COVID-19 Response

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Introduction

In an effort to assist clubs and others who face important decisions regarding conducting activities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, your Eastern MA section staff are monitoring websites, newsletters, emails and are in contact with organization leaders regarding their plans. We present the following information to assist radio clubs and their members.

Special thanks to Affiliated Club Coordinator Bruce Blain, K1BG, and Assistant Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI.

UPDATES (scroll down for full list and details)

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Algonquin Amateur Radio Club

06/11/2020: “Due to the current situation, Marlboro has decide that they will not hold the Labor Day Parade this year.”

05/11/2020: “The next Algonquin Amateur Radio Club meeting will be held on May 14 at 7:30 PM online. For our presentation, Jim Idelson, K1IR, will be speaking on tower safety. This online presentation was originally scheduled for our March meeting. [Email Joe Reynolds, KA1GDQ ka1gdq-at-arrl-dot-net for conference details.] 

04/06/2020: “As expected, the [Household Hazardous Waste Day public service event]  for May 2nd has been cancelled.  The next one probably will be in the Fall.” -Eric, KV1J

04/02/2020: “The next [Algonquin Amateur Radio Club] meeting will be held on April 9, 2020 at 7:30 PM via conference call. [Contact Mike Powell, W1KU <mdpowell@dmpowell.net> for access information], as well as information provided for connecting to FreeConferenceCall.”  The presentation that evening will be “Innovations at the Speed of Radio: A Century+ of Amateur Radio Contributions to the Scientific and Technical Arts ­ and a Bright Future,” P. J. Erickson, W1PJE, MIT Haystack Observatory. [See https://ema.arrl.org/2020/04/02/w1pje-innovations-at-the-speed-of-radio-a-century-of-amateur-radio-contributions-to-the-scientific-and-technical-arts-and-a-bright-future-at-algonquin-arc-april-9-2020/]

03/12/2020: “I canceled our meeting (which would have been tonight) on Tuesday 3/10, and our status is already posted on ema.arrl.org. We haven’t made any decisions about our April meeting.  There’s hopefully enough time to come up with some sort of video/streaming option if needed.” -Mike, W1KU

Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Test

4/08/2020: “Due to the ongoing COVID-19 response and mitigation actions, the 2020 Armed Forces Day (AFD) Crossband Test scheduled for Saturday, May 9, has been postponed. Because it’s uncertain just when stay-at-home orders will be lifted across the US, AFD planners chose to postpone this year’s event, because the government stations that typically support this event may not be available. Armed Forces Day Crossband Test planners are considering scheduling a November event in honor of Veteran’s Day, depending on COVID-19 mitigation actions. During the AFD Crossband Test, military stations in various locations transmit on selected military frequencies and announce the specific ham frequencies they are monitoring to work radio amateurs.” -ARRL Web

Apple Blossom Festival, Westford (PART of Westford)

“Having the best interests of the health and safety of our community in mind, Westford Kiwanis has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Apple Blossom Festival, including the Apple Blossom Parade.  Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. Thanks to all those that had volunteered to assist.” -Terry, KA8SCP

ARRL Headquarters

03/23/2020: ARRL Headquarters will comply with an executive order from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities reduce in-person workforces by 100% no later than March 23, 2020, at 8 PM. ARRL will equip as many Headquarters staffers as possible to work remotely. [Full story]

03/20/2020: Update to all ARRL members from Interim CEO Barry J. Shelly, N1VXY re COVID-19

“As part of efforts under way to help protect the health and safety of ARRL Headquarters employees and volunteers from the impacts of the coronavirus, ARRL has decided to suspend all tours and guest visits to Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW and ARRL Headquarters, effective Monday, March 16. Out of an abundance of caution, this suspension will be in effect until further notice.” –ARRL Web, March 13, 2020

BAA Marathon, BAA 5K (Public Service Event)

06/09/2020: “The B.A.A. 5K scheduled for September 12 has been canceled due to coronavirus.” –BAA website

05/28/2020: “There will be no Boston Marathon this year. Initially the race was moved from Patriots’ Day to September 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but on Thursday the in-person event was canceled.” [See https://ema.arrl.org/2020/05/28/boston-marathon-cancelled/]

04/12/2020: “B.A.A. 5K Date: Saturday, September 12.  The B.A.A. 5K is the first event in the B.A.A. Distance Medley, and kicks off Boston Marathon Weekend.” -BAA website

“The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has been meeting regularly with city and state officials to discuss all updates related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency on March 10, 2020. In consideration of this and guided by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh along with state and municipal government leaders at all levels to undertake all possible measures to safeguard the health of the public, the B.A.A. understands the city’s decision that the Boston Marathon cannot be held on April 20, 2020. We offer our full support to take all reasonable efforts to postpone the 124th Boston Marathon to Monday, September 14, 2020… The B.A.A. 5K, which draws a field of 10,000 participants, will also be rescheduled to a later date.” –BAA website

Backshore 5M & 5K Road Race (Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association)

“Back Shore 5M and 5k Road Race Please note: This race has been postponed. New date to be announced pending City approval.” -Backshore 5M & 5K Road Race event website

Barnstable Amateur Radio Club

“Beginning this Sunday (March 29, 2020), BARC will operate a weekly net at 7 pm every Sunday. We will use BARC’s K1PBO 2-meter repeater at 146.955, – shift, CTCSS of 88.5. The net will be open to all BARC members as well as anyone else who wishes to check in. Why weekly? Because we are in a situation that requires social distancing. Many of our members may not have a ready means to stay in touch with the Club or its members as a group. A weekly net will provide members that social contact. -BARC website

“… the Barnstable club has suspended all in-person meetings until May at the earliest.” Rob, K1UI

Billerica Amateur Radio Society

07/05/2020: “There will be NO VE Session in July.” -Gary, W1GFF

06/27/2020: “The Billerica Amateur Radio Society‘s ARRL-Affiliated Volunteer Exam (VE) team will resume in-person testing sessions beginning July 9, 2020 at the Chelmsford Bible Church, 128 Gorham Street, in Chelmsford. No walk-ins are allowed; applicants must call or email in advance. ” –https://ema.arrl.org/2020/06/27/billerica-ars-ve-team-to-resume-in-person-sessions-july-9-2020/

04/30/2020: “The Board has discussed the idea of virtual meetings and we have decided that next Wednesday, [May 6] our normal club meeting date, we will hold a VIRTUAL ZOOM MEETING with members… I am trying to line up a speaker for the meeting as we speak – likely it will be regarding Field Day 2020 during changing situations regarding stay-at-home advisories… I will announce the link to join the Zoom meeting before the meeting date, but it will be posted to the BARS email list and should not be shared outside our Club.” -Andy, KA1GTT

03/18/2020: “I received word tonight that BARS is postponing VE sessions indefinitely due to the church that we use being closed to the public. We’ll post updates when we can resume sessions.” -Kayla, W2IRY

