Memorial Service for James Konyu, Sept. 3rd

Candle---In-MemoryFrom the Konyus:

We are all still reeling from the sudden passing of James S. Konyu, our father and husband . There is a hole in our hearts that cannot be filled. The loss of a son, a brother, a father, a friend, a statistician, and a husband is hard to come to terms with, not something that we want to come to terms with. But we have not been given a choice in this,  as so often happens in this world. More importantly Dad, Jim, Mr K, Hunny Bunny; would not have wanted us to mourn him. He would have wanted us to celebrate him, and the life he shared with us. He would have want us to remember the impact that he made upon each of us. The drive that he instilled into us to better ourselves, improve our communities, and solidify our church and belief in God. Jim loved his Lord and was a very committed Christian man.  He led his life, with that love as his cornerstone. His community, the church, and his family were shown that love by his humble  examples.

We invite you to a memorial service in honor of the life and celebration of the great man, James Konyu, on September 3nd at 10am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. If you have a story or memory that you would like to share, (one that would encourage the family) there will be an opportunity during the services. So please feel free to come with stories, jokes, experiences, or remembrances of the life you shared with Jim.

There will be a fellowship reception to follow the service.

The Konyu family will be hosting a open house from 1-4pm at their home:

178 Travis Ln
Kennewick, WA 99338

In lieu of flowers please donation to the Union Gospel Mission. More information on donation can be found at:

2016 Benton County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy

The 2016 Benton County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy is accepting applications.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is offering a free 5-week Citizen Academy for the public to be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00-8:00 pm. The Academy teaches the public about law enforcement and the day-to-day operations of the department. Most classes are held at the Benton County Health Department with the exception of the four tours.
  • Patrol Procedures and Traffic Enforcement
  • Detectives and Narcotics
  • School Resource Officer
  • Evidence Collection
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Sex Offender Program
  • SWAT Team
  • Crime Analyst
  • Gangs
  • K-9
  • Boat Patrol
  • Corrections
  • Tours of Benton County Jail,
  • Justice Center, and Coroner’s Office
  • Plus more
Classes start Tuesday,
October 18TH, 2016

2016 Citizens Academy Application


ToWR: Small Group Communications Class, 17 Sept 2016


The Order of the White Rose will hold a Small Group Communications Class in north Seattle on September 17th.

We held a comms class in November and it was a huge success. There are also ham license classes everywhere. But what about those who want to understand some of how it all works and aren’t ready to take the test? Or those who already have their license and are thinking “now what?”  What about those who want specific, focused training on small group communications and the practical how-to of it all? That’s what our Small Group Communications class is for.

Our class, taught by TOWR members and radio operators Steve and Mike, will focus on the following:

  • Basic Radio Theory
  • Getting Started: what to buy and why
  • How to Set Up a Listening Post and Start Collecting
  • Setting Up Comms for Your Group

You don’t need a license to take this class; although this is NOT a Tech or General ham radio class, we’ll cover some of the same topics. If you have a license already, great–you’ll still learn.  This class is focused on the practical familiarization and use of radios, and will get you more comfortable taking the exam, buying new gear, or using the gear you already have.

The class fee is $50, and you can reserve a spot or get payment information by contacting us here. You’ll want to bring your comms gear, if you have any.

Date: 17 September 2016
Time: 1015-1645
Location: Kingsgate Library, North Seattle

Reserve your spot now!

NW APRS Summer Gathering, North Bend, Sept. 9-11th



The 2016 / 19th annual Northwest APRS Summer Gathering (NWAPRSSG) is ON!


Dates are:

  • Friday, September 9th, 2016 (Setup, no formal presentations, show and tell)
  • Saturday, September 10, 2016 (Formal presentations, evening movie)
  • Sunday, September 11, 2016 (Morning – debrief)

at Valley Camp near North Bend, WA.

The Summer Gathering is great fun and a great opportunity to learn and practice just about anything you can do with a computer and your ham radio particularly focused on the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)

The location is a beautiful camp with hot showers and a bunkhouse, tent camping or RV opportunities. Many folks arrive on Thursday or Friday for socializing. The presentations are on Saturday. Contact Teena (K9HAV)with your request for overnight accommodation.

