Yankee Clipper Contest Club Post-WPX SSB Virtual Get-together, March 31, 2020

Jim Idelson, K1IR, writes on the YCCC mailing list: Great online meetings are no accident. With some planning, our meeting tonight [March 31, 2020] can be a lot of fun for all. Here’s what it takes to make our on-line meeting a success. Plan to join and participate! More participants means more content and more value to the club. Get setup for Zoom in advance. I will be in the Zoom room 30 minutes ahead to help people get going. When the meeting is underway at 7, we want to focus on WPX, not Zoom. Bring interesting content – something …

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Help With Online Technician-to-General Class

Chris Hart, K1ZG, writes on the Billerica ARS mailing list:   A few weeks ago when this pandemic started, I got a crazy idea to put together an online Technician to General class for younger hams.  With the help of some fellow hams we were able to launch. The class is in full swing now! BUT I had a teacher back out (for understandable reasons) however we are still  short. Would you consider helping? Classes are 1.5 hours with a break at 45 minutes, starting at 2 PM ET. The outline and PowerPoints for each class are already done. One …

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Pilgrim AWA Monday Night 2-Meter Net, March 30, 2020

On 3/30/20 we will be hosting our Monday Night 2 Meter Net on our 147.135 MHz KA1GG club repeater at 7:00 pm. We will have more details to follow. Everyone is welcome to join us. We are always glad to hear you in there. For Updates – Club Events – Activities, listen for announcements on our 147.135 MHz KA1GG club repeater. Check in with us here on our Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association Facebook page. And stop by to visit our ARRL club page. Take care, be safe, stay healthy everyone from all of us here at the Pilgrim Amateur Wireless …

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Framingham ARA: Additional Nets and Frequencies to Consider

John Iwuc, KB1VXY, writes on the Framingham ARA mailing list:   [The Framingham Amateur Radio Association]  has added  a Wednesday night net Health and Wellness check-in net at 7:30 in addition to our usual Sunday 7:30 pm net.     We may consider using ZOOM for our meeting this Thursday.  Tune into the net tonight and Wednesday for details from Morris, N1AVP.  Alternatively, we may just check in for the meeting on Thursday on the the W1FY repeater.   The Central Mass Amateur Radio Association (CMARA) is running an additional “Breakfast” net each morning at 9:00 am on the Paxton, MA …

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New England Sci-Tech Weekday Technician Course, March 31-April 3, 2020

For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio TECHNICIAN license exam, the FIRST of three certification levels. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and homeschool students. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary preparation is necessary to get the best results from this course. The TECHNICIAN level course is offered ONLINE certain weekends and week days. Current offerings: Four day course: Tu-W-Th-F Mar 31-Apr 3, 2:00-5:00 pm each day Four day course: Tu-W-Th-F Apr …

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New England Sci-Tech Amateur Extra Weekday Crash Course, March 30-April 15, 2020

For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the AMATEUR EXTRA Radio license exam. Geared toward adults, as well as high school and homeschool students. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary preparation and regular practice between classes is necessary to get the best results from this course. NOTE: You must have a thorough understanding of the Technician and General material before taking this course.  If you are already a licensed Tech or General but have been away from radio …

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20th USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships, Boston, MA, Cancelled

  March 28–The ARRL ARDF Committee has determined that the 20th USA ARDF Championships scheduled for June 9-14, 2020 near Boston, MA must be cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. With events surrounding COVID-19 developing rapidly, along with the obvious need for urgent steps to contain its spread, the need to cancel the championships has become apparent. The 20th USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships will be rescheduled for a future date.   USA ARDF Championships are open to everyone – there is no previous ARDF experience required, nor are competitors required to have an amateur radio license. There are …

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Field Day 2020 — A Time to Adapt

From ARRL Web: Many individuals and groups organizing events for Field Day 2020 have been contacting ARRL for guidance on how to adapt their planned activities in this unprecedented time of social distancing and uncertainty. “Due to the unique situation presented this year, this can be an opportunity for you, your club, and/or group to try something new,” ARRL Contest Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, said. “Field Day isn’t about doing things the same way year after year. Use this year to develop and employ a new approach that is in line with the current circumstances.” [Full story]

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Eastern MA Hospital Net, April 4, 2020

John O’Neill, K1JRO, writes on the South Shore Hospital ARG mailing list: I have an exciting announcement for the EMHN. Effective immediately, thanks to the generosity of the NEDECN Trustees, we have an EMHN Talk Group on the NEDECN network. The following NEDECN DMR repeaters now have TG#8851 TS#1 (EMHN) active: Boston, Hingham, Bourne, Dennis, and Martha’s Vineyard. Other repeaters may be activated in the future if necessary. This TG is for EMHN related use only. Please use their other TG’s for general communications. I will conduct a test of the NEDECN EMHN TG after the regular Net. Also, starting …

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List of New England Hamfests and Flea Markets, March 24, 2020

Here is a list of New England area events and their current status as of March 24th 2020. Source:<http://forum.near-fest.com/index.php?topic=1480.0> Canceled (check organization/club web site for reschedule information) March 22:  Henniker NH CVARC https://k1bke.wordpress.com/ March 29:  Southington CT. Southington Amateur Radio Ass’n. Flea Market  http://www.chetbacon.com/sara.htm April 4: Hampton NH Seacoast Amateur Radio Flea Market http://w1wqm.org/ April 10,11: Lewiston ME ARRL Maine State Convention http://w1npp.org/ April 17: Manchester CT.  Eastern VHF/UHF/Microwave Conference   http://newsvhf.com/conference/ April 18: Center Ossipee  NH Lakes Region Hamfest and Flea Market   https://www.w1bst.org/ April 19: Cambridge MA   Flea at MIT https://w1mx.mit.edu/flea-at-mit/ April 25: Gales Ferry CT   RASON Auction  http://www.rason.org/ April 16: Thompson CT    Eastern …

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Falmouth ARA 2M “Meeting Net” to Utilize NetLogger

Larry Gray, W1IZZ, writes on the Falmouth ARA mailing list:   I thought the upcoming “over the air meeting” would be a good time to try out NetLogger.   Some of you may already use NetLogger, as a number of regular radio nets use NetLogger to help manage the net.   The use of NetLogger is NOT required.  No worries if you would rather not load it, or try it.      For those members willing to try NetLogger during the meeting net, I attached the information needed to use NetLogger during the net.   As you will see, NetLogger is easy …

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Long Island CW Club Offering Free, Online Morse Code Instruction for Homebound Youngsters

From ARRL Web: The Long Island CW Club in New York is offering free, online Morse code instruction for the “many youngsters at loose ends as a result of school closings due to COVID-19 concerns.” The club’s co-founder, Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, pointed out that learning Morse code is “a fun and educational activity for children of all ages that can fill part of the gap left by the current unfortunate situation that has closed so many schools across the country.” Ongoing classes will take place Monday through Friday, specifically for school-agers anywhere across the country or overseas, via Zoom online video …

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Lawrence Bacow, KA1FZQ, and Spouse Test Positive for COVID-19

March 24, 2020: Dear Members of the Harvard Community, Earlier today, Adele and I learned that we tested positive for COVID-19. We started experiencing symptoms on Sunday—first coughs then fevers, chills, and muscle aches—and contacted our doctors on Monday. We were tested yesterday and just received the results a few minutes ago. We wanted to share this news with all of you as soon as possible. Neither of us knows how we contracted the virus, but the good news—if there is any to be had—is that far fewer people crossed our paths recently than is usually the case. We began …

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New England Sci-Tech General Course On-Line, April 4-5, 2020

For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio GENERAL license exam. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and homeschool students. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary preparation is necessary to get the best results from this course. The GENERAL level course is offered ONLINE certain weekends and week days. Current offerings: Two day course: SAT-SUN April 4-5, 1-5pm each day The FCC General test will be scheduled for an upcoming weekday evening or weekend, probably as an …

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New England Sci-Tech On-Line Technician Course, March 24-27, 2020

For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio TECHNICIAN license exam. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and homeschool students. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary preparation is necessary to get the best results from this course. The TECHNICIAN level course is offered ONLINE certain weekends and week days. Current offerings: Four day course: Tu-W-Th-F March 24-27, 2:30-5pm each day Two day course: SAT-SUN March 28-29, 1-5pm each day Four day course: Tu-W-Th-F Mar 31-Apr …

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