Request for communication assistance
Request for communication assistance avatar

I have been asked to help find hams to assist with communications for the Americans with Diabetes Association Tour de Cure bicycle ride. The ride Includes several routes from 7 miles to 100 miles covering much of southern Rhode Island. They would like to finalize as much as possible by the end of this month or the beginning of next month. It is a great event and the riders are very appreciative of our assistance on the courses. If you are interested in helping you can email me or Al Roda.

Al can be reached at if you have questions.

If you know any other hams that might be interested feel free to forward this email or let me know.

Date: Jun 2, 2013
Start Location: Narragansett High School
Routes: 100, 62, 30, 15 and 7 miles (Maps are on their website)
Positions: Sag and Rest Stop
Schedule of Events
Overview of the schedule for the Ocean State Tour.
*Subject to change – updated schedule will be distributed at Volunteer Training*

5:00 am
Event set-up
6:00 am
Rider check-in begins
7:00 am
100 mile ride starts
8:30 am
60 mile ride starts
10:00 am
30 mile ride starts
11:00 am
15 and 7 mile rides start
12:00 pm
Festival, Expo, lunch and post-ride celebration begin
2:00 pm
Top Fundraiser and Gran Fondo awards presentation
4:00 pm
Festival and Expo end

Jim Creamer
Westerly, RI

Want some RG-11???
Want some RG-11??? avatar

I have a coil of old MIL-C-17E RG-11 that is excess to my needs (and has been for 30+ years). There are about 37 loops and the coil diameter is about 2 – 2.25 feet. You can do the math, but there is more than 200 ft. It is .405″ diameter and has an impedance of 75 ohms. Can be used for matching stubs or feedline for a dipole, which if you recall has a characteristic impedance of 72 ohms.

Anyone interested, please email me. Next stop is the RI Swap ‘n Sell Net.


Ken K3IU
k3iu @

KS1J Awarded Plaque For CTRI CG Champion
KS1J Awarded Plaque For CTRI CG Champion avatar

KS1J award-1941 While no scientific study has been made the author suspects that Jim Bowman, KS1J, routinely produces the highest score per watt of any contest operator.
KS1J award-1943

At the April meeting his exceptional skills were recognized as club Vice President Ken Wagner, K3IU, presented Jim with a plaque recognizing his achievement as CTRI Contest Group Champion 2011-2012 Low Power. Jim produced more than nine and a half million points for the authorized club championship contests.

Way to go, Jim!

CTRI Champions Leaderboard – 13 Apr 2013
CTRI Champions Leaderboard – 13 Apr 2013 avatar

With only four(4) contests remaining in the Intra-Club competition, here are the results so far with current information through the CQWW WPX SSB contest. There were only 4 results posted by club members for the WPX SSB contest. The link in this posting is to a Microsoft Excel (97 – 2003) spreadsheet. You should be able to download it by clicking on the link.

Champions Leaderboard dtd 10 Apr 2013

Ken K3IU… Keeper of the Leaderboard

Meeting Notice, April 13, 2013
Meeting Notice, April 13, 2013 avatar

It’s that time again. If you are familiar with the interactive meeting notice skip down to “Topics“. This is an interactive meeting notice. What, you may ask, is an interactive meeting notice? As the phrase suggests, it is a meeting notice which requires interaction by the readers. For example: we need to have topics for presentation at the meeting; we need presenters; we need volunteers to provide lunch; we need to know who is coming to the meeting so the quantity of lunch portions may be determined, and so on. This post will be updated as interactions (comments) are appended.


