On The Cover: November  2009

Doug Troughton, N2RDF,
operating club station W1AQ in
East Providence, Rhode Island

On the Cover

Our cover this month features Doug Troughton, N2RDF, operating club station W1AQ in East Providence, Rhode Island. The Associated Radio Amateurs of Southern New England (ARASNE) has been active since its founding in 1926. The clubhouse, in which the group still meets and has its station, was built in 1927. ARASNE is one of the few clubs today that has its own clubhouse on its own property. The call, originally 1AQ, has always been issued to the club and Doug, the club’s former president and current Station Manager, says, “We are very proud of being five calls before Maxim,” referring, of course, to W1AW, the callsign of ARRL co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim and now the ARRL station call.

The club station consists of a Yaesu FT-1000 transceiver, a Drake L4B amplifier and a Johnson KW matchbox. Outside are two 50-foot railroad signal towers. Doug says they were knocked over by the 1938 hurricane that devastated Providence, but were put back up and stand to this day. Antennas include a Mosley Classic 36 for 10, 15, and 20 meters; dipoles and inverted-Vees for 40 and 80; and a vertical for 10–80 meters, including 12, 17, and 30.

Members meet informally every Friday evening at the clubhouse to chat and operate, with a business meeting on the second Friday of each month. The club’s major activity is Field Day, which it enters in the 1A class. According to Doug, W1AQ usually wins that class for New England, and he attributes the success to sticking with a single transmitter, staffed continuously, rather than trying to spread the operators around to several stations. The club also sponsors a 2-meter repeater and several members are involved with emergency communications. (Cover photo by Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI)
 

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