on March 08, 2002 .

This is a fitting call sign for me as I am an avid radio "chatter" as one who is "Always Ready to Chat" or, putting on my other hat, "American Red Cross", as I was a 20+ year volunteer for the American Red Cross in disaster services where I functioned as a Mass Care Specialist, a Family Services Specialist and a Communications Technician. Over those 20+ years I have been on several disaster service assignments across the United States.

On April 20, 2002 I took and passed the General Class test upgrading my license and getting on the air on the HF bands for the first time since my days as a Novice.

On April 17, 2005, I took and passed the Extra Class test, once more upgrading my license. I now have full operating privileges on all Amateur frequencies.

The Station...(Updated 01/13/12)
The station consists of a Yaesu FT-2000D, and a LDG AT-200Pro Autotuner tuning 120-foot Windom antenna made of 26-gauge stranded copper-coated steel wire. The antenna is modeled after a 1929 version of this antenna using a single-wire feed. I can use this antenna on all bands, 160 - 6 meters. The antenna is 20 feet above ground. Also a 40 meter dipole; 15 ft. above ground fed with RG-8X.

A Yaesu FT-840 is backup with an Astron RS35-M power supply and a MFJ Versa Tuner, Model MFJ-949E, that tunes a 150 foot random antenna made of 26-gauge stranded copper-coated steel wire. This radio and tuner are used mainly for PACTOR work.

These antennas all work very well as NVIS antennas and allow for good communications over a 300 to 500 mile range. Also work for DX under most conditions.

For VHF/UHF I use a Yaesu FT-8900R on an Astron RS35-M power supply. The radio is capable of a full 50 watts of power on 10, 6 and 2 meter and 40 watts on 70 cm. The antenna at the present time is a Maldol tri-band antenna for 6/2/70 cm on a piece of sheet metal in the shack.

For 220 MHz. I have an Alinco DR-235T that shares the same power supply as the PACKET radio. This radio has a built-in TNC for PACKET operation. I'm using a Diamond NR140BNMO antenna on a metal plate inside the condo.

I also have a Yaesu FT-7800R with an Astron RS20-M for PACKET work using a dual-band antenna mounted on a 19" piece of metal in the shack. It works well through the Elyssa and SEA nodes on 145.63 MHz and 145.010 MHz This radio is teamed with a Kantronics KPC-3 plus TNC.

I have a Yaesu VX-7R and an ADI AT-201 HT for portable and emergency work with a 300-ohm twin lead J-Pole antenna.

For mobile work I have the Yaesu FT-857D with the ATAS-120 antenna for 7-440 MHz and a ProAm Valor PHF-75 for 75 meters. I also have another FT-8900R with an Optek dual band antenna.

I have a AEA PK-232/MBX for conventional digital work on both HF and VHF that I acquired at the Puyallup Hamfest. It has PACKET, AMTOR, PACTOR, and other modes and will be useful on both the Amateur and MARS radio circuits. Combined with a dedicated computer, with the appropriate software, I have capabilities on all digital soundcard modes - PSK, RTTY, SSTV, MT63, etc. with a RIGBlaster plus interface.

For Public Service monitoring I use a variety of scanners. I can monitor all VHF, UHF and Trunked radio communications in the surrounding area...including Snohomish County, King County, City of Seattle and local aircraft frequencies. Keeping tabs on the emergency services in those locations. (For more information look at The Station Page)

For a "bird's eye" view of my location (QTH), Click Here.

DX is Fun...
Talking to stations from other countries is fun and entertaining. I have worked (talked to) stations in all 50 states, 109 countries/entities on all 9 continents over the past 30+ years. It's been and continues to be great fun and a challenge to my operating skills and technical ability.

My ARRL® Appointments ...
In July of 2002 I was appointed by Ed Bruette, N7NVP SEC WWA Section (now past Section Manager for Western Washington), to be an Official Emergency Station (OES). Following that appointment, I was asked, in November by Jere Felton, W7TVA if I would be the Washington Receive on Friday's for the Daily Region 7 Traffic Net.

I was then asked if I would accept an appointment as an Official Relay Station (ORS), by Pati Urie, W7ZIW Section Traffic Manager (STM) for the Western Washington Section, which I did and was appointed in December of 2002.

On October 8, 2003 I was appointed as the ARRL® Section Traffic Manager for the Western Washington Section by Ed Bruette, N7NVP, Section Manager for Western Washington.

June 15, 2005 - Completed ARRL® Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course - Level 3 and volunteered to be a mentor/instructor for all 3 levels of this program.

July 21, 2005 - Received my Volunteer Examiner credentials from the ARRL®. I am now an Extra Class Accredited Volunteer Examiner. Also registered as an examiner for the ARRL® Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course.

