VE Session Results – December 1, 2018

Update 12/3/2018 by K1KVV: Corrected typos.

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the December 1, 2018 VE Session:

Jeffrey M. Richard, Sr., KC1KDC – Extra
Joseph Pasteris, KC1FWN – General
John Regan, N1JLK – General
Frank Murry – Technician
Edward H. Vache – 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.

Rob, KD1CY Receives Outstanding Service Award

Plaque is inscribed “Outstanding Service Award presented to Rob Macedo, in recognition of your many years of service to the weather community.” Click the image above to view the full-sized photo.

SEMARA member Robert D. Macedo, KD1CY has been recognized for his work.  On November 9, 2018 during a Blue Hills Observatory fundraising event, the Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center awarded Macedo its Outstanding Service Award.

Doing the honors were meteorologist and Weather Channel personality Jim Cantore and former Weather Channel meteorologist Mish Michaels.

The honor was especially meaningful for Macedo as it coincided with his birthday.

“It’s both rewarding and humbling to receive [the award] in the presence of some of the most respected people in the meteorology profession,” Macedo said.  “It wouldn’t be possible without the support of hundreds to thousands of SKYWARN spotters and Amateur Radio operators.”

SKYWARN Recognition Day – Saturday, December 1, 2018

SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2018
Saturday, December 1, 0000 to 2359 UTC

During SKYWARN Recognition Day, special event stations will be on the air from NWS offices, contacting radio amateurs around the world.

The object of SRD is for all amateur stations to exchange contact information with as many National Weather Service stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters, plus 70 centimeters.  Contacts via repeaters are permitted. EchoLink and IRLP nodes, including the Voice over Internet Protocol Weather Net (VoIP-WX), are expected to be active.

Modes: SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31.
While working digital modes, special event stations will append “NWS” to their call signs (e.g., N0A/NWS).  It’s suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer serve as a station control operator.

Event certificates are electronic and printable from the main website at the conclusion of SRD. Submit SRD log summaries on the website.

 

DoD HF Exercise – October 24-26, 2018

Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) members will support a Department of Defense HF radio communication exercise on October 24 through 26, 2018.  The readiness exercise will test the ability to communicate via voice and military standard communication protocols, simulating the loss of conventional communication systems.

MARS members will interface with the Amateur Radio community to collect information at the county level regarding publicly available information.  At 0001 UTC on October 24, Amateur Radio operators are asked to monitor 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz, USB) for a high-power broadcast of updated information regarding this exercise and how the Amateur Radio community can participate.

During the exercise, MARS members will communicate with Amateur Radio operators on all five 60-meter channels, as well as on other Amateur Radio bands.

Contact MARS for more information regarding this exercise. As a simulation, this exercise will not affect any public or private communications or infrastructure. The exercise will end at 2359 UTC on October 26.

Additionally, MARS members will participate in the HF automatic link establishment (ALE) on-the-air exercise taking place on October 12 – 22.

VE Session Results – October 6, 2018

Update 10/17/2018 by K1KVV: Added call sign, licenses effective.

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the October 6, 2018 VE Session:

Victoria Cooper, KC1KJW – Technician
Arthur W. Harvey III, KC1KGC – 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.

VE Session Results – August 4, 2018

Congratulations to this ham who passed both Technician and General exams at the August 4, 2018 VE Session:

Jeffrey M. Richard, Sr. — KC1KDC (2018-08-13)

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.

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, 21st year
2018 August 18 0001Z to August 19 2359Z

Some 300 groups or individuals are planning to operate that weekend.
For a list of 2018 entrants, click here.

This event is always held on the third weekend in August, and, while it is not a contest, it does bring lots of fun for all who participate.

You can read more here

Activity does not need to take place inside the structure itself.
A Field Day-style setup at the light or other building adjacent to the light is sufficient.
The intent is to make the station visible to visitors.

Perhaps SEMARA could activate one of the lighthouses near us — just an idea. What say?
To enter, register  here.

SEMARA Flea Market – October 6, 2018

Click the image above to view the full-sized flier.

SEMARA Flea Market 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the SEMARA Clubhouse located at 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA.  The event will be held rain or shine from 9:00 AM to 12 noon, with vendor setup beginning at 8:00 AM.  There is handicapped parking and access available.  Over the air talk-in will be on the SEMARA 147.000 repeater.  We will also be conducting a VE exam session inside the clubhouse at 10:30 AM for anyone interested in obtaining or upgrading their amateur radio license.

For more information, please contact us at (508) 997-7070 or hamfest [at] semara [dot] org.

2018 QST Antenna Design Competition

The 2018 competition challenge: design the best LF, MF, or HF antenna for limited space applications.

  • Entrants should send their best designs for evaluation according to the competition rules.
  • Designs that don’t win a prize might still be eligible for publication in a future issue of QST
  • Only one entry per person (or team).
  • Submission deadline is September 1, 2018.

ARRL is offering three cash prizes for this competition.

  • First place is $600.
  • Second place is $250
  • Third place is $150.

Design and Submission Requirements

  • Antennas must be designed for one or more bands between 2200 meters and 10 meters.
  • Must fit within a 30 × 50 foot area.
  • Stand no taller than 30 feet at any point.

read more

Kids Day – Saturday, June 16, 2018

Twice per year in January and June for five hours, ARRL Kids Day promotes Amateur Radio to our youth.  Kids Day is designed to give the on-the-air experience to young people and foster interest in getting a license of their own.  It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children.  Share the excitement with your kids, grand-kids, a scout troop, a church or the general public.  Suggested initial exchange is name, age, location and favorite color.  You can work the same station again if an operator has changed.  To draw attention, call “CQ Kids Day.”  All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate and feedback on your experiences are also welcome at the ARRL Kids Day page.

Event Date & Time

Saturday, June, 16, 2018
2:00 PM EDT (1800Z) through
6:59 PM EDT (2359Z)

Suggested Frequencies

10 Meters: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
12 Meters: 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
15 Meters: 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
17 Meters: 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
20 Meters: 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
40 Meters: 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
80 Meters: 3.740 to 3.940 MHz

  • For more information and forms, please visit the ARRL Kids Day page.