Genesis ARS Linux Workshop Sessions

Genesis ARS logoThe Genesis Amateur Radio Society linux training sessions continue through March, 2018.

According to GARS Project Manager Jack Buckley, W1AKN, the sessions will address:

  • March  3: Linux application install, setup, and configure for specific users, i.e. callsign, location, grid, station data, rig control settings, etc.
  • March 17: Continue work with the many ham applications included in Andy’s Ham Radio Linux 

The training sessions run from 9 AM until 12 noon in the Genesis ARS meeting room at the Plymouth Airport.

Middleborough Licensing Class “A Success”

Middleborough amateur Phil McNamara, N1XTB has concluded a six-week Technician licensing class with great results.  “Twelve folks passed, three did not. Two more couldn’t attend the exam session and will be going to a different session.”

The Eastern MA Amateur Radio Group in Canton conducted the testing session.

McNamara conducted the class at the request of the local Medical Reserve Corps  coordinator. “He agreed  that we could open it up to the local boy scouts.  Several of the scouts passed, so we have some new young hams!”

Special Event Station W1MGY to Commemorate 103rd Anniversary of HMS Titanic Sinking

Special Events Station W1MGY, April 14, 2017
Special events operation in April, 2017. Photo courtesy @kathyschrock

Special events station W1MGY will operate at the old Coast Guard Station in Eastham on Cape Cod from April 12th until 1:46 AM April 15th to commemorate the tragic loss of the HMS Titanic.

This event is sponsored by the Titanic / Marconi Memorial Radio Association of Cape Cod and hosted by the Cape Cod National Seashore. It will be open to the public on Saturday, April 14th.

“We still have some time slots open (four hours each). If you live in the area and would like to participate in this historical event, drop me a note and I place you on our e-mail list and let you know what time slots are open.” (Info via KB1TLR, W1MGY trustee)

SEMARA Debuts New Station

photo of newly renovated SEMARA club shack, Feb. 13, 2018After months of work, Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Association members are putting the finishing touches on their new station at the clubhouse at 54 Donald Street in Dartmouth.

According to SEMARA member Don Rosinha, WA1BXY, the shack now features a Kenwood TS-570 and an Elecraft, as well as new computers and accessories.

A radio room showing and tutorial event for club members scheduled for last month was postponed by winter weather conditions. It will occur in the near future.

Congratulations to SEMARA for constructing an elegant and functional station for its members.

PART of Westford Kit Building Session, March 10, 2018

PART of Westford logoPART of Westford is holding a kit building session on Saturday, March 10, 2018, according to PART club president Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ.

“The club has chosen the Cricket80A QRP CW transceiver for the 80 meter band,” Stewart says. “I’m looking for a building chairman, two to three Elmers to help and encourage kit builders, a technical person to spend a few minutes explaining the circuit theory, and people who want to build the kit!”

Interested parties should contact KB1OIQ at

More information about the Cricket80A kit can be found at

Falmouth ARA Technician Licensing Class, March, 2018

Falmouth Amateur Radio AssociationBrent Putnam, W1NCH writes:

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) is holding a Technician class licensing course over the course of three Saturdays: March 17, 24 and 31 from 9 AM to noon at the Falmouth Fire Rescue Department headquarters, 399 Main Street (entrance on King Street), in the 2nd Floor EOC/training room.

The exam for the students will be held in the same location immediately after the May 31 session.

Cost of the class is $50 and includes:

  • Nine hours of classroom instruction
  • Manual
  • Online test practice and tutoring
  • Refreshments
  • Access to instructors for questions & tutoring
  • License exam
  • 1-year membership with FARA
  • Admission to the 2018 FARAfest
  • Radio (if the student passes)

This is a great value for anyone seeking to get their license, as the total cost of the individual items is well over $100.

Interested? Contact Brent Putnam, FARA President, at

Cape Ann ARA Equipment Registers Earthquake

Hank McCarl, W4RIG writes on Cape Ann ARA list:

The seismograph [at the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association] at 6 Stanwood Street [in Gloucester] reported a 2.7 magnitude earthquake with epicenter at East Kingston, NH just north of Amesbury, MA at 9:28 AM on Thursday February 15, 2018.

