CCARC CLUB, PUBLIC SERVICE, AND OTHER EVENTS

While amateur Radio can be a fun hobby it is also a useful tool to serve our community.  As you can see on the list below, our club does this by providing communications for various community parades, runs, walks, and other activities.  There is a learning curve, a helping phase and event participation.  It is good experience whether you are doing Net Control, out on the parade route or working a race.  Changing frequencies on your radio in a hurry, working with police, helping a downed walker, giving directions and making sure that safety is maintained along the route, which you are working, become much easier with every event in which you participate.

We have always been active in community events and I would like to point out a few of the criteria for working the different types of events.

  1. There will be a coordinator for each event and they will designate where each volunteer will be stationed and will be available to answer any questions should any arise.
  2. A working handheld VHF radio and/or a mobile radio, if required.  Always have a manual for the radio(s) you are using.  Have an extra battery(s) for your handheld and a watch for check in times.  You will be advised of the frequency and alternate frequency that will be used for the event.
  3. Correct clothing – Rain gear, hat, sun block, warm clothing that is layered, comfortable shoes, gloves and our club safety vest.
  4. Don’t forget a folding chair if you are going to be on a route.  Always have a bottle of water and some munchies.
  5. Murphy’s Law is always lurking so be alert and ready for any last minute changes.
  6. As members of the CCARC, we are working with many different community groups and they depend on us to do our job in a professional manner.

To learn more, or to schedule an activity, contact the club coordinator at services@w7aia.org .

CCARC Club Event and Club Activity Coordinators

If you are responsible for planning an event or other activity for the club, there is an Activity Coordinator Policy and an Event Summary form provided for you to fill out.  It will be used by several people including the PIO, Newsletter Editor, Webpage Maintainers and others to promote your activity.  Submit the completed forms below to our PIO in person or email to media@w7aia.org.

CCARC Event Planning Form:
Adobe pdf
Adobe Fillable pdf
MS Word
CCARC Public Event Materials Request Form:
Adobe pdf
Adobe Fillable pdf
MS Word

February 10th, 2023

CCARC Annual Banquet

This annual event is where were we recognize the contributions of the membership for the last year and install the new lineup of Officers and Board of Directors for the new year.

All members are encouraged to attend.

For more information, email banquet@w7aia.org

April 22nd, 2023

Walk MS Vancouver

Walk MS Vancouver is a 5K walk sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter. The event will start in Esther Short Park and follow along the walking path adjacent from Columbia Way, to Beaches Restaurant and back.

CCARC volunteer radio operators are needed to provide communications for the event.


For more information, please email ms-walk@w7aia.org.
The official website is located here.
To sign up, please use the signup sheet located here.

May 20th, 2023

Hazel Dell Parade of Bands

The parade was first launched after area schools approached local businesses looking for an opportunity for school band kids to march in something besides football games.

In 1964, the first parade launched with about 12 local bands and 60 other entries, with 
a crowd of about 8,000 spectators. By the 1980s, it had grown to about 20 local bands and 120 entries. And today, it has about 27 bands and 145 entries. In 2014 there were an estimated 25,000 spectators.

CCARC volunteer radio operators are needed annually to provide communications for the event.

For more information, email hazel-dell-parade@w7aia.org.

June

Lewis and Clark Trail On The Air

The Lewis and Clark Trail - on the Air special event is an on air activity that commemorates the historic Lewis and Clark Trail. The trail covers 4900 miles through 16 states. This includes the disembarkation from Camp Dubois and what is referred to as the Eastern Legacy. The event is sponsored by the Clark County Amateur Radio Club with support and participation from clubs in all 16 states along the historic trail.

For more information, visit the event's website here or email info@lctota.org.

June 2-4
Friday, Saturday & Sunday

SEA-PAC

CCARC is the co-sponsor of the annual SEA-PAC Ham Convention and ARRL NW Division Convention at the Seaside Convention Center on the beautiful Northwest ocean beach in Seaside, Oregon.

Each year attendees enjoy numerous commercial  exhibits, a giant flea market, several workshops, many interesting seminars, DX & YL luncheons, VE testing and a Saturday evening banquet with distinguished speakers and entertainment.

CCARC members are highly encouraged to support this important event in all areas.  Typical areas we support are security, seminars, administration and others.

For more information, email info@seapac.org or call (503) 882-7388.

