SEMARA Technician Classes Starting March 1st

Tony NN1D, Dave, W1DJG and Ben, N1WBV will be holding Technician classes starting on Tuesday March 1st at the Dartmouth Police Station Media Center. Classes are expected to run for four weeks from 7 to 9 PM with a VE session to be held soon after.

The class is currently limited to 20 students, so first come, first serve.

If you know anyone interested, please contact Dave, W1DJG – w1djg [at] w1djg [dot] com.

Extra Class “Crash Course” in Framingham

Looking to upgrade? This floated across my LinkedIn feed today:

Ed, W1NXC, will be offering his Extra “Crash” course to those who would like to upgrade to Extra Class. The course is free and open everyone, not just FARA members. The dates are Saturdays October 23, 30 and November 6 and take place at the FARA shack (Framingham, MA) from 9AM to noon. Email Ed at edaweiss [at] cs [dot] com, or call him at 508-881-2301 for more info.

John Majkut, W1HIQ, SK

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of John J. Majkut, W1HIQ. John passed away in the company of his wife, Mary, on Tuesday afternoon at the Dana Faber center in Boston after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements will be made through the Auclair funeral home in Fall River and the details are below.

Via the Auclair Funeral Home website:

A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:00 AM in the AUCLAIR FUNERAL HOME, 690 So. Main St., Fall River. Cremation to follow. Visitation, Friday 4:00 to 8:00 PM. LARGE PARKING AREA and BARRIER-FREE ENTRANCE at the rear of funeral home. Donations to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston MA 02115 appreciated.


Tech Talk this Thursday

There will be a Tech Talk this Thursday, March 18th, at 7:00PM put on by Charlie, WA1JFD. The topic will be Linux and it’s use in Amateur Radio.

This is our first Tech talk in quite some time and it sounds like Charlie is going to put on a good one. Come on down and learn some of the ins and out of a truly unique and completely free operating system for your computer!

(Hat Tip to Eric, N1WCO for sending a reminder to the discussion list)

WGBH/WBZ Tour a Success!

The tour by Dan, W1DAN and Dave, W1DJG of the WGBH and WBZ studios was an amazing success! The group met at the WGBH studios at 11AM and was treated to a great tour by W1DAN, who showed us the state-of-the-art facility including the two studios including the “Greater Boston” set, the control rooms, master control, and the WCRB studios.

The tour continued at the WBZ studios where we saw “The Phantom Gourmet” set, the WBZ News studio, and the WBZ-TV/WBZ (AM) newsroom. Dave then gave us a tour of the WBZ (AM) facilities, showing us master control, the interview studio, and the roof facilities. Dave then topped it off by demonstrating the backup AM transmitter operating at 10KW.

SEMARA would like to thank both Dan and Dave for the opportunity to see these facilities and showing us around. Thanks guys!

WGBH/WBZ Tour This Saturday

Dave, W1DJG, has worked out a tour of the net WGBH studios along with the WBZ studios this Saturday, the 27th. If you are a club member in good standing, please contact Dave, W1DJG at w1djg [at] pcswithease [dot] com to RSVP and for details and directions

For those of us going, check out the great write up from the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society‘s February Spark Gap newsletter.

Scholarship Documents Available

SEMARA is sponsoring a scholarship for the upcoming scholastic year. The SEMARA Scholarship is available to students living in Southeastern Massachusetts. To apply, follow this link.

Please feel free to share this information with any parties who may be interested.