Welcome to the June 2022 ARRL Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) section news
Visit <https://ema.arrl.org/> for frequent updates to the news
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FIELD DAY IS NEXT WEEKEND – JUNE 25-26
Want to find a club or Field Day operation near your home. Then refer to our EMA section Field Day locator which is found at: https://ema.arrl.org/field_day/fd_dir.php.
GOVERNOR CHARLES D. BAKER DECLARES JUNE 25 “AMATEUR RADIO DAY”
The following text is excerpted from the June 16 ARRL Letter:
“In the run up to 2022 ARRL Field Day, which takes place June 25 – 26, many radio clubs and groups have pursued government proclamations to garner greater attention and public awareness for ham radio and their efforts.
“In Massachusetts, Governor Charles D. Baker has declared June 25 to be ‘Amateur Radio Day.’ The proclamation recognizes the Commonwealth’s radio amateurs for their service to the public in times of hurricanes, tornados, floods, and other emergencies. The proclamation was obtained by Massachusetts State Government Liaison Hank McCarl, W4RIG, of Gloucester. McCarl, an ARRL Life Member, contacted the office of State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, N1UIU, to arrange for the issuance of the proclamation. ‘Copies of the proclamation will be distributed to both Eastern and Western Massachusetts Section Managers, so that they may display the documents as they tour ARRL Field Day sites in their respective Sections,’ said ARRL New England Division Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI.”
EMA SECTION FIELD DAY DIRECTORY ON-LINE
Have a look at this wonderful Directory maintained by Bill Ricker, N1VUX. This directory will be maintained with the latest information right up until Field Day begins.
Here is a count by county of the known Field Day sites in the EMA section:
• Barnstable: 2
• Bristol: 1
• Essex: 4
• Middlesex: 8
• Nantucket: 1
• Norfolk: 4
Find a field day close to you and visit them. Most clubs welcome visitors and appreciate a helping hand. Visit the directory at: https://ema.arrl.org/field_day/fd_dir.php
For more detail on FD in our section visit: https://ema.arrl.org/field-day/
ARRL AND EMA SECTION STAFF TO VISIT MANY FIELD DAY SITES
Don’t be surprised if someone from the ARRL Division leadership, Eastern Massachusetts section leadership, or perhaps both visit your club’s Field Day site on Field Day weekend. Phil, K9HI, and I undertook many Field Day tours together prior to the onset of COVID. This year, as I am not available, other staff members from the EMA section might visit your Field Day.
The section is too large for one person to comfortably visit every Field Day operation. The EMA section includes the counties of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk.
I asked recently appointed Assistant Section Manager, Jon Mc Combie, N1ILZ, to conduct the majority of the club visits for me this year. These visits will afford Jon an opportunity to get better acquainted with many outstanding radio clubs in the section. Jon will be paying visits on clubs from Cape Cod to Northern Middlesex County. He’ll carry with him a copy of the Governor’s Amateur Radio Day proclamation. The document should make a nice backdrop for photos to publish in your club newsletter or on your website.
Another Assistant Section Manager, Phil Temples, K9HI, will also bring a copy of the Governor’s Proclamation on his club visits in Eastern Massachusetts. As New England Division Vice Director, Phil will probably also visit some clubs outside the EMA section.
In addition, you might receive a visit from our Division Director, Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, and Assistant Director Anita Kemmerer, AB1QB. I am told that their Field Day tour will include portions of Massachusetts.
Other staff members may also make visits. We should have excellent coverage of many field days sites this year.
STOLEN RADIO EQUIPMENT AT NEAR-FEST AND OTHER AREA FLEA MARKETS
Lose something at NEAR-Fest or Other Area Flea Market? Maybe you can get it back. If you had something stolen from your table at a flea market or hamfest in NH or Eastern Mass. within the past several years, please contact Officer John Delaney of the Deerfield Police Department as soon as possible.
His contact information is <firstname.lastname@example.org> or telephone 603-463-7258 and leave a message for him to call you back.
For the full story, visit <https://nediv.arrl.org/2022/06/22/stolen-radio-equipment-at-near-fest-and-other-area-flea-markets/>.
BLUE HILL OBSERVATORY WIRELESS SOCIETY COMMUNICATES WITH MT. WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY
The Blue Hill Observatory tweeted on June 11: “We are excited to have the inaugural event of the BHO Wireless Society happening today. The hams are hoping to connect with Mount Washington as communications between BHO and Mount Washington Observatory were done over 70 years ago.”
For more information on the BHO Wireless Society, visit <https://nescitech.org/clubs/stars/bho-amateur-radio-club/>.
SECOND ARRL DIVISION TOWN HALL WAS WELL-ATTENDED
The second of three 2022 New England Division Town Hall meeting presentations on June 15 was well attended. A total of 224 people registered for the call; 140 attended the meeting.
Director Kemmerer, Vice Director Temples, and the division’s four assistant directors presented an update of Board of Director actions as well as recent activities in New England. In addition, the panelists fielded questions on a variety of topics including: the Amateur Radio Emergency Digital Network in New England; efforts to preserve and grow Amateur Radio; the status of an IT Director hire at ARRL Headquarters; and progress on the new Technician license enhancement.
To view the video presentation or slide deck, go to https://nediv.arrl.org/2022/06/17/second-2022-arrl-division-town-hall-well-attended-updated/.
