CTRI Contest Group
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Interesting. Anyone have a recollection of this talk/presentation to the HCRA? Anyone have a thought on what we might want to do, if anything? Outreach to new contesters?

James

From: Larry Krainson [mailto:wb1dby@gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2016 6:22 PM
To: k1sd@arrl.net; k1dm@arrl.net
Subject: CTRI Contest Group

Hi,

Around 8 to 10 years ago the CTRI group came out and gave a talk at the Hampden County Radio Assn meeting.

I’m wondering if you or someone in the club would be interested in doing so again?

The HCRA meets the first Friday of each month excluding July and August. I’m starting to fill the 2017 meeting dates and currently have open January and March – June.

The HCRA meets the first Friday of every month at Holyoke Hospital at 7:30 pm. The web site is: www.hcra.org and we’re on Facebook too. We offer to take our guest speaker out to dinner right before the meeting too.

Would you guys be interested in coming out and speaking and maybe showing some slides or video or you all in action?

We have a diverse group of hams in the club and usually average 40 – 50 at each meeting. Many chase DX, contest, do digital and much more.

Please let me know if you’d be interested and what month would work for you.

Thank you and 73,

Larry, W1AST

wb1dby

NPOTA Activation in CT
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Greetings all:

K1CYQ and I activated Roger Williams Monument, NM22 today. Other than four bus loads of middle schoolers from Killingly, CT dropping in unannounced for an hour at lunch time, we had no problems at all, if you don’t count the sirens, motorcycles, Acela train horn and other traffic. Headphones are useful. The two rangers on duty didn’t require any permits and were happy to see us.

From 12:30 to 2:45, we made 4 contacts on 40 and 49 on 20, all SSB. Tried CW on 20 with no replies. Band condx were fair to good. Radio was IC-7300 running 100 watts, battery powered to a
PAC-12 antenna. There were no ropes or wires in the trees, stakes in the ground or generators running. I learned that these are the things that the rangers aren’t fond of. We made contacts with
Washington, many southwestern states, many mid western and southern states and a few short skip nearby. For DX, we logged VE and CU3. We will positively return in a few weeks. At least a dozen
stations said that we had given them a new one, so Roger Williams Monument must still be somewhat needed, even now in the tenth month. Records state that there have only been seven activations with 529 contacts to this date. There’s room for lots more.

I have learned that the Providence EMA is planning to activate NM22 on November 12th. We will likely do another activation before that date.

73, Bob W1YRC

From: Mike Visich
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:56 PM
To: ‘Michael McKaughan’ ; <a title="jms_k1sd
Cc: ‘John Lindholm’ ; <a title="w1an ; 'Bill Bliss' ; <a title="patrickatwood ; 'Ernest Piette' ; <a title="ke1j ; 'Ken K3IU' ; <a title="ki1g ; k6nd ; 'Jim Bowman KS1J' ; <a title="rhalprin ; 'The Greene Family' ; <a title="w1yrc ; ‘CTRI Web Post (WA1RR)’
Subject: RE: NPOTA Activation in CT

Agree. I’d like to try NPOTA, but the WWDX is first.

From: Michael McKaughan [mailto:k1dm.dr.michael@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:01 PM
To: James Setzler <jms_k1sd@verizon.net>
Cc: John Lindholm <w1xx@cox.net>; John Spigel W1AN <w1an@dxusa.net>; Bill Bliss <wbliss1@cox.net>; Patrick Atwood <patrickatwood@verizon.net>; Ernest Piette <ernest.piette@ddlomni.com>; Lars Mohlin <ke1j@yccc.org>; Mike Visich <visich4zoo@cox.net>; Ken K3IU <kenk3iu@cox.net>; KI1G <ki1g@verizon.net>; k6nd@yahoo.com; Jim Bowman KS1J <ks1j@arrl.net>; rhalprin@cox.net; The Greene Family <cvgreene@icloud.com>; Bob Beaudet W1YRC <w1yrc@verizon.net>; CTRI Web Post (WA1RR) <>
Subject: Re: NPOTA Activation in CT

CQWWDX multi operation @ W1AN the last weekend of this month. NPOTA can be another weekend. (my personal opinion) K1DM

On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 11:50 PM, James Setzler <jms_k1sd> wrote:

Gents,

We have talked about doing another NPS Centennial activation on a weekend and at 8-Mile Nat’l Park in CT (not mutually inclusive).

