Toys for Tots

posted Nov 21, 2016, 10:08 AM by Jeremy Betz   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 4:08 PM ]

The Woodmont Amateur Radio Association will be collecting for Toys for Tots Milford at the Woodmont Borough Hall at 128 Kings Highway, Milford, CT at the following times:

Tuesday November 22                        5pm - 8pm
Saturday November 26                      12pm - 4pm  
Sunday November 27                        12pm - 4pm
Wednesday November 30                   5pm - 8pm
Friday December 2                            3pm - 8pm
Saturday December 3                        12pm - 4pm
Sunday December 4                          12pm - 4pm
Tuesday December 6                         5pm - 8pm
Friday December 9                            3pm - 8pm
Saturday December 10                      12pm - 4pm
Sunday  December 11                        12pm - 4pm

Woodmont Founders Patio

posted Oct 20, 2016, 4:03 PM by Jeremy Betz

The Borough of Woodmont is building a "Founders Patio" with custom engraved bricks in front of the borough hall.  The borough is charging to have names or messages engraved in the bricks to help pay for the patio and associated landscaping.  The charge is $50 per brick or $200 for 5 bricks.  Each brick can have up to three rows of thirteen characters.  We are asking WARA members to donate $8.34 to have their call sign engraved on a brick.  Each brick can fit six call signs.

We are asking for club members to participate in this project to memorialize our appreciation for all the borough has done and continues to do to support us.

Each brick would look like the one depicted below.  

If we order 4 bricks (24 Call signs) we can put in a Club brick for free!





You mail your call sign and check to 
John Barrett 
32 Hawley Ave.
Milford, CT  06460

You can also pay at the next club meeting on November 9th.  That will be your last opportunity to participate.

Send any questions to

Amateur Radio Technician License Class Fall 2016

posted Aug 10, 2016, 10:06 AM by Jeremy Betz

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communications together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need. 

The FCC Technician License exam covers basic regulations, operating practices and electronics theory, with a focus on VHF and UHF applications. You don’t need any prior experience or familiarity with electronics and you do not have to learn Morse Code! Technicians may operate FM voice, digital packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes. You can even make international radio contacts via satellites, using relatively simple station equipment.

Please see the listing on our events page or click here for more details!

Skywarn classes are being conducted

posted Mar 25, 2016, 2:24 PM by Jeremy Betz

Pre-registration required for these sessions.
  • Litchfield County Mon. April 11th
    • Winchester Town Hall 2nd floor
    • Blue Room 6:30 PM. Enter town hall through Police Dept.
    • Pre-register at NWS Albany Website.
  • Hartford/Tolland Counties Mon. 2nd
    • 6:30 PM Bloomfield Senior Center 330 Park Avenue.
  • Windham County Tues. May 10, 7:00 PM
    • Canterbury Town Hall
    • Community Room 1 Municipal Drive.
  • Fairfield County Wed. May 11th 7:00 PM 
    • Norwalk Fire Dept Office of Emergency Management 121 Connecticut Avenue.
  • New London County Sat. May 14, 11:00 AM 
    • Salem Town Hall 270 Hartford Avenue.
  • New Haven County 
    • Session to be held in Cheshire either Tuesday May 10th or Thursday May 12th 7:00 PM Location TBD. 

These are the only sessions scheduled to be held in Connecticut this
NWS prefers that new spotters take there first training session at a live
venue. Then when you re-certify you can attend a live session or take
the online spotter training class. You must be re-certified every three
Contact Steve Williams K1SJW ARRL CT Section ARES DEC
SKYWARN Home 860-379-8392 Cell 860-601-3323 Email address

Announcement from WARA President Ed Rhodes

posted Aug 3, 2015, 7:41 PM by Jeremy Betz

For your information:

The basic net class has been cancelled.

WARA will be doing a comprehensive RF study of Milford to see what areas we can and can not get into from the Woodmont EOC. This will be based of topographic mapping of the city and will vastly expand the test we did during the State Wide Drill last year. This will take about 5 hours to complete based on having about 4 - 5 field operators. We will also need help at the Woodmont EOC to tract and log in the information. The date will be sometime in August / September and will be further discussed at the August meeting. 

