13 Colonies Event Week, July 1-7, 2020

Bob Kelley, K1KVV, writes on the Southeastern MA ARA web site: 13 Colonies Event Week July 1, 9AM to July 7, Midnight, EDT (1300Z 1 July 2020 to 0400Z 8 July 2020) Certificate: Only one 13 Colonies QSO gets you a certificate. For a CLEAN SWEEP, you don’t need to work the Bonus Stations, WM3PEN & GB13COL. [D-STAR is OK for Bonus Stations] Working a Colony Station: use DX Summit www.DXSummit.fi to find a 13 Colonies S/E station. Spotting: after working a colony station, you are encouraged to spot it on DX Summit: i.e., “K2H 13 Col MA.” Questions? See KU2US & www.13colonies.us.

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Seeking Ops for 13 Colonies Special Event Station K2H, July 1-7, 2019

Bob Kelley, K1KVV writes on the Southeastern MA ARA web site: I’m seeking operators for K2H, the shared Special Event callsign for all Massachusetts. Please let all members of our club know about this opportunity. I can add both W1AEC and home station operators to the official 13 Colonies K2H operators list. Do you want to have the experience of being called instead of calling to make a contact? You’ll get calls from both domestic and DX operators who want to qualify for the certificate endorsements. As an operator of K2H, you will automatically qualify for a certificate. You can also contact the other 13 Colonies S/E stations to earn your own endorsements. You’d …

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13 Colonies Special Event, July 1-7, 2018

ARRL Affiliated Club Coordinator Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ writes: The annual 13 Colonies Special Event will take place from Sunday, July 1st, 9:00 AM Eastern (1300 UTC) until Saturday, July 7th, 12:00 Midnight Eastern (July 8th, 0400 UTC). Participants are encouraged to contact as many of the original 13 Colonies as possible in that timeframe.  There are also two bonus stations: WM3PEN (Philadelphia, PA), and GB13COL (Durham, England).  A nice certificate is available at the end of the event. Each colony has its own callsign and list of operators.  Massachusetts is K2H.  If you are interested in being a K2H operator, contact Bob (K1KVV) at …

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  Contact Phil Temples, K9HI 125 Coolidge Ave #803 Watertown, MA 02472 Tel: 617-331-0183 Email: k9hi@arrl.org Introduction Radio amateurs participate in a wide variety of causal conversations, nets, and competitive contests as well as other operating events. Nets meet daily to facilitate handling radiogram traffic,  severe weather reporting, on-air club meetings, or simply “rag chewing.” Others are attracted to the fun and camaraderie of radio direction finding–also known as “fox hunting.” Major contests, QSO parties or special events operations can be found almost any week of the year. Contests are great fun and participation can lead to increased operating proficiency. …

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Section Manager (SM) – Tom Walsh, K1TW

Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Phil Temples, K9HI

Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ

Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Rob Leiden, K1UI

Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) – Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ

Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) – Ed Parish, K1EP

Public Information Coordinator (PIC) – Open

Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) – Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG

Assistant SEC (ASEC) – Rob Macedo, KD1CY

Assistant SEC (ASEC) – Mike Leger N1YLQ

Section Traffic Manager (STM) – Marcia Forde, KW1U

Assistant STM (ASTM) – Greg Bennett, KC1CIC

Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) – Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ

State Government Liaison (SGL) – Hank Mc Carl, W4RIG

Technical Coordinator (TC) – Dan Brown, W1DAN

TRAFFIC NETS (EMA/WMA)- Information via Marcia, KW1U EMA STM

EM2MN           145.230 MHz             8 PM Daily                      EMA 2 Meter


MARIPN          3978 KHz                6PM Tu, Th, Sa          MASS/Rhode Island

HHTN            MMRA Repeaters  10PM Su, M, W, F                Heavy Hitters

CITN            147.375 MHz             7:30PM M, Tu, Th, Sa    Cape & Islands

MARI            3565 KHz                7PM Daily                       MASS/Rhode Island

CM2MN           146.970 MHz             9PM Daily                       Central MA

WMTN            146.910 MHz            10AM Daily                       WMA

WMTN            146.910 MHz            1PM Daily                                WMA

WMEN            3944 KHz                8:30AM Su                       WMA

NEPN            3945 KHz                8:45 Su                        NE Phone Net

It is a great pleasure to recognize the contributions of the following local amateurs for the month of April.  Those who qualified for the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) or the Brass Pounders League (BPL) are also recognized in the monthly Field Organization Reports column in QST.  Congratulations to all!

April BPL (500 or more points): KW1U (820)

April PSHR (70 or more points): W1RVY (180), KW1U (135), KC1CIC (135),

N1LAH (130), N1IQI (110), N1TF (105), N1SYC (102), N1LKJ (90).

Bill Mann, W1KX, sends me a report about the First Region Net (1RN) activity every month.  There were 218 1RN net check-ins who passed 139 pieces of traffic during 60 net sessions in April.

Getting involved in our EMA traffic nets helps keeps this system active and provides excellent training for ARES members interested in helping during emergencies. We are particularly looking to increase participation in both the Cape and Islands Traffic Net (CITN) and the MA RI Phone net (MARIPN).  After passing traffic, there is usually time for general discussions.

