W1AEC Wins 2017 CQ WW DX Contest CW Award!

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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) and John (WA1ESO) as operators, in recognition of the achievement of winning the 2017 World-Wide DX Contest CW!

A total score of 611,196 points was computed on the basis of zones, countries and stations worked.  SEMARA scored #18 in the United States and #3 in the 1st Call area for Multi-Operator, Two-Transmitters.

A big thank you goes to WA1BXY and WA1ESO.  Great work!

13 Colonies Special Event – July 1-7, 2018

The 9th Annual 13 Colonies Special Event (K2H), will operate Sunday, July 1, 2018, 9:00 AM EDT (1300Z) through Saturday, July 7, 2018, 11:59 PM (7/8, 0400Z).

Plus two bonus stations, WM3PEN and GB13COL:

  • WM3PEN operates from Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared.  The 13 Colonies certificate adds a Liberty Bell for a contact.  WM3PEN will be on D-STAR each evening from 7-11 PM Eastern Time.
  • GB13COL operates from Durham, England and will offer SSB, CW & Digital modes for the event. A Union Jack is added for a contact.

K2H/W1AEC would like to operate from the first to the last hours of the event period.  I could also operate from my own station as K2H/K1KVV The same could work for you; either W1AEC and/or your home station.  You need to register through W1AEC.  Why? Because K2H is being shared with other Massachusetts stations.  We schedule K2H operations using a spreadsheet, so there is only one Massachusetts K2H station on the air at the same time using the same band, mode and hour slot.  That’s the easy way to be maximally present and not walk on each other.

Any Southeastern Massachusetts station interested in joining K2H/W1AEC should contact me.

~Bob K1KVV
SEMARA Radio Events
radioevents [at] semara [dot] org

Museum Ships Weekend Event – June 2 & 3, 2018

The Museum Ships Weekend Event will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 0000Z through Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2359Z.  It is sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station (NJ2BB).  This is not a contest, but a fun event. All stations that work at least 15 different ships of those 108 participating will receive a certificate if they send a copy of their log entries showing these contacts.

Ships will be using PSK 31 and AM and you must work a different ship for it to count as two. In other words, working the same ship on two different frequencies or modes does not count as two ships.  While operation on any amateur frequency is allowed, most ships will operate in the General portion of the bands.  Some ships will also be on 3880 through 3885 and 7290 kHz with either their ships original equipment or modern equipment.  PSK 31 frequencies are as follows; 14.070, 10.142 18.100, 21.070 and 28.120 MHz.

A copy of your 15+ ship contacts plus $4.00 must then be submitted by September 30, 2018 to KB2BRR via US Mail to receive your certificate.

Board of Directors Meeting – Q2 2018

Update 05/12/2018 by W1RJC: The required quorum was not obtained, as three board members could not make it.  Marcel will announce a rescheduled date soon.

President Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD has scheduled the SEMARA Board of Directors meeting for the second quarter of 2018.  It will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the SEMARA clubhouse.

Board of Directors meetings are held four times per year and SEMARA members outside of the board may sit in.  As a reminder, non-board members may only participate if called upon by a board member during the duration of the meeting.

SEMARA Equipment For Sale

At the Thursday, May 3, 2018 business meeting, a motion carried as made by Donald A. Rosinha, II, WA1BXY to sell surplus amateur radio gear that the club no longer needs.  We are offering these items first-come-first-served to SEMARA club members.  After a period of time, all other unsold items will be publicly listed for sale by other means (i.e., eBay or a flea market event).  The list of items follows, along with their estimated value:

Kenwood TS-570SG, HF-6m Transceiver $500
Yaesu FL-2100B Linear Amplifier $300
Yaesu FT-8900 10m/6m/2m/440MHz FM Transceiver $185
Kenwood TS-940S HF Transceiver $400
Hi-Mound BK-100 Coffin Bug Key $200
Motorola Spectra $75
Kenwood TM-D700A APRS Setup $350
NESCAF Audio Filter Kit $20
Alliance Rotor Control Box $75
Kenwood MC-50 Desk Microphone $100
Shure (?) Desk Microphone $50
Micro908 Antenna Analyzer Kit (partially assembled) $100
MFJ Enterprises Power Pole Switch $125
Elecraft BL2 250W Switchable 4:1/1:1 Balun $45
Kenwood TS-820S (unknown condition; as-is) $200
Tripp Lite 1000W Power Inverter $100

If you are a SEMARA member and are interested in any of the above listed items, please contact Don – wa1bxy [at] hotmail [dot] com.


07/05/2018 – Yaesu FL-2100B Linear Amplifier – Sold
05/05/2018 – Yaesu FT-8900 10m/6m/2m/440MHz FM Transceiver – Pending sale to Tim, N1TI.
05/03/2018 – Kenwood TS-940S HF Transceiver – Donated to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to assist with starting their amateur radio club.


