A strong candidate would have an amateur radio license (technician or higher) and would be willing to commit to attending weekday evening meetings at least twice a month, as well as participating in almost monthly scheduled practice exercises (weekend one day). Being able to respond to at least some actual no notice missions would be highly desirable. Some skills with soldering coax connectors to cables, HF antenna/VHF antenna maintenance, and familiar with repeater maintenance would be very helpful. Also having an active HF/SSB setup at your home could be beneficial. Generally volunteers would perform these duties at the squadron facility at Westover ARB.
Volunteers must reside in Hampden, Hampshire, or southwestern Worcester counties and must pass a screening interview by unit membership board, as well as pass a local Westover security and National FBI criminal records check.
IF you have an interest please email me with your phone # and the best time to call you.
The New England QSO Party will be held on May 5th and 6th. Now’s your chance to be the sought after stations instead of the other way around!
The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries. You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.
We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help. Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun. Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties. Will you be QRV? Let us know by email which county you’ll be on from.
Oh yes, the NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile. Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again. It’s amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do.
The QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep Saturday night. It goes from 4pm Saturday until 1am Sunday, then 9am Sunday until 8pm Sunday. Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters. For each QSO you’ll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state. Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate.
The full NEQP rules are here. The 2017 results are posted and the results since 2002 are also available here. Last year we had logs from 177 New England stations and 460 more from around the country and world.
Back in late 1975, when I was in 7th grade, a friend asked me if I wanted to talk on the “shortwave” radio to meet new people around the world. I told him yes, but I had to check with my parents. Thankfully my parents said yes too. My friends dad took us to novice classes every Monday night at 7:00 pm. In early 1977, I earned my Novice class license and the call sign WB1DBY.
In 1979, I earned my General license and in 1981; a week before starting college; my Advanced Class License.
My first love was cw and ragchewing. I’ve dabbled in RTTY, PSK31, Packet, and some other modes. I got into FoxHunting and discovered I loved doing that. Fast forward to 2013 and I started getting the bug for chasing DX on both SSB and CW and eventually FT8. Ham radio was and still is exciting for me.
My interests in ham radio are many. Chasing DX on cw, ssb and digital, Mentoring, satellite, fox hunting, portable, mobile and Qrp and pretty much anything that interests me. I have been the state manager for K2H Massachusetts for the 13 Colonies Special Event Station every year for the past 5 years, the WBZ SES organizer, VOTA state of MA organizer, on the board to help make the HamXposition better each year. I was on the team that helped to get AB1OC elected to the ARRL New England Division Director. I’ve always felt the need to help out when I can and am not one to sit back and let other do all the work. I always help when I can.
Plus, I run my own business and have since early 1991. Working for myself in the little niche of sales, service and support of Windows based computers and services for small businesses, home based businesses and personal users. After 30+ years I still enjoy the tech, people and challenges very much.
I am married to my very radio tolerant wife Faye for 30+ years and we have one son; in his late 20’s; who currently lives and works along the Maine seacoast. Jacob holds a General Class license (KB1NSN) but is not currently active. I was a Cubmaster and Assistant Boy Scout Leader for 15 years and Jacob is a Eagle Scout. Faye and I live in Longmeadow just outside Springfield. Together we like to camp, kayak and bicycle and explore new places and both of us love reading fiction when we have the time. Ham radio always comes camping with me.
I always have believed that clubs are the lifeblood for keeping hams active in an area. They are a way of bringing hams together to make new friends, share ideas and interests and make ham radio better. That is why I accepted the position of ACC (Affiliated Club Coordinator) for WMA when I was asked.
Affiliated Club Coordinator Description
The ACC is the primary contact and resource person for each Amateur Radio club in the section, specializing in motivating, providing assistance and coordinating joint activities of radio clubs. The ACC is appointed by, and reports to, the Section Manager.
Requirement: Full ARRL membership
Get to know the Amateur Radio clubs’ members and officers person to person in his section. Learn their needs, strengths and interests and work with them to make clubs effective resources in their communities and more enjoyable for their members.
Supply interested clubs with SSC application forms.
Assist clubs in completing SSC application forms.
Help clubs establish workable programs to use as SSCs.
Approve SSC application forms and pass them to the SM.
Work with other section leadership officials (Section Emergency Coordinator, Public Information Coordinator, Technical Coordinator, State Government Liaison, etc.) to ensure that clubs are involved in the mainstream of ARRL Field Organization activities.
Encourage new clubs to become ARRL affiliated.
Ensure that annual reports (updates officers, liaison mailing addresses etc.) are forthcoming from all affiliated clubs.
The NEAR-Fest is an international event run by and for all radio hobbyists and enthusiasts, including hams”, short-wave listeners, scanner buffs, vintage/antique radio fans, etc. NEAR-Fest is held twice annually, spring and fall, rain or shine, at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield NH beginning on Friday at 0900 and ending Saturday at 1500 hours.
Admission is $10. Persons under 18 and over 80 are admitted free of charge upon presentation of government-issued ID. Inside parking is available for $10 and includes a “reasonable amount of flea market selling space” for PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS selling their own personal property. Commercial vendors must register and pay applicable fees. If you are wondering if you are a “commercial vendor” you probably are. One complimentary inside commercial space is available for clubs, estates and other “non-profit organizations” on an “as available” basis.
Overnight camping, trailer and RV hookups are available. Three food vendors provide meals and snacks at reasonable prices. The Deerfield Community Church ladies serve up a breakfast that has to be consumed to be believed. Angelino’s offers hamburgers, steak, sausage submarines and other great “fair food” specialities and Patty’s Polish Kitchen menu features wonderful “Mitteleuropa” cuisine. No one goes hungry at NEAR-Fest.
