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Welcome to the ARRL Connecticut Section Web Page



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Here are some links to some important resources


Who's getting it done for you?

Section Manager
Betsey Doane, K1EIC
92 Mohegan Rd
Shelton, CT
(203) 929-7759
k1eic@arrl.org

Assistant Section Manager emeritus
Al Cohen, W1FXQ
42 Jeffrey Ln
Newington, CT 06111-1616
(860) 667-2864
w1fxq@arrl.net

Assistant Section Managers
Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV
8B Kayview Ave.
Bethel, CT 
06801-1527
(203) 837-0143
kd1yv@arrl.net

Larry Buck, K1HEJ
262 Winthrop St
New Britain, CT 06052-1623
k1hej.buck@gmail.com

Official Observer Coordinator

Chuck Motes K1DFS 
22 Woodside Lane,
Plainville, CT  06062
motesc@southington.org 860-747-6377 (night)

Public Information Coordinator
Dana Borgman, KA1WPM
72 Wetmore Ave
Winsted, CT 06098

Assistant Public Information Coordinator
Albert E Petrunti, KA1TCH
77 White Pine Rd
Torrington, CT 06790-2354
(860) 626-8572
a@petrunti.com

Section Emergency Coordinator

Wayne R Gronlund Phd, N1CLV
11 Monticello Dr
East Lyme, CT 06333-1228
(860) 441-2777,
(860) 739-6384
n1clv@aol.com

State Government Liaison
Michael J Keane, K1MK
360 Cherry Ave
Watertown, CT 06795-2818
(203) 797-5154, (860) 274-9307
k1mk@arrl.net

Section Traffic Manager

Anne M West, K1STM
42 Academy St. Apt. 102
Southington, CT 06489-3259
(860) 628-6454
annejon1@allbraille.com

Technical Coordinator
Steve Simons, W1SMS
33 Ball Pond Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 733 2110
ssimons@manitousys.com

Section News  (June)

from Betsey Doane, K1EIC

Section Leadership:  
  • Section Manager (SM) Betsey, K1EIC
  • Assistants (ASMs):  Emeritus Al, W1FXQ; Jim, KD1YV; Larry, K1HEJ
  • Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Chuck, K1DFS 
  • Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Dana, KA1WPM 
  • Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Wayne, N1CLV 
  • Assistants (ASECs): Rod, N1FNE; Brian, K1BRF; Art, AF1HS; Ron, K1VSC; Bill, W1GTT 
  • State Government Liaison (SGL) Mike, K1MK 
  • Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM 
  • Technical Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMS

The CT Section sends sympathy to the Middlesex ARS and to the family of Alex Nytch N1AD who just recently became a silent key.  Alex was VP of the MARS club in the 80’s.  Many have fond memories of Alex as an elmer and a good leader.

Field Day is just around the corner as you all know and I hear the weather should be just fine.  I hope many of you recently licensed ops will support a local club or group and join in the FD fun because it’s well worth the time and effort.  You’ll really treasure the experience!  Club and group leaders, please put your sites up on the FD map on the ARRL Web site.

The Convention is close at hand.  At the invitation of ARRL, the CT Section is pleased to sponsor an area devoted primarily to the Field Organization.  It will be a place where those who hold ARRL appointments can come together to meet each other and talk about what they’re doing and compare notes with others across the country.  Of course, you’re all welcome to come say hello!  One of your leaders will be on hand to greet you.

Here is a note from Ohio Assistant Section Manager for Educational Outreach Anthony, K8ZT which might interest those of you who wish to keep track of how you’re doing in the Centennial QSO Party.  “Many of you have been enthusiastically working the ARRL W1AW/ portable stations. Wanting a more interactive way to track my progress, I have created a Spreadsheet using Google Docs. It is available for free for others to copy and use. It requires no additional software be installed to run.   Here is the link-- http://goo.gl/xIO8gv   To Get Started-  Make a copy of this spreadsheet, so you can enter your personal data. In its current state, you can only view it and not make changes. From the spreadsheet, go to menu "File"..."Make a copy"   There are three worksheet tabs- 1.    Instructions (along with version number and update notes) 2.    Data Entry 3.    Summary.”   4.    FYI—Anthony sent an updated link:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11J80r85CvVDTJsrCQ63OBkoBy8guwRInFEBUn8i_-Yg/edit?usp=sharing.  If need, contact Anthony by email k8zt@arrl.net.

RASON, Tri-City and members of CT Navy MARS participated in Museum Ships Weekend.  The Submarine Nautilus in Groton was on the air! The crew assembled the Navy MARS multi-band beam antenna and partially raised the tower. Members of the crew were:   Bruce KB1KHC, Tom WA2RYV, Bill AB1MS, Walt W1LW, Bill W1GTT, Chip N1MIE, and Chuck K1DFS. There were others who participated also. 

Here’s the report from event coordinator Harrison N1FAM.  “Museum Ships Weekend 2014 for the N1S call, representing the Historic Ship NAUTILUS SSN 571, on June 7 and June 8, 2014 was a success.  The weather was beautiful and the event was well supported by local hams.  N1S was on the air for greater than seven hours on June 7th and for more than six hours on June 8th.  Routinely two stations were on the air at any given time with a peak of four stations.  One station was located on the ship’s pier opposite the brow while other stations were set up in the museum parking lot.  The event was supported by nineteen participants, nine of whom, with dedicated loggers at times, manned the radios.  A total of 679 QSOs were logged.  There were twenty-two DXs covering five countries.  A total of Forty-one different states were logged and twenty-three other museum ships were contacted a total of thirty-three times.  The team had the benefit of the Connecticut Region 4 Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Mobile Communications Unit (MCU) and the Navy Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) trailer mounted tower and four element rotatable beam antenna.  In addition to the Navy MARS beam antenna a multi-band vertical antenna, 6M vertical antenna and a wire dipole were utilized.  Also Tri-City ARC radios as well as individual personal radios and antennas were employed.  As of this date eighty QSL requests have been received and answered including two SWL requests.

