License Classes Available in April from Newport County (RI) Radio Club

Newport Co. RC logoBob Beaudet, W1YRC, writes on the Rhode Island ARRL Members List:

Upgrade Opportunity!

Newport County Radio Club will be offering online (Zoom) upgrade classes the week of April 18th.  Many hams have successfully upgraded to General or Extra after taking the class in the past.  For General and Extra, your classes begin at 6:30 PM on Friday April 22. 

If you happen to have a family member or friend interested in becoming a ham we also have a Technician class that beings on Tuesday April 19th at 6:00 PM.

All classes are free.  There will be a total of six classes with about 15 hours of live instruction time.  There will be a VE exam session the following week as well in Middletown, but you could take your exam anywhere.  Pre registration is required.  Click a link below to Register:

Technician 6:00 PM Starting April 19th

General/Extra 6:30 PM Starting April 22nd

Hope to see you online!

73, Paul K1YBE & Bob WB4SON

ARRL Rhode Island Section
Section Manager: Robert G Beaudet, W1YRC

Live Fox Hunt in Wallingford, CT, March 20, 2022

Dave Tipping, NZ1J, writes on the ctfoxhunter list:

We’ll have a live Fox Hunt on Sunday [March 20, 2022] in Wallingford from 9:30 am until 11:00 am.

We’ll be using these three frequencies: 

There will be a 1 watt signal continuously on 146.565MHz.  It will make a short beep every three seconds and will ID in Morse code every minute.

The 10 mW transmitter is on 147.475 MHz and will beep every three seconds and will ID in Morse code every minute.

The 1 mW transmitter is on 146.290MHz and beeps every three seconds.

There is no central starting location.  Other fox hunters can be contacted on the W1NRG repeater 147.360 with PL 162.2.

Though plans sometimes don’t work out, my plan is to be far enough away from my car so that it can’t be used as a means to find me and the transmitters.

Good luck.

Dave NZ1J

Spectrum Protection and Utilization Working Group Holds Second (zoom) Meeting

The group held its second meeting at 7 P.M. on Friday, March 18, 2022.  The agenda included:

  • Tools for RFI hunting
  • A demonstration of the web-based RFI hunting process
  • The EMC Committee Meeting on 3/8
  • RFI team formation
  • Mesh network coordination and integration issues including additional networks identified to the group.

The meeting minutes are found on the Spectrum Protection and Use Page.

Call For Presenters: 2022 HamXposition, August 26-28

HamXposition logoPhil Temples, K9HI, writes:

Don’t just attend the 2022 Northeast HamXposition—BE A PART OF IT! The HamXposition Committee seeks fresh and exciting presentations for this year’s joint ARRL New England/Hudson Division Convention on August 26, 27 & 28, 2022. We’re looking for talks of both a technical and non-technical nature. As a HamXposition presenter, you will have the opportunity to share your subject and knowledge with amateur radio operators from around New England, New York, the surrounding states, and Canada.

In addition to talks and forums throughout the day on Saturday, we will feature Saturday evening entertainment, workshops on Friday, and a half-day Sunday program.

If you represent a regional club or organization (e.g., YCCC, NEQRP, WRONE, MARS, etc.) we can help facilitate open forums or closed meetings by providing you a meeting space.

Non-profit groups who wish to set up information tables should get your requests in early. While the tables are offered without charge, we ask for some volunteer time in return to assist us with ticket sales and other logistics during the convention.

To register as a speaker or presenter, please go to or email if you have additional questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the Convention.


Phil Temples, K9HI
Program Chair
Northeast HamXposition

New England QRP Presence at Henniker Mini-HAMfest, March 20, 2022

Carl Achin, WA1ZCQ, writes on the NEQRP mailing list:

It’s Happening tomorrow, Sunday, March 20th, 2022. If you have the time in your schedule Please Join-In on any or all of the planned schedule for this indoor annual mini-HAMfest. Here’s OUR Schedule:

* 6:30AM – Annual Kickoff Pancake Breakfast at “Intervale Farm Pancake House” just a 5 minute drive down the street from the School

* ~7:30AM+ – Setup of outdoor Special Event Station ” W 1 H ” (Whiskey One “H”enniker), and, indoor setup of our Club Table and Relaxation Area

* 8AM through 2PM – Start of the mini-HAMfest (refer to the URL/link below for the Schedule), with: indoor Flea-Market, Talks/Presentations/Lectures, coffee, food, snacks, beverages, hourly prize drawings, V/E Exam/Test Session, AND MORE. (Grand Prize Drawing at 1PM)
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Army MARS to reach out to Amateur Stations for Reception Reports

Tom Kinahan writes:

Due to current events, the BBC has resumed shortwave broadcasts into Ukraine and Russia. In order to improve Amateur to MARS communications, MARS stations will be requesting to see if amateur stations can provide a reception report for these BBC transmissions. The BBC broadcasts are :

Frequency   English Broadcast

15730 kHz   1300-1500Z
5875   kHz   2000-2200Z

The request is to see if you can hear any of these daily broadcasts, and get your report to a MARS station near you. MARS stations for their part will be reaching out on normal amateur frequencies, using their amateur callsigns. You will be asked for your callsign a signal report, time and frequency of the report, and your city and state.

The signal report can take the form of: Good Readable, Readable, Poor, Unreadable. If you listened, but didn’t hear anything, we want to know that with an Unreadable report.

The end result will be for stations to learn if their stations can receive these international broadcasts, to indicate a possible need for station improvement.

The exercise will last through March 25, but if you have gathered some reports, please don’t lose them, and send them after that time, to me by email, if you were unable to identify a local ARMY MARS station.

Let’s have some fun with this! Thanks for your support.

Tom Kinahan

US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System
Region One Director

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New England Mentoring & New Ham Development Meeting, March 15, 2022, Zoom Recording Available

Assistant Director Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB, writes on the Mentoring and New Ham Development mailing list:

Thanks to all who attended the kickoff meeting.  It was a great start to our working group!

The meeting recording is available at

We had some great presentations by Dan Norman, N0HF,  Bob Beaudet, W1YRC, and Bob Phinney, K5TEC, about their Mentoring programs.

We discussed some quick wins including providing the following resources for new hams on our website:

  • Information on mentoring programs provided by clubs across New England 
  • Information on licensing classes in New England
  • Links to recorded training programs provided by New England clubs
  • A listing of clubs that provide membership offers to new hams

Sections have been added to to showcase this information.  We are looking for your input to populate the page.  Please email me at with your information. 

We also had a productive brainstorming session for projects or presentations for the working group including the following:

  • Support for the Ham Radio Display at the Big E
  • Promotion of mentoring programs
  • Nets to help new hams build confidence on repeaters
  • Making licensing and mentoring resources available to clubs in isolated areas in New England
  • Developing volunteers in your club to teach or mentor
  • Providing resources for clubs to teach classes
  • Roadmap for engaging schools interested in ham radio

We will be holding these meetings monthly and I’m looking for presenters for the April meeting.  If you would like to share your mentoring program with a presentation at a future meeting, please email me with information about your presentation at

World Amateur Radio Day, April 19, 2022

World Amateur Radio Day 2022 flyerWhat: 2022 World Amateur Radio Day

Who: All amateur radio operators worldwide

When: Monday, April 18, 2022 at 0000 UTC until Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 0000 UTC

Where: A global event covering all regions of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)

Why: World Amateur Radio Day, held on April 18 each year, is celebrated worldwide by radio amateurs and their national associations which are organized as member-societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). It was on this day in 1925 that the IARU was formed in Paris. American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Co-Founder Hiram Percy Maxim was its first president.

Amateur radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short-wave spectrum?could support long-distance radio signal propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, amateur radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to promote the interests of amateur radio worldwide and to protect and enhance its spectrum privileges. Today, the IARU is a federation consisting of more than 160 national amateur radio organizations in as many countries and separate territories. The International Secretariat of the IARU is ARRL, the national association for amateur radio® in the United States.

On World Amateur Radio Day, all radio amateurs are invited to take to the airwaves to enjoy our global friendship with other amateurs, and to show our skills and capabilities to the public.

How: World Amateur Radio Day is not a contest but rather an opportunity to “talk” about the value of amateur radio to the public and our fellow amateur colleagues. It is also a great opportunity to talk about your radio club and amateur radio in local media as a lead-up to ARRL Field Day (held each year during the fourth full weekend in June) and another ham radio related activity in your community – such as volunteers who serve in local emergency communication readiness including the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service®.

Here are just a few ways to participate in, and promote, World Amateur Radio Day:

  • Get a station on the air! Create your own personal “event” to talk about amateur radio to others, including family and friends.
  • Find out more about World Amateur Radio Day by checking the IARU website and other Resources listed below.
  • Create and hold a special net or on-air event on World Amateur Radio Day to raise the level of attention for the celebration, and to encourage other hams to talk about our hobby. Consider creating and offering a commemorative certificate for contacting your special activation. It can be an electronic one as these are cost effective.
  • Get the word out! If you are an ARRL Public Information Coordinator, Public Information Officer, or responsible for radio club publicity, send a press release and conduct some public relations outreach to highlight the day and/or events. Talk about all of the activities radio amateurs have continued to support during the pandemic, and how amateur radio serves our communities. Find recent examples of amateur radio in-the-news at
  • Promote your personal World Amateur Radio Day activity(ies) on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #WorldAmateurRadioDay. Make sure you send it to various clubs, reflectors, and media.

Join us in celebrating World Amateur Radio Day and all the ways amateur radio brings us together!


ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio (this page)


IARU Region 2: The Americas

Article: “Why World Amateur Radio Day is key to highlight crucial service,” ITU News Magazine (No. 1, 2021)

Public Relations and Outreach

2022 World Amateur Radio Day backgrounder (PDF)
2022 World Amateur Radio Day media advisory (WORD template)

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World Amateur Radio Day poster (8-1/2 x 11 JPG)
Día Mundial de la Radioafición poster (8-1/2 x 11 JPG)
Special thanks to ARRL member Anne Frank, KD9LRB of Deer Park, Wisconsin, featured in these posters!

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