FARA Technician License Course – March 2018

Brent V. Putnam, W1NCH, President of the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) has asked us to share this information with our members and anyone interested in obtaining their Technician license:

Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA)
Amateur (“Ham”) Radio Technician Class License Course

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) is holding a Technician class licensing course over the course of three Saturdays – March 17, 24 and 31.  It will be held from 9AM to noon at the Falmouth Fire Rescue Department headquarters, 399 Main Street (entrance on King Street), in the 2nd Floor EOC/training room.

The exam for the students will be held in the same location immediately after the March 31 session.

Cost of the class is $50 and includes:

1) Nine hours of classroom instruction
2) Manual
3) Online test practice and tutoring
4) Refreshments
5) Access to instructors for questions & tutoring
6) License exam
7) 1-year membership with FARA
8) Admission to the 2018 FARAfest
9) Radio (if the student passes)

This is a great value for anyone seeking to get their license, as the total cost of the individual items is well over $100.

Interested?  Contact Brent Putnam, FARA President, at w1nch [at] arrl [dot] net.

ARRL DX Contest at SEMARA – March 2 & 3, 2018

Don, WA1BXY reports:

Thanks to John, WA1ESO and Scott, KE1CN for helping out in this weekend’s contest.  We managed to squeeze out 801 contacts.  The bands were not in the best of shape.  We did put the new wire antenna through its paces and it is working pretty well along with the Icom IC-756.  The next activation at the club will be Friday, March 2nd at 8:00 PM local time (3/3/2018 at 0000z) for the ARRL DX Contest.  Anyone wanting to join in the fun is more then welcome.  It would be nice to see some new faces in the new radio room making some contest points.

SEMARA Radio Room On The Air

Don, WA1BXY reports the following with two pictures:

We have 3 radios up and running.  Still only two antennas; need to throw one wire up.

He was hoping a couple pictures may spark a little more interest in radio room.  He notes you can now stop by the club and actually use it.  He made a few HF contacts and the people he spoke with were interested in seeing our setup.

Click the above image to view the full size photo.

Click the above image to view the full size photo.

ARRL Contest Corral – February 2018

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

  • Mon 2/12: ARRL School Club Roundup
  • Sat 2/17: ARRL International DX Contest, CW
  • Sat 2/24: North American QSO Party, RTTY

See the February 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.

ARES Drills & Nets – February 2018

ARRL Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Marek, KB1NCG writes:

Hello everyone.

Eastern MA ARES will be holding an exercise during the morning of Saturday, February 10th.  More details will follow soon, as the ARES team is still preparing the exercise scenario.

Also, the monthly hospital net will be on Saturday, February 3rd.  Check ares.ema.arrl.org for which repeaters they will be using this month.  The monthly ARES net will be on Monday, February 5th on the MMRA network*.  Its normal reminder will be sent out soon.

-Marek, KB1NCG

* Please note that the affiliate repeater for ARES/SKYWARN in Bristol County is the Dartmouth 145.490 repeater, which has the ability to link into the MMRA network via RF.  While that repeater is not currently up to normal health, SEMARA’s 2m repeater continues to be used as an alternative.  With that said, the monthly ARES net will be carried on the Dartmouth 147.000 repeater on Monday, February 5th at 8:30 PM, barring any issues with MMRA’s IRLP node.

Next VE Exam Session – Saturday, February 3, 2018

Obtain or upgrade your Amateur Radio License!

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.

Full details, including what you must bring, can be found at our VE Exams section.

Volunteer Registration Open – 2018 Boston Marathon

David Wolfe, KG1H has passed along the following to SEMARA:

Volunteer registration is open for the 2018 Boston Marathon! Sign up today on the BAA’s web site.  You don’t need to specify any group name or passcode.  Just make sure you request at least one ham radio assignment in your preferences.  Once you get your application confirmation number, you’re all set.

If you re a returning volunteer, you’ll be asked to provide your BAA Volunteer Loyalty Number.  You should’ve received that in a separate e-mail from the BAA today.  There s also a tool to look it up on the BAA volunteer site.  If you still have trouble finding it, e-mail us and we can help you out.

Don’t delay!  Volunteer registration closes in early February.  Help us get the word out by forwarding this e-mail to your club and other hams who might like to volunteer.  Most volunteers first learn about the event through word of mouth.  If you know new amateurs who might like to join us, make sure to let them know about it.  Even just a quick mention at your club meeting can be a big help.

Again, If you have any questions about volunteer registration, or the 2018 Marathon generally, please get in touch anytime.  Volunteering at the Marathon is a big job, and we appreciate the time and effort everyone puts into it.  We’re happy to do what we can to make your work more comfortable or effective.

Again, we look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Thank you and 73,

Matthew Forman, K6MCF
Boston Marathon Communications Committee

contact [at] hamradioboston [dot] org

Wanted: New W1AEC QSL Manager

Are you interested in being the next QSL Manager for W1AEC?  Our latest manager John, WA1ESO has notified us that he will be stepping down as soon as a replacement is found:

For several years, I have had the honor of serving as QSL manager.  The number of QSLs since the removal of the hut has been very light with nearly nothing to do.  I see that with the new shack and the interest in contesting, this will change.

I feel the club will be better served by a QSL manager that stops by the club at least once a week to be sure hams are not waiting for QSLs.  I would like to continue as QSL manager until a replacement is found.  At that time, I will turn over the LoTW and EQSL passwords and ask that my name and call sign be removed from the W1AEC QRZ page.

TNX & 73,

John, WA1ESO

If you are interested in volunteering to be the new W1AEC QSL manager, please contact us – w1aec [at] semara [dot] org.

SEMARA Radio Room Tutorial Postponed

Update 01/13/2018 by W1RJC: This post was updated to reflect the latest information provided by Don, WA1BXY.

Please see Don, WA1BXY‘s earlier post regarding the new radio room.  He had hoped to hold a showing and tutorial, but this has now been postponed until further notice.

It was originally scheduled for Sunday, January 7, 2018, however the driveway was not plowed from the earlier blizzard.  It was then rescheduled for Sunday, January 14, 2018, but Don has also postponed this stating that there are no cables available for the radio until he has a chance to get them made.

When Don schedules a new date, we will be sure to post it.

Business Meeting Postponed – January 11, 2018

Marcel, W1MLD has announced the following:

Due to the impending weather conditions Thursday evening, I am postponing the business meeting until next Thursday, January 11, 2018.  Safety is my concern.

Marcel, W1MLD
SEMARA President

As of this posting, the National Weather Service in Taunton has issued the following under its Watches, Warnings & Advisories section: