February 2020

PART held Winter Field Day for the first time on January 25-26, and in spite of threatening weather forecasts, it turned out to be an enjoyable event. Our site was at the Westford Sportsman’s Club in Westford, and Brian, W1BP, took the lead to set it up, providing the tent (with a heater!), an Icom IC-7300, a generator, and even a pot of stew!. We used one of the 80-10 meter off-center-fed dipoles from summer Field Day which loaded up on all bands, and we operated on phone, CW, and JS8-Call with the single rig. Eleven PART members and one non-ham showed up to operate the station — we made 158 contacts and with many bonus points, claimed a score of 7,508. There will be a full report at the January PART meeting.


The photo above shows three of our intrepid Winter Field Day attendees: Niece, KA1ULN, Frank, KC1HSC, and John, WB2OSZ, at the WFD site.

I’d like to thank Brian for taking the initiative on this very successful event. With the experience we gained this year and the many lessons learned, next year’s Winter Field Day should be even better, so mark your calendars now for the third week in January 2021.

And speaking of Field Day, the Concord Rod & Gun Club has offered to host us for Summer Field Day 2020, June 27 - 28. This has always been a great site for us, with plenty of room (and trees) for our stations and antennas. We'll be talking more about Field Day at upcoming meetings.

If you’re reading this, you can see that we’ve rolled out a new PART website. We’re trying to make this as useful and informative as possible, so take a look around at the various pages and tabs, and let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement. Any club member can submit text for this blog; if you’ve had a ham radio adventure that you want to tell the club about, send it to me via email.

We're also making a transition to Groups.io for club email and notifications. Groups.io gives us a lot of capability to manage email to members, and additionally provides space for files, photos, and even a wiki. Signing up and using the system is easy:

1. If you are already a user of
Groups.io, go to: https://groups.io/g/PARTofWestford and request to join our group.

2. If you are not a
Groups.io user, you’ll need to register (it’s free). Go to Groups.io and hit “Sign Up” in the upper right corner. You’ll then be sent to a page to enter your email address and select a password. After you’ve been notified by email that you’re registered, go to https://groups.io/g/PARTofWestford and request to sign up to our site.

Once you’ve registered on our site, I’ll get a notification for approval. The site is “semi-moderated” your first posting must be approved by me; after that you can post without my intervention.

We’ll still be using the PART-L mailing list while members are registering for the new system.

73, George K1IG
PART President