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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, n1fd.org, enjoys a growing worldwide following with the Amateur Radio Community.

Worldwide n1fd.org Visitors in 2017
Worldwide n1fd.org 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



Welcome to the New Executive Committee Members

As we just held our annual officer elections, I’d like to thank the departing officers for their service to the club.  Departing the Executive committee are:

  • Vice President, Dave Michaels, N1RF
  • Treasurer, Wayne Wagner, AG1A
  • Programs, Brian Smigielski, AB1ZO

Our Executive Committee members have worked hard to move the Nashua Area Radio Society forward this past year. Some of our major progress in 2017 includes:

2018 Executive Committee Members

I’d like to congratulate and welcome our new and returning Officers and Directors to the Executive Committee.  Our 2018 Officers and Directors are:

  • President, Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC
  • Vice President, Dave Merchant, K1DLM
  • Secretary, Brian McCaffrey, W1BP
  • Treasurer, Hamilton Stewart, K1HMS
  • Membership, Jamey Finchum, AC1DC
  • Programs, Scott Andersen, NE1RD
  • Activities, Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB

I am looking forward to working with the New Executive Committee a toward a successful 2018.

Nashua Area Radio Society Adopts an Updated Constitution and By-Laws

We adopted an updated Constitution and By-Laws at our recent October membership meeting.

Our October Membership Meeting
Our October Membership Meeting

The vote was unanimous in favor of adoption. You can see a short presentation explaining our new Constitution and By-Laws here.

Our new Constitution and By-Laws provide the governance and oversight mechanisms required for our organization to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit. It also streamlines our operations and governance model as we move forward.

Our Charter and Mission
Our Charter and Mission

We have updated our charter to codify our mission to provide educational opportunities and emergency communications through Amateur Radio. We also changed our name to the Nashua Area Radio Society. As you will probably conclude, we are already doing the things that are included in our updated charter.

Our Operations and Governance Model
Our Operations and Governance Model

We also adopted a streamlined model for the operation, governance, and oversight aspects of running our organization. Our new model is shown above.

Other Elements of Our Updated Constitution and By-Laws
Other Elements of Our Updated Constitution and By-Laws

Our members will elect a seven-member Executive Committee as before. The Executive Committee is responsible for all aspects of operating our organization. We have changed the term of the members of the Executive Committee to two years and they are now elected on a staggered basis. We expect these steps to improve the continuity of our organization’s leadership. As you can see from the above, we also adopted several other elements to support our on-going operations and governance.

Discussion and Ratification Steps
Discussion and Ratification Steps

Our immediate next steps include updating our online presence to reflect our new name, updated filings with the State of New Hampshire, and the creation of the Policy and Procedure documents required by our updated By-Laws.

A group of our members has been working on our updated Constitution and By-Laws for several months now. We’d like to thank the team of members who contributed to this process. They include:

We are looking forward to being part of the next chapter in the Nashua Area Radio Society’s rich history of service to the Amateur Radio Service, Our Community, and Our Members.

Fred, AB1OC

Executive Committee Meeting

The Nashua Area Radio Society Executive Committee meets monthly. Our  Executive Committee Meetings are open to all members. *** Our meetings are held in the lower-level conference room at the Nashua Public Library ***.