Framingham ARA Looking For a New Home

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association (W1FY) is looking for a new home. Town officials this month notified tenants of the Danforth Building at 123 Union Avenue that “the heating system in the municipal facility is no longer operable.”

See Metrowest Daily News story Danforth Art Ordered to Vacate Framingham Location by September on May 23, and a follow up opinion piece on May 24 by FARA Director Sumner Wiesman, W1VIV, entitled: Weisman: Framingham radio club losing home.



CHIRP Talk on May 25

Bob DeMattia, K1IW writes on the Minuteman Repeater Association reflector:

The next MMRA general meeting will be at the Northborough public library at 7PM on May 25.

MMRA General Election

James Lee, N1DDK, will be presenting “Programming Your Radio with CHIRP”

CHIRP is universal software that supports programming of just about any modern radio. N1DDK will show us how easy it is to use. Best of all, the software is FREE!

More details & directions are on our website





SKYWARN Training, Concord MA, June 6

SKYWARN logoSteve Telsey, N1BDA writes on PART-list:

There will be a SKYWARN training session Monday evening, June 6, 7 pm, at the Harvey Wheeler Senior Center-Council on Aging, 1276 Main St, in Concord taught by NWS Taunton meteorologists. There is free parking in the adjacent lot accessed via Church St, about 1 mile from the Concord rotary.

If you plan to attend, please let me know via email at so we can plan accordingly.


Steve, N1BDA



As there is often some confusion on how to get the numbers for Station Activity Reports (SAR) and Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) reports, a more detailed explanation has been added to the SAR/PSHR Requirements article listed on the left column of this page.  Anyone who handles message traffic is encouraged to submit a Station Activity Report and will be listed on this page.  Those qualifying for Public Service Honor Roll with 70 points or more will also be listed.  Anyone active in public service, not only in traffic nets, is encouraged to submit a report and be listed.


I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely spring weather which finally came to New England.  Time to start thinking about Field Day, our annual traffic handlers’ picnic and the New England Division Convention at Boxboro.

Field Day this year is June 25 and 26.  Most are familiar with Field Day. Information can be found at  One thing to remind folks about is that extra points can be obtained by sending a radiogram to your Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator, and also send 10 or more radiograms to friends and family, perhaps telling them about your participation in the Field Day exercise. Encourage your club stations to get these extra points.  (You may need to show them how to do it.)

The annual traffic handlers’ picnic will again be in Concord at my QTH.  Traditionally we have had this event the first Sunday in August, which this year will be August 7. Set aside this date and plan to join us. More details at a later date.

The now annual ARRL New England Division convention is planned for September 9 through 11.  We plan to have an NTS table again this year and additionally a room for a get together or presentation.  Mark the dates on your calendar and stay tuned.




EM2MN 30 89 185 594 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 16 35 121 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 75

HHTN 13 16 54 163 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report

N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 29 92 85 429 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 22 7 134 199 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 0 420 392 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 21 7 202 217 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 0 116
W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report

N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su

N1IQI 0 236 465 4 705 X
KW1U 0 191 115 0 306

N1TF 0 111 130 6 247

KC1CIC 0 46 57 12 115

KB1WXC 1 42 48 1 92

AC7RB 0 16 18 1 35

N1LAH 1 12 6 3 22

N1LKJ 0 5 12 0 17

W1PLK 0 3 3 3 9

PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KB1WXC 40 40 20 60 0 0 160
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1LAH 40 22 20 35 0 0 117
KC1CIC 40 40 30 5 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
N1LKJ No Report




New England QSO Party Update

New England Map

Tom Frenaye, K1KI writes:

Hope you’ll spend some time operating in the New England QSO Party this weekend!

We’re trying to make sure that we have a lot of activity and it looks like all 67 counties in New England will be active.

As a bonus, there are several stations who will be active from National Parks on the Air locations.

Basic rules:

Date: First full weekend of May (May 7-8, 2016)

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 We have 40+ plaques to offer to top scorers.

So far there are eight mobiles who will be out on the road, and another five who may also be enjoying the bumpy back roads of New England.

A list of stations who plan to be active is at

Come have fun with us!