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February 8th, 2020, 13:30 Salmon Bay Cafe, Seattle, WA

1. Meeting called to order​ at 13:45.
2. Board members present : Doug KD7DK, Tim WT1IM, Don WA7UUL, Kirsten N2BRN, Allison KI7QBD, Quentin K7DRQ. 

Old Business

3. Minutes from the Annual Meeting of 2020-01-26. Motion to approve made by Tim WT1IM, seconded by Don WA7UUL, and approved by all.
4. Backing up the Wiki on Doug KD7DK has begun to look into this, and has reached out to Cory NQ1E regarding concerns around disk space. 

New Business

5. Recruiting a Treasurer. Doug KD7DK made a call for anyone with experience as a Treasurer or bookkeeping in charitable organizations, or for anyone with experience with Quickbooks. This person must be appointed by the board, and cannot be the President or Vice President. Should someone come forward, one of the Board must resign in order for the remaining Board members to appoint this person to the position. Another option is to amend our bylaws to allow for the Treasurer position to be served by someone not on the Board. Until we find someone, Theresa KG7AII has offered to continue helping the Board with the Treasurer’s duties.
6. Grants to support a new power system for Seattle ACS at Beacon Hill. Seattle ACS are beginning a project to improve the backup power systems at the Beacon Tower Apartments (Beacon Hill) site. The Beacon Hill site also houses our backup repeater. Given that the PSRG’s comfortable financial situation, we would like to consider using these funds in line with our mission and to support the local community. Alan AC7MX is working with others to fund the project. Should we decide to help, we could donate parts directly, donate an amount to the Seattle Police Foundation earmarked for this project, or have Alan AC7MX submit receipts for reimbursement. Estimates are for $2800 for the completion of the upgrade, and Seattle ACS is contributing funds. Doug KD7DK suggested we grant the Seattle ACS $1500 in funds. Kirsten N2BRN is happy to put this to a vote should we require votes for any further spending. Quentin K7DRQ wanted to clarify that there would be no further expectations on our part in these projects beyond this initial grant. Quentin K7DRQ motioned that we grant the ACS $1500. The motion was seconded by Don WA7UUL. All approved, and it was agreed that a donation would be made to the Seattle Police Foundation earmarked for this project.
7. Echolink problems. Barry K7PAL identified the issue that our Club License had lapsed without renewal on 2019-12-12. This eventually percolated to Echolink systems, causing a loss of Echolink functionality. Don WA7UUL, as Trustee, registered our Club License with the FCC, who issued a new certificate, which Echolink received from Doug KD7DK. Shortly after, Echolink functionality returned. In the process, it was discovered that both our bank and the FCC still had our previous address on record.

8. The Board of the Puget Sound Repeater Group instructs the Trustee, Donald K Abeles WA7UUL, to change the Club’s address to ​PO Box 17366, Seattle, WA 98127. – The Board of the Puget Sound Repeater Group instructs BECU to change the Club’s mailing address to PO Box 17366, Seattle, WA 98127. – The Board of the Puget Sound Repeater Group instructs BECU to remove Theresa McLaird as signatory from all accounts of the PSRG, and to add Allison Dalton as signatory to all accounts of the PSRG. The motion was made by Doug KD7DK, seconded by Allison KI7QDB, and approved by all.
9. Social media.
9.1. Code of Conduct. Quentin K7DRQ argued that certain behavior may misrepresent or tarnish the image of the PSRG and should not be tolerated; a Code of Conduct was suggested as a way to publicly declare our values and the conduct we expect of our members. Quentin K7DRQ made it clear that no enforcement of the Code of Conduct was currently being suggested, merely that its existence may act as a deterrent. Quentin K7DQR will put together a draft for the consideration of the Board. Additionally, Quentin K7DRQ will ask Doug KD7DK to find the Google Form used for members to sign up, to evaluate whether we can add a checkbox for acceptance of the Code of Conduct as a way to have members acknowledge it before joining.
9.2. What is the role of the Board? Where should we engage? Allison KI7QBD made the case that we should keep our social media presence small. Tim WT1IM suggested we should take or create accounts on the popular social media platforms and simply not use them, rather than risk them being created by others and misrepresenting the PSRG. Doug KD7DK suggested that these accounts can be shut down under Brand Infringement laws, but Todd WA7FOX stated that best practice was that the Board control all accounts where possible. Tim WT1IM stated that Ben KJ7LLZ, who created a PSRG Twitter account, is amenable to having it controlled by the Board, and that Cody AG7LR, who created a PSRG Reddit account, may also be amenable. Quentin K7DRQ will reach out to Cody AG7LR and Ben KJ7LLZ to arrange for these accounts to be Board-controlled.
10. Acknowledging PayPal donations. ​Theresa KG7AII will compile a list of donations for the calendar year 2019 so that they may be acknowledged. To solve the problems of PayPal not recognizing the PSRG as a charitable organization, Doug KD7DK sent Theresa KG7AII the Incorporation documents.

Standing Committee Reports
11. Treasurer’s report. – O​ur checking account has $4834.97. – Our savings account has $2164.55. – Our PayPal account has $2686.20. Our account total comes to $9685.72.
12. Technical Committee report. Aside from aforementioned Echolink issues, our repeater system is working well. We still occasionally note that the Buck Mountain receiver stops being received at the Voting System, but it works well after being rebooted. This may be an RTCM controller; the Technical Committee is investigating. Jack KI7RMU noted that the Broadcastify feed has also had occasional dropouts. This system operates from the home of Costa Kilo KG7AUL by monitoring RF, so a note will be sent to him highlighting these issues. Doug KD7DK has loaned our second backup repeater, a DR1X, to Seattle ACS for a few weeks until they have theirs fully programmed, for the Beacon Hill site.
13. Net Manager’s report.​ Chuck AE7ZZ is still on hiatus, but all else is going well.


14. The Mike & Key Swap Meet will be on Saturday, March 7th. ​Ron NR7O has confirmed that he will take the PSRG group photo at noon, at the fountain, per tradition.
15. The next Educational Meeting will be on Saturday, March 14th.

16. Motion to adjourn ​made at 14:39 by Don WA7UUL, seconded by Kirsten N2BRN, and approved by all.

PSRG Executive Board Meeting Minutes

January 26, 2020  |  1 PM  |  Seattle EOC, Seattle WA

  1. Meeting called to order at 3:09 PM.
  2. Board members present: Doug (KD7DK), Kirsten (N2BRN), Tim (WT1IM), Theresa (KG7AII – outgoing), Jack (KI7RMU – outgoing), Bill (N6NBN), Don (W7UUL), Allison (KI7QBD – incoming) & Quentin (K7DRQ – incoming).

Old Business

  1. Approve last board meeting (12-14-19) minutes. Motion to approve made by Tim. Seconded by Allison. Approved by all.
  2. Reassess license trustee, Don (W7UUL) in this board position. Doug opened the floor for nominations, and none were forwarded. Doug made a motion to reinstate Don, Jack seconded and all were in favor.
  3. Currently we are without a tech committee lead. This person can be anyone including board members. We’d like to find someone to fill this role but for now Doug feels he’s the best person to take this in the interim. Kirsten mentioned that we should have people who understand the systems in case one or all of the primary techs aren’t available. Doug said he could run a workshop once we decided who we wanted to invite to the table. Allison suggested having an SOP guideline for situations where the primary tech committee members aren’t available. Bill made a motion to Doug to serve as interim tech committee chair. No official second or vote but no protests either.
  4. Paypal issue resolved? Paypal has donations tied up for us but won’t release them as they now don’t recognize us as a legitimate group. If Theresa can send Jack the tally of those who donated he can clear the backlog of acknowledgment letters.
  5. PSRG membership: Doug would like the website to automatically send new sign-ups an email acknowledging their membership.
  6. Board elections. Secretary – Quentin said he would stand for this position. Doug made a motion to appoint Quentin as secretary, Tim seconded and all approved. Allison agreed to take the title of treasurer. Doug made a motion to accept Allison in the role of treasurer, Kirsten seconded and all were in favor. Transition period and support – Theresa and Jack both offered support during the transition period.
  7. Annual meeting budget approved was $250. All receipts need to be submitted to Theresa for reimbursement.

New Business

  1. Bill said we need to have the ability to back up the wiki so none of the information and resources don’t get lost. Can this be done? Doug will look into what it takes to get this done. It resides in a SQL database apparently. The goal would be to automate the process. Bill recommends doing a manual check as well to make sure it’s happening.
  2. PSRG social media. We have the public Facebook group and the closed discussion group. Doug is reticent to get more deeply involved in social media. He mentioned the unofficial PSRG sub-Reddit created by Cody (AG7LR) and the unofficial PSRG Twitter handle created by Ben (KJ7LLZ). Bill suggests maybe we need a media manager so that we have a clear sense of management and focus. We want to avoid branding and content issues. Doug will step in if there are issues that require immediate attention. Quentin has experience managing a Twitter handle and Doug suggested he contact Ben about taking the PSRG twitter account management.
  3. Next educational meeting Saturday February 8th. Last board meeting was December so is this correct or should it be a board meeting? It will be a board meeting. The cycle has been to hold board meetings in the even months and educational meetings in the odd months. So, the February meeting is a board meeting.
  4. Next board meeting is Saturday March 14th. Should this be an educational meeting if February is a board meeting? The March meeting will be an educational meeting.
  5. Motion to adjourn by Doug, seconded by Bill and approved by all. Meeting Adjourned at 3:45 PM.

PSRG Board Meeting Minutes

December 14, 2019  |  1:30 PM  |  Salmon Bay Café, Seattle WA

  1. Meeting called to order at 1:45 PM, welcome, introductions.
  2. Verify all in attendance have signed in.

Board members present: Tim (WT1IM – via phone call), Theresa (KG7AII), Jack (KI7RMU), Kirsten (N2BRN), Bill (N6NBN).

Old Business

  1. Approve last board meeting (10-12-19) minutes. Motion to approve by Jack, made by: Seconded by: Theresa. Approved by: all.

  2. Holiday dinner location is The Egg & Us IN Ballard. Tim, WT1IM, is organizing the dinner and the sign-up sheet will be posted on the PSRG website as soon as testing is concluded. Tim is working out some bugs. Menus is the same as last year but the cost has gone up by $2, so, $30. There is a cash bar. Entrees are prime rib or salmon or a vegetarian option. Write in dietary preferences in the space provided. Orders need to be placed by Tuesday, January 7th.

  3. The annual meeting/executive board meeting is Sunday January 26th and will be at the Seattle EOC. The 2019 meeting was held at the Seattle EOC on Sunday January 27th. Tim, WT1IM is organizing this as well. Potential guest speakers?

  4. Nominations for board positions up for election in January?

Board slot 2 – Secretary. Jack nominated Quentin, (K7DRQ) for the open position and Quentin said he would stand for consideration.

 Board slot 4 – Treasurer. No name was forwarded for consideration. Jack mentioned how LW brought up the open positions two years ago on his nets and suggested this be handled similarly though net host announcements.

If anyone has a desire or interest to take either of these positions please let the board know.

New Business

Budget for the annual meeting for drinks, treats and supplies. Jack proposed $250, based on what he & Theresa remembered from last time. Tim thought this seemed reasonable. Motion to adopt: Theresa, seconded by: Kirsten. Approved by: all. Organizer? Don, W7UUL, was not in attendance. And he usually organizes this and purchases what is needed.

   Standing Committee Reports

  1.  Finance committee: Theresa gave the following figures: $5008.31 in checking, $2164.17 in savings, $2228.58 in Paypal for a total of $9401.06. Theresa logged into Paypal and before she could transfer the money into the checking account it said they needed our EIN. Having entered that information it then said they couldn’t verify our organization until we could provide some paperwork. Theresa needs to coordinate with them to provide the documentation to release the funds. Jack asked for the donor list for the money tied up in the account to get out the last batch of acknowledgement letters.
  2. Technical committee: No report as Doug is out of country.
  3. Net manager report: Kirsten says there’s not much to report. Chuck will need replacements for his Saturday 9 PM nets while he takes some time off to take care of himself. He’ll like be out until mid-February. Jim said he could fill in for some of them.

