Category Archives: Club Activities

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

SOTA Activation on Mt. Wachusett

Antenna Farm on Mt. Wachusett
Antenna Farm on Mt. Wachusett

On Saturday September 24, we held our last SOTA activation of this season at Mt. Wachusett in Massachusetts.   We had great weather, great scenery, and a great time operating from the summit.

Getting to the Summit

Brian, W1BP and son hiked to the summit
Brian, W1BP and son hiked to the summit

Fred, AB1OC, Anita, AB1QB and Jamey, KC1ENX took the mountain road to the summit, while Brian, W1BP hiked to the top.

6 meter beam
6 meter beam

Operating from the Summit

Fred and Anita brought their 6m beam and portable station.  This time we were set up for digital operation and made SSB as well as FT4 QSOs.  We made a total of 24 QSOs and were heard on FT8 as far away as Nova Scotia and North Carolina.

PSK Reporter map shows where we were heard on 6m FT8
PSK Reporter map shows where we were heard on 6m FT8
Jamey works Europe with his new KX2
Jamey works Europe with his new KX2

Jamey brought his new KX2 and worked many countries in Europe QRP on 20m with his Buddipole vertical.

Fred, AB1OC working 6m FT8 using Solar Power
Fred, AB1OC working 6m FT8 using Solar Power

We had a warm sunny day – perfect for the first weekend of Fall.  We had plenty of solar power to run both Fred’s and Brian’s stations.

Join us for Mt Wachusett Activation on Saturday September 23rd

On Saturday, September 23rd we’ll head to Mt. Wachusett (W1/CR-001) in Princeton, MA.  It is only about an hour drive from Nashua.

The Address is: 345 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA.

There is a road to the summit and hiking trails to the top. If you haven’t gotten in on the SOTA action yet, come and join us and get in on the fun!  We’ll try to arrive around 10:00 am and operate until you’re too cold or have worked everyone on the bands.

6 meter beam and team at Mt Washington SOTA activation

Fred, AB1OC will be bringing the same 6 meter setup that he brought to Mt. Washington.  You can bring your own setup or operate from our portable station.  Rumor has it he also has FT8 and Meteor Scatter setup so you can try your hand at these digital modes!

Contact Jamey Finchum, KC1ENX, if you plan on coming or if you have any questions.

Sharing Our Club’s Activities at Boxboro Hamvention 2017

We had the good fortune of attending and speaking at the Boxboro Hamvention this past weekend. We shared three presentations related to our club’s activities and projects. I wanted to share copies of these presentations here.

All of these presentations were well attended. In particular, there was great interest in the second presentation among other clubs in the New England area.

Also, we are planning to have our 2.0 Satellite Station setup at our upcoming Technician License Class on Sept. 30 – Oct. 1. If you are in the area and would like to see the station in operation, please contact us at [email protected]  to arrange for a visit. If you’d like to register for one of our license classes, you can do that here.

Videos from our Boxboro Hamvention Presentations

Our High-Altitude Balloon Launch Video

Growing HAM Radio – How Clubs Can Help

Satellite Station 2.0 Operation and Contacts

More Information

You can find more information about our HAB Project via this link. Also, you can learn more about our club’s portable satellite station activities via this link. Finally, you can visit Anita’s and My Station Project Blog for more articles and information about Satellite Station construction and operation.

Fred, AB1OC