Masonic Youth Park ARRL Field Day #1 June 22-24, 2024
Join us as we participate in the largest, annual
Emergency Communications Test in the World  --  
   W1OP — W1C GOTA

ARRL Field Day #2      W1D — 41th Anniversary of Collins 237 Installation, Johnston HQ  
                        Providence Radio Association W1OP
W1OP   FN41 - RI   118,000+ FTx QSOs    2,188+ Grid Squares    3,377+ Prefixes
ARRL: DXCC 320 Countries ... Mixed-Band DXCC ... 5-Band DXCC ... 5-Band DXCC +160M, +30M, +17M, + 12M ... DXCC Challenge [1811] ...
CW DXCC [262] ... Phone DXCC [246] ... Digital DXCC [232] ... 160M DXCC [141] ... 80M DXCC [158] ... 40M DXCC [229]
30M DXCC [205] ... 20M DXCC [264] ... 17M DXCC [202] ... 15M DXCC [225] ... 12M DXCC [165] ... 10M DXCC [194] ... VUCC 6M [225]

ARRL: 5-Band WAS +160M, +30M, +17M, + 12M ... Mixed WAS ... WAS Triple Play ... 160M WAS ... 80M WAS ... 40M WAS ... 30M WAS ... 20M WAS ... 15M WAS ... 12M WAS... 10M WAS ...
CW WAS ... CW 160M WAS ... CW 40M WAS ... Phone WAS ... 40M Phone WAS ... Digital WAS ... FT4 WAS ... FT8 WAS ... 80M Digital WAS ... 40M Digital WAS ...
30M Digital WAS ... 20M Digtial WAS ... 17M Digital WAS ... 15M Digital WAS ... 12M Digital WAS ... 10M Digital WAS

PARKS ON THE AIR:    Kilo — Beavertail State Park RI K-2868 — 30,000+ QSOs ( #1 ACTIVATOR SSB/CW/Digital ) ... Oasis Activator K-2868... Early Shift Activator 3,200 ...
Late Shift Activator 3,200 ... Park-to-Park 225 ... Rover Warthog Activator ... All States Hunter Award ...  Western Praire Fringed Orchid 1000 ... Rafflesia Flower Hunter 900 ... Georgia Aster Hunter 800 ...
Wiggens Acalpha Hunter 700... Texas Wild Rice Hunter 600 ...Howell's Spectacular Thelypody Hunter 500 ...Stenogyne Kanehoana Hunter 400 ... Ouachita Mountain Goldenrod Hunter 300 ...
Enrubio Hunter 200 ... Arizona Agave Hunter 100 ... Sapphire Hunter 75 ...Diamond Hunter 50 ...  Early Shift Hunter 100 ... Late Shift Hunter 200 ... Worked All of St Paul Island ... DX 30 Hunter

FT8DMC:    One Hundred Countries (OHCA Award) 5 BAND +12M, 17M, 30M, 60M ... Worked All Continents (WAC) 5 BAND + 12M, 17M, 30M, 60M ... One Hundred Countries Award 60M ...
Worked All Members Award 8,000 ... Worked United States Stations Award 10,000 ... Worked Europe Stations Award 10,000

FT4DMC:    DX Entities (DXEA 150) ... DXEA 20M ... DXEA 40M ... Worked All States (WAS) ... Worked All Europe (WAE 60 Silver) ...
Worked All Continents (WAC) ... WAC 10M ... WAC 12M ... WAC 15M ... WAC 17M ... WAC 20M ... WAC 30M ... WAC 40M ...
Worked All Japanese Call Areas (JCA) ... Worked All Indonesia Prefixes (WAI) ... Worked All Austria counties (WAA)

2022 ARRL RTTY ROUND UP #1 in RI -- #3 in US/Canada ... 
2022 CQ World-Wide DX Contest SSB, #9 in North America, #3 in 1st call area ...
2022 ARRL Field Day [3D] #1 in RI at Beavertail // W1C [3E] #5 in the US at HQ Johnston ...
2021 FT Roundup ( Contest [Multi Operator] #3 North America, #5 World ...
2020 WW Digi DX Contest [Multi-Two] #2 USA, #6 World ... IARU NE Record Holder 2018 ... 1st —160M and .org are always under construction.

