New LINUX Software Available

New LINUX Software available from KB1OIQ. Andy’s Ham Radio Linux, version 21, is a remastered version of Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS. This software collection consists of the Linux operating system and a wide selection of ham radio programs. 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available. The previous version was downloaded just over 12,000 times. More info here:

From ARRL EMa Section News – November 2017

Meteor Showers for Remainder of 2017

A few opportunities to try out meteor scatter communications: JT6M is optimized for the 6-meter band; FSK441 is generally used on the 2-meter and 70-centimeter amateur bands.

The dates are only for the peak activity; meteors will be also be produced on either side of the peak dates and appear in other parts of the sky as well.

November 4, 5 – Taurids Meteor Shower. Produces about 5-10 meteors per hour. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Taurus.

November 17, 18 – Leonids Meteor Shower. Produces up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Leo

December 13, 14 – Geminids Meteor Shower. Produces up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini.

December 21, 22 – Ursids Meteor Shower. Produces about 5-10 meteors per hour. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor.

Amateur Satellite Updates

  1. The next AMSAT Fox-1 satellite, RadFxSat (Fox-1B), is now set for Saturday, November 18, at 0947 UTC. It will carry a Fox-1 style FM U/V repeater with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on 145.960 MHz.

    Information on ElaNa can be found at,

    Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked via the DUV subaudible telemetry stream, which can be decoded using FoxTelem software. The FoxTelem software can be downloaded from,

  2. Chinese CAS-4A and CAS-4B Amateur Radio Satellite Transponders, launched on June 15, were activated on October 18. The Amateur Radio linear (SSB/CW) inverting transponders:

    CAS-4A (call sign BJ1SK) has a CW telemetry beacon on 144.855 MHz, and 4.8 kB GMSK telemetry on 145.835 MHz. The uplink is 435.220 MHz, the downlink is 145.870 MHz (20-kHz passband).
    CAS-4B (call sign BJ1SL) has a CW telemetry beacon on 145.910 MHz, and 4.8 kB GMSK telemetry at 145.890 MHz. The uplink is 435.280 MHz, the downlink is 145.925 MHz (20-kHz passband).

  3. FalconSAT-3 is now 0pen for Amateur Radio use.
    It is a digital store-and-forward system. Built in 2005 and 2006 by cadets and faculty in the Space Systems Research Center at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, FalconSAT-3 was launched in 2007.The satellite has completed its scientific and training missions, and the Academy now is making it available for Amateur Radio use.

    The Packet Bulletin Board System operates at 9600 baud with a 145.840 MHz uplink/435.103 MHz downlink. Output power is 1 W, and the downlink is continuously on. Digipeating is enabled for live QSOs, but unattended digipeating operation is not authorized at this time.

    Additional information is available on the AMSAT website at, .

900 MHz Radio Assistance

I sold out the MCS2000 900 MHz radios I had purchased. I went through each one: programming and resetting the master oscillators, checking power out and RX sensitivity.

I’ve attach my note which was posted on the Falmouth ARA website, which has more information on 900 MHz details. Also find an up-to-date listing of local 900 MHz stations and a figure that shows the MCS2000 head.

Contact me if anyone at SEMARA needs help with re-programming, and such, of 900 MHz rigs.

73, Jim WA1GPO


Support Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet

Help support this worldwide
on-the-air and on-the internet Jamboree

10/20/2017 noon – 10/22/2017 11:55 PM (local time)

JOTA — The world’s largest Scouting event is held annually over the third full weekend in October. Amateur Radio links Scouts with other Scouts and hams, locally and worldwide.

According to the World Scout Bureau, the 2016 JOTA had nearly 1.3 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations, and reached 156 countries.

JOTI –For participating via EchoLink, two conference nodes now have been designated for Scout contacts — *JOTA-365* (node 480809) and *JAMBO* (node 832996). Visit the K2BSA Radio Scouting page for more information on frequencies, including D-STAR, DMR, and IRLP.

This is a good time to step up to this challenge.

Boxboro W1A Special Event Station

Come and make contacts at the special event/contest station, W1A! We will have at least two operating positions.

Hours of Operation

Friday: 3 PM to 6 PM and 9 PM to Midnight
Saturday: 8 AM to 6 PM and 9 PM to Midnight
Sunday: 8 AM to Noon

Other times available by appointment

Reserve a Slot
One of the operating positions is reservable in advance.

If you would like to reserve a slot, please sign up using the

W1A Signup Doodle Poll

Boxboro — The ARRL New England Division Convention

The ARRL New England Division Convention
September 8-10, 2017

Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Boxborough, MA

Order Tickets Now:
The last day to purchase tickets and pay by US Mail is August 26.
The last day to purchase tickets and pay by Paypal is September 6.

  • Top notch Forums and Classes all three days
  • Large Exhibit Hall & Flea Market: Sat 9 AM to 5 PM & Sun 9 AM to 2 PM
  • Major prize drawings
  • Friday DXCC/Contesting Dinner
  • Saturday morning opening ceremony featuring New England Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI
  • Saturday Grand Banquet
  • VE Exams
  • Free Technician-in-a-day license study course
  • Collegiate Amateur Radio: reception on Saturday night, forum on Sunday
  • W1A special event station. Reserve your time at

…and more!

Boxboro supports Students! Donations and proceeds from the convention go to the New England FEMARA Scholarship fund, administered by the ARRL Foundation, supporting young hams attending college and trade schools.

A perfect radio club activity and fun for the entire family!


The Amateur’s Code

by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA (1928)

The Radio Amateur is:

CONSIDERATE   never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL                  offering loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE    with knowledge abreast of science, a well built and efficient station, and operation beyond reproach.

FRIENDLY            with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, co-operation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED          Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC          with station and skill always ready for service to country and community