Born June 28, 1926 in Jamaica Plain. Graduated from St. Ann’s School Neponset June 1939. Graduated from Mechanic Arts High School (now Boston Tech) June 1943. Served US Army Air Corps as a bandsman and also a broadcaster on the base Armed Forces Radio Station at Fort Pepperell Newfoundland, August 1945 to December 1946. Played the trombone in the Army and also locally with American Legion Bands, but I was a lousy trombone player.

Upon return to civilian life I worked for phone company 1947 – 1949. Joined the City of Boston Public Works Dept. in 1950 and later the Boston Water and Sewer Dept. until retirement in 1996. The last 15 years of which I served as their Radio Dispatcher and was responsible for keeping their repeaters in operating condition, working with FCC licensed contractors.

Joined the ranks of amateur radio June 10, 1959 as a tech and operated six meter AM. Upgraded to General Glass and Advance class a few years later. At that time Hams took their exams in the FCC Office at the Custom House Building in downtown Boston. Joined EM2MN back in the days when it was on 145.800 using AM emission before we had FM and repeaters. Had to use Beam Antennas to communicate and pass traffic. That was back in 1978.

Have been NCS on EM2MN on Friday nights for 25 years.

Framingham ARES Members Plan for SET 10/28

EMA ARRL ARESMarc Stern, WA1R wrote:

“For those folks interested in participating in the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on Nov. 8, or in becoming more active in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, please plan to meet with me at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the club shack.

The meeting is, more or less, a get-acquainted meeting with some discussion of plans for the SET and follow-on activities, as well as, possible organizational planning.

Thanks for reading,


Marc, WA1R
ARES EC, Framingham

MARA Communicates for Fall Frolic Road Race

MARA logoOn October 19, the Massasoit ARA will assist with communications for the East Bridgewater YMCA Fall Frolic Road Race 2003. The race will be getting underway at noon. “Helpers should be at the Y by about 11:15–11:30 a.m. to get their T-shirts and get deployed to their respective areas. We can use all the help we can get so come and have some fun with our radios. The food is always good after the race.” —Thanks, MARANews, October, 2003

Radio Operators for Missing Children Special Events Station Nov. 11

Missing Children DesignA ham group that advocates for missing children has been invited to demonstrate Amateur Radio at a fund-raiser in Brockton on November 14. The Radio Operators for Missing Children, KB1HGK, “promotes getting ham operators involved in Amber Alerts and to be available to provide emergency communications in the event that they are requested by law enforcement or legitimate missing person’s organizations,” according to the group’s founder, Sheree Greenwood, K1SQ, of Warren, MA. “This fund-raiser is for missing child Jennifer Fay who will have been missing for 15 years on this date. Money is being raised to help follow up on recent tips to try and locate Jennifer.”

The event will run from 7:30 pm until midnight and will feature snacks, a DJ, and raffles. The Amateur Radio station is planned for the first part of the evening. “If people would like to attend as guests the cost is $25 for tickets.”

For additional information about Radio Operators for Missing Children, contact or visit

—Massassoit ARA MARANews, October, 2003

KB1JUW Featured in ARRL Youth and Emergency Communication

Jessica Kirkwood, KB1JUWSeventeen-year-old Jessica Kirkwood, KB1JUW, of Westport was featured in an ARRLWeb story, Youth and Emergency Communication. The article describes Kirkwood’s participation in a recent emergency communications course offered by the EMA ARRL ARES leadership through the South Eastern MA ARA (SEMARA) in South Dartmouth. Kirkwood is an active SEMARA member. She says she’s “ready to help her community” should an emergency arise. [Full story]

Ham Radio Expo 2003

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC logoThe Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC will hold a Ham Radio Expo in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America’s annual JOTA event. The expo will be held this Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Hospital’s Rice Webb Auditorium in Attleboro, MA. There will be several stations setup and operating, allowing local Scouts to “Get on the Air for JOTA”!The club is doing this as part of their 25th Anniversary Celebration and to attract more interest in our Service/Hobby. “We’d like to take the opportunity to present our capabilities to the general public” states John Benson – N1FLO, the Club’s President “and also, to local Emergency Management Officials and Hospital Personnel.” Stop by and check it out… for more info, email

U.S.S. Constitution Turnaround: All Hams On Deck!

photo of Bob, W1QWT
W1QWT operating N1S

The weather was beautiful and Amateur Radio was very much in evidence at this weekend’s USS Constitution bi-annual “Turnaround” event at the Old Boston Navy Yard in Charlestown, October 11. The Amateur Radio activities, spearheaded by Bob Callahan, W1QWT, featured two special event stations, Amateur Radio stations aboard the three ships, as well as an operator situated at Castle Island. The USS Salem museum ship in Quincy was also active during the event.

On the Old Boston Navy Yard pier, station N1B was set up in the visitor’s kiosk in front of the USS Cassin Young. HF and VHF stations were operated on 17, 20 and 2 meters. N1B also acted as a net control station on .52 simplex, fielding “sitrep” (situation reports) from N1S, WW2DD and KS4E aboard the USS Constitution, USS Cassin Young, and USS Chaffee, respectively. Ironically, the Chaffee is the newest addition to the Navy’s fleet; the USS Constitution is, of course, the Navy’s oldest commissioned warship.

The Constitution Turnaround garnered good advance publicity in Amateur circles thanks to an article that appeared earlier on the ARRL Hq. web site. Some valuable publicity was obtained during the voyage when the Commander of the USS Constitution announced to everyone on board that Amateur Radio stations were operating from each of the ships and from the Navy Yard, making contact with other amateurs around the world. The former Commander of the USS Constitution visited N1B, chatting at length with amateurs about his days as a radioman.

USS Constitution
The USS Constitution, K9HI photo

Bob Callahan, W1QWT reports that the Constitution special events station N1S garnered over 300 contacts in 20 countries. Callahan was joined aboard the USS Constitution by K1RV and NS1N; K1RMC, KC1HO, W1USN and AA1M operated aboard the USS Cassin Young. At the Navy Yard, W1YR, N1BSO, KB1GIS and K9HI operated N1B. They also staffed a public display table with ham radio promotional materials.

Callahan intends to produce a DVD CDROM with images and video from the Turnaround event.

[Additional photos]

Bristol Co. RA SSTV Net to Reconvene

BCRA/FRARC logoDon, N1PMB writes:

“The Slow-scan TV net will start again on October 19 at 7 p.m. on the [Bristol Co. Repeater Assoc.] 145.150 repeater, PL tone 123.0 Hz. The net will [operate] every Sunday. Net control will be myself, Don, N1PMB or Wally, N1SXK. So come send some of your summer-time photos.”

Dorchester Youth Ham Radio/Electronics Group to Form

Big Project logoA Boston-area amateur is involved with a grass-roots effort to promote ham radio and electronics among Dorchester youths.

“Area residents, teachers from the Boston public school system, staff from the Boston Police Department and other hams would like to start a radio and electronics group at the Area B-3 police station,” explained David Morris, KB1EGW. Morris says he’s presented a proposal for the program to the station captain, Pervis Ryans. “I’ve gained both the captain’s and the superintendent’s support.”

“We will explore many areas of electronics and public safety applications,” Morris said. “Our intent is to start small. We are looking for a few individuals — primarily youths, ages 13 and up — who would commit to attending the program on a weekly basis, with their parent’s consent. The group will meet on Saturday afternoons. The radio course will be based on the [ARRL’s] Big Project.”

The group plans to hold a steering meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Services Room at the Dorchester Area B-3 Police Station. Morris has requested representation from the Boston Amateur Radio Club to “provide insight and guidance” to their effort. BARC’s Vice President, Blake T. Haskell, K1BTH, has indicated that he will attend.

SEMARA Code Practice Sessions Resume

SEMARA logoDave Dean, K1JGV writes:

“I will be resuming the code practice sessions on Sunday mornings December through March this winter. The hours will generally be 9 a.m.-11 a.m. but may vary now and then. This is an informal, low-pressure class using a simple ‘straight key’ and also designed to encourage new operators who are interested in CW to achieve a level of 5 -10 WPM (or even 15 WPM!). There will be a reminder in [the SEMARA newsletter] Zero Beat next month.”

Metro Boston ARES Members to Meet for S.E.T. Planning, 10/21

EMA ARRL ARESMetro Boston District Emergency Coordinator Mark Duff, KB1EKN is hosting a planning meeting for all amateurs who are interested in participating in the upcoming ARRL Simulated Emergency Test on November 8, 2003.

