MIT Radio Society, EE and Computer Science Department Hosting Radio Technology Lectures

From www.ARRL.org: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Radio Society (W1MX) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) are hosting a series of public lectures on “everything radio,” presented by academics and industry professionals. The series begins on Tuesday, January 8, at 5:30 PM ET in Building 3, Room 270. Each self-contained talk will address a different facet of radio, ranging from modulation, propagation, and Amateur Radio, to radar, radio astronomy, space-based applications, and cellular and 5G technology.  [Full story]

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International Museum of World War II, Natick

Rob, WA1UMU, writes in the Wellesley ARS “The Spark Gap”, November, 2018: I had a terrific visit to the WWII Museum in Natick recently.  To my surprise, they had a lot of radio gear including this biscuit tin radio, which reminded me of Bruce, KC1FSZ’s peppermint bark tin QRP rig at Field Day. The founder of the museum, Kendall Rendell, states: “The mission of the Museum is to have people gain a sense of direct contact with the World War II generation, to see them as people ourselves today, to identify with their concerns and fears, to understand what caused …

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YCCC Net, Wednesdays at 8 PM

Bill Barber, NE1B, writes on the YCCC reflector: For those of you who have a DMR radio, we have setup a net on Wednesday nights, available on the 91 New England Network repeaters.  It is basically an intercom covering ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, and areas of NY (Albany, Mt. Beacon, Long Island).  Access by NETAC1 (New England TAC1 – “Talk Group” 8801).  Just key PTT to activate and call-in. Additional info available on http://nedecn.org

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Whitman ARC Plimoth Plantation Special Event Operation, November 24-25, 2018

Whitman Amateur Radio Club members, assisted by other area amateurs, will set up tables and a portable station over the Thanksgiving weekend and operate a special events station at the Plimoth Plantation, the home of the Mayflower II in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The participants will demonstrate Amateur Radio to tourists and visitors.  In the past the group has logged over a hundred HF and VHF contacts with US and foreign amateurs, including a contact with Plymouth, England. This year’s event will be held on November 24-25, 2018. Setup takes place on Friday, November 23 at 10 AM at the Plantation’s lower parking lot. On-air …

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Quannapowitt Radio Association Turns 70 Years “Young” on November 19

Don Melanson, KA1MAP, QRA President writes: The ARRL-affiliated Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA), a general interest ham radio club founded November 19, 1948, is still active and open to new members. The club celebrates its 70th birthday at the December 20, 2018 meeting at 7 pm. In this current day of computers and the internet, this is a truly unusual achievement. The QRA was founded by members of a World War II home front emergency communications organization known as the War Emergency Radio Service. After the end of WWII the WERS was disbanded, but the members reorganized themselves as an amateur …

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Boston ARC QRV for SKYWARN Recognition Day, December 1, 2018

On December 1, 2018, and for the 16th consecutive year, [the Boston Amateur Radio Club] will once again participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day. SRD is a joint event support by the ARRL and the National Weather Service where weather stations and weather buffs from across the country contact each other for fun and to promote the SKYWARN Program.  Our station, WX1BHO, will be located at the summit of Great Blue Hill in Milton. For several decades, hams have assisted the National Weather Service by providing real-time reports of severe weather and storm conditions. Although the NWS operates a network of …

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Quannapowitt Radio Association 70th Anniversary Celebration

The ARRL-affiliated Quannapowitt Radio Association is seventy years young this November, according to QRA President Don Melanson, KA1MAP. Melanson reports the club has decided to “combine their November 70th anniversary and December Christmas celebrations at the December meeting, to be held on December 20, 2018.” QRA’s actual birthday is November 18. The club meets at the Reading Senior Citizens Center, 49 Pleasant Street, in Reading. Kudos to QRA and its membership on this historic occasion.

