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.

Site Updates

3/2/2018 W1RJC – Board of Directors Meeting Minutes for Saturday, February 24, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
– Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, March 1, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
2/19/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “FARA Technician License Course – March 2018.”
– Wrote story “ARRL DX Contest at SEMARA – March 2 & 3, 2018.”
2/16/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “VE Session Results – February 3, 2018.”
2/13/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “SEMARA Radio Room On The Air.”
2/7/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “ARRL Contest Corral – February 2018.”
2/1/2018 W1RJC read more

GARS Technician License Course – April

Genesis Amateur Radio Society Technician License Course

The Saturday classes are held 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM on:

  • April 7
  • April 21
  • May 5

The VE exam follows the last class on May 5.

Classes and test are at:

Plymouth Municipal Airport
246 South Meadow Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

The ground floor classroom is handicap accessible.

Course uses the MFJ-3211 Quick Study Guide. Technician (gives only correct answers), needed for homework assignments. Cost of guide is $12.95; call MFJ 800-647-1800 x4. VE exam cost is $15.00

Contact Sonny Mello, WB1HJG, 941-539-8554 for particulars.
Genesis Amateur Radio Society’s Plymouth Repeater
146.685 MHz — PL tone of 82.5 with Tone Squelch and a minus offset.


Saint Patrick’s Day Award

The Saint Patrick’ Day Award activity will get under way at 1200 UTC on March 16 and continues until 1200 UTC on March 18. (St Patrick’s Day is March 17.)
Click above for all details.

Awards will be in four categories:

  • SPD (Saint Patrick’s Day) Station Award (for registered stations)
  • Fixed Station Award
  • Mobile Station Award
  • Short Wave Listener Award

Register to be an official participating station.

Visit the event’s Facebook page.

— Thanks to Bobby Wadey, MI0RYL

FARA Technician License Course – March 2018

Brent V. Putnam, W1NCH, President of the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) has asked us to share this information with our members and anyone interested in obtaining their Technician license:

Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA)
Amateur (“Ham”) Radio Technician Class License Course

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) is holding a Technician class licensing course over the course of three Saturdays – March 17, 24 and 31.  It will be held from 9AM to noon at the Falmouth Fire Rescue Department headquarters, 399 Main Street (entrance on King Street), in the 2nd Floor EOC/training room.

The exam for the students will be held in the same location immediately after the March 31 session.

Cost of the class is $50 and includes:

1) Nine hours of classroom instruction
2) Manual
3) Online test practice and tutoring
4) Refreshments
5) Access to instructors for questions & tutoring
6) License exam
7) 1-year membership with FARA
8) Admission to the 2018 FARAfest
9) Radio (if the student passes)

This is a great value for anyone seeking to get their license, as the total cost of the individual items is well over $100.

Interested?  Contact Brent Putnam, FARA President, at w1nch [at] arrl [dot] net.

ARRL DX Contest at SEMARA – March 2 & 3, 2018

Don, WA1BXY reports:

Thanks to John, WA1ESO and Scott, KE1CN for helping out in this weekend’s contest.  We managed to squeeze out 801 contacts.  The bands were not in the best of shape.  We did put the new wire antenna through its paces and it is working pretty well along with the Icom IC-756.  The next activation at the club will be Friday, March 2nd at 8:00 PM local time (3/3/2018 at 0000z) for the ARRL DX Contest.  Anyone wanting to join in the fun is more then welcome.  It would be nice to see some new faces in the new radio room making some contest points.

SEMARA Radio Room On The Air

Don, WA1BXY reports the following with two pictures:

We have 3 radios up and running.  Still only two antennas; need to throw one wire up.

He was hoping a couple pictures may spark a little more interest in radio room.  He notes you can now stop by the club and actually use it.  He made a few HF contacts and the people he spoke with were interested in seeing our setup.

Click the above image to view the full size photo.

Click the above image to view the full size photo.

ARRL Contest Corral – February 2018

Be sure to check and bookmark the ARRL Contest Calendar for upcoming radio events!  Some highlights in February include:

  • Mon 2/12: ARRL School Club Roundup
  • Sat 2/17: ARRL International DX Contest, CW
  • Sat 2/24: North American QSO Party, RTTY

See the February 2018 Contest Corral, a downloadable PDF file from the ARRL, for a full schedule.  This will surely assist with long-term planning of your contest operations.  Please note that the Contest Corral file includes non-ARRL events.  Be sure to refer to the contest’s website for full rules, scoring information, operating periods or time limits, and log submission information.

ARES Drills & Nets – February 2018

ARRL Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Marek, KB1NCG writes:

Hello everyone.

Eastern MA ARES will be holding an exercise during the morning of Saturday, February 10th.  More details will follow soon, as the ARES team is still preparing the exercise scenario.

Also, the monthly hospital net will be on Saturday, February 3rd.  Check ares.ema.arrl.org for which repeaters they will be using this month.  The monthly ARES net will be on Monday, February 5th on the MMRA network*.  Its normal reminder will be sent out soon.

-Marek, KB1NCG

* Please note that the affiliate repeater for ARES/SKYWARN in Bristol County is the Dartmouth 145.490 repeater, which has the ability to link into the MMRA network via RF.  While that repeater is not currently up to normal health, SEMARA’s 2m repeater continues to be used as an alternative.  With that said, the monthly ARES net will be carried on the Dartmouth 147.000 repeater on Monday, February 5th at 8:30 PM, barring any issues with MMRA’s IRLP node.

Next VE Exam Session – Saturday, February 3, 2018

Obtain or upgrade your Amateur Radio License!

VE Sessions are held at the SEMARA Clubhouse, 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, Massachusetts on the first Saturday of even months at 10:30 AM.

Although walk-ins are welcome, we recommend that you contact us ahead of time if you plan to attend an upcoming session.

SEMARA’s VE Team Leader is Frederic S. Bacon, III, N1TF. He can be reached at 508-748-0047 or exams [at] semara [dot] org.

Full details, including what you must bring, can be found at our VE Exams section.

Volunteer Registration Open – 2018 Boston Marathon

David Wolfe, KG1H has passed along the following to SEMARA:

Volunteer registration is open for the 2018 Boston Marathon! Sign up today on the BAA’s web site.  You don’t need to specify any group name or passcode.  Just make sure you request at least one ham radio assignment in your preferences.  Once you get your application confirmation number, you’re all set.

If you re a returning volunteer, you’ll be asked to provide your BAA Volunteer Loyalty Number.  You should’ve received that in a separate e-mail from the BAA today.  There s also a tool to look it up on the BAA volunteer site.  If you still have trouble finding it, e-mail us and we can help you out.

Don’t delay!  Volunteer registration closes in early February.  Help us get the word out by forwarding this e-mail to your club and other hams who might like to volunteer.  Most volunteers first learn about the event through word of mouth.  If you know new amateurs who might like to join us, make sure to let them know about it.  Even just a quick mention at your club meeting can be a big help.

Again, If you have any questions about volunteer registration, or the 2018 Marathon generally, please get in touch anytime.  Volunteering at the Marathon is a big job, and we appreciate the time and effort everyone puts into it.  We’re happy to do what we can to make your work more comfortable or effective.

Again, we look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Thank you and 73,

Matthew Forman, K6MCF
Boston Marathon Communications Committee

contact [at] hamradioboston [dot] org