West Seattle, Washington
With a field full of antennas and a parking lot full of trailers and tents, three local ham-radio groups are teaming up for this year’s Field Day, which continues into the night and until late tomorrow morning on the north side of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). It’s a chance to educate the public and also part of a nationwide contest.
As Greg (W7GFW) was doing while we were there this evening, the radio operators are logging as many contacts as they can make. Different atmospheric conditions and different radio bands make for varied chances to reach others far and near. There are two main ways to make contacts, we’re told – either “search and pounce,” seeing which frequencies have activity and jumping in, or “run a frequency” – choose where you’re going to hang out and wait for others to come find you.
Ham radio continues to grow in popularity, we learned from Eric Linxweiler, who showed us around and explained much of what was going on. All ages, too – he works with Scouts and says his troop has several newly licensed hams. Another aspect of Field Day is testing out your setup and equipment, with an eye toward being able to operate off the grid in case of catastrophe:
Hams have long been working on disaster response – Cindi Barker explained one program they’re working on at Field Day, involving volunteers relaying messages from region to region, email sent over radio waves, to help reconnect people if disaster breaks regular communication methods:
You’re welcome to stop by tomorrow morning before Field Day ends around 11 am – they even have a tent where visitors can “get on the air” and see what it’s like. But if you can’t get out there this weekend, reach out any time to the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (one of the three Field Day participating groups, along with the Puget Sound Repeater Group and Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service).
At C&P Coffee today. More than a dozen action groups, and lots of people and energy.
The participating groups are on the flyer shown in our calendar listing.
The lineup for tomorrow won’t be anything like the 26-note list for today – but it will feature two West Seattle marches:
DEMONSTRATION FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: In the wake of the small spontaneous protest at Walk-All-Ways on Friday, abortion-rights supporters are planning to march there Sunday morning, 10 am-11:30 am. Organizers explain here, “We are just two pissed=off moms that want to bring this community together to mourn, find solace, organize and protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade. This is a peaceful gathering (be respectful of the local businesses and market) wear green, bring signs, your voice, and water.”
PRIDE MARCH: If you’re not going downtown for the Pride Parade, be part of West Seattle’s own Pride March, 2 pm to 4 pm, sponsored by Youngstown Coffee and HeartBeet Organic Superfood Café. The four-block march will end at those businesses, after starting at 2 at Morgan Junction Park (6413 California SW). Organizers add, “The short march is great for families and pets too! Walk, skate, bike, dance, or stroll the route with your friends and family. Celebrate our LGBTQ community here in West Seattle!” They also add here, “Pride was and still is a protest! Feel free to bring your signs and frustrations with you.”
Thanks for the tips and photo! Seven weeks after it headed out for training, the Bremerton-based aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) returned home this evening, visible from West Seattle before it turned into Rich Passage.
4:08 PM: “We’re going to rebuild this club!” That’s the promise Highland Park Improvement Club president Rhonda Smith made, exuberantly, to neighbors gathered for what could have been a sad anniversary but instead is a joyful look ahead.
(HPIC president Rhonda Smith and City Councilmember Lisa Herbold speaking at Reset Fest)
One year after the fire that gutted HPIC’s building, you’re invited to a party in the park raising rebuild money as HPIC’s Reset Fest continues at Riverview Playfield (7226 12th SW) until 7 pm. Lots of live music, which started with a hard-rocking set by The Black Tones:
Black Tones take the stage pic.twitter.com/8FyBlJHgIV
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) June 25, 2022
(They had to play early because guitarist Eva Walker has a show on KEXP tonight, we’re told, 6-9 pm.) The party’s on the south side of the Riverview field – you can’t miss the canopies. Look for the merch table, too!
The cost of an all-new HPIC (here’s our most recent coverage) is likely to be about $2 million, club leaders say; they’re planning to pursue grants but still need considerable community support for the 103-year-old club to continue and even expand its role as a community hub. Reset Fest – with food and games, too – is on until 7 pm.
7:35 PM: Added/substituted some photos and video. If you want to support HPIC, by the way, you can do it here.
You couldn’t hear them, but if you happened to be looking at the sky a few hours ago, you might have seen those five jets’ high-altitude flyby. Several people asked us about it, and our photographer at the Seafair Pirates’ Landing saw it too. No airshows or scheduled flybys, but one reliable source – Woody’s Aeroimages – says those were “fighters returning home from exercises in Alaska.” The Air Force has indeed just wrapped up the Red Flag 22-2 exercise, primarily flying from Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska (near Fairbanks – here’s a map).
1:16 PM: Another West Seattle summer tradition returned moments ago at Alki Beach, as the Seafair Pirates landed aboard the Global vessel Prudhoe Bay.
As previewed here, this year’s landing is a “scaled-down” event – no accompanying all-day festival with vendors and activities, just the Pirates mingling with fans.
More photos later.
