April Meeting (virtually) This Thursday, April 8th

posted Apr 6, 2021, 1:52 PM by Greg Fitch   [ updated Apr 6, 2021, 1:52 PM ]

Impedance Measurements & Transmission Lines with Greg Algieri WA1JXR - This Thursday at 7pm on Zoom

The presentation will cover understanding of complex Impedance.
Also give you a visualization of what really happens to the RF in your transmission line.
Finally will close out with a discussion of RF connectors used in Ham Radio

A little bit about our friend Greg Algieri WA1JXR :

First licensed as WN1JXR in 1967. Amateur Radio lead me to pursue a career in Electrical Engineering, earning BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Univ. of R.I. I have worked for Raytheon Co. on RADAR Systems for 42 years as a Senior Principal RF/uW Design Engineer. Retired end 2019.
I’m not a Contester or chase DX, but just a “Rag Chew” QSO operator.
I’m mostly a CW Operator, enjoy QRP Operation. One of the founding members of the NE QRP Club.
I also enjoy refurbishing and operating the old “hollow state” boat anchor tube rigs from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.
Enjoy teaching ham radio license classes and giving talks and seminars on Antennas, Transmission Lines, and Antenna Modeling, Circuit Modeling and Vector Network Analyzer antenna measurements. Enjoy exposing new Ham operators to CW. The first digital mode!

Zoom is easy - go to website zoom.us and setup and account then download program to your computer or install app on your phone or tablet.

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Zoom Meeting Wednesday - Winlink part 2 with K1EHZ

posted Jan 24, 2021, 2:55 PM by Greg Fitch   [ updated Jan 24, 2021, 2:58 PM ]

Jay Taft K1EHZ will be returning this Wednesday, January 27th, to join our Zoom meeting.  This week he will focus on walking us through the Winlink software setup.  If you missed the first Zoom meeting with Jay you can view it on the home page.

If you have not yet downloaded and installed Winlink, please go to https://winlink.org/ and download it.  Follow Downloads>User Programs>Winlink_Express_Install.

For the .pdf file on how to set up Winlink please click here.

Zoom Meeting Wednesday - Winlink with K1EHZ

posted Jan 18, 2021, 4:51 AM by Greg Fitch

This week the WMARC weekly Wednesday Video Meeting will have host Jay Taft K1EHZ.  Jay will be discussing Winlink.  If interested in setting up Winlink or following along with the presentation, please follow these directions to get your computer ready to go.

The Zoom talk on January 20th will include an introduction to Winlink
Global Email, current NH ARES Winlink activities, and getting started
using Winlink.

The training goal of the meeting could be for the group to be able to
use Winlink by Telnet over the internet.

In preparation, participants should go to Winlink.org, then the Download
tab, then User Programs, then Winlink Express install. Install the
program then open Settings and fill in basic information to open a
Winlink email account. The address will be callsign@winlink.org.
Attached is a pdf that provides additional information.

If there is time and interest, we could also go over VHF modes. Several
Winlink modes use the same equipment as FLdigi, so those who are doing
FLdigi have what is needed for Winlink. That said, I find Winlink easier
to learn and use than FLdigi.

To stay informed about club meetings etc please sign up for our mailing list on the home page.

NEAR-Fest XXIX Cancelled!

posted Jan 13, 2021, 4:08 AM by Greg Fitch   [ updated Jan 13, 2021, 4:09 AM ]

January 12th 2021.....


Dear Friends of NEAR-Fest.....

I am sure that just everyone knew this was coming but this makes it is official.

The latest announcement is from the Dayton Amateur Radio Association.....Hamvention 2021 is cancelled.    

Given the current Coronavirus situation with new cases reported every day at astronomical levels (on January 8th there were 7,110 in Mass. alone) and the fact that the vaccination process is running behind schedule we have decided that April 30th/May 1st 2021 is far too soon to hold NEAR-Fest XXIX and guarantee that it will safe for all.  Consequently I have this day notified the Deerfield Fair Association that we have decided to cancel it.

This decision was not taken lightly but it is also a no brainer.  As you know this is the third NEAR - Fest that had to be cancelled because of Covid-19.  The good news is that NEAR-Fest XXX is scheduled for October 15th and 16th, 2021 and, for the first time since this started, I am fully confident this will be our grand “NEAR-Fest Homecoming!”

Advance tickets and parking passes that were sold for NEAR- Fest XXIX will be valid for NEAR-Fest-XXX.  However anyone wanting a full refund may have it.  Email w1rc@near-fest.com for details.

