Ham Club

Welcome to the Museum's Ham Station


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.Ham operators working the station

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 bmawrite@gmail.com or  write, 514 Dewey St. West Springfield, MA 01089




The annual meeting of the club will be held at 10:00 on February 21, 2015 following the museum’s annual meeting. There are a lot of important issues to discuss and vote on and your participation is important. Guests are also invited.

After the meeting those who want can meet at the Windsor 75 Diner for lunch.

A reminder also that annual dues will be collected at the meeting ($25.00). Checks should be made payable to VRCM Ham Club.

For more information, contact club secretary Bernie Michaels, W2LFV, at bmawrite@gmail.com

                          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. 



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Field Day, 2014

 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.

                                                                       MEETING NOTES 
                                                               Ham Club Meeting Highlights

Highlights of ham club annual meeting – February 21, 2015

The Amateur Radio Club of the
Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of CT
Minutes of the Annual Meeting, February 21, 2015

•    President Chris Kelling, N1WKO, opened the meeting at 10:10. Sixteen members were present.

•    The group approved the minutes of last year’s meeting with no changes.

•    Bernie Michaels, W2LFV, substituting for Treasurer Charles Griffen, W1GYR, read the financial report.  The group accepted the report as submitted. Bernie also collected annual dues from members.

•    The group voted to donate $300 to the museum again this year, the money to be taken from proceeds of eBay sales.

•    Chris asked for nominations for Vice President, Field Day Coordinator, Display Coordinator, and Program Coordinator. Dan Thomas, NC1J, was nominated for Vice President and accepted, Mary Beaulieu, KB1FWI, volunteered for Field Day Coordinator, Bill Thompson, K1NNB, volunteered to oversee the ham-area displays. No one came forward to serve as Program Coordinator.

•    Chris reported that the ham-shack expansion will allow us to have space for digital modes as well as VHS operation. Skip Colton, W1FTE, has donated a desk for the new space, and Dick Stebbins, K1ITV, offered a dish for future television work. The group also discussed the need for one-on-one training on using the Heathkit linear amplifier in the shack.

•    The group discussed the offer by the engineers at WTIC giving the club use of their 440 MHz repeater.

•    Greg Secord, K1MVQ, reported on the club’s activities during the ARRL Centennial and explained why plans to set up a “pop-up” station at the Science Center, and why application to contact the International Space Station were thwarted. Dan Thomas, who worked on the ISS proposal, was encouraged to submit an application again next year.

•    Chris briefly talked about the repair/research facility. Construction is due to start on that room as soon as space is made available in the back area of the museum. Various pieces of test equipment have been donated for the lab.

•    Under new business, Chris discussed his plans to offer classes in electronics and theory, as well as VE training.

•    Chris announced there would be an informal lunch at the Windsor 75 Diner following the meeting.

•    The meeting ended at 10:57

Respectfully submitted
Bernie Michaels, W2LFV
Club Secretary

 Dan Thomas, NC1J, proudly displays a facsimile of the award given to station KTSC that he co-founded as the top college station in the U.S. Larry Butler, KB1KIZ, created the framed picture. (Photo courtesy Mike Panicello, KB1ZHB)                          


Are You Interested in Becoming a Ham Radio Operator? 

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 kellingc@cox.net  

Ham Radio Advice - Have questions about antennas, equipment, operating procedures, etc.? Contact Charles "Skip" Colton, W1FTE, at clcolton@att.net  or Bill Storey, AB1LZ, at ab1lz.@arrl.net

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 k1nnb@netzero.net

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 bmawrite@comcast.net

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


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