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.
Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the October 7, 2017 VE Session:
James Powell — Technician + General
Ethan A. Zawatsky — Technician
Mark A. Rheault, KC1IET — General
Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!
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.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Dear ARRL Member:
There are few times when I have needed to reach out directly to you for your help. This is one of those times.
The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC, this is the first time ARC has made a request for assistance on this scale. Hurricane Maria has devastated the island’s communications infrastructure. Without electricity and telephone, and with most of the cell sites out of service, millions of people are cut off from communicating. Shelters are unable to reach local emergency services and people cannot check on the welfare of their loved ones. The situation is dire.
How can you help?
1) Volunteer. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment; for instance, familiarity with Winlink, an Amateur Radio license of General class or higher, and previous experience in disaster response. Deployment will be for up to 3 weeks (at ARC expense). If you would like to be considered for deployment, please complete the following online ARRL form, which asks for your qualifications and skills: Volunteer Deployment Form
2) Donate to Ham Aid. ARRL’s Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio equipment kits read more
Help support this worldwide
on-the-air and on-the internet Jamboree
10/20/2017 noon – 10/22/2017 11:55 PM (local time)
JOTA — The world’s largest Scouting event is held annually over the third full weekend in October. Amateur Radio links Scouts with other Scouts and hams, locally and worldwide.
According to the World Scout Bureau, the 2016 JOTA had nearly 1.3 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations, and reached 156 countries.
JOTI –For participating via EchoLink, two conference nodes now have been designated for Scout contacts — *JOTA-365* (node 480809) and *JAMBO* (node 832996). Visit the K2BSA Radio Scouting page for more information on frequencies, including D-STAR, DMR, and IRLP.
This is a good time to step up to this challenge.
If you purchased tickets at the Boxboro convention for the MMRA raffle, these are the lucky winners:
- IC-2730A W1DYJ Larry
- FT-65R KA1U Steve
- Steve Repeater Directory K1WVU Bob
Questions? Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to: MMRA, PO Box 669, Stow, MA 01775
Submitted by Bob David/KG1H
Amateur Radio Operators in Massachusetts will be providing support to the VoIP Hurricane Net as necessary.
Links below are for various net activations for hurricanes:
Hurricane Watch Net Activation Plans:
VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans:
Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Network (SATERN) Southern Territory Net Activation Plans:
Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
Latest additions to SEMARA library Licence/Upgrade holdings:
3rd Ed. (Tech) Ham Radio License (spiral bound)
6th Ed. Tech Q & A
8th Ed. General License (spiral bound)
5th Ed. General Q & A
11th Ed. Extra License (spiral bound)
4th Ed. Extra Q & A
These books are available for use only in the clubhouse; do not remove. They are marked as SEMARA property.
The spiral bound format allows easy copying of a few pages, as needed.
Are there other titles that should be added to the club’s library?
Send your suggestions to w1aec [at] semara [dot] org.
Thanks to these club members for accomplishing a clean sweep of the clubhouse prior to the professional cleaning of the floor tiles.
Furniture movers extraordinaire:
Ray Arruda — KB1EVX
Marcel Dumont — W1MLD
Marty Jordan — KA1YFV
Cyclone Cleaning was paid to do the tiles.
Come and make contacts at the special event/contest station, W1A! We will have at least two operating positions.
Hours of Operation
Friday: 3 PM to 6 PM and 9 PM to Midnight
Saturday: 8 AM to 6 PM and 9 PM to Midnight
Sunday: 8 AM to Noon
Other times available by appointment
Reserve a Slot
One of the operating positions is reservable in advance.
If you would like to reserve a slot, please sign up using the
W1A Signup Doodle Poll
The ARRL New England Division Convention
September 8-10, 2017
Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Order Tickets Now: www.boxboro.org
The last day to purchase tickets and pay by US Mail is August 26.
The last day to purchase tickets and pay by Paypal is September 6.
- Top notch Forums and Classes all three days
- Large Exhibit Hall & Flea Market: Sat 9 AM to 5 PM & Sun 9 AM to 2 PM
- Major prize drawings
- Friday DXCC/Contesting Dinner
- Saturday morning opening ceremony featuring New England Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI
- Saturday Grand Banquet
- VE Exams
- Free Technician-in-a-day license study course
- Collegiate Amateur Radio: reception on Saturday night, forum on Sunday
- W1A special event station. Reserve your time at www.boxboro.org/special-event-station
Boxboro supports Students! Donations and proceeds from the convention go to the New England FEMARA Scholarship fund, administered by the ARRL Foundation, supporting young hams attending college and trade schools.
A perfect radio club activity and fun for the entire family!