Billerica ARS’ Outreach to New Hams

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes in the Billerica Amateur Radio Society December, 2019 newsletter: I would like you to think back to the time you first had interest in ham radio. Who got you involved? What did you see (equipment) or heard (QSOs) that fascinated you? How easy – or difficult – was it for you to get into this wonderful hobby? And then, what kept your interest and motivation to stick with it? Your Board has met several times to brainstorm how we can capture some of the people who are newly licensed. Anyone who gets a ham license and …

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WQ1O: “Emergency Go-Kits” at New England Sci-Tech ARS, December 17, 2019

Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, will be the guest speaker at the Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society’s weekly meeting, Tuesday, December 17 at 7 PM. According to the ARRL EMA section website, “Frank is the [District Emergency Coordinator] for the Cape Cod and the Islands area. This large and challenging area consists of Cape Cod, the island of Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Island. Frank heads the CCARES organization and is the Hyannis Red Cross Communications Officer. Frank is an experienced veteran of field operations and NTS procedures. He frequently presents material about field operations at the ARES Workshops, including the ‘go-kit’ presentation.”  

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Whitman ARC Winterfest, January 18, 2020

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club will hold its Winterfest on January 18, 2020 from 9 AM until 1 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Route 18, in Whitman. A VE testing session will be conducted at the event. Admission is $5; tables cost $15. Raffle prizes will be drawn at noon. Talk-in will be provided on the Whitman ARC repeater: 147.225Mhz+ PL67. For vendor information, call: 781-523-5010 or visit http://www.wa1npo.org/WF/WinterfestFlyer2020.pdf.

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Area Clubs Celebrating Holiday Cheer

A number of Eastern Massachusetts clubs are holding holiday dinners and informal parties in lieu of their December meetings.  The Waltham Amateur Radio Association will hold a festive holiday dinner at Sichuan’s Garden in Waltham on December  18. The Middlesex ARC/Zola Center ARC will also converge on Sichuan’s Garden on December 10 for their annual holiday get-together. On December 7, Wellesley Amateur Radio Society will gather with members of the New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS) for a holiday gathering. They plan to invite members of the Natick High Robotics Team, the Olin Collegiate Amateur Radio Club and the …

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BCRA General Meeting, Somerset, December 2, 2019

KB1NYT writes on the bcra-club list on December 1, 2019 at 8:12 PM:   Tomorrow night’s meeting is cancelled due to the weather.   The Bristol County Repeater Association and Fall River Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, December 2, 2019 from 7 to 9 PM at the Stop and Shop, 816 Grand Army Highway, Somerset, MA in the Community Room (2nd floor). (Enter on the Fall River side near the Dunkin Donuts in the store. The stairs and elevator will be on the right. Go left on second floor.)

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KA8SCP: “Emergency Communications” at Billerica ARS, December 4, 2019

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on w1hh.org: I am very happy to announce [the next December 4, 2019 Billerica Amateur Radio Society] meeting will showcase Terry Stader, KA8SCP, who will talk about Emergency Communications in Eastern Massachusetts. Many of you follow this topic and even volunteer for emergency comm drills. Past presentations about EmComm have been great attractions and I hope the turnout for Terry’s talk will gather a crowd. Terry is the MEMA Region 1 RACES Officer, as well as an EMA ARES District Emergency Coordinator for Region 1 RACES. Does that sound like alphabet soup to you? Then come …

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Local Clubs Assist Olin College Amateur Radio Club Members with Antenna Project

From the New England Sci-Tech Facebook page: Members of Olin College‘s new amateur radio club visited New England Sci-Tech on Tuesday night, joining members of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association, Wellesley Amateur Radio Society and host group, Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS), in a casual meet and greet. STARS members Nolan Palmer, KC1IEO, and Mindy Hull, KM1NDY, assisted the Olin students in testing their antennas out in the parking lot. We look forward to collaborating with all these fine clubs!

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KB1QND: “Hands-free Driving Law” at Falmouth ARA, November 23, 2019

Henry Brown, K1WCC, writes on the Falmouth ARA Facebook page: Our local State Rep. Dave Vieira, KB1QND, will be present at Saturday’s [November 23, 2019 Falmouth Amateur Radio Association] meeting to explain the new hands-free driving law about to be signed by Gov. Baker. It’s important that we understand this law as it’s currently written. [See also: MA Distracted Driving Bill, Call to Action]

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QSL Sorting at Nashoba Valley ARC, November 21, 2019

Bruce Bain, K1BG, writes: The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s November meeting will be […] Thursday, November 21st, at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center in Pepperell. This month program will feature our annual “QSL sort” for the W1 QSL bureau. It’s personally my favorite meeting of the year. Grab some of your cards early, converse with other local hams, have some refreshments, and of course, sort a few cards! If you haven’t done this before and it sounds like a lot of work, you’ll find that this is actually the club’s most rewarding event. Pizza and soda follow when the …

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Boston Amateur Radio Club to Participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day, December 7, 2019

