ARRL New England Division Cabinet Meeting, Boxboro, June 30, 2018

New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI writes: To: New England Division Affiliated Club Presidents, Section Managers, Advisory Committee members and Assistant Directors   Subject: New England Division Cabinet Meeting – Saturday, June 30, 2018   I’d like to invite you to the next ARRL New England Division Cabinet meeting on Saturday, June 30, 2018 (the Saturday after Field Day).  We’ll be the Boxboro Regency Hotel in Boxboro MA (the same place where the New England Division convention is held in the Fall). We usually have 30+ people attending from clubs across New England – this will be an opportunity for you to provide direct input to the ARRL …

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Eastern MA Stations Active for Museum Ships Weekend, June 2-3, 2018

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV writes: “As of today there are now 106 ships/museums listed as active participants and the K1USN Radio Club will join them for the Museum Ships Weekend beginning Friday evening, June 2 at 0000 UTC (8:00 PM EDT).  Check out the list here – http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/  “We want to be on the air as much as possible during the entire 48-hour weekend event. Operators are needed to help keep [K1USN’s] three HF stations on the air. Please let me know if you are available to spend some time during the weekend. Remember that K1USN was the originator of this fantastic operating event that is now sponsored by the crew onboard …

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Amateur Radio Technician License in a Weekend Course, Natick, June 29-30, 2018

“For high school students and adults, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the TECHNICIAN license exam. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary reading and study is necessary to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent approximately a week before the course. The TECHNICIAN level course runs Friday, June 29, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 30, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.” [More information]

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Week-long Beginner Level Amateur Radio Course for Youth and Families, Natick, June 25-29, 2018

“The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club (CC-ARC) is a Youth Club, and as such strives to provide educational opportunities for students as well as parents.  We have teamed up with New England Amateur Radio Inc to offer a radio Technician Class course for adults, children, 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.  Yes, this course is geared toward children!”  (Ages 11 and up.) ”  [More information]

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TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC DATE CHANGED TO AUGUST 12

As previously announced and following a long standing tradition, the annual traffic handlers picnic was to have taken place the first Sunday in August, this year on August 5. However your host, Marcia KW1U was invited to join a cruise to Alaska, a part of the world I have long wished to visit, and I could not turn down this exciting opportunity. I will not however be returning to the lower 48 until Friday August 3 and will then have to get from the west coast back to Boston. Therefore I am rescheduling the picnic to be held Sunday August …

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Fox Placed in South Chelmsford, May 26, 2018

John Salmi, KB1MGI writes on the Foxhunting mailing list: I have placed a 2 Meter 146.565 DTMF Tone 2 to activate in South Chelmsford at the Red Wing Farm Conservation [Area] at 17 Maple Road. No bushwacking needed to find. Only one way in to get to the Fox Box. It is clear to walk into box location.   https://www.townofchelmsford.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/Red-Wing-Farm-Reservation-29?hypothesesID=20  

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KB1OIQ 2m, 80m Foxes Deployed in Westford

Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ writes in the Fox Hunting list on 5/25/18: The KB1OIQ fox transmitters have been deployed! They are located here: Frances Hill Wildlife Sanctuary Across from 122 Lowell Road Westford, MA (Near the Chelmsford/Westford boarder) I will leave them out for today and tomorrow.  I plan to pick them up around 6 PM on Saturday [5/26] for redeployment. I did not put out a log book.  A photo emailed to me will suffice. 2m Frequency = 146.565 MHz 80m Frequency == 3.5805 MHz (give or take) Have fun and 73!  

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New NCS for Eastern MA 2 Meter Net

The Eastern MA 2 Meter Traffic Net would like to welcome Peter F Doherty KC1HHO as the new Monday night NCS. Peter has worked very hard to gain proficiency in traffic handling and traffic management. Peter has also been appointed as an Official Relay Station. You can check out his profile on QRZ.com. Welcome aboard Peter! The Eastern MA 2 Meter Traffic Net meets at 8:00pm on the 145.230 Boston repeater.

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Eastern MA Hospital Net, June 2, 2018

John Barbuto, KS1Q writes on the South Shore Hospital ARC mailing list: Net Control for the June 2, 2018 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be W1SSH, The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club . The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters in the order listed. 1.Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5 2 Marshfield 145.390 tone 67.0 3.Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0 Simplex 147.42 The Net will then 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 …

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Rob Macedo, KD1CY Featured on ARRL Audio News

Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Eastern MA Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator and Director of Operations for the Voice Over IP Hurricane Net was featured in an interview this past week with ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U on the May 17, 2018 edition of ARRL Audio News. You can hear Rob and Mike at  5 minutes 30 seconds into the broadcast. 

