NU Wireless Club Meets January 16, 2020

From the NU Wireless Club mailing list, January 13, 2020: Welcome back to all of our returning members and new members. After a short winter break, NU Wireless Club is starting back up for the Spring semester. We plan on having bi-weekly general meetings, ham nets, workshops, and project groups. Our first meeting is this Thursday, January 16th. We will be introducing new members to the club and talking about the upcoming semester. Come join us for pizza and refreshments. Hope to see all of you there! Our first ham net will be held Monday at 8:00 pm by our resident ham guru, …

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Mystic Valley ARG Meets January 19, 2020

  Nick Magliano, KC1MA, writes on January 18, 2020 at 3:42 PM:   The meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, January 19 has been CANCELLED out of concern for safe travel and a storm too close to call.  Nick Magliano, KC1MA writes: The December meeting of the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2019 @ 9 AM. The meeting location will be the Milton Auxiliary Fire Dept. Station, 2nd floor, 509 Canton Avenue, Milton. The building is a little beyond the gazebo to the right of the Milton Fire Headquarters where we’ve held our Field …

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“Framingham residents successful in fight to halt ham radio tower construction. For now.”

From Framingham Wicked Local, Posted Jan 9, 2020 at 6:37 PM Updated Jan 10, 2020 at 7:30 AM by Jeannette Hinkle: FRAMINGHAM – The radio tower that Mikhail Filippov wants to build is 80 feet tall. It would be made of extra-strength steel. It would pick up frequencies that allow him to speak with people as far away as Moscow, even in a communications blackout that cut off phone lines and internet. Filippov is an amateur ham radio operator who lives at 273 Prospect St., which is where he wants to build the tower. The city issued him a building permit, and Filippov started to …

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Newly-Formed Hudson High School ARC Flourishes Under Teacher’s Guidance

From QRZ.com, W1HUD: Founded in April of 2019, the Hudson High School Ham Radio Club went on the air with a new club station license as KC1LFV.  Within a few weeks, the FCC issued our new club vanity callsign: W1HUD. Hudson High School is a public school enrolling about 950 students in grades 8 – 12.  It is located in the New England town of Hudson, MA, about 27 miles (43 km) west of Boston.  We offer a broad general education curriculum, including about 155 elective courses to meet widely varying student interests.  Included among these are courses in digital …

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W1SEX: “Heath History, the GI Bill, and Economics of Restoration” at Minuteman RA, January 15, 2020

The Minuteman Repeater Association meeting will feature a presentation by Paul Topolski, W1SEX, entitled, “Heath History, the GI Bill, and Economics of Restoration” on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM.  MMRA meets this month in the Leominster Emergency Management Agency Amphitheater, 37 Carter Street, in Leominster, MA 01453.  Directions “Heath Company was a major player in the electronics industry with hundreds of Heathkit products that educated customers and provided the satisfaction of building and enjoying their own equipment. Heath started with aircraft and transitioned to electronics with test equipment after World War II. Heath added HiFi and ham radio …

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N1CPE: “Today’s MARS” at Wellesley ARS, January 21, 2020

The Wellesley Amateur Radio Society will meet on January 21, 2020. Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, will present on “Today’s MARS.”   “MARS or ‘Military Auxiliary Radio System’ has changed dramatically since its creation in 1925. Army and Air Force MARS members support a very different mission than you may have heard of before 2010. Every day, MARS members are operating mixed mode voice/data nets using encrypted communications in support of a Department of Defense (DoD) mission to provide situational awareness to DoD planners, in the event of a ‘very bad day’ scenario.  Learn about MARS, and how all Amateurs can support this …

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Area Radio Clubs QRV for Winter Field Day, January 25-26, 2020

Several area radio clubs have explored plans, or indicated they will participate in the upcoming annual Winter Field Day exercise, January 25-26, 2020.  The New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society  Amateur Radio Society (STARS) will operate in the event on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 2 PM to 10 PM. “Open to all licensed amateur radio operators worldwide, Winter Field Day is both a contest and a practice exercise of radio skills. There are hardy individuals who brave the snow and cold and get more points. We will stay warm and take a points loss but still have fun! Non-licensed adults …

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KE1JH: “Infinity, Q, and Transmission Lines, a Physicist’s View” at Dan’s Tech Night, January 9, 2020

Dan Pedtke, KW2T, writes: TechNight is this Thursday, January 9, 2020, at the usual time and place: 7 PM, Grady Research building [in Ayer].  See the website www.DansTechNight.com for info and directions. Our guest speaker will be physicist Bob Jackson, KE1JH.  Bob’s talk is “Infinity, Q, and Transmission Lines, a Physicist’s View.” This will be about energy flowing in a transmission line, and characteristic impedance, among other things. I will not be here for the meeting, I’ll be at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas.

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KW1U: “Message Handling: An Important Skill in Emergency and Disaster Situations” at Algonquin ARC, January 9, 2020

The Algonquin Amateur Radio Club meeting on January 9, 2020, will feature Marcia Forde, KW1U, who will present on “Message Handling: An Important Skill in Emergency and Disaster Situations and the Role of the National Traffic System.”  AARC’s January newsletter can be read at: <https://www.qsl.net/n1em/QRZ/AARC_Jan_2020.pdf>. Club 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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2020 BAA Marathon Volunteer Registration Now Open

Boston Marathon Communications Committee writes: On behalf of the BAA Amateur Radio Communications Committee, Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2019 has come to a close and we are heading into 2020. With the New Year comes the 124th running of the Boston Marathon. Volunteer registration will open for the Marathon January 6th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The race itself is taking place on Monday, April 20, 2020. For Returning Volunteers: The BAA sends out an email which provides you with a direct link once registration is open. This email will also include your loyalty number, which is …

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New England Sci-Tech, STARS Exhibit at AMS Annual Meeting, Boston, January 12, 2020

New England Sci-Tech (NEST) / Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS) will staff an exhibit at the 19th Annual WeatherFest at the American Meteorological Association Annual Meeting in Boston on Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 12 noon to 4 PM, according to NEST’s Bob Phinney, K5TEC. According to the WeatherFest web site, “We love to have hands-on, interactive experiments and booths by organizations, university, government, television, radio and private industry.  Exhibit space is free.  All you need to do is staff your booth with enthusiastic people who can capture the imagination and inspire children of all ages.”

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MIT Radio Society W1MX Announces January Lecture Series on “Everything Radio”

From the ARRL Web, 01/02/20: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radio Society (W1MX) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are hosting a lecture series in January that may answer some of your questions about such topics as radar techniques, interferometry, imaging, and radio astronomy, to antenna design and modern chip-scale RF devices. No prior experience with radio is necessary, and all are welcome. All lectures will take place in the Green Building — MIT’s tallest academic building. Sessions will be live streamed and archived for later viewing. The lectures kick off on January 10 with “The Next Generation of Weather Radar.” Other topics …

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Eastern MA Amateur Completes 630-meter Transatlantic QSO!

Les Peters, N1SV, writes on the YCCC list: “After failed attempts both Wednesday [1/1/2020] and Thursday night [1/2/2020], I was finally able to work G0MRF in IO91 (5,269 km) last night [1/3/2020] on 474.2 kHz using JT9-2.  JT9 a popular digital mode on 630m t  sub-modes for different time durations (JT9-2 is 2 minute transmissions with a S/N threshold of -30 dB).  “My TX antenna is a 160 meter inverted-L with a 200-350 uh bucket variometer and multi-tap impedance transformer.  The RX antenna is a K9AY loop.  My K3S makes about 0 dBm on 630m but with a K5DNL SS …

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Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association Meeting, January 11, 2020

The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will hold a membership meeting on Saturday, January 11, 2020  at 12 noon at the clubhouse. Lunch will be served.   All members are welcome and invited to attend.    CAARA is an ARRL affiliated Special Service Club, located at 6 Stanwood Street in Gloucester Massachusetts, Telephone 978-381-5008. It operates the 2-meter W1GLO repeater on 145.130  MHz (– input,  with a 107.2 PL tone).

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WA3ITR: “High-Altitude Ballooning” at New England Sci-Tech, January 14, 2020

From the Sci-Tech ARS Newsletter, January 1, 2020:   Charlie Burs, WA3ITR, will talk about high-altitude ballooning (HAB) and his HAB project at New England Sci-Tech. Any teens who are members of STARS or NEST can participate for free.   Charlie says “The goals are to get young people involved in an HAB project, which has Amateur radio (an APRS tracker device) with STEM learning. They will learn about project planning, platform testing, launching, tracking, and recovery of the balloon and its payload, and flight data analysis. The platform will carry up to 3 GoPro cameras, a commercial GPS tracker, …

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Sci-Tech ARS: Burlington 447.025 Repeater Off The Air

  From the Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society newsletter, January 1, 2020:   Special announcement: The Burlington repeater has been taken down for repair and will not be replaced until springtime. This gives us some time to decide if there is a better location for it.   We need all licensed STARS members to participate in a radio coverage survey to see where the Natick and Milton repeaters can/can’t reach, and then please suggest possible repeater locations to fill in any bad spots. Send signal reports to info@STARS.radio.   Please get on the air more often, too! We need to use these repeaters or …

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Whitman ARC Meets January 8, 2020

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club will hold its January  monthly meeting on a different date this month–Wednesday, January 8 instead of the first Wednesday of the month–to avoid a conflict with New Year’s Day. WARC holds a winter flea market,  conducts licensing classes, and participates in a number of high-profile public service events. Meetings are held at the Whitman Knights of Columbus Hall on route 18 just south of the Abington line. The meetings start at 7:00 PM.  

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