SHOW & TELL 2017 – there’s still time!

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People, Projects and Prizes!

As of this writing (March 16th) it’s three weeks until HCRA’s Annual Show & Tell on April 7th. That also means it’s only three weeks to finish your project, put together documentation and perhaps win a nice prize for your efforts. No time you say? Well, twenty two days is over three weeks the last time I checked. I’m sure you can rustle up something to show off to the crowd, get their creative juices flowing for 2017 and maybe win a nice prize! But… you really need to get started pretty soon!

BONUS SNOW STORM!

I don’t know if you noticed but the “super storm” of March 14th has effectively pushed back any yard work for at least a few weeks. Now you’ve time for a project and a prize!

K1VOI and the antenna gun. WB1DBY photograph

What exactly is Show & Tell you ask? Well, it’s a chance to show the members something cool you’ve done in your shack, antenna farm, secret laboratory, etc. over the last year. Maybe it’s a new antenna that works like a signal magnet, or a neat way to mount a radio in today’s ‘too small’ vehicles, or a tesla coil (yes, we’ve had one), or a KW amplifier (had those too), or a trick piece of software, or….  You get the picture. Speaking of pictures here’s a few photos from past events to whet your appetite.

KA1TDQ’s 75M AM Exciter

An RF sampler by KB1NWH. WB1DBY photograph

Rock-Mite and keyer by Matt, W1MSW. WB1DBY photograph

 

And of course there’s the prizes. This year the three winners get to choose from a hundred dollars worth of prizes that include an ARRL Operating Manual, a Raspberry Pi 3 and a TC-1 Multi-function tester.

Show & Tell 2017 Prizes

The audience votes for the best project, the votes are tallied and three winners are picked at the end of the evening. It’s easy to do and it’s fun. Of course everyone is a winner here because we all benefit by seeing what our fellow HCRA members created. Everyone in the audience and the presenters takes home a big dose of enthusiasm for 2017!

So there you go. Time to stop surfing, head to the shop and warm up the soldering iron. You too can be a winner at HCRA’s 2017 Show & Tell!

 

Eastern VHF/UHF/Microwave Conference – April 21-23

43rd EASTERN VHF/UHF/MICROWAVE CONFERENCE:
APRIL 21-23, 2017
BAYMONT INN & SUITES (860)-643-5645
20 TAYLOR ST. (OFF I-84 at exit 63)
MANCHESTER, CT 06042

Conference Web Address: http://www.newsvhf.com/vhfconf.html

 

 4/21/17     FRIDAY LODGING 2:30-5PM Afternoon Workshop TBD
6:00pm ’til – SUPER HOSPITALITY ROOM (Food & Refreshments)!!   & Indoor SWAP/SELL & VENDORS.     (You may want to re-think going out to eat on Fri. Nite!)

 

4/22/17     SATURDAY REGISTRATION, TALKS, AUCTIONS, TEST LAB,            VENDORS & MORE.
7:30am       REGISTRATION BEGINS8:15 am      OPENING ANNOUNCEMENTS 8:30am       TALKS BEGIN (see SCHEDULE below):
10:00am     AUCTION/BREAK
10:25am       TALKS RESUME
12:00pm     LUNCH (Pizza & Grinders included with Registration)
1:15pm       TALKS RESUME
1:00 – 5pm  Test Lab to 50 GHz: Greg Bonaguide, WA1VUG of Rohde & Schwarz
3:05pm       BREAK
3:15pm       TALKS RESUME
4:15pm       AUCTION
4:20pm       TALKS RESUME
5:20pm       NEWS MEETING – WA2AAU
5:30pm       Pre-Banquet Hospitality Room
7:00pm       BANQUET BUFFET (7 PM – 8:30 PM)
8:20pm       Tom Kirby Award Presentation8:30pm       VHF – MICROWAVE TRIVIA QUIZ, Dale Clement AF1T
9:00pm       DOOR PRIZE EXTRAVAGANZA, Michele Clement W1MKY and Don Twombly W1FKF

 

Updated PRESENTATIONS SCHEDULE:* CLICK HERE for SCHEDULE and  Speakers*

SUNDAY 8:00am-11am

VHF+MW SWAP/SELL & VENDORS,            (Included with Registration- Please contact Mark             Casey K1MAP for details) 


 EVERY REGISTRANT RECEIVES THE PROCEEDINGS ON CD AND IS ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZE DRAWINGS. DIRECTIONS & RESERVATIONS FROM HARTFORD, I-84E TO EXIT 63. LEFT AT FORK, RIGHT ON TAYLOR ST. FROM WORCESTER, I-90W EXIT 9 TO I-84W EXIT 63, RIGHT OFF RAMP, RIGHT ON TAYLOR ST.

 

HOTEL Overnight Rates $79 DBL or $99 Suite, MENTION “VHF CONFERENCE” by March 20, 2017 FREE Continental BREAKFAST for those staying at the Baymont Hotel  CALL (860)-643-5645 for BAYMONT INN RESERVATIONS*YOU MUST CALL HOTEL TO GET CONFERENCE RATE* Updated 13 February 2017.

MORE DETAILS WILL BE ADDED SOON – check back often to website at the top…

Questions? Contact one of the 2 Conference Co-Chairmen:

Paul Wade, W1GHZ, (presentations, proceedings): w1ghz(AT)arrl.net

Mark Casey, K1MAP, (hospitality, hotel, swaps/vendors): map92map(AT)gmail.com

43rd EASTERN VHF/UHF CONFERENCE REGISTRATION:

Note: SAVE $10 on Conference admission by pre-Registering early ON LINE at Web Address http://www.newsvhf.com/regpayp.html or print form at: http://www.newsvhf.com/regmail.html
$20 for early registration by or before April 10. Registration at the door will be $30.
Dinner Buffet tickets are $30 and available through April 10 only.

HCRA BOD Meeting Minutes for 05-Jan-2017

HCRA Board of Directors meeting 05-Jan-2017

Attendees:

President – NT1K (Jeff)

Vice President – WM1B (Dave)

Secretary – N1FTP (Harold)

Treasurer – NV1Q (Juergen)

Program Dir. – W1AST (Larry)

At Large – KB1RXO (Karl)

Membership – K1VOI (John)

Absent:

Tech. Dir – K1YO (Bob)

Zero Beat Ed. – WA1MOW (Gary)

——————————— Meeting Open at 7:11pm ———————

President Report:

  • The Web page is up and running.
  • The Forums may be removed due to lack of use.
  • On Jan 7, Jeff will be attending the ARRL NE Cabinet meeting. Jeff will report back the results of that meeting.
  • Jeff mentioned how well the Holiday party went. Food was good, location was great and he heard no negative feedback.
  • Jeff will get a more definitive agreement on swapping the Holiday party between MTARA and HCRA.

Vice President Report:

  • Nothing to report at this time.

Secretary Report:

  • As of the BOD meeting, 85 raffle tickets have been sold.
  • Harold and Dave have submitted the 990-N and the Annual Report for 2016.
  • Jeff and Harold will get together on how the Liability Insurance for Special Service Clubs is to be submitted and when.

Treasurers Report:

  • The Treasurers report is available on request.

Program Director Report:

  • January 6th guest speaker will be Rockwell Schrock WW1X, Remote Ham Radio
  • February 3rd guest speaker is John from Hamsource
  • March 3rd is Dick Fey WA2AAU, Northeast Weak Signal Group
  • April 7th is our annual Show N’ Tell
  • May 5th will be Steve Davidson, Mgr HRO, Salem, NH, Go Boxes
  • June 2nd, Elections and Field Day 2017 and a TBA short presentation

At Large Report:

  • Karl has been looking for a spike driver for Field Day to no avail. He did suggest that we purchase or build some 6-foot Y poles to hold the antenna ends up while it is being fastened to the towers. A great suggestion.

Membership Report:

  • Currently there are 85 paid members.

Technical Director:

  • During the past few months, Bob has helped a new amateur in Agawam get his antenna/station setup and tested.

Zero Beat Editor:

  • Up for future discussion is a suggested that Gary had in regards to sending out Zero Beat every other month. (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, & Nov) Another item for discussion is whether we should have a “Lending Library”.

Old Business:

  • License Class location. A location with separate rooms is very difficult to find. As a last report, mention of using one room but the classes split up over weeks was made. Larry is also looking at another alternative site.
  • Field Day will again be mentioned at the next membership meeting emphasizing the need for Tower and Antenna Captains as well as a Field Day Committee. These positions are not meant for BOD members unless they volunteer to do so.

