Boston EMCOMM Radio Testing

Boston ARC logoBlake T. Haskell, K1BTH writes:

I need some help with radio testing next Saturday, November 6, 2004, from 0900 – 1200 (approx.). We have been approached by a potential “served agency” that may require our EMCOMM services and we need to test several of their locations within the City of Boston to see if we can hit a variety of repeaters on the UHF and/or VHF bands.

To participate you will need a car, a portable radio and a better than stock antenna. (A mobile radio will be nice but not necessary.) I’m looking for Boston hams with a good sense of the City.

We are going to various locations in the City and testing from the curb in front of a building. We can’t have access to the buildings yet but we should be able to get a good sense of how a portable should hit repeaters in and around Boston.

If you’re available and would like to help please email me at k1bth@arrl.net and we’ll determine a convenient meeting place. I’ll then brief you on the potential agency and their mission.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

bth

Blake T. Haskell, K1BTH
Vice President
Boston Amateur Radio Club

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MMRA Interference NEW!

The MMRA has been encountering unintentional interference in the 2M HAM band (and adjacent services). We would appreciate wide dissemination of the forwarded message in case somebody out there can help us identify this noise source and/or so that other people can check in their local areas to see if they are encountering this as well. The MMRA believes that it has encountered at least 5 sources of this signal at this point and that there are probably others. We also believe that we have detected this noise interfering with other repeaters which are not operated by the MMRA.

More information can be obtained at: Interference

Some of the audio/video files are known to not work with quicktime but do work with windows media player.

73,

K1KWP

—–Original Message—–
From: Bob DeMattia, K1IW
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 12:51 AM
To: Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Cc: Ed Hare, W1RFI; Gruber, Mike W1MG; Chuck Skolaut; k1ki@arrl.org
Subject: Interference at MMRA 146.61 Repeater Site

Hello Mike,

I’ve been speaking with some of the guys at the league concerning the interference problem we’ve been having on 146.61. Today, Mike indicated that I should make you aware of what’s happening.

The MMRA repeater in Marlborough has been receiving interference for approximately eight months now. It disappears for a few days or even a week at a time then comes back. It is strong enough to affect the intelligibility of all but the strongest signals.

The interference is not limited to our machine. One member has heard a similar pattern on the 146.97 repeater in Paxton, though it does not appear to be as often or as strong as the problem we have.

In scanning the band, we’ve also located several other similar-sounding signal sources at 143 MHz and 152 MHz, at multiple locations in Marlborough and Northborough.

More information is available at Interference

Hopefully, with the help of the league and others, we will be able to get this resolved.

73,
Bob – K1IW

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Massachusetts EMA Training Opportunities

RACES logoTom Kinahan, N1CPE writes:

The following is a listing of the MEMA Training opportunities coming up:

November:

3-5 Basic Public information Officer – MEMA Hq
18 Hazmat Awareness – MEMA Hq
30 Disaster Assessment Resource Management – MEMA Hq

December:

1-2 ICS 200 – Region 3
7 Disaster Related Needs of Seniors – MEMA Hq
8-10 Excercise Design – Region 2

These classes are Free, but you MUST register for them by calling MEMA at
508-820-2000.

I Highly recommend the ICS 200 class for those that have not taken it.

Tom Kinahan, N1CPE
Massachusetts State RACES Radio Officer

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Easton Ham To Install Remote Base in Iraq

W7DXX logoAn Easton, MA Amateur has announced plans to install a remote base system in Iraq. Keith Lamonica, W7DXX has obtained the call sign YI9DXX and identified a location to house the installation. In addition, Lamonica has recruited willing Iraqi Amateurs to help maintain the remote base.

“A group of us: Stan, W4MQ, Pete, W6PJ, George, K4GM, and I have gotten together with the idea of installing an Internet remote base in Baghdad, Iraq,” says Lamonica. “Working with the kind help of Diya Al Asadi, President of the Iraqi Amateur Radio Society and Mr. John B. Lyons, Chief of Staff, Office of Communication, Iraq Reconstruction Office, I have been able to obtain a license and a home for the remote base… Our group will donate [the equipment] to the Iraqi Amateur Radio Society.”

The list includes: a Kenwood TS-2000 transceiver and power supply, a Dell computer, an all-band antenna and coax, an uninterruptable power supply, “rig blaster” and other items.

Lamonica says he’ll personally assure funding to pay for a static IP for the Internet server.

“Once all the equipment is delivered we will set it up here in the U.S. to completely test it out. Then it will be sent either by military transport of DHL to Baghdad,” Lamonica adds.

The group will be constantly tied into YI9DXX Remote by PC-Anywhere so that password files and software can be updated.

The YI9DXX Remote Base System will be a closed system, available only to those control operators who have participated in the group’s existing remote base operations and have shown they can operate in a responsible manner.

“There will be Iraqi amateurs using the system of course,” says Lamonica. “Most of these fellows are in situations where they have no antennas, or dare not to erect any.”

W7DXX adds that his group will be sending more information on the project as it develops.

The ARRL awarded co-awarded Keith Lamonica, W7DXX, Bob Arnold, N2JEU, and Stan Schretter, W4MQ its 2001 Technical Innovation Award for their development of Internet control of remote HF stations with new and unique software and a hardware interface. Their efforts were recognized in an article, “Remote-Controlled HF Operation Over the Internet,” by Brad Wyatt, K6WR, which appeared in the November 2001 issue of QST.

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EMa ARES Simulated Emergency Test 10/30/04

EMa ARES logoEastern Massachusetts ARES will conduct a limited ARES Simulated Emergency Test on Saturday October 30th, 2004 from 10 AM-Noon. This drill is being constructed to add-on to a medium difficulty drill that Cape Cod ARES has put together for their group. The original Cape Cod ARES drill had been designed around an immunization scenerio with the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention) involving flu vaccinations; however, it was cancelled by the CDC due to a lack of vaccine. The drill scenario for the Cape was changed at the last minute by Cape and Islands DEC Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O.

This SET will attempt to relay messages between Cape Cod and various points in the Eastern Massachusetts section utilizing HF, 6 Meters, Packet and 2 Meters. Local ECs and DECs are welcome to activate 2 Meter nets on their local ARES/RACES/SKYWARN frequency as they see fit. [Full story]

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EMa ARES Limited SET Drill Sat. 10/30/04 NEW!

EMA-ARES Logo Eastern Massachusetts ARES will be doing a limited ARES Simulated Emergency Test for Saturday October 30th, 2004 from 10 AM-Noon. This drill is being constructed to add-on to a medium difficulty drill that Cape Cod ARES has put together for their group. The reason the notice is out late is because the original Cape Cod ARES drill which was suppose to be an immunization drill with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) for flu vaccine but it was cancelled by the CDC due to a lack of vaccine so the drill scenario for the Cape had to be changed at the last minute by Frank O’Laughlin-WQ1O. Special thanks to Frank for doing this as quickly as he did so that an exercise would still take place this coming Saturday for his region and we could add-on a regional component to it. Also, everyone should remember that even though its a drill, real emergency communications events could happen with far less than a week’s notice and we need to be able to react to all situations. The drill will also help to practice that as well.Purpose of the drill

The purpose of this drill is to be able to relay messages outside of Cape Cod to various points throughout the Eastern Massachusetts section and that various points across Eastern Massachusetts can bring message traffic into Cape Cod. This will be done utilizing HF, 6 Meters, Packet and 2 Meters where ARES groups can reach the Cape Cod area on 2 Meters. Local EC’s as well as DEC’s are welcome to activate 2 Meter nets on their local ARES/RACES/SKYWARN frequency as they see fit.

Scenario

The drill scenario that Cape Cod ARES has devised is a major blackout coupled with a major storm system that will cause heavy rainfall and coastal flooding to their region. Cape Cod will be dealing with both facets and look to send status messages and reports to areas outside of Cape Cod. Eastern Massachusetts ARES will respond with messages in return using any mode that can reach the Cape. For many areas of Eastern Massachusetts, it will involve HF and 6 Meters with some 2 Meter communications to Cape Cod through stations in Southeast Massachusetts.

Frequencies to Be Utilized

The drill will utilize some of the following main frequencies to reach Cape Cod:

Primary 40 Meter frequency: 7232 Khz LSB
Secondary 40 Meter frequency: 7275 KHz LSB

Eastern Mass. ARES/RACES Primary Frequency:
7245 KHz LSB
Eastern Mass. ARES/RACES Secondary Frequency:
3943 KHz LSB

Please note if another net is active on the designated frequency, please move up the band first and then move down the band from the listed
frequency.

