MMRA North Reading Repeater Now Yaesu System Fusion

The Yaesu DR2X purchased by [the Minuteman Repeater Association] in October has been installed at North Reading site.  This repeater is full-time automatic dual mode.  Yaesu System Fusion digital signals will be repeated locally in the same mode.  Analog FM signals will be repeated in Analog and linked to the MMRA HUB following the normal schedule. Linking is not available in digital mode. This is MMRA’s second YSF repeater.  The 449.575 repeater in Hopkinton is also full-time automatic dual mode.

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Update on NOAA Weather Radio Outage Since the Office Move

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes on SKYWARN_Announce: NWS Boston/Norton issued a Public Information Statement regarding the NOAA Weather Radio outage and that a couple transmitters are back on air. Details can be seen at the following link: http://www.wx1box.org/local/PNS_noaa_wx_radio_move_3_28_18.txt We will provide updates on the NOAA Weather Radio status as time allows. We’ll provide an update on the Amateur Radio station setup at the new NWS office building by this weekend.

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Eastern MA Hospital Net Invites New NCSes

John O’Neill, K1JRO writes: The April 7,2018 Eastern MA Hospital Net is approaching. We are seeking groups and organizations to take a turn at Net Control duties. If you are interested in trying your hand as Net Control please let us know. Our goal is to rotate Net Control practice and the experience among as many groups as possible. Below are the repeaters we have available for our use. Let us know which 3 or 4 repeaters you would like to use and we will make all the notifications. We’ll also send you a copy of our net preamble if you desire which you may modify for your own use. …

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Bruce Blain, K1BG With Retired FCC Special Counsel Riley Hollingsworth On W5KUB Podcast, March 27, 2018

w5kub.com writes: This week, Tuesday March 27, our guests will be Rich Moseson, W2VU, editor of CQ Magazine giving us a look into next month’s issue. Also, Riley Hollingsworth, retired Special Counsel to the FCC will have a segment with Bruce, K1BG, to discuss ham licensing and take a look at the issues, challenges, and changes from 1912 until present. They will be discussing why we are not getting enough youths into ham radio and what we should do to fix that. See what Katie Allen, WY7YL is up to. Watch the show on W5KUB.COM at [9:00 PM Eastern Time] …

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Clay Center ARC Technician Class Begins March 28, 2018

The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club, in conjunction with Brookline Adult and Community Education (BA&CE) and Newton Community Education (NCE)  will offer a six-week Technician Class course beginning Wednesday, March 28, 2018 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 ARC, the largest youth-oriented radio club in New England. Yes, this course is geared toward children! (Ages 11 and up.) Adults without children are also welcome. To register, go to <http://www.brooklineadulted.org/> or  <https://registration.xenegrade.com/nce/coursedisplay.cfm?schID=11469>. The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club …

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Maritime Radio Day, April 14-15, 2018

“Whitey” Doherty, K1VV writes: Maritime Radio Day is held annually to remember the nearly 90 years of wireless service for seafarers. Since its beginning in 1900, Maritime Radio was in use mainly until the end of 1999. The MRD is open to all Amateur Radio Stations. Special stations (like Coastal radios and ship’s call signs) can participate to the MRD only if operated by former Commercial or Navy operators, or by radio technicians who worked in the installation and/or maintenance of naval equipments. If you are a former Merchant Marine Radio Operator or former ship’s Electronic Technician please subscribe to …

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NWS Forecast Office, WX1BOX Move to Norton Complete

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes on SKYWARN_Announce: The National Weather Service Forecast Office has now moved to its new facility in Norton Massachusetts and has been renamed to the National Weather Service Forecast office Boston/Norton. A Public Information Statement and a few photos of the facility can be seen at the following link: https://www.weather.gov/box/moveday The Amateur Radio Station at the new weather office will be brought online likely over the next couple of weeks as there are still a few important communications issues that are still in the process of being resolved for NWS operations and they will take priority. Once …

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NE1PL QRV for Museum Ships On The Air, USS Massachusetts, June 1-3, 2018

The USS Massachusetts will be activated as NE1PL in Battleship Cove, Fall River on June 1-3, 2018 for Museum Ships on the Air, according to Uncommon Service to Nautical Radio club trustee Rick Emord, KB1TEE. Emord invites anyone who is interested in operating the station aboard the museum ship to please contact him at <kb1tee@gmail.com>. In addition to radio operators, USNR is seeking people to help log contacts, speak to guests, and other duties. Visit <www.ne1pl.org> for updates on operations.

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Barnstable ARC Members Provided EmComm At Shelters

Barnstable Amateur Radio Club members were active with the Cape and Islands ARES call-up.  “They were the primary operators at the Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich,  and the Barnstable Intermediate School in Barnstable,” reports Barnstable ARC president Mark Petruzzi, WA1EXA. Both of the locations were opened to shelter individuals affected by the nor’easters that struck Cape Cod. The BARC members provided 90 hours of communication services during the storms.

