W1VCM (for Vintage Communications Museum) is an operating station hosted by the museum’s own ham radio club. The station is located within the museum’s display area so that visitors can see and listen to ham radio in action. Adjacent to the station are displays of commercial and home-made amateur equipment going back to the earliest days of radio.
The station represents a typical ham “shack” from around the 1980s, and operates CW and SSB on all bands between 80 and 10, plus 2 meters. Future plans call for a vintage AM phone presence on the lower bands.
Any licensed amateur who brings in a copy of their valid license may operate the station, under supervision of the station trustee. Besides operating demonstrations, the ham club offers classes for anyone wishing to obtain a ham license. The club meets once a month on the second Saturday for an informal breakfast meeting at the Windsor 75 Diner in Windsor, CT.
For more information about the museum’s ham club, how to become a member, equipment donations, etc. please contact the club secretary, Bernie Michaels, W2LFV at firstname.lastname@example.org or write, 514 Dewey St. West Springfield, MA 01089
Join the Sunday Night Bunch on the air!
Larry Butler, KB1KIZ, invites hams, whether a member of the club or not, and at any license level, to join an informal round table every Sunday night at 8 p.m. EDST at 28.350 MHz (give or take, depending if the frequency is clear). Larry asks to please check in within the first five minutes, although check-ins will be accepted at any time. The structure is loose and discussions cover whatever topics come up.
Ken Sevene W1ARH (with cap), a museum visitor from New Hampshire, presents an antique microphone with the call letters of the museum's ham station to Dick Stebbins, K1ITV.
| James Burr, KB1NWA searches for a field day contact as Larry Butler, KB1KIZ looks on.
Mary Beaulieu, KB1WFI, checks out the computerized field day log at the museum's club station, W1VCM.
January Ham Club Meeting Highlights ·
Highlights of ham club meeting – January 10th, 2015
• President Chris Kelling, N1WKO, opened the meeting at 9:13. Thirteen members were present
• Charles Griffen, W1GYR, gave the status of the treasury: $756.90. In light of the treasury status, the group discussed giving the traditional $300 donation to the museum “to cover utilities, etc.”) A decision was made to sell a piece of Collins equipment on eBay and take a donation out of the sale.
• Chris explained his intention to make a series of professional-quality “how to” video programs relating to electronics that he plans to make available at a small fee on U-Tube, utilizing the many video-production related experiences among the club’s members.
• The Christmas party was a big success, and made more enjoyable by having museum volunteers take part. The consensus was that it should become an annual event.
• Larry Butler, KB1KIZ, explained how he intends to add reinforcement to the ham shack expansion. Skip Coulton, W1FTE, has a desk to donate if it will fit into the available space.
• Jim Grant, K1AZ, is investigating the museum’s property dimensions to see if there is space to erect a 160 meter antenna.
• There has been no activity over the past few months regarding the research/repair lab.
• Skip agreed to oversee the repair of the Mosley beam and will coordinate with the person who volunteered to loan the use of a bucket truck.
• Larry reported good participation in the club’s net and reminded everyone of the shift from Saturday evening to Sunday at 8:00 p.m. to avoid QRM and other problems.
• Chris explained that DRM (Digitally-Modulated Radio) is slowly making inroads into amateur radio. He also mentioned that he’d like to see the club with a 440mHz channel for local communication, but none is available currently. The club might share a channel with the Bloomfield club; Dan Thomas, NC1J, will investigate.
• The group voted to forego the February breakfast meeting in lieu of the Annual Meeting, and go out for an informal lunch after the meeting. Chris reminded the members that we will be voting for a vice president and also a display coordinator at the annual meeting and asked for nominations. Both Mary Beaulieu, KB1WFI, and Dan Thomas were mentioned for V.P.
• Larry Butler will be stepping down as Program Coordinator at the end of the year and a replacement will be needed.
• Under New Business, Dan reported that he was rewiring the displays area of the museum to make it easier to manage the various operational exhibits. Skip spoke about the need for certification to participate in any emergency programs, citing the upcoming schedule of FEMA courses. Skip also reiterated his offer to loan equipment to any new hams in need.
• The meeting ended at 10:27
Bernie Michaels, W2LFV
We offer classes, advice and assistance for anyone interested in learning about or becoming a ham radio operator.
Technician Classes - The Technician class is the entry level into amateur radio. Classes are being formed for anyone who wants to get their Technician grade license. Contact Chris Kelling, N1WKO, at email@example.com
Equipment Loans - Have a license but no equipment? The club has transceivers, power supplies and accessories for short term loan. Contact Bill Thompson, K1NNB, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a ticket but no station - If you're a licensed ham without a station, use ours! The museum club station, W1VCM, is available for use by anyone with a valid amateur radio license. Contact Bernie "Bud" Michaels, W2LFV, at email@example.com
Be Prepared for Emergencies - Hams provide essential communications for their communities during an emergency. Learn how you can help. Contact Bill Storey, AB1LZ at AB1LZ@arrl.net