Original 13 Colonies Special Event – July 1-5

Ken Villone, KU2US of the Original 13 Colonies Special Event Group has invited SEMARA to participate in this year’s event.  So far, Ben, N1WBV has volunteered.  Please contact SEMARA’s Radio Events Chairman, Bob, K1KVV if you are also interested – w1aec [at] semara [dot] org.  Here is Ken’s open invitation to SEMARA:

This is the third year that the “The Original 13 Colonies Special Event” has been on the air. We are in need of a station representing the Colony State of MA. I am extending an invitation to HR clubs in your state to possibly participate. We have one club station participating now (PART/WB1GOF) but need another. The event runs from July 1st to July 5th annually. Go to QRZ.com and look up my call bio (KU2US) for detailed information. This is an opportunity to be involved in the fastest growing and popular SE to date. In 2009 we did over 12,000 QSOs and in 2010, over 34,000! An open Colony station slot is very rare, but our other MA. station had to bow out due to personal family reasons. One criteria, operators must be General class or higher and LOVE pile-ups. Email me back if interested and I will give you all the detailed information needed.

Thanks and 73
Ken Villone-KU2US
The original 13 Colonies S/E Group
Awards Manager.

ARRL School Club Roundup – February 14-18

Jeremy, KB1REQ reports:

On February 14-18, 2011, schools across the country will take to the airwaves for the annual ARRL School Club Roundup.  This contest lasts an entire week and is held to encourage the use of amateur radio in the classroom and to expose the next generation of radio amateurs to contesting.  The exchange is simple and there are competition levels for every school from elementary to university and for non-school clubs and individuals as well.  SCR is not generally regraded as a high-intensity contest, it is rather a chance for schools everywhere to have some fun on the bands.

In years past the Eastern Massachusetts Section has had a good showing for this event.  Let’s continue that this year!  If you are involved with a school club operating this event, let us know so we can listen for them during the contest and share their story with the amateur radio community.

All rules and information available at the SCR website at http://www.arrl.org/school-club-roundup.


Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ

[ARRL] Assistant Section Manager, Youth Activities
Eastern Massachusetts Section

ARRL Field Day – June 26th – 27th

ARRL Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2010 will be held June 26-27, 2010. The objective is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.

SEMARA will be participating in this year’s Field Day. Ben, N1WBV is coordinating the event and is open to suggestions. He writes:

Current plans are for us to be active Sunday as a 2A station running off the club’s batteries and a generator I will bring. I plan on being at the club around 6AM. I know last year we petered out around noon, but lets try to run later this year!

If more folks would like to bring equipment and operate: PLEASE DO! Just let me know before hand so we can ensure a spot for you to operate and we can ensure that we are kosher with our transmitter count.

Currently, we have needs for tarp or something else for shade (or shelter if mother nature decides to pull a fast one on us) on the operating positions.

I have heard that in years previous, we have had a cookout. I think this is a great idea. Does anyone want to volunteer to cook?

Since this is only my 2nd time running a field day (admittedly, this is the 1st time I actually have attempted to plan one) and I know that W1AEC have done this many times before, suggestions are most welcome.

ARRL June VHF QSO Party – June 12th – 14th

The ARRL June VHF QSO Party begins 1800 UTC Saturday and ends 0300 UTC Monday (June 12-14, 2010). The object is to work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees by 1 degree grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Foreign stations work W/VE amateurs only.

SEMARA member Rich, W2RG will be operating this event. He is encouraging other members to join him and writes:

I have equipment for 50, 144, 432, 903, 1296, 3456, 5760, and 10368 MHz (i.e., 10 GHz) that I will take in my van and operate at two or three beautiful sites around SE Massachusetts.

I have permission to operate next to the Race Point Ranger Station near Provincetown (a *gorgeous* site, FN42). I also expect to work from the Marconi Beach parking lot (FN51) near Wellfleet and from the Fairhaven Town Beach parking lot (FN41) on West Island. These sites should each offer great opportunities for VHF & up rover contacts up and down the east coast.

I’d like to invite one other Ham to join me for either Saturday or Sunday. You could ride with me in the van or take your own vehicle as you please.

You can respond by return email or phone me at 508-999-0834 to ask questions or make arrangements.

2m QSO Party – Sunday, May 30th


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Jim, WA1GPO writes:

I’m Jim, WA1GPO, one of the directors for (FARA) the Falmouth Amateur radio association. FARA is working to encourage operators to become more active. Generally speaking the amateur bands have been ‘quiet’; this may be due to the low sunspot activity or just the pace of the world we live in, we don’t know. We’re hoping to try to generate a little interest in the local area with various ‘on the air’ activities. Everyone appears to have a 2m radio so that seems like a logical place to start.

Our first activity is a 2m QSO party, it’s on Sunday, May 30 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Sunday evenings are generally quiet so hopefully most operators will find it a convenient time. The major objective is to simply encourage folks to turn on a radio and to have a little fun!! It is a simplex (direct) style of operation, repeater contacts do not count however repeaters may be utilized to solicit simplex contacts and to generate a little more activity!!

To make it a little more interesting we’re encouraging others in the SE MA area to participate as well. I’d like to ask your assistance in spreading the word; if your group has a local net perhaps the net control could mention the activity, a few fliers at club meeting would be helpful, a mention in the club newsletter, a mailing list … the more activity we can stimulate the better.

If this activity is successful we would like to do more; different bands, modes, VHF/HF, whatever sparks an interest. Comments or suggestions would be most welcome. Please feel free to invite other groups or individuals to participate.

If there are any questions, Jim may be reached directly – jvaldes [at] whoi [dot] edu