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.



WX4NHC Annual Station Test, May 26, 2018

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes on the SKYWARN mailing list: Please see the following information from WD4R-Julio Ripoll, Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator on the 2018 WX4NHC On-Air Communications Test which will be held this Saturday May 26th, 2018 from 9 AM-5 PM EDT (1300-2100 UTC) across various bands and modes on Amateur Radio. We encourage …

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MEMA Hurricane Preparedness Training Courses Offered

The following new courses have been added to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s training calendar: 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Webinar at Webinar on May 29, 2018 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Webinar at Webinar on May 30, 2018 Visit our web site at http://mematraining.chs.state.ma.us/TRS/?ogToken=MEMA for more details.

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KB1MGI Fox Deployed in Westford, May 20, 2018

John Salmi, KB1MGI writes on the Foxhunting list: I placed a 2-meter[fox on] 146.565 press DTMF tone 2 activate at the East Boston Camps in Westford. http://westfordfriendsebc.org/camps.php  (See link for maps.)   Drive in along the dirt road next to the railroad tracks into woods to the closest parking area …

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Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association Field Day 2018

The Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association writes on its Facebook page: Join us as we host P.A.W.A field day at the Swansea Fire Station 50 New Gardner Neck Road Swansea Mass 02777 Saturday, June 23 9:00 AM through Sunday June 24 2:00 PM Everyone is welcome to join in to make …

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Whitman ARC Field Day 2018

Whitman ARC writes on its Facebook page: The Whitman Amateur Radio Club will be holding field day once again this year in the field behind the East Bridgewater YMCA. Setup will begin Saturday, June 23 at 9 AM, with operating running from 2 PM Saturday through 2 PM Sunday. We …

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New Fox Hunting Listserv Now On-line

A new fox hunting listserv is now on-line, according to PART of Westford‘s Dave Welsh, WI1R. “This list is explicitly not just for PART members.  Anybody who is interesting in fox hunting, especially in the general area of Westford and the surrounding towns, is more than welcome to participate,” reports …

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Volunteers Requested for C.A.T.S. Dogtown Trail Run, May 20, 2018

The Cape Ann ARA is requesting hams to assist with staffing for the Cape Ann Trail Stewards Dogtown Trail Run on Sunday, May 20, 2018.  “Please let us know if you can staff a communications checkpoint for the event by Thursday, May 17 so we can plan staffing positions.  I will supply …

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NWS: “Damage at NEAR-Fest the Result of a Tornado”

Larry Caruso writes on the Pentucket RA mailing list: “As reported on WMUR Channel 9 this morning: the National Weather Service confirmed the wind event that damaged our tent at NEAR-fest was an EF1 tornado. It traveled at 50 mph for 36 miles. “That helps explain the loud sound we …

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Commemorative Marconi Radio Contact with Newfoundland Planned, May 31, 2018

A two-way amateur radio contact with the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) VO1AA in St. Johns, Canada is planned during the  upcoming visit of Princess Elettra Marconi to station KM1CC and the Cape Cod National Seashore on May 31, 2018.  [See: Invitation to Meet and Greet Marconi’s daughter, Princess Elettra …

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“Run of the Charles a Success Despite Rapid Currents”

Brett Smith, AB1RL writes in the Boston Amateur Radio Club’s, The Sparc, May 2018: April is always a jam-packed month for public service events, and we always close it with the Run of the Charles. This is a really unique and fun event, a series of canoe and kayak races to …

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National Brain Tumor Ride Volunteers Requested, Waltham, May 21, 2018

Brett Smith, AB1RL writes: The National Brain Tumor Society is planning their 2017 Boston fundraising bike ride and they’re looking for amateur radio volunteers. The ride takes place on Sunday, May 21, starting at 7:00 AM from 200 West Street in Waltham. Volunteers will work from until the early afternoon, …

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Flea at MIT, Cambridge, May 20, 2018

The MIT Radio Society, in conjunction with the MIT UHF Repeater Association, the MIT Electronics Research Society, and the Harvard Wireless Club, sponsors a Swapfest on the third Sunday of each month, April through October. This is a place to buy, sell, and swap amateur radio, electronic, and computer equipment. Hams and non-hams alike are welcome. For …

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Amateur Radio at Scituate Science Fair, April 5, 2018

  Richard Hoffman, K1DJ and Greg Bennett, KC1CIC demonstrated Amateur Radio to youths at the Sixth Annual Scituate Science Fair on April 5, 2018. This was the second year K1DJ and KC1CIC participated in the two-hour event that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) topics.  Richard conducted a …

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Fox Box Deployed, Chelmsford BB Wright Conservation, May 13, 2018

John Salmi, KB1MGI writes on the PART of Westford mailing list:   I placed the 2-meter 146.565 fox in Chelmsford at the BB Wright Conservation land off Parker Road.   To activate press DTMF tone 2 for two seconds for 30 seconds on 30 seconds off transmissions for 15 minutes. …

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Below is the April traffic report for the combined sections of East and West Mass.  As always we are indebted to Greg KC1CIC for compiling these reports.  Thanks also to all those who submitted their reports.  Our sections are doing very well. Anyone is welcome to submit a Station Activity …

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New Technician Class Pool to Take Effect July 1, 2018

On July 1, 2018 a new Element 2 Technician class question pool will take effect for examinations. VECs and VEs will have new test designs available for use at exam sessions effective that date.  The newly revised pool released in January 2018 (updated and re-released February 12, 2018) by the Question Pool …

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Technician License in a Weekend Course, Natick, June 1-2, 2018

For high school students and adults, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the 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 …

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Marlborough High School Patrol, May-June, 2018, Volunteers Requested

Ann Weldon, KA1PON writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list: The radio club as always is committed to watching the Marlborough High School the following dates. Please consider assisting on: May 25, 26, 27, 28; June 1 ,2, 3, 8, 9.  Starting time is between 7-8 PM and finishing between …

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Volunteers Needed, Motif #1 Day 5K, Rockport, May 19, 2018

Chris Winczewski, K1TAT writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list: We are looking for operators to staff the Motif #1 Day 5K, on Saturday, May 19 at 9:00 AM in Rockport. Please be on location by 8:30 AM.  Please let me know if you can staff a communications check-point for the event by Thursday, May17th so …

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Boston ARC Public Service Events, June 24 & July 3, 2018

Brett Smith, AB1RL, Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club writes: Now that our busy kick-off month of April is in the books, it’s time to start planning for the summer public service events. At both of these events we support the medical team to make sure everyone gets treated promptly—a critical …

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