Update on MIT Radome Project, March 2021

From the MIT Radio Society website:

Our perseverance is beginning to pay off! After much discussion and collaboration with MIT Facilities and various contractor groups involved in the Green Building renovations project, we have completed an initial design and project cost for the renewal of our Large Radome.

MIT has informed us that, if we raise $1.9 million before May 1st, 2021, the restoration of the radome can be included in the Green Building renovation project. While this is an enormous challenge, we believe it is not insurmountable.

We have already raised a part of this in the process of our overall station renovation fundraising drive, and there is additional interest in this project across MIT — from Physics’ J-Lab, to AeroAstro’s Small Sat Center and STAR Lab.

If we can raise this, we can ensure that this historic radome can continue to serve the MIT Radio Society and the MIT community overall. With your support, we can safeguard this treasure. [Full story] [See also: MIT Radio Society Update: Station Renewal and COVID Response]

K1BG: “CW Ops’ CW Academy” at Waltham ARA, March 31, 2021

CW Ops CW Academy logoRon Senykoff, KG1T, writes on the Waltham Amateur Radio Association mailing list:

Please join us in welcoming Bruce Blain, K1BG, to discuss the free CW Academy program offered by CWops.org. https://cwops.org/cw-academy/

Non-members are welcome to attend. Please fill out this Event Notification form to be notified of upcoming presentations and to receive the meeting call invitation details.

Wednesday, March 31st @ 7:00 PM

Location: Amazon Chime https://aws.amazon.com/chime/download/

Meeting dial in details will be sent to club membership and those registered with the event notification form.

N1DM Featured on Pittsfield Community TV, WTBR-FM, March 25, 2021

From nediv.arrl.org:

Natick amateur Dom Mallozzi, N1DM, was the featured guest on Ham On!, simulcast on Pittsfield (MA) Community Television and WTBR-FM 89.7 on March 25, 2021. Dom spoke about amateur satellites. The early morning program is produced and moderated by Western MA Assistant Section Traffic Manager Peter Mattice, KD2JKV.  A recording of the show can be heard at <https://anchor.fm/peter0190/episodes/working-amatuer-sats-etgl31>.

N1DM is active on HF CW , FT8, FT4, satellites, DMR, emergency communications  and contesting. He serves as secretary for the Providence (RI) Radio Association, W1OP.

K1TW & K9HI: “What Your ARRL is Doing for You” at K1USN Radio Club Online, March 30, 2021

k1usn qsl cardWe are happy to announce that our next K1USN Radio Club Zoom session on Tuesday, March 30th @ 7:30 PM EDST will be a presentation by our ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, along with Phil Temples, K9HI, our  New England ARRL Division Vice Director.
The topic will be “What your ARRL is Doing for You.”
The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session, so try to come up with some good questions for them since this will be an opportunity to speak directly to our local ARRL leaders.
As always, we will be sending out the Zoom session invitations via separate e-mail. If you have received previous invitations then you are already on the list. if you, or anyone you know, would like to be invited then you can contact me (k1rv@arrl.net) and I will add you/them to the growing list.

2021 Apple Blossom Festival in Westford Cancelled

PART of Westford logoAlan Martin, W1AHM, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list:

From https://westford.org/kiwanis/:

“In consultation with Westford officials, along with current Federal and State guidelines, in the best interests of health and safety for Westford community, Westford Kiwanis has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Apple Blossom Festival, including the Apple Blossom Parade.  We look forward to bringing the event back when vaccinations have been readily available to all and larger outdoor social gatherings are feasible.”

So, PART needn’t scramble to provide public service event support for the parade.

KD1CY: “Amateur Radio VoIP” at RATPAC Online, March 31, 2021

RATPAC logoRATPAC’s scheduled Wednesday’s March 31, 2021 Zoom presentation will be at:  

9:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EDT / 8:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM MDT / 6:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM AKDT / 3:00 PM HST

 Topic: Amateur Radio VoIP

 Speaker/Presenter:  Rob Macedo, KD1CY

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

After the Zoom presentation has been closed, sign back into Zoom to visit.

  • 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 may ask questions in chat; please stay on topic while using chat.

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Wellesley ARS “POTA Party,” Winchendon, MA, March 27, 2021

