Department of Defense Zoominar for Communications Exercise, April 21, 2022

Tom Kinahan writes:

On Thursday 21 April at 8 pm ET representatives from the US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command will give an unclassified presentation to review the concept of the upcoming DoD Exercise 22-2 which will take place from 2-7 May.

Army representatives will briefly describe the concept of the exercise and how amateurs and Auxiliary communications personnel can participate in this training event.

Zoom info:

For more information connect to:

Tom Kinahan

US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System
Region One Director
aaa1rd at

Massachusetts STM Report for March 2022

The March 2022 STM report can be found at  Note a link to a presentation by Craig Fugate, former Administrator for FEMA on the importance of amateur radio in emergency communications.  This is an hour long presentation on YouTube.  At approximately minute 37 he speaks specifically of the importance of the National Traffic System and its national networking capability in emergency communications.  Also note important information on messaging as contained in the message header of radiograms including the ICS 213.  

NEAR-Fest XXXI, April 29-30, 2022, Deerfield, NH

NEAR-Fest logoATTENTION: two weeks to go! 
* New England’s premier radio hobby event
* Both days
* Huge flea market, forums
* ARRL officials in attendance
Friday:  AMers W1IA Celebration and “HamJam”
Saturday:  VE Exams 10:00 AM
* Big door prizes both days (Two Yaesu FT-891s, two SDRplay radios, one each day)
Fun for all!  NEAR-Fest XXXI is Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th 2022, at the Deerfield NH Fairgrounds, Highway 43, Deerfield NH. 
This is your last chance to get advance tickets and save $5.   Advance admission tickets $10  ($15 at the gate), Inside parking (flea market) $10.  Mail by Wednesday, April 20th in order to get them in time.  PLEASE ENCLOSE SASE!   Mail to W1RC, 316 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead MA 01945. More info  Camping passes available onsite. 

A Two-Fox Hunt in Carlisle, April 9-10, 2022

Eliot Mayer, W1MJ, writes on NEMassFoxHunters and Waltham ARA lists:

Two foxes will be transmitting this weekend (April 9-10) from Greenough Land in Carlisle, MA.  This conservation area is only 15 minutes from the center of Westford and 25 minutes from beautiful downtown Waltham. The parking lot is more-or-less across the street from 811 Maple Street. If you come from Route 3, Maple Street is actually the same street as Treble Cover Road, so it’s a straight shot 2 miles from the highway.  A map of Greenough Land is available here:

Both foxes will be on the air from Saturday at 9:30 AM until Sunday at 5:00 PM.

Call  / Frequency   / TX Power

K1MJC / 146.565 MHz / 15 mW
W1MJ  / 147.54 MHz  / 5 W

N1NS: “A Little Bit About Forest Fires” at the Boston ARC Meeting Online, April 21, 2022

Boston ARC logoThe next general meeting of the Boston Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 PM. The meeting room will be opened at 7:00 PM for a period of socializing. The speaker will be Barbara Dougan, N1NS, who will present “A Little Bit About Forest Fires.”

A link will be published in the upcoming issue of The SPARC and will appear on on the day of the meeting.


Joe Chapman NV1W / Secretary, Boston Amateur Radio Club

VARA HF Modem Group License Purchase

Gregory Kenley, KC1NRJ, writes on the Boston Amateur Radio Club list:

For those of you interested in VARA HF Modem for Email and VARA Chat, we’re considering a group purchase to save some money. Buy a full speed license for a one-time fee of $69 (single license) or $55 (>10 group purchase).  The slow speed is about 10% of maximum speed.
According to Greg, “First come, first served. We just need ten hams to grab a quick 10-pack license and save close to $20 each.”

K1IG: “How to Precisely Calibrate Your Transceiver, Measure Frequencies Over the Air, and Participate in the Semi-Annual ARRL Frequency Measuring Test” at Sci-Tech ARS Hybrid Meeting, April 5, 2022

New England Sci Tech logoThe New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (NEST) will meet on-line and in-person on April 5, 2022 at 7 PM and feature George Allison, K1IG, who will present “How to Precisely Calibrate Your Transceiver, Measure Frequencies Over the Air, and Participate in the Semi-Annual ARRL Frequency Measuring Test.”  
Bio: George has been licensed for over 60 years and has operated amateur stations around the world. While on active duty in the U.S. Navy, he commanded the USS Ouellet (FF-1077), a frigate home-ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; commanded the U.S. Naval communications station on Guam; and ended his career as head of the Navy’s world-wide telecommunications network responsible for worldwide U.S. Navy communications for ships, aircraft, and submarines.  He is president of the Police Amateur Radio Team (PART) of Westford, MA –  George has won multiple amateur radio awards, has been a commercial pilot aerobatics instructor, and enjoys hunting DX and casual contesting.  
[For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.]

Cape Ann ARA EmComm Group Meeting, Gloucester, April 5, 2022

Dean Burgess, KB1PGH, writes:

This is a reminder that [Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association‘s] emergency communications group will be holding a meeting at the clubhouse on 6 Stanwood Street in Gloucester at 7 PM this Tuesday night, April 5th.

The topic of discussion for the meeting will be disaster go bags and I will be doing a presentation on them. Others are welcome to bring their go bags in as well to show them off.


Dean Burgess KB1PGH

ARRL Emergency Coordinator

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday April 4th, 2022 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater System

Hello to all…

The April Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday April 4th, 2022 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: (Click the ARES box to see the repeaters and other systems linked)

We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. We will have several announcements on upcoming events.

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)
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Massachusetts RACES Nets – Monday 4/4/22 for HF, Region 2D VHF, NBEMS & Winlink – Times and Details Below

AB1PH-Don Rolph writes:

For Apr, Monday Apr. 4 is the first Monday of the month, and will be the date for the MEMA RACES nets.

The Races nets will be held on Mon Apr. 4 at:

The HF net will start at 6:45 PM EDT: using the following frequency plan:

We will start at 3930 KHz moving up to 3955 KHz until there is a clear frequency,

Marc Stern WA1R will be net control.
Region 2D VHF net: please note sector 2D net will be on Sharon Repeater

7:30 PM EDT VHF net on 146.865 MHz PL 103.5 (Sharon Repeater)

We will have a general call up of any RACES, ARES, or other interested stations. If there is time, we will have a simplex test.

Jim Repetti WJ1R will be net control.
7:00 PM EDT

Dial Frequency: 3584.5 MHx
Center Frequency: 1500 Hz
Initial mode: THOR22

We will have checkins,followed by an ICS-213 format message using FLMSG..
Alan Richards WA1AR will be net control.
Winlink Net:

To participate:
– create a checkin form using the Winlink standard checkin form
– send via winlink after 6 AM EDT Mon. Apr 4 and before 0000 EDT Apr 5 (any mode, but include mode in checkin form) to AB1PH
– Tues I will create the checkin report and send to all of you

We look forward to you checking in to any or all nets!

Don Rolph

Blue Hills Observatory Wireless Society Online Meeting, April 6, 2022

Blue Hill ObservatoryMy name is Steve Hoberman, KC1MWF, and I am writing to you about the Blue Hill Observatory Wireless Society which is just getting started, in case you have any interest in getting involved.

Those of us helping to get the club underway are in no way whatsoever trying to take you away from any club(s) to which you currently belong but, rather, just trying to be supportive of Blue Hill Observatory and help them get their club and initial activities started. In fact, for all of us currently involved, it will represent the second, third, or more clubs of which each of us individually are concurrently members.

Below for your info is the initial newsletter which Bob Phinney, K5TEC, and Rusty Moore, K1FVK, sent out in late February so you can get some more background. We have had two Zoom meetings to-date in recent weeks getting things started. Elections have been postponed a bit relative to what’s in the newsletter, but there is a lot of interest in beginning to plan for the May 14 Mt. Washington event described in the newsletter.

If you have any interest in hearing about or participating in this new club, please join us for the next Zoom meeting. It is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM using Zoom link: […]. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks and 73,
Steve Hoberman
53 Allen Ave
Waban MA 02468

[Ed: To prevent “zoom bombing” contact Phil, K9HI at phil -at- temples -dot- com for the Zoom link.]

Important Message from ARRL VEC

ARRL logoImportant Message from ARRL VEC

By Maria Somma, AB1FM, ARRL VEC Manager

The FCC released a Public Notice on March 23, 2022, stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission’s authority to impose and collect fees is mandated by Congress.

The $35 application fee, when it becomes effective on April 19, will apply to new, renewal, and modification applications that request a new vanity call sign. The fee will be per application.

Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, and modification applications to upgrade an amateur radio licensee’s operator class*, will be exempt from fees. (*this new information was just confirmed by FCC staff on Tuesday, March 29.)

VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not have to collect the $35 fee at exam sessions.

Once the FCC application fee takes effect, new applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual and pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC by using the CORES FRN Registration system. VEC and VE team licensing procedures will not change.

When the FCC receives the examination information from the VEC, it will email a link with payment instructions to each qualifying candidate. The candidate will have 10 calendar days, from the date of the application file number being issued, to pay. After the fee is paid, and the FCC has processed an application, examinees will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to their official license or, in very rare instances, an explanation for why the application was dismissed or denied. The link will be valid for 30 days.

Per usual procedures, examinees that pass multiple exams at one session, will have one application transmitted to the FCC reflecting the highest-level license class earned. Again, our procedures will not change. The new license candidates will have an extra step before the license is issued. VE teams can point candidates to our FCC Application Fee webpage. Our new ARRL VEC CSCEs also include information about the application fee and points candidates to the webpage. The FCC rule pertaining to CSCEs will not change. CSCE credit will continue to be valid for 365 days, starting from the date of issuance.

For VE teams holding exam sessions the weekend before April 19, the FCC advised that applications not received by the FCC before April 19 will be subjected to the fee. The ARRL VEC urges teams to upload sessions via our documents upload page to get your sessions to us as quickly as possible. Assuming the FCC electronic batch filing (EBF) system is functioning properly on Monday, April 18, the VEC staff will work to get these to the FCC before April 19. Email the VEC department at for the upload instructions.

Additionally, the FCC stated that the fee for applications processed and dismissed will not be refundable. This includes vanity requests where the applicant does not receive the requested call sign. However, returned applications that are missing information will not require an additional fee, if the missing information is submitted to the FCC within the proper amount of time.

Youth Licensing Grant Program

Anticipating the implementation of the fee in 2022, the ARRL Board of Directors, approved the ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program in July 2021. Under the program, ARRL will cover a one-time $35 application fee for license candidates younger than 18-years old for tests administered under the auspices of the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC). Qualified candidates also would pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC. ARRL is finalizing details for administering the program.

Further news and instructions will follow as the FCC releases them. Details for the ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program will be posted when available. For additional information, visit the resources below.

ARRL VEC Application Fees webpage:

ARRL News Story:

FCC CORES Video Tutorials:

FCC Registration Help: