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Archived News

Spokane Hamfest Has Moved!
Today we were informed by our host at University HIgh School that the Commons area & school would not be available to us this Saturday, September 23. The decision was made by the Spokane Public Schools Superintendent, who is planning a memorial service for the student killed this last week at Freeman High School. We respect the decision.

The event will have the same hours, but will instead be held at Horizon Middle School just south of University High School.

Horizon Middle School
Commons Area
3915 S Pines Rd
Spokane Valley WA
East parking lot (Pines & 40th)
If going south on Pines, turn left on 40th. It is the east parking lot, east entrance.

Please tell as many people as possible about this change of location.
Thanks so much & hope to see you there.
Betsy, N7WRQ
Spokane Hamfest Chairman

Mica Now Encodes PL
As of Saturday morning, 9/16/2017, all three KARS repeaters both decode AND encode PL tone. If you would like to mute extraneous noise from your radio, feel free to add the PL decode tone to your KARS K7ID channels. Encode and decode tones are identical per channel.

PL in Ham Radio
Our September meeting was well attended. And why wouldn't it be? We selected our nominating committee members and Lenny N7MOT presented on the history and usage of CTCSS/PL. Go to the Presentations link to view his and other presentations. Be sure to make our next meeting on October 9th to nominate board members for 2018. And if you get a call from our nominating committee, please consider stepping up to fill a board position.

Canfield Clean-up A Success
Thanks to our volunteers for our annual clean-up at the Canfield repeater site. Photos available at


DMR Presentation
Did you miss the August meeting? Shame on you! N7MOT presented a demonstration on DMR, the most rapidly growing digital voice method in ham radio. You can still get the scoop though by downloading his presentation.

BNLARC Special Event Station
The Brookhaven National Laboratory Amateur Radio Club is hosting a special event to celebrate the Lab's 70th Anniversary. Read all about it in their e-mail announcement.

KARS 2017 Field Day
That's a wrap on this year's Field Day activity. The bands were not particularly cooperative and we had a pretty light turn-out, but for those that did it was a lot of fun. Contacts were made, points were scored, and Saturday evening offered a relaxing opportunity for grub with fellow hams and friends. View a few photos at our KARS 2017 Field Day gallery.

KARS Hamfest A Success!
Thanks to everyone that helped make our 2017 KARS Hamfest a success! If you missed out on the good times, the great food, and even better deals, you can see what you missed at our photo gallery.

Message Handling Training
Ham radio is all about community service and emergency preparedness. Part of that is to pass emergency traffic when the regular lines of communication fail. This is an ARES messaging handling exercise on May 22nd where you'll get to hone your skills passing simulated emergency traffic. Learn more and register at the AMP 2017 page.

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