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 The Eastern Massachusetts ARRL section staff is compiling information about Eastern Massachusetts radio clubs that are no longer active.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

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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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W1AEC Wins 2017 CQ WW DX Contest SSB Award!

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The editors of CQ, The Radio Amateur’s Journal, took the pleasure in awarding a Certificate of Merit to W1AEC, with Don, WA1BXY as an operator, in recognition of the achievement of winning the 2017 World-Wide DX Contest SSB!

A total score of 456,672 points was computed on the basis of zones, countries and stations worked.  SEMARA scored #9 in North America, #6 in the United States and #2 in the 1st Call area for Single Operator Assisted, Low Power, All Bands.

A big thank you goes to Don, WA1BXY and everyone else who operated during this contest.  Great work!

Plymouth 146.685 Repeater – New PL 131.8

John, K1JRO reports:

Good Evening,

The 146.685 Plymouth, Massachusetts Genesis Repeater, N1ZIZ, as of April 1st, 2018 has a new PL tone.  The CTCSS has been changed from 82.5 Hz to 131.8 Hz.  It is recommended that both encode/decode be changed on all your radios, since the repeater is transmitting both analog FM and digital.  This will help listeners to avoid hearing the noise digital operation produces on the analog side.

Short Story: Change your PL associated with the 146.685 N1ZIZ repeater to a CTCSS of 131.8 Hz post haste.

Please note the Eastern MA Hospital Net will continue to use analog communications.

73,
John O’
K1JRO

Learning Program – April 29, 2018

Andrew, AB1YN reports:

As part of an educational series, SEMARA will be offering an opportunity to learn about digital modes of operation. The program will start with a brief presentation and then lead into actual operating practice. The date for this event is Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. If you have expertise in this field, please come and coach. If you are new to digital modes, please come to learn.

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.