From Boston ARC’s The SPARC, November, 2019: On December 7, 2019, and for the 17th consecutive year, [the Boston Amateur Radio Club] will once again participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day.  SRD is a joint event supported by the ARRL and the National Weather Service where weather stations and weather buffs from across the country contact each other for fun and to promote the SKYWARN Program. Our station, WX1BHO, will be located at the summit of Great Blue Hill in Milton, MA. For several decades, hams have assisted the National Weather Service by providing real-time reports of severe weather and storm …

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W1SEX: “Test Equipment and Measurements for Amateur Radio” at PART of Westford, November 19, 2019

Greg Troxel, N1DAM, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list: At the PART [of Westford] meeting on Tuesday (November 19), Paul Topolski, W1SEX will be speaking on test equipment and measurements for amateur radio, focusing on the utility of an oscilloscope beyond just measuring signals in a circuit.  Paul will be bringing a lot of equipment to demonstrate. Paul will probably be video recording his presentation (but not the social time before/after or the other meeting parts).  I am guessing this is fine with everyone, but if not let me know.  (I am mentioning it because it’s unusual at …

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Wellesley ARS/New England Sci-Tech Collaboration: High Altitude Balloon Project

Charlie Bures, WA3ITR, writes in the Wellesley ARS “The Sparkgap” November, 2019 newsletter: As part of the new collaboration between WARS (Wellesley Amateur Radio Society) and NEST (New England Sci-Tech in Natick), Charlie has proposed a NEST High Altitude Balloon (HAB) project. What are the goals? NEST mission is to help youth with STEM projects. As you recall, Charlie has previously done balloon launches with Natick HS and now, he is leading this new effort for NEST. The goals are to get young people involved in a project, which has Amateur radio (an APRS tracker device) with STEM learning. They …

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KC1FSZ: “Homebrewing” at Wellesley ARS, November 25, 2019

The Wellesley Amateur Radio Society will hold its November meeting on a different date than usual. The next meeting will be on Monday, November 25, 2019–NOT Tuesday, November 19. Presenter Bruce MacKinnon, KC1FSZ, will discuss homebrewing and the details of his home-made transceiver.   WARS meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Kingsbury room of the Wellesley Police Station, 485 Washington Street (Route 16), in Wellesley. Attendees are requested to park on the street.

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Dan’s Tech Night Meets November 14, 2019

Dan Pedtke, KW2T, writes: TechNight is tomorrow night, Thursday, Nov 14th.  7:00 PM in Ayer as usual. See www.DansTechNight.com for details and directions. This month we’ll use SPICE circuit simulator in more detail, analyzing part of the TechNight Radio IF amplifier stages.  Also I’ll talk briefly about my tour of the Museum of Broadcast Technology, and I’ll show the beginnings of a user interface for the TN Radio, and anything else you want to talk about. Hope to see you there.  

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K1NKR: “Radio Interference” at Algonquin ARC, November 14, 2019

Michael Powell, W1KU, writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list: Our November meeting will be on Thursday at 7:30.  I hope to see you there.  Our featured speaker will be Skip Youngberg, K1NKR, on “Radio Interference. ” ========== Let’s talk about radio interference.  Not RFI, not EMI, not EMC–but station-to-station interference.  What is interference?  What’s the “interference neighborhood?”  Who’s protected?  What classic cases are there that we can learn from?  And what do we Amateurs do about it? “Radio Interference,” by Skip Youngberg K1NKR, is an evolving talk addressing these issues by looking at who our RF neighbors are and …

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Whitman ARC to Operate at Plimoth Plantation, November 30-December 1, 2019

Whitman Amateur Radio Club members will operate a special events station over the Thanksgiving weekend, November 30-December 1, 2019, at the Plimoth Plantation, the home of the Mayflower II in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The participants will demonstrate Amateur Radio to tourists and visitors.  In the past the group has logged over a hundred HF and VHF contacts with US and foreign amateurs, including a contact with Plymouth, England. Volunteers are need for setup, breakdown, and station operations. Antenna and setup takes place on Friday, November 29 from 10 AM to 12 noon. On-air operations run in shifts on Saturday from 8:00 AM …

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Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group Meets Sunday, November 17, 2019

Nick Magliano, KC1MA, writes on the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio group mailing list: The November meeting of the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Milton Auxiliary Fire Department Station, 2nd floor, 509 Canton Ave. Milton, Mass. The building is a little beyond the gazebo to the right of the Milton Fire Headquarters where we’ve held our Field Day Operations in past years.  Local map is attached below as a post script. We will be monitoring the 145.43 Belmont repeater for talk-in.  Please feel …

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New England Sci-Tech, Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory Collaboration Underway

Bob Phinney, K5TEC, writes in the New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS) newsletter: The NESciTech (NEST) collaboration with Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory and Science Center (BHO) is now fully underway. A crew of eight volunteers arrived on November 9, 2019 at Blue Hill to install the antennas and repeaters for the new Blue Hill radio club that the BHO science center is starting with the help of Bob and Rusty at NESciTech. Thank you Ted for doing much of the tower work, Bob D. for doing most of the repeater configurations and antenna setup, Jeremy for high quality cable …

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