Field Day
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Thanks to all for a great Field Day and especially to John, W1XX for getting this off the ground and coordinating it all, Ed W1PN for arranging the site, John W1AN for all the gear, Mike for the all the work in the commissary and to all the other participating club members. Personally I had a great time and I believe all will agree that we achieved the primary goal which was to work together on this project and have fun.

Again thanks to all. (Sorry if I missed anyone !!)


Jim KS1J

2014-2015 CTRI Champions Leaderboard
2014-2015 CTRI Champions Leaderboard avatar

The most recent edition of the 2014-2015 Leaderboard is now available. The reported results through ARRL June VHF Contest are presented.

This version now also displays the handicapped scores (based on the decisions made by the members at an earlier meeting) beginning at Row 35 on the spreadsheet. Clicking on the “TOTALS” tab at the bottom of the window will take you to a summary of the handicapped scores for the season. The spreadsheet is an Excel 97-2003 format and can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the link below. The final contest in the series is the CQ WW VHF Contest the last weekend of the month. A summary of the standings is included below.


To learn more about the handicapping, see this posting on the club website…


Handicapped Scores
Through the ARRL June VHF Contest
Call Sign HP LP QRP
W1AN 24,600,388 0 0
K1DM 16,980,624 8,238 0
K3IU 23,506,648 0 0
W1WBB 0 4,225,506 384,013
K1JSM 0 345,247 0
K1SD 16,224,898 0 0
KS1J 0 14,194,665 0
KA1VMG 0 5,657,514 36,446
KA1CQR 0 4,532 0
NR1H 0 1,219,221 0
W1XX 17,201,775 0 0
KI1G 2,847,260 0 0
KB1RFJ 5,201,962 0 0
0 0 0
0 0 0


73, Ken K3IU

Surviving the storm – June 23, 2015
Surviving the storm – June 23, 2015 avatar

I hope you made out okay with this storm that went though Connecticut (and Rhode Island) this afternoon.  I had no significant damage, but I did lose the top of one tree, which took out my 40-meter dipole on it’s way down.  The 20-m dipole got tangled in the branches, but did not break.

Of course my 40-m dipole was my antenna for 40, 30, 15, and 10 meters.  I will get what I can done tomorrow, but I suspect the antenna will not be fully functional until after the 4th of July.  I have some commitments between now and then.

Good luck.  See you at Field Day!  73, Mike, K1DM

CTRI Field Day: Last Minute Notes…
CTRI Field Day: Last Minute Notes… avatar

CTRI Field Day: Last Minute Notes

By John Lindholm, W1XX

Field Day Site: 47 Peeptoad Rd., North Scituate, RI, home of the Seagrave Memorial Observatory

Field Day, June 27 – 28 is this coming weekend. CTRI’s W1DX will be in the 2 transmitter class plus 6 meter VHF. Details were ironed out at the CTRI meeting last weekend. Having a fun weekend of operating with our fellow club members is the goal. A team effort is needed. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with members who have been less active of late. Visitors are very much welcome. There will be ample help available to become familiar with the radios and logging program.

An advance crew will be on site starting at 10 AM Friday (June 26) to shoot lines over trees for antennas installed on Saturday. You are welcome then as well as any time during Field Day. Start time for setup on Saturday is 9AM. Many hands will be needed to install the 40/20/15 wire antenna array. Suggestion: wear long pants, work boots, and bring insect repellent.

If you would like to participate in the raffle for best guess on number of QSOs, bring along a fin ($5).

If we have not already heard of your intentions to participate, it would be helpful to the Commissary Captain to drop me an e-mail: w1xx [at]cox [dot] net. The CTRI Grill Team has planned an appetizing menu.

Don’t miss out on the fun. See you on Field Day!   73!

— John, W1XX, Field Day Chairman                                    6/23/2015




Meeting Notice — June 20, 2015
Meeting Notice — June 20, 2015 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. Field Day Report:  W1XX
  3. Boxboro 2015?
  4. Matters Arising

Lunch provider: None

Coffee and Donuts by: K3IU (Donuts), K1SD (Coffee)

Members who will attend: W1PN, W1XX, K3IU, K1SD, K1DM, KB1RFJ, KW2G, KS1J

Venue: North Kingstown Free Library, 100 Boone Street North Kingstown, RI


CTRI Field Day 2015 Status Update
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CTRI Field Day 2015 Update

By John Lindholm, W1XX

Field Day Site: 47 Peeptoad Rd., North Scituate, RI, home of the Seagrave Memorial Observatory

   Just to let everyone know that plans for the CTRI Field Day are progressing swimmingly…thanks to the efforts of the various captains in charge of the different aspects of the operation. Let’s outline some of the plans so far.

   Captain John, W1AN, reports that the radios will be a K3 and two TS-2000s – one for VHF. Logging will be N1MM classic on W1AN computers (we may need one more), Heil and Yamaha headsets and Bencher keyers provided. However, it is suggested that you bring your own Heil headset (adapters provided) and keyer. Nothing beats familiarity.

   This Field Day is designed to be as simple as possible, so you don’t have to bring a whole heck of a lot. However, if you have any of these items, please bring them along: 5 gal filled plastic camping water bottles, flashlight, t-paper, insect repellent with Deet, cot (if staying over Saturday night).

      “Launching” Captain Donn, KW2G, will be going up Friday with W1XX (maybe others) to put nylon string over the trees for securing rope to hold up the 40/20/15 and 80 meter antennas that will go up Saturday morning.

   We will need all hands on deck Saturday morning for antenna raising and setting up the radios in the operating building. Suggested arrival time is 9AM Saturday, June 27.   With an early start, we should be able to relax with lunch prior to the 2 PM start. Our location is mapped on the ARRL Field Day site locator and all are welcome at any time over the FD weekend to participate.

   Speaking of lunch, Commissary Captain Mike KB1RFJ, aka “Captain Cook” (not to be confused with the historical figure) – with sous chef Joan – has an exquisite menu prepared that should make this Field Day memorable. BTW, there is no truth to the rumor that Mike hired a French chef.

A word about operating goals. We are a contest club. We aim to be competitive. We will make a lot of contacts. At the same time we will have assistance available to anyone needing help to gain familiarity with the radio or logging program. There will be an operating schedule.

   Did I mention the raffle? Oh, more on that later.

   I urge you to attend the meeting this Saturday – June 20th – to tidy up any last minute details. Please try to make it: 10 AM North Kingstown Free Library in Wickford.

   73! — John, W1XX, Field Day Chairman                                                       6/15/2015

2015 ARRL June VHF Contest Results
2015 ARRL June VHF Contest Results avatar

This is the next-to-last contest in the CTRI Champions competition for the 2014-2015 contest season. To have your score recorded, please post your results here by leaving a reply to this posting. I will be publishing the Leaderboard in the next 7 to 10 days.

Ken K3IU
Keeper of the CTRI Champions Leaderboard

CTRI Meeting Schedule / Contest Calendar 2015
CTRI Meeting Schedule / Contest Calendar 2015 avatar


Attached is the CTRI Contest Group Meeting Schedule / Contest Calendar for the balance of 2015.  All meetings will be held at the North Kingstown Free Library at 100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, RI 02852.  For all meetings the Main Floor Conference Room has been reserved from 1000 to 1300.  Note that two (2) of the previously posted meeting dates have been rescheduled due to Library availability.

Summary schedule:

June 20

July 11

August 8

September 19

October 10

November 14

December – No meeting scheduled


73 James K1SD


CTRI 2015 Meeting Schedule 6.13.2015

2014 CQWW VHF Contest Winner
2014 CQWW VHF Contest Winner avatar

Today I received in the mail a Certificate from CQ saying that I took First Place, Single Op, 6 Meters in Rhode island. That’s two years in a row! I accomplished this wondrous feat with only 25 QSOs and 17 Grids for a total of 425 points.

I just love wallpaper! hehehehe…

73, Ken K3IU