  1. Contest Report
  2. WRTC-2013 Test Run
  3. W1XX Disaster Recovery
  4. 2013 NEQP in early May
  5. May meeting place
  6. Assisted Operating
  7. Matters Arising

Lunch provider:

Coffee and Drinks by:

Members who will attend: W1PN, K1DM, K3IU, W1XX, KS1J, K1FUG, NG1G, K1SD

Venue: Crandall House, Ashaway, RI at 10:00am

40 Meter 2-el Yagi
40 Meter 2-el Yagi avatar

CTRI’ers:  As many of you know, the W1XX station antennas incurred some serious damage during Blizzard Nemo in February and also during Hurricane Sandy.  The biggest loss was my “killer” 40 Meter 2 element Yagi at 100 feet.  1/2 of the reflector sheared off and fell to the ground…plus some other damage to the linear loading.  I at first anticipated getting some CTRI assistance to do a fix..Rick KI1G and others offered to help.  Upon further reflection however and not to impose too much on the club’s generosity…I pursued a claim on my homeowners insurance for a professional takedown and replacement by XX Towers who did the original tower installation.  The estimate has now been approved and I will shortkly be scheduling Matt & Co. to proceed with the take down of the damaged antenna and replacing with with a new one.  The end result will be that I will end up with an extra antenna on the ground that can be repaired at low cost (which I will do).  Someone in the club may be interested in having a 2-element rotary on 40 meters.  If so, this is the ticket.  This is a big antenna: and find 40M2L antenna.  This will be VERY resonably priced. If you think you might be interested, contact my off site at:  w1xx at cox dot net.  Come some much warmer weather, I would still like to schedule a meeting at my house to hopefully raise by then  repaired 80 and 160 (again!) verticals…we just bought a new grill for hotdogs and hamburgers that proved popular at previous work-party meetings.  73!!!

— John, W1XX  

NEQP Results Are In
NEQP Results Are In avatar

Results for the 2012 NEQP are in, and once again CTRI is the leader of the pack in club competition, with some very impressive single- and multi-op scores!

Check it out at


Pat, NG1G

Tower Parts and Accessories for sale
Tower Parts and Accessories for sale avatar

Hello all.  As you may know, I’m selling my towers and accessories.  All radios and amps have been sold.  These parts that I have listed MUST GO.  They are all listed on, but wanted to give the club members a chance to get in the action.  You have all worked on my towers, and know what kind of condition they are in.  Below is a pasted copy of my ads, including a couple items that are not on eham.

Selling a HyGain TH5 Triband antenna. No abuse, in excellent condition. Asking $350 for it. Sells for $699.95 new. No rust, no cracks, no missing parts. Comes with the standard HyGain mast mount clamp. If you would like pictures of this item, please feel free to email me.

Selling 5 1/2 sections of Rohn 45 tower. Asking $200 for each section. Also I have a BPL 45G Top Plate which I am asking $125. Lists for $250 new. Also have the R-BPC 45G base plate, asking $75. Pictures available upon request.

3 Rohn 25G tower sections with a tilt over base plate.  No bends, slides right together. Asking $75 per section.

I also have 2 Ameritron Antenna switches (Remote Coax Switch).  $75 each, or $150 for the pair.  They run $159.99 New from ameritron.

Astron RS-35A power supply.  Lists for $239.99 New, but asking $100 for any of the club members.

Alpha Spid Rotator.  You can look this rotator up on  I paid $600 for this rotator.  I’m asking $300 for it.  Needs a new plastic cap from when the top section of the tower decided to shorten the length of the gin pole hihi.  If you buy this rotator, I have all the rotor cable to go with it.  Come with the control box and control mouse to control it.

That’s all I guess.  Contact me if you’re interested.

Bill N1HRA

Licensing Session at USCGA April 20th – OOP, that’s April 27th at 10:00 AM
Licensing Session at USCGA April 20th – OOP, that’s April 27th at 10:00 AM avatar

For anyone interested, you have a chance to upgrade your license.  We at W1CGA are hosting a licensing session on Saturday morning 10:00, April 27, 2013.  If you might be interested, contact K1DM so we can make sure we reserve a large enough room.  There are several cadets who will be sitting for their Technician Licenses.  All license class exams will be available.  Testing fee is $17.00 (last time I checked).

There’s plenty of time to get your brain sharpened up, and get that next class of license!