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Eastern Massachusetts

Contact Information

Section Name:
Eastern Massachusetts
Contact:
Tom Walsh K1TW
Daytime Phone:
781-275-5882
Email:
k1tw@arrl.org

Basic Information

Division:
New England
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Division: New England

Previous EMA Monthly Summaries 

 

 

October 2019: EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (EMA) SECTION NEWS

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      Welcome to the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL section newsletter.
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To see the complete monthly section news, which is updated regularly,
visit <https://ema.arrl.org/>.

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UP FRONT

WELCOME NEW ASMs: Jim, K1IR and Bruce, N9JBT

It is a pleasure to announce the appointments of Jim Idelson, K1IR, and
Bruce Tinkler, N9JBT to the role of Assistant Section Manager (ASM).
Both are already making significant contributions to the advancement of
Amateur Radio. 

Jim, K1IR, is a lifelong ham with interests cutting across many aspects
of the hobby. He enjoys technical experimentation; he hosts a 2-meter
DMR repeater at his QTH in Sudbury; he is an active HF contester. Most
recently Jim has turned his attention to advancing tower safety, by
delivering presentations at the Boxboro Convention, NEAR-Fest and local
clubs.  Contact Jim to get your club signed up for this important talk.
View Jim’s biography at: <https://ema.arrl.org/jim-idelson-k1ir>.

Bruce, N9JBT has been active over the years in Colonial Wireless
Association, Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston, Walk for Hunger, Boston
Marathon, Clay Center Observatory ARC, New England Amateur Radio, and
Sci Tech Amateur Radio Society at New England Sci Tech.  Bruce is
currently station manager for W1STR and an amateur radio mentor. His
volunteer activities focus on public outreach, STEM education and public
service.  View Bruce’s biography at:
<https://ema.arrl.org/bruce-tinkler-n9jbt>.

Bruce brings a focus on STEM education, Science and Astronomy with a
youth and family focus at the New England Sci-Tech center.  Jim has
chosen to focus on communications; he runs his own company focused on
helping large companies get the most out of modern communication tools.
Both understand amateur radio and its history from a broad perspective
and bring expertise to the section leadership valuable in promoting
Amateur Radio to future generations. 

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CAPE COD AMATEURS PROVIDE COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE 2019 CAPE COD MARATHON
IN FALMOUTH

Approximately 30 Cape Cod amateurs provided communications for the
annual Cape Cod Marathon and Half Marathon in Falmouth on October 26-27,
2019. The premiere event is limited to 1,200 participants and serves as
a qualifying race for the BAA Boston Marathon.

“The weather was excellent for running on Saturday, but a completely
different story for the full marathon on Sunday,” writes Falmouth
Amateur Radio Association President and Communications Coordinator Barry
Hutchinson, KB1TLR. “With strong winds and heavy rains along
Falmouth’s coastline both runners and radio operators were put to the
test.”

Hutchinson reports that “banners for the Barnstable Amateur Radio
Club, FARA, and the new ARRL radio communications banner were all
displayed along the finish line gates. “This created many positive
comments about amateur radio.”

Amateur radio volunteers kept race officials abreast of runners who
dropped out, allowing them to be picked up by the “Tired Runner
Vans” or transferred to the medical tent. KB1TLR received praise from
the Marathon staff which he passed it along to his team. “It was an
excellent team to work with.”

Photos at:
https://ema.arrl.org/2019/11/04/cape-cod-amateurs-provide-communications-for-the-2019-cape-cod-marathon-in-falmouth/

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ANTENNA RAISING IN STYLE AT NEW ENGLAND SCI-TECH AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY

Members of New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS) held an
antenna-raising party to erect an 80-meter antenna on Saturday, October
26, 2019. Members included: Ted, W1OG; Bill, N1WEN; Leandra, AF1R; Alex,
KB1SSN; Stu, W1SHS; Barbara, KC1KGS; Dan, W1DAN; Jeremy, KB1REQ; Bob,
K5TEC; and Kenneth, KC1AHI.

According to Sci-Tech’s Bob Phinney, K5TEC, “A lot of tree limbs had
to be cleared to make room for antenna wires. Ted and Alex did most of
the work from the bucket lift while the rest of us were ground crew. It
was especially helpful to have Bill, Leandra, Alex, and Jeremy helping
up to the end, after dark, with the flagpole. And to Alex for bravely
running the bucket lift to the top of the flagpole in the dark. “

KB1REQ used the antenna to make contacts in the CQ World Wide contest
and reports the antenna is working well.

According to Bob, the group still needs help in creating the spring and
weight systems at the bottom “to allow for the swaying trees.” Bob
also thanked KM1NDY for acquiring the antenna and coax.

Photos at:
https://ema.arrl.org/2019/10/27/antenna-raising-in-style-at-new-england-sci-tech-amateur-radio-society/

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UNIQUE RADIOGRAM “TRAFFIC” HITS THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS NETS

Traffic handlers on the Eastern Massachusetts section nets received some
unique messages for relay and delivery this past month. Amateurs who
provided public service communications for the Head of the Charles
Regatta in Cambridge and Boston were thanked via NTS radiogram for their
efforts by amateur coordinator Jeff Arnold, K1EMS. The book traffic was
sent over several evenings to approximately 82 amateurs living in
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

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NEW AFFILIATED CLUB SERVICE OFFERED: YOUR CLUB ON THE WEB!