The event runs on donations. We are hoping the day folks will help with $15 or $20 or more for the day (if you enjoyed the free breakfast, maybe add what that would cost in a restaurant) and $25 per night for overnight stays – there is a donation box at the event. If you donated what you would pay for your breakfast and other tasty meals, we would probably be in great shape. Please help us keep this event going for another 18 years! This venue is made available to us at no charge but it cannot continue to happen without your participation and support.

Bring your thirst for knowledge, some warm clothing for the evenings, a chair and something soft to enhance your enjoyment of the picnic-table seats and some food and drink to eat and share. Steaks and burgers are most frequently consumed. There are grills going for lunch and dinner and coffee early each day…


There is now a form online to “register” to attend the 2016 Summer Gathering. Register is in quotes because, as always, all are welcome at the Summer Gathering, but it really helps the organizers to have an idea of how many are planning to attend, and some other basic info for planning purposes.

The Northwest APRS Summer Gathering has evolved to encompass more than just APRS over the past few years, and sometimes it helps when planning an event to develop a theme. There’s a lot that has been going on in 2016 relating to digital / data communications in Amateur Radio. One that comes immediately to my mind are the incredible, and rapidly evolving capabilities of the “SDR receiver dongles” (there are many names – that’s just a generic description). For under $100 – the price of the receiver dongle and a Raspberry Pi, you can have an incredible receiver dedicated to a single purpose, such as monitoring aircraft transponders and plotting them on a map.

Another advancement is the Raspberry Pi 3… what would be considered a supercomputer 20 years ago (literally – compare the MIPS available of a Raspberry Pi versus a Cray supercomputer of 20 years ago) and you have an amazing computer that you can afford to dedicate to a specific Amateur Radio task, such as monitoring one specific repeater, a packet radio system that can operate in a window of your primary computer, etc.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Still Needed in Louisiana


From the ARRL 

The Red Cross continues to request Amateur Radio volunteers to support communication at shelters housing evacuees from flooding of historic proportions in Louisiana. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) in Louisiana has activated, and Section Emergency Coordinator Adam Tamplain, KD5LEH, has put out a call for additional volunteers, reaching out to neighboring states. The federal government declared Louisiana a major disaster area, states of emergency remain in Louisiana and Mississippi, and the Louisiana Emergency Operations Center is at full activation. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, visited the stricken region on August 16. While some residents are being allowed to return home, about 7000 remain in shelters.

“While we have had an increase in response from the Southeastern area, it’s still not quite enough,” Tamplain said on August 16. “Alabama ARES is attempting to put together a team for us. We have seen support from Southwest Mississippi as well. We had operators at Red Cross New Orleans, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge today.” Tamplain said a dozen or so operators were staffing eight shelters; nearly 40 shelters remain open. He asked additional volunteers to check in at Red Cross Headquarters in Baton Rouge (4655 Sherwood Common Boulevard).

Red Cross Vice President of Disaster Services, Operations, and Logistics Brad Kieserman called the Louisiana flooding the worst natural disaster to strike the US since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. With some 40,000 homes affected, thousands of residents were displaced, and nearly a dozen people have died. Roads, including parts of Interstates 10 and 12, had to be closed, stranding many motorists. Most conventional telecommunication systems remain operational. Area waterways reached record flood levels, and some roadways remain impassable.

“Significant river flooding will persist this week across portions of southern Louisiana,” FEMA said in its August 17 Daily Operations Briefing. “Major to record flooding will continue along portions of the Amite, Vermilion, Mermentau and Calcasieu rivers.”

Noting the “desperate need” for ham radio volunteers in Louisiana, ARES volunteers in Mississippi have been asked to provide assistance. Mississippi Prospective Mississippi should not self-deploy to Louisiana, but coordinate through Mississippi Section Manager Malcolm Keown, W5XX.

Primary operating frequencies at this time are 444.950 MHz (107.2 Hz), 146.940 MHz (107.2 Hz), and 146.790 MHz (107.2 Hz). Louisiana ARES HF Frequencies now designated for use are 7.255 MHz and 3.873 MHz LSB. Digital operation is on 3.595MHz. These frequencies should be kept clear of non-emergency traffic. More repeaters may need to be designated, and the frequencies will be posted when they become available.