In addition to submitting the full log to the Battle Ship New Jersey ARC, a separate log qualifying the N1S call for a certificate recognizing our contact with more than fifteen museum ships will be submitted.  A final event report, including acknowledgement and recognition of event participants and supporters, will be issued and distributed in the August-September 2014 time frame.”

The Amateur Radio Club of the Vintage Radio Museum is quite busy getting ready for the Convention.  They will be doing tours of the museum and other activities about which I will report soon.  They recently had a swap meet.  

Members Chuck K1DFS, George N1RMF, Walt K1WMS and president Mike N1QLN of The Charter Oak Radio Society made their syllabus and Power Point slides for the tech and general class licenses available to ARRL.  They are posted in Instructors Resources under Teaching and Study Aids available only to instructors on the ARRL site.  Well done!

These past two months have been ones filled with public service events.  SEC Wayne and I want to thank all of you for taking the time to participate in these events.  They are important opportunities for service, checking equipment readiness and training.  What follows is a synopsis of some of these activities.

EC Sander W1SOP coordinated two events recently in Ridgefield.  Ridgefield ARES provided communications support to the Run Like a Mother (RLAM) event. This involved a 1K running race for kids and a 5K race for women. 1500 Women ran the course.   The following hams participated:  John W1JMA, Tom WA8UNS, Sue KC1BJV, Deirdre KC1BIJ, David KC1BII Don W1DRR, Sean KC1BKB, Sander W1SOP, ADEC Harlan W1QH, David KB1ZAC, Gary N1GSA and Jay N1NRP.  Additionally, Dick N1RNA and Walt KB1NCN were present in professional responder roles and were able to monitor ham frequencies.  W1SOP and W1JMA served as net controls.  They had some trouble getting into the KR1COM repeater from the southernmost positions but ops switched to different antennas which did the job.  Five new hams trained by the Candlewood ARA participated as first timers: KC1BJV, KC1BII, KC1BIJ, KC1BKB and W1DRR.  The Ridgefield First Selectman visited the group and was well pleased.  Congrats all!

A few weeks later, Sander coordinated comms for the Ridgefield Triathlon.  The following hams participated:  Deirdre KC1BIJ, David KC1BII, David KB1ZAC, Jay N1NRP, Roger NG1R, Sean KC1BKB, Paul KB1OQE, Harlan W1QH, Thomas WA8UNS, and Sander W1SOP.  3 Hams were at the EOC providing Net Control for both ham operators and Fire Police. 2 Hams were stationed at race HQ, 1 drove with the lead car, and 3 provided race coverage along the bike track. Before the race Oscar KO1F drove the course and determined W1QI repeater coverage with Roger NG1R.  We tracked race progress from the lead vehicle, race HQ and road positions. One rider was briefly 'lost' but quickly found. Many thanks to CARA for the use of the W1QI repeater.       Here’s a report from EC John WB2RYV who is also president of the Stamford ARC.  “On June 1, the Stamford Amateur Radio Association (SARA) and Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club (GNARC) joined forces to provide communications coverage for the 2014 Bloomin Metric, a 2500+ rider charity bicycle ride in southwestern Fairfield County.  We fielded 23 radio operators to provide communications for net control, rest areas/food stops, SAG (support and gear) wagons, and "scout" cars, as well as staffing the telephone help lines set up for riders to call in case of problems.  Net control had full dispatch authority over the vehicles, and the vehicles handled over 50 response calls ranging from assistance with flat tires to taking possession of a rider's bicycle and gear after he was injured in a crash.  In addition, the vehicles provided information to event management and local police as to location and density of riders along the routes.

In order to provide communications over all routes (25 mile, 75 km, and 100 km), we set up a temporary cross-band repeater to relay comms from the northern end of the course back to the main repeater located close to the southern end of the course.

In addition to SARA and GNARC hams, we also had hams from the Fairfield Amateur Radio Association and the Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club, plus licensed hams from Stamford CERT, Weston CERT, and Fairfield CERT.  We were especially pleased with the participation of the CERT members because we have been making an effort to reach out to them to train them in radio communications and to get them interested in ham radio as a hobby.

This was the 38th annual Bloomin Metric, and ham radio has been associated with it for close to 20 years.  This year marked a major change as the Bloomin Metric absorbed another local charity ride - something that event leadership felt was made possible in part by the assistance they've received from ham radio.

Participants: DEC Toy K1WYQ, Jon WB2RYV, GNARC president Sam NV1P, Adam K9WAR, Bill WG1HM, Brian KC1BAT, Bruce KC2WGX, Chris KB1QXR, Doug KB1UKC, Frank KB1QZH, Fred K1FC, Joe KC1AUH, Larry W1LAG, Marilyn KB1YYO, Marty KA1WBN, EC Mike KA1EOU, Jonathan W3EIC, Paul WB2JVB, Steve KB1YLQ, Terry W1TSM, Terry WA1JBO, and Tom KD1UL.  THANK YOU ALL.”

