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New Hampshire

New Hampshire

Contact Information

Section Name:
New Hampshire
Peter Stohrer, K1PJS
Evening Phone:
603 715 9539

Basic Information

New England

NH Field Organization

Section Manager-  Peter Stohrer, K1PJS

Section Emergency Coordinator -  Wayne Santos, N1CKM

Section Traffic Manager-  Joe Burke, W1INC

Section Youth Coordinator - Phil Donovan, N1UNH

Official Observer Coordinator-  Loren Albright, W1UV

Affiliated Club Coordinator-  Al Shuman, K1AKS

State Government Liaison -  Rep. Bill Nelson, KA1PTW

Technical Coordinator-  Dee Hebert, AB1ST


Amateur Radio HAPPENINGS around the Section

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June 2016 NH Section Traffic Reported submitted by STM Joe Burk, W1INC

Net               Sessions       QNI       QTC     QTR        NM

CA-ARES           3                 31            1        130         N1FDR

CA-DIG               5                 35          16        227         N1FDR

GSTN                 30             190        125        411         W1INC

VTNH                 29               85          17         192         W1INC

CE-ARES            4               34            3          120         K1UAF

NH HF DIG         4               37           13         140         N1GB



Station       1        2        3         4         5          6           Total

WA1MXT   40     40      20        0         0          0            100

W1INC      40     40      30        0         0         20           130

K1PJS       40     40      30        0         0         30           140

N1ZIH         5      19      20     165       0           0            209

AB1AV       29      40     20         0        0           0               89

K1UAF      40      40     10      140      0           0             230

N1PZP      40      25      0         65      0          10            140

K1SGC     20      16       0        65      0             0            101



Station            O            R            S             D          Total

W1INC            0            85          18            2            105

K1PJS             0           21           30            2              53

WA1MXT         0           36           57            2              95

AB1AV             0           13           28            0              41

K1UAF            1           19           28            7              54

N1PZP            0             8           17            0              25

K1SGC           0             9             4            3               16



Congratulations to the Nashua Area Radio Club (NARC) 35 year affiliation with the ARRL and as a Special Service Club.

Keep an ear out for Dennis, N1IMW as he activates for National Parks on the Air. To find out more about the activators and chasers go to the ARRL National Parks on the Air web site. 

The K1PJS 146.94 repeater in Concord and NN1PA 440.200 repeater in Manchester is digital capable. Why not give C4FM technology a try?

Fine weather greeted nearly 100 Amateur Radio operators who attended the 6th annual NH ARES Academy at the NH Fire Academy in Concord on March 19. Sessions offered -  Message Handling, NTS, Go Kits, Hospital Support, APRS, troubleshooting, NBEMS - Winlink workshop and a Skywarn refresher course just to name a few. The Bill Beebe KB1OEF Public Service Award recipient this year was Remi Fortin, KB1SGK due to Remi's outstanding Amateur Radio work in WROCK ARES and local community involvement.

The Port City AMateur Radio Club is sponsoring a flea market coming up April 9th from 8a - 2p at the St.James Masonic Lodge 77 Tide Mill Rd. in Hampton NH. Check out the home pageof the NHARRL for more information.

Coming up Near - fest XIX  April 29th and 30th 

NTS - Traffic and Training Symposium in Concord Saturday May 21 9a - 12p at Concord Bible Fellowship 25 Rockingham St. to register email Joe Burke NH STM

NH Section and local 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

North Country Weather Net Daily 8p 145.430 K1EME Repeater Cannon Mt.

February 2016 Section Traffic Manager Report - Joe Burke W1INC

A reminder to send in your PSHR and SAR a the beginning of the month. EC's are encouraged to send local net reports to W1INC for inclusion in the monthly list.

