Welcome to the New Website!

We soft launched this new website on the morning of Tuesday, May 4th. Please bare with us as most links have little to no content at this time. The Zero Beat and Photo Gallery sections are our first priority. Currently, the story (blog) section on the main page is functional with an archive back to 2006.

If you are a SEMARA member, please create a new account to the left right now using your call sign as a user name. This will allow you to post comments and access future member only content, such as management of your “discussion” mailing list subscription. We appreciate your patience during this transition.

Norm Benoit, WA1KDT, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Norman L. Benoit, WA1KDT, aged 75, of Fairhaven, MA. Norm passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 and was a member of SEMARA since 1998.

He was the Godfather of Patricia Days, wife of Charlie, WA1JFD. We send our sympathy to his family for their loss. May he rest in peace.


147.000 Temporarily Reduces Power

From the SEMARA Repeater Committee:

You may have noticed intermittent crackle noises on weak signals when using the 2m repeater lately. Rick, W1RJC went down to the repeater site this evening to troubleshoot the issue. It was discovered that there is a potential problem with the antenna and/or feedline which is causing the repeater to “desense” (the repeater’s transmitter is getting back into the receiver).

To temporarily remedy the issue and make the repeater more usable, the repeater’s 100 watt amplifier has been turned off and the repeater is currently running 20 watts. The side effect is that the repeater will be slightly weaker on fringe areas, however weaker signals will not be as noisy getting into the repeater. This is an interim solution until the repeater committee has the chance to troubleshoot further.

2m QSO Party – Sunday, May 30th


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Jim, WA1GPO writes:

I’m Jim, WA1GPO, one of the directors for (FARA) the Falmouth Amateur radio association. FARA is working to encourage operators to become more active. Generally speaking the amateur bands have been ‘quiet’; this may be due to the low sunspot activity or just the pace of the world we live in, we don’t know. We’re hoping to try to generate a little interest in the local area with various ‘on the air’ activities. Everyone appears to have a 2m radio so that seems like a logical place to start.

Our first activity is a 2m QSO party, it’s on Sunday, May 30 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Sunday evenings are generally quiet so hopefully most operators will find it a convenient time. The major objective is to simply encourage folks to turn on a radio and to have a little fun!! It is a simplex (direct) style of operation, repeater contacts do not count however repeaters may be utilized to solicit simplex contacts and to generate a little more activity!!

To make it a little more interesting we’re encouraging others in the SE MA area to participate as well. I’d like to ask your assistance in spreading the word; if your group has a local net perhaps the net control could mention the activity, a few fliers at club meeting would be helpful, a mention in the club newsletter, a mailing list … the more activity we can stimulate the better.

If this activity is successful we would like to do more; different bands, modes, VHF/HF, whatever sparks an interest. Comments or suggestions would be most welcome. Please feel free to invite other groups or individuals to participate.

If there are any questions, Jim may be reached directly – jvaldes [at] whoi [dot] edu

Monthly RACES Net Moves to 147.000

Joe, N1IXC writes:

Tony Gomes, Ed Caron and myself just came back from a RACES meeting at MEMA. After a discussion about switching the net from Taunton to the Dartmouth repeater, it was approved. I know that the membership approved this a few months ago. This net is only once a month and it will be good for the club. It will start in the month of June. If anyone has any questions, please let me know. 73

Joe can be reached directly – joekris56 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Boston Marathon – Volunteers Still Needed

Paul, W1SEX writes:

As I sit here in one of the final BAA Organizing Committee meetings and continuing to review the volunteer numbers for this year, we have openings still available on the finish line.

If you or anyone you know that has a ham radio license would still like to volunteer please go to the following link:


At this time I can use about a dozen more hams. For those of you that have already signed up thank you. Assignments will be coming out in about two weeks.

Paul can be reached directly – paul.topolski [at] comcast [dot] net