Parks on the Air
This world-wide program puts state and national parks on the air. It's a great way to get on the air from a wide variety of scenic and historic sites. Work the parks from home, or put one on the air yourself! Visit their web page at https://wwff-kff.com for details. If you'd like to volunteer to lead a TSRC POTA expedition, propose it at the next meeting.
ARRL Field Day
Field Day is held the fourth full weekend each June. It's part disaster exercise, part contest, and all fun, and TSRC participates in Field Day every year. Learn how to set up and operate on the HF bands under field conditions. Check out our pictures pages for Field Days of the past, and visit http://www.arrl.org/field-day to learn more about the event.
New England QSO Party
On the first full weekend each May, all the New England states get on the air to give a chance for stations around the world to make contacts with New Englanders. This event is especially popular with county and grid square hunters, because we have some rare ones, especially in Northern New England. Join the fun from home, or hit the road and put a rare one on the air. www.neqp.org
Not to be confused with RSGB's Islands on the Air (IOTA) program, this one is for any island in the United States. USI holds several on-air events each year, and both clubs and individuals can put islands on the air anytime year-round. TSRC put Gilman Island in Hanover (CT River) on the air back in 2011, and we're always open for new adventures. Check the calendar at www.usislands.org to see which islands will be on the air in coming months. Club treasurer Dave WA1ZCN has a 13' Boston Whaler that's perfect for landing small groups on islands.
Summits On The Air (SOTA)
Pack a lunch, radio, and bring your log book! SOTA is an ARRL program that activates as many mountain summits as possible. You can operate on any band, but 2m and HF are both popular. Listen to 146.52 on any nice weekend, and you'll likely hear one or more hams on hills. TSRC has a loaner kit for members who want to try their hand at SOTA. The club's SOTA coordinator is club president Dan, AD1HD.
Winter Field Day
It takes a certain kind of crazy to operate in the snow, but if you're game, TSRC has the gear and resources to pull it off. If you think the club should participate in this wacky endeavor, please bring it up at the next meeting! Winter Field Day is organized and sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association - visit them here: www.winterfieldday.com