The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries. You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced Contest’ers, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help. Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun. Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties. Will you be QRV? Let us know which county you’ll be on from with a message to email@example.com.
Oh yes, the NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile. Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again. It’s amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do. The QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep Saturday night. It goes from 4pm Saturday until 1am Sunday, then 9am Sunday until 8pm Sunday. Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters. For each QSO you’ll give your callsign, a signal report and your county/state. Top scorers can earn a plaque and everyone who makes 25 QSOs and sends in a log will get a certificate.Last year we had logs from 166 New England stations and 387 more from around the country and world. The full NEQP rules are here -> http://www.neqp.org/rules.html
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/
The Waltham Amateur Radio Association invites all hams and friends for a festive Holiday Dinner! It’s a great time to get that “eyeball” QSO with some of the folks we’ve been talking to all year. Spouses / friends / prospective hams are all welcome! No RSVP necessary. When: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 6:00 PM, Sichuan’s Garden, 411 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452. Cost is $25 per person at the door which includes the buffet and 1 ticket for the door prizes. Membership renewal will also gain you an extra ticket for the door prize. The main prize this year will be a $150 gift certificate for Ham Radio Outlet.
There will be no regular (last Wednesday) club meeting in December. The next regular club meeting will be on January 30, 2019.
Officer elections were held at the monthly meeting, Wednesday November 28th 2018. Ron KG1T has stepped up from VP to President. Glenn N1GAS has stepped in to fill the VP roll. Other officers are continuing in their present role. See About WARA for the updated listing of WARA officers.
Also at the November meeting, George W1LSB volunteered to be our new newsletter editor. Please support George by submitting stories, photos, technical articles, or anything else of interested to the club. The next issue will be Spring, 2019.
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.
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
The Boston Amateur Radio Club is supporting the annual Boston Brain Tumor Ride on Sunday May 20. They have requested the use of the Waltham 146.640 MHz repeater as a primary repeater for the southern section of this ride. The repeater will be used from 7:00 am to around 1:00 pm.
The primary point of contact information during the event is Jim Bradley, KB1JKJ.