July 2022 Section News

Welcome to the July 2022 ARRL Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) section news
Visit <https://ema.arrl.org/> for frequent updates to the news


As a newly appointed Assistant Section Manager, it was my great pleasure to tour several Field Day 2022 sites. This was in part to show off the Proclamation from Massachusetts’ Governor, Charlie Baker, declaring June 25, 2022, to be “Amateur Radio Day,” and in part to get to know folks around the section. I’ve got to say, this was perhaps the best Field Day I’ve had in some 20+ years!

My day began with a visit to the PART of Westford, MA FD site, in Concord, MA. It was great to see long-time friends and fellow hams I haven’t seen in years (I was first re-licensed some 25+ years ago in a PART license class). And what a fantastic FD site they run, at the Concord Rod & Gun Club! All first rate!

My next stop was the Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society in Natick, MA. It seems to me this group takes Field Day over the top – in a good way – with their inclusion of lots and lots of youth! The GOTA tent was full to capacity with kids and their parents, fascinated by ham radio and getting a real taste of what they could do with amateur radio. Wow!

My next stop was the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society, set up in Needham, MA, where I also met briefly with Tom K1TW EMA Section Manager during his visit there. I saw another fun group set up and having a great time, and heard a great presentation from Bruce, KC1FSZ, about the club’s LoRa birdhouse data repeater nodes.

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) had a fantastic FD setup, featuring their mobile radio trailer, set up in the baseball field of a local school. The trailer is powered by a generator and features three operating stations and station coverage from “DC to daylight.” HF and 6m are supported by a separate antenna setups; VHF, UHF and higher frequencies are supported by antennas mounted on the trailer. Congrats to FARA for a fantastic emergency setup, which can be set up and operational in 2 hours or less!

My final FD visit was to my “home” club, the Barnstable Amateur Radio Club), set up at the Brewster Sportsman’s Club in Brewster, MA.  Here I saw another fine example of great preparation: nicely spaced stations, band-pass filters to help avoid interference, a relatively easily deployed tower that can be erected in an hour or two. Tall trees at the edge of the shooting range (closed for FD weekend, of course) provided excellent endpoints for dipoles for the lower bands.

I had a great time visiting so many sites this year. My only regret is the sites I missed – but we have a big section and I can’t visit everybody! I’m already looking forward to next year’s FD – I hope to see you all in person!



On June 25-26, 2022, New England Division Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI traveled approximately 320 miles and visited seven Field Day sites in Western and Eastern Massachusetts.  He attempted to make it eight––the Algonquin ARC at Crow Island in Stow––but Murphy had other plans.

Full report on Phil’s visits may be seen at: https://nediv.arrl.org/my-field-day-journey-k9hi/.



New England school students will be making live radio contact with an astronaut on the International Space Station from The BIG E during the week of September 26th – October 1st. The “BIG E Space Chat” is part of a program to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) educational activities and Amateur Radio learning activities for young people.

Project Big E is a 17-day amateur radio exhibit to be held at the 2022 Big E from September 16-October 3, 2022, in West Springfield, Massachusetts. We need volunteers to staff the booth!

Visit https://nediv.arrl.org/project-big-e/.




The monthly MIT flea market (a.k.a. “Swapfest”) is back.  See https://w1mx.mit.edu/flea-at-mit/ for more info.



August 26-28, 2022

Visit https://hamxposition.org/.



Visit https://ema.arrl.org/2022/07/08/arrl-foundation-announces-2022-foundation-scholarship-recipients/.




Section Traffic Manager – Marcia Forde, KW1U

News concerning NTS activities in the EMA section is updated regularly on our web site: https://ema.arrl.org/national-traffic-system/.

NTS net schedules may be found at: https://ema.arrl.org/national-traffic-system/net-schedule/.



Section Emergency Coordinator – Rob Macedo KD1CY

News concerning ARES and Emergency Communications in the EMA section is updated regularly on our web site: <https://ema.arrl.org/ares/>.



Eastern Massachusetts Section website: <https://ema.arrl.org/>

New England Division website: <https://nediv.arrl.org/>

Section Speaker List: <https://ema.arrl.org/eastern-ma-club-speakers-list/>

To join EMA ARES visit: <https://secure.ema.arrl.org/qilan/ares/EMA/ARES_about>



As I enter my final 6-months as section manager, let me thank both Jon N1ILZ (EMA ASM), and Phil K9HI (NE Vice Director and EMA ASM), for their Field Day visits to EMA section clubs this year.  Both Jon and Phil are part of the EMA section staff and I asked them to make the rounds this year in my stead and display the Governor’s Proclamation of “Amateur Radio Day” to the clubs during their visits.

In previous years, I made many such trips and thoroughly enjoyed meeting with the active clubs and members in our section. This is a wonderful opportunity every year to promote the hobby and our future to public.  Please read the excellent trip reports posted by Jon N1ILZ and Phil K9HI in this month’s section news and thank them for their dedication to the Eastern Massachusetts section!


The EMA monthly section news is jointly produced by Jon N1ILZ, Assistant Section Manager, Phil K9HI, Assistant Section Manager, and Tom K1TW, Section Manager.


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