- Section Name:
- New Hampshire
- Peter Stohrer, K1PJS
- Evening Phone:
- 603 715 9539
- New England
NH Field Organization
Section Emergency Coordinator - Wayne Santos, N1CKM
Section Traffic Manager- John Gotthardt, K1UAF
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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Send your club information for posting to email@example.com
NTS - Traffic and Training Symposium in Concord Saturday February 25, 2017 9a to12p at Concord Bible Fellowship 25 Rockingham St. to register email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 www.nh-ares.org
Now is a great time to become actively involved. NH ARES needs you! Go to www.nh-ares.org 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 email@example.com or you can contact the Section Emergency Coordinator, Wayne Santos, N1CKM. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.arrl.org/License-instructor-registration
The League also provides a way to promote your Amateur Radio License Class on the arrl.org website. Once details are determined, go to URL http://www.arrl.org/list-a-license-class to list your class. Send the information also to email@example.com to have it added to the Section www.nharrl.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 www.facebook.com 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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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
New Hampshire Officials
Section ManagerPeter J. Stohrer K1PJS
Assistant Section ManagerRichard P. Christopher N1LT
Section Youth CoordinatorPhilip J. Donovan N1UNH
Section Traffic ManagerJohn R. Gotthardt K1UAF
Assistant Section ManagerRobert C. Mitchell W1NH
Official Observer CoordinatorLoren O. Albright W1UV
Assistant Section ManagerReese C. Fowler W1RCF
Affiliated Club CoordinatorAlan K. Shuman K1AKS
Assistant Section ManagerDennis M. Markell N1IMW
Section Emergency CoordinatorWayne W. Santos N1CKM
Assistant Section ManagerRobert R. Martin KB1IZU
State Government LiaisonWilliam G. Nelson KA1PTW
Technical CoordinatorDeirdre Anne Hebert AB1ST