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!

Contact your Senators: The Amateur Radio Parity Act

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 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.

Join the Solar Eclipse QSO Party!

Monday, August 21, 2017 from 1400 to 2200 UTC
CW, PSK, RTTY, Phone & WSPR

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.  We look forward to hearing you on the air!

Submitted by: Nathaniel, W2NAF

Additional Note:

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