After substantial feedback from our membership survey, NCRC is embarking on an additional monthly meeting with a goal of providing members, new and old, a hands-on radio experience. Topics will vary from month to month, but Elmers will be there to help, and there will usually be some on-air aspect of the evening.
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
We have added a new “tab” to the website, called “Hands-on Radio” where you can find details about our upcoming Hands-on Radio Events and registration information.
Select the “Hands-on Radio” Tab for more information and to register
Don’t forget: Our regular NCRC meeting will be held on Monday June 11 at KVH, starting at 7 PM. This will be our meeting to discuss final Field Day preparations, as well as vote on some pending member applications.
After the meeting, Chuck Johnson from Dayton Ohio will join us via SKYPE to discuss the history of John Kettering (founder of DELCO)
Don’t forget to let us know if you are coming to Field Day Dinner on June 23 by filling in the RSVP form (putting zero if you aren’t coming) here: http://w1sye.org/?page_id=3917
RI Hams are warned that effective June 1, 2018, you may no longer use any handheld devices while driving your car. That includes your 2-meter microphone, or handheld radio.
Sadly, the marketplace has not caught up with the need for hands free radio operation. There are some very expensive commercial Bluetooth interfaces available for a few radios. Some newer ham gear includes Bluetooth interface options. Those of you with BaoFeng type connectors can find a Bluetooth interface via eBay. But often the Bluetooth interface does not deal with PTT — you aren’t supposed to be holding a pushbutton in your hand either.
A reminder that some radios do have VOX operation. The BaoFeng includes a headset with lapel mic and can be configured for VOX operation. Just watch those comments when drivers cut you off — don’t want that on air!
Congratulations to the eight new NCRC members voted in during tonight’s membership:
- John Mosher KC1JOL Bristol
- Ava Smith KC1JQO Middletown (will be changing call)
- Scott Zaminer KC1JRV Warwick RI
- Chris Diorio K1TCP Wakefield RI (KHV)
- Shella Lawless KC1JRT Bristol RI
- Jodie Clougherty KC1JRS Coventry RI
- Bernie Zetti KC1JRZ Coventry
- Kevin Gilbody KC1JRY Providence RI
NCRC Membership now stands at 123.
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.