Oct., 2014 -- Members
of W1OHP work with W1SYE [Newport County Radio Club] at their Boy Scout
Jamboree on the Air [JOTA], testing 17M with solid contacts into Europe using a
portable field station in the old horse stable at Glen
Late Sept., 2014 --
Normally known as main mast stepping, W1OHP club members attended the "antenna
tower" installation for early 2015 special event programs.
Sept. 2014 -- W1OHP is
now planning a Field Day operation in 2015, and a Special Event Station at the
Newport Boat Show in September 2015.
| July, 2014 -- W1OHP goes live on Schooner
Mystic during the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Summer 2014 Education at Sea
The Mystic, after a quick trip
to Block Island, was at overnight anchor in Dutch Harbor off Dutch Island in
the West Passage of Narragansett Bay.
Here Doug Faunt, N6TQS, is operating with Vic Farmer, WW4OK, listening in. Doug
is engineer on board the Mystic and a survivor of the 2012 off shore sinking of
the tall ship HMS Bounty ***
The station used an Icom 751 with a
Hustler mag mount with 40m resonator on the cabin top, but found that the
location of the steel shrouds affected the transmisson pattern going west.
Tuning was by
adjusting the tip of the Hustler as our low power tuner was 1500
Fortunately the cabin top
was large enough to relocate the antenna -- pop it off and pop it on. The
operation was somewhat like using a ship for a car in standard mobile
We operated the Worked all
States net on 40M and managed to round up contacts from Canada, Minnesota,
Indianna, Mississippi, Ohio, Wisconsin, Tennessee, South Carolina, New Jersey,
Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and other states.
The view from the top ... next year to figure
out which antenna works best from up here [the Mystic is 170 ft. long and
smaller than the Perry].
| September, 2013 -- Currently we have two ARRL Volunteer
Examiners in W1OHP and are looking for one more. Also we are looking for
donations of equipment to be used for the 2014 special events program. W1OHP
may also be able to operate Class C [maritime mobile] for ARRL Field Day, June,
The Perry has a sparred length of 196
ft.; an overall length of 132 ft., and when fully rigged, a height above water
of 128 ft.
This month they are adding well
over 25 tons of lead attached to grounded steel racks, which W1OHP considers a
ground plane, but Capt. Bailey calls ballast.
l Look for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry booth at the
Newport Boat Show [9/12-15].
l W1OHP talked about on the Newport County Radio
W1OHP featured in Captain
2013 -- We applied for "W1OHP" and recieved that on Aug. 9, 2013. That
license will need to be renewed in 2023. KC1AFD was retired. Estimates are that
the ship has a useful life of 100 years, so we will have to keep the records on
file for nine more renewals.
-- By pure accident we looked up the call W1OHP and found it available ... so
we filed with the FCC for a club station and received KC1AFD on July 16, 2013.
[W1YLB, W1GS, WW4OK, KA1GHC]
On board the
Perry: in this photo W1YLB evaluates a good location tween deck for a
temporary Ham radio station with a crew volunteer from tall ship
| *** from Wikipedia: On 25 October 2012, the Bounty left New
London, Connecticut, heading for St. Petersburg, Florida, initially going on an
easterly course to avoid Hurricane Sandy. On 29 October 2012 at 03:54 EDT, the
ship's owner called the United States Coast Guard for help during the hurricane
after she lost contact with the ship's master. He was
an amateur radio operator and used Winlink on shortwave to send an e-mail to
the Coast Guard, because common communication methods like satellite phone or
Maritime Mobile Net had failed. The ship's master had reported she
was taking on water off the coast of North Carolina, about 160 miles (260 km)
from the storm, and the crew were preparing to abandon ship. There were sixteen
people aboard. Vice Admiral Parker, USCG, reported the ship had sunk and
fourteen people had been rescued from liferafts by two rescue helicopters. The
storm had washed the captain and two crew overboardone of the latter had
made it to a liferaft, but the other two were missing.