Whitman (MA) ARC to Operate at Plimoth Patuxet, November 27-28, 2021

Whitman ARC logoFrom ema.arrl.org:

Members and friends of the Whitman Amateur Radio Club in Whitman, Massachusetts, will operate amateur radio at the Plimoth Patuxet [formerly known as Plimoth Plantation]. Setup time is scheduled for 10 AM on Friday, November 26. The group will operate on Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM.

“We really need anyone who is going to please email us this weekend the days and times you can be there,” writes WARC president Bob Azanow, WA1Q. “I would like to submit the schedule to Plimoth Patuxet on Monday [November 22].”



ARRL Announces Director Election Results

ARRL logo11/19/2021–The ARRL New England and Roanoke Divisions will have new Directors on January 1. The results of these three-way contested elections for Director were announced on November 19, after ballots were tallied at ARRL Headquarters.

In the New England Division, incumbent Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, received 1,054 votes, past Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, received 1,026 votes, and challenger Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, received 1,147 votes. Mr. Kemmerer was declared the winner.

In the Roanoke Division, incumbent George W. “Bud” Hippisley, W2RU, received 809 votes, past Director Dr. Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, received 1,612 votes, and challenger Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC, received 1,294 votes. Dr. Boehner was declared the winner.

All newly elected officials take office at noon on January 1, 2022.

RASON Fox Hunt, Norwich, CT, November 20, 2021

Mark Noe, KE1IU, writes on the ctfoxhunter list:

RASON will be sponsoring a foxhunt on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at 1:30 PM.  Weather forecast is partly sunny and 50 degrees!  This foxhunt will follow our conventional format.  I will be hiding in a public location somewhere in the Norwich, CT area (see the map below).  

You can download a map that could be useful (for those wishing to use a paper map) at this link: https://d85bc6ea86296c327d7f-fc14fae93feb1cf1ff31873061ee8f7d.ssl.cf1.rackcdn.com/62/1641/Norwich2016Reduced.pdf.  Page 2 has a complete map of Norwich, which I think you will find helpful.

There will be three transmitters running – on the following frequencies:

146.335 MHz – 1 mW (KE1IU Fox H listed on our website)
145.910 MHz – 10 mW (KE1IU Fox I listed on our website)
146.585 MHz – 0.5 W (KE1IU Fox J listed on our website)

Our website is https://rason.org

These transmitters will be hidden on location, so you can hunt for them when you arrive.  

In addition, I will have a mobile rig tuned to the N1NW repeater (146.730 MHz, PL 156.7), so you can track me from the input.  Listen for me on 146.130.  I will transmit on request, and we will also use this frequency for hints.

All hunters should check in so that I can end the hunt when the last person has found me.  

Let me know if you have any questions.

Many thanks,


NEQRP Annual Central New England Meeting & Lunch, Manchester, NH, November 20, 2021

NEQRP logoCarl Achin, WA1ZCQ, writes on the NEQRP mailing list:

Greetings to ALL,

Hope everyone is healthy and enjoying our New England Fall Season.

The Holiday Inn – Nashua (NH) and the Killarney Pub are now Permanently Closed.

Every year on the SATURDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING we get-together for a Lunch MEETING, and this year will be no different. New arrangements/reservations have been made for our Annual gathering at the “Golden Corral” – Manchester this coming SATURDAY the 20th of November from 11AM till approximately 2PM+.
* Enter your starting point in the “A” window.
HINT: While on South Willow Street, Manchester, look for Wendy’s and Burger King and turn at the traffic lights (toward the southwest).

On the schedule:
– Meet-‘N-Greet
– Show-‘N-Tell (bring something radio related to talk about and show others)
– Buffet Style Lunch
– Conversation, and a mention of Club Events plus discussion of newly proposed activities.

Please join us for the kickoff of the Holiday Season.

“The Excitement Is Building …”

New Winlink HF Node at W1AW

Mike Walters, W8ZY, writes:

We finally have a CT based Winlink HF node to test. This is a duplex node so there are two frequencies available. It will only connect to one at a time so if it is connected you will not connect on the other frequency. If you have Winlink HF capability I would like to get a test and let me know how it works. It is capable up to Pactor 3. We have not turned on VARA yet but will soon. We want to get some preliminary tests first. Look for:

            3584.0 kHz

           7058.5 kHz

Use it and let me know if you can connect and if it seems to work ok. I appreciate the help.

Mike, W8ZY

Port City ARC To Provide Communications for Exeter Holiday Parade, Exeter NH, December 4, 2021

Port City ARC logoKriss Kliegle, KA1GJU, writes on the Port City ARC mailing list:

Once again [Port City ARC] members (and non members alike), it’s that time of year where we provide comms and extra eyes for the Exeter Holiday Parade. Warm clothes, shoes, 2M HT (or mobile rig if remaining in your vehicle), and set of ear buds or headset due to LOTS of QRM.

