2016 Castle Craig Member Roster Rev 3 now posted

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The first 2016 Castle Craig Member Roster Rev 3 is available.
Go to
Chapter Information Page / Castle Craig Member Roster.
Or you can Download the PDF version from the
Downloads Page.

K1PU- Webmaster

2014 Castle Craig Member Roster Rev 4 now posted

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The first 2014 Castle Craig Member Roster Rev 4 is available.
Go to
Chapter Information Page / Castle Craig Member Roster.
Or you can Download the PDF version from the
Downloads Page.

K1PU- Webmaster

2014 Nutmeg Hamfest Photos Posted

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The 2014 Nutmeg Hamfest and ARRL Connecticut State Convention is now in the books.
Great weather and overflow attendance made this the ‘bookend’ event to the 2013 season.

See some of the action in the Photos section, or
Click Here to go directly to the page

Castle Craig and 10-10 National at the ARRL Centennial Convention

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Castle Craig Chapter helped man the 10-10 International booth at the ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford Connecticut July 17-19 2014
Chapter CH/CM Al N1API, 10-10 President Mel KD5DE and Rob VE3KM did a wonderful job representing 10-10.

See some of the action in the Photos section, or
Click Here to go directly to the page

Meriden ARC BBS-Forum now back online

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The Meriden ARC, the host club of the Castle Craig Chapter, BBS-Forum site is now back in operation after a bit of “off the air” time.
The BBS-Forum has an area for Castle Craig Chapter news and discussion.
Why not visit and register today!

2013 Nutmeg Hamfest Photos Posted

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The 2013 Nutmeg Hamfest and ARRL Connecticut State Convention is now in the books.
Great weather and overflow attendance made this the ‘bookend’ event to the 2013 season.

See some of the action in the Photos section, or
Click Here to go directly to the page

Search the entire contents of the Castle Craig site

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The whole of 1010CastleCraig.org is now searchable from within the site.
Goto the
Search Page and input your search terms.

2013 Ten-Ten Convention Photos Posted

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Selected Photos of the 2013 Ten-Ten International Convention,
held on July 11-13 2013 in Windsor Locks Connecticut, are now posted in the Photos section.
Click Here to go directly to the Photo Galleries.

Summer 10-10 QSO Party Kickoff Net

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There will be a Castle Craig Chapter Net on Friday August 2nd 2013 on the club net frequency of 28.375. The purpose of this net is to kick off the 10-10 Summer QSO Party. I hope that all club members will join in. Even if you do not have a 10-10 number you are worth 1 point to the rest of us who do and are submitting logs. The QSO party runs from 0000 UTC August 3rd 2013 to 2359:59 August 4th 2013.

I would like to ask everyone to help listen for stations that I may not be able to hear.

If you are a paid up 10-10 member your support of the club, and our chapter would be appreciated. Please make as many contacts as you can, and submit your log for credit. Remember to mention that you would like to credit Castle Craig Chapter of 10-10 with your score. Also if you talk to any area 10-10 members before, during or after the contest please remind them that Castle Craig is their local 10-10 chapter and their support would be appreciated if they will be submitting a log.

We will start taking check ins at 7:45 PM local time, (23:45 UTC), and I will be the Net Control. I would like a station to help with relays if needed. The procedure is simple. At 8 PM local time, (0000 UTC Sat. Aug. 3rd), we will start from the top of the list, (myself), and I will give my 10-10 information, that is Call, Name, QTH (state), and 10-10 number. The next station will be called and that person will give their information and then stand by. We will proceed to the bottom of the list.

The procedure is then repeated from the top to bottom of the list, except you will call all stations that you heard and QSL their information. If you need a repeat on any information this is the time to ask for it.

Once the last station is called they should have no calls to make because everyone has called them.

I expect that this net should last no more than about 20 minutes.

Please plan to attend and get the Summer 10-10 QSO party off to a rousing start!


