ARRL DX Contest at SEMARA – March 2 & 3, 2018

Don, WA1BXY reports:

Thanks to John, WA1ESO and Scott, KE1CN for helping out in this weekend’s contest.  We managed to squeeze out 801 contacts.  The bands were not in the best of shape.  We did put the new wire antenna through its paces and it is working pretty well along with the Icom IC-756.  The next activation at the club will be Friday, March 2nd at 8:00 PM local time (3/3/2018 at 0000z) for the ARRL DX Contest.  Anyone wanting to join in the fun is more then welcome.  It would be nice to see some new faces in the new radio room making some contest points.

SEMARA Radio Room On The Air

Don, WA1BXY reports the following with two pictures:

We have 3 radios up and running.  Still only two antennas; need to throw one wire up.

He was hoping a couple pictures may spark a little more interest in radio room.  He notes you can now stop by the club and actually use it.  He made a few HF contacts and the people he spoke with were interested in seeing our setup.

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Next VE Exam Session – Saturday, February 3, 2018

Obtain or upgrade your Amateur Radio License!

VE Sessions are held at the SEMARA Clubhouse, 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, Massachusetts on the first Saturday of even months at 10:30 AM.

Although walk-ins are welcome, we recommend that you contact us ahead of time if you plan to attend an upcoming session.

SEMARA’s VE Team Leader is Frederic S. Bacon, III, N1TF. He can be reached at 508-748-0047 or exams [at] semara [dot] org.

Full details, including what you must bring, can be found at our VE Exams section.

Wanted: New W1AEC QSL Manager

Are you interested in being the next QSL Manager for W1AEC?  Our latest manager John, WA1ESO has notified us that he will be stepping down as soon as a replacement is found:

For several years, I have had the honor of serving as QSL manager.  The number of QSLs since the removal of the hut has been very light with nearly nothing to do.  I see that with the new shack and the interest in contesting, this will change.

I feel the club will be better served by a QSL manager that stops by the club at least once a week to be sure hams are not waiting for QSLs.  I would like to continue as QSL manager until a replacement is found.  At that time, I will turn over the LoTW and EQSL passwords and ask that my name and call sign be removed from the W1AEC QRZ page.

TNX & 73,

John, WA1ESO

If you are interested in volunteering to be the new W1AEC QSL manager, please contact us – w1aec [at] semara [dot] org.

SEMARA Radio Room Tutorial Postponed

Update 01/13/2018 by W1RJC: This post was updated to reflect the latest information provided by Don, WA1BXY.

Please see Don, WA1BXY‘s earlier post regarding the new radio room.  He had hoped to hold a showing and tutorial, but this has now been postponed until further notice.

It was originally scheduled for Sunday, January 7, 2018, however the driveway was not plowed from the earlier blizzard.  It was then rescheduled for Sunday, January 14, 2018, but Don has also postponed this stating that there are no cables available for the radio until he has a chance to get them made.

When Don schedules a new date, we will be sure to post it.

Business Meeting Postponed – January 11, 2018

Marcel, W1MLD has announced the following:

Due to the impending weather conditions Thursday evening, I am postponing the business meeting until next Thursday, January 11, 2018.  Safety is my concern.

Marcel, W1MLD
SEMARA President

As of this posting, the National Weather Service in Taunton has issued the following under its Watches, Warnings & Advisories section:


Bill Vincent, W1POW, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of longtime SEMARA member William L. Vincent, W1POW of Dartmouth.  Bill passed away at home on Sunday, December 31, 2017 surrounded by his family at age 92.  He was a ham radio operator since 1992; originally assigned the call sign N1LTY before getting his vanity call sign W1POW which reflected his past.

Mr. Vincent was held as a German Prisoner of War (POW) for eight months during World War II while serving in the European Theater.  During that war, he attained the rank of Private First Class.  Besides ham radio, Bill was also a member of the American Legion, the Rod & Gun Club and he worked for Nabisco as a delivery man until his retirement.  He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Gloria M. (Botelho) Vincent.

Please share your thoughts and memories of Bill using the “Comments” link at the top of this story.  We send our sympathy to Gloria and his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

Thank you for your service, sir.


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     2018 President, Marcel Dumont, W1MLD would like to welcome you to the official website of SEMARA – The Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc.  We are an amateur radio club established in 1932 that owns our own property in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and has over 350 members.  If you would like to contribute to this website, please contact the Web Committee by using the “Contact Us” link.

Site Updates

3/2/2018 W1RJC – Board of Directors Meeting Minutes for Saturday, February 24, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
– Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, March 1, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
2/19/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “FARA Technician License Course – March 2018.”
– Wrote story “ARRL DX Contest at SEMARA – March 2 & 3, 2018.”
2/16/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “VE Session Results – February 3, 2018.”
2/13/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “SEMARA Radio Room On The Air.”
2/7/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “ARRL Contest Corral – February 2018.”
2/1/2018 W1RJC read more

SEMARA Radio Room Tutorial – January 7, 2018

Don, WA1BXY reports:

Still a work in progress.  Got the computers and monitors in.  In process of getting them setup and updated.  Waiting for more stuff to be delivered, but starting to look like a radio club again.  Hope to have it all up and running in the next few weeks “time permitting.”

With that said, is there any interest from members who would like to start a contest group?  Put on some good showings and standing to hopefully get W1AEC really recognized as a competitive station?  If so, let me know and we can hash out the details.

Also, I am looking at January 7th to show whom ever wants to learn how to run the two stations that we have up.  One station is the Kenwood TS-570 which is 85% complete.  The other is the Elecraft, which is 99% complete.  That Sunday, I will be at club.  If anyone is interested in this, please let me know.



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