Category Archives: Activities

Nashua Area Radio Society activities. Included is Field Day, our Annual Picnic, Tech Nights, On The Air Activations and much more.

Meeting Topics for the Next Six Months

“The best-laid plans of mice and men…”

— Robert Burns, On Turning up in Her Nest with the Plough, November 1785

Though we had some last minute speaker changes last winter, we had great presentations every night. Here are the planned meeting topics for the next six months.

May 1, 2018MIT Haystack Observatory talkPhil Erickson, W1PJE
May 8, 2018, Tech NightShow and Tell: Hilltopping/portable gearAll
June 5, 2018Field Day Planning MeetingField Day leadership
June 12, 2018, Tech NightField Day Skill Builder (Towers, Cables, Filters, etc.)Field Day leadership
July 3, 2018Field Day retrospectiveField Day leadership
July 9, 2018,
Tech Night
Raspberry Pi and Ham RadioAnita / Jamey, AB1QB / KC1ENX
August 7, 2018No meeting
August 14, 2018,
Tech Night
Foxhunting antenna build and strategyJamey Finchum, KC1ENX
September 4, 2018BitX40Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ
September 11, 2018, Tech NightDMR Radios and ProgrammingBill Barber, NE1B
October 2, 2018ISS contacts, satellite contacts, etc.Fred / Anita, AB1OC / AB1QB
October 9, 2018, Tech NightFrequency measurement challenge ideas and strategiesGeorge Allison, K1IG

Everyone should consider the above to be tentative, as speakers occasionally need to cancel or reschedule. That said, we have a few excellent speakers who have offered to step in should we have a last-minute cancellation. 

If you have interest in presenting something at a regular meeting or a tech night, please drop me an email. It doesn’t need to be highly technical. It doesn’t need to be an hour long. It just needs to be fun!

Look for a new page with meeting plans on the website soon.

Scott, NE1RD

N1FD Multi-Op Team #1 in Area 1 in 2018 Rookie Roundup SSB

ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Scores
ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Scores

2018 ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Results

The scores are in.  The N1FD Multi-Op entry placed first in Area 1 in the 2018 ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB.  We also had the highest score of all the operators in the contest!

Congratulations to the Operators:

It was great to see how much the Rookies’ operating skills improved the longer they operated.  They are now seasoned operators who are ready for Field Day and the 13 Colonies events!

Dan, AC1EN logs with Keith, KC1IMK at the Mic
Dan, AC1EN logs with Keith, KC1IMK at the Mic

Thanks also to the members who elmered the Rookies, Jamey, AC1DC, Aron, W1AKI and Fred, AB1OC!

The ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB is a 6-hour contest for amateurs who were first licensed in 2016, 2017 or 2018.  The N1FD multi-op entry operated from AB1QB and AB1OC’s QTH on Sunday, April 15th.

Rookies and Elmers who joined the weekly repeater net.
Rookies and Elmers who joined the weekly repeater net.

Members who operated or elmered in the contest joined us after the contest in the weekly repeater net.  The live stream from our shack can be found on the N1FD Facebook Page.

Next Rookie Roundup

The next Rookie Roundup will be the Rookie Roundup RTTY to be held on Sunday, August 19th.    All Rookies or anyone who has never operated digital before are welcome to join us – hold the date!

Calling All Rookies! ARRL Rookie Roundup is April 15th

Were you first licensed in 2016, 2017 or 2018?   Are you hoping to operate at Field Day and want to get some QSOs under your belt?  Do you want to try out contesting but need some practice before operating in the CQ WW contest?  Join us on April 15th for the ARRL Rookie Roundup!

ARRL Rookie Roundup

The ARRL holds 3 contests for “Rookies” each year.  The ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB is coming up on Sunday, April 15th from 1800z (2:00pm Eastern time) to 2359z  (7:59pm Eastern time).  The Rookie Roundup RTTY is on August 19th  and the Rookie Roundup CW is on December 16th.

2016 ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Certificate
2016 ARRL Rookie Roundup SSB Certificate

We will be fielding a multi-op entry using the N1FD callsign from AB1OC/AB1QB’s Station.  This will be a great opportunity for newly licensed Hams to get on the air.  We will be here to Elmer you along with some experienced “Rookies”.

Elmering Session

We will hold an elmering session starting at 11:00 am on Sunday to help familiarize you with operating, using our station, and the contest rules.

During the contest, operators will work in pairs, with one operator logging and the other behind the mic.  This will give you 2 sets of ears for identifying callsigns.  The operators can switch off halfway through their operating time.  Depending on the number of operators, we’ll switch operator teams after 2 hours or so.

If you are interested in joining us, or have any questions, please email Anita, AB1QB at [email protected]

For more information on this event, see the Calendar entries at and

Open House for New Hams – Saturday March 17

Are you a new Ham and interested in what you can do with your license?  Or have been licensed for a while but have not been on the air?  We will be holding a New Ham Open House at Fred, AB1OC, and Anita, AB1QB’s QTH on Saturday, March 17th starting at 1:00 pm for new Hams.


HF Operation

We’ll have a tour of our antenna farm and we’ll have our HF Station setup for you to make some contacts.

AB1OC Antenna Tower

Satellite Operation

Satellite 3.0 Antennas
Satellite 3.0 Antennas

We will also have our Satellite Station setup for you to make contacts.

Fox Hunt and Demos

A crew going on a foxhunt
A crew going on a foxhunt

We will also have a fox hunt (Weather Permitting)  and demos of the High Altitude Balloon and some Raspberry Pi projects.

HT Programming

New Ham Open House
Kenwood TH-D74 HT

We will also help you to program your HTs using RTSystems or Chirp software.  Bring your HT and a programming cable if you are interested in this.

Hope to see you on March 17th.  See the Calendar for details.  It starts at 1pm but will go all afternoon so you can arrive any time in the afternoon.