March 2015 Business Meeting Canceled

2015-03-04_2With the snow coming in on Thursday, I am canceling the March SEMARA business meeting.  Let’s hope we can have a meeting in April when this weather gives us a break.  If all net controls could pass this message on to other members on the net.  If anyone has any questions please let me know.

Thanks,
Joe K, N1IXC
SEMARA Vice-President

Maritime Radio Day – April 14th & 15th

To all interested parties including former maritime, military and shore station radio operators:

Maritime Radio Day (MRD) runs Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1200Z (8:00 AM local time) through Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 2200Z (6:00 PM local time).  MRD is held annually to commemorate the nearly 90 year era of manual maritime radio.  All operations are done in wireless telegraphy (wt).

Celebrate by taking part in this event.  More information:

MRD Web Site
MRD Registration Form

Special thank you to Whitey, K1VV for supplying SEMARA with the information.

RadioShack Closings in MA and RI

2015-02-08RadioShack, the Fort Worth-based electronics retailer, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after years of declining revenue.  Sprint is hoping to set up shop in some 1,750 soon to be former RadioShack locations.  Locally, it appears that the closest RadioShack store to remain open (for now) will be Wareham.  The following RadioShack stores will be closing in Massachusetts and Rhode Island:

Auburn Mall Auburn MA
414 Boylston St Boston MA
730 Commonwealth Ave #2 Boston MA
Summer Street Boston MA
South Shore Plaza Braintree MA
200 Westgate Dr Ste 46 Brockton MA
Cambridgeside Galleria Cambridge MA
15 White St Cambridge MA
28 John F Kennedy St Cambridge MA
Drum Hill Plaza Chelmsford MA
Dedham Mall Dedham MA
Berdon Plaza Fairhaven MA
Flint Village Plaza Fall River MA
Fall Rivers Shop Ctr Fall River MA
Timpany Plaza Gardner MA
Hampshire Mall Hadley MA
Haverhill Shop Ctr Haverhill MA
50 Holyoke St Holyoke MA
Capetown Plaza Hyannis MA
Cape Cod Mall Box 59 Hyannis MA
Independence Mall Kingston MA
The Mall At Whitney Field Leominster MA
Twin City Mall Leominster MA
287 School St Spc A‐150 Mansfield MA
Solomon Pond Mall Marlborough MA
Meadow Glen Mall Medford MA
Emerald Square Mall N Attleboro MA
1090 Kings Hwy Unit 1 New Bedford MA
Dartmouth Mall St Rd 6 North Dartmouth MA
240 Andover St Peabody MA
67 Long Pond Rd Plymouth MA
435 W Broadway S Boston MA
Square One Mall Saugus MA
342 Cooley Street Springfield MA
3 Sudbury Crossing Sudbury MA
Swansea Place Swansea MA
1077 Lexington St Waltham MA
Webster Plaza Webster MA
Speedway Plaza Westborough MA
Whitinsville Plaza Whitinsville MA
Worcester South Plaza Worcester MA
Greendale Mall Box C‐9 Worcester MA
Lincoln Plaza Worcester MA
2380 New London Tpke Coventry RI
Gansett Shopping Center E Providence RI
10 Commerce Way Johnston RI
Lincoln Center Mall Lincoln RI
N Providence Marketplace N Providence RI
Eagle Square Providence RI
Ocean State Plaza Warren RI
Cross Roads Plaza Warwick RI
Warwick Mall Warwick RI
Airport Plaza Warwick RI

Fleas & Fests – February 2015

2015-02-08Saturday, February 14, 2015
Algonquin Amateur Radio Club (AARC) Flea Market
Location: Marlborough, MA
Website: http://n1em.org

Sunday, February 15, 2015
New England Antique Radio Club (NEARC) XLVI
Location: Westford, MA
Website: http://www.nearc.net

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont (RAoNV) Vermont Ham Radio Convention (HAM-CON)
Location: South Burlington, VT
Website: http://www.ranv.org/hamcon.html

SEMARA Exam Session Results – February 2015

2015-02-07Testing results for Saturday, February 7, 2015:

John Bandzul – New Technician
Gary Ash – New Extra
Richard Sadeck – Upgrade to General
Gary Izzo – Upgrade to General
Stephen Medeiros – Upgrade to General

VE Team:

Ray Arruda, KB1EVX
Marty Jordan, KA1YFV
Fred Bacon, N1TF

All in all, a good session.

