2021 HamXposition Update

Northeast HamXposition logoOnly 5 1/2 weeks to HamXposition 2021: September 10, 11 & 12  at the Best Western in Marlborough!

Hotel rooms are still available at the discounted rate of $99.  Contact the hotel on their local phone number (508)  460-0700 and tell them you want the HamXposition rate.

We are still in need of volunteers to assist with parking, ticketing, and the logistics involved with keeping our forums on schedule.  Volunteers working at least one 2-hour shift will receive free admission.  You can volunteer at https://hamxposition.org/volunteer

General Admission Tickets are now available retail at Ham Radio Outlet in Salem, NH and at Electronics Plus in Littleton, MA

Online ticketing is almost ready – stay tuned for an announcement when it goes live.

HAM BOOTCAMP

Nashua Area Radio Society is proud to once again offer Ham Bootcamp. It includes a series of demonstrations and tutorials designed to help newly licensed Technician, General, and Extra class license holders get on the air and use their amateur radio license. Bootcamp is also a great opportunity for prospective Hams who are interested in seeing what the hobby has to offer.

Ham Bootcamp activities are geared towards Technicians and prospective Hams and General class licenses and higher Hams. Bootcamp participants will find all of this material interesting and fun no matter what their focus or license level.

The online Bootcamp program is available to all licensed and prospective Hams in North America. You can register for the Friday, September 10 Ham Bootcamp session at HamXposition by visiting <https://www.n1fd.org/ham-bootcamp/>.

TECH IN A DAY

Bill Poulin, WZ1L, and members of the Cape Ann ARA will once again offer “Tech in a Day” at HamXposition on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

This program has served the local community in getting newly excited people to become licensed amateurs. The program will run approximately 0800-1700. It concludes with a dedicated Volunteer Exam session.

Prospective candidates should purchase the ARRL Technician Class License Manual and read the manual before attending the class.  The book can be purchased at Ham Radio Outlet or the ARRL.

If you have any questions, contact Bill at (978) 504-9112 (Cell) or email <billpoulin01913@gmail.com>.

NEW ENGLAND ARES ACADEMY

Complementing our Saturday programming, we’re pleased to host the ever-popular New England ARES Academy featuring workshops and talks aimed at getting you prepared and ready to face any EmComm situation. The program includes:

  • Intro to ARES
  • HF Propagation for EmComm
  • Getting Started with WinLink Express
  • SKYWARN Refresher
  • Tactical Message Handling
  • Lessons Learned from the “Big Ones”
  • Intro to NEBMS
  • Go-kit Strategies

Volunteers Requested, YuKanRun Triple Threat 5K, Half Marathon, Rockport, August 1, 2021

Chris Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list:

We are looking for a few Check Points for the Triple Threat Communications Team. We have a few operators who cannot make it for the first of the month that realized they had other plans.

If you can help and are available, please reply to this email or email me at K1TAT@outlook.com.

Thank you,
Chris
W1TAT


Triple Threat Communications Team.
Rockport, Mass
Last Updated: July 25, 11:14 am
Event date: Sunday, August 1, 2021
On Location: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Starts: 5K Run = 8:00 am Half Marathon Run = 9:00 am
Frq: W1GLO Repeaters 145.130 – PL:107.2 Back up: 443.700 + PL:107.2

Fox on the Loose, Westford, July 24, 2021

Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list:

Hi everybody,

<…>

There is a 2m fox on the loose in Westford.  It can be heard on 146.565 MHz near my home QTH (info good on QRZ).

The clue:  The name of the conservation land has these initials (not necessarily in the correct order):  PMC

There are two entrances: one is very well marked with parking for 3-4 cars. The other entrance has a small signpost, with on-street parking nearby.

I forgot to put out the logbook.  Take a photo if you wish and send it to me.

It is still damp in the woods, and annoying flying insects are somewhat abundant.

Have fun and 73!

Andy

ARRL Board of Directors Creates Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee

From the ARES Letter:

At its just-concluded July 2021 meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors approved By-Law changes creating a third Standing Committee that joins the existing Administration and Finance Committee and Programs and Services Committee.

The charter of the new Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee (EC-FSC) is to develop and recommend new or modified Board policy and programs for emergency communications through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and National Traffic System™ (NTS™) entities.

The committee also will offer enhanced support for its Field Organization leadership volunteers, including Section Managers, and an increased focus on ARRL-Affiliated Clubs.

The EC-FSC will further provide guidance to the CEO in translating Board policy into prioritized tasking, funding, and staffing of programs, services, and training in support of amateur radio emergency communications, field organization volunteers, and recruitment and retention of new and existing members through assistance to Affiliated and Special Service Clubs.

The EC-FSC will have additional responsibility for monitoring and assessing trends in emergency communications technology and participant skills worldwide, and for identifying “best practices” for voluntary emergency communications provided by ARES and NTS, coordinating and cooperating with other amateur radio national societies as appropriate. — Thanks to The ARES Letter

2021 Boston Marathon Amateur Radio Volunteer Registration Extended

Amateur Radio Volunteers for the 2021 Boston Marathon. Amateur Radio volunteer registration has been extended to Friday July 30, 2021 at 500 PM EDT as there is still a need for more Amateurs to register to reach the required number of volunteers. Registration information is below:
 
On behalf of the BAA Amateur Radio Communications Committee, we hope everyone has stayed safe and healthy through the COVID-19 pandemic. After last year’s race was moved to a virtual only event, we are now approaching the 125th live running of the Boston Marathon.

Volunteer registration has been open for the Marathon since Wednesday June 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM and the Amateur Radio volunteer registration deadline has been extended to Friday July 30th, 2021 at 500 PM EDT.  The race itself is taking place on Monday, October 11, 2021.

For Returning Volunteers:
The BAA sends out an email which provides you with a direct link once registration is open. This email will also include your loyalty number, which is required for sign up. New for this year is that returning volunteers will need to setup an account via the BAA Athlete’s Village.

For New Volunteers:
If you haven’t previously volunteered, or have a friend who would like to volunteer, please go directly to the Volunteer Registration page and follow the instructions for new volunteers which will include setup of an account via the BAA Athlete’s Village.

Don’t delay! Volunteer registration has been extended and closes on Friday July 30th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Help us get the word out by forwarding this message to your club and other amateur radio operators who wish to volunteer. Most volunteers first learn about the event through word of mouth. If you know new licensees who might like to join us, please make sure to let them know about it. Even just a quick mention at your club meeting can be a big help.

 
We understand that with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing and the continued fluid situation on how it will affect the 2021 Boston Marathon, you may have questions about requirements and what COVID mitigations will be required for volunteers. If you have any questions regarding COVID mitigations, about the upcoming volunteer registration period, or the 2021 Marathon generally, please get in touch anytime. Volunteering at the Marathon is a big job and we appreciate the time and effort everyone puts into it. We’re happy to do what we can to make your work fun, comfortable, and effective. With respect to COVID-19 mitigations, we will do our best to answer questions but appreciate everyone’s patience, flexibility, and understanding that mitigation efforts and plans remain very fluid and could change based on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic as we get closer to the fall.

We look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Thank you, and 73,
Boston Marathon Communications Committee
contact@hamradioboston.org

 

KD1CY: “Boston Marathon Organization Make Up” on RATPAC Online, July 22, 2021

RATPAC logoThursday, July 22, RATPAC Zoom Presentation 

Starts 9:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EDT / 8:00 PM CDT / 7:00 PM MDT / 6:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM AKDT / 3:00 PM HST

TOPIC:  Boston Marathon Organization Make up

Speaker/Presenter: Rob Macedo KD1CY

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KM1NDY: POTA/SOTA Adventures at K1USN Radio Club Meeting, July 17, 2021

k1usn qsl card“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes in K1USN Happenings, July 17, 2021:

Just a reminder that our next K1USN Zoom session will feature a presentation by Mindy – KM1NDY on Tuesday, July 20th @ 7:30 PM EDT. She will be discussing her POTA/SOTA adventures.

BTW, I know that I had previously mentioned checking out Mindy’s blog, but suggest that you go there again and see the fabulous job she has done detailing the Field Day operation of the Sci-Tech group – https://km1ndy.com/arrl-field-day-2021-the-reemergence/.

If you would like to join our rapidly growing list of K1USN Zoom attendees then send me an e-mail ( k1rv@arrl.net ) to be added to the master Zoom list which is separate from the K1USN member list.

“Morse Code Keys and Keeps,” North Shore Radio Association Meeting, July 19, 2021

 
North Shore Radio Association logoEric Horwitz, KA1NCF, writes:
 
The July 19, 2021 North Shore Radio Association meeting will feature Matthew Vurek, N4DLA,  Orinda, California presenting on “Morse code Keys and Keeps.”
 
NOTE: WE WILL BE IN PERSON Starting in September. More info to follow.
 
PUBLIC SERVICE IS BACK!  Check the website to sign up!  www.nsradio.org
 
[Zoom conference information will be sent via the NSRA groups.io mailing list.  Contact Eric, KA1NCF, at ka1ncf -at- nsradio -dot- org to be added to the groups.io list.]
 
 

National Weather Service, SKYWARN Acknowledged at ARRL Re-Opening Ceremony, July 15, 2021

In addition to ARRL board members and political dignitaries attending the ARRL Re-opening Ceremony at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut: Glenn Field, KB1GHX, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NOAA / National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts; and Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN Coordinator.

Field and Macedo were both acknowledged in the public ceremony by ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA. 

photo of Rob Macedo, Glenn Field, Dahlia Field
Foreground: Rob Macedo, KD1CY; Glenn Field, KB1GHX; Dahlia Field. -K9HI photo

 

[See also: ARRL Re-Opening Ceremony Featured Dignitaries, Full Board and Newington Staff, July 15, 2021]

Youth On The Air 2021 Camp Makes Successful ARISS Contact

YOTA logoFred Kemmerer, AB1OC, writes:

“I had the pleasure of serving as the ARISS contact moderator for the Youth On The Air (YOTA) 2021 Camp’s contact with the International Space Station (ISS) using Amateur Radio today. Young Hams spent the week at the Voice of America Bethany Relay Station in West Chester, OH engaging in a variety of Amateur Radio Activities. Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, was the host for YOTA 2021 and provided an excellent pre-contact program. The West Chester Amateur Radio Association partnered with YOTA 2021 Camp group to help them with YOTA 2021 activities and their ISS contact. You can view a video of the YOTA 2021 Camp’s contact with astronaut Aki Hoshide, KE5DNI, on the International Space Station (ISS) by clicking on the video above.

