SEMARA Demos Ham Radio At Friends Of The Forest Event, Sept. 26

SEMARA Friends of the Forest, photo 1Members of the Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Associaton demonstrated Amateur Radio at a Friends of the Forest outing in the Freetown-Fall River State Forest on September 26, 2010.

The demonstration featured an operational ham station on HF with a long wire antenna, along with 2 meters, 220, 440, and 900 MHz. A large camper with solar power was supplied by W1BEP; it sported the SEMARA club banner. SEMARA Friends of the Forest, photo 2

Club members made on-air contacts, and “spoke with a lot of people about the hobby.”

–Thanks, SEMARA Zero Beat, October 2010

Shown here (lower left): Brad Paiva, W1BEP with Smokey the Bear, SWL. Upper right, L-R: Marcel, W1MLD; Joe, N1IXC; Paul, KA1IB; Brad Paiva, W1BEP; Sonny, K1USW. Not shown: Marty, KA1YFV.

Head Of The Charles Ham Assistance Requested, Oct. 22-24, 2010

Head of the Charles photo, courtesy K9HIWe are in the process of looking for hams who would be available to support Red Cross stations, on land and on water. This year’s event will be [October 22, 23 and 24, 2010]. If you are available for any portion of these 3 days, all help would be appreciated.

We are looking for individuals with HT capabilities to [provide] emergency communications on boats, at a Red Cross tent, and [….] for walk teams at first aid stations.

Specific times will come soon but rough schedules are…. Friday (22nd) starting around 12 pm. Saturday (23rd) and Sunday (24th) starting around 6am.

If you are available and can assist, please send me the following information.

Call Sign
Email address
Best available phone number
How many years you have been doing The Head of The Charles
Your preferred station
Dates of availability
Jacket/T-Shirt size

Please note:

I can not guarantee station assignments until closer to the event.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. As the event gets closer you will be receiving more information.

Please note I am also looking for certified lifeguards over the age of 16. If you know of any who would be interested in volunteering as well, please send them my way.

Thank you!

Heather Arnold
Emergency Communications Coordinator
Heather Arnold
BBM: 32278A57

Falmouth ARA 12th Annual FARA FEST Nov. 13

Falmouth ARA logoThe Falmouth Amateur Radio Association is having its 12th Annual FARA FEST from 9 a.m. til 12 noon on November 13, 2010 at the Upper Cape Regional Tech School, 220 Sandwich Road in Bourne, MA. The event will feature ham, computer, and electronics equipment; a VE testing session; and E-recycling. Doors open to vendors at 7 a.m.

Admission for buyers is $5.00; free for children under 14. There is plenty of free parking.

Sellers will be provided tables for 7-foot indoor spaces for $10.00 per space ($9.00 if mailed by Nov. 1, 2010). Bring your own tables for outdoor space, weather permitting. Advanced Registration can be made using PayPal or Check.

Talk-in will be provided on 146.655 MHz (-600 KHz) and 444.250 (+5 MHz pl: 141.3).

For more information and detailed directions, visit

Barnstable ARC To Offer Tech In A Weekend Class, Thanksgiving 2010

Barnstable ARC logoBob Leiden, K1UI writes on

Dana Henrique [WA1KYU] will be offering another Technician Amateur Radio License in a weekend course to be taught Friday – Sunday of the 2010 Thanksgiving weekend.

Amateur Radio Class
Technician Level (Element 2)
Dates: November 26 – 28, 2010
Time: 1 – 5 PM Each day
Registration Deadline: November 12, 2010 – contact
Dana at 508-432-1383 or

Location: Chatham Maritime Marconi Center
847 Orleans Road., N. Chatham, MA 02650

Duration: 3 sessions of 4 hours each

Fee: This class is offered free of charge. Instructors volunteer their time and materials – we receive no payment for our services. Donations to the organization are welcomed but not required.

Materials: You will need to purchase a copy of the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual #0830 and have it in your possession well in advance of the first class. It is available from the ARRL for $24.95. Call them toll free at: 1-888-277-5289.

