VE Session Results — October 7, 2017

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the October 7, 2017 VE Session:

James Powell, KC1IHC — Technician + General
Ethan A. Zawatsky, KC1IHD — Technician
Mark A. Rheault, KC1IET — General

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Effective 10/16/2017

Next VE Session – October 7 @ 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.

Relief Efforts Need Your Help

Monday, September 25, 2017

Dear ARRL Member:

There are few times when I have needed to reach out directly to you for your help. This is one of those times.

The American Red Cross (ARC) has asked ARRL for assistance with relief efforts in Puerto Rico. In the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and ARC, this is the first time ARC has made a request for assistance on this scale. Hurricane Maria has devastated the island’s communications infrastructure. Without electricity and telephone, and with most of the cell sites out of service, millions of people are cut off from communicating. Shelters are unable to reach local emergency services and people cannot check on the welfare of their loved ones. The situation is dire.

How can you help?

1) Volunteer. ARC needs up to 50 radio amateurs who can help record, enter, and submit disaster-survivor information into the ARC Safe and Well system. There are very specific requirements and qualifications needed for this deployment; for instance, familiarity with Winlink, an Amateur Radio license of General class or higher, and previous experience in disaster response. Deployment will be for up to 3 weeks (at ARC expense). If you would like to be considered for deployment, please complete the following online ARRL form, which asks for your qualifications and skills: Volunteer Deployment Form

2) Donate to Ham Aid. ARRL’s Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio equipment kits  read more

Support Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet

Help support this worldwide
on-the-air and on-the internet Jamboree

10/20/2017 noon – 10/22/2017 11:55 PM (local time)

JOTA — The world’s largest Scouting event is held annually over the third full weekend in October. Amateur Radio links Scouts with other Scouts and hams, locally and worldwide.

According to the World Scout Bureau, the 2016 JOTA had nearly 1.3 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations, and reached 156 countries.

JOTI –For participating via EchoLink, two conference nodes now have been designated for Scout contacts — *JOTA-365* (node 480809) and *JAMBO* (node 832996). Visit the K2BSA Radio Scouting page for more information on frequencies, including D-STAR, DMR, and IRLP.

This is a good time to step up to this challenge.

MMRA Boxboro Raffle Winners

If you purchased tickets at the Boxboro convention for the MMRA raffle, these are the lucky winners:

  • IC-2730A W1DYJ Larry
  • FT-65R KA1U Steve
  • Steve Repeater Directory K1WVU Bob

Questions? Send email to
or write to: MMRA, PO Box 669, Stow, MA 01775

Submitted by Bob David/KG1H

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!