Framingham ARA License In A Weekend March 11-13, 2005

Framingham ARA logoThe Framingham Amateur Radio Association announces its annual License in a Weekend Class for entry-level Technician class March 11-13, 2005 at the Danforth Museum in downtown Framingham.

Everyone is welcome. The $40 fee includes the text book, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and the FCC exam fee.

For more information, call Ed Weiss, W1NXC at 508-881-2301, visit http://www.fara.org/liaw05.html or e-mail at w1nxc@arrl.net.

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“Buzz-Buzz” Interference Resolved!

MMRA logoAn unusual interference problem plaguing the Minuteman Repeater Association’s 146.61 repeater in Marlborough since the spring of 2004 has been solved, according to MMRA’s DeMattia, K1IW.

The two-second on, one-second off buzzing noise would sometimes be present for hours, days, even weeks at a time. There were also times when it would disappear for hours, days, or weeks. MMRA members invested countless hours tracking down the source. They found it was emanating from the vicinity of a house in a residential neighborhood about one-quarter mile from the repeater.

Limited cooperation on the part of the homeowner hindered their ability to determine what in the home was actually causing the interference. “At the time that we were investigating this, we noticed one other detail which turned out to be quite important,” notes DeMattia. “A similar sounding interference, weaker in strength, was coming out of another home in the same neighborhood. This led us to suspect that perhaps it was some sort of utility problem.” K1IW and company reported the interference to all three utility companies, cable, telephone, and power. Although each of the utilities visited the neighborhood, they could not find any problem.

The MMRA team eventually discoverd six different sources of this strange interference. Three homes in Marlborough and three in Northborough were identified, where each source appeared to be on different frequencies in the range of 141 to 152 MHz.

“One of the last homes discovered turned out to be a neighbor of mine in the same neighborhood,” says DeMattia. “I paid him a visit one day and he was very cooperative. Inside his home, the signal was more of a continuous buzz than intermittent.” K1IW disconnected power to each circuit in his home one at a time; the interference changed from the constant buzz back to the intermittent one. In the kitchen, the group found that a cordless phone charger was causing the interference. When the phone was removed from the cradle, the noise would stop. When they returned the phone to its cradle it started again.

The MMRA crew eventually identified the problem: a parasitic oscillation, tuned by the junction capacitance of the charging indicator LED and the leads that connect it to the circuit board of the charger.

DeMattia says the ARRL is going to report the problem to Motorola and it will hopefully be fixed in future production units.

The Minuteman, Volume 34, Number 3, January 2005

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SEMARA Receives Donation of DVD Programs

SEMARA logoThe library at the Southeastern MA ARA is about to get a whole lot more interesting, thanks to the efforts of Bob “Whitey” Doherty, K1VV. Doherty is donating a set of DVDs with ham-related materials to the club’s library for use by its members. Doherty has personally produced and created many of the titles himself.

“Over the last couple of years, we have put together a number of video DVDs. We’ve donated some to the ARRL. They sell them on their web page.” Doherty adds, “We receive no compensation for this, nor do we expect any.”

K1VV says some of the DVD programs have been shown on Braintree cable television.

The set includes:

* New England Museum of Wireless and Steam
* International Lighthouse Weekend
* Real Radio Ft Burnside RI W1NZR Military Radio equipment.
* Marconi 100th Anniversary Cape Cod, January 18,2003
* FISTS CW Event on the USS Salem Quincy, Ma.
* South Shore Fox Hunters’ Association
* STEAM UP at the New England Museum of Wireless and Steam
* JOTA- Scouts Jamboree On the Air, Cape Cod, Ma.
* SET- Simulated Emergency Test Bridgewater, Ma.
* BPL – Broadband Over Power Lines
* ARRL – Trip and tour of the American Radio Relay League Newington, Ct.
* The Mighty 4 Watter – CQ Magazine April 1956 rebuilt Tube QRP rig
* 1934 Collins 30FX Transmitter Restoration by Don K1DC
* Museum Ships Event – USS Salem Quincy, Ma.
* DXCC – ARRL DX Century Club

In response to K1VV’s offer, another SEMARA club member has donate a new DVD player to the club.

