Boxboro

The New England Division ARRL Conventions, branded in recent years as the Northeast HamXposition, is leaving Boxboro. Starting this year, it will be held at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Rd., Marlborough, MA. The date has also moved, to the 4th full weekend of July. This year, the dates are July 24, 25, and 26. For more information, see https://hamxposition.org/.

WARA 2019 Holiday Party

A good time was had by all club members and friends at the WARA Holiday Party on December 18, 2019. As it turns out, this was the last such event to be held at Sichuan’s Garden. The restaurant closed not long after the party. No, the closing was not our fault. Please suggest possible locations for the 2020 Holiday Party. (Photo by George Maier, W1LSB)

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, 2019, 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


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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