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. We are currently looking for a new chairman of the Web Committee, as W1RJC will be stepping down as chairman in October 2017. If you would like to contribute to this website or are interested in the position and are a SEMARA member, please contact the Web Committee by using the “Contact Us” link at the top of this page.
Jan. 18, 2017 – 0001Z to 2359Z
W1AA / MSC – The Marconi Radio Club will represent the 1901 Marconi Shore Station “MSC” in Siasconset on Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts.
We will NOT operating from Nantucket Island as the 1901 “MSC” location is now on private property and inaccessible.
KM1CC – The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club will have two stations active for International Marconi Day.
During the most famous sea-going disaster of the twentieth century, the Siasconset station played a critical role. Late on the night of April 14, 1912, duty operator Matt Tierney received distress signals from the sinking Titanic’. Siasconset was the first mainland wireless station to receive them, and he immediately alerted all other stations of the tragedy.
DX QSL via the W1 Bureau; Stateside QSL via K1VV with a #10 Business size envelope SASE.
For Information – https://www.qrz.com/lookup/km1cc
Marconi Station Cape Cod History:
“MSC” Marconi 1901 Station History:
(Submitted by Whitey K1VV)
Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC offers a Technician Class:
Classes starts on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 pm-9:30 pm.
Classes are held in Conference Room A,B,C at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital. It will run for 9 weeks and will end with a test session.
There is no cost for the class; but students must buy the class text/workbook for $30.00.
To sign up, email Gary – KB1KA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Adopted from EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION NEWS – January 2017)
Zane Grey was born January 31, 1872. Members of the Tonto Amateur Radio Association, Inc. will be active from January 28 – 31, 2017 to celebrate his birthday. They will use the special event call sign K7Z. Members will be operating from their own QTHs as well as from the Zane Grey Cabin in Payson, AZ.
Preferred frequencies will be in the General band segments. Like Us? Spot Us! A special QSL card will be available for the event.
Complete details at https://www.qrz.com/db/k7z.
(From Bruce Sperka, AD7MM email@example.com)
Special call sign prefixes celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has secured permission for all Canadian radio amateurs to use special call sign prefixes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation during 2017.
Starting on January 1, 2017 radio amateurs and clubs with:
- VA-prefix call signs may use CF
- VE-prefix call signs may use CG
- VO-prefix call signs may use CH
- VY-prefix call signs may use CI
Use of the special prefixes is optional, and Canadian radio amateurs may choose if and when to use the special prefix at any time during 2017.
VY1AAA, the Yukon Canam Contest Club, will use the special call sign XK150YUKON from January 1 until March 1. For the rest of 2017, VY1AAA will operate using either CI1AAA or VY1AAA.
January 21, 2017
Two operating periods – 1500 to 1700 & 1900 to 2100 EST.
The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) will sponsor another
2-meter QSO Party this January. The first of these was held in 2010 and
was well received. The event is open to all those in Eastern MA. The
time coincides with the ARRL VHF contest.
(Updated per Jim, WA1GPO).
Don’t forget ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN), if you love cw!
Make SKN a New Year’s tradition.
Details at <http://www.arrl.org/straight-key-night>
Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from the International Space Station (ISS) are scheduled for December 8-9. The SSTV images will be transmitted from RS0ISS on 145.800 MHz FM as part of the Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 Experiment, using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Service Module.
MAI-75 activities have been scheduled on December 8, 1235-1800 UTC, and December 9, 1240-1740 UTC. These times correspond to passes over Moscow, Russia. ISS transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM use 5-kHz deviation, and SSTV transmissions have used the PD120 and PD180 formats. The ISS Fan Club website at http://www.issfanclub.com/ can show when the space station is within range of your station. On Windows PCs the free application MMSSTV can decode the signal. On Apple iOS devices, use the SSTV app available through iTunes.
Congratulations to these hams* who passed their exams at the December 3, 2016 VE Session:
Donald Clapp, KC1GTE – Technician
Richard Dutra, KC1GTF – Technician
Scott A. Furtado, KC1GTD – Technician
John Regan, KC1GTN – Technician
*Update 12/15/2016 by K1KVV: Callsigns added.
Enjoy your upgraded privileges!
NASHUA AREA RADIO CLUB
December 2-4 — Amateur Extra Class
Location: Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua
300 Southwood Drive
More information at
(Thanks to Anita, AB1QB).