For more information visit http://forum.near-fest.com/index.php?topic=1522.0

Please advise your club/association members.

73 and see you all on October 15th!

Mister Mike, W1RC
Benevolent Dictator
New England Amateur Radio Festival, Inc.

WMARC January 14th Meeting, How to SOTA with the web

posted Jan 3, 2021, 3:58 PM by Greg Fitch   [ updated Jan 3, 2021, 4:00 PM ]

Bob - AC1Z
Bob Daniels - AC1Z is back with a deep dive on SOTA Website(s) Explanation.

This will be a Zoom presentation.  For more information about our Zoom presentations please sign up for our mailing list on the home page.

Thursday January 14th at 7pm on Zoom

  • SOTA Home Page
    • Joining In – Register an Account
    • Intro to Chasing
    • Intro to Activating
  • General Rules
  • W1 Association Reference Manual ARM
    • Summit Operation Criteria
    • Point Bands
    • Seasonal Bonus
  • SOTA Leaflet
  • SOTAWatch3
    • Spotting
      • Spot Settings
    • Adding a Spot
    • Alerting
      • Alert Settings
    • Adding an Alert
  • Logging a Chaser Contact
    • From SOTAWatch3
  • Database
    • View Results
      • Activators
      • Chasers
      • Summit to Summit
      • Completes
    • Submit Logs
      • Activators
      • Chasers
      • Summit to Summit
    • Uploading From Another Program
  • Mapping
    • Association/Region
    • Summits with Reference
    • Custom Maps
      • Terrain
      • Satellite
      • 4U
      • CalTop
    • Summit Details Click on Summit
  • Reflector
  • SOTA Shop
  • SOTA Facebook

WMARC upcoming Speakers for 2021 - subject to change

posted Jan 3, 2021, 3:52 PM by Greg Fitch

  • January 6 Bob Daniels - AC1Z His experiences w/ SOTA (Wednesday Zoom Meeting)
  • January 14 Bob Daniels - AC1Z SOTA website explanation 
  • January 20 Jay Taft - K1EHZ WinLink (Wednesday Zoom Meeting)
  • February 3 Christian Bravo - W4ALF Portable operations (Wednesday Zoom Meeting)
  • February 11 Paul Topolski - W1SEX Oscilloscopes 
  • February 17 Tom Fagan - K7DF Lightning (Wednesday Zoom Meeting)
  • March 3 Tom Fagan - K7DF Grounding (Wednesday Zoom Meeting)
  • March 11 David Weiss - N1DOU FT-8 
  • April 8 Greg Algieri - WA1JXR Impedance Measurements & Transmission Lines
For more information about our Weekly Wednesday Zoom Meetings please join the club mailing list on home page, www.w1mwv.org

Monthly Club Meeting 12/10/20

posted Dec 9, 2020, 4:46 AM by Greg Fitch   [ updated Dec 9, 2020, 4:47 AM ]

The White Mountain Amateur Radio Club continues to meet virtually on Zoom.  This month the presentation will be Soldering with Steve Johnston, WD8DAS.
Steve Johnston, WD8DAS, has been a destroyer, repairer, builder, and restorer of electronic equipment nearly all his life.  He started taking apart radios as a youngster and became a ham at age 13.  He was active in school radio clubs, including the University of Akron's W8UPD in Ohio and, in later days, the international NERT radio club, and holds a BA in History and a Masters of Business Administration.  A broadcast engineer for the past 30 years, Steve is now offering consulting services to broadcast and security professionals..  In the rare hours not spent with radio and electronics he pursues his other avocation as a writer and historian. He has been a ham for 40+ years and has two grown children.  Steve lives near Madison, Wisconsin. 
For more information about the White Mountain Amateur Radio Club join our mailing list, available on the home page.

NWS Winter Weather Spotter Training

posted Oct 19, 2020, 7:00 AM by Greg Fitch

Hello Weather Spotters,


I just wanted to inform you that we are holding our Winter Weather Spotter training virtually this fall.  If you haven't attended one of our winter focused training sessions before, you are welcome to expand your weather knowledge & skills by providing us winter focused weather reports.  

You can sign-up for a course by registering for one of the three courses we are holding in November.  Each course provides the same information but on a different night.  You can go to this link https://www.weather.gov/gyx/skywarn and register by selecting the corresponding course link.  Thanks!  



Donald M. Dumont

Warning Coordination Meteorologist 

National Weather Service, Gray, ME

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
Click here for more details


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


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


$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




Vault Toilet

Operated By:

Pro-Sport, Inc


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



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

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