ARES NETS – Information via Marek, KB1NCG EMA SEC

ARES Monthly HF Net:

First business Mondays 1845 3930 kHz (up to 3955 kHz)

ARES Monthly Net:

First business Mondays 2030 on the MMRA network (www.mmra.org)

Eastern MA Monthly Hospital Net:

First Saturdays 1000 on various repeaters (see ares.ema.arrl.org)

W. Middlesex ARES Simplex Net:

Second Tuesdays 1900 147.435S PL110.9

Cape Cod ARES Net:

Every Wednesday 2000 Barnstable Repeater 146.955– PL88.5

South Shore SKYWARN Net:

Every Saturday 2000 Bridgewater Repeater 147.180– PL67.0

Norfolk County Emergency Preparedness Net:

Every Sunday 2000 Walpole Repeater 146.895– PL123.0


June 2-4, 2017

Museum Ships on the Air (MSOTA) weekend

0000Z June 2 through 2359Z June 4

Find further information at <http://ema.arrl.org/node/2186>

June 24-25, 2017

ARRL Field Day: <http://www.arrl.org/field-day>

July 1, 2017 (1300 UTC) to July 7, 2017 (0400 UTC)

Annual 13 Colonies Special Event


September 8-10,2017

New England Division Convention



The highlight of the past month must be the Harvard Amateur Radio Symposium held on April 27.  Better still, at its conclusion, the club announced their intention to make this an annual event. Congratulations to the students, faculty and members of W1AF, the Harvard Wireless Club.  An excellent summary of the event was provided by the ARRL at <http://www.arrl.org/news/harvard-wireless-club-sponsors-inaugural-amateur-radio-symposium>.

Field Day is June 24 and 25, always the fourth full weekend in June.  Last year ARRL reported 33 Field Day entries from the Eastern Massachusetts section. Most activity was from clubs but individual participation is also welcome.

Are your club’s field day plans shown on the EMA Field Day web site?  If not, please send an update to Bill, N1VUX, as soon as possible at <n1vux@arrl.net>.  This is one of the best ways to get publicity for your club’s efforts and attract visitors.

Right after Field Day comes another very special event for our region.  The Ninth Annual Thirteen Colonies Events will take place between July 1-7, 2017.  This exciting on the air event is supported by many clubs and individuals throughout the original 13 colonies.  Look for Massachusetts stations signing K2H during the special event.  <http://13colonies.net/>

The New England ARRL Division Convention, also known as “Boxboro-2017!”, is not very far away.  A call for speakers has been issued by this year’s program chair, Phil, K9HI.  If you have an interesting presentation to share with your fellow amateurs, then sign up at <http://www.boxboro.org/forums-and-classes/speaker-signup>.  New this year, in addition to all the great presentations, are the “Open Mic: Share your Story” segment and the Saturday night “Jam Session” and “Making Waves” movie showing.  <http://www.boxboro.org/>.

Do you enjoy Amateur Radio public service events?  The North Shore Radio Association (NSRA) maintains a very active engagement with public service and has one of the finest listings around of upcoming events.  Check out their website <http://www.nsradio.org/events/>.

ARES activated a stand by HF net during the Boston Marathon and asked other ARES members to be ready on non-Marathon frequencies in the event other activations were needed. Thankfully it was a very successful day and no unexpected activations were required. The Marathon was a huge success, thanks to more than 280 Amateur Radio volunteers and everyone else who made this complex event a success. (Marek, KB1NCG)

Cape Cod ARES conducted a technical test exercise on April 22 to test its capability in establishing communications between one of its primary regional shelters and other fixed sites. Participants included area MACCs, EOCs, hospitals, home stations, etc. The drill utilized HF, VHF, and UHF frequencies. (Marek, KB1NCG)

SKYWARN had two main activations for significant weather in April.  (Marek, KB1NCG)

The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center will be opening for its summer season in June.  Built by Marconi in 1914 and the last of the stations to retain the original buildings, the museum building was home to WCC, the 20th century’s premier ship-to-shore radio station on the east coast.  The museum also features an Amateur Radio station with several call signs for various purposes. The station has three operating positions, and a variety of antennas including a tri-band beam and many wire antennas for all the HF bands. Visiting hams are welcome to operate.  Check out <http://www.chathammarconi.org> for museum hours and contact ASM Rob, K1UI if you’re coming to Chatham and would like to operate or just see the station.

There is a new local ten-meter net on Friday evening at 9 PM local time, 28.350. Net control stations are located north of Framingham.

Six student projects were chosen by NASA to fly in a rocket or high-altitude balloon this summer. As part of the activities offered by the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club (CC-ARC) at Dexter Southfield School, students designed projects for the NASA “Cubes in SpaceTM” program, the only program in the world to provide students (ages 11-18) with a free opportunity to design experiments to be launched into space on a NASA rocket or balloon. Lead members include Julie KC1GMW, Morgan KC1GRZ, Nathan KB1RD, Hardy KC1ESU, Raif KC1GRX, Jason KC1GBV, Conrad KC1GBW, Rishi KC1BKX, and Sean K3FAY. Thanks to adult supervisors Christy KC1GAF, Bruce N9JBT, John AB1ZV, Ted KB1NTJ, Marlene Schwarz, and Dan Sage. (Thanks, Clay Center ARC)

The April Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA) meeting featured a presentation by Steve Davidson, K1SMD, about new equipment that is available for the ham community.  Steve is manager of the Salem, New Hampshire Ham Radio Outlet.  <http://www.w1ekt.org/>

The April Nashoba Valley ARC (NVARC) meeting was hosted by member Dr.  Phil Erickson, W1PJE, at the MIT Haystack Observatory.  Highlights of the meeting included a talk on E skip by club member Joe Dzekevich, K1YOW, discussions with 25 visiting students from the University of Pennsylvania, and an overview of the Haystack radio telescope. Dr.  Erickson and club president Stan Pozerski, KD1LE, announced a new cooperative arrangement between NVARC and Haystack which will encompass mutual outreach to youth, the possibility of joint EME activities, and the conduct of “HamSCI” experiments.

The Linden Ponds club station, W1LPH, had a table again at the annual club fair and supplied potential future hams with ARRL information pamphlets. (W1TPB, Ted N. Smith)

The Norton Founders Day has been cancelled due to the failure of the Proposition 2 1/2 Override and the resignation of the entire Parks & Recreation Commission/Department.  (Ray Cord via W1SMH).

Jack, W1AKN, President of the Genesis Amateur Radio Society (GARS) informs us the next Local Area Ham Breakfast will be May 27 at 9AM, at Mo’s Place, Hanson MA. GARS also reported a successful Boy Scouts in the Air event.

The Wellesley ARS will host Gary, N1ZCE, who will speak on the “maker scene” on Tuesday, May 16. This DIY culture is a new area where folks are experimenting and building things – all kinds of things.

PART of Westford Field Day activities will take place at the Concord Rod & Gun Club in Concord.  There will be several stations: CW, phone, satellite, 6m/2m, digital, and GOTA.   PART intends to operate the CW and phone stations all night. They expect 50 people to attend over the course of the weekend.  Contact George, K1IG, the PART Field Day Chairman, for more information.

PART of Westford members performed community service by helping the local Kiwanis Club at the annual Apple Blossom Parade.

The Billerica ARS (BARS) created a webpage devoted to their planned Field Day activities in Chelmsford, along with a very nice amateur radio calendar, at <http://www.w1hh.org>.  BARS welcomed Tom, N1CPE, who presented a talk on the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS). N1CPE is currently the Army MARS Region One Executive Officer. MARS has changed dramatically in the past few years, shifting away from MARS-grams as the primary activity, to support for Department of Defense missions and training for communications support in a “very bad day” scenario. Tom discussed what MARS members do, and how all Amateur Radio operators can help in these missions. Every day, MARS operators train to be better communicators.


We are saddened to report the news from the Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA) that Jackie Jones, KB1NNA, has become a Silent Key.  Her funeral was on the day of the April QRA meeting.  (via QRA Newsletter and Brian, WO1VES).

We are saddened to report the news from the Wellesley ARS (WARS) that member Jack, N1TPU passed away Thursday, April 13. He was 86 years old, and WARS member since 1994. The Wellesley club will hold Field Day in June, honoring member Jack, N1TPU. (via the WARS newsletter).


What’s new in your club? Contribute to the EMA section news!

For the latest updates to section news, please check our website regularly at <http://ema.arrl.org>.


Tom, K1TW


ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section

Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW



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Section Manager (SM) – Tom Walsh, K1TW 
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Phil Temples, K9HI
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) – Arthur "Bo" Budinger, WA1QYM 
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) - Ed Parish, K1EP 
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) - Bob Salow, WA1IDA 
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) – (open) 
Section Traffic Manager (STM) – Marcia Forde, KW1U 
Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) – Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ 
State Government Liaison (SGL) – Hank Mc Carl, W4RIG 
Technical Coordinator (TC) – Dan Brown, W1DAN


Mike Neilsen, W1MPN, has resigned as our Eastern Massachusetts Section
Emergency Coordinator (SEC). Mike has served the EMA section for many
years. He originally served as EMA SEC from 2001-2005, followed by two
terms as EMA Section Manager (SM) from 2005-2006 and again from
2008-2010. It has been my privilege to work with Mike since becoming
SM. I am sure I speak for many who will miss Mike. He leaves us with a
strong ARES and EMCOMM organization.  His successor will benefit from
that, and I am proud of Mike’s outstanding service to ARRL and our
community for so many years. Thank-you Mike for a job well done.

Congratulations to Jim Palmer, KB1KQW, who received the ARRL Service to
Scouting Award at the NSRA meeting in May.  Jim is the second recipient
of this award in the EMA section. 

Marcia Forde, KW1U, EMA STM in her May report identifies the following
EMA amateurs have qualified for:
-	 BPL:  KW1U, N1IQI

Jeremy, KB1REQ, Section Youth Coordinator reports the Clay Center ARC
at Dexter Southfield School, Brookline, MA, has been a big attraction
this year with 42 students participating in licensing classes offered
to grades 4 through 8. Thirty-seven passed Technician, 15 later
upgraded to General, and 4 continued to Amateur Extra.  All students
were under the age of 14.  For more details about the club, visit
<http://www.cc-arc.org>.  Contact – Bob Phinney, <K5TEC@arrl.net>.

Jeremy, KB1REQ, EMA SYC also reports that Northeastern University
Wireless finished off the semester strong. “We had 7 student members
get their Amateur radio Licenses, with one to General.  Sponsored a
Club table at the May Flea at MIT. We also hosted a very successful New
England QSO Party effort, we had a blast putting Suffolk County on the
air.  Our Student operators were KB1REQ and KC1DTB along with alumni
member N1QD”. 

June 27-28 is ARRL Field Day, an opportune time for clubs and
individuals to demonstrate the many capabilities of Amateur Radio to
the general public. As part of your field day planning, are you taking
advantage of the benefits of promoting your operation to visitors, the
press, elected officials, and attracting potential new hams? 

Make sure you have the ARRL 2015 Field Day packet which details all the
bonus points and is available at

Also be sure you have contacted Bill Ricker, N1VUX, <n1vux@arrl.net> to
be included on the EMA Section Field Day Locator Map


BOXBORO! 2015, the ARRL New England Division Convention, is now just 2
months away (August 21-23, 2015).  A final call for speakers was sent
out recently in the New England Division Newsletter by Division
Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI.  Highlights of the program and forums are
posted on the Boxboro web page at <http://www.boxboro.org/>.  Check the
web pages frequently as more updates are added.    


TECH-IN-A-DAY, August 22, 2015, 9 AM – 5 PM
The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association is holding a free Technician
study course at the Boxboro 2015 convention.  Registration and full
details are at <http://www.boxboro.org/techcourse/> 


June 21, Cambridge MA 
Flea at MIT <http://w1mx.mit.edu/flea-at-mit>

August 22-23, Boxboro Convention


June 27-28: ARRL Field Day

June 30-July 5: The 13 Colonies Special Event. Details at

August 8:  W1NAS at the site of the former Weymouth Naval Air Station.

