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.
w7vmi club calendar
Weekly Breakfast Saturdays, 0900 at Sporties Eatery, 17611 Vashon Highway
Dates: Saturday June 23rd 1800 UTC -2100 UTC Sunday June 24th
Location: setting up just South of the Swallows Nest
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
In general a higher score is available for being off the electrical grid in a temporary location with no fixed antenna structures. In the past the club has often used two or three radios, each with its own antenna. You can have as many operators as you like, trading off.
Other notable 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 23-24 2018
We get together in person for an “eye-ball” on alternating 2nd Saturdays and Thursdays of odd numbered months. There isn't anyone currently organizing this. If you'd like to take this task on, please let us know by sending a message to the W7VMI list serve.
* Nothing yet, suggest a topic on the Email List the reflector (aka the W7VMI Yahoo group)
We generally meet at the Main Fire Station, but make sure to check the calendar for details
Help the club by submitting a signal report for our repeaters
View responses by Hams that use our repeaters here. view report
Interested in Amateur Radio? Know someone who is interested? The Technician class license is the first of the FCC Amateur Radio licenses.
Find Frequencies associated with w7vmi here
Handy Dandy Vashon Frequency List updated Feb 20th 2017 in .csv format
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
W7VMI maintains relations with a variety of local and national groups. Find out more here
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