Do we want to go ahead with another NPOTA effort or focus on CQWW SSB at W1AN or do both!?

James k1sd

From: Bob Beaudet [mailto:w1yrc@verizon.net]
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 7:20 PM
To: James Setzler
Subject: Re: NPOTA Do-over?

Hi James,

I just returned from Yellowstone Park where my neighbor, Buddy K1CYQ and I activated that park for several days. We made over 500 QSOs.

We were thinking about activating Roger Williams Memorial National Park, possibly this week. Buddy has a PAC-12 antenna and KX-3 radio and can operate from his car very easily.

John, W1XX said that you have the head ranger’s name and phone number. Should I call to make arrangements beforehand?

Thanks, Bob W1YRC

From: James Setzler

Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 6:35 PM

To: ‘John Lindholm’ ; <a title="k1dm.dr.michael ; ‘W1AN’

Cc: ‘Mike Visich’ ; <a title="patrickatwood ; 'Bill Bliss W1WBB' ; <a title="ks1j ; 'Bob Beaudet W1YRC' ; <a title="kenk3iu

Subject: RE: NPOTA Do-over?

Gentlemen,

To accommodate our weekend warriors, let’s try for any time that works for most this weekend or next. We had already talked about the weekend of the 22nd (the weekend before CQWWDX SSB).

Roger Williams is OK; but Dr. Mike will have to call the Assistant Superintendent of the Roger Williams Memorial National Park. Which is not a bad thing; she was really pleasant and sounded very reasonable. But she might need a form checked off.

8 mile river sounds equally doable. Probably a lot less hassle, eh.

james

From: John Lindholm [mailto:w1xx@cox.net]
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 10:06 AM
To: ‘Michael McKaughan’; ‘W1AN’
Cc: ‘Mike Visich’; ‘patrickatwood’; ‘Bill Bliss W1WBB’; ‘Jim Bowman’; ‘James Setzler’; ‘Bob Beaudet W1YRC’; ‘K3IU Ken Wagner’
Subject: RE: NPOTA Do-over?

All: 8 mile river = WR15…I missed spotting this one and it looks like a pretty good bet at 27/928 activations/QSOs…sounds like a lot but pretty much near the bottom of the list of activations. When? — John, W1XX

From: Michael McKaughan [mailto:k1dm.dr.michael@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, October 09, 2016 10:36 PM
To: W1AN
Cc: Mike Visich; John Lindholm; patrickatwood; Bill Bliss W1WBB; Jim Bowman; James Setzler; Bob Beaudet W1YRC; K3IU Ken Wagner
Subject: Re: NPOTA Do-over?

I will check Eight-mile river in the morning. It’s very near my QTH (and the QTH of W1DX/R. I will look specifically near the intersection of the river and Route 82. All we need is a wide spot in the road on the river bank! K1DM

On Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 10:44 PM, W1AN <w1an> wrote:

Weekends anybody?

Check out other locations. MA, RI, CT too. Eight mile river in CT should be an easy one.

https://npota.arrl.org/nps-units.php

On 10/9/2016 01:30, Mike Visich wrote:

Any chance for a re-do on a weekend?

NPOTA Activation in CT
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Agree. I’d like to try NPOTA, but the WWDX is first.

From: Michael McKaughan [mailto:k1dm.dr.michael@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:01 PM
To: James Setzler <jms_k1sd@verizon.net>
Cc: John Lindholm <w1xx@cox.net>; John Spigel W1AN <w1an@dxusa.net>; Bill Bliss <wbliss1@cox.net>; Patrick Atwood <patrickatwood@verizon.net>; Ernest Piette <ernest.piette@ddlomni.com>; Lars Mohlin <ke1j@yccc.org>; Mike Visich <visich4zoo@cox.net>; Ken K3IU <kenk3iu@cox.net>; KI1G <ki1g@verizon.net>; k6nd@yahoo.com; Jim Bowman KS1J <ks1j@arrl.net>; rhalprin@cox.net; The Greene Family <cvgreene@icloud.com>; Bob Beaudet W1YRC <w1yrc@verizon.net>; CTRI Web Post (WA1RR) <>
Subject: Re: NPOTA Activation in CT

CQWWDX multi operation @ W1AN the last weekend of this month. NPOTA can be another weekend. (my personal opinion) K1DM

On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 11:50 PM, James Setzler <jms_k1sd> wrote:

Gents,

We have talked about doing another NPS Centennial activation on a weekend and at 8-Mile Nat’l Park in CT (not mutually inclusive).