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ARRL News and Features

2023 W1OP Contest+ Operations
 ARRL January VHF Contest Jan. 7
 CQ 160M WorldWide CW Contest Jan. 27
 Winter Field Day — SSB/CW/JS8Call Jan.28/29
 MARS Armed Forces Day (AFD) Crossband Test
 ARRL International Digital Contest, June 3/4
 ARRL June VHF Contest, June 9/10
 ARRL June Field Day Station 1 3A W1OP, June 24/25
 ARRL June Field Day with GOTA Station W1C, June 24/25
 ARRL June Field Day Station 2 3E W1D June 24/25
 IARU World Wide, July 8/9
 ARRL/VOTA Program as W1AW/1, July 25-Aug 1
 WW Gigi DX Contest as N1PRA, Sept 23/24

W1OP 2023
l 104th Anniversary
Club Founding

l 102th Anniversary
ARRL Affiliation

l SSB Remote RS-BA1
and Win4Icom

l Now Active on FM
and Linear Satellites

l Five-Band RI FTx
Email Award Program
l "Work RI FTx Campaign" Continues

Providence Radio Association Award
     During Jan. 2019, W1OP decided to jump into the new FTx World using a fiberoptic internet remote connection to its Clubhouse and the  Collins 237B-1 LPDA at the top of historic Neutaconkanut Hill about 300 ft. above the Atlantic Ocean.
     Hams have worked us on at least FIVE DIFFERENT BANDS (in some cases as many as fifteen different bands slots). W1OP started 2022 sending out via email our Five Gold Star, "Worked W1OP FN41 RI FTx Five-Band Award." In three years over 10,000 Hams qualified for this award and received it via email through a program set up by N1ET. We closed this program down when it hit 10,000.
     We appreciate your help that leads to us getting awards, as well as your participation in our special events, and helping us build our contest scores. This enables W1OP to give back to our worldwide Ham community by providing RI to those seeking "Worked All States" Awards.
     If you want to see how many times you actually have worked us on the different bands, you can access that information on ClubLog available below. If you have any questions on our QSOs, we can provide our contact records for your station. Thanks for being a Friend of W1OP FN41 RI.
As W1OP uses multiple computers and a large database, we combine worked FTx files and load them to LoTW and Club Log on a weekly schedule, more or less. Check to see how many bands you have worked us on. If you would like an email copy of your detailed contact info contact We log on receipt of signal reports.

[Click on image to see W1OP's 100th Anniversary ARRL Plaque recently presented at the Clubhouse.]
Press Coverage Article
2022 W1OP Contest+ Operations
 ARRL RTTY Roundup — Jan.8/9
 Winter Field Day — Jan.29/30
 CQ World Wide 160M CW contest — Jan. 30
 ARRL International DX Contest (CW) — Feb. 19-20
 ARRL International DX Contest (SSB ) — Mar. 4-5
 Spring 6M Sprint — May 14
 ARRL International Digital Contest — June 4-5
 ARRL Field Day -- June 25-26 3A at K-2868 #1 RI
 ARRL Field Day -- June 25-26 W1C 3E at HQ, #5 USA
 ARRL Sweepstakes SSB -- Nov 5-9
 ARRL Sweepstakes CW -- Nov 19-20
 ARRL 160 CW -- Dec 4
 FT Roundup -- Dec 5-6 19-20
W1OP 2022
l 103rd Anniversary
Club Founding

l 101th Anniversary
ARRL Affiliation

l Five-Band RI FTx
Email Award Program

l Armed Forces Day
Crossband Test,
using callsign NAF,
Newport Naval Radio Station Museum at Ft. Burnside

l "Work RI FTx Campaign" Continues
Total 12/25/2022 - 103,000 - RI FN41
Total 7/4/2022 - 1000 W1C - RI FN41

