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Peter Stohrer, K1PJS
Daytime Phone:
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NH ARRL Web site


NH Field Organization

Section Manager - Peter Stohrer, K1PJS

Assistant Section Manager  -  John Gotthardt, K1UAF

Section Emergency Coordinator -  Wayne Santos, N1CKM

Section Traffic Manager-  William Noyce, AB1AV

Section Youth Coordinator - Phil Donovan, N1UNH

Affiliated Club Coordinator-  Al Shuman, K1AKS

State Government Liaison -  Rep. Bill Nelson, KA1PTW


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 NH Section and NTS traffic net times and frequencies

Vermont / New Hampshire CW Traffic Net (VTNH) 7p Daily 3539khz

Granite St Traffic Net (GSTN) 9p Daily K1PJS 146.94 Repeater Concord

Capital Area Digital Net (CADN) 8p Wednesday 146.94 Concord

NH ARES Section Net 8:30a Saturday 3945khz

1RN C2 Early (LSB) Traffic Net  1:45p Daily   3948 khz (7233 khz condX)

Eastern Area Net (LSB)  2:30p Daily 7222 khz

1RN C2 Late ( LSB) Traffic Net  3:30p Daily   3948 khz

1RN C4 Early CW Traffic Net   7:45p Daily   3598 khz

Eastern Area Net (CW)            8:30p Daily   3575 khz

1RN C4 Late  CW Traffic Net   9:30p Daily   3598 khz


 Calling NH Radio Amateurs September 2021

​ At the time of this writing, Gulf Hurricane Ida has come ashore leaving 1 million people without power in Louisiana and Mississippi. New Orleans was especially hard hit due to the with 100 MPH plus winds. As many remember 16 years earlier on the same date, Hurricane Katrina took the same path.
 As then and now, Amateur Radio rose to the occasion by opening emergency communication circuits with the Amateur Radio Hurricane Watch net (  providing health and welfare messages for points outside the affected area along with important weather sitreps for the NWS. In addition, local Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups and operators have responded with lifesaving emergency communications. From the early days of radio , government authorities have understood the value of Amateur Radio in times of emergency. This is first mentioned in Part 97.1 (a) of the FCC rules;

  1. Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.

All Amateur Radio operators are encouraged to use their station and license to serve their communities in times of emergency. This is best accomplished by joining your local ARES group.  A list of NH ARES groups can be found on this home web page ( Each group is led by an Emergency Coordinator and typically meet once a month in person and more often on their local repeater or simplex frequency. A great wealth of information on the NH ARES program can be found at the NH ARES webpage
 If you have questions about the program or how you can join a local ARES group feel free to drop me an email

Calling NH Radio Amateurs August 2021

August brings the warmest temperatures of the summer and as things heat up on the thermometer the campaigns for ARRL New England Director are doing likewise. Fred Hopegarten, K1VR and current Director, will face two challengers during this election cycle. Tom Frenaye, K1KI who lost out to K1VR last time, has submitted his name for another opportunity to represent New England ARRL members at the table. Newcomer Nashua Amateur Radio Society (NARS) President Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC is looking to unseat Hopegarten and bring new ideas to the ARRL Bod. Ballots for the Director election will be mailed out to League members beginning in October and the closing date for all ballots to be received at HQ is November 19th. Last time, a third of New England League members voted (32%) in the Director election and hopefully that number will only increase  this time around.

At the time of this writing, about half of the Amateur Radio clubs in NH have begun or ready to hold face to face meetings again and most are still using Zoom. If you are a ARRL Affiliated Club, this is a good time to get your Affiliation updates checked and uploaded to HQ. This is an annual submission even if no changes have been made to the club.  If you have any questions on affiliation drop a note to the NH ACC Al Shuman, K1AKS.

