KC1DKY Foxhunting Activities Highlighted on Wilmington Cable TV

Nick Mollo, KC1DKY, writes:   I recently interjected on a Facebook post on one of the Wilmington groups where they were talking about letterboxing and geocaching and I mentioned fox hunting using radios.  This got picked up by one of the content producers at Wilmington Cable TV.  He contacted me to ask about fox hunting and how it related, and told me he was going to put together a piece on what he called “modern day treasure hunting”.  We set up a Zoom interview, and even my daughter got involved, and he interviewed us.   If you are interested, you …

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“Boston Marathon 2021 Set For Monday, October 11 If Races Are Allowed”

From WBZ CBS BOSTON, JAN. 26, 2021: The Boston Marathon will be run on Monday, October 11, 2021, Columbus Day, if road races are allowed then under the Massachusetts reopening plan, the Boston Athletic Association announced Tuesday. Road races are not permitted to resume until Phase 4, when most of the public is fully vaccinated. The B.A.A. said additional details including field size, registration dates, safety measures and protocols, and runner requirements “are forthcoming.” The plan must also be approved by the eight cities and towns on the marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston. “We announce the 2021 Boston Marathon …

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ARISS SuitSat-1 Experiment is the Star in this Haunting New Sci-Fi Video, “Decommissioned”

Most of you will remember SuitSat. In 2006, the ARISS team managed to acquire a Russian spacesuit with an expired expiration date that would have just been thrown overboard to burn up. ARISS designed and built an antenna and radio gear that was approved for installation into the suit and the whole shebang got deployed by a cosmonaut and Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR at the start of a spacewalk.   It transmitted a lot during its short life. After the ARISS engineers figured SuitSat-1’s orbit and spin characteristics, they knew the legs and arms would have to be filled with …

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“Pandemic Ham Club Radio Activities–An Opportunity to Grow” at RATPAC, January 27, 2021

Please plan to attend Wednesday’s January 27 Zoom presentation.  10:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM CST / 7:00 PM MST / 6:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM AKST / 4:00 PM HST  Topic: Pandemic Ham Club Radio Activities, an opportunity to grow  Speaker/Presenter:  Anthony Luscre, K8ZT  This is a Zoom presentation that ALL HAM CLUBS and organizations should attend.  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. Your space bar works like a PTT for unmuting You …

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“Amateur Radio: From First Voice Transmission to the Space Station” Online, February 20, 2021

Natick residents Dan Brown, W1DAN, and Joe Weisse, W1HAI, will present an enlightening discussion sponsored by the Bacon Free Library in Natick on February 20, 2021 from 10 AM-12 noon on the many facets of amateur radio: what it is, how it works, and how to get started” followed by a question-and-answer session.  Register at: <http://baconfreelibrary.org/event/ham-radio/>.

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“Members’ Short Subjects” at Nashoba Valley ARC Meeting Online, January 21, 2021

The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s January meeting is TONIGHT, Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:30 PM. This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. … Thanks to Jim Hein, N8VIM, and Medtronics for the Zoom conference. I apologize for such late notice. January’s traditional meeting program is our annual “Members Short Subjects” night. If you have a short presentation, please let me or one the officers know. Even if you come up with something at the last minute, come to the meeting, present, and join in the fun! [Contact Bruce Blain, K1BG, at bruce -dot- blain -at- charter -dot- net …

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Northeastern Wireless Club Meeting, January 21, 2021

Welcome back to all of our returning [Northeastern Wireless Club] members, and also to all of our new members! We hope this semester we will be able to get to know you all better and help everyone in their engineering and academic endeavors. This semester we will still be having general meetings, workshops, discussions, and more!  Our first meeting is this Thursday, January 21st, 6-7PM. We will be introducing new members to the club and sharing details about the upcoming semester. The meeting will be on Zoom, hope to see you all there!  Also, make sure to join our Slack …

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Oxbow Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, Devins Activated POTA K-0327, January 17, 2021

Steve Ciavarini, NQ1F, writes on the Wellesley ARS mailing list:   I just returned from activating another POTA, K-0327, at Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, in Devens, MA, at the Bill Ashe Visitors Center. Due to Covid-19, the center was closed and not a soul showed up. But it made for an easy first-activation POTA, since the site has easy access to the forest from the parking lot.    https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Oxbow/about.html   I worked 20m SSB and CW, for a total of 25 contacts and many P2P contacts. I finally got to work Mike, K8MRD, who is a POTA addict and produces …

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KD1CY: “Interesting Stories about Ham Radio & Weather Spotting” on ARRL Learning Network, February 2, 2021

Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, will present on “Interesting Stories about Ham Radio & Weather Spotting” on the ARRL Learning Network on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10 PM PST/ 1 PM EST (1800 UTC). To register, visit <https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1360666941733861134>.   “One of the most critical ways amateur radio supports agencies such as the National Weather Service (NWS), National Hurricane Center (NHC), and emergency management is through weather spotting via the NWS SKYWARN program. This presentation reviews some interesting stories about how amateurs involved in SKYWARN have saved lives and property and why this …

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“Jack Binns to the Rescue” at the K1USN Radio Club Online Meeting, January 17, 2021

