Echolink and D-Star connections to Japan

Terry Stader, KA8SCP writes on PART-L:

A heads-up to all our D-Star and Echolink users….

As everyone knows, Japan has been under the influence of a horrific situation as a result of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. There are rolling blackouts and complete loss of power as well as major breaks to communications infrastructure throughout the country.

Many of the “ancillary” communications portions of Amateur Radio in Japan are also suffering from power and internet connectivity loss as you can probably understand. Only vital communications support is being provided in and out of the country.

Please do not initiate any Echolink or D-Star connections to JA stations. Because of the way D-Star and Echolink function in Japan, it is possible that you could interrupt an important communications link in progress by blindly calling in to a link.

If a Japan station is functional and they wish to initiate connections, that is of course their prerogative, but we do ask that you do NOT initiate those connections inbound at this time.

Thanks for your understanding.


Special Event QRPARCI in MA

QRPARCI logoRon Silvia, WB1HGA writes:

If you all don’t already know, QRP Amateur Radio Club International is currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary (Golden Jubilee) this year. I been a member of this club since 1980. Our goal is to promote (discover) and encourage QRP activity. The club holds as many radio ‘tests as ARRL does and are very popular and well attended. There are also QRP calling frequencies on each bands. Awards are also provided, such as the 1000 miles per watt, QRP WAS, etc. To celebrate this anniversary, they are having one state represented each week. The club call is issued to that state and for one week, make as many QSOs as possible.

I have volunteered to be the point of contact for MA. I have two tasks to perform in preparation: To select a week to represent MA, then gather ops to use their stations with the club’s call.

I would like to select a week that can be both radio related or historically related to MA.

(NEQSO Party week has been selected by another state)

The purpose of this email is to solicit input from everyone regarding a good week to put MA on the map.

Please Email suggestions to

Afterwards, there will be an announcement as to which week MA will be represented in the QRPARCI web site.

The next phase will be seeking ops to volunteer their time to op that week using the QRPARCI club call. (Of course, you will be using 5 watts or less.) This is a fun event.

For more information about the club including the scheduled states, go to:

Thank you,


W1AF/AM QRV on Sunday, March 13

Harvard Wireless Club shieldFormer Harvard Wireless Club member Jacob Chambers, K4JQV, of Lexington, KY has received permission from the HWC to operate as W1AF/Aeronautical Mobile on a trans-Atlantic flight from Kentucky to Belguim beginning Sunday, March 13 at 0730 ET. Chamber’s jet will refuel in Bangor, Maine prior to beginning the international leg of the flight.

“I’m sure I will make it on the cluster,” said Chambers. “I don’t have an operating plan–just get QRV as the workload and other conditions permit.”

Look for W1AF/AM on the DX clusters, and possibly, the 20 meter band. QSLing instructions are expected to be posted on W1AF’s page on

Thanks, W1PL and K4JQV

EMA ARRL Speakers List Update

EMA ARRL logoThe Eastern MA ARRL Speakers List, Revision 20110310 has been posted. Compiled by Affiliated Club Coordinator Bo Budinger, WA1QYM, the list is a resource aid for ARRL affiliated clubs in finding topical speakers and presentations.

A permanent link to the list can be found in the main menu under “EMA Club Speakers List”. Corrections or new entries are welcomed and may be sent to Bo at his address.

New England Area Flea Markets – Feb. 28, 2011

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5 Mar Feeding Hills MA MtTARA @TurnverneinClb        Mary N1TOY 413 967 4008  

19 Mar Dayville CT ECARA @StJosephCh $3@8 $10/T      Paul KE1LI 860 928 2456 F

20 Mar Southington CT SARA @HS $5@8 $20/T@6:15        Norm W3IZ 860 584 1403 F

25 Mar Lewiston ME ME AARC StConv @ Ramada           Ivan N1OXA 207 577 5152 A

26 Mar Middleetown NY OCARC @CommCtr                  Neil AC2O 914 490 2001 A

27 Mar Henniker NH CVRC @CommSch                   Donald N1ZIH 603 651 8000 A

3 April Framingham MA FARA @KeefeTech $5@9 $25/T      Bev N1LOO 508 626 2012  

10 Ap LaGrangeville NY MtBARC @TymorPk             David KC2AFK 845 677 5079 A

16 Ap Manchester NH NHAntqRC @Bingo $10 @7:30 $3 @8:30  Charlie 603 898 4821 F

16 Ap S Portland ME PAWA @AmLegion $5@8 $10/t@6:30  Bryce K1GAX 207 799 1116 W

16 Ap Gales Ferry CT RASON Auction                  Gary WT1SND 860 884 4218 A

16 Ap LaSalle PQ MARC @CanLegion $5@9 $10/T@8:15          James 514 990 1965 R

17 April Cambridge MA            FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F
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29,30 April Deerfield NH Nearfest IX @FG             Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 

