“Ham Radio: a Hobby Still Alive and Thriving”

The Boston University News Service carried this favorable story about Amateur Radio, Alan Lewis, K1ALL, and Whitman Amateur Radio Club members, written by Lillian Eden, published January 22, 2020, entitled, “Ham radio: a hobby still alive and thriving.” “Alan Lewis pledged to do two things when he retired: learn to weld and get an amateur radio license. He did both, and then took his amateur radio license one step further.   “Almost immediately after getting his license, Lewis said he started getting involved in the public service aspects of amateur radio, including emergency communication.  “Amateur radio, or ham radio, for a …

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Norwood ARC Meets January 23, 2020

The Norwood Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting on January 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM in the Norwood Civic Center’s Willett Room, 165 Nahatan Street, Norwood, MA 02062.  The Civic Center is handicapped accessible, and ample free parking is available. All regular club meetings are open to the public, and guests are always welcome. Talk-in to the regular club meetings is available on the W1JLI Club Repeater 147.210 (PL 100.0) up to the start of the meeting.

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New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, February 1-2, 2020

For 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, 8:30 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 8:30 am to noon, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 …

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Barry Shelley, N1VXY, to Become ARRL Interim CEO

From ARRL Web:   01/19/2020 – At its meeting this weekend, the ARRL Board of Directors did not elect Howard Michel, WB2ITX [of Dartmouth, Massachusetts], as the ARRL Chief Executive Officer. Beginning Monday, January 20, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, will become interim CEO. Mr. Shelley was ARRL’s Chief Financial Officer for 28 years and CEO during 2018 before his retirement. The board has created a search committee to select the next CEO. More details on this and other matters which took place at the board meeting will be released shortly.    

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Algonquin ARC Flea Market, Marlborough, February 15, 2020

The Algonquin Amateur Radio Club will hold its Marlborough Flea Market on February 15, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the 1Lt Charles W. Whitcomb School, 25 Union St., Marlborough, MA. Talk-in is on the MMRA repeater, 147.27+ (PL 146.2). A VE session will be held beginning at 9:00 AM. General admission is $5. Vendor tables are $15 before February 9, 2018, or $20 at the door if space is available. Each table includes one admission. For more information, contact Tim Ikeda, KA1OS at 508-919-6136 (before 9:00 PM), email fleamarket@n1em.org or visit https://www.qsl.net/n1em/AARC_flea_2020_flier.pdf.  

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KM1CC to Commemorate Marconi’s First Transatlantic Wireless Transmission

The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club will conduct a special events operation on January 18-19, 2020, to commemorate Guglielmo Marconi’s First Wireless Transmission from the United States to the United Kingdom.    KM1CC will operate voice on the 80, 40, and 20-meter amateur bands from a KM1CC member’s QTH near the original Marconi transmitting site in Wellfleet, grid square FN51av. Additionally, they will operate a second station at the National Park Service grounds in Wellfleet. A VHF/UHF mobile trailer station will operate 6 meters, 2 meters, 70 cm and possibly, 220 MHz with CW, FT8 and some SSB modes. All …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC SUMMARY FOR 2019

With many thanks to all participants for all your great efforts and support!! Section Nets   Sessions Traffic CheckIns Time MARI CW Daily 1900 3565 Khz 364 1185 1436 5387 MARIPN TuThSa 1700 3978 Khz 152 168 503 1340               EMA Local Nets           CITN TuThFSa 1930 147.375 Mhz 195 83 799 2457 EM2MN Daily 2000 145.230 Mhz 365 1195 2669 7351 HHTN SuMWF 2200 MMRA Network 207 425 1583 3403 WARPSN Su 0830 147.225 Mhz 52 104 826 NA               WMA Nets   …

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ARES/SKYWARN Exhibit at 19th Weatherfest-AMS Annual Meeting

Stu Solomon, W1SHS, writes: On Sunday, January 12, 2020, ARES/SKYWARN for Eastern Massachusetts and WX1BOX of the National Weather Service Boston/Norton office were represented at the 19th annual Weatherfest component of the 100th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).  The Boston Weatherfest event was free to the public and very well attended. The ARES/SKYWARN group were in good company with approximately 50 other exhibitors including NASA, The Blue Hill Observatory, The Mt. Washington Observatory, NOAA, The National Weather Service, New England Sci-Tech, local news stations, multiple universities as well as industry leaders in climate and environmental research and …

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Wellesley ARS Web Page Now on ema.arrl.org

New Affiliated Club Service Offered: Your Club on the Web: “We understand it’s difficult to recruit and retain a webmaster for your club. In fact, some clubs’ web sites have fallen into disrepair.  That’s why we’re excited to offer this new service to ARRL affiliated clubs—a hosted page on the EMA ARRL web site. The address is of the form, https://ema.arrl.org/<Your Club Name>. The pages would be maintained by our webmaster, with input from your club officers.” We’re pleased to announce the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society has accepted this service for its web presence. To view their new site, visit <https://ema.arrl.org/wars>.

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Whitman ARC Winterfest, January 18, 2020

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club will hold its Winterfest on January 18, 2020 from 9 AM until 1 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Route 18, in Whitman. A VE testing session will be conducted at the event. Admission is $5; tables cost $15. Raffle prizes will be drawn at noon. Talk-in will be provided on the Whitman ARC repeater: 147.225Mhz+ PL67. For vendor information, call: 781-523-5010 or visit http://www.wa1npo.org/WF/WinterfestFlyer2020.pdf.

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Local Amateurs Featured on WBZ Late Night Talk Show

Three Eastern Massachusetts amateurs appeared January 13, 2020, on Bradley Jay’s “Jay Talking” on WBZ-AM (1030 kHz) to discuss Amateur Radio. Jim Idelson, K1IR, Bruce Tinkler, N9JBT, and Marty Sullaway, NN1C, described the hobby, history, types of equipment, DXing, radiosport, and how to obtain a license. They also described their own experiences getting started in the hobby.   NN1C emphasized the fact that the hobby allows one to make friends with people all over the world. Through Amateur Radio, Marty had the opportunity to meet with a number of other hams on his first trip to Israel. Bradley took several callers’ …

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PART of Westford Winter Field Day, January 25-26, 2020

Brian McCaffrey, W1BP, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list: Winter Field Day is here! WFD will be held at the Westford Sportsmen’s Club on starting at 2 PM on 25 January and running until 2 PM on Sunday, 26 January. We will begin setup on Friday, 24 January. We will be operating one station outdoors in a heated tent. We can operate any mode except FT8. It will be operator’s preference the mode and band for the time you operate. We need volunteers to help with the following: – Setup on Friday and Saturday – Operating starting at 2 PM …

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Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association Meets January 17, 2020

The Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association will hold its next business meeting on January 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Margaret Stone Conference Room, Morton Hospital, 88 Washington Street, Taunton.  Raffle tickets go on sale at 6:30 PM. We will have discussions on new events, activities, and new ideas you may have along with items for sale by club members and new radio gear you may have. Stop by to see what we have planned for the new year. New members are always welcome.  Check in for talk-ins along the way. You can find us on our club repeaters:  147.135 …

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Cape Cod & Islands ARES Operation “Ice Show” Winter Exercise, January 25, 2020

Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, writes: The Cape Cod and Islands District Amateur Radio Emergency Service will conduct a winter operations exercise on Saturday, January 25, 2020, to test its capability in establishing communications with stations within its district and outside it under emergency conditions. The operational exercise, dubbed “Ice Show” will test the ability of several field stations to communicate. This will also be a drill to test some of our hospital stations, primary stations, EOCs, shelters and other ARES member home stations. Version 1.2 of the exercise scenario and guidelines are available online.  Setup will begin at 8:30 AM, with …

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Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club Assists in Post-earthquake Support for Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico

Phil Erickson, W1PJE, writes: In January of this year, Puerto Rico was struck by another natural disaster in the form of frequent significant earthquakes and aftershocks.  Although quake epicenters were in the southwest island corner, tremors were felt all across the island in what has been described as a 100 year class series of events.  Earthquake impacted areas included the landmark Arecibo radio telescope and ionospheric radar facility, previously a victim of the August 2017 devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. In response to the situation, members of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club rapidly stepped up to assist in support …

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Nashoba Valley ARC Meets January 16, 2020

Bruce Blaine, K1BG, writes: The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s January meeting is Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center (in Pepperell).  This month’s program will feature “Homebrew Night.” Come in and show off what you’ve been working on over the past year. No project is too small—or too large. If your project is physically too big, don’t fret. Bring along some pictures, JPEG files, or anything else. We’ll find a way to project or display graphics. homebrew, kits, restoration, innovative solutions. Come. Brag. Converse. Have coffee. This is one of the best “social” meetings of …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2019

Greetings All,   2019 has come to an end and I hope all had a great holiday season.  I wish all of you the best of health and happiness in 2020.   Winter is here and with fewer outdoor distractions (unless the snow falls) perhaps there is more time for amateur radio.  Thanks to all who helped to support the traffic nets.  Perhaps in the new year others will make the effort to learn more about message handling and net operation.  There is information on our section website (ema.arrl.org), admirably managed by Phil Temples, K9HI.  We wish to thank Phil …

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Winter Field Day Event at Cape Ann ARA

Tony Sarracino, AB1XK, writes on the CAARA list: [The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association] will host Winter Field day on January 25 and 26, 2020. The event will start at 2 PM ET on Saturday, January 25 and end at 2 PM ET on Sunday, January 26. We encourage all members and their guests to participate. Current plan is to have three transmitters: SSB, PSK31, and CW. More to follow so save the date. [See also: Area Radio Clubs QRV for Winter Field Day, January 25-26, 2020]

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