North American SSB Sprint Contest, October 31, 2020

Thank you for your past support of domestic SSB contests, such as the ARRL Sweepstakes. How about trying a fun 4 hour SSB contest? It’s the North American SSB Sprint Contest, Saturday evening October 31st here in North America — that’s November 1, 2020 0000 – 0359 UTC. It has some very interesting rules that make it a bit unique and exciting. Certificates to the top scores in each state/province and/or anyone scoring over 1,200 points. There are door prizes (some call them “Score Prizes”) available for recipients who score at least 1,500 points (just takes 50 QSOs and 30 multipliers) as well as a …

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BCRA Fox in Test Mode

Skip Denault, KB1CNB, writes on the BCRA club list on October 26, 2020 at 3:20 PM: The [Bristol County Repeater Association] has acquired a fox hunt transmitter and we are planning to have a fox (hidden transmitter) hunt in the near future. The fox is currently on the air and we would like to see if you can hear it. It is on 146.565 MHz and is transmitting a 15 second beacon tone and CW ID every ten minutes “on the 4’s” (2:04; 2:14; 2:24 etc) it is located at latitude 41.7152679 and longitude -71.1486613. If you hear it, send …

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POTA Activation, Hopkinton State Park, October 25, 2020

Steve Ciavarini, NQ1F, writes on the Wellesley ARS mailing list:   Rob Jaczko, WA1UMU, and I and possibly Leandra Mac Lennan,  AF1R, are doing a POTA activation at Hopkinton State Park tomorrow at 1 PM and would love to have anyone join us. We will have plenty of antennas so you will only need to bring your radio if you would like to operate in tandem. It’s like a mini field day and a chance to escape the Covid blues. We practice safe Covid operation, keeping several wavelengths apart, hi hi.   POTA website: https://pota.us/#/parks/K-2440   If you can’t make it …

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KD1D Fox is Out Again at a New Location, October 23, 2020

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on the NE Mass Fox Hunters list at 4:23 PM on October 23, 2020:   As of noon Friday [October 23, 2020], the KD1D Fox is on the air at a Westford Conservation Trust Site.  It will remain there through Monday. The Site is the Veterans Memorial Complex in the Graniteville section of town. There is an excellent write up of the area at: https://westfordconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/veterans-memorial-complex/  Some Hints: – The site can be approached from at least two directions.   Although one might be tempted to follow a Beacon, greater success may come from finding the Field of Diamonds.  …

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New England Digital Swap Net, October 24, 2020

Gene Balinski, K1NR, writes in the Algonquin ARC mailing list:   Please join us for the  NEW  New England Digital Swap Net    This Saturday Evening 8:00 PM on the DMR-MARC New England network    Choose the New England-wide talk group, and check-in when net control calls your area.   Feel free to list gear for sale, trade, or wanted.     Hope to see you then,   73 Gene K1NR 

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KC1NEF to Activate Boston (Bunker Hill) National Historic Park, October 21, 2020

From the Boston ARC website: In a very exciting development, [Boston Amateur Radio Club] member Brendan Baldonado, the newly licensed KC1NEF, lets us know about an upcoming Parks On The Air (POTA) activation he’s about to attempt. He says: “As you may know I am getting ready to take my General and Extra exam, but thought it could be a fun challenge to “Activate” a park using only Tech bands and Abilities. My Plan is to activate using 5 bands, if I can, with no data and no CW and mostly VHF! The activation is not a contest so spotting is …

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Sci-Tech ARS, Wellesley ARS Members Participate in Summits On The Air Event from Mt. Wachusett, October 10, 2020

Members of the Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society and the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society activated Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Massachusetts for Summits On The Air on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Fourteen STARS and WARS members and friends hiked or drove up the mountain. They logged more than 48 QSOs on 20 meters and several more on 2 meters making contacts from California to France to the base of Wachusett Mountain. The group plans to get the two clubs outdoors and operating once a month.

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Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air Set for October 16-18, 2020

From nediv.arrl.org: Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) will be held this year on October 16, 17, and 18. Register online as an individual or as a group. Jamboree on the Air is the largest Scouting event in the world. In a typical year, more than 1 million Scouts participate in JOTA, with over 11,000 stations operated by 20,000+ young radio amateurs from 150+ countries around the world. JOTA details are available on the K2BSA website. The website menu will direct users to additional supporting information. K2BSA’s Jim Wilson, K5ND, says many locations are already offering virtual …

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KD1D Fox is Back On the Air, October 9, 2020

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on the NEMass Fox Hunters List on October 9, 2020: The KD1D Fox transmitter went on the air again  in Westford MA at 1530 EDT on Friday 9 October 2020.   It will transmit a voice message on 146.565 MHz for approximately 30 seconds which will repeat at 60 second intervals.  I expect the Fox to be operating through the weekend until at least Tuesday afternoon.  For additional information on our club’s Fox Hunting activities, please visit: http://www.wb1gof.org/activities/Foxing/   Some clues: – It is located on conservation land in the northeast section of town and can be …

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday October 5th, 2020 – 830 PM EDT

Hello to all… The October Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday October 5th, 2020 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. For frequencies that will be linked into the ARES Net on the MMRA Network, please see the following link from the MMRA web site detailing the repeaters that will be linked in through Hub 1: http://www.mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_index_by_linkstate.html We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. For tonight’s ARES Net, the focus will be on participation in a MARS exercise taking place through October 24th, the …

