“Virtual Elmer” Project Envisioned

Gerry Hull, W1VE, writes on the YCCC reflector: There’s a Facebook Group called “Ham Radio – New to the Hobby”. I’ve seen many posts in this group with people stating “I’ve had my General or Extra for a while.  However, I’ve never had an HF QSO.” Reasons? – Don’t know how to use the radio.– Don’t know the procedure for making a QSO– Mic fright.– Don’t want to screw up and get in trouble with the FCC. Lots of these guys are outside any club territory. So, I created a poll on that site this morning.   Here’s what I got …

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Technician Licensing Class, Middleton, January, 2019

Ron Draper, WA1QZK, writes: A Technician class course will be conducted in January, 2019, spanning three 3-hour sessions on January 2, 16, and 30, 2019 at the Middleton Council on Aging, 38 Maple Street, in Middleton.  Those interested can sign up and pay at the Senior Center. The deadline is December 16, 2018. The class is intended for “scouts and citizens ages 15 and up.” The cost is $35 and includes all training materials. The FCC Technician exam session will be offered at the conclusion of the course for an additional $15. 

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New England Sci-Tech Technician Course, Natick, October 13-14, 2018

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, 9 am – 4 pm and Sunday, 9 am to noon., followed by the FCC Technician exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, …

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New England Sci-Tech General-Class Course, Natick, December 8-9, 2018

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, 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 9 am to noon, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, …

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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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SEMARA Contest College, September 9, 2018

The South Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association (SEMARA) will host a presentation entitled Contest College @ SEMARA on September 9, 2018 at approximately 12 PM.   This hands-on presentation will cover:   * different styles of contesting * achieving a respectable score with 100 W * operating various modes during a contest * home-brewed  antennas for contests   There will also be on-air operation, listening and/or making contacts during the Worked All Europe SSB contest.   The organizers request an approximate head count, so lunch time pizza can be ordered.  Email Don if you are interested and plan to attend at: wa1bxy [at] hotmail …

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Tech-In-A-Day™ Program At Boxboro Convention, September 8, 2018

The Boxboro-ARRL New England Division Convention will again feature a Tech-in-a-Day™ program, sponsored by instructors from the   Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association. The day-long technician study course will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9 AM to 5 PM. After the end of the class, there will be a special VE Exam for course attendees. There is a small fee to cover course materials, along with an FCC established $15 exam fee. If you wish to participate, please preregister for the class using this online signup form. For more information about the Tech-in-a-Day™ program visit the CAARA website or contact Stan Stone, …

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New England Amateur Radio Weekend Technician License Class, August 10-11, 2018

New England Amateur Radio, Inc. is offering a two-day Technician license class on August 10-11, 2018 for high school students and adults. “This fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the 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 approximately a week before the course. “The TECHNICIAN level course runs on Friday, August 10 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by the FCC Technician …

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New England Amateur Radio Weekend General License Class, August 24-25

New England Amateur Radio, Inc. is offering a two-day General license class for high school 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 Friday evening, August 24, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 3 …

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ARRL Represented at IEEE Symposium in Boston

07/13/2018 ARRL was on hand in Boston July 8 – 13 for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antenna and Propagation Society (AP-S) Symposium, held jointly held with the US National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). The ARRL exhibit included an Amateur Radio special event demonstration station, N1P, and more than a dozen volunteers staffed the ARRL exhibit. “We had a very attractive booth in a great location,” said ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Assistant Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI. “Engineers and scientists in the fields of antennas and propagation who attended from all over the …

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New Technician Class Element 2 Exams Will Take Effect for Exam Sessions Beginning July 1, 2018

From the ARRL VE Newsletter, June, 2018: The newly revised pool, released in January 2018 (updated and re-released February 12, 2018) by the Question Pool Committee (QPC) of the NationalConference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC), must be in use starting July 1. There are three graphics required for this pool and 423questions in this pool, down slightly from 426 in the previous pool. With the Technician class exam questions changing July 1, new test designs must be used effective that day. Previous ARRL VEC supplied Technician class exam booklet versions (2014 series) and computer-generated Technician class exams created from the …

