News and Events

North America QSO Party Contest

Don’t miss out on the 2020 NAQP event to be hosted by member Bob (N6PGQ). The event will be held from 10 AM until 10 PM Saturday the 11th of January.  If you need directions or more information please contact the club using the contact us link above.  There will a “talk in” frequency of 1.805 MHz CW to announce your arrival, or ask for refined directions.

Carol KP4MD IARU HF World Championship

Congratulations to SFM ARC Member,  Carol KP4MD/P on her 2nd Place Puerto Rico, and 3rd Place Zone 11, 2019 HF World Championship!

Here’s Carol, KP4MD, operating her “Holiday Style DXpedition”
on the beach in Puerto Rico with an Elecraft KX3 and KXPA100 amplifier using only a Buddistick balcony mounted antenna. Carol set her personal best 353 QSOs and 110k points!
Carol was able to work stations as far as VK on 40M; and ZL and KH2 on 20M during the contest. Great work in the event Carol.

Rick, N6IET adds another rig to his home station

Pictured here is Rick’s (N6IET) new radio addition to his home station. Rick was able to purchase this pristine looking, and working Yaesu 757GX, along with its switching power supply (resting below the rig) at a club auction for below normal street price.


New ARRL Code Proficiency Certificate

Evaluate your Morse code ability through the ARRL Code Proficiency program. The ARRL has reinvigorated the w1AW code Proficiency Certificate Program. Several things have changed beginning with their new sponsor, Vibroplex. A legend in Morse telegraphy and maker of Morse Keys.  The Vibroplex logo will appear on the newly designed certificates and in the award recipient page that will appear every month in QST magazine. Each month QST will publish the most recent recipients of the W1AW Code Proficiency Certificate, Beginning with all of the 2019 recipients.  As a bonus, the ARRL is sending all the 2109 CPC holders a new certificate at no cost to replace their older style award.

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The award is available to anyone who copies one solid minute of code during the qualifying runs.  Complete details can be found on the web at:

Once you have copied one of W1AW’s qualifying runs, submit your one minute solid copy (legible) along with a $10 fee for a certificate, to:

W1AW Qualifying Run
225 Main Street
Newington, CT USA 06111

Your submission will be checked directly against the official W1AW text. If you pass you will get your initial Code Proficiency certificate. From then on, $7.50 endorsement stickers are issued for speeds up to 40 WPM.

The W1AW Code Proficiency Program is open to both hams and non-hams alike!


The Club Needs Your Help With Presentations

As those many of you who attend our regular in-person meetings held each first Thursday of the month know, the club has some type of presenter/ presentation each month. Months where there is an inordinate amount of club business to discuss presentations are not made available. At the beginning of each year the club is asked to suggest ideas that they would like to see presented or discussed at the in-person meeting. Last year the club enjoyed presentations such as:

  • WSPR Program and operations
  • RigExpert Antenna Analyzer overview
  • Antenna and Grounding Safety
  • SMD Soldering and Hot air rework station use
  • How to read the solar report and solar indices
  • DSP Noise Reduction on an SDR Radio
  • Horizontal Antenna Design
  • Vertical Antenna Design
  • VEC / VE What is needed and How to become involved
  • Phased Verticals Construction and Installation.
  • KX2/KX3 operations
  • Magloop antenna design
  • Field Day prep
  • Bogus Story recap and award modifications
  • RigExpert AA-55 Zoom features and operations.

2019 will bring us a whole new list of educational and entertaining presentations.