BCRA Field Day To Welcome Scouts

BCRA/FRARA logoRoland Daignault, N1JOY writes on BCRA-Club list:

…I have confirmation that we will be having Boy Scout Troop 100 from Westport joining [the Bristol County Repeater Association/Fall River ARC] for a few hours on Saturday afternoon. They have a hike planned that morning and should be finishing up right around the same time the Field Day event begins, which is 2:00 PM. I hope we can have a couple of people available to be good ambassadors for Ham Radio. We have the GOTA station planned, so hopefully we can get a few kids on the air.

New Winlink2000 Node In S.E. Mass.

Winlink 2k For Dummies book coverDavid Neal, W2DAN writes on BCRA-club list:

I want to let everybody know that there is a new Winlink 2000 Radio Message Server Node (RMS) W2DAN-10 on VHF at 145.010 It is time to dust of those tnc’s and check out Winlink2000. There are some good lessons online that will help you understand Winlink 2000 at http://www.winlink.org and joining the Winlink 2000 Yahoo group.

Winlink 2000 is a worldwide radio messaging system that takes advantage of the Internet where possible. It does this in order to allow the end-user more radio spectrum on the crowded spectrum. Winlink 2000 has an interesting history that may be worth reviewing. Currently, there are more than 15,000 radio users on all the classes of users and approximately 100,000 Internet recipients. Monthly traffic averages over 150,000 messages or 280,000 minutes. Each message has an average duration of approximately 3.4 minutes and each message averages approximately 3,200 bytes. The Pactor 1, 2 and 3 protocols are used on HF, and AX.25 Packet, D-Star and 802.11 are used on VHF/UHF. Growth of the system is dependent on the various classes of users, including normal Amateur use, emergency communications organizations such as the ARRL ARES® and RACES, the UK Cadet forces, the three MARS branches, and others. Most recently there has been an increasing interest in emergency communications, and the Winlink 2000 development team has responded by adding features and functions that make the system more reliable, flexible and redundant. The role of Winlink 2000 in emergency communications is to supplement existing methodologies to add another tool in the toolkit of the volunteer services deploying emergency communications in their communities.

I will be installing a Kam + into the HAMCOW which will be used for APRS, VHF Winlink 2000 Airmail, and HF Winlink 2000 Airmail.. We will have this setup for FD and I will be happy to demonstrate and answer any question. If you are interested in setting up you station to receive Airmail let me know and I will do what I can help and answer any questions.

73
Dave
W2DAN

Amateurs Receive Praise From MEMA

MEMA logoThe June 18, 2009 issue of MEMA Reports carried a story praising Amateur Radio’s efforts associated with the recent annual hurricane drill:

“On June 1st, MA Amateur Radio emergency communicators, in conjunction with MEMA Region II Office in Bridgewater and the State Emergency Operations Center in Framingham, participated in their annual Hurricane Drill. Local Hams and their Emergency Management Director counterparts from 52 communities performed simulated damage assessments from ‘Hurricane Madison’ using the exercise scenario and local criteria. The results of the drill were universally praised, which bodes well if the region experiences the next ‘real thing’.”

MEMA Reports is distributed as a monthly newsletter produced by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to help keep the Public Safety Community of Massachusetts better informed about the day’s Emergency Management issues. MEMA Reports also appears on the MEMA website: <http://www.mass.gov/mema>.

KY1N List of Volunteer Exam Sessions, 06/19/09

                          The KY1N Memorial List
Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations - CT MA ME NH RI VT
6/19/09
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
Date Time Contact Location Phone
06/20/09 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
06/20/09 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
06/20/09 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Nashua NH 603-673-7395
06/20/09 09:00 Thomas Jaworski, WA1MJE Pittsfield MA 413-528-9002
06/21/09 13:00 *Michael Murphy Manchester NH 603-819-1849
06/24/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Lunenburg MA 978-597-6535
06/24/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
06/26/09 18:00 David Cote, W1FAB Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
06/27/09 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
06/27/09 09:00 Kenneth Carr, KB1AWV Cranston RI 401-828-1665
06/27/09 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
06/27/09 13:00 Russ Appleyard, WA2MHY Plymouth MA 508-746-9240
06/28/09 10:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-282-7645
06/28/09 10:00 Richard Williamson, WA1YQE Milford CT 203-877-5020
07/08/09 19:15 *James Weckback, W1EQW Framingham MA 508-435-6487
07/09/09 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
07/09/09 19:00 Ivan Lazure, N1OXA South Paris ME 207-784-0350
07/10/09 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
07/11/09 08:45 *William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
07/11/09 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
07/11/09 09:30 Ernest Laug, KA1NGG Stamford CT 203-348-3993
07/12/09 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
07/12/09 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
07/13/09 19:00 Jim Clogher, N1ICN Brookline MA 617-364-4658
07/14/09 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
07/15/09 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
07/16/09 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
07/16/09 18:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX South Portland ME 207-799-1116
07/16/09 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
07/17/09 19:00 Walter Styslo, KA1DFH Farmington CT 860-529-8474
07/19/09 10:00 William Mcgarvey, AA1ZR Machias ME 207-853-2951

