K1SIG, Unlimited Rover, in ARRL VHF Contest, September 14-16, 2019

Sean Waite, WA1TE writes on the YCCC mailing list: Alright…no minute like last minute. Chris KG6CIH and I have finally decided what our route for the contest is going to be. Saturday: FN34wa – Bradford Information Center FN33xi – Sunapee High Point FN43fb – Quincy Mountain Sunday: FN42fg – Westborough Water Tower (we may pick another FN42 site, depends on where we end up Saturday night) FN41cu – Apple orchard/cell site FN31tx – Soapstone Mountain FN32ou – Hogback Mountain Times for this will be fuzzy. Maybe 2 hours at each site, maybe longer on Sunday sites as we have more …

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Volunteers Needed: Buzzards Bay Du/Triathlon – Sunday, September 15th

Matt Brennan-NM1B writes: Hi Folks, I’m looking for about fifteen hams to provide communications assistance for the Buzzard’s Bay Triathlon in Westport on Sunday, September 15th. It occurs from 9AM (hams will meet at 8AM) until about 1PM (some assignments should secure by noon). It will be held in Horseneck Beach State Park and includes a swim, bike and run that travels through the town of Westport. There is also a duathlon option. More info online: www.maxperformanceonline.com. It is a very scenic area. Please send a note to events@wect.org if you’re able to help. This is well outside WECT’s normal …

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Norfolk County RA Presents ARRL Elmer Award to K1HRV

Norfolk County Radio Association President Dick Bean, K1HC, writes: The Norfolk County Radio Association presented Dave Doe, K1HRV, with the ARRL Elmer Award at its September 11 meeting to thank him for his mentoring of so many fellow hams over 51 years of club membership (since January 10, 1968).  Dave has held many leadership positions in the club, and he is currently club secretary and historian.

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Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC Meets September 17, 2019

Ray Cord, K2TGX, writes on the SMH ARC mailing list: This is to announce that the September Meeting of the SMH ARC will be held this coming Tuesday evening, September 17 [in Attleboro] at the Hospital in Conference Room D & E. Please note that there will be an abbreviated ARES meeting starting at 7:00PM and the business meeting will start at 7:30PM to allow time for a presentation by Pierre Guimond, N1EZT. Hope to see you all there.

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Build-Your-Own “HABCAR” Course Coming Soon to MIT Lincoln Lab

MIT Lincoln Lab employee Brian Smigielski, AB1ZO, has been awarded funding to design a course in which participants will learn how to build a prototype High Altitude Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio (HABCAR). “The [MIT Lincoln Lab] Technology Office wanted to create another kit building course where each kit would have a price  point of about $400/kit,” writes Brian.  “I had suggested a Build-Your-Own High Altitude Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio course focused on a long-endurance flight using WSPR and transmitting back telemetry (as well as other sensor related data) using the “invalid” WSPR messages which begin with a 0 or Q (that …

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Nashoba Valley ARC, Possible Plans for 2019 Jamboree On The Air

Stan Pozerski, KD1LE writes in the September, 2019 issue of Signal: We are exploring doing an Amateur Radio activity for the Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) with Owen Salter, KC1KZT, who is a boy scout from Ayer. Owen is working on whether arrangements can be made with the Boy Scout Council leadership. Possible locations at this point are the Lancaster Boy Scout office (where we set up two years ago) or Pearl Hill State Park in Townsend during a camporee. Stay tuned as we will need some help for this. 

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR AUGUST 2019

Greetings All,  Below you will find the August net and traffic report for Eastern and Western Mass.   Last weekend I enjoyed the annual ARRL New England Division convention, otherwise now known as Northeast HamXposition in Boxboro MA.  It was great to see so many friends there.  I enjoyed some of the interesting forums including one on message handling and net control by our own Doc Kinne KE1ML who gave an excellent and very lively presentation.  If you missed the convention this year I hope you will be able to attend next year, again the weekend after Labor Day. Peter Doherty …

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Wellesley ARS Meeting @ New England Sci-Tech, September 17, 2019

Dan Brown, W1DAN, writes in the Wellesley ARS’ The Spark Gap: Our September meeting will be very different. We will visit New England Sci-Tech at 16 Tech Circle in Natick on Tuesday September 17 (https://www.nescitech.org/). Here we will have a short business meeting, then join Bob [Phinney, K5TEC] and his crew to enjoy what they are doing. — New England Sci-Tech conducts classes and workshops in electronics, space science, ham radio, astronomy, robotics, photography, coding, computers, Arduinos, game theory, 3D design, spooky music, wearable technology, telescope making, edible 3D, Cubes-in-SpaceTM,  kite making, quadcopters, battle-bots, and more. It also provides a Maker …

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WECT Public Service Events

Courtesy wma.arrl.org: The Worcester Emergency Communications Team is looking for ham radio operators to assist with two more upcoming public service events.  Both of these events are out of WECT’s normal operational area. The Buzzard’s Bay Triathlon in Westport on Sunday, September 15th. It occurs from 9 AM (hams will meet at 8 AM) until about 1 PM (some assignments should secure by noon). It will be held in Horseneck Beach State Park and includes a swim, bike and run that travels through the town of Westport. There is also a duathlon option. It is a very scenic area. The Ride to Defeat ALS on Sunday September 22 from 6 AM to …

