March 4, 2018 – Roger, WA1NVC, investigates the feasibility of bringing Internet service to the repeater site.  It would enable networking of the 900 MHz repeater, and possibly other cool stuff like remote diagnostics.

Roger tried two different cellular data boxes. This one worked the best, especially when tested with the door to this metal radio room closed.
Checking the connection speed… Yes, fast enough for our purposes.

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More Art!  – Apparently Ruth (see below) isn’t the only artist among us.  Here is a caricature of WARA member and past President John Flood N1JAF, drawn and donated to this web site by Donnie N1YAN .

John Flood N1JAF, drawn by Donnie N1YAN

BARC Invitation to MassPort Fire Rescue HQ, 3/15/2018

We received this invitation from Joe Harris N1QD, Boston ARC President and WARA member.

The Boston Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring a field trip to tour Massport Fire Rescue HQ at Logan Airport for our March meeting. I’d like to pass along an invitation for WARA members to join us as well!

Here is the blurb from our newsletter:

The March 2018 meeting of the Boston Amateur Radio Club will be held at MassPort Fire Rescue Headquarters, 261 Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday March 15, 2018. A tour of MassPort Fire Department apparatus will commence at 6:45 p.m. followed by Santarpio’s pizza at 7:15 p.m. followed by the General Meeting at 8:00 p.m. Attendance for this event is limited to 25 people.

We will have two speakers at this meeting. They are: Steve Staffier, K1SMS, Communications and Interoperability Manager for Massport and MassPort Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Robert Barnes. Steve will talk about Communications Interoperability and Deputy Barnes has an interesting presentation about MassPort Fire Rescue that he will give.

There is parking available at MassPort Fire Headquarters, 261 Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts. The Fire Department is located past the Hyatt Hotel. Please park in the marked spaces.

Since we’re literally in the neighborhood, we will have Santarpio’s Pizza for dinner. A suggested donation of $7.50 per person is requested.

There is a space limitation at the facility. We will only be able to accommodate 25 members. If you’re interested in attending this meeting, you will have to send an email to no later than March 7, 2018 indicating your interest in attending. Management reserves the right to cancel the evening if not enough people sign up by the 7th.

This should be an interesting meeting and we hope to see you there

WARA Holiday Dinner – The Waltham ARA Holiday Dinner on December 20th was well attended and lots of fun.

2017 Holiday Party.  Front L-R:  KC1IKR, K1QAR, WA1CFX, N1GZN, N1JAF, Jackson, K1MBG.  Back L-R:  K1RBC, W1OED, W1NED, KG1T, K1PRE, K1BOS, N1YAN, W1MJ, AB1VF, WA1NVC.  Photo by KC1FUG. Thanks to everyone who helped us fill in the missing calls.

“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.