North Middlesex ARES Kit-Building Session in February

Eastern MA ARES logokfallon@seneschal.com writes on the PART-L mailing list:

The North Middlesex ARES will sponsor a kit-building session featuring the Opentracker APRS encoder. Interested parties wishing to participate are invited to contact the group.

“Please also include the models of radio you’ll be connecting. We’re trying to order the connect cables at the same time, so everyone will be ready to test as soon as the solder cools.”

The order will be placed in early February and the actual kit-building will take place at the Billerica Emergency Management Agency building.

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Updated: Cape Cod ARES Exercise Saturday February 3rd, 2007

Hello to all….

****Cape Cod ARES Document was updated and the link was updated. Remainder below is unchanged.****

Cape Cod ARES will hold an exercise this Saturday February 3rd, 2007 from 10 AM-Noon with setup time staring at 9 AM. The scenario is that after a major snowstorm strikes the Cape Cod region, a second storm hits causing significant icing and major communications outages. The goal will be to maintain communications on as many modes and bands possible without using repeaters.

Further details on the exercise can be seen in the following Word document at the following link:

Cape Cod ARES Exercise Document

Those outside of Cape Cod that would like to try and reach Cape Cod ARES are welcome to do so. A more general exercise for the Eastern Massachusetts section is set for Saturday February 24th from 10 AM-Noon. Details on that exercise will follow in the next week or so.

Thanks for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

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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Eastern MA ARRL “All Hands” Meeting Summary

ARRL 'All Hands' Meeting 1/27/07, photo courtesy N1VUXARRL members from across Eastern Massachusetts attended an “All Hands” meeting called by newly-elected Section Manager Art Greenberg, K1GBX in Boxboro on January 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (See Eastern MA ARRL Members Meeting, Jan. 27, 2007.)

Members opined on a number of topics, including ways to increase the number of ARRL members, along with promoting more interest in the hobby among youths.

A full summary of the meeting is available on-line, courtesy KD1CY. Photo courtesy N1VUX.

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Cape Cod ARES To Conduct “Operation Icy Cover”

Cape Cod ARES logoThe Cape Cod and Islands District Amateur Radio Emergency Service will conduct an emergency winter weather exercise on February 3, 2007 to test its capability in establishing communications under emergency conditions.

“The emergency drill entitled ‘Operation Icy Cover’ will test the ability of “one field station to provide general communications and relay coverage for our operational zones,” writes ARRL District Emergency Coordinator Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O.

“It will also test some of our EOCs, hospital stations, primary stations and other ARES members’ home stations.” [Full story]

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New England Area Flea Markets, Jan. 23, 2007

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2007 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~
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17 Feb Marlborough MA AARC @MidSch $5@9 $20/T@7 David 508 357 2272 ext 1# F

18 Feb Westford MA Radio 38 Antique @Regency $10@8 Cindie ARC 866 371 0512 +

24 Feb Milton VT RANV @HS Mitch W1SJ 802 879 6589

24 Feb Chelsea ME AARA @CrystalFalls Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075 A+

25 Feb Hicksville NY LIMARC @LevvitHall $6@9 $20/T@8 Rich K2KNB 516 694 4937 F

4 March WashingtonTwnshp NJ BARA Auction 1PM Jim K2ZO 201 664 6725 F

17 Mar Pomfret CT ECARA @CommSch Paul KE1LI 860 928 2456 A

18 Mar Henniker NH CVRC @Comm Sch Jim NS1E 603 428 7436 A

31 Mar Londonderry NH IRS @Lions Sellers$10@7 $3@9 Gayle KB1LHA 781 598 1442

31 Mar Lewiston ME AARC ME St Conv @Ramada Ivan N1OXA 207 784 0350 A+

1 Apr Framingham MA FARA @KeefeTechSch $5@9 $25/T Steve KB1NIV 508 872 9336

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

21 Apr Manchester NH AntiqueRC @BingoCtr $15@7:30 Charlie AB1CI 603 898 4821 +

21 Apr S Portland ME PAWA @AmLegion Peter N1PS 207 642 7840 W+

22 April Enfield CT NEWS East VHF UHF Conf Mark K1MAP 413 566 8118

28-29 April Watertown MA Photographica @ACEC ~photo~ John 781 592 2553 F

29 April Southington CT SARA @HS $20@6:15 $5@8 Chet KA1ILH 860 628 9346 F+

12 May Halifax NS HARC+DARC @Forum $4@9 Sell@6 Murray VE1MMD 902 490 6421 R

12 May Rensselaer NY EGARA Thomas KC2FCP 518 272 1494 A+

20 May Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776

1-3 June Rochester NY RARA Harold K2HC 585 424 7184 A

3 June Newington CT NARL @HS $15/T $10/TG $5@8 George AB1GL 860 289 1445 W+

17 June Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776

14 July Union ME PBARC @ CommCtr $4/T@7 $5@8 Scott KB1DSW 207 354 6809

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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/

Falmouth MA FARA http://www.falara.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.narlhamfest.org/ +

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.pawa-maine.org/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

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KY1N List of New England Volunteer Exam Sessions, 01/24/07

                         The KY1N Memorial List
Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations - CT MA ME NH RI VT
1/24/07
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
Date Time Contact Location Phone
01/25/07 12:00 Adam Woodbury, K1ADW Bedford MA 781-271-3062
01/26/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
01/27/07 12:00 +George Johnson, W1ZT Danvers MA 978-927-7211
01/27/07 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
02/01/07 19:00 *Paul Gibson, N1TUP Bristol CT 860-643-2105
02/03/07 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
02/03/07 10:30 Ron Manson, W1SSF Winslow ME 207-873-2071
02/04/07 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
02/08/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
02/08/07 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
02/09/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
02/10/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
02/10/07 09:00 Jack P Garforth, N1JK Middletown RI 401-683-2250
02/10/07 09:00 Steven Ewald, WV1X Newington CT 860-594-0265
02/10/07 09:30 Ernest Laug, KA1NGG Stamford CT 203-348-3993
02/10/07 10:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Topsham ME 207-799-1116
02/11/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
02/12/07 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
02/13/07 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
02/14/07 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
02/15/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
02/16/07 18:30 Albert Noble, AA1CZ Saco ME 207-642-8830
02/17/07 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
02/19/07 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
02/19/07 19:00 *Francis D'auria, W1AD Rutland VT 802-775-3033
02/20/07 19:00 Orrin Riggott, AB1EL Portland CT 860-223-8867
02/21/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
02/21/07 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
02/23/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
02/24/07 12:00 +George Johnson, W1ZT Danvers MA 978-927-7211
02/24/07 12:00 Mitch Stern, W1SJ Milton VT 802-879-6589
02/24/07 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Nashua NH 603-673-7395
02/26/07 19:00 Walton G Congdon, W1ZPB Northfield MA 413-498-2729
02/28/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
03/03/07 11:30 Frank Sileo, N1PE Bethel CT 203-438-0218
03/03/07 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
03/04/07 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
03/08/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
03/08/07 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
03/09/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
03/10/07 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
03/10/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
03/10/07 09:00 Steven Ewald, WV1X Newington CT 860-594-0265
03/11/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
03/12/07 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
03/13/07 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
03/14/07 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
03/14/07 19:30 *James Weckback, W1EQW Framingham MA 508-435-6487
03/15/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
03/17/07 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
03/17/07 10:00 Edward Shekleton, K1ZE Pomfret CT 860-429-9837
03/17/07 09:00 Bruce Howes, W1UJR South Portland ME 207-749-0111
03/19/07 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
03/20/07 19:00 Orrin Riggott, AB1EL Portland CT 860-223-8867
03/21/07 17:30 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Augusta ME 207-495-3891
03/21/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
03/21/07 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
03/23/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
03/24/07 12:00 +George Johnson, W1ZT Danvers MA 978-927-7211
03/28/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
03/31/07 15:00 George Rinalducci, KB1KBC Greenland NH 603-231-1392
03/31/07 12:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Lewiston ME 207-799-1116
03/31/07 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
04/01/07 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
04/07/07 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
04/07/07 10:30 Ron Manson, W1SSF Winslow ME 207-873-2071
04/08/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
04/09/07 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
04/10/07 18:30 Wilburn A Scott, WA1YNZ Presque Isle ME 207-455-8333
04/10/07 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
04/11/07 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
04/12/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
04/12/07 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
04/13/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
04/14/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
04/14/07 09:00 Jack P Garforth, N1JK Middletown RI 401-683-2250
04/14/07 09:00 Steven Ewald, WV1X Newington CT 860-594-0265
04/14/07 10:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Topsham ME 207-799-1116
04/16/07 19:00 Richard Strycharz Jr, KD1XP Amherst MA 413-665-2211
04/16/07 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
04/17/07 19:00 Orrin Riggott, AB1EL Portland CT 860-223-8867
04/18/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
04/18/07 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
04/19/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
04/19/07 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
04/21/07 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
04/21/07 10:00 Bruce Howes, W1UJR South Portland ME 207-749-0111
04/25/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
04/26/07 12:00 Adam Woodbury, K1ADW Bedford MA 781-271-3062
04/27/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
04/28/07 12:00 +George Johnson, W1ZT Danvers MA 978-927-7211
04/28/07 09:00 Norm Smith, NY1B Rockland ME 207-354-6853
05/05/07 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
05/05/07 09:00 Bill Studley, AA1OC Hopkinton NH 603-424-2857
05/06/07 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
05/08/07 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
05/09/07 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
05/10/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
05/10/07 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
05/11/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
05/12/07 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
05/12/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
05/12/07 09:00 Steven Ewald, WV1X Newington CT 860-594-0265
05/12/07 09:30 Ernest Laug, KA1NGG Stamford CT 203-348-3993
05/13/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
05/14/07 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
05/15/07 19:00 Orrin Riggott, AB1EL Portland CT 860-223-8867
05/16/07 17:30 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Augusta ME 207-495-3891
05/17/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
05/19/07 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
05/19/07 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
05/21/07 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
05/23/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
05/23/07 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
05/23/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
05/25/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
05/26/07 12:00 +George Johnson, W1ZT Danvers MA 978-927-7211
06/02/07 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
06/08/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
06/09/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
06/10/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
06/11/07 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
06/13/07 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
06/14/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
06/16/07 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
06/16/07 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Nashua NH 603-673-7395
06/19/07 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
06/20/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
06/21/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
06/22/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
06/23/07 12:00 +George Johnson, W1ZT Danvers MA 978-927-7211
06/27/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
07/08/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
07/12/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
07/13/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
07/14/07 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
07/14/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
07/17/07 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
07/18/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
07/19/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
07/25/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
07/27/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
07/28/07 12:00 +George Johnson, W1ZT Danvers MA 978-927-7211

NOTES:
* = PREREGISTRATION MANDATORY
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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 2007 test session fee of $14.00
All VE Teams are invited to contribute.
For additions/corrections contact Jim Heedles, WW1Y, 603-673-7395,
via email at ky1n@ky1n.net

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Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC To Conduct Winter EmComm Exercise

SMHARC ARES Team logo The Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club will hold an emergency communications exercise on Sunday, January 28, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The drill will simulate a severe New England snow and ice storm with massive power outages, treacherous driving conditions and extended loss of commercial power. ARES team members will be stationed at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital’s radio room, along with remote stations manning mock shelters, damage assessment teams and local home relay stations.

“We’ve invited hospital [officials] to join and monitor us for that day,” writes ARES Team Leader John Benson, N1FLO.

The club’s radio room at the hospital is equipped with voice, slow-scan television, and APRS operating modes. N1FLO reports that the bulk of the exercise will be conducted from home stations “so if you want to join us and send a message, please do so.”

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Eastern MA ARRL Members Meeting, Jan. 27, 2007

ARRL flag/logoEastern MA Section Manager Art Greenberg, K1GBX writes via the ARRL Members Only Web site:

Hello, everyone.

I know this is short notice, but I would like to notify everyone that there will be an open-style meeting (to a point) this Saturday, January 27, 2007, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Boxboro Woods Holiday Inn & Convention Center.

I want to meet and hear from all ARRL members — as well as those who are not League members — in Eastern Massachusetts. Please bring your friends that are radio amateurs, too.

As many of you know, I am the new Section Manager for ARRL in Eastern Massachusetts. I would like to hear about the many good things (and also the complaints) why you support or why you may not support the only Amateur Radio organization that speaks and represents your concerns to the FCC and Congress.

I hope representatives of MARS, ARES, RACES and others will be able to attend.

The meeting will be held at the Boxboro Woods Holiday Inn and Convention Center. (Their phone number for directions is 978-263-8701.) While on Route 495, take Exit 28 to Boxboro. The center is fairly close to the exit.

Also, please bring typed or written questions with your call sign, e-mail address and phone number on a sheet of paper to hand to me.

I will try to answer all your questions, but because of time constraints, I may not be able to get to all of them on Saturday. So, with this information, I will reply afterwards by e-mail or telephone.

Refreshments will be served.

73,

Art, K1GBX

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New England QRP Luncheon, Feb. 24, 2007

New England QRP Club logoThe New England QRP Club will hold a luncheon/meeting on February 24, 2007 at the Holiday Inn, Nashua, NH (Exit 4) at Kilarney’s Pub at 12 o’clock noon:

“Shake off the winter blues with your newest QRP radio, albeit from scratch (homebrew) or right out of the box…kit! Show-N-Tell what you have been doing and let others see your “good work!” Full, partial or vapor-radios are always fun to see! Bring’em on.

