2006 New England Division Convention Approaches

The 2006 ARRL New England Division Convention will be held on August 25, 26th and 27th. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend!

A great program is being planned. We are excited to announce that the newly elected ARRL President, Joel Harrison, W5ZN will be in attendance. Here is your opportunity to meet Joel first hand at the ARRL Forums. He doesn’t get off that easy though, as our guest of honor at the Saturday evening banquet, we get the opportunity to hear from him again. Order your tickets early as the banquet seating is limited.

We are also happy to report that Bob Heil, K9EID will be making a return visit with one of his ever popular talks on all things audio. Look for Bob’s presentation early on Saturday, and we’ve left plenty of time of questions and answers after his presentation.

The Special Event station W1A will be in operation. This is a good opportunity to operate the top shelf amateur radio equipment the industry has to offer and havem fun while doing it!

The Boxboro Holiday Inn, located at the junction of Routes 111 and 495 in Massachusetts, will again open its doors to the Amateur Radio community with its spacious parking and comfortable accommodations. Hotel information is available through the boxboro.org website. Room rates are reduced for this year, be sure to ask for the “Boxboro Ham Radio Convention Rate” when making your reservations.

The “Call for Presenters” remains open. Please contact WO1N if you have an Amateur Radio related presentation or represent an organization that would like to reach out to a large population of active Hams. Volunteers are also welcome to help with event planning and execution.

We hope to see you there!

Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF
Convention Chair

Ken Caruso, WO1N
Program Chair
(978) 663-3027 (h)
(978) 256-5377 (w)

Tom Walsh, K1TW
Volunteer Chair

–Thanks, Billerica ARS Newsletter, Volume I Issue 6 June 2006

Georges Island IOTA QRV June 18

100 Pound DXpedition logoGeorges Island (NA-148) will be activated this weekend by B. Scott Andersen, NE1RD. Located at N42 19′ 09.96″ W70 55′ 37.14″, the island is comprised of 30 acres with Fort Warren, a Civil War era bulwark against the sea, dominating its center. Andersen hopes to set up a portable station around the periphery of the fort.

According to NE1RD, only 23.3% of IOTA (Islands On The Air) participants have worked stations on one of Boston Harbor islands. Andersen has started a blog to document his DXpeditions.

MA Amateur Leaders Meet With MEMA Director

formal presentation of Governor's AR Week ProclamationGovernor’s Amateur Radio Week Proclamation June 4-10 Formally Presented

Framingham –- Massachusetts Amateur Radio Leaders met on June 9, 2006 with the MA Emergency Management Director at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). MEMA Director Christine McCombs thanked them for the continuing support of Amateur Radio, especially during the latest weather emergency.

“We are very fortunate to have the continuing support of Amateur Radio,” stated Director McCombs in a meeting attended by State RACES Officer Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, Eastern MA ARRL Section Manager Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN, Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, and SEOC RACES operators Dennis and Karen Brothers, N1DB and K1KEB, respectively. MEMA Chief of Staff Ken McBride also attended the meeting, further complimenting the leadership on the consistency of their response and support of the agency.

Before presiding over an agenda-packed meeting with the assembled leadership, Director McCombs presented the official Amateur Radio Proclamation. Mike Neilsen asked Rob Macedo to accept the document on behalf of all Massachusetts Amateurs.

“No other ham is more deserving of the honor to represent our efforts,” Neilsen said.

Photo: Rob Macedo, KD1CY is seen holding the proclamation in the group picture.

SEMARA Flea Market Receives ARRL Approval

SEMARA flea tableARRL Headquarters has given the Southeastern MA ARA the “thumbs-up” for its September “Tailgate” flea market.

In a letter dated June 2, 2006 to SEMARA’s Tim Smith, N1TI, ARRL Convention Program Manager Gail Iannone wrote, “We’re pleased to tell you that Director Frenaye has approved the application of the Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Association to hold an ARRL approved hamfest in Dartmouth, MA on September 10, 2006.”

This santioned event is now listed on the ARRL Hq. web site at http://www.arrl.org/hamfests.html?dosel=1&subtype=section&selsect=EMA.

For further information about the flea market or SEMARA, visit: http://www.semara.org.

ARRL New England Division Cabinet Meeting 7/16/06

New England ARRL division logo
To: New England Division Section Managers, Assistant Directors, Advisory Committee members and Affiliated Club Presidents

Subject: New England Division Cabinet Meeting – Sunday, July 16, 2006

I’d like to invite you to the summer ARRL New England Division Cabinet meeting on Sunday, July 16, 2006, in Portland Maine – right off I-95 about 45 miles north of the NH/ME border. We’ve never had a cabinet meeting in Maine – and sure appreciate those who have traveled a long ways to previous cabinet meetings!

