January 2024 Section News

Traditional ARRL Start to the New Year:
As is a long-standing tradition within the ARRL, each New Year begins with the Straight Key Night (SKN) commencing at 0000 UTC and lasting for 24 hours. This annual event honors the history of amateur radio and reminds us of the fun of simple communication methods. If you participated, please remember to email a list of stations you contacted along with your vote for “Best Fist” and “Most Interesting QSO” to straightkey@arrl.org. Entries for Straight Key Night must be received by January 31.

Winter Field Day:
Another fun get on the air event is Winter Field Day on January 27-28. Visit https://winterfieldday.org/  for details.

Near Fest News:
Many amateurs received word from the organizers of Near-Fest that, due to a scheduling conflict, the Spring ham-fest will be held on one day only, Friday April 26, 2024, and will end at 3:00 PM. The Fall Near-Fest event will return to the usual 2-day schedule on October 11 and 12. More information may be found at their official website https://near-fest.com/.

K1TW to receive ARRL plaque.
Former Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, will be recognized at an awards ceremony at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick, Massachusetts, on Saturday, January 27, 2024, shortly after 12 noon.   A four-term Section Manager, Tom was elected to the position in January 2015, succeeding Phil Temples, K9HI. The award is but one of several activities planned that day at New England Sci Tech, the popular STEM / Maker space organization. More info at https://nescitech.org/wfd .

Northeast HamXposition On-Line Ticketing is Open!
This year’s Northeast HamXposition is off to a very fast start. Tickets for the event on August 22-25, 2024, may already be purchased. Note this year the Convention begins on Thursday with a Comedy Show, and continues on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The greatly expanded Convention Committee is hard at work lining up Vendors, Forums, Banquet Speakers, Special Events and Forums.

HamXposition has already lined up Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW, as the Saturday night guest Banquet Speaker. Per the convention website she is known as the “Space Weather Woman” in social media, she forecasts and analyzes space weather processes – in the heliosphere and exosphere. More info at https://hamxposition.org/.

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Stay warm and 73 de

ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Jon W McCombie, N1ILZ