Amateur Radio Week Proclaimed In Vermont

Vermont State House photoPaul N Gayet, AA1SU, writes on the Vermont ARRL Members list:

Executive Department
A Proclamation

WHEREAS, amateur radio operators are celebrating over a century of  broadcasting the human voice over the airwaves; and

WHEREAS, amateur radio has continued to build bridges between people, societies, and countries through the sharing of ideas and creation of friendship; and

WHEREAS, amateur radio operators have provided countless hours of community service to other local organizations; and

WHEREAS, the state also recognizes the services amateur radio operators provide to our many emergency response organizations, including local and state government; and

WHEREAS, these amateur radio services are provided as a voluntary
service to the public; and

WHEREAS, these same individuals have further demonstrated their value in public assistance by providing free radio communications for local parades, bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, fairs, and other charitable public events.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Philip B. Scott, Governor, hereby proclaim June 18-24, 2023 as AMATEUR RADIO WEEK in Vermont.

Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Vermont on this 19th day of June, A.D. 2023.

Philip B. Scott

Brittney L. Wilson
Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs

ARRL Vermont Section
Section Manager: Paul N Gayet, AA1SU

W1FD Scholarship Presentation to Shiv Patel

Meriden ARC scholarship presentation
L-R: Ed Snyder, W1YSM; Shiv Patel; Jim Savage, N1ZN

The 2023 W1FD scholarship was awarded to Maloney High Valedictorian Shiv Patel at the [Meriden Amateur Radio Club] June business meeting by committee chair Jim Savage, N1ZN, and President Ed Snyder, W1YSM.

Shiv is planning on UCONN’s school of Aerospace Engineering and is looking to advance into the space program with companies like SpaceX.

Courtesy Meriden ARC Key Klix, June 2023

Antique Wireless Association Conference, Henrietta NY, September 26-30, 2023

AWA logoPlease consider advising your club members about the 2023 Antique Wireless Association Conference.

On-line registration for the annual AWA Conference, at the RIT Inn and Conference Center in Henrietta, NY,  is up and running. Conference dates:  26-30 September 2023.  This year’s conference is again sanctioned by the ARRL. 

Go to our conference main page at:   to register, see a preliminary program schedule, reference equipment contest rules, conference award rules and download the conference flyer.  There will also be the 

Links: AWA 2023 Conference Flyer

Free access for buyers and sellers to the AWA Communication & Electronic Equipment Flea Market also at the RIT Inn & Conference Center on Thursday 9/28 & Friday 9/29. ● Equipment auction on Saturday 9/30 ● Book mart ● Over a dozen outstanding presentations ● Equipment contest ● Admission to the Antique Wireless Museum is free Wednesday September 27th ● Friday (9/30) afternoon “Show And Tell”: bring your 1920s Broadcast artifacts ! *You do not need to register for the conference to buy or sell at the flea market. Conference registration: includes the free dessert social on Wednesday evening September 27th, this year’s registration also includes your free Friday night banquet dinner and includes equipment auction bidder’s card. As always, registration for your spouse or significant other is free. You do not need to be an AWA member to attend.  

Please contact me if there are any questions:


Michael C. Migliaccio
Vice President,  AWA
AWA Annual Conference Chairman

AWA Museum Tour Coordinator

AWA Shares Coordinator

Amateur radio license:  N3HLM
AWA eMail:

Fox Hunt, Wallingford CT, June 18, 2023

Dave Tipping, NZ1J, writes on the ctfoxhunter list:
We’ll have a live Fox Hunt on Sunday from 9:30am until 11:00am.  The Fox will be hidden somewhere in Wallingford.
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 10mW transmitter is on 147.475MHz and will beep every three seconds and will ID in Morse Code every minute.
The 1mW transmitter is on 146.315MHz and beeps every three seconds and ID as W1NRG in Morse Code every minute.  Expect a range of only about 1/10 mile on this transmitter.

There is no central starting location.  And, there will be no check-ins prior to the hunt.  Hunters should be at a location of their own choosing and listening on 146.565 at 9:30.  
There may be a two second long test of the 146.565 transmitter at 9:25.
Other Fox Hunters can be contacted on the W1NRG repeater 147.360 with PL 162.2  Hunters with an extra radio available might do well to monitor 147.360 throughout the hunt.
Good luck.

Dave NZ1J

Town Hall Recap, June 15, 2023

One hundred people registered for last night’s second New England Division Town Hall Zoom meeting of 2023.

