E-board Meeting Location Change
E-board meeting, 7 p.m., Monday December 9.
Meeting will be at Chris KB1NEK's home - GHS cafeteria is not available.
Three people passed amateur radio license exams at our Northfield VE
session on November 25th. The FCC database now shows their new callsigns.
Ralph Mroz of Greenfield now holds a Tecnician license, callsign KC1AWR.
Paul Siqueira of Amherst came to us having very recently passed the
Technician and General class exams. He then passed his Extra test at
Northfield. The FCC issued him a new General Class license, callsign
KC1AWN, and a day later upgraded it to Extra Class.
Kip Williams of Montague passed the Tech, General, and Extra tests at our
session, and now holds an Extra Class license with call AB1UU.
December 2013 Communicator
The December 2013 FCARC Communicator has been published,
it can be found
on the website
or it will arrive soon in your e-mail (or later if you have chosen postal delivery).
Happenings December 2013 (& New Year 2014)
The E-Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday December 9.
Meeting will be at Chris KB1NEK's home - GHS cafeteria is not available.
The club breakfast will take place starting at 8 a.m. Saturday,
December 14 at Denny's Pantry.
All amateurs, visitors or residents, club members or not, are welcome.
As usual, in lieu of a December meeting we have a Holiday Party on December 16,
6 p.m. at GHS. See article below.
FCARC New Years Eve tradition: New Years Net starts at 11:50 p.m., December 31, on the KB1BSS 146.985 MHz repeater.
Another tradition: we provide communications support for the New Years Day
Sawmill River 10K Race in Montague. Contact Al, N1AW, to volunteer. More info will be posted here soon.
Denny's is at 469 Bernardston Rd (Rtes 5 & 10) in Greenfield, next to Cherry Rum Plaza, just south of the Rte 2 interchange.
(Click here for a satellite view map.)
Directions to Greenfield High School: From the center of Greenfield go
north on Federal St. (Rtes 5 and 10) about 1.5 miles, at Silver
St. (stop light) turn left. From North or South on I-91, take Exit 27, Route 2 East, then the first exit, Bernardston Rd (Routes 5 and 10 South). The Silver St. intersection is about 0.3 mile south of Rte 2, turn right at the stop light. On Silver St. the High School is on the left, about 0.3 mile from Federal St. During construction parking for evening events and the entrance are on Kent St.
(Click here for a satellite view map.)
Program Ideas? Do you have a suggestion for a guest speaker or topic for
an FCARC meeting? Let us know! Write to Al, N1AW
(firstname.lastname@example.org)or any other
Holiday Party December 16th
The FCARC Holiday Party will take place at the GHS cafeteria on Monday December 16th at 6 p.m.
As in past years we will have music provided by talented club members and an auction of radio and electronics stuff. Auction items may be personal, with a club contribution of a percentage of the sale price, or they may be donations to the club or surplus club-owned equipment.
Also, as in recent years, we do not have a designated co-ordinator for the pot-luck supper dishes. Various members have already pledged a spiral-cut ham, devilled eggs, and a cobbler desert. Bring a dish you like!
The December e-board meeting is scheduled to take place on December 9 at 7 p.m.,
FCARC in QST
In the December 2013 QST:
Phill N1YPS has another Hints and Kinks article published, on page 53.
The FCARC's Field Day 2013 score is reported at the bottom of the first column on page 75. Our score of 2,418 ranks 171st of 441 entries reported in class 2A.
Obituaries Will Be Archived on Silent Keys Page
Occasionally we must announce the passing of a member or former member of
the club. When it comes time to archive such notices they will be reposted
ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Problem??
Many ARRL members take advantage of the ARRL e-mail forwarding service. You can register for an e-mail forwarding address like email@example.com - mail sent to such an address will be forwarded to an e-mail address you specify. The service was recently upgraded and moved to a new server. A notable improvement is that the ARRL will inform a sender if mail cannot be delivered. This is good, now you will know if an e-mail you sent was undeliverable. However, recently your webmaster, N1AW, had several messages rejected which should have had valid addresses. As
a precaution all e-mail addresses on our
page that had been listed as ARRL forwarding service addresses have now been changed to the real addresses.
