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2016-01-01

Welcome 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.

International Grid Chase 2018

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ,says the new 630- and 2200-meter bands will be fair territory in the ARRL International Grid Chase.  The year-long operating event begins on January 1, 2018 at 0000 UTC (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). The object is to work stations in as many Maidenhead grid squares as possible, and radio amateurs around the world are encouraged to take part. Contacts made on the 60-meter band will not be eligible for award credit, however.

US radio amateurs are advised, however, that the use of 630 and 2200 meters requires advance notification to the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intention to operate on one or both bands. If UTC does not respond within 30 days or specifically denies access, these stations may commence operation there.

Once approved to use either 630 meters, 2200 meters, or both, US radio amateurs must adhere to the FCC rules regarding the use of those bands.

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Hints and Sounds

From The ARES E-Letter for November 15, 2017

  • Hint: With appropriate guying, an extension ladder can be used to hold up a Yagi under Field Day or DXpedition conditions.
    In this picture a SteppIR 2-Element Yagi for the current VK9MA DXpedition has been mounted and is being tested. It can be turned manually.

 

  • Sounds: Here are some sounds you don’t want to hear: RFI. The ARRL “sound library” contains known RFI sources, and some that have not yet been identified. If you have a potential RFI problem, compare your noise to these to help eliminate it.

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000Z until 2400Z (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones). During the SKYWARN Special Event, hams will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.

Participating Amateur Radio stations will exchange a brief description of their current weather (rainy, windy, partially cloudy, etc.) with as many NWS-based stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters plus 70 centimeters. Contacts via repeaters are permitted.

From The ARES E-Letter for November 15, 2017

Meteor Showers for Remainder of 2017

A few opportunities to try out meteor scatter communications: JT6M is optimized for the 6-meter band; FSK441 is generally used on the 2-meter and 70-centimeter amateur bands.

The dates are only for the peak activity; meteors will be also be produced on either side of the peak dates and appear in other parts of the sky as well.

November 4, 5 – Taurids Meteor Shower. Produces about 5-10 meteors per hour. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus.

November 17, 18 – Leonids Meteor Shower. Produces up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo

December 13, 14 – Geminids Meteor Shower. Produces up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini.

December 21, 22 – Ursids Meteor Shower. Produces about 5-10 meteors per hour. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor.

Veterans Day – November 11, 2017

Nov 8-Nov 13, 0000Z-2359Z, N5VET, 14.267 14.045 7.185 7.040, Cleburne, TX. Club KC5NX.
QSL: Jay Stanfield, WB5UDA, 9200 Summit Ct W, Cleburne, TX 76033.

Nov 10-Nov 12, 1423Z-1423Z, K8V, 14.280 14.090 14.040 7.230, Iron Mountain, MI. Mich-A-Con ARC.
Certificate & QSL: Thomas Martin, 812 West B St., Iron Mountain, MI 49801. Requests with SASE.  www.qsl.net/ka1ddb

Nov 10-Nov 12, 1600Z-1800Z, W5H, 14.240 14.040 7.195 7.035, Broken Arrow, OK. Broken Arrow Amateur Radio Club.
Certificate: Wayne Hartsfield, 11106 S. 250th E. Ave, Broken Arrow, OK 74014.
QSL Card on request: w5drz.org

Nov 11, 1500Z-2200Z, W0FSB, 21.240 14.240 7.240, Waterloo, IA. Five Sullivan Brothers Amateur Radio Club.
Certificate & QSL: Five Sullivan Brothers ARC, 3186 Brandon Diagonal Blvd, Brandon, IA 52210.
For QSL card: Send card and #10 SASE, address label and 3 Forever stamps.
For eQSL & Certificate: Send eQSL, email w0fsb@outlook.com to request a .jpg file of the certificate that you can print yourself. www.qrz.com/db/w0fsb

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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary 78th Anniversary

Nov 7-Nov 13, 0000Z-0000Z, W2ANQ, 18.120 14.220 7.190 3.890, Freeport, NY. USCG Auxiliary Station Jones Beach.
QSL: William Dahl, 3813 Verleye St, Seaford, NY 11783. Direct only SASE. wdahl@optonline.net or www.qrz.com/db/w2anq

Nov 10-Nov 12, 1723Z-1723Z, N6C, 14.327 7.227, Alameda, CA. Coast Guard Island Amateur Radio Club (CGIARC).
QSL: Eric Simmons, 237 Redwood Circle, Petaluma, CA 94954. Most operations will be on Nov. 11, 2017. www.w6nmc.org

Nov 10-Nov 12, 0400Z-0359Z, W1HKB1QXJ. 28.425 21.310 14.290 7.175, Elkins, NH.
QSL: Bill, Hopwood, P.O.Box 272, Elkins, NH 03233.