Other Business:

  1. Jim wondered what ‘sold out’ meant for the holiday dinner as he remembered more people in attendance the year before last. Tim was already off the line with the meeting so we couldn’t ask him.
  2. Bill said we need to have the ability to back up the wiki so none of the information and resources don’t get lost.
  3. Next educational meeting Saturday February 8th.
  4. Next board meeting is Saturday March 14th.
  5. Motion to adjourn by: Theresa, Seconded by: Bill. Approved by: all. Meeting Adjourned at 2:15 PM.

PSRG Board Meeting Minutes

October 12, 2019  |  1:30 PM  |  Salmon Bay Café, Seattle WA

  1. Meeting called to order at 1:35 PM, welcome, introductions.
  2. Verify all in attendance have signed in.

Board members present: Doug (KD7DK), Jack (KI7RMU), Kirsten (N2BRN) Theresa (KG7AII), Don (W7UUL) & Bill (N6NBN).

Old Business

  1. Approve last board meeting (8-10-19) minutes. Motion to approve, made by: Jack. Seconded by Kirsten: Approved by all.
  2. Replacement antenna for Beacon. The cost estimate to replace the antenna is $1,000. Should we proceed with this? Any other upgrades needed at this site? Doug mentioned that we need to determine what equipment is attached to what antennas and what equipment is dead. This applies to PSRG & ACS. There will be a work party to the Beacon site for discovery & documentation. There are two VHF antennas but currently we don’t know which one we’re hooked to. Determining these site details will inform the decision to upgrade if needed.
  3. Receive antenna for Buck. How did the install go? The install (Diamond X50A & ½” hard line) went well. The site is at 3000’ or so and doesn’t require a tower. And you can reduce the tree line with a chainsaw. Doug believes the site is managed by the Department of Natural Resources. The City of Seattle has an equipment rack there of HamWan etc. as well as PSRG. We may need to swap out the GPS receiver in 2020.

New Business

  1. Planning for the winter dinner in January. Location, date and organizer? The 2019 dinner was Saturday January 19th and was held at the Egg & Us in Ballard. Tim, WT1IM, is organizing the dinner and will release the details soon.
  2. Planning for the Annual meeting/executive board meeting in January. Location, date and organizer? The 2019 meeting was held at the Seattle EOC on Sunday January 27th. Tim, WT1IM is organizing this as well and he will update us as to date & location. The date chosen is with the Seahawks football schedule in mind. South Seattle College is a potential alternate venue. The EOC is fairly easy to get to with a reasonable amount of local parking but having a plan B is a good idea. Doug will follow up with Tim about this.
  3. Nominations planning for board positions up for election in January:

President – Doug (KD7DK).
Board slot 2 – Jack (KI7RMU), Secretary.
Board slot 4 – Theresa (KG7AII), Treasurer.

Doug would like to go into the annual meeting with potential candidates that have come forward to stand for these open board positions. He’d like them to have thought about what the position entails, and to bring to the position the skills, interests or energy that would be valuable to the group. He’d like to avoid people making a rushed decision to stand. Don asked if we could see if Theresa or Jack or Doug are willing to stand again for nomination. Jack said he will be stepping down as secretary and Theresa also said she would be stepping down as treasurer. Both Jack & Theresa offered assistance to get whoever takes their positions up to speed on tasks and duties necessary for the positions. Doug threw his hat into the ring to run again for the position of president.

If anyone has a desire or interest to take either of these positions please let the board know.

Standing Committee Reports

  1. Finance committee – Treasurers report: Theresa said there is $4,838.71 in checking and $2,163.83 in savings, $2,128.13 in PayPal for a total of $9,130.67.
  2. Technical committee: Doug talked about the GPS/asterisk server automatic restart problem. The asterisk server was crashing due to memory corruption. It’s been taken care of and has stabilized the system. He’s been working with the developer and the upgrades will be rolled out to other asterisk servers around the world.
  3. Net manager report: Kirsten said everything is “A-OK again”.

Other Business:

  1.  Next educational meeting Saturday November 9th.
  2. Next board meeting Saturday December 14th. Doug will be out of country in New Zealand. Tim or another board member will need to run the meeting. Main topics will be finalizing plans around the annual meeting and the holiday dinner. We’ll need a budget approval for the annual meeting: food etc. Possibility of door prizes.
  3. Motion to adjourn by Doug, seconded by Kirsten & approved by all. Meeting Adjourned at 2:05 PM.

PSRG Board Meeting Minutes

August 10, 2019  |  1:30 PM  |  Salmon Bay Café, Seattle WA

  1. Meeting called to order at 1:35 PM, welcome, introductions.
  2. Verify all in attendance have signed in.

     Board members present: Doug (KD7DK), Don (W7UUL), Bill (N6NBN), Kirsten (N2BRN) & Theresa (KG7AII).

Old Business

  1. Approve last board meeting (6-8-19) minutes. Don made a motion to approve, Kirsten seconded and all approved.
  2. Field day review and points earned. Field day review: good news/bad news: good: 217 CW + 48 Digi + 288 phone = 770 points? (I must have missed something because that does not add up – 240 digi almost makes up the difference, but we should ask Doug for the actual numbers.) 770 X 2 = 1540 for meeting a wattage requirement (I believe) + 1100 bonus points = 2640 points total.
  3. Main take-away from field day this year is that we do not keep sufficient records on the GOTA station. We need to create a form w/ all of the essential information for next year, specifically operator changes.
  4. Field day expenses submitted to Theresa for reimbursement? Don was reimbursed for his Field Day expenses.

New Business

  1. Ratify a budget for this fiscal year. Theresa presented the new budget and posted it to the PSRG drive.
  2. We may want to consider a replacement antenna for Beacon. The cost estimate to replace the antenna is $1,000.
  3. We may also need a receive antenna for Buck (Diamond X50A). There is a trip planned in late August to try and install a satellite receiver there. The antenna replacement for buck: estimated at $400. Doug made a motion motion to proceed, Theresa seconded and all approved.
  4. It’s been suggested that we have a stand-alone PSRG Picnic. Th econsensus was to have one. The board will set it up for next year.

Standing Committee Reports

Finance committee – Treasurers report:
$4928.31 checking
$2153.45 savings
$806.03 PayPal
$7897.79 TOTAL

Technical committee:
VHF repeater moved on 7/4/19

Net manager report:
Everything is “A-OK”.

Other Business:

  1. Next educational meeting September 14th. Potential topic: Batteries: Building, buying, installing. Batteries in portable and fixed use applications. Battery types and best practices. Possible presentation by Bob, KG7UCL, work schedule permitting. Seeking go-boxes, battery boxes etc. from members who would like to share what they have and how they use it.
  2. Motion to adjourn by Jack. Seconded by Kirsten. All in favor. Meeting Adjourned at 2:10 PM.


PSRG Board Meeting Minutes

June 8, 2019  |  1:30 PM  |  Salmon Bay Café, Seattle WA

  1. Tim, WT1IM, called the meeting to order at 1:30 PM, welcome, introductions.
  2. Verify all in attendance have signed in.

      Board members present: Tim (WT1IM), Jack (KI7RMU), Bill (N6NBN), Don (W7UUL).

Old Business

  1. Approve last board meeting (4-20-19) minutes. Bill moves to approve, Jack seconds and all are in favor.
  2. President’s notes: Field Day planning is moving along well and we have secured the Solar Rover again this year and sponsorship again from Puget Sound Solar. Many thanks to Wink Thorne for his work arranging this.  Tim and Brian have been working closely on Field Day preparations and the signup survey (shared for all three groups) was published yesterday.

New Business

  1. Field Day:

Survey update: Tim said that Todd, WA7FOX, was not available to manage the cooking. Alternate people were to be asked through the West Seattle ARC network. There were already some survey results coming in and it looked to be positive as far as participation.

Networked logging laptops update. There was some discussion about who would be available to help. Cory (NQ1E) was mentioned as a possibility.

Satellite station – Jim Hadlock? Jim Hadlock (not at the meeting) said he was not available to do a satellite station this year. Alternatives were being looked into.

Picnic purchases being handled by who? Don (Mr. Picnic) said he would do the supplies purchasing: hotdogs, buns, hamburgers and other standard items including a run to Costco. He was also going to see what was remaining from last year’s supplies.     

Standing Committee Reports

  1. Finance committee – Treasurers report. Email from Doug: I have briefly reviewed our finances (BECU) and our position remains strong.  Expenses for Field Day and Picnic activities will not be an issue.
  2. Technical committee – Update on DMR repeaters: The battery back-up is in process (Capitol Park) and the Lake Forest Park was offline for repair. Eventually we’ll have three DMR repeaters with one being located in West Seattle.

Update on move of 146.96 repeater: The Queen Anne repeater won’t be moved until the Capitol Park battery system build-out is complete and tested.

  1. Net manager report: no net manager report.
  2. Other Business:

        Next educational meeting July 13th. Topic: AllStar. What is it? How do you build one and how do you use it?

        Next board meeting August 10th. Jack will be in Montana and needs a sub. Theresa volunteered to fill in.

  1. Motion to adjourn by Jack. Seconded by Theresa, all in favor. Meeting Adjourned 2:15 PM.

PSRG Board Meeting Minutes

April 20, 2019  |  1:30 PM  |  Salmon Bay Café, Seattle WA

  1. Call to order at 1:39 PM, welcome, introductions.
  2. Verify all in attendance have signed in. 23 in attendance.

Board members present: Jack KI7RMU. Doug KD7DK, Bill N6NBN, Don W7UUL, Tim WT1IM & Kirsten N2BRN.

Old Business

  1. Approve last Executive board meeting (1-27-19) & mini board meeting (3-16-19) minutes. Motion to approve by Don and seconded by Tim. All in favor.
  2. Future meetings times & dates:

      May 11 Educational meeting topic: Field Day? Motion to approve by Doug and seconded by Kirsten. All in favor.

      June 8 Board meeting / Field Day final preparations? Motion to approve by Doug and seconded by Kirsten. All in   favor.

      July 13 Picnic – moved to run concurrently with Field Day on Saturday 6-22-19.

  1. Officially approve signature of Memorandum of Agreement between Seattle ACS & PSRG. Signed at this board meeting by Doug & Mark Sheppard.

New Business

  1. Field Day – Status and approval of funding for solar, food and miscellaneous expenses. The Solar Rover budget is about $300 & food is $300 & $300 for miscellaneous expenses. Tim proposes we adopt these figures for 2019. Kirsten seconds the motion and all approve. If we need to allocate more Doug says that can be brought up at the June meeting. Brian, KG7WRK went over Field Day plans encompassing a wide-ranging scope of activities. Hands on with go kits, vehicles with mobile radios, Urban Survival Skills workshops etc. Doug will work with Tim & Brian on the online survey. The website will also be updated with all of the new information. Mark Sheppard mentioned that there are many risks at Field Day but that we’re all safety officers. South Seattle college is still the primary location however there are contingency plans. The picnic on Saturday will have access to the banquet tent and a portion of the field specifically set aside. Randy, W3RWN, had a concern about frequency coordination – Doug said having networked logging laptops or runners between stations would help resolve conflicts. The Solar Rover is in the works again. Jim Hadlock will be asked if he’d like to bring his satellite station again.

–     Also need owners for some tasks to start spreading the load.  Will also have help from WSARC and Seattle ACS.                             

  Standing Committee Reports

  1. Finance committee – Treasurers report: Please see attached addendum.
  2. Technical committee

       Update on DMR repeater – at Capitol Park. Doug is working on bridging software. The Motorola MTR-3000 repeater will replace the current temporary Yaesu DMR repeater. A VHF remote base might be implemented at the Queen Anne site once the repeater is moved – this will use the existing antenna. The DMR talk groups will be expanded with Bay Net (San Francisco) and possible some Texas and Long Island groups.      

Randy said Queen Anne & Beacon are working well. The software has been updated on both and and there are no more lock-ups.

Capitol Park: the VHF repeater will be moved from Queen Anne soon. The power system is almost complete at Capitol Park for the most part.

Update on move of 146.96 repeater

  1. Net manager report. Good news is there’s no bad news. Doug has stepped down from the every other Thursday 9 PM net host. Jack has taken that slot alternating with Allison. Subs will be needed for Chuck’s Saturday 9 PM net while he’s recovering.
  2. Other Business:

        Question – Should PSRG respond to FCC on NPRM on digital modes? The consensus is yes, a simple response should be in order.

