Plymouth 146.685 Repeater – New PL 131.8

John, K1JRO reports:

Good Evening,

The 146.685 Plymouth, Massachusetts Genesis Repeater, N1ZIZ, as of April 1st, 2018 has a new PL tone.  The CTCSS has been changed from 82.5 Hz to 131.8 Hz.  It is recommended that both encode/decode be changed on all your radios, since the repeater is transmitting both analog FM and digital.  This will help listeners to avoid hearing the noise digital operation produces on the analog side.

Short Story: Change your PL associated with the 146.685 N1ZIZ repeater to a CTCSS of 131.8 Hz post haste.

Please note the Eastern MA Hospital Net will continue to use analog communications.

73,
John O’
K1JRO

Learning Program – April 29, 2018

Andrew, AB1YN reports:

As part of an educational series, SEMARA will be offering an opportunity to learn about digital modes of operation. The program will start with a brief presentation and then lead into actual operating practice. The date for this event is Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. If you have expertise in this field, please come and coach. If you are new to digital modes, please come to learn.

ARRL Contest Corral – April 2018

Be sure to check and bookmark the ARRL Contest Calendar for upcoming radio events! Some highlights in April include:

  • Sun 4/8: North American SSB Sprint Contest
  • Sun 4/15: ARRL Rookie Roundup, SSB
  • Sat 4/28: 10-10 International Spring Contest, Digital

See the April 2018 Contest Corral, a downloadable PDF file from the ARRL, for a full schedule. This will surely assist with long-term planning of your contest operations. Please note that the Contest Corral file includes non-ARRL events. Be sure to refer to the contest’s website for full rules, scoring information, operating periods or time limits, and log submission information.

Next VE Exam Session – Saturday, April 7, 2018

Obtain or upgrade your Amateur Radio License!

VE Sessions are held at the SEMARA Clubhouse, 54 Donald Street, Dartmouth, Massachusetts on the first Saturday of even months at 10:30 AM.

Although walk-ins are welcome, we recommend that you contact us ahead of time if you plan to attend an upcoming session.

SEMARA’s VE Team Leader is Frederic S. Bacon, III, N1TF. He can be reached at 508-748-0047 or exams [at] semara [dot] org.

Full details, including what you must bring, can be found at our VE Exams section.

GARS Technician License Course – April & May 2018

The Genesis Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will be conducting a Technician License Course in April and May.  The Saturday classes will be held from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM on the following three dates:

  • April 7
  • April 21
  • May 5

A VE exam will follows the last class on May 5th.

Classes and exam are on the ground floor classroom and is handicap accessible at:

Plymouth Municipal Airport
246 South Meadow Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

This course will use the MFJ-3211 Technician Quick Study Guide, which gives only correct answers and will be needed for homework assignments.  The cost of guide is $12.95 and can be obtained by calling MFJ at 800-647-1800 x4.  The cost of the VE exam will be $15.00.

Contact Ed “Sonny” Mello, KB1HJG at 941-539-8554 for more information.
The GARS Plymouth Repeater is 146.685 MHz, minus offset, CTCSS (PL) 131.8.

FARA Technician License Course – March 2018

Brent V. Putnam, W1NCH, President of the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) has asked us to share this information with our members and anyone interested in obtaining their Technician license:

Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA)
Amateur (“Ham”) Radio Technician Class License Course

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) is holding a Technician class licensing course over the course of three Saturdays – March 17, 24 and 31.  It will be held from 9AM to noon at the Falmouth Fire Rescue Department headquarters, 399 Main Street (entrance on King Street), in the 2nd Floor EOC/training room.

The exam for the students will be held in the same location immediately after the March 31 session.

Cost of the class is $50 and includes:

1) Nine hours of classroom instruction
2) Manual
3) Online test practice and tutoring
4) Refreshments
5) Access to instructors for questions & tutoring
6) License exam
7) 1-year membership with FARA
8) Admission to the 2018 FARAfest
9) Radio (if the student passes)

This is a great value for anyone seeking to get their license, as the total cost of the individual items is well over $100.

Interested?  Contact Brent Putnam, FARA President, at w1nch [at] arrl [dot] net.

ARRL DX Contest at SEMARA – March 2 & 3, 2018

Don, WA1BXY reports:

Thanks to John, WA1ESO and Scott, KE1CN for helping out in this weekend’s contest.  We managed to squeeze out 801 contacts.  The bands were not in the best of shape.  We did put the new wire antenna through its paces and it is working pretty well along with the Icom IC-756.  The next activation at the club will be Friday, March 2nd at 8:00 PM local time (3/3/2018 at 0000z) for the ARRL DX Contest.  Anyone wanting to join in the fun is more then welcome.  It would be nice to see some new faces in the new radio room making some contest points.

SEMARA Radio Room On The Air

Don, WA1BXY reports the following with two pictures:

We have 3 radios up and running.  Still only two antennas; need to throw one wire up.

He was hoping a couple pictures may spark a little more interest in radio room.  He notes you can now stop by the club and actually use it.  He made a few HF contacts and the people he spoke with were interested in seeing our setup.

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