Minuteman Repeater Association Volunteer Exam Session, Marlborough, September 16, 2023

MMRA logoKen Horton, KA1GFN, writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list:

The next MMRA VE exam session will be held on September 16th at 9:00 AM at the City Church Marlborough, 72 Jefferson Street , Second Floor (Shoe Box Building), Marlborough.

For further information check the MMRA website at https://mmra.org/ which includes additional information on their home page.


Great Hill Gang “Day of Radio,” North Weymouth, September 7, 2023

K1GHG QSL CardMike Antoine, K1UVH, writes in K1USN Happenings, 9/7/23:

CQ – CQ – CQ, The Great Hill Gang Radio Club – K1GHG

Mark you calendar for Saturday September 16th, our next “ Day of Radio” on the Summit at Great Hill Park in North Weymouth.

Please bring “your own chair, table, radio, antenna and power source” ! If you are planning on operating. Or just come with “your own chair” and rag chew with some of the best Hams around!

Some sort of food item will be planned, and hopefully the weather will be nice!

Amateur Assistance Sought, City of Gardner Centennial Parade, September 17, 2023

Ethan Hansen, KC1OIP, writes on the Boston ARC mailing list:

Fellow Radio Amateurs,

The City of Gardner is celebrating our centennial, 100 years as a city, with a large parade on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 13:00 hours.

The City of Gardner Office of Emergency Management is seeking assistance from the ham radio community to provide safety and parade logistics communications. We need about fifteen hams to shadow division Marshalls and three command/relay trailers. A minimum of nine hams will need to be able to walk the parade route of up to 1.8 miles. The first half mile is on a slight uphill grade but it’s all downhill from there. Hams are requested to marshal at 11:00 hours and the parade steps off at 13:00.

To volunteer, please reply to ptopolski@gardner-ma.gov

Please feel free to forward this message to any hams that you know may be interested in helping out.

Be safe es 73,

Paul Topolski, W1SEX, Director
City of Gardner Office of Emergency Management

Ethan KC1OIP
BARC Public Service Chair

KE1IU: “Nine-Band DXCC On A Covenant Restricted Lot” at Billerica ARS On-line Meeting, September 6, 2023

Billerica ARS logoPlease join us at the Billerica Amateur Radio Society meeting on September 6, 2023 at 7:00 PM. Mark Noe, KE1IU will present “9-Band DXCC On A Covenant Restricted Lot.”
This presentation will cover Mark’s journey as a DXer—from lowly beginnings as a teenager with only 4 countries to his name before going off to college—to achieving 9-Band DXCC (which happened last year). He will cover how to set up a very capable DX station with only wire antennas, tips for working common DX and the rare ones, the DX Code of Conduct, how to properly work split without getting frustrated, how to use FT8 to work DXpeditions, how to use a DX Cluster, how to use LoTW to confirm DX, and some automated tools that will make DX collecting easier for you. If you want to learn how to work DX without having a yard full of iron and aluminum, then this talk is for you! As a bonus, your station will also be very capable for rag chewing, WAS (Worked All States) and contesting.

[For Zoom conference details, email Bruce Anderson, W1LUS, at w1lus -at- hotmail -dot- com.]


Amateur Volunteers Requested, YuKanRun Half Marathon by the Sea, Manchester-by-the-Sea, September 17, 2023

Fred Beaulieu, WA1ESU, writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list:

YuKanRun Half By The Sea race course mapWe are looking for operators to staff the YuKanRun Half Marathon by the Sea. Sun September 17, 2023, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944 US

Please let us know if you can staff a communications checkpoint for the event so we can plan staffing positions for the event.

While CAARA’s repeater performance has greatly improved some regions of this course may still experience some difficulty with communications especially with low-powered HTs, so we’ll be looking for higher powered equipment to staff those areas

Please let us know what type of equipment you plan to use (ie: Mobile; HT; ¼-Wave Mag-Mount; OEM Rubber-Duck; etc.) so we have a better idea of where to locate you along the event course per the potential of your equipment.

The course will be open and supported By CAARA. for Four hours We do not cover the one-mile event on this day. Runner safety is everyone’s top priority.

Local EMT crews and ambulances will be available for three hours to help.