Thanks, SEMARA Mailing List

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New England Flea Markets 01/05/2005


New England Area Ham - Electronic Flea Market *** DATES *** 2005 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~
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2005 Contact Source
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22 Jan Nashua NH NE Antique RC $15/T@7 $2@9 @StStan's Marty 603 938 5051 F

5 Feb Tyngsboro MA 3936GP @SportsClub x34rt3 $5@9 Bill K1FUB 603 888 6822 F+

5 Feb Windsor CT VintgeR Museum new site@115 Pierson Lane John 860 673 0518 W+

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

27 Mar Henniker NH CVRC @CommSch Jim NS1E 603 428 7436 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

9 April Montreal PQ MARC @RCLegion $4@8:30 $8@7:30 James VE2VE 514 697 7205 W

9,10 Ap Waltham MA Photographica @HS ~photo~ Ed Shaw 617 965 0807 T+

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

16 April S Portland ME PAWA @AmLegion Roger N1XP 207-671-0671 W+

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

11 Jun Windsor CT VintgeR Museum new site@115 Pierson Ln John 860 673 0518 W+

19 June Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776

16 July Nashua NH NE Antique RC $15/T@7 $2@9 @StStan's Marty 603 938 5051 F
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unlimited reproduction permitted in entirety
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This list has been posted... as a service of the individual home page
owners, to the following WWW sites.

http://flealist.senie.com/
http://mit.edu/w1gsl/Public/ne-fleas
http://www.k1ttt.net/flea.html
http://www.connix.com/~wz1v/ne-fleas.html
http://www.k1dwu.net/flealist.html
http://www.mmra.org/~mmra/flealist.htm
http://www.qsl.net/vhfnews/ne-fleas.html
http://uhavax.hartford.edu/~newsvhf/ne-fleas.html

List is normally updated twice a month - look for the latest version

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New England Area Ham - Electronic Flea Market *** DATES *** P4
Links to New England Hamfest Web Sites (c) 2005 W1GSL
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This section is only included in the electronic distribution.

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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KY1N List of Volunteer Exams 01/04/2005

                         The KY1N Memorial List
Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations - CT MA ME NH RI VT
1/04/05
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
Date Time Contact Location Phone
01/08/05 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
01/08/05 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
01/08/05 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
01/08/05 12:00 Daniel Miller, K3UFG Newington CT 860-206-3379
01/09/05 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
01/09/05 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
01/10/05 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
01/11/05 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
01/12/05 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
01/13/05 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
01/13/05 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
01/14/05 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
01/15/05 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
01/15/05 09:00 Bruce Howes, W1UJR South Portland ME 207-828-0248
01/17/05 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
01/18/05 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
01/19/05 17:30 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Augusta ME 207-495-3891
01/19/05 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
01/19/05 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-933-9587
01/20/05 19:30 Richard Cantin, AA1TI Norwood MA 508-339-1089
01/20/05 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
01/25/05 12:00 +Neil Henden, AA1OA Danvers MA 978-777-1608
01/26/05 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
01/28/05 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
01/29/05 09:00 Thomas Jaworski, WA1MJE Pittsfield MA 413-528-9002
01/29/05 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
02/05/05 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
02/05/05 09:00 Jack P Garforth, N1JK Middletown RI 401-683-2250
02/06/05 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
02/08/05 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
02/09/05 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
02/10/05 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
02/10/05 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
02/11/05 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
02/12/05 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
02/12/05 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
02/12/05 12:00 Daniel Miller, K3UFG Newington CT 860-206-3379
02/13/05 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
02/14/05 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
02/15/05 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
02/16/05 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
02/16/05 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-933-9587
02/17/05 19:30 Richard Cantin, AA1TI Norwood MA 508-339-1089
02/19/05 10:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Bath ME 207-799-1116
02/19/05 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
02/19/05 09:00 Tom Senerchia, KA1VAY West Warwick RI 401-822-2592
02/21/05 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
02/23/05 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
02/25/05 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
02/25/05 09:00 Mitch Stern, W1SJ Milton VT 802-879-6589
02/26/05 12:00 +Neil Henden, AA1OA Danvers MA 978-777-1608
02/26/05 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Nashua NH 603-672-4035
02/28/05 19:00 Walton G Congdon, W1ZPB Northfield MA 413-498-2729
03/05/05 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
03/06/05 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
03/08/05 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
03/09/05 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
03/10/05 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
03/10/05 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
03/11/05 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
03/12/05 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
03/12/05 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
03/12/05 12:00 Daniel Miller, K3UFG Newington CT 860-206-3379
03/13/05 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
03/14/05 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
03/15/05 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
03/16/05 17:30 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Augusta ME 207-495-3891
03/16/05 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-933-9587
03/17/05 19:30 Richard Cantin, AA1TI Norwood MA 508-339-1089
03/19/05 09:00 Don Tarbet, KD1XU Bangor ME 207-327-1453
03/19/05 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
03/19/05 09:00 Bruce Howes, W1UJR South Portland ME 207-828-0248
03/21/05 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
03/23/05 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
03/23/05 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
03/25/05 18:00 *Mitch Stern, W1SJ Essex Junction VT 802-879-6589
03/25/05 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
03/26/05 12:00 +Neil Henden, AA1OA Danvers MA 978-777-1608
03/26/05 12:30 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Lewiston ME 207-799-1116
03/26/05 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
04/02/05 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
04/02/05 09:00 Jack P Garforth, N1JK Middletown RI 401-683-2250
04/03/05 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
04/08/05 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
04/09/05 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
04/09/05 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
04/09/05 12:00 Daniel Miller, K3UFG Newington CT 860-206-3379
04/09/05 10:10 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Winslow ME 207-495-3891
04/10/05 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
04/11/05 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
04/12/05 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
04/13/05 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
04/14/05 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
04/14/05 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
04/16/05 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
04/18/05 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
04/19/05 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
04/20/05 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
04/20/05 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-933-9587
04/21/05 19:30 Lou Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
04/21/05 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
04/22/05 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
04/23/05 10:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Bath ME 207-799-1116
04/23/05 12:00 +Neil Henden, AA1OA Danvers MA 978-777-1608
04/23/05 09:00 Norm Smith, NY1B Rockland ME 207-354-6853
04/23/05 09:00 Tom Senerchia, KA1VAY West Warwick RI 401-822-2592
04/27/05 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
05/01/05 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
05/07/05 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
05/07/05 09:00 Bill Studley, AA1OC Hopkinton NH 603-424-2857
05/08/05 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
05/09/05 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
05/11/05 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
05/12/05 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
05/13/05 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
05/14/05 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
05/14/05 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
05/17/05 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
05/18/05 17:30 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Augusta ME 207-495-3891
05/18/05 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
05/19/05 19:30 Lou Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
05/21/05 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
05/21/05 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
05/21/05 09:00 Bruce Howes, W1UJR South Portland ME 207-828-0248
05/25/05 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
05/27/05 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
06/04/05 09:00 Don Tarbet, KD1XU Bangor ME 207-327-1453
06/04/05 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
06/08/05 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
06/09/05 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
06/10/05 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
06/11/05 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
06/11/05 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
06/12/05 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
06/13/05 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
06/16/05 19:30 Lou Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
06/18/05 10:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Bath ME 207-799-1116
06/18/05 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
06/18/05 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Nashua NH 603-672-4035
06/21/05 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
06/22/05 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
06/22/05 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
06/24/05 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
06/25/05 12:00 +Neil Henden, AA1OA Danvers MA 978-777-1608

