New N1RR Repeater in Seekonk

Ray Cord, K2TGX, writes on the Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC list:

We have been advised by Charlie Morrison, N1RR, that he has just put a new UHF repeater on the air from his Seekonk QTH: N1RR 446.625, minus shift, PL 146.2 encode.

I am sure Charlie would welcome coverage reports. 

Ham Volunteers Needed to Staff The BIG E Booth, September 15-October 1, 2023

Project Big E GrantLarry Krainson, W1AST, writes:
We are doing another ham radio booth at the Big E this September. The dates are Friday, September 15th through Sunday, October 1st. The goal is to introduce ham radio to the general public, show that it is still relevant, and to interest the public in signing up for ham courses.
Just like last year there are two shifts per day with each one being 6 hours long.  Each shift requires 3 people in the booth this year.
We are making changes in the layout of the booth to make it more friendly to the public in the hopes to draw more people in. 
We have applied for another ARDC grant and if we get it, we can reimburse the cost of admission and parking for everyone. We do hope to get another grant.
Last year the booth spoke to approximately 1200 to 1300 people about ham radio. We hope to do the same or more again this year.
As clubs you are welcome to show your banner on the day or session you are there as well as bring a few items to showcase what your club is about to the public.

We are asking that you spread the word to your club members and try to get a group together to staff the booth for a session or the whole day. OR just ask your club members to sign up for a session to help staffing the booth. Last year we have over 100 volunteers from clubs all over New England. Will your club be one of them this year?

Please follow this link to sign up or if you are a club and want a certain day/session that is still available, please email Larry, W1AST direct at or if you have any questions about the booth.

We do have a group at:
Help to make this year’s Ham Radio Booth at the Big E a success, please volunteer!

Larry, W1AST

  • ARRL WMA Affiliated Club Coordinator
  • HCRA President
  • Visit my Ham Radio club website at:
  • Team K2H – 13 Colonies Massachusetts State Manager
  • Project Big E 2022 & 2023 Organizer
  • Proud Member of ARRL, FCARC & YCCC
  • 413-348-3289

Norton Veterans Council Carnival, June 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2023

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARCRay Cord, K2TGX, writes on the Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC mailing list:

Hello All,

The Norton VFW is sponsoring a fundraising carnival on Thursday through Sunday June 15th to the 18th. Since there won’t be any Founders Day this year, we thought we would solicit everybody’s support of this event. It will be held on the grounds of the Yelle Elementary  School, 64 West Main Street, Norton.

Our mission will be similar to Founders Day: parking lot management, traffic management, pedestrian safety, situational awareness and lighting. The hours of the event are Thursday & Friday, 6:00-10:00PM; Saturday Noon to 10:00PM and Sunday 11AM to 6:00PM. Please let me know what hours you can work. You are asked to report to the Norton EMA Command Post Trailer on the School Driveway 15 minutes before your shift starts for briefing. Please let me know your availability ASAP so we can make up assignments. If you know of anyone who may not be on this mailing but may want to help, please pass it on.

Thank you,

Ray Cord,
Deputy Director Norton EMA

Volunteers Needed, MS Cape Cod Getaway, June 24-25, 2023

Cape Cod MS GetawayRick Savage, KB1LYJ, writes:

Bike MS Cape Cod Getaway will be happening again this year on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, 2023.

We again hope you will volunteer to participate either as:
– amateur operators in SAG wagons
– operators at rest stops
– net control

If you would like to sign up go to:



and select:  amateur radio operator for Sat/Sun or both
 We anticipate you will bring your own equipment.
Thanks for your assistance in the past and we look forward to your assistance this year!

Donna Halper: “Hams In Broadcasting” at Billerica ARS Meeting Online, June 7, 2023

Billerica ARS logoDonna Halper will be presenting about the role amateurs played in early commercial radio and sports broadcasting [on June 7 at 7:00 PM.]

Donna was born here in Massachusetts and began working in the broadcasting field in 1968 as a DJ and music director. In 1974, while at WMMS in Cleveland she “discovered” the progressive rock band Rush.

She has written several books, including the first book-length study devoted to the history of women in American broadcasting, Invisible Stars: A Social History of Women in American Broadcasting. She also has taught college-level courses in broadcasting, media criticism, media history and radio programming and has a PhD from UMass Amherst.

