Nashua Area Radio Society

Nashua Area Radio Society (a Ham Radio Club) N1FD QSL Card
Nashua Area Radio Society N1FD QSL Card

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!

We hold regular Meetings, Tech Nights, License Classes and Youth Activities, and other events to help meet these goals.

Our High Altitude Balloon Project

The Nashua Area Radio Society made its way into space and back on Saturday, June 3rd! Along with the students in our STEM program, we launched our High Altitude Balloon (HAB) from Winchester, NH and successfully recovered in the northeastern corner of Rhode Island. You can see the path that our HAB took here.

Amateur Radio Club - Our HAB's View From The Edge Of Space
A View From Our HAB From The Edge Of Space – Over 90,000 ft

Our HAB carried a 2m APRS transmitter which sent the HAB’s position and other telemetry data to the ground during its flight.   It also carried two GoPro video cameras as part of its payload. These cameras took some amazing video our balloon’s flight.  Our HAB flew to 91,650 ft in about 3 hours and 10 minutes. The descent took about 50 minutes. The total flight time was just about 4 hours.  Here is a picture from the 2nd camera on the HAB looking up at the balloon.

Nashua Area Radio Club HAB - Looking Upward at Altitude
Looking Upward at Altitude

You can find more on the HAB launch in forum posts on our HAB’s Flight and on its Flight Path.

Check out the video of our HAB’s launch and flight 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 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 started in 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

ARES provides communication in times of emergencies and for local public service events like parades. There are multiple ARES Nets run in the local area for practicing emergency operations. Please see the Calendar section of this website for current listings and times.

Having Fun with Ham Radio

We have a lot of fun with Ham Radio through our many activities. We really enjoy getting on the air and making contacts!

Ham Radio Fun At Field Day
Ham Radio Fun At The Field Day

Our activities include our annual Field Day operation where we practice our emergency station building and operating skills. We have also 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, December 5th at 7 pm. Our December meeting will feature the Bishop-Guertin H.S. STEM Club talking About their HAB-2 Project. They will also premiering their HAB-2 Flight Video! We will also be having our annual Holiday Party and Yankee Swap as well as elections for 2018 Officers. We will be meeting at First Church in Nashua in the Downstairs Dining Room.  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.

Click here for more information and for directions to our meetings.

You can find information on how to contact us here.

Nashua Area Radio Club is an ARRL Special Service Club benefiting everyone interested in Ham RadioThe 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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