Field Day: “A Difference Experience in the COVID-19 Environment”

Rick Palm, K1CE, writes in the ARRL ARES Letter, May 20, 2020: ARRL Field Day is my favorite operating event of the year. For most radio clubs and large groups, it’s going to be a different experience this year in light of the COVID-19 environment. With CDC protocols in place, many will not gather in their usual Field Day locations. ARRL offered some tips and suggestions to help you plan this year’s operation — ARRL Suggests Taking a Creative Approach to Field Day 2020. A few of them applied to my own recent operating experiences and thought I would share …

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North Shore Radio Association Meets Online, May 18, 2020

Rick Savage, KB1LYJ, writes on the North Shore RA mailing list: “We have a Zoom meeting set up for our May meeting. It will be on Monday, May 18th. The link is open at 7:00 if you want any pre-meeting discussions. Please share this information with the members on any and all formats available web page, email, Facebook etc. Rick Savage is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: NSRA Meeting May 18th Time: May 18, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting [Contact kb1lyj at nsradio dot org for Zoom meeting URL] Meeting ID: …

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KE5AL: “JJ Flex Radio” at Zola Center Amateur Radio Club Online Meeting, May 23, 2020

Frank Ventura, N1FMV, writes on the Middlesex ARC mailing list: Dear all, The next meeting of the Zola amateur radio group will be online only, no in person component. Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020 Time: 11 AM to 1 PM Eastern Our very special guest speaker will be Jim Shaffer, KE5AL, developer of JJ Radio and JJ Flex Radio. He will join us in speaking about the origins of the blind-friendly CAT software, JJRadio, to operate his Flex-Radio and field our questions.  All are welcome for this month’s meeting. Please use to conference information below my signature. For conference URL …

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New England Sci-Tech General Course Online, June 13-14, 2020

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 may be helpful to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent approximately a week before the course. The GENERAL level course runs Saturday, 8:30 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 8:30 am to noon, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick. …

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New England Sci-Tech Amateur Extra Course Begins June 1, 2020

For anyone interested in wireless communications and electronics, this ON-LINE course will get you ready to take the AMATEUR EXTRA Radio license exam. Geared toward adults, as well as high school and homeschool students. This is a FULL course taught by a 40-yr veteran teacher, not a discussion group or video service. You will learn so much more than just watching a video. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum. Recommended text: ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 12th edition, for exams through June 30, 2024, (purchase on ARRL website). Regular practice and study …

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Wellesley Amateur Radio Society Meeting Online, May 19, 2020

Dan Brown, W1DAN, writes on the Wellesley ARS mailing list: QST! I hope you are healthy.    Our next [Wellesley Amateur Radio Society] meeting will be online via Zoom next Tuesday [May 19, 2020] at 7:30PM. Here we will vote to have online elections due to COVID-19, and then I will give a non-amateur radio talk about the Boston DTV transmission.   I will send out a Zoom meeting invite Tuesday.    Be well and 73, Dan W1DAN

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ARRL Announces New Life 70+ Membership

The ARRL Board of Directors recently voted to create a special Life Membership opportunity for individuals who are at least 70 years old. Starting on June 1, the Life 70+ Membership will be available to individuals who have turned 70 and have a combined 25 years of paid annual ARRL membership. Life 70+ Members receive all benefits of an annual membership, including their choice of print magazine delivery (QST or On the Air), and digital access to these publications, plus the digital versions of QEX and National Contest Journal (NCJ). In addition, each Life 70+ Member will receive a Life Member pin and a window …

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K1USN Radio Club Holds First Zoom Session

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes on the K1USN mailing list: Tuesday evening we launched our inaugural K1USN Zoom session. It was a great success with 27 check-ins. Future sessions will be announced and we will send out invitations to those who have indicated that they wish to participate. Drop me a e-mail if you wish to be added to our K1USN Zoom list. Send it to pi.k1rv@gmail.com. Looking for presentations for upcoming K1USN ZOOM meetings. Already have several planned by Rick – N1DC. Possible subjects of interest: Reverse Beacon Network Contesting Antennas CWOPs and CW Academy Propagation Station Logging Software – HRD, …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR APRIL 2020

Spring is a wondrous time of year with plants blooming, trees leafing and grass growing. There is a renewal of spirit too after the long winter doldrums. On the traffic nets we are seeing a renewal of sorts in the interest of amateurs in learning the art and skill of message handling.  Your local and section nets are the place to learn and practice these new skills and we are seeing an increase in interest on the part of net check-ins.  I just want to remind folks there is information on our website ema.arrl.org as well as the arrl.org website …