Nov 10-Nov 12, 1400Z-2300Z, W1G. 28.330 21.330 14.270 14.060, Gloucester, MA. US Coast Guard Auxiliary District 1-NR, Division 04, Flotilla 06 CAPE ANN.
QSL: Gardner H. Winchester II, 62 Veterans Way, Gloucester, MA 01930. https://www.facebook.com/uscga.capeann

Nov 10-Nov 12, 0000Z-2359Z, K1H28.480 14.250 7.195 3.820. East Freetown, MA. US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
QSL: Paul G. Sadeck, 90 Doctor Braley Rd., East Freetown, MA 02717. read more

MARS-Hams Interoperability Exercise November 4-6

Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part in a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6.

The scenerio: a massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and internet connectivity.

During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5,330.5 kHz) on Saturday, 0300 to 0315 UTC.

Amateur Radio operators should monitor an informational broadcast on Sunday, on 13,483.5 kHz USB, 1600 to 1615 UTC.

“We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with ARRL and the Amateur Radio community,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY said. “We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a “very bad day” scenario.

For more information or questions about this exercise, contact Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, englishp@hotmail.com

Art Marshall, W1FJI, SK

Arthur (Art) Souza Marshall, Jr., 79, of New Bedford, MA, passed away October 25th in Tallahassee, FL, due to complications following cancer surgery.

Art, W1FJI, a ham radio operator since his youth, was a member of SEMARA since 1954. He enjoyed ham radio, making many friends and touching many lives.

Art leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Janet (Raczka) Marshall of South Dartmouth, his only child Jenna (Marshall) Eddy, his son-in-law David Eddy, and his grandson Tyler Eddy, all hailing from Tallahassee, FL.

Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

 

Amateur Satellite Updates

  1. The next AMSAT Fox-1 satellite, RadFxSat (Fox-1B), is now set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. It will carry a Fox-1 style FM U/V repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz.

    Information on ElaNa can be found at, https://www.nasa.gov/content/about-elana.

    Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decoded using FoxTelem software. The FoxTelem software can be downloaded from, https://www.amsat.org/foxtelem-software-for-windows-mac-linux/.

  2. Chinese CAS-4A and CAS-4B Amateur Radio Satellite Transponders, launched on June 15, were activated on October 18. The Amateur Radio linear (SSB/CW) inverting transponders:

    CAS-4A (call sign BJ1SK) has a CW telemetry beacon on 144.855 MHz, and 4.8 kB GMSK telemetry on 145.835 MHz. The uplink is 435.220 MHz, the downlink is 145.870 MHz (20-kHz passband).
    CAS-4B (call sign BJ1SL) has a CW telemetry beacon on 145.910 MHz, and 4.8 kB GMSK telemetry at 145.890 MHz. The uplink is 435.280 MHz, the downlink is 145.925 MHz (20-kHz passband).

  3. FalconSAT-3 is now 0pen for Amateur Radio use.
    It is a digital store-and-forward system. Built in 2005 and 2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems Research Center at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, FalconSAT-3 was launched in 2007.The satellite has completed its scientific and training missions, and the Academy now is making it available for Amateur Radio use.

    The Packet Bulletin Board System operates at 9600 baud with a 145.840 MHz uplink/435.103 MHz downlink. Output power is 1 W, and the downlink is continuously on. Digipeating is enabled for live QSOs, but unattended digipeating operation is not authorized at this time.

    Additional information is available on the AMSAT website at, https://www.amsat.org/falconsat-3/ .

900 MHz Radio Assistance

I sold out the MCS2000 900 MHz radios I had purchased. I went through each one: programming and resetting the master oscillators, checking power out and RX sensitivity.

I’ve attach my note which was posted on the Falmouth ARA website, which has more information on 900 MHz details. Also find an up-to-date listing of local 900 MHz stations and a figure that shows the MCS2000 head.

Contact me if anyone at SEMARA needs help with re-programming, and such, of 900 MHz rigs.

73, Jim WA1GPO
valdes.james.r@gmail.com
508-498-0715