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).
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.
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.
Pete Hoover K1PLH Public Information Officer
Pete Hoover (K1PLH) is an Extra Class who enjoys making contacts using his Kenwood TS-590 in the traditional “100 watts and a wire” mode. Pete holds a BSEE from the University of Maryland, an MBA from Babson College, and a CIO Certificate from the National Defense University.
He started his radio career in college working for stations WJC, WLMD and WMUC. After college, he worked for COMSAT Labs when he designed and coded the first microprocessor based TDMA satellite terminal. He then founded satellite terminal manufacturer Multipoint Communications Corp. in Silicon Valley. He retired after 34 years with Raytheon Communications where he worked on EHF communications systems for the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
He is currently involved in Solar Energy, Home Automation, Experimental Aircraft, Rail Transportation, Sailing, and volunteering at the Mystic Seaport. Pete has been blessed with 3 daughters and 2 grandsons. He lives in Mystic, CT with his wife Michelle.