Do we want to go ahead with another NPOTA effort or focus on CQWW SSB at W1AN or do both!?

James k1sd

From: Bob Beaudet [mailto:w1yrc]
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 7:20 PM
To: James Setzler
Subject: Re: NPOTA Do-over?

Hi James,

I just returned from Yellowstone Park where my neighbor, Buddy K1CYQ and I activated that park for several days. We made over 500 QSOs.

We were thinking about activating Roger Williams Memorial National Park, possibly this week. Buddy has a PAC-12 antenna and KX-3 radio and can operate from his car very easily.

John, W1XX said that you have the head ranger’s name and phone number. Should I call to make arrangements beforehand?

Thanks, Bob W1YRC

From: James Setzler

Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 6:35 PM

To: ‘John Lindholm’ ; <a href="mailto:k1dm.dr.michael ; ‘W1AN’

Cc: ‘Mike Visich’ ; <a href="mailto:patrickatwood ; 'Bill Bliss W1WBB' ; <a href="mailto:ks1j ; 'Bob Beaudet W1YRC' ; <a href="mailto:kenk3iu

Subject: RE: NPOTA Do-over?

Gentlemen,

To accommodate our weekend warriors, let’s try for any time that works for most this weekend or next. We had already talked about the weekend of the 22nd (the weekend before CQWWDX SSB).

Roger Williams is OK; but Dr. Mike will have to call the Assistant Superintendent of the Roger Williams Memorial National Park. Which is not a bad thing; she was really pleasant and sounded very reasonable. But she might need a form checked off.

8 mile river sounds equally doable. Probably a lot less hassle, eh.

james

From: John Lindholm [mailto:w1xx]
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 10:06 AM
To: ‘Michael McKaughan’; ‘W1AN’
Cc: ‘Mike Visich’; ‘patrickatwood’; ‘Bill Bliss W1WBB’; ‘Jim Bowman’; ‘James Setzler’; ‘Bob Beaudet W1YRC’; ‘K3IU Ken Wagner’
Subject: RE: NPOTA Do-over?

All: 8 mile river = WR15…I missed spotting this one and it looks like a pretty good bet at 27/928 activations/QSOs…sounds like a lot but pretty much near the bottom of the list of activations. When? — John, W1XX

From: Michael McKaughan [mailto:k1dm.dr.michael]
Sent: Sunday, October 09, 2016 10:36 PM
To: W1AN
Cc: Mike Visich; John Lindholm; patrickatwood; Bill Bliss W1WBB; Jim Bowman; James Setzler; Bob Beaudet W1YRC; K3IU Ken Wagner
Subject: Re: NPOTA Do-over?

I will check Eight-mile river in the morning. It’s very near my QTH (and the QTH of W1DX/R. I will look specifically near the intersection of the river and Route 82. All we need is a wide spot in the road on the river bank! K1DM

On Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 10:44 PM, W1AN <w1an> wrote:

Weekends anybody?

Check out other locations. MA, RI, CT too. Eight mile river in CT should be an easy one.

https://npota.arrl.org/nps-units.php

On 10/9/2016 01:30, Mike Visich wrote:

Any chance for a re-do on a weekend?

NPOTA Activation in CT
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CQWWDX multi operation @ W1AN the last weekend of this month. NPOTA can be another weekend. (my personal opinion) K1DM

On Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 11:50 PM, James Setzler <jms_k1sd> wrote:

Gents,

We have talked about doing another NPS Centennial activation on a weekend and at 8-Mile Nat’l Park in CT (not mutually inclusive).

Do we want to go ahead with another NPOTA effort or focus on CQWW SSB at W1AN or do both!?

James k1sd

From: Bob Beaudet [mailto:w1yrc]
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 7:20 PM
To: James Setzler
Subject: Re: NPOTA Do-over?

Hi James,

I just returned from Yellowstone Park where my neighbor, Buddy K1CYQ and I activated that park for several days. We made over 500 QSOs.

We were thinking about activating Roger Williams Memorial National Park, possibly this week. Buddy has a PAC-12 antenna and KX-3 radio and can operate from his car very easily.

John, W1XX said that you have the head ranger’s name and phone number. Should I call to make arrangements beforehand?

