MMRA Boxboro! Raffle Winners

If you purchased tickets at the Boxboro! convention for the MMRA raffle, these are the lucky winners:

  • Icom IC-2730A – Larry, W1DYJ
  • Yaesu FT-65R – Steve, KA1U
  • Repeater Directory – Bob, K1WVU

Questions?  Send email to web [at] mmra [dot] org
or write to: MMRA, PO Box 669, Stow, MA 01775

Submitted by: Bob David, KG1H

Free Tower, Mast and Discone Antenna


I received a call today from one of our members, Sonny Eddleston (K1USW), who wanted to pass this message along.  He has a tower and some pieces of pipes with a discone antenna on the top. This is all the information I have about this, because he had to get off the phone. If anyone wants this, it would be all free. You just have to take it down. If anyone needs any more information, [send a message to w1aec [at] semara [dot] org and we will provide you with Sonny’s cell phone number]. He lives in Fairhaven, MA. Just passing the word.

73 Joe K N1IXC

New NEAR-900 Website:

As of Friday, January 3, 2014, the New England Amateur Radio 900 MHz (NEAR-900) network has a brand new website:  SEMARA’s 927.8375 repeater is linked full-time to this network.  The website is a team effort by Jeff, N1ZZN and Rick, W1RJC.  It is very basic for now listing general information including full-time linked repeaters, 900 MHz Thursdays, South Shore 900 MHz Night and a link to the NEAR-900 Google Group.  Suggestions on other content would be appreciated as well.  Check it out and bookmark it today!

Extra Class “Crash Course” in Framingham

Looking to upgrade? This floated across my LinkedIn feed today:

Ed, W1NXC, will be offering his Extra “Crash” course to those who would like to upgrade to Extra Class. The course is free and open everyone, not just FARA members. The dates are Saturdays October 23, 30 and November 6 and take place at the FARA shack (Framingham, MA) from 9AM to noon. Email Ed at edaweiss [at] cs [dot] com, or call him at 508-881-2301 for more info.

Beltronics Amateur Equipment Repair Ends

I just received this from Beltronics. They WERE one of the ham radio repair centers located in New Hampshire. I guess amateur radio business must have really fallen off.

Note: There is someone who is carrying on with the ham radio repair.

From the Beltronics web site:

As of 4/5/2010, Beltronics regretfully announces we will no longer repair or service any Amateur Radio Equipment. Thank you for your years of patronage! We will complete ALL radio repairs that are currently in house. For future amateur equipment repair/service you may contact the following:

Quimby Mountain Radio
Jim Fowler (KA1SU)
Bow, NH

Upcoming Fleas

Falling leaves and frost on the ground does not mean an end to regional flea market activity. This weekend sees two popular events including the famed Nearfest (formerly Hosstraders) at the original Deerfield, NH Fairgrounds. Starting Friday and lasting thru Saturday afternoon. The next day, the last MIT Flea of the season will be held. When you thought it was all over, in a just a fews after the MIT Flea, our neighboring Falmouth Amateur Radio Association will hold its annual flea market at the Bourne Upper Cape Regional Vocational Technical High School on November 7th. And for you photography fans, the “Deerfield of Cameras”, Photographica, will be held in Westfield on October 24-25.

New 6m Repeater On The Air!

Rick Zach, K1RJZ, writes on the GEMOTO listserv:

This evening we placed into service the southern link to the Gunstock Mountain 6M repeater which natively covers north to Franconia Notch, NH and south to the Mass Pike. Tonight we just placed into service the “Hopkinton Node” with the antenna height at 734ft AMSL and is one mile south of the start of the Boston Marathon.

Bottom line: We now have continuous mobile-mobile coverage from Franconia Notch, NH to the Cape Cod Canal (max) with only two full-time linked repeaters. This system was actually designed from day-1 to allow NOAA Grey Maine to talk to NOAA in Taunton, MA and that was a key premiss for us to obtain site access.

Sponsor: Central NH ARC

Gunstock Mtn, NH User RX 53.77 PL 100.0
Gusstock Mtn, NH user TX 53.07 PL 71.9

Hopkinton, MA User RX 51.74 PL 100.0
Hopkinton, MA user TX 51.24 PL 71.9

Rick also requests that folks join CNHARC’s regular 6M net this Thursday at 8PM on this repeater for reception reports.