Crocker Public Service Group Votes to Disband

CPSG logoNovember 27, 2007–By a vote of the general membership, the Crocker Public Service Group has agreed to be acquired by the Minuteman Repeater Association. Under the terms of the agreement, CPSG members in good standing as of 11/1/2007, with expiration dates on or after 11/1/2008, who are not already MMRA members, will be offered one-year memberships in MMRA at no cost. Those members eligible will be contacted directly in the next few weeks. For more information on MMRA, visit their website.

The group’s name honored the memory of former Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager and Silent Key Dave Crocker, W1TMO. Crocker was well-known for his public service activities.

–Thanks, CPSG home web page

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC To Assist With North Attleborough Santa Parade

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC logoBruce Alexander, KA1IG writes on w1smh list:

The North Attleborough Santa Parade is November 25 at 3 pm. The parade is staging at St. Mary’s parking lot after 2 pm, our presence is requested between 1:30 & 2 pm.

The parade frequency will be 147.420 MHz, no PL necessary. Talk-in will be on the repeater, 147.195, if you need directions.

On behalf of the Downtown Associates of North Attleborough and myself, thanks in advance for your assistance.

Taunton-Area Technician Class To Begin In January, 2008

TACG logoA Taunton-area Technician license class is slated to begin in January, according to the Taunton Area Communication Group‘s Carlos Wharton, Sr., WP4US. Wharton says he’ll start the class in or around the third week of January. Persons interested in assisting with teaching, or those wishing to take the class are requested to contact Carlos at

–Thanks, TACG December Newsletter

Algonquin Amateur Radio Club assists with EDS Drill

November 17th was an ordinary day to most residents of Marlboro. For the senior citizens it was the annual flu clinic. For members of the Algonquin Amateur Radio Club, Marlboro Emergency Management Agency, and other town officials, it was a day to test out the ability for the city to open and run an Emergency Dispensing Site. This year’s Flu Clinic was unlike any before. It was run as a EDS complete with buses to transport people to the EDS site. AARC members rode buses and managed traffic flow, and assisted where needed.

The drill went very well and much information was obtained to fine tune it for next year, which at this time is to be run as a EDS site again.

TACG To Conduct Two-Meter Simplex Net

The Taunton Area Communications Group will convene a two-meter simplex net on Wednesday evenings beginning on November 28, 2007 at 0100 UTC (8:00 p.m. EST) on 146.430 MHz.

According to TACG’s Greg Glynn, W1VFB, it will be directed net with a net control station. Adds Glynn, “This is a first time venture for the Group… I think we will do very well with it. As time goes on it should prove that there is two-meter communications beyond repeaters.”

Plimoth Plantation Special Event, 11/24-11/25/07

Plimoth Plantation special event operation summary 2005Jeff Lehmann, N1ZZN writes:

The annual Whitman Amateur Radio Club special event at Plimoth Plantation is coming up fast. We will be operating from approximately 10 AM until 3 PM on Saturday November 24th and Sunday November 25th. We will be using the club WA1NPO call sign, and operating on the HF bands, as well as 2 meters, mostly monitoring the club 147.225 (PL 67.0) repeater. Ray, KB1ODU will also have a computer set up for echolink. We may also use the echolink over the air on the 147.18 Bridgewater repeater. We would especially like to invite our many new members to come down and get a chance to operate on the HF bands.

All club members and area hams are welcome to stop by and operate, or just observe while we are there. For those who may not have been there in the past, just mention to the people at the door that you are there for the Whitman amateur radio event, and you will be allowed in for no charge. We will have a table set up for anyone who would like to send a NTS radio gram to a non ham friend or family member. This provides practice for sending messages in times of emergency.

The antenna crew will be gathering at 10 AM on Friday November 23 to set up antennas for each operating position. Please remember to bring a hand held radio, set to 147.225 simplex so we’re able to communicate on the grounds.

More information can be found at the club website:

Shown here: A special certificate from a recent Plimoth Plantation Special Event.

Zola Center Founder Receives Cash Award to Promote Ham Radio

A Brighton woman has been awarded funding to operate a program promoting ham radio communication for women with disabilities.

