HamXposition Club Newsletter Award

Open to all New England Amateur Radio Clubs

  • Each club submits:
    • Club newsletter from the 2nd quarter of 2024 (April, May, or June)
    • Email newsetter to: cq-newsletter@hamxposition.org
    • Deadline to submit: Friday, July 5
  • Judging by someone impartial who resides outside of New England on the following:
    • Layout design
    • Content
  • The top three get a digitial sticker they can use on their newsletter for the next 12 months showing that they are #1, #2, or #3 best club newsletter in New England for the period September 1, 2024, through August 31, 2025.
  • The top three winners for the 2024 HamXposition will be ineligible to participate in the 2025 HamXposition competition to allow other clubs to win.


Barnstable ARC Hosts Eversource Honorees

[At the March 4 Barnstable ARC meeting,]  Eversource was thanked by Representative Christopher Flanagan for doing good work for the community getting the private power system restored to the Barnstable Amateur Radio Club’s repeater.
Rep. Flanagan is a true leader and gets it done.
—Barnstable Amateur Radio Club Facebook page
Shown here: Ty Mike Pierce, General Manager of Eversource Cape and Islands and Mike Maguire, Sr., Lineman Supervisor of Eversource.
Shown here: Ty Mike Pierce, General Manager of Eversource Cape and Islands and Mike Maguire, Sr., Lineman Supervisor of Eversource.

Tom Walsh, K1TW, to be Honored at New England Sci-Tech in Natick, January 27, 2024

Tom Walsh, K1TWFormer Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, will be honored at an awards ceremony at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick, Massachusetts, on Saturday, January 27, 2024 shortly after 12 noon.   The public is invited.

A four-term Section Manager, Tom was elected to the position in January, 2015, succeeding Phil Temples, K9HI.  He currently serves as an Assistant Section Manager.  Tom wrote regular section news columns, successfully grew the local field organization, and brightened many a club meeting and field day event with his cheerful presence and demeanor.

New England Division Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, will award a plaque on behalf of  Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC. Current Section Manager Jon McCombie, N1ILZ, is expected to attend. 

“I’m proud to honor my colleague and best friend to commemorate a long and successful run as a leader in the amateur radio community,” said Phil Temples, K9HI. “More than anyone, I can appreciate the time and effort Tom invested in doing the job right.”

The award is but one of several activities planned that day at New England Sci Tech, the popular STEM / Maker space organization.   Also on the schedule will be public tours, maker activities, a “yard sale,” a StratoScience Workshop, and a Planetarium Show.  Guest Speaker Joe Barnard, a popular YouTuber and a founder of BPS.space, which develops model rocketry components aimed at closely matching the pace of advancement in the space-launch industry, will be a special guest in a Zoom talk that afternoon.

New England Sci-Tech’s amateur radio club, STARS, will set up an outdoor station and compete in the national Winter Field Day (WFD) event.  Marv Turner, WØMET, President of the Winter Field Day Association, is expected to attend the festivities at New England Sci-Tech and observe the WFD operation.

For additional information and a complete schedule of events, visit <https://nescitech.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=508616&module_id=658508>.

Harvard Wireless Club Honored With 50-Year ARRL Affiliation Plaque

photo l-r: Phil Temples, K9HI; Cameron Lu, KC1LZI; Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC
L-R: Phil Temples, K9HI; Cameron Lu, KC1LZI; Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC. Photo courtesy Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB.

ARRL New England Division Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, and Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, recently visited the W1AF club shack on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and awarded a 50-year ARRL affiliation plaque to HWC Vice President Cameron Lu, KC1LZI. The ARRL Board of Directors recognized the club in the form of an official motion at its July, 2023 meeting in Windsor, Connecticut. 

The club has a distinguished history, and is one of the oldest radio clubs in the country. It was founded  in 1909 as “The Radio Society of the Institute of Geographic Exploration at Harvard” and changed its name to the Harvard Wireless Club a year later. 


N1DMR Honored by Framingham ARA

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association honored Delaney Ringer, N1DMR, for her numerous accomplishments at its recent June meeting. 

