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Welcome!

     2019 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.

WWV Celebrates 100 Years

1919 – 2019 WWV Centennial

The world’s oldest radio station, WWV, turns 100 years on October 1, 2019.

September 28 through October 2, 2019, operators from across the country, are planning 24-hour operations of special event station WW0WWV on CW, SSB and digital modes.

Operations will shift between HF bands following normal propagation changes and will include 160m and 6m meteor scatter.

We will be operating right at the WWV site and face a challenging RF environment.

Abstracted from ARRL Special Bulletin 7: ARLX007

ARRL Happy 150! Birthday Event Announced

Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW

The Happy 150! event will run from August 31, 0000 UTC thru September 8, 2359 UTC.

Free Hiram Percy Maxim 150th Birthday Event logging software is now available. Scott Davis, N3FJP, perhaps best known for the ARRL Field Day software that bears his call sign, has developed a free logging program for ARRL’s Happy 150! Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration on-the-air event that gets under way on August 31 and runs for 9 days. Davis calls his software Hiram Percy Maxim Contest Log 1.0. Maxim, 1AW, who cofounded ARRL, was born on September 2, 1869.

“I’ve never created a program for a non-recurring event before, because the coding time required is too large,” Davis said in a post to the N3FJPsoftware user group. “I’ve made this exception because this is a really nice, simple rule set with the very popular field day-style exchange that has the added bonus in schedule flexibility of running for 9 days. The Hiram Percy Maxim celebration sure looks like a well-designed event that will be a lot of fun for us all.”

The Happy 150! event will begin at 0000 UTC on August 31 and continue until 2359 UTC on September 8. It is open to all radio amateurs. The goal is straightforward: Contact as many participating stations as possible. W1AW and all ARRL members will append “/150” to their call signs during this event (DX operators who are ARRL members may operate as <call sign>/150, if permitted by their country of license.) Participating stations will exchange a signal report and ARRL/RAC Section. DX stations will send a signal report and “DX.” All Amateur Radio bands except 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters are available. Permitted modes are CW, any voice mode, and digital.

Davis said Hiram Percy Maxim Contest Log 1.0 is full featured and “very easy and intuitive to use.”

“If the Hiram Percy Maxim celebration is received as strongly as it appears, my hope is that ARRL will decide to make this an annual event,” Davis allowed. “After all, birthdays come once a year, and we now have the infrastructure to continue.”

The original is at: http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/?issue=2019-08-01

HamXposition at Boxboro

HamXposition at Boxboro
The ARRL New England Division Convention
September 6-8, 2019

Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center,
Boxborough, Massachusetts

www.hamxposition.org

  • Top-notch Forums and Talks all three days
  • Large Exhibit Hall & Flea Market:
    Sat 9 AM to 5 PM & Sun 9 AM to 1 PM
  • Major prize drawings
  • Friday DXCC/Contesting Dinner
    featuring special guest Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA
  • Saturday Grand Banquet
    featuring Dan Barstow, KA1ARD, Senior Education Manager for the International Space Station National Lab
  • Ham Radio Bootcamp, designed to help newly licensed Technician and General’s to get on the air and use their Amateur Radio license
    Post banquet fun – movie night – open mic storytelling – jam session
  • Jazz Band for Sunday Brunch
  • ARRL VE Exams
  • Tech-in-a-day™ license study course, $5 fee for materials and snacks
  • W1N special event station. Reserve your time at ,www.hamxposition.org/special-event-station

…and more!

Amateur Radio Exposition for Young People presented by the Nashua Area Radio Society, September 7th and 8th.
This exposition will include many hands-on activities, videos, and displays about amateur radio and wireless communications, including:

  • Software Defined Radios
  • High-Altitude Balloons
  • Portable and Mobile stations
  • Emergency Communications
  • Fox-hunting

Purchase your tickets today online at www.hamxposition.org

July Business Meeting

Independence Day Celebration

At the June Business meeting, to free up the evening for celebration of Independence Day, the July Business meeting was shifted to the second week of the month: July 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

VE Session Results – June 1, 2019

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the June 1, 2019 VE Session:

Paul R. Rosiner, KC1IRM – General
David P. Hayes, KCILHS  – Technician

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air?

Email us with your particular needs, including antennas, VHF/UHF handheld programming, SSB, CW and/or digital mode operation, etc. – radioevents [at] semara [dot] org.

When are you available?  We may be able to arrange either 1-on-1 or small classes.

Join Eastern Massachusetts ARES

If you are interested in joining Eastern Massachusetts ARES, visit
https://secure1.ema.arrl.org/qilan/ares/EMA/ARES_about.

The first Monday of every month is a test of the Massachusetts RACES and ARES communication capabilities.

The monthly ARES VHF Net is at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system.

To find out more about EMA ARES visit https://ema.arrl.org/ares/.

To see all the recent news on Eastern Massachusetts ARES please visit
https://ema.arrl.org/category/emcomm/. This site is constantly maintained with the latest happenings by our EMA SEC, Rob, KD1CY.

ARRL Field Day – June 22 & 23, 2019

Field Day is always held on the 4th full weekend in June.
2019 Field Day results will appear in December QST.

Want to see what 2019 Field Day is all about?  Watch our 2019  Field Day Public Service Announcement or view what several groups uploaded to Youtube from their 2018 Field Day activities.

  • Field Day Locator! Looking for a Field Day site near you? Want to promote your club’s Field Day efforts? Use the Field Day Locator to do both! Learn More
  • ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

New to Field Day? START HERE!

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

“What Is Field Day” (Printable PDF Flier)

We welcome the public to come learn more about ham radio! Use our Field Day Locator to search for a Field Day site near you.

Field Day on Social Media!

Join the ARRL Field Day 2018 Facebook group!

Click below to join the ARRL Field Day 2019 Facebook Group.Share your plans, tips and tricks to a successful Field Day. When posting content from Field Day, use hashtag #ARRLFD on all social media to receive 100 bonus points! 

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Updated: 13 Colonies S/E Station K2H Activation

2019 Event Dates: July 1, 9AM to July 7, Midnight Eastern
(July 1-1300Z to July 8-0400Z)

Update — sign up DEADLINE is this Wednesday, June 19 — don’t miss out.

I’m seeking activators for K2H, the shared Special Event callsign for all Massachusetts.

2019 13 Colonies Special Event Certificate

Please let everyone know about this opportunity. Activators can be added to the official 13 Colonies K2H activators list for either or both W1AEC and their home stations.

Do you want to have the experience of being called instead of calling to make a contact? You’ll get calls from both domestic and DX operators who want to qualify for the certificate endorsements. As an activator of K2H, you will automatically qualify for a certificate. You can also contact other 13 Colonies S/E stations, including K2H, to earn your own endorsements.

You’d be surprised at how many contacts you can make with a simple wire antenna. You can work as many or few hour slots as you wish during the week. Each activator is self-scheduled by using an on-line calendar to reserve Band, Mode, and Hour blocks of air time. Also, at the end of the week, each activator submits their own Cabrillo logs to the new Massachusetts QSO / QSL coordinator, Larry Krainson-W1AST and QSO totals to Ken Villone-KU2US, event organizer.

Details will be available in about a week. Meanwhile, go to 13colonies.net for updated info. You can also go directly to QRZ.com; look up K2H for the latest details.

This event is NOT a contest; so 12m, 17m and 30m bands may be used.

Contact Larry-W1AST, link above, if you would like to be an activator or email me if you need more information, etc.

— 73 de Bob K1KVV, SEMARA Radio Events

Kids Day – Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kids talking to Kids

Time: 2:00 PM ET to 7:59 PM ET [1800Z to 2359Z]

Bands: 3.5, 7, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28 , 2-m repeaters (with permission of owner)

ARRL Kids Day Phone 1st Exchange: Name, age, QTH, favorite color
Following exchanges can include favorite hobbies, sports, movies pets, and so on.

For complete information, including online certificate, see www.arrl.org/kids-day