KM1NDY: POTA/SOTA Adventures at K1USN Radio Club Meeting, July 17, 2021

k1usn qsl card“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes in K1USN Happenings, July 17, 2021:

Just a reminder that our next K1USN Zoom session will feature a presentation by Mindy – KM1NDY on Tuesday, July 20th @ 7:30 PM EDT. She will be discussing her POTA/SOTA adventures.

BTW, I know that I had previously mentioned checking out Mindy’s blog, but suggest that you go there again and see the fabulous job she has done detailing the Field Day operation of the Sci-Tech group – https://km1ndy.com/arrl-field-day-2021-the-reemergence/.

If you would like to join our rapidly growing list of K1USN Zoom attendees then send me an e-mail ( k1rv@arrl.net ) to be added to the master Zoom list which is separate from the K1USN member list.

“Morse Code Keys and Keeps,” North Shore Radio Association Meeting, July 19, 2021

 
North Shore Radio Association logoEric Horwitz, KA1NCF, writes:
 
The July 19, 2021 North Shore Radio Association meeting will feature Matthew Vurek, N4DLA,  Orinda, California presenting on “Morse code Keys and Keeps.”
 
NOTE: WE WILL BE IN PERSON Starting in September. More info to follow.
 
PUBLIC SERVICE IS BACK!  Check the website to sign up!  www.nsradio.org
 
[Zoom conference information will be sent via the NSRA groups.io mailing list.  Contact Eric, KA1NCF, at ka1ncf -at- nsradio -dot- org to be added to the groups.io list.]
 
 

W0MXX: “High Altitude Ballooning: Going to the Edge of Space” at Sci-Tech ARS Meeting, July 13, 2021

New England Sci Tech logo
Coming Tuesday, July 13 at the New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society: “High Altitude Ballooning: Going to the Edge of Space” by Max Kendall, W0MXX.  
 
This talk will introduce high altitude balloons and then describe Max’s experiences in building, launching, and recovering them.  Amateur radio transmitters play a critical role in recovery of payloads.
 
Max is one of our youth members who has achieved Tech and General licenses and is now working on his Amateur Extra license.
 
[For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.]

AB1OC: “Programs Helping Hams to Develop New Skills and Get On The Air” at Billerica ARS Meeting, July 7, 2021

Billerica ARS logoDoug Bruce, N1WRN, writes on the w1hh.org website:

Our next [Billerica Amateur Radio Society] meeting will be Wednesday, July 7, 2021 via Zoom and our guest speaker will be Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC. He will have a presentation entitled “Programs Helping Hams to Develop New Skills and Get On The Air.”

Fred is a great speaker and we are fortunate to have him talk to our Club. Please join us for this interesting and informative talk featuring the President of the Nashua Area Radio Society. Hope to see everyone there.

K1USN Radio Club Resumes Saturday Morning Breakfast Gatherings

photo of Mad Hatter Restaurant“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes in K1USN Happenings, July 1, 2021:

I want to remind everyone that we have resumed our regular K1USN Saturday morning breakfast gatherings. We meet @ 7 AM at the Mad Hatter Restaurant on Route 53 in Weymouth overlooking Whitman’s Pond.

After breakfast we open up the K1USN club building by 8:30 AM and remain open (with free Starbucks coffee!) until noon. Drop by and say hello.

AB2IX: “Test Bench for Non-Technologist Ham” at Sci-Tech ARS Meeting, June 29, 2021

New England Sci Tech logoThe New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society presents, “Test Bench for Non-Technologist Ham” by Adrian Zeffert, AB2IX,  on June 29, 2021 at 7 PM.
 
This presentation addresses simple test equipment for the ham who does not have a technology background and would like to test and repair components of their ham station. With minimal investment, simple repairs and measurements can be made that will keep your equipment up to snuff and save money while providing immense satisfaction.
 
Bio: Adrian M. Zeffert, age 79, has been a ham for 49 years and has spent 60 years in Systems and Product Engineering, Testing, and Project Management for Avionics, Ground Navigation Aids and Communication systems. He retired from Raytheon at 75 years old in 2017. His education includes Brooklands Tech UK, Electrical Engineering, 1959-1963; Newark College of Engineering (NJIT) 1966 to 1969. Adrian’s other activities include CMARA BOD Member FD Director 2019, 2020 (planned), and 2021. FD Director for Larkfield Amateur Radio Club (LARC) Huntington LI, 1994, 1995, and 1996.
 
[For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.]

Boston ARC to Host QRP Cookout/Parks On The Air, K-8405, Boston, MA, July 11, 2021

Boston ARC logoMembers of the Boston Amateur Radio Club are planning a QRP Cookout and Parks On The Air operation on July 11, 2021 along the Charles River at Herter Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Road, Allston.  The POTA designation is K-8405: Charles River State Reserve.

An August 1st date has been suggested by the group for another cookout/QRP operation for those who are unable to attend the first event. The group is currently collecting RSVPs via the BARC mailing list. 

