JULY 2018: EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (EMA) SECTION NEWS
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ARRL NEW ENGLAND DIVISION CONVENTION
September 7-9, 2018
August 24-25, Natick MA.
New England Amateur Radio Weekend General License Class
Friday evening, August 24, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, August
25, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by the FCC General exam at
3:00 p.m., at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick. Advance
registration and payment required.
Details at this web site:
EMA STAFF NEWS
SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR (SEC)
Greg Bennet, KC1CIC, has found it necessary to step down as the SEC for
EMA. Rob Macedo, KD1CY, has accepted the role of SEC going forward.
Rob, because of his previous SEC experience will be able to step in
immediately. Greg will continue in a new role as ARES DEC for NTS
liaison. I extend my sincere thanks to both Greg and Rob for their
ongoing significant contributions as volunteers in the Eastern
Jesse, W1DEA (SK) – EMA Assistant Section Manager
It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of Jesse Creamer,
W1DEA. Jesse passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 16, surrounded by
Jesse was an EMA Assistant Section Manager (ASM) for IT issues; he was
involved in selecting the new EMA Web Site host; and continued his
support whenever possible while dealing with his health problems. Our
sympathy goes out Jesse’s daughter Kayla, W2IRY, and her Mom.
AMATEUR RADIO at the IEEE CONFERENCE, BOSTON, JULY 8-12
The Eastern MA ARRL section represented ARRL at the 2018 IEEE AP-S/URSI
Symposium at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston’s Seaport
district on July 9-12. “We had a very attractive booth in a great
location,” said Phil Temples, K9HI. “Engineers and scientists in the
antenna and propagation fields in industry and academia attending from
all over the world stopped by the ARRL table to see and learn about
Amateur Radio.” In addition to ARRL publications and handouts, a
remote HF radio allowed symposium attendees to observe Amateur Radio
firsthand. Dave Michelson, VA7DM, an Associate Professor of Electrical
and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia extended
the invitation to the Eastern MA ARRL section staff. Last year, the San
Diego ARRL section coordinated a similar ARRL presence. Said Temples,
“This event would not have been possible without the assistance of the
following amateurs who volunteered to coordinate and staff the booth and
administer volunteer exams: AA1VI, W3EVE, KC1HHO, KW2T, KB5VP, KB1GMX,
W1HIS, N1AEU, KB1NLW, K1LBG, K1BFD, N1UEC, K1EP, KA1MOM, and K1TW. See
EMA FIELD DAY VISITS: June 23-24,2018
By tradition, the EMA Section Manager visits club Field Day operations
during field day weekend. Tom, K1TW (EMA Section Manager), and Phil,
K9HI (EMA Assistant Section Manager), teamed up this year visiting eight
clubs in Norfolk and Middlesex counties.
This was my fourth year visiting clubs. Each year I concentrated on
different parts of the section: Cape Ann and the North Shore; then Cape
Cod and Plymouth County; Metro-Boston; and this year the middle of the
Some clubs planned single day or afternoon events on Saturday; while
other clubs operated all 24 hours. Our travels took us more than 175
miles on Saturday, visiting with the following clubs, taking
photographs, and sharing the Massachusetts State Government Amateur
Radio Field Day proclamations. We visited:
• Waltham ARA: Prospect Hill Park, Waltham MA;
• Wellesley ARS + Zola Center, War Memorial Park, Needham;
• Sci Tech AR Club (formerly Clay Center ARC), Natick;
• Framingham ARC, Christa McAuliffe Library; Framingham;
• Algonquin ARC, Central Fire Station, Marlboro, MA;
• Nashoba Valley ARC, Pepperell MA; and,
• PART of Westford, Concord Rod and Gun Club, Concord, MA
Does your club need a speaker for a meeting? Here is a helpful resource,
VOLUNTEER FOR BOXBORO!
Are you planning to attend the Boxboro ARRL New England Division
Convention on September 7-9, 2018? Volunteers play a crucial role in
making the convention possible. Help your fellow hams, and have a fun
time doing it. Convention volunteers working for a two or more hour slot
receive a voucher for a free lunch with the hotel!
