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Update 09/14/2017: MARC is celebrating our 70th year in 2017 with a SES Activation! From September 30th, 00:00 UTC to October 1 29:59 UTC W1NRG will be on-air on all bands with multiple operators. Mark Mokoski (K1PU) is our Event Coordinator. Details on our website, http://www.w1nrg.com/website/Events/70th_Anniversary/70th_Anniversary.php

Station Update: MARC has some new gear! Our HF selection has expanded. We now offer two new FT-991a HF rigs, SSB, CW & Digimodes capable with rig control and logging by N1MM+ integrated with FLDigi, MMTTY and WSJT-X (NEW! FT-8 mode, JT-9 & JT-65 modes). Antenna selections are G5RV (east-west broadcast), Tennadyne T6 Log Periodic on a rotator and a NEW! Fan Dipole, 6M - 80M (northwest/southeast broadcast). Additionally the T6 tunes 6M quite well AND the G5RV loads out fairly on 160M (phone portion only with external tuner).  

MARC holds three nets per week:

6 Meter net on 50.175 USB Monday 8:00PM local, NCS is Jim, N1ZN.

2M net on 147.36R + (FM, no PL) Tuesday 7:00PM local, NCS is Todd, K1TDO.

10M net on 28.375 USB Tuesday 8:00PM local, NCS is John, K1VDF (Castle Craig Chapter of Ten-Ten Int'l.).

Activities include Training, VE Sessions, AUXCOMM for Town of Wallingford, Public Service for Town of Wallingford, ARES Region 2 Service, Ride for the Cure CT Service, hosting The Connecticut State Convention and Nutmeg Hamfest, Club DXCC, most major Contests, Field Day, Sweepstakes, NEW! JOTA, Kids Day & Ten-Ten International activities among other things.

Our Club Ten-Ten International registration number is 29650. The Castle Craig Chapter website, maintained by our Vice President Al, N1API is found here: http://1010castlecraig.org/home.html . Many if not most of The Club membership are Ten-Ten members too. If you hear us, work us!

To find out more about MARC/W1NRG and our Memorial Club Station activities, please check out our website, maintained by Mark, K1PU found here: http://www.w1nrg.com/website/index.html. There is also a Forum where individual members stay in-contact with each other. The link is on the Homepage quoted above, top right. And we have a Facebook presence as well, maintained by our Recording Secretary Steve, KC1SA, here: https://www.facebook.com/MeridenARC/?fref=ts

73 de K1RCT, Rob Cichon -- Station Manager.


(The following history provided by Past Station Manager Rich Aubin, WA1TRY).

The MERIDEN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB or "MARC" is assigned the call W1NRG by the FCC as a Memorial Station. Designation as a memorial station is rare since the FCC no longer issues special or memorial licenses. The Meriden Amateur Radio Club is one of the few clubs left to have one. MARC has a long history and tradition that goes back to 1947.

In the autumn of 1947, following World War II, the Meriden Amateur Radio Club took form to fill the needs of area hams. The Meriden YMCA was the site of the first meeting of a handful of eager young radio operators.

After a few temporary sites, Dossin Beach Building at Hanover Pond was acquired from the City of Meriden. Things really started to happen. Membership exploded, antennas sprang up, stations were assembled and the FCC issued a call, W1SBF, to the emerging group.

Ed Bisschert, W1NRG, joined MARC after serving his World War II duty as a Navy Chief Radioman. A dedicated club booster, he held several elected posts. He urged all to master the Morse Code and worked with others to help in training for license exams. He was indeed an inspiration and a true "Elmer". Ed became a Silent Key in 1952 after a brief illness. It was fitting that MARC members sought to memorialize his call. A petition to the FCC resulted in the new MARC call sign - W1NRG.

The club station at Dossin Beach continued to flourish with the addition of several antennas, commercial and home brew equipment. The club facilities included two complete individual stations for Novice and upper class operators alike. Weekly on-the-air code practice was held in addition to regular club meetings and activities.

The Meriden Amateur Radio Club (W1NRG) continues the tradition today. As an ARRL Special Service Club, MARC is active in training, field day, JOTA, contesting, packet, exhibits, station/member activities both on and off the air, and a camaraderie unique to Amateur Radio.

MARC is proud of its fully equipped HF station. MARC is also the sponsor of the Castle Craig chapter of Ten-Ten and holds a ten meter net every Tuesday on 28.375 Mhz at 8 PM local time.

Rev: W1NRG - Saturday Feb 15 2014   

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