New Hampshire “Antenna Bill” H.B. 313 Fails in Committee

NH State House, ConcordNew Hampshire House Bill 313, “Relative to property restrictions on certain amateur radio antennas,” failed to reconsider by voice vote on April 7, 2021, according to FastDemocracy.com.
 
The bill was originally heard before the House Commerce Committee on January 26, 2021. Over 100 amateurs went on record to support the bill. 

N.H. House Bill 313 would have allowed:

• Antennas similar or identical to those for satellite TV dishes, broadcast TV, or broadband internet
• single wire or minimally visible antennas
• antennas raised only in darkness
• antennas no higher than 33 feet (i.e., lower than the roof line), and
• the use of a flag pole as an antenna

on land where the homeowner already had the right to exclude others, and would have required safe construction, with municipal approval.

“Another shot is possible in 2022, but it will need to be a much more modest bill to have any chance at passage,” writes former N.H. House Representative Bill Ohm, W1OHM.  “My recommendation is to just permit dual use of an existing structure, like a flagpole. Down the road, in subsequent years, incremental progress can be attempted to permit other structures.”
 
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“Great Hill Gang” Meets in Weymouth (MA) on April 17, 2021

Great Hill Gang signThe “Great Hill Gang” will meet atop Great Hill in Weymouth, MA on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The group normally meets on the second Saturday of each month (weather allowing) at 9 AM.
 
[Note: April’s meeting will be held on the third Saturday, instead of the second.]
 
A recent gathering included 27 amateurs and two non-ham visitors.
 
They request that attendees observe social distancing and mask wearing. 
 
Possible frequencies for talk-in include:
  • 146.52 FM Simplex
  • 146.67- PL 146.2
  • 145.39- PL 67.0 (9 AM, K1USN Net)
  • 144.200 USB
  • 144.244 USB (specifically 11 AM – 11:30 AM)
 
Call out to “The Great Hill Gang” and someone will get back to you. N1KMX and K1UVH are possible callsigns to call when looking for directions.
 
 
 
 

Greater Bridgeport ARC Foxhunt, Trumbull/ Easton/Monroe, CT, April 10, 2021

Greater Bridgeport ARC loogoFrom GBARC Wiki:

On Saturday April 10th at 9 am we will have our monthly Foxhunt.  All members and non-members are invited to attend.  The purpose of the foxhunt is to track down a hidden transmitter and find some information, then relay that information according to the instructions on a sign where the fox is located.  DO NOT CONGREGATE or socialize with others.  Whenever possible remain safely in your car and stay a safe distance away from others.   You will be able to find the sign by the fox with the information from inside your car.  For more tips, see below the map.

The first person to locate the fox will receive a free pizza delivered to their home and 5 points.  All other participants will receive 3 points for locating the fox and 1 point for participating . Points will be tallied for the year, and at the end of the year prizes will be awarded to the top 3 hunters. [Full story]

Nashua ARS “Ham Bootcamp,” April 24, 2021

October 2020 QST Cover Ham Radio BootcampFrom ARRL Web:

The Nashua (NH) Area Radio Society (NARS) will again offer its popular Ham Bootcamp program on Saturday, April 24. Bootcamp is free and includes demonstrations and tutorials designed to help newly licensed Technician-, General-, and Amateur Extra-class hams get on the air. It is also a great opportunity for prospective radio amateurs to learn what the hobby has to offer. Bootcamp additions include “Learning Morse Code.” Registration and more information is on the Ham Bootcamp web page— Thanks to NARS President Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC

WB8SIW: “Radio Relay International” on RATPAC Online, April 8, 2021

Radio Relay Int'l logoThursday, April 8 Speaker/Presenter: James Wades, WB8SIW

Join RATPAC Zoom Meeting Thursday, April 8th:  

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 meeting will be recorded. By participating you consent to being recorded. 
  • Please change your display name to Your First Name, Call Sign and Location, e.g. Dan K7REX Idaho. 
  • Please stay muted until ready to speak. Your space bar works like a PTT for unmuting
  • You may ask questions in chat; please stay on topic while using chat.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2128884758?pwd=UlBIN2FPMGwzYzlkb0JSejdPVUVodz09

Meeting ID: 212 888 4758
Passcode: RRI
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,2128884758#,,,,*21006293# US (Houston)
+16699006833,,2128884758#,,,,*21006293# US (San Jose)Dial by your location
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
Meeting ID: 212 888 4758
Passcode: 21006293
 
~Dan
Dan Marler, K7REX
 

YCCC Online Meeting, April 7, 2021

YCCC logoThe Yankee Clipper Contest Club will hold an online meeting on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7 PM.

Social Time 6:30PM – 7PM
Meeting begins promptly at 7PM
-Elections
-New SDR by N1DID
-WRTC Swag info by K5KG – N.A. Representative for WRTC-2022
-Station Tour by W1GD

[For meeting information, contact Charlie Morrison, N1RR, at n1rr -at- n1rr -dot- com.]

MARS / Amateur Interoperability Nets Starting The Week of April 7, 2021

MARS logoTo: All New England Amateur Radio Operators

Starting this week, on April 7 and for the first week of every month going forward, US Army Auxiliary Radio System members will conduct nets on 60 meters channel 1 (5.3305 MHz) with the goal of exercising the mission of MARS to Amateur interoperation.

These Nets will start at 8pm local time on April 7, for one hour and will repeat on Friday April 9 and be run by MARS Stations in Region One. On April 8 and 10 at 8pm ET the nets will be run by MARS stations in Region 2 and 4, but also encourage Amateur Radio check ins.

In addition, on Thursday April 8, Friday April 9 and Saturday April 10, nets will be conducted at noon ET, with NCS in New England.

All amateur stations with 60 meter capability and the time are asked to check in and participate in these nets. The goal of these nets is to train MARS stations with Amateur Radio stations on 60 meter channels. Initially, these nets will just involve check ins, but over time, we will practice ICS-213 messages on these nets in both voice and digital methods. The nets will last 1 hour.

 

Net Time Wednesday April 7 Thursday April 8 Friday April 9 Saturday April 10
Noon local No Net MARS /Amateur Interop Net MARS /Amateur Interop Net MARS /Amateur Interop Net
8pm Local MARS /Amateur Interop Net NCS Region 2 MARS /Amateur Interop Net NCS Region 2

 

These Nets will repeat in the first week of each month.

If you have questions, please let me know.

Tom Kinahan

U.S. Army Military Auxiliary Radio System
Region One Director
tom.kinahan@verizon.net
 

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