There’s a Wikipedia article about her at and she has a website (and blog) at

[For Zoom conference details, email Bruce Anderson, W1LUS, at w1lus -at- hotmail -dot- com.]

New England Division Town Hall Meeting, June 15, 2023

ARRL logoFred Kemmerer, AB1OC, writes on the New England ARRL members list:

Phil Temples K9HI, our Assistant Directors, and I will hold our next New England Division Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, June 15th, at 7 pm ET. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide you with an ARRL update, get your thoughts on what we should be focusing on, and answer any questions that you might have about the ARRL and what we are doing on behalf of ARRL members here in New England.

We plan to spend a good deal of our time together answering your questions. If you’d like to send us a question in advance, you can do so via an email to, or you can just plan to ask your questions during the Town Hall Meeting.

We will hold our Town Hall Meeting via a Zoom Webinar. You can get a personal link to join the Town Hall Meeting via the following link (paste the link in your browser to register) –

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We hope to see you on June 15th!

ARRL New England Division
Director: Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC

Request for Volunteers Twin Lobster #2, Gloucester, June 4, 2023

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the CAARA list:

[Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association] Has A Great Public Service Team. Come Out And Have Some Fun With Us. Why?

You are using amateur radio to provide a needed public service to ensure the safety and smooth running of a public event in local communities.

If you are unable to be there for the whole race, any amount of time you can give would be helpful. If you don’t have a radio, we have loaner radios available with a mag mount that will work in your car by just plugging it into the cigarette lighter socket. We have loaner handheld radios as well!

Please let me know if you can staff a communications checkpoint for the event so I can plan staffing positions.

Please let us know what type of equipment you plan to use ( Mobile; HT; ¼-Wave Mag-Mount; Rubber-Duck; etc.) so we have a better idea of where to locate you along the event course per the potential of your equipment.

The course will be open and supported By CAARA. For Four hours Runner safety is everyone’s top priority.

Local EMT crews and ambulances will be available for three hours to help.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Twin Lobster Communications Team.
Gloucester, Mass.
Last Updated: 5/30/2023. 02:19 pm
Event date: Sunday June 04 2023
On Location: 7:45 am
Starts: Half Marathon Run = 8:00am
Freq: CAARA W1GLO 145.1300 – PL:107.2 Back Up. 443.700 + PL:107.2

Billerica ARS Field Day Announcement, June 24, 2023

Billerica ARS logoBillerica ARS Vice President Mark Nelson, KA1INE, writes:

I’m proud to announce that the Billerica Amateur Radio Society is having its annual field day on June 24, 2023 at 2:00 PM at 67 Alexander Road in Billerica.

The goal of the event is to set up portable radio stations to simulate an emergency situation and to make contact with other hams around the world. It’s a fun day of making new friends and exploring this exciting hobby.

We hope the public can join us to see what amateur radio is about. There will be a BBQ at meal time and plenty of water and coffee to keep everyone nourished.

If there are any questions, feel free to write to me at

Mark Nelson

K1MJC Fox is Out, Belmont, May 26, 2023

Mike Cormier, K1MJC, writes on the NEMassFoxHunters list at 2:05 PM on May 26, 2023:

Yes, the K1MJC Fox is out ….

I put it out today, Friday afternoon, and it will be picked up in the afternoon Monday. 

The Fox is in somewhere in an area within the Rock Meadow  conservation area in Belmont. 

It’s a 15 milliwatt Fox transmitting on 146.565 MHz. 

Also, there is a logbook you can sign in with if you wish.

There are a few places to enter Rock Meadow on either Concord Avenue or Mill Street; the parking area for Rock Meadow is off of Mill Street.

One of The maps on this page would prove useful!

Trail Guides

Happy hunting!

Mike C , K1MJC, …… 73!

Ops Needed at WW2MAN for Museum Ships Weekend Event, June 3-4, 2023

WW2MAN QSL cardMichael Davis, WA1MAD, writes:

I am still in PEI Canada and will be during the two-day [Museum Ships Weekend] event on June 3 and 4. I am the trustee for WW2MAN, the two-man mini sub at the Quincy shipyard. It’s in front of the USS Salem.

