ARRL Happy 150! Birthday Event Announced

Hiram Percy Maxim, 1AW

The Happy 150! event will run from August 31, 0000 UTC thru September 8, 2359 UTC.

Free Hiram Percy Maxim 150th Birthday Event logging software is now available. Scott Davis, N3FJP, perhaps best known for the ARRL Field Day software that bears his call sign, has developed a free logging program for ARRL’s Happy 150! Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration on-the-air event that gets under way on August 31 and runs for 9 days. Davis calls his software Hiram Percy Maxim Contest Log 1.0. Maxim, 1AW, who cofounded ARRL, was born on September 2, 1869.

“I’ve never created a program for a non-recurring event before, because the coding time required is too large,” Davis said in a post to the N3FJPsoftware user group. “I’ve made this exception because this is a really nice, simple rule set with the very popular field day-style exchange that has the added bonus in schedule flexibility of running for 9 days. The Hiram Percy Maxim celebration sure looks like a well-designed event that will be a lot of fun for us all.”

The Happy 150! event will begin at 0000 UTC on August 31 and continue until 2359 UTC on September 8. It is open to all radio amateurs. The goal is straightforward: Contact as many participating stations as possible. W1AW and all ARRL members will append “/150” to their call signs during this event (DX operators who are ARRL members may operate as <call sign>/150, if permitted by their country of license.) Participating stations will exchange a signal report and ARRL/RAC Section. DX stations will send a signal report and “DX.” All Amateur Radio bands except 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters are available. Permitted modes are CW, any voice mode, and digital.

Davis said Hiram Percy Maxim Contest Log 1.0 is full featured and “very easy and intuitive to use.”

“If the Hiram Percy Maxim celebration is received as strongly as it appears, my hope is that ARRL will decide to make this an annual event,” Davis allowed. “After all, birthdays come once a year, and we now have the infrastructure to continue.”

The original is at: http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/?issue=2019-08-01

ARRL Field Day – June 22 & 23, 2019

Field Day is always held on the 4th full weekend in June.
2019 Field Day results will appear in December QST.

Want to see what 2019 Field Day is all about?  Watch our 2019  Field Day Public Service Announcement or view what several groups uploaded to Youtube from their 2018 Field Day activities.

  • Field Day Locator! Looking for a Field Day site near you? Want to promote your club’s Field Day efforts? Use the Field Day Locator to do both! Learn More
  • ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

New to Field Day? START HERE!

Field Day is ham radio’s open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

“What Is Field Day” (Printable PDF Flier)

We welcome the public to come learn more about ham radio! Use our Field Day Locator to search for a Field Day site near you.

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Updated: 13 Colonies S/E Station K2H Activation

2019 Event Dates: July 1, 9AM to July 7, Midnight Eastern
(July 1-1300Z to July 8-0400Z)

Update — sign up DEADLINE is this Wednesday, June 19 — don’t miss out.

I’m seeking activators for K2H, the shared Special Event callsign for all Massachusetts.

2019 13 Colonies Special Event Certificate

Please let everyone know about this opportunity. Activators can be added to the official 13 Colonies K2H activators list for either or both W1AEC and their home stations.

Do you want to have the experience of being called instead of calling to make a contact? You’ll get calls from both domestic and DX operators who want to qualify for the certificate endorsements. As an activator of K2H, you will automatically qualify for a certificate. You can also contact other 13 Colonies S/E stations, including K2H, to earn your own endorsements.

You’d be surprised at how many contacts you can make with a simple wire antenna. You can work as many or few hour slots as you wish during the week. Each activator is self-scheduled by using an on-line calendar to reserve Band, Mode, and Hour blocks of air time. Also, at the end of the week, each activator submits their own Cabrillo logs to the new Massachusetts QSO / QSL coordinator, Larry Krainson-W1AST and QSO totals to Ken Villone-KU2US, event organizer.

Details will be available in about a week. Meanwhile, go to 13colonies.net for updated info. You can also go directly to QRZ.com; look up K2H for the latest details.

This event is NOT a contest; so 12m, 17m and 30m bands may be used.

Contact Larry-W1AST, link above, if you would like to be an activator or email me if you need more information, etc.

— 73 de Bob K1KVV, SEMARA Radio Events

Kids Day – Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kids talking to Kids

Time: 2:00 PM ET to 7:59 PM ET [1800Z to 2359Z]

Bands: 3.5, 7, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28 , 2-m repeaters (with permission of owner)

ARRL Kids Day Phone 1st Exchange: Name, age, QTH, favorite color
Following exchanges can include favorite hobbies, sports, movies pets, and so on.