June 24th & 25th, 2023

CCARC Field Day

For more information about our annual Field Day, click here.

For even more information, email fieldday@w7aia.org

August
(2nd Weekend)

CCARC Annual Club Picnic

The second weekend exception is for SEA-PAC.The annual club picnic is held in lieu of the August general meeting.

All members are encouraged to attend.

For more information, email picnic@w7aia.org

November

Veteran’s Day Parade at Ft Vancouver

Since 1986, Vancouver has honored America’s veterans with this annual Department of Veteran Affairs sanctioned parade.  This year it is presented by the Lough Legacy, Creekside Mortgage and Alpha Ecological Pest Control.  The parade starts with a salute fired by Howitzer cannons from the Parade Ground of the Fort Vancouver National Site.  More than 100 military, veteran and civic organizations and 2,500 individuals participate in the parade.

CCARC volunteer radio operators are needed annually to provide communications for the event.  Volunteer to support one of the largest veterans parades on the West coast.

Parade Route

For more information or to register for the event, email vets-day-parade@w7aia.org

December

Clark County Walk & Knock

Plan to volunteer for this major annual event for the CCARC held on the first weekend in December.  The Club encourages all operators to sign-up. This is a worthwhile Organization that looks forward to the CCARC services every year.

Here is some information about Walk & Knock: The Interservice Walk & Knock Food Drive is a registered 501c (3) non-profit organization that serves Clark County by soliciting charitable donations of food, supplies and money, which in turn are given to the Clark County food banks for providing food to needy individuals within our community.

The members of Walk & Knock include local Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Optimist clubs, members of the Clark County Amateur Radio Club, and adult leaders of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. Its members fund Walk & Knock by donating an annual fee of $200 per organization. This pays for items such as insurance, postage and stationery, and other items as required by law.

Most of the needed supplies and services are donated, and advertising is paid for by corporate and private sponsors. No public funds are used for anything other than for the purchase of food. Walk & Knock is 100% privately funded.

For more information or to register for the event, send an email to walk-and-knock@w7aia.org or click on this link.

CCARC Calendar of Events

For regularly scheduled local radio nets, click here.
To download and print a copy of the current year abbreviated CCARC Calendar of Events, click here.
To view the club's online Google Calendar' in your current personal Google Calendar, simply add "ccarc.w7aia@gmail.com" as an "Other Calendar".

W7AIA Received QSL Cards

The QSL cards received from our Special Event Stations (SES) and other club operational activities are available for viewing. To view them click here.

Washington - Worked All Counties Award (WA-WAC)

The Clark County Amateur Radio Club offers a beautiful certificate for any station that works all 39 counties of the state of Washington after 1 Jan 1995.

Washington counties are: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Whitman and Yakima.

Purpose:  To acknowledge and recognize the achievement of contacting radio operators in each of Washington state’s 39 counties.
Rules:  Work each county on any band using any mode of transmission.  You may mix modes in your report.  A valid contact is an exchange of information between two operators; one from any county in Washington and the other operator on a fixed or mobile station anywhere in the U.S.  In other words, you do not have to make all contacts from inside Clark County. There is no time limit on earning this award.

You must keep a log showing the frequency the contact was made on, the mode, the GMT date and time, signal report exchanged, call sign of the contacted unit, their signal report, and the county they are in. Any manual log or contest program printout will suffice as long as it has the required information. The difficult part is that you will need to report a verifiable contact (QSL card, LoTW, etc.) for each of your contacts. This is your proof of contact. Your log report needs to be verified by two other operators, signed, and dated by each. Cross Mode, Cross Band (except Satellite QSO’s), Repeaters, Echolink, CQ100 or IRLP contacts do not count.
Submission:   To apply for the award, send the verified log report either to Clark County ARC, Attn: WA-WAC, PO Box 1424, Vancouver, WA 98668 or email to wa-wac@w7aia.org.  A fee of $5 US for a pre-printed award to be mailed to you is required, otherwise, the award is FREE in the form of an Adobe .PDF file you can use to print the award in your shack.

For an Excel tracking form, click here.
For a PDF tracking form, click here.
To see a sample of what the certificate looks like, click here.
To see the past recipients of the WA-WAC award, click here.
For more information, contact us at wa-wac@W7AIA.org.

CCARC Radio Challenge Award

If you are a contester, then this award is for you!
Started in December 2012 by Tim/KD7RUS, this award will prove to be most challenging to attain as it involves a yearlong (January to December) commitment to contesting and operating.
For contest details, click here.
For a handy UTC-to-local time chart, click here.
For more information, contact us at ccarc-challenge@w7aia.org.
To see the past recipients of the Radio Challenge award, click here.

2022

Category Name Call Contacts
W7AIA Contesting Trophy Winner>Highest number of QSO's, single-op, any mode Bernd Peters KB7AK
W7AIA Silver Fox Trophy Winner>Highest number of low power QSO's, no tower or other steerable antenna Bernd Peters KB7AK
Highest number of QSO's-Weak Signal Winner Bernd Peters KB7AK
Highest number of QSO's-POTA Randy Walker K7NOJ

2021

Category Name Call Contacts
W7AIA Contesting Trophy Winner>Highest number of QSO's, single-op, any mode Dave Cherba WZ8T
W7AIA Silver Fox Trophy Winner>Highest number of low power QSO's, no tower or other steerable antenna Bernd Peters KB7AK
Highest number of QSO's-Weak Signal Winner, single-op Bernd Peters KB7AK
Highest number of QSO's-CW, single-op Al Rovner K7AR
Highest number of QSO's-QRP, single-op Stan Nelson KF7OJA
Highest number of QSO's-Mobile VHF, single-op Tim Kuhlman KD7RUS

2020

Category Name Call Contacts
W7AIA Contesting Trophy Winner>Highest number of QSO's, single-op, any mode Dave Cherba WZ8T 5210
W7AIA Silver Fox Trophy Winner>Highest number of low power QSO's, no tower or other steerable antenna Bernd Peters KB7AK 1583
Highest number of QSO's-Weak Signal Winner, single-op Rick Smith KT7G 2260
Highest number of QSO's-CW, single-op Phil Yasson AB7RW 1283
Highest number of QSO's-RTTY, single-op Dave Cherba WZ8T 856
Highest number of QSO's-Mobile VHF, single-op Tim Kuhlman KD7RUS 136

2019

Category Name Call Contacts
W7AIA Contesting Trophy Winner>Highest number of QSO's, single-op, any mode Dave Cherba WZ8T 4348
W7AIA Silver Fox Trophy Winner>Highest number of low power QSO's, no tower or other steerable antenna Bernd Peters KB7AK 1089
Highest number of QSO's-CW, single-op Phil Yasson AB7RW 707
Highest number of QSO's-RTTY, single-op Rick Smith KT7G 529
Highest number of QSO's-50Mhz and up, single-op Dave Cherba WZ8T 668

2018

Category Name Call Contacts
W7AIA Contesting Trophy Winner>Highest number of QSO's, single-op, any mode Tim Dezellem KI7FB 17734
W7AIA Silver Fox Trophy Winner>Highest number of low power QSO's, no tower or other steerable antenna Bernd Peters KB7AK 9719
Highest number of QSO's-CW, single-op Phil Yasson AB7RW 679
Highest number of QSO's-RTTY, single-op Tim Kuhlman KD7RUS 684
Highest number of QSO's-50Mhz and up, single-op Dave Cherba WZ8T 580
Highest number of QSO's-Weak Signal Digital, single-op Tim Dezellem KI7FBQ 17691

2017

Category Name Call Contacts
W7AIA Contesting Trophy Winner>Highest number of QSO's, single-op, any mode Al Rovner K7AR 3241
W7AIA Silver Fox Trophy Winner>Highest number of low power QSO's, no tower or other steerable antenna (new award in 2017) John Gaynor NO7DE 994
Highest number of QSO's-QRP low power, single-op Dave Cherba WZ8T 1484
Highest number of contests participated in the challenge John Gaynor NO7DE 17

2016

Category Name Call Contacts
W7AIA Contesting Trophy Winner>Highest number of QSO's, single-op, any mode Jim Fenstermaker K9JF
Highest number of QSO's-QRP low power, single-op Jim Fenstermaker K9JF
Highest number of QSO's-high power, single-op Jim Fenstermaker K9JF
Highest number of contests participated in the challenge Jim Fenstermaker K9JF