07/20/09 19:00  Richard Strycharz, KD1XP       Amherst         MA 413-665-2211
07/20/09 19:00 Skip Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
07/21/09 12:00 Adam Woodbury, K1ADW Bedford MA 781-271-3062
07/21/09 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
07/22/09 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
07/22/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Lunenburg MA 978-597-6535
07/22/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
07/24/09 18:00 David Cote, W1FAB Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
07/25/09 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
07/25/09 09:00 Kenneth Carr, KB1AWV Cranston RI 401-828-1665
07/25/09 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
08/01/09 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
08/02/09 10:00 Richard Williamson, WA1YQE Milford CT 203-877-5020
08/03/09 18:00 *Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Topsham ME 207-799-1116
08/08/09 09:00 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
08/08/09 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
08/08/09 10:00 Darryl Del Grosso, WA1DD Gales Ferry CT 860-443-7799
08/08/09 09:00 Don Tarbet, KD1XU Saint Albans ME
08/09/09 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
08/10/09 19:00 Jim Clogher, N1ICN Brookline MA 617-364-4658
08/11/09 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
08/13/09 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
08/13/09 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
08/14/09 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
08/16/09 09:00 Thomas Jaworski, WA1MJE Adams MA 413-528-9002
08/17/09 19:00 Skip Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
08/18/09 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
08/19/09 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
08/19/09 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
08/20/09 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
08/21/09 19:00 Walter Styslo, KA1DFH Farmington CT 860-529-8474
08/22/09 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
08/22/09 12:00 Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
08/22/09 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
08/24/09 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
08/24/09 19:00 Walton G Congdon, W1ZPB Northfield MA 413-498-2729
08/26/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Lunenburg MA 978-597-6535
08/26/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
08/28/09 18:00 David Cote, W1FAB Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
08/29/09 14:30 George Rinalducci, KB1KBC Greenland NH 603-231-1392
08/29/09 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
09/08/09 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
09/09/09 19:00 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Billerica MA 978-851-2886
09/09/09 19:15 *James Weckback, W1EQW Framingham MA 508-435-6487
09/10/09 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
09/10/09 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
09/11/09 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
09/12/09 11:30 Frank Sileo, N1PE Bethel CT 203-438-0218
09/12/09 08:45 *William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
09/12/09 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
09/12/09 08:00 Bruce Beford, N1RX Newport NH 603-863-1698
09/13/09 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
09/13/09 10:00 Richard Williamson, WA1YQE Milford CT 203-877-5020
09/14/09 19:00 Jim Clogher, N1ICN Brookline MA 617-364-4658
09/15/09 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
09/16/09 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
09/17/09 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
09/19/09 09:00 William Mcgarvey, AA1ZR Alexander ME 207-853-2951
09/19/09 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
09/21/09 09:00 Charlie French, K1CRF Bedford NH 603-487-5201
09/21/09 19:00 Skip Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
09/23/09 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
09/23/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Lunenburg MA 978-597-6535
09/23/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
09/25/09 18:00 David Cote, W1FAB Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
09/26/09 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
09/26/09 09:00 Kenneth Carr, KB1AWV Cranston RI 401-828-1665
09/26/09 12:00 Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
09/26/09 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
09/26/09 09:00 Jack P Garforth, N1JK Middletown RI 401-683-2250
10/03/09 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
10/04/09 10:00 Richard Williamson, WA1YQE Milford CT 203-877-5020
10/05/09 19:00 Jim Clogher, N1ICN Brookline MA 617-364-4658
10/08/09 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
10/08/09 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
10/09/09 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
10/10/09 09:00 Don Tarbet, KD1XU Bangor ME 207-327-1453
10/10/09 09:00 *William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
10/10/09 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
10/11/09 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
10/13/09 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
10/14/09 19:00 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Billerica MA 978-851-2886
10/15/09 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
10/15/09 18:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX South Portland ME 207-799-1116
10/15/09 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
10/17/09 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
10/19/09 19:00 Richard Strycharz, KD1XP Amherst MA 413-665-2211
10/19/09 19:00 Skip Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
10/20/09 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
10/21/09 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
10/23/09 18:00 David Cote, W1FAB Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
10/24/09 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
10/28/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
11/02/09 19:00 Jim Clogher, N1ICN Brookline MA 617-364-4658
11/08/09 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
11/11/09 19:00 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Billerica MA 978-851-2886
11/12/09 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
11/13/09 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
11/14/09 08:45 *William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
11/14/09 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
11/16/09 19:00 Skip Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
11/17/09 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
11/18/09 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
11/19/09 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
11/21/09 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
11/25/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
11/27/09 18:00 David Cote, W1FAB Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
11/28/09 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
12/05/09 09:00 Charlie French, K1CRF Bedford NH 603-487-5201
12/05/09 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
12/09/09 19:00 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Billerica MA 978-851-2886
12/10/09 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
12/11/09 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
12/12/09 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
12/13/09 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
12/14/09 19:00 Jim Clogher, N1ICN Brookline MA 617-364-4658
12/15/09 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
12/17/09 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
12/19/09 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
12/21/09 19:00 Skip Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
12/23/09 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
12/23/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
12/25/09 18:00 David Cote, W1FAB Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
12/26/09 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
01/30/10 09:00 Charlie French, K1CRF Bedford NH 603-487-5201

