SKYWARN Classes Offered by NWS Grey, Maine, May 3, 2021

SKYWARN logoOn Apr 29, 2021, Steve Goldsmith, W1HS, wrote on the Twin State RC mailing list:

From the National Weather Service in Grey Maine:

Do you want to learn more about severe weather? If so, consider joining us on May 3, 2021 from 6 PM-7:15 PM for a virtual SKYWARN training class so that you can become an official storm spotter. There is no cost and your help could protect lives! To register visit:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5272367576402470155?fbclid=IwAR3MMePqQbm5nSRYZHrrEPsaE6X3orjRblqoeuI12EP_ZXKfvGfaooahVcc

 

RF Exposure Rules Discussion Video Posted to Internet

Dan Brown, W1DAN screenshotFrom ema.arrl.org:

 The April 27, 2021 RF Exposure Rules Zoom Discussion by Eastern MA Technical Coordinator Dan Brown, W1DAN, has been posted to the Eastern MA ARRL website at: <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_qIGZhHyMrha-axJt87Dcu0UZuJO0t8F>. 

The discussion was a huge hit. The maximum number of 100 connections for the call was hit just as the discussion started; many late arrivals were disappointed to be turned away, but W1DAN plans to hold at least one additional online discussion before the May 3 deadline using a larger “Zoom room.” 

Watch this space for details. 

Connecticut “13 Colonies” On-Air Event Seeks Operators, July 1-7, 2021

ARRL Connecticut Section Section Manager Charles I Motes Jr, K1DFS, writes on the ARRL Members list:

Subject: The Annual 13 Colonies On-Air Weekend, July 1-7, 2021 Want to have some ham radio fun?  From July 1-7, the Annual 13-Colonies On-Air event will take place and Pete Chamalian, W1RM, has tentatively agreed to be the net manager in Connecticut.  The fun part is this – you get to be on a DXpedition to a very rare and sought-after location, Connecticut, signing K2D.  In this event the whole world is looking to work each of the original 13-colonies, and we are one of them!  Full details on the event can be found at: http://www.13colonies.us/.

No matter if you are a seasoned contester or DXpeditioner or if you want to try your hand at being on the receiving end of a pileup, this is a great place to start.  The best part is you get to operate from your home station, and you get to set your own hours, bands (160-2) and modes (CW, Phone, Digital).

The only requirement is that you keep the log electronically so contacts can be exported in the ADIF format.  It makes no difference which program you use.

If you are interested or would like to volunteer, please contact Pete, W1RM at w1rm@comcast.net

This looks to be an interesting project, and open to lots of Connecticut ham radio operators.  Try it!

Chuck Motes, K1DFS
ARRL CT Section Manager

Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, Weekly

WorldWide Sideband Activity ContestA 14-year-old General class amateur in Farmington, New Hampshire is among a group of six youths across the United States who sponsor the Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest (WWSAC), an hour-long contest that runs from 0100-0200 UTC each Tuesday (Monday evening in North America). 

“We have decent activity,” writes Brayden Ebare, KC1KUG. “Last week the winner did 130 QSOs.” 

160 through 6 Meters on SSB are used in the General sub-bands. The exchange includes signal report and age group (OM, YL, Youth YL, or Youth). 

When not organizing WWSAC, Brayden spends a lot of his time on the air operating from the K1TTT superstation. He has competed in major DX contests, such as ARRL DX SSB/CW, CQ WW DX SSB/CW, and CQ WPX SSB/CW.

For more information about WWSAC, visit  https://wwsac.com/.

 

Career and Talent Opportunities at ARRL Headquarters

ARRL Headquarters buildingvia arrl.org website:

04/22/2021 – The digital transformation at ARRL is under way! A significant commitment of talent and investment is being made to develop a dynamic and responsive digital enterprise in areas of amateur radio innovation and member engagement. This initiative is opening opportunities for experienced amateur radio enthusiasts to make ARRL the next stop in their careers. “ARRL is where vocation and avocation collide,” said ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA. “We are looking for people with passion, energy, drive, and talent to take ARRL to the next level.”

Opportunities are on the ARRL website at www.arrl.org/careers. Both technical and non-technical positions are available now, with more on the horizon. “Not only are there full-time positions available, but we will also occasionally be posting consulting or contract opportunities, as we are now for an IT project,” Minster said.

If you have amateur radio experience and a desire to work at ARRL, apply for one of the positions listed online, or submit your resume with a bio and cover letter to hr@arrl.org.

Tape Measure Antenna Build at Bristol County (MA) RA, May 1, 2021

Fall River ARC bannerThe Bristol County Repeater Association  / Fall River ARC will conduct a tape measure antenna build party on May 1, 2021 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the South Swansea Baptist Church in Swansea, MA.  The club asks for $20.00 to cover materials. They will supply the tape measures, 1/2″ PVC pipe and fittings, clamps, and a connection for your radio.

For more information visit the club web site at <https://bcra.club/bcrawprel/2021/04/06/fox-hunting-antenna-build/>.

via https://ema.arrl.org

NWS Gray SKYWARN Official Supporter Program

Grey SKYWARN logoTim Watson, KB1HNZ, writes:

Introducing the NWS Gray SKYWARN Official Supporter Program

During our presentation for the Maine Virtual Hamfest last month, we mentioned the creation of a new program to encourage greater participation in SKYWARN. I’d like to personally invite your organization to consider becoming an Official Supporter of the NWS Gray SKYWARN Amateur Radio Team.

Due to the enormous size of the Weather Forecast Area that NWS Gray is responsible for, which includes most of western and southern Maine and the entire state of New Hampshire, the task of covering it for SKYWARN is challenging. The only way we can effectively cover all of it is to lean on the support of local nets spread out across the entire area. That’s where the Official Supporter program comes in.

Many hams are naturally weather enthusiasts and you may already know a few who are, but an interest in weather isn’t necessary to take part. When hams put their radio skills to use by volunteering as a SKYWARN radio operator, they practice one of the most important ways they can apply those communications skills. SKYWARN traffic occurs real time, during ongoing weather events, and forecasters use the information exchanged to create, update, and validate warnings, which can save lives.

Being part of the NWS Gray SKYWARN Amateur Radio Team is a meaningful way to experience the hobby while making a positive impact on our community.

As an Official Supporter, we recognize that your organization will embrace SKYWARN as a way to enhance the amateur radio experience, use it as a real-time training and preparedness tool to sharpen Emergency Communications skills, and to provide a vital service. 

 

Here’s how you can help:

Criteria to earn Official Supporter status:

  • Commit at least one (1) liaison to SKYWARN, and one (1) local Net Control operator (this can be the same person or different people within your organization.
  • Activate local nets as needed or as requested by NWS throughout the year.
  • Participate in regional drills and exercises throughout the year.
  • Maintain a list of trained SKYWARN Spotter ham radio operators within your organization.
  • Assist in hosting SKYWARN Spotter training in your area.
  • Actively support and promote the SKYWARN program within your organization and community.

What you’ll receive:

  • Guidance from NWS Gray SKYWARN leadership and support materials.
  • Access to the SKYWARN net reporting form.
  • Certificates and recognition for your team’s efforts throughout the year.
  • Official SKYWARN swag.
  • A special logo representing your team’s status as an Official NWS Gray SKYWARN Supporter.
  • Your organization will be listed on the NWS Gray SKYWARN website and in future press releases as an Official Supporter.

N1E QRV for New England QSO Party, May 1-2, 2021

NE QSO PartyMill Moore, K1IB, writes on the Yankee Clipper Contest Club mailing list:

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This year I plan to be a single-op mobile [in the New England QSO Party] using the special event callsign N1E. I will be on the road in Connecticut River Valley in Vermont and NH, stopping on county lines and state lines.

The NEQP is my number one favorite operating event of each year.

73 — Mill, K1IB

POTA Activation, Sherwood Island State Park, Westport CT, April 24, 2021

Sherwood Is. State Park map
(Red Pin Indicates Parking Location)

Junie H Cassone, N1DUC, writes on the Greater Bridgeport ARC list:

Do you have interest in portable operations and/or finding something to do within the amateur radio hobby? Then Parks on the Air (POTA) is a wonderful way to become engaged in the radio community. Please join us for a day of radio fun in the sun!

GBARC is hosting a POTA event at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT on Saturday April, 24, 2021 from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM.  We will have snacks, beverages, and a lunch will be provided.  All license class amateurs, and visitors are welcome to join! Please don’t forget to bring a chair, sunblock, jacket, hat and sunglasses.

For more information about POTA please visit their website at: https://parksontheair.com/

We will have 2 stations set up near the East Beach Parking Area.  One will be on the beach and the other closer to the parking lot.  Once in the park enter the roundabout and follow the sign for East Beach Parking.  Please see below for park address and directions. 

GPS Address: Sherwood Island State Park, Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT 06880

Directions:

From I-95 north and south: Take Exit 18 to access the Sherwood Island Connector. Follow the Connector directly into the park.

From Route 1 north and south: Take the Sherwood Island Connector in Westport. Proceed past the I-95 entrance/exit ramps directly into the park.
From Route 15 northbound: Take Exit 41 and proceed south on Route 33 to Route 1. Follow Route 1 north to the Sherwood Island Connector in Westport.

From Route 15 southbound: Take Exit 42 and follow Route 57 south. Go left onto Route 33. Proceed south on Route 33 to Route 1. Follow Route 1 north to the Sherwood Island Connector in Westport.

We Hope to see you there!

73,
Junie – N1DUC
N1DUC.73@gmail.com