  1. Don made a motion to adjourn and Tim seconded. All in favor. Adjournment at 2:46 PM

Mini Board Meeting Minutes

March 16, 2019  |  1:30 PM  |  Salmon Bay Café, Seattle WA

  1. Call to order at 1:38 PM, welcome, introductions.
  2. Verify all in attendance have signed in.

Board members present: Doug KD7DK, Don W7UUL, Jack KI7RMU, Theresa KG7AII, Kirsten N2BRN & Bill N6NBN.

New Business

  1. Approve last board meeting (12-8-18) minutes. Motion from Don to approve, seconded by Kirsten and approved by all.
  2. Set future meetings times & dates.

      April 20 Board meeting date shifted for Comm Academy conflict. .

      May 11 Educational meeting topic: Field Day.

      June 8 Board meeting / Field Day final preparations.

       Motion to approve the above dates by Jack, seconded by Don and approved by all.

      July 13 Picnic – proposed but possibly a moot point based on the discussion to follow in other business.

  1. Officially approve signature by Doug of Memorandum of Agreement between Seattle ACS & PSRG. Motion to approve by Jack, seconded by Kirsten and approved by all.

Other Business

  1. Field Day. Brian KG7WRK, President of the West Seattle ARC was in attendance. Tim, WT1IM, had fielded a proposal to hold the annual picnic concurrently with Field Day. Doug would like to see additional help from participants in owning some of the various elements involved.

Brian, KG7WRK, made some comments. He feels that we could add more activities to Field Day to increase attendance from within the amateur community and the general public as well. Among the topics are games i.e. foxhunting or on the fly HT programming: copying a message and changing to the next frequency, copying a new message etc. Another idea was to have an expo on mobile communications: bikes, backpacks, cars and trucks where everyone could see how the installations were made. Another idea floated was a class on first aid. Another was can you make an antenna from junk you have lying around your house? This could be a contest or a clinic. Brian said he would also propose these ideas to the WSARC tomorrow (3-17-19) at their meeting. Brian feels that Saturday is the best day to do this as the maximum number of people would likely be available. Doug pointed out that the Fremont Fair is Saturday and the Seattle Pride March is on Sunday and while many people may be at those events it won’t be everyone. Additional clinics/workshops mentioned by Doug included DMR, HamWan, possibly one on solar. Quentin, K7DRQ felt that keeping the picnic separate would allow for more socializing. Brian countered that we have two days to work with and setting aside a specific block of time on Saturday afternoon would allow for the socializing to happen. Doug mentioned that the ARRL encourages groups to have events at Field Day as a way to garner more points. Rich, K7RCH said he like the combined events idea because then he wouldn’t have to just go to one event. Don, W7UUL, said that with Todd’s (WA7FOX) portable Field Day kitchen supporting a picnic is not a problem. Todd mentioned that there would be a firepit and possibly a movie or two. The consensus seemed to be that combining the events was a positive decision. Doug said the site most likely would be South Seattle College again. The field is on the south end of the school adjacent to the parking lot. If we had to relocate Doug felt confident that we could secure an alternate West Seattle city owned property. Doug will continue to work with Mark Shepard and Brian on the discussion. Doug suggested we conduct a doodle poll to assess interest in the various activities Brian proposed: building a viable antenna, antenna tuning on a field device, troubleshooting radios, an antenna clinic, urban survival skills & emergency power. Brian foresees having these activities run from 9 AM – 6 PM on Saturday. Some events might be scheduled for the evening. Doug mentioned that hands-on type activities work better than PowerPoint presentations. Randy, W3RWN, mentioned that he’d like to see improved networking of the call logging between stations and allow for messaging between stations. Doug would like to see the computers at a meeting prior to Field Day for training. Brian would like to have more children involved. And, possibly have one or some of the lids lead a class for kids. Doug would like to offer mentoring for those interested in owning aspects of Field Day. If anyone would like to send suggestions to Brian, he said his email is Doug said people could also send suggestions/comments to

Don makes a motion to close the mini board meeting, Theresa seconds and all approve.

  1. Adjournment at 2:17 PM .

Board Meeting Minutes

December 8, 2018  |  2 PM  |  Salmon Bay Café, Seattle WA

  1. Call to order at 2:08 PM, welcome, introductions.
  2. Verify all in attendance have signed in

Board members present: Doug KD7DK (presiding), Tim WT1IM, Bill N6NBN, Theresa KG7AII &          Jack KI7RMU.

Old Business

  1. Approve last board meeting (10-13-2018) minutes. Board members received the minutes via email for  review for a quick vote to adopt.  Doug made a motion to adopt unchanged, Barry seconded and all approved.
  2. Reinstall Don, W7UUL as license trustee / board member. Doug made a motion to approve Don’s reinstallation, Bill seconded and all approved.
  3. Memorandum of understanding with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. No progress as of yet as Doug and Mark Sheppard still need to meet to discuss the terms.
  4. Vendor donations for Solar power at Beacon Hill and Capitol Park. Waiting for approval pending a new housing authority person coming on board. There will be a site visit that will help this process move forward. There will be an update by the February board meeting. Doug was given approval to seek outside cash or in-kind donations as needed for equipment. Bob Gudgel of Midnight Solar has offered to donate equipment.

New Business

  1. Approve plans to relocate Queen Anne repeater to Capitol Park. Doug presented the benefits of the new site: Altitude, more resilient power, flat roof building with a concrete elevator core, 24/7 access to the building and room to install solar. Time table for this is in the spring once the 24 volt battery system is in place. Doug made a motion to approve, Theresa seconded and all approved.
  2. Approve purchase of new VHF commercial repeater antenna (~$850), mounting clamps, poly-phaser and assorted hardware. Current antenna is lower gain and lighter build quality. Theresa said the existing funds are more than adequate to cover the purchase. Revised budget is $1200 but Doug expects to come in under that. Doug makes a motion to approve, Theresa seconded and all approved.

8a. Approve Randy’s expense report for $665.32 for two Motorola radios, two RTCM’s and miscellaneous hardware. Doug made a motion to approve, Tim seconded and all approved.

  1. Discuss and seek approval to sponsor a DMR digital UHF repeater (Randy and Mark Sheppard to present case) to support our public service mission and provide greater local access to this very active digital mode. D-star, Fusion and other digital technologies have been around a while and they have some popularity but also drawbacks. In the last couple of years DMR has come on strong and DMR PNW users have doubled in the last year. Using the spectrum more efficiently allows us to do two streams in one channel. Also, they’re networkable between sites and sets of sites. There are multiple amateur networks including Brandmeister and DMR PNW as well as some parts of the original Motorola network. You can bridge between these systems expanding functionality. DMR is designed to be an all-digital mode. You always have clean audio going in. DMR could work with voting receivers but cost may be an issue. The radios are among the lowest cost in the market due to the size of the potential user base. Better radios are less prone to bit error rates. Rob connected a DMR repeater to HAMWAN but is unimpressed with it. Thinks it’s a distraction from PSRG’s core mission. Thinks it’s one step above awful and a waste of money. Says it degrades rapidly and there are long periods of latency due to the amount of repeaters. Mark says the attractive aspect is the ability to create specific talk groups or to find local or state-wide groups when needed. Snohomish county emergency services has two DMR repeaters in place. Believes it gives us a lot of utility off the shelf. If we’re going to progress as a group, he believes it’s worth a try. Doug says there is an opportunity for open channels for specific uses. DMR allows us to have PSRG specific content that meets our needs and allows for experimentation. We’ll use our own C-bridge to link to HAMWAN/internet. A repeater is roughly $3000 + $1000 or so for ancillary equipment. If after a year the group doesn’t like DMR the equipment is still capable of being a great UHF FM repeater. Doug makes a motion to ask the membership for direct PSRG funding of $2000 with the balance being drawn from existing reserves. Bill seconds and all approve.
  2. Employing an online live feed service like Jitsi to allow for remote access for members who cannot attend PSRG meetings. Doesn’t require a board vote but was an idea that Tim introduced that could be implemented.
  3. Amending by-laws to allow for online discussion of, and voting on, issues by board members relevant to PSRG operations. Doug proposes to publish an update on this to the membership prior to the annual meeting. Cory mentions that in his experience, boards in Washington state have the option of holding meetings online if all members can be heard and can speak. Doug made a motion to draft this by-laws change, Jack seconded and all approved.
  4. Possible eastside co-location of a voting receiver. Jym, W7JYM, expressed an interest in having the tech team investigate his location on Finn Hill (400+ altitude). W7KKX also mentioned his location as a possibility. There are active discussions with the Seatac group about locating a receiver on Cougar mountain. Rob discussed some of the details of that location. The equipment is available and there is 24/7 access at the location. There is also an on-going discussion with the Bainbridge group. These locations will cover some large gaps in our coverage.

Standing Committee Reports

Technical committee

  1. Covered in the new business above.

Finance Committee (treasurer) Theresa (KG7AII)

  1. General account status update. Checking & savings accounts are in good standing.
  2. Annual report due. Doug & Theresa will collaborate.

Net Manager Report

  1. Net manager update – Kirsten N2BRN. Things are going well and there is no open recruitment at this time for net hosts.

Website Committee Report 

  1. Update from Tim WT1IM. Rich, K7RCH is doing an excellent job at keeping everything updated with the most recent information & changes.

Other Business

  1. Possible swap meet / garage sale – Jack is still investigating this and will report back. Possibly in February.
  2. Next educational meeting date. Will we have an educational presentation at the annual meeting? Ken W7KKX has offered to do a talk on RFID technology and how it was used at RAMROD. Tim proposes someone do a talk on DMR.
  3. Annual meeting and executive board meeting date & location. The Seattle EOC is a possibility. Saturday January 27th has been confirmed with the Seattle EOC location. There will be an executive board meeting following the annual meeting.
  4. Annual dinner date & location. Saturday January 19th is currently being proposed as there is a conflict with the January 12th date – WSARC has their dinner that night. January 19th locked in at the Egg & Us in Ballard.
  5. Doug makes a motion to adjourn. Theresa seconds and all approve. Adjournment at 3:35 PM.

Board Meeting Minutes

October 13, 2018  |  1:30 PM  |  Salmon Bay Café, Seattle WA

1.  Meeting called to order by Doug at 1:35 PM.

2.  Board members present: Jack KI7RMU, Doug KD7DK, Tim WT1IM & Bill N6NBN.

Old Business

3.  Approve last board meeting (8-11-2018) minutes.Motion made by Tim to adopt as amended & seconded by Bill.  Approved unanimously.

New Business

4.  Don, W7UUL, has accepted a new board position and will not be able to attend our regular board or educational meetings for three years.This leaves an open board position and question about who the new license trustee will be. Barry K7PAL said he could be the interim trustee. Jack made amotion to adopt and Tim seconded. Approved unanimously.

5.  Permission to negotiate a memorandum of understanding with the Seattle Office of EmergencyManagement. Doug will negotiate with Mark N7LYE an agreement to formalize how our two groups inter-operate and handle equipment loans etc. Bill N6NBN made a motion to adopt this proposal, Tim seconded and Approved unanimously.

6.  Request to solicit vendor donations for Solar power at Beacon Hill and Capitol Park sites. Donations would include all the necessary panels, charge controllers & cabling. Midnight Solar is interested in donating. Tim Wt1IM made a motion to authorize Doug to seek the donations needed. Jack KI7RMU seconded. Approved unanimously.

Standing Committee Reports

Technical committee

7. Discussionof repeater changes. Update on additional receiver sites to be added in the future. Thanks to the PSRG tech team for a job well done. Updating the website with a system page detailing coverage maps and an explanation of what a voter system is and how it improves overall performance for our users. Added system monitor page at: or is assembling this information for the website. Randy explained the details of the system and mentioned how HT’s are better served with the additional receivers. Additional receiver sites are still being discussed including Randy’s house in Gregory Heights and the eastside. Six sites are ideal for now.Doug said there is additional work to be done on the audio levels across the system including on the Allstar & Echolink links. The Queen Anne receiver needs to be adjusted. A link will be installed between Capitol Park & Beacon to cut out the noted latency. This will be accomplished by installing a pair of 24ghz microwave radios. The voice ID will get changed. Randy proposed scheduling ID times and frequency according to repeater use. The Echolink courtesy tone will be restored by moving it back to the primary node. IRLP will be restored as soon as possible. The Queen Anne 12V battery systems will eventually be replaced by a 24V system. Broadcastify might be integrated into the main Raspberry Pi controller. Doug backed up all the system software and would like to automate the process so it happens once a week. Squelch levels will also be adjusted.

Finance Committee (treasurer) Theresa(KG7AII) is not back from Peru yet. Doug reportedthat he submitted a $1200 expense report and one from Randy for around $1100 is being prepared. The system update is on target budget wise.

8.  General account status update. Not available at this time although Doug reports the accounts are very much still in the positive.

Net Manager Report

9.  Update from our net manager update Kirsten N2BRN:  Hey everyone, I’m sorry I can’t be there at the moment and am missing seeing you all, so I’ve asked Jack to give a quick report on my behalf. 

First, I would like to welcome Jack KI7RMU and Quentin K7DRQ as our new permanent Sunday morning net hosts. Jessica KF7UHK sat in that driver’sseat for several years delivering a smooth, friendly Sunday-morning net, and she is now happily retired from regular net hosting so she can spend more time elsewhere. Quentin and Jack quickly stepped up to fill those dedicated shoes,and they’re doing a fine job of taking the reins. 

I’d also like to thank our team as a whole—everyone is doing a fantastic job of jumping in to cover each other’s nets, whether our regula rhosts had enough warning to request coverage in advance or not. We’re also blessed to have a couple of our technical gurus on the team; Doug KD7DK and Randy W3RWN have been indispensable in using our nets to educate our community about the amazing work their team has been doing to bring the new voter system online.

As for me, thanks in part to the efforts of our net hosting team working so well together in the last couple of months, I have had a little bit of space to breathe and process our loss of LW. That still hasn’t sunk in very far, but in his honor, I would like to ask that everyone raise their glass to him today. He will be forever missed. I feel confident that we have picked up the baton as a team and are going forward with the same level of dedication he inspired and brought to the task himself.

And I hope, in the same vein, that everyone gets to go back outside and enjoy the beautiful weather today. 

This is Kirsten, N2BRN, concluding this report. Although I can’t see you all there today, I’ll see you on the air again soon.

Website Committee Report 

10.  Update from Tim WT1IM. Two items: getting the voter scope listed on the website and getting the wiki back-up. It was down for a few days.

Other Business

11.  Possible swap meet / garage sale / mini-hamfestin late November / early December? David Holdsworth, KJ7PW, has donated anumber of radio related items and tools. If sold the proceeds are to go to the PSRG general fund. Jack is still working on getting an appropriate space to have this happen and reaching out to PC Center. Looking at the winter schedule for Daniel’s classes.

12.  Next educational meeting date is November 10th 2018. Ham Makers and Tinkerers Showcase: Getting Your Hands Dirty. Confirmed speakers Darin KG7ZFC, proposed Cody AG7LR and postponed Bob KG7UCL who has another out of town meeting scheduled. Actively seeking a third presenter.

13.  Silent Key acknowledgement.Geoffrey W Thorp of Everett, WA. Husband of Maryrue Thorp KG7OGN. Passed Tuesday 11-9-18. Known to many at PSRG and will be missed by all. 

14.  Annual meeting and executive board meeting date & location. Possibly a Sundayafternoon that doesn’t conflict with the Superbowl.

15.  Annual dinner date & location. Second Saturday of January would be January 12th. Same location as last year seems to be the consensus and Tim WT1IM will organize again.

16. Next board meeting set for December 8th.

17.  Adjournment at 2:44 PM. All in favor.

Board Meeting Minutes

August 11, 2018  |  1:30 PM  |  Salmon Bay Café, Seattle WA

  1. Meeting called to order at 1:35 PM with Doug facilitating.
  2. Board members present: Bill N6NBN, Doug KD7DK, Theresa KG7AII, Don W7UUL & Tim WT1IM.

Old Business

  1. Approval of last board meeting (June 9, 2018) minutes: Don motioned to accept, and Theresa seconded. Approved by all.

4:  Updating address change with organizations & businesses

  1. WW7PSR FCC ULS listing access – Don looking into listing.
  2. Field day review & wrap-up: Antenna guy-ring was found, looking for the owner. Points increased over last year’s field day.
  3. Picnic review & wrap-up: Hats off to Tim; everything went smoothly in spite of a schedule snafu. Tim thanked everyone who attended.

New Business

  1. Replacement of net manager. Kirsten has been doing a great job; nets are running smoothly. Doug motioned to appoint Kirsten, Theresa seconded. Approved unanimously,
  2. Standing committee reports

Technical committee

Voting system technical progress update: Voting System: (My apologies on this one; my notes are unfortunately not that great.) Lake Forest Park, (not sure what was meant by “bucket truck” but I wrote that down) building work is getting finished, installing cabinets, receiver ready to go. Queen Anne site: need cable, hope to have that squared away soon. Other locations were discussed including, but not limited to a location owned by the Lake Washington Ham Club on the east side. N6NBN approached LWHC about their location. Doug requested a summary email. Other possible locations including Beacon Hill, Lake Forest Park, Burien/Seatac area (South Seattle), East-Side, and even worth looking into the Olympic Peninsula.

  1. IRLP is still down; new equipment should combine all Internet through a single device.

iii.  budget addendum (additional items acquired / required) – There are additional items required for the voting system. Theresa printed the wrong spreadsheet, but Doug provided an overview of the additional costs. Doug moved to approve the updated voting system budget, Tim seconded.

Doug presented an expense report for voting system equipment: $1,213.30.

Finance Committee (treasurer)

  1. Report on fundraising & general account status. Theresa reported the account status: $6437.45 in checking, and $2161.25 in savings.
  2. Will present a budget to review and approve based on last year’s and with the added repeater expenditures. Theresa presented a budget and provided an overview. The voting system expenses did not reflect the updated budget; Theresa will update. Theresa asked Tim to confirm the cost of the picnic reservation. Additionally, the row labeled “65040 Supplies” listed $25/month for expenses which we do not seem to be using. Theresa asked Doug if we should reduce it, and we decided on $10/month. Don motioned to approve the budget with the above changes and Tim seconded. All in favor.
  3. Interim net manager update Kirsten N2BRN: K7ZAC on Friday mornings, K7PWB Wednesday mornings, and Randy on an ad-hoc basis.
  4. Website update report (Tim Helming): new structural changes well received, kudos to Rich.

Other Business

  1. Set next Educational Meeting date: September 8th. proposal to set it for September 15th (3rd Saturday) to avoid schedule conflicts. A topic was suggested to align with the antenna party after the educational meeting.

12: Somebody suggested voting Randy onto the board; Doug suggested that if he is interested we can take it up at the next board meeting. open board positions do not need to be filled, but we can vote to appoint somebody.

  1. Next board meeting: October 13 – second Saturday.
  2. Adjournment at: 2:15 PM


Board Meeting Minutes

June 9, 2018  |  1:30 PM  |  Salmon Bay Café, Seattle WA

  1. Meeting called to order at 1:32 PM. Tim, WT1IM, facilitates meeting for Doug KD7DK. Board members present: Tim WT1IM, Theresa KG7AII, Bill N6NBN, Jack KI7RMU, Don W7UUL

Twenty-two in attendance including members, guests and board members.

  1. Approve last board meeting (4-21-2018) minutes. Bill N6NBN moved to approve minutes, seconded by Don and approved by all.
  2. Updating address change with organizations & businesses
  3. WW7PSR FCC ULS listing access – Doug has latest info so this is still in process.
  4. New member acknowledgements from website seems to be hit or miss. Jose, KI7WLU, said he received an email when he joined. Bill, N6NBN, did a test but did not receive an email.
  5. 1st contact acknowledgement with ARRL 1st contact award. Lots of positive feedback from new hams and net controllers.
  6. Field Day / voting system / technical committee update via Doug’s presidents report delivered via email:

I’d like to report that our fundraising effort for the voting system was a complete success we were oversubscribed by a considerable amount. I want to thank everybody who contributed to the effort. We will probably come back with an adjusted budget for the system at the next meeting that will use some of those funds but not all of them.

Field day (see addendum following conclusion of these minutes – JW)

I will forward separately a copy of the Field Day message I sent earlier and that is all going quite well. We are well prepared for Field Day and there will be further updates in the coming days.

There was a question about whether funding was required for the food that Todd will be doing. I spoke with Curt Black from the West Seattle amateur radio club and he was of the belief that would not be necessary and that West Seattle Amateur Radio Club would fund the necessary support for Todd and we would also encourage donations to defray costs. If that changes it would not be a number larger than a couple of hundred dollars if we want to make a budget allocation for that. In addition, as Field Day chairman I would like to request $200 authorization for incidental expenses we may incur in setting up the field day site.

Technical committee update

The repeater is basically healthy although the IRLP node is still not available we will probably fix that when we install the new voting system and hook IRLP in via the All-Star note that will happen later in the summer. With help from Barry, I have set up the interconnect for the Queen Anne repeater for the voting system and have been testing that at my house. We are within a few weeks of installing the satellite receiver in Lake Forest Park. One of the budget increase items will be a new antenna for the lake forest site that I did not originally include.

We are actively in discussions with other sites and organizations for additional receiver site locations for example one consideration is Bainbridge Island. We will have more information at a subsequent meeting or I may make an announcement at one of our nets. Doug KD7DK

Todd WA7FOX discussed the food plan and the new grill/smoker. Tim discussed defraying the food costs and made a motion to allocate $350 to the cause. Don seconded the motion and it was passed unanimously.

  1. PSRG Picnic – Picnic date set – July 14th at Magnolia Park. This will be a potluck with PSRG providing basics: Hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad, plates & plastic ware. Contact Tim for volunteer details. Fat Salmon Swim happens on the same day. Picnic starts around noon to 1 PM. Todd will let us use his new grill / smoker. Discussion of allocating $150 to cover basics above. Don makes a motion to do so, Theresa seconds the motion and the it passes unanimously.
  2. Standing committee reports

Technical committee

  1. Status of Echolink / IRLP on PSRG. IRLP is down.
  2. Voting system
  3. technical progress update – Randy W3RWN reports that the Lake Forest Park site will have the Hamwan and receiver installed soon. Beacon is online.
  4. budget addendum (additional items acquired / required) – Doug will have an update on this when he returns.

Finance Committee (treasurer)

Theresa KG7AII reports that there is $6272.42 in the primary bank account and $2168 in savings.

  1. annual report – no update.
  2. 990-N filing – the site was down when Theresa tried to file this.
  3. report on fundraising – See Doug’s comments above.
  1. Net manager update Kirsten N2BRN: Everything is under control. Paul K7PJP & Moxie K7MOX are now permanent hosts. The Monday night 7:30 PM PSRG check-in script no longer needs to mention that we are looking for net control operators. Kirsten receives praise for her tireless work as interim net administrator. Rob, KC7FBN, mentions that he is looking for a replacement control operator for his Sunday afternoon 220 net as he is moving out of state.
  2. Website update report Tim WT1IM – Tim is seeking ideas and suggestions for the website update. Looking for input from LW as to updating / managing the fun blog. Jack, KI7RMU, suggests making the mailing list page a ‘social nets’ page detailing all the nets on the repeater with expanded descriptions.
  3. David Holdsworth, KJ7PW, thanks group volunteers for the help dismantling his ham shack in April.
  4. Next board meeting will be August 11th at Salmon Bay Café at 1:30 PM. Jack will be out of town and will need a substitute secretary to record minutes.
  5. Tim adjourned meeting at 2:16 PM.

Field Day Addendum via email:

Well, we are a little more than 2 weeks from Field Day and busy organizing many different items.  I am overdue to give everyone an update.

Schedule is to commence setup starting at 9am on Friday, June 22nd at the south field of South Seattle College.  We will spend most of the day assembling tents, setting up power connections, raising antenna poles and finally testing radios and antennas.  Fine tuning will happen on Saturday morning and the Field Day contest will commence at 11am on Saturday.​

Mark Sheppard has been organizing Safety teams and intends to have the site fully staffed Friday night to Saturday morning.  He has also organized a team of safety officers who will oversee different work parties throughout the weekend.  Its really important the we put safety first throughout the event to keep our volunteers, our visitors and our equipment safe and undamaged.  If you see something you think may pose a risk to people or equipment, please point it out to those around you and then see that a safety officer is informed so we can help get the problem addressed.

Power plans

We will have the Solar Rover again this year.  In addition, we are asking those with solar panels and large batteries willing to loan them for Field Day, to bring them onsite by Saturday morning for us to set up for charging and allocated to one of the operating positions to help hold us when the Solar Rover gives out in the early morning.  For example I have 2 100w panels and a large battery that will be supporting one of the stations, but we’ll need more.  I you have a setup to contribute, please send me specifics of what you have.  Several people have indicated they have systems in the survey.  I would love to know more specifics.

