Board of Directors Meeting – Q2 2018

Update 05/12/2018 by W1RJC: The required quorum was not obtained, as three board members could not make it.  Marcel will announce a rescheduled date soon.

President Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD has scheduled the SEMARA Board of Directors meeting for the second quarter of 2018.  It will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the SEMARA clubhouse.

Board of Directors meetings are held four times per year and SEMARA members outside of the board may sit in.  As a reminder, non-board members may only participate if called upon by a board member during the duration of the meeting.

W4DXCC DX & Contest Convention – September 21 & 22, 2018

Convention leader Dave Anderson, K4SV for the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN has asked that SEMARA officials pass along this announcement:

The 2018 W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention and Ham Radio Bootcamp is set for September 21st and 22nd, 2018; celebrating our 14th year.  Bookings are now open for hotel reservations at this years convention.  Convention registration is now open including online ticket purchasing.  Check out the website and learn about the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention.  This year features a good lineup of presenters, so make your plans now and be sure to bring along some of your ham friends.  Program schedules will be posted as soon as they are confirmed by the presenters.

Best 73
See you soon,

Dave Anderson, K4SV
Convention Leader
dave [at] w4dxcc [dot] com

Constitution & Bylaws Amendment Notification

Click the image above to view a PDF of Rick’s submitted Constitution and Bylaw amendment.

Dear SEMARA Members:

You are hereby notified that at the SEMARA Business Meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2018, Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC of Dartmouth, MA, a member in good standing of the association, read aloud and submitted an amendment to our Constitution and Bylaws signed by five SEMARA members in good standing.

This amendment is in response to Paul G. Sadeck, K1PGS’s proposal on April 5, 2018, which was defeated at the May business meeting.  The revisions in this proposal are to address both the definition of a member in good standing as intended by Paul, while also updating the types of membership.  The Board of Directors held a meeting in February and brought forth recommendations to the membership at the March business meeting.  This submission aims to address most of those recommendations:

Member In Good Standing
  • More clearly define a “member in good standing” by adding that the member must be listed as active on the membership roster.
  • A member shall be considered active if they respond to a request to verify and update their contact information with the Association.
  • This permits for (but not necessarily requires) such requests once annually per member at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  • Specifics like requiring the member to furnish an email address or to submit to the association on the date of their birth annually are intentionally omitted.
New Associate Member Type
  • Housekeeping to remove “Charter Member” as a membership type, as all charter members have passed away.
  • Add “Associate Member” as a new membership type for non-Amateur Radio operators.
  • The new “Associate Member” shall be similar to “Honorary Member,” where they have no vote and cannot place motions, nominate officers or be elected to serve as an officer.
  • Change “Life Member” to require future applicants to hold an active Amateur Radio license.

The above is intended only as a convenient summary.  Please review the amendment in its entirety for completeness.  Find attached a Portable Document Format (PDF) of the original submission, as read aloud and addressed to club President, Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD at the May 3, 2018 business meeting.  As per item 3 in Article VIII of the Constitution of the Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc., notification by email or other electronic means must be executed at least one week prior to the next business meeting.  This serves as that notice to allow for voting at the Thursday, June 7, 2018 business meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
SEMARA Secretary

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Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade – May 12, 2018

Terry M. Stader, KA8SCP is requesting communication support for an upcoming public service event:

PART/WB1GOF for many years now has supported the Westford Kiwanis by providing communication support of their parade.  Once again, PART been asked to provide communications for the Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade.  This year, it is on Saturday, May 12th, 2018.

The parade starts around 10:00 AM near the junction of Graniteville Road and Main Street, and it ends at Abbot School.  You will need to be available from 8:30/9:00 AM until 11:00 AM/noon at the latest.  All you need to bring is a 2-meter handheld and some good walking shoes.  We need about a dozen operators for this event.

Most volunteers will be assigned to “shadow” various members of the AB Parade committee.  Our actual duty will not start until about 9:00 AM, but we need to get into the center of town before the roads are closed and we need to establish our assignments by 8:30 AM or so.

If you’ve never done public service events, this is a great first time event.  We will pair you up with a veteran ham so you get the chance to be part of a team.  Parades are always fun, so why not join us on a Saturday morning?  Bring the your XYL, kids, mom, dad and enjoy.

