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Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 6:30-8:00 PM
Mike Corey, KI1U, the ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager
Clay Center at Dexter Southfield School,
20 Newton St.
Brookline MA, top floor at the observatory.

Mike Corey, KI1U, the ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager, will talk about how he led an expedition of 50 volunteers to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to help with emergency communications. Please RSVP to: <>

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
An Emergency Communications Workshop will be held at the Walpole Council on Aging at 135 School St., Walpole, MA.

This workshop is for active hams and is produced by the EMA ARES Section Staff. Topics will include:
* Overview of Eastern Massachusetts ARES-RACES-SKYWARN Programs
* Net Operations
* NTS Traffic Message Handling
* Basic Overview of the Incident Command System (ICS)
* Go Kits
Full details including registration information may be found at <>


Saturday, January 20,2018, 9 AM – 1 PM, Whitman MA
Whitman Amateur Radio Club

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9 AM – 1 PM, Marlboro, MA
Algonquin Amateur Radio Club

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 9 AM to 12 noon
Framingham ARA flea market at the Keefe Technical School.
Go to <> for more info.

Nothing to list this month.


The Barnstable ARC is pleased to report the Dennis 146.47 repeater is now on the air and connected to the NEDECN Digital Mobile Radio network. “It has all the usual talk groups.” Info courtesy <>

Billerica ARS (BARS): <>
BARS will have an annual Yankee Swap and Holiday dinner instead of its regular meeting to greet the New Year on January 3 at the Great Wall Restaurant in Bedford.

The Billerica ARS conducts VE Sessions on 2nd Thursday of every month. They are held in the church hall of The Chelmsford Bible Church, 128 Gorham St, East Chelmsford at 7 PM. Walk-ins are welcome; no reservation is required. For more information, contact: Gary W1GFF at 978-453-1100 (Email <>)

Boston Amateur Radio Club (BARC): <>
BARC once again participated in SKYWARN Recognition Day, operating as WX1BHO from the Blue Hills Observatory on Saturday, December 2 from 9 AM-3 PM. Contacts were made on 40, 20 and 15 (Phone, CW, digital), as well as on 2-meter simplex and the NEDECN DMR network. Mark, KB1EKN reports that 40 people attended the event.

BARC will hold its holiday party at the Stockyard restaurant in Brighton beginning at 12:00 noon on Sunday, January 14. The club will award its Ham of the Year plaque to the deserving member.

Clay Center Amateur Radio Club (CCARC): <>
An evening with Mike Corey KI1U, the ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager.

When: Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 6:30-8:00 PM.
Where: The Clay Center at Dexter Southfield School, 20 Newton St. Brookline MA, top floor at the observatory.

Topic: Mike Corey, KI1U, the ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager, will talk about how he led an expedition of 50 volunteers to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to help with emergency communications.

Hosts: The officers and student members of the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club, a youth and family club of over 340 members and growing, and by New England Amateur Radio, NE1AR, facilitating ham radio education and public service.

Refreshments: Pizza and snacks.
Door Prize: Free pen/toolkit for first 100 people at the event.

RSVP: Email Bob K5TEC, club secretary, for more information or to register <>.

Genesis ARS (GARS): <>
Genesis ARS Repeater N1ZIZ has been upgraded to an Icom IC-FR5000. The new technology includes, among many features, IDAS digital operation commonly referred to as NXDN as well as continuing legacy analog FM communication support.

Framingham ARA: <>
The Framingham ARA flea market will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Keefe Technical School in Framingham from 9 AM to 12 noon. Tables are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. There will be a VE session, refreshments and door prizes. Talk in on 147.15. Go to <> for more info or to reserve tables or contact Andy, KC1DMM at 508-310-5913. (Information via Gordy, K1GB)

Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA):
Congratulations to QRA on celebrating their 69th anniversary at the October meeting. Planning has begun for their 70th anniversary. The weekly QRA net is Tuesday at 7:30 PM on 147.075.

