New England Area Flea Markets, August 31, 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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 26 Aug Newtown CT CARA @TownHall $7@8 $20/T          John W1JGM 203 417 0160 F       8,10 Sept Boxboro MA FEMARA NE Conv                  Mike K1TWF 978 …

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Boxboro Convention to Feature Amateur Radio Exposition For Young People

The 2018 Boxboro! ARRL New England  Division is pleased to announce that the Nashua Area Radio Society (NARS) will be presenting an Amateur Radio Exposition for Young People on September 8-9, 2018. This exposition will include many hands-on activities, videos, and displays about amateur radio and wireless communications, including: Software Defined Radios High-Altitude Balloons Portable and Mobile stations Emergency Communications Fox-hunting In addition to the displays, the exposition will also feature a kit building activity. For a small cost ($20), you can purchase a kit and build it using NARS’s equipment and help from their mentors. The kit is a fully functional Morse code …

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Marlborough Household Hazardous Waste Day, September 29, 2018

Eric Williams, KV1J, Marlborough EMA Communications Officer writes in the Algonquin ARC QRZ newsletter: Please join us as we support the biannual joint Hudson-Marlborough Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on September 29th . Our support is a combined effort by our Algonquin Amateur Radio Club and the Marlborough Emergency Management Team. Using our radio communications skills, we manage the traffic flow and validate residency for the approximately 400 cars that come to the event. We use both our N1EM repeater and the Emergency Management’s UHF radios. We setup at 8 AM and the event runs from 9 AM to 1 …

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New ARRL CEO Elected By Board of Directors

An Eastern Massachusetts amateur has been elected as the League’s new  Chief Executive Officer. “The ARRL Board of Directors has elected Howard E. Michel, WB2ITX, of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to be ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer, starting on October 15. Michel (his name rhymes with “nickel”) is currently Chief Technology Officer at UBTECH Education, and Senior Vice President of UBTECH Robotics, a $5 billion Shenzhen, China, artificial intelligence and robotics company. As the Chief Technology Officer at UBTECH Education, Michel helped build this company from a startup in China to $100 million in valuation.” [Full story]

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Barry Porter, KB1PA, Appointed as Section Manager in Southern Florida

A former Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager is back in a familiar leadership role:  Barry Porter, KB1PA, has been appointed to serve as Section Manager for Southern Florida beginning October 1st.  A resident of Delray Beach, Barry is a native of Milton, Massachusetts. He was licensed in 1984 and was one of the founding members of the Aleppo Shrine Amateur Radio Club and the Boston Computer Society’s Amateur Radio Group. “I was very active promoting the melding of ham radio and computing, and did a lot of packet radio. Through packet radio, I got involved with public service activities, and worked …

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Cape and Islands ARES participation in the REPC Regional Shelter exercise 0900 8-25-18

Hello to all, Cape Cod and Islands ARES will participate in the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee shelter exercise on Saturday. August 25th. This will be a functional exercise using the volunteer agencies in our multi agency shelter at D-Y Regional High School. Our Red Cross partners, ARES, MRC, CERT, and the Disaster Animal Rescue Team will participate. Cape and Islands ARES will be providing in shelter communication coverage by UHF radio between the agencies. External communications will be using a new kit featuring a 75 watt VHF 2m radio. Our 2m VHF station will call a simplex net …

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Genesis ARS Fox Hunt Training and Antenna Building, September 8, 2018

Jack Buckley, W1AKN writes in the Genesis ARS Newsletter: Please plan to attend the fox hunt training session planned for Saturday, September 8 at 9AM at the Genesis ARS Meeting Room, Plymouth Airport.  This training session is in preparation for the fox hunt on September 15 following the GARS Breakfast.   We have ordered several 2-meter tape measure beam kits that will be available for purchase and will help you to build the kits at the training session.  

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Boxboro! Advance Ticket Registration, Hotel Room Deadline

Bob DeMattia, K1IW, writes on August 22:   There are only a few more days left before we close payments by US mail.  If you wish to use this option, please make sure to visit our website by this coming Friday.  We will continue to accept PayPal payments until September 5th.   If you are planning to stay overnight, rooms are available at the convention discount rate of $99/night.  Friday night is now sold out at this rate.  There are still a few rooms left on Saturday.  Call 978-263-8701 and use the discount code NEHAM!   http://www.boxboro.org   See you there!   Bob – K1IW …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JULY 2018

July and the first half of August have been busy ones.  As many of you know I was privileged to go on a cruise to Alaska late July into early August.  While Massachusetts had heat and rain, we had perfect weather in Alaska, at least perfect for us tourists but no so for those who live there.  Southeast Alaska is a rain forest and they hadn’t had rain in over a week!  The sun shone every day we were there and temperatures were in the 70s and 80s.  The scenery in Alaska is fabulous in itself, and to add to …

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Flea at MIT, August 19, 2018 in Cambridge, MA

This Coming Sunday, the August Flea at MIT ******************************************************************************* ******************************************************************************* Summary: Buy Sell SWAP    Ham Radio    Electronics Computers    9AM – 2PM  *** !!!!  In our Traditional GARAGE  !!!!!  ****           so come rain or shine or super heat the Flea is on !!! Outdoor space is questionable for this month, call ahead if your will not fit in 6′ 8″ height. Due to changes in the construction crane, we may have some street space for oversize trucks for the next couple months.   Call for details. ******************************************************************************* ******************************************************************************* Summary: Buy Sell SWAP    Ham Radio    …

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2018 Boxboro! Forum Schedule Posted

Information on forums and presentations at the 2018 Boxboro! New England Division Convention September 7-9, 2018 is now on-line, according to Boxboro Program Chair Phil Temples, K9HI. This year’s program spans three days, beginning on Friday, September 7 at 10:00 AM with a special ARES/SKYWARN track and concluding on Sunday, September 9 at 1:00 PM with the main prize drawing and convention wrap-up. See http://boxboro.org/forums-and-classes/forum-schedule for program presenters, titles, times, room locations, and abstracts. 

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Boston Marathon Article Featured in September QST

The September, 2018 issue of QST features a full-length article entitled “Public Service in Action at the Boston Marathon.” Authored by Assistant Editor Caroline Kenney, the story describes Amateur Radio communications at one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting events: “There are radio operating teams in all aspects of the complex system surrounding the starting line… transport and parking, aiding elite or disabled runners, attending to the volunteer core of 1,000 people, and working the information booths. “ Mark Richards, K1MGY, and Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, are quoted in the article.  The September edition …

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Bulk Traffic Handling Policy

Section Traffic Manager Marcia Forde, KW1U writes: Hello to all Massachusetts traffic handlers, Those who were able to attend the annual traffic handlers picnic last Sunday, which included ASTMs, Net Managers and those who handle a large number of radiograms, were involved in a discussion regarding the disposition of what has come to be called “bulk” or “spam” traffic, arriving on Massachusetts traffic nets. As mentioned in the enclosed document, there has been an increasing proliferation of radiograms originated by traffic handlers throughout the US and addressed to other amateurs  whose call signs, names and addresses were acquired from an …

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Lightship Nantucket To Be Activated for International Lightship/Lighthouse Weekend, August 19, 2018

Mike Rioux, W1USN and Bob Reiser, AA1M, will operate onboard the Lightship Nantucket on Sunday, August 19 as part of International Lightship/Lighthouse Weekend.    “Anyone who is interested in operating or just coming down to check the ship out is welcome.  Bring friends if you like and we’ll give a tour,” says Bob.   If you need info or directions, email Bob, AA1M, at aa1m@yahoo.com.   International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) began  in 1998 as the Scottish Northern Lights Award sponsored by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group. ILLW is a popular Amateur Radio event that takes place on the third full weekend in August …

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WQ1O and Cape Cod ARES Receives Certificate of Recognition From Barnstable County Commissioners

Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, and the Cape Cod ARES team  received high praise from the Barnstable County Commissioners for his hard work during the intense storms that impacted the Cape in March. The ARRL Cape Cod and Islands ARES District Emergency Coordinator and the Cape Cod ARES team were awarded a Certificate of Recognition from Commissioners Ronald Beaty, Mary Pat Flynn, and Leo Cakounes at a Regional Emergency Planning Committee Meeting on August 1, 2018. “I want to give thanks to all and especially to my crew who worked hard and long hours last winter during storm operations. Our group devoted several …

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ARRL Board of Directors’ Committee Seeks Input for Proposed ARES Strategic Plan

The Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) has contacted all ARRL Section Managers and Section Emergency Coordinators seeking comments and suggestions regarding the proposed ARES Strategic Plan via an online form. The deadline is October 31, in order to give the PSEWG sufficient time to review the comments and suggestions, formulate any necessary revisions, and submit the revised document to the Board for consideration at its January meeting.  [Full story]   [Note: please forward comments and suggestions about the strategic plan  to Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY.]

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Marlborough Labor Day Parade, September 3, 2018

The Algonquin Amateur Radio Association is looking for volunteers to assist in the Marlborough Labor Day parade on September 3. The parade is one of the club’s highest profile public service events.  According to AARC’s Ed Fitzgerald, K1DIN, “The early recruiting for this year’s parade and the great response may give us the opportunity to try some operational upgrades. Each year that we’ve filled our roster, we have made some changes which seem to have worked well.” Jim Babish, K1UUM, has agreed to assist Ed as his assistant team organizer “so that he might learn all the steps to getting the parade …

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TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC THIS SUNDAY AUGUST 12

REMINDER – The annual traffic handlers picnic will take place this Sunday, August 12 from noon to 4 at 44 Raymond Road, Concord MA.  All traffic handlers and others interested in learning more about traffic handling are invited.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausages will be provided.  Bring your beverage of choice.  I have heard of some folks bringing chips and cake.  If you wish to bring something to share it would be most welcome and appreciated, but we do always seem to have a lot  left over.  I also have a limited number of chairs, so if you happen …

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