MARS Volunteers Recognized with Gold-Level President’s Volunteer Service Award

A Taunton, MA amateur is among  twelve US Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) volunteers being honored with gold-level recognition for the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2020. Bob Mims, WA1OEZ, the former Director for Region One (New England) along with eleven other award recipients will receive a letter signed by the President of the United States, a certificate of achievement, and a presidential volunteer service lapel pin. Volunteer awards are based on the certifying organization’s recommendation and the number of documented volunteer hours for the year. [Full story]

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WO1VES: “Fusion Digital Mode” at Billerica ARS Meeting Online, March 3, 2021

Douglas Bruce, KC1MJK, writes on the W1HH.org website: Come join [the Billerica Amateur Radio Society] for an informative presentation on the Fusion digital mode by Brian, WO1VES. Brian runs the growing Wolfpack Repeater Network featuring the System Fusion digital technology by Yaesu. This is a must see presentation so please mark this on your calendar! 73, Doug

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KC1MCW, KC1LOM: “Flying the Beam: Navigation by Air & Space,” New England Sci-Tech ARS Meeting Online, March 9, 2021

On Tuesday March 9 at 19:00 Wayne Hansen, KC1MCW, and Mark Rudd, KC1LOM, will present,“Flying the Beam: Navigation by Air & Space.” Wayne will cover past and present methods to use radio for aircraft communication and navigation. Mark will cover how the Apollo 1967 mission used radio for the space mission’s communication and navigation to the moon and back. For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.

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Correction: Slow Speed Test (SST) Now Friday and Sunday Evenings

Note: This is a time correction to the February 2021 EMA Section News. Normal Date and Times: NEW: 20:00-21:00 UTC Friday;  00:00-01:00 UTC Monday.    The K1USN Radio Club sponsors the one-hour, twice-weekly Slow Speed Test (SST) every Friday and Sunday.  For those who prefer a more leisurely CW pace or are new CW operators this just might be what you are looking for!  Details can be found at <http://www.k1usn.com/sst.html>.

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday March 1st, 2021 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater Network

Hello to all… The March Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday March 1st, 2021 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 this month’s ARES Net, we have a high wind event expected for the area Monday Night into Tuesday Morning …

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Framingham ARA Donation to Framingham Police Association

At its February 27, 2021 board meeting, the Framingham Amateur Radio Association voted to donate $500 to the Framingham Police Association, naming Sgt. Paul Patriarca, K1PMP, and family as beneficiary.  Patriarca’s Grafton home was tragically involved in a home fire; thankfully, no one was hurt.   According to FARA president John Iwuc, KB1VXY, “Paul received his technician class license through FARA and periodically attends the Saturday morning Shack openings.” Two club members agreed to donate $100 each to FARA to help defray this cost. 

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W1DAN to be Featured on Pittsfield Community TV, WTBR-FM, March 3, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts Technical Coordinator Dan Brown, W1DAN, will be the featured guest on Ham On!, simulcast on Pittsfield Community Television and WTBR-FM 89.7 on March 3, 2021. The early morning program is produced and moderated by Western MA Assistant Section Traffic Manager Peter Mattice, KD2JKV. Dan will speak about how ham radio has influenced his career in the broadcast industry.  

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K8ZT: “Technicians: Life Beyond Repeaters” at K1USN Radio Club Meeting Online, March 2, 2021

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes in K1USN “Happenings”, February 25, 2021:   “Technicians: Life Beyond Repeaters,” presented by Anthony Luscre, K8ZT   Maybe you just received your Technician license, or perhaps you have had it for a while and burnt out on sparse FM Repeater contacts. Take a new look at the possibilities available to you beyond repeaters. Explore Tech HF and 6 Meter privileges for SSB, CW and Digital Modes (FT8/FT4/RTTY) to expand your operating modes and the distance covered in contacts. Explore other VHF/UHF uses, including SSB, Satellite Operation, FM Simplex, Digital Modes, Contesting, and more. We are fortunate to …

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KD1CY: “SKYWARN” at RATPAC, February 25, 2021

