Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday July 6th 2020 at 830 PM EDT

Hello to all… The July Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday July 6th, 2020 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 tonight’s ARES Net, we will do a brief review of severe weather events that have affected the section particularly …

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MARS Announces HF Skills Exercise, July 20-24, 2020

From ARRL Web: Members of the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will conduct an HF skills exercise July 20 – 24 to hone their operating skills and messaging-handling capabilities. MARS members will be reaching out to the amateur radio community via the 60-meters Channel 1 Net (5330.5 kHz dial) twice a day, the SATERN HF net (14.265 MHz), and by contacting various stations via HFLink throughout the exercise. MARS members will be requesting assistance with collecting county status information as well as airport weather information, called METARs. MARS members will also be passing ICS 213 messages to numerous Department of …

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July Eastern MA Hospital Net Cancelled Due to Independence Day Holiday

John O’Neill-K1JRO writes: Good Evening Everyone, My apologies for the very late note. Where the first Saturday of July is holiday, we will not have a Net this month. We will have a Net in August. A notice will be sent out about the August Net well in advance. I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th. Regards, John O’ – K1JRO South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group – W1SSH 55 Fogg Road, Box 42 South Weymouth, MA 02190

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W1 QSL Card Sorting Session Cancelled, August 13, 2020

Eric Williams, KV1J, writes on the Algonquin Amateur Radio Club mailing list: Hope all are well. I am cancelling our QSL sort session that was scheduled for August 13, 2020. Two reasons: one, of course, is the current virus situation.  The Fire Station is not available and our work is not “Essential.” The other reason is with the worldwide precautions, we are not receiving the boxes from the countries.  So at this point that are not enough cards to sort.  It may be that the mail embargoes will be released and we’ll get a surge of cards at some point.  …

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Power Line Noise Resource at National Grid

John Salmi, KB1MGI, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list: I have had a S-9+ power line noise on my VHF beams on 2 meters and 6 meters along with my HF vertical antenna during the dry spells this spring and summer. When it rained the noise reduced or stopped all together. I traced it down to a pole 200 feet from my QTH. I called National Grid a week or so ago about the issue. This morning a National Grid Senior Engineer from the Engineering Laboratory NE Lab & Testing services from Worcester stopped by.  The first thing …

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New Amateur Extra Class License Manual and Extra Q&A Now Available

From ARRL Web: Go all the way to the top! ARRL has everything you need to pass the Amateur Extra Class license exam with confidence. The ARRL Extra Class License Manual for Ham Radio is your ticket to every privilege granted to amateur radio operators — all frequencies, operating modes, and power levels. It has all the questions and answers, with detailed explanations, for examinations taken between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2024. Use this book with ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio online to review the material. You can even take practice exams, so there are no surprises on exam day! …

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Falmouth Amateur Radio Association Resumes In-Person VE testing

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association has announced that its Volunteer Examination team has resumed in-person test sessions. According to the Falmouth ARA website: “Lee Thomas, NQ1L, FARA’s [VE team coordinator] has arranged for the use of a facility that allows for proper social distancing.   Examinations are now available on the second Saturday of the month by reservation only.  Contact Lee Thomas at NQ1L38 at gmail.com to schedule an examination.”

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FCC Settles With Two Beantown Radio Pirates

(Radio World) – The Federal Communications Commission says it reached a settlement with two operators of pirate radio stations in the Boston area. It said Acerome Jean Charles and Gerlens Cesar admit fault, will pay fines and agreed to 20-year compliance commitments. And they’ll dispose of their radio equipment. It’s an unexpected development. In December the FCC issued notices of apparent liability to the men for operating Radio Concorde and Radio TeleBoston, respectively. “The Enforcement Bureau negotiated the two Consent Decrees, which provide for a strict compliance plan over a period of 20 years to prevent Jean Charles and Cesar …

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New Amateur Extra License Class Question Pool Goes Into Effect July 1, 2020

The new 2020 – 2024 Amateur Extra­ class (Element 4) question pool takes effect on July 1, 2020. The new question pool incorporates significant changes compared to the 2016 – 2020 question pool (expiration date: June 30, 2020). The number of questions in the pool is reduced from 712 to 622. This results in 239 modified questions, 49 new questions, and the removal of 139 outdated questions. Areas of new technology and subjects were added. The 2020 pool has 10 diagrams, which have been renumbered, It’s important to note that question E3B08 was withdrawn from the new pool and may not be used on exams. Questions in that section were not renumbered, leaving 11 …

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June 2020 Section News

June 2020: EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (EMA) SECTION NEWS +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++       Welcome to the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL section newsletter +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ To see all the monthly news, which is updated regularly, visit <https://ema.arrl.org/>. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ UP FRONT +++ A PRELUDE TO SUMMER I’m trying something a little different this month.  There is so much about Amateur Radio happening right now as July is knocking on the door, that I almost certainly will break my tradition of one long newsletter a month and issue shorter but more frequent newsletters for a while. I am calling this June Newsletter the “Prelude to a summer …

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NEAR-Fest XXVIII October 16 & 17, 2020 Is Cancelled

Michael Crestohl, W1RC, writes:   You may have already know that the Deerfield Fair Association voted reluctantly but overwhelmingly to cancel the 2020 Fair at a special meeting on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020. Ben, KB1NZN, and I are members.  We were at the meeting and voted for cancellation.  We both totally agree with the decision of the Deerfield Fair Association membership who voted 105 to 5 in favor of cancelling the Fair.   There was not one good reason put forth during the discussion in favor of holding thenFair this year. Especially in these unprecedented times our first responsibility must be …

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Call for Speakers: ARRL Learning Network

We are readying an initiative named the ARRL Learning Network — a series of webinars presented by member-volunteers, for members. Like hamfest forums and radio club presentations, these webinars are intended to help members get more active, involved, and engaged in amateur radio. Recorded presentations will also respond to regular requests from our affiliated radio clubs for quality programming, particularly clubs that lack ready access to presenters, or have a last-minute speaker cancellation. Our current plan is to begin scheduling speakers for webinars as early as mid- to late-July. We need your help… Below is a Call for Speakers invitation (or download this PDF) which we’d …

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PART of Westford 2020 Field Day Awards

PART of Westford will hold a fun competition to recognize members who operated in the 2020 Field Day and who finish first in several categories: Highest number of contacts (subcategories: overall, CW, Phone, Digital, VHF/UHF) Highest score Highest score by a Technician Farthest DX “Home Run”–at least one contact on each mode (SSB, CW, digital, and VHF-FM simplex) Club president George Allison, K1IG, asks applicants to email him once they receive confirmation from ARRL Headquarters that their logs have been received. He adds, “this is all on the honor system.”  Winners will be announced at the August PART meeting.  

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Severe Weather & Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend Coordination Message #5

The following is the fifth and final message in a series of messages on Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend and providing information on the weather during this period. This is a tradition spanning over 17 years for Amateur Radio Operators involved with Field Day and the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Program.   After the Saturday afternoon and early evening beneficial rain of around 0.10″-0.90″ around the area with lesser amounts in parts of Northeast Massachusetts, Sunday will feature a warm and humid day with the potential for isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms across the region. The most likely timeframe …

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Severe Weather & Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend Coordination Message #4

The following is the fourth in a series of messages on Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend and providing information on the weather during this period. This is a tradition spanning over 17 years for Amateur Radio Operators involved with Field Day and the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Program.   After the afternoon and early evening beneficial rain of around 0.10″-0.90″ around the area with lesser amounts in parts of Northeast Massachusetts, clearing will occur and result in a hazy, warm, humid day on Sunday with the risk of isolated to scattered strong to severe thunderstorms for Sunday Afternoon and Evening. The …

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