New England QSO Party, May 5-6, 2018

New England statesTom Frenaye, K1KI writes:

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

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 4 PM Saturday until 1 AM Sunday, then 9 AM Sunday until 8 PM 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 can be found at

The 2017 results are posted and the results since 2002 are also available  at

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.

Household Hazardous Material Collection Day, April 14

AARC logoEric Williams, KV1J writes on the Algonquin ARC list:

In two weeks we will be supporting the semi-annual Household Hazardous
Collections Day.  This is a joint Hudson and Marlborough event.
See –

We need about 10 volunteers to help support the event.  Our support is a
joint Radio Club and Emergency Management Team effort.  We will be using the
Emergency Management UHF portables (new for this year).  So  open to all to
use the radios.  For those with a ham license, please bring a UHF walkie on
the N1EM repeater output-simplex frequency if you have one.  This will be as
a backup.

The event is open to residents from 9 AM to 1 PM and we start at 8 AM to
setup and handle the early bird customers.  Good to be there right at 8 AM
since the customers start lining up soon after that.   Same place as before
– the Marlborough Easterly Treatment Plant, 860 Boston Post Rd East.  This
is RT 20, behind the Half Way Café, not far from Home Depot.  When you go
down the access road, go past the scale, staying straight, and park near the
cell tower.

Please let me know if you can help out.  So far I have: Ann, KA1PON; Joe,
KA1GDQ; Rich, W1IBN; Frank, K1 IX, and myself.

Thank you in advance and Happy Holiday.