“Collectively, we will plan our participation in this most important training exercise,” Duff stated.

The meeting will take place on October 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chelsea (MA) Emergency Operations Center at 500 Broadway in Chelsea. There is ample parking at Chelsea City Hall.

—Boston Amateur Radio Club, The SPARC, October 2003

EMA Staff Cabinet Meeting

EMA ARRL Staff Meeting 10/09/03The Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Staff met this past Thursday evening in Burlington for a semi-annual cabinet meeting. L-R: K1TWF (Vice Director, New England Division), K1LJN, WA1IDA, N1IV, N1LKJ, N1DHW, K3HI, WA1ECF (not visible), N1IST, and EMA Section Manager K9HI. Also not shown is RI Section Manager W1YRC. —W1YRC photo

Great PR Story!

Thanks to Bill McIninch – KA1MOM for a great PR story in the “Allston-Brighton Tab”. The “Tab” picked up on a recent Press Release by Bill and decided it was worth some space in their publication. You can read the “Head of the Charles Regatta” story at the following link:
Bill is the ARRL Eastern Mass Section PIO for Metro Boston. This is the kind of PR we need for Ham Radio… thanks Bill! Also, thanks to the Amateur Radio Volunteers that help to make the Race a success and worthy of a story. …N1IV

ARES Workshop! (update)

Supplement the knowledge gained in the ECC courses with our all day workshop. Learn about actual communication procedures from experienced ARES leaders. Includes field equipment demonstrations and personal preparedness. Attendance is required for all active ARES members prior to any assignment.

N1VSJ instructing Ed Burg, N1VSJ, DEC for Emergency Ops, conducting a “go-kit” demonstration. Click to enlarge. Photo courtesy W1MPN

There will be an Emergency Communications Workshop on Saturday October 25th, 2003 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at the Littleton Town Hall, 41 Shattuck Street in Littleton, Massachusetts. This session is being put on by the ARES Section Staff and through the efforts of ARES DEC for Field Operations Ed Burg-N1VSJ and Northern Middlesex County ARES Emergency Coordinator Darrel Mallory-K1EJ.

This Emergency Communications Workshop will provide the background and information to serve Amateur Radio Operators when they need to respond to a communications emergency. It will feature an Introduction and Conclusion to Emergency Communications, and training sessions on topics including:

*Overview of Eastern Massachusetts ARES-RACES-SKYWARN Programs
*Net Operations
*NTS Traffic Message Handling
*Basic Overview of ICS
*Practical discussions and “Go Kits” demonstration
*Interactive Exercises on Field Operations

This training will also feature a 1 hour lunch that will be provided at no coerced cost to any Amateur who attends the session.

Please press link to read more and find out how to sign up and directions.The Emergency Communications presentations will be given by Amateur Operators in the ARES leadership who are well versed in the topics listed above. The training will be a worthwhile endeavor not just for emergency communicators but for anyone who is an amateur radio operator, and wants to,learn more about the hobby.

Preregistration is requested but not required for this workshop. You are allowed to preregister right up until the workshop and walk-ins to the workshop will be allowed.

Directions to the Workshop:

From the South:

Take I-495 North to Exit 30, which is the Route 2A/Route 110 exit and head toward Littleton/Ayer. Merge on to MA-2A/King Street/MA-110 to Littleton Common and take a left on to Shattuck Street.

From the North:

Take I-495 South to Exit 30, which is the Route 2A/Route 110 exit and head toward Littleton/Ayer. Merge on to MA-2A/King Street/MA-110 to Littleton Common and take a left on to Shattuck Street.

Talk-in: 146.955 PL 74.4 PART repeater

For any additional information and to preregister for the workshop, please contact:

W1MPN-Mike Neilsen
K1EJ-Darrel Mallory

This training should be a worthwhile endeavor for anyone interested in learning more about emergency communications and amateur radio in general.

[Webmaster note: View pictures of the last workshop at the ARES Workshop and SEMARA Cookout Photo Gallery. 

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
SEMARA ARES Emergency Coordinator
Southeastern Massachusetts ARES District Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
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EMA Simulated Emergency Test, Nov. 8, 2003

EMA Section Emergency Coordinator Mike Neilsen, W1MPN, has announced the date for this year’s Section Emergency Test (SET), scheduled for Saturday, November 8th. The SET affords interested amateurs and groups an opportunity to participate in emergency communications exercises on both the local and area level. The SET also allows ARES leaders the chance to evaluate our emergency communication skills and readiness to respond to exigencies. [Full story]

You Can Make a Difference!

