220 & 900 Repeaters Temporarily Off-Air

2016-07-30SEMARA’s 224.800 and 927.8375 repeaters are temporarily off the air as of today for a repair and upgrade.

1) The 900 repeater’s IRLP node failed over a month ago and it wasn’t liked to NEAR-900.  After a couple of trips to the site, it was determined that I need to re-image the SD card.  That node is being repaired and reconfigured and it will now also act as the repeater controller.

2) The 220 repeater will receive the repeater controller that was previously on the 900 repeater.  This will allow it to be interfaced to both its own IRLP node (4215) and a UHF link radio for the first time.  This will allow the repeater to be configured in a few different ways for linking.  More info on its linking status/schedule will be announced soon.

I am working from home this upcoming week which will give me additional free time to work on this project.  This is why I decided that now would be a good time to take the repeaters offline and execute the above changes.  I will send out another update when progress and/or completion occurs.  The SEMARA business meeting is this Thursday and if possible, I’ll try and get it all finished before the meeting, but I cannot guarantee it.

Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience that temporarily being off-air may cause.

Please note: 147.000 and it’s node (4210) are still ON-AIR and are unaffected by this work.

Thanks,

Richard J. Cabral
SEMARA Repeater Committee

“License In A Weekend” Class & Exam – July 30th-31st

2016-06-13Update 06/20/2016 by W1RJC: W1MLD has provided more details and this story has been updated accordingly.

SEMARA will be sponsoring a class for candidates of a technician class amateur radio license.  The classes will be held at the clubhouse at 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, MA on July 30 and 31 from 10 AM to 5 PM on both days.  The total cost is $15.00 per person and this will include FCC testing by a volunteer examiner at the end of the class on Sunday.

The lead instructor will be Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG on behalf of New England Amateur Radio, Inc. (NEAR).  Donations to NEAR will be accepted, but are not required.  Anyone interested in amateur radio is urged to attend.  To register or if there are any questions, please provide your name and telephone number in an email to SEMARA President Marcel, W1MLD – president [at] semara [dot] org.

Dave Dean, K1JGV, SK

2016-05-17

Photo Credit: Michael Ponte, W1BZJ

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of longtime SEMARA member David G. Dean, K1JGV of Dartmouth.  Dave passed away on the morning of Tuesday, May 17, 2016.  He was 77 years old.  Dave was a kind gentleman and an all around nice guy who had a strong passion for the things he did.  At SEMARA, he will always be remembered as one of our most dedicated buildings and grounds members.

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

K1JGV … -.-

Don Mara, WA1PLT, SK

2016-01-31It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Donald A. Mara, WA1PLT of Dartmouth.  Don passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 11:30 AM.  He was 87 years old.  Don was still active in recent months and also attended several SEMARA business meetings in 2015.  President Marcel, W1MLD adds:

So sorry to hear about Don WA1PLT SK. He was always so interested in amateur radio and SEMARA. He will be missed.

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

WA1PLT, SK

SEMARA’s Clubhouse Addition Gains Steam!

2016-01-18Construction of a new addition, which will house the new SEMARA radio room, began this past summer when a former cellular communications shelter was placed on a newly built foundation behind the existing clubhouse.  Last month, construction kicked into high gear with the ground being graded, a floor and wall being added to attach the new building to the existing clubhouse and a roof being framed and shingled.

As construction continues, follow along with pictures from start to finish, with newer photos being added periodically at SEMARA’s Clubhouse Addition photo album.  The SEMARA Web Committee would like to thank Mike-W1BZJ and Michael Raposa for providing a majority of the pictures for this growing album.

2016 Site Updates

12/30/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “FARA 2-Meter QSO Party – January 23rd.”
12/29/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN) – January 1st.”
12/8/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “SSTV Transmissions from the ISS – December 8th & 9th.”
12/3/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “VE Session Results — December 3rd.”
11/10/2106 K1KVV – Wrote new story “Extra Class License In A Weekend – December 2nd-4th.”
11/7/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “2016 SKYWARN Recognition Day – December 3rd.”
11/6/2016 W1RJC – Updated the “Nets/Events” section to remove the 6m and 80m SEMARA nets and updated the 10m nets.
– Updated the “Contact Us” section to include the finance committee and updated the members of the scholarship committee.
11/2/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “Special Event Station W0JH – November 4th-6th.”
10/23/2016 W1RJC – Received October business meeting minutes from W1MMD via email.  Added it to the “Minutes” section.
10/14/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “VE Session Results – October 1st.”
10/9/2016 W1RJC – Wrote new story “220 & 900 Repeaters Fully Functional.”
10/6/2016 W1RJC – Received October narration of QST from N1BLF via Dropbox.  Added it to the “Audio” section.
9/10/2016 W1RJC – Received August and September business meeting minutes from W1MMD via email.  Added it to the “Minutes” section.
9/9/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “Tech Talk on Solar Energy.”
9/1/2016 W1RJC – Wrote new story “220 & 900 Repeater Update.”
8/20/2016 W1RJC – Received September narration of QST from N1BLF via Dropbox.  Added it to the “Audio” section.
8/18/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “Results for “License in a Weekend” July 30th-31st.”
– Wrote new story “VE Session Results – August 6th.”
7/30/2016 W1RJC – Wrote new story “220 & 900 Repeaters Temporarily Off-Air.”
7/15/2016 W1RJC – Received July business meeting minutes from W1MMD via email.  Added it to the “Minutes” section.
– Received July and August narration of QST from N1BLF via Dropbox.  Added it to the “Audio” section.
7/11/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “SEMARA VE Session Results – June 4th.”
6/20/2016 W1RJC – Updated story “Technician License Class” with more details provided by W1MLD.
– Updated story title of “Technician License Class” to ““License In A Weekend” Class & Exam – July 30 & 31” to better promote the offering.
6/14/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “Technician License Class.”
6/10/2016 W1RJC – Received June business meeting minutes from W1MMD via email.  Added it to the “Minutes” section.
– Received June narration of QST from N1BLF via Dropbox.  Added it to the “Audio” section.
5/20/2016 W1RJC – Replicated emails and Facebook comments to story “Dave Dean, K1JGV, SK.”
– Received April business meeting, April BOD meeting and May business meeting minutes from W1MMD via email.  Added them to the “Minutes” section.
– Removed K1JGV from the “Buildings and Grounds” committee in the Contact Us” section.
5/17/2016 W1RJC – Wrote new story “Dave Dean, K1JGV, SK.”
5/14/2016 W1RJC – Received May narration of QST from N1BLF via Dropbox.  Added it to the “Audio” section.
5/13/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “Seeking Ops for 13 Colonies S/E Station K2H.”
4/13/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “Maritime Radio Day 2016.”
4/7/2016 K1KVV – Wrote new story “SEMARA Exam Session Results – April 2nd.”
3/27/2016 W1RJC – Added story “Free Tower, Mast and Discone Antenna” from N1IXC’s email to the members discussion list.  Assigned N1IXC as the author of the story.
3/25/2016 W1RJC – Received March business meeting minutes from W1MMD via email.  Added it to the “Minutes” section.
– Received April narration of QST from N1BLF via Dropbox.  Added it to the “Audio” section.
3/13/2016 W1RJC – The “Trustees” list on the “Contact Us” page still included last year’s chairman and didn’t include the year 2020’s.  Corrected this.
– Updated the “Members” page by importing the latest “Membership Database.xls” Excel Spreadsheet file from W1MLD via Dropbox.
– “TableSorter” WordPress plugin was installed and activated.
– Added “TableSorter” HTML code to the “Members” page so that visitors can sort by either call sign, first name, last name, city/town or state.
3/2/2016 W1RJC – Received March narration of QST from N1BLF via Dropbox.  Added it to the “Audio” section.
2/26/2016 W1RJC – Replicated Facebook comments to story “John Williams, KB1EVY, SK.”
– Added new category “Silent Keys” (slug name “sk”) and assigned it to all obituary stories.
– Category drop down menu added to the sidebar.
– Enabled dates to display for news stories shown in the sidebar.
2/23/2016 W1RJC – Received February business meeting minutes from W1MMD via email.  Added it to the “Minutes” section.
– Received February narration of QST from N1BLF via Dropbox.  Added it to the “Audio” section.
– Removed N1USW as chairman of the Scholarship committee on the “Contact Us” section.
– Email forwarder for the Scholarship committee updated to redirect to the Web committee until a new chairman is named.
2/11/2016 W1RJC – Wrote new story “John Williams, KB1EVY, SK.”
1/31/2016 W1RJC – Wrote new story “Don Mara, WA1PLT, SK.”
1/18/2016 W1RJC – Received January business meeting minutes from W1MMD via email.  Added it to the “Minutes” section.
– Received January narration of QST from N1BLF via Dropbox.  Added it to the “Audio” section.
– Added “Photos” link on the navigation bar.  This links externally to our photo album on our Facebook page.
– Wrote new story “SEMARA’s Clubhouse Addition Gains Steam!”
– Updated “Exams” section to display all 2016 VE Sessions.
1/1/2016 W1RJC – New story for 2016 updates created (what you are currently reading).
– “Contact Us” section updated with 2016 elected positions.
– Email forwarders updated.

 

2016 Slate of Officers

SEMARA Election Day was Thursday, December 3, 2015.  Incoming Officers for 2016 are:

President:
Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD

Vice-President:
Jean Pierre Chiron, AG1Y

Treasurer:
Michael J. McDonald, KB1NB

Secretary:
Marc M. Dumont, W1MMD

Board of Directors:
Bradford E. Paiva, W1BEP
Joseph E. Krisnosky, Jr., N1IXC
Martin F. Jordan, KA1YFV

Trustee (5 Year Term; Chairman in 2020):
William E. Gifford, WA1HKJ