American Radio Relay League W1OP

2021 ARRL+ W1OP Contest Participation:  ARRL RTTY Roundup — Jan.2/3
 ARRL DX CW Contest — Feb. 20-21
 ARRL DX SSB Contest — Mar. 6-7
 NEQSO Part — May 1-2
 ARRLField Day — June 26-27
 ARRL160M CW Contest — Dec. 3-5
 FT Roundup — Dec. 4-5

W1OP 2021
l 100th Anniversary
ARRL Affiliation

l W1OP/100
l 2021 Year in Review

Work W1OP FTx Contacts Campaign Continues
12/29/2021 - 74,000 - RI FN41
3/15/2021 - 4,400 - FL EL96
W1OP/P WAS Mixed, Digital, FT8

Why is RI so hard to work
for Worked All States?

[image: Wikipedia]

[RI is less than a third of FN41]
W1OP 2020
l"Work RI FTx"

From W1OP FN41 RI
From W1OP/100 FN41 RI
52,000+ RI Contacts*
uploaded to LOTW as of 12/21/2020, 1716+ grid squares
[6M, 10M, 12M, 15M, 17M, 20M, 30M, 40M, 60M, 80M, 160M]
FTx operations launched 1/21/2019 from RI
Average FTx contacts 500/wk since 1/21/2019
*  2020 GOAL 40,000
*  2020 WW DIGI Contest   *  2020 ARRL Field Day    *  2020 ARRL June VHF Contest

W1OP 2019
Centennial Activity
 ARRL confirms that W1OP was First in RI, 2nd in New England and 27th in the USA Multi Op for the 160M CW Contest Dec. 7-8 2019 confirms that W1OP was First in RI, and 23rd Single Op in the USA for the FT Roundup held on Dec. 7-8 2019
 CQ Magazine confirms W1OP was First in RI, and Second in New England for the start of the Centennial Year's World Wide 160M DX Contest.
 ARRL 160 CW contest 568 QSOs, 23 countries, 118,910 score operating in Studio B while the FT Roundup contest was operating simultaneously in Studio A.
 First REMOTE control contest completed -- FT Roundup with 400 contacts, 45 countries. Station control was in Naples, FL using the Verizon Fios cable connection.
 W1OP has broken its QSO by year record for the last century with 26,000+ QSOs, all modes, logged into LOTW this year.
 Competed in ARRL November Sweepstakes. Multi Op, single xmit.
 Particiated in the CQ Worldwide DX Contest SSB.
 Scored 2nd in W1-land in the World Wide Digi DX Contest. Ranked #80 out of 660 submitted scores world wide.
 Qualified for ARRL's Worked All States Awards for Digital, FT4 and FT8 categories.
 Held Centennial Banquet at the RI Yacht Club with members attending from around the county. Keynote speaker was W3LPL [originally W1OP's 12-year old KN1LPL] who used to walk to the club after school to work DX just 60 years ago.
 Received a State of Rhode Island Citation from the RI House of Representatives "congratulating W1OP on its 100th Anniversary of providing emergency communications on a local, national and global scale to assist the state in maintaining strong communications during national emergencies."
 Added second remote station for 80/160M FT8 and FT4
 ARRL confirmed 17M DXCC
 Started remote activation of W1OP Station and LPDA for FT8 and FT4.

Why Licensed Radio Amateurs?

