April 2019: EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (EMA) SECTION NEWS
Welcome to the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL section newsletter.
To see the complete monthly section news, which is updated regularly,
Kudos to our ARRL CEO for his outreach to members via W1AW on Monday May
13. See the details below. Propagation from CT to EMA on 20 might be
challenging this time, and maybe they will try more than 20-meters or
schedule future similar events.
Do you remember Frank Baker, W1ALP, who was the Eastern Massachusetts
Section Communications manager from 1940-1979? I wonder how many other
section managers nation-wide over the years have had terms approaching
that amount of time?
I remember the early encouragement I received from Frank Baker, W1ALP,
as a teenager. Frank was my introduction to the ARRL, NTS, and his
kindness helped cultivate my lifelong association with ARRL.
I thought of Frank recently because the ARRL is re-focusing on the need
for mentors to help newcomers to our hobby. The May QST editorial by
Howard Michel addresses mentoring.
I’ll bet many readers of this monthly news can point to someone in
their past as an “elmer” as we used to call it. I had several over
What are you doing to help mentor newcomers to the hobby today? If you
have some good ideas or a story to tell on mentoring, email K1TW
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, for possible mention in a future section news.
Or even better, is there someone you’d like to recognize who was an
important influence in helping you learn about amateur radio? ARRL has
an “Elmer Award” just for that purpose. Why not let the person who
helped you know how much that help meant! Consider sending or even
presenting an “Elmer Award” at a club meeting to the person who
helped you the most over the years.
“PUT HOWARD TO WORK”: ARRL CEO HOWARD MICHEL, WB2ITX, WILL OPERATE
To help members of the amateur radio community get to know Howard
Michel, WB2ITX, the relatively new chief executive officer of the
American Radio Relay League, a little better, the organizers of the
“ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast” are putting on an event that will
give ham radio operators the opportunity to chat with him in a very
natural setting for all hams – on the air! Michel will be at ARRL’s
Maxim Memorial Station W1AW on Monday afternoon, May 13, at 2 p.m. EDT,
operating on 20 meters (around the 14.250 MHz frequency on SSB) and will
be ready to talk to anyone who wants to “work” him.
Also, to commemorate this event, ARRL is creating a special QSL Card for
those who connect with Michel via Maxim Memorial Station W1AW.
Organizers hope that this card will become a prized part of most hams’
Michel was a guest on the March 31 episode of the “ICQ Amateur / Ham
when the show’s organizers came up with this idea.
“While interviewing Howard about his management vision for the League,
it hit me that hams need to see the new CEO as another ham operator in
addition to being the CEO of the ARRL. Our ham metaphor of ‘working’
another ham is a humorous way to engage hams from the US and
internationally to ‘put the CEO to work’ on the air at W1AW,” said
Frank Howell, K4FMH, ARRL Delta Division Assistant Director and a
presenter of the podcast.
“Working” Michel via this event will be a very special event for
hams around the world, predict the event organizers. Martin Butler,
M1MRB & W9ICQ, said, “This event will attract significant
international attention, especially from the UK and Europe due to the
ICQ Podcast’s reach.”
Colin Butler, M6BOY publisher of the podcast, added, “There are quite
a number of ARRL members in the UK so this outreach ‘across the
Pond’ is something we can easily get behind to promote.”
The National Weather Service Boston/Norton Massachusetts forecast office
in coordination with the National Hurricane Center will be hosting the
P3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft and the C-130 Aircraft, part of the
NOAA/National Hurricane Center Hurricane Awareness Tour, on Monday May
6th 2019 at the Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown RI. Public
tours will be open from 2:00-5:00 PM. School, Media and VIP tours and
presentations will occur between 9:15 AM-2:00 PM.
This is similar to what was done in 2007 at Quonset State Airport in
Rhode Island and 2011 at Otis Air Force Base in Falmouth, Massachusetts
and this year’s event marks the first time in eight years having the
Hurricane Awareness Tour in Southern New England.
Details on the Hurricane Awareness Tour can be seen via
PRESENTERS WANTED: 2019 ARRL NEW ENGLAND DIVISION CONVENTION
Speakers and presenters are being sought for the Boxboro program
September 6-8, 2019. To sign up, go to
HAM RADIO @IEEE INTERNATIONAL MICROWAVE SYMPOSIUM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
A few more amateurs are needed to provide an Amateur Radio presence at
the IEEE International Microwave in Boston, June 2-7, 2019 at the Boston
Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston’s Seaport District. If you
would like to be involved in this high-profile event, please register
NEAR-Fest, Deerfield, NH, May 3-4, 2019
New England Antique Radio Club Antique Radio Show, May 18, 2019
Flea at MIT, Cambridge, May 19, 2019
PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS:
Squannacook River Canoe and Kayak Race, May 4, 2019
Nashoba Valley ARC
YuKanRun Fast Half Marathon, May 11, 2019
Cape Ann ARA (K1TAT)
YMCA Backshore 5K, May 16, 2019
Cape Ann ARA (K1TAT)
Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade, May 18, 2019
PART of Westford (KA8SCP)
Tispaquin Run 5K/10K & Woody’s 5K Walk Road Race, May 18, 2019
Massasoit ARC (N1UMJ)
C.A.T.S. Dogtown Run, May 19, 2019
Cape Ann ARA (K1TAT)
SPECIAL OPERATING EVENTS:
New England QSO Party, May 4-5, 2019.
