ARRL June VHF Contest today-tomorrow and Results
ARRL June VHF Contest today-tomorrow and Results avatar

Last minute reminder. There have been some excellent 6 meter openings to Europe already this month, including this morning. It may be mostly an FT8 affair, or it may not. Last year’s CQ VHF contest in July had a good mix of modes.
There is a new 2.2.0 release of WSJT-x with amazing decoding ability. I’ve had over 30 decodes on 6m from Europe in a single cycle, and I have only a mini antenna.
Look for FT4 on 50.318 for faster action when there are strong signals.
I don’t have any other bands so I can’t comment on how to operate there!

Local: 2pm Sat. to 11pm Sun.
Modes: anything legal
Exchange: 4 char. grid square (FN31 or FN41 for most of us)
Scoring: Work once per band. 1 pt 6 & 2 , More points for higher frequencies
Mults: Grids per band

CTRI Contest Group members’ individual FD 2020 plans??
CTRI Contest Group members’ individual FD 2020 plans?? avatar

Greetings All –

Hope you have been able to stay safe/stay well during the pandemic. Field Day is just two weeks away and it will be quite different of course this year. Wanted to encourage folks to be radio-active in some fashion for FD during the 24 hours of Sat/Sun June 27/28 1800Z-1800Z (2pm-2pm local).

I plan on activating the home station, but utilizing emergency power (Class 1E) for the first time from here. In addition, I hope to mentor a less experienced contester from our club… and get them ‘running’ with N1MM+ Logger while using the new technology of the Icom IC-7300 radio — and overall, just having FUN!
A mix of CW (2 pts/Q) and SSB (1pt/Q) modes is planned.
Both 10m and 15m came alive somewhat during the recent CQWW WPX contest so we’ll hope for more of that 27 days following (when solar conditions often repeat). And don’t forget E-skip season on 6m either.

Would be interested in knowing of others FD plans as well!

When submitting your score/info to ARRL (typically via their on-line applet) members should be consistent with inclusion of our exact club name to ensure credit [ CTRI Contest Group ].

RE: ARRL and Contest info/results — they just revamped their Contests Portal Page, so check it out…

Good luck to all in your Field Day 2020 individual efforts … and hope to C U on the bands.

73, Bill W1WBB
AI1TT Trustee, “Aquidneck Island Transmitting Team”

2020 CQ WPX CW Results
2020 CQ WPX CW Results avatar

Just dabbled a bit here with about 5 hours of BIC time. Much too nice weather to stay inside.
CQWW WPX Contest, CW – 2020

Call: K3IU
Operator(s): K3IU
Station: K3IU

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 5:00

Band QSOs
160: 0
80: 5
40: 26
20: 65
15: 69
10: 42
Total: 207 Prefixes = 153 Total Score = 51,408

Club: CT RI Contest Group

FD 2020 Rule Changes
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From the ARRL:
With one month to go before 2020 ARRL Field Day, June 27 – 28, the ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary rule waivers for the event:

1) For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.

Field Day rule 4.6 defines Class D stations as “Home stations,” including stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power. Class D stations ordinarily may only count contacts made with Class A, B, C, E, and F Field Day stations, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows Class D stations to count contacts with other Class D stations for QSO credit.

2) In addition, for 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions).

Ordinarily, club names are only published in the results for Class A and Class F entries, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name with their submitted results following Field Day.

For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2020 Field Day — Hiram from his Class D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station — both can include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results. The published results listing will include individual scores for Hiram and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk Hollow Radio Club.

The temporary rule waivers were adopted by the PSC on May 27, 2020.

CQ WPX CW this weekend
CQ WPX CW this weekend avatar

Don’t forget to get on in the big work-everyone event. I’ve often missed it because of Memorial Day weekend trips, but this year, no camping.

Time: 48 hours UTC (SO max 36 hours)
Bands: 160-10
Exchange: RST + SN
Scoring: 3 points non NA. 2 pts NA non-US. 2x this for 160-40. Not that 15-10 have been good for much lately. 1 point US regardless of band.
Mults: Prefixes, once only

Hope to work some members!

Dave K1SX

NEQP avatar


80 100
40 241
14 171

Total 512

Signals on 20 meters were weak but lots of west coast.
40 was great for me. In USA only missed NV NM HI ND.
Worked k1ecu, k1sx, nc1cc,ai1tt and wixx. Good fun

NEQP Results
NEQP Results avatar

I guess I will start this off. As I write there was a cluster of CTRI members in the LP category, just below the YCCC posters 🙂 Notably AB1BX with a ibg CW total from his wire antennas!

