Salmoncon XII - Dedicated to Doug Phillips W7RDP (SK)

Salmoncon is an annual gathering of low power (QRP) ham radio operators held at beautiful Valley Camp in North Bend, WA.  Held annually the first full weekend after July 4th, the event provides a venue for QRP operators to share knowledge and experiences related to low power operating.  

2017 Doug Phillips Memorial Salmoncon XII will be on July 7-9, 2017

This year's Salmoncon is dedicated to Doug Phillips, W7RDP, who was a long time member of PNW QRP and recently became a silent key. 

Doug was instrumental in getting the first Salmoncon started, repeatedly goading us by reminding us that there should be an amateur radio event on the west coast similar to, and in the same timeframe as Lobstercon on the east coast, that we were the group that should do it and that it should be called Salmoncon.  Today we are participating in the 12th annual event.

Doug started the tradition of providing Salmon Burgers for the Saturday evening meal, and did so for each of the previous eleven Salmoncons. We will now carry that tradition forward.  He also secured the special event callsign K7S for us each year.  That tradition will be carried forward as well.

Our first few Salmoncons were held at Bowman Bay campground, a part of Deception Pass State Park. Doug provided the first banner we used to advertise to other campers the fact that we were an amateur radio group, setting up portable radio stations and operating on the air. Unfortunately, the fish artwork he chose looked too much like a Cod, so we worked on putting together the Salmon artwork we have now used as our logo for several years. Doug had the new banner made up, and paid for it himself.

Doug actively participated in Salmoncon planning each year, being  particularly of help at the end of each event, when several of us would get together, critique it and come up with suggestions for improving it for next year.  He always pitched in wherever needed to keep things running smoothly.

We will miss his hearty appetite, especially whenever seafood was the meal at hand, and the camaraderie shared each evening of the event.  And we will miss his presence and participation in all of our PNW QRP gatherings.
RIP, good friend.  W7RDP ... _._

2017 Event Schedule - Changes may occur prior to the event that are not reflected on the website

Friday, 7 July 2017

·        Early arrivals check in with Teena and set up individual campsites and stations.

·        Sign-in sheets will be provided, for the Names, Ham Calls and email addresses of attendees.

·        Printed Log sheets will also be provided.

All log sheets will be turned in to Wayne, NB6M, at the end of the event so that a complete log of contacts for Salmoncon can be compiled and a volunteer QSL manager, yet to be determined, can send out QSL Cards.

·        On-the-air operation is encouraged during the event.  

Operators should use the special event callsign K7S while operating from Valley Camp during the event.  

·        Possible SOTA Activation

SOTA activators operating from nearby peaks should not use K7S but should use their own station callsign so that spotting of their individual activities can be more easily carried out and credit for their activations can be properly applied.  

·        Evening Meal – Group effort, Brats or Polish Sausage BBQ, with Pot Luck side dishes and trimmings.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

·        7:00 to 8:30 AM - BreakfastFruit, Yogurts and Muffins  

Volunteers are needed to help set up/clean up, etc.

PNW QRP provides all food, silverware, plates, cups, etc.

Coffee service provided by Valley Camp (Thank you Teena!)

·        9:00 - 9:15 AM - Official welcome of attendees and announcements

·        9:15 - 10:15 AM - Transmitter Hunt, Eldon, WA0UWH and Jeff, KO7M

·        10:30 - 11:30 AM - "Elecraft Update", Lyle, KK7P and Rich, AC7MA

·        11:30 AM - 12:00 Noon - Break Time, On-the air operation as desired

·        12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch - Group effort, build-your-own sandwiches,

Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Soup and Chips. 

Food supplied by PNW QRP.

Lunch should occur no later than noon, so that all who wish to attend the formal presentations will be ready to do so.

·        1:30 - 2:30 PM - "The McHF Transceiver", Wayne, NB6M, and Lyle, KK7P  

·        2:30 - 3:00 PM - Break Time, On-the-air operation as desired

·        3:00 - 4:00 PM - "nitPIC, a Noise Suppression System", Lyle, KK7P

·        4:00 - 4:30 PM - Wrap-Up of Salmoncon for those who attend only on Saturday

·        4:30 - 5:30 PM - Individual Station Show and Tell at campsites

·        5:30 - 6:00 PM - Break Time, On-the-air operation as desired

·        6:00 PM - Evening Meal - Group Effort, traditional Salmon Burgers.

Salmon patties and buns, condiments, and trimmings provided by PNW QRP.  Side dishes and/or desserts as desired are provided by attendees.

·        On the air operation as desired.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

·        7:00 to 8:30 AM - Breakfast - Fruit, Yogurts and Muffins  

Volunteers are needed to help set up/clean up, etc.

PNW QRP provides all food, silverware, plates, cups, etc.

Coffee service provided by Valley Camp (Thank you Teena!)

·        9:00 - 10:00 AM -  "Introducing Amateur Digital Voice Modes"

·        10:00 - 10:30 AM - Break Time, On-the-air operation as desired

·        10:30 - 11:30 AM - "Computer Survival in the Ham Shack", Bill, WA7NCL

·        12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch - Group Effort, Build-Your-Own Sandwiches,

Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, and Chips.  Food supplied by PNW QRP.

·        1:30 - 2:30 PM -  "Running Ham Radio Programs under Linux", Bill, WA7NCL

·        2:30 - 3:00 PM -  Break Time, On-the-air operation as desired.

·        3:00 - 4:00 PM -  Line Launcher Shootout, Wayne, NB6M

·        4:00 - 4:30 PM - Wrap-Up of Salmoncon XII

·        4:30 - 6:00 PM -  Break Time, On-the-air operation as desired

          6:00 PM - Evening Meal - Group effort, Steak BBQ.

Individual campsites provide their own steaks or other items to BBQ.

Baked beans, chips and bottled waters provided by

PNW QRP.   Side dishes/desserts supplied by attendees.

·        On-the-air operation as desired.

Monday 10 July, 2017

·        7:30 to 9:00 AM - Breakfast – Individual camp effort as desired

Muffins and coffee provided and available in the group shelter

·        On-the-air operation as desired.

·        Break-down of individual stations and antennas.

·        Clear individual campsites and leave Valley Camp.


Meals are provided but attendees are asked to contribute food items for each meal.  A food plan will be developed and attendees will be asked to sign up for individual items. An example of the Meal Supplies Spreadsheet is downloadable below.   The most recent Meal Supplies Spreadsheet along with instructions for updating the sheet can be found in the Files section of the pqrp Yahoo Group.  To view the actual spreadsheet you will need to be registered with the pqrp Yahoo Group.  If you have any questions, contact Wayne, NB6M, at


Presentations change annually.  Requests for topics and speakers are sent out prior to the event. Presentations will occur in the Cedar Grove group shelter.

A big screen TV, an HDMI cable and a sound system are available to use for presentations.


There is a tower and beam with rotator available for us, as well as tall trees with pulleys already installed, both near the group shelter and the RV camp ground, so we will have the opportunity to get several portable stations on the air.  There is a Triplexer also, which means that the beam can be used on 20, 15 and 10 at the same time.  Note that our special event call sign, K7S, is active beginning Wednesday, July 5, 2017 and is good through Tuesday, July 11, 2017. 

Do bring either complete portable stations, antennas, favorite paddles, or any other radio related items that would help provide the variety of rigs, stations, and station equipment that we all enjoy seeing and trying out.  

There is the possibility of a SOTA activations from nearby peaks.  Stay tuned.


No fees are charged for the event other than camping fees for staying overnight at Valley Camp.  Donations are accepted and encouraged to cover the cost of the shelter which is provided by Valley Camp.  A donation mailbox is located at the Group shelter.

Overnight Camping

Valley Camp has tent and RV sites available.  Please make your reservations early with Teena at Valley Camp.  Information on Valley Camp facilities can be found at


Valley Camp is located in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley outside of North Bend, WA.  The address is 49515 SE Middle Fork Road, North Bend, WA 98045.  They can be reached at 425-888-1852  or


If you have any great photos of Doug, please send them to Wayne, NB6M,, for the W7RDP memorial board.  If you take any good photos, please send them to Bob, AF9W,, so we can add some to this website for next year.  

Map to Valley Camp

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