Massachusetts Hand-free Mobile Device Legislation Update

This is a re-post from the EMA ARRL website:

Hands-free mobile device legislation moved one step closer to becoming law, passing in the Massachusetts House on May 16. But by all accounts amateur radio operation while driving will remain unaffected.

Eastern Massachusetts section staff who have been in touch with legislative aides in both the House and Senate have learned the language that defines mobile devices will continue to exempt “federally-licensed 2-way radios.”

“MGL Chapter 90 Section 13 provides for the use of a federally licensed 2-way radio while driving. The hands-free bill being considered (House Bill 3793) does not alter this provision,” according to a staffer in Rep. Ferrante’s office. Another staffer from Rep. Hecht’s office also confirmed the preservation of the existing language in Chapter 90 Section 13 pertaining to federally licensed 2-way radios.

The full text of the H.3793 can be found at

The text of General Law Part I, Section XIV, Chapter 90, Section 13 can be found at <>.

The Massachusetts Senate is expected to take up the measure in June.

New Amateur Licensees – April 2019

Western MA ARRL

Congratulations to the latest new hams of Western Massachusetts:

Karl F Zinnack, KC1LGF
63 Thomas Rd
Huntington, MA 01050-9750

Joseph M Byrnes, KC1LHN
175 Loomis Rdg
Westfield, MA 01085-3963

Johan E Reuchlin, KC1LIX
PO Box 550
Great Barrington, MA 01230-0550

Suzanne E Colpitts, KC1LIW
PO Box 91
Housatonic, MA 01236-0091

Daniel Barker, KC1LJX
38 Rich St
Gardner, MA 01440-2714

Shon Rainford, KC1LJY
196 Campbell St
Rutland, MA 01543-1604

John L Moore, KC1LGD
22 Stallbrook Rd
Milford, MA 01757-3582

New England Season Opener Du/Triathlon

The Worcester Emergency Communications Team is looking for amateur radio assistance with the New England Season Opener Du/Triathlon on Saturday, May 11 from 7:00 AM to around 12:00 PM.

Assignments will vary but will generally include various checkpoints along the route, start and finish line, and shadowing the triathlon coordinators. Times involved with each of the assignments will vary as well.  The event will be held at the Hopkinton State Park and includes a swim, bike and run that travels through Hopkinton, Southboro and Ashland.

More details on the triathlons are available on the Max Performance website.

For more details on the amateur radio assignments or to sign up contact WECT Events, and let us know if you have UHF equipment with DCS / DPL when you sign up.

Employment Opportunities at ARRL HQ

Just wanted to remind every ARRL member in the Western Massachusetts section of a ham radio employment opportunity at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT. Newington is not that far away for some of us in this section, especially for what could be a dream job for a lot of us.

The League is looking for a Contest Program Manager is responsible for all aspects of ARRL’s Contest program, including receipt and processing of entries, quality of results, awards fulfillment, public outreach, program development and promotion, and volunteer coordination and management.

They are also looking for an IT Systems Engineer. This person would be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization’s information infrastructure including desktop clients, server systems, LAN, WAN, e-mail, network storage and printing. This infrastructure supports both local and remote users.

For more information on either of these positions at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT, please see the ARRL Headquarters Employment Opportunities page.