Quaboag Valley ARC Grant Will Develop Adult Ed Amateur Radio Classes

ARRL Foundation logoThe Quaboag Valley Amateur Radio Club grant by the ARRL Foundation, which was awarded to the club in August, was designed to attract two very different groups to the amateur radio hobby and to club membership in local amateur radio clubs.

The first group addressed in the proposal was the adult population that may have had an interest in radio in the past but never had the opportunity to get licensed.  This group now can afford to get entry level equipment but needs help getting started.  They are the people with the intellectual curiosity and drive to enroll in adult education programs.  The program was designed to utilize existing evening school education programs to offer licensing courses at their facilities.  The grant received is helping to support the evening division Technician licensing course at Baypath Vocational Technical School in Charlton, Massachusetts.  The grant is paying for training materials and a free handheld transceiver upon successful completion of the Technician license exam. The course is currently running with 18 students. 

The second group will be for students at another vocational technical school; however it will be focused on tech school students whose training in various technical fields stimulated them to take advantage of a free program offered at their school that would lead to an Amateur Radio Technicians License.  This course is being planned for April, 2023.   The course, training materials and a pre-programmed handheld transceiver, to be awarded upon passing the Technician license exam at no cost to the student, will help to make the program affordable for interested students.

The program is being managed by Mert Kenniston, KC1KVA, and supported by Dennis Clowes, KC1LNL and Peter Baldracchi, KB1QGY, who are assisting in presentation of several of the instruction modules along with other club volunteers as “expert witnesses” for discussions.  Further development of this model to attract new hams to our clubs and our hobby is expected to be an ongoing topic at future QVARC meetings. 

ARRL Foundation Grants $270,000 to Amateur Radio Clubs

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From ARRL Club News:

The new ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program, funded by a generous grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), has awarded $270,000 to radio clubs that participated in the first round of applications.

The Club Grant Program, introduced earlier this year, includes $500,000 to be awarded to radio clubs with projects that will have the most impact on amateur radio, the community, and the future of radio technology. The grants will fund transformative projects that encourage the growth of active amateur radio operators and training opportunities, education programs for student groups and schools, and club revitalization. A second round of applications to award the program’s remaining funding opened on September 7, 2022. The deadline for submitting an application is November 4th at 7PM Eastern time.

Twenty-four clubs were notified on Monday, August 29, that they are receiving grants. The ARRL Foundation received 128 applications in the first round, with requests totaling $1.74 million. The selection committee noted that it was difficult work deciding from many high-quality grant proposals, considering the finite available funds. Radio clubs that did not receive grants in the first round may revise and resubmit applications in the second round.

The ARRL Foundation, established in 1973 by ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio®, administers the Club Grant Program. ARRL has long recognized that it is in the best interest of amateur radio to encourage and support amateur radio clubs. Clubs historically have recruited, licensed, and trained new radio amateurs and have provided the community setting for them to continue their education and training.

The new Club Grant Program will help clubs more easily provide and expand their important services. More information about the program can be found on the ARRL Foundation website, at www.arrl.org/club-grant-program.

The following clubs, in no particular order, were awarded grants:

Club Name Town State
Heritage High School Amateur Radio Club Brentwood CA
Newport County Radio Club Newport RI
Bristol County Repeater Association Tiverton RI
Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club Philadelphia PA
Quaboag Valley Amateur Radio Club Warren MA
Amateur Radio Club at Kansas State University Manhattan KS
Meriden Amateur Radio Club Wallingford CT
Anchorage Amateur Radio Club Anchorage AK
Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club Greeneville TN
Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association Gloucester MA
Yavapai Amateur Radio Club Prescott AZ
Cave City High School Amateur Radio Club Cave City AR
Fauquier County 4-H Ham Radio Club Warrenton VA
All Things Amateur Radio Association Carroll OH
Forsyth Amateur Radio Club Inc Winston Salem NC
Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club Astoria OR
Barnstable Amateur Radio Club South Dennis MA
Orange County Amateur Radio Club Cornwall NY
Daleville Area Amateur Radio Service Daleville AL
Lake Washington Ham Club Kirkland WA
Radio Association of Western New York West Seneca NY
Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club Childress TX
West Chester Amateur Radio Association West Chester OH
Gloucester County Amateur Radio Club Pitman NJ


ARRL Foundation Announces 2022 Foundation Scholarship Recipients

ARRL Foundation logoThe ARRL Foundation Board of Directors has approved the recipients of the 2022 ARRL Foundation Scholarships as recommended by the Scholarship Committee. Foundation Scholarships totaling $921,250 will be awarded to 139 deserving radio amateurs pursuing higher education. Individual scholarship awards range from $500 to $25,000. Several young radio amateur recipients reside in New England:


Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) Scholarships:

  • Abigail Finchum, AB1BY, of Nashua, New Hampshire ($25,000)
  • Jherica Goodgame, KI5HTA, of Avon, Connecticut ($15,000)
  • Michael Lefebvre, N1MPL, of Morris, Connecticut ($15,000)
  • Matthew Mowerson, KC1IIL, of Wallingford, Connecticut ($5,000)

The East Coast Amateur Radio Service (ECARS) Scholarships, $2,500 each:

  • Julie Knappik, KB1YTT, of Raynham, Massachusetts
    Matthew MacKenzie, KC1PXL, of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
    Lee Schuett, KB1ETR, of Lebanon, Connecticut

The FEMARA Scholarships, $2,000 each:

  • Elizabeth Hull, N1LIZ, of Hancock, New Hampshire
  • Sarah Hull, W1SJH, of Hancock, New Hampshire
  • Simon Schwartz, KC1PYK, of Newton, Massachusetts
  • Megan Wagner, KC1FGH, of Westford, Massachusetts

The New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) Scholarship, $1,500:

  • Yettive Crestohl, K1TG, of Marblehead, Massachusetts

The RFinder LLC — Arthur L. Greenberg, W2LH, and Madeline Greenberg, W2EEO, Memorial Scholarship, $1,000:

  • Dahnesh Upton, KB1OTB, of Mount Vernon, New Hampshire

A full list of scholarship recipients can be viewed at <http://arrl.org/news/arrl-foundation-announces-2022-scholarship-awards>.