Armed Forces Cross-Band Test, May 11, 2019
CQWW WPX Contest, CW, May 25-26, 2019
NEWS FROM EMA.ARRL.ORG:
Each day on the section web site we bring you news and information from
Eastern Massachusetts and beyond. Here’s a selection from this past
Armed Forces Cross-Band Test, May 11, 2019
Amateur Radio Support for Hudson-Marlborough Hazardous Waste Day, April
KB1TLR: Go-Kits, Falmouth ARA Meeting, April 25, 2019
Faster, More Contest-Friendly FT4 Digital Protocol to Debut in a Week
New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, May 18-19, 2019
NBEMS Demo at South Shore Hospital
New England Sci-Tech Participates in 2019 Cambridge Science Festival
W1HFN Fox “On the Loose” in Littleton, April 13, 2019
HF Operations on Marathon Monday
KA8SCP to Present on Emergency Communications, Nashoba Valley ARC, April
Request for Operators, YuKanRun Twin Lights Half Marathon, Gloucester,
April 27, 2019
Flea at MIT, Cambridge, April 21, 2019
KD1CY to Participate in 2019 National Hurricane Conference
Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade, Ham Volunteers Requested, May 18,
New England QSO Party, May 4-5, 2019
Amateur Radio Social Event at Boston IEEE International Microwave
Symposium, June 4 6:30pm
“Locals Keep Ham Radio Alive and Well”
Northeastern University Wireless Club Hackathon, April 6-7, 2019
Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, Volunteers Requested, April 27, 2019
Special Event Station W1MGY to Commemorate 104th Anniversary of HMS
ARISS Seeks Hosts for Ham Radio Contacts with Space Station Crew Members
EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES
To see all the recent news on Eastern Massachusetts ARES please visit
maintained with the latest happenings by our EMA SEC, Rob, KD1CY.
To find out more about EMA ARES visit <https://ema.arrl.org/ares/>.
If you are interested in joining Eastern Massachusetts ARES, visit
The first Monday of every month is a test of the Massachusetts RACES and
ARES communication capabilities. The monthly ARES VHF Net is at 8:30 PM
on the MMRA Repeater system.
Section Traffic Manager (STM), Marcia KW1U reports:
Find the list of all NTS daily nets in Massachusetts here:
To see news on Eastern Massachusetts Traffic Handling and Nets visit
Details on these recognition programs is found every month in QST Field
Organization column along with a listing of the nationwide recipients.
* Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR):
Congratulations to the following Massachusetts folks who qualified for
the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) in March 2019: KC1CIC, KW1U,
KD2JKV, N1TF, W1RVY, N1IQI, N1LAH, WA1LPM, KC1HHO
FIRST REGION NET (1RN) REPORT (CW)
Eric, W1RVY, manager of 1RN Cycle 4, the evening CW net reports that
in March there were 61 sessions, 60 pieces of traffic handled and
FIRST REGION NET (FRN) REPORT (SSB)
Betsey, K1EIC, manager of FRN Cycle 2, the daytime Phone net reports
that in March there were 62 sessions, 118 pieces of traffic handled and
We regret to report the passing of David G. Earle, N1GSC, of Beverly.
We report to report that Ralph H. Jannini, KA1FAA, of Andover has become
a Silent Key.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT RADIO CLUB?
send any information you might have to our Assistant Section Manager
(ASM) Phil Temples, K9HI, at <email@example.com>.
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May is yet another exciting time for amateur radio locally. The weekend
of May 3-5 is jammed packed with amateur radio activities that are
attractive to young and old.
We start with the Near-Fest flea in New Hampshire on Friday and
Saturday. If you have never been to this, I can confirm it’s well
worth the drive from the EMA section. Meet old friends and make new
friends at the many club tents, talks, and excellent food areas. More
information on this at <https://near-fest.com/>
Then as you leave Near-Fest it’s time for New England to take center
stage in the New England QSO party (NEQP). We become the ones everyone
needs to work, so spend some time putting New England on the air. Full
rules are at <http://www.neqp.org/rules.htm
I really like how May and amateur radio fit so well together!
This April section news has been jointly produced by K9HI and K1TW. I
would like to thank Phil Temples, K9HI for his many contributions to the
EMA section, and particularly to this April Newsletter.
ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW