More About Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC)
• What is the purpose of SnoVARC?
Emergency communications and fellowship. Assisting in community activities
• Why does the club encourage members to be part of the ARRL?
The club encourages membership in the ARRL for several reasons.
1. The ARRL, as a national organization representing Amateur
Radio, is positioned to help protect the allocations and privileges enjoyed by Radio Amateurs. This is the organization that fights for the radio spectrum for Amateur Radio! Please support them by joining their organization. Click Here to go to the ARRL site.
2. The ARRL provides training materials that encourage and train Amateur Radio operators on the 'ART' of Amateur Radio. This includes a diverse coverage of topics from the experimental and 'cutting-edge' to the historic and 'time-proven' technologies. Additionally this provides a vast repository of knowledge available to Amateur Radio operators, and members in particular, with regards to important topics such as interference mitigation, RF safety, and licensing services.
3. The club, by having members who are also members of the
ARRL, can be an affiliated club, and be included in the publications, announcements, and activities sponsored by the ARRL.
• Who is the contact for radio technical questions and what is their background/knowledge?
This is a more challenging question since no single person has all the answers in Amateur Radio. Various amateur radio operators generally focus on areas or disciplines that are of particular interest to the individual, therefore there is no single answer. However, it can be a daunting question to someone that is new to the Amateur service as to where to obtain additional information. Hopefully ANY Amateur Operator would be glad to assist.
• Who is the contact for meeting program suggestions?
Meeting program suggestions can be forwarded to anyone on the board, or recommended at any club meeting.
• When and where does the club meet?
We meet the first Thursday of the month at the Duvall Fire Station at 1900 (7 pm). Business meeting first then Elmer presentations. Click Here for more information
• When does the club have on air contacts?
Net Meetings take place every Thursday evening (except for meeting night) at 8 PM on the Cougar Mountain club repeater on 441.825 MHz, positive shift, with a tone of 103.5.
• Where is the repeater located?
We presently use the "825" club repeater located on Cougar Mountain.
• What is the club connection with the Fire Department?
Fire District 45 has installed a VHF/UHF radio, antennas and power supply in what serves as the EOC in the downtown station. Members who have been through the background clearance and have been issued ID cards can operate the station when necessary.
• Who is the contact for emergency operations questions?
The Chairperson for EmComm is Rowland Brasch K7RWB at cablespeed dot com