Salmoncon XVI, 2021

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

Salmoncon XV will be held over the weekend of July 10 and 11, 2021.  2020's Salmoncon was modified greatly so as to do what we could to keep everyone safe in these times.


2021 Event Schedule - We will be monitoring developments health concern wise, and adjusting the 2021 schedule accordingly.

Therefore, everything below this line is due for editing and plans will firm up as the date gets closer.

Friday, 9 July 2021

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

·        We will not use paper sign-in sheets this year so as to limit person to person contact.  Sandra, W7SKM, will keep         an attendance log.  Please contact her at RV space 1 or anywhere on the grounds so she can record your                   attendance.

·        Each operator should keep his or her own digital log and at the end of the event email it to nb6m@att.net.

All digital log sheets will be emailed to nb6m@att.net so that a complete log of contacts for Salmoncon can be uploaded to LOTW..

·        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.

·        SOTA Activations are planned for Saturday this year, with stations in Valley Camp monitoring 146.52 FM for                  possible contacts.  Stations in camp should also check Sotawatch 3 regularly for alerts and spots.

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 – Individual campsites provide and cook.


Saturday, 10 July 2021  

  ·   The 30 Meter and 2 Meter Fox Hunt transmitters are deployed and available for hunting.

·      9:00 AM - Formal announcements on 446.525 MHz FM. 

·    SOTA activators deploy and begin activations.   



·     Stations in camp monitor 146.52 for possible contacts and check Sotawatch 3 for alerts and spots.

·      Attendees are free to operate, investigate individual station and antenna setups, Fox Hunt, and socialize in small        groups as desired, while respecting social distancing.

·     There will be no formal presentations in the group shelter this year, due to Covid 19 restrictions.  Any talks will be                   informal and held outdoors.


  ·      1:00 PM - Formal announcements on 446.525 MHz FM.   

·     Meals and drinks are the responsibility of each campsite or individual.


Sunday, 11 July 2021

  ·   The 30 Meter and 2 Meter Fox Hunt transmitters are deployed and available for hunting.

·    9:00 AM - Formal announcements on 446.525 MHz FM.

  ·    10:00 AM - Presentation, To be Determined 

·     11:00 AM - Presentation, To be Determined

    ·      Attendees are free to operate, investigate individual station and antenna setups, Fox Hunt, and socialize in small        groups as desired, while respecting social distancing.


      ·    1:00 PM - Formal announcements on 446.525 MHz FM.   

    ·     Meals and drinks are the responsibility of each campsite or individual.


      Monday 12 July, 2021

      ·        Meals - Individual campsite as desired.

      ·        On-the-air operation as desired.

      ·     Break-down of individual stations and antennas.

      ·     Clear individual campsites and leave Valley Camp.


      Meals

      Meals are normally provided by PNW QRP.  However, that may not be possible due to Covid 19 concerns.  For the time being, each campsite or individual should plan to provide their own food and drink.


      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 8, 2020 and is good through Monday, July 13, 2020. 

      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.  

      SOTA activations from nearby peaks will occur on Saturday the 11th of July..


      Fees

      No fees are charged for the event other than camping fees for staying overnight at Valley Camp.  Donations are accepted and are especially encouraged this year so as to help cover the operating costs of Valley Camp. This has been an especially lean year for them.   A donation mailbox is located at the Group shelter.

      Overnight Camping

      Valley Camp has tent and RV sites available.  At this point there are one or two RV sites left.  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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