Yankee Steam-Up Sept. 30

Steam Up photo, 2003“The Original Yankee Steam-Up” will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the New England Wireless & Steam Museum, 1300 Frenchtown Road, East Greenwich, RI.

The event is a delight for model makers, machinists, engineers & historians—and, radio buffs. Admission is $15.00; children under 12 are admitted for $5.00. There is free parking, and food available.

For more information, visit http://users.ids.net/%7enewsm.

—photograph courtesy Michael Thompson, Copyright © 2003 NEWSM

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New England Public Service List 09/28/06

PSLIST September 28, 2006

Public Service Volunteer Opportunities in the New England Division

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

Sep 30  Hollis     NH Applefest Half Marathon      Fletch N1MEO  603-673-3036
                                                               n1meo@arrl.net
Oct  1  Cambridge  MA Alzheimer's Memory Walk      Bruce KC1US   781-275-3740
                                                   kc1us005@amateur-radio.net
Oct  6  Athol      MA Haunted Halloween Hayride    John AE1B     978-355-0019
                                                               ae1b@trysb.net
Oct  7  Athol      MA Haunted Halloween Hayride    John AE1B     978-355-0019
                                                               ae1b@trysb.net
Oct  7  Pepperell  MA Pepperell Fall Classic       John KK1X     617-834-5787
                                                             kk1x@verizon.net
Oct  8  Boston     MA BAA Half Marathon            Bob WA1IDA    508-650-9440
                                                              wa1ida@arrl.net
Oct  8  Pepperell  MA Pepperell Fall Classic       John KK1X     617-834-5787
                                                             kk1x@verizon.net
Oct  8  Westford   MA Tour de Westford Bike Ride   Dave WI1R     978-692-7797
                                                                wi1r@arrl.net
Oct  8  Monroe     MA Monroe Trail Races           Richard KD1XP 
                                                              kd1xp@kd1xp.org
Oct  9  Pepperell  MA Pepperell Fall Classic       John KK1X     617-834-5787
                                                             kk1x@verizon.net
Oct 20  Cambridge  MA Head of the Charles Regatta  Jeff K1EMS    978-536-2842
                                                          RWJeffA@comcast.net
Oct 21  Cambridge  MA Head of the Charles Regatta  Jeff K1EMS    978-536-2842
                                                          RWJeffA@comcast.net
Oct 22  Cambridge  MA Head of the Charles Regatta  Jeff K1EMS    978-536-2842
                                                          RWJeffA@comcast.net
Nov 11  Lowell     MA Lowell Youth Soccer Tourn.   Ron KB1KRG    781-752-5885
                                                              kb1krg@arrl.net
Nov 12  Lowell     MA Lowell Youth Soccer Tourn.   Ron KB1KRG    781-752-5885
                                                              kb1krg@arrl.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 (see address above). 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 Web address 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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Taunton Area Communications Group Becomes A Reality

September 19, 2006 marks a new beginning in the amateur radio ranks in the Taunton area. A group of newly licensed and seasoned veterans of amateur radio have come together to form the “Taunton Area Communications Group.” The group’s goals are of public service, informing the public about amateur radio service, and bringing more people into the amateur ranks by providing classes so that one might become a licensed “ham radio operator.”

Carlos Wharton,WP4US, a well-known name in the Taunton community, led the charge to organize the club. Along with Don Burke, KB1LXH, Greg Glynn, KB1NLX, Neil Harrington, KB1LXL, David Souza, KB1NXP, George Pereira, KB1KZV and others, the club started as an idea and now is a reality.

Following all the steps, the Taunton Area Communications Group (TAC Group) will become affiliated with the ARRL, ARES and also, the local RACES group.

Club President Don Burke stated, “The time has come for Taunton to start an organization that will unite all the area Amateur Radio operators to a common cause.”

The TAC Group has scheduled its next meeting for Monday, October 16, 2006 at Morton Hospital cafeteria, 88 Washington Street, Taunton, MA at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested may attend the meeting or contact the TAC Group at tacgp@comcast.net. Membership applications will be available. An amateur license is not required to be a member but will be a helpful tool to the success of the group.

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W1AA To Activate Highland Light in Truro

W1AA/  Highland Light QSL cardK1VV and K1WCC plan to activate Highland Light (USA 110) under the call W1AA on September 23, 2006 from 7:00 AM EDT (1100 UTC) until about 2:00 PM EDT (1800 UTC).

Whitey, K1VV notes that he and Henry, K1WCC will begin operations on 75 meters, above 3980 kHz. Check 3996.

