MMRA “Foxbox” Will Be QRV At Boxboro

MMRA logoThe [Minuteman Repeater Association] Foxbox will be hidden [at the ARRL New England Division Convention in Boxboro] on Friday afternoon before 3 PM. The Foxbox periodically transmits on 145.630 PL 146.2. The box will be moved Saturday at around 5PM to a new location. A list of those who found the box on Friday/Saturday will be posted in the MMRA booth by 8AM on Sunday. All who found the box (including those who find it after being moved on Saturday evening) will be announced in the September MMRA newsletter.

Let us know if you would like to have an experienced Foxhunter give you tips or even potentially lead you on a fox hunt.

–Thanks, MMRA’s The Minuteman Special Edition, August 12008

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Minuteman Repeater Assocation To Sponsor Talk-in for Boxboro

MMRA logoBob DeMattia, K1IW writes:

[The Minuteman Repeater Association] will be sponsoring talk-in for the ARRL New England Convention on August 22, 23, and 24. This is a great event stock full of commercial vendors, flea market sellers, and interesting speakers. The event also sponsors the special event station W1A and a number of other activities.

The pre-registration for this event has just opened. To buy tickets or just learn more, visit their website at http://www.boxboro.org.

I hope we’ll be “talking you in!”

73,
Bob – K1IW
President, MMRA

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Boxboro 2008 Call For Speakers

New England Division Boxboro ConventionKen Caruso, WO1N, Boxboro Program Chairman writes:

We are well into the planning phases of the 2008 edition of the ARRL New England Division Convention. This is a call for speakers and other participants to fill out the convention program.

Note the new dates for the convention this year: August 22, 23 and 24.The venue is the same as it has been for many years now, Boxboro.

If you would like a return engagement, you are more than welcome. We have some 50+ hours of programming to fill. For those that have already contacted us, Thank You!

Please drop me a note indicating your willingness to participate. At this point a subject title is fine, if you are so prepared include a brief abstract.

If you are a representative of a club or organization (e.g. NESMC, CEMARC, MARS) we can help facilitate open forums or closed meetings by providing you a meeting room. We are asking organizations like this to please consider Sunday time slots.

Additionally club or organization information tables can be arranged. Please get your request in early. We are asking volunteer assistance in return for the table to help us with parking, ticket sales and other convention logistics.

Keep an eye on the web site, www.boxboro.org, for the latest information.

I look forward to meeting you at the convention,

Ken Caruso, WO1N
Boxboro Program Chairman
WO1N@ARRL.NET

–Thanks, Billerica ARS Newsletter, April, 2008

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Boxboro ARES-SKYWARN Presentation On-line

Richard Amirault, N1JDU writes on the warc64 mailing list:

The ARES-SKYWARN talk moderated by [Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator] Rob Macedo, KD1CY at the 2006 ARRL New England Division Convention in Boxboro is now on-line in streaming video. Real Player and a broadband connection is needed to view:

http://n1jdu.org/videos/Boxboro_06_Skywarn.ram

Richard Amirault
Boston, MA, USA
http://n1jdu.org
http://n1jdu.org/Fandom/science.htm

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Help Promote Boxboro On Your Club Web Site!

Boxboro logoAttention radio club webmasters: there’s an easy and effective way for your club to promote the upcoming Boxboro/ARRL New England Division Convention. Please consider placing a Boxboro logo or button on your web site. It’s easy to do! There are some example images and accompanying snippets of HTML code on http://ema.arrl.org/mod.php?mod=userpage&page_id=55.

With Boxboro less than five weeks away, we need everyone’s help to ensure this convention is the best-attended, most successful Boxboxo yet!

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Boxboro Training, Forums Planned

Boxboro logoTom Kinahan, N1CPE writes on mass_races_ares_skywarn@yahoogroups.com:

Hi Everyone!

We’ve been working on a bunch of things for the Boxboro New England Division ARRL convention on August 25, 26, and 27th.

Here are a few things we’re planning:

Friday August 25:

9am-5pm ICS-100 Training. This is one of the requirements to work with any Emergency Management and even NGOs like Red Cross and Salvation Army, going forward.

1pm-5pm Hurricanes – by Rob Macedo

See the Boxoboro Website for details here:

http://www.boxboro.org/2006/friday.htm

On Saturday August 26:

10am-11am Winlink 2000 with DoC, W1EO and I, N1CPE

11am-12pm The New Standard for Emergency Communications with Don Carlton, W3DEC and I, N1CPE

12pm-1pm SKYWARN with Rob Macedo, KD1CY

1pm-2pm SEC Forum hosted by Rob Macedo, KD1CY

On Saturday we also have confirmation that MEMA will have the Mobile EOC from 9am to 5pm on site for tours.

On Sunday August 27:

10am-11am Introduction to Digital Amateur Radio – Steve Schwarm, W3EVE (Not directly EMComm related, but by a member of this group)

See the Boxboro web site for Saturday and Sunday here:

http://www.boxboro.org/2006/events.htm

There are many more events happening as well. We’re working to complete the signup forms for the ICS-100 class and when we do, we’ll try to get the widest distribution possible of that event information.

We can always use friendly faces in the crowds, so please help start get the words on out these opportunities.

-Tom Kinahan N1CPE

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Boxboro 2006: Call For Speakers And Organizations

Boxboro conventionOrganizers for the 2006 ARRL New England Division Convention (Boxboro) are calling for speakers and other participants to register for inclusion in the program.

According to Boxboro Program Chairman Ken Caruso, WO1N, “We are well into the planning phases of the 2006 edition. This is a call for speakers and other participants to help fill out the program aspects of the convention.”

Caruso says that previous presentors are more than welcome to volunteer for a return engagement. He adds, “We have some 50-plus hours of programming to fill.”

Clubs and organizations (e.g., NESMC, CEMARC, MARS) are especially welcome to hold open forums or closed meetings at the convention. Caruso is asking that these groups consider signing up for Sunday time slots.

Please note the new dates for the convention this year: August 25, 26 and 27. Visit http://www.boxboro.org for the latest news and information about the convention.

Ken Caruso, WO1N may be contacted by emailing WO1N@ARRL.NET or calling 978-952-5377 (Days), 978-663-3027 (Evenings).

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Boxboro: “Not ’til Next Year”

Boxboro logoListings in the July QST “Hamfest Calendar” (pp. 93-95) contained incorrect information, including an erroneous entry for a 2005 Boxboro New England Division ARRL convention! This has caused confusion among some League members in Eastern MA and elsewhere.

New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI writes, “A story about the errors was published on the ARRL web site last Wednesday.” He adds that the August QST will be out in mid-July with the corrected listings.

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Boxboro Volunteers Sought

K1TW writes:

“If you are willing to donate a couple hours of your time during the weekend it would really help keep Boxboro running smoothly. Most tasks are light duty like selling and checking tickets and security but it makes Boxboro tick.

Any volunteers for 2 hours or more on Saturday and/or Sunday also get lunch voucher! Wow, I always heard there is no such thing. Thanks.

Tom
781-275-5882 (eve)
617-803-4704 (cell)

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Call for Speakers, Organizations at Boxboro

Boxboro logoKen Caruso, WO1N writes:

This is a call for speakers and organizations desiring to participate in the 2004 ARRL New England Division Convention program.

Note the new dates for the convention this year: August 13, 14 and 15.

There has been good response to date, check out the “Events” section of the official Boxboro Web site, www.boxboro.org. Open program hours remain available, drop me a note if you wish to present a talk. Include a subject title and if you are so prepared include a brief abstract.

If you represent a regional club or organization (e.g. NESMC, CEMARC, MARS) we can help facilitate open forums or closed meetings by providing you a meeting room. I am asking organizations like this to please consider Sunday morning time slots.

We can accommodate additional requests for information booths, but please get your request in early. We are asking for some volunteer time in return for the table/booth to help us with parking, ticket sales and other convention logistics during the convention.

Keep an eye on the convention web site, http://www.boxboro.org, for the latest information.

Note, if you require a hotel room, make your reservations ASAP per the instructions contained on the web site to get the special convention rate.

I look forward to meeting you at the convention,

Ken Caruso, WO1N
Boxboro Program Chairman
WO1N@ARRL.NET
978-952-5377 (Days)
978-663-3027 (Evenings)

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Boxboro: Call For Speakers and Participants

Boxboro logoKen Caruso, WO1N writes:

This is a call for speakers and participants willing to contribute to the 2004 ARRL New England Division Convention program.

Note the new dates for the convention this year: August 13, 14 and 15, 2004.

We have some 50+ hours of programming slots to fill. Please drop me a note indicating your willingness to participate. At this point a subject title is fine, if you are so prepared include a brief abstract.

If you are a club or organization (e.g. NESMC, CEMARC, MARS) we can help facilitate open forums or closed meetings by providing you a meeting room. I am asking organizations of this type to please consider Sunday morning time slots.

As always table slots for information booths are tight, so please get your request in early. We will be expecting some volunteer time in return for the table to help us with parking, ticket sales and other convention logistics.

Keep an eye on the web site, http://www.boxboro.org, for the latest information.

Note, if you require a hotel room, make your reservations ASAP per the instructions contained on the web site to get the special convention rate.

I look forward to meeting you at the convention!

