Cape Cod National Seashore Says Goodbye to Education Specialist Barbara Dougan, N1NS

From the Cape Cod National Seashore Facebook page:   Today we said “Happy Trails!” to one of the seashore’s longest-tenured employees, Education Specialist Barbara Dougan, who retired today. Barbara began working here in the 1970s, wearing many hats over the years…naturalist, interpreter, event coordinator, ham radio operator, public information officer for the national wildland fire program, in addition to decades of work as our education specialist. Under Barbara’s direction, and in collaboration with local educators, the seashore’s education program has been a model for aligning state and national learning standards with park resources. Over the course of their school careers, …

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“Space Weather Operational Resources and Needs of the Amateur Radio Community” at 100th Annual AMS Meeting in Boston, January 12-16, 2020

The American Meteorological Society’s 100th Annual Meeting will be held in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston’s Seaport District from January 12-16, 2020. It will feature many informative talks and presentations. Among those is  an invited presentation by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) entitled, “Space Weather Operational Resources and Needs of the Amateur Radio Community” on Tuesday, January 14 from 11:45 AM- 12:00 PM. The authors include:  Nathaniel A. Frissell Univ. of Scranton Scranton, PA, USA Philip J. Erickson, W1PJE MIT Haystack Observatory Westford, MA, USA Ethan S. Miller Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab Laurel, …

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Straight Key Night: A New Year’s Eve Tradition!

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on the Billerica ARS mailing list: Hi everybody! I hope to spend several hours enjoying Straight Key Night starting tonight at 0000Z. It’s a perfect time to get on CW when the speeds are generally slower. If you’re rusty at the key, give it a try anyway! If you’ve never done CW then perhaps download a decoder app for your computer or smartphone and listen in. I believe FLDigi is a good CW decoder and on my iPhone I find Morse-It works well. Android users, suggestions welcome. Please join in the tradition!

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Eastern MA Hospital Net, January 4, 2020

John Barbuto, KS1Q, writes: Net Control for the January 4, 2020 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be W1SSH, the South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Group. The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters / frequencies in the order listed: 1. Plymouth 146.685 tone 131.8 2. W. Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244  3. Boston 145.230 tone encode 88.5 tone decode 100.0 4. Simplex 147.42 Mhz The Net will then return to the Plymouth 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 …

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Monthly Ham Radio Breakfast, Northborough, January 4, 2020

Jim, KX1M, writes on the Framingham ARA mailing list: Subject:       Ham Radio Breakfast for January Where:        IHOP Location:    4102 Shops Way Northborough, Ma 508-393-1222 When:          Sat January 4th 2020 … The Breakfast starts at 7:00 AM Talk-in: Many going to the breakfast as well as those at the breakfast may be listening on the following repeaters: W1BIM – Paxton, 2 m repeater (146.970, PL 114.8) W1MRA – Marlborough, 2 m Repeater (147.2700, PL 146.2) AE1C – Southborough, 2 m DMR Repeater (145.27, Timeslot 2,  TG # 3125 Mass State Wide, Color Code 7 …

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Framingham ARA Meets January 2, 2020

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, January 2, 2020. The meeting will feature, “show and tell, CW with left foot.” Also, a video of the VP8ORK DXpedition to the South Orkney Islands will be shown. FARA meets the first Thursday of the month (except in July and August), 7:30 pm at the Framingham Police Station, 1 William Welch Way (corner of William Welch Way and Union Ave) in the first floor training room. Enter through the front door on Union Ave. and the room is to the left.  All area hams and those not …

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By – Sunday December 29th, 2019 2300 Local Until Further Notice for Late December 2019 Ice Storm Potential

*** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 2300 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 UNTIL CANCELED DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM FORECAST ICE STORM IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN MA *** *** ICE STORM WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT FOR NORTHERN WORCESTER / NORTHEERN MIDDLESEX IN CENTRAL MA AS WELL AS WESTERN FRANKLIN/HAMPSHIRE/HAMPDEN COUNTIES AND BERKSHIRE COUNTY IN WESTERN MA UNTIL 7AM TUESDAY *** *** ICE ACCRETION OF AT LEAST ½ INCH IS EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA. SOME AREAS COULD APPROACH ¾ INCH OF ICE ACCRETION *** *** WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE REMAINDER OF WESTERN/CENTRAL/NORTHEAST MA …

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BCRA General Meeting, January 6, 2020

The Bristol County Repeater Association and Fall River Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 7 to 9 PM at the Stop and Shop, 816 Grand Army Highway, Somerset, MA in the Community Room (2nd floor). (Enter on the Fall River side near the Dunkin Donuts in the store. The stairs and elevator will be on the right. Go left on second floor.)

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Area Clubs Celebrating Holiday Cheer, Part II

In November, 2019, we reported on a number of Eastern Massachusetts clubs who were holding holiday dinners and informal parties in the month of December.   These clubs are getting into the holiday spirit in January with these social events: In lieu of its traditional Christmas Party, the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association will hold a holiday brunch on January 4, 2020 from 8 AM to 10 AM.  The group will be seated in a private room with a great view of Buzzards Bay.   The Boston Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual holiday party on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2019

My apologies yet again for the delay in posting the November Massachusetts traffic and net report.  It did go into HQ in time to make QST but life got in the way of posting to all you great traffic handlers and net participants.  I hope you all had a very enjoyable holiday season and maybe Santa brought you some new radio gear.  It has been a good year, although with some sadness including the passing of Jim Ward N1LKJ and Greg Bennett KC1CIC, but now we look forward to 2020.  I wish all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. …

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Special Announcement: Merry Christmas/Happy New Year/Happy Holidays to All SKYWARN Spotters & Amateur Radio Operators

Rob Macedo, KD1CY, writes on the SKYWARN_Announce list: Hello to all.. On behalf of the entire Amateur Radio Group at WX1BOX, the Amateur Radio station for NWS Boston/Norton Massachusetts, and the forecaster staff at NWS Boston/Norton, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holiday season. 2019 was another interesting year for weather across the region. Some of the highlights included a relatively quiet winter season that did have a brief period of active weather with a damaging wind event on February 25th, 2019, a significant winter storm Sunday Evening March …

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Cape Cod CW Operators Club Operating Event

    From Falmouth ARA web site: The Cape Cod Chapter of the international CW Operators Club (CW Ops) will be conducting a CW special event during the month of January, 2020.  The chapter will be operating under the call sign KK1CWO.  All CW operators are invited to make contacts with KK1CWO during the month. The operating results will be displayed in real-time on the KK1CWO QRZ web page.    

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Virginia Radio Amateur will Recreate 1906 Fessenden Christmas Eve Broadcast

From ARRL Web, 12/23/19: The Canadian inventor, experimenter, and entrepreneur Reginald Fessenden has been credited as the inventor of radiotelephony. Fessenden claimed to have made his first voice — and music — broadcast on Christmas Eve in 1906 from Brant Rock, Massachusetts, although his account is disputed. As he has done each December for the past few years, Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, of Forest, Virginia, will transmit a program on 486 kHz, under authority of his FCC Part 5 Experimental License WI2XLQ to commemorate Fessenden’s accomplishments. Justin will transmit for at least 24 hours starting at around 2000 UTC on December …

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December “Youth On The Air” Month

Youth On The Air Month takes place from 0000 UTC on December 1 until 2359 UTC on December 31. Participants earn certificates by working the various YOTA-suffix stations on the air throughout December. Not a contest, the event is aimed at getting as many youngsters on air from as many countries as possible. Stations operated by young radio amateurs around the world will get on the air to celebrate youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month began a few years ago in International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1, and the concept has now taken root in the Americas as YOTA Month in the …

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Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net Time Change

Ralph, N1LAH, MARIPN Net Manager, writes: Thanks to all who responded to my email about changing the time of the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net (MARIPN) from 6:00 PM in the hope that propagation will be more favorable at an earlier time. All who responded indicated that 5:00 and  5:30 were equally acceptable. Hoping for even slightly better propagation 5:00 seems like the better choice. In consultation with the Section leadership I have decided, at least temporarily, to change the net time to 5:00 PM, starting with the first net day of the New Year, Thursday, January 2, 2020. A …

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Yankee Clipper Contest Club DMR Net, December 18, 2019 and Each Wednesday, 8 PM-9 PM

NE1B writes on the YCCC Reflector: Reminder: YCCC DMR Net When: Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York Where: DMR TG NETAC1 View Event Organizer: ne1b.c6awb@gmail.com Description: YCCCers! Join us every Wednesday evening at 8pm ET for contesting talk on the DMR repeater network. There are several methods to access the Net: By RF Access via 2 meter or 70 cm DMR repeater.  See the list of 91 repeaters near you at http://nedecn.org  The frequencies are in the left menu “DMR Repeaters>New England”.  Use the NETAC1 talk group. By Dongle or Hot Spot You can use openSpot, JumboSpot, ZumSpot, MMDVM By EchoLink …

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Nashoba Valley ARC Meets December 19, 2019

Bruce Blaine, K1BG, writes: The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s December meeting will be Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center in Pepperell.  The topic for the December meeting presentation will be the New England Forrest Rally by Paul Topolski, W1SEX. Paul writes: “Ham radio on steroids! The New England Forest Rally held each July is the premier pro-am race in the northeast. Race teams from across the nation gather to compete at speeds up to 100 miles per hour on dirt and gravel logging roads through the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire. With …

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