Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday March 1st, 2021 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater Network

Hello to all…

The March Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday March 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, we have a high wind event expected for the area Monday Night into Tuesday Morning so any reports of wind damage or wind gusts of 40 MPH or greater would be helpful to the National Weather Service. We will have comments regarding upcoming ARES training and an exercise coincident with a National Red Cross exercise on Saturday May 8th, 2021.

Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Framingham ARA Donation to Framingham Police Association

At its February 27, 2021 board meeting, the Framingham Amateur Radio Association voted to donate $500 to the Framingham Police Association, naming Sgt. Paul Patriarca, K1PMP, and family as beneficiary.  Patriarca’s Grafton home was tragically involved in a home fire; thankfully, no one was hurt.  

According to FARA president John Iwuc, KB1VXY, “Paul received his technician class license through FARA and periodically attends the Saturday morning Shack openings.”

Two club members agreed to donate $100 each to FARA to help defray this cost. 

W1DAN to be Featured on Pittsfield Community TV, WTBR-FM, March 3, 2021

WTBR-FM studio

Eastern Massachusetts Technical Coordinator Dan Brown, W1DAN, will be the featured guest on Ham On!, simulcast on Pittsfield Community Television and WTBR-FM 89.7 on March 3, 2021. The early morning program is produced and moderated by Western MA Assistant Section Traffic Manager Peter Mattice, KD2JKV.

Dan will speak about how ham radio has influenced his career in the broadcast industry.
 

K8ZT: “Technicians: Life Beyond Repeaters” at K1USN Radio Club Meeting Online, March 2, 2021

k1usn qsl card“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes in K1USN “Happenings”, February 25, 2021:
 
“Technicians: Life Beyond Repeaters,” presented by Anthony Luscre, K8ZT
 

Maybe you just received your Technician license, or perhaps you have had it for a while and burnt out on sparse FM Repeater contacts. Take a new look at the possibilities available to you beyond repeaters. Explore Tech HF and 6 Meter privileges for SSB, CW and Digital Modes (FT8/FT4/RTTY) to expand your operating modes and the distance covered in contacts. Explore other VHF/UHF uses, including SSB, Satellite Operation, FM Simplex, Digital Modes, Contesting, and more.

We are fortunate to have Anthony, K8ZT, back with us as we kick off the month of March.

This presentation will be of interest to everyone as well as for Technicians. There are many Hams who may have gotten licensed years ago and have just not found the time or guidance needed to assemble a station to get on the air. There are also many others who have perhaps gotten into a “rut” of just following the same pattern of operating over and over again without change.

Anthony has a great way of presenting his thoughts which should give us all a chance to hit the Refresh Button!

Here is one of Anthony’s recent presentations for the 2021 Virtual  Hamcation about operating in State QSO parties – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-QEsCw6Nj4

If you have previously received our K1USN Zoom invitations then you are already on that list and will receive your Zoom invitation on Sunday for the March 2nd session. If you would like to be added to that list or you know someone else who might like to join us, please contact me (k1rv@arrl.net) to be added to the K1USN Zoom invitation list. We do ask that you do not share the Zoom invite information which will help us to minimize the possibility of “Zoom Bombing” issues.

By the way, I know that I’ve mentioned Anthony’s website before, but every time I visit it I become even more impressed at the vast amount of resource material available – http://www.k8zt.com/

Check it out and I guarantee that you will be impressed!

“Students Talk to Astronauts in Space”, WCVB-TV

Nashua, N.H.–Four years ago, an organization of ham radio operators in New Hampshire teamed up with a local high school so the students could learn more about the power of connecting people through the airwaves. Now that connection led the students all the way to outer space. It was an out-of-this-world experience for students at Bishop Gurtin High School in Nashua. On Friday, they make contact with the International Space Station. For members of the school’s STEM Club, it was a chance for them to chat directly with Astronaut Shannon Walker onboard the International Space Station. “It was really quite something to be able to speak to an astronaut that far away in space,” one of the club members said. [Full story]

screenshot of Nashua ARS ARISS school contact, WCVB.com

KD1CY: “SKYWARN” at RATPAC, February 25, 2021

RATPAC logoRATPAC’s scheduled Thursday February 25 Zoom presentation will be at:  

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: SKYWARN

 Speaker/Presenter: Rob Macedo KD1CY

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JAN 2021

As we look forward to spring and daylight savings time, we also look forward to some new happenings in the traffic world of Eastern MA. Because we have seen a big increase in the number of check-ins on the Mass Rhode Island Phone Net, we have decided to increase the number of sessions per week from three to six. More information will be forthcoming in the next few days so stay tuned to an announcement on this website.