New Business:

  • The “ARRL Contest Eligibility List” has been worked on by Jim (KK1W) and forwarded to Jeff. In short, a list of members that will be participating in a Club event (ex. 10m contest) must be submitted to the ARRL prior to the contest. More details will be available at future BOD meetings
  • Share the Knowledge – Portable operations? (This topic will be tabled until the next meeting)
  • HCRA Banner. A motion was made to purchase a HCRA Banner. Larry approved the motion, Dave second the motion.
    • In Favor – 7
    • Apposed – 0
  • Show and Tell prizes. A motion was made to purchase a Raspberry Pi for 1st place, a multi-function tester for second place and a book for 3rd Dave approved the motion and Karl second the motion.
    • In Favor – 7
    • Apposed – 0

Open Floor Discussion:

  • The Board has decided to award another plaque for a member that has gone above and beyond in supporting the Club. Juergen and Larry will supply the Secretary with the wording for the plaque.
  • Dave mentioned that we have a Welcome Guide and perhaps it is time to add more to articles. This has been tabled for a future BOD meeting.
  • Juergen started a Club award discussion. Not a contest but a way for all ham radio operators to receive a HCRA award for the accumulation of New England Counties as an example. This has been tabled for a future BOD meeting.

——————————— Meeting Closed at 8:45pm ———————

HCRA BOD meeting notes for 29Aug2016

HCRA Board of Directors meeting 29-Aug-2016

Attendees:

President – NT1K

Vice President – WM1B

Secretary – N1FTP

Treasurer – NV1Q

Program Dir. – W1AST

At Large – KB1RXO

Membership – K1VOI

 

Absent:

Tech. Dir – K1YO

Zero Beat Ed. – WA1MOW

 

——————————— Meeting Open at 7:09pm ———————

President Report:

  • Jeff will be delegating more responsibilities. He was overwhelmed, especially at FD. Emphasis this year will be on committed volunteers.
  • PayPal account administrator name needs to be changed.
  • The Web site and domain name has been renewed. The web site is good for 2 years while the domain name is good for 3 years.
  • Ownership of the domain name should also be changed to a BOD member.

Vice President Report:

  • Nothing to report at this time.

Secretary Report:

  • Harold will be liaison for the MTARA/HCRA Holiday. To date, the hall is secured, the date is set, and we are just waiting for the tickets.
  • 43 tickets have been sold in our KX2 raffle.
  • Harold and Dave will get together to discuss submission of the Annual Report as well as the 990 form that needs to be filed.

Treasurers Report:

  • Financial Statement:
    • Beginning Balance: $8985.65
    • Dep/Wdr: $1744.35
    • Ending Balance: $7241.30

Program Director Report:

  • September’s guest speaker will be with K1KP, Tony Brock-Fischer on Solar energy.
  • October’s guest speaker will be W1JSB, Hanz from Radio Set Go.
  • November’s guest speaker will be Dennis N1IMW on the history of Chatham Marconi Maritime Center.

At Large Report:

  • Nothing to report at this time.

Membership Report:

  • Currently there are 22 members including family members. 16 paid members. A big push will be made for renewals in the coming months.

Old Business:

Field Day 2016

  • Field Day overall was a success but things need to change:
    • People/Volunteers need to be dedicated to the entire event. This includes
      • Tower captains
      • Beam captains
      • There needs to be a co-chair who knows the station layouts, radio hookups, etc.
      • Volunteers must be committed to setup and teardown.
    • New stakes will be looked into due to difficulty in removing the old screw type stakes.

Contest University

  • Contest University with Matt and Jeff is nearing completion. There are three parts to the presentation and will tentatively be held on Sept 17th.
  • A motion to have Coffee, Donuts and Pizza at the Contest University presentation.
    • In Favor – 7
    • Apposed – 0

Arduino Class

  • Jurgen has purchased a few more Arduino kits and the ready for a third week in October presentation date. More to follow.

Holiday Party

  • From KC1AEO, Rich, 50% of the work is complete. The Castle of Knights had a deposit for the December 4, 2016 date. The menu is set.
    The tasks that need to be completed at this juncture are to have tickets printed, and to promote the party as we approach the event date.  We will also need to finalize menu plans, floor plan and final head count.
    The first task we need to complete is to have the tickets printed.
    Al Grimaldi KB1XG has already procured some nice prizes for the party including a Accurite weather station with color monitor.

License Classes

  • Jeff has been getting the run around from the WSP library and is now looking into alternative locations. The difficulty is that the classes are held on Wednesday night, Thursday night, and all day Saturday.