NET         SESSIONS          QNI          QTC       QTR       NET MANAGER

CADN             4                      23              2             96           N1FDR

CAARES        4                       37             3            148          N1FDR

GSTN            28                    145            64           251         W1INC

VTNH            26                      60             15           117         W1INC

NH HF DIG    4                       27              9            126         N1GB

NHSN             4                        6                0              2           W1INC


Station Activity Report

STATION          O                       R                S               D            TOTAL

WA1MXT          0                      29              50              11              90

K1PJS              0                       8               21               0               29

W1INC             0                       50              2                0                52


Public Service Honor Roll     (70 points needed for call listed in QST)

STATION         1             2             3            4            5           6       TOTAL

WA1MXT        40           40           20           0           0            0        100

K1PJS            29           29          30           0           0            30       118

W1INC            40           40           30           0          0            20       130


Amateur Radio Parity Act Click here for latest information

Hello NH Amateur Radio Operators,

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 - HR-1301 was introduced to the US House of Representatives and S1685 in the Senate is designed  to extend reasonable accommodation to amateurs currently living under covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&R). Here is an opportunity to assist those hams that live under a CC&R.

Information from the League Web site….

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 -- H.R.1301 -- has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle -- seven Republicans and five Democrats.

  The bill now before congress would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners' association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress. 

NH ARRL members in District 1 are encouraged to contact Concgressional Representatives to ask them to sign onto the bill as a co-sponsor. Representative Kuster in District 2 has rercently signed on as a co sponsor.

We recommend sending the letter to your member of Congress to:
Attn HR 1301 grassroots campaign
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111

  For further information on HR-1301 log onto the League web site





June 2015 Amateur Radio Month in New Hampshire

The State of New Hampshire

By Her Excellency

Margaret Wood Hassan, Governor

A Proclamation


JUNE 2015

WHEREAS, Amateur Radio operators are celebrating over a century of the human voice being broadcast over the airwaves; and

WHEREAS, Amateur Radio has continued to provide a bridge between peoples, societies, and countries by creating friendships and the sharing of ideas; and

WHEREAS, The New Hampshire Section of the American Radio Relay League (NH-ARRL) has a Memorandum of Understanding with New Hampshire’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management to provide situational reporting and other communication capabilities in times of disaster; and

 WHEREAS, Licensed New Hampshire amateur radio operators demonstrated their value in public assistance by providing free radio communication for local parades, bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, fairs, and other charitable public events; and

 WHEREAS, Amateur Radio once again proved its undisputed relevance in the modern world by providing emergency communications when other systems failed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing and Hurricane Sandy; and

 WHEREAS, The ARRL is the leading organization for Amateur Radio in the USA; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARGARET WOOD HASSAN, GOVERNOR of the State of New Hampshire, do hereby proclaim, June 2015, as AMATEUR RADIO MONTH in the State of New Hampshire and encourage all citizens to recognize the 24-hour period (June 27 and 28) of demonstration of the Radio Amateurs’ skills and readiness to provide self-supporting communications without further infrastructure required.

 Given on this 28th day of May, in the year of Our Lord

Two thousand and fifteen and the independence of the United States of America, two hundred and thirty nine.

Margaret Wood Hassan




  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



This month Assistant Section Manager and EC from Coos County, KB1IZU, provides us with news and information from the North Country. 

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!

Other June News

June 2014 Amateur Radio Month in New Hampshire

The State of New Hampshire

By Her Excellency

Margaret Wood Hassan, Governor 

A Proclamation


JUNE 2014

 Whereas, Amateur Radio represents an organized, volunteer communications public service asset, duly authorized by the Federal Communications Commission; and

 Whereas, Licensed Amateur Radio operators in New Hampshire using skills developed through practice and radio equipment built or purchased themselves, form a vital communications network under the auspices of the American Radio Relay League- New Hampshire Amateur Radio Emergency Service (NH –ARES) program; and

 Whereas, The New Hampshire Section of the American Radio Relay League (NH-ARRL) has a Memorandum of Understanding with New Hampshire’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management to provide situational reporting and other communication capabilities in times of disaster ; and

 Whereas, Licensed  New Hampshire Amateur Radio operators demonstrated their value in public assistance by providing free radio communications for local parades, bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, fairs and other charitable public events; and

 Whereas, Amateur Radio once again proved its undisputed relevance in the modern world in 2013 by providing emergency communications when other systems failed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013 and Hurricane Sandy; and

 Whereas, the ARRL is the leading organization for Amateur Radio in the USA; celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2014, and

 Whereas, the ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day exercise will take place on June 28-29, 2014 and is a 24 hour emergency preparedness exercise and demonstration of the Radio Amateurs’ skills and readiness to provide self supporting communications without further infrastructure being required; now

