Volunteers Needed: 2022 Cycle for Life

The 2022 Cycle for Life is coming up on Saturday October 1st, 2022 and I am in need of Amateur Radio Operators to volunteer for SAG (Support & Gear) operations and if there is sufficient quantity of volunteers we will also be staffing the rest stops.

For those who have not worked this event before, it is a charity bicycle ride starting and finishing in Holliston Massachusetts.  Funds raised benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in their quest for a cure.

There are 3 routes.  A 12 mile, 30 mile and 62 mile loop and 4 rest stops traversing several towns around Holliston.

If you are available to help out please fill out this Volunteer Sign Up Form and I will be in touch with more details as the date gets closer.

Thank You,
Dave Gilman KC1DDH
Course Safety & Communications Coordinator

We Have a Presidential Candidate!

Eric Balles, W1ENB, has answered our call for leadership, offering to serve as President of the Waltham ARA. Eric was licensed in 1994, and upgraded to Extra class in 2021. He operates QRP with an FT-818 on hiking and bicycle outings, and uses an IC7300 at home. Being mostly retired from work now, Eric has more time for volunteer activities, including communications support for community events, and now offering to take the helm at WARA. A longer bio about Eric will appear in the Summer issue of PHI.

We still need candidates for the open Vice President and Secretary positions. These are 1-year terms, with an option to run for re-election.  Anyone interested in these positions should contact Rich Comer, K1RBC, at rich.comer@live.com.

A Special Election will be held at the September 28 club meeting.

Fox Hunting Program at April 27 WARA Meeting

Hidden transmitter hunting, also called fox hunting, has enjoyed a resurgence in the Boston area over the past few years. It is an activity that combines amateur radio, exercise, fresh air, and puzzle solving. It can even be turned into a family activity.

The online Waltham ARA meeting on Wednesday evening, April 27, 2022, featured a fox hunting program, with the goal of bringing new people into this activity. Eliot W1MJ, Jeff AC1JR, and Pat K1PJW shared their experiences – what works, and what doesn’t work – and answered questions.

While some fox hunters use fancy equipment, we described how a transmitter can also be located using only a handheld 2M radio with the “body fade” method.

To receive notifications about upcoming hunts in our area, sign up at https://groups.io/g/NEMassFoxHunters.

Presentation Slide Shows: by Eliot, W1MJ | by Jeff, AC1JR

Online Meeting Signup

The Waltham ARA meetings are presently held online. If you are not a WARA member, but would like to be notified of our meetings and receive the link, you can now SIGN UP HERE.

An online Waltham ARA meeting

Field Day 2021 Photo Album

Skip K1NKR was kind enough to put together a nice summary of W1M Field Day 2021. This was a joint operation of the Waltham ARA and the Algonquin ARC


Thanks everyone who came out for a great time! I will post the final tally of contacts made once I have received word that they have been submitted.

-Ron / KG1T

The Waltham ARA Repeater Site in Prospect Hill Park

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WARA Repeater Site looking towards Boston – KG1T

WARA 2019 Holiday Party

Hopefully we will be able to do it again this December.

A good time was had by all club members and friends at the WARA Holiday Party on December 18, 2019. As it turns out, this was the last such event to be held at Sichuan’s Garden. The restaurant closed not long after the party. No, the closing was not our fault. Please suggest possible locations for the 2020 Holiday Party. (Photo by George Maier, W1LSB)

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

“The Jack and Sal Radio Show”

An artistic 04/64 listener named Ruth (that is all we know about her) has sent us this masterpiece of caricature, and provided this name for the commuting-time discussions on our flagship repeater.

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