Meet-and-greet the Director Candidates at Boxboro

We are pleased pleased to announce a last-minute addition to the Boxboro program line-up! At the conclusion of the Saturday afternoon forums, incumbent ARRL New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, and challenger Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, will face off in the Cotillion Room beginning at 5:00 PM. (It will be friendly—we promise.) In addition, we’ll open the cash bar early. Be sure to stop by, grab your favorite beverage, and listen to Tom and Fred articulate their respective visions for the ARRL. There will be ample time for questions and answers. Oh yes—be sure to vote in the election this …

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Boxboro! Advance Ticket Registration, Hotel Room Deadline

Bob DeMattia, K1IW, writes on August 22:   There are only a few more days left before we close payments by US mail.  If you wish to use this option, please make sure to visit our website by this coming Friday.  We will continue to accept PayPal payments until September 5th.   If you are planning to stay overnight, rooms are available at the convention discount rate of $99/night.  Friday night is now sold out at this rate.  There are still a few rooms left on Saturday.  Call 978-263-8701 and use the discount code NEHAM!   http://www.boxboro.org   See you there!   Bob – K1IW …

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MMRA Announces Door Prizes at the 2018 Boxboro! Convention

In keeping with a 10 year or so tradition, MMRA will be offering Door Prizes at the 2018 MMRA convention. The prize winners will be announced at approximately noon in the MMRA room at the convention on Sunday September 9th. All holders of MMRA memberships expiring in August 2020 or later are eligible to win.  Additional opportunities to win are provided for donations as follows: 7 tickets for every $10 donated 3 tickets for every $5 donated 1 ticket for every $2 donated The prizes for this year are: 1st prize: Icom IC2730A Dual Band Mobile transceiver 2nd prize: Yaesu FT-70DR Dual Band …

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ARRL Represented at IEEE Symposium in Boston

07/13/2018 ARRL was on hand in Boston July 8 – 13 for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antenna and Propagation Society (AP-S) Symposium, held jointly held with the US National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). The ARRL exhibit included an Amateur Radio special event demonstration station, N1P, and more than a dozen volunteers staffed the ARRL exhibit. “We had a very attractive booth in a great location,” said ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Assistant Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI. “Engineers and scientists in the fields of antennas and propagation who attended from all over the …

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New Technician Class Element 2 Exams Will Take Effect for Exam Sessions Beginning July 1, 2018

From the ARRL VE Newsletter, June, 2018: The newly revised pool, released in January 2018 (updated and re-released February 12, 2018) by the Question Pool Committee (QPC) of the NationalConference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC), must be in use starting July 1. There are three graphics required for this pool and 423questions in this pool, down slightly from 426 in the previous pool. With the Technician class exam questions changing July 1, new test designs must be used effective that day. Previous ARRL VEC supplied Technician class exam booklet versions (2014 series) and computer-generated Technician class exams created from the …

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Be A Boxboro Volunteer!

Are you planning to attend the Boxboro ARRL New England Division Convention on September 7-9, 2018? Volunteers play a crucial role in making the convention possible. Help your fellow hams, and have a fun time doing it. Convention volunteers working for a two or more hour slot receive a voucher for a free lunch with the hotel! Just fill out the form, or contact Boxboro Volunteer Coordinator Steve Schwarm, W3EVE.

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May 2018 Section News

MAY 2018: EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (EMA) SECTION NEWS Section news is available daily via our website and Facebook.  The section website is found at <https://ema.arrl.org/>.  EMA Facebook page is found at <https://www.facebook.com/easternmaarrl/>. Section leadership is found at: <https://ema.arrl.org/organization/#Section_Leadership> We begin the month with a staff reorganization announcement.  “Important ARES Leadership Reorganization in Eastern Massachusetts Section”: https://ema.arrl.org/2018/05/23/important-ares-leadership-reorganization-in-eastern-massachusetts-section/ As part of a renewed emphasis on ARES throughout the Eastern Massachusetts section, I have appointed Greg Bennett, KC1CIC as the new Section Emergency Coordinator. As Greg assumes his new role, I wish to thank outgoing SEC Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG for his service to the …

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ARRL New England Division Cabinet Meeting, Boxboro, June 30, 2018

New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI writes: To: New England Division Affiliated Club Presidents, Section Managers, Advisory Committee members and Assistant Directors   Subject: New England Division Cabinet Meeting – Saturday, June 30, 2018   I’d like to invite you to the next ARRL New England Division Cabinet meeting on Saturday, June 30, 2018 (the Saturday after Field Day).  We’ll be the Boxboro Regency Hotel in Boxboro MA (the same place where the New England Division convention is held in the Fall). We usually have 30+ people attending from clubs across New England – this will be an opportunity for you to provide direct input to the ARRL …

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New Technician Class Pool to Take Effect July 1, 2018

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 Committee (QPC) of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) must be in use starting July 1. There are three graphics required for this pool and 423 questions in this pool, down slightly from 426 in the previous pool. ARRL VEC will be supplying all its (near 1,000) Field Stocked …

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April 2018 Section News

  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/>. Visit us on Facebook at <https://www.facebook.com/easternmaarrl/>  Find a list of section leaders at: <https://ema.arrl.org/organization/#Section_Leadership> AMATEUR RADIO INVOLVEMENT IN IEEE CONFERENCE, BOSTON, JULY 8-12 Special events call sign “N1P” has been approved for use at the IEEE AP-S/URSI conference in Boston July 8-12 by the ARRL 1×1 Callsign Coordinator.  If you …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MARCH 2018

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 its problems for the past few months and I have had to replace various pieces of equipment. Many improvements including a new antenna are now in place thanks to Greg KC1CIC (and the N1OTC bow and arrow), to whom I am greatly indebted. I am now back and hopefully with …

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New England QSO Party, May 5-6, 2018

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 work new states and countries.   You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations. We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help.  Get on …

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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JANUARY 2018

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 in one place and I hope you will find it interesting, helpful and easy to use.  Any suggestions on topics for the NTS page can be addressed to kw1u@arrl.net. This is your page for training and news in the world of message handling. To those in the West Mass section …

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FEBRUARY 2018 SECTION NEWS

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 website offers many advantages including improved organization and a consistent look-and-feel across all section activities. There is now just a single URL for the section as we have integrated our separate ARES, NTS, and State Government pages into one unified site. We have improved graphics and added tags to facilitate …

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SEMARA Debuts New Station

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. A radio room showing and tutorial event for club members scheduled for last month was postponed by winter weather conditions. It will occur in the near future. Congratulations to SEMARA for constructing an elegant and functional station for its members.

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PART of Westford Kit Building Session, March 10, 2018

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 and encourage kit builders, a technical person to spend a few minutes explaining the circuit theory, and people who want to build the kit!” Interested parties should contact KB1OIQ at kb1oiq@arrl.net. More information about the Cricket80A kit can be found at http://4sqrp.com/cricket.php.

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Falmouth ARA Technician Licensing Class, March, 2018

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 room. The exam for the students will be held in the same location immediately after the May 31 session. Cost of the class is $50 and includes: Nine hours of classroom instruction Manual Online test practice and tutoring Refreshments Access to instructors for questions & tutoring License exam 1-year membership with FARA …

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