Welcome!

2016-01-01

Welcome!

     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 400 members.  If you would like to contribute to this website, please contact the Web Committee by using the “Contact Us” link.

Site Updates

5/9/2018 W1RJC – Updated the letterhead on the main page (this story) to the latest revision.
– Wrote story “Constitution & Bylaws Amendment Notification.”
– Wrote story “W4DXCC DX & Contest Convention – September 21 & 22, 2018.”
– Wrote story “SEMARA Equipment For Sale.”
– Wrote story “Board of Directors Meeting – Q2 2018.”
– Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, May 3, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
5/2/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade – May 12, 2018.”
5/1/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “Radio Clubs of Yesteryear.”
– Wrote story “ARRL Contest Corral – May 2018.”
– Wrote story “Unlicensed Operator “W2RFW” on MMRA Belmont.”
4/27/2018 W1RJC read more

MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND 2018

MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND EVENT 2018
sponsored by
The Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station NJ2BB

0000Z June 2, to 2359Z June 3, 2018

PLEASE NOTE:   This is NOT a contest!
It is a FUN Event!

Information for Certificate

Work at least 15 different ships of those listed on http://www.nra.pt/ to receive a certificate. Send a copy of your log entries showing your contacts. 

Working the same ship on different frequencies or different modes DOES NOT count as 2 ships.  Working a ship not listed will not count.

While operation on any amateur frequency is allowed,
most ships will operate in the General portion of the bands.

Please QSL each ship directly.

PSK 31

14.070 MHz            10.142 MHz           18.100 MHz
21.070 MHz           28.120 MHz

Amplitude Modulation 

Some ships will also be on 3880 kHz – 3885 kHz and 7290 kHz with either their ships original equipment or modern equipment.


Request a Certificate

Send a copy of your log for the 15 ships and $4.00 to the following address by Sept 30, 2018.

(The $4 covers the cost of the envelope, postage and printing supplies.
We will provide the large envelope to mail the certificates in.)
We do not give certificates for SWL.

Margaret Burgess KB2BRR
150 Schooner Ave
Barnegat, NJ 08005 

If you do send a check with your logs, please understand that we don’t cash the checks until we print the certificate. It could be several months before your check is cashed. Normally we begin printing certificates after all the ship logs are received so we can verify your contacts. If you still want to send a check please make it out to Margaret Burgess KB2BRR.

Please read the following 2 articles which should help explain some problems that arise when checking your logs.

MSW FAQ                                                                                UTC Time

Board of Directors Meeting – Q2 2018

Update 05/12/2018 by W1RJC: The required quorum was not obtained, as three board members could not make it.  Marcel will announce a rescheduled date soon.

President Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD has scheduled the SEMARA Board of Directors meeting for the second quarter of 2018.  It will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the SEMARA clubhouse.

Board of Directors meetings are held four times per year and SEMARA members outside of the board may sit in.  As a reminder, non-board members may only participate if called upon by a board member during the duration of the meeting.

SEMARA Equipment For Sale

At the Thursday, May 3, 2018 business meeting, a motion carried as made by Donald A. Rosinha, II, WA1BXY to sell surplus amateur radio gear that the club no longer needs.  We are offering these items first-come-first-served to SEMARA club members.  After a period of time, all other unsold items will be publicly listed for sale by other means (i.e., eBay or a flea market event).  The list of items follows, along with their estimated value:

Kenwood TS-570SG, HF-6m Transceiver $500
Yaesu FL-2100B Linear Amplifier $300
Yaesu FT-8900 10m/6m/2m/440MHz FM Transceiver $185
Kenwood TS-940S HF Transceiver $400
Hi-Mound BK-100 Coffin Bug Key $200
Motorola Spectra $75
Kenwood TM-D700A APRS Setup $350
NESCAF Audio Filter Kit $20
Alliance Rotor Control Box $75
Kenwood MC-50 Desk Microphone $100
Shure (?) Desk Microphone $50
Micro908 Antenna Analyzer Kit (partially assembled) $100
MFJ Enterprises Power Pole Switch $125
Elecraft BL2 250W Switchable 4:1/1:1 Balun $45
Kenwood TS-820S (unknown condition; as-is) $200
Tripp Lite 1000W Power Inverter $100

If you are a SEMARA member and are interested in any of the above listed items, please contact Don – wa1bxy [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Updates:

05/05/2018 – Yaesu FT-8900 10m/6m/2m/440MHz FM Transceiver – Pending sale to Tim, N1TI.
05/03/2018 – Kenwood TS-940S HF Transceiver – Donated to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to assist with starting their amateur radio club.

W4DXCC DX & Contest Convention – September 21 & 22, 2018

Convention leader Dave Anderson, K4SV for the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN has asked that SEMARA officials pass along this announcement:

The 2018 W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention and Ham Radio Bootcamp is set for September 21st and 22nd, 2018; celebrating our 14th year.  Bookings are now open for hotel reservations at this years convention.  Convention registration is now open including online ticket purchasing.  Check out the website and learn about the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention.  This year features a good lineup of presenters, so make your plans now and be sure to bring along some of your ham friends.  Program schedules will be posted as soon as they are confirmed by the presenters.

Best 73
See you soon,

Dave Anderson, K4SV
Convention Leader
dave [at] w4dxcc [dot] com

Constitution & Bylaws Amendment Notification

Click the image above to view a PDF of Rick’s submitted Constitution and Bylaw amendment.

Dear SEMARA Members:

You are hereby notified that at the SEMARA Business Meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2018, Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC of Dartmouth, MA, a member in good standing of the association, read aloud and submitted an amendment to our Constitution and Bylaws signed by five SEMARA members in good standing.

This amendment is in response to Paul G. Sadeck, K1PGS’s proposal on April 5, 2018, which was defeated at the May business meeting.  The revisions in this proposal are to address both the definition of a member in good standing as intended by Paul, while also updating the types of membership.  The Board of Directors held a meeting in February and brought forth recommendations to the membership at the March business meeting.  This submission aims to address most of those recommendations:

Member In Good Standing
  • More clearly define a “member in good standing” by adding that the member must be listed as active on the membership roster.
  • A member shall be considered active if they respond to a request to verify and update their contact information with the Association.
  • This permits for (but not necessarily requires) such requests once annually per member at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  • Specifics like requiring the member to furnish an email address or to submit to the association on the date of their birth annually are intentionally omitted.
New Associate Member Type
  • Housekeeping to remove “Charter Member” as a membership type, as all charter members have passed away.
  • Add “Associate Member” as a new membership type for non-Amateur Radio operators.
  • The new “Associate Member” shall be similar to “Honorary Member,” where they have no vote and cannot place motions, nominate officers or be elected to serve as an officer.
  • Change “Life Member” to require future applicants to hold an active Amateur Radio license.

The above is intended only as a convenient summary.  Please review the amendment in its entirety for completeness.  Find attached a Portable Document Format (PDF) of the original submission, as read aloud and addressed to club President, Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD at the May 3, 2018 business meeting.  As per item 3 in Article VIII of the Constitution of the Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc., notification by email or other electronic means must be executed at least one week prior to the next business meeting.  This serves as that notice to allow for voting at the Thursday, June 7, 2018 business meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
SEMARA Secretary

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Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade – May 12, 2018

Terry M. Stader, KA8SCP is requesting communication support for an upcoming public service event:

PART/WB1GOF for many years now has supported the Westford Kiwanis by providing communication support of their parade.  Once again, PART been asked to provide communications for the Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade.  This year, it is on Saturday, May 12th, 2018.

The parade starts around 10:00 AM near the junction of Graniteville Road and Main Street, and it ends at Abbot School.  You will need to be available from 8:30/9:00 AM until 11:00 AM/noon at the latest.  All you need to bring is a 2-meter handheld and some good walking shoes.  We need about a dozen operators for this event.

Most volunteers will be assigned to “shadow” various members of the AB Parade committee.  Our actual duty will not start until about 9:00 AM, but we need to get into the center of town before the roads are closed and we need to establish our assignments by 8:30 AM or so.

If you’ve never done public service events, this is a great first time event.  We will pair you up with a veteran ham so you get the chance to be part of a team.  Parades are always fun, so why not join us on a Saturday morning?  Bring the your XYL, kids, mom, dad and enjoy.

Please contact me if you are interested and can assist or need more information.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Terry M. Stader – KA8SCP
ka8scp [at] wb1gof [dot] org
PART of Westford-WB1GOF

Unlicensed Operator “W2RFW” on MMRA Belmont

Over the past week, the Minuteman Repeater Association (MMRA) has had an unlicensed operator on the MMRA 145.430 Belmont repeater.  He identifies as “Dean” and claims he lives in Milton or used to live in Milton (the story changes).  He also claims to be 57.  He uses the call sign W2RFW, which is not in the ULS database.  He appears to engage in normal ham conversation, and other than the fact that he is unlicensed, does not appear to be causing any interference or exhibiting any inappropriate behavior.

There is a Dean, age 88 in Milton with the call sign W2RWF.  Take note that the “WF” in this call sign inverted, is what the unlicensed operator is using.  A member of the MMRA has spoken to the real Dean on the phone.  He assures them that he is inactive.  His voice is markedly different from the operator heard on ’43.

If you hear this individual on-the-air, please do not engage him.  If you would like to do a check on the input to report his signal strength at your location, please send what you find to the MMRA – contact [at] mmra [dot] org.

The MMRA would be also interested in hearing if he has surfaced on other repeaters.

ARRL Contest Corral – May 2018

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

See the May 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.

 

Radio Clubs of Yesteryear

Like people, radio clubs are born and eventually they die.  The Eastern Massachusetts ARRL section staff is compiling information about Eastern Massachusetts radio clubs that are no longer active.  It is only fitting that we take a moment to honor these Eastern Massachusetts clubs of yesteryear that have enriched our lives.

Please send any information you might have to Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Phil Temples, K9HI – k9hi [at] arrl [dot] org.

FAA Surface Weather Observation Stations

At the April 2018 business meeting, Bob, K1KVV mentioned that the local NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts (162 MHz) were are having technical difficulties since the move of the National Weather Service Forecast Office from Taunton to Norton.  Bob mentioned he had a list of frequencies for local AM aircraft band weather observation station frequencies, including the one at the New Bedford Airport.

The frequency list is available online at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Air Traffic section. There, you can search down to the state level with an interactive map and listing of frequencies. You can also search by airport ID and the results will also inform you of the weather station type (ASOS/AWOS).