-- NEW INFORMATION --

For the local MARC Members, I usually give out the information for W1NRG, but the 10-10 rules state that you may have multiple club stations operators. If any of the club members, (especially if you don't have a 10-10 number and would like to participate to know what it is like to join a 10-10 QSO party), you can take the station for a few hours of operation, (or the whole contest), I just have to know when you are operating so I am not passing the information out at the same time. Please contact me to make arrangements and for any information you may need.

-- NEW INFORMATION --
 

-73- Al N1API
Castle Craig Chapter Chapter Head and Certificate Manager

Castle Craig Web Site Survey now Online

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A short survey on some aspects of the 1010CastleCraig.org site is now online.
Go directly to the survey Here

We are always looking for ways to improve your experience here and add relevant content to serve the chapter members and the 10-10 community as a whole.

So please take a few moments to fill out the survey form and help us serve you better.

They survey will change from time to time, so return every now and again or check the News items for updates.

Interesting trends and comments as a result of the survey(s) will be posted as News items when data becomes available.

All information will be kept confidential and data gathered will only be used for purposes related to the chapter.

EU Stations participate in 10-10 Convention Bonus Program

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I am pleased to announce that three stations in Germany have been designated Special Contacts for the Castle Craig Net Special during the time of the Convention Bonus Point Program.  You may contact any one of these stations and claim the 100 point Net Bonus for your Castle Craig Plus if you are unable to work the Convention 10 Meter Station or any Connecticut 10-10er during the period of July 9, 2013 to July 15th 2013.

(For the purposed of this special any 10-10 station who is within the borders of the
State Of Connecticut is an authorized station for this bonus).

If you contact one of our Special Contacts please send your log information to the
CM N1API at his listed email address to claim your bonus points.  You only need to make contact with any one of stations to claim the bonus.  We are adding the European stations in order to give those who have little or no propagation to work the US a chance to get the extra points on your Castle Craig Plus.

We have received permission from the Airport Authority to put up a 10 meter station with outside antenna for the period of the convention.

The three stations who have been designated Special Contacts are:

DK7LA     -  Wolf
DJ3LA     -   Marianne
DL8YBM  -   Henry

We hope that you will be able to participate and earn the bonus points for your Castle Craig Plus.

-73- 
Al  N1API
CH/CM Castle Craig Chapter of 10-10

Sign up as a New Member before the Convention

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As we prepare for the Convention here in Connecticut, we are preparing the paper work for the Castle Craig Bonus Program for the Convention.  There will also be an announcement concerning this coming soon. Check the Castle Craig News page for the details.

We are ready to start to welcome new members to the chapter in preparation for this event.  If you are interested in joining our certificate program you only need to work an instant qualifier.  Any station that shows 8 points or more on their Castle Craig is an Instant Qualifier and we are eager to have you join.  We would like to sign as many stations up as possible before the convention.  If you are interested please send an email with the call of the station who qualifies you to the CM
N1API.  So avoid the convention rush and join now!

Also if you are trustee of a club station and would like a number for your club's certificate list please send the CM an
email.  We issue Castle Craig Numbers to club stations on request of the trustee or person in charge of operation of the station.  Also if you are the operator of a club station that has a number and you and do not have a Castle Craig number and would like one please contact the CM.  You qualify for a number as the Club's trustee.

We look forward to welcoming as many new members as possible.

-73-  Al  N1API
CH/CM Castle Craig Chapter of 10-10

10-10 Winter QSO Party Results

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The 10-10 Winter QSO party results is now posted on the 10-10 web page.  It looks like everyone got there logs in, even with the log submission email address change.
Castle Craig chapter made it up to Third Place this time!

Here are the results for the first call area and Chapter entries
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Winter 10-10 QSO Party Kickoff Net

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There will be a Castle Craig Chapter Net on Friday February 1st 2013 on the club net
frequency of 28.375. The purpose of this net is to kick off the 10-10 Winter QSO
Party. I hope that all club members will join in. Even if you do not have a 10-10
number you are worth 1 point to the rest of us who do and are submitting logs. The
QSO party runs from 0000 UTC February 2nd 2013 to 2359:59 February 3rd 2013.

