Yankee Clipper Contest Club logoKen Caruso, WO1N, writes on the Yankee Clipper Contest Club mailing list:

Check out the July/August issue of [National Contest Journal]. In there you will find an article written by John, NN1SS, on how to keep Murphy out of your contest operations and an NCJ Profile on John, K1ESE, written by John himself.

Congrats guys!


Ken, WO1N

Androscoggin ARC to Activate Range Pond State Park (K-2405), August 5, 2023

Androscoggin ARC logoCory Golob, KU1U, writes in the AARC-W1NPP list:

After tallying the votes, the Androscoggin Amateur Radio Club will activate Range Pond State Park (K-2405) on Saturday August 5, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The park opens at 9:00 AM which will give us an hour to set up. This will give us enough time to advertise the POTA event and post it on the Scheduler. We will be using W1NPP for the POTA Callsign.

Park fees are as follows:
Adult Maine Resident: $6.00
Adult Non-Resident: $8.00
Maine Senior Citizen: FREE (Must show proof of age at the gate)
Senior Non-Resident: $2.00
Children Ages 5-11: $1.00
Children under 5: FREE

We will do a simple cookout. Bring the whole family and friends for a fun day at the beach.

Additional information about Range Pond State Park:
Location: 26 State Park Road (off the Empire Rd. in Poland). Lat 44.038031 / Lon -70.342181
Park Hours: Open all year; 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily unless otherwise posted at the gate. Visitors may continue to enjoy the park during the off season by parking outside the gate, – without blocking it – on the days it is closed, and walking in during these same hours. Please be aware that facilities are closed during the off season.
Fee collected year-round at entry booth by staff or self-service station.
Located along the northeast shore of beautiful Lower Range Pond, the park amenities include a sand beach swim area, picnic facilities, a ball field, and a group shelter with adjoining resource room available by reservation.

73 DE KU1U

Commercial Interests Petition FCC for High Power Allocation on Shortwave Spectrum

FCC logoFrom ARRL News, 07/11/2023:

The ad hoc group “Shortwave Modernization Coalition” petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow data communications on multiple bands within the HF 2 – 25 MHz range with up to 20 KW, including in bands immediately adjacent to spectrum allocated to the Amateur Radio Service. This group appears to represent high-speed stock trading interests. The FCC has assigned it RM-11953. Comments are due by July 31, 2023, and reply comments by August 15. While the petitioners exclude the amateur bands, high power operations on immediately adjacent bands are proposed. ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio® is reviewing the petition. A copy of the petition is at: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/1042840187330/1 (PDF).

2023 Vermont 100 Event Canceled

Steve Goldsmith, W1HS, writes on the Twin State Radio Club and Connecticut Valley FM Association mailing lists:

JULY 11, 2023

After this week’s devastating weather in Vermont, here is a difficult update from our wonderful Race Director Amy Rusiecki and the Vermont 100 Race Committee. The below message was also communicated in email to all participants.

Shared 7/11/23
“It breaks my heart to write this, but due to the devastating flooding that hit the race course yesterday and the lasting damage due to this weather event, the race committee has reached the unfortunate decision that this year’s event must be canceled. The second worst thing a race committee wants to do is cancel an incredible event. However, the worst thing a race committee wants to do is to conduct an unsafe race for the runners, volunteers, and communities. Our highest priority is the safety of every runner, volunteer, trail, and road that this event impacts.

To understand the current situation in the area of the event – Vermont is still under a State of Emergency, and it is currently declared a Federal Disaster area (https://www.fema.gov/locations/vermont). Woodstock Vermont had devastating flooding, including Lincoln Covered Bridge (approx. mile 39 of the course) which is currently covered in a foot of mud from flooding. The Taftsville Bridge (approx. mile 14) is also currently closed and yesterday was under feet of water. The roads by Margaritaville (approx. mile 59) have been washed out and are impassible to runners or vehicles. Many of the east-west routes in Vermont are currently closed with washouts, including Rt. 131 and Rt. 106, which cuts off our access to restocking aid stations, marking the route, crew vehicle access, and even your access to get to the start/finish area. Lastly, emergency services in all these communities are straight out and are unable to support our event at this time. We have included a few photos of the route below, so y’all understand the impact of this weather.

We know that some of you may not agree with our decision, but we hope that you can understand our reasoning. Please understand this is not a decision that came easy, as we are all committed to putting on an awesome event for each of you.

So, what options did we as a race committee consider?

Trying to reschedule the event within a few weeks is logistically impossible and beyond a few weeks we run into the VT50 and numerous other incredible local fall events. Turning the event into an entirely virtual event is not very appealing – that’s just not the VT100! As stated in our Liability Waiver, that you signed when you registered, entry fees are non-refundable if the event is canceled due to public safety concerns, which is the situation that we have unfortunately encountered. We sincerely apologize for this.

While we aren’t strongly encouraging folks to come to the area during this time of disaster, we understand that some with non-refundable travel and lodging may choose to do so. We are working on information regarding local opportunities to contribute to the clean-up efforts. If you are interested in this, please let us know here and we will follow up with you regarding where and when you can pitch in!

Financially, much of the expenses of this event have been spent at this time and are non refundable to us and we are sincerely sorry for that. Please know that the Friday night, Saturday morning, and Sunday post-race food (which has already been purchased and prepped) will be used to host community dinners this weekend for local residents who have been displaced by the flooding and who have lost their homes in this event. The aid station food will be donated to local food shelters and survival centers. If you are in the area, there are opportunities to help with serving food to those displaced, or to get our aid station food to local food shelters. You can sign up here.

