WA1JXR: “Antenna Analyzer Usage” at Waltham ARA, October 28, 2020

From the Waltham ARA website: This month we welcome Greg Algieri, WA1JXR, who will be presenting. The presentation will be an Introduction of Principals, Techniques, and How to Use the popular MFJ 259B Antenna Analyzer and the SDR-Kits Vector Network Analyzer. We will show How they Work, What is inside Under the Hood, and what are some of the things you can do with them. If you are not a [Waltham Amateur Radio Association] member and would like to be invited to the presentation, please fill out this form and we will email you an invite before the presentation starts. …

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Ham Operator Plate Renewal Problems at MA Registry of Motor Vehicles

Updated October 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM All Massachusetts hams with Ham Radio passenger special plates must renew their plate registration by the last day of November. Eastern MA ARRL staff are receiving reports of license plate renewal problems when attempting to use the online system. The snafu seems to be caused by the fact that the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ computer system doesn’t recognize the “slash” representing the “lightning bolt” icon. For example, the call sign WX1XXX is actually coded in the system as “WX1/XXX”; KX1X is “KX1/X.” Renewal by phone DOES appear to work when you input the …

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K9HI: “License Fee NPRM—Filing Comments to MD Docket 20-270” at Sci-Tech ARS, October 27, 2020

STARS Online Meeting: Tuesday, Oct 27, 7:00 pm.   7:00 GUEST SPEAKER – “FCC Proposal for $50 Fees” speaker tonight – Phil Temples K9HI will do a presentation about the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for new fee structure and how YOU, as an individual, can easily and appropriately participate in a writing campaign to fight it.   8:00 RADIO SHOP TALK Open forum – all topics welcome! Each Tuesday after the regular meeting, join us for Ham Radio Shop Talk begins after the meeting, approx. 8:00 pm, on the same Zoom link. Hang out and join us.   Phil …

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North American SSB Sprint Contest, October 31, 2020

Thank you for your past support of domestic SSB contests, such as the ARRL Sweepstakes. How about trying a fun 4 hour SSB contest? It’s the North American SSB Sprint Contest, Saturday evening October 31st here in North America — that’s November 1, 2020 0000 – 0359 UTC. It has some very interesting rules that make it a bit unique and exciting. Certificates to the top scores in each state/province and/or anyone scoring over 1,200 points. There are door prizes (some call them “Score Prizes”) available for recipients who score at least 1,500 points (just takes 50 QSOs and 30 multipliers) as well as a …

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BCRA Fox in Test Mode

Skip Denault, KB1CNB, writes on the BCRA club list on October 26, 2020 at 3:20 PM: The [Bristol County Repeater Association] has acquired a fox hunt transmitter and we are planning to have a fox (hidden transmitter) hunt in the near future. The fox is currently on the air and we would like to see if you can hear it. It is on 146.565 MHz and is transmitting a 15 second beacon tone and CW ID every ten minutes “on the 4’s” (2:04; 2:14; 2:24 etc) it is located at latitude 41.7152679 and longitude -71.1486613. If you hear it, send …

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N1NS: “US Forestry Service Fire Fighting” at K1USN Radio Club, October 27, 2020

K1USN Radio Club is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting: Topic: K1USN Zoom session: Barbara Dougan, N1NS, and her US Forest Service fire fighting Time: Oct 27, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Zoom details: Contact Pi Pugh, K1BV, at pi.k1rv at gmail.com [To read more about Barbara’s accomplishments and her career with the National Park Service, visit https://ema.arrl.org/public-information/amateur-radio-in-the-media/#Cape_Cod_National_Seashore_Educator_Carried_Torch.]

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Genesis ARS Meets October 26, 2020

Michael Bennett, KG1U, writes on the GARS Now mailing list on October 26, 2020:   I have been trying unsuccessfully to reach Airport Management regarding our meeting. I have not heard back. Plymouth is now a  hotspot and I really want to be sure the room is clean if we use it. Therefore, we will meet on Zoom. The information is as follows:  [email kg1ugars at gmail.com for details.]   The Genesis Amateur Radio Society will hold its next meeting on Monday, October 26, 2020, at 7 PM in the Plymouth Airport Community Room, 246 South Meadow Road, in Plymouth. The club …

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POTA Activation, Hopkinton State Park, October 25, 2020

Steve Ciavarini, NQ1F, writes on the Wellesley ARS mailing list:   Rob Jaczko, WA1UMU, and I and possibly Leandra Mac Lennan,  AF1R, are doing a POTA activation at Hopkinton State Park tomorrow at 1 PM and would love to have anyone join us. We will have plenty of antennas so you will only need to bring your radio if you would like to operate in tandem. It’s like a mini field day and a chance to escape the Covid blues. We practice safe Covid operation, keeping several wavelengths apart, hi hi.   POTA website: https://pota.us/#/parks/K-2440   If you can’t make it …

