About the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section

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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.


WCC ARA Celebrates RCA Centennial

The WCC Amateur Radio Association (WA1WCC) in Chatham will celebrate the centennial of the Radio Corporation of America throughout 2019. According to the organization’s web site, RCA was incorporated on October 17, 1919.   “In November 1919, RCA acquired the assets of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America, which then …

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Winter is now upon us and showing not only it’s beauty but it’s challenging propagation where NTS nets are concerned. On HF, radiowave skip continues to be long many days and evenings making it difficult to hear local stations on section and region nets. We have been able to make …

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Whitman ARC Offering Amateur Extra Course, January 3 – March 7, 2019

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club is offering an Amateur Extra License Class lasting approximately eight weeks, beginning Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the Whitman Police Station, 20 Essex Street, Whitman.  The class meets each Tuesday and Thursday (except February 14) from 7 to 9 PM and will culminate in an …

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PART of Westford Shows Caring for the Community

An Eastern MA ARRL-affiliated club has taken community service to the next level.  PART of Westford meets each month at the Cameron Senior Center in Westford.  The senior  center runs a food pantry for local people in need.  Each month, PART members  bring non-perishable food items to the meeting, and …

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Foundation for Amateur Radio Scholarships

The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc., will be administering the scholarships listed below for the coming academic year, ranging from $500 to $5,000 each. All applicants must meet the following minimum requirements: • Hold a valid US or foreign amateur radio license, • Be enrolled, or have been accepted for …

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KD1CY Featured on WeatherBrains Podcast

Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, was one of three featured guests on the podcast “WeatherBrains” on January 7, 2019. The 90-minute program discussed Amateur Radio, SKYWARN, and the VoIP Hurricane Net. Other guests included Jay Farlow, W9LW, and Jeff Stapel, W8SWX. The audio and …

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AA1M, W1USN QRV from Costa Rica, February 2-13, 2019

Quannapowitt Radio Association members Bob Reiser, AA1M, and Mike Rioux, W1USN, will be making their annual mini-dxpedition this year to Costa Rica. Their trip begins on February 2; they return home on the 13th. Bob and Mike expect to use all HF bands on SSB, CW and digital with “some trials on …

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Whitman ARC Winterfest, January 19, 2019

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club will hold its Winterfest on January 19, 2019 from 9 AM until 1 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Route 18, in Whitman. A VE testing session will be conducted at the event. Admission is $5; tables cost $15. Raffle prizes will be drawn …

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Nominations Solicited for Six ARRL Awards

The ARRL invites nominations for awards that recognize educational and technological pursuits in Amateur Radio. Nominations are also open for ARRL’s premier award to honor a young licensee — the Hiram Percy Maxim Award. [Full story]

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MIT Radio Society, EE and Computer Science Department Hosting Radio Technology Lectures

From The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Radio Society (W1MX) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) are hosting a series of public lectures on “everything radio,” presented by academics and industry professionals. The series begins on Tuesday, January 8, at 5:30 PM ET in Building …

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MMRA To Present K3LR Contest University, January 16, 2018

Well known contester Tim Duffy, K3LR, will present Contest University via Skype at the Minuteman Repeater Association meeting on January 16 at 7 PM. The meeting will be held at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle,  Natick. Duffy is a well know contester and the owner of the multi-multi contest …

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for Monday January 7 at 8:30 PM

Hello to all… The monthly ARES Net for January is Monday the 7th, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. For frequencies that will be linked into the ARES Net on the MMRA Network, please see the following link from the MMRA web site detailing the repeaters that will …

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Volunteer Registration for 2019 BAA Marathon Now Open

On behalf of the BAA Amateur Radio Communications Committee, we want to wish you a Happy New Year. It’s hard to believe that 2018 has come to a close and we are heading into 2019, and with the new year also comes the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon.  Today, …

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KM1CC QRV for Marconi’s First Transatlantic Wireless Message Anniversary, January 18-19, 2019

Bill Kretschmer, N2KNL, writes: On January 18, 1903, young inventor Guglielmo Marconi made communication history by sending the first public transatlantic wireless message from his station on the South Wellfleet bluffs to Poldhu, Great Britain. The KM1CC Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club operators will talk to hams around the world on …

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Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS) Winter Field Day and STEM Event at New England Sci-Tech – Saturday 1/26/19 – 2-10 PM EST

Area radio clubs are invited to join us for Winter Field Day in Natick. Open to the public Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 2-10 pm. Pot Luck Dinner, Ham Radio Event, Yard Sale, Maker Activities, Planetarium Shows, Guest Speaker, Movie Night, all in one event! Hosted by the youth members of Sci-Tech Amateur Radio …

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December, 2018 Section News Now Available

The December, 2018 Section Newsletter is now available at

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Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday January 5th, 2019 at 1000 AM

Good Morning Everyone, Net Control for the January 5, 2019 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be W1SSH the South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club. The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters in the order listed. 1. Plymouth 146.685 Tone 131.8 2. Boston …

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New England Sci-Tech Amateur Extra Course, Take Any 9 Sessions

New England Sci-Tech is offering ongoing Amateur Extra study sessions for high school students, homeschool students, and adults who already have a General level license. This slower-paced course will get you ready to take the Amateur Extra license exam. You may jump into this course at any time, pay one …

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YCCC 1st Place in WPX CW US Club Category

According to YCCC member Jack Schuster, W1WEF, the Yankee Clipper Contest Club achieved first place among US Club  scoring in the CQ WPX CW. “We had 92 entries and 166 million points versus the number 2 Potomac Valley Radio Club  with 143 entries and 144 million points.”   Kudos to YCCC members for …

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Fessenden Commemorative Transmission Set for Christmas Eve

From the ARRL Letter, December 20, 2018: As he’s done in years past, Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, of Forest, Virginia, will commemorate what may have been the first radio broadcast [from Brant Rock, Massachusetts] to include speech and music by experimenter Reginald Fessenden on Christmas Eve 1906. Justin will fire up …

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