Foundation for Amateur Radio Invites 2020–2021 Academic Year Scholarship Applications

From ARRL Web: The Foundation for Amateur Radio Inc. (FAR) has invited applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year for the scholarships it administers. Applications must be submitted via the online form. Several questions ask for essay responses. The deadline for initial submissions is April 30, 2020. Applicants may amend their applications until May 7. [Full story]  

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K1VR: “ARRL Board, National Activities” at Whitman ARC, February 5, 2020

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club‘s next meeting on February 5, 2020 will feature a special presentation by Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, ARRL New England Division Director. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM. Mr. Hopengarten was first licensed in 1956 and has been an ARRL member continuously since. He is a Life Member, and makes annual financial donations to the League. Instead of enjoying his early life, he spent nine years to graduate from Colby, Boston College Law School, and Harvard Business School. He is a practicing lawyer. He wrote  the ARRL book, “Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur.” He likes …

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K1USN Radio Club QRV for “Freeze Your Butt Off”

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes on the K1USN mailing list:   Tomorrow we plan to operate outside at K1USN during the FYBO (Freeze Your Butt Off) [Winter QRP Sprint, 1400Z-2400Z, February 1, 2020]. I plan to bring my KX3 and will connect to one of the regular K1USN antennas. Can someone bring a large thermometer so that we can display the current outside temp?   All are  welcome to participate and to bring along your QRP portable radio/antenna to have some fun. As always, the coffee will be hot inside K1USN!   BTW, we usually keep things really simple and just do …

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Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 1000 AM EST

John O’Neill-K1JRO, ARES-DEC Healthcare Liaison, writes: Hello Everyone, Net Control for the February 1, 2020 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be K1JRO, John O’Neill. The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters in the order listed. 1. Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5 2. Marshfield Repeater 145.390 tone 67.0 3. W. Bridgewater 146.775 DCS 244 4. Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5 (For 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 …

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Framingham ARA Meets February 6, 2020

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Adrian, AB2IX, will be presenting on 3-D printing. Come for this very interesting and timely talk. 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 yet licensed but interested in amateur radio are welcome to …

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Barnstable ARC Meets February 3, 2020

The Barnstable Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Dennis Police Department conference room in Dennis, MA. Entrance to the meeting area is to your right after entering through the main entrance.  BARC meets on the first Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  All radio amateurs and people interested in Amateur Radio are welcome to attend.  BARC members will receive a written call to meeting with more detail and a meeting agenda.

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Major Announcement: Northeast HamXposition (formerly Boxboro!) is MOVING!

Bob DeMattia, K1IW, writes: I am pleased to announce that the Northeast HamXposition (formerly Boxboro!) is MOVING! The 2020 Northeast HamXposition will be held July 24th, 25th, and 26th at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, conveniently located in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The new venue offers us much-needed additional capacity for forums, a larger flea market, and ample parking right in the hotel’s main lot. For those staying at the convention hotel, your room rate includes a complimentary breakfast buffet. We will announce very soon when the hotel is accepting reservations. For those that like to take a …

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K1TWF: “ARRL Board Structure and Responsibilities” at Billerica ARS, February 5, 2020

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on w1hh.org: Everyone, please mark your calendars for the next [Billerica Amateur Radio Society] meeting: Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Our speaker that evening will be Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF,  who was just elected as First Vice President of the American Radio Relay League. Meetings begin promptly at 7:00 PM, first Wednesday of the month. Our meeting location in Chelmsford is at: Chelmsford Bible Church 128 Gorham St. (Route 3A) Chelmsford, MA 01824 Please park in back and enter by the rear door. A map can be accessed by the “Club Meetings” notice on the right side of …

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PART Winter Field Day Wrap-up

Brian McCaffrey, W1BP, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list: Thank you to everyone that helped make our Winter Field Day a success. Alan’s sign-in log indicates 12 attendees. On Friday, George and Alan helped get Bob’s 80m OCF antenna and tent up. On Saturday, Niece, Alan and George helped get the station running. Bob, W1FDR spent at least 4 hours at the mic getting phone QSOs over the two days. Andy and John worked CW in the evening. Alan and John did an awesome job serving as WSC attendants to fulfill our obligation to have a WSC member …

