“It is our sincere hope that we can use these fun and popular courses to entice new hams to get their licenses, allow older hams to mentor and train new hams, and generally increase the enthusiasm and engagement of people on our community with radio and electronics,” he adds.
Massachusetts radio amateurs are being recognized for their service to the public in times of hurricanes, tornados, flood and other emergencies with a special proclamation by Governor Charles D. Baker declaring June 25, 2022 as “Amateur Radio Day” in the Commonwealth. The day coincides with the 2022 ARRL Field Day event.
The proclamation was obtained by Massachusetts State Government Liaison Hank McCarl, W4RIG, of Gloucester. McCarl contacted Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr’s (N1UIU) office to arrange for the issuance of the proclamation.
Copies of the proclamation will be distributed to both Eastern and Western Massachusetts Section Managers so that they may display the documents as they tour field day sites in their respective sections.
At the May 17, 2022 PART of Westford meeting, PART members Bob Glorioso, W1IS (left), and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ (not shown), received the March 2022 QST Cover Plaque award from New England Division Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC (right). [Photo courtesy PART of Westford]
The May PART meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 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.
We’ve got several items on the agenda:
1. New England Division Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, will present the QST Cover Plaque Award for March 2022 to PART members Bob Glorioso, W1IS, and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ. After the presentation, Fred will talk about ARRL happenings.
2. Terry, KA8SCP, talk about emergency response by various agencies to an “event” at the Seabrook power station, and involvement by the Amateur Radio community.
3. Field Day plans!
4. ARRL grant money for clubs.
Attendees are reminded to bring donations for the Westford Food Panty. Items such as canned soups and Dinty Moore beef stew are always appreciated.
See you Tuesday!
Agenda update: Terry, KA8SCP, is unable to attend the meeting; his talk on Seabrook events has been postponed.
Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, recently received an award from the SourceForge website for his work on the “Andy’s Ham Radio Linux” software collection. Andy has created and maintained the collection for the past ten years. In that time, it has been downloaded 100,000 times.
SourceForge recognized the project for:
* Community Leader
* Community Choice
* Open Source Excellence
* SourceForge Favorite
PART of Westford President George Allison, K1IG, wrote, “Congratulations on the award from SourceForge! I know that your software collection has significantly influenced the adoption and use of Linux by ham radio operators worldwide.”
“This was quite unexpected,” said KB1OIQ. “I am very pleased that the project has been so well accepted by our ham radio community. Both the Linux and ham radio communities have a tradition of helping others, and I have benefited greatly from their combined patience and tutelage. This is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to those communities.”
The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club was recognized for its long service to the W1 QSL Bureau at a NVARC QSL sorting party on November 18. Eric Williams, KV1J, W1 QSL Bureau Co-manager, awarded the club a beautiful plaque, which read:
“Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club – In appreciation of 25 years of service to the W1 QSL Bureau – 2021”
Accepting the award on behalf of NVARC was club president Bruce Blain, K1BG.
K1BG plans to bring the plaque to the club’s December club meeting to show those members who were unable to attend the sorting party.
“NVARC should be proud of the support we have given the bureau over the years,” writes Bruce. “Thank you to all the club members and guests who have supported the sorting effort during this time, and I look forward to sorting cards with you for many years to come.”
Left: NVARC commemorative plaque awarded by W1 QSL Bureau; (l-r): W1 QSL Bureau Co-manager Eric Williams, KV1J; NVARC President Bruce Blain, K1BG.
Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, writes on the ARRL Members Only list:
The Norfolk County Radio Association (Massachusetts, today W1AGR) was founded in 1921, and has been continuously active since then. It is an ARRL-affiliated club. At the suggestion of Phil Temples, K9HI, my Vice Director, at this week’s ARRL Board of Directors meeting I will present a motion, to be seconded by Ria Jairam, N2RJ, the Hudson Division Director. The motion will recognize NCRA’s 100th anniversary.
For further information on NCRA, see https://sites.google.com/site/
Congratulations to NCRA!
ARRL New England Division
Director: Fred Hopengarten, K1VR
Larry Krainson, W1AST, writes:
Are you looking for that perfect, post Field Day ham radio activity? Then working the 13 Colonies special event stations is perfect for you!
Each July 1 through July 7, the 13 original colony states activate on all bands and modes for you to work them. Plus you can chase the three extra 13 Colonies stations where there is one each in Philadelphia, England and France.
This is a very fun activity. The action the first few days can create some overwhelming pile ups. If you can not get through, please be patient and try again later or another day. All the ops are trying to work everyone they can hear. They want to work you and will make every effort to do so.
If you work them all, it’s called a “clean sweep.” You can earn a certificate by sending $5 to KU2US. You can also send an SASE to each of the states to get back a unique QSL card. Each year there is a different theme and a new card is created. Combining the certificate with the QSL cards makes for some fancy wall paper!
But you can receive a certificate by working just one of the 13 colony stations. You do not need a clean sweep to get a certificate.
This year Massachusetts will be active once again as K2H. There are 20 operators all over the state. You’ll hear us on CW, SSB, FT8 and other modes. Work us and send in your SASE QSL request to the info on the K2H QRZ.com page.
Team K2H looks forward to hearing and working you on the bands between July 1 and July 7, 2021!
From the ARRL Letter, May 27, 2021:
CWops has designated the K1USN Radio Club as the 2021 recipient of its Award for Advancing the Art of CW. As CWops noted in making the announcement, the K1USN Radio Club has created and managed the K1USN Weekly Slow Speed Test (SST) that provides a place for new and unpracticed CW operators to gather and operate at relaxed speeds in a friendly and encouraging manner that helps them continue to improve their CW skills.
The ARRL Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2021 scholarship awards. A number of those recipients are from New England:
The Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) Scholarships, $10,000
- Catherine Hong, KC1MFU, of Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Julie Knappik, KB1YTT, of Raynham, Massachusetts
The Byron Blanchard, N1EKV, Memorial Scholarship, $500
- Allison K. Maurice, KH2AK, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The FEMARA Scholarship, $2,000 each
- Michael A. Cullen, K6MAC, of Newport, Rhode Island
- Samuel E. Gerhard, KC1NWR, of North Providence, Rhode Island
- Sarah J. Hull, W1SJH, of Hancock, New Hampshire
- Simon S. Page, KC1FJD, of York, Maine
The New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) Scholarship, $1,500
- Jacob A. Gionfriddo, KC1LYP, of Newington, Connecticut
The Yankee Clipper Contest Club, Inc. Youth Scholarship, $2,000
- Martin S. Sullaway, NN1C, of Waban, Massachusetts
There were 122 awards this year, totaling $564,250. The full list of scholarship recipients can be found the ARRL website.