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New England QSO Party - http://www.neqp.org - May 5-6, 2018

Subject: NEQP 2017 and 2018
Date: 04/01/18 12:24:04 PM
From: Tom Frenaye, K1KI
To: New England clubs

I'd appreciate your help in publicizing the upcoming New England QSO Party on May 5th and 6th. Please mention it at your next club meeting and in your newsletter.

The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries. You'll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.

We're working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help.Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun.Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties. Will you be QRV? Let us know which county you'll be on from with a message to info@neqp.org

Oh yes, the NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile.Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again. It's amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do.

The QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep Saturday night.It goes from 4pm Saturday until 1am Sunday, then 9am Sunday until 8pm Sunday.Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters. For each QSO you'll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state. Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate.

Last year we had logs from 177 New England stations and 460 more from around the country and world.

The full NEQP rules are here -> http://www.neqp.org/rules.html

The 2017 results are posted and the results since 2002 are also available -> http://www.neqp.org/results.html

It's just about a month until the 2018 NEQP. Please make some QSOs even if you don't want to send in a log.

Thanks!

73 Tom/K1KI

Hams Needed for Bloomin' Metric, May 20, 2018

The Bloomin' Metric is the premier public service event in southern Fairfield County. It is a bicycle ride (not race) put on by the Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club every May with proceeds going to a number of local charities. There are typically about 2600 riders (including "ride marshals"). The ride offers a number of routes, all departing from Sherwood Island State Park, and some going as far north as the Redding/Newtown border.

Hams provide radio communications for a small fleet of support vehicles, as well as radio communications to the rest stops. We have a ham in every support vehicle maintaining radio contact back to Sherwood Island. We direct the operations of the support vehicles to keep the routes under patrol, and handle the communications with riders if they call in to the event's help line because they need assistance (typically mechanical breakdowns). We have been providing communications for this event for close to 30 years and have an excellent working relationship with the event organizers.

We need ham volunteers for the event. Figure it as a most-of-the-day event. We generally meet at Sherwood Island at about 7am. While most people are done by about 1pm, some people wind up staying until about 3pm to take care of the last of stragglers. We need 18-20 hams. If you can't do 7am-1pm, but can do part of the time, we can probably use you.

You do not need to be an experienced ham or experienced in this kind of work to participate. We will train you on whatever you need to know. It helps if you have a 25 or 50 watt mobile radio and a magnetic mount antenna, but if you don't have one we will provide one.

Please contact me at jon.perelstein AT gmail DOT com if you're interested.

73,
Jon, AI1V

I would like to add that this is an excellent way to practice your communications skills. There has been some chatter lately from people who think ARES needs to get its act together in Region 1, and that people want to participate in training and drills. Well, here you go. In region 1, ham radio's primary service to the public is supporting these events, and we do more of them than other regions. Public service is not sitting at home checking into the snow desk or weekly nets. Bike rides, running races, Boy Scout events, kayak races are high visibility public events for hams. And they are a ton of fun. (Not to mention, there is usually free food and a T-shirt.)

This is one reason why the FCC gives us frequencies, and towns give us space for our clubs.

So you have two months advance notice. Please participate in these signature events for Fairfield county ham clubs. No experience is necessary, the organizers will pair you up with someone if needed.

73,
Paul Lourd WB2JVB
Region 1 DEC