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    10A • June 10, 2016 • Seaside Signal •
Ham radio
operators prep
for Cascadia
Radio from Page 1A
a disaster that brings down
From June 7-10, ham
radio operators will partici-
pate in Cascadia Rising, the
emergency preparedness
exercise simulating the irst
four days following a Cas-
cadia earthquake or tsuna-
“It doesn’t matter where
you are,” SEA-PAC Public
Information Oficer Nicole
Crosby said. “There are earth-
quakes in California, looding
in the Midwest and hurricanes
in the East. Each one is its
own problem area.”
From Morse Code
to the digital age
Ham radio operators are in
all generations — it’s a hob-
by spanning Morse code to
the digital age.
Upstairs, novices and bar-
gain-hunters alike prowled
tables of used equipment.
“It’s what every amateur
radio operator does,” Tim
Coleman of the Clark County
(Washington) Amateur Ra-
dio Club said. “We buy used
equipment to get started in
the hobby, then we upgrade
equipment,” he said. “Then
we sell the old stuff.”
Don Hawkins of Portland
displayed R.L. Drake equip-
ment from the 1970s, “the
transition stage between vac-
uum tubes and semiconduc-
tors,” according to Hawkins.
Like Coleman and other
lea market vendors, he said
he looked forward to a trip to
the convention loor “to buy
new toys” from his own sales
Louis Bybee offered Morse
code keys, power ampliiers
for radio, soldering guns,
tools, power supplies — what
he called “a little bit of every-
Jack Tiley of Spokane,
Washington, displayed an-
tique measuring instruments
donated by Gonzaga Univer-
sity to raise money for the lo-
cal amateur radio club.
His prize was a potenti-
ometer, a precision box for
calibrating capacity devices.
“This was the way they
did it before they had preci-
sion instruments,” Tiley said.
“It’s very unusual. It’s what
they used in the primary stan-
dards labs in the 1940s and
’50s. Today it’s a collector’s
item or a museum piece.”
Ron Plummer of Los An-
geles is celebrating his 70th
year in ham radio.
“When we started in the
hobby, it was all tubes,”
weren’t any transistors. Al-
most everybody built their
own equipment. Now you go
to the store and buy what you
Morse code still has its
role in radio communica-
tions, Plummer said.
Also referred to as “CW,”
or continuous wave, Morse
code adds reach and is a
“great way to talk to people
all around the world,” espe-
cially when there is a lan-
guage barrier.
In case of
Radio communications are
expected to play an important
An antique measuring
instrument known as the po-
tentiometer was displayed
by Jack Tiley.
role in the event of a disaster
that brings down utilities.
At his SEA-PAC table,
John Hays, director of mar-
keting for NW Digital Radio,
displayed a high-speed digi-
tal radio with expanded net-
work reach. The UDRX-40
Universal Digital Radio sells
for $395, and is supported
on Windows, Android, Mac-
intosh and Linux browsers.
“There’s a resurgence in hav-
ing an alternative way to send
messages in a disaster,” Hays
In the Seattle area, hams
are building a high-speed net-
work to supplement the inter-
net, which could be brought
down in a disaster. “It’s bigger
than Cascadia, but Cascadia’s
certainly part of the motiva-
tion,” he said.
One vendor had nothing
with a plug, battery or cable
on her table.
Gretchen Otto, a distrib-
utor of Thrive Life, offered
samples of “Freeze Dried
Snackies,” ideal for a well-
stocked home following a
disaster, she said. “Once you
open them, for most of the
items, you have a year to eat
the contents,” she said. “The
beauty of it is, you can literal-
ly eat everything without wa-
ter except maybe the sauces
and cookies. I’ve tried every
meat, every vegetable, every
fruit, without water. “Some
were a little dry, but good.”
Getting started
Whether getting into ama-
teur radio for fun or for sur-
vival, newbies don’t need to
spend the $1,500 necessary
for state-of-the-art equipment.
Used equipment can be found
for under $100, and all radio
operator tests are priced at
$15, according to Crosby.
Entry level is called “tech-
nician,” followed by general
license and amateur extra,
which allows access to all
available U.S. Amateur Ra-
dio operating privileges on all
bands and all modes.
For more information,
contact Clatsop County Aux-
iliary Communications or the
Amateur Radio Emergency
Local clubs include the
Sunset Empire Amateur Ra-
dio Club, Seaside Tsunami
Amateur Radio Society, Can-
non Beach Amateur Radio
Society and Oregon Coast
Links to these and other
amateur radio groups can be
found at
“From people who do it for
fun, to contest teams, emer-
gency communications, pre-
paredness, weather-watchers
— people use the ham radio,”
Ham Radio Outlet’s Eaton
said. “It’s a great means of
Jack Tiley sells equipment at SEA-PAC.
Patty Petersen will be coming to Seaside for the Muscle and Chrome Car Show June 18.
Patty Petersen returns with ‘Mompala’
By Eve Marx
For the Seaside Signal
When Patty Petersen’s 1964 Chevro-
let Impala cruises down the street, she’s
thinking of her mom. The Vancouver,
Washington, resident is the proud own-
er of the car she calls “Mompala,” a tro-
phy-winner at Muscle and Chrome for
the last two years. Mompala has also had
the honor of being featured two years in
a row in Cruize Magazine.
“My mother bought the car brand new
in 1964 after raising 13 kids,” Petersen
said. “She paid cash for it. It was a pret-
ty big thing for her to come home with a
brand new car.”
The car has
been kept safe
and sound in
the family ever
since her moth-
er, Marie, died
in 1999.
A look under the
“At shows,
hood at this mus-
I build a shrine
cle-bound beauty
to my mother
at the 2015 Seaside
inside the car,”
Muscle and Chrome
Petersen said.
Car Show.
“My daughter
made a special
blanket and I have all these amazing pic-
tures of my mom with her Chevy Impala.
When I take Mompala to shows, I spread
that blanket over the seat. It’s a real con-
versation starter.”
When she was a child the car seemed
small. “But now it seems like such a big
car! The trunk
is huge!” she
and coordinated
by the Seaside
Downtown De-
velopment As-
sociation, Sea-
side Muscle and
Chrome arrives
June 18. Five
Visitors are en-
city blocks of thralled by this entry
show quality ve-
in the 2015 Muscle
hicles from 1960
and Chrome Show.
to 1978 plus fac-
tory built vehicles from 1979 to the pres-
ent will be on display.
Petersen is a single woman and takes
care of the car on her own. “I have a me-
chanic but this is a lying solo project,”
she said. “I’m the youngest of 13. My
brothers didn’t have an interest in show-
ing the car, but I did.”
That interest continued through the
years. “I’ve always loved classic cars.”
Petersen said. “I’m a breast cancer sur-
vivor and the car keeps me grounded.
Mompala is such therapy for me. It’s a
good kind of nostalgia.”
Whenever Petersen brings the car to
a show lots of younger people look at it
and appreciate its beauty, but the biggest
response comes from older folks who
like to stand around and tell their own
classic Impala stories.
“I’ve had a lot of body work done on
the car,” she said. “I know the story be-
If you go
Registration and check in for
Muscle and Chrome begins Friday,
June 17, at 1 p.m. at the Seaside Civic
and Convention Center and is open
until 7 p.m.
For modern muscle car fans, the
Kepler Motors Motion Supercar will
be on display at the Seaside Civic
and Convention Center during the
show on June 18. The car features a
550-horsepower 3.5 litre twin-Turbo
engine, is all-wheel drive and can
go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.5
Participants are invited to Leisure
Time Campground for a compli-
mentary barbecue from 5 to 6 p.m.
The Cruise Highway 101 event starts
at 6:30 p.m. for registered vehicles
and their owners. On Saturday, June
18, registration and check-in takes
place 6-11 a.m. at the Seaside Civic
and Convention Center.
hind every ding and dent.”
Interior work still remains to be com-
Petersen said it’s not always easy be-
ing a single woman with a classic car.
“The car world tends to be a man’s world,
so it’s nice when women can be high-
lighted. It’s very empowering not only to
me, but hopefully to other women.”
Petersen is a member of Beer Boys
Racing, the Vancouver-based club and
former winner of Best Club Participation
trophy at Muscle and Chrome.