New England Area Flea Markets, March 15, 2018

New England Area   Ham – Electronic Flea Market  ***  DATES ***   2018 P 1 of 2 All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~ ******************************************************************************* 2018                                                    Contact          Source ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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      …

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New England Technology Trek at NEAR-fest, May 4-5, 2018

A Hudson, New Hampshire amateur is proposing a youth event at NEAR-fest on May 4-5, 2018.  Dubbed “New England Technology Trek,” the event’s focus is to expose youth to a number of exhibits and activities, including: 3-D printers and CAD Robotics.  Build a circuit. Build a robot Drones, homemade and various applications Space communications,  HAB and portable satellite station Kit building Software Defined Radios RaspberryPi and Arduino applications Fox hunting and outdoor adventures (SOTA) Bill Barber, NE1B says a number of schools have been invited to participate. “You will see yellow buses on Friday, followed by kids and their parents on …

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ARRL Seeks EC-001 Mentors

ARRL has an immediate need for new mentors for the EC-001 Emergency Communications training program. “Our mentors represent the best in Amateur Radio public service communications training and make a substantial difference in how students approach service to their communities and Amateur Radio. The mentors take the written text of a course and bring it life for these amateurs, many of whom they will never meet face to face.” [full story]

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Eastern MA ARRL Facebook Page Live

Kayla Creamer, W2IRY writes: The Eastern MA ARRL section now has a Facebook page and, since this is a new page, we need help with finding content to post from the regional clubs. We’d love it if you could give the page a like and promote it with your club. Our goal is to have the page be a central place for hobbyists to find information about all of the ham related activities in the region. If your club has a Facebook presence, we’d be happy to promote it. If you or your club are not on Facebook, we’d still …

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ARES ending Stand-By and Active Service 1500 March 15th, 2018

See this message on the web at https://ema.arrl.org/2018/03/15/ares-stand-by-ends-20180315/ *** EFFECTIVE AT 1500 THURSDAY MARCH 15TH ARES WILL END STAND-BY AND ACTIVE OPERATIONS *** The ARES leadership would like to thank all the amateur operators who volunteered their time and equipment during this last major blizzard. Operations on Cape Cod covered 7 operators across the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) and 3 active shelter locations. Operations included overnight operations as nearly 200,000 customers were without power, AT&T cell service was down, as well as numerous tree and wire damage. ARES would also like to thank the amateurs who volunteered for the ARESMAT …

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Framingham ARA Scholarship Deadline April 15, 2018

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association is offering a scholarship to any area high school senior who will be attending college in the next academic year, or currently enrolled in a college program. Applicants holding an Amateur Radio license will receive preference. Non-licensed relatives of FARA members will also receive consideration. Membership in FARA is not required. All applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2018. Please Contact Richard Cosma, AA1VI at rcosma@rcn.com,  or call 508-877-8241.

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Cape Ann ARA Tech Class, April 21, 2018

Bill Poulin, WZ1L writes on the Cape Ann ARA list: The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will hold a one-day study course for those interested in earning the FCC Technician class Amateur Radio license. The course will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Gloucester.  An exam will be held at the conclusion of  the class. There is a $20.00 fee for course materials, snacks and the FCC test fee. You must register in advance by e-mailing techinaday@caara.net.

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Flea at MIT, April 15, 2018

The next Swapfest is April 15, 2018. Power Plant construction on our original outdoor lot has begun. We will have limited outdoor space in the triangle lot across Albany Street. Buyer’s parking information: text and PDF map If you cross the Longfellow Bridge coming to the Flea, be aware construction has closed the Cambridge bound lanes. Use the Mass. Ave Bridge instead.

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SKYWARN Training Session in Braintree, April 24, 2018

The National Weather Service office in Taunton is offering a SKYWARN training session on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Braintree Police Department, 282 Union Street in Braintree. Registration is required. For additional training sessions, see http://wx1box.org/2018/04/20/special-announcement-2018-nws-boston-norton-skywarn-training-class-schedule/.

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Genesis ARS Tech Course Begins April 7, 2018

Chris Johnson, N1IR writes on the Genesis ARS list: The Tech course for April 7, 21 and May 5th is a go! We are located at the Plymouth Airport Community Room have 6 students so far and the list is growing, again of you know anyone who is interested in taking the tech course please pass this on. Thanks to all that volunteer without your effort the hobby and this class would not be a success. Call out to volunteer instructors, anyone wish to teach a section please email me. Saturday April 7, 2018 09:00 – 9:15 Setup, Introduction, Books Materials 09:15 – 10:00    T1 (FCC Rules Part A) 10:00 – …

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ARESMAT Requested for Cape Cod Shelter Support for March 13th

See this message on the web at https://ema.arrl.org/2018/03/13/aresmat-cc-20180313/ *** ARES SUPPORT REQUESTED FOR SHELTERS ON CAPE COD *** At the current time three shelters are being opened on Cape Cod and an ARES Mutual Aid Team (ARESMAT) has been requested for Cape Cod support. There are wide spread outages with AT&T cellular service, power outages covering approximately 125,000 customers, etc. Communications support is requested for the Sandwich, MA and Barnstable, MA shelters and it is possible a fourth shelter will open Wednesday that may also need ARESMAT support. If you are available to help with the shelter in Sandwich, MA or …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2018

As I look out at the rapidly falling snow during this third nor’easter in the past two weeks, I’m happy to report my antenna is still in the air although I can’t say the same for some of the other tree limbs now in my yard. For those who have had power outages and downed antennas, I heard spring may actually arrive in the next few weeks. Thanks to all of you, the nets continue to operate and the traffic continues to flow in spite of our March New England weather. You all are great! Below is the traffic report …

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EMA ARES on Stand-By for Coastal Blizzard Starting 2300 Monday March 12th

See this message on the web at https://ema.arrl.org/2018/03/12/ares-standby-20180312/ *** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 2300 MONDAY, MARCH 12TH UNTIL CANCELED DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM FORECAST COASTAL STORM AND BLIZZARD *** *** BLIZZARD WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2300 MONDAY EVENING THROUGH 2000 TUESDAY EVENING FOR EASTERN ESSEX, PLYMOUTH, BARNSTABLE, AND DUKES COUNTIES FOR 10-18 INCHES OF SNOW WITH ISOLATED 20+ INCH AMOUNTS WITH 30-40 MPH WINDS WITH GUSTS TO 65+ MPH ***   *** SNOW IN THE BLIZZARD WARNING AREA IS LIKELY TO BE HEAVY AND WET WITH THE STRONG WINDS COULD RESULT IN ISOLATED …

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EMA ARES Ends Stand-By Status

*** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES ENDS ITS STAND-BY STATUS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY *** The Eastern MA ARES staff would like to thank all the amateur radio volunteers who supplied their availability and for those who helped out during the back-to-back severe weather events that impacted the section. Everyone’s SKYWARN reports greatly helped expand the situational awareness for the National Weather Service, MEMA, the cities and towns, and media for coverage of these significant events. At the peak of the first storm there were 450,000+ customers without power and various shelters and warming centers opened across the section. As of this note there …

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Framingham Flea Market and VE Session, April 8, 2018

The Framingham ARA Spring Flea Market will take place on April 8, 2018 at the Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter Street in Framingham. Admission for buyers is $5, and under 12 is free. Tables are $20 in advance and $25 at the door if available. There will be refreshments, a VE session and door prizes. For complete information, visit http://www.w1fy.org/flea.aspx.

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W1YW to Receive 2018 Hamvention Technical Achievement Award

Chip Cohen, W1YW, of Belmont, Massachusetts, has been named to receive the Hamvention 2018 Technical Achievement Award. Licensed for 52 years and bitten by the antenna bug, Cohen became a radio astronomer and astrophysicist, working at Arecibo, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the Very Large Array (VLA), and others. While a professor at Boston University, Cohen connected fractal geometry with antennas, pioneering a paradigm shift in the design of fractal antennas and what they make possible. An inventor with 41 US patents, Cohen is known for inventing the invisibility cloak using fractal antenna techniques. Starting 30 years ago with simple flea …

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