VE Session Results — February 1, 2020

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the February 1, 2020 VE Session:

Raymond King, , Technician
Edward Keefe, KA1IML, General
Richard E Wright jr, KC1LZC, General
Richard Netinho, KE1AN, Extra

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.

New Contesting Book from ARRL

Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners

Contesting is one of the most exciting aspects of amateur radio — and for some, it’s their primary ham radio activity. Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners by contesting veteran Doug Grant, K1DG, offers practical information and ideas that will help you get started in contesting — “radiosport” — or to build your skills, if you’re already active.

Contesting tests station capability and operator skill, and it really is a sport, with a typical objective of contacting as many stations and multipliers — ARRL Sections, states, grids, or DXCC entities, for example — within the contest period.

“Doug Grant has written the ideal guide for anyone interested in contesting,” said QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY.

Grant’s book explains what equipment you need, typical contest formats, details of some more popular events, operating techniques, how to submit an entry, and how to improve your scores. No matter how modest your station or experience, you can compete too!

Just ahead is Winter Field Day, January 25 – 26. See the ARRL Contest Calendar for information on other events.

Amateur Radio Contesting for Beginners is available from the ARRL Store or your ARRL Dealer. (ARRL Item no. 1243, ISBN: 978-1-62595-124-3, $27.95 retail, special ARRL Member Price $24.95). Call 860-594-0355 or, toll-free in the US, 888-277-5289. It’s also available as an e-book for the Amazon Kindle.

2020 SEMARA Election Results

SEMARA Election Day was Thursday, December 5, 2019. Voting took place after the end of the 7:00pm business meeting.  Here are results:

President:
Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD

Vice-President:
Jean Pierre Chiron, AG1Y

Treasurer:
Michael J. McDonald, KB1NB

Secretary:
Armand F. Augustine, W1BUG

Board of Directors (3):
Martin F. Jordan, KA1YFV
Joseph E. Krisnosky, Jr., N1IXC
Don T. Manley, N1PMB

Trustee (1) [5 Year Term; 2024 Chairman]:
Don T. Manley, N1PMB

Free SEMARA Xmas Party

SEMARA will be having a free Christmas party for all members and one guest. The party will take place at the clubhouse on January 11, 2020 with a snow date of January 18, 2020.

It will be held at 2:00 PM, and is casual dress. The meal will be catered by RICCARDI’S RESTAURANT. It will consist of Chicken Parmesan, Salad and the fixings.

Please make reservations addressed to Marcel Dumont, President. Send to chiefmld@comcast.net as soon as possible — no latter than January 6, 2020. We need an accurate count to order the food.

Please advise either 1 or 2 people that will attend.

Thank you all and have a great Christmas and New Year.

Marcel  W1MLD, President

VE Session Results – December 7, 2019

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the December 7, 2019 VE Session:

Chris M. Charbonneau, KC1MIN, Technician
Sean S. Holland,  KC1MIM, 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.

December: Youth on the Air (YOTA) Month*

This event takes place from 0000 UTC on December 1 until 2359 UTC on December 31. Participants earn certificates by working the various YOTA-suffix stations on the air throughout December. Not a contest, the event is aimed at getting as many youngsters on air from as many countries as possible. Stations operated by young radio amateurs around the world will get on the air to celebrate youth in amateur radio. YOTA Month began a few years ago in International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 1, and the concept has now taken root in the Americas as YOTA Month in the Americas.

During YOTA Month, radio amateurs aged 25 and younger will be on the air as special event stations during December on various bands and modes. In the US, look for K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. Elsewhere in the Americas, VE7YOTA will be on the air from Canada. XR2YOTA in Chile has been added to the list of youth stations in the Americas for YOTA Month. Young hams in other countries may also join in. Listen for other YOTA Month stations with “YOTA” suffixes.

For more information about YOTA in the Americas, contact Coordinator Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, or Camp Director Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

*Abstracted from The ARRL Letter for December 5, 2019

ARES Resources

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES. Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES. Please inquire at the local level for specific information. Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

· Download the ARES Manual [PDF]

· ARES Field Resources Manual [PDF]

· ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book [Fillable PDF]

· ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book [Word]

· ARES Plan

· ARES Group Registration

· Emergency Communications Training

How to Get Involved in ARES: Fill out the ARES Registration form and submit it to your local Emergency Coordinator.

SKYWARN Recognition Day December 7

SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) will mark its 20th anniversary on December 7, 0000 to 2400 UTC. ARES, SKYWARN and other amateurs will operate from National Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices across the country in a nod to the long relationship between the Amateur Radio community and the NWS SKYWARN program. Developed by NWS and ARRL staff in 1999, SRD is cosponsored by the organizations.

Participants exchange contact information with as many NWS stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters, plus 70 centimeters. Contacts via repeaters are permitted. Stations should exchange call signs, signal reports, and locations, plus a quick description of the weather at your location (e.g., sunny, partly cloudy, windy, rainy, etc.). EchoLink and IRLP nodes, including Voice over Internet Protocol Weather Net (VoIP-WX), are expected to be active as well.

WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center will also be on the air for SRD, 1300 – 1700 UTC. Event certificates are electronic and printable from the main website at the conclusion of SRD. Please see the SKYWARN Recognition Day website.

News from EMA.ARRL.ORG

Each day on the section web site we bring you news and information from Eastern Massachusetts and beyond. Visit https://ema.arrl.org for the latest.

Here’s a small sampling of the stories that have appeared this past month:

  • Amateurs to Contact Military Station on 60 Meters During Simulated
    Emergency Test, November 3, 2019
  • Eastern MA Hospital Net, November 2, 2019
  • Western MA ARES Simulated Emergency Test, November 3, 2019
  • K5TEC: “Ideas for Attracting Youth and Families to Amateur Radio” at Framingham ARA, November 7, 2019
  • YuKanRun Ocean View 5K and Half Marathon, Ipswich, November 3, 2019
  • Norton Halloween Parade, October 27, 2019
  • Antenna Raising in Style at New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio
    Society
  • Framingham ARA Flea Market Suspended
  • 15-meter QRP FT8 Activity Night, Westford Vicinity
  • Massachusetts Traffic Report for September 2019
  • New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, November 16-17, 2019
  • Falmouth ARA FARA Fest, Bourne, November 2, 2019

*Taken from October 2019 – Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) Section News

ARRL to Launch New “On the Air” Magazine

ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020. To be published on a bimonthly basis, On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to exploring radio communication. Each issue will include advice and insights on topics from the variety of Amateur Radio interests and activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project building, and emergency communication. The goal of this new magazine is to be a vital resource in helping new and newer radio amateurs get active and involved in radio communications.

On the Air responds to the brand-new and not-so-brand-new radio amateur seeking ideas and answers,” said QST Managing Editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY. Schoenfeld is part of the ARRL staff team that developed the new magazine. The planning included an extensive national-level study of new Amateur Radio licensees, identifying their motivations for getting licensed and their experiences of getting started. A focus group responded positively to a trial sample edition of the magazine.

“Too many new licensees never take the next step,” says Schoenfeld. “We’re excited to introduce a new Amateur Radio magazine for this audience, aimed at getting them active, getting them involved, and getting them on the air.”

The first issue of On the Air will be published in January 2020 (January/February issue) and will be introduced as a new ARRL membership benefit. Effective November 1, when eligible US radio amateurs join ARRL or renew their memberships, they will be prompted to select the print magazine of their choice — On the Air or QST. Current members receiving the print edition of QST, upon renewal, may choose to continue receiving the print edition of QST (monthly) or the print edition of On the Air (bimonthly).

All ARRL members, including international members, will be able to access digital editions of both QST and On the Air. Members who already access QST on the web or from the mobile app will be able to access QST and On the Air starting in January.