The WAS Amateur Radio Club K1WAS (formerly KB1WLW) 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. K1WAS 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 vertical 10, 15, 20 and 40m 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.
K1WAS 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
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 took part in the event at our observatory. Here’s the official WAS announcement.
We really had a great time and look forward to Winter Field Day!
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 (now K1WAS) and had well over 35 fill the classroom for our first meeting. Thanks everyone!