ARRL Contest Corral – February 2018

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

  • Mon 2/12: ARRL School Club Roundup
  • Sat 2/17: ARRL International DX Contest, CW
  • Sat 2/24: North American QSO Party, RTTY

See the February 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.

ARES Drills & Nets – February 2018

ARRL Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Marek, KB1NCG writes:

Hello everyone.

Eastern MA ARES will be holding an exercise during the morning of Saturday, February 10th.  More details will follow soon, as the ARES team is still preparing the exercise scenario.

Also, the monthly hospital net will be on Saturday, February 3rd.  Check for which repeaters they will be using this month.  The monthly ARES net will be on Monday, February 5th on the MMRA network*.  Its normal reminder will be sent out soon.

-Marek, KB1NCG

* Please note that the affiliate repeater for ARES/SKYWARN in Bristol County is the Dartmouth 145.490 repeater, which has the ability to link into the MMRA network via RF.  While that repeater is not currently up to normal health, SEMARA’s 2m repeater continues to be used as an alternative.  With that said, the monthly ARES net will be carried on the Dartmouth 147.000 repeater on Monday, February 5th at 8:30 PM, barring any issues with MMRA’s IRLP node.

Next VE Exam Session – Saturday, February 3, 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.

Volunteer Registration Open – 2018 Boston Marathon

David Wolfe, KG1H has passed along the following to SEMARA:

Volunteer registration is open for the 2018 Boston Marathon! Sign up today on the BAA’s web site.  You don’t need to specify any group name or passcode.  Just make sure you request at least one ham radio assignment in your preferences.  Once you get your application confirmation number, you’re all set.

If you re a returning volunteer, you’ll be asked to provide your BAA Volunteer Loyalty Number.  You should’ve received that in a separate e-mail from the BAA today.  There s also a tool to look it up on the BAA volunteer site.  If you still have trouble finding it, e-mail us and we can help you out.

Don’t delay!  Volunteer registration closes in early February.  Help us get the word out by forwarding this e-mail to your club and other hams who might like to volunteer.  Most volunteers first learn about the event through word of mouth.  If you know new amateurs who might like to join us, make sure to let them know about it.  Even just a quick mention at your club meeting can be a big help.

Again, If you have any questions about volunteer registration, or the 2018 Marathon generally, please get in touch anytime.  Volunteering at the Marathon is a big job, and we appreciate the time and effort everyone puts into it.  We’re happy to do what we can to make your work more comfortable or effective.

Again, we look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Thank you and 73,

Matthew Forman, K6MCF
Boston Marathon Communications Committee

contact [at] hamradioboston [dot] org

Wanted: New W1AEC QSL Manager

Are you interested in being the next QSL Manager for W1AEC?  Our latest manager John, WA1ESO has notified us that he will be stepping down as soon as a replacement is found:

For several years, I have had the honor of serving as QSL manager.  The number of QSLs since the removal of the hut has been very light with nearly nothing to do.  I see that with the new shack and the interest in contesting, this will change.

I feel the club will be better served by a QSL manager that stops by the club at least once a week to be sure hams are not waiting for QSLs.  I would like to continue as QSL manager until a replacement is found.  At that time, I will turn over the LoTW and EQSL passwords and ask that my name and call sign be removed from the W1AEC QRZ page.

TNX & 73,

John, WA1ESO

If you are interested in volunteering to be the new W1AEC QSL manager, please contact us – w1aec [at] semara [dot] org.

SEMARA Radio Room Tutorial Postponed

Update 01/13/2018 by W1RJC: This post was updated to reflect the latest information provided by Don, WA1BXY.

Please see Don, WA1BXY‘s earlier post regarding the new radio room.  He had hoped to hold a showing and tutorial, but this has now been postponed until further notice.

It was originally scheduled for Sunday, January 7, 2018, however the driveway was not plowed from the earlier blizzard.  It was then rescheduled for Sunday, January 14, 2018, but Don has also postponed this stating that there are no cables available for the radio until he has a chance to get them made.

When Don schedules a new date, we will be sure to post it.

Business Meeting Postponed – January 11, 2018

Marcel, W1MLD has announced the following:

Due to the impending weather conditions Thursday evening, I am postponing the business meeting until next Thursday, January 11, 2018.  Safety is my concern.

Marcel, W1MLD
SEMARA President

As of this posting, the National Weather Service in Taunton has issued the following under its Watches, Warnings & Advisories section:


Bill Vincent, W1POW, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of longtime SEMARA member William L. Vincent, W1POW of Dartmouth.  Bill passed away at home on Sunday, December 31, 2017 surrounded by his family at age 92.  He was a ham radio operator since 1992; originally assigned the call sign N1LTY before getting his vanity call sign W1POW which reflected his past.

Mr. Vincent was held as a German Prisoner of War (POW) for eight months during World War II while serving in the European Theater.  During that war, he attained the rank of Private First Class.  Besides ham radio, Bill was also a member of the American Legion, the Rod & Gun Club and he worked for Nabisco as a delivery man until his retirement.  He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Gloria M. (Botelho) Vincent.

Please share your thoughts and memories of Bill using the “Comments” link at the top of this story.  We send our sympathy to Gloria and his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

Thank you for your service, sir.


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2018 Site Updates

12/8/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “2018 Business Meeting Attendance.”
12/7/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “2018 Slate of Officers.”
– Business Meeting Minutes for the following dates have been posted in the “Minutes” section to bring it up to date:
* Thursday, November 2, 2017
* Thursday, December 7, 2017
* Thursday, July 5, 2018
* Thursday, September 6, 2018
* Thursday, October 4, 2018
* Thursday, December 6, 2018
12/1/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “VE Session Results – December 1, 2018”.
11/15/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “SKYWARN Recognition Day – Saturday, December 1, 2018”.
– Wrote story “Rob, KD1CY Receives Outstanding Service Award”.
– Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, November 1, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
10/17/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “DoD HF Exercise – October 24-26, 2018”.
10/6/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “VE Session Results – October 6, 2018.”
9/5/2018 W1RJC – Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, August 2, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
9/4/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “SEMARA Member WB2ITX Appointed ARRL CEO!”
8/7/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “SEMARA Contest College – Sunday, September 9, 2018.”
8/4/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “VE Session Results — August 4, 2018.”
7/27/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend.”
7/8/2018 W1RJC – Processed a backlog of CQ & QST narrations from N1BLF via Dropbox into ZIP files.  Added May and June of 2018 to the “Audio” section.
6/29/2018 W1RJC – Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, June 7, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
6/24/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “SEMARA Field Day 2018 A Success!”
6/16/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “New Hustler 6-BTV Antenna Installed.”
6/13/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “Tony Gomes, N1JXZ, SK.”
6/10/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “SEMARA Flea Market – October 6, 2018.”
6/8/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “SEMARA Field Day – June 23 & 24, 2018.”
6/7/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar – June 11, 2018.”
6/6/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “2018 QST Antenna Design Competition.”
6/3/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “Kids Day – Saturday, June 16, 2018.”
6/2/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “VE Session Results – June 2, 2018.”
6/1/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “W1AEC Wins 2017 CQ WW DX Contest CW Award!”
5/28/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “13 Colonies Special Event – July 1-7, 2018.”
5/21/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “Museum Ships Weekend Event – June 2 & 3, 2018.”
5/9/2018 W1RJC – Updated the letterhead on the main page (this story) to the latest revision.
– Wrote story “Constitution & Bylaws Amendment Notification.”
– Wrote story “W4DXCC DX & Contest Convention – September 21 & 22, 2018.”
– Wrote story “SEMARA Equipment For Sale.”
– Wrote story “Board of Directors Meeting – Q2 2018.”
– Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, May 3, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
5/2/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade – May 12, 2018.”
5/1/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “Radio Clubs of Yesteryear.”
– Wrote story “ARRL Contest Corral – May 2018.”
– Wrote story “Unlicensed Operator “W2RFW” on MMRA Belmont.”
4/27/2018 W1RJC – Updated “Contact” page to include the phone number, as a new IVR (auto attendant) has been established.
– Updated the letterhead on the main page (this story) to the latest version that includes our new fax number.
4/26/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “FAA Surface Weather Observation Stations.”
4/24/2018 W1RJC – Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, April 5, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
4/22/2018 W1RJC – Updated menu items at the top of
* Renamed the “Members Only” drop down to “Members.”
* Renamed the “Contact Us” drop down to “Contact.”
* Renamed the “About Us” drop down to “Info.”
* Moved the member list and Zero Beat archive from the “Info” drop down to the “Members” drop down.
* Split some content under “Info” into their own content areas/pages.
* Added a new section under “Info” called “History” to prepare for the digital version of the “History of the Association” publication that was put together by the late Bill, K1IBR circa 2000.
– Processed a backlog of QST narrations from N1BLF via Dropbox into ZIP files.  Added January through April of 2018 to the “Audio” section.
– Simplified URLs to all past stories in the “Silent Key” category to be in the<call sign> format.
4/18/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “Constitution Amendment Notification.”
4/14/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “Paul Augustine, W1BMQ SK.”
4/7/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “W1AEC Wins 2017 CQ WW DX Contest Award!”
– Wrote story “New England QSO Party – May 5 & 6, 2018.”
– Wrote story “VE Session Results – April 7, 2018.”
4/3/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “Plymouth 146.685 Repeater – New PL 131.8.”
– Wrote story “Learning Program – April 29, 2018.”
3/31/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “ARRL Contest Corral – April 2018.”
– Wrote story “Next VE Exam Session – Saturday, April 7, 2018.”
3/15/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “GARS Technician License Course – April & May 2018.”
– Wrote story “Saint Patrick’s Day Award 2018.”
3/2/2018 W1RJC – Board of Directors Meeting Minutes for Saturday, February 24, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
– Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, March 1, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
2/19/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “FARA Technician License Course – March 2018.”
– Wrote story “ARRL DX Contest at SEMARA – March 2 & 3, 2018.”
2/16/2018 K1KVV – Wrote story “VE Session Results – February 3, 2018.”
2/13/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “SEMARA Radio Room On The Air.”
2/7/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “ARRL Contest Corral – February 2018.”
2/1/2018 W1RJC – Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, February 1, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
1/31/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “ARES Drills & Nets – February 2018.”
1/30/2018 W1RJC – Refresh of information on the “VE Exams” page:
* What to bring information updated per information provided by Fred, N1TF.
* Added picture of the current active VEs taken by Rick, W1RJC at the December 2017 session.
* Added time and location information under the upcoming VE sessions section.
– Wrote story “Next VE Exam Session – Saturday, February 3, 2018.”
1/20/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “Volunteer Registration Open – 2018 Boston Marathon.”
1/16/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “Wanted: New W1AEC QSL Manager.”
1/13/2018 W1RJC – Updated story and title “SEMARA Radio Room Tutorial Postponed,” as WA1BXY has postponed this event.
1/11/2018 W1RJC – New SEMARA letterhead for 2018 has been updated.
– Business Meeting Minutes for Thursday, January 11, 2018 has been posted in the “Minutes” section.
– Standing Committees, Special Committees and Supporting Positions have been updated in the “Contact Us” section per information provided tonight by Marcel, W1MLD as follows:
* Raymond A. Arruda, KB1EVX added to the “Buildings & Grounds” committee.
* Charles W. Moszczenski, KB1FRL removed from the “Scholarship” committee.
* William E. Gifford, W1HA promoted to fill the vacancy of chairman of the “Scholarship” committee.
* Antone Souza, III, NN1D promoted to fill the vacancy of chairman of the “Technical” committee.
* Richard M. Orluk, R.N., K1XRN removed from the “Tech Talk Coordinator” position (now vacant).
1/8/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “SEMARA Radio Room Tutorial Postponed – January 14, 2018.”
1/3/2018 W1RJC – Cleanup of all stories written in 2017 to have their assets attached in the “yyyy-mm-dd.ext” format.
– Cleanup of all stories written in 2017 to remove extra HTML markup.
– Cleanup of all stories written in 2017 so that URLs that link externally open in a new browser tab.
– Cleanup of all stories written in 2017 to place all email addresses in the plaintext “email [at] address [dot] com” format for spam prevention.
– Added new category “ARES/RACES/SKYWARN.”
– Added new category “Fleas & Fests.”
– Renamed category “Amateur Radio Interest” to “General Interest.”
– Renamed category “VE Exams” to “Exams & Training.”
– Reviewed stories from the past few years and placed them into appropriate categories.
– Wrote story “Business Meeting Postponed – January 11, 2018.”
1/2/2018 W1RJC – Wrote story “Bill Vincent, W1POW, SK.”
1/1/2018 W1RJC – New story for 2018 updates created (what you are currently reading).
– “Contact Us” section updated with 2018 elected positions.
– Email forwarders updated.

Older Updates

2017 Site Updates – log not kept
2016 Site Updates

SEMARA Radio Room Tutorial – January 7, 2018

Don, WA1BXY reports:

Still a work in progress.  Got the computers and monitors in.  In process of getting them setup and updated.  Waiting for more stuff to be delivered, but starting to look like a radio club again.  Hope to have it all up and running in the next few weeks “time permitting.”

With that said, is there any interest from members who would like to start a contest group?  Put on some good showings and standing to hopefully get W1AEC really recognized as a competitive station?  If so, let me know and we can hash out the details.

Also, I am looking at January 7th to show whom ever wants to learn how to run the two stations that we have up.  One station is the Kenwood TS-570 which is 85% complete.  The other is the Elecraft, which is 99% complete.  That Sunday, I will be at club.  If anyone is interested in this, please let me know.



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