ARRL School Club Roundup February 9-13

Carolyn, Teja and Ben sit around their club station.

Carolyn, Teja and Ben sit around their club station. Photo Credit: ARRL.org

School clubs are busily prepping their stations for The “Winter/Spring Term” School Club Roundup, which gets under way Monday, February 9 at 1300 UTC, and continues through Friday, February 13, at 2359 UTC. Stations may operate no more than 6 hours in any 24 hour period (up to a maximum of 24 hours).

The twice-yearly event is an opportunity for school club stations — from elementary school to college — to get on the air for a friendly radio activity. Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate too. Sponsored by the ARRL, the ARRL Hudson Division Education Task Force, and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC), the contest aims to foster contacts with and among school radio clubs.

Stations exchange signal reports, class (“Individual,” “Club,” or “School”), and US state, Canadian province/territory, or DXCC entity. Stations may operate on all amateur bands except 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters (no repeater contacts and VHF/UHF contacts must be on recognized simplex frequencies, except calling frequencies). Stations may operate phone, CW, and digital modes, or a combination. The most popular time for younger students is during after-school hours, but older students may be on the air anytime. All groups are limited to one transmitter on the air.

If you’d just like to get on the air and hand out contacts, enter in the Individual category. Tune around in any mode and listen for SCR stations calling CQ, or call CQ yourself and see who answers (call “CQ School Clubs,” if you are not a club station). Logs are due no more than 15 days after the operating period has ended and can be submitted online via the WA7BNM website.
The top three entries in each category — Elementary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, Senior High School College/University — will receive an Award Certificate. Non-school clubs or multiop groups and individuals are also eligible for certificates.

– The ARRL Letter for January 29, 2015

New Year Around The World QSO Party – 927.8375

Get ready to ring in the new year with the festive annual IRLP New Year Around The World QSO Party on the 927.8375 Dartmouth repeater!

The event gets started early enough for the New Zealand nodes to participate at 11:00 UTC, December 31st (6:00 AM local time) and continues until at least 10:00 UTC, January 1st (5:00 AM local time) when Hawaii rolls into the new year.  This is an open QSO party with no net control.  It is carried worldwide with the IRLP Crossroads Reflector 9200 being the central hub.

Locally, the 145.490 repeater is normally the South Coast Massachusetts affiliate for the New Year Around The World QSO Party.  Since the ’49 repeater is currently off the air, it will be carried in its entirety for the second year in a row on SEMARA’s 927.8375 Dartmouth repeater.  Enjoy and Happy New Year 2015!

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 Year Around The World QSO Party – 927.8375

Get ready to ring in the new year with the festive annual IRLP New Year Around The World QSO Party on the 927.8375 Dartmouth repeater!

The event gets started early enough for the New Zealand nodes to participate at 11:00 UTC, December 31st (6:00 AM local time) and continues until at least 10:00 UTC, January 1st (5:00 AM local time) when Hawaii rolls into the new year.  This is an open QSO party with no net control.  It is carried worldwide with the IRLP Crossroads Reflector 9200 being the central hub.

Locally, the 145.490 repeater is normally the South Coast Massachusetts affiliate for the New Year Around The World QSO Party.  Since the ’49 repeater is currently off the air, it will be carried this year in its entirety on SEMARA’s 927.8375 Dartmouth repeater.  Enjoy and Happy New Year!

FARA QSO Party #4 – Sunday, December 9th

FARA QSO Party #5

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) is sponsoring FARA QSO Party #4 on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 9:00 AM through 7:00 PM local.  The object is to work as many amateur stations on the 10-meter band as possible within the time allowed and it runs in parallel with the ARRL 10-Meter Contest.

For full details, check out the document above. Adobe Reader or a PDF viewer is required.

Henry, K1WCC adds:

Spread the word! Get those 10 meter antennas up now. Get on the air and make some contacts. Invite someone without an HF rig over to operate!! Put K1AIR on the air!

Henry Brown
Amateur Radio Station K1WCC
Falmouth, MA

Original 13 Colonies Special Event Winner

SEMARA would like to congratulate Dave, W2DAN for having the most QSOs in the High Power HF catagory in this year’s Original 13 Colonies Special Event!  Just a little jealous that Dave isn’t a Massachusetts resident, Bob, K1KVV adds:

For the Original 13 Colonies Special Event, the HIGH POWER HF Winner is Dave-W2DAN, K2C-RI with 3608 QSOs. Too bad he doesn’t live in Massachusetts; we could have really used him. You do the math and see how the scores would have shifted if Dave was working for Massachusetts instead of Rhode Island.

13 Colonies Totals:

K2A-NY: 4937
K2B-VA: 4261
K2C-RI: 5202
K2D-CT: 3628
K2E-DE: 3850
K2F-MD: 7230 (Top State)
K2G-GA: 5831 (Third Place)
K2H-MA: 3814
K2I-NJ: 3783
K2J-NC: 3586
K2K-NH: 6210 (2nd Place)
K2L-SC: 5466 (4th Place)
K2M-PA: 4281

GRAND TOTAL: 60,079
WM3PEN (BONUS STATION): 1681

~Bob K1KVV
508-758-6311

New England QSO Party Results

The New England QSO Party was held on Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th.  SEMARA participated in this event.

Bob Kelley, K1KVV writes:

Three of us operated during the contest period: Bob-K1KVV, Ben-N1WBV, and John-WA1ESO.
John worked RP67IF, a special event station located near Moscow, on CW.

QSOs: 45 – K1KVV, 40 – N1WBV, 73 – WA1ESO = 158 total.

Ben and I worked SSB and John worked CW, which gave us 73 extra points.
We worked 30 states and 14 DXCC entities for a multiplier of 44.
Our Claimed Score = 10164 !!!
Not too bad for a first time effort.

Bob, K1KVV
SEMARA Radio Activities

13 Original Colonies Certificate

13 Colonies Certificate image
W1AEC shared the special event duties for K2H (Massachusetts) with three other MA clubs – WB1GOF (Police AR Team, Westford), K1ZZN (RJ Levesque Mem ARA, Fall River), and W1GLO (Cape Ann ARA, Gloucester).

W1AEC received the Certificate shown for participating in this 13 Originial Colonies 2011 Special Event. 386 QSOs were made by Wayne-K1NBA [CW] and Henry-K1WCC and Fred-N1TF [SSB] during the event.

Join us in such events in the future. Contact me.

Bob-K1KVV
Radio Activities

Original 13 Colonies Special Event – July 1-5

Ken Villone, KU2US of the Original 13 Colonies Special Event Group has invited SEMARA to participate in this year’s event.  So far, Ben, N1WBV has volunteered.  Please contact SEMARA’s Radio Events Chairman, Bob, K1KVV if you are also interested – w1aec [at] semara [dot] org.  Here is Ken’s open invitation to SEMARA:

This is the third year that the “The Original 13 Colonies Special Event” has been on the air. We are in need of a station representing the Colony State of MA. I am extending an invitation to HR clubs in your state to possibly participate. We have one club station participating now (PART/WB1GOF) but need another. The event runs from July 1st to July 5th annually. Go to QRZ.com and look up my call bio (KU2US) for detailed information. This is an opportunity to be involved in the fastest growing and popular SE to date. In 2009 we did over 12,000 QSOs and in 2010, over 34,000! An open Colony station slot is very rare, but our other MA. station had to bow out due to personal family reasons. One criteria, operators must be General class or higher and LOVE pile-ups. Email me back if interested and I will give you all the detailed information needed.

Thanks and 73
Ken Villone-KU2US
The original 13 Colonies S/E Group
Awards Manager.

ARRL School Club Roundup – February 14-18

Jeremy, KB1REQ reports:

On February 14-18, 2011, schools across the country will take to the airwaves for the annual ARRL School Club Roundup.  This contest lasts an entire week and is held to encourage the use of amateur radio in the classroom and to expose the next generation of radio amateurs to contesting.  The exchange is simple and there are competition levels for every school from elementary to university and for non-school clubs and individuals as well.  SCR is not generally regraded as a high-intensity contest, it is rather a chance for schools everywhere to have some fun on the bands.

In years past the Eastern Massachusetts Section has had a good showing for this event.  Let’s continue that this year!  If you are involved with a school club operating this event, let us know so we can listen for them during the contest and share their story with the amateur radio community.

All rules and information available at the SCR website at http://www.arrl.org/school-club-roundup.

73,

Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ

[ARRL] Assistant Section Manager, Youth Activities
Eastern Massachusetts Section