2019 Kids Day June 15

Kids talking to Kids

Time: 2:00 PM ET to 7:59 PM ET [1800Z to 2359Z]

Bands: 3.5, 7, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28 , 2-m repeaters (with permission of owner)

ARRL Kids Day Phone 1st Exchange: Name, age, QTH, favorite color
Following exchanges can include favorite hobbies, sports, movies pets, and so on.

For complete information, including online certificate, see www.arrl.org/kids-day

Contests On the Air

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.”

SEMARA Member 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

VE Session Results — April 6, 2019

Congratulations to these hams who passed their Technician exams at the April 6, 2019 VE Session:

Joshua Jorge —KC1LHT
Denise Mullen– KH1LHS
Gary L. Pacella — KC1LHU

Issued 4/16/2019.

Enjoy your new privileges!

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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 — February 2, 2019

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the February 2, 2019 VE Session:

Stuart Solomon, KC1KUX – General
    =>Upgraded: callsign W1SHS – Extra***
Nazar Rosa, KCIKZH  – Technician**
Mark R. St Pierre, KC1KZJ – Technician*

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!
***Effective 3/5/2019
**Effective 2/19/2019
*Effective 2/15/2019


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 – December 1, 2018

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 Murray, KC1KPX  – Technician
Edward H. Vacha, KC1KPW – 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.