Salmoncon XIII, 2018

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.  

Salmoncon XIII will be held over the weekend of July 14 and 15, 2018



2018 Event Schedule - Changes may occur prior to the event and every effort will be made to update the website.  Please click on "Document Downloads" to find the 2018 Salmoncon Flyer and the Schedule.

Friday, 13 July 2018

·        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.  Operators are encouraged to post their operation times and frequencies to http://www.qrpspots.com/ so as to make it easier for others to make contact with us.

·        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, 14 July 2018 

·        7:00 to 8:30 AM - Breakfast - Hot breakfast provided and cooked by Curt, WR5J

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

PNW QRP provides 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 - Class E Amplifiers, Bill WA7NCL 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 - CWOPS and the CW Academy, Bob, AF9W  

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

·        3:00 - 4:00 PM - 3D Printing for Ham Radio, Stephen, KK7ZD and Eldon, WA0UWH 

·        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.  Bat Presentation and field trip, Curt, WR5J

Sunday, 15 July 2018

·        7:00 to 8:30 AM - Breakfast - Hot breakfast provided and cooked by Curt, WR5J  

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 -  Transmitter Hunt, Jeff, KO7M, and Eldon, WA0UWH

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

·        10:30 - 11:30 AM - Building a Celestial Observatory, Jack, WA7KMR

·        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 -  The Flex 6400M, PJ, N7PH

·        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 16 July, 2018

·        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

Meals are provided by PNW QRP.  A food plan is developed each year, and members of the group sign up to supply the individual items.  If you are not registered with our yahoo group, pQRP, and wish to contribute you can either contact Wayne, NB6M, directly at nb6m@arrl.net, or simply bring a side dish to accompany one or more of the meals.

Presentations

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 for the use of the presenters.

For the past twelve years, we have had an Elecraft Update as one of our premier presentations.  This year, due to the retirement from Elecraft of both Lyle, KK7P, and Rich, AC7MA, we do not have an Elecraft Update in our presentation lineup.  Lyle and Rich are long time members of PNW QRP, and provided us with very interesting updates each year at Salmoncon as a courtesy.

We feel that these presentations helped a bunch of people in our general area make the decision to buy Elecraft equipment and would hope that each of us who would like to see these updates continue during Salmoncon would email or call Elecraft and ask them to send a representative to our event.  Maybe if we make enough noise they'll listen.



Operating

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 near 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 11, 2018 and is good through Monday, July 16, 2018. 

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.


Fees

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 https://valleycamp.org/

Location

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.  The camp can be reached at 425-888-1852  or info@valleycamp.org

Photos

If you take photos during the event, or have photos of previous events, please send them to Bob, AF9W, af9w@arrl.net, so we can add some to this website for next year.  

Map to Valley Camp

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pQRP Pacific Northwest QRP Group,
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pQRP Pacific Northwest QRP Group,
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