KW1U to be Featured on Pittsfield Community TV, WTBR-FM, February 10, 2021

Massachusetts Section Traffic Manager Marcia Forde, KW1U, will again be the featured guest on Ham On!, simulcast on Pittsfield Community Television and WTBR-FM 89.7. The early morning program is produced and moderated by Western MA Assistant Section Traffic Manager Peter Mattice, KD2JKV. Marcia will speak about the ARRL National Traffic System and message handling.

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for February – Monday February 1st, 2021 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater System

Hello to all… The February Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday February 1st, 2021 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. For frequencies that will be linked into the ARES Net on the MMRA Network, please see the following link from the MMRA web site detailing the repeaters that will be linked in through Hub 1: http://www.mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_index_by_linkstate.html We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. For this month’s ARES Net, given the major winter storm affecting the region, we’d like to ask all stations to …

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Exercise – “Operation Frozen Days” – Saturday 2/6/21 – 1000 AM-1200 PM EDT

The Eastern MA Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) will conduct an exercise in conjunction with the Cape Cod ARES exercise Operation “Frozen Days” on February 6, 2021 from 10 AM to 12 Noon (setup to start at 830-9 AM where needed) to test its capability in establishing communications with stations inside and outside of the section. Operation “Frozen Days” will attempt to build upon the lessons learned from past operational exercises. The exercise scenario involves a series of coastal storms battering Cape Cod and the Islands with winds over 90 MPH over several storms. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of people …

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Amateur Extra License Class Offered by Whitman ARC Beginning January 28, 2021

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club will hold a weekly Amateur Extra license classes for about ten weeks sessions on Thursdays beginning on January 28, 2021. Additional classes may be available and will be offered on Tuesdays. A VE session will follow the class.  Material will be based on the ARRL Amateur Extra Class License Manual. Interested parties are asked to contact the course instructor, Ross Hochstrasser, W1EKG, via email at warc.training@gmail.com and cc to bavarianradio@comcast.net, by phone at 781-447-9104 or visit http://www.wa1npo.org/training/training.htm for additional information.

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Waltham ARA Meetings Online Available to Non-Members

Waltham Amateur Radio Association President Ron Senykoff, KG1T, has established a Google form signup page to allow non-WARA members to sign up for online meeting notifications “while giving us protection against ‘Zoom bombers.’”   Please visit https://walthamara.org/meetings/ to find the sign up form.   The Waltham ARA meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month from September through May.

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N3QE: “CW Speeds and Prosigns In Ham Radio Contests” at K1USN Radio Club Meeting Online, February 2, 2021

K1USN Radio Club Zoom session on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 @ 7:30 PM EST by Tim Shoppa, N3QE, CQ Magazine Contest Editor   Topic: “CW Speeds and Prosigns In Ham Radio Contests”   Tim will explore not just the modern range of speeds (typically 20-40 WPM but some are slower) and will play back some recorded audio of CW preserved from the 1957 ARRL DX Contest for contrast with modern contesting.   It will only be a tiny fraction of the whole talk to play back the ancient audio, but it’s really neat to hear famous contest calls from the …

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KC1DKY Foxhunting Activities Highlighted on Wilmington Cable TV

Nick Mollo, KC1DKY, writes:   I recently interjected on a Facebook post on one of the Wilmington groups where they were talking about letterboxing and geocaching and I mentioned fox hunting using radios.  This got picked up by one of the content producers at Wilmington Cable TV.  He contacted me to ask about fox hunting and how it related, and told me he was going to put together a piece on what he called “modern day treasure hunting”.  We set up a Zoom interview, and even my daughter got involved, and he interviewed us.   If you are interested, you …

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“Boston Marathon 2021 Set For Monday, October 11 If Races Are Allowed”

From WBZ CBS BOSTON, JAN. 26, 2021: The Boston Marathon will be run on Monday, October 11, 2021, Columbus Day, if road races are allowed then under the Massachusetts reopening plan, the Boston Athletic Association announced Tuesday. Road races are not permitted to resume until Phase 4, when most of the public is fully vaccinated. The B.A.A. said additional details including field size, registration dates, safety measures and protocols, and runner requirements “are forthcoming.” The plan must also be approved by the eight cities and towns on the marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston. “We announce the 2021 Boston Marathon …

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ARISS SuitSat-1 Experiment is the Star in this Haunting New Sci-Fi Video, “Decommissioned”

Most of you will remember SuitSat. In 2006, the ARISS team managed to acquire a Russian spacesuit with an expired expiration date that would have just been thrown overboard to burn up. ARISS designed and built an antenna and radio gear that was approved for installation into the suit and the whole shebang got deployed by a cosmonaut and Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR at the start of a spacewalk.   It transmitted a lot during its short life. After the ARISS engineers figured SuitSat-1’s orbit and spin characteristics, they knew the legs and arms would have to be filled with …

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“Pandemic Ham Club Radio Activities–An Opportunity to Grow” at RATPAC, January 27, 2021

Please plan to attend Wednesday’s January 27 Zoom presentation.  10:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM CST / 7:00 PM MST / 6:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM AKST / 4:00 PM HST  Topic: Pandemic Ham Club Radio Activities, an opportunity to grow  Speaker/Presenter:  Anthony Luscre, K8ZT  This is a Zoom presentation that ALL HAM CLUBS and organizations should attend.  This meeting will be recorded. By participating you consent to being recorded.  Please change your display name to Your First Name, Call Sign and Location, e.g. Dan K7REX Idaho.  Please stay muted until ready to speak. Your space bar works like a PTT for unmuting You …

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“Amateur Radio: From First Voice Transmission to the Space Station” Online, February 20, 2021

Natick residents Dan Brown, W1DAN, and Joe Weisse, W1HAI, will present an enlightening discussion sponsored by the Bacon Free Library in Natick on February 20, 2021 from 10 AM-12 noon on the many facets of amateur radio: what it is, how it works, and how to get started” followed by a question-and-answer session.  Register at: <http://baconfreelibrary.org/event/ham-radio/>.

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“Members’ Short Subjects” at Nashoba Valley ARC Meeting Online, January 21, 2021

The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s January meeting is TONIGHT, Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:30 PM. This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. … Thanks to Jim Hein, N8VIM, and Medtronics for the Zoom conference. I apologize for such late notice. January’s traditional meeting program is our annual “Members Short Subjects” night. If you have a short presentation, please let me or one the officers know. Even if you come up with something at the last minute, come to the meeting, present, and join in the fun! [Contact Bruce Blain, K1BG, at bruce -dot- blain -at- charter -dot- net …

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Northeastern Wireless Club Meeting, January 21, 2021

Welcome back to all of our returning [Northeastern Wireless Club] members, and also to all of our new members! We hope this semester we will be able to get to know you all better and help everyone in their engineering and academic endeavors. This semester we will still be having general meetings, workshops, discussions, and more!  Our first meeting is this Thursday, January 21st, 6-7PM. We will be introducing new members to the club and sharing details about the upcoming semester. The meeting will be on Zoom, hope to see you all there!  Also, make sure to join our Slack …

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Oxbow Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, Devins Activated POTA K-0327, January 17, 2021

Steve Ciavarini, NQ1F, writes on the Wellesley ARS mailing list:   I just returned from activating another POTA, K-0327, at Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, in Devens, MA, at the Bill Ashe Visitors Center. Due to Covid-19, the center was closed and not a soul showed up. But it made for an easy first-activation POTA, since the site has easy access to the forest from the parking lot.    https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Oxbow/about.html   I worked 20m SSB and CW, for a total of 25 contacts and many P2P contacts. I finally got to work Mike, K8MRD, who is a POTA addict and produces …

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KD1CY: “Interesting Stories about Ham Radio & Weather Spotting” on ARRL Learning Network, February 11, 2021

Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, will present on “Interesting Stories about Ham Radio & Weather Spotting” on the ARRL Learning Network on Tuesday, February 11, 2021 at 8 PM EST (0100 UTC on Friday, February 12). To register, visit <https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1360666941733861134>. “One of the most critical ways amateur radio supports agencies such as the National Weather Service (NWS), National Hurricane Center (NHC), and emergency management is through weather spotting via the NWS SKYWARN program. This presentation reviews some interesting stories about how amateurs involved in SKYWARN have saved lives and property and why this …

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“Jack Binns to the Rescue” at the K1USN Radio Club Online Meeting, January 17, 2021

The K1USN Radio Club is pleased to announce that our next K1USN Zoom presentation will feature the granddaughter of shipboard radio operator hero, Jack Binns. Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace has just recently published an updated biography about her grandfather.   If anyone would like to attend, they just need to send me an e-mail  at k1rv@arrl.net. I will be sending out invitations starting on Sunday, Jan 17th. As always, we ask that the Zoom login information not be shared with others to help us minimize the possibility of “Zoom Bombing.”   — CQD! Here MKC! Shipwrecked!   In 1909, three years …

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KM1CC On the Air for the 118th Anniversary of the First USA-UK Wireless Transmission, January 18, 2021

The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, KM1CC, will be on the air on January 18, 2021 to commemorate the 118th anniversary of the very first United States-to-United Kingdom wireless transmission. Check dxsummit.fi for spots/frequencies as well as our KM1CC – Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club Facebook page.   (All times are UTC)   CW 0000-0100 Slow Speed CW 80M & 160M 0100-0400 CW 40M, 80M & 160M 1100-2359 CW 20M, 30M, 40M, 80M & 160M   SSB 0000-0400 SSB 80M. 1300 -1500 SSB 17 or 20M 1500- 2359 SSB 40M, 80M   Note: Operators will switch bands if conditions are …

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Nashoba Valley ARC Conducts Successful License Class

Bruce Blain, K1BG, writes in the NVARC Signals January, 2021 newsletter: It’s been over 20 years since [the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club] last conducted license classes. Recently, I held technician level classes with the help of Skip, K1NKR. We had eight sessions over a four-week period. Of the seven students who started, four finished. These are: Rachel Schmoyer, KC1OHY, of Harvard, MA; Matt Denaro, KC1OHA, of Nashua; Gio Girasoli, KC1OIR, of Bolton, CT; Asher Mirock, KD9RDR, of Bloomington, IL. Both Asher and Gio are 12 years old and are previous graduates of my CW Academy beginners Morse code class. …

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