Field Day 2017 is in the Log!

We were amazingly fortunate this year; first to have such a wonderful set of volunteers, especially those that worked tirelessly (seems an odd thing to say for exhausting work) getting the material to and from the park, raising and lowering all the antennas, and setting up and removing all the gear).  Second, we were VERY lucky with the weather.  Quite a storm blew-by on Saturday morning, and everyone was forced to seek shelter indoors.  By 11 AM the skies were blue again, and the weather couldn’t have been better for the contest itself.

Special thanks go out to Willy W1LY and his wonderful team who made all this possible by putting everything together.  Thousands of pounds of stuff moved too and fro with most of it lifted high into the air.  Ed W1NQH, Fay, and Brian N1TBT worked tirelessly feeding the hungry hoards Saturday and Sunday, and put together a wonderful family dinner for the largest crowd I can recall.  Of course John WA1ABI managed to lead all of us through another safe and enjoyable event.  Congratulations to the team leaders who did such a fine job:  Paul N1PSX, Chuck N1CKT, Bob WB4SON, Dave KC3GPA, and Bruce NJ3K.

We were also lucky to have Dave, KC1AAA, with us documenting Field Day from start to finish.  His photos are wonderful along with his story.  If you would like to see a copy of his slideshow, you can click here!

Blue skies await the 14:00 start on Saturday (Photo: Dave KC1AAA)

NCRC Meeting Monday June 12, 7 PM at KVH


Please remember that Monday June 12 is our regular meeting at 7 PM, at KVH.

In addition to a brief business meeting, we will be discussing the final Field Day preparations.  If you haven’t signed up for Saturday’s dinner yet, or even if you know you aren’t going, we would appreciate you taking a few seconds to fill out the form on this webpage linked below.  Calling 100 members is quite a task, and those that fill in the form really help us out!  If you aren’t going type a zero 0 in the number attending field.

Field Day 2017 – Please Sign Up for Dinner Sat June 24

After the business meeting, there will be the first of a number of reviews of logging software.  Monday’s meeting will cover N3FJP’s Amateur Contact Log, which also happens to be the software we will be using at the GOTA station for Field Day.


Field Day 2017 – Please Sign Up for Dinner Sat June 24

Field Day is rapidly approaching.  It will be June 23-Jun 25.
You can find out more details about Field Day by going to this website link:
PLEASE take a moment to sign up for dinner.  Ed needs to get an estimate of those attending so he can purchase enough food.  As a reminder, Saturday Dinner is open to all club members and their families, and is free of charge.  Just let Ed know the total number coming.  You can see that there is a form on the website given above that allows you to fill in the dinner reservation electronically.  Again, that website is
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NCRC Meeting Monday May 8 @ 7 PM KVH

Hard to believe it is meeting time again, but we will get together at 7:00 PM at KVH 75 Enterprise Drive, Middletown RI.

We will start our Field Day planning and have a short business meeting.
After the business meeting, Paul K1YBE, will have a demonstration of the Pixie transmit signal and how the standard filter does not attenuate the 2nd harmonic enough to produce a pure sine wave.
See you tomorrow night!

Don’t forget the Wed 80 Meter Net

NCRC, since last Fall, has been running a HF Net on 3.900 MHz on Wednesday nights at 7:30 PM local time.  Conditions have been excellent since the change to Daylight Saving Time, and its been fun hearing the participation increase each week.  Tonight, for example, we had 15 stations from RI, NH, MA and CT check in, almost all with excellent armchair signals.  Rich, KC1ARO checked in portable from his location in the White Mountains of NH using a 80 meter “Hamstick” on his car.

The other thing that is interesting is it is an opportunity to dust off some of the wonderful tube radios that we all have.  It is wonderful to hear a rig like the Drake TR4 or Swan 500 on the air with their sweet sounding audio.

So don’t forget, Wednesday nights, 3.900 MHz at 7:30 PM local time.  Hope to hear you soon!

PS:  check-ins for May 3 included the following:  KC1ARO, K1YBE, N1PSX, K1ECU, W1LY, WA1ABI, KC1HEP, WX1X, WB1CTP, W1DEC, AA1XQ, N1ENG, W1VAK, K1GHC, WB4SON