6 Meter Liaision:
53.31/52.31 PL:71.9 Hz (Mount Wachusett Repeater)

Main 2 Meter liaison repeater for Cape Cod:
146.955 PL 88.5 Hz

As stated in the purpose section, EC’s may elect to start nets on 2 Meters and get involved in the drill locally or just support the Cape via 2 Meters, 6 Meters, and HF where appropriate. These repeaters will be the typical ones used in past drills and are the standard ARES/RACES/SKYWARN frequencies that are published on the various web sites.

What ARES Groups and Members Can do:

-Support the activity by checking in via HF and 6 Meters.
-Support 2 Meter Nets where DEC/EC’s activate them. ARES Members can check their local ARES/RACES/SKYWARN Frequency.
-Generate traffic including health and welfare traffic and status messages on whether the Cape needs support etc.
-Will try and have at least the SEMARA Club Station and possibly NWS Taunton active for this drill. Other stations may also be active.

Will try and update this note one or two more times if required before this Saturday. Special thanks to all who participate in this drill and please let me know if there are any questions or concerns.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Southeast Massachusetts ARES District Emergency Coordinator
SEMARA ARES Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo

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New England Flea Markets Oct. 23, 2004

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2004 P 1 of 2
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23,24 Oct Waltham MA Photographica @HS ~photo~ Ed Shaw 617 965 0807 F

24 Oct Lindenhurst NY ToBARES @KoC $6@9 s@7 Walter KA2RGI 631 957 0218 W+

30 Oct Waterford CT TriCityARC Auction @10 Tom WA@RYV 860 464 6555

5 Nov Feeding Hills MA HCRA Auction @CongCh @7:30PM Jim KK1W 413 245 3228 F

7 Nov Framingham MA FARA @WalshMS $5@9 $15/T@7:30 Bev N1LOO 508 626 2012 W+

13 Nov E Falmouth MA FARA @KoC $3@9 $9/S@7 Jim WA1GPO 508 840 3021 F

4 Dec Windsor CT VintgeR Museum @33MechanicsSt $12/T@8AM John 860 673 0518
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22 Jan Nashua NH NE Antique RC $15/T@7 $2@9 @StStan's Marty 603 938 5051 F

19 Feb Marlboro MA AARC @MS $3@9 $15/T@7 Ann KA1PON 508 481 4988 +

26 Feb Milton VT RANV Mitch W1SJ 802 979 6589 +

19 Mar Pomfret CT ECARA @CommSch Rt101+169 Paul KE1LI 860 928 2456 A+

2,3 April Timonium MD GBARC @FG 6AM 800 HAM FEST F

9 Ap Londonderry NH IRS @Lions Club $10@6 $3@8 Paul K1NL 603 883 3308 F+

10 Ap Enfield CT VHF/UHF Conf @Radisson Mark K1MAP 413 566 2445

17 April Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776
Third Sunday April thru October

23 Ap Nashua NH NE Antique RC $15/T@7 $2@9 @StStan's Marty 603 938 5051 F

24 Ap Southington CT SARA @HS $5@9 $10@8:30 $18/T@6:30 Alex 860 214 3013 F+

6,7 May Hopkinton NH HossTraders @FG x7 I89 Joe K1RQG 207 469 3492 +

15 May Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776

20-22 May Dayton OH

28 May WashTownship NJ BARA @WestwoodHS $5@8 $15@6 Jim K2ZO 201 664 6725 F+
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Cambridge MA Flea at MIT http://www.swapfest.us

Hopkinton NH Hosstraders http://www.qsl.net/k1rqg/

Amherst MA Mt. Tom ARC http://www.mtara.org/hamfest/flea.html

Adams MA N BerkshireARC http://www.nobarc.org/hamfest

Boxborough MA NE ARRL Conv http://www.boxboro.org/

Framingham MA FARA http://www.fara.org/

Newton MA Waltham ARA Auction http://www.wara64.org/auction/

S Dartmouth MA SEMARA http://www.semara.org/flea/fleamkt.htm

Whately MA FranklinCARC http://www.fcarc.org/flea.html

Enfield CT VHF/UHF Conf http://www.newsvhf.com

Southington CT SARA http://www.chetbacon.com/sara.htm

Wallingford CT Nutmeg CT Conv http://www.nutmeghamfest.com

Windsor CT Vintage R Mus http://www.NationalCommunicationsMuseum.org/

Lewiston ME AARC http://www.dlois.com/mainearrl/convent.htm

Portland ME PAWA http://www.qsl.net/pawa/fleamarket.html

Henniker NH CVRC http://www.qsl.net/k1bke/

Bergen NJ BARA http://www.bara.org/

Lake Placid NY NNY ARA http://www.northnet.org/nnyham/hamfest_flyer2004.htm

Lindenhurst NY ToB ARES http://www.tobares.org/hamfest.html

Long Island NY LIMARC http://www.limarc.org/fest.htm

Massapequa NY GSB ARA http://www.gsbarc.org/

Queens NY Hall of Science http://www.qsl.net/hosarc/hamfest.html

Rensselaer NY E Greenbush ARA http://www.com-tech.org/EGARA.html

Rochester NY AWA http://www.antiquewireless.org/

Greenwich RI Fidelity ARC http://users.ids.net/~newsm/dates.html

Essex Junction VT Burlington ARC http://www.vtstetson.net/fest02.pdf

Milton VT RANV VT Conv http://www.ranv.org/milton.html

Montreal PQ MARC http://www.marc.qc.ca/fest/fest.html

Montreal PQ WIARC http://www.pubnix.net/wiarc/hamfest.htm

Montreal PQ MS-SARC http://www.ve2clm.ca/hamfesta.htm

Sorel-Tracy PQ CRAS-T http://www.hamfest.qc.ca/

St Therese PQ CRALL http://www.ve2crl.qc.ca/hamfest2002.htm

Halafax NS HARC http://www.halifax-arc.org/

Canada RAC List http://rac.eton.ca/data/racfleas.taf?function=form

Phila. Area VARA List http://www.qsl.net/w2vtm/hamfest.html

USA ARRL List http://www.arrl.org/hamfests.html

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Affiliated Club Questionnaire

Frank Murphy, N1DHW writes:

Please take the time to answer Norm’s questionnaire (below). You can meet Norm, W3IZ at the upcoming Nov 4th Framingham Club meeting. Check their website.

Frank N1DHW
EMa ACC

—– Original Message —–
From: Fusaro, Norm W3IZ
To: clubs@arrl.org
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 11:29 AM
Subject: Hamfest Survey

Hi Clubs.

We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to respond to this small survey about hamfests.

Once we gather the information we will share it with you in the hope that you may be able to use it to make your events more successful.

Thank you.

Hamfest Survey (clubs)

1. Does your club sponsor a Hamfest?

A) Yes

B) No

2. If so, is this the largest portion of your clubs fund raising?

A) Yes

B) No

3. What size is the event?

A) Large (over 100 vendors and tailgaters)

B) Medium (35 to 99 vendors and tailgaters)

C) Small (fewer than 35 vendors and tailgaters)

4. Is it held?

A) Indoors

B) Outdoors

C) Both

5. Are there forums or guest speakers at the event?

A) Yes

B) No

6. Is there VE testing at the event?

A) Yes

B) No

7. What types of door prizes are offered?

A) HF radio

B) VHF /UHF radio

C) VHF/UHF HT

D) Publications or books

E) Other

8. In the past years has the turnout

A) Increased

B) Decreased

C) Stayed the same

9. What would you consider the draw or main attraction?

A) Vendors (Dealers)

B) Tailgaters

C) Guest speakers or forums

D) Door prizes

E) Food

F) Socializing

G) VE Exams

10. Feel free to write any other comments about your club’s hamfest or hamfests in general:

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Norm Fusaro, W3IZ
ARRL Affiliated Club/Mentor Program Manager
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06011
w3iz@arrl.org
860-594-0230

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Nashoba Valley ARC Assists With Rotary Walk

NVARC Rotary WalkOn October 4, Nashoba Valley ARC provided communications for the Groton-Pepperell Rotary Charity Walk on the Rail Trail between Groton and Pepperell. Seven members provided end-to-end communications as well as four bicycle sweeps to monitor the walkers and sweep the last walkers. The support was organized by Stan KD1LE. The following members participated Larry KB1ESR, Ralph KD1SM, Earl WR1Y, John KB1HDO, Ken K1KEY, Dave N1MNX, and Stan KD1LE. It was a nice fall day and all walkers returned safely.

[KD1SM Photo: Earl, WR1Y at the Groton end of the course.]

—Nashoba Valley ARC Signal October 2004

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New England Public Service List 10/14/04

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

Oct 22 Cambridge MA Head of the Charles Regatta Jeff N1FWV 978-536-2842
N1FWV@comcast.net
Oct 23 Cambridge MA Head of the Charles Regatta Jeff N1FWV 978-536-2842
N1FWV@comcast.net
Oct 24 Cambridge MA Head of the Charles Regatta Jeff N1FWV 978-536-2842
N1FWV@comcast.net

This list is published periodically as demand warrants by Stan KD1LE and Ralph KD1SM. Our usual distribution is via packet to NEBBS, via Internet mail to the arrl-nediv-list and ema-arrl distribution lists, and on the World Wide Web. If other mailing list owners wish us to distribute via their lists we will be happy to oblige. Permission is herewith granted to republish this list in its entirety provided credit is given to the authors and the URL below is included. Send comments, corrections, and updates to:

(via packet) KD1SM@K1UGM.#EMA.MA.USA,
(via Internet) KD1SM@ARRL.NET.

We make an attempt to confirm entries with the coordinator unless the information is from another published source. We very much appreciate the assistance we have been receiving from our ‘scouts’; everyone is welcome to send us postings.
Refer to http://purl.org/hamradio/publicservice/nediv for the most recent version of the PSLIST.

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“ARRL Night” at Framingham ARA 11/04/04

FARA logoGordy Bello, K1GB writes:

“We will be having ‘ARRL Night’ on November 4. Our featured guest speaker will be Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, who is the ARRL Affiliated Club and Mentoring Manager. Norm will be showing a power point presentation dealing with the future of ham radio and growing clubs through Elmering as well as developing new hams. I have been told that Norm is a dynamic speaker, so you should not want to miss this meeting! Please spread the word of this meeting outside of FARA, as we would like to have a super turn out for Norm!”

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FRS Course in Wellesley

FRS radiosThe Wellesley Recreation & Continuing Education Department is offering a Family Radio Service (FRS) two-way radio course on November 9, 2004 from 7-9 PM.

“License-free FRS, which is not telephone system-dependent and is free to use, is a good way for senior citizens to stay in touch with neighbors, family groups and friends. It is a short range alternative to cell phones, especially when there are communications outages due to storms, etc.

“The one-night workshop is also good two-way radio training for community volunteer work, e.g., Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Citizen Corps, Neighborhood Watch; and can provide a useful foundation for becoming a licensed GMRS radio operator, or even a licensed Amateur Radio operator (ham).

“Contact Wellesley Recreation at (781) 235-2370 or email wellrec@aol.com, or contact the instructor, Robert McGuane at (781) 235-2055 or email KB1BXQ@juno.com.”

—Wellesley Amateur Radio Society The Sparkgap, Volume 29, No. 8, October 2004

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Algonquin ARC Active For JOTA 2004

JOTA 2004 logoAlgonquin Amateur Radio Club members will be active in this weekend’s Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) operations. AARC’s Eric Williams, K1VJ will lead the operation at Jericho Hill on Saturday from 3PM until 5PM. He invites interested club members to contact him if they’d like to participate.

—Algonquin ARC QRZ, October 2004

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EMA Staff Meets In Burlington

EMA ARRL logoThe Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Staff met on October 14 in Burlington for a semi-annual cabinet meeting. Those attending the dinner-meeting were: Bob Salow WA1IDA (ASM), Jim Duarte, N1IV (PIC), Frank Murphy, N1DHW (ACC), Mike Ardai, N1IST (BM), Jim Ward, N1LKJ (STM), Ed Parish, K1EP (TC), Rob Macedo, KD1CY (Asst. SEC), Mike Neilsen, W1MPN (SEC) and Phil Temples, K9HI (SM). Shawn O’Donnell, K3HI (SGL) was unable to attend; instead, Shawn prepared a written report.

The group discussed a wide range of topics, including the state of the section’s traffic nets, club activities, recent technical inquiries, and a comprehensive wrap-up of ARES and emergency communications activities.