Just fill out the form at <http://boxboro.org/volunteer>
Boxboro Volunteer Coordinator Steve Schwarm, W3EVE.
CLUB AND OTHER NEWS
Congratulations to the Pilgrim Amateur Radio Club! They celebrated their
42nd anniversary of ARRL affiliation on July 10th, although the actual
meeting was on July 9th. They maintain an up-to-date listing including
contact information in the ARRL web site’s “Clubs” section, and their
own website containing contact information for officers, along with
information on club activities – past, present, and future. Virtually
everything one would want to know about the club is on the web site.
They held a 42nd ARRL anniversary and club luncheon on May 5th at the
Double Dragon Restaurant in Orleans. The PARC web site also has detailed
information about the two open VHF repeater sites which they operate and
maintain (and have for years), serving the Cape Cod area 24/7 with
on-site back-up power emergency generators. The Pilgrim ARC’s web site
address is: http://www.pilgrimarc.org/
President of Pilgrim ARC for this information).
Henry Brown, K1WCC, Falmouth ARA club publicist, reports on their 2018
field day. He notes they made 2,095 contacts this year which is a
significant increase over 2017. The increase was mostly in CW, which
counts double. So, the raw contact results look very good, particularly
given the poor weather. The submitted score for the FARA 2018 Field
Day is 7,722. The full report at:
Cape Cod and Island ARES met at the Cape, Islands and SE MA Red Cross
Chapter and held the first of two pre-exercise meetings for their summer
exercise scheduled for August 4. The group reviewed the exercise
document and preliminary field team assignments. According to Cape Cod
and Islands DEC Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, “I’m hoping it will be a
nice follow up to our winter exercise.”
There’s been a lot of fox hunting activity in the Eastern MA this
spring. Eighty meter, 2-meter, and 440 MHz hidden transmitters have been
placed in various locations throughout the towns of: Chelmsford,
Westford, and Wilmington. The hunts are generally announced on a newly
created “foxhunting” listserv. Details on subscribing can be found
The Yankee Clipper Contest Club was well represented at the 2018 World
Radiosport Team Championship held in Germany on July 12-16. According to
YCCC president Dennis Egan, W1UE, four members were participants, while
six served as referees. An addition YCCC member served on the Judging
Committee. More than a dozen individuals made the trip to DL as
spectators. The last WRTC was hosted by the United States and was
centered in New England.
NEWS ITEMS POSTED ON THE EMA WEB SITE
Club news now appears almost daily on our new Eastern Massachusetts
section website. Here are some recent items with many more on the site
itself at <https://ema.arrl.org>. Just click on each URL below to read
Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC Public Display at Kapron Park, August 11,
W1NAS to Host Snow Goose Flight 60th Anniversary Special Event
Operation, August 18, 2018:
North Attleboro Firefighter’s Kid’s Day Amateur Radio Table, July
Whitman ARC QRV for 151st Annual Marshfield Fair:
More news is added daily to the website. Please visit often and enjoy!
NTS RECOGNITIONS FOR MAY FROM KW1U:
– Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR): KC1CIC, KW1U, N1TF, N1IQI, N1LAH,
N1SYC, W1RVY, WA1LPM, KC1HHO.
– Brass Pounder League (BPL): KW1U.
NTS daily nets in Massachusetts; All are welcome to join:
FIRST REGION NET (1RN/FRN) REPORTS
Bill, W1KX, manages 1RN Cycle 4, the evening CW net. Bill reports:
May: 62 sessions, 124 pieces of traffic and 230 check-ins.
June: 60 sessions, 144 pieces of traffic and 208 check-ins.
Betsy, K1EIC, manages FRN Cycle 2, the daytime SSB net. Betsy reports:
May: 62 sessions, 105 pieces of Traffic and 236 check-ins.
June: 60 sessions, 78 pieces of Traffic and 237 check-ins.
Jesse Creamer, W1DEA, passed away peacefully on Saturday June 16 at home
surrounded by his family.
QRA members report that Dave Libby, N1SJB became a silent key on July
18, 2018. (via AA1M)
“WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT RADIO CLUB?”
send any information you might have to our ASM Phil Temples, K9HI, at
73 until next month,
ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW