Framingham Amateur Radio Association

FARA Club Information

Next Meeting

December 2, 2021: Digital Voice Modes by Art Lipatov, W1JAR

Digital Voice introduction, what it is, what it is not, advantages, shortcomings
– DMR, Yaesu System Fusion, D-Star, advantages, shortcomings of each. There are many more modes, but these are the “main” ones
– Internet linked digital voice, talkgroups / rooms / reflectors. NEDECN DMR network (New England Digital Emergency Comm Network)
– Hotspots, connecting to digital voice internet rooms from your shack without a repeater.

Also, Ron WO1E will do a shack and equipment visit

Members will receive a zoom invitation. Non-members may request an invitation by sending an email to John

Field Day 2021

FARA operated Field Day at the rear of the McAuliffe Library on Saturday June 26.


Recent Meeting Videos

On November 4, 2021 Greg Algieri, WA1JXR, spoke about the NanoVNA instrument.


On October 7, 2021 Leandra MacLennon AF1R gave a presentation “On The Road With AF1R”.  She spoke about operating and successfully contesting VHF and HF as a mobile. She included some of her Parks on the Air experiences.


On September 2, 2021 Fred Kemmerer AB1OC gave a presentation on “Bringing New People Into Amateur Radio”.  He also talked briefly about his candidacy for ARRL New England Director.


On August 5, 2021 Fred Hopengarten, K1VR.  Fred discussed the KD1MF antenna case and his efforts to improve the management of the ARRL endowment.


On April 1, 2021  Alan Thompson, W6WN spoke about Neighborhood Radio Watch program. This is a partnership between Hams and non-Hams using Ham, GMRS and FRS radios to help keep our communities safer in the event of an emergency or disaster. The NRW Program had it origin in the ashes of the Camp Fire, and has been a tremendous boost for the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club.  The video of the presentation is below.


On March 4, 2021 Bob Hess, W1RH spoke about his work at WBZ. The video of the presentation is below.


On February 4, 2021: Lew Nyman, K1AZE, spoke about the past history of FARA.  Lew is the past FARA President (1976-1982). The video of the presentation is below.


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.


In the News

June 2020 Field Day Results

FARA had a total score of 6808 points, from 11 members who entered. Those members are: W1VIV, N1MH, KB1YXL, KE3KK, K1UR, KB1VXY, VE3IDX, KC1DMM, K1HT, W1HNZ, K1NDF

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) at 7:30 pm .  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