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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WX4NHC Annual On-The Air Station Test – Saturday June 1st, 2019 – 900 AM-500 PM EDT (1300-2100z)

Hello to all… Please see the following information from WD4R-Julio Ripoll, Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator on the 2019 WX4NHC On-Air Communications Test which will be held this Saturday June 1st, 2019 from 9 AM-5 PM EDT (1300-2100 UTC) across various bands and modes on Amateur Radio. We encourage Amateur Radio Operators in our region to participate. See link below: Special Announcement: WX4NHC Annual On-The Air Station Test – Saturday June 1st, 2019 – 900 AM-500 PM EDT (1300-2100z) Respectfully Submitted, Robert Macedo (KD1CY) ARES SKYWARN Coordinator Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM) Home/Data …

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Seeking Ops for 13 Colonies Special Event Station K2H, July 1-7, 2019

Bob Kelley, K1KVV writes on the Southeastern MA ARA web site: I’m seeking operators for K2H, the shared Special Event callsign for all Massachusetts. Please let all members of our club know about this opportunity. I can add both W1AEC and home station operators to the official 13 Colonies K2H operators list. Do you want to have the experience of being called instead of calling to make a contact? You’ll get calls from both domestic and DX operators who want to qualify for the certificate endorsements. As an operator of K2H, you will automatically qualify for a certificate. You can also contact the other 13 Colonies S/E stations to earn your own endorsements. You’d …

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Local Area Activity for Museum Ships Weekend, June 1-2, 2019

The USS Cassin Young, WW2DD, will be among the museum ship stations on the air for Museum Ships Weekend. Mike Rioux, W1USN, and Bob Reiser, AA1M, will activate the famous Fletcher-class destroyer, DD-793. According to Wikipedia, the Cassin Young served as a part of the Fast Carrier Task Force. On April 28, 1944, this force sortied for air attacks on Japanese strongholds at Truk, Woleai, Satawan, and Ponape, during which Cassin Young operated as a picket ship, assigned to warn her group of possible enemy counterattack. The ship is on permanent loan to the National Park Service. She is berthed at the Boston Navy Yard, part …

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K1USN QRV for Museum Ships Weekend, May 31-June 2, 2019

Pi Pugh, K1RV, writes:   As of today there are now 106 ships/museums listed as active participants and K1USN will be on the air beginning Friday evening, May 31st at 0000 UTC (8:00 PM EDST).  Check out the list at  http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/.   We want to stay on the air as much as possible during the entire 48 hour weekend event. Operators are needed to help keep our three HF stations on the air. We are looking for operators for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Drop me a note at pi.k1rv@gmail.com. Please let me know if you are available to spend some time during …

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USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. NB1CR, QRV for Museum Ships on the Air, June 1-2, 2019

Ed Fitzgerald, K1DIN, writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list:   There are roughly fifteen days before the AARC will send operating teams to put the Destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. on the air for the 2019 Museum Ships weekend June 1 and 2. Ship museums from all over the world will have ham operators on ships of all kinds for this special event. Hams all over the world will be contacting as many ships as they can and collecting QSL cards from each. As of this writing, there are 104 ships are listed for the event. For a list …

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Carlisle Fox Hunt, May 10, 2019

John Salmi, KB1MGI, writes on the foxhunting list on May 10, 2019 at 1:59 PM: I placed the 2 meter Fox transmitter in Carlisle on146.565 press  DTMF tone 2 to activate 30 seconds on 30 seconds off, run time 15 minutes. (No Bushwacking)  If you choose the wrong trail you will tricked and you will end up bushwacking a long way to find the Fox and that could be wet.   Choose the correct trail and it only 50 feet off the trail and (No bushwacking at all).   If you want to know the location and receive a map Email me …

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W1HFN Fox is QRV, Littleton, May 8, 2019

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the foxhunting list on May 8, 2019 at 1:03 PM: The W1HFN fox box is out in the Hartwell Family Preserve off Hartwell Avenue in Littleton. https://littletonconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/hartwell-family-memorial-preserve/  It transmits on 146.565 with a 20 second voice ID every 40 seconds and should run at least 8 days.  Please sign the log, TNX.

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Armed Forces Cross-Band Test, May 11, 2019

Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, writes on the Wellesley ARS mailing list: May 11 is the Armed Forces Day Cross-band Test, where Amateur stations  listen on military HF frequencies, and use the split function of their HF radio to talk with these stations that are listening in the Amateur bands where we can talk. I do recommend everyone that can to try this, to show that you can do it. If you complete a contact, you can get a QSL card from the station, if you follow the directions in the link below. Frequencies and times for the various stations are listed. …

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Faster, More Contest-Friendly FT4 Digital Protocol to Debut in a Week

From ARRL Web: A new, speedier, more contest-friendly digital mode is just days away in beta version. WSJT-X Developers say serious work on the new FT4 protocol began shortly after the FT8 Roundup held last December 1-2. The goal was a mode that could compete with RTTY contesting in terms of contact rates, while preserving many of the benefits of FT8. [More]

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New England QSO Party, May 4-5, 2019

Tom Frenaye, K1KI, writes: The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries.   You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations. We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help.  Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun.  Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we …

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