Congratulations to all the recipients, and best wishes for success in their higher educational pursuits.

Rhode Island Club Awarded ARDC Grant

RI Emergency Mesh Network screenshotRICOMU, a Rhode Island ARRL Affiliated Club, was awarded an ARDC grant of $83,000 for upgrades and expansion of the Rhode Island Emergency Mesh network, according to RICOMU President Gil Woodside, WA1LAD.

The project will include additional Yaesu Fusion repeaters linked through the RIEMN , new and upgraded mesh nodes, cameras and all the other accessories and equipment needed for the project to succeed.

W1NRG 75th Anniversary Celebration, June 23, 2022

The Meriden Amateur Radio Club (MARC) and Wallingford Amateur Radio Group (WARG) is holding a 75th Anniversary Celebration with a lawn ceremony and reception from 6-8:30 PM on Hope Hill Road in Wallingford, Connecticut.

An ARRL plaque recognizing MARC’s 75 Years of ARRL club affiliation will be awarded to club president Ed Snyder, W1YSM, from New England Division Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, and Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI. Also, the CW Station will be dedicated in memory of Bill Wawrzeniak, W1KKF (SK) along with a special remembrance of Christian Sievert, WA1VXH (SK) and additional club recognition.

KM3T Inducted into CQ Contest Hall of Fame

K9CT and KM3T receive 2022 CQ Contest Hall of Fame awards
Inductees K9CT (left) and KM3T 2022 CQ Contest Hall of Fame. -K8CX photo

Accomplished contester David Poscoe, KM3T, of Amherst, New Hampshire, has been inducted into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame which “honors those contesters who not only excel in personal performance but who also give back to the hobby in outstanding ways.”  [Full story]

NH Gov. Sununu Proclaims June “Amateur Radio Month”

NH Amateur Radio Proclamation of Amateur Radio MonthARRL New Hampshire Section Manager Pete Stohrer, W1FEA, announced today that Governor Christopher T. Sununu has proclaimed June as “Amateur Radio Month” in the State of New Hampshire.

The proclamation describes Amateur Radio as “an organized, volunteer communications service asset.” It also mentions the Memorandum of Understanding between the New Hampshire ARRL Section and New Hampshire’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management, “to provide backup communications capabilities in times of disaster.”

ARRL Field Day, held on the weekend of June 25-26, 2022, is highlighted. “New Hampshire Amateur Radio operators will join thousands of other amateurs throughout the United States and the world in sharpening their operating skills under emergency conditions.”

Congratulations to all of the New Hampshire ARRL field organization leaders for making this proclamation possible!

Marine Corps Veteran Honored in NEAR-Fest Closing Ceremony

Mike Crestohl, W1RC, writes:

On April 30 2022, a very special presentation was made by Paul DePetrillo, W1PRA, to Michael “Mickey” O’Keefe, NV1C, at NEAR-Fest XXXI in Deerfield NH. 

NV1C is a Marine Corps veteran and a survivor of the Chosen Reservoir battles in Korea in 1950.  Several years ago Paul met him at NEAR-Fest and awarded him a Lifetime Pass for his service.  Last February at the Marlborough (MA) flea market I spotted a book on Mickey’s table called “Give Me Tomorrow” about the Marines with whom he served in Korea.  The photo on the cover depicted a Marine, cold and hungry but obviously still hopeful.  “That’s me!” Mickey exclaimed.

Some research revealed that the photo originally appeared in the December 25th 1950 issue of Life Magazine.  I searched online and found the article which I forwarded to Paul who showed it to Bob Curran, an artist friend of his.  Bob was so impressed by the picture that he felt compelled to recreate the powerful image in a beautiful painting.

At the NEAR-Fest Closing Ceremony April 30th 2022 Paul presented Bob’s painting to Mickey.  Obviously taken by surprise and almost speechless NV1C commented: I am no hero; I am a survivor.”

We beg to differ. All our service people who served in foreign conflicts are heroes.  To honor their service NEAR-Fest has created a special award; a Lifetime Pass to our Hamfest to any amateur who has been awarded a military decoration “of distinction” like a Bronze Star, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Air Force Cross, Navy Cross, etc.  For more information contact Paul at paulw1pra@gmail.com.


Joe Reisert, W1JR, Honored for Receiving February 2022 QST Cover Award

W1JR Cover Plaque Presentation photo
L-R: Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI; Joe Reisert, W1JR; Virginia Reisert; Assistant Director Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB; Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC

Joe Reisert, W1JR, of Amherst, New Hampshire, has been awarded the February 2022 QST Cover Plaque Award for his article “12-and 17-Meter Antenna Design.” Joe was honored at a small reception by ARRL New England Division leaders on April 15, 2022 in Merrimack, New Hampshire. 

An amateur for 71 years, Joe was first licensed as WN2HQL in 1951 while living in Wantagh, Long Island, New York. 

Joe is one of the preeminent DXers in the world. He holds a DXCC award with 392/340 Mixed, 381/340 SSB, 353/339 CW, 340/336 Digital, 113/108 Satellite and 3171 DXCC Challenge. Among his many other honors, Joe is an A1 operator, a member of the First Class CW Operators Club, RSGB, and life member of ARRL and AMSAT. In 2014, Joe was elected to CQ Magazine’s DX Hall of Fame.