SBE Chapter 16 Vashon Picnic

Our Annual Chapter Picnic lived up to tradition this year with the event held on the KOMO-AM transmitter site on Vashon Island July 24. The weather was as good as it gets for a Northwest summer day, sunny but not too hot. There were almost fifty members and friends attending. The KOMO picnic site was provided again this year through the generosity of John Barrett and the folks a Fisher Broadcasting.

The food was provided by our chapter friends at BSW with cheeseburgers and hotdogs cooked to perfection along with salads and watermelon. The cold adult beverages were provided by Hatfield and Dawson Engineers.

BSW provided many prizes for the drawing. Prizes included a nice audio mixer, microphones, headphones and many other gifts.

The day was highlighted with a presentation on the history of the Vashon transmitter development with Jim Hatfield. Jim shared stories of life on the island with his family going back to the 1940’s and World War II.

Following Jim’s history presentation at KOMO, we traveled to the KIRO site where Jim talked about the history of the KIRO facilities and his experiences during his younger years. The Hatfield family lived on a farm home near the KIRO transmitter.

The events concluded with a visit to the nearby facilities of KTTH 770 and KPTK 1090 for an update from Tom McGinley and Arne Skoog on the latest directional antenna system upgrades using the recent approved Moment Method Computer Modelling and monitoring. Tom showed a sophisticated system for sampling the voltage at the base of each of the three towers for antenna monitoring.