August 21-23: W1A at the Boxboro Convention


Members of the Algonquin ARC provided communications in support of the
joint Marlborough/Hudson HazMat Day on May 29. They used FRS radios,
along with 440 MHz transceivers for backup. They also held a Project
Night on June 11 featuring member presentations.

Cape Ann ARA members activated Thacher Island Lighthouse as W1T on June
5-7. The crew brought in their own food, and radio gear. Ruth, WW1N led
the event. Says Ruth: “If you've never stayed out on the island with
the twin lighthouses and the seagulls (that can be heard over the
radio!); it's worth the experience at least once.”

Eleven boy scouts working on their Radio Merit Badges visited the
Westford QTH of Andy, KB1OIQ recently. The PART of Westford President
says, “It was a contest weekend, so we heard lots of DX call signs,
and many different accents. The boys heard the phonetics, and typed the
call signs into the QRZ website. There were many countries that were new
to the Scouts, but the map on that website showed the country's
location. This helped the Scouts learn something about geography.” In
addition, several of the scouts made contacts over the local 146.955
repeater with PART members.

The Zola Center ARC conducted a VE session on June 13 in Newton
Highlands to accommodate several members who are blind.

New England Amateur Radio Club (NEAR) is a new organization which
provides educational support and training, license testing, and
assistance to start-up groups.  NEAR is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
corporation whose purpose is to promote amateur radio as a STEM
activity (science, technology, engineering, and math), as a
communications hobby, and as support for emergency preparedness and
public service.  See <http://www.ne1ar.org>  for more information.
Contact – Marek Kozubal, <KB1NCG@ne1ar.org>  

A number of Eastern MA amateurs were spotted in the flea market,
meeting rooms, convention halls and hospitality suites at this year’s
annual Dayton Hamvention May 15-17.

The Genesis ARS conducted a foxhunt on June 13 from 10 AM to Noon at
Plymouth airport. Foxhunters will use 146.685 PL 82.5 for coordination;
the fox will transmit on 146.535 simplex.

Assistant SEC Rob Macedo, KD1CY presented on ARES/SKYWARN to the
members of the Genesis ARS at their monthly May meeting.

The South Shore Hospital ARC will provide communications support for
two road races at Wompatuck State Park in Norwell: the "Set the Pace"
Road Race on June 13, and another on June 20 that will benefit the
Weymouth Food Pantry. They need additional volunteers for both events.

Foxes have been cleverly hiding of late in the Town of Westford.
According to John, KB1MGI: “The 2-meter fox is on 146.565, remote
controlled by pressing DTMF tone 2 for two seconds. The 70cm fox is on
432.300, remote controlled by pressing DTMF tone 2 for two seconds.”

The PART of Westford 2-meter repeater hosted two public service events
recently: the annual Apple Blossom Parade in Westford on May 16; and
the northern segment of the annual Brain Tumor Association Boston Ride
on May 17. The Waltham ARA kindly made available its 2-meter repeater
for comms for the latter event’s southern segment.

The Southeastern MA ARA’s new radio room was delivered--actually,
hoisted into place--onto the club property in Dartmouth on June 5!

The K1USN RC will host a special events station, W1NAS, at the site of
the former Naval Air Station in South Weymouth on August 8. Stations at
two separate locations will be QRV. 

Kudos to the members of the Cape Marconi Maritime Center (WA1WCC) who
have been doing extensive antenna work and repairs of late. The group
recently built and installed an original “Marconi T” antenna. The
antenna will be dedicated to use on the museum’s restored S.S.
Hope’s radio console.

The Falmouth ARA Scholarship Program announced the award of two $1000
scholarships for 2015 at the FARA April meeting on April 30th. Thanks
Dick, K1MGH.

The Falmouth ARA held a station meeting on June 6 to introduce new
members to the equipment and its proper operation. FARA's club station,
K1AIR, is located on Joint Base Cape Cod. The club station is “a work
in progress,” with antennas and additional equipment scheduled for
installation in the spring.  FARA members wishing to access the club
station must complete an application process and obtain an ID issued by
Joint Base Cape Cod.

W1UE of Marlborough was QRV for the WPX CW contest from VA3CCO. Says
Dennis, “Lots of fun!  First time doing a contest from VE3--much
different than from W1!

Just in time for Field Day: here’s an informative YouTube video
describing the N1MM contest logging program simply and effectively:
<http://tinyurl.com/nkcg82d>. Thanks KB1VXY.

Bristol County RA member Steve, KB1VYD, has created an awesome Public
Service Announcement for the club’s Field Day operation. View it at:

From Paul, N1OIL, President of the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group
(MVARG) comes word that they will not be holding Field Day because of
another public service event.  

MMRA is holding a special Town Meeting for Marathon participants in
Brookline on June 16.  Open to all.

The Waltham ARA reports plans for a club table at Boxboro to promote

Larry W1DYJ is responsible for the 2015 Phillips Amateur Radio Club
(PARC) Field Day project plan for W1HP in Andover.

The Billerica ARS is taking its usual summer break from meetings and
will resume in September.  Billerica members this year will support two
field day operations, W1HH Chelmsford and W1HP Andover joining with the
Phillips Amateur Radio Club (PARC).

The Pentucket Radio Association reports they are setting up Field Day
at the West Newbury Public Safety Building at 401 Main Street. The site
is very public and they expect some visitors from the fire and police
departments. Contact: David Robertson KD1NA <kd1na363@gmail.com>. 
Thanks John AB1PX.

