K1UI: “What Can We Do About Noise Interference?” at the Billerica ARS Online Meeting, April 6, 2022

Billerica ARS logoTom Walsh, K1TW, writes on the BARS mailing list:

Next BARS Meeting: April 6, 7PM on Zoom

Speaker: Rob Leiden, K1UI
Assistant NE Division Director

Topic:  What can we do about Noise interference?  Help is coming.

One of the biggest problems faced by amateur radio in this era of new technologies is the growth of noise that interferes with nearly every aspect of our hobby.  Solar panels, LED (including pot farm grow lights) power supplies, dimmer switches, computers and many other devices generate interference as do power line failures, cable TV leakage and other service malfunctions.

The New England Division is creating RFI teams, trained and equipped to help hams find and fix noise problems. Teams are forming in all six New England states.   One has started up in the Eastern MA section and our goal is to have at least one in every section.  Rob will be describing how these teams should be able to assist our members if you experience RF noise problems at your station. 

Those who have the technical background and interest to lead or join your section’s team, should contact their ARRL section manager. The section managers will work with division Leadership to establish RFI teams throughout New England.

Rob Leiden, K1UI is both an ARRL Assistant Division Director for New England and an ARRL Assistant Section Manager for Eastern Massachusetts. 

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

Algonquin ARC Tech Night Schedule, March-June 2022

AARC logoThe Algonquin Amateur Radio Club has announced the schedule for its upcoming Tech Night sessions via Zoom, and in the training room of the Marlborough Central Fire Station building at 215 Maple Street in Marlborough:

 

Date Location Item
Thursday, March 24, 2022 Zoom Tech Night:  Lantern Battery Challenge
Thursday, March 31, 2022 Zoom Free Night: Hop on and discuss anything.
Thursday, April 28, 2022 Fire Dept HQ Training Room Tech NIght:  IN PERSON ANTENNA BUILDING
Thursday, May 26, 2022 TBD Tech Night:  TBD
Thursday, June 23, 2022 TBD Tech NIght:  TBD – maybe moved to field day weekend at the field day
Thursday, June 30, 2022 TBD Tech NIght:  FREE Night>Field Day wrap up
     
  Field Day  AARC Monthly Meeting
  EOC Meeting Tech Night
[updated 3/21/2022]

K1KI: “New England QSO Party Yesterday and Today” at Framingham ARA Meeting, April 7, 2022

Framingham ARA logoDirector Emeritus Tom Frenaye, K1KI, will present at the Framingham Amateur Radio Association (FARA) meeting at 7:30 PM on “New England QSO Party Today and Yesterday.”

He will also talk about “Come on in, the water is warm” and “Improving your HF operating skills.”

Tom ran the ARRL Contest Department for 4 years from 1977-81. He served on ARRL and ARRL Foundation boards from 1985-2018. Tom started the New England QSO Party in 2002, with the help of Bob, W1RH. K1KI was volunteer and site location coordinator for the World Radiosport Team Championships held in the Boston area in 2014. He is a former New England Division Director and past president of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club.

FARA meets the first Thursday of the month (except in July and August) at 7:30 pm .  All area hams and those not yet licensed but interested in amateur radio are welcome to attend.

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

NE1D: “Hunting & Activation of Parks On The Air” at Nashoba Valley ARC Hybrid Meeting, March 17, 2022

Nashoba Valley ARC logoBruce Blain, K1BG, writes:

The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s March meeting is Thursday, March 17th 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. Masks will be available for those who meet in person.

This month’s meeting will feature Dimitris Paliyannis, NE1D.  Dimitris will speak on “Hunting and Activation of Parks on the Air.” My understanding is that Dimitris will explain the program and talk about participating from the point of view of calling station.

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.

 

W1IS, KC1DSQ: “20-Meter Phased Dipole Beam” at PART of Westford Hybrid Meeting, March 15, 2022

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

The March [PART of Westford] meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 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 speakers for the March meeting are the two Bobs: W1IS and KC1DSQ, who will give a presentation on their design for a 20-meter phased dipole beam. This antenna is described in the March 2022 issue of QST (you have voted for the cover plaque award, right?).  This is the first in-person meeting we’ve had in almost a year, so bring the items in your junk box that you want to give away.

Current mask guidance from the Westford Board of Health is: “A fully vaccinated individual should wear a mask indoors if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated.”

See you Tuesday!

KM1NDY: “Parks On The Air” at Billerica ARS Meeting, March 2, 2022

Billerica ARS logoTom Walsh, K1TW, writes on the w1hh.org website:

Next [Billerica Amateur Radio Society] Meeting: Wed. March 2, 7PM on Zoom

Speaker: Mindy Hull, KM1NDY

Topic: Parks on the Air (POTA)

The next Billerica Amateur Radio Society (BARS) Zoom meeting on Wednesday, March 2 will feature Mindy Hull, KM1NDY, presenting on Parks On The Air (POTA). Mindy has organized many local club POTA operations in the Boston Area. Please join us for a look at this fun activity and how to get involved as a club.

