Fox Box Deployed in Westford, March 14, 2020

John Salmi, KB1MGI, writes on the NEMassFoxHunters list on March 14, 2020 at 10:08 AM: I just placed out a 2 meter Fox Box in Westford on 146.565 Press DTMF tone two for 2 seconds for 15 minutes of 30 seconds on 30 seconds off. To reset again press DTMF tone 2 again. I’ll leave it out for a week or until the batteries die. If you want to know the location to save time, Email me: KB1MGI55@Gmail,com.

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CANCELLED: Swapfest at MIT, April & May

From http://w1mx.mit.edu/flea-at-mit/ Posted: March 13, 2020 Under new rules from MIT’s Association of Student Activities, no student-organized events may be held for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Therefore, the May 17, 2020 Swapfest is also cancelled. Posted: March 9, 2020 Due to the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, new MIT policies prohibit the hosting of large public events until May 15. Therefore, we regret to inform the Swapfest community that the April 19, 2020 event is cancelled. Vendors who have purchased space for April’s flea (including season pass holders) are eligible for a refund or credit towards a future event. Vendors …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2020

Greetings All,   As I looked through the announcements on the home page of this website I observed many cancellations due to the Coronavirus.  This is unprecedented in my lifetime of recollections and while the situation is upsetting in many ways, we want to keep our friends and loved ones safe. As hams we can help make the most of the situation by keeping in touch via amateur radio.    For those who may be somewhat new to the traffic nets, there are resources available on the National Traffic System page of this website.  We welcome all to participate on …

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Eastern MA amateur radio clubs’ response to COVID-19 threat

In order to assist affiliated clubs and other organizations who face important decisions regarding conducting activities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, your Eastern MA section staff have been in contact with club leaders regarding their plans. We present the following information to assist radio clubs and their members at:  https://ema.arrl.org/covid19-response Special thanks to Affiliated Club Coordinator Bruce Blain, K1BG, and Assistant Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI.  

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BAA Marathon Postponed

March 13, 2020: The Boston Marathon has been rescheduled to Sept. 14 due to the new coronavirus, marking the first postponement in the race’s 124-year history. The Marathon had been scheduled for April 20.   March 12, 2020: One of Amateur Radio’s premiere public service events, the BAA “Boston” Marathon, will be postponed to September, according to WCVB Channel 5. Courtesy WCVB.com: “Organizers of the 2020 Boston Marathon will postpone this year’s race amid concerns about COVID-19, sources tell 5 Investigates. “The 124th running of the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon was set for April 20, Patriots’ Day. Organizers …

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Falmouth ARA Technician Course Produces Five New Hams

Matthew Trott, KB1MLP, writes: Ralph Swenson, N1YHS, and his crew did a great job teaching material to attendees at a recent Falmouth Amateur Radio Association Technician course.  All five passed the Sunday afternoon exam.     The new hams are:   Brian Backlund, KC1MUC Rob Campbell, KC1MUB Daniel DiNardo, KC1MUA Brian Johnson, KC1MTZ Hunter Tobey, KC1MUD   Listen for them on the air and welcome them to ham radio and FARA.

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K1USN Radio Club Closed for Next Two Weeks

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes on the K1USN Radio Club mailing list:   Effective immediately, starting on Friday, March 13th the K1USN Radio Club will be closed and remain so for at least the next two weeks. This unfortunately will effect our regular monthly VE exam session scheduled for this Saturday, March 14. We hope to be able to announce the resumption of VE exams very soon.   We have all seen the escalating news broadcasts and health care announcements regarding the Covid – 19 Corona Virus. Given the close quarters of our club room as well as the average age …

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Change of Venue: Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC Meeting, March 17, 2020

Ray Cord, K2TGX, writes on the SMH ARC mailing list: This is to announce that due to restrictions imposed on Sturdy Memorial Hospital activities for outside groups because of the coronavirus we will be moving the club meeting scheduled for this coming Tuesday, March 17th. Thanks to Steve, N1LEO, and his brother for offering to host the meeting. The new location will be Stone-E-Lea Golf Course Club House, 1411 County Street, Attleboro, MA. Times will remain the same: ARES EmComm meeting at 7:00PM, Business meeting at 8:00PM. Hope to see you all there, bring your N-95 masks and hand sanitizer.

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CANCELLED: Northeastern University Wireless Club Meetings

From the NUWC mailing list, March 12, 2020 at 4:59 PM: This has been a very busy week for everyone. After the university elected to move classes online and recommended against large gatherings, we consulted with our faculty advisors and CSI to see what the best path moving forward is. Until further notice, we have decided to suspend our general meetings along with our workshop series with IEEE. The lab space will remain open for as long as academic buildings are open, but we discourage against group meetings. This is still a developing situation, and we will notify you as …

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CANCELLED: North Shore RA Meets March 16, 2020

“We had made the decision [to cancel] last night and then this morning (March 13, 2020) we got notice from our meeting place PMLP cancelled all use of the auditorium until further notice.” -Rick, KB1LYJ   The North Shore Radio Association will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2020, in the Peabody Municipal Light Plant auditorium, 201 Warren St Extension, in Peabody  (talk-in 145.470 repeater). 