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Breakfast and SKYWARN Training, Littleton, June 2, 2018

Alan Martin, W1AHM writes on the PART of Westford list: June’s PART Breakfast will be at 8:00 AM on Saturday, June 2 at Paul’s Diner, 6 Carlisle Place, Westford, MA. Conveniently later that morning, the National Weather Service Boston/Norton will be holding a 2½ hour SKYWARN training class at the Littleton Fire Department, 20 Foster Street, from 10:00 AM–12:30 PM. Why not have breakfast with the club, and then get your SKYWARN card? Here’s the class registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-training-class-littleton-ma-tickets-45378324791

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Important ARES Leadership Reorganization in Eastern Massachusetts Section

As part of a renewed emphasis on ARES throughout the Eastern Massachusetts section, Greg Bennett, KC1CIC has been appointed as Section Emergency Coordinator. The appointment was made on May 23, 2018 by Section Manager Tom Walsh. As Greg assumes his new role, Tom thanked outgoing SEC Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG for his service to the section for the past three years. Greg brings a great amount of experience to the job. Greg is currently an Assistant Section Traffic Manager. KC1CIC has been a licensed amateur since 2014 and possesses over ten years of radio communications expertise learned in the military special …

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“Salutations from Roatan Island – HR9”

Note: several Eastern Massachusetts amateurs are currently participating in a DXpedition to Roatan I. [NA-057] in Honduras. Dennis Egan, W1UE/HR9 writes on the Yankee Clipper Contest Club list: Salutations from Roatan Isalnd, Honduras! Our HR9 operation is well underway.  Sunday, we built the elements for the DXE Skyhawk.  That endeavor took most of the day.  The temperature here isn’t bad- 84F- but it is the relentless humidity that takes it out of you.  There is also little relief at night, as the temp drops to maybe 78F.  I guess that’s life in the Caribbean! Monday, the 50ft aluminum tower went up.  …

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Volunteers Sought for YuKanRun Twin Lobster Half Marathon, June 3, 2018

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list: We are looking for operators to staff the YuKanRun Twin Lobster Half Marathon at Gloucester High School on Sunday, June 3 2018, Th event begins at 8:30 AM; be on Location by 8:00  AM. Please let me know if you can staff a communications check-point for the event by Thursday, May 30th so I can plan staffing positions for the event. Please let us know what type of equipment you plan to use. We need 50 watt mobile units. (i.e.: mobile; HT; ¼-wave mag mount; OEM rubber duck; etc.) …

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“Groton Road Race–Wet But Successful”

Continuing this year’s pattern of rainy foot races, Sunday April 29 challenged the 27th running of the Groton Road Race with threats of rain. That did not seem to affect participation much, however. Perhaps the runners were basking in the relative warmth compared to Marathon Monday. The Groton Road Race is hosted by the Squannacook River Runners. NVARC has been providing radio communications for this event since its second year; this is our 26th “run”. The race committee and the Groton Police Department consider Amateur Radio to be a vital component of this event. This year thirty-six Amateur Radio operators …

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Falmouth ARA Field Day 2018

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association is preparing big-time for Field Day June 22-24.  According to FARA Field Day Coordinator Larry Gray, W1IZZ, “We’re filling positions for: Field Boss; Station Captains for the SSB, CW, VHF, and GOTA stations; Food Captain, Media Publicity Coordinator, Public Information Table Coordinator, Set Up and Tear Down Coordinators” to name just a few.  “There is an opportunity for everyone, regardless of experience or physical condition.” FARA will set up in their usual location at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, in East Falmouth. For more information about Falmouth ARA’s Field Day site, see http://www.falara.org/announcements/farafieldday2018opportunities. See …

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New England Wireless and Steam Museum Hours, Summer 2018

Looking for a great field trip for your family or radio club? The New England Wireless and Steam Museum in East Greenwich, Rhode Island will be open three Saturday mornings this summer from 9 AM til 12 noon, according to its website.  The museum bills itself as “an electrical and mechanical engineering museum emphasizing the beginnings of radio and steam power, and honoring engineers who achieved greatness and served the public good by analyzing and solving tough engineering problems.” Visitors are welcome to come on June 16, July 21, and August 25 and tour the wireless and steam exhibits and the Massie Station.  Admission …

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