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Northeast MA Fox Hunting Update

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on NEMass fox hunters list: * All the 2-meter FM foxes belonging to PART of Westford members transmit on 146.565 MHz.   * Currently the KD1D and W1HFN foxes use the Squawkbox module, which typically transmits a short (e.g. 30 second)  voice message and repeats once per minute. The low  power output of about 50 mW allows more than one Squawkbox to be on the air if they are far enough apart.  Often, I have one operating in Westford and W1HFN has one operating in Littleton simultaneously. * Other two-meter fox boxes operated by our club members …

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Eastern MA Hospital Net Cancelled for October 3, 2020

John O’Neill, K1JRO, writes on the Eastern MA Hospital Net mailing list: Due to technical difficulties, I was unable to send out a notice for the October EMHN with enough advance notice to everyone involved.  Therefore, we will not be holding a Net this month.  I hope to have our email issues resolved soon. Regards, John O’ K1JRO South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group 55 Fogg Rd. Mail-Stop 42 South Weymouth, MA 02190

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KD1D Fox is Back On the Air, October 2, 2020

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on the NEMass Fox Hunters List at 7:51 PM on October 2, 2020:  I set the fox loose again Friday afternoon around 5:00 pm in Westford.  It should run all weekend and into Monday. Some clues: It is neither ingenuous nor ingenious to say that it is an area named after something that is igneous. It is in an area with a small rocky stream. It should  be an easy non-strenuous hunt once you locate the general area. 73 and happy hunting! Alan KD1D

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Satellite Tracking Apps and Info

John Salmi, KB1MGI, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list:   Heavens Above app <https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.heavens_above.viewer&hl=en_US> (The Heavens Above app lists satellite frequencies, but not PL tones; most PL tones are 67.0) The Ultimate Guide to Working Ham Radio Satellites <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAE8NiJ6tGA> SatSat is a satellite tracking software <https://apps.apple.com/us/app/satsat/id1017063968> Ham Radio Deluxe Satellite Communications for Amateur Radio Operators <https://www.hamradiodeluxe.com/features/sattrack/> -John, KB1MGI  

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Wellesley ARS Parks On The Air Activation, K-2427, September 26, 2020

Dan Brown W1DAN, writes: [Wellesley Amateur Radio Society members] Steve Ciavarini, NQ1F, along with Rob Jaczko, WA1UMU, and Leandra Mac Lennan, AF1R, operated  Parks On The Air as K-2427 on Saturday September 26, 2020 at Cochituate State Park in Natick, MA. After guidance from park rangers, Leandra set up her VHF Moxon beam antenna for 2m and a 20m Hamstick vertical; Rob set up his new Wolf River vertical with twelve 40-foot radials that Steve made, and Steve set up his home brew 6m beam he presented to WARS last week. Started operating around 3:30PM. All in all, Rob and …

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Historic DX Test Tonight: WNJC, 1360 kHz, Washington Township, NJ, FT-8 Weak Signal Mode, September 26, 2020

From Boston Area DXers mailing list:   Duke Hamann of WNJC has announced another weekly DX Test of WNJC 1360, including a historic first-ever test of the FT-8 mode during a medium-wave broadcast test.   Reception reports can be sent to Duke at: kc2dux@duxpond.com   The test will be in two parts:   WNJC DX TEST PART ONE 0000 EDT-0100 EDT (0400-0500 UTC)   The test begin late tonight starting at midnight on the East Coast of the United States. Late Saturday/Early Sunday, 9/27 at 0000 EDT (0400 UTC) and initially air the same Morse code IDs, jingles, sweep tones, …

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KD1D Fox is on the Loose Again, September 25, 2020

Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on the NEMass Fox Hunters List at 3:36 PM on September 25, 2020: The Fox attempted to go out last week, but was seized by a fever* and went home. Newly energized, the Fox is on the air as of 1445 EDT on Friday September 25, 2020.  I expect to bring him home again on Monday morning 9/28.  CLUES: – The Fox’s new den is on Westford Conservation Trust Land. (Check them out – they have great maps!) – The initials of the site remind me of what broke Ralphie’s glasses in “A Christmas Story.” – …

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NE1PL QRV from USS Massachusetts, September 19, 2020

Rick Emord, KB1TEE, wites: The [Uncommon Service to Naval Radio] Group, NE1PL, will be operating today on the USS Massachusetts–two HF stations and one 2-meter station on the Massasoit Amateur Radio Association’s  repeater, 147.180, PL 67, from 1000-1600. Come on the air and give us a shout. [Located in Battleship Cove in Fall River, the USS Massachusetts (BB-59), known as “Big Mamie” to her crew members during World War II, was a battleship of the second South Dakota class. She was the seventh ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the sixth state, and one of two ships of …

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New England Wireless & Steam Museum Yankee Steam-up Special Events Operation

A special events operation from the New England Wireless and Steam Museum’s Yankee Steam-up will take place on October 3, 2020 from 1300-2000Z.  Look for N1EPJ on the following frequencies: 3.558, 14.058, 7.25, 14.258. QSL to: Massie Wireless Club, N1EPJ, PO Box 883, East Greenwich, RI 02818. From the N1EPJ QRZ page: The station was built in Point Judith, Rhode Island, in 1907 and is the oldest surviving working wireless station in the world. It is now part of the New England Wireless and Steam Museum. The Massie Wireless Station provided communications to steamboats that traveled between New York City …

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