ARRL Sweepstakes Contest Begins Saturday
ARRL Sweepstakes Contest Begins Saturday avatar

The October CTRI meeting was held at the W1XX QTH in South Kingstown on the 13th.  After a successful raising of the 160 meter vertical (Thank you!), a regular meeting was held.

From time to time, CTRI has made a special group effort in selected contests.  1.5 million points (a record) in the New England QSO Party (2011) and the 10 Meter Contest come to mind.  The reception to try this again in the ARRL Sweepstakes was somewhat lukewarm but some indicated their intention to give it a go.

Sweepstakes — CW on Nov. 3 – 4 and Phone on Nov. 17 – 18 — is the granddaddy of contests.  I think this is the 80th running.  If CW is not your thing, then give phone a shot.  I’ll be in there on both.

An N1MM+ reminder:  enter the data in pairs like 39A and 61RI.  That way there is no ambiguity between QSO number and the check (year first licensed).  Review the rules on the ARRL website.

N1MM+ has become the de facto default logging program. If you need help, Ken, K3IU, has volunteered to be our “N1MM Resource Person” [kenk3iu AT cox DOT net]. He helped me immensely in transitioning from TRLog a few years back. Ken suggests you reference the on-line N1MM+ manual.

More meeting happenings:  Discussion touched on the New England director election, VP6D, Field Day, and oh, yes club elections.  Newly elected:  John, W1XX, President;  Bill, W1WBB, VP;  Mike, NG1M, Secy/Treasurer; Charlie, K1ECU, Contest Mgr.;  Jim,. KS1J, Recording Secy.




Antenna Party
Mike Visich

FINALLY – after FOUR LONG YEARS – going to raise my WRTC2014 Antenna!!


Plan is for this SATURDAY Nov 3 at 10AM – giving those whose who are planning to participate in ARRL Sweepstakes Contest, CW (which starts at 2100Z or 5PM) plenty of time to get home.


Please let me know if you will be attending so I can plan food, etc.


31 White Falls Trail, Wakefield RI   CELL:  401-714-2753


Hope to see you there!

73  Mike NG1M

CQ WW DX SSB This Weekend at W1AN
CQ WW DX SSB This Weekend at W1AN avatar

My work schedule has kept me very busy. I haven’t been able to prepare the shack for the upcoming test. Nor have I been able to track down the source of the S9 noise. It, however, has diminished a bit. Perhaps by Saturday PM I can start limited operation. So if you have plans on operating here it will need to be Saturday evening or Sunday. Let me know. I hope to have all ready by then.
John W1AN

VP6D avatar

Usually I have to wait to the final days of a big expedition, but I saw W1XX’s spot on 40 cw this morning and I actually worked them with 10w to a wire.  6:40 local. Huge signal, great op, and the pileup was behaving.     If I can, anybody can!  tnx John–

Dave K1SX

Contest Season Kickoff Meeting @ W1XX Saturday Oct. 13
Contest Season Kickoff Meeting @ W1XX Saturday Oct. 13 avatar

The fall/winter contest season kicked off last weekend  with the CQ WW RTTY Contest.  It’s just the start with the CQ DX SSB the end of the month and Sweepstakes in November plus several more to follow.

To energize activity, our November CTRI club meeting is this coming Saturday, October 13, hosted by W1XX at his South Kingstown hilltop QTH ( 48 Shannock Rd.) Nominal meeting time is 9 AM.

But after two weather-foiled attempts by the club to help raise my 160 vertical antenna, an early 8:30 AM arrival is requested to finalize the project.  It has been blocking the top of my driveway now for two months, so anything short of a tornado, it’s going up…with much thanks to the club!  Parking suggested on Shannock Road…I can shuttle anyone needing assistance (call 783-1588).

Primary AGENDA item  as indicated by Prez Pat NG1G:  ELECTION OF OFFICERS.  Self-preservation dictates attendance.  Luncheon provided.

Guests and prospective members always welcome.  Posting your attendance plans under comments would be appreciated.  73!

CQWW RTTY — K3IU avatar

 CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY
Call: K3IU
Operator(s): K3IU
Station: K3IU
Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 2.5

                    CQ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY

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

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 2.5

 Band  QSOs  State/Prov  DX  Zones
   40:  26       19       2     3
   20:  56        3      28     6
   15:  14        0      11     7
Total:  96       22      41    16  Total Score = 18,328

Club: CT RI Contest Group

Minimal effort from here. I just can't seem to keep my butt in the chair as long as I used to.

CQWW RTTY – K1JSM avatar

Call: K1JSM
Operator(s): K1JSM
Station: K1JSM

Operating Time (hrs): 20
Location: USA
Club: CT RI Contest Group


Band	QSOs	
40:	61	
20:	214	
Total:	275		Total Score	92,655