This quake was also detected by Stan Stone [W4HIX] with his seismograph in Lanesville.  Nice to know that our own MAGLO is operating as part of the USGS Netquake program.

K1YOW Wins QST Cover Plaque Award

(L-R): QST Cover Plaque Award recipient Joe Dzekevich, K1YOW; ARRL New England Division Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF.
(L-R): QST Cover Plaque Award recipient Joe Dzekevich, K1YOW; ARRL New England Division Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF. –photo courtesy K1TW

Nashoba Valley ARC member Joe Dzekevich, K1YOW was presented with ARRL’s Cover Plaque Award for his December, 2017 QST article entitled “Upper Level Lows and 6-Meter Sporadic E.” ARRL New England Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, presented the award to K1YOW at the February 15, 2018 NVARC meeting in Pepperell.

The QST Cover Plaque Award is given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue and is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page.


Zola Center Kit Building Workshop, Feb. 17

Members of the Zola Center ARC are participating in a kit-building workshop on February 17, 2018 at the Irving K. Zola Center for Persons with Disabilities in Newton Highlands.

According to Zola Center ARC’s Bob Druk, WA1UIY, “the group will build continuity testers as a club project. At the December meeting we held a soldering workshop where we they learned the basic fundamentals of soldering. At the end of the session each participant was able to successfully solder the ends of wires together.” Many of the current Zola members are either legally or totally blind.

WA1UIY adds: “The continuity tester project is the next step in their progression. Their goal is to build an AM/FM radio from an Elenco kit which they hope to start by April.”

Additional volunteers are sought to assist in this project.

Dan Brown, W1DAN, Eastern Massachusetts Technical Coordinator and president of the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society will conduct this week’s session.

W1BSA Aboard the USS Massachusetts, April 28, 2018

USS Massachusetts, Battleship Cove
USS Massachusetts, Battleship Cove

Rick Emord, KB1TEE and other members of the Massasoit Amateur Radio Association  are planning a special events operation to commemorate the birth of the Boy Scouts of America aboard the USS Massachusetts on Saturday, April 28, 2018 using the call sign W1BSA.  The group conducted its first operation  aboard the museum ship in 2015.

MARA members and  amateurs from other area clubs will serve radiomen (operators) on the ship from 0900 until 1600.  In the past, the crew has activated six stations on the air for this event on 2, 10, 20, and 40 meters and CW on 80 meters using some of the ship’s original equipment.

N1BLF Now Recording Eastern MA Section Audio News

Bob Zeida, N1BLF
Bob Zeida, N1BLF

A Dartmouth amateur is now producing audio recordings of monthly Eastern MA Section News.

For over thirty years, Bob Zeida, N1BLF has volunteered his time with the Talking Information Center, a nonprofit reading service that broadcasts newspapers, magazines, books, and special consumer information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to visually impaired and print-impaired listeners. Bob has also recorded ham-related materials from QST and CQ Magazine for the Courage Kenny Handiham System.

“It struck me that your section newsletter […] would be a nice opportunity for me to promote ham radio activities by inserting audio commentary about some of the local ham radio clubs throughout Massachusetts.” In addition to entire audio recordings, Bob will select certain materials from the section manager’s letter to include in his weekly TIC hobby program. “I would pick and choose by weekly broadcast time-frame those activities that would coincide with the audio airing date.”

N1BLF’s first recording of the January, 2018 Section News can be found online.

Marlborough Flea Market, Feb. 17, 2018

Agonquin ARC logoThe Algonquin Amateur Radio Club is again holding its Marlborough Flea Market on February 17, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the 1Lt Charles W. Whitcomb School, 25 Union St., Marlborough, MA. Talk-in is on the MMRA repeater, 147.27+ (PL 146.2).

