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 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar – June 11, 2018

Rob, KD1CY reports:

The ARRL will be sponsoring the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday 6/11/18 at 8:00 PM EDT.  The webinar will go through an overview of the historic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, lessons learned from the season, key Amateur Radio group’s preparedness for the new season and how Amateur Radio Operators and SKYWARN Spotters can become involved.  These Amateur Radio Groups include, WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, which is now in its 37th year of service, the Hurricane Watch Net, the VoIP Hurricane Net, SATERN (the Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Network) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  Also, an Amateur Radio Operator who is the Warning Preparedness Meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre will be giving the meteorological overview of the 2018 season.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator

Update 06/12/2018 by W1RJC: The webinar has been posted on YouTube.  You can watch it below.

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!

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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!

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