Northeastern University Wireless Club Semester Wrap Up

Courtesy NU Wireless Club web site: First off, thank you to everyone for a great semester!  We hope everyone enjoyed this semester’s events, workshops, and other club activities.  If you have any feedback from the past semester, or want to make recommendations for the next one we would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to any officer on slack. Just some quick Summer notes: Ham nets will continue through June Door codes will last through Summer 1 and Summer 2 No events are planned, but still feel free to utilize the club space

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Quannapowitt RA to Feature WO1VES: “Digital Ham Radio and Internet,” April 18, 2019

The Quannapowitt Radio Association will feature Brian Gudzevich, WO1VES, presenting on “Digital Ham Radio and Internet Connections” on April 18 at 7:00 PM.  QRA meets at the Reading Senior Citizen Center at 49 Pleasant Street in the old fire house. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, September through June. All are invited and holding an Amateur Radio license is not required. 

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KA8SCP to Present on Emergency Communications, Nashoba Valley ARC, April 18, 2019

Terry Stader, KA8SCP, will be the featured speaker at the Nashoba Valley ARC‘s April 18 meeting in Pepperell. A member of PART of Westford, Stader is involved in Massachusetts RACES. He’s a D-STAR coordinator for numerous repeaters, an ARRL District Emergency Coordinator, and the MEMA Region One Communications/RACES Officer. NVARC meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Pepperell Community Center, 4 Hollis Street, Pepperell, MA.

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Additional VEs Needed, Billerica ARS, April 11, 2019

Gary Frascarelli, W1GFF, Billerica VE Liaison, writes on the Billerica ARS list: The Billerica VE Session is short on VEs for this month’s test session [on April 11, 2019].  I need 6 (SIX) due to the fact that in addition to our regular session we need to have a second session in  a different room for someone who is visually disabled and needs the test read to him.   I only have two plus myself at this time, so I really need four or five more.  Please respond direct to me.  It is held at the Chelmsford Bible Church, 128 Gorham …

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Northeastern University Wireless Club Hackathon, April 6-7, 2019

The Northeastern University Wireless Club (W1KBN) is holding its 4th annual Hackathon on Saturday, April 6 from 12 noon until Sunday, April 7 at 3 PM in 424/425 Hayden Hall on the Northeastern campus.  The theme will be post-apocalyptic, and the Hackathon will have prize categories for both hardware and software oriented projects.  To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wireless-club-spring-2019-hackathon-tickets-58854136306. 

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Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, Volunteers Requested, April 27, 2019

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association will again be participating in the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Mashpee High School, 500 Old Barnstable Road, in Mashpee. According to FARA president Brent Putnam, W1NCH, “We need volunteers to assist with station setup, operating, greeting the public, and helping the kids to make Morse code sounders.”   If you are available to assist, or have any questions, please contact Brent, W1NCH, at W1NCH@arrl.net.   For more information about the Faire, see http://capecod.makerfaire.com/   -Thanks, http://www.falara.org/announcements/capecodmakerfaire2019

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Bruce Blain, K1BG: “Connecting With Youth and Educators,” April 3, 2019

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on the BARS web site: I am excited to bring back Bruce Blain, K1BG to speak at [the Billerica Amateur Radio Society]. You may remember his talk with us about The Entry Level License: What’s Worked and What Hasn’t. Bruce has an eye for spotting opportunities about influencing the young folks and getting their interest piqued for amateur radio. Recently, Bruce enlisted three other Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club members to assist him in judging a school science fair. This was an opportunity for NVARC to connect with youth and educators and parents, with the hope …

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Zola Center ARC Meeting: “Using Ham Radio Away From the Ham Shack,” March 30, 2019

Frank Ventura, N1FMV, writes on the MARC/Zola mailing list: Everyone is welcome to join us at the next meeting of the Zola amateur radio group. The specifics and agenda are below. When:  Saturday, March 30 , 2019 Where:  20 Hartford street, Newton MA  02461 Time:  11:00 AM to 1:30 PM Agenda: 11:00 AM:  Welcome and any old business brought to the floor 11:30 AM:  One of the projects I have been working on is exploring different ways of using ham radio away from the ham shack. While on vacation in Florida, myself and N1NGK were able to check into our …

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Pentucket Radio Association Meets, March 21, 2019

David Robertson, KD1NA, writes on the PRA mailing list: On March 21 at 7:30 PM [there] will be a general meeting for all [Pentucket Radio Association] members and visitors [at the West Newbury EOC/Fire station, 401 Main Street, West Newbury, MA].   An important topic of discussion will be the coming Spring NEAR-Fest on May 3rd and 4th.   Discussion of the repeater status and future upgrades.   Hope to see all of you there.  

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K1VR Presents at Nashoba Valley ARC Meeting, March 21, 2019

Bruce Blain, K1BG, writes: The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s March meeting will be Thursday, March 21st at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center (in Pepperell). Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, our newly-elected ARRL New England Division Director, will join us this month. Fred suggested discussing antenna zoning (his specialty) and current ARRL matters (his new job). He’s an accomplished speaker, a contester and an alumnus-affiliate of a local college radio club, so the session just might easily meander following audience interests. <…> Need directions? Click here and put your own address in box “A”. Thanks and 73. Please feel free to …

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Groton Road Race Requests Amateur Radio Support, April 28, 2019

Ralph Swick, KD1SM writes in the March, 2019 issue of NVARC “Signal”: Sunday, April 28 will be the 28th running of the Groton Road race. The Groton Police Department and the Race Committee are again formally requesting support from the Amateur Radio community for logistics and safety communications for this high-profile event. The Groton Road Race has been a major event for Amateur Radio in North Central Massachusetts. [The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club] has been coordinating the ham participation since the second year of the event. Many NVARC members are 26-year (soon to be 27-year) veterans. Those of you …

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QRA Presentation: HCJB “The Voice of the Andes,” March 21, 2019

The Quannapowitt Radio Association will present Harry Chase, WA1VVH who will speak at the club’s March 21, 2019 meeting about his adventures while working at “The Voice of the Andes,” HCJB shortwave station in Ecuador. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. QRA membership meetings are held in the Reading Senior Citizen Center at 49 Pleasant Street in the old fire house. All are invited and holding an Amateur Radio license is not required.

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Section Manager Presentation at PART of Westford, March 19, 2019

At the [PART of Westford] meeting next Tuesday, March 19, our speaker will be Tom Walsh, K1TW, Section Manager for the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts section.  He will explain the various activities and appointments within the section: “My talk is focused on the ARRL Field Organization which consists of the volunteers in a section, many of which make ARES run among many other kinds of activities.  I have a volunteer staff of 11-12 who in turn manage about 100 volunteers throughout the section, many of who are PART members already.  I explain how a section is organized and how people can …

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Mystic Valley ARG Meets, March 17, 2019

Nick Magliano, KC1MA, writes: The March  meeting of the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group will be held on Sunday, March 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 behind 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 free to email me with any questions.    kc1ma at arrl dot net …

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Northeastern University Wireless Club Guest Speaker: Pete MaLellan, March 14, 2019

From the NU Wireless Club web site: This week during our usual meeting time [Thursday, March 14, at 503 Hayden Hall] we will be hosting Pete MacLellan from Lutron, who will be speaking about his experience at Northeastern and at Lutron.  Come to hear about coop experiences, and an exciting company in the Boston area who hosts many Northeastern coops, many of which are part of Wireless Club!

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Framingham ARA Flea Market and VE Session, April 7, 2019

The Framingham ARA Spring Flea Market will take place on April 7, 2019 at the Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter Street in Framingham. Admission for buyers is $5; under the age of 12 is free. Tables are $20 in advance and $25 at the door if available. There will be refreshments, a VE session and door prizes. For complete information, visit <https://w1fy.org/flea>.

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