Photo Credit: Armand F. Augustine, W1BUG
It is with great regret that we announce the passing of SEMARA member Paul E. Augustine, W1BMQ of Somerset. Paul passed away at age 55 at 12 noon on Saturday, April 15, 2018 at Western Massachusetts Hospital following a long battle with dementia. He was the son of SEMARA member Armand F. Augustine, W1BUG and the the late Lydia (Paulino) Thibault. Born in Fall River, he was married for 31 years to Karen (Rozycki) Augustine. Computers and spending time with his daughters were among his favorite pastimes. Paul’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Boyko Funeral Home in Fall River, with a mass to follow at Good Shepard Church on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Paul using the “Comments” link at the top of this story. We send our sympathy to Armand and his family for their loss. May he rest in peace.
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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 as an operator, in recognition of the achievement of winning the 2017 World-Wide DX Contest SSB!
A total score of 456,672 points was computed on the basis of zones, countries and stations worked. SEMARA scored #9 in North America, #6 in the United States and #2 in the 1st Call area for Single Operator Assisted, Low Power, All Bands.
A big thank you goes to Don, WA1BXY and everyone else who operated during this contest. Great work!
The New England QSO Party will be held on May 5th and 6th, 2017.
It is 20 hours long overall, in two sections:
4PM (EDT) Saturday thru 1AM Sunday,
sleep for 8 hours,
and 9AM Sunday thru 8PM Sunday.
Operate CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters.
The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries. You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.
Other webpages of interest are: Rules, Counties list, FAQ.
For each QSO, give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state.
NEQP Reports shows SEMARA members are ‘radio active’
Don WA1BXY from Newport County, RI reports:
Total QSOs — 546: CW 487 — SSB 58 — Digital (PSK31) 1.
Henry K1WCC from Barnstable County, MA reports:
About 200 SSB QSOs on 20, 40, and 75 meter bands.
Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the April 7, 2018 VE Session:
Sean O’Brien, KC1JNR – Technician
Sharon A. D’Addio, KC1JNA – Technician
Phoenix X. Dalla Costa, KC1JPK – Technician
Theodore J. Wojcik, KC1JMZ – Technician
Francis I. Currie, KC1HTV – Extra
Christopher J. Bosse, KB3HLW – Extra
Enjoy your new/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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
The Saint Patrick’s Day Award activity will get under way at 1200 UTC on March 16th and continues until 1200 UTC on March 18th.
Awards will be in four categories:
- Saint Patrick’s Day Station Award (registered stations)
- Fixed Station Award
- Mobile Station Award
- Shortwave Listener Award
Register to be an official participating station.
Visit the event’s Facebook page.
Credit: Bobby Wadey, MI0RYL