Long Island CW Club Offering Free, Online Morse Code Instruction for Homebound Youngsters

From ARRL Web: The Long Island CW Club in New York is offering free, online Morse code instruction for the “many youngsters at loose ends as a result of school closings due to COVID-19 concerns.” The club’s co-founder, Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, pointed out that learning Morse code is “a fun and educational activity for children of all ages that can fill part of the gap left by the current unfortunate situation that has closed so many schools across the country.” Ongoing classes will take place Monday through Friday, specifically for school-agers anywhere across the country or overseas, via Zoom online video …

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New England Sci-Tech General Course On-Line, April 4-5, 2020

For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio GENERAL license exam. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and homeschool students. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary preparation is necessary to get the best results from this course. The GENERAL level course is offered ONLINE certain weekends and week days. Current offerings: Two day course: SAT-SUN April 4-5, 1-5pm each day The FCC General test will be scheduled for an upcoming weekday evening or weekend, probably as an …

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New England Sci-Tech On-Line Technician Course, March 24-27, 2020

For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio TECHNICIAN license exam. Geared toward adults, as well as junior high, high school, and homeschool students. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary preparation is necessary to get the best results from this course. The TECHNICIAN level course is offered ONLINE certain weekends and week days. Current offerings: Four day course: Tu-W-Th-F March 24-27, 2:30-5pm each day Two day course: SAT-SUN March 28-29, 1-5pm each day Four day course: Tu-W-Th-F Mar 31-Apr …

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HamSCI 2020 Workshop Retools as a Virtual Event

  From ARRL Web:   03/17/2020 – Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the March 20 – 21 HamSCI Workhop will go on, moving to an all-digital webinar workshop. Registration and participation will be free and open to all, organizer and University of Scranton  professor Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, said over the weekend. A tentative agenda has been posted. Participants may register online. The workshop will be presented using the Zoom webinar platform. Those planning to take part should visit the Zoom website, create a free account, and download the client software. Frissell encouraged participants to set up a Zoom account, so they can get familiar with the system.The …

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Falmouth ARA Technician Course Produces Five New Hams

Matthew Trott, KB1MLP, writes: Ralph Swenson, N1YHS, and his crew did a great job teaching material to attendees at a recent Falmouth Amateur Radio Association Technician course.  All five passed the Sunday afternoon exam.     The new hams are:   Brian Backlund, KC1MUC Rob Campbell, KC1MUB Daniel DiNardo, KC1MUA Brian Johnson, KC1MTZ Hunter Tobey, KC1MUD   Listen for them on the air and welcome them to ham radio and FARA.

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K1USN Radio Club Closed for Next Two Weeks

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes on the K1USN Radio Club mailing list:   Effective immediately, starting on Friday, March 13th the K1USN Radio Club will be closed and remain so for at least the next two weeks. This unfortunately will effect our regular monthly VE exam session scheduled for this Saturday, March 14. We hope to be able to announce the resumption of VE exams very soon.   We have all seen the escalating news broadcasts and health care announcements regarding the Covid – 19 Corona Virus. Given the close quarters of our club room as well as the average age …

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Nashoba Valley ARC Members Judge Radio-Related Entries at Bromfield School Science Fair

From the NVARC March, 2020 Signal: Once again, Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club members volunteered to judge radio-related entries in the Bromfield School’s (Harvard, MA) annual Science Fair. There were fifty-two entries, five of which were in the areas of NVARC expertise. The students were quite knowledgeable in their subjects, some more than others, but all of them were impressive. The projects NVARC judged were: 1. “Warping WiFi: The Attenuation of WiFi Signals by Different Materials” 2. “Free Space Optical Communications using Lasers” 3. “Making GPS Use Safer” 4. “Simple Aurora Monitor” 5. “The Construction and Research of MagLev Trains” …

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CANCELLED: SKYWARN Training at Minuteman RA Meeting, Leominster, March 18, 2020

“We cancelled the next meeting on March 18th. Our first venue cancelled, we got a second venue and was all set but it was SKYWARN training and NWS cancelled…We had arranged an online meeting as a backup, but NWS won’t allow spotter IDs to be issued. We are adding an online option for future meetings, but have not tested that yet.” –David, N1DCH Please join us on Wednesday, March 18th @ 7pm, for SKYWARN weather spotter training. The training is being presented by Robert Macedo, KD1CY. All attendees will be issued a SKYWARN spotter ID and will be eligible to …

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New England Sci-Tech Weekend General Course, March 21-22, 2020

For junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults who already have a Technician level license, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the GENERAL license exam. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum.  Some preliminary reading and study is necessary to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent approximately a week before the course. The GENERAL level course runs Saturday, 8:30 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 8:30 am to noon, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 …

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FEMA Online Training Materials Currently Offline

FEMA is reporting its Independent Study Exam web materials are currently unavailable. This may impact amateurs who are in the process of taking online training for ARES membership and certification. Per https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx: “The Independent Study Exams are currently unavailable. EMI is working to determine the cause. Currently, there is not an estimated time of recovery.”

