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This Year’s Event Dates and Times
July 1st– 9AM EST to July 6th– Midnight EST
(July 1, 2017-1300 UTC to July 7, 2017-0400 UTC)
13 Colonies is an annual event [not a contest] held during the 4th of July Week. Those who participate try to make contact(s) with all 13 Colony Special Event Stations [K2A, … , K2M] and the 2 Bonus Stations [WM3PEN & GB13COL].
You do not need to make contact with all 13 to get the certificate. Getting all 13 + the 2 Bonus is known as a Clean Sweep. Use the link here for information on each Original 13 Colony State, and the two Bonus Stations. Good Luck and see you in the pile up’s!
The 13 Colonies Event has TWO Bonus Stations:
- WM3PEN will participate from Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared. The 13 Colonies certificate will have a Liberty Bell added for a contact with WM3PEN. Visit the WM3PEN page for details on this station
- GB13COL will operate from Durham, England. The 13 Colonies certificate will have an endorsement of the “British Standard” for a Contact with GB13COL. Visit the GB13COL page for details on this station.
Volunters: If you wish to participate as a 13 Colonies S/E K2H operator from Massachusetts, contact either SEMARA or the coordinator for Massachusetts.
All others should contact email Ken Villone (KU2US) at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will forward your request to the appropriate state manager for consideration. The only requirement is that you must be a General class or higher and be willing to put in some serious operating time.
Spotting: If you work a colony station, you are encouraged to spot it for others. We suggest DX Summit.
The 13 Colonies Special Event is a not for profit event. All donations are used to fund the next year’s event, and to defray any expenses occurred. All donations are used for operating costs, supplies, equipment, and 13 Colony Group initiatives. Donation is voluntary. If you have difficulty with a donation, tell us on your log sheet, and we will send you the certificate earned-No Questions Asked!.
Kids Day always runs from 1800 UTC [2 PM] through 2359 UTC [11:59 PM].
Operate as much or as little as you like.
Suggested initial exchange: Name, age, location and favorite color.
You can work the same station again if an operator has changed.
To draw attention, call CQ Kids Day.
10 Meters: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
12 Meters: 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
15 Meters: 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
17 Meters: 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
20 Meters: 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
40 Meters: 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
80 Meters: 3.740 to 3.940 MHz
Be sure to observe third-party restrictions when making DX QSOs.
You may also use your favorite repeater (with permission of the repeater’s sponsor).
Kids Day Certificate of Participation:
All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate. You can download this certificate and complete it with the participant’s name and date of the contact.
Kids Day Survey:
Fill out the survey to share your Kids Day experience.
All the details and forms are at:
[UPDATE] At the June 1st Business Meeting, Joe Tavares, KC1BGF, will give a Tech Talk on the “One Transistor Marvel” transceiver. It is a Dave Ingram K4TWJ design that Joe found in a QRP builders book.
The circuit is a one transistor crystal-controlled CW transceiver. The oscillator puts out about 200 mW in the 40-meter band. On receive, a hi-Z crystal earphone across the emitter resistor picks up signals that beats with the oscillator.
This is basically a crystal set with a BFO.
When the code key is pressed, it becomes a transmitter and transmits on 40-meters.
It can be connected to a full size 40 meter antenna. A one or two foot length of wire will work just fine for experimenting.
Shown in the upper right is a pi network you can add to the transceiver. Its function is to filter out unwanted frequencies. IJoewill eventually add one to his unit but it will work without it. Joe needs to find the right toroid to wind the coil for 40 meters. Joe’s unit is built into an Altoids case.
Joe found that when he connected the earphone, the transmitter won’t work. He then decoupled the earphone with a 10 uH coil in series with the earphone; and the transmitter started working again. He figured it would have a high reactance to RF; but it does allow audio to the earphone. That is the only change he made to the circuit. Joe hopes his addition doesn’t cause the oscillator to chirp.