“Concerns over the COVID-19 emergency and the health of our members forces me to do as many other clubs have done. Our meeting scheduled for April 1 is cancelled. I am hoping that we can resume meeting for May 6 and that Ken Caruso, WO1N, can postpone his April FD talk until then. I would encourage our members to follow health guidance about whether to continue gathering for our weekly Saturday breakfast, and also advise our VE team to monitor the virus situation as April approaches.”  -Andy, KA1GTT

Boston Amateur Radio Club

06/08/2020: “the BARC June General Meeting will take place at the usual time, Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m., using the Zoom teleconferencing platform. Details will be in The SPARC, which I expect to send out in the next few days.” -Joe, NV1W

“The April General Meeting has been canceled. The next BARC General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Brookline Police Headquarters in Brookline; stay tuned for updates.” -BARC April newsletter

“Boxboro”  

See Northeast HamXposition / ARRL New England Division Convention

Bristol County Repeater Association

05/03/2020: “Monthly Business Meeting, Monday, 4 May 2020, 7:00pm to 9:00pm (UTC-04:00)  Where: Via a Zoom Meeting” BCRA mailing list

04/13/2020: “VE Test Session Cancelled – When: Monday, 20 April 2020, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-04:00) America/New York / Where: Stop and Shop Somerset, MA Community Room 2nd Floor. -BCRA bcra-club@groups.io

03/27/20: “Margret would like to try doing our April 6 business meeting via Zoom.” -Jim, KB1NYT

“Due to restrictions imposed by Stop & Shop (where our exams are held), and concerns over the Corona Virus, we have been forced to cancel this month’s VE test session that was scheduled for Monday night (March 16). If you know of someone who was planning on an exam, please let them know. Email KB1CNB@arrl.net with any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience.” -Skip, KB1CNB

Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association

06/09/2020: “CAARA Board virtual meeting via W1GLO repeater–Board members please review minutes and treasurer’s report on CAARA website for the 11:00 AM meeting this Saturday [June 13, 2020].  We are still under covid19 restrictions for group gatherings.  CAARA members welcome to participate under our regular net procedures.” –CAARA mailing list

05/12/2020: “Unless noted all scheduled meetings will be held via our 2 meter repeater W1GLO 145.13 MHz in Gloucester. Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 11:00am. The next Members Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 12:00pm. The VE Exam Session scheduled for Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 9:00am has been canceled.” -CAARA website

04/20/2020: “The next Directors Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 11:00 am. The next Members Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 12:00 pm. The VE Exam Session scheduled for Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 9:00 am has been canceled. -CAARA website

03/30/2020: “CAARA will hold a virtual Board meeting via our repeater on Saturday April 11 and several members have been holding a Health and Wellness Net at 6:00 PM each evening to check on the health of our members. We also maintain our regular CAARA  on Sunday evenings at 9:00 PM on our 2-meter repeater at 145.130 MHz.” -Hank, W4RIG

03/22/2020: “We are waiting to get guidance from the State and City before cancelling the April Board and Members meetings – I’m not optimistic abut the current restrictions supposed to end on April 6 due to the escalating situation nationally, but we shall see before we make that decision.” -Hank, W4RIG

03/22/2020: “We will be canceling our April 12th [VE] session and focus on a May Session @ CAARA.” -Bill, WZ1L

In light of Governor Baker’s Declared State of Emergency to Support the Commonwealth’s Response to the Coronavirus,  I am going to cancel the Tuesday Night Open House at CAARA until further notice.  You can use the facility at your own discretion but please follow safety guidelines and keep gatherings to a minimum, 6 or less. Elderly and those with reduced immune systems should refrain from visiting at all times, until the all clear is given.  Please keep in touch and connected via our repeaters.  -Gardner H. Winchester II, KA1BTK

Dan’s Tech Night

04/05/2020: NEWS: Next Meeting IS CANCELLED.   As with March, no April meeting, due to coronaVirus. COVID-19 has now changed our world. Seems silly that I even thought of having a meeting in March. Who knew what this would turn into. Who knows how things will be a month from now.” -Dan, KW2T

03/11/2020: “Sorry, our building hosts have suggested that we cancel our meeting for this month [on March 12] due to this unusual situation with this spreading virus. As I originally suggested, you should stay home out of fear of COVID-19.” -Dan, KW2T

Dayton Hamvention

The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health Departments. It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year. This decision is extremely difficult for us but with around two months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary. More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted here. Thank you for your understanding in this time of International Crisis. -Jack Gerbs, General Chairman HV2020

Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Group

6/13/2020: “The next EMARG VE Testing Session is Thursday June 18th, 2020 at 7:30 PM at the Mansfield Fish and Game Club, 510 East St., Mansfield, MA 02048. Take 95 to 140 towards Mansfield. Turn left on 106. Just past the Municipal building, turn left at the Mansfield Fish & Game sign and follow driveway to the clubhouse.

4/12/2020: “The next EMARG VE Testing Session is Thursday May 21st, 2020 at 7:30 PM at the Canton EMA EOC Training Room, 99 Revere St., Canton, MA 02021. Subject to change due to coronavirus restrictions” -EMARG website

4/06/2020: “The next EMARG VE Testing Session is Thursday April 16th, 2020 at 7:30 PM at the Canton EMA EOC Training Room, 99 Revere St., Canton, MA 02021. Subject to change due to coronavirus restrictions”  -EMARG website

“[The EMARG] March [19th] VE session has been cancelled.” -Lou, N1UEC

Eastern VHF UHF Microwave Conference (North East Weak Signal Group)

The co-chairs of the 2020 Eastern VHF-UHF-Microwave Conference sponsored by the North East Weak Signal (NEWS) Group have announced the cancellation of the event, “because of health and safety concerns for our attendees that has been caused by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent state and federal [states of] emergency.” The conference had been scheduled for April 20-22 in Manchester, Connecticut. -ARRL Web Site

Falmouth Amateur Radio Association

07/01/2020: “Lee Thomas, NQ1L, FARA Volunteer Examiner (VE) Coordinator has arranged for the use of a facility that allows for proper social distancing.   Examinations are now available on the 2nd Saturday of the month by reservation only.  Contact Lee Thomas at NQ1L38 at gmail.com to schedule an examination.” -FARA website

03/30/2020: “See our website for our accommodations for the COVID-19 issue. We held our member’s monthly meeting on the N1YHS repeater.  We followed the regular agenda, although no votes were taken.  NetLogger was used by many of the folks checking in.  We have a number of nets, all listed on our website.   We added a ‘water cooler’ session on 10M, 28.411. at 1100 Eastern.  Anyone is welcome.  Basically it is just a way to share information among local hams re: the virus situation.” -Larry, W1ZIZ

03/27/2020: Monthly member’s meetings – Physical meetings are canceled until further notice.  The EOC meeting room is not currently available.  The March meeting was held via the 147.375 repeater.  Members will be notified via email when regular meetings resume. FARA director’s meetings – Physical director’s meetings are canceled until further notice.  Meetings may be held using virtual tools or via email. VE Sessions – VE sessions are canceled until further notice.  Email Lee, NQ1L, at nq1l38(at)gmail.com for the status of VE meetings. -FARA website

03/24/2020: “…upcoming, “over the air” meeting on the FARA 2M net [on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 PM].” -Larry, W1IZZ