80 cw 32 4
40 cw 56 22
20 cw 99 26
20 ssb 2  2
15 cw 1  0  (AK1W, having no luck either afaik)
Total 190--50--18950
3:40 op time

Genesis SDR twith homebrew sspa brick, maybe 60w, except 10w on 80m Doublet at 50 ft.
Picking up the mic got me only comments on the bad audio. Will figure that out another day. But lots of running fun. Probably the best rates I ever had in any contest. A good contribution from dxcc mults also. I did remember to get on 80 at the end and besides NY and NJ, OM2VL called in to my 10w cq. AB1BX, AI1TT, NC1CC in log at least — Dave K1SX

New England QSO Party 2020 – this weekend May 2-3!
New England QSO Party 2020 – this weekend May 2-3! avatar

Hello All –

Hoping many CTRI CG members will get radio-active from the home QTH this weekend (while staying safe from the COVID-19 virus!) in the annual NEQP. Our group typically puts forth a significant effort each year in this fun event where us W1’s (and K1’s, NG1’s, KE1’s etc!) are the hunted.

A refresher on the rules can be found at:

Of note, NO restrictions on operators going “Assisted” and using spotting networks; NO mode categories (so break out the mics for more QSOs/mults you CW ops), though CW/Digital contacts count double vs. SSB; and EACH new DXCC entity worked is a separate multiplier, along with each state and VE province/territory. Hint: DX can be found during the ARI Int’l DX contest on CW, SSB and RTTY (1200Z Sat – 1200Z Sun)…just add a serial number to your exchange.

Activity in the State QSO Parties this year has been record-breaking so expect lots of QSOs to be had, especially during Saturday while we have the overlapping 7th Call Area QP, Indiana QP and Delaware QP going on. In addition, the inaugural State QSO Party competition ( has added many additional ops who will be searching for us New Englanders!

For N1MM Logger users (within New England) you can use **just one log** [“NEWE” found within State QSO Party area when selecting a new log]* while working ops in each of the four QP’s going on during the weekend…EASY!!

A predicted low K-Index for much of the weekend (and lack of any expected regional thunderstorms) bodes well for us operators. Hope many of you can make plans for some operating time once NEQP gets underway Saturday at 4pm local time (2000Z) ’til 1am, then Sunday 9am ’til 8pm (1300Z-2400Z). Look forward to working lots of club members this weekend!

Take care/stay safe/good luck/have fun… 73, Bill W1WBB (chief op at AI1TT, for NEQP)

FQP Results
FQP Results avatar



65–30–3900, actually 7800.    2h45m op time.  60 watts to doublet at 50 ft.

Well, I take back what I said about good propagation, and I see also I had the mults incorrect also, of course it is once per mode, not per band.  In any case, it was a 2 band activity.  Saturday I got beat out a lot even running 60 watts or so.  However, with patience I worked a lot of weak stations.  I never found N4V. (but who was looking?)  After posting my score to 3830, I realized I didn’t multiply my score by 2 for being LP.    I think Andy BX also forgot this bonus.   So we were lower down than we needed to be 🙂  Fun anyway.  I heard only W1WBB among members. — Dave

Florida QSOP this weekend
Florida QSOP this weekend avatar

This is a very active QSO Party with lots of categories and bonuses like spelling out words. And we can count on good propagation to FL.

Local time: Noon–10pm Sat, 8am–6pm Sun.
Bands: 40–10 (Note, no 80m)
Categories: Mixed, CW, Phone
Exchange: RST + state
Scoring: 2 pts CW, 1 pt phone
Mults: FL counties per band per mode



Yesterday at the YCCC Virtual meeting 8) They announced that CTRI had won the NEQP 2019 New England Club award. GOOD Going guys Hope to rejoin you all on the air asap

73 de John ko1h

Video Meetings?
Video Meetings? avatar

We’ve had to cancel our last two meetings due to the Library being closed due to COVID-19 and it could be months before we can meet in person again. Would anyone be interested in holding video club meetings until this blows over?

I happen to have a Zoom account and would be happy to set up video meetings if there is interest. Let me know if you’d like me to do that.

73 de John AJ1DM