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.
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/.
At the May 17, 2022 PART of Westford (MA) meeting, PART members Bob Glorioso, W1IS (left), and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ (not shown), received the March 2022 QST Cover Plaque award from New England Division Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC (right). [Photo courtesy PART of Westford]
The May, 2022 Eastern MA Section Newsletter is now available at https://ema.arrl.org/may-2022-section-news/.
As everyone knows, we have been accepted to host a ARISS contact. That’s exciting news and a small team is in place working out the details.
Also, I managed to find a local company that does creative work and will do the live streaming, video editing, projection enhancement and recording of the ARISS contact. The company is Black Helicopter Creative and they are donating their time and effort to make this contact and the live stream a professional view for all. They have done work for the RedSox, Fenway Park, ESPN and others. You can learn more at: https://www.
Also, I spent an hour on the phone with ICOM the other night and they are very enthusiastic about the booth. They offered to lend us a few HF and VHF/UHF/D-Star radios for the booth. Once the upper management approves, we’ll be locked in for ICOM on our operating table. The goal is to have a hotspot operating too with D-Star, DMR and possibly Fusion able to use it to demonstrate some digital modes.
There is more being planned.
Right now, we are looking for those that have done demonstrations and may have booth displays. The Nashua Club has offered to lend us a few items and we are looking for more from other clubs as well. If you have something, can you either post it here in a picture or email me direct with a description and photo’s please. W1AST@arrl.net.
We have a questionnaire out on the New England Division website: https://nediv.arrl.
For those of you traveling from more than 2-3 hours away, I am looking for more HOST families in my area that could accommodate a few people that want to stay and volunteer. I’m hoping my home club, the HCRA, steps up in a big way for this. My wife and I can accommodate 3 to maybe 4 people. Maybe 2 more if you have a sleeping bag and air mattress or a cot. But, we’re working on that.
Lastly, we are looking for some display cabinets. Does anyone or club have something? Please contact me.
We’re 4 months from the Big E right now. We need you to get the word out to local hams through your clubs. There is a flyer (bright green sheet at Near-Fest) that you can download on the NEDIV site too. We handed out around 250 the Friday of Near-Fest. More went out on Saturday. Get them out to your members please.
We have 17 days we need to man the booth for 12 hours per day per Big E rules. This booth we have is a $4000 booth that is being given to us. We have to make it look good and be there all the time. We set up the day into 2 6 hour shifts. Or anyone is welcome to do a 12 hour shift. It will be a long day, but very worth while. IF you’re wondering about meals, there will be 120 different food vendors there plus what may be available in the State buildings. You won’t go hungry!
So, once again, go here and volunteer: https://nediv.arrl.org/
Best 73 for an enjoyable weekend for all.
We’ll be using these three frequencies:
There will be a 1 watt signal continuously on 146.565 MHz. 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 146.290 MHz and beeps every three seconds.