The PART monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at the Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant Street in Westford, starting at 7:30 PM. The January 16 meeting features Philip Gladstone, N1DQ, with a presentation on PSK Reporter and the effects of FT8.

There was a great turnout for the of more than 40 people at the PART Christmas Holiday Party in December.

Wellesley ARS (WARS): <>
The Wellesley ARS has decided to change their January meeting. They will be joining other clubs at the Clay Center, 20 Newton Street Brookline, MA for a special evening with Mike Corey, KI1U, the ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager on Tuesday, January 16, 6:30-8:00 PM.

Upcoming WARS meetings:
January 16: Special event at the Clay Center in Brookline
February 20: Digital Modes Part 2 Charlie, WA3ITR
March 20: Agostino’s dinner, 6:30 PM
April 17: Digital Mobile Radio by Dan, W1DAN
May 15: Ham Radio from EMA list or Don, KB1OTQ
June 19: Field Day planning and elections

Whitman Amateur Radio Club: <>
The first flea market of the year, “WinterFest 2018” hosted by the Whitman ARC will be on January 20, 2018 from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1195 Bedford St., Rt. 18, Whitman.

Zola Center ARC/Middlesex ARC
The Zola Center ARC in association with the Middlesex ARC held an introduction to soldering class on Saturday, December 23. According to Zola’s N1IBB, “a dozen hams—half of whom were blind—were introduced to soldering basics with the end project of building AM/FM radios.” Matt adds, “I’m pleased to report that no fingers were burned during this class.”


Marcia, KW1U, serves both Eastern and Western Massachusetts sections as the Section Traffic Manager (STM). Contact Marcia directly at or join one of the nets below to learn more.

The National Traffic System (NTS) November Recognitions:

(1) Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR):
Recognition for November 2017: KC1CIC (150), KW1U (130), N1TF (115), N1IQI (110), N1SYC (106), W1RVY (100), N1LAH (100) and NV1N (85).

(2) Brass Pounder League (BPL):
Recognition for November 2017: KW1U.

See the monthly “Public Service” column in QST for more information about the BPL and PSHR recognitions.


EMA/WMA NTS Nets are listed below. Please support the nets and check in.

EM2MN 145.230 MHz 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 3978 KHz 6 PM Tu, Th, Sa
HHTN MMRA Repeaters 10 PM Su, M, W, F
CITN 147.375 MHz 7:30 PM M, Tu, Th, Sa
MARI 3565 KHz 7 PM Daily
CM2MN 146.970 MHz 9 PM Daily
WMTN 146.910 MHz 10 AM Daily
WMTN 146.910 MHz 1 PM Daily
WMEN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN 3945 KHz 8:45 Su


Bill, W1KX, manages 1RN Cycle 4, the evening CW net. Bill reports in November there were 60 sessions, 188 check-ins, and the handling of 129 pieces of traffic.

Betsy, K1EIC, manages 1RN Cycle 2, the daytime SSB net. Betsy reports in November there were 59 sessions, 248 check-ins, and the handling of 106 pieces of Traffic

Western Massachusetts is looking for an SEC. Ray, KB1LRL, who starts on January 1 as Section Manager in Western Massachusetts reports that “Section Emergency Coordinator John N2YHK does not wish to continue in this position. I thank John for his tenure. He has made valuable contributions during his time. So, at this time, I will be looking for individuals to consider taking on this position. When a SEC is selected, we will work on firming up the county level DECs, local ECs and the rest of the WMA ARES organization.” (More information is at <>)


We are saddened to report that Lindsay, WA1GMT, of Westford was reported as a silent key on November 20, 2017. (Information via PART of Westford listserv).

Another loss: Jim Morris, K1UGM, of Wakefield, a longtime member of the Waltham ARA has become a silent key. He is survived by his wife Rhoda, N1CSI. (Info courtesy WARA and Eliot Mayer, W1MJ)


My final word this month is to wish all who read the Eastern Massachusetts section news a very happy and healthy New Year. May 2018 be safe and peaceful for all.

Until next month,


Tom, K1TW

ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW