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

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This email was sent by Kevin, KA6PDG, Public Information Officer for the Southeastern CT Amateur Radio Society-

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 
John G. Morelli (W1JGM)
VP Candlewood Amateur Radio Association (CARA)

ARRL Club Grant Program Informational Webinar, May 4, 2022

ARRL Foundation logoARRL Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY, writes:

 An informational webinar about the ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 8PM EST.

 Please register in advance for this webinar at:

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 The website has been created that will be used to convey info on the program at:

A new mailbox here at ARRL has also been created for correspondence concerning the program:

The official launch of the program is Wednesday, May 4th and clubs can apply after that date.



Mike Walters, W8ZY
Field Services Manager

ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®
225 Main Street
Newington CT 06111-1400

ARRL New England Division Leaders Honor the Providence Radio Association for 100 Years of ARRL Affiliation

A sizable crowd of in-person and remote members were on-hand to welcome New England Division Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, and Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, at a special meeting of the Providence Radio Association in Johnston, Rhode Island on April 12. Kemmerer and Temples presented the club with a plaque and special certificate honoring PRA on its 100 years of  ARRL affiliation.  Club members also heard a presentation by Kemmerer on the new ARRL Club Grant program.

Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, presenting to PRA members
Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, presenting to PRA members about the new ARRL Club Grant Program. (K9HI photo)
100th Anniversary Commemorative Plaque and Board Minute Certificate. L-R: David (“Tess”) Tessitore, K1DT; John R. Winman, KZ1K (seated); Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC; Phil Temples, K9HI. (PRA photo)
ARRL 100th Anniversary Affiliation Plaque. (PRA photo)

AB1OC: “ARRL Club Grant Program” at Southeastern MA ARA, April 8, 2022

AB1OC Presenting at SEMARA Meeting, April 7, 2022New England Division Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, and Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, were on hand at the April 8 Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Association (SEMARA) meeting in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to present the club with a plaque and special certificate honoring SEMARA on its 75th anniversary of ARRL affiliation.  Club members also heard a presentation by Kemmerer on the new ARRL Club Grant program.

Fun Outdoor Activities in Ellsworth (ME) Harbor Park and Milbridge

Maine Ham Radio Society logoPhil Duggan, N1EP, writes in the MHRS CARRIERWave:

Warmer temperatures are here and [the Maine Ham Radio Society] will be planning several outdoors portable operating events for you to join in on the fun. Plus, the Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association will most definitely be scheduling some fun activities at the Ellsworth Harbor Park on the Union River throughout the spring and summer months.

Bring a favorite QRP rig, or join in on using other’s setups, or just come and join in on the fellowship. All are welcome! MHRS’s first spring event will be held Saturday, May 21 at N1EP property in Milbridge. Let’s test some antenna designs! Sunscreen and bug spray a must!

KA1GJU to Offer Remote HF Stations on RCForb Network

Kriss Kliegle, KA1GJU, writes on the PortCity (NH) ARC mailing list:

For those of you that would like to get on HF and have problems with antennas, towers, HOA’s, etc… you can still enjoy the hobby! As discussed in my presentation at the meeting and via Zoom, I think we will go forward with running RemoteHams software, called “RCForb.” You will need a username (your call sign in small letters, not caps) and a password (that cannot have your call in it) to get on the servers. Registration is instant, via a code sent to your email address provided.

Then download the latest ‘Client’ software, not the ‘Server’ software… unless you want to place your own radio online for you or select friends. The server software is very programmable as is what users can do (RX only, Tune, TX and RX, etc).  The ‘Client’ application uses the same GUI for all radio manufacturers, so it’s rather simplistic but very easy to use. There are over 320 radios available on the network, not all are open to the public. Many are radio clubs, that will ask you to join the club to obtain access.

Your entrance to the world of remote HF, VHF, and UHF radios starts here: Just follow the three steps!

Once you are all registered search the list of servers and look for the two with my call sign (KA1GJU). If you right click on them (one at a time) you can make them a favorite, and they will appear at the top of the list all the time.

As of today, there’s an IC-7300 at the clubhouse on the 40/80M fan dipole which gives you two bands to operate on. Obviously it will RX on other bands, but will be beyond the limits of the onboard auto tuner. There’s another IC-7300 at my QTH on an inverted vee for 75M. Currently the antenna is resonant at 3.980 thru 4.000 MHz, the auto tuner will handle the mismatch for operations below the upper end of the band (i.e. 3.895, 3.900, 3.925 MHz).

I have my servers set to have users be registered before they can ‘spin the knob’, so send my a PM if you want your call on the user list for privileges.

Both are in the ‘experimental’ stages (been online for three days only) and I got most of the big issues taken care of. Now it’s where can I place them as to not interfere with my own operating schedule. I host numerous remote SDR servers for people to use, and I try to keep QRM to a minimum. So distance has to be placed between RX only antennas and the many TX antennas I have.

Feel free to email me with any questions you may have. I’m still learning how to use the software after day three! The same website posted above also give you access to the forum, and you can get answers there too.

73 Kriss KA1GJU

Greater Bridgeport ARC’s New “CARES” Program to Provide Continuous Training to its Members

Greater Bridgeport ARC loogoThe Greater Bridgeport (CT) Amateur Radio Club has established a new program to provide continuous training to its members–both in the classroom and with on-air activities. 

“The program is called “CARES – Continuing Amateur Radio Education & Skills,” says GBARC Public Information Officer and Past President Emily Starbrook, N1DID. “It’s our commitment to our members to help them achieve their goals. CARES believes that no ham should be left behind. Once someone has made the commitment to become a ham, we will make sure they have the skills and technical access to make the most of ham radio.”

CARES will consist of two “tracks.” Track A will target new hams, while Track B will be for ham who are on the air:


Typical Track – Classroom Topics

Track A – Basic Skills

● Buying a handheld radio
● Programming your radio
● Power Supplies
● VHF/UHF Antennas
● How to make a tape measure
Yagi Antenna
● Introduction to Foxhunts
● DMR/D-Star/Fusion
● Q-Codes
● Moving on to your General
Class License

Track B – Skill Building

● HF Privileges for Technicians
● Intro to Soldering
● Make a Cable with PL-259s
● Baluns and Chokes
● How to make a J-Pole Antenna
● Building an arduino based
foxhunt transmitter
● CW keyers and decoders
● Operating digital modes
● Building a multi-band antenna
● APRS and Packet


Typical On-Air Track Activities

Track A – Basic Skills 

● Your first simplex contact
● Your first repeater contact
● New Ham Nets
● New Ham Ragchews
● Rookie Roundup Contests

Track B – Skill Building

● Simplex Nets
● Simulated Emergency Tests
● On-Air Group activities
● New England QSO Party
● Winter Field Day/Field Day
● Antenna Ranging

“The CARES program is for continuing education which doesn’t leave out the possibility of VE sessions,” says Starbrook. “But so much of what VEs do has moved online, so it is unlikely to become an in-person testing service anytime soon. Much self-paced training is available online that is highly effective for people who are motivated.” N1DID feels that GBARC will be much more effective in “offering help to people to navigate questions they have after they take advantage of those online resources.”