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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

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New England
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Division: New England

Previous EMA Monthly Summaries 

EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (EMA) SECTION NEWS – November 2017

 

Find additional EMA Section News and the contact information for the EMA staff on our website <http://ema.arrl.org/>. News items for the EMA Section News may be submitted to <k1tw@arrl.org>

 

 

REMIDER: WELCOMING THE NEW WMA SECTION MANAGER

A reminder that our neighboring Massachusetts section welcomes Ray Lajoie, KB1LRL as WMA Section Manager effective January 1, 2018.  Ed, W1KT is stepping down after leading the section since 2006.  All our best wishes to both Ray and Ed.

 

 

NEW LINUX SOFTWARE AVAILABLE FROM KB1OIQ

Andy's Ham Radio Linux, version 21, a remastered version of Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS.  This software collection consists of the Linux operating system and a wide selection of ham radio programs.  32-bit and 64-bit versions are available.  The previous version was downloaded just over 12,000 times.  More info here: <https://sourceforge.net/projects/kb1oiq-andysham/files/>

 

 

NTS

 

Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) Recognition for October 2017: N1LAH, KC1CIC, KW1U, N1IQI, N1TF, N1SYC, W1RVY, NV1N, and N1LKJ.  

 

Brass Pounder League (BPL) Recognition for October 2017: KW1U and N1IQI.

 

See the monthly “Public Service” column in QST for more information about the BPL and PSHR recognitions.

 

 

ARES

 

17 ARES Nets were reported as active in EMA during October. (Information from Marek, KB1NCG, SEC).

 

 

FLEA MARKETS

 

January 20,2018, 9 AM – 1 PM, Whitman MA

Whitman Amateur Radio Club

<http://www.wa1npo.org/pics/WinterFestFlyer2018.pdf>

 

February 18, 2018, 9 AM – 1 PM, Marlboro, MA

Algonquin Amateur Radio Club

<http://www.qsl.net/n1em/>

 

 

LICENSE CLASSES

 

Nothing to list this month.

 

 

ON-LINE COURSE

 

If you prefer to study alone, try this on-line course: <https://sites.google.com/view/kd2eom/licensing-course-on-lumalearn> (information from Tobias J. Park, KD2EOM)

 

 

CLUB NEWS

 

Algonquin Amateur Radio Club (AARC):

The AARC November meeting featured a talk on the basics of the Arduino.  The December 14 AARC meeting is the Holiday Banquet.

 

Billerica ARS (BARS):

The November club election produced the following new leadership:

-  President: Andy Wallace, KA1GTT

-  Vice President: Kayla Creamer, W2IRY

-  Treasurer: Bruce Anderson, W1LUS (incumbent)

-  Secretary: Paula Crock, KC1EDA

-  Board Member: Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF

-  Board Member: Henry Christle, WA1VAB

 

Genesis ARS (GARS):

Bob, N1COP, reports via the GARS email list their new repeater is up and running and undergoing some fine tuning.  GARS is holding their Christmas Party on December 18.

 

Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA):

QRA meetings start at 7PM, on the third Thursday of the month in Reading MA. Information on meetings at <www.w1ekt.org>.

 

PART OF WESTFORD:

Professor Ivan Galkin of the U Mass Lowell Space Science Laboratory was the featured speaker at the November meeting. His talk was on "Global Ionosphere Radio Observatory (GIRO): A multi-nation HF project at UMass Lowell."

 

Uncommon Service to Nautical Radio (USNR):

Several spring events are planned by the USNR (Uncommon Service to Nautical Radio) club, NE1PL, in conjunction with the Massasoit Amateur Radio Association (MARA). They will operate aboard the USS Massachusetts as W1BSA on April 28, 2018. This will be their fourth year operating and hosting the Scouts on the ship.  A Museum Ships on the Air event is also planned for the weekend of June 1-3.  (Information via Rick, KB1TEE and at <http://ne1pl.org/index.html>)

 

Wellesley ARS (WARS):

Here are the upcoming WARS meetings:

December 10: Holiday party at WCC

January 16: PS Events Gary, N1ZCE

February 20: Digital Modes Part 2 Charlie, WA3ITR

March 20: Agostino’s dinner, 6:30 PM

April 17: Digital Mobile Radio Dan, W1DAN

May 15: Ham Radio from EMA list or Don, KB1OTQ

June 19: Field Day planning and elections

 

South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club

The next Hospital net will be on Saturday December 2. Because announcements are sent out shortly before the net takes place, interested parties should contact John, K1JRO to get on his mailing list.

 

 

FIRST REGION NET (1RN) OCTOBER REPORTS (NTS)

 

Bill, W1KX, manages 1RN Cycle 4, the evening CW net and reports in October: 204 check-ins, 62 sessions, and the handling of 160 pieces of traffic.

 

Betsy, K1EIC, manages 1RN Cycle 2, the daytime SSB net and reports in October: 60 sessions, 267 check-ins, and the handling of 118 pieces of Traffic

 

 

NTS NETS (COMBINED EMA/WMA)

 

Marcia, KW1U, serves both Eastern and Western Massachusetts sections as the Section Traffic Manager (STM).

 

EMA/WMA NTS Nets are listed below. Please support the nets and check in.

 

 

EM2MN           145.230 MHz             8 PM Daily                      EMA 2 Meter

Net

MARIPN          3978 KHz                6PM Tu, Th, Sa          MASS/Rhode Island

HHTN            MMRA Repeaters  10PM Su, M, W, F                Heavy Hitters

CITN            147.375 MHz             7:30PM M, Tu, Th, Sa    Cape & Islands

MARI            3565 KHz                7PM Daily                       MASS/Rhode Island

CM2MN          146.970 MHz              9PM Daily                       Central MA

WMTN            146.910 MHz             10AM Daily                      WMA

WMTN            146.910 MHz             1PM Daily                       WMA

WMEN            3944 KHz                8:30AM Su                       WMA

NEPN            3945 KHz                8:45 Su                         NE Phone Net

 

 

SILENT KEYS

 

The Pilgrim ARC sadly reports: “friend and fellow club member Charlie Puzo, W1VPB, has passed away. He will be missed." (information via Dana WA1KYU).

 

 

FINAL WORD

 

My final word this month is about a chance encounter with a fellow ham that occurred most unexpectedly in Bedford this month. While walking with my wife on a Bedford town recreation trail one Wednesday afternoon we met Nick, KC1DKY wearing his PART of Westford club badge.  Nick was manning the turn-around point as part of a 5K/10K run for a local company. As you might imagine, we spent a few moments exchanging pleasant conversation while several very-fit runners checked-in with Nick. You just never know when and where you will find ham radio operators helping their communities. Thanks to Nick, his fellow team members manning the other check-points (whom I did not meet), and of course all the ham radio operators out there who help every day.

 

 

Until next month,

 

73,

 

Tom, 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