In addition one of our newer traffic handlers on the CW net (he is also on the phone net and CM2MN) Rob K2MZ has made an offer I can’t refuse. We will be organizing a slow speed CW net, and I mean slow, slower than MARI CW, for those wanting to get their feet wet in CW message handling. More details will be forthcoming in the near future, but stay tuned for an announcement on our section website as well.

We are also seeing more new traffic handlers on EM2MN as a result of KC1HHO’s training, and so nice to hear Bob N1SYC back again from Plymouth. Nice to have an outlet down that way again.

Last month we reported the link on HHTN with the Mt Greylock repeater was down, but happy to say it has been restored so we’re back to almost statewide coverage on that net.

I believe on March 14 we will be back to Daylight Savings Time so the daytime First Region Net will be changing times for both sessions to 1445 and 1615. Announcement will be made prior to that change.

Below is the January section traffic report. Thanks to all for your great support.

73, Marcia KW1U
STM EMA / WMA

MASSACHUSETTS STM REPORTS 2021 Jan-21      
                 
NET SESSIONS  QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time  
                 
WMTN C1 28 2 206 175 N1YCW 146.91 1300 Daily  
WMTN C2 29 4 188 281 KD2JKV 146.91 1630 Daily  
MARI 31 141 185 615 KW1U 3565 KHz 1900 Daily  
EM2MN 31 206 360 1096 KC1HHO 145.23 2000 Daily  
CM2MN 21 29 146 219 KK1X 146.97 2100 Daily  
HHTN 18 43 200 471 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 2200 Su,M,W,F  
CITN 18 9 96 254 AC7RB 147.375 1930 Tu,Th,F, Sa  
MARIPN 13 46 114 229 N1LAH 3978 KHz 1700 Tu,Th,Sa  
WARPSN 5 106 10 NA N1IQI 147.225 0830 Su  
WMEN/HF 4 0 134 80 N1CPE 3944 KHz 0830 Su  
WMEN/VHF 4 0 73 61 N1PUA 146.91 0900 Su  
  202 586 1712 3420        
                 
Note: HHTN accessible also via Plymouth and Mt Greylock rptrs and Echolink New-Eng2 Conf and IRLP 9127
                 
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL BPL = 500+ points  
                 
KW1U 35 336 336 0 707 X    
N1IQI 0 116 538 4 658 X    
KC1KVY 0 70 124 15 209      
N1TF 0 43 65 2 110      
W1RVY 0 71 32 4 107      
KC1HHO 1 59 16 6 82      
WA1LPM 0 26 35 1 62      
N1LAH 0 25 25 1 51      
KE1ML 0 21 20 9 50      
AB1ZS 0 26 23 0 49      
KD2JKV 0 22 22 0 44      
NV1N 0 12 25 0 37      
WA1VAB 1 11 12 8 32      
W1TCD 0 13 11 7 31      
KC1MSN 0 6 8 8 22      
W1JWM 0 10 8 0 18      
W1PLK 0 5 6 4 15      
KC1NBI 4 5 4 2 15      
AJ1DM 0 6 0 6 12      
KC1OIP 1 3 4 3 11      
                 
PSHR  (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL  
                 
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130  
N1TF 40 40 30 5 0 0 115  
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110  
W1RVY 40 40 30 0 0 0 110  
KD2JKV 40 40 20 0 0 0 100  
N1LAH 40 40 20 0 0 0 100  
KC1HHO 35 40 20 0 0 0 95  
KC1KVY 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
WA1LPM 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
KE1ML 24 36 10 0 0 10 80  
NV1N 25 37 10 0 0 0 72  
KC1MSN 40 22 10 0 0 0 72  
                 
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL          
                 
KW1U 733 485 1218          
N1IQI 116 538 654          
AB1ZS 13 9 22          
W1JWM 8 5 13          
W1RVY 1 3 4          
                 

N1DM: “History of Radio in Maine Back to World War I” at Sci-Tech ARS Meeting Online, February 23, 2021

New England Sci Tech logoDom Mallozzi, N1DM, will present the “History of Radio in Maine back to World War I” on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 19:00 ET.

This talk is a discussion of historic radio sites in Maine from World War One through the 1960s. This discussion includes some radio sites that have long disappeared but had a major influence on radio, like the site of the first major commercial use of single sideband. As with any such history discussion, we will also cover a few technical details on the progress of technology over the years from long waves to satellites.