Food and Drink and Social Space

We will be setting up a separate tent for socializing and where food and drink will be prepared/served.  This will help the GOTA and VHF stations have a better operating environment.  Todd (WA7FOX) with help from WSARC will be leading the food provisioning effort this year and Curt is working closely to help coordinate this will other planning.  Look for more information here soon, either from me, Curt or Todd.

Sign-ups for HF and VHF stations

I have created a spreadsheet (with open edit access) to let you all sign up for operating time at the various stations.  Please use the spreadsheet responsibly.  If you would like more than 1 or 2 slots please wait a couple of days before claiming more time to give others a chance to pick popular or accessible times.  If you are willing to work at night, their will be plenty of available time (and possibly better conditions!)

Things we are looking for…

I am still looking for a good trailer or other form of shelter for Station B.  It needs to be dry in the rain and have sufficient ventilation in the sun that we don’t cook the occupants.  It would be nice to have something a bit better that the pop-up we used last year.  Ideally something that provides shade.  Can anyone borrow a mobile home or camping trailer?  How about a large van?  Contact me directly if you have something that might work.

I would love to locate another Elecraft K3 to use for Station B.  Right now I have a KX3 with 100w power amp but its not the easiest of units to run even if it does have a clean signal.  Station A and the GOTA station already have K3s.

That’s all for this mail, though I am sure I have forgotten some things.  All are welcome to augment my posting here with additional information, particularly Mark, Curt, Todd, Wink, Tim and others helping with organization.



Board Meeting Minutes

April 21, 2018  |  1:30 PM  |  Salmon Bay Café, Seattle WA

Board members in attendance: Doug KD7DK / Bill N6NBN / Jack KI7RMU / Don W7UUL / Tim WT1IM / Theresa KG7AII

  1. Meeting called to order at 1339 hours.
  2. Doug read the minutes from the 12-9-17 & 2-10-18 board meetings. Don made a motion to approve. Seconded by Bill & approved by all.
  3. Updating the WW7PSR FCC ULS listing needs to be done by USPS mail. Doug will follow up on this.
  4. Doug discussed the voting system budget & showcased a voting module and explained the basic functions and how it’s to be implemented. Direct funding from donations while not depleting current treasury reserves is the preferred method proposed. $2400 is the upper range proposed to cover costs. Three of five sites are chosen for voter placement: Beacon Hill (installed), Lake Forest Park & Queen Anne. Two additional sites proposed are the on the east side (possibly in conjunction with Lake Washington ham Club) and possibly Sea-Tac.
  5. Doug made a motion to fund the project at the $2400 level. Seconded by Bill & approved by all.
  6. Amazon Smile program implemented. Doug asked Tim to put this on the website.
  7. Picnic date set – July 14th at Magnolia Park which is the normal site.
  8. Educational meeting (May 12) topic suggestions. Board will discuss options and choose the topic via email.
  9. Field day preparations & leadership. PSRG will again work in conjunction with Mark Shepard and Seattle ACS. Doug is looking for an understudy to help him with running the event as well as potentially running one of the operating positions: VHF/UHF, digital/CW or GOTA (Get On The Air). The HF stations will be primarily Elecraft transceivers much like last year. The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club will also be participating again in an expanded capacity. The Solar Rover will be returning to provide power distribution for the event. Bill made a motion to approve the cost and Doug Seconded the motion. The board approved unanimously to fund it.
  10. Standing committee reports

       Technical committee

  1. Status of Echolink on PSRG. The normal node died unexpectedly. The Allstar node can do Echolink so that has been enabled. The audio levels have been adjusted and reports have been positive for the most part. Doug will continue to monitor and adjust as needed. Depending on how the voter system needs to be hooked up the IRLP node may have to be dropped to provide a second port.
  2. Status of IRLP on PSRG. As noted above the node is offline. This will be inspected on the next visit to the Queen Anne site.

Treasurers report

  1. The club insurance has been renewed. Donations have been coming in and acknowledgements will be sent accordingly. Theresa paid the $160 to cover the picnic site fee with Seattle Parks. Theresa will upload reports to Google Drive. Current account balances (checking & savings) are approximately $4500.
  2. Net manager update. Kirsten (N2BRN) will be the interim net manager while LW takes a leave of absence.
  3. Website update report (Tim WT1IM). Jason (KX3O) has set-up a Slack channel to communicate website update ideas and discussions. There will be a special net soon after the Monday 7:30 PM PSRG check-I net open to all for input on things they’d like to see on the site. Tim will solicit input via email for those who can’t or don’t participate on air. For new member acknowledgements from the website Tim will coordinate with Cory to streamline the process. Bill volunteered to be the person acknowledging new members with an email. The web committee, Tim, Rich, Jason & Theresa will report soon on this new initiative using Slack, a special net and email for input.
  4. Other business
  5. 1st contact acknowledgement with PSRG QSL card & ARRL 1st contact award. Jack will coordinate effort with Kirsten so she can distribute to net hosts. Jack will prototype instructions for net hosts. To maintain graphic consistency Tim will look at design ideas for a PSRG QSL card.
  6. David Holdsworth mentioned that he still has a few items he’d like to sell or donate. Joan mentioned she’d like the oscilloscope. He also had a few spectrum analyzers.
  7. Next educational meeting will be May 12, 2018 and the next board meeting will be June 9, 2018.
  8. Doug moved to adjourn meeting, Tim seconded and all approved. Meeting adjourned at 1443 hours.

Board Meeting Minutes (Approved 4/21/18)

February 10, 2018  |  1:30 PM  |  Salmon Bay Cafe

Board members present:

Doug Kingston KD7DK (President) / Don Abeles W7UUL (License Trustee) / Tim Helming WT1IM (Vice President) / L. W. Abel K7LWA (Board Slot 3) / Theresa McLaird KG7AII (Board Slot 2) / Jack Wolfe KI7RMU (Board Slot 4) / Bill N6NBN (Board Slot 1)

  1. Meeting called to order at 1335 hours.
  2. Doug read and made a motion to approve the 1-28-18 AGM meeting minutes. Seconded by Tim. Approved by all.
  3. Doug read and made a motion to approve the 1-28-18 post AMG board meeting minutes. Seconded by Tim. Approved by all.
  4. 12-9-17 board meeting notes not available for approval – tabled until 4-21-18 board meeting.
  5. Treasurer report: P & L statement was uploaded to Team Drive. Bills are paid, accounts are in good standing and there is money in the account.
  6. Doug outlined some ideas for using funds for trainings and new projects.
  7. PO box is moving to Ballard Post Office. LW made a motion to adopt plan. All approved. Doug will handle the changeover.
  8. Doug made a motion to appoint Theresa to the finance committee. Seconded by Tim. Approved by all.
  9. David Holdsworth (KJ7PW) discussed items for sale in his ham shack as he is moving. Volunteers were enlisted post-meeting to help move equipment.
  10. March 17 educational meeting discussed however no topics were chosen. Hamwan and fldigi mentioned.
  11. Tech committee update: Beacon repeater swapped out. Various components of the voting system are being tested. New sites to expand the coverage area and co-location partners are being sought out. Randy is developing coverage maps to provide better saturation.
  12. Net admin report: LW said the 9 AM net host coverage is solid. The 9 PM net slots are shifting to new hosts and split/alternating host coverage. Actively looking for new hosts – this is a great way for new and experienced hams to get and keep their skills up. Looking to make Allstar available to more users. Reports Echolink station check-ins are on the increase.
  13. Website update: Tim’s report is short but there is a meeting of website committee members coming up. Rich (K7RCH) will update the webmaster position on the website with himself in place of Marco.
  14. Other business:
    1. Doug & Theresa will prepare a new annual report for the website.
    2. Boaters net info not on the website. Jack will contact Chuck (KC1S) & Chris (K7PAN) to get an official blurb that can be posted.
    3. Doug made a motion to move the April 14th board meeting to April 21st due to Comm Academy conflict. Approved by all.
  15. Doug made a motion to adjourn. LW seconded. Approved by all.
  16. Adjourned at 1430 hours.

1/28/18 Board Meeting Notes

Board members present:  Doug Kingston KD7DK, President;  Don Abeles W7UUL, License Trustee; Tim Helming WT1IM, Vice President;  L.. W. Abel  K7LWA (Board slot 3);  Theresa McLaird  KG7AII (Board slot 2),  Jack Wolfe KI7RMU (Board slot 4). Also present: Elaine Bradtke KG7CME, outgoing acting Secretary (Board slot 2) and Jim Long K7PDZ, outgoing Treasurer.

    1. Meeting called to order at 15:35.


    1. Reappoint Trustee – Don Abeles unanamously reappointed.


    1. Appoint Treasurer – Doug Kingston moved that Theresa McLaird be appointed Treasurer, LW seconded – all approved.


    1. Appoint Secretary – Doug Kingston moved that Jack Wolfe be appointed Secretary, Don seconded, all approved.


    1. Doug moved that we change the bank signatories at BECU to include president Doug Kingston, vice president, Tim Helming and new treasurer Theresa McLaird, and remove Jim Long.  L.W. Abel seconded, all approved.


    1. L. W. requested feedback on net management. Would like to share net control calendar publicly.


  1. Adjourned at: 16:00.

1/28/2018 Annual Meeting Notes

Board members present: Jim Long K7PDZ, Treasurer; Doug Kingston KD7DK, President;  Elaine Bradtke KG7CME, acting Secretary (Board slot 2); Don Abeles W7UUL, License Trustee; Tim Helming WT1IM, Vice President;  L.W. Abel  K7LWA (Board slot 3);  Bill Thomassen N6NBN (Board slot 1)

    1. Meeting called to order at 13:05.


    1. Welcome and safety briefing from Mark Sheppard (N7LYE).


    1. Remembering silent keys: Mike Maloy (KF7DTI); Michael Hall (KJ7WC); Pat Shiners (W7GTO).


    1. Doug Kingston reviewed events and activities of 2017, and upcoming events for 2018.


    1. Jim Long gave treasurer’s report. At ⅔ through the fiscal year, good income, and we’re doing well.


    1. Bylaws change no. 1 as presented in the documents circulated to membership (By-laws marked DRAFT December 16 2017):  Change Secretary-Treasurer to appointed role(s)  from among the elected board members, excluding President and Vice-President.  Passed unanimously.


    1. Bylaws change no. 2 : Strike Article VII (Control Operators). This was passed unanimously.


    1. Election of Board members – Doug Kingston re-elected President, unopposed.
      Board position #2, Theresa McLaird KG7AII and board position #4 (formerly Secretary/Treasurer position), Jack Wolfe KI7RMU were elected unopposed.


  1. Adjourned at: 14:00

Board Meeting Minutes

June 11, 2017  |  1:30PM  |  Salmon Bay Cafe


Meeting was called to order at 1:43pm by Doug Kingston, KD7DK, the Group’s President.

Doug welcomed all attendees and asked for quick Introductions.

Minutes from the April 8, 2017 meeting was read by Aaron Hulett, K8AMH. Tim Helming, WT1IM, moved to approve, and second by Elaine Bradtke, KG7CME. Everyone was in favor.

Aaron then reviewed the Treasurer’s Report, noting that we ended the fiscal year on April 30 and we trended well to budget. He mentioned the Board needs to develop and approve an operating budget for the current fiscal year which runs from May 1 through April 30.

He also updated the Group on our 501(c)(3) efforts, mentioning that after phone calls and additional faxes between him and the IRS, we received our determination letter recognizing the PSRG as an organization operating under 501(c)(3). Aaron will work to update the website and also send updated donation receipts from the effective date onward for their records in case they may be able to claim a tax deduction.

Last, Aaron informed meeting attendees that he and his fiancé are moving to Texas in the near future and that he could no longer serve on the Board of the PSRG. He previously submitted his resignation and his resignation’s effective date is currently June 20.

Under old business, the Annual Picnic is scheduled for July 8. Tim is looking for volunteers to help with setup or takedown, and interested folks should contact him directly. We will also hold an antenna party during the Picnic which Tim will set up. We do not currently need supplies, and should have materials on hand to make ladder line VHF/UHF antennas. There is a question on whether the picnic site’s power outlet works, and Barry Palmore, K7PAL, will go by to check.

