New England Sci-Tech Amateur Extra Online Course, April 25-June 13, 2021

This ONLINE ham radio license course will get you ready to take the Ham Radio AMATEUR EXTRA license exam, the THIRD 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. Recommended text: ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 12th edition, for exams …

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Nantucket ARA Members Show Their Appreciation to Sconset Trust for Use of Sankaty Head Lighthouse

The Nantucket Amateur Radio Association membership recently voted to make a donation to the Sconset Trust in a show of appreciation for allowing the use of the Sankaty Head Lighthouse for last year’s International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. [See: International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend on Track for 2020.]   In a March 29, 2021 letter, ‘Sconset Trust’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Grubbs, wrote to NARA Treasurer Greg Cokorinos, K1UH, on behalf of the ‘Sconset Board of Trustees, “Thank you for your 2021 membership contribution … we were pleased to collaborate with NARA for the 2020 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend last August. …

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N1QD: “DMR Basics” at Boston ARC Meeting Online, April 15, 2021

From the Boston ARC website: The speaker at the April 15 [Boston Amateur Radio Club] general meeting will be Joe Harris, N1QD. Joe will give a presentation on DMR basics, with a focus on how to get set up on the club’s UHF repeater! The meeting will be on the Zoom platform at 7:30 PM EDT. [For Zoom meeting information, email Doc Kinne, KE1ML at ke1ml -at- arrl -dot- net.]  

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Barnstable ARC Compiling “Elmer” List

The Barnstable Amateur Radio Club is compiling a list of volunteer “Elmers” to help new amateurs, according to BARC president Norm Cantin, WA1NLG. “New hams have a number of needs and questions ranging from: what equipment to start with, selecting antenna(s), what bands to operate, operating best practices to a whole host of other topics,” writes Cantin.  “I know we were all new hams at one point and really benefited from our Elmers.  I’m sure each one of us can contribute in some way.” WA1NLG says that BARC is also putting together a “New Ham Kit” of which the Elmer …

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KM1NDY: “Practical Portable Radio Operation” at Sci-Tech ARS, April 6, 2021

The Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society will feature a presentation by Mindy Hull, KM1NDY, on “Practical Portable Radio Operation” on April 6, 2021 at 7 PM.  With the availability of lightweight lithium batteries, portable operations is an increasingly mainstream and accessible pursuit of the amateur radio hobbyist. The excitement of radio field operations no longer needs to be relegated to official Field Days, with structured “On-the-Air” programs such as the Summits-on-the-Air (SOTA) and Parks-on-the-Air (POTA) providing endless and timeless remote communication opportunities. Portable radio is also where the outdoorist meets the amateur operator, requiring a complementary but different skill set from …

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday April 5th, 2021 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater Network

Hello to all… The April Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday April 5th, 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 will have comments regarding upcoming ARES training, virtual SKYWARN training and an exercise coincident …

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W1LEM, WA3SWJ: “Winlink” at Barnstable ARC Meeting Online, April 5, 2021

Norm Cantin, WA1NLG, writes on the Barnstable ARC list:   This month our guest speaker is  Lem, W1LEM.  Lem and Bruce, WA3SWJ, will provide an introduction and live demo of WinLink.    The meeting agenda is attached.  Please note: I plan to kick the meeting off and ask each participant for a brief intro (Name, Call and Current Location).  To help facilitate this and not cause too much cross talk, please mute your audio.  I will call out your call and ask you for your intro.  While muted, press and hold down the “space” bar on your computer to unmute (ie …

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MARS / Amateur Interoperability Nets Starting The Week of April 7, 2021

To: All New England Amateur Radio Operators Starting this week, on April 7 and for the first week of every month going forward, US Army Auxiliary Radio System members will conduct nets on 60 meters channel 1 (5.3305 MHz) with the goal of exercising the mission of MARS to Amateur interoperation. These Nets will start at 8pm local time on April 7, for one hour and will repeat on Friday April 9 and be run by MARS Stations in Region One. On April 8 and 10 at 8pm ET the nets will be run by MARS stations in Region 2 …

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NV9L: “Contesting” at Algonquin ARC, April 8, 2021

Mike Powell, W1KU, writes in the April, 2021 issue of Algonquin ARC’s newsletter, QRZ: The next [Algonquin Amateur Radio Club] meeting will be held on April 8, 2021 at  7:30 PM online via Zoom. Information on joining this virtual meeting will be sent out in advance via email. Our guest speaker will be Val Hotzfeld, NV9L, discussing contesting. [Hotzfeld is co-host on the show Ham Nation which can be seen live every Wednesday night in Twit.tv or anytime on YouTube.] For Zoom conference information, email Mike Powell, W1KU, at <president@n1em.org>.

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