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Free Radio Wave Propagation Course

Eric Horwitz, KA1NCF writes on the North Shore RA mailing list: Here is a good refresher (perhaps better to have been sent BEFORE Field Day) for the club membership (some of who are not DXers).  This came from the FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Comm group that I’m on and was sent for widest dissemination.  Please forward to the club as a whole, to include the FD distro list, and anyone else you think appropriate.  Thanks. — Greetings, The COMET Program is pleased to announce the publication of the new lesson, “Radio Wave Propagation“. As a society we have become …

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Natick HS High Altitude Balloon Group Project a Success

Charlie Bures, WA3ITR writes: On Wednesday, June 20, the Natick HS High-Altitude-Balloon Group launched their platform at 4:07pm from the Hatfield Elementary School, near Northampton in the middle of Massachusetts. The APRS tracking device used Charlie’s callsign (WA3ITR) with a dash-7. From the APRS track shown below, the HAB was up to 45,000 feet over Worcester traveling east at over 85 pmh! It circled over South Natick & Framingham, reaching up to 91,953 feet before it burst. It continued toward the Atlantic as it parachuted back to the ground. Although the plan from the simulations was to land in the …

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Weekend General License Course Offered, Natick, July 13-15, 2018

For high school 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 Friday, July 13, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 14, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by theFCC General examat 3:00 p.m., at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick. The …

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ARRL to Sponsor the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar, June 11, 2018

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes on SKYWARN_Announce:   The ARRL will be sponsoring the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday 6/11/18 at 800 PM EDT. Details on how to register for this very interesting webinar can be seen at the following link:   http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-to-sponsor-2018-atlantic-hurricane-season-webinar   The webinar will go through an overview of the historic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, lessons learned from the season, key Amateur Radio group’s preparedness for the new season and how Amateur Radio operators and SKYWARN spotters can become involved. These Amateur Radio Groups include, WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, which …

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Amateur Radio Technician License in a Weekend Course, Natick, June 29-30, 2018

“For high school students and adults, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the 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 approximately a week before the course. The TECHNICIAN level course runs Friday, June 29, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 30, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.” [More information]

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Week-long Beginner Level Amateur Radio Course for Youth and Families, Natick, June 25-29, 2018

“The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club (CC-ARC) is a Youth Club, and as such strives to provide educational opportunities for students as well as parents.  We have teamed up with New England Amateur Radio Inc to offer a radio Technician Class course for adults, children, and child-parent pairs to facilitate their successful completion of the FCC radio license test.  Children who pass the test receive a free membership in the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club, the largest youth-oriented radio club in New England.  Yes, this course is geared toward children!”  (Ages 11 and up.) ”  [More information]

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Breakfast and SKYWARN Training, Littleton, June 2, 2018

Alan Martin, W1AHM writes on the PART of Westford list: June’s PART Breakfast will be at 8:00 AM on Saturday, June 2 at Paul’s Diner, 6 Carlisle Place, Westford, MA. Conveniently later that morning, the National Weather Service Boston/Norton will be holding a 2½ hour SKYWARN training class at the Littleton Fire Department, 20 Foster Street, from 10:00 AM–12:30 PM. Why not have breakfast with the club, and then get your SKYWARN card? Here’s the class registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-training-class-littleton-ma-tickets-45378324791

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New Technician Class Pool to Take Effect July 1, 2018

On July 1, 2018 a new Element 2 Technician class question pool will take effect for examinations. VECs and VEs will have new test designs available for use at exam sessions effective that date.  The newly revised pool released in January 2018 (updated and re-released February 12, 2018) by the Question Pool Committee (QPC) of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) must be in use starting July 1. There are three graphics required for this pool and 423 questions in this pool, down slightly from 426 in the previous pool. ARRL VEC will be supplying all its (near 1,000) Field Stocked …

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