Licensing Classes in NH – April 28-30, 2017

Three Different Licensing Classes

  1. Nashua Radio Club — Amateur Extra Class
    April 28-30, 2017
    Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua
    2300 Southwood Drive
    Nashua, NH.
    More Information

  2. Genesis ARS — General License Class
    May 13 and 20, 2017
    Plymouth Airport
    Genesis ARS meeting room
    Contact: Chris, N1IR – chrisjohnson2003 [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. Cape Ann ARA — Tech-in-a Day Class
    May 13, 2017
    Contact: Rick Mayberry – rmaybury [at] ppg-i [dot] com


New England QSO Party – May 6-7, 2017

The New England QSO Party will be held on May 6th and 7th, 2017.

Saturday 4:00 PM EDT to Sunday 1:00 AM  EDT
Sleep for 8 hours;
Sunday 9:00 AM EDT to Sunday 8:00 PM EDT

The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries.   You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.

The New England QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections: 4pm Saturday thru 1am Sunday, and 9am Sunday thru 8pm Sunday.

Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters.

For each QSO you’ll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state.

Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate.

We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help.  Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun.  Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties.   Will you be QRV?   Let us know which county you’ll be on from with a message to – info [at] neqp [dot] org.

Oh yes, the NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile.  Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again.   It’s amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do.

It’s less than a month until the 2017 NEQP!   Please make some QSOs even if you don’t want to send in a log.

Tom, K1KI

Maritime Radio Day 2017


Date: 14th April 12.00 GMT to 15th April 22.00 GMT
Bands: 160m, 80m, 40m, 30 m, 20m, 15m & 10m
Mode: CW only

Exchange QSA, QRK, name, callsign of last or favorite ship, aircraft,or maintenance company QSA 1 .. 5, strength of receive signal, QRK 1 .. 5, readability and additionally a TR, msg and/or a QTC if you like.

Whitey  K1VV/NJPJ

W1AA/MSC: International Marconi Day – January 18, 2017

Jan. 18, 2017 – 0001Z to 2359Z

W1AA – The Marconi Radio Club will represent the 1901 Marconi Shore Station (MSC) in Siasconset on Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts.

We will NOT operating from Nantucket Island as the 1901 MSC location is now on private property and inaccessible.

KM1CC – The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club will have two stations active for International Marconi Day.

During the most famous sea-going disaster of the twentieth century, the Siasconset station played a critical role.  Late on the night of April 14, 1912, duty operator Matt Tierney received distress signals from the sinking Titanic.  Siasconset was the first mainland wireless station to receive them, and he immediately alerted all other stations of the tragedy.

DX QSL via the W1 Bureau; Stateside QSL via K1VV with a #10 Business size envelope SASE.

Links of Interest:

Submitted by: Whitey, K1VV

Technician Class at SMH – Starts January 11, 2017

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC is offering a Technician Class.

Classes starts on Wednesday, January 11th and are held from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM in Conference Room A-B-C at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital.  It will run for 9 weeks and conclude with a test session.

There is no cost for the class, but students must buy the class text/workbook for $30.00.

To sign up, email Gary, KB1KA – kb1ka [at] cox [dot] net.

S/E Station K7Z for Zane Grey’s Birthday

Zane Grey was born January 31, 1872.  Members of the Tonto Amateur Radio Association, Inc. will be active from January 28th to the 31st to celebrate his birthday.  They will use the special event call sign K7Z.  Members will be operating from their own QTHs as well as from the Zane Grey Cabin in Payson, AZ.

Preferred frequencies will be in the General band segments.  Like Us?  Spot Us!  A special QSL card will be available for the event.

Complete details at can be found here.

Submitted by: Bruce Sperka, AD7MM – bsperka [at] gmail [dot] com

Special Canadian Call Sign Prefixes

Special call sign prefixes celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial.  Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has secured permission for all Canadian radio amateurs to use special call sign prefixes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation during 2017.

Starting on January 1, 2017, radio amateurs and clubs with:

  • VA-prefix call signs may use CF
  • VE-prefix call signs may use CG
  • VO-prefix call signs may use CH
  • VY-prefix call signs may use CI

Use of the special prefixes is optional, and Canadian radio amateurs may choose if and when to use the special prefix at any time during 2017.

VY1AAA, the Yukon Canam Contest Club, will use the special call sign XK150YUKON from January 1 until March 1.  For the rest of 2017, VY1AAA will operate using either CI1AAA or VY1AAA.

FARA 2-Meter QSO Party – January 21, 2017

January 21, 2017
Two operating periods – 1500 to 1700  &  1900 to 2100 EST.

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) will sponsor another
2-meter QSO Party this January.  The first of these was held in 2010 and
was well received.  The event is open to all those in Eastern MA.  The
time coincides with the ARRL VHF contest.

Details can be found here on the FARA web site.

Submitted by: Jim, WA1GPO