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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Kids Day – Saturday, June 16, 2018

Twice per year in January and June for five hours, ARRL Kids Day promotes Amateur Radio to our youth.  Kids Day is designed to give the on-the-air experience to young people and foster interest in getting a license of their own.  It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children.  Share the excitement with your kids, grand-kids, a scout troop, a church or the general public.  Suggested initial exchange is name, age, location and favorite color.  You can work the same station again if an operator has changed.  To draw attention, call “CQ Kids Day.”  All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate and feedback on your experiences are also welcome at the ARRL Kids Day page.

Event Date & Time

Saturday, June, 16, 2018
2:00 PM EDT (1800Z) through
6:59 PM EDT (2359Z)

Suggested Frequencies

10 Meters: 28.350 to 28.400 MHz
12 Meters: 24.960 to 24.980 MHz
15 Meters: 21.360 to 21.400 MHz
17 Meters: 18.140 to 18.145 MHz
20 Meters: 14.270 to 14.300 MHz
40 Meters: 7.270 to 7.290 MHz
80 Meters: 3.740 to 3.940 MHz

  • For more information and forms, please visit the ARRL Kids Day page.

VE Session Results – June 2, 2018

Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the June 2, 2018 VE Session:

Theodore J. Wojcik, KC1JMZ – General
Gary Steven Izzo, KC1CBQ – Extra

Enjoy your 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.

W1AEC Wins 2017 CQ WW DX Contest CW Award!

Click the image above to view the full-sized award!

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!

13 Colonies Special Event – July 1-7, 2018

The 9th Annual 13 Colonies Special Event (K2H), will operate Sunday, July 1, 2018, 9:00 AM EDT (1300Z) through Saturday, July 7, 2018, 11:59 PM (7/8, 0400Z).

Plus two bonus stations, WM3PEN and GB13COL:

  • WM3PEN operates from Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared.  The 13 Colonies certificate adds a Liberty Bell for a contact.  WM3PEN will be on D-STAR each evening from 7-11 PM Eastern Time.
  • GB13COL operates from Durham, England and will offer SSB, CW & Digital modes for the event. A Union Jack is added for a contact.

K2H/W1AEC would like to operate from the first to the last hours of the event period.  I could also operate from my own station as K2H/K1KVV The same could work for you; either W1AEC and/or your home station.  You need to register through W1AEC.  Why? Because K2H is being shared with other Massachusetts stations.  We schedule K2H operations using a spreadsheet, so there is only one Massachusetts K2H station on the air at the same time using the same band, mode and hour slot.  That’s the easy way to be maximally present and not walk on each other.

Any Southeastern Massachusetts station interested in joining K2H/W1AEC should contact me.

~Bob K1KVV
SEMARA Radio Events
radioevents [at] semara [dot] org

Museum Ships Weekend Event – June 2 & 3, 2018

The Museum Ships Weekend Event will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 0000Z through Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2359Z.  It is sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (NJ2BB).  This is not a contest, but a fun event. All stations that work at least 15 different ships of those 108 participating will receive a certificate if they send a copy of their log entries showing these contacts.

Ships will be using PSK 31 and AM and you must work a different ship for it to count as two. In other words, working the same ship on two different frequencies or modes does not count as two ships.  While operation on any amateur frequency is allowed, most ships will operate in the General portion of the bands.  Some ships will also be on 3880 through 3885 and 7290 kHz with either their ships original equipment or modern equipment.  PSK 31 frequencies are as follows; 14.070, 10.142 18.100, 21.070 and 28.120 MHz.

A copy of your 15+ ship contacts plus $4.00 must then be submitted by September 30, 2018 to KB2BRR via US Mail to receive your certificate.

Board of Directors Meeting – Q2 2018

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.

SEMARA Equipment For Sale

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 $500
Yaesu FL-2100B Linear Amplifier $300
Yaesu FT-8900 10m/6m/2m/440MHz FM Transceiver $185
Kenwood TS-940S HF Transceiver $400
Hi-Mound BK-100 Coffin Bug Key $200
Motorola Spectra $75
Kenwood TM-D700A APRS Setup $350
NESCAF Audio Filter Kit $20
Alliance Rotor Control Box $75
Kenwood MC-50 Desk Microphone $100
Shure (?) Desk Microphone $50
Micro908 Antenna Analyzer Kit (partially assembled) $100
MFJ Enterprises Power Pole Switch $125
Elecraft BL2 250W Switchable 4:1/1:1 Balun $45
Kenwood TS-820S (unknown condition; as-is) $200
Tripp Lite 1000W Power Inverter $100

If you are a SEMARA member and are interested in any of the above listed items, please contact Don – wa1bxy [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Updates:

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.

 

W4DXCC DX & Contest Convention – September 21 & 22, 2018

Convention leader Dave Anderson, K4SV for the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN has asked that SEMARA officials pass along this announcement:

The 2018 W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention and Ham Radio Bootcamp is set for September 21st and 22nd, 2018; celebrating our 14th year.  Bookings are now open for hotel reservations at this years convention.  Convention registration is now open including online ticket purchasing.  Check out the website and learn about the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention.  This year features a good lineup of presenters, so make your plans now and be sure to bring along some of your ham friends.  Program schedules will be posted as soon as they are confirmed by the presenters.

Best 73
See you soon,

Dave Anderson, K4SV
Convention Leader
dave [at] w4dxcc [dot] com

Constitution & Bylaws Amendment Notification

Click the image above to view a PDF of Rick’s submitted Constitution and Bylaw amendment.

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.

Respectfully Submitted,

Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
SEMARA Secretary

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