Working with a school or group to help young people make contact with an astronaut on the ISS using Amateur Radio is a great way to build a lasting relationship around Amateur Radio with young people and their teachers and mentors. In my role as an ARISS Mentor and Ground Station, I have had the pleasure to help with nine of these contacts around the world over the last several years. In every case, local Ham Radio clubs partnered with the school or group to provide STEM learning experiences based on Amateur Radio. Helping a school or group make contact with the astronaut on the ISS provides a memorable experience for everyone involved.

You can learn more about the ARISS contact program here or contact me at ab1oc@arrl.net.

Fred, AB1OC

 

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday July 12th, 2021 at 830 PM EDT on the MMRA Repeater Network

Hello to all…

The July Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday July 12th, 2021 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. It is on the second Monday of the month due to Monday July 5th being the observed holiday for US Independence Day.

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:
https://mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_linking.html (Click the ARES box to see the repeaters and other systems linked)

We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. For this month’s ARES Net, we will have comments on an upcoming ARES exercise we are planning on Saturday August 7th, 2021, past SKYWARN activation information and the continued need for Amateur Radio volunteers for the 2021 Boston Marathon.

Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Norfolk County Radio Association (W1AGR)

Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, writes on the ARRL Members Only list:

The Norfolk County Radio Association (Massachusetts, today W1AGR) was founded in 1921, and has been continuously active since then. It is an ARRL-affiliated club. At the suggestion of Phil Temples, K9HI, my Vice Director, at this week’s ARRL Board of Directors meeting I will present a motion, to be seconded by Ria Jairam, N2RJ, the Hudson Division Director. The motion will recognize NCRA’s 100th anniversary.

For further information on NCRA, see https://sites.google.com/site/norfolkcountyradioassociation/.

Congratulations to NCRA!

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ARRL New England Division
Director: Fred Hopengarten, K1VR
k1vr@arrl.org
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Email to ARRL Life Members

ARRL Life Member logoFrom ARRL News:

To keep member records up to date, ARRL emailed Life Members on June 16 and will be sending a follow-up email in the next few days, asking them to verify their mailing address. Be assured that it is a legitimate request sent from ARRL. Thank you to all those who responded.

If you need to update your address information, call (860) 594-0200, email membership@arrl.org, or respond to the email you received. If your email client does not recognize the text as a link, you will need to cut and paste it into a web browser to access the verification web page.

Eastern Area Net Changes effective August 1, 2021

The Eastern Area Net or EAN has been part of the ARRL’s National Traffic System since its inception 70+ years ago. However in 2015 as many are aware there was a split with the creation of Radio Relay International or RRI. Much of what was considered NTS above the section level, including all of the Central and Pacific or Western areas affiliated with RRI while Eastern Area was split, operating two area level nets both meeting nightly. Effective August 1, 2021, NTS’s EAN will merge with RRI’s RRIE nets, consolidating resources. This net will be called EAN, will be reporting to both ARRL and RRI, and will continue to meet at 2030 Local time but will change frequency to 3552 kHz with backup at NCS discretion of 7052 kHz. Net manager will be Phil “Pip” Sager WB4FDT.

New Group Formed to Discuss ARRL New England Division Elections

Anyone interested in the fall ARRL elections for the New England Division Director and NE Division Vice Director should considering joining a new discussion list just created at:

https://groups.io/g/NE-elect 

Description from list owners:

NE-elect is an open forum to discuss ARRL Section Manager, Vice Director, and Director elections within the New England division with a focus on issue-oriented discussions and the candidate’s views on issues. We also encourage discussion on ARRL governance.  Opinionated, spirited debate is welcome. Please keep your posts short and concise. Mean-spirited or slanderous remarks or the use of profanity or obscenity is not allowed and subject to removal.

This is an important Division election.  An informed electorate is important.  This group is only days old.   Sign up at: <https://groups.io/g/NE-elect> 

73,

Tom K1TW

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ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW
k1tw@arrl.org
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W0MXX: “High Altitude Ballooning: Going to the Edge of Space” at Sci-Tech ARS Meeting, July 13, 2021

New England Sci Tech logo
Coming Tuesday, July 13 at the New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society: “High Altitude Ballooning: Going to the Edge of Space” by Max Kendall, W0MXX.  
 
This talk will introduce high altitude balloons and then describe Max’s experiences in building, launching, and recovering them.  Amateur radio transmitters play a critical role in recovery of payloads.
 
Max is one of our youth members who has achieved Tech and General licenses and is now working on his Amateur Extra license.
 
[For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.]