The Passing of Charlie Greene’s Wife

We regret to inform club members that Charlie Greene’s wife, Joan, passed away after a prolonged illness on Thursday Feb. 16.  She is survived by Charlie, her son Jonathan, and daughter Erica Medley.

Her funeral will be held Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017 at 8:30am from the Smith Funeral and Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road , Warren, followed by a mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main Street, Warren.  Calling hours are Wednesday Morning from 8:30-9:30 AM.

You can see her obituary here.

 

Help ASA With School Club Roundup

6th grader Breena talking to ham radio operator Lou in Florida on Monday and now wants to earn her license.

N1ASA, All Saint’s Academy in Middletown, requests the favor of a contact with them this Thursday and/or Friday between 4 and 5 PM to help them with their “School Club Roundup”

Students will be listening to 146.550 MHz simplex and mapping all the towns they contact using their 2 meter station.

You can also contact them Thursday/Friday between 1:30 PM and 5:15 PM on 40 meter or 20 meter voice/PSK.

23 ASA students are currently enrolled in a Ham Radio class and hopefully will be licensed by mid June.  The School Club Roundup contest is a great incentive for them to continue their hard work.

Pixie Nights Begin – Monday Feb 13 @ 7 PM

Just a reminder that our monthly meeting will be Monday February 13 at 7:00 PM at KVH Manufacturing: 75 Enterprise Drive, Middletown, RI

PLEASE check the website before you leave for the meeting — there is a small chance that we might get hammered with more snow Monday morning.   We always post the meeting status in the news section of the website.

So what are Pixie Nights?

For the next three club meetings, in addition to a very short business meeting, we will be working on a Club Build project — A “Pixie”, which is a small, inexpensive, low power transceiver kit that can be used by anyone holding an Amateur Radio License.

For February’s meeting we will be holding a hands-on tutorial in soldering skills (and desoldering skills too).  KVH has been nice enough to setup a large number of solder stations with tools for us to use.  This is a unique opportunity, especially for those who have never done any electronic kit building.  Mentors will be on hand to guide you through the process.

In addition, John, WA1ABI, will be giving an introduction to the Pixie hardware to give you a good understanding of how the circuitry works.

Subsequent meetings will cover assembly of the Pixie, as well as Debug and Test.

For $10, you can’t go wrong, and will be able to point to the tiny Pixie radio, knowing you built it with your own hands, and have a low power transceiver that members have been using to make contacts hundreds of miles away.

If you would like to purchase a Pixie kit and join the fun, we have them in stock. This is really a very fun assembly project, and we will be working with you hand-in-hand to teach you how to solder, how the kit goes together, and help get it on the air.  To purchase your Pixie, please use the Paypal button on our website at this URL:

http://w1sye.org/?page_id=3054