KC1FSZ: “Intro to Nano VNA Network Analyzer” at Zola ARC Meeting Online, January 16, 2021

Announcing the January meeting of the Zola amateur radio group. Everyone is welcome to attend our next meeting on the Zoom video conferencing platform. This meeting will be online only with no in-person component. Please see the meeting invitation below my signature. So, make your favorite lunch and get comfortable for another informative meeting. Agenda (all times EST) 11:00 AM:  Introductions and welcome 11:05 AM:  Announcements and Q&A 11:15 AM:  Our feature presentation will be by Bruce Mackinnon, KC1FSZ. Bruce has done some extensive research in the area of antenna analyzers. He will tell us about some of the more …

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KD1CY: “ARES and SKYWARN Program Overview and Update” at Sci-Tech ARS Meeting Online, January 19, 2021

Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, will present on “ARES and SKYWARN Program Overview and Update” at the January 19, 2021 online meeting of the Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society at 7:30 PM.   “ARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Services, a program sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). The ARRL and ARES is partnered with the National Weather Service at the national level and Eastern Massachusetts ARES has a strong partnership with the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN program. This presentation will provide an overview of ARES, what’s involved with membership in the program …

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Wellesley ARS Members Activate Dighton Rock Park K-2430 for POTA

Steve Ciavarini, NQ1F, writes on the Wellesley ARS mailing list: Rob, WA1UMU,  and I activated our first [Parks On The Air] for 2021, K-2430, Dighton Rock Park, Berkley, MA.  A nice day to get outdoors.  We operated 20m & 40m. Lots of QSB. 15m & 10m dead. Rob did very well with Wolfriver vertical, and I used my homebrew 40m EFHW.   If you are interested in participating POTA, let us know.   73 & Happy New Year,   Steve    

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FCC Reduces Proposed Amateur Radio Application Fee to $35

From ARRL Web: 12/30/2020 – The FCC has agreed with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed $50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was “too high to account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications.” In a Report and Order (R&O), released on December 29, the FCC scaled back to $35 the fee for a new license application, a special temporary authority (STA) request, a rule waiver request, a license renewal application, and a vanity call sign application. All fees are per application. There will be no fee for administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address. …

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ARRL Staffers to be On the Air from W1AW for Straight Key Night, January 1, 2021

Members of the ARRL Headquarters staff will put W1AW on the air for Straight Key Night (SKN). Set some time aside on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to take part in this annual ARRL tradition. Information on Straight Key Night can be found at http://www.arrl.org/straight-key-night . SKN begins at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2021 (New Year’s Eve in US time zones) and wraps up at 2359 UTC. Not a contest, SKN is dedicated to celebrating amateur radio’s Morse code heritage. Bring out the brass, get on the air, and enjoy casual CW contacts, preferably using a straight key …

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Boston Marathon Volunteer 2021 Race Update

Boston Marathon Communications Committee writes: We hope you are all safe and healthy. We also hope you are having an enjoyable holiday season despite the impacts of COVID-19. We wanted to provide you a short update on 2021 Boston Marathon plans in light of today’s public statement from the BAA. The BAA statement can be seen here: https://www.baa.org/2021-boston-marathon-updates  Our team has been engaged with the BAA at both the Organizing Committee and Medical Committee levels regarding the 2021 Boston Marathon. We have also been meeting as an Amateur Radio Communications Committee over the course of the Fall to be ready …

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FCC Posts Email Address Reminder On ULS Landing Page

From ARRL Web: 12/21/2020 – The FCC is encouraging users of the Universal Licensing Service (ULS) to have an email address on file with the FCC. “Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide an email address on their license application(s), which will trigger the electronic issuance of an official copy of their license(s) to the email provided upon application grant. Per the timing specified in Rulemaking FCC 20-126, the FCC will no longer print, and licensees will no longer be able to request, hard copy license authorizations sent by mail.” The FCC has not yet established the date by which an email …

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KS2G: “Ham Radio University 2021” at K1USN Radio Club, December 21, 2020

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes in K1USN Happenings:   I’m happy to announce our next Zoom presenter; Mel – KS2G on the upcoming Ham Radio University 2021 session which will take place with us on Monday evening, Dec 21 @ 7:30 PM EST. (Due to some scheduling conflicts we decided to shift this forward one day to be held on Monday instead of Tuesday!).   The Ham Radio University program ( http://hamradiouniversity.org/  ), now in it’s 22nd year, is billed as   “A day of education to share ideas, experiences, knowledge and fellowship among Amateur Radio operators”   Here is a link …

