Past Meetings

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.”

Meeting was on Zoom.

September 3, 2020: Tom Walsh, K1TW, ARRL Eastern MA Section Manager.“Discover the ARRL Universe.”

He discussed some of the lesser known ARRL services. Meeting was on Zoom.

June 4, 2020: Field day prep. Meeting was on Zoom

May 7, 2020 meeting was on Zoom.

April 2, 2020 meeting was held on the repeater

March 5, 2020: Brian Gudzevich, WO1VES, Introduction to Digital Radio with Hotspots.

Brian is a repeater operator, self employed technology specialist, and an avid fan of the digital radio modes.  In his business, “The Shameless Wolf”, he spends time helping people with their computers, Network, Home Theater, and anything else Technology.  He operates three repeaters in Stoneham, MA, one Fusion, one D-Star, and one Analog and also operates the hub of an Internet linked repeater system called “The Wolf Pack Network”.  This has repeaters starting in Northeastern Massachusetts and going as far north as Ossipee New Hampshire.

February 6, 2020:  Adrian AB2IX on 3d printing.

January 2, 2020: Show and tell, cw with left foot. Video – VP8ORK The DXpedition to The South Orkney Islands.

Dec 5, 2019: FARA Holiday Dinner at Carbone’s Restaurant in Hopkinton, MA.

November 7, 2019: Bob Phinney, K5TEC. “Ideas for attracting youth and families to amateur radio.”

This meeting to discussed what sparks kids’ interests in wireless technology these days and how we might apply that knowledge to get more youth and families into amateur radio and hopefully interested in joining FARA. The presentation was followed by a discussion where group participation is expected.

Quick Bio:  Bob Phinney K5TEC got his amateur radio license from FARA by taking the “License in a weekend” course in 2004 in the basement of the Danforth Library. But he was involved in public service CB communications since the early 1970’s, and was president of a REACT team working with Brookline Police during the Blizzard of ’78.  As a science teacher in Brookline for 38 years and mentoring the youth-run Clay Center Amateur Radio Club for 14 years, Bob has helped nearly two hundred youth achieve ham radio licenses over the years. He now runs a non-profit STEM education center in Natick which has two radio rooms and offers regular license classes in Tech, General, AE, VE, and Morse Code, as well as workshops in a wide variety of STEM and maker-space ​_topics.

October 3, 2019: Dave Miscia KB1YXL.  “Fun Things To Do With The International Space Station”.

Dave Miscia, KB1YXL, has over 25 years of experience working with satellites.  From his first job in broadcast television receiving news feeds, to running mobile uplink vehicles, to designing those same vehicles, he’s worked with everything from Ku Band high-power transmitters to portable Inmarsat terminals.  Since leaving the broadcast business in 2018, he has continued following the things in the sky, especially the International Space Station.

September 5, 2019: Adrian Zeffert, AB2IX, Estate Planning For Amateur Radio Operators.

****What happens when a family member contacts your Club saying, “W1XYSK has passed away, and we don’t know what to do with 3 rooms full of radio and electronics equipment”****

June 6, 2019: Elections and Field Day Preparations.

May 2, 2019: Pizza party

Annual Post Flea Pizza Party was held at Papa Ginos, 104 Boston Post Road Sudbury, MA.

April 4, 2019:  Ted Robinson, K1QAR , Mag Loop Antennas

He gave a talk on mag loop antennas. He demonstrated one at the Marlboro Flea.

March 7, 2019:  Rob Macedo, KD1CY on Update on ARES

He is the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Boston/Norton. See https://ema.arrl.org/ares/ for more information on ARES.

February 7, 2019:  Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, on MARS: Military Auxiliary Radio System

MARS or Military Auxiliary Radio System has changed dramatically from it’s creation in 1925. ARMY and AIR FORCE MARS members support a very different mission than you may have heard of before 2010. Every day, MARS members are operating mixed mode voice/data nets using encrypted communications in support of a DoD Mission to provide situational awareness to DoD planners, in the event of a “Very Bad Day” scenario.  Learn about MARS, and how all Amateurs can support this mission, without joining MARS, and learn how to join MARS, if you have the capability and interest.

http://www.usarmymars.org/

Bio:  Tom Kinahan N1CPE has been a ham for 38 years, with experience participating in Boston Marathon communications for over 30 of those years, Past experience volunteering with the Red Cross as a Disaster Action Team member and leader, and former Massachusetts State RACES officer, currently US ARMY MARS Member/Leader since 2010.

February 7, 2019: Fred Beihold, NV1N,  presents an interesting idea coming out of the Shack Search Committee.

Promoting Awards as a Catalyst

January 3, 2019:  Video “Nine DXpeditions to DXCC Ten Most Wanted” from the collection of David Hoaglin K1HT. We also had our “Show and Tell”.

His source for the DVD that we viewed (Nine DXpeditions to DXCC “Ten Most Wanted”) was k4uee.com/dvd .  Bob lists several videos besides that one.

December 6, 2018:  FARA Holiday Dinner at Carbone’s Restaurant in Hopkinton, MA.

November 1, 2018: BITX40 and uBITX QRP radio kit – Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ

Andy Stewart spoke about the BITX40 and uBITX QRP kit radios from India.  These very popular transceivers are openly specified for both hardware and software, and have thus encouraged a lot of tinkering.  Andy discussed many of the common modifications, as well as his extensive modifications to the Arduino software.  Andy has also modified the kit to make it accessible to visually impaired hams.  There was a demonstration of Andy’s version of both of these transceivers.

October 4, 2018:  6-Meter Sporadic E and Weather Systems – Joe Dzekevich, K1YOW

Joe’s presentation will use Amateur Radio to explore possible correlations between weather systems and sporadic E clouds to see if they are collocated.

The presentation slides are available for download.

6-Meter Sporadic E and Weather Systems

September 6, 2018: Tom Walsh K1TW, Eastern Mass. ARRL section manager.

“What’s New and Exciting in the Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) ARRL Section”

 There are major changes occurring in the hobby.  How should the section and clubs like FARA stay on top of all of this?  First off, let’s understand exactly what a section manager does and why clubs like FARA are important to the section.

Then driven by FARA’s interests, Tom will discuss some of many new initiatives in the Eastern Massachusetts section.  Here are some possible topics, time permitting.

  • The Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS)
  • The New Eastern Massachusetts Section Website.
  • The New Eastern Massachusetts Facebook page
  • What is new about Eastern Massachusetts ARES?
  • What is ARES Connect?
  • Changes to the ARRL Official Observer Program
  • What can FARA do going forward?
  • Time for Questions

Tom will wrap up the  with the donation of an ARRL book.

June 7, 2018:  Fred, NV1N

Fred, NV1N on traffic passing practice, Field Day discussions, elections of officers, scholarship awards.

May 3, 2018: Pizza Party

Pizza Party Thursday May 3, 7:30 pm, Papa Ginos on Rt. 30, 341 Cochituate Road Framingham.

April 5, 2018: Larry Banks, W1DYJ

Larry Banks, W1DYJ  “One Ham’s Journey with Antennas” (It’s sort of a historical survey of the antennas I’ve built/used/etc., ending with a quick look at FT8 and 160. )

March 1, 2018: Dan Pedtke, KW2T

Dan Pedtke, KW2T, on Impedence Matching
http://www.danstechnight.com/index.html

Feb 1, 2018: Bob De Mattia, K1IW

Bob De Mattia, K1IW, on Repeater Coordination

November 2, 2017:  Andy Boughton, KC1DMM

Andy Boughton, SDR radios. slides

Andy’s Slides

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