EMA SEC and SKYWARN Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY

Rob Macedo, KD1CY, has been recognized for his work. On November 9, 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.”

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 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

New Hustler 6-BTV Antenna Installed

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Don, WA1BXY reports:

The new Hustler 6-BTV vertical antenna is now up and running.  It is good from 10 to 80-meters.  It needs a little tweaking on 80-meters, but it is more than usable.  This antenna is now hooked up to the Kenwood.  We will put it through its paces next weekend, but I received good reports with it today.

Tony Gomes, N1JXZ, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of longtime SEMARA member Anthony A. Gomes, N1JXZ of New Bedford.  Tony passed away suddenly at age 64 this week, as reported to us by Joe, N1IXC.  Just a week ago, he attended the June SEMARA business meeting.  In April, Tony had also lost his mother.

Ed, KA1RSY commented that it is certainly sad to hear.  Tony was a good man; personable with a great sense of humor.  He recalls when he would meet up with Tony along with Joe and Marc, KA1WBF at the Fairhaven Civil Defense (now Emergency Management) many years ago.  Ed adds that Tony hadn’t changed a bit in recent years.  Tony will certainly be missed by all.

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

N1JXZ

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SEMARA Flea Market – October 6, 2018

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SEMARA Flea Market 2018 will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the SEMARA Clubhouse located at 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA.  The event will be held rain or shine from 9:00 AM to 12 noon, with vendor setup beginning at 8:00 AM.  There is handicapped parking and access available.  Over the air talk-in will be on the SEMARA 147.000 repeater.  We will also be conducting a VE exam session inside the clubhouse at 10:30 AM for anyone interested in obtaining or upgrading their amateur radio license.

For more information, please contact us at (508) 997-7070 or hamfest [at] semara [dot] org.

SEMARA Field Day – June 23 & 24, 2018

Don, WA1BXY reports:

Here is an update for ARRL Field Day 2018.  SEMARA will be participating from the club grounds this year on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th.  We will run a 2E station with both CW and SSB.  I will be running CW and my wife Melissa, KC1BXY will be doing SSB.  We are looking for more operators for SSB and another possible CW operator.  We also need someone to take care of the 3rd station, which we hope to run as Get On The Air (GOTA).  With that said, we are looking for unlicensed or newly licensed operators for the GOTA or any licensed operators who have not operated in a year or more.  We will have my grill there with burgers, hot dogs and more.  If you are planning to operate with us or plan to stop by, please send me a email, that way I can plan ahead food-wise.  Field Day runs 2:00 PM ET Saturday through 2:00 PM ET Sunday.  I plan on being at the club near the start, as my daughter has a dance recital that day.

Thanks!  Hope to see some new faces operating from club.

Don, WA1BXY
wa1bxy [at] hotmail [dot] com

2018 QST Antenna Design Competition

The 2018 competition challenge: design the best LF, MF, or HF antenna for limited space applications.

  • Entrants should send their best designs for evaluation according to the competition rules.
  • Designs that don’t win a prize might still be eligible for publication in a future issue of QST
  • Only one entry per person (or team).
  • Submission deadline is September 1, 2018.

ARRL is offering three cash prizes for this competition.

  • First place is $600.
  • Second place is $250
  • Third place is $150.

Design and Submission Requirements

  • Antennas must be designed for one or more bands between 2200 meters and 10 meters.
  • Must fit within a 30 × 50 foot area.
  • Stand no taller than 30 feet at any point.

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W1AEC Wins 2017 CQ WW DX Contest CW Award!

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The editors of CQ, The Radio Amateur’s Journal, took the pleasure in awarding a Certificate of Merit to W1AEC, with Don (WA1BXY) and John (WA1ESO) as operators, in recognition of the achievement of winning the 2017 World-Wide DX Contest CW!

A total score of 611,196 points was computed on the basis of zones, countries and stations worked.  SEMARA scored #18 in the United States and #3 in the 1st Call area for Multi-Operator, Two-Transmitters.

A big thank you goes to WA1BXY and WA1ESO.  Great work!