Information Net for January 20

ARRL Centennial: W100AW Hits the Airwaves!


At the stroke of midnight Eastern Time on January 1, Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial station W1AW at ARRL Headquarters in Newington took to the air to debut its special ARRL Centennial call sign, W100AW. ARRL Chief Executive Officer Dave Sumner, K1ZZ and Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, and ARRL Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, were at the helm into the wee hours of New Year’s Day.
Daylight hours saw ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B; Membership and Volunteer Programs Assistant Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ; Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko; KX9X and QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, taking their turns at the operating positions. By mid-afternoon, several thousand contacts were in the log on SSB, CW and RTTY.

“This is just the beginning,” said Kutzko. “Hams will hear W100AW throughout 2014 on every mode possible. When you hear us, spot us on the cluster!”

Not surprising, 20 meter SSB yielded the most contacts — 1121 of the 3700 logged — during the 19 hours of New Year’s Day operation from W100AW. Ten meter phone was in second place with 639 contacts.
W100AW contacts will be uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW). QSL cards sent by mail will be acknowledged as well.
W1AW Portable Operations, ARRL Centennial QSO Party
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WCARES License Class

The Williamson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (WCARES) is offering a free licensing class to anyone interested. The Technician class is full but the General class is still open.

The class meet on 2/1/2014, 2/8/2014, 2/15/2014, 2/22/2014, and 3/1/2014 from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at the Williamson County Administration Building, 1320 West Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064.

Testing will be offered by the Nashville VE team on Saturday, 3/8/2014.

More information can be found on the WCARES page for the class, or contact Scott Gray by email at

January Meeting Location Moved

We are having issues with the water and heating at the club house. Due to the cold weather expected tomorrow night, we will hold our January meeting at the Shoney’s at 2645 McGavock Pike right off Briley Parkway (map). We will still meet at 7pm.

We hope to see everyone there.