03/14/2020: “No changes at this time.  I am sure this issue will be discussed at our next Board meeting.” -Larry, W1IZZ

Framingham Amateur Radio Association

May 31, 2020: “Due to the Corvid-19 outbreak, future in person meetings have been cancelled.  June 4, 2020: Field day prep. Meeting will likely be held on Zoom. Stay tuned for details.” -FARA website

April 23, 2020: “Due to the Corvid-19 outbreak, future in person meetings have been cancelled. Stay tuned for updates on the May meeting. We have added a Health and Wellness check in net on Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm on the W1FY repeater.” -Framingham ARA website

April 1, 2020: “Zoom meeting opened for FARA test meeting 6pm – 7:30pm tonight.” -Morris, N1AVP

March 29, 2020: “We may consider using ZOOM for our meeting this Thursday [April 2].  Tune into the net tonight and Wednesday for details from Morris, N1AVP.  Alternatively, we may just check in for the meeting on Thursday on the the W1FY repeater.” -John, KB1VXY

March 25, 2020: “I will call a net at 7:30 pm tonight on the W1FY repeater.  147.150, no PL required. Please consider joining us and letting us know how you are doing…” -John, KB1XVY

March 15, 2020: “Given the recommendations about gatherings, I am cancelling  our April monthly meeting scheduled for 4/2/20 at the Framingham PD.   We can reschedule the talk on Korean War Radio by Sumner to another date.   Since we can’t  see far into the future, and this situation is evolving by the hour, we will reconsider the May and June meetings as they approach. I recommend that we stay in touch by the repeater more frequently.  I would like to re-institute the Wed 7:30 pm ragchew net so we can keep up with whatever is happening.   Let’s heat up the repeaters!” -John, KB1VXY

03/13/2020: “Our next meeting is on Thursday April 2 at 7:30 pm.  We have not yet decided to cancel but will certainly consider that.  Based on current trends it seems very likely we will cancel.  Our venue, the Framingham Police Department, may cancel for us.”  –John, KB1VXY

Genesis Amateur Radio Society

05/02/2020: “The May meeting could be held if the stay at home order is lifted on May 18th. Please watch this page for any updates.” –http://genesisars.org

03/30/2020: “The Genesis Amateur Radio Society will be holding a meeting-on-the-air starting Tuesday March 31, 2020 at 7:30 pm on the club repeater. The frequency is 146.685 and the PL is 131.8. Anyone is welcome to join our members and have some conversation and fellowship. This is also our regular net night. The last Tuesday of the month will be our meeting-on-the-air while the others will be a regular net. All are welcome to join our nets as well.” -Mike, KG1U

03/14/2020: “We have chosen to cancel the meeting and reassess for April.” -Mike, KG1U

03/13/2020: “Thanks for reaching out. I have not had any concerns from club members to this point. I will send out an email but I assume they are not as concerned. I will let you know if that changes after I send an email.” -Mike, KG1U

Groton Road Race (Nashoba Valley ARC)

“The Groton Road Race, scheduled for Sunday, April 26th, will be postponed to a future date. While we know there is some time before race day, it’s become clear that a proactive decision had to be made to ensure the health and safety of our participants, spectators, and the broader community.” -Groton Road Race Facebook page

Ham Radio Outlet

“…In order to protect the staff and customers of Ham Radio Outlet and to continue to operate in a safe manner HRO will be closed to walk in traffic at all locations effective 3/25/2020. Stores will continue to take phone calls, online orders, and ship product so long as we are legally allowed to operate. We encourage curb-side pickup where you may call in an order and then call into the store when you arrive at the facility. One of our staff will bring out the product to your vehicle.”  —https://www.hamradio.com/coronavirus.cfm

Henniker, NH Flea Market

“Governor Sununu has ordered all schools in New Hampshire closed until a reassessment some time around April 3rd.
This, of course, means that our Flea Market is cancelled for the 22nd and rescheduling is uncertain at this time.
We certainly look forward to seeing you at some time in the future, but at this time, we wish to have you all be safe and healthy.”
-Steve Jones,  CVRC Secretary,     N1JHJ

Hudson High School ARC

“Our HHS ham club is totally contained within the school, so we actually just meet in my physics lab (the station location) during a specially scheduled class break on Wednesdays during the week… Whether schools will be closing in our district is still undetermined.”  -Reed, W1TF

International Marconi Day 2020

04/01/2020: “The annual International Marconi Day (IMD) ham radio operating event that was set to take place on April 25 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-hour amateur radio event celebrates the birth of Marconi on April 25, 1874. Sponsored by the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, which operates as GB4IMD, International Marconi Day features participating stations operating at sites having a personal connection to Marconi, including places where he set up transmitting and receiving stations.” -ARRL website

[NOTE: Given the fact that the National Seashore is closed to the public, a “Marconi Event” on April  25 is planned from the home of Barry, KB1TLE, along with several other home stations.   -thanks, Falmouth ARA]

K1USN Radio Club

03/21/2020: “I want to send a big thanks to the Board of Directors from the MMRA who have gladly agreed to give the K1USN gang permission to gather on-the-air using their 146.67 (146.2 Tone) repeater in Quincy… Several of the K1USN gang have tried getting on and had good luck since this repeater has a very good coverage area. We encourage K1USN members to give it a try and we will begin our first “Official” gathering next Saturday, March 28 at 9 AM local time. We will see how this works out and our hope is to keep this as informal as possible in the same spirit as our Saturday morning gatherings at K1USN in person. Remember that we are guests and to wait for any current activity to finish before getting on.”

“Effective immediately, starting on Friday, March 13, the K1USN Radio Club will be closed and remain so for at least the next two weeks. This unfortunately will affect our regular monthly VE exam session scheduled for this Saturday, March 14. We hope to be able to announce the resumption of VE exams very soon.”  -K1USN website

MIT Radio Society

“As you may have heard in the news, MIT just decided to tell all its undergrads to go home. That includes much of the club leadership so it certainly won’t be business as usual. We haven’t exactly decided what officer’s meetings will look like, but it will presumably involve videoconferencing of some sort simply because some of our membership will have gone home. I assume this will soon be the case for many of the other college clubs.” Daniel, KC1EPN

MIT Swapfest

From http://w1mx.mit.edu/flea-at-mit/

Posted: June 4, 2020
As Massachusetts is only in the first phase of its reopening plan, with large events still not allowed for at least several more weeks, and as MIT has not yet decided when groups may resume holding activities on campus, we’re sorry to say that the June 21, 2020 and July 19, 2020 Swapfest meets are also cancelled.

Posted: March 13, 2020
Under new rules from MIT’s Association of Student Activities, no student-organized events may be held for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Therefore, the May 17, 2020 Swapfest is also cancelled.

