Greetings ARRL members and friends,
The 100th anniversary of the establishment of radio station WBZ will
take place in September. The Billerica (MA) Amateur Radio Society, along
with the Hampden County Radio Association in Springfield, MA will be
commemorating WBZ’s 100th anniversary by conducting a special operating
event starting at
1300z/9:00 am EDT September 17 and ending at 0400z/12 am EDT on
September 19. Amateurs using the callsigns W1W, W1B, W1Z, and WB1Z will
make two-way contact with other amateurs across all bands on SSB, AM,
CW, and digital modes. A special QSL card will be sent to anyone who
contacts one or more of the special event stations and sends a card
accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. A historical
sheet will also be available for download. Volunteer operators are being
sought. If you might be interested in operating one of the special
stations, please contact Larry Krainson, W1AST, at email@example.com.
Seeking New England operators only at this time. More information on
this event at https://nediv.arrl.org/wbz100/ .
VE exams are being offered at 9 AM on August 14th by Blackstone Valley
ARC at Our Savior’s Parish, 500 Smithfield Rd, Route 146A, Woonsocket.
Download form 605 from the ARRL website
and fill in with your name, address and what you are seeking. Bring it
along with other required items to the exam session.
Exams are also being offered by the Newport County ARC on September 11th
at St Lucy’s Catholic Church, 909 W Main Rd. Middletown. Bring a
completed form 605 form, shown above. Pre-registration at www.W1SYE.org
Dave Arruzza, W1CTN and his wife Nancy of nearby Ansonia CT. lost their
home to a fire on July 1st. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help
Personally, I can identify with Dave and Nancy. My wife Barbara and I
lost our home to a fire in August, 1992. Logs, QSLs, equipment and just
about everything else was destroyed. It was terrible.
The Consortium which was conducted at the Asia Grille by members of
BVARC was halted last year because of Covid restrictions after 14 years
of operation. The Consortium provided basic radio training, the sort of
basic learning that we old timers obtained while studying to obtain our
licenses. The made-easy methods of learning material needed to pass Tech
through Extra tests did so without teaching much regarding why things
worked as they did. I’m pleased to report the return of the
Consortium. Unfortunately, the Asia Grille cannot accommodate us due to
some internal logistical problems at the present time but the Manville
Sportsmen’s Club, 250 High St, Manville is willing to provide us with
quarters for October, November and December. It will be determined at
the end of that period how and where the Consortium will continue.
During the Covid time out, study material was provided by e mail, which
is not as beneficial but is useful and hopefully welcome.
A new RF safety regulation issued by FCC requires us to measure our
transmitting capabilities to assure that we are in compliance. A simple
to use free calculator is available on the ARRL website
Please use this to measure your RF exposure. Keep a copy of the results
with your station records. You do not need to send a copy to FCC.
The New England Division Convention is fast approaching. Their website
is open and we may purchase registration tickets on line at
I have registered and hope to see many fellow RI Amateurs at this great
event. It will be a live convention, much better than the virtual
meetings that Covid forced us into.
Our Section Emergency Coordinator, Paul W1PJS along with two of his ECs,
Scott Tillotson WX1X and Sean McGrath W1SMM were guests of the
Providence Radio Association (PRA) and presented what ARES is doing for
RI and the communities these days. Paul would be happy to visit your
club meeting and make a similar presentation. You may contact Paul at
There seems to be some tension existing among the participants planning
the Bouvet Island DXpedition which is planned for late 2022 or early
2023. Read the latest at
The only things we can be sure of at this time is that the Bouvet
operation will take place during our winter in Rhode Island. It’s
their summer on Bouvet. The other sure thing is that we need to stay
tuned because we haven’t heard the last of the plans from the 3Y0
teams. Bouvet is a very rare and wanted DX entity, second in demand only
to North Korea which stands alone in first place as the most wanted.
Thousands of DXers worldwide are ready and anxious to work Bouvet Island
and add it to their DXCC list. What happens next has the attention of
Postal rates are going up for the second time this year. On August 29th,
domestic rates increase from 55 to 58 cents per ounce and international
rates go from $1.20 to $1.30 per ounce. Time to stock up now on
“forever” stamps and save a few pennies on your QSL mailing.
ARRL Rhode Island Section
Section Manager: Robert G Beaudet, W1YRC