Fox in Hiding, Westford, August 10, 2019

Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, writes on the fox-hunting list at 10:53 AM on August 10, 2019: Fox hunters: get ready! I am headed out shortly to hide two foxes in Westford.  Get your gear ready for 2m and 80m fox hunting! I will send another email in an hour or so with a clue about the location. — Wait until 12:30 PM before fox hunting in Westford.  The highly encrypted clue uses the ROT1 decrpytion algorithm. BCDE_UFYBT_SPBE_BCDE

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KC1DKY Fox Deployed in Billerica, August 9, 2019

Nick Mollo, KC1DKY, writes on the foxhunting list at 11:08 AM on Friday, August 9 2019: Get your HTs and your bug spray and head to Billerica to hunt for my fox.  Fox is on 146.525MHz, and a DTMF of 1 will activate it for 20minutes or so.  If it does not seem to be transmitting, try a few DTMF #’s to kick start it (I sometimes think someone is messing with the programming).  Be sure to sign the log book if you find it. Happy Hunting!

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Cape Cod ARES Summer Exercise – Saturday 8/10/19 1000 AM-1200 PM

Rob Macedo-KD1CY writes: Cape Cod ARES will conduct their summer exercise on Saturday August 10th, 2019 from 1000 AM-1200 PM. The exercise will be led by Cape Cod ARES District Emergency Coordinator, WQ1O-Frank O’Laughlin. All are welcome to participate. The Cape Cod ARES Exercise document can be seen at the following link: Cape Cod ARES August 10th 2019 Exercise Plan

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New Hampshire Tower Tragedy: Lessons Learned

Mark Pride, K1RX, writes on the YCCC Reflector: To all Tower owners in the Amateur Radio Community – a must read!  By Mark Pride, K1RX Many old timers in the hobby that own a tower, perhaps in the air for 20, 30, 40 or 50 years, need to take this article seriously as it could provide life saving information to you and your ground crew. This is a cautionary article for all that have a tower no matter how long its been the air.  What occurred at a NH amateur station recently provides a lesson for all of us tower …

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Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday August 3rd, 2019 – 1000 AM EDT

Good evening, Since we do not have a Net Control Volunteer for the upcoming August Net, the South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group – W1SSH will once again act as Net Control. The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters and simplex frequency in the order listed. Please note: The simplex frequency for this month’s net has changed. Because we will be using the frequency in simplex mode, without tone, if it is not already programmed into your radio, the frequency can easily be entered into your radios “VFO” channel without the need …

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Annual Marshfield Fair Amateur Radio Exhibit, August 16-25, 2019

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a ham radio exhibit and special events station at the 152st Annual Marshfield Fair August 16-25,  2019, from 1600Z-0059Z. The club will operate under the call sign NN1MF on the following frequencies/bands: 18.160, 14.260, 7.260, and 3.860 MHz. The station will also be active on EchoLink via the WA1NPO-R, and IRLP: 8691. Contacts will be acknowledged with a certificate and QSL at: Whitman ARC, PO Box 48, Whitman, MA 02382. 

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W1HFN Fox On the Air, Littleton, July 25, 2019

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the foxhunting list at 11:52 AM on July 25, 2019: Since the WX is not so HHH lately, I deployed the fox at the Whitetail Woods in Littleton. The battery pack should last until at least next Thursday, so the weekend should be fine for hunting. https://littletonconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/white-tail-woods/  Frequency is 146.565 MHz with a 20 second voice ID every 40 seconds.  Sign the log which is under the TX.  Good luck / 73, Barry – W1HFN

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Eastern MA Hospital Net, August 3, 2019

John O’Neill, K1JRO writes: Good Morning Everyone, The August 3, 2019 Eastern MA Hospital Net is approaching. We do not have anyone signed up to conduct the August net. If anyone is interested in taking a turn as Net Control Station please let us know.  Below are the repeaters we have available for our use. Let us know which 3 or 4 repeaters you would like to use and we will make all the notifications. We will also send you a copy of our net preamble if you like which you may modify for your own use.  73’s, John  O’- K1JRO …

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QSL Sorting Night at Algonquin ARC, August 8, 2019

Eric Williams, KV1J, W1 QSL Bureau Co-Manager writes: Seventh Annual AARC QSL Sort Night  The Algonquin Amateur Radio Club will be holding a QSL card sorting session on  Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Marlborough Fire Station.  We will  be in the classroom/EOC where we hold Field Day.  The W1 QSL Bureau receives QSL cards from DXers all over the world, sorts them and then  sends them to the New England area hams.  We process about 100,000 QSL cards each year.  To do this, we are grateful for the team of over 40 volunteers and several area clubs that …

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Salem Maritime Festival Special Event Station N1S QRV, August 3-4, 2019

