W1BOF: Apollo Spacecraft Communications at Nashoba Valley ARC, October 17, 2019

Bruce Blain, K1BG, writes: The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s October meeting will be TOMORROW, Thursday, October 17th at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center (in Pepperell). George Whitehead, W1BOF, will be Ocober’s guest speaker. George worked at North American Aviation in Downey, CA from 1962 to 1967. This was the prime contractor for the Apollo Command and Service module. He worked in the Apollo Communications Subsystem Group mainly on the telemetry part of the radio system, the part that sent spacecraft status and astronaut medical information back to mission command. But sitting next to him was the rest …

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Northeastern Wireless Club to Participate in ARRL School Roundup, October 21-25, 2019

    “The Northeastern University Wireless Club will be participating in the ARRL School Club Roundup next week. Come by the club space anytime next week to see us make contacts with other amateur radio school organizations around the world! Even if you don’t have a license, you can still participate under the supervision of one of our licensed members.” -via NEU mailing list

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Nashoba Valley ARC Members Participate in “Massasoit Fall Camporee,” October 4-5, 2019

Members of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club (NVARC) participated in Eastern Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s “Massasoit Fall Camporee” at Camp Collier, near Gardner on October 4-5, 2019. The camp is situated deep in the woods on a 500-acre tract of land owned by a preservation trust and leased to the Boy Scouts. Participating were: Bruce Blain, K1BG; Stan Pozerski, KD1LE; Jim Wilber, AB1WQ; Owen Salter, KC1KZT; Skip Youngberg, K1NKR; Phil Erikson, W1PJE; Dan Pedtke, KW2T; Dennis Marandos, K1LGQ; and George Kavanagh, KB1HFT.  A 130-foot long wire and a vertical were erected for HF contacts, thanks …

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K1IR: “Tower Safety” at Billerica ARS, November 6, 2019

Jim Idelson, K1IR, will present on “Tower Safety” at the November 6, 2019 meeting of the Billerica Amateur Radio Society at 7 PM at the Chelmsford Bible Church, 128 Gorham Street (Route 3A), Chelmsford, MA 01824.  “Recent tragic events including the loss of our local friend, Joe K1JGA, and the serious injuries sustained by K1EEE drove Jim K1IR to do a full investigation of amateur radio tower fatalities in the US over the past 20 years. The results of the research are revealing and disturbing. But, they are also compelling. Come learn about the seriousness of this issue and the …

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W1BOF: Apollo Spacecraft Communications at Dan’s Tech Night, October 10, 2019

Dan Pedtke, KW2T, writes: TechNight is tomorrow night, Thursday, October 10, at the usual time and place; 7:00PM at the Grady Research Building in Ayer.  See www.danstechnight.com for details and directions. We have an unusually interesting program this month, with a rare guest speaker visiting us to discuss the technical aspects of the NASA Apollo spacecraft radio link.  George Whitehead, W1BOF, is one of the few remaining radio engineers who worked on the design of the Apollo mission communications radios. This the radio hardware that did the communications between earth and the spacecraft, including the video of man’s first step onto …

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Barnstable ARC Exhibition at Harwich Cranberry Festival, September 14-15, 2019

The Barnstable Amateur Radio Club (BARC) conducted a highly successful public information effort at the Harwich Cranberry Festival September 14-15 in Harwich. The annual festival drew 150 exhibitors and over 7,000 participants. It featured crafts, music, and food. BARC set up a special event station K1PBO at the festival entrance to promote Amateur Radio to greet festival attendees.  A large-screen television displayed locations contacted around the world. Magazines and other items were handed out to the public. Many BARC members helped to make the event a success.  Al Ryan, WW1RF, served as event liaison while Mark Avery, N1ZPO, provided technical …

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Marine Lodge Supports Falmouth ARA Communications Trailer Project

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association has received a generous donation in support of their communications trailer project from Marine Lodge, the town’s Masonic Lodge. On October 3, 2019, Marine Lodge Master Erich F. Horgan and Lodge member Maxwell J. Weinfuss, KC1MAX, presented a $5,000 check to the FARA Board of Directors. The goal of the trailer project is to assemble a professional, self-contained, mobile communications platform that will be used to support emergency, and non-emergency, public safety and public service events.  [Full story]

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KB1OIQ: Linux In Your Hamshack at Algonquin ARC, October 10, 2019

The Algonquin Amateur Radio Club meeting on October 10, 2019 features Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, who will present on “Linux In Your Hamshack.” Linux fans will be interested in Andy’s Ham Radio Linux, a popular software collection he created for amateur radio users. The AARC meetings are held at 7:30 PM in the library of the 1st Lt. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School in Marlborough, 25 Union Avenue. Use Door #1 at rear of building.

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ARRL Eastern MA Staff Meet at New England Sci-Tech in Natick, September 28, 2019

New England Sci-Tech (NEST) and the Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS) hosted the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts staff for a quarterly meeting at their facility in Natick on September 28, 2019.  At the conclusion of the meeting, their hosts treated the staff to a tour of the NEST’s maker space and ham facilities, followed by a pot-luck dinner. Eastern MA Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, expressed his appreciation for the chance to meet the group’s members, and for the hospitality afforded.   

