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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 - JUNE 2016 -

June 20, 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
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

To contact section staff members directly simply visit
<http://ema.arrl.org> for contact information.


FIELD DAY WEEKEND – JUNE 25-26, 2016

Field Day (FD) is just a few days away as I write. Clubs and
individuals all across our Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) ARRL section are
making their final arrangements for one of the most exciting and
enjoyable annual events.  Let’s all hope for much calmer weather this
year after the challenging weather of 2015!

I look forward to Field Day with an even greater sense of its
importance as your section manager.  This year I will be visiting the
southern parts of EMA, focusing on Cape Cod, and attempt to visit a
number of our active club sites.


MASSACHUSETTS AGAIN RECOGNIZES ARRL FIELD DAY WEEKEND

During my FD weekend travels, I expect to bring copies of the
Massachusetts Governor’s Proclamation of Amateur Radio Weekend, and
Resolutions from both the Massachusetts House and Senate recognizing
ARRL Field Day.

Pictures of club members holding the resolutions and proclamations make
great photos for club newsletters following FD.  Since I cannot visit
every FD and club during the weekend, we will also put the
proclamations on the section website at <ema.arrl.org>.

Special thanks are in order to the staff in Senator Bruce Tarr’s
office and to the several members of our EMA staff who worked to make
this happen.  In particular, I want to thank Hank, W4RIG (SGL) and
Phil, K9HI (ASM).


WHERE TO FIND A FIELD DAY OPERATION NEARBY

It’s easy, thanks to the amazing work of Bill, N1VUX.  Just visit the
“17th Annual Field Day Directory and Home Page.”  <
http://fd.ema.arrl.org/>.

Next click on the Field Day Directory to see the location of all
registered field day locations by Massachusetts county.  <
http://fd.ema.arrl.org/fd_dir.php>

If it’s Saturday (or even Sunday) morning on Field Day weekend and
you are not already part of an existing Field Day operation, it’s not
too late to enjoy the excitement and fun of Field Day.  Clubs welcome
visitors! So find a location on the Directory, stop by and have a
wonderful time!


DON’T MISS AN EASY 100 POINT BONUS DURING FIELD – SEND A MESSAGE TO
SM OR SEC

See FD rule 7.35 at
<http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2016/2016%20Rules.pdf>

Bonus points are an important part of every field day, yet it is
surprising how many clubs miss the 100-point bonus for message
origination to the Section Manager.  Or alternatively, originate a
message to the Section Emergency Coordinator and claim the same bonus.
Either way, 100 points is valuable when you consider how many ssb or cw
contacts are required to achieve 100 points.

You can find the list and times of EMA traffic net nets at
<http://nts.ema.arrl.org/node/25>.  But here are a couple of
suggestions for early Saturday evening:

  6 PM  EDT   MARIPN  3978  LSB
  7 PM  EDT   MARI       3565  CW


RESERVE THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2016 FOR THE ARRL NEW ENGLAND
DIVISION CONVENTION AT BOXBORO

Yes, if you have not heard yet, Boxboro has become annual and has moved
its dates to the weekend following Labor Day.

The Boxboro committee is hard at work to bring everyone another
terrific convention experience.

Here are just some of the highlights:

a.      ARRL CEO, Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, will formally open the weekend
festivities on Saturday morning at 9 AM.  Come meet our new League
CEO!

b.      “Heroes of Amateur Radio Past, Present and Future” by noted
radio historian Donna Halper, is the key feature of The Saturday Grand
Banquet. You don’t want to miss this!

c.      On Friday Night, the DX/Contest Dinner features David Collingham,
K3LP as the Keynote speaker with a presentation on the “VP8S South
Sandwich and South Georgia DXpedition.”

d.      And here is a cool new event for Boxboro:   The Friday Night Movie
will be a showing of “Frequency.”

e.      Boxboro Forums on FridaySaturday and Sunday are among the best of
any national convention.

f.      A free Technician license class and volunteer exams.

Go to the Boxboro 2016! Website for full details <
http://boxboro.org/>.


CHANGES COMING TO SECTION NEWS AND SECTION COMMUNICATIONS

I like to maintain monthly EMA section newsletters. Yet, this is only
part of how we communicate news to the section. Changes are under
discussion to make more use of our ARRL EMA website
<http://ema.arrl.org/> to distribute news items faster and in a more
timely manner.  So rather than waiting until the news comes out, in
which case some events may have already taken place, get in the habit
of looking at the website at least once a week for timely updates.

For the past couple months the newsletter was absent, largely due to
conflicts in my schedule including extensive travel to South America,
yet section news was still available on our website.  Many thanks to
Phil, K9HI (ASM) for maintaining the flow of section news and
information on the website during this period.

Section communication occurs in various ways in addition to the
newsletter.  Consider just some of the many activities staff members
have been engaged in recently, such as:

a.      Improvements to section emergency preparedness;
b.      Visits to and communication with clubs;
c.      Reaching out to schools and young people;
d.      Activation of section nets;
e.      Recruitment of field appointees;
f.      Tracking legislation affecting amateur radio;
g.      Technical support and Monitoring

To better improve section awareness of these and other activities, we
are considering how to improve our communications with the section
through more than just the monthly news.


ARRL CEO MEETS STAFF ENGAGED IN ENCOURAGING YOUNG AMATEURS

Efforts in the EMA section to attract young people to the hobby has
also attracted the attention of ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF.  Tom
recently met with Jeremy, KB1REQ (SYC), and Marek, KB1NCG (SEC) in late
May at the Clay Center to learn more on their work.