We usually have 30+ people attending from clubs across New England – this will be an opportunity for you to provide direct input to the ARRL on policy issues. The meeting will run from 9:00am until 4:30pm, with coffee/snacks at 8:30am and a break for lunch at noon – and as in the past we’re asking for your contribution of $15 to help cover some of the cost for breaks and for lunch, and for parking.

There is an ARRL Board meeting scheduled for July 21-22 – this will give us a chance to talk about issues you think the Board should be considering. What would you like to see on the agenda for the meeting?
The meeting will be at the Holiday Inn Portland West Hotel (207-774-5601) at 61 Riverside Street in Portland ME. This is a very busy time of year in the Portland area, so if you need a room, book it early. (The current on-line price for a room is pretty expensive at about $135.)

A map and directions can be found at http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hd/pwmwe but it’s very easy to find. From the north or south, take exit 48 from the Maine Turnpike/I-95, at the lights turn left and the hotel is on your left.

Please let me know by July 10th (earlier is better!) if you will be coming so we can plan for a big enough room and enough food. Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, and I are looking forward to seeing you there!

Very 73!
— Tom (+Mike)

PS: Sometimes the ARRL database hasn’t been updated with current information about your club. If you’re not the current club president – please pass this on to the right person! You can make updates or corrections to your club’s listings by selecting your club from this page on the ARRL web site, then submitting updated information:


Tom Frenaye, K1KI ARRL New England Division Director k1ki@arrl.org
P O Box J, West Suffield CT 06093 Phone: 860-668-5444

Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF ARRL New England Division Vice Director k1twf@arrl.org
85 High Street, Chelmsford MA 01824 Phone: 978-250-1235

Safety Info For YOUR Field Day

2006 Field Day logoBill Ricker, N1VUX writes:

“Bruce Pigott, KC1US has kindly updated and expanded his Safety Officer For Field Day memo for the EMA FD website again this year. It’s available (as a PDF) along with prior years’ Weather, Lightning, Heat safety statements on the Field Day Safety page http://ema.arrl.org/fd/Safety.html
at the EMA Field Day Directory, which lists all confirmed club Field Day sites. The Safety Page attachments are recommended readings to all club Field Day Committees, who are also encouraged to review their site listing (are you Confirmed yet? anything changed?) at http://ema.arrl.org/fd/fd_dir.php.

Norwood ARC Improves Repeater Coverage

Norwood ARC logoThe Norwood Amateur Radio Club reports improved sound quality and coverage on its 147.21 repeater, according to NARC president Barry Devine, K1BFD.

“N1UEC and I installed two Motorola Radius GM300 radios to replace the venerable but aging radio that up until recently had performed admirably.” According to Devine, a 100-watt amplifier was taken offline for the time being while the new radios are tested. So far, it appears that the system hears better than the old system according to tests from various locations between Norwood and Foxboro.

On a related note, the club recently received permission from the son of Silent Key and honored member Louis Schall, W1JLI, to obtain the W1JLI call sign for their repeater. The technical committee even plans to use Schall’s voice for the repeater ID on the repeater controller.

–Thanks, NARC K1JMR Newscarrier, April/May 2006

Winn Brook School HAMsters Entertain Special Ham Visitors

Winn Brook HAMsters visit 06/02/06, photo #1Winn Brook HAMsters visit 06/02/06, photo #2

The Winn Brook school HAMsters of Belmont received two special visitors on June 2–Phil Temples, K9HI and Dr. Ariel Cohen, K9ERA. The first-graders, taught by Donna LaRoche, KB1LWY, were treated to stories by Temples and Cohen about their ham radio experiences and their respective careers. Cohen spoke of her first contact by Morse code with another woman in Alaska, and her public service work during a hurricane in North Carolina. Temples described how Amateur Radio can be used by people with disabilities to communicate with others even when they may be unable to see, hear or speak. The children, in turn, treated the husband-and-wife team to a “Collection Day” show-and-tell of special objects and memorabilia.

This marks the third year the Watertown couple have visited Donna La Roche’s first grade class. Other recent ham visitors have included Dr. Chuck Counselman, W1HIS, and Bill McIninch, KA1MOM. The class is affiliated with the ARRL’s Education and Technology Program, a.k.a. “The Big Project.”

photos courtesy KB1LWY

Updated Skywarn Training Schedule

Skywarn logoThe SKYWARN Training Schedule for 2006 has been updated with sites in Wilmington, Peabody and Gardner added. We will be working on a site on the South Coast of Massachusetts, Northeast Connecticut and interior Southeast Massachusetts. A link to the SKYWARN training schedule, which includes all the sites is listed at the link below:


The schedule also appears below for your conveience

The following is an update on SKYWARN training for 2006. Further updates will be posted on the web site as needed.