Parks On The Air logoDan Brown, W1DAN, writes on the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society mailing list:
Who: Anyone interested in amateur radio regardless of experience, license, or equipment
What: Parks-On-The-Air (POTA) Activation of Otter River State Forest (Lake Dennison Recreation Area). 
Where: Lake Dennison Recreation Area, 219 Baldwinville State Rd, Winchendon, MA 01475 (drive in to the first large parking lot). 
When: Saturday March 27, 2021 starting at Noon. 
Special Instructions/Notes: Just show up. Bring any radio or other equipment you may want to use, or use my stuff. Sign up for POTA if you plan on logging your own activation https://parksontheair.com/ .  If you are not planning on logging then please plan on getting on the air with my callsign (POTA Hunters want to get their points!) It is a large parking lot and big outdoor area. We will be there unless the weather is very very bad (i.e., electrical storm, typhoon); I will post to this group if it’s canceled. We will monitor 146.52 if you want to bring a vhf radio. We will operate at least ssb and cw, other modes welcome. I will be in a green van…it is unmistakable. Bring whatever you need to be comfortable (food, water, shelter, etc.)
My equipment: I will bring enough equipment to set up at least one cw and one ssb station. I also have band pass filters for 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 40, and 80 meters so we can run stations simultaneously. PLEASE BRING A SHORT COAX JUMPER WITH PL259 CONNECTORS IF YOU THINK YOU MAY WANT TO USE ONE OF MY BAND PASS FILTERS! I do not have enough to share. 
Pandemic notes:
Plan on wearing a mask. Outdoor gathering limits are 25 people in Massachusetts; if we exceed this we can split into separate groups, it’s a large enough area.  You of course are responsible for your own safety, so whatever precautions you need, please prepare for it. 
Okay, that’s all. Bottom line: Show up and play radio! I can’t wait to meet you all in person! 

Farhat: “The Essential Oscillator in Wireless Communications: Theory & Applications” at Northeastern University Wireless Club, March 24, 2021

Northeastern Univ Wireless logoOn Wednesday, 3/24/21 at 11:45 AM, Professor Amir Farhat will talk about the all important RF element, the oscillator. This element is responsible for frequency generation that allows filtering and carrying of the data signal being received and sent. In order to operate any RF device and allow proper communication, very clean and consistent sine waves of desired frequencies needed to generate. The theory, the implementation and the application of this will all be discussed for this all important device.

W6WN: “Neighborhood Radio Watch” at Framingham ARA Meeting Online, April 1, 2021

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association‘s next meeting on April 1, 2021  at 7:30 PM will feature  Alan Thompson, W6WN, who will talk about Neighborhood Radio Watch program.

This is a partnership between hams and non-hams using amateur, GMRS and FRS radios to help keep our communities safer in the event of an emergency or disaster. The NRW Program had it origin in the ashes of the Camp Fire, and has been a tremendous boost for the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club.

This meeting will be on zoom and FARA members will receive an invitation. [Email KB1VXY at president@w1fy.org to to receive the Zoom registration link.]

Cape Ann ARA Schedule

CAARA logoCape Ann Amateur Radio Association Schedule:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, unless otherwise noted, all scheduled meetings will be held via our 2-meter repeater W1GLO 145.13 MHz in Gloucester.

The next Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM.

The Members Meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 12:00 PM has been canceled due to restrictions imposed on gatherings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The VE Exam Session scheduled for Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM has been canceled. Please email our VE Team Contact, Bill, WZ1L, for further information.

The club operates a Sunday evening 2-meter net (CAARAnet) at 9:00 PM on 145.130 MHz with a 107.2 PL tone. This is an open and informal net that disseminates club news, ARRL bulletins and traffic of interest to the ham radio community and prepares operators for emergency communications work. All are invited to check into the net as club membership is not a requirement.

The CAARA club net is also available and accessible via Echolink. W1GLO-R will connect you to our Cape Ann repeater on 145.130 MHz.

Amateur Radio Fee Collection Schedule

FCC sealContrary to what you may have heard or read, the collection of application fees for the amateur radio service and certain other services will NOT begin  on April 19, 2021.
Although April 19, 2021 is the date the rules in the FCC Report and Order adopted last December generally take effect – i.e., one month after the R&O was published in the March 19, 2021 Federal Register – certain parts of those rules, including collection of the application fees for the amateur radio service, will NOT begin on that date. 
The effective date for new amateur radio fees has not yet been established. The FCC explicitly states in the published Notice that the fees will not take effect until:
     *  the requisite notice has been provided to Congress; AND
     *  the FCC’s information technology systems and internal procedures have been updated; AND
     *  the Commission publishes future notice(s) in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of such rules.
The League’s counsel for FCC matters estimates that the effective start date for collecting the fees will be some time this summer, but regardless of the exact timing we will have advance notice.

WA1JXR: “Nano VNA” at Nashoba Valley ARC Meeting Online, March 18, 2021

Nashoba Valley ARC logoBruce Blain, K1BG, writes:

The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s March meeting is Thursday, March 18th 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 March meeting will feature Greg Algieri, WA1JXR, whose presentation is on the Nano VNA. Greg is a great speaker and I’m personally looking forward to his presentation.

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

Bruce, K1BG

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

Castle Island K-6876 Activated by KC1NRJ and NW1S

photo of POTA operation at Castle Island State Park, Boston MAA (Very) Cold Walk in the Park – A POTA Elmer Day with Brendan Baldonado, NW1S, at Castle Island Boston

by Gregory Kenley, KC1NRJ (Boston ARC SPARC, March 2021)

No, that’s not Banksy with a Yaesu FT-897D. After venting my frustration about getting some decent signals from Antennas at condos in Richmond, VA and North End Boston, Brendan offered to show me the Art of POTA at Castle Island [State Park, K-6876] in Boston.

