ARES/SKYWARN Exhibit at 19th Weatherfest-AMS Annual Meeting

Stu Solomon, W1SHS, writes: On Sunday, January 12, 2020, ARES/SKYWARN for Eastern Massachusetts and WX1BOX of the National Weather Service Boston/Norton office were represented at the 19th annual Weatherfest component of the 100th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).  The Boston Weatherfest event was free to the public and very well attended. The ARES/SKYWARN group were in good company with approximately 50 other exhibitors including NASA, The Blue Hill Observatory, The Mt. Washington Observatory, NOAA, The National Weather Service, New England Sci-Tech, local news stations, multiple universities as well as industry leaders in climate and environmental research and …

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Wellesley ARS Web Page Now on ema.arrl.org

New Affiliated Club Service Offered: Your Club on the Web: “We understand it’s difficult to recruit and retain a webmaster for your club. In fact, some clubs’ web sites have fallen into disrepair.  That’s why we’re excited to offer this new service to ARRL affiliated clubs—a hosted page on the EMA ARRL web site. The address is of the form, https://ema.arrl.org/<Your Club Name>. The pages would be maintained by our webmaster, with input from your club officers.” We’re pleased to announce the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society has accepted this service for its web presence. To view their new site, visit <https://ema.arrl.org/wars>.

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Whitman ARC Winterfest, January 18, 2020

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club will hold its Winterfest on January 18, 2020 from 9 AM until 1 PM at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Route 18, in Whitman. A VE testing session will be conducted at the event. Admission is $5; tables cost $15. Raffle prizes will be drawn at noon. Talk-in will be provided on the Whitman ARC repeater: 147.225Mhz+ PL67. For vendor information, call: 781-523-5010 or visit http://www.wa1npo.org/WF/WinterfestFlyer2020.pdf.

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Local Amateurs Featured on WBZ Late Night Talk Show

Three Eastern Massachusetts amateurs appeared January 13, 2020, on Bradley Jay’s “Jay Talking” on WBZ-AM (1030 kHz) to discuss Amateur Radio. Jim Idelson, K1IR, Bruce Tinkler, N9JBT, and Marty Sullaway, NN1C, described the hobby, history, types of equipment, DXing, radiosport, and how to obtain a license. They also described their own experiences getting started in the hobby.   NN1C emphasized the fact that the hobby allows one to make friends with people all over the world. Through Amateur Radio, Marty had the opportunity to meet with a number of other hams on his first trip to Israel. Bradley took several callers’ …

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PART of Westford Winter Field Day, January 25-26, 2020

Brian McCaffrey, W1BP, writes on the PART of Westford mailing list: Winter Field Day is here! WFD will be held at the Westford Sportsmen’s Club on starting at 2 PM on 25 January and running until 2 PM on Sunday, 26 January. We will begin setup on Friday, 24 January. We will be operating one station outdoors in a heated tent. We can operate any mode except FT8. It will be operator’s preference the mode and band for the time you operate. We need volunteers to help with the following: – Setup on Friday and Saturday – Operating starting at 2 PM …

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Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association Meets January 17, 2020

The Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association will hold its next business meeting on January 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Margaret Stone Conference Room, Morton Hospital, 88 Washington Street, Taunton.  Raffle tickets go on sale at 6:30 PM. We will have discussions on new events, activities, and new ideas you may have along with items for sale by club members and new radio gear you may have. Stop by to see what we have planned for the new year. New members are always welcome.  Check in for talk-ins along the way. You can find us on our club repeaters:  147.135 …

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Cape Cod & Islands ARES Operation “Ice Show” Winter Exercise, January 25, 2020

Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, writes: The Cape Cod and Islands District Amateur Radio Emergency Service will conduct a winter operations exercise on Saturday, January 25, 2020, to test its capability in establishing communications with stations within its district and outside it under emergency conditions. The operational exercise, dubbed “Ice Show” will test the ability of several field stations to communicate. This will also be a drill to test some of our hospital stations, primary stations, EOCs, shelters and other ARES member home stations. Version 1.2 of the exercise scenario and guidelines are available online.  Setup will begin at 8:30 AM, with …

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Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club Assists in Post-earthquake Support for Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico

Phil Erickson, W1PJE, writes: In January of this year, Puerto Rico was struck by another natural disaster in the form of frequent significant earthquakes and aftershocks.  Although quake epicenters were in the southwest island corner, tremors were felt all across the island in what has been described as a 100 year class series of events.  Earthquake impacted areas included the landmark Arecibo radio telescope and ionospheric radar facility, previously a victim of the August 2017 devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria. In response to the situation, members of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club rapidly stepped up to assist in support …

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Nashoba Valley ARC Meets January 16, 2020

Bruce Blaine, K1BG, writes: The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club’s January meeting is Thursday, January 16th at 7:30 PM at the Pepperell Community Center (in Pepperell).  This month’s program will feature “Homebrew Night.” Come in and show off what you’ve been working on over the past year. No project is too small—or too large. If your project is physically too big, don’t fret. Bring along some pictures, JPEG files, or anything else. We’ll find a way to project or display graphics. homebrew, kits, restoration, innovative solutions. Come. Brag. Converse. Have coffee. This is one of the best “social” meetings of …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2019

Greetings All,   2019 has come to an end and I hope all had a great holiday season.  I wish all of you the best of health and happiness in 2020.   Winter is here and with fewer outdoor distractions (unless the snow falls) perhaps there is more time for amateur radio.  Thanks to all who helped to support the traffic nets.  Perhaps in the new year others will make the effort to learn more about message handling and net operation.  There is information on our section website (ema.arrl.org), admirably managed by Phil Temples, K9HI.  We wish to thank Phil …

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Winter Field Day Event at Cape Ann ARA

Tony Sarracino, AB1XK, writes on the CAARA list: [The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association] will host Winter Field day on January 25 and 26, 2020. The event will start at 2 PM ET on Saturday, January 25 and end at 2 PM ET on Sunday, January 26. We encourage all members and their guests to participate. Current plan is to have three transmitters: SSB, PSK31, and CW. More to follow so save the date. [See also: Area Radio Clubs QRV for Winter Field Day, January 25-26, 2020]

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NU Wireless Club Meets January 16, 2020

From the NU Wireless Club mailing list, January 13, 2020: Welcome back to all of our returning members and new members. After a short winter break, NU Wireless Club is starting back up for the Spring semester. We plan on having bi-weekly general meetings, ham nets, workshops, and project groups. Our first meeting is this Thursday, January 16th. We will be introducing new members to the club and talking about the upcoming semester. Come join us for pizza and refreshments. Hope to see all of you there! Our first ham net will be held Monday at 8:00 pm by our resident ham guru, …

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Mystic Valley ARG Meets January 19, 2020

  Nick Magliano, KC1MA, writes on January 18, 2020 at 3:42 PM:   The meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, January 19 has been CANCELLED out of concern for safe travel and a storm too close to call.  Nick Magliano, KC1MA writes: The December meeting of the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2019 @ 9 AM. The meeting location will be the Milton Auxiliary Fire Dept. Station, 2nd floor, 509 Canton Avenue, Milton. The building is a little beyond the gazebo to the right of the Milton Fire Headquarters where we’ve held our Field …

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“Framingham residents successful in fight to halt ham radio tower construction. For now.”

From Framingham Wicked Local, Posted Jan 9, 2020 at 6:37 PM Updated Jan 10, 2020 at 7:30 AM by Jeannette Hinkle: FRAMINGHAM – The radio tower that Mikhail Filippov wants to build is 80 feet tall. It would be made of extra-strength steel. It would pick up frequencies that allow him to speak with people as far away as Moscow, even in a communications blackout that cut off phone lines and internet. Filippov is an amateur ham radio operator who lives at 273 Prospect St., which is where he wants to build the tower. The city issued him a building permit, and Filippov started to …

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Newly-Formed Hudson High School ARC Flourishes Under Teacher’s Guidance

From QRZ.com, W1HUD: Founded in April of 2019, the Hudson High School Ham Radio Club went on the air with a new club station license as KC1LFV.  Within a few weeks, the FCC issued our new club vanity callsign: W1HUD. Hudson High School is a public school enrolling about 950 students in grades 8 – 12.  It is located in the New England town of Hudson, MA, about 27 miles (43 km) west of Boston.  We offer a broad general education curriculum, including about 155 elective courses to meet widely varying student interests.  Included among these are courses in digital …

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W1SEX: “Heath History, the GI Bill, and Economics of Restoration” at Minuteman RA, January 15, 2020

The Minuteman Repeater Association meeting will feature a presentation by Paul Topolski, W1SEX, entitled, “Heath History, the GI Bill, and Economics of Restoration” on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM.  MMRA meets this month in the Leominster Emergency Management Agency Amphitheater, 37 Carter Street, in Leominster, MA 01453.  Directions “Heath Company was a major player in the electronics industry with hundreds of Heathkit products that educated customers and provided the satisfaction of building and enjoying their own equipment. Heath started with aircraft and transitioned to electronics with test equipment after World War II. Heath added HiFi and ham radio …

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N1CPE: “Today’s MARS” at Wellesley ARS, January 21, 2020

The Wellesley Amateur Radio Society will meet on January 21, 2020. Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, will present on “Today’s MARS.”   “MARS or ‘Military Auxiliary Radio System’ has changed dramatically since its creation in 1925. Army and Air Force MARS members support a very different mission than you may have heard of before 2010. Every day, MARS members are operating mixed mode voice/data nets using encrypted communications in support of a Department of Defense (DoD) mission to provide situational awareness to DoD planners, in the event of a ‘very bad day’ scenario.  Learn about MARS, and how all Amateurs can support this …

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