On July 1, 2018 a new Element 2 Technician class question pool will take effect for examinations. VECs and VEs will have new test designs available for use at exam sessions effective that date. The newly revised pool released in January 2018 (updated and re-released February 12, 2018) by the Question Pool …Read More
APRIL 2018: EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (EMA) SECTION NEWS This monthly section news is only a part of how we regularly communicate with ARRL members in the Eastern Massachusetts section. Much more news is available daily via the website and Facebook. Visit our new section website for up-to-date section news. <https://ema.arrl.org/>. …Read More
Attached here is the section traffic report for both East and West Mass. It is good to know that the nets are not dependent on any one person and function very well such as when your STM was off the air. As many of you know my station has had …Read More
Tom Frenaye, K1KI writes: I’d appreciate your help in publicizing the upcoming New England QSO Party on May 5th and 6th. Please mention it at your next club meeting and in your newsletter. The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to …Read More
The March, 2018 Section Newsletter is now available at https://ema.arrl.org/march-2018-section-news/.Read More
The North East Weak Signal Group is seeking papers and speakers for its Eastern VHF/UHF/Microwave Conference, April 20 – 22, 2018 in Manchester, Connecticut. [ARRLWeb Full story]Read More
I hope everyone is enjoying a good start to the new year despite the cold and low number of sun spots. December turned out to be a good month traffic-wise. It seemed holiday messages increased over the past few years and that was nice to see. This station continues to …Read More
The big news of the day is our new section website which Phil K9HI has spent many hours getting ready for us. Many thanks to Phil and to Tom K1TW, our section manager for his inspiration in bringing this project to fruition. It is bringing all the section activities together …Read More
Visit our section website for up-to-date section news. <https://ema.arrl.org/>. Section Leadership may be found at <https://ema.arrl.org/organization/#Section_Leadership> NEW EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARRL SECTION WEBSITE Visit the new Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section website at <https://ema.arrl.org>. We have completely replaced the old website which served our section for more than a decade. The new …Read More
After months of work, Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Association members are putting the finishing touches on their new station at the clubhouse at 54 Donald Street in Dartmouth. According to SEMARA member Don Rosinha, WA1BXY, the shack now features a Kenwood TS-570 and an Elecraft, as well as new computers and accessories. …Read More
PART of Westford is holding a kit building session on Saturday, March 10, 2018, according to PART club president Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ. “The club has chosen the Cricket80A QRP CW transceiver for the 80 meter band,” Stewart says. “I’m looking for a building chairman, two to three Elmers to help …Read More
Brent Putnam, W1NCH writes: The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) is holding a Technician class licensing course over the course of three Saturdays: March 17, 24 and 31 from 9 AM to noon at the Falmouth Fire Rescue Department headquarters, 399 Main Street (entrance on King Street), in the 2nd Floor EOC/training …Read More
Nashoba Valley ARC member Joe Dzekevich, K1YOW was presented with ARRL’s Cover Plaque Award for his December, 2017 QST article entitled “Upper Level Lows and 6-Meter Sporadic E.” ARRL New England Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, presented the award to K1YOW at the February 15, 2018 NVARC meeting in Pepperell. The QST …Read More
A Dartmouth amateur is now producing audio recordings of monthly Eastern MA Section News. For over thirty years, Bob Zeida, N1BLF has volunteered his time with the Talking Information Center, a nonprofit reading service that broadcasts newspapers, magazines, books, and special consumer information 24 hours a day, 7 days a …Read More
The Algonquin Amateur Radio Club is again holding its Marlborough Flea Market on February 17, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the 1Lt Charles W. Whitcomb School, 25 Union St., Marlborough, MA. Talk-in is on the MMRA repeater, 147.27+ (PL 146.2). A VE session will be held beginning at 9:00 …Read More
The Clay Center ARC has announced it will conduct three courses for the public, starting in late March and April, 2018. “We have teamed up with Brookline Adult and Community Education (BA&CE) and Newton Community Education (NCE) to offer a radio Technician Class course for adults and child-parent pairs to facilitate their successful completion …Read More
Jack Buckley, W1AKN writes on the Genesis ARS list: We are getting closer to operating on N1ZIZ (147.835 -600) in the digital (NXDN) mode. The first of March will be the official date for using NXDN on N1ZIZ. The N1ZIZ repeater currently is operating on the analog FM mode with …Read More
Hello everyone! This Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon EMA ARES will be having an operational exercise simulating a severe ice storm hitting Cape Cod. This will be a Cape Cod and Islands centric exercise, however the entire section will be participating and practicing various communications skills. Field …Read More
Make this first Monday of the month, “Emergency Communications Night” and check into your local RACES Net and then check into the ARES Net on the MMRA Repeater System. We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net.
As part of our relationship with MARS and our own situational awareness gathering we will be asking for any known infrastructure issues that you are aware of. The information must either be personally observed, or obtained “over the air” via amateur radio. Items considered to be infrastructure include but are not limited to: electrical power, water, medical facilities, sanitation, communications, and transportation. Examples of failure would be: small or large area power failure, water main breaks, hospitals’ ER closed, sewage issues, TV/radio station off the air (including public safety), interstate highway or major road closed. No known issues are just as important as reporting failures.
Additionally we are interested in relay of any weather information from airport ATIS/ASOS stations that you can directly receive via radio. These stations broadcast continuously in the 120.000 – 138.000 MHz frequency range using amplitude modulation. Information from the ATIS should include airport, temperature, altimeter (barometer), wind, precipitation, and visibility.
A list of stations with their frequencies and a map can be found at: https://www.faa.gov/air_tr
We will have several interesting announcements for the net that evening and we look forward to everyone’s participation. Updates will be posted via email and on the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Web Site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org
Thanks for your continued support of ARES!
Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG
EMA Section Emergency Coordinator
Here is an opportunity to learn more about basic traffic handling techniques, net operation with an introduction to the use of Winlink in Emergency Comms. It is presented by the New Hampshire traffic folks, but anyone interested is invited to register. This is a half day event in Concord NH. I plan to be there and hope I can see some folks from Massachusetts there as well. Note the information below.
73, Marcia KW1U STM EMA/WMA
The 2018 NH Traffic and Training Symposium will be held Saturday, February 10 from 9a until noon at Concord Bible Fellowship 25 Rockingham St. in Concord, NH. This year’s symposium will focus on basic traffic handling techniques, net operation and an introduction in the use of Winlink in Emergency Communications. Registration is requested. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “I would like to attend” in the subject line.Read More