Next MC-ARC Meeting: 2017-03-11

The Mason County Amateur Radio Club will meet Saturday, Mar 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.”

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Reminder: This meeting is New Club Officer’s meeting. Y’all might want to show up! (Especially if you don’t want to be the new Club Secretary. Or Treasurer.)

Also, Wx High Wind advisory for 0100-1100 Saturday. So be careful driving to/from the meeting. Make sure your emergency power works; just in case.

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Special Weather Statement 2017-03-03

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National Weather Service Seattle WA
647 AM PST Fri Mar 3 2017

WAZ001-503-504-506-507-509>512-514>517-555-556-558-559-040200-
San Juan County-Western Whatcom County-Southwest Interior-
Western Skagit County-Everett and Vicinity-Tacoma Area-
Admiralty Inlet Area-Hood Canal Area-Lower Chehalis Valley Area-
Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca-Western Strait of Juan De Fuca-
North Coast-Central Coast-East Puget Sound Lowlands-
Bellevue and Vicinity-Seattle and Vicinity-Bremerton and Vicinity-
647 AM PST Fri Mar 3 2017

…Lowland snow showers and localized snow accumulations likely
from Saturday through Monday…

A return to cold and showery weather is expected from tonight
through Monday morning. The air mass should be sufficiently cold
to support snow showers over the lowlands, especially during the
cooler morning hours from Saturday through Monday.

It is too early to pinpoint specific snowfall amounts and
locations. So the main message right now is simply to expect
hit-and-miss snowfall accumulations around 1 inch or less at
almost any time from Saturday through Monday. The cooler morning
hours represent the more likely time of day to get accumulating
snow. Air temperatures will generally be above freezing, so any
snow accumulations are likely to melt a few hours after occurring.

$$

http://www.weather.gov/seattle

(So y’all be careful out there! Check your antenna’s & alternate power supplies before all this. Just In Case.)

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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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