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Nashua Area Radio Society Newsletter Articles. You can find an archive of our Newsletters on our website.

State of the Nashua Area Radio Society

I wanted to take a moment to recap some of the many great memories from 2017 and outline our 2018 plans.

We updated our Constitution and By-Laws and became the Nashua Area Radio Society this year. These changes reaffirm and strengthen our commitment to education, skills development, and STEM learning through Amateur Radio.

2017 Highlights

We have created a successful youth outreach and STEM education through our High-Altitude Balloon program with local schools.

High-Altitude Balloon Altitude Record
High-Altitude Balloon 2 Launch Team

We also continued our ARRL Kids Day and other programs which introduce young people and new Hams to Amateur Radio and help them to get on the air and have fun.

ARRL Kids Day 2018
ARRL Kids Day Event

To date, we have helped over 130 folks to become licensed or to earn upgraded Amateur Radio Licenses.

Fall 2017 Tech License Class Students

Our members continued to give the gift of Morse Code by teaching CW Classes and hosting a CW Practice Net.

Our CW Class Instructors
Our CW Class Instructors

We have sponsored many operating activities this past year. Our Summits On The Air activations were a lot of fun.

Our Mt Washington SOTA activation

We also continued to update and expand our Field Day Operation in 2017 with the addition of a third tower, a new satellite station, and a remote SDR operating setup.

Field Day 2017 - New Remote Tower
Field Day 2017 – New Remote Tower
 We competed in contests and led the way in special events such as 13 Colonies where our operators earned both Top Club and Top State honors in 2017.
2017 Thirteen Colonies Top Club Plaque
2017 Thirteen Colonies Top Club Plaque

We initiated Fox Hunting activities to help our members build their Radio Direction Finding Skills.

The Large Fox in its Lair
The Large Fox in its Lair

And our members continued to be recognized for their skills and contributions to Amateur Radio.

AB1BY Interview on Ham Nation
AB1BY Interview on Ham Nation

We re-introduced our monthly breakfasts at local diners and eateries…

Breakfast at Joey's Diner
Breakfast at Joey’s Diner

and we started a second weekly net using a local 2m/70cm repeater system.

Nashua Area Radio Society Repeater Net Check-ins
Nashua Area Radio Society Repeater Net Check-ins

We had many memorable programs at our membership meetings and some really cool Tech Nights!

Nashua Area Radio Club "Tech Night" Group 2
Nashua Area Radio Club “Tech Night” at the KC1XX Contest Station

We increased our presence on social media in 2017 and we are now active on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest. We also began live streaming video from many of our events.

Live stream of Abby, AB1BY running a pileup during our Kid’s Day event (play and right-click to unmute)

Our website content grew tremendously in 2018. We now have a total of 325+ member articles about all things Amateur Radio and 2,100+ posts in our forums. Our website,, enjoys a growing worldwide following with the Amateur Radio Community.

Worldwide Visitors in 2017
Worldwide Visitors in 2017

The Nashua Area Radio Society has accomplished a great deal in 2017 and we grew to over 160 members this past year. There are probably many other activities and special moments that we enjoyed in 2017 – there are just too many to list them all here.

Looking Ahead To 2018

What's Ahead in 2018?
What’s Ahead in 2018?

Given all that we’ve done and accomplished together, its pretty challenging to top 2017 in 2018. Our Executive Committee has been working on a set of goals and plans for 2018 and we wanted to share some of what we are planning.

First, we will continue to improve and build upon what is working. This includes all of the projects and activities outlined above. Our focus will remain centered on encouraging education, skill building, and STEM learning through Amateur Radio. Our planned activities for 2018 include:

  • Continuing our license classes in the spring and fall of 2018 (Technician, General, and Extra for a total of 6 classes)
  • Developing our library of Amateur Radio Skill development and learning material through our Tech Night Program
  • Expanding our STEM outreach to young people through our High-Altitude Balloon Program and related GOTA programs in schools and other public places
  • Continuing our involvement and support for ARRL Kid’s Day, ARRL Rookie Roundups, and the 13 Colonies Special Event
  • Introducing a new program tailored for Ham Fests where we will provide a unique, hands-on Amateur Radio experience tailored for young people and prospective Hams
  • Hosting a fresh series of operating activities as well as our old favorites. Plans include activating All Things OTA (POTAs, SOTAs, and IOTAs). We are also looking at some NARS competitions around these activities.
  • Continuing to chase our multiplying Foxes throughout 2018 to build our Radio Direction Finding Skills
  • A 2018 Field Day EMCOM activity which will be bigger and better than ever!
  • Our Repeater and HF Nets will continue as will our monthly breakfast
  • Some  new Public Service/Emergency Communications activities for 2018

We are also planning to complete our path to becoming a Federal 501c(3) non-profit. This will increase our ability to raise funds to support our many educational activities.

On behalf of the entire Executive Committee, I’d like to thank all of our members and friends for their hard work and contributions to making the Nashua Area Radio Society the wonderful organization that it is. Together, we are making tremendous contributions to young people’s and Amateur Radio operator’s education and skills development.

Together, let’s make 2018 the best year ever!

Fred, AB1OC
Nashua Area Radio Society



80m Broadband Matching System Design and Construction

We installed a 75m loop for SSB operation on our tower when we built it. The loop is full size and is diamond shaped so that our lower SteppIR DB36 yagi can rotate inside of it. The loop is fed at the bottom corner about 20 ft up from the ground. It works great for SSB operation on 75m but we have often wished we could use it across the entire 80m band. This goal led to a project to create a matching system for the antenna. The idea was to use a set of loading coils in series at the feed point create a good match in all segments of the 80m band…

Link to the Full Article: An 80m Broadband Matching System | Our HAM Station

We shared this project at our project night meeting in January. I recently published an article explaining the design and construction of an 80m Broadband Matching System. The ideas used can be applied to many other matching system arrangements for many different types of low-band antennas.

CW Class Starting February 17th

Morse Code
Morse Code

Do you understand the morse code above?    Are you planning to build our February Tech Night Project and want to learn to use it?   Do you want to make more DX contacts?  Even though Morse Code proficiency is no longer required for your Ham Radio license, there is still more CW on the air than Phone and Digital modes combined. You don’t want to miss out on these contacts!

Keys 2
CW Keys

CW Class Starting February 17th

Thanks to our Morse Code Instructors, Mike, K1WVO, and Dennis, K1LGQ, we will be holding another CW Class.  The classes will start on February 17th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and will run for at least 6 weeks.  It will be held at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Nashua.    You will be able to practice copying CW as well as sending CW during the class.  Toward the end of the class, if you practice regularly, you will get on the air via a CW slow net or scheduled QSOs among the students.

Our CW Class Instructors
Our CW Class Instructors

The class will be geared to the needs of those attending, whether you are just learning or if you attended a previous class and hope to build up your speed.

Hope to see you at the class.  Plan to bring a notebook and pen or pencil to copy CW.

Miss. Senator Highlights Radio Operators Rapid Response to Hawaii’s False Ballistic Missile Alert

Jan 25 2018

Wicker: Amateur Radio Essential to Emergency Response

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today attended a hearing to examine U.S. emergency alert systems in the wake of a false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii that left citizens terrified as various state and federal agencies struggled to correct the error.

In a series of questions to Mike Lisenco, a member of the Board of Directors for the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), Wicker underscored the rapid response of amateur radio operators to a false emergency alert that told Hawaii residents to seek immediate shelter from an incoming ballistic missile. As Lisenco told the committee, amateur radio operators were able to confirm within 13 minutes that the alert was false. An official retraction of the alert did not come until 38 minutes had elapsed.