Wallpaper notice
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In today’s mail was a large white envelope from the League. What a surprise to open it and discover a  certificate for the 2013 June VHF contest. It says that I won First Place Multioperator, Rhode iIsland Section. I actually claimed SO Assisted so I guess that made me a “multi” station. I only operated on 6 meters and my score was 1,425 points. Amazing, simply amazing.

73, Ken K3IU

Free Oscilloscope
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I’ve an older B&K Oscilloscope Precision Model 1470.  It was reported to work; I’ve never used it.  It lights up, trace focuses, adjusts.  Has the manual and probes.

Take it before the dumpster.

73 James K1SD

2014 CQWPX CW Contest Results
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Another contest weekend has ended. Please post your results here by replying/commenting on this posting. Are we gonna break the 80M point barrier with this contest???



A. All entries must be emailed or postmaked WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS after the end of the contest: SSB logs no later than 2359 UTC 4 April 2014, CW logs no later than 2359 UTC 30 May 2014.  Resubmitting an entry after the deadline will result in it being considered as a late log.

Ken K3IU
Keeper of the CTRI Champions Leaderboard

W1AW/1 Team RI
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W1AW/1 in RI:  0000z July 23 – 2359z July 29, 2014

CTRI members have received updates on W1AW/1 Rhode Island at all the recent meetings.  The following CTRI  members have signed up for Team RI: W1WBB, KS1J, KB1RFJ, NG1G, K3IU, K1SD, W1AN, K1DM, KI1G, W1YRC, W1PN, W1XX.  So far we have 18 total Team RI members. Any CTRI’ers who have not as yet signed up (1)  please e-mail to w1xx [at] dxusa [dot] net with your CALL, NAME, E-MAIL ADDRESS, PHONE # (incl area code); (2) go to the website for this operation:  http://w1aw.dxusa.netReview carefully the Schedule and Operating Guidelines on the website.  When the composition of Team RI is completed, you will be sent a password to access the on-line scheduling app.  When?  Soon.  CTRI’ers will be given a scheduling head start as CTRI is the coordinating sponsor via W1XX. However, we found in Connecticut that much of the scheduling is done on the spur of the moment to fill in the many open band-mode slots.

Please feel free to forward this info to anyone who you think might be interested.  Or, send me the call of anyone to whom I could then send the invitation letter. TNX and 73!! — John, W1XX

ARRL Centennial QSO Party Special “RED BADGE” Event – June 1
ARRL Centennial QSO Party Special “RED BADGE” Event – June 1 avatar

Those of us who work at HQ have a RED BADGE.  We received this yesterday: (K1DM – I’m worth 50 points!)

Sunday, June 1 will be the first round of “Red Badges On The Air,” a day when HQ is encouraging any ARRL officer, elected official, HQ staff or HQ volunteer to get on the air and hand out points in the Centennial QSO Party.

The event will run from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC (Saturday evening through Sunday evening local time). Operate as much or as little as you like, on whatever bands you enjoy. Call “CQ Centennial QSO Party” on phone, “CQ CENT” on CW or digital modes.

The Centennial QSO Party is a runaway success; members are overwhelmingly enthusiastic about this ARRL operating event and activity on the bands has noticeably increased as a result. As people with red badges have high point values in the Centennial QSO Party, getting on the air June 1 and working our members will improve their scores in our event (as well as yours) and give more visibility to your ARRL department, division or section.

If you are not able to participate on June 1, we are planning on holding this event at least one other day this year. We encourage everybody to participate in the Centennial QSO Party as much as possible, not just on this day.

We hope to hear you on the bands on Sunday, June 1.