Partly cloudy and a promise of 60+ degrees at peak turned out to be a constant wind of at least 30-35 mph with a real feel that had to be in the 30s. The park was packed with other Bostonians seeking the mythical nice day but we found a nice spot up high to put up the longwire with a Nelson Antennas portable antenna matchbox. I had been eyeing either and end feed from MyAntennas.com or a Nelson Antennas Matchbox for some time.

It was great to see Brendan run the longwire up with a 24 foot B’n’M “Black Widow” fiberglass extension rod. We worked 20 meters first and things were progressing well. We got contacts from Italy, Florida, Idaho, etc. As Brendan filled out the log, I looked up the call signs with the QRZ android app to quickly identify more details about the contact. It was evident why some contacts came in loud and clear (5/9) from veterans showing off their 50 foot towers on the QRZ page. A new $30 LiFePO4 6 Amp battery from Amazon helped power the Yaesu. The hands-on exposure to the contents of a POTA “go bag” (in Brendan’s case it was a “go box,” seen above) was educational. However, what I ended up coveting the most was his solid Patio umbrella stand that he had found in a dumpster.

photo of heavy antenna baseThis heavyweight stand was a perfect anchor for the 24-foot fiberglass extension pole holding up the Wireman longwire antenna. The winds were a constant 30-35 MPH all day. Tripods would not have withstood the heavy wind but the fiberglass pole bent without moving a bit. I immediately bypassed DX Engineering and HRO and found these at both Ocean State Job Lot and Lowe’s/Home Depot stores. I’m always looking at improving the POTA/SOTA go bag. 40 meters proved hard to tune given the longwire and coax lengths brought for this trip, but contacts resumed on 15 and 17 meters.

KM1CC QRV for International Marconi Day, April 24, 2021

photo of MarconiThe Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club  writes on Facebook:
[The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club – KM1CC] is participating in International Marconi Day, Saturday April 24, 2021. This event is sponsored by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club. “The purpose of the day is for amateur radio enthusiasts from around the world to make contact with historic Marconi sites using communication techniques similar to those used by Marconi himself.”
KM1CC CW operations will be set up at the historic Marconi Station Site – rare grid FN51. SSB ops will be from a home station in Wellfleet also in FN51. Check back for operating/band info.
Follow the link to see other registered Marconi Stations. http://gx4crc.com/imd-stations/.


Want an opportunity to practice your newly acquired CW skills or brush up on old skills once learned but not used for many years? Learn and practice the art and skill of handling written messages, and have some fun along the way. You’ve asked for it and now we are reviving a slow speed CW traffic net. It is called MARISN or Massachusetts Rhode Island Slow Net and it will be meeting four evenings a week on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 PM local time on 3598 kHz.  Rob, K2MZ, has offered to organize and manage this net. He has been a successful teacher of CW and has been active on our various traffic nets. He is welcoming all comers. Come join us beginning Monday, March 22, 2021. Looking forward to seeing you there.

73, Marcia KW1U

“Great Hill Gang” Meets in Weymouth on March 13, 2021

photo of Great Hill Gang setup in Weymouth MAScott Beers, N1KMX, writes on the W1ATD Marshfield Facebook page:
Tomorrow the “Great Hill Gang” will be getting together once again atop Great Hill in Weymouth, MA. We will be there on Saturday March 13.
Masks and Social Distancing Please!
We don’t have a particular schedule set up for frequencies and times but here are some good possibilities for reaching us:
146.52 FM Simplex (good for talk-in’s if you are trying to find us)
146.67- PL 146.2 (good for talk-in’s if you are trying to find us)
145.39- PL 67.0 (9AM most of us check into the K1USN Net)
144.200 USB
144.244 USB (Specifically 11AM – 11:30AM I will try to be here)
Call out to “The Great Hill Gang” and someone will get back to you.
If you look at aprs.fi (Thanks to KC1HHO) you can find an icon showing where we are along the Weymouth Fore River in North Weymouth.
N1KMX and K1UVH are just a couple of callsigns you can reach out to for directions into the hill.

W1IS & KC1DSQ: “Baluns Basics” at PART of Westford Online Meeting, March 16, 2021

PART of Westford logoGeorge Allison, K1IG, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list:

The March PART meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, beginning at 7:30 PM via Webex video conference.   […]  You can join any time after 7:00 PM to check out your gear or just rag chew until the meeting starts.

Important: For increased security, we’ve implemented a waiting room for the meeting. After you log in, you’ll be sent to the waiting room for a minute or two while we check you in.
Our speakers for the meeting are Bob, W1IS, and Bob, KC1DSQ, who will be speaking on “Baluns Basics.” Their article on this topic appeared in the January 2021 issue of CQ magazine.
See you there!
73, George  K1IG
[To request conference login information, contact George Allison, K1IG, at k1ig -at- arrl -dot- net]