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ARRL Headquarters Closed Tomorrow for Winter Storm Bailey

From nediv.arrl.org: Central Connecticut, along with much of New England, will be impacted by winter storm Bailey tonight into Thursday and beyond. Estimates have varied widely, but have consistently indicated a major impact. The latest forecast is calling for 11-15” of snow beginning this evening going through tomorrow afternoon. ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, has announced that the Headquarters building in Newington, Connecticut will be closed for business on Thursday, December 17, 2020.  Employees will be encouraged to work from home; many already are, or are equipped to. In advance of the storm, ARRL staffers removed some antennas from one of the …

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N1DM: “A Smorgasbord of Radio: The People, Places and Incidents” at Zola ARC Meeting Online, December 19, 2020

Frank Venture, N1FMV writes: Announcing the December 19 meeting of the Zola amateur radio group. Everyone is welcome to attend our next meeting on the Zoom video conferencing platform. This meeting will be online only with no in-person component. […] So, make your favorite lunch and get comfortable for another informative meeting. Agenda (all times EST): 11:00 AM – Introductions and welcome 11:05 AM – Announcements and Q&A 11:15 AM – Our feature presentation will be from Dom Mallozzi, N1DM He will present, A SMORGASBORD OF RADIO: THE PEOPLE, PLACES AND INCIDENTS It will concentrate on the period of radios …

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MA Ham Operator License Plate Update, December 8, 2020

Randy Dore, AI1G, writes on December 8, 2020:   I received a call this afternoon from Mass DOT RMV that my [ham operator license plate] application has been processed and the new plates should be completed in the next few weeks. She said they are picking through them in no particular order as there was quite a backlog.   […]   You can pass the news on this to the membership. They are working on the backlog of applications.   Happy holidays,   Randy Dore AI1G Grafton

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Long Island CW Club: “How to Learn and Have Fun with CW” at K1USN RC Online Meeting, December 8, 2020

Learning CW does not have to be an arduous or lonely experience. CW is an aural language to be used and enjoyed.  Come listen to Long Island CW Club members Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, and Jim Crites, W6JIM, with tips and techniques at the K1USN RC online meeting on December 8, 2020 at 7:30 PM.  To receive an invitation to this Zoom presentation you must send “Pi” Pugh, K1RV, at k1rv -at- arrl -dot- net a request to be added to the K1USN Zoom invitation list.

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(UPDATED) First Annual Hams All-Holiday On Air Celebration (W1E Special Event Station), December 12, 2020

Dec. 12: Unfortunately I had to cancel this event – a very unusual occurrence for me. Looks like the weather is a bit uncooperative too.  -KM1NDY   Mindy Hull, KM1NDY, writes in the Wellesley ARS Spark Gap newsletter: Hello Friends! You are all cordially invited to: WHAT: 1st Annual Hams All-Holiday On Air Celebration (W1E Special Event Station)   WHEN: Saturday December 12, 2020. Two times: W1E on air from 11am to dusk. Everyone get together from noon to 2pm.   WHERE:  Meet at Hopkinton State Park. Use the Main Entrance at 164 Cedar St., Hopkinton, MA 01748. Follow the map below.  Same place as …

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K9HI: “ARRL Update” at PART of Westford Online Meeting, December 15, 2020

From PART of Westford website: The [PART of Westford] December 15, 2020 meeting will be held online via video conference, starting at 7:30 PM. Login details will be sent to members via Groups.io. Our guest speaker will be Phil Temples, K9HI, ARRL New England Vice Director, who will talk about ARRL news and happenings. [To request conference login information, contact George Allison, K1IG, at k1ig -at- arrl -dot- net]

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K9HI: “ARRL Update” at Billerica ARS Online Meeting, December 2, 2020

Doug Bruce, KC1MJK, writes on the Billerica ARS web site: Hello All! Our next [Billerica Amateur Radio Society] meeting will be via Zoom on December 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Our guest speaker will be: Phil Temples, K9HI, appointed as New England Division Vice Director: “09/24/2020–ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Phil Temples, K9HI, of Watertown, Massachusetts, as New England Division Vice Director. He succeeds Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, who was elected earlier this year as ARRL First Vice President. President Roderick made the appointment after consulting with New England Director Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, and the region’s Section Managers.” I …

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