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“Woodstock of Amateur Radio”: NEAR-Fest XXIII, May 4-5, 2018

Michael Crestohl, W1RC/VE2VW writes: NEAR-Fest XXIII will be held on May 4-5, 2018. It is held twice annually, spring and fall, rain or shine, at the Deerfield Fairgrounds in Deerfield New Hampshire beginning on Friday at 0900 and ending Saturday at 1500 hours. Admission is $10. Persons under 18 and over 80 are admitted free of charge upon presentation of government-issued ID. Inside parking is available for $10 and includes a “reasonable amount of flea market selling space” for PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS selling their own personal property. Commercial vendors must register and pay applicable fees. If you are wondering if you …

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Radio Amateurs Pitch In to Help as “Hat Trick” of Major Coastal Storms Hit Northeast

Amateur Radio volunteers with WX1BOX at the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts, and various ARES groups had their hands full during March, as Mother Nature’s hat trick of nor’easters brought severe weather conditions and a lot of snow to the northeastern US. The storms caused the Cape Cod ARES team to extend activations for SKYWARN, WX1BOX, and regional shelter operations. [ARRLWeb story]

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80-Meter Amateur Radio Direction Finding Activity in Westford

Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ writes on the PART of Westford list: I have built an 80m fox transmitter and plan to deploy it once spring arrives.  I also have two ARDF receivers for 80m. Very preliminary testing shows that the fox can be heard on 3.5805 MHz at least 3/4 mile away on slightly hilly terrain. This fox transmitter consists of an Arduino, which I programmed for this project, and a Cricket 80a (an 80m QRP CW transceiver).  It runs off of a 9.6V NiMH rechargeable battery. More detailed information and the Arduino source code, can be found at https://sourceforge.net/projects/kb1oiq-ham-radio-projects/files/80m_ardf You have time to get your 80m fox receivers before …

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KD1CY, KB1KQW to Participate in National Hurricane Conference, March 27, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts ARRL field organization staffers Rob Macedo, KD1CY and Jim Palmer, KB1KQW will participate in the National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM. KD1CY is Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN Coordinator; KB1KQW is a District Emergency Coordinator. Macedo will present opening remarks at the Amateur Radio workshop session and later, present on “VoIP (Voice over IP) Hurricane Net and Best Practices in SKYWARN for Tropical Systems.” The workshop will be live-streamed. The livestream link, workshop schedule and presenters can be found at http://www.nsradio.org/KB1KQW/stream2018/stream2018.htm.

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Cape Ann ARA: “Go Kits” Open House, March 20, 2018

Gardner H. Winchester II, KA1BTK writes on CAARA list: “Please join us at [the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association] for Tuesday evening’s Open House, 4:00 – 9:00 PM or any time in between! This week, we want to try something new.  We’re going to try to run a bit of an info session.  The topic will be Amateur Radio “Go-Bags” for emergency and public service operations.  Several members have assembled Go-Bags and Go-Kits and we would like to see what you have and share your thoughts.” The Cape Ann ARA club station is located at 6 Stanwood Street, in Gloucester Massachusetts, Tel. # 978-282-7645. They operate the 2-meter W1GLO repeater …

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MS Walk Ham Volunteers Sought, April 8, 2018

Brett Smith, AB1RL writes: Throughout the year, the National MS Society organizes walks to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research and patient advocacy. The Boston-area walks have long relied on hams to help ensure everyone’s safety. This year’s MS Walk Boston is on Sunday, April 8th. It starts and ends at Boston University’s Nickerson Field in Boston, and runs along the Commonwealth Ave and Charles River. Volunteers will check in at 8:00 AM, and stay until the early afternoon. Lunch is available at the finish. Rick Savage, KB1LYJ, is organizing the hams for this event. To volunteer, please write him with the …

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NWS Office, WX1BOX Moving

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes: The NWS Office move from Taunton to Norton is scheduled to take place on Tuesday March 20, 2018. When the office move is completed, amateur radio station WX1BOX will have new radios and antennas. Details on the office move can be found at: http://www.wx1box.org/local/pns_nwstaunton_move.txt  (Please note that the NWS office 800 Spotter line is unchanged.)

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KM1CC QRV For International Marconi Day, April 21, 2018

KM1CC will be on the air for International Marconi Day (IMD), April 21 0000 UTC-2359 UTC. IMD celebrates the role Guglielmo Marconi played in the invention of radio and is a 24-hour Amateur Radio event that is held annually to celebrate the birth of Marconi  April 25, 1874. The event is usually held on the Saturday closest to Marconi’s birthday. KM1CC represents Marconi ‘s1901 Wireless Station, South Wellfleet,  located in Cape Cod National Seashore, a unit of the US National Park Service.   Proposed Frequency plan +- 15 M       21.360 SSB                    …

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