2018 President, Marcel Dumont, W1MLD would like to welcome you 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 400 members. If you would like to contribute to this website, please contact the Web Committee by using the “Contact Us” link.
– Processed a backlog of CQ & QST narrations from N1BLF via Dropbox into ZIP files. Added May and June of 2018 to the “Audio” section.
– Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, June 7, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
– Wrote story “SEMARA Field Day 2018 A Success!”
– Wrote story “New Hustler 6-BTV Antenna Installed.”
I would like to thank everyone who came to SEMARA and made contacts for Field Day. I would also like to personally thank some key people who helped made this event a success. Scott, KE1CN helped get the weekend started, since I was unable to kick it off. Marty, KA1YFV got things in order outside and helped to break things down. JP, AG1Y worked his magic on the grill and with a late night pizza surprise. Mike, KB1NB donated his heavy duty extension cord. We had a total of 11 operators during the event.
It was a pretty successful “contest” and we got to see what bugs have to be worked out with the new vertical. All in all, the antennas played well with each other with minimal interference, especially running 3 stations at once. There were a lot of antenna switching between different stations which got confusing at times, but it worked out pretty well. Once I go through the log, do corrections and calculate bonus points, I will post the break down and raw scores.
Thanks again and hopefully we can add more contacts next year.
The new Hustler 6-BTV vertical antenna is now up and running. It is good from 10 to 80-meters. It needs a little tweaking on 80-meters, but it is more than usable. This antenna is now hooked up to the Kenwood. We will put it through its paces next weekend, but I received good reports with it today.
It is with great regret that we announce the passing of longtime SEMARA member Anthony A. Gomes, N1JXZ of New Bedford. Tony passed away suddenly at age 64 this week, as reported to us by Joe, N1IXC. Just a week ago, he attended the June SEMARA business meeting. In April, Tony had also lost his mother.
Ed, KA1RSY commented that it is certainly sad to hear. Tony was a good man; personable with a great sense of humor. He recalls when he would meet up with Tony along with Joe and Marc, KA1WBF at the Fairhaven Civil Defense (now Emergency Management) many years ago. Ed adds that Tony hadn’t changed a bit in recent years. Tony will certainly be missed by all.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Tony 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.
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SEMARA Flea Market 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the SEMARA Clubhouse located at 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA. The event will be held rain or shine from 9:00 AM to 12 noon, with vendor setup beginning at 8:00 AM. There is handicapped parking and access available. Over the air talk-in will be on the SEMARA 147.000 repeater. We will also be conducting a VE exam session inside the clubhouse at 10:30 AM for anyone interested in obtaining or upgrading their amateur radio license.
For more information, please contact us at (508) 997-7070 or hamfest [at] semara [dot] org.
Here is an update for ARRL Field Day 2018. SEMARA will be participating from the club grounds this year on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th. We will run a 2E station with both CW and SSB. I will be running CW and my wife Melissa, KC1BXY will be doing SSB. We are looking for more operators for SSB and another possible CW operator. We also need someone to take care of the 3rd station, which we hope to run as Get On The Air (GOTA). With that said, we are looking for unlicensed or newly licensed operators for the GOTA or any licensed operators who have not operated in a year or more. We will have my grill there with burgers, hot dogs and more. If you are planning to operate with us or plan to stop by, please send me a email, that way I can plan ahead food-wise. Field Day runs 2:00 PM ET Saturday through 2:00 PM ET Sunday. I plan on being at the club near the start, as my daughter has a dance recital that day.
Thanks! Hope to see some new faces operating from club.
The ARRL will be sponsoring the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday 6/11/18 at 8:00 PM EDT. The webinar will go through an overview of the historic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, lessons learned from the season, key Amateur Radio group’s preparedness for the new season and how Amateur Radio Operators and SKYWARN Spotters can become involved. These Amateur Radio Groups include, WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, which is now in its 37th year of service, the Hurricane Watch Net, the VoIP Hurricane Net, SATERN (the Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Network) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Also, an Amateur Radio Operator who is the Warning Preparedness Meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre will be giving the meteorological overview of the 2018 season.
Twice per year in January and June for five hours, ARRL Kids Day promotes Amateur Radio to our youth. Kids Day is designed to give the on-the-air experience to young people and foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children. Share the excitement with your kids, grand-kids, a scout troop, a church or the general public. Suggested initial exchange is name, age, location and favorite color. You can work the same station again if an operator has changed. To draw attention, call “CQ Kids Day.” All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate and feedback on your experiences are also welcome at the ARRL Kids Day page.
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The editors of CQ, The Radio Amateur’s Journal, took the pleasure in awarding a Certificate of Merit to W1AEC, with Don (WA1BXY) and John (WA1ESO) as operators, in recognition of the achievement of winning the 2017 World-Wide DX Contest CW!
A total score of 611,196 points was computed on the basis of zones, countries and stations worked. SEMARA scored #18 in the United States and #3 in the 1st Call area for Multi-Operator, Two-Transmitters.
A big thank you goes to WA1BXY and WA1ESO. Great work!