Regarding membership processing, no progress to report, and we will revisit at the next Board meeting.

Regarding the website, Aaron will hand off this item to Tim.

Field Day is approaching and folks interested in helping should contact Doug. We will have solar, and Wink Thorne has made arrangements, including having this equipment sponsored. We have a goal this year of running the full 24 hours on solar power only, and if anyone has LED lighting they can bring, this will help us save energy versus using fluorescent lights. Doug is also looking for folks interested in assisting with preparations, such as how Wink drove setting up solar equipment. Last, Doug asked for $300 budget for incidentals. Aaron moved, Tim seconded, and all were in favor.

Under new business, the Technical Committee report mentioned the Raspberry Pi used to run EchoLink/IRLP as well as remote repeater operation is currently not allowing changes, such as adding new control stations. EchoLink/IRLP continue to work without issue, but someone will need to travel to the repeater site to address.

The Finance Committee did not meet as, per the previous Board meeting, no major financial transactions were budgeted.

As part of working towards 501(c)(3) recognition, we do need to update our Articles of Incorporation to align with IRS requirements. Currently the Articles conflict with the By-Laws on both Purpose and Dissolution sections. Aaron submitted proposed amendments which would be presented and voted upon during the Annual Picnic. Doug asked the Board to review and submit feedback before end of day Tuesday, June 13, after which Aaron will publish required notices and Doug will send an email to PSRG members.

We also discussed transitioning the Secretary-Treasurer duties given Aaron submitted his resignation. Tim will work on the website, and Doug will work on finances, including preparing and reviewing a budget with Tim. Given the PSRG financial accounts should have more than one person able to draw on them, Doug Kingston asked that the Board approve amending the signatures for the BECU Checking and Savings Accounts to remove Aaron Hulett and add Tim Helming. LW Abel, K7LWA, moved to approve this, and Elaine Bradtke seconded. All board members were in favor.

Doug asked if anyone is interested in serving as Secretary-Treasurer through the end of Aaron’s term, which ends at this January’s Annual Meeting, to please let him know.

The Board determined that given upcoming events, the Educational Meeting will not take place in July.

The next Board meeting be held on Saturday, August 12 at 1:30pm, also at the Salmon Bay Café.

With no other business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 2:47pm.

Submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Hulett, K8AMH

Board Meeting Minutes

April 8, 2017 | 1:00PM | Salmon Bay Cafe

Meeting was called to order at 1:02pm by Doug, KD7DK, the Group’s President.

Doug welcomed all attendees and asked for quick Introductions.

Minutes from the October 8, 2016 and January 29, 2017 meetings were read by Aaron, K8AMH. Tim, WT1IM, moved to approve, and second by Elaine, KG7CME. Everyone was in favor.

Aaron then reviewed the Treasurer’s Report, noting things are trending as planned in the budget. He reminded folks to turn in their unreported expenses ahead of the end of the fiscal year on April 30. He also mentioned nothing new to report from the IRS regarding 501(c)(3) recognition.

Under old business, the Annual Meeting went well with an interesting talk on solar by Bob and great door prizes. We will solicit topics in the fall for next year’s Annual Meeting.

Under new business, the Technical Committee reported that the PSRG domain needed renewal, which has been paid. EchoLink/IRLP has been working for several months without issue, and now multiple people can connect at once. The listen online radio at the repeater site was accidentally disconnected, and a unit at CK’s home, KG7AUL, has been filling in. This should be fixed in the next few weeks, along with battery maintenance. For AllStar, the Technical Committee will meet in the coming days to get this looked into, and potentially use this to link repeater receive sites in the future.

The Finance Committee did not meet recently, but there has not been much financial activity, nor is there much expected in the coming months.

For the upcoming Annual Picnic, Tim will organize and start looking for volunteers soon. Doug has a banner and will bring it to the picnic.

Regarding membership process, there are currently two lists tracking active members, and these should be combined and streamlined. We need to track for quorum requirements at Membership Meetings. Doug and Aaron will set up a discussion with interested folks to determine how to approach membership going forward.

Our website has grown and we need to review the layout and content. Aaron set up an example of how it could be redesigned. Aaron, Tim and Teresa, KG7AII, are interested in redesigning the site, and will keep Marco, W7RJT, in the loop.

Before the upcoming Field Day, we are interested in holding an antenna party. Tim suggested this could occur at the same time as the Annual Picnic. He will look into setting this up.

Field Day 2017 is coming up the fourth weekend in June, from June 23rd to 25th. Setup is on Friday at South Seattle College, and then we will operate for 24 hours before tearing down the site. A sign-up sheet was passed around for folks interested in volunteering, and those interested can contact Doug. We will also have solar equipment again this year, and Doug will look into having this sponsored as we did last year. LW, K7LWA, suggested that also setting up a geocaching event may help bring in younger folks. Bill, N6NBN, also suggested setting up foxhunting.

For the Nine O’clock Net, LW is interested in establishing more official operational guidelines and processes, coming up with ways to get more folks involved in hosting, and establishing what should happen should a net host not make the net. While the Nine O’clock Net has not been an official PSRG net, given some recent occurrences during the net, and the fact the PSRG is strongly associated with this net, Tim moved that the Nine O’clock Net become an official PSRG net, LW seconded, and all were in favor. The Board will work to develop guidelines and a communication plan, and will update the Nine O’clock Net hosts.

Elaine worked on a brochure for the PSRG and requested feedback. Doug will investigate how to get them printed.

Last, Aaron suggested the Board hold a retreat to come up with its goals for the upcoming fiscal year. The Board decided to take this idea offline.

The next Educational meeting will be Saturday, May 13 at 1:00pm at the Salmon Bay Café.

The next Board meeting be held on Saturday, June 10 at 1:00pm, also at the Salmon Bay Café.

With no other business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 2:29pm.

Submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Hulett, K8AMH

Meeting Minutes, Unofficial
January 29, 2017 | 4:03PM | Seattle Emergency Operations Center

Meeting was called to order at 4:03pm by Doug, KD7DK, the Group’s President.

Review of minutes from the October 8, 2016 meeting were tabled until the next regular Board meeting.

For the Tech Committee, Aaron, K8AMH, moved that Cory, NQ1E, remain the committee lead. Bill, N6NBN, seconded, and all were in favor. CK, KG7AUL, is the second member, and Tim, WT1IM, is the third.

For Trustee, Doug moved that Don, W7UUL, remain. All were in favor.

For the Finance Committee, Aaron moved that Doug remain on the committee, and all were in favor.

Regarding expenses for the Annual Membership Meeting, Aaron moved approving $175, and all were in favor.

The next Board meeting be held on Saturday, April 8, 1:00pm at the Salmon Bay Café.

With no other business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 4:17pm.

Submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Hulett, K8AMH

Annual Meeting Minutes, Unofficial
January 29, 2017 | 4:03PM | Seattle Emergency Operations Center

Meeting was called to order at 1:23pm by Doug, KD7DK, the Group’s President.

Doug thanked the Office of Emergency Management for use of the Emergency Operations Center facility for our meeting. Doug also thanked Cory, Marco and LW for their help over the year. We had all attendees introduce themselves.

Minutes of the January 24, 2016 Annual Meeting minutes were read and Tyler, AF7BO, moved to approve. Elaine, KG7CME, seconded, and minutes were approved unanimously.
Doug then discussed events and accomplishments. The Board meetings went to bimonthly meetings, meeting on even months. On odd months at the time the Board previously met, educational meetings were held. We have more time to share technical things and ask questions, and discuss amateur radio than we do at board meetings given all the discussion about running the business. Number of show and tell sessions, using Raspberry PI, Go Kits, and other items.

Field Day was quite successful. Held again at South Seattle College, most of the event was powered using solar power. Only 3 hours were powered by generator. The solar setup was sponsored by Puget Sound Solar, which provided a better system than what we had last year.

The Annual Picnic was again held at Magnolia Park, and we look forward to holding this again this year. The Annual Dinner at The Egg & Us in Ballard had a great turnout, and thanks to Barry, K7PAL, for getting this event set up for us. Last year we had a meet-up during the Mike and Key hamfest and had a great group photo, and we encourage folks to join in this year for a new annual photo.

We also had a healthy calendar of nets. The PSRG Net is on Monday nights at 7:30, along with the Boater’s Net, ACS Net on Monday evenings, and the Nine O’clock Net. We’re glad to see the Nine O’clock Net developing new net control operators that build net control skills in a welcoming environment.

Also, we’ve been using social media more, particularly Facebook. Both the official PSRG page and the unofficial Fun Blog are very active and great resources. Finally, we had strong dedication to public service communications. The repeater is available for events through the year, and we continue to be a major resource for Seattle ACS and other groups using the repeater.

Upcoming events related to amateur radio include Chilly Hilly taking place February 26 on Bainbridge Island, which is a great opportunity to work in a public service event. Mike and Key hamfest is March 11 at the Washington State Fairgrounds and is the major flea market and hamfest in the area, so we naturally encourage folks to attend and find equipment, meet other hams, and join in the group photo.

On the technical side, there was an IRLP outage as the Raspberry Pi device driving this was defective and it has been replaced. Also, Doug worked with CK, KG7AUL, to build an internet-accessible portal to control the repeater. Echolink was also expanded to support multiple connections. There was no update on AllStar.

Aaron, K8AMH, provided a financial update, and encourages members to review the first ever PSRG Annual Report for more information. We filed for and continues to work with the Internal Revenue Service regarding its application for 501(c)(3) determination.

We then held elections. We thank Jon Newstrom, KL7GT, Jessica Phipps, KF7UHK, and Tyler Heinemann, AF7BO, for serving on the Board. Tim, WT1IM, was voted in as Vice President, Bill, N6NBN, for Board Position 1, and LW, K7LWA, for Board Position 3.

Bob Gudgel, K7IQ, then gave an informative talk about solar power and amateur radio.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:59pm.

Submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Hulett, K8AMH

Board Meeting Minutes, Unofficial

October 8, 2016 | 1:00PM | Salmon Bay Café

Meeting was called to order at 1:03pm by Doug, KD7DK, the Group’s President.

Doug welcomed all attendees and asked for quick Introductions.

Minutes from the August 13, 2016 meeting were read by Aaron, K8AMH. Don, W7UUL, moved to approve, and second by Elaine, KG7CME. Everyone was in favor.

Aaron then reviewed the Treasurer’s Report, noting that budget performance columns are now added. Nothing out of the ordinary in the report to call out; we are trending close to budget although we may need to consider soliciting donations to keep on track.

Under old business, Aaron updated on work to request 501(c)(3) recognition from the IRS – he has filed Form 1023-EZ and we now wait to hear back. The filing fee dropped from $400 to $275 which helps us budget wise.

Aaron also updated on renewing our repeater coordination with Western Washington Amateur Relay Association. Our renewal is complete and WWARA’s database is updated. The webpage still shows we have not renewed but can be ignored. WWARA also eliminated the $5 renewal fee, and while they have not cashed the check we sent, they have not returned it either nor have they mentioned it was voided or destroyed. Aaron will follow up.

Under new business, a Technical Committee update was provided via a written statement to Bill, N6NBN. The Echolink/IRLP Raspberry Pi device is offline given the SD card in use went bad. Unfortunately, the second SD card was also defective and therefore Echolink/IRLP remains offline. Aaron raised a concern that if two SD cards have gone bad in such short time, the Raspberry Pi device likely needs replacement. Doug also mentioned we may want to have a backup device for these cases where the primary one fails.

The Financial Committee did not have an opportunity to meet prior to the Board meeting, but Doug noted that outside of the Treasurer’s Report and the 501(c)(3) application status provided earlier, there is nothing additional to report.

Regarding the PSRG Monday Night Net, Glenn, K7GLE, has covered the 5th Monday of the month when they occur, but we need to have a different operator cover this time. Joan, KG8VO, asked what running the Monday Night Net entails and Aaron provided details. Kevin, N7KV, offered to take this timeslot if no one else volunteers. We will follow up with Kevin to get him set up to run the net.

We also discussed the 9 O’clock Net message given during the weekly PSRG Monday Night Net and concluded that it should be dropped from announcements going forward with Doug proposing, Don seconding, and all in favor.

During PSRG events, such as the educational meetings, we discussed and agreed that a representative of the PSRG should attend. This does not necessarily need to be a Board member, but it should be someone that can host the gathering and answer questions about the PSRG. We agreed that when setting up future events we will try to identify who will be our designated host.

