KD1CY: “Interesting Stories about Ham Radio & Weather Spotting” on ARRL Learning Network, February 2, 2021

Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, will present on “Interesting Stories about Ham Radio & Weather Spotting” on the ARRL Learning Network on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10 PM PST/ 1 PM EST (1800 UTC). To register, visit <https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1360666941733861134>.   “One of the most critical ways amateur radio supports agencies such as the National Weather Service (NWS), National Hurricane Center (NHC), and emergency management is through weather spotting via the NWS SKYWARN program. This presentation reviews some interesting stories about how amateurs involved in SKYWARN have saved lives and property and why this …

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“Jack Binns to the Rescue” at the K1USN Radio Club Online Meeting, January 17, 2021

The K1USN Radio Club is pleased to announce that our next K1USN Zoom presentation will feature the granddaughter of shipboard radio operator hero, Jack Binns. Virginia Utermohlen Lovelace has just recently published an updated biography about her grandfather.   If anyone would like to attend, they just need to send me an e-mail  at k1rv@arrl.net. I will be sending out invitations starting on Sunday, Jan 17th. As always, we ask that the Zoom login information not be shared with others to help us minimize the possibility of “Zoom Bombing.”   — CQD! Here MKC! Shipwrecked!   In 1909, three years …

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KM1CC On the Air for the 118th Anniversary of the First USA-UK Wireless Transmission, January 18, 2021

The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, KM1CC, will be on the air on January 18, 2021 to commemorate the 118th anniversary of the very first United States-to-United Kingdom wireless transmission. Check dxsummit.fi for spots/frequencies as well as our KM1CC – Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club Facebook page.   (All times are UTC)   CW 0000-0100 Slow Speed CW 80M & 160M 0100-0400 CW 40M, 80M & 160M 1100-2359 CW 20M, 30M, 40M, 80M & 160M   SSB 0000-0400 SSB 80M. 1300 -1500 SSB 17 or 20M 1500- 2359 SSB 40M, 80M   Note: Operators will switch bands if conditions are …

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Nashoba Valley ARC Conducts Successful License Class

Bruce Blain, K1BG, writes in the NVARC Signals January, 2021 newsletter: It’s been over 20 years since [the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club] last conducted license classes. Recently, I held technician level classes with the help of Skip, K1NKR. We had eight sessions over a four-week period. Of the seven students who started, four finished. These are: Rachel Schmoyer, KC1OHY, of Harvard, MA; Matt Denaro, KC1OHA, of Nashua; Gio Girasoli, KC1OIR, of Bolton, CT; Asher Mirock, KD9RDR, of Bloomington, IL. Both Asher and Gio are 12 years old and are previous graduates of my CW Academy beginners Morse code class. …

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W3EVE: “Amateur Radio’s Role at the Boston Marathon Bombing” at North Shore RA Meeting Online, January 18, 2021

Steve, Schwarm, W3EVE, Wrentham, will present “Amateur Radio’s Role at the Boston Marathon Bombing,” at the North Shore Radio Association on January 18, 2021 at 7 PM.  “Amateur radio has played a significant role in public service communications for the Boston Marathon for several decades. That role was put to the test in 2013 when two bombs were exploded near the finish line. This presentation will describe the role that ham radio played at the Marathon and how that role changed due to the bombing.” Zoom conference information will be sent via the NSRA groups.io mailing list.  Contact Eric, KA1NCF, …

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W1DYJ: “CW DXCC in Six Months” at Minuteman Repeater Association Meeting Online, January 20, 2021

Larry Banks, W1DYJ, will present on, “CW DXCC in Six Months” at the January Minuteman Repeater Association Members Meeting online on  Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 7:30 PM.  “In 2014, after 52 years as a ham and multiple attempts to learn CW, Larry finally decided to become proficient and not only use it, but enjoy it. Starting with some history, this talk describes Larry’s “project” to learn CW. It includes a CW training app, rig interfaces, a realization that contesting was the best way to learn CW (and some contesting details), logging software, and finally Larry’s short and long term …

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HamXposition is a “Go,” September 10-12, 2021, Marlborough, MA

Bob DeMattia, K1IW, writes:   January 12, 2021   A note to all prospective attendees:    Naturally, we are aware that some other large ham conventions have already cancelled their 2021 plans.  We believe our September date should be sufficiently into 2021 that the COVID vaccine program will have had time to be executed, and things will be back to relative normal.   Thus, at this time, the committee intends to hold the convention in-person at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough, Mass. on September 10, 11 and 12th.   As we all know, things can change.  The committee will …

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QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Returning in March, 2021

The QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will return March 13 – 14 for a full 48 hours, QSO Today host Eric Guth, 4Z1UG/WA6IGR, announced this week. ARRL is a QSO Today Expo Partner. Guth said the inaugural QSO Today Expo last August attracted more than 16,000 attendees, and he anticipates that the March 2021 event will be even more successful. The upcoming QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo will feature new speakers and presenters, panel discussions, and kit-building workshops among other activities. Guth pointed out that attendees can log in from anywhere. While he anticipates a good turnout by those who typically attend such ham radio events, the …

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NEAR-Fest XXIX Canceled, April 30-May 1, 2021

Michael Crestohl, W1RC/VE2XL writes on January 12th, 2021: To the Amateur Radio Community: Bad news again, I am afraid. After giving the matter much careful research, thought, discussion and consideration my accomplices and I have come to the conclusion that holding our semi-annual hamfest on April 30th and May 1st 2021 as scheduled could very possibly endanger the health and safety of our staff members, our exhibitors, vendors, attendees and local area residents.   It is a risk that we do not in good conscience wish to assume.  Therefore we have decided that our next event will be held on October …

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New England Sci-Tech Technician Class Online Courses Throughout January, 2021

Amateur radio (or “ham radio”) is used by people all over the world to communicate over radio waves. Some people use ham radio for emergency preparedness, to provide communications support for community events, to report on severe weather and natural disasters, as a social activity, and even occasionally to contact crew members on the International Space Station! This ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Ham Radio TECHNICIAN license exam, the FIRST of three certification levels. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and home-school students. Yes, we give online ham radio exams, too! (See below) This is a FULL course …

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New England Sci-Tech General Class Online Course, January 18-21, 2021

Amateur radio (or “ham radio”) is used by people all over the world to communicate over radio waves. Some people use ham radio for emergency preparedness, to provide communications support for community events, to report on severe weather and natural disasters, as a social activity, and even occasionally to contact crew members on the International Space Station! This ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Ham Radio GENERAL license exam, the SECOND of three certification levels. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and home-school students. Yes, we give online ham radio exams, too! (See below) This is a FULL course …

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New England Sci-Tech Amateur Extra Online Course, January 24-March 21, 2021

  Amateur radio (or “ham radio”) is used by people all over the world to communicate over radio waves. Some people use ham radio for emergency preparedness, to provide communications support for community events, to report on severe weather and natural disasters, as a social activity, and even occasionally to contact crew members on the International Space Station! This ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Ham Radio AMATEUR EXTRA license exam, the THIRD of three certification levels. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and home-school students. Yes, we give online ham radio exams, too! (See below) This is a …

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Amateur Radio Booth Proposed for “The Big E” in 2022

From nediv.arrl.org: Hampden County Radio Association president Larry Krainson, W1AST, is coordinating an effort to organize an amateur radio booth at “The Big E” in West Springfield, Massachusetts for 2022. The exhibition runs for 17 days from September 17 through October 3, 2022.  According to Wikipedia, “The Big E,” formally known as The Eastern States Exposition, is billed as ‘New England’s Great State fair.’ It is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the sixth-largest fair in the nation.” W1AST says the 2016 event had 1.4 million visitors, and over 1.6 million visitors in 2019. “If just one-tenth …

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CQ Magazine Author W1UF Featured in January 2021 Issue

CQ Amateur Radio Magazine’s January 2021 issue features an article by Dennis Shapiro, W1UF, who lives in both Los Angeles and Nantucket Island. According to CQ: “We start with W1UF’s tale of combining two hobbies – flying and ham radio – to lead him on a ‘record-setting’ DXpedition to all that remains in North America of New France, St. Pierre and Miquelon islands off the coast of Newfoundland.”

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Congratulations to CQ Magazine Authors W1IS and KC1DSQ

George Allison, K1IG, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list: The December 2020 issue of CQ magazine has an article by PART member Bob Glorioso, W1IS, and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ, titled “A Simple Dual-Band Upgrade for Your 40-Meter Dipole.” The article describes an easy modification to a 40-meter dipole antenna to allow it to resonate on 15 meters as well, and it has some good (and easily understood) antenna theory. The two Bobs (W1IS and KC1DSQ) will be the speakers at the January 19, 2021 PART meeting, giving a presentation titled “My Dipole Has Gain?”  Be sure to be …

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Great Hill Gang / K1USN Swap Net, January 8, 2021

From the Great Hill Gang Group:   Reminder, tomorrow, Friday January 8, 2021 at 8 pm local time, the first GREAT HILL GANG / K1USN SWAP NET will happen on the Marshfield repeater, 145.39 PL 67. Net controls will be Mike, NA1XX, in North Weymouth and Mike, K1UVH, in Hingham.   Buy, sell, trade, look for, give away ham radio gear and accessories.   Prices may be mentioned on the air, but the final transactions should take place off-net between the hams making them. Please limit listings to 5 or fewer to keep things rolling.   Clean out your closet …

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N1NS: “Marconi on Cape Cod & KM1CC Special Event” at K1USN Radio Club, January 5, 2021

The K1USN Radio Club will feature Barbara Dougan, N1NS, who will present, “Marconi on Cape Cod & the January 18, 2021 KM1CC Special Event” on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:30 PM online. To receive an invitation to this Zoom presentation you must send “Pi” Pugh, K1RV, at k1rv -at- arrl -dot- net a request to be added to the K1USN Zoom invitation list.

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“DXpeditions With K1HT” at the Framingham ARA Meeting Online, January 7, 2021

John Iwuc, KB1VXY, writes on the Framingham ARA mailing list:   You are invited to the January 7, 2021 [Framingham Amateur Radio Association] Monthly meeting this Thursday at 7:30 pm.  […]  We will watch a couple of Dxpeditions with commentary by David Hoaglin, K1HT, then do a virtual tour of the shacks of two club members.   We also have a Board Meeting this Saturday at 10 am.  To avoid confusion, I will send out the email for the registration for the Board Meeting right after the regular club meeting.  The Board Meeting will mainly discuss proposed By-Laws changes and …

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