October 2018 Section News


Welcome to the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL section newsletter.  

If you have not already done so, please return your ballot for the ARRL
New England Division Director election so it arrives no later than noon
on November 16.  Ballots have been mailed to ARRL members throughout the

As section manager, I enjoyed meeting many section members during
Near-Fest on Friday October 12. The weather on Friday was great and I
hope folks had a great time at Near-Fest. 



November 3, 2018
Net Control for the November 3, 2018 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be
W1SSH The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club. The net will commence
at the usual time of 10:AM on the Attleboro 147.195 Repeater, tone 127.3
(Sturdy Memorial Hospital).

November 3, 2018
Falmouth Amateur Radio Association
FARA Fest 9 AM-12 Noon 
Upper Cape Regional Technical School, 
220 Sandwich Road, 
Bourne, MA. 

November 10-11,2018
Sturdy Memorial 40th Anniversary Event



Greg Bennett, KC1CIC, Assistant Section Traffic Manager made a
well-received presentation on WINLINK and the NTS to the Franklin ARC
via Skype on October 15.

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
<https://ema.arrl.org/affiliated-clubs/radio-clubs-of-yesteryear/> and
send any information you might have to our Assistant Section Manager
(ASM) Phil Temples, K9HI, at <k9hi@arrl.org>.



Rob, KD1CY, our Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) reports that we
currently have 598 ARES members in the section.  September was a busy
month for Eastern Massachusetts ARES with 10 exercises, 7 public service
events, 7 SKYWARN operations and 1 emergency operation. 12 ARES nets
were active in September. 

The first Monday of every month is a test of the Massachusetts RACES and
ARES communication capabilities.  When the first Monday is a holiday,
the test will be held the following Monday.  The monthly ARES Net is at
8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system.

An interesting new event dubbed “Operation Equinox”, involving
portable HF operations, was recently held at Hospital Hill in Rockport.
Hospital Hill is a very high point on Cape Ann. Four HF stations were
put on the air.  (This information came via Gardner H Winchester II,
KA1BTK, ARES Emergency Coordinator for Cape Ann).

To see all the recent news on Eastern Massachusetts ARES please visit
https://ema.arrl.org/category/emcomm/.  This site is constantly
maintained with the latest happenings by our EMA SEC, Rob KD1CY. 

To find out more about EMA ARES is doing visit

If you are interested in joining Eastern Massachusetts ARES, visit


Section Traffic Manager (STM) Report
From Marcia, KW1U we learn of the following news

I am happy to report Henry, WA1VAB, has been appointed as an Official
Relay Station (ORS). Henry, an excellent cw operator, is a regular on
the MARI 7 pm net on 3.565 MHz


Congratulations to the nine folks who qualified for the Public Service
Honor Roll (PSHR) in September: KC1CIC, KW1U, N1TF, N1IQI, KD2JKV,

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

Details on these recognition programs is found every month in QST Field
Organization column along with a listing of the recipients.  


Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) Report
Andy, KB1OIQ, our EMA ACC reports we currently have 33 active clubs in
the section. The Barnstable ARC status as an ARRL Special Service Club
has been approved for another two years.



Algonquin ARC: <https://www.qsl.net/n1em/>.
The next meeting is November 8.  Pete K1PLH will talk about Arduino
projects related to HAM Radio.

Barnstable ARC: <http://www.barnstablearc.org>.
Congratulations to Barnstable ARC (BARC) on re-qualifying as an ARRL
Special Service Club for another two years. BARC sponsored a Scouting
Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) operation at Camp Greenough in Yarmouth.  See

Billerica ARS: <https://www.w1hh.org/>.
BARS will meet on Wednesday November 7th at the Chelmsford Bible Church.
 The November meeting topic is “Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)”
with Chuck, W1HIS speaking on this topic.  