If you need more info on the Centennial QSO Party, visit http://www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party


Sean Kutzko, KX9X, Media and Public Relations Manager

CTRI Meeting Schedule/Contest Calendar 2014
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I spoke with the North Kingstown Free Library scheduler person today and have updated the proposed CTRI Meeting Schedule/Contest Calendar for the remainder of the year accordingly.   Here are the highlights of the proposed schedule:

July 5                  NK Library            1000-1300

August 2             NK Library            1000-1300

September 6      Venue: TBD          Time: TBD

October 11          NK Library            0900-1200

November 8       NK Library            0900-1200

Note that, due to library availability, the October date has been pushed a week from the previous schedule and the start time is earlier in October and November.  Details of the proposed schedule are attached.

73 James K1SD

CTRI Meeting Schedule 5.20.2014

Antenna Take Down Resched
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HI All, Finally getting back to my Antenna’s.  I would like any help I can get on the following dates


First Sunday May 18 th 8:30am so so

Second choice Saturday May 24th or Sunday 25th.


Much of the antennas are still up!  Need help if you can.


Also Most of these antennas are FORSALE.  If you are interested and can help special prices will be available.


Please RSVP to Ko1h@cox.net


or call 401-206-1794 (please leave a message if I dont get to the phone.


Any help appreciated


de John ko1h

Antenna Part needed – HyGain TH-6DXX trap (parts)
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Would anyone happen to have a trap from a HyGain TH-6DXX tri-band beam that I could talk you out of?  I need one of the “clear” plastic spacers inside the trap.  Each trap contains 4 of these spacers, and I have managed to lose one for the antenna I am rehabilitating.  Since this antenna is no longer in production, it may be difficult to  purchase a replacement.

The TH-7 DX may have the identical spacers, but I haven’t taken apart a trap for that antenna to check.

If you have one, please let me know, or you can bring it to the meeting on Saturday, and we  can negotiate.

Thanks, 73, Mike, K1DM

Meeting Notice, May 2014
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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. W1AW/1 for CT and RI by K1DM/W1AN and W1XX,
  3. ANTENNA and Amplifier Mod presentation by K1SD
  4. Matters Arising

Lunch provider:

Coffee and Drinks by: K3IU (Coffee);

Members who will attend: W1XX, K1DM, K3IU, NG1G

Venue: North Kingstown Free Library, at 10:00AM

W1AW/1 Connecticut Success!
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Kudos to John W1AN and Mike K1DM for pulling off a hugely successful W1AW/1 operation in Connecticut in the name of the CTRI Contest Group.  As a Rhode Island resident, I am proud that Ocean Staters played a significant role in helping our fellow Nutmeggers put in many operating hours at the W1AN station as W1AW/1.  Every time I was there, so were K1SD, KI1G, and KB1RFJ from Rhode Island.  It was a great warm-up experience for Rhode Island’s first crack at W1AW/1 operation July 23 – 29.

As the coordinator (via CTRI CG) for W1AW/1 Team RI…thanks to W1AN, the on-line scheduling app for RI has already been developed just like Connecticut’s.  Scheduling and operating guidelines will now be tailored for Rhode Island and e-mail solicitations to join Team RI will be forthcoming shortly.  From the CT experience, operating W1AW/1 is a blast!

Thanks Connecticut for paving the way!  73!

John, W1XX


2014 NEQP Results
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The New England QSO Party will be over in just under an hour. When everything gets sorted out, please post your results here by adding a comment/reply to this posting. Hope everyone had fun in this contest.

73, Ken K3IU
Keeper of the CTRI Champions Leaderboard

NEQP allows digital
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I noticed things from the FAQ not covered in the rules including a couple mentions of digital so I sent an e-mail to clarify. This is what I got back:

At 01:33 PM 5/2/2014, you wrote:
> I noticed digital is mentioned in the FAQ as though it’s an allowed mode but it doesn’t show in allowed mode in the rules. Is digital allowed in NEQP or not?

We count digital QSOs the same as CW, 2 points each. SSB is one point each QSO.

— Tom/K1KI

So if people are looking for W1AW/1 you can give the NEQP exchange and they will get credit for it. We will be set up for RTTY at NX6T for the 7QP and ARI contests and now will also work any 1-landers we find! Hopefully some RTTY skimmers are going to spot you guys when you are on RTTY!