2023 Program Descriptions

A 6-meter Antenna System for Contesting and DXing

Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC
Sat 1 PM (50 mins)[A&P]

The design and construction of a high performance 6-meter antenna system for contesting and DXing is described. Topics include antenna system design, antenna selection, and station construction and performance. Presentation includes lots of pictures and links to additional information.

9-Band DXCC On A Covenant Restricted Lot

Mark Noe, KE1IU
Sat 1 PM (50 mins)[DX]

This presentation will cover Mark’s journey as a DXer – from lowly beginnings as a teenager with only 4 countries to his name before going off to college – to achieving 9-Band DXCC (which happened last year). He will cover how to set up a very capable DX station with only wire antennas, tips for working common DX and the rare ones, the DX Code of Conduct, how to properly work split without getting frustrated, how to use FT8 to work DXpeditions, how to use a DX Cluster, how to use LoTW to confirm DX, and some automated tools that will make DX collecting easier for you. If you want to learn how to work DX without having a yard full of iron and aluminum, then this talk is for you! As a bonus, your station will also be very capable for ragchewing, WAS (Worked All States) and contesting.

10 GHz – The New Magic Band

Dale Clement, AF1T
Sat 2 PM (50 mins)[OTA,TEK]

Discover the excitement that awaits you on the 3-centimeter band! Learn about antennas, equipment, propagation, operating techniques, and activities that will contribute to your success.

The 2023 Big E Project: Presenting Modern Ham Radio to the Public

Larry Krainson, W1AST
Sat 4 PM (50 mins)[INV]

Presentation and discussion about the 2023 Big E Project and getting the public interested in ham radio enough to sign up for classes. The Big E booth is just a month from the HamXpo and things will be in very good shape for the booth by then. But more volunteers and interested parties are always welcome.

Advanced Topics in SKYWARN – Doppler Radar Fundamentals & How You Can Help with Severe Weather Reporting Situational Awareness

Rob Macedo, KD1CY
Sat 3 PM (110 mins)[EM]

Have you wanted to get more involved in supporting SKYWARN but have rarely seen criteria to report on SKYWARN Nets? Have you wanted to learn more about Doppler Radar analysis during the summer severe weather season? This class will cover both these topics. Very often, particularly for severe thunderstorms and localized flood events along with other weather scenarios, damage can be very localized but significant where the damage or flooding occurs. This seminar is intended to give Amateur Radio operators a way to contribute further by supporting proper public safety radio monitoring via personal scanners and online public safety feeds, proper social media monitoring techniques and monitoring local weather stations in your city or town or a local range of cities and towns to help support reporting into the National Weather Service to protect life and property. We will cover the need for net controls and monitoring of local area repeaters during severe weather situations.We will also cover Doppler Radar fundamentals and go through a few radar scenarios from past severe weather events.

AMSAT Current Projects

Burns Fisher, WB1FJ
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)

[OTA,TEK] A presentation of current satellite projects at AMSAT, as well as a summary of educational initiatives.

Andy’s Ham Radio Linux

Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ
Sat 11 AM (50 mins)[TEK]

Andy’s Ham Radio Linux’ has been downloaded over 100,000 times by hams who enjoy using Free Software and Open Source Software. Learn more about this popular software collection and what it contains. Version 25a was recently released (May 2023) with even more software! For more information, go to this website: https://sourceforge.net/projects/kb1oiq-andysham/

ARDC: Paving the Way for a Bright Future for Amateur Radio

Jim Idelson, K1IR
Sat 4 PM (50 mins)

Amateur Radio | Digital Communications (ARDC) is a private foundation that exists to support amateur radio and digital communication science and technology. Jim will provide an overview of the organization and his recent experience as a member of the Grants Advisory Committee.

AREDN: A New Tool for Emergency Communications

Jim Garner, KC1BHD
Sat 4 PM (50 mins)[TEK,EM]

Jim Garner will discuss how AREDN MESH nodes and networks can be deployed for emergency communications.

