USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. NB1CR, QRV for Museum Ships on the Air, June 1-2, 2019

Ed Fitzgerald, K1DIN, writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list:   There are roughly fifteen days before the AARC will send operating teams to put the Destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. on the air for the 2019 Museum Ships weekend June 1 and 2. Ship museums from all over the world will have ham operators on ships of all kinds for this special event. Hams all over the world will be contacting as many ships as they can and collecting QSL cards from each. As of this writing, there are 104 ships are listed for the event. For a list …

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Request for Operators, Motif No. 1 Day Arts & 5K Fun Run, Rockport, May 18, 2019

Chris Winczewski, K1TAT writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list: Motif No.1 Day Arts Fest & 5k Fun Run May 18th The Annual 5k and 1 mile fun run for the Rockport Public Schools Health and Wellness Programs. Location: Harvey Park in Downtown Rockport Dates: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Address: 4 High Street, Rockport, MA 01966 Please let me know if you can staff a communications check-point for the event by May17th so I can plan staffing positions for the event.    Please let us know what type of equipment you plan to use. (i.e.: Mobile; …

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Carlisle Fox Hunt, May 10, 2019

John Salmi, KB1MGI, writes on the foxhunting list on May 10, 2019 at 1:59 PM: I placed the 2 meter Fox transmitter in Carlisle on146.565 press  DTMF tone 2 to activate 30 seconds on 30 seconds off, run time 15 minutes. (No Bushwacking)  If you choose the wrong trail you will tricked and you will end up bushwacking a long way to find the Fox and that could be wet.   Choose the correct trail and it only 50 feet off the trail and (No bushwacking at all).   If you want to know the location and receive a map Email me …

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W1HFN Fox is QRV, Littleton, May 8, 2019

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the foxhunting list on May 8, 2019 at 1:03 PM: The W1HFN fox box is out in the Hartwell Family Preserve off Hartwell Avenue in Littleton. https://littletonconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/hartwell-family-memorial-preserve/  It transmits on 146.565 with a 20 second voice ID every 40 seconds and should run at least 8 days.  Please sign the log, TNX.

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Armed Forces Cross-Band Test, May 11, 2019

Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, writes on the Wellesley ARS mailing list: May 11 is the Armed Forces Day Cross-band Test, where Amateur stations  listen on military HF frequencies, and use the split function of their HF radio to talk with these stations that are listening in the Amateur bands where we can talk. I do recommend everyone that can to try this, to show that you can do it. If you complete a contact, you can get a QSL card from the station, if you follow the directions in the link below. Frequencies and times for the various stations are listed. …

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Faster, More Contest-Friendly FT4 Digital Protocol to Debut in a Week

From ARRL Web: A new, speedier, more contest-friendly digital mode is just days away in beta version. WSJT-X Developers say serious work on the new FT4 protocol began shortly after the FT8 Roundup held last December 1-2. The goal was a mode that could compete with RTTY contesting in terms of contact rates, while preserving many of the benefits of FT8. [More]

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New England QSO Party, May 4-5, 2019

Tom Frenaye, K1KI, writes: The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries.   You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations. We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help.  Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun.  Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we …

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Fox Deployed, Chelmsford, April 6, 2019

John Salmi, KB1MGI, writes on April 6 at 10:53 AM: A second Fox Box has been deployed somewhere in Chelmsford. To Activate press DTMF tone 2 for two seconds on 146.565. Remember you could activate 2 Foxes at the same time, and hear each one. Each one has different tone and in different directions. Have fun. If you like the locations of the Foxes please email me. Others have already asked for the location of the Westford Fox.  It saves a lot of time tracking down the location.

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Special Event Station W1MGY to Commemorate 104th Anniversary of HMS Titanic Sinking

Special events station W1MGY will operate at the old Coast Guard Station in Eastham on Cape Cod on April 13-14, 2019 to commemorate the tragic loss of the HMS Titanic. Two stations will be set up and operated in approximately 4 hour shifts as follows:   Saturday April 13, 6:30 am- 10:00 am ; 10:00 am- 2:00 pm ; 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm ; 6:00 pm- 10:00 pm  (No operation over night) Sunday April 14, 6:30 am – 10:00 am ; 10:00 am- 2:00 pm ; 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm ; 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm ; 10:00 pm …

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“Team Exuberance” to Take Over K3LR Superstation for CQ WW WPX

This weekend, Newton, Massachusetts native Marty Sullaway, NN1C, will be among the young voices heard from the K3LR Superstation, an 11-acre antenna farm of 13 towers in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, owned by Tim Duffy, K3LR. Duffy reports that “Team Exuberance” members will operate  from the station in the two-transmitter, multioperator (M2) category for the CQ World Wide WPX Contest (phone), March 30-31, 2019. [Details]

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VHF/UHF Activity Nights

Roger Coulson, WA1NVC, writes on the NEWSVHF list: Please spread the word as we try to promote SSB activity on the VHF bands. Maybe some of the NEWS group members would like to join us for an old fashioned activity night. Kim, WA1PBU, in Bolton MA and myself, WA1NVC, in Framingham MA are promoting the old activity nights: Monday – 2m, Tuesday – 1-1/4m, Wednesday – 70cm, Thursday – 33 cm, etc.  I have been promoting repeater activity on “220 Tuesday” and “900 Thursday”.  Now we are promoting SSB activity on Monday – 2m, and on Wednesday – 70 cm.  …

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KM1CC Marconi Birthday Special Event Operation, April 26-27, 2019

Bill Kretschmer, N2KNL, writes on Facebook: Hello fellow KM1CC friends: We are seven weeks away from the next Marconi radio event celebrating Guglielmo Marconi’s birthday, April 25, 1874. The event will be held at the Cape Cod National Seashore, Coast Guard Station, Eastham, on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Visiting hours are 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Operating hours are Sat. 0000 UTC thru 2359 UTC. (8:00 PM Friday until 8:00 PM Saturday). Proposed Operating Frequencies are. 80M …3.660-3.860 SSB / 3.535 CW 40M …7.130-7.260 SSB / 7.035 CW 30M …10.110 CW 20M …14.260 SSB / 14.035 CW 17M …18.160 SSB …

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