“Don, N1DT is off vacationing with his XYL, Nan. Henry, K1WCC #547 a well known LH and Special Event (W1P) activator will take Don’s place for this activation.”

On 40 phone, look for W1AA between the nets, most likely below 7270, down to 7225. Whitey says they’ll also use 20 phone later in the morning above 14310, or 17 meters above 18150. “We will return to 40 phone about 1530 to 1600 UTC, about noon local time.”

Morse code operation will be conducted roughly on the half hour, on 7035, 10116, 14035 and 18080 kHz, plus or minus QRM.

“We will be posting our spots on the DX Summit. but we would appreciate any and all W1AA spots by the members.” He adds, “DX QSLs are via the W1 Bureau and stateside are via W1AA please with an SASE. A photo of the lighthouse will be furnished.”

Located in the Highlands area of Cape Cod National Seashore atop a high cliff at the end of Highland Road, off US 6 in North Truro, the famous lighthouse was officially renamed Cape Cod Light in 1976. The Truro Historical Society has worked steadfastly to restore and protect the light. The light station was relocated 450 feet (137 m) west in 1996 to escape erosion of the bluff.

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Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC To Assist With Rome Blvd. Road Race

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC logoMembers of the Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club will assist with communications for the Rome Boulevard Road Race on Sunday, October 1, 2006. The event consists of a five-mile run, a two-mile run and a two-mile walk. The start/finish line is at Attleboro High School.

For further information, email Joe Agius, W1TW at jpagius@yahoo.com or see the race flyer.

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Concord Technician Class Begins Oct. 17

Concord-Carlisle Adult Learning and Education logo
A Technician licensing course will be offered next month by the Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education program in conjunction with the Colonial Wireless Association. The course will meet each Tuesday and Thursday night from October 17 – October 26 at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School L-Building in Concord. The fee is $20. At this time, the course still has openings.

For more information and to enroll, please visit http://www.ace.colonial.net/Default.html, then “Browse” for “Communications and Speech” courses, then select “Concord Ham Radio Class”.

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Falmouth ARA Flea Market Approved As ARRL Hamfest

Falmouth ARA logoARRL Headquarters has given the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association the “thumbs-up” for its November flea market.

In a letter dated September 19, 2006 to FARA’s Ralph Swenson, N1YHS, ARRL Convention Program Manager Gail Iannone wrote, “We’re pleased to tell you that Director Frenaye has approved the application of the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association to hold an ARRL approved hamfest in Falmouth, MA on November 11, 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.

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Boston ARC, Salvation Army: “Relationship Changing”

BARC logo“The long-standing relationship between The Salvation Army Boston Headquarters and BARC will soon change dramatically.

“The Salvation Army feels that their mission will be better served by forming their own [SATERN] group which will in large measure take over the support that BARC has historically provided to them. As we understand it, this group will be solely devoted to the public safety mission of the Army and will not conflict with historic BARC activities. If called upon to do so, BARC will continue to offer communication support to The Salvation Army, as we have in the past.

“Unfortunately, as a consequence of forming and maintaining their group, the Army has decided that effective December 7, 2006 they will no longer provide space for BARC meetings and activities in their Boston headquarters. Thus we must find a new venue for our meetings. Any changes in location will be announced promptly.

“Responding to member interest for some time, BARC has been looking at alternative sites for meetings in the Greater Boston area. Most have been unsatisfactory in one way or another. We do have some leads, however, and these are being examined. We ask for your input regarding meeting places. All ideas are solicited and will be considered.”

–From “BARC and The Salvation Army Changing Relationship,” Hank Buccigross, K1QK, September, 2006 SPARC

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Framingham Emergency Expo A Huge Success

Framingham ARA logoThe Framingham Emergency Expo was a huge success, according to Framingham Amateur Radio Association president Gordy Bello, K1GB. [See Framingham ARA To Participate In Emergency Preparedness Expo.]

“We had crowds of interested people listening, asking questions, etc.” Bello also writes that kids in attendence were enthusiastic about what the amateurs were doing and showing at the club’s exhibit.

“Without a doubt, the biggest attraction at the booth was Ed Weiss, W1NXC’s code ‘test,'” remarked Bello. “The kids loved it! Who said that CW is dead?”

K1GB adds that each individual who particpated in the code test received a certificate. “We also had them make their own call sign badges.”

FARA members who assisted at the event include: KB1LOY (who liased with the scouts), W1NXC, N1FTB, WA1HAM, KB1NIV, W1VIV, KB1FHJ, KA1HGL, and K1VEA.