Donna Suskawicz, who founded the Irving Zola Center for Persons with Disabilities, was selected the winner in the nationwide Avon Hello Tomorrow Fund. Suskawicz says that the award money will allow her to “assist with training, purchasing equipment and sending at least one woman to the summer Courage Center Handiham camp.” Suskawicz adds that she looks forward to working on the project with the Boston Amateur Radio Club in the coming year.

“I am thrilled to be nationally recognized and will continue to work to empower persons with disabilities,” writes Suskawicz, who competed against 1300 applicants for the $5000 cash prize. She adds, “One person CAN make a difference!”

The Irving K. Zola Center for Persons with Disabilities at Brigham House is a drop-in community center for persons with disabilities. The center is named for Irving Kenneth Zola, a resident of Newton, MA, who was an internationally known sociologist and advocate who specialized in disability studies and medical sociology.

[See also: K9HI Promotes Handiham System At Zola Center]

Billerica ARS Organizing Kit Construction Project

Billerica ARS logoBillerica Amateur Radio Society member Erik Kramer, KB1MIC is spearheading a kit construction project for his fellow club members. Kramer has suggested the “Firefly” QRP kit, described in the September, 2007 issue of QST. According to Kramer, the kit costs approximately $60 and takes about 11 hours to assemble. It is “software-based” and “requires a PC.”

According to the club’s meeting minutes, 13 attendees at the last meeting indicated they were interested in participating in a kit project. As a group, the club discussed whether there might be more suitable kits for “first-timers.” Ideas included an SWR/field strength meter, and a power supply for the shack.

Kramer has requested members contact him with additional suggestions for kits.

–Thanks, BARS Newsletter, November, 2007

Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for November

Hello to all….

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for November is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for November is Monday Monday November 5th, 2007, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. This is after the RACES Nets earlier in the evening.

Make the first Monday of the month, “Emergency Communications Night” and check into your local RACES Net and then check into the ARES Net on the MMRA Repeater System. We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net.

We will have several interesting announcements for the net that evening and we look forward to everyone’s participation. Updates will be posted via email and on the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Web Site at

Thanks for your continued support of 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)
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Nashoba Valley ARC Assists With Townsend Anniversary Parade

Nashoba Valley ARC assists with Townsend Anniversary Parade '07Members of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club were on hand to assist in the Townsend 275th Anniversary Parade on September 23, 2007. Approximately 250 divisions marched in the parade.

“It was obvious from the activity in the center of Townsend that there were going to be a lot of people,” writes Stan, Pozerski, Jr., KD1LE.

The group set up a Net Control position by 9:30 a.m. at the Spaulding School. NCS utilized an “Ez-Up” shelter provided by N1QIT, tables and chairs from KD1LE, and radios and antennas from the Pepperell and Groton Emergency Management Agencies. Arrangements were made to use the 146.315 Fitchburg repeater in addition to two-meters simplex.

Operators were stationed at four parade staging areas, the start and finish, the Town Common, and two parking areas from which participants and spectators were bused. Also assisting in the operation were members of the Worcester RACES group (WECT).

Participants included: KB1LRL, K1JHC, KT1I, KB1OZL, KK1X, KB1ESR, AB1CV, W1HFN, N2YHK, Penny, KB1OJH, KD1LE, KD1SM, K1YTS and N1CKM.

–Nashoba Valley ARC Signal, October 2007. Photo courtesy KD1SM.

Framingham ARA “Toys For Tots” Drive

Framingham ARA logoThe Framingham Amateur Radio Association is again hosting a “Toys for Tots” toy drive this year. Members are rquested to bring any toy–new and unwrapped–to the next meeting on December 6.

“You don’t have to spend a lot of money to brighten some child’s holiday season. It’s the thought that counts,” writes FARA President Gordy Bello, K1GB. He adds that members can drop off toys at the club shack on any Saturday morning in lieu of next month’s meeting.

“We’ve had an unbelievable response the last several years, and I know we can do it again.”

[See also: FARA Continues Toy Drive Tradition]

New England Area Flea Markets, November 1, 2007

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