RATPAC’s scheduled Thursday February 25 Zoom presentation will be at:   10:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM CST / 7:00 PM MST / 6:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM AKST / 4:00 PM HST  Topic: SKYWARN  Speaker/Presenter: Rob Macedo KD1CY Hey folks: These Zoom sessions are left open after the presentation.  After the Zoom presentation has been closed, sign back into Zoom to visit. This meeting will be recorded. By participating you consent to being recorded.  Please change your display name to Your First Name, Call Sign and Location, e.g. Dan K7REX Idaho.  Please stay muted until ready to speak. Your space bar works like a …

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Genesis ARS Meeting Online, February 22, 2021

Michael Bennett, KG1U, writes on the GARS Now mailing list:   Topic: GARS February Meeting Time: Feb 22, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)   I will give a short demo and answer questions about DUDE-Star and PEANUT if we have time.    Hope to see you all there.  The Zoom information is as follows:  <…>   [email kg1ugars at gmail.com for details.]    

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JAN 2021

As we look forward to spring and daylight savings time, we also look forward to some new happenings in the traffic world of Eastern MA. Because we have seen a big increase in the number of check-ins on the Mass Rhode Island Phone Net, we have decided to increase the number of sessions per week from three to six. More information will be forthcoming in the next few days so stay tuned to an announcement on this website. In addition one of our newer traffic handlers on the CW net (he is also on the phone net and CM2MN) Rob …

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N1DM: “History of Radio in Maine Back to World War I” at Sci-Tech ARS Meeting Online, February 23, 2021

Dom Mallozzi, N1DM, will present the “History of Radio in Maine back to World War I” on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 19:00 ET. This talk is a discussion of historic radio sites in Maine from World War One through the 1960s. This discussion includes some radio sites that have long disappeared but had a major influence on radio, like the site of the first major commercial use of single sideband. As with any such history discussion, we will also cover a few technical details on the progress of technology over the years from long waves to satellites. For Zoom …

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Lantern Battery 70cm/2m FM activation, 2/21/21 approx. 7:30 PM

Mike Powell, W1KU, writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list: After this week’s Sunday net, I plan to operate 70 cm FM (maybe 2 m, too) from my lantern batteries.  I plan to be at my employer’s parking lot at a high point in Hudson (77 Reed Rd), so I’m hoping for decent simplex coverage to the local area. This is an opportunity for club members with technician or above licenses to make LBC contacts (2 points for contacting a member). My goal is also to check my simplex range from this location, so even if you don’t have lantern …

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MA Ham Operator License Plate Update, February 18, 2021

From: nediv.arrl.org:   Randy Dore, AI1G, writes:   I received my new Ham Operator plates from the RMV this past Saturday, February 13, 2021.   A side note for anyone who has ordered plates–  All plate are retro dated back to the application processing date (mine was December 8th) and and you should be aware that they automatically cancel the old registration number 60 days after the processing date and request you dispose of current plates locally by recycling them.  This could lead to a gap between plates if there is a delivery delay.    My plates only expired 5 days before I received my new AI1G plates because …

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WB2OSZ: “Dire Wolf Software” at Waltham ARA Meeting Online, February 24, 2021

Ron Senykoff, KG1T, President, Waltham Amateur Radio Association writes: Please join the Waltham Amateur Radio Association  at 8 PM on February 24, 2021 in welcoming John Langner, WB2OSZ, for a presentation on Dire Wolf APRS Software. John is one of the main developers of Dire Wolf.  In the early days of Amateur Packet Radio and APRS, it was necessary to use an expensive “Terminal Node Controller” (TNC) with specialized hardware. Those days are gone. You can now get better results, at lower cost, by connecting your radio to the “sound card” interface of a computer and using software in place …

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ARRL Board Considers Plan to Cover New $35 FCC Fee for Some Young Members

from nediv.arrl.org: At its Annual Meeting in January, the ARRL Board of Directors considered a motion to offer a new plan that would pay the new but not-yet-implemented $35 FCC application fee for a limited number of new radio amateurs younger than age 18 who, at the time of testing, belonged to an ARRL Affiliated 501(c)(3) charitable organization and passed their tests through an ARRL VEC-sponsored exam session. The proposal called for reducing the VEC fee for these candidates to $5. The initial proposal came from ARRL Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB. Other Board members offered subsidiary motions. Supporters …

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