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.



Field Day Safety Officer Checklist

Attention Field Day groups: Please download this document and discuss it at your Field Day planning meetings. In addition to earning bonus points, following these guidelines could save lives! http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2017/16-2017%20Safety%20Officer-2.pdf [based on an original document by Bruce Pigott, KC1US.] Thanks, N1VUX

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Important ARES Leadership Reorganization in Eastern Massachusetts Section

As part of a renewed emphasis on ARES throughout the Eastern Massachusetts section, Greg Bennett, KC1CIC has been appointed as Section Emergency Coordinator. The appointment was made on May 23, 2018 by Section Manager Tom Walsh. As Greg assumes his new role, Tom thanked outgoing SEC Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG for …

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“Salutations from Roatan Island – HR9”

Note: several Eastern Massachusetts amateurs are currently participating in a DXpedition to Roatan I. [NA-057] in Honduras. Dennis Egan, W1UE/HR9 writes on the Yankee Clipper Contest Club list: Salutations from Roatan Isalnd, Honduras! Our HR9 operation is well underway.  Sunday, we built the elements for the DXE Skyhawk.  That endeavor took …

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Volunteers Sought for YuKanRun Twin Lobster Half Marathon, June 3, 2018

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list: We are looking for operators to staff the YuKanRun Twin Lobster Half Marathon at Gloucester High School on Sunday, June 3 2018, Th event begins at 8:30 AM; be on Location by 8:00  AM. Please let me know if …

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“Groton Road Race–Wet But Successful”

Continuing this year’s pattern of rainy foot races, Sunday April 29 challenged the 27th running of the Groton Road Race with threats of rain. That did not seem to affect participation much, however. Perhaps the runners were basking in the relative warmth compared to Marathon Monday. The Groton Road Race …

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Falmouth ARA Field Day 2018

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association is preparing big-time for Field Day June 22-24.  According to FARA Field Day Coordinator Larry Gray, W1IZZ, “We’re filling positions for: Field Boss; Station Captains for the SSB, CW, VHF, and GOTA stations; Food Captain, Media Publicity Coordinator, Public Information Table Coordinator, Set Up and …

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New England Wireless and Steam Museum Hours, Summer 2018

Looking for a great field trip for your family or radio club? The New England Wireless and Steam Museum in East Greenwich, Rhode Island will be open three Saturday mornings this summer from 9 AM til 12 noon, according to its website.  The museum bills itself as “an electrical and mechanical …

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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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