A VE session will be held beginning at 9:00 AM. General admission is $5. Vendor tables are $15 before February 9, 2018, or $20 at the door if space is available. Each table includes one admission.

For more information, contact Tim Ikeda, KA1OS at 978-333-0067 (before 9:00 PM), email or visit

Clay Center ARC Courses in March, April 2018

Clay Center ARC logoThe Clay Center ARC has announced it will conduct three courses for the public, starting in late March and April, 2018.

“We have teamed up with Brookline Adult and Community Education (BA&CE) and Newton Community Education (NCE) to offer a radio Technician Class course for adults and child-parent pairs to facilitate their successful completion of the FCC radio license test.  Children who pass the test receive a free membership in the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club, the largest youth-oriented radio club in New England.”

Clay Center will also hold Technician and General Class “License In A Weekend” events.

For full details, visit

Plymouth Repeater Going Digital

Genesis ARS logoJack Buckley, W1AKN writes on the Genesis ARS list:

We are getting closer to operating on N1ZIZ (147.835 -600) in the digital (NXDN) mode. The first of March will be the official date for using NXDN on N1ZIZ. The N1ZIZ repeater currently is operating on the analog FM mode with the repeater configured to operate in mixed mode which allows for both digital and analog operation.

The PL 82.5 must be reprogramed to the new PL 131.8. Anyone wishing to have assistance with this reprograming is invited to drop in next Sat Feb. 17. Come with the rig in question and we will see if we have the cable (bring the programming cable if you already have one) You may bring your cable and software (we will attempt to employ Chirp program, but cannot guarantee the rig is included in Chirp app yet) If you wish to get the app setup on your PC, bring your PC in (we are conducting GARS Linux training but you can bring MS for this session) You must have adapter and AC cord along with an extension cord to power you rig

Bottom Line N1ZIZ is configured as follows:

  • Both PL 82.5 and 131.8 are configured on the repeater right now
  • Only 131.8 will be supported post March 2018
  • Mixed Mode = NXDN to NXDN and or Analog to Analog
  • PL of less than 100 has been shown to be unreliable on the Icom Commercial FR5000 repeaters (this includes N1ZIZ)
  • PL 131.8 will be supported going forward

As always:

Please come join us at a Genesis ARS business meeting they are conducted every last Monday of each month.

GARS Business Meetings are at Plymouth Airport, Gate #2, Community Room AKA: precinct voting room, 7PM – 8PM with speakers most meetings!

ARES Exercise: Operation “Ice Assault” Feb. 10, 2018

Hello everyone!

This Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon EMA ARES will be having an operational exercise simulating a severe ice storm hitting Cape Cod. This will be a Cape Cod and Islands centric exercise, however the entire section will be participating and practicing various communications skills. Field sites will be setting up around 9 am.

The operational guide for the exercise is located at:

Please read the entire document as it contains important information about how the exercise will be conducted. There is an addendum at the end for stations operating on the main land and at the end is an ICS-205 with the frequencies that will be in play for the exercise.

A quick summary of the goals for this exercise are practicing and testing communications on and off the Cape via HF and VHF, collection of weather and infrastructure status back to a central location off the Cape, practice operating on a net, and moving traffic between nets.

We look forward to any and all stations, whether ARES affiliated or not, to get onto our nets and help relay traffic, especially on the HF bands which have had very poor location propogation recently.

A sample of locations with official ARES stations that will be on the air for this drill:• Sandwich

  • Falmouth
  • Acushnet
  • Walpole
  • Marlborough
  • Stow
  • Gloucester

And again to see what frequencies we will be using consult the ICS-205 at the end of the linked PDF document above.

For any questions about the exercise please contact Frank, WQ1O, for Cape and the Islands items, and contact Marek, KB1NCG, for the rest of the section.

