1 -- W1OP ARRL Field Day, June 27-28, 2021
2 -- State of Rhode Island
3 -- Newport County
Pota Logo on W1OP.com
W1OP Kilo Award
WLOTA Logo on W!OP.com IOTA Logo on W1OP.com US Isl Logo on W1OP.com
4 -- Beavertail
State Park K-2868
5 -- Beavertail Lighthouse L1422 6 -- NA-031
Conanicut Island
7 -- RI007S
Conanicut Island
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W1OP   FN41 RI    35,000+ FT4/8 QSOs    1574+ Grid Squares    2159 Prefixes    60 ITU Zones
DXCC 311 Countries ... Mixed-Band DXCC ... 5-Band DXCC ... DXCC Challenge [1286] ... CW DXCC [236]... Phone DXCC [235]... Digital DXCC [164]
160M DXCC [129]... 80M DXCC [113] ... 40M DXCC [189] ... 30M DXCC [145]... 20M DXCC [232] ...17M DXCC [133] ... 15M DXCC [179]... 10M DXCC [132]

Mixed WAS ... 160M WAS ... 80M WAS .. 40M WAS ... 30M WAS ... 20M WAS ... 15M WAS ... CW WAS ... Phone WAS ... Digital WAS ... FT4 WAS ... FT8 WAS ... CW 160M WAS ... 40M Phone WAS ... 40M Digital WAS ... 30M Digital WAS... 20M Digtial WAS ... 17M Digital WAS ...WAS Triple Play ... WAS 5-Band
FD 2019 3A #14 USA ... IARU NE Record Holder 2018 ... 1st --160M
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Centennial W1OP Activity 2019

 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
 rttycontesting.com 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.
 Digital DXCC count hits 150 Countries confirmed.
 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.
 Verizon Fios installed fiber optic cable currently with 100M UP and 100M DOWN. Expandable to 1G.
 It appears 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.
 From Nov. 1 through Dec. 6 W1OP/100 logged 3928 QSOs and 115 countries.
 Hit milestone of 20,000 digital contacts from RI and closed down our special event call W1OP/100.
 Hit milestone of 16,000 digital contacts from RI as we started to use our special event call W1OP/100 to wrap up W1OP's 100th Year.
 Particiated in the CQ Worldwide DX Contest SSB.
 Hit milestone of 13,000 digital contacts from RI running heavily on DX FT4.
 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."
 Surpassed the 1,000 confirmed countries on different bands mark to qualify for the ARRL DXCC Challenge Award
 Added second remote station for 80M FT8 and FT4 using TeamViewer
 Hit 10,000 Digital contacts from RI -- FT8 and FT4
 ARRL confirmed 17M DXCC
 Annual Delegation to the Boxoboro ARRL New England Division Convention
 Started remote activation of W1OP Station and LPDA for FT8 and FT4 via TeamViewer software and JetPack.
 Parks on the Air has accepted our 2019 logs for their database. This is the second year for W1OP in the POTA program with just over 5,100 total contacts from Beavertail State Park K-2868.
 Competed in the World Wide Digi DX Contest using FT4/FT8. Cabrillo log filed.
 Hit 7,500 Digital contacts from RI -- FT8 and FT4
 W1GS, a charter signer of the 3905CC WAS net in 1977, checked into that net with priority status as a "Charter Signer." The Net is a carry over of a net used during the 1976 ARRL promotion of the the Bicentennial signing of the Declaration of Independance in 1776.
 N1DM conducted a well attended 2-hour course on DMR and programming consultations.
 Started FT4 operations as FN41 via WSJT-X v2.1.0.
 Contest Operation for the IARU World Campionship event.
 Another 3A Field Day operation on Conanicut Island
 Yearly Activation of Beavertail State Park K-2868 for Parks on the Air [POTA]
 MFJ-1234 RigPi Station Server arrived and scheduled to be tied into the 237B-1 by late October to allow remote access to station.
 Hit Centennial mid-term target of 7,000 Digital Radio Contacts. Goal is 10,000 contacts by end of year.
 Set up Weekly Operations Net via DMR on the New England Digital Emergency Communications Network (NEDECN) region-wide DMR system ... NE TAC1 Channel at Sunday, 8pm local time. Visitors Welcome. Contact N1DM.
 Multi-band, multi-station simultaneous operations started on FT8
 DXCC 30M confirmed ARRL, 5-Band DXCC plaque now updated.
 DXCC Digital confirmed ARRL
 Armed Forces Day (AFD) Crossband Test using the Call Sign NAF from Beavertail. "The Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) hosts the AFD Crossband Test to test two-way emergency communications between military communicators and radio stations in the Amateur Radio Service."
 Annual Delegation Trip to help at NEAR-Fest, the New England Amateur Radio Festival in Deerfield, New Hampshire
 Tested "multi" operations in Studio A using a combined mix of SSB and FT8 stations working simultaneously
 New England QSO Party contest [ and Special Event ] using Centennial Call W1OP/100
 New 130ft 80M doublet erected at 60ft with help of tennis cannon
 Arrival of W1OP's 5-Band DXCC Award Plaque from ARRL with additional 160M band endorsement
 European FT8 Club's FT8 DX Contest
 Winter Field Day run on site by the Bishop Hendricken High School Amateur Radio Club -- W1BHX
 CQ World Wide 160-Meter Contest, CW
 ARRL Sweepstakes -- Phone
 ARRL 160-Meter Contest
 IARU HF Championship
 ARRL International Grid Chase activating EL96 on FT8
 North America QSO Party

Why Licensed Radio Amateurs?
Cape Cod ARES and SKYWARN Provide Support
in Rare Cape Cod Tornado Event

Radio Amateurs Position to Support
Emergency Communication in Tsunami’s Wake

Radio Amateurs Pitch In
to Help as Major Coastal Storms Hit Northeast

Emergency Communications in Rural Maine
"...that's when amateur radio comes into play."

Hawaii's Communication Breakdown
-- How Going Ham Could Save Us
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
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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 FT4/FT8 Oringinally 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.
Introduction to FT4 and FT8  N!DM

ARRL NEWS    Contest Calendar

W1OP's 2020 FT4/FT8 Campaign "Work RI"

From RI as W1OP FN41
FT-8, FT4 -- 35,000+ uploaded as of 7/6/2020. 1574 grid squares
[6M, 10M, 12M, 15M, 17M, 20M, 30M, 40M, 80M, 160M]
FT8 operations launched 1/21/2019 from RI

[Click on map to see GRID MAP PAGE]

W1OP's FT4 and FT8 Operation
   Digital contacts from W1OP FN41 RI are mostly remote controlled by operators in RI, MA, and FL. The station uses AnyDesk remote control of two IC-7300's tied into either the Collins 237-B1 Log Periodic Dipole Array [see below] that covers 10M through 40M, or a 65ft 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, N3FJP, and JTAlert. Logs are LOTW and ClubLog.

Why is RI so hard to work for WAS?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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W1OP Centennial Dinner

W1OP Centennial QSL Card
NOTE: W1OP operates from various locations throughout RI, New England and Florida. Check with Operator for actual location, and  pay attention to Grid Square on Digital Modes.
[SASE Required]
WIOP QSL Card small version

W1OP/100 Wallpaper file here

Lookups 36,000 12/31/2018
Lookups 68,000 5/1/2020
HQ -- Grid: FN41gt in RI
Beavertail -- Grid: FN41hk in RI
FL #1 -- Grid: EL96cd in Naples

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

   W1OP Photos

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]

    Collins237Liason@ W1OP.com
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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