BARS will announce the link to join the Zoom meeting before the meeting, and it will be posted to the BARS email list and should not be shared outside our Club. Are you on the email list? If not, please send an email to bars-subscribe@w1hh.org and then simply reply to the robot response from the server and you will be subscribed.

Observing our Zoom meeting requires only a web browser and headphones/speakers. You do not need a webcam or microphone unless you want to speak or be seen.

Before our meeting date, please go to https://zoom.us/test and see if it will function for you. If you have problems, we can try to assist – feel free to ask questions on the BARS email list.

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

WB6IQN: “History of DBJ and TBJ VHF/UHF Antenna Development” at Framingham ARA Meeting Online, March 3, 2022

Framingham ARA logoThe March 3, 2022 meeting of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association will feature Ed Fong, WB6IQN, who will present on the “History of DBJ and TBJ VHF/UHF Antenna Development.”  
 

Ed Fong is the inventor of the DBJ-1 and DBJ-2 antenna that was featured in the February 2003 and March 2007 QST.    His most recent antenna was the TBJ-1 – a tri-band base antenna that was published in March 2017 QST.  The DBJ-1 is a highly effective dual band VHF/UHF base station antenna and the DBJ-2 is the portable roll up version.   The DBJ-2 won the QST Plaque of the Month Award. Both of these antennas are featured in the ARRL VHF antenna Handbook and also in the ARRL Antenna Classic Handbook.  There are over 30,000 of these antennas in use today.   About half are used by hams and the other half by government and commercial agencies.

Ed will give a history on how these antennas were developed and the theory on how and why they work so well.  There is no “black magic” to antennas.  He will explain in a non-mathematical manner to convince you for overall performance and simplicity his approach is one of the most practical.

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

W1BOF: “Apollo Communications” at North Shore RA Meeting Online, February 21, 2022

North Shore Radio Association logoTime: Feb 21, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every month on the Third Monday 
 
 

Please join us again on Zoom!

George Whitehead, W1BOF, will present on Apollo communications.  George is one of the few remaining radio engineers who worked on the design of the Apollo mission communications radios. 

[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.]

 

N1SV: “Six and 2-Meter Meteor Scatter” at Nashoba Valley ARC Hybrid Meeting, February 17, 2022

Nashoba Valley ARC logoThe Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s February meeting is Thursday (Tomorrow), February 17th 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. Masks will be available for those who meet in person.

This month’s meeting subject will be “6 and 2 Meter Meteor Scatter,” presented by our own Les Peters, N1SV. Meteor scatter is an interesting propagation mode that VHF/UHF aficionados use to enhance their enjoyment of those bands. I’m sure it will be an interesting 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.

 

Blue Hill Observatory Radio Club Forming

Blue Hills Observatory logoNew England Sci-Tech writes on its website:

New England Sci-Tech and New England Amateur Radio are working with Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center to establish an educational amateur radio club. You can be a charter member!

The Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory has a long history of amateur radio going back to the turn of the last century. We are working to help BHO establish a new club that can meet occasionally on top of Blue Hill and more regularly in locations around greater Boston.

If you are interested in finding out more, please fill out the form below. Be patient as we  send out updates occasionally. The main building and weather tower are closed for renovations, so it will be a while before the radio club will have a permanent home. [Full story]

Matt Zullo: “U.S. Navy Telegraphic Code” at PART of Westford Meeting Online, February 15, 2022

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

The February PART meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, beginning at 7:30 PM via Webex 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. We will NOT be meeting in person at the Senior Center until further notice.

 
Our speaker for the February meeting is Matt Zullo, a retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer, who authored two books covering the history of the On The Roof Gang. His books “The US Navy’s On The Roof Gang – Prelude to War” Volume 1 and “The US Navy’s On The Roof Gang – War In The Pacific” Volume 2, tell the story of story of the 176 Sailors and Marines who learned the Japanese katakana telegraphic code and how to intercept Imperial Japanese Navy communications, setting in motion events that would lead to the birth of the US Navy’s communications intelligence organization. He’ll be talking about the origins of the Naval Security Group and how these people intercepted and broke the Japanese naval codes during WW2.
 
See you Tuesday!
 
73,
George K1IG
President, PART of Westford
 
[To request conference login information, contact George Allison, K1IG, at k1ig -at- arrl -dot- net]
 

KW1U: “National Traffic System (NTS) & Message Handling” at New England Sci-Tech ARS Meeting, February 8, 2022

New England Sci Tech logoThe New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (NEST) will meet on-line and in-person on February 8, 2022 at 7 PM and feature “National Traffic System (NTS) & Message Handling” by Marcia Forde, KW1U.
 
