NBEMS Demo at South Shore Hospital

Cape Cod and Islands District Emergency Coordinator Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, presented on VHF/UHF Narrow-Band Emergency Message System (“NBEMS”) at an Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net meeting at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth on April 6, 2019. According to O’Laughlin, the meeting was “well attended by many, including Assistant DEC Henry Brown, K1WCC, and Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY. “

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Northeastern University Wireless Club Semester Wrap Up

Courtesy NU Wireless Club web site: First off, thank you to everyone for a great semester!  We hope everyone enjoyed this semester’s events, workshops, and other club activities.  If you have any feedback from the past semester, or want to make recommendations for the next one we would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to any officer on slack. Just some quick Summer notes: Ham nets will continue through June Door codes will last through Summer 1 and Summer 2 No events are planned, but still feel free to utilize the club space

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ARRL Rolls Back Outgoing QSL Bureau Rates to 2011 Prices

via ARRL Web: ARRL is rolling back Outgoing QSL Bureau rates to 2011 levels. Effective May 15, 2019, the new rates will be: $2 for 10 or fewer cards in one envelope. $3 for 11 – 20 cards in one envelope, or 75 cents per ounce for packages with 21 or more cards. For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds of cards — 24 ounces, or about 225 cards — will cost $18. No transaction service fees. Any cards received before May 15 will be charged the current rate. There will be no adjustments for cards received before May 15. More …

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New England Sci-Tech Participates in 2019 Cambridge Science Festival

Leaders of New England Sci-Tech (NEST) staffed three exhibit tables this past weekend at the Cambridge Science Festival with “ham radio, meteorites, 3D space, and constellation night light kits.” “We had 35 children make kits at the fair and more were made at [New England Sci-Tech] last evening when about 30 people came for the first night, ” writes NEST founder Bob Phinney, K5TEC. New England Sci-Tech is a non-profit STEM+ education center and makerspace dedicated to project-based, hands-on learning for youth and families across theNew England community. According to the Cambridge Science Festival’s organizers, “the annual 10-day (and night) celebration of science, technology, …

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Quannapowitt RA to Feature WO1VES: “Digital Ham Radio and Internet,” April 18, 2019

The Quannapowitt Radio Association will feature Brian Gudzevich, WO1VES, presenting on “Digital Ham Radio and Internet Connections” on April 18 at 7:00 PM.  QRA meets at the Reading Senior Citizen Center at 49 Pleasant Street in the old fire house. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, September through June. All are invited and holding an Amateur Radio license is not required. 

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HF Operations on Marathon Monday

Marc Stern, WA1R, writes:   The Massachusetts HF Net will open sign-on Monday morning at 6 a.m. in standby mode in support of Marathon operations and will remain in this mode until at least 1800 hours local time. Eastern Mass. ARES leadership has asked all amateurs not involved directly to also standby.   This year, like last year, there will likely be rain starting about the time runners gather for the morning’s run. Unlike last year, which was complicated by energy-sapping cold and rain, this year’s rain is supposed to be warm and there is a chance of thunderstorms and …

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Storm & Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message #2 – Monday April 15th, 2019

Rob Macedo, KD1CY, writes on wx1box.org: .Strong Storm System will bring mild temperatures through Southern New England including along the Boston Marathon route along with the potential for rain and heavier downpours and potentially isolated thunderstorms with attendant lightning risk. There is also the potential for strong winds during Marathon Monday under any heavier rain showers and thunderstorms and then as a cold front pass through the area late Monday Afternoon as the marathon ends, through Monday Night and into early Tuesday Morning.. ..Boston Marathon volunteers and runners should prepare for the rain and changeable temperatures with largely mild conditions …

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KA8SCP to Present on Emergency Communications, Nashoba Valley ARC, April 18, 2019

Terry Stader, KA8SCP, will be the featured speaker at the Nashoba Valley ARC‘s April 18 meeting in Pepperell. A member of PART of Westford, Stader is involved in Massachusetts RACES. He’s a D-STAR coordinator for numerous repeaters, an ARRL District Emergency Coordinator, and the MEMA Region One Communications/RACES Officer. NVARC meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Pepperell Community Center, 4 Hollis Street, Pepperell, MA.

