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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

 

EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION NEWS - AUGUST 2016


ARRL EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION STAFF
Section Manager (SM) – Tom Walsh, K1TW
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Phil Temples, K9HI
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Rob Leiden, K1UI
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) – Arthur "Bo" Budinger, WA1QYM
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) - Ed Parish, K1EP
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) – Joe Weisse, W1HAI
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

HOW TO CONTACT EMA STAFF MEMBERS:
To contact section staff members directly simply visit
http://ema.arrl.org  for contact information.


SECTION NEWS UPDATES
For the latest updates to section news please check our website
regularly at http://ema.arrl.org


BOXBORO! 2016
DATES:  September 9-11, 2016

The ARRL New England Division Convention, Boxboro! 2016, is just a
matter of days away now. There are many new talks and activities to
enhance your amateur radio enjoyment.

Don’t miss the convention opening and Keynote Address on Saturday
morning at 9 AM from Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, ARRL CEO.

Two banquets, Friday and Saturday, with great speakers are on the
schedule too.  New this year, following Friday’s banquet at 9:30 PM
is a screening of the movie “Frequency”.

There is a full program planned for FridaySaturday and Sunday. New
this year you can download the Convention program on the website now to
plan your weekend http://www.boxboro.org.


BOXBORO NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Andy, KB1OIQ, Volunteer Chair for the Boxboro convention reports they
are still looking for volunteers and asking for your help.

Volunteers work a 2-hour shift, and will receive a voucher for a free
lunch (maximum: $10 value).  Jobs involve a minimum of physical
activity. Some jobs are outdoors, while others are indoors.

These are the times where volunteers are needed:

Friday:    12 noon - 7:30 PM
Saturday:  7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday:    7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Please reply directly to Andy (KB1OIQ):
kb1oiq@arrl.net  or kb1oiq@mval.net.


HAMFESTS AND FLEA MARKETS:

September 9-11,2016
Boxboro! 2016
http://www.boxboro.org

September 18, 2016
FLEA at MIT

October 16, 2016
FLEA at MIT

November 5, 2016
Falmouth ARA


AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE CLASSES

NASHUA AREA RADIO CLUB
September 24-25   Technician Class
October 22-23 General Class
December 2-4 Amateur Extra Class
Location: Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua, 2300 Southwood Drive in Nashua.


More information at
http://n1fd.org/2016/08/14/fall-2016-ham-radio-license-classes/.
(Thanks to Anita, AB1QB).


SEPTEMBER SKYWARN TRAINING CLASSES
September 7: Edgartown
September 9: Boxboro

Rob, KD1CY, announces two Fall 2016 NWS Taunton SKYWARN classes for
September. Further detail at http://ema.arrl.org/node/2160.


EVENTS:

22nd ANNUAL PLYMOUTH RUN TO THE ROCK
Saturday, September 10, 2016

The South Shore Hospital has been asked by the Plymouth Boys and Girls
Club to once again coordinate communications on Saturday, September
10th, 2016 for their 22nd Annual Boys and Girls Club of Plymouth Run to
the Rock 5K, 10K and 1/2 Marathon. The race features 3 different race
courses with varied terrain.  Info at
http://www.runtotherock.webs.com.

All that is required is a 2-meter portable with a fully charged
battery, the desire to join other hams in supporting a large public
service event, and transportation to your assigned location.  This is a
low key / low stress event.

To volunteer, please email the following information to
ssharc@gmail.com:
  Your Name:
  Your Call sign:
  2 Meter Equipment: Portable / Mobile / Both
  A contact # to reach you (cell phone preferred):
  Your T-Shirt size:
  Any physical limitations (some spots can be done next to or from a
vehicle):
  Any preferences (we will do our best).

Thanks to John O' K1JRO and the Members of the South Shore Hospital
Amateur Radio Club.


WELCOME TO SIX NEW EMA SECTION APPOINTEES:

Rob Leiden, K1UI, has been appointed as an Assistant Section Manager
(ASM).  Rob’s appointment strengthens our coverage on Cape Cod and
southern parts of Eastern Massachusetts.  Rob brings a great deal of
experience as a former Section Manager (SM) in ENY.

Bob, AA1M, has been appointed as a DXCC Card Checker.  One of his first
assignments will be card checking at the Boxboro Convention.

Will, KB1WLY, has been appointed as a Local Government Liaison on Cape
Cod.  I met Will at the Falmouth ARA Field Day last June.

Tony, WA1ENO has been appointed as a Local Government Liaison for
Hanover, MA. Tony and I met in Dayton where we discussed his interest.

Lela, KC1ACV, has been handling publicity for PART of Westford for
quite some time now and I am happy to announce her appointment as our
newest Public Information Officer (PIO).

