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 



Maine Ham Radio Society YouTube Channel Features Quality Ham Radio Podcasts

Maine Ham Radio Society logoA Maine amateur has created some excellent video podcasts for the Maine Ham Radio Society’s YouTube channel.

Phil Duggan, N1EP, of Milbridge, Maine, has produced four episodes so far: “Soldering & Kit Building is Fun!”, “Morse Code, Straight Keys, Portable Ops & More!”, “The Maine Seagull Net,” and “MHRS RadioActive.”

N1EP is the District 3 Assistant Section Manager in Maine. He serves as president and secretary of the Maine Ham Radio Society.

New England ACC Group Meeting Recap, March 27, 2021

ARRL Affiliated Club logoThe New England Affiliated Club Coordinator group met on March 27, 2021 via Zoom to discuss issues of mutual interest to the field organization in the various New England sections.

About a dozen field organization volunteers—Section Managers, Assistant Section Managers, and Affiliated Club Coordinators—representing Maine, Vermont, Eastern & Western Massachusetts, and Connecticut were present for the 90 minute call. The meeting was chaired by Connecticut ACC Ed Snyder, W1YSM.

Agenda items included: the impact of COVID-19 on clubs and hamfests; a review of recent virtual state conventions in Vermont and Maine; possible joint club activities, including the upcoming 2022 “Big E” ham project by Larry Krainson, president of the Hampden County (MA) Radio Association; review of an outline by Tom Walsh, K1TW, for an upcoming QST article highlighting the importance of affiliated clubs; and a report on the newly formed ARRL Field Organization Working Group by Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI. 

The group meets monthly and conducts business between meetings via a groups.io mailing list.

K9EID: “Optimizing Your Station” at Meriden (CT) ARC, March 25, 2021

Meriden ARC logoThe Meriden (CT) Amateur Radio Club welcomes legendary audio expert Bob Heil, K9EID, as our Activities Meeting guest speaker next Thursday, 3/25/21 at 7:30PM Eastern Time.

All Connecticut Hams are cordially invited to attend the Zoom Meeting.  Bob’s name is synonymous with high-quality ham radio audio, and he will speak on “Optimizing Your Station.”

Whether you’re newly (or even not yet) licensed or a long time veteran, you’re sure to learn something.

Here is the Zoom link:


Please advertise this to interested parties and club members.

Hampden County (MA) RA Begins “New Ham Net”

Hampden Co RA logoKen Dion, KD1KU, writes on the HCRA mailing list:

The Hampden County Radio Association hosts a New Ham Net every Thursday evening at 7 pm on the W1BR repeater in Holyoke, MA, 146.715 (negative offset) with a PL tone of 100.0.

This Net is geared towards helping new hams get over mic shyness, proper operating procedure or with any questions they may have regarding any aspect of the hobby in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The new ham net is only open to NEW hams who have received their licenses within the last 5 years, hams that have returned to the hobby recently and all HCRA members. Net control is Gary, KC1JZR who is a newer ham himself.

As HCRA members please support this net by stopping by to say hello! Netlogger is used during this net and can be downloaded free at https://www.netlogger.org (not required),

If you are a new ham or know someone licensed during the last 5 years and can access the 146.715 repeater please join us on Thursdays at 7 pm!

73, Ken – KD1KU

New England ACC Group Meets Online, February 14, 2021

ARRL Affiliated Club logoAffiliated Club Coordinators, Section Managers, and other section staff from New England met on Sunday, February 14, 2021 to discuss the status of ARRL affiliated radio clubs and to share ideas on improving them. Dubbed “New England ACC” or NEACC, the group plans to hold quarterly meetings. They’ve established a groups.io listserv for discussion in between meetings. 

Attending yesterday’s session were:

  • Ed, W1YSM-ACC, Connecticut
  • Phil, K9HI-Vice Director, New England
  • Tom, K1TW-SM, Eastern MA
  • Ray, KB1LRL, SM, Western MA
  • Bruce, K1BG-ACC, Eastern MA
  • Cory, KU1U-ASM, Maine
  • Gil, WK1H-ACC, Western MA
  • Charles, N1CAI-ACC, Vermont

Minutes will soon be distributed on the listserv. To join the group, contact NEACC Chair Ed Snyder, W1YSM, at <w1ysm@arrl.net>.

SKYWARN Certification Class at Newport County (RI) Radio Club, February 8, 2021

SKYWARN logoThe Newport County (RI) Radio Club, along with RI ARES, are pleased to offer a full SKYWARN Certification class, presented by Rob Macedo, KD1CY, who is the ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Boston/Norton, Massachusetts.  This class will take two hours to complete.  Please note, even if you have been certified in the past, it is recommended that you repeat the class every 2-3 years.

The class will begin at 7:30 PM on February 8th.  There is no charge for the class, but you must register beforehand.  Please register using this link as quickly as possible as space is limited:  https://forms.gle/uUHducXbJDjswCFeA.

“I have sent invitations to all our club members, as well as RI ARES, and 31 people have signed up for the class so far,” writes Newport County RC President Bob Beatty, WB4SON. “We are now happy to open up the class to others, but are limited to only 100 participants for our Zoom meeting.  […] I believe we can allow another 50 people to join the meeting.”

K9HI: “ARRL Update” at PART of Westford (MA) Online Meeting, December 15, 2020

PART of Westford logoFrom PART of Westford website:

The [PART of Westford] December 15, 2020 meeting will be held online via video conference, starting at 7:30 PM. Login details will be sent to members via Groups.io. Our guest speaker will be Phil Temples, K9HI, ARRL New England Vice Director, who will talk about ARRL news and happenings.

[To request conference login information, contact George Allison, K1IG, at k1ig -at- arrl -dot- net]