WSN Newsletter
  July 2011
Updated Roster

Welcome to W7WST

It is nice to have a new member of the WSN group.   Don Meyers (W7WST) lives in Shelton.   Welcome!  The following is from his info on

I'm back in amateur radio after a 30 year hiatus. Having a good time working mostly cw. I was first licensed in 1954 as WN7WST. Lost the "N" in the usual year. Joined the Navy in 1958, and went through training as an Aviation Electronics Technician. Upgraded to Extra sometime around '61 or '62. Went inactive about 1982. Retired from the navy in 1989. Before moving to Florida in 1990 gave all my equipment away to a high school radio club and then let my ticket lapse in 1994.

The old spark came back earlier this year, so I took the tests, and reclaimed my old call. Station is a TS-570D/G feeding an off-center fed dipole. Other hobby is RVing, so next project is to figure out how to fit ham radio into the motorhome without totally alienating the XYL.

News from W7NDO
by Bill Casto, W7NDO

I don't know what you need in the way of news from this station but I would like to welcome all the new members.  I am counting down to the life of "assissted living" and
getting rid of all my ham gear.  I have already sold the tower, beam and linear.  I want to keep a basic station so I can still pound some brass. I turned 85 last March and think it is about time to slow down.

 I have 63 years of accumulated ham (junque) and anyone needs
old stuff I have it for free.  Don't want to give up the CW cause have been doing it since WW2 putting up radio stations for the Navy in the Solomons, New Guinea and the Philippines. One of the stations was our PT Boat Base at Green Island..Navy "NDO" which is why I am fond of my call..

 I will continue as long as I can,  on WSN and hope to contribute more in the future.

73's ....Bill W7NDO
Vacation Trip To Europe, Chicago and Dayton Hamvention
by Leroy, N7EIE

Greetings again from Yelm.  I had a great time on my 24 day vacation, but it is definitely good to be back.  A few highlights:

Spent three days in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry, sightseeing and walking around the huge city.  Of all four cities I visited this vacation, Chicago had the friendliest people.

I attended my first ARRL National Dayton Hamvention this year.  It was about five times bigger than the ARRL Northwestern Division convention in Seaside, OR that I have been to 7 times.  Since I made the national this year, I did not make it to Seaside.  The Hamvention had 4 huge vendor booth areas inside, and 4,400 flea market spaces in the 80 degree sunshine.  I put on my SPF-30 every day, I assure you.  Friday I spent most of the day walking around Hara Arena then 5 miles back to my hotel.  Saturday and Sunday I garnered 18 CW contacts on 40 meters at/for W8BI/8, the Dayton Amateur Radio Association’s Special Event station at booth 416.  I had an OUTSTANDING time.

Then I spent 9 days in Berlin, Germany!  To wit:

WALKING:  I walked 15 miles a day here, and am no worse for wear, health-wise.  The weather was just outstanding.  It only rained one day for about 6 hours total.  It hit 32 C. (about 90 F.) Monday, but most of the days topped out in the 60’s and 70’s.

Berlin is a city MADE for walking, just like Dayton is a city NOT made for walking.  You can walk anywhere in Berlin with sidewalks on both sides of the street.  All walkers have to worry about is one thing:  Cyclists.

The bike paths in Berlin are red.  The popular myth for that is that the bike paths are all stained with the blood of TOURISTS that the bike riders have hit!  Well, maybe not that bad, but it was bad.  While walking 130 miles here I had five separate incidents regarding bike-riders:  3 were high-speed riders that I just barely jumped out of their way before they hit me.  I was actually hit in two other incidents, both at a low speed.  Once by a ten year old kid on a bike riding it inside a train station!  And once was by a blind guy riding his bike on the sidewalk.  Yes, he was blind, he actually couldn’t see me.

I made it to all 6 of the pre-scheduled tours and museums in Berlin.  I learned a lot and no prisoners were taken.  Well…  Not so fast:

Tuesday May 31st we started out with only 8 tourists in the Cold War Tour, and ended the day with 6.  I HATE when that happens!  We started towards the first stop of our tour on one of the local trains.  Our group got up to the track just as our train pulled in, so the tour guide got us all on that train.  Unfortunately she had not checked that all of us had our tickets stamped with the time.  Oops.  I had mine, and stamped, I figured we would be on some public transportation during that tour so I got an all day pass and validated it right away.  A married couple from New York, however, forgot to validate their tickets.  Of course the Zug Politzei (train police) chose that train to spot-check, and nailed them both.  Our tour guide (with the rest of her group in tow, including me) spent the next HOUR AND A HALF at the Haupt Bahnhof (main train station) police HQ with those two trying to talk their way out of the 80 Euro fine.  Didn’t happen.  Both sides were still filing formal grievance reports and charges when our tour guide finally gave up, and went on with our tour, sans the two from New York.  We never saw them again.  I’m not going to cast any aspersions upon the reputations of the Zug Politzei, but we are talking Berlin here…  Oh, did I mention?  Those two from New York were lawyers.

But the tour guide never really recovered.  She had never lost any tourists before in her seven years of tour guide experience, and was VERY shook up.  She went through the motions, but seemed to be on a type of ‘recorded-tour-auto-pilot’ for the rest of the day.  It was a weird feeling.  The whole group of us six remaining tourists sort of acted ‘snake-bit’ as well for the rest of the day.

FOOD:  I ate quite well here.  I had to keep my strength up for walking, and to keep taking in enough calories so I didn’t lose too much weight I ate at least 3 times a day.  Breakfast was always taken care of by the hotel.  Their Fruhstucke buffet was always outstanding and I was always full after that buffet.  Lunch and supper were always catch-as-catch-can wherever I was when I could find time within whatever it was I was doing.  Asparagus was in season so I had Spargelcremezuppe (asparagus cream soup) several times.  Brats & brochen have always been popular with me, and they are still great!  There are a lot of Italian restaurants in Berlin, I ate there three or four times.  I figured it out.

DRINK:  Berliners like pale beers, not the dunkels and schwartzbiers popular in Bavaria.  I was able to find my dark beers here but just not in the quality and selection I had seen in Bavaria.  The house wines in all the restaurants were just outstanding.  Berliners do like to drink, a LOT.

I enjoyed Berlin quite a bit.  I saw probably three-quarters of the main parts of the city either by bus, walking, tram, tours, or trains, and it is a VERY vibrant city, economically and socially.  The people were friendly but reserved.  They would occasionally nod when passing them on the street, but not nearly as often as Americans would.  They drive as if they are insane.  Car drivers will stop for pedestrians, cyclists will not.

Then I spent a week in London, then home.  To wit:

I had heard a lot of bad things about British food from friends and travel sites but I loved the food.  Meat and potatoes were always available, that’s what I grew up on.  Sometimes it was a tad dry, that’s why God gave us gravy!  BTW, what the heck is in Yorkshire pudding?  It was delicious!  Darn sure wasn’t pudding, I guess it started in Yorkshire, but it did have a LOT of sodium, I bet.

LONDON DRINKS:  I had also heard a lot of bad press about English beers.  I myself don’t like Guinness Stout from the can here in the states, but in London it was delicious.  It was probably the lack of shipping preservatives.  I loved almost all of the stouts and ales in London.  They were crisp, not too bitter, cold, and washed down whatever I had for lunch or supper quite nicely.  The Brits also like their wines.  There was just as many types of wine available in London as there was in Berlin:  Whites, reds, roses, French, Italian, Dutch, German, English, yum!

LONDON TRANSIT:  In Berlin I took all manner of public transportation, trains, both above and below ground, buses, and trolleys.  But London was a little more compact so I was able to walk every place I needed to go.  For instance:  The first day I had a slot scheduled on the London Eye and decided to walk the three miles south from my hotel.  It was a good decision, I saw a lot of downtown London from the ground level, all of the rest of London from the Eye, got a lot of great pictures, and an eight mile walk out of the deal!

WALKING IN LONDONLondon has a LOT of parks.  Hyde Park was just south of my hotel, and I went through it several times.  Kensington Gardens, where Princess Di used to hang out with her boys was just west of Hyde ParkGreen Park and St. James Park were close to Buckingham Palace, and I saw a lot of Queen’s Guards activity there.  Regent’s Park was a couple miles north of my hotel, and I did make a day of it up through Baker Street.  And yes, I did see 221B Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes did not live.  He’s a fictional character!

London is even more ‘walker-friendly’ than Berlin because there were not NEARLY as many bicyclists in LondonLondon had about 1% of the number of bicyclists as were in Berlin.  And I never had any close calls with these bicyclists, they actually knew how to drive!

TOURS:  I had several tours in London, and enjoyed all of them.  I saw the lay of the land from the hop-on-hop-off bus tour, but it’s hard to get good pictures from a bus.  I did take a boat down to Greenwich and got a picture of my N7EIE hat on the zero degrees longitude line at the British National Observatory.  That was awesome.

I had a very informative 3-hour private tour of the British Museum, guided by a professor at Oxford, Mr. Kevin Childs.  I thought the ‘British Museum’ was the ‘British History Museum,’ and indeed, when you google ‘British History Museum’ the site for the British Museum pops right up…  But the British Museum didn’t have very much stuff actually from England.  Most everything on display at the British Museum had been ‘forcibly exported’ (my guide’s words, not mine) from Egypt, Rome, Greece, South Africa, Asia, North America, South America, and Australia back into England during the British colonization of those areas from the 1500s to the 1900s.  About FIVE PERCENT of the items on display at the British museum actually originated in Britain…  It was actually the ‘World History Museum,’ I guess.

TRAVELING:  Over the course of this entire vacation, I took nine plane flights to various cities, and the first eight were pretty well executed.  No crashes, no rescheduling, no problems, really, at all, until my last flight from Philadelphia to Seattle…  I got there in plenty of time but we were about a half an hour late pulling back from the terminal.  Turns out the flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico was late getting in to Philadelphia due to storms, and they had 30 connecting passengers for our flight, so we waited.  And then a half an hour after we got on the tarmac they closed the airport due to the weather…  We sat there for another hour, but then the captain came on the intercom to say we had to go back to the terminal.  While they were starting the engines, the tower gave them clearance to take off, and we did, two and a half hours late.  But that’s a helluva lot better than being stuck in one hundred degree heat in Philadelphia overnight.  I made it home at 0200 the next day, a little tired, slightly worse for wear, but HOME nonetheless!

I’ve been home for 23 days now, and have ‘decompressed’ back into the retired frame of mind.  The jet lag lasted about 5 days, it was much worse going west-bound home than when I went to Berlin.

There is a big difference between being ‘retired’ and being on ‘vacation.’  Retirement consists of all the mundane daily tasks everyone does, except going to and coming from work.  That includes cooking, cleaning, driving to and from shopping, doing the dishes, maintaining the house, mowing the lawn, etc.  On ‘vacation’ I had one priority:  My belly!  I had to make sure I ate enough because I walked so many miles, or I would have lost weight.  AND, since I ate out three times a day I didn’t have to do the dishes!

As it turns out I maintained my weight fine, and did walk 290 miles in 24 days.  Yes, that’s almost a half-marathon a day, every day, for 24 days.  I had no knee or hip problems the entire vacation, or I would have cut down on my walking.  Therefore I am in the best walking shape in my entire life, and am ready to do that again!

This was a great vacation.  I was totally relaxed for 24 consecutive days, and got a LOT of good exercise in the process.  Actually, walking is pretty relaxing just to start!  I saw a lot of sites and people that I had never seen before.  I had no big personnel problems with any of the staff or tourists, and everything went like clockwork except the last flight.

I now start saving for my next vacation.

Leroy N7EIE

Glacier Bay National Park and Juneau, Alaska
by Don W7GB and Cynthia Calbick

Wed May 25. We drove to Seattle and spent the night at the Rodeway Inn near SeaTac airport.

Thurs May 26  After being awakened by the motel clock radio at 4 AM we caught a few more Z’s and got up at 6 AM. We’ll have to remember to always check motel clock radios. Our flight to Juneau was on Alaska Air #75 at 10:40AM.    We arrived at Juneau shortly after noon (Alaska time), rented a small car and drove into Juneau to familiarize ourselves with the city. Juneau is fairly small, built on a steep hillside and the streets are narrow. This is not the place for a large vehicle. The best way to get around is to find a place to park and put on your walking shoes. About mid-afternoon, we drove out to our accommodations for the next three days, the Duck Creek B & B, operated by Susie and Jay Davis. We were very satisfied with this B & B, our hosts were very nice folks and the price was right (about a hundred dollars a night). After chatting with Suzie and Jay, we headed a mile up the road to the Mendenhall Glacier and an excellent visitor center. The glacier has retreated a lot but is still an outstanding view. For dinner we drove back into Juneau to the Twisted Fish and had excellent salmon cooked on a cedar plank – delicious! After dinner, we drove around Juneau a bit and headed back to Duck Creek B & B. Juneau is situated in a narrow fjord on a narrow strip of land with snow-capped mountains rising to the east and west. Across the fjord is Douglas Island and the town of Douglas, with a bridge connecting Juneau and Douglas Island.

Friday May 27  It’s cloudy/sunny in Juneau. Juneau gets 95 inches of rain/snow a year and so far the weather has been very nice and rainless. Today we toured the Juneau Museum in the morning. It has many interesting local artifacts from the early days, like how it became the state capital (in 1959). After lunch at the Rookery (good food), we walked over to the Alaska State Museum and really enjoyed this museum. The new hat collection is huge. There’s a lot about the native Alaskans who have been the area for around 9000 years. We parked our car in the parking garage but there is free parking at the state museum for visitors so we moved it before expiration. We had dinner outdoors at Tracy’s King Crab Shack, on the waterfront. Cruise ships do frequent Juneau. The most we saw at one time was three but five can be accommodated.

Sat May 28  It’s cloudy and in the 50s. We went up to the Jensen Arboretum, north of Juneau for their open house and enjoyed the many S.E. Alaska-style gardens. The vegetation is very different from our drought tolerant gardens in Moses Lake! Then it was back to Juneau for lunch at the Rookery and on to the Juneau Art Center, which is small but nice. We drove up Gold Street to where houses end and the trail begins. We were thinking of hiking the Perseverance Trail to the waterfall but by the time we got to the trailhead, nature was calling and we went back to town. We could’ve driven out to the trailhead but there was a curve in the road and we chose to walk the road. A couple more things we did were to see the icons in the Russian Orthodox and Catholic churches, then over the bridge to give the town of Douglas a look-see. Again, it was dinner at the Twisted Fish, during which we watched a Bald Eagle perched on a light pole have a salmon dinner, complete with a half dozen Ravens waiting for a morsel. There’s sure a lot of Ravens in Juneau. Then it was back out to the Mendenhall Glacier for more hiking and picture taking. On our way, we stopped by the Mendenhall Catholic church to see more icons.

Sun May 29   We had breakfast with our mighty fine B & B hosts, the Davises, bid farewell and drove up the road to Mendenhall Glacier. We hiked up to the big waterfall, which is to the right of the glacier, and continued to marvel at the glacier and many icebergs in Lake Mendenhall. There was another big boom, a precursor to glacial “calving”. After lunch at Safeway we went out to St Teresa’s on-the-fjord Catholic church and retreat area. We highly recommend going to St Teresa’s. By now it was time to gas, up return the car and join our Elderhostel tour group for our flight to Gustavus. The pilot “shot the gap” on our flight. We couldn’t have been more than 200 yards from the snow packed sides of those mountains. We are staying at the Annie Mae Inn. The first dinner was seafood fettucini was boy was it delicious! It was a precursor to many fine meals at the Annie Mae. After dinner we took a hike to the beach on a very clear evening and, afterwards, as our log says, “we are now resting comfortably in the Spruce room at the Annie Mae Inn in Gustavus, Alaska.

Mon May 30   Our Elderhostel is comprised of 18 folks from many places; NYC, Buffalo NY, Chapel Hill, NC, Albany, Oregon, Southern California, Butte, Montana, etc. On an Elderhostel (now called “Road Scholar”) you get to meet a lot of people from many places. Today is an unusual day in the Gustavus area. It’s clear, sunny and mild – beautiful. This morning, we had outdoor reading by a local author, Kim Heacox, from his latest book, The Only Kayak followed by a very interesting trek in the woods with naturalist Greg Streveker. This afternoon, we went to the Glacier Bay National Park visitor center for a mile trek in the woods at Bartlett Cove. It was a stunning nature walk in an incredible rain forest. Our guide was Mary Lou, who has been with the Glacier Bay NP for 17 years and does an excellent job of tour guiding. Tonight, our main tour guide and coordinator, Dena Matkin, gave a presentation about Orca whales. She is known as the “Orca lady” and is very knowledgeable about whales and sea life.

Tue May 31   Today started out cloudy and ended up clear. No rain. We boarded the M/V Taz and cruised out Icy Strait to fishing village Elfin Cove. We saw many Humpback whales on the way plus sea otters, seals, porpoises, and many Bald Eagles. The Elfin Bay community is built on a cliff side island and is quite isolated. There are no roads or paved sidewalks but instead, many wooden walkways. There’s two ways to get to Elfin Cove – boat or plane. Everyone has a boat. We saw many examples of “benign neglect” in the local structures. Two planes came with fishing parties from Juneau (the Pacific ocean is just to the west). The area is very scenic and the fishing must be very good but I think we’d go mad living at Elfin Cove! It was a very nice boat ride on a very nice day. We didn’t see any Orcas because, as we later found out, they were all up in Glacier Bay. Tonight we had dinner with Allan & Rita from Albany, Oregon and as luck would have it, Allen plays golf with our niece Lauri’s husband Craig. Small World!

Wed June 1   Cloudy and 50s. Still no rain. We spent today with naturalist Greg Streveker for a morning presentation and afternoon outdoors at Bartlett Cove, learning about forest ecosystems. His knowledge of the outdoors is encyclopedic. 71 year-old Greg took us to his home for a tour of his garden, shop, cold storage and newly built smoker. Without going into details, lets say that they are quite self sufficient. They’re nice folks and true Alaskans. Someone did suggest to Greg that rather than split those logs by hand, that he borrow a log splitter! One thing we didn’t realize is that since this whole area was once covered with a glacier (fairly recently), the glacier had weighed on the ground. The ground is now “rebounding” at the rate of an inch a year. Greg showed us how to tell how old a Spruce tree by counting branch groups. Some trees were 100 years old. That’s 100 inches of rebound. They figure that the ground has rebounded 12 feet and has 13 feet to go. Some forest is draining and progressing into Hemlock, some not draining and eventually turning into bogs. It’s pretty neat being able to look at a forest and tell what it’s doing.

Thurs June 2   Cloudy and 50s, then clear. Today was our Big Tour up Glacier Bay. We’ve got a map showing our route and what we saw. The trip was aboard the Baranof Wind, started at Bartlett Cove and wound its way up Glacier Bay to 250 foot high Margerie Glacier. The main glacier at the head of the bay is barely visible, due mainly to the “foot” at the base of the glacier. The “foot” is a tall pile of dirt & rocks that the glacier has pushed ahead of itself. The retreat of the North American Glacier is very extensive. On our trip, we saw Stellar Seals, Truffled Puffins, Murie, Kittywake, Sea Otters, Murrelets, Harbor Porpoises, Mountain Goats with week-old goats that hop around, nanny goats, a Grizzly Bean, a Black bear, Hump-backed what. We did not see an Orca because they had all gone from Glacier Bay to Icy Strait. Talk about zig ‘n zag! Wow – what a spectacular trip on the beautiful day. We even saw 15,000 Mount Fairweather (it’s very rare to even see it). The Baranof Wind holds probably 200 people so we were not alone. The naturalist on board was 29 year-old Sarah who was very knowledgeable and whose father happens to be in charge of the welding program out here at Big Bend CC. We’ll be sure to go see Sarah’s Dad. Tonight, two Tlingit ladies, Bertha and Alice, gave us an excellent cultural presentation all about native Alaskans

Fri June 3   Cloudy and 50s, some misting this morning. Dena took us a very nice hike on the Nature Conservancy Train near Gustavus. Thanks to Greg, we were able to tell the stage of development of this forest. This afternoon we went to a local art museum and the Gustavus Dray gas station that has lots of interesting memorabilia.

Gustavus is technically located on the mainland but the only access is by boat and plane. Thanks to tourism, people seem to be doing fairly well but we’re sure that many folks are living “on the edge”. I couldn’t help but notice that vehicle license tags are out-of-date. Why have an up-to-date license in Gustavus? Or a drivers license? Or car insurance? To get a drivers license one has to go to Juneau and that’s $100 by plane and you’re supposed to bring your car for the test. Transport a car to Juneau to take a drivers test? Hmmm! There’s an ATM but no bank. There’s an EMT but no clinic or hospital. Yes, I can see the appeal of Gustavus. Dena told the story of a recently graduated lady doctor who could “work off” her $100,000 med school debt if she’d practice medicine in Gustavus for a year or two. She lasted four months. So Gustavus isn’t for everyone but all in all, it’s not a bad place to live.

Sat June 4   Today we bid farewell to Dena and flew to Juneau, this time over the water, not “the gap”. It was rain and 48 in Juneau, clear and 80 in Seattle. Quite a change. We had a great time on our Alaska trip and are looking forward to the next one. There’s one called “Alaska by Rail” that starts in Fairbanks and goes south to Denali, Anchorage and Seward that looks interesting. We’ll take a look on the internet.



I want to thank everyone for helping to make WSN a very good and interesting NTS Net. I especially want to thank all of you who helped to keep things running smoothly for the 49 consecutive days that we all had to cover for May and June. I takes all hands to keep things running and we certainly did that okay. Many thanks to all.


Allen W7QM


W7QM- 63, K7BFL- 24, W7BXH-1, N7EIE- 45, W7GB- 54, W7LG- 11, WA7OJI- 8, N7YRT- 13, W7ZIW- 4, KA7ZUR- 1, N7CM- 1

WSN Activity Report


Hello all. I don't think I can top the exciting vacations of Leroy and Don, N7EIE and W7GB.  My good time this summer so far was going to SeaPac with my daughter. We met up with her Fiance Dan N7DRD of Ocean Park Wa.  

The NTS meeting was fun and interesting.  W5KAV the Digital Hub for the Pacific Area gave a presentation on all the aspects of Digital Traffic. I met new people and reminisced with old friends.  I met Ed AI7H, the Section Manager of Idaho. He took over the reins from Bill W7GHT when Bill became ill.  Also met Claire N7CM and her OM K7EAJ. Scott W7IZ and Dave VE7DWG were also there  After the meeting Terri and I went to lunch at Doogers and I ordered my favorite Sea Food, Fried Oysters. Then we shopped around and went back to the Hotel to rest.  Later we drove around Seaside a bit. 

Sunday morning after breakfast we headed home. We stopped at the Outlet shops in Centralia and shopped some more. We are women after all Hi Hi!  Monday morning Terri and Dan flew to Reno and were married.  She has moved out of my home now. My next excursion is to Dallas Oregon for a Reunion of Bill's side of the family in August. He will be missed. Should be fun though.





Hope I didn't miss anyone. So Happy Birthday you all and we wish you many more!

Pati  W7ZIW
WSN Assistant Manager