New England Parks On The Air Activations, June 5, 2021

Parks On The Air logoSeveral Parks On The Air (POTA) stations are currently on the air in New England, according to the POTA.app website. 

K-1674). Jeff was spotted on 7248 kHz.

In New Hampshire, Harry, W1HMM, is QRV from Urban Forestry Center State Forest (K-4973) on 14.303 kHz. 

KC1NDQ, Fran, and Mike, KC1LFF, are operating from Colt State Park K-2872 in Bristol, Rhode Island on 7246 kHz. According to their Facebook post, it’s Mike’s first HF contact! [See also: BCRA POTA Operation at Colt State Park, Bristol, RI, June 5, 2021]

New England Digital Swap Net, Time Change

From Algonquin ARC QRZ Newsletter, June 2021:

Please note the time change for the DMR New England Digital Swap Net:

WHEN: MONDAY NIGHTS at 7:30 PM for 1 hour

WHERE: NEDECN “NEW ENGLAND WIDE” 3181 TALK GROUP

NET CONTROLS: K1NR, WA1NVC, N1JAF, NE1B

https://groups.io/g/NewEnglandDigitalSwapNet

You can read the For Sale items and if you join, you can post For Sale items.

Foxbox-1 Has Escaped the Den and is in Hiding Once Again, Chicopee MA Vicinity

Hampden Co RA logoKen Dion, KD1KU, writes on the HCRA mailing list:

Attention Foxhunters!

As of 1500 hrs, June 4th, HCRA Foxbox #1 has escaped from the den and has gone back into hiding!

That sneaky fox is running one watt into an 18-inch antenna. I was able to wake it from its slumber with 50 watts in my mobile at the intersection of Memorial Drive & Pendleton Ave in Chicopee, MA., co-ordinates 42.18646, -72.57745. FB1 is running one watt into an 18-inch antenna. To activate the FB1 go to the simplex frequency of 147.550 MHz (PL 100.0Hz), key your transmitter, identify yourself with your callsign then press the DTMF “1”.

If the Fox can hear you (and you can hear it) you will hear its very distinctive sound. It will transmit for 30 seconds, ID and then repeat 2 more times and then go back to sleep. You can make it transmit as often as necessary to locate it.

This is a good opportunity for base stations to get in on the fun. If you can hear the fox please give its signal strength and direction if possible. Please do not reveal its location, just a location where you can hear it from, this then becomes a starting point for the other fox hunters to use. It’s just as important for the hunters to know where it CANNOT be heard as well as where it CAN be heard!

If you locate the Foxbox, you do not have to touch it to claim finding it. Eyeball contact is sufficient but please post a photo (not revealing its location) as there may be other hunters still out there. It is located less than 500 feet from a safe parking location.

Announce it and post the photo here on this group and on thegroups.io/g/WMAFoxHunters
<http://groups.io/g/WMAFoxHunters?fbclid=IwAR30fmV8_w0SOPK2qsnFm-0lIJCd9WJs-LY7xr2hGh57mRg9K6a9L-6A7mM> group that you found it along with any comments and a pic of FB1 (not showing its location). We want to know who has found it. It’s in a publicly accessible location with nearby safe parking. Getting to either FB may require a short walk on mostly flat ground. Please do not post the frequency or PL on social media, websites, or email lists.

ALL Fox Hunters are welcomed to participate regardless of affiliation!

Happy Hunting!

Ken, KD1KU

Norfolk County (MA) Radio Association Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary With Special Event Operation

From ema.arrl.org;

The Norfolk County Radio Association is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with a special event operation from 0000 UTC June 5 to 2359 UTC June 12, 2021 on the suggested frequencies of 3.825, 7.225, 14.235, 21.285, and 28.325 MHz as well as other frequencies at the discretion of club members.  Club members will operate their own stations using the club call W1AGR during this operating event. A special QSL will be available with an SASE to the club station trustee, K1HC, 422 Everett Street, Westwood, MA 02090. 

