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.
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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.
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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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!
Update 05/12/2018 by W1RJC: The required quorum was not obtained, as three board members could not make it. Marcel will announce a rescheduled date soon.
President Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD has scheduled the SEMARA Board of Directors meeting for the second quarter of 2018. It will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the SEMARA clubhouse.
Board of Directors meetings are held four times per year and SEMARA members outside of the board may sit in. As a reminder, non-board members may only participate if called upon by a board member during the duration of the meeting.
At the Thursday, May 3, 2018 business meeting, a motion carried as made by Donald A. Rosinha, II, WA1BXY to sell surplus amateur radio gear that the club no longer needs. We are offering these items first-come-first-served to SEMARA club members. After a period of time, all other unsold items will be publicly listed for sale by other means (i.e., eBay or a flea market event). The list of items follows, along with their estimated value:
|Kenwood TS-570SG, HF-6m Transceiver
|Yaesu FL-2100B Linear Amplifier |
|Yaesu FT-8900 10m/6m/2m/440MHz FM Transceiver |
|Kenwood TS-940S HF Transceiver |
|Hi-Mound BK-100 Coffin Bug Key
|Kenwood TM-D700A APRS Setup
|NESCAF Audio Filter Kit
|Alliance Rotor Control Box
|Kenwood MC-50 Desk Microphone
|Shure (?) Desk Microphone
|Micro908 Antenna Analyzer Kit (partially assembled)
|MFJ Enterprises Power Pole Switch
|Elecraft BL2 250W Switchable 4:1/1:1 Balun
|Kenwood TS-820S (unknown condition; as-is)
|Tripp Lite 1000W Power Inverter
If you are a SEMARA member and are interested in any of the above listed items, please contact Don – wa1bxy [at] hotmail [dot] com.
07/05/2018 – Yaesu FL-2100B Linear Amplifier – Sold
05/05/2018 – Yaesu FT-8900 10m/6m/2m/440MHz FM Transceiver – Pending sale to Tim, N1TI.
05/03/2018 – Kenwood TS-940S HF Transceiver – Donated to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to assist with starting their amateur radio club.
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Dear SEMARA Members:
You are hereby notified that at the SEMARA Business Meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2018, Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC of Dartmouth, MA, a member in good standing of the association, read aloud and submitted an amendment to our Constitution and Bylaws signed by five SEMARA members in good standing.
This amendment is in response to Paul G. Sadeck, K1PGS’s proposal on April 5, 2018, which was defeated at the May business meeting. The revisions in this proposal are to address both the definition of a member in good standing as intended by Paul, while also updating the types of membership. The Board of Directors held a meeting in February and brought forth recommendations to the membership at the March business meeting. This submission aims to address most of those recommendations:
Member In Good Standing
- More clearly define a “member in good standing” by adding that the member must be listed as active on the membership roster.
- A member shall be considered active if they respond to a request to verify and update their contact information with the Association.
- This permits for (but not necessarily requires) such requests once annually per member at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
- Specifics like requiring the member to furnish an email address or to submit to the association on the date of their birth annually are intentionally omitted.
New Associate Member Type
- Housekeeping to remove “Charter Member” as a membership type, as all charter members have passed away.
- Add “Associate Member” as a new membership type for non-Amateur Radio operators.
- The new “Associate Member” shall be similar to “Honorary Member,” where they have no vote and cannot place motions, nominate officers or be elected to serve as an officer.
- Change “Life Member” to require future applicants to hold an active Amateur Radio license.
The above is intended only as a convenient summary. Please review the amendment in its entirety for completeness. Find attached a Portable Document Format (PDF) of the original submission, as read aloud and addressed to club President, Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD at the May 3, 2018 business meeting. As per item 3 in Article VIII of the Constitution of the Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc., notification by email or other electronic means must be executed at least one week prior to the next business meeting. This serves as that notice to allow for voting at the Thursday, June 7, 2018 business meeting.
Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
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