Here are recent happenings in the IARC. This is like a "blog" and club members can contribute almost anything.
We're interested in seeing your new equipment, antenna, mobile installation, operating event, contest results or anything else. Give us the overview and images here and, of course, send a write-up to the SquakBox editor!
Ruth Meister donated the tower and antennas of John Meister W7JAM (SK) to the Issaquah Amateur Radio Club.Here's the photo story of our club while we safely remove the equipment.
On June 28-29, 2014, we enjoyed our annual Field Day at Sunny Hills Elementary School.
On November 15, 2012, the Issaquah ARC club held a work party to take down an unused tower and antenna system from an aging local ham. Here is a slideshow of our activity.
Are you interested in buying this very nice tri-band beam or vertical? Or buying a used 60-foot winch-driven tilt-over tower? Please contact Rod WE7X!
Do YOU have unused radios, towers or antennas that you would like to donate to a good cause? Call us, we can help!
Saturday - Sunday, June 23rd - 24th, 2012
Location Map of Sunny Hills:
Barn Layout Map of Sunny Hills:
The W7BI club station operated from Mount Rainier in the ARRL VHF Contest on September 11th, 2011. Here are some photographs contributed by Rod WE7X. Click on the thumbnail image to see it at regular size.
At the October 5th, 2011 meeting our program was a fascinating presentation about Software Defined Radios (SDR) by member Howard W1HMB and guest John W7FU. Click here to read the program material. You can follow its links to much more information.
Many thanks to Howard and John!
Update: Here is the latest High-Performance Software-Defined Radio article from CQ Magazine, Nov 2011, by PNW ham Jeremy McDermond NH6Z. He is the author of the Mac SDR software and is often seen at technical gatherings around the Pacific Northwest area.
Some of our IARC members participated in the Washington State QSO Party (aka Salmon Run) on Sept 17 - 18.
Barry WA7KVC drove to the Umatilla Natonal Forest and activated the mostly-empty Garfield County.
For his full photo story, see his writeup at www.wa7kvc.com.
Rod WE7X made contacts from the Suntop Lookout station in Pierce County overlooking the northwest flank of Mt Rainier.
For his full story, see the Oct 2011 SquakBox.
(Did any other members participate in the Salmon Run? Add your comment below or email it to the webmaster!)
On June 25 and 26, the Issaquah ARC set up and operated a Field Day station at Sunny Hills elementary school. Point-wise, it’s interesting to note the digital station made twice as many points as the other voice stations combined! Even so, our total bonus points were greater than all our contact points put together. This is typical of most years, where it takes a huge number of on-the-air contacts to equal all the bonus points.
Soapbox: This was an effort by the Issaquah Amateur Radio Club (WA). We went in to have fun, hang out together, bring in visitors and try new things. Our digital station was a lot of fun on PSK, and our VHF station enjoyed a really good 6m band opening. It’s not often you work Florida from Washington state on 6m! Big thanks go to all our club members who pitched in to help setup, provide food and equipment, and then tear down and clean up.