Author: kb1ray

FOX HUNT

I know you’ve heard the ghostly whispers so here is the information:

The yet-to-be-named fox hunt is scheduled for

Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM

and will occur in the New London County area.

Additional information will be coming out very soon.

 

I wonder if I could make a lot of money selling directional antennas at the auction the day before? Just kidding! ūüôā

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IT’S NOT TOO EARLY

… to start thinking about Ham Radio during the holidays!

The annual Holiday Brunch is coming up so mark your calendars!

WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 2017
WHERE: River Ridge Golf Course (259 Preston Rd, Jewett City, CT 06351)
COST: $25 (more information on where to send it coming soon)

And soon after the brunch we have the Christmas Eve Net.

WHEN: Christmas Eve (Sunday, December 24, 2017)
WHERE: 146.73 Mhz (-) and 449.725 Mhz (-) tone 156.7 Hz and Echolink node 711268.
COST: $0

Fall Events

Just a heads up for everyone on upcoming Fall events. I know the site has been a bit quiet lately.. so..

First just a quick comment about the Simplex Net. We did have a second Simplex Net in August which worked pretty much as expected but we did get a check-in from Westerly which was good to hear.

Now on to the events…

Technician Amateur Radio Class
DATE: Weekly on Wednesdays from September 27, 2017 to November 15, 2017
TIME: 6PM to 8PM
WHERE: Montville High School
INSTRUCTOR: Larry Wolfgang
COST: $99 (This fee includes the book, exam, and NLAED fees, New London residents get a $5 discount)
REGISTRATION REQUIRED SEE LINK BELOW

New London Adult Education: https://www.newlondonadulted.org/CourseCatalog/ScheduleView.asp?ScheduleId=4327

Tri-City Auction
DATE: October 28, 2017
TIME: 8AM for sellers, 9AM for browsing, 10AM the auction starts
WHERE: Gales Ferry Firehouse (click here for map)
COST: $2.00 at the door plus cash for the (new to you) toys!
TALK-IN: 146.97Mhz tone 156.7Hz

Tri-City Amateur Radio Club Website: http://www.qsl.net/tricityarc/

AFTERTHOUGHTS

Ok, so the Simplex Net did not go as planned. And I will admit that part of it was my fault. My radio was not as thoroughly tested and ready for simplex as I had thought.

That said, there was a large showing of support from the Westerly area for the HE Net preceding the simplex net, which was awesome. I just wish everything had worked out enough to have been able to hear them check in on simplex.

WE HAVE LEARNED!

And we will keep learning! Being one (or the only?) simplex net in south east Connecticut I have to say that it was a learning experience, hopefully for more than just me and my radio (which apparently I need to read the manual again for). I know a bunch of stations were able to make contact which was excellent. I do not yet have any data as far as what power or where people were, but that is something I’d like to plan to collect next time, either over the air or email or on a repeater afterwards.

NEXT TIME?

Yes! I plan to run another Simplex Net. I think the day we picked worked out really well, so I’d like to schedule the next Simplex Net for about 1 month away — Tuesday August 22, 2017. Same time same frequency. This date is of course subject to change. We can discuss it on the next few HE nets and see what works best.

 

EDIT: Sorry for mentioning my post on the Net tonight and then forgetting to click the Publish button!

SIMPLEX NET UPDATE

Just an update for anyone interested in the first Simplex Net:

DATE: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TIME: around 7:15pm

The Net will begin at the conclusion of the regularly scheduled Horizontal Engineers Net.

However, it will not begin any earlier than 7:15pm local.

FREQUENCY: 146.550 Mhz FM mode

Remember, this is a simplex frequency; no offset, no tone.

I (KB1RAY) will be Net Control down here in Groton (not ideal, but let’s give it a shot). As always, use the lowest power necessary. The callup, in an attempt to reduce doubling, will be done by callsign prefix (letters before the number):

K, W, N, KA, KB, KC, WA, WB, NA, everyone else

This list subject to change.

 

SUMMER NOTES

ANOTHER FUN WEEKEND

Remember Museum Ships Weekend? Missed it? Want more non-contest fun like that?

Get ready for Lighthouse and Lightship weekend!

ARRL Link:  http://www.arrl.org/news/international-lighthouse-lightship-weekend-registrations-top-200-and-rising

Event details: https://illw.net/

00.01 UTC 19 August to 2400 UTC 20 August 2017 (48 hours)

SIMPLEX NIGHT

I know the idea has been floating around for a while, but let’s see if we can finally get something started.

I will be hosting a short Simplex Net immediately following the Horizontal Engineers Net on Tuesday July 25, 2017.  If the Engineers Net runs short, the Simplex Net will start no sooner than 7:15pm local.

 

COMING SOON:

Field Day pictures!

FIELD DAY REMINDER

This coming weekend is Field Day!

To quote the ARRL “Field Day is ham radio’s open house.”

Want to know more? Check the ARRL website.

LOCALLY:

Through the sponsorship of the Tri-City Amateur Radio Club (W1QV) as well as the coordinated efforts of RASON (N1NW) and SCRAMS (W1NLC), South East Connecticut’s Field Day location will be in Ledyard, CT.

Location: Ledyard Fair Grounds @ 740 Colonel Ledyard Hwy, Ledyard, CT

Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25

See also the Tri-City ARC website: http://www.qsl.net/tricityarc/