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Whitman ARC Amateur Extra Class Begins February 25, 2020

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club will hold a bi-weekly Amateur Extra license classes for eight sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on February 25, 2020. Some classes will be held at the Whitman Police Station; others will be conducted at the Whitman United Methodist Church.  The course will wrap up with a volunteer exam session on March 19. Material will be based on the ARRL Amateur Extra Class License Manual. The course is offered free of charge; however students are responsible for acquiring their own textbooks. Interested parties are asked to contact the course instructor, Ross Hochstrasser, W1EKG via email …

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2020 Handiham Radio Camp Now Accepting Applications

Applications packages are now available for the Courage Kenny Handiham Radio Camp to be held July 21 – 28, 2020, at True Friends Camp Courage North in Lake George, Minnesota.  Enjoy a week of ham radio fun and learning. Make new friends while building an on-air community that continues after you leave Radio Camp. Get a first ham radio license or learn new operating skills. Keep abreast of the latest radio and assistive technology. Wireless internet access is available. Instructors are experienced amateur radio operators from throughout the nation and sometimes other countries as well. Trained camp staff members provide …

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New England Sci-Tech Technician License in a Weekend, March 7-8, 2020

For junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults interested in wireless communications and electronics, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio Technician license exam. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary reading and study is necessary to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent a few days before the course. The Technician level course runs on Saturday, 8:30 AM-5 PM and Sunday, 8:30 AM-1 PM, followed by the FCC Technician exam at 1:00, at New England Sci-Tech, …

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Bristol County RA VE Test Session on February 24, 2020

*** If a test session falls on a major holiday it will be delayed by a week. *** Reminder: Bristol County Repeater Association VE Test Session When: Monday, 17  24 February 2020, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/New York Where: Stop and Shop Somerset, MA Community Room 2nd Floor Description: Come in the entrance on the Fall River side, near the Dunkin Donuts in the store, stairs and elevator will be on the right, go left on second floor. 

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Falmouth ARA Technician Weekend Class, March 7-8, 2020

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) will be offering a Technician class amateur radio license course on March 7 and 8 at the Falmouth Fire Station, Main Street, 2nd Floor, EOC Room.  An FCC exam will be conducted on the afternoon of March 8.  The fee of $50 includes: 1) Nine hours of classroom instruction 2) Course Manual 3) Online test practice and tutoring 4) Refreshments 5) Access to instructors for questions & tutoring 6) License exam 7) 1-year membership with FARA 8) Admission to the next FARAfest 9) Handheld Transceiver (if the student passes) (pending availability) This is a great …

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K1BG: “Entry Level Licensing–What’s Worked and What Hasn’t” at North Shore RA, February 18, 2020

The North Shore Radio Association will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, in the Peabody Municipal Light Plant auditorium, 201 Warren St Extension, in Peabody  (talk-in 145.470 repeater).  Bruce Blain, K1BG, will present on “Entry Level Licensing – What’s Worked and What Hasn’t:” All of us entered the amateur radio hobby in a number of different ways. Whether it was the Class B license of the 30s and 40s, the Novice license of the 50s through the 90s, or the current Technician class license, Bruce looks at the history of entry level license requirements and conditions, …

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New England Sci-Tech Amateur Extra Course Begins February 20, 2020

New England Sci-Tech is offering ongoing Amateur Extra study sessions for high school students, homeschool students, and adults who already have a General level license. This slower-paced course will get you ready to take the Amateur Extra license exam. You may jump into this course at any time, pay one course fee, and take nine weeks worth of classes. A different topic group is covered each week; all topics covered in nine-week intervals. Take the exam whenever you are ready. The course runs most Thursday evenings, 6-9 PM from February 20, 2020 until April 30, 2020 as a combination “study …

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Foundation for Amateur Radio Invites 2020–2021 Academic Year Scholarship Applications

From ARRL Web: The Foundation for Amateur Radio Inc. (FAR) has invited applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year for the scholarships it administers. Applications must be submitted via the online form. Several questions ask for essay responses. The deadline for initial submissions is April 30, 2020. Applicants may amend their applications until May 7. [Full story]  

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New Amateur Extra class (Element 4) pool will take effect on July 1, 2020

From the ARRL VE Newsletter, January 2020: The new Amateur Extra class license examination question pool, effective from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2024, has been released and is available at the National Conference of Volunteer Coordinators (NCVEC) website. The 2020 – 2024 Extra class pool incorporates significant changes compared to the current 2016 – 2020 question pool, which expires on June 30. The number of questions in the pool was reduced from 712 to 622. The result was 239 modified questions, 49 new questions, and 139 questions removed due to changes in what was felt to be an abundance of outdated questions, while areas of …

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