The K1USN Radio Club is pleased to announce that our next K1USN Zoom presentation will feature the granddaughter of shipboard radio operator hero, Jack Binns. Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace has just recently published an updated biography about her grandfather.   If anyone would like to attend, they just need to send me an e-mail  at k1rv@arrl.net. I will be sending out invitations starting on Sunday, Jan 17th. As always, we ask that the Zoom login information not be shared with others to help us minimize the possibility of “Zoom Bombing.”   — CQD! Here MKC! Shipwrecked!   In 1909, three years …

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KM1CC On the Air for the 118th Anniversary of the First USA-UK Wireless Transmission, January 18, 2021

The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, KM1CC, will be on the air on January 18, 2021 to commemorate the 118th anniversary of the very first United States-to-United Kingdom wireless transmission. Check dxsummit.fi for spots/frequencies as well as our KM1CC – Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club Facebook page.   (All times are UTC)   CW 0000-0100 Slow Speed CW 80M & 160M 0100-0400 CW 40M, 80M & 160M 1100-2359 CW 20M, 30M, 40M, 80M & 160M   SSB 0000-0400 SSB 80M. 1300 -1500 SSB 17 or 20M 1500- 2359 SSB 40M, 80M   Note: Operators will switch bands if conditions are …

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Nashoba Valley ARC Conducts Successful License Class

Bruce Blain, K1BG, writes in the NVARC Signals January, 2021 newsletter: It’s been over 20 years since [the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club] last conducted license classes. Recently, I held technician level classes with the help of Skip, K1NKR. We had eight sessions over a four-week period. Of the seven students who started, four finished. These are: Rachel Schmoyer, KC1OHY, of Harvard, MA; Matt Denaro, KC1OHA, of Nashua; Gio Girasoli, KC1OIR, of Bolton, CT; Asher Mirock, KD9RDR, of Bloomington, IL. Both Asher and Gio are 12 years old and are previous graduates of my CW Academy beginners Morse code class. …

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W3EVE: “Amateur Radio’s Role at the Boston Marathon Bombing” at North Shore RA Meeting Online, January 18, 2021

Steve, Schwarm, W3EVE, Wrentham, will present “Amateur Radio’s Role at the Boston Marathon Bombing,” at the North Shore Radio Association on January 18, 2021 at 7 PM.  “Amateur radio has played a significant role in public service communications for the Boston Marathon for several decades. That role was put to the test in 2013 when two bombs were exploded near the finish line. This presentation will describe the role that ham radio played at the Marathon and how that role changed due to the bombing.” Zoom conference information will be sent via the NSRA groups.io mailing list.  Contact Eric, KA1NCF, …

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W1DYJ: “CW DXCC in Six Months” at Minuteman Repeater Association Meeting Online, January 20, 2021

Larry Banks, W1DYJ, will present on, “CW DXCC in Six Months” at the January Minuteman Repeater Association Members Meeting online on  Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 7:30 PM.  “In 2014, after 52 years as a ham and multiple attempts to learn CW, Larry finally decided to become proficient and not only use it, but enjoy it. Starting with some history, this talk describes Larry’s “project” to learn CW. It includes a CW training app, rig interfaces, a realization that contesting was the best way to learn CW (and some contesting details), logging software, and finally Larry’s short and long term …

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HamXposition is a “Go,” September 10-12, 2021, Marlborough, MA

Bob DeMattia, K1IW, writes:   January 12, 2021   A note to all prospective attendees:    Naturally, we are aware that some other large ham conventions have already cancelled their 2021 plans.  We believe our September date should be sufficiently into 2021 that the COVID vaccine program will have had time to be executed, and things will be back to relative normal.   Thus, at this time, the committee intends to hold the convention in-person at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough, Mass. on September 10, 11 and 12th.   As we all know, things can change.  The committee will …

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QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Returning in March, 2021

The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will return March 13 – 14 for a full 48 hours, QSO Today host Eric Guth, 4Z1UG/WA6IGR, announced this week. ARRL is a QSO Today Expo Partner. Guth said the inaugural QSO Today Expo last August attracted more than 16,000 attendees, and he anticipates that the March 2021 event will be even more successful. The upcoming QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will feature new speakers and presenters, panel discussions, and kit-building workshops among other activities. Guth pointed out that attendees can log in from anywhere. While he anticipates a good turnout by those who typically attend such ham radio events, the …

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NEAR-Fest XXIX Canceled, April 30-May 1, 2021

Michael Crestohl, W1RC/VE2XL writes on January 12th, 2021: To the Amateur Radio Community: Bad news again, I am afraid. After giving the matter much careful research, thought, discussion and consideration my accomplices and I have come to the conclusion that holding our semi-annual hamfest on April 30th and May 1st 2021 as scheduled could very possibly endanger the health and safety of our staff members, our exhibitors, vendors, attendees and local area residents.   It is a risk that we do not in good conscience wish to assume.  Therefore we have decided that our next event will be held on October …

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New England Sci-Tech Technician Class Online Courses Throughout January, 2021

Amateur radio (or “ham radio”) is used by people all over the world to communicate over radio waves. Some people use ham radio for emergency preparedness, to provide communications support for community events, to report on severe weather and natural disasters, as a social activity, and even occasionally to contact crew members on the International Space Station! This ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Ham Radio TECHNICIAN license exam, the FIRST 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 …

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