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.
Come on down to Point Robinson lighthouse Saturday August 20th from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend.“ (ILLW) The Point Robinson Lighthouse is located at the tip of Maury Island. W7VMI wishes to thank the Vashon Parks District for allowing the club to set up our trailer and operate near the lighthouse.
The ILLW takes place on the 3rd full weekend in August each year and attracts over 500 lighthouse entries located in over 40 countries. It is one of the most popular international amateur radio events in existence probably because there are very few rules and it is not the usual contest type event. It is also free and there are no prizes for contacting large numbers of other stations.
See the club calendar for a map and additional detail.
Here some more information about the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend http://illw.net/
w7vmi club calendar
Weekly Breakfast Saturdays, 0900 at Sporties Eatery, 17611 Vashon Highway
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
We get together in person for an “eye-ball” on alternating 2nd Saturdays and Thursdays of odd numbered months. For 2016 the schedule is:
We generally meet at the Main Fire Station, but make sure to check the calender for details
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
Here's a list of Radio Equipment we've used
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.
W7VMI maintains relations with a variety of local and national groups. Find out more here
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
Learn more about our emergency preparedness activities here
Here's a list we've compiled of interesting links.
SASE to: W7VMI PO Box 198 Vashon, WA 98070