February 28, 2024 Meeting

We continue meeting via Zoom. We will start with a short business meeting, followed by a program on the NanoVNA by Greg WA1JXR.

The NanoVNA Vector Network Analyzer, an inexpensive unit used to measure antennas and other RF devices. The presentation will introduce the NanoVNA and show you how it works and performs RF measurements. Finally we will perform a measurement on an actual amateur radio antenna and demo the free NanoVNA software.

Zoom Meeting Info

Time: Feb 28, 2024 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 269 562 2043
Passcode: 362611

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January 31, 2024 Meeting on HF Mobile

At the January 2024 WARA meeting, guest speaker Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, did a wonderful presentation on HF Mobile. Fred’s slide show is available here; it includes links to some excellent online resources for this aspect of ham radio.

One of AB1OC’s mobile HF antennas

Holiday Meet-Up 2023

The Waltham Amateur Radio Association held a Holiday Meetup on December 13. It was our first since 2019, and was also our first at Great Wall Restaurant in Bedford. Our old venue, Sichuan’s Garden in Waltham has closed.

It was nice seeing people in person that we normally only talk to over the club repeaters. In addition to nice food and conversation, we also had a raffle.

Report on Field Day 2023

For this year’s ARRL Field Day in June, the Waltham ARA partnered with the Montachusett ARA (MARA). We operated from the summit of Mt. Wachusett in Princeton, MA in Class 3A (3 transmitters, in the field on emergency power). We also operated a “Get on the Air” (GOTA) station for new hams, future hams, and Technician class operators. Over 1,000 contacts were made with other FD participants around the country, and in a few other counties, including an FT8 digital contact with New Zealand.

GOTA Coach Ned, W1NED, coaches GOTA operator Izzy, no call yet

Field Day 2023 Photo Album

Though off the grid, the CW and Digital stations shared a single log file using N1MM Logger+ and an on-site wifi network. The columns in the log excerpt below are: Time, Call, Frequency, Mode, Class, Section. For example, the first contact shown was on FT8 on the 15-meter band with KF0X in Arizona:

Log excerpt – A very productive 5-minutes on CW and FT8

The Waltham ARA Repeater Site in Prospect Hill Park

boston skyline from prospect hill waltham amateur radio association WARA
WARA Repeater Site looking towards Boston – KG1T

Great picture of the repeater site – from Mt. Wachusett!

While at Boxboro a fellow HAM W1AWX introduced himself and showed me this great pic of WARA’s site taken from almost 40 miles away! Thanks Arthur! -Ron / KG1T

WARA Repeater Site from Mt. Wachusett w/ 2000mm lens

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