At this time, you have three options regarding your registration:

We are offering to roll the VT100 registration from anyone who is interested into this year’s Vermont 50 on September 24, 2023.

We are able to defer entry into the 2024 VT100 for anyone who is interested, however entry fees unfortunately will not be able to be rolled over. We will offer a 25% discount to next year’s entry for anyone who takes this option. We regret that we can not offer a deeper discount to those who roll into the 2024 event, however due to this natural disaster this is the best we can offer in the way of partial entry fee deferral.

You can donate your entry fee to the communities impacted by this disaster and Vermont Adaptive.

Please let us know which option you select by August 1st at this link here. If we don’t hear from you by August 1st, we will assume that you have chosen to have your entry fee donated to the local communities impacted by this disaster and Vermont Adaptive.

On a personal note, I understand that this is heartbreaking to hear. Trust me, this is equally devastating to share. I know that many of you have trained for months and years to have your opportunity to run at this incredible event. I get it, and I am nearly as upset as you are about this decision. My favorite day of the year is the 15+ hours I spend greeting each of you across the finish line – and I am completely devastated that I will miss that in 2023.

I hope to see many of you in 2024, at this year’s VT50, or otherwise out on the trails.

With huge (sometimes sweaty) hugs,

Amy and the VT100 Race Committee

HamXposition 2023: Call for Volunteers!

HamXposition logo

HamXposition 2023 is coming to the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Marlborough, Mass on August 25, 26 and 27. We are actively looking for volunteers to help keep the convention running smoothly. Among the duties –

  • Setup on August 24 Ticketing,
  • Flea Market and Forum Speaker Help on 25, 26, and 27
  • Take Down on August 27

All volunteers are scheduled into two-hour shifts. Those that work two or more shift receive free admission. If you are interested in helping, please visit: https://hamxposition.org/volunteer.html to register.

KH6HTV: “ATV and Public Service” at NE-ECAPS Meeting, July 13, 2023

ATVJoin us for the next NE-ECAPS (New England EmComm And Public Service) meeting this Thursday, July 13 at 8:00 PM, hosted by Jack Ciaccia, WMØG, Assistant Director for Emergency Communication and Public Service.

One of the most critical functions that ARES provides is situational awareness. And one of the tools to provide this vital information that we can use is Amateur Television (ATV)/Digital Television (DTV). Tonight’s presentation will be “ATV and Public Service.” Our guest speaker will be Jim Andrews, KH6HTV. Jim is one of the most knowledgeable persons on the subject, both as an ATV/DTV equipment developer and an experienced ARES member.

  • What: next NE-ECAPS meeting Thursday July 13, 2023 at 8pm
  • Topic: ATV and Public Service, presentation by Jim Andrews, KH6HTV 
  • Zoom link contact: NE-ECAPS@groups.io

HamXposition to Offer Tech-In-A-Day, August 26, 2023

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Do you have a friend or family member who needs that extra little “push” to obtain their Tech ticket?

The Northeast HamXposition is holding Technician Study course at the convention on Saturday, August 26, 2023. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Convention in Marlboro, MA.

The course includes: (6) 45-minute “Study” segments, with 15 minute breaks between sessions and also includes an hour and 15 minute Lunch Break. (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

The examination for Technician Class will be conducted 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost and Requirements: ($30.00)

  • Fees: $15 (Includes materials and snacks)
  • Test Cost: $15 (Required by FCC) Students under age 18 $5.00
  • Bring Photo ID & Federal Registration Number (FRN) (Obtained by registration at fcc.gov/CORES) https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do

Contact Bill Poulin, WZ1L, techinaday@hamxposition.org, to register of if you have any questions about the Tech-In-A-Day study course.

Yankee Clipper Contest Club Well-Represented in World Radio Team Championship in Italy, July 8-9, 2023

Yankee Clipper Contest Club logoYankee Clipper Contest Club President Ken Caruso, WO1N, writes:

The YCCC has several member competitors and other members as referees participating in the WRTC event, July 8th – July 9th.


                K1XM and W1UE              NA1

                K5ZD and W2SC               NA1

                JH1GHM and WA1Z         AS7

                KO8SCA and S55M          DT1

                W1VE and WC1M            Referees


We wish them the best of luck and we can best show our appreciation by getting on the air and working the event.

You might be aware of the WRTC awards program described here: https://www.wrtc2022.it/en/wrtc-2022-competition!-award-39.asp

Basically, after achieving certain goals you are eligible to download a certificate and earned endorsements.

The Club will be offering a small enhancement to the WRTC Awards program. Here are the rules:

  • Your dues must be up-to-date.
  • Your log must be submitted to the WRTC committee within 6 hours of the contest end: https://contest-log-submission.arrl.org/index.php?eid=4
  • Your result summary must be posted on 3830scores.
  • We will use the total WRTC stations worked as published by the WRTC committee here: www.wrtc2022.it/awardOperating Periods:
  • Operating Periods:
    • 12 – 19.99 Hours Operating Class: YCCC mouse pad for the operator with the highest total of WRTC stations worked
    • 20 – 24 Hours Operating Class: Insulated YCCC mug for the operator with the highest total of WRTC stations worked
  • Multiple awards will be issued in case of ties regardless of number of hours operated within the operating classes defined above.

The winners will be announced a few days after the contest is over.

All our best to the competitors and referees!


Ken – WO1N