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:

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


 Speaker/Presenter: Rob Macedo KD1CY

Hey folks: These Zoom sessions are left open after the presentation. 

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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:


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.]

W1IS and KC1DSQ: “Balun Basics” Featured in January 2021 CQ Magazine

Cover of January 2021 CQ MagazineGeorge Allison, K1IG, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list:

The two Bobs, [PART of Westford] member Bob Glorioso, W1IS, and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ, just can’t stop writing!  Not content to have an article in December CQ magazine, they now have an article in the January issue of CQ titled “Baluns Basics” that describes what baluns are, how they work, and how to make them. Settle in to your easy chair, because the article is six pages (!) long, with lots of pictures and graphics. As usual, it’s well-written and very readable.

I note with some amusement that right in the middle of their article is full-page ad for LDG baluns — so you have a choice: you can a) buy a balun without knowing what it does or how it works (boo!) or b) build your own with full knowledge of what’s happening inside (hooray!). The choice is clear!

I’ve heard that there may be more articles coming in the months ahead. Well done to the two Bobs for improving the state of ham radio art and science!