K1IR: “Tower Safety” at Billerica ARS, November 6, 2019

Jim Idelson, K1IR, will present on “Tower Safety” at the November 6, 2019 meeting of the Billerica Amateur Radio Society at 7 PM at the Chelmsford Bible Church, 128 Gorham Street (Route 3A), Chelmsford, MA 01824.  “Recent tragic events including the loss of our local friend, Joe K1JGA, and the serious injuries sustained by K1EEE drove Jim K1IR to do a full investigation of amateur radio tower fatalities in the US over the past 20 years. The results of the research are revealing and disturbing. But, they are also compelling. Come learn about the seriousness of this issue and the …

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“Beyond Tech-In-A-Day” License Prep & Refresher Course, Ipswich, Starts November 5, 2019

Beyond Tech-In-A-Day Amateur Radio Technician (Element 2) License Preparation and Refresher Course Sponsored by: Ipswich Emergency Management. Dates:  Five Tuesdays, November 5 / December 3 Times:  18:30 – 20:30 (6:30 – 8:30 PM).  Help will be available a half hour before and after each session. Location:  Ipswich Town Hall, Downstairs Training Room / EOC. 25 Green Street Ipswich, MA. 01938 Preregistration:  Recommended Course Fee:  Free Prerequisites:   No pre-study is required but we recommend you skim through the material.  Morse Code is no longer required for any Amateur Radio license.  Required Class Textbook:  Gordon West’s 2018-2022 Technician Class Book (see below) Exam sessions:  Offered at CAARA, …

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W1BOF: Apollo Spacecraft Communications at Dan’s Tech Night, October 10, 2019

Dan Pedtke, KW2T, writes: TechNight is tomorrow night, Thursday, October 10, at the usual time and place; 7:00PM at the Grady Research Building in Ayer.  See www.danstechnight.com for details and directions. We have an unusually interesting program this month, with a rare guest speaker visiting us to discuss the technical aspects of the NASA Apollo spacecraft radio link.  George Whitehead, W1BOF, is one of the few remaining radio engineers who worked on the design of the Apollo mission communications radios. This the radio hardware that did the communications between earth and the spacecraft, including the video of man’s first step onto …

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Volunteers Needed for Halloween Watch, Marlborough, October 31, 2019

Joe Reynolds, KA1GDQ, writes on the Algonquin ARC list:   As you know, Halloween Watch is around the corner.  I am going to need 15 volunteers (including a Net Control).        School Minimum Hihgh School 4 Middle School 3 Hildreth School * 2 Kane School 1 Richer School 1 Jaworek School 1 Bigalow School 1 Senior Center 1 NET CONTROL 1 MINIMUM NEEDED 15   If you are available, school watch is from 7pm – 11pm. We do this to help the school system out, who donates the cafes at the middle school for the Flea Market and …

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Important Correction to Eastern MA September 2019 Section News

Bruce D. Budinger, AB3BB, of Groton MA was incorrectly listed as a silent key in this month’s EMA section news. Apology to Bruce and his family for the error. I am very sad to report that it was Brian Budinger, his brother who passed away.  I will shortly distribute a corrected version of the September news. Any club or individual who has posted or distributed the September section news is requested to please post or re-distribute the corrected version in its place.  Thank-you. ——————————————————————– ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW k1tw@arrl.org ——————————————————————–

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Barnstable ARC Exhibition at Harwich Cranberry Festival, September 14-15, 2019

The Barnstable Amateur Radio Club (BARC) conducted a highly successful public information effort at the Harwich Cranberry Festival September 14-15 in Harwich. The annual festival drew 150 exhibitors and over 7,000 participants. It featured crafts, music, and food. BARC set up a special event station K1PBO at the festival entrance to promote Amateur Radio to greet festival attendees.  A large-screen television displayed locations contacted around the world. Magazines and other items were handed out to the public. Many BARC members helped to make the event a success.  Al Ryan, WW1RF, served as event liaison while Mark Avery, N1ZPO, provided technical …

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Marine Lodge Supports Falmouth ARA Communications Trailer Project

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association has received a generous donation in support of their communications trailer project from Marine Lodge, the town’s Masonic Lodge. On October 3, 2019, Marine Lodge Master Erich F. Horgan and Lodge member Maxwell J. Weinfuss, KC1MAX, presented a $5,000 check to the FARA Board of Directors. The goal of the trailer project is to assemble a professional, self-contained, mobile communications platform that will be used to support emergency, and non-emergency, public safety and public service events.  [Full story]

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Boston Chosen For 2020 USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships

The ARRL Amateur Radio Direction Finding Committee has approved a proposal for the 2020 USA ARDF Championships to be held near Boston on June 9-14, 2020. The actual site selections will be mapped by the New England Orienteering Club. The program will consist of the following activities:   * Sprint * Foxoring * Classic-2m * Classic-80m * Two days of practice followed by four days of competition * A Saturday evening banquet   According to Charles Scharlau, NZ0I, “We would love to have youth ham-club members attend. […] We might be able to arrange for a youth training session prior …

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KB1OIQ: Linux In Your Hamshack at Algonquin ARC, October 10, 2019

The Algonquin Amateur Radio Club meeting on October 10, 2019 features Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, who will present on “Linux In Your Hamshack.” Linux fans will be interested in Andy’s Ham Radio Linux, a popular software collection he created for amateur radio users. The AARC meetings are held at 7:30 PM in the library of the 1st Lt. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School in Marlborough, 25 Union Avenue. Use Door #1 at rear of building.

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Littleton Fox QRV, October 1, 2019

John Salmi, KB1MGI, writes on the foxhunting list at 1:30 PM on October 1, 2019:   I just placed a Fox out on 2 Meter on 146.565. Press DTMF tone two to activate.   I’ll leave it out for a week.   See attached link for a map    Easy find. Not far from Parking area.   John KB1MGI   https://littletonconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/nagog-hill-orchard/

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Flea at MIT, October 20, 2019

Steve Finberg, W1GSL, writes: The October FLEA at MIT is Sunday, October 20, 2019.    Also known as SWAPFEST it is held in MIT’s Albany Street garage near the corner of Albany and Main Street in Cambridge. It features high-tech goodies such as electronics, computers and ham radio. “All things nerdly.”      We have had real Enigma machines to a NASA Gemini space craft  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 weatherproof event.   Its …

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