We have started our fall 2017 license classes with the Technician License Class being held this weekend – September 30 – October 1 at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Nashua. We have a large class – a total of 16 students!
License Class Instructors
We have a new instructor to add to the team, Abby, AB1BY. The other instructors are Jamey, KC1ENX, Aron, W1AKI, Wayne, AG1A, Brian, AB1ZO, and Fred, AB1OC. Thanks to all instructors for the time and effort they put into this Club Activity.
License Class Demos
In addition to reviewing every question in the technician class pool, we provide many demos to show students what they can do with their technician class license. We have a satellite station, an HF station and a UHF/VHF go kit set up for demos.
Our next classes will be the General Class, which will be held on November 4-5 and the Extra Class, which will be held on December 1-3. More information on our classes can be found on our website. Club members are invited to stop by and see what we are doing.
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
Fred, AB1OC, Anita, AB1QB and Jamey, KC1ENX took the mountain road to the summit, while Brian, W1BP hiked to the top.
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.
Jamey brought his new KX2 and worked many countries in Europe QRP on 20m with his Buddipole vertical.
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.
On Saturday, September 23rd we’ll head to Mt Wachusett SOTA (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.
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.