2017 Fall Public Service Events

  1. Surftown Half Marathon and 5K, Sunday, Sept. 10, in Westerly, RI

    This event is run along the ocean front streets of Misquamicut Beach and Watch Hill, RI, It draws about 2800 runners each year. If you are interested in participating, contact Jim Creamer, KB1MAO, Westerly Amateur Radio Team <divingdog@verizon.net>

  2. Cystic Fibrosis (CF)Ride for Life, Saturday, Sept. 16 in Westport, MA

    This event has used the SEMARA (147.000) Repeater for the past few years. Expect Ride traffic to start around 8 AM and wrap up around 3 PM. If you are interested in participating, contact Henry Brown, K1WCC, CF Communications Coordinator <k1wcc@arrl.net>

  3. Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday, Sept. 24, Boston Marathon route

    We’d like to build up the team size for this year, especially along the earlier parts of the route. If interested in participating, contact Brett Smith, AB1RL, Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club <ab1rl-pubserv@brettcsmith.org>

  4. BAA Half Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 8 in Boston area

    Volunteer registration for this event will be through the BAA’s website <http://www.mmra.org/access.html>. It will open up on Tuesday, August 15. You’ll get an announcement from them, and me, when that happens. Brett Smith, AB1RL, Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club <ab1rl-pubserv@brettcsmith.org>

2017 RTTY Rookie Roundup!

Sunday, August 20, 2017
1800 UTC – 2359 UTC.

    This 6-hour event is designed for newcomers. Rookies attempt to make as many contacts as possible during the contest period.  Rookies can work everyone – and non-Rookies can work only Rookies.

Non-Rookies call “CQ R” on RTTY and your “check” is the year you were first licensed, e.g. 10.

Hope to work you on the air!

Are you a Rookie?

  • Were you first licensed in 2017, 2016 or 2015? YES — you are a Rookie and your “check” is 17, 16, or 15.
  • Were you licensed before 2015; but you made your first Amateur Radio contact during 2017, 2016 or 2015 ? YES — you are a Rookie and your “check” is 17.
  • If you haven’t made any contacts using the RTTY mode in a contest before this RTTY Rookie Roundup contest then, YES — you are Rookie and your “check” is 17.

You are a Rookie for just one year.

RTTY Activity: Look in and around these frequency ranges: 3.580-3.585, 7.080-7.085, 14.080-14.085, 21.080-21.085, and 28.080-28.085 MHz.

Exchange: Call sign of station worked, your call sign, your first name, two-digit number of the year first licensed (“check”) and state.
Examples: Remember RTTY is ALL CAPS.

NØAX DE KB1QAW CAROL 08, CT
KX9X DE VE7XYZ DAVE 07 BC
KD2ABC DE XE1KK RAMON 96 XE1
KG6PQR DE JH4NMT TOSHI 75 DX

Complete Rules, 5. Scoring: See <http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup>.

Deadline to submit scores: 23:59:59 UTC Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Submit your score on the Rookie Roundup page <http://www.b4h.net/arrlrr/index.php>
hosted by Bruce Horn, WA7BNM.

Abstracted from “ARRL Rookie Roundup” webpage by Bob, K1KVV

 

 

Next VE Session – August 5 @ 10:30 AM

VE Sessions are held at the SEMARA Clubhouse, 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, Massachusetts on the first Saturday of even months at 10:30 AM.

Although walk-ins are welcome, we recommend that you contact us ahead of time if you plan to attend an upcoming session.

SEMARA’s VE Team Leader is Frederic S. Bacon, III, N1TF. He can be reached at 508-748-0047 or exams [at] semara [dot] org.

The Amateur’s Code

by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA (1928)

The Radio Amateur is:

CONSIDERATE   never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL                  offering loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE    with knowledge abreast of science, a well built and efficient station, and operation beyond reproach.

FRIENDLY            with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, co-operation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED          Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC          with station and skill always ready for service to country and community

Source: http://www.qcwa.org/amateur-code.htm

Call up for K2H — 13 Colonies S/E

13 Colonies 2017 CertificateLooking for a few good operators — Sign up today!

This Year’s Event Dates and Times
July 1st– 9AM EST to July 6th– Midnight EST
(July 1, 2017-1300 UTC to July 7, 2017-0400 UTC)

13 Colonies is an annual event [not a contest] held during the 4th of July Week. Those who participate try to make contact(s) with all 13 Colony Special Event Stations [K2A, … , K2M] and the 2 Bonus Stations [WM3PEN & GB13COL].

You do not need to make contact with all 13 to get the certificate. Getting all 13 + the 2 Bonus is known as a Clean Sweep. Use the link here for information on each Original 13 Colony State, and the two Bonus Stations. Good Luck and see you in the pile up’s!

The 13 Colonies Event has TWO Bonus Stations:

  • WM3PEN will participate from Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared. The 13 Colonies certificate will have a Liberty Bell added for a contact with WM3PEN. Visit the WM3PEN page for details on this station
  • GB13COL  will operate from Durham, England. The 13 Colonies certificate will have an endorsement of the “British Standard” for a Contact with GB13COL. Visit the GB13COL page for details on this station.

Volunters: If you wish to participate as a 13 Colonies S/E K2H operator from Massachusetts, contact either SEMARA or the coordinator for Massachusetts.

All others should contact email Ken Villone (KU2US) at dentron1@yahoo.com. He will forward your request to the appropriate state manager for consideration. The only requirement is that you must be a General class or higher and be willing to put in some serious operating time.

Spotting: If you work a colony station, you are encouraged to spot it for others. We suggest DX Summit.

The 13 Colonies Special Event is a not for profit event. All donations are used to fund the next year’s event, and to defray any expenses occurred. All donations are used for operating costs, supplies, equipment, and 13 Colony Group initiatives. Donation is voluntary. If you have difficulty with a donation, tell us on your log sheet, and we will send you the certificate earned-No Questions Asked!.

Kids Day — Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kids Day always runs from 1800 UTC [2 PM] through 2359 UTC [11:59 PM].
Operate as much or as little as you like.

Suggested initial exchange: 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.

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

Be sure to observe third-party restrictions when making DX QSOs.

You may also use your favorite repeater (with permission of the repeater’s sponsor).

Kids Day Certificate of Participation:
All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate. You can download this certificate and  complete it with the participant’s name and date of the contact.
Kids Day Survey:
Fill out the survey to share your Kids Day experience.

All the details and forms are at:
http://www.arrl.org/kids-day

Start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

June 1st marks the start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. NWS Taunton has sent out a Public Information Statement regarding the start of the season including storm names, some Southern New England Hurricane History and tropical system safety tips. The National Hurricane Center has now started issuing their Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlooks and have provided info on storm names and their various products. Details at the following links:

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement – Start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/pns_start_of_hurricane_season_2017_NWS_BOX.txt

National Hurricane Center – Start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Tropical Weather Outlook and Overview of Products:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/two_atl_nhc_hurricane_season_start_2017.txt

It never hurts to have preparations in place and review safety rules prior to any impending tropical system affecting the region. This info can help you stay informed and understand products issued by the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service in Taunton and prepare properly if Southern New England were to be affected by a tropical system this season.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator