MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR AUGUST 2020

Greetings to all. I hope you had a great summer in spite of all the pandemic restrictions. Now that we are getting into fall perhaps there is time to consider some why’s and wherefores of handling message traffic on voice nets. We have some very good training programs on the nets but I would also like to call attention to the Methods and Practices Guidelines (MPG) available on the arrl.org website (http://www.arrl.org/files/file/NTS_MPG2014.pdf) with link also on the ema.arrl.org website (https://ema.arrl.org/national-traffic-system/nts-resources/) under NTS Resources. This is not meant to be a training manual but rather a resource document covering various topics …

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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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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 want to thank all of those who forwarded their recommendations to Director Hopengarten,” Temples said. “Mike Raisbeck left some big shoes to fill. I look forward to working with Fred, and to advise and assist him with various tasks and board committee assignments. One …

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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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Bill Burden, WB1BRE, Silent Key

Past New England Division Director Bill Burden, WB1BRE, of Strafford, Vermont, died on July 29. An ARRL Life Member, he was 84. Burden served as ARRL New England Division Director from 1992 to 1996. Prior to that, he was New England Division Vice Director (1991 – 1992) and New Hampshire Section Manager (1985 – 1991). He served as the emergency management director for the Town of Strafford. A graduate of Lowell Tech with a degree in electrical engineering, Burden worked for Lockheed-Sanders, retiring in 1991. -ARRL Letter, September 17, 2020

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HamXposition / New England ARES Academy Preliminary Schedule

(Updated September 18, 2020)   The first-ever New England Division ARES Academy, scheduled for the Division Convention in November, will instead be held over a period of several weeks in October via Zoom. There are five Basic Track classes for those just getting started, and more advanced classes and workshops for those who already have the basics. One-hour classes will be held on weeknights from 7:30 to 8:30, and two-hour workshop sessions will be held Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00. A big benefit of the on-line schedule is the opportunity to take every single class and workshop instead 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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Nashua Area Radio Society’s “Ham Bootcamp” at the Virtual Northeast HamXposition, November 7, 2020

[As a part of the Northeast HamXposition‘s virtual activities (Saturday evening banquet and New England ARES Academy), the Nashua Area Radio Society is offering “Ham Bootcamp” online this year.]   From the Nashua Area Radio Society website: Ham Bootcamp 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. It is also a great opportunity for prospective hams who are interested in seeing what the hobby has to offer. Our Bootcamp activities are provided online via a series of sessions geared …

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W1PJE: “A History and an Inside Tour of NIST Station WWV,” Nashoba Valley ARC Meeting Online, September 17, 2020

Bruce Blain, K1BG, writes: The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s September meeting is TOMORROW, Thursday, September 17th at 7:30 PM. This meeting will be conducted via WebEx. Meeting details are below. Thanks to Jim Hein N8VIM and Medtronics for the WebEx conference. The September meeting will feature Phil, W1PJE, speaking on “A history, and an Inside Tour, of NIST Station WWV”. This is sure to be an interesting talk. Thanks and 73. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Bruce, K1BG  978-772-2773 or bruce.blain@charter.net [Contact Bruce, K1BG, for WebEx conference meeting details.]

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K1BG: “CW Academy” at Quannapowitt RA Meeting Online, September 17, 2020

QRA September online meeting:  “CW Academy” by Bruce Blain, K1BG, September 17, 2020 at 7 PM. Bruce will talk about this very successful program and how it is introducing large numbers of hams to the joys of CW.  If you have wondered about getting into CW, thought “I can never do that!”, or know someone who might be interested in learning Morse code,  this presentation is for you! Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, September through June. All are invited and holding an Amateur Radio license is not required.  [For Zoom meeting details, email Bob Reiser, …

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Northern Florida ARES Requests Clear Frequencies for HF Nets

QST de W1AW  ARRL Bulletin 23  ARLB023 From ARRL Headquarters  Newington CT  September 16, 2020 To all radio amateurs SB QST ARL ARLB023 ARLB023 Northern Florida ARES Requests Clear Frequencies for HF Nets Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator Karl Martin, K4HBN, is requesting that stations not directly involved in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) response to Hurricane Sally please avoid 3.950 MHz (primary) and 7.242 MHz (backup). ARES has activated in four Northern Florida counties. Shelters are open, and power and telecommunications outages are widespread, Martin reports. NNNN /EX

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5-MHz Interoperability Channels Designated for Wildfires and Hurricane Sally Response

From ARRL Web: 09/15/2020 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that two 60-meter channels have been made available, as necessary, for interoperability between US Government stations and US amateur radio stations involved in emergency communications related to the wildland firefighting response in California, Oregon, and Washington, and to Hurricane Sally. These interoperability channels will remain active until the need for these channels no longer exists: Channel 1 — primary voice traffic 5332 kHz channel center, 5330.5 kHz USB voice Channel 2 — digital traffic 5348 kHz channel center, 5346.5 kHz USB with 1.5-kHz offset to center of …

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Boston ARC Business Meeting Online, September 17, 2020

Doc Kinne, KE1ML, writes on the Boston Amateur Radio Club mailing list:   Here is the Zoom Meeting ID and Password for Thursday’s 7:30 PM Meeting. As mentioned, this will largely be a business meeting, and we hope to discuss future ideas and thoughts as to what we want to do as a club and how.   ===========================================   Topic: Sept BARC Zoom Meeting Time: Sep 17, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)   [For Zoom meeting information, email Doc Kinne, KE1ML at ke1ml@arrl.net.]

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Northeastern Wireless Club Meets Online, September 24, 2020

From the NUWC mailing list, September 16, 2020 Welcome Back! Fall 2020 Kickoff Thursday September 24th, 6-7 PM on Teams Welcome back to all of our returning members, and also to all of our new members! Despite a really unusual time for us all, especially coming into this fall, Wireless Club is starting back up. This semester we will still be having general meetings, workshops, discussions, and more!  Our first meeting is this Thursday, September 24th. We will be introducing new members to the club and sharing a few details about the upcoming semester and what events and opportunities we are preparing for you. …

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WBØIXV: “Morse Code 101 and 201” at Billerica ARS, October 7, 2020

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on the Billerica Amateur Radio Society‘s website: Folks, I am very happy to announce we will have a distant guest speaker for our Zoom meeting [on October 7, 2020 at 7 PM]. A few weeks ago, I was thinking about trying to promote CW in our club and introduce it to members who have never tried it. Google gave me a path to David O’Farrell’s presentations Morse Code 101 and 201. Dave was first licensed as KN7YXO in 1963 (at 15). He was a telegraph operator for the Northern Pacific Railway, holds Amateur Extra and Commercial …

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NEAR-Fest and the Road Ahead

Mike Crestohl, W1RC, writes: Dear Friends of NEAR-Fest: Now that NEAR-Fest XXVII and XXVIII have been cancelled there are some important issues with which we must deal. First,  this is going to be a major hit on our treasury because, notwithstanding the reason we are being canceled, we have contracts that need to be honored.  2019, as you may remember, was plagued with wet weather for both May and October.  Attendance was down and so are our cash reserves.  Consequently, the hard facts are that we need to raise some new capital starting this Fall if NEAR-Fest is to survive. …

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