30 Ap 1 My Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~ John 781 592 2553  

14 May E Greenbush NY EGARA @FD $6@8 +$6/sp@6        Tom KC2FCP 518 272 1492  
15 May Cambridge MA              FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F

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28 May Vernon CT NARC @Toland AgCtr                 Wayne N1GUS 860 487 1921 A

4 June Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN                  John 860 673 0518  

4 June Goshen CT SBARC @FG                            Lee K1LEE 860 435 0051 A

4 June Hermon ME PSARC @HS                         Roger KA1TKS 207 848 3846  +

12 June Queens NY HoSARC                         Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 A
18 June Newington CT NARL @StMarySch                 `Steve WV1X 860 594 0265 A+
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19 June Cambridge MA             FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F
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17 July Cambridge MA             FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F

13 Aug St Albans VT StARC @VFW                        Arn N1ARN 802 309 0666 A+

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

28 Aug Adams MA NoBARC @FG                        Timothy KE3HT 413 822 7075 A

10 Sept Ballston Spa NY SCRACES @FG @7                Al KA1IEG 518 677 3316  

10 Sept Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN                 John 860 673 0518  

17 Sept Alexander ME StCVARC @ElSch               William AA1ZR 207 853 2951 A

18 Sept Cambridge MA             FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F

2 Oct Queens NY HoSARC                           Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 A

9 Oct Wallingford CT Nutmeg Conv $20/sp $7@8         John N1GNV 203 440 4468  +

14,15 Oct Deerfield NH Nearfest X @FG                Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 T

16 Oct Cambridge MA              FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F

29 Oct Gales Ferry CT TCARC Auction @FireCo @10    Darryl WA1DD 860 443 7799  

29 Oct Manchester NH NHAntqRC @Bingo $10 @7:30 $3 @8:30 Charlie 603 898 4821  +

4 Nov Feeding Hills MA HCRA Auction @CongCh @6:30PM    Jim KK1W 413 245 3228  

5,6 Nov Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~    John 781 592 2553   

12 Nov Bourne MA FARA @UpperCC VoTech $5@9 $10/S@7  Ralph N1YHS 508 548 0422  

3 Dec Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Indoor       John 860 673 0518  

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Special ARDF and Orienteering Presentation at TACG

Greg Glynn, W1VFB writes:

The Taunton Area Communications Group is proud to present Vadim Afonkin, KB1RLI from Amateur Radio Direction Finding and Orienteering to give us a presentation on the many facets of Foxhunting and ARDF.

Please follow the attached link to find out more about Vadim.

This presentation will be at the TACGroup’s regular meeting of March 21, 2011 starting at 7:00 pm. We meet at Morton Hospital and Medical Center, 88 Washington St. in Taunton, MA in the Margaret Stone Conference Room. A short business meeting will precede the presentation.

If you have ever wondered about foxhunting or participated in an event this will be a great time to find out more of the finer points and techniques form a master of the sport.

Please pass this email along to all your club members and associates. This is not just for amateurs. This presentation is for anyone interested in foxhunting and direction finding.

We look forward to seeing you March 21 @ 7:00 p.m. at Morton Hospital and Medical Center, 88 Washington Street, Taunton, MA. 



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Attention EMA ARRL Members:

The following is an important message from Dan Henderson, N1ND, Regulatory Information Manager at ARRL Headquarters:

“As you may have read, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has introduced the ‘Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011’ and the bill has been assigned HR 607 as its number. The full story about the Bill’s introduction can be found on the ARRL web at

As you will read, while the ARRL supports spectrum for the Public Safety needs, we oppose HR 607 in its current form because of the inclusion of the 420-440 MHz spectrum (most of the Amateur 70-cm UHF allocation) as part of a spectrum swap.