 Therefore, I Margaret Wood Hassan Governor of the State of New Hampshire, do hereby officially recognize and

designate June as Amateur Radio Month in the State of New Hampshire


Section News May 2014

Hard to believe Nearfest XV at the Deerfield Fairgrounds has come and gone! The weather for the spring session was superb and attendance at the event was good both days. Many thanks to Mr. Mike, W1RC and the Nearfest team for the volunteer time and effort they provide to the Amateur community for this great semi-annual event. This year the good folks at Nearfest have graciously agreed to support the ARRL Spectrum Defense fund by matching Amateur contributions up to a total of 1000 dollars. Several Amateur Radio Clubs have already taken advantage of this. To find out more and how you can participate contact John Moore, N1FOJ. John’s email is

Several new members have come on board as part of the Section Field Organization (FO) team. Larry Beagle, KB1RIJ is the new Public Information Coordinator taking over for Martin Koechel, KW1M. Larry’s first task is working with the Governor’s office on the annual Proclamation for June as Amateur Radio month in NH. Each year the proclamation coincides with the month Field Day activities occur. Also joining the FO is Dee Hebert, AB1ST. Dee’s extensive technical and administrative background, along with the team of Technical Specialists throughout the Section, provides an excellent resource for Amateur Radio technical advice for all Amateurs in NH. Dee takes over for Tom Howey, K1TWH who has taken a position outside of NH. We thank Tom for his service to the Amateurs of NH and wish him well in his new endeavor.

Two Technician licensing classes have recently concluded around the Section. In Concord,the Contoocook Valley Radio Club held a class at the American Red Cross producing 5 new Technician operators. At the Belmont High School, as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program (STEM) teacher Dave McDonald, KB1QFX along with Central Club member and educator ASM Dick Christopher, N1LT presented the Technician license material followed by a VE session conducted by the CNHARC that resulted in 12 new High School students joining the Amateur ranks.

A reminder that the Technician Class License will have new a new question pool and new study guides at the end of June.

When you receive this newsletter Dayton will in full swing. If you happened to travel to the mega-fest we would like to know about it! Send any information and pictures to and we can add it to future newsletters and social media sites.

Speaking of social media, the NH ARRL Facebook page is a great resource of local Amateur Radio news and information. If you have been looking for a reason to get on Facebook this is a very good one. To create an account, simply go to and follow the instructions to setup an account. Once done you can log onto the NH ARRL site at anytime and add your own information and pictures.

The Section would like to acknowledge the volunteer efforts of Cliff, N1RCQ. Cliff was recently recognized by Breathe Inc. as the April volunteer of the month for his part in the Breathe New Hampshire’s Annual Seacoast Bike Tour. Congratulations Cliff!

HB1360 was introduce dto the NH House in January. The bill is designed to limit the use of cellphone use in a vehicle by the operator. Section had concerns that two way radio mobile operation could be impacted by this bill, similar to what has happened in other states. Thanks to the testimony of several Amateurs and with help from the Department of Safety, language was added to the legislation to exempt any non cellular two way radio. In other words mobile, two way radio communication by the vehicle operator would still be allowed should the bill become law. The bill has past the House and Senate and it is believed the Governor will sign he bill into law.

To read a complete copy of the amended bill go to;

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, Joe Burke, W1INC at

The NH Slow Net (CW) on 3539 khz has QNO for the season and will resume in the fall. Thanks to the many stations that QNI over the winter months. Look forward to seeing you in the fall.

In August, the Section is hosting a conference on Traffic Handling and the Official Observer program. Basics of traffic handling for both CW andvoice will be presented and information on the official Observer program will be discussed. Stay tuned for further details on the NH ARRL web site and social media pages.

Many thanks to Bob Raymond, WA1Z, and the plethora of operators who put NH into the earphones of Amateurs around the world as part of the April W1AW/1 QSO Centennial party.Nearly 50,000 QSOs were logged during the third and fourth week in April!W1AW/NH will be back our way in the fall. Keep an eye out for it in QST or the League web site

In a sense, the Centennial celebration of the ARRL has already begun with the year long Centennial QSO party but the nexus of the celebration is scheduled for July 17-19 in Hartford.Guest speakers, flea markets, League tours in Newington among other events are scheduled during the 3rd week in July. All of this follows on the heels of the WRTC 2014 activities going on a week before. Check out QST or the League website for details on both events.

