At the stroke of midnight (Eastern time) on January 1, 2014, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT, took to the airwaves with the special ARRL Centennial call sign W100AW.

ARRL Chief Executive Officer Dave Sumner, K1ZZ and Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, were at the helm through the wee hours of the New Year’s Day morning. Daylight hours saw Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q; Chief Operations Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B; Membership and Volunteer Programs Assistant Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ; Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko; KX9X and QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, taking their turns at the operating positions. By mid-afternoon there were several thousand contacts in the log on SSB, CW and RTTY.
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Tryon ARC wishes everyone a healthy and happy new year!.

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New to ham radio and not sure what people are saying on the air?
Visit: Codes and Alphabets

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Gary Pearce, KN4AQ from made the following video:

A Ham’s Night Before Christmas began as just a poem, published as text, back in 1996. Later Gary (KN4AQ) did an audio version, then a video, and last year he rebuilt the video to make it high-def. It’s easily the most-watched, most popular thing he has done!

The story is here. The text of the poem, as well as links to download the audio with music,
and no-music (can be played on ham radio) is here.

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The Tryon ARC needs a count for the Christmas Dinner. We would like to have all meal numbers ASAP so we can pass them along to the restaurant. Please remember we are donating toys to Project Angel. For more information about the dinner and project angel click here.

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The Tryon Amateur Radio Club is celebrating our 40th anniversary.

To celebrate we will be running a 24 hours  special event from November 16th, 2013 @ 9AM (EST) through November 17th, 2013 @ 9PM (EST).

Join us on this event and celebrate with us. For frequencies of operation and to print your personalized certificated visit the special event page.

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The club held officer nominations and elections last night at our October meeting.  Our By-Laws specify that officer nominations take place in October and elections are held in November.  Since all offices were un-opposed, a motion to elect the officers at the same meeting was passed and here are the officers for 2013-14 and beyond:

President – Don Gifford Wa2eZ (2 yr term per By-Laws)

Vice-President – Steve Kuck K2ALS (1 yr term)

Secretary – Howard Selwitz KD2ABK (1 yr term)

Treasurer – Matt Woods KC2VGD (1 yr term)

Please help me in thanking these folks for all they do.  The goal of our club has been and will continue to be a club dedicated to it’s membership, their needs and desires as we fulfill our role as a public service organization to better our community and beyond.

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On October 5th the TRYON ARC performed a coverage test from the new repeater site. Thanks to everyone who participated. We had some interesting results. We mounted an omni directional antenna about 20ft from the ground and conducted our test mainly at 50 watts and 25 watts. Here are the signal reports we received:

KD2DKI S9 both directions with as low as 5W to repeater site.
K2RND @ 50W S2. @ 25W S0.
N2KAE @ 50W S9. @ 25W S7.
W1WV @ 50W S6. @ 25W S3.
N2UZQ @ 50W S7.
K2HAT @ 50W S6. – From Rensselaer @ 120W we copy at S5. @ 40W we copy S2.
WA2WDX @ 50W S2-S3 – Mobile 50ft over sea level in Troy.
KB2RSK RX Report @ 50W S8, @ 25W S6 and @ 5W S3. He TX at 5W we copy at S5.
KD2AUX 5W HT indoors we copy at S4 in Johnstown.
N2JVE @ 50W copy report S3 to North Columbia co.
KC2WRG @ 50W copy S9 to Gloversville, Kingsboro.
KC2YLK RX copy from Broadalbin from 5W HT with S1. TX @ 50W S5.
KC2GNC from Johnstown Dunkin Donuts with 4W HT we RX at S3.

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