Preorder Your Boxboro Tickets

ARRL New England Division Convention logoMike Raisbeck, K1TWF writes:

As you have probably heard by now, the ARRL New England Convention, “Boxboro!”, is only days away. The convention begins Friday, August 22 and runs through Sunday, August 24. There’s still time to preorder your tickets at (through August 20). Tickets for the Friday DXCC dinner and Saturday Banquet must be preordered.

If you’d prefer to wait, you can also purchase General Admission and Flea Market spaces as the door.

Either way, we hope to see you there!


Mike Raisbeck
on behalf of the Boxboro Convention Committee

Whitman ARC QRV At The Marshfield Fair

Marshfield Fair Special Events QSL cardMembers of the Whitman Amateur Radio Club are active right now at the annual Marshfield Fair with a special event station, NN1MF and Amateur Radio exhibit booth August 15-24. Bill Hayden, N1FRE is coordinating the event.

As in previous years, hams will explain Amateur Radio to the public and introduce youngsters to Morse code. In the past, the crew made approximately 150 contacts with 31 states, 15 foreign countries, and two Canadian provinces.

—Thanks, Whitman ARC Spectrum, August, 2008

GEMOTO-900 MHz Repeater Presentation At Boxboro

GEMOTO-900 MHz repeater sub-group
Cotillion Room 2PM Saturday August 23,2008

GEMOTO 900 MHz repeater group

Between the internet and cell phones, we have all seen a lot of mainstream repeater operation become stagnated. However, 900 MHz repeater operation has seen dramatic sustained growth in 2008. One reason has been due to availability of “the new surplus” of very inexpensive, high quality 900 MHz commercial gear. Find out what all the talk is about.

* Rick Zach, K1RJZ will give a quick introduction to “the new surplus”.
* Depending on audience desires, Randy Krenz, N3HFK has several end-user topics prepared ranging from “what radios should I use” all the way to “how to link repeaters”. The audience will determine the direction.
* John Frye, N1OTY will have a presentation on the high-end Motorola MSF5000 repeater. In 2008, approximately fifty of these surplus repeaters have inexpensively landed in the hands of New England hams with many becoming IRLP-linked repeaters.

Part-2 of this presentation will continue at the Fall 2008 Nearfest.

Rick Zach, K1RJZ

Head Of The Charles Help Requested

Head of the Charles photoJeff Arnold, K1EMS writes:

On behalf of the American Red Cross First Aid Station Committee of Massachusetts Bay we are asking your help once again this year for the 2008 Head of the Charles Regatta.

This year’s dates are Friday through Sunday, October 17, 18, 19:

Friday, October 17, 12 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 18 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, October 19 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Because of road closures and ability to shift people around, we need you to be able to commit to a whole day. Please pass this message on to your friends and ham radio clubs.

If you are available to help with ham radio support of this event for any one or all of the days please reply to my email with the following information:

call sign
home phone
cell phone
email address
jacket size
land station or boat station

If you have done this before and would like to be where you were, please let me know that location. We try to give station requests on a first-come, first-serve basis, but if you are returning this year, we will try to give you preference.

APRS–this year we once again hope to have APRS set up for each of the ten rescue boats. We’re not sure what frequency we will be using yet. If you have a tracker box set up and it works, we would like to use it for the weekend. Your unit must have a battery capable of operating the 12-hour day, and a charging cable so that we can charge them up overnight each day.

VHF and/or UHF capability (will let you know as soon as we figure out which we will be using).

We will program these units at CBC before the event or send you the file that will be with your unit.

Thank you all and look forward to hearing back from each of you.

Jeffrey Arnold, K1EMS

Jeffrey Arnold

MMRA “Foxbox” Will Be QRV At Boxboro

MMRA logoThe [Minuteman Repeater Association] Foxbox will be hidden [at the ARRL New England Division Convention in Boxboro] on Friday afternoon before 3 PM. The Foxbox periodically transmits on 145.630 PL 146.2. The box will be moved Saturday at around 5PM to a new location. A list of those who found the box on Friday/Saturday will be posted in the MMRA booth by 8AM on Sunday. All who found the box (including those who find it after being moved on Saturday evening) will be announced in the September MMRA newsletter.

Let us know if you would like to have an experienced Foxhunter give you tips or even potentially lead you on a fox hunt.

–Thanks, MMRA’s The Minuteman Special Edition, August 12008

Harvard Wireless Club Student Activity Fair, Sept. 17

Harvard Wireless Club shield The Harvard Wireless Club will hold its annual student activity fair from 4 to 7 p.m. on September 10, 2008. The rain date is September 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“This year’s fair will be on the Quad, not at the usual Tercentenary Theater location,” writes HWC’s Clayton M. Nall, NF1R. “We could use at least three to four people to help. Please let me know if you plan to attend.”