Looking for volunteers and operators for the McAuliffe / Shepard Discovery Center Amateur Radio station, KA1SKY.  Amateur Radio volunteers operate the station and share with those stopping by the many facets of Amateur Radio. The annual ARRL “Kids day” is coming up June 21 and this would be a great time to introduce those under 18 to the wonders of Amateur radio at KA1SKY. If interested please drop me an email to learn the details of becoming a volunteer.

If you have news and information that can be shared with the NH Amateur radio community, please send to








February 2014

The American Radio Relay League celebrates its 100th birthday in 2014. Back in 1914 Hartford, Connecticut resident and automobile entrepreneur Hiram Percy Maxim along with teenager Clarence Tuska, began what would become the nation’s foremost organization for Amateur Radio. December 2013 QST (page 69) details the beginning of the League and the unconventional meeting of both Maxim and Tuska. The idea of a radio relay to bring cohesion to a growing number of radio operators not only would foster the ability of message handling but create a unifying force to lobby the government for the RF spectrum rights of Amateurs.

The ARRL has a plethora of activities to celebrate the Centennial from a year-long Centennial QSO party to the main event in the Hartford area in July 2014. Between Thursday July 17 and Saturday July 19 thousands will gather at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford will be the nexus for League sponsored seminars, exhibits and flea markets. Daily tours of the Maxim memorial station, W1AW and League Headquarters will  be available during the 3 day event.

January signals the start of the year-long Centennial QSO party which has two main on-going operating activities. W1AW takes to the road and will operate portable in each of the 50 states. NH hosts the flagship station on 2 dates; April 23 – 29 and September 10 – 19. Further details will be made available on the  web site when W1AW portable take to the air in NH.  The Centennial point challenge provides participants the ability to earn points by contacting other League members with increasing points for League officials up to a one time value of 300 points for contacting the ARRL President, Kay Craigie, N3KN. For a complete details of the rules and points check for the Centennial QSO party check  out…… The Centennial QSO Party is not a contest but awards will be issued. Earn awards based upon points, working all states or working W1AW portable in every state and territory. This is an on-the-air event like no other.

2014  looks to be an exciting year in Amateur Radio. Stay tuned for information updates from W1AW and QST.

This month we are pleased to present  from the NH Section Leadership team, Loren Albright, W1UV,  Official Observer Coordinator,  to share a few words on the Official Observer program.

The Official Observer Program is function of The Amateur Auxiliary (AA). The AA is an FCC field organization created by an agreement between the FCC and the ARRL. Members of the Official Observer Program monitor the amateur frequencies for FCC rule violations, band intrusions, and for interference issues. The program has about 700 Official Observers (OO's) throughout the U.S. There 8 in NH.

OO's do not enforce the rules. OO's are not "Band Cops". OO's only monitor for rule violations and notify the offenders only by mailed Advisories. OO's also listen for good operation and can complement amateurs with "Good Operator Reports". The most common rule violations are out-of-band operation, splattering, and band intrusions. Many FCC rules are subjective in nature so good judgment is required when deciding to send an advisory. OO's also assist with interference issues. The overall goal of the OO program is to help Amateur Radio operators by letting them know of rule violations before the FCC takes action.

The OO program within a Section is managed by the Section Manager and his appointed Official Observer Coordinator (OOC). The OOC collects monthly reports from the OO's in his Section and forwards them to the SM and the League, answers any questions the OO's may have, sets guidelines for OO duties, forwards to the league issues that need to be elevated to the FCC, and reviews applicants for an OO position. OO's may not contact the FCC directly. Only the League is permitted to do that.

Because the OO program is part of the face of Amateur Radio, OO applicants are vetted as thoroughly as possible. Many are rejected because they misunderstand the purpose of the OO program and have tendencies towards being Band Cops. The most important quality of an OO is good judgment and good communications skills.

 The application process is:

·        Apply on-line at the ARRL web site. The application is forwarded to the SM and OOC.

