ARRL Centenial Celebration – W1AW/? QSO Party
ARRL Centenial Celebration – W1AW/? QSO Party avatar

ARRL Centenial Celebration – W1AW/? QSP Party

Our request to HQ about operating during the IARU Contest in July with a special “HQ” callsign got us a reply that we’d have to wait several years to get on the list, but that there would be a chance for our club to participate during the ARRL Centenial Celebration in 2014.

John, W1AN, and I received an invitation from Dave Patton, NN1N, to represent Connecticut during the upcoming celebration.  I have included some information from the League web link that Dave sent to us.

John and I have decided that the NEQP weekend would be an amazing weekend to be operating W1AW/1, so we have reserved the week which includes that contest (April 30, 2014 – May 6, 2014).

We are going to need operators so that we can keep the station on-air as much of that week, in as many modes and bands, as possible.  Please put this in your plans for the coming year.  We will probably mount a big effort from John’s QTH, since it is set up for M2, and perhaps more.

Here’s what I stoled from the ARRL link.

In 2014 ARRL and its volunteers will activate W1AW/x in each of the 50 states, territories and possessions. The goal is for the W1AW/ operations to be as active as possible during the Tuesday night local to Wednesday time frames (00Z Weds to 2359Z Tuesday).  All bands and modes may be used. ARRL will offer Worked All States Awards for QSOs made with the W1AW/ portable operations and incentives to work each activation, even if the state has already been worked. There will also be a points-gathering activity, during which W1AW/ portable stations will be worth points.”

“Each week there can be up to two W1AW/ operations from the states and one from a territory.”

“Please use the calendar below to find an open week to operate as W1AW/. It is OK to share the operation with other stations in the state, but try to keep the complexity down — sharing logs over a large network isn’t necessary unless you want to experiment.  HQ will need ADIF files from each county from where an operation occurred.”

“Contest weekends:  We’re not sure yet of the effect on logging programs or log checking if three or four W1AW/ variations are active.  We might have to agree on which activation can use the call during a contest if there are multiple station which want to be on for the contest.  More later.”

I have also reserved the week that will include the WAE DX RTTY contest, which our club seems to enjoy operating.  We could again mount a substantial effort for this one (November 5, 2014 – November 11, 2014).

Let’s make this effort a winner for CTRI Contest Group. Comments are welcome.

73, Mike, K1DM

ARRL Volunteer needed
ARRL Volunteer needed avatar

The league is currently looking for a “Tour Guide” volunteer for the month of July.  I can’t do it since my wife will be going through Chemo-therapy.  The immediate need is for Wednesday mornings 0900 – 1200 for the month of July.

If you are interested, please contact me, and I will make arrangements to get you trained quickly.

The fringe benefits are pretty neat.

73, Mike, K1DM

CTRI Champions Leaderboard – 22 June 2013

This champions leaderboard shows results through those reported for the ARRL June VHF contest. There is only ony one remaining contests for this year’s competition… the CQ WW VHF contest on July 20 – 21. The link in this posting is to a Microsoft Excel (97-2003) spreadsheet. You should be able to download it by clicking on the link.

Champions Leaderboard dtd 22 Jun 2013

Ken K3IU… Keeper of the Leaderboard

QUA K5ZD re presentation at June meeting
QUA K5ZD re presentation at June meeting avatar

Following communication received from K5ZD


Thank you all for your hospitality yesterday.  I enjoyed my first visit to CTRI.  Was good to see the interest in WRTC and hope CTRI can find an interest in helping.

 Let Dave KM3T or I know if you would like us to come back some meeting next winter.

 Randy, K5ZD


Services for KA1VMG’s, mom
Services for KA1VMG’s, mom avatar

It just occurred to me that although I saw Andy’s post on the Yahoo Group regarding services for his mother Toni, that I had not seen it on this site. So I’m reproducing it here for anyone who might want to attend. Bill, N1HRA had notified me of this earlier in the week but I mistook my having seen it on the Yahoo Group for it being here as well. My apologies.

Services will be held at Rushlow-Iacoi Funeral Home at 64 Friendship St, Westerly. Calling time is 9:00 to 10:30 am. Mass will be at St. Mary’s Church in Stonington, CT at 11:00 am. For more information the funeral home’s number is 401-596-2352.

Toni’s obituary can be found here:


Pat, NG1G

K1SD Tower Publicity

Publicity:  Good?  Bad? … I don’t know.

Apparently some neighbors have complained to the town and to the media about my tower and antenna installation.   John and Ken were the first recipients of any direct comments from anyone that I received on my on-going project Thursday morning (6.6.2013).  This was when I was on the tower at 70 feet and was wrestling with the antenna as it was being trammed up!

A reporter from the East Greenwich Patch News came by that afternoon to interview me.  The attached link is to the article from the East Greenwich Patch web site that came out this morning.

Later this morning Mark Curtis from ABC Channel 6 News Providence came by to interview and video me and the tower/antenna.  He came back later to interview neighbors.  He also said he was going to speak to town officials.

What’s next?  I haven’t a clue.  Stay tuned for details at 11!

73 James K1SD



Meeting Notice, June 15, 2013
Meeting Notice, June 15, 2013 avatar

It’s that time again. If you are familiar with the interactive meeting notice skip down to “Topics“. This is an interactive meeting notice. What, you may ask, is an interactive meeting notice? As the phrase suggests, it is a meeting notice which requires interaction by the readers. For example: we need to have topics for presentation at the meeting; we need presenters; we need volunteers to provide lunch; we need to know who is coming to the meeting so the quantity of lunch portions may be determined, and so on. This post will be updated as interactions (comments) are appended.


  1. Contest Report
  2. WRTC-2014 Presentation

  3. Matters Arising

Lunch provider:

Coffee and Drinks by: W1AN 

Members who will attend: W1PN, NG1G,  W1AN, K1SD, KB1RFJ, W1XX, K1DM?

Venue: Crandall House, Ashaway, RI


K1SD Antenna Raising 6.6.2013

The Team of John W1AN, Bob KB1LN, James K1SD, Tony, and Ken K3IU gathered on June 6, 2013 to raise the Bencher Sky Hawk to its perch atop K1SD’s new 70 foot tower in East Greenwich, RI.

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Many thanks to the CTRI Team for their efforts and to others in CTRI for equipment, hardware, advice, and guidance in completing the project.

73 James K1sd

Mother of Andy, KA1VMG, passes
Mother of Andy, KA1VMG, passes avatar

I heard from Bill, N1HRA that Andy’s mother passed away this morning. I don’t have any other details at this time but if I hear more from Bill I will pass them along.

My sincere condolences to Andy and his family.

Pat, NG1G

CTRI Champions Leaderboard – 3 June 2013

This champions leaderboard shows results through those reported for the CW WPX CW contest. There are only two remaining contests for this year’s competition… the ARRL June VHF contest this coming weekend and the CQ WW VHF contest in July. The link in this posting is to a Microsoft Excel (97-2003) spreadsheet. You should be able to download it by clicking on the link.

Champions Leaderboard dtd 3 Jun 2013

Ken K3IU… Keeper of the Leaderboard