Mark Noe KE1IU President

Mark is a native of Williamsville, NY, a small suburb of Buffalo. He moved to Southeastern CT in 1996 and currently lives in East Lyme. He received his Novice license at the age of 10 after his grandfather, who repaired televisions on the side, got him interested in electronics. He presently holds an Extra class license and enjoys many aspects of amateur radio: homebrewing, foxhunting, light contesting (Field Day), experimenting with digital modes, operating satellites, working terrestrial VHF and DXing. In addition to amateur radio, Mark enjoys computer programming, home automation and home improvement projects. Trained as an organic chemist, Mark leads a research group in the pharmaceutical industry. He finds a lot of connections between the thought processes used for designing / building molecules and electronic circuits. Mark's children are also licensed amateur radio operators and members of SECARS: Payton (KC1IVR) and Palmer (KC1LXO).

Contact: KE1IUMark@gmail.com

Tim Rodgers KC1TWR Vice President

Tim was born to American parents in Trieste, the bootstrap of Italy, and entered the USA at 6 months old. His childhood was spent in Connecticut and Massachusetts, then moving to Groton CT to work at Electric Boat in 1976 as a Shipfitter. His grandparents had two cars with CB radios in the late 1960's which perked Tim's interest in radio. Once the Morse Code requirement was removed Tim obtained his Tech and General licenses in 2014. Since then, he has been active in local club's both as a regular member and as a club officer. He especially enjoys the Museum Ships Weekend Event and Field Day for getting on the HF bands as living in a condominium has its antenna challenges. Tim has also been active in the CT ARES and Red Cross Disaster Services. Tim retired as a Data Center Project Manager in 2017 and is kept quite busy with the amateur radio hobby as well as other organizations.

Contact: TimKC1TWR@gmail.com

Payton Noe KC1IVR Secretary

Payton was born in Southeastern CT and currently lives in East Lyme.  She is a junior in high school, and her interests in amateur radio include foxhunting and contesting.  She prefers making contacts in voice modes but has tried FT8 as well.  Payton recently obtained her Worked All States award and placed second in New London County in the New England QSO Party.  She got her technician license in 7th grade, after getting encouragement from her father, and she is currently an extra class licensee.  Outside of the hobby, she runs cross country, plays guitar, and likes to do craft projects.  Payton also enjoys wiring electronic circuits and programming Arduinos using C++.  She is interested in medicine as well and would like to pursue a career in the medical field after college.

 

 

Rob Sawyer KB1RS Treasurer

Rob is a native of Pelham, AL where he was very active in Boy Scouts. It was through a Jamboree on the Air that he learned about Amateur Radio. He first got licensed as KE4NBE in 1994, the summer before starting his senior year of high school. After high school, he attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1999 and entering the submarine force. In 2006, Rob moved to New London County and eventually settled in Griswold, CT. Rob retired from the Navy in 2019 and works as a defense contractor. While on active duty, Rob’s license lapsed and he took the hobby back up in 2014 as KC1CVO. After upgrading to Extra in 2020, Rob changed calls to KB1RS. Rob enjoys SSB and digital mobile and portable operations including activities such as Parks on the Air, Field Day, Winter Field Day.

 

 

Kevin Harkins KA6PDG Public Information Officer

My first evening licensed, an off-duty highway patrolman who was also a ham came on a local repeater needing someone to call in a DUI he was behind.  When nobody answered, I felt, as an off-duty PD dispatcher, I would have to pick up the call.  The drunk driver was apparently more out of control than initially observed and the officer took up pursuit in his personal vehicle.  Because I had the right phone numbers in my head, I ended up calling out a high-speed chase through two counties until marked units could intercept and take over.

I guess that should have told me something.  Since then, I’ve talked to King Hussein and Berry Goldwater on CW, heard my signal come back to me from around the world, worked satellite voice, been an ARES DEC, and was mistaken for a bear and nearly got shot at Field Day.  I’ve had lightening split a hundred-foot pine tree ten feet from my antennas, leaving my station unscathed, and been authorized by the Coast Guard to relay traffic on military frequencies during a twenty-two-hour rescue mission involving an unfortunately inebriated ham.  I was com director for the Pacific Northwest Balloon Experiment and the Pacific Coast Bike Trek, and the Wildflower Century Bike Ride.  I’ve run hurricane nets and Skywarn nets, and inadvertently operated out of band.    During Hurricane Hugo, HF air traffic control operations had been knocked out in Jamaica.  I relayed approach and landing instructions to a Boeing 747 loaded with relief supplies that was descending into Kingston.  And when some local “sickies”, cut my electricity and phone line and broke into my house, it was amateur radio that may have saved my life.

But above all that tower the incredible friendships I’ve cultivated and the amazing hams I’ve had to say goodbye to.  Some of my best friends are, in fact, ham operators.

In recent years, I have cringed to hear amateur radio spoken of as merely a hobby.  Ham radio is both a hobby and a service… a service to our communities and the nation we are blessed to live in, and a service to those licensed persons who enjoy it’s privileges.

There is little more I can say of this fantastic journey.  That’s because, for those who take time to listen, amateur radio speaks for itself.