2015

Category Name Call Contacts
W7AIA Contesting Trophy Winner>Highest number of QSO's, single-op,
any mode
Stephan Davis KD7PCE
Highest number of QSO's-Home Station, single-op Phil Yasson AB7RW
Highest number of QSO's-Mobile Station, single-op Rick Smith KT7G
Highest number of QSO's-Expedition Station, multi-op Rick Aragon
Wayne Schuler
Tim Kuhlman
AE7VP
AI9Q
KD7RUS

2014: 12 participants, 4106 QSO's, 15 contests entered, 2 multi-op teams

Category Name Call Contacts
Highest number of QSO's-CW, single-op Phil Yasson AB7RW 232
Highest number of QSO's-RTTY, single-op Scott Scheirman W7SLS 964
Highest number of QSO's-SSB, single-op James Newsome KE7ZAC 654
Highest number of QSO's-Multi-mode, single-op Scott Scheirman W7SLS 1527
Highest number of QSO's-VHF/UHF, single-op Tim Kuhlman KD7RUS 102

2013: 8 participants, 5505 QSO's

Category Name Call Contacts
Highest number of QSO's-CW, single-op Phil Yasson AB7RW 1116
Highest number of QSO's-RTTY, single-op Scott Scheirman W7SLS 716
Highest number of QSO's-SSB, single-op Scott Scheirman W7SLS 762
Highest number of QSO's-Multi-mode, single-op Scott Scheirman W7SLS 1484
Highest number of QSO's-Single-mode, multi-op Rick Aragon
Tim Kuhlman
AE7VP
KD7RUS
398

CCARC “Field Day is not a Contest … Over 100” Award

To see the high performing operators at our last annual Field Day event, click here.

Year Operator Call Sign # Contacts % Contacts % Score
2022 Al Rovner
Gregg Robinson
Jason Dinsmore
Steve Brandt
K7AR
KA7MDM
K7BPM
N7VS
225
137
127
121
2021 Gregg Robinson
Tim Kuhlman
Dave Cherba
Jason Dinsmore
KA7MDM
KD7RUS
WZ8T
K7BPM
231
205
126
100
2019 Tim Kuhlman
Dave Cherba
Dave Dahlberg
Tom Barton
Rick Smith
KD7RUS
WZ8T
W7FZY
WB7TZD
KT7G
307
219
157
127
117
2018 Dave Dahlberg
Mark Kellogg
Dave Cherba
Randy Walker
Tim Kuhlman
W7FZY
N7MEK
WZ8T
KB7MBV
KD7RUS
255
156
141
133
110
2017 Dave Cherba
Dave Dahlberg
WZ8T
W7FZY
305
112
2016 Stephen Davis
Nathan Sandver
Tim Kuhlman
Dave Dahlberg
KD7PCE
KC7SQK
KD7RUS
W7FZY
533
430
217
102
2015 Stephen Davis
Nathan Sandver
William Hill
Tim Kuhlman
Rick Smith
Rick Aragon
KD7PCE
KC7SQK
KE7FHI
KD7RUS
KT7G
NE7O
503
204
186
153
131
123
2014 Tim Kuhlman
Stephen Davis
Scott Kindt
Phil Yasson
Don Young
KD7RUS
KD7PCE
K1NDT
AB7RW
N7DY
327
265
160
124
100+
2013 Stephen Davis
Tim Kuhlman
Jamie Heim
Phil Yasson
Scott Kindt
KD7PCE
KD7RUS
KI7WP
AB7RW
K1NDT
297
239
198
196
103
29.60
23.82
19.74
19.54
10.26
24.91
18.16
27.09
28.47
7.48

The Annual Clark County ARC Field Day

The History of the ARRL Field Day

Amateur Radio operators have been transmitting from “the field” ever since radio has been around. Since 1933, the American Radio Relay League – the National Association for Amateur Radio – has formalized this activity for one weekend each June, called Field Day. During Field Day, over 35,000 “hams” across the United States, Canada, and many other countries take their radio gear out of their homes and set up temporary stations almost anywhere imaginable: public parks, beaches, mountaintops, baseball diamonds, atop parking garages, and yes, even in fields. They do so as part of a local club, with just a friend or two or their family, or individually. In 2011, over 1.4 million radio contacts were made between Amateur Radio operators during the Field Day weekend.

Field Day is always held the fourth full weekend in June.

For more information on the CCARC Field Day, or to join the planning Committee, contact the W7AIA Field Day planning coordinator at FieldDay@w7aia.org.
The Field Day Planning committee meets monthly to prepare for the event. The meetings are normally on second Saturday of the month (January thru June). For video recordings of the 2020 Field Day Planning Meetings, click here.

ARRL Field Day Information – June 24-25, 2023

The Clark County Amateur Radio club is holding field day operation off NE 112th Ave at NE 39th St in the green space just to the east of NE 112th Ave. The operation will demonstrate emergency operations using a variety of radio technology including Satellite, digital radio technologies, High Frequency long distance communication, weak signal VHF-UHF and solar energy. There will be demonstrations, educational seminars and display booths about emergency preparedness. Families and visitors of all types are welcome to visit on Saturday to observe the operations.

Field Day Operating References
Field Day Operator Signup Sheet:
Click here
Field Day Security Signup Sheet: Click here
Field Day Operator Notes:
Click here
Yaesu FT-450D radio manual:
Click here
Icom IC-7200 radio manual:
Click here
K8UI N1MM Logging Program "How-to" Videos:
Click here
N1MM Logging Instructions:
Click here
Field Day Miscellaneous Information
Field Day Press Release:
Click here
Field Day Flyer:
Click here
Field Day Visitor Handout:
Click here
Field Day Schedule of Public Events:
Click here
Washington Governor's Proclamation:
Click here
Vancouver Mayor's Proclamation:
Click here
Field Day Site Layout:
Click here
2023 ARRL Field Day Information: Click here
W1AW & K6KPH Field Day Bulletin Schedule:
Click here

Summits On The Air

SOTA is an award scheme for radio amateurs that encourages portable operation in mountainous areas.

Many club members are very active in SOTA activations and chasing. Imagine combining the love of hiking and the great outdoors with ham radio! That is exactly what SOTA is all about. The SOTA organization is headquartered in the United Kingdom, but each country has their own Association. In the case of the United States, that Association encompasses numerous local Regions as well. Here in the Pacific Northwest, our local Region is pnwSOTA. You can find out more information and join up here.


If you are interested in either chasing (making contact with the activators) or activating (making contact with other summit activators and chasers), sign up today!

"SOTA is fully operational in nearly a hundred countries across the world. Each country has its own Association which defines the recognised SOTA summits within that Association. Each summit earns the activators and chasers a score which is related to the height of the summit. Certificates are available for various scores, leading to the prestigious "Mountain Goat" and "Shack Sloth" trophies. An Honour Roll for Activators and Chasers is maintained at the SOTA online database."

Quote from Summits on the Air website

Parks On The Air

POTA is very similar to Summits On The Air without having to climb a mountain to activate. You can activate from a campground, picnic table, or vehicle within any of the identified local, State, or national parks.

Parks on the Air ℠ (POTA) is an ongoing program, it encourages amateur radio operators in developing their skills, fostering community and demonstrating the hobby to the public. There are thousands of parks available in the program and each will present a unique experience. Operating styles and seasons will also affect the nature of your experience.

If you are interested in either hunting (making contact with the activators) or activating (making contact with hunters), sign up today!

https://parksontheair.com/

Club Meetings

Unless otherwise shown below, our normal Club meeting takes place on the second Friday monthly with a "meet and greet" at 6:30 PM. The meeting itself starts at 7:00 PM, and the location is:

American Legion - Smith-Reynolds Post 14
4607 NE St James Rd, Vancouver, WA 98663

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Note: To view the video recordings made of the virtual General Meetings, click here.

License Testing by Volunteer Examiners (VE)

The Clark County Amateur Radio Clubs license test sessions are offered monthly at the Vancouver Stake Center in Vancouver, Washington.

Sponsor: Clark County Amateur Radio Club
Time: 10:00 am Pre-Registration Required
Contact: C. Wayne Schuler/AI9Q
Phone: (360) 892-5580
Email: license-testing@w7aia.org
VEC: ARRL/VEC
  • An FCC Registration Number (FRN) is now Required.  Social security numbers will not be accepted. To register with the FCC and receive an FRN click here.
  • Pre-registration is now required by calling or sending an email to the contact person listed above.  Please bring a photo ID, such as a driver's license or student ID card and your FCC Registration Number (FRN). You can receive a FRN by clicking on the link.
  • Bring a copy of your ORIGINAL license, if any, along with any valid CSCE's which you want to use to claim element credit.  For additional information on what to bring see http://www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session.
  • The standard testing fee is $15.00 in cash or check and is required for any test element. A retest of a failed element may be available for an additional fee at the discretion of the test team. Our test sessions offer all written elements.

FCC $35 Amateur Application Fees
Amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, became effective April 19, 2022. 

The $35 FCC application fee applies to new, renewal, rule waiver, and modification applications that request a new vanity call sign. The fee will be per application.

Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, and modification applications to upgrade an amateur radio licensee’s operator class or to request a sequentially issued call sign, are exempt from fees.

VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams do not collect the $35 fee at exam sessions. 
New applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual and pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC. 

Exam candidates should visit the FCC Application Fee webpage for the detailed instructions and information about the FCC fees.

Exam Element Credit Rules
Note: If an applicant held a Technician license prior to 3/21/1987, and has proof, the FCC will afford credit for the General (Element 3) written exam only. FCC Rule 97.505(a) also offers partial credit to an examinee that has an expired General, Advanced, or Extra license.

Call Wayne/AI9Q at (360) 892-5580 or email license-testing@w7aia.org for additional information.

2024 VE Testing Dates

Pre-Registration Required
 via license-testing@w7aia.org

Date Location Tests Offered Session Results
Jan 20, 2024 STAKE Open VE Testing – All Elements
Feb 17, 2024 STAKE
Open VE Testing – All Elements
Mar 16, 2024 STAKE
Open VE Testing – All Elements
Apr 20, 2024 STAKE
Open VE Testing – All Elements
May 18, 2024 BURNT Open VE Testing – All Elements

June 15, 2024 STAKE Open VE Testing – All Elements

July 20, 2024 STAKE
Open VE Testing – All Elements

August 17, 2024 STAKE Open VE Testing – All Elements

September 21, 2024 STAKE
Open VE Testing – All Elements

October 19, 2024 STAKE Open VE Testing – All Elements

November 16, 2024 STAKE
Open VE Testing – All Elements

December 21, 2024 STAKE
Open VE Testing – All Elements

For information on the latest VE examiner assignments, send an email to license-testing@w7aia.org

Awards

The following CCARC awards recognize deserving individuals for achievement or the accomplishment of service to the Clark County Amateur Radio Club, the amateur radio hobby, or to our community.
Below is an explanation of many of the awards and a link to see the recipients. To see a complete listing of membership recognition awards, click here.
The awards matrix is available for download here.
If you feel an individual is a candidate for recognition of any of these awards, contact the club awards committee at awards@w7aia.org and provide the details.

Lloyd Stromgren Award

The Lloyd Stromgren Award was established in 1986 to honor the person who typifies the ‘Amateur Radio Operator of the Year’.  This award is difficult to measure as so many people are doing many varied and diversified activities in the field of amateur radio and in our club's operations.  Lloyd Stromgren was a US Army Colonel who first came to Vancouver as OIC of the Vancouver Barracks and upon retirement was very active in city and civic affairs.  As the Mayor of the city of Vancouver in 1972, he got interested in ham radio, got licensed as N7BEY and was very active in our club activities.  He was a president of the CCARC and an area governor of Toastmasters and was a cartographer by specialty.  Lloyd served many years on the Clark County Planning Commission. He was also a member of the East Vancouver United Methodist Church.

The Lloyd Stromgren Amateur Radio Operator of the Year Award is awarded annually to the CCARC Ham Radio Operator of the Year.

To download a copy of the recipients of the Lloyd Stromgren Award, click here.

Year Recipient Call Sign
2022 Al Rovner K7AR
2021 Jason Dinsmore K7BPM
2020 Bernd Peters KB7AK
2019 Dave Cherba WZ8T
2018 Rick Aragon NE7O
2017 Rick Smith KT7G
2016 Stanley Nelson KF7OJA
2015 John Gaynor NO7DE
2014 Scott Scheirman W7SLS
2013 Larry Bloomquist W7HGC
2012 Tim Kuhlman KD7RUS
2011 Gary J Takis K7GJT
2010 Rob Haller K7JAO
2009 Jerry Schue KD7KWO
2008 Al Lewey K7ABL
2007 Delvin Bunton N7QMT
2006 Barbara Yasson AC7UH
2005 Don Unruh NX7J
2004 Bill Smith W7SNY
2003 Jack Barratt W7JB
2002 Don Peter ND7P
2001 Jake Otten N7WO
2000 Kristen Brown KD7IED
1999 Richard Pooley W7HUY
1998 Richard J. Mudd KC7WGS
1997 Philip J. Yasson AB7RW
1996 William W. St John NW7L
1995 Robert Goodale K7YFJ
1994 C. Wayne Schuler AI9Q
1993 H. Mark Gaunt KG7CX
1992 George M. Milner N7OTW
1991 Carolyn K. Nelson (Pooley) WB7VBK
1990 Glen & Skip Calvin W7GHQ & KA7RSZ
1989 Edgar Smith N7CEY
1988 Wade Kight KA7HND
1987 Dave Phemister WB7ESV
1986 Dorman Stafford W7ZDR

Sparky Sherman Community Service Award

The Robert "Sparky" Sherman Community Service Award was established in 1982 in memory of Sparky Sherman, W7EEA. It was developed to give recognition to members of our group who were distinctive in "Community Service".  The Clark County Amateur Radio Club instituted this award in 1982 to recognize Sparky. For years ·Sparky· was the most visible ham in the vicinity, and many were enriched by knowing him.  Sparky was a very colorful non-sighted amateur radio operator. He was a music instructor at the Washington State School for the Blind.  He was very active in the Lions Club and other civic activities.
Upon his death, the club instituted the award and gave it posthumously In his name as the CCARC's annual community service award.  Since that time, the person selected was usually a person very active in community service events that benefitted the community even outside the realm of ham radio.

The Sparky Sherman Community Service Award is awarded annually to the amateur radio operator making the most significant contribution to public service.

To see the recipients of the Sparky Sherman Award, click here.

Year Recipient Call Sign
2022 Marilyn Melhorn AF7MM
2021 Toby Clairmont KH7FR
2020 Gary Hardiman N7HAR
2019 John Allen N9YQ
2018 James Newsome KE7ZAC
2017 Margaret Hardwick AE7MB
2016 Nicole Crosby N7XBY
2015 Vanessa McCoy KE7UBB
2014 Pay McCoy KE7UBF
2013 Delvin Bunton N7QMT
2012 Rick Smith KT7G
2011 Bruce Bullis KG6CI
2010 Don Young N7DY
2009 Eric & Kathy Keerbs AD7HM & KE7LWM
2008 Rob Haller K7JAO
2007 Larry & Lisa Bloomquist KE7HGC & KE7HPW
2006 Silver Star Search & Rescue
2005 Richard (Dick) Martin N6ZQ
2004 Paul Van Dyck K7VWH
2003 Laura Seitlinger KC7LOK
2002 Phil Yasson AB7RW
2001 Jack Barratt W7JB
2000 Dale Lyndes KC6NOZ
1999 Barbara Yasson KC7KQI
1998 John Fletcher KB7FND
1997 Mark Gaunt KG7CX
1996 Wayne Schuler AI9Q
1995 Jack Ellis K7SUQ
1994 Dan Baulig N7PKB
1993 Ron & Judith Ames N7SRT & N7SRS
1992 Murray L. Dow AA7HT
1991 Ronald B. Campbell WB7NAU
1990 Jack & Charlotte Ellis K7SUQ & K7SUR
1989 Robert Goodale K7YFJ
1988 Russ Townsley K7SUX
1987 Ken Weber K7CLL
1986 Oran Ewing N7ASX
1985 Mark Richardson WA7NTU
1984 Lloyd Stromgren N7BEY
1983 Helen Krehbiel WB7TKZ
1982 "Sparky" Sherman W7EEA

CCARC Ames Cornerstone Award

Established in 2018, The “CCARC Ames Cornerstone Award” recognizes a member that has clearly contributed well over and above expectations during the tenure of their membership. The CCARC Ames Cornerstone Award was established in 2018 in memory of Ron Ames, N7SRT (SK). The award recognizes a member’s many years of service, hard work and dedication to the purpose and mission of the club. It takes good people to make good organization.  Ron Ames and the recipients of this award exemplify this in establishing the foundation for the CCARC.    
  
Mandatory requirements:

  • Membership minimum of 20 years (2 decades)
  • Consistent participation in a variety of club activities over the long term
  • Held two or more officer, director or other key leadership positions with integrity
  • Strong advocate for the club and its purpose
  • Demonstrated superior leadership
  • Active in one or more other volunteer community service groups

 To see the recipients of the CCARC Ames Cornerstone Award, click here.

Year Recipient Call Sign
2022 Phillip Yasson AB7RW
2021 Judith Ames
Dave Phemister
N7SRS
WB7ESV
2020 Barbara Yasson AC7UH
2019 Wayne Schuler AI9Q
2018 Ronald C. Ames N7SRT

The ‘Extra Mile’ Award

Established in 2008, this award is given to a member of the club in good standing who has received both the Robert ‘Sparky’ Sherman and Lloyd Stromgren awards above and demonstrates a long term positive leadership example to other members in support of the club and its activities.

To see the recipients of the Extra Mile Award, click here

Year Recipient Call Sign
2022 (not awarded)
2021 (not awarded)
2020 (not awarded)
2019 (not awarded)
2018 Rick Smith KT7G
2017 Larry Bloomquist W7HGC
2016 Delvin Bunton N7QMT
2015 Barbara Yasson AC7UH
2014 (not awarded)
2013 Phil Yasson AB7RW
2012 (not awarded)
2011 (not awarded)
2010 Jake Otten N7WO
2009 Robert (Bob) Goodale K7YFJ
2008 C. Wayne Schuler AI9Q

CCARC President’s Award

Established in 2009, this award can be granted at any time by the current president to a person or organization that has contributed significantly to the Clark County Amateur Radio Club and its operation. 

To see the recipients of the President's Award, click here

Year Recipient Call Sign
2022 Tim Kuhlman KD7RUS
2021 Barbara Yasson AC7UH
2020 (not awarded)
2019 Steve Gehlhausen AI7A
2018 Dave Cherba
Greg Shuster
WZ8T
KI7DTS
2017 Marilyn Melhorn
George Mitchell
Trevor Best
AF7BI
KG7NQZ
KG7VIP
2016 Barbara Yasson
Gary Takis
Nicole Crosby
Rick Smith
AC7UF
K7GJT
N7XBY
KT7G
2015 Dave Phemister
Jerry Schue
Nicole Crosby
WB7ESV
K7KWO
N7XBY
2014 Don Parvin KG7FEN
2013 Tom Barton
Ralph Duchie
Wade Kight
WB7TZD
K7AWR
WB7RDE
2012 Ron Ames
Judith Ames
Wayne Schuler
Barbara Yasson
N7SRT
N7SRS
AI9Q
AC7UH
2011 Delvin Bunton
Phil Peterson
N7QMT
AC7NB
2010 Tim Kuhlman KD7RUS
2009 Bruce Bullis
Phil Peterson
Barbara Yasson
KG6CI
AC7NB
AC7UH

CCARC Board of Director's Leadership Award

Established in 2013, this award recognizes superior leadership attributes demonstrated by any member of the club.  The award is intended to demonstrate that the club values superior leadership in its many activities and management.  Achievements by individuals recognized significantly enhanced the effectiveness and efficiency of the Clark County Amateur Radio Club and its operation.

To see the recipients of the Board of Director’s Leadership Award, click here

Year Recipient Call Sign
2022 Marilyn Melhorn AF7MM
2021 Tim Kuhlman KD7RUS
2020 Dave Cherba WZ8T
2019 Trevor Best KG7VIP
2018 Jim Loudon N6ERX
2017 Barbara Yasson
John Allen
AC7UH
N9YQ
2016 Larry Bloomquist W7HGC
2015 Wayne Schuler AI9Q
2014 Gary J. Takis K7GJT
2013 James (Jim) Fenstermaker K9JF

Elmer of the Year

The Elmer program was started to provide assistance by club members to hams who need help with the many aspects of amateur radio and to mentor new hams.  The Elmer of the Year award was created in 2008 to recognize a member of our Elmer’s group who has made a significant contribution to the Elmer program by consistently helping others with answers to questions, solutions to problems, and who exemplifies the qualities of a mentor, or Elmer.

In 2016 the club Elmer recognition program transitioned to the ARRL Elmer Award website resource. Members that want to recognize someone that has been an Elmer to them can go to http://www.arrl.org/elmer-award and have an attractive certificate provided.

To see the recipients of past Elmer of the Year Awards, click here.