Description: In this talk, Marcia Forde, KW1U will be discussing message handling in general, how the National Traffic System came to be, how and why we do what we do, and a brief glimpse into the future.
 
Bio: Marcia was first licensed as KA1GBS in 1980. She was introduced to ham radio when her  son Dale (now K1WU) was 13 years old and attended a summer school class in Morse code taught by a local ham. Dale and friends went on to get licensed in 1973. It took seven years for Marcia to get up the courage to take the Novice exam but she has been hooked ever since. She upgraded to General in 1982 and Extra in 1984. She has been an active traffic handler in the ARRL’s National Traffic System since 1981, participating at all levels from local and section to region, area and Transcontinental Corps (TCC) on both CW and SSB. She operates a 24/7 scanning Pactor 1, 2 and 3 MBO on HF and a connecting VHF Packet station for the Digital Traffic Network (DTN), formerly NTSD. She recently added VARA HF capability as of November 2021.  She is a registered Winlink user and can accept Winlink traffic for import into the DTN, and is working to help coordinate use of  the NTS with ARES for handling long haul messaging. Marcia’s station consists of a Kenwood TS590SG, a G5RV multi-band antenna up around 45 to 50 feet, a 160 meter dipole, and a tri-bander at 45 feet, which currently needs a tower climber and a tree trimmer to make it functional again.  She has a PTC IIe Pactor modem, and a Yaesu FT 7900 and Kam plus modem for packet into a 13 element two meter beam up around 50 feet. She also has an Ameritron AL811H amplifier.  Around 2011 when appointed Section Traffic Manager for both Eastern and Western Mass, Marcia re-activated a combined section CW traffic net (MARI) which meets on 3565 Khz daily at 7:00 PM ET. CW is still her favorite mode and she is happy to see increasing interest in this mode.  Marcia operates a hub station on the RRI Digital Traffic Network (DTN) and scans multiple bands on HF accessible via Pactor 1, 2, and 3 and VARA.  Message traffic can be moved via her MBO to anywhere in the US and Canada and also internationally wherever it is permitted. Check with Marcia at kw1u@arrl.net for frequency information.  Her VHF Packet station sits on 145.09 and is available to feed messages into the DTN.  Marcia can also be reached at kw1u@winlink.org.
 
Come meet at NEST! We usually have pizza! (Face masks still required, please.)
 
5:00-7:00: radio room open; informal radio activities.
 
For Zoom conference information, email Bob Phinney, K5TEC, at bobphinney -at- nescitech -dot- org or call 508-720-4179.

PART Members’ Antenna Article Featured in March 2022 QST

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

The two Bobs have done it again!

The March 2022 issue of QST (available now on the ARRL website) has another antenna article written by the prolific team of PART club member Bob Glorioso, W1IS, and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ! This article, “Portable 20-Meter Phased Dipole Beam,” describes a two-element wire beam antenna that can be electrically reversed 180 degrees. We used this antenna at Field Day last year and it’s very effective.

As usual, you can vote for this article for the QST Cover Plaque award. The award website should be available for voting in a week or two.

George  K1IG
PART President
WB1GOF.org

W1GBH: “Working at WGBH” at Boston ARC Meeting, February 17, 2022

Boston ARC logoThe next general meeting of the Boston Amateur Radio Club will take place on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. on the Zoom teleconferencing program. Our speaker will be Christopher Kelly, W1GBH. Chris is the broadcast engineer for WGBH and its affiliated stations, and he will give a talk about his job and responsibilities.

Joe Chapman NV1W / Secretary
Boston Amateur Radio Club

[For Zoom conference information, email Joe Chapman, NV1W, at nv1w -at- arrl -dot- net]

W1UE: “HF Propagation – A Different Look” at Billerica ARS Meeting Online, February 2, 2022

Billerica ARS logoNext [Billerica Amateur Radio Society] Meeting: Wed Feb. 2, 7 PM on Zoom

Speaker: Dennis Egan, W1UE

Topic: HF Propagation – A Different Look

Dennis Egan, W1UE, has been licensed for 53 years. He is an avid contester, and his main interest in propagation is to improve his contest scores. He is Past President of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC) and is Past Chairman of the ARRL Contest Advisory Committee. While Dennis has no transmitting antennas at his residence, he has used Remote Stations for the past 12 years to satisfy his need for contesting.

BARS will announce the link to join the Zoom meeting before the meeting, and it will be posted to the BARS email list and should not be shared outside our Club. Are you on the email list? If not, please send an email to bars-subscribe@w1hh.org and then simply reply to the robot response from the server and you will be subscribed.

Observing our Zoom meeting requires only a web browser and headphones/speakers. You do not need a webcam or microphone unless you want to speak or be seen.

Before our meeting date, please go to https://zoom.us/test and see if it will function for you. If you have problems, we can try to assist – feel free to ask questions on the BARS email list.

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