2022 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program Will Open on November 1, 2021

ARRL Foundation logoApplications for the 2022 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will open on November 1, 2021. More than 100 scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000 will be awarded in 2022. Scholarship recipients will be notified in May 2022 via USPS mail and email.

All applicants must be active, FCC-licensed amateur radio operators [NOTE: Active foreign amateur radio operators are eligible for the ARDC Scholarships]. All applicants must submit a completed online application.

NEW THIS YEAR: The ARRL Foundation will be utilizing a new Scholarship Management Platform for the 2022 ARRL Foundation Scholarships. Transcripts and any additional required documents must be submitted WITH the application and not emailed separately as was done in the past. A number of scholarships require additional documents, such as a letter of recommendation from a sitting Officer of an ARRL-affiliated club. Applications without accompanying transcripts and additional required documents (if applicable) will not be considered.

The ARRL Foundation Scholarship Committee will review all applicants for eligibility and award decisions. 

How to establish an ARRL Foundation Scholarship: 

Individuals, groups or clubs wishing to establish an ARRL Foundation Scholarship should go to the Sample Terms of Reference.  If more information is needed, please contact the ARRL Foundation by email at foundation@arrl.org or call Melissa Stemmer, KA7CLO, at 860-594-0348.

K1PCN To Activate Sherwood Island State Park, K-1715, Westport CT, October 17, 2021

Google map of Sherwood I. State Park POTA activationPeter Cimino, K1PCN, writes on the Greater Bridgeport ARC mailing list:

I will be setting up in a clump of tress just north of the West Beach Parking Area. It is flat and shady. Also, you can drive right up to the activation spot. I will be setting up an OCF Dipole for 20, 40 and 80m. Please bring a chair and lunch. I will have water and soft drinks available. Unfortunately it seems that all the restrooms are closed for the fall. I will be monitoring 146.58, the GBARC repeater and DMR talkgroup CT TAC1. If there is enough people, I can set up a second station and if you have a radio but need a battery or antenna to operate, contact me.

I look forward to anyone who would like to try HF. This is a two person job; running the station and logging. I am happy to log and let any of you take control of the station under supervision if needed.

Directions: Sherwood Island State Park is just off Exit 18 off I95. Once you enter the park, proceed straight into the roundabout. Take the first right (west) in the roundabout towards WEST BEACH. Continue straight through the first intersection and take a right (North) at the second intersection (just before the West Beach Parking Area). Continue 100 yards and I will be on the right. Look for my red Toyota Tundra Pick up truck.

GPS N41.114729° -73.334621°. We are 100 yards North of the West Beach Parking area

Any questions, please contact me. Peter K1PCN 203-767-5888

YCCC Qualifications for 2022 WRTC

Yankee Clipper Contest Club logoDave Malley, W1VEM, writes on the YCCC mailing list:

Congratulations to Bob, WA1Z, and Randy, K5ZD, for qualifying as Team Leaders for the 2022 Italia WRTC championship!

Congratulations also to Dave, K1ZZ; Paul, K1XM; Ed, N1UR; Marty, NN1C; Dennis,W1UE; Gene,W3UA and Robert, WA1FCN.

Nine YCCC members is terrific & my apologies if I missed anyone!

RASON Auction, Gales Ferry, CT, October 30, 2021

RASON website screenshotTim Rodgers, KC1TWR, writes:
Come to the [Radio Amateur Society Of Norwich] fall auction and get some new to you gear or parts!  Our annual Auction is on October 30 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall (1650 CT Route 12, Gales Ferry, CT).  This is one mile south of our usual Gales Ferry Fire House 
Setup is at 7 AM.  Doors open for sellers at 8 AM.  Buyers are welcome beginning at 9 AM.  The live auction begins at 10 AM.  Talk in is on 146.730 MHz (- Offset, PL 156.7 Hz).  There will be many items up for sale, and food will be available.  Admission is $5 and includes a complimentary donut and coffee. Masks are required on everyone while inside of the building.  Please come to support the club, sell your unwanted radio items, and grow your equipment collection!  
Contact Mark KE1IU at KE1IUMark@gmail.com with any questions.  
Additional information can be found at https://rason.org/rason-auction-information/
Please pass this on to your club members, and any other clubs or people who might be interested.

