New England Area Flea Markets, March 1, 2009

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

2009 Contact Source
7 March Feeding Hills MA MTARA @TurnvereinClb Cindy K1ISS 413 568 1175 W

8 Mar Hicksville NY LIMARC @LevitH $6@9+$20/T@7 Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 W

14 Mar Rockport MA CAARA @PigeonCoveCtr $3@9 $10/T Dick KR1G 508 269 4941

21 Mar Pomfret CT ECARA @CommSch $2@8 $10/T Paul KE1LI 860 928 2456 F

22 March Southington CT SARA @HS $5@8 $20/T@6:15 Chet KA1ILH 860 628 9346 W

28 Mar Middletown NY OCARC @Wallkill ComCtr Donald AA2DS 845 342 2056 A

28 Mar Lewiston ME AARC ME Conv @Ramada $6@8 +8/T Cory N1URA 207 514 0202

28 Mar Laval PQ CRLL @PolyGeorgesVanier $5@9 $10/T@7:30 514 708 8033 W+

29 March Framingham MA FARA @KeefeSch $5@9 $25/T@7:30 Bev N1LOO 508 626 2012 F

29 Mar Henniker NH CVRC @CommSch Jim NS1E 603 428 7438 A

11 April Montreal PQ MARC @CanLegion $5@9 $10/T@8 James 514 697 7205 W+

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

18 Apr S Portland ME PAWA @AmLegion Bryce K1GAX 207 799 1116 A+

18 Apr Gales Ferry CT RASON @Firehse $2@10 Auction Gary WT1SND 860 884 4218 +

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

25,26 Apr Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~ John 781 592 2553 W+

26 April Lagrangeville NY MtBARC @Tymor Pk James K2JIM 845 427 2702 A

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 Thomas KC2FCP 518 272 1498 A

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

23 May Vernon CT NARC @TolandAg Wayne N1GUS 860 487 1921 A+
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Genesis ARS Technician Class: June 13, 20, 2009

Genesis ARS logoThe Genesis Amateur Radio Society‘s Education Officer reports that the tentative dates of June 13 and June 20 have been scheduled for a Technician class at the Plymouth Airport. The testing will take place on June 27.

VEs and instructor volunteers within the club ranks are requested. April 4 will be the cut-off date. April 11 will be a general meeting for the instructors, possibly at the airport. After Field Day, GARS plans to conduct a Morse code course. Those dates will be announced later.

Thanks, GARS Newsletter, February 2009

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Cape Ann ARA To Hold License In A Day Course March 7, 2009

The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will conduct a Technician Class License in a Day course on Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 8:30 am until 4 pm. The course, led by Stan Stone, W4HIX, will be held at the Lanesville Community Center on 8 Vulcan Street in Gloucester, MA.

Anyone interested may register by e-mailing Stan at <>. The course is free; however, the exam fee is $15.00.

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MIT Radio Society (W1MX) Turns 100!

MIT Radio Society QSL/logoThe MIT Radio Society (W1MX) will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding this April 30th, 2009. In commemoration, the Society will be operating a special event station, W1MX/100, for a two week period beginning on April 30th and issuing a special QSL card.            

Additionally, the Society will be holding two events for Radio Society alumni at MIT during reunion week in June. Details are available on our website – Please spread the word! And if you are an alum, PLEASE get in touch with us at



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Hams Needed – Two Multiple Sclerosis Walks

Boston ARC logoThe Multiple Sclerosis Society has again organized two local events this year, but no longer on the same day. The “Boston MS Walk” will be on Sunday, 4 April, organized as it has been for the past several years. The “MS Journey of Hope,” will start and finish in Newton on Saturday, 5 April.

We have been asked to support communications for both. The “Boston MS Walk” will start and finish at the Harvard athletic facility on North Harvard St near Soldiers Field Rd in Brighton. The route of the walk will be on both sides of the river in Cambridge and Boston.

The “MS Journey of Hope” starts and finishes at Newton South High School with a 7.5 mile course. There will be several checkpoints, vehicles and medical coverage for us to support.

Each will be managed by a Net Control station, using both VHF and UHF repeaters. Your help is vital for these worthy causes. If you can lend a hand, contact Rick, KB1LYJ, at or 781.289.7364.

