Radio Clubs of Yesteryear

Introduction

Like people, radio clubs are born and eventually they die. It is only fitting that we take a moment to honor these Eastern MA clubs of yesteryear that have enriched our lives. 

1200 Radio Club

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1956-05-10
Last ARRL Affiliation Date:
1989-03-27
Club meetings:
Burlington at Honeywell Bull
Club contact:
N1BUB

The 1200 Radio Club was a company club located at the Honeywell complex in Billerica. It featured an HF “shack”, and sponsored the 147.12 repeater in Billerica. The call sign, W1DC, is still valid. The Billerica Amateur Radio Society currently plans to relocate the repeater from the old building to a new location in Billerica.  -Phil Temples, K9HI (May 1, 2018)

19-79 ARA

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1976-01-14
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1992-04-30
Club meetings: Chelsea at Burger King 85 Squire Rd
Club contact: K1VLK

Acton-Boxboro ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1979-04-21
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2001-09-05
Club meetings: Maynard at Acton/Boxboro High School
Club contact: KA1MWP

Ashland Middle School ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1976-10-28
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1978-12-18
Club meetings: Ashland at
Club contact:

Avco ARA

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1978-11-19
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1986-03-12
Club meetings: Everett at Conference Room
Club contact: WW1E

Bedford Radio Club

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1953-11-20
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1985-03-11
Club meetings: Carlisle at club members’ QTH
Club contact:

Boston College ARC

Club meetings: Boston College, Chestnut Hill

“I’ve been googling, and have found old articles in The Heights dating back to the 40s. One article says the club was founded in 1919. There was a station in Gasson Hall.” -Phil Temples, K9HI (May 1, 2018)

The Heights, October 18, 1946

Radio Club Needs Licensed Operators

“After a lapse of nearly five years, the official Boston College Radio Station W1PR went back on the air waves Monday, Oct. 7, at 5:58 p. m. Under the capable direction of the Faculty Moderator, Mr. Crowley, S.J., of the Physics Department, the Boston College Radio Club is now transmitting and receiving on a 10 meter band.

“Many points throughout the world have been contacted by this powerful station with the call of “W One Peter Roger.” Largest Club Around As usual the club is one of the largest extra-curricular activities in operation on the campus. Manned | and maintained by over 80 students the Radio Station will receive widespread recognition. Conspicuous in the work thus far are William Canty and John O’Neil, both licensed operators. At present there is a need of students with amateur radio operators’ licenses.

“The members will study radio theory, radio practice, and code. Code sessions attempt to work the students up to a speed of 13 words a minute, the qualifying code speed for an amateur license. Films are to be shown and seminars are to be conducted in the near future. At last Friday’s informal meeting, President John O’Neil of the Radio Club gave a short talk on the principles of transmission. Located in Room S-211, the Radio Station is open on class days from 9 a. m. to 5 n. m. to all students interested in radio. Arrangements for formal meetings and seminars will be made a: a later date.”

The Heights, October 30, 1947 :

W1PR

“The radio club will hold an evening social, the first of its type sponsored by the club, on Monday, Nov. 10th, at 7:30 p. m. Scientific and athletic motion pictures will be shown and Rev. J. F. X. Murphy, S.J., will be guest speaker. At the weekly seminar more active participation in radio affairs by the 107 members was requested. Freshmen are needed to carry on when the upper classmen graduate. At present the speakers agenda for future meetings include Charles Cullen, William Canty and Edward Kirby. Edmund S. Mockus, Physicist of Freshmen, continued his discussion on the “Fundamental Theory of Oscillators.

“W1PR Goes On The Air This Afternoon — Fifteen members were present last Friday as the Boston College Radio Club held what was probably its last formal meeting until September. These are the pioneers who are reviving the only B.C. activity which was forced to shut down during the war by government order. John O’Neil, acting president of the Club, advised the as yet unlicensed members, to try for their class B operator’s licenses during the summer vacation. He then answered the questions of those members wanting to know how much they would be responsible for in a license examination. When it was discovered that most of the men would be here during the May-June session, Mr. Crowley, moderator of the club, promised to keep the radio room open for any who wish to practice their Morse code on the club’s “bugs.” The club came up with another licensed operator at this meeting (up to now, Pres. O’Neil has been the only one). He is John McGowan, owner and operator of W1LOK. The members expect to be going full swing, and broadcasting three times weekly by September, when they get their new transmitter. Last Saturday, a few of the members worked here fixing up the long-unused antenae. The first broadcast will take place this afternoon.”

Boston College High School ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1965-05-21
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1983-02-14
Club meetings: Dorchester at Boston College H.S. Rm S-5
Club contact:

Brookline Amateur Radio Club

Brooksby Amateur Radio Group (BRAG)

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 2009-03-14
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2013-11-07
Club meetings: Unit 415 at Brooksby Village 01960-8585

Cape Cod & Islands Amateur Radio Club

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1956-03-09
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1985-03-28
Club meetings: East Sandwich
Club contact: W1TTY

Capeway Radio Club of MA

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1967-04-16
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2005-03-10
Club meetings: North Weymouth at members’ homes
Club contact: WA1OWQ

Charles River Wireless Soc

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1975-05-14
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1983-02-25
Club meetings: Medway at Various Local Restaurants
Club contact:

Chelmsford ARA

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1958-05-09
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1985-03-13
Club meetings: Chelmsford at Chelmsford Town Hall
Club contact: WB1GMT

“I was a member from 1972 till it disbanded (do not recall the year that took place).   In the late 1960’s CARA had over 80 members.  When I joined it was starting to decline.  One of the most influential members was Bob Wallace, W1HH.  Field Days generally (but not always) took place in Fort Hill Park in Lowell.  Upon its demise members gravitated to the Billerica [Amateur Radio Society] and to PART.   I have very fond memories of my participation with this club.” -Bo Budinger, WA1QYM (May 1, 2018)

Chelmsford High School ARC

The club’s call sign is still valid: N1CHS. 

See:

 

Colonial Wireless Club

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1976-03-08
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1997-03-16
Club meetings: Lexington at Hancock Church 1912 Mass Ave
Club contact: W1QGL

Council of Eastern MA Amateur Radio Clubs (CEMARC)

CEMARC was last active around 2005.  According to its website (which still exists):

“CEMARC is an ARRL affiliated council of clubs representing the ham radio community in Eastern Massachusetts.  All organized amateur radio groups in Eastern Massachusetts are invited to assign one or more delegates to represent their club/group members at quarterly Council meetings. At these meetings, delegates are expected to work in concert with peer delegates toward highlighting, addressing and helping to solve club/member problems brought to the Council.  This Council acts only in an advisory capacity.  Any subject relating to improving the ham radio community may be brought to the Council.”

CEMARC last known slate of officers were:  Blake Haskell,  K1BTH, Chair – EMA Section ACC;  Alfred Prudhomme, W1DUW, Secretary (North Shore Radio Assoc.); Frank Murphy, N1DHW (now a silent key), Exec. Committee (Boston ARC); Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ (now a silent key),  Exec. Committee  (Newton Radio Group); Kevin Paetzol, K1KWP, Exec. Committee (Minuteman Repeater Assoc.)

Crocker Public Service Group

CPSG was established by Bruce Pigott, KC1US and others to honor the memory  of Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager David Crocker, W1TMO who became a Silent Key in 1994.  Crocker was very active in public service events. The group disbanded in 2007.  -Phil Temples, K9HI (May 1, 2018)

See also: https://ema.arrl.org/2007/11/29/crocker-public-service-group-votes-to-disband/

Dim Light Boys

This group gained notoriety when its members made 10-meter AM mobile contacts and the headlights on their automobiles would noticeably  “dim” from the large current draw. The Dim Light Boys  issued a handsome certificate for making contacts with its members. The certificate featured an illustration of an antique car with lanterns in place of headlights.  -Tom Walsh, K1TW (May 1, 2018)

The starting date of this club is unknown.  They were still in existence in the 60s.

