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.
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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!
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
3) Online test practice and tutoring
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.
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.
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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.
ARRL Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Marek, KB1NCG writes:
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.
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.
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.