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Volunteers Requested, PART of Westford Pumpkin Patrol, October 31, 2018

Terry Stader, KA8SCP, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list: A couple of weeks ago I thought it was time to start thinking about our annual Pumpkin Patrol on Halloween Night in Westford. Well, it is next week and I am still looking for a few more volunteers! As we have done for many years, PART provides additional eyes and ears around our cemeteries and public buildings. We are looking for some hams to watch for tricksters and let us know (NCS is stationed at Police HQ) when there are issues so we can get a police officer dispatched …

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Harvard Wireless Club Announces CubeSat Collaboration

The Harvard Wireless Club is working with another Harvard student organization, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, to develop a CubeSat for launch. “We’re excited to announce a collaboration with [the Harvard chapter of ] SEDS to develop the communications systems for a Cubesat they plan on launching in June,” writes HWC President Benjamin, K7JS. “To get ready in time, we’re going to be having a special meeting next Thursday, October 17 at 8 PM at 6 Linden just for the members of the club interested in developing the satellite comms systems. This is going to be an awesome …

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Harvard Wireless Club QRV in School Club Roundup

Bill Collins, W1PL, writes on the Harvard Wireless Club mailing list: The School Club Roundup will run [October 15] from Monday at 9 AM until [October 19] at 8 PM. We will announce through this website when we are operating. I plan on operating Monday 9 or 10 AM to 2 PM. If anybody wants to stop by during our operation the main operator will leave their contact information on this list. Stop by, make at least one contact, and you will be in the log as representing Harvard in this contest, and also receive a certificate of participation. Not …

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Falmouth ARA QRV for JOTA

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association will participate in the 61st annual Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The JOTA event will occur at Falmouth’s Gus Canty Recreation Center at 790 Main Street, from 10 AM-5 PM. FARA members hope to show all attendees (specifically any Scout–boy or girl) what ham radio has to offer and get them on the air. Volunteers are needed to operate several stations as demos and to get folks on the air: CW station HF voice (SSB) Digital (likely PSK31) with a big screen 2m HT and/or mobile For more information, visit http://www.falara.org/announcements/jamboreeontheairjotaoctober20.

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SEMARA Antenna Work

Don Rosinha, WA1BXY, writes on the SEMARA mailing list: This Sunday (October 14) we will start and hopefully finish the build of the new TH-11DX beam and 40-meter rotatable dipole that’s replacing the log periodic array on the tower. Anyone willing to lend a hand would be great. [We’re] in need of two sets of saw horses. Thanks in advance. 

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Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC to Commemorate 40th Anniversary

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC members will operate special event station W1S to commemorate the club’s 40th anniversary on November 10, 2018 from 11 AM-10 PM and November 11, 2018 from 11 AM-5 PM. Everyone is welcome to operate from the club station. “Please try to attend this meeting to volunteer your time to operate,” writes club secretary Ray Cord, K2TGX.  “Even if you are a Tech we will have a General or Extra to work with you. It is not a high pressure contest. We are just making contacts to celebrate our 40-year history. This is a great learning experience for HF …

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Whitman ARC Offering Technician Class, September 4-27, 2018

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club is currently conducting a Technician training class at the Whitman police station at 20 Essex Street on Tuesdays until September 27, 2018. Ross Hochstrasser, W1EKG, and Paul DeLory, W1GTX, are instructing. The class will culminate in a volunteer exam on October 2, 2018. For details, visit http://www.wa1npo.org/training/training.htm.

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Barnstable ARC Presence at Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival, September 15, 2018

The Barnstable Amateur Radio Club had a presence for the second year at the Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival on September 15, 2018 from 10 AM – 6 PM. The festival featured food trucks, music, community and vendor tables, and a bicycle event. According to BARC organizers, “excellent weather and band condition made for a good weekend.”

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Harvard Wireless Club Table at Student Involvement Fair, September 7, 2018

The Harvard Wireless Club will participate in the Harvard Student Involvement Fair on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Tercentenary Theater in Harvard Yard, Cambridge. “We will be at Table 719. Just look for the Alex Loop antenna on the 19-foot tripod, which is usually the tallest thing at the fair,” remarks W1AF station manager Bill Collins, W1PL.  Bill is requesting HWC members come by and help recruit new people. The crew will conduct talk-in on the MIT repeater, 449.725/444.725 -, PL 114.8.  The first meeting of the Harvard Wireless Club will be held on Tuesday, September 11 at 6 PM. Adds …

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