FROM BOB W1YRC JULY

Greetings ARRL members and friends,

Over the July 4th weekend, specifically July 1st through the 7th, an
on-air operating event took place to honor the 13 Colonies and other
special contributors. See http://www.13colonies.us/ . This fun event
takes place every year, the brainchild of Ken Villone, KU2US several
years ago. The object is to contact each of the thirteen original
colonies and three special bonus stations: the Liberty Bell in
Philadelphia, a British station in the United Kingdom and a station
commemorating the tall ships in France. Participating stations may use
any combination of popular modes; SSB, CW, any digital mode and
satellite. Object stations are assigned special call signs, detailed on
their website. In RI, our station was K2C and 8 different operators were
active from their homes using that call sign. Collectively, they made
12,665 contacts in North America and with DX stations. Chris W1KMA
served as Team Manager and did a great job for us. He has done this
several times. I worked all 13 colonies and the 3 bonus stations all on
FT8. My friend Bernie KD5QHV in El Paso, TX managed to do it on every
mode, SSB, CW and FT8. That is a fairly difficult task. Bernie is a
former RIer and a current member of BVARC. 

’m sorry that I couldn’t make my regular tour of RI Field Day
sites. It was too much for me this year. I’m hoping to make the tour
again next year. 

From what I have heard, the regulars at Newport, BVARC, ARASNE, PRA,
Fidelity and other clubs logged an impressive pile of contacts. Most
importantly, everyone had fun, the weather was favorable and band
conditions cooperated. Thanks to all. Logs submitted to ARRL so far as
of the time I compiled this report, totaled more than 4,800, mostly
Class D, Home stations.   

In September, we will have an election to select a New England ARRL
Director. Incumbent Fred Hopengarten K1VR will be running for
re-election and two other candidates will also be competing for the
post. Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC and previous Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI will
also be seeking to win the seat for New England.   ARRL members will be
sent ballots in September. Please consider your vote as a most important
one and be sure to send your completed ballot in to ARRL promptly.

Also in September, don’t forget to take part in the Marlborough
Northeast HamXposition to be held September 10-11-12. Check their
website for registration details and program information.
https://hamxposition.org/ . This will be the same NE Convention that was
previously held in Boxborough, just a couple more exits further north on
Rte. 495. I’m looking forward to seeing you there in person, not via
Zoom. 

The Surftown Half Marathon and 5K will be held in Westerly on September
12th. As in the past, Jim Creamer, KB1MAO and his Westerly Amateur Radio
Team will provide communications along the route along the ocean front
streets of Misquamicut Beach and Watch Hill, RI. The Surftown Half
Marathon is a spectacular beach race featuring stunning ocean views!
Fast and flat, the 13.1 mile half marathon is a great destination race
with live entertainment on the course, pace teams and a well-marked
route with timing clocks, fluid stations and support on the course. The
Surftown Half Marathon is a favorite of many runners, about 2,800
participants every year. Jim needs volunteers to make this task work. If
you are able to provide help to Jim for this worthy task, please contact
him directly at 401-596-2720 or his cell phone at 401-864-4510. The
Hartford Marathon Foundation’s web address for the event is
https://www.hartfordmarathon.com/surftown-half-marathon-5k/ .
The RI ARES team will be holding its annual picnic at Beavertail
lighthouse on August 7th. Contact your ARES DEC or EC or Paul, W1PJS our
Section Emergency Coordinator for details. Paul’s e mail address is
w1pjs@hollowsolids.com . 

HF band conditions are improving although I know that some will disagree
with my assessment because improvement is very gradual and not dramatic.
We have experienced a few impressive openings on 6 meters into Europe,
So America and the Pacific. In addition to about 50 entities, I managed
to bag an FT8 contact with Japan on 6 meters. 12 and 10 meters have also
shown some two- and three-thousand-mile openings. Of course, these have
been occasional, not the rule. Sunspot Cycle 25 is just starting to make
itself felt in world-wide propagation. Band conditions will continue
improving. Summer also gives us sporadic E openings on 6 meters. These
openings can take place at most any time of day or night. 

The BVARC Consortium meetings at the Asia Grille in Lincoln were halted
last year because of the Covid-19 issue. It was about to start its 15th
year of conducting popular basic radio and electronics classes. These
classes were open to all at no cost to attendees. Just last week, I
received a phone call from the restaurant’s manager to inform me that
even though we had been holding out hope that classes could be resumed,
the restaurant cannot accommodate it. Their main problem is their
difficulty in finding adequate staff to provide service. Of course, we
know that is a wide-spread problem all over the country. 

Don’t overlook the New England website, https://nediv.arrl.org/ .
Material is added and updated regularly. It’s a good way to learn what
is happening around the New England Division. Vice Director Phil Temples
K9HI writes much of the material that is posted. 

In our area, we are coming out of the pandemic restrictions that were
imposed upon us a year and a half ago. We’re happy for that, but we
all must still be careful. Covid-19 has not disappeared or moved away.
In many states, folks have learned how to control it and live relatively
normal lives. However, recent news illustrates how dangerous Covid-19
remains. Some areas of the country have had to return to wearing masks
and observing distancing rules. As was said long ago, we are not out of
the woods yet. Those who don’t observe sensible behavior will endanger
the rest of us. We’re all in this thing and must work together if we
hope to return to normal. 

f your club is planning a special event that you would like to let
folks in RI know about, please contact me with details and I’ll try to
include your information in my monthly Activity Report which is sent to
every ARRL member in RI who checks the preference box in his/her member
profile stating that he/she wishes to receive e mail from the Director
or Section Manager, about 350 people. 
Stay well and stay safe

73

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ARRL Rhode Island Section
Section Manager: Robert G Beaudet, W1YRC
w1yrc@arrl.org
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