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Update: Meeting Minutes Minutes for the December 14 board meeting and minutes for the January 26 board meeting following the Annual Meeting (now approved) and draft minutes for the February 12 have been posted on the Meeting Minutes page.

Stolen Ham Gear section removed. The last entry in Stolen Ham Gear was at least 6 years ago, and the listings were not dated. The section has been removed, but it can be reinstated if we have any problems to list.

Update: PSRG Annual Meeting–See below.

New Board Members and Officers–Quentin Caudron, K7DRQ, and Allison Dalton, KI7QBD, were elected unanimously to board slots #2 and #4. Doug Kingston, KD7DK was unanimously re-elected as President. Quentin was appointed Secretary and Allison was appointed Treasurer.

Coming Events:

The Seattle/King County Clinic for People in Need–February 13 – 16th at the Seattle Center. They are looking for volunteers, including medical services professionals of all sorts, interpreters, and general support for setting up, running and tearing down the event. Head over to the Seattle Center website for full details.

Mike & Key 39th Electronics Show & Swap Meet— Saturday, March 7, 2020. Details Don’t forget that we’ll be meeting in front of the fountain for the PSRG group photo at noon.

PSRG Educational Meeting–The next educational meeting will be Saturday, March 14th. Details below.

22nd Annual Communications Academy –April 24th, 25, & 26th, 2020 at South Seattle College. The theme for 2020’s Academy will be: “IF CASCADIA RISES, WILL WE FALL?” a three-year continuum building up to Cascadia Rising 2022, a National Level Exercise, and statewide exercise. Details on the Comm Academy website

PNW DMR Gathering–May 15-17, 2020 at Valley Camp. Details on the Valley Camp Ham Radio Club website

Update: New photos have been added to the PSRG Photo Page – Got photos of PSRG events? Contact K7RCH@PSRG.ORG.

 

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2020 Annual Meeting

The PSRG Annual Meeting was a great success! It was well attended and we had a fascinating and mind-blowing presentation by Quentin Caudron on Fractal Antennas.

Update: Copies of his slides can be found here.

Theresa McLaird KG7AII gave her final Treasurer’s Report that PSRG is financially healthy. A copy of the Treasurer’s Report is included with the President’s Report slides.

President Doug Kingston reported on the two major projects accomplished during the last year–slides from Doug’s President’s Presentation are posted here.

Doug Kingston was unanimously re-elected to the position of President and Quentin Cauldron and Allison Dalton were unanimously elected to Board Slots #2 and #4, respectively. At the board meeting following the Annual Meeting, Quentin was appointed Secretary and Allison was appointed Treasurer.

PSRG thanks Theresa McLaird and Jack Wolfe, KI7RMU for their 2 years of service as the Treasurer and Secretary. They both did a great job and have offered to help the new officers get up to speed.

 

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March PSRG Educational Meeting

The next PSRG Educational Meeting is on March 14, 2020. As usual it will be held at the Salmon Bay Cafe, 5109 Shilshole Ave NW, in Ballard and starts at 1:30 PM. Topic is TBA. Watch this space for more information.

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PSRG Board Meeting

The next PSRG Board Meeting is on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1:30 PM at the Salmon Bay Cafe, 5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle. Your input to the discussions is always encouraged, although only board members will vote.

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PSRG Annual Meeting

2020 PSRG Annual Meeting will be held at the Seattle Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
105 5th Ave S. Suite 300, Seattle

Sunday, January 26th, 2020
1pm – 4pm

You do not have to be a member to attend.

We’ll have light snacks, coffee and soft drinks.

 

 

 

EOC map

(Street parking is available and free on Sundays, arrive early to secure a good spot)

Guest Speaker
Quentin Caudron, K7DRQ (“Dr. Q”)

Fractal Antennas

Most of the antennas we hams are around are large things, built from long pieces of mostly straight, conductors. However, the antenna inside your cell phone is quite different — it’s curled up on itself, winding in zigzags or spiral patterns. This is a fractal antenna : an antenna that draws inspiration from the concepts of self-similarity and space-filling to be smaller and more broadband than the old, straight, retractable antenna your old cell had. Fractal antennas aren’t terribly well-known in the amateur radio world, so let’s discover them together. We’ll talk about some properties of fractal antennas, and then I’ll share my attempts at designing them.

Important! Three board positions are up for election at the Annual Meeting. The Board is looking for people who wish to run for those slots. Doug (KD7DK) has announced that he will run again for President, but Jack (KI7RMU) plans to step down as Secretary and Theresa (KG7AII) plans to step down as Treasurer. If you are interested in running for ANY of the positions, Please let the board know ahead of the Annual Meeting. You can email board@psrg.net.

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IRLP No Longer Supported

The owner of the IRLP system, has decided to disable the keys for all IRLP systems that are using IRLP via the Allstar system software.  This is impacting lots of repeater with dual connectivity, and there does not appear to be an amicable solution. Since PSRG’s repeater control software and the voting system it provides use Allstar, so we have no intention to retreat from our use of Allstar so we have no option but to remove IRLP support from our repeater.  Practically, this will have virtually no impact on our users as virtually all our internet connectivity is via Allstar and Echolink, both of which are unaffected.

For those interested in in the background and politics, you can read more on the arm-allstar-irlp email group: http://lists.hamvoip.org/pipermail/arm-allstar-irlp/2020-January/thread.html.

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PSRG 2020 Holiday Dinner

Update

Annual Dinner Signup Live! (Signups Closed)

We are now taking reservations for the PSRG Annual Dinner–please sign up at the link provided! One response per person is needed, so if you’re part of a party of multiple folks, you’ll need to post a response per person.

Dinner: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Time: Social hour 6PM, Dinner at 7

Cost: $30/person. Pay at the door.
Cash bar for social hour (and through the event)

Location: The Egg & Us
4609 14th Ave NW #108
Seattle, WA 98107

Choice of prime rib, salmon, or vegetarian
Dessert is apple or pumpkin pie

Note: for vegetarian or other needs, please include your preferences in the comments section of the sign-up form.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

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December PSRG Board Meeting

The last PSRG Board Meeting of 2019 is on December 14, 2019 at 1:30 PM at the Salmon Bay Cafe, 5109 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle. Your input to the discussions is always encouraged, although only board members will vote.

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November 9th Educational Meeting

The next PSRG Educational Meeting is on November 9. As usual it will be held at the Salmon Bay Cafe in Ballard and starts at 1:30 PM.

We’re very excited to announce we’ll have a presentation by Tim Nair, KG7EJT, Washington state’s SOTA (Summits On The Air) champion.  Along with some amazing photographs, Tim will be sharing some of his many adventures mixing ham radio and mountaineering.

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Sam and the High Desert Pirate Dave’s Annual Halloween Party!!

Saturday, October 26, Dusk til Dawn

13311 19th Ave NE
(Just East of Jackson Park Golf Course)

Hosted by Seattle expatriates Sam and the High Desert Pirate Dave

The theme is Laugh-In!!!–“You bet your sweet Bippy!”

Clothing is optional but costumes are required (sort of).

Sock it to me?

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