Get into a contest. You don't need to have a super-station or the endurance to
stay up all night, you may find it's fun if you can put a half hour into one of these contests coming up during November and December:
ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW 2100Z, Nov 2 to 0300Z, Nov 4
ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, SSB 2100Z, Nov 16 to 0300Z, Nov 18
CQ Worldwide DX Contest, CW 0000Z, Nov 23 to 2400Z, Nov 24
ARRL 160-Meter Contest 2200Z, Dec 6 to 1600Z, Dec 8
ARRL 10-Meter Contest 0000Z, Dec 14 to 2400Z, Dec 15
ARRL Rookie Roundup, CW 1800Z-2359Z, Dec 22
N1AW has updated his article on
Contesting: Why and How for the Beginner.
License Classes at Holyoke Hospital in January
The Hampden County Radio Association will hold Technician license classes and
General and Extra Class license study groups in January at the Holyoke Hospital. This will be intense - two Monday evening sessions, and a 6 hour Saturday session followed immediately by a VE exam session. For details look on page 7 of the HCRA's Zero Beat newsletter for November, available on-line at
DX Alert! Sunspots Increasing
This could be a good time to look for DX on 15 or 10 meters, maybe even 6 meters.
In the ARRL's weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletin issued today, Tad Cook, K7RA says:
Solar activity is increasing, suggesting that perhaps now in Fall
2013 we are in the midst of a second peak in Cycle 24. We hope it
Sunspot numbers this week ran up all the way to 228, a level not
seen in the past decade since October 27 through November 1, 2003
when the daily sunspot numbers were 238, 230, 330, 293, 266 and 277.
The complete bulletin is available online at
http://www.arrl.org/news/the-k7ra-solar-update-292. ARRL members can also
receive propagation bulletins by e-mail upon request.
Another Equipment Storage Work Day: Monday Oct. 28
At our first workday at the storage locker we are going to share with CERT,
MRC, and other organizations we repaired a set of shelves and created a substantial amount of space by getting things back onto them.
On Monday 10/28 we will build some shelves for our own equipment and figure out how to store items like the hex beam that won't fit on the shelves.
If you would like to help get in touch with Chris, KB1NEK (firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 413-625-0344).
Edward Pepyne, Sr., N1EWP, SK
Ed Pepyne of Ashfield and Derby, VT, died on October 10, 2013, at the age of 87.
Although many relatively new members of the FCARC never met Ed, he was a very active
member until he moved to Vermont around 2004. Those who remember him say he
was very much a presence on the club's nets and at club activities. One of the many roles he played in his life was an attorney, and in this capacity he was always available when legal advice was needed by the club.
An obituary in the Recorder of October 10
tells a story of a man with a rich career: teacher, professor, psychologist, and lawyer. He was active in many organizations. He practiced law at many levels,
including state and federal courts. His interest in amateur radio and his
membership in both the FCARC and the MTARA are mentioned in the obituary.
October 21 Program: Community Organizations Active in Disasters
There is a new organization in the Valley called the Pioneer Valley Community
Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) The organization came about partly
from new federal and state initiatives. It has gathered
energy from the Red Cross and numerous organizations active in 2011,
responding to the tornado in the Springfield area, widespread tropical storm damage,
and the October snow storm. The lesson that seems to be giving
the new organization its focus is that the long slow recovery
after the 2011 disasters required help from numerous agencies. Many of these
are not usually considered emergency response agencies, but they played
important roles in the recovery period.
Representatives of FCARC, MTARA, Red Cross, Stavros, Western Mass Food Bank,
and other groups participated in a recent general meeting of the COAD. At our October 21st
meeting Chris KB1NEK, and Ron K8HSF will report to us. We also will discuss other aspects
of emergency communications as well as the new regional shelter plan drawn up by the Regional Emergency Planning Committee for Franklin County.
Work Day Saturday 10/12: FCARC Equipment Storage
On Saturday October 12 we will be donating club members' labor to repairing collapsed shelves and bringing order to a storage locker in Greenfield. The locker is used by CERT, MRC, and other emergency response organizations for storage of equipment and supplies needed in emergencies. In exchange for our help in this effort the FCARC is going to be given a portion of the space to store some of our own equipment.
If you would like to help, please contact Chris, KB1NEK
phone 413-625-0344), and join us at Casey Storage, 1135 Bernardston Rd (Rtes 5 & 10), Greenfield, at 9 a.m. Saturday. Bring a hammer.
