WO1E: “Contesting with FT8 and FT4” at Framingham ARA Hybrid Meeting, October 6, 2022

Framingham ARA logoJohn Iwuc, KB1VXY, writes on the Framingham Amateur Radio Association mailing list:
 
You are invited to our next [Framingham Amateur Radio Association] meeting to be held at the main Framingham Public Library [on October 6, 2022] at 7 pm (note time change).
 
This meeting will be a hybrid zoom meeting with in-person meeting at the Costin Room in the main Framingham Library located on Lexington Street. There is a parking lot next to the building. The meeting will start at 7 pm.
 
Register by Zoom even if you will attend live so we can have an accurate count.
 
Members will receive a zoom invitation.  Non-members may request an invitation by sending an email to John president@w1fy.org.

KB1OIQ: “Linux in your Ham Shack” at Barnstable ARC Hybrid Meeting, October 3, 2022

Barnstable ARC logoThe Barnstable Amateur Radio Club will meet  in-person on October 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM at the Brewster Police Department Community Room, 631 Harwich Road (Rt 124), Brewster, MA 02631. In addition we will provide a Zoom link to the meeting. This month, Andy, KB1OIQ, will present “Linux in your Ham Shack.”

[Contact Norm Cantin, WA1NLG, at norman.cantin@gmail.com for Zoom details.]

W1EUJ: “Introduction to SDR for Experimentation” at Northeastern University Wireless Club, September 29, 2022

Northeastern Univ Wireless logoNortheastern University Wireless Club President Marty Sulloway, NN1C, writes on the NUWC mailing list:

Hi Folks!

The semester is really rolling.

This week we kick off our third workshop, and for the first time this semester, we’re having a technical speaker for our Thursday night meeting.

I’d like to share a bit about our club meeting this coming Thursday. The topic of the presentation will be an Introduction to SDR for Experimentation. David Goncalves, a former president of NU Wireless, will be the speaker. 

David Goncalves (NU BSEE ’04, W1EUJ) has been a ham and a wireless communications experimenter for 20 years – including work on satellites, radar, and software-defined and all-digital radio. During the day he is a Research Electrical Engineer working on a wide range of problems, from antenna development to autonomous vehicles, and wearable systems.

Software-defined radio (SDR) is the way forward in RF experimentation. Instead of physical circuits, expensive test equipment, and bench space, you can build and iterate with a single piece of equipment and open-source software. In this presentation, he’ll go through how SDRs work, the GNURadio SDR development environment, and run through an example of ‘hacking’ a remote control.

Last week over twenty-five students joined us for an introduction to schematic design using KiCAD. Our workshops are designed so you can participate in any of them without participating in a previous one. If you are interested in attending our PCB Design Workshop this Monday (9/26) at 7 pm in Dodge 470, please fill out the form here to sign up.

I hope to see you.

 

Go Kit Show & Tell, Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC, Norton, September 25, 2022

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC logoRay  Cord, K2TGX, writes on the Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC mailing list:

Hello all,

Just a reminder that the Go Kit Show & Tell is on for tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 25 at 11:00AM. We will meet in the parking lot of Norton Town Hall, 70 East Main St (Route 123), Norton. The parking lot on the right side of Town Hall where all the Emergency Management trailers are. There is additional parking in the rear lot. We will have several tables for you to display your kits as well as power cords to plug into.

Hope to see you all there.

tnx 73,

Ray K2TGX <raycord@aol.com>

W1SEX: “The Not So Secret, ARRL Benefit Program Nobody Knows About” at PART of Westford Hybrid Meeting, September 20, 2022

PART of Westford logoGeorge Allison, K1IG, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list:
 
The September PART meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, beginning at 7:30 PM at the Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant Street, Westford, MA, and via Webex video conference.  For those attending via video conference, a meeting link is below; just click on the green button to join in.  You can join the conference any time after 7:00 PM to check out your gear or just rag chew until the meeting starts. Bear in mind that internet connectivity from the senior center may be unreliable. 
 
At this meeting Paul, W1SEX, will present: “The Not So Secret, ARRL Benefit Program Nobody Knows About.” For decades the ARRL has a program that very few hams know about, The ARRL Technical Coordinator Program.  Paul will re-introduce this valuable resource that is available to all ham radio operators and clubs.
 
We’ll also have an update on the December holiday dinner and discuss the poll results and options.

73,
George K1IG

 
[To request conference login information, contact George Allison, K1IG, at k1ig -at- arrl -dot- net]
 

Olin Collegiate ARC Makes ISS Contact

Int'l Space StationZachary, KC1NXK, writes on the Sci-Tech ARS mailing list:

 
It finally happened! After a failed attempt on Field Day to talk to an astronaut on the ISS, tonight I succeeded.
 
I often send out an email when the ISS is going to pass over, and we usually get a couple students to watch, but for whatever reason about 25 students came tonight! I gave my usual disclaimer, that it was unlikely we’d even hear an astronaut, but not only did we hear one, we talked to him. My guess is that it was Kjell Lindgren, since he’s been pretty active on the radio up there. Definitely a memorable moment, and a fairly proud one for me. I attached audio from the pass to this email.
 
 
73 and happy Friday,
 
Zachary, KC1NXK (operating KC1LHR, Olin’s club callsign)
 

Cape Ann ARA Receives $25,000 ARRL Foundation Grant to Develop Robust STEM Offering

Photo of CAARA clubhouseThe Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association (CAARA) has been named the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the ARRL Foundation to develop a robust STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education offering for radio amateurs and residents in the community it serves.
 
According to CAARA president Brandon Hockle, NQ1W, “We will use the funds to modernize the presentation and training space of our Stanwood Street clubhouse along the Annisquam river in Gloucester MA, including upgrading our classroom projector, public address system for teachers, electronics workstations, soldering irons, training computers, usb oscilloscopes, Arduinos, and more. The grant will also enhance accessibility to the clubhouse for our mobility-impaired members and attendees.”
 
Hockle says the CAARA board of directors will meet on Sept 24, 2022 to discuss the plans with the membership.
 
“We are excited to provide multiple free monthly classes for hams looking to earn or upgrade their license, for students wishing to learn about microcontrollers like Arduino, introductory electronics, and other topics.”
 

It is our sincere hope that we can use these fun and popular courses to entice new hams to get their licenses, allow older hams to mentor and train new hams, and generally increase the enthusiasm and engagement of people on our community with radio and electronics,” he adds.

“We can’t wait to show the community what great service CAARA can provide, thanks to the generosity of the ARRL. We cannot thank them and all the ARRL members enough for providing this program of funding for clubs.”

Barnstable ARC Awarded ARRL Club Grant to Develop Amateur Radio Program at Boy Scout Camp

Barnstable ARC logoThe Barnstable Amateur Radio Club (BARC) has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the ARRL Foundation to develop an amateur radio station at Camp Greenough to serve the Cape & Islands Boy Scouts of America.

The funds will allow the club to:

• construct, operate and maintain an Amateur Radio Station at Camp Greenough
• expose scouts, guests and leaders to Amateur Radio
• demonstrate the public and emergency capabilities of Amateur Radio
• provide Merit Badge training
• provide Amateur Radio license training and licensing exams

diagram of proposed radio equipment

“BARC provided the initial commitment of funds. The club then received commitments of assistance from Eversource, Comcast, FEW LLC (general contractor), and Avery Electric.  No funding was required from the Boy Scouts of America or Camp Greenough for the project,” says BARC President Norm Cantin, WA1NLG.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to build a station at the Camp. We are meeting with the scout leadership this weekend to work out the details and to start the project.”

Aerial view/plans of the camp

K6LCS: “How to Work Amateur Satellites With Your HT” at the Boston Amateur Radio Club Meeting Online, September 15, 2022

Boston ARC logoThe Boston Amateur Radio Club will hold its September General Meeting on the Zoom Teleconferencing Platform on Thursday, September 15. The Zoom room will open at 7:00 pm for a period of socializing, and the meeting proper will begin at 7:30.

Our speaker is Clint Bradford, K6LCS, presenting “How to Work Amateur Satellites with Your HT.” You do not need 100W of transmit power nor expensive antenna arrays to work the FM voice amateur satellites! Many hams already have the necessary equipment to “work the birds.” This presentation will walk you through ALL the steps needed to successfully work several ham satellites – including the International Space Station.

Clint K6LCS has been a ham since 1994, and found his niche in the hobby: working amateur satellites with minimal equipment and telling ALL about it! He has served a liaison between NASA, the ARISS team, and schools coordinating amateur radio contacts between the International Space Station and students (and also orchestrated a wildly successful ARISS contact). Audiences have never found his presentation slides “wordy” nor dull. Trivia questions are included throughout the session – audiences are never bored.

For reference materials, Clint has created a support Web site at work-sat.com.The Web site has become a one-stop source for ALL the citations and equipment recommendations and software suggestions made in the presentation.

Professionally, Clint was sales manager for ADI / Premier Communications / Pryme, worked for a Motorola commercial two-way dealer a couple of years, and for Ham Radio Outlet a couple more. He resides in Jurupa Valley, California, with his wife, Karen, and their rescued lab, Freja (FRAY-ya).

This will be a “perfect storm” meeting, as the club President, Vice President, and Secretary will all be unable to attend, so there will be no business portion of the meeting.

73,

Joe Chapman NV1W / Secretary, Boston Amateur Radio Club

 
 

KB1OIQ: “Andy’s Ham Radio Linux” at Billerica Amateur Radio Society Online Meeting, September 7, 2022

Billerica ARS logoThe Billerica Amateur Radio Society meets at 7:00 PM on September 7, 2022. The meeting will feature a talk by Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, entitled “Andy’s Ham Radio Linux”, a popular Free and Open Source Software collection based on Ubuntu Linux and tailored for amateur radio users. 

Andy Stewart (KB1OIQ) joined the hobby in 2007 and holds an Amateur Extra license. He has been involved with the Linux community since 1997. Andy has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (focus on computer engineering) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). By day, Andy builds and uses computer simulations to test digital logic circuits. By night, he can be found doing ham radio projects, FT8, 2m phone, casual DXing, and vintage radio restoration.
 

[For Zoom conference details, email Bruce Anderson, W1LUS, at w1lus -at- hotmail -dot- com.]

 
 
 

ARRL Foundation Grants $270,000 to Amateur Radio Clubs

From ARRL News:

08/31/2022 – The new ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program, funded by a generous grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), has awarded $270,000 to radio clubs that participated in the first round of applications.

The Club Grant Program, introduced earlier this year, includes $500,000 to be awarded to radio clubs with projects that will have the most impact on amateur radio, the community, and the future of radio technology. The grants will fund transformative projects that encourage the growth of active amateur radio operators and training opportunities, education programs for student groups and schools, and club revitalization. A second round of applications to award the program’s remaining funding will open on September 7, 2022.

Twenty-four clubs were notified on Monday, August 29, that they are receiving grants. The ARRL Foundation received 128 applications in the first round, with requests totaling $1.74 million. The selection committee noted that it was difficult work deciding from many high-quality grant proposals considering the finite available funds. Radio clubs that did not receive grants in the first round may revise and resubmit applications in the second round.

An informational webinar will serve as an orientation to the program, providing information on how to apply. The webinar will take place on September 7 at 7 PM Eastern Time. Please register in advance to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar:

Webinar: ARRL Club Grant Program | Round Two Kickoff
When: September 7, 2022 at 7 PM Eastern Time
Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PezTqPKCTzuwy58FWWgJ3A

The ARRL Foundation, established in 1973 by ARRL  The National Association for Amateur Radio®, administers the Club Grant Program. ARRL has long recognized that it is in the best interests of amateur radio to encourage and support amateur radio clubs. Clubs historically have recruited, licensed, and trained new radio amateurs and have provided the community setting for them to continue their education and training.

The new Club Grant Program will help clubs more easily provide and expand their important services. More information about the program can be found on the ARRL Foundation website at www.arrl.org/club-grant-program.

Barnstable ARC to Receive ARRL Club Grant

Barnstable ARC logoNorm Cantin, WA1NLG, writes on the Barnstable ARC mailing list:

I just received some terrific news. [The Barnstable Amateur Radio Club] will be receiving a $25k grant from the ARRL to build an Amateur radio station at Camp Greenough for the Boy Scouts of America!  BARC is extremely pleased to have received this grant from the ARRL to use for such a worthy cause. 

I would like to thank all the folks who helped prepare the Grant submission and look for everyone’s support to execute our plan flawlessly.  Congratulations all!