We understand it’s difficult to recruit and retain a webmaster for
your club. In fact, some clubs’ web sites have fallen into disrepair.
That’s why we’re excited to offer this new service to ARRL
affiliated clubs—a hosted page on the EMA ARRL web site. The address
is of the form, https://ema.arrl.org/<Your Club Name>. The pages would
be maintained by our webmaster, with input from your club officers.

What would the page look like? We’ve set up an example featuring the
fictional “No Name” Amateur Radio Club, at
https://ema.arrl.org/affiliated-club-template/ .

Questions? Contact ACC Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ, at <kb1oiq@mval.net> or ASM
Phil Temples, K9HI, at k9hi@arrl.org.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT RADIO CLUB?

Please visit
<https://ema.arrl.org/affiliated-clubs/radio-clubs-of-yesteryear/> and
send any information you might have to  our Assistant Section Manager
(ASM) Phil Temples, K9HI, at <k9hi@arrl.org>.

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FLEA MARKETS:

January 18, 2020 Whitman MA @ Knights of Columbus Rt18 Chris N1CFB
508-224-8528

February 18, 2020 Marlboro MA Algonquin ARC 25 Union St Tim KA1OS
508-919-6136

A full list of New England flea markets can be found at
https://ema.arrl.org/2019/10/11/new-england-area-flea-markets-october-4-2019/

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PUBLIC SERVICE EVENTS

[No upcoming events are scheduled]

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NEWS FROM EMA.ARRL.ORG:

Each day on the section web site we bring you news and information from
Eastern Massachusetts and beyond. Visit https://ema.arrl.org for the
latest.

Here’s a small sampling of the stories that have appeared this past
month:

o Amateurs to Contact Military Station on 60 Meters During Simulated
Emergency Test, November 3, 2019
o Eastern MA Hospital Net, November 2, 2019
o Western MA ARES Simulated Emergency Test, November 3, 2019
o K5TEC: “Ideas for Attracting Youth and Families to Amateur Radio”
at Framingham ARA, November 7, 2019
o YuKanRun Ocean View 5K and Half Marathon, Ipswich, November 3, 2019
o Norton Halloween Parade, October 27, 2019
o Antenna Raising in Style at New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio
Society
o Framingham ARA Flea Market Suspended
o 15-meter QRP FT8 Activity Night, Westford Vicinity
o MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2019
o New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, November 16-17,
2019
o Falmouth ARA FARA Fest, Bourne, November 2, 2019

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EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES

The first Monday of every month is a test of the Massachusetts RACES and
ARES communication capabilities.  The monthly ARES VHF Net is at 8:30 PM
on the MMRA Repeater system.

To see all the recent news on Eastern Massachusetts ARES please visit
<https://ema.arrl.org/category/emcomm/>. This site is constantly
maintained with the latest happenings by our EMA SEC, Rob, KD1CY.

If you are interested in joining Eastern Massachusetts ARES, visit
<https://secure1.ema.arrl.org/qilan/ares/EMA/ARES_about>.

To find out more about EMA ARES visit <https://ema.arrl.org/ares/>.

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Section Traffic Manager (STM), Marcia KW1U

The September section traffic manager report may be viewed at
https://ema.arrl.org/2019/10/21/massachusetts-traffic-report-for-september-2019/.
This report lists all the PSHR and BPL recognitions for the month of
September and details the very extensive level of NTS activity across
the state. 

September BPL recipients:  KW1U

September PSHR recipients:  KW1U, N1TF, KE1ML, N1IQI, W1RVY, KD2JKV,
KC1HHO, WA1LPM, N1LAH

Find the list of all NTS daily nets in Massachusetts here:
<https://ema.arrl.org/national-traffic-system/net-schedule/>.

To see more news on Eastern Massachusetts Traffic Handling and Nets
visit <https://ema.arrl.org/category/nts/>.

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NET REPORTS

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FIRST REGION NET (1RN) REPORT (CW)
Eric, W1RVY, manager of 1RN Cycle 4, the evening CW net reports that in
October there were 60 sessions, 67 pieces of traffic handled and 179
check-ins.

FIRST REGION NET (FRN) REPORT (SSB)
Betsey, K1EIC, manager of FRN Cycle 2, the daytime SSB net reports that
in October there were 62 sessions, 104 pieces of traffic handled and 258
check-ins.

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SILENT KEYS

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of these Eastern MA
radio amateurs:

Calvert F. Eck, W1CRK, Marstons Mills

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Section website:
<https://ema.arrl.org/>

Section Facebook page:
<https://www.facebook.com/easternmaarrl/>

Section Leadership:
<https://ema.arrl.org/organization/#Section_Leadership>

Section Public Service List:
<https://ema.arrl.org/2019/03/05/ema-public-service-list/>

Section Speaker List:
<https://ema.arrl.org/2018/04/16/eastern-ma-club-speakers-list/>.

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FINAL WORD

It has been an extraordinarily busy month.  I hope you enjoy your
October section news. 

To join EMA ARES visit
<https://secure1.ema.arrl.org/qilan/ares/EMA/ARES_about>

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ACKOWLEDGEMENT

This October section news has been jointly produced by K9HI and K1TW. 

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ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW
k1tw@arrl.org
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Eastern Massachusetts Officials