Fox Hunt in Gales Ferry (CT), May 28, 2022

Mark Noe, KE1IU, writes on the SECARS mailing list:
 
It’s Memorial Day weekend, which is a perfect time for a foxhunt!  As such, SECARS will be sponsoring its first foxhunt, which will occur on Saturday May 28 at 1 PM.  This will be an on-foot foxhunt at the Thompson Brook Preserve in Gales Ferry (765 Long Cove Road in Gales Ferry, https://avalonia.org/preserves/atkinson-family-preserve-thompson-brook-preserve).  We will have 7 fox boxes out.  These will be on the following frequencies:
 
146.335 – 1 mW – continuous transmitter – Fox H on our website
145.910 – 25 mW – continuous transmitter – Fox I on our website
146.585 – 0.5 W – nearly continuous transmitter – Fox J on our website
146.565 – 1 W – nearly continuous transmitter – Fox K on our website
147.455, on 3 seconds, off 3 seconds, Carrier only – Fox C on our website
147.42, no pl, touch tone 1 to activate – Tones and CW ID, 1 minute on time – new fox born recently.
 
I will be hunting for the last two foxes, which will be placed by Dave, K1DCT.  I will place the other foxes shortly before the hunt.  Bring your foxhunting gear for what will be a great time.  If you do not have gear and would like to learn, you can meet me at 757 Long Cove Rd. at 1 PM and hunt with me.  I will have a tape-measure Yagi and an attenuator.  Send me an e-mail at KE1IUMark@gmail.com if you would like to meet and hunt as a team.
 
Many thanks,
 
-Mark

Lobstercon 2022 is a “Go,” Brunswick Maine, July 8-10

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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

QRP hobnobbing

BBQ lunch off grill

QRP fleamarket

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.

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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.)

 

Two CT Clubs Disband to Form the Southeastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Society

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-

Hermon (ME) Hamfest, June 4, 2022

Pine State ARC logoThe 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.

Planned Events:
– License testing: all classes at 9:00 AM ***No Walk-Ins for ham testing***

 Email Pete Bither -AI1O to pre-register
-Great Food
– 50/50 raffle
– Tailgaters
– 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.

Candlewood ARA POTA Event, Lovers Leap State Park, New Milford CT, May 22, 2022

Map of Lovers Leap State ParkJohn G. Morelli, W1JGM, writes on the Candlewood ARA mailing list:
 
Members of the CARA club will be meeting Sunday May 22 around 9-9:30 AM at Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford, CT to activate K-1691.
 
There have been only 8 activations and 237 QSOs from the park, I made 1 and 42 QSOs  on 4/30/2022. It is an easy activation.
 
Again, let’s bring the newer members in and share the fun.
 
For those that will set up a station, I suggest you bring your portable radio set up, a small table & chair, a pop-up canopy, POTA signs, your logging equipment. As for lunch I suggest the we all bring a pot luck type lunch. I will bring a cooler with Ice, soda and water.  
 
Let have some fun.
 
Lovers Leap SP is off Still River Road off RT 7 & 202   Next to Sonic 
 
 
73
John G. Morelli (W1JGM)
 
VP Candlewood Amateur Radio Association (CARA)
 

Project Big E Progress Continues

Big E Recruitment FlyerProject Big E General Chairman Larry Krainson, W1AST, writes on the ProjectBigE mailing list:

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.blackhelicoptercreative.com/.

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.org/project-big-e  read down to “How Can I Help” and fill in the Google Form Signup Sheet link.

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/project-big-e

Best 73 for an enjoyable weekend for all.

Fox Hunt in Wallingford (CT), May 15, 2022

Dave Tipping, NZ1J, writes on ctfoxhunter on May 14, 2022:
 
We’ll have a live Fox Hunt on Sunday 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 146.565 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.

 
There is no central starting location.  Other Fox Hunters can be contacted on the W1NRG repeater 147.360 with PL 162.2
 
Good luck.

Dave NZ1J