The WAS Amateur Radio Club meets several times per year in the classroom on the campus of the Westport Astronomical Society. Currently our ham shack consists of a TS-480SAT HF-6M base station donated from Kenwood USA, and an ICOM IC-735 with an LDG auto antenna tuner. KB1WLW currently uses a 35′ high multiband G5RV wire that’s connected between the two Nike radar towers on the campus as well as a new (to us) vertical antenna flying high above the North Nike Tower. Northern hemisphere and Central American contacts are easy from our location.
The shack also hosts an APRS digipeater operating around the clock on a 2m Yaesu radio and the ADS-B equipped raspberry pi3 monitoring 1090 mhz for all flights near the observatory. Kenwood USA also generously donated a TH-572A handheld radio.
KB1WLW is open to all WAS members that hold the appropriate licensing after a brief check out.
We have a few projects we’re currently pursuing and if you have some interest in a particular one, please let us know!
Installation of a Radio Telescope to view and map the hydrogen line in the solar system and galaxy
Installation of a standalone, internet accessible Weather Station
Construction of a directional antenna for communications with satellites, the International Space Station and experimental high altitude balloons
Upgrade of the current HF antenna and installation on the north Nike Tower
The ability to allow our licensed members to use HF via the internet
Installation of an SDR receiver available to our members via the internet
The Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club, the Housatonic Amateur Radio Club, and the Westport Astronomical Society / Northrop Grumman Amateur Radio Club will be taking part in the event at the Westport Astronomical Society’s observatory in Westport, CT. Here’s the official WAS announcement.
Anyone interested in amateur radio (or astronomy) should plan on stopping by. You don’t have to be experienced or licensed, just interested.
The event officially begins at noon on Saturday and ends at noon on Sunday. (yes – all day and all night!)
Several stations will be operating on most bands and modes. (HF thru UHF, SSB, phone, CW, digital, etc. Possibly satellite too.)
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Don’t hesitate to contact Mike Miciukiewicz / K1MJM if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some useful links and additional contact info.
Greater Bridgeport ARC: http://www.gbarc.net/
Housatonic ARC: http://housatonicarc.homestead.com/
Westport Astronomical Society (including KB1WLW): https://www.was-ct.org/
Official 2017 Field Day Contact Info:
N1KT Housatonic ARC, Greater Bridgeport ARC, Westport Astronomical Society ARC
Contact: Kevin Cellini
Steve Dick, K1RF, presented “Software Defined Radio (SDR) for Amateur Radio – An Overview”. This talk covered what is SDR, how it works, basic types, some examples of current equipment from low-end to high-end, how SDR has evolved, and how to access SDR radios on the internet for free.
Steve demonstrated an SDR receiver tuning around on our G5RV antenna and played some pre-recorded sessions.
If you have any interest in SDR, Steve’s excellent presentation full of links and details is available for viewing and downloading in your browser.
The inaugural meeting of the Westport Astronomical Society’s Amateur Radio club began with a talk introducing Digital Mobile Radio (DMR).
Ken Middleton / AG2K, owner of the Bridgeport DMR Repeater, gave a talk and demo at the Westport Astronomical Society Club’s “Radio Shack” at the Observatory Classroom. We talked about the future of KB1WLW and had well over 35 fill the classroom for our first meeting. Thanks everyone!