The Waltham ARA will not meet on the usual Last Wednesday of the month this month, which falls on the eve of Thanksgiving. Instead we will meet one week earlier, November 20, 2019. For general information on our meetings, see About / Meetings.
Also, stayed tuned for information on our December meeting. As we
have done in recent years, there will be holiday dinner instead of a
On Saturday, June 22, 2019, WARA held its combined club picnic and a 4-hour operation in the ARRL Field Day in Prospect Hill Park, Waltham, close to our repeater site. The food was good and the FD operation was very laid back. To learn more about the ARRL Field Day, see www.arrl.org/field-day.
Here are the results of the FD operation, as submitted to the ARRL:
Eliot W1MJ posted a Google Photo Album of the event, and of the STARS Field Day in Natick where he went from Prospect Hill. Ron KG1T added a few photos, and other event participants are welcome to do likewise: https://photos.app.goo.gl/cwKY6JQKLk7CyTFh6
On June 14, 2019, 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.
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. George Maier, W1LSB, will take us through the company’s history, products, and talk about some National employees that he knew personally.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.