SEMARA Meets Online, June 4, 2020

Marcel Dumont, W1MLD, writes on the SEMARA mailing list: Hi Everyone, Well, it looks like we [the Southeastern MA ARA] are going to have another ZOOM meeting for the month of June. If anyone is interested in attending the meeting, please forward to me your email address. This is the only way I can make sure that your address is correct. We must have a minimum of ten members present to conduct a meeting. This type of meeting will assure that you will not get the Corona virus from the club. Please respond to the following address. President@semara.org   or   chiefmld@comcast.net …

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Bristol County Repeater Association Meets Online, June 1, 2020

Margaret Gaffney, KA1BZE, writes on the BCRA mailing list: This month we will meet on Skype. With Skype we will be able to run the meeting for longer than 40 minutes. As usual the meeting will be held tomorrow June 1 at 7:00 PM. Use the following link: [email mmgaffney -at- comcast -dot- net for meeting information.] Note: one of the items to be discussed is field day from home.

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Social Distancing Exam Sessions Demonstrate Pent-Up Demand for Testing

From ARRL Web: A recent in-person “social-distancing” amateur radio exam session in Indiana and a “drive-in” session in California are representative of those that are relieving some of the pent-up demand for testing. As the COVID-19 pandemic lumbers on, in-person exam sessions have begun to resume across the US and elsewhere in the world. “With in-person sessions starting up again around the country, we are hearing the same story from volunteer examiner (VE) teams everywhere,” said ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Maria Somma, AB1FM. “Large numbers of candidates who have been waiting to test are contacting teams and are thankful …

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Temporary Rule Waivers Announced for 2020 ARRL Field Day

From ARRL Web: With one month to go before 2020 ARRL Field Day, June 27 – 28, the ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary rule waivers for the event: 1)      For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points. Field Day rule 4.6 defines Class D stations as “Home stations,” including stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power. Class D stations ordinarily may only count contacts made with Class A, B, C, E, and F Field Day stations, but the temporary …

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“Social Distancing? COVID-19 Made it Real. Ham Radio Made it a Hobby”

“A close-knit culture, with separation at its core” is a story and accompanying video produced by Christian Science Monitor staff photographer Anne Hermes. It explores how Amateur Radio operators are taking COVID-19 and social distancing in stride and features interviews with Eastern MA hams. It portrays the hobby in a very positive light. Eastern MA Public Information Coordinator Kayla Creamer, W2IRY, was instrumental in working with Ms. Hermes to identify individuals and clubs for interviews and subject material.   “The Christian Science Monitor, commonly known as The Monitor, is an internationally known nonprofit news organization that publishes daily articles in electronic …

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K1BG: “CWOPs CW Academy” at K1USN Radio Club, May 26, 2020

The next K1USN Radio Club online meeting will feature guest presenter Bruce Blain, K1BG, who will speak about CWops CW Academy.  Immediately prior to Bruce’s talk, Phil Temples, K9HI, will briefly recap his experiences in helping conduct remote VE tests with the New England Amateur Radio, Inc., VE team. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 26, 2020 at  8 PM. For Zoom conference details, contact Pi, K1RV, at k1rv -at- arrl -dot- net.

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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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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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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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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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FCC Providing Flexibility to Volunteer Examiners in Developing Remote Testing Methods

From ARRL Web: 05/03/2020–The FCC has clarified that nothing in its rules prohibits remote amateur radio testing, and no prior approval is needed to conduct remote exam sessions. “The Commission provides flexibility to volunteer examiners and coordinators who wish to develop remote testing methods or to increase remote testing programs already in place,” the FCC said in an April 30 news release. “We recognize that some volunteer examiner coordinators may not have the immediate capacity for widespread remote testing. We expect those volunteer examiner coordinators with limited remote testing capacity to work closely with those requesting such testing to prioritize any …

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Eastern MA Hospital Net, May 2, 2020

Good Morning Everyone,   I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  The members of the South Shore Hospital Radio Group are still prohibited from entering the hospital as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. I imagine other hospitals are practicing the same precautions.  This Saturday, being the first Saturday of the month is the Eastern MA Hospital Net. We are seeking an individual to volunteer as Net Control for the month of May as well as volunteers for next few months until we can all get back to our hospital shacks.    If you have access to an EOC, Home Station, or know of a location where you can reach …

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Billerica Amateur Radio Society Meets Online, May 6, 2020

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on the Billerica ARS web site: Everyone, the need for health safety has caused us to postpone club meetings at the church, our VE sessions, and our Saturday morning breakfasts. I am sure all of you are unhappy and miss getting together as a club. Me, too! The Board has discussed the idea of virtual meetings and we have decided that next Wednesday, our normal club meeting date, we will hold a VIRTUAL ZOOM MEETING with members. I am happy to say that Phil Temples, K9HI, ARRL Assistant Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager, will help us on …

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ARISS to Experiment with School Contacts Using “Multipoint Telebridge” Approach

From ARRL Web: 04/29/2020 – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is hoping to adopt a concept it’s calling the “multipoint telebridge contact via amateur radio” that will allow stay-at-home students to take part in amateur radio contacts with members of the space station crew. ARISS has used telebridge stations in the past to enable contacts at times when the ISS orbit does not pass overhead to permit a direct radio contact with the school or other location. In a conventional ARISS telebridge contact, an amateur station ground station in a favorable location for an ISS pass on …

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SKYWARN “Virtual” Spotter Training Sessions Offered Beginning May 7, 2020

From: US National Weather Service Boston MA Facebook page: [PLEASE SHARE] Are you interested in learning about severe thunderstorms & other types of weather? Next Thursday May 7th, is our first of 3 VIRTUAL Skywarn Spotter trainings! It will be provided via GoToWebinar. Register & get a link to the free training @ https://bit.ly/2We5OsK

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Cape Ann ARA Makes Emergency Donation to Open Door Food Program

Hank McCarl, W4RIG, CAARA President, writes on the CAARA mailing list: The CAARA Board has approved an emergency donation of $200 to the Open Door food program to assist with distribution of food to needy residents of Cape Ann and our surrounding communities.  Individual donations can be made by the general membership to:  Open Door at 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930 Jake Hurd and Bill Morris made the Recommendations and the CAARA Board approved by unanimous vote to help with the current emergency.

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New England Amateur Radio Inc. Authorized to Administer Fully Online Video-Supervised Volunteer Exams

New England Amateur Radio Inc (NE1AR) in collaboration with New England Sci-Tech in Natick, MA, has authorization of the ARRL VEC and the FCC to administer fully online video-supervised exams. These non-profit educational organizations, founded by Bob Phinney, K5TEC, and Ted Reimann, W1OG, and managed by a board of directors, support STEM education for all ages with an emphasis on amateur radio.   Bob and Ted began a series of trials on April 1, 2020, under ARRL VEC review and are now supervising a team that provides ARRL approved video-supervised test sessions almost every day of the week. They are also …

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