Rhode Island STEAM Club “Making Its Own DX”

N1ASA APRSA Rhode Island STEAM club is making its own kind of DX. The All Saints STEAM Academy (N1ASA) in Middletown, Rhode Island, is tracking its GPS/tracker balloon using APRS. As of mid-day June 8, it was located over Canada. 
“N1ASA’s GPS/tracker balloon survived the night and is reporting regularly Wednesday from 24,000 feet above Nova Scotia, heading at 24 MPH to the northeast,” according to a post today on the Newport County Radio Club’s Facebook page.
“Tuesday’s thick cloud cover which disrupted the production of solar power has thinned out. There’s no battery on board, just a ‘super capacitor’ to store enough power to run the 0.02-watt transmitter for 110 seconds every 10 minutes.” The package uses a 35-foot dipole antenna.
The group hopes the balloon will continue to remain airborne long enough to reach Europe. 

ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program Has Launched

ARRL Foundation logoThe ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program has launched and is now accepting applications. The deadline to apply is June 30 at 7 PM EST. An informational webinar will be held on Thursday June 9 at 7 PM EST to answer questions about the program. A video of the webinar will also be available on YouTube. You can register now by visiting this link.

For more information about the program, visit: http://arrl.org/club-grant-program.

For correspondence concerning the program, contact: clubgrants@arrl.org.

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-

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: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4lhqvUdzS1S34tT1u8ZC4Q

 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: http://www.arrl.org/club-grant-program

A new mailbox here at ARRL has also been created for correspondence concerning the program:  clubgrants@arrl.org

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!