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SOUTHEASTERN MA AMATEUR RADIO ASSN, INC.

SOUTHEASTERN MA AMATEUR RADIO ASSN, INC.

Contact Information

Club Name:
SOUTHEASTERN MA AMATEUR RADIO ASSN, INC.
Call Sign:
W1AEC
Contact:
Richard J Cabral W1RJC
Daytime Phone:
(508) 997-7070
Evening Phone:
(508) 997-7070
Email:
W1AEC@arrl.net

Basic Information

Call Sign:
W1AEC
Annual Report:
May 09th 2019
Meeting Time:
1st Thursday Monthly @ 7:00 PM
Meeting Place:
54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA
Section:
EMA
Affiliation Date:
Oct 02nd 1947
Specialties:
Contest, Digital Modes, DX, General Interest, Public Service/Emergency, Repeaters, VHF/UHF
Services Offered:
Club Newsletter, Entry-Level License Classes, General Or Higher License Classes, Hamfest, License Test Sessions, Mentor, Repeater
Description:

The Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (SEMARA) is an ARRL affiliated club that was founded in 1932 by the late Alan Cooper, W1HSR as the New Bedford Shortwave Radio Club (NBSWC).  The association owns three acres of land at 54 Donald Street in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, which was acquired in 1955.  Business meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM.  Coffee and donuts are served at an informal "ragchew" each Sunday from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  VE exam sessions are held on the first Saturday of even months at 10:30 AM.

The current clubhouse was erected in 1977 and is situated about 100 feet back from the road.  It consists of a meeting hall, kitchen area and two restrooms.  The original clubhouse was a Quonset hut, which was moved from Rockdale Avenue in New Bedford about 300 feet east of Dartmouth Street (a former restaurant called "Wally’s Hut") when the club first purchased the property.  That hut was attached to the current building and served as the radio room until its demolition in 2007.

In 2015, a re-purposed cellular equipment shelter was attached to the main clubhouse via a new small entry way and handicapped accessible ramp.  This newest addition functions as the radio room, containing three separate operating positions.  Each desk area contains HF/VHF/UHF gear and desktop computers/monitors, all networked together with high-speed business-class internet.  To the rear of the club buildings are a small storage shed and workshop.

At the far-left corner of the property (in the woods) is a 180-foot-tall communications tower which was erected in 1999.  The tower is situated on a 100x100 square-foot section of land leased to NETCOM, Inc., a communications site manager.  The club has exclusive rights to the top of the tower where our repeater and link antennas are located.  NETCOM in turn sub-leases the below space to various cellular providers and other tenants (including Dartmouth Police and Fire).  This arrangement provides a steady monthly income to the club.

The club owns and operates three analog repeaters, plus an APRS digipeater and iGate.  The repeaters are on the 2-meter (144 MHz), 1.25-meter (222 MHz) and 23-centimeter (902 MHz) amateur radio bands and provide exceptional coverage.  All repeaters transmit a CTCSS of 67 Hz and their output frequencies are 147.000, 224.800 and 927.8375 MHz respectively.  Additionally, the 222 MHz repeater is full-time linked with the Quahog Repeater Network (QRN) and the 902 MHz repeater is full-time linked with the New England Amateur Radio 900 MHz (NEAR-900) network.

For more information about our club, including events, VE exam sessions, repeaters and to apply for membership, please visit our web site.  Visitors are always warmly welcomed!

Links:
http://www.semara.org

Club Statistics

Club Members:
405
Voting Members:
405
Voting Licensed Amateur Members:
377
Voting ARRL Members:
297

SOUTHEASTERN MA AMATEUR RADIO ASSN, INC. Officers

  • Richard J Cabral W1RJC

    Contact, Secretary

    Richard J Cabral W1RJC

  • Marcel L. Dumont W1MLD

    President

    Marcel L. Dumont W1MLD

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  • Michael J. Mc Donald KB1NB

    Treasurer

    Michael J. Mc Donald KB1NB

  • Jean-Pierre Chiron AG1Y

    Vice President

    Jean-Pierre Chiron AG1Y

  • Robert B. Kelley K1KVV

    Editor

    Robert B. Kelley K1KVV