Ken Caruso, WO1N, Boxboro Program Chairman
WO1N@ARRL.NET
978-952-5377 (Days)
978-663-3027 (Evenings)

Billerica ARS Newsletter, April 2004

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VHF/UHF/Microwave Programs at Boxboro 2002

ARRL New England Division ConventionFollowing an absence of several years, there will be a VHF/UHF/Microwave session at this year’s New England Division ARRL Convention. These programs will occur from 9 AM until 1PM Sunday, August 25, immediately followed by the convention prize drawings at 2PM.This session will meet in the Grand Ballroom of the hotel, so there will be plenty of seating. Bring all of your friends!

Sunday will provide a “laid back” atmosphere for the VHF program, without competition from the many other Convention events held on Saturday. In contrast with Saturday, parking at the Boxboro Woods Holiday Inn is readily available on Sunday, and many dealers are eager to make “deals” rather than transporting their unsold merchandise back home.

Of course your $10.00 registration ticket (purchased at the door) provides admission on both days. Friday’s events held at the convention site will require preregistration and an additional fee.

Lew Collins, W1GXT, is serving as the VHF Program Chairman for the convention.

Check the Convention web site at http://www.boxboro.org for updates on the convention program, lists of commercial exhibitors, and other information.

8:30 AM Informal gathering for conversation and coffee

9:00 AM “Introduction to VHF/UHF Weak Signal Operating” presented by Grant “Chip” Taylor, W1AIM, Cabot, VT

This presentation will provide an overview of VHF/UHF propagation and technology. It will include practical hints for expanding your horizons on the bands above 50 MHz. This talk will be of interest to the newcomer as well as to the experienced VHFer.

10:00 AM “Your Rig Covers Six Meters – Now What?” presented by Dave Olean, K1WHS, Lebanon, ME

This presentation, which focuses mostly on antennas, will enable owners of the new “all band” transceivers to realize the potential of their new radio to work world-wide DX on 50 MHz. In addition, there will be some discussion of the other aspects of station design, such as feedlines, amplifiers, etc.

11:00 AM “Antennas for the Microwave Bands” presented by Paul Wade, W1GHZ, Shirley, MA

This presentation will describe a variety of easily constructed antennas for use on the bands above 1GHz. If you have dreamed of having an antenna with over 20 dB of gain, this talk is for you!

12:00 Noon “Predicting Radio Line-of-Sight Using the USGS Digital Topographic Maps” presented by Matt Reilly, KB1VC, Stow, MA

For years the USGS has provided digitized topographic map data in the form of their Digital Elevation Map datasets. This presentation will show you how to use a web service that utilizes this data to plot the radio signal path between any two points in the continental U.S.

Check the Convention web site at http://www.boxboro.org for updates on the convention program.

73,

Lew Collins
W1GXT
VHF Program Chairman

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CEMARC Meeting at Boxboro

CEMARC logo

The [New England Division] Convention Committe has granted CEMARC a place on the activity schedule to hold our summer meeting on Sunday morning at 9:00am. I hope that at least one delegate from each radio club in Eastern Mass. will take the time to attend. If you can’t attend, please ask for someone from your club to attend and represent the club.I would like to ask each delegate to submit agenda items to me as soon as possible. I realize that many clubs do not have summer meetings, so I’m asking those of you receiving this note to forward it on to your own club members for discussion topics, that would be of interest to such a potenially large audience.

Remember,CEMARC meetings are open to all amateur operators, not just the club voting delegates.

I look forward to hearing your suggestions for the agenda soon, also looking forward to meeting with all of you at the Convention.

Check for latest info.

Frank Murphy – n1dhw EMass. ACC

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Boxboro!

BoxboroThe ARRL New England Division Convention in Boxboro, MA on August 23-25, 2002 promises to be bigger and better than ever.

This year’s banquet speaker is the ever-entertaining ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP.

On-site parking has been straightened out this year.

A recent email indicated that hotel rooms have been sold out.

This Convention promises to be one of the biggest and best yet!

See www.boxboro.org for additional information.

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W1A Volunteers Needed

“I hope you’re all enjoying the summer and had fun at FD! I am […] the chairman of the W1A effort in Boxboro this year.

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I need volunteers for two-hour stints, Saturday and Sunday, to help supervise the Station (i.e., be the control operator). You can even run pile-ups during light times! I will also need volunteers to help set-up and take down. This activity is comparable to a Class 1A Field Day effort, except when you’re done, you can retreat inside an air-conditioned building next to a bar!

If any of you are interested, please respond via email to me ASAP. All control op time slots are currently open, so first-come, first-served.

Please pass this along to anyone you know […]

73,
Steve Wedge, W1ES
w1es@arrl.net

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