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About the club

W7VMI is the ARRL registered Amateur Radio club for Vashon and Maury Islands. Vashon has more than 100 registered ham radio operators, and many of them are club members. The club has no dues. Hams in the past have donated equipment for the club to sell - often by bequest as “silent keys”. And we've been very fortunate to receive grants from the Fire Department, VashonBePrepared, and Rotary for some gear. We're also pretty much all skinflints and pool our skills, so we don't spend much.

Club Calendar, events and meetings

Come out to Field Day!

What is field day ?

Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. The W7VMI radio club always turns out for field Day. Check the W7VMI calendar for details of this years field day events.

Learn more about Field Day on wikipedia

Watch the documentary film The last big Field Day on Youtube.

Field day 2018

This year we'll be 3A entry and we plan on operating on 80, 40 ,20, 6 Metres with 1 digital station, 2 phone

Map

Rules

This years field day rules are here

Duty Roster

Please take a look at the duty roster and see if there is a role you can fill duty roster.

Poster

Download and print out a cool Vashon Field Day poster here

Schedule

Saturday 6/23/18

  • 0800: Breakfast: Sporties
  • 0900-11:00 a.m.: (aka 1800 UTC) Proceed to the field just south of the Swallows Nest on Maury Island, behind the setup antenna's, open trailer, test radios, drink coffees, get in each others way
  • 11:00 a.m-23:59: Play radio on HF voice, CW and Digital, drink coffee, soda, water etc
  • 17:30: Potluck, bring your own plates and cups and something to share.
  • 18:30-19:30 After dinner classes: digital modes and why you should love them.

Sunday 6/24/18

  • 00:01-11:00 Play radio on HF voice, CW and Digital, drink coffee, soda, water etc, rub eyes, stumble around in the dark
  • 0900: Coffee at 9:00, are YOU bringing pastries?
  • Breakdown:11:00-12:00, return trailer to EOC

other events we participate in

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend

Weekly Breakfast

w7vmi club calendar

Weekly Breakfast Saturdays, 0900 at Sporties Eatery, 17611 Vashon Highway This is a very informal breakfast meeting to socialize and optionally discuss HAM related matters. People often announce their attendance on the local repeater (443.50 MHz) as they commute, so we can grab an appropriately sized table.

Other noteable dates:

August Picnic: We hold an annual picnic every summer. Lots of fun, rain or shine. Consult the W7VMI calendar for our next August party

December “White Elephant” Holiday Party calendar

June - Join us for Field Day June 25-26 2016

2016 Club meetings:

We get together in person for an “eye-ball” on alternating 2nd Saturdays and Thursdays of odd numbered months. For 2016 the schedule is:

  • Thursday March 10th 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday May 14th. 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • No meeting in July
  • Thursday September 8th 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday November 12th 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m

We generally meet at the Main Fire Station, but make sure to check the calender for details

Club Frequency and Nets

Find Frequencies associated with w7vmi here

Handy Dandy Vashon Frequency List in pdf format

Radio equipment

Many of us have elected to purchase similar VHF/UHF radios in order to improve ease of use and familiarity during emergency situations. Standardizing on gear has allowed us to share radio programming tasks and buy fewer programming cables. It's especially useful for Amateurs who also participate in Vashon's CERT and Vashon ACS drills

Here's a list of Radio Equipment and Frequencies we use

Classes

Interested in Amateur Radio? Want to become a ham? Know someone who is interested? The Technician class license is the first of the FCC Amateur Radio licenses.

Ham Radio Classes

Affiliations

W7VMI maintains relations with a variety of local and national groups. Find out more here

Public Service

Field Day

Emergency preparedness

Learn more about our emergency preparedness activities here

Here's a list we've compiled of interesting links.

Local resources

Contact info

QSL Information:

SASE to: W7VMI PO Box 198 Vashon, WA 98070

Email List

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Contact info QSL Information: SASE to: W7VMI PO Box 198 Vashon, WA 98070
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