For our upcoming Winter Dinner, last year’s dinner at Ballard Bridge Café went well and we discussed holding it there again. The venue is under new management and is now named The Egg & Us. We will plan for January 7, 2017 with 6pm as a general start time and dinner at 7pm. Barry, K7PAL, agreed to reach out to the restaurant and update Doug and Tyler, AF7BO, on what he finds out.

The Annual Meeting also approaches and we set a tentative date of Sunday, January 29. Given the closeness to the regularly scheduled February Board Meeting, we decided to cancel it and instead conduct any Board-related business after the Annual Meeting if needed. Doug will check if the Seattle Emergency Operations Center is available as a venue for our meeting. We are interested in topics of interest so that we can identify speakers. Don suggested solar energy, Kevin mentioned Internet of Things as related to amateur radio, and Barry asked if the fire chief could come talk about the fire dispatch center.

At the Annual Meeting we need to elect a Vice President as well as Board positions 1 and 3. Those wanting to find out more about these positions should contact a Board member with his or her interest. The Board would like to enter the Annual Meeting with a list of those open to nomination, and at the same time the Board welcomes nominations at the meeting itself even if they haven’t contact the Board in advance. Assuming persons do not need to be present to accept a nomination, the Board would be happy to read a prepared statement; however, the Governing Documents should be consulted to ensure this is permitted.

Doug mentioned we had two recent requests to use the repeater. The first was from Ride Around the Sound, a bicycle race around the greater Puget Sound area. However, in the end they did not need to use the repeater. The second request was from Jamboree On The Air, the scouting activity that happens this time of year, with this year being October 15th, starting shortly after the morning 9 O’clock Net ends and running until about 3pm. We encourage operators to respond to any JOTA calls to help scouts learn more about amateur radio, including Echolink/IRLP, and help them have a fun experience.

Last, Doug mentioned Seattle ACS is researching if and how they could support getting amateur radio repeaters they use set up with solar backup. It is possible PSRG could be included if they do get funding, and Doug will keep us updated if and when further information is available.

The next Educational meeting will be Saturday, November 12 at 1:00pm at the Salmon Bay Café.

The next Board meeting be held on Saturday, December 10 at 1:00pm, also at the Salmon Bay Café.

With no other business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 2:01pm.

Submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Hulett, K8AMH

Board Meeting Minutes, Approved on 10/8/16

August 13, 2016 | 1:00PM | Salmon Bay Café

Meeting was called to order at 1:05pm by Doug, KD7DK, the Group’s President.

Doug welcomed all attendees and asked for quick Introductions.

Minutes from the June 18, 2016 meeting were read by Aaron, K8AMH. Jessica, KF7UHK, moved to approve, and second by John, KL7GT. Everyone was in favor.

Aaron then reviewed the Treasurer’s Report. Aaron needs to add the budget performance column; the template used to generate the reports isn’t set up with this at the moment. He will address and send updated reports to the Board.

Under old business, Aaron is working on the IRS Form for 501(c)(3) determination and plans to send Doug in the next few days a completed form for review ahead of filing.

Field Day went well, with 636 QSOs on the CW station and 192 QSOs across the VHF/UHF/Main stations. In all we had 2,928 points which is a little better than last year. GOTA and the main phone stations were struggling with bad band conditions, and antennas were not performing. We also could have achieved more points if we had a 2m/FM operator. The solar system was able to run the majority of operations. The generator was run for about 3 hours in the early morning hours. For next year, we may want to partner with the Western Washington DX Club, which hasn’t participated in Field Day recently. We’ll reach out to them over the winter to see if they’re interested in partnering next year.

The Annual Picnic also went well, with music, and plenty of food for the pot luck. Doug also ran a HF station for picnic attendees to try and learn about operating HF.

Under new business, the Technical Committee did not have a report. However, CK, KG7AUL, mentioned the website calendar does not have current events, and Doug and Marco, W7RJT, will follow up after the meeting.

The Financial Committee met before the Board meeting. Expenses continue to follow what’s been planned in the budget, and the next major items are the Annual Meeting and the Annual Dinner, both in the January timeframe. We will begin planning for these events at the next Board meeting.

Regarding our repeater coordination, Aaron filed our coordination renewal paperwork with the Western Washington Amateur Relay Association and is waiting to hear back if anything further is needed.

For our ARRL affiliation, Doug sent in our annual report with updated contact information.

The next Educational meeting will be Saturday, September 10 at 1:00pm, also at the Salmon Bay Café.

The next Board meeting be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 1:00pm at the Salmon Bay Café.

With no other business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 1:41pm.

Submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Hulett, K8AMH

Board Meeting Minutes, Approved

June 18, 2016 | 1:00PM | Salmon Bay Café

Meeting was called to order at 1:07pm by Doug, KD7DK, the Group’s President.
Doug welcomed all attendees and asked for quick Introductions.
Minutes from the April 2, 2016 meeting were read by Aaron, K8AMH. Elaine, KG7CME, motioned to accept and seconded by Doug. With all Board members in favor, the minutes were accepted.
Aaron reviewed the Treasurer’s Report which provided an update on our current balances and a highlevel overview of April and May’s transactions. Doug mentioned that we have enough assets to cover incidents such as the repeater suffering lightning-related damage. Barry, K7PAL, mentioned that while there’s a lightning arrestor, it’s not grounded. Cory, NQ1E, from the technical committee should collaborate with Barry to get this addressed.
Under old business, Aaron stated that we are ready to file the appropriate form with the IRS to request 501(c)(3) determination. The cost is $400 and will be incurred in July. Elaine moved to approve the expense and to apply, Doug seconded, and all Board members voted in favor.
Elaine updated us on our table at Comm Academy. She put together a 3-panel display board to highlight some of our group’s programs and provide details about our repeater. We had 6 people join the PSRG during Comm Academy.
Tyler, AF7BO, was unable to attend the meeting; however, he emailed a picnic status update to Doug. Noon is the targeted start time, and Tyler asks that those bringing food and/or supplies to please let him know. We need people to bring chips, hot dog buns and similar items. A potluck would be great as well. With no feedback on requests for things to do, nothing additional has been planned. This includes no licensing asks; there will be no exam session at the picnic. Tyler also reminded us that alcohol and smoking are not permitted. Drones are also not permitted, and kites should not be brought as there are numerous trees at the picnic location.
After reading Tyler’s update, Doug proposed establishing a $100 budget for picnic supplies, such as food and dry ice. Aaron seconded, and all Board members voted in favor.
Next, Doug provided an update about Field Day. Assignments for various stations are set, and a few people offered to help with the VHF/UHF station but Doug is looking for others to jump in. We will have solar panels and plan on running solely on banked power during the event, but will use a generator should this power run out. This Northwest Solar Rover is being provided to us by Puget Sound Solar, and Doug will send Aaron documentation showing the $280 value so that we can account for it as a donated service.
Under new business, there was no update from the Technical Committee. The Financial Committee met the day before this meeting and reviewed financial materials. Outside of the treasurer’s report provided earlier, and the annual budget discussion later in the meeting agenda, there are no further details to provide.
Regarding the PSRG Monday Night Net, Doug mentioned net control coverage has been spotty as some people have forgotten. Aaron will reach out to the net hosts to discuss.
At the previous Board meeting we discussed the online membership form and decided we would keep it offline for the time being. On May 27, we received feedback regarding the fact we did not have an online membership form, and after Doug mentioned to Cory that a Google form may be a solution, Cory set up the form. Marco, W7RJT, asked who is responsible for following up on a membership request after someone completes the form. Aaron mentioned that the Technical Committee is responsible for now but we need a long-term solution. He prefers to wait until we receive the 501(c)(3) determination so that we can leverage donated solutions such as Salesforce, but recommended researching how we can streamline the process without too much investment using what we have available today while waiting on this. Aaron will discuss this with the Technical Committee.
For a PSRG brochure, Aaron started putting one together but needs help with the content and messaging. Elaine stepped up to help provide some of these details. Joan, KG8VO, suggested offering PSRG badges for members which would have their name, callsign, and the fact they’re a PSRG member on it. Aaron and Elaine will discuss this as well. Ashley, KI6GXN, mentioned that the website says making a donation means you become a member of the PSRG. This is not the case, and Marco will look for this content on the website and correct it.
The Financial Committee prepared an annual budget outlining expectations for donations and expenses.
We expect to receive about $2,100 in donations and incur about $2,300 in expenses. The one-time $400 IRS filing cost is what’s driving the higher-than-normal expense amount, and the Financial Committee does not have any concerns about the long-term financial outlook. Elaine moved to adopt the budget, and Don, W7UUL, seconded. All Board members voted in favor, and going forward Aaron will provide budget performance details when preparing future treasurer’s reports.
Finally, we discussed long-term planning for the group. Aaron is preparing an annual report where we will include goals for the current fiscal year and beyond. Doug encourages all Board members to talk with group members to learn what they would like us to do, and if anyone has ideas, comments or feedback, to please reach out to the Board. For example, Doug would like us to set up a communications van that we can use for Field Day, ACS events, and emergencies.
The next Board meeting be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 1:00pm at the Salmon Bay Café.
With no other business before the Board, Doug adjourned the meeting at 2:19pm.
Submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Hulett, K8AMH


Board Meeting Minutes, Approved

April 2nd, 2016 | 1:00PM | Salmon Bay Café

Meeting was called to order at 1:00pm by Doug, KD7DK, the Group’s President.

Doug welcomed all attendees and asked for quick Introductions.

Minutes from the February 27, 2016 meeting were read by Aaron, K8AMH. After one revision to clarify board meetings will generally be held every other month, Elaine, KG7CME, motioned to accept and seconded by Tyler, AF7BO. With all Board members in favor, the minutes were accepted.

Aaron reviewed the Treasurer’s Report which provided an update on our current balances and a high-level overview of March’s transactions.

Under old business, the Expense Reimbursement Policy was updated since the last Board meeting and sent to the Board for review. Elaine suggested changing the word ‘staff’ in the overview section and we agreed on revising to ‘board members and officers’. Tyler motioned to accept as amended and Elaine seconded. This was accepted with all Board members in favor.

Aaron provided an update on the Cafepress account, mentioning that he now has access to the account and has updated our financial records with transaction details. Aaron also provided an update regarding inventorying the group’s assets. We now have a list of assets completed with help from Barry, K7PAL, and Cory, NQ1E. Next, Aaron updated on 501(c)(3) efforts, indicating that once we finalize our plans around educational efforts we should be able to file our request with the IRS. The goal is to do this by the end of April.

Next we discussed email addresses for Board members and officers. Cory mentioned we can have as many forwarding addresses as we need, but only ten mailboxes. Doug and the Technical Committee will work to develop a list of forwarding addresses and necessary mailboxes and implement, including a webmaster@ address which will be directed to Marco, W7RJT. Once we receive our 501(c)(3) determination we can investigate additional mailboxes as our options will increase.

Regarding the membership sign-up process, it was decided to continue using our current processes wherein those wishing to join can contact the PSRG by email or postal mail, and Cory will update our records. The Technical Committee will set up a direct email address for those wishing to join and provide Marco with details to post on the website.

Under new business, the Technical Committee reported that annual maintenance on the backup batteries was completed, and that there is some additional work we could perform regarding our Allstar link node, and also procuring equipment to better monitor and control the repeater equipment, such as remotely addressable power switches and other upgrades to the power distribution setup. Cory requested $500 be reserved for these upgrades, and with Tyler making a motion and Elaine seconding, all Board members approved.

The Financial Committee met before the meeting and Doug expressed that he is happy with how things are going given financial documents are uploaded to Dropbox and are easy to review. The Financial Committee will work on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year to discuss at the next Board meeting.

The Field Day committee will hold a meeting in approximately two weeks to begin preparations. Doug has outlined volunteer positions available and is looking for people to sign up. Field Day is the weekend of June 25th and Doug plans to organize an antenna party a few weeks ahead of time, and also invite people to come ahead of time to learn more about the K3 receivers we’ll have so that participants do not need to learn during Field Day.

Next, we are looking for volunteers to help answer questions about amateur radio and the PSRG during Comm Academy, including how amateur radio is used for making contacts, experimenting, and emergency communications. Elaine mentioned that we had a display last year and we can investigate possibly reusing it. Aaron may have time to put together a brochure or flyer that we can pass out.

