Bill Miller, K1IBR, SK

We lost a dear friend of SEMARA on Monday, February 5, 2007.  William Macy Miller, Jr., K1IBR passed away after a brief illness.  Armand, W1BUG, myself and a few other SEMARA members have contributed photos which I have assembled into this short video piece.  Rest in peace Bill.

73 de Tim, N1TI

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  • Visit his obituary from The Standard-Times via Legacy with a guestbook and condolences.
  • Visit his obituary from Potter Funeral Service via Current Obituary with a guestbook and condolences.
  • Visit the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL website for a story on Bill.

The Camel round-table net on February 5, 2007 at 7:00 PM on the SEMARA 147.000 repeater had several check-ins, with many sharing their thoughts on Bill’s passing.  The net lasted approximately 38 minutes.

Fox Hunt – February 15th

In lieu of the scheduled Tech Talk, we will have out first FOX HUNT for 2007. Meet at the club hall at 7:00 PM for a brief meeting and rule review. Shortly after we send the fox on his way to hide, we will discuss hunting techniques and organize the “release of the dogs”. No experience or special equipment is required.

Club Vandalism

Earlier this week it was noted that club property was vandalized. The sign marking the driveway, “WM. M. MILLER JR. WAY” was removed. Anyone having information about this should contact the SEMARA Board of Directors so that the appropriate Dartmouth Police reports can be updated.

147.000 EchoIRLP Online

SEMARA’s EchoIRLP node is back up as of today. Our IRLP node number is 4347 and our Echolink node is 44347. This is an open system available for inbound and outbound connections. New hardware will be installed soon that will improve overall reliability.

W1AA Special Operating Event

Hello CLIMAX Event Dec 29 – 30

Reginald A. Fessenden 100th Anniversary Event, Hull, Massachusetts.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the First Voice Broadcast.

W1AA (Marconi Radio Club) will represent and operate from near the Station Point Allerton Life Saving Station in Hull, Massachusetts on December 30, 2006. The W1AA operation will recognize the contributions to marine safety at sea made by Reginald A. Fessenden’s invention of voice communication.

W1AA is a member of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society, and has activated 54 lighthouses and lightships in Massachusetts and Rhode Island over the last three years.

Operation will be from 7:00 AM EST(2000 UTC) to 4:00 PM (2100 UTC). W1AA will start on 80 SSB, check 3996.0. Look for W1AA between the nets, most likely below 7270, down to 7225. Check “7234”. 20 phone later in the morning above 14310, or 17 meters above 18150. We will return to 40 phone about 1530 to 1600 UTC, about noon local time. CW operation will be conducted roughly on the half hour but could happen any time, 7035, 10116, 14035 and 18080 kHz, plus or minus QRM.

A special Point Allerton Life Saving Station photo QSL will be provided.

QSLs are via the W1 QSL Bureau and stateside are via W1AA please with an SASE

Watch the live DX Cluster (HF DX Spots) and look for W1AA spots

Visit W1AA, Marconi Radio Club Web Site

Visit the Point Allerton Life Saving Station Museum

Listen to Fessenden’s first voice transmission on December 23, 1900 — he says,

“Hello! Test, 1, 2, 3, 4. Is it snowing where you are Mr. Thiessen?”

Play file using Quicktime or Windows from the Hello-Radio website.

Club Internet Restored

The club’s internet service has been restored as of December 23rd. Internet access is now available again from the club computer in the meeting hall as well as in the radio shack. Echolink and IRLP have not been restored due to a problem encountered with the Ethernet card of the link computer (Ethernet was tested down to the repeater hut OK). As soon as the holiday activities subside, we’ll have a closer look. 73 & Happy Holidays.

Scientists Predict Big Solar Cycle

Solar cycle 24, due to peak in 2010 or 2011 “looks like its going to be one of the most intense cycles since record-keeping began almost 400 years ago,” says solar physicist David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center. He and colleague Robert Wilson presented this conclusion last week at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. Click here to read more.