If you are a paid up 10-10 member your support of the club, and our chapter would be
appreciated. Please make as many contacts as you can, and submit your log for credit.
Remember to mention that you would like to credit Castle Craig Chapter of 10-10 with
your score.

We will start taking check ins at 6:45 PM local time, (23:45 UTC), and I will be the
Net Control. I would like a station to help with relays if needed. The procedure is
simple. At 7 PM local time, (0000 UTC Feb. 2nd), we will start from the top of the
list, (myself), and I will give my 10-10 information, that is Call, Name, QTH (state),
and 10-10 number. The next station will be called and that person will give their
information and then stand by. We will proceed to the bottom of the list.

The procedure is then repeated from the top to bottom of the list, except you will
call all stations that you heard and QSL their information. If you need a repeat on
any information this is the time to ask for it.

Once the last station is called they should have no calls to make because everyone has
called them.

I expect that this net should last no more than about 20 minutes.

The conditions on 10 meters have been fair to excellent the past few months. There
have been openings to different areas of the world on many days and a few days when
no activity has been heard on 10 meters. I expect that this year's QSO party will have
fair conditions as we got toward the current sunspot cycle peak.

Because this year our chapter is the host chapter for the Convention, I would like to see
a special effort from our club members to participate in at least the Winter and Summer
QSO Parties this year. I encourage members who have not rejoined 10-10 in a few years to
take at least a one year membership and support our chapter this year for both the QSO
Parties. I would also see non 10-10 members that belong to the club to look into joining
10-10 and also support us in our efforts this year.

Also as you talk to local, (Connecticut), stations on 10 meters and also the different
bands please mention this QSO party and ask them to check 10 meters at times during the
weekend to participate. Please remind them that if they are in the local ground wave
area and members of 10-10, that The Castle Craig Chapter of 10-10 is their local chapter
and we would appreciate their support for the QSO Parties. We've seen a few non MARC club
members submitting their score for the chapter. We'd like to see more. Castle Craig
usually finishes pretty well in the chapter standings. We'd like to do better.

If you have your collected 10-10 numbers sitting now is the time to send them in or go to
the 10-10 web page at http://www.ten-ten.org/memship.html and either use the online
shopping cart to join or fill out a paper application and mail it. There is a special
three year incentive plan for $40.00 or you can join for the basic $15.00 a year. 10-10
has started a membership plan with electronic delivery of the 10-10 News and there are
special rates for new and rejoining members of $10.00 for one year and a three year
incentive for $25.00. It takes about three weeks to get your number back via mail.
Remember you need to be a paid up member for your log to count for awards and also toward
the club score. A good incentive for joining is that ALL 10-10 awards are now FREE, and
most if all do not require QSL cards and can be applied for via email. You will receive
award certificates by return mail, (or), for many, you can ask for a PDF certificate to put
in your computer or post on your web pages.

Please plan to attend and get the Winter 10-10 QSO party off to a rousing start!

-73- Al N1API
Castle Craig CH/CM

Castle Craig Convention Bonus Points Program

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This year because the 10-10 Convention is being held in Connecticut and sponsored by The Castle Craig Chapter of 10-10 we have a special bonus program to offer.

The Castle Craig Chapter will have a chapter table at the 2013 1010 Convention in Windsor Locks, CT in July  and be represented by N1API the CM / CH of the Chapter.  We hope everyone will stop by and say hello.  Even if you are not a paper chaser please stop by, sign our guest log and say hi so we can meet and greet you.

All those attending will become Honorary Locals (HL) for the Castle Craig Basic number HLs are those chapter members who are in the local ground wave area of the chapter.  All chapter members who attend the convention will get a 100 point bonus to your Castle Craig Plus just for attending.  If you participate in the parking lot net you will get an additional 100 point bonus for the net, for a total of for 200 points added to your Castle Craig Plus.  For those who join The Castle Craig Chapter at the convention, participation in the net will qualify you for all awards up though and including the Constitution State award and with the points available at the net we hope to see some nice upgrades from our members.  Once you obtain all the basic awards you only have to submit Castle Craig Plus point for your upgrades.

