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
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,
If you are interested in volunteering to be the new W1AEC QSL manager, please contact us – w1aec [at] semara [dot] org.
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.
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.
As of this posting, the National Weather Service in Taunton has issued the following under its Watches, Warnings & Advisories section:
…BLIZZARD WARNING FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM EST THURSDAY…
It is with great regret that we announce the passing of longtime SEMARA member William L. Vincent, W1POW of Dartmouth. Bill passed away at home on Sunday, December 31, 2017 surrounded by his family at age 92. He was a ham radio operator since 1992; originally assigned the call sign N1LTY before getting his vanity call sign W1POW which reflected his past.
Mr. Vincent was held as a German Prisoner of War (POW) for eight months during World War II while serving in the European Theater. During that war, he attained the rank of Private First Class. Besides ham radio, Bill was also a member of the American Legion, the Rod & Gun Club and he worked for Nabisco as a delivery man until his retirement. He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Gloria M. (Botelho) Vincent.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Bill using the “Comments” link at the top of this story. We send our sympathy to Gloria and his family for their loss. May he rest in peace.
Thank you for your service, sir.
SEMARA Election Day was Thursday, December 7, 2017. Incoming Officers for 2018 are:
Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD
Jean Pierre Chiron, AG1Y
Michael J. McDonald, KB1NB
Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
Board of Directors:
Bradford E. Paiva, W1BEP
Joseph E. Krisnosky, Jr., N1IXC
Martin F. Jordan, KA1YFV
Trustee (5 Year Term; Chairman in 2022):
Paul G. Sadeck, K1PGS
After many days and hours of work, the SEMARA 224.800 repeater is now back on the air and interfaced to a new repeater controller. It has the ability to link via IRLP, EchoLink and RF through a remotely selectable 16-channel UHF radio. It is mainly parked on the New England Network (IRLP 9120 / EchoLink 9129 *NEW-ENG*), in which the Quahog Repeater Network based in Rhode Island is also linked most of the time.
The SEMARA 927.8375 repeater’s IRLP node is now back up and running. It is once again parked on New England Amateur Radio 900 MHz Network or “NEAR-900” (IRLP 9125). The repeater controller for this repeater was left in place, due to the fact that using the IRLP node itself as a repeater controller isn’t reliable. This means that all three SEMARA repeaters are now using their own SCOM 7330 repeater controllers and each repeater also has its own IRLP node. Keep in mind that the fans in this repeater still need to be replaced, in which I need to get together with Jeff-N1ZZN to swap them out.
The 147.000 EchoIRLP node had apparently froze a few weeks ago. Joey-KC1FWN had brought this to my attention last week. The node was rebooted this morning and it successfully began working again.
Looking to the future, the 900 fan swapping and mounting of the 220 equipment in the 2m rack are the next tasks to tackle. The equipment doesn’t look at all impressive right now sitting around at the repeater site unmounted. I start a new job tomorrow and my time will be limited, however most of the heavy work has been finished. Eventually, a dedicated 220 antenna will also need to be mounted at the top of our tower as I had previously mentioned. The 220 repeater is temporarily using the 220 section of a tri-band antenna (a Comet CX-333) which is less than ideal. I recommend that the club looks into buying a 4-dipole array antenna next year and plans a hardline/antenna install around the summer of 2017 through NETCOM’s maintenance window in our agreement with them. At some point at a future meeting going into 2017, I will try to be present to talk about this and to make a motion to do so.
Thanks for your patience and enjoy your 2m, 220 and 900 SEMARA repeaters!
Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
SEMARA Repeater Committee
Quick update before tonight’s business meeting:
The Raspberry Pi board for the 900 node which is used to link it into the 900 network was bad. In the picture, the one in hand is the bad one with its replacement being tested behind it. The board is $35, but I had this brand new one that I am donating to the club. Also, the fans in the 900 repeater that cool the PAs have seized. Via Jeff-N1ZZN, we will get replacements next week from another Motorola MSF5000, also at no cost to the club (thanks Jeff).
Planning to get the 900 repeater back on the air when I pick up the fans from Jeff. The 220 repeater wiring is complete with a few level adjustments and programming of the repeater controller remaining. I’d like to be able to make one trip to the repeater site and get both repeaters beck on air together when I get the fans from Jeff.
I hoped to have this all done in August as I previously stated. Let’s aim for next week (again, please don’t hold me to it, but I will try).
Thanks for everyone’s patience during the downtime.
Richard J. Cabral
SEMARA Repeater Committee
SEMARA’s 224.800 and 927.8375 repeaters are temporarily off the air as of today for a repair and upgrade.
1) The 900 repeater’s IRLP node failed over a month ago and it wasn’t liked to NEAR-900. After a couple of trips to the site, it was determined that I need to re-image the SD card. That node is being repaired and reconfigured and it will now also act as the repeater controller.
2) The 220 repeater will receive the repeater controller that was previously on the 900 repeater. This will allow it to be interfaced to both its own IRLP node (4215) and a UHF link radio for the first time. This will allow the repeater to be configured in a few different ways for linking. More info on its linking status/schedule will be announced soon.
I am working from home this upcoming week which will give me additional free time to work on this project. This is why I decided that now would be a good time to take the repeaters offline and execute the above changes. I will send out another update when progress and/or completion occurs. The SEMARA business meeting is this Thursday and if possible, I’ll try and get it all finished before the meeting, but I cannot guarantee it.
Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience that temporarily being off-air may cause.
Please note: 147.000 and it’s node (4210) are still ON-AIR and are unaffected by this work.
Richard J. Cabral
SEMARA Repeater Committee