Thanks, Bob W1YRC

From: James Setzler

Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 6:35 PM

To: ‘John Lindholm’ ; <a href="mailto:k1dm.dr.michael ; ‘W1AN’

Cc: ‘Mike Visich’ ; <a href="mailto:patrickatwood ; 'Bill Bliss W1WBB' ; <a href="mailto:ks1j ; 'Bob Beaudet W1YRC' ; <a href="mailto:kenk3iu

Subject: RE: NPOTA Do-over?

Gentlemen,

To accommodate our weekend warriors, let’s try for any time that works for most this weekend or next. We had already talked about the weekend of the 22nd (the weekend before CQWWDX SSB).

Roger Williams is OK; but Dr. Mike will have to call the Assistant Superintendent of the Roger Williams Memorial National Park. Which is not a bad thing; she was really pleasant and sounded very reasonable. But she might need a form checked off.

8 mile river sounds equally doable. Probably a lot less hassle, eh.

james

From: John Lindholm [mailto:w1xx]
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 10:06 AM
To: ‘Michael McKaughan’; ‘W1AN’
Cc: ‘Mike Visich’; ‘patrickatwood’; ‘Bill Bliss W1WBB’; ‘Jim Bowman’; ‘James Setzler’; ‘Bob Beaudet W1YRC’; ‘K3IU Ken Wagner’
Subject: RE: NPOTA Do-over?

All: 8 mile river = WR15…I missed spotting this one and it looks like a pretty good bet at 27/928 activations/QSOs…sounds like a lot but pretty much near the bottom of the list of activations. When? — John, W1XX

From: Michael McKaughan [mailto:k1dm.dr.michael]
Sent: Sunday, October 09, 2016 10:36 PM
To: W1AN
Cc: Mike Visich; John Lindholm; patrickatwood; Bill Bliss W1WBB; Jim Bowman; James Setzler; Bob Beaudet W1YRC; K3IU Ken Wagner
Subject: Re: NPOTA Do-over?

I will check Eight-mile river in the morning. It’s very near my QTH (and the QTH of W1DX/R. I will look specifically near the intersection of the river and Route 82. All we need is a wide spot in the road on the river bank! K1DM

On Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 10:44 PM, W1AN <w1an> wrote:

Weekends anybody?

Check out other locations. MA, RI, CT too. Eight mile river in CT should be an easy one.

https://npota.arrl.org/nps-units.php

On 10/9/2016 01:30, Mike Visich wrote:

Any chance for a re-do on a weekend?

NPOTA Activation in CT
NPOTA Activation in CT avatar

Gents,

We have talked about doing another NPS Centennial activation on a weekend and at 8-Mile Nat’l Park in CT (not mutually inclusive).

Do we want to go ahead with another NPOTA effort or focus on CQWW SSB at W1AN or do both!?

James k1sd

From: Bob Beaudet [mailto:w1yrc]
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 7:20 PM
To: James Setzler
Subject: Re: NPOTA Do-over?

Hi James,

I just returned from Yellowstone Park where my neighbor, Buddy K1CYQ and I activated that park for several days. We made over 500 QSOs.

We were thinking about activating Roger Williams Memorial National Park, possibly this week. Buddy has a PAC-12 antenna and KX-3 radio and can operate from his car very easily.

John, W1XX said that you have the head ranger’s name and phone number. Should I call to make arrangements beforehand?

Thanks, Bob W1YRC

From: James Setzler

Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 6:35 PM

To: ‘John Lindholm’ ; <a href="mailto:k1dm.dr.michael ; ‘W1AN’

Cc: ‘Mike Visich’ ; <a href="mailto:patrickatwood ; 'Bill Bliss W1WBB' ; <a href="mailto:ks1j ; 'Bob Beaudet W1YRC' ; <a href="mailto:kenk3iu

Subject: RE: NPOTA Do-over?

Gentlemen,

To accommodate our weekend warriors, let’s try for any time that works for most this weekend or next. We had already talked about the weekend of the 22nd (the weekend before CQWWDX SSB).

Roger Williams is OK; but Dr. Mike will have to call the Assistant Superintendent of the Roger Williams Memorial National Park. Which is not a bad thing; she was really pleasant and sounded very reasonable. But she might need a form checked off.