Posted: March 9, 2020
Due to the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, new MIT policies prohibit the hosting of large public events until May 15. Therefore, we regret to inform the Swapfest community that the April 19, 2020 event is cancelled. Vendors who have purchased space for April’s flea (including season pass holders) are eligible for a refund or credit towards a future event. Vendors may contact w1mx-officers@mit.edu with any questions.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Radio Club

“Our club has fallen into a bit of dormancy especially with the students being away from campus…” -Andrew, KC1IKY

Massasoit Amateur Radio Association

05/19/2020: “We will hold the meeting on the net for May [19th] and then gear up to try a Zoom meeting in June if we cannot utilize an actual facility.” –MARA May 2020 Newsletter

04/28/2020: “Since we’ve been unable to meet in person the last couple months, we’ve been holding meetings on the air on our 147.180 repeater on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8 PM. We normally have nets every other week except the 3rd Tuesday, when we usually meet in person, but now obviously all meetings have been on the air.” -Jeff, AJ1L

Minuteman Repeater Association

06/07/2020: “June Business Meeting, Wednesday, June 17th – 7:30 PM; Location: Zoom Teleconference; information will be available here in early June.” -MMRA website

04/19/2020: “Our next meeting is May 20th and will be a Zoom teleconference.  The information is on the web page, and the zoom info will be posted for members only in the next week or so.” -Dave, N1DCH

03/30/2020: “Our April and May meetings will be online, most likely using Zoom.  We have a contingency for having May be an in-person meeting (our original venue cancelled), but I doubt we will be able to do that given the current situation.  Although, still scheduled, I suspect our 4/18 VE session will be cancelled. We have discussed additional nets on the repeaters, but have not made any decision.” -Dave, N1DCH

03/29/2020: “April Business Meeting, Wednesday, April 15th – 7:30 PM, Location: Teleconference. All are welcome join the meeting! If you would like to attend, email contact@mmra.org request conference information.” -MMRA website

“We cancelled the next meeting on March 18th. Our first venue cancelled, we got a second venue and was all set but it was SKYWARN training and NWS cancelled.  Also, Saturday’s VE session (March 14) was cancelled by the library. We had arranged an online meeting as a backup, but NWS won’t allow spotter IDs to be issued. We are adding an online option for future meetings, but have not tested that yet.” –David, N1DCH

Motif No.1 Day Arts Fest & 5k Fun Run (Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association

“CANCELLED–Motif No.1 Day Arts Fest & 5k Fun Run. May 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm”  -https://rockportusa.com/event-festival/motif-no-1-day-arts-fest-5k-fun-run/

Museum Ships Weekend Event 2020 

04/07/2020: “Due to the current unknowns with COVID-19 virus, Battleship New Jersey ARS is cancelling the planned annual Museum Ships Weekend Event 2020 which was scheduled to begin 6-June-2020 at 0001Z and end 7-June 2020 at 2400Z. A lot of the ships that participate are already closed due to this health situation and others may get orders to close soon. As of today, April 6, 2020, it is unknown when the “lock-down” will be lifted so it is with an abundance of caution and regret that we have decided to cancel MSWE 2020. The health and safety of all our ship participants takes precedence at all times. We look forward to the event for 2021.” –https://www.nj2bb.org/museum/

[affects: WW2DD / USS Casin Young ARC; K1USN Radio Club; NB1CR / USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. ARA; NE1PL / USS Massachusetts/ Uncommon Service to Nautical Radio; WW2MAN / Seehund ARA]

Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group

“We will not be having our March 15 meeting.” -Nick, KC1MA

Nantucket Amateur Radio Association

06/06/2020: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s annual meeting [of the Nantucket Amateur Radio Association]  will not be held at the Nantucket Police Station.    Instead, we will hold our meeting online [at 12:00 noon on June 6, 2020.]” -NARA website

04/01/2020: “We had scheduled a meeting in April …With the COVID-19 sheltering in place that meeting is cancelled.” -Barry, KB1VBE

Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club

05/13/2020: “The May NVARC meeting [on May 21] will again be a virtual, online meeting via WebEx.” -NVARC “Signal,” Issue #2905

04/08/2020: “The April [16th] NVARC meeting will be formatted as a Video Conference meeting using the “WebEx” computer/smartphone application, thanks to Jim, N8VIM’s employer’s (MedTronic) contribution to NVARC of their WebEx access, as a public service. Sign-in details will be forthcoming. The Video Conference session will include a “Special Meeting,” as described in the club constitution, wherein elections will be held for several Club officer positions. Absentee ballots will be made available for those who do not wish to Video Conference. See the following two articles for more details. Additionally, Bruce, K1BG will give a presentation on Single Operator Field Day.” –http://www.n1nc.org/Newsletters/2020/2904.pdf

03/17/2020: “Due to the Corona Virus situation, the March Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club meeting has been cancelled. It was scheduled for this coming Thursday, March 19. In its place, Jim, N8VIM, has kindly arranged time for a WebEx webinar to be held on Thursday night in its place. With short notice, a “short subjects” format will be employed whereby anyone in attendance can speak on any subject. Any attendee can be made the “presenter,”  so if you have PowerPoint, video, or camera it can be shared with everyone else in attendance. The link will be open starting at 7 PM, and go until 10 PM. The first half hour or so will be for socializing and working the bugs out. Try connecting to the session at least a few minutes before 7:30 to make sure there are no issues. And I’m sure presentations won’t last until 10 PM, but who knows? Here are the details: Thursday 7-10PM Join WebEx meeting <https://medtronic.webex.com/medtronic/j.php?MTID=m29e8e2377b2051ce864dc972d337fc89> Meeting number: 921 515 321.  In case the long link above does not work, try going here. Grab a refreshment of your choice, and link in! I hope to see you there. Thanks and 73. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, especially if you have trouble linking into the WebEX session. –Bruce, K1BG 978-772-2773 or bruce.blain@charter.net

03/13/2020: “I am canceling the NVARC March Monthly Meeting that was to take place next Thursday due to the current Coronavirus situation.  Stay Well.” -Stan, KD1LE

National Weather Service

05/01/2020: “NWS Boston/Norton will be sponsoring three SKYWARN Training Webinars with a path to spotter certification via an online quiz. Details at <http://wx1box.org/skywarn-training-schedule-2020/>.

“Per National Weather Service mandate (above the local forecast office), all classes must be cancelled for the Spring and no new “live” classes will be booked due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We may consider some sort of virtual class or workshop but that will take some time to implement. We are saddened that we cannot teach the classes as planned for this Spring. We enjoy teaching the SKYWARN Spotter classes but this is out of our control. If we do a virtual type class in the future, we’ll let all of you know. Pending the COVID-19 situation, we could also potentially look at rescheduling classes for the fall.” —wx1box website

NEAR-Fest XXVIII

07/01/2020: “[…] there is no possible way we can realistically maintain the six foot ‘social distancing’ separation especially in the flea market, commercial buildings, forums and VE examination rooms.  This is required whenever possible by the NH Governor’s Special Covid-19 Task Force. Consequently, as a result, we have no option but to cancel NEAR-Fest XXVIII.” -Mike Crestohl, W1RC.  https://ema.arrl.org/2020/07/01/near-fest-xxviii-october-16-17-2020-is-cancelled/ 

NEAR-Fest XXVII

03/26/2020: “We have been cancelled by Executive Order: https://wgme.com/news/coronavirus/new-hampshire-issues-statewide-stay-at-home-order. –Mike Crestohl, W1RC

03/25/2020: “We have not canceled NEAR-Fest XXVII as of 25 March despite the fact that a large number of all kinds of events… have already made this decision on their own or have had it made for them by government executive order. On March 16th NH Governor Chris Sununu issued an executive order setting a limit of 50 people on any group gathering that will end on April 6th.   However, given the current situation this executive order most likely will be extended which will effectively cancels NEAR-Fest XXVII and we, of course, will comply. Postponement is not an option for us.  The Deerfield Fairgrounds are fully booked until the end of the year which includes NEAR-Fest XXVIII on October 16th…”  –Mike Crestohl, W1RC. Full statement: http://forum.near-fest.com/index.php?topic=1469.0

03/18/2020:  “Looks like we are going to be shut down by government, at least until Monday April 6th. However we will wait until after the 6th but I am betting that the ban will be extended beyond that date.  Stay tuned for further details.” -Mike, W1RC 

03/17/2020: “Is NEAR-Fest XXVII being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic? The short answer at this point in time is NO.  We are proceeding with our plans of opening the gates at the Deerfield Fairgrounds as usual at 0900 on Friday May 1st 2020 as advertised. … Be assured that we will err on the side of caution as we do not want anyone contracting this illness at our event especially since most of us are in the age range who will be at the greatest risk.  Unless the State of NH or the Federal Government issues any instructions banning large gatherings we will make our final decision on Friday April 24th, 2020.  This is based on the time needed to cancel some of the services we use such as table and chair rentals, chemical toilets, garbage removal, etc, which add to the cost of running the hamfest.  We will, however, be obligated to fulfill the terms of our contract with the Fair Association. Fortunately we have sufficient funds in our reserves to cover this expense.  However it will still cost us about $6,000.00 to cancel. That and the cost of printing the tickets will be our only real expenses.  But NEAR-Fest will survive.” -Mike, W1RC

New England Amateur Radio Inc

04/28/2020: “New England Amateur Radio Inc (NE1AR) in collaboration with New England Sci-Tech in Natick, MA, has authorization of the ARRL VEC and the FCC to administer fully online video-supervised exams… Bob Phinney, K5TEC, and Ted Reimann, W1OG, began a series of trials on April 1, 2020, under ARRL VEC review and are now supervising a team that provides ARRL approved video-supervised test sessions almost every day of the week. They are also training other ARRL-vetted teams across the country and are working with the software developer of the exam delivery system, ExamTools.org and HamStudy.org, to help them streamline the system for video-supervised testing.”  [Full story

New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society

03/17/2020: “VIRTUAL Meeting: Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm at YOUR HOME from New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick. Use Zoom or get on the air! NOTICE: The NEST facility has closed, so no one is permitted to enter the premises without permission. We are in the process of setting up virtual meetings and classes by ZOOM.”
 

03/13/2020:  “We are suspending, for two weeks, all scheduled workshops, classes, and events at our facility and all outreach programs where we travel to outside locations.  We are hoping to reopen some smaller classes beginning on March 27, but will reevaluate the situation as we approach that date. In the meantime, we continue to deep clean our facility. If you have prepaid for any courses, I hope you will consider postponing and adding your name to a future class offering (just email me which one), or you may request a full refund. When activities resume, please be sure to read our Coronavirus Precautions policy before entering our facility. We now have a strict health and hand washing protocol to be followed.”  -Bob, K5TEC

Norfolk County Radio Association

05/03/2020: “The May NCRA meeting with be held Wednesday, May 13, at 8 PM using the Zoom conferencing app.  Thanks to Jim, WJ1R, for being our meeting host.  Regrettably, our annual May dinner meeting has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 virus. Bruce, K1BG, the ARRL EMA Section Club Liaison and Assistant Section Manager, has been invited to participate, so we look forward to hearing from Bruce, who is well-known to many club members! We hope you will be able to attend the meeting on line! ” -NCRA web site 

04/02/2020: The April 8th NCRA meeting with be held using the Zoom conferencing app.  Our club Secretary, Dave, K1HRV, will be sending out a helpful guide with a video link for getting familiar with the software and its use.  Thanks to Jim, WJ1R, for being our “master of ceremonies” for the event.  Jim will be the meeting host on Zoom and it will be an easy process to learn!  Watch for more information as the date approaches!  Due to this being our first attempt to use this technology we will invite only NCRA members to this event.  Hope you will be able to attend!    –NCRA website

North East Weak Signal Group

“The NEWS Group physical meeting today (March 21, 2020) was cancelled, but we had a virtual meeting at the same time using Zoom. Participation was smaller, but it worked well.  we will consider using this in future for distant participants and bad weather.” -Paul, W1GHZ

North Shore Radio Association

06/29/2020: “North Shore Radio Association scheduled exams for 7/25 and 8/22. Location is now Lower Level American Legion Building 31 Hermon St, Winthrop MA. Walk ins are required and capacity is limited per session for social distancing. -Rick Savage KB1LYJ, NSRA VE coordinator

06/02/2020: “North Shore Radio Association has a new location for our June 27 exam session : American Legion lower level 31 Hermon St Winthrop MA 02152 Limit 10 but multiple times may be used. reservations required. For exam dates through the end of the year please change location to pending at this time.” -Rick Savage KB1LYJ, NSRA VE coordinator

05/13/2020: “Uncertain at this time about 5/23 VE session.” -Rick, KB1LYJ

05/13/2020: “We have a Zoom meeting set up for our May meeting. It will be on Monday the 18th The link is open at 7:00 if you want any pre-meeting discussions. Please share this information with the members on any and all formats available web page, email, Facebook, etc.” -Eric Horwitz, KA1NCF

04/07/2020: “Our April 21 (Tuesday due to the Holiday) meeting has been cancelled as has our VE session on the 25th. We do have a weekly club net, Sundays at 20:00 / 8:00 pm on the 145.470 MHz PL of 136.5 Danvers repeater. There has been some discussion of a remote/online meeting but no decision has been made.” -Rick, KB1LYJ

04/05/2020: “Next General Meeting – April 20th, 2020 CANCELED!! STAY SAFE!!!!” -NSRA web site

03/22/2020: “[We have] officially cancelled [our March 28 VE session]. ARRL has been notified. hope to have one in April.” -Rick, KB1LYJ

03/13/2020: “We had made the decision [to cancel] last night and then this morning we got notice from our meeting place PMLP cancelled all use of the auditorium until further notice.” -Rick, KB1LYJ

Northeast ARC

03/26/2020: See official NEAR-Fest XXVII cancellation notice. -Editor.

“We have one of our bi-yearly meetings up at Nearfest in May on that Saturday, so I am not planning on canceling as of yet…We are just waiting to see how this plays out over time.” –Russ, K1RTA

Northeast HamXposition / ARRL New England Division Convention

“After long consideration, the convention committee has decided to postpone the 2020 convention to the week of November 6 through 8.” -Bob DeMattia, K1IW, Chairman, Northeast HamXposition 2020  [Full story

Northeastern University Wireless Club

“The club has suspended meetings and activities.” -Dave, K1MBO

Norwood Amateur Radio Club

05/09/2020: “The next meeting is Thursday May 28th, 2020 at 7:30 PM at the Over The Air via RF, EchoLink and IRLP – 147.20, 147.20 PL 100, Over The Air Meeting due to Covid Restrictions.” -https://norwood-arc.org

04/19/2020: “The next meeting is Thursday April 23rd, 2020 at 7:30 PM at Over The Air Meeting due to Covid Restrictions.”  -http://norwood-arc.org

“The next meeting is Thursday March 26th, 2020 at 7:30 PM at Over The Air via RF, EchoLink and IRLP – 147.20, 147.20 PL 100, Over The Air Meeting due to Covid Restrictions”  —http://norwood-arc.org

PART of Westford

06/21/2020: “The July 21 meeting will be held online via video conference, starting at 7:30 PM. Details will be sent to members via Groups.io.”  –PART of Westford website

06/15/2020: “Our next club meeting will be conducted via Webex video conference starting at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, June 16.  As usual, you can check in after 7:00 PM to test your equipment.” -George, K1IG

05/31/2020: “The June 16 meeting will probably be held online via video conference, starting at 7:30 PM. Details will be sent to members via Groups.io.” –PART of Westford website

04/23/2020: “The May 19 meeting will be held online via video conference, starting at 7:30 PM. Details will be sent to members via Groups.io.” –PART of Westford website

04/18/2020: “Invitations to attend the monthly PART video conference meeting are sent via our Groups.io mailing list a few days in advance of the meeeting, along with a clickable link and meeting password.  Instructions for joining our mailing list are on our homepage at WB1GOF.org.  The homepage also has information about our weekly Sunday night two-meter net and daily ten-meter net.” -George, K1IG

04/09/2020:  “Our next club meeting on Tuesday, April 21, will be conducted via video conference.  For the past two weeks, the PART board has been testing several systems, and we’ve settled on Cisco’s Webex (webex.com).  This system is easy to use, has good audio and video quality, and doesn’t require you to install any software on your computer; all you have to do is click on a link in an email. We can have up to 100 attendees in the meeting for an unlimited amount of time, and best of all, it’s free. If your computer doesn’t have a video camera, or if you don’t have a computer at all, you’ll still be able to attend.  You don’t need a camera to be able to view the conference on your computer, and there will be a dial-in number to call if you just want to hear the audio. To get everyone ready for the club meeting, we’re going to hold practice sessions right after the Sunday night net for the next two weeks.  At about 8:15 PM on Sunday evening I’ll send an email via Groups.io to the club that will have the URL link and dial-in number.  We can use the repeater to coordinate the session and resolve connectivity problems.” -George, K1IG

03/31/2020: “We’re testing videoconferencing tonight (Tuesday, March 31) at 7:30 PM via Jitsi. If successful, we’ll use this system for our usual monthly meeting until we can meet again in person.” -George, K1IG

03/31/2020: “Due to “stay at home” edicts, we’re planning on having an online PART club videoconference meeting on Tuesday, April 21, in place of our regular meeting at the Cameron Senior Center. In preparation, I’d like to have a test videoconference meeting tonight (Tuesday, March 31) at 7:30 PM; this shouldn’t take more than about 10 minutes. This is not to conduct club business, but is just a test of connectivity.” -Greg, N1DAM

03/23/2020: “During this time of “social distancing,” there’s a new PART net on 10 meters. We meet occasionally at 7:30 PM local time on 28.400 MHz. There’s usually someone listening, so if you don’t hear anyone, just announce that you’re on frequency or call CQ. Thanks to Bob, W1IS, for setting this up.” -George, K1IG

03/15/2020: “PART has canceled its next meeting… Our meeting site is drastically reducing its availability, so even with modified seating or enhanced cleaning we still would have had to cancel.” -George, K1IG

Pentucket Radio Association

“I feel we should cancel the coming PRA meeting that was to be held on the 19th of this month. Instead we should hold the next meeting on April 16th. This way we can discuss setting up for NEAR-Fest.” -Dave, KD1NA

Pilgrim Amateur Radio Club

04/23/2020:  “The May 11, 2020 Club Meeting is CANCELLED; The June 8, 2020 Club Meeting is CANCELLED; July 13, 2020 – Club Meeting?? TBA”

“The next club meeting on Monday, April 13, 2020 IS CANCELLED. The club officers will keep its members and visitors informed on a monthly basis. Thank you and keep safe. 73” –PARC website

Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association

03/30/2020: “We continue to operate our normal Sunday evening 10-meter SSB net and our Monday evening 2-meter repeater net. Both nets start at 7 PM. The 10-meter net meets on 28.375 and the 2-meter net is on our 147.135 Taunton repeater.” -John, N1OTY

“We were forced to cancel our March 20 meeting. The hospital where we meet has cancelled use of the conference room for all outside groups due to Coronavirus fears. No word yet on April. Feel free to publish this info.” –John, N1OTY

Quannapowitt Radio Association

“We got the word from the city of Reading that the Senior Center will be closed for a couple of weeks and won’t be available for our meeting next Thursday [March 19].  I’ll be notifying the members tonight with the newsletter. Wise move I think.  Most of our members are elderly.” -Bob, AA1M

Rhode Island HF, Dxer & Contester Ham Radio Social

03/16/20: “This event is cancelled. I’ll announce another event once things settle down.” -Charlie, N1RR

“With the success of Y.C.C.C. Social nights and as the R.I. Area Manager & Vice President of of YCCC, I invite you to join us at RIPTIDE SPORTS GRILL in Tiverton, R.I. [on March 19 at 6 PM] for a fun time with like-minded hams.” –Charlie, N1RR

Rocky Neck 5K (Cape Ann ARA, Gloucester)

“I’m sure your organization is on heightened alert given the current swiftly changing events.  I’m writing today to take something off your plate.  Given the current circumstances, we have cancelled the Rocky Neck 5K that was scheduled to take place on May 3, 2020.  We hope to perhaps reschedule for the fall but will need to go through the City’s calendar committee and receive approval. If that happens, I’ll be in touch. In the meantime, stay well and thanks for all your organization does for the citizens of our City.” -Patricia A. Conant, Membership Committee, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Inc.

