Housatonic Amateur Radio Club

Quick News

We will be meeting on FRIDAY June 21 at 9 am (note different time) for breakfast at
Sherwood Diner
901 Post Road E
(Exit 18 off I-95)
Westport, CT 06880
We will then go to WAS to complete our work and to begin field day set up.

Saturday Breakfast June 22 is at 8 am for Field Day at
The Chefs Table
161 Cross Highway
Westport, CT 0688
We will then go to Field Day

We will operate ARRL summer Field Day at the Westport Astronomical Society (WAS) with the Westport Astronomical Society ARC and GBARC. Field Day is June 22-23, 2019. We will also have our Informal Meeting that Saturday.

Our six month Informal Club Meeting will be held at summer Field Day at WAS during set-up time on Saturday June 22. We will have a Six Month State of the Union (Club) Address & Presentation.

See our pictures of Dayton Hamvention 2019 in the photo section

Club members are now involved advising University of Bridgeport students with Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP). This is a NASA sponsored program which involves launching a robotic monkey on a high altitude balloon. More info next issue of Direct Currents.

Club members have scheduled a pico-balloon launch for Saturday June 29 at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport. Visitors are welcome.
per Ardua ad Astra!

HARC along with the Westport Astronomical Society Amateur Radio Club will run a special event station Saturday Sept 7 honoring PT Barnum, the greatest showman on Earth! Look for Kilowatt 1 Barnum on the air!

June 21 - Breakfast at Sherwood Diner
June 21 - Work and Setup at WAS for Field Day
June 22 - Breakfast at Chefs Table
June 22 - Informal Club Meeting at WAS
June 22-23 - ARRL summer Field Day at WAS
June 29 - Pico Balloon Launch
July ? - USIP Robotic Monkey Balloon first test launch
August ? - USIP Robotic Monkey Balloon backup launch date
Sept ? - USIP Robotic Monkey Balloon Full Scale launch date
Sept 7 - PT Barnum Special Event Station K1B
Date TBD - Lighthouse Activation

Don't get caught below the KT boundary, rise above with N1KT!
per Ardua ad Alta!


President: Lawrence J. Reed, AB1JC
Secretary Treasurer: Thomas W. Moyher, ESQ N1UNT
Technical Officer: Michael J. Miciukiewicz, K1MJM
Youth Coordinator: Jennifer L. Coderre, N1ZZY
Director1: Kenneth E. Johnson, NE1CU
Director2: David H. Schadlich, KB1LTW
Webmaster: David H. Schadlich, KB1LTW
Trustee: Gary T. Moyher, WE1M


Housatonic Amateur Radio Club

The Housatonic Amateur Radio Club was formed in 1995 to foster the development of Amateur Radio and advanced Ham Radio operating techniques, both through theory and on the air practice. To provide a suitable environment of camaraderie and support within which members, spouses and their children can obtain a better understanding of amateur radio, gain a proficiency in the art of amateur radio, and to have some fun.

HARC is an ARRL affiliated club!


"Direct Currents" is the official newsletter of the Housatonic ARC. It chronicles our club activities including contesting, awards, pictures and stories. Starting with the January 2019 issue, Direct Currents is now issued monthly! Issues are here in PDF format.
Click on the link below.



In the Summer of 2017, HARC members (as part of a team) went to Paducah, KY under a NASA grant to launch high altitude research balloons during the solar eclipse. In addition to HARC members, the team consisted of Professors from the Univ of Bridgeport & Univ of Hartford, Graduate Engineering students, members of Bridgeport's Discovery Museum and the Connecticut Space Consortium.

May 6, 2018: Two students, Hritish Bhargava and Sam Zhang KC1HOD, won the Birkmaier Award for Promising young students in Science. Hritish was on the Eclipse Wx Balloon Team mentored by our club Trustee Gary WE1M and Sam was on the Eclipse Photography Balloon Team mentored by our club President Larry AB1JC during their 2017 trip to Paducah, KY. Award presentation took place at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport CT.
There was also a book signing by Dr. D. Grinspoon Planetary Biologist and Dr A. Stern, Principal Investigator for the New Horizons spacecraft which went to the planet Pluto in 2015 and Kuiper belt object 2014 MU69 in January 2019.
Yes, Pluto is a planet!
For pictures, click on the link below.

June, 2018: HARC members, as part of the Univ of Bridgeport & Discovery Museum team, visited Vermont Technical College's CubeSat Laboratory.
For pictures, click on the link below.

June 2-3, 2018: HARC along with the Westport Astronomical Society ARC hosted the special event station: Nathan Hale: Connecticut Citizen, American Patriot. We made over 200 contacts.
For pictures, click on the link below.


Additionally here is a photo library of HARC members contesting. These photo docs are in PDF format.
Click on a link below.



Housatonic Amateur Radio Club
Stratford, Connecticut USA

QSL Info

Grid FN-31, CQ Zone 5, ITU Zone 8, Fairfield County, 10-X 67120, SKCC# 3980

REVISED QSL POLICY: Due to a few reasons, QSLing digitally, whether by eQSL or LoTW has become a real pain. Remembering what my Nuclear Engineering Professor said long ago, "Simplifying assumptions simplify", I have decided to follow his sagely advice and made the decision to simplify QSLing.

EFFECTIVE JAN 1, 2019, electronic QSLs of any type will no longer be answered nor confirmed. I will clear out all eQSL cards by Dec 31, 2018. If you wish to QSL in 2019 or beyond, please send a QSL card to WE1M or NE1CU via US Mail. We will also honor the bureau for DX. An SASE is preferred but is not necessary. Our QSL card will quickly be sent back to you by US mail (or bureau). This may sound draconian to some, but as QSL manager, I just got tired of some members using computer logs, others sheets of paper, still others scraps of paper and still others piles of tiny scraps of paper for their log book of club contacts. This is especially painful when I must sort and manually enter all this discordant information into our computers post-contest. No matter how many times I voiced them, my concerns never seemed to be absorbed nor reach home. So there you have it! We now only respond to analog QSLs via snail mail or bureau!

QSL N1KT via WE1M, NE1CU or Bureau & we will gladly send our QSL card in return.
Our previous call sign was KB1BRB. We will gladly QSL KB1BRB contacts.


Nathan Hale Sp Event QSL Info

This event is over. No further QSLing will occur.


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