W1MPN, who will assume SM duties in January, 2005, addressed the group about his future plans for section leadership.

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JOTA “QRV” In Bridgewater

JOTA logoTom Kinahan, N1CPE writes:

“I’m working with a Boy Scout troop in Bridgewater, led by my brother-in-law, including my nephew, for JOTA this weekend. We plan on spending a few hours with the 14 scouts at the Bridgewater EOC, by arrangement with Carl Aveni (N1FY). I understand a some Bridgewater locals will stop by as well.

…Our main goal is to get each scout on the radio to talk to someone. I’ve coordiated with a few other JOTA groups, and we may talk on VHF if HF is bad. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get everyone on.

We’re also going to point them in the direction of the Radio Merit Badge.

I’m going to arrange a tour of the State EOC for these scouts coming up.”

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Algonquin ARC Flea Receives ARRL Approval

Scene from past AARC flea marketARRL Headquarters has given the Algonquin Amateur Radio Club its blessing for AARC’s February, 2005 flea market.

In a letter dated October 14, 2004 to AARC’s Ann Weldon, KA1PON, ARRL Convention Program Manager Gail Iannone wrote, “We’re pleased to tell you that Director Frenaye has approved the application of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association to hold an ARRL approved hamfest in Marlborough, MA on February 19, 2005.”

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Boston ARC Sponsors Ham Radio “Elevator Speech” Contest

Boston ARC logoThe Boston Amateur Radio Club is holding an innovative, fun contest for its members, billed as an “elevator speech” contest. Club president Eric Falkof, K1NUN posed this question to the membership: “Suppose you are holding your HT in hand while going down an elevator, and someone gets in and sees you and it. They say, ‘What’s that?’ Do you get flustered and say you’re not authorized to give out that kind of information, or do you say it is a ham radio?”

Falkof is encouraging BARC members to write a short explanation that can be given in under 30 seconds so that that “inquisitive [person] will leave with a newfound respect and admiration for ham Radio.” K1NUN adds that the average person might speak between 100 and 150 words in a 30-second period of time.

Boston ARC members are asked to submit their entries by November 25. The entries will be published in the December issue of the BARC’s newsletter, The SPARC after which they will be voted on at the Club’s December Holiday Party.

“The talk should not too long, and not too short, but just right,” adds Falkof. “If that person wants to know more, you’ve accomplished your purpose.”

The SPARC, October 2004

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New England Flea Markets 10/11/04

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8,9 Oct Lake Placid NY NNYARA $5@2PM inc 1sp Tom WB2KLD 518 827 4800 W

9 Oct Nashua NH NE Antique RC $15/T@7 $2@9 @StStan's Marty 603 938 5051 F

9 Oct Orange MA MARC @Elks $10/S@6 $2@8 John AE1B 978 355 0019 F+

10 Oct Wallingford CT Nutmeg Conv Sell@6 Buy$7@9 Andrew N1XXU 203 235 8440 W

10 Oct Queens NY HoSARC $5@9A $10/S@7:30 Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 W

16 Oct Greenwood NS GARC @CommCtr $3@10 Sell@8 Guy VE1NC 902 825 6151 R

17 Oct Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F
Third Sunday April thru October

23,24 Oct Waltham MA Photographica @HS ~photo~ Ed Shaw 617 965 0807 F

24 Oct Lindenhurst NY ToBARES Walter KA2RGI 631 957 0218 A

30 Oct Waterford CT TriCityARC Auction @10 Tom WA@RYV 860 464 6555
5 Nov Feeding Hills MA HCRA Auction @CongCh @7:30PM Jim KK1W 413 245 3228 F

7 Nov Framingham MA FARA @WalshMS $5@9 $15/T@7:30 Bev N1LOO 508 626 2012 W+

13 Nov E Falmouth MA FARA @KoC $3@9 $9/S@7 Jim WA1GPO 508 840 3021 F

4 Dec Windsor CT VintgeR Museum @33MechanicsSt $12/T@8AM John 860 673 0518
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Cambridge MA Flea at MIT http://www.swapfest.us

