Framingham ARA Members Tour Museum of Broadcast History in Woonsocket, RI

On November 9, 2019, members of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association (W1FY) made a field trip to the Museum of Broadcast History in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.  Photos from the tour can be found on the club’s Facebook page.

From the Museum of Broadcast History’s web page:

“The Museum’s first floor is dedicated primarily to videotape systems. It also features an early audio/radio control area.

“The second floor features a wide variety of vintage television cameras and related production equipment displayed in an operational studio setting. Sets and live production elements typical of the early TV era will fill out the display in the future.
“The Museum exhibits are housed in a 15,000 square foot building in the heart of downtown Woonsocket, Rhode Island.”
The museum is open to the public on a ‘by appointment’ basis. Appointments can be made by contacting them at

December, 2019 Issue of Digital QST Now Available

From ARRLWeb:

The December issue of Digital QST is now available for viewing on your desktop or laptop. It is also available for reading on your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device.

● Build a Slot Cube antenna for 6 meters.

● See the excitement of Amateur Radio at the World Scout Jamboree.

● Browse the 2019 ARRL Field Day results.

● Take a look back at the October 1969 QST.

…and much more!

Norfolk County Radio Association Awards ARRL Elmer to W1MA and W1JAW

Dick Bean, K1HC, writes:

[Norfolk County Radio Association] Associate members Ed Lajoie, W1MA, and Jack Wyatt, W1JAW, both Cape Cod residents, received a double surprise when NCRA President Dick Bean, K1HC, invited them to lunch on November 6 with a mystery guest, who turned out to be their long-time mutual friend and fellow NCRA member and club Secretary, Dave, K1HRV. 

Pictured, left to right: W1MA, K1HC, W1JAW. Photo courtesy K1HRV

The second part of the surprise was presenting both Ed and Jack the ARRL Elmer award.  Ed has been an Elmer to many hams in several clubs and was a [World Radiosport Team Championship] volunteer in the past local WRTC competition.  Jack was an Elmer to many hams, and Dick, related how Jack came back to Jack’s high school alma mater, Catholic Memorial [CM] High School in West Roxbury, to meet with and encourage the then current members of the amateur club, including Dick, who was then WN1KDL. Ed was also a member of the Catholic Memorial Amateur Radio Club but preceded both Jack and Dick in his years of attendance at CM. 


K1USN QRV for Veterans Day, November 11, 2019

K1USN QSL cardThe K1USN Radio Club will once again be on the air November 11, 2019, to celebrate Veterans Day to show their appreciation for those who have served. They anticipate opening up around 8:30 AM on the HF bands using SSB and CW until late afternoon.  Local hams are invited to visit them at the Watson Museum & Research Library, 85 Quincy Avenue in Braintree. 

K1USN QSL cards will be available for all contacts with K1USN. Send # 10 SASE to K1RV or DX stations QSL via bureau.

QSL via K1RV
Contact: Pi, K1RV

“Please drop by if you want to operate or just to chat and have some coffee. Let me know if you want to be added to the growing list. We will make room for everyone. This is a fun event and a wonderful way to those who served,” writes K1USN Radio Club’s “Pi” Pugh, K1RV. 

New England Sci-Tech Technician License Course, December 7-8, 2019

New England Sci Tech logoFor 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, 16 Tech Circle, Natick. [Full description]

New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, December 14-15, 2019

New England Sci Tech logoFor 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 Circle, Natick.

Included with course fee: printed handouts, lecture study guide, license fee if tested at our location, a guest pass to the NEAR/STARS Radio Room and radio club meetings for 2 months, and free coffee, tea, or hot chocolate during the course. Advance registration and payment required.

For more information and to register, visit <>. For questions, e-mail bobphinney at or call 508-720-4179.

Cape Cod Amateurs Provide Communications for the 2019 Cape Cod Marathon in Falmouth

Amateur radio well-advertised. KB1TLR photo

Approximately 30 Cape Cod amateurs provided communications  for the annual Cape Cod Marathon and Half Marathon in Falmouth on October 26-27, 2019. The premiere event is limited to 1,200 participants and serves as a qualifying race for the BAA Boston Marathon.

“The weather was excellent for running on Saturday, but a completely different story for the full marathon on Sunday,” writes Falmouth Amateur Radio Association President and Communications Coordinator Barry Hutchinson, KB1TLR. “With strong winds and heavy rains along Falmouth’s coastline both runners and radio operators were put to the test.”

Hutchinson reports that “banners for [the Barnstable Amateur Radio Club], FARA along with the new ARRL radio communications banner were all displayed along the finish line gates. “This created many positive comments about amateur radio.”

Amateur radio volunteers kept race officials abreast of runners who dropped out, allowing them to be picked up by the  “Tired Runner Vans” or transferred to the medical tent. KB1TLR received praise from the Marathon staff which he passed it along to his team. “It was an excellent team to work with.”

Cape Cod Marathon Net Control operators. K1CB photo

Amateurs to Contact Military Station on 60 Meters During Simulated Emergency Test, November 3, 2019

Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, writes:

As you may know, WMA section is conducting an ARRL Simulated Emergency Test on Sunday [November 3, 2019]. As a connection to that, I am getting a government station on 60 meters to communicate with amateur stations on channel 1 at 9 AM tomorrow.


Amateurs Contact Military Stations on 60 Meters

A government station call up amateur stations on 60-meter channel 1 (Dial 5.3305 MHz) at 9am Sunday (11/3/19) for the purpose of getting situational awareness reports. Amateurs will be asked for any known failures of infrastructure in their county such as water, power, telecommunications, sewer, medical, and also their zip code. If they don’t know of any failures, then they report no failures. Reports of no failures are just as important as failures.

This call up will be shortly after the Western Mass Emergency Net on 3.944 at 8:30 AM.

There will be a 60-meter broadcast on Nov 17 at 0301Z. (That is Saturday night in two weeks.)

The broadcast will be voice and digital. The Digital mode is M110A, and the software is available on the website under software.

under x86 MS-DMT.

Amateurs can use this mode on 60 meters only, and will facilitate interoperation with Military and other government stations.

All reports must be real life reports. Do not make up situations.

[See also: MARS Members to Work with Radio Amateurs during SET and DOD COMEX 19-4]

Eastern MA Hospital Net, November 2, 2019

John O’Neill, K1JRO, writes:

Good Morning Everyone,

Net Control for the November 2, 2019 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be Allan Cox K1VQ from the Mansfield Emergency Management Agency.

The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters / frequencies in the order listed: 

  1. Sharon 146.865 Mhz tone 103.5
  2. Bridgewater 147.180 tone 67.0
  3. Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0
  4. Simplex 147.42 Mhz

The Net will then return to the Sharon Repeater for final comments and Net closing.

NET Protocol: Please wait for Net Control to ask for Check-ins. When asked to check in please use the standard net check-in procedure which is:   Here is.., un-key, wait 3 seconds to check for doubling, then give your or your facilities call sign, your first name, and your facility’s name.

We extend an invitation to any health care facility or EOC of any city or town that is served by one of the participating hospitals to join the Net. We also extend an invitation to any RACES or ARES member to check in during the NET.

We are always looking for groups or organizations to try their hand at Net Control duties. If you are interested in joining the group please let us know. We can be reached by sending an email to The goal is to rotate Net Control practice and the experience among as many individuals and groups as possible.

We thank the repeater trustees for their generosity in allowing us to conduct the monthly nets and the use of their systems in an actual event. The following list of repeaters is available for our use. Only a few systems are used each month with the selection of those used made by Net Control for that month.  More systems are being added to the list on a regular basis.


Attleboro 147.195 tone 127.3 (Sturdy Memorial Hospital)
Belmont 145.430 tone 146.2
Boston 145.230 tone encode 88.5 tone decode 100.0
Bridgewater 147.180 tone 67.0
Danvers 145.47 tone 136.5
Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0  
Fall River 146.805. tone 67.0
Falmouth 147.375 tone 110.9  
Mansfield EMA 446.925 tone 100.0
Mansfield 147.015 tone 67.0
Marshfield 145.390 tone 67.0      
Norwood 147.210 tone 100.00
Plymouth 146.685 tone 131.8
Salem 146.88 tone 118.8        
Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5    
Weymouth 147.345 tone 110.9 (South Shore Hospital)
West Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244
Wrentham 147.09 tone 146.2

We look forward to hearing from you all on the Net.


John O’Neill – K1JRO 

South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group – W1SSH
55 Fogg Road, Box 42
South Weymouth, MA 02190