Dan’s Tech Night Meets November 14, 2019

Dan Pedtke, KW2T, writes: TechNight is tomorrow night, Thursday, Nov 14th.  7:00 PM in Ayer as usual. See www.DansTechNight.com for details and directions. This month we’ll use SPICE circuit simulator in more detail, analyzing part of the TechNight Radio IF amplifier stages.  Also I’ll talk briefly about my tour of the Museum of Broadcast Technology, and I’ll show the beginnings of a user interface for the TN Radio, and anything else you want to talk about. Hope to see you there.  

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K1NKR: “Radio Interference” at Algonquin ARC, November 14, 2019

Michael Powell, W1KU, writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list: Our November meeting will be on Thursday at 7:30.  I hope to see you there.  Our featured speaker will be Skip Youngberg, K1NKR, on “Radio Interference. ” ========== Let’s talk about radio interference.  Not RFI, not EMI, not EMC–but station-to-station interference.  What is interference?  What’s the “interference neighborhood?”  Who’s protected?  What classic cases are there that we can learn from?  And what do we Amateurs do about it? “Radio Interference,” by Skip Youngberg K1NKR, is an evolving talk addressing these issues by looking at who our RF neighbors are and …

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Massachusetts General Hospital HAZMAT Exercise Seeks Volunteer “Victims,” November 14, 2019

John O’Neill, K1JRO, President, South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group writes: On November 14, Massachusetts General Hospital will host a HAZMAT Full-Scale training exercise from 5:30am to 9:30am.  MGH is seeking volunteers from outside the MGH community to act as victims for the exercise.  The MGH contact for the exercise is Stefanie Lane. If you are interested in volunteering please contact her at slane18@mgh.harvard.edu. If you have never participated in a Full-Scale drill this is valuable experience.  Attached are two documents. One explaining the exercise and volunteer information, the other a Volunteer Waiver:   Volunteer Services Victim Letter current Release form Volunteers …

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Whitman ARC to Operate at Plimoth Plantation, November 30-December 1, 2019

Whitman Amateur Radio Club members will operate a special events station over the Thanksgiving weekend, November 30-December 1, 2019, at the Plimoth Plantation, the home of the Mayflower II in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The participants will demonstrate Amateur Radio to tourists and visitors.  In the past the group has logged over a hundred HF and VHF contacts with US and foreign amateurs, including a contact with Plymouth, England. Volunteers are need for setup, breakdown, and station operations. Antenna and setup takes place on Friday, November 29 from 10 AM to 12 noon. On-air operations run in shifts on Saturday from 8:00 AM …

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Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group Meets Sunday, November 17, 2019

Nick Magliano, KC1MA, writes on the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio group mailing list: The November meeting of the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Milton Auxiliary Fire Department Station, 2nd floor, 509 Canton Ave. Milton, Mass. The building is a little beyond the gazebo to the right of the Milton Fire Headquarters where we’ve held our Field Day Operations in past years.  Local map is attached below as a post script. We will be monitoring the 145.43 Belmont repeater for talk-in.  Please feel …

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New England Sci-Tech, Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory Collaboration Underway

Bob Phinney, K5TEC, writes in the New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS) newsletter: The NESciTech (NEST) collaboration with Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory and Science Center (BHO) is now fully underway. A crew of eight volunteers arrived on November 9, 2019 at Blue Hill to install the antennas and repeaters for the new Blue Hill radio club that the BHO science center is starting with the help of Bob and Rusty at NESciTech. Thank you Ted for doing much of the tower work, Bob D. for doing most of the repeater configurations and antenna setup, Jeremy for high quality cable …

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Waltham ARA Holiday Dinner, December 18, 2019

Waltham ARA writes on Facebook: The Waltham Amateur Radio Association invites all hams and friends for a festive Holiday Dinner! It’s a great time to get that “eyeball” QSO with some of the folks we’ve been talking to all year. Spouses / friends / prospective hams are all welcome! No RSVP necessary. Cost: $25 per person at the door which includes the buffet and 1 ticket for the door prizes. Membership renewal will also gain you an extra ticket for the door prize. See you there! — Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6 PM-9 PM Sichuan’s Garden, 411 Waverley Oaks …

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PART of Westford Kit Building with DrDuino

Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, writes in the PART of Westford PARTicles newsletter, November, 2019: The PART kit building team is Andy, KB1OIQ; Steve, W1KBE; and Allison, KB1GMX. We recently received a very generous donation from an anonymous member of ten (10) DrDuino kits. You may remember reading about this kit in a recent issue of QST. The PART kit building activity got started in KB1OIQ’s basement classroom on November 7th, 2019. There were five (5) kit builders: George, K1IG; Rakesh, KC1HTB; Niece, KA1ULN; Rich, AB1HD; and Scott, KB1WMH. The first session was spent soldering together the kit. The next two sessions …

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“Beyond Tech in a Day” Course Update

