Meet the Board

Ray Smith – KD7AVP


My interest in radio started at a very young age as I learned about radio communication from my father who was a radio operator during WWII. I became a licensed amateur radio  operator in 1998 after taking a CERT class that lead into a Tech Class offered by the Snohomish County Hams club. I really enjoy ham radio and find myself continuing to expand my interest in it. I started with just talking to friends on the local repeater and over the last few years have ventured into HF and making distant contacts.

Over the years I have learned much from my fellow club members and I have really enjoyed myself through taking a more active part in the club activities. After attending many 7QP’s and Field Days this year I volunteered to  be the coordinator for both events and really had a good time doing so. I hope to be able to share what I have learned by participating in the club leadership and encouraging club members to join in participating in club events.


Phone: (425) 239-1002

Dave Somers

Vice President

Dave (KI7DPP) first messed with radios in grade school, putting together a crystal receiver in about 1964. He progressed through short wave receivers, CB walkie talkies in the late ’60’s, a CB rig in his auto in the 80’s, and finally earned his Tech license in 2016 and his General in 2017. Dave is a slow learner.

In addition to his duties as Vice President of the SCHRC, Dave also serves as Snohomish County Executive. He also served 3.5 terms on the Snohomish County Council representing Council District 5. Prior to his public service, he worked for many years as a fisheries biologist for the Tulalip Tribes. Dave attended the University of Washington and earned degrees in fisheries and forest ecology.

Dave lives in unincorporated Snohomish County about 5 miles northeast of Monroe with his wife Elaine, four dogs (Hewitt shown in picture), two horses and a variety of wild varmints.

Dave enjoys HF, works with a ICOM IC-7300 mostly with a 135′ end-fed wire that works pretty good. He also has completed two semesters of CW Academy but is hopeless at copying. He is still working on it.


Anne Garay


While I was an active member of the Shoreline CERT Team starting in 2009, I became interested in Ham Radio and got my Technician License KF7IGZ in March 2010 and I immediately joined the Shoreline Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) of King County.  Many of the Shoreline ACS were also in the Shoreline CERT.

I soon realized that I really enjoyed Emergency Communications and the wonderful people who are Hams and I upgraded my license to Amateur Extra and changed my call sign to the Vanity Call K2MTN (I was into mountain climbing at the time…).

My husband Al (KG7PNJ) and I moved to Edmonds in 2015 and I attended a meeting with the Snohomish County Hams Club and the rest is history.  I feel very fortunate to participate in our club with such a great group of Hams.  I’m looking forward to serving the club as Secretary.


Randy Mather


I have been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1964. Initially licensed as WN7BCS as a novice. About a year later, upgraded to conditional and changed the call sign to WA7BCS. Went into the Navy at that point to learn more about electronics. Navy Electronics school back then was a pretty good way to advance in the electronic field and a good way avoid being drafted into the Army. While serving at NAS Lemoore, I upgraded to Advanced and got a new call: WB6RYG. Got out of the Navy and moved up here to get out of the 100 degree or more summers. Took the Extra exam and earned the call I now have: AJ7B.

I joined the Snohomish County Hams club to help keep the hobby alive. I like to get on the air (nets mostly) and enjoy teaching newbies about the hobby. In addition to being on the board, I am also the Treasurer and the VE Coordinator for the club. I have been a member of the club since 2013 and still enjoy participating on club events.


Rob Salsgiver – NR3O


I was one of those kids who was fascinated by electronics in school.  I have no idea why, but I had to know how and why everything worked.  After my first few mishaps involving disassembly of some things around the household that originally worked but for some reason didn’t after re-assembly, I was strongly encouraged by my parents to focus on things that were NOT working and figuring out how to fix them, rather than risk working household items.  I knew all the TV and radio shops in my surrounding towns in PA and came home with all sorts of stereo and TV equipment – mostly things that were thrown out as junk and headed for the dump.  Many of the items eventually became operational once again and that was how I made some of my spending money in high school.

My electronics background got a boost when I joined the Navy as a Nuclear Electronics Technician, but my electronics path gave way to computers in the late 80s/early 90s.  I’ve spent most of my professional career in IT and came back to electronics to get my ham “ticket” in the 2000s.  With my electronics background it was a lot easier than some for me to get to Extra, and I’ve been blessed to have my wife Shelly (N7SHE) share the hobby and get her General ticket.  Neither of us operates as much as we would like due to farm responsibilities, but we do try to do most major contests like 7QP, Field Day, and Salmon Run.

I got my ticket through self-study and the Snohomish County Hams Club’s VE program, and was encouraged to join the club by then Trustee Loren Hole and numerous others.  I’ve been privileged to make many friends in the club through the years, and have served as club president a couple of times as well as helped out with the education program when time allowed.

I am honored to follow in the footsteps of my good friend and past trustee Loren Hole who has guided our club literally for decades with his quiet wisdom, kindness, and support.  If I can become half the person I know him to be I will consider my life a success.

Whether you are just thinking of becoming a ham or already have your license, if I can be of assistance please let me or someone else in the club know.  It is a great hobby full of wonderful people.




John Van Dalen

Director, Position 1

I have been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1978 and am presently licensed as an Extra class operator and also a volunteer examiner.   I operated CW until I upgraded to General and never looked back but am slowly rediscovering the pleasures of Morse code. I am a PSK31 operator and enjoy it and am struck by the ages of those whom use PSK. My newest fun is the FT8 revolution and I also got hooked by FM Satellites. I now will have VUCC for 100+ grids around the country and Canada. I was mentored by one of our members and can pass it on. I am an ARRL DXCC Card checker and will help anyone with the ARRL LOTW. I still do SO’s by mail.

I have been married to Mary Beth for 50 years and her father, Les Webb, W7BLX helped me into ham radio. We have two girls, Amy and Paula. I am retired now and spend most of my life fixing telephones, telephone lines and switching equipment for everybody but a Bell Company. I am also an antique telephone collector with over 100 telephones some of which were manufactured before 1900. The last eight years, I have worked at the Boeing Company as a contractor testing software on the Automatic Test Equipment used in the factory during final body join and assembly.

I retired from the military in 1995 as a Senior Master Sergeant with the WA Air National Guard and 5 years in the US Army stationed in Hawaii and South Korea.

My goal as a Director of this club is to help it continue to be helpful to perspective, new and old HAMS and keeping the club going in the right direction,


Michael Burnette

Director, Position 2

Michael Burnette started playing with radios at the age of 8 when he found plans for a “foxhole” crystal radio set in a comic book. With the cardboard from a roll of tp for a coil form and a rusty razor blade for a crystal, it actually worked. “Worked” when Dad carted him into town to park about a block from a radio station, anyway.

He spent about 25 years in commercial broadcasting where he was, at some point, everything from the all-night DJ in Tulare, CA to a VP of Westinghouse Broadcasting, which later because CBS/Infinity.

He became a ham in 2013 and got his Extra Class ticket in 2014.

Today he is the author of a popular line of ham radio license education programs; The Fast Track series of books, e-books, and paperbacks. He has made presentations at many major hamfests.

He is still playing with radios.


Tim Kephart

Director - Pos 3

I have been licensed amateur since Aug of 2018, I am currently an Extra class and have applied to be a volunteer examiner.  I enjoy making contacts on FT8 and FT4.  Right now, I am trying to learn CW, and PSK31.

Right after high school, I joined the US Marines and retired in September of 2001.   I was assigned the MOS of 1141 (Electrician).  Currently I work for a company in Everett that provides commercial grade doors and hardware.

I have enjoyed my time with the SCHC and learning new things, looking forward to the future and all the great events to come.


Kenn Rich

Director, At Large

Bio coming soon