Next Technician Class Starts Tuesday September 18

Our next Technician Class will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM starting on September 18, 2018, at St. Lucy’s Church, 909 West Main RD, Middletown RI.  The exam will be held on Tuesday November 13.  (Because of holidays and Election Day there will be no class on October 9 and November 6.)

The class is free, but there is a $10 charge for the study guide and a $15 charge for the exam.

Interested parties are asked to sign up for the class by clicking THIS LINK

Meeting TUESDAY Aug 14 at 7 PM

Our next NCRC meeting will be held on Tuesday August 14 (Note TUESDAY due to Monday holiday) at KVH.

In addition to a short business meeting, Jim KA1ZOU will give a presentation on the recent Cuttyhunk Island activations, and a Kundt’s Tube demonstration will be given.  (A Kundt’s Tube is a demonstration device that allows one to see the relationship between wavelength and frequency of a waveform, as well as standing waves).

Signup for July 19 Hands-on Radio Event

Our first Hands-on Radio Event will be Thursday July 19th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at All Saints STEAM Academy,  915 W Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842.  Our topic for this meeting will be VHF radios, antennas, and accessories.

Paul Wynn, AC1DW, will be our coordinator for the first event, and has asked that we list out a number of the items that we will be demonstrating:

  • Chuck N1CKT – a field portable VHF go-kit that is used by the Portsmouth Emergency Management Agency. Several of his VHF radios including iCom V-80, iCom ID-51A+ [D-star], iCom IC-M92D [maritime], and a Kenwood TM281A with a Samlex power supply, LiFePo batteries, and several antennas.
  • Mike AC1DV – a very small mobile vhf unit that he uses on his sail boat. It can be mounted with hook&loop (Velcro) to your dash. No Drilling holes in your dash required.
  • Willy W1LY – 12 or 13 element VHF yagi for display (and sale).
  • Ted W1GRI – another go-kit (personal rig not EmCom)
  • Bob WB4SON – Kenwood DM710GS (which is essentially a dual band mobile radio — one side tuned to APRS).  Will also bring DSTAR HT and TH-D72A (full duplex HT, which allows talking AND listening at the same time).
  • Mike K1NPT – demo of APRS for the event. (Automatic Packet Reporting System) It’s more than just GPS reporting.

We would appreciate it if you would register in advance so that we can have enough pizza and drink for those attending.  Please fill in the registration form here.

Paul N1PSX to reschedule & thanks to Richard Connor

Unfortunately Paul N1PSX (RI Section Emergency Manager) was injured today and spent his evening at the hospital getting patched up, so he was unable to join us at the meeting for his presentation on ARES here in RI.  We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to hearing his presentation in August.

We were fortunate to be visited by Richard Connor, an expert on Dolphin “society” and behaviors.  Richard, who has spent decades researching Dolphin behavior in Shark Bay Australia, has recently published a book for lay people, and will be giving us a full presentation at the October meeting.  He was nice enough to give us a preview tonight.

Information on the “Decade of the Dolphin” can be found here.