VE Session Results – October 7, 2017

Update 10/16/2017 by K1KVV: licenses effective; call signs added.

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!

Next VE Session – October 7, 2017

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 to established Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups and partner agencies during disaster response, in order to establish Amateur Radio communications support. Ham Aid is supported by donations from individuals and corporations – including many of our ham radio industry partners. ARRL has previously staged Ham Aid equipment in Texas, and in the last few weeks, we have supplied kits in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Our supply of Ham Aid kits has been rapidly depleted. Your donation to Ham Aid will help us now. Your contributions to Ham Aid are 100% tax deductible. To make a donation online, go to this page on the ARRL site and select “Ham Aid” from the ARRL donation form. To donate by mail, print a donation form, and mail it with your check payable to ARRL, noting “Ham Aid” on the memo line of your check; mail to ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111 USA.

It has been four weeks since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas. In little over a month, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have left paths of destruction and catastrophic flooding that will impact the lives of people throughout the southeast U.S. and Caribbean for years to come. Throughout these disasters, our trained ham radio volunteers, and especially those in coordinating roles, have helped us meet the requests of our partner agencies and organizations. To all ham radio operators who have been on alert, activated, deployed, or donated, THANK YOU. We are grateful for your service and for your generosity.

Rick Roderick, K5UR
ARRL President

2017 Jamboree on the Air/Internet (JOTA/JOTI)

Help support this worldwide
on-the-air and on-the internet Jamboree.  Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be held 10/20/2017 noon through 10/22/2017 11:55 PM EDT.

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.

Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) is designed for participating via VoIP.  Two conference nodes now have been designated for Scout contacts on EchoLink.  They are *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:

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

Questions?  Send email to web [at] mmra [dot] org
or write to: MMRA, PO Box 669, Stow, MA 01775

Submitted by: Bob David, KG1H

SEMARA Library Additions

Latest additions to SEMARA library license/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.  If you would like to reserve a slot, please sign up using the W1A Signup Doodle Poll.

Boxboro! 2017 – The ARRL New England Division Convention

Boxboro!  The ARRL New England Division Convention will be held on Friday through Sunday, September 8th through 10th, 2017 at the Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center in 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)

…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!