Welcome!

2016-01-01

Welcome 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 340 members. If you would like to contribute to this website, please contact the Web Committee by using the “Contact Us” link at the top of this page.

FARA 2-Meter QSO Party – January 21st

January 21, 2017
Two operating periods – 1500 to 1700  &  1900 to 2100 EST.

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) will sponsor another
2-meter QSO Party this January. The first of these was held in 2010 and
was well received. The event is open to all those in Eastern MA. The
time coincides with the ARRL VHF contest.
Details: <http://www.falara.org/announcements/faraqsoparty5-mode2mfm>
(Updated per Jim, WA1GPO).

SSTV Transmissions From The ISS – December 8th & 9th

Slow-scan television (SSTV) transmissions from the International Space Station (ISS) are scheduled for December 8-9. The SSTV images will be transmitted from RS0ISS on 145.800 MHz FM as part of the Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 Experiment, using the Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver in the ISS Service Module.

MAI-75 activities have been scheduled on December 8, 1235-1800 UTC, and December 9, 1240-1740 UTC. These times correspond to passes over Moscow, Russia. ISS transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM use 5-kHz deviation, and SSTV transmissions have used the PD120 and PD180 formats. The ISS Fan Club website at http://www.issfanclub.com/ can show when the space station is within range of your station. On Windows PCs the free application MMSSTV can decode the signal. On Apple iOS devices, use the SSTV app available through iTunes.

VE Session Results – December 3rd

Congratulations to these hams* who passed their exams at the December 3, 2016 VE Session:

Donald Clapp, KC1GTE – Technician
Richard Dutra, KC1GTF – Technician
Scott A. Furtado, KC1GTD – Technician
John Regan, KC1GTN – Technician

*Update 12/15/2016 by K1KVV: Callsigns added.

Enjoy your upgraded privileges!

2016 SKYWARN Recognition Day – December 3rd

2016-11-072016 SKYWARNTM Recognition Day
December 3, 2016, from 0000z to 2400z

This is the day when Amateur Radio operators visit National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other operators around the world. The purpose of the event is to recognize the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service. The event is co-sponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Service.

Full details are at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio.

Special Event Station W0JH – November 4th-6th

 

2016-11-02Hello, Handiham members!

This coming weekend a special station will be on the air.
“Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald Special Event Station W0JH
Nov 4-6, 2016

Handiham affiliated club, the Stillwater Amateur Radio Association (SARA), will be operating to commemorate the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Using the club’s call sign, WØJH, around 20 SARA members will operate from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park (ARLHS USA 783) in Lake County, MN.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of ship’s mysterious sinking and our twelfth year of operating this Special Event. Join us in Remembering the Edmund Fitzgerald and her crew by making contact with WØJH! A certificate is available.

WØJH Operating Schedule
Friday, Nov. 4 (Setup starting around 12:00 noon CT) with operation from ~3:00 pm – 5:30 pm CT
Saturday, Nov. 5 & Sunday, Nov. 6 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Central Time)

Frequencies of Operation
3.860, 7.260, 14.260, 21.360, 28.360 MHz (+/- QRM)

Midwest/local stations should look for us on the 75m and 40m bands in the early morning and late afternoon.

We will have a station working PSK31.
Look for WØJH (070 #1905) around 3.580, 7.070, 14.070 and 21.070.

Full story and details about certificate: http://www.radioham.org

73 de Pat WA0TDA
Patrick Tice wa0tda@arrl.net

VE Session Results – October 1st

2016-10-14Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the October 1, 2016 VE Session:

Allen J. Perry II, KC1GKS – Technician
Glen M. Dowden, KC1GKT – Technician
Jonathan W. Winokur, KC1GKU – Technician & General

Enjoy your upgraded privileges!

220 & 900 Repeaters Fully Functional

2016-10-09After many days and hours of work, the SEMARA 224.800 repeater is now back on the air and interfaced to a new repeater controller.  It has the ability to link via IRLP, EchoLink and RF through a remotely selectable 16-channel UHF radio.  It is mainly parked on the New England Network (IRLP 9120 / EchoLink 9129 *NEW-ENG*), in which the Quahog Repeater Network based in Rhode Island is also linked most of the time.

The SEMARA 927.8375 repeater’s IRLP node is now back up and running.  It is once again parked on New England Amateur Radio 900 MHz Network or “NEAR-900” (IRLP 9125).  The repeater controller for this repeater was left in place, due to the fact that using the IRLP node itself as a repeater controller isn’t reliable.  This means that all three SEMARA repeaters are now using their own SCOM 7330 repeater controllers and each repeater also has its own IRLP node.  Keep in mind that the fans in this repeater still need to be replaced, in which I need to get together with Jeff-N1ZZN to swap them out.

The 147.000 EchoIRLP node had apparently froze a few weeks ago.  Joey-KC1FWN had brought this to my attention last week.  The node was rebooted this morning and it successfully began working again.

Looking to the future, the 900 fan swapping and mounting of the 220 equipment in the 2m rack are the next tasks to tackle.  The equipment doesn’t look at all impressive right now sitting around at the repeater site unmounted.  I start a new job tomorrow and my time will be limited, however most of the heavy work has been finished.  Eventually, a dedicated 220 antenna will also need to be mounted at the top of our tower as I had previously mentioned.  The 220 repeater is temporarily using the 220 section of a tri-band antenna (a Comet CX-333) which is less than ideal.  I recommend that the club looks into buying a 4-dipole array antenna next year and plans a hardline/antenna install around the summer of 2017 through NETCOM’s maintenance window in our agreement with them.  At some point at a future meeting going into 2017, I will try to be present to talk about this and to make a motion to do so.

Thanks for your patience and enjoy your 2m, 220 and 900 SEMARA repeaters!

73,

Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
SEMARA Repeater Committee