Framingham Amateur Radio Association

FARA Club Information

Next Meeting

November 5, 2020: Bob DeMattia, K1IW, will give a talk on “Computer Assisted Ham Radio”.

This will be a zoom meeting and members will receive the zoom meeting details via email.  A limited number of prescreened guests may be able to attend. If you are a non-member, contact our president, John KB1VXY,, to request an invitation.

Much like almost everything else, computers have touched many aspects of ham radio.  From station logging, to the modes we operate – many things have changed.  This presentation will go through a brief timeline of the merging of technologies, and discuss how computers are used in ham radio today.


Bob DeMattia, K1IW, is an engineer manager in the Radeon Technology Group of Advanced Micro Devices in Boxborough. He holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from WPI and has been worked the electronics industry since 1984. His ham radio interests include VHF and UHF repeaters, and on the lower bands CW operating.


On October 1, 2020: Neal Lipson, K1NDF spoke on “General Amateur Radio Solar Cycle Propagation and Why Framingham, MA is Nearly a Paradise for Amateur Radio.” The video of the presentation is below.


On June 4, 2020: Sumner Weisman W1VIV spoke about Navy Ham Radio in the Korean War Era. The video of the presentation is below.

We have added a Health and Wellness check in net on Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm on the W1FY repeater.

See Upcoming Meetings for directions.

In the News

Sumner Weisman, W​1VIV

At the June meeting, Sumner was presented with a plaque in recognition of outstanding dedication and service to the club.

Scholarship Award

The following are the 2020 recipients of the Beverly Lees Scholarship.

Rebecca Weisman, granddaughter of club member Sumner Weisman

Victoria Anderson, daughter of club members Victor Anderson and Ellen Woodberry

Field Day 2019

See the field day results published in December 2019 QST

W1FY 2019 Field Day Results

Checkout the field day photos in the photos and videos section of our website.

Brown Bag Learning Series: The Fascinating Hobby of Amateur Radio. Presented by John Iwuc on June 07, 2019 at the Framingham Library


CQ Magazine

Club member Sumner Weisman, W1VIV, has written an article “Wireless Radio For The Hearing Impaired” in the June 2018 issue of CQ Magazine

Monthly Meetings

FARA meets the 1st Thursday of the month (except in July and August), 7:30 pm at the Framingham Police Station 1 William Welch Way (corner of William Welch Way and Union Ave) in the first floor training room. Enter through the front door on Union Ave. and the room is to the left.  All area hams and those not yet licensed but interested in amateur radio are welcome to attend.

****Due to covid-19, all meetings will be through zoom until further notice.****

FARA Sunday Night NET

The FARA Sunday Night Net begins every Sunday at 7:30PM on the FARA 147.150 MHz (no PL) repeater. All licensed hams are welcome to check in and participate in the “Ham question of the Week”.

FARA Repeater

VHF:    147.150 MHz (+)

Echolink is now supported on the W1FY repeater.  The node is registered as W1FY-R.

For further information about FARA,  you can reach us at:

Framingham Amateur Radio Association