ARES Drill Package

Keith Anoe, KE4UCW
Sat 1 PM (50 mins)[EM]

The ARES Drill Package presentation provides an overview of how to develop a training drill cycle that is all-inclusive for the drill participants at the individual and collective level. How to develop objectives and time lines, execute the drill and conduct Hotwash and the final After Action Report.

ARRL Forum

Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)[LEA]

New England Division Director Fred Kemmerer will host the ARRL forum.

ARTEN – Amateur Radio Training Experiment Network / Microwave Mesh

Paul Fredette, K1YBE
Sat 2 PM (50 mins)


STEM career engagement in wireless and networking technologies can provide fun and learning for all. ARTEN is an ARRL Foundation Grant project implemented by the Newport County Radio Club (w1sye.org) for reuse in any club setting to provide RF and networking experience by implementing a remote sensor using microwave technology. CO2 variation in a farm field is the target parameter for the initial project but the real fun is experimenting with Antennas, Routers, Very Nice Analyzers (VNAs) and solar power while monitoring the cycle of breathable air. The AREDN software and inexpensive hardware are used encourage youth access and allow the experience of experts to be shared.

Boston Marathon Bombing and 9-11 Deployment

Stephen Schwarm, W3EVE
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)[EM]

It’s been over a decade since the Boston Marathon bombing. What was the state of EmComm then, and what is it now? Steve will share his perspectives.

Closing Ceremony & Prize Drawings

Convention Committee
Sun 1 PM (90 mins)

Closing remarks by the committee, followed by the grand finale door prize drawings. See the HamXposition home page for a list of the major prizes. You need not be present to win for the majors, however you must be present to win the many smaller prizes which will are also offered.

Club Revitalization: Improve It and They Will Come

David Tessitore, K1DT
Sat 10 AM (50 mins)

After 100 years, the Providence Radio Association was about to fail. Dave will describe how the remaining PRA members revitalized their slumbering club through improving infrastructure, embracing current trends, and focusing on relevance.

Cubes In Space – An Awesome Youth Activity for Your Club

Bob Phinney, K5TEC
Sat 2 PM (50 mins)[INV]

Revitalize the youth participation in your club with an activity that allows students between 11 and 18 to launch a small project on a NASA sounding rocket. Learn from several students who launched their project from Wallops AFB.

CW Academy

Bruce Blain, K1BG
Sat 1 PM (50 mins)[TNG,OTA]

Bruce K1BG, will talk about CWops’ “CW Academy.” CW Academy has trained an estimated 8,000 students in the past few years in the art of CW and telegraphy. If learning Morse code or improving your Morse skills is of interest, this talk is for you! (This presentation is repeated on Sunday at 10 AM.)

CW DXCC in Six Months

Larry Banks, W1DYJ
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)[TNG]

In 2014, after 52 years as a ham and multiple attempts to learn CW, Larry finally decided to learn CW enough to not only use it, but to like it. Starting with some history, this talk describes Larry’s “project” to learn CW. It includes a CW training app, rig interfaces, a realization that CONTESTING was the best way to learn CW (and some contesting details), logging software, and finally Larry’s results, both short term and long term.

Disappearing Ham Radio History: Hope for the Future

Tom Perera, W1TP
Sat 2 PM (50 mins)[INV]

Co-presented with Mike Crestohl, W1RC. A nostalgic trip into our past: Heathkit, Collins, Hallicrafters, surplus military radios, keys, and a look at the people and organizations that are trying to keep Ham Radio alive.

DXCC Banquet

Convention Committee

Fri 7 PM (150 mins)

The DX Dinner guest will feature Don Greenbaum, N1DG. Don will present “DXpeditioning with a RIB”. Don will describe the genesis of the “Rig in a Box” (RIB) from the 2018 Baker Island expedition to implementation on C6AGU, FO/N1DG and the recently completed VP6A DXpedition to Ducie Island.

EDM – Emergency Direct Messaging

Rory Griffin, W4RJG
Sat 11 AM (50 mins)[EM]

Rory will describe EDM, which was created to concentrate on building a redundant communications channel that could operate independently of any existing infrastructure. He’ll cover what EDM is about, the vision behind the effort, the strategy in accomplishing it, and the tactics the EDM project wants team members to have to serve agencies. EDM doesn’t depend on the Internet, cellular or satellite services, repeaters, or even commercial power grids.

EmComm Antennas

Francis OLaughlin, WQ1O
Sat 2 PM (50 mins)
[EM, A&P]

This is a presentation on different types of antennas used in EmComm operations. Most are expedient and can be deployed quickly when needed. The presentation will focus on types of antennas and how they are constructed. It will also go over some best practices in their use. It will be a hands on type of presentation.

EmComm Keynote Address

Josh Johnston, KE5MHV
Sat 10 AM (50 mins)[EM]

Josh will discuss the current picture of emergency communications and how Amateur Radio still plays a key role.

Fox Hunting

Charles Nelson, NC7R
Sat 10 AM (50 mins)[OTA]

Charlie Nelson, NC7R, will discuss the basics of the hunt and how to successfully find that elusive hidden transmitter! Try your hand after the talk; multiple foxes will be QRV on the convention grounds throughout the weekend.

Game Night

Seth Kendall, KC1PZY
Sat 9 PM (50 mins)

Play some games with your fellow hams! We’ve got everything from quick and easy social word games to classic strategy games like Chess and Go. Hosted by Sci Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS).

Giant Antennas of the Navy

George Allison, K1IG
Sun 12 PM (50 mins)[A&P,INV]

With world-wide commitments, the U.S. Navy needs constant and reliable communications with ships, aircraft, and submarines. This presentation shows some of the giant antennas the Navy has used for HF, VLF, and ELF communications and direction-finding, with dimensions measured in miles and power in megawatts. If you have a few thousand acres available, you can build one too!

Go Kits

Francis OLaughlin, WQ1O
Sat 1 PM (50 mins)[EM]

This is a presentation on various EmComm Go-Kits ranging from a simple Jump-Kit to a more capable type of kit that is housed in a hard case. It will be a hands on type of demonstration showing how they are put together and the types and hardware/equipment involved.

Grand Banquet

Convention Committee
Sat 7 PM (110 mins)

Grand Banquet featuring special guest “Chip” Cohen, W1YW, an inventor, scientist, and retired professor. Chip will talk about his amusing background, ‘ham-genuity’, and some the pitfalls and pleasures along that tortuous path of invention. Door Prize!

Ham Radio and Youth Engineering on High Altitude Balloons

Max Kendall, W0MXX
Sat 11 AM (50 mins)[INV,TEK]

This talk will look at the New England Weather Balloon Society’s mission, HABGab 2023, to send a Do-It-Yourself high altitude repeater with live video transmission into the Stratosphere. This mission has also allowed for a number of ambitious student projects to be included as part of a freeform engineering class for kids called StratoScience Lab. Max and Seth will introduce the format of the StratoScience program, after which we will hear from the students themselves.

Ham Radio to Improve the Environment

Charlie Nicholson, KC1SFR
Sat 1 PM (50 mins)[TEK]

Imagine a new mesh network – full of sensors, allowing citizen science to go to the next level. Spread out over long distances, these environmental sensors can communicate with the world and each other through APRS, allowing scientists to receive valuable data to solve the climate crisis.

HamSCI Festivals of Eclipse Ionospheric Science

Stanley Pozerski, KD1LE
Sat 4 PM (50 mins)[TEK]

This presentation describes the events and activities that Hams can participate in during the upcoming eclipses in 2023 and 2024. The goal is to generate data on propagation during the eclipses for future scientific studies.

Hamshack Hotline

David Neal, W2DAN
Sun 10 AM (50 mins)[TEK]

The Hamshack Hotline is a Free VOIP telcom service for the ham radio community. Its purpose is to augment communication in hamshacks, EOC‘s, and clubs, and among club members. It offers full duplex operation. It also supports FAX.

