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 350 members. If you would like to contribute to this website, please contact the Web Committee by using the “Contact Us” link.
||– Wrote story “Wanted: New W1AEC QSL Manager.”
||– Updated story and title “SEMARA Radio Room Tutorial Postponed,” as WA1BXY has postponed this event.
||– New SEMARA letterhead for 2018 has been updated.
– Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, January 11, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
– Standing Committees, Special Committees and Supporting Positions have been updated in the “Contact Us” section per information provided tonight by Marcel, W1MLD as follows:
* Raymond A. Arruda, KB1EVX added to the “Buildings & Grounds” committee.
* Charles W. Moszczenski, KB1FRL removed from the “Scholarship” committee.
* William E. Gifford, W1HA promoted to fill the vacancy of chairman of the “Scholarship” committee.
* Antone Souza, III, NN1D promoted to fill the vacancy of chairman of the “Technical” committee.
* Richard M. Orluk, R.N., K1XRN removed from the “Tech Talk Coordinator” position (now vacant).
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Are you interested in being the next QSL Manager for W1AEC? Our latest manager John, WA1ESO has notified us that he will be stepping down as soon as a replacement is found:
For several years, I have had the honor of serving as QSL manager. The number of QSLs since the removal of the hut has been very light with nearly nothing to do. I see that with the new shack and the interest in contesting, this will change.
I feel the club will be better served by a QSL manager that stops by the club at least once a week to be sure hams are not waiting for QSLs. I would like to continue as QSL manager until a replacement is found. At that time, I will turn over the LoTW and EQSL passwords and ask that my name and call sign be removed from the W1AEC QRZ page.
TNX & 73,
If you are interested in volunteering to be the new W1AEC QSL manager, please contact us – w1aec [at] semara [dot] org.
Update 01/13/2018 by W1RJC: This post was updated to reflect the latest information provided by Don, WA1BXY.
Please see Don, WA1BXY‘s earlier post regarding the new radio room. He had hoped to hold a showing and tutorial, but this has now been postponed until further notice.
It was originally scheduled for Sunday, January 7, 2018, however the driveway was not plowed from the earlier blizzard. It was then rescheduled for Sunday, January 14, 2018, but Don has also postponed this stating that there are no cables available for the radio until he has a chance to get them made.
When Don schedules a new date, we will be sure to post it.
Marcel, W1MLD has announced the following:
Due to the impending weather conditions Thursday evening, I am postponing the business meeting until next Thursday, January 11, 2018. Safety is my concern.
As of this posting, the National Weather Service in Taunton has issued the following under its Watches, Warnings & Advisories section:
…BLIZZARD WARNING FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM EST THURSDAY…
It is with great regret that we announce the passing of longtime SEMARA member William L. Vincent, W1POW of Dartmouth. Bill passed away at home on Sunday, December 31, 2017 surrounded by his family at age 92. He was a ham radio operator since 1992; originally assigned the call sign N1LTY before getting his vanity call sign W1POW which reflected his past.
Mr. Vincent was held as a German Prisoner of War (POW) for eight months during World War II while serving in the European Theater. During that war, he attained the rank of Private First Class. Besides ham radio, Bill was also a member of the American Legion, the Rod & Gun Club and he worked for Nabisco as a delivery man until his retirement. He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Gloria M. (Botelho) Vincent.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Bill using the “Comments” link at the top of this story. We send our sympathy to Gloria and his family for their loss. May he rest in peace.
Thank you for your service, sir.
SSB: October 28 and 29, 2017
Assisted Low-Power All-Bands – W1AEC
||40 of 931
||8 of 298
||5 of 251
Antennas: the LPA and my inverted L.
Rig: my K3; at that time the club’s radios were not up and running.
Software: N3FJP contest logging.
CW: November 25 and 26, 2017
Multi-OP Two-Transmitter – W1AEC
|| 61 of 73
|| WA1BXY, WA1ESO
||24 of 25
|| WA1BXY, WA1ESO
||18 of 19
|| WA1BXY, WA1ESO
Assisted: I only spotted 2 stations but that is enough. And the spotting was done thru the logging program
Transmitters: (2); Both were K3s. The club’s was donated by Ed Duclos’ wife after his passing. The other was my personal K3.
Antennas: (3); LPA, inv L and this was the first go-around for the 43-ft vertical, which also was Ed’s antenna.
Software: N3FJP contest logging.
As of now, the vertical is still not 100% completed to my standards. It needs some work to be completed, but is operational from 20-6m. I plan to have it completed in next few weeks if the weather holds up.
Thanks to John, WA1ESO for coming in and making some contacts in the CQ WW DX CW Contest. We made 864 contacts. We had a total of 320 multipliers! Worked a solid 100 countries.
“Just about 200 more QSOs for the CQ WW DX CW Contest than CQ WW DX SSB Contest.”
Submitted By: Don, WA1BXY
Twice a year, ARRL offers an event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth. Share the excitement with your kids or grand-kids, a Scout troop, a church or the general public! Kids Day aruns from 1800 UTC (2:00 PM EST) through 2359 UTC (11:59 PM EST). Operate as much or as little as you like.
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.
- 10 Meters: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
- 12 Meters: 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
- 15 Meters: 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
- 17 Meters: 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
- 20 Meters: 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
- 40 Meters: 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
- 80 Meters: 3.740 to 3.940 MHz
Be sure to observe third-party restrictions when making DX QSOs. You may also use your favorite repeater (with permission of the repeater’s sponsor).
Kids Day Certificate of Participation:
All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate. You can download this certificate and complete it with the participant’s name and date of the contact.
Kids Day Survey:
Fill out the survey to share your Kids Day experience.
All the details and forms on the ARRL Kids Day page.
Don’t forget ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN), if you love CW!
Make SKN a New Year’s tradition.
Details at the ARRL Straight Key Night page.
SEMARA Election Day was Thursday, December 7, 2017. Incoming Officers for 2018 are:
Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD
Jean Pierre Chiron, AG1Y
Michael J. McDonald, KB1NB
Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
Board of Directors:
Bradford E. Paiva, W1BEP
Joseph E. Krisnosky, Jr., N1IXC
Martin F. Jordan, KA1YFV
Trustee (5 Year Term; Chairman in 2022):
Paul G. Sadeck, K1PGS