About the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section

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The Eastern MA ARRL field organization serves some 2600 ARRL members who live in the eastern portion of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, encompassing the counties of: Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk.

Through our staff of experienced amateurs and affiliated radio clubs, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.



New England Sci-Tech General-Class Course, Natick, December 8-9, 2018

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 …

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New England Division Election Ballots Mailed

Ballots for the upcoming ARRL New England Division Director election were mailed from Newington on October 1st.  If you’re an ARRL member, please make sure to vote and return your ballot so it arrives by noon on November 16th.   If you do not receive your ballot by mid October, contact ARRL for a replacement.

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for October – Monday 10/1/18 at 830 PM on MMRA Network

Hello to all… We will be continuing our monthly ARES Net in October. The monthly ARES Net for October is Monday the 1st, 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 …

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Operation Equinox – Portable HF Ops Event Update – 9/28/18

Cape Ann ARES Emergency Coordinator KA1BTK-Gardi Winchester II, writes: All: ‘Operation Equinox’ is definitely taking on a life of its own! From it’s humble beginnings as a suggestion that we try setting up a CAARA member’s new portable antenna mast to an event almost as big as Field Day itself, …

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SEMARA Flea Market, October 6, 2018

The SEMARA Flea Market 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the SEMARA Clubhouse located at 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA.  The event will be held rain or shine from 9:00 AM to 12 noon, with vendor setup beginning at 8:00 AM.  There is handicapped parking and access …

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September, 2018 Section News

The September, 2018 Section Newsletter is now available at https://ema.arrl.org/september-2018-section-news/.    

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Earlier in September we saw a nice NTS presence at the ARRL Convention at Boxboro MA. At an NTS Forum we had a good turnout and some good discussion with traffic handlers from all over New England, as well as some ARES folks. We also had an excellent presentation on …

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Portable HF Ops Event

Cape Ann ARES Emergency Coordinator KA1BTK-Gardi Winchester II, writes: Who:  All Amateur Radio Operators: What:  Portable HF Operations and equipment exercise. When: Next Sunday, September 30th (Weather permitting) from about 12:00 Noon – 5:00 or 6:00 PM Where: Hospital Hill, at the top of Summit Avenue (through the stone pillars) …

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Cape Cod ARES Participates in Falmouth Public Safety Fair

Cape Cod ARES District Emergency Coordinator WQ1O-Frank O’Laughlin writes: I felt just well enough to attend the Falmouth Emergency preparedness/Safety fair day here on Cape Cod to support my new ARES ADEC Henry Brown K1WCC who headed up the event for the Falmouth ARES area of the Cape Cod and …

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W1PJE Presents at 37th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference

Dr. Phil Erickson, W1PJE, was the invited banquet speaker at this year’s annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference held on September 14-16, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Erickson is an assistant director and head of MIT’s Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences group at Haystack Observatory.  He holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees …

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Whitman ARC Offering Technician Class, September 4-27, 2018

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club is currently conducting a Technician training class at the Whitman police station at 20 Essex Street on Tuesdays until September 27, 2018. Ross Hochstrasser, W1EKG, and Paul DeLory, W1GTX, are instructing. The class will culminate in a volunteer exam on October 2, 2018. For details, …

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Amateur Radio Newsline Highlights Eastern MA ARES Standby for Merrimack Valley Incident, VoIP Hurricane Net Support

Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, writes:   Amateur Radio Newsline #2134 for Friday, September 21, 2018, featured a story about the recent Eastern MA ARES standby for the Merrimack Valley gas explosions and fires, and the VoIP Hurricane Net report. The text transcript and audio can be found at: …

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Barnstable ARC Presence at Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival, September 15, 2018

The Barnstable Amateur Radio Club had a presence for the second year at the Harwich Cranberry Arts & Music Festival on September 15, 2018 from 10 AM – 6 PM. The festival featured food trucks, music, community and vendor tables, and a bicycle event. According to BARC organizers, “excellent weather and band …

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Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC ARES Drill, September 30, 2018

The Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC ARES team will conduct a drill on Sunday, September 30, 2018. They will meet after breakfast at  Sturdy Memorial Hospital  at 10:30 AM.  The drill will last for approximately an hour and a half. “We should be home in time for 1:00 PM  ​kickoff of the …

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IPAWS National Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

UPDATE:  Due to the ongoing Florence storm activities, this test has been postponed to October 3, 2:18 PM EDT. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on September 20, 2018. The WEA …

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Mass Jam Volunteers Needed, Falmouth, October 6-9, 2018

Glen Dowden, KC1GKT writes: The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association is looking for volunteers on October 6 through October 9, 2018 for Mass Jam. Mass Jam is held at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds in East Falmouth. The event brings Scouts from all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island for a weekend of …

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“Woodstock of Amateur Radio”: NEAR-Fest, October 12-13, 2018

NEAR-Fest will be held on October 12-13, 2018. It is held twice annually, spring and fall, rain or shine, at the Deerfield Fairgrounds in Deerfield New Hampshire beginning on Friday at 0900 and ending Saturday at 1500 hours. Admission is $10. Persons under 18 and over 80 are admitted free of …

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Volunteers Sought, Lone Gull 10K, Gloucester, September 30, 2018

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the CAARA list: CAARA has a great public service team. Come out and have some fun with us. We have loaner radios if you need one. Come out and join the event. Contact us and we will set you up with a radio. We are …

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W1HFN Fox Deployed in Littleton

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the foxhunting list on September 15, 2018: Barring sudden catastrophe, the W1HFN fox will be loose at:   https://littletonconservationtrust.org/tws_holding/bumblebee-park/ UPDATE 7:36 AM, September 16, 2018:   Sorry, I left out the important bits;  146.565, it runs constantly, no tones needed.  A 20 second voice ID every …

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PMC Kids Ride, Volunteers Requested, Manchester-by-the-Sea, September 22, 2018

Eric Horwitz, KA1NCF writes on the North Shore RA mailing list:   I have a last minute event that has come up.  I need a few people to help with a KIDS PMC event.   Rick, WZ1L, in Gloucester has asked if I can get a few people to help …

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