Don Bosco Tech Hs Rc Or

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1977-11-20
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1981-03-04
Club meetings: Boston at
Club contact:

Dorchester Amateur Radio Club

East Coast Amateur Television

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1985-05-18
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1995-06-21
Club meetings: Melrose at Bickford’s Restaurant
Club contact: WB1CEA

Eastern Coast Amateur Television, Inc.

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date:
Last ARRL Affiliation Date:
Club meetings: Stoneham
Club contact:

Elite ARS Inc

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1984-11-19
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1991-05-13
Club meetings: Lowell at Lowell
Club contact: WA1USU

Falmouth High School Amateur Radio Club

Foxboro Company ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1977-07-20
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1987-06-16
Club meetings: Foxboro at Company Cafeteria
Club contact:

Greater Lawrence AR Fellowship

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1979-01-23
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1998-08-11
Club meetings: Haverhill at Senior Citizen Center 120R Main St N Andover MA
Club contact: KA1VF

“The club’s final meeting was held at the North Andover Senior Center in December of 2000. We disbanded because the Town fathers decided to start charging us $ 35.00 per month for use of their meeting room which had been free of charge to us for about 15 years. I was the GLARF club President for the last 10 years of its’ existence.” -Robert H. Smith, KA1VF (May 6, 2018)

Green Meadow School ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1992-03-28
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2003-03-04
Club meetings: Maynard at Green Meadow School
Club contact: KA1WZM

Hingham ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1952-08-19
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1980-02-11
Club meetings: Hingham
Club contact:

“The Hingham ARC is no longer active but the call sign  “W1VPR”  is still in effect under my name. It is currently used by or can be used by Hingham Emergency Management if needed although to my knowledge there are currently no licensed hams in the [Hingham Fire Department]. Since I retired in 2015 it is used very little. The current FD Administration has very little interest in Ham Radio. -Mark, KB1EKN (May 1, 2018)

Lexington High School Amateur Radio Club

Mashpee Amateur Radio Association

Lower Cape Amateur Radio Service Group

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date:
Last ARRL Affiliation Date:
Club meetings: North Eastham
Club contact:

Marconi Radio Club

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1994-03-07
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2006-09-26
Club meetings: Lakeville at Bickford’s Restaurant Hanover 7:00 AM Breakfast
Club contact: K1VV

“We about 35 members in the late 1990s. We have not had a meeting since about 2004.”  -“Whitey” Doherty, K1VV (May 11, 2018)

Mashpee ARA

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1987-09-05
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1996-02-13
Club meetings: East Falmouth at Mashpee Senior Center
Club contact:

Mayflower Amateur Radio Club

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1987-12-05
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1994-01-21
Club meetings: Plymouth at Plymouth Airport Conference Rm
Club contact: WF1M

Megapulse ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1980-09-13
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1980-07-10
Club meetings: Everett at
Club contact:

 

MITRE Bedford ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1971-07-30
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2010-12-07
Club meetings: Bedford at MITRE Corp
Club contact: AA1VS

Natick High School Radio Club

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1986-03-22
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2006-01-20
Club meetings: Natick at Natick High School
Club contact: N1DGC

North East Professional Broadcasters

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1989-01-27
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1995-02-22
Club meetings: North Dartmouth at Charles Orms Bldg
Club contact: N1EXA

Needham ARA

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1952-05-10
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2003-04-26
Club meetings: Needham at Memorial Pk Bldg
Club contact: N1TPU

NEW ENGLAND DXCC (NEDXCC) f.k.a. Patriot DX Association

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1991-10-26
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2005-02-03
Club meetings: at 1st Baptist Church

New England Packet Radio Assn

New England TCP

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1989-12-15
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1990-02-15
Club meetings: Wakefield at Honeywell Bldg Billerica Ma
Club contact: K1UGM

Newton Radio Group

Philips ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1993-04-06
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2007-11-14
Club meetings: Andover at Philips Medical
Club contact:

Quincy High School ARC

Radio Op. Assn Of New Bedford

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1933-03-01
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1995-12-04
Club meetings: Dartmouth
Club contact:

Raymond J. Levesque Memorial ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 2010-02-01
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2010-12-16
Club meetings: Fall River at Please see our Yahoo Group
Club contact: N1TZM

“The RJLMARC in Fall River was established in 2009 to honor Silent Key Raymond J. Levesque, K1ZZN. Its members participated in emergency communications exercises, field days, and the Thirteen Colonies special event operation in 2011. It’s unknown precisely when this group became inactive.” -Phil Temples, K9HI

The website is still online at http://www.qsl.net/rjlmarc/about.html.

Sharon ARA

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1970-04-30
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1989-05-09
Club meetings: Sharon at Sharon Community Center
Club contact: Robert L Gibbons, W1REP

South Shore ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1933-05-17
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2000-11-29
Club meetings: Dorchester
Club contact: WA1GHL

Southern New England Dx Assn

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1975-05-14
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1985-08-20
Club meetings: Stow at Medway American Legion
Club contact: W9BF

“I was program chair and member of the SNEDXA during the 1983-87 period as a fledging DXer in the midst of the mighty when I joined their ranks… K1MM, K1MEM, K1VR, W1OO, W1AX, W1YRC, W1GHH, W1CF were just a few of the greats.”  -Bob Farmer, W9BF (May 9, 2018)

Southern Shore Rptr Assn.

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1978-09-16
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1984-02-03
Club meetings: South Weymouth at Sons Of Italy Hall
Club contact:

T-9 Club

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1939-04-01
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1978-06-12
Club meetings: Ipswich
Club contact:

Taunton Area Communications Group

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 2008-04-25
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2009-01-13
Club meetings: 81 Fremont Street at Morton Hospital Taunton

TACG held its first organizational meeting in October, 2006. Its goals included “public service, informing the public about the amateur radio service, and bringing more people into the amateur ranks by providing classes so that one might become a licensed amateur operator.” It became ARRL-affiliated, then later involved in ARES and RACES. TACG also conducted JOTA operations and held several summer BBQ cookouts for its members. The Taunton Area Communications Group met at the Morton Hospital cafeteria, 88 Washington Street, Taunton. TACG disbanded sometime in 2015. Their last-known web URL was: http://www.freewebs.com/kc1tac/. -Phil Temples, K9HI (May 8, 2018)

Tri-county Vocational H.S. ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1992-06-08
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1994-03-15
Club meetings: Franklin
Club contact: N1LRL

Wang ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1984-08-26
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 1990-04-12
Club meetings: Lowell at Wang Laboratories, Inc.
Club contact: K9HI

“The Wang Amateur Radio Club was an ARRL affiliated company club located at the Wang Laboratories, Inc. corporate headquarters in Lowell. It featured a club shack situated in a penthouse stairwell atop the roof of the original “Tower One” at One Industrial Way.  The club sponsored one of the first packet radio stations in the country operating under the call sign KD2S. After Connors’ death, the club’s wide-area digipeater then operated using my call sign. Some of its members included: WA1GRC, KA1M, K1AR, K9HI, KD1BF (now AA1VI), W1JR, and W1GXT to name but a few. The club disappeared sometime after the demise of the company in the mid-90s.” -Phil Temples, K9HI (May 1, 2018)

Wareham ARC

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1983-02-12
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2000-01-19
Club meetings: Mass Maritime Academy at Bay State Conf Center

Young Amateur Radio Operators

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 2000-06-20
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2000-09-11
Club meetings: Seekonk at 148 Marnoch Dr
Club contact:

ZL Specials

Initial ARRL Affiliation Date: 1995-03-25
Last ARRL Affiliation Date: 2008-03-03
Club meetings: Andover at Members Homes
Club contact: K1AJ

“I recall the  ZL Specials during in the 90s when I and others operated contests at Bruce Marshall’s old QTH (formerly WA1G, now K1AJ) in Roslindale. At that time, Bruce hosted groups of interested would-be contesters–many of them Boston ARC members–at his home. I recall the club was established primarily for Bruce’s field day operations.” -Phil Temples, K9HI (May 8, 2018)