Volunteer for the 2018 Angel Ride!

The final run of the Angel Ride benefitting the Hole In The Wall Gang camp will take place on Saturday, May 26th. CT ARES has been asked to participate again. A request from ARES call for licensed Amateur Radio operators:

Greetings!

 

After 15 years of an enormously successful charity bike ride, this year will be AngelRide’s Grand Finale! This will be the 11th year that the Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CT ARES) has provided communications to support the riders.

The event format will be different from previous years. It will be a one day ride on Saturday, 26 May 2018, and take place within CT ARES Region 4. The ride will originate at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford and end in Mystic at the YMCA. Riders can get there by doing either a 50 or 75 mile route.

As an amateur radio operator who has previously supported this event or shown interest, I am inviting you to join us for the Grand Finale! We will be staffing various checkpoints along the two routes as well as the three rest stops. To participate you will need either a vehicle with a mobile radio or a GoBox based on a mobile radio. Portable/handheld analog radios will not do the job. Having DMR capability on the CT-ARES DMR Network would be a huge plus. Some loaner DMR equipment is available.

If you are interested and available to help, please reply to me at N1CLV@mac.com as soon as possible. You can find out more info about the event at the angelride.org website. If you are going to participate, you will need to register as an ARES operator using the Volunteer tab.

If you are a member of a ham radio club that has an email reflector, please share this with your members – thanx!

If you have any questions, please ask away! Never stop climbing!!


Thanx & 73, Wayne Gronlund N1CLV

Assistant Section Manager

Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator

Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CT ARES)

Cell: 860-917-6472  Email: N1CLV@mac.com  Website: CTARES.org

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.

PiGate Emergency E-Mail Server

Part of the commitment of amateur radio is to experiment and look for ways to harness technologies. EmComm officials are looking for new tools with which to improve their effectiveness in emergency situations. A new product, the PiGate, is a creative and useful solution designed to bridge a gap between today’s smartphones and the amateur radio community’s web of radio message server gateways accessing the Winlink 2000 system.

I received a new RaspberryPi for Christmas and was looking for ways that I could use it for public service scenarios. I added Xastir software to the Pi and was looking for a TNC with which to connect my radios when I came across the TNC-Pi, made by Coastal Chipworks. You can buy it as a kit or pre-built and it mounts atop the Pi’s GPIO header. On the TNC-Pi web site was a link to the PiGate site where you can get all the information on this product.

The PiGate software consists of a RaspberryPi system image that includes a private WiFI access point, an e-mail server, and a client to access the Winlink 2000 gateway, primarily via radio using the TNC-Pi. Since I am already a registered user of Winlink this was a great fit as a project for me.

Generally, in a localized disaster situation there are likely to be power, cellular, or other service interruptions. Individuals in crisis may not be able to reach family or friends. This is where the PiGate can be a valuable asset for amateur operators deployed in the field.

The PiGate is a great project for the experimenter. The TNC-Pi can be purchased as a kit you can build. The PiGate software, which is FREE (although donations are welcomed!), can be downloaded and loaded onto a micro-SD card. The only other thing you need is a VHF radio, a data cable (there are diagrams for building your own on the PiGate site) and a Winlink RMS gateway in the area you can reach. Then you can register your phone, tablet, or laptop to test and tweak your system.

Mark Griffith, the developer of the PiGate, has put a LOT of effort into this project and is always looking for others to help test new features and provide useful feedback. This is a fun project and can be a powerful tool to put into your GoKit. Read up on Mark’s project here: http://www.pigate.net/welcome.html. You’ll find documentation, the PiGate software, links to trick out your project including 3D files for printing your own project case!

For those of you who want to take this to another level you can build your own RMS rf relay using two Pis, two TNCs, and the internet to create a local radio link between an incident site and the nearest access to the rest of the world.

Mark’s design is very clever and he pulls together a number of available open source pieces of software to make this work. Whether or not you are an ARES or RACES member you can put this project to work for your own education using the Winlink system and practice your project building skills. Winlink requires you to register with that service as a licensed amateur operator before you can use the system. There’s a lot to do on the Winlink web site as well. Between Winlink, PiGate, and TNC-Pi you will have many hours of interesting and important activities with which to strengthen your public service skills.

 

-K1AUG

 

New England QSO Party on May 5th and 6th, 2018

The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries.   You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.

We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help.  Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun.  Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties.   Will you be QRV?   Let us know which county you’ll be on from with a message to info@neqp.org

Oh yes, the NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile.  Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again.   It’s amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do.

The QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep Saturday night.  It goes from 4pm Saturday until 1am Sunday, then 9am Sunday until 8pm Sunday.  Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters.   For each QSO you’ll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state.   Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate.

Last year we had logs from 177 New England stations and 460 more from around the country and world.

The full NEQP rules are here ->  http://www.neqp.org/rules.html

The 2017 results are posted and the results since 2002 are also available ->  http://www.neqp.org/results.html

It’s just about a month until the 2018 NEQP.   Please make some QSOs even if you don’t want to send in a log.

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New England QSO Party – http://www.neqp.org – May 5-6, 2018

Yankee Clipper Contest Club

Announcing…

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The Yankee Clipper Contest Club Open House

 Sunday, April 12, 2015

1-4:30pm

 Sturbridge Host Hotel

366 Main Street

Sturbridge, MA 01566

 

Yankee Clipper Contest Club, one of the largest Ham Radio clubs in the Northeast, is proud to open it’s doors to the general Ham population of the area! We invite all hams to come and experience one of our meetings. We will be presenting special material, of interest to all hams who operate the HF bands, relating to design and construction of your ham radio station.

 

Presentations will include:

 

“Whats the Best HF Transceiver for Me? -A Radio Selection Strategy” 

                                    – by Brian Machesney, K1LI and others

 

            “Antenna Selection and Design- What’s Important” – by Joe Reisert, W1JR

 

YCCC is a club of over 350 members who are interested in Contesting. As such, we have developed a high level of expertise in station and antenna system design and HF transceiver selection, and would love to share this with the general ham community in the region. Whether you are just starting to put together your first station, or are well on your way, we’re certain you will pick up some great tips from these talks!

 

Please come and meet with our members, and hear some presentations that can have an immediate impact on the performance of your station!
We will also be selling raffle tickets to support the YCCC ARRL Youth Scholarship. Tickets will be sold for $25  per chance to win an Elecraft K3/100 Transceiver. We expect to hold the drawing at this meeting* – a lucky ham will go home with a new Elecraft K3/100 kit!

 

* Cash or checks accepted, no credit cards. YCCC reserves the right to delay the drawing until sufficient tickets have been sold to cover the prize and the donation.