FCARC owns transceivers, antennas, batteries, a generator, and other equipment we use to set up net control stations for public service events and Field Day. All of these, as well as our backup repeater, are potentially useful in emergencies. For many uses we know ahead of time what we will need and where it will be needed, but emergencies are unpredictable. If the generator or other needed equipment is in someone's garage and that person is on vacation when a hurricane or ice storm occurs, what can we do? Sometimes we move the stuff to someone else's garage during vacation season - a lot of effort and inconvenience.
Having our most-used and needed equipment in a centrally located storage locker to which several club officers have keys will, we hope, be an effective solution. This location is on a major highway, likely to be easily accessible by several alternative routes in any emergency situation. Sharing the space with other organizations with missions related to ours seems logical.
Net Listings Updates
page now has links to the
Info Net Preamble
document and information about the
a slow speed CW practice net.
Sending Sloooow CW to Juno Spacecraft
Update: Did you participate? WA1QKT and N1AW did. Did you hear any other stations on your frequency? N1AW heard a Puerto Rican station on his. Let
one of us know if you noticed anything. Probably hearing DX stations was not
a good thing, the idea here was to send signals that would not get bounced back to earth by the ionosphere.
NASA�s Juno spacecraft flew past Earth on October 9 to receive a gravity assist, putting it on course
for Jupiter. To celebrate, the Juno mission invited Amateur Radio operators around the world to say
�HI� to Juno in a coordinated Morse code message. If enough operators participate, Juno�s �Waves�
radio and plasma wave experiment should be able to detect the message. The Say �HI� to Juno web
will be updated with additional information as the event
approaches. All transmissions will take place on 10 meters, with the precise (suggested) frequency
determined by the last letter of your call sign.
If you think you can't send Morse code fast enough, think again... This event calls for really slow CW, dits will be 30 seconds long.
There's more info in the
Western Mass Food Bank - "Will Bike 4 Food" Ride
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts sponsored a fund-raising bicycle tour event, Bike4Food, on Sunday September 29. This group is an important agency within the Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD). They are a good example of where a traditionally charitable organization is coming to see itself as being able to play an additional role during disasters.
The FCARC attempted to provide radio links between event headquarters in Hatfield and remote water/rest stops where cell phone service was not available. In addition, radio operators accompanied Food Bank volunteers in route patrol vehicles on the 100 mile course.
Not everything worked out as planned. This was the Food Bank's third running of the event, the first for some of the routes. Errors were made in planning and marking the routes. For radio operators, some of the remote sites proved difficult for various reasons. However, the overall feeling is that our participation was helpful. Having radio operators in the patrol vehicles was particularly useful in the late stages of the event, as cyclists tired or dealt with bicycle problems.
FCARC participants included Chris KB1NEK, Bruce KB1TLX, Richard KB1NOX, Bob WA1QKT, Carter WA1TVS, Ron K8HSF, Chet N1XPT, and Al N1AW.
Like the Franklin Land Trust D2R2 event of last month this was a long-distance, all day event. As such it presented challenges similar to those we may have to deal with in emergencies, including the need to plan for multiple shifts, lack of advance knowledge of conditions at remote sites, and impracticality of all volunteers meeting together before the start of the event.
As the boys of South Park say, "We learned something today...".
The original announcement of this event has been moved to
the News Archive page
Crop Walk, October 20
This year's Crop Walk will be in Shelburne Falls on Sunday, October 20. FCARC participation will be coordinated by Phill Grant N1YPS (e-mail
email@example.com). Watch this website for more news.
Wayne Green, W2NSD, SK
If you were involved with ham radio any time between the mid-1950s and 2003 you heard of, and may have both loved and hated, Wayne Green, W2NSD. He passed away on Sept 13. There is much more information
here, on the ARRL website.
M.A.R.C. Frequency List Update
An update has been added to the
M.A.R.C. Frequency List
noting changes to the Deerfield 145.13 MHz repeater and a proposed
band plan change that would affect the 147.435 MHz simplex channel.
The M.A.R.C list is a VHF/UHF channel guide to be used for emergency
communications in Franklin County. It lists all local amateur radio
repeater and simplex frequencies.
Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee
A relatively small number of FCARC volunteers provided communication for the Franklin Land Trust's bicycle tour event on August 24th. More than 1200 cyclists followed routes of up to 120 miles over routes that stretched from Deerfield to Brattleboro and Marlboro VT, and as far west as Rowe and Charlemont. Our assignment was limited, but quite essential: we linked sites along the Green River in Colrain and Guilford VT with the event headquarters in Deerfield. There was no land line or cell phone service available at these remote sites, so we were not just a backup, we were the major communications link. As the ARRL slogan goes, "When all else fails... Amateur Radio."
By all accounts the event sponsors were very glad for our help. We relayed many messages between Deerfield and the remote sites. It was a long day, we were on the air at our net control station from 7 a.m. to almost 5 p.m.
FCARC operators participating were Bruce, W1SRB, Bob WA1QKT, Cathy KB1SNA, Bob W1SRB, and Al N1AW.
New Club Year Begins
Our Club Year runs from September through August. Three things should be noted:
Terms of officers elected in the June meeting begin on September 1st. Ron Niswander, K8HSF has joined the Board of Directors. Bob Solosko did not stand for re-election to the Board, but continues as Communicator
editor. For contact information for all officers
We have started to develop a schedule for the coming year. A first draft of a calendar, with firm dates for the rest of 2013, is on the
Club dues are due now, although we allow a grace period until the end of December before we purge membership lists. You should receive a dues notice from our Treasurer, Howard Field, soon. For more information see the
Membership Information page.
Field Day 2013 Results
Here is a summary of our 2013 Field Day scores.
2013 ARRL Field Day (claimed score 7/18/13)
Call Score Class QSOs Mult GOTA Sec # Club
AC1L 2,418 2A 552 2 KB1MSU WMA 28 Franklin Co ARC
QSOs: c.w. 205, digital: 7, phone: 340 (HF: 309, GOTA: 10, 6 m: 20, Sat: 1)
QSO points: 1528, bonus points: 890, total claimed: 2418
To compare with results in previous years look at the
FCARC Field Day History
Update: Complete results, including copies of all supporting documents for
our entry, can be seen
in the 2013 Field Day Files area.
Date Change: July Breakfast Moved to July 20; WRTC Station Test on July 13
The 2013 Station Test for the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC 2014) is scheduled for the weekend of July 12-13-14. Those present at the June
15 breakfast agreed with a proposal to change the July FCARC breakfast date from July 13 to July 20.
Did you miss Jim Mullen's presentation about WRTC at the June 10 FCARC meeting?
To learn more about the WRTC,
click here for the WRTC 2014 website.
To learn about the July 2013 preparations,
click here for the WRTC 2013 Station Test website.
To see more about the Hampden County Radio Association's role in coordinating
Western Massachusetts support, look at
this article on the HCRA website.
Annual Meeting Election Results
At the Annual Meeting of the FCARC on Monday June 10, no additional nominations were made. Howard Fuller, N1LUP, and Al Woodhull, N1AW were re-elected as Treasurer and Vice President, and Ron Niswander, N8HSF was elected as Director.
Bob Solosko continues as Communicator editor. New terms begin September 1st.
We want to acknowledge that Dick, AC1L, again served as
the Nominating Committee, as he has done for many years now. This involves a
substantial amount of work, and Dick deserves thanks for this continuing contribution to the club.
June 10 Meeting: Club Election; World Radiosport Team Championship
The FCARC June meeting will take place on Monday, June 10, at Greenfield High School, starting at 7:15 p.m. (coffee and goodies at 7:00, E-board meeting at
As noted on the
FCARC Calendar Page,
the June meeting is when we have our annual election of officers. This
year the offices of Director, Treasurer,and Vice-President are up. Incumbent
Director Bob Solosko, W1SRB, was nominated for re-election, but declined the
nomination. He will continue as Communicator editor. Cathy Mitchell KB1SNA and
Ron Niswander, K8HSF, were also nominated for Director, but Cathy declined.
Howard Field, N1LUP, and Al Woodhull, N1AW, were nominated for re-election as
Treasurer and Vice-President, respectively.
But wait, there's more reason to attend the meeting: a really big amateur radio event is about to happen here in New England. Jim Mullen, KK1W, will be here to tell us about the 2014 WRTC (World Radiosport Team Championship) preparations that are in progress.