NOTES:
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For additions/corrections contact Jim Heedles, WW1Y, 603-673-7395,
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2009 EMA Field Day Directory Now On-line

ARRL Field Day 2009 logoThe 10th Annual Eastern Massachusetts Field Day Directory contains some of the most comprehensive Field Day resource pages of its kind.

According to Bill Ricker, N1VUX, the section Field Day pages offer detailed information on individual field day club operations  as well as new features, like:

“OpenLayers /OpenStreetMaps zoom/pan widgets with a choice of base map. These are open source data (CC-BY-SA) maps. Thanks to OSM volunteers we even have a Mass Topo server linked, a welcome gift since the commercial topo sites are no longer linkable.

See http://fd.ema.arrl.org/field_day/fd_dir.php and http://fd.ema.arrl.org/field_day/SiteDetail.php?site=MiltGr

“For a ‘before’ view compare the static map http://fd.ema.arrl.org/ and TIGER map http://fd.ema.arrl.org/field_day/ClubDetail.php?club=MVARG (Or turn off JavaScript temporarily — the new pages will revert when script is blocked, unlike Google on the ARRL HQ 2nd First Annual Locator.)

“We still have richer data, such as local landmark directions and site and club FD history, and links to multiple map sources and webpages for club and site,” adds Ricker.

“Clubs which are reactivating a previous Class A or F site can confirm to the EMA Directory by simply putting their pin in at the ARRL Locator – conveniently linked from our directory. I’ll pick that up and mark them confirmed. I would appreciate an email from new clubs in Class A or F, clubs with new sites, clubs whose details on their EMA directory need updating, or who are definitely not using the site they had last year. Email N1VUX.

New England Public Service List 04/09/09

PSLIST

Listing public events at which Amateur Radio communications is providing a public service and for which additional volunteers from the Amateur Community are needed and welcome. Please contact the person listed to identify how you may serve and what equipment you may need to bring.

The most up-to-date copy of this list is maintained as http://purl.org/hamradio/publicservice/nediv.