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Whitman ARC Saftler’s Flea Market “A Success”

Whitman ARC 2006 flea marketThe Whitman Amateur Radio Club’s Saftler’s Flea Market fund raiser held on Labor Day was a success, according to club president Bruce Hayden, NI1X.

“We were rained out on Sunday but Monday turned out to be a perfect day for a flea market,” Hayden writes. “We had 25 club members and 5 area hams who stopped by to socialize, drop off goodies to be sold at the club table, help man the club table and help put WA1NPO on the air.”

–Whitman ARC The Spectrum, September, 2006

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New England Public Service List 09/04/06

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

Sep  8  Hyannis    MA MS Challenge Walk            John N1PYN    508-588-3250
        to Brewster                                            n1pyn@arrl.net
Sep  9  Brewster   MA MS Challenge Walk            Clayton KB1IBB
        to Eastham                                       arcywick@comcast.net
Sep 10  Brewster   MA MS Challenge Walk            John N1PYN    508-588-3250
        to Dennis                                              n1pyn@arrl.net
Sep 17  Hopkinton  MA Jimmy Fund Walk              Steve W3EVE   508-922-9688
        to Boston  MA                                          w3eve@arrl.net
Sep 30  Hollis     NH Applefest Half Marathon      Fletch N1MEO  603-673-3036
                                                               n1meo@arrl.net
Oct  1  Cambridge  MA Alzheimer's Memory Walk      Bruce KC1US   781-275-3740
                                                   kc1us005@amateur-radio.net
Oct  7  Pepperell  MA Pepperell Fall Classic       John KK1X     617-834-5787
                                                             kk1x@verizon.net
Oct  8  Boston     MA BAA Half Marathon            Bob WA1IDA    508-650-9440
                                                              wa1ida@arrl.net
Oct  8  Pepperell  MA Pepperell Fall Classic       John KK1X     617-834-5787
                                                             kk1x@verizon.net
Oct  8  Westford   MA Tour de Westford Bike Ride   Dave WI1R     978-692-7797
                                                                wi1r@arrl.net
Oct  8  Monroe     MA Monroe Trail Races           Richard KD1XP 
                                                              kd1xp@kd1xp.org
Oct  9  Pepperell  MA Pepperell Fall Classic       John KK1X     617-834-5787
                                                             kk1x@verizon.net
Oct 20  Cambridge  MA Head of the Charles Regatta  Jeff K1EMS    978-536-2842
                                                          RWJeffA@comcast.net
Oct 21  Cambridge  MA Head of the Charles Regatta  Jeff K1EMS    978-536-2842
                                                          RWJeffA@comcast.net
Oct 22  Cambridge  MA Head of the Charles Regatta  Jeff K1EMS    978-536-2842
                                                          RWJeffA@comcast.net
Nov 11  Lowell     MA Lowell Youth Soccer Tourn.   Ron KB1KRG    781-752-5885
                                                              kb1krg@arrl.net
Nov 12  Lowell     MA Lowell Youth Soccer Tourn.   Ron KB1KRG    781-752-5885
                                                              kb1krg@arrl.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 Web address 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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Technician Class In Taunton To Begin Oct. 23, 2006

ARRL Ham Radio License Manual book coverTaunton-area amateurs will conduct an Amateur Radio Technician Class on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. from October 23 – December 11, 2006 in the Morton Hospital Cafeteria, 88 Washington Street, in Taunton.

The course, conducted by Carlos Wharton, WP4US, will cost $15.00; it will include all materials. The examination will cost an additional $15.00.

“The course will cover all aspects of Amateur (Ham) Radio to prepare the participants for the exam to get their ham radio license,” writes Wharton.

To register, email Carlos Wharton at wp4us@comcast.net or call 508-386-3479.

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Boston ARC To Assist With BAA Half Marathon

BARC logoBob Salow, WA1IDA writes:

This is one of the last of the ham public service events for this year, so you can relax (except for the “real” disasters). Here we are at the Sixth Annual BAA Half Marathon. For the past five years this event received huge acclaim – largely because of the skills and experience of the organizers and support staff (we are definitely a part of that). The Half is run almost entirely in Boston (2% in Brookline), with about 5000 local, national and international athletes expected. Proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund.
Our ham radio team has been asked again to support communications for this event doing our usual medical, water and administrative tasks. We definitely need your help – and more hams. Time is short.

The Half Marathon will be held on SUNDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2006. Time and other details are below. The course is along the length of the “Emerald Necklace” (as beautiful as you can get in Boston). The out-and-back route starts and finishes at Clemente Field in the Fenway. It follows the Riverway, Jamaicaway, and Arborway to the Franklin Park Zoo for a turnaround and return on almost the same route.