Thank you in advance for your participation.


Half by the Sea Communications Team.  
Manchester, Mass  
Last Updated: 09/04/2023 6:22 PM  
Event date: Sunday, September,17, 2023  
On Location: 9:30 AM   
Starts: Half Marathon Run = 10:00 AM  
Freq: W1GLO Repeater. 145.130 – PL:107.2 Back up NS1RA 145.470 – PL136.5  

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net & Massachusetts RACES Nets Will Be on The Second Monday of the Month – Monday 9/11/23 Due to Labor Day Holiday

Hello to all…
We hope everyone is enjoying some well deserved excellent late summer/early fall weather during this long Labor Day Holiday Weekend. A reminder that the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net and the Massachusetts RACES Nets will be on the second Monday of the month – Monday 9/11/23 at their usual times due to the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Notices of the various ARES/RACES Nets will be posted on the email lists and the Eastern Mass ARES web site at https://ema.arrl.org/ares this coming weekend/Monday Morning 9/11/23. Thanks to all for their continued support of ARES and RACES at the local and state level.
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net September 2023 – Saturday 9/9/23 Due to Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Jeff N1SOM, Secretary, and the SSH group writes:

Good evening,

Due to the upcoming Labor Day holiday, the Eastern MA Hospital Net will be on Saturday September 9, 2023 instead of the customary 1st Saturday of the month. I will be sending the Net details and repeaters that will be used for the Net next week.

Jeff N1SOM, Secretary, and the SSH group

Project BIG E Needs More Volunteers

[For more information about Project BIG E, visit the Project BIG E page at https://nediv.arrl.org/project-big-e/.]

Larry Krainson, W1AST, writes:

We still need 43 people to fill time slots for the Big E booth.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so ASAP. We need your help to make this a success this year.

Here are the dates, # of people needed and a “Y” for the session time frame.

image showing Big E assignments

Here is the sign up link:  bit.ly/45Cv6mn

Or contact me direct at W1AST@arrl.net

We need more people to sign up to make this a success!

Larry Krainson – W1AST

  • Project Big E Organizer
  • HCRA President – HCRA.org 
  • 13 Colonies MA State Manager (K2H) – Ask to be an op!
  • Proud Member of: ARRL, FCARC, BARS & YCCC
  • w1ast@arrl.net

New Quincy Radio Club Formed: KW1NZE

Quincy RC logoA new radio club in Quincy has been formed called the Quincy Radio Club. It has been issued the call sign “KW1NZE.”

According to Quincy Radio Club trustee Peter Doherty, KC1HHO, the club will host “a series of special events that focus on the extraordinary cultural, political and social history of Quincy (pronounced “Kwinzee”) and its contribution to our nation and the world.”

“We are excited about our first upcoming event. The list of significant ‘Who, What and Here’  is long and varied.” Peter adds, “It will be difficult to choose the first.”

The Quincy Radio Club will commentate each event QSO with a handsome certificate upon request. 


Double Fox Hunt On the Air in Belmont, September 1, 2023

Eliot Mayer, W1MJ, writes on the NEMassFoxHunters list at 11:01 AM on September 3, 2023:

Due to technical difficulties, the double fox hunt in Beverly has been terminated early.

This was Mike’s first deployment of this new fox design, and it is likely that the low-battery cutoff setting was too high for his battery.  My fox became intermittent, apparently due to a bad cable going to the radio (or, hopefully not, a bad jack in the radio). 

We will address these issues and try again.  For now, go find the W1MWS fox in North Chelmsford.


Eliot Mayer, W1MJ, writes on the NEMassFoxHunters list at 6:00 PM on September 1, 2023:

K1MJC and I have both put foxes on the air in the Rock Meadow Conservation Area in Belmont, MA for the holiday weekend. 

Map and directions from Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/6sYA2FXTKBXSdJXv7

Both foxes transmit once per minute between the hours of 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily.  They will be on the air until 5:00 PM on Monday, Labor Day.

The K1MJC fox is on 147.54 MHz, and has a log book to sign when you find it  

The W1MJ fox is in 147.57 MHz, and has no log book; please email your report to fox@w1mj.com.

73 DE W1MJ