January 2017 Section News


Section Manager (SM) – Tom Walsh, K1TW
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Phil Temples, K9HI
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Rob Leiden, K1UI
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) – Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) – Ed Parish, K1EP
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) – Open
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) – Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG
Assistant SEC (ASEC) – Rob Macedo, KD1CY
Assistant SEC (ASEC) – Mike Leger N1YLQ
Section Traffic Manager (STM) – Marcia Forde, KW1U
Assistant STM (ASTM) – Greg Bennett, KC1CIC
Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) – Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ
State Government Liaison (SGL) – Hank Mc Carl, W4RIG
Technical Coordinator (TC) – Dan Brown, W1DAN

To contact section staff members directly simply visit http://ema.arrl.org for contact information.

For the latest updates to section news please check our website regularly at http://ema.arrl.org

To apply for an ARRL field appointment read about the different roles on the ARRL web site at http://www.arrl.org/field-organization . If interested, contact k1tw@arrl.org


Note Date Correction
January 21, 2017
Falmouth ARA 2-meter QSO Party

January 21, 2017,
Whitman Amateur Radio Club Winter-Fest Ham-Fest
Whitman, MA. <http://www.wa1npo.org/WinterFest2017.pdf>

February 18, 2017
Algonquin ARC <http://www.n1em.org>
Marlboro, MA

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 09:00 AM
Framingham ARA Spring Flea Market and Exams
Keefe Technical School
Framingham MA <http://w1fy.org/flea.aspx>

May 5-6, 2017
Deerfield, NH <http://www.near-fest.com/>

June 2-4, 2017
Museum Ships on the Air (MSOTA) weekend
0000Z June 2 through 2359Z June 4
Find further information at <http://ema.arrl.org/node/2186>


January 11, 2017: Technician Class
Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC
Starting on Wednesday Jan 11th
7:00PM – 9:30PM in Conference Room A,B,C at the Hospital.
It will run for 9 weeks and will end with a test session. No cost for the class but students must buy the class text/workbook for $30.00. If interested email Gary, KB1KA at <kb1ka@cox.net>.

2 SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS: January 17-18, 2017

Two special events stations, KM1CC and W1AA/MSC, in Eastern MA will operate to commemorate International Marconi Day on January 17-18, 2017.

The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, KM1CC, will be QRV on the HF bands beginning January 17 at 2100 UTC until January 18 at 2100 UTC. The KM1CC ops will use their home stations.

Operating times and frequencies are as follows:

15 M 21.360 SSB
17 M 18.160 SSB
20 M 14.260 SSB
40 M 7.130-7.260 SSB
80 M 3.660-3.860 SSB

15 M 21.035 N1DC 1200-2100 January 18 UTC
17 M 18.080 K1RV 1200-2100 January 18 UTC
20 M 14.035 N1DC 0000-0300 1200-2100 January 18 UTC
30 M 10.110 K1RV 0000-0300 1200-2100 January 18 UTC
40 M 7.035 N1DC/K1RV 0000-0500 1200-1500 January 18 UTC
80 M 3.535 N1DC/K1RV 0000-0500 January 18 UTC
160 M 1.840 N1DC/K1RV 0230-0500 January 18 UTC

For QSL card request information, check QRZ.com. For photos and more information on KM1CC check the KM1CC Facebook page.

The Marconi Radio Club will operate W1AA/MSC to represent the 1901 Marconi “MSC” Shore Station Siasconset on Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts. Unfortunately, they will not be operating from the original MSC location on Nantucket Island as it is now private property and inaccessible. During the most famous sea-going disaster of the twentieth century, the Siasconset station played a critical role. Late on the night of April 14, 1912, duty operator Matt Tierney received distress signals from the sinking Titanic. Siasconset was the first mainland wireless station to receive them, and he immediately alerted all other stations of the tragedy. DX stations may QSL via the W1 Bureau, while stateside stations QSL via K1VV with a #10 business size envelope SASE.


SKYWARN has been very active during the past month because of the many snow and wind events hitting our area. This has become an essential component of our EMA disaster and emergency preparations for many years now. You may subscribe to SKYWARN Announcements at <http://oak.w1mv.org/mailman/listinfo/skywarn_announce>.
(Thanks to Rob Macedo, KD1CY ARES SKYWARN Coordinator and EMA ASEC)

NE ARRL Division Cabinet Meeting
Tom Frenaye K1KI, ARRL NE Division Director, and Mike Raisbeck K1TWF, ARRL NE Division Vice Director invited Club Presidents and ARRL Field staff from throughout New England to meet with them on January 7 in Springfield MA. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues of interest to the Division prior to the ARRL Board meeting later this month.

Marcia, KW1U (EMA STM) reports:
December BPL (500 or more points): KW1U (1047), N1IQI (945)
December PSHR (70 or more points): KW1U (130), KC1CIC (120), N1TF
(105), N1IQI (100), N1LAH (100), W1RVY (100), K1BML (97), AC7RB (80),
N1LKJ (76). Information on how to qualify for BPL and PSHR is found
each month in QST in the Field Organization Reports column.


EM2MN 145.230 MHz 8 PM Daily EMA 2 Meter Net
MARIPN 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa MASS/Rhode Island
HHTN MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F Heavy Hitters
CITN 147.375 MHz 7:30PM Tu,Th,Sa Cape & Islands
MARI 3565 KHz 7PM Daily MASS/Rhode Island
CM2MN 146.970 MHz 9PM Daily Central MA
WMTN 146.910 MHz 10AM Daily WMA
WMTN 146.910 MHz 1PM Daily WMA
WMEN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su WMA
NEPN 3945 KHz 8:45 Su NE Phone Net

A full monthly report on traffic handling activities for all of Massachusetts (WMA/EMA) may be found on our EMA website: <http://nts.ema.arrl.org>.


We received an important correction from Brent Putnam W1NCH, FARA President, regarding the FARA QSO Party. It is scheduled for Saturday, January 21. As reported last month, the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) will sponsor another 2-meter QSO Party in January. The event is open to all those in Eastern MA. The time coincides with the ARRL VHF contest. <http://www.falara.org/announcements/faraqsoparty5-mode2mfm>.

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association has a new meeting location! Starting on Thursday, January 26, monthly meetings will be held in the EOC Room (second floor) of Falmouth Fire and Rescue Headquarters, King St. in Falmouth at 7 PM. Parking is available next to the station or at the bank across the street. Check the calendar on the club web page <http://www.falara.org> for specific meeting information. (Thanks to Henry Brown, K1WCC, Club Publicist)

GARS has announced a new mailing address per Mike, KG1U as follows: Genesis Amateur Radio Club, c/o Robert F. Woodbury N1COP, 65 Lingan Street, Halifax, MA 02338.

Cape Ann ARA (CAARA):
CAARA members stood by, ready to assist if needed, at the Gloucester EOC during the January 7 weekend snow storm.

North Shore Radio Association (NSRA):
NSRA reports changes to meeting dates in January and February: January’s meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 February’s meeting will be on Monday, February 6, 2017 (From Eric, KA1NCF)

South Shore Hospital ARC:
The South Shore Hospital net met on January 7, 2017. The frequencies and repeaters used for their monthly net are usually announced a few days in advance. They write, “We extend an invitation to the EOC of any city or town that is served by one of the participating hospitals to join the Net. We also extend an invitation to any RACES or ARES member to check in during the Net. Any hospital wishing to join the Net that needs assistance with equipment or personnel should contact us at <ssharc@gmail.com>. We can assist you with getting your location on the air.” (From John, K1JRO)

Whitman ARC:
Don’t forget to make it to the Whitman Winterfest on January 21 if you are available. Talk-in on the Whitman club repeater: 147.225 Mhz +pl67. See <http://www.wa1npo.org>.

PART OF Westford:
Andy, KB1OIQ, President reports more than 40 folks turned out for the PART Holiday Dinner and Yankee Swap. PART will hold their first meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 PM. Go to <http:///www.wb1gof.org> for details.

Andy, KB1OIQ, also reports a record number of downloads for his free “Andy’s Ham Radio Linux.” To learn more, and to download the software, go here: <https://sourceforge.net/projects/kb1oiq-andysham/>.

Billerica ARS (BARS):
BARS had 23 folks attend their “after the holidays” dinner and Yankee Swap on January 4 in Bedford.


Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC member Mario Viega, WZ1K became a Silent Key on January 8, reports SMH ARC’s Ray Cord, K2TGX.

We have received sad news from the Genesis Amateur Radio Society that Paul Tura, N1KFD, passed away on January 9, 2017. Paul was a club officer and member. (Information received from GARS list)


I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for a happy and prosperous 2017!


Tom, K1TW

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