Groundrod Primer, Sept. 17th & 18th

groundrod_csgGroundRod Primer course presented by Combat Studies Group is scheduled for 17-18 September in Prosser, WA at the patriot barn. Email the instructor at: to reserve a seat. There are still a few seats available.
Cost: $300

Need to bring: Laptop, 3 USB thumbdrives (4-8 GB), note taking material.


GroundRod Primer is designed to address the fundamental concerns of journalists, concerned citizens, activists, whistle blowers, missionaries and liberty lovers in general, with regard to digital security. Whether hackers, governments, criminals or acts of espionage; our privacy is in serious jeopardy.

You will learn to secure your devices and communications in the following ways:

Properly employ symmetric and asymmetric encryption
Create and safely store powerful passwords
Guard against common criminal and state level intrusion techniques
Recognize unsafe software you are using now and explore safe replacements
Surf the web anonymously
Explore the deep web
Transfer files safely
Communicate securely and privately
Understand and deal with malicious firmware

GroundRod Primer is meant to take the uncertainty and guesswork out of digital security, give you a fundamental base of knowledge to grow from and get you up and running with the highest levels of security available TODAY.


Forward Observer Podcast with John Mosby

FOlogoHere is Sam Culper’s Forward Observer podcast interview with author and instructor John Mosby. John Mosby is the author of the books Forging the Hero, and The Reluctant Partisan, Vol. I & II. In this interview, Sam and John discuss some of the topics laid out in Forging the Hero, addressing neo-tribalism’s role in community security. This includes the formation of intentional, tightly-knit, community groups. John Mosby has a bit of reputation for colorful language, but such have been bleeped out of the interview.

For a review of Forging the Hero, click this link to a thorough review over on

Wilderness First Responder Training

wfrFor those who have the time, comprehensive first aid training is a useful asset. The Wilderness First Responder certification is taught over nine or ten days, and is considered a standard certification for those providing first care in remote locations and austere conditions.

The course will be taught in Walla Walls this coming January by NOLS from Jan 6 -15, 2017.

The course will also be taught by Remote Medical International in Seattle this December 9-18.

These classes tend to fill up, so if you are interested in the training register early.

Washington State’s I-1491 Gun Control Measure Is Abominable


From The Politistick

Imagine this scenario: you had a roommate for a while, and he is a fervent anti-gun type. He is also a teetotaler. So, right off the bat, being that you liked to pound some Coors after work and owned a couple of guns, you guys just didn’t click. After some robust arguments, you ask him to move out. Six months later, a police officer is at your door with an ex-parte court order to confiscate your guns for one year, pending a final order…

It will not matter if the respondents in both of the above scenarios are legal, law-abiding gun owners who practice gun safety. Once served an ex-parte order, it is incumbent on the defendant to fight for it to be released, at his or her expense.

For those who do not know what an “ex-parte” court order is, let me explain. Usually, if you want to serve a court order of any kind on a respondent, he or she has to be made aware first. Then a hearing is scheduled. With an ex-parte order, the plaintiff merely goes before a judge without notifying the respondent, and a judge can issue and sign the order right then and there. It is usually for emergency purposes, and that is what I-1491 allows for: an emergency ex-parte order with only the word and testimony of the plaintiff required.

This is nuts. It opens the door to untold “revenge” orders with the plaintiff exposed only to a misdemeanor for filing falsely.

I-1491 is the product of the gun-grabbing group “Alliance for Gun Responsibility”, the very group behind last year’s I-594. It is run by a gaggle of hard-left activists. Just look at their Board of Directors and run Google searches on them. The Alliance for Gun Responsibly is NOT a “moderate” group by any stretch of the imagination.

Of course, all the usual suspects in the anti-gun lobby such as Moms Who Hate Guns are pushing the Initiative and have committed massive amounts of money to further it. The typical billionaire anti-gun types like Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, (who together made sure last year’s I-594 passed by funneling millions of dollars to pass that Initiative) are all on board with their wallets opened wide.

I find it insanely sanctimonious when folks on the left rail about the scourge of “big money” and in particular, “big corporate money,” when a measure they vehemently oppose finds support by the likes of say, the Koch brothers. However, when an Initiative like I-1491 arises, they welcome all the big corporate money they can find.

There is a word for that. Hypocrite.

Vote NO on I-1491 if you value due process for your rights.