These are the values for the pi network:
40 m 470pf 16t #28 wire on T-50-2 toroid
30 m 330pf 13t #28
20 m .220pf 12t #28
Joe Tavares, KC1BGF
Three Different Licensing Classes
- Nashua Radio Club — Amateur Extra Class
April 28-30, 2017
Dartmouth Hitchcock Nashua
2300 Southwood Drive
You can find more information at <http://n1fd.org/license-classes/>.
- Genesis ARS — General License Class
May 13 and 20, 2017
Genesis ARS meeting room
Contact: Chris N1IR, <email@example.com>
- Cape Ann ARA — Tech-in-a Day Class
May 13, 2017
Contact: Rick Mayberry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
New England QSO Party on May 6th and 7th, 2017
Saturday 4pm EDT to Sunday 1am EDT
sleep for 8 hours;
Sunday 9am EDT to Sunday 8pm EDT
The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries. You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.
The New England QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections: 4pm Saturday thru 1am Sunday, and 9am Sunday thru 8pm Sunday. read more
MARITIME RADIO DAY – http://www.trafficlist.net/mrd/
Date: 14th April 12.00 GMT to 15th April 22.00 GMT
Bands: 160m, 80m, 40m, 30 m, 20m, 15m & 10m
Mode: CW only
Exchange QSA, QRK, name, callsign of last or favorite ship, aircraft,or maintenance company QSA 1 .. 5, strength of receive signal, QRK 1 .. 5, readability and additionally a TR, msg and/or a QTC if you like.
Jan. 18, 2017 – 0001Z to 2359Z
W1AA / MSC – The Marconi Radio Club will represent the 1901 Marconi Shore Station “MSC” in Siasconset on Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts.
We will NOT operating from Nantucket Island as the 1901 “MSC” location is now on private property and inaccessible.
KM1CC – The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club will have two stations active for International Marconi Day.
During the most famous sea-going disaster of the twentieth century, the Siasconset station played a critical role. Late on the night of April 14, 1912, duty operator Matt Tierney received distress signals from the sinking Titanic’. Siasconset was the first mainland wireless station to receive them, and he immediately alerted all other stations of the tragedy.
DX QSL via the W1 Bureau; Stateside QSL via K1VV with a #10 Business size envelope SASE.
For Information – https://www.qrz.com/lookup/km1cc
Marconi Station Cape Cod History:
“MSC” Marconi 1901 Station History:
(Submitted by Whitey K1VV)
Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC offers a Technician Class:
Classes starts on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 pm-9:30 pm.
Classes are held in Conference Room A,B,C at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital. It will run for 9 weeks and will end with a test session.
There is no cost for the class; but students must buy the class text/workbook for $30.00.
To sign up, email Gary – KB1KA at email@example.com.
(Adopted from EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION NEWS – January 2017)
Zane Grey was born January 31, 1872. Members of the Tonto Amateur Radio Association, Inc. will be active from January 28 – 31, 2017 to celebrate his birthday. They will use the special event call sign K7Z. Members will be operating from their own QTHs as well as from the Zane Grey Cabin in Payson, AZ.
Preferred frequencies will be in the General band segments. Like Us? Spot Us! A special QSL card will be available for the event.
Complete details at https://www.qrz.com/db/k7z.
(From Bruce Sperka, AD7MM firstname.lastname@example.org)
Special call sign prefixes celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has secured permission for all Canadian radio amateurs to use special call sign prefixes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation during 2017.
Starting on January 1, 2017 radio amateurs and clubs with:
- VA-prefix call signs may use CF
- VE-prefix call signs may use CG
- VO-prefix call signs may use CH
- VY-prefix call signs may use CI
Use of the special prefixes is optional, and Canadian radio amateurs may choose if and when to use the special prefix at any time during 2017.
VY1AAA, the Yukon Canam Contest Club, will use the special call sign XK150YUKON from January 1 until March 1. For the rest of 2017, VY1AAA will operate using either CI1AAA or VY1AAA.