WARA Holiday Dinner

The Waltham Amateur Radio Association invites all hams and friends for a festive Holiday Dinner! It’s a great time to get that “eyeball” QSO with some of the folks we’ve been talking to all year. Spouses / friends / prospective hams are all welcome! No RSVP necessary.

When: Wednesday, December 18@ 6:00 PM
Where: Sichuan’s Garden, 411 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452
Cost: $25 per person at the door which includes the buffet and 1 ticket for the door prizes. Membership renewal will also gain you an extra ticket for the door prize.

See you there!

Special November Meeting Date: 11/20

The Waltham ARA will not meet on the usual Last Wednesday of the month this month, which falls on the eve of Thanksgiving. Instead we will meet one week earlier, November 20, 2019. For general information on our meetings, see About / Meetings.

WARA 2019 Club Picnic & Field Day Operation

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, WARA held its combined club picnic and a 4-hour operation in the ARRL Field Day in Prospect Hill Park, Waltham, close to our repeater site. The food was good and the FD operation was very laid back. To learn more about the ARRL Field Day, see www.arrl.org/field-day.

Here are the results of the FD operation, as submitted to the ARRL:

Eliot W1MJ posted a Google Photo Album of the event, and of the STARS Field Day in Natick where he went from Prospect Hill. Ron KG1T added a few photos, and other event participants are welcome to do likewise: https://photos.app.goo.gl/cwKY6JQKLk7CyTFh6

WARA’s new 450 MHz and 900 MHz Repeaters

On June 14, Roger WA1NVC and Tom KA1GXR install these new 450 MHz and 900 MHz repeaters on Prospect Hill.  Roger has also set up the 900 MHz repeater with full time IRLP linking to the NEAR 900 Network

Roger WA1NVC installing the new repeaters. Photo by Ned W1NED

Our Current IRLP Status


May 29, 2019 Meeting Program: National Radio Company of Malden

The National Company of Malden, Massachusetts was a world class manufacturer of commercial and amateur radio communications equipment from the early 1930’s until the late 1960’s. Their HRO series was used extensively by numerous allies during World War II, and can be credited with helping in the effort to receive coded messages from behind enemy lines. At the meeting, George Maier, W1LSB, took us through the company’s history, products, and talked about some National employees that he knew personally.

National HRO Receiver

Putting the Repeater Site Internet Service to Use

At the March 27, 2019 WARA meeting, there were discussions and show-and-tell about putting our new repeater site Internet service to good use.  Presently, it is only being used for basic repeater control.  Plans are in the works, with some equipment already assembled, for 900 MHz IRPL repeater linking, putting our APRS node online, and possibly moving the 2M EchoLink connection to the site.  Ned, W1NED, presented some information about these topics, and has made his presentation info available here:  http://copylink.dhs.org/wara/


Internet Service Installed at Repeater Site

On March 16, 2019, Internet service was installed at the WARA repeater site by Comcast.  Stay tuned for more information on how it will be put to use.

The Comcast technician installing the WARA Internet connection. They had previous run a fiber optic cable to the radio tower for another service. Photo by John Mullaney, K1BOS.

Great picture of the repeater site – from Mt. Wachusett!

While at Boxboro a fellow HAM W1AWX introduced himself and showed me this great pic of WARA’s site taken from almost 40 miles away! Thanks Arthur! -Ron / KG1T

WARA Repeater Site from Mt. Wachusett w/ 2000mm lens

“The Jack and Sal Radio Show” – An artistic 04/64 listener named Ruth (that is all we know about her) has sent us this masterpiece of caricature, and provided this name for the commuting-time discussions on our flagship repeater.


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