As of this moment, Henry Brown, K1WCC ( former trustee),, has agreed to operate on Saturday and be the “go to” guy in my absence. So I’m looking for another (or more) ops for Saturday and Sunday. As little as a few hours or for the day, either Saturday or Sunday. 

Thanks and 73.

WA6EZV: “Radio Orienteering” at Sci-Tech ARS Hybrid Meeting, May 23, 2023

New England Sci Tech logoTue, May 23 at 7:00 PM: “Radio Orienteering” by Bob Frey, WA6EZV

Description: Radio Orienteering combines the skills of Orienteering, the equipment and expertise of Radio Direction Finding, and the athleticism of cross country running and combines them into a fun and competitive sport. Besides an introduction into basic orienteering using topographical maps, this presentation will cover how to get started in Radio Orienteering/ARDF (Amateur Radio Direction Finding) focusing on 2M hunts. Discussion will include how Radio Orienteering differs from classic orienteering, and what equipment is required for 2M and 80M hunts. A variety of receivers, different attenuators, and an inexpensive Yagi antenna for 2M ARDF/RO along with some basic transmitters and an inexpensive controller will also be discussed. Suggestions for practice events and where to get additional information will also be covered.

Bio: Bob holds an Extra Class license and was first licensed in 1968. He has been active in Foxhunting for over 50 years and has been a speaker for the Foxhunt/ARDF forum at Dayton Hamvention for nearly 30 years. Bob sets ARDF practice courses, including at the YOTA Camp in 2021 and 2022. He has competed in 20 U.S. National ARDF Championships, and is a four time champion. He has co-chaired three championships and participated in four World Championships. Bob’s ARRL appointments include ARRL Volunteer Examiner, DXCC Field Checker, HF Awards Manager, and Member of ARRL RO/ARDF Sub-Committee.

Cape Cod Amateurs Assist in Alzheimer’s Spring Walk

On May 20th the Cape Cod ham community came together to assist the Alzheimer’s Family Foundation in the annual running of their Spring walk along the Cape Cod Canal fundraising event. The walk took place at Scusset Beach State Reservation in Bourne MA.

Eight ham operators from the Barnstable Am. Radio Club, Falmouth Amateur Radio Association and an unaffiliated ham from Plymouth joined together to help out.

The joint communications team set up a 2 meter simplex directed net using mobile, portable, and HT radios. They coordinated a pair of six-person golf carts and supported a course staff of more than 20 people, over a walk venue covering more than a mile. The weather was threatening all morning and the rain finally came, but the event went off without a hitch.

The Cape Cod ham radio community did a great job working as a single team drawn from various clubs and towns in southeastern Massachusetts, and helped a worthy charity do their important work. Thanks to all who participated! We look forward to helping again when the foundation runs their annual walk in Provincetown this fall.

There are lots of things to do with our communications skills and equipment. Perhaps the most satisfying is when we help out our neighbors in support of their invaluable efforts to meet the needs of the greater community.

Jake McGill, W1JKM

BARC Club Secretary
and Alzheimer’s Walk Comms Team Captain

ARRL Survey Reminder

ARRL logoOn May 1st, ARRL began a survey for members to provide feedback on some changes it’s considering to ARRL dues and membership.  The ARRL survey will remain open until May 31st.  It is very important that you take a few moments and share with the League your opinions how changes could be made to ensure the long-term viability of ARRL.  Raising dues is not something any organization enjoys doing, but this will mark only the second time in 22 years that ARRL is considering it.

Your input is very important to the League.  The decisions ARRL leadership is considering should be influenced by all members. If you have already taken the survey, thank you! If you haven’t yet, please do so soon.

The results from the survey will be tabulated and shared with members on the ARRL website in June.  Responses will ultimately help guide the future of ARRL.  The survey is only available to ARRL members.  Why?  Because you have a stake in the outcome! 

Please make sure you log into to participate.

Thank you for being an active member, and for your ongoing support of amateur radio and ARRL.

AA1SE: “The BIG E” at Nashoba Valley ARC Meeting, May 18, 2023

Nashoba Valley ARC logoThe Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s May meeting is Thursday, May 18th at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center (in Pepperell). We start gathering at 7 PM to socialize before the meeting starts.

