Meet the Board

Rob Salsgiver


Unlike most you will see listed below, I came into Amateur Radio relatively recently.  I am one of many licensed through the fine efforts of the Snohomish County Hams Club.  First licensed as KE7IJT in 2006, due to having an electronics background I was able to quickly upgrade to General and Extra.  In 2008 I was approved for my current NR3O call sign.    I was self-taught electronics in grade and high school and followed that with 6 years as a nuclear electronics technician in the US Navy.  During my navy time I transitioned to PCs and computer networking for the next 20 or so years.  The last 9 years I’ve spent working in mechanical, electrical, and process design in the automotive industry, slowly getting back to my electronics roots.

My primary enjoyment is programming and radio these days.  I’m an avid fan of Software Defined Radio (SDR) and the last few months have been spent remodeling and upgrading the “ham shack”, getting multiple antennas in the air, and generally making ready to enjoy the hobby more.  I just finished 2 years helping the WWARA as a board member and 70cm band chair, and have been involved in the past with Amateur EMCOMM with Snohomish County ACS, and have been involved when time allows in HamWAN.

I enjoy seeing others learn and have fun in the hobby.  I was club president once before back in 2012/2013, so if things are messed up – it’s probably my fault somehow <g>.


Henry Poland

Vice President

I’ve been a licensed Hams since 1980.  I currently hold an Amateur Extra Class and FCC General Class License.

As long as I can remember electrical and mechanical stuff has always intrigued me. When I was 5 my parents bought me a toy tools set which I promptly used to disassemble the stair banister, no tools for me for a while.

During my elementary through high school years I would spend hours chatting with a good friend over CB radio walkie-talkies. It was this good friend who cured me of the CB habit and got me into Ham Radio. I can’t thank him enough!

In High School electronics took over my life, in every year of high school I had at least one period of electronics.    I joined the US Marine Corps right out of high school as an Infantry Radio Operator; you know the guy with a target on his back and a long antenna to aim at. After the Marines and a few radio related jobs I got lucky and landed a job with GTE Hawaiian Tel as a Switching Technician were I helped maintaining the local and toll telephone switching network.  Over the next 38 years I moved up the ranks to my current position as a Local Manager with Frontier Communication responsible for Western Washington Special Services.

In my younger and endless energy days I moonlighted as a Paging Radio Technician as well as for fun did a lot of Television repair and before the days of the Cellphone worked for McCall Radio Installing and Repairing Radio Telephones.
Electronics and Ham Radio are in my blood. I love building and modifying anything electronics.  I enjoy helping others and being involved with the Snohomish County Hams Club and always look forward to our club’s activities.

Have a question please ask me I’ll be glad to help if I can.


Roger Hoot – KF7WVT


I was an administrator in the Marine Corps for 20 years; 10 as an enlisted Marine, and 10 as an officer. I became aware of HAM radio while in Viet Nam as it dealt with MARS service.  After retiring from the Marine Corps in the Philippines, I went to work for the Navy as a Security Officer.  I found that I was more interested in protecting people rather than property so I changed to Emergency Management.  Again, I recognized the value of HAM communication and decided that whenever I retired, I would adopt the hobby of Amateur Radio operation.  After spending 30 years in Asia and Italy, I finally returned to the US in 2008.  I found the Snohomish County HAMS Club to be a very welcoming and instructional group of radio enthusiasts.  I have participated in many of the Club activities and look forward to serving as the Secretary.

While serving in the Philippines, I met and married my wife, Nette.  I have one 18 year old daughter.  I maintain a house in the Philippines that I visit every two years.


Randy Mather – AJ7B


I have been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1964 and am presently licensed as an Extra class operator. I Enjoy the hobby very much and participate in it much more now that I am retired. I joined the club in 2012 so I could help others obtain their radio license through the Elmer process, training as an instructor, and testing as a volunteer examiner. If any of my skills can be used to help this club stay a viable conduit toward promoting amateur radio, then I’m available. My bookkeeping/financial experience is just one of many skills I accumulated over the years and the reason I put my name in for club treasurer. My thanks to the members who elected me to the board in 2014. I will not let you down. If you see me at a club meeting or event, please introduce yourself and let me know more about you. I not only handle the clubs finances, but am ready and willing to answer your questions and help you move forward in amateur radio. It’s a fun hobby for me as I hope it is for you.


John Van Dalen – N7AME

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.      I was one of the hams that started the repeater group for 145.39 in the very early 80’s and was their Trustee for some time but drifted away from ham radio as the family grew and my military obligations increased.

I have been married to Mary Beth for 46 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.


Phone: (425) 280-6396

James Blake – KD7JB

Director, Position 2

Born in Ohio. Went into the Navy in 1984 and was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island.  Fell in love with Washington where I met my wife, and decided to stay here.

I have 17 years as an Avionics Technician working “Big Iron” commercial aircraft. Picked up my Airframe & Power-plant license, FCC Radio Telephone Operators License and an associates in Electronic Engineering. Spent 5 years with the Everett Mountain Rescue Unit .

My 7th grade teacher was a ham who got me interested in amateur radio. Obtained my HAM license through the club, then became a active member after attending field day one year. I have enjoyed the people in our club despite our differences, we love radio, and THAT makes us a family!



Ray Smith – KD7AVP

Director, Position 3

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

Loren Hole – KK7M


Ham Radio has been my passion since mid 1965. As you get involved with this group, you too will find it a passion, something you just can never just get enough of.

I’ve been a member of this club and it’s predecessor since the early 1970’s and was instrumental in putting our first repeater on the air. For these reasons I make financial contributions to an endowment fund dedicated to keep WA7LAW an active repeater for all Hams to use. You’ll find this repeater to be a prime facility for keeping in touch with other amateurs all over our community.

Since 1984 I’ve made working with our Volunteer Examiners a major activity. We’ve become known far and wide for providing VE test sessions every month (except December) for those wanting to join our hobby or upgrade to higher class license.


Kevin Lynch – KG7CLD

Immediate Past President

In the early part of 2013 I was visiting my parents attending a lunch with the Rincon County West Amateur Radio Club in Arizona. Seeing a radio, tuner, ladder line and a wire in a couple of trees I had no idea we could talk to people all around the world. Operators were making contacts, changing bands and then we heard the Vatican transmitting information about the selection of the Pope. That was the hook for me learning that we could get instant information from virtually anywhere.

My best Amateur Radio memory is sitting on the back porch with my father a few months after obtaining my license. I had a used Icom 706 and a homemade 2 meter antenna. I was still learning about PL tones and was having an issue connecting to area repeaters.  We failed to make a contact that night but we enjoyed trying and spending time together.

My goals are to obtain my Extra license in March of 2017, continue working digital as my favorite mode, and introducing amateur radio to more people. My club goals are to continue to build relationships, help organize club based operating events, and to educate the public about amateur radio.