K1IG: “Giant Antennas of the Navy” at Nashoba Valley ARC Hybrid Meeting, June 16, 2022

Nashoba Valley ARC logoBruce Blain, K1BG, writes:

The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s June meeting is Thursday, June 16th at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center (in Pepperell). Doors will open at 7:10 PM.

We will also “simulcast” this meeting via Zoom (details are below), giving people who live outside the local area or who have concerns about meeting in person an opportunity to participate. 

This month’s guest speaker will be George Allison, K1IG, who will talk about Giant Antennas of the Navy. For its worldwide operations, the U.S. Navy has need for very large antennas and powerful transmitters. The sizes of these systems are measured in miles, not meters, and power is in megawatts. George will show you three of these; if you’ve got a few hundred square miles of land, maybe you’d like to build one yourself! 

This is sure to be an exciting and interesting presentation.

We will also have a quick discussion about Field Day plans and Field Day budgets. 

Need directions? Click here and put your own address in box “A”.

Thanks and 73. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Bruce, K1BG

978-772-2773 or bruce.blain@charter.net

PS. Thanks to the Pepperell Community Center for the use of the building, and thanks to Jim Hein, N8VIM and his employer, Medtronics, for the use of the Zoom account.

 

IHOP Ham Radio Breakfast, Northborough, June 4, 2022

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

Where: IHOP

Location: 4102 Shops Way, Northborough, MA 508-393-1222

When: Sat June 4th 2022. The Breakfast starts at 7:00 AM

Talk-in: Many going to the breakfast as well as those at the the breakfast may be listening on the following repeaters:

W1BIM – Paxton, 2 m repeater (146.970, PL 114.8)
W1MRA – Marlborough, 2 m Repeater (147.2700, PL 146.2)
AE1C – Southborough, 2 m DMR Repeater (145.27, Timeslot 2, TG # 3125 Mass State Wide, Color Code 7 )
AE1C – Southborough, 70 cm DMR Repeater (448.375, Timeslot 2, TG # 3125 Mass State Wide, Color Code 1 )
W1WNS – Westborough, 70 cm Repeater (448.775, DCS D244, P25 NAC 353)
WA1NVC – Framingham, 33 cm Repeater (927.01250, PL 131.8 )
WB1CTO – Framingham, 1.2 cm repeater (224.24, PL 103.5)

The weather looks great for Saturday!

Spread the word to all the ham’s you know.

 

K1KP: “Troubleshooting Gear” at Billerica ARS Online Meeting, June 1, 2022

Billerica ARS logoNext BARS Zoom meeting:  June 1 at 7:00 PM on Zoom

“Troubleshooting Gear,” Tony Brock-Fisher, K1KP

Tony will speak on the often arcane art of finding and repairing problems with equipment. Often, a methodical approach, a bit of knowledge, and a few useful pieces of test equipment are all you need to put things right again.

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

LoRa Birdhouse Project at Wellesley ARS

Pix of LoRa BirdhouseThe Wellesley Amateur Radio Society is embarking upon an interesting technical project to develop LoRa nodes at club members’ homes, according to WARS President Dan Brown, W1DAN.
 
LoRa (Long Range) and LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) are next generation technologies that will support wireless connectivity in IoT (the Internet of Things). Uniquely enabling long range, low power communication, they are already being used in numerous consumer and industrial applications to solve real world problems.
 
“Under the direction of Bruce [MacKinnon], KC1FSZ, we are launching our club LoRa Birdhouse project,” according to WARS President Dan Brown, W1DAN. Dan says that the project is open to all WARS members but “other folks can build nodes on their own as the project plans are open-source.”
 
WARS members will learn how to build a LoRa node and antenna, and use them to communicate with fellow WARS members. “No technical experience necessary, as we are making the project available to all skill levels.”
 
KC1FSZ’s GitHub documentation can be viewed at:  https://github.com/brucemack/WARS-Birdhouse
 
 

W1PJE: “Propagation and Space Weather” at Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association Meeting Online, May 20, 2022

club meeting flyerThe Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association will meet via Zoom on May 20, 2022 for a business meeting at 6:30 PM, followed at 7:00 PM by a special presentation on Propagation and Space Weather by Phil Erickson, W1PJE.

Dr. Erickson is head of the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences group, a Principal Research Scientist, and an associate director at Haystack Observatory, a multidisciplinary radio observatory operated by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A licensed radio amateur, he is a member of ARRL, RSGB, and TAPR, vice president of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club. He is on the scientific steering board of the Ham Science Citizen Initiative (HamSCI). Dr. Erickson is also a member of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Radio Frequencies, which advocates on scientific radio frequency requirements and interference protection for scientific and engineering research.

For Zoom link information, contact Mike Nye, N1NTM, at n1ntm@hotmail.com.

 

QST Cover Plaque Award at PART of Westford Meeting, May 17, 2022

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

The May PART meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 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.

We’ve got several items on the agenda:

1. New England Division Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, will present the QST Cover Plaque Award for March 2022 to PART members Bob Glorioso, W1IS, and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ. After the presentation, Fred will talk about ARRL happenings.
2. Terry, KA8SCP, talk about emergency response by various agencies to an “event” at the Seabrook power station, and involvement by the Amateur Radio community.
3. Field Day plans!
4. ARRL grant money for clubs.

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

[To request conference login information, contact George Allison, K1IG, at k1ig -at- arrl -dot- net]
 
Agenda update: Terry, KA8SCP, is unable to attend the meeting; his talk on Seabrook events has been postponed.

KA1HIH: “Antique Radios” at Algonquin ARC Meeting, May 12, 2022

AARC logoThe next AARC meeting will be held in­ person on May 12 at 7:30 pm in the library of the 1st Lt. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School, 25 Union Ave, Marlboro, MA. Enter from Agoritsas Drive next to police station and use Door #1 at rear of building.

The speaker this month will be Lou Tramontozzi, KA1HIH, presenting on antique radios. 

Lou will appear on Zoom and will present at the beginning of the meeting shortly after 7:30.   If we are unable to connect to Zoom at the library due to network or equipment challenges,  the presentation will continue on Zoom.

After the presentation we will review the election results and share Lantern Battery Challenge anecdotes.

North Attleborough Repeater NA1HS is QRV

Ray Cord, K2TGX, writes on the Study Memorial Hospital ARC mailing list:

Hello All,

This is to announce that the North Attleborough Emergency Management Agency UHF Repeater NA1HS  is back on the air at full legal strength, 447.975 – Split PL 88.5. We would appreciate your trying it out in your travels and from home, and sending us your signal reports. I know Pierre, N1EZT, and John, KA1EWN, put a lot of hours in getting it back up with the new antenna.

Tnx, 73

Ray K2TGX

Ray Deputy Director Norton EMA-CERT70
East Main St
Norton, Ma. 02766
508-726-1054 cell 

Cape Ann ARA “Meet Up” at Haskins Park, Rockport, May 29, 2022

CAARA logoCape Ann Amateur Radio Association President Brandon Hockle, NQ1W, writes on the CAARA list:
 
We are going to have a little informal meet up at Hospital Hill aka Haskins Park at the top of Summit Avenue in Rockport, MA during Memorial Day weekend on May 29th. We’ll get up there a little after breakfast and operate until we get bored or the hotdogs are finished. Some hotdogs and burgers will be provided please bring a beverage or water.
 
We hope to use this get together as a bit of a dry run for the upcoming Field Day 2022 event which we hope to have at the same location.
 
There will be radios and grills operating so please join us if you can!
 
