KM1CC Marconi Birthday Special Event Operation, April 26-27, 2019

Bill Kretschmer, N2KNL, writes on Facebook: Hello fellow KM1CC friends: We are seven weeks away from the next Marconi radio event celebrating Guglielmo Marconi’s birthday, April 25, 1874. The event will be held at the Cape Cod National Seashore, Coast Guard Station, Eastham, on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Visiting hours are 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Operating hours are Sat. 0000 UTC thru 2359 UTC. (8:00 PM Friday until 8:00 PM Saturday). Proposed Operating Frequencies are. 80M …3.660-3.860 SSB / 3.535 CW 40M …7.130-7.260 SSB / 7.035 CW 30M …10.110 CW 20M …14.260 SSB / 14.035 CW 17M …18.160 SSB …

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Framingham ARA Flea Market and VE Session, April 7, 2019

The Framingham ARA Spring Flea Market will take place on April 7, 2019 at the Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter Street in Framingham. Admission for buyers is $5; under the age of 12 is free. Tables are $20 in advance and $25 at the door if available. There will be refreshments, a VE session and door prizes. For complete information, visit <https://w1fy.org/flea>.

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New England Sci-Tech Technician License Course, March 30-31, 2019

For junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults interested in wireless communications and electronics, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the Amateur Radio Technician license exam. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Some preliminary reading and study is necessary to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent a few days before the course. The Technician level course runs on Saturday, 9 AM-4 PM and Sunday, 9 AM-1 PM, followed by the FCC Technician exam at 1:00, at New England Sci-Tech, …

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FCC Takes a New Tact in Combatting Unlicensed Radio Broadcasting

From the ARRL Letter, March 7, 2019: In what may be a first in the effort to crack down on unlicensed broadcasters, the United States has filed a civil action to stop a church-related pirate radio station from operating in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts US Attorney’s Office is seeking an injunction to shut down the station, operating on 97.1 MHz. “This groundbreaking step, for an injunction to stop a pirate radio operator’s illegal activities, is part of our continued efforts to combat illegal broadcasting,” FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary Harold said this week. “As we work with our law enforcement …

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New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, March 16-17, 2019

For junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults who already have a Technician level license, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the GENERAL license exam. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum.  Some preliminary reading and study is necessary to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent approximately a week before the course. The GENERAL level course runs Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech …

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Gloucester 440 Repeater on Wolf Pack Network

Brian Gudzevich, WO1VES, writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list:   I am happy to announce that I have the long awaited link from the Gloucester 443.700 Fusion repeater to the Wolf Pack Network up and running.  This network currently features four repeaters that are either part time or full time linked.  This includes:   Stoneham 147.075 Gloucester 443.700 Farmington NH 147.240 Methuen 443.825   There is also a YSF Reflector available for use with hotspots.  You can connect your hotspot to “US WolfDen”.  Echolink works as well; you can connect to “WO1VES-R”.   Note, this link is still …

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W1BSA Special Event Operation, USS Massachusetts, Fall River, April 27, 2019

Uncommon Service to Nautical Radio  will host a special event operation W1BSA aboard the USS Massachusetts in Fall River, on Apr 27, 2019 from 1000-1600 ET.  Look for W1BSA on 14.259 and 7.259. “The Scouts stay overnight on the ship Friday and on Saturday nights,” writes Rick Emord, KB1TEE.  “We have been doing this event since 2015 and have tried to showcase Amateur Radio.” Rick adds, “we have put some of the Scouts on the air and we look forward to seeing them and other visitors to Battleship Cove.” Stations may QSL via USTNR c/o Rick Emord, 135 Wareham St., …

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W1DYJ to Present FT8 Talk at Minuteman Repeater Association, March 20, 2019

The Minuteman Repeater Association will feature Larry Banks, W1DYJ, who will present “FT8: Not a Prefix, a Powerful New Mode” on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM. The meeting location is the Microsoft Technology Center, 5 Wayside Rd, Burlington, MA 01803.  (Directions) “FT8 showed up on the ham horizon in August 2017, and has since become the ‘hot new mode.’ Larry will discuss its history and how to set up your station. He will also introduce a supporting application called JTAlert and highlight some reporting web sites. He will end with his personal experience using FT8 to chase DX.” …

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EMA Public Service List

Thanks to input from: Chris Winczewski, K1TAT; the Cape Ann ARA; Eric Horwitz, KA1NCF; the North Shore RA; Brett Smith, AB1RL; PART of Westford; and the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association we’re pleased to present a comprehensive list of public service events in Eastern Massachusetts in 2019.  If your club is sponsoring a public service event and would like to be listed, please contact Phil Temples, K9HI, at <k9hi@arrl.org> for inclusion.

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Cape Ann ARA “Tech In A Day”, Gloucester, March 30, 2019

The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association is conducting one of its highly successful Tech In A Day®  review sessions at the Lanesville Community Center in Gloucester on March 30, 2019. “Interested people can sign up by sending a message to techinaday@caara.net,” writes Stan Stone, W4HIX. The cost is $5, which includes materials and snacks. Testing is $15. Stone indicates they have room for 25 students.

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ARRL Launches Intro to Emergency Communications Courses for 2019

ARRL’s Lifelong Learning Department is excited to announce the launch of the recently revised Introduction to Emergency Communications (EC-001) course. As part of this new initiative, the course has been updated, beta-tested by a group of course mentors, and transferred into a new online learning platform. With the closing of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) in mid- 2018, EC-001 lost its virtual home and was taken offline. At that point ARRL’s Emergency Preparedness staff started working with the new Lifelong Learning team to explore short and long-term alternatives for offering the course. After a period of careful evaluation and …

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New England Sci-Tech Amateur Extra Course, Take Any 9 Sessions

New England Sci-Tech is offering ongoing Amateur Extra study sessions for high school students, homeschool students, and adults who already have a General level license. This slower-paced course will get you ready to take the Amateur Extra license exam. You may jump into this course at any time, pay one course fee, and take nine weeks worth of classes. A different topic group is covered each week; all topics covered in nine-week intervals. Take the exam whenever you are ready. The course runs most Thursday evenings, 6-9 PM from February 28, 2019 until May 30, 2019 as a combination “study …

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for Monday March 4 at 8:30pm

Hello to all… The monthly ARES Net for March is Monday the 4th, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. For frequencies that will be linked into the ARES Net on the MMRA Network, please see the following link from the MMRA web site detailing the repeaters that will be linked in through Hub 1: http://www.mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_index_by_linkstate.html We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. As part of our relationship with MARS and our own situational awareness gathering we will be asking for any known infrastructure issues that …

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NN1C Featured on Newsline: “Young Contesters of Team Exuberance Live Up to Their Name”

Newton teen Marty Sullaway, NN1C, was featured in the March 1, 2019 Amateur Radio Newsline broadcast in a segment entitled, “YOUNG CONTESTERS OF TEAM EXUBERANCE LIVE UP TO THEIR NAME.” He’s interviewed by the anchor about a group of youths working together as a multi-operator contest team for CQ WPX later this month.  Marty was also mentioned for the lead-in to the next story announcing nominations for the 2019 Young Ham Of The Year Award: NEIL/ANCHOR: A team of young hams is being assembled for the CQ Worldwide WPX contest March 30th and 31st. Co-leader Marty Sullaway, NN1C tells how …

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K1USN Radio Club Shack Closed, March 2, 2019

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes on the K1USN Radio Club mailing list: “It looks like we will be hit with some nasty weather in the morning and we’ve decided not to open up K1USN [in Braintree] in order to allow the town trucks access to the rear parking lot for snow removal.   “Perhaps you all might want to stay indoors with some hot coffee, tea or chocolate and have some fun on the HF bands.”

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ARRL Leadership Talk at Billerica ARS Meeting, March 6, 2019

The Billerica Amateur Radio Society will feature presentations by Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, and ARRL New England Vice Director, Mike Reisbeck, K1TWF, at its monthly meeting in Chelmsford on March 6, 2019 at 7 PM. Mike will discuss the ARRL Board of Directors meeting; Tom will describe the proposed hands-free cell bill now in the Massachusetts Legislature. Additional information and directions can be found on the club’s web site. [This talk was rescheduled to March when a dangerous ice storm forced cancellation of the original February meeting.]

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FCC Universal Licensing System Will Be Down for Maintenance Beginning March 1, 2019

The FCC has announced that the Universal Licensing System (ULS), which processes Amateur Radio license applications, will be offline for scheduled maintenance from 0300 UTC until 1300 UTC on Saturday, March 2 (starting late on Friday, March 1, in continental US time zones). The FCC said all applications submitted on Friday, March 1, and Monday, March 4, will be processed on Tuesday, March 5. The outage will affect ULS Application Search, License Search, License Manager, Tower Construction Notification System, E-106 System, Antenna Structure Registration, ASR Application Search, ASR Registration Search, Application GeoSearch, 800 MHz, and Ownership Information Search. Thanks, ARRLWeb

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