Just last weekend, these clubs, under the direction of the Stamford ARC, participated in another event.  Here’s part of their report from Jon WB2RYV. “On Saturday June 21, hams from the Stamford, Norwalk, and Fairfield clubs -- under the direction of the Stamford club -- ran comms networks for the Stamford/Greenwich swim of Swim Across America (SAA).  SAA conducts fund-raising swims in various locations across the United States to raise money for charities related to cancer research.  The Stamford swim raises money for the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.  Yesterday's event raised over $300,000 so far - so far because the way these things go there are usually subsequent donations and they expect to hit $500,000 before they close the books on the 2014 event.

Because they had over 200 swimmers out in Long Island Sound, comms are especially important to an event like this and truly can mean the difference between life and death.  For example, the event had to pull four swimmers out of the water from points as far as 1 mile out in Long Island Sound, three of which involved radio communications to find the swimmer in distress and get a boat to the person.”  Typical communication went like this:  “... boat three, there is a swimmer about 500 yards east of buoy six who appears to be struggling - investigate and report status ...".

This was a different kind of public service event in that the hams were being used for their skills at communicating information but were not using ham radios - instead we were using Marine Band radios for the people on the "swim side" (i.e., in the boats and kayaks) and LMRS radios for the event leadership on the "land side".   This approach meant that the event could field over 20 radios out on the water and 12 radios on the land.  Our hams served as shadows to the senior event leadership on the "land side", also served as the net control for the "swim side", and as the relay link between the people on the "swim side" and the people on the "land side".  The comms plan was developed by SARA working with the event's Safety Director.  Event leadership and SAA leadership were both very pleased with the result, and SAA Board members have already asked us to consult with other SAA swims to help them set up similar comms plans.  Our ham participants were:  Steve KB1YLQ, Sam NV1P, Rachel KB1VWJ, Doug KB1UKC, and Jon WB2RYV. 

Thank you all—great work. 

Editor’s note:  The comms remind me of what many of us did at Special Olympics staffing the operations center for 72 hours through the night in which we used the commercial radios communicating with nurses and other staff.—K1EIC

On Sunday, June 1st, members of the ICRC assembled in the wee hours of the morning to provide radio communications for the MS Bike Ride, which was held at the Griffin Center Office Park in Windsor.  Participants were positioned at various checkpoints throughout the course.  They were there to report any medical emergencies that may occur, but fortunately there were no accidents this year. The weather was clear and warm. The sponsoring agency was very pleased by our support and participation in this event. This was the first time that the ICRC supported this event; everything went off well. Thanks to all who participated:  Rick N1JGR, Dan W1ZFG, Peter KB1KZC, Chris KB1YNE, Nick KB1SNL, Al N1JWF (and Linda), Steve KB1RRR, Chris KA1NDE, Tom KB1WEZ, and Jim AB1NH.  Ops assisting the ICRC were: Bill KB1UAU, Dave KB1MU, DEC George AB1GL, Bob AB1RB, Karl WB1FNK, Bill AB1LZ, and Pete W1PT.

Here’s a report from DEC Douglas WA1SFH region 2 ARES.   Durham (May 26): 40th annual Washington Trail 10K Race was successfully covered by:  Chris NK1J, Dan KB1MMR, Bill WB1DQT, John W1UMN, Scott N1KSX, Brian KB1WLI, John WA1TMA, Dan W1DMM (EC – Durham). Also in Durham (June 8), we ran support communications for the Tour de Cure (bike ride) that had its Start/Finish line in Durham. Of key note were the introduction of Data Communications (RMS Express) in the field and the use of 4 repeaters. Big thanks go to each of our ARES TEAM:  Eric KB1WCO, John KB1QQA, Gary KB1AW, Mike KC1AYL, Sid N1MVM, Chris NK1J, Mike KB3IXOL, Levon KB1ZVT, Medeya KC1BBK, Daniel KC1AFL, David KC1AFK, Bob N1RGS, Brian K1SOX, Al K1QEX, Chris W1ZIP, Victor KB1VSP, Rob KB1TTN, Mike KB3IXO, Ed WA1LEI, Kevin KB1YCA, Jim N1TVL, Robert W4RGP, Jon WB2RYV (Region 1), Michael N1EN (Region 3), Dave KB1ZAC (Region 5).

Several members of CT ARES participated in the State emergency planning and preparedness initiative exercise last weekend.  Communication was primarily between American Red Cross Headquarters, shelters, region EOCs and town EOCs where applicable.  Many thanks to SEC Wayne who, with his DECs, coordinated this effort and wrote up specific specifications for the Amateur radio involvement. 

As you can see, this was a big public service month.  Thank you all—your service is appreciated.

ARRL Connecticut Section

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC
k1eic@arrl.org

Audio file from Preparedness Summit in Atlanta Ga.

by Chuck Motes, K1DFS

Click here to listen to this presentation

I have downloaded an amateur radio presentation from the Preparedness Summit in Atlanta that took place on April 1 - April 4 this year.  It is audio only, and in MP3 or MP4 format.  It is about 11 MBytes.  I can get it over to you on CD this week (before Friday, as I'm out of state for a month starting the 3rd of May.).

The presentation is sponsored by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.  You can see their website at NACCHO.org.  Check out Preparedness Summit 2014.

The Panel Moderator was Andrew R. Roszak, Senior Director of Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness & Catastrophic Response of NACCHO.

Presenters included Dave Cox, Director of Administrative Services, Oklahoma City, OK, and Ralph Dutcher, KD2BDZ, of Rochester New York.

This is an interesting presentation by two hams and a Public Health administrator.  There is audio presentation with slides available, but only to members of NACCHO at present.  I would need to talk to the owners for permissions to copy and provide to others such as ARRL.  I'll bet it would do nicely at the Centennial Conference of the ARRL in Hartford this July.

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See the Region 4 CT ARES Mobile Communications Unit at the ARRL Centennial Convention

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service ® (ARES® ) consists of licensed amateur radio operators (also called “hams”) who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur is eligible for membership in ARES®. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve.

In Connecticut, the ARES® Districts conform to the boundaries of the state’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) emergency management areas. Region 4 covers the eastern part of the state (New London and Windham Counties). It is at the local level where most of the real emergency organizing gets accomplished, because this is the level at which most emergencies occur and the level at which ARES® leaders make direct contact with the ARES ® members and with officials of the agencies to be served. This Mobile Communications Unit (MCU) provides Region 4 with a rapidly deployable Amateur Radio Emergency Service® communications asset for our 44 towns/cities and 2 tribal nations.

The MCU provides ARES® trained volunteer emergency communicators with three VHF/UHF dualband Kenwood TM-D710A FM transceivers and one Kenwood TS-480SAT HF SSB transceiver in removable rackmount cases. These radios are capable of both voice and digital/data communications. Two Honda EU2000i ultra-quiet gasoline generators provide up to 4KW of “clean” 120 VAC electrical power. The basic 14-foot V-front trailer is made by Wells Cargo. Funding was provided by a grant from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security under the auspices of RESF-5 Emergency Management.

Region 4 Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Mobile Communications Unit (MCU) 120 VAC Power supplied by two Honda EU2000i Generators (can be operated in parallel) ARES MCU interior showing the operator positions, the Kenwood TM-D710A VHF/UHF and TS- 480SAT HF radios in rackmount boxes. Two computers are running APRS, Airmail, and packet. Custom interior designed and built by Bill W1GTT, then Region 4 District Emergency Coordinator, now CT Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator.

Here is a link to some pictures of the unit.



CT STEM Academy Contacts International Space Station via Ham Radio

By Al, N1API
The Meriden Amateur Radio Club, held a successful ISS event at the SCOW center in Wallingford, Connecticut on Saturday January 18th, 2014. The STEM, (Science - Technology - Engineering - Mathematics), Academy Students of Wallingford got to ask Astronaut Koichi Wakata from The Japanese Space Agency about 15 questions concerning life and activities aboard the International Space Station.

MARC members participating in this event were K1SEZ Paul Ciezniak, N1ZN Savage Jim and N1API Al Kaiser. Also present were Betsey Doane K1EIC the Connecticut Section Manager and WA1SFH Doug Sharafanowich the Connecticut EC.

Chris Stone a teacher at Pond Hill School in Wallingford conducted the event for the STEM Students. Other invited guests were present from Meriden and Wallingford and spoke after the event.

The students talked by Telebridge to K6DUE the Amateur Station at Goddard Space Center in Maryland where they were phone patched through a station who was in contact with the ISS as it passed over the East Coast of the United States. The total time of the contact was about 10 minutes and just before the ISS went below the horizon the whole room of about 80 people shouted "arigato" in unison to Koichi, which means thank you in Japanese.

Photos on the Photos Page, or link directly there.


[Ed:  Al provided a link to a youtube video of the event .  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuEUSnaVQGA .  Photos to follow.  ]


New Training Pages on CT ARRL Section

We are introducing a new set of informal training pages here.  We hope you will find them  informative as well as enjoyable.  The first page is a short piece about Tactical Callsigns by our own SEC, Dr. Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV.  Watch this space for future pieces on various topics.  If you have an article that you would like to share here, please email to Training Coordinator Rod Lane, N1FNE@arrl.net



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What is NTS?  What are nets?  What is traffic?

These questions are answered in this very nice guide written by Mark W2EAG and is used here with enthusiastic permission.  There may be a couple of inconsistencies as some time has elapsed but they can be handled on a case-bycase basis.  The material is well written and represents a great deal of work by an avid traffic handler.  I hope it is useful to you and that you enjoy the content.  Traffic Handlers Guide


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NTS Picnic Pictures on this Web Site

See some photos of hams having a great time at the annual Eastern Area NTS Picnic held at the QTH of Betsey, K1EIC.  Follow this link to the Pictures Page

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National Traffic System (NTS) Corner

NTS MONTHLY REPORTS

CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: June 2014

Station Activity Report

CALL ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL
NM1K 115 20 140 2 277
K1EIC 0 72 72 5 149
K1HEJ 0 46 50 7 103
KB1NMO 1 31 9 1 42

Public Service Honor Roll

CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
NM1K 40 40 30 0 0 10 120
K1HEJ 40 40 30 0 0 0 110
KB1NMO 40 40 20 0 0 0 100


Net Statistics

NAME SESS CHKINS TRFC NM ANM
CN 24 49 39 WA1GGN
CPN 28 152 46 N1DIO
ECTN 30 278 30 W1MCT
NVTN 30 212 23 KB1RGQ KB1ZBH
Wescon 30 441 63 KB1NMO KB1BSK

Schedule of NTS Nets


NTS Nets Day (s) Time (local) Freq/offset/PL NM QTH
CT Phone Net (CPN) M - S 1800 Local 3.973 Mhz
None / none
N1DIO Gilford
CT Phone Net (CPN) Sun. 1000 Local 3.965 Mhz
None / none
N1DIO Guilford
CT Net (CN) Sa-Su only
1900 Local 3.533 Mhz
None/none
WA1GGN West Haven
Western CT Traffic Net
(WESCON)
Daily 2030 Local 147.18/+600 141.3 KB1NMO Prospect