The Annual Picnic is coming up July 9th and Tyler is interested in feedback and suggestions on what we can do this year. Doug mentioned we had a testing session there one time and we could do so this year. Also, the PSRG needs some supplies, such as coals for the barbeque, coolers, and ice, and that the potluck style used in the past worked well. Note that alcohol, firearms, and fireworks are not allowed at the park.

The next Educational Forum will be next month on May 14th, 1:00pm, at the Salmon Bay Café. We encourage people to bring items to display and answer questions about, such as small computer projects and antennas.

Last, Aaron explained that while the Expense Reimbursement Policy provides that any final expenses must be submitted within 30 days of the end of the fiscal year, getting all requests in before the year ends makes closing out the year much easier. He asked that if possible, please submit final expenses before April 30th to help make closing the year’s books easier.

Doug proposed the next Board meeting be held on Saturday, June 18th at 1:00pm at the Salmon Bay Café. This is one week later than the regular schedule to help ensure we have quorum at the meeting.

With no other business before the Board, Doug adjourned the meeting at 2:16pm.

Submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Hulett, K8AMH

Board Meeting Minutes, Approved

February 27, 2016 | 1:00PM | Salmon Bay Café

Meeting was called to order at 1:00pm by Doug, KD7DK, the Group’s President.
Doug welcomed all attendees and asked for quick Introductions.

Minutes from the December 2015 meeting were read by Aaron, K8AMH. Motion to accept as read was made by Don, W7UUL, and seconded by Elaine, KG7CME. With all Board members in favor, the minutes were accepted.

Aaron reviewed the Treasurer’s Report and described how QuickBooks provides details on the Group’s financials broken down by different income and expense accounts. Don moved to accept the report, and after being seconded by Tyler, AF7BO, all Board members were in favor and the report was accepted. Doug, Aaron and all others at the meeting thanked Glenn, K7GLE, for his contributions over the years as the Group’s Secretary-Treasurer and for helping make the transition to Aaron a smooth experience.

Under old business, Aaron discussed next steps for working towards receiving the 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS which mainly includes authoring clear documentation of the Group’s plans and how they work towards our new purpose. A working group was formed with Aaron leading the group, as well as Elaine and Jon, KL7GT, to have this prepared before the next Board meeting.

Also discussed was the need for monthly Board meeting which was originally discussed in December. Doug proposed switching our meeting schedule to generally be every other month, and during off-months continue to meet at the Salmon Bay Café to provide an opportunity for PSRG Members and other amateur radio operators to share knowledge and help others learn about different aspects of amateur radio. The Board was in full agreement and will take this approach going forward.

Under new business, Doug nominated Don to continue as our License Trustee and Jon seconded. The motion passed with all Board members in favor.

A Finance Committee was formed with Aaron automatically on the committee per the Bylaws. Doug moved that he also sit on the committee and Tyler seconded. All Board members were in favor and the motion passed.

A Technical Committee was also formed. Aaron moved that he, Cory, NQ1E, and CK, KG7AUL, form the committee, Tyler seconded and the motion passed with all Board members being in favor.

Cory provided a Technical Committee report in that the December issues we had with the internet node were due to water infiltrating the rack and shorting the power supply equipment. This was addressed and the internet node brought online within a few weeks.
Aaron mentioned the need for an operating budget when we enter the Group’s next tax year which begins on May 1st, which the Finance Committee will develop. Also discussed was the need for an expense policy that covers the types of expenses the Group will cover and how to report expenses. Aaron provided a draft Expense Policy and the Board will review for its next meeting.

Also mentioned was a deposit from Cafepress but that Aaron needed additional details about it. Barry, K7PAL, mentioned that Bruce, KC7IAY, had set up the Cafepress account, and Glenn will work with Aaron to gain access to the Group’s account.

A need for an up-to-date assets list was brought up by Aaron to ensure we have documentation about the group’s equipment, and Doug reinforced we should also track who has the equipment should it be lent out or stored at someone’s home. Aaron and Barry will work on updating the list. Jon asked if the initial value of equipment needs to exceed $500 before it needs to be depreciated, and Aaron will research.

There is also a need to update the Monday night PSRG Weekly Net script to remove references to the PSRG as a club and going forward refer to the PSRG as a group. Aaron will follow up with the net hosts. Marco, W7RJT, will check the website for these references as well and update.

Doug discussed Field Day and that he is willing to chair its committee. He asked if anyone would like to co-chair but no one expressed interest. One person will run the CW station, another GOTA station. Doug will provide an HF radio, Jim his own radio for CW. We will set up antennas using the same technique as WARC’s method. It will be held at its usual location at South Seattle College and will have City of Seattle support. Tyler motioned for an initial budget authorization of $300 and Jon seconded which passed with all Board members in favor. Food ideas were discussed and Don suggested separate tents, one for food and socializing, the other for radio operations.

Aaron discussed email procedures, in that using email addresses, whether actual inboxes or forwarding addresses, can help the Group show a more professional image when working with others, such as for grants. The Technical Committee will research how we should approach and will keep Doug updated on progress.
Membership sign-up was also discussed given the online contact form remains offline due to junk submission issues. The Technical Committee will look into this as well and once a plan is ready will update the Board with the new process.

Tyler asked about new control stations, which are appointed by the License Trustee. No changes were made, meaning the current list on the PSRG website remains up-to-date.
Doug proposed the next Board meeting be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00pm at the Salmon Bay Café, and the educational gathering for March 12. Doug mentioned he has a service monitor and could use this to demonstrate how to look at spectral purities of handheld radios. Tyler moved to accept Doug’s proposal, Aaron seconded, and the motion passed with all Board members in favor.

With no other business before the Board, Aaron moved to adjourn, Elaine seconded, and the Board unanimously agreed.

Submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Hulett, K8AMH
Approved at April 2, 2016 Board Meeting



December 12, 2015

The meeting was called to order when a quorum of the Board was reached, at 2:06, by Secretary – Treasurer Glenn K7GLE at President Joel KD7QKK’s request, as both Joel and Vice President Doug KD7DK were running late en route from the annual ACS Lunch. All seven Board members and eleven members were in attendance by the end of the meeting.

Minutes were read and approved as corrected, and the Treasurer’s report was given

Cory NQ1E reported for the Technical Committee that the internet node has been inoperative for the past week or two, and that he will replace it at his first opportunity.

Jon KL7GT brought a recommendation from the Special Quorum Committee for a change in Article IX Section 5 that would redefine the requirements for a quorum at the General Membership Meeting. That section currently defines a quorum at that meeting to be 20% of membership. The revised Section 5 would read “The presence of at least fifteen (15) members, including a minimum of four (4) Board members, shall constitute a quorum at a General Membership Meeting.” The amendment was passed unanimously. By-Laws amendments must be approved by the general membership, so this amendment and one passed in May regarding the disposition of Group assets will be posted on the website and be brought to a vote at the next General Membership Meeting.

Under unfinished business, Doug noted that he was working with Mark N7LYE to secure the City of Seattle Emergency Operations Center for this year’s General Membership Meeting on Sunday, January 24th. It was noted that there could be a football game in Seattle on that date, so Doug and Mark agreed to look into the possibility of using the EOC on the following Sunday, January 31st, if that should happen.

The Annual Dinner is nearly confirmed for the Ballard Bridge Cafe, the site of last year’s dinner, on Saturday January 9th, with a social hour beginning at 6:00 p.m. and dinner from 7:00 – 9:00.

Glenn had no news on the effort to secure 501(c)3 standing with the IRS, except to say that if the amendments are passed at the General Membership Meeting it should qualify the Group for full, “charitable organization” status, which will allow donors to write off their donations, and could qualify the Group for certain grants or other benefits.

Under New Business, Glenn raised the topic of whether the Board typically has enough business to warrant monthly meetings. This was not raised as a motion so no action was taken by the board, but during the discussion it was suggested that, regardless of whether the second Saturday of each month held an actual meeting, that date could continue as a standing “social” gathering.

Under further New Business, the Board authorized $200 to be expended for snacks and miscellaneous expenses for the General Membership Meeting.

Due to the late date of that meeting, the February meeting was set for February 27th, which will probably serve as the March meeting as well – to be confirmed.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:46
Submitted by Secretary – Treasurer Glenn K7GLE


Puget Sound Repeater Group Board of Directors Meeting

November 14, 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Joel KD7QKK at 1:03 pm.

Introductions were made, with 15 present.

Minutes from the October meeting were read by Doug, KD7DK and approved. Treasury report summary also read by Doug.

Jon KL7GT reported that the Special Quorum Committee has not yet met yet but will before the next meeting, so expect a report then.

Year end events will be the Annual Dinner, scheduled for Saturday January 9th, and the General Membership meeting, scheduled for Sunday January 24th. Doug has not yet been able to contact the owner of the Ballard Bridge Cafe for dinner plans but will keep trying.

Under New Business, Doug stated the current membership page on our website is not working, said Cory is trying to enable it. Meanwhile folks wishing to become members or wanting to contact he board should use regular mail or email.

Under further new business, there was a discussion on where to put the new Yaesu repeater. Don W7UUL suggested it go to our Beacon Hill backup site so we don’t have to order another antenna and duplexer. We could then move the current Kenwood backup repeater to the school for a quick replacement for the Motorola main repeater if needed. We could then experiment with the digital side of the new Yaesu repeater, which could be used for digital in and analog out so everyone could listen in. Also brought up was having the Kenwood as a portable repeater and Barry noted that we’d have to haul around a big set of duplexers if we did that.

A motion was made by Doug, unanimously approved, that the Yaesu repeater will be installed at Beacon Hill site and the Kenwood moved to a third location to keep it safe in case of emergency. This was referred to the Technical Committee for action.

Don inquired about our group agreeing on an alternate repeater that everyone could switch to in case of a total incapacitation of our equipment, and several were mentioned. Joel and/or the Tech committee will inquire to the other owners for advance permission and protocols to do that. A motion adopted to move forward with this, referred to as a Mutual Aid site.

The next meeting was scheduled for December 12th, noting that since this is also the ACS lunch/meeting, our meeting will start at 2 pm, which means we’ll need to be efficient so as to be mindful of the Salmon Bay’s 3 p.m. closing time. Members still could of course come for lunch at 1 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 13:54 hours

Submitted by Don, W7UUL

Puget Sound Repeater Group Board Of Directors
October 10, 2015

The meeting was called to order by Position #1 Board Member Jon KL7GT at 13:02. Four board members and 12 visitors were in attendance.

Minutes of the August 8th meeting were approved as read, followed by the Treasurer’s Report from Glenn K7GLE, who noted that the payment for the new Yaesu DR-1X repeater had not yet cleared the bank, and that we have received a $32 payment from Cafe Press, the company that sells the items such as t-shirts and coffee cups from the PSRG Store page on the PSRG website.

During the Technical Committee report, Cory NQ1E led a discussion of recent reports of interference, including the use of the club’s direction-finding equipment, which has been successful in locating interference sources in the past. License Trustee Don K7UUL was asked to follow up on this.

Cory reported under Unfinished Business that he is continuing to work on the database to track memberships necessitated by our complicated membership renewal criteria.

Under further Unfinished Business, Jon reminded the Board that it agreed at August’s meeting that we would ask for volunteers for a committee to review and make recommendations about the quorum requirements at General Membership meetings. This is important for general governance purposes such as voting for Board members and making changes to the By-Laws, but also because the outcome will provide direction about how to proceed with the underlying intent to qualify for IRS 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. Since no volunteers have been forthcoming in the following two months, he volunteered to chair the committee and solicit members. Cory volunteered to help. Anyone interested in joining in this effort, which is expected to be relatively short, should contact Glenn at K7GLE@ARRL.NET.

Under New Business, the Board discussed where to locate the new Yaesu DR-1X repeater when it arrives. The question was referred to the Technical Committee.

Under further New Business, Glenn noted that it was about time to begin thinking about dates and locations for the annual PSRG Dinner and the General Membership Meeting. The Board tentatively agreed on Saturday January 9th for the Dinner and Sunday January 24th for the General Membership meeting. The Ballard Bridge Cafe was discussed as a potential location for the Dinner. Glenn agreed to forward this information to Vice-President Doug KD7DK, whose responsibilities include activity coordination.

The next meeting was set for Saturday, November 14th, at the Salmon Bay Cafe, and was adjourned at 13:50.

Submitted by Secretary Treasurer Glenn K7GLE.