The WRTC is held every four years and consists of approximately 50 two-person teams of amateur radio operators competing in a test of operating skill. Unlike most on-the-air competitions, all stations are required to use identical antennas from the same geographic region, eliminating all variables except operating ability. Previous WRTCs have been held in Seattle (1990), San Francisco (1996), Slovenia (2000), Finland (2002), Brazil (2006), and Russia (2010). The 2014 WRTC contest will take place in a number of sites in New England.
The WRTC2014 Organizing Committee will be conducting a capability and
training test for the WRTC2014 stations and volunteers during the July
2013 running of the IARU HF Championship. The goals of the 2013 Station
Expand the pool of experienced teams for station set up
Evaluate proposed site locations for radio quietness and equality
Confirm logistics and procedures to set up and tear down a large
number of stations
- Gather log data under competition conditions to share with WRTC
This will be the final test before the full running of the WRTC 2014
competition in July 2014. The plan is to set up and operate as many as
30 stations during the test.
Tom Frenaye, K1KI, the ARRL division manager for New England is one of
the organizers of the effort to determine what sites will be the best
for the event. Jim Mullen, president of the Hampden County Amateur Radio
Association is leading the effort in western Massachusetts. The WRTC website
New Tech Licenses and Upgrades
At the final meeting of our Technician license class on May 16, four participants took the test, and all passed with scores better than 90%!
Less than a week later callsign info was on the FCC database. The new amateurs
KB1ZYW Harold Kelly (Greenfield)
KB1ZYX Walter Stephaniv (Amherst)
KB1ZYY Frances St.Sanot-Stephaniv (Amherst)
KB1ZYZ Hussain Hamad (Hawley)
We have never experienced such quick response by the ARRL VEC and the FCC.
If you hear someone using a new callsign on one of our repeaters please say hello!
Harold KB1ZYW and Hussain KB1ZYZ came to our regular quarterly VE session
May 27th in Northfield and upgraded to General licenses, even before their Technician licenses had arrived in the mail! Also on May 27, Jake, KB1VPN,
upgraded to General, and Frank, KB1YYY, upgraded to Extra Class - Frank had earned a new General license at our November 2012 session.
Click here for info about future FCARC VE sessions.
KB1BSS 146.985 MHz Repeater Maintenance
FM radio station WPVQ owns the tower on Frizzell Hill in Leyden where
our 2 meter repeater is mounted. The engineer for the station notified us
in early April that he was going to have a tower climber on site to prepare for
improvements to the broadcast antenna, and we were invited to use this
professional's skills to work on our repeater installation. We made a
quick decision to use this opportunity to replace the repeater feedline.
This was done on Tuesday, April 9.
The old feedline that was removed showed definite signs of corrosion
due to water getting inside the cable, and preliminary reports seem to
indicate that the repeater is performing better than previously. However,
we are still considering replacing the antenna itself, which has been in
service for many years. Reports of any problems with the repeater from
users are welcome - contact Chris, KB1NEK, or Al, N1AW.
Update: the weather data recorder was reset on April 29, and the temperature at the repeater site is now reported as part of the ID at half past the hour. You can get a temperature report at any time by keying up the repeater and pressing 476 on a touch tone pad.
N1AW's Arduino Keyer
At the March 1 HCRA DIY Show-and-Tell meeting N1AW demonstrated a CW keyer that features accurate reporting of the current speed setting using Morse output. Related files, including Arduino microcontroller source code, are on this website at
Online Membership List
The online club membership list has been updated. It can be seen
It is updated annually after the grace period for payment of club dues has expired. Please look to be sure your entry is correct.
WA1QKT's "How to Use Your FT-60" Info Available Online
The PowerPoint file Bob Dickerman used for his presentation at the 2/11/2013 meeting is available on this website as
./Files/How to configure your HT_ppt.ppt.
FCARC Facebook Group???
Other amateur radio clubs in Western Massachusetts have created Facebook groups. Club members who are Facebook users can post to and view postings on the groups. It's an easy way to share news, pictures, and information. Are any FCARC members interested in trying this? Please contact Al, N1AW, if you have thoughts about this.