For those who are unable to attend the convention will will give a bonus of 100 points for making a contact with anyone of the 10'ers who are at the convention or any Connecticut 10'er during the period of July 9th 2013 to July 15th 2013.  This will give everyone who has propagation a chance to work those who arrive early on Tuesday for the BOD meeting and also those who are leaving Monday from the convention.  Please send your log information to the CM N1API via his listed email address to claim your bonus points.

We, (of course), will be signing new members up at the convention.  We encourage anyone who is interested in joining the chapter to look over your list of contacts for one of our many IQs, (anyone over 8 points), and apply for the chapter number before the convention for yourself and your club.  Information on the Castle Craig Chapter, it's history and award program can be found on the
Chapter Information Page.   Please contact N1API via email if you are interested or have any questions.

We hope to see you in Connecticut in July!

-73-  Al  N1API
CM / CH
Castle Craig Chapter of 10-10

Castle Craig Who's Who Photo Gallery

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Well the call for member photos has produced it’s first responses.
Thanks go out to Bob KB9NZX and Bill K2BIL.
With their photo contributions and what I had stashed on the hard drive, I had enough to start the Gallery.

Click here for the
Castle Craig Who’s Who page.


The Webmaster, K1PU

Member Photos Wanted

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Photos of Castle Craig members are wanted to compile a “Who’s Who” Photo Gallery of the chapter.
Photo of you in the shack or a “Head Shot”, along with you call, 10-10 number and CC number (I can look up both, I’m just lazy!).
Gallery will be posted in the Photos section.

Email your Photo(s) to the Webmaster at
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Please include “Castle Craig” in the subject line to avoid SPAM filter interception.


The Webmaster, K1PU

2012 Nutmeg Hamfest a success


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Well, another successful Nutmeg Hamfest and Connecticut State Convention has come and gone.
This year the event was at a new location, not far form the old one, and everyone (mostly) found the Four Points Sheraton without major difficulty.

Fabulous door prizes where award.
Webmaster K1PU won a matching power supply for the Yaesu 2 Meter Mobile he won last year … now he’s told to let others have a turn or face the wrath of the propagations Gods!

For a sampling of the event,
see the Photos section.
Some picture where not posted to protect some Hams from XYL sanctions.

10-10 Summer QSO Party Results

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The 10-10 Summer QSO party results were posted on the 10-10 web page today.  I know that there were a couple that missed the cutoff date for logs and I guess that I am going to have to post reminders on when logs are dues so perhaps we can get a few more log in.

Here are the results for the first call area, clubs and chapters.

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Thanks to those who submitted logs for the chapter.  I think that this is probably our best showing in the standings.  If we get a good band for the Winter QSO party, (which should be close to the top of the cycle), and a few more stations we might go second or third.  (Am I reaching if I say first)... That's a tough one because of the large chapters with 10 or more entries.

-73-  Al N1API
CH /CM Castle Craig Chapter of 10-10

Castle Craig - 30 Years!

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While gathering information to put this site together, both the Webmaster and the CH/CM realized that the chapter has been in existence since the summer of 1982!
Well, 30 years is cause for some mention of the chapters longevity and wishes to continue on for more years.
My congratulations to our ever suffering CH/CM, Al N1API for sticking with it making Castle Craig a great 10-10 chapter.

73, K1PU

New Castle Craig Site


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Our Certificate Manager, Al N1API, was keeping the chapter web pages on his ‘personal’ page.
This arrangement ended with the ISP making policy and pricing changes.
Now, the new webmaster, Mark K1PU, is hosting the chapter web pages on his work server farm.

For the next month or so, this site will be ‘under construction’, so stop back often and see what improvements are made and content added.

Any comments should be sent to the webmaster.

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