Welcome!

2016-01-01

Welcome!

     2020 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. For all other questions or issues, please contact the appropriate Officer or Committee Chair by using the “Contact Us” link.

Wayne Kingsley, WA1CCM (sk)

Wayne, WA1CCM

Wayne Kingsley, WA1CCM died in Plymouth, MA: April 19, 1934 – February 28, 2021. Wayne was originally licensed as KL7BFY. According to the “History of the Association, 1932 – 1999,” by Bill Miller, K1IBR, Wayne became a member of SEMARA in 1965.

He served as a club officer in 1971, first as Vice President and then as Secretary.
In 1977, he participated in the ground breaking ceremony for the new club house that was attached to the Quonset hut.

Ground Breaking
Wayne in the 80s


In the 1980s, Wayne worked at Commonwealth Electric, He was in the radio shop, Mike Ponte, W1BXJ was next door in the relay shop. They both worked for Bill Miller, K1IBR.

Member for 67 years

All the members send their condolences to his friends and family.

VE Session Results — April 3, 2021

Congratulate these radio amateurs who passed their exams at the April 3, 2021 VE Session:

Arthur BalthazarTechnician
Henry DeMello Jr
Matt Maillet
Eric BoucherKC1CBRGeneral
Christopher StenningKC1ODM
Edward VachaKC1KPW
Don SanfordKV4DNExtra

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air?
Email us @ W1AEC [at] semara [dot] org with your questions.
We’ll try to find someone to answer them for you.

W1AW 2021 Spring/Summer Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time Mode Days
1300 UTC (9 AM ET) CWs Wed, Fri
1300 UTC (9 AM ET) CWf Tue, Thu

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2000 UTC (4 PM ET) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
2000 UTC (4 PM ET) CWs Tue, Thu
2100 UTC (5 PM ET) CWb Daily
2200 UTC (6 PM ET) DIGITAL Daily
2300 UTC (7 PM ET) CWs Mon, Wed, Fri
2300 UTC (7 PM ET) CWf Tue, Thu
0000 UTC (8 PM ET) CWb Daily
0100 UTC (9 PM ET) DIGITAL Daily
0145 UTC (9:45 PM ET) VOICE Daily
0200 UTC (10 PM ET) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
0200 UTC (10 PM ET) CWs Tue, Thu
0300 UTC (11 PM ET) CWb Daily

Frequencies (MHz)

CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: – 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555

Notes:

CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW
bulletins.

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving schedule.

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2230 UTC (6:30 PM ET), Keplerian Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between 0000 UTC (8 PM ET) Thursdays and 0000 UTC (8 PM ET) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW’s CW code practices, and CW/digital/phone bulletins is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server named “W1AWBDCT.” The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented here as well. The CW/digital/phone audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently with W1AW’s regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted. Please note that any questions or comments about this server should not be sent via the “Text” window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions or comments to w1aw@arrl.org .

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and CW on the half hour.

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1400 UTC to 1600 UTC – (10 AM to 12 PM ET)
1700 UTC to 1945 UTC – (1 PM to 3:45 PM ET)
(Station closed 1600 to 1700 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM ET))

FCC licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1400 UTC to 1600 UTC (10 AM to 12 PM ET), and then from 1700 UTC to 1945 UTC (1 PM to 3:45 PM ET) Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring a reference copy of your current FCC amateur radio license.

Please note that because of current COVID-19 restrictions, W1AW is not open for visitor operations at this time.

The weekly W1AW and monthly West Coast Qualifying Runs are sent on the normal CW frequencies used for both code practice and bulletin transmissions. West Coast Qualifying Run stations may also use 3590 kHz.

The complete W1AW Operating Schedule may be found on page 77 in the March 2021 issue of QST or on the web at,
http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule .

Reminder — 10-meter Nets

Typical Tribander

Thought you’d might like to take advantage of the increase in propagation on this band. It is a great time to get on HF.
73 de Bob, K1KVV

Evenings at 8:00pm ET
28.490 MHz (USB
)

  • Tuesday: Dick, K1AHA, Net Control
  • Wednesday: Paul, K1PGS, Net Control
  • Friday: Paul, K1PGS, Net Control

2021 Virtual SKYWARN Training Sessions

Due to COVID-19 concerns, 2021 SKYWARN Training classes will again be held virtually. The SKYWARN Training sessions will occur on 3 weeknights and 2 weekends. The weeknight sessions will be taught by NWS forecasters and the weekend sessions taught by Amateur Radio Operators.

Dates and registration information can be seen at NWS Boston/Norton Virtual SKYWARN Training link:
https://www.weather.gov/box/skywarn#fragment-2a

All are welcome to attend the training sessions. New individuals who are interested in becoming a SKYWARN Spotter can take an optional quiz and will get their SKYWARN spotter number. These sessions count as refreshing their SKYWARN Training for existing spotters.

We hope as many individuals as possible can attend these training sessions. We thank all SKYWARN Spotters for their continued support of the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN program!

Robert Macedo, KD1CY
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
rmacedo [at] rcn [dot] com
March 4, 2021

VE Session Results — February 6, 2021

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the February 6, 2021 VE Session:

  • Jeffrey Brodeaur, KC1OSE, Technician + General
  • Christopher Fowler, KC1NZM, General
  • Timothy Milbert, KC1OSF, Technician
  • Kenneth Mingola, KC1GCN, General
  • Anthony Moniz, KC1OIL, General
  • Nick Riquinha, KC1OSG, Technician
  • Andrew Shaw, KC1OSH, Technician + General

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air? Email us @ W1AEC [at] semara [dot] org with your questions and we’ll try to find someone to answer them for you.

Nancy Smith, N1VOA (sk)

Nancy Smith, N1VOA

Nancy Smith, N1VOA, of Wareham, MA died at age 76 in her home on January 13, 2021. A lifelong resident of eastern Massachusetts, she was the mother of SEMARA member, Scott Smith, KE1CN. Nancy always supported his amateur activities, driving him to meetings and had joined him at the last SEMARA club dinner.

She made her way toward becoming licensed as N1VOA by first being a CB operator and assisting those in need. Until the end of her life, she remained active in several ham radio clubs and contributed to communications at charity events.

She nurtured her spirituality and celebrated her love of music through the Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center Circle of Music Program. A celebration of her life will be held at Ferry Beach in August 2021.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to a scholarship set up in her name, The Nancy Smith Ferry Beach Circle of Music Scholarship at www.ferrybeach.org/NancySmithScholarship

Our sincere sympathy to Scott and his family for their loss.

VE Session Results — December 5, 2020

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the December 5, 2020 VE Session:

Blake P. Barrie, -TBI-, Technician
William I. Wade, KO4DLO, General
Raymond A. Guillotte, N1EBW, Extra

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air? Email us @ W1AEC [at] semara [dot] org with your questions and we’ll try to find someone to answer them for you.

Red Cross Fall Emergency Communication Drill

The fall 2020 nationwide Red Cross Emergency Communication Drill will take place on Saturday, November 14, in conjunction with ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups. The focus of the exercise is sending messages from local sites to a group of divisional clearing houses to simulate and demonstrate amateur radio’s capability to relay information in emergencies and disasters. The drill will get under way at 0900 until 1800 local time in each time zone. The scenario is a major weather event that has caused outages and created hazardous conditions across the country.

The drill will use Winlink as the primary method of delivering pre-formatted messages. The goal is to encourage more operators to become familiar with Winlink and its message templates — primarily ARC-213. This format permits sending standardized messages. The drill aims to bring as many radio operators as possible up to a “basic” level of Winlink proficiency.

A series of Winlink Workshops is held each Thursday at 0100 UTC on Zoom. Join the SEC-ARES group for announcements and discussions. Include name and call sign when registering.

Winlink proficiency goals have been drafted, a Winlink technical support team has been formed, and metrics for drill success have been developed. The proficiency goals are established as a training guideline and reference online training resources. Many hams new to Winlink may find these resources helpful.

Several hundred radio amateurs have already signed up for the event. This event is open to all radio amateurs.

VE Session Results — October 3, 2020

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the October 3, 2020 VE Session:

David A. De Costa, KD1YZ, Extra
Christopher Fowler, KC1NZM, Technician
Gerald D. Goodson, KC1MAU, General
Mary K. Keefe, KC1NPY, General
Richard. Lords, KC1NPZ, General
Glenn Neto, KC1NZN, Technician + General

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air?

Email us @ radioevents [at] semara [dot] org with your particular needs, including antennas, VHF/UHF handheld programming, SSB, CW and/or digital mode operation, etc. When are you available? We may be able to arrange either 1-on-1 or small classes.