New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, October 19-20, 2019

For junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults who already have a Technician level license, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the GENERAL license exam. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum.  Some preliminary reading and study is necessary to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent approximately a week before the course. The GENERAL level course runs Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech …

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KW1U Featured on Pittsfield Community TV, WTBR-FM, September 18, 2019

Massachusetts Section Traffic Manager Marcia Forde, KW1U, was the featured guest on Ham On! (episode 3), simulcast on Pittsfield Community Television and WTBR-FM 89.7. The early morning program was produced and moderated by Western MA Assistant Section Traffic Manager Peter Mattice, KD2JKV. Marcia discussed the ARRL National Traffic System and her experiences with message handling. The 60-minute program can be viewed online at <http://www.pittsfieldtv.net/CablecastPublicSite/show/32638?channel=1>. [Ed. note: the video may not play properly in all browsers.]

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K1BG: “CW Academy” at Nashoba Valley ARC Meeting, September 19, 2019

Bruce Blain, K1BG, writes: The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s September meeting will be Thursday, September 19th at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center (in Pepperell). That’s the day after tomorrow! This month we will feature several speakers. Yours truly, Bruce K1BG, will talk about CW Ops “CW Academy.” CW Academy has trained an estimated 5,000 students in the past few years in the art of CW and telegraphy. If improving your Morse skills is of interest, this talk is for you! Jim, AB1WQ will summarize individual contributors from Field Day, conduct a “lottery”, and present the Field Day …

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Blackstone Valley ARC Amateur Radio Day at Bellingham, MA Public Library A Great Success

Members of the Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club (BVARC) in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, conducted an innovative “Amateur Radio Day” at the Bellingham (MA) Public Library on September 14, 2019.  BVARC Board of Governor’s member Mickey Callahan, K1WMC, proposed the idea to the club officers and received a commitment of support to hold the outreach event in nearby Bellingham. Along with BVARC President Matt Penttilla, N1AQ; Vice President Marc Caouette, W1MCX; and Rhode Island Section Manager Bob Beaudet, W1YRC, they tackled the logistics and formulated “a simple plan on how to present Amateur Radio and promote the club in a fun, …

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Request for Operators, YuKanRun Half-By-The-Sea Half Marathon, Manchester, September 22, 2019

Chris Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the CAARA mailing list:   CAARA has a great public service team! Come out and have some fun with us. We have loaner radios if you need one. Come out and join the event. Just contact us and we will set you up with a radio. We are looking for operators to staff the YuKanRun Half-By-The-Sea Half Marathon. on Sunday, September 22. Please be on location at your Check Point by 9:30 AM for a 10:00 AM start. Manchester Essex Memorial Elementary School, 43 Lincoln Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944 Please let me know if you …

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Newton-Wellesley Area D-STAR Net Begins

Frank Ventura, N1FMV, writes on Wellesley ARS, Middlesex ARC lists: […] We have received permission to hold a once weekly net on a DSTAR reflector. We would like to invite anyone who has access to  DSTAR equipment to join us every Monday night at 8 PM Eastern on the REF038C reflector. This will be a very informal net and no specific time limit or topic shall be enforced. Thanks, for reading and hope to hear from all who are interested.

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MIT Radio Society, MIT UHF Repeater Association Kickoff Fall 2019 Schedule

The MIT Radio Society and MIT UHF Repeater Association kick off their fall 2019 semester: Every Friday at 7 pm, 50-358 – Friday Fun Fest – Come hang out and get a tour of the stations or work on projects Saturday, September 14-15 at 2 pm, 54-2101 – September VHF contest – From the Green Building roof, use our weak signal station to communicate around the hemisphere! Sunday, September 15, 9 am-2 pm, Albany St Garage – Swapfest – Computers, electronics, radio flea market Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 pm, 1-150 – Ham Radio FCC License Exams – $14 and 2 IDs

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North Shore RA Meets September 16, 2019

The North Shore Radio Association will hold its general meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019.  Doors open at 7 PM, and the meeting starts at 7:30 PM. Club meetings are held on the second Monday night of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 PM at the Peabody Municipal Light Plant Auditorium, 201 Warren Street Extension in Peabody, Massachusetts (talk-in 145.470/R). 

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Eastern MA Club Speakers List

Attention club officers: The Eastern Massachusetts ARRL web site maintains a list of club presentations and speakers for use by affiliated clubs. The list is divided into two categories: A listing of speakers who have registered with local ARRL section leadership to present on ham related talks to any club within a designated traveling area; A “historical” listing of speakers who have presented–or will present–at a radio club on the date listed.  The latter “historical” category contains over five years of information. (Note: Inclusion in the historical section does not indicate a willingness or availability on the speaker’s part to present at other meetings, nor …

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Flea at MIT, September 15, 2019

Steve Finberg, W1GSL, writes: The September FLEA at MIT is this coming Sunday.    Also known as SWAPFEST it is held in MIT’s Albany Street garage near the corner of Albany and Main Street in Cambridge. It features high-tech goodies such as electronics, computers and ham radio. “All things nerdly.”      We have had real Enegma machines to an NASA Gemini space craft,  show up.   It starts at 9 AM for buyers and runs till 2 PM,  be early for the  good stuff.   All vendors are in the covered garage, which makes a weatherproof event.   Its not too …

