Last Swap & Sell of 2016

Last Swap & Sell of 2016 is this Friday, November 4th. There isn’t a December meeting because of the Holiday Party
Let’s end 2016 with a bang! Take a look around your shack and bring in an item or two that will become someone else’s holiday gift :).
From the KK1W shack is an assortment of books and a nice LED desk lamp (with USB charger) to read them under. Some old, some new all good reading that will expand your amateur radio horizons.
What are you bringing? Please comment to this post, with photos if possible.
Oh, the desk lamp is brand new AND is rumored to be grey with #87 on it, whatever that means...
Have you purchased your Holiday Party ticket yet? They’ll be on sale at the meeting. See Harold/N1FTP so you don’t go hungry this holiday season.
See you Friday evening,

“Make a cheap ham HAPPY” night at HCRA!

Returning Friday, September 9, is HCRA’s Swap & Sell Table. A sight guaranteed to brings smiles of joy to any frugal hams’s face.


Take a look at the photos, it gives you an idea of just some of this month’s offerings. That’s correct, you see a 1.3G frequency counter, project boxes, transformers, and more. There’s even a LARGE box of assorted wire and cable, dig through, pick what you want and make your donation. No reasonable offer refused.

Make the table even better by bringing along your own items for sale. The more we have, the more exciting for everyone!

NEWS FLASH! Rumor has it N1FJ may have a Mosley Tri-Bander to contribute to the cause. Watch for more info and and bring your roof rack for an HF antenna bargain

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Good stuff cheap – Swap & Sell September 9th


Swap and Sell will be returning to HCRA meetings for the remainder of 2016. Since the program started this past January lots of good stuff has changed hands, people have gone home with either cash in their pocket or a new trinket to play around with in the shack and HCRA added a few dollars to the club treasury.


The photo on the left shows a sample of items that could make their way to the swap table, but we need more! We need YOUR good stuff to keep up the excitement, attract customers and most of all – have fun! It’s like a mini-hamfest at every meeting.

We all benefit if you have items you’re willing to donate to the cause. Think of all the things you’ve purchased, used for years but they’re now sitting unused in the shack or workshop. You can sell them and make a few bucks or….. Why not donate them? You’ve had your fun, maybe it’s time to pass it along to someone else. Donations benefit HCRA but most of all the new owner gets to take something home and not break the bank. Everyone wins!!! If you do want to sell your items please remember the suggested donation is10%, thanks! All donations are tax deductible under 501 c3 guidelines.

One last thing. We’re looking for a new caretaker for Swap & Sell starting January 2017. All it takes is 15 to 30 minutes a month, a small donation of time to bring fun to dozens throughout the year. If you’re interested let us know. You’ll be supplied with everything you need to make it happen and at least five minutes of OJT! It’s an easy job that puts lots of smiles on our members faces. Please let me or Jeff/NT1K know if your interested in the job.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the September 9th meeting.


Yes, Swap & Sell will be at Show & Tell!



Here’s a chance to make money on your project. After you win one of the prizes put your hand crafted watchamcallit’ on the swap table and go home with to cash along with your prize 🙂 Or maybe find something on the table for your next creation?

Once again the Swap & Sell table will be there, how exciting it is falls entirely on the shoulders of you, our members. We know everyone has at least ONE thing they probably should ‘recycle’ and the HCRA swap table is the perfect place. No shipping, no eBay fees, supports the club, makes meetings more interesting and is fun. Need I say more?

Before coming to our April 1st meeting why not take a look around the shack and find an item or fifteen worthy of creating excitement in someone else’s shack and bring it to the meeting.

No foolin, see you April 1st!


WRTC payments due this month!

The following people have balances due for WRTC purchases. If you’re planning on coming to this Friday’ meeting please see Dave or myself to pay off your balance. If not a check sent to our PO Box ASAP would be greatly appreciated.