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

posted Jun 9, 2015, 9:50 AM by Jeremy Betz

Attention All Hams!
You have a unique opportunity to change the face of Amateur radio for the future if you act now.  My State Government Liaison Jonathan WF1H
and I want to talk to you about H.R. 1301, The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015.  This bill was introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
with Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) and eleven additional original co-sponsors.  To date, there are 64 co-sponsors but we need many more. 
As I am sure you have read in QST, this bill is one that needs the support of every single Amateur radio operator.  It directs the FCC to
extend their existing PRB-1 regulations of “reasonable accommodation” of Amateur Radio communications to include private
land use regulators. This would afford us the ability to negotiate with homeowner’s associations in residential developments.  As you know,
private land use regulations routinely include restrictions that completely preclude Amateur Radio communications operators from
installing any type of outdoor antenna system. The “reasonable accommodation” policy has for 30 years applied to municipal zoning
ordinances. This Bill would extend the policy to operators living under private land use restrictions. The FCC has asked Congress for guidance
in this area and this Bill provides it. Over 60% of new homes today are part of homeowner’s associations.  We need to do all we can to protect
the future of our wonderful hobby and service.
This is what you need to do today.  
(1) Go to where you will find a very
complete resource.  Read about the bill or read the entire text of the
(2) Find out who your representative is; there is a link within this
ARRL resource which will point you to information on your rep.  Tell
non-members to go to , enter their zip code and
find their representative’s contact information.
(3) View the sample letter and accompanying instructions.  If you like
that letter, download, fill in the appropriate information, print and
(4) Then all hams should send that letter to ARRL, Attn HR 1301
Grassroots Campaign, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111.
If you prefer to write your own letter, please send that letter to the
above address.  ARRL will present these letters in person to
legislators because it will give staff the chance to interact directly
with the representatives.  Mailing reps directly causes additional
delays because of security procedures that must be followed with all
paper mail.  

(5) If you wish to contact the rep further by email, that’s fine but
please initially get the hardcopy letter to ARRL.  I would enjoy
hearing from you when you’ve completed this task just to get some
idea of count.  You can email with the subj 1301.   

This is very important so please don’t put it off—it takes just a
few minutes of your time.  Those of you in Congressman Courtney’s
district might wish to write him a thank you note for supporting this
bill.  Perhaps you can set up a printer at your club meeting and help
others to get their letters printed and signed.  Then mail them in
batch to ARRL.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this very important
work.==K1EIC and WF1H

ARRL Connecticut Section
Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC

June VHF Contest is Just Ahead

posted Jun 2, 2015, 7:32 PM by Jeremy Betz

Summer is nearly here, and that means it's time for the ARRL June VHF contest, June 13-15! Participants in the US and Canada (and their possessions) work stations in as many different 2 × 1° Maidenhead grid squares as possible, using the bands above 50 MHz. (That includes 6 meters, 2 meters & 70 cm so those of you with only an HT or VHF radio can participate)  

The June VHF Contest occurs at the start of the summer sporadic E season, and intense openings on 6 meters and even 2 meters are possible. It's a whole new world of propagation possibilities that also include tropospheric ducting, aurora, and even meteor scatter and moonbounce. 

Several entry categories are available, including 

  • portable -- for those who enjoy operating low power from a portable power source and using portable antennas
  •  rover -- for mobile operators who enjoy traveling from one grid square to another to hand out contacts. 
  • There's even an FM-only category (50, 144, 222, and 446 MHz at power of 100 W or less).

In January 2015, the ARRL Board approved some rule modifications for General Rules For ARRL Contests Above 50 MHz, and these changes become effective with the 2015 June VHF contest. Assistance is now allowed for all entry categories. This includes the use of assistance to announce your availability for contacts (ie, self-spotting.) The new rules allowing assistance eliminate the need for the Single Operator Unlimited categories, and these have been removed. A FAQ on the June VHF web page may help answer your questions about the recent rule changes.

The ARRL June VHF Contest begins at 1800 UTC on Saturday, June 13, and continues through 0259 UTC on Monday, June 15. Read more.

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