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CANCELLED: PART of Westford March 17, 2020 Meeting; Breakfasts Still A “Go”

To All PART of Westford Members, In light of guidance from the State of Massachusetts regarding older adults having a higher risk related to COVID-19, and avoidance of mass gatherings, the March PART meeting is canceled.  This is the only PART activity being canceled at this time; until further notice, the monthly Saturday breakfast (next scheduled for April 4) is still on, and the weekly Owl Diner breakfasts will be held as desired by the attendees. Items of interest for PART members regarding COVID-19 will be posted on the WB1GOF.org website. PART is still conducting other activities, and even if there is an …

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CANCELLED: Cape Ann ARA Tuesday Evening Open Houses

Gardner H. Winchester II, KA1BTK, writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list: In light of Governor Baker’s Declared State of Emergency to Support the Commonwealth’s Response to the Coronavirus <https://www.mass.gov/news/governor-baker-declares-state-of-emergency-to-support-commonwealths-response-to-coronavirus>,  I am going to cancel the Tuesday Night Open House at CAARA until further notice.  You can use the facility at your own discretion but please follow safety guidelines and keep gatherings to a minimum, 6 or less. Elderly and those with reduced immune systems should refrain from visiting at all times, until the all clear is given.  Please keep in touch and connected via our repeaters, the Gloucester …

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CANCELLED: Volunteers Sought, YuKanRun Fool’s Dual 5K & Half Marathon, April 5, 2020

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list: See https://ema.arrl.org/covid19-response/#YuKanRun_Fools_Dual_5K_Half_Marathon_Cape_Ann_ARA_Gloucester It’s that time of the year again. Public service 2020 is starting with the Sunday, April 5, YuKanRun Fool’s Dual 5K  9 AM Race Start 10:00 AM Half Marathon, O’Maley Middle School, 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester, MA. CAARA has a great public service team. Come out and have some fun with us. Why? You are using amateur radio to provide a needed public service to ensure the safety and smooth running of a public event in local communities. If you are unable to be there for the …

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Nashoba Valley ARC Members Judge Radio-Related Entries at Bromfield School Science Fair

From the NVARC March, 2020 Signal: Once again, Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club members volunteered to judge radio-related entries in the Bromfield School’s (Harvard, MA) annual Science Fair. There were fifty-two entries, five of which were in the areas of NVARC expertise. The students were quite knowledgeable in their subjects, some more than others, but all of them were impressive. The projects NVARC judged were: 1. “Warping WiFi: The Attenuation of WiFi Signals by Different Materials” 2. “Free Space Optical Communications using Lasers” 3. “Making GPS Use Safer” 4. “Simple Aurora Monitor” 5. “The Construction and Research of MagLev Trains” …

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CANCELLED: Cape Ann ARA Meets March 14, 2020

CAARA President Hank McCarl, W4RIG, writes on March 11, 2020:   With Bill sick and not able to cook the special dinner, the requests from the Governor of the Commonwealth, and advice from several CAARA Board members I believe we should cancel both the Board and Members Meetings on this coming Saturday March 14.  Let me know if you have any objections – keep in touch via the repeater. The next Members Meeting of the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will be held at 12 noon at the clubhouse at 6 Stanwood Street, Gloucester, MA. See map and directions to …

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CANCELLED: Dan’s Tech Night, March 12, 2020

Dan Pedtke, KW2T, writes: Next Meeting IS CANCELLED. No March 12, 2020 meeting, due to coronavirus. Sorry, our building hosts have suggested that we cancel our meeting for this month due to this unusual situation with this spreading virus. As I originally suggested, you should stay home out of fear of COVID-19. — TechNight is held every 2nd Thursday of the month, from 7-10 PM, at the Grady Research Building in Ayer, MA. It is open to anyone with an interest in radio or electronics, from age 6 to 100. Though it is directed mainly at the Ham Radio enthusiast, it …

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CANCELLED: Algonquin ARC March 12, 2020 Meeting

I have decided to cancel the March AARC meeting after consulting with the officers. Much of our club membership falls into the CDC-identified vulnerable population which has been advised by federal and state agencies to minimize contact to reduce risk of exposure to novel-coronavirus.  Gov. Baker declared a state of emergency this afternoon, and many companies and educational institutions are restricting domestic travel, large meetings, and offsite meetings.  There is no reason to make a decision regarding the April meeting at this point.  If the situation continues, we have time to investigate streaming or other remote meeting options for April. …

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