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K1SIG, Unlimited Rover, in ARRL VHF Contest, September 14-16, 2019

Sean Waite, WA1TE writes on the YCCC mailing list: Alright…no minute like last minute. Chris KG6CIH and I have finally decided what our route for the contest is going to be. Saturday: FN34wa – Bradford Information Center FN33xi – Sunapee High Point FN43fb – Quincy Mountain Sunday: FN42fg – Westborough Water Tower (we may pick another FN42 site, depends on where we end up Saturday night) FN41cu – Apple orchard/cell site FN31tx – Soapstone Mountain FN32ou – Hogback Mountain Times for this will be fuzzy. Maybe 2 hours at each site, maybe longer on Sunday sites as we have more …

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Volunteers Needed: Buzzards Bay Du/Triathlon – Sunday, September 15th

Matt Brennan-NM1B writes: Hi Folks, I’m looking for about fifteen hams to provide communications assistance for the Buzzard’s Bay Triathlon in Westport on Sunday, September 15th. It occurs from 9AM (hams will meet at 8AM) until about 1PM (some assignments should secure by noon). It will be held in Horseneck Beach State Park and includes a swim, bike and run that travels through the town of Westport. There is also a duathlon option. More info online: www.maxperformanceonline.com. It is a very scenic area. Please send a note to events@wect.org if you’re able to help. This is well outside WECT’s normal …

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Norfolk County RA Presents ARRL Elmer Award to K1HRV

Norfolk County Radio Association President Dick Bean, K1HC, writes: The Norfolk County Radio Association presented Dave Doe, K1HRV, with the ARRL Elmer Award at its September 11 meeting to thank him for his mentoring of so many fellow hams over 51 years of club membership (since January 10, 1968).  Dave has held many leadership positions in the club, and he is currently club secretary and historian.

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Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC Meets September 17, 2019

Ray Cord, K2TGX, writes on the SMH ARC mailing list: This is to announce that the September Meeting of the SMH ARC will be held this coming Tuesday evening, September 17 [in Attleboro] at the Hospital in Conference Room D & E. Please note that there will be an abbreviated ARES meeting starting at 7:00PM and the business meeting will start at 7:30PM to allow time for a presentation by Pierre Guimond, N1EZT. Hope to see you all there.

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Build-Your-Own “HABCAR” Course Coming Soon to MIT Lincoln Lab

MIT Lincoln Lab employee Brian Smigielski, AB1ZO, has been awarded funding to design a course in which participants will learn how to build a prototype High Altitude Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio (HABCAR). “The [MIT Lincoln Lab] Technology Office wanted to create another kit building course where each kit would have a price  point of about $400/kit,” writes Brian.  “I had suggested a Build-Your-Own High Altitude Balloon Carrying Amateur Radio course focused on a long-endurance flight using WSPR and transmitting back telemetry (as well as other sensor related data) using the “invalid” WSPR messages which begin with a 0 or Q (that …

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Nashoba Valley ARC, Possible Plans for 2019 Jamboree On The Air

Stan Pozerski, KD1LE writes in the September, 2019 issue of Signal: We are exploring doing an Amateur Radio activity for the Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) with Owen Salter, KC1KZT, who is a boy scout from Ayer. Owen is working on whether arrangements can be made with the Boy Scout Council leadership. Possible locations at this point are the Lancaster Boy Scout office (where we set up two years ago) or Pearl Hill State Park in Townsend during a camporee. Stay tuned as we will need some help for this. 

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR AUGUST 2019

Greetings All,  Below you will find the August net and traffic report for Eastern and Western Mass.   Last weekend I enjoyed the annual ARRL New England Division convention, otherwise now known as Northeast HamXposition in Boxboro MA.  It was great to see so many friends there.  I enjoyed some of the interesting forums including one on message handling and net control by our own Doc Kinne KE1ML who gave an excellent and very lively presentation.  If you missed the convention this year I hope you will be able to attend next year, again the weekend after Labor Day. Peter Doherty …

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Wellesley ARS Meeting @ New England Sci-Tech, September 17, 2019

Dan Brown, W1DAN, writes in the Wellesley ARS’ The Spark Gap: Our September meeting will be very different. We will visit New England Sci-Tech at 16 Tech Circle in Natick on Tuesday September 17 (https://www.nescitech.org/). Here we will have a short business meeting, then join Bob [Phinney, K5TEC] and his crew to enjoy what they are doing. — New England Sci-Tech conducts classes and workshops in electronics, space science, ham radio, astronomy, robotics, photography, coding, computers, Arduinos, game theory, 3D design, spooky music, wearable technology, telescope making, edible 3D, Cubes-in-SpaceTM,  kite making, quadcopters, battle-bots, and more. It also provides a Maker …

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WECT Public Service Events

Courtesy wma.arrl.org: The Worcester Emergency Communications Team is looking for ham radio operators to assist with two more upcoming public service events.  Both of these events are out of WECT’s normal operational area. The Buzzard’s Bay Triathlon in Westport on Sunday, September 15th. It occurs from 9 AM (hams will meet at 8 AM) until about 1 PM (some assignments should secure by noon). It will be held in Horseneck Beach State Park and includes a swim, bike and run that travels through the town of Westport. There is also a duathlon option. It is a very scenic area. The Ride to Defeat ALS on Sunday September 22 from 6 AM to …

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