Zoom opens at 6:30 PM for informal pre-meeting meeting.
For logistical reasons, this meeting will be online only. We hope to return to hybrid meetings at some point.
Guest speaker Fred Cirera, W6BSD will present, “Digital Voice Modes for Amateur Radio“. You don’t need a General or Extra class license to enjoy QSOs with people worldwide. All amateur license classes can use Digital Voice (DV) modes such as Fusion, D-Star, DMR, and many others to connect with people throughout the US and other countries using digital repeaters or amateur hotspots. During his presentation, Fred will discuss the differences between the DV modes and how the backend infrastructure works.
In Person: First floor conference room of the New York Life Insurance building, 201 Jones Rd, Waltham, MA. Doors should be open by 6:30. We will host the zoom meeting from that location. FACEMASKS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON.
At the September 28, 2022 club meeting, Eric Balles, W1ENB, was unanimously elected as the new president of the Waltham ARA. Rich Comer, K1RBC, and Eliot Mayer, W1MJ, were re-elected into their roles as Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, respectively. The positions of Vice President and Secretary remain open.
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.
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 email@example.com.
A Special Election will be held at the September 28 club meeting.
Officer Elections at the May 25th Waltham ARA Chime (online) meeting came up short of candidates. We presently have no President, Vice President, or Secretary. For the club to continue to function, we need members to volunteer and assume a little bit of extra responsibility. These are 1-year positions, with an option to run for re-election. Anyone interested in any of these positions should contact Rich Comer, K1RBC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filling the role of president is of course vital. The main responsibility is chairing monthly meetings (or delegating that task when unable to attend). Past President Eliot Mayer, W1MJ, is offering to mentor, and may be reached at email@example.com.
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.
Officer Elections: We will be holding elections on Wednesday May 25th, during our monthly Waltham ARA Chime (online) meeting to fill two vacancies: President and Secretary. For the club to continue to function, we need members to volunteer and assume a little bit of extra responsibility. These are 1-year positions. Anyone interested in either of these positions should contact Rich Comer, K1RBC, at firstname.lastname@example.org to have their name placed into nomination.
Field Day Planning: This year’s ARRL Field Day is June 25-26th. Last year’s outing on Crow’s Island in Stow, MA was a resounding success and current thinking is to return this year. To make this happen though, the club is looking for 2 or 3 people to form an ad-hoc Field Day committee to plan equipment, food, etc. and take the lead. If you are interested, please e-mail Rich Comer, K1RBC, at email@example.com. We will kick off planning at the 25th meeting after the election of officers.
Patricia A. Pellegrini, 77, of Bedford, died suddenly on April 29, 2022.
Raised in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy (Keegan) Quinn.
Mrs. Pellegrini graduated from Woonsocket High School, Class of 1962 and went on to attend Northeastern University where she received her Bachelor of Arts. While at Northeastern, she met Paul Pellegrini and they were married in 1966.
In 1972, they moved to Bedford to start their family and she decided to further her education, receiving her Master of Education from Harvard University.
Mrs. Pellegrini was a lover of history and for 34 years, she taught Social Studies at Bedford High School as well as Psychology elective courses.
She volunteered as a historical tour guide at the Job Lane House for many years and was a member of the Bedford Historical Society and the First Parish Bedford. She enjoyed art and spending time painting.
She is survived by her loving husband, Paul W. Pellegrini, her beloved daughter, Mary Pellegrini Wood and her husband Brendan of Malden, cherished granddaughter, Willow and dear brother-in-law, John Pellegrini of Kentucky.
Visitation will be held at the Bedford Funeral Home, 167 Great Rd., Bedford, on Thursday, May 5, from 4:00-7:00 PM.