Marek, KB1NCG



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10 Feb Springfield VT CVFMA @VFW @8 B/Free $5/T@7     Dave K1ZS 603 446 7312

17 Feb Marlboro MA AARC @MidSch $5@9 $20/T@6:30       Tim KA1OS 508 919 6136 F+

24 Feb S Burlington VT RAoNV @HI  I89x14 $9@8 $15@6  Mitch W1SJ 802 879 6589

24 Feb Augusta ME AARA @ClbCalume                    Bill K1NIT 207 512 0312 A+

25 Feb Hicksvile NY LIMARC @LevitHall$6@9+$22/T@7 Richard K2KNB 516-694-4937 W+

4 Mar Nashua NH NEARC RadioXLIX @CrtYdMarriott antique $10@8    603 772 7516 F+

10 Mar Chicopee MA MtTomARA @Castle $5@8:30 S@6:30 Brian KC1BDF 860 478 6790

18 Mar Southington CT SARA @HS $5@8 $20/T@6:15      John WA1JKR 860 621 8791  +

18 Mar Henniker NH CVRC @CommSch                    Jeff KB!WTI 603 428 7109 A+

30,31 Mar Lewiston ME AARC ME Conv @Ramada @8        Ivan N1OXA 207 784 0350

7 Ap Hampton NH PCARC @Masonic  $5@8 $10/T@7          Mark K1RX 603 231 8965

8 April Framingham MA FARA 9AM@KeefeHS $25/T     Andy KC1DMM at 508 310 5913  +

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21 Apr Gales Ferry CT RASON @FireCo auction         Gary WT1SND 860 884 4218  +

22 April Manchester CT NEWS EVHF/UHF @Baymont 8AM    Mark K1MAP 413 777 9828 +

29 April Thompson CT ECARA @ Raceway  $3 $10/sp      Jon KA1MPG 508 943 4467 F+

29 April Middletown NY  OCARC @ CommCtr             Bruce K2ULZ 845 391 3620 A+

4-5 May Deerfield NH NEARfest XXIII @FG              Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235

12 May E Greenbush NY EGARA FireCo                   Tom KC2FCP 518 272 1494 A+

19 May Goshen CT   SBARC @FG $5@8  $10/T            Stan W2VID  518 369 2863 F+

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3 June Fishkill MtBARC @DwnStCorr                   Adam KC2DAA 845 849 3666 A+

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15 July Cambridge MA            Flea at  MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776 F+

11 Aug St Albans VT STARC @VFW                        Arn N1ARN 802 309 0666

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19 Aug Adams MA NoBARC @FG B$5@7 S$10@6:30          Eric KA1SUN 413 743 9975 F+

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21 October   Cambridge MA        Flea at  MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776 F+

27 Oct Gales Ferry CT TCARC @FireCo auction          Tom WA2RYV 860 464 6555  +

3 Nov Bourne MA FARA @UpperCC VoTech $5@9 $10/S@7   Ralph N1YHS 508 548 0422  +
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Cambridge MA    Flea at MIT

