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
No summer meetings. Breakfast meetings resume in September.
Highlights of 2015 Field Day Activities
• Thanks to Mary Beaulieu’s efforts, the club had more operating positions on the air during Field Day than any other time in the club’s 13-year history.
• Club members who participated, either on the air or as support personnel, include:
Dick Stebbins, K1ITV, Dez Ould, KB1UUM, Dan Crowley, AB1XL, Charles Griffen, W1GYR, Terry Wright, W1DRC, Chris Kelling, N1WKO, Mary Beaulieu, KB1WFI, Mike Panicello, KB1ZHB, Larry Butler, KB1KIZ, James Burr, KB1NWA, Bill Thompson, K1NNB, Harv Broverman (visitor / helper not a club member), Dan Thomas, NC1J, Bob Allison, WB1GCM, Peter Knight, KN1GHT, Bernie Michaels, W2FLV
• Dick, K1ITV, brought his RV which has a built-in generator. Three rigs operated from this position. When the mosquitoes got pesky, Dick moved the operation indoors and continued operating into the night.
• James Burr, KB1NWA, operated his 5-watt QRP CW rig off batteries using a newly strung inverted vee antenna.
• Bernie operated his little TenTec rig on the front lawn using his BuddiPole antenna. (A Thank-You to John Ellsworth and museum volunteers who erected the canopy and then took it down Saturday evening.)
• Club president Chris Kelling, N1WKO, served up a tasty chili for lunch, then operated the club’s ham-shack station during the day and into the night.
• Seven members enjoyed pizza, watermelon and camaraderie for dinner before going back on the air.
• Larry, KB1KIZ and Mike, KB1ZHB, manned the club station on Sunday.
Finally, A sincere thanks to Mary Beaulieu for organizing this year’s FD activities.
Bernie Michaels, W2LFV
Field Day 2015 Photo Album
"Bill, Terry, Canopy" -- Bill, K1NNB, and Terry, W1DRC, set up canopy for Bernie’s lawn station
|"FD 2015 Mike,-Larry" -- Mike, KB1ZHB, and Larry, KB1KIZ, at the club station. W1VCM|
|" FD 2015 Dick-et-al" -- L to R: Dick, W1ITV, Terry, W1DRC, and Des, KB1UUM, operate off the RV generator under the watchful eye of this year’s FD coordinator, Mary, KB1WFI.|
| eating lunch" -- L to R: Larry, KB1KIZ, Chris, N1WKO, and Bob, WB2GCM, enjoy Chris’s home-made chili for lunch
|"Dan Crowley" -- Dan, AB1XL, checks out 40 meters on the lawn rig|
| "Larry and antenna" -- Larry, KB1KIZ, gets a dipole set up on Dick’s RV
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