 

Herter Park, Boston MA

 

N1EA: “Radio Officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine and Commercial Radiotelegraphy” at Sci-Tech ARS Meeting, June 22, 2021

N1EA-NS1L QSL cardThe New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society presents, “”Radio Officers in the U.S. Merchant Marine and Commercial Radiotelegraphy” by David J. Ring, Jr., N1EA on June 22, 2021 at 7 PM.
 
This talk will be about being a radio officer in the United States Merchant Marine, and commercial radiotelgeraphy, with mentions of the SOS in which David was involved in 1980. This event concerned the fire and abandoning of passenger cruise ship MS Prinsendam, call sign PJTA (Netherlands Antilles), in the Gulf of Alaska on October 4, 1980. The Prinsendam was on fire and burning out of control when James N. Pfister, NS1L, and David J. Ring, Jr., N1EA, both Radio Officers on the USA flagged ‘super-tanker’ Williamsburgh (Call Sign WGOA), picked up her SOS.
 

David Ring was first licensed in 1965 as WA1DRS, upgraded to Amateur Extra in 1967 to avoid the necessity of relearning all the subdivisions, obtained secondary call N1EA in 1978, and when the FCC dropped secondary call sign assignments, kept N1EA. He holds FCC First Class Radiotelegraph, and First Class Radio Telephone Licenses and worked in broadcast and at Marine Coast Stations. He also holds a U.S. Coast Guard license as Radio Officer, and sailed from 1980 until 1993 as a Merchant Marine Radio Officer. He also worked at maritime coast station WSC in West Creek, NJ and at various broadcast stations in the Boston, MA area. In 1980 while serving on the USA flagged tanker “WILLIAMSBURGH,” Jim Pfister, NS1L and David Ring, N1EA, answered an SOS from the passenger ship PRINSENDAM, a Holland-America cruiser bound for the Orient which was burning out of control south of Valdez, Alaska, in the Gulf of Alaska. All 535 passengers and crew members were ultimately rescued from lifeboats from the chilly waters of the Gulf. In 1988, Jim Pfister and David Ring were awarded the VWOA “Marconi Gold Medal” for their work during this rescue.

[For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.]

K8ZT: “Ideal Callsign Selection & Amateur Radio, Field Day & Trains” at K1USN RC Meeting, June 22, 2021

K8ZT QSL cardFrom K1USN Happenings:

This week our upcoming K1USN Zoom session on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 7:30 PM will feature Anthony Luscre, K8ZT, on “Ideal Callsign Selection & Amateur Radio, Field Day & Trains.

Anthony has quite a resume and some of you may have seen some of his presentations during the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo. Anthony is an Ohio Assistant Section Manager for Education Outreach.

If you would like to join our rapidly growing list of K1USN Zoom attendees then send me an e-mail ( k1rv@arrl.net ) to be added to the master Zoom list which is separate from the K1USN member list!

KA1HAH: “Oceanography at Woods Hole” at North Shore RA, June 21, 2021

North Shore Radio Association logoEric Horwitz, KA1NCF, writes on the NSRA mailing list:
 
Bob Weller (KA1HAH) goes over highlights of a 40-year career as an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He worked at sea one to three months each year making measurements in the ocean and at the sea surface.  More than once knowledge of radio communications and radio frequency interference were important, once alerting people ashore that the research vessel he was on was in distress.
 
Time: Jun 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every month on the Third Mon, until Oct 18, 2021, 5 occurrence(s)
        Jun 21, 2021 07:00 PM
        Jul 19, 2021 07:00 PM
        Aug 16, 2021 07:00 PM
        Sep 20, 2021 07:00 PM
        Oct 18, 2021 07:00 PM
 

Notice:  We will be back to in-person meetings as of September at PMLP! More info to follow.

 
[Zoom conference information will be sent via the NSRA groups.io mailing list.  Contact Eric, KA1NCF, at ka1ncf -at- nsradio -dot- org to be added to the groups.io list.]
 

KM1NDY: “Portable Operations” at Nashoba Valley ARC, June 17, 2021

Nashoba Valley ARC logoBruce Blain, K1BG, writes:

The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s June meeting is Thursday, June 17th at 7:30 PM. This meeting will be conducted via ZOOM. Meeting details are below. Thanks to Jim Hein, N8VIM, and Medtronics for the Zoom conference.

We’re very pleased to announce the speaker: Mindy Hull KM1NDY, whose topic is portable operations. 

Summary: Portable radio operation is becoming an increasingly prominent pursuit of amateur hobbyists, made practical by the advent and availability of lightweight batteries. Structured programs such as Parks-On-The-Air (POTA) and Summits-On-The-Air (SOTA) provide enticing opportunities for hams to get outdoors. While experienced hams may have plenty of technical radio experience, portable radio requires an intersection with the skills of the outdoorist. This talk focuses on gear choices (both radio and outdoor), portable op strategies, and a bit of philosophy to hopefully give you all the information needed to get out there and do it yourself!

We’ll also have a rundown on the club’s Field Day plans.

