New England Area Flea Markets, July 31, 2019

New England Area   Ham – Electronic Flea Market  ***  DATES ***   2019 P 1 of 2 All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except “____” *******************************************************************************      2019                                                    Contact          Source      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  3 Aug Milo ME PARC @Kiwanis                       George WA1JMM 207 441 6112 A 3 Aug Cent Ossipee NH LRRA @TownHall $5B $10/T     Shawn KC1DNA 603 235 5360  …

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NEW MANAGER FOR EASTERN MASS 2 METER TRAFFIC NET

We were saddened to lose the services of Greg Bennett KC1CIC as net manager of the Eastern Mass 2 Meter Traffic Net.  Greg did a terrific job over the past few years and is certainly missed.  Notice of his passing with link to his obituary can be found elsewhere on this website. We now welcome the services of Peter Doherty KC1HHO as new net manager effective August 1, 2019.  Peter has been a regular participant as Net Control and handler of many messages.  I know Peter will do a fantastic job as Greg did welcoming all who wish to participate …

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Minuteman Repeater Association at Northeast HamXposition, September 6-8, 2019

Minuteman Repeater Association writes: As you may already know, MMRA will be hosting the talk-in at the Northeast HamXposition @Boxboro on September 6, 7, and 8.  We will also have a reception suite in the Boxwood room of the hotel where you can take a break and meet other members of the club. Again this year, we be awarding door prizes – an Icom IC2730A dual band transceiver, a Yaesu FT65R dual band HT, and a ZumSpot USB Hotspot.  Anyone with a membership renewed through 2021 will have one chance in the drawing.  Additional tickets can be had by make …

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Tech-In-A-Day™ Review Session at Northeast HamXposition, September 7, 2019

The New England Division Convention / Northeast HamXposition @ Boxboro will again feature a Tech-in-a-Day™ review session, sponsored by instructors from the   Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association. The day-long technician study course will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 9 AM to 5 PM. After the end of the class, there will be a special VE Exam for course attendees. There is a small fee to cover course materials, along with an FCC established $15 exam fee. If you wish to participate, please preregister for the class using this online signup form. For more information about the Tech-in-a-Day™ program …

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Bruce Blain, K1BG: “CW Academy,” Billerica ARS, August 7, 2019

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on w1hh.org: I am very pleased to announce that Bruce is returning to speak again at [the Billerica Amateur Radio Society], this time about CW Academy. Many BARS members use and enjoy CW. If you have never tried it, please attend this session and see what is possible for you! Did I just lose half my  audience? I dearly hope not. If you have only used voice your whole ham experience, you are missing out. I promise you will find this talk interesting. Please come and hear why people love operating using Morse code, and the …

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ANNUAL TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC SUNDAY AUGUST 4, 2019

The annual traffic handlers picnic will be held Sunday August 4 beginning at noon at the home of KW1U in Concord MA.  All traffic handlers and anyone interested in message handling is welcome to attend.  As usual hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.  Bring your beverage of choice, a lawn chair if you have one (I do have some if you don’t), and anything you might want to share with the group although this is a suggestion and not required.  I have requested no rain on that date and for the most part the weatherman has come through :-).  …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JUNE 2019

This month of July saw the passing of two of our own in NTS, Jim Ward N1LKJ and Greg Bennett KC1CIC.  Both were great supporters of NTS and both were great men who cared not only for NTS and message handling but cared for those folks who particpated and were always ready to help.  We will miss them both very much.  73 Jim and Greg!   We will have our annual traffic handlers picnic Sunday August 4 beginning at noon at the home of KW1U in Concord MA.  As usual hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.  Bring your beverage …

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Annual Marshfield Fair Amateur Radio Exhibit, August 16-25, 2019

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a ham radio exhibit and special events station at the 152st Annual Marshfield Fair August 16-25,  2019, from 1600Z-0059Z. The club will operate under the call sign NN1MF on the following frequencies/bands: 18.160, 14.260, 7.260, and 3.860 MHz. The station will also be active on EchoLink via the WA1NPO-R, and IRLP: 8691. Contacts will be acknowledged with a certificate and QSL at: Whitman ARC, PO Box 48, Whitman, MA 02382. 

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Amateur Radio Exposition for Young People, Northeast HamXposition @Boxboro, September 7-8, 2019

The Nashua Area Radio Society (NARS), will be presenting an Amateur Radio Exposition for Young People on September 7-8, 2019 at the Northeast HamXposition  @Boxboro. 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 The Amateur Radio Exposition for Young People will be located along the rear wall of the Exhibitor Hall. [Complete details]

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W1HFN Fox On the Air, Littleton, July 25, 2019

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the foxhunting list at 11:52 AM on July 25, 2019: Since the WX is not so HHH lately, I deployed the fox at the Whitetail Woods in Littleton. The battery pack should last until at least next Thursday, so the weekend should be fine for hunting. https://littletonconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/white-tail-woods/  Frequency is 146.565 MHz with a 20 second voice ID every 40 seconds.  Sign the log which is under the TX.  Good luck / 73, Barry – W1HFN

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Eastern MA Hospital Net, August 3, 2019

John O’Neill, K1JRO writes: Good Morning Everyone, The August 3, 2019 Eastern MA Hospital Net is approaching. We do not have anyone signed up to conduct the August net. If anyone is interested in taking a turn as Net Control Station please let us know.  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 will also send you a copy of our net preamble if you like which you may modify for your own use.  73’s, John  O’- K1JRO …

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QSL Sorting Night at Algonquin ARC, August 8, 2019

Eric Williams, KV1J, W1 QSL Bureau Co-Manager writes: Seventh Annual AARC QSL Sort Night  The Algonquin Amateur Radio Club will be holding a QSL card sorting session on  Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Marlborough Fire Station.  We will  be in the classroom/EOC where we hold Field Day.  The W1 QSL Bureau receives QSL cards from DXers all over the world, sorts them and then  sends them to the New England area hams.  We process about 100,000 QSL cards each year.  To do this, we are grateful for the team of over 40 volunteers and several area clubs that …

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GREG BENNETT KC1CIC SK

I was shocked to learn today of the passing of Greg KC1CIC on July 19, 2019.  Greg had been very active in NTS activities in Eastern Mass, serving as Net Manager of EM2MN and as Assistant Section Traffic Manager.  He was invaluable in many ways, not only on the nets, handling traffic and assisting new participants, but with his technical background was especially helpful with digital messaging.  Greg also served with the South Shore Hospital group and was a DEC in ARES for helping to coordinate NTS and ARES activities.  He was always ready to help when asked and that …

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Flea at MIT, Cambridge, July 21, 2019

Steve Finberg, W1GSL, writes:   The July FLEA at MIT is this coming Sunday.   Also known as SWAPFEST it is held in MIT’s Albany St garage near the corner of Albany and Main St in Cambridge.   It features “hi tech” goodies such as electronics, computers and ham radio,”all things nerdly.”   We have had real Enigma machines to a NASA Gemini spacecraft  show up.   It starts at 9 AM for buyers and runs till 2 PM,  be early for the  good stuff.   All vendors are in the covered garage, which makes a weather proof event.   Its not …

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Request For Operators: YuKanRun Triple Threat Half Marathon and 5K, August 4, 2019

Chris Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list: We are looking for operators to staff the YuKanRun Triple Threat Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday, August 4, 2019. Please be on location by 8:00; starts at Rockport High School, 24 Jerdens Lane, Rockport, MA 01966. Please let me know if you can staff a communications check-point for the event by August 4th so I can plan staffing positions for the event. While CAARA’s repeater performance has greatly improved with the replacement of our new antennas, the northern regions of this course may still experience some difficulty with …

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New England Sci-Tech Technician License Course, August 10-11, 2019

For junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults interested in wireless communications and electronics, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio 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 a few days before the course. The Technician level course runs on Saturday, 9 AM-4 PM and Sunday, 9 AM-1 PM, followed by the FCC Technician exam at 1:00, at New England Sci-Tech, …

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New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, August 3-4, 2019

For junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults who already have a Technician level license, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the GENERAL 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 GENERAL level course runs Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech …

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Marcia Forde, KW1U, Commended For Field Day Message Origination Assistance

Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, received a commendation letter from ARRL Special Service Club PART of Westford acknowledging the efforts of Eastern MA Section Traffic Manager Marcia Forde, KW1U, “for her professionalism and patience … in preparing members of PART for Field Day 2019 National Traffic System messaging.” PART President Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, writes, “[Marcia] worked with two of our members over the course of several weeks to advise on software and protocols.” KW1U’s knowledge and expertise allowed PART to earn an additional 200 points for message handling.  Stewart added, “her dedication to the Amateur Radio art reflects great credit …

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Window Closing on July 15, 2019 Volunteer Monitor Program Applications

From ARRLWeb: As of the close of business on Monday, July 15, applications for the new Volunteer Monitor Program no longer will be accepted. Some 250 applications have been submitted to fill approximately 150 Volunteer Monitor (VM) positions in the program, which is succeeding the Official Observer (OO) program. Retired FCC special counsel and former Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, is overseeing ARRL’s role in the development and implementation of the program, and he has been interviewing every applicant. Those not selected as VMs will be placed in a reserve pool. Current OOs were invited to apply for …

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