Full Schedule of Activities at CAARA, January 28

Cape Ann ARA logoThe Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association has a full slate of activities planned for Saturday, January 28, 2017. According to CAARA’s Jon Cunningham, K1TP, the club is hosting a CW class; conducting an emergency communications drill under emergency power; and also, participating in the annual Winter Field Day festivities.

According to K1TP, “CW class is at 10 AM with Rick Maybury. Everyone is welcome.” The class is conducted at a relaxed pace and open to all–from beginner to expert.

“Winter Field Day starts at noon and will run as long as you want to operate. Make fun contacts on CW, SSB, OR CW on all bands and learn how to use the many radios available to you that are included with your membership,” adds Cunningham.

The clubhouse is located at 6 Stanwood Street in Gloucester.

Volunteers Sought for BAA 5K, April 15, 2017

Brett Smith, AB1RL writes

Volunteer registration is open for the BAA 5K! The race is the Saturday before Marathon Monday, April 15. Registration is scheduled to close on February 9, so please sign up soon to make sure we can get you on the team.

The 5K and the Marathon use the same volunteer registration system. If you’re volunteering at the Marathon, please register and request a Marathon assignment. After you’re done, please e-mail BAA volunteer coordinator Mary Miller and CC: me to request to be added to the 5K roster as well. If you can include your BAA volunteer loyalty number or registration confirmation number, that helps.

If you just want to volunteer at the 5K, go through the volunteer registration and choose “5K Hams” as your assignment preference when asked. You’ll know you’re done when you get a confirmation number.

The BAA always appreciates support from amateur radio volunteers. We wouldn’t have that great relationship if you didn’t come and put in the work to make these races possible. I hope you’ll join us to help kick off another great year of public service.

If you have questions about either event, please reply by e-mail, or phone (859) 466 5915.

Thank you, and 73,

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

Algonquin ARC Flea Market, February 18, 2017, in Marlborough

Agonquin ARC logo Tim Ikeda, KA1OS writes:

Just a reminder that that Algonquin Amateur Radio Club of Marlborough is again holding its annual Ham Radio Flea Market on Saturday, February 18th. If you are interested in reserving a seller’s table at a discount, please fill out the registration form available on our website: n1em.org.

Thanks, and I hope to see you there!

Tim Ikeda, KA1OS
Algonquin ARC Flea Market Chair

City of Gloucester Approves Grant for Cape Ann ARA Building Restoration

Cape Ann ARA logo Stan Stone, W4HIX writes:

Tonight in a public hearing at the Gloucester City Council, the application for historic restoration of 6 Stanwood Street by reshingling and repairing and painting the trim of the remainder of the build was unanimously approved. The value of the grant is $26,174, which is the combination of the quotes from Zac Smith (who did the front wall) for the shingling and trim repair and his brother-in-law Peter O’Neil for the painting. The council members spoke glowingly of CAARA’s contribution to Gloucester and Cape Ann.

This process took about a year between preparing a report and presenting it to the Gloucester Historical Commission to get the building deemed historically significant in order to qualify for the CPA grant (copies of the 6 Stanwood Street Historical Background of are now filed at the Cape Ann Museum and the Gloucester City Archives and will be placed on the CAARA website), preparation of the grant application (50 pages), plus a presentation at the Budget and Finance committee and tonight’s City Council meeting. Also involved was getting multiple quotes for the work. These efforts were shared by myself and Hank McCarl. Hank’s position on the Community Preservation Committee was enormously helpful and though he could not vote, he shepherded our proposal through the process. Also Hank’s contacts within the GHC and the City Council were enormously helpful.

I will be turning over the quotes to the house committee and contact information to Stefan our treasurer to schedule and monitor the work and handle the payments.

I sincerely believe that this resolves one of the biggest projects facing CAARA and its maintenance of 6 Stanwood St. Hopefully the board can come up with longer range planning of projects and acquire the funding to implement those projects to preserve and maintain one of the most important physical assets that CAARA possesses.

Framingham ARA Scholarship

Framingham ARA logoApplications are now being accepted for the annual Framingham Amateur Radio Association (FARA) Scholarship.

“The scholarship is open to any high school senior who will be attending college the next academic year, or anyone currently enrolled in a college program,” according to FARA’s Richard Cosma, AA1VI.

Applicants with a current Amateur Radio license will receive preference; however, non-licensed relatives of FARA members will also receive consideration. Membership in FARA is not required.

All applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2017. Contact Richard Cosma, AA1VI at rcosma@rcn.com or call 508-877-8241.


Cape Ann ARA Morse Code Classes Begin Jan. 21, 2017

Cape Ann ARA logo EMA PIO Dean Burgess, KB1PGH writes:

The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association (CAARA) will be sponsoring a multi-week CW class starting on Saturday, January 21 from 9 AM to noon. The class, taught by CAARA member Rick Maybury, WZ1B, will be held at the CAARA clubhouse on 6 Stanwood Street in Gloucester.

Held every Saturday until the end of April, the relaxed-paced class is open to all, from beginner to expert level of CW operator.

To find out more, please contact course instructor Rick Maybury, WZ1B at rmaybury@ppg-i.com.


