QSO Today Ham Radio Expo, online!

posted Jul 30, 2020, 6:53 AM by Greg Fitch

Participate in this ground breaking, virtual international amateur radio expo. Packed with world renowned speakers, exhibitors, and special conference rooms built on a virtual reality platform. Attend from the convenience of your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Coming to your laptop, tablet, and smartphone on: 
​ August 8 and 9, 2020
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2020 W1 SOTA CAMPOUT

posted Jun 3, 2020, 5:54 AM by Greg Fitch


W1 SOTA Campout 2020

July 17th Friday  to July 20th Tuesday, 2020

We had a great time camping and activating the past two years with SOTA operators from NH, Maine, CT, VT and SC.  This is an opportunity for those who participate in or have interest in the “Summits on the Air” SOTA program to meet each other, have conversation, learn and activate SOTA summits in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Join in for the entire three night campout or for as many nights as you can or just stop by for a while, it is an informal gathering.

Please email me at: bobac1z.nh@gmail.com to let me know which site you reserve or if you are interested in stopping by or joining others for dinner at Fabyan’s Restaurant July 18th 6:30pm.

Bob AC1Z Alton, NH 

Location:  Sugarloaf 2 Campground 

This is a rustic campground that has both tent and small RV sites.  Some sites can be reserved and others are a walk-in first come first serve basis.  Half price with senior pass.

Information:  (603)536-6100 White Mountain National Forest U.S. Forest Service

Reservations:

This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at Recreation.gov

Fees

$20 fee includes site and 1 vehicle. A $5.00 additional fee charged for a 2nd vehicle

Open Season:

mid-May - mid-October

Closest Towns:

Twin Mountain, NH

Water:

Handpump

Restroom:

Vault Toilet

Operated By:

Pro-Sport, Inc

 

See Web sites below for more info and reservations on campground:

www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whitemountain/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=74733&actid=29

www.recreation.gov/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70394

GPS Coordinates: 44.25806, -71.50444 or 44°15'29"N, 71°30'16"W

Note: There are two other campsites- Sugarloaf 1 located within walking distance next to Sugarloaf 2 and Zealand a short distance down the road. Full hookup sites campgrounds within 15 minute drive at Amonoosuc Campground Twin Mountain, NH 03595 Phone: 603.846.5527and Beech Hill CampgroundTwin Mountain, NH 03595 Phone: 603-846-5521.

 

Activities include

SOTA Activating during the Day - July 17th to 20th, 2020 – Let others know your activation plans for Summit to Summits.

Friday July 17th – Initial gathering, conversation, campfire, Food and Drink at 6:30pm.  Bring your favorite SOTA gear, pictures, videos, etc. to share with others.

Saturday July 18th - Meet at Fabyan’s Restaurant for dinner at 6:30pm.  Located 10 minutes from Sugarloaf 2 campground.

Sunday July 19th and Monday July 20th  -  More SOTA Activating and gatherings. 

Some SOTA Summits near Sugarloaf 2 Campground

All suggested trails are designated and maintained except as noted.  Other trails or ways to summits are possible.

Listed in order of driving time from campground to parking - source: Google maps:

  • Mt. Hale – W1/HA-157-10 points – 8 minute Drive to Hale Brook Trailhead – Hale Brook Trail 2.2 miles to summit 4054ft. - Elevation Gain 2200ft -No view at summit but large open area where a tower was easy to set up antenna.
  • Mt Field -W1-HA-018-10 points - 11 min drive to parking lot next to AMC Highland Center Trailhead across railroad tracks - Avalon trail 2.7 miles to summit 4340 ft. -Elevation Gain 2640 ft. – View at lookout and small open area for antenna.
  • Mt. Martha-W1/HA-020- 6 points – 12 minute drive to Cherry Mtn Trail 1.8mile hike to summit 3563 ft. – Elevation Gain 1800 ft. – Open area at summit with nice view of Mt. Washington.

Plus more, for more info contact AC1Z

Wednesday Zoom Meetings

posted Jun 3, 2020, 5:49 AM by Greg Fitch


The White Mountain Amateur Radio Club has been meeting Wednesday nights at 7pm using ZOOM.  For more info go to zoom.us, sign up for an account and download the program or app. 

These are informal meetings just to keep us in touch with each other during the lock down and maybe beyond.  Sometimes there are topics, jokes, questions - sometimes not.  It has been a great way to stay in touch with each other in addition to our weekly radio nets.

