EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (EMA) SECTION NEWS – November 2017
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REMIDER: WELCOMING THE NEW WMA SECTION MANAGER
A reminder that our neighboring Massachusetts section welcomes Ray Lajoie, KB1LRL as WMA Section Manager effective January 1, 2018. Ed, W1KT is stepping down after leading the section since 2006. All our best wishes to both Ray and Ed.
NEW LINUX SOFTWARE AVAILABLE FROM KB1OIQ
Andy’s Ham Radio Linux, version 21, a remastered version of Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS. This software collection consists of the Linux operating system and a wide selection of ham radio programs. 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available. The previous version was downloaded just over 12,000 times. More info here: <https://sourceforge.net/projects/kb1oiq-andysham/files/>
Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) Recognition for October 2017: N1LAH, KC1CIC, KW1U, N1IQI, N1TF, N1SYC, W1RVY, NV1N, and N1LKJ.
Brass Pounder League (BPL) Recognition for October 2017: KW1U and N1IQI.
See the monthly “Public Service” column in QST for more information about the BPL and PSHR recognitions.
17 ARES Nets were reported as active in EMA during October. (Information from Marek, KB1NCG, SEC).
January 20,2018, 9 AM – 1 PM, Whitman MA
Whitman Amateur Radio Club
February 18, 2018, 9 AM – 1 PM, Marlboro, MA
Algonquin Amateur Radio Club
Nothing to list this month.
If you prefer to study alone, try this on-line course: <https://sites.google.com/view/kd2eom/licensing-course-on-lumalearn> (information from Tobias J. Park, KD2EOM)
Algonquin Amateur Radio Club (AARC):
The AARC November meeting featured a talk on the basics of the Arduino. The December 14 AARC meeting is the Holiday Banquet.
Billerica ARS (BARS):
The November club election produced the following new leadership:
– President: Andy Wallace, KA1GTT
– Vice President: Kayla Creamer, W2IRY
– Treasurer: Bruce Anderson, W1LUS (incumbent)
– Secretary: Paula Crock, KC1EDA
– Board Member: Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF
– Board Member: Henry Christle, WA1VAB
Genesis ARS (GARS):
Bob, N1COP, reports via the GARS email list their new repeater is up and running and undergoing some fine tuning. GARS is holding their Christmas Party on December 18.
Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA):
QRA meetings start at 7PM, on the third Thursday of the month in Reading MA. Information on meetings at <www.w1ekt.org>.
PART OF WESTFORD:
Professor Ivan Galkin of the U Mass Lowell Space Science Laboratory was the featured speaker at the November meeting. His talk was on “Global Ionosphere Radio Observatory (GIRO): A multi-nation HF project at UMass Lowell.”
Uncommon Service to Nautical Radio (USNR):
Several spring events are planned by the USNR (Uncommon Service to Nautical Radio) club, NE1PL, in conjunction with the Massasoit Amateur Radio Association (MARA). They will operate aboard the USS Massachusetts as W1BSA on April 28, 2018. This will be their fourth year operating and hosting the Scouts on the ship. A Museum Ships on the Air event is also planned for the weekend of June 1-3. (Information via Rick, KB1TEE and at <http://ne1pl.org/index.html>)
Wellesley ARS (WARS):
Here are the upcoming WARS meetings:
December 10: Holiday party at WCC
January 16: PS Events Gary, N1ZCE
February 20: Digital Modes Part 2 Charlie, WA3ITR
March 20: Agostino’s dinner, 6:30 PM
April 17: Digital Mobile Radio Dan, W1DAN
May 15: Ham Radio from EMA list or Don, KB1OTQ
June 19: Field Day planning and elections
South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club
The next Hospital net will be on Saturday December 2. Because announcements are sent out shortly before the net takes place, interested parties should contact John, K1JRO to get on his mailing list.
FIRST REGION NET (1RN) OCTOBER REPORTS (NTS)
Bill, W1KX, manages 1RN Cycle 4, the evening CW net and reports in October: 204 check-ins, 62 sessions, and the handling of 160 pieces of traffic.
Betsy, K1EIC, manages 1RN Cycle 2, the daytime SSB net and reports in October: 60 sessions, 267 check-ins, and the handling of 118 pieces of Traffic
NTS NETS (COMBINED EMA/WMA)
Marcia, KW1U, serves both Eastern and Western Massachusetts sections as the Section Traffic Manager (STM).
EMA/WMA NTS Nets are listed below. Please support the nets and check in.
EM2MN 145.230 MHz 8 PM Daily EMA 2 Meter
MARIPN 3978 KHz 6PM Tu, Th, Sa MASS/Rhode Island
HHTN MMRA Repeaters 10PM Su, M, W, F Heavy Hitters
CITN 147.375 MHz 7:30PM M, 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
The Pilgrim ARC sadly reports: “friend and fellow club member Charlie Puzo, W1VPB, has passed away. He will be missed.” (information via Dana WA1KYU).
My final word this month is about a chance encounter with a fellow ham that occurred most unexpectedly in Bedford this month. While walking with my wife on a Bedford town recreation trail one Wednesday afternoon we met Nick, KC1DKY wearing his PART of Westford club badge. Nick was manning the turn-around point as part of a 5K/10K run for a local company. As you might imagine, we spent a few moments exchanging pleasant conversation while several very-fit runners checked-in with Nick. You just never know when and where you will find ham radio operators helping their communities. Thanks to Nick, his fellow team members manning the other check-points (whom I did not meet), and of course all the ham radio operators out there who help every day.
Until next month,
ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW