KC1DKY Fox Deployed in Billerica, August 9, 2019

Nick Mollo, KC1DKY, writes on the foxhunting list at 11:08 AM on Friday, August 9 2019: Get your HTs and your bug spray and head to Billerica to hunt for my fox.  Fox is on 146.525MHz, and a DTMF of 1 will activate it for 20minutes or so.  If it does not seem to be transmitting, try a few DTMF #’s to kick start it (I sometimes think someone is messing with the programming).  Be sure to sign the log book if you find it. Happy Hunting!

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Cape Cod ARES Summer Exercise – Saturday 8/10/19 1000 AM-1200 PM

Rob Macedo-KD1CY writes: Cape Cod ARES will conduct their summer exercise on Saturday August 10th, 2019 from 1000 AM-1200 PM. The exercise will be led by Cape Cod ARES District Emergency Coordinator, WQ1O-Frank O’Laughlin. All are welcome to participate. The Cape Cod ARES Exercise document can be seen at the following link: Cape Cod ARES August 10th 2019 Exercise Plan

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New Hampshire Tower Tragedy: Lessons Learned

Mark Pride, K1RX, writes on the YCCC Reflector: To all Tower owners in the Amateur Radio Community – a must read!  By Mark Pride, K1RX Many old timers in the hobby that own a tower, perhaps in the air for 20, 30, 40 or 50 years, need to take this article seriously as it could provide life saving information to you and your ground crew. This is a cautionary article for all that have a tower no matter how long its been the air.  What occurred at a NH amateur station recently provides a lesson for all of us tower …

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Dan Barstow, KA1ARD, Keynote Speaker at Northeast HamXposition, September 7, 2019

Dan Barstow, KA1ARD, will be the featured keynote speaker at the Northeast HamXposition @ Boxboro’s Saturday Grand Banquet September 7, 2019. Barstow is Senior Education Manager for the International Space Station National Lab. In this role, he supports large-scale use of the ISS by students, teachers and the public. He does this work through the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the Space Station Explorers program. Dan has a long-term interest in ham radio and its space connections. Through Space Station Explorers, he supports the Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS) program to connect students with astronauts, and has developed …

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Cape Cod ARES and SKYWARN Provide Support in Rare Cape Cod Tornado Event

From ARRLWeb: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, ARES, and SKYWARN Amateur Radio volunteers were promptly pressed into action as a storm system on July 23 produced severe thunderstorms that spawned three tornadoes over the Cape. Hurricane-force wind also resulted in significant tree and utility wire damage across Cape Cod, with particularly hard-hit communities including Hyannis, Yarmouth, and Chatham. Some pockets of wind damage also occurred in the northwest corner of Martha’s Vineyard. Amateur Radio SKYWARN spotters were the first to provide critical ground truth information regarding the significant wind damage and tornadoes across Cape Cod. Under the direction of Cape Cod District …

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One Dead, One Injured in New Hampshire Ham Radio Tower Mishap

From ARRLWeb: A tower dismantling turned tragic on Saturday, July 27, in Deerfield, New Hampshire, when two radio amateurs working some 40 feet up on the tower were carried to the ground when the structure collapsed. Joseph Areyzaga, K1JGA, 52, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, did not survive his injuries sustained in the fall, while the tower’s owner, Michael Rancourt, K1EEE, 65, was seriously injured and remains hospitalized. Rancourt was taking down the tower in preparation for selling his house, and the pair had nearly completed their work. They were tied into the tower and went down with it as it …

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Massachusetts Distracted Driving Legislation Stalled

WBZ/ CBS Boston reported House and Senate Democrats “failed to reach a compromise on long-discussed distracted driving legislation after a marathon session Wednesday [July 31, 2019], abandoning the issue about four hours after Senate President Karen Spilka said a resolution appeared imminent.” In its current form, the legislation–also known as the “handheld cellphone ban”–would exempt “federally-licensed 2-way radios” allowing for the unimpeded use of amateur radios in vehicles. [See also: Massachusetts Hands-free Mobile Device Legislation Update] Both branches held sessions open from Wednesday afternoon until after 12 a.m. Thursday in what was expected to be the last day before a …

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Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday August 3rd, 2019 – 1000 AM EDT

Good evening, Since we do not have a Net Control Volunteer for the upcoming August Net, the South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group – W1SSH will once again act as Net Control. The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters and simplex frequency in the order listed. Please note: The simplex frequency for this month’s net has changed. Because we will be using the frequency in simplex mode, without tone, if it is not already programmed into your radio, the frequency can easily be entered into your radios “VFO” channel without the need …

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