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KD1D Fox is Out Again at a New Location, October 23, 2020

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on the NE Mass Fox Hunters list at 4:23 PM on October 23, 2020:   As of noon Friday [October 23, 2020], the KD1D Fox is on the air at a Westford Conservation Trust Site.  It will remain there through Monday. The Site is the Veterans Memorial Complex in the Graniteville section of town. There is an excellent write up of the area at: https://westfordconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/veterans-memorial-complex/  Some Hints: – The site can be approached from at least two directions.   Although one might be tempted to follow a Beacon, greater success may come from finding the Field of Diamonds.  …

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New England Digital Swap Net, October 24, 2020

Gene Balinski, K1NR, writes in the Algonquin ARC mailing list:   Please join us for the  NEW  New England Digital Swap Net    This Saturday Evening 8:00 PM on the DMR-MARC New England network    Choose the New England-wide talk group, and check-in when net control calls your area.   Feel free to list gear for sale, trade, or wanted.     Hope to see you then,   73 Gene K1NR 

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K9HI: “ARRL Board Topics” at North Shore Radio Association, October 19, 2020

The North Shore Radio Association will feature Phil Temples, K9HI, ARRL New England Division Vice Director, who will present on ARRL Board Topics and the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, on October 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM.  Zoom conference information will be sent via the NSRA groups.io mailing list.  Contact Eric, KA1NCF, at ka1ncf -at- nsradio -dot- org to be added to the groups.io list.

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KC1NEF to Activate Boston (Bunker Hill) National Historic Park, October 21, 2020

From the Boston ARC website: In a very exciting development, [Boston Amateur Radio Club] member Brendan Baldonado, the newly licensed KC1NEF, lets us know about an upcoming Parks On The Air (POTA) activation he’s about to attempt. He says: “As you may know I am getting ready to take my General and Extra exam, but thought it could be a fun challenge to “Activate” a park using only Tech bands and Abilities. My Plan is to activate using 5 bands, if I can, with no data and no CW and mostly VHF! The activation is not a contest so spotting is …

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Tech-In-A-Day Course & VE Session, Gardner, January-February, 2021

Special announcement from Ray Lajoie, KB1LRL, Western MA Section Manager to Eastern MA ARRL members:   Ken Burstall, WB8PKK, has secured for us the Masonic Hall in Gardner for a tech in a day class and VE sessions in January and February. This will be done with Covid and Board of Health Guidelines to ensure safety. We need volunteers to aid in conducting these sessions. I am inviting EMA section and others as well. This is a great opportunity. Let’s not pass this up.   Calling all VEs and Teachers: The Western Mass. section needs your help! As you know …

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N1DM: “Natick Public Safety Communications” at Wellesley ARS Online Meeting, October 20, 2020

Dan Brown, W1DAN, writes in the Wellesley ARS Spark Gap: Our next Zoom meeting will be Tuesday October 20, 2020 at 7:30PM, when Dom, N1DM, will talk about Natick Public Safety communications. Dom notes: “The presentation will concentrate on radio systems used in Natick’s 911 dispatch center. A discussion of the dispatchers equipment capabilities and the various interagency systems in use at the dispatch center will be included.” I will email a Zoom meeting invite link before the meeting. Also, if you are not by your computer, you can call in to the meeting via telephone.

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FCC Proposes to Reinstate Fees for Amateur Radio Licensees—Talking Points

From nediv.arrl.org: Amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for each amateur radio license application if the FCC adopts rules it proposed [this past August]. Included in the FCC’s fee proposal are applications for new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such as changes of address, and annual regulatory fees. The FCC proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the “Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act” of 2018 — the …

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K1IW: “Computer Assisted Ham Radio” at Framingham ARA Online Meeting, November 5, 2020

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association‘s November 5, 2020 meeting will feature Bob DeMattia, K1IW, who will present on, “Computer Assisted Ham Radio.” This will be a zoom meeting and members will receive the zoom meeting details via email.  A limited number of prescreened guests may be able to attend. If you are a non-member, contact our president, John KB1VXY, president@w1fy.org, to request an invitation. Much like almost everything else, computers have touched many aspects of ham radio.  From station logging, to the modes we operate – many things have changed.  This presentation will go through a brief timeline of the merging …

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NJ1Q: “ARRL Headquarters W1AW Station Tour,” Billerica ARS Online Meeting, November 4, 2020

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on the Billerica Amateur Radio Society website: All, I am extremely excited to announce our next Zoom meeting will be a tour of the W1AW station at ARRL HQ in Newington CT! Some of you have been lucky enough to work W1AW on the bands – some even in the A.M. mode. Even QSLed it. Even luckier BARS members have been on a field trip down to tour the station! I have not – and like many of you will find this a great first time experience! Courtesy of BARS’s Doug Bruce, KC1MJK – who worked …

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