“SKYWARN”

(see National Weather Service)

South Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association

07/01/2020: “We will be having our business meeting at the clubhouse at 7:00 PM. July 2, 2020. The chairs will be setup at the 6 foot spacing and everyone must wear a face mask. According to the rules and restrictions we should be within the governors requirements. We don’t seem to have the response on zoom and the meeting information is not getting out. Hope to have a good meeting as long as we have a quorum of 10 members.”  -Marcel W1MLD

06/02/2020: ” [the Southeastern MA ARA] are going to have another ZOOM meeting for … June. 4″ [details]

05/01/2020: “…The May 7, 2020 Business meeting is cancelled due to the CORVID-19 pandemic. I’m looking into a ZOOM meeting but I need the email addresses for everyone who has the capability to attend. This would be on your smartphone, tablet or computer.  If you are interested, please send me your Email, Name & Callsign. You may also register as a Guest or Observer.” -Marcel W1MLD

03/17/2020:  “Hope you are all well. I am cancelling the business meeting for April 2nd 2020 due to the mandate by Gov. Baker to limit the gatherings of more than ten people. The VE Session scheduled for April 4, 2020 is canceled. The May meeting will be addressed when the time comes. The work party for Saturday will be postponed for a latter date as this serious virus subsides. The Sunday morning coffee meetings are still on as long as we keep it to ten (10) members or less and do not have any cold or sickness symptoms. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Hope you all stay well and be careful in your daily activities. Wash your hands many times a day.” -Marcel  W1MLD

03/14/20: “At this time our meeting for April 2, 2020 will go on as scheduled. I will decide one week before the meeting if we will cancel or postpone for another date.”  -Marcel,  W1MLD

South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Group

04/30/2020: “The members of the South Shore Hospital Radio Group are still prohibited from entering the hospital as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.” -John, K1JRO

Special Forces Brothers ARC

“Our members are all over the world so our meetings are either on the air or on Facebook.”  -Jon, KM6OP

Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club

05/13/2020: “Since our first try at a virtual club meeting was such a success, we have decided to give it a go again. Tuesday, May 19th is our meeting night and the meeting net will start at 8:00 PM on the [K1SMH 147.195] repeater. Hope you can all make it.” -Ray, K2TGX

04/18/2020: “We have decided to try a Meeting On The Air in place of our displaced Monthly meeting. It will start at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 21 on the K1SMH 147.195 repeater. Hopefully, John N1FLO, will be available to give us an ARES update. We will review what has transpired from last meeting, talk about upcoming activities and, of course, hopefully start planning for Field Day. The format will be some what the same as a normal meeting. We will do check-ins just as we do for the ARES Net and at the end we will go through the Roll Call for final comment.” -Ray, K2TGX

03/30/2020: “Obviously as a hospital-based ARC we were the first to fall. We also were in the middle of a General license class which had to be moved off-site. We have always had an ARES EmCom Team Net every Thursday Night at 8:30 PM on the 147.195 SMHARC repeater with an average of about 12 checkins per week. The first Tuesday of the month is our informal Rag Chew Meeting which was usually held in the  club station at the hospital or in good weather outside in the parking lot. Social distancing has put a stop to both. We will try a virtual get together the first Tuesday of April at 7:00 PM on the repeater and do the same for our regularly scheduled ARES EmCom/business meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. The ARES  portion will start at 7:00 PM the business meeting will start at 8:00 PM. We have to start planning Field Day.” -Ray, K2TGX

03/15/2020: “Be advised that due to state imposed meeting size restrictions, the March meeting of SMHARC has been cancelled. Stay well. See you next month (maybe). -Ray, K2TGX

Tough Ruck 2020 Road Race

04/20/2020: “The 2020 Tough Ruck has been postponed to Sunday, September 13, 2020.”  –https://www.toughruck.org/2020updates/

March 13, 2020: Tough Ruckers: As the President declares a National State of Emergency, our first thoughts are for the safety and health of you and your families. Shortly following this morning’s announcement of the Boston Marathon postponement, Massachusetts Governor Baker also announced an emergency order banning gatherings over 250 people. With the developing COVID-19 situation, Tough Ruck 2020 has been postponed.  –toughruff.org

20th USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships, Boston MA

03/28/2020: “The ARRL ARDF Committee has determined that the 20th USA ARDF Championships scheduled for June 9-14, 2020 near Boston, MA must be cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. With events surrounding COVID-19 developing rapidly, along with the obvious need for urgent steps to contain its spread, the need to cancel the championships has become apparent. The 20th USA Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships will be rescheduled for a future date.”

“The ARRL ARDF Committee is monitoring the COVID-19 situation. No decision has been made regarding any impact to the 20th USA ARDF Championships scheduled for June 9-14 in Boston, MA. Any decision to change plans for those Championships will be made in the next few weeks. Please pay close attention to messages on this Google Group for future announcements.”

W1 QSL Bureau

07/02/2020: “I am cancelling our QSL sort session that was scheduled for August 13, 2020 at the Algonquin Amateur Radio Club.”  -Eric Williams, KV1J, W1 QSL Bureau Co-Manager

Walpole Emergency Communications Association

04/18/2020: “Presently this club is suspended.” -Don, AB1PH

Waltham Amateur Radio Association

05/25/2020: “May meeting: Contesting 101 for Field Day 2020, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 6 PM-9 PM ET.  This presentation will include contesting basics, the age-old question about whether ARRL Field Day is a contest, some training for popular logging program N1MM Logger Plus, and some thoughts on goals for FD 2020. Agenda:  6:00-7:00 Optional Pre-Meet. Socialize. Test out your video conferencing setup before the meeting starts. 7:00-7:30 Club Business. 7:30+ Eliot Mayer: Contesting 101 for FD 2020.  I recommend joining early between 6-7 if you have not before. This will give you a chance to make sure everything is working right. Downloading Amazon Chime works more reliably than in various browsers. For online access, contact Ron, KG1T, at rsenykoff -at- gmail -dot- com.

04/21/2020: “WARA had our first meeting with videoconferencing using my work’s system (Amazon Chime). I may purchase a Zoom license for our next meeting. Since we will NOT be posting the meeting link (with password) online and only emailing it to members, if people want to attend, we will put together something at the meetings section of our website with details of how to request an invite to the next meeting. https://walthamara.org/meetings/. Our next meeting is scheduled, as usual the last Wednesday of the month, so it is next week April 29th.” -Ron, KG1T

04/05/2020: “We’ll be running a WARA ‘meeting on the air’ on Wednesday evenings to bring together WARA supporters for connection, conversation, updates and revelry.  We’ll discuss topics that might be of interest to Waltham supporters, along with member health and welfare updates, needs for support, or general communication. All licensed hams are welcome to join the net, regardless of whether they’re up-to-date, club members. Details: Wednesday nights, other than in-person meeting nights, at 7:30 PM Eastern Time.   On the 449.075- MHz WARA repeater (88.5 Hz sub-audible tone). Email me with any questions or suggestions. See you on Wednesday, April 8th for the inaugural meeting. -Christine, N1AUP

03/24/2020: “With the current COVID-19 status, we are of course not scheduling any in-person meetings for WARA. I’ve set up a video conference for us to use tomorrow. Please, anyone interested in joining the call do so. You can also just dial in via phone. Wednesday, March 25th Agenda: 6-7 PM Social hour via video! Come join, bring a beverage, smoke ’em if ya got ’em. Chill with your WARA buddies on video. 7:00 PM Club business. Conference call link –> https://chime.aws/1747897140.  <– ” -Ron, KG1T

03/24/2020: “In-person meetings / dinners cancelled until further notice due to Corona virus: Check https://walthamara.org/meetings/ for updated information. We will look to have online / virtual meetings and will post info once available.” -Waltham ARA website