Dan, W1DAN, President of the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society (WARS) has
been appointed as an EMA Public Information Officer (PIO).  Dan is also
our EMA Technical Coordinator (TC).  Thanks Dan for taking on another
important role for our section.

My thanks go out to all those with field appointments in the EMA
section of the ARRL.


HOW TO BECOME AN EMA FIELD VOLUNTEER

To apply for an ARRL field appointment read about the different roles
on the ARRL web site at http://www.arrl.org/field-organization.  If
interested, contact k1tw@arrl.org


BETSY, K1EIC, RETIRING AS CT SECTION MANAGER AFTER 25 YEARS

Congratulations and the best wishes from the EMA section to Betsey
Doane, K1EIC, for leading the Connecticut ARRL section since 1991.

NEXT EMA HOSPITAL NET
September 3, 2016

John, K1RJO, writes that the Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net is
looking for groups or organizations to try their hand at net control
duties.  Their goal is to rotate net control practice and the
experience among as many groups as possible.

If interested, please email ssharc@gmail.com


CLUB NEWS:

Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC):
'Ask the Experts' panel discussion at Boxboro

From Tony, K1KP, YCCC President: “Based on feedback from our
ever-popular Contest University, Yankee Clipper Contest Club will
attempt to 'cut to the chase' and 'get to the good stuff' by hosting a
panel discussion on the nitty-gritty-bits of contesting. We will have
contesting experts K5ZD, W1RM, N1MM, and others on hand to answer your
toughest contest-related questions in person. This is a chance to get
some really great contesting tips and feedback, with direct answers to
your contesting questions. YCCC will also have a presentation on a
low-budget, high-fun DXpedition to the Isle of Shoals (IOTA-217) by
N1YX and K1RX, and an update on the 'Discover the HF Experience'
project by Gerry Hull, W1VE”.

Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club (NVARC)
The September 15 meeting of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club
(NVARC) in Pepperell will include visits and talks from two members of
the EMA staff: Bo WA1QYM (ACC) and Tom, K1TW (SM).


Barnstable Amateur Radio Club (BARC):
EMA section manager, Tom K1TW, paid a visit to the Barnstable club
meeting on August 1, 2016.  Tom is always looking for interested hams
to join the ARRL Field organization and it was at this meeting that Tom
met Rob, K1UI our newest ASM.


Minuteman Repeater Association (MMRA):
MMRA reports they are rebuilding the Quincy repeater. On August 24th,
they will be removing the Quincy repeater to replace the controller.
They will also remove the co-located 224.400 repeater.

While this work is being done, a temporary repeater will be installed.
The temporary repeater is NOT linkable and does not respond to the
usual control codes.  The repeater output power will drop from 126W ERP
to 50W ERP.   The 220 repeater will be off-the air
until it is reinstalled.  The plan is to have the main repeater back in
service by the end of September.


Nantucket ARA:
The Nantucket Amateur Radio Association reports it has the following
new email address: nantucketara4170@gmail.com.


PART OF Westford:
Hugh, N1QGE, reminds PART OF WESTFORD members to bring food donations
to their meeting to support the local food pantry.  It’s a great idea
that other clubs may wish to emulate.


Billerica Amateur Radio Society (BARS):
Bridging the worlds of shortwave listening and amateur radio, BARS
member John, KC1FTJ, was interviewed on the August 21st broadcast
“International Radio Report” over CKUT Montreal. The program is
available <https://ckut.ca/en/oldgrid/sunday,10:30>


Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association (CAARA):
The Cape Ann ARA began a two-month General License class in early
August.  They are meeting on Sunday evenings at the CAARA club house.



SILENT KEYS

We have received sad news that Dan Daigneault, N1LLG, long-time member
of NVARC became a Silent Key Saturday July 30th.  Dan was active in
emergency management in the town of Groton. (From Stanley, KD1LE).

We have received sad news of the passing of Clyde Ramsdell, N1BHH on
August 14, 2016.  Marcia, KW1U. writes that “Clyde had been a long
time traffic handler and was very active on EMRI CW net as well as
various other nets.  He was an A-1 CW operator and an all-around nice
guy.” (From Marcia, KW1U).


VISIT TO THE ANNUAL NTS PICNIC IN CONCORD

On 8 August, Tom K1TW (SM) and Mike, K1TWF (NE Division Vice Director)
met with Marcia KW1U (STM), Greg KC1CIC (ASTM), and many of the
dedicated NTS traffic handlers at their annual picnic in Concord.  It
was great to meet with these folks while swapping stories and eating
burgers and hot dogs!  They discussed re-activating the Cape and
Islands 2-meter traffic net so stay tuned for more on this.  Meanwhile,
check into one of our NTS section nets and say hello. The full EMA net
schedule can be found at http://nts.ema.arrl.org/node/25.


FINAL WORD

What else is there to say except see you all at Boxboro for the ARRL
New England Division Convention in September.  Enjoy!

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