New Business:

  • Volunteers, volunteers, volunteers …
  • The ClubLog competition is still going on and the certificates were a good idea.
  • Show and Tell prizes were discussed with a motion to purchase an Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and 2 tickets for the KX2 drawing.
    • In Favor – 7
    • Apposed – 0
  • An Auction discussion was held and will be brought up to the membership in the understanding that there will need to be a lead person as well as volunteers to head this up.

 

——————————— Meeting Closed at 8:13pm ———————

Meeting Topic Changed For Feb 5th’s Meeting

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Due to a sudden work schedule change, John Kalotai will not be able to be our guest speaker this Friday. However the meeting is still taking place.

Frandy Johnson (N1FJ) and Jim Mullen (KK1W) will be doing a presentation on their recent National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) adventures. We will also be discussing some possible future club events. This will be an excellent way to discuss our club.

We apologize about the short notice but we wanted to make sure we had a speaker lined up. A Big thanks to Frandy and Jim for helping us out. It should be exciting.

Thanks,
Jeffrey Bail (NT1K)

HCRA Meeting, January 8th 2016. Guest Speaker will be Jeff Jolie (NM1Y)

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Jeff (NM1Y) will not be able to make it to the meeting to give his presentation. However Jeff will be providing us with a DVD about the DXpedtion and the Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC) will still be there to hold an area meeting. 

Happy new year! HCRA is starting it off with a bang!

We’ve invited Jeff Jolie (NM1Y) to be our guest speaker of the first meeting in 2016. It should be exciting as Jeff was part of the DXpedition team that activated Navassa Island. Navassa was considered to be one of the rarest DX entities because of its location and restricted access. The Crew manage to get permission and gain access to the island. During their time there, they’ve managed to make just over 140,000 contacts. Jeff will be doing a presentation about the K1N DXpedtion.

HCRA has also invited the Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC) to hold an area meeting in conjunction with HCRA’s meeting. This will allow those who are intersting in contest a chance to see what it’s all about. Anyone and everyone is welcome to meeting.

Hope to see you there.

HOLIDAY PARTY TICKETS AVAILABLE!!

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Tis the season for Holiday Parties. This year HCRA and MTARA are putting together quite the feast for those who would wish to join us. We will be back at the wonderful steaming tender in Palmer MA on Monday, December 7th, 2015. Doors open at 6, Dinner starts at 7. Tickets will be just $20ea. You can purchase tickets through HCRA or MTARA.

There will be good times had by all and we will even have door prizes!

For HCRA, you can contact Harold Woering (N1FTP) ( E-mail N1FTP at arrl dot net)
You can also mail a check or money order to our P.O. Box

HCRA
P.O. Box 562
Agawam MA, 01001

Please include note that you are purchasing Holiday tickets and to include Name, Callsign and phone number for each ticket.

Hope to see you there!

What: Joint HCRA/MTARA Holiday Party
When: Monday, December 7th, 2015
Where: Steaming Tender Resturant
28 Depot St, Palmer, MA 01069
Time: Doors open at 6pm, Dinner at 7pm

Next Meeting is Friday, September 4th 2015

Welcome to a new season of HCRA

Larry (W1AST) has been hard at work obtaining guest speakers for the upcoming season. The guest speaker for the first meeting of the season on Friday, September 4th will be Fred Stefanick (N1DPM). He will be discussing EME communications and how you don’t necessarily need a massive array of antennas to make it possible. We will also have a quick re-cap of Field Day and some other business.

It’s also that time of the year again for membership renewals.
Our online system for renewals only is open for anyone that would like to use either their paypal account or their credit card if they would like to renew online.
Or you can download, and mail in the application
We also have our annual 250 ticket raffle going on. This year we’ve stepped it up a bit. We’re raffling off a Kenwood TS-590SG HF-6M 100w base station rig (retails $1700). It’s a very excellent rig that rivals radios that are double the price. It could be possibly yours for just $10 which goes to help out HCRA.
Stay tuned…

May 7, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

BOD MINUTES
May 7th 2015, IHOP

Meeting called to order at 7:10 by President Ed KB1NWH,
In attendance: Larry W1AST, Gary WA1MOW, Rick N1KXR, Bob K1YO, Jeff NT1K, Dave WM1B, Guests, Faye Krainson,

VP W1MOR Report : Absent No Report

TREASURER AA1YW Report: Absent No Report

SECRETARY WM1B Any Business: Discussion of Ham Club testing Beta Data Base for membership. Consensus is that we not go in at this time, further discussion of keeping our existing DB as one will be discussed at future meetings.

