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

                          Join the Saturday Night Bunch  on the air!

Larry Butler, KB1KIZ, invites hams, whether a member of the club or not, and at any license level, to join an informal round table every Saturday night at 10 p.m. EDST at 28.350 MHz (give or take, depending if the frequency is clear). Larry asks to please check in within the first five minutes, although check-ins will be accepted at any time. The structure is loose and discussions cover whatever topics come up.

Ken Sevene W1ARH (with cap), a museum visitor from New Hampshire, presents an antique microphone with the call letters of the museum's ham station to Dick Stebbins, K1ITV. 



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Field Day, 2014

 James Burr, KB1NWA searches for a field day contact as Larry Butler, KB1KIZ looks on.
Mary Beaulieu, KB1WFI, checks out the computerized field day log at the museum's club station, W1VCM.

                                      MEETING NOTES  
                                       Highlights of June 2014 breakfast meeting

·        Acting President Dan Thomas, NC1J, called the meeting to order at 9:00. Nine members attended, plus President Chris Kelling, N1WKO, who called in from Minnesota via cellphone.-

·        Dan introduced visitor Alex Smith, WZ1Q, who lives in Vernon.

·        Treasurer Charles Griffen, W1GYR, reported the checking account held $1462.65, and that we owed the museum $488 for ebay sales, but the museum owed us $270.

·        The group voted to hold a breakfast meeting in July to settle last minute plans for participation in the ARRL Centennial. The group voted not to meet in August, but resume our regular meetings in September.

·        Dan Thomas has delivered the plywood for the sprinkler plumbing enclosure. Greg Secord, K1MVQ, will now be able to complete the project prior to the ARRL Centennial.

·        No one was present to report on the status of the Centennial pop-up station. Chris Kelling, via mobile, said he still needs to train operators in proper traffic handling procedures. . Chris also indicated that work still needs to be done in the shack to prepare it for the Centennial. Dick Stebbins, K1ITV, has agreed to help. (In discussion with Dan Crowley, W1STP, after the meeting, he thought Mary Beaulieu, KB1WFI, had recruited volunteers from Bloomfield to operate the station.)

·        Bernie, W2LFV, reported that he and a crew of helpers will have the display cabinets adjacent to the ham shack reorganized by 90% by the end of the day in preparation for the Centennial.

·        Skip Colton, W2FTE, passed a paper around asking members to indicate their participation in Field Day.

·        The club voted to charge $5.00 for meals during Field Day to defray food costs and reduce the impact on the club’s budget. Chris Kelling has extended an invitation to museum volunteers to join us for lunch.

·        Bernie, Charles and Dan will try to get publicity notices out to local newspapers, radio and television regarding Field Day at the museum.

·        Dan Thomas gave a brief report on the recent tour of Rainbow Dam and Power Station by club members. Dan praised Larry Butler, KB1KIZ, for an outstanding job of organizing and executing the tour. Eleven club members and museum volunteers took part. The tour guide at the dam even gave the museum a small donation – a vintage power relay! Larry will send the tour guide a note of appreciation from the club.

Dan closed the business portion of the meeting at 9:25 with a reminder to all to wear their new club polo shirts whenever they take part in a club or museum function.

Respectfully submitted,

Bernie Michaels, W2LFV

Club Secretary

  The group also visited the vintage power station at the dam

   Eleven Ham club members and museum volunteers enjoyed a recent tour of Rainbow Dam (fish ladder)




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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