The former Nashua Area Radio Club is now the Nashua Area Radio Society. We are a group of New England Ham Radio enthusiasts with a wide range of interests. Our organization’s mission is to:
- Encourage and help people to become licensed and active in the Amateur Radio Service
- Spark Interest among Young People in STEM Education and Careers through Ham Radio
- Provide training and mentoring to enable our members to improve their technical and operating skills
- Sponsor on-air operating activities so that our members may practice and fully develop their operating skills and have fun with Ham Radio!
Our High Altitude Balloon Project
The Nashua Area Radio Society made its way into space and back again for the second time on Saturday, October 28th! Along with the students in our STEM program, we launched our High Altitude Balloon (HAB) from Winchester, NH and successfully recovered in from a pond in Maine.
Our HABs carry a 2m APRS transmitter which sends our HAB’s position and other telemetry data to the ground during its flight. Our HABs also carry two GoPro video cameras as part of its payload. These cameras take some amazing video during balloon flights. Our first HAB flew to 91,650 ft in about 3 hours and 10 minutes. Our second HAB flew to 117,932 ft in about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The descent took about an hour for both HAB-1 and HAB-2. Here is a picture from the 2nd camera on the HAB-1 looking up at the balloon just before it burst.
You can find more on the HAB launches in forum posts about our HAB’s Projects and Flights.
You can view the video of HAB-1’s launch and flight above.
And the video of HAB-2’s launch and flight can also be viewed above
You can find out more about our HAB project and the STEM work that we did as part of it via the Space Category on our blog here on our website.
The Nashua Area Radio Society’s Mission
We offer many activities to help our members learn skills and have fun with Amateur Radio. You can learn more about our activities here or take a look at the video below.
The Nashua Area Radio Society’s mission includes a focus on helping new people and particularly young people get started in and to learn technical and communications skills through Amateur Radio. We recently put together a video for HAM Nation about our how Amateur Radio Society can help in this area. You can view the video below. To learn more about how young people can have fun and grow through Amateur Radio, take a look at our Youth Activities page.
Our Video as Featured on HAM Nation, January 4th, 2017
Having Fun and Learning Through Ham Radio
We have a lot of fun with and learn valuable skills through Ham Radio as part of our many activities. We really enjoy getting on the air and making contacts!
Our activities include our annual Field Day operation where we practice our emergency station building and operating skills. We have sponsored or participated in many on-air activities such a Summits On The Air (SOTA), Parks On The Air (POTA) and ARRL National Parks On The Air. We also hold weekly repeater nets and HF nets. Everyone is welcome to join us and participate in our on the air activities.
Our Meetings and Tech Nights
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 2nd at 7 pm. Our January meeting will be Project Night! Bring your project or a piece of gear and spend a few minutes talking about it with our members. We will be meeting at First Church in Nashua in the Nauss Hall. Don’t miss it!
Our next Tech Night will be on Tuesday, December 12th at 7 pm. Our December Tech Night will be about High-Altitude Balloons – Amateur Radio at the Edge of Space. Don’t miss it! You can learn more about our Tech Night sessions here.
Our Meetings and Tech Nights are held at the First Church in Nashua, NH. Please park in the second or third lot next to the Church.
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You can find information on how to contact us here.
The Nashua Area Radio Society is an ARRL Special Service Amateur Radio Organization, providing a variety of services to our community, to our members, and to all Radio Amateurs. You can learn more about our ARRL affiliation here.
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