After watching all (well, a good chunk at least) of the equipment changing hands at the RASON auction this weekend it got my brain into Ham Radio Mode and I couldn’t help but think:

It’s getting warmer… that means…. Museum Ships Weekend is quickly approaching!

June 2 & 3rd, 2018

This fun communication event (not a contest!) includes ships and operators from around the world!

More info on the NJ2BB website:



There is a SkyWarn class being held next weekend in Manchester. Here are the details I received:

Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Manchester RCC
321 Olcott St
Manchester, CT
The morning session is full. An afternoon session has been added.
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration is Required via Eventbrite at the following link:


Thanks go to Kevin for forwarding this information.



As the wonderful season of Spring seems to hide from us, here are some quick ham radio updates/reminders:

RASON AUCTION – Still scheduled for April 21, 2018. Check out the RASON Website for more info.

TECH CLASS – A very successful Technician class in Ledyard has concluded. Congratulations to the new Techs (and some Generals)! Hope to hear you on the air soon!

GROTON REPEATER – Work is being done at SCRAMS’ Groton repeater site by a GFA contractor to identify and eliminate interference. One part of this process has required them to turn off the CAT controller. What this means is that the repeater may sound and act a bit different. For example there is no output tone anymore. If you use Tone Squelch (tone on input and output) you will have to switch to tone only on input or the repeater will sound very quiet to you.

RESOURCES – Do not forget to check out the W1OEM ARES Region 4 Calendar and the CT ARES Discussion List


After a very cold few weeks I think a bunch of us are ready for Spring already. Here are some things going on to take our minds off the cold:

#1 – RASON AUCTION – Saturday April 21, 2018 – Same auction place! Same auction time!

Click here to check all the details on the RASON site.

#2 – Technician Class – Started in January the class is reportedly very well attended and going great. Expect to hear some new callsigns on the air late winter/early spring!

#3 – RASON Meeting Update – Just a note for everyone, RASON meetings now start at 7:30pm

And if you really enjoy thinking about warm weather, start thinking about Field Day 2018 — June 23-24, 2018!



Sorry to bring up the Holidays so early but it is for a good cause!

#1 – New Annual Holiday Party Details:

2017 Christmas Holiday Breakfast Buffet

Where:   The Restaurant at River Ridge Golf Course

         259 Preston Ave.

         Jewett City, CT  06351

          Exit 22 (old exit 85) off I-395 to CT Rt. 164 South.

When:    Saturday, December 16, 2017,  10:00am EST

Cost:       $25 per person

Menu:     Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries, Eggs Benedict, Danish Pastry, Fruit Salad

               Sausage Garvey, Toast, Biscuits, French Toast, Coffee, Tea, Juice & Omelet Station!

RSVP:    On or before Dec. 8th send your check made payable to RASON to:

               Chip Griffin, N1MIE

               1672 Glasgo Rd.

               Griswold, CT  06351

               Please include your name, call sign and the names of any guests.

Each person attending will be entered into a raffle for amateur radio related and general interest door prizes.

UPDATE: For children 10 years old and under the cost is $12.

#2 – Christmas Eve Net:

The Christmas Eve Net is scheduled for 10PM on Christmas Eve (December 24th) on the N1NW repeaters. I thought the time was listed somewhere here but I could’t find it.


Sorry for the delay…


Saturday at 8AM for sellers, 9AM for buyers, 10AM start.
October 28, 2017

Check out the Tri-City Auction Flyer for more information (including a partial equipment list).

Don’t forget: $2.00 at the door, bring cash, and park around back!


The fox hunt has been rescheduled for Saturday November 11, 1PM.

Sunday at 1:00 PM
October 29, 2017

Meeting place:
I-395 Exit 14 Norwichtown
Commuter Lot just west of I-395
Norwich, Connecticut


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! 🙂


… 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