The city is a nice mix of suburban and corporate America which helps keep the tax rate lower than the surrounding towns. Early in its history there was a Town of Huntington and the City of Shelton. In 1915, a merger between the two created one city. Hence the 1789-1915 date on the city seal. As far as the county of Fairfield; there is no county government anymore.
The Shelton school system consists of one high school, a middle school and six elementary schools and a 5th& 6th grade transitional school thatopened in late August 2010 to ease the over crowding at the elementary schools. It also has several private schools. We have two public library locations.
We have a Mayor form of government and Alderman from each of the four wards.
I live about two miles from the Jones Family Farm which has been featured on a variety of television programs over the years. Shelton is also home to Bic Corporation and the Whiffle Ball Companyjust to mention a few. In 2007, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City came from Shelton.
I have been involved in the amateur radio hobby for over thirty years, a member of the ARRL and I still find it an exciting and interesting hobby. There are so many aspects to the hobby.
In 1979 I took a Novice class hosted by WECA and passed being assigned callsign KA2GDW. A short time later I traveled to the FCC office on Varick Street in New York City to take my Technician Class test and passed being assigned callsign N2BQA. I also was a member of WECA and one of its control operators for its wide area repeater system. After moving to Connecticut in 1981, the first ham I met was Joe, WA1EDX. We were both working in the field for different companies spending much time behind the wheel; he dropped by my place of employment on his way back one afternoon. Well, both Joe and I are still on the road but much has transpired since that day for both of us.
I was a member of FARA (Fairfield Amateur Radio Club). They had a small but nice HF club station and also ran a repeater which still is in operation today. I met many new ham friends including Jean NM1P and her OM Joe NM1O and helped out during several public service events like runs and bike races. I also helped at several VE sessions and was a member of the FARA newsletter.
It was around 1987 when Jean; NM1P offered to help me with the required 13 words per minute CW to get the General Class license. I took her up on her offer. We spend about 4 or 5 nights per week sending and receiving CW over 10 meters. After about a month, I took the test and passed without her knowing. The next day we were scheduled for a practice night, she sent some CW for me to copy. I replied telling her that I had passed the test during the weekend. It was a happy moment.
About a year later I upgraded to Advanced Class. In 1997 I received my current callsign W1RPG. During this time period I had joined the Stratford Amateur Radio Club which has its own club station. I am still a member and I was involved in its recent revitalization project. I am also a member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club. In 2008 I upgraded to Extra Class and continue to enjoy operating activities such as Special Events, Contests, and improving my station to emit the best possible communications quality signal within a 3kc’s worth of band space. We are communicators and not broadcasters in this hobby.
I try to get on the HF bands several nights per week. I enjoy SSB, PSK31, RTTY. I also run HF, VHF and UHF mobile.
Besides amateur radio, I am involved with the local Boy Scout troop as a volunteer and enjoy working with the young men and future leaders. My son is an Eagle Scout and a ham holding a General Class license; callsign K1RJG. He currently attends college.
If you hear me on the bands, give a call.
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