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KD1CY Featured on Ham Radio Live! May 7, 2020

Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, Julio Ripoll, WD4R, Eastern Massachusetts Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, and Lloyd Colston, KC5FM from the Hurricane Watch Net and the VoIP Hurricane Net were guests on Ham Radio Live! to discuss Hurricane Preparedness Week, Weather Observers Day, the 55th anniversary of the Hurricane Watch Net, and the 40th anniversary of the amateur radio station at the National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC. The nationwide podcast and live call-in talk radio show is hosted by Neil Rapp, WB9VPG. The weekly show is also simulcast on shortwave station WTWW on 5.830 MHz. If you missed tuning in the episode, …

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Final Reminder: Contest University Online, May 14, 2020

John Dorr, K1AR, writes on the Yankee Clipper Contest Club mailing list: Good morning everyone! Just a final reminder that CTU On-Line will be held this Thursday, May 14. Be especially sure to stay connected at the end of the day as there will be a very special presentation of great interest to YCCC members. Check out https://www.contestuniversity.com/course-outline/ to pre-register and be ready to go! [See also: https://ema.arrl.org/2020/04/15/contest-university-usa-2020-on-line-may-14-2020/]

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PART of Westford Meets May 19, 2020

“The May 19 PART of Westford meeting will be held online via video conference, starting at 7:30 PM. Details will be sent to members via Groups.io. Our guest speaker at the May meeting will be Terry, KA8SCP, who will talk about recent repeater antenna upgrades. “During this time of “social distancing,” there’s a new PART net on 10 meters. We meet occasionally at 7:30 PM local time on 28.400 MHz. There’s usually someone listening, so if you don’t hear anyone, just announce that you’re on frequency or call CQ. Thanks to Bob, W1IS, for setting this up.” -PART of Westford web …

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W1DYJ: “Antenna Modeling” at Minuteman Repeater Association Meeting Online, May 20, 2020

The Minuteman Repeater Association will hold its May membership meeting and annual elections via Zoom teleconference on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 beginning at 7:30 PM.  MMRA will feature guest speaker Larry Banks, W1DYJ, who will present, “Antenna Modeling  Using TLW, YW, and HFTA.” All are welcome to join the meeting. If you would like to attend, email contact@mmra.org to request conference information.

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K1USN Saturday Morning Net Moves to W1ATD 145.39 Repeater

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes:   We have been given the opportunity to have our K1USN Saturday morning net on the W1ATD – 145.39 ( 67 Hz ) repeater in Marshfield. I wish to thank the repeater trustee, Jeff, AJ1L, for making this possible.   The repeater has wide coverage and should give some additional K1USN  members an opportunity to check in. As many of you might already be aware; the W1ATD repeater has a wide range of digital mode capabilities which we may try accessing in the future, but at the present time the digital modes will be disabled during …

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COVID Impact to ARRL Awards Program

The following correspondence was posted on the ARRL-Awards mailing list on May 8, 2020 in response to a query about a pending award: Congratulations on your achievements. Our return to HQ is dictated first by the Governor of CT, and then by consideration for safety of staff and how best to manage that.  Returning to HQ (even with minimal staff to ensure social distancing safety) is definitely still a few weeks out, and getting caught up on even the pre-shutdown backlog may take some weeks after that.  Following that are the shutdown receipts, which at this point are an unknown …

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Framingham ARA Meets Online, May 7, 2020

Sumner Weisman, W1VIV, writes on the Framingham ARA mailing list: Thursday, May 7, 2020, is the date for our usual FARA monthly meeting. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not holding our meetings at the Framingham Police Station. Instead, we will be holding a virtual club meeting on Zoom. We welcome you to join us at 7:30 PM, and enjoy our meeting from the comfort of your home. All are probably familiar with Zoom by now. If you are not, just click on the link below and you will be in the meeting. You will need a computer with …

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Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association Meets On The Air, May 8, 2020

Hi everyone, Stop by 5/8/20 to join us for our next upcoming On The Air Event:  the PAWA Friday Night 2 Meter Net 5 /8/20 at 7:00 PM  on our 147.135 MHz KA1GG club repeater. Everyone is welcome to check in to join us This week: Trivia question: What type of antenna you would use for your portable ham radio station Projects you have been working on The weather in your area We are always glad to have you with us ___________________________________________ For Updates – Club Events – Activities Stop by to listen for announcements on our 147.135 MHz KA1GG …

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