Welcome!

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Welcome!

     2022 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 its own property in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and has over 400 members.

     If you would like to contribute to this website, please contact the Web Committee.  For all other questions or issues, please contact the appropriate Officer or Committee Chair by using the “Contact Us” link.

January 1, 2022: Kids Day

Kids Day this time around is on New Year’s Day. It always runs from 2:00pm ET through 7:59pm ET [1800 UTC through 2359 UTC].

Twice a year, in January and June, Kids Day is an ARRL event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth. Share your excitement with your kids or grandkids, a Scout troop, a church or the general public!

Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people and hopefully 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.

Operate as much or as little as you like. If you have no kids at your mike, wait until several “CQ Kids Day” calls go unanswered allowing a generous pause to allow other kids to respond. Then you may answer the CQ.

Remember this is a kids event, not a contest. Don’t be too brief, make the kids at the other end feel at ease. Stick to the initial script, that’s what they are working from, so you should too.

Scripts

Initial script:
1. Call “CQ Kids Day.”
2.Exchange nameagelocale (in the park), town (New Bedford), county (Bristol), state (MA), and favorite color (black, green, red, etc.).
3. It’s okay to work the same station again, if an operator has changed on either side of the QSO.

  • Other items
  • Exchange Grade in school
  • Best subject/favorite teacher
  • Favorite indoor/outdoor activities
  • Let them “rag-chew” as much or as little as they want.
  • Tell them about the equipment that is being used, not too much unless they ask for more
  • Close by saying “Goodbye, nice talking with you” or the like.

Suggested Frequencies

  • 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
  • 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
  • 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
  • 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
  • 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
  • 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
  • 3.740 to 3.940 MHz
  • 2 meter simplex or repeaters (with the permission of the repeater’s sponsor)

Control operators remember to observe third-party rules when making contacts with stations outside the US.

More Information

This is a fabulous way to celebrate the special bond between generations. Kids Day is a great opportunity to open the doors of your station and let the youngsters take the “Big Chair.” Let them find stations they hear or work on a map, color in a map of states worked, or help them to build something.

All participants are encouraged to post stories and photos to the ARRL Kids Day Soapbox page and are eligible to receive a colorful certificate. You can download the free certificate, customized with the youngsters’ names, after filling out the Kids Day Survey found on the same page as the certificate generator.

Alternatively, you can send a 9” x 12” SASE (with your or the kids’) address to:
Kids Day Certificate Request
ARRL
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06111

For more information click here.

Straight Key Night

Held every January 1 from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC.

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This 24-hour event is not a contest; rather it is a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. The use of straight keys or bugs to send CW is preferred. There are no points scored and all who participate are winners.

    All authorized Amateur frequencies, but activity has traditionally been centered on the HF bands.

   Entries for Straight Key Night must be received by January 31. Votes for ‘Best Fist’ and “Most Interesting QSO” will be tabulated and included in the results.

Send your information to straightkey@arrl.org
or by mail to

ARRL Straight Key Night
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111

ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology

Contact your local school/community college

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As part of our educational outreach to schools through our Education & Technology Program, each summer the ARRL offers multiple sessions of the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, an expenses paid professional development seminar, in locations through the U.S. The Teachers Institute provides teachers at all grade levels with tools and strategies to introduce basic electronics, the science of radio, space technology and satellite communications, as well as weather science, introduction to micro-controllers and basic robotics into their classrooms. The curriculum is designed for motivated teachers and other school staff who want to learn more about wireless technology and bring that knowledge to their students.

Summer 2022

The application for ARRL’s Teachers Institute Summer 2022 should be available to complete and submit by the end of January 2022.

Volunteers Needed: JOTA @ SEMARA — October 15th ‐ 17th

SEMARA member Doug, KC1NFL has put out a call for volunteers this weekend, Friday, October 15th through Sunday, October 17th, 2021 for the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) event.  If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Doug: dwbelcher [at] comcast [dot] net.

Good Morning,

This coming weekend 10/15-17 is the Scouting World Wide Jamboree on The Air and Internet.  There will be Scouts from all over the World tying to connect with each other.  Are there any members who would be able to help me get the Scouts on the Air this Friday from 5-8 at the club?  I will also be having a Zoom session with Rob Macedo [KD1CY] to go over SKYWARN, ARES and RACES.  I’m hoping to get some new Hams out of this by offering Baofang HTs to any Scout that gets their Tech license.

73!
Doug Belcher
KC1NFL

Email sent to the SEMARA Members Discussion Mailing List from member Doug, KC1NFL.

VE Session Results — August 7, 2021

Congratulate these radio amateurs who passed their exams at the August 7, 2021 VE Session.

NameCallsignClass
Gerald Goodson KC1MAU Extra
Richard Kizirian KZ1RAZ General
Ed Macomber KC1PVJ Technician
Updated 9/17/2021

Enjoy your new and/or upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air?
Email us @ W1AEC [at] semara [dot] org with your questions.
We’ll try to find someone to answer them for you.

RAC Canada Day Contest — July 1st

Radio Amateurs of Canada Invites Participation in the RAC Canada Day Contest.

Help Canada celebrate its birthday on the air during the RAC Canada Day Contest on Thursday, July 1 — just a few days ahead of Independence Day in the US. Canada Day is the anniversary of Canada’s confederation, when the three colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick united into the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. The RAC Contest Committee is asking all participants in the 2021 Canada Day Contest to follow guidelines provided by the government and by health officials in their respective areas for any multioperator categories.

The Canada Day Contest begins on July 1, 0000 UTC (the evening of Wednesday, June 30, in North American time zones) and continues through 2359 UTC. Bands include 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters, CW and phone (SSB, FM, AM, etc.).

Stations in Canada send signal report plus province or territory. VE0s and stations outside Canada send a signal report and a serial number.

Stations may be worked once on each mode on each of the available bands. Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories serve as multipliers for the event.

Kids Day – Saturday, June 19, 2021

Kids Day

Kids Day in June is the Saturday before Fathers Day. It always runs from 2:00pm ET through 7:59pm ET [1800 UTC through 2359 UTC].

Twice a year, in January and June, Kids Day is an ARRL event designed to promote Amateur Radio to our youth. Share your excitement with your kids or grandkids, a Scout troop, a church or the general public!

Kids Day is designed to give on-the-air experience to young people and hopefully 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.

Operate as much or as little as you like. If you have no kids at your mike, wait until several “CQ Kids Day” calls go unanswered allowing a generous pause to allow other kids to respond. Then you may answer the CQ. Remember this is a kids event, not a contest. Don’t be too brief, make the kids at the other end feel at ease. Stick to the initial script, that’s what they are working from, so you should too.

Scripts

Initial script:
1. Call “CQ Kids Day.”
2.Exchange name, age, locale (in the park), town (New Bedford), county (Bristol), state (MA), and favorite color (black, green, red).
3. It’s okay to work the same station again, if an operator has changed on either side of the QSO.

  • Other items
  • Exchange Grade in school
  • Best subject/favorite teacher
  • Favorite indoor/outdoor activities
  • Let them “rag-chew” as much or as little as they want.
  • Tell them about the equipment that is being used, not too much unless they ask for more
  • Close by saying “Good bye, nice talking with you” or the like.

Suggested Frequencies

  • 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
  • 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
  • 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
  • 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
  • 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
  • 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
  • 3.740 to 3.940 MHz
  • 2 meter simplex or repeaters (with the permission of the repeater’s sponsor)

Control operators remember to observe third-party rules when making contacts with stations outside the US.

More Information

This is a fabulous way to celebrate the special bond between generations. Kids Day is a great opportunity to open the doors of your station and let the youngsters take the “Big Chair.” Let them find stations they hear or work on a map, color in a map of states worked, or help them to build something.

All participants are encouraged to post stories and photos to the ARRL Kids Day Soapbox page and are eligible to receive a colorful certificate. You can download the free certificate, customized with the youngsters’ names, after filling out the Kids Day Survey found on the same page as the certificate generator.

Alternatively, you can send a 9” x 12” SASE (with your or the kids’) address to:
Kids Day Certificate Request
ARRL
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06111

VE Exam Session Results — June 5, 2021

Note, the July 3, 2021 VE Session is canceled due to the Fourth of July Holiday

Congratulate these radio amateurs who passed their exams at the June 5, 2021 VE Session.

NameCallsignClass
Ryan CamaraKC1PLDTechnician
James JohnsKC1PLFTechnician
Richard KizirianKC1PLGTechnician
Kenneth Cameron KC1PLEGeneral

Enjoy your new and/or upgraded privileges!

New callsigns issued on June 14, 2021.

Need help to get on the air?
Email us @ W1AEC [at] semara [dot] org with your questions.
We’ll try to find someone to answer them for you.

13 Colonies Special Event Week: 2021


13 Colonies and 3 Bonus Stations

13 Colonies Event Week

July 1, 9AM to July 7, Midnight, EDT
(1300Z 1 July 2021 to 0400Z 8 July 2020)

Certificate

Only ONE 13 Colonies QSO gets you a certificate.

For a CLEAN SWEEP, you don’t need to work the Bonus Stations: TM13COL, WM3PEN & GB13COL.
[D-STAR is OK for Bonus Stations]

Working a Colony Station

Use DX Summit www.DXSummit.fi to find a 13 Colonies Special Event Station

Spotting: After working a colony station, you are encouraged to spot it on DX Summit: i.e., “K2H 13 Col MA.”

K2H QSL information is posted on QRZ.

Questions?
        See KU2US & www.13colonies.us.