WEARC Goes to the ARRL

WEARC Trip to ARRL Headquarters The view as we drove up.

Don K2DEG and Benett AC2NI took a trip to the ARRL on June 11th, 2019.

We won't bore you with all the details but.....

 Both Don and I have been hams for many, years yet neither of us had ever been to the ARRL. We decided it was about time. Our group was supposed to be larger but 2 members' personal commitments caused them to cancel a few days earlier. The weather was great for a ride up to Connecticut. Thank goodness for WAZE as there was construction on RT 287. 

When we arrived, we were happy to learn no one else was scheduled to tour the ARRL that day. Everyone we met at HQ was welcoming and took time to explain the exhibits and sites around the campus.

The main building
They knew we were coming!
Gary NO1G giving us a detailed description of OSCAR1, the first ham satellite. The boards are all hand made and soldered!
My 2nd HF rig was the same model as the Kenwood TS-520 in the middle row with the white dial 
Don operating WIAW. All that power and antennas. It doesn't get any better!
The certificate that makes it all permanent. The closet in the background contains the patch panel for the many antennas and transmitters required for automated broadcasts.  The ARRL uses this equipment to broadcast propagation, news, and code practice throughout the day.​

By 4PM we had seen almost everything and probably wore Jerry and Joe out. We piled back into the car for a pleasant ride back home to Essex County, NJ.

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