Call for Speakers: ARRL Learning Network

We are readying an initiative named the ARRL Learning Network — a series of webinars presented by member-volunteers, for members. Like hamfest forums and radio club presentations, these webinars are intended to help members get more active, involved, and engaged in amateur radio. Recorded presentations will also respond to regular requests from our affiliated radio clubs for quality programming, particularly clubs that lack ready access to presenters, or have a last-minute speaker cancellation. Our current plan is to begin scheduling speakers for webinars as early as mid- to late-July. We need your help… Below is a Call for Speakers invitation (or download this PDF) which we’d …

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PART of Westford 2020 Field Day Awards

PART of Westford will hold a fun competition to recognize members who operated in the 2020 Field Day and who finish first in several categories: Highest number of contacts (subcategories: overall, CW, Phone, Digital, VHF/UHF) Highest score Highest score by a Technician Farthest DX “Home Run”–at least one contact on each mode (SSB, CW, digital, and VHF-FM simplex) Club president George Allison, K1IG, asks applicants to email him once they receive confirmation from ARRL Headquarters that their logs have been received. He adds, “this is all on the honor system.”  Winners will be announced at the August PART meeting.  

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Severe Weather & Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend Coordination Message #5

The following is the fifth and final message in a series of messages on Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend and providing information on the weather during this period. This is a tradition spanning over 17 years for Amateur Radio Operators involved with Field Day and the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Program.   After the Saturday afternoon and early evening beneficial rain of around 0.10″-0.90″ around the area with lesser amounts in parts of Northeast Massachusetts, Sunday will feature a warm and humid day with the potential for isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms across the region. The most likely timeframe …

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Severe Weather & Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend Coordination Message #4

The following is the fourth in a series of messages on Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend and providing information on the weather during this period. This is a tradition spanning over 17 years for Amateur Radio Operators involved with Field Day and the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Program.   After the afternoon and early evening beneficial rain of around 0.10″-0.90″ around the area with lesser amounts in parts of Northeast Massachusetts, clearing will occur and result in a hazy, warm, humid day on Sunday with the risk of isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms for Sunday Afternoon and Evening. The …

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Severe Weather & Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend Coordination Message #3

The following is the third in a series of messages on Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend and providing information on the weather during this period. This is a tradition spanning over 17 years for Amateur Radio Operators involved with Field Day and the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Program.   2020 Field Day weekend will mostly be dry but has potential shower and thunderstorm risks in isolated to scattered locations each day including the threat for isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms and becoming hot and humid Saturday and Sunday.   The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has continued much of Southern New England …

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Billerica ARS VE Team to Resume In-Person Sessions, July 9, 2020

The Billerica Amateur Radio Society‘s ARRL-Affiliated Volunteer Exam (VE) team will resume in-person testing sessions beginning July 9, 2020 at the Chelmsford Bible Church, 128 Gorham Street, in Chelmsford. No walk-ins are allowed; applicants must call or email in advance.  To register, contact Gary Frascarelli, W1GFF, at w1gff -at- arrl -dot- net or call 978-453-1100.  Gary Frascarelli, W1GFF, writes on the Billerica ARS Facebook page on July 5, 2020:   “There will be NO VE Session in July…”  

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Scattered Strong to Severe Storms Possible on Field Day Weekend, June 27-28, 2020

Rob Macedo, KD1CY, writes:   Need to keep an eye on the severe weather potential for the entire timeframe of Field Day Weekend but especially the Saturday Afternoon/Evening timeframe and the Sunday Afternoon/evening timeframe. While we don’t have many “traditional” Field Day sites setup, there are a few and also those that have home station field setups that will want to monitor the severe weather potential. I’ll be updating the Amateur Radio Field Day/Severe Weather Coordination Message in the next couple of hours. I’ve elected to copy EMA ARRL Staff for their awareness as well.   Regards,   Rob M. …

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National Zoom Meeting: Winlink Express for EmComm, June 25, 2020

Please join the Thursday, June 25, 2020 ARES ZOOM meeting at 0100Z – Zoom info shown below.  9:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EDT / 8:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM MDT / 6:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM AKDT / 3:00 PM HST Topic: Winlink Express for EmComm, from the Winlink Development Team Speaker:  Phil Sherrod, W4PHS Phil is a career software developer, a member of the Winlink Development Team and BOD member of ARSFI. His work on the Winlink team involves developing and supporting the Winlink Express client program, and the programs used by RMS (Trimode, RMS Relay, RMS Packet).  Phil is the designer of the Winlink Hybrid Network System. …

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“Taunton Amateur Radio Enthusiast Still Hamming It Up After Nearly 60 years”

Taunton amateur Ted Figlock, KA1AAT, was the subject of a nice feature story in the June 24, 2020 edition of the Taunton Gazette: By Charles Winokoor Taunton Gazette Staff Reporter TAUNTON – Dr. Thadeus “Ted” Figlock has been a world traveler for the better part of six decades. And he’s done most of it from a sitting position. The 85-year-old, former obstetrician and gynecologist, who unpretentiously describes his medical career as having consisted mainly of “delivering babies and cutting out tumors,” has had a difficult year. Figlock says he suffered a stroke last February, on Ash Wednesday to be exact, that …

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Billerica ARS Saturday Morning Breakfasts Going “Virtual”

Bruce Anderson, W1LUS, writes on the Billerica ARS mailing list: The BARS regular Saturday morning breakfast was canceled due to the virus. We are now trying a Saturday morning Zoom gathering. You are invited to this Saturday’s Zoom gathering. Join anytime between 8 AM and 9:30 AM. Leave whenever you want. There is no preplanned discussion topic. Feel free to bring up any Amateur radio subject that you would like to talk about. BARS Saturday Morning Gathering Time: Jun 27, 2020 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting […] [Contact Bruce Anderson, W1LUS at w1lus -at- hotmail …

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Field Day Listings on ema.arrl.org

Bill Ricker, N1VUX, writes: I have created a non-place Site for FD@Home cumulative scoring in the FD Directory  (geographic coordinates in Boston Harbor but not on an island; county=mixed, same as “Nowhere”; it will get the Harbor forecast, oops). It currently shows these clubs:   Club Plans BARC:Boston ARC Confirmed Fal:Falmouth FARA Inc Confirmed Fram:Framingham Amateur Radio Assn Fara.org Confirmed K1USN:K1USN Club Probable MARA:Massasoit ARA Inc Confirmed MITLL:MIT Lincoln Labs Confirmed Msex:Middlesex-Zola ARC Probable NEAR:New England Amateur Radio, Inc. Confirmed PARC:Philips Amateur Radio Club (PARC) Confirmed PART:Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford Confirmed PRA:Pentucket RA Confirmed STARS:Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society …

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New England Sci-Tech Offers Three On-line Technician Class Courses in July, 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 pre-test practice is necessary to get the best results from this course. This is a FULL course taught by a 40-yr veteran teacher, not a discussion group or video service. You will learn so much more than just watching a video or buying …

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New England Sci-Tech General Course, Natick, July 25-26, 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 may be helpful 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 to 5 pm and Sunday, 8:30 am to noon, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick. …

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13 Colonies Event Week, July 1-7, 2020

Bob Kelley, K1KVV, writes on the Southeastern MA ARA web site: 13 Colonies Event Week July 1, 9AM to July 7, Midnight, EDT (1300Z 1 July 2020 to 0400Z 8 July 2020) Certificate: Only one 13 Colonies QSO gets you a certificate. For a CLEAN SWEEP, you don’t need to work the Bonus Stations, WM3PEN & GB13COL. [D-STAR is OK for Bonus Stations] Working a Colony Station: use DX Summit www.DXSummit.fi to find a 13 Colonies S/E station. Spotting: after working a colony station, you are encouraged to spot it on DX Summit: i.e., “K2H 13 Col MA.” Questions? See KU2US & www.13colonies.us.

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On This Date in 1840: Samuel Morse Receives Patent for “Morse code” System

On this date in 1840, Samuel Morse received a patent for his “Morse code” system. Morse was a painter, originally. He also studied photography with Louis Daguerre in France, and brought the new technology to America, where he opened a photographic studio in New York City. He became interested in telegraphy after he failed in his bid to become the mayor of New York. During a demonstration of one of his early telegraph machines, he met Alfred Vail, a young mechanical engineer. Vail was fascinated by the telegraph, and he convinced Morse to bring him aboard as an assistant. Vail helped Morse work …

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Web Site Changes

Some minor structural changes were made this weekend to the ema.arrl.org web site. The “Government” menu and category have been renamed to “Regulation & Advocacy” duplicating the ARRL Hq. web site references. Also, the “Field Day” menu item is now in alphabetical order. (It used to be last on the menu because it was the newest created item.) Your webmaster has added a “font size” widget (three capital “A” letters of increasing font size) in the upper right corner.  (I like the flexibility of changing font size via the plug-in instead of messing with my computer settings.) Finally, the “share …

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K1USN Radio Club On-line Meeting, June 23, 2020

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes on the K1USN RC mailing list:   Our discussion topic on Tuesday, June 23rd @ 7:30 PM will be 2020 ARRL Field Day plans.   We want to hear from you to learn what you expect to do for the 2020 ARRL Field Day. Obviously there are extenuating circumstances this year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.   The recent K1USN Zoom session presentation by Bruce – K1BG about his past one person Field Day operation may have given you some ideas on how you might operate.   Do you plan to get on the air during …

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Zola Center ARC On-line Meeting-Presentations, June 20, 2020

The next meeting of the Zola amateur radio group will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 beginning at 11AM EDT. The meeting will be held entirely on a Zoom tele-conference. There will be no in-person component. Please see the call in/sign in information below my signature. This month’s agenda: 11 AM – Come to order and introductions 11:05 AM – Announcements and questions 11:15 AM – Ms. Donna Suskawicz is a founding member of the Zola Amateur Radio Group. Without her vision, dedication, and generosity there would not be such an organization. She will give us a presentation about …

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