May’s speaker will Ray Lajoie, AA1SE, who will speak to us regarding “The BIG E.” The BIG E (short for the Eastern States Exposition) is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the filth-largest fair in the nation. The BIG E represents all six New England States and features entertainment, unique foods, competitive livestock shows, shopping, a circus and much more. In 2022, Amateur Radio got top billing at the BIG-E, and plans are underway for 2023. I’m sure this will be an interesting talk. Please join us.

Need directions? Click here and put your own address in box “A”.

Thanks and 73. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Bruce, K1BG
978-772-2773 or

Early Speaker Callout, HamXposition / New England Division Convention, August 25-27, 2023

HamXposition logoHamXposition Programs Committee Chair Phil Temples, K9HI, writes:

Don’t just attend the 2023 Northeast HamXposition @ Marlborough—BE A PART OF IT! 

The HamXposition Committee seeks fresh and exciting presentations for this year’s ARRL New England Division Convention, August 25-27, 2023. We’re looking for talks of both technical and non-technical natures. As a HamXposition speaker, you will have the opportunity to share your subject and knowledge with amateur radio operators from around New England, the surrounding states, and Canada.

In addition to workshops on Friday, we will feature forums throughout the day Saturday, Saturday evening entertainment, and a half-day Sunday program.

If you represent a regional club or organization (e.g. YCCC, NEQRP, WRONE, MARS, etc.) we can help facilitate open forums or closed meetings by providing you a meeting space.

Non-profit groups who wish to set up information tables should get your requests in early. While the tables are offered without charge, we ask for some volunteer time in return to assist us with ticket sales and other logistics during the convention.

To register as a speaker or presenter (or if you’d like to suggest someone), please go to or email if you have additional questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the Convention.

N1CPE: “US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System” at North Shore Radio Association Meeting, May 15, 2023

North Shore Radio Association logoThis month we have an IN PERSON Speaker!!
Tom Kinahan will talk about the US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System.
Meeting [Monday, May 15, 2023] starts at 7:30 pm, doors open at 7 pm at Peabody Municipal Light Plant.
NOTE: To get to the meeting location of the Peabody Municipal Light Plant, Warren St Ext. for the next few months, you MUST turn right on to Endicott St from Rte 114; Endicott Street at Lowell Street has been closed.
Hope to see you there.
Eric Horwitz, KA1NCF

North Shore Radio Association

Upcoming Solar Eclipse Educational Opportunities for STARS and NEST

New England Sci Tech logoRusty Moore, K1FVK, writes on the New England Sci-Tech mailing list:

As seen from Natick, the October 2023 annular eclipse will present about 18% obscuration of the sun, and the April 2024 total eclipse will reach 92.6%. Both are good opportunities for special public astronomy events. Using solar projection and the Lunt solar scope on [New England Sci-Tech]’s new observing deck, NEST could be the go-to spot for Natick residents to get good, safe views of the eclipses and educational content. NEST could (should) also participate in HamSCI’s Solar Eclipse QSO Parties ( using amateur radio to collect scientific data in front of the public, making for a perfect opportunity to teach about celestial mechanics, astronomical scale, solar physics, space weather, and radio communications all at once. Radios could be operated out of the new STEM outreach trailer and inside the radio room simultaneously. News outlets could (should) be invited to the event as well.

The National Science Teachers Association has collected a bunch of resources for teaching with the upcoming eclipses. Here’s the link to those:

The Ride to End ALZ, Amateur Radio Volunteers Needed, Hampton Beach NH, June 3, 2023

Dan Loveman, K1DSL, writes on the North Shore RA mailing list:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Ride to End ALZ is a major fundraiser from which 90% of all funds raised go directly toward research. Amateur Radio Operators provide communications support for the event by staffing rest stops and SAG vehicles.
This year’s Ride to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at Hampton Beach State Park, Hampton, NH. Click here for more information.
If you are interested in volunteering, registration instructions are as follows:
– Scroll down to “Amateur Radio Operator” and select “Sign-Up”
– Select “Save & Continue” at the bottom of the page
– Complete the Volunteer application and click “Sign Up Now” at the bottom
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks and I hope to see you on June 3rd!
Dan Loveman / K1DSL