Here is the location in Google Maps:
 
Haskins Park
 
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Regards,
Brandon NQ1W

Cape Ann ARA to Offer Remote Hams Operating Capabilities

CAARA logoFrom CAARA News, May 2022:

The [Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association] Equipment Committee is pleased to announce a trial offering of a remote operations station to our members using the Remote Hams https://www.remotehams.com software. Licensed amateur radio operators subscribe to the service, and both individuals and groups provide access at their discretion stations open for either public or private use.

We will be making available a station to club members who have been a member in good standing for the previous 12 months, for what we expect will be a 1-year trial period after which the CAARA Board of Directors will review to make this a permanent offering. It should be noted that the Remote Hams service is globally oriented so licensed amateurs who participate in the Remote Hams service by extension are also free to use any other station participating in the service whose owner is willing to authorize their use.

We are offering the service on an as-is where-is. There is no service level in place regarding uptime, reliability, suitability for use, security, time to repair if there is an equipment failure, or availability. You are responsible for providing your own computer and internet connectivity that meets the Remote Hams requirements to run the client software. No claim is made regarding the peaceful coexistence of the Remote Hams application with other applications on your computer.

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BCRA Antenna Build, Swansea, MA, May 14, 2022

The Bristol County Repeater Association will hold an “Antenna Build” and in-person club meeting on May 14, 2022 from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Swansea Baptist Church, 25 Church Street, Swansea, MA 02777.

“We will meet in the upper parking lot, near the back of the church/hall.  We’ll have tables setup, tools and help in building your dipole antenna.  Details on the build will be discussed during the Tech Talk at the May 2nd monthly meeting.  We are going to have the builders choose their antenna, within reason.  More details will be sent out by email.

KD0VKB: “The Art of the QSL Card” at Sci-Tech ARS Hybrid Meeting, April 26, 2022

New England Sci Tech logoThe New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (NEST) will meet on-line and in-person on April 26, 2022 at 7 PM and feature Randy Olson, KD0VKB, who will present: “The Art of the QSL Card.”  
 
Randy will provide an overview of the variety of QSL cards used throughout the history of the ham radio hobby. This presentation will provide a visual feast ranging from fanciful illustrations, to home-made cards, to imaginative self-portraits of hams in their shacks.  Additionally, given that Randy’s specialty is boat anchors, he will spend a little bit of time at the end of the presentation on boat anchor restoration, perhaps as a preview for a future presentation.
 
Bio: Randy has been fascinated with radio ever since he discovered an outdated copy of The Boy’s First Book of Radio and Electronics when he was in fourth grade.  Perhaps that’s why he’s gravitated towards vintage rigs today.  Life and career as a technical College Instructor and Administrator took priority, but finally that radio passion prevailed.  Randy obtained his Technician license in 2013 and earned his Extra class license in 2016.  Randy’s shack consists of a mixture of vintage Hallicrafters transmitter and receiver pairs and EF Johnson transmitters paired with National & Hammarlund receivers – sharing the shack with some current production equipment.  
 
[For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.]

Josh Landewee: “Bridgecom Systems” Talk at Barnstable ARC Hybrid Meeting, May 2, 2022

Barnstable ARC logoNorm Cantin, WA1LNG, writes on the Barnstable ARC mailing list:

We will be meeting in-person [on May 2, 2022 at 07:00 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’s guest speaker is Josh Landewee from Bridgecom Systems who will present an update on the latest updates on their equipment, technical aspects and operation.
 
[Contact Norm Cantin, WA1NLG, at norman.cantin at gmail dot com for Zoom meeting details.]

K3LR: “DX Engineering” at Zola Center ARC Virtual Meeting, April 23, 2022

The Zola Center ARC meets on April 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM. Following introductions, Tim Duffy, K3LR, of DX Engineering will speak about the history of DX Engineering and what it is today. The talk will be followed by a “virtual” pizza party, a wrap-up of Boston Marathon activities, and a repeater update.

[Contact Frank Ventura, N1FMV,  at frank -at- littlebreezes -dot- com for Zoom conference details.]

USS Salem Radio Club, N1SLM, Recently Formed

USS Salem“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes in K1USN Happenings:

The USS Salem Heavy Cruiser museum ship is returning to the airwaves.

Hank, KQ1V,  and Ron, W1OF, wish to announce the recently formed USS Salem Radio Club, N1SLM. They have forged an agreement with the new director and have plans for the USS Salem to be quite active over the next few months. Lots of work needs to be done preparing Radio Room #5. Hank and Ron are hoping that some volunteers will come forward.

If you would like more information, please contact either Hank <hwpiel@yahoo.com> or Ron <w1of@nsradio.org> directly.

WU2D: “Shortwave Dream Receivers of the 60s” at Nashoba Valley ARC Hybrid Meeting, April 21, 2022

Nashoba Valley ARC logoThe Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s April meeting is Thursday, April 21st at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center (in Pepperell). Doors will open at 7:10 PM.

We will also “simulcast” this meeting via Zoom (contact K1BG for details), giving people who live outside the local area or who have concerns about meeting in person an opportunity to participate.

This month’s guest speaker will be Mike Murphy, WU2D, who will walk us through “Shortwave Dream Receivers of the 60s.”

For many of us, ham radio was an offshoot of an earlier budding radio hobby, specifically shortwave listening in the 1960s. It was the middle of the Cold War, and the bands were full of exciting signals. Even the marine frequencies between 2 and 3 MHz were busy back then. So as a kid, you no doubt had your eye on what would be called your Dream Receiver.

The hobby magazines were full of these shortwave sets, adorned with many shiny knobs and big slide rule dials.  Of course obtaining such would cost many hours of mowing lawns, delivering papers and even pumping gas. And yes –  begging, trading, threatening  and pestering your parents were all part of the game.  

Mike will walk us though those golden years by showing off some popular shortwave dream receivers of the late 50’s through about 1972. Don’t be surprised if you see your old Hallicrafters or Lafayette, or Heathkit receiver in this presentation.

Need directions? Click here and put your own address in box “A.”

Thanks and 73. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Bruce, K1BG

978-772-2773 or bruce.blain@charter.net

PS. Thanks to the Pepperell Community Center for the use of the building, and thanks to Jim Hein, N8VIM, and his employer, Medtronics, for the use of the Zoom account.

 

KM1NDY: “SOTA and POTA Operating” at PART of Westford Meeting, April 19, 2022

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

The March PART meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 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.

Our speaker for the April meeting is Mindy, KM1NDY, who will give a presentation on SOTA and POTA operating. Portable operation can inspire amateur radio operators to get outside and play radio. While structured programs such as Parks-On-The-Air (POTA) and Summits-On-The-Air (SOTA) provide ready made opportunities for portable radio pursuits, the actual number of ways a ham can enjoy operating in the field is limited only by imagination. One bonus of portable radio is its ability to draw people together and promote the amateur radio hobby to the public at large. This talk will discuss gear choices, operating strategies for both individual and group events, and other factors that can help lead to a successful outdoor radio experience.

Mindy was licensed in February 2019, and holds an extra class radio license. She has activated 57 peaks for SOTA, now 21st in the W1 (New England) Association, and is an active POTA participant.

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

I’ve heard a rumor from a reliable source that there will be free stuff at the meeting!

73,
George K1IG

N1NS: “A Little Bit About Forest Fires” at the Boston ARC Meeting Online, April 21, 2022

Boston ARC logoThe next general meeting of the Boston Amateur Radio Club will be held on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 PM. The meeting room will be opened at 7:00 PM for a period of socializing. The speaker will be Barbara Dougan, N1NS, who will present “A Little Bit About Forest Fires.”

A link will be published in the upcoming issue of The SPARC and will appear on www.barc.org on the day of the meeting.

73,

Joe Chapman NV1W / Secretary, Boston Amateur Radio Club