06/08/2006 7-10PM Worcester Emergency Management Operations Center
Thurs. 50 Skyline Dr., Worcester, Mass.

06/10/2006 Noon-3PM Wilmington Middle School
Sat. Carter Lane, Wilmington, Mass.

06/17/2006 Noon-3PM Natick Public Training Center (In the Rear of Police/Fire Department Complex)
Sat. 20 East Central Street (Route 135) Natick, Mass.

The training session is open to the public free of charge and is a 90 minute slide show, which covers interpreting basic weather charts and products, along with training on reporting Marine weather observations. The training stresses what types of weather and thresholds should be reported.

For those 16 and older, identification cards are handed out along with a special phone number for reporting directly to the National Weather Service, upon completion of the training.

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

New England Area Flea Markets, 06/01/06

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2006 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~
2006 Contact Source
2 June Feeding Hills MA HCRA TG Party @CongCh @6PM Dave KB1MU 413 596 6605

2-4 June Rochester NY RARA @FG Harold K2HC 585 424 7184 A

3 June Hermon ME PSARC @HS Roger KA1TKS 207 848 3846 A

4 June Queens NY HoSARC 47-01 111st $5@9 $10/sp@7:30 Steve 718 898 5599 F

11 June Newington CT NARL @ShrinerHall George AB1GL 860 463 0948 A

11 June Bethpage NY LIMARC @Briarcliff Rick K2RB 516 526 6975 A

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

8 July Union ME PBARC @CommCtr Scott KB1DSW 207 354 6809 A

16 July Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776

22 July Nashua NH NE Antique RC $15/T@7 $5@8 $2@9 @StStan Marty 603 755 2839 F

12 Aug St Albans ME PARC @ Snownobile club George WA1JMM 207 965 8864 A

12 Aug Ledyard CT RASON @Fire Co Rt 12 Tom KB1JIJ 860 536 6430 A+

19 Aug St Albans VT STARC 8AM @ Highgate Common Arn N1ARN 802 285 6457 W

20 Aug Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776

20 Aug Adams MA NoBARC @BoweFld @8AM S@6 Al K1SAV 413 743 1619 W

25-27 Aug Boxboro MA FEMARA NE Conv @HI Mike K1TWF 978 250 1236 A

9 Sept BallstonSpa NY SCRACES fri6P $5+5/T+15cmp Darlene N2XQG 518 587 2385

9 Sept Windsor ME AARA @FG Rt32 @8 Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075

10 Sept Dartmouth MA SEMARA @54 Donald St Tim N1TI 508 758 3680 +

16 Sept Forestdale RI RIFMRS @VFW rt146 8A flea+auct Rick K1KYI 401 725 7507

16 Sept Alexander ME SCVARC @ElmSch Skip KB1HXC 207 454 2156 +

16 Sept Montreal PQ WIARC @Shriners $5@9 $15/T@8 VE2CWI W+
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22 April Enfield CT NEWS East VHF UHF Conf Mark K1MAP 413 566 2404 +
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New England Area Ham - Electronic Flea Market *** DATES *** P4
Links to New England Hamfest Web Sites (c) 2006 W1GSL
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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.htm

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/ +

Watertown MA Photographica http://www.phsne.org/ +

Whately MA FranklinCARC http://www.fcarc.org/news.htm +

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

Newington CT NARL http://www.narl.net/1.htm

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.mainearrl.org/convent.htm

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

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

Rochester NH GBRA http://www.kb1kbe.com/hamfest06.html

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://hosarc.org/hamfest.html

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

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

Rochester NY RARA http://www.rochesterhamfest.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

St Albans VT STARC http://www.starc.org/

Drummondville PQ leCRdeD http://www.9bit.qc.ca/ve2crd/hamfest/index.html

Greenwood PQ GARC http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/esmith/GARC/activities.htm

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

Montreal PQ WIARC http://shell.pubnix.net/~wiarc/hamfest.htm +

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

Laval PQ CRALL http://www.ve2crl.qc.ca/

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

Summerside PEI SPARC http://www.summersidearc.com/fleamarket.htm

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

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

Timonium MD GBHC http://www.gbhc.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

SEMARA To Operate In Kid’s Day Operation

SEMARA logoThe Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Association will open its club station for operation in the ARRL Kid’s Day event, Saturday, June 17 at 1800 UTC (2 p.m. EDT) to 2400 UTC (8 p.m. EDT). W1AEC will have two positions open for this event. It’s a great chance for newly licensed young hams to get a taste of HF. The exchange is simply name, age, and favorite color. A personalized certificate is available for all participants.

SEMARA urges everyone to “get your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews” down to their club and ham it up!

–Thanks, SEMARA Zero Beat Online, June, 2006