Daily 2030 Local 147.12/+600 141.3 KB1NMO Danbury

Daily 2030 Local 145.41/-600 141.3 KB1NMO Vernon
Eastern CT Traffic Net (ECTN) Daily 2100 Local 146.73/-600 156.7 W1MCT Norwich
Nutmeg VHF Traffic Net (NVTN) Wed
2130 Local W-M 147.09 +600 110.9 KB1RGQ Glastonbury
Nutmeg VHF Traffic Net (NVTN)
Thu through Tues
2130 Local 146.685 -600 141.3 KB1RGQ Bristol

ARES CT REGION NETS








Net Frequency or System Day Time
HF Admin Net (SSB) 3.964 Mhz. During Activation During Activation
State wide VHF (FM) KB1AEV – N1FNE – NA1RA System Sunday &
during activation
8 PM Local
as needed
Region 1 (FM) 146.775 – 600 Khz PL 100,0 Hz 1st Monday of month 8 PM Local
Region 2 (FM) 147.505-1Mhz PL 77 W, Haven Monday 7:45 PM Local

145.290 – 600 PL 110.9 Hz Killingworth Monday 7:45 PM Local

446.925 – PL 77


Region 3 (FM)
KB1AEV – N1FNE systems
Every Monday

8 PM Local

Region 4 North (FM)
147.225 + 600 Khz
PL 156.7 Hz
Brooklyn
Every Wed except 1st Wed 8 PM Local
after weather net

146.400 simplex 1st Wed 8 PM Local


Region 4 South
147.060 + 600 Khz
PL 156.7 Hz,
Salem


Every Monday


8 PM Local

Alternate
146.970 Mhz
PL 156.7 Hz.
New London



When needed



When needed

Region 5 North
Na1RA – KB1AEV system
Wed Night

7 PM Local


Region 5 South
147.300 + 600 Khz
PL 100.0 Hz
Danbury

2nd Wed of month

8 PM Local

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Attention all—Help Needed for Convention and WRTC!

WRTC:

Volunteers are needed to help out with several aspects of this once-in-a-lifetime event.  WRTC is July 12-13 but volunteers will be needed during the July 7 week.  Director Tom Frenaye K1KI needs Site Manager and Site Team help at Wompatuck State Parkm just south of Boston, and Myles Standish State Forest, just this side of the Cape Cod canal.  Contact k1ki@arrl.org.

Videographers are also needed.  James, 9V1YC, will be producing a video of the WRTC2014 event. James is looking for two more shooters to join his WRTC video team. If you have experience in videography (or broadcast television) and would like to participate, please feel free to contact him at: james@dxvideos.com.

Communication support is also needed.  Communication Support - Looking for radio operators to staff our headquarters station (WR1TC) at

WRTC2014 HQ in Westborough, MA to assist with communications duties.

You will help man telephones, monitor and communicate with field units over VHF radio, and coordinate logistics with our Director and volunteer staff at WRTC HQ.  We also have openings for volunteers who can monitor a small set of local repeaters from their home station (for those who can't make it to Westborough). Contact Dave, KM3T at km3t@wrtc2014.org.

PC or Mac Desktop Specialist - still looking for 2-3 more volunteers.

Candidates should be proficient with Microsoft Windows (and/or Mac OS X), at least one of the popular contest logging programs (Win-Test, N1MM Logger, Writelog), and static TCP/IP network configuration in Windows XP or higher. Candidate will assist with resolving general desktop and software issues at WRTC2014 HQ prior to and during the competition. Candidate will also provide support for Competitors who may be having trouble with PC or network configuration prior to the contest. Candidate will also support other efforts like video streaming at HQ. Contact Dave, KM3T at km3t@wrtc2014.org.

The WRTC team also needs transportation volunteers to help transport participants between the sites and their hotel.  If you can help, contact John Dorr K1AR k1ar@wrtc2014.org.

Now let’s talk about the Convention July 17-19.  Volunteers who participate will have their registration fee waived.  Mike Corey, KI1U needs communications volunteers.    Communicators should be able to use

2 meter voice and text message.  APRS will not be used.  Mike needs people who will work at the Convention center, and ride the busses and communicate back to ARRL and/or convention Hq.  The bus volunteers will be a point of contact for information needed by those on the bus. 

Volunteers to help with parking will also be needed.  If you can help with this large comm effort, please contact Mike email ki1u@arrl.org.

Please copy me k1eic@arrl.org just so I have an idea about how the recruiting is going.  Thanks.

Now I know you all know this but just for the record, if you are volunteering for WRTC or the convention, please do dress neatly and present a good PR image.  And, for sure, have fun!  Thank you all in advance.

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ARRL Connecticut Section

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC

k1eic@arrl.org

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ARRL National Centennial Convention 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Saturday, July 19, 2014

Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, Connecticut 06103


A Special Letter

This year as you know is special because of the ARRL centennial. But it's also the year that the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) will be held in the Boston area right before the convention! Contesters from all over the world will be there and many will come to the convention. The organizers are still looking for volunteers and have written a newsletter which I think is fantastic--I want to share it with you. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to participate in a really unique event. So read on.

The WRTC2014 Volunteer Update newsletter is sent to everyone who has registered to help with WRTC2014. We appreciate your support and will be sending our periodic updates to keep you informed about WRTC2014 preparations.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - SATURDAY, MAY 31 - TRAINING SESSION at MILARA, 49 MAPLE ST., MILFORD MA

From the Chairman – Doug Grant K1DG (k1dg@wrtc2014.org) Two months and counting…

The activity level is starting to pick up. I am getting about 25 emails every day about WRTC2014 issues…everything from travel questions to rules questions to people wanting to volunteer. I can only imagine that the pace will accelerate as we get closer.