NEAR-Fest XXX Health and Safety Guidelines

NEAR-Fest logoAs we get ready to return to Deerfield NH in a couple days to resume our beloved hamfest that we have all missed so much for two years it is obvious that there are some fundamental precautions we must institute in order to be in full compliance with all CDC, State and Town Departments of Public Health guidelines.  We do not want to wear out our welcome.  NEAR-FEST IS SAFE FOR ALL must be our motto!

It is our hope that everyone will have been vaccinated.  However we realize that not everyone will be.  If you have not had your shots please take extra care: wear a mask especially inside and use hand sanitizer often. We don’t want anyone getting sick at our event.

The State of New Hampshire does not currently have a mask mandate so neither does NEAR-Fest.  However, we have some common sense requests and recommendations because we want everybody to feel safe at our hamfest:

1:  We are strongly requesting that everyone wear a mask or face shield while inside the commercial buildings, when attending forums and when at the exam session.   Masks will be available at the entrance to these buildings but it is advisable to bring your own as well.  We are also strongly requesting that all attendees wear a mask when buying or presenting your admission ticket or otherwise interacting with any of our staff members.

2:  Our staff volunteers have expressed some concerns and we want them to feel comfortable helping us run the fester.  Remember we cannot do the hamfest without them. They did not volunteer to get Covid.  Many of them aren’t the young healthy kids we once were and have serious concerns about covid either personally or with immediate family members.  We are requesting that everyone put aside all political and personal views about mask wearing and wear them where we have requested out of respect for the dedicated volunteers who run this event.

We  are committed to keeping everyone safe and this request from me is part of this commitment.

3: The use of hand sanitizer is advised especially after handling any items in the flea market and commercial buildings.  We will have hand sanitizer in automatic dispensers as well as masks available at the entrances to the buildings. 

Additionally, we ask that all attendees attempt to maintain a distance of six feet (or two metres) from others as much as possible and avoid crowding others at flea market and commercial vendor tables.  I know this is difficult especially if there is “good stuff cheap”.

These are still difficult and trying times.  We are glad to be back running the hamfest again but the world has changed in the past 18 months and we must change with it.  We appreciate your cooperation which is particularly important because we want to continue holding the hamfest while assuring the local community that we pose a minimal health threat with our presence.


Stay well!

MisterMike, W1RC, and the entire NEAR-Fest gang

New England Sci-Tech ARS Crew to Participate in JOTA, Lexington (MA), October 16, 2021

JOTA-JOTI logoTate Aldridge, K1MKD, writes:

With Bruce [N9JBT], Mindy [KM1NDY], and Marc’s help (and flyers from Rusty and Bob), we are hosting a Jamboree On The Air for scouts in Lexington. We will have several radios out and will be making contacts and educating scouts about amateur radio. We would be very happy to see you there!

Lexington Visitor Center lawn, Lexington, MA
Saturday Oct 16
Scouts are coming from 1-4 and we start set up around 11 – STARS friends are welcome any time!

Tate, K1MKD

Jamboree On The Air Operation, Enfield, NH, October 15-17, 2021

JOTA-JOTI logoRay Chaffee, WA1ORT, writes on the Twin State Radio Club mailing list:

I am looking for operators for the weekend.  I plan on operations starting on Friday at 7:00 PM until Sunday at 10 AM. Operations subject to band openings.

I hope to have at least 3 HF and DMR stations. I would like to do a fox hunt on Saturday if I have enough help.

We will be at La Salette on Route 4A in Enfield, NH.


Wadsworth Falls State Park (CT) Activated for POTA, October 11, 2021

Parks On The Air logoDave Tipping, NZ1J, writes on the Meriden ARC Facebook page:
John, KC1KQH, and I activated Wadsworth Falls State Park K-1726 for [Parks On The Air] today. We again used the Inverted Vee antenna, which was highlighted in one of these photos to make it more visible. 40 meters was great and yielded 75 QSOs for each of us. We also got nine QSOs on 80 meters and a few on 6 meters. The hunters were very courteous and several thanked us for activating and commented on how good our signal was. We also had a good signal path to several club members and those QSOs are always appreciated.
A park ranger stopped by while we were working a pile up, but he was satisfied with all our answers. We had no stakes in the ground and nothing fastened to a tree (two pet peeves of park rangers).
This was another very enjoyable activation. NZ1J