Hopkinton NH    Hosstraders   RIP 🙁

Boxborough MA   NE ARRL Conv

Adams MA        N BerkshireARC

Chicopee MA     MTARA 

Falmouth MA     FARA  

Framingham MA   FARA  

Marlboro MA     AARC  

Newton MA       Waltham ARA Auction

Rockport MA     CAARA 

S Dartmouth MA  SEMARA

Wakefield MA    Photographica

Westford MA     NEAntiqueRC
moved to Nashua NH

Whately MA      FranklinCARC

Whitman MA      WARC  

Worcester MA    WPI ACM

Dayville CT     ECARA 

Gales Ferry CT  RASON 

Gales Ferry CT  TCARC 

Goshen CT       SBARC                      +

Hartford CT     ARRL 100th

Manchester CT   VHF/UHF Conf
was Enfield

Manchester CT   PVRA  

Meriden CT      Nutmeg CT Conv
was Wallingford

Newington CT    NARL  

Newtown CT      CARA  

North Haven CT        

Southington CT  SARA  

Vernon CT       NARC  

Wallingford CT  Nutmeg CT Conv
moved to Meriden CT

Windsor CT      Vintage R Mus

Agusta ME       AARA  

Alexander ME    StCVARC

Hermon ME       PSARC 

Lewiston ME     AARC       +

S. Portland ME  PAWA  

St. Albans ME   PARC  

Thomaston ME    PBARC 

Windsor ME      AARA  

Brookline NH    NEAntiqueRC

Deerfield NH    NEAR-Fest

Hampton NH      PCARC 

Henniker NH     CVRC  

Londonderry NH  IRS   

Manchester NH   NEAntiqueRC
Moved to Westford MA
Moved to Brookline NH

N Conway NH     WMARC 

Nashua NH       NEARC 
was Westford MA

Rochester NH    GBRA  

Bergen NJ       BARA  

Sussex NJ       SCARC

Ballston Spa NY SCRACES

E Greenbush NY  E Greenbush ARA

Fishkill NY     MtBARC
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Lake Placid NY  NNY ARA

Lindenhurst NY  ToB ARES

Lindenhurst NY  GSB ARA

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Middletown NY   OCARC 

Queens NY       Hall of Science

Rochester NY    AWA   

Rochester NY    RARA  

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Wallkill NY     OCARC 

Greenwich RI    Fidelity ARC

Forestdale RI   RIFMRS

Woonsocket RI   BVARC 

Colchester VT   HAM-CON VT Conv
Moved to S Burlington

St. Albans VT   STARC 

Springfield VT  CVFMA 

Moncton NB      TCARC 

Quispamsis NB   LCARC 

Greenwood NS    GARC  

Drummondville PQ  leCRdeD

Greenwood PQ    GARC  

Laval PQ        CRALL 

Montreal PQ     MARC  

Montreal PQ     WIARC 

Montreal PQ     MS-SARC

Montreal PQ     UMS   

Sorel-Tracy PQ  CRAS-T

St Romuald PQ   ARESdQ

St Therese PQ   CRALL 

Summerside PEI  SPARC

Greenwood NS    GARC  

Halifax NS      HARC  

Timonium MD     GBHC  

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Clay Center Robotics Talk, Feb. 6, 2018

The Clay Center ARC will feature guest speaker Russel Nickerson of Collabots on February 6, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

“Robotics is a combination of technology that changes life as we know it. Transistors increased the adoption of radios in the past; now there are other technologies that are making robotics a reality.”

The Clay Center is located at the Dexter School at 20 Newton Street, Brookline, Massachusetts.

via Clay Center ARC e-newsletter

Reminder: Monthly EMA ARES Net 2/5 8:30pm

Hello to all…
We will be continuing our monthly ARES Net in February. The monthly ARES Net for February is Monday the 5th, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. This is after the MEMA Nets earlier in the evening. For frequencies that will be linked into the ARES Net on the MMRA Network, please see the following link from the MMRA web site detailing the repeaters that will be linked in through Hub 1:

Make this first Monday of the month, “Emergency Communications Night” and check into your local RACES Net and then check into the ARES Net on the MMRA Repeater System. We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net.

As part of our relationship with MARS and our own situational awareness gathering we will be asking for any known infrastructure issues that you are aware of. The information must either be personally observed, or obtained “over the air” via amateur radio. Items considered to be infrastructure include but are not limited to: electrical power, water, medical facilities, sanitation, communications, and transportation. Examples of failure would be: small or large area power failure, water main breaks, hospitals’ ER closed, sewage issues, TV/radio station off the air (including public safety), interstate highway or major road closed. No known issues are just as important as reporting failures.

Additionally we are interested in relay of any weather information from airport ATIS/ASOS stations that you can directly receive via radio. These stations broadcast continuously in the 120.000 – 138.000 MHz frequency range using amplitude modulation. Information from the ATIS should include airport, temperature, altimeter (barometer), wind, precipitation, and visibility.

A list of stations with their frequencies and a map can be found at:

We will have several interesting announcements for the net that evening and we look forward to everyone’s participation. Updates will be posted via email and on the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Web Site at

Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG
EMA Section Emergency Coordinator