Please contact me if you are interested and can assist or need more information.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Terry M. Stader – KA8SCP
ka8scp [at] wb1gof [dot] org
PART of Westford-WB1GOF

Unlicensed Operator “W2RFW” on MMRA Belmont

Over the past week, the Minuteman Repeater Association (MMRA) has had an unlicensed operator on the MMRA 145.430 Belmont repeater.  He identifies as “Dean” and claims he lives in Milton or used to live in Milton (the story changes).  He also claims to be 57.  He uses the call sign W2RFW, which is not in the ULS database.  He appears to engage in normal ham conversation, and other than the fact that he is unlicensed, does not appear to be causing any interference or exhibiting any inappropriate behavior.

There is a Dean, age 88 in Milton with the call sign W2RWF.  Take note that the “WF” in this call sign inverted, is what the unlicensed operator is using.  A member of the MMRA has spoken to the real Dean on the phone.  He assures them that he is inactive.  His voice is markedly different from the operator heard on ’43.

If you hear this individual on-the-air, please do not engage him.  If you would like to do a check on the input to report his signal strength at your location, please send what you find to the MMRA – contact [at] mmra [dot] org.

The MMRA would be also interested in hearing if he has surfaced on other repeaters.

ARRL Contest Corral – May 2018

Be sure to check and bookmark the ARRL Contest Calendar for upcoming radio events!  Some highlights in May include:

See the May 2018 Contest Corral, a downloadable PDF file from the ARRL, for a full schedule.  This will surely assist with long-term planning of your contest operations.  Please note that the Contest Corral file includes non-ARRL events.  Be sure to refer to the contest’s website for full rules, scoring information, operating periods or time limits, and log submission information.

 

Radio Clubs of Yesteryear

Like people, radio clubs are born and eventually they die.  The Eastern Massachusetts ARRL section staff is compiling information about Eastern Massachusetts radio clubs that are no longer active.  It is only fitting that we take a moment to honor these Eastern Massachusetts clubs of yesteryear that have enriched our lives.

Please send any information you might have to Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Phil Temples, K9HI – k9hi [at] arrl [dot] org.

FAA Surface Weather Observation Stations

At the April 2018 business meeting, Bob, K1KVV mentioned that the local NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts (162 MHz) were are having technical difficulties since the move of the National Weather Service Forecast Office from Taunton to Norton.  Bob mentioned he had a list of frequencies for local AM aircraft band weather observation station frequencies, including the one at the New Bedford Airport.

The frequency list is available online at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Air Traffic section. There, you can search down to the state level with an interactive map and listing of frequencies. You can also search by airport ID and the results will also inform you of the weather station type (ASOS/AWOS).

Constitution Amendment Notification

Click the image above to view a PDF of Paul’s submitted Constitution amendment.

Dear SEMARA Members:

You are hereby notified that at the SEMARA Business Meeting on Thursday, April 5, 2018, Paul G. Sadeck, K1PGS of East Freetown, MA, a member in good standing of the association, read aloud and submitted an amendment to our Constitution signed by five SEMARA members in good standing.

As per item 3 in ARTICLE VIII of the Constitution of the Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc., amendments to the Constitution or the Bylaws may be submitted in writing at any business meeting.  Such requests for amendment must be signed by five or more full members in good standing.  The proposed amendments shall be read aloud under the heading of new business.  Members shall be notified of the proposed amendment by one or more means, of which email and posting on the SEMARA website have been chosen.  Email or other electronic means must be executed at least one week prior to the next business meeting, which is on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Please find attached a Portable Document Format (PDF) of the original amendment submission addressed to club President, Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD.

Respectfully Submitted,

Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
SEMARA Secretary

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Paul Augustine, W1BMQ SK

Photo Credit: Armand F. Augustine, W1BUG

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Paul E. Augustine, W1BMQ of Somerset.  Paul passed away at age 55 at 12 noon on Saturday, April 15, 2018 at Western Massachusetts Hospital following a long battle with dementia.  He was the son of SEMARA member Armand F. Augustine, W1BUG and the the late Lydia (Paulino) Thibault.  Born in Fall River, he was married for 31 years to Karen (Rozycki) Augustine.  Computers and spending time with his daughters were among his favorite pastimes.  Paul’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Boyko Funeral Home in Fall River, with a mass to follow at Good Shepard Church on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

Please share your thoughts and memories of Paul using the “Comments” link at the top of this story.  We send our sympathy to Armand and his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

W1BMQ

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