NESMC Annual Membership Meeting, Boxboro, Sept. 10, 2016

New England Spectrum Management Council logo

Bob DeMattia, K1IW writes:

[The New England Spectrum Management Council] will be holding its 2016 annual membership meeting at the New England Division ARRL Convention (‘Boxboro!’) on September 10, 2016. This is at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, Massachusetts. The exact room and time will be made available when we have it.

We will be holding our biannual elections at this meeting. Nominations are being accepted for the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and the eight directors (two in each ARRL section: EMA, WMA, ME, NH, and RI).

Our current secretary and treasurer have both indicated they will not be seeking re-election, so the need for nominations for these two positions is critical.

Please send any nominations to

Tickets to the convention and its activities can be found on the convention website, A general admission ticket is required to visit the convention exhibit area, flea market, and most forums. It will not be required if you are only attending the NESMC meeting.

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While we have beautiful weather for Field Day this year, Murphy has been busy giving us more challenges.

The Quincy repeater is currently down (as of Saturday morning).  Therefore the Eastern Mass 2 Meter Net will be operating on the Sharon repeater 146.865 Mhz PL 103.5 at 8 PM Saturday evening for passing your FD NTS traffic.

For those operating VHF Pactor, N1XTB-4 is also down (as of Saturday morning).  KW1U-1 can be reached on 145.09 via BROCK and NTS traffic can be placed there directly.  It can also be accessed on HF Pactor on 3591.9 Khz center frequency.

Other net times and frequencies can be found on the left side of this web page.

73 and good luck with FD.

Marcia KW1U STM

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Programs and Services Committee of the ARRL Board of Directors sent out this bulletin in appreciation and support of the National Traffic System.  I am very pleased to see the recognition of the efforts of all you traffic handlers who support the nets.  73, Marcia KW1U STM

ARLX007 ARRL Programs and Services Committee Expresses Appreciation,
Support of NTS

QST de W1AW  
Special Bulletin 7  ARLX007
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 20, 2016
To all radio amateurs

ARLX007 ARRL Programs and Services Committee Expresses Appreciation,
Support of NTS

The ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) will submit a motion
to the ARRL Board of Directors expressing appreciation for the work
and volunteer membership of the National Traffic System (NTS). The
PSC motion, submitted by ARRL Southeastern Director Doug Rehman,
K4AC, during a recent PSC meeting, thanked NTS members,
congratulated them for outstanding service, and assured them of an
ongoing ARRL public service communication role.

“As Field Day approaches, the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services
Committee wanted to recognize the continued work of the National
Traffic System, especially the dedicated rank-and-file participants
who are the lifeblood of this important ARRL program,” said Roanoke
Division Director and PSC Chair Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, who seconded
Rehman’s motion. “The ARRL is committed to the NTS as a key
component in the League’s public service communications plans.”

The PSC will submit its motion of NTS support to the full ARRL Board
of Directors for consideration at the Board’s July meeting.

The resolution points out that the handling of message traffic by
early radio amateurs led to the founding and naming of the ARRL in
1914. The National Traffic Plan published in 1949 gave rise to the

The Committee cited the “countless hours” NTS participants devote
“to operate CW, phone, and digital nets spanning both the clock and
the continent,” and the more than 200 NTS members recognized with
Public Service Honor Roll status in the most recent monthly listing.

“NTS plays a vital role in providing a messaging component for
Amateur Radio’s public service mission, including preparation and
training for emergency communications,” the resolution asserted. It
also noted that the PSC has been working to create the League’s
Second Century public service communications delivery plan, and,
while reviewing the League’s current operations over the past
several years, “the PSC has seen and has greatly appreciated the
valuable contributions of NTS members.”

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Finish At The Fifty, Foxboro, July 3, 2016, Ham Help Requested

The Finish at the Fifty is a unique events on the public service calendar. It’s a combined 5K and 10K on the evening of July 3. The finish line for both races is the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium, and there’s a free fireworks show after. Proceeds benefit the pediatric cancer foundation OneMission. It’s got a lot of energy, and particular challenges for runner safety (they go up and down the ramps of the stadium!). Given the size of the course, the medical team relies on amateur radio volunteers for communications support and to keep extra eyes on runners.

Recruiting for this event is always a challenge because of the date. A lot of people have travel plans, which I understand. Because of that, please join our team if you’re able. Chris Troyanos is the medical coordinator for this event. He would always like to have more coverage, and he would love to have our support especially.

To sign up, just write me back with your call sign, cell phone number, and t-shirt size. Plan to be there from around 4:30 to 8:30 PM. All you need is a dual band handheld and any accessories that will keep you comfortable. Further instructions will follow.

If you have questions about the event, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by e-mail or phone (859) 466 5915.

P.S. There are still spots open for the BAA 10K this Sunday, July 26, as well, in Boston. Please let me know if you’d like to help out there too.

Thank you, and 73,
Brett Smith, AB1RL
Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club

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Technician Class, Dartmouth, July 30-31, 2016

SEMARA logo Marcel Dumont, W1MLD writes on the SEMARA reflector:

[The Southeastern MA ARA] will be sponsoring a class for candidates for a Technician class license. The classes will be held at the Donald Street clubhouse on July 30 and 31. The time will be from 10 AM to 5 PM both days. Anyone interested in Amateur Radio is urged to attend. If there are any questions, feel free to email

The clubhouse location is 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA 02748.






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South Weymouth Road Race, 7/10, Ham Assistance Requested

Hi fellow Hams,

The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club has been asked to provide communications support at a 5K race / walk on the morning of July10 at South Field in Weymouth (the former South Weymouth Navel Air Station).

This proceeds from this race will benefit a local Weymouth child who is suffering from GM-1.

We are in need of Amateur Radio volunteers to assist the SSHARC members in providing coverage along the race course. All that is needed is a handheld with a fully charged battery programmed to our club’s 2 meter repeater. We are seeking both the experienced “race volunteer” and those who would like to try their hand at public service.

If you have never volunteered for a public service event please come join us on July 10th for what will without a doubt be an emotionally rewarding experience. This is an excellent opportunity to partake in a low stress event and “get your feet wet”. To Volunteer please respond to this email and provide the following:

Call Sign:
Phone #:

John O’Neill, K1JRO President
John Barbuto, KS1Q Vice-President

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Greetings all.  I hope spring has treated you well and summer brings lots of ham radio contacts. You will see below the May traffic report for both East and West Mass compiled by our ASTM Greg KC1CIC. You will also see an addition to the list of those reporting.  Welcome Brian K1BML who lives in Worcester County and is a regular on the CM2MN.
I want to remind folks who participate in Field Day about the extra points your group can earn by sending NTS messages. I hope many of you will be participating as it is a great experience.  Information about Field Day, including locations, can be found at
Also don’t forget to set aside Sunday August 7 for the annual traffic handlers picnic in Concord MA.  More information will be forthcoming in the next report.  Thanks to all for your support of the nets.


EM2MN 31 110 183 634 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 14 32 125 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
HHTN 13 13 66 190 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 117 106 573 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 28 30 202 288 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 26 6 364 494 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 22 19 224 221 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 0 97 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su
KW1U 2 311 278 13 604 X
N1IQI 0 233 312 4 549 X
N1TF 0 91 107 3 201
KC1CIC 0 48 52 20 120
KB1WXC 0 51 58 0 109
AC7RB 0 30 52 10 92
N1LKJ 0 20 28 0 48
N1LAH 2 18 21 2 43
K1BML 0 7 4 5 16
W1PLK 0 8 3 5 16
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1LAH 40 40 20 25 0 0 125
KC1CIC 40 40 30 5 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LKJ 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
K1BML 38 11 10 30 0 0 89
AC7RB 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
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National Traffic System Supports FEMA’s Cascadia Rising

The ARRL’s National Traffic System debuted its new National Response Plan this past week during FEMA’s Cascadia Rising exercise.  At the invitation of FEMA’s Disaster Emergency Communications Directorate, more than forty NTS members in the U.S. and Canada demonstrated the ability to relay situational awareness from a simulated disaster area covering the States of Alaska, Idaho, Northern California, Oregon and Washington to their National Response Coordinating Center at Washington, D.C.

Methods used during this proof-of-concept demonstration project included the NTSD digital network as well as traditional radiotelephone and radiotelegraph networks.  All message traffic was transmitted and delivered over RF-only circuits using the universal radiogram format, selected for its proven network management tools and enhanced accountability standards.

The exercise proved the value of consistent, internationally adopted, standard procedures, practiced through regular traffic handling assignments.  Some observers compared NTS radiotelegraph nets to the best of military and commercial operations.  Transcontinental Corps ops displayed professionalism and skill operating CW under poor propagation conditions.  An initial review of TCC traffic shows near perfect accuracy (>99%) with the random, five character groups used for message texts.  Coast-to-coast traverse time averaged less than fifteen minutes.  One message was relayed in less than one minute.

Cascadia Rising will be the first of many exercises with FEMA designed to enhance the ability of NTS to provide efficient and reliable disaster communications services, especially vital situational awareness in the early moments of a communications failure.  NTS enjoys a culture of continual improvement and lessons learned from Cascadia Rising will be used to improve the National Response Plan and provide a basis of comparison for system performance.

Radio Amateurs interested in participating in NTS should check-in to a Section or local NTS net or contact their ARRL Section Traffic Manager.

Additional information about NTS and Cascadia Rising may be found at


Mr Joseph A Ames Jr, Chairman

ARRL NTS Eastern Area Staff

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Norton Founders Day Ham Help Needed, June 18

Ray Cord, K2TGX writes on the Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC list:

If you haven’t been to a club meeting in a couple of months then you missed signing up for the Norton Founders Day on Saturday on Saturday, June 18th from 4PM to 10PM. We will need people to manage parking lots, traffic flow and pedestrian safety.

