Next VE Session – June 3 @ 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.

Tech Talk – A One Transistor Marvel Transceiver

[UPDATE] At the June 1st Business Meeting, Joe Tavares, KC1BGF, will give a Tech Talk on the “One Transistor Marvel” transceiver. It is a Dave Ingram K4TWJ design that Joe found in a QRP builders book.

The circuit is a one transistor crystal-controlled CW transceiver. The oscillator puts out about 200 mW in the 40-meter band. On receive, a hi-Z crystal earphone across the emitter resistor picks up signals that beats with the oscillator.

This is basically a crystal set with a BFO.

When the code key is pressed, it becomes a transmitter and transmits on 40-meters.

It can be connected to a full size 40 meter antenna. A one or two foot length of wire will work just fine for experimenting.

Shown in the upper right is a pi network you can add to the transceiver.  Its function is to filter out unwanted frequencies.  IJoewill eventually add one to his unit but it will work without it.  Joe needs to find the right toroid to wind the coil for 40 meters.  Joe’s unit is built into an Altoids case.

Joe found that when he connected the earphone, the transmitter won’t work.  He then decoupled the earphone with a 10 uH coil in series with the earphone; and the transmitter started working again.  He figured it would have a high reactance to RF; but it does allow audio to the earphone.  That is the only change he made to the circuit.  Joe hopes his addition doesn’t cause the oscillator to chirp.

These are the values for the pi network:

40 m   470pf    16t  #28 wire on T-50-2 toroid
30 m   330pf    13t  #28
20 m  .220pf    12t  #28


Joe Tavares, KC1BGF

Technician, General & Extra Licensing Classes

Three Different Licensing Classes

  1.  Nashua Radio Club — Amateur Extra Class
    April 28-30, 2017
    Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua
    2300 Southwood Drive
    Nashua, NH.
    You can find more information at <>.
  2.  Genesis ARS — General License Class
    May 13 and 20, 2017
    Plymouth Airport
    Genesis ARS meeting room
    Contact: Chris N1IR, <>
  3. Cape Ann ARA — Tech-in-a Day Class
    May 13, 2017
    Contact: Rick Mayberry <>


VE Session Results – April 1st

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the April 1, 2017 VE Session:

Elanor Gardner, KC1HJF – Technician

James Ace Thackston, KC1HJG – Technician

Paul C. Malley, N1TWK – General

Edwin T. Scallon, N1KHL ––– Extra

Enjoy your upgraded privileges!

New England QSO Party

New England QSO Party on May 6th and 7th, 2017

Saturday 4pm EDT to Sunday 1am  EDT
sleep for 8 hours;
Sunday 9am EDT to Sunday 8pm EDT

The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries.   You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.

The New England QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections: 4pm Saturday thru 1am Sunday, and 9am Sunday thru 8pm Sunday. read more



Date: 14th April 12.00 GMT to 15th April 22.00 GMT
Bands: 160m, 80m, 40m, 30 m, 20m, 15m & 10m
Mode: CW only

Exchange QSA, QRK, name, callsign of last or favorite ship, aircraft,or maintenance company QSA 1 .. 5, strength of receive signal, QRK 1 .. 5, readability and additionally a TR, msg and/or a QTC if you like.

Whitey  K1VV/NJPJ 

W1AA/MSC: International Marconi Day – Jan. 18, 2017

Jan. 18, 2017 – 0001Z to 2359Z

W1AA / MSC – The Marconi Radio Club will represent the 1901 Marconi Shore Station “MSC” in Siasconset on Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts.

We will NOT operating from Nantucket Island as the 1901 “MSC” location is now on private property and inaccessible.

KM1CC – The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club will have two stations active for International Marconi Day.

During the most famous sea-going disaster of the twentieth century, the Siasconset station played a critical role. Late on the night of April 14, 1912, duty operator Matt Tierney received distress signals from the sinking Titanic’. Siasconset was the first mainland wireless station to receive them, and he immediately alerted all other stations of the tragedy.

DX QSL via the W1 Bureau; Stateside QSL via K1VV with a #10 Business size envelope SASE.

For Information –

Marconi Station Cape Cod History:

“MSC” Marconi 1901 Station History:

(Submitted by Whitey K1VV)

Starts Jan. 11: Technician Class at Sturdy Memorial Hospital

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC offers a Technician Class:

Classes starts on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 pm-9:30 pm.
Classes are held in Conference Room A,B,C at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital. It will run for 9 weeks and will end with a test session.

There is no cost for the class; but students must buy the class text/workbook for $30.00.

To sign up, email Gary – KB1KA at


S/E Station K7Z for Zane Grey’s Birthday

Zane Grey was born January 31, 1872. Members of the Tonto Amateur Radio Association, Inc. will be active from January 28 – 31, 2017 to celebrate his birthday. They will use the special event call sign K7Z. Members will be operating from their own QTHs as well as from the Zane Grey Cabin in Payson, AZ.

Preferred frequencies will be in the General band segments. Like Us? Spot Us! A special QSL card will be available for the event.

Complete details at

(From Bruce Sperka, AD7MM