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

[Contact Bruce, K1BG, for Zoom details at  978-772-2773 or bruce.blain@charter.net ]

K8ZT: “Software Defined Radios” at K1USN Radio Club Meeting, June 8, 2021

k1usn qsl card“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes in the K1USN Happenings, June 3, 2021:

Upcoming K1USN Zoom session on Tuesday, June 8th @ 7:30 PM EDT with Anthony, K8ZT. Anthony will be doing a presentation on Software Defined Radios (SDR). Please spread the word about Anthony’s presentation and encourage people to sign up for a Zoom invitation to the June 8th session.

We have enjoyed previous presentations by Anthony which now reside on our K1USN Radio Club YouTube channel.

As mentioned before, If you have previously been receiving Zoom invitations you are already on our (separate) K1USN Zoom email distribution list so it’s not necessary to submit a new request. We use a separate list to try to maintain better control and discourage potential  “Zoom Bombing”. For that reason, although all are welcome, we ask that you do NOT share the Zoom invitation once you receive it. Please tell any other interested parties to contact me (k1rv@arrl.net) directly to be added to our Zoom list. It’s really that simple.

W1IS & KC1DSQ Write Another Antenna Article

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

The dynamic duo of PART member Bob, W1IS, and Bob, KC1DSQ, have another article published in CQ Magazine. In the May 2021 issue is their article titled “A New Design of a 40-6 Meter Off-Center-Fed Dipole,” that describes a dipole antenna covering the 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6-meter bands. 

Reminder: The two Bobs wrote an antenna article that was published in the June issue of QST, and voting is still open for the cover plaque award. ARRL members can vote for their favorite article.  

Norfolk County Radio Association Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary With Special Event Operation

The Norfolk County Radio Association is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with a special event operation from 0000 UTC June 5 to 2359 UTC June 12, 2021 on the suggested frequencies of 3.825, 7.225, 14.235, 21.285, and 28.325 MHz as well as other frequencies at the discretion of club members.  Club members will operate their own stations using the club call W1AGR during this operating event. A special QSL will be available with an SASE to the club station trustee, K1HC, 422 Everett Street, Westwood, MA 02090. 

The club had its beginnings in Norwood, MA in 1921 when a group of young radio amateurs gathered to exchange ideas and help each other build their home-made radio equipment.  It originally became affiliated with the ARRL two years later, in 1923.  The club grew to include hams from local area towns and then re-organized in 1932, calling themselves the Norfolk County Radio Association.  The spirit of those early years continues today; its members are always ready to help others and mentor new hams getting started in amateur radio. NCRA members have made memorable contributions to amateur radio in technology and communications, including support for various public service needs such as municipal events, SKYWARN reporting, Red Cross, and local disaster training. 

Congratulations to the Norfolk County Radio Association for reaching this historic milestone. 

 

WB3BKN: “Antennas” at Billerica ARS Meeting Online, June 2, 2021

Billerica ARS logoDoug Bruce, N1WRN, writes on the Billerica ARS website:

[The next Billerica Amateur Radio Society Zoom Meeting will be Wednesday,  June 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM.]

The feature speaker this month is Terry Snyder, WB3BKN, an expert on a lot of different wire antennas for any application in ham radio that you can think of. Terry will do a presentation centered on a number of different antenna designs, from the vertical, to the loop, to the quad, to the j pole, to the dipole, and beyond. He will discuss the pros and cons of each design, along with the basic design theories of these antennas. Please join us for a very informative and interesting presentation! Hope to see everyone there!

 

Sturdy Repeater Returns to the Air

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

Just to let you know that the K1SMH 147.195 Sturdy Memorial Hospital repeater has returned to the air as of about 1330 today [March 28, 2021] thanks to the efforts of: Pierre Guimond, N1EZT; John Bellissimo, KA1EWN; Steve, N1LEO and Bill, WB1DJM. Bill rebuilt the Super StationMaster that the repeater is now using while the damaged JAG 4 element folded dipole array was rebuilt from the damage it received in the tower fold-over. We lost about five feet in elevation and we are on a different antenna so you may notice some difference in coverage on the fringes.

It is good to get it back on the air and hope to hear activity soon. If I missed anyone who helped in this endeavor, please accept our thanks.

73,
Ray K2TGX
Secretary/Treasurer
SMHARC

KU2Y: “CubeSat Simulator” at New England Sci-Tech ARS Meeting Online, May 25, 2021

New England Sci Tech logoNew England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society Online Meeting: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm: “CubeSatSim: The AMSAT CubeSat Simulator” by Dr. Alan Johnston, KU2Y.

Dr. Johnston, AMSAT VP Educational Relations, will introduce the AMSAT CubeSat Simulator, a low cost functional model of a CubeSat satellite suitable for the classroom or demos. The CubeSatSim is based around a Raspberry Pi Zero W processor, a 3D printed frame, and has rechargeable batteries, solar panels, and transmits housekeeping telemetry on the 70cm ham band. It can emulate satellites that send APRS telemetry, or a Fox-1 CubeSat sending Data Under Voice or BPSK telemetry. In addition, it can send SSTV images. The talk will be interactive, with a live web SDR which can be accessed over the Internet using a phone or computer to listen and decode the signals. For more information on the CubeSatSim, including how to borrow it for your event or classroom visit, see https://cubesatsim.org.
 
[For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.]