Hopkinton NH Hosstraders http://www.qsl.net/k1rqg/

Amherst MA Mt. Tom ARC http://www.mtara.org/hamfest/flea.html

Adams MA N BerkshireARC http://www.nobarc.org/hamfest

Boxborough MA NE ARRL Conv http://www.boxboro.org/

Framingham MA FARA http://www.fara.org/

Newton MA Waltham ARA Auction http://www.wara64.org/auction/

S Dartmouth MA SEMARA http://www.semara.org/flea/fleamkt.htm

Whately MA FranklinCARC http://www.fcarc.org/flea.html

Enfield CT VHF/UHF Conf http://www.newsvhf.com

Southington CT SARA http://www.chetbacon.com/sara.htm

Wallingford CT Nutmeg CT Conv http://www.nutmeghamfest.com

Windsor CT Vintage R Mus http://www.NationalCommunicationsMuseum.org/

Lewiston ME AARC http://www.dlois.com/mainearrl/convent.htm

Portland ME PAWA http://www.qsl.net/pawa/fleamarket.html

Henniker NH CVRC http://www.qsl.net/k1bke/

Bergen NJ BARA http://www.bara.org/

Lake Placid NY NNY ARA http://www.northnet.org/nnyham/hamfest_flyer2004.htm

Lindenhurst NY ToB ARES http://www.tobares.org/hamfest.html

Long Island NY LIMARC http://www.limarc.org/fest.htm

Massapequa NY GSB ARA http://www.gsbarc.org/

Queens NY Hall of Science http://www.qsl.net/hosarc/hamfest.html

Rensselaer NY E Greenbush ARA http://www.com-tech.org/EGARA.html

Rochester NY AWA http://www.antiquewireless.org/

Greenwich RI Fidelity ARC http://users.ids.net/~newsm/dates.html

Essex Junction VT Burlington ARC http://www.vtstetson.net/fest02.pdf

Milton VT RANV VT Conv http://www.ranv.org/milton.html

Montreal PQ MARC http://www.marc.qc.ca/fest/fest.html

Montreal PQ WIARC http://www.pubnix.net/wiarc/hamfest.htm

Montreal PQ MS-SARC http://www.ve2clm.ca/hamfesta.htm

Sorel-Tracy PQ CRAS-T http://www.hamfest.qc.ca/

St Therese PQ CRALL http://www.ve2crl.qc.ca/hamfest2002.htm

Halafax NS HARC http://www.halifax-arc.org/

Canada RAC List http://rac.eton.ca/data/racfleas.taf?function=form

Phila. Area VARA List http://www.qsl.net/w2vtm/hamfest.html

USA ARRL List http://www.arrl.org/hamfests.html

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BCRA Kids Net Starting Up

FRARC/BCRA logoRoland Daigault, N1JOY writes:

George, KB1CNA & Skip, KB1CNB will be starting up a new net designed just for kids. The [Bristol County Repeater Association] has been supporting three schools with Amateur Radio in the classroom (Kuss, New Testament, and Third Baptist), so we already have a great start on getting students on the air. If you know any kid who may be interested, or especially know of a local school that has radio gear in the classroom, please join in and help us get more kids excited about Amateur Radio!

The idea behind the net was for George and Skip to get some kids on the air and used to operating. If the kids are not licensed, get them on the air anyway with a control operator in the room. The planned time for the net will be on Thursdays from 2:45 PM until 3:15 PM, or so. They are planning a kids’ ham news session that would give them something to talk about. The news need not be strictly ham-related, but something that would be interesting. Once the net has been established, each school can take turns being nt control and each group can add in their own way every week.

The 145.150 repeater has a “minus” offset, and a PL of 123.0 Hz.

I hope to hear all sorts of new young voices on the net!

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JOTA Query

Jamboree On The Air logoDick Bean, K1HC writes on ares.ema.arrl.org:

“Any hams in the Brookline, Dedham, Needham, Westwood, or Dover area (Towns in the Boy Scout Noanet District) interested in helping Boy Scouts participate in the Jamboree on the Air October 16-17? I am a ham and a scout leader, but I will be with my troop (Troop 3 Westwood) on Cape Cod operating JOTA from Nickerson State Park (and I’m hoping for no rain!).

If you are in another town and are interested in JOTA, I will pass your information to the Boston Minuteman Council Boy Scout officials to see if they have other scouts interested in other areas in Eastern Massachusetts.

Please e-mail me at bean.richard@comcast.net or call me at home at 781-461-0101.

Thank you,
Dick Bean, K1HC

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