New England Sci-Tech Amateur Extra Online Course, April 25-June 13, 2021

This ONLINE ham radio license course will get you ready to take the Ham Radio AMATEUR EXTRA license exam, the THIRD of three certification levels. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and home-school students. Yes, we give online ham radio exams, too! (See below) This is a FULL course taught by a 40-yr veteran teacher, not a discussion group or video service. You will learn much more than just watching a video or buying a book. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Recommended text: ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 12th edition, for exams …

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Nantucket ARA Members Show Their Appreciation to Sconset Trust for Use of Sankaty Head Lighthouse

The Nantucket Amateur Radio Association membership recently voted to make a donation to the Sconset Trust in a show of appreciation for allowing the use of the Sankaty Head Lighthouse for last year’s International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. [See: International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend on Track for 2020.]   In a March 29, 2021 letter, ‘Sconset Trust’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Grubbs, wrote to NARA Treasurer Greg Cokorinos, K1UH, on behalf of the ‘Sconset Board of Trustees, “Thank you for your 2021 membership contribution … we were pleased to collaborate with NARA for the 2020 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend last August. …

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N1QD: “DMR Basics” at Boston ARC Meeting Online, April 15, 2021

From the Boston ARC website: The speaker at the April 15 [Boston Amateur Radio Club] general meeting will be Joe Harris, N1QD. Joe will give a presentation on DMR basics, with a focus on how to get set up on the club’s UHF repeater! The meeting will be on the Zoom platform at 7:30 PM EDT. [For Zoom meeting information, email Doc Kinne, KE1ML at ke1ml -at- arrl -dot- net.]  

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Barnstable ARC Compiling “Elmer” List

The Barnstable Amateur Radio Club is compiling a list of volunteer “Elmers” to help new amateurs, according to BARC president Norm Cantin, WA1NLG. “New hams have a number of needs and questions ranging from: what equipment to start with, selecting antenna(s), what bands to operate, operating best practices to a whole host of other topics,” writes Cantin.  “I know we were all new hams at one point and really benefited from our Elmers.  I’m sure each one of us can contribute in some way.” WA1NLG says that BARC is also putting together a “New Ham Kit” of which the Elmer …

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KM1NDY: “Practical Portable Radio Operation” at Sci-Tech ARS, April 6, 2021

The Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society will feature a presentation by Mindy Hull, KM1NDY, on “Practical Portable Radio Operation” on April 6, 2021 at 7 PM.  With the availability of lightweight lithium batteries, portable operations is an increasingly mainstream and accessible pursuit of the amateur radio hobbyist. The excitement of radio field operations no longer needs to be relegated to official Field Days, with structured “On-the-Air” programs such as the Summits-on-the-Air (SOTA) and Parks-on-the-Air (POTA) providing endless and timeless remote communication opportunities. Portable radio is also where the outdoorist meets the amateur operator, requiring a complementary but different skill set from …

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday April 5th, 2021 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater Network

Hello to all… The April Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday April 5th, 2021 at 830 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 be linked in through Hub 1: http://www.mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_index_by_linkstate.html We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. For this month’s ARES Net, we will have comments regarding upcoming ARES training, virtual SKYWARN training and an exercise coincident …

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W1LEM, WA3SWJ: “Winlink” at Barnstable ARC Meeting Online, April 5, 2021

Norm Cantin, WA1NLG, writes on the Barnstable ARC list:   This month our guest speaker is  Lem, W1LEM.  Lem and Bruce, WA3SWJ, will provide an introduction and live demo of WinLink.    The meeting agenda is attached.  Please note: I plan to kick the meeting off and ask each participant for a brief intro (Name, Call and Current Location).  To help facilitate this and not cause too much cross talk, please mute your audio.  I will call out your call and ask you for your intro.  While muted, press and hold down the “space” bar on your computer to unmute (ie …

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MARS / Amateur Interoperability Nets Starting The Week of April 7, 2021

To: All New England Amateur Radio Operators Starting this week, on April 7 and for the first week of every month going forward, US Army Auxiliary Radio System members will conduct nets on 60 meters channel 1 (5.3305 MHz) with the goal of exercising the mission of MARS to Amateur interoperation. These Nets will start at 8pm local time on April 7, for one hour and will repeat on Friday April 9 and be run by MARS Stations in Region One. On April 8 and 10 at 8pm ET the nets will be run by MARS stations in Region 2 …

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NV9L: “Contesting” at Algonquin ARC, April 8, 2021

Mike Powell, W1KU, writes in the April, 2021 issue of Algonquin ARC’s newsletter, QRZ: The next [Algonquin Amateur Radio Club] meeting will be held on April 8, 2021 at  7:30 PM online via Zoom. Information on joining this virtual meeting will be sent out in advance via email. Our guest speaker will be Val Hotzfeld, NV9L, discussing contesting. [Hotzfeld is co-host on the show Ham Nation which can be seen live every Wednesday night in Twit.tv or anytime on YouTube.] For Zoom conference information, email Mike Powell, W1KU, at <president@n1em.org>.

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Update on MIT Radome Project, March 2021

From the MIT Radio Society website: Our perseverance is beginning to pay off! After much discussion and collaboration with MIT Facilities and various contractor groups involved in the Green Building renovations project, we have completed an initial design and project cost for the renewal of our Large Radome. MIT has informed us that, if we raise $1.9 million before May 1st, 2021, the restoration of the radome can be included in the Green Building renovation project. While this is an enormous challenge, we believe it is not insurmountable. We have already raised a part of this in the process of our overall …

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K1BG: “CW Ops’ CW Academy” at Waltham ARA, March 31, 2021

Ron Senykoff, KG1T, writes on the Waltham Amateur Radio Association mailing list: Please join us in welcoming Bruce Blain, K1BG, to discuss the free CW Academy program offered by CWops.org. https://cwops.org/cw-academy/ Non-members are welcome to attend. Please fill out this Event Notification form to be notified of upcoming presentations and to receive the meeting call invitation details. Wednesday, March 31st @ 7:00 PM Location: Amazon Chime https://aws.amazon.com/chime/download/ Meeting dial in details will be sent to club membership and those registered with the event notification form.

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N1DM Featured on Pittsfield Community TV, WTBR-FM, March 25, 2021

From nediv.arrl.org: Natick amateur Dom Mallozzi, N1DM, was the featured guest on Ham On!, simulcast on Pittsfield (MA) Community Television and WTBR-FM 89.7 on March 25, 2021. Dom spoke about amateur satellites. The early morning program is produced and moderated by Western MA Assistant Section Traffic Manager Peter Mattice, KD2JKV.  A recording of the show can be heard at <https://anchor.fm/peter0190/episodes/working-amatuer-sats-etgl31>. N1DM is active on HF CW , FT8, FT4, satellites, DMR, emergency communications  and contesting. He serves as secretary for the Providence (RI) Radio Association, W1OP.

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K1TW & K9HI: “What Your ARRL is Doing for You” at K1USN Radio Club Online, March 30, 2021

We are happy to announce that our next K1USN Radio Club Zoom session on Tuesday, March 30th @ 7:30 PM EDST will be a presentation by our ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, along with Phil Temples, K9HI, our  New England ARRL Division Vice Director.   The topic will be “What your ARRL is Doing for You.”   The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session, so try to come up with some good questions for them since this will be an opportunity to speak directly to our local ARRL leaders.   As always, we …

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2021 Apple Blossom Festival in Westford Cancelled

Alan Martin, W1AHM, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list: From https://westford.org/kiwanis/: “In consultation with Westford officials, along with current Federal and State guidelines, in the best interests of health and safety for Westford community, Westford Kiwanis has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Apple Blossom Festival, including the Apple Blossom Parade.  We look forward to bringing the event back when vaccinations have been readily available to all and larger outdoor social gatherings are feasible.” So, PART needn’t scramble to provide public service event support for the parade.

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KD1CY: “Amateur Radio VoIP” at RATPAC Online, March 31, 2021

RATPAC’s scheduled Wednesday’s March 31, 2021 Zoom presentation will be at:   9:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EDT / 8:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM MDT / 6:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM AKDT / 3:00 PM HST  Topic: Amateur Radio VoIP  Speaker/Presenter:  Rob Macedo, KD1CY Hey folks: These Zoom sessions are left open after the presentation.  After the Zoom presentation has been closed, sign back into Zoom to visit. This meeting will be recorded. By participating you consent to being recorded.  Please change your display name to Your First Name, Call Sign and Location, e.g. Dan K7REX Idaho.  Please stay muted until ready to speak. …

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Wellesley ARS “POTA Party,” Winchendon, MA, March 27, 2021

Dan Brown, W1DAN, writes on the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society mailing list:   Who: Anyone interested in amateur radio regardless of experience, license, or equipment What: Parks-On-The-Air (POTA) Activation of Otter River State Forest (Lake Dennison Recreation Area).    Where: Lake Dennison Recreation Area, 219 Baldwinville State Rd, Winchendon, MA 01475 (drive in to the first large parking lot).    When: Saturday March 27, 2021 starting at Noon.    Special Instructions/Notes: Just show up. Bring any radio or other equipment you may want to use, or use my stuff. Sign up for POTA if you plan on logging your own …

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Farhat: “The Essential Oscillator in Wireless Communications: Theory & Applications” at Northeastern University Wireless Club, March 24, 2021

On Wednesday, 3/24/21 at 11:45 AM, Professor Amir Farhat will talk about the all important RF element, the oscillator. This element is responsible for frequency generation that allows filtering and carrying of the data signal being received and sent. In order to operate any RF device and allow proper communication, very clean and consistent sine waves of desired frequencies needed to generate. The theory, the implementation and the application of this will all be discussed for this all important device.

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W6WN: “Neighborhood Radio Watch” at Framingham ARA Meeting Online, April 1, 2021

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association‘s next meeting on April 1, 2021  at 7:30 PM will feature  Alan Thompson, W6WN, who will talk about Neighborhood Radio Watch program. This is a partnership between hams and non-hams using amateur, GMRS and FRS radios to help keep our communities safer in the event of an emergency or disaster. The NRW Program had it origin in the ashes of the Camp Fire, and has been a tremendous boost for the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club. This meeting will be on zoom and FARA members will receive an invitation. [Email KB1VXY at president@w1fy.org to to receive the …

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