WX4NHC Conducts Annual Station Test on May 30

2015-05-25WX4NHC, at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, conducts its annual station test on May 30, 2015, 1400 until 2200 UTC (10:00am – 6:00pm EDT).  This tests the station equipment, antennas, and computers in preparation for the 2015 hurricane season, June 1 through November 30.

The event provides practice for ham radio operators and National Weather Service (NWS) staff to become familiar with the kinds of Amateur Radio communications available during times of severe weather.

WX4NHC will make brief contacts on various bands and modes, exchanging signal reports and basic weather information, such as “sunny” or “rain,” with any and all stations.  WX4NHC will try to stay on the Hurricane Watch Net frequency of 14.325 MHz and announce when they QSY.  Locate WX4NHC by using a spotting network, such as DX Summit.

WX4NHC also will be on the VoIP Hurricane Net (VoIP-WX) from 2100 until 2200 UTC and on IRLP node 9219 and EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203.

QSL cards are available via WD4R with an SASE.  Do not send cards directly to the National Hurricane Center.


~Bob K1KVV

Volunteers Needed: Tour de Cure – June 7th

2015-05-08_2Jim Creamer, ARES Emergency Coordinator for Rhode Island, has put out the call for area hams to help support this charity fund raising bicycle ride on June 7th.  I have volunteered for the past 3 years and found that the ham support to this event very valuable.  Meeting other area hams and cyclists always made it a fun day.  All hams and cyclists are treated to a fine buffet lunch.

If you have June 7th free and would like to join in this year please read Jim’s call out below and make contact.  If someone from our area volunteers but prefers not to drive down to the event alone, please give me a call and we can consider riding down together.

TNX & 73

John WA1ESO
401-624-4576

Hello Hams,

As you know the Tour de Cure is one month away.  I am working on putting the finishing touches on the assignments for the Tour de Cure on June 7th.  I am still in need of a few more hams for SAG duty, Navigators and Rest Stops so I can spread out the work.  I am also in need of more information from those that volunteered for SAG duty so I can fine tune those assignment.  I have attached some general guidelines from the ADA for the SAGs.

This is a great opportunity to showcase the skills of the ham community, hone your emergency communication skills and provide much needed support for a worthy cause, research and education for diabetes.  Around 30 million Americans have diabetes and that number increases about 2 million a year.  Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

If you have not registered as a volunteer on the Tour de Cure web site, please do so.  Not only does this help the ADA and myself for planning purposes, it also makes sure you get your Tour de Cure T-Shirt.  Use the link below.  Please select “Ham” for volunteer opportunities.

Click Here

From the SAG volunteers, I need to know:
• Do you have a bike rack or other way to carry bicycles? (may have access to some loaner racks)
• Do you have a trailer hitch for a bike rack?
• Do you have a navigator or will you need one?
• Do you have APRS capabilities? (we may have the ability to pull from APRS-FI; this is available for most Android smartphones via APRS Droid and may be available for other platforms)

Jim Creamer
Westerly Amateur Ratio Team
ARES Emergency Coordinator
2 David Ave.
Westerly, RI 02891
P: 401-596-2720
C: 401-864-4510

Rochester (NY) Hamfest – June 6th

2015-05-08Come one, come all!  The Rochester Hamfest sponsored by the Rochester Amateur Radio Association (RaRa) is Saturday, June 6, 2015, 7:00 AM rain or shine at Barnard Fireman’s Field, 360 Maiden Lane, Rochester, New York.  Admission is only $8.00 per person and $10.00 per vehicle to tailgate.  Youths under 16 are admitted free with a paying adult.

The Rochester Hamfest is one of the biggest in upstate New York.  Everything you want in a Hamfest is here.  Good food, lots of fun and a 16 acre flea market!  A free VE session will be offered along with hourly door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

More information can be found at http://www.rochesterhamfest.com.

NEAR-Fest, Deerfield, NH – May 1st & 2nd

2015-04-30A reminder that the biggest hamfest/flea market in our region, the New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) XVII, is this weekend, Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd, 2015.  General admission tickets valid for both days are $10.00.  The event kicks off Friday at 9am at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, New Hampshire.  Check out the official NEAR-Fest site for more information.  See you there!

Whitman ARC Flea Market – May 30th & 31st

2015-04-23The Whitman Amateur Radio Club (WARC) is currently planning their Flea Market to be held at the Knights of Columbus, 1195 Bedford Street, Whitman, Massachusetts.  The hall is located near the Whitman/Abington line on MA Route 18 and the event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 30th and Sunday May 31st, 8am to 3pm.  Further information may be obtained by calling WARC at 781-523-5010.  An official announcement should also be posted at their website soon.

 

Mystery QSL Card

Dragan Mihajlovic, VE3FF poses at his ham shack in 2014.

Dragan Mihajlovic, VE3FF poses at his ham shack in 2014. Photo Credit: QCWA.org

Getting QSL cards as much as 5 years after a QSO is not uncommon for cards coming through the QSL Bureau.   However, one that arrived at the club last week was especially interesting.  If anyone knows where these “Rip Van Winkle” cards sleep for as much as 13 years, please let me know.  HI HI.  I have emailed the OM in Canada and thought folks here might like to have a look:

To: Dragan, VE3FF
From: John, WA1ESO

I am the QSL manager for SEMARA, W1AEC in Dartmouth, MA, USA.

I just received your QSL card dated April 4, 2015 through the QSL Bureau.

I will be sending you a QSL card on Monday direct to your QTH in Mississauga.

Many requests interest me, but yours really has me tickled.

The date of your 7 MHz QSO as listed on your card is June 23, 2002 (Field Day).

DID THIS CARD REALLY TAKE ALMOST 13 YEARS TO TRAVEL FROM CANADA TO US AT THE CLUB??? HI HI

TNX FER UR QSL Card & 73

John WA1ESO