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 in Ocean Engineering and BA in 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.
Lynn Lenihan KC1SAK Secretary
Lynn is a native of Western, MA. She lived in Rhode Island for a few years and then, in 2017, she moved to Griswold, CT. Lynn is fairly new to ham radio and is still learning what she likes to do. She is a Volunteer Examiner with the ARRL. Lynn is also member of ARES. She enjoys participating in the ARES Net, helping out at road races and being Net Control for the Wednesday night TIPS Net. She also enjoys Foxhunting and making voice contacts. Lynn has briefly tried POTA and FT8 and is working on learning CW. There are many things she hasn’t tried yet but she suspects the list of things she enjoys will continue to grow as she learns more. Lynn heard about ham radio many years ago, but she became really interested in 2021, passed her Tech exam in 2022 and went on to get her Extra in 2023.
What really drew her in was when she realized there were many aspects and ways to go within the hobby. She saw a journey that she could embark on that would be both challenging and fun and would provide many new learning experiences along the way. Lynn also enjoys raising chickens and goats, spending time with her family, geocaching, and hula hoop dancing. She lives with her husband, Rich, and has two daughters and one grandchild.
Adam Strickland KB1YUT Treasurer
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Adam grew up in Gales Ferry, CT. After working in the manufacturing sector as a laser service engineer, he now works at Electric Boat. First licensed in 2012, Adam currently holds a General class license. His radio interests include POTA and emergency communications. Adam lives with his wife Alex KC1SYX in Bozrah with their 4 cats.
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.
Dave Thackston K1DCT Director
Dave Thackston was first licensed as a Novice in 1978 as WB1GZC. He moved through the 5 levels of licensing, earning his Extra Class license in 1992. Most of that time he spent operating on CW. He changed his call to K1DCT when the vanity call sign options opened up. Dave enjoys most HF modes, CW, FT, RTTY, PSK and SSB. He is also active on VHF and enjoys fox hunting. Dave is presently team lead for the ARRL Eastern CT RFI team.
Bob Nazro W1RPQ Director
Originally from Waterford, Connecticut, Bob currently resides in Oakdale Connecticut with his wife on a small farm. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Systems Engineering and a Masters in Information Technology. He retired from the Navy, after 42 years as a Systems Engineer. Bob holds an Amateur Extra license and is a Volunteer Examiner with the ARRL. His radio interests include POTA, emergency communications, mentoring new Hams and contesting.
Stan Stradczuk KT1SS Director
Stan has been licensed in Amateur Radio for about 12 years. He currently holds an Extra class license. Stan was raised in Griswold, CT, where he currently resides. He is 67 years old, is married with 2 grown children and has a 17 year old grandson who is a freshman at UConn engineering school at Avery Point. On top of his membership in SECARS, he is a Knight of Columbus and a retired lineman for Norwich Public Utilities. He is also retired from volunteer firefighting for almost 44 years.