8 mile river sounds equally doable. Probably a lot less hassle, eh.

james

From: John Lindholm [mailto:w1xx]
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2016 10:06 AM
To: ‘Michael McKaughan’; ‘W1AN’
Cc: ‘Mike Visich’; ‘patrickatwood’; ‘Bill Bliss W1WBB’; ‘Jim Bowman’; ‘James Setzler’; ‘Bob Beaudet W1YRC’; ‘K3IU Ken Wagner’
Subject: RE: NPOTA Do-over?

All: 8 mile river = WR15…I missed spotting this one and it looks like a pretty good bet at 27/928 activations/QSOs…sounds like a lot but pretty much near the bottom of the list of activations. When? — John, W1XX

From: Michael McKaughan [mailto:k1dm.dr.michael]
Sent: Sunday, October 09, 2016 10:36 PM
To: W1AN
Cc: Mike Visich; John Lindholm; patrickatwood; Bill Bliss W1WBB; Jim Bowman; James Setzler; Bob Beaudet W1YRC; K3IU Ken Wagner
Subject: Re: NPOTA Do-over?

I will check Eight-mile river in the morning. It’s very near my QTH (and the QTH of W1DX/R. I will look specifically near the intersection of the river and Route 82. All we need is a wide spot in the road on the river bank! K1DM

On Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 10:44 PM, W1AN <w1an> wrote:

Weekends anybody?

Check out other locations. MA, RI, CT too. Eight mile river in CT should be an easy one.

https://npota.arrl.org/nps-units.php

On 10/9/2016 01:30, Mike Visich wrote:

Any chance for a re-do on a weekend?

CQWW SSB DX Contest Announcement and Results
k3iu

Posted for W1XX

CQ DX SSB Multi Effort:  October 28 -30

John, W1AN, has often graciously opened up his station for a multi-2 effort with a simple:  “The station will be open.”  A few times the response has been great, but more often there has been a lack of operators to keep the two seats filled for the majority of time.

In talking to John recently, I suggested that I try to spearhead a concerted effort to give the upcoming CQWW SSB DX Contest a real go… dates the last weekend of October.  Normally I would do a single band effort from home in this one on either 80 or 40 meters.  But if we can get enough ops together for this one, I would like to sign up.  Will you join me?

This is an SSB working DX Test.  We need experienced ops as well as those who wish to improve their operating skills. Come one, come all.

John has overnight accommodations if you choose. And it would not surprise me if W1NAN does her usual in the culinary department.

Please let me know your intentions in a general time frame covering:  Friday evening and wee hours, Saturday daytime and wee hours, and Sunday daytime to close.   E-mail me at w1xx AT cox DOT net; copy to w1an AT dxusa DOT net.

CTRI always has a good time when we get together for a group effort.  Let’s go for a big score!  73! – John, W1XX                                                                      10/17/2016

K1NPS LoTW
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FB James. Nice going! — John, W1XX

From: James Setzler [mailto:jms_k1sd@verizon.net]
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2016 3:00 PM
To: Bill Bliss W1WBB; Bob Beaudet W1YRC; CTRI Web Post (WA1RR); Jim Bowman; John Lindholm; John Spigel W1AN; K3IU Ken Wagner; Mike McKaughan K1DM; Mike Visich KB1RFJ; Pat Atwood NG1G
Subject: K1NPS LoTW

Gentlemen,

The results of our first foray into the wacky world of NPOTA activations at Roger Williams National Memorial NM22 was a huuuuuge success.

I’ve merged the logs from my laptop (used until battery exhaustion) and John AN’s into one N1MM log.

I uploaded 225 QSOs into LoTW today and instantly had 147 matches. Answered one paper QSL request. Future log uploads should be a snap (as in “instant AND immediate!”).

James K1SD

K1NPS LoTW
K1NPS LoTW avatar

Gentlemen,

The results of our first foray into the wacky world of NPOTA activations at Roger Williams National Memorial NM22 was a huuuuuge success.

I’ve merged the logs from my laptop (used until battery exhaustion) and John AN’s into one N1MM log.

I uploaded 225 QSOs into LoTW today and instantly had 147 matches. Answered one paper QSL request. Future log uploads should be a snap (as in “instant AND immediate!”).

James K1SD

October Meeting
k3iu

Anything interesting happen at the club meeting on the 1st? I was in New London that day for the 55th reunion of my class graduating from Buoy Tender Tech, aka Coast Guard Academy.

73, Ken K3IU