WX4NHC Annual Station Test, May 26, 2018

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes on the SKYWARN mailing list: Please see the following information from WD4R-Julio Ripoll, Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator on the 2018 WX4NHC On-Air Communications Test which will be held this Saturday May 26th, 2018 from 9 AM-5 PM EDT (1300-2100 UTC) across various bands and modes on Amateur Radio. We encourage Amateur Radio Operators in our region to participate. Announcement from WX4NHC – Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, Miami Florida WX4NHC will be On-The-Air for the Annual Station Test Saturday, May 26th, 2018 from 9AM-5 PM EDT (1300z- 2100z) This will be our 38th year of public service at …

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New Fox Hunting Listserv Now On-line

A new fox hunting listserv is now on-line, according to PART of Westford‘s Dave Welsh, WI1R. “This list is explicitly not just for PART members.  Anybody who is interesting in fox hunting, especially in the general area of Westford and the surrounding towns, is more than welcome to participate,” reports PART of Westford president Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ. “Please forward this email to any friends who may also be interested in fox hunting.” The goal of fox hunting–otherwise known as Amateur Radio Direction Finding–is to find a hidden radio transmitter.  Typically, a transmitter would be hidden in conservation land well out of …

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Volunteers Requested for C.A.T.S. Dogtown Trail Run, May 20, 2018

The Cape Ann ARA is requesting hams to assist with staffing for the Cape Ann Trail Stewards Dogtown Trail Run on Sunday, May 20, 2018.  “Please let us know if you can staff a communications checkpoint for the event by Thursday, May 17 so we can plan staffing positions.  I will supply you with an information packet by email on Friday morning.  Accessing checkpoint locations may require up to a mile of walking over varying terrain and are not accessible by vehicles,” writes Chris Winczewski, K1TAT. “I have made up .KMZ files (Google Earth) of pertinent positions and access trails.  These can be accessed on most …

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NWS: “Damage at NEAR-Fest the Result of a Tornado”

Larry Caruso writes on the Pentucket RA mailing list: “As reported on WMUR Channel 9 this morning: the National Weather Service confirmed the wind event that damaged our tent at NEAR-fest was an EF1 tornado. It traveled at 50 mph for 36 miles. “That helps explain the loud sound we heard as it approach and why other nearby sites weren’t damaged.” See also: https://www.facebook.com/easternmaarrl/posts/588283388194369  

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Commemorative Marconi Radio Contact with Newfoundland Planned, May 31, 2018

CORRECTION:   Barbara Dugan, N1NS writes on May 29, 2018:   Contact is scheduled for 1145 local BOSTON time which is 1545 UTC time. Sorry for my mistake. My iphone was giving me London time- wrong setting, needed UTC time. London is UTC plus 1. A two-way amateur radio contact with the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) VO1AA in St. Johns, Canada is planned during the  upcoming visit of Princess Elettra Marconi to station KM1CC and the Cape Cod National Seashore on May 31, 2018.  [See: Invitation to Meet and Greet Marconi’s daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi, May 31, 2018]. “Signal …

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“Run of the Charles a Success Despite Rapid Currents”

Brett Smith, AB1RL writes in the Boston Amateur Radio Club’s, The Sparc, May 2018: April is always a jam-packed month for public service events, and we always close it with the Run of the Charles. This is a really unique and fun event, a series of canoe and kayak races to support the Charles River Watershed Association. The organization works to protect the natural ecology of the Charles River, and keep it safe and clean for people to enjoy as well. At this event, we handle on-site registrations, reports of rules violations, and of course we’re always keeping an eye on …

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National Brain Tumor Ride Volunteers Requested, Waltham, May 21, 2018

Brett Smith, AB1RL writes: The National Brain Tumor Society is planning their 2017 Boston fundraising bike ride and they’re looking for amateur radio volunteers. The ride takes place on Sunday, May 21, starting at 7:00 AM from 200 West Street in Waltham. Volunteers will work from until the early afternoon, with lunch provided. Jim Bradley, KB1JKJ, is organizing the hams for this event. To volunteer, please write him with the following information: Your preferred assignment: SAG in your own vehicle; SAG in another person’s vehicle; or rest stop Your call sign, full name, and name you prefer on the air …

