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 isthis 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

Contest Calendar – May & June 2019

Contesting
  • May 25 – 26 — CQ World Wide WPX Contest, CW
  • May 30 — RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship, CW
  • June 1 — Wake-Up! QRP Sprint (CW)
  • June 1 – 2 — SEANET Contest (CW, phone)
  • June 1 – 2 — 10-10 International Open Season PSK Contest
  • June 1 – 2 — DigiFest
  • June 1 – 2 — UKSMG Summer Contest (CW, phone, digital)
  • June 1 – 2 — Kentucky QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
  • June 1 – 2 — IARU Region 1 Field Day (CW)
  • June 1 – 2 — Dutch Kingdom Contest (CW, phone)
  • June 1 – 2 — RSGB National Field Day (CW)
  • June 2 — PVRC Reunion (CW, phone)
  • June 4 — ARS Spartan Sprint (CW)
  • June 6 — NRAU 10-Meter Activity Contest (CW, phone, digital)
  • June 6 — SKCC Sprint Europe (CW)

See the ARRL Contest Calendar for more information.

Put Howard to Work Event: Canceled

Howard Michel, WB2ITX

In late April, ARRL had announced that ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, would be on the air at W1AW on Monday, May 13, giving ARRL members a chance to chat with the CEO and get to know him better as a ham. An issue was raised, however, that this event may be a potential FCC rule violation.

The particular rule is §97.113: “A station is also not allowed to transmit communication in which the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer.” Given that ARRL is Michel’s employer and that an effort was made to publicize an event at which members of the organization could chat with the CEO, such an event could be perceived as a benefit to the organization. So, out of an abundance of caution and to avoid any potential violation of FCC rules, or even the appearance of a violation, Michel decided to cancel plans for the “Put Howard to Work” event.

“I’ve operated W1AW before and will continue to do so in the future,” Michel said. “I hope to meet many of you on the air, but only as part of my regular ham radio activities and not as part of an ARRL-promoted event.”

Howard Michel, WB2ITX to Operate W1AW

* ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, will operate W1AW to help members of the amateur radio community get to know Howard Michel, WB2ITX, the relatively new chief executive officer of the American Radio Relay League, a little better, the organizers of the “ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast” are putting on an event that will give ham radio operators the opportunity to chat with him in a very natural setting for all hams – on the air!

Michel will be at ARRL’s Maxim Memorial Station W1AW on Monday afternoon, May 13, at 2 p.m. EDT, operating on 20 meters (around the 14.250 MHz frequency on SSB) and will be ready to talk to anyone who wants to “work” him. Also, to commemorate this event, ARRL is creating a special QSL Card for those who connect with Michel via Maxim Memorial Station W1AW. Organizers hope that this card will become a prized part of most hams’ collections.

* Source: April 2019 – Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) Section News