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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.

 

News

Natick HS High Altitude Balloon Group Project a Success

Charlie Bures, WA3ITR writes: On Wednesday, June 20, the Natick HS High-Altitude-Balloon Group launched their platform at 4:07pm from the Hatfield Elementary School, near Northampton in the middle of Massachusetts. The APRS tracking device used Charlie’s callsign (WA3ITR) with a dash-7. From the APRS track shown below, the HAB was …

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Weekend General License Course Offered, Natick, July 13-15, 2018

For high school students and adults who already have a Technician level license, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the GENERAL 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 …

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KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition Has a “Local” Connection

A Scituate ham is playing a key role in the upcoming KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition. “Don Mikes, AA1V, who is the pilot for the upcoming Baker Island DXpedition KH1/KH7Z team wants to let everyone know that he is in daily satellite phone communication with them as they sail/motor to Baker …

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Severe Weather & Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend Coordination Message #2 – Saturday 6/23/18-Sunday 6/24/18 Weather Outlook/Severe Weather Potential

Hello to all.. ..The following is the second in a series of messages on Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend and providing information on the weather during this period. This is a tradition spanning over 15 years for Amateur Radio Operators involved with Field Day and the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Program.. …

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Severe Weather & Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend Coordination Message #1

Hello to all..  ..The following is the first in a series of messages on Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend and providing information on the weather during this period. This is a tradition spanning over 15 years for Amateur Radio Operators involved with Field Day and the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Program..  …

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Section Manager’s 2018 Field Day Message

Sunday, June 24 is Amateur Radio Day in Massachusetts: In Massachusetts, at the urging of State Senator Bruce Tarr, N1UIU, Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker signed a proclamation declaring June 24 as “Amateur Radio Day” in the Bay State. In addition, both the Massachusetts Senate and House have issued resolutions declaring …

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Earn Extra Points At Field Day!

Did you know you or  your club can earn up to 100 extra points by sending NTS traffic from your Field Day site via NTS? Messages can be sent via voice, CW or digital. The folks in NTS welcome these messages, but a few notes here will help move this …

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North Attleboro Kid’s Day, Volunteers Requested, June 19-22, 2018

Ray Cord, K2TGX writes on the Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC mailing list: After a very successful Norton Founders Day it is now on to the next Large Scale Public Event. North Attleborough Kids Day Thursday June 19th through Sunday June 22nd. While all the details are in Scott Bumpus’s email below,  …

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Massachusetts House Passes Resolution Proclaiming Amateur Radio Week

A resolution has been passed in the Massachusetts State House honoring Amateur Radio operators and proclaiming an “Amateur Radio Week” to coincide with Field Day. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Jonathan Hecht, who represents the 29th Middlesex District (Cambridge, Watertown).  It was signed on June 18, 2018 by Hecht, …

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Natick High School High Altitude Balloon Launch, Florence, MA, June 20, 2018

Dan Brown, W1DAN writes on the Wellesley ARS mailing list: Charlie’s (WA3ITR) High Altitude Balloon project is currently hoping to launch on 6/20/2018 from Florence, MA around 1-2 PM.  It is hoped that the platform will be recovered in the Natick area around 6 PM or so. Follow it on APRS!   See also:  Natick …

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Request For Operators, YMCA St. Peter’s Fiesta 5K Run, Gloucester, June 28, 2018

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list: We are looking for operators to staff the YMCA St Peter’s Fiesta 5K Run on Thursday, June 28 2018, 6:30pm be on location by 6:00pm Gloucester. Please let me know if you can staff a communications check-point for the …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MAY

Greetings all traffic handlers, Attached is the May traffic report for the combined sections  of East and West Mass.  Thanks to all for your support, and as always a special thanks to Greg KC1CIC for compiling the report and to all who make the deliveries, whether by phone, email, USPS …

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KD1CY Featured in SKYWARN Interview on WILI AM 1400

Rob Macedo, KD1CY was featured in a radio interview on  radio station WILI AM 1400 in Willamantic, Connecticut on June 15. Macedo spoke on severe weather and the importance of trained SKYWARN observers.  KD1CY is an Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator for Eastern Massachusetts and SKYWARN Coordinator for the National Weather …

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Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC Field Day 2018

  Ray Cord, K2TGX writes on the Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC mailing list: [June 19] is the last meeting to finish up the planning for our Annual Field Day Event being held the weekend  of June 23rd and 24th at World War I Memorial Park 365 Elmwood St. No. Attleborough.

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WQ1O Interviewed About Emergency Communications by WCAI

Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O writes on Facebook: I was interviewed today by Kathryn Eident of NPR station WCAI today at our Barnstable County facility (used for the Multi-Agency Coordination Center) on Cape Cod. We discussed ARES, agencies, volunteers and how basic simple equipment can often endure due to its lack of …

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Natick High Altitude Balloon–Successful Tethered Test

Don Clements writes:   Successful tethered test! We didn’t launch (due to the cloud cover), but the test was great. With the large tank, the balloon filled quickly and easily. You can have pretty much any lift you want. We filled the balloon too much, and went off the 2 …

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Massachusetts Senate Proclaims Amateur Radio Week

A Resolution has been received by the ARRL Eastern and Western MA Section Managers from Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester), President of the Massachusetts State Senate.  The Resolution, adopted on June 4, 2018, is entitled “Commemorating Amateur Radio Week and Honoring Amateur Radio  Operators as They Celebrate Field Day”:   WHEREAS,  …

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Algonquin ARC Field Day 2018

The Algonquin Amateur Radio Association will conduct its Field Day operation June 23-24 at the Marlborough Emergency Operations Center at the Central Fire Station, 215 Maple St, Marlborough. The group will operate three stations–possibly four–in the “F” Category (Emergency Operations Center).      Update: June 21, 2018: David “Shack” Haralambou, W1SHK writes …

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Waltham ARA Picnic and Field Day 2018

Waltham Amateur Radio Association posts on its web site: On Saturday, June 23, 2018, WARA will combine a club picnic and a four-hour operation in the ARRL Field Day. Time:  12:00  – 6:00 PM Location:  Sunset Shelter, Prospect Hill Park, Waltham (near the repeater site) The club provides hamburgers, hot dogs, …

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New England Amateur Radio Field Day 2018

New England Amateur Radio, Inc. writes: According to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), Field Day is the most popular on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio.  Always on the fourth full weekend of June, the event draws tens of thousands of amateur radio operators across the country to participate by setting up …

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