APRIL 2018: EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (EMA) SECTION NEWS
This monthly section news is only a part of how we regularly communicate with ARRL members in the Eastern Massachusetts section. Much more news is available daily via the website and Facebook.
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Find a list of section leaders at: <https://ema.arrl.org/organization/#Section_Leadership>
AMATEUR RADIO INVOLVEMENT IN IEEE CONFERENCE, BOSTON, JULY 8-12
Special events call sign “N1P” has been approved for use at the IEEE AP-S/URSI conference in Boston July 8-12 by the ARRL 1×1 Callsign Coordinator. If you or your radio club would like to be involved in this high profile project, please register at <https://ema.arrl.org/hamradio-ieee-ap-s-2018-seeks-volunteers-july-8-12-2018/>.
May 4-5, 2018
Near-Fest, Deerfield NH
May 20, 2018
The Flea at MIT
May 5-6, 2018
New England QSO Party <https://neqp.org/>
May 5, 2018:
Volunteers Requested, Ham Radio Demo at Boy Scout Camp Squanto. Details at https://ema.arrl.org/2018/04/17/volunteers-requested-ham-radio-demo-at-boy-scout-camp-squanto-may-5-2018/
May 31, 2018: Invitation to Meet and Greet Princess Elettra Marconi
Here is your opportunity to meet a real princess! Guglielmo Marconi’s daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi will visit Cape Cod National Seashore to tour the site of her father’s historic wireless station. Details are at <https://ema.arrl.org/2018/04/26/invitation-to-meet-and-greet-marconis-daughter-princess-elettra-marconi-may-31-2018/>.
June 1-3, 2018: NE1PL on the USS Massachusetts 2018
The USS Massachusetts will participate on June 1-3 for “Museum Ships on the Air”. Anyone interested in coming out and operating please contact Rick, KB1TEE at <email@example.com> In addition to radio operators they are seeking people to help log contacts, speak to guests and other duties. Check out the website <www.ne1pl.org> for updates on operations. (Information via Rick Emord, KB1TEE)
THIS MONTH’S CLUB NEWS
Does your club need a speaker for a meeting? Here is a helpful resource, <https://ema.arrl.org/2018/04/16/eastern-ma-club-speakers-list/>.
“WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT RADIO CLUB?”
The section staff is compiling information about Eastern MA radio clubs that are no longer active. Please visit <https://ema.arrl.org/affiliated-clubs/radio-clubs-of-yesteryear/> and send any information you might have to ASM Phil Temples, K9HI at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Algonquin Amateur Radio Club:
On April 14, The Algonquin Amateur Radio Club supported the Hudson-Marlborough Household Hazardous Waste Collection day. See their full report at <https://ema.arrl.org/2018/04/15/household-hazardous-waste-collection-day-report-14-april-2018/>.
Barnstable ARC (BARC):
BARC held an exam session at the local school resulting in two new Technician licensees. Members supported the Titanic memorial station on the air. The Titanic / Marconi Memorial Radio Club of Cape Cod has just completed a 3+ day tribute to the Titanic and to those effected by the extreme loss of life. “We operated for an extra day this year in anything but good band conditions. 40 m was the only place that consistently held its own throughout the event.” Barry, KB1TLR reported 612 confirmed contacts. (Information via Mark, WA1EXA and Barry, KB1TLR)
Billerica ARS (BARS):
Kevin Fallon from Billerica Emergency Management is the BARS Guest speaker on May 2. Details at <https://www.w1hh.org/>.
Cape Ann ARA (CAARA):
Congratulations to the Cape Ann ARA on gaining approval for another two years as an ARRL Special Service Club. Clubs holding SSC status are recognized for their outstanding achievements.
Falmouth ARA (FARA):
Members of FARA and the Barnstable ARC participated in the Cape Cod Maker Faire in Mashpee on April 28, 2018.
Genesis ARS (GARS):
GARS is planning to have a booth at the Plymouth Air Show on August 11, 2018.
Harvard Wireless Club (HWC):
Five members of the HWC formed a team to participate in the BAA 5K race. Bill, W1PL remarked, “It was a beautiful sunny day with very few incidents.”
Massasoit ARA (MARA):
KB1TEE and other MARA members operated W1BSA to commemorate the birth of the Boy Scouts of America on April 28, 2018 aboard the museum ship USS Massachusetts in Battleship Cove.
Nashoba Valley ARC (NVARC):
The April meeting featured Jim, N8VIM, with a presentation about installing backup/alternative power for his station. Jim has an extensive solar panel system installed and has lots of experience with these systems.
PART of Westford:
The April meeting featured a show and tell of projects and equipment by the members.
Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA):
Field Day planning is underway at QRA. The March guest speaker Mike Rioux, W1USN, showed a slide presentation on the UBIXT transceiver and displayed the actual transceiver and all of its functions. Mike also explained all the future upgrades and the available open software that allows one to perform upgrades.
Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC:
The SMH ARC will host SKYWARN training at its regular general meeting on May 15. Details at <https://ema.arrl.org/2018/04/26/skywarn-training-at-sturdy-memorial-hospital-arc-may-15-2018/>.
WARC is currently conducting an Amateur Extra licensing class. It will culminate in a VE session on May 29, 2018.
Contact Marcia, KW1U, at email@example.com or join one of the many nets below to learn more about traffic handling.
The National Traffic System (NTS), February 2018 Recognitions:
(1) Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR)March:
KC1CIC, KW1U, N1IQI, N1TF, W1RVY, N1LAH, N1SYC, WA1LPM, KC1HHO, and NV1N.
(2) Brass Pounder League (BPL) March:
See the monthly “Public Service” column in QST for more information about the BPL and PSHR recognitions.
NTS NETS (COMBINED EMA/WMA)
EMA/WMA NTS Nets are listed below. Please support the nets and check in.
EM2MN 145.230 MHz 8PM Daily
MARIPN 3978 KHz 6PM Tu, Th, Sa
HHTN MMRA Repeaters 10PM Su, M, W, F
CITN 147.375 MHz 7:30PM M, Tu, Th, Sa
MARI 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 146.970 MHz 9PM Daily
WMTN 146.910 MHz 10AM Daily
WMTN 146.910 MHz 1PM Daily
WMEN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN 3945 KHz 8:45AM Su
FIRST REGION NET (1RN/FRN) MARCH 2018 REPORTS (NTS)
Bill, W1KX, manages 1RN Cycle 4, the evening CW net. Bill reports in March there were 56 sessions, 181 check-ins, and the handling of 83 pieces of traffic.
Betsy, K1EIC, manages FRN Cycle 2, the daytime SSB net. Betsy reports in March there were 62 sessions, 282 check-ins, and the handling of 119 pieces of Traffic
Bruce Hansen, W1BPH and Ernest Senter, W1SIX, both of Haverhill, have passed. (Pentucket RA).
Paul Augustine, W1BMQ, of Somerset, is a silent key (From SEMARA).
Gene Hastings, W1VRK, of Marblehead has become a silent key. Gene was a long-time champion of the New England Division Convention and a Director Emeritus of the ARRL Foundation. You can read more about Gene at <https://ema.arrl.org/2018/04/30/gene-hastings-w1vrk-silent-key/>.
73 until next month,