Meeting Reminder: Monday May 14 7PM at KVH

Just a reminder that our regular club meeting will be this Monday May 14th at 7 PM at KVH.

We will be discussing plans for Field Day (June 22-24 in Glen Park, Portsmouth) as well as our usual business meeting.  Assuming the regular meeting ends quickly we will be showing a video “The Last Big Field Day” about a Maryland FD with 50 transmitters on the air (the ARRL changed their rules the year after which is why it was the last “big” field day).

Hope to see everyone there.

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.


Winter Field Day – Great Success!

Winter Field Day 2017 has come and gone.  Members of the Portsmouth Emergency Management Agency and NCRC fielded two stations in Glen Park; a phone station that was on 24 hours, and a CW/Digital station that was on as activity permitted.  Thanks to the large number of folks that showed up to help with set-up/take-down.

Although far less ambitious in terms of the antennas and number of stations than Field Day in June (it IS winter, after all), last year was the first effort, and the team turned in 15,624 points to take 2nd place nationally, for a multi-operator station outdoors.  Early indications are that this year’s score will be substantially higher!

Besides the obvious benefit that such events have for emergency communication training (emergencies don’t just happen in the summer), it provides good publicity for our club.  In fact we have a new member applicant as a result!

Lots of folks were involved.  A partial list is:  Paul N1PSX, Pete W1LAB, Willy W1LY, Dave KC1GPA, Dave W2DAN, John WA1ABI, Mike AA1XQ, Howie K1TZQ, Dave W1DEC, Paul K1YBE, Paul, KC1DJO, Chuck N1CKT, Steve KC1AQQ, James K1SD, Rob KB1ZZU, Bob WB4SON

Mast for CW/Digital Station antenna raised by Willy W1LY, Paul N1PSX, Mike AA1XQ,  and Dave KC1GPA (left to right)

CW/Digital Antenna is a 135 foot dipole fed with ladder line, 25 feet in the air.

Howie K1TZQ, at the key of the CW tent

The Satellite Station operated from WB4SON’s truck. IC9100 with a Toughbook running SatPC32

The Satellite Antenna was a crossed 2m/70cm beam held by a photo tripod and set to the Az/El of mid-pass

Congratulations – NCRC places 2nd Nationally for Field Day

NCRC really upped their game for Field Day 2016.  As a result we moved up to 2nd place nationally for category 2A, the most competitive Category — our best results ever!


This also means that we are in 1st place in the New England Division, the best that NCRC has ever performed.


And we came in 1st place for Rhode Island


Thank you VERY much to all the volunteers that helped with setup, take-down, feeding, and operating.  A special congratulations go out to John, WA1ABI, and Willy, W1LY, for the best showing every for the club!