More events cancelled.

Follow up from yesterday’s email…………

More events are cancelled!
More iconic Northwestern Division event dominoes are falling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I received notification yesterday afternoon that both the Pacific Northwest DX Convention, originally scheduled for August 7th-9th, and the Stanwood-Camano ARC Hamfest, in Stanwood, Washington, originally scheduled for May 9th, have both been canceled for this year.

The Pacific Northwest DX Convention is scheduled to be hosted again by he Willamette Valley DX Club in Portland, Oregon in August 2021. The event normally rotates between 4 different host DX groups, and the 2021 event was originally to be hosted by the Idaho DX Association, in conjunction with the Spokane DX Club. They will now host the event in 2022.

SEA PAC Cancelled

From an email sent out today……..

I received the following notice regarding the cancellation of Sea-Pac 2020, (which also hosts our yearly ARRL Northwestern Division Convention). While disappointing and painful, it’s certainly the right thing to do.

At this point in time the Pacific NW DX Convention scheduled for August is still going on as planned. That said, stay tuned for further developments.

I’ve received many requests for club Zoom meetings in the last few weeks, so I’m certain most clubs are properly “social distancing” themselves. Social distancing is vitally important in keeping the virus in check, especially when so many amateurs fit the most vulnerable demographic. Let’s all hope that this virus pandemic blows over quickly and we can get our lives back to normal!

Finally, there have been many questions brought to me by members as to the status of the ARRL Volunteer Examiner program, and also questions as to how the upcoming ARRL Field Day event will be affected. I’ll deal more with these questions in my next update, as I have a teleconference with other members of the Board’s Programs and Services committee scheduled later this week.

The staff at ARRL HQ are adjusting to the “new normal” of working mostly from home, (as are we all), so please be patient when attempting to contact them regarding any issues.

73, and please stay safe!

Mike Ritz, W7VO
Director, ARRL Northwestern Division

 


 

SEA-PAC 2020 Cancellation Notice

For some time the SEA-PAC Executive Committee has monitored the
COVID-19 pandemic working closely with our local health, public and
government partners in assessing this unprecedented situation.

With approximately 60 days until the event, the Executive Committee has
made the decision to cancel the SEA-PAC convention for 2020. Convention
fees paid will be refunded.

This conclusion is based on the deadly seriousness of the virus, the
rate of expansion, and the recovery time after the crisis apex is
achieved. But more importantly, it is based on the genuine concern for
the health and safety of the attendees, vendors and presenters.

Details regarding this cancellation will be posted at www.seapac.org.

Thank you for your understanding and we are looking forward to the next
SEA-PAC on 4, 5, and 6 June 2021.

Gary J Takis K7GJT

SEA-PAC 2020 Chairman

No Snow at the Peak

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The snow has melted but our backup antenna has broken (circled in blue), most likely cause is falling ice from the tower

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Conditions on the peak

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Just some pictures of the conditions on the hill. The picture with blue circles is our back up repeater antenna (right circle on tower) and APRS digipeater (left circle on roof). Just a idea of how much of a ice load is on them the antennas are about 1 1/2” at the base were it mounts to the pole, the pole is 2 1/2” OD so there is a bit of ice build up on them.

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Annual Meeting 2020

2020 Annual Meeting

2020 Annual Meeting