NEWS and Events
Contoocook Valley Radio Club news and information
Get ready for the annual visit from "The Candy Store". The CVRC
welcomes Cal Calvitto, WA1WOK, from the Ham Radio Outlet, to the
Tuesday, November 12, meeting. Come and ask about the latest Ham Radio
Last month's presentation by Pete Stohrer, K1PJS, informed us about
ARES and the ARRL Field Organization. Pete is doing a great job
traveling and educating the Amateur Radio community as our ARRL NH
NEARFEST was a fun social gathering. Friday October 11 brought nice
weather, and the rain mostly held off until after we departed Saturday.
I sold a couple of items for the Club, including the TS-530S Transceiver.
Tuesday's meeting is the place to nominate yourself or another Club
Member for office. We will elect a President, Vice President,
Secretary, and Treasurer at the December Christmas Party. Please
consider serving your club as an officer for a year. Of course a lot of
you operate behind the scenes throughout the year, to make our various
activities and events so successful.
At the last meeting, we agreed to hold an Entry Level (Technician)
Licensing Course before the March 16, 2014, CVRC Flea Market. There was
also interest in a License Upgrade (General or Extra) Course at a later
date. Some current ARRL License Manuals were passed around, and they
received a positive review. Our weekly classes are a team effort. Being
an instructor will certainly reinforce your own knowledge about Ham Radio!
Please attend the annual Christmas Party Saturday, December 14 after
5 PM. Invite your family or friends to share the fun. The Ichiban
Steak House will provide a room and we can order from the menu.
Everyone should bring a wrapped and unmarked gift (humorous is best),
valued at under $10.00 for the Yankee Swap. Let Steve, N1JHJ, know ASAP
how many will be attending. We would like a count in order to fill the room.
Try to participate in the ARRL Phone Sweepstakes, November 16-17, and
credit your score towards the CVRC with your entry. It's a fun goal to
work every ARRL/CRRL Section (there are 83 of them) in a weekend.
Have you contacted any of those DX-Peditions? 10-Meters has
especially been good. Various rare Pacific locations are on, such as
Wake Island, Easter Island, and Juan Fernandez Island (which inspired
Good DX, and get your antennas percolating while the weather is
At its annual meeting on August 24, New England Spectrum Management, the amateur radio repeater coordinator for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine, announced a proposal to modify the 2m band plan to include new repeater channels with outputs from 146.41 to 146.49 and inputs 147.41 to 147.49. Also included was a test pair at 147.505 with a 146.505 input. In the near future, there will be a vote by the NESMC membership on this band plan. There is no doubt that some existing simplex users may be affected by this change.
In order to gauge the impact of this change, NESMC has attempted to find as many simplex users as it can. We are also seeking additional input from the amateur community. If this interests you, you may find additional information about the change at http://www.nesmc.org/2013-2m.pdf. You may be interested in joining a discussion group set up for this purpose http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nesmc.
Bob DeMattia, K1IW
NESMC 2m Coordinator
NH Field Organization changes
I would like to announce several changes in the NH Field Organization staff.
Dennis Markell, N1IMW, has accepted a role as an Assistant Section Manager to oversee a new program within the Section that will focus on CW operations and development. As part of the new program, Dennis will be involved in promoting the mode, sharing the history of CW and its development, presenting resources to aid in learning the code and to coordinate for the soon to be aired New Hampshire Section Slow CW net (NHSN) on 80 meters. In addition to his new role, Dennis serves President of the Granite State Amateur Radio Club in Bedford. His love for CW and history makes him the perfect candidate for the position. He has served as Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) for several years and has developed a “Speaker’s Bureau” as a speaker resource for clubs. I extend many thanks to Dennis for his assistance as ACC.
It is with great pleasure I welcome back to the Field Organization Al Shuman, K1AKS, who will become the new Affiliated Club Coordinator with N1IMW’s departure. Al brings with him 20 plus years of Field Organization experience including time as Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator. Al has served as President of several NH Amateur Radio clubs and has a thorough knowledge of the Affiliated Club Program which will be of great benefit to all the Amateur Radio clubs in the Section and compliment the work started by N1IMW.
Email contact information:
Dennis Markell, N1IMW
Upcoming 2013 Public Service & other events mark your calendar
Below are a few of the public service events that I like to help out at or run the safety communications. There are many other events that are not listed here, that also need safety communications help, please consider volunteering your time to help at an event.
Public service events make great training for emergency communications & are a good way to show the public what amateur radio can do.
Events are open to all hams.
Amateur Radio Operators needed!
If you would like more information on one of the events or to sign up to help out with safety communications, please contact name listed after the event.
Section Happenings June 2013
Governor Hassan Proclaims June Amateur Radio
Concord, NH – June 4, 2013 – Governor Maggie Hassan has proclaimed the month of June as Amateur Radio Month in New Hampshire.
Al Shuman, K1AKS, Section Manager for the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) NH Section commented “Year after year the Amateur Radio community, also known as hams, have prided themselves in providing support to the State of New Hampshire in the form of a viable back-up communication system as well as situational reporting in times of emergency”.
Hams practice during the year by providing communications capability for many of the public service events in communities across the State. During the weekend of June 22-23, NH radio operators will join thousands across the country in an annual preparedness exercise known as Field Day – locate a group near you and experience the original social media (http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator).
Mr. Shuman added that “it has been our pleasure to serve the public and be recognized by Governor Hassan and her staff”.
For more information,
Martin Koechel, KW1M
Public Information Coordinator
ARRL – New Hampshire Section
KW1M -at- arrl.net
Dayton Hamvention, May 16-18, 2014
Twin State Radio Club is looking at the possibility of chartering a motor coach for the 2014 Dayton Hamvention. It is open to all interested in attending the Hamvention. The bus will leave Lebanon Regional Airport (convenient, free parking) early Thursday morning May 15th and make a pickup stop in Rutland. The headquarters hotel will be the Ramada Plaza on Wagner Ford Road. The bus will leave Dayton for the return trip on Sunday. The cost of the bus will be $250.00 per person, plus a collective gratuity for the two bus drivers. You will be responsible for your own hotel room (see below).
In Dayton, the bus will provide daily transportation to and from the motel and the Hara Arena with a possibility of a side trip to visit the Dayton Amateur Radio Association club house.
There will be plenty of room in the luggage holds for any equipment one might purchase!
The club will need at least 35 folks interested in joining us to make the charter work.
Those interested in the charter must do the following:
1. Send a deposit check for $50.00 per person made out to Twin State Radio Club, PO Box 5078, Hanover, NH 03755-5078. Clearly mark the check "Dayton Hamvention." An email to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so I can be watching for the reservation would be appreciated.
2. Make a room reservation for three nights (May 15-16-17) at the Ramada Plaza,2301 Wagner Ford Rd, Dayton, OH 45414. Ask for the three-night stay rate. The phone number is 1-937-278-0146. The motel reservation can be cancelled up to a day before the Hamvention so that is a no-risk reservation.
The balance of $200 will be due on January 15th and is non-refundable.
If we do not receive a commitment for 35 passengers by January 1st, the deposits will be returned. Those who still wish to go to the Hamvention will still have adequate time to make other travel arrangements.
Bob Harris (K9UDX)