We will be holding our September meeting virtually. To receive an invitation via email please use this contact form:
View our online album of photos from the 2021 W1M Field Day at Crow Island in Stow, MA. This was a collaboration between the Algonquin Amateur Radio Club and the Waltham Amateur Radio Association.
Thanks to all who participated!
Ron / KG1T
Our final Field Day meeting before the event will be held Wednesday, 6/23 @ 7:00 PM. If you are not a club member and wish to receive an invitation to the video conference call, please fill out this form.
Otherwise, consult our Field Day 2021 page for information if you would like to swing by!
BEST and 73
Ron / KG1T
If you would like to help plan and organize WARA Field Day 2021 please sign up here:
We will be organizing planning meetings as well as as site tour via this list.
BEST and 73
Ron / KG1T
Please join us in welcoming Bruce Blain K1BG to discuss the free CW Academy program offered by CWops.org. https://cwops.org/cw-academy/
Non-members are welcome to attend. Please fill out this Event Notification form to be notified of upcoming presentations and to receive the meeting call invitation details.
Wednesday, March 31st @ 7:00 PM
Location: Amazon Chime https://aws.amazon.com/chime/download/
Meeting dial in details will be sent to club membership and those registered with the event notification form.
The February 2021 meeting’s presentation on Dire Wolf APRS software from WB2OSZ is now available for viewing. Thanks John Wb2OSZ!
Please join the Waltham Amateur Radio Association in welcoming John Langner WB2OSZ for a presentation on Dire Wolf, APRS Software. John is one of the main developers of Dire Wolf so we are lucky for this opportunity!
If you are not a WARA member and would like to be invited to the presentation, please fill out this form and we will email you an invite before the presentation starts. SIGN UP HERE
Pre-Net: 6:00-7:00 PM
Club Business: 7:00-7:20
Presentation: 7:20 – 8:30
In the early days of Amateur Packet Radio and APRS, it was necessary to use an expensive “Terminal Node Controller” (TNC) with specialized hardware. Those days are gone. You can now get better results, at lower cost, by connecting your radio to the “soundcard” interface of a computer and using software in place of the traditional TNC.
Dire Wolf is a software “soundcard” AX.25 packet modem/TNC and APRS encoder/decoder. It can be used stand-alone to observe APRS traffic, as a tracker, digipeater, APRStt gateway, or Internet Gateway (IGate)
We are starting this disussion on APRS as the club has identified a goal of improving our APRS installation. This will further leverage our existing investment in full time high speed internet access. The club’s current APRS setup is a digipeater with a traditional TNC. We are in a great location and can serve the APRS community well to add in iGate functionality.
Some links to look at before the meeting if interested:
About Dire Wolf: https://packet-radio.net/direwolf/
WB2OSZ’s Github: https://github.com/wb2osz/direwolf
Building an iGate: https://ww8tf.club/building-an-aprs-igate/
See Chime info below. For best experience use a computer and install the client. Dial in to the pre-net to check it out!
Hope to see you soon! BEST 73 DE KG1T
President – Waltham Amateur Radio Association
Note: WARA uses Amazon Chime for online meetings. It will work with just Firefox or Chrome, but you may want to consider downloading the client to avoid issues. Also consider signing in for the “pre-net” where we start an hour early to test your A/V setup.