At the request of ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, we are asking ARRL members to contact their local Representative asking them to oppose HR 607 in its current form. Members should be directed to for resources tools to assist them in their letter writing. These include:


  • A sample letter opposing HR 607 in its current form
  • A link to the ARRL Webpage that gives the ARRL member the contact information for their Members of Congress
  • A link to information sending their letters to our Washington lobbyist to hand-deliver to Capitol Hill

A couple of key points to remember when discussing our opposition to HR 607:

  • We understand and support the principle that Public Safety and First responders should have the D-Block frequencies.
  • Our opposition to the bill stems from the inclusion of the 420-440 MHZ Amateur allocation as part of the proposed “frequency swap”.

Time is of the essence on this request, as the bill is gathering steam in Congress. So please make your membership contacts as soon as possible. Finally, please include my address in what you distribute to the ARRL membership (for our records here at HQ.)

Thanks for stepping up to the plate to assist with the direct threat to our Amateur Radio spectrum. What you bring to the table helps us keep this ship heading in the right direction. Please contact me if you have any problems or questions with this request.


Dan Henderson, N1ND
Regulatory Information Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio(tm)

Possible Waltham May 12-13 Special Event Station Looking for Volunteers

Bill Mc Ininch, KA1MOM writes on the Waltham ARA mailing list:

On May 12-13 slightly over 10 square miles of Waltham will be transformed into the world of Jules Verne for an entire weekend to become International Steampunk City, an event expected to draw between 12,000 and 15,000 people. The staff of Charles River Museum of Industry, the headquarters of the event, would like to have a wireless station (the kind that glows in the dark if possible) to link the event to the rest of the world. Unusual possibilities may include being able to string a Zepp from a real miniature zeppelin. The museum is looking both for hams to staff a special event station and for possible backup communications for the various venues across town. Best way to see what’s planned while the site is being finished up is to Google the event name and read the scattered planning documents or to check it out on Facebook. Anyone with antique gear who might want to show it off is a! lso welcome.

Anyone interested in being a formal part of this event can get in touch with me or with CRMI director Ellen Hagney (Elln Hagney on Facebook). Anyone not able to be part of the crew but interested in a great way to unwind the week after Walk For Hunger should still check it out and come enjoy the mostly (everything outdoors) free fun. NOTE: for the non-free items, things will be run much like First Night.

For next year’s event: a non-transmitting copy of the Massie spark gap station should be finished in time to disguise more modern equipment, including the pump handle key.

Tech Licensing Class In Bourne

Genesis ARS logo The Genesis Amateur Radio Society and Bourne RACES, in cooperation with the Bourne Emergency Management Agency have announced they will hold an Amateur Radio licensing class for the Technician license in March.

The proposed dates are as follows:

  • Friday, March 18, 2011 7PM-9PM 6:30-9:30pm
  • Saturday, March 19, 2011 9am-2pm (between a 30min – 1hr break for lunch)
  • Saturday, March 26, 2011 9am-1pm (30 min break for lunch)
  • Testing, March 26 2pm-4pm for all amateur class licenses

(The location is tentative at this time; the class and testing may be held at the Plymouth Airport.)

The Town of Bourne RACES (the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) is trying to build a team of amateurs to staff EOCs and shelters in the Town during emergencies and to operate stations from their homes for the monthly RACES nets. RACES operators are a vital link between the Massachusetts State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Framingham, the Area EOC in Bridgewater, and the Town of Bourne in relaying vital messages during emergencies.

If you are interested in earning your Amateur Radio license and assisting your town with communications, please join us for these classes. You’ll need to purchase the Technician Q&A manual from the ARRL. The book costs $17.95 plus shipping and handling, but order through Genesis ARS and you can save $0.95 plus shipping and handling. GARS will offer the books for only $17.00; save on shipping and handling.

A second book, “The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual” is also highly recommended. It usually costs $29.95, but you can purchase this book for $29.00 with free shipping. If you order both, you can save an additional $1.00.

If you are interested in attending the course, email the Town of Bourne RACES at, then mail your payment to: Genesis Amateur Radio Society, PO Box 230, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532 and mention which books you would like to order.

There is a $15 testing fee due at time of testing. ALL REGISTRATION AND BOOKS MUST BE ORDERED BY MARCH 5, 2011.

–Thanks, Genesis ARS

New Section Traffic Manager: Marcia Forde, KW1U

I’m pleased to announce that Marcia Forde, KW1U of Concord MA has agreed to accept the position of Section Traffic Manager effective immediately. Marcia replaces Jim Ward, N1LKJ who has served faithfully as STM for the section for many years. When I assumed the Section Manager role, Jim indicated to me that he wanted to step down, but was willing to serve as long as needed. I promised Jim that I would make it my priority to find a top-notch replacement. I know that I have succeeded in Marcia.

Marcia rose steadily in the National Traffic System ranks after first getting her feet wet in traffic handling in 1981. Not long after, she became an active member of the elite Transcontinental Corps; later, serving as TCC Director for the Eastern Area. Marcia also served as manager of Eastern Area Net Cycle 2.

KW1U previously served as the Eastern MA Section Traffic Manager for five years back in the 80s. In addition to her “new-old” STM duties, Marcia currently serves at the national level in NTS as Chair of the Eastern Area Staff. Somehow, she also manages to find the time to run a “24×7 multiband scanning Pactor MBO on HF serving the continental US, with local outlet on VHF packet.”

Jim is not disappearing from the picture completely, however. He has graciously agreed to assist Marcia with some of the day-to-day workload. Thanks, Jim!

Please join me in welcoming Marcia Forde, KW1U to this important section leadership position!


Phil Temples, K9HI
ARRL Section Manager
Eastern Massachusetts Section

WX1BOX SKYWARN Presented With Vinyl Banner by TACG

WX1BOX banner, courtesy TACGThe Taunton SKYWARN Amateur Radio Club, WX1BOX recently received a gift of a high quality vinyl banner, courtesy of the Taunton Area Communications Group. It is on display at the NWS Taunton offices. TACG president Greg Glynn, W1VFB made the presentation to Carl Aveni, N1FY, who is Eastern MA ARRL Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, and one of the primary SKYWARN operators at the Taunton SKYWARN ARC.

“I have found in the past that identification of a service or entity is essential to getting the message out as to what we do as amateur radio operators,” remarked Glynn. “When clubs or operations identify who they are, people will stop and ask about who and what we are and when you don’t they will tend to look and walk on by.”

–Thanks, TACG News, Feb. 2011

Cape Ann ARA Morse Code Class Begins on Feb. 5

Cape Ann ARA logoThe Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will conduct a Morse code class beginning Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 9 AM until 12 noon, according to CAARA Clerk Dean Burgess, KB1PGH.

Burgess says that the class will be led by CAARA member Rick Maybury, WZ1B. The class will run throughout the month of February at the CAARA club house, 6 Stanwood Street, in Gloucester. CAARA has held successful Morse code classes in the past.

Framingham Flea Market Is “ARRL Approved”

Framingham ARA 75h anniversary logoARRL Convention Program Manager Gail Iannone, has notified Framingham Amateur Radio Association Director Beverly Lees, N1LOO that FARA’s spring flea market on April 3, 2011 has been designated an “ARRL Approved” hamfest. New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI made the approval.

The club is encouraged to prominently display the ARRL diamond in its emails, advertisements, and other program material. In return, the League makes available to approved hamfests at low- or no-cost brochures, hanging and standing banners, tabletop displays, table throws, and other giveaways (pens, magnets and stickers). A list of available items can be found at

“We wish you the best for a successful event, wrote Iannone, who added, “Let us know if there is anything else we can do to help with your hamfest plans.”

[More information about the FARA flea market can be found at <>.]





Eastern MA Staff Change

I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ as the new ARRL Assistant Section Manager for Youth Activities. Breef-Pilz replaces Jason Sample, KB1PQB, who officially tendered his resignation, citing time constraints.

Jeremy Breef-Pilz is active on the HF and VHF bands. He’s involved in public service, SKYWARN, and Eastern Massachusetts ARES. In addition, KB1REQ is a member of the Whitman Amateur Radio Club and the Mansfield Emergency Management Agency.

Please join me in welcoming Jeremy to this important section leadership position.

Phil Temples, K9HI
ARRL Section Manager
Eastern Massachusetts Section

Cape & Islands ARES Winter Exercise, Jan. 22, 2011

The Cape and Islands ARES district will hold a winter exercise on Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 10 AM to 12 PM.

According to Cape and Islands District Emergency Coordinator Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, the group will set up an outside field station and operate on 2 meter FM, 6M repeater, FM and SSB. They will also operate on 3.925 and 7.232 MHz using NVIS.

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