8:05 PM: As promised:
Scurvy selfies could be had:
The crowd was (a)vastly less dense than in past years:
Trinkets were offered to some on shore:
The Pirates will be busy with parade season soon too – this year’s returning parades include the West Seattle Grand Parade just four weeks from today, July 23rd, and the Seafair Torchlight Parade a week after that.
The booth on the northwest corner of 16th/98th is one of three places you can buy $5 tickets for the Taste of White Center, benefiting the White Center Food Bank – each ticket gets you one of the special menu items that 31 establishments are offering – here’s the list:
The participants are all flying red balloons:
The Taste of White Center (which includes 4 South Delridge participants) is on until 4 pm, but take note that some venues are starting late – for example, Tomo, at left above, has a sign saying it’ll open at 2 pm (it’s offering smoked sable fish congee), and Good Day Donuts is participating until 2 (their menu item is listed as simply “surprise”). The other two ticket booths are outside Mac’s Triangle Pub at 16th/Delridge/Roxbury and outside Patrick’s Café and Bakery at 15th/100th. Along with the $5 taste tickets, you also can buy tickets for a drawing that’s also benefiting WCFB – two round-trip Alaska Airlines tickets.
Jen at Alki Kayak Tours (based at Seacrest Pier) sent the report and photo:
Our SUP closet was broken into (overnight Thursday into Friday) – damaging the door and busting part of the latch where the padlock slides into. Boards were stolen. If anyone has any information or saw anything, please call us, 206-953-0237.
One epic Saturday has arrived. Might be hard to find a spot on the beach by yourself like the little critter in David Dimmit’s photo. Our list of what’s up stretches all across the peninsula – here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:
ROAD-WORK ALERTS: SDOT will be working on curb ramps at Dumar/Orchard St intersection and says, “This work will include pouring concrete and paving the road in front of the curb ramp.” Also, WSDOT continues southbound I-5 lane closures for expansion-joint work.
FREE PRENATAL WORKOUT: Expecting? You’re invited to a free FIT4BABY prenatal fitness class followed by Q&A with a physical therapist, 9 am at Alki Statue of Liberty (61st/Alki).
SOUTH DELRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET: Twice-monthly market focused on food grown and made by BIPOC farmers and entrepreneurs, 10 am-2 pm at Hope Academy (9421 18th SW).
ALKI BEACH CLEANUP: 10 am, meet at Alki Bathhouse to join this beach cleanup sponsored by Corona, United by Blue, and Oceanic Global.
FREE SHREDDING & FOOD DRIVE: 10 am-1 pm in the alley behind 3727 California SW, Movement Mortgage invites you to bring your shreddables along with a nonperishable-food donation.
LITTLE LEAGUE ALL-STARS TOURNAMENT: West Seattle Little League‘s baseball and softball all-stars start competition with the 12s baseball tournament WSLL is hosting at Bar-S (64th and Admiral), first games at 10 am, public welcome.
MORNING MUSIC: Marco de Carvalho and Friends, 10:30 am-noon at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).
TASTE OF WHITE CENTER: 11 am-4 pm, tour White Center’s restaurants and help the White Center Food Bank by buying $5 tickets, each of which will get you a special dish or drink at participating establishments – details in our calendar listing, including where to get your ticket(s).
(added) FREE PIZZA: Thanks to Susan for the tip – Pagliacci in The Junction is among the participating locations for free slices 11 am-3 pm.
FIELD DAY: Starting at 11 am, local ham-radio operators welcome you to their 24-hour “open house” in the north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) – see our preview for more info; this link has the schedule for talks/info sessions,
WADING POOL SEASON BEGINS: First city-park wading pool to open for the season is in central upper Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), noon-7 pm daily through Labor Day (weather permitting).
COLMAN POOL’S 7-DAYS-A-WEEK SEASON BEGINS: From today through Labor Day, it’s daily operations (except for a few swim-meet dates in July) for the outdoor pool on the Lincoln Park shore (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), noon-7 pm.
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society museum is open on Alki, and you can visit noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)
SEAFAIR PIRATES’ LANDING: Be at Alki Beach (usually around the Bathhouse, 60th/Alki) to welcome the ambassadors of summer skulduggery. The landing – “scaled down” from past years’ festival-esque events – is expected in the 1-1:30 pm vicinity, but this time is always approximate.
HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB RESET FEST: On the one-year anniversary of the fire that gutted Highland Park Improvement Club‘s building, HPIC invites you to nearby Riverview Playfield (7226 12th SW) as they look down the road (literally and figuratively) to a new building. Music, food trucks, beer garden … and they advise being there promptly at 2 pm for “famous musicians” leading off the performances.
BARTON P-PATCH PIZZA NIGHT: 4-7 pm, enjoy handcrafted wood-fired pizza and music in the community garden at 34th/Barton,
LISA CRAZE & GUY NELSON: Singer and guitarist performing at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover.
PRIDE DRAG SHOW AT ADMIRAL PUB: Celebrate Pride with Dolly Madison, 9 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California S).
PRIDE DRAG SHOW AT BOX BAR: “Out at the Box,” 10 pm at Box Bar (5401 California SW), $10 suggested donation.
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