Latest News 11/16/2018
Any interest is volunteering for SKYWARN Recognition Day this year? SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) this year will be held on Sat, Dec 1 from 0000z to 2400z – translated to PST as 4 PM Nov 30 to 4 PM Dec 1 Pacific Time. We are seeking at least 1-2 hams per shift.
SRD is the National Weather Service way to thank amateur radio volunteers for their assistance during high impact weather and hydrologic events as well as exercises and all-hazards events such as a major earthquake. It is also an opportunity to establish and enhance good working relationships with these important volunteers. SRD is supported by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the National Weather Service (NWS).
NWS Seattle will again participate in this year’s event. We will have shifts with a combination of local amateur radio volunteers and NWS Seattle running from:
Nov 30 – 4-8 PM (open)
Dec 1 – 8 AM to Noon (open)
Dec 1 – Noon to 4 PM (open)
The event will involve making contacts and exchanging local weather information. The event will use the K7MMI repeater system in Western Washington at 147.20 MHz. Thanks go to Pete Kruml and the K7MMI team for use of the repeater system. Other radio systems will be in use.
We ask that you share this information with your amateur radio staff to help spread the word and enhance participation. Our record number of contacts is just over 200 set during the 2007 SRD.
The official SRD web site is http://hamradio.noaa.gov and offers more information about this annual event.
Thank you again for your support of SRD and your amateur radio volunteers. SRD has become a popular event in the amateur radio community across the nation. If there are any questions during the event, your amateur radio team members can call us at 206-526-6095 x0.
Puget Sound Mobile Relay Group K7MMI
Welcome to PSMRG. We have been serving the greater Puget Sound area for over a decade by utilizing some of the areas best radio sites in Western Washington. Supported by the community, individuals and corporate institutions, our repeater system includes state of the art equipment with emergency appeal. Our hardware is installed using local, state and federal guidelines as the baseline. With these rules and regulations, comes much expense in providing the best operations for our users and communities. Each site and its equipment utilize battery, generator or a combination of the two in order to provide uninterrupted communicates in times of emergencies as well as overlapping transmitter sites for better system coverage. We also provide automatic emergency weather alerts from The National Weather Service and participate in the Skywarn/Spotter program. PSMRG has no formal membership requirements and all repeaters currently are open to all Hams with proper license privileges. Because of our wide coverage, we ask that you follow proper radio etiquette when accessing our transmitters.
Pete Kruml N7KFJ
AREA AND FREQUENCY
Rattlesnake 147.200 + 131.8 tone encode/decode (Mt Vernon to Centrailia) Link=no Note: working correctly
Baldi Mt. 146.980 - 131.8 tone encode/decode (Everett to Oly) Link=no Note: Ongoing work rfi issue
Cougar Mt. EchoLink Link=Down Note: Ongoing work
History of K7MMI
Silent Key: Donald G Kruml K7MMI 1927 - 1995
As a young boy in the 30's, our Dad was very interested in electronics, radios and trains along with a passion for fishing. Building small radios out of tubes, plywood, and dry cell batteries, some of which he would mount to his Whizzer bike so he and friends could stay in contact when traveling down to the train yards in and around Portland Oregon and yes, even jumping a freight train with his camera to some unknown location. He got his schooling from Benson Polytech High School class of 1945 in Portland with studies in Technical Electric, he would join the Army. He completed Eastern Signal Corps Schools in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. In 1946 he got his ham license W2SQS and later would get his first class radio license in 1950 and work for Philco Corporation in the Government and Industrial Division in field engineering. In 1956 he became a Motorola certified technician working for Smeed Sound Service, and once employed with Salt Lake Pipeline, would start maintaining mountain and mobile two-way radio systems gear and would upgrade his amateur license to K7MMI. After employment began in 1957 with Fish Engineering and the construction of the interstate natural gas pipeline.
In 1985 he would retire from Northwest Pipeline Corporation as a Senior Technical Specialist stationed at Sumner Compressor Station No.15 Redmond District, a spin-off of the original Fish Engineering construction, Pacific Northwest Pipeline and El Pasco Natural Gas.
For my brothers and I, he was very influential in our understanding of radio, electronics, and yes, trains. We would spend countless hours listening to the old SX-42 in the dinning room, tuning back and forth around the bands looking for any small bits of information. It was normal to hear the teletypes pounding away out the in radio room under the squeal noise of tuning around in the HF band.
So you see, K7MMI is not just another call sign, but it's a life long memory of our dad and all he taught me and my brothers. He passed away in 1995, one year before I started the Cougar Mountain repeaters and once dad’s call sign expired, I applied to the FCC for a club call under K7MMI. I'm sure that today he is looking down on us with a quiet smile on his face. Still I have days working at my sites, when I feel his hand on my shoulder.
Thanks Dad for looking out for me and opening up so many opportunities.
Here some site photos to click on
Me and Mom in dad's radio room 1974