The program of activities and events at NEAR-Fest is extensive; a huge outdoor electronic flea market, three buildings full of commercial vendors, forums, technical seminars and symposia, demonstrations, exhibits, displays, licensing examinations, special events radio stations, a “jam session”, good food, fellowship, fun and general mishigoss. NEAR-Fest is the largest event of its kind in the Northeast and has once been described as the “Woodstock of Amateur Radio”.
April 29 will be the 27th running of this race and the race committee is again asking the Amateur Radio community to provide the logistics and safety communications for this high-profile event.
The Groton Road Race continues to be a major event for Amateur Radio in North Central Massachusetts. Those of you who have joined us in the past years know that the runners sincerely appreciate our presence. Many say so as they run past.
If you are interested in helping at these events but unsure of what is expected of you or what equipment you may need, please do not hesitate to ask Ralph KD1SM, Stan KD1LE, or John KK1X. You can also learn more about the race itself from their website and Facebook page.
The Squannacook River Runners and the Groton Police Department repeatedly praise and express their appreciation for your assistance in providing communications for this event.
Hello everyone. I want to start off with an item of importance that all club presidents or officials need to do right away. Our division leader Tom Freneye K1KI has advised the New England section managers as to the status of the club status in the ARRL. There are many clubs who have not updated their information which acts as your annual report. It does state on the website:
“The club update is your annual report. You must update your club record at least once per year even if nothing changes. The club update is how we know that the club is still in business and keeps the contact information current for ARRL and prospective hams to get in touch with your club. Should two years pass without an update your club will be listed as inactive.”
This is something that the club secretaries should have as a reminder and needs to pass it down to their successors as well. Thank you in advance to updating your information.
I was at the Mount Tom Hamfest and had a great time there and had some members stop by and say hi which I truly appreciate. I am continuing my quest to visit the clubs and generate interest in section positions. (the crickets are getting loud on this one!) I do apologize again in advance as I am in the process of moving my mother back east from Arizona so I have been in the middle of that project which is not easy logistically. Just drop an email if you need to reach me.
The Franklin County ARC has been busy as they have a license class starting up and it actually made it in an article in their local paper. They are also going to be participating in a shelter drill in April and will be working on communications support on the ham radio side. Chris KB1NEK has been reporting and communicating to me the activities there and does a great job of keeping me informed with the going’s on in their county. I encourage all EC’s to do the same.
The Mount Tom ARA has been working with the Pathfinder Regional Vocational HS and has been selected to participate in an upcoming ARISS Space Station QSO event to take place in the Fall. This also got regional press coverage and the students are exited to take part in this. This is a fine example of getting youth into the hobby and showing them that there is more to communication than just a smartphone. Well done to the group there!
Reporting from other section officials has been a little light and I hope to hear from more of you, ASM’s, EC’s, etc. Does not have to be much or formal. Your input can also help where the needs are and what we have to do to get our section going in the right direction.
I will still be visiting one or two clubs in April. Schedules will determine how much I can do. I will also be at the Framingham Flea Market in April. I will also be among the volunteers at the Boston Marathon.
That’s enough from my world, what’s going on in yours in Ham Radio? Let me know.
The hamfest will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. General admission is $5 (kids under 12 are free) and includes a chance at door prizes including a new 2m/440 HT.
For those how wish to get licensed or upgrade information on license exams, contact Jim W1EQW at 508-904-6188.
Vendors may reserve 6 foot tables for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Vendors may arrive at 7:30 AM for setup. For information on tables, email Andy KC1DMMor call him at 508-310-5913 before 10 pm, or use the online tablereservation form.
Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well and looking forward to the warmer weather once again. I know I am. It has been a quiet month section-wise. I do apologize as I have been a bit preoccupied as I am in the midst of moving by mother back home from Arizona so I have been doing real estate stuff on both ends. I will be doing some travelling, but I am an email or phone call away.
I went and visited the CMARA club meeting and after witnessing their first attempt of conducting the business meeting under Roberts Rules which we will conclude is a work in progress, but had some entertaining moments. They had a kit building session that night which was interesting. They also had an impressive turnout of members and they said it was a light night. This club is a fine example of a group that actively participates for ham radio and their club. They will continue to sustain themselves for many years. Great job!
I was at the Marlboro hamfest and was a fun and busy time. When I wasn’t selling the treasures, I was meeting and talking to section members and dignitaries as well. I will be at the Mount Tom Hamfest coming up and am looking forward to meeting more of you. I am planning to not leave right away if anyone wishes to talk about things regarding section matters.
The Help Wanted sign is still out to fill some positions to get the team together to do some great things together in order to make this section more ready and visible to the section as well as the League. Give it a think and consider joining. In particular, we are looking to fill the currently vacant Assistant Section Manager Northwest and Public Information Coordinator appointments, and to replace Section Emergency Coordinator N2YHK who is stepping down.
I am going to be putting together a presentation to show what my job is and the structure I wish to form so that it will be balanced and efficient. I’ll try to make it lively. I know what some of these can be like, Zzzzzz!
For those that saw this, thank you! Please tell others about this website so more of you can see what’s going on.
Talk-in for the hamfest will be on the W1TOM repeater (146.940 MHz, PL 127.3).
In connection with the MTARA Hamfest, the Hampden County Radio Association is presently selling tickets for their 2017 raffle. There will only be 250 tickets sold for HCRA’s raffle at $10 each. The raffle will be for brand new Yaesu FT-891 transceiver and ATAS-120A mobile HF antenna. The raffle winner will be drawn at the MTARA Hamfest.