USS Salem, Call For Volunteers April 3, 2004

USS Salem ARC QSL cardWA1I writes on K1USN-list:

Last Saturday with the scouts was a great success. Thanks to all who helped!

We will have approximately 56 scouts on board the USS Salem this weekend. I am looking for 4-5 volunteers to handle both the Intro to Amateur Radio presentations and the HF & VHF Demos. All activities are from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday (4/03/04).

No prior experience is necessary. We can show you the ropes!

Please email me ASAP at W1AI@hamtestonline.com if you will help!

Thanks,

JC Cunningham, W1AI
USS Salem K1USN Radio Club Scouting Program Volunteer Coordinator
http://www.hamtestonline.com

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Fall River Sixth Graders Seeking The Thrill Of Ham Radio

Roland Daignault, N1JOY writes on the BCRA-List:

“As many of you already know, this is week #2 of the Kuss Middle School (Fall River, MA) ham radio classes.

If you have a few minutes, I’d like to get some of the students on the air around 7:30-7:45 Wednesday evenings at the end of the classroom session. There are several kids who are thrilled about the hobby, and quite a few who are starting to take an interest. These are 6th graders, and a little bit of fun time on the air could be a great influence to help them reach their goal of passing the exam and getting their own license! I’d appreciate one or two folks to be handy when I put the call out on Wednesday nights to chat with a couple of kids.

Thanks!

Roland – N1JOY

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Tally Ho! It’s The South Shore Fox Hunters!

South Shore Fox Hunting crewMembers of the South Shore Fox Hunters held a successful hunt on March 12 near the Monponsett Ponds. Roy Logan, KB1CYV and George Davis, KC1FZ were hiding on a boat ramp off Route 58.

The fox was first found by Walter MacNeil, W1WMN. W1WMN participated for the first time with the South Shore Fox Hunters on February 28.

Veteran fox hunters “with 6 and 7 years of experience were seen scratching their heads and heard mumbling something about beginners luck.”

It’s great fun, a great challenge, and it happens weekly!

Shown here (L-R): Bruce Hayden, NI1X; Roy Logan, KB1CYV; George Davis, KC1FZ; Gil Follett, W1GMF; Walter MacNeil, W1WMN; Loren Pimentel, N1IQI; Walt Fitzgerald, N1LHD; Jennifer, with Mike Marinucci, N1FRV

—Whitman ARC Spectrum March 2004

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Groton Road Race Volunteers Sought, April 25, 2004

Groton RR photo“Bo” Budinger, WA1QYM writes on PART/WB1GOF-List:

This year, the 12th Groton Road Race will be held on Sunday, April 25. Approximately 40 Radio Operators are needed to fill the necessary roles during the day.

They will have three periods during the day where they will need increasing numbers of volunteers. The first period starts at 0900 with a crew to help the parking team. The second period starts at 1130 with a crew for the 5k race. The third period starts at 1230 with the largest crew for the 10k race.

Typically everyone is secured from this 10k race by 1430. Handhelds are required; there are only a limited number of positions where it is reasonable to be standing outside of a parked vehicle to use a mobile rig.

If you are interested in helping out please send your e-mail to Ralph Swick at kd1sm@arrl.net. There will be a short pre-race meeting the weekend before.

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Falmouth ARA’s Slow Speed Net Helping New “Brass Pounders”

Falmouth ARA logoFARA’s 2-meter Slow Speed CW Net is enjoying success, according to Falmouth ARA’s John Gould, WX1K. Gould reports that the weekly net received “4-5 check-ins.”

Gould thanked Henry Brown, K1WCC for his work as Net Control Station and for “helping the new brass pounders.”

The net meets every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. on 144.050 MHz.

Falmouth ARA Newsletter, February 2004

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SEMARA Landscaping Work Party

SEMARA logoMembers of the Southeastern MA ARA are meeting on Sunday, March 28 to landscape a portion of the club house property. Plans call for grass and sod work as well as driveway repair. According to Dave Dean, K1JGV, the driveway will be repaired with stone dust the club has stockpiled. Also, a large portion of the driveway will be overlaid with 3/4-inch stone.

“The remaining stone dust will be placed in the new storage area we have made near the repater tower,” K1JGV said.

Dean reminds the membership — except for handicapped — to park as far as possible from the rear area of the club to facilitate the landscaping work.

SEMARA Zero Beat, April 2004

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Genesis ARS Recognizes WB1FLA

WB1FLA award photoThe Genesis Amateur Radio Society recognized Tom Bolus, WB1FLA for his years of service as club president at last month’s GARS meeting.

Shown here: GARS Treasurer Ed Maccaferri, KB1ERV presenting a plaque to WB1FLA.

Incidently, Bolus has volunteered to serve as this year’s club’s Field Day Chairman!

