FROM BOB W1YRC APRIL 2022

Greetings ARRL members and friends, 

Welcome to spring. I truly believe that we are forced to endure winter
just so we can appreciate spring. Weather is nearly perfect and we can
enjoy it while we repair our antennas.

The following is information from Tom Frenaye, K1KI. Tom is chairman of
the New England QSO Party or NEQP. Where ever you are in New England,
you can create a pile up simply by announcing your presence with a
simple “CQ NEQP, this is (your call) in New England”. 

The New England QSO Party on May 7th and 8th 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. 

NEQP’s goal is to get every one of the 67 counties in New England on
the air so we hope you will encourage your friends to join in the fun!
Even if you can join the fun for a couple of hours, we’d appreciate it!
Will you be QRV? Let us know with a message to info@neqp.org . 

The New England QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with
a civilized break for sleep on Saturday night.  It runs from 4 pm
Saturday until 1 am Sunday, then 9 am Sunday until 8 pm Sunday.  Operate
on CW, SSB and/or 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 sends in a log with 25 or
more QSOs will get a certificate.  The goal is to work stations anywhere
in the world – and their goal is to work New England stations, so you’ll
be very popular! Last year we had logs from 947 stations from around the
country and world. The full rules are here -> https://neqp.org/rules/

The full 2021 results were posted last month –
https://neqp.org/2021-new-england-qso-party/ .
Field Day planning is going on in our clubs. I hope to be able to tour
the FD sites this year, something I have been unable to do for the last
few years. Please let me know if your club will be setting up a Field
Day operation this year. 

June 12th will mark the 250th anniversary of the burning of HMS Gaspee
in Narragansett Bay. Informed historians know that this event signaled
the first shots of the American Revolution which ended on July 4th, 1776
when our beloved country was born. Folks in Massachusetts like to say
that the Boston Tea Party rang the starting bell, but we know that the
Gaspee burning took place a year and a half earlier. That sent the
message to Britain.

Several hams under the leadership of Ken N1RGK are putting a program
together, working with and augmenting the program being carried forward
by the Gaspee Days Committee. Special calls W1G and K1G will be on the
air and the BVARC club will set up a station at the site of the Gaspee
burning. Our team is working in close partnership with the Gaspee Days
committee. A beautiful certificate and QSL card has been designed by
Teri, W1PUP. All you need is to work both W1G and K1G, any mode or time
during their operation and you will receive your certificate. See
website http://www.w1ddd.org/gaspeedays.html for more details. 

Radio Frequency Interference or RFI is something that everyone who
operates a radio has experienced. In some cases, it has kept Amateurs
off the air because it is so severe. The New England Asst Director, Rob,
K1UI is leading an effort to recruit an RFI team. To do this, Rob needs
volunteers from every section. If you are interested in serving your
fellow operators by tracing sources of RFI, please send an e mail note
with your qualifications to Rob at k1ui@arrl.net . You may also review
an RFI troubleshooting guide at
https://nediv.arrl.org/rfi-troubleshooting-guide/  . 


HF bands continue to improve slowly as we climb up the leading slope of
Cycle 25. 10 and 12 meter bands are open most of the time to somewhere.
15 and 17 meters have been open on occasion for round the world
contacts. Some long path propagation has shown itself as well. These are
all good signs of better things to come. 

The ARRL Board has started discussions regarding the new club grant
program which was announced in January. Starting in April, clubs will be
able to apply for these grants by filing a form available on the ARRL
website. More details at
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-foundation-to-create-club-grants-program .

The Covid-19 bug found me last month. I’m over it now and feel fine. I
never had a fever, cough, aches or other common problems. I did lose any
sense of taste or smell and had a stuffed nose for a few weeks. My
doctor prescribed Paxlovid by Pfizer, made available under an Emergency
Use Authorization. I never learned what it was supposed to do except
make me feel a lot better. In any event, I was isolated for five days
during which I was on the air from dawn to midnight. I have received all
my vaccinations and boosters. Please stay well and be very careful.
It’s not much fun to deal with Covid. 

I’m still looking to fill the post of Section Government Liaison
(SGL). See last month’s report and
http://www.arrl.org/state-government-liaison . Someone who regularly
follows state legislative affairs is the person I need.

Finally, if your club is planning to set up a Field Day operation in the
field, kindly let me know where it will be. Thank you. 
73,


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