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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.

 

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W1PJE Presents at 37th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference

Dr. Phil Erickson, W1PJE, was the invited banquet speaker at this year’s annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference held on September 14-16, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Erickson is an assistant director and head of MIT’s Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences group at Haystack Observatory.  He holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees …

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Whitman ARC Offering Technician Class, September 4-27, 2018

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club is currently conducting a Technician training class at the Whitman police station at 20 Essex Street on Tuesdays until September 27, 2018. Ross Hochstrasser, W1EKG, and Paul DeLory, W1GTX, are instructing. The class will culminate in a volunteer exam on October 2, 2018. For details, …

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Amateur Radio Newsline Highlights Eastern MA ARES Standby for Merrimack Valley Incident, VoIP Hurricane Net Support

Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, writes:   Amateur Radio Newsline #2134 for Friday, September 21, 2018, featured a story about the recent Eastern MA ARES standby for the Merrimack Valley gas explosions and fires, and the VoIP Hurricane Net report. The text transcript and audio can be found at: …

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Barnstable ARC Presence at Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival, September 15, 2018

The Barnstable Amateur Radio Club had a presence for the second year at the Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival on September 15, 2018 from 10 AM – 6 PM. The festival featured food trucks, music, community and vendor tables, and a bicycle event. According to BARC organizers, “excellent weather and band …

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Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC ARES Drill, September 30, 2018

The Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC ARES team will conduct a drill on Sunday, September 30, 2018. They will meet after breakfast at  Sturdy Memorial Hospital  at 10:30 AM.  The drill will last for approximately an hour and a half. “We should be home in time for 1:00 PM  ​kickoff of the …

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IPAWS National Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

UPDATE:  Due to the ongoing Florence storm activities, this test has been postponed to October 3, 2:18 PM EDT. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on September 20, 2018. The WEA …

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Mass Jam Volunteers Needed, Falmouth, October 6-9, 2018

Glen Dowden, KC1GKT writes: The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association is looking for volunteers on October 6 through October 9, 2018 for Mass Jam. Mass Jam is held at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds in East Falmouth. The event brings Scouts from all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island for a weekend of …

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“Woodstock of Amateur Radio”: NEAR-Fest, October 12-13, 2018

NEAR-Fest will be held on October 12-13, 2018. It is held twice annually, spring and fall, rain or shine, at the Deerfield Fairgrounds in Deerfield New Hampshire beginning on Friday at 0900 and ending Saturday at 1500 hours. Admission is $10. Persons under 18 and over 80 are admitted free of …

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Volunteers Sought, Lone Gull 10K, Gloucester, September 30, 2018

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the CAARA list: CAARA has a great public service team. Come out and have some fun with us. We have loaner radios if you need one. Come out and join the event. Contact us and we will set you up with a radio. We are …

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W1HFN Fox Deployed in Littleton

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the foxhunting list on September 15, 2018: Barring sudden catastrophe, the W1HFN fox will be loose at:   https://littletonconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/bumblebee-park/ UPDATE 7:36 AM, September 16, 2018:   Sorry, I left out the important bits;  146.565, it runs constantly, no tones needed.  A 20 second voice ID every …

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PMC Kids Ride, Volunteers Requested, Manchester-by-the-Sea, September 22, 2018

Eric Horwitz, KA1NCF writes on the North Shore RA mailing list:   I have a last minute event that has come up.  I need a few people to help with a KIDS PMC event.   Rick, WZ1L, in Gloucester has asked if I can get a few people to help …

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Ride to Defeat ALS, Volunteers Needed, September 23, 2018

David Wolfe, KG1H writes: The Worcester Emergency Communications Team is looking for volunteers on Sunday 9/23/18 for the Ride to  Defeat  ALS.  This is a low key event with the primary focus being on charity rather than racing.   The 70 mile bicycle course begins at the Longfellow club in Wayland …

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Lawrence/North Andover, Mass Natural Gas Related House Fire Situation and Eastern Massachusetts/North Shore ARES Monitoring

Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, writes:   While we have Eastern Massachusetts Amateurs engaged in Hurricane Florence monitoring, we are well aware of the incident and are prepared to support any agencies if necessary. Please see our status update from North Shore ARES DEC, KB1KQW-Jim Palmer. We are sending …

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Request For Operators, YuKanRun Half-By-The-Sea Half Marathon, September 23, 2018

Chris Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the CAARA mailing list:   CAARA has a great public service team! Come out and have some fun with us. We have loaner radios if you need one. Come out and join the event. Just contact us and we will set you up with a …

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Flea at MIT in Cambridge, September 16, 2018

This Coming Sunday, the September  Flea at MIT ******************************************************************************* ******************************************************************************* Summary: Buy Sell SWAP    Ham Radio    Electronics Computers    9AM – 2PM  *** !!!!  In our Traditional GARAGE  !!!!!  ****           so come rain or shine or super heat the Flea is on !!! …

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Buzzards Bay Triathlon, September 16, 2018, Request for Amateur Radio Support

  Rob Macedo, KD1CY, writes on the SEMARA list:   There has been a request for Amateur Radio support for the Buzzards Bay Triathlon on Sunday 9/16/18. This event has been supported in the past by a few amateur operators in the area but not in the last couple of …

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Petitions to Keep WWV, WWVH On the Air

Tony Fiore, K1AMF, writes on the YCCC reflector: Two petitions have been started on the White House’s “We the People” petition site calling for restoration of funding for these two essential radio stations. Each needs at least 100,000 electronic signatures by mid-September to generate a response from the White House. …

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K1TW Re-elected Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager

The ARRL has declared Tom Walsh, K1TW, re-elected as Section Manager for the Eastern Massachusetts section.  No other SM nominations were received by Headquarters as of Friday, September 7, 2018. Walsh’s two-year term of office will begin January 1, 2019.    

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Harvard Wireless Club Table at Student Involvement Fair, September 7, 2018

The Harvard Wireless Club will participate in the Harvard Student Involvement Fair on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Tercentenary Theater in Harvard Yard, Cambridge. “We will be at Table 719. Just look for the Alex Loop antenna on the 19-foot tripod, which is usually the tallest thing at the fair,” remarks …

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Volunteers Sought for Baystate Marathon, Sunday October 28, 2018

Terry Stader, KA8SCP, writes on the PART of Westford listserv: The Lowell CERT Communications Team has been asked to support once again the Baystate Marathon and Half Marathon. This year the event is on Sunday, October 28th. Our operational time period is from approximately 0700 until event completion (estimated 1400). …

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