Falmouth ARA: <http://www.falara.org>.
The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association will hold its FARA Fest on
November 3, 2018 from 9 AM-12 Noon at the Upper Cape Regional Technical
School, 220 Sandwich Road, in Bourne. Details can be found at

Falmouth ARA (FARA) was involved with Jamboree On The Air at the Gus
Canty Recreation Center in Falmouth on October 20. FARA set up and
operated several demo stations. See

Harvard Wireless Club: <http://w1af.harvard.edu>.
The Harvard Wireless Club (HWC) was on the air for the recent School
Club Roundup October 15-19. See

HWC also announced plans to collaborate with another Harvard student
organization, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, to
develop and launch a CubeSat. See

Minuteman Repeater Association: <http://www.mmra.org>.
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the date of the November Membership
Meeting has been moved to November 28, the FOURTH Thursday.

Nashoba Valley ARC: <http://www.n1nc.org>. 
The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s October meeting was held on
Thursday, October 18, at the Pepperell Community Center in Pepperell. 
They did their annual QSL sort with Eric, KV1J from the W1QSL Bureau.

PART OF WESTFORD: <http://wb1gof.org/>. 
PART of Westford conducted its annual Halloween Patrol on October 31.
Eight amateurs contributed their time patrolling Westford neighborhoods
looking out for mischief or threats to those participating and security
of town property.

The next PART of Westford meeting is November 20 at 7:30-9:00 pm at the
Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant Street, Westford. Larry Banks, W1DYJ,
will present “One Ham’s Journey with Antennas”, describing various
antennas he’s installed and why over time. 

Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA): <http://www.w1ekt.org/>.
The QRA holds its membership meetings at the Reading Senior Citizen
Center, 49 Pleasant Street, in the old fire house on the third Thursday
of the month.
– QRA website: <http://www.w1ekt.org
– QRA Facebook: <https://www.facebook.com/QRAWolfPack/>
– Wolf Pack Repeater System: <http://www.wo1ves.com>

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC <http://www.sturdyradioclub.org>. 
Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC members will celebrate their 40th
Anniversary by operating special events station W1S on Saturday and
Sunday, November 10-11, 2018. Brought together by the Blizzard of 1978
and the founding members of Sturdy Memorial Hospital, the ham radio
operators donated their time to help their community through one of the
worst snow storms ever to hit New England. For more information, see

Wellesley ARS: <http://wars.krl.com/
A reminder that WARS has a radio net every Wednesday at 8 PM on our
W1TKZ repeaters. The repeaters are on 2 meters at 147.030 MHz (PL of 123
Hz), as well as 444.600 MHz (PL of 88.5 Hz).

Whitman ARC:  <http://www.wa1npo.org/>  
The next club meeting will be Wednesday, November 7th, 7 PM at the K/C
Hall, Rt.18 in Whitman.  They also have a Thursday night 900 MHz net at
8 PM on 927.6875 MHz (PL 131.8), and a 28.333 MHz Rag Chew Net at 8 PM
on Wednesdays.




NTS daily nets in Massachusetts; All are welcome to join: 



Bill, W1KX, manages 1RN Cycle 4, the evening CW net. In September, Bill
reports there were 60 sessions, 136 pieces of traffic handled and 199

Effective November 1, 2018, Eric Wilhelm, W1RVY, will become 1RN (Cycle
4) Net Manager.  Eric has been active on 1RN for several years.

A huge thank-you and job well done congratulations to Bill Mann, W1KX,
of Maine for his years of service to the amateur radio hobby nationwide
and for his dedication to the First Region Net over so many years.  

Please welcome and support Eric Wilhelm, W1RVY, from our neighboring
Western Massachusetts section as he now fills this important role.  



Betsy, K1EIC, manages FRN Cycle 2, the daytime SSB net. In September
Betsy reports there were 60 sessions, 117 pieces of traffic handled and
238 check-ins.



We are sad to report the passing of Norman Linus Darling, Jr., KC1IF. 
(Information via Falmouth ARA).



Remember to return your ARRL ballots for the election of the New England
Division Director.  


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73 until next month.

Tom, K1TW

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