The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association invites the public to a 24 hour
continuous live demonstration of amateur radio on Field Day.  Starting
at 2 PM at the Fuller School in Gloucester, MA on Saturday June 27th
and will end at 2 PM the following Sunday June 28th.  Thanks Hank

Thanks to Assistant Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI, for his help as
co-author on the June Section News.

ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW
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Section Manager (SM) - Phil Temples, K9HI 
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Tom Walsh, K1TW
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) – Arthur "Bo" Budinger, WA1QYM 
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) - Ed Parish, K1EP 
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) - Bob Salow, WA1IDA 
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) - Rob Macedo, KD1CY 
Section Traffic Manager (STM) – Marcia Forde, KW1U 
Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) – Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ 
State Government Liaison (SGL) – Hank Mc Carl, W4RIG 
Technical Coordinator (TC) – Dan Brown, W1DAN


I had a great time visiting with many of you this past Field Day
weekend. The weather was absolutely gorgeous! My final tally included
touring twelve different sites, stretching from Cape Cod to the
Merrimack Valley. They ranged in size from a well choreographed, seven
transmitter-category operation with dozens of participants, to one
dedicated individual operating a battery-powered QRP CW rig atop a
mountain trail. Although several clubs' operations were scaled down
from previous years, I was delighted to see (what appeared to me) more
youngsters in attendance, along with more attention to publicity and

Field Day is a wonderful affair that spotlights our hobby service to
the public in a positive light. It also brings us together to hone our
operating and emergency communications skills in a friendly,
competitive manner; to share camaraderie and enjoy good food. And
perhaps, if we're especially lucky, someone will teach us to tie a
better knot. It's hard to quantify the value of a Field Day experience.

To those groups I visited: I want to thank you for allowing me to
distract you briefly from your operating and mentoring activities with
my questions and requests for photos. For those of you whom I missed, I
offer my apologies; your efforts did not go unnoticed. 

And to all participants: thanks for your dedication and hard work in
helping to make this year's ARRL Field Day one of the best ever!

I'd like to welcome Hank Mc Carl, W4RIG, of Gloucester as our new
Massachusetts State Government Liaison. He replaces outgoing SGL K3HI.
Hank has been instrumental in helping us to secure proclamations
honoring Amateur Radio from state offices for the past several years. 

As noted in a June 24 special bulletin to all Eastern MA ARRL members,
the Governor's office and the State Senate passed a Proclamation and
Resolutions, respectively, recognizing Amateur Radio's contributions to
the citizens of the Commonwealth, and congratulating the ARRL on its
100th anniversary. (See <http://ema.arrl.org/node/2059>.) 

On July 28, the State House of Representatives issued a Citation
offering "its sincerest congratulations to the American Radio Relay
League in recognition of its 100th anniversary and its affiliate, the
Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association, for providing service and education
to the Cape Ann Community." House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo signed the
Citation. Thanks, CAARA!

Congrats to PART of Westford for making a successful Field Day contact
with NA1SS aboard the International Space Station! They've posted a
YouTube video of KB1SWZ making the contact, available for viewing at

Three Eastern MA clubs will operate special event stations in
conjunction with the Thirteen Colonies celebration, July 1-6. K2H,
representing Massachusetts, will be activated by: PART of Westford, the
Cape Ann ARA in Gloucester, and the Southeastern MA ARA in Dartmouth. A
special endorsement will be attached for stations contacting
participating stations WM3PEN in Philadelphia, and W3FT in Baltimore.
Stations working one state or, as many as all thirteen, will be
eligible to receive a certificate. A "Clean Sweep" indicator will be
affixed for those lucky enough to make contacts with all thirteen. More
info can be found at <http://13colonies.info>. Thanks, SEMARA Zero

The World Radiosport Team Championships are almost upon us, and
WRTC2014 still needs help for various tasks. Site support: about thirty
site team volunteers are still needed. If you can help, contact
<k1ki@wrtc2014.org>. Hq-to-site transportation: drivers are needed to
transport teams between the headquarters hotel and the various
operating sites. If interested, contact <w1cu@cunitz.us>. Airport
transportation: a few drivers are still required to make airport runs
to pick up incoming competitors and visitors. Contact
<k1ar@wrtc2014.org>. Dispatch help: W1UE could use some help in
dispatching material from the Milara site. Contact
<egan.dennis88@gmail.com>. Host stations: Ten visitors to WRTC2014 are
looking for places from which to operate the contest, either individual
or multi-op. If you have an empty seat or are willing to share your
station, contact <ni1l@gmx.org>.

This SM was proud to award Public Service Commendation Certificates to
K1KOD and N1EA who were present at the Genesis ARS Field Day on June
28. As you may recall from a story last month, Kevin and Dave assisted
with communications during a medical emergency on the Plymouth

The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, KM1CC, in Wellfleet hosted special
guest Princess Elettra Marconi on June 20. She made several HF contacts
under the control of station trustee Barbara Dougan, N1NS. The Princess
is the daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the famed ‘Father of Radio' who
received the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work in
wireless communication.
Norwood ARC members and other area amateurs mourn the loss of James A.
Buckley, Jr., N1LMT (SK), of Walpole.

The Minuteman Repeater Association Board has decided to staff a booth
at the ARRL Centennial Convention in Hartford this month. They're
looking for volunteers to help.

The Federation of Eastern MA AR Associations has announced that the
dates of the next New England ARRL Division Convention in Boxboro will
be August 21-23, 2015.
Algonquin ARC members assisted with a joint Marlborough/Hudson
Household Hazardous Collection Day on June 21. 

The Southeastern MA ARA has announced plans to participate in the Yaesu
System Fusion test. A Yaesu DR-1 digital system will replace the
existing 147.000 MHz Dartmouth repeater, according to SEMARA Repeater
Committee Chairman W1RJC. The repeater is dual mode; it will repeat
conventional analog FM along with Yaesu's new C4RM digital mode

Quannapowitt RA held its annual banquet at the Reading Senior Center on
June 19.