How Hams can support the Department of Defense from their home stations

Paul Decker, KG7HF
Sun 10 AM (50 mins)[EM,OTA]

MARS Operators gather information as requested by the DoD on situational awareness around the country. MARS members depend on reaching out to other hams, on amateur frequencies, to gather this information, often with a short fuse, considering the time a response will take to travel across the country. In this forum, we will discuss the types of information being requested, and practice one specific request that we get with almost every exercise, and is nearly impossible to obtain without reaching out to other ham radio operators that live near a specific airport. We will show how to find and to listen to Airport Weather observations that are intended for pilots in the 120MHz band on AM, practice transcribing some reports, and how to read your transcription back to a MARS operator.

How IC and VLSI Chips are Made

Dave Robertson, KD1NA
Sat 2 PM (50 mins)[TEK]

Dave’s Presentation/Talk will encompass: What is an IC and VLSI Chip. How are they made, in the past, and today. All the Equipment involved in making an IC (VLSI) Chip. The physics involved, i.e. all the “what’s happening” to make it work.

How QRP Changed My Life

Rex Harper, W1REX
Sat 3 PM (50 mins)[OTA]

QRP… How Three little letters changed my life …And could change yours! Rex’s Presentation/Talk will encompass his journey in electronics and life, before Amateur Radio and beyond, till today.

Installation of Andy’s Ham Radio Linux

Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ

Fri 1 PM (120 mins)

Bring your PC based laptop (not Apple), power supply, mouse, etc, and a desire to install “Andy’s Ham Radio Linux”. Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, the creator of “Andy’s Ham Radio Linux” will guide you through the installation process, and then show you how to get started with your newly configured computer. Your computer must be a fully functioning computer where we can entirely erase the hard drive prior to installing Linux. It must have at least 4GB of memory and 64GB of disk space. Computers older than about 7 years may be problematic. The USB boot software in the BIOS must be able to boot from an 8GB USB memory stick (thumb drive).

Installing and Playing the Radiocraft Mod on Minecraft

Lucas Elliott, W1BTR

Fri 2 PM (110 mins)

Minecraft is the world’s number one selling online game, and at the Northeast HamXposition, Lucas, W1BTR, will be unveiling the new Radiocraft mod that incorporates a realistic ham radio simulation into Minecraft. At this workshop Lucas will walk through the Radiocraft installation for your computer and demonstrate how to play the game. For the mod installation, bring your gaming laptop, along with its power supply, mouse, and a pair of headphones/earbuds with a microphone. For computer requirements, go to: https://tinyurl.com/rcspecs. If you don’t own Minecraft Java edition we’ll walk you through buying an account and setting it up. We’ll show you how to get the game and install it, then give you playing instructions.

Introduction to Contesting

Doug Grant, K1DG
Sat 2 PM (50 mins)[CON]

Contesting isn’t only for the big guns and highly competitive folks. Doug will introduce you to getting started in this aspect of our hobby.

Introduction to the NEDECN Network in New England

Domenic Mallozzi, N1DM
Sat 11 AM (50 mins)

Dom will describe the NEDECN DMR Network in use in New England and how to get on DMR. He will introduce some other DMR networks in New England and also include a very short discussion on hotspots for DMR.

The Ionosphere and You: Using Science to Pick the Best Operating Band

Philip Erickson, W1PJE
Sat 11 AM (50 mins)[A&P]

Earth’s ionosphere provides the means by which HF signals can travel between your radio and another one – across states, or countries, or even the planet. We’ll go over some ionospheric basics and then use them to provide tips on which HF bands are optimal as a function of time of day, season, and even solar cycle. Along the way, we’ll provide a brief update on the run-up to solar maximum conditions in Cycle 25, nearing its peak towards the end of 2024. We will also review monitoring tools available to help you make the most of your radio time.

Keynote Address

Rick Roderick, K5UR

Sat 9 AM (50 mins)
[LEA] Join Rick for a look at what’s happening in the hobby and at the League.

Kit Building Workshop

Bob Phinney, K5TEC
Fri 1 PM (180 mins)[TEK,TNG]

Beginners who need soldering instruction and practice are welcome to join us to build an easy beginner kit in under an hour. New England Sci-Tech volunteers will help anyone age 10 and up learn how. Choose from several kits – Morse Code Oscillator, Blink Badge, Night Light, or Blinky Spinning Top – all kits were invented by students! Price per kit is between $5-$10, cash only. All tools provided. You must sign up on our web site: http://nescitech.org/hamx.

