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Sights from the New England Tech Trek (NETT) at NEAR-Fest

We have been doing Amateur Radio open house activities as part of our High-Altitude Balloon projects and Kids Day for some time now. These events help young people to learn about and have fun with Amateur Radio and help us to create a STEM learning experience based upon Amateur Radio.

ARRL Kids Day 2018
ARRL Kids Day 2018

Earlier this year, we began working on a project to scale our open house activities up to become an activity that we could host at local Ham Fests. We wanted to expand the scope of this activity to appeal to young people and all Hams to provide an opportunity to learn about Amateur Radio and to showcase some of the modern, “high-tech” aspects of the Amateur Radio Service. This project was debuted at the NETT event at NEAR-Fest.

Young People at NETT
Young People at NETT

Concurrently, Bill Barber, NE1B who is a Nashua Area Radio Society (NARS) member began working on a youth outreach event for the NEAR-Fest event held in Deerfield, NH. We got together with Bill, the NEAR-Fest leadership, and others to create the New England Tech Trek (NETT) at NEAR-Fest. We held our first NETT event earlier this month.

NETT Banner
NETT Banner at the Display Entrance

NARS contributed 10 displays to the initial NETT event including:

We were able to secure the N1T Special Event callsign for the event and we used it to make over 450 contacts on a combination of the four GOTA stations that we had at NETT. We should have our NETT Special Event QSL cards back from our printer shortly.

NETT: N1T QSL Card
NETT N1T QSL Card

Our GOTA Stations were among the most popular elements at NETT. Burns, WB1FJ ran our satellite GOTA station. He even managed to create a pileup or two as N1T on the birds!

NETT: Satellite GOTA
Satellite GOTA

Quite a few folks made satellite contacts using N1T .  Also, the satellite station antennas which were located outside the display building were interesting to many folks.

NETT: Satellite Antennas
Satellite Antennas

Our Remote HF GOTA Stations featured FlexRadio Maestros and a nice DXing and Station Building Display. Dave, K1DLM and myself, AB1OC made our stations available to support the two HF GOTA setups and NETT.

NETT: HF GOTA
HF GOTA

Ira, KC1EMJ helped several young folks to make their first HF contacts and Abby, AB1BY anchored our special event N1T station using the second setup.

NETT: N1T Special Event Station
N1T Special Event Station

The SDR-based remote stations and our Satellite GOTA helped us to demonstrate some of the “Hi-Tech” aspects of Amateur Radio to young people and to all Hams who attended NEAR-Fest. We live streamed our GOTA activities to Facebook so that the folks who worked us could see our operation in real-time.


Tony, KC1DXL hosted our display on High Altitude Balloons (HAB) carrying Amateur Radio. The HAB display got lots of interest from the folks who attended NETT.

NETT: High Altitude Balloon Display
High Altitude Balloon Display

Jamey, AC1DC and Connor, KC1GGX put together our displays on Fox Hunting, Morse Code, and portable operating. Their displays provided a great introduction to these activities.

NETT: Fox Hunting Display
Fox Hunting Display

Anita, AB1QB and Tom, AB1NS created a nice display on kit building and Raspberry Pi projects in Amateur Radio. This display was a popular one as well.

NETT: Kits and Computers Display
Kits and Computers Display

Bill, NE1B also engaged several other groups who provided displays at NETT. The Robotics and Drone  were among other popular displays.

NETT: Robots 1
Robots Display at NETT

The following photo archive contains some pictures from the event. There are many good memories there.

NETT BannerNETT: N1T QSL CardYoung People at NETTNETT: N1T Special Event StationNETT: HF GOTANETT: Satellite DisplayNETT: Satellite GOTANETT: Satellite AntennasNETT: Mobile HF N1TNETT: Kits and Computers DisplayNETT: Fox Hunting DisplayNETT: High Altitude Balloon DisplayNETT: Robots 1NETT: Robots 2NETT: NWS HAB DisplayNETT: Field Day - EMCOM DIsplay

Many, many members of NARS contributed a great deal of time and energy to making this project a success and I’d like to thank everyone who helped us!! I’d especially like to thank Hamilton, K1HMS,  Matt, N1ZGN, Mike, K1WVO, Craig, N1SFT, Charlie, AB1ZN, Bob, W1OLD, and Dave, K1DLM for their help with this event.  Without everyone’s support, the NETT event and our presence there would not have been possible. We are looking forward to replicating the most popular elements from our  displays at out Ham Fest events going forward.

Fred, AB1OC

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!

Spring 2018 General License Class Results

Our Spring 2018 General License Class, held on March 24th and 25th was a huge success.    All students passed their General Exam and one student also passed his Extra Exam!

2018 Spring General Class
2018 Spring General Class

Congratulations to the following club member who are now General Class operators:

  • Dan Pooler, KC1JDY
  • Keith Sangillo – KC1IMK
  • Mark Sangillo – KC1IML
  • Girish Sripathi – KC1IGD
  • Charlie Reynolds – KC1IFY
  • Craig Bailey – N1SFT
  • Andrea Perdicaro – KC1JDX
  • Bill MacFeeley – KC1JDZ
  • Avanti Borucki – KC3DZG
  • Bobby Hazelton – KC1JEE
  • Thomas Luteran – N1SUW
Dan, KC1JDY and Fred, AB1OC
Dan, KC1JDY and Fred, AB1OC

Congratulations to Dan Pooler, KC1JDY/AE for also passing his Extra Exam!

Abby, AB1BY
Abby, AB1BY teaching about the OO program by reading her “Good Operator” OO card!

Thanks to our Instructor Team and our VE Team for all of the hard work to teach the class and run the exam session!!

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 https://www.n1fd.org/event/elmering-session-for-arrl-rookie-roundup/ and https://www.n1fd.org/event/arrl-rookie-roundup/2018-04-15/