Photos | 2012-12-31 | SKN at the Clubhouse

W7OS was on the air on New Year's Eve for the annual ARRL Straight Key Night. [21 PHOTOS]

Photos | 2012-06-24 | Field Day

W7DK was on the air in Class 6A for the annual ARRL Field Day event, June 23-24, 2012. Radio Club of Tacoma members demonstrated their ability to quickly establish emergency communications by amateur radio in the event of an emergency. We operated six HF stations during the 24 hour contest period on the grounds of Western State Hospital in Tacoma. In addition to the primary HF stations, the club operated a GOTA ("get on the air") station and a VHF station. Power at each location was provided by small generators. Nearly 2,400 contacts were recorded by computer using the N3FJP Field Day logger. A publicity shelter provided a focal point for visitors, and a full service kitchen was up and running through the weekend. Club members started out at the Clubhouse early on Friday, June 22, packing antennas, rocket launchers, and equipment for the weekend. Five high-gain Yagi beams were erected for operations on the 6, 10, and 15 meter bands, as well as 20 meters SSB and 20 meters CW. A complex array of wire antennas supported by tall trees ensured our signals on 40 meters CW and 75 meters SSB could be received by stations all over the United States and Canada. Bandpass filters helped minimize interference between stations. [81 PHOTOS IN 3 SETS]

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N7OMSAl takes a turn operating the W7DK 20 meter single sideband station. [Photo: W7HTJ]

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Photos | 2011-12-31 | SKN at the Clubhouse

The annual ARRL Straight Key Night and Pizza Party at the Clubhouse on New Year's Eve was hosted by Randy, WB4SPB. [42 PHOTOS IN 4 SETS]

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WB4SPBRandy Myers makes a contact with Drake receiver, Apache transmitter, and shiny new Begali "Spark" key

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Photos | 2012-04-15 | ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Contest

Recently licensed members prepare for Field Day by taking turns operating as part of the W7DK Multi-op Team in the 2012 ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB contest. The Team scored 2,464 points ... 62 QSO's were logged with stations in 26 US States and 2 Canada provinces. Mike Mikuchonis, W7XTZ, heard a weak station in France responding to his CQ, but signals faded and contact could not be established. [4 PHOTOS]

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W7MWFMike calls CQ on 15 meters

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Photos | 2011-02-05 | FYBO QRP Contest

W7DK was on the air at Owen Beach with "flea power" radios at the annual FYBO Winter QRP Contest. What a beautiful winter day on the Puget Sound! [15 PHOTOS]