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Request For Operators, YuKanRun Twin Lights Half Marathon, Gloucester, April 27, 2019

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the CAARA list: It’s that time of the year again. Public service 2019 is starting with the YuKanRun Twin Lights on April 27, 2019. CAARA has a great public service team. Come out and have some fun with us. Why?  You are using Amateur Radio to provide a needed public service to ensure the safety and smooth running of a public event in local communities. “I would but I do not have a radio.” No excuse, we have loaner radios available with a magnetic mount that will work in your car just by just plugging …

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Flea at MIT, Cambridge, April 21, 2019

*** !!!! In our Traditional GARAGE and lot !!!! **** so come rain or shine or super heat the Flea is on !!! ********* $1 buyers discount with hardcopy of this notice ******** COMPUTERS – ELECTRONICS – HAM RADIO – COMPUTERS – ELECTRONICS – HAM RADIO FLEA all SUMMER at MIT Sunday April 21st 2019 9AM-2PM Come to the city for a great flea – plenty of free parking. MIT’s electronics and ham radio flea will take place on the third Sunday of each month this summer, April thru October. There is tailgate space for over 200 sellers! Buyers admission …

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Woodstock of Amateur Radio: NEAR-Fest XXV, May 3-4, 2019

NEAR-Fest XXV will be held on May 3-4, 2019. It is held twice annually, spring and fall, rain or shine, at the Deerfield Fairgrounds in Deerfield New Hampshire beginning on Friday at 0900 and ending Saturday at 1500 hours. Admission is $10. Persons under 18 and over 80 are admitted free of charge upon presentation of government-issued ID. Inside parking is available for $10 and includes a “reasonable amount of flea market selling space” for PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS selling their own personal property. Commercial vendors must register and pay applicable fees. If you are wondering if you are a “commercial vendor” …

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KD1CY to Participate in 2019 National Hurricane Conference

Eastern Massachusetts ARRL field organization staffer Rob Macedo, KD1CY, will participate in the National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop  in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 23, 2019. According to Rob, “All Amateur Radio sessions are free. They will be on Tuesday April 23, 2019 from 11:30 AM-1:15 PM EDT (10:30 AM-12:15 PM CDT) and 2:30-6:00 PM EDT (1:30 PM-5:00 PM CDT). Each presenter will not only give an overview of their respective group but also how their group handled both the historic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season and the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.” KD1CY is Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN …

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Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade, Ham Volunteers Requested, May 18, 2019

Terry Stader, KA8SCP, writes on the PART-L mailing list: PART of Westford – WB1GOF for many years now has supported the Westford Kiwanis by providing communication support of their parade. So once again, PART been asked to provide communications for the Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade. This year the parade is on Saturday, May 18th, 2019.   The parade starts around 10 AM near the junction of Graniteville Rd and Main St. and ending at Abbot School. Volunteer hams will need to be available from 8:30/9:00 AM until 11:00 AM/noon at the latest. All you need to bring is a …

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Dan’s Tech Night, April 11, 2019

This month’s “Dan’s Tech Night” will be moderated by Bob Jackson, KE1JH. The presentation will be “show and tell” format so bring in your projects, thoughts, or stories to share with the group. Bob may also have a significant topic to talk about as well. Dan’s Tech Night is Thursday, April 11th at 7 PM at the Grady Research Building, 323 Main St, Ayer. And as always, everyone is welcome. See: www.DansTechNight.com for details and directions. Hope to see you there. 

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New England QSO Party, May 4-5, 2019

Tom Frenaye, K1KI, writes: The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries.   You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations. We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help.  Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun.  Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we …

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Amateur Radio Social Event at Boston IEEE International Microwave Symposium, June 4 6:30pm

Jeffrey Saunders, AB1ZL, writes:   The IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is being held the 1st week of June at the BCEC, and a key event is the ham radio social at 6:30 pm in the Weston Hotel Ballroom adjacent to the BCEC. Our keynote speaker will be the new ARRL CEO Howard Michel.   Note that this Tuesday evening social event is separate and distinct from the ham radio booth on the exhibit floor. [Ed. note: see https://ema.arrl.org/ieee-ims.]    Prior to Howard’s speech, we would like to have several ham radio demos/displays setup around the ballroom perimeter….and because HF radio …

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