Dartmouth 350 Parade – September 7th

The Dartmouth 350 Parade will be held tomorrow, Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM.  The parade starts at Dartmouth Middle School and finishes at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Our 147.000 repeater may be used between noon and 5:00 PM to provide communications for this special event.

SEMARA Vice-President Joe, N1IXC reports:

On Sunday Sept 7th from around 12noon to 5pm, you might hear our repeater being used for the Dartmouth 350th Parade. Hams can still use the repeater for regular use. I just wanted to let hams know if they hear this activity on our repeater. Public safety radios will be used for this event, but we might not have enough to go around. I will be net control for this event at the EOC and if anyone has any questions please let me know. 73 Joe K N1IXC

Tech Talk: Circuit Theory – September 4th

Update 9/4/2014: This tech talk did not take place due to the absense of KC1BGF.  We hope to reschedule this tech talk for a future date.

SEMARA Vice-President Joe, N1IXC reports:

We will be having a tech talk AFTER our meeting this Thursday and it will be on circuit theory given by KC1BGF Joe. We did not have this talk at our August meeting so we will try it again. 73 Joe K N1IXC

K1KVV Stepping Down as Zero Beat Editor

Editor Bob, K1KVV reports:

I will have published 135 issues since I assumed the Editor’s position in August 2003, beginning with my first issue in September 2003.  It is time for a new Editor.

I hereby submit my resignation effective with the publication of the December 2014 issue of Zero Beat – Volume 50, Issue 12.  I plan to work with my replacement to assure a smooth transition.

73 de Bob Kelley, K1KVV
Editor of Zero Beat, 9/2003-12/2014

Please join me in thanking Bob for his decade plus devotion to SEMARA’s monthly publication.  It is easy to take for granted all of the hard work required to create the final product that results in your reading pleasure.  I know this from my own experience in maintaining and adding content to the SEMARA web site and social media portals.  I’m sure Bob would appreciate your kind words and possible willingness to become the next Editor of Zero Beat – editor [at] semara [dot] org


Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
SEMARA Web Committee

ARRL Field Day 2014 – June 28th & 29th!

Join SEMARA for ARRL Field Day 2014 this Saturday and Sunday, June 28th and 29th!  Brad Paiva, W1BEP and Paul Sadeck, K1PGS of the SEMARA Field Day Committee are planning to meet at the High Hill Fox and Coon Club around 10:00AM to begin setting up.  It is located at 361 Collins Corner Road, Dartmouth.  Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC (2:00 PM local) Saturday and running through 2059 UTC (4:59 PM local) Sunday.

New Amateur Radio Licensee Program

New Amateur Radio Licensee Program

Note: Information on this program contained in this post is current as of April 7, 2014.  You can always find the most up to date information in the ABOUT section.

A new program began in March 2014 for individuals seeking an amateur radio license.  Its purpose is to provide the guidance and tools to advance the new amateur’s knowledge and skills, plus get them on the air.

For approximately $75.00, the prospect will receive a bundle package which includes your examination fee to become a technician class amateur radio operator, a life membership to SEMARA, a one year membership to the ARRL and the unconditional use (except for sale) of a Baofeng UV-5B 2m/220 MHz HT.

Conditions apply.  For complete information, see the document above or inquiries may be addressed to: newham [at] semara [dot] org.

AARC Flea Market in Marlborough – February 15th

The Algonquin Amateur Radio Club (AARC) will be holding it’s annual flea market on Saturday, February 15, 2014.  It will be held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School, 25 Union Street, Marlborough, Massachusetts.  This is near the intersection of Bolton Street (MA Route 85).  General admission is $5.00 and a VE session well be held at 9:00 AM.  Check the AARC website for the flea market flier and more information.

Congratulations New Hams!

SEMARA’s VE Team Leader Fred Bacon, N1TF reports that Travis Rebello passed his Technician exam at the club’s VE session on Saturday, February 1st.

Additionally, Tony Souza, NN1D‘s graduating Technician license class that began in January yielded nine (9) new technician hams, including one who passed the General exam as well!  Congratulations to the following individuals who passed on Wednesday, February 5th:

Update 02/13/2014:  Call signs have been granted by the FCC and have been updated below.  Special thanks to Fred-N1TF for providing the list.

KC1BFX – Howard Wong
KC1BFY – Tony S. Vincent
KC1BFZ – Troy D. Vincent
KC1BGA – Scott P. Stanton
KC1BGB – Robert J. Enos, II
KC1BGC – Irene J. Harrop (N1PMB’s YL)
KC1BGD – Robert J. Enos
KC1BGE – Richard A. Krieger
KC1BGF – Joseph A. Tavares (+General)

Welcome to the exciting world of amateur radio everyone!  SEMARA would like to invite you all to become a member of our association.  The membership application is available in our ABOUT section.