2016 Site Updates

2016-01-01

2016-01-01_2Welcome to the official website of SEMARA – The Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc.  We are an amateur radio club established in 1932 that owns our own property in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and has over 340 members.  If you would like to contribute to this website, please contact the Web Committee by using the “Contact Us” link at the top of this page.

Latest Site Updates

4/13/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “Maritime Radio Day 2016.”
4/7/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “SEMARA Exam Session Results – April 2, 2016.”
3/27/2016 W1RJC read more

Free Tower, Mast and Discone Antenna

2016-03-27

I received a call today from one of our members, Sonny Eddleston (K1USW), who wanted to pass this message along.  He has a tower and some pieces of pipes with a discone antenna on the top. This is all the information I have about this, because he had to get off the phone. If anyone wants this, it would be all free. You just have to take it down. If anyone needs any more information, [send a message to w1aec [at] semara [dot] org and we will provide you with Sonny’s cell phone number]. He lives in Fairhaven, MA. Just passing the word.

73 Joe K N1IXC

John Williams, KB1EVY, SK

2016-02-11

Photo Credit: David H. Pascoe, KM3T; WRTC Station Test 2013

It is with great regret that we announce the tragic passing of John E. Williams, II, KB1EVY of East Wareham at age 70.  John passed away prior to noontime on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.  According to NBC 10 (WJAR, Providence), police officers had executed a well-being check at his 118 Glen Charlie Road home and discovered his body.  He suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and it is unknown at this time who the suspect(s) is/are.

Although not a SEMARA member, John was very active on the air.  According to his QRZ page, he owned a Kenwood TS-530S and TS-440S for HF where he was active primarily on 75 and 15 meters.  He was also periodically on 2-meters across various local repeaters.

Share your thoughts and memories of John using the “Comments” link at the top of this story.  We send our sympathy to his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

KB1EVY, SK

Don Mara, WA1PLT, SK

2016-01-31It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Donald A. Mara, WA1PLT of Dartmouth.  Don passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 11:30 AM.  He was 87 years old.  Don was still active in recent months and also attended several SEMARA business meetings in 2015.  President Marcel, W1MLD adds:

So sorry to hear about Don WA1PLT SK. He was always so interested in amateur radio and SEMARA. He will be missed.

Share your thoughts and memories of Don using the “Comments” link at the top of this story.  We send our sympathy to Rachel and his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

WA1PLT, SK

SEMARA’s Clubhouse Addition Gains Steam!

2016-01-18Construction of a new addition, which will house the new SEMARA radio room, began this past summer when a former cellular communications shelter was placed on a newly built foundation behind the existing clubhouse.  Last month, construction kicked into high gear with the ground being graded, a floor and wall being added to attach the new building to the existing clubhouse and a roof being framed and shingled.

As construction continues, follow along with pictures from start to finish, with newer photos being added periodically at SEMARA’s Clubhouse Addition photo album.  The SEMARA Web Committee would like to thank Mike-W1BZJ and Michael Raposa for providing a majority of the pictures for this growing album.

SEMARA Exam Session Results – December 2015

2015-12-16Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the last VE Session, December 5, 2015:

Andrew T. Perron, Extra — AB1YN
Brian M. Awalt, General — N1OPN
Benjamin D. DeSousa, Technician — KC1EUV
Steven J. Pack, Technician — KC1EUW
David A. Bernard, Technician — KC1EUX

Enjoy your new privileges!

Annual “Santa Net” on 3916 kHz

2015-12-11The annual “Santa Net” is conducted every night at 8:30 PM ET (01:30 UTC) on 3916 kHz LSB until Christmas. Get your kids, grand-kids or neighbor’s kids on the air third-party and talk with Santa at the North Pole via amateur radio! The Santa Net is held every year before Christmas on the 75-meter ham band.

New 98.1 WCTK Tower Being Erected

The following article appeared on SouthCoastToday.com and in the “The Standard-Times,” a newspaper published in New Bedford, Massachusetts on Thursday, December 10, 2015:

2015-12-11By Kathleen McKiernan

NEW BEDFORD — Over the past week, a 597-foot radio tower that will play the popular country music channel WCTK-FM, has been rising from the Marine Commerce Terminal tower in the South End.
The FM radio tower near the South Terminal site, owned by Hall Communications, is being relocated from the center of the 4-acre parcel of land to the southwest corner so the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Mass CEC) which is overseeing construction of the terminal, will have more space to use the whole parcel.

The new tower will be free standing, said Catherine Williams, spokesman for the CEC.

In November 2014, a tower that broadcast both AM and FM signals was deconstructed and a new tower just for the AM signal was built on land near St. Mary’s Cemetery off Route 140. AM radio waves could create a “shock hazard” that would interfere with massive cranes lifting and lowering large objects like turbine parts at the new, larger terminal. State officials said the AM signal had to be relocated.

The FM part of the tower, however, does not negatively affect the cranes, state officials said, and a new FM tower is now being built near the terminal.

South End residents, meanwhile seem undeterred by the new FM radio tower rising into the sky across from their homes.

“It doesn’t bother me,” shrugged Hope Reis, who has lived off South Second Street for 25 years.

Allen Britto, who lives directly across from the tower, said he’d like more information on the project.

“They should have put out more information on the potential impact and health concerns,” said Britto.

“We were wondering what it was,” said Nina Rodrigues, co-owner of Amaral’s Linguica.

“Honestly, I haven’t even thought about it,” said Donna Perry, a resident of South First Street. “If it’s been there the whole time, I have no issues with it.”