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Public Service Repeater Usage on October 6 and 27

The WARA 146.64 MHz repeater will be used as a backup repeater for two public service events in October:
  • October 6, from 7 AM to 2 PM:  Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Cycle for Life
  • October 27, from 7 AM to 2 PM:  Ashland Sporting Association Half Marathon
From the communications organizer for both events,  Mark Richards, K1MGY: 
Standby use means that the WARA 2M repeater may be used in the event our main system fails, or for overflow traffic.  Should the system be required, announcements will be made.  A closed net will NOT be conducted.  During breaks in communications, stations wishing to make brief calls are welcome.

We recognize that use of these resources is a privilege and extend gratitude on behalf of the two organizations to WARA for generously extending a hand.

Boxboro 2018

We hope to see you at the ARRL New England Division Convention in Boxboro on September 7-9.  Check out www.boxboro.org for all the details.  And …

Help us at the WARA booth at Boxboro! We’ll have a table indoors, encouraging new members to sign up and existing members to renew, by putting them in a raffle for a Alinco DJ-500. Volunteers will all be in a separate drawing for a door prize!  To sign up for an hour or two at the booth, click here. -Ron / KG1T

Celebration of K1UGM’s Life

Rhoda Morris, N1CSI, invited Waltham repeater friends of her late husband, Jim Morris, K1UGM, to a celebration of Jim’s life.  It was held at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield, MA, on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Jim was a regular on the 146.64 MHz repeater for many years.  If you don’t know Jim and are curious, see http://walthamara.org/2018/01/03/k1ugm-silent-key/.

Cover of the program
Rhoda, N1CSI, with a photo of Jim, K1UGM
On display were some of the replicas of antique scientific equipment that Jim and Rhoda created for a variety of museums. In the front is one of several replicas of Galileo’s telescope. In numerous QSOs on the ’64 repeater, Jim described the painstaking effort he made to achieve a near-perfect replica of the original telescope.

SKYWARN Training Session at WARA May 30 Meeting

The May 30 WARA meeting will be a severe weather spotter training session. The training is presented by Rob Macedo, KD1CY, in association with the National Weather Service SKYWARN program. Everyone age 16 and older who stays to complete the training will be able to become trained NWS weather spotters.

The training includes a two-hour thirty-minute computer-based presentation, which discusses the development of thunderstorms, the criteria for “severe” thunderstorms, as well as the cloud features associated with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Additional information will be presented about winter storms and proper snow measurement and reporting of coastal flooding, river, stream, and urban flooding and rainfall measurements. The session will also present the procedure for reporting weather information to the National Weather Service. Safety procedures for the various forms of summer severe weather (severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning), winter storms, and flooding will also be covered in the training session. Anyone attending should bring a pen or pencil and bringing a notebook is optional.

The number of seats is limited, so per-registration is strongly advised. Use the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skywarn-training-class-waltham-ma-tickets-45327445610

For any questions or further info, contact Rob at rmacedo@rcn.com.

HCJB Equador Shortwave Radio Station Talk – Wednesday, April 25th

For our April club meeting, Harold Chase WA1VVH will give a presentation about the HCJB “Voice of the Andes” Shortwave Station. He worked on multiple projects there over a period of several years, starting in 1989. He will cover the technical details of the station, as well as some more general and historical information. All are welcome.

See our meetings page for location information.

IEEE Symposium in Boston, July 8-13, 2018

Volunteers wanted for upcoming International Radio Science meeting. Amateurs are needed to staff a booth at the conference to answer questions by attendees on how to get involved in Amateur radio. Your help is needed for coordination, publicity, booth setup, staffing booths, volunteer exams, and booth tear down. Register here HamRadio @ IEEE AP-S 2018 Volunteer Signup 

For more information visit 2018 APS/URSI  or contact Phil Temples K9Hi at arrl dot org

Event schedule Technical Program and Meetings