Welcome 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 340 members. If you would like to contribute to this website, please contact the Web Committee by using the “Contact Us” link at the top of this page.

2017 CQ WW DX Contest Summary

SSB: Oct. 28-29, 2017

Assisted Low-Power All-Bands – W1AEC

Rank Score OP
World 40 of 931 504,060 WA1BXY
Continent 8 of 298 504,060 WA1BXY
Country (W) 5 of 251 504,060 WA1BXY

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: Nov. 25-26, 2017

Multi-OP Two-Transmitter – W1AEC read more

Kids Day — Saturday, January 6, 2018

Kids Day always runs from 1800 UTC [2 PM] through 2359 UTC [11:59 PM].
Operate as much or as little as you like.

Suggested initial exchange: 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.

Suggested Frequencies:

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 are at:


SEMARA Election Results — 2018

The following members are elected to serve effective January 2018:

Officers (1 year term)

President: Marcel L. Dumont – W1MLD
Vice President: J-P Chiron – AG1Y
Secretary: Richard J. Cabral – W1RJC
Treasurer: Michael J McDoonald – KB1NB

Board of Directors

Director: Marty Jordan – KA1YFV
Director: Joe Krisnosky – N1IXC
Director: Brad E. Paiva – W1BEP

Trustee (5 year term)

Paul G. Sadek – K1PGS (chair 2022)

VE Session Results — December 2, 2017

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the December 2, 2017 VE Session:

Paula H. Baker, KC1IRN — Technician (eff. 12/07/2017)
Dario Carreiro, KC1GTS — General (eff. 12/11/2017)
Paul A. Rosiner. KC1IRN — Technician (eff. 12/07/2017)

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

New LINUX Software Available

New LINUX Software available from KB1OIQ. Andy’s Ham Radio Linux, version 21, is a remastered version of Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS. This software collection consists of the Linux operating system and a wide selection of ham radio programs. 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available. The previous version was downloaded just over 12,000 times. More info here:

From ARRL EMa Section News – November 2017

Angelo “Charlie” Puzo — W1VPB, SK

Angelo “Charlie” Puzo died suddenly on November 26, 2017 after a short illness. He was born January 23, 1933, and grew up in Worcester. He is survived by his wife Michele (Joseph) Puzo, son John Puzo and significant other Nancy Moscato, daughter Maria Buhl and husband John, son Jared Wall and wife Kendra, four grandchildren Daniel & Jacob Buhl, Jackson & Everleigh Wall. He leaves behind his sister Barbara Puzo Apholt of Hubbardston, MA. He was predeceased by his son Joseph, 1982, and brother Richard Puzo, 2013.

He passed the Novice Class License exam as a teen. Since then he has held the call letters W1VPB and has been active in the Barnstable, Provincetown, and Orleans Amateur Radio Clubs. At the age of 82 he passed the Extra Class exam, and was a volunteer examiner. Charlie joined SEMARA in October 2016.

Donations can be made to the Family Pantry of Cape Cod at http://www.thefamilypantry.com/Donations.

Condolences to his family.


International Grid Chase 2018

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ,says the new 630- and 2200-meter bands will be fair territory in the ARRL International Grid Chase.  The year-long operating event begins on January 1, 2018 at 0000 UTC (New Year’s Eve in US time zones). The object is to work stations in as many Maidenhead grid squares as possible, and radio amateurs around the world are encouraged to take part. Contacts made on the 60-meter band will not be eligible for award credit, however.

US radio amateurs are advised, however, that the use of 630 and 2200 meters requires advance notification to the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) of their intention to operate on one or both bands. If UTC does not respond within 30 days or specifically denies access, these stations may commence operation there.

Once approved to use either 630 meters, 2200 meters, or both, US radio amateurs must adhere to the FCC rules regarding the use of those bands.

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Hints and Sounds

From The ARES E-Letter for November 15, 2017

  • Hint: With appropriate guying, an extension ladder can be used to hold up a Yagi under Field Day or DXpedition conditions.
    In this picture a SteppIR 2-Element Yagi for the current VK9MA DXpedition has been mounted and is being tested. It can be turned manually.


  • Sounds: Here are some sounds you don’t want to hear: RFI. The ARRL “sound library” contains known RFI sources, and some that have not yet been identified. If you have a potential RFI problem, compare your noise to these to help eliminate it.