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Algonquin ARC Meets February 6, 2020

The Algonquin Amateur Radio Club will meet on Thursday, February 6, 2020–a week earlier than normal–due to the flea market occurring the following week on February 15. The club’s flea market will be discussed. Also, there may be a speaker (to be determined). 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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Cape Cod ARES Ice Show Exercise on 1/25/20 Successful – Several Off Cape Stations Also Participated

Frank-O’laughlin-WQ1O, Cape Cod ARES District Emergency Coordinator writes: Cape Cod and Islands ARES conducted its annual winter field exercise on Saturday Jan 25th. We had 3 field teams, several EOCs, Falmouth Hospital, and many other stations We used 2m VHF, 6m, UHF, and 40/75m HF. It was a good outing with several new members participating. Rob Macedo-KD1CY, Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, writes: This was a great exercise executed by Cape Cod ARES yesterday, Saturday 1/25/20. A number of off Cape stations also participated. Some reports on the exercise have also been received and a sampling is listed below: …

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Waltham ARA Meets January 29, 2020

The Waltham Amateur Radio Association will hold its monthly meeting at 7 PM on January 29, 2020 at the New York Life building, 201 Jones Road, Waltham, MA.  Directions: From beautiful downtown Waltham, stay on Main St. where it forks right onto Route 117. Jones Rd. is the 2nd left after the bridge over Route 128/95. New York Life is a six story office building at the end of Jones Rd. Turn right immediately before the building into the main parking lot. If nobody is at the door to let you in, knock on the conference room window to the …

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New Amateur Extra class (Element 4) pool will take effect on July 1, 2020

From the ARRL VE Newsletter, January 2020: The new Amateur Extra class license examination question pool, effective from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2024, has been released and is available at the National Conference of Volunteer Coordinators (NCVEC) website. The 2020 – 2024 Extra class pool incorporates significant changes compared to the current 2016 – 2020 question pool, which expires on June 30. The number of questions in the pool was reduced from 712 to 622. The result was 239 modified questions, 49 new questions, and 139 questions removed due to changes in what was felt to be an abundance of outdated questions, while areas of …

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Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, Elected to ARRL First Vice President

The ARRL Board of Directors has elected Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts as First Vice President during its recent meeting January 17-18, 2020 in Connecticut. According to the League’s web site, “[Mike] was first licensed in 1961 as KN1TWF, becoming K1TWF in 1962, and has held that call ever since.  His home club is the Billerica Amateur Radio Club [sic], where he has held various posts.  On the air activities include DXing, contesting, and recently, caring for a DMR repeater in the attic. He is a Volunteer Examiner and a Volunteer Counsel. “Of particular interest to Mike are the social and …

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Message to US Educators: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal US education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS will open a proposal window February 1, 2020 for ham radio contacts that would be held between January 2021 and June 2021. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations whose proposal features a way to draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. The window for accepting …

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Antennas 101 with Kiersten Kerby-Patel, January 24, 2020

Have you ever wondered what an antenna actually does? Why all those big pokey things on top of many tall buildings look the way they do? How we’ve engineered the ability to radiate electromagnetic waves across continents and oceans? If so, join us this Friday to hear about: Antennas for Amateur Radio: Everything is a Dipole (except when it’s a loop) Friday, January 24th at 5:00 PM at MIT in room 4-270 Kiersten Kerby-Patel, University of Massachusetts at Boston Hosted by the MIT Radio Society Part of the IAP Radio Lecture Series <http://w1mx.mit.edu/iap/2020/> DINNER (Pizza) will be provided

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2020 Northeast HamXposition: New Venue and New Date!

Northeast HamXposition 2019 General Chair Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, writes to convention vendors and exhibitors on January 23, 2020: To all our vendors, past, present, and (we hope) future: Northeast HamXposition at Boxboro, the New England ARRL Division Convention, is now four months behind us.  The 2019 show went well.  The gate remained steady.  Attendance at the banquets, forums, and flea market was solid, and there were many smiling faces.  We have a formula that works well. So now it’s time for us to raise the bar.  Some big changes are coming to the Northeast HamXposition. The biggest is a change of date and venue.  Going forward, the Northeast …

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