August 2019 Section News


      Welcome to the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL section newsletter.

To see the complete monthly section news, which is updated regularly,
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As we enter the “dog days of summer”, we learn the Massachusetts
Legislature still has not concluded work on the distracted driving bill.

Massachusetts Distracted Driving Legislation Stalled
WBZ/ CBS Boston reported House and Senate Democrats “failed to reach a
compromise on long-discussed distracted driving legislation after a
marathon session Wednesday [July 31, 2019], abandoning the issue about
four hours after Senate President Karen Spilka said a resolution
appeared imminent.”

In its current form, the legislation–also known as the “handheld
cellphone ban”–would exempt “federally-licensed 2-way radios”
allowing for the unimpeded use of amateur radios in vehicles.

Read the full story at

August 3, 2019, Eastern MA Hospital Net
South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group, W1SSH, will once again act as
Net Control. The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using
the following repeaters and simplex frequency in the order listed. 

1. Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5    
2. Bridgewater 147.180 tone 67.0
3. Norwood 147.210 tone 100.00
4. Simplex 146.580 MHz

The Net will then return to the Sharon Repeater for any final comments
and Net closing.

We extend an invitation to any health care facility or EOC of any city
or town that is served by one of the participating hospitals to join the
Net. We also extend an invitation to any RACES or ARES member to check
in during the NET.

August 7, 2019 CW Academy (CWA) presentation at BARS in Chelmsford
Are you interested in learning CW?  CWA has become a very popular
training program for hams wanting to learn and USE CW.  Bruce, K1BG, is
a “Level 1 Advisor” who will talk about CWA’s history, methods,
and programs. CW academy is a web-based CW learning system where
classrooms are held in Skype chat sessions and instructors evaluate
students’ progress. There are practice sessions and assignments.
Resources and classes handle all skill levels, even those hams who do
not know morse code characters yet.

September 6-8, Ham radio convention in Boxborough Mass
The ARRL New England Division Convention has a new name and website at

The weekend after Labor Day, September 6-8, 2019, is a packed full of
ham radio fun and learning.  The venue as before is the Boxboro Regency
Hotel & Conference Center, in Boxborough, Massachusetts.

Highlights include:
* Top-notch Forums and Talks all three days
* Large Exhibit Hall & Flea Market: Sat 9 AM to 5 PM & Sun 9 AM to 1 PM
* Major prize drawings
* Friday DXCC/Contesting Dinner featuring special guest Adrian Ciuperca,
* Saturday Grand Banquet featuring Dan Barstow, KA1ARD, Senior Education
Manager for the International Space Station National Lab
* Ham Radio Bootcamp, designed to help newly licensed Technician and
General’s to get on the air and use their Amateur Radio license
* Post banquet fun – movie night – open mic storytelling – jam session
* Jazz Band for Sunday Brunch
* ARRL VE Exams
* Tech-in-a-day™ license study course, $5 fee for materials and
* W1N special event station. Reserve your time at
Also included is the Amateur Radio Exposition for Young People presented
by the Nashua Area Radio Society, September 7th and 8th. This exposition
will include many hands-on activities, videos, and displays about
amateur radio and wireless communications, including:
* Software Defined Radios
* High-Altitude Balloons
* Portable and Mobile stations
* Emergency Communications
* Fox-hunting

Tickets can be purchased on-line. Read more at <>

EMA Section Manager visits to Field Day locations in June
Eastern MA Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, accompanied by Assistant
Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI, toured across the section on
Saturday, June 22:

Boston ARC, Hingham
Northeast ARC, Scituate
Barnstable ARC, Brewster
Falmouth ARA, Falmouth
Southeastern MA ARA, Dartmouth

On Sunday, Jun 23, Tom continued the tour “solo,” visiting:

Billerica ARS, Billerica
PART of Westford, Concord
Nashoba Valley ARC, Pepperell

Tom reports a total of 365 miles driven with visits to 8 Field Day



Please visit
<> and
send any information you might have to  our Assistant Section Manager
(ASM) Phil Temples, K9HI, at <>.



18 August, Cambridge MA
Flea at MIT
Third Sunday April thru October

7-8 September, Boxboro MA 
New England HamXposition @Boxboro 2019! <>

A full list of New England flea markets can be found at



August 4: Triple Threat 1-Mile/Half Marathon/5K Race, Rockport, Cape Ann

August 18: Falmouth Road Race, Falmouth ARA



August 3-4: National Lighthouse Weekend, Highland Lighthouse, Truro,
N1ERC, Northeast ARC

August 3-4: Salem Maritime Festival, N1S, Nick Mollo, KC1DKY

August 16-25: Annual Marshfield Fair Amateur Radio Exhibit (NN1MF),
Whitman ARC



Each day on the section web site we bring you news and information from
Eastern Massachusetts and beyond. Visit for the



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.

To see all the recent news on Eastern Massachusetts ARES please visit
<>. This site is constantly
maintained with the latest happenings by our EMA SEC, Rob, KD1CY. 

If you are interested in joining Eastern Massachusetts ARES, visit

To find out more about EMA ARES visit <>.


Section Traffic Manager (STM), Marcia KW1U

The June section traffic manager report may be viewed at
This report lists all the PSHR and BPL recognitions for the month of
June and details the very extensive level of NTS activity across the

Peter Doherty, KC1HHO, is the new net manager of the Eastern
Massachusetts 2-meter Traffic net effective August 1, 2019. 

Find the list of all NTS daily nets in Massachusetts here:

To see more news on Eastern Massachusetts Traffic Handling and Nets
visit <>. 




Eric, W1RVY, manager of 1RN Cycle 4, the evening CW net reports that
in June there were 59 sessions, 61 pieces of traffic handled and
177 check-ins.

Betsey, K1EIC, manager of FRN Cycle 2, the daytime SSB net reports that
in June there were 60 sessions, 146 pieces of traffic handled and 258


It is with deep regret we report the passing of the following radio

Arthur B (“Bo”) Budinger, WA1QYM, Westford.  Bo was the former ARRL
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) in Eastern Massachusetts

James T. Ward, N1LKJ, Raynham.  James was a former Section Traffic
Manager (STM) in Eastern Massachusetts.

Gregory A. Bennett, KC1CIC, Hull was the current Assistant Traffic
Manager (ASTM) and a District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) in Eastern


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On July 23, Cape Cod was hit by no less than three tornadoes; centered
around the towns of Hyannis, Yarmouth, West Yarmouth and Harwich. 
Nearby towns also suffered extensive damage from micro-bursts and severe
weather.  Luckily no fatalities were reported. 

Before these devastating storms hit, SKYWARN was issuing warnings and
both SKYWARN and ARES were activated and provided valuable support. 
This can only happen if we have trained amateur radio operators in our
section who can support various activities in time of need.  

If you can help, consider joining EMA ARES and consider attending the
many Friday sessions on September 6 at the New England Division
Convention which are devoted to ARES and SKYWARN.  

To join EMA ARES visit


This August section news has been jointly produced by K9HI and K1TW.  

ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW