All Whatcom County emergency communications volunteers are invited to attend a special meeting at the Search and Rescue building near Smith Rd and Northwest avenue (1041 W Smith Rd) on Thursday October 10th at 7pm. Deputy Director of Emergency Management for Whatcom County Kent Catlin will be speaking. This is a regular meeting of the WECG (Whatcom Emergency Communications Group), but all area hams involved in emcomm are encouraged to attend. Kent will be describing his vision for building a communications network within Whatcom County and to surrounding areas.
I finally pulled the pictures that I took at Field Day 2013 in Blaine off my SD card. Here are a few:
Whatcom Emergency Communication Group is sponsoring an Amateur Radio Class to earn a technician license class.
The class dates are Saturday November 2, 2013, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturday November 9, 2013, 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM. The class will be taught at Nelson Driving School, LLC, 2300 James Street Suite 103, Bellingham, WA 98225. We are located one block south of Trader Joes on James Street.
The test is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The test is open to all wishing to earn their technician, general or extra class licenses.
The last day I will be able to accept registrations will be Tuesday October 29, 2013. The total cost of the class is $25.00. The textbook is provided. Checks made out to WECG or cash will be collected on the first day of the class. On the second day of class the student will need to bring $15.00 in cash to pay for their test.
My contact information is:
864 West Park Drive
Lynden, WA 98264
The preferred registration method is via email. I will need the student’s
We are already awash in RF fields from our modern conveniences, not to mention the contribution from our hobby. How about harnessing those fields for the power source and modulation medium of communications? Maybe the tin foil hat crowd are not so crazy after-all.
Ham Radio Now is looking for Kickstarter donations to fund putting video of the TAPR conference on the net. Gary has sold DVD versions of earlier conferences and at least broken even on expenses. Now that we expect our video to be available online and free, they have foot the bill and hoped for donations by viewers to cover their costs. That has not paid off, unfortunately. If you want to be able to see the TAPR sessions on line (for free), consider pledging a few bucks to support the project.
EDITED- The preliminary info on the COB site was incorrect. The motion did pass but it was 4/3 rather than 7/0. You can see the video of the committee procedure at http://www.cob.org/services/education/btv10/videos/council/2013-07-15-council-committee-meeting.aspx The antenna ordinance discussion begins at minute 237 and ends at 254.
Bellingham City Council will be scheduling a public hearing regarding the proposed city antenna ordinance limiting amateur antennas. From council page at cob.org
AB20033 3. Discussion regarding the regulation of amateur radio antennas
FLEETWOOD / SNAPP moved to direct staff to add to the Planning & Community Development 2014 work plan. MOTION CARRIED 4-3, BORNEMANN, LEHMAN, SNAPP opposed.
Thank you Claire, W6LDP for the tip.
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS IN SINGLE FAMILY
RESIDENTIAL ZONES TO LIMIT THE HEIGHT OF BUILDING APPERTENANCES AND
Here is a link to the draft bill: http://www.cob.org/web/COUNCIL.NSF/0/1C51EF51D430F54A88257BA50062BFB5/$File/15jul2013_AB20033.pdf?OpenElement
The proposed bill is item #3 on the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for 2:50 PM Monday July 15, 2013. Link to the agenda: http://www.cob.org/web/council.nsf/$vAllByUnid/2168FC1D9199227A88257BA5005DBB3F?OpenDocument