The Providence Radio Association, Inc. (PRA) is proud to sponsor and staff the official station of this year’s Northeast HamXposition and ARRL New England Convention. The station will be open at various times through the convention for all to operate and will utilize the FEMARA club call sign W1XPO (“hamXPOsition”). Mentors from the PRA will be on hand to assist in operating and to encourage new amateurs to Get on the Air.
A few PRA members who manned the 1956 and 1958 New England Convention station will be present. “The equipment has changed in 68 years. We will not be using the E.F. Johnson Viking II transmitter and Hammarlund HQ-140-XA, but the thrill and excitement of Amateur Radio will be the same,” writes PRA President “Tess” Tessitore, K1DT.
“This year we’re conducting a massive outreach to all Technician class amateurs across New England through the ASCEND Program and inviting them to attend HamXposition,” writes New England Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI. “We’re especially grateful to PRA and its members who are willing to assist newly licensed or inactive hams to experience firsthand the joys of operating on the HF bands.”