“Open agenda, however, post-comments on the SCAF filter, W1AW receiver up-date, zero-beat LED are up for discussion. NEW ideas, new club projects, the latest opinion of NO CODE as offered by the FCC and the QRP’s newest community bull dog…Straight Key Club membership, FISTS membership, no-code Extra, and more! Bring a friend and show how ‘our gang’ operates!
See you there!”

–via caaramail mailing list

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Training and Contact Information Updates for the ARES Database

Hello to all….

As we start 2007, the Eastern Massachusetts ARES staff is looking to assure that contact information is updated and that if you’ve taken training classes that the information is included in the database. I’ve also recently obtained feedback that its hard to find the online registration form and database page so on the Eastern Massachusetts ARES web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org we have made a link right on the main menu that takes you directly to the registration form and database page. On the Main Menu, it is labeled Eastern Mass ARES Registration form and database. This will take you to the page where new ARES folks can register and existing ARES members can update their information. You can also reach the page by clicking Join Us on the Main Menu of the Eastern Mass. ARES web site.

Please take the time to make sure your contact information is correct. Also, if you have taken training and its not in your ARES record or you have started a training record and have not updated your record recently, please take the time to do so. Having an updated training record can tell your ARES EC, DEC, and SEC that you are keeping up on ICS, SKYWARN, Emergency Communications and preparedess training and remain active in the ARES program.

When we first unveiled the database, we did a one-time entry of all folks we knew were in the Eastern Mass. ARES program from rosters that ARES EC’s and DEC’s collected and from the old Access Database that we once utilized. When that occurred, an email was sent to all we had registered so that they could update their information and change their password. If you are a member of ARES and never received this notification, we welcome you to re-register and put in your information including your training and appreciate your patience in reentering the information for us. This database should prevent us from losing this information in the future.

Thank you for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

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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President Expresses Appreciation to Amateur Radio Operators

Seal of the President of the United StatesNEWINGTON, CT, Jan 16, 2007 — President George W. Bush has written the ARRL to recognize the just-ended Hello Amateur Radio public relations campaign and to extend “greetings to all those celebrating 100 years of voices over the airwaves.” The president said the centennial of Reginald Fessenden’s landmark Christmas Eve 1906 voice broadcast “opened the door for technological advances” that improved the lives of people around the world.

“I appreciate all who work in radio, and I am grateful to the Amateur Radio operators who provide emergency communications that help make our country safer and more secure,” President Bush wrote. “Your good work strengthens our society and represents the American spirit.”

ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, conceived and developed the Hello campaign. He says that while that initiative is formally over, ARRL public information coordinators and officers will take advantage in the new year of the momentum it generated.

“As we begin launching the new Emergency Communications campaign, the friendships and goodwill developed in Hello will aid in future promotions of Amateur Radio,” Pitts commented. “For 100 years, radio in its many forms has saved lives and aided in crises. We have a great legacy and a bright future.”

The grand finale of the Hello campaign December 29-30 involved special event operations from W1AW, W1F at Brant Rock, Massachusetts, and GB1FVT in Scotland.

The theme of the ARRL’s 2007 public relations initiative is “Ham Radio . . . Getting the Message Through for your Family and Community.” It will focus on Amateur Radio’s capability to provide reliable emergency communication when traditional systems fail or become overloaded.

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“A Barrel Of Ohms”

W1XP showing homebrew matching Robert Reif, W1XP displays his homebrew matching circuit in a bucket for matching a 50-foot PVC vertical antenna (also homebrew) for 40, 80, and 160 meters. Members of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club displayed various homebrew projects, including 2m and 440 MHz satellite antennas, a six-port antenna switch, a modified battery charger, and an active antenna for 600 (yes, 600!) meters.

–Thanks, Nashoba Valley ARC Signal, January 2007

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New England Public Service List 01/10/07

Public Service Volunteer Opportunities in the New England Division

January 10, 2007

PSLIST

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

The most up-to-date copy of this list is maintained as http://purl.org/hamradio/publicservice/nediv.
**** Every event listed is looking for communications volunteers ****

Date      Location     Event                       Contact        Tel/Email

Apr 16  Hopkinton  MA Boston Marathon              Steve W3EVE   508.922.9688
         to Boston MA                                          w3eve@arrl.net
         please register via http://www.amateur-radio.net/marc

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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Tally Ho! South Shore Fox Hunters To Ride Again!

NI1X Fox Hunting presentationThe South Shore Fox Hunters have had a lot of fun over the past 10 years chasing the elusive fox. They’re currently discussing a one-day hidden transmitter hunt, or “fox hunt” involving members of the Whitman ARC, Massasoit ARA and the Taunton Area Communications Group to “rekindle the flame” and introduce new hams to the fascinating hobby of directional finding.

According to Bruce Hayden, NI1X, “One member will be assigned to be the fox and he or she will transmit on 146.565 MHz simplex for about 30 seconds every five minutes between approximately 10:00 a.m. and noon on a Saturday morning. The Fox will be hiding in a public place.”

The boundaries used in previous hunts were Route 44 on the south, Route 138 on the West, Route 128 on the North and Route 3 on the East. Hayden says the group would probably pick a smaller area “to save on gas.”

The fox hunters coordinate their activities on the Bridgewater repeater on 147.180 MHz, PL 67. Amateurs are invited to monitor from the home QTH or mobile and to check in at 10:00 a.m. at the start of the hunt to report if you can hear the fox–or just as important–if you can not hear the fox from your location. You never know when the fox will be hiding in your back yard!

[Pictured here: Bruce Hayden, NI1X presenting on fox hunting at a Taunton Area Communications Group meeting, December 2006.]

–Thanks, Whitman ARC Spectrum, January 2007

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BPL System Could Be Deployed In Concord

powerline transformer pixAmateurs in Concord, MA are closely monitoring plans by the Town’s electric utility to implement a Broadband over Power Line (BPL) system supplied by PowerGrid Communications of Meridian, Idaho.

“We’ve had meetings with them, with Ed Hare, W1RFI and we’re also working closely with [Concord Municipal Light Plant],” says Steve Telsey, N1BDA of the Colonial Wireless Association.

Telsey notes that there are currently no BPL operations in Concord at the present time, and that any pilot program would not commence “until at least February or March.”

“[PowerGrid’s] Chief Technology Officer has met with us and he brought samples of the equipment to demonstrate.” N1BDA describes their relationship with the company as “cordial and very cooperative.”

“They know the hams are very concerned about this system. They’re willing to notch out the ham bands. This won’t address problems faced by shortwave listeners and users of time signal stations, however.”

Ed Hare, W1RFI, is Laboratory Manager at ARRL Headquarters. He is also considered by many in the telecommunications industry as an expert on BPL.

According to Hare, “This is a DS2-chipset system made by Corinex. Such a system has been recently installed in Houston, Texas, operated by CenterPoint, the electric utility. Although there was one complaint to a home Amateur station, it was quickly resolved by notching the Amateur bands. At this point, in Houston the Amateur bands are notched in the entire system. I evaluated the Houston system a few months ago and found that with good communication between hams and the BPL operator and careful operation and notching, it is possible to operate DS2-based BPL system without major interference problems. The same cooperation exists in Concord.”
The BPL database indicates that the system will include “the entire community with some overhead and underground installation.” Approximately 130 nodes would be deployed.

N1BDA says that the light company is still exploring a possible business model. “It’s possible the whole thing might get canceled.”

Although Concord Municipal Light “technically doesn’t need permission” from other Town governmental entities, Telsey doubts whether an operational BPL system would go forward without approval from the Town’s Board of Selectman and Town Manager.

For now, Colonial Wireless Association officers are requesting that the matter be kept “low key” so that negotiations can move forward in a spirit of cooperation.

[To learn more about Broadband over Power Line and Amateur Radio, visit http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/index.html.]

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Concord Technician Class Begins March 20

Concord-Carlisle Adult Learning and Education logo

A Technician licensing course will be offered in March 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 March 20 – March 29 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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ARRL Foundation Scholarships Available, Deadline Is February 1

ARRL Foundation logoThe ARRL Foundation announces a number of scholarships available to students in Eastern Massachusetts and elsewhere who hold a valid ham radio license. Many generous private individuals and clubs sponsor these scholarships to allow fellow hams the opportunity to further their educational goals. All ARRL Foundation-administered scholarships are intended exclusively for educational use, to provide assistance with costs of tuition, room, board, books and/or other fees essential to the advanced education of the recipient. Some are available in certain regions; others are available to candidates nationwide.

Please remember to mail both your completed application and transcripts to:

The ARRL Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Program
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111

NOTE: CURRENT ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED. Applications without transcripts or otherwise incomplete will not be considered.

The deadline for each year’s ARRL Foundation Scholarships is February 1.

Your transcripts and application must be postmarked no later than February 1. No exceptions.

Thanks, American Radio Relay League

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