Cape Cod ARES and SKYWARN Provide Support
in Rare Cape Cod Tornado Event
Licensed Radio Amateurs in Service
    SATERN is the official emergency communications service of The Salvation Army SATERN, a group of licensed Amateur Radio Operators providing emergency communications support for Salvation Army operations in local, regional, and international disaster and emergency situations.
        Connected to the Red Cross Safe and Well Program.
    The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed Amateur Radio Operators who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.
    The "Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service," RACES is a protocol created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission. RACES volunteer operators are licensed Amateur Radio Operators certified by a civil defense agency to be able to communicate on Amateur Radio frequencies during drills, exercises and emergencies. They are activated by local, county and state jurisdictions and are the only Amateur Radio operators authorized to transmit during declared emergencies when the President of the United States specifically invokes the War Powers Act.
    The Hurricane Watch Net is a group of licensed Amateur Radio Operators, trained and organized to provide essential weather related communications support to the National Hurricane Center during times of Hurricane emergencies.

1935 through 1955 ... the Providence Radio Association used the W1INM call sign. In 1976 we used AC1OP.

In 1934 the PRA moved to 3 Valley Street in Olneyville where it was first licensed as W1INM. This address had previously been a broadcast station complete with two 80 foot towers. This is it!

1-LI    W1OP's Call from 1926 ... Allowed CW transmission only
Providence Radio Association
Interested in our membership program?
Contest operators always welcome

New England Digital Emergency Communications Network (NEDECN)
Including direct access to
SKYWARN Amateur Radio Network

W1OP's DMR Repeater   447.725 MHz
on the New England Digital Emergency Communications Network (NEDECN) region-wide DMR system here for detailed information

W1OP/r 223.98 MHz

W1OP Log in

W1OP Newsletters
The Old Professor, September 2023

A Special Edition highlighing the wide range of new and traditional Ham activites our members are into: Contesting, Field Day, Parks on the Air, STEM presentations at the Feinstein Middle School, Sattelite, NorthEast HanXPosition Presentations, DX, New Members, VE exam proctoring ... among others.
Test Equipment Part III
( by Dom Mallozzi, N1DM )
Chasing Dog Xray
( by Tom Greenwood, W1ER )

The Old Professor, June 2023
The Old Professor, December 2022
The Old Professor, September 2022
The Old Professor, June 2022
The Old Professor, March 2021
The Old Professor, December 2021
The Old Professor, September 2021
The Old Professor, June 2021

K1DS explains Earth-Moon-Earth [EME] amateur comunications in this recent presentation at W1OP.
Watch Full Size on YouTube

K1DT, David Tessitore, President of the Providence Radio Association, speaks with Llewellyn King, host of White House Chronicle, about the history of Amateur Radio and its impact on telecommunications.

[click on image for video ]

Under Construction

ARRL New England Division Newletter
Serving ARRL members
who reside in the New England sections.

 W1OP YouTube Videos
Member Access
to Remote Stations and Servers
now includes SSB and FTx — 2022
W1OP's Weekly DMR Net on the New England Digital Emergency Communications Network (NEDECN) region-wide DMR system ... NE TAC1 Channel at Sunday, 8pm local time. Visitors Welcome, N1DM net control.
N1DM's Introduction to DMR — Alico/Anytone Programming Originally set up as a Slide Show, this presentation outlines DMR: Programming Notes for Anytone and Alinco Radios.
W11OP Programming notes Anytone Alinco
N1DM's Introduction to FT4/FT8 Originally set up as a Slide Show, this presentation outlines a basic guide to getting on the air in FT mode. W1OP currently uses FT4 and FT8 to provide RI contacts to amateurs all over the world who are looking to get their Worked All States Awards.
W1OP Introduction to FT4 and FT8  N!DM
Providence Radio Association Logo 1921
An annotated history chapter
in the History of RI Radio

Rhode Island Radio Logo

W1OP Map grid page
[Click on map to see GRID MAP PAGE]
W1OP's FT4, FT8 Operations
   Digital contacts from W1OP FN41 RI are mostly remote controlled by operators in RI, MA, NH, TX, and FL. The station uses TeamViewer, AnyDesk, or Chrome Remote Desktop for remote control of three IC-7300's and sometimes an additional IC-706Mk2G tied into either the Collins 237-B1 Log Periodic Dipole Array[see below] that covers 10M through 40M, an 80M Doublet, a 5 element 6M beam, or a 73ft end fed vertical using a Icom AH-4 that covers 6M through 80M. During the winter a 160M antenna is also available. A Verizon FIOS optical cable provides internet connection.
   Whatever matching requirements needed with the LPDA are handled by the autotune in the 7300 with an average output of about 80+W. Most of the time the LPDA is oriented toward the Mediterranean as we are located on a hill favoring the Atlantic Ocean. Our logs reflect a very high percentage of DX because of this.
   It takes about 10 minutes to turn that 3,000 lb. beam stateside. Our software is the standard package of WSJT v2.6.1 and N3FJP v7.0.8. Logs are loaded to LOTW and ClubLog.

Another Centennial Year activity was particpating in the Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test using Call Sign "NAF" (with assigned Military Frequencies) representing the original Navy NAVRADSTA (T) site in Jamestown, RI. NAF operated on Military Frequencies and made contacts with amateur radio operators on ham frequencies --"Crossband". The Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) hosts the test.
Watch Full Size on YouTube

Bishop Hendricken High School Amateur Radio Club — W1BHX does Winter Field Day at W1OP as part of three-event Jan. Centennial
Weekend: 1 — Set Up of Ft8 FN41 Station, 2 — Winter Field Day, 3 - CQ WW 160M CW Contest.
Watch Full Size on YouTube

In 1957, When other radio clubs were spending time working with resistors, tubes, coils, and capacitors, members of W1OP were digging, sawing, lugging and hammering their new Clubhouse together.
Watch Full Size on YouTube

Lookups 36,000 12/31/2018
Lookups 80,000 9/9/2020
Lookups 117,000 3/1/2022
Lookups 139,000 3/23/23
W1OP/100 Lookups 8,000 3/1/2022
HQ -- Grid: FN41gt in RI
Beavertail State Park-- Grid: FN41hk in RI

 W1OP Annotated History
1919 -- 2016

  W1OP History Early Press

  W1OP's First License '1LI'
signed by Herbert Hoover after WW1 in 1926

  Note to W1OP from Pres. Clinton 1997

  75th Anniversary Report 1997

  ARRL Certificate of Affliation 1923

   W1OP Photos

Starting 2/22/2022Free counters!
From the ARRL's QST:
All about "Field Day"

     Every June, hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to communities and the nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event.

     Some participants may also choose to operate from home, using the exercise to develop and practice their personal radio communications capability. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio. In 2022, 4,929 entries were submitted, and there was a total of 29,679 reported participants.

     The main focus of Field Day is to work as many stations as possible on the 160-, 80-, 40-, 20-, 15-, and 10-meter HF bands, all bands on 50 MHz and above, and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less-than-optimal conditions.

     A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness and acquaint the general public with the capabilities of amateur radio. Many local amateur radio clubs participate in ARRL Field Day.
Boom: 63ft,   Longest Element: 80ft,   Shortest Element: 10ft,   Weight: 3000 lb,   Height at Boom: 75ft
W1OP Collins 257B-1 antennaAbout the Collins 237B-1
13-element LPDA [c 1960s]

[erected in 1982]
 Additional Photos
 Collins 237B-3 Instruction Book
 Collins HF Antennas:
    Selection and Applications 1961
 237B Return Loss 2016 Test 1
 Zaven W1IUX [SK]

2022 -- Complete Checkout and Renovation ... Relocation of DMR and 220 Repeater Antennas

Photos here and video below by N1BBM
Each Photo Below Links to YouTube Videos of Repair Work on the Beam in 1997
W1IUX Zaven with hammer on LPDA at W1OP W1IUX Zaven with coil of rope at W1OP W1OP 40 year old winch for LPDA
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