A webinar panel consisting of Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC; Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI; Assistant Directors Jack Ciaccia, WMØG; Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB; and Rob Leiden, K1UI presented updates to the attendees and fielded questions on a range of topics. You can view the updates and the Q&A via the video and presentation below.

Slide presentation (in PDF format).


Lobstercon2023! Brunswick Maine, July 7-9, 2023

Lobstercon montageRex Harper, W1REX, writes:

Lobstercon2023! campground reservations have now been confirmed! We will be gathering at Thomas Point Beach & Campground on the weekend of July 7, 8, & 9 2023. The 2023 event will be the 24th year that W1REX has hosted the QRP event at TPB&C! I have already reserved the group campsite for the 2023 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 Englands 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

Where: Thomas Point Beach & Campground, Brunswick Maine

When: July 7, 8, & 9, 2023

June 2023 Maine eNews

ARRL logoKQ1L Memorial Service

You probably heard that one of Maine’s most well-known hams passed away recently, Dave Hawke KQ1L, from Augusta.  Dave’s Celebration of Life is scheduled for June 17 at 1 pm at North Monmouth Community Church, 151 N Main St, North Monmouth. Finger sandwiches, sweets & drinks to follow at the church.

LD-697 Update

The effort by many of Maine’s amateur radio operators to get an exemption for amateur radio and public safety communications in LD-697: “Resolve, to Study the Effects of 5G and Other Non-ionizing Radio Frequency Radiation-emitting Technology on Bird, Bee, Insect and Other Wildlife Populations and the Effects of Long-term Exposure on Children” unfortunately failed. 

However, the bill is currently tabled, and because of its far-reaching objectives and fiscal requirements, may stay tabled until the January legislative session, or it could be taken off the table and be voted on by the full legislature in the next few days. Since all of amateur radio transmissions are categorized as “non-ionized” radio frequency emissions, it is in our best interest, in many hams’ opinions, that this bill not be approved. It couldn’t hurt if each Maine ham wrote a short polite email to their Maine state representative and state senator asking them to oppose LD-697. If it were to pass and the “independent” commission determined that RF emissions affect birds, bees, wildlife and children, then legislation would likely follow that would restrict and regulate all wireless communication services, including ham radio. Maine ARRL State Government Liaison Peter Hatem, KC1HBM, and I have both talked to legislators in the past couple days who feel there is not the appetite to pass such a broadly written bill at this time, but you never know!

You can find out who your state representative and senator is and their contact info here:

Field Day 2023!

Yay! Field Day is just about here! June 24-25 is the Field Day weekend.  Some clubs will setup on Friday. You can check out the Field Day Locator on the ARRL web site here: Hopefully all Maine clubs/groups have listed their FD here so folks can find them.

Clubs/groups can send the section manager/section emergency coordinator message (100 bonus points) to N1EP or KE4UCW on the Maine Seagull Net Saturday at 5pm on 3940 kHz or on the Maine Public Service Net same frequency Sunday morning at 9am. If N1EP or KE4UCW are not on the net (may be traveling to different FD sites) then another designated ham will take the traffic for them. Alternatively, you can send the messages via Winlink as long as it leaves the FD site via RF. or If you can find a packet radio path Downeast, then you could also send it to me that way, my packet mailbox is n1ep-1.

Field Day DMR.  Even though QSO points are not awarded for repeater/internet contacts, it doesn’t mean we can’t link up on Sunday, June 25 at 10am and check into the Maine Dirge DMR Net and see if we can link up hams at FD sites and other locales from Fort Kent to Kittery! Let’s break the net’s record!

VE Exams

Even though it is not required, all Volunteer Examiner groups in Maine that are scheduling ARRL VE sessions should post the info on the VE session locator and also share that info with N1EP so that it can also be posted on the Maine ARRL web and Facebook pages. It is very frustrating to a person who travelled quite a distance to take an exam only to find out one had just been given in their area but the clubs/VE teams do not publicize it for some reason. This actually happens quite a bit in Maine. Everyone benefits if the sessions are posted and promoted.

ARRL Maine Section
Section Manager: Philip W Duggan, N1EP

June 2023 Rhode Island Section News

ARRL logoGreetings ARRL members and friends:

This will be my final monthly report to you after about 250 of them since 2002. Challenger Nancy Austin KC1NEK received more votes than I in the recent  election, so now I may truly retire on July 1st. It has been an honor to serve you and I hope that I was able to represent you well and make your ARRL membership fruitful. Thank you for your support of ARRL. They cannot function without it. 

As your current SM, I shall try to visit as many of our club Field Day sites as I can since my term ends at the end of June when I can truly retire. I was appointed to serve the remaining term of SM K1FLD who became a Silent Key in office and as his Assistant SM, ARRL tapped me to serve his remaining 18 months. I had never expressed any wish to be an SM. At the time, I had just retired after 42 years at Raytheon and my wife was concerned that she would trip over me if I was in the house all day with nothing to do. No one ever ran against me. So now, I can really retire. Thank you all. 

ARRL Bulletin ARLX005 reports that Phillip J. Beaudet, N6PJB, of Burney, California was fined $24,000 for jamming a net and failing to identify.  He has my last name but is not related to me as far as I know. He violated a major rule and must pay the fine. Details may be seen at

A major player in ham radio became a Silent Key unexpectedly. Chip Margelli, K7JA of Garden Grove, CA touched many lives in his 60 years licensed. Like hundreds of others, I knew Chip personally and admired his skill on the air. He was a GREAT CW operator and a winning contester. Read for his extensive bio. When he was a VP at Yaesu, he talked me out of buying their just released and highly promoted FT-1000 Field HF radio and getting their FT-1000D instead. He knew that I would be happier with the older 1000D which was a ten year old design at the time. He was totally right and I still have the radio 21 years later. 73 my friend and I hope propagation is good where you are now. 

While on the subject of Silent Keys, I want to let you know that I shall continue my long time practice of reporting all Silent Keys who come to my attention, whether I know them personally or not. The form that ARRL wishes us to use may be accessed at Since I won’t be able to do it, when my time comes, I would appreciate very much for someone to take the time to report my passing to the SK desk. Anyone may do it, ham license not required. You should have the obit from the newspaper or other source. I truly would appreciate it and thank you. In my opinion, doing that shows our respect for the person as well as for our great hobby. It’s OK to duplicate, so don’t worry about sending in multiple reports. 

Complying with RF exposure regulations is now mandatory for all amateurs. See details at . You must check your station to assure that you are not endangering yourself or others close to your antenna. No amateur is exempt. I checked my station and it complies on all bands. 

Applications for grants from the ARRL Foundation until June 30. More details may be seen at . Many club programs and ideas could have merit for consideration.  Please review the Foundation and see if your inspiration might win. 

I plan to remain active on the HF bands mainly using FT8 and CW but occasionally using SSB. Thank you again for your support over the last 21 years. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve you. I know that you will support our new Section Manager, KC1NEK. 


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

ARLB011 Legislation to Remove Private Land Use Restrictions on Amateur Radio Introduced in Congress

ARRL logoQST de W1AW
ARRL Bulletin 11 ARLB011
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT June 14, 2023
To all radio amateurs

ARLB011 Legislation to Remove Private Land Use Restrictions on Amateur Radio Introduced in Congress

Congressmen Bill Johnson (OH-06) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) reintroduced a bill in the US House of Representatives on June 12 – H.R.4006 – to remove private land use restrictions that prohibit, restrict, or impair the ability of Amateur Radio operators from operating and installing reasonable antennas on property that they own or control. Similar legislation, H.R. 9670, was introduced by Congressman Johnson in 2022.

The full text of the bill can be found in PDF format at,

“I reintroduced the Amateur Radio Emergency Preparedness Act to remove barriers to disaster and emergency communications and training, and to promote education in STEM subjects related to critically needed wireless technology,” Congressman Johnson said in a release. “Passage of this bill will promote developing and sustaining our nation’s wireless future and facilitate and encourage amateur radio operations as a public benefit.”

“As their actions during recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy proved, amateur radio operators in Connecticut can be a critical component of disaster response and emergency management. It is in our communities’ best interest that we give them the capabilities to operate at the highest level, and with the re-introduction of this bill, we’ve taken a strong step in that direction,” said Congressman Courtney.

The exponential growth of communities bound by private land use restrictions that prohibit both the operation of Amateur Radio and the installation of amateur station antennas has significantly restricted the growth of the Amateur Radio Service.

The ARRL continues its multi-year efforts to eliminate private land use restrictions that prevent Amateur Radio operations and has pledged to strongly support Congressman Johnson and Congressman Courtney in their efforts on behalf of Amateur Radio.

Rick Roderick, K5UR, President of ARRL, on behalf its Members and America’s Amateur Radio community extended his thanks and appreciation for the leadership of Congressman Johnson and Congressman Courtney in their tireless efforts to support and protect the rights of all Amateur Radio Operators and to further STEM education and the advancement of American expertise in wireless technology.