73,
Fred N1TF
VE Team Leader

Frederic S. Bacon, III
n1tf [at] arrl [dot] net

When we honor our flag, we honor what we stand for as a Nation; freedom, equality, justice, and hope.
Ronald Reagan (6/1/1981)

February 2015 Business Meeting Cancelled

2015-02-05After a check of the conditions of the parking lot and the safety of all members, I am cancelling this meeting for February. The amount of snow and ice that cannot be moved without heavy equipment leads to my concerns of safety and parking.

We have no pressing issues for the meeting and will not be detrimental to the Club. Please notify All members if you are on the air for the balance of the afternoon.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Marcel, W1MLD
President

2015 Boston Marathon Communications Team Sign Up

2015-02-03Registration Closes Soon

The race is still months away, but volunteer registration for the Boston Marathon is almost over. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 10. We hope you’re as excited to help out as we are, so don’t delay—register now!

Registration is a simple two-step process:

1. Register with the BAA
If you’ve volunteered at a BAA event before, you’ll sign in with your BAA Volunteer Loyalty Number, which you can look up on the site. Otherwise, you can sign up as a new volunteer. When the system asks you for your assignment preferences, make sure to choose one of the Ham Radio options. You’ll know you’re done with this step when the system shows you a confirmation number.

2. Sign up with MMRA
We use this to collect additional information specific to our volunteers, like what equipment you have.

For more details, refer to the BAA’s information page for amateur radio operator volunteers.

If you have any questions about the sign-up process, feel free to send those to baa-contact [at] kd1sm [dot] net. And as always, thanks for volunteering.

73,
Brett Smith, AB1RL
for the Boston Marathon Communications Committee

Boxboro! 2015 Convention August 21, 22, 23

2015-02-01Tickets for the 2015 Boxboro! convention are now on sale.

As you may have noticed, we are breaking are usual “every other year”
schedule having a convention this year, so help us spread the word to your friends and acquaintances that there IS a convention this year.

The committee is lining up speakers, forums and exhibitors, so many details are still to be announced. However, Gordon West WB6NOA is confirmed as the keynote speaker at our Saturday banquet.

And finally.. be the first on your block to get tickets.
http://www.boxboro.org

73,
Bob DeMattia
Vice Chairman, Boxboro Convention Committee

ARRL School Club Roundup February 9-13

Carolyn, Teja and Ben sit around their club station.

Carolyn, Teja and Ben sit around their club station. STAFF/ARRL

School clubs are busily prepping their stations for The “Winter/Spring Term” School Club Roundup, which gets under way Monday, February 9 at 1300 UTC, and continues through Friday, February 13, at 2359 UTC. Stations may operate no more than 6 hours in any 24 hour period (up to a maximum of 24 hours).

The twice-yearly event is an opportunity for school club stations — from elementary school to college — to get on the air for a friendly radio activity. Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate too. Sponsored by the ARRL, the ARRL Hudson Division Education Task Force, and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC), the contest aims to foster contacts with and among school radio clubs.

Stations exchange signal reports, class (“Individual,” “Club,” or “School”), and US state, Canadian province/territory, or DXCC entity. Stations may operate on all amateur bands except 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters (no repeater contacts and VHF/UHF contacts must be on recognized simplex frequencies, except calling frequencies). Stations may operate phone, CW, and digital modes, or a combination. The most popular time for younger students is during after-school hours, but older students may be on the air anytime. All groups are limited to one transmitter on the air.

If you’d just like to get on the air and hand out contacts, enter in the Individual category. Tune around in any mode and listen for SCR stations calling CQ, or call CQ yourself and see who answers (call “CQ School Clubs,” if you are not a club station). Logs are due no more than 15 days after the operating period has ended and can be submitted online via the WA7BNM website.
The top three entries in each category — Elementary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, Senior High School College/University — will receive an Award Certificate. Non-school clubs or multiop groups and individuals are also eligible for certificates.

– The ARRL Letter for January 29, 2015

New Year Around The World QSO Party – 927.8375

Get ready to ring in the new year with the festive annual IRLP New Year Around The World QSO Party on the 927.8375 Dartmouth repeater!

The event gets started early enough for the New Zealand nodes to participate at 11:00 UTC, December 31st (6:00 AM local time) and continues until at least 10:00 UTC, January 1st (5:00 AM local time) when Hawaii rolls into the new year.  This is an open QSO party with no net control.  It is carried worldwide with the IRLP Crossroads Reflector 9200 being the central hub.

Locally, the 145.490 repeater is normally the South Coast Massachusetts affiliate for the New Year Around The World QSO Party.  Since the ’49 repeater is currently off the air, it will be carried in its entirety for the second year in a row on SEMARA’s 927.8375 Dartmouth repeater.  Enjoy and Happy New Year 2015!