MA-RI CW Traffic Net
The following was posted recently on the
Western MA ARRL Section website
by Marcia Forde, KW1U, Section Traffic Manager for EMA and WMA:
There has been no section CW net for either East Mass or West Mass for some time. Some have approached me concerning their interest in CW, so I plan to run a slow speed CW traffic net for both Massachusetts sections and Rhode Island which will offer training in message handling and net operation and at the same time hopefully give folks a chance to increase their CW capabilities. We will meet on 3565 Khz plus or minus at 7PM Monday through Friday. If enough interest and personnel are available I will add weekends as well. Training messages will be provided and questions and comments are always welcome. I plan on a Q&A session on the Boston 145.23 repeater following the EM2MN which meets at 8 PM. Obviously most in West Mass section will not be able to make that, but I can be available by email or either following CM2MN on the Paxton repeater or on HF or Echolink by arrangement.
Anyone interested in CW will be most welcome. Come meet new friends, learn new skills and hopefully have some fun.
WebSDR - Hear (and See) Your Signal on a Distant Receiver
A WebSDR is a Software-Defined Radio receiver connected to the internet, allowing many listeners to listen and tune it simultaneously. SDR technology makes it possible that all listeners tune independently, and thus listen to different signals; this is in contrast to the many classical receivers that are already available via the internet.
The quote above is from
http://www.websdr.org where you can find links to more than 40 WebSDR sites around the world. Links to other sources of information also can be found there.
N1AW found that
a WebSDR site in New Jersey operated by K2SDR
was able to display and repeat his 80 meter c.w. signal from Western Massachusetts during both daylight and nighttime conditions when he was using as little as 5 watts output. He listened to himself checking into the new MA-RI c.w. net described above. It's really fun to see the spectrum of your own signal and everyone else in a net, as well as many other signals from the entire low end of the 80 meter band.
Results of VE Session Monday, November 26
The FCARC VE team held an Amateur Radio License exam session Monday 11/26. Four candidates appeared and all were successful:
David Calef from Spofford NH, KB1YQP, upgraded to General Class.
Confirmed in FCC database 12/1/2012
Frank Smith from Jaffrey NH passed two tests to earn a new General Class license.
New call is KB1YYY.
James Karan of Athol earned a new Technician licenses.
New call is KB1YYZ.
Alexander Rogers of Northfield earned a new Technician license.
New call is KB1YZA.
Greet them when you hear them on the air!
The next FCARC VE session will take place on Monday February 25, 2013. For more information see the
Amateur Radio License Exams page
on this website.
Contests: Why and How? (10 Meter Contest Coming Soon)
This is contest season: ARRL Sweepstakes, 160 meter, 10 meter, Rookie Roundup, and many others. N1AW has updated an article he
wrote several years ago,
Contesting: Why and How for the Beginner.
Our neighbors in the Hampden County Radio Association make a club entry in the ARRL 10 meter contest, coming up December 7 - 9. Matt, W1SMW, has posted on the HCRA website
an updated ARRL 10 Meter Contest Tutorial,
recommended reading if you would like to try your hand at contesting in this relatively easy-going event. If a few FCARC members tell N1AW they are interested, we could submit a club entry also. If he doesn't hear from anyone else N1AW will add his scores to the HCRA effort - he is also an HCRA member.
December QST has 2012 Field Day Results
The digital version of QST for December 2012 is
Your paper version should be in the mail soon.
Our 2012 Field Day score is on p. 73:
We did significantly better than last year.
We were 100th of all 408 Class 2A entries received by the ARRL, and 10th of 25 Class 2A entries received from New England.
More detailed info will be posted soon.
Our News Archive page has an article presenting
preliminary 2012 results before the ARRL log-checking.
and another article summarizing
results for 2006 through 2011.
440 Repeater is Up!
The KB1BSS 448.875 MHz repeater on Rocky Mountain (Poet's Seat) in Greenfield is up again. Temporarily it is using a separate low gain transmitting antenna at reduced height because the duplexer seems to have been the cause of the problems that began almost a year ago. Range is probably reduced but it should be usable in our core Greenfield/Montague area. For the time being the 10 meter link is disabled.
WA1QKT and N1AW continue to work on the repeater. Please let one of them know of your experiences using this machine.
Want to Help After Sandy?
The ARRL recommends two websites
to radio amateurs who want to volunteer.
ARRL November Sweepstakes
ARRL November Sweepstakes
CW, weekend of November 3-5
Phone, weekend of November 17-19
More info in October QST or here:
N1AW got another certificate for 1st Place in Western MA, QRP CW, last year. Who will challenge him?
