Genesis ARS’ “Airport Fun Days” Exhibit

Genesis ARS' 'Airport Fun Days' ham exhibitDoing its part to spread public awareness about Amateur Radio, the Genesis ARS staffed a display table and demonstration station at Plymouth’s “Airport Fun Days” on August 31. The exhibit featured a colorful banner with the club’s name. GARS members report that they gained valuable insight into how to “do it better in the future.”

Several GARS members also assisted with communications in “The Run for the Rock” Road Race.

Thanks, Genesis ARS “Monthly Update” September, 2003

Head of the Charles Regatta Assistance Requested

Head of the Charles
Jeff Arnold writes:

I still need about two dozen more people to work this year’s Head of the Charles Regatta

October 17, 18, 19

Friday noon -6
Saturday 7am-6pm
Sunday 7am-5pm

I need 2 more person on land for Friday
I need 4 land people and 3 boats for Saturday
I need 9 land people and 5 boats for Sunday

If you can work more than one day that would be great.

If you already sent me your info, you are all set.
I will post the assignments shortly.
Thanks once again

Jeffrey Arnold

New Section Managers Train in Newington

W1AW tower and antennas
W1AW tower and antennas

Approximately 15 new Section Managers from across the United States attended a Section Manager’s Workshop September 5-7 in Newington, Connecticut. The Section Managers heard talks from Headquarters employees regarding the various services offered by the ARRL, ranging from Field Services and Training to Certification and Continuing Education to Marketing and Public Relations. The SMs also received a large quantity of useful materials and handouts.

The weekend event included time for discussions about problem-solving and informal social networking, as well as an opportunity to tour ARRL Headquarters and operate W1AW. The SM Workshop is a regular event; it is held annually in Newington, Connecticut at ARRL Headquarters.

Also attending were New England Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF of Chelmsford, and Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI of Watertown. Temples, a three-term Section Manager, was invited by the workshop organizers to participate and to share his experiences as a veteran Section Manager.


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N1IV Nominated for Phil McGan PR Award

Jim Duarte, N1IVJim Duarte, N1IV, has been nominated for the ARRL’s prestigious Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award. The McGan award is given annually to the individual who demonstrates volunteer public relations success on behalf of Amateur Radio at the local, state or national level, and will live up to the high standard of achievement exemplified by the late Philip J. McGan.

[I am pleased that the Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC has nominated Jim Duarte, N1IV for this prestigious award. Jim has been a superb and consistent performer in the area of public relations on behalf of SMH ARC. He currently serves as Eastern Massachusetts Public Information Coordinator. Jim was instrumental in our securing this year’s Massachusetts Amateur Radio Day proclamation.

As a friend and former co-worker of Phil McGan, I can think of no better candidate deserving of this honor than N1IV. -K9HI]

WGBH Ice Cream FunFest Communications 9/13/03

WGBH Ice Cream FunfestBob Salow, WA1IDA writes:

The WGBH Ice Cream FunFest will be held on Saturday, 13 September 2003. Note that this year it is only on Saturday! For many years the Boston Amateur Radio Club has responded to their request for communications to assist and protect the 7000 (now 10,000 are expected) visitors at the WGBH (Public TV and FM) annual Ice Cream FunFest. It is held outside their studios on
Western Avenue in Brighton.

To those who have participated in past years, I can assure you that your service received their greatest praise. To you and any newcomers, your help is needed even more this year to assist with crowd and parking management and emergency needs. Our operation begins at 0900 and should be over before 1500.

The area is compact enough to use 2-meter hand-helds on simplex. Helpful is an antenna better than the rubber duck that came with your radio, as well as battery capacity to last the day.

Not only is this a visible ham public service, but we (and all their visitors) get to sample the wares of the ten ice cream providers FREE. Eat all you can, but don’t get sick!

WGBH is also kind enough to allow BARC booth space to promote and demonstrate ham radio to the visitors of all ages. Every year this proves to be a great opportunity to introduce ham radio to the public. You can be of help here, too.

Time is short and your help is needed. Please contact me as quickly as possible. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Bob Salow, WA1IDA

Cape Cod, MS Challenge Walk Ham Volunteers Needed

MS logoRick Cantin, AA1TI wrote:

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is looking for Ham Radio Operators to help with the MS Challenge Walk on Cape Cod September 12th, 13th and 14th.

The MS Challenge Walk, presented by Biogen/MS ActiveSource, is more than physical endurance, more than a test of mental strength. It is a life-changing event, a celebration of human spirit. Those who accept the challenge believe that one long journey over three days will ultimately shorten the road to the cure for multiple sclerosis.

For more information about the walk please follow this URL:

To volunteer, please contact:

Brenda Barbour
Director of Volunteers
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Central New England Chapter
101 A First Ave., Suite 6
Waltham, MA 02451
800-493-9255 x 135
781-890-4990 x 135
781-890-2089 – fax