THIRTEEN COLONIES ON THE AIR EVENT, JULY 1-7, 2022
Don’t forget to contact Massachusetts stations in the 13 Colonies Special Event July 1-7, 2022. MA Stations will be operating on various bands and modes using the call sign K2H. According to MA Coordinator Larry Krainson, W1AST, “We currently have 28 K2H operators registered. They will spot themselves and wait for the pileups. It’s a heck of a lot of fun.” The cutoff date for volunteering to operate was June 1.
PROJECT BIG E GRANT APPROVED
A few months ago, the Big E Project applied for two possible grants. Aaron Addison, KF1G, completed the application processes and submitted them. Initially, it was thought that no information on funding would be forthcoming until sometime in July. But on June 17, 2022, KF1G and W1AST learned that the grant had been approved and that the monies should arrive in a few weeks. “This funding will allow Project Big E to reimburse some individuals for out-of-pocket expenses for previous work as well as to fund future work going forward,” writes Project Big E Chairman Larry Krainson, W1AST. He notes that volunteers staffing the booth can be refunded for parking and ticket expenses. “This is super exciting news,” Larry adds.
For more information about Project Big E, visit https://nediv.arrl.org/project-big-e.
EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION MANAGER ELECTION COMING UP
Every two years, the ARRL holds an election for the Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager. Nominations for the next two-year term for EMA will open in July and be announced in QST in both July and August.
Candidates for the office of Section Manager must: reside in the section; hold a Technician class license or higher; hold full membership in the League for a continuous term of at least two years immediately preceding receipt of a petition for nomination. You can find all the details at http://www.arrl.org/section-terms-nomination-information
TOM K1TW WILL NOT BE STANDING FOR ANOTHER EMA SECTION MANAGER TERM
I first ran for the EMA Section Manager position in 2014. That was the ARRL Centennial year and I believe it was at the Centennial Convention in Hartford in July 2014 that I made the decision to run after speaking with our previous SM Phil Temples, K9HI.
Phil told me he didn’t plan to run. I was interested having held previous ARRL volunteer positions such as a New England Division Assistant Director (under Tom K1KI) and previously as an Assistant SM in the Santa Clara Valley California section.
After four terms as EMA Section Manager, it is time for me to pass the responsibility on. I will miss the daily engagements, as well as the many club and field day visits. I look forward to spending time on the air, chasing DX, operating contests, complaining about propagation, and just making more RF on the bands.
ARRL Field Day
June 25-26, 2022
FLEA AT MIT
The monthly MIT flea market (a.k.a. “Swapfest”) is back.
See https://w1mx.mit.edu/flea-at-mit/ for more info.
Do you have a fun or important net you wish to publicize? Send me the details to email@example.com.
EAST COAST AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE, Daily on 7255 kHz
Try listening to or possibly checking into the East Coast Amateur Radio Service (ECARS) on 7255 kHz every day. ECARS is usually on daily from 7:30 AM to about 1:30 PM. ECARS is a great way to check 40-meter propagation daily across the Eastern US. http://www.ecars7255.com/
YOUR NEXT CLUB SPEAKER
What? You don’t have a club speaker or presentation lined up for next month?
Fear not! Our Eastern MA Affiliated Club Coordinator, Bruce Blain, K1BG, stands ready, willing, and able to help you find that perfect presentation for a live or remote meeting. There’s no excuse not to have a monthly educational and entertaining presentation to maintain a healthy club ecosystem.
And for more ideas, check out the Eastern MA speaker’s list at: <http://goo.gl/6j61JY>.
NE 2022 HAMXPOSITION JUST TWO MONTHS AWAY
The Northeast HamXposition (a.k.a. ARRL New England Division Convention) organizing committee has confirmed the dates for the 2022 convention in Marlborough, MA: August 26-28, 2022. The Committee notes that this was the original weekend for the event before they were forced into a September slot due to venue conflicts.
This year, HamXposition will play host to not one, but TWO division conventions: the New England Division AND the Hudson Division! HamXposition’s 2022 website is now “live.”
For the latest information, visit <https://hamxposition.org>.
Section Traffic Manager – Marcia Forde, KW1U
The full complement of NTS net schedules may be found at: https://ema.arrl.org/national-traffic-system/net-schedule/
Marcia’s latest report can be found at <https://ema.arrl.org/massachusetts-traffic-report-for-may-2022/>
ARES NEWS 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/>.
FINAL WORD – ALL GOOD THINGS
One of my favorite episodes of “Star Trek – The Next Generation” is the final episode titled “All Good Things.” The series lasted seven seasons––almost as long as I have been your EMA section manager. I am near the conclusion of my eighth year as section manager.
It has been a fascinating experience to be part of our National Amateur Radio Society known as the ARRL. I have met so many wonderful hams––not only in our section, not only in our Division, but nationwide. I have done my best to promote this wonderful worldwide amateur radio endeavor to all.
Finally, I hope and trust I have helped some folks along the way. But as the episode of Star Trek implies, “all good things” must come to an end. I hope you view my time as section manager as one of those good things. Look for me on-the-air and please say hello.
Whoever becomes our next EMA section manager please support him or her.
73 – Tom K1TW
EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION LINKS
Where to find stuff:
New England Division website: <https://nediv.arrl.org/>
Section website: <https://ema.arrl.org/>
Section Facebook page: <https://www.facebook.com/easternmaarrl/>
Section Leadership: <https://ema.arrl.org/organization/#Section_Leadership>
Section Public Service List: <https://ema.arrl.org/eastern-ma-public-service-list/>
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>
The EMA monthly section news is jointly produced by Phil K9HI, Assistant Section Manager, Jon N1ILZ, Assistant Section Manager, and Tom K1TW, Section Manager.
ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW