Lobstercon2022! campground reservations have now been confirmed! We will be gathering at Thomas Point Beach & Campground on the weekend of July 8, 9 & 10 2022.
The 2022 event will be the 23th year that W1REX has hosted the QRP event at TPB&C! I have already reserved the group campsite for the 2022 event and set the dates so you have plenty of time to still plan your weekend getaway to Maine! I plan on coming up with a few special activities to make our awakening event from this pandemic very special and an event that you will not want to miss. If you have often thought about coming to Lobstercon but never got a round tuit, you have better make this one.
New England’s premiere QRP gathering, a weekend of QRP camping, BBQ eating, operating, socializing, lobster eating, prize winning, all round great QRP time. A $50.00 registration fee gets you wake-up coffee, juice, cereal, bagels and donuts ( if you wake up early enough) and 2 GIANT meals on Saturday: a BBQ lunch and FRESH Maine lobster dinner. Lobstercon lobsters are fresh out of the ocean for less than an hour before they go into the pot. YOU CAN TASTE THE DIFFERENCE! Pictures of all the fun had by Lobsterconners at previous years events can be found at http://www.newenglandqrp.org
Where: Thomas Point Beach & Campground, Brunswick Maine
When: July 8, 9 & 10, 2022
Fill out the PDF or WORD Registration form and send it back to QRPme, via Email or snail mail, to hold your spot at the lobster feast. Use Paypal, check or money order to complete the registration. See registration form for details.
Activities: (Friday afternoon through Sunday morning)
Campsite setup and meeting old friends
No-host dinner Friday night at
Taste of Maine???
N1RX/W1REX Friday night Stargazing (weather permitting)
Partying into the night
Wake-up coffee & donuts Saturday morning
BBQ lunch off grill
NT1R/W1REX Lobster feast/banquet
RAFFLE Prize drawings
QRP music jam
POSSIBLE Sunday morning No-host breakfast at a local eatery.
Registration is $50 per person for all meals & activities on Saturday. Camping is additional and reservations should be made through Thomas Point Beach & Campground. You DO NOT need to register for camping until Lobstercon time next year unless you want to reserve a dedicated campsite with hookups ($35 per night). Do not forget to tell the Thomas Point Beach people that you are with the crazy radio gang. 2022 Camping fees are $10 per person/night in our group site.
The Group site does not have electricity or hookups. We do run extension cords to the closest power pole. Campers requiring electricity will be charged $5 per night. Regular park camping fee camping fee is $32 per camping unit /family of 2 adults & 2 children
It would be best if most camping reservations were made on-line through the TPB website.
The camping request is in the camping section OR you can call 1-207-725-6009
Advise each camper to include “With Lobstercon” in the Special Needs section so the correct price will be charged to them.
Thomas Point Beach & Campground
(NOTE from Rex: if you plan on camping with the main QRP group in the group site, you already have a spot in the GROUP campsite when you register with me! The *formal* reservation and payment to TPB&C can be made at any time before you come to Lobstercon. Check the TPB&C for the opening date. If you want a regular site close to the group site, send ME an email to let me know. I will be holding a couple of close sites, in reserve, for just that purpose.)
On Thursday, May 19, 2022, the Radio Amateur Society of Norwich (RASON) and the Tri-City Amateur Radio Club both voted to disband and create a new club, the Southeastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Society, SECARS! These are exciting times! The new club will have significantly greater membership, and we will be taking the best of both clubs to strengthen the amateur radio community in Southeastern CT.
Among our activities are Field Day, fox hunts, communications support for local community events, emergency preparedness and support, regular presentations
that feature technical talks and discussions of operating practice, a summer picnic and auction fundraisers. To find out more and to join the club, please visit SECARS.org.
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This email was sent by Kevin, KA6PDG, Public Information Officer for the Southeastern CT Amateur Radio Society-
The 34th Annual Hermon Hamfest will be held on June 4, 2022 at the Hermon High School at 2415 US 2, Hermon, Maine 04401.
Rain or Shine!!! 7:30 AM for tailgaters & 8:00 AM for all others
Admission is $5.00 (12 & under FREE) — Exam fee is $15.00. Just coming for the Exam? No admission needed unless you plan to stay before or after testing.
– License testing: all classes at 9:00 AM ***No Walk-Ins for ham testing***
Email Pete Bither -AI1O to pre-register
– 50/50 raffle
– QCWA meeting after Hamfest at a local restaurant — (1:00 PM)
Talk-in is on 146.940 -0.600 offset and a 136.5 tone.
This venue has a huge parking area for easy distancing! Large lodge to get under cover.
Contact Jerry, K1GUP, at k1gup -at- roadrunner -dot- com if you have any questions.
Emily Rivera writes (courtesy of Rick Savage KB1LYJ):
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is in need of SAG and HAM support this year for their annual Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway on June 25th & 26th. If you all are available to help that weekend or even one day please let me know! I will make sure that you get signed up ASAP and I get housing for you squared away. Also, if you are available for our Bike MS: Ride the Rhode on June 11th & 12th we could definitely use support there as well. If working both days for ether event housing can be provided. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Use this link to sign up
Emily Rivera (Christian)
Director, Event Production
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Greater New England
Direct line 781-693-5154
Ethan Hansen KC1OIP writes:
Some of you may have already gotten an email from the BAA but volunteer registration is open for the 2022 BAA 10K taking place on 06/26/22! There is a need for amateur radio volunteers so if you are free that day and interested please sign up. If you have volunteered at a BAA event in the past the process is very similar and you should see a banner once you log in. If you have not volunteered at a BAA event in the past follow these steps:
Go to https://www.baa.org/races/baa-10k/volunteer and follow the link to sign up for an Athletes’ Village account.
After creating your account and logging in you should see a 2022 B.A.A Volunteer Program banner with a button that says “To Volunteer Click Here”. Click the button
Fill out all the information in Steps 1 and 2
For Step 3 choose “General”
For Step 4 choose “Yes, I am an Amateur Radio Operator” and fill in your callsign and equipment
For Step 5 choose “Apply as an individual”
For Step 6 choose “Amateur Radios, Boston Common — Sunday, 06/26/2022”
You should get a confirmation number and an email shortly after. Registration closes June 10th so don’t delay.
BARC Public Service Chair
The Southern Berkshire ARC will hold its annual hamfest at the Goshen, Connecticut Fairgrounds from 8 AM – 12 Noon on May 21, 2022. Buyers pay a $5 admission; children under 12 admitted free with an adult. License exams will be administered at 9:30 AM. For more information, email email@example.com or visit https://www.sberk.org/.
The RFI Troubleshooting Guide RFI Troubleshooting Guide – ARRL New England Division now has a list of the power company contacts for hams to report power line noise-related issues. Hams are encouraged to contact New England Division RFI Teams prior to doing so to make the team aware of the issue, so that they can follow up if necessary. Noise thought to be coming from power company hardware may actually be from another service on a power pole, like a leaking television cable, so try and gather as much information, with the help of the RFI team if needed, to understand the source of the noise. We expect to need to update the maps and contact information from time to time as service areas and company relationships change over time. If you see that we need to change some information, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tim Carter W3ATB writes:
The New England Forest Rally (NEFR) is actively recruiting experienced public service radio operators who love the woods of northwestern Maine, northern New Hampshire, and world-class rally racing cars. The NEFR is scheduled for Friday-Saturday July 15-16, 2022.
It’s a two-day event although you don’t need to volunteer for both days. You help provide the safety net communications for 75 high-performance racing teams who rocket cars along gravel roads at speeds in excess of 120 mph.
Many operators have said the NEFR is the closest thing you can do to simulate real disaster radio operations and more importantly mobilization in the field. Last year the NEFR utilized NVIS HF comms for two of its thirteen races. All other races use normal 2-meter VHF communications.
You do not have to be an HF operator to participate.
If possible, it would be great to have three more operators who are HF capable to do NVIS on my South Arm and Icicle Brook stage.
You can sign up here:
To discover more about all that’s involved, the type of gear you need, and why operators come back year after year to work this world-class event, go here:
If you have more questions, reach out to Tim Carter – NEFR Chief of Communications at: