It’s a Wrap (JOTA)

NCRC just completed its fourth JOTA at Glen Park, and it was a complete success.  In the end, scouts from five troops participated.  Sixteen scouts completed their Radio Merit Badge, and 3 more have a few things to finish up. Although dipping down to just above freezing Saturday morning, the weather was fantastic; blue skies the entire weekend.

When the radio gear was setup, the RF conditions were horrible, the earth having jusy been pummeled by a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) the day before.  But by Saturday when the real RF fun began, things has quietened down, with lots of European DX to be had, as well as many stateside contacts. The scouts had plenty to choose from with two HF and two VHF stations in use.

A real surprise for the event was how busy DSTAR was with scouts from all over the world linked into Reflector 33A.  Thanks to Ted W1GRI for setting up a DSTAR radio for JOTA!

Bob WB4SON with Charlie at the Mic

Bob WB4SON with Charlie at the Mic


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.

Meeting is TUESDAY October 11th

Just a reminder that due to the Monday holiday, the next NCRC meeting will be on Tuesday October 11th and KHV.

The business meeting will be busy as we need to present our proposed budget for 2017, as well as a slate of officers to be voted on in November.

Following the meeting there will be a simulation by Willy W1LY of a DXpedition.


NCRC Attends CT-DSTAR Group Breakfast

Pete, W1LAB, Ted, W1GRI, and Bob, WB4SON attended the CT-DSTAR Group breakfast yesterday in New Haven CT.  The CT group has been very supportive of us over the years, always quick to offer advice.  They operate the W1HDN DSTAR repeater in West Warwick as well as many other machines in CT.


On left: Fran, Bob, Jon, Ray, Jess. On right: Bob, Ted (Pete taking photo)