Wellesley Amateur Radio Society

05/16/2020: “Our next meeting will be online via Zoom next Tuesday [May 19, 2020] at 7:30PM. Here we will vote to have online elections due to COVID-19, and then I will give a non-amateur radio talk about the Boston DTV transmission.” -Dan, W1DAN

04/18/2020: “Our next Wellesley Amateur Radio Society meeting will be a Zoom meeting next Tuesday [April 21] at 7:30PM.  Our Wednesday night 2-meter net on W1TKZ repeater (147.03) is more active, and we added a Thursday night HF net on 10M 28.333 USB at 8PM.” -Dan, W1DAN

04/02/2020: “Starting with the cancellation of our March dinner meeting, we will have our future meetings through June on our W1TKZ 2-meter repeater. These meetings will be the day after our originally planned meetings, now on Wednesdays… I am thinking of how we can continue our programs on the radio without visuals. An option is to try the Zoom teleconferencing platform…” -Dan, W1DAN

03/31/2020: “The Wellesley club is meeting on the repeater in April and until further notice. Weekly nets continue Wednesday nights at 8 PM on W1TKZ, 147.03 +600. Member Leandra, AF1R, has added a Thursday night net at 8 PM on 28.333 MHz USB.” -Dan, W1DAN

“Fellow Hams, Members and Guests: Due to the COVID-19  Coronavirus, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has ordered starting 3/17/2020 all bars and restaurants closed to public dining until April 6, 2020. The Tuesday (March 17th) Dinner Meeting is cancelled. Remember: Wednesdays at 8 PM, we have our scheduled Wellesley Amateur Radio Society Net on 147.030 with the PL tone 123HZ. Let us know some of the stories that you have encountered during these unusual times. Stay well. We will get through this!” -Don, KB1OTQ

Whitman Amateur Radio Club

06/18/2020: “We do not know if we are going to have a meeting at the K/C Hall in Whitman July. We are waiting to hear from the K/C until the end of June. We will notify the membership by email of the plans.  We might have to do another [Meeting On The Air] for the Wed July 1st Meeting at 7:00PM.  If we do a  MOTA we are going to try a Zoom meeting.”  -WARC June meeting minutes

05/31/2020: “The June 2020 meeting at the K of C has been cancelled due to the crisis. In place of the June meeting we will do another (MOTA) Meeting on Wednesday June 2nd at 7:00 PM on the Whitman 147.225 +67 Repeater.” -WARC May meeting minutes

04/23/2020: “There will likely not be a meeting at the K/C Hall in Whitman in May,  We will do another [meeting on the air] for the Wed May 6th meeting at 7:00PM.  

03/26/2020: “Our next Meeting will be a [meeting on the air] on April 1st, 7 pm on 147.225 +PL67. There will not be a meeting at the K/C Hall in Whitman. Due to the coronavirus crisis any remaining classes and the VE sessions have been cancelled for now until a later date; this includes the Technician class. -WARC website

03/23/2020: “Unfortunately, we had to [cancel our Technician course beginning March 24], no place would let us meet.” -Ross, W1EKG

Yankee Clipper Contest Club

04/10/2020: “The April YCCC Meeting will be held via Zoom starting at 1 PM on Saturday, April 11.” [See: https://ema.arrl.org/2020/04/02/yankee-clipper-contest-club-meets-april-11-2020/]

03/31/2020: “YCCC Post-WPX SSB Virtual Get-together: …Great online meetings are no accident. With some planning, our meeting tonight can be a lot of fun for all. Here’s what it takes to make our on-line meeting a success. Plan to join and participate! More participants means more content and more value to the club. Get setup for Zoom in advance. I will be in the Zoom room 30 minutes ahead to help people get going. When the meeting is underway at 7, we want to focus on WPX, not Zoom. Bring interesting content – something for the group to see or hear. Start with a short story to tell. Add a picture of your shack. Show how you have your logger screen setup. The antenna project that generated some extra points. An audio clip of a great experience in the contest. Tell me in advance, and we’ll make sure you can share it ok…” Jim, K1IR

“In the last two weeks, daily life for me has significantly changed–as I suspect it has for many of you.  At this point in time, our primary goal as a society is to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus cases.  Consistent with that goal, and the fact that many of the YCCC members are in the “high risk group,” the YCCC Meeting scheduled for April 11 has been cancelled. We are looking at the possibility of hosting a meeting remotely, but if and when that happens we will advise the membership.  Unless you hear otherwise, the next YCCC Meeting will be held at the HamExposition convention in Marlborough July 25, 2020.” -Dennis, W1UE

YMCA Father’s Day 5K Run (Cape Ann ARA)

05/02/2020: “5K Road Race Through Scenic Rockport: THIS RACE HAS BEEN POSTPONED.”  -https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fathers-day-5k-road-race-postponed-registration-86701818473

YMCA St. Peter’s Fiesta 5K Road Race (Cape Ann ARA)

05/30/2020: “We are pausing registrations while we await more definitive reopening guidelines from the federal, state, and local authorities.” -YMCA website 

YouKanRun Fast Half Marathon (Cape Ann ARA)

04/28/2020: “Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, The Fast Half Marathon [scheduled May 9]  has been officially postponed to Sunday, September 13, 2020.” -YouKanRun Fast Half Marathon website

04/19/2020: “We’re monitoring the situation closely [for the YouKanRun Fast Half Marathon event on May 9] and will continue to follow the recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities. We’ll be sure to communicate any changes as information becomes available. We appreciate your patience.” -YouKanRun Fast Half Marathon website

YuKanRun Fool’s Dual 5K & Half Marathon (Cape Ann ARA, Gloucester)

“The YuKan Fools Dual road race scheduled for Apr 5, 2020 has been canceled. Given the uncertainty with timing and so many unknown variables, it will not be rescheduled. I’ll be sure to stay in touch as we approach other race dates this year…” -Rich Morrell

YouKanRun Town & Country Half Marathon (Cape Ann ARA, West Newbury)

05/16/2020: “Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of West Newbury has decided to cancel all public events through December 31, 2020.” 

YouKanRun Twin Lights Half Marathon (Cape Ann ARA, Gloucester)

04/17/2020: “Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, The Twin Lights Half Marathon has been officially postponed to Sunday, October 4, 2020. No action is required and all registrations are automatically entered into the Twin Lights Half Marathon on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Registered runners will receive an email with additional details.” -YouKanRun Twin Lights Half Marathon website

YouKanRun Twin Lobster Half Marathon (Cape Ann ARA, Gloucester)

05/14/2020:  “Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Gloucester has decided to cancel all public events through July 5, 2020.”  -YouKanRun Twin Lobster website

4/22/2020: “COVID-19 UPDATE – We’re monitoring the situation closely and will continue to follow the recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities. We’ll be sure to communicate any changes as information becomes available. We appreciate your patience. Thank you.” -YouKanRun Twin Lobster Half Marathon website

Zola Center Amateur Radio Club

“I received notice from the building manager of the Brigham House (the building Zola Food Distribution and Zola Ham Radio Club operates out of) that the State of Massachusetts has notified them that the building will be closed until after Labor Day. At that point, the state will review the current status of Covid-19 and determine what to do next.” -Frank, N1FMV