Greetings ARRL members and friends: It is officially spring and as is so often the case, our weather still feels like it’s winter. As I’m starting to prepare this April report, there are blizzard warnings over nearly all of the northern states from Idaho to the Great Lakes. That hardly sounds like spring. Local bird watchers are reporting a lack of normal warmer weather birds. All New Englanders know that one day in the not too distant future, they will wake up and Alexa will tell them that it’s 73 degrees. That’s just the way it rolls. An unmistakable sign of spring is the New England QSO Party which takes place this year on the weekend of May 4th/5th . The committee is 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 Tom, K1KI 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 may earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate. Last year they had logs from 166 New England stations and 387 more from around the country and world. The full NEQP rules are here -> http://www.neqp.org/rules.html . The 2018 results are posted (and the results since 2002 are also available)  http://www.neqp.org/results.html . As many of you know, the National Weather Service is hosting a Hurricane Awareness Tour that is coming to RI, at Quonset Point Airfield on Monday May 6th... Our membership, will provide communications support for the first Hurricane Awareness Tour to visit New England in 11 yrs. We need as many volunteers as we can muster. Tasks include making contact with the National Hurricane Center on HF, guiding visitors to planes, to exhibits, controlling flow of visitors through the demonstrations, and at least one net control station for VHF. We will have at least one VHF Station set up for local communications, and one HF Station set up for comms with the NHC . We need volunteers to arrive by 8AM. Bring your HT. We are seeking as members as we can muster. I realize this is a weekday, and many of us work. But I do hope we can a good number of you to support this event. Please reply to n1psx@hollowsolids.com with your availability. Thank you on behalf of RI ARES. Paul Silverzweig, N1PSX, RI Section Emergency Coordinator. Well, the two activities above will take care of May 4,5 and 6. That leaves the rest of the month to get your spring household chores finished. I’m rushing as much information down into my report as I can now because I leave in the morning for a DX Convention in California. I’ll be back in RI on the 16th and will finish and publish this report then, but if I can get most of it done now, my task next week will be lighter. Let’s hope that I’m able to bring some California sunshine back with me. Well, I succeeded. I returned on the 16th to bright sunshine but still rather cold windy weather. California was warm with temps in the high 70s. The DX Convention was great as usual and I met many old friends. The Dayton Hamvention is next month and I imagine that some of you will attend. I wish you all a safe trip and a very good time in Xenia. I hope that the standard Dayton rain holds off for Hamvention week. Scientists charged with predicting the Sun’s activity for the next 11-year solar cycle say that it’s likely to be weak, much like the current one. The current solar cycle, Cycle 24, is declining and predicted to reach solar minimum - the period when the Sun is least active - late in 2019 or 2020. Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel experts said Solar Cycle 25 may have a slow start, but is anticipated to peak with solar maximum occurring between 2023 and 2026, and a sunspot range of 95 to 130. This is well below the average number of sunspots, which typically ranges from 140 to 220 sunspots per solar cycle. The panel has high confidence that the coming cycle should break the trend of weakening solar activity seen over the past four cycles. “We expect Solar Cycle 25 will be very similar to Cycle 24: another fairly weak cycle, preceded by a long, deep minimum,” said panel co-chair Lisa Upton, Ph.D., solar physicist with Space Systems Research Corp. “The expectation that Cycle 25 will be comparable in size to Cycle 24 means that the steady decline in solar cycle amplitude, seen from cycles 21-24, has come to an end and that there is no indication that we are currently approaching a Maunder-type minimum.” The preceding two paragraphs came from National Weather News of April 5th. You may read more at https://www.weather.gov/news/190504-sun-activity-in-solar-cycle . The science of observing and predicting solar activity is rather imprecise to say the least, so we shouldn’t bet the farm on the precision of this information. But all HF operators know that band conditions have been poor. If you haven’t switched to using FT-8, you probably should consider doing so. It may be the only way to fill your log book for a while. You will likely be reading this after Easter, so I hope you all had a wonderful and happy Easter, despite the less than ideal weather. See you in the New England QSO Party coming up on the first weekend in May. 73, -------------------------------------------------------------------- ARRL Rhode Island Section Section Manager: Robert G Beaudet, W1YRC w1yrc@arrl.org --------------------------------

Steve Hodell , Silent Key, August 19, 2017

Steve Hodell KA1RCI passed away on August 19. 2017. For those who do not know, Steve created and maintained at his own expense the Statewide KA1RCI repeater network that so many of us use and take for granted, with repeaters on 2m, 70cm, 1.25m, 6m and 10m. These were additionally linked to repeaters out of state, giving access to MA and CT as well as EchoLink. and on Sunday August 20 Paul N1PSX held a last call for Steve on ka1rci repeater network, at 8:00 pm. There were many check ins into this last call.

Our condolences to the Hodell Family, His wife Sandy Hodell, ka1rxb. And Steve’s Mom, Janice Hodell.

I would like to post this prayer I found online, for the family,

He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb. So He closed your weary eyelids, and whispered: “Peace be thine”. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. Irish funeral prayer

Info: about Steve is copied from a face book post from Paul n1psx.

Prayer is posted by Dan ka1bno , NCS for the RI Swap & Sell Net.

Go Fund me for Steve Hodell, KA1RCI/sk

Hi All,

As most will know by now, Steve Hodell (KA1RCI) lost a long battle with male breast cancer last week. Steve had a relentless passion for building the KA1RCI Repeater Network that provides state-wide communication across Rhode Island, and then some, and it was all at his personal expense. Steve put in countless hours, dollars, and unrelenting dedication to this cause that has touched so many over the last 2+ decades. Steve asked that there be no memorial service, but he will be eternally memorialized at the headquarters of the American Radio Relay League in Newington CT with a little help from his friends. Please share because he would be ultimately honored knowing this was done for him.


Roland – N1JOY