The Wellesley ARS Program Committee has been soliciting input to help
promote a club membership drive. 

This SM attended the New England Division Cabinet Meeting on June 21 in

Chelmsford natives KB1LQC and KB1LQD recently vacationed in London,
where they met with AMSAT-UK's G3VZV at the RSGB National Radio

The Norfolk County RA held its annual "Strawberry Festival" meeting at
K1HRV's QTH on June 11. After adjourning the meeting, NCRA members
"enjoyed a delicious serving of strawberry shortcake prepared by our
host Dave and XYL, Toots."

South Shore amateurs mourn the loss of Silent Key Frederick J. Butts,
NG1A, of Milton. 

The North Shore RA will provide communications for the following public
service events: July 19--Blackburn Challenge Rowing Race Around Cape
Ann; July 20--Reids Bike Ride, Lynnfield to Gloucester; July 28--Cycle
for Shelter Bike Ride, round trip from Haverhill to New Hampshire. If
you can assist, please visit <http://www.nsradio.org>.

An addendum to last month's story about the Oak Meadow School's
(Littleton) high altitude balloon project launched on May 29 from
Jaffrey, New Hampshire: "SpaceCat-II" carried APRS and a MicroFox
transmitter, and numerous area hams participated in tracking the
payload. After positional data was lost, the last APRS data indicated
that the payload's trajectory took it out over the sea. Lt. Cmdr. Eric
Hurley, captain of the US Coast Guard vessel Jefferson Island,
eventually contacted the launch team. His 110-foot long patrol boat
located the payload approximately seven nautical miles north of
Provincetown. KB1ZHX speculates, "Since the capsule had been drifting
for a week, it didn't actually land there, but instead, drifted from
afar." The Coast Guard promises to mail the package to the school when
they return to their base in Portland, Maine.

The Genesis ARS recently provided instructional sessions in obtaining
the Radio Merit Badge to the scouts of Troop 9 in Plymouth. GARS Vice
President Judy Attaya-Harris, KB1SRO arranged the sessions that
utilized PowerPoint material as well as hands-on use of equipment, and
"open dialog" with educational posters and handouts. GARS members N1IR,
KB1EVY, KB1CGP, KB1WFS and KB1WFP also participated. According to Judy,
several of the scouts were also on hand at the GARS Field Day. 

Geri, KB1ISG scored publicity for the Boston ARC's Field Day in Hingham
with an interview on radio station WATD, 95.9 FM in Marshfield.

The Brookline Tab ran an online story June 19 about a newly licensed
amateur, Milo Dantowitz, KC1BZR. The 7-year-old first grader attends
the Dexter Southfield School in Brookline. It's believed that Dantowitz
became the youngest person in the state to get a ham license. The full
story can be found at <http://tinyurl.com/mn8ra4k>.

Finally, from the "Does-this-count-as-Field-Day-Publicity?" Department:
Billerica ARS members set up their Field Day site at a new QTH this
year: a club member's home in Chelmsford. Unknown to the BARS gang at
the time, they inadvertently tied off one end of an antenna onto a
neighbor's property. Rather than informing the group they were
trespassing, the aggrieved neighbor instead complained to the local
constabulary. A Chelmsford police officer responded, but the officer
understood when the group explained to her what had happened. BARS
president (and ARRL New England Vice Director) K1TWF asks, "When this
shows up in the police blotter, can we count it for PR points?"



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Section Manager (SM) - Phil Temples, K9HI 
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ 
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) – Arthur "Bo" Budinger, WA1QYM 
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) - Ed Parish, K1EP 
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) - Bob Salow, WA1IDA 
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) - Rob Macedo, KD1CY 
Section Traffic Manager (STM) – Marcia Forde, KW1U 
State Government Liaison (SGL) - Shawn O'Donnell, K3HI 
Technical Coordinator (TC) - Eric Falkof, K1NUN  


I hope that everyone enjoyed the opportunity to participate in Field
Day from a club or group site, or from a home station. As you know,
Field Day is part picnic, campout, practice for emergencies, an
informal contest and, most of all -- fun. Consequently, you can
appreciate the fact that a successful Field Day operation can judged on
numerous levels. I saw good turnouts by operators and the visiting
public, as well as some great publicity tables. I saw exceptional
station setups. I saw dedicated operators pounding out (shouting out?)
contacts at a rapid pace. 

What I didn't see, however, was a lot of different sites. Unfortunately
for me, my car broke down Saturday morning (the engine overheated) and I
was forced to return back to Watertown; and later, to search for a
rental car at the airport. All told, I managed to squeeze in visits to
only six sites in the section. During those visits, I displayed the
Amateur Radio Week proclamation signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval
Patrick. (My counterpart in Western Massachusetts also had a signed
copy from the Governor to show.)

I would like to take a moment and thank all of those hardworking Field
Day chairpersons/coordinators (fill in the title) for their efforts at
organizing this massive event for their group. I know it can sometimes
feel like a thankless job, but in the end it's well worth it --
especially when you see the face of a new club member making that first
contact on a new mode, or when your crew gets to enjoy a delicious home
cooked meal on the BBQ, et cetera. So, radio clubs -- please be sure to
give your Field Day leaders a BIG round of applause at your next radio
club meeting.

The Whitman ARC's Field Day operation was chronicled in a special
12-page Field Day newsletter edition, complete with lots of action
photos from its operation from the Old Colony YMCA site in East
Bridgewater. See <http://tinyurl.com/lsb2l3q>.

Mystic Valley ARG garnered a Field Day story about its operation in the
Patch, Wicked Local, and MyTown online news outlets.

