Next MC-ARC Meeting: 2017-02-11

The Mason County Amateur Radio Club will meet Saturday, Feb 11, 2017 @ 8:30 AM at the Alpine Way Continuing Care Community in Shelton, Washington. (Coffee provided) Y’all come join us. Everybody is welcome! Remember that Testing is immediately after the meeting. (See sidebar.) Also be sure to check our Forums occasionally for “stuff.”

My Summer Project Being Weatherized!

Also, this is the annual meeting where nominations for Club Officers are taken for the next year. KF7NSM-Diane sent an e-mail that reminds of us this and “If you don’t want to be  nominated for secretary, be there. If you do want to be the secretary, then by all means be there or let me know and I’ll make sure you have the job.” (I’d be there!)

Also: KF7COB-Chris forwarded an e-mail about House Bill 1371;  Revises distracted driving provisions with regard to portable electronic devices which are defined as a device that is capable of wireless communication or electronic data retrieval and is not manufactured primarily for hands-free use in a motor vehicle.

The bill repeals Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 46.61.667 and 668. Then will add a new RCW that addresses personal electronic device while driving a motor vehicle on a public highway. Unlike the current statute, the proposed law does not provide an exemption for members of the Federal Communications Commission’s Amateur Radio Service.

On February 9, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. the bill will be discussed in the House Committee on Transportation. It is suggested that you keep tabs on the bill at the site above in case the meeting time changes. The Western Washington Section State Government Liaison Lee
Chambers, KI7SS, is planning on attending the meeting. It would help greatly if you could attend to explain what the impact would be on you and your stakeholders if the bill is passed as written.

Also: (Last one) If y’all experienced LOA (Loss Of Antenna) during our last snow storm, log on to our forums and pass on your story, what you learned, and how you plan to NOT experience LOA during the next storm. (Did kind of catch us by surprise!)

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Winter Weather Storm Warning For Sunday-Monday

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
1026 AM PST SUN FEB 5 2017

WAZ504-511-512-060230-
/O.UPG.KSEW.WW.Y.0009.170206T0000Z-170207T0000Z/
/O.EXB.KSEW.WS.W.0005.170206T0200Z-170207T0000Z/
SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-HOOD CANAL AREA-LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA-
1026 AM PST SUN FEB 5 2017

…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 PM
PST MONDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING FOR THE SOUTHWEST INTERIOR AND THE HOOD CANAL AREA FOR
SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 PM PST
MONDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…CHEHALIS…OLYMPIA…SHELTON.

* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE
  OFF AND ON THROUGH EARLY MONDAY AFTERNOON.

* MAIN IMPACT…ROADS AND SIDEWALKS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND VERY
  SLIPPERY. TRAVEL WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY DURING
  THE MONDAY MORNING COMMUTE. DELAYS MAY BE SIGNIFICANT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING.  SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD, AND
WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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Winter Storm Watch–2017-01-07

Winter Storm Watch

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
305 PM PST FRI JAN 6 2017

WAZ511-071200-
/O.NEW.KSEW.WS.A.0001.170107T1800Z-170108T1800Z/
HOOD CANAL AREA-
305 PM PST FRI JAN 6 2017

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH
SUNDAY MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY
MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…1 TO 4 INCHES WITH LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS UP
  TO 6 INCHES POSSIBLE NEAR THE OLYMPIC MOUNTAINS.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…SHELTON, BELFAIR, HOODSPORT AND
  BRINNON.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE SATURDAY MORNING OR AFTERNOON
  AND CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING. A MIX OF FREEZING RAIN IS
  POSSIBLE SUNDAY MORNING. PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE OVER TO RAIN
  SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

* SNOW LEVEL…NEAR THE SURFACE.

* MAIN IMPACT…SNOW ON ROADWAYS MAY MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

&&

$$

WWW.WEATHER.GOV/SEATTLE

(Be Safe! Keep your radio on.)

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