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 May 2015 Ham Club Meeting
• President Chris Kelling, N1WKO, opened the meeting at 9:07. Twelve members were present.
• Treasurer Charles Griffen, W1GYR, reported the treasury stood at $1,557.96. $581 of that was earmarked for the research lab, part of which was $400 from the sale of surplus gear on eBay.
• Charles will check on a efficient way in which to update access to the club’s checking account by the newly elected officers.
• Skip Colton, W1FTE, described the Mosley beam antenna repair efforts last week and the need to replace the old rotor. He has a rebuilt rotor and control box to donate to the club. Jim Grant, K1AZ, rebuilt the traps on the antenna. Chris wants to use this opportunity to shorten the coax run between antenna and shack.
• A trash-collection truck got entangled in the G5RV cable: truck 1, Antenna 0. The group plans to replace the G5RV with the recently donated Carolina Windom. Chris wants this done before Field Day.
• Skip also mentioned that he’s run a rope to trees in back in anticipation of putting up a 160 meter antenna in the near future.
• Mary Beaulieu, KB1WFI, who is handling Field Day this year, asked for members to commit to this year’s schedule: time and date. Bernie, W2LFV agreed to set up his GOTA station on the front lawn on Saturday. Bill Thompson, K1NNB, and Jim Grant offered the use of generators. Dick Stebbins, K1ITV, offered the use of his motor home which is equipped with a vertical antenna and a 6KW generator. For lunch on Saturday, the group voted to have the club buy hots and hamburgers for grilling, and Mary suggested people could bring a dish to share.
NOTICE: Field Day this year is June 27, 28, beginning at 2:00 on Saturday
• Chris reported the ham shack build-out is nearly complete. The track lighting is in and working. There is also a new light switch outside the shack, so docents can turn on the lights inside during tours so visitors can see the shack. Dan Thomas, NC1J, reported the donation of a Hammarlund HQ180 receiver in fine condition that might do well in the AM operating position. Chris is working to register the club for on-line digital logging.
• Chris got permission to order more polo shirts in various sizes with the W1VCM logo.
• The club’s by-laws were drafted in 2002 when the club was organized. Club members were given copies of the by-laws and asked to review them in light of today’s club and its goals. Suggested changes will be discussed at the next meeting (or in September, as the June meeting will most likely be dominated by FD issues).
• Chris described the need for a Social Director who would be responsible for community relations, upcoming events affecting the club, etc. No discussion ensued and this topic will be explored further at a later time.
• Dan Thomas reported the donation of equipment by Bruce Marcus, N1XG, president of the Pioneer Valley Repeater Association of Connecticut. Bernie will send a thank-you note to Bruce.
• The meeting adjourned at 10:00
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