The BARC Board of Directors will meet this weekend to review our plan in preparation to receive the Grant and reporting requirements from the ARRL.  We will provide an update at the September membership meeting on Monday.

73, Norm
WA1NLG

“Cape & Islands Emergency Communications System Working Group” at Barnstable ARC Hybrid Meeting, September 5, 2022

Barnstable ARC logoThe Barnstable Amateur RadioClub will meet  in-person on September 5, 2022 at 7:00 PM at the Brewster Police Department Community Room, 631 Harwich Road (Rt 124), Brewster, MA 02631. In addition we will provide a Zoom link to the meeting.

This month, Tom, KB1KCQ, with Lem W1LEM, Frank WQ1O, Bruce WASSWJ and Jason, KC1MLQ will present a joint presentation by the Cape & Islands Emergency Communications System (CAIECS) working group

[Contact Norm Cantin, WA1NLG, at norman.cantin@gmail.com for Zoom details.]

W8TEE, AC8GY: “Building an HF CW/SSB 20W Software Defined Transceiver” at Sci-Tech ARS Hybrid Meeting, August 30, 2022

New England Sci Tech logoThe New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society will meet on-line and in-person on August 30, 2022 at 7 PM and feature: “Building an HF CW/SSB 20W Software Defined Transceiver” by Jack Purdum, W8TEE and Albert Peter, AC8GY.
 
In this talk, Al and Jack will discuss their development of a SDT, which had its beginnings for them during Field Day 2019. Using a G90 running 15W to an EFHW thrown up into a tree, Portugal, Spain, France, and numerous stations in the U.S. were contacted. Jack and Al concluded that using low power SSB during FD was viable. The G90 suffered from various drawbacks, however, so they began designing the T41 on the drive home. Their design goals were: 1) Five band HF SDT – 80-10M; 2) SSB and CW; 3) Fuzzy QRP – user selectable power from 1-20W; 4) Self-contained – no PC, laptop, or tablet; 5) “Trunk Portable” – probably too big for SOTA, but okay for POTA; 6) Reasonable cost; and 7) Open Source – hardware and software.
 
Al Peter’s educational background is in Physics and Engineering, with degrees from University of Cincinnati and University of Michigan. Al has been an electronics builder/experimenter since high school, and earned his Extra Class license in 2010. He was founder and CEO of SDRC, a major consulting firm specializing in Mechanical CAD and related engineering and manufacturing software. He is co-author of Microcontroller Projects for Amateur Radio (ARRL) and Software Defined Radio Transceiver: Theory and Construction of the T41-EP Software Defined Transceiver. Al has a number of published articles on technical/amateur radio subjects in various magazines including QST, RadCom, and QRPQ.
 
Dr. Purdum has a Ph.D. in Economics and has been licensed since 1954. He was the founder and President of Ecosoft, a software house. He has authored 20 books, mostly on programming topics, and over three dozen articles in various publications (QST, CQ, QRP Quarterly, RadCom, etc). He and Al were awarded the Bennett Prize by the Radio Society of Great Britain “…to recognize a significant contribution or innovation which furthers the art of radio communication…” for their article on their Double-Double Magnetic Loop antenna. Dr. Purdum is an avid supporter of the Open Source initiative and QRP radio operations.
 
[For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.]

AB2IX: “Test Bench” at Framingham ARA Hybrid Meeting, September 1, 2022

Framingham ARA logoJohn Iwuc, KB1VXY, writes on the Framingham ARA mailing list:

We have our first hybrid meeting of the autumn season this Thursday [September 1, 2022] at 7:00 pm at the main Framingham library.  After a short business meeting we will have a presentation by Adrian Zeffert, AB2IX, on the “Test Bench.”

This is a hybrid meeting. You can view it on Zoom by registering below.  But we will also have a meeting room with AV set up at the main Framingham library in the first room on the right as you come in from the parking lot. 

Even if you plan to come live, please consider registering as it helps with the head count.

John KB1VXY

[Members will receive a zoom invitation. Non-members may request an invitation by sending an email to John at  president@w1fy.org.]

KC1PBG: “Ham Radio as it Pertains to Drones” at Sci-Tech ARS Hybrid Meeting, August 9, 2022

New England Sci Tech logoThe New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society will meet on-line and in-person on August 9, 2022 at 7 PM and feature: “Ham Radio as it Pertains to Drones” by Richard Bruce, KC1PBG.
 
This presentation will dive into the days of crystal transmitters and receivers and then fast forward to the cutting-edge technology we use today. It will touch on subjects that directly connect HAM radio to drones, but also on how HAM radio is connected to numerous things we take for granted in our daily lives. 
 
Richard Bruce is a veteran and is a retired nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological weapons specialist, a retired wild land firefighter for the State of Massachusetts, and a retired security contractor. He has expertise as an FAA part 107A sUAS Commercial Pilot, as well as in search and rescue, fugitive apprehension, wild land firefighting, FEMA-trained incident command and disaster relief, and many other areas. Richard was disabled in 2018 as a result of a medical procedure gone wrong and found a new meaning to life when he got into the commercial drone community and became a ham radio technician.

K9HI: “HamXposition: It’s Not Your Father’s Boxboro” at Billerica ARS Meeting, August 3, 2022

Billerica ARS logoNow that you know what it isn’t, come to the next Billerica ARS meeting and hear what it is from HamXposition Program Chair Phil Temples, K9HI.

Phil will highlight some of the exciting talks and presentations lined up on the three-day program, as well as discussing some of the less-known activities that will occur at the Convention on August 26-28, 2022 at the Best Western Royal Plaza & Trade Center in Marlborough.

(By the way, it’s okay to forget and call it “Boxboro.” Phil does it occasionally, too!)

Phil Temples is ARRL Vice Director for the New England Division and a former Eastern MA Section Manager. A ham for over fifty years, he’s a Life Member of the ARRL and QCWA.

[For Zoom conference details, email Bruce Anderson, W1LUS, at w1lus -at- hotmail -dot- com.]

 

N1ILZ, W1LEM: “EmComm Tools” at Barnstable ARC Hybrid Meeting, August 1, 2022

Barnstable ARC logoThe Barnstable Amateur RadioClub will meet  in-person at the Brewster Police Department Community Room, 631 Harwich Road (Rt 124), Brewster, MA 02631. In addition we will provide a Zoom link to the meeting.

This month, Jon, N1ILZ and Lem, W1LEM will review and demo EmComm tools, including NBEMS, WinLink, NTS.

[Contact Norm Cantin, WA1NLG, at norman.cantin@gmail.com for Zoom details.]

W1IS: “End-fed Wire Antennas” at PART of Westford Hybrid Meeting, July 19, 2022

PART of Westford logoGeorge Allison, K1IG, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list:

The July PART meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, beginning at 7:30 PM at the Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant Street, Westford, MA, and via Webex video conference.  For those attending via video conference, a meeting link is below; just click on the green button to join in.  You can join the conference any time after 7:00 PM to check out your gear or just rag chew until the meeting starts. Bear in mind that internet connectivity from the senior center may be unreliable.

The meeting agenda includes a presentation on end-fed wire antennas by Bob, W1IS, and the famous Field Day wrap-up, complete with maps and awards.

Attendees are reminded to bring donations for the Westford Food Panty. Items such as canned soups and Dinty Moore beef stew are always appreciated.

See you Tuesday!
 
George, K1IG
President, PART of Westford
 
[To request conference login information, contact George Allison, K1IG, at k1ig -at- arrl -dot- net]

K1GGI: “Cape Cod’s Fabulous Radio History: Facts to Remember, Fictions to Forget” at Sci-Tech ARS Hybrid Meeting, July 12, 2022

New England Sci Tech logoThe New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (NEST) will meet on-line and in-person on July 12, 2022 at 7 PM and feature  “Cape Cod’s Fabulous Radio History: Facts to Remember, Fictions to Forget” by Ed Moxon, K1GGI.
 
The Cape has some truly interesting radio history that has been told and retold, sometimes getting better or worse in the process. In this presentation we will take a look at some local radio lore and sort out a few “mythconceptions” that have become common knowledge thanks to some imaginative contributors. Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that operates the Marconi / RCA Wireless Museum in Chatham, MA, on Cape Cod.
 
Ed, K1GGI, has a Ph.D. from MIT and is a Director and former Secretary of the corporation. He is also Trustee of the Radiomarine Commemorative Association amateur station WA1WCC.
 
[For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.]