SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020

Rob Macedo, KD1CY, writes:   SKYWARN Recognition Day 2020 will occur this year but modified due to COVID19 and the fact NWS offices are not allowed to have volunteer Amateur Radio Operators at any NWS office due to COVID. In addition, a social media component will be added to engage non-Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters more with 2020’SRD. This initial announcement gives information on 2020 SRD and the plan for further updates.   Due to COVID19, typical WX1BOX Amateur Radio Operations will not occur at NWS Boston/Norton. The WX1BOX Amateur Radio team will be operating remotely via their home stations. In …

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New England Sci-Tech Technician Class Online Courses: December 7-10, 12-13, 2020

BEGINNER LEVEL: Amateur radio (or “ham radio”) is used by people all over the world to communicate over radio waves. Some people use ham radio for emergency preparedness, to provide communications support for community events, to report on severe weather and natural disasters, as a social activity, and even occasionally to contact crew members on the International Space Station! This ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Ham Radio TECHNICIAN license exam, the FIRST of three certification levels. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and home-school students. Yes, we give online ham radio exams, too! (See below) This is a …

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New England Sci-Tech General Class Online Courses: December 14-17, 19-20, 2020

This ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Ham Radio GENERAL license exam, the SECOND of three certification levels. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and home-school students. Yes, we give online ham radio exams, too! (See below) This is a FULL course taught by a 40-yr veteran teacher, not a discussion group or video service. You will learn much more than just watching a video or buying a book. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Optional but recommended text: ARRL General Class License Manual, 9th edition, for exams through …

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Tom Walsh, K1TW, Declared Elected to a Two-Year Term As Section Manager Beginning January 1, 2021

SB QST @ ARL $ARLB037 ARLB037 New York City-Long Island Section Manager Re-Elected in Fall Balloting ZCZC AG37 QST de W1AW  ARRL Bulletin 37  ARLB037 From ARRL Headquarters  Newington CT  November 25, 2020 To all radio amateurs SB QST ARL ARLB037 ARLB037 New York City-Long Island Section Manager Re-Elected in Fall Balloting New York City-Long Island Section Manager Jim Mezey, W2KFV, has been re-elected in the Fall election cycle. Mezey, of Carle Place, received 527 votes to 136 for challenger Donnie Katzovicz, W2BRU. The race for NYC-LI SM was the only contested election. Mezey begins a new 2-year term of …

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Purchases via AmazonSmile Provide Dividends to ARRL

From arrl.org: Those who use Amazon for online purchases can automatically donate to ARRL by opting to use AmazonSmile and designating American Radio Relay League (ARRL) as their charity of choice. The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible AmazonSmile items to whichever charity you choose. Product and Marketing Specialist Jackie Ferreira, KB1PWB, reports that the benefit of AmazonSmile to ARRL for 2018 was $8,676, up from $8,022 in 2017. Family and friends can select ARRL as their charity of choice too. There is no difference between Amazon and AmazonSmile in terms of making purchases.

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Bristol Co. RA Foxhunt Update

The Bristol County Repeater Association  (a.k.a. Fall River Amateur Radio Club) held a fox hunt on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Here’s the recap – First, we couldn’t have asked for better weather! No one found the fox, but WA1LBK’s team was really close and KC1NDQ was closing in also. The fox was in the parking lot, with permission, of Lexi-Lu’s Place (great blueberry pancakes!) at the intersection of American Legion Highway (Rte. 177) and Forge Road in Westport, about .5 miles south of route 6. the coordinates are 41.6347 and -71.6547 or approximately 7.493 miles SW of the center of …

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MIT Radio Society Update: Station Renewal and COVID Response

Milo Hooper, AI1XR, writes: One hundred and eleven years after its founding, the MIT Radio Society is flourishing. Student interest in RF engineering, telecommunications, and radio science is growing. And, the pandemic notwithstanding, MITs amateur radio clubs right now are larger than they’ve been in decades. Now that the “eleventy-first” (111th) year of the club is finally drawing to a close, we’d like to share some of the stories of the last 12 months, both of the challenges the club has faced, and how we’ve been able to continue to serve both MIT and the amateur radio community at large. …

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K1BML: “Handi-Talkie Review” at Framingham ARA Meeting Online, December 3, 2020

From the Framingham Amateur Radio Association website: On December 3, 2020, Brian Loverro, K1BML, will talk about some of his favorite Handi-Talkies. Brian is President of the Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association (CMARA) and also active with the Worcester Emergency Communications Team.  He has a huge collection of HTs and is very knowledgeable about all of them.  He will share some of this knowledge with us so we can make better informed decisions when looking to purchase one.   This will be a Zoom meeting and members will receive the zoom meeting details via email.  A limited number of prescreened …

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VA3MW: “Flex Radio Systems” at Zola ARC, November 21, 2020