November 23, 2005 - Appointed District Emergency Coordinator (DEC), District One, Western Washington Section ARES. The district includes, San Juan, Island, Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties in NW Washington State and the San Juan Islands.

December 01, 2005 - Elected 2nd Vice President for the World Radio Relay League, a group devoted entirely to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. Read more about them here: WRRL.ORG

January 27, 2006 - Appointed Washington State Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) Region Coordinator for RACES Region 1. This region encompasses the same are as the ARRL District One in Washington State.

I am also a volunteer examiner (VE) for  W5YI and help with testing of new and upgrading ham radio operators. If you are interested in getting your own amateur radio license, go here and search for a testing session near you...Who knows? I could be one of your examiners.

UPDATES: July 1, 2009 - Stepped down as DEC for District One after almost 4 years at this position. I remain the Section Traffic Manager for Western Washington.

April 12,2010 - Appointed to the Western Washington Official Observer Team - part of the Amateur Auxiliary, to help police the amateur radio frequencies. I remain Section Traffic Manager and an Official Relay Station for Western Washington

My  Awards...
On March 24, 2004 I was awarded by the American Radio Relay League the A-1 Operator Certificate. This award is "for adherence to several principles of good operating, careful keying, good voice operating practices, correct procedure, copying ability, judgment, and courtesy."

In April 2004 I was awarded a Brass Pounders' League Certificate for handling 730 pieces of traffic. I also made the BPL in October and November handling over 1100 pieces of traffic during November. You can see the other statistics for all the Western Washington Traffic Handlers on the Western Washington Section page. I received the BPL Medallion for my traffic work in 2005.

I also have several awards and certificates from my many years of service to the American Red Cross Disaster Services. See My Awards page for more information.

Traffic Handling Can Be Fun and Rewarding... 
The Brass Pounders League - (BPL) The BPL is open to all amateurs who report to their STMs a total of 500 points or a sum of 100 or more origination and delivery points for any calendar month. All messages must be handled on amateur frequencies within 48 hours of receipt in standard ARRL radiogram format. Report format must include messages: Originated, Received, Sent, Delivered. The medallion is awarded to any station that meets these goals for 3 months in a 1 one year period.

I was awarded the Brass Pounders' League Medallion by the ARRL January 2005.

Public Service - A Rewarding Experience...
I was also awarded a Public Service Honor Roll Certificate for November 2003 - December 2004. The Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) recognizes the efforts of Amateur Radio operators who are active in many aspects of public service. This includes net operations, traffic handling, emergency operations and public service communication support. There are chances that you're already involved with some aspect of Amateur Radio that would apply to the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR). You can see more on this by going here.

I was a member of the local ARES/RACES team in Jackson County, Oregon serving as AEC and Red Cross liaison before moving to Washington State in 2000. I was a member of the Kitsap County ACS Communications Team working with the Medical Services and Red Cross Communications teams on local communications emergencies before moving to Snohomish County in 2004.

I am  a member of the Washington State Emergency Operations Center Communications Team at Camp Murray, WA but took a leave of absence when I was appointed DEC for District 1.

During Field Day 2003, I made 600+ contacts during this 24-hr. event operating the station at Camp Murray. The HF station consists of ICOM IC-746PRO and PW1 amplifier into a variety of antennas on various bands operating as a Class 2F station. I operated for entire 24 hour period from this location. This was the first time there had been a category for Emergency Operation Centers (EOC). I am looking forward to a repeat for Field Day 2004.

MARS...
I was a US Army MARS operator, call sign was AARØCZ and was instrumental in setting up the station at the Rogue Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross in Medford, Oregon, KC7SKR and AARØCAB. I resigned from MARS in July of 2008 because of lack of time to keep this commitment.

Other Activities...
North Kitsap Amateur Radio Club, KC7Z...
I joined the NKARC, KC7Z, in October 2003 during the club's Ham fest at Bremerton. I have operated with them on several events including the Trident Triple Bicycle Ride, the Kingston 4th of July Parade in Kingston, WA, Submarines On The Air, from the Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport, WA and the MS Walk at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds, between Bremerton and Silverdale. I was chosen to serve as the Field Day Chair for Field Day 2004. I remain a supporter of this club by maintaining their web site even though I am no longer an active participant of the club because of moving to across Puget Sound to Snohomish County.

On the Internet...
I am webmaster for several websites on the Internet. To name just a few; EMCOMM.ORG, WRRL.ORG, Washington State ARES/RACES, and The Washington Amateur Radio Traffic System (WARTS) Net. These are just a few of the amateur radio related site that I maintain on the Internet. I also maintain sites for businesses, groups and individuals across the United States.

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