The October, 2020, Section Newsletter is now available at https://ema.arrl.org/october-2020-section-news/.
Shelburne, Vermont amateur Zachary Manganello, K1ZK, was featured in an October 15, 2020 article in The Citizen, a publication of the Vermont Community Newspaper Group. The story chronicles his struggle to erect his towers at his new QTH.[Full story]
Why do hams participate in on-air contests? How would I benefit from contesting? What do I need to get started in contesting? What are good contests for beginners? Where can I learn more? This session will answer all of these questions and more.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST (1800 UTC)
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Updated October 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM
All Massachusetts hams with Ham Radio passenger special plates must renew their plate registration by the last day of November. Eastern MA ARRL staff are receiving reports of license plate renewal problems when attempting to use the online system. Apparently, the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ computer system doesn’t recognize the “slash” representing the “lightning bolt” icon. For example, the call sign WX1XXX is actually coded in the system as “WX1/XXX”; KX1X is “KX1/X.”
Renewal by phone DOES appear to work when you input the phone ID code listed on the application.
Another ARRL member adds, “I found that Registry services at AAA offices can overcome the issue. One must be a AAA member, and an appointment is necessary.”
This latest problem is in addition to the fact that MA RMV cannot process new Ham Radio Plate applications. See: https://nediv.arrl.org/2020/10/01/massachusetts-department-of-motor-vehicles-is-not-processing-ham-operator-plate-applications/.
New England Division Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI has been giving the presentation “License Fee NPRM—Filing Comments to MD Docket 20-270” to various radio clubs across the division.
On October 19, he spoke to the North Shore (MA) Radio Association. On October 22, Phil presented to the Meriden (CT) Amateur Radio Club. The Sci-Tech ARS (MA) hosted K9HI’s presentation on October 27. Phil is scheduled to give his talk to the Granite State Amateur Radio Association (NH) on November 13, and the Bloomington (IN) Amateur Radio Club–his hometown club–on November 6.
He is available to present on Docket 20-270 comments with clubs holding online meetings between now and the deadline for filing comments–November 17, 2020.
Dan Marler, K7REX, writes:
Please plan to attend Thursday, October 29, Zoom session. Winlink Workshop WK 11 of WK 12. Winlink setup and use for beginners and how to send Red Cross ARC-213 forms.
9:00 PM AST / 9:00 PM EDT / 8:00 PM CT / 7:00 PM MDT / 6:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM AKDT / 3:00 PM HST
This Thursday, October 29, Linda Kangas, W5LDK, and Dave Underwood, WB5HJV will be conducting a beginner’s Zoom Winlink class that includes how to send ARC-213 forms.
If you plan to participate in the November 14 American Red Cross drill, you will need to know both; please note that this training DOES NOT address Linux or individual radio configurations.
Before attending this class, you will need to of completed the following.
- Go to WinLink Express https://winlink.org/
- Click on Download
- Click on User Programs
- Click on Winlink_Express_install_1-
5-32-0.zip, download and install the software on your computer.
- Register your Winlink Software (there is no cost for registration). Save your confirmation email; you’ll need to use your WinLink registration number during the training.
If you have not done so already, I recommend you join SEC-ARES groups.io https://groups.io/g/
Please note: This Zoom session is open for all to attend and that the only requirements are listed above.
- This meeting will be recorded. By participating you consent to being recorded.
- Please change your display name to Your FirstName, CallSign (or organization) and Location, e.g. Dan K7REX Idaho.
- Please stay muted until ready to speak. Your space bar works like a PTT for unmuting
- To be fair to everyone, there will be a three minute limit for each person during Q & A
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From GBARC wiki:
The Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club will hold its first ever Space Day on Sunday, October 25 2020 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This is an opportunity to learn about Amateur Satellites. Lunch in the form of hot dogs and snacks will be provided.
Additional Information about the satellite passes is posted at Space Day Satellite Predictions.
For information about what kind of satellite radios are needed see Satellite Radio Equipment.
Space Day will be held at the QTH of N1DID – 14 Three Trees Ln, Trumbull. Call in will be on the GBARC Repeaters!
Steve Ciavarini, NQ1F, writes on the Wellesley ARS mailing list:
From Central Vermont ARC web site:
The next CVARC fox hunt will be held on Saturday, October 24th at 10 am.
- Fox will be hidden somewhere within Washington County, in a publicly-accessible location. You will not be required to pay to access an area to find the fox, or to walk onto someone’s property (but don’t discount the end of dead-end roads)
- The transmitter will be on the air by 10am on the morning of the hunt, and off at 6pm that evening. There will be an announcement on the Williamstown repeater before the box is shut off, so be sure to respond if you’d like more time.
- Fox will use the nationally-accepted 2 meter fox hunt frequency of 146.565 MHz
- Fox will transmit a short beep every two seconds, then transmit a CW ID on the FM carrier every 20 ‘beeps’.
- Fox will be receivable with at least an S1 signal from the Waterbury exit (10) of Interstate 89.
- Teams of up to 3 are allowed but not currently recommended due to pandemic restrictions (unless team members are a family or happen to live together)
- Masks required in public when you cannot maintain a 6-ft distance from those not in your party
Scoring and reporting
- The transmitter will have a laminated sheet with a marker attached for scoring. When you find the fox, fill out the sheet with your name or call sign, and local time at which you found the fox.
- Once you’ve filled out the sheet, leave the area – if others participating in the hunt see you hanging around, it may tip them off to the location of the fox!
- When/if you find the fox, please don’t announce it (on local repeaters, the fox output frequency, w1bd.net website, Facebook, etc.) – we want everyone to have fun with this, even those that can’t participate right at the start of the hunt.
- 2 meter radio with a removable rubber duckie antenna
- Paper clip
Extra gear (not required, but helpful):
- Portable directional antenna (Yagi, Moxon, cubical quad)
- Adjustable RF attenuator, passive or active
- Receiver with SSB/CW mode capability
- Compass or GPS unit
- Map, atlas, or gazetteer
Chuck Motes, K1DFS, writes:
A big Thank You to all those in Connecticut who participated in the annual Section Emergency Test (S.E.T.) this year. It took place during the first weekend of the month.
Members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) CT and NTS CT were active on their respective nets, and a large number of messages were sent and received. Of particular note was the use of the ICS-213 Form, which is the heart of municipal, state and federal communications messages. A lot of us picked up very successfully on that form. Also in use (for the MARS COMEX) was a report called the SWEAT. It’s the report the feds (military) use to assess conditions and emergencies nationwide. It’s short, it’s quick and it’s fast. Hams in Connecticut made extensive use of the report.
These reports were sent via voice, via digital on HF and VHF and via Winlink radio and internet. One set of these reports numbering 52 in total was relayed to MARS via 60 meters in one burst using MT-63 digital. This was a month-long opportunity for hams to contact MARS stations directly, and is authorized through the end of October.
The MARS COMEX (Army and Air Force) was terminated normally on 23 October.
Thanks to all — hams, ARES, NTS, especially the Section Emergency Coordinator, the District Emergency Coordinators and the NTS officials–everyone who participated in the S.E.T. and in the COMEX. Call it a resounding success.
73 to all, and have a great Halloween!
ARRL Connecticut Section
Section Manager: Charles I Motes Jr, K1DFS