Girl Scout Radio Activity, Waltham 04/64 Repeater, February 3-5, 2017

John Flood, N1JAF posted on Waltham ARA list:


See the message below and try to work these scouts and help them earn a badge!

Hi Tim,

You are more than welcome to use our repeaters. They are open to anyone. I will post a message on our club email reflector. Good Luck!



My name is Tim Gray (W1TMG). I will be in Waltham with the Falmouth Girl Scouts from Friday February 3 – Sunday February 5, 2017. I would like to ask permission to use your repeater to help the girls get their Radio & Wireless Technology Patch. In addition if any club members would be interested making contacts with us, we would greatly appreciate it.

Please let me know if this would be a problem.

Thank you,

Tim Gray, W1TMG

January 7,2017 Eastern MA Hospital Net

Hello Everyone,


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.

The January 7,2017 Eastern MA Hospital Net is approaching.  If anyone is interested in taking a turn as Net Control Station please let us know.

Below are the repeaters we have available for our use. Let us know which 3 repeaters you would like to use and we will make all the notifications. We will also send you a copy of our net preamble if you desire which you may modify for your own use.

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

Happy New Year Everyone,

John O’


January 28 Knox County (ME) Exercise – Invitation to Participate via Winlink

Hi All,

Knox County will be having its quarterly emcomm exercise on Saturday
January 28. There are a number of internal goals for the county
ARES-RACES team but we would like to solicit the participation of other
groups by sending Winlink messages with flmsg ICS-213 attachments to the
Knox County EMA. Here is the relevant information:

1/28/2016 0800 to 1200 ET

The scenario is a statewide blizzard.

Winlink messages will be addressed to the Knox County EMA Winlink
address, KX1EMA (kx1ema@winlink.org)

The message body will include the method by which the sender accessed
the Winlink system (HF, VHF packet, telnet). While RF is preferred, the
intent is to get more groups using the Winlink Express client and the
Winlink system. Telnet (internet) is perfectly acceptable for this
exercise. All you need is an internet connected PC. No credit for
sending from a commercial email address.

Also in the message body, state the ARES/RACES team with whom you are
associated. Multiple messages from a single team are fine as long as the
sender call signs are different.

Winlink messages will include an attached flmsg ICS-213 form addressed
to KXEMA, Rockland, ME. Your ICS-213 will ask a simple question to which
the EMA will reply. Ideally the message should be from an agency person
but that's optional. You should prepare the message in advance of the
exercise. If you are not able to participate at the time of the
exercise, you may post your message the day before.

Be sure to include "TEST MESSAGE" in your message body and in the flmsg
ICS-213 attachment.

KXEMA will respond to each message using the Reply section of the ICS-213.

If you are not set up for Winlink, it's a relatively simple process.
Start by reading the Winlink section at
http://maine-ares.org/digital.htm. Then follow the link to the "RMS
Express Exercises." Flmsg may be downloaded from

Any questions on the exercise or the Winlink system, please contact me
(kb1tce@maine-ares.org or kb1tce@winlink.org)


Steve KB1TCE

Marathon Volunteer Registration Now Open

Per Clay Center ARC’s Facebook page:

Volunteer for the 2017 Boston Marathon Communications group!

The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.

As we look back on the past year, through the stories of athleticism, triumph and community that are told at each B.A.A. race — especially the Boston Marathon — we recognize the lively spirit of Boston Athletic Association volunteers. Thank you for your singular and collective contribution towards making Patriots’ Day exceptional for 30,000 participants each and every April. We now look forward to the 121st running of the Boston Marathon, to be held on Monday, April 17th, 2017, and sincerely hope that you can join us once again as a volunteer for this iconic event.


Note: Registered volunteers must be 18 years old on the day of the race. Youth club members will be told how they can participate through club leadership at the club meetings.

We invite you to register as a volunteer for the 121st Boston Marathon. The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 8th, 2017.http://www.baa.org/…/volunteer-…/volunteer-registration.aspx

For AMATEUR RADIO, the following slots are available for Monday, April 17, 2017:

Boston Marathon Start 
Boston Marathon Course 
Boston Marathon Transportation 
Boston Marathon Net Control 
Boston Marathon Finish Area

New for 2017: 
All volunteers should receive a separate email from your Team Captain or group leader with registration instructions including a group name and passcode for your specific assignment. Please contact Mary Miller at mmiller@baa.org if you have not heard anything by January 9th.

Volunteer Loyalty Number: 
When you register, you will need your volunteer loyalty number (if you have volunteered before, there is a link to retrieve your volunteer loyalty number if you have forgotten it) and your zip code. These items are associated with your personal volunteer history, which is primarily how we determine volunteer assignments.

Volunteer of Fame:
We are thrilled to launch the Boston Marathon Vol of Fame highlighting volunteers who have reached the milestone of 15 or more years of service. Take a look to see who you may know! http://www.baa.org/utilities/volunteer/vol-of-fame.aspx

Thank you again for your commitment and loyalty to the B.A.A. We look forward to hearing from you!


Elisabeth Worthing
Volunteer Program Manager
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth St., 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
617-236-1652 x 2630