“Put Howard to Work” Operating Event Cancelled

From the ARRL Web: Earlier this week, ARRL announced that ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, would be on the air at W1AW on Monday, May 13, giving ARRL members a chance to chat with the CEO and get to know him better as a ham. An issue was raised, however, that this event may pose a potential FCC rule violation. The particular rule is §97.113: “A station is also not allowed to transmit communication in which the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer.” [Full story]  

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Request for Operators, YuKanRun Fast Half Marathon, Hamilton, May 11, 2019

Chris Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on Cape Ann ARA list: We are looking for operators to staff the YuKanRun Fast Half Marathon on Saturday, May 11 2019, 9:00 am be on Location by 8:30 Hamilton – Wenham High School 775 Bay Road South Hamilton, MA. Please let me know if you can staff a communications check-point for the event by Thursday, May 9 so I can plan staffing positions for the event.  Please let us know what type of equipment you plan to use. We Need 50-watt mobile units. (i.e.: mobile; HT; ¼-wave mag mount; OEM rubber duck, etc.) so we have a better …

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W1UE: “HQ9X-Building a Station in Paradise” at Algonquin ARC, May 14, 2019

Dennis Egan, W1UE, will present, “HQ9X: Building a Station in Paradise” at the monthly meeting of the Algonquin ARA on May 14 at 7:30 PM. Dennis operated from Roatan Island, situated off the coast of Honduras, during the recent ARRL DX Contest on February 16-17, 2019. The Algonquin ARC meets  in the library of the 1st Lt. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School, 25 Union Ave, Marlboro (enter through door #1 at rear of building).

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Sci-Tech ARS at Science on the Street, Framingham State College

Rishi Bhagat, KC1BKX, writes: On Saturday, April 27, 2019, Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS) and its host New England Sci-Tech joined the “Science on State Street” event on the campus of Framingham State University (FSU). STARS set up a large cube tent with an IC-7610, large display monitor, and a buddy pole for people to learn about ham radio. The radio was staffed by Rusty, K1FVK, and Bruce, N9JBT, while outside the tent Marcel, AC1DO, Janet, KC1IKP, and Bob, K5TEC, provided related activities and information.  For more information about Science on the Street, visit http://christa.org/science-festival/ .

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Hurricane Awareness Tour, P3 Hurricane Plane at Quonset State Airport, North Kingstown, RI, May 6, 2019

From wx1box.org: The National Weather Service Boston/Norton Massachusetts forecast office in coordination with the National Hurricane Center will be hosting the P3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft and the C-130 Aircraft, part of the NOAA/National Hurricane Center Hurricane Awareness Tour, on Monday May 6th 2019 at the Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown RI. Public tours will be open from 200-500 PM. School, Media and VIP tours and presentations will occur between 915 AM-200 PM. This is similar to what was done in 2007 at Quonset State Airport in Rhode Island and 2011 at Otis Air Force Base in Falmouth, Massachusetts and …

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Armed Forces Cross-Band Test, May 11, 2019

Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, writes on the Wellesley ARS mailing list: May 11 is the Armed Forces Day Cross-band Test, where Amateur stations  listen on military HF frequencies, and use the split function of their HF radio to talk with these stations that are listening in the Amateur bands where we can talk. I do recommend everyone that can to try this, to show that you can do it. If you complete a contact, you can get a QSL card from the station, if you follow the directions in the link below. Frequencies and times for the various stations are listed. …

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Amateur Radio Support for Hudson-Marlborough Hazardous Waste Day, April 27, 2019

Eric Williams, KV1J, writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list: Please join us as we support the biannual joint Hudson-Marlborough Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on April 27th.  Several have already signed up and we should have a good turnout. Our support is a combined effort by the Algonquin Amateur Radio Club and the Marlborough Emergency Management Team.  Using our radio communications skills, we manage the traffic flow and validate residency for the approximately 400 cars that come to the event.  We use the Emergency Management’s UHF radios.  If you have them, please bring your UHF portable radio since we will use …

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KB1TLR: Go-Kits, Falmouth ARA Meeting, April 25, 2019

Brent Putnam, W1NCH, writes on the Falmouth ARA Facebook page: The April meeting of the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association will be held on Thursday, April 25, at 7:00PM in the Falmouth Emergency Operations Center (EOC). This month, our own Vice President, Barry, KB1TLR, will be doing a presentation about go-kits. And we have an announcement about a Go-Kit Contest! The EOC (also known as the training room) is located at the back of the second floor of the Falmouth Fire and Rescue Department (FFRD) headquarters at 399 Main Street in Falmouth. The public entrance to the building and parking lot …

