For 3 Mondays in December, the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club has hosted the new Hams in the area at the West Seattle Senior Center for an in person session during our weekly radio check in (every Monday night at 6:30) on the West Seattle Repeater W7AW. Input frequencies, output frequencies and PL tones can all be intimidating terms, and every brand of radio has a different way to program them. Pressing that big button on the left side of the radio and knowing your voice will be broadcast throughout the entire Puget Sound Basin is somewhat daunting as well. So these “post license test” sessions have been intended to introduce the nicknamed KJ7s to their radio operation and on air etiquette. The FCC passes out licenses in systemic order, so all the new hams in this most recent class have license call signs starting with […]
It was a very successful Field Day for all involved. The Seattle station W7AW logged 980 volunteer hours and had several extra-points visitors and activities. Here’s a selection of pictures from across the 3 days. You can’t miss the food and hospitality tent run by the club, the food was over the top (thank you Todd, Eric and Don for the cooking and Barry for the Dicks Hamburgers delivery) and everyone appreciated having a place to hang out.
This last May while traveling on a three-week vacation to Italy and Greece, Ron, N4RDZ and Cindi KD7KSH had a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit and operate from HV0A, the Vatican’s official Ham Radio station.
“I get lots of requests to operate/visit the station but yours I just couldn’t refuse the request,” said the station control operator, Francesco IK0FVC. Ron and Cindi visited the station on May 19th which is located on the campus of The Pontifical North American College Just south of the Vatican City. The multi-building, multistory complex behind a guarded gate is the home of HV0A. The tour included a trip to the roof. Cindi said, “You can see all of Rome from here!”
The station uses two Icom 756 Pro transceivers and has a fully automatic tuning 1KW linear amplifier. They have several types of antennas. A vertical, a di-pole, but were […]
WSARC member Eric Linxweiler W7FCL led a hands on session for the 3rd grade science class at Genesee Hill Elementary School, giving the students a real taste of radio. They talked about how radio waves work, watched videos of youth in amateur radio, learned how easy it was to work a radio and get a license, and then learned about how various modes of communication work. Eric says he tried to teach them his favorite quote about how you have two ears, two eyes, and one mouth – meaning you should listen 4 times as much as you talk, but they didn’t quite follow along with that. They had also learned some CW and they all knew four characters by ear, so the CW key was a hit. He also said “The best part was getting the kids on the air. They loved knowing they were talking all over Seattle including a contact in […]
Due to the Communications Academy falling on our normal 3rd Sunday club breakfast, we will be moving the breakfast forward to Sunday, April 8th at the normal time and at Be’s Restaurant in the Junction