Delaney obtained her Technician class amateur radio license at age 9. She achieved numerous academic honors including in Environmental Science, various math courses, Chemistry, Computer Programming, and Biology. She achieved High Honor Role and is a member of the National Honor Society. She also demonstrated excellence in the Humanities including Honors in English and History, and rewrote and produced Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for the Learning Center for the Deaf Marie Phillip Walden School.  She recently collected data in Costa Rica on the sea turtle population. She participated in Varsity Volleyball, Track and Field and Cheerleading.

Delaney’s unique challenges and her combination of science, humanities, sports, and environmental accomplishments are hereby recognized by the Framingham Amateur Radio Association.


FARA recognition award for N1DMR
FARA recognition award for Delaney Ringer, N1DMR
FARA members gathered for Delaney Ringer presentation at FARA meeting
From left to right: Sumner Weisman, W1VIV FARA Director; Dan Ringer, AE1DR, Volunteer Examiner, and father of N1DMR; John Iwuc, KB1VXY, FARA President; award recipient Delaney Ringer, N1DMR; Bob Bosaz, KC1OXG; Larry Griffin, KB1GMU; Martin Bayes, AA1ON; Andy Boughton, KC1DMM, technical advisor; Bruce Rusch, W1HNZ; Steve Moro, N1MH, FARA Treasurer and Webmaster

Cape Ann ARA Receives $25,000 ARRL Foundation Grant to Develop Robust STEM Offering

Photo of CAARA clubhouseThe Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association (CAARA) has been named the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the ARRL Foundation to develop a robust STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education offering for radio amateurs and residents in the community it serves.
According to CAARA president Brandon Hockle, NQ1W, “We will use the funds to modernize the presentation and training space of our Stanwood Street clubhouse along the Annisquam river in Gloucester MA, including upgrading our classroom projector, public address system for teachers, electronics workstations, soldering irons, training computers, usb oscilloscopes, Arduinos, and more. The grant will also enhance accessibility to the clubhouse for our mobility-impaired members and attendees.”
Hockle says the CAARA board of directors will meet on Sept 24, 2022 to discuss the plans with the membership.
“We are excited to provide multiple free monthly classes for hams looking to earn or upgrade their license, for students wishing to learn about microcontrollers like Arduino, introductory electronics, and other topics.”

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.

“We can’t wait to show the community what great service CAARA can provide, thanks to the generosity of the ARRL. We cannot thank them and all the ARRL members enough for providing this program of funding for clubs.”

Governor Baker Proclaims June 25 “Amateur Radio Day” in Massachusetts

copy of 2022 MA Amateur Radio Day ProclamationMassachusetts 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.

QST Cover Plaque Award at PART of Westford Meeting, May 17, 2022

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

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!

George, K1IG

[To request conference login information, contact George Allison, K1IG, at k1ig -at- arrl -dot- net]
Agenda update: Terry, KA8SCP, is unable to attend the meeting; his talk on Seabrook events has been postponed.

Bob Rose, KC1DSQ, and Bob Glorioso, W1IS, Win the March 2022 QST Cover Plaque Award

“Portable 20-Meter Phased Dipole BeamFrom ARRL News:
04/12/2022 – The winning article for the March 2022 QST Cover Plaque award is “Portable 20-Meter Phased Dipole Beam,” by Bob Rose, KC1DSQ, and Bob Glorioso, W1IS.
The QST Cover Plaque Award — given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue — is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article today!

SourceForge Open Source Excellence Awarded to “Andy’s Ham Radio Linux” Collection

Open Source Excellence iconAndy 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.”

Nashoba Valley ARC Recognized by W1 QSL Bureau for 25 Years of Service

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.

NVARC commemorative plaque from W1QSL Bureau

Norfolk County Radio Association (W1AGR)

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/norfolkcountyradioassociation/.

Congratulations to NCRA!

ARRL New England Division
Director: Fred Hopengarten, K1VR

13 Colonies Special Event, July 1-7, 2021

2021 K2H QSL CardFrom nediv.arrl.org:

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!

K1USN Radio Club Receives “Advancing the Art of CW Award”

CWops logoFrom 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.

ARRL Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Winners; Many Are From New England

[Congratulations to Eastern MA scholarship recipients: Catherine Hong, KC1MFU, Cambridge; Julie Knappik, KB1YTT, Raynham; and Martin (“Marty”) S. Sullaway, NN1C, of Waban.]

From nediv.arrl.org:
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.