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

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.


SEMARA Cleanup Party

These SEMARA members helped with the cleanup on Saturday, July 22, 2017:

Marcel, W1MLD
Joe K., N1IXC
J.P., AG1Y
Marty, KA1YFV
Mike, W1BXJ
Roland, KB1KZA
Anthony, KB1UAM
Chuck, KB1FRL
Dick, K1AHA

Removal of metal:

Kevin, KA1VNP

Removal of junk and trash:

Carlos from Jose Melo & Sons.

(Submitted by Marcel, W1MLD)

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 [at] verizon [dot] 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 [at] arrl [dot] 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 [at] brettcsmith [dot] org.

  4. BAA Half Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 8 in Boston area
    Volunteer registration for this event will be through the BAA’s website. 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 [at] brettcsmith [dot] 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.
  • Haven’t made any contacts using the RTTY mode in a contest before this RTTY Rookie Roundup contest?  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.


Complete Rules & Information: ARRL Rookie Roundup page.

Deadline to Submit Scores: 23:59:59 UTC Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Submit your score on the Rookie Roundup page, hosted by Bruce Horn, WA7BNM.

Credit: “ARRL Rookie Roundup” page, retrieved  8/10/2017

Next VE Session – August 5, 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.

The Amateur’s Code

by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA (1928)

The Radio Amateur is…

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Credit: QCWA site page