I met a number of our volunteers at the NEARFest event at Deerfield last weekend. A lot of people came up to our table and specifically mentioned the training session at Milara in Milford, MA coming up on May 31. I am expecting a great turnout, and a good day of training. This will be our last chance to talk about the final plans and get some practice with the antenna-raising system. Yes, there will be a door prize, and we will be handing out your Official WRTC2014 Volunteer shirts.

I was thinking about the analogy between WRTC and the Olympics. Of course, both are competitions among the best teams in their sports. And it takes a lot of referees and an organizing committee to make sure the competition is fair and funded sufficiently. But it is the unseen workers who make it possible. In the Winter Olympics, for example, the hockey teams and figure skaters get the TV time. But the guy who drives the Zamboni machine to prepare the ice surface is critical to the event. Without him, the ice events would be very different. The same is true for downhill and cross country skiing! At WRTC, the volunteers who set up the stations are every bit as important to a successful contest as the operators. And just as the Zamboni guy or ski patrol can tell his friends and family that he made the whole thing possible, our volunteers will be able to brag that they made the Olympics of ham radio happen. A few interesting notes about the competitors and referees who are coming. The average age is 46 – the Youth team guys are 22 and 23. The youngest non-youth team guy is 26. The oldest competitor is 70. They come from all walks of life, from CEOs of multi-billion high-tech companies to students to a manager of a grocery store. We have active and retired military, both American and foreign. If you have been paying attention to world events of late, it may interest you to know that UU0JM, who lives in Crimea, is now UB7K. We have several doctors, an antiques dealer, a beekeeper and a professional body builder. The July/August National Contest Journal will include biographies of all the competitors so you can learn more about these guys. If you are not an NCJ subscriber, we will have copies on hand at the Doubletree for you to buy.

We’re arranging a program of tours and activities for the teams, referees, and visitors. Our volunteers are of course welcome to participate in them. Monday will probably be the best day, since many of you will be busy Thursday installing the stations. See http://www.wrtc2014.org/tours-and-activities/ for the list of planned activities.

We still need more people to help with site monitoring, especially in the south sites. If you can find someone in your club who might be persuaded to help put together a world-championship event, contact K1KI and give him the info. The job description is on the Web site. Site Captains don’t even have to be hams.

Another area where we are working out the details is the logistic challenge of moving the 59 two-operator teams, their radios, and their referees to their operating sites. If you have a van or full-size car and are willing to do some driving, please let K1KI know. The job will consist of picking up the team/ref at the hotel on Friday morning, getting them to their site, and possibly making a grocery run so they have food for the contest. After they are set up on Friday evening, most of them will want to get back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep. They will then need a ride back to their site Saturday morning to arrive before 7 AM (the contest starts at 8). It’s not necessary for the same driver to do all the driving, but we need to get these guys to/from/to the sites for the contest. They have been working for 4 years to get here…we cannot leave them stranded at the hotel! We are on track to achieve our three goals: 1) fair competition; 2) excellent social program; 3) publicity for ham radio using radiosport as the focus. Your help as a volunteer is vital to making it all work. 73, Doug K1DG

Beam Team Update – Mark Pride K1RX (k1rx@wrtc2014.org)

I have been working to fill a few of the teams with extra personnel as a "just in case" measure. I know many of you are pretty well locked and loaded with your members - just keep communicating any last minute changes or adjustments between members and the leadership. I want to make sure each Captain knows who is at adjacent sites in case one team finishes ahead of schedule and another nearby team needs extra help - extend your communication circle to include the surrounding teams as a backup.

Reminder - Captains bring just your BT tool kit to the May 31 meeting for the inventory check. You don't need to bring the Template, Ladder, Guy Anchor pounder or saw horses, but be sure these items are intact - check the status of your extra parts kit for the Tribander (small plastic bag in your tool kit box).

Bring a friend! Invite other interested parties that might be able to help us with the many other critical jobs during the WRTC event. They don't have to be hams, just have the appropriate resources or skills necessary to fill the given position. Tom, K1KI is still on the hunt for more helpers at sites. Part time, full time - we still need help. The will be some Beam Team action at the Headquarters Hotel too. We are planning to erect a 40 ft. tower at the hotel that will have the same triband beam and dipoles for the HQ station. This station will be in the exhibition hall in the hotel along with other exhibitors. The tower will go up on Tuesday before we all hit the field and should be ready for those competitors or visitors who want to get an early look at the bands or the antennas we are deploying. I am all set for assistance (thanks for offering) – please stay focused on getting your critical tasks done over those following three days. This same tower will support a 2m/70cm vertical to reach a number of local repeaters, providing us an additional method of maintaining close communications. A list of repeaters is being prepared and will be distributed to the team leaders.

Plans are also being made to have a "runner" for the North and South, that will be able to dispatch spare parts as required during the setup days. Hopefully these drivers will be sitting idle since we have all done our preparation work well and have anticipated the possibilities. Last year at the Training Day, we had over 100 people attend, this year we are expecting more than double - get ready for a great time. The updated Beam Team Guide will be sent out in advance of the May 31 meeting. I cannot thank you enough for the time and effort you are all putting into this world class event. See you in Milford.

Site Volunteers – Tom Frenaye, K1KI (k1ki@wrtc2014.org)

Thanks to all of the volunteers who have stepped forward and are assigned to beam or site teams. We’re two-thirds of the way to having the 65 site teams assembled for July. That also means we have one-third yet to be defined. We’re looking for a few more teams for the Devens site located north of the Mass turnpike, but most of the open spots are to the south – especially at Myles Standish State Forest near Plymouth, Freetown State Forest near Fall River and Wompatuck State Park near Quincy.