Nick Mollo, KC1DKY, writes on QRZ.com: N1S will be the call sign used at National (Park) 1 Salem (Maritime) to celebrate their 31th annual Salem Maritime Festival being held on Saturday and Sunday, August 3rd and 4th, 2019.  The Parks On The Air team will predominantly transmit on 20m and 40m.  Operations on SSB, CW, and FT8 are assured, with PSK as a possibility.  Efforts to make satellite contacts on SO-50, AO-85, AO-91, and AO-92 will be made as well.  Watch the spotting clusters to find out where we are currently transmitting.  We will be on the air starting around …

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Eastern MA Hospital Net – July 6, 2019

Hi Everyone, Net Control for the July 6, 2019 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be W1SSH, The South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group. The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters in the order listed. 1. Plymouth 146.685 tone 131.8 2. W. Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244 3. Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5 4. Simplex 147.42 MHz The Net will then return to the Plymouth Repeater for final comments and Net closing. NET Protocol: Please wait for Net Control to ask for Check-ins. When asked to check in please use the standard net check-in procedure …

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W1UE to Activate VY1AAA for Canada Day, July 1, 2019

Dennis Eagan, W1UE, writes: I have the honor of operating VY1AAA [remote] for the Canada Day contest this year. Operation will be low power CW only.  Still, it may be the only way you’ll get to work YT if you want it! I don’t expect much propagation on 15 or 10m, but you never know.  Should be on the 4 lowest bands.  I’m figuring on 12-16 hours of operation, depending on rate and my ability to stay awake! -Dennis VE3WUE, W1UE, VY1AAA

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KC1DKY Fox Hiding Out in Billerica, June 28, 2019

Nick Bollo, KC1DKY, writes on the foxhunting list at 1:27 PM on June 28, 2019: It has been a while, but finally, the KC1DKY fox is out and hiding on Billerica town land.  Fox is on 146.565MHz.  Send a DTMF of 1 to activate the fox.  If the fox does not seem to be responding, send a couple DTMF # and then a 1 to possibly whack it back into shape.  The fox will signal for 30seconds and be silent for 15sec, and repeat for 15minutes.  The fox is located around a third of a mile from the parking area …

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W1HFN Fox Deployed, Littleton, June 27, 2019

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the foxhunters list at 1:09 PM on June 27, 2019: I deployed the W1HFN fox today in the Mill Hill conservation land off Mill Road in Littleton.  Frequency is 146.565 with a voice ID every 30 seconds. https://littletonconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/mill-hill/ When I recovered it last time, the TX was keying up for 2 seconds then shutting down.  I assumed a dead battery.  When I got it home and recharged the battery, same symptoms.  Wrong assumption.  Turns out water had leaked into the case and landed on the TX PC board.  It reacted with something and left a …

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Boston ARC Field Day at Bare Cove Fire Museum, Hingham, June 22-23, 2019

Joe Chapman, NV1W, writes in the June issue of BARC’s The Sparc: Field Day is less than two weeks away, on June 22 and 23, and as usual, [the Boston Amateur Radio Club] will be operating from the Bare Cove Fire Museum in Hingham. This is a high point of the year for me and for many other BARC members as well. If you’ve never been to Field Day before, consider joining us on Saturday, Sunday, or both. At the very least, consider coming for the cookout on Saturday. We’ll start setting up on Saturday morning, and in addition to …

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Fresh Air, Outdoor Fun: Crow Island ARA; Field Day Operation Planned

Ed Fitzgerald, K1DIN, writes on the Algonquin ARA list: Ron Lahti, N1CNG, will be inviting interested hams to enjoy some fresh air radio fun at Crow Island, a beautiful private island airport surrounded by the Assabet river in Stow. The Airport presently hosts a few organizations such as a flying club, a model airplane club, and a trapeze training group, each assigned to segments of the island. The Crow Island owner has given Ron, a member of the model airplane club, permission to use a selected area for Ham Radio and Emergency Management radio activities. With help of some interested …

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W1HFN Fox Deployed in Littleton, June 8, 2019

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the foxhunting list on June 8, 2019 at 1:16 PM: Freq 146.565 with a 20 second voice ID every 40 seconds.  Location is Prouty Woods off Foster Street in Littleton, behind the fire station.  Battery should last a week or so. https://littletonconservationtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/proutywoods.jpg  Some bushwhacking involved, but not too much. Happy hunting.

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80 Meter Fox in Westford, June 1, 2019

Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, writes on the foxhunting list on June 1 at 12:14 PM: There is an 80m fox  deployed in Cider Mill Pond in Westford.  Note that this conservation area is  now 55 acres bigger due to a recent purchase by the Town of Westford. It is designed to automatically turn on around 8 AM, and automatically turn off  around 7 PM.  It should actually transmit a “QRT” message as it goes down.  If  you hear it transmitting a “LOW POWER” message, let me know, as that means the  battery is nearly depleted. I’m curious to see how long …

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