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/

QUICK UPDATES

Museum Ships Weekend

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

Check this website for more information: http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/

Also head down to the USS Nautilus museum which will be operating as N1S during this fun radio event!

 

Ham Radio Exam Session

June 17 2017 @ Norwich Free Academy 9:30 AM

A LITTLE EARLY

Some news a few months early (better than a few days late!)…

If you missed the RASON Auction I do feel bad for you… it was quite an experience… but don’t worry…. the Tri-City Auction is scheduled for October 28, 2017. Plenty of time to get ready!

Also don’t forget the DMR REGION 4 net on the CT ARES DMR Network channel TAC4 on Wednesday (first Wed of the month!) at 8:30pm local.

RASON Auction & O’Niantic 5k

Got too few ham items in the shack? Time to fix that!

Got too many ham items in the shack? Time to fix that too!

It’s RASON Auction time!

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Gales Ferry Firehouse
(1772 Route 12, Gales Ferry, CT 06335)

UPDATED March 7: Auction site opens for sellers @ 9AM and buyers at 10AM.

UPDATED April 13: Open to sellers @ 8, buyers @ 9, STARTS AT 10!

Don’t forget about the door prizes and bring $5 for admission!

For more information, check out the RASON Auction 2017 page.

Want to get your license or upgrade before the auction? There is an exam session scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Red Cross building in Waterford at 6pm (and then stay for the Tri-City meeting at 7:30pm!)

It is also almost Spring, which means… the O’Niantic 5k is just around the corner!

Operators who would like to help out should contact W1GTT.  Check out the CT ARES REGION 4 CALENDAR for more information.

NEW TECH CLASS

Know someone (maybe you?) who wants to become a ham radio operator that missed the last tech class?

Give them an early holiday present… the information for a new tech class!

This one starts Thursday January 5, 2017 and is being held in Ledyard, CT.

More information about this class can be found on the Ledyard Parks & Rec Website

Note: Horizontal Engineers is not affiliated with the class, we just like getting the word out there!