Photo courtesy GARS Monthly Update, March 2004

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USS Salem, Call For Volunteers, March 27, 2004

USS Salem ARC QSL cardWA1I writes on CEMARC-list:

Last Saturday with the scouts was a great success. Thanks to all who helped!

We will have approximately 68 scouts on board the USS Salem this weekend. I am looking for 4-5 volunteers to handle both the Intro to Amateur Radio presentations and the HF & VHF Demos. All activities are from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday (3/27/04).

We have already arranged an IRLP sched with McMurdo Station in Antarctica, which is always popular with both the scouts and the operators.

No prior experience is necessary. We can show you the ropes!

Please email me ASAP at W1AI@hamtestonline.com if you will help!

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Opportunities for CERT Training

CERT logoTerry Stader, KA8SCP writes on CEMARC-list:

At the past CEMARC meeting I mentioned that a number of PART members were attending a CERT class in Lowell. For those of you that are not familiar with CERT, it stands for Community Emergency Response Team. This is a FEMA program and part of the Citizen’s Corp. collection of volunteers. In the class, we will be learning how a team of volunteers can work together in advance of the local government public safety professionals arriving on scene during a disaster.

Here is a link to an article that recently appeared in the Lowell Sun about the first class recently held in Lowell, Ken-KB1FFM, Hugh-N1QGE and myself are a part of the 12 students attending this second class:

http://www.lowellsun.com/Stories/0,1413,105~4761~2013656,00.html#

For more information on CERT, you can check out the FEMA site:

http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/CERT/

What communities in Massachusetts have programs in place or getting started:

http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/CERT/c_ma.htm

If your club is looking for a way to be a resource to your community, you may want to participate in these classes and be part of a team of like volunteers. Communications is one of the vital links we can provide to the community as well as a trained volunteer is disaster services.

Terry M. Stader – KA8SCP
MEMA Region 1 Communications/RACES Officer
ARRL EMA DEC – Northeast MA RACES
The Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford, MA – WB1GOF

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WSJ Article Highlights Hams’ Beef With BPL

Wall Street JournalThe following article appeared in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. The Amateur referenced in the article is ARRL’s Rick Lindquist, N1RL.

In This Power Play, High-Wire Act Riles Ham-Radio Fans New Use for Lines Sparks Tension With Operators; ‘Firestorm’ in Penn Yan

By KEN BROWN
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
March 23, 2004; Page A1

Rick Lindquist drove down a street in a New York City suburb, ignoring the snow swirling around his car and twirling the dial on the ham radio mounted to the side of his dashboard. The radio picked up an operator in Minnesota discussing antennas, the Salvation Army’s daily emergency network check and then the time, as broadcast from Colorado by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

As the car turned onto North State Road in the village of Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County, the voices faded, replaced with whirs and wahs — what could have been sound effects from a 1950s science-fiction movie. The source, according to Mr. Lindquist, was right outside the window: the power lines running alongside the road.
Owned by Consolidated Edison, the lines transmit not just electricity but data, much like phone and cable-TV wires. The utility is testing a system for reading meters, probing for outages and potentially offering high-speed Internet access to its customers via their electrical outlets. The interference from the power lines “ranges from very annoying to that’s-all-I-can-hear,” contends Mr. Lindquist, 58 years old, who often taps out Morse-code messages as he drives.

In a clash between the dots and dashes of the telegraph and the bits and bytes of the Web, the nation’s vocal but shrinking population of ham-radio operators, or “hams” as they call themselves, are stirring up a war with the utility industry over new power-line communications. Hams have flooded the Federal Communications Commission with about 2,500 letters and e-mails opposing power-line trials. In a letter to the FCC, the American Radio Relay League, a ham-radio group with 160,000 members, called power-line communications “a Pandora’s box of unprecedented proportions.”

The league has raised more than $300,000 from nearly 5,600 donors since last summer, to pay for testing, lobbying and publicity to spread the word about the perceived threat. A half-dozen hams even confronted FCC Chairman Michael Powell, a big advocate of the power-line technology, when he visited a test site near Raleigh, N.C., earlier this month.

The problem, most ham operators contend, is that power lines weren’t built to carry anything other than electricity. Telephone and cable-TV lines are either shielded with a second set of wires or twisted together to prevent their signals from interfering with other transmissions. But signals sent over electrical wires tend to spill out, the hams contend.

The FCC and the utilities say new technologies have eliminated the interference and accuse the hams of exploiting the issue for their own gains. “We haven’t seen the sun darken and everything electrical turn to white noise and haze during a deployment,” says Matt Oja, an executive at Progress Energy, whose test Mr. Powell visited. “This is a fairly vocal group that has been whipped into a frenzy by their organization.”