MEMBERSHIP N1KXR Head count: 96 total: 83 Paid, 5 family, 3 Life, 5 Prospects

TECHNICAL K1YO Issues: Any classes coming up? He has been asked by a couple of individuals if we are having a class soon. Jeff will Plan a Technician class this fall. Bob helped a new ham (KC1DKU) put up an antenna this past week. Also setup a switch for KB1VWQ

PROGRAM : W1AST Great Job This year Concern about attendance at last two meetings, A lot attributed to season. We discussed about a time limit of 45min to an hour. Looks like interesting programs in the works for next year. Discussion on a possible weekend (Sat) training session on DX Labs. Guest speakers enjoy the dinner.

AT-LARGE NT1K. FD Update: Plea for help went out. All stations have captains. Towers: The 4th tower that was borrowed in the past is no longer available. We are currently looking for a 4th AB 577 tower to use or purchase. We are looking to operate as a 5A . If we can’t get an additional AB577 tower we will operate as 4A. One as a WRTC tower and operate as a CW station only. The set up and equipment test will be at Dave’s QTH for Sunday, May 17 at 10AM.
Park: An E-Mail  to the park was sent, we are still waiting for the response regarding specific details. Raffle: TBD

Website: Major updates with some patches. About 50 unique hits a day, Special pages are getting good hits. HCRA BOD to be discussed at next meeting with new board.

ZB WA1MOW Dead line date? Gary requested that no additions be submitted after the draft published. Content is to be submitted to Gary. May 29 – closing date for June issue. Question regarding taking ads for ZB. Decision was that we do not want to enter into this issue.

TO DO LIST:

Holiday Party: Discussion regarding locations. Table for next Board Meeting: June 11, 7:00 PM

Target Cost per member $20 for a total cost of $35 maximum including gratuity.

Slate of 2015-2016 Officers

President Jeff NT1K
Vice President OPEN
Treasurer Juergen NV1Q
Secretary Dave WM1B
Membership John K1VOI
Technical Bob K1YO
Program LarryW1AST
At Large Eric W1MOR
Zero Beat Gary WA1MOW

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 PM

Respectively Submitted,
David Fant Secretary WM1B

Mar 12th Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Started 7:15

VP W1MOR Report.  Nothing to report

TREASURER AA1YW Report.  Balance $9095.  KX3 profit $781.22.  Christmas party cost $931, Used 40 meter beam cost $200, Donation HMC $250, Donation Agawam Park and Rec $250

SECRETARY – WM1B : Any Business.  Paper work up to date

MEMBERSHIP N1KXR Head count 102 members

TECHNICAL K1YO Report.  Online tech time- waiting for participants.  Assist WM1B with antenna when weather a little better.  Assist KA1DDv with headset wiring.

PROGRAM W1AST Who is our next speaker? High Altitude Ballooning – Larry Palmer (NW1X).  Speaker for may secured

AT-LARGE NT1K.  Outstanding Job at the Flea!  Working on welcome packets for the new hams from the VE sessions.  Ericand Larry to assist.  Web site up to date, New button for FD 2015.  In process of creating a New member form for the web site.

ZB WA1MOW Dead line date? 3/27.  Want copy of database for e-mail addresses.

TO DO LIST: 

Organize slate of officers

Pres – NT1K
VP – Open
Treasurer – Juergen NV1Q
Secretary – WM1B
Membership – Open
Technical – K1YO
Program – Open
At Large – W1MOR
ZB – WA1MOW

FD 2015

Jeff had sent out a wake up a while ago.  Now we need to start acting.

Need to definitely have a test and tune day.  We have all new antennas to us, and FD is not the time to guess. The trailer is at AA1YW’s and the other 40 meter beam is at W1MOR’s.

I Sent an e-mail to MTARA about selling us a AB577.  If not then we need to borrow one.  Frandy?  Steve (N1SR)?,MTARA?

We need to start getting operators, band captains, and set up crew organized.

The park is secured.  Not sure on the usage of the new band shell or power.  There is a nice pavilion there but not sure about the usage of that either.  I will talk to Chris about these in the next month.

Should there be a FD committee or should it be the board? There should be its own committee

 NEW BUSINESS

Jeff NT1K mentioned about the club building another antenna.  This time it would be a Stub J Pole AKA, OSJ pole.  For a fee of $35 he would supply the materials for you to build.

Next BOD meetings:

Both at the IHOP in West Springfield
May 7th
June 11th

Meeting ended 8:45

 

Respectively Submitted
Ed KB1NWH