The club had its beginnings in Norwood, MA in 1921 when a group of young radio amateurs gathered to exchange ideas and help each other build their home-made radio equipment.  It originally became affiliated with the ARRL two years later, in 1923.  The club grew to include hams from local area towns and then re-organized in 1932, calling themselves the Norfolk County Radio Association.  The spirit of those early years continues today; its members are always ready to help others and mentor new hams getting started in amateur radio. NCRA members have made memorable contributions to amateur radio in technology and communications, including support for various public service needs such as municipal events, SKYWARN reporting, Red Cross, and local disaster training. 

Congratulations to the Norfolk County Radio Association for reaching this historic milestone. 

 

HCRA Foxboxes Deployed in Chicopee, MA Vicinity, May 28, 2021

Hampden Co RA logoKen Dion, KD1KU, writes on the Hampden County RA Facebook page on May 28, 2021 at 2:45 PM:
 
Attention all fox hunters: HCRA Foxbox1 and Foxbox2 have gone into hiding! Both are located somewhere within the City of Chicopee, MA.
 
I would like to issue a special challenge to all hunters (and future hunters) to locate both Foxboxes this Memorial Day weekend! Are you up to the task?
 
FB1 and FB2 are transmitting on the 2-meter simplex frequency of 147.55 with one watt into a duck-type antenna. PL tones and additional details can be found at the link below.
 
For more details go to https://groups.io/g/WMAFoxHunters.
 
Happy Hunting!🦊

KD1D Fox is Deployed in Westford (MA), May 21, 2021

from ema.arrl.org:
 
Alan Hicks, KD1D, writes on NEMassFoxHunters list on May 21, 2021 at 9:10 AM: 

I placed the KD1D Fox out this morning. As usual, it transmits a 30 second message every 60 seconds on 146.565 MHz FM.

It is located in Westford Conservation land named after an aquatic mammal once highly prized for making men’s hats.

The Fox can be heard along Concord Rd somewhere between the 99 Restaurant and the railroad crossing at Forge Village. A good place to take a bearing might be near the Robinson School or the old cemetery at the corner of Concord Rd and Country Rd (Interesting, but useless fact – Country Rd used to be called Cemetery Rd, but that tended to “spook” the real estate folks, so it was changed.)

Happy Hunting and 73 de KD1D

KC1PEN, Scouts On The Air Event, Near New Haven, CT, Suggestions Requested

North Haven, CT vicinityDavid Henry, KC1PEN, writes on May 20, 2021 on the Meriden Amateur Radio Club Facebook page:
 
I’m planning to do a Scouts-On-The-Air event with a local cub pack during their upcoming camping trip. I’ll have VHF/UHF FM voice and DMR capability at the location and am planning a DMR private call (I think I have a volunteer for that) and then a CQ call on DMR North America or WW English to try to get a distant contact for the Scouts to interact with.
 
Any thoughts or suggestions?
 
~KC1PEN~

“Flatlanders vs. Highlanders: The Story of the Blue Hills Group POTA”

“When we decided to have a group Parks-On-The-Air event on a gorgeous 70F spring day, coinciding with the relaxing of the COVID mask mandates, at this special location, I was pleased, but hardly shocked, at the great turn out. From my vantage point, who wouldn’t want to be here?! Several area clubs had members in attendance, including STARS, Wellesley Amateur Radio Society (WARS), Long Island CW Club (LICW), Boston Amateur Radio Club (BARC), K1USN, and the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group (MVARG). [Full story]

[See also: Parks On The Air Activation, Blue Hills, Milton, MA K-8402, May 15, 2021

 

KD1LE Fox is Operating in Westford (MA), May 14, 2021

From ema.arrl.org:
 
Stan Pozerski, KD1LE, writes on NEMassFoxHunters list on May 14, 2021, 10:27 AM: 
 

The fox is out as of 9:30 this morning. It is on the regular 146.565 MHz frequency transmitting every five minutes. Sending an * within five seconds of the end of transmission will halve the cycle time if you’re in range.

It was a beautiful morning for a walk, the trees and lilacs are in bloom and the turtles are sun bathing. But if you were thinking about a picnic lunch you are a few years too late. Since everyone found the intersection of Gould Road and Westford Road [in Westford, MA] last time it’s not a bad place to start.

Stan KD1LE

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