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WARA Featured In Milford Living Magazine!

In the Spring 2019 edition of Milford Living, WARA was featured for its outstanding outreach and engagement in the Woodmont community through Amateur Radio! Congratulations to all for this exciting coverage.

For the full article, check here.


Field Day 2022 Is Almost Here...

2022 ARRL Field Day is June 25-26

ARRL Field Day is always held on the 4th full weekend in June.

Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

The Woodmont Amateur Radio Association will once again spread out over the Trubee Doolittle Park in the Borough of Woodmont, Connecticut.


Climb to the Clouds - Mount Washington, New Hampshire

The Woodmont Amateur Radio Association assisted the New Hampshire Sports Car Club in providing radio communications for the event. Members of the club joined forces with approximately 50 hams to provide radio communications for the 3 day event in August 2021. The event required 2 different nets to be conducted in order to provide both safety and progress of competitors as they raced up the mountain road.


WARA High Altitude Balloon Launch Coming!

WARA is currently building and launching a state-of-the-art hot air balloon soon, which will broadcast its location and telemetry (APRS) using home-brewed Arduino kits. Arduino is an affordable and open-source platform for building custom electronics and integrates seamlessly into amateur radio. The balloon will also feature a number of inertial (IMUs) and atmospheric (elevation, speed, pressure, and temperature) sensors, in addition to broadcasting SSTV over the air. Come help us make history with WARA's first-ever balloon launch!


WARA Spearheads Connecticut's Entrance into the New England AREDN Mesh Network

Robert, WA1RJJ, has established the first Connecticut-based ARDEN Mesh node with connectivity to the greater New England Mesh network, administered by Jay, K1EHZ in New Hampshire, and Bill, NG1P in Maine. The AREDN node is in communications room located at the Woodmont EOC in Woodmont, Connecticut.

Utilizing the node naming convention standardized by the pair, Robert has now extended the Mesh connectivity in New England to five states.

Connectivity with ARRL Headquarters, in Newington, Connecticut is also imminent, following "some housecleaning" that needs to be completed on the Newington side. Plans are also underway for RF linking to Bridgeport and Westport. Also being explored are RF links to the VA Hospital in West Haven, with eyes on expanding into New Haven. A cross-sound RF link is also being explored.

Transient AREDN Mesh nodes are also being used in support of events such as the Milford Oysterfest and the New York City Marathon.

You can learn more about AREDN by going to arednmesh.org

More information on the status of Mesh Networking in New England is found at: nediv.arrl.org/spectrum-protection-use.


WARA Assists In CONNJAM 2022.

Helping to present Amateur Radio to 2,500 scouts, and actually getting a few on the air for their first-ever contacts, the Woodmont Amateur Radio Association demonstrated 6-, 20-, 40-, and 80-Meter HF communications, as well as some satellite work. WARA's Mobile Communications Unit was also on-hand.


WARA 2021 Holiday Party Is In The Books.

This year, WARA held it's annual holiday party at Brewport Brewery in Bridgeport, CT. Not only does Brewport serve the best beer and pizza combination in CT, but it's also co-owned by WARA vice-president John Barrett. Happy Holidays and 73!