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.


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                                      MEETING NOTES  
                                          April 12, 2014

The museum's ham radio club held its April breakfast meeting on Saturday, the 12th. Here are some of the highlights:

     President Chris Kelling, N1WKO, called the meeting to order at 9:13. Fifteen club members were present plus one visitor.

     Treasurer Charles Griffen, W1GYR, reported that the treasury stood at $1,086.65 and that some dues checks were received that morning but not yet added to the balance.

     Chris announced that the club's shirts had arrived and passed them out. The group voted to have the club pay for the one-time set-up charge; members would pay for their own shirts.

     Greg Secord, K1MVQ, talked about the pop-up station at the ARRL Centennial and that we still needed someone to oversee the activity and operate the station. Dan Crowley, W1STP, had volunteered, but a prior commitment took priority. He agreed to work with Mary Beaulieu, KB1WFI, in finding recruits to handle the station.

     Greg described the enclosure he's designed to hide the sprinkler system plumbing. Dan Thomas, KB1WFF, offered the use of his van to pick up plywood in order to complete the project.

     The group discussed whether to forgo having a swap-meet table at the ARRL Centennial, as the museum might be a better place to hold it, considering the number of visitors anticipated.

     Bernie Michaels, W2LFV, reported that he and Charles Griffen had marked all the items outside the hams shack for display or removal to storage. Any disputed items will be settled at the May breakfast meeting. Chris will be responsible for cleaning up the shack.

     The group discussed various venues for trips and tours and Program Chair Larry Butler, KB1KIZ, will begin investigating.

     Bill Storey, AB1LZ, talked about the TrapRock 50K race event at the Penwood state park next Saturday, and the need for more operators. Interested hams should contact George (ab1gl@arrl.net) and copy Bill (ab1lz@arrl.net) if you are available for any part of the day.

     Skip Colton, W1FTE, reported on preparations for this year's Field Day activities. He offered to register the club to set up a station on the village green during FD. If there are too many restrictions, an option would be for a poster on the green, calling attention to the museum.

     Chris Kelling said the club had sold several pieces of equipment on the museum's eBay site and offered to share the income with the museum. The balance of the money will go towards purchasing equipment for the lab the club plans to set up.

     Chris hopes to fulfill the educational mission of the club by offering not only technician license classes, but courses in basic electronics as well as practical hands-on classes of value to new hams (old ones too!)

The meeting concluded at 10:30

Respectfully submitted,
Bernie Michaels, W2LFV
Club Secretary  




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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