W4DXCC DX & Contest Convention – September 21 & 22, 2018

Convention leader Dave Anderson, K4SV for the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN has asked that SEMARA officials pass along this announcement:

The 2018 W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention and Ham Radio Bootcamp is set for September 21st and 22nd, 2018; celebrating our 14th year.  Bookings are now open for hotel reservations at this years convention.  Convention registration is now open including online ticket purchasing.  Check out the website and learn about the W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention.  This year features a good lineup of presenters, so make your plans now and be sure to bring along some of your ham friends.  Program schedules will be posted as soon as they are confirmed by the presenters.

Best 73
See you soon,

Dave Anderson, K4SV
Convention Leader
dave [at] w4dxcc [dot] com

Constitution & Bylaws Amendment Notification

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Dear SEMARA Members:

You are hereby notified that at the SEMARA Business Meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2018, Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC of Dartmouth, MA, a member in good standing of the association, read aloud and submitted an amendment to our Constitution and Bylaws signed by five SEMARA members in good standing.

This amendment is in response to Paul G. Sadeck, K1PGS’s proposal on April 5, 2018, which was defeated at the May business meeting.  The revisions in this proposal are to address both the definition of a member in good standing as intended by Paul, while also updating the types of membership.  The Board of Directors held a meeting in February and brought forth recommendations to the membership at the March business meeting.  This submission aims to address most of those recommendations:

Member In Good Standing
  • More clearly define a “member in good standing” by adding that the member must be listed as active on the membership roster.
  • A member shall be considered active if they respond to a request to verify and update their contact information with the Association.
  • This permits for (but not necessarily requires) such requests once annually per member at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  • Specifics like requiring the member to furnish an email address or to submit to the association on the date of their birth annually are intentionally omitted.
New Associate Member Type
  • Housekeeping to remove “Charter Member” as a membership type, as all charter members have passed away.
  • Add “Associate Member” as a new membership type for non-Amateur Radio operators.
  • The new “Associate Member” shall be similar to “Honorary Member,” where they have no vote and cannot place motions, nominate officers or be elected to serve as an officer.
  • Change “Life Member” to require future applicants to hold an active Amateur Radio license.

The above is intended only as a convenient summary.  Please review the amendment in its entirety for completeness.  Find attached a Portable Document Format (PDF) of the original submission, as read aloud and addressed to club President, Marcel L. Dumont, W1MLD at the May 3, 2018 business meeting.  As per item 3 in Article VIII of the Constitution of the Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc., notification by email or other electronic means must be executed at least one week prior to the next business meeting.  This serves as that notice to allow for voting at the Thursday, June 7, 2018 business meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC
SEMARA Secretary

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Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade – May 12, 2018

Terry M. Stader, KA8SCP is requesting communication support for an upcoming public service event:

PART/WB1GOF for many years now has supported the Westford Kiwanis by providing communication support of their parade.  Once again, PART been asked to provide communications for the Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom Parade.  This year, it is on Saturday, May 12th, 2018.

The parade starts around 10:00 AM near the junction of Graniteville Road and Main Street, and it ends at Abbot School.  You will need to be available from 8:30/9:00 AM until 11:00 AM/noon at the latest.  All you need to bring is a 2-meter handheld and some good walking shoes.  We need about a dozen operators for this event.

Most volunteers will be assigned to “shadow” various members of the AB Parade committee.  Our actual duty will not start until about 9:00 AM, but we need to get into the center of town before the roads are closed and we need to establish our assignments by 8:30 AM or so.

If you’ve never done public service events, this is a great first time event.  We will pair you up with a veteran ham so you get the chance to be part of a team.  Parades are always fun, so why not join us on a Saturday morning?  Bring the your XYL, kids, mom, dad and enjoy.

Please contact me if you are interested and can assist or need more information.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Terry M. Stader – KA8SCP
ka8scp [at] wb1gof [dot] org
PART of Westford-WB1GOF

Unlicensed Operator “W2RFW” on MMRA Belmont

Over the past week, the Minuteman Repeater Association (MMRA) has had an unlicensed operator on the MMRA 145.430 Belmont repeater.  He identifies as “Dean” and claims he lives in Milton or used to live in Milton (the story changes).  He also claims to be 57.  He uses the call sign W2RFW, which is not in the ULS database.  He appears to engage in normal ham conversation, and other than the fact that he is unlicensed, does not appear to be causing any interference or exhibiting any inappropriate behavior.

There is a Dean, age 88 in Milton with the call sign W2RWF.  Take note that the “WF” in this call sign inverted, is what the unlicensed operator is using.  A member of the MMRA has spoken to the real Dean on the phone.  He assures them that he is inactive.  His voice is markedly different from the operator heard on ’43.

If you hear this individual on-the-air, please do not engage him.  If you would like to do a check on the input to report his signal strength at your location, please send what you find to the MMRA – contact [at] mmra [dot] org.

The MMRA would be also interested in hearing if he has surfaced on other repeaters.

ARRL Contest Corral – May 2018

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

See the May 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.