WB8SIW: “Radio Relay International” on RATPAC Online, April 8, 2021

Radio Relay Int'l logoThursday, April 8 Speaker/Presenter: James Wades, WB8SIW

Join RATPAC Zoom Meeting Thursday, April 8th:  

9:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EDT / 8:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM MDT / 6:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM AKDT / 3:00 PM HST

  • This meeting will be recorded. By participating you consent to being recorded. 
  • Please change your display name to Your First Name, Call Sign and Location, e.g. Dan K7REX Idaho. 
  • Please stay muted until ready to speak. Your space bar works like a PTT for unmuting
  • You may ask questions in chat; please stay on topic while using chat.
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Meeting ID: 212 888 4758
Passcode: RRI
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Meeting ID: 212 888 4758
Passcode: 21006293
Dan Marler, K7REX

YCCC Online Meeting, April 7, 2021

YCCC logoThe Yankee Clipper Contest Club will hold an online meeting on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7 PM.

Social Time 6:30PM – 7PM
Meeting begins promptly at 7PM
-New SDR by N1DID
-WRTC Swag info by K5KG – N.A. Representative for WRTC-2022
-Station Tour by W1GD

[For meeting information, contact Charlie Morrison, N1RR, at n1rr -at- n1rr -dot- com.]

MARS / Amateur Interoperability Nets Starting The Week of April 7, 2021

MARS logoTo: All New England Amateur Radio Operators

Starting this week, on April 7 and for the first week of every month going forward, US Army Auxiliary Radio System members will conduct nets on 60 meters channel 1 (5.3305 MHz) with the goal of exercising the mission of MARS to Amateur interoperation.

These Nets will start at 8pm local time on April 7, for one hour and will repeat on Friday April 9 and be run by MARS Stations in Region One. On April 8 and 10 at 8pm ET the nets will be run by MARS stations in Region 2 and 4, but also encourage Amateur Radio check ins.

In addition, on Thursday April 8, Friday April 9 and Saturday April 10, nets will be conducted at noon ET, with NCS in New England.

All amateur stations with 60 meter capability and the time are asked to check in and participate in these nets. The goal of these nets is to train MARS stations with Amateur Radio stations on 60 meter channels. Initially, these nets will just involve check ins, but over time, we will practice ICS-213 messages on these nets in both voice and digital methods. The nets will last 1 hour.


Net Time Wednesday April 7 Thursday April 8 Friday April 9 Saturday April 10
Noon local No Net MARS /Amateur Interop Net MARS /Amateur Interop Net MARS /Amateur Interop Net
8pm Local MARS /Amateur Interop Net NCS Region 2 MARS /Amateur Interop Net NCS Region 2


These Nets will repeat in the first week of each month.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Tom Kinahan

U.S. Army Military Auxiliary Radio System
Region One Director

“The Consortium”—Covering the Ham Radio Basics

Like the successful “Ham Bootcamp” program sponsored by the Nashua Area Radio Society, The Consortium was formed out of a need to mentor new amateurs in the Providence, Rhode Island area. And like Ham Bootcamp, it, too has had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
Bob Beaudet, W1YRC, and Jim Johnson, K1GND, formed the idea for The Consortium back in 2007. “Listening to the Scituate 146.76 repeater  over time, I noticed that several newer hams who were talking about antennas, matching networks, transmission lines, grounding methods, mobile noise remedies and dozens of other common issues were making lots of mistakes in their theory and assumptions. They didn’t even understand most of the terms they were using.”
Since the start of the pandemic, K1GND and W1YRC have switched to weekly  electronic tutorials.  “Until the restrictions permit us to resume sessions of the Consortium […], Jim K1GND and I are providing electronic material to continue providing Basic Radio material in order to remedially provide knowledge that we all missed working our way up to getting our license.”
They eagerly look forward to resuming in-person meetings at the Asia Grille in Lincoln, Rhode Island as soon as it is safe to do so. 
For more information about the Consortium, visit <http://w1ddd.org/consortium.html> or check out The Consortium article in the April, 2018 issue of QST.

“Slow Speed Test” Gains Popularity

K1USN Slow Speed Test logoIn September, 2020, members of the K1USN Radio Club (who are also members of the CW Operators’ Club) started sponsoring a one-hour slow speed CW “contest” called SST aimed at “those who prefer a more leisurely CW pace or are new CW operators or contesters.” SST is held on Mondays at 00:00-01:00 UTC (8-9 PM EDT Sundays).

The event has enjoyed increased popularity, both nationally and internationally. It is supported by the N1MM software logging program.  A second weekly one-hour SST session was started on February 5, 2021, at a time more suited for European amateur radio operators: 20:00-21:00 UTC Fridays.

For more information about the Slow Speed Test, please visit <http://www.k1usn.com/sst.html>.

N1DM Featured on Pittsfield Community TV, WTBR-FM, March 25, 2021

Dom Mallozzi, N1DM, was the featured guest on Ham On!, simulcast on Pittsfield (MA) Community Television and WTBR-FM 89.7 on March 25, 2021. Dom spoke about amateur satellites. The early morning program is produced and moderated by Western MA Assistant Section Traffic Manager Peter Mattice, KD2JKV.  A recording of the show can be heard at <https://anchor.fm/peter0190/episodes/working-amatuer-sats-etgl31>.

N1DM is active on HF CW , FT8, FT4, satellites, DMR, emergency communications  and contesting. He serves as secretary for the Providence (RI) Radio Association, W1OP.

K9HI: “ARRL Update” at Blackstone Valley ARC (RI) & K1USN Radio Club (E.MA)

ARRL logoARRL New England Division Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, will be the featured speaker at two ARRL affiliated clubs this week.

Phil will present to the Blackstone Valley (RI) Amateur Radio Club on March 29, 2021. On March 30, K9HI will co-present with Eastern MA Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, at the K1USN Radio Club about ARRL.

Zoom details for the Blackstone Valley meeting can be obtained by emailing Judson Mitstock, W1JMZ at judson@w1jmz.net. For K1USN Radio Club meeting details, contact “Pi” Pugh, K1RV, at k1rv@arrl.net