Frank Ventura, N1FMV writes on the MARC list: Announcing the November meeting of the Zola amateur radio group. Everyone is welcome to attend our next meeting on the Zoom video conferencing platform. This meeting will be online only with no in-person component. Please see the meeting invitation below my signature. So, make your favorite lunch and get comfortable for another informative meeting. Agenda (all times EST) 11:00 AM Welcome and Introductions 11:15 AM Announcements, questions & answers 11:30 AM We are privileged to have Michael Walker VA3MW, from Flex Radio Systems joining us. If you are not familiar with software …

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2020 K1USN Veterans Day Special Event Wrap-Up

From K1USN Happenings, November 19, 2020: I want to extend my thanks to everyone who helped us make this a success. Obviously we would not be able to conduct our usual in-person activation at K1USN on November 11th due to the pandemic. We had some discussions back and forth and decided that a 31 hour operating event might just work providing we could get commitments from enough operators to get on the HF bands and give us coverage on SSB, CW and FT8/4. As things evolved we even had our first contacts on the 630 meter band using WSPR thanks …

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KD1CY: “ARES, SKYWARN Update” at K1USN Radio Club Meeting Online, November 24, 2020

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes in K1USN Happenings, November 19, 2020: Our next K1USN Zoom presentation will be given by Rob, KD1CY, who is our  Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator. The presentation will cover the Skywarn program as well as giving us a wrap-up assessment of the recent ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET). Rob’s presentation will take place this upcoming Tuesday, Nov 24 @ 7:30 PM. **Note** If you are not currently on our separate K1USN Zoom invitation list then send me an e-mail ( k1rv@arrl.net ) to ask to be added to that invitation list. Invitations for our Tuesday night sessions …

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W1SEX: “Oscilloscopes” at Nashoba Valley ARC Online Meeting, November 19, 2020

The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s November meeting is Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 PM. Please note the special start time. This meeting will be conducted via ZOOM (which is a departure from recent meetings). Meeting details are below. Thanks to Jim Hein N8VIM and Medtronics for the Zoom conference. The November meeting will feature The November meeting will feature Paul Topolski, W1SEX, speaking on oscilloscopes. Paul is an excellent speaker and has presented several times to NVARC meetings in the past. This is sure to be an interesting evening. Again, Zoom details are below. Thanks and 73. Please feel free to …

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K9HI: “ARRL Update” at Boston ARC Meeting Online, November 19, 2020

The [Boston Amateur Radio Club] will hold a general meeting on Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. on the Zoom teleconferencing platform. New England Division Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, will give us an update on ARRL issues. KB1ZFP will be talking about possible new membership options, and an update to our website. [For Zoom meeting information, email Doc Kinne, KE1ML at ke1ml@arrl.net.]

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Norfolk County RA Donates to ARRL Education & Technology Fund

At its November 11, 2020 meeting, Norfolk County Radio Association members generously voted to award a $100 donation to the ARRL Education and Technology Fund. “The NCRA has been making it a tradition to donate to a selected ARRL Fund nearly every year since 2008 for a total of $1,300 to-date,” said Norfolk County RA Secretary Dave Doe, K1HRV.  The ARRL-affiliated club was established in 1921 and plans to hold a centennial celebration in 2021. 

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Hopkinton State Park POTA Activation, November 14, 2020

Mindy Hull, KM1NDY writes: Here are the Group POTA / Radio Hoopla details:  DATE/TIME:    Saturday Nov 14 2020 @ noon to whenever.    LOCATION:  Meet at Hopkinton State Park. Use the Main Entrance at 164 Cedar St., Hopkinton, MA 01748. Follow Maps (attached).  PARKING:  Park in large lot at boat launch. We will meet in a grove of trees with picnic tables near the beach at the end of the parking lot that is the farthest from where you entered it. See maps.    GPS COORDINATES OF EXACT MEETING SPOT:  42°15’30.7″N 71°31’01.8″W     ( 42.258539, -71.517168 )   WEATHER:  50 degrees, …

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K1VV, N1DT Awarded Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society awarded Robert (“Whitey”) Doherty, K1VV, and Don Tanguay, N1DT (SK) collectively known as “The Cape Crusaders” with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their significant achievements over the years and for giving Light beacon enthusiasts many activations in the Northeast / New England region. Whitey accepted the award on behalf of the team.  [Full story]

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Nashoba Valley ARC Offering On-line Technician Classes Beginning November 18, 2020

From the Nashoba Valley ARC “Signal,” November 2020: Bruce Blain, K1BG, will be conducting on-line technician classes beginning on Wednesday, November 18th. Classes will run twice weekly for four weeks on Monday and Wednesday nights. Each class will be two hours long and run on Zoom. Six students are currently signed up for the class. If you are interested, please contact Bruce ASAP. The cost for the class is $30, which includes textbook material.  For more information, please contact Bruce, K1BG, at 508-341-5124.

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