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ARRL Sections - Eastern Massachusetts

Eastern Massachusetts

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
Description:

Previous EMA Monthly Summaries

  

 

ARRL EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION  

Section Manager (SM) – Tom Walsh, K1TW 
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Phil Temples, K9HI
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) – Arthur "Bo" Budinger, WA1QYM 
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) - Ed Parish, K1EP 
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) - Bob Salow, WA1IDA 
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) – Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG
Section Traffic Manager (STM) – Marcia Forde, KW1U 
Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) – Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ 
State Government Liaison (SGL) – Hank Mc Carl, W4RIG 
Technical Coordinator (TC) – Dan Brown, W1DAN


JULY 2015 SECTION NEWS

Summer days are here.  Anyone miss winter yet?  It’s only six months
away!

It is a great pleasure to announce the following section field
appointments: 

Please welcome Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG, as the new ARRL Section Emergency
Coordinator (SEC) for Eastern Massachusetts.  Marek joined ARES as a
volunteer in 2007 and became the ARES Metro-Boston District Emergency
Coordinator in 2008. In 2010 he joined the Brookline CERT and brought
amateur radio training to over 30 of its members. He has been an active
part of numerous ARES deployments and public service events including
seven years with the Boston Marathon. He brings a breath of
operational, educational, and technical talents to the position of
SEC.

Please also welcome as an Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, Mike
“Sparky” Leger, N1YLQ.  Mike brings a wealth of operational
experience in emergency communications effectiveness working in a
variety of Red Cross, SKYWARN and RACES environments.  

Congratulations and thanks to Joe Weisse, W1HAI, of Natick who takes on
the job as manager of HHTN effective July 1.

Marcia Forde, KW1U, EMA Section Traffic Manager reports the Traffic
Handlers picnic will be held on August 2.  Details are at
<http://nts.ema.arrl.org/>. The following EMA amateurs have qualified
for:
-  BPL:  KW1U
-  PSHR: KW1U, N1IQI, N1TF, N1LKJ.


BOXBORO CONVENTION

BOXBORO! 2015, the ARRL New England Division Convention, is now just
one month away (August 21-23, 2015). The website
<http://www.boxboro.org> is constantly updated.  

New for this year, the convention will have an opening ceremony hosted
by Gordon West, WB6NOA.  Bob DeMattia, K1IW, Boxboro Vice-Chair says
“Come join us in the Federal Ball Room at 9AM on Saturday for what
should prove to be a unique experience.”  

Bob also notes “One of the things that sets the Boxboro! Convention
apart from your typical flea is our best-in-class forums.”

Among the highlights on the web page now are:
- The complete Forum schedule for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
- Registration for the free “Tech-in-a-day” license course
- Registration for Gordon West’s free Instructor Academy on Friday
- Free SKYWARN Training on Friday afternoon
- A link to sign up as a convention volunteer
- Ticket and Banquet information

And don’t forget the W1A Special Event station at Boxboro will be
available to operate during the weekend. 


COURSES

GENERAL CLASS: August 1 and 8:
The Genesis ARS will conduct a General Class course on August 1 & 8
from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Middleborough Public Library. Students are
required to bring the ARRL General Q&A Fifth Edition. All other
materials will be supplied. Register with <n1ir@arrl.net>   prior to
July 25.

TECH-IN-A-DAY, August 22, 2015, 9 AM – 5 PM
The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association is holding a free Technician
study course at the Boxboro 2015 convention.  Registration and full
details are at <http://www.boxboro.org/techcourse/> 


FLEA MARKETS

July 19, Cambridge MA (Sunday)
Flea at MIT <http://w1mx.mit.edu/flea-at-mit>

August 22-23, Boxboro Convention (Saturday and Sunday)
<http://www.boxboro.org>  


SPECIAL EVENTS ON THE AIR

August 8:  W1NAS at the site of the former Weymouth Naval Air Station.

August 21-23: W1A at the Boxboro Convention


CLUB AND OTHER NEWS

“The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club has been asked to once
again provide communications for the Run to the Rock Road Race. This
large event will be held this year on September 12, 2015. We are
seeking volunteers for this 4 1/2 hour morning event (7:30 am to noon).
The Race will continue to use three race courses as it has in the past
which encompasses a large geographic area of Plymouth. We need
approximately 35-40 licensed amateur radio volunteers to effectively
cover the courses and stations. For complete information on the event,
please visit: <http://www.runtotherock.webs.com>.”

Approximately eight Norwood ARC members assisted with communications
for the Norwood 4th of July Road Race and Parade. They utilized the
Norwood 147.21 repeater.

Zola Center ARC held a special VE session on June 13 in Newton
Highlands to accommodate several candidates who were blind. 

In conjunction with the K1USN RC special events station, W1NAS, at the
site of the former Naval Air Station in South Weymouth on August 8, the
USS Nautilus ARC in Groton, Connecticut will also be QRV as N1S. The
K1USN crew will also conduct a VE session that day at 8:30 AM in the
Museum.
 
A good crowd was on hand at the June meeting of the Nashoba Valley ARC.
Members listened to a presentation on 3D Printing from Vern Nulk,
KA1QAO. Vern brought 3D printing equipment and demonstrated it in
action. 

Members of the Southeastern MA ARA operated in the 13 Colonies Special
Event, signing K2H, from June 30 to July 5. 
Amateur Radio communications volunteers are needed July 18 for an MS
Ride event in Concord. Hams will staff aid stations and accompany SAG
(support and gear) drivers. To volunteer, contact Mark,
K1MGY@arrl.net.

Barnstable ARC hams netted some great PR with coverage about its Field
Day from NPR outlet WCAI. The story can be heard (and read) at
<http://tinyurl.com/pokehtw> 


FIELD DAY VISITS AND CHALLENGING WEATHER TOO

Field Day offers so many wonderful opportunities to show off ham radio
to the Public and share the joy of this hobby with others. 
Massachusetts amateur radio operators were honored by proclamations
from both Governor Baker and the Massachusetts Senate. Just in time for
Field Day weekend, I was able to send out a special email to the section
about this.  I wish it had been possible to show the proclamations to
every club in EMA that set up for Field Day, but I will get them on the
ema.arrl.org web site very soon.  

As most know, especially if you participated at a field day site, the
weather on Saturday was quite beautiful but Sunday was anything but. 
This curtailed to some extent the visits to many EMA clubs since travel
on Sunday was difficult. I am aware of the following visits being made
at least on Saturday:

Mike, K1TWF, NE Division Director and Tom, K1TW, EMA Section Manager
jointly visited the following clubs on Friday and Saturday: 
 
  Phillips Amateur Radio Club (PARC), Andover; 
  Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association (CAARA), Gloucester;
  North Shore Radio Association (NSRA), Danvers; 
  Clay Center Amateur Radio Club (CCARC), Brookline,
  Wellesley Amateur Radio Society (WARS), Needham;
  PART of Westford, Concord; 
  Billerica Amateur Radio Society (BARS) in Chelmsford. 

Phil, K9HI, EMA Assistant Section Manager visited the Harvard Wireless
Club on Saturday.

Next year’s plan for EMA Section Manager Field Day visits will focus
on Cape Cod and clubs in the southern parts of the section.  

I’d like to acknowledge the outstanding work done by Bill Ricker,
N1VUX, in maintaining the Eastern Massachusetts Field Day web site
again this year.  What a fantastic tool, especially for a section
manager trying to plan a trip to multiple field day locations but also
to anyone looking for a location to enjoy the field day experience.  

Acknowledgement:
Thanks to Assistant Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI, for his help as
co-author on the July Section News.

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