AMATEUR RADIO AND THE FUTURE

The following is excerpted and reinterpreted from articles I’ve been reading in certain commercially based publications provided to those who are responsible for making plans and purchases for emergency related municipal and other communications services. It seems that the FCC is planning to set aside certain channels specifically for interoperability between such agencies as Police, Fire, Homeland Security and others.  In some discussions these channels may appear in commonly used VHF and UHF bands such as 150-170 MHz and 450-475 MHz bands. In other cases there are plans to use certain 700 MHz frequencies or even other ones not yet specifically identified.  Of course certain communications currently occurring in some of these frequencies will have to be accomodated by reallocation or otherwise scrunched and pushed and shoved around a bit, to make it all fit together.   Remember there are only so many fequencies (more…)

K1DFQ – Wilfred “Frenchy” French – SK

In Memory of Wilfred French “Frenchy” K1DFQ Frenchy became a ham radio operator in 1957. He took his Novice test at Evans Radio in Concord, NH. This was a great place to buy used equipment at a reasonable price. His first transmitter was a Viking Adventurer which he purchased there. He soon upgraded to General and then Advanced. He operated on all bands and believed you should have an antenna for every band. His favorite part of the hobby was “rag chewing”. He enjoyed getting on 10 meters in the evening with club members W1MAS Bob, K1BKE Bob, K1BGI Ken, K1HMH Phil, W1HTI Dean, K1CKL Sid and many others. All silent keys. He would spend many evenings on 2 meters with his good friend K1OXO Vic. He enjoyed hill topping and always had a mobile radio. He helped get the first repeater up on (more…)

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES FOR AUGUST 9, 2016

  CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING – Aug. 9, 2016 There were 23 people present tonite. President Pat has another new call which is now W1UD. Larry Beagle began a demonstration on the Alpha Military Antenna, using the new Icom 7100 radio. Frank (N1FDR), made a variety of announcements of volunteer, community activities, which are upcoming involving ARES and also requests for additional help from the CVRC. He mentioned bike and boat races, walks, runs, etc. all of which will involve many many miles of radio coverage as well as dates going into the fall, etc. etc. The Treasurer’s and Secretaries reports were given. It was moved, seconded, voted and passed to approve both reports. Pete Jones showed some inexpensive golf ball (telescoping) retrievers which he got very inexpensively, which could perhaps double as adjustable vertical antennas. Jeff Shaw reported on some changes (more…)

The Future K1BKE.ORG

Well, what do you all think?  This is just the start of what K1BKE.ORG will be.  You can see the Twitter feed, events calendar, and some of the old club documents already. There are 5 banners and the idea is to add a new one from the pictures that we take over the year. The forums are a work in progress.  We need to work out user controls and make sure the subscription works as it should. We are looking at various image posting systems and more. The key to this site will be that we all work on posting and making it a great portal for the club between meetings.  The options are endless. (more…)

K1FLI – Frank L. Irvine – SK

In Memory of Frank L. Irvine K1FLI Frank L. Irvine, a dedicated advocate for peace and justice, passed away in Concord on July 27, 2016, at the age of 81.  The son of Frank and Rosalyn (Birchall) Irvine, he was born in Nashua on August 29, 1934.  He graduated from Nashua High School and earned degrees from Gordon College, Gordon-Conwell Divinity School and Andover Newton Theological School.  He was married to Frances (Allen) Irvine on October 3, 1959, and they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last year. He served as a member of U.S. Army Intelligence, and later as an Army chaplain in Virginia, Korea and California.  He was the minister of multiple churches in Maine and New Hampshire and co-director of the Department of Pastoral Services at New Hampshire Hospital before co-founding a group practice of pastoral psychotherapy in 1979.  He left the (more…)

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING FOR JULY 26, 2016

CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING – 7-26-16 There were 11 people present at this meeting ( a relatively large number, especially for this time of year.) Mickie gave the Treasurer’s report. This summer, the club cost of the picnic was drastically reduced to only $198.00, even though we had about 50 people attend, and people brought many really delicious side dishes, and etc. After paying donations to Pat’s Peak, Library and Middle School we received two thank you’s, from the Library and from the Middle School. We had further discussions on replacing the rollers on our antenna masts. We will set up some work times, later, when the weather begins to get cooler. Noted that there are 8 to 10 rollers per mast. VP Larry mentions that he is trying to line up Neil Goodell to give a talk on RF grounding (more…)

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES FOR JULY 12, 2016

  CONTOOCOOK VALLEY RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING – 7/12/16 There were 13 people in attendance. VP Larry Beagle reported on Field Day: 6062 points so far. 80m = 239 q’s, 40m = 209 q’s on cw, and 255 q’s on phone, 20m = 84 digital q’s, 652 q’s on phone, 6m = 50 q’s on phone, 2m = 1q on phone, etc. There were 1450 bonus points. Also noted that Larry ordered and received 10 rubber rollers for the military masts. They were $12.50 ea. including shipping. A motion was made, seconded, voted upon and passed to order a second set of 10. There are also tower winches that need repair and some common hardware will be purchased for that. Another motion was made, seconded, voted upon and passed for all parts, including those already arrived to not exceed $500.00 total. Noted that club (more…)

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