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.
George Maier, W1LSB, has rescheduled his presentation on the National Company of Malden. The new date is April 24. George decided that taking a trip to meet his newborn grandchild took precedence over keeping the original date. Good call, George!
But we have arranged a new program for the February 27 meeting. Ted Robinson, K1QAR, will give a presentation on High-power Magnetic Loop Design.
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 May 30 WARA meeting will be a severe weather spotter training session. The training is presented by Rob Macedo, KD1CY, in association with the National Weather Service SKYWARN program. Everyone age 16 and older who stays to complete the training will be able to become trained NWS weather spotters.
The training includes a two-hour thirty-minute computer-based presentation, which discusses the development of thunderstorms, the criteria for “severe” thunderstorms, as well as the cloud features associated with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Additional information will be presented about winter storms and proper snow measurement and reporting of coastal flooding, river, stream, and urban flooding and rainfall measurements. The session will also present the procedure for reporting weather information to the National Weather Service. Safety procedures for the various forms of summer severe weather (severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning), winter storms, and flooding will also be covered in the training session. Anyone attending should bring a pen or pencil and bringing a notebook is optional.
The number of seats is limited, so per-registration is strongly advised. Use the following link:
The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club has invited all WARA members to join them for an evening with Mike Corey KI1U, the ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager.
When: Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: The Clay Center at Dexter Southfield School, 20 Newton St, Brookline MA, top floor at the observatory.
Topic: Mike Corey, KI1U, the ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager, will talk about how he led an expedition of 50 volunteers to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria to help with emergency communications.
Hosts: The officers and student members of the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club, a youth and family club of over 340 members and growing, and by New England Amateur Radio, NE1AR, facilitating ham radio education and public service.
Refreshments: Pizza and snacks.
Door Prize: Free pen/toolkit for first 100 people at the event.
WARA Holiday Dinner – The Waltham ARA Holiday Dinner on December 20th was well attended and lots of fun. The next club meeting will be the regular last-Wednesday meeting on January 31, 2018. Meeting Information