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


WARA 2019 Club Picnic & Field Day Operation

On Saturday, June 22, 2018, WARA will combine a club picnic and a 4-hour operation in the ARRL Field Day.

Time: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Sunset Shelter, Prospect Hill Park, Waltham (near the repeater site)

The club provides hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, plates, napkins, etc. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own (non-alcoholic) drinks and a side or snacks to share.

The FD operation is very laid back, and everyone is welcome to operate.

To learn more about the ARRL Field Day, see www.arrl.org/field-day.


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.

K1QAR’s Magnetic Loop Antenna Presentation at February 27, 2019 Meeting

Ted Robinson, K1QAR, made an interesting and educational presentation about magnetic loop antennas at our February 27 meeting.  Thanks, Ted!

K1QAR’s presentation

WARA members get a close up look at one of Ted’s magnetic loop antennas.

George Maier, W1LSB, has rescheduled his presentation on the National Company of Malden.  The new date is April 24.  George decided that taking a trip to meet his newborn grandchild took precedence over keeping the original date.   Good call, George!


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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