Several Hamfests are ready to resume normal operations. At the end of the month on August 28th, the Lakes Region Repeater Association will be sponsoring the W1BST Hamfest at Constitution Park in Ossipee, NH. To find out more check the LRRA web site, for details. Looking into September the Northeast HamXposition, a ARRL convention, gets underway in Marlborough, Ma. September 10-12. In addition to the flea market, many forums, license exam sessions will be conducted topped off with a Grand Banquet on the 12th. More information about all the programs and tickets can be found at And it is not too soon to mention Nearest XXX at the Deerfield, NH Fairgrounds, which is planned for October 15 and 16th – for a preview go to

The new League CEO David Minster, NA2AA, is promising a revitalization of many departments at HQ not the least, Emergency Communications and NTS. Many recent QST articles seem to indicate this by focusing on Emergency Communications.  Traffic Handling and Emergency Communications have always been the backbone of the ARRL. New Hampshire has a robust Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) program led by SEC Wayne Santos, N1CKM and if you are new to Amateur Radio, we need your participation. Look for the ARES group nearest you to become involved. Drop me an email and I’ll get you in contact with the Emergency Coordinator in your county.

Have a great summer and 73.

Pete, K1PJS

NH ARRL Section Manager 


Calling all NH amateur radio operators! July 2021

Temperatures begin to sizzle as the calendar turns July and many are heading toward summer retreats and cooler beaches. Every other year July marks the start of a new term for Section Managers in many ARRL sections. I am pleased again to represent League members in this capacity in the Granite State and want to thank outgoing Section Manager John Gotthardt, K1UAF for the work done during the previous term. The last year and a half have been trying times for many - with lock downs, mask mandates, et al... but with much of this in the rear-view mirror and COVID on the decline hams are more than ready to get back to normal. A preview of this was seen during 2021 Field Day. Although propagation was on par with the low sunspot numbers, having the pleasure of face-to-face fellowship and exercising the amateur’s ability to provide 2 way communications in an emergency (simulated) were just two of the many highlights of FD 2021. If you have pictures from your Field Day activity please send them to me for posting on the NH ARRL web site –

 I look forward to renewing old acquaintances and making new ones this year during visits with the various clubs across the Section. We have an experienced Field Services team ready to serve the interests of amateurs across the state and if I can be of help please email me…


 Pete, K1PJS

 NH Section manager



Hello NH Radio Amateurs

The Amateur Radio we know today owes its existence primarily to the  lobbying efforts by the ARRL in the early part of the 20th century. After the creation of the Amateur Radio Service by the Federal Radio Commission (predecessor to the FCC), the US government quickly realized how valuable a resource Amateur Radio is to the public, especially during emergencies.  In the Northeast in 1936, nearly 200 people lost their lives during February floods that inundated most towns where major rivers flowed and without the services of the Amateur Radio operator, according to League historian Clinton DeSoto, fatalities would have been much greater.

As was the case in 1936 and since then, Amateurs have been engaged in relaying messages and providing communication when conventional means fail during times of emergencies. It is important to realize this resource is a major reason our government continues to acknowledge and recognize the need for the Amateur Radio Service. As it did in the early part of the 20th century, the League today continues to advocate for the Amateur Radio Service and our continued use of the RF spectrum.

 If you are new to Amateur Radio (or even a seasoned operator), and looking for a new challenge, why not join the over 200 NH Amateurs currently using their radio skills with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service also known as ARES. ARES operators are “Radio Minutemen” who make their stations available for public service events and during times of emergencies. Typically, ARES groups meet together once a month and most have weekly on air meetings to discuss various aspects of emergency communications and message handling. These activities help hone their skills for the time when they may be called to serve during an emergency.

 NH has 12 ARES groups, roughly divided up by county. Each group is led by an Emergency Coordinator (EC). Each EC may have an Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) whose focus may be on specified tasks within the group. An Amateur Radio license and willingness to participate are the usual prerequisites to join. A listing of the ARES group nearest you can be found at the NH ARES web site

 Now is a great time to become actively involved. NH ARES needs you! Go to and click on the NH ARES needs you link, fill out the application and the EC in your area will contact you. If you have questions feel free to contact the Section Manager, email is or you can contact the Section Emergency Coordinator, Wayne Santos, N1CKM. His email is


 Peter Stohrer, K1PJS

 NH Section Manager

Hams are giving people, you will find them providing communication resources to help in emergencies or support for public service events. Sometimes, you will find them conducting Amateur Radio classes and some even become Volunteer Examiners administering the tests as part of a VE team.