Lowell Sun readers were treated to the story, "Amateur radio operators
connect in Pepperell" covering the Nashoba Valley ARC's Field Day
operation, at <http://tinyurl.com/nrag8gc>.

The Stow Independent carried a story, "Hams to the Rescue" describing
PART of Westford's Field Day effort,

The Bristol County RA-Fall River ARC's Field Day operation photos can
be viewed at <http://tinyurl.com/mk4g3rk>.

Ken, WO1N is stepping down after 15 years of publishing the Billerica
ARS's monthly newsletter.

K6ND shared photos from the joint Yankee Clipper Contest Club /
WRTC2014 planning meeting in Milton on June 1, at

Falmouth ARES members participated in a tabletop emergency
communications exercise at their June 13 meeting, according to K1WCC.
"KB1DOS worked up an exercise scenario designed to test our ability to
find and report lost runners," adds Henry. The group dispersed to
various locations on hospital floors to simulate locations in a road

Six-meter aficionado K1SG presented on the "magic band" to members of
the Boston ARC at their June meeting.

Some PART of Westford members participated in the PMC Kids Ride in
Concord benefiting the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Congrats to Charlotte, KQ1F for passing her instrument flight-test

The monthly VE session at the Billerica Public Library continues with
good attendance on the part of both VEs and candidates, according to
Billerica ARS VE team liaison W1LUS. 

Kudos is in order to Matt Chao, N1IBB of Newton, who earned a bronze
medal in the recent IFDS Blind Sailing World & International
Championships 2013 held in Japan.

K1JRO reports the South Shore Hospital ARC provided communications for
the recent "Set the Pace Road Race" at Wampatuck State Park in

The Greater Lowell Bar Association awarded the Normand D'Amour Attorney
of the Year Award to Lee Gartenberg, K1GL of Framingham. 

The "Thirteen Colonies" special event operation runs July 1-6, 2013.
Massachusetts's duties will be shared by operators from the Cape Ann
ARA in Gloucester, and PART of Westford. Look for the call sign K2H/MA
on the bands. More info can be found at <http://www.13colonies.info>.

NT1FD presented on fire extinguishers and fire safety to members of the
Massasoit ARC at the May meeting.

No, you're not seeing things. That APRS map symbol for KJ1S-9 isn't a
car or a truck -- it's a motorcycle! Justin has an APRS station
installed on his 1998 Honda Pacific Coast 800. "I usually have it on
whenever it's a quick hop around town, a day trip, or a longer trip
than that."

The FCC is inviting public comments on a proposal from W.D. Rolph, III,
AB1PH, of East Walpole to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to
permit the encryption of certain amateur communications during
emergency operations or related training exercises. For more
information, see

Trained SKYWARN observers reported an 80-mile per hour "microburst" in
Western Massachusetts along with wind damage and flooding on the North
Shore on July 1.

For the academically inclined: the Journal of Radio & Audio Media for
May 2013 (Volume 20, Nr. 1) contains a fascinating paper entitled,
"Disembodied Voices and Dislocated Signals: The World of Modern-Day
DXing" by author Michael Nevradakis.


Phil, K9HI

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Section Manager: Phillip Temples, K9HI
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Section News, July 2011


Section Manager (SM) - Phil Temples, K9HI
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) - "Bo" Budinger, WA1QYM
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) - Ed Parish, K1EP
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) - Bob Salow, WA1IDA
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) - Rob Macedo, KD1CY
Section Traffic Manager (STM) – Marcia Forde, KW1U
State Government Liaison (SGL) - Shawn O'Donnell, K3HI
Technical Coordinator (TC) - Eric Falkof, K1NUN


Field Day 2011 is now history. Amateurs across the section (and the
nation) have concluded another successful operation. Anyone who has
participated in a Field Day knows that it's one of the premiere events
of our hobby-service. Field Day is a tremendous PR opportunity. It
affords us the chance to again show the general public that we exist
and that we are not a part of some bygone era, rendered obsolete by the
Internet. Rather, we are still very relevant in today's society: we
possess the skills and equipment to conduct communications when normal
modes are degraded or rendered useless. We are truly the "glue" that
can be used to put the pieces back together when everything breaks.

Field Day is also a wonderful learning experience. It's a chance for
the older, seasoned veterans to impart their skills and knowledge to
the newbies in our ranks.

And of course, let's not forget--Field Day is also a fun contest.

Over the June 25-26 weekend, I had the opportunity to observe slices of
the Amateur Radio community that confirm for me our hobby-service is
alive and thriving.

I saw professional-looking tables displaying brochures and literature,
along with great media outreach to broadcast and news organizations,
and to the general public. I heard some first-class operators
operating. I observed savvy, technical know-how along with plain ole,
"roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-it-done" effort. I saw top-notch stations
and equipment, feeding everything from lowly dipoles to sophisticated
wire beam arrays and other innovative antenna designs.

I saw safety much in evidence--from fire extinguishers situated near
generators, warning flags and tape marking guy wires and stakes, along
with well-grounded rigs and equipment. Also, many groups had numerous
"eyes and ears" monitoring the weather conditions.

Consistently, I saw the more experienced guys and gals showing newer
hams how to tune a rig, log a contact on the computer, how to tie a
knot, fuel a generator, and safely drive a stake into the ground to guy
the tower. I was most impressed with the site that conducted technical
presentations during their operation, making Field Day a multi-faceted,
educational weekend. I saw a site that even held volunteer exams for
those who wished to upgrade. I visited several EOC operations that
reminded me why we exist as a hobby service.

I saw the pride in an operator whose face was beaming, who had just
concluded a "run" of contacts on 20 meters. I, too, got caught up in
the excitement at more than one Field Day location where 6-meters was
extraordinarily open. (Several times, exclamations could be heard, "Six
is hot! It sounds like 10 meters!")