U.S.S. Salem ARCW1AI wrote:

To all Eastern Massachusetts amateur radio enthusiasts:

You probably know that we’ve been introducing amateur radio to thousands of scouts every year during their visits to the USS Salem. This program is currently at a turning point, and you can help us decide its future.

Over the years, the program has been held together primarily by a small, core group of volunteers that keep coming back to work with the scouts week after week. This core group constantly changes over time. As volunteers become unavailable, for instance because they move away or change jobs, we’ve always been lucky that new volunteers show up to take their place.

Unfortunately, I have recently lost 3 core volunteers, and 2 others have commitments that force them to cut back on their participation. As a result we will not be able to continue this project unless some new people get involved.
So I ask you: Do you think the world is a better place because many thousands of scouts have learned about amateur radio due to our efforts over the past few years? Is this program worth continuing?

And I also ask you: Is this program important enough that you, personally, are willing to become involved?

The work is demanding, but also highly rewarding. I usually leave the ship feeling exhausted, but happy, energized, and looking forward to coming back the following week.

One part of the program involves giving 30-minute presentations on amateur radio to 6 different groups of kids. This can be quite demanding, as you have to vary your presentation to fit each group. The kids vary in age from 6 to 22. Groups vary in size from 10 to 30 kids, plus their accompanying adults. Some groups are boys, others are girls. Some groups are quiet, some are talkative, and some are just plain rowdy. Some groups are disinterested, some are enthralled. By the time you finish giving the presentation 6 times in 3 hours, working to keep them interested and get them excited, you are exhausted. Yet still, somehow, you are looking forward to coming back next weekend to do it all over again!

The other part of the program involves giving “hands on” demos to 6 groups of kids, either on HF or 2M/IRLP. You exercise your technical understanding of radio, your operating skills, your knowledge of the regulations (bands, identification, third party, etc.), plus your skill at working with kids — all at the same time! You have to know how to encourage mike-shy kids to talk on the air, know when to back off and let them just listen, have a repertoire of questions to suggest to the kids for asking over the air, monitor every word that is said on the air, and remember to give your call sign at least once in every 10 minutes. It’s challenging, it’s exhausting, and it’s every bit as much fun as Field Day!

All that having been said, you do not need any specific skills or experience to participate. We will show you the ropes! We encourage you to watch a “pro” for a while, and then jump in for some on-the-job training when you’re ready. For the presenters, I have a sample script that you can follow to whatever degree you wish, or you can develop your own presentation.

The program generally runs from 3pm till 6pm on most Saturday afternoons. While I do not require any long-term commitments, I do need to know a couple of days in advance who’s going to be there each weekend. I have to make sure that we have enough volunteers each week, or else we have to cancel, and the ship has to find other activities for the scouts that weekend.

Exhausting. Fun. Demanding. Energizing. Addictive. Does this sound good to you?

All activities are coordinated via email. I have a mailing list that I use to let people know what’s going on and to recruit volunteers each week. The list is low volume, typically 2-3 messages per week. The list is private, so you only get messages written or approved by me. You don’t see any useless replies to replies to replies. The email addresses on the list are private, so they cannot be farmed by spammers.

If you want to help, please send me an email. I will add you to my email list. Then when I send out a request for volunteers for a specific weekend, let me know that you are coming. I will make sure to have experienced volunteers there to help you get started.

There’s one other thing that you can do to help me. If you are a member of a club, please make sure that this message is seen by every member of your club! We need their help, too!


USS Salem K1USN Radio Club scouting program volunteer coordinator

New England Area Flea Market List 10/02/03

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Nashoba Valley ARC Tech Class Begins Oct 7

NVARC logoRalph Swick, KD1SM writes:

The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio club is offering a 10-week class that provides all the information needed to prepare for the FCC written test to obtain a Ham license. The course is open to all, including pre-teens with good reading comprehension. The class is being offered October 7. The charge of $22 includes the class textbook, with full details of the FCC exam.

Register through Janie Marshall of Pepperell Recreation by phone at 978-433-0324, or by email at . If you are interested in finding out more information about the course or about the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club, contact Stan Pozerski at 978-433-5090.