News and Events

Bob, WA6NEA installs a new antenna
With the solar cycle on it’s way up, and numbers reaching as high as an SFI of 110, we’re seeing all kinds of new antennas being installed.  Here’s the newest Tennadyne model T28 Lpda 50 to 1300 mhz over at Bob’s place.  Lets see if we can work him on 6 – 70CM soon.


Mike,N6MQL of the W6SFM talks Bug Roundup with the NARC of Great Ellingham, Norfolk UK


An ABC News video on RD at KPH Bolenis, CA.

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.