Major evolution in CAT and CI-V technology …TrueTTL!

Richard Desaulniers, VE2DX
Sat 10 AM (50 mins)[TEK]

Richard will explain some of the technical processes for his products and technical innovations, like TrueTTL

The MARCONI Project – An Approach to Reinvigorating Less Active Amateur Radio Clubs

Edward Snyder, W1YSM
Sun 11 AM (50 mins)[INV]

The MARCONI Grant (Motivating Amateur Radio Clubs to Open New Initiatives) was designed to develop a ‘MARCONI’ Program to stimulate amateur radio club activity. The presentation describes how an active radio club can assist a less active radio club to increase the less active club’s membership and stimulate the latter club’s activity. A key aspect is to design the MARCONI Program to be of sufficient interest to the active club so that their members will agree to provide the necessary assistance AND to the less active club so that their members will be receptive to the offer of support.

MARS Members Meeting

Paul Decker, KG7HF
Sun 11 AM (50 mins)

Closed Meeting for MARS Members Only

MESH Node Build Workshop

Jim Garner, KC1BHD

Fri 2 PM (120 mins)

Build an Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) mesh node. During disasters, Amateur Radio operators set up and operate communication networks independent of internet, land lines or cell phones. A mesh network can now add high-speed data networks as a resource. A great addition to your Go Box.

Microwaves For You

Paul Wade, W1GHZ
Sat 1 PM (50 mins)[TEK]

You can get on microwaves without a wheelbarrow full of $$$ and have fun and discover new challenges.

Multiband Wire Antennas and Phased Dipole Wire Beams

Robert Glorioso, W1IS
Sat 11 AM (50 mins)

A look at the theory, trade-offs and construction of multiband OCF and end-fed antennas as well as phased-dipole beams built with wire and wood.

NEQRP Friday Night Dinner Get-Together

Convention Committee
Fri 5 PM (240 mins)

NEQRP Luncheon Gathering

Convention Committee
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)

NESMC Board Meeting

Robert DeMattia, K1IW
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)[OTA]

Executive session meeting for New England Spectrum Management Committee officers (closed to general public)

New England QRP Forum

Convention Committee
Sat 10 AM (110 mins)

New England Spectrum Management – Annual Meeting

Robert DeMattia, K1IW
Sat 3 PM (50 mins)[OTA]

This is annual meeting of New England Spectrum Management (NESMC), the amateur radio repeater frequency coordinator for Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Repeater owners, users, members, and non members are all invited.

NTS 101: Compose and Send a Radiogram

Peter Doherty, KC1HHO
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)[EM,OTA]

This talk will cover the basics of composing and sending an NTS radiogram. If you’ve always wondered what traffic handling and radiograms were about, you won’t want to miss this informative and fun training session.

NTS 2.0: NTS Now and into the Future

Marcia Forde, KW1U
Sat 11 AM (50 mins)[OTA,EM]

NTS, the National Traffic System, created in 1949 as an ARRL program, was at the heart of the ‘Relay’ in American Radio Relay League which peaked the interest of many hams. Yet with the advent of the internet, cell phones, etc. it appeared to have become obsolete in the minds of many. Yet today’s world has presented a new set of circumstances warranting a renewed look at the benefits of NTS. Learn more about the ARRL Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee’s NTS subcommittee and its work to modernize and improve this program of training in a structured system with emphasis on greater timeliness and accuracy of message delivery, as well as to expand its capabilities for emergency communications needs.

NTS Meet and Greet

Marcia Forde, KW1U
Sat 3 PM (50 mins)[OTA]

Meet with traffic handlers throughout the Throughout New England and Hudson Divisions and beyond. We welcome seasoned traffic handlers and those just curious what it is all about. Get questions answered here, exchange information, stories, perhaps pick up a tip or two. Questions about NTS 2.0? We’ll try to have answers for that too.

The Nuts & Bolts of Setting Up a Super Portable Station

Mitch Stern, W1SJ
Sat 1 PM (50 mins)[OTA]

Anyone can drag a radio into the field and call CQ. But will anyone hear you? Our talk today focuses on the details needed to set up a super portable operation – one which will shoot fire and brimstone across the bands and result in pileups. Can you do that with a portable set up? You bet!

Off Grid and Portable Operations

Charles Smith, KC1IKA
Sun 12 PM (50 mins)[EM,OTA]

This presentation will show what Charles does as a Net Control Station (NCS) for ARES, Skywarn, and CERT to stay on the air and get situational reports out, no matter what the conditions. This will cover radios, batteries, solar charging, situational awareness, what he built for operating off-grid or portable and why he chose certain batteries and solar options as well as multiple ways to be able to stay on the air. This information applies to anyone operating portable operations, not just EmComm. (Repeat presentation)

Open-Mic Storytelling

Phil Temples, K9HI
Sat 10 PM (50 mins)

Or perhaps ham radio impacted your life in a way you couldn’t have imagined? Now’s the time to share your ham radio-related story! This event will allow each participant to tell the audience their unique ham radio story. This special event will take place Saturday night, following the conclusion of the Grand Banquet.

Optimized High Power Magloop: Physics, Design, & Construction

Ted Robinson, K1QAR
Sat 11 AM (50 mins)[A&P]

A kilowatt magloop does not need to cost several kilobucks, or require weeks of labor, machine shop or welding skills. Discussion will include physics, design choices, construction procedures, and parts sources. A demo loop with the described parts will be shown at the talk and operated in the flea area, weather permitting. (Talk repeated on Sunday morning at 12 Noon.)

Outdoor Gear for the Portable Amateur Radio Operator

Mindy Hull, KM1NDY
Sat 2 PM (50 mins)


Sorry FT8, portable radio is still the hottest ham rage! But by now, most of us know how to get outside, set up a radio, get on the air, and make contacts out in the field. Sure, we can debate whether we want to use a wire or a vertical antenna, how many radials, QRP or not… But, many of us are getting to a point of “been there, done that.” We talked last year about getting friends and family (yup, including the XYLs!) to go with us. This year, we are focusing on every ham’s favorite topic–gear! But not (necessarily) radio gear. Instead, our attention will be on what gear do we bring along on our outdoor radio adventures to have the most amazing ham field experiences we can have. Blue ice fishing tents? Portable fans? Headlamps? Dyneema vs. silnylon? You all know you have your favorites, and I have mine. This talk will go over the finer points of ham radio outdoor gear for newcomers and seasoned veterans alike, and everyone will be welcome to shout out their opinions! (Presentation repeated on Sunday at 12 Noon.)

Radiocraft – Reaching the Next Generation Through Minecraft

Lucas Elliott, W1BTR
Sat 11 AM (50 mins)[TEK]

Minecraft is the world’s top-selling video game of all time. Radiocraft is a Minecraft mod that players can add to their Minecraft worlds and servers to bring ham radio into the game. Players craft radios for their desks and create antennas using wire, baluns, and coax to reach other players in the same Minecraft world with simulated propagation and solar weather! This presentation will explain and demonstrate the Radiocraft mod and discuss how clubs can use it for youth outreach and training.

Radiosonde Hunting and Reprogramming for Ham Radio Use

Max Kendall, W0MXX
Sat 10 AM (50 mins)[TEK]

Ever wanted a fun activity to do with your club, or just yourself? Radiosondes are balloons with weather equipment launched by the National Weather Service. Tracking and recovering them, also known as ‘sonde hunting,’ is like a fox hunt, only you can keep the fox and reuse it for your needs! Max will talk about the equipment involved in tracking and recovering radiosondes, and as a bonus, he will even show how to reuse them for ham radio needs, such as tracking your own high altitude balloons or vehicles. (Repeated on Sunday)

Regenerative vs Direct Conversion Receivers – Which is Best?

James Surprenant, AB1DQ
Sat 2 PM (50 mins)


Fundamental regen and direct conversion receiver design and history will be presented followed by a deeper dive contrasting and comparing the strengths and weaknesses of each circuit. The intent is to provide a foundational understanding of these two basic receiver designs to the newer radio hobbyist and to help budding scratch builders choose the best circuit for their current projects.

Remote Ham Radio

Rockwell Schrock, WW1X
Sat 10 AM (50 mins)[OTA]

Amateurs everywhere now have the ability to experience this exciting hobby like never before with Remote Ham Radio. With a monumental amount of research, engineering, and planning we have made the best remote operating experience on the internet today.

RF Survey with Raspberry Pi and Icom IC-705

Najm Choueiry, AB1ZA
Sat 3 PM (50 mins)[TEK]

Najm will describe the basics of GPS receivers and how to decode a GPS string output. He has used the Python programming language to create a graphical user interface to poll the ICOM IC-705 and display/record RF signal strength, frequency in use and latitude longitude. RF data is saved on a USB drive and imported in Google Earth Pro.

RF Test Equipment Fundamentals on the Cheap

Brian Justin, WA1ZMS
Sat 10 AM (50 mins)[TEK]

Having enough test equipment to find out what’s working and what isn’t (and maybe how to fix it) doesn’t have to break the bank. Brian shows us how.

RFI Hunting for the Radio Amateur

Rob Leiden, K1UI
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)[TEK]

A tutorial for the ham who wants to find and correct radio frequency interference in his/her ham shack. The use of the New England Division RFI Troubleshooting Guide and working with the RFI Teams and their equipment will be included.

RFI Team Meeting

Rob Leiden, K1UI
Sat 1 PM (50 mins)[TEK]

Meeting to bring teams up to date on lessons learned, process changes, discuss obtaining additional equipment and training and get to know each other.

RFinder and the PortAzEl Rotator, Intergalactic Repeater Directory

Bob Greenberg, W2CYK
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)


A description of the new developments in the RFinder devices and announcement of the new Satellite features and products!

RI Section Town Hall Forum

Nancy Austin, KC1NEK
Sat 4 PM (50 mins)[LEA]

Welcome to RI’s first Town Hall Forum. Please join our Meet & Greet Town Hall Forum as we introduce the new leadership, share what your RI cabinet has been doing, and hear from other Ocean State radio amateurs. Follow https://ri-arrl.org for updates.

Simple Small 2- and 6-Meter Yagi Antennas

Joe Reisert, W1JR
Sat 10 AM (50 mins)[A&P]

Small especially hand held antennas can be easily built. It is important to have a basic design with good gain and pattern, be easy to duplicate and have a simple matching system. 3 and 4 element designs that meet these goals will be described.

SKYWARN Spotter Class

Rob Macedo, KD1CY
Fri 2 PM (110 mins)[EM,OTA]

This is the traditional SKYWARN training class offered by NWS Boston/Norton office and can be taught by Amateur Radio coordinators within the Boston/Norton coverage area. With us beyond the emergency phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, paper registration forms will be in use again like pre-pandemic classes and you will obtain your Spotter ID card if you are in/near the NWS Norton MA coverage area of responsibility. For those outside of the NWS Norton coverage area, we will work with the appropriate NWS office if you live within the Northeast region to obtain recognition for completing the class. No pre-registration is required.

Soldering Workshop

Bob Phinney, K5TEC[TEK,TNG]

Build an easy beginner kit in under an hour. New England Sci-Tech volunteers will help anyone age 10 and up learn how. Choose from several kits – Morse Code Oscillator, Blinky Name Badge, Night Light, or Spinning Top – all kits were invented by students! Price per kit is between $5-$10, cash only. All tools provided. First come, first serve, no signups today. More info on our web site: http://nescitech.org/hamx.

The State of D-Star

Terry Stader, KA8SCP
Sun 11 AM (50 mins)[OTA,TEK]

An overview of what is happening in the D-STAR world. We will address repeaters, hotspots, reflector use and some discussion on transcoding (where D-STAR users can talk to DMR, Fusion and more).

Tactical Communications for Amateur Radio

Howard Chain, K9NPD
Sat 2 PM (50 mins)


Howard will guide us through Tactical Communications and why use them. Tactical vs. Formal messages. Tactical Traffic best practices. How to maintain message accuracy and brevity. Should a message be formal or informal with examples. Creating tactical names and how to use them. Questions will be taken throughout and at the end of the presentation.


Convention Committee

Sat 9 AM (470 mins)
Bill Poulin, WZ1L, veteran instructor and volunteer examiner will be holding a “Tech In A Day” class.

Today’s Packet Radio

Michael Ford, WZ0C
Sat 1 PM (50 mins)[OTA,TEK]

Remember packet radio of the 80s? Keyboard to keyboard at 1200 bits per second? Linking digipeaters for DXing? BBSs and clusters? Terminal Node Controllers with 2-digit serial numbers? Packet is a lot more nowadays, and Michael will explore it all for us.

Two Ideas for Skyhooks

Larry Banks, W1DYJ
Sat 3 PM (50 mins)[A&P]

In 2008 Larry and his wife Maren bought a second home in Harpswell, ME, south of Brunswick. He threw up some simple HF dipoles just to get on the air. By 2013 he was ready to upgrade these: first a 6m Yagi (part I of this talk) and then an HF fan dipole (part II). This is an “ideas” talk with some practical pointers for homebrew construction. [Repeated on Sunday]

Understanding and Using Propagation to Work the World

Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB
Sat 2 PM (50 mins)


Presentation on understanding HF and VHF propagation and how to use it for operating on the air.

The Vintage Radio & Communications Museum History

John Ellsworth
Sat 10 AM (110 mins)[INV]

Often dubbed “The museum that wouldn’t quit,” this presentations will chronical all of the ups and downs of the museum’s existence. Throughout its life it has been totally self supported and run totally by volunteers. It is a great story of persistence by a group of volunteers who developed a world attraction through their love of communications history.

VoIP Hurricane Net – Providing surface reporting, situational awareness, disaster intelligence supporting WX4NHC

Rob Macedo, KD1CY
Sun 11 AM (50 mins)[EM]

This forum describes an overview of the VoIP Hurricane Net and how it provides support to WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center. The net has been in existence for 20 years. The presentation will go through the VoIP modes utilized on the net, activation procedures, reporting procedures, recent notable net activations and how the net has evolved into a virtual hub of information for landfalling hurricanes supporting WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center and going beyond that support to local NWS Offices, FEMA, Red Cross and other agencies.

Western Mass Section Meeting

Raymond Lajoie, AA1SE

Sun 11 AM (50 mins)


A gathering of the Western Mass members to share information and talk about projects and activities, with some Q&A.

What’s Out There on Digital?

Michael Ford, WZ0C
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)[OTA,TEK]

There’s an alphabet soup of digital modes out there. Some are “PC software modes,” some might require modems, some are embedded in your new rig. And they’re not just for keyboard-to-keyboard communicating anymore. Michael will take us on a guided tour of today’s digital world.

Winlink EmComm Usage

Aaron Addison, KF1G
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)[EM]

Aaron will be going over Winlink, describing its basic setup, basic usage, the use of forms. Winlink can be used for both EmComm and daily communications.

WMA ARES Leadership Team meeting

Charles Chandler, WS1L
Sun 10 AM (50 mins)[EM,LEA]

This is a meeting of the leadership team (ASEC’s, DEC’s and EC’s) of the Western Massachusetts Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

WSJTX Initial Beaconing and School Challenge

Bradshaw Lupton, K1TE
Sat 4 PM (40 mins)[TEK]

K1TE will describe a STEM Radio Project delivering $12 11mw 20m WSJTX beacons to six cape high schools and three cape colleges. The project is developing a free (non-commercial), new radio internet in historic Marconi territory.

YL Meet and Greet

Barbara Irby, KC1KGS
Sat 3 PM (110 mins)

Barb, KC1KGS, and Anne, WB1ARU, invite you to get together, meet, and greet other YLs. (Two hours)

Youth Forum ~ New England Sci-Tech ARS

Bob Phinney, K5TEC
Sat 12 PM (50 mins)[INV]

What inspires today’s youth in the amateur radio hobby? Find out what’s on the minds of our youngest hams in this captivating round-table discussion. Great learning opportunity for teachers or club leaders wanting to attract more youth to their local radio clubs.