W1AEC Wins 2017 CQ WW DX Contest SSB Award!

Click the image above to view the full-sized award!

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.

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.

Thanks!
-Marek, KB1NCG
EMA ARES SEC

* 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