Window Closing on July 15, 2019 Volunteer Monitor Program Applications

From ARRLWeb: As of the close of business on Monday, July 15, applications for the new Volunteer Monitor Program no longer will be accepted. Some 250 applications have been submitted to fill approximately 150 Volunteer Monitor (VM) positions in the program, which is succeeding the Official Observer (OO) program. Retired FCC special counsel and former Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, is overseeing ARRL’s role in the development and implementation of the program, and he has been interviewing every applicant. Those not selected as VMs will be placed in a reserve pool. Current OOs were invited to apply for …

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ARRL Field Day is This Weekend

Tom Walsh, K1TW, writes on the ARRL Members Only list: +++++++++++++++++++++++ ARRL Field Day  weekend +++++++++++++++++++++++ ARRL Field Day represents the very best of the Amateur Radio service.  Join your local club or other local operation for ARRL Field Day weekend on June 22-23, 2019.   +++++++++++++++++++++++ EMA Field Day Directory +++++++++++++++++++++++ Has your club provided complete information for this year’s EMA Field Day Directory?  If not please send the details to Bill Ricker, N1VUX, at n1vux@arrl.net  View the Directory to find operations near you or anywhere in our section by visiting http://ema.arrl.org/field_day/  +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “Triple Play:”   MA Hams Receive Amateur Radio Proclamations, Resolutions from House, Senate, …

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“Put Howard to Work” Operating Event Cancelled

From the ARRL Web: Earlier this week, ARRL announced that ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, would be on the air at W1AW on Monday, May 13, giving ARRL members a chance to chat with the CEO and get to know him better as a ham. An issue was raised, however, that this event may pose a potential FCC rule violation. The particular rule is §97.113: “A station is also not allowed to transmit communication in which the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer.” [Full story]  

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ARRL Rolls Back Outgoing QSL Bureau Rates to 2011 Prices

via ARRL Web: ARRL is rolling back Outgoing QSL Bureau rates to 2011 levels. Effective May 15, 2019, the new rates will be: $2 for 10 or fewer cards in one envelope. $3 for 11 – 20 cards in one envelope, or 75 cents per ounce for packages with 21 or more cards. For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds of cards — 24 ounces, or about 225 cards — will cost $18. No transaction service fees. Any cards received before May 15 will be charged the current rate. There will be no adjustments for cards received before May 15. More …

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K1VR Presents at Nashoba Valley ARC Meeting, March 21, 2019

Bruce Blain, K1BG, writes: The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s March meeting will be Thursday, March 21st at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center (in Pepperell). Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, our newly-elected ARRL New England Division Director, will join us this month. Fred suggested discussing antenna zoning (his specialty) and current ARRL matters (his new job). He’s an accomplished speaker, a contester and an alumnus-affiliate of a local college radio club, so the session just might easily meander following audience interests. <…> Need directions? Click here and put your own address in box “A”. Thanks and 73. Please feel free to …

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Section Manager Presentation at PART of Westford, March 19, 2019

At the [PART of Westford] meeting next Tuesday, March 19, our speaker will be Tom Walsh, K1TW, Section Manager for the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts section.  He will explain the various activities and appointments within the section: “My talk is focused on the ARRL Field Organization which consists of the volunteers in a section, many of which make ARES run among many other kinds of activities.  I have a volunteer staff of 11-12 who in turn manage about 100 volunteers throughout the section, many of who are PART members already.  I explain how a section is organized and how people can …

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ARRL Leadership Talk at Billerica ARS Meeting, March 6, 2019

The Billerica Amateur Radio Society will feature presentations by Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, and ARRL New England Vice Director, Mike Reisbeck, K1TWF, at its monthly meeting in Chelmsford on March 6, 2019 at 7 PM. Mike will discuss the ARRL Board of Directors meeting; Tom will describe the proposed hands-free cell bill now in the Massachusetts Legislature. Additional information and directions can be found on the club’s web site. [This talk was rescheduled to March when a dangerous ice storm forced cancellation of the original February meeting.]

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ARRL New England Director Election Results Announced

ARRL has announced the results of contested elections for Director and Vice Director. Ballots were opened and counted on November 16 in seven contests within five ARRL Divisions. In the New England Division Director contest,  Lincoln, MA amateur Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, edged out incumbent Tom Frenaye, K1KI, by a count of 1,432  to 1,383.  Hopengarten will take office at noon on January 1, 2019.       [Full story]

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