Eastern MA Hospital Net, April 4, 2020

John O’Neill, K1JRO, writes on the South Shore Hospital ARG mailing list: I have an exciting announcement for the EMHN. Effective immediately, thanks to the generosity of the NEDECN Trustees, we have an EMHN Talk Group on the NEDECN network. The following NEDECN DMR repeaters now have TG#8851 TS#1 (EMHN) active: Boston, Hingham, Bourne, Dennis, and Martha’s Vineyard. Other repeaters may be activated in the future if necessary. This TG is for EMHN related use only. Please use their other TG’s for general communications. I will conduct a test of the NEDECN EMHN TG after the regular Net. Also, starting …

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List of New England Hamfests and Flea Markets, March 24, 2020

Here is a list of New England area events and their current status as of March 24th 2020. Source:<http://forum.near-fest.com/index.php?topic=1480.0> Canceled (check organization/club web site for reschedule information) March 22:  Henniker NH CVARC https://k1bke.wordpress.com/ March 29:  Southington CT. Southington Amateur Radio Ass’n. Flea Market  http://www.chetbacon.com/sara.htm April 4: Hampton NH Seacoast Amateur Radio Flea Market http://w1wqm.org/ April 10,11: Lewiston ME ARRL Maine State Convention http://w1npp.org/ April 17: Manchester CT.  Eastern VHF/UHF/Microwave Conference   http://newsvhf.com/conference/ April 18: Center Ossipee  NH Lakes Region Hamfest and Flea Market   https://www.w1bst.org/ April 19: Cambridge MA   Flea at MIT https://w1mx.mit.edu/flea-at-mit/ April 25: Gales Ferry CT   RASON Auction  http://www.rason.org/ April 16: Thompson CT    Eastern …

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Falmouth ARA 2M “Meeting Net” to Utilize NetLogger

Larry Gray, W1IZZ, writes on the Falmouth ARA mailing list:   I thought the upcoming “over the air meeting” would be a good time to try out NetLogger.   Some of you may already use NetLogger, as a number of regular radio nets use NetLogger to help manage the net.   The use of NetLogger is NOT required.  No worries if you would rather not load it, or try it.      For those members willing to try NetLogger during the meeting net, I attached the information needed to use NetLogger during the net.   As you will see, NetLogger is easy …

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Long Island CW Club Offering Free, Online Morse Code Instruction for Homebound Youngsters

From ARRL Web: The Long Island CW Club in New York is offering free, online Morse code instruction for the “many youngsters at loose ends as a result of school closings due to COVID-19 concerns.” The club’s co-founder, Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, pointed out that learning Morse code is “a fun and educational activity for children of all ages that can fill part of the gap left by the current unfortunate situation that has closed so many schools across the country.” Ongoing classes will take place Monday through Friday, specifically for school-agers anywhere across the country or overseas, via Zoom online video …

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Lawrence Bacow, KA1FZQ, and Spouse Test Positive for COVID-19

March 24, 2020: Dear Members of the Harvard Community, Earlier today, Adele and I learned that we tested positive for COVID-19. We started experiencing symptoms on Sunday—first coughs then fevers, chills, and muscle aches—and contacted our doctors on Monday. We were tested yesterday and just received the results a few minutes ago. We wanted to share this news with all of you as soon as possible. Neither of us knows how we contracted the virus, but the good news—if there is any to be had—is that far fewer people crossed our paths recently than is usually the case. We began …

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New England Sci-Tech General Course On-Line, April 4-5, 2020

For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio GENERAL license exam. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and homeschool students. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary preparation is necessary to get the best results from this course. The GENERAL level course is offered ONLINE certain weekends and week days. Current offerings: Two day course: SAT-SUN April 4-5, 1-5pm each day The FCC General test will be scheduled for an upcoming weekday evening or weekend, probably as an …

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New England Sci-Tech On-Line Technician Course, March 24-27, 2020

For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio TECHNICIAN license exam. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and homeschool students. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary preparation is necessary to get the best results from this course. The TECHNICIAN level course is offered ONLINE certain weekends and week days. Current offerings: Four day course: Tu-W-Th-F March 24-27, 2:30-5pm each day Two day course: SAT-SUN March 28-29, 1-5pm each day Four day course: Tu-W-Th-F Mar 31-Apr …

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Fox Box Hidden in Carlisle, March 21, 2020

John Salmi, KB1MGI, writes on NEMassFoxHunters list on March 21, 2020 at 1:04 PM: I placed the 2-meter 146.565 Fox Box in Carlisle Mass. To activate press DTMF tone 2 for 2 seconds for 30 seconds on 30 seconds off for 15 minutes, repeat as needed. If you want just a hint to narrow down the area of town Email me at KB1MGI55@Gmail.com. If you want the parking location to save you time also email me.

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Update to All ARRL Members from Interim CEO Barry J. Shelly, N1VXY re COVID-19

Update from Interim CEO Barry J. Shelley, N1VXY To ARRL Members This message is to let our members know that the ARRL remains operational to meet the needs of our members during this Coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, we are taking steps to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees in line with the recommendations being provided by U.S. and Connecticut state health officials and governmental leaders. We have arranged for many of our staff, depending on their job responsibilities and requirements, to work remotely during this unprecedented time. This helps the organization reduce the number …

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Zola Net Meets March 19, 2020

Matt Chao, N1IBB, writes on the Middlesex ARC mailing list: Hi, Folks.  Hope none of you are getting cabin fever from being cooped up in your ham shacks.  Anyway, it’s that time of the week again – the Zola Net!  Check in tomorrow night  at 7:00pm on 147.36, with a PL of 67.0.  The purpose of the Net is to enable new and experienced hams the opportunity to participate in a controlled net environment.  Talk with you all tomorrow night.

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HamSCI 2020 Workshop Retools as a Virtual Event

  From ARRL Web:   03/17/2020 – Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the March 20 – 21 HamSCI Workhop will go on, moving to an all-digital webinar workshop. Registration and participation will be free and open to all, organizer and University of Scranton  professor Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, said over the weekend. A tentative agenda has been posted. Participants may register online. The workshop will be presented using the Zoom webinar platform. Those planning to take part should visit the Zoom website, create a free account, and download the client software. Frissell encouraged participants to set up a Zoom account, so they can get familiar with the system.The …

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Packet Messaging on Eastern MA Hospital Net

John O’Neill, K1JRO, writes: ANNOUNCEMENT: W1SSH is interested in including packet messaging as part of the monthly [Eastern MA Hospital] Net. For those participants capable of packet messaging on 2 meters this would entail sending and receiving a packet message to others so equipped. Due to its versatility, ease of use, and acceptance by many as the “standard” program of choice we would use Winlink (RMS) Express. If this is something you would be interested in also please let us know. Also, we have Net Control openings for the first Saturday of the month for the remainder still available. April …

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Henniker, NH Flea Market Cancelled, March 22, 2020

Via the NEQRP mailing list: From the CVRC website, posted Sunday, March 15th: Governor Sununu has ordered all schools in New Hampshire closed until a reassessment some time around April 3rd. This, of course, means that our Flea Market is cancelled for the 22nd and rescheduling is uncertain at this time. We certainly look forward to seeing you at some time in the future, but at this time, we wish to have you all be safe and healthy. Sincerely, Steve Jones,  CVRC Secretary,     N1JHJ

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Dayton Hamvention Cancelled

From arrl.org: 03/15/2020 – For the first time in its 68-year history, Dayton Hamvention® will not take place this year, due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The glum news was not entirely unexpected, given widespread cancelations of public gatherings and a national state of emergency.  “The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health departments. It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year,” Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said in announcing the cancelation on March 15. …

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Billerica EMA Radio Test, March 15, 2020

Kevin Fallon writes on the Billerica ARS mailing list on March 15, 2020, at 12:04 PM: This afternoon Billerica Emergency Management will be conducting a radio test from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at some point between 1:00 and 2:00 pm. Time is a bit vague depending on when other tests conclude. Feel free to check in if you’d like. We’ll start on the Billerica repeater, .12 Thanks for the use of the repeater.   Kevin Fallon Billerica Emergency Management  

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