SECTION STAFF MEETS IN GLOUCESTER AT CAARA

On June 4, the EMA staff met for a half day in Gloucester, courtesy of
the Cape Ann ARA.  Among the topics we discussed were improving section
communications by making better use of the section news, website and
social media. A number of really great ideas were discussed that will
be pursued and reported on as we make progress.


SECTION MANAGER TRAVELS SINCE LAST NEWSLETTER

I visited several clubs recently and enjoyed meeting with the members.
I like the opportunity to talk about the section and ARRL and hopefully
have a little fun in the process. If you would like me to visit your
club please get in contact by emailing <k1tw@arrl.org>.

I have lots of travel to report since the last news:

March 19:
I attended, unannounced in advance, the March Quannapowitt Radio
Association meeting and thoroughly enjoyed the evening presentation of
a recent member DXpedition.

April 28:
The Falmouth ARA hosted me as their guest presenter in late April.  The
wonderful friendly reception more than made up for the 2-hour drive each
way.

May 9:
The Norfolk County Radio Association invited me to attend their annual
meeting, officer elections, and make a short presentation in Walpole.
I also had the enjoyment of observing their 2-meter net that has an
unbroken meeting record going back many decades.

June 2:
The Framingham ARA hosted me as their guest presenter.  FARA was still
digesting the awful news of losing their long-standing club location in
town (more later in this news). Nevertheless, we had a very pleasant
visit and FARA is a very resilient club!


EMA FIELD APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

Are you interested in becoming more involved in our section by applying
for an ARRL field appointment? Check out the various opportunities
described on the ARRL website at
<http://www.arrl.org/field-organization>.

The section is always looking for committed, talented volunteers. If
you find something of interest, contact Tom K1TW, <k1tw@arrl.org>.


DIVISION DIRECTOR’S MEETING COMING UP ON JULY 9

Tom Frenaye, K1KI will be meeting with New England Division ARRL staff
and affiliated club officers to gather input prior to the next ARRL
board meeting.  Clubs are invited to send a representative, usually the
President or another officer.  If your club is interested in sending
someone please contact Tom directly at <k1ki@arrl.org>.


NEW ENGLAND AREA FLEA MARKETS

An updated list courtesy of W1GSL is on the EMA website
<http://ema.arrl.org/node/2143>.


JUNE 26 - BAA 10 K SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

Details at the EMA website <http://ema.arrl.org/node/2141>.
If you have any questions about the event or the sign-up procedure,
email <ab1rl@brettcsmith.org> or call 859-466-5915.


JULY 2 - EMA HOSPITAL NET

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>. The next net will be on July 2.


JULY 10 - HELP NEEDED TO BENEFIT A LOCAL CHILD

The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club has been asked to provide
communications support at a 5K race / walk on the morning of July 10 at
South Field in Weymouth (the former South Weymouth Navel Air Station).
Proceeds from this race will benefit a local Weymouth child who is
suffering from GM-1, a progressive disease affecting his ability to
walk and talk. If interested in helping out please email
<ssharc@gmail.com>.  Details on the EMA website at
<http://ema.arrl.org/node/2147>.


JULY 30-31 - TECHNICIAN CLASS, DARMOUTH MA

Details on the EMA website at <http://ema.arrl.org/node/2148>.


K1KP WINS APRIL QST COVER PLAQUE

Congratulations to Tony K1KP, President of YCCC, for winning the April
QST Cover Plaque.  Details at <http://ema.arrl.org/node/2135>.


FRAMINGHAM ARA LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association (W1FY) is looking for a new
home. Town officials notified tenants of the Danforth Building at 123
Union Avenue, where the FARA club station is located, that "the heating
system in the municipal facility is no longer operable."  Details on the
EMA website at < http://ema.arrl.org/node/2139>.

Sumner, W1VIV, a FARA Director was interviewed on the June 10th Edition
of Amateur Radio Newsline concerning the situation. The interview can be
heard as part of the June 10 podcast available on the Amateur Radio
Newsline website < http://www.arnewsline.org/>.

Late Update: On Saturday, June 18, FARA held a sale of their antennas
and towers.


CONGRATULATIONS TO CAPE ANN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB ON 40 YEARS

CAARA plans a special celebration during this year’s FD at 6 PM on
Saturday in honor of its fortieth anniversary!


FALMOUTH ARA

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) in conjunction with the
National Weather Service Forecast Office in Taunton, MA, sponsored a
Skywarn training session on June 4 at the Falmouth (MA) Public Library.
Rob Macedo, KD1CY, ARES SKYWARN Coordinator and Eastern Massachusetts
ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator was the program presenter.
About 33 people attended, about half of them being licensed amateurs
from around the area. FARA thanks the NWS for providing this
opportunity for community members and amateurs to earn Skywarn Spotter
status. The above information is from From Henry, K1WCC, club
publicist.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

A strong tip of the hat goes this month to Bill, N1VUX, for his
tireless efforts with EMA Field Day Directory.

Thanks to Mike, K1TWF, our NE Division Vice Director for his attendance
and support at the EMA Staff meeting Gloucester this month.

EMA Staff Contributors this month include everyone!  Thanks to Andy
KB1OIQ (ASM), Phil K9HI (ASM), Bo WA1QYM (ACC), Ed K1EP (OOC), Joe
W1HAI (PIC), Marek KB1NCG (SEC), Han W4RIG (SGL), Marcia KW1U (STM),
Jeremy KB1REQ (SYC) and Dan W1DAN (TC).

73,

Tom, K1TW
ARRL Section Manager
Eastern Massachusetts

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