Without a doubt, it is fulfilling to help another toward the goal of passing an Amateur Radio exam and receiving a license. Each of us have been there; thankful for those that took the time to assist us.

 We know prior to taking the exam, the potential licensee will need to study and review the necessary material for the license sought after and having a class to attend with other like minded students for instruction is certainly well worth the time and investment not only for the student, but provides the instructor(s) opportunities to share his or her Amateur Radio knowledge and experience.  The FCC issues 3 classes of licenses today; the Technician, General and Extra which are administered by a 3 person Volunteer Examiner (VE) team.

The winterl is a wonderful time for Amateur Radio clubs to prepare a class.  Cooler months often re-focus activities to the inside, which provide an ideal time to conduct Amateur Radio License sessions.

License classes are conducted numerous ways; from the single all day session to multi-class sessions, usually given over many weeks.  Clubs know their demographics best and often tailor a class to meet the needs of their particular area.

If you are wondering how to structure a typical Technician Class, consider a period of 6 Saturday mornings (or day and time of the club’s choice). This provides a good way for the instructor(s) to cover two easily digested chapters per session.   The ARRL study manual has 10 chapters covering the introduction to Amateur Radio, Basic Electronics, Antennas, Propagation, Amateur Radio equipment, Licensing and Operating regulations ending with a chapter on Safety. The final class would be a VE session conducted a by the local VE team.

 Recently, the FCC Technician question exam pool was updated and using the new ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, Third edition, June 30th 2014 – July 1, 2018 is now in effect. The main advantage of the multi-session class is to allow students time to absorb the material presented from each session and to bring questions for the instructor during the next. Recruiting several in the local club to share in the teaching responsibilities takes advantage of different gifts and experiences from each instructor and makes individual chapter preparation quite manageable.

Registering with the League as an instructor can provide substantial discounts on license manuals and other related instructional material with the Instructor Discount Program. Further info on the program can be found at

The League also provides a way to promote your Amateur Radio License Class on the website. Once details are determined, go to URL to list your class. Send the information also to to have it added to the Section web site and the NH Section Facebook page.

Finally, If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Examiner, information can be found at the League web site

or drop me an email 

vy 73,

Pete K1PJS



A North Country Rhapsody 

by Robert R. Martin (KB1IZU), EC

As a wit once observed, “ya gotta have an exaggerated sense of humor to live in the North Country.” And it's true.  Life up here is like living in a suburb of Heaven, but you have to pay your dues for the privilege.  Life is not easy, but for those who like the ambiance, they would not give it up for the world.  Residents tolerate exaggerated amounts of snow, spring mud and the infamous May/June black flies for the natural beauty of the surroundings and relaxed lifestyles this part of the State offers.

Coös county is everyone's recreational area, to the degree that the resident population of 44,000 can swell two or threefold with transients during any particular season, be it: winter for snowmobiling / skiing, summer for ATVing, and/or Fall hunting/fishing.  And, of course, hiking, camping and complaining about politics and taxes goes on year-round.  Northern NH is a favorite retirement area for many, and the county boasts a surprising large percentage, per capita, of licensed amateur radio operators, as a result.

For the radio operator in our region it, offers outstanding opportunities or interesting challenges. Those fortunate enough to live on the hilltops and ridge-lines, its possible to put up effectively an eight hundred to thousand plus foot high antenna by stringing a wire in the trees in the open spaces out back.  For those living in the valleys, NVIS is a practical necessity, not an abstract concept. In either case, low ambient noise is the rule not the exception, unlike most major urban areas where competing uses of electronic devices produces a garbling background clatter that is hard to overcome.  And far reaching repeaters on mountain tops .. . now that is another story entirely . . .

The same terrain that makes Coös a great place to recreate also makes is wonderful location for public and service events, at which amateur radio gets a chance to participate and provide useful safety assistance.  Among these events, to name just a few, are the New England Forest Rally, Bike Race Around Mt. Washington, Wildman Biathlon up to Wildcat Mountain, Mt. Washington Auto Race, et al.  Cell phone covers is still far from universal so that local ARES repeaters throughout Coös are able to provide a link in the safety net for people out on the trails summer and winter.

Amateur radio operators in the North Country have formed an interconnected fraternity of people with common interests, who are more closely knit then in many other places.  Coös boasts two amateur radio associations, who meet regularly for social and hobby related purposes.  The LARK (Littleton Amateur Radio Club) draws it membership from the southwest corner of North Country region and up the Connecticut River valley as far as Pittsburg.  In a similar fashion, the Androscoggin River Valley Radio Club, based in Berlin, is the home to amateurs, who live and work on the east side of Coös from Errol down to Mt Washington.  The membership rosters of these two associations encompasses the majority of the active amateur radio operators in the North Country.  In addition, the region has an active ARES group that liaises with state the State EM center and provides local support for emergency services within the local dispatch centers and health/hospital coverage zones.  Both associations run a Field Day exercise every year.  One takes place down in Franconia and the other on the Commons in Gorham.  In a similar fashion, both clubs have an active recruiting program to bring new hams into the community and support Extra Class VE teams.  Test sessions given as required typically net up to four or five new hams or license upgrades each year.

Coös county and its immediate environs in north Grafton has fifteen of the 41 tallest mountains (4000 ft and above) in all of NH.  (The rest are located in the White Mountain National Forest just south of the county.) Having so much high terrain in the county is a mixed blessing.  The high points, if one can get to them, make ideal places to put a repeater for maximum coverage.  The other side of that coin is with so many high places, Coös also has a correspondingly large number of deep valleys into which it is difficult to direct a radio signal.  To counteract this problem, the county has a significant number of strategically located 2M repeaters; although, there is little activity on 220 and 440Mhz.  These repeaters have been placed tocover most of the distances along the Connecticut and Androscoggin rivers, plus serve the three major population centers in the Littleton/Lancaster,Berlin/Gorham and Colebrook/northern areas of the county.  Additionally, two principal repeaters serve a larger geographic area each – Mt. Washington and Cannon Mt. – but both suffer from the inability to reach down into the valleys as one moves farther away from them.  For instance, from hot spots north as far up and the Canadian border and south beyond Concord one can hear the Mt. Washington repeater and yet not be able to reach it from behind a mountain even five miles away.

The proximity of local repeaters, insures, that in most places, one is not completely out of touch by radio with the rest of the community when traveling.  One problem that still is not completely resolved is being able to depend upon VHF radio across and around mountain ranges and between population centers.  The Coös ARES is embarked upon a project to remedy this situation.  Three key istanceadio location have been identified and work is ongoing to establish a repeater directly linked to a node unit on Mt. Washington in each.  The Mt.Washington unit will act as a coordinating facility between the other three locations.  When activated later this year, a person in any one area will be able to communicate locally as well as talk to someone in either of the other two areas, notwithstanding any intervening high ground.  A significant improvement over the present situation.

From the above comments one may appreciate that the North Country is an amalgam of diverse locations, unusual micro-climates, resilient residents, and great opportunities live free and enjoy an interesting lifestyle.  For those of us who live up here, it is and always will be a “work in progress.”  Come visit us and see for yourself!

One of the foundation pillars of the ARRL is traffic handling and there has been a marked increase in traffic being passed in NH during recent months. All Amateurs should be familiar with the basics of formal traffic handling as your communication services may be called for during incidents that bring the power grid and internet down for extended lengths of time. NH has several traffic nets. The Section CW net is the VTNH traffic net which meets daily at 7p on 3539 khz. On phone you can find traffic being past nightly on the Granite State Traffic Net on 146.94 in Concord and Saturday mornings on the  NH Digital Net on 3582khz at 7:30a and the NH ARES Traffic and Training net on 3945 at 8:30a. Many of the NH ARES groups routinely pass traffic during their weekly net sessions. If you are interested in a CW traffic handler and net training course, the Maryland Slow Net is always looking for new operators. Simply QNI (check in) on one of their nightly nets at beginning at7:30p. You can find the MSN on 3563khz . For further information on Traffic Handling contact the Section Traffic Manager, Bill Noyce, AB1AV


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