Hospital Drill Postponed
For various technical reasons the hospital communications drill that had been planned for Saturday September 29 has had to be postponed. It will be rescheduled for later this Fall.
Although the postponement is disappointing to those who have been
working on this project, in preparing for it notable progress has been made. A group of club members surveyed the amateur radio installation that was made last summer at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. As a result of this improvements are expected to more closely integrate amateur radio with the hospital communications center. Also, at least two additional towns in Franklin County will have functional amateur radio equipment in their Emergency Operations Center as a result of preparations made so far.
VE Session Result
The FCARC VE team held an Amateur Radio License exam session on Monday August 27.
We had one candidate, Kevin Tracy, KC5KKS. Kevin successfully upgraded from Advanced to Extra Class. Congratulations!
VEs who participated were Cindy W1CAD, Dick AA1XU, Les KJ1W, Ron K8HSF, and Al, N1AW.
The next session by the FCARC VE team will be Monday November 26, 2012. For a schedule of future FCARC VE sessions and more information, please see the
Amateur Radio License Exams page
on this website.
Annual Club Officer Election Results
At the official annual elections meeting on June 11, club President Chris Myers, Secretary Bob Dickerman, and Director
Belle Dyer were all elected to new two year terms which begin on September 1st.
VE Session: Belle is an Extra, Fabio is KB1YFY
At the VE session May 28 in Northfield:
Belle Dyer of Colrain, KB1NOG, upgraded from General to Extra.
Fabio Dallorto of Conway passed Technician and General tests. His call is KB1YFY (June 1 FCC update on QRZ.com).
The next regular FCARC VE session will be August 27. See the
VE License Exams
page for more information.
High Performance HF Transceiver Design
Doug Grant, K1DG, has written some interesting articles about ham radio
for Electronics Design News, a publication aimed at engineering
professionals. His latest is on "High Performance HF Transceiver Design" and
has interesting things to say about the design process, as well as the
state of the art. You can see the article
online at the EDN website
N1YPS in June QST
Phill, N1YPS, describes his "rigpod" invention in the Hints & Kinks
column of QST for June 2012. Look on page 63.
Two New Callsigns: KB1WUZ and KB1WVA
The word has come from the FCC that licenses have been issued for two people
who passed their exams at the VE session conducted by our club in Northfield
on February 27.
Bill Horsch of Hinsdale, NH, passed both the Technician and General level exams.
His new call is KB1WUZ.
Nina Martin-Anzuoni of Colrain, MA, is a new Technician: KB1WVA.
FCARC policy is to waive membership dues for the first year for anyone newly
licensed through one of our exam sessions. Please welcome Bill and Nina if you
hear them on the air or see them at a club event.
Tech Class Success: KB1WTP, KB1WTQ, KB1WTR, and KB1WTS, More Coming!
The FCC report released on Saturday February 25 lists the callsigns of the
four local people who passed their Technician tests at the last session of the
class conducted by FCARC members recently:
Julie Page KB1WTP
Caroline Shores Ness KB1WTQ
Gary Bunker KB1WTR
Tom Fydenkevez KB1WTS
The upgrade of Bruce Fuller, KB1TLX, to a General license is also now official.
Update Monday February 27th:
At our regular VE session class participant Nina Martin-Anzuoni earned a new
Technician license. And Bill Horsch of Hinsdale, NH, passed both the Technician
and General tests for a new General License. Call signs will be posted when
Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to New Generals Belle and Miner, New Extra Dan
Belle, KB1NOG, and Miner, KB1NQK, both took and passed the exams for the
General Class license last Saturday at the session sponsored by the MTARA
and HCRA groups in Chicopee.
We also recently learned that Dan, KB1WEK, who upgraded to General in our
November VE session, took the final step and upgraded to Extra at a VE
session in Amherst last month.
Software Defined Radio References
Links to Internet information sources about software defined radio (SDR), the
subject of Bob Solosko's presentation at the January meeting, are now online
here. The link is
Magazine Article on Ham Radio
There is an interesting article on Ham Radio in the 21st Century in EDN
(Electronic Design News):
(Thanks to Yankee Clipper Contest Club mailing list for this info).
Contest Operator Haiku
I'm hearing voices
They're all so soft and distant
but logged as five nine.
-- Scott Andersen, NE1RD
(We don't normally steal items from the newsletter for the web page, but
this one was irrestible.)