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 ***.
We adopted an updated Constitution and By-Laws at our recent 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.
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.
We also adopted a streamlined model for the operation, governance, and oversight aspects of running our organization. Our new model is shown above.
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.
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:
- Wayne Wagner, AG1A
- Brian McCaffrey, W1BP
- Jamey Finchum, KC1ENX
- Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB
- Tom Mahon, AB1NS
- Dennis Marandos, K1LGQ
- Bill Barber, NE1B
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.
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:
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:
- We increased our Youth Engagement through many activities and initiatives for young people including working with students from local schools to launch two High Altitude Balloons.
- We helped 28 new Amateurs into the hobby through our Technician license classes and we helped 20 Amateurs earn General and/or Extra upgrades as part of our license classes in the Spring and Fall.
- We provided an Interesting and Educational set of Programs and Tech Nights and added to our library of video training materials.
- We provided CW training to help folks learn Morse Code.
- We provided a Diverse set of Amateur Radio related activities including SOTA Activations, Rookie Roundups, Kids Day, Club Picnic and theTower Climb Open House.
- We enjoyed a Safe and Successful Field Day.
- We achieved Top Club and Top State in 13 Colonies Special Event.
- We added a 2m Repeater Net to our weekly net activities.
- We significantly increased our presence and activity on Social Media.
- We made significant progress toward securing our federal 501c(3) status including drafting and approval of a new Constitution and By-Laws and a set of supporting Policies and Procedures documents.
- We grew our membership to over 150 members.
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.
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.
We have created a successful youth outreach and STEM education through our High-Altitude Balloon program with local schools.
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.
To date, we have helped over 130 folks to become licensed or to earn upgraded Amateur Radio Licenses.
Our members continued to give the gift of Morse Code by teaching CW Classes and hosting a CW Practice Net.
We have sponsored many operating activities this past year. Our Summits On The Air activations were a lot of fun.
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.
We initiated Fox Hunting activities to help our members build their Radio Direction Finding Skills.
We re-introduced our monthly breakfasts at local diners and eateries…
and we started a second weekly net using a local 2m/70cm repeater system.
We had many memorable programs at our membership meetings and some really cool Tech Nights!
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.
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
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!
Nashua Area Radio Society