Age: There is no specific age requirement to hold an Amateur Radio license but a certain level of ability, knowledge, and concentration are necessary to pass the test. Children 12 years and up generally do well. Itʼs possible a younger child could pass the exam given sufficient desire to do so, commitment, and ability to learn.

Parents: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. You will be expected to attend the classes with your child so plan on making this an activity you do together. No parent/guardian, no class, no exceptions.

Before attending the first session, the student will be expected to have read and memorized the questions in Chapters 1, 6, 7, and 8 of the Ham Radio License Manual. These chapters are: “Welcome to Amateur Radio”, “Communicating with Other Hams”, “Licensing Regulations”, and “Operating Regulations”. Class time wonʼt be devoted to these topics, other than to answer specific questions someone may have at the start of the first class. You will need to know this material in order to pass the license exam which immediately follows the last class.

Dana S. Henrique, WA1KYU. Dana holds an Extra Class Amateur Radio License and a commercial General Radiotelephone Operator License. Heʼs an ARRL registered instructor, as well as a certified Volunteer Examiner for both the ARRL and Laurel Amateur Radio Club. Heʼs a member of ARRL, Pilgrim Amateur Radio Club, Barnstable Amateur Radio Club, and Greater Orleans Amateur Radio Club. You may contact him at 508-432-1383 or email

Co-instructor: Paul Laconto, W1NP. Paul holds an Extra Class Amateur Radio License and is a certified Volunteer Examiner for both the ARRL and Laurel Amateur Radio Club. Heʼs well known for excellent work with the Boy Scouts and is a member of ARRL, Pilgrim Amateur Radio Club, Barnstable Amateur Radio Club, and Greater Orleans Amateur Radio Club. You may contact him at 508-430-0109 or email

Airship America Rescue — 100th Anniversary Special Events Operation

“Whitey” Doherty, K1VV writes:

W1AA/RNR SS Trent QSLThe Marconi Radio Club will operate two HF stations to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the first rescue of an airship (America) by wireless. This was also the first wireless operation from an airship. Two stations will be operating, one representing the Airship America with W1AA/W and a second representing the rescue ship SS Trent with W1AA/RNR. America and SS Trent used these calls in 1910.

In the fall of 1910, Walter Wellman a newspaperman, built a new dirigible called America. Wellman’s plan was to fly to Europe in his airship America. He had a crew of four including Jack Irwin as his wireless operator. The call sign of America was “W”. Yes, that is correct, it was the single letter “W”. This was years before any issuing of wireless call signs by the government or any regulation. America left Atlantic City NJ on Oct. 15, 1910 and flew in a huge arc past Cape Cod and then southeast for over 1,000 miles before engine trouble forced the journalist and his crew to abandon ship not far from Bermuda. Wellman brought the ship down within a mile of the SS Trent a passing steamer, which made spark gap wireless contact with the America and rescued all on board. The SS Trent then delivered Wellman and his crew to safely shore. This Atlantic adventure set a record for the longest airship flight to that time in aviation history. It was also the first operation of a wireless from an airship and the use of wireless communication, which resulted in the rescue of the American airship crew.

DX please QSL via the Bureau. Stateside via W1AA address OK on QRZ.COM. Two QSL cards are available W1AA/W for The America Airship and W1AA/RNR for the rescue vessel SS Trent. STATESIDE PLEASE SEND A BUSINESS SIZE #10 ENVELOPE – S.A.S.E

W1AA/RNR SS Trent QSLA certificate is also available to all stations who confirm QSOs with both “W” and “RNR”.PLEASE send a large S.A.S.E. , big enough for the 8 ½” x 11″ Certificate with enough postage for 3 ounces. $1.50 in stamps will cover most of the USA. DX stations must include enough postage to cover the return mailing cost to their country.

Watch the DX Summit for W1AA Spots. Use the W1AA Call SEARCH function on the DX Summit to find the recent W1AA postings. If you work us, please spot us on the DX Summit because any spot scrolls off the page in 5 minutes.

Halloween and PART Pumpkin Patrol, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010

PART of Westford logoTerry Stader, KA8SCP writes on PART-L:

As we have done for many years, [the Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford] will once again be providing the Pumpkin Patrol service to the Town of Westford. Many of you are veterans and others may be volunteering for the first time… which ever you are… thank you in advance for your help!

Pumpkin Patrol involves the use of Amateur Radio volunteers providing additional eyes and ears to the Town of Westford during the annual Trick or Treat event. Our purpose is to observe and report any potential safety concerns back to the PART Pumpkin Patrol Net Control Station which will be located at the Westford Police station. A report from one of our patrols will get handed off to the Westford PD dispatcher and addressed by the Town’s public safety services. Our role is ONLY to report what we see and provide input to our Town’s public safety departments.

We normally require 5 – 8 radio operators per “shift” that will patrol various geographical sections of town. Maps and a checklist of locations to watch will be provided when you check-in for your assignment. Check-in occurs at the Westford Police station where we record your call sign and your vehicle information. You do NOT need to be a resident of the Town of Westford to volunteer, but a basic familiarity to the town’s geography is a plus! We have quite a few new hams and club members this year. If warranted, a meeting prior to the event may be scheduled. This will give our new folks and veterans a chance to interact and become comfortable with the operation.

The normal time for Trick or Treaters is 6 PM until 8 PM. Our activities have varied over the years, but we normally will run the operation from 5:30 PM until 10:00 – 11:00 PM. If the weather is lousy, the net closure time will be adjusted accordingly. We try and accommodate every individual’s schedule, we have run with 2 shifts in the past… an early and a late shift. We will accept your offer to assist at any time throughout the course of the evening.

The plans are to use the WB1GOF 2 meter repeater, 146.955 (PL 74.4), for the entire event. So all a volunteer will need is a radio capable of operating on that frequency. A vehicle will help too… but if you don’t drive and want to ride shotgun with another ham, that can be accommodated as well. If you’d like to do a bike or foot patrol, please contact me and we could talk thru that kind of an operation.

As you may have noticed, Pumpkin Patrol occurs at the same time as our regularly scheduled PART Net. The PART Net will run as normal. Pumpkin Patrol operations will inject with their traffic as necessary, so please standby for that traffic if you hear it.

Feel free to drop me a note with any questions and/or if you would like to volunteer. Pass this along to others who may be interested.

Terry Stader – KA8SCP
PART of Westford, Senior Club Advisor
(H) 978-692-2069
(C) 978-490-8150

Pentucket RA To Operate K1W On National Wildlife Refuge Week, Oct. 9, 2010

Pentucket RA logoLarry Caruso, K1LGC writes in PRA625 list:

Saturday, October 9, 2010 members of the Pentucket Radio Association will be at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge headquarters building to help them kick off National Wildlife Refuge Week. We will have an HF rig on the air, much like a field day set-up, and intend to significantly light up the airwaves as we get the word out for this noble cause. Our special event call sign is once again “K1W.” The event is also slowly growing; to date there are thirteen other NWR sites scattered throughout the country which will also be on the air at the same time. For a complete list see this website:

The refuge headquarters building is located at 5 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA. If you’re a licensed ham interested in making a few contacts we’d love to see you. Or you can come with your family and spend the day enjoying the refuge. If you have friends with children (or without) invite them along too. It’s not just a radio event and Refuge manager Graham Taylor has events planned for the day which folks of all ages can enjoy! There will be a live animal touch tank from 10 am to noon and a curious creatures live animal show from 12:30 – 2:00pm. Out on the refuge itself will be a duck banding demonstration from 9 – 11 am (park at Refuge Lot 1) and a Plum Island History interpretive walk from 1 – 2:30 pm (pre-registration required; meet at the refuge headquarters building).

I will be there around 8:00 am to set up radio operations. Set-up is pretty simple and help is always appreciated. Dave Robertson has graciously offered his K3 for the event, so the old Icom 706 will be resting in the truck. Hope to see many of you there.

Extra Class “Crash” Course Offered By Framingham ARA

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association is offering a “crash course” for those who would like to upgrade to Amateur Extra class. The course is free and open to everyone, not just FARA members.

The dates are the following Saturdays: October 23, October 30, and November 6 and take place at the FARA shack from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For further information, email Ed Weiss, W1NXC at EdAWeiss at cs dot com or call Ed at 508-881-2301.






BAA Half Marathon Needs Hams


Bob Salow, WA1IDA writes:

With nine years of successful events, the Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon continues as a “Boston Tradition.” Ham radio has established its community value at times like these. We have been asked again to support safety and administrative communications. With a little fine-tuning, including many ideas from hams, the event is expected to be even better than last year.

The park where the start and finish had been located is undergoing a major renovation, so the race starts and finishes at beautiful Franklin Park. Obviously the course must be adjusted. It is for this reason that hams can respond with our personal and communications flexibility. For those who have done this event before, you know the road conditions still call for our best support for the athletes. We need you again, and the Race Director has asked for even more ham help (that’s what happens when we are appreciated).

As this is being written, the new course is still being laid out and qualified to international standards. Much of the original route on the “Emerald Necklace” should be used.

If you are new to ham public service (or don’t have much familiarity with it), this is the way to become familiar without much pressure. For hams, this is an easy introduction and an appreciated community service.

Date: Sunday, 10 October 2010
Ham start: 0600
Ham finish: 0930 to 1130 (depending on location)

Yes, I know it is the day before Columbus Day. The upside is it starts early and ends early, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the long weekend. Your help is greatly needed to continue this as a superb event and to uphold our reputation for dependable support. Our assignments consist of monitoring hazardous and critical locations along the course, and the medical/support stations. As we did in the past, we plan to use a 2-meter repeater and possibly a 70-cm repeater. A hand-held with a good battery and an antenna better than a “rubber duck” is the way to go.

If you can help, please contact the BARC Public Service Office as soon as possible. The assignments and more detail will be sent as soon as they are available. For most assignments, you can go directly to your station. Please send your best email address and a phone number (cell, also). Parking should be available very close to each assignment. Feel free to contact Tom Bertolino, KB1P, to volunteer or if you have any questions at kb1p at arrl dot net or 781.608.6186.

Thanks, Boston ARC’s “The SPARC” Sept. 2010

Taunton ACG, Whitman ARC To Run Joint JOTA Event

JOTA 2010 logoDon Burke, KB1LXH writes:

We are just [a few weeks] from the 53rd Jamboree on the Air. This year’s event will take place on October 16th.

I will be putting together a group of hams from the Taunton Area Communications Group and our friends from the Whitman Amateur Radio Club.

We will operate from Camp Norse in Kingston, MA from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday using the call sign KC1TAC. We will again be using local 2-meter repeaters and Scout HF frequencies.

Last year the 52nd JOTA Group put 238 Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Girls Scouts on air and we hope to continue with that success. These young Scouts will be the life blood of our hobby in the coming years and I need your help to make it as exciting as we can for them.

What do we need this year? Operators at camp, the use of local repeaters, and of course–contacts!

First–if you have helped out in the past or would like to help out this year, please contact me and I will add your name to the 53rd JOTA Group list. I will give you all the information needed to for a day.

Second–are you a trustee of a local repeater? Or do you know someone who is? Please Ask them if we may list their repeater as a place to make contacts during the JOTA events on Saturday, October 16th. The Whitman ARC has already said yes. I will complete a list and pass it along as the date nears. We have had a great response from our friends in the past and because of you we have been able to get every Scout on the air–some 500 boys and girls in just three years. Also, if your repeater has Echolink or IRLP, on the day of JOTA will you add “JOTA” to your station’s name description?

Third–will you be hosting a JOTA event with your Scout Pack/Den or Troop/Crew? I’d like to add your groups to our list of Scout contacts.

Maybe you don’t have a Scout connection and want to help anyway from your QTH? We still want to hear from you! Please mark your calendar for the October 16th.

Feel Free to pass this request on to your club members and ham radio friends. The bigger the list the better the time. With your help and some good weather we will have another great JOTA event in Eastern Massachusetts. Thank you for your assistance; we’ll look for you on the air.

