Activity and Event Coordinators
It is said that “many hands make light work” and the same is true of our club. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for members like YOU who are willing to step forward and help out. Please feel free to touch bases with one of the below members for any areas you are interested in.
Education is one of the cornerstones of Amateur Radio. We are fortunate to have Jim Blake continuing the long-standing tradition of our education program to bring the next generation of Amateur Radio Operators into the hobby. Like many activities the Covid pandemic has put a significant dent into our program, yet we look forward to the return to normal and resuming our highly sought classes. Stay in touch to find out when the next class is scheduled!
Volunteer Examiner (VE) Coordinator
Passing your Amateur Exam is the gateway every amateur passes through to get into the hobby. The WA7LAW VE program has held regularly scheduled testing sessions since the 1970s. Randy Mather (AJ7B) heads up our dedicated team of Volunteer Examiners and provides monthly testing opportunities (sans Covid). Like our classes, in-person testing took a hit with the Covid pandemic restrictions but should be returning soon. We look forward to seeing you at one of our testing sessions! Current information can be found here!
We have been fortunate as a club to have been able to acquire many goods over the years that allow us to conduct radio operating events such as 7QP, Field Day, and others. Radios, antennas, tents, cookware, event signs, and much much more all must be cared for, inventoried, and stored. Our Quartermaster coordinates the efforts to keep track of all of our gear and ensure it is in tip-top shape adn ready for the next set of activities. Long-time member Ray Smith currently watches over things for us and we are sincerely appreciate his efforts!
One of the great attractions of the hobby is to make contact via radio to other amateurs, whether they are across the country or around the world. You never know whether you’ll be talking to a prince, a pauper, or somewhere in between. QSL’ing is activity if exchanging records of your contacts with other Amateurs. John Van Dalen (N7AME) is the QSL Manager for the club’s WA7LAW call, and diligently responds to all requests for QSL cards as well as our ARRL Logbook Of The World (LOTW) online log.
The Snohomish County Hams Club through the efforts and contributions of of current and past members has established and maintains modest investments established to support our repeater system and other activities. It is responsibility of the Investment committee to provide guidance and recommendations to ensure the safe, long-term growth of these assets. We are indebted to founding member Loren Hole (KK7M) for his long-term support, vision, and wisdom for the Snohomish County Hams Club.
Each year a nominating committee is formed to seek qualified and committed individuals to run for the open Board and Officer positions to guide our club in the coming years. Long time club member Dennis Bradford (W7DEB) currently leads our nominating committee, provides mentorsing, and coordinates the committee efforts.
Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) is an annual Amateur Radio event within the Scouting community. Long-time club member Dr. Tom Hutchinson (N7PKK) has spear-headed and coordinated efforts for many years between our club members to introduce, engage, and mentor Scouts into the world of Amateur Radio through JOTA and other activities to support their Radio Merit Badge.
Project Manager/Tech Committee
The Club’s Project Manager is responsible primarily for the maintenance and upkeep of the club’s repeater systems and other technical assets such as operating equipment for radio events including antennas, radios, laptops, etc. Most of the work is shared throughout the club and relies on the time and expertise of many members, yet is coordinated through the Project Manager who reports to the Board of Directors. The current Project Manager is Rob Salsgiver (NR3O) who is grateful for the support of club member Henry Poland (KH6VM)
Public Service Officer
Net Control Coordinator
The Net Control Coordinator, strangely enough, coordinates the efforts of our Net Control Operators (NCOs) NCOs conduct weekly nets on our repeater systems, typically using an established script and format. The Net Control Coordinator works with the operators to establish and maintain a calendar of which primary and alternate NCO are scheduled each week.
Control Operators are critical to the ongoing operation and support of our club repeaters. Control Operators mantain watch on the repeaters to ensure they are used properly and within FCC regulations, and work with the Project Manager and others if needed to shutdown the system in event of problems or malfuction. We are always on the lookout for interested members who are able to listen in and help monitor and manage the repeater systems.