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2016-01-01

Welcome!

     2019 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 400 members.  If you would like to contribute to this website, please contact the Web Committee by using the “Contact Us” link.

2018 Business Meeting Attendance

Now that 2018 is coming to a close and we have had our final business meeting of the year, I thought it would be fun to publish a year end report on SEMARA business meeting attendance.

Click the image above to view a PDF of the full “2018 Business Meeting Attendance” document.

Fifty-nine (59) unique individuals made one or more appearances across the twelve meetings in 2018.  Five of those people became new club members this year.  As for the persons who had perfect attendance and made all twelve meetings this year, the award is split into quarters as a tie.  Congratulations to these individuals who are dedicated SEMARA members:

  • Donald A. Rosinha, II, WA1BXY
  • Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD
  • Martin F. Jordan, KA1YFV
  • Richard J. Halliwell, K1AHA

Honorable mentions go to AG1Y in 2nd place who made eleven meetings, and to K1KVV, KB1NB, KD1YZ, N1IXC, N1TF, W1BEP and W1BUG, all in 3rd place, tied with ten meetings.  Please note that if you were at a meeting sometime this year and this report does not show that you were there, it is because you did not sign-in on the attendance sheet (shame on you).  Check out the full report to the left!

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VE Session Results – December 1, 2018

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the December 1, 2018 VE Session:

Jeffrey M. Richard, Sr., KC1KDC – Extra
Joseph Pasteris, KC1FWN – General
John Regan, N1JLK – General
Frank Murray, KC1KPX  – Technician
Edward H. Vacha, KC1KPW – Technician

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Need help to get on the air?

Email us with your particular needs, including antennas, VHF/UHF handheld programming, SSB, CW and/or digital mode operation, etc. – radioevents [at] semara [dot] org.

When are you available?  We may be able to arrange either 1-on-1 or small classes.

Rob, KD1CY Receives Outstanding Service Award

Plaque is inscribed “Outstanding Service Award presented to Rob Macedo, in recognition of your many years of service to the weather community.” Click the image above to view the full-sized photo.

SEMARA member Robert D. Macedo, KD1CY has been recognized for his work.  On November 9, 2018 during a Blue Hills Observatory fundraising event, the Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center awarded Macedo its Outstanding Service Award.

Doing the honors were meteorologist and Weather Channel personality Jim Cantore and former Weather Channel meteorologist Mish Michaels.

The honor was especially meaningful for Macedo as it coincided with his birthday.

“It’s both rewarding and humbling to receive [the award] in the presence of some of the most respected people in the meteorology profession,” Macedo said.  “It wouldn’t be possible without the support of hundreds to thousands of SKYWARN spotters and Amateur Radio operators.”

VE Session Results – October 6, 2018

Update 10/17/2018 by K1KVV: Added call sign, licenses effective.

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the October 6, 2018 VE Session:

Victoria Cooper, KC1KJW – Technician
Arthur W. Harvey III, KC1KGC – Extra

Enjoy your new/upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air?

Email us with your particular needs, including antennas, VHF/UHF handheld programming, SSB, CW and/or digital mode operation, etc. – radioevents [at] semara [dot] org.

When are you available?  We may be able to arrange either 1-on-1 or small classes.

SEMARA Member WB2ITX Appointed ARRL CEO!

Howard E. Michel, WB2ITX, a local amateur from Dartmouth, Massachusetts and life member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association (SEMARA), has been elected as the new Chief Executive Officer of the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio!

The official announcement was made on August 27, 2018 by the ARRL, as their Board of Directors voted in Michel (his name rhymes with “nickel”) effective October 15th.  He is currently Chief Technology Officer at UBTECH Education, Senior Vice President of UBTECH Robotics in China and previously worked at UMass Dartmouth.

Assistant Section Manager for the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts section, Phil Temples, K9HI proudly sent his regards, stating “congratulations to SEMARA!  One of your own becomes ARRL CEO!”  Meanwhile as the news broke last week, SEMARA member Benjamin B. Jackson, N1WBV was taken by surprise; “okay, I was listening to the ARRL Audio News driving down I-195 today and this story made me go ‘wait, what?'”

Click the image above to view a PDF of the ARRL press release.

SEMARA Secretary, Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC reached out to Howard this week, congratulating him on his appointment and extending an invitation to join us at an upcoming SEMARA business meeting.  He replied, “Thanks for the nice message,” adding “I’d love to come to a meeting.  I can’t make the one this month.  I’ll be starting at ARRL on 10/15.  Maybe I can make the November meeting.  I’d love to.  I want to reach out to all of the ARRL members (and non-members) and start a dialog with them.  Perhaps with a little more advanced notice, we can get more SEMARA members to attend.”

We at SEMARA send along our felicitations to Howard, as we look forward to his future visit and fellowship at our clubhouse.  Read more on him and his appointment by clicking on the press release by the ARRL to the left.  You can also check out these two stories/news posts on:

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SEMARA Contest College – Sunday, September 9, 2018

Don, WA1BXY reports:

On Sunday, September 9th, I will be holding a contest college starting around noon or so at SEMARA.  We will discuss different styles of contesting, how to achieve a respectful score with 100-watts and operating with a mixture of modes and styles.  Antennas that can be home-brewed for contests will also be lightly touched upon.  If you are interested in attending, kindly email me so I can grab a rough head count. Lunch time pizza will be served and there will also be some on-air listening and/or contact-making during the “Worked All Europe DX Contest.”

Don’s email address: wa1bxy [at] hotmail [dot] com

VE Session Results – August 4, 2018

Congratulations to this ham who passed both Technician and General exams at the August 4, 2018 VE Session:

Jeffrey M. Richard, Sr. — KC1KDC (2018-08-13)

Enjoy your new & upgraded privileges!

Need help to get on the air?  Email us with your particular needs, including antennas, VHF/UHF handheld programming, SSB, CW and/or digital mode operation, etc. – radioevents [at] semara [dot] org. When are you available?  We may be able to arrange either 1-on-1 or small classes.

SEMARA Field Day 2018 A Success!

Don, WA1BXY reports:

I would like to thank everyone who came to SEMARA and made contacts for Field Day.  I would also like to personally thank some key people who helped made this event a success.  Scott, KE1CN helped get the weekend started, since I was unable to kick it off.  Marty, KA1YFV got things in order outside and helped to break things down.  JP, AG1Y worked his magic on the grill and with a late night pizza surprise.  Mike, KB1NB donated his heavy duty extension cord.  We had a total of 11 operators during the event.

It was a pretty successful “contest” and we got to see what bugs have to be worked out with the new vertical.  All in all, the antennas played well with each other with minimal interference, especially running 3 stations at once.  There were a lot of antenna switching between different stations which got confusing at times, but it worked out pretty well.  Once I go through the log, do corrections and calculate bonus points, I will post the break down and raw scores.

Thanks again and hopefully we can add more contacts next year.

de Don, WA1BXY