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
Highlights of the June 2015 Ham Club Meeting
• Here are the highlights of June’s breakfast meeting.
• Vice President Dan Thomas, NC1J, called the meeting to order at 9:05. Nine members were present plus guest Terry Wright, W1DRC.
• Treasurer Charles Griffen, W1GYR, reported our working capital at $1,289. New officers still need to register their signatures with the bank, hopefully in the very near future.
• The group voted to suspend regular breakfast meetings during July and August, however, since there is quite a bit of antenna work yet to be completed, the group agreed to meeting for an informal breakfast during the summer before going off to the museum**. Regular meetings will resume in September.
• Skip Colton, W1FTE, reported that the TA-33 beam and a replacement rotor are ready to be re-installed on the tower. The group elected to have the tree guy return with his bucket truck to assist. Skip will follow through with the details. Charles will prepare a check covering the tree guy's bill.
• Skip also indicated the Windom antenna is ready to go up.
• Mary Beaulieu, KB1WFI, discussed Field Day plans. Dick Stebbins, K1ITV, was not present, so it's not clear if he will set up his motorhome as an operating position running off a generator. Bernie Michaels, W2LFV, will have his little rig and BuddiPole antenna set up on the front lawn and operate as an independent class D station. A crew will attempt to get the beam up and operating in time for FD. The group decided to forgo a cookout this year; depending on attendance, pizza might be ordered.
• The group discussed and accepted the wording of the Vice President's position as written by Charles Griffen. The description will be added to the club's bylaws.
• Bernie read an email from George Yahwak, WA2CQH, requesting assistance upgrading from technician to general class. Bill Storey, AB1LZ, volunteered to provide George with information.
• The meeting ended at 9:56
Bernie Michaels, W2LFV
** A notice will not be sent to the restaurant and they will not have the meeting room set up: club members will be seated in the regular dining area.
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