The Spirit of “Kids Day”

John Murphy, KB1PHN with nephew DannieThe spirit of Kids Day is alive and well in Hanson, MA where John Murphy, KB1PHN operated Kids Day from his ham shack on January 4, 2009 with his 10-year-old nephew, Daniel Murphy.

According to John, Danny “checked for a clear frequency on 20 meters, then called ‘CQ Kids Day.'” He was answerd by EI4GYB from Ireland. “Danny the SWL was hooked after that,” reports KB1PHN. “He made a total of fifteen contacts in one hour before his voice gave out.”

Murphy added, “Danny can’t wait to get back on the air.”

–Thanks, Whitman ARC “Spectrum, January 2009”

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Boston ARC Ham Radio Demo At Zola Center

Boston ARC logoBob Salow, WA1IDA writes:

On Saturday, 7 February, the Zola Center for Persons with Disabilities will hold an open house now that their facility has completed a major renovation.  Since [the Boston Amateur Radio Club] has supported the Center with a Technician course and will assist in setting up a permanent ham station, several of us have agreed to provide a demonstration station for the Open House.


The Open House is scheduled for 1200 to 1500; we will set up starting about 1100.  Planned is an HF station (wire antenna out the window) for listening only and full 2M/70cm station.

If you can spend an hour or more to promote ham radio and answer questions it will be very helpful to all visitors.  The Zola Center is located at 20 Hartford St in Newton Highlands – within two blocks of the Green Line T station.  Lunch will be provided.

So as to not overwhelm the staff and visitors, please contact Eric, K1NUN if you can attend.  Email:

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“Postcards From The Edge”

ZC6UNJ QSL card from exhibitIn today’s Postcards From The Edge: “Long before the Internet, ham radio operators built a buzzing web of communication around the world. Artist Cindy Bernard’s grandfather, Bill Adams, got his license to operate a ham radio in 1923 and kept in touch with operators in distant countries until his death in 1999. Each contact was confirmed with a postcard, called a QSL card – QSL is ham lingo for ‘I hear you.'”

[See also: Ham Radio And The Arts: “Silent Key”]

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ARES® “Operation Ice House” Garners Superb Publicity In Local Media

Operation Ice House 2009Members of Cape Cod ARES® led by District Emergency Coordinator Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O conducted a very successful winter emergency communications exercise on January 24, 2009. “Operation Ice House” involved efforts on the part of ARES members in several locations across the Cape and Islands, including two hospitals.

According to O’Laughlin, “the exercise was designed to practice net operations, NTS traffic handling, liaison operations, as well as tactical messaging techniques.” Voice modes as well as Winlink were utilized during the event.

The effort garnered great publicity, too: the Cape Wide News web site carried a feature article that included over a half-dozen photos of the staff and equipment.


Shown here: (left) Tom Wruk and Frank O’Laughlin at the Hyannis site setting up an antenna

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WGBH Channel 2 Analog To Continue Transmitting After DTV Switch?

Rich Zack, K1RJZ writes on GEMotoChat:

Subject: 6M and ch2…  take 2
From:    “Zach, Rick J”
Date:    Mon, January 26, 2009 3:13 pm
To:      “gemotochat”
Cc:      “Bryan W1BRI Cerqua”


6M and ch2…  take 2

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Rockefeller (WV) and Ranking Member
Hutchison (TX) agreed on compromise language for Senate legislation to
extend the DTV hard date to June 12, 2009  (might be less??? -RZ) . Senate
Leadership attempted to hotline the proposal  last night to determine
whether the compromise language would pass under a unanimous consent
agreement. However, objections were raised to the bill’s advancement.
Both the House and the Senate were in recess on Friday, but will resume
legislative business on Monday, January 26, which will present the next
opportunity for congressional activity.

A key change is that stations will still have the option to turn off
analog on Feb-17th and will be required to turn off analog TX’s in June.
If the Boston stations actually turn off all analog TX’s on Feb 17th, WGBH
plans to keep ch2 analog on the air until March 3rd with “nightlight
service” to tell viewers where to go for more information and help.  Ch2
may or may not do this at reduced power.  Again all of this info has a lot
of if’s, so only consider this as a potential “direction” towards your 6M

The text of the changes are attached.
Rick Zach, Chief Engineer
WCVB-TV  WCVB-DT  ch-5 Boston

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KY1N List of Volunteer Exam Sessions, 01/16/09

                                 The KY1N Memorial List
Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations
16 January 2009
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
01/17/09 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
01/19/09 19:00 Richard Strycharz, KD1XPAmherst MA 413-665-2211
01/19/09 19:00 Skip Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
01/20/09 12:00 Adam Woodbury, K1ADW Bedford MA 781-271-3062
01/20/09 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
01/21/09 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA617-253-3776
01/23/09 18:00 David Cote, W1FAB Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
01/24/09 12:00 Gregory Fitch, KB1EZJ Conway NH 603-356-3875
01/24/09 12:00 + Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
01/28/09 19:00 * Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
01/31/09 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
02/07/09 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
02/08/09 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
02/09/09 19:00 Jim Clogher, N1ICN Brookline MA 617-364-4658
02/10/09 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
02/11/09 19:00 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Billerica MA 978-851-2886
02/12/09 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
02/13/09 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT802-878-6454
02/14/09 09:00 Don Tarbet, KD1XU Bangor ME 207-327-1453
02/14/09 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
02/14/09 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670

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New England Public Service List 01/12/09

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

**** Every event listed is looking for communications volunteers ****

Date      Location     Event                       Contact        Tel/Email

Apr 20 Hopkinton MA Boston Marathon Bob K1IW
to Boston MA signup at
Apr 26 Groton MA Groton Road Race Ralph KD1SM
Jul 3 Fitchburg MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM
Jul 4 Princeton MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM
Jul 5 Fitchburg MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM
Jul 25 Devens MA Memory Ride for Alzheimer's Ralph KD1SM

This list is published periodically as demand warrants by Stan KD1LE and Ralph KD1SM. Our usual distribution is 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:


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 for the most recent version of the PSLIST.

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Marconi RC To Operate in Jack Binns Special Event

Binns official sealBob “Whitey” Doherty, K1VV writes:

The Marconi Radio Club (W1AA) will take part in the Jack Binns special event commemorating the first wireless rescue at sea one hundred years ago, with two stations, representing the SS Republic (call sign MKC): W1AA/MKC; and the SS Baltic (call sign BC): W1AA/BC. These stations will operate on the amateur bands on January 23, 2009 from 0001Z to 0400Z and on Jan 24, 2009 from 1200Z to 2000Z. using both SSB and CW. Watch the DX Summit for W1AA/MKC and W1AA/BC spots. Special one-of-a-kind photo QSL cards have been created for each call for the event.

QSL card information for stateside is via W1AA on QRZ.COM with an S.A.S.E. Business sized envelope is okay for QSL cards. DX QSLs are via the W1 Bureau.

A certificate is available. Mixed modes are OK. If stateside stations work both the W1AA/MKC and W1AA/BC stations and wish a certificate, please send a large 8 1/2 x 11 inch envelope with $1.50 in stamps on the envelope for stateside return only. Certificates for DX stations via W1AA DIRECT via QRZ.COM address with a large envelope 8 1/2 x 11 inch envelope and sufficient USA postage for 2 oz. of mail to return to their country.

This will be a great event. Please take the time to tune the bands and work us.

Operators will be Henry K1WCC, Tom K1TH, and Whitey K1VV.

Marconi Radio Club  W1AA

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New England Division Cabinet Meeting Notes On-line

New England division logoMeeting notes from the January 10, 2009 New England Division Cabinet Meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts have been posted on-line for your reading pleasure. The bi-annual meetings are held approximately one week before regular ARRL Board of Director meetings to allow Section Managers, Assistant Directors, Advisory Committee members and Affiliated Club Presidents the opportunity to voice their opinions and provide feedback to the Director and Vice Director.




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KA8SCP Appointed As Assistant Section Manager

EMA ARRL logoMike Neilsen, W1MPN has announced the appointement of Terry Stader, KA8SCP as an Assistant Section Manager to liaise with the northern districts.

“Stader will provide additional contact for clubs in Middlesex, Essex, and parts of Norfolk counties,” writes Neilsen. “He will also provide a terrific bridge between my staff and the RACES and MARS communities.”

The appointment is effective January 13, 2009.

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USS Intrepid Museum Ship Tour

USS IntrepidVolunteers of the USS Cassin Young museum ship at the Charlestown Navy Yard are planning a day trip to see the USS Intrepid museum ship in Manhattan, New York on Saturday, February 14, 2009. The cost, including admission is  $89.00.  According to Bob Reiser, AA1M, the group will depart and arrive back at the Charlestown Navy Yard.  Anyone interested is requested to contact AA1M by phone  at 781 272 6219 or email at

–Thanks, QRA News, January 2009

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2009 Boston Marathon — Call For Volunteers

BAA logoThe 2009 Boston Marathon will be on Monday, April 20. Registration for amateur radio volunteers for the has already opened. If you would like to volunteer, follow the instructions on the following website:

Assignments vary greatly and equipment needs will vary with the assignment that you select. Generally, at least a 2M/440 HT is required, with batteries to last the entire day, but please refer to the assignment details or ask the event coordinators (see website address above for names, email addresses and phone numbers). All Boston Marathon volunteers receive a light jacket.


