Please join OSECA net Tuesday @ 7 PM

A new net will meet Tuesday December 2nd at 7 PM on any of the KA1RCI Repeater Nodes.  For the Newport Area, the best choice will be the Exeter node which is 146.985 with a -600 Offset and a Tone of 67.0 Hz (the Portsmouth Node is currently down for repair).

OSECA is the Ocean State Emergency Communication Alliance, and it was created through cooperative discussion with local EMA and Ham Radio Teams throughout the state.  Our own John King, WA1ABI, is very involved in this process and has asked NCRC members to please support this new net.  He has written the following:

Good People:

A brand new 2-meter EmComm net is starting up next Tuesday, Dec 2nd at 19:00 on the KA1RCI repeater network.  This net will be open to all hams, but the primary purpose is to connect the hams who serve in the various EmComm teams in Rhode Island.  Several other EMA’s have EmComm teams like our Portsmouth EMA EmComm Unit, but at present we have no connections between those teams.  We hope to improve this with the Ocean State Emergency Communications Alliance (OSECA) Net.

Please make every effort to check in to this first net session on Tuesday. The net will be an informal directed net, something like the NCRC nightly net. I expect that we will have folks from all over RI checking in. I have been working with the EMA ham radio teams in Coventry, Providence, and Westerly to get this net going, and I am asking for your support in making it a success. Please check in if you are able. Note: The KA1RCI 147.075 Portsmouth repeater is temporarily off the air. The nearest KA1RCI repeater for most of us will be the 146.985 repeater in Westerly.

Additional information about OSECA can be found here

Congratulations to new officers for 2015!

A new slate of officers was elected during last night’s club meeting.  The officers are as follows:

President: Jim Sammons, KA1ZOU
Vice President: Rick Brendlinger, N3RWB
Treasurer: John Mills, K1JSM
Secretary: Bob Beatty, WB4SON

In addition to the officers listed above, the Executive Committee will consist of the immediate past-President Willy Maclean, W1LY, and two voting members of the club: Sam Sanborn, N1SRV and Pete Lawson, W1LAB

Many thanks to Ed Gossling and Willy MacLean, our departing officers and to Dave Brown, our departing Executive Board member, for all their help and guidance during 2014, a year that saw fantastic growth and on-the-air opportunities for our members, along with the creation of NCECT.  The impact of NCRC was felt far and wide this past year!

Meeting Monday November 10 @ 7 PM — HT-Fest

Our regular NCRC meeting will be held Monday, November 10, at 7:00 PM, at KVH Industries.  In addition to a wrap-up of our last on-air club event for 2014 (JotA), and discussion of our upcoming Christmas Party, we should also be receiving and voting on the proposed list of officers for 2015.

Club members new and old are encouraged to bring their HTs and manuals (along with any accessories you would like to show off).  After the regular meeting closes, we will have a hands-on HT-Fest where we will attempt to help each other get our HTs programmed to use area repeaters, and discuss various antenna and accessory options (like programming software).