Amateur Radio in the Media


Here is a selection of recent stories mentioning Amateur Radio in the news media:

“New England Storms of the Decade”

From the Arlington Wicked Local, May 1, 2019: “New England Storms of the Decade; Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave.: Rob Macedo who is the Amateur Radio Emergency Services SKYWARN Coordinator for the Boston area, will be talking about some of the biggest storms of the last decade, and how ham radio operators play a critical role in helping the National Weather Service track them.”



“Ham Operators Train for the Worst”

The Maynard Wicked Local online newspaper featured a story with numerous photos on March 18, 2019 entitled, “Ham Operators Train for the Worst.”

“New England Sci-Tech Focuses On Learning By Doing”

The Natick Local Town Pages featured a full page story about New England Sci-Tech in their January, 2019 edition. 



“One-of-a-kind Network Helps Cape Towns Weather Storms”

WQ1O at Cape Cod Multi-agency Coordination Center in BarnstableFrank O’Laughlin, WQ1O was interviewed by Kathryn Eident of NPR station WCAI at the Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center on Cape Cod. O’Laughlin discussed ARES, agencies, volunteers and how basic simple equipment can often endure due to its lack of dependence on infrastructure. He also conducted a live demonstration of digital modes and NBEMS sending files and ICS forms.  ( August 7, 2018)


“Framingham Amateur Radio Association (FARA): Radio Field Day”

Everyone is invited to watch as radio stations all over the U.S. are contacted and information is exchanged. The purpose of Field Day is to allow practice in emergency communications, using only batteries for power, with temporary antennas, so that local licensed radio operators are prepared for any emergency where they may be needed.  (Framingham Public Library web site, June 18, 2018)

“Ham Radio Operators Gather For Field Day”

Amateur, also known as “ham,” radio is often the only means of communication during a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year. To that end, the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association Inc. (FARA) prepares for possible disaster scenarios by holding regular exercises such as Field Day, scheduled for June 23 and 24 this year. (Cape News, June 17, 2018)


Rob Macedo, KD1CY featured on WILI SKYWARN interviewKD1CY Featured in WILI Radio Interview

Rob Macedo, KD1CY was featured in a radio interview on radio station WILI AM 1400 in Willamantic, Connecticut on June 15. Macedo spoke on severe weather and the importance of trained SKYWARN observers. (June 15, 2018)

Radio Royalty Visits Cape Cod

Princess Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, the daughter of Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi, is back on Cape Cod for a visit, 115 years after radio technology developed by her father made possible the first public two-way wireless transatlantic communication, which was transmitted between South Wellfleet and England. (Cape Cod Times, May 31, 2018)

National Seashore to Host Events Commemorating Titanic, Marconi

The online version of the Cape Cod Times carries a nice publicity article which described two upcoming special events operations commemorating the sinking of the HMS Titanic and International Marconi Day. National Seashore Education Specialist Barbara Dougan, N1NS is quoted. (April 4, 2018)

Now on the air: Girl Scouts

Shirley Girl Scout Troop 73497 teamed up with the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club to host the 2nd Annual World Thinking Day on the Air. (Nashoba Valley Voice, May 2, 2018)

“Take Ham Radio Course, Exam”

Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) is holding a “ham” radio technician class licensing course over three consecutive Saturdays this month—March 17, 24 and 31. (Cape News, March 3, 2018)

Lawrence Bacow: A son of immigrants, a vibrant voice for colleges

photo of Lawrence S. Bacow, KA1ZFQ, Harvard President-elect
Lawrence S. Bacow, KA1ZFQ

Local Brookline amateur named President of Harvard University; ham radio mentioned. Boston Globe (“paywall” protected) (February 12, 2018)
See also: Radio amateur named as next president of Harvard University (ARRL) (February 12, 2018)

Blizzard of ’78 still fresh in people’s minds

The Blizzard of ’78 is still fresh in people’s minds: Michael Dukakis declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts, and the National Guard came in to help clear the snow and rescue the stranded. …. Reports from ham radio operators in touch with the boat’s captain and crew describe an increasingly desperate crew fighting hypothermia and injuries … (Gloucester Daily Times, February 5, 2018)

Blizzard of ’78: 40 Years Ago, Waltham Rallied in the Emergency

Blizzard of ’78: 40 years ago, Waltham rallied in emergency. Hams sending and receiving emergency traffic mentioned in this article chronicling the historic Blizzard of ’78 (Waltham, February 5, 2018)

Boston Amateur Radio Club Field Day 2017

Hingham Holds Amateur Radio Relay League (sic) Field Day (Hingham, July 13, 2017)

Governor Proclaims Amateur Radio Field Day

Amateur Radio Day proclaimed by Gov. Charlie Baker (Official Website of the Governor of Massachusetts, June 24, 2017)

Whitman Amateur Radio Club Field Day 2017

Whitman ham radio group joins national effort in East Bridgewater: The Whitman Amateur Radio Club took part in the American Radio Relay League Field Day Saturday. Despite the heavy downpours… (Bridgewater East, June 24, 2017)

Billerica Amateur Radio Society Field Day 2017

Billerica Amateur Radio Society to Hold Field Day: Members of Billerica Amateur Radio Society will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 24-25 at 65 Littleton Road, Chelmsford. (Billerica, June 13, 2017)

Northeastern University Senior Uses Ham Radio to Increase Public Safety

photo of Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ
Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ

Using Ham Radios to Increase Public Safety: ECE senior Jeremy Breef-Pilz’s love of ham radios led to his interest in engineering and allows him to talk to people around the world. Source: News @ Northeastern (February 2, 2017)



Flea at MIT

The long-running Flea at MIT, co-sponsored by The MIT Radio Society, the MIT UHF Repeater Association, the MIT Electronics Research Society, and the Harvard Wireless Club, was featured on ABC News website: Flea Market Specializes in Rare, Obscure Electronics. (9/25/16)

Weymouth: Ham Radio Event at Former Naval Air Station

Members of the Shea Naval Aviation Museum Amateur Radio Club received publicity from WATD in Plymouth for its special event operation commemorating the flight of the blimp “Snow Goose” from the South Weymouth Naval Air Station to the Arctic Circle. (August 18, 2016)