Gardi WInchester, KA1BTK, writes: As all attendees to the current BTiaD course are already licensed, we’re going to shift gears a bit and focus more on understanding the concepts instead of passing the exam.  At the request of those attending, we’re going to flop a couple of nights.  This Tuesday, we’re going to get into programming radios both manually and with computer programs.  If you would like to learn more about programming, please attend tomorrow evening. Times:  18:30 – 20:30 (6:30 – 8:30 PM).  I will be available a half hour before and after.   Location:  Ipswich Town Hall Downstairs Training Room …

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Latest MARS Exercise Instructions

Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, writes:   At this time, we are being asked to reach out to amateurs and capture the following information. There may be MARS operators gathering this sort of information using their amateur callsigns on amateur frequencies, or on 60 meters using their MARS callsigns looking for Amateurs station reports. Status of 50 kW AM broadcast stations: This is for all of the stations in this category in New England. Are they on the air? Need county and city of reporting station. Ping Time to 8.8.8.8. Bring up a command prompt and ping that IP address. The result …

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Framingham ARA Members Tour Museum of Broadcast History in Woonsocket, RI

On November 9, 2019, members of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association (W1FY) made a field trip to the Museum of Broadcast History in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.  Photos from the tour can be found on the club’s Facebook page. From the Museum of Broadcast History’s web page:   “The Museum’s first floor is dedicated primarily to videotape systems. It also features an early audio/radio control area. “The second floor features a wide variety of vintage television cameras and related production equipment displayed in an operational studio setting. Sets and live production elements typical of the early TV era will fill out …

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December, 2019 Issue of Digital QST Now Available

From ARRLWeb: The December issue of Digital QST is now available for viewing on your desktop or laptop. It is also available for reading on your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device. ● Build a Slot Cube antenna for 6 meters. ● See the excitement of Amateur Radio at the World Scout Jamboree. ● Browse the 2019 ARRL Field Day results. ● Take a look back at the October 1969 QST. …and much more!

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Norfolk County Radio Association Awards ARRL Elmer to W1MA and W1JAW

Dick Bean, K1HC, writes: [Norfolk County Radio Association] Associate members Ed Lajoie, W1MA, and Jack Wyatt, W1JAW, both Cape Cod residents, received a double surprise when NCRA President Dick Bean, K1HC, invited them to lunch on November 6 with a mystery guest, who turned out to be their long-time mutual friend and fellow NCRA member and club Secretary, Dave, K1HRV.  The second part of the surprise was presenting both Ed and Jack the ARRL Elmer award.  Ed has been an Elmer to many hams in several clubs and was a [World Radiosport Team Championship] volunteer in the past local WRTC …

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K1USN QRV for Veterans Day, November 11, 2019

The K1USN Radio Club will once again be on the air November 11, 2019, to celebrate Veterans Day to show their appreciation for those who have served. They anticipate opening up around 8:30 AM on the HF bands using SSB and CW until late afternoon.  Local hams are invited to visit them at the Watson Museum & Research Library, 85 Quincy Avenue in Braintree.    K1USN QSL cards will be available for all contacts with K1USN. Send # 10 SASE to K1RV or DX stations QSL via bureau. QSL via K1RV URL: http://www.k1usn.com Contact: Pi, K1RV Email: k1rv@arrl.net “Please drop …

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New England Sci-Tech Technician License Course, December 7-8, 2019

For junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults interested in wireless communications and electronics, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio Technician license exam. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary reading and study is necessary to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent a few days before the course. The Technician level course runs on Saturday, 9 AM-4 PM and Sunday, 9 AM-1 PM, followed by the FCC Technician exam at 1:00, at New England Sci-Tech, …

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New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, December 14-15, 2019

For junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults who already have a Technician level license, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the GENERAL license exam. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum.  Some preliminary reading and study is necessary to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent approximately a week before the course. The GENERAL level course runs Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech …

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Cape Cod Amateurs Provide Communications for the 2019 Cape Cod Marathon in Falmouth

Approximately 30 Cape Cod amateurs provided communications  for the annual Cape Cod Marathon and Half Marathon in Falmouth on October 26-27, 2019. The premiere event is limited to 1,200 participants and serves as a qualifying race for the BAA Boston Marathon. “The weather was excellent for running on Saturday, but a completely different story for the full marathon on Sunday,” writes Falmouth Amateur Radio Association President and Communications Coordinator Barry Hutchinson, KB1TLR. “With strong winds and heavy rains along Falmouth’s coastline both runners and radio operators were put to the test.” Hutchinson reports that “banners for [the Barnstable Amateur Radio …

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Amateurs to Contact Military Station on 60 Meters During Simulated Emergency Test, November 3, 2019

Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, writes: As you may know, WMA section is conducting an ARRL Simulated Emergency Test on Sunday [November 3, 2019]. As a connection to that, I am getting a government station on 60 meters to communicate with amateur stations on channel 1 at 9 AM tomorrow. —— Amateurs Contact Military Stations on 60 Meters A government station call up amateur stations on 60-meter channel 1 (Dial 5.3305 MHz) at 9am Sunday (11/3/19) for the purpose of getting situational awareness reports. Amateurs will be asked for any known failures of infrastructure in their county such as water, power, telecommunications, …

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