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WO1VES: “Digital Voice Hotspots for Ham Radio” at Billerica ARS Meeting, May 1, 2019

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on the Billerica Amateur Radio Society mailing list: Everyone, I am excited to announce that Brian Gudzevich, WO1VES, will be our speaker for May.  Brian runs the “Wolf Pack Repeater System” in Stoneham and hosts the “Nut Net” on the Danvers repeater (145.47) at 11:15PM every day. Brian explains his topic: “I will be presenting an introduction to digital voice hotspots for ham radio.  These hotspots are designed to link digital radios to reflectors over the Internet, and allow you to talk to people anywhere in the world without the use of a Repeater.  They will …

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Faster, More Contest-Friendly FT4 Digital Protocol to Debut in a Week

From ARRL Web: A new, speedier, more contest-friendly digital mode is just days away in beta version. WSJT-X Developers say serious work on the new FT4 protocol began shortly after the FT8 Roundup held last December 1-2. The goal was a mode that could compete with RTTY contesting in terms of contact rates, while preserving many of the benefits of FT8. [More]

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New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, May 18-19, 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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Marlborough High School Watch, May 24-June 8, 2019

Ann Weldon, KA1PON, writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list: Volunteers are needed for School Watch. The time is 7-11 PM on many nights: May 24, 25, 26,27, 31 and June 1,2, 7, 8.  Please know this is to support the City [of Marlborough] and Marlborough High School who support  our radio club.  If you volunteer for the first few May dates, K1DIN will be in charge. Thank you for volunteering. Please respond to me at ALWMA2005@yahoo.com with dates you choose. 

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KV1J on W1 QSL Bureau, New England Sci-Tech, April 23, 2019

Eric Williams, KV1J, Co-manager of the W1 QSL Bureau, is the featured guest speaker at New England Sci-Tech on April 23, 2019 at 7 PM. Eric will explain how the QSL card sorting works, and encourage attendees to do some actual card sorting.   Prior to the meeting, at 6 PM the club offers training on how to operate the HF station in the radio room (tours for visitors); at 6:30, everyone is encouraged to check into the net on 449.125 (CTCSS 146.2 Hz).  After the meeting and presentation is the Planetarium show and public telescope night, weather permitting.   …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MARCH 2019

As April showers bring May flowers, I have been enjoying watching the daffodils and other spring flowers bloom and the buds on the trees begin to open up.  I’m also anticipating the erection of a new tower and getting the antennas atop that tower in good working order.  I suspect some of you are also looking to upgrade your antennas.  This is an exciting time of year. Dayton Hamvention is coming up in May and I’ve heard of several folks heading to Ohio for one of the biggest ham events of the year.  Field Day in June will be here …

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NBEMS Demo at South Shore Hospital

Cape Cod and Islands District Emergency Coordinator Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, presented on VHF/UHF Narrow-Band Emergency Message System (“NBEMS”) at an Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net meeting at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth on April 6, 2019. According to O’Laughlin, the meeting was “well attended by many, including Assistant DEC Henry Brown, K1WCC, and Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY. “

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Northeastern University Wireless Club Semester Wrap Up

Courtesy NU Wireless Club web site: First off, thank you to everyone for a great semester!  We hope everyone enjoyed this semester’s events, workshops, and other club activities.  If you have any feedback from the past semester, or want to make recommendations for the next one we would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to any officer on slack. Just some quick Summer notes: Ham nets will continue through June Door codes will last through Summer 1 and Summer 2 No events are planned, but still feel free to utilize the club space

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ARRL Rolls Back Outgoing QSL Bureau Rates to 2011 Prices

via ARRL Web: ARRL is rolling back Outgoing QSL Bureau rates to 2011 levels. Effective May 15, 2019, the new rates will be: $2 for 10 or fewer cards in one envelope. $3 for 11 – 20 cards in one envelope, or 75 cents per ounce for packages with 21 or more cards. For example, a package containing 1.5 pounds of cards — 24 ounces, or about 225 cards — will cost $18. No transaction service fees. Any cards received before May 15 will be charged the current rate. There will be no adjustments for cards received before May 15. More …

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