Mark/KB1SO – $456.00
Eric/W1MOR – $141.75
Dave/AA1YW – $175.00
Marty/W1MJB – $680.00
Dave/WN1E – $600.00
Larry/W1AST – $116.00
Juergen/NV1Q – $30.00
Ed/WT1W – $50.00
Larry/KD1RV – $400.00

Send checks made out to HCRA to:

PO Box 562
Agawam, MA 01001-0562

Thanks and hope to see everyone at the May 2nd meeting, ready to listen and learn about SDR technology and JT65 communications.

HCRA Inventory Reduction Sale!

It’s spring cleaning time in the HCRA Field Day trailer. We need to make room for the new equipment coming our way from the WRTC stations later this year. So…..

Offered to HCRA members only at an unbelievable price are two (yes two!) 15 meter mono-band HF Yagi antennas. Both antennas are used but in good condition, nothing badly bent or broken and are 99% complete. We purchased these a few years back prior to using tri-plexers, they are now surplus to our needs. We paid $75 each for them but can be yours for $35 each. I’ll have them with me at this Friday’s meeting. Seems like a good item to sell considering the meeting is all about Yagi antennas, eh?

One antenna is similar to a Cushcraft 15-3CD and may well indeed be an older version of that antenna. It features three elements on a 12′, 2″ boom. Feed point is a gamma match. All hardware, boom to mast bracket, U-bolts and clamps are included. Some of the hardware is SS. Take a look at this beauty!

Three elements on a 12', 2" boom. Matching section is a gamma match.

Three elements on a 12′, 2″ boom. Matching section is a gamma match.








Next up is another three element 15 meter yagi on a longer 16′ x 2″ boom. Once again in fine condition but it’s heritage is unknown. All hardware, some SS, no bends or breaks and includes a pigtail attached to the beta or hairpin match. Feast your eyes on this one!

3 Element, 15m beam, 16' x 2" boom - Unknown Mfg.







Price for either beam, if you’re an HCRA member, is $35. What can you do with these antennas?

1. Put them up. 15 meters is HOT!
2. Turn them into a different antenna. At this price you could build almost anything.
3. Use the parts to repair/modify a current antenna.
4. Build some 1/4 wave verticals, or perhaps a vertical array.
5. Keep the hardware and sell the aluminum as scrap. At almost .50 cents/pound you’ll get most of your money back and you’ll still have lots of hardware!

I’ll have them in the back of my truck Friday evening, all packed and wrapped and ready to go. The Cushcraft? is a package about 12′ long, the ‘unknown’ one is about 14′ long. Easily carried on a cars luggage rack. I also have a reprint of the Cushcraft 15-3CD manual.

Please don’t call or email, the only way you can get these antennas, at this price, is to attend Friday’s meeting! While you’re there stay for the Yagi seminar by Bob/K1YO, see your friends and grab a coffee or snack from Bruce’s donut bar.


Thanks to everyone that stopped by our table at the MTARA hamfest today!

A fun day at the hamfest. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to say hello, purchase some raffle tickets, join the club, pick up a few bargains and more. It was nice seeing many faces we had not seen since last year too!

Congratulations to Frandy/N1FJ – winner of the Yeasu FT-857. I checked, it does have CW on it so he ‘may’ actually turn it on! Also congrats to Laurie who went home with a new VHF radio thanks to the MTARA raffle. Our table was the place to be!

A special thank you to everyone that volunteered to help cover the table throughout the morning. Laurie/KB1WQK, Jeff/NT1K, George/KC1V, Dave/AA1YW, Steve/N1SR and Rich/N1KXR. What a crew and they did a fantastic job!

’73 until next year,


Donations wanted for the HCRA table at the MTARA Hamfest!

HCRA will have a club table at this Saturday’s MTARA Hamfest in Chicopee, MA

If you have an item or two you would like to donate please contact Jim/KK1W to make arrangements. Just like our old auction there are a few simple rules.

1. These are ‘donations’ – if you want to sell stuff you should get your own table 🙂
2. Please put your callsign on the items (tape, label) so we can return them to you if they don’t sell (no, we are not a disposal company)

At the close of the hamfest we will return any unsold items to you. Thanks as always for your support of HCRA and we hope to see you at the MTARA Hamfest

Don’t forget to stop by and say “hello” while you’re browsing the aisles!

See you Saturday,


Still looking for help at the MTARA hamfest this Saturday, March 1st

This request went out in the February issue of Zero Beat. To date I’ve only had one person ask, and he hasn’t been able to confirm his schedule. Time is getting short and the offer still holds. First person to commit to helping out this coming Saturday gets in free. It would really be nice if a few of our members stepped up and offered to help out. It’s a good time, you’ll get time to walk the aisle and maybe even sell the winning FT-857 raffle ticket!

Yes, that’s correct, this Saturday will also be your last chance to buy a ticket. There’s still some left, hope to see you there!



Visit the HCRA table at the MTARA Hamfest on March 1st
The FT-857 drawing will be held at noon!

Once again we will have a table at this fun event. While you’re browsing the aisles for that ‘have to have’ item please stop by the HCRA table and say hello. While you’re there you can pick up a raffle ticket for a Yaesu FT-857 transceiver. There are only 250 tickets being sold AND the drawing will be held at noon the day of the hamfest. You could leave a real WINNER – how cool is that?

Volunteer(s) are needed to staff our table at the hamfest. If you would like to help out contact me directly and I’ll get you scheduled. I have one free entry to the hamfest going to the first person to volunteer!

WRTC Equipment Sale – UPDATED!


NEWS FLASH – The Honda Generators are *** SOLD OUT ***

We are only one month into the sale and already half the Honda generators and almost half of the coax have been purchased! How cool is that? Unfortunately this also means if you’re contemplating purchasing a generator or coax time is of the essence. I don’t need to remind you there won’t be any more coming once these are gone, do I?

An updated inventory list is presented below and an official WRTC purchase agreement can be found elsewhere in this month’s Zero Beat. Don’t delay, put you your deposit down now to ensure you can take advantage of our club purchases, get a good discount and support HCRA/WRTC at the same time!


Qty Item Model Retail HCRA Notes
12 25G, 10′ section Rohn, 25G  $   135  $     60
4 25G, 8′ rocket top w/4′ mast and rotor bracket Rohn, 25G  $   309  $    150
4 Rotator w/125′ cable Yaesu, G-450A  $   404  $    225
0 2000W Generator w/Berg Extended run tank Honda, EU-2000i  $1,119  $    750 SOLD OUT!
1 Tent Eureka Cop Canyon 8  $   379  $    100  ONLY ONE LEFT!
5 150′ Coax w/PL259 Times, LMR-240  $   120  $     50 ONLY FIVE LEFT !
2 Tri-band Beam Antenna Cycle 24, TX-38  $1,000  $    500
2 80M dipole Radio Oasis  $     55  $     20
2 40M dipole Radio Oasis  $     40  $     20
5 36″ x 36″ Folding Table ?  $     70  $     25
6 Folding Chairs ?  $     15  $     10
4 Lamp ?  $     10  $       5
4 Fan ?  $     15  $       5
4 Camp Toilet ?  $     40  $     10

Here are some facts worth considering when making your purchase:

  1. The equipment has between 24 and 72 hours use (in other words it isn’t NEW)
  2. A 20% non-refundable deposit is required for purchase
  3. Your purchase must be paid in full by June 1, 2014
  4. Delivery will be immediately after July 13, 2014
  5. You must be a member of HCRA, this offer is not available to the general public
  6. Quantities are very limited and are on a first come/first served basis

The sale started at our September 6th meeting and is being administered by Dave/AA1YW and Jim/KK1W. All questions about the equipment, deposits, etc. should go directly to Dave or Jim.

’73… and see you at the meeting!

Dave/AA1YW & Jim/KK1W