North Middlesex ARES Group

Darrel Mallory, K1EJ writes:

Now that [PART] members have a chance to read about ARES® and its 75 years in QST [see ARES Anniversary], a word is needed about the local organization of ARES which has been in existence for about 8 years. The original motivation was brought about by a visit to the Trade Center on Labor Day of 2001. A week later it became apparent that help was needed in this locality for someone to step up and be counted. The group was formed to bring together hams of like mind to do what hams do in emergencies.

The original thought behind the plan was to form an Umbrella Group in which members could come together for resources and for motivation. Out of this group came at least 3 RACES officers, a RACES operator and many others interested in public safety such as CERT and Medical Reserve Corps.

The members have provided coverage for the Chelmsford July parade with one exception for 5 years working with the Chelmsford emergency manager to keep a safe and orderly environment and to keep the reviewing stand appraised of the parade order announcements.

They are fortunate that they can perform at any time during ice storms, or other events without waiting for the local government to call for volunteers as does RACES. They can work together with RACES as a unit when the need arises.

There are 33 signed members with registered qualifications, but are looking for help from anyone when needed.

The group has a regular meeting each month at the Adams Library in Chelmsford center on the (usually) fourth Monday.

Darrel Mallory, K1EJ – North Middlesex ARES Emergency Coordinator – Assistant Middlesex District Emergency Coordinator via Police Amateur Radio Team PARTicles, September 2010

Massasoit ARA Assists With D.W. Field Park Triathlon

Members of the Massasoit Amateur Radio Association and others provided communication support for the Sixth Annual D. W. Field Park Triathlon on Sunday, September 19, 2010. The weather cooperated wonderfully; 129 participants registered for the triathlon which consisted of a 14 mile bike race followed by 1.7 mile canoe/kayak race, and a 4 mile road race. The event was situated in a beautiful park setting, complete with swans and great blue herons nearby. The park was closed to all but race participants.

Thanks, NI1X and Whitman ARC “Spectrum”

Amateur radio volunteers (L-R): Bob Keene, N1LCY; Paul Moss, KB1MTW; Carl Aveni, N1FY; Paul Burbine, N1VTI, kneeling; Karen Trask, KB1UBX; Bob Loring, K1REL; Phil McNamara, N1XTB with his son Philip, SWL; Roy Logan, KB1CYV; and Bruce Hayden, NI1X. Not present when the picture was taken: Allan Cox, K1VQ and Bob Azanow, KA1KIJ.

Cape Ann ARA Flea Market, 11/20/10

The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will hold its Amateur Radio Flea Market on Saturday, November 20th, at the Pigeon Cove Circle Center located at 8 Breakwater Avenue in Rockport

The doors will open to those selling items and renting tables at 8 a.m. The doors will open to all buyers at 9 am. If you would like to rent a table in advance, the cost will be $10.00 and this includes one admission. If you would like to rent a table the day of the flea, it will cost $15.00 including one admission. General admission for all buyers will cost $5.00. There will be no computers or monitors sold at this event. If you have any questions or would like to reserve a table, please contact Dick Copithorne at or 1-508-269-4941. The talk-in frequency is on the CAARA club repeater on 145.130 Mhz with no pl.

[CAARA Flea Market Flyer]

Chelmsford High School ARC Activities

Dave Steeves, KB1MKW writes:

“The [Chelsmford High School ARC] N1CHS should be on the air after school from 2:00 pm for an hour or so each day if schedules permit. Being on the East Coast we lose out on contacting schools on the West Coast do to the time zones. A possible idea is to have the CHSARC students and parents meet for a couple hours one evening during this contesting week at the school to operate in the [School Club Roundup] to make some contacts to other schools on the west coast and also to meet the Amateur Radio Club adviser and teacher, Dave Steeves, KB1MKW.

“This is a fun event for all kids in the school club to be able to get together and socialize and be able to speak with other students on the air. We have seen an increase in use of PSK31 during this contest, I think the kids like this mode because it is like texting to them. But phone is great just to just to hear the voices of other students. We are hoping that the members of the Police Amateur Radio Team will be able to make a contact with the CHSARC during the contest week. In the past this event has been successful. An operating schedule could be posted on the PART-L list or look for N1CHS on the DX clusters. In the September, 2010 issue of QST, page 62 there is a story about the past School Club Roundup success.

“The school’s radio is a Yaesu FT-897D, 100 watts only, and the antenna is a Cushcraft vertical R6000, 6 through 20 meters. The antenna is mounted on the school’s roof. You can see this antenna from Route 3. At this time we don’t have coax to run to the roof (250ft) to install a VHF antenna. The club room is located on the ground level and there are three stories above to the roof. The club does have one old computer that is connected to the Yaesu FT-897D; it is running Ham Radio Deluxe for PSK31 etc.

“The CHSARC is looking forward to meeting our new members this fall.”

Thanks PART “PARTicles,” September, 2010, and Senior Physics Teacher and CHSARC Adviser Dave Steeves, KB1MKW

K1KP Tower Safety Article Featured in Oct. QST

QST logoA prominent Eastern MA amateur has been published in QST. Tony Brock-Fisher, K1KP’s work on page 43 of the October, 2010 issue entitled, “Is Your Tower Safe?” describes “galvanic corrosion — what it can do to underground structural tower components, and ways the problem can be avoided.”

Brock-Fisher is trustee and treasurer of the Philips Amateur Radio Club in Andover, MA. He’s worked at Hewlett-Packard, Agilent and Philips Electronics for 32 years in the field of diagnostic medical ultrasound. K1KP is an avid contester and DXer.

Boston ARC to Participate In Blue Hill Observatory Fall Open House

Boston ARC logoOn Saturday, 2 October 2010, members of the Boston Amateur Radio Club will participate in the Blue Hill Observatory Fall Open House, helping them to celebrate their 125th anniversary by setting up a HF station to greet and demonstrate for the visiting public. The station will operate from 0900 to 1500 weather permitting. The plan is to send out a CQ announcing the 125th anniversary of the oldest continuous weather recording observatory in the USA. BARC will log each contact and send them a special eQSL card.

The club is asking for volunteers to help set up, staff the station, and tear down. Set up will begin at 0800 and hopefully send out their first CQ at around 0900. Staffing will be for at least three hams at a time: one to log, one to operate and one to answer questions about Amateur Radio for the public visitors. Tear down will be about 1500 for departure no later than 1600. If you can make it for a few hours while your family visits the Open House, let the club know when you can assist. You do not have to sign up for the whole day.

This is a low pressure fun event which offers the opportunity for Technician Class hams to operate under supervision on bands that they are not normally authorized. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tom, KB1P at or phone 781.608.6186.

Thanks, Boston ARC “The SPARC” and WA1IDA

KY1N List Goes QRT

The KY1N Memorial List, a popular New England resource documenting Volunteer Examinations is no more.

According to Jim Heedles, WW1Y, “with the increased effort and decreased usefulness, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time for the KY1N List to go QRT.” WW1Y explains further: “For the past couple of years the KY1N list has largely duplicated the data located at the ARRL web site. The effort to reconcile the different data sources used to build the list has become less beneficial to the amateur community as the differences between the KY1N list and the ARRL/VEC list grew less and less.”

The list was named in honor of Raymond R. Lussier, KY1N (Silent Key), an active volunteer examiner and team liaison for the Mt. Moriah (Salem, N.H.) VE team.

“When the FCC created the Volunteer Examiner system in 1984, there was a need to provide exam session information to the amateur community and the general public. The KY1N list was started to address that need. Chick Hunt, KC1OX (Silent Key), was the maintainer for many years. Originally, Chick maintained it by hand, using phone calls and the US Postal Service to contact examination teams and gather the exam session data. Copies of the list were distributed to local ham and electronic stores and mailed to interested organizations.

“In the mid 90’s the growth of the internet and electronic mail systems made it feasible to distribute copies of the KY1N list via email to interested individuals. For well over a decade the KY1N list has been hosted by Their support has helped many to earn or upgrade their license.”

WW1Y says that individuals interested in finding information about Amateur Radio exam sessions can still go to these sites:

Heedles thanks everyone who has supported the KY1N Memorial List over the years.

–Thanks, WW1Y