What do site teams do? They provide the support needed to make sure each WRTC competitor team has a successful time during the competition! They help with setting up the tent and generator, maintaining site security, communications to the headquarters hotel, greeting members of the public, and keeping an eye on everything, including making sure the generator stays running until the competition ends! Each of the sixteen properties we will be using already has Beam Team Captains and Site Area Managers assigned. Within each property we need Site Managers for each station site, and each Site Manager needs to have several Site Team members to help share the support duties. Multiply 65 sites x 4 site team members and we need around 250 volunteers! We’ll be setting up stations on Thursday (July 10th), then introducing competitors and the referee to their site on Friday (July 11th) so they can set up their radios. The on-the-air WRTC competition runs from 8am Saturday (July 12th) until 8am Sunday (July 13th). During Sunday we’ll be taking apart the stations, and most of the equipment will be taken away by those who purchased Site Kits (tower, rotator, antennas, coax, tent, generator, etc).

We need to have someone from the site team at each site from setup on Thursday until we leave on Sunday. Most site teams should have 3-4 people to share the support time. If you can put in 6 hours or so on any one of the four days you can be a site team member. If you’d like to take on a Site Manager role, you can help to build a site team with friends from your club or elsewhere.

Each day we’re adding more volunteers to teams, if you haven’t been contacted, please contact K1KI@wrtc2014.org. If you know someone who is interested in helping out, have them sign up as a volunteer at www.wrtc2014.org/volunteer Note: In the last newsletter we two errors crept into the list of key managers at each site. At Devens, John/WA1JG is one of the Site Area Managers and Brian/NJ1F is a Beam Team Captain. We had them reversed. Also, most of the group supporting the Twin Valley Farm site is from the Cheshire County DX ARC, plus some help from the Contoocook Valley ARC. Also, we’ve added Keith/N1KLK as a Site Area Manager at Wompatuck State Park to fill out the list.

Hospitality Update – John Dorr, K1AR (k1ar@wrtc2014.org)

Activity is significantly ramping up in the areas of housing and transportation with only two months to go until show time! To give you a more specific idea where help is needed in the area of hospitality, here are some job functions and descriptions:

Airport Greeters Greeters will be stations at Boston’s Logan airport (and potentially other transportation locations including Manchester and NYC airports) with signs to welcome WRTC Attendees. Responsibilities include directing guests to their ground transportation. Volunteers will be provided with a visitor list and will coordinate with the drivers.

Drivers for Airport Pick-Ups/Returns

Drivers are needed using either their own car or rented vans (as needed) to pick up and return attendees at Logan and other transportation venues.

Registration Set Up Assist in tearing badges, stuffing welcome bags, and other assorted tasks.

Registration Desk and HQ Welcome Team Team members will work with the professional meeting staff to provide specific assistance to attendees with event registration, hotel check-in and other arrival logistics. You will welcome attendees to the hotel, help direct to the registration desk, the overflow hotels, etc. Your main role is to make the attendees feel welcome and answer any questions. Foreign language skills are a plus!

Competitor Logistics Assist in transporting competitors to/from the operating sites and/or provide other transportation during the competition weekend as required. We are especially looking for help in this area. It is a great opportunity to interact directly with a competing team!

Tour Volunteer We need one volunteer per bus or tour to serve as the official WRTC representative. You will make sure everyone is on the bus to/from excursion drop-offs and departures. In the case of any issues or problems, you would by the primary point of contact with the professional staff by phone. Lists of participating guests will be provided.

What’s next? The final list of guests and their travel itineraries is being compiled. That will allow us to develop assignments, particularly in the area of local transportation. If you have already expressed interest in supporting our hospitality needs, I will be contacting you shortly to identify a more specific role. More importantly, if you still want to get involved in this area, now’s the perfect time to sign-up at http://www.wrtc2014.org/volunteer/.

We are planning a wide range of tours and local activities for our guests. In some cases, we will need your help as a tour coordinator. Note, this is not the usual tour guide role with a microphone in the front of the bus. You are simply there to “herd the cats” and ensure our guests get to and from where they are supposed to be via supplied transportation. Think of your role as the chaperon on a High School field trip! J For a list of our planned excursions visit: http://www.wrtc2014.org/tours-and-activities/ Finally, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to drop an email to me at: k1ar@wrtc2014.org. Video Team James, 9V1YC, will be producing a video of the WRTC2014 event. His goal is to capture the excitement and uncertainty of the competition. That requires cameras in the right places at the right time. The resulting video will be something that can be played at radio club meetings around the world and as a way to introduce non-hams to the excitement of radio.

James is looking for two more shooters to join his WRTC video team. If you have experience in videography (or broadcast television) and would like to participate, please feel free to contact him at: james@dxvideos.com. The camera crew will be spreading out during the contest to cover as many of the station sites as possible, so if you're driving to WRTC please let us know. Also, if you have any of your own camera and sound equipment please include that in your details. No other job will have this level of access to what is happening at WRTC2014! Marketing Update – Randy Thompson K5ZD (k5zd@wrtc2014.org)

WRTC2014 has hired a profession PR person to help us with getting the attention of various media outlets about the WRTC story. We have already had some interesting nibbles from newspaper and radio programs asking for more information about WRTC. You can follow the latest press coverage on the web site at http://www.wrtc2014.org/in-the-media/ If you know someone at a TV, radio, or news outlet, please tell them about WRTC2014 or pass along their name to k5zd@wrtc2014.org so we can contact them. Look for an article in June QST about WRTC2014. WRTC2014 Activity Schedule The current draft of the event schedule looks like this (we will update as things change):

Tuesday, July 8 Competitors and referees begin to arrive. Volunteers meet and greet at airport and transport to Doubletree Hotel in Westborough.

Wednesday, July 9 Competitors and referees continue to arrive. Volunteers meet and greet at airport and transport to Doubletree Hotel in Westborough. Volunteers begin delivery and installation of equipment to operating sites. Some sites may be built if security can be managed for the extra night.

Evening: informal dinner, some entertainment, including a reception for non-ham spouses and family members. Thursday, July 10 ALL DAY: Volunteers build the operating sites…all 65 of them! Morning – Competitor and referee Q & A meetings Tours or other social excursions during the day for competitors, referees, and visitors Evening – Opening Ceremonies, Olympic-style. Volunteers are welcome to attend in person or watch on streaming Web video.

Friday, July 11 Competitors will meet and draw their station locations. Volunteers will transport teams, referees, and their equipment to station sites to begin set up of operating equipment. Lunch boxes will be provided, and teams may want to stop at a grocery store to procure snacks, drinks of choice, etc.

After setting up and testing their stations, teams and referees will have the option of staying at the site overnight, staying at a local nearby ham’s house overnight, or going back to the hotel.

Saturday, July 12 Volunteers transport any teams that have spent the night at the hotel back to their site, to arrive no later than 7 AM. Contest begins at 8 am EDST (1200 UTC).

Site teams provide security, monitor the generator fuel, attend to the teams’ needs for food and water, receive visitors, and watch weather conditions (stations will shut down in the event of lightning in the area).

Sunday, July 13 Contest ends at 8am EDST (1200 UTC). Competitors and referees are transported back to hotel. Site Teams supervise the disassembly of stations. Station kit buyers pick up their equipment by mid-afternoon.

Monday, July 14 Touring or other social events during the day, closing ceremony and awards banquet in the evening. Volunteers are welcome to participate.

Tuesday, July 15 Competitors and referees are bused to airport for departure, or transfer to Hartford for ARRL convention.

Key Dates

  • May 31 – Volunteer Training Session, Milford, MA
  • July 9-11 – Station Setup
  • July 12-13 – WRTC2014 Competition
  • July 13 – Station Takedown
  • July 14 – Closing Ceremony and Announcement of Winners
  • July 18-19 – ARRL Centennial Convention, Hartford, CT

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - SATURDAY, MAY 31 - TRAINING SESSION at MILARA, 49 MAPLE ST., MILFORD MA

Know someone who wants to volunteer to help with WRTC2014? Send them to our sign up page at http://www.wrtc2014.org/volunteer/
Not sure what you want to do? Check out the help wanted page. http://www.wrtc2014.org/help-wanted/

Who is in charge of what? WRTC2014 is a complicated project. The organization has been divided into several functional departments. Here is a handy chart of who is in charge of each area. Each of them can be reached at (callsign) @wrtc2014.org if you have questions.

Department Responsible for

  • Director Sites Site selection, testing, permitting, site team recruitment and training Tom Frenaye, K1KI

  • Antenna Design of antenna system, Beam Team recruiting and training Mark Pride, K1RX

  • Competition Rules, judging, station approval, everything in the tent Andy Blank, N2NT

  • Hospitality Lodging for teams/referees, meals, transportation, opening/closing ceremonies John Dorr, K1AR IT

  • Internet service, communications, scoreboard, video, club presentations Dave Pascoe, KM3T

  • Marketing Webmaster, Social Media, Publicity, Internal/external communications Randy Thompson, K5ZD

  • Team Selection Team qualification and Referee Selection Dan Street, K1TO

  • Log checking Log checking and review, final scoring Tree Tyree, N6TR

  • Finance Budgeting, purchasing, asset tracking Dick Green, WC1M

  • General Management Planning, scheduling, fundraising Doug Grant, K1DG



MARK YOUR CALENDAR - SATURDAY, MAY 31 - TRAINING SESSION at MILARA, 49 MAPLE ST., MILFORD MA





NEWS FEATURE ALERT!!
Thousands of ‘Hams’ gather at Deerfield New Hampshire Fairgrounds 15th NEW ENGLAND AMATEUR RADIO FESTIVAL  “NEAR-Fest” LARGEST Gathering of Radio Hams in Northeast USA Friday 9a May 2nd -  Saturday 3p May 3d 2014                                           CONTACT: Warren Elly W1GUD mailto:W1GUD4@gmail.com    813-924-6096 ; Near-Fest Web http://near-fest.com The next time you tap a text into your smart phone think about this; radio hams have been sending messages to each other for over a hundred years. In fact much of the technology that allows you to enjoy the social network was invented by hams, or Radio Amateurs; the founders of the world’s first social network, nearly a century before anyone ever heard of the Internet.  Known to many as the “Woodstock of Amateur Radio”, the NEAR-Fest draws thousands of “Hams” and their families from all over the U.S., Canada, even Europe. At Deerfield Fairgrounds they renew old acquaintances, and dig through rare decades-old radio parts and ooh and ah over the newest state-of-the-art equipment. NEAR-Fest, a private not-for-profit corporation donates funds to good causes. Says founder and chairman Mike Crestohl W1RC, “we are committed to funding projects that will introduce the magic and wonder of radio to young people with the hope that this will ‘light the spark’ for some of them as it did for us”.  This year NEAR-Fest is not only doling out college scholarships for electronic technology studies in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, but we are also matching dollar for dollar New England Ham Radio Clubs in raising funds for the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund. The fund is used to represent and protect the interests of Radio Amateurs in the U.S. and abroad. NEAR-Fest will match up to $1000 every year.

ARRL Connecticut Section

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC
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