Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday May 2nd 2015 at 1000 AM

Hello Everyone,

Net Control for the May 2, 2015 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be Peter Johnson W1OSO. He will be conducting the NET from the Brockton Hospital. The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters and Simplex frequency in the order listed.

1. Plymouth 146.685 tone 82.5
2. Fall River 146.805. tone 67.0
3. W. Bridgewater 146.775 dpl 244
4. Simplex 147.42

The Net will then return to the Plymouth Repeater for final comments and Net closing.

NET Protocol: Please wait for Net Control to ask for Check-ins. When asked to check in please use the standard net check in procedure which is:   Here is.., un-key, wait 3 seconds to check for doubling, then give your or your facilities call sign, your first name, and your facility’s name.

We extend an invitation to the EOC of any city or town that is served by one of our participating hospitals to join the Net. We also extend an invitation to any RACES or ARES member to check in during the NET.

We are always looking for more groups or organizations to take Net Control duties. If you are interested please let us know. Our goal is to rotate Net Control practice and the experience among as many groups as possible.

Any hospital wishing to join the net that needs assistance with equipment or personnel should contact us at ssharc@gmail.com. We can assist you with getting your location on the air.

We thank the repeater trustees for their generosity in allowing us to conduct the monthly nets and the use of their systems in an actual event. The following list of repeaters are available for our use. Only a few systems are used each month with the selection of those used made by Net Control for that month.  More systems are being added to the list on a regular basis.

Attleboro 147.195 tone 127.3 (Sturdy Memorial Hospital)
Belmont 145.430 tone 146.2
Bridgewater 147.180 tone 67.0
Danvers 145.47 tone 136.5
Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0 
Fairhaven 145.490 tone 67.0   
Fall River 146.805. tone 67.0
Falmouth 147.375 tone 110.9
Mansfield EMA  446.925 tone 100.0
Mansfield 147.015 tone 67.0
Marshfield 145.390 tone 67.0     
Norwood 147.210 tone 100.00
Plymouth 146.685 tone 82.5
Salem 146.88 tone 118.8       
Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5   
Weymouth 147.345 tone 110.9 (South Shore Hospital)
W. Bridgewater 146.775 dpl 244
Wrentham 147.09 tone 146.2

We look forward to hearing you all on the Net.

Respectfully,

John O’
K1JRO

South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH

c/o Volunteer Services
55 Fogg Road,
South Weymouth, MA 02190

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New England QSO Party, May 2-3

New England QSO Party logo

New England QSO Party
2000Z Saturday until 0500Z Sunday (4pm EDT Saturday until 1am EDT Sunday) 1300Z Sunday until 2400Z Sunday (9am EDT Sunday until 8pm EDT Sunday).

Tom Frenaye, K1KI writes on the YCCC reflector:

Will you be active this year? Sure would like to hear from you if so. There are lots of new contesters that get their start in state QSO parties, and a good number of others who chase counties and enjoy focusing on working one part of the world. From New England, it’s a lot of fun to be the target – rates are usually quite good.

Basic rules: Date: First full weekend of May (May 2-3, 2015)

Contest Period: 2000Z Saturday until 0500Z Sunday (4pm EDT Saturday until 1am EDT Sunday) and 1300Z Sunday until 2400Z Sunday (9am EDT Sunday until 8pm EDT Sunday).

Categories: Single-operator high power, low power(150w or less) and QRP(5w or less) categories, plus multi-operator, single transmitter. Same four categories for mobiles.

Contest Exchange: Send signal report and state/province (DX stations send signal report and “DX”). New England stations send signal report, county and state. You can find the full rules at http://neqp.org/rules.html .

Please let us know if you’ll be active by sending a brief email to info@neqp.org We’ll update the Reserve Your County page with your call if you let us know. http://www.neqp.org/ryc.html.

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TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS MARCH 2015

With apologies for being so late with this report.  We had a great vacation in Naples FL with a visit in Raleigh NC to see NC traffic handlers.  It is good to be back however and glad to see daffodils and forsythia blooming.  Hope all are having a good early spring and getting those antennas in order.  Thanks to all for your participation in the traffic nets.  73, Marcia KW1U

 

MASS STM REPORT Mar-15
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 31 67 149 578 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN Inactive
WARPSN 4 8 74 NA N1IQI
HHTN 4 0 7 33 ** MMRA Rptrs 10PM M-F
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 93 111 471 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 30 19 180 309 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 5 336 420 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 22 4 155 238 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 5 0 146 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 527 467 6 1000 X
N1IQI 0 164 360 4 528 X
N1TF 0 111 137 8 256
KB1WXC 1 39 47 1 88
N1LKJ 0 29 45 0 74
KC1CIC 1 25 25 20 71
W1PLK 0 3 3 2 8
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
KC1CIC 40 40 10 5 0 0 95
N1LKJ 24 40 10 0 0 0 74
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
***HHTN Manager N1LUM became an SK March 3, 2015. The net will operate once a week on
Friday evenings until further notice
MARCIA FORDE STM MA


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ARES Mobilization during the running of the 2015 Boston Marathon – Monday 4/20/15

A special mobilization of EMA ARES personnel who are not involved with the operation of the event.  Details are in the document via the link below:

DO NOT RESPOND TO INCIDENTS WITHIN THE MARATHON ZONE OR INTERFERE WITH THEIR COMMUNICATIONS.  Our role would be to assist with problems happening elsewhere in the Section.

Many thanks in advance for your help


73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
EMA Section Emergency Coordinator and Special Advisor to NWS Taunton CWA SKYWARN

Office Answering Service: 978.293.7858

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National Brain Tumor Society Bike Ride, May 17

Brett Smith, AB1RL writes on Boston ARC list:

The National Brain Tumor Society is planning their 2015 Boston fundraising bike ride and they’re looking for amateur radio volunteers.

The ride takes place on Sunday, May 17, starting from 200 West Street in Waltham. The first wave of riders take off at 7:45 AM. Volunteers will work from 7:00 AM until the early afternoon, with lunch provided.

Jim Bradley, KB1JKJ, is organizing the hams for this event. To volunteer, please write him with the following information:

  • Your call sign, full name, and name you prefer on the air
  • Contact information: your e-mail address, postal address, and phone numbers where you can be reached (cell, home, office)
  • Your shirt size
  • The transmit band(s) of your radio(s), and other equipment you could bring
  • Do you have any needs or requests we should consider when making your assignment?

Jim can also answer any questions you have about the event.

Thank you, and 73, ​

Brett Smith, AB1RL
Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club

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APRIL 2015 SECTION NEWS

ARRL EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (EMA) SECTION

Section Manager (SM) – Tom Walsh, K1TW 
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Phil Temples, K9HI 
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) – Arthur "Bo" Budinger, WA1QYM 
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) - Ed Parish, K1EP 
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) - Bob Salow, WA1IDA 
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) – Mike Neilsen, W1MPN 
Section Traffic Manager (STM) – Marcia Forde, KW1U 
Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) – Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ 
State Government Liaison (SGL) – Hank Mc Carl, W4RIG 
Technical Coordinator (TC) – Dan Brown, W1DAN 


APRIL 2015 SECTION NEWS 

Welcome to the April EMA section news. I start as usual with updates
from your ARRL section staff.

Paul Laconto, W1NP, honored as the first EMA recipient of the new ARRL
Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award. 

“After retiring to the Cape, Paul joined the Cape Cod & Islands
Council in 2006 when he became a committee member of Troop 76 in
Harwich and later the District Committee.  With him he brought exposure
to Amateur Ham Radio.  For the last 7 years with the help of the
Barnstable Amateur Radio Club, Paul has been instrumental in organizing
JOTA “Jamboree on the Air” and starting an Amateur Radio Club 73 at
the Lighthouse Charter School for middle school. Many of our boy scouts
have received their Radio and the 2010 historical Signaling MB because
of his efforts.”  (Thanks to Elaine Mason, KB1VAJ, for this
information).

The ARRL recognizes actively involved Scouting leaders who make a
significant contribution to providing Scouts with a memorable and
valuable Amateur Radio experience.  Nominations should be sent to your
Section Manager.  Full details including how to nominate someone are
found on the ARRL web site at
<http://www.arrl.org/news/boy-scouts-recognize-arrl-amateur-radio-service-to-scouting-award>.

This month, I continued with my section travels by speaking to the
members of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association at their monthly
meeting on April 2 at the Framingham Police Department. The visit was
arranged before I assumed the section duties, and afforded a wonderful
opportunity to meet with another excellent Eastern Massachusetts radio
club.  

