BAA MarathonFrom K1USN Happenings, January 12, 2023 (via

Planning is well underway for the 2023 Boston Marathon! The BAA opened volunteer registration today and it will close on Friday, February 10, 2023. Returning volunteers should have received an email from the BAA with details about how to register.

New volunteers can sign up via We have also provided a step by step guide on how to select Amateur Radio volunteer positions during the registration process:  <>.

Massachusetts Volunteers On The Air, W1AW/1 Sign Up


This year, the ARRL is honoring volunteers with its Volunteers On The Air (VOTA) operating event. The event starts January 1 and ends December 31, 2023

Twice a year, for one week, each state will be activated as W1AW/1 (for call area 1 Massachusetts, for example). To make this happen, we need ops to get Massachusetts on the air.

Would you like to be an W1AW/1 activator for the first session this spring? The first MA session is Wednesday, April 12 through Tuesday, April 18.

Would you like to know more? Contact Larry, W1AST, at

ARRL Vermont State Convention “HAM-CON,” February 25, 2023

Ham-Con logoThe ARRL Vermont State Convention, known at HAM-CON is Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the Hampton Inn Convention Center in Colchester, Vermont. 

HAM-CON will feature eight forums running all morning between 9 AM-1 PM. Details are in the Forums section.

The Vendor Room will run from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Vendors must arrive no later than 7:30 AM to avoid crowds during setup. There are scores of tables chock filled with goodies. The offerings range from new to boat anchors and we can never know what jewels will show up.

Please go to our Web Site, for other prices, travel details and program information.

For information, phone: (802)879-6589, afternoons and evenings, before hamfest day. Or, via email Talk-in on the WB1GQR repeater on 145.15 MHz (-600). This repeater is monitored all the time.

New England Information Net 1/8 & 2/12

The New England Division will conduct two experimental “New England Information Nets” to provide Section Managers, Section Emergency Coordinators, and Section Traffic Managers the opportunity to provide information and updates on activities in their respective sections that may be of interest New England-wide.

The first net will be held on January 8, 2023 at 10:00 AM on 3985 kHz; the second will be on Sunday, February 12 on Echolink New England Conference Room 9127.

There will not be a call-up for general check-ins. I understand that each section may have other commitments and not be able to participate. I look forward to hearing from as many of the section field organization leaders as possible.

73 DE KU1U

KM1CC On the Air for 120th Anniversary of Marconi’s Transatlantic Message


KM1CC towers
Built 1901- Marconi’s South Wellfleet Wireless Station, Wellfleet MA USA Grid FN51
(second set of towers shown in this picture, taken about 1910)

Station KM1CC will be on the air on January 18, 2023 from 1800 UTC – 2300 UTC.  

Wednesday January 18, 2023 marks the 120th anniversary of Marconi’s first transatlantic message from the USA to the UK. KM1CC will be on the air to commemorate this achievement.

“We plan to operate HF 20 M, 40 M, and other bands as conditions allow. Check for frequencies.”

The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club is a special event club.  The club has several on the air events a year to keep the accomplishments and story of Marconi and his South Wellfleet Wireless Station alive.  This station is listed as a National Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places (1975) and is now part of Cape Cod National Seashore, a unit of the National Park Service.   When possible, KM1CC sets up a temporary radio station inside the park. 

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Ham Radio University Online Forums, January 7, 2023

Ham Radio Univ 2023 BannerMel Granick, KS2G, writes:

Ham Radio University will also have a Contesting forum, –hosted by Yours Truly, KS2G– along with 15 other presentations on subjects ranging from Station Grounding, to Cables & Connectors, to Raspberry Pi Apps for Ham Radio.

The on-line webinars are tomorrow, January 7th from 8:00 am-4:00 pm EST (13:00-20:00 UTC)

They’re all free-of-charge … but advance registration is required.

Go to:

Mel – KS2G

New Connecticut Section Manager

Mike Walters, W8ZY, writes on the Connecticut ARRL Members List on January 3, 2023:

Subject: New Section Manager


I am pleased to announce that Bud Kozloff, W1NSK, is appointed to fill the role of Section Manager in Connecticut. Bud is currently the president of Candlewood Amateur Radio Association in Danbury and lives in Redding CT. Bud is also a member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club and likes to operate CW.

I would also like to thank Betsey Doane, K1EIC, for filling in as Section Manager while the search continued. Betsey is of course well known in Connecticut and graciously agreed to help when needed.

Bud comes to this appointment with many years in the business world and the ham radio world.

In kicking off the ARRL Year of the Volunteers, this is a strong message that any ham can be a part of the ARRL and there is always something that a volunteer can do. Let’s all give Bud the support and assistance that a good Section Manager needs.


Mike Walters, W8ZY
ARRL Field Services Manager

ARRL Connecticut Section
Section Manager: Nicholas S Kozloff, W1NSK

The Future of Amateur Radio

[As we prepare to ring in the New Year, I wanted to share this insightful essay generated by an artificial intelligence program known as “ChatBOT.” Pete Chamalian, W1RM, asked it about the future of  ham radio. -K9HI]

“Ham radio, also known as amateur radio, is a hobby that involves the use of radio frequency spectrum for the purpose of non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. It has a long history dating back to the early 20th century, and it has remained popular among a dedicated group of enthusiasts around the world.

“Despite the proliferation of modern communication technologies such as the internet and cellular networks, ham radio continues to be a valuable resource for emergency communication, as it can operate independently of these systems in the event of a disaster or other emergency situation. As a result, it is likely that ham radio will continue to be an important resource for emergency communication in the future.

“Additionally, the advancement of technology has made it easier and more affordable for individuals to get involved in ham radio, with the availability of small, portable transceivers and a wide range of online resources for learning and training. This may help to attract new enthusiasts and keep the hobby alive and thriving in the future.

“Overall, while it is difficult to predict the exact future of ham radio, it is likely that it will continue to be a popular hobby for those interested in communication and technology, and it will remain an important resource for emergency communication.”


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