Win A MFJ-266B Antenna Analyzer!

Win A MFJ-266B Antenna Analyzer From HCRA


All you have to do is join or renew your membership before the end of Octobers meeting (10/3/2014) and it’s possible that you can walk away with an MFJ-266B Antenna Analyzer.

Specs on The MFJ-266B can be found HERE. It’s similar to the 266C but does not support 220Mhz area measurements. If you don’t have an analyzer or the one you have doesn’t cover UHF, this would be an excellent addition to your shack. It can be yours just by supporting the club!

You have 3 options to renew. You can show up to the October meeting and renew, you can renew right now using our on-line renewal system or you can print and fill out the application and send it VIA post office. All mail applications must be received by October 2nd 2014 for it to qualify for this raffle.

Drawing will be held Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at the end of the meeting. Meeting starts approx 7:30pm at the Holyoke Hospital Auxiliary Conference Center in Holyoke MA.
Click Here for directions to the meeting 

Thank you for your support!

Board Meeting Minutes Aug 12, 2014

HCRA Board of Directors Minutes

Aug 15, 2014 7:15 PM at W1AST QTH
Vice President – W1MOR
Projects: New tower at W1MOR QTH
FD with royal rangers set up station in Gardner, MA with multiple antennae
Turned a number of youth into amateur radio

Treasurer – AA1YW Not Present
Ed still needs to be added on Checks
Pay-Pal Jeff to work with Dave on process

Secretary – WM1B
Report- Minutes of June meeting accepted (MSP)
Minutes will be sent out within 2 weeks of BOD meeting to the board for approval. Put a final on the web site after board approval.

Technical – K1YO Not Present
No Report

Zero Beat, WA1MOW
Report: Needs input to add to ZB Deadline is 20th of month.
Ham of the month: Still to be determined as to who. Suggest Shack of Month?
Picture page. Tidbit column. Website of month. Welcome new members Name, Call, Town.
Secretary to obtain the members who are getting hard copy. Contact to see if EM is acceptable.

Membership – N1KXR
Starting in September, will want a report for member totals (get them from the Secretary)
Only put what is on the App in the E-Mail List
Moved(W1AST)MFJ 266B ($299.95) Antenna Analyzer as a Membership Raffle for all who renew at or before the October meeting. Drawing at end October meeting. Seconded (W1MOR) Passed. AA1YW to purchase.
New Ham Packet to be assembled for those new Hams

At Large – NT1K
Web site has been updated. Account has been paid up for two additional years. It receives about 50 hits per day.
Make changes so that purchase can be made from Pay pal account
Request that a Square be obtained for processing credit cards at meeting

Program – W1AST
Upcoming Meetings?
October open
November open



250 Raffle….KX3..#sold approximately 20 tickets sold
QSL manager NT1K agreed to be QSL Manager along with LOTW. Ed gave him PW

Drop box table for next meeting. Account created, Ed has access.

Move to get rid of Yahoo BOD group. Perhaps a Private FB Page. We also have a BB on HCRA

Need to assist and develop Elmers

NT1K planning a Ham Class this fall. Plans Need to be developed


W1MOR Packet for VE exams

AA1YW put Ed on checks.

N1KXR get total memberships from secretary at Sept meeting

W1AST BOD T-shirts Dark, Black or Navy Blue. Order Name badges


NT1K publish May & June minutes To send us a group message to give us access to check out BB

WA1MOW Send list to secretary from Frandy of those who get hard copies of ZB

WM1B get minutes out to BOD

Welcome to the 2014 – 2015 Year

OK, here we go. It the first meeting of the year tomorrow night at the Holyoke Medical Center at 7:30.

There will be the usual camaraderie, 3 that’s right 3 guest speakers. KK1W, W1MSW, and W1MOR. All have short presentations on these summers’ activities that the club participated in in one way or another, They will be talking about Field Days and WRTC.

There will be chances for you to buy your HCRA 250 Raffle tickets for a nice KX3.

Renew you membership and get entered for a MFJ 266B antenna analyzer.

Down with the old & up with the new @ W1MOR QTH


old tower down

Old tower with vertical down successfully.



Custom made tilt over base for Rohn 25g tower securely lagged into concrete. 9 inch X 1/2 inch concrete fasteners were used.

base + 1 25g

Base with  section of Rohn 25G installed for mock up.


Rohn house bracket installed. Secured by 3/8 X 8″ galvanized lag bolts. Pilot holes were drilled.

2 section mock

2 sections of Rohn 25G assembled for mock up and measuring of house bracket.

ham work bench

Remember an organized work bench make the project go a lot smoother.

3 25G and Missle

Three sections of Rohn 25G and (1) missile top assembled and ready for cabling.

RF Choce

Did I mention this tower project is fairly low budget? This is my attempt of an RF choke. 4 inch PVC pipe with 6 wraps of cable. Should have been 6″  with 8 wraps. Also in this photo is the rotor for the project, an Alliance HD73.

cables 1

4 runs of RG 8U and rotor control cable.

cable rough in

cables rough in

Assembled tower with cables roughed in.

2m beam & vert

H.C.R.A. President, KB1NWH Ed LaCombe, starting to add antennas to the mast.  Jetstream JT1B vertical and Hygain VB 214 FM 2 meter beam.

tower a4 adding tower disc

Here we have the Antennacraft ST-2 multi-band scanner antenna installed and are prepping to mount the Cushcraft A4 with 40 meter option to the mast. Pictured here from left to right are as follows; my son Kevin (an up and coming ham ),  K1YO Robert  Meneguzzo H.C.R.A.’s Technical adviser (light blue shirt), KB1NWH Ed LaCombe H.C.R.A.’s President (dark colored shirt), KB1VWQ Dan Vierno (red shirt) and myself W1MOR Eric LaCombe H.C.R.A.’s Vice President (white shirt).


4 element beam being positioned

eyeball gauge

KB1NWH using his finely tuned eyeball level


If you look closely at the far left window in the second story you will see a 10 ton snatch block that was secured inside the house allowing for the use of my F350 and an arbor rope to raise the tower.

hard hat

Celebratory crew photo. KB1VWQ is extremely happy he didn’t damage his hard hat.

street view

Street view of the partial tower.


KB1NWH performing final adjustments and adding final components.



G5RV is now mounted in a horizontalish V-ish pattern and working surprisingly well. Davis Vantage Vue installed and online. It can be viewed at

Next Project Heathkit SB200 & SBE SB2 LA linear repair/upgrades.

Time for some DX!!!



Some Of HCRA’s received QSL cards – Part 1

Here is just a fraction of QSL cards that we get from people around the world. Most of these cards are in result of our club calls (W1NY & WB1Z) being used in such events such as Field Day, New England QSO Party (NEQP), ARRL 10M Contest, WRTC (IARU) and other events throughout the year. We will be scanning and posting more cards as time goes on.

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Board Meeting Minutes – June 12th, 2014

HCRA Board of Directors Meeting
June 12, 2014

Officers in Attendance,

W1MOR – Eric
AA1YW  – Dave
WM1B – Dave F
W1AST – Larry
NT1K  – Jeff
WA1MOW – Gary
N1KXR  – Rich

Meeting opened at 7:30 PM at the Hampden Bank, West Springfield

 Officers Reports

VP Report – W1MOR:    Projects include tower projects.  Planned FD in Gardner, MA.  Outlined proposed New Membership plan,  including but not limited to, New Member Packet, Recruiting Elmers, Adding Technical training sessions (coordinate with Bob K1YO)  Developing a membership committee to work with N1KXR.

Treasurer AA1YW:   Current Balance $9508.72 plus misc $1,32   WRTC 2 bases, 2 chairs, Fan, Light , Rotor & Cable are all that is left.  FD Supplies, $350.

Recommended that an additional signature authority be added to checking account;  MSP that the President be added as an authorized signature

Technical K1YO:  Will do demo of Hi Pass Filter at FD  plus any other Demo;s of his choice

Zero Beat WA1MOW: Worked with Frandy on last issue of ZB  Using Publisher as basis of preparing.  Considering adding Ads and Classified to ZB.  Will be featuring “Ham of Month”

Membership N1KXR:  Review Membership DB,  List number of members in Minutes;  Need to obtain an update on EM addresses as a number of the mailings are being rejected.  With the number of members of the Board who need access to the most current DB Information,  decision was made to keep the data in an electronic Drop Box,  Requested NT1K to set up standards and procedures.

IT  NT1K:  Gave a primer on the use of the HCRA Website and how officers can access and add information to the Website,

Program W1AST:  Sept: Summary of WRTC & FD

Oct & Nov  Open
Dec  Holiday Party at Steaming Tender


WRTC wrapped up


FD is a go at Agawam,  Park construction will be a non issue,  Drive in is OK for campers & trailers,  Band Shell may be completed but not usable.   Friday: set up with 8AM breakfast at Partners Restaurant in Agawam

FD Raffle:  MSP that an FT60R HT @ $109 be raffled off with a maximum of 50 tickets

CLUB Raffle:   KX3 went well both times,  MSP to have another KX3 with 250 tickets maximum @ $10 each.

 GOO  -

QSL Cards  NT1K  Will be QSL Manager

W1AST to coordinate HCRA Shirts and Badge Order

Next meeting Aug 15, at W1AST QTH Picnic 6PM

Adjourned: ( PM 

Board Meeting Minutes – May 6th 2014

HCRA Board of Directors Meeting
May 6, 2014

Officers Reports

President – KK1W

Jim submitted a plan for the transfer of officers responsibilities to the new incoming officers.

Retiring officers were asked to mentor the new officers for a couple of months to be sure that the new

officers were up and running in their new positions. All agreed to do so and to begin the process

immediately. Jim indicated that he had been already working with the new Secretary in getting him up

to speed. (Much appreciated!)

Treasurer – AA1YW

Dave indicated that the balance was $13,040.53 +$4,oo. We owe $4000 to WRTC by May 31.

There is still an outstanding balance of $971 owed by members for purchased WRTC equipment. Profit

from the WRTC resale was $1053.

Liability Insurance was paid for the May1 – May 1, 2015 period

Secretary – WM1B (interim)

No report – getting up to speed (slowly!)

Directors Reports

Technical – K1YO: Nothing to report

Zero Beat – N1FJ: June issue in preparation and will be joint effort with Gary –WA1MOW

Membership – N1KXR: No report

At-Large – KX1X

John reported that currently Crew 510 which was formed in 2001 currently has only 2 members.

Program – W1MSW

Speakers are lined up through the end of the year. Also a spreadsheet is available listing

speakers and dates of speakers in the past. This will be passed on to the new Program Chairman.

Old Business

Field Day is moving forward. No interest expressed for cook, Decision not to have a food kitchen. Matt

will present an N1MM review/training session at June meeting.

New Business

Holiday Party set to go with Mt Tom Club at Steaming Tender Not interested in Raffle.

New Board will need to come up with a Raffle Prize for 2014-2015.

New Board Members based upon the proposed slate for election: Larry – W1AST, Jeff – NT1K,

Gary – WA1MOW , Eric – W1MOR, Dave – WM1B

Next Meeting will be June 12, 2014, 7:00PM at Hampden Bank, 220 Westfield St. West Springfield.

Eric W1MOR will obtain and test key.

Members in Attendance

KK1W – Jim
W1MSW – Matt
AA1YN – Dave
KX1X – John
K1YO – Bob
N1FJ – Frandy
Guests: W1MOR – Eric
WM1B – Dave

Dave Fant WM1B

WRTC 2014 Results and HCRA/WRTC Trivia

The scores are out! They can be found on the WRTC2104 web page. But here’s the really cool stuff.

We hosted four teams at Medfield State Hospital. Medfield was site 8 and the stations were 8A through 8D. Here’s the results from ‘our’ teams:

8A: K1M – IK1JHS & I4UFH – Won the SSB mode, placed 58th!

8B: N1A – DL1QQ & DL8DYL – The first YL WRTC team – placed 26th

8C: W1R – OH2BH & OH2MM – Sponsored by Azores Travel, placed 50th

8D: W1M – 4O3A & HA1AG – Placed 15th, our highest scoring team

Some of our team members held 1×1 calls for the event:

K1S: held by Don/KB5VP for the 12th placed W2SC team
N1P: held by Jim/KK1W for the 51st placed CX6VM team
N1Q: held by Dave/AA1YW was unassigned
N1R: held by Steve/N1SR for the 22nd placed UA3DPX team
W1H: held by Brian/K1LI was unassigned

About a 1/2 hour before the contest started I4UFH’s power supply cable broke for his iMac. One couldn’t be found quickly and they were scrambling for a computer. John/Kx1x came up with a Window’s laptop and within ten minutes the software was loaded and configured and Fabio was QRV when the opening bell rang! How cool is that?

Al/KB1XG was an official WRTC2014 videographer, we can’t wait to see some of his shots in the videos.

Rich/N1KXR was night security and roaming driver/helper from Wednesday through Saturday.

Nick/K1MAZ made many trips to town for team and competitor supplies.

Mary/KB1ME was the unofficial photographer for the DL1QQ team.

HCRA fielded 28 volunteers over the five day period. The weather was beautiful but the hot summer sun made the afternoons grueling, even with the low humidity. We drank plenty of water and used almost as much sun screen.

We serviced two cars with dead batteries (N1SR and W3SM) and changed one flat tire (KB1XG)

As far as I know, even though we spent four nights there, no ghosts were noticed haunting the Medfield complex.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered for this seventh running of WRTC. Everyone worked hard and created an outstanding experience for the teams we hosted. All competitors said they felt welcomed and appreciated by all we did for them.

What a great showing for the HCRA/WRTC volunteers!

Win an Elecraft KX3! – HCRA Raffle

HCRA’s raffle this year is going to be for a Elecraft KX3!


(Raffle for radio only! Antenna, angle adapter, microphone and keyer not included)

For a mere $10 donation to the HCRA, you get a chance to win an assembled KX3 by Elecraft valued at around $1000.

This is an very popular and excellent HF portable radio that has an excellent receiver, low power consumption, can run on external power or 8AA batteries internally, it can transmit up to 12W and has plenty of options like an 100W amplifier, 2M module, pan adapter, ATU, Roofing filters, internal battery charger, custom CW paddle and others that can be added later.

HCRA has printed only 250 tickets and we will start selling them during field day 2014. Tickets will also be sold at meetings and other events throughout 2014 and part of 2015. The drawing will happen when all 250 tickets have been sold or during MTARA’s Hamfest in March of 2015. Plenty of time to obtain your chance.

Raffle is just for the Elecraft KX3 Transceiver only.
Drawing Date Subject To Change