Wildfires!

Listen live to police, fire and rescue departments as they fight the worst wildfires seen in over 30 years in Horry County (Myrtle Beach area) in South Carolina.

International Marconi Day – April 25, 2009

Bob, K1VV reports that over 50 Special Event Stations Worldwide taking part in this commerative event. Various awards are available for confirming 15 of the Special Event Stations. See Cornish Amateur Radio Club, Cornwall England for more details. UK. W1AA/MSC will take part representing the Marconi 1901 Nantucket Island Shore Station “MSC”. DX QSL via the bureau, Stateside via W1AA via QRZ with an SASE. Watch the DX Summit for spots. 0001 UTC to 2359 UTC. Bob- K1VV

Massachusetts QRP Convention Announced

Announced today, he first Massachusetts QRP Convention (MassCon) will be held March 12-13, 2010 in the Westford Regency Inn Conference Center in Westford, Massachusetts. The event is made possible by a generous contribution from Buddipole Antennas, and PART, the radio club of Westford, Massachusetts, host of the event, and also a major contributor.

Presentations from leading figures in the QRP world will be made in a comfortable, modern classroom setting from 8 AM through 5 PM on Saturday (March 13). Speakers expected to present include Allison Parent (KB1GMX), Dave Siegrist (NT1U), Bruce Beford (N1RX), Michael Rainey (AA1TJ), John Sexton (KO1H), and QRP Hall of Fame members George Heron (N2APB), Joe Everhart (N2CX), and Dave Benson (K1SWL). Attendees will receive a conference proceedings, CD, and other gifts at registration.

Registration for the conference is $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Seating will be limited. Details about how to register, obtain hotel reservations at the conference rate, and banquet reservations will be published on the conference web site later this summer.

Further information for the event may be found on the event web site http://www.masscon.org.

W1HQV/R Off The Air

AA1PL posts some bad news on the 76 LISTSERV:

The 146.760 repeater is off the air. I shut it down on Monday due to long periods of noise that was keeping the repeater keyed up. When I later tried to turn the repeater back on, it would not respond to the remote commands. It is stuck in the “knowck-down” state until one of us from the board of directors can get up to the repeater site and check things out.

We are slowly working on building a new 76 repeater but I’m not sure when it will be ready.

AA1PL points out the other repeaters are available during the interim:

  • 146.940 repeater in Cumberland, RI (PL 67.0)
  • 223.760 repeater in Scituate, RI (No PL)
  • 447.425 in Scituate, RI (No PL)

AA1PL also pointed out the 447.425 in Scituate, RI (No PL) and 443.850 in Exeter, RI (PL 141.3 repeaters. These two UHF repeaters are linked together.

While most of the repeaters don’t have the same coverage that the Scituate, RI repeater, the K1CR repeater in Cranston, RI is the best choice. However, W1HQV/R will be missed and hopefully will have a speedy recovery.

Volunteer Needed for Ham Radio Class

A message on the BCRA-club LISTSERV said:

Joe Cote, KB1LJG… is the instructor at Kuss Middle School in Fall River, MA]. Joe will be out the last seven weeks of school due to shoulder surgery and is looking for a volunteer to pick up the ham radio class for that time. There will be a substitute instructor, but they will not have the ham radio background. The ham radio class is part of the regular Kuss curriculum, and the classes will be 3 days a week on Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday. Wednesday is from 12:30-2:00 PM, Thursday from 2:00-3:30 and Friday from 7:40 AM -9:00 AM. Wednesday April 29th would be the first class and it will end Friday June 12th.

Joe’s e-mail is: joecotekms-at-yahoo-dot-com

Member Assessment Fee Reminder

From K1KVV: An every member assessment of $10 was approved at the November 6, 2008 business meeting. The assessment is to offset the cost of re-grading the club grounds to improve drainage and provide a base for the handicap access ramp. The $10 assessment is being collected during the first quarter of 2009, beginning with the January business meeting and ending with the April business meeting. Members will be notified using the SEMARA announcement email list.

Members without an active email account will be notified via first-class US mail at their FCC address. Members, who cannot be reached or have not paid the assessment by the April 2009 business meeting, will be marked “in arrears.”

The Vice President will accept checks for the assessment. Make your check payable to SEMARA, write ASSESSMENT on the memo line. Mail to SEMARA-Assessment, 54 Donald St., Dartmouth, MA 02748

The Treasurer accepts cash – only at the business meetings.