Maine, Final State for W1AW/portable is On the Air This Week

W1AW/1 is operating portable from the State of Maine through 23:59 UTC on September 2nd.  Those lucky enough to make contact will W1AW in all 50 states will receive a special Centennial WAS Award from the ARRL.  (There is also a plaque that will be available).

If you have missed some of the states, don’t miss various second chances during the remainder of the year.  See the Official Schedule for details

W1AW/1 Portable in Rhode Island will be back on the air during the November Sweepstakes.

Julian Plowright, N1UHP, Silent Key

It is with much sadness that we report Julian Plowright, N1UHP, has became a silent key.  Julian was very active in our club, and had just upgraded to Extra Class this summer, right in time for his Field Day activity.  Julian had also done all the paperwork and coordinated with all parties involved, to obtain permission for the ILLW Lighthouse Activation of Goat Island just this past weekend.  His health had declined to the point were he could no longer participate on air, but he was aware of how successful the event was and how much his efforts were appreciated.

A collections of photographs of Julian with his radio buddies is available here (15 MB)

We will pass on the details for services and remembrance when they become available.


Julian Plowright at the NCRC 2014 Field Day


Congratulations Team RI for Outstanding W1AW/1 Results

Team RI, managed by John, W1XX, of the CTRI Contest Group, posted a final QSO tally of 38,342 QSOs.  This puts RI in 11th place nationally, behind some huge large ham population states like PA and NJ.  That said we still completed more QSOs than NY, TX, or CA, so we have a lot to be proud of.

A total of 16 different stations were on the air (four of them were NCRC member stations K1SD, W1LY, K1JSM, and WB4SON), manned by 26 operators.  Several stations were large multi-op stations, including KI1G, who managed to rack up 17,203 QSOs (more than five states did).

RI will be back on the air during the November Phone SS contest, so the final QSO tally might be HUGE.


No Formal August NCRC Meeting – IOTA Meeting Aug 11

Due to state holidays and other schedule conflicts, the regular NCRC meeting for August has been canceled.

We continue to need operators for the two Island on the Air events happening the weekend of August 16.  The first will be on August 16th only, at the Dutch Island Light.  The second will be at the Goat Island Light on both August 16 and 17.

As we are holding TWO events on that weekend we continue to need operators willing to help with the HF operations.  Our other activations have been wildly successful and have been a lot of fun for those involved.

To that end we will be holding an informal meeting on Monday August 11th at 7 PM outside on the patio at KVH.  This will be a short meeting intended to coordinate the Dutch Island and Goat Island activity.