If you haven’t signed up at the club, please send me an email with the hours you can work if not the whole gig.

We will be using 2M simplex for the Ham Ops.

Tnx 73,

Deputy Director
70 East Main St
Norton, Ma. 02766

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New England Area Flea Markets, 6-6-16

New England Area   Ham - Electronic Flea Market  ***  DATES ***    2016 P 1 of 2

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

2016                                                    Contact          Source     

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

12 June Bethpage NY LIMARC @Briercliff *NEW DATE* Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 A+

19 June Cambridge MA           Flea at  MIT               Mitch 617 253 3776 
17 July Cambridge MA           Flea at  MIT               Mitch 617 253 3776    
13 Aug St Albans VT STARC @VFW $5@8                   Arn N1ARN 802 309 0666   
6 Aug Milo ME PARC 8AM@Kiwanis  Free              George WA1JMM 207 441 6112 W+

20 Aug Windsor ME AARA @FG                           Bill K1NIT 207 512 0312 A+   

LAST UPDATE 6-6-16 de W1GSL                    P 1    
List is normally updated twice a month - look for the latest version 
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17th Annual Eastern Massachusetts Field Day Directory Now On-line

The 17th Annual Eastern Massachusetts Field Day Directory contains some of the most comprehensive Field Day resource pages of its kind.

According to Bill Ricker, N1VUX, the section Field Day pages offer detailed information on individual field day club operations along with the complete event operating rules and helpful safety tips.

“Clubs which are reactivating a previous Class A or F site can confirm to the EMA Directory by simply putting their pin in at the ARRL Locator – conveniently linked from our directory. I’ll pick that up and mark them confirmed. I would appreciate an email from new clubs in Class A or F, clubs with new sites, clubs whose details on their EMA directory need updating, or who are definitely not using the site they had last year.”

“A major goal always has been helping (and encouraging) EMA Field Staff & Leadership to plan visits to nearby field day sites, as is our custom — and helping us hit as many different ones as possible.”

Email n1vux at his address.




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BAA 10K Seeks Volunteers, June 26, 2016

Brett Smith, AB1RL writes:

Volunteer registration is open for the BAA 10K on Sunday, June 26. The BAA is asking volunteers to register ASAP so event planning and logistics can go smoothly. Please feel free to spread the word with your own clubs and ham friends.

Expect this event to run from approximately 6:00 AM to noon. All you need to help out is a dual band (2m and 70cm) handheld, preferably with a gain antenna. To volunteer for the 10K, sign up with the BAA directly following the instructions below.

  1. Go to the BAA 10K volunteer site and press the “Volunteer Now” button.
  2. There are separate buttons for “Returning” and “First Time” Volunteers. If you’ve volunteered at a BAA event before, select “Returning Volunteer.” If you don’t know your BAA Volunteer Loyalty Number, use the button labeled “Retrieve Your Volunteer Loyalty Number” to look it up. If it returns a Volunteer Loyalty Number for you, fill that in where prompted.

    If the system does not provide you with a Volunteer Loyalty Number, or if you have not volunteered at a BAA event before, go through the “First Time Volunteers” button on the first page.

  3. Complete the personal information.
  4. Group status: Ham volunteers don’t need to join any group. You can answer “No” to both questions.
  5. Assignment request: Select “Ham Radio” from the top pulldown menu on the page. You are not required to make any selections on the lower menus.
  6. Complete the remainder of the application and make note of your application acknowledgment number. Seeing a acknowledgment number on the page is your indication that you have successfully completed the online application.

If you have any questions about the event or the sign-up procedure, feel free to get in touch with me at or (859) 466 5915.

Thank you, and 73,

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

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Special Harvard Exhibit: “Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology, & Culture”

Harvard University’s Special Exhibitions Gallery, located at 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, is featuring an exhibit that focuses on radio’s technology, culture, and history.

“Radio Contact explores those times then and now. Showcasing radio equipment from the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the exhibition examines the evolving technology and cultures of listening, tinkering, and broadcasting. Radio introduced millions to jazz, the comedic brio of Abbott and Costello, the iconic voice of newsman Edward R. Murrow, and the shock therapy of talk radio. Come and tune in to a radio culture and history that is still vibrant and yet being redefined on the Internet.”

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Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday June 4th, 2016 at 1000 AM

Hello Everyone,

Net Control for the June 4,2016 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be the South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club. The net will commence at the usual time of 10am using the following repeaters in the order listed.

1. Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5

2. Danvers 145.47 tone 136.5

3. Marshfield 145.390  tone 67.0

Simplex 147.42

The Net will than return to the Sharon 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 the participating hospitals to join the Net. We also extend an invitation to any RACES or ARES member to check in during the NET.

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

We are always looking for groups or organizations to try their hand at 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.

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 dcs 244

Wrentham 147.09 tone 146.2

We look forward to hearing you all on the Net.


John O’



South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH

c/o Volunteer Services

55 Fogg Road,

South Weymouth, MA 02190

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