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.



Western MA ARISS School Contact Draws ARRL Staffers, State, Local Officials

ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology alumnus Mariusz Zielinski, KB1MDS, invited ARRL Lifelong Learning Manager Kris Bickell, K1BIC, Lifelong Learning Administrator Ally Riedel, KM3ALF, and ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, to witness an exciting November 2 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with students at …

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Falmouth CERT Class Begins January, 2019

The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office has announced dates for its next winter Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program for volunteers interested in becoming a CERT member. Classes start January 15, 2019 and run six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 PM through February 19, 2019. Classes are held at …

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K1XM QRV from YB9 for CQWW CW, November 24-25, 2018

Hudson amateur Paul Young, K1XM, plans to operate in the CQWW CW contest from YB9/ Indonesia the weekend of November 24-25, 2018, according to YCCC president Dennis Egan, W1UE. Paul will operate Multi/Single, Low Power. “This will be a tough one to work!” adds Egan.

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KD1CY Receives Blue Hills Observatory Outstanding Service Award

The Blue Hill Observatory awarded Rob Macedo, KD1CY, with their Outstanding Service Award on November 9, 2018. The award was presented at a Blue Hills Observatory fundraising event by meteorologist and Weather Channel personality Jim Cantore and former Weather Channel meteorologist Mish Michaels. The honor was especially meaningful for Macedo as it …

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Quannapowitt Radio Association 70th Anniversary Celebration

The ARRL-affiliated Quannapowitt Radio Association is seventy years young this November, according to QRA President Don Melanson, KA1MAP. Melanson reports the club has decided to “combine their November 70th anniversary and December Christmas celebrations at the December meeting, to be held on December 20, 2018.” QRA’s actual birthday is November …

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for Monday November 5 at 8:30 PM

Hello to all… We will be continuing our monthly ARES Net in November. The monthly ARES Net for November is Monday the 5th, 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 …

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Technician Licensing Class, Middleton, January, 2019

Ron Draper, WA1QZK, writes: A Technician class course will be conducted in January, 2019, spanning three 3-hour sessions on January 2, 16, and 30, 2019 at the Middleton Council on Aging, 38 Maple Street, in Middleton.  Those interested can sign up and pay at the Senior Center. The deadline is …

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October, 2018 Section News Now Available

The October, 2018 Section Newsletter is now available at https://ema.arrl.org/october-2018-section-news/.    

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November 3, 2018 Eastern MA Hospital Net Announcement

John O’Neill-K1JRO writes: Good Morning Everyone, Net Control for the November 3,2018 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be W1SSH The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club . The net will commence at the usual time of 10:AM using the following repeaters in the order listed. 1. Attleboro 147.195 tone 127.3 …

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N1DG Wins October, 2018 QST Cover Plaque Award

Congratulations to Duxbury native Don Greenbaum, N1DG, who was voted the winner of the October 2018 QST Cover Plaque award for his article, “Who Pays for that New One?” Greenbaum was the featured banquet speaker at the 2018 Boxboro DX/Contest dinner in September.

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Norton Halloween Parade, October 28, 2018

Ray Cord, K2TGX, writes on the Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC list: Just a reminder to those who signed up or those who now want to help stage the Annual Norton Halloween Parade. We will meet this Sunday October 28th at 10:30 AM in the Parking lot behind the Oasis Night …

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Volunteers Requested, PART of Westford Pumpkin Patrol, October 31, 2018

Terry Stader, KA8SCP, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list: A couple of weeks ago I thought it was time to start thinking about our annual Pumpkin Patrol on Halloween Night in Westford. Well, it is next week and I am still looking for a few more volunteers! As …

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W1HFN Fox Deployed in Littleton, October 20, 2018

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the fox hunting list: The W1HFN fox was deployed at the Hartwell Family Memorial Preserve (in Littleton) at 10:30 AM Sat 20 Oct, see link: https://littletonconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/hartwell-family-memorial-preserve/ The fox broadcasts continually on 146.565 with a 20 second voice ID every minute.  The battery pack is freshly charged and should last 4 …

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KC1DKY Fox Deployed in Billerica, October 19, 2018

Nicholas J. Mollo, KC1DKY, writes on the fox hunter list on October 19, 2018 at 1:07 PM: With the crisp autumn air and changing leaves, what a great time to get out on a trail and find a fox!  The KC1DKY fox is out in Billerica on conservation and recreation land.  It’s a …

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It seems at this writing that summer has abruptly come to an end and winter has begun. Not only has the temperature changed, but so has propagation affecting communication on the traffic nets. I suspect we will face challenges on the HF nets as we have the past few winters …

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After serving as manager of the First Region Net Cycle 4 (1RN) since 2011 , Bill Mann W1KX of Monmouth ME is stepping down.  Bill took over following the passing of W1UD and has done a tremendous job of keeping the net active,  and we are very grateful to Bill for …

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N1Y / USS Cassin Young 75th Anniversary Special Events Operation, October 20-21, 2018

Pi Pugh, K1RV, Mike Rioux, W1USN, along with other members of the USS Cassin Young Radio Club will activate the USS Cassin Young as N1Y from 0900-1600 ET at the Boston National Historical Park on October 20-21, 2018. K1RV will be on CW using his KX3/KPA100 rig and one of …

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New England Area Flea Markets, October 17, 2018

New England Area   Ham – Electronic Flea Market  ***  DATES ***   2018 P 1 of 2 All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~ ******************************************************************************* 2018                                                …

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YCCC members Plan DXpedition to HQ for ARRL DX SSB

Three YCCC members will operate on Roatan Island (NA-057) for the ARRL DX SSB contest in February, 2019. “This will be a [Multi-operator, Multi-transmitter] operation, probably as HQ9X,” writes Paul Young, K1XM. He, along with Charlotte Richardson, KQ1F, and Marty Sullaway, KC1CWF, will make the trek to the Caribbean island, situated …

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Harvard Wireless Club Announces CubeSat Collaboration

The Harvard Wireless Club is working with another Harvard student organization, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, to develop a CubeSat for launch. “We’re excited to announce a collaboration with [the Harvard chapter of ] SEDS to develop the communications systems for a Cubesat they plan on launching in …

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