Housatonic Amateur Radio Club


Saturday August 24 breakfast is at 8 am at
Firehouse Deli
22 Reef Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

The September issue of Direct Currents is now available in our Newsletter section.
The last serveral issues of Direct Currents (even this new one) have had an easter egg on one of the pages. Can you find them?

Club members are now advising University of Bridgeport students in a program called the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP). This is a NASA sponsored program through the Connecticut Space Consortium, which involves launching a robotic monkey on a high altitude balloon. More info next issue of Direct Currents.
See the new USIP section on page 2 of this webpage!

HARC along with the Westport Astronomical Society Amateur Radio Club & The Greater Bridgeport ARC will run a special event station Saturday Sept 14 honoring PT Barnum, the greatest showman on Earth!

With all the violence in the US today, isn't it time to look at reducing violence on TV and in video games?
If the politicians in Washington spent half the energy on accomplishing something that they spend on being angry and indigent, we would really solve the majority of our country's problems!

August 24 - Breakfast Firehouse Deli
August 25 - Hamfest Newtown, CT
August - USIP Robotic Monkey Balloon first launch
Sept - USIP Robotic Monkey Balloon Full Scale launch
Sept - Technician Course at University of Bridgeport
Sept 7 - Boxboro Hamfest, Boxboro MA. Look for members working at the Hamsource booth (www.hamsource.com).
Sept 14 - PT Barnum Special Event Station K1B
Oct - Pico Balloon Launch

Don't get caught below the KT boundary, rise above with N1KT!

per Ardua ad Astra!


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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