Bo Budinger, WA1QYM, Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) has a note for
all EMA ARRL Affiliated Clubs.  It is important to have the information
about your club on the ARRL web site updated every year.  Once a club is
affiliated with the ARRL it is always affiliated.  A club does run the
risk of becoming non-active and have its listing removed from the ARRL
web page listing of Affiliated Clubs if it is not updated every year. 
Bo reminds us this is a simple procedure and only takes a few minutes.
Log on to the ARRL web site and go to Updating Your Club Record at:
<http://www.arrl.org/club-update>. Follow the instructions under:
“update your club information”.  It is as simple as that.

Marcia Forde, KW1U, Section Traffic Manager (STM) sadly reports that
Dave Spaulding, N1LUM, became a silent key on March 3, 2015.  Dave was
Net Manager for the Heavy Hitters Traffic Net (HHTN).

Brass Pounders League (BPL). 
Marcia Forde, KW1U, reports the following EMA amateurs qualified for
the ARRL BPL and will be recognized in QST:  KW1U

ARRL Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR).
Marcia Forde, KW1U, reports the following EMA amateurs qualified for
the ARRL PSHR and will be recognized in QST:  N1UMJ, KW1U, N1IQI, N1TF,
and KB1CIC
 
EMA Section Field Day Locator Map <http://fd.ema.arrl.org/>.
This invaluable tool, skillfully managed by Bill Ricker, N1VUX, is for
anyone searching for information about Field Day in Eastern
Massachusetts. Bill has managed to capture an amazing wealth of
information on the history of past field days, current plans, travel
plans, etc.  Please see his note to club officers and FD chairs. 
Looking for a Field Day near your home, visit the Directory.  All clubs
and other Field Day sites should send in their plans and locations to
Bill just as soon as possible at <n1vux@arrl.net>.  

Section Manager Field Day Travel planning.  
Would your club appreciate a visit from the Section Manager during the
field day weekend?  If so, please contact me at <k1tw@arrl.org> and
I’ll see if I can make arrangements. I will be concentrating on the
northern area of the section this year and hope to respond in kind next
year for our southern locations.


ARRL NEW ENGLAND DIVISION HAMFEST - BOXBORO! 2015

Boxboro! 2015 will be held from August 21-23 at the Holiday Inn,
Boxborough, MA.  Gordon West will be the keynote speaker at the
Saturday evening banquet. Jeff Jolie, NM1Y, a member of the K1N 2015
Navassa DXpedition will be the keynote speaker at the Friday DX Dinner.
 Tickets for both banquets are now available at the BOXBORO! 2015
website, <http://www.boxboro.org>.  


FLEA MARKETS

APRIL 12, FRAMINGHAM, MA:  
The Framingham Amateur Radio Association is holding its ham radio flea
market on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Keefe Technical School in
Framingham.  Ham exams will be held. Talk-in will be provided on
147.15.  Full information may be found at
<http://www.w1fy.org/Flea.aspx>. 

MAY 1-2, NEARFEST in DEERFIELD, NH
The twice annual New England Amateur Radio Festival in Deerfield NH is
coming soon.  Both Friday and Saturday are packed with interesting
forums on varied topics such as “Buddipole in the Field”,
“Introduction to Radio Contesting”, “Introduction to Software
Defined Radio using inexpensive USB TV Tuner Sticks”, “More R390A
Fun”, and a “DMR Update”.  It’s a very full program.  Full
details can be found at < http://www.near-fest.com:8084/nearfest/>. 


OTHER EVENTS

SATURDAY, APRIL 11: Tech in a Day
The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association (CAARA) is sponsoring a "Tech in
a day" session at the Lanesville Community Center on 8 Vulcan Street in
Gloucester.  The all-day study course starts at 8:30 AM and ends later
in the afternoon with the FCC Technician Class Amateur Radio license
test. The course costs $20.00 which includes course study material,
snacks and the test fee. For those interested in taking the course and
to reserve a spot please contact course leader Stan Stone W4HIX at
<techinaday@caara.net>.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 1-4:30 PM:  YCCC OPEN HOUSE
Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC) will be holding an Open House in
Sturbridge MA, which will include two presentations that are oriented
towards newly licensed or upgraded hams:
    "What’s the Best HF Transceiver for Me? -A Radio Selection
Strategy" – by Brian Machesney, K1LI and others.
    “Antenna Selection and Design- What's Important” – by Joe
Reisert, W1JR.
YCCC is a club of over 350 members who are interested in Contesting.
All hams are welcome and invited to attend this meeting. Full details
at <http://www.yccc.org/>.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12:  MS WALK BOSTON
The MS Walk Boston is this coming Sunday, April 12, around Boston
University’s Nickerson Fields. It supports the National MS Society,
and assignments run from 8am to the early afternoon. To volunteer or
get more information, contact Rick Savage, KB1LYJ via
<rpsavage@comcast.net>.  (info via Wellesley ARS newsletter).

