Whitman ARC 2007 Plimoth Plantation Special Issue Newsletter

Whitman ARC Plimoth Plantation Operation 2007The Whitman Amateur Radio Club has produced a special edition of its newsletter, The Spectrum, highlighting the club’s special event operation from the Plimoth Plantation November 24-25, 2007.

According to WARC President Paul Burbine N1VTI, “There were twenty-six Whitman ARC members and five area hams who helped set up and operate three HF base stations, one Echolink station and two 2-meter base stations, along with portable antennas at the recreation of the 17th century Pilgrim Settlement and Wampanoag Indian Homesite.”

“The weather was great but – with the temperature in the low 30s – the gloves were on.”

The Whitman Times carried an excellent article on the event: Thanksgiving transmitted all around the world.

[See also: Plimoth Plantation Special Event, 11/24-11/25/07]

Harvard Wireless Club Centennial Plans Underway

Harvard Wireless Club shieldThe Harvard Wireless Club is in the process of establishing a “Centennial Business Plan” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its existence with on-air events and activities throughout 2009, according to HWC President Zane Wruble, W2YL.

As part of the festivities, former HWC members would be encouraged to use their callsigns with the suffix “/100” or “/100HWC”. Non-HWC amateurs would be encouraged to contact “/100” stations who would transmit their graduating class year and calls sign while attending Harvard. Non-undergrads and alumni would send their affiliation. Certificates would be issued to anyone contacting 100, 50, 25 or ten “/100” stations.

Wruble plans to work with ARRL and FCC in the hopes of obtaining a special “W100AF” call sign for use during 2009. She also plans to establish operating schedules for HWC members to ensure that the club station is on the air “at least a few hours every week” during 2009.

Concord Ham Class Begins Feb. 12, 2008

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A Technician licensing course will be offered in October by the Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education program in conjunction with the Colonial Wireless Association. The course will meet on February 12, 14, 26, and 28 at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School L-Building in Concord. The fee is $20. At this time, the course has openings.

For more information contact Fred Harrington, KB1EMV at fharrington@concordscientific.com or to enroll, please visit http://www.ace.colonial.net/Default.html, then “Browse” for “Communications and Speech” courses, then select “Concord Ham Radio Class”.

Updates In Store For SEMARA Repeater

SEMARA logoMembers of the Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Association have some interesting improvements to their repeater to look forward to.

According to SEMARA’s Rick Cabral, W1RJC, new “voice-overs” are being produced by WBZ radio anchor/reporter Greg Jenson. “Once we have them, voice IDs, upcoming events and top of hour announcements will be added to repeater once again.”

Also in the works is a single “boop” courtesy tone will let repeater users know that the IRLP & EchoLink node is idle. “The traditional 3-tone musical ‘stardust’ courtesy tone will let you know that the node is connected,” adds Cabral.

“We will be installing a 2nd computer at the repeater site to remotely control and upload voice messages to the repeater, as well as stream the repeater audio live eventually,” says W1RJC.

Lastly, the club has a long-term goal of installing a 16-channel Motorola remote base radio on the repeater to allow linking to the Minuteman Repeater Association repeaters for the monthly ARES net and to other systems.

–Thanks, SEMARA Zero Beat, December 2007

New England Division Cabinet Meeting, 01/05/08

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

Subject: New England Division Cabinet Meeting – Saturday, January 5, 2008

I’d like to invite you to the winter ARRL New England Division Cabinet meeting on Saturday, January 5, 2008 – in Springfield MA.

We usually have 35+ 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.

There is an ARRL Board meeting scheduled for January 18th and 19th – this meeting 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 our meeting?

The meeting will be at the Sheraton-Springfield Hotel (800-426-9004) at One Monarch Place, Springfield MA. You can view a map and get driving directions here:


If you park in the hotel garage, we’ll cover the parking charges as part of the meeting cost.

Please let me know by December 30th (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

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

Billerica ARS Collecting For Food Pantry

Billerica ARS logoMembers of the Billerica Amateur Radio Society will contribute food for the club’s annual food drive to benefit the Billerica Food Pantry.

According to BARS’ Secretary Cathy Evans, KB1EET, “the Billerica Food Pantry donation will be collected at the [BARS] December 5th meeting. Non-perishable items are what they are still looking for.”

Billerica ARS has provided food for the Billerica Food Pantry now for a number of years.

—Thanks, Billerica ARS Newsletter, December, 2007

New MEMA Courses Offered

MEMA logoTom Kinahan, N1CPE writes on mras-leaders list:

The following new courses have been added to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s training calendar:

* Community Emergency Response Team Program at Andover Public Safety Complex on January 16, 2008

* Incident Command System 300 at Swansea Fire Department on January 14, 2008

* Incident Command System 300 at Barnstable County Fire & Rescue Training Academy on January 16, 2008

* Incident Command System 300 at Worcester County Sheriff’s Office on January 29, 2008

* Incident Command System 300 at U.S. Coast Guard Base (Function Room) on February 12, 2008

* Incident Command System 400 at Barnstable County Fire & Rescue Training Academy on January 8, 2008

* Incident Command System 400 at Wellesley Police Department on January 17, 2008

* Incident Command System 400 at Saugus Public Safety Building on January 21, 2008

* Incident Command System 400 at Mirant Canal Plant on January 24, 2008

Visit our web site for more details.

Reminder: Monthly ARES Net for December

Hello to all….

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for December is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for December is Monday December 3rd, 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 http://ares.ema.arrl.org

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)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com

SKYWARN Recognition Day Activities in Eastern MA

SKYWARN logoThe Ninth Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day recognizes Amateur Radio operators for their commitment to help keep communities safe. Co-sponsored by the ARRL and the National Weather Service (NWS), the event is scheduled for 24 hours on Saturday, December 1. Two Eastern Massachusetts stations with a special connection to weather will be operating in SKYWARN Recognition Day.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Boston Amateur Radio Club will operate in SKYWARN Recognition Day as W1BOS/MQE at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, MA.

“We will set up antennas and stations at the Blue Hill Observatory at the top of Great Blue Hill in Milton,” writes Boston Amateur Radio Club President Bob Salow, WA1IDA. “You are invited to operate or just observe–or maybe lend a hand.”

Salow notes that the Blue Hills Observatory is the holder of the oldest weather records in the country.

The National Weather Service’s Amateur station in Taunton, WX1BOX, will once again be active for SKYWARN Recognition Day 2007.

“We hope Amateurs will utilize this schedule and try and work WX1BOX during various times,” writes NWS SKYWARN Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY.

“If you don’t hear NWS, feel free to call for WX1BOX and if the office is monitoring, a response will be given. When you make contact, give your current sky condition and temperature as required.”

Additional information about SKYWARN Recognition Day can be found on the NOAA web site at: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/hamradio/index.php.