**** Every event listed is looking for communications volunteers ****

Date      Location     Event                       Contact        Tel/Email

Apr 19 Boston MA BAA 5K and Invitational 1 mi Bob WA1IDA 508.650.9440
wa1ida@arrl.net
Apr 20 Hopkinton MA Boston Marathon Bob K1IW marc2009@mmra.org
to Boston MA signup at http://marc.mmra.org
Apr 26 Groton MA Groton Road Race Ralph KD1SM kd1sm@arrl.net
Apr 26 Needham MA Run of the Charles Canoe Race Tom KB1OKP 781.395.5538
to Boston MA kb1okp@arrl.net
May 2 Mrth'sVnyrd MA MS - Ride the Vineyard Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
May 3 Boston MA Walk for Hunger Eric KA1NCF w4h@nsradio.org
signup at http://wfh.mmra.org
May 16 Westford MA Apple Blossom Parade Terry KA8SCP 978.490.8150
ka8scp@arrl.net
May 17 Devens MA Parker Classic Road Race John KK1X john@kk1x.net
Jun 7 Boston MA Bikes Not Bombs bike rides Bob WA1IDA 508.650.9440
and southern suburbs wa1ida@arrl.net
Jun 27 Quincy MA MS Cape Cod Getaway Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Jun 28 Provincetwn MA MS Cape Cod Getaway Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Jul 3 Fitchburg MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM kd1sm@arrl.net
Jul 4 Princeton MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM kd1sm@arrl.net
Jul 5 Fitchburg MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM kd1sm@arrl.net
Jul 25 Devens MA Memory Ride for Alzheimer's Ralph KD1SM kd1sm@arrl.net
Jul 26 Haverhill MA Cycle for Shelter Ross KB1MGD 603.382.2742
rscoe2001@yahoo.com
Aug 8 Stratham NH MS Seacoast Escape Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Sep 11 Cape Cod MA MS Challenge Walk Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Sep 12 Cape Cod MA MS Challenge Walk Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Sep 13 Cape Cod MA MS Challenge Walk Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Sep 26 Berkshires MA MS Bike&Hike the Berkshires Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Oct 11 Boston MA BAA Half Marathon Bob WA1IDA 508.650.9440
wa1ida@arrl.net

This list is published periodically as demand warrants by Stan KD1LE and Ralph KD1SM. Our usual distribution is via Internet mail to the arrl-nediv-list and ema-arrl distribution lists, and on the World Wide Web. If other mailing list owners wish us to distribute via their lists we will be happy to oblige. Permission is herewith granted to republish this list in its entirety provided credit is given to the authors and the Web address below is included. Send comments, corrections, and updates to:

KD1SM@ARRL.NET.

We make an attempt to confirm entries with the coordinator unless the information is from another published source. We very much appreciate the assistance we have been receiving from our ‘scouts’; everyone is welcome to send us postings.

Refer to http://purl.org/hamradio/publicservice/nediv for the most recent version of the PSLIST.

New England Area Flea Markets, May 1, 2009

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2009 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~

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2009 Contact Source
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1,2 May Deerfield NH NearFest @FG $10Fri@9 $5Sat@6 Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 F

2 May Moncton NB TCARC @MapletonLodge @9 Bruce VE9YM W+

9 May Lindenhurst NY GSBARC @FiremanPk $6@8:30 $25/T John W2HCB 631 669 6321 W

9 May Rensselaer NY EGARA @FireCo $6@8 $6/T@6 Thomas KC2FCP 518 272 1498 W+

9 May Halifax NS H+DARC @ForumAnnex $4@9 Dave VE1NN 902 462 3945 W+

17 May Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F
Third Sunday April thru October

23 May Vernon CT NARC @TolandAg $5@8 $20/T Wayne N1GUS 860 487 1921 F+

30 May Rochester NY RARA New Location Sat Only Len KC2PCD 585 671 2424 W+

30 May Goshen CT SoBerksARC @Fairground Rte 63 $3@8 Lee K1LEE 860 435 0051 +

30 May Quispamsis NB LCARC @MidSch $4@9:30 Sell@8:30 Phil VE1PGC W+

6 June Hermon ME PSARC @HS Rodger KA1TKS 207 848 3846 A+

7 June Queens NY HoSARC $5@9 $10/Sp Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 W+

13 June Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Tailgate John 860 673 0518 W

14 June Bethpage NY LIMARC @Briarcliff Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 A+

20 June Newington CT NARL @StMarySch @8 Mary K1MMH 860 594 0397 W+

21 June Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F

11 July Summerside PEI SPARC @WilmotComCtr $5@9 Bill VY2FF W+

19 July Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F

25 July N Haven CT @HI I91x12 $7@8 $15/T@6 $10/TG John N1GNV 203 440 4468 F+

8 Aug Gales Ferry CT RASON @VFD $4@9 $15/T@7 Wayne KB1NKK 206 350 3064

8 Aug St Albans ME PARC George WA1JMM 207 441 6112 A+

15 Aug Swamton VT STARC I89x21 @RavenInd $5@6 +$5/Sp Arn N1ARN 802 309 0666 F+

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New England Area Ham – Electronic Flea Market *** DATES *** 2008 P2 of 2
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2009 Contact Source
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16 August Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F
Third Sunday April thru October

12 Sept Windsor ME AARA @FG $5@8 Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075 +

12 Sept Ballston Spa NY SCRACES @FG $5@7 Al KA1IEG 518 677 3316

12 Sept Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Tailgate John 860 673 0518 W

13 Sept Newtown CT CARA@TownHall $6@8:30 $15/T$10TG@7 Joe AB1DO 203 938 4880 W+

19 Sept Forestdale RI RIFMRS @VFW rt146 8A flea+auct Rick K1KYI 401 864 9611

19 Sept Alton NH MASONS @Lodge @7 Tg$10 $20/inside T Bob W1GWU 603 776 0086

20 September Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F

11 Oct Wallingford CT Nutmeg Conv $20/sp $7@9 John N1GNV 203 440 4468

11 Oct Queens NY HoSARC $5@9 $10/Sp Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 W+

16,17 Oct Deerfield NH NearFest @FG Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 W

17 Oct Manchester NH NEAntqRC @BingoCtr $10@7:30$3@8:30 Charlie 603 898 4821 F

18 October Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F
Third Sunday April thru October

24,25 Oct Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~ John 781 592 2553 W+

24 Oct Longueuil PQ MS-SARC @PlDesaul $5@9+$10/T@6 David VE2EDF 450 672 9791 W+

31 Oct Waterford CT TCARC Auction @Oswegat Fire @10 Tom WA2RYV 860 464 6555

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H.R.2160 – New Legislation

Dear ARRL Member:

I am contacting you as part of the ARRL Legislative Action “Grassroots” Program and asking you to get involved by writing to your Congressman — Edward Markey.

One of the biggest challenges that amateurs face is antenna restrictions – those implemented by local governments and those originating from deed restrictions and building development covenants.  As you may know, the FCC’s PRB-1 limited preemption order offers amateurs some relief when facing zoning and building restrictions.  However, PRB-1 does not extend to include covenants, conditions and restrictions (known as CC&Rs).  These deed and property use restrictions strongly and negatively affect the ability of Amateur Radio service licensees to perform valuable emergency and disaster communications.  Finding a method to extend the PRB-1 protections is a key component of the ARRL Legislative Action Program.

Recently Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) introduced House Bill H.R.2160 – the “Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009”.   If enacted into law, H.R.2160 would instruct the Secretary of Homeland Security to undertake a study and report its findings to Congress within 180 days. The study would spell out uses and capabilities of Amateur Radio communications in emergencies and disaster relief. The study shall:

* Include recommendations for enhancements in the voluntary deployment of Amateur Radio licensees in disaster and emergency communications and disaster relief efforts.
* Include recommendations for improved integration of Amateur Radio operators in planning and in furtherance of the Department of Homeland Security initiatives.
* Identify unreasonable or unnecessary impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio communications — such as the effects of private land use regulations on residential antenna installations — and make recommendations regarding such impediments.
* Include an evaluation of Section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-104, 110 Stat 56 [1996]).
* Recommend whether Section 207 should be modified to prevent unreasonable private land use restrictions that impair the ability of amateurs to conduct, or prepare to conduct, emergency communications by means of effective outdoor antennas and support structures at reasonable heights and dimensions for the purpose in residential areas.

While the bill does not automatically extend PRB-1 to include CC&Rs, it takes a first big step in that direction by determining the extent that things such as CC&Rs impede the Amateur Service in performing public and emergency service communications.

H.R.2160 has been assigned to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Getting the bill out of committee is the first major hurdle to overcome – and that is where you play an essential role.  Your Congressman is a member of that committee.  We need you to let them hear your voice of support for H.R.2160.

Attached to this email is a draft letter for you to personalize and send to your Congressman/woman.  I am asking that you first personalize the letter (including your name and address).  After that, I ask that you send the letter to Chwat & Co, our representation in Washington.  To facilitate the process, please either email the letter directly to Chwat & Co. at arrl@chwatco.com or fax the letter to their office at 703-684-7594 (Do not send it only to your Congressman by US Mail because it can take weeks before they receive it due to security scanning processes).  Their staff will be hand delivering your letter (along with the letters of others) directly to the various Congressional offices.  If you choose to send your letter directly to your member of Congress, please still email or fax a copy as directed above.  This will allow Chwat’s staff to most effectively represent the ARRL in this process.

