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 XVI 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.  Thankfully, what with many people being fully vaccinated and most restrictions being lifted, we can return at least part way towards our normal mode of operation.


2021 Event Schedule - The Salmoncon XVI schedule can be viewed or downloaded below. 



Friday, 9 July 2021

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

        Valley Camp offers unique opportunities for setting up and testing antennas, with its wide fields and surrounding         trees.

·        We will not use paper sign-in sheets 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                          info.

·        Each operator should keep his or her own digital log and at the end of the event email it to Bob, AF9W, at                      af9w@bobandgloria.com.

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 Friday, 9 July 2021, 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.   Activators are         encouraged to arrive at their chosen peaks by noon so as to provide more opportunities for S2S contacts, and              should use 146.56 as the calling frequency.  

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 – A group effort meal is being planned, check the main schedule for info as things firm up.


Saturday, 10 July 2021 through Sunday, 11 July 2021    ·   

Activities

There will be a mix of outdoor activities and formal presentation on Saturday, and somewhat the same on Sunday, depending on the number of formal presentations available.

We start the day on Saturday with a welcome and info talk in the main shelter.  Then we roam the grounds hunting for hidden 30 Meter CW and 2 Meter FM transmitters.

In late morning a formal presentation is held in the main shelter.

After lunch, there is another formal presentation, and possibly a third one a bit later.

There will be opportunities to roam the grounds and check out individual operating stations at the various campsites.

Sunday's format will be the same.

Again, check the main schedule for more detailed info.


Meals

Meals are normally provided by PNW QRP.  However, we will once again require each campsite or individual to provide their own food and drink, except for the provided items for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening meals.  See the main schedule for info on evening meals.


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.  


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.  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

Please note that Valley Camp offers a huge amount of space with lots of trees available for putting up and testing antennas.  Several of the trees already have lines and pulleys in them, and there will be more than one line launcher available on site.


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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