Commemorative Marconi Radio Contact with Newfoundland Planned, May 31, 2018

CORRECTION:   Barbara Dugan, N1NS writes on May 29, 2018:   Contact is scheduled for 1145 local BOSTON time which is 1545 UTC time. Sorry for my mistake. My iphone was giving me London time- wrong setting, needed UTC time. London is UTC plus 1. A two-way amateur radio contact with the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) VO1AA in St. Johns, Canada is planned during the  upcoming visit of Princess Elettra Marconi to station KM1CC and the Cape Cod National Seashore on May 31, 2018.  [See: Invitation to Meet and Greet Marconi’s daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi, May 31, 2018]. “Signal …

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Amateur Radio at Scituate Science Fair, April 5, 2018

  Richard Hoffman, K1DJ and Greg Bennett, KC1CIC demonstrated Amateur Radio to youths at the Sixth Annual Scituate Science Fair on April 5, 2018. This was the second year K1DJ and KC1CIC participated in the two-hour event that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) topics.  Richard conducted a CW demonstration in which the kids learned to send their own names on a telegraph key.  “The kids had a lot of fun with it, and he was great with them,” according to Greg, KC1CIC.  “I brought one of my Go Boxes to demonstrate digital communications. To my surprise the …

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Eastern MA 2018 Field Day Directory

The 19th Annual Eastern Massachusetts Field Day Directory contains some of the most comprehensive Field Day resource pages of its kind. According to Bill Ricker, N1VUX, the Directory offers both detailed historical and current information on individual field day club operations along with the complete event operating rules and helpful safety tips. The Directory’s software will automatically compute your field day site’s Maidenhead Grid locator for VHF recommended ‘Grid Chase’ extra exchange. “We report third level, six-character grid; for example, LL99ii–which is useful for some microwave aiming tools–but you only need four (LL99) in the on-air exchange.” “Clubs which are …

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Invitation to Meet and Greet Marconi’s daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi, May 31, 2018

​Barbara Dougan, N1NS writes: Hello amateur radio operators and friends, On May 31, 2018 at 10 am, you are invited to a meet and greet with Marconi’s daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi at Cape Cod National Seashore.  The plan is to arrive about 10 am and gather to stand along the entrance walkway when the Princess arrives about 10:30 am (or indoors if the weather is bad). Location: Cape Cod National Seashore’s Headquarters Building 99 Marconi Site Rd, Wellfleet, MA  02667 Princess Marconi is now 86 years young, this may be one of her last visits to Cape Cod National Seashore.  I hope you will join us in welcoming …

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Volunteers Requested, Ham Radio Demo at Boy Scout Camp Squanto, May 5, 2018

Jack Foley, N1QE is requesting 6-12 hams to assist with an Amateur Radio “emergency communications information station” at Camp Squanto on Saturday, May 5 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Foley is a former Scoutmaster and currently serves as a District Commissioner. He’s also the trustee of the BSA Camp Squanto Radio Club, W1CSQ. The Camp is located in Plymouth. “This would be one of a dozen or so stations dealing with treating wounds, first aid, etcetera. Ours would deal with emergency communications.” If you can help in demonstrating ham radio and talking to scouts about emergency communications, please contact …

Read More Highlights National Seashore Amateur Radio Events

The online newspaper carried a story on April 4 entitled, “National Seashore to Host Events Commemorating Titanic, Marconi.” The article publicizes two upcoming events: the Titanic Memorial Event on April 14, which will honor the the lives of 1,500 people lost aboard the RMS Titanic. That operation is being conducted by the Titanic/Marconi Memorial Association of Cape Cod, W1MGY. The Cape Cod newspaper article also describes International Marconi Day on April 21,  an event which will honor Guglielmo Marconi for his contributions to wireless technology. The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, will operate KM1CC at the Nauset Coast Guard Station. This, …

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Falmouth ARA to Participate in Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, April 28, 2018

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association  will again take part in the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, April 28 at Mashpee High School. The Faire bills itself as “a gathering of fascinating, curious people who love sharing what they can do.” “Because of the din in the room last year, FARA will utilize the digital modes this year,” according the FARA president Brent Putnam, W1NCH. The club is seeking additional volunteers for the event, “especially with construction of the Morse code key.”

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NE1PL QRV for Museum Ships On The Air, USS Massachusetts, June 1-3, 2018

The USS Massachusetts will be activated as NE1PL in Battleship Cove, Fall River on June 1-3, 2018 for Museum Ships on the Air, according to Uncommon Service to Nautical Radio club trustee Rick Emord, KB1TEE. Emord invites anyone who is interested in operating the station aboard the museum ship to please contact him at <>. In addition to radio operators, USNR is seeking people to help log contacts, speak to guests, and other duties. Visit <> for updates on operations.

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KM1CC QRV For International Marconi Day, April 21, 2018

KM1CC will be on the air for International Marconi Day (IMD), April 21 0000 UTC-2359 UTC. IMD celebrates the role Guglielmo Marconi played in the invention of radio and is a 24-hour Amateur Radio event that is held annually to celebrate the birth of Marconi  April 25, 1874. The event is usually held on the Saturday closest to Marconi’s birthday. KM1CC represents Marconi ‘s1901 Wireless Station, South Wellfleet,  located in Cape Cod National Seashore, a unit of the US National Park Service.   Proposed Frequency plan +- 15 M       21.360 SSB                    …

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HamRadio @ IEEE AP-S 2018 Seeks Volunteers, July 9-12, 2018

Volunteer form:   HamRadio @ IEEE AP-S 2018 The Eastern MA ARRL field organization has been requested to provide an Amateur Radio presence at the IEEE AP-S/URSI Symposium in Boston, July 9-12, 2018 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, adjacent to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston’s Seaport District. Address: 425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210 Phone: (617) 532-4600 Website: Amateurs will outfit and staff a booth in the trade show area of the conference, where “conference attendees can ask questions about how to get involved in ham radio, either as a hobby or as a vehicle for student learning,” according …

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Eastern MA ARRL Facebook Page Live

Kayla Creamer, W2IRY writes: The Eastern MA ARRL section now has a Facebook page and, since this is a new page, we need help with finding content to post from the regional clubs. We’d love it if you could give the page a like and promote it with your club. Our goal is to have the page be a central place for hobbyists to find information about all of the ham related activities in the region. If your club has a Facebook presence, we’d be happy to promote it. If you or your club are not on Facebook, we’d still …

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Special Event Station W1MGY to Commemorate 103rd Anniversary of HMS Titanic Sinking

Special events station W1MGY will operate at the old Coast Guard Station in Eastham on Cape Cod from April 12th until 1:46 AM April 15th to commemorate the tragic loss of the HMS Titanic. This event is sponsored by the Titanic / Marconi Memorial Radio Association of Cape Cod and hosted by the Cape Cod National Seashore. It will be open to the public on Saturday, April 14th. “We still have some time slots open (four hours each). If you live in the area and would like to participate in this historical event, drop me a note and I place …

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KM1CC FN51 Grid Square Operation, Jan. 18-19, 2018

Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, MA The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club station, KM1CC will be activated from rare grid square FN51 on Cape Cod National Seashore on Jan. 18-19, 2018.

K1RV reports that he, N1NS, N1DC, N1VH and K1WCC along with others will be QRV on all of the HF bands using CW and SSB. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook Of The World. The operation will coincide with ARRL’s 2018 International Grid Square Chase.

KM1CC’s temporary location for the operation will be the Coast Guard Building on Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. Coast Guard Beach is often cited by “Dr. Beach” as one of the ten best beaches in the the USA. The station was built in 1936 for the US Coast Guard. It was used for shipwreck rescues- small boats were launched from the beach until helicopter rescues became the norm. The building’s ownership was transferred from the US Coast Guard to the National Park Service in the early 1950’s. It served as the first headquarters for Cape Cod National Seashore. It is now used as an education center.

–Thanks, “Pi” K1RV

[see also: Announcing: The ARRL International Grid Chase!]



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“Snow Goose” Special Event Operation, So. Weymouth, August 20, 2017

W1OD writes: W1NAS had another successful Special Event Station yesterday. Due to the Museum being smack in the center of a major site reconstruction program at the former Naval Air Station, we were fortunate enough to be operating from the K1USN Radio Club in nearby Braintree, MA. We made more than 75 contacts on CW and phone, despite the horrible band conditions. We actually made more phone contacts than CW for a change! Visiting board members from the Shea Naval Aviation Museum stopped by and enjoyed the event and took many pictures.  This was the 59th anniversary of the flight of …

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MA Governor, Senate & House Issue Amateur Radio Proclamations

Proclamations have been sent to ARRL Eastern and Western MA Section Managers from the Massachusetts Governor’s Office, the State House of Representatives, and the MA Senate, respectively. These proclamations coincide with the annual ARRL Field Day event on June 24-25, 2017.

The proclamation from the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declares June 24th, 2017 to be Amateur Radio Day:


“WHERE AS, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approximately 14,000 amateur radio operators, who continually demonstrate their value in public assistance;”

“Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 24th, 2017 to be, Amateur Radio Day , and urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance”


A Resolution of the Massachusetts Senate states in part:


Senate Resolution Title: “Celebrating the National Amateur Radio Field Day of the American Radio Relay League”

Excerpt from the resolution: “WHEREAS, The American Radio Relay League Serves more than 725,000 Licensed Radio Amateurs in the United States and will hold its Annual Field Day on June 24 and June 25, 2017;”

“WHEREAS The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has approximately 13,000 Amateur Radio operators that dedicate their, time, equipment and knowledge to assist their communities and the American Radio Relay league has provided a free public communications service to the communities during disaster for more than 100 years;”

“RESOLVED, That the Massachusetts Senate hereby commends the American Radio Relay League’s National Amateur Radio Field Day;”

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