NWS Hurricane Presentation, Taunton, 08/18/08

Taunton Amateur Communications Group logoThe National Weather Service (NWS) and the Taunton Area Communications Group will be presenting a program about the “Realities of New England’s Hurricanes”.

The program will be held at the Morton Hospital and Medical Center, 55 Washington Street, Taunton, Mass. on MONDAY, AUGUST 18TH, 7:00 p.m. in the Margaret Stone Conference Room.

The speaker will be Matthew Belk, Hurricane Program Leader from the National Weather Service in Taunton Mass.

This seminar is open to the public at no charge. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially those who are interested in learning about hurricanes as they affect New England.

The program will discuss:

1. How and when hurricanes form, especially those that affect New England.

2. The strengths and damage potential of hurricanes.

3. The “Rules of Thumb” for hurricanes in New England.

4. Safety Rules for people living where hurricanes strike.

It is not necessary to pre-register for this talk. However, if you have any questions about the program, please contact Matthew Belk at 1-508 823-1900 ext. 405 during normal business hours.

Again, the following seminar is planned for Monday August 18, 2008

From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Morton Hospital, 55 Washington St., Taunton, MA

All are welcome.

New England Area Flea Markets, August 2, 2008

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2008 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~
2008 Contact Source
9 Aug Gales Ferry CT RASON @VFD $4@9 $15/T@7 Wayne KB1NKK 206 350 3064 W

9 Aug St Albans ME PARC @SnowMobileClb $5@8 George WA1JMM 207 441 6112 W

15-16 Aug Swanton VT STARC AirportRD $5/D+$5/DTG Arn N1ARN 802 285 6457

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

17 Aug Adams MA NoBARC @FG $5/B $10TG $15/T Alan K1SAV 413 358 8428 W

21 Aug Halifax NS HARC 75th Anv @StVincentUniv Howard VE1DHD 902 490 6421 W

22-24 Aug Boxboro MA FEMARA NE Conv Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 W

7 Sept Windsor ME AARA @FG Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075 A+

13 Sept Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @6AM Tailgate John 860 673 0518

13 Sept Ballston Spa NY SCRACES @FG @7 Darlene N2XQG 518 587 2385 W

13 Sept Montreal PQ WIARC Auction @ShrinerH $5@9 $15/T@8 VE2CWI W+

14 Sept Newtown CT CARA @TownHall $6@8:30 $10/15@7 Joe AB1DO 203 938 4880 W

20 Sept Alton NH MASONS @Lodge @7 Tg$10 $20/inside T Bob W1GWU 603 776 0086 A

20 Sept Forestdale RI RIFMRS @VFW rt146 8A flea+auct Rick K1KYI 401 864 9611

20 Sept Alexander ME StCCARC @ElSch Rt9 Mike KB1GEO 207 427 3058 A

21 Sept Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776

27-28 Sept Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~ John 781 592 2553 W

27 Sep Drummondville PQ CRADI @StBernard $5@9$15@7 Omer VE2OML 819 478 0478 R

5 Oct Queens NY HOSARC $5@9 $10/SP Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 W

10-11 Oct Deerfield NH NearFest @FG Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 W

12 Oct Wallingford CT Nutmeg Conv $20/sp $7@9 John N1GNV 203 440 4468

18 Oct Manchester NH NEAntqRC @BingoCtr $15@7:30$5@8:30 Charlie 603 898 4821 F

18 Oct Greenwood NS NSARA @CommCtr $3@10 S@8 Burt VE1AMA 902 847 7073 W
LAST UPDATE 8-2-08 de W1GSL P 1
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AA6YQ Wins ARRL Technical Innovation Award

Dave Bernstein, AA6YQThe ARRL has chosen Dave Bernstein, AA6YQ, of Wayland, Massachusetts, as the recipient of the 2008 ARRL Technical Innovation Award. The ARRL board voted unanimously at its July 18-19, 2008 board of directors meeting to select AA6YQ for the prestigious annual award.

According to the meeting minutes, “Mr. Bernstein has written and published the DXLab Suite of Programs for Radio Amateurs that he has placed in the public domain for free use and collaboration. A world-class DXer in his own right, he was one of the earliest logging-program authors to integrate functions for ARRL’s Logbook of the World and programs from other developers. His DXLab suite consists of eight programs that cover every aspect of station operation which he supports in a fashion that rivals or exceeds commercial applications and companies. He goes beyond simply supporting DXLab and mentors users in other aspects of programming and Amateur Radio.”

Dave Bernstein, AA6YQ; photo courtesy