Amateur Radio Hurricane Nets for Hurricanes

Amateur Radio Operators in Massachusetts will be providing support to the VoIP Hurricane Net as necessary.

Links below are for various net activations for hurricanes:

Hurricane Watch Net Activation Plans:

VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans:

Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Network (SATERN) Southern Territory Net Activation Plans:

Submitted by,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator

SEMARA Library Additions

Latest additions to SEMARA library Licence/Upgrade holdings:

3rd Ed. (Tech) Ham Radio License (spiral bound)
6th Ed. Tech Q & A

8th Ed. General License (spiral bound)
5th Ed. General Q & A

11th Ed. Extra License (spiral bound)
4th Ed. Extra Q & A

These books are available for use only in the clubhouse; do not remove. They are marked as SEMARA property.

The spiral bound format allows easy copying of a few pages, as needed.

Are there other titles that should be added to the club’s library?
Send your suggestions to w1aec [at] semara [dot] org.

Clean Sweep!

Thanks to these club members for accomplishing a clean sweep of the clubhouse prior to the professional cleaning of the floor tiles.

Furniture movers extraordinaire:

Ray Arruda — KB1EVX

Marcel Dumont — W1MLD

Marty Jordan — KA1YFV

Cyclone Cleaning was paid to do the tiles.

Boxboro W1A Special Event Station

Come and make contacts at the special event/contest station, W1A! We will have at least two operating positions.

Hours of Operation

Friday: 3 PM to 6 PM and 9 PM to Midnight
Saturday: 8 AM to 6 PM and 9 PM to Midnight
Sunday: 8 AM to Noon

Other times available by appointment

Reserve a Slot
One of the operating positions is reservable in advance.

If you would like to reserve a slot, please sign up using the

W1A Signup Doodle Poll

Boxboro — The ARRL New England Division Convention

The ARRL New England Division Convention
September 8-10, 2017

Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Boxborough, MA

Order Tickets Now:
The last day to purchase tickets and pay by US Mail is August 26.
The last day to purchase tickets and pay by Paypal is September 6.

  • Top notch Forums and Classes all three days
  • Large Exhibit Hall & Flea Market: Sat 9 AM to 5 PM & Sun 9 AM to 2 PM
  • Major prize drawings
  • Friday DXCC/Contesting Dinner
  • Saturday morning opening ceremony featuring New England Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI
  • Saturday Grand Banquet
  • VE Exams
  • Free Technician-in-a-day license study course
  • Collegiate Amateur Radio: reception on Saturday night, forum on Sunday
  • W1A special event station. Reserve your time at

…and more!

Boxboro supports Students! Donations and proceeds from the convention go to the New England FEMARA Scholarship fund, administered by the ARRL Foundation, supporting young hams attending college and trade schools.

A perfect radio club activity and fun for the entire family!


Contact your Senators: The Amateur Radio Parity Act

The Amateur Radio Parity Act was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives in January as H.R. 555. It provides a mutually satisfactory compromise reached between the American Radio Relay League (ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio) and the Community Associations Institute (CAI, which represents home owners associations).

The Senate Bill, S. 1534, allows for effective outdoor Amateur Radio antennas for public service and emergency communications while protecting the prerogative of community associations.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (pdf)

Go to the ARRL webpage. Urge your Senators to pass S. 1534.

Join the Solar Eclipse QSO Party!

21 Aug 2017 1400 – 2200 UTC
CW, PSK, RTTY, Phone, & WSPR
Full Rules:
Ham Radio-Eclipse Info:

The Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP) is a special operating event organized by the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation (HamSCI) to study ionospheric effects caused by the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

During the SEQP, hams are asked to operate on the HF bands in a manner similar to contests or QSO parties.

Data will be collected from

Provide the QSO and spot data to the researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech for their study of eclipse-induced ionospheric effects.

Let us know where you plan to be and what modes you plan to operate. To do this, visit the SEQP Pre-Registration page at We look forward to hearing you on the air!

73, Nathaniel W2NAF

Sky and Telescope is sponsoring another opportunity using AM radios. See the link below for all details, including preferred AM stations to monitor during the passage of the moon’s shadow during the (partial) solar eclipse.


SEMARA Cleanup Party

These SEMARA members helped with the cleanup on Saturday, July 22:

Marcel  W1MLD
Joe K. N1IXC
Marty   KA1YFV
Ray   KB1EVX
Mike  W1BXJ
Roland  KB1KZA
Anthony KB1UAM
Chuck   KB1FRL
Dick   K1AHA

Removal of metal:

Kevin  KA1VNP

Removal of junk and trash:

Carlos from JOSE MELO & SONS.

Submitted by Marcel W1MLD