APRIL 14-15: MARITIME RADIO DAY 
The Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association (SEMARA) web
page <http://semara.org/maritime-radio-day-april-14th-15th/> contains
news about Maritime Radio Day. Whitey, K1VV, is expected to sign using
K1VV/NJPJ since he served aboard that ship. 

APRIL 17-18-19, FRIDAY-SUNDAY
41st ANNUAL EASTERN VHF/UHF/MICROWAVE CONFERENCE
BAYMONT INN & SUITES, 20 Taylor St., Manchester, CT 06042
(Just a few miles northeast of Hartford, CT off I-84, at Exit 63)
Registration web page at <http://www.newsvhf.com/vhfconf.html>

SUNDAY, APRIL 26: RUN OF THE CHARLES
The Run of the Charles is a suite of canoe and kayak races for all
different group sizes and course lengths. The event draws all kinds of
participants, and they all rely on hams to help keep the event running
safely and smoothly.  Volunteers for this event must have a dual-band
(2m and 70cm) handheld radio and an antenna with improved gain over the
stock rubber duck.  For more information, visit the race web site at
<http://www.crwa.org/run-of-the-charles>.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26:  GROTON ROAD RACE
This is a major event for Amateur Radio in North Central Massachusetts
traditionally supported by several amateur radio clubs.  The Groton
Road Race is a low-stress event and a great way to gain more experience
with the public service aspect of amateur radio.  Please consider
joining us on the 26th. If you are interested in helping at these
events but unsure of what is expected of you or what equipment you may
need, please contact Ralph Swick, <ralph@kd1sm.net> 

SUNDAY, MAY 3:  PROJECT BREAD SERVICE EVENT
Project Bread Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 is looking for
people to provide communications support for the Project Bread staff
and volunteers along the 20 mile walk. This will be the 47th running of
the event.  Signup at <http://www.mmra.org/wfh/>.  If you have questions
please send an email to: <wfh15@mmra.org>. (Info via Wellesley ARS
newsletter). 

MAY 15-17: LICENSE IN A WEEKEND CLASS
This class is offered by the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association.  More
information and registration details can be found at
<http://www.falara.org>.


MORE NEWS

Preparations are continuing for Marathon Monday, April 20.  Many EMA
volunteers will be actively engaged. 

Charlie Learoyd, K1PUB, Massachusetts 13 Colonies Coordinator is
seeking clubs and amateurs to support operating K2H during the 13
colonies special event between June 30 and July 5.

The ARRL has announced the window to apply for Centennial Points
Challenge and W1AW WAS awards is now open. Full details at
<http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-centennial-points-challenge-w1aw-was-awards-application-window-open>.

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association is running several Friday
sessions, beginning on April 10, to teach Morse code to 6th, 7th, and
8th graders. 

The Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association (PAWA), located in Taunton
completed its fourth and final Amateur Extra Mentoring class followed
by a VE session conducted by N1UEC and his crew from the Canton/Norwood
area.  PAWA is very pleased to report that all four students who
completed the class also passed the Extra Class exams.  The PAWA is now
considering a General mentoring class for next winter. Dates and times
will be announced this fall.  Congratulations to John, N1OTY, and the
gang at PAWA for a fine accomplishment.

Niece Haynes, KA1ULN, presented a talk about The Young Ladies Radio
League (YLRL) on April 1 at the Billerica ARS (BARS) meeting in
Bedford.  Niece is the YLRL District 1 chairwoman.

Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association (CAARA) reports having a new 440
repeater on the air.

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association reports they will have a booth
at Earth Day on April 22, including both HF and VHF stations.  The
location is the Framingham Town Green.  They are looking for operators.
 Contact Sumner, W1VIV, <w1viv@rcn.net> for more information.

The Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA) had an excellent talk from
Steve Telsey, N1BDA, on amateur radio traffic handling.  QRA is
encouraging all of their members to become ELMERS in what they call a
“new approach to helping our new hams.”  This is a wonderful idea. 
The QRA website is found at <http://www.w1ekt.org>. 

PART of Westford,<http://www.wb1gof.org/index.html> has once again been
asked to provide communications for the Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom
Parade this year which is on Saturday, May 16th, 2015.  Contact Terry
Stader <ka8scp@wb1gof.org> if you are interested and can assist or need
more information.

PART of Westford Field Day planning seems to be off to another great
start with lots of volunteers already for many positions.  Contact
George, K1IG, <K1IG@arrl.net> for further information.

PART of Westford is planning a Kit Building session on Saturday April
25.  The selected kit is a TECSUN 2P3 super-heterodyne AM radio kit.  

The Wellesley Amateur Radio Society (WARS) meeting on March 21 had Carl
Achin, WA1ZCQ, talk about QRP low power operating.  The next meeting on
May 16 will have as their guest speaker, Mr. Frank Ventura from the
Mass Commission for the Blind with a talk on keeping IT systems up and
running.


And finally… 

During the past several months, many dedicated amateurs in our region
devoted many hours to supporting Skywarn, ARES, and section emergency
communications during this record setting winter.  Clubs faced many
challenges too in just being able to hold meetings. We all owe these
fine amateur radio operators a sincere thank-you for a job well done.

April is finally here.  I don’t know about you, but after this
winter, that alone is enough for me at least!  

See you next month.

73, 

Tom, K1TW

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ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW
k1tw@arrl.org
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HEAVY HITTERS TRAFFIC NET (HHTN)

Due to the passing of Dave Spalding N1LUM, HHTN currently has no manager and only one NCS who has been running the net on Friday evenings. Scott, N1SGB has faithfully been covering Friday evenings for some time and would like to see the net continue and hopefully rebuild.  Until further notice, this net will run only on Friday evenings on the MinuteMan Repeater Association linked repeaters at 10 PM.  If we can rebuild the net, we will increase the sessions accordingly.  HHTN has been in existance for longer than I can remember (and that is a long time).  It would be a shame to see it disappear altogether.  Please support Scott and check in on Fridays.  Hope to see you there.

73, Marcia KW1U, STM

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New England Area Flea Markets April Update

New England Area   Ham - Electronic Flea Market  ***  DATES ***    2015 P 1 of 2

All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~

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2015                                                  Contact            Source  
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

11,12 Apr Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~  John 781 592 2553  

11 Apr Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM             John 860 673 0518  

12 Apr Framingham MA FARA @KeefeTech $5@9 $25/T    Steve KB1NIV 508 872 9336  +
  
18 Apr S Portland ME PAWA @Am Legion                Bryce K1GAX 207 415 0498 A+

19 April Cambridge MA        Flea at MIT                  Mitch 617 253 3776 F 
                        Third Sunday April thru October   

25 Apr Brookline NH NEARC Antique $5@8:30 $10@7:30        Bruce 603 772 7516 W   

25 Apr Gales Ferry CT RASON Auction @FireHs $2@10   Gary WT1SND 860 884 4218  +  

1,2 May Deerfield NH NEARfest XVII @FG               Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 R   

9 May E Greenbush NY EGARA @FireCo $6@8 $6/T@6       Tom KC2FCP 518 272 1494 W   

17 May Cambridge MA            Flea at MIT                Mitch 617 253 3776 F   

30 May Goshen CT SoBARC @FG $5@8                     Stan W2VID 518 398 7003 W+   

31 May Fishkill NY MtBARC $5@8 S$5@7 @QWL DnSTCorr  Adam KC2DAA 845 849 3666 W+   

31 May Sorel-Tracy PQ STARC $8@7 $15/T@6             Luc VE2DEW 450 743 8676 R+   

31 May Bronx NY HOSARC @HoS                      Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599  +   

6 June Hermon ME PSARA @8 @HS TG@6:30               Jerry K1GUP 207 848 3400   

6 June Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Outdoor     John 860 673 0518   

7 June Bethpage NY LIMARC @Briarcliffe             Richie K2KNB 516 694 4937 A+   

20 June Newington CT NARL @StMary $5@8 $15S@6    Quintin KB1EWM 860 383 8203 F+
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