NOTES:
* = PREREGISTRATION MANDATORY
+ = PLEASE CALL TO GAURANTEE SEATING
T = Technician Exams only
Times are Local Time
Please check with the contact person as some dates are tentative!
For the latest examination information, check
http://www.ky1n.net/ky1n.html.
If attending a session please remember to bring:
1) One photo ID, or two non-photo ID's (one with address)
2) Original FCC-issued license plus a photocopy (if already licensed)
3) Original plus photocopies of all CSCE's you are claiming
4) The 2005 test session fee of $14.00
All VE Teams are invited to contribute.
For additions/corrections contact Jim Heedles, WW1Y, 603-672-4035,
via email at ky1n@ky1n.net

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Call For Volunteers: BAA Marathon, April 18, 2005

BAA logoBob DeMattia, K1IW writes:

Amateur Radio Operators are needed to participate in the communications effort for the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2005. Amateurs should have their own two meter portable with extra batteries. Some locations require extended-range antennas. 440 MHz portables, dual banders, mobile rigs and remote bases are a plus. For more information or to volunteer, please visit the Bostom Marathon Amateur Radio Communications website, http://www.bmarc.info. Or you may contact Bob DeMattia at (508) 393-4148.

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Excellent Amateur Radio Intro PowerPoint Presentation Available On-line

image from PPT presentation on intro to Amateur RadioTim Smith, N1TI writes:

“I found a slide presentation I prepared for some classes that (the Southeastern MA ARA) did a few years ago. It’s a basic intro to amateur radio. If someone wants to have it for future use or a template for additional presentations, please feel free to post, modify or use as any way you see fit.” Smith adds, “If you have need for variations of this or need assistance in developing similar content… I can help on a time-available basis.”

The document can be downloaded at http://ema.arrl.org/local/semara-mod1.ppt. It is approximately 581 kbytes in size.

[Ed. note: Thanks to Tim and to SEMARA for their generous offer! -pt.]

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ARES Drill Report from Saturday October 30th, 2004

The following is an ARES Drill Report from Saturday October 30th, 2004. The purpose of the drill was to be able to relay messages and make contact into and out of the main affected area for this drill, which was Cape Cod as Cape Cod ARES had devised a specific scenario for the drill. The main bands utilized in the drill were 6 Meters, 40 Meters HF and Packet, though local 2 Meter informal nets were held outside of the district with full formal nets run on the 146.955-Barnstable Repeater on Cape Cod.Along with our drill, New Hampshire ARES was also having their statewide SET drill on the same day. They used some voice but concentrated on a special blend of PSK technology that they’ve adapted for emergency traffic. Attempts were made by Carl-K1KID, who is a PSK guru, to contact New Hampshire via PSK but the attempt failed. Numerous NH ARES and SKYWARN Contacts made contact with Eastern Massachusetts via the 146.64-Waltham Repeater and via HF. Out of state contacts between Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire went very well.

In addition to the drills, the city of Boston had a parade for the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series with around 3 Million people in attendance. Metro Boston ARES utilized the drill to monitor events with the parade in case there were any issues and remained on stand-by 90 minutes after the drill ended until 1:30 PM to monitor the parade until its conclusion. Having an exercise on the day we selected helped to enhance the New Hampshire drill and to have Hams ready in case issues occurred in Boston due to the parade.

Several traffic messages were passed via the HF Net and on the Barnstable Repeater on Cape Cod. Contact was made with stations within the section over HF, 2 Meters and 6 Meters where appropriate. Contact was made with all stations by several means and the purpose of the drill was executed with few issues. Message traffic was also handled on a tactical and NTS basis between Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire and was deemed successful.

The following is the list of check-ins via HF and on 2-Meter Nets where we have received reports. This portion of the report maybe updated if more net reports are received:

The following is the net report from the 147.000-Dartmouth Repeater Informal ARES Net:

1. W1AEI-Arthur-Swansea
2. WA1ESO-John-Tiverton, RI
3. N1YCQ-Wheat-Swansea, Massachusetts
4. K1KVV-Bob-South Dartmouth at W1AEC assisting with NCO duties on this net and on HF.

The HF Net Operations were run on 40 Meters HF out of the Southeast Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association (SEMARA) building under call sign W1AEC. The following Hams checked in and passed traffic via this net.
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1. KA1TUZ-Dick-Newton, Massachusetts
2. WC1MA-MEMA Framingham HQ
3. N1XTB-Phil-Middleboro, Massachusetts
4. W1MSA-Frank-Salvation Army HQ-Boston, Mass.
5. K1NGJ-Nick-Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
6. N1HY-Richard-Bedford, Massachusetts
7. KB1JJE-Ben-Mansfield, Massachusetts
8. K1PBO-Red Cross Hyannis, Massachusetts
9. N2JWW-Mike-Marstons, Mills, Massachusetts
10. N1FY-Carl-Bridgewater, Mass. EOC (Town EOC)
11. K1UI-Rob-Cape Cod ARES Field Site
12. KD4CLJ-David-Attleboro, Massachusetts
13. N1BDA-Steve-Concord, Massachusetts
14. K1EJ-Darrel-Chelmsford, Massachusetts
15. N1UMJ-John-Taunton, Massachusetts
16. WA1JSE-Paul-Osterville, Massachusetts
17. WA1WOK-Cal-New Hampshire State EOC, Concord, NH
18. K1KID-Carl-Wareham, Massachusetts
19. KB1EKN-Mark-Hingham, Massachusetts
20. AA2T-Jerry-Leominster, Massachusetts
21. KB1IZU-Bob-Western Coos County, New Hampshire

The Drill ran from 10 AM-Noon with all objectives met. A reminder was given to all Amateurs to closely monitor the situation and events in the run-up to the November election and to have a HT with them in case it’s needed due to a possible terrorist incident. Luckily, no issues were reported on Election Day.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section 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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Whitman ARC Assists with Town’s Winterfest Celebrations

Whitman Winterfest NCS positionApproximately ten members of the Whitman Amateur Radio Club provided communications support for the Town’s Winterfest activities. Thousands of people visited downtown Whitman to enjoy free ice cream and see tree lighting, wood- and ice-carving exhibits.
Whitman Winterfest, ice carving
The amateurs established a Net Control Station at the Whitman Fire-Rescue Station downtown. They conducted communications on the club’s 147.225 repeater. Additional assignments included: roving portables, the Ben & Jerry’s truck, the center of town, and the tree lighting.

The Whitman Fire-Rescue Chief, Tim Travers, provided the team with a landline to the fire dispatcher, located one floor below. The NCS position received visits from Travers as well as a number of the Town’s firefighers. Thankfully, no emergencies were reported during the event.

Photos, left: At Net Control: K1BZD, N1OGP, K1RB, N1FRE, N1SOM, N1VTI (not shown); right: Ice carving exhibit

Thanks, Whitman ARC Spectrum, December 2004

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