NCRC Members Support Portsmouth MEDS-POD Exercise

Several members of NCRC supported a Medical Emergency Distribution System – Points of Dispensing (MEDS-POD) exercise for the town of Portsmouth on April 19th.  Members involved were Chuck N1CKT, Brian N1TBT, Paul N1PSX, and John WA1ABI.

The purpose of the exercise is to train volunteers that would be utilized if there were a medical emergency requiring the rapid distribution of medications like vaccinations quickly to a large population (10,000 residents in the Portsmouth case).  The NCRC members were there to cover the communications required to coordinate such a large event.

Copies of the Newport Daily News covering the exercise are included below



SKYWARN Training in Middletown May 12

We are very fortunate to have the National Weather Service offer their SKYWARN training in the East Bay area.  Not only is the topic of weather spotting fascinating, but the information that is gathered on the ground is critical for validating forecasting models and can have an impact on the ability of our towns to recover some of their expenses incurred as a result of a major weather event.  Having trained SKYWARN spotters that are also hams is an extra bonus, as we can get the ground reports to the NWS via Amateur Radio when other means are inoperable.

The Newport Daily News had an article a couple of days ago concerning SKYWARN.  See page 1 here, page 2 here

The SKYWARN training is free, and takes about 2.5 hours.  But you must register as space is limited.  Details are below:

Saturday May 12th, 2018 – 1000 AM-1230 PM:
Middletown Fire Department – Community Room
239 Wyatt Road
Middletown RI
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration Required via the following link:

NCRC All Set for JOTA

Members of Newport County Radio Club were back at Glen Park in Portsmouth today getting stations ready for the Jamboree on the Air which begins later tonight and runs through noon on Sunday.  This is the fourth JOTA that NCRC has held.

Boy Scouts from four troops in RI are coming to the Glen to earn their Radio Merit Badge, which includes on-air contacts on 2 HF stations, as well as a VHF FM & DSTAR station.  Thirty scouts are expected to take the merit badge class.


Club members Rob KB1ZZU, Willy W1LY, Paul N1PSX, Chuck N1CKT, Rich KC1ARO, Bob WB4SON, Mike AA1XQ, Pete W1LAB, Paul KC1AQP, and Dave KC1AAA helped get gear setup on Friday.

Great Results from Foster Tech Class

NCRC’s Technician Class in Foster, RI completed last night.

We had 18 who took the exam. 15 passed with 7 exams having no wrong answers.  The remaining students only missed a few.

One of our students had nothing wrong on all three exams so he is now an extra. Three others including Chief Marsland got their General.

Overall an excellent outcome:  11 Tech, 3 Gen, 1 Extra

Our thanks to Chief Marsland from the Foster Fire Department for sponsoring the class and allowing us to teach there.  Also thanks to the members of the Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club BVARC who helped with the VE exam.