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Mystic Valley ARG Meeting, September 15, 2019

Nick Magliano, KC1MA, writes:   The September meeting of the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019 @ 9 a.m.       The meeting will be held at the Milton Auxiliary Fire Dept Station, 2nd floor, 509 Canton Ave. Milton, Mass.        The building is a little beyond the gazebo to the right of the Milton Fire Headquarters where we’ve held our Field Day Operations in past years.  Local map is attached below as a post script.    We will be monitoring the 145.43 Belmont repeater for talk-in.  Please feel free to email me …

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Harvard Wireless Club’s 110th Year, and Fall 2019 Kickoff Meeting

Welcome to the Harvard Wireless Club’s 110th year! We’ve got a variety of exciting events planned, so we’re kicking off with a meeting at 6 Linden St. on Tuesday 9/10 at 7 PM. Dinner (pizza) will be provided so feel free to send me an email if you have dietary restrictions for us to accommodate. We’ll be going over the basics of ham radio (what it is and why it’s important), our plans for the year, and giving a quick overview of how the club runs. If you’re interested in amateur radio but unable to attend, don’t worry! Let us know …

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Northeastern Wireless Club Fall 2019 Kickoff

    NU Wireless Club mailing list, September 9, 2019: Welcome back to all of our returning members and welcome to all of our new members. After a way-too-short summer, Wireless Club is starting back up. This semester we will have our bi-weekly general meetings, ham nets, workshops, and more!  Our first meeting is this Thursday, September 12th [in 503 Hayden at 6:00 PM]. We will be introducing new members to the club and talking about the upcoming semester. Come join us for pizza and refreshments. Hope to see you all there!

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Requested, Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life, October 5, 2019

Dave Gilman, KC1DDH, writes:   Mark Richards, K1MGY and I head up the Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life event based out of Holliston and we are coming up woefully short of volunteers from our usual pool. We are in need of Amateur Radio operators to operate at rest stops and as SAG vehicles roaming the course to keep an eye on and assist the cyclists.   The event is on Saturday, October 5th based at Fatima Shrine in Holliston.  There are three routes:  12 mile, 30 mile and 65 mile courses traversing Holliston, Sherborn, Medfield, Medway and Hopkinton.  We can …

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Boxboro Fox

John Salmi, KB1MGI, writes on the foxhunting list on September 6, 2019 at 2:01 PM: To all fox hunters and others: I hope to see you all at the Northeast HamXposition @ Boxboro Saturday morning at 9am for my Fox Hunting Talk. And my RF Fingerprinting talk at 10 am. Great fox hunting tips and stories about fox hunting adventures. I thinking of holding off on placing out the Fox Box due to weather. John KB1MGI

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MIT Lincoln Laboratory Hams Offer Amateur Radio Course

Radio amateurs at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington conducted an Amateur Radio course this past fall, according to MIT Lincoln Lab employee Brian Smigielski, AB1ZO. “It was offered through the Technical Education Committee here at the Lab, which fosters employees taking courses to encourage classroom learning beyond their typical daily tasks. I ran the course jointly with Jon Schoenberg, AA1FH, and it was really the first of its kind here at the Lab.” Other amateur volunteer instructors included: Ameya Agaskar, KB1SPV; Dave Brigada, AB1QV; Chip Coldwell, W1CMC; Chris Galbraith, W1XG; Tommy Hotaling, K1MFD (silent key); Phil Erickson, W1PJE; John Kaufmann, …

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International Museum of World War II in Natick Abruptly Closes

The September 3, 2019 Boston Globe published a story reporting the International Museum of World War II in Natick “closed down abruptly over the weekend amid a legal battle with billionaire Ronald S. Lauder, with whose help the museum had planned to relocate eventually to Washington, D.C. “’This was sudden and very unexpected,’ director Kenneth W. Rendell, who founded the museum 20 years ago, said Monday. ‘I’m extremely disappointed and bewildered.’ “In May, Rendell had revealed that he was working with donors to move the museum to Washington. At the time, however, he did not disclose that he had sold …

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ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program is Now Accepting Applications

From ARRL Web: Applications for the 2020 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program will be accepted between September 1 and December 31, 2019. All applicants must be FCC-licensed radio amateurs, and many scholarships have other specific requirements, such as intended area of study, residence within a particular ARRL Division, Section or state, and license class. Applicants should review the scholarships and check off the ones for which they are eligible. [Full story]

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SMS Callbook Service

Gerry Hull, VE1RM/W1VE, writes on the YCCC reflector: I’m doing SMS work for clients, so for fun, I built an SMS callbook service. It started out with just the US callbook, but I found a better data source — HamQTH.com, which offers most of the world. There are three numbers you can access it from: +1 (475) 275-7373  (475-CQL-7373)   * a Connecticut number* +1 (782) 828-0001  +1 (530) 482-0101 You can enter callsigns with phonetics — so you can use Siri, Cortana or Google hands-free to do the SMS for you.  Great when mobile and wanting to find out who …

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