The controversy comes at a sensitive time for the hams. Not too many decades ago, ham-radio operators were on the cutting edge of communications technology. They chatted with people in far-flung places at a time when long-distance calling was still a luxury. They spread word of disasters that otherwise might have taken days to reach the public. In the age of e-mail, wireless Internet access and cellphones that double as walkie-talkies, many operators worry that their hobby will fade away.

To become a fully licensed ham operator, people still need to learn Morse code, though that requirement likely will be dropped soon after more than a decade of debate. Aging hams, who built crystal radio sets as kids or were radio operators during World War II, are dying. Fewer youngsters are replacing them. Armed with powerful computers, today’s young tinkerers grow up to be tech geeks, playing videogames and writing software.

The American Radio Relay League has seen its membership shrink to today’s 160,000 from a peak of 175,000 in 1995, and the average member is in his mid-50s. The group estimates that there are about 250,000 active ham-radio enthusiasts. Hams always have been a quirky bunch. They haunt a series of short-wave radio frequencies set aside for them by the federal government in the 1930s. Other slices of the spectrum are reserved for AM and FM radio, broadcast television, cellphones, and police and fire departments, among other uses.

Hams take great pride in radioing around the world. One favorite game: trying to contact someone in each of the 3,000-plus counties in the U.S. Mr. Lindquist is so enthusiastic about ham radio that he vacations in spots such as Whitehorse, the capital of Canada’s Yukon Territory, so other hams can claim they made contact with that city.

Ed Thomas, the FCC’s chief engineer, says the commission has spent a year listening to the hams’ concerns about power lines and is getting frustrated. “Why is this thing a major calamity?” he says. “And honestly, I’d love the answer to that.”

Companies such as Con Ed and Progress note that current FCC regulations call for systems to be shut down if they interfere with hams. The radio operators agree the rules are clear, but they fear they will be rescinded or not enforced.

Con Ed says its system in Briarcliff Manor doesn’t interfere with the hams and maintains that, in two years of testing, it hasn’t received one complaint. But the American Radio Relay League says it did mention this system in its letters to the FCC, and it has been complaining about it on its Web site.

The hams have been quick to act wherever systems are being rolled out. Just days after Penn Yan, a town of 5,200 that sits amid New York’s Finger Lakes, approved a plan to test power-line Internet access, “the firestorm started with the ham-radio operators — letters, e-mails, telephone calls saying, ‘You can’t do this,’ ” recalls Mayor Doug Marchionda Jr.

Hoping to keep everyone happy, he approached David Simmons, a local ham and owner of an electronics store that sells radio gear. They surveyed the town before the trial began to get base readings of interference. They even pinpointed a spot that had bothered police and firefighters for years, tracing it to refrigerators at a local supermarket.

With the refrigerators fixed and the power-line system in place over nine blocks of Penn Yan, Mr. Simmons is satisfied that there is no interference and now favors the new technology. “This thing has caught quite a buzz,” he says. “It’s just so much negativity out there.”

Tom Gius, a ham-radio operator in Alpine, Texas, sees the power lines as a threat to the public services that hams provide. When hailstorms sweep through each spring, Mr. Gius heads to the local radio station, while other hams fan out to the north, south, east and west. They communicate by radio, and Mr. Gius passes information to the radio station. “We won’t be able to understand each other, it’ll be so noisy,” frets Mr. Gius, a 60-year-old retired broadcaster.

Write to Ken Brown at ken.brown@wsj.com

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Framingham ARA Receives SSC Renewal

Framingham ARA logoThe Framingham Amateur Radio Association has been officially renewed as a Special Service Club.

“Through the work of its members, [Framingham ARA] is recognized for its continued efforts on behalf of Amateur Radio and services to its community.” said ARRL Educational Activities Assistant Linda Mullally, KB1HSV in a March 22, 2004 letter to FARA’s Bob Hess, W1RH, EMA Affiliated Club Coordinator Frank Murphy, N1DHW, EMA Section Manager, K9HI, and New England Division Director, K1KI.

“Extraordinary clubs like FARA actively pursue all aspects of Amateur Radio: new ham development and training; public relations; emergency communications; school club support; technical advancement; and operating activities,” commented EMA Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI.

More information about Special Service Clubs can be found at http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/club/#ssc_program

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Ham Radio Operators needed

Hello All:

The Charles River Watershed Association is running their annual event on April 25th, Sunday. If people are interested in helping to provide communications for health and welfare, please contact:

Ed Burg – N1VSJ mooseeb@comcast.net

The times for the event start 7:00 am till about 5:00 pm. Operators are not required to remain there for the whole event.

Thanks, Brad – N1VUF

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New England Public Service List March 11, 2004

PSLIST

Listing public events at which Amateur Radio communications is
providing a public service and for which additional volunteers from
the Amateur Community are needed and welcome. Please contact the
person listed to identify how you may serve and what equipment you
may need to bring.

The most up-to-date copy of this list is maintained as
http://purl.org/hamradio/publicservice/nediv.

**** Every event listed is looking for communications volunteers ****

Date Location Event Contact Tel/Email

Apr 19 Hopkinton MA Boston Marathon Start Steve K1ST
k1st@arrl.net
Apr 19 Hopkinton MA Boston Marathon Course Steve W3EVE
to Boston baa2004@amateur-radio.net
Apr 19 Boston MA Boston Marathon Finish Paul W1SEX
w1sex@arrl.net
Apr 25 Groton MA Groton Road Race Ralph KD1SM 978-582-7351
kd1sm@arrl.net
Apr 25 Boston MA March of Dimes WalkAmerica Bruce KC1US 781-275-3740
kc1us04@amateur-radio.net
Apr 25 Boston MA Run of the Charles Ed N1VSJ 774-930-6404
mooseeb@aol.com
May 1 Grafton MA Grafton Road Race Bob KA1OTQ 508-865-2215
ka1otq@arrl.net
May 2 Boston MA Walk for Hunger Bob K1IW 413-647-3111
wfh2004@amateur-radio.net
May 15 Portsmouth NH Lung Association bike trek David KA1VJU 603-581-2602
to Ogunquit ME ka1vju@dmegin.com
May 16 Ogunquit ME Lung Association bike trek David KA1VJU 603-581-2602
to Portsmouth NH ka1vju@dmegin.com
May 16 Devens MA Parker Classic Road Race Stan KD1LE 978-433-5090
kd1le@arrl.net
May 23 Boston MA ALA Asthma Walk Bruce KC1US 781-275-3740
kc1us04@amateur-radio.net
Jun 13 Wayland MA ALS scenic bicycle tour Bruce KC1US 781-275-3740
kc1us04@amateur-radio.net
Jun 26 Boston MA MS GMG Bike Tour John N1PYN 508-588-3250
to Bourne n1pyn@arrl.net
Jun 27 Bourne MA MS GMG Bike Tour John N1PYN 508-588-3250
to Boston n1pyn@arrl.net
Jun 27 Marshfield MA ADA Tour de Cure Bruce KC1US 781-275-3740
kc1us04@amateur-radio.net
Jul 4 Westminstr MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM 978-582-7351
kd1sm@arrl.net
Jul 5 Fitchburg MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM 978-582-7351
kd1sm@arrl.net
Sep 10 Hyannis MA MS Challenge Walk John N1PYN 508-588-3250
to Brewster n1pyn@arrl.net
Sep 11 Brewseter MA MS Challenge Walk John N1PYN 508-588-3250
to Easthamr n1pyn@arrl.net
Sep 12 Brewster MA MS Challenge Walk John N1PYN 508-588-3250
to Dennis n1pyn@arrl.net

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Framingham ARA’s “License In A Weekend” Turns Out 9 New Hams

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association had another successful License In A Weekend class March 12-14, according to FARA’s Lee Gartenberg, K1GL.

Of the 12 students, nine received new technician licenses. The team of instructors was led by Ed Weiss, W1NXC, this year’s recipient of the ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award.

FARA has been conducting this class since 1995 and boasts a passing rate of close to 90%.

—Thanks K1GL

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K1USN Volunteers Needed 3/20/2004

USS Salem ARC QSL card“JC” Cunningham, W1AI writes:

Modifications are being made to the ship (adding fire alarm switches, etc.) so that scouts will be allowed to sleep overnight again soon. Meanwhile, participation in the scouting program remains relatively low.

We will have 41 scouts on board the USS Salem this weekend, so the organizers have requested that we only have one activity. We will be doing a combination of Intro to Amateur Radio and HF & VHF Demos in Radio 5 between 3:00pm and 6:00pm.

I currently have 2 volunteers who have signed up. It would be really nice to have one more volunteer, so that we can have the VHF station and both HF stations operating. No experience is necessary. We can show you the ropes! Please email me at W1AI@hamtestonline.com if you can be there!

Thanks,

JC Cunningham, W1AI
USS Salem K1USN Radio Club Scouting Program Volunteer Coordinator
http://www.hamtestonline.com

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EMA Field Day 2004!

ARRL Field Day 2004 logoBill Ricker, N1VUX has updated the Eastern Massachusetts Field Day web site at http://ema.arrl.org/fd.

The site is an amazing compendium of Field Day facts and information. It features: the new 2004 ARRL Field Day logo; EMA 2003 scores, as reported by ARRL Contest branch; 2004 Field Day rules; each site’s county; sites linked to NWS zone forecast; rules commentary; projected Field Day visits by EMA ARRL staff and much, much more.

Please visit the site and review/update your club’s or field day group’s information today!

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