Not everyone is cut out for the job and more applicants are turned away than accepted. However, if you feel you have the qualifications and want to help Amateur Radio, please apply. I am especially interested in having OO's in the Northern and Western part of NH. I am also looking for applicants with CW skills. You must have a General Class license or above and been one or least 2 years.


Loren Albright - W1UV

Official Observer Coordinator - NH Section



For monthly NET statisitcs go to





December 2013

Section, Local and Regional Nets

Net           Sessions   QNI        QTC          QTR          NM     Freq        Time
VTNH              22          78            38             219                         3539        Dy 7p
GSTN               31         115           77             317        K1PJS    146.94     Dy 9p
NH ARES         4            49            4                91        KB1YAI   3945      Sa 8:30a
NE NBEMS      5           28            12             200       KB1OKX 3582      Sa 7:30a
NHSN              10           50            2              150         K1PJS       3539    m-w-f 7:30p    
CADN                3             9             5                73          W1RLL      146.94      We 8p
CA ARES            3           18            1                81          W1RLL     146.895    Mo 7p

1RN                  62          220        179             556        W1KX        3598       1930 & 2130L

Station Activity Reports

SAR          ORG       REC       SEN      DEL      Total         BPL
K1PJS                         46          52          6            104
W1INC                      40           22          5             67  
AB1AV         1           32           48           3             84


Public Service Honor Roll

PSHR              1             2            3            4             5             6         Total
K1PJS            40          40        30                                         30         140
W1INC         29           40          30           5                            20         124    
WA1MXT     40           40          30                                                       110
AB1AV           40          40          10                                                         90               


December 2013

Welcome to the NH Section ARRL page. 

For further information please log on to NH Section web site  or NH Section Facebook page.

NH ARES     

Section News and information


Over the next few months you will hear from various departments within the Field Organization to provide you information and updates on particular happenings and news. This month we are pleased to have Assistant Section Manager, Dennis, N1IMW, share a few words on “CW Operations and Training” and activities within.

Thanks for stopping by!  As 2013 winds down, we are looking forward to 2014 as a growth year for code operations here in our ARRL NH section.  Operating code gives both new and existing hams a great mode to work low power (QRP), field operations, contesting, kit building, NTS traffic operations, DX worldwide contacts and just plain old ragchewing with fellow code operators.

Our goal for the NH section in 2014 is to help 15 operators achieve 10 words per minute proficiency via the 10-wpm endorsement for W1AW.  Saturday morning classes will be held starting in January to assist members who would enjoy the camaraderie of a group setting for practicing and learning code.  Stay tuned for details on location and exact time that should be announced by mid-December.  I look forward to hearing from all New Hampshire hams regarding your possible interest in the classes.  The more the merrier!  Email me at:

In the meantime, look for the second issue of the SLOW CODE SNAIL MAIL- our section newsletter with updates, tips and assorted information you’ll enjoy reading about (sign up at my email address above both email and US postal mail is available).  Also, check out the ARRL website ( for helpful information about cw operations.  More importantly, find the W1AW (the league station in Newington, CT) code practice schedule and LISTEN.  LISTEN, too, for the NH CW Slow Net held M-W-F at 7:30 PM in the code portion of 80 meters, usually at 3539 kHz.  LISTEN !  Two words you’ll be hearing from me over and over:  Listen and Practice!  Listen and Practice . . .Listen and Practice! Let’s work at our goal of 15 new CW ops here in the great State of New Hampshire.

Dennis, N1imw


October 2013 


Section, Local and Regional Nets

Net           Sessions   QNI   QTC   QTR       NM        Freq        Time
VTNH             24            94    41       253                    3539        Dy 7p
GSTN             31          148    81       350   K1PJS    146.94    Dy 9p*
NH ARES        3              27     3          68   KB1YAI    3945      Sa 8:30a

NHSN              4              19                 67   K1PJS     3539  m-w-f 7:30p

* GSTN on 146.94 in Concord PL114.8
CADN            5             17       7         172        W1RLL 146.94     We 8p
CA ARES      3             31       3          107        W1RLL 146.895   Mo 7p

1RN              62          244   224        686         W1KX      3598    1945 & 2130L
Station Activity Reports

Station      Org      Rec     Sen      Del      Total         BPL
K1PJS                      67        51         1         119

WA1MXT    23         46        64         9         142   

 W1INC                     38        16                      54      

K1NN                        16        18         8           42

AB1AV                      31        51                      82       

Public Service Honor Roll

PSHR              1            2         3         4        5         6          Total


K1PJS           40          40      30                            30            140

WA1MXT       40          40      30                                            110 

W1INC           31          40       30      40                20            161       

 AB1AV          40          40       10                                             90


November  2103

Fall is upon us. Days are noticeably shorter and there is the refreshing crisp “feel” of things to come as we head out of the house inthe morning. Many of us are hurrying to finish up those delayed antenna projects or maybe out on an afternoon hike with the portable QRP rig taking in the ebb of summer. As the calendar turns to October, with anticipation we look forward to Nearfest on the 11th and 12th, one of the last outdoor ham radio events before snowflies. With the cooler weather and eventual snow comes more time in the shack and settling into regular winter time operating activities. 

I heard the other day on the local repeater of a ham getting his 160 meter dipole up in the air to take advantage of the quieter “Top Band”during the colder months. It reminded me of a number of years ago being presented with the opportunity from the local broadcast station, that signed off at midnight,  to take possession of the radio stations 350’  vertical. Several AM’ers carried a truck load of equipment into the transmitter shack before the appointed time and after the station signed off loaded up the tower on 160 making contacts up and down the east coast and having the best of time operating into the wee hours.

Seeking camaraderie with fellow hams during the cooler months is never a problem as many head off to the monthly meeting at the local radio club. NH is blessed to have a dozen or so clubs with excellent programs throughout the year but attendance usually increases after September as many return from summer vacations and non-amateur activities during the longer hours of daylight.

If you are thinking of joining a local club and need help finding one you can log onto the NH ARRL web site on the right hand side of the home page is a listing of NH Amateur Radio Clubs. Find the nearest one and pay a visit.

 Don’t forget to periodically log onto the ARRL national website, to get up to the minute news on important amateur radio events, contests, W1AW operating schedule and a plethora of information for the novice all the way up to the seasoned operator.

Just around the corner and certainly something to mark onthe calendar, is the Centennial of the ARRL. In July 2014, consider participating at the ARRL National Centennial Convention going on at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Amateurs from all over the world will be attending and we in NH are fortunate to be within an easy morning drive. Stay tuned to W1AW and QST for upcoming news and information about the Centennial. Tours of the League and W1AW will be among many of the activities. 




September NTS  2013

Section, Local and Regional Nets

Net           Sessions   QTC   QNI   QTR       NM        Freq        Time
VTNH             23            79      44     251                     3539        Dy 7p
GSTN             30            81    148    350     K1PJS    146.94    Dy 9p*
NH ARES       4               2       37      92      KB1YAI    3945      Sa 8:30a


* GSTN on 146.94 in Concord PL114.8
CADN            4               5       16     113        W1RLL 146.94     We 8p
CA ARES      3               1        25     350       W1RLL 146.895   Mo 7p

1RN              60          190     226   582      W1KX      3598    1945 & 2130L
Station Activity Reports

Station      Sent       Rec      Del       Org      Total         BPL
K1PJS          57        83          2                      140

WA1MXT      81        68          7          23        179

W1INC         15        36                                     51

AB1AV         16        34                                     50

Public Service Honor Roll

PSHR              1            2         3         4        5         6          Total

K1PJS           40          40      30       20                30            160

WA1MXT       40          40      30                                           110  

W1INC          27          40       30       60                 20           177

AB1AV          28          40       10                                             78


 To: All NH Amateurs

From: Peter Stohrer, K1PJS - Section Manager

September 2013

The events of January 28th, 1986 are written into most of our memories. 73 seconds after launch, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded claiming the lives of all 7 astronauts, among them Christa McAuliffe of Concord. Christa was the first educator selected for the Teacher in Space in Program developed by NASA to inspire students, honor teachers and to spur interest in mathematics, science and space exploration. Following the accident, President Reagan appointed a special commission to investigate the cause which found failure of the O rings on the Solid Rocket Booster the main contributor to the disaster.

In memory of Christa and to perpetuate her legacy, a state of the art science center and planeta




New Hampshire Officials