For complete information, including online certificate, see www.arrl.org/kids-day

Contest Calendar – May & June 2019

Contesting
  • May 25 – 26 — CQ World Wide WPX Contest, CW
  • May 30 — RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship, CW
  • June 1 — Wake-Up! QRP Sprint (CW)
  • June 1 – 2 — SEANET Contest (CW, phone)
  • June 1 – 2 — 10-10 International Open Season PSK Contest
  • June 1 – 2 — DigiFest
  • June 1 – 2 — UKSMG Summer Contest (CW, phone, digital)
  • June 1 – 2 — Kentucky QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
  • June 1 – 2 — IARU Region 1 Field Day (CW)
  • June 1 – 2 — Dutch Kingdom Contest (CW, phone)
  • June 1 – 2 — RSGB National Field Day (CW)
  • June 2 — PVRC Reunion (CW, phone)
  • June 4 — ARS Spartan Sprint (CW)
  • June 6 — NRAU 10-Meter Activity Contest (CW, phone, digital)
  • June 6 — SKCC Sprint Europe (CW)

See the ARRL Contest Calendar for more information.

Put Howard to Work Event: Canceled

Howard Michel, WB2ITX

In late April, ARRL had announced that ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, would be on the air at W1AW on Monday, May 13, giving ARRL members a chance to chat with the CEO and get to know him better as a ham. An issue was raised, however, that this event may be a potential FCC rule violation.

The particular rule is §97.113: “A station is also not allowed to transmit communication in which the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer.” Given that ARRL is Michel’s employer and that an effort was made to publicize an event at which members of the organization could chat with the CEO, such an event could be perceived as a benefit to the organization. So, out of an abundance of caution and to avoid any potential violation of FCC rules, or even the appearance of a violation, Michel decided to cancel plans for the “Put Howard to Work” event.

“I’ve operated W1AW before and will continue to do so in the future,” Michel said. “I hope to meet many of you on the air, but only as part of my regular ham radio activities and not as part of an ARRL-promoted event.”

Howard Michel, WB2ITX to Operate W1AW

* ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, will operate W1AW to help members of the amateur radio community get to know Howard Michel, WB2ITX, the relatively new chief executive officer of the American Radio Relay League, a little better, the organizers of the “ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast” are putting on an event that will give ham radio operators the opportunity to chat with him in a very natural setting for all hams – on the air!

Michel will be at ARRL’s Maxim Memorial Station W1AW on Monday afternoon, May 13, at 2 p.m. EDT, operating on 20 meters (around the 14.250 MHz frequency on SSB) and will be ready to talk to anyone who wants to “work” him. Also, to commemorate this event, ARRL is creating a special QSL Card for those who connect with Michel via Maxim Memorial Station W1AW. Organizers hope that this card will become a prized part of most hams’ collections.

* Source: April 2019 – Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) Section News

DoD HF Exercise – October 24-26, 2018

Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) members will support a Department of Defense HF radio communication exercise on October 24 through 26, 2018.  The readiness exercise will test the ability to communicate via voice and military standard communication protocols, simulating the loss of conventional communication systems.

MARS members will interface with the Amateur Radio community to collect information at the county level regarding publicly available information.  At 0001 UTC on October 24, Amateur Radio operators are asked to monitor 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz, USB) for a high-power broadcast of updated information regarding this exercise and how the Amateur Radio community can participate.

During the exercise, MARS members will communicate with Amateur Radio operators on all five 60-meter channels, as well as on other Amateur Radio bands.

Contact MARS for more information regarding this exercise. As a simulation, this exercise will not affect any public or private communications or infrastructure. The exercise will end at 2359 UTC on October 26.

Additionally, MARS members will participate in the HF automatic link establishment (ALE) on-the-air exercise taking place on October 12 – 22.

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend

International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, 21st year
2018 August 18 0001Z to August 19 2359Z

Some 300 groups or individuals are planning to operate that weekend.
For a list of 2018 entrants, click here.

This event is always held on the third weekend in August, and, while it is not a contest, it does bring lots of fun for all who participate.

You can read more here

Activity does not need to take place inside the structure itself.
A Field Day-style setup at the light or other building adjacent to the light is sufficient.
The intent is to make the station visible to visitors.

Perhaps SEMARA could activate one of the lighthouses near us — just an idea. What say?
To enter, register  here.