A Special Event Station will be set up and be operational to celebrate the inaugural Franklin County Pumpkinfest - 2010 which will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 in Turners Falls, Massachusetts [USA] on Avenue A at Peskeomskut Park which is located between 6th and 7th Streets .

While the event itself will only run from 3:00pm - 9:00pm [EST], the Special Event Station will be in-service from 12:00am(Noon) - 12:00pm(Midnight) [EST]. The event station's call-sign will be "N1P" [ November One Papa, or in this case, Number One Pumpkin! ].

Operations will mainly be on HF, utilizing 40 meters (7.260 LSB) and 20 meters (14.260 USB). In addition to the HF stations, there will be UHF and VHF operations to accommodate local Amateurs. If you would like to setup a schedule with N1P, please contact the station's coordinator at n1kxr@arrl.net and I will attempt to accommodate you. Please include a preferred time and frequency with your request. Would you like to be part of this event? If so please contact n1kxr@arrl.net, offers for operators and of equipment are always welcome.

If you work us and would like a nice QSL card, just send in your QSL and a SASE. Short Wave Listeners (SWLers) If you tune us in and would like a nice reception confirmation QSL card, you too should simply send in your report and a SASE. The Special Event Station's mailing address is below:

Franklin County Pumpkinfest - N1P
C/O Richard H. Wheeler - N1KXR
P. O. Box 482
Northampton, Massachusetts [USA]

Additional Frequencies That May Be In Use.


All above frequencies are +/- QRM.

Please take note that the stations primary frequencies are on 20 and 40 meters with the above listed frequencies as secondary. Others frequencies and modes used depend on band conditions and operator availability.

Are you on Facebook? If yes, please join one, or both, of these Franklin County Pumpkinfest pages: Franklin County Pumpkinfest 2010 or Pumpkinfest!! Please help us spread the word about this Special Event Station and about the Pumpkinfest itself. Feel free to link back to this site. Thanks in advance!


Thursday, July 01, 2010
Western Mass Amateur Radio [WMAR] get's permission to set up an Amateur Radio Display at the Pumpkinfest.

Monday, July 26, 2010
N1KXR has been granted use of the Special Event Call-sign "N1P" for use by WMAR at the Pumpkinfest.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
We have received word that a packet station will be on display, and active at the event. The packet station's information for contacts will be posted soon.

Friday, September 10, 2010
What do ECHOLINK and iPhones and iPod Touch have in common? If you have WIFI on these units, a lot! There will be an iPhone to ECHOLINK station set-up and operating on-site.

Saturday, September 11, 2010
The Greater Westfield and Western Hampden County Medical Reserve Corps Communication Van will be on-site.

Saturday, September 18, 2010
The logging software has been installed on the laptops, is being tested and looks ready to record your call-sign as having made a contact with N1P.

Monday, September 20, 2010
The October issue of the ARRL magazine, QST arrives in the mail. The Pumpkinfest's station is listed in the Special Events section. It can be found on page 92, center column, third entry down.

Saturday, October 16, 2010
N1KXR/B, the Ten Meter Propagation Beacon will be in operation and on display at the Pumpkinfest. Here's your chance to see what you've been hearing on 28.289.50 MHZ.

Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thanks to all the Amateur Radio Operators who helped to set up, man the tables, or operate Special Event Station "N1P" to commemorate the inaugural Franklin County Pumpkinfest. Special thanks to those who helped to break down the station afterwords! All of you were valuable in making this SES a reality.

Here are the names of the Hams that were involved:
Alex Rock - AB1FC, John Noble - W1JWN, Richard H. Wheeler - N1KXR, Bill Markowski - AB1LR, Beth Chin - KB1NQL,
Edward Mello - KB1PLT, Rebecca Eldred - KB1PNM, Cathleen M. Wheeler - KB1REF, Michael Lavery - KY1T,
Virginia Lavery - KB1UUN, Curt Dean - W1UXI, Chet Chin - N1XPT and Jamie Denno - N1ZOJ

Heartfelt thanks also go out to the spouses, partners and significant others of those involved, whose love, patience and understanding of our hobby, makes what we do, that much more fun and enjoyable!


Monday, October 25, 2010
The first meeting to begin planning for the Franklin County Pumpkinfest Pumpkinfest - 2011 is held, and our 2011 Special Event Station Webpage is launched!

Please Check This Page Regularly For New Updates.

Special thanks go out to Dave Isham - KB1MU for his assistance and advice on band and frequency selection.

N1KXR's Main Web Page

This page was last updated 10/25/2010
The URL for this page is http://n1kxr.webs.com/pumpkinfest_2010.htm