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Eastern Area NTS Digital Report Dec 2008

Eastern Area NTS Digital Report December 2008
Station Received Forwarded TOTAL Function

W1GMF   3573     3273      6846  1RN DRS
WX4J    1007     987       1994  4RN MBO
N2LTC   670      669       1339  2RN MBO
KW1U    454      502       956   1RN MBO
W8UL    317      316       633   8RN MBO
WB2FTX  305      295       600   2RN MBO EADC
N1UMJ   79       250       329   1RN DRS
WA4ZXV  146      146       292   4RN MBO
NM1K    10       125       135   1RN DRS
N3SW    88       45        133   3RN DRS
KA4FZI  90       2         92    FL  DRS
VA3PM   44       42        86    ECN DRS
N2GS    37       25        62    NJ  DRS
N1JX    1        55        56    NJ  DRS
KC8FWD  20       1         21    8RN DRS
VE3GT   4        40        44    ECN DRS

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NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       31    435   206   567   N1TPU
HHTN        21    72    206   520   K1YCQ
EMRIPN      06    00    18    032   WA1FNM
WAPSN       04    07    58    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic  QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
N1IQI       2490        110
W1GMF       1083        120
N1UMJ       830         150
KW1U        708         120
K1YCQ       289         NA
N1LKJ       247         120
K1LCQ       NA          110
NG1A        201         90
N1XLO       110         NA
KD1LE       47          105
KK1X        08          68
WA1FNM      02          NA

Congratulations on a job WELL DONE.

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Cape Ann ARA To Begin General Class Course, 01/28/09

Cape Ann ARA logoThe Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will hold a General Class license course on the fourth Wednesday of each month beginning in January.

The course will start on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30 PM at the CAARA club house on 6 Stanwood Street in Gloucester. It will be open to all non-members as well. The course will be headed by CAARA club President Curtis Wright, AA3JE and Bill Canty, W1OKD.

There will be no cost for this course but attendees are requested to register in advance by e-mailing Dean Burgess, KB1PGH at

“Please spread the word if you know of anyone who is looking to upgrade to General class,” writes Burgess.  “This is a perfect opportunity to do so.”


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Framingham ARA License In A Weekend, March 21-22, 2009

Framingham ARA 75h anniversary logoThe Framingham Amateur Radio Association announces its License In A Weekend on March 21-22, 2009 in the Danforth Museum, Lexington Street, in Framingham, MA. The $42 fee includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday, a textbook and the FCC exam fee.

The class schedule is as follows:

– Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

– Sunday 9 am to 4 pm

– FCC Technician license exam on Sunday 2 pm

To reserve a seat, contact Ed Weiss (W1NXC) at  508-881-2301 or email Pre-registration is required, and applications must be received no later than Feb. 21, 2009. (NOTE: there are limited FREE openings for Boy and Girl Scouts.)

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New England Area Flea Markets, Jan. 1, 2009

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2009 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~

2009 Contact Source
24 Jan Worcester MA ACM @WPI Odeum @9 free Bob 908 672 2841 W+

31 Jan Chelsea ME AARA @Crystal Falls Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075

14 Feb Marlboro MA AARC @Interm Sch $5@9 +15/T@7 Tim KA1OS 978 333 1715 W

15 Feb Westford MA Radio 40 Antique @Regency $11@8 Cindie ARC 866 371 0512 T

21 Feb Chelsea ME AARA @Crystal Falls Rt17 Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075 W+

28 Feb Colchester VT RANV was Milton @Hampton I89x16 Mitch W1SJ 802 879 6589 W+

7 March Feeding Hills MA MTARA @TurnvereinClb Cindy K1ISS 413 568 1175 W+

8 Mar Hicksville NY LIMARC @LevitH $6@9+$20/T@7 Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 W+

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

22 March Southington CT SARA @HS $5@8 $20/T@6 Chet KA1ILH 860 628 9346 W+

28 Mar Middletown NY OCARC @Wallkill ComCtr Donald AA2DS 845 342 2056 A+

28 Mar Lewiston ME AARC ME Conv @Ramada $6@8 +8/T Cory N1URA 207 514 0202 +

29 March Framingham MA FARA @KeefeSch $25/T@7:30 Bev N1LOO 508 626 2012

29 Mar Henniker NH CVRC @CommSch Jim NS1E 603 428 7438 A+

11 April Montreal PQ MARC @CanLegion $5@9 $10/T@8 James 514 697 7205 W+

18 Apr Manchester NH NEAntqRC @BingoCtr $10@7:30$3@8:30 Charlie 603 898 4821 F

18 Apr S Portland ME PAWA @AmLegion Bryce K1GAX 207 799 1116 A+

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

26 April Lindenhurst NY GSBARC Walter KA1RGI 631 957 0218 W

26 April Lagrangeville NY MtBARC @Tymor Pk James K2JIM 845 427 2702 A

1,2 May Deerfield NH NearFest @FG Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 W

9 May Lindenhurst NY GSBARC John W2HCB 631 669 6321 A

9 May Rensselaer NY EGARA Thomas KC2FCP 518 272 1498 A

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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for January 2009

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for January is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for January is Monday January 5th, 2009, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. This is after the RACES Nets earlier in the evening. For frequencies that will be linked into the ARES Net on the MMRA Network, please see the following link from the MMRA web site and the repeaters that will be linked in will be through Hub 1:

In addition, if the Echo-IRLP node on the MMRA hub is available, we will likely link that to the New England Reflector system on IRLP 9123/Echolink Conference *NEW-ENG* Node: 9123.

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

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