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||– Wrote new story “220 & 900 Repeaters Temporarily Off-Air.”
||– Received July business meeting minutes from W1MMD via email. Added it to the “Minutes” section.
– Received July and August narration of QST from N1BLF via Dropbox. Added it to the “Audio” section.
||– Wrote new story “SEMARA VE Session Results – June 4.”
||– Updated story “Technician License Class” with more details provided by W1MLD.
– Updated story title of “Technician License Class” to ““License In A Weekend” Class & Exam – July 30 & 31” to better promote the offering.
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SEMARA’s 224.800 and 927.8375 repeaters are temporarily off the air as of today for a repair and upgrade.
1) The 900 repeater’s IRLP node failed over a month ago and it wasn’t liked to NEAR-900. After a couple of trips to the site, it was determined that I need to re-image the SD card. That node is being repaired and reconfigured and it will now also act as the repeater controller.
2) The 220 repeater will receive the repeater controller that was previously on the 900 repeater. This will allow it to be interfaced to both its own IRLP node (4215) and a UHF link radio for the first time. This will allow the repeater to be configured in a few different ways for linking. More info on its linking status/schedule will be announced soon.
I am working from home this upcoming week which will give me additional free time to work on this project. This is why I decided that now would be a good time to take the repeaters offline and execute the above changes. I will send out another update when progress and/or completion occurs. The SEMARA business meeting is this Thursday and if possible, I’ll try and get it all finished before the meeting, but I cannot guarantee it.
Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience that temporarily being off-air may cause.
Please note: 147.000 and it’s node (4210) are still ON-AIR and are unaffected by this work.
Richard J. Cabral
SEMARA Repeater Committee
Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the June 4, 2016 VE Session:
David R. Drury, (ex-KC1FVC) K1DRD – Extra
Stephen M. Cote III, KC1FUV – General
Joseph A. Pasteris, KC1FWN – Technician
Enjoy your new privileges!
Update 06/20/2016 by W1RJC: W1MLD has provided more details and this story has been updated accordingly.
SEMARA will be sponsoring a class for candidates of a technician class amateur radio license. The classes will be held at the clubhouse at 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA on July 30 and 31 from 10 AM to 5 PM on both days. The total cost is $15.00 per person and this will include FCC testing by a volunteer examiner at the end of the class on Sunday.
The lead instructor will be Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG on behalf of New England Amateur Radio, Inc. (NEAR). Donations to NEAR will be accepted, but are not required. Anyone interested in amateur radio is urged to attend. To register or if there are any questions, please provide your name and telephone number in an email to SEMARA President Marcel, W1MLD – president [at] semara [dot] org.
Photo Credit: Michael Ponte, W1BZJ
It is with great regret that we announce the passing of longtime SEMARA member David G. Dean, K1JGV of Dartmouth. Dave passed away on the morning of Tuesday, May 17, 2016. He was 77 years old. Dave was a kind gentleman and an all around nice guy who had a strong passion for the things he did. At SEMARA, he will always be remembered as one of our most dedicated buildings and grounds members.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Dave using the “Comments” link at the top of this story. We send our sympathy to Amy and his family for their loss. May he rest in peace.
K1JGV … -.-
July 1, 2016 (9 am EDT) to July 6, 2016 (12 Midnight EDT)
(July 1, 1300 UTC to July 7, 0400 UTC)
I’m seeking operators for K2H, the shared Special Event callsign for Massachusetts.
Please let all members of our club know about this opportunity. I can add
both W1AEC and [W1AEC station not available] home station operators to the official W1AEC / SEMARA operators list.
Do you want to have the experience of being called instead of calling to make a contact? You’ll get calls from both domestic and DX operators who want to qualify for the certificate endorsements. As an operator of K2H, you will automatically qualify for a certificate. You can also contact the other 13 Colonies S/E stations to earn your own endorsements.
You’d be surprised at how many contacts you can make with a wire antenna. You can work as many or few hours as you wish during the week. Each operator is self-scheduled by using an on-line calendar to reserve Band, Mode, and Hour blocks of air time. Also, at the end of the week, each operator submits their own Cabrillo logs to the Massachusetts QSO / QSL coordinator and QSO totals to KU2US, event organizer.
More details and the 2016 Operating Guidelines will be available shortly. Meanwhile, go to 13colonies.net for more info. There you can then click on Massachusetts / K2H for other details.
Note: this event is NOT a contest; so 12m, 17m and 30m bands may be used.
Contact me if you would like to participate and/or if you need more information, etc.
— 73 de Bob K1KVV
radioevents [at] semara [dot] org
Date: 14th April 12:00 GMT (8:00 AM EST)
to 15th April 22:00 GMT (6:00 PM EST)
… over 120 stations worldwide taking part …
~Courtesy of Whitey-K1VV
Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the April 2, 2016 VE Session:
Jose S. Carimiro, KB1SDY – Extra
Christopher J. Kelly, KC1BZK – General
Enjoy your new privileges!
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
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.
It 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.