To get invites to the weekly meeting please sign up for our mailing list on our home page.

Club Dues

posted Apr 24, 2020, 12:55 PM by Greg Fitch   [ updated Apr 24, 2020, 1:16 PM ]


Thank you for your interest in supporting the White Mountain Amateur Radio Club.
Please use the "donate" button below to support us.

    Associate member   $10
    Student                     $12
    Individual                  $16
    Family                       $24

                             https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=S6YBYSDDSFBJQ&currency_code=USD&source=url

Any donations are accepted.  The club maintains several repeaters on Mt Cranmore and Mt Washington.  We are a non-profit organization and most of what we do is done voluntarily by club members but we still have to pay for parts, electricity and the occasional professional.  If you can please help out.

March Meeting, EZNEC Antenna Modeling

posted Mar 11, 2020, 2:51 PM by Greg Fitch   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 2:53 PM ]

The White Mountain Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting this month will be on the antenna modeling program EZNEC.  EZNEC is an antenna modeling program by W7EL.  The program is a paid program but there is a free demo version that is mostly fully functional.  To check out EZNEC click 
here.

This will be our first ever presentation via SKYPE.  Greg, WA1JXR, is an ARRL section manager and Technical Coordinator for the Western Massachusetts section. 

White Mountain Radio Club Holiday Gathering

posted Dec 4, 2019, 4:40 PM by Greg Fitch

Our annual holiday party/pot luck dinner and yankee swap will be Thursday December 12th at 6pm in the Ham Community room at the Conway Memorial Library.

November 14th club meeting

posted Oct 15, 2019, 3:25 AM by Greg Fitch

The White Mountain Amateur Radio Club meeting will be held at the Weather Discovery Center. Main street in North Conway, across for the Eastern Slop Inn. Early Birds 5:30 PM meeting starts at 6:00. 
This month the guess speaker will be Dan Szczesny.


White Mountain Amateur Radio at Rail Fans Weekend

posted Aug 29, 2019, 5:13 AM by Greg Fitch   [ updated Aug 29, 2019, 5:14 AM ]

Rail Fans Weekend - Sunday Semptember 1st in Schouler Park

The White Mountain Amateur Radio Club has been asked to be present for the Rail Fans weekend and swapmeet.  More info about the Railfans Weekend is available here.

We will be setup and on the air with HF, VHF/UHF, Echolink and DMR.  The goal is to showcase our club and amateur radio.  If you would like to join us for a period of time to get on the air or just to stop by please do!  

A few things to remember:

  • Wear your name tag, it makes us more approachable
  • We use a lot of words and phrases that may be unfamiliar to non-hams, try to speak non-ham
  • Dress presentably - no torn or greasy jeans etc.  We will be what people see as a representative ham
  • Have fun, this is why most of us play radio, and make some contacts

Hope to see y'all Sunday!


August 8th 2019 club meeting

posted Aug 6, 2019, 3:17 AM by Greg Fitch   [ updated Aug 6, 2019, 4:50 AM ]

NZ1Q, Ed Earny

The presentation at this months club meeting will be Antenna Analyzers: What they are and What they can do.
Ed, NZ1Q will tell us about what's inside an antenna analyzer and handy measurements it can do for us in the shack and in the field.  Besides measuring SWR and finding resonant frequency, the typical analyzer can tell us a lot about our coax cables and can be used for many other measurements. In addition to a short slide deck, Ed will demonstrate several measurements.  If you have an analyzer, bring it along if you would like to say a few words about what type it is and how you use it.

Meeting at the Conway Public Library
Down stairs in the Ham Community Room
Early birds 5:30 meeting starts at 6:00 


July Meeting

posted Jul 10, 2019, 4:16 AM by Greg Fitch

Grounding Essentials For The Shack

This months meeting of the White Mountain Amateur Radio Club will be a presentation by Ed Earny, NZ1Q.  Ed's QTH is St. Petersburg, FL but spends some time with us in FN44 during the summer.

Ed is a great speaker and a great resource for all things ham!

The topic is super relevant as we are in thunderstorm season.  Lightning, AC safety ground and RF grounds - what's the difference, what's important about each, best practices with shack/antenna ground system examples.  Also, a few facts about lightning that gives us a better chance of protecting our equipment form a direct hit or near-by electro magnetic pulse (EMP). 

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