It was very rewarding for me to display the Governor's Amateur Radio
Week Proclamation to all the groups I visited.

I drove approximately 347 miles, visiting 12 sites. I could have driven
200 miles more, and visited another dozen sites if time had only
allowed. I apologize to those clubs whom I failed to visit. To those I
missed, I'll say, tentatively, "See you next year." For those groups
who interrupted their routines to welcome my arrival and greet me and
give me the royal tour, I want to say, sincerely, "Thank you." These
Field Day visits are truly one of the highlights of my Section Manager

Special thanks to all the clubs who sent me links to their on-line
collections of Field Day photos. My personal photos can be found on my
web site at <http://tinyurl.com/6cxljsr>.

The Swansea Field Day consortium of Pilgrim AWA, Swansea EMA, Raymond
J. Levesque Memorial ARC, and Southeastern MA ARG grabbed coverage from
not one--but two--Providence, RI TV stations! See

Condolences to the Cape Ann ARA for the loss of Silent Key Briggs
Longbothum, AB2NJ of Gloucester. CAARA dedicated its Field Day
operation in Briggs' honor.

Framingham ARA recently honored the efforts of Ed Weiss, W1NXC and Mary
Weiss, KA1HGL for decades of service in teaching and instruction at a
special banquet attended by family, friends and club members. See

KB1OIQ has created a Linux Ubuntu 10.10 CD customized for use by
amateurs. The CD can be booted and used without modifying the existing
hard drive, or it can be installed on either a hard drive or a USB
memory stick. The software selection was chosen such that older PCs
with only 256MB of memory and a 1GHz processor would work well. See

The Original Colonies Special Events Operation is underway. Look for
special event call signs K2A-K2M QRV on the bands, July 1-5. Four
Eastern MA clubs using K2H are representing Massachusetts in the event:
PART of Westford (WB1GOF); Raymond J. Levesque Memorial ARC, Fall River
(K1ZZN); Southeastern MA ARA, Dartmouth (W1AEC); Cape Ann ARA,
Gloucester (W1GLO). For more info, visit <http://www.13colonies.info/>.

N1NHZ reports that a new Yahoo group dedicated to digital amateur
television has been created. Sign up at

This SM, along with other Eastern MA delegates attended the New England
Division Cabinet Meeting on June 18 in Leominster, MA. Director Tom
Frenaye, K1KI convenes the cabinet meetings just prior to the bi-annual
ARRL Board of Directors meetings.

In lieu of a regular June meeting, the Waltham ARA held its annual
cookout in the park atop Prospect Hill.

Kudos to Chuck, W1HIS of Belmont for mentoring the Winn Brook
Elementary School "HAMsters" on a weekly basis this past year. Donna,
KB1LWY of Natick, has been most appreciative. She teaches the HAMsters.
Donna's been an ARRL "Big Project" participant for many years.

Sen. Bruce Tarr, N1UIU will be on-hand to display the 2011 MA Senate
Resolution for Amateur Radio Week, on July 17 from 10 AM-12 Noon at the
Cape Ann ARA club house, 6 Stanwood Street, Gloucester MA. All are
invited to attend.

Not only did Boston ARC run a Field Day event at the Bare Cove Fire
Museum in Hingham--it also fielded volunteers for communications for
the BAA 10K Race in Boston!

The K1ZZN gang is making changes to their web site.

Bristol Co. RC and Fall River ARA members mourn the loss of Silent Key
Fred Chew, N1BJY of Fall River.

The World Radiosport Team Championship will be held in New England in
2014! Is your club interested in helping sponsor WRTC? The organizers
welcome volunteer setup and other logistical assistance. And a
contribution of $1,000 will place your club's logo on the WRTC2014 Web
site and on a banner at one of the station locations. See

Bristol Co. RA members helped with communications for the Patriot
Triathlon on June 18.

Boston ARC looking into the possibility of setting up an EchoLink node
for its 145.23 repeater.

Eastern MA SEC and SKYWARN Coordinator KD1CY was featured recently on
WFCR radio program, "Focus Western New England: Tornado Aftermath"
discussing the recent Western MA tornados. See

Nashoba Valley ARC will again host its popular Lantern Battery
Challenge from Oct. 2011-March 2012. They've also sent an invite to
PART of Westford to join in on the fun!

Norfolk County RA members put together a very nice Amateur Radio
display on June 11 at the annual Walpole Village Fair in Walpole
Center. See <http://ema.arrl.org/node/1858>.

KB1LQC is doing a co-op stint at MITRE this summer; looks like
MITRE-Bedford ARC will pick up a new member!

ARRL Hq. is working with Readex Research on a comprehensive marketing
survey to help support planning for a digital edition of QST. They are
currently contacting League members for their input. It's legit.

WC1MA at the MA State EOC in Framingham has been QRT due to recent
construction in the communications area. The good news is--the work is
scheduled for completion July 11-15.

73, K9HI

ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
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“Thirteen Original Colonies” Special Event Operation, July 1-5, 2009

13 Colonies special event certificateAn Amateur Radio special event station in Massachusetts in conjunction with other special event stations from each of the original thirteen colonies will be QRV for a “Fourth of July Thirteen Original Colonies” celebration on July 1-5, 2009.

A handsome commemorative certificate will be issued to amateurs who contact one or more of the special events stations, including a “clean sweep” endorsement for those working all 13 stations, designated K2A through K2M. Details are available via the Thirteen Colonies web site.

The Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford has agreed to represent the Massachusetts colony for this event using the call sign “K2H.” PART member Charlie Learoyd, K1PUB is organizing the activity. He is currently seeking volunteers within PART to participate.

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