For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.

Lantern Battery 70cm/2m FM activation, 2/21/21 approx. 7:30 PM

W1XP lantern battery setupMike Powell, W1KU, writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list:

After this week’s Sunday net, I plan to operate 70 cm FM (maybe 2 m, too) from my lantern batteries.  I plan to be at my employer’s parking lot at a high point in Hudson (77 Reed Rd), so I’m hoping for decent simplex coverage to the local area.

This is an opportunity for club members with technician or above licenses to make LBC contacts (2 points for contacting a member). My goal is also to check my simplex range from this location, so even if you don’t have lantern batteries set up, a QSO would be great.

I will announce myself on the repeater during and after the net. 

Planned frequency is 446.0 MHz FM (alternate: 446.5 MHz FM).  If there are requests for 2 meters, I plan to operate at 146.52 MHz FM (alternate 147.42 MHz FM).

MA Ham Operator License Plate Update, February 18, 2021

MA ham operator plate sample
From: nediv.arrl.org:
 
Randy Dore, AI1G, writes:
 
I received my new Ham Operator plates from the RMV this past Saturday, February 13, 2021.
 
A side note for anyone who has ordered plates–  All plate are retro dated back to the application processing date (mine was December 8th) and and you should be aware that they automatically cancel the old registration number 60 days after the processing date and request you dispose of current plates locally by recycling them.  This could lead to a gap between plates if there is a delivery delay. 
 
My plates only expired 5 days before I received my new AI1G plates because of the processing delays.
 
So, be on the lookout for your new plates in the mail.
 
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WB2OSZ: “Dire Wolf Software” at Waltham ARA Meeting Online, February 24, 2021

Waltham ARA logoRon Senykoff, KG1T, President, Waltham Amateur Radio Association writes:

Please join the Waltham Amateur Radio Association  at 8 PM on February 24, 2021 in welcoming John Langner, WB2OSZ, for a presentation on Dire Wolf APRS Software.

John is one of the main developers of Dire Wolf.  In the early days of Amateur Packet Radio and APRS, it was necessary to use an expensive “Terminal Node Controller” (TNC) with specialized hardware. Those days are gone. You can now get better results, at lower cost, by connecting your radio to the “sound card” interface of a computer and using software in place of the traditional TNC.

Dire Wolf is a software “soundcard” AX.25 packet modem/TNC and APRS encoder/decoder. It can be used stand-alone to observe APRS traffic, as a tracker, digipeater, APRStt gateway, or Internet Gateway (IGate). 

Some links to look at before the meeting if interested in the tech:

BEST 73 DE KG1T

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.

 

ARRL Board Considers Plan to Cover New $35 FCC Fee for Some Young Members

ARRL logofrom nediv.arrl.org:

At its Annual Meeting in January, the ARRL Board of Directors considered a motion to offer a new plan that would pay the new but not-yet-implemented $35 FCC application fee for a limited number of new radio amateurs younger than age 18 who, at the time of testing, belonged to an ARRL Affiliated 501(c)(3) charitable organization and passed their tests through an ARRL VEC-sponsored exam session. The proposal called for reducing the VEC fee for these candidates to $5. The initial proposal came from ARRL Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB. Other Board members offered subsidiary motions. Supporters said the purpose behind the motion was to ameliorate the potential financial hardship the pending FCC application fee posed on certain minors applying for their first license, and to encourage new youth membership. [Full story]

 

W3NOZ: “Radio and Stealth Technologies” at Nashoba Valley ARC Online Meeting, February 17, 2021

Nashoba Valley ARC logoThe Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s February meeting is Thursday, February 17, 2021 at 7:30 PM. This meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Meeting details are below. Thanks to Jim Hein, N8VIM, and Medtronics for the Zoom conference. I apologize for such late notice.

The February meeting will feature Brint Ferguson, W3NOZ, who will speak on radar and stealth technologies.

Thanks and 73. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Bruce, K1BG

978-772-2773 or bruce.blain@charter.net 

KB1ZFP: “Changes and possibilities for the BARC website,” February 18, 2021

Boston ARC logoDoc Kinne, KE1ML, writes in the Boston ARC Sparc February, 2021 newsletter:

The Boston ARC will be holding a general meeting on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. on the Zoom teleconferencing platform. Morgan Johnstone, KB1ZFP, will be highlighting changes and possibilities for the BARC website. 

[For Zoom meeting information, email Doc Kinne, KE1ML at ke1ml@arrl.net.]