MinMakers Faire
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The Newport Radio Club is putting an amateur radio presence at the Mini Makers Faire in Fall River this Sunday.

This sounds like a great opportunity to appeal to young science/radio/experimental nerds like we used to be !!

73 James k1sd


Hello all,


NCRC has a booth at the Southcoast MiniMakerFaire at the Fall River YMCA on Sunday October 1.


Details at: http://southcoast.makerfaire.com/

And our both description at: http://southcoast.makerfaire.com/maker/entry/31/

We need some help setting up on Sunday morning before 10 am and help running the station in a GOTA mode similar to Field Day from 10 am to 4 pm.  Some of us are going to help on soldering at another booth but will have a 40/20m station and show Pixies operating CW. Bring your Pixie if you want.

We also plan to erect a 40m dipole on Thursday afternoon to simplify setup on Sunday.  Help may be needed for this.

Please contact Paul Fredette, k1ybe@yahoo.com or 401 339 3024 if you can help and of course all are welcome to come and enjoy the event.



73, Paul (K1YBE)

CTRI Meeting Saturday Sept 16 at W1XX QTH

The September CTRI meeting will be held at the W1XX QTH in South Kingstown.  Quick directions:  48 Shannock Road…it’s a right-hand turn off Rte 1 South just before the Charlestown line…then 3rd driveway on the left…best parking near mailbox and across the street…top of the driveway will be blocked by 160 antenna awaiting verticality.

The meeting is the usual 10 AM, but there will be a 160 meter vertical antenna raising at 9:30 with all help much appreciated.  Hard hats if you have one recommended.

Hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill post meeting.  There will also be a door prize.  For anyone interested there will be a tour in the woods of my 80 meter “el cheapo” 4-square antenna. If you expect to attend, post “comments” or email to w1xx [AT] cox [DOT] net  appreciated.

Hope you will all come on down to South County. 73!  — John, W1XX

Looking for CWOps Open [4 hr CW event] teammate(s) – Fri Sept 1 8pm (00z Sat) start

Exch: Ser # and Name, 10-160m, HP/LP/QRP, 4-hr ‘session’ only [3 sessions avail in 24 hr period].  I may just op Session 1 tonite; possibly, Session 3 as well from Sat Sept. 2nd 16z-24z. [Session 2 is from 8am-noon on Sat Sept. 2nd].

Any CW takers as additional teammate(s) from CTRI??  Shake the CW rust off and have some fun!!  Plz advise ASAP but n.l.t. 7:45pm Fri, either here or via:  wbliss1[at]cox[dot]net  so I can register a team.  TNX es 73!   Bill W1WBB

P.S.  1st post on new site — TNX to John K1JSM

Contest Manager’s Report
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Greetings Fellow Contesters,

There’s not been much major contest activity lately; but you can usually find some kind of test to play in. Hawaii QSO Party, NAQP SSB, WAE DX CW, SARTG RTTY have been recent. If anyone has put in some efforts that you want to share, please do.

Upcoming events: Boxboro of course. Sept 8, 9, 10. Who has some definite plans to go? Let us know so’s we can maybe congregate all together like.

The following week: Sept 16, CTRI Meeting 10am, North Kingstown Library.

September 23 – 24: CQ WW RTTY DX Contest. Who has plans to operate? What class? Need operators?

73 James K1SD

Minutes” Summary of August 12 Meeting

Attendees:  W1AN (TNX John for coffee/muffins), K1DM, W1XX (in the chair), K1HSY, K1ECU, K3IU, WB2VVV, K1JSM, K1PAD, K1SD, NG1G (late, no penalty), forget anyone?

Treasurers report de KB1RFJ via NG1G and W1XX.  Still solvent.  Mike was clearing the way for his tower project with a rules change at his homeowners meeting.

Contest Manager’s report de K1DS.  Slow summer time, but picking up soon.

Votes were taken to catch up on the membership status of several more recent attendees, namely Dean, K1HSY, Charles, K1ECU, Chris, WB2VVV, and Rick, K1PAD…the latter having a summer residence at the unpronounceable village of “Quonnie” in Charlestown.  After  successfully executing the secret handshake, all were welcomed into the “official” CTRI family.  Also not sure of past action or inaction, Ernest, N1EYE, was confirmed as a member.  Congratulations all.

The upcoming Solar Eclipse QSO Party, August 21,  was discussed. See August QST for details.

Highlight of the meeting, John, K1JSM gave a detailed report on the status of the new website, ctri [dot] club, now running in parallel with the old website.  Most members have already been registered for access by John who provided details on access.  This has been followed up by an e-mail to all as to access procedure.  Any problems  incurred can be straightened out by John with an email to k1jsm [AT] arrl [DOT] net. A rousing round of applause was given to John on the Herculean efforts on this project.

W1XX gave a shameless plug for antenna raising help at the September 16 meeting at his QTH in South Kingstown…with an early 9:30 AM arrival prior to the meeting.  Bribery includes hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill.  Details to follow.

Apologies for any omissions…written from memory.  Respectfully. — John, W1XX

Solar Eclipse QSO Party – Aug 21

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party on August 21 runs from 1400 until 2200 UTC. Stations will exchange a signal report and six-character grid locator on 160 through 6 meters (excepting 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters). Participants may work the same station again after 10 minutes have passed. Preferred modes are CW, RTTY, and PSK31, because automated receiving networks will record the contacts, but phone and digital contacts are okay too.

see more:  http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-participation-is-key-to-university-solar-eclipse-experiment

The N1MM+ log type:   ECLIPSE

1/4″ EHS, grips, insulators
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I’ve 6 sets of guy wire assemblies that are in excess of my needs. All are coiled up.

500+ ft of ¼” EHS guy wire, 9 big insulators and the 18+ associated guy grips (all near virgin).

Also one (1) length of ~100 ft ¼”EHS and 12 or so additional guy grips (all good; some more virgin than others).

Let me know if interested.

73 james k1sd

Excess Jacket Left at Field Day Site

Someone is missing a zipper front Levi Strauss & Co Blue Denim jacket with a blue plaid cotton lining. I have checked with W1WBB and it is not his. The size label says “L”. There is nothing in the pockets.

Please pass the word around so we can find the owner.

It is presently located in Portsmouth, RI.

73, Ken Wagner K3IU

score summary


FD Summary Sheet

Start Date : 2017-06-24

CallSign Used : KE1S
Operator(s) : KE1S

Operator Category : MULTI-OP
Assisted Category : ASSISTED
Band : 6M
Power : LOW
Mode : MIXED
Default Exchange : 2A RI
Gridsquare : FN41TT

Name : John Spigel
Address :
City/State/Zip :

ARRL Section : RI
Club/Team : CTRI Contest Group
Software : N1MM Logger+ 1.0.6421.0

Band   Mode  QSOs     Pts  Pt/Q
3.5  CW     304     608   2.0
3.5  LSB    280     280   1.0
7  CW     238     476   2.0
7  LSB    272     272   1.0
14  CW     133     266   2.0
14  USB    160     161   1.0
21  CW     140     280   2.0
21  USB     26      26   1.0
50  CW       1       2   2.0
50  USB      7       7   1.0
Total  Both  1561    2378   1.5


Score : 4,756
Rig :

Antennas :

Soapbox :


I have observed all competition rules as well as all regulations
established for amateur radio in my country. My report is
correct and true to the best of my knowledge. I agree to be
bound by the decisions of the Contest Committee.



Date : 2017-06-25        Signature :