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The Eastern MA ARRL field organization serves some 2600 ARRL members who live in the eastern portion of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, encompassing the counties of: Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk.

Through our staff of experienced amateurs and affiliated radio clubs, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

 

News

MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JULY 2018

July and the first half of August have been busy ones.  As many of you know I was privileged to go on a cruise to Alaska late July into early August.  While Massachusetts had heat and rain, we had perfect weather in Alaska, at least perfect for us tourists but …

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Flea at MIT, August 19, 2018 in Cambridge, MA

This Coming Sunday, the August Flea at MIT ******************************************************************************* ******************************************************************************* Summary: Buy Sell SWAP    Ham Radio    Electronics Computers    9AM – 2PM  *** !!!!  In our Traditional GARAGE  !!!!!  ****           so come rain or shine or super heat the Flea is on !!! Outdoor space …

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2018 Boxboro! Forum Schedule Posted

Information on forums and presentations at the 2018 Boxboro! New England Division Convention September 7-9, 2018 is now on-line, according to Boxboro Program Chair Phil Temples, K9HI. This year’s program spans three days, beginning on Friday, September 7 at 10:00 AM with a special ARES/SKYWARN track and concluding on Sunday, …

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Boston Marathon Article Featured in September QST

The September, 2018 issue of QST features a full-length article entitled “Public Service in Action at the Boston Marathon.” Authored by Assistant Editor Caroline Kenney, the story describes Amateur Radio communications at one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting events: “There are radio operating teams in all aspects …

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Bulk Traffic Handling Policy

Section Traffic Manager Marcia Forde, KW1U writes: Hello to all Massachusetts traffic handlers, Those who were able to attend the annual traffic handlers picnic last Sunday, which included ASTMs, Net Managers and those who handle a large number of radiograms, were involved in a discussion regarding the disposition of what …

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Lightship Nantucket To Be Activated for International Lightship/Lighthouse Weekend, August 19, 2018

Mike Rioux, W1USN and Bob Reiser, AA1M, will operate onboard the Lightship Nantucket on Sunday, August 19 as part of International Lightship/Lighthouse Weekend.    “Anyone who is interested in operating or just coming down to check the ship out is welcome.  Bring friends if you like and we’ll give a tour,” …

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WQ1O and Cape Cod ARES Receives Certificate of Recognition From Barnstable County Commissioners

Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, and the Cape Cod ARES team  received high praise from the Barnstable County Commissioners for his hard work during the intense storms that impacted the Cape in March. The ARRL Cape Cod and Islands ARES District Emergency Coordinator and the Cape Cod ARES team were awarded a Certificate …

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ARRL Board of Directors’ Committee Seeks Input for Proposed ARES Strategic Plan

The Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) has contacted all ARRL Section Managers and Section Emergency Coordinators seeking comments and suggestions regarding the proposed ARES Strategic Plan via an online form. The deadline is October 31, in order to give the PSEWG sufficient time to review the comments and suggestions, formulate any …

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Marlborough Labor Day Parade, September 3, 2018

The Algonquin Amateur Radio Association is looking for volunteers to assist in the Marlborough Labor Day parade on September 3. The parade is one of the club’s highest profile public service events.  According to AARC’s Ed Fitzgerald, K1DIN, “The early recruiting for this year’s parade and the great response may give …

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TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 12

REMINDER – The annual traffic handlers picnic will take place this Sunday, August 12 from noon to 4 at 44 Raymond Road, Concord MA.  All traffic handlers and others interested in learning more about traffic handling are invited.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausages will be provided.  Bring your beverage …

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SEMARA Contest College, September 9, 2018

The South Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association (SEMARA) will host a presentation entitled Contest College @ SEMARA on September 9, 2018 at approximately 12 PM.   This hands-on presentation will cover:   * different styles of contesting * achieving a respectable score with 100 W * operating various modes during a …

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ARRL Headquarters Gets On AM!

On July 14, 2018, Eastern MA Technical Coordinator Dan Brown, W1DAN, traveled to ARRL Headquarters along with Tim, Smith, WA1HLR, and Steve Cloutier, WA1QIX, to help get the lab station, W1INF, on AM… in a big way! The ARRL Headquarters lab is in possession of a tube-based Gates BC1T AM …

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SEMARA Flea Market, October 6, 2018

The SEMARA Flea Market 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the SEMARA Clubhouse located at 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA.  The event will be held rain or shine from 9:00 AM to 12 noon, with vendor setup beginning at 8:00 AM.  There is handicapped parking and access …

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ARES NET Monday August 6 at 8:30pm

Just a reminder that the monthly ARES Net will be held on the Minute Man Repeater network (http://mmra.org/). The net starts at 8:30pm Monday August 6th. Greg KC1CIC will be the NCS. We will try out a new preamble that will shorten check-in time and allow more time for news …

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Framingham ARA Field Day Featured on “Access Framingham TV”

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association‘s recent Field Day operation at the McAuliffe Library was featured on Framingham’s community access channel accessfram.tv. According to FARA’s Glenn Axelrod, KC1HPZ, the coverage “is expected to be part of Access Framingham’s ‘Framingham Beat’ news magazine show at 7:30 PM on August 2.” “Sumner, W1VIV, was featured prominently… …

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W1VIV Article Featured in CQ Magazine

An article by Sumner Weisman, W1VIV, of Framingham, appears in the June, 2018 CQ Magazine entitled, “Wireless Ham Radio for the Hearing Impaired.” “I am pretty hard of hearing, where one ear is completely gone and the other is about half gone,” writes Sumner. “I use a hearing aid in …

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USS Massachusetts “Big Mamie” 77th Birthday Special Event Operation, September 22, 2018

The USTNR (Uncommon Service To Nautical Radio) club will operate from the USS Massachusetts museum ship at Battleship Cove in Fall River on September 22, from 0900-1500 or 1400Z-2000Z.    “We will be celebrating the 77th birthday of ‘Big Mamie’ operating as NE1PL,” according to USTNR trustee Rick Emord, KB1TEE. QSL information can …

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YCCC Members Attend Lithuanian Hamfest

Dennis Egan, W1UE, Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, and Rich Assarabowski, K1CC, represented the Yankee Clipper Contest Club at the 2018 LRMD (Lithuania) Hamfest held on July 27-29, 2018. The event was held in Miego Klinika, a rural resort on a small lake in the middle of a forest in the northern part …

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Previous Year’s Boxboro Program Videos Now On-line

The Boxboro Committee is pleased to announce the creation of a video collection of talks and presentations at the 2017 Boxboro – New England Division Convention.  The collection can be found at https://archive.org/details/femarainc.  (FEMARA, Inc. is a Massachusetts non-profit corporation which sponsors and runs the ARRL New England Division Convention.)    The …

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2018 Boxboro! Program Schedule Announced

The 2018 Boxboro! New England ARRL Division Convention has released its program schedule of forums, meetings and presentations on September 7-9, 2018.  “We’ll feature a wide variety of technical and non-technical talks and presentations throughout the weekend,” said Phil Temples, K9HI, Boxboro Program Chair. “Everything from: SKYWARN Training, AMSAT and …

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