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.