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Trevor Macduff KS1LAS launched Mid Altitude Balloons from Tri-Cities! We are all anxious to see where his current or next balloon will go!
Track his balloon at this address.
https://aprs.fi/#!mt=roadmap&z=9&call=a%2FKS1LAS-1&timerange=604800&tail=604800

Because of Covid-19 virus concerns, an abbreviated setup was made in Franklin County to again make a splash in Salmon Run. The event was at Bogert Aviation in Pasco. The event also coincided with local VE Testing where many applicants for licenses were able to experience HF contesting. A successful SSRA event with 56 contacts made by 5 operators. There were 2 CW, 1 Digital and 53 contacts made by phone.

July 25, 2020. Today a large crew was assembled to re-install the Oregon repeater antenna that had fallen the previous year. A long day resulted in the install of the repeater antenna parallel to the tower. A fiberglass brace standoff was fabricated and will serve at the top support for the antenna to keep it from flexing into the tower or experiencing too much wind load.

An antenna top support standoff was fabricated for the pending antenna install at Spout. The antenna will now be side mounted. The antenna will be about 1/2 above and 1/2 below the top of the tower. The standoff will brace the top so that winds and ice load will have a reduced impact. W2rRY, KC7KEN and WM7X all participated in the fabrication.

June 27/28, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 concerns, this years Field Day was very abbreviated and quite small. A discrete location was secured and the SSRA was still able to operate this ARRL contest. 8 operators participated on the air and making 766 contacts. 12 CW, 618 Phone and 136 Digital FT-8 contacts completed our log.

Saturday May 30, 2020. Today the Tri-Cities repeater was relocated from a temporary location in Kennewick to Pasco. The outage was about 4.5 hours and much work was performed. The higher antenna location was very noticeable and the hard wired internet will help with bandwidth issues.

Greg Letendre KJ7EHA is an SSRA member and a frequent SOTA activator. Summits on the Air are active on the repeater and contacts are made for SOTA points. Greg uses the SSRA often to coordinate his activities and hopes to contact you soon as well from another very remote location!

Sunday May 17, 2020. An early attempt to access the Spout Springs Oregon repeater was met with challenges! Snow was still blocking the access to the site, and although we tried to make, it we quickly became stuck in the snow, having to get pulled out by a fellow ham in a jeep. Yes, hanging my head low, that I was stuck and needed a tug out.

While traveling back from Idaho, WM7X stopped in La Grande Oregon to retrieve the SSRA’s Oregon repeater antenna that had fallen the winter prior. With a 5th wheel in tow, the antenna was strapped to the side of the RV and moved back to Tri-Cities for inspection/repair and to eventually be re-installed at Spout Springs.

Tyson KI7FXJ and Michael KK7MA trip to Spout to retrieve repeater antenna, adjust repeater power and analyze coax and antennas feeding repeater, link and packet radios. The antenna that fell was taken to La Grande for safe storage over the winter. We will retrieve it soon for reinstall

Boy Scouts of America Jamboree On The Air event held at the Kennewick Washington Blue Mountain Council office of the Boy Scouts Of America

Large photo archive from estate of Ruth Andrews KG7EAT (SK)

The SSRA participated in Salmon Run 2019. This is a Washington State QSO Party where the objective is to collect contacts with all 39 Counties in the state. The event was visited by nearly 25 people and 15 individuals made contacts on the air, helping the SSRA make a big splash in Salmon Run 2019!

The 4th annual SSRA Field Day held in Kennewick Washington. Event was at 2 Rivers park in the Finley area. A wonderful turnout!

After a 25 day outage due to a Tower Component Failure, and loss of antenna, the repeater was returned to service on 02/18/2019!

Our ROHN 45 Top Section has failed. The antenna and mount has fallen to the ground. Luckily into several feet of snow UNDAMAGED!

Boy Scouts of America Blue Mountain Council Kennewick Washington

A failed link radio on Sept 14th required replacement. Link radio at Spout Springs Oregon had “given up it’s smoke” and was replaced during this trip.

The 1st SSRA Club participation in the Salmon Run, a Washington State QSO party! Stations work towards contacting all 39 Washington State counties and compete for points. The event is presented by the Western Washington DX Club.

The 3rd annual SSRA Field Day held in Kennewick Washington

A trip to repeater to install grounding and 2 additional cavities on the receive side of the repeater. A special thanks to Tracy Bales W7BSD for his donation of the cavities and labor to install the additional components. The Link frequency on 70cm was also modified this day between the Oregon and Washington repeater locations. The repeater rack was also bolted onto the top of the duplexer cabinet.

Boy and Girl Scouts Jamboree On The Air held 10/21/17 in Kennewick. Blue Mountain Council

Installation of a sweep seal on the outside of the repeater door. Also installed a large vinyl graphic on door of repeater to identify the SSRA. Also a Verizon CELL tower crash. This is VERY close to our repeater & guy wires. This cellular installation is the closest neighbor the SSRA has at the site & is less then 25′ from our towers guy wires!

Trip to install Double Shielded RG-142 Coax Jumpers from the RX and TX radios to the back of the repeater cabinet. A huge help from Tyson KI7FXJ, Jason W7JSN, Tom KD7CDC and McKenzie KI7LZO for their help with the project. Lots of weed-eating and site cleanup as well.