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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.


Woodmont Hams Participate in Winter Exercise.

The Woodmont Amateur Radio Association positioned its Mobile Communications Unit at Fowler Field this past Saturday and Sunday to participate in a 24-hour communications event called Winter Field Day.

Inside the trailer one could have visited a small control room with people talking, or using morse code or computers connected to radios with graphic displays showing all kinds of information. A large screen showing a map of the US and Canada with many sections of the states and provinces marked in different colors or a list of locations and a score board could be found at one end.

One could have overheard this strange conversation. “Whisky One Whiskey Delta Tango calling field day”, “Kilo One Alpha Uniform Sierra please copy my Mike Two Charlie Tango”, “I copy your Hotel 1 Mike Tango, QSL and good luck”. W1WDT, the Woodmont Amateur Radio Association (WARA) in Milford, CT had just contacted K1AUS in Billings, Montana as part of the Winter Field Day exercise and contest.

The purpose of Winter Field Day is to practice setting up a nationwide independent communications network that is completely independent of any infrastructure. If there had been a true disaster this past weekend that knocked down communications and power lines as well as cell towers and other conventional modes of communications, the Amateur Radio Operators, a.k.a HAMS, in that trailer would have been able to make contact with over 171 stations in 37 states and 3 Canadian provinces with welfare messages for families or emergency messages for FEMA, the Red Cross and other governmental and non-governmental agencies.

The contest component is to make the excise fun. Stations receive various points for each contact and extra points for each of the 84 sections in the US and Canada. The Woodmont Team earned 780 points for contacts plus a few hundred points in bonuses.


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!