November, 2018 Section News

Welcome to the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL section newsletter for
November 2018


To see the complete monthly section news, which is updated regularly,
often daily, visit


The New England Division has a new ARRL Director

ARRL has announced the results of contested elections for Director and
Vice Director. Ballots were opened and counted on November 16 in seven
contests within five ARRL Divisions. 

In the New England Division Director contest, Lincoln, MA amateur Fred
Hopengarten, K1VR, edged out incumbent Tom Frenaye, K1KI, by a count of
1,432 to 1,383. 

K1VR will take office at noon on January 1, 2019. 


Joe Reisert, W1JR, wins third place in the 2018 QST Antenna Design

Congratulations to Joe Reisert, W1JR, on winning third place for his
design of “The 3/8-Wavelength Vertical for 20 Meters, a Hidden Gem”.
Steve Ford WB8IMY described the “requirements for the 2018 QST Antenna
Design Competition included an antenna for one or more bands between
2200 meters and 10 meters that could fit within a 30×50-foot area and
be no taller than 30 feet above ground at any point.”  A former
resident of Chelmsford, Joe is a regular presenter at Boxboro. The full
story is found at


Attention club officers–looking for a fun field trip for your members?
Consider visiting the International Museum of World War II in Natick.
The museum has revolving exhibits specializing on subjects such as women
of WWII, the resistance, Enigma machines, and clandestine radio
equipment. For more information, visit



New Year’s Day
Straight Key Night (SKN):
SKN is a fun way to celebrate the new year, beginning at 0000 UTC on
January 1 and lasting for 24 hours.  

Whitman ARC Winterfest
January 19, 2019, 09:00 – 13:00


Upcoming License Classes:

Technician License Class on 3 Wednesdays (Jan 2, 16, 30)
Starts January 2, 2019, 7 PM – 10 PM. 
$35.00 – Register by December 16; Sign-up and pay at:
Middleton Council on Aging
38 Maple St.  Middleton, MA

Extra License Class, beginning in January, 2019
(Dates and other details to be announced)
Whitman ARC
Whitman Police Department
20 Essex Street
Whitman, MA or call Ross at 781-447-9104



Several EMA section staff members are available to speak at your club. 
Please let us know if you’d like to include this in your club meeting

Please visit
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send any information you might have to  our Assistant Section Manager
(ASM) Phil Temples, K9HI, at <>.



•       To see all the recent news on Eastern Massachusetts ARES please
visit  This site is constantly
maintained with the latest happenings by our EMA SEC, Rob KD1CY. 

•       To find out more about EMA ARES visit

•       If you are interested in joining Eastern Massachusetts ARES, visit

•       The first Monday of every month is a test of the Massachusetts RACES
and ARES communication capabilities.  The monthly ARES Net is at 8:30
PM on the MMRA Repeater system.


Section Traffic Manager (STM), Marcia KW1U

•       To see all the recent news on Eastern Massachusetts Traffic Handling
and Nets visit  This site is
constantly maintained with the latest happenings by our EMA Section
Traffic Manager, Marcia KW1U. 

•       Find the list of all NTS daily nets in Massachusetts here:


Details on these recognition programs are found every month in the QST
Field Organization column along with a listing of the nationwide

•       Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR):
Congratulations to the nine
folks who qualified for the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) in October:

•       Brass Pounders League (BPL):
Congratulation to Marcia, KW1U, who
qualified for the Brass Pounders League (BPL) in October.



Sean Waite, WA1TE, is requesting younger amateurs please complete an
online survey at:

According to Sean, “I’m in contact with the ARRL and am trying to
gather information to feed them about how they can help get more of the
younger crowd involved, and also retain others. I also have offered to
yell from whatever mountains I can to help amplify any reasonable
initiatives they come up with. Target demographic is 26 and under.”


YCCC member Gerry Hull, W1VE, has proposed establishing an online site
to help facilitate mentoring of amateurs who have been licensed for a
while but have never completed an HF contact.  For more information,


Algonquin ARC: <>.
The 2018 AARC Holiday Banquet for members and invited guests will
be on Thursday, December 13 at 6 PM at Linguine’s Italian Eatery, 350
Boston Post Road, Marlborough.

Billerica ARS BARS): <>.
BARS will hold its annual Holiday dinner on January 2, 2019. 
BARS met on Wednesday, December 5 at the Chelmsford Bible Church.  The
November meeting “Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)” with Chuck,
W1HIS was so well received the club asked Chuck to return for an encore
in December. At his second visit, Chuck went into much more detail and
demonstrated techniques for building simple and practical ways to
suppress RFI in the shack. 

Falmouth ARA: <>.
The Falmouth ARA will hold its annual Christmas Party a the Falmouth
Yacht Club on Thursday, December 13. Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, will present
on the HF Signals BITX40 and uBITX transceivers.

Framingham ARA: <>
FARA will hold its holiday party on December 6 at Carbone’s Restaurant
in Hopkinton.

Nashoba Valley ARC (NVARC): <>. 
Bob De Mattia, K1IW, was the November guest speaker at NVARC presenting
on “Communications at the Boston Marathon”.

PART of Westford will hold its annual Holiday Dinner on December 18 in
place of the usual meeting.  

Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA): <>.
The Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA), founded November 19th, 1948,
is still active and open to new members. In this current day of
computers and the internet, this is a truly unusual achievement. QRA
will be combining the club’s 70th anniversary and Christmas
celebrations at the December meeting to be held on December 20, 2018.
(Info via Don Melanson, KA1MAP, club President). 

Waltham ARA: <>.
The Waltham ARA invites all hams and friends to attend its holiday
dinner on Wednesday, December 19 at 6 PM at Sichuan’s Garden, 411
Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham.

Wellesley ARS: <
Dan Brown, W1DAN, President of the club writes “For our party on
December 9, instead of the Yankee swap, this year we’ll have a jar of
full of radio components for folks to guess how many there are and what
the parts are for. There will be a prize for the winner!”

Whitman ARC:  <
Winterfest 2019 takes place on January 19, 2019, from 09:00 – 13:00. 





Bill, W1KX, is now former manager of 1RN Cycle 4, the evening CW net. In
October, there were 61 sessions, 136 pieces of traffic handled and 199



Betsy, K1EIC, manages FRN Cycle 2, the daytime SSB net. In October,
Betsy reports there were 62 sessions, 176 pieces of traffic handled and
256 check-ins.



We are sad to report the passing of Dick Marshall, K1KTK, of Sun City
Center, Florida.  Dick was a longtime member of the Framingham ARA and
participated in many activities including Field Day, Sweepstakes, and
the flea market where he ran the testing for many years. 

We are sad to report the passing of R Jan Carman, K5MA, West Falmouth. 
Jan was a member of YCCC and a member of ARRL staff from 2001-2003. More
detail at

We are sad to report the passing of Bill Collins, W1PL, of Watertown. 
Bill was the station manager for the Harvard Wireless Club, W1AF.


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Tis the season to be jolly!  A very happy Holiday Season to all.  


73 until next month.

Tom, K1TW

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