H.R.2160 can go a long way towards assisting thousands of amateurs who are restrained unreasonably by CC&Rs.  However, it is going to take a concerted effort by all amateurs for this effort to be successful.  Time can become critical – so please act quickly in contacting your Representative.  Together our voices can be heard and make a difference.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, or the ARRL Regulatory Information office at reginfo@arrl.org

Thanks and 73,

Tom

Tom Frenaye, K1KI
ARRL New England Division Director
P O Box J
West Suffield CT 06093
860-668-5444
frenaye@pcnet.com

 

Update On Amateur Radio And Flu

EMA ARRL logoARRL Section Manager Mike Neilsen, W1MPN writes:

Just some thoughts about what is going on.  It is still early in the public health investigation of this outbreak, and our government officials seem to be working hard to gather as much information as possible about the situation nationally and here in our state.  Some of the cases in Mexico have been very serious, but the confirmed cases from California, Texas, Kansas, Ohio and New York City have been reported to be mild.  We don’t know yet why the cases in Mexico and the U.S. seem to be different in severity, but answering that question will be part of the larger public health investigation.  There is still much to be learned from the little evidence that the world authorities have accumulated.  The CDC has now confirmed 64 cases of swine flu in humans in the U.S.  There have been no cases identified yet in Massachusetts, however, like other states we are increasing our surveillance activities to see if cases develop in the Commonwealth. 

In the coming days, patience will be the best approach to this problem. Hams can demonstrate calm by controlling rumors and encouraging people to stay plugged into authoritative sources. I have found information on the media to be relevant and balanced.  Good updates are also available on the mass.gov site, and for more information on swine flu, visit the
CDC’s new web site at www.cdc.gov/swineflu.  There is also have some very good information on how to care for someone at home who has the flu on the DPH web site.  MDPH and MEMA will be utilizing Mass211 as a information center.  The goal was to have Mass211 operational by today.

Consider that if the worst scenario should materialize, widespread flu will greatly impact already thin workforces causing supply disruptions and real service problems, even with light casualties.  I strongly recommend that you quietly but persistently ensure your readiness for challenges ahead by procuring at least two weeks worth of canned food, clean water, and other supplies for your home.  Please encourage your relatives, friends, and neighbors to do the same.

Our ARES Team is standing by to assist in any way we can in the weeks ahead.  ASM, Carl, N1FYM, is actively reviewing the news to see, what if anything, is specifically pertinent to us.  Whatever we find out will be promptly added to our website at ema.arrl.org, so please check it often.

Best regards to you and your family.

73,

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New England QSO Party, May 2-3, 2009

New England QSO PartyARRL New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI writes:

The New England QSO Party is coming soon – it starts on Saturday!    We’d sure like to see some additional activity this year – hope you can get on and make at least a few QSOs – or encourage others to do so.

It runs from 2000Z Saturday May 2 until 0500Z Sunday May 3 (4pm EDT Saturday until 1am EDT Sunday) and 1300Z Sunday May 3 until 2400Z Sunday (9am EDT Sunday until 8pm EDT Sunday).
Suggested frequencies are: CW – 3540 7035 14040 21040 28040, SSB – 3850 7280 14280 21380 28380.  ** Now that the broadcast stations are mostly out of 7125-7200, try 7180 on 40m SSB.**     Digital QSOs count the same as CW QSOs

New England stations send signal report, county and state, and can work anyone, including other NE stations.

Please send in a copy of your log – certificates will be sent to those with more than 25 QSOs.

The full rules are available on the NEQP web site at http://www.neqp.org

Very 73 — Tom/K1KI

Gunstock Mountain Hopkinton Node Now Operational

Rich Zack, K1RJZ writes on FraminghamARA-L:

This evening we placed into service the southern link to the Gunstock Mountain 6M repeater which natively covers north to Franconia Notch, NH and  south to the Mass Pike.  Tonight we just placed into service the “Hopkinton Node” with the antenna height at 734ft AMSL and is one mile south of the start of the Boston Marathon.

Bottom line:  We now have continuous mobile-mobile coverage from Franconia Notch, NH to the Cape Cod Canal (max) with only two full-time linked repeaters.  This system was actually designed from day-1 to allow NOAA Grey Maine to talk to NOAA in Taunton, MA and that was a key premiss for us to obtain site access.

Sponsor:   Central NH ARC

Gunstock Mtn, NH User RX  53.77  PL 100.0
Gusstock Mtn, NH user TX  53.07  PL 71.9

Hopkinton, MA User RX  51.74  PL 100.0
Hopkinton, MA user TX  51.24  PL 71.9

Important Notes:

* The Hopkinton 6M freqs may seem odd but they are not.  All 6M repeaters below 52 MHz are at a 500KHz offset and not 1MHz offset as above 52 MHz
* To clarify, this system does not link to Mt Uncanoonuc 6M as originally planned because Gunstock all by itself exceeds Unc’s coverage
* When using Hopkinton MA, commercially converted radios with “squelch tail elimination” will have a very pleasing drop sound upon TX unkey while ham radios that just happen to cover six-meters will have a much longer noise burst.  That’s just the way that they work.

Please do join CNHARC’s regular 6M net this Thursday at 8AM so we can see how this system plays.  Freqs are above.  Thanks.

Rick Zach, K1RJZ

The Boston Marathon And Amateur Radio: A Winning Combination

N1XKB and KD1CY at NCSOver 250 Amateurs participated in Amateur Radio communications for the 113th running of the Boston Marathon. The 2009 Boston Marathon had over 26,000 official runners with over 500,000 spectators along the 26-mile route. Amateur Radio Operators assisted at the start line, course and finish line with 2-3 Amateurs staffed at each water and first aid station along the route with additional Amateur Operators at the start and finish.

“This is the largest public service event in terms of number of Amateur Radio Operators required for a one day event and we can always use more” said Marathon Amateur Radio Communications (MARC) Course Coordinator, Steve Schwarm-W3EVE. “We are glad that the weather is cool and the number of ambulance requests for this year were lower than past years where we had higher temperatures and more medical issues” Schwarm said.

“The medical tents at the finish line were near capacity by 3 PM Monday as reported in a situation report by Western Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, John Ruggerio-N2YHK, who is assisting in operations at the finish line. Hams are providing communications, status and logistical issue updates between the tents to our finish line net control as needed” said MARC Finish line coordinator Paul Topolski-W1SEX.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) was active with operations at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Framingham Massachusetts. The operations room acted as the Unified Command Center or UCC for the operation as has been the case in the past. RACES Amateur Radio Operators staffed the communications room within the SEOC with one Amateur Radio Operator, Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section Manager, Mike Neilsen-W1MPN, staffing the Unified Command Center to feed status reports on any issues along the marathon route into the operations room and to feed issues from the UCC to the operations room.

“This is the first time we’ve had an Amateur Radio Operator in the operations room of the UCC. We have been coordinating with the Boston Marathon Net Control and the finish line communications in Boston to provide updates into our station and to our Amateur Radio Operator in the UCC” said Tom Kinahan-N1CPE, Massachusetts State RACES Radio Officer.

The net control center is at a location with line of sight to the Boston area and to the entire 26-mile route in case simplex communication is required. Over a dozen repeaters are utilized to provide overlapping coverage to the marathon route. Karen Brothers-K1KEB has coordinated the Net Control with assistance from her husband Dennis Brothers-N1DB. Bob Phinney-K5TEC, Bob DeMattia-K1IW and Kevin Paetzold-K1KWP assisted with the technical aspects of the net control setup. The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club, Minuteman Repeater Association, Framingham Amateur Radio Association, and many other clubs in the New England area support marathon operations.

With so many Amateurs displaced along the marathon route, Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, Rob Macedo-KD1CY, placed Eastern Massachusetts ARES on stand-by in case something goes wrong along the marathon route or another major incident occurred coincident with the marathon. “This is standard operating procedure for ‘Marathon Monday’. We want our people to maintain a heightened state of awareness during the event” Macedo said. Macedo was stationed at the net control center providing liaison between the net control center and the State Emergency Operations Center and finish line, provided status reports to the SEOC and assisted with any logistical issues as they occurred.

Shown above: N1XKB and KD1CY at BAA Marathon Net Control, W1M in Brookline, MA

Massachusetts QRP Convention

MassCon logoThe first Massachusetts QRP Convention (MassCon) will be held March 12-13, 2010 in the Westford Regency Inn Conference Center in Westford, Massachusetts. The event is made possible by a generous contribution from Buddipole Antennas, and the Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford, Massachusetts, host of the event, and also a major contributor.

Presentations from leading figures in the QRP world will be made in a comfortable, modern classroom setting from 8 AM through 5 PM on Saturday (March 13). Speakers expected to present include Allison Parent (KB1GMX), Dave Siegrist (NT1U), Bruce Beford (N1RX), Michael Rainey (AA1TJ), John Sexton (KO1H), and QRP Hall of Fame members George Heron (N2APB), Joe Everhart (N2CX), and Dave Benson (K1SWL). Attendees will receive a conference proceedings, CD, and other gifts at registration.

In addition to the Saturday seminar, a Friday evening gathering will be held on March 12, 2010 for attendees to meet the speakers, browse through vendor offerings, and do a little show-and-tell of their own. Vendors tables will continue to be available through Saturday evening.

Finally, a banquet will be held at the conclusion of the conference in the Westford Regency Inn. Steve Galchutt (WG0AT) will keynote the event showing movies and talking about operating portable QRP and hiking the peaks of Colorado with his pack goats Rooster and Peanut. Ticketing for the banquet is separate from the conference and attendees are invited to bring their friends and family to the event.

Registration for the conference is $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Seating will be limited. Details about how to register, obtain hotel reservations at the conference rate, and banquet reservations will be published on the conference web site later this summer.

Further information for the event may be found on the event web site http://www.masscon.org archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20110917111621/http://www.masscon.org/

902 MHz Band, Equipment Presentation at PAWA

If you are interested in exploring the 902 MHz band and equipment, don’t miss the upcoming presentation on the topic by John Frye, N1OTY at the next Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Assocation meeting on April 17 at 7PM. PAWA meets in the Stone Conference Room at the Morton Hospital on Washington Street in Taunton.

Frye has also presented on the subject at recent meetings of the Minuteman Repeater Association and the Boston Amateur Radio Club.

Volunteers Needed For Good Friday Walk, Hingham MA

Harold “Pi” Pugh, K1RV writes on the K1USN reflector:

Anne, WB1ARU is looking for an additional 1-3 ham operators for a Good Friday Walk. The Good Friday Walk is held on a 20-mile course in Hingham to raise money for Sharing Inc. She could use from 1 to 3 more operators in the morning and/or early afternoon for shifts of 3 to 4 hours.

“A two meter hand-held or mobile radio is needed; we use the Weymouth repeater. We have not had much in the way of problems over the years, most of the communication is routine and infrequent. It’s a great bunch of people dedicated to a good cause.”

If anyone would like more information, they can contact Anne at enoaru at gis.net.

Kuss Middle School Ham Radio Class Needs A Volunteer

teach logoRoland Daignault, N1JOY writes on the BCRA-club reflector:

I received a message from Joe Cote, KB1LJG who is the instructor at Kuss Middle School in Fall River, MA]. Joe will be out the last seven weeks of school due to shoulder surgery and is looking for a volunteer to pick up the ham radio class for that time. There will be a substitute instructor, but they will not have the ham radio background. The ham radio class is part of the regular Kuss curriculum, and the classes will be 3 days a week on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday. Wednesday is from 12:30-2:00 PM, Thursday from 2:00-3:30 and Friday from 7:40 AM -9:00 AM. Wednesday April 29th would be the first class and it will end Friday June 12th.

Anybody interested? Maybe a couple of people could split the duties?

Joe can be contacted directly at: joecotekms at yahoo.com.

 

Eastern MA Amateurs QRV For Maritime Radio Day

This year’s Maritime Radio Day on-air operation will occur on April 11-12, 2009 and several Eastern MA amateurs who are former maritime radio operators will be QRV. According to Robert “Whitey” Doherty, K1VV, it’s an excellent way to collect rare and unusual QSL cards.

The event runs from April 11 at 1200 UTC until April 12 at 1200 UTC. This an all CW special event. Former maritime radio operators will be calling “CQ MRD”. The exchange will be the operator’s name and their last ship call sign; for example, “Op Bob last ship NEGX NEGX”. The ship and shore operators will adjust their CW speed for the slower CW operators.

N1EA/WAKL QSL W1QWT/NEGX QSL W1AAX/WFQB QSL K1VV/NJPJ QSL