Capital Area Kids’ Net

Capital Area Kids' Net logoThe first session of the Capital Area Kids’ Net will take place on Sunday, May 22, at 7:30 pm. The target group for this net is elementary & middle school aged children who check in with an adult control operator, but any licensed amateurs are welcome to check in. The goal of the net is to provide a positive experience of amateur radio for kids in this age group with the hopes that they will want to further explore the hobby.

This will be a directed net where adult control operators will be asked to check in and say the first names of any children with them who wish to participate. Every week will feature a kid-friendly question to encourage a little more than just single word responses (The question on May 22 will be “What’s you favorite kind of pizza?”).

The net will take place every Sunday evening at 7:30 pm on the KA1OKQ repeater in Pembroke, NH (147.225 MHz, minus offset, 100Hz tone) and is sponsored by the Capital Area Repeater Society. This repeater has a fairly wide coverage area, so please help us spread the word!

If you would like to receive email announcements about this net, please send me a note at n1ji@arrl.net.

73,
Jock Irvine, N1JI
 
 

New England Mesh Network Continues to Grow

Mike, K1NPT, in Rhode Island, has tunneled through to New Hampshire (Jay K1EHZ) and Maine, (Bill, NG1P) extending the Mesh connectivity in New England to three states.  The process has enabled these New England Mesh network operators to gain experience with connecting multiple Mesh systems together.  The connected systems will also permit the system owners to gain experience with bandwidth and latency issues as well as cross system functionality.  The New England Director and his staff congratulate Bill, Mike and Jay on their achievement and look forward to bringing more states “on-line.”

 

More information on the status of Mesh Networking in New England is found at: nediv.arrl.org/spectrum-protection-use.

Project Big E Progress Continues

Big E Recruitment FlyerProject Big E General Chairman Larry Krainson, W1AST, writes on the ProjectBigE mailing list:

As everyone knows, we have been accepted to host a ARISS contact. That’s exciting news and a small team is in place working out the details.

Also, I managed to find a local company that does creative work and will do the live streaming, video editing, projection enhancement and recording of the ARISS contact.  The company is Black Helicopter Creative and they are donating their time and effort to make this contact and the live stream a professional view for all. They have done work for the RedSox, Fenway Park, ESPN and others. You can learn more at:  https://www.blackhelicoptercreative.com/.

Also, I spent an hour on the phone with ICOM the other night and they are very enthusiastic about the booth. They offered to lend us a few HF and VHF/UHF/D-Star radios for the booth. Once the upper management approves, we’ll be locked in for ICOM on our operating table. The goal is to have a hotspot operating too with D-Star, DMR and possibly Fusion able to use it to demonstrate some digital modes.

There is more being planned.

Right now, we are looking for those that have done demonstrations and may have booth displays. The Nashua Club has offered to lend us a few items and we are looking for more from other clubs as well. If you have something, can you either post it here in a picture or email me direct with a description and photo’s please. W1AST@arrl.net.

We have a questionnaire out on the New England Division website: https://nediv.arrl.org/project-big-e  read down to “How Can I Help” and fill in the Google Form Signup Sheet link.

For those of you traveling from more than 2-3 hours away, I am looking for more HOST families in my area that could accommodate  a few people that want to stay and volunteer. I’m hoping my home club, the HCRA, steps up in a big way for this. My wife and I can accommodate 3 to maybe 4 people. Maybe 2 more if you have a sleeping bag and air mattress or a cot. But, we’re working on that.

Lastly, we are looking for some display cabinets. Does anyone or club have something? Please contact me.

We’re 4 months from the Big E right now. We need you to get the word out to local hams through your clubs. There is a flyer (bright green sheet at Near-Fest) that you can download on the NEDIV site too. We handed out around 250 the Friday of Near-Fest. More went out on Saturday. Get them out to your members please.

We have 17 days we need to man the booth for 12 hours per day per Big E rules. This booth we have is a $4000 booth that is being given to us. We have to make it look good and be there all the time. We set up the day into 2 6 hour shifts. Or anyone is welcome to do a 12 hour shift. It will be a long day, but very worth while. IF you’re wondering about meals, there will be 120 different food vendors there plus what may be available in the State buildings. You won’t go hungry!

So, once again, go here and volunteer:  https://nediv.arrl.org/project-big-e

Best 73 for an enjoyable weekend for all.

Fox Hunt in Wallingford (CT), May 15, 2022

Dave Tipping, NZ1J, writes on ctfoxhunter on May 14, 2022:
 
We’ll have a live Fox Hunt on Sunday in Wallingford from 9:30 am until 11:00 am.

We’ll be using these three frequencies:  

There will be a 1 watt signal continuously on 146.565 MHz.  It will make a short beep every three seconds and will ID in Morse code every minute.

The 10 mW transmitter is on 147.475 MHz and will beep every three seconds and will ID in Morse Code every minute.

The 1 mW transmitter is on 146.290 MHz and beeps every three seconds.

 
There is no central starting location.  Other Fox Hunters can be contacted on the W1NRG repeater 147.360 with PL 162.2
 
Good luck.

Dave NZ1J

Ham Assistance Requested: Cisco Brewers Portsmouth 5K – Portsmouth, NH

Sherry Brooks N1NSB writes:

The Cisco Brewers Portsmouth 5K fundraiser for The Krempels Center will be held on Sunday, May 29th. This is the first in person road race they have had since 2019 due to COVID.

The point person for this is Derek, KB1LXX.

Derek will be able to provide more information.

The race starts at 11:00 a.m. so volunteers will need to be there at 7:30.

Typically, the volunteers have been in charge of directing traffic for parking cars.

Sign up here: Sign Up Sheet

Sherry
N1NSB

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.

 
 
 

Nashua Area Radio Society to Hold Online Ham Bootcamp on May 14th

Ham Bootcamp QST

Are you a newly licensed Technician, or a General or Extra and have never been on the air or built a station?  Are you a prospective ham but would like to learn more about Amateur Radio activities?  Are you an experienced Ham who would like to help your club enhance its mentoring programs?  The Nashua Area Radio Society will be holding another online Ham Bootcamp on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern time. Ham Bootcamp will be held via Zoom web conferencing.

The morning sessions will be focused on VHF and UHF activities for all license classes and the afternoon sessions will focus on building and operating an HF station.

Registration is required for this program.  More information including the agenda and the registration link can be found at https://www.n1fd.org/ham-bootcamp/.

 

USS Nautilus N1S QRV for Museum Ships on the Air, Groton CT, June 3-5, 2022

USS NautilusHarrison Solt, N1FAM, writes on the Radio Amateur Society of Norwich (CT) mailing list:

Museum Ships Weekend is three weeks away.  It will take place from 8:00 PM local time Friday June 3rd until 8:00 PM local time Sunday June 5th.  At last update there are 75 Ships/Museums registered.  We are good to go at the Submarine Force Library & Museum on Crystal Lake Road in Groton, site of the Historic Ship USS NAUTILUS.  We will use the call sign N1S.  

We have permission to access the site for the entire event period.  We will set up canopies and antennas Thursday afternoon, June 2nd starting at 1:00 PM.  Set up will be around the picnic patio. 

During the event we will have four or five operating positions.  If you are available on Thursday your help in setting up is appreciated.  During the event, all are welcome to visit and operate.  

More up-dates will be posted as the event nears as well as any pending needs, we find we have regarding gear, support or whatever.  Your thoughts on how to enhance or improve our operation and event are encouraged, requested, and appreciated.