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Flea at MIT, Cambridge, May 20, 2018

The MIT Radio Society, in conjunction with the MIT UHF Repeater Association, the MIT Electronics Research Society, and the Harvard Wireless Club, sponsors a Swapfest on the third Sunday of each month, April through October. This is a place to buy, sell, and swap amateur radio, electronic, and computer equipment. Hams and non-hams alike are welcome. For more information, see the online copy of our swapfest flyer (pdf, or text only). Print out a copy of the flyer and bring it with you for a discount on the buyer’s admission. Want to sell? Here’s an online copy of the seller’s registration form. Remember to send it in by the 5th of the month …

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Amateur Radio at Scituate Science Fair, April 5, 2018

  Richard Hoffman, K1DJ and Greg Bennett, KC1CIC demonstrated Amateur Radio to youths at the Sixth Annual Scituate Science Fair on April 5, 2018. This was the second year K1DJ and KC1CIC participated in the two-hour event that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) topics.  Richard conducted a CW demonstration in which the kids learned to send their own names on a telegraph key.  “The kids had a lot of fun with it, and he was great with them,” according to Greg, KC1CIC.  “I brought one of my Go Boxes to demonstrate digital communications. To my surprise the …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR APRIL 2018

Below is the April traffic report for the combined sections of East and West Mass.  As always we are indebted to Greg KC1CIC for compiling these reports.  Thanks also to all those who submitted their reports.  Our sections are doing very well. Anyone is welcome to submit a Station Activity Report (SAR) and/or a Public Service Honor Roll report (PSHR) but remember to be counted on the Honor Roll you must have attained 70 points or higher.  Information is on the website ema.arrl.org/national-traffic-system.  Note that points are given for various aspects of public service, not just traffic related functions. It is …

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New Technician Class Pool to Take Effect July 1, 2018

On July 1, 2018 a new Element 2 Technician class question pool will take effect for examinations. VECs and VEs will have new test designs available for use at exam sessions effective that date.  The newly revised pool released in January 2018 (updated and re-released February 12, 2018) by the Question Pool Committee (QPC) of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) must be in use starting July 1. There are three graphics required for this pool and 423 questions in this pool, down slightly from 426 in the previous pool. ARRL VEC will be supplying all its (near 1,000) Field Stocked …

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Technician License in a Weekend Course, Natick, June 1-2, 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 1, 6:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, June 2, 8 AM to 3 PM, followed by the FCC Technician exam at 3:00 PM, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick. The $85 course fee covers exam fee, cold …

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Marlborough High School Patrol, May-June, 2018, Volunteers Requested

Ann Weldon, KA1PON writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list: The radio club as always is committed to watching the Marlborough High School the following dates. Please consider assisting on: May 25, 26, 27, 28; June 1 ,2, 3, 8, 9.  Starting time is between 7-8 PM and finishing between 11-12 PM. Ed Fitzgerald is organizing the first weekend. His email is edfitz1@earthlink.net. I am doing the other dates. Please let us know when you are available. Thank you on behalf of the City and the Club. Ann, KA1PON alwma2005@yahoo.com

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Volunteers Needed, Motif #1 Day 5K, Rockport, May 19, 2018

Chris Winczewski, K1TAT writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list: We are looking for operators to staff the Motif #1 Day 5K, on Saturday, May 19 at 9:00 AM in Rockport. Please be on location by 8:30 AM.  Please let me know if you can staff a communications check-point for the event by Thursday, May17th so I can plan staffing positions for the event.  Please let us know what type of equipment you plan to use. (i.e.: mobile; HT; ¼-wave mag mount; OEM rubber duck; etc.) so we have a better idea of where to locate you along the event course per the potential of your …

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Boston ARC Public Service Events, June 24 & July 3, 2018

Brett Smith, AB1RL, Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club writes: Now that our busy kick-off month of April is in the books, it’s time to start planning for the summer public service events. At both of these events we support the medical team to make sure everyone gets treated promptly—a critical job when temperatures start climbing. First is the BAA 10K on Sunday, June 24. This is a fast race through the heart of the Back Bay, from the Boston Common to Boston University and back. Assignments will run from the early morning until around noon. Volunteer registration is open now on the BAA web …

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