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.

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!