The parade heads out of the OSRAM entrance, making a left onto Portsmouth Avenue. The parade continues to the end of Portsmouth Avenue and then makes a right onto High Street. The parade continues straight onto Water Street passing the bandstand and ending at the entrance to Swasey Parkway.

We will use a simplex frequency on 2M, and will be X-banding up to 440MHz for NCS due to being in an RF hole in downtown Exeter. Frequencies will be given out on date of parade.  Reminder, the parade route will be close from approximately 5:00pm – 7:00pm to vehicle traffic, so choose a spot on the route that allows you access both before and after the parade.

The route, very simple, 1.1 miles, and it hasn’t changed in years, if ever.


Thank you very much.

Fox On the Loose, Manchester, CT Vicinity, November 10, 2021

Paul Gipson, N1TUP, writes on ctfoxhunter list:

Greetings Fox Hunters,

Fox 91.5 has been deployed, as 4 pm yesterday, November 10, 2021. In keeping with Chuck’s naming convention I have changed the name of Fox Box #4 to 91.5. It makes sense to name the box with the PL tone frequency, thereby saving the need to lookup the PL tone. Nothing else has changed, just the name.
Fox 91.5
At its new location, the fox is running the usual 2 watts into a 18 inch antenna. Since their is no starting place for finding the hidden transmitter, all you can do is while going about your travels, periodically try to activate the hidden transmitter. Your first try may be from home. You do this by going on the 2 meter simplex frequency of 146.550 MHz (PL 91.5 MHz), key your transmitter, ID and then send a DTMF “1”. If the FoxBox can hear you and you can hear it, you will hear its very distinctive sound. It will transmit for 30 seconds, ID and then go back to sleep. You can make it transmit as often as necessary to find it.

Once someone has been able to bring it up and hear it, please report that information to the other fox hunters. Feel free to reply to the group. Do not reveal its location, just a location (and direction if possible) from which you are able to hear it. This then becomes a starting point for the other fox hunters to use.

You do not actually have to touch the box to claim finding it. Eye ball contact is sufficient. It is located less than 500 feet from a safe parking location.

Good luck,

Paul, N1TUP

Hint: try North Manchester


Technician Parks On The Air Event, Blue Hills Reservation (MA), November 20, 2021

Parks On The Air logoThe Boston Amateur Radio Club is hosting a Technician Class POTA day on November 20th at Chickatawbut Hill. Included is a press release for you to include in your club newsletter should you see fit.  All hams are welcome to attend. 
After the event Join us at the 110 Grill in Braintree afterwards for some food and drinks! Please include in your email if you will be joining us at 110 Grill so we can make a proper reservation.
Brendan Baldonado
Boston Amateur Radio Club

Boston Amateur Radio Club Announces a Technician POTA Day, November 20th 10:30 am.

The Boston Amateur Radio Club will host a Parks On The Air (POTA) event with a special invitation to Technician license holders and new hams on November 20th, 2021. The event will take place in the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton at the Mount Chickatawbut summit. We will attempt to “activate” the park according to POTA rules using VHF, UHF, and the Technician
segments of the HF bands.

Bring your handheld and any other radio you want to try out on the summit. The club will provide some power sources and a few different antennas for you to experiment with.

You will also have an opportunity to operate on six and ten meters. Brendan, NW1S, and Joe, NV1W, will be on hand to answer questions and help introduce you to amateur radio in the great outdoors. There will even be prizes for accomplishments things like most contacts made, farthest contact, and most Technician bands used. Afterwards there will be a social event of food and drinks. You may park at a lower parking lot and hike the short path to the summit. The Boston Amateur Radio club is attempting to organize a car to bring those who cannot or wish to not walk the distance to the summit. Further information on the Blue Hills can be found at https://friendsofthebluehills.org.

Please email Brendan, NW1S at nw1s.brendan@gmail.com if you’re planning to attend.

Join us at the 110 Grill in Braintree afterwards for some food and drinks! Please include in your email if you will be joining us at 110 Grill so we can make a proper reservation.

We look forward to seeing you at the summit! Updates on the Tech POTA Day can be found at BARC.org, and @W1BOS on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you want to participate without making the trek up Mount Chickatawbut? You can hunt our operators on Saturday. Look for us on the POTA.app spot page, the @W1BOS Twitter or on the National Calling Frequencies. We invite your club to get on the Air with our Technicians and test out your VHF and UHF Equipment.

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