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 email@example.com or write, 514 Dewey St. West Springfield, MA 01089
Highlights of the April 2015 Ham Club Meeting
• President Chris Kelling, N1WKO, opened the meeting at 9:18. Fourteen members were in attendance. Chris mentioned that the club has two new members, neither of which was present at the meeting.
• Treasurer Charles Griffen, W1GYR, reported that the treasury stood at $1,132.96 with $181 of that assigned to the service bench project.
Bernie Michaels, W2LFV, reminded anyone who has not paid their annual dues to give.a check ($25) to Charles before the end of the meeting
.• Bernie mentioned that the expansion of the ham shack has eliminated space for one display cabinet and felt the need to rethink the content of the current display. Display Coordinator Bill Thompson, K1NNB, will discuss with colleague Dick Stebbins, K1ITV, when Dick returns from Florida.
• Chris has acquired a collection of old QSL cards which represent a history of the development of ham radio from the 1920s through the 1950s. He feels these would make an interesting and educational display.
• The G5RV antenna has been re-erected and awaiting connection to the feed line. Larry Butler, KB1KIZ, has plans for an inverted L antenna for 160 meters and up.
• The group discussed repair of the TA-33 beam and rotator replacement. Skip Colton, W1FTE, is in contact with the tree firm owning a bucket truck that we’ve used in the past. They will be in the neighborhood soon, and discussion centered on the most efficient and least expensive way in which to remove the damaged antenna and rotator, make repairs and re-install the items. Greg Secord, K1MVQ, suggested looking into the feasibility of having the truck visit the museum early in the day to remove the items in question, and then return towards the end of the day when the tree work was done to re-install the antenna and rotator, thus giving club members time to affect repairs at minimal expense for the truck. Skip will check with the tree service.
• Chris asked for and received permission to purchase a book during the ARRL Spring Book Sale on using oscilloscopes. Chris went on to encourage members to borrow books from the club’s technical book collection.
• Chris asked for help with his informational video project which, he feels, is in keeping with the club’s commitment to education. He hopes to produce a series of short, “hands on” training videos covering various technical aspects of ham radio and equipment. He will send out an email shortly with more details of this project.
• Field Day Coordinator Mary Beaulieu, KB1WFI, discussed plans for the upcoming Field Day. She would like to see more rigs on the air, operating from independent power sources, either on museum property or at a park or other nearby location. Jim Grant, K1AZ, and Bill Thompson, K1NNB, offered the use of generators (Bill’s needs repair).
• Charles announced that the Connecticut Broadcasters Association inducted two new members to its hall of fame, both of whom are licensed hams: Joe Di Maggio, WA1HFQ, and John Ramsey, W1JNR. Both of these hams are enthusiastic supporters of the museum.
• The meeting adjourned at 10:15
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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