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).
Peter Obuchowski K1PTO Vice President
Originally from Merrimack, New Hampshire and grew up in Stonington, Connecticut, Peter currently resides in Griswold Connecticut with his wife, two children and dogs. He holds a MS Ocean Engineering and BA German from the University of Rhode Island and has spent most of his career working with industrial control systems. Peter is brand new to the amateur radio hobby getting his license in April 2022 and earned his Extra class in July 2023. His radio interests are POTA, emergency communications and building/repairing equipment.
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.
Alex Strickland KC1SYX Public Information Officer
Alexandra (Alex) KC1SYX is originally from Pennsylvania, and moved to Connecticut in 2014 after graduating with her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. She then earned her M.S.M.E. from WPI while working at Electric Boat. In late 2022 she took the leap from being a nuclear engineer at EB to being a design engineer at Pratt and Whitney. Alex is just getting started in ham radio, and earned her Technician class license in May 2023. She is interested in hands-on projects, Earth-Moon-Earth communication, and SKYWARN. Alex also enjoys quilting, stained glass projects, and being a historical society member. Alex lives with her husband Adam KB1YUT in Bozrah.