–Thanks, Boston ARC’s The SPARC, February, 2009

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ARRL Mobile Amateur Radio Policy Statement & SGL’s Response

ban cell phone logoOn January 30, 2009, the ARRL’s Executive Committee released its Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy Statement in response to proposed legislation springing up across the country regarding the use of cellular telephones while driving.

The full text of the Policy Statement, along with a response from EMA/WMA State Government Liaison Shawn O’Donnell, K3HI can be found on the EMA/WMA SGL web site.

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KY1N List of Volunteer Exam Sessions, 02/14/09

                          The KY1N Memorial List
Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations - CT MA ME NH RI VT
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
Date Time Contact Location Phone
02/16/09 19:00 Skip Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
02/16/09 18:30 Francis D'auria, W1AD Pittsford VT 802-775-3033
02/17/09 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
02/18/09 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
02/19/09 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
02/23/09 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
02/23/09 19:00 Walton G Congdon, W1ZPB Northfield MA 413-498-2729
02/25/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
02/27/09 18:00 David Cote, W1FAB Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
02/28/09 12:30 Mitch Stern, W1SJ Colchester VT 802-879-6589
02/28/09 09:00 Kenneth Carr, KB1AWV Cranston RI 401-828-1665
02/28/09 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
02/28/09 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Nashua NH 603-673-7395
03/08/09 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
03/09/09 19:00 Jim Clogher, N1ICN Brookline MA 617-364-4658
03/10/09 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
03/11/09 19:00 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Billerica MA 978-851-2886
03/12/09 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
03/13/09 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
03/14/09 08:45 *William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
03/14/09 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583

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ARRL Mobile Amateur Radio Policy Statement & SGL’s Response

On January 30, 2009, the ARRL’s Executive Committee released its Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy Statement in response to proposed legislation springing up across the country regarding the use of cellular telephones while driving. Follows is a response from EMA/WMA State Government Liaison Shawn O’Donnell, K3HI:   QST MASSACHUSETTS AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS The ARRL’s January 30, 2009 policy statement on mobile amateur radio operation is a timely contribution to the national debate over the safe use of communications devices by operators of motor vehicles. Several states have already enacted laws limiting the use of mobile telephones and other communications devices while driving.  …

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Cape Ann ARA Flea Market, March 14, 2009

Cape Ann ARA logoThe Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will be holding an Amateur Radio flea market on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the Pigeon Cove Circle Center. The Center is located at 6 Breakwater Avenue off of Route 127 North in Rockport Massachusetts, on the north side of the old tool and die factory.

The doors will open at 7:30 AM for sellers and 9:00 AM for everyone else. Vendors can reserve a table for $10.00 the day of the flea market or for $8.00 in advance. There will be a $3.00 admission fee for buyers. There will be door prizes and coffee and food will be available on-site.

Additionally there will be a club-run consignment table and donations will be negotiated.

Amateur Radio license testing will be available on-site during the flea market.

We ask that this flea market content be limited to Amateur Radio equipment and accesories only. We will not sell TV`s or orphan CRT monitors.

For contact information please e-mail Dick at or call 1-508-269-4941. We will have talk-in on the CAARA repeater for the flea market on 145.13 MHz. There is no PL tone on the repeater.

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Clarification on DTV Conversion Program

ARRL flag

Steve Ewald, WV1X, ARRL Field Organization Team Supervisor writes to all ARRL Section Managers:

In early December, the ARRL was contacted by Mr. George Dillon of the FCC and asked to aid in the DTV conversion program by providing technical education for communities.  We liked the idea and opportunities it presented.  But it has come to our attention that there is now some misunderstanding on the part of a few FCC field offices, state broadcaster’s associations, and other broadcast industry representatives about the scope of the ARRL/FCC program to assist in the digital television conversion. The issue is whether or not individual radio amateurs should or will do actual DTV converter box installation and programming. The installation and programming of DTV converter boxes in people’s homes is not, repeat not, part of the ARRL program.

As proposed to ARRL by FCC staff in Washington, the nature of the assistance to be provided by Amateur Radio clubs was that of information dissemination to individuals and groups. The FCC and ARRL believe that the well-known technical skill of radio amateurs is a valuable community resource that can help non-technical people get ready for the DTV conversion (the deadline for which is still not firm -it may be either February 17, 2009 or some time in June of 2009). When the FCC contacted ARRL about this program, they proposed that ham clubs might invite the public from their communities to their meetings, or sponsor a public gathering, to provide information about the program, answer questions, and perhaps offer a demonstration. ARRL views this program as beneficial in several respects. It helps the community; it introduces the public to the benefits of Amateur Radio; and it brings new people to Amateur club meetings who may wish to become licensed once they see what a great avocation we have. Finally, it provides a good topic for a program at a club meeting.

But no part of the program we agreed upon involves having hams going into people’s homes to hook up converter boxes, and ARRL is not asking hams or clubs to do so.

Recently, based on an apparent misunderstanding about the scope of the program, some FCC district offices have asked ham clubs to do DTV converter box installations. So have state broadcaster’s association representatives and some network or station affiliates. If an individual radio amateur wishes to volunteer to do a DTV converter box installation or program the device for a neighbor or friend, or for any member of their community, that is a decision that the individual radio amateur must make for himself or herself, but it is not part of the ARRL/FCC program.

Please also note, there are some state laws regulating low voltage electrical and electronic installations that might prohibit unlicensed individuals from doing this, even as a volunteer. There are also liability issues that should be considered. For that reason, the FCC in Washington specifically assured ARRL that no part of the ARRL’s assistance by radio amateurs in the DTV conversion process involves converter box installations or programming. The ARRL/FCC program is strictly in the nature of an educational effort in a public setting.

Meanwhile, many clubs and groups have been getting excellent publicity in their communities and on regional TV by discussing and showing information about the conversion.  >From community meetings to “information nights,” mall displays and daily spots on television (usually with the weather reports), the hams are being seen as technologically savvy and helpful people.

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Pilgrim ARC License Class Produces New Hams

Pilgrim ARC logoThe Pilgrim Amateur Radio Club reported that a recent licensing class enrolled six youths and one adult.  According to  Dana Henrique, WA1KYU, “Three students passed the technician examination, and three students were scheduled to retake the exam at a later date. On the same date, two people plan to take the examination for the Amateur Extra class license.” Henrique exhibited some pictures of the class to club members at the meeting.

The Pilgrim ARC was founded in 1976. An ARRL affiliated club, it is dedicated to the maintenance and upgrading of the Provincetown Emergency Management Office communications system. The club meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Council on Aging (COA) building, 26 Alden Street, Provincetown, MA.




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Emergency Power Discussion At PART Of Westford, 2/17/09

Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford logoThe Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford will present a panel discussion on Emergency Power at its February Monthly Meeting. This panel discussion is a result of the numerous questions and comments that resulted from the ice storm in December and the extensive power outages (up to 5 days) that resulted. Many hams were well equipped to handle this power outage while some were not.

The panelists are: Ernie (N1AEW), Allison (KB1GMX), John (G3BVU) and Hugh (N1QGE). PART’s Vice President Andy (KB1OIQ) will moderate this panel. The panelists will focus mainly on generator backup power for the home but will also include emergency battery backup power for rigs. They will relate their experiences in dealing with the loss of conventional power. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

This meeting will be held at the Westford Police Station on Tuesday, February 17th at 7:30 PM. Directions to this meeting can be found on the PART web page at:

Bo Budinger, WA1QYM
President: PART of Westford
Eastern MA ARRL Affiliated Club Coordinator

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The Spirit of “Kids Day”

John Murphy, KB1PHN with nephew DannieThe spirit of Kids Day is alive and well in Hanson, MA where John Murphy, KB1PHN operated Kids Day from his ham shack on January 4, 2009 with his 10-year-old nephew, Daniel Murphy.

According to John, Danny “checked for a clear frequency on 20 meters, then called ‘CQ Kids Day.'” He was answerd by EI4GYB from Ireland. “Danny the SWL was hooked after that,” reports KB1PHN. “He made a total of fifteen contacts in one hour before his voice gave out.”

Murphy added, “Danny can’t wait to get back on the air.”

–Thanks, Whitman ARC “Spectrum, January 2009”

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