The weather is likely to be cool and the 13.1-mile course should not be a strain on the athletes. Water and medical stations are spaced appropriately. We also have assignments at several hazardous points. Our duties on the course will be to support these locations, but we also serve as observers of the runners, spectators and local residents (some of their streets are to be closed). Most stations serve both outbound and inbound runners. At Clemente Field, we have a number of fixed and roving medical assignments.

If you are assigned to a station on the course, and you wish to drive, you may go directly to the assigned location. I hope to have a ham course Traveler who will deliver your identity (long sleeve) shirt. If you are willing to drive directly to your station on the course, I will send you a Vehicle Permit (as an email attachment in MS Word) for you to print out. Those assigned to course stations must be on site at 0700 so the Traveler can meet you briefly and move on. The Traveler will call your station as he approaches. Be ready and go to the Traveler’s car or bus for the ID shirt and any last minute information.

If you do not plan to drive to an assigned course station, you must arrive at Clemente Field at 0600. A parking lot for volunteers only will be located about three blocks away from Clemente. You will receive an ID shirt and any last minute information. There will be transportation from Clemente to the course station assignments.

Hams assigned to posts at Clemente Field must be present at 0700 for a briefing and the amenities. Keep in mind that parking in the Fenway area is limited, so allow time to find a space, use the volunteer parking lot, or take the T (if running at that hour – see http://www.mbta.com). The area is T accessible from several directions. Parking (at that hour) will also be available at the Landmark Center (formerly the Sears store) on Park Drive at Brookline Ave. There is a charge for the Landmark parking.

The entire event should be over before 1130, and all roads will be (progressively) opened. This schedule is what is known now. Better details later.

Because the entire course is compact, very few repeaters need be used. Our present plan is to use both 2-meters and 70-cm, both bands with CTCSS.

WE NEED YOU TO VOLUNTEER. As in the past, we are committed to reliable, professional performance, and the requirements below lead to this goal. Please note them and sign up quickly. Each ham must have his or her own radio and accessories – no sharing of equipment can be permitted during the event. Each ham must be self sufficient for the entire period, as we cannot assure partnered assignments.

1. For the duration of this event you are considered a member of the Boston Amateur Radio Club (BARC) and a BAA volunteer. BARC carries a liability insurance policy.

2. To assist in identification and security, you must wear a badge with your name and call sign. Your volunteer credential will be a special long-sleeve shirt provided at the beginning of the day and your bright orange “Emergency Communications” cap (available for $5.00 – let me know if you need one).

3. Our communications support is provided only by licensed Amateur Radio operators, Technician class or above. Be sure to have a good photocopy of your valid license with you.

4. Because of the terrain and expected radio traffic congestion, you should have a full size antenna (that is, better than a minimal “rubber duck”) and a battery supply sufficient to run at your maximum power if necessary. While you will mostly listen and rarely transmit, the best guide is for 10 hours of battery capability. The ambient noise level may be high, so an inexpensive headset (not just an ear plug) is strongly recommended.

5. To present ourselves as professional and proficient, you must be neatly dressed. The bright orange “Emergency Communications” cap is essential for identification. Local residents and the media will be watching.

6. Expect the media. If you are interviewed, state that you are a ham radio operator, and give only a very brief statement about what your assignment is. Then refer the interviewer to our public relations staff (call Net Control for direction). Please do not offer prolonged descriptions of the joys of ham radio.

NOTE:

More hams are needed. Please spread the word in your local club and to your on-the-air friends! Anyone interested should contact me directly ASAP. We also need you to understand that although we must call for more hams now, final staffing needs may not match the number of ham volunteers. Therefore, a very small possibility exists that we still may not be able to give everyone an assignment.

As the event date gets closer, instead of formal briefings, those who volunteer will receive an email with the assignment, a detailed description of the assignment site and other information.

If you can give this event your help, please contact me as soon as possible. We also need to know if your radio has 2-meters with CTCSS and if you have the 70-cm band. If you have any questions about participation, do not hesitate to contact me at once.

When you reply, please include the following information:

Your best email address for last minute information.

Can you open an MS Word email attachment?

Are you available to drive, and, if assigned on the course (not assured), would you drive there directly?

Your shirt size.

If you have already informed me that you are available, please reply to this message anyway.

73,

Bob Salow, WA1IDA
508.650.9440 (H)
617.650.0062 (Cell)
wa1ida@arrl.net

© 2006 WA1IDA – S /060912

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MVARG Amateurs To Demo Ham Radio In “Celebrate Milton Day”

Priscilla Richardson, N1VQY writes to Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group members:

This Sunday [September 17, 2006] from 12 noon until 4 p.m., Paul, N1OIL and Buddy, N1ZMB will be involved with “Celebrate Milton Day” with the Fire Auxilary in Milton. Buddy will also be demonstrating Amateur Radio as he did last year and trying to make contacts. We [the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group] have all been invited to join them to either observe or operate ham radio.

This event will be held at the Milton High School, 25 Gile Road, Milton, about 1/4 mile up from the Town Hall. Directions to the Town Hall can be found at www.townofmilton.org.

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ICS and Other Classes Offered Across Eastern Massachusetts

Hello to all….

From the MRAS_General email list as provided by Massachusetts State RACES Radio Officer, Tom Kinahan-N1CPE, ICS classes are being offered across the region along with a couple of other classes. This information is also on the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency training calendar which can be found on the MEMA web site. Below are the classes and locations of the training:

Incident Command System at Framingham Police Dept. on September 18, 2006

Incident Command System at Wakefield Fire Department on September 20, 2006

Incident Command System at Northern Essex Community College on September 20, 2006

Incident Command System at Dracut Fire Dept. on September 21, 2006

Incident Command System at Marshfield Emergency Management Agency on September 22, 2006

Incident Command System at Crosspoint Towers on September 22, 2006

Incident Command System at Concord Public Safety Building on September 25, 2006

Incident Command System at Peabody Fire Department on September 25, 2006

Incident Command System at Lawrence Fire Department on September 25, 2006

Incident Command System at MBTA Transit Police Academy at The Naval Reserve Training Center on October 24, 2006

Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training T-T-T at Warren Hall-Bridgewater Correctional on September 19, 2006

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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SMHARC To Provide Comms For YGRRL Dog Walk, Sept. 17

SMHARC logoJohn Miller, N1UMJ writes on Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC mailing list:

Sunday is the YGRRL dog walk at Borderland State Park from 11AM to around 3PM.

I understand there are other events going on that day and some people are busy, so far though we have no one confirmed to be there. If I can get transportation I’ll gladly help out but we really could use a few people, maybe 4 or 5 with HTs to help out. I don’t know what time is good to meet up but it doesn’t sound like there’s a lot to it so probably a little early, figure out where everyone will be and that’s good. We’ve done this for a few years now so hopefully we can come up with a few people for it.

Let me or Ray [Cord, K2TGX] know if you can make it, as I said, if I can get transportation I’ll gladly help out if I can. I hope you all had a good summer, remember the next Business meeting is this coming Tuesday and the ARES net is Thursday night at 8:30 PM on the 195 machine.

73,

John Miller, N1UMJ
AIM and yahoo messenger: N1UMJ

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New England QRP Afield Exercise, Sept. 16

New England QRP Club logoKen Stringham, Jr., AE1X writes on the Waltham ARA mailing list:

We in the QRP community are having our field exercise contest the week. Please visit our website for details:

http://newenglandqrp.org/afield

We would really like to have many stations looking for us so we can make lots of contacts. The contest is this Saturday 16-September; see the website annoucement for details.

Ken, AE1X – NEQRP #653

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Chelmsford HS ARC Kicks Off School Year With Outdoor Demo

KB1NAY announcement at Chelmsford HS ARCBryce Salmi, KB1LQC writes on the New England QRP Club web site:

“The Chelmsford High School Amateur Radio Club had its early kickoff today. We set up under an outdoor gazebo two stations. Both running Yaesu FT-897D’s (One the schools and one ours) connected to computers and running ham radio deluxe for logging. One radio was connected to the dipole the other to the 6M beam and 2M vertical. We started around 12 PM and really started operating at about 1, after lunch which was a cookout…yes it was raining out but you can’t extinguish that desire to operate! We made a few contacts on 20M voice and 6M voice, however both bands were dead…

We ended up building a 2M J-pole antenna for use at the high school this year for monitoring the ISS SSTV (Yeah its good enough for the ISS SSTV, though not circularly polarized). Many of the members got to help out and cut the copper pipe and solder it together. In the picture it is on a bench right in the center… its hard to see but its there! We came back operated a little and then played some CHSARC Football with my little brother HIHI, we were soaked by the end of it, but it was so fun!

Then we jumped back on the radio and started PSK31 on 40M. That was when we made a few more contacts, actually most of out contacts! We got Matt, one of the unlicensed members very interested in PSK and talked to someone using Flex Radio which was right up his ally since Matt is very good with computers. Gillian talked to Belgium and a few of us talked around the US. [more]

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