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Northeastern University Wireless Club Fall 2019 Electronics Projects

The Northeastern University Wireless Club has announced a number of exciting projects for Fall 2019. If you want to join any of the projects below, contact their lead on Slack, and find their meeting times on the Google calendar. Airlights+ First Meeting Tuesday 4pm Contact: Jack Leightcap Airights+ is working to improve the LED controller in the Wireless Club space. This team will have a good mix of software and hardware, with a lot of python programming as well as board design. LED Flag First Meeting Thursday 6pm Contact: James Packard The LED Flag is a device Wireless Club currently …

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K1BG: “CW Academy” at Nashoba Valley ARC Meeting, September 19, 2019

Bruce Blain, K1BG, writes: The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s September meeting will be Thursday, September 19th at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center (in Pepperell). That’s the day after tomorrow! This month we will feature several speakers. Yours truly, Bruce K1BG, will talk about CW Ops “CW Academy.” CW Academy has trained an estimated 5,000 students in the past few years in the art of CW and telegraphy. If improving your Morse skills is of interest, this talk is for you! Jim, AB1WQ will summarize individual contributors from Field Day, conduct a “lottery”, and present the Field Day …

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Blackstone Valley ARC Amateur Radio Day at Bellingham, MA Public Library A Great Success

Members of the Blackstone Valley Amateur Radio Club (BVARC) in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, conducted an innovative “Amateur Radio Day” at the Bellingham (MA) Public Library on September 14, 2019.  BVARC Board of Governor’s member Mickey Callahan, K1WMC, proposed the idea to the club officers and received a commitment of support to hold the outreach event in nearby Bellingham. Along with BVARC President Matt Penttilla, N1AQ; Vice President Marc Caouette, W1MCX; and Rhode Island Section Manager Bob Beaudet, W1YRC, they tackled the logistics and formulated “a simple plan on how to present Amateur Radio and promote the club in a fun, …

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MIT Radio Society, MIT UHF Repeater Association Kickoff Fall 2019 Schedule

The MIT Radio Society and MIT UHF Repeater Association kick off their fall 2019 semester: Every Friday at 7 pm, 50-358 – Friday Fun Fest – Come hang out and get a tour of the stations or work on projects Saturday, September 14-15 at 2 pm, 54-2101 – September VHF contest – From the Green Building roof, use our weak signal station to communicate around the hemisphere! Sunday, September 15, 9 am-2 pm, Albany St Garage – Swapfest – Computers, electronics, radio flea market Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30 pm, 1-150 – Ham Radio FCC License Exams – $14 and 2 IDs [Note: …

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North Shore RA Meets September 16, 2019

The North Shore Radio Association will hold its general meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019.  Doors open at 7 PM, and the meeting starts at 7:30 PM. Club meetings are held on the second Monday night of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 PM at the Peabody Municipal Light Plant Auditorium, 201 Warren Street Extension in Peabody, Massachusetts (talk-in 145.470/R). 

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Eastern MA Club Speakers List

Attention club officers: The Eastern Massachusetts ARRL web site maintains a list of club presentations and speakers for use by affiliated clubs. The list is divided into two categories: A listing of speakers who have registered with local ARRL section leadership to present on ham related talks to any club within a designated traveling area; A “historical” listing of speakers who have presented–or will present–at a radio club on the date listed.  The latter “historical” category contains over five years of information. (Note: Inclusion in the historical section does not indicate a willingness or availability on the speaker’s part to present at other meetings, nor …

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Norfolk County RA Presents ARRL Elmer Award to K1HRV

Norfolk County Radio Association President Dick Bean, K1HC, writes: The Norfolk County Radio Association presented Dave Doe, K1HRV, with the ARRL Elmer Award at its September 11 meeting to thank him for his mentoring of so many fellow hams over 51 years of club membership (since January 10, 1968).  Dave has held many leadership positions in the club, and he is currently club secretary and historian.

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Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC Meets September 17, 2019

Ray Cord, K2TGX, writes on the SMH ARC mailing list: This is to announce that the September Meeting of the SMH ARC will be held this coming Tuesday evening, September 17 [in Attleboro] at the Hospital in Conference Room D & E. Please note that there will be an abbreviated ARES meeting starting at 7:00PM and the business meeting will start at 7:30PM to allow time for a presentation by Pierre Guimond, N1EZT. Hope to see you all there.

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Nashoba Valley ARC, Possible Plans for 2019 Jamboree On The Air

Stan Pozerski, KD1LE writes in the September, 2019 issue of Signal: We are exploring doing an Amateur Radio activity for the Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) with Owen Salter, KC1KZT, who is a boy scout from Ayer. Owen is working on whether arrangements can be made with the Boy Scout Council leadership. Possible locations at this point are the Lancaster Boy Scout office (where we set up two years ago) or Pearl Hill State Park in Townsend during a camporee. Stay tuned as we will need some help for this. 

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Wellesley ARS Meeting @ New England Sci-Tech, September 17, 2019

Dan Brown, W1DAN, writes in the Wellesley ARS’ The Spark Gap: Our September meeting will be very different. We will visit New England Sci-Tech at 16 Tech Circle in Natick on Tuesday September 17 (https://www.nescitech.org/). Here we will have a short business meeting, then join Bob [Phinney, K5TEC] and his crew to enjoy what they are doing. — New England Sci-Tech conducts classes and workshops in electronics, space science, ham radio, astronomy, robotics, photography, coding, computers, Arduinos, game theory, 3D design, spooky music, wearable technology, telescope making, edible 3D, Cubes-in-SpaceTM,  kite making, quadcopters, battle-bots, and more. It also provides a Maker …

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