[Reminder] Our next MOTA (Meeting On The Air) will be Wednesday September 16th at 7pm on the club repeater (147.225 Mhz +PL67)

[Our Fall Flea Market] will take place on Saturday September 26th and Sunday September 27th at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Rt 18, Whitman MA.   Vendors can reserve a space now by calling 781-523-5010.

The secretary notes from the August 2015 club meeting are now available and include Marshfield Fair photo's:
August 2015 Secretary Notes [PDF]

Special msg from past President Jim W1JT : click here

2015 Club Election ballots have been counted. Click here for the results

Click on each below for more info:
Sunday Public Service NetNext club meeting details Fox Hunt info
Recent Secretary & MOTA notes Upcoming ham radio eventsPast ham radio events
NewslettersWhitman Amateur Radio Club Info

September 2015 Sunday Public Service Net Control

September 6th     Bill N1FRE
September 13th   Jeff WK1D 
September 20th   Ross W1EKG @CranLand 
September 27th   TBD at the Whitman Club Flea Market @10AM
October 4th         Jeff N1SOM

The Whitman Amateur Radio Public Service net is held every Sunday morning at 08:30 on 147.225+ PL 67.0. 

Club members and all other area hams are welcome to join the net. 

The purpose of this net is to establish a 2 meter frequency in the event of an emergency 
and to share information of interest with amateurs and all other listeners as well. 

We are always looking for new volunteers for net control. 
For a revised preamble, instructions, net log, etc,CLICK HERE

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Greetings from Jim W1JT

Ham radio has always been a very important part of my life. Over the years, I've learned a lot, I've had an enormous amount of fun, I've made friends all over the globe but I think the one thing that I'm most proud of is having had the opportunity to lead the Whitman Amateur Radio Club this past year.

Over the last few days I have reflected on the past twelve months and what we as a club have accomplished.

Last summer in late July we were able to purchase a new antenna for the repeater. Our old one had broken and a replacement was needed. As a group we were able to research our options, settle on a new one, purchase it and have it mounted on the tower.

In August we conducted what I would describe as a very successful Marshfield Fair event. It's always a fun time and it sure gives the public a chance to see what ham radio is all about.

In November, we put Plymouth Plantation on the air over Thanksgiving for what I believe was around the 30th time! Amazing! I remember being lucky enough to work a station in Plymouth England! I literally had “butterfly’s” as I chatted with a fellow ham who was sitting 2 miles from where the Mayflower set sail back in 1620.

People from around the world listen in as radio signals from “America's Hometown” is broadcast commemorating the Pilgrims first Thanksgiving. What an amazing hobby we have and what an opportunity to share good will around the world at a time when it's so needed. It is my hope that the tradition we started those many years ago will be allowed to go forward for many years into the future.

A new year rolled around and the club settled in to making plans for 2015. Early in the year, we as a group decided it was time to focus our attention on the club house. It had sat for quite a while as nothing really more then a storage unit. We discussed what we would need to do to get back to a state that would allow us to use it as a club house again. The first order was obvious, it needed to be cleaned out. As I'm sure you remember, a large group invaded Pine St. one cold Saturday morning and by about lunch time we could see the floor again. All of the floor! Many of the items that had been sitting for years were sold to club members, brought home and I'm certain pressed into some kind of service in the shack.

Once the club house was cleaned we talked at a meeting about what would be the next steps. We discussed heat, walls, setting up a station and other really good ideas. Someone correctly brought up the fact that once the club house was restored and the ability to invite the public to come down and see it, the Whitman Amateur Radio Club would be regarded as an entity in the town that was available if the need should arise. There was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement at the meeting that I think we all enjoyed.

After that discussion the focus turned to how we would fund this sort of project. Where would the money come from? We talked about the flea market, auctions and other ways of raising money. Then as I'm sure you all remember a rather spirited discussion (the best kind) took place about the idea of raising the dues.

As a result, we as a group raised the dues $5.00 per member and we had what I would describe as a successful flea market. More on that later.....

After cleaning the club house things came to a screeching halt. The reason was simple, you could barely see it never mind get to it from all the snow! I hope that never happens again!

Now, however with the snow gone, the work continues. Just about one week ago, Paul KB1MTW, Billy K1UFO and Fred KC1ACG took the tower down, cut it up and got it right out of the way. I think it's just a matter of a short period of time when we'll have a new (new to us) one put up.

The nice thing about the club house project is that there's a job for everyone. I'm thinking that by the time the cold wx comes around again we may have it closed up tight and have heat! Then we can continue the work on the inside as we setup a station(s), maybe some tables that project can be built on and who knows what else!

I want to take a moment to talk about the flea market that we just had in May. Losing Saftlers really hurt our flea market activities. It seemed that getting it going again at our present location was getting pretty doubtful. That is until Chris N1CFB stepped up and took it on. Chris was quick to get things organized and many club members rallied around to help. Time was short but Chris and crew definitely got it done. Vendors came, customers came, there were many smiles, I heard talk of the vendors coming back in the Fall and we made money! I firmly believe that with Chris's leadership each flea market we have going forward will be better then the last.

So, here we are, one year later and just finishing up a really fun Field Day. As I wandered around talking to people on Saturday, I sensed a strong feeling of pride. Yeah, I guess that does sound a bit corny but there is truth in it. Everyone I spoke to spoke of the fun they were having, how they were enjoying each others company and that they were proud to be a part of such a good group.

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club is a very dynamic organization with amazing potential. You should all be very proud because the positive feelings that every person I spoke to shared regarding our club is a true reflection of each an everyone of you.

I am proud to be a member of our club and I am also humbled that you thought enough of me to allow me to be your president. To that I say thank you for an exciting year.

73 Jim W1JT

[Editors Note: On behalf of the Whitman Amateur Radio Club, I'd like to thank Jim W1JT
for his leadership and dedication to our club not only during this past year of his presidency but consistently since becoming a Whitman club member. We look forward to Jims continued input as a member of the Board of Directors. Thanks very much Jim!] 

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2015 Whitman Club ballot results for election of officers and club logo selection have been counted and summarized:

Office: President
John Murphy WI1G51 voteswinner
Larry Kenney K1LJK1 vote

Office: Vice-President
Paul Moss KB1MTW50 voteswinner
Billy Robinson K1UFO1 vote

Office: Treasurer
Jeff Tracy N1SOM52 voteswinner

Office: Secretary
Larry Kenney K1LJK50 voteswinner

John Nelson WD1L33 voteswinner
Ron Stundze KB1OEQ23 votes          **
James Tynan KC1JET1 vote
Billy Robinson K1UFO1 vote
[** Note: Ron Stundze KB1OEQ will fill the director position previously held by Bill W1ACO]

Whitman Club Insignia choice
Utilize both Current and New designs20 voteswinner
New design          19 votes
Current design     10 votes

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Upcoming club meetings


Our next MOTA (Meeting On The Air) club meeting will be Wednesday August 19th, 7pm on the Whitman club repeater 147.225+ 67PL 

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Fox Hunt Information

July 2015 Fox Hunt results by Richard AG1B:
An amateur radio transmitter hunt, "Fox hunt” was held in Hanover and Hanson, MA, Saturday July 11, 2015.

Roy KB1CYV volunteered to operate as the “Fox”  and chose the “Forge Pond Park” on King Street in Hanover as the location.
Forge Pond Park is a new multi million dollar recreation area with six playing fields for baseball, softball, and soccer. The park has separated parking areas, a pavilion with restrooms, walking or jogging trails and access to Forge Pond.

Richard AG1B was traveling on King Street on the way to Hanover center for the 10AM start of the Fox hunt when he spotted the new playing fields and decided to start from there.

Roy KB1CYV began his transmissions as the Fox and mentioned he was operating with a HT because his car radio was “dead” again. Roy asked if anyone could hear his transmission. Richard AG1B responded that he could hear the Fox and “must be nearby”. Richard AG1B had a strong westerly bearing from the first parking area and proceeded in the park to the last parking area where he found the “Fox”.
Calls for other fox hunters were not answered on this beautiful Saturday.

Roy KB1CYV reports his Icom 7800 works somedays and then doesn’t on other days. Please contact Roy KB1CYV if you can help with this problem.

New hunters or anyone wishing to pair up with someone, please contact either:

 Roy  KB1CYV           kb1cyv@comcast.net
    Richard  AG1B         rjmetcalf@comcast.net

Note: Future radio direction finding events  are scheduled for the second Saturday of the month.
The "Fox" committee is  looking for guest "Foxes" who know a secret location that would test the direction finding skills of the hunters.
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Secretary and MOTA notes:
[NEW] August 2015 Secretary Notes [PDF]

JULY 1st 2015 Secretary Notes [PDF]

June 3rd 2015 Secretary Notes [PDF]

May 6th 2015 Secretary Notes [PDF]

 April 1st 2015 Secretary Notes [PDF]
April 15th 2015 Flea Market meeting Secretary Notes [PDF]

March 2015 Secretary Notes [PDF]
March 18th 2015 MOTA Notes [PDF]

February 2015 Secretary Notes [PDF]
February 18th 2015 MOTA Notes [PDF]

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Upcoming Whitman Amateur Radio Club events:

CRANLAND airport breakfast/fly-in begins Sunday April 19th. (3rd Sunday/ea mo.)
◦ ARRL Field Day 2015 : June 27 and June 28th
◦ Marshfield Fair 2015: Aug 21st thru Aug 30th
WARC Flea Market : September 26th and 27th
Plimouth Plantation : tbd by Plimouth Plantation committee (Thanksgiving wkend or
wkend prior to Thanksgiving has been suggested)

Other Amateur Radio events/FYI:

▪ Framingham Ham Flea Market is April 12th 
▪ NEAR-Fest is May 1st and May 2nd.
▪ Dayton Hamvention is May 15th thru May 17th.
▪ Museum Ships On The Air Weekend is June 5th-June7th
▪ The ARRL New England Convention in Boxboro is Aug 21st thru Aug 23rd.

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Marshfield Fair Special Event NN1MF
August 21st-30th, 2015 12:00 Noon - 9:00 PM

Join us at the Whitman Amateur Radio Clubs booth at this years Marshfield Fair, 140 Main St. Marshfield Ma. We'll have HF and VHF stations operating 12:00 Noon-9:00 pm every day.

We need volunteers to help out at the booth all week long and also for setup and take down a day before and a day after the event! Click here to view the current booth schedule. To sign up for booth time email Bill N1FRE (wf.hayden@verizon.net), our club email: WA1NPO@gmail.com or leave a msg on our clubs voice mail system:
781-523-5010. If you get on the booth schedule, we'll have a free pass w/free parking inside the fairgrounds for you (while they last).

This year the Whitman Amateur Radio Club is participating in the Marshfield Fairs Kids' Passport program. We have 2 flyers designed by Bill N1FRE to handout at the booth:
Kids Passport flyer  and  Kids Passport folded flyer

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Past Amateur Radio Events

[NEW]  Special Event: Barry N1EZH  is participating in this years 225th Anniversary of our US Coast Guard, Sunday August 2nd from 1400 - 1600Z (0900 - 1100 EST).
Find the event on:

(SSB Phone)  3827 KHz – LSB (80 M),  7227 KHz – LSB (40 M), 14327 KHz - USB (20 M),  21327 KHz - USB (15 M)
(CW) 3552 KHz (80 M),  7052 KHz (40 M), 14052 KHz (20 M), 21052 KHz (15 M)
Click here to see the event flyer (pdf)
Note: Barry N1EZH will monitor the 147.180 PL 67.0, W1MV, MARA Repeater during this time for Club Members wishing to set up an HF Freq. for contacts

[ARRL Field Day] The Whitman Amateur Radio Club held it's Field Day activities at the YMCA field, Rt106 in East Bridgewater on Saturday June 27th through Sunday June 28th. On-air operations started at 2pm Saturday and ended at 2pm Sunday. Setup on Saturday at the field started at 9am (with a number of folks helping Paul KB1MTW at the clubhouse at 8:15am). Bill N1FRE prepared a great operational info sheet for the event. Log results from the event to be posted asap

Click here for the full size PDF.

[Our Fall Flea Market] Thanks very much to all club members and vendors who helped make our May Flea Market a success! A very big thanks goes to Chris N1CFB for his great leadership and hard work in organizing and executing Flea Market operations!! Chris has already started arranging our fall flea market and would like to announce this will take place on Saturday September 26th and Sunday September 27th at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Rt 18, Whitman MA.   Vendors can reserve a space now by calling 781-523-5010.

USS Massachusetts
W1BSA Special Event
[link] Providence Journal article featuring Massasoit Amateur Radio Association and Whitman Amateur Radio Club members.

Saturday and Sunday November 29th and 30th, 2014
9:00am EST - 3:00pm EST (14:00-20:00 UTC)

Special Event Station NI1X operated on or about 18.160 Mhz, 14.260 Mhz, 7.260 Mhz, 3.860 Mhz, EchoLink:WA1NPO-R, IRPL node 8691 and 147.225+PL67.0

If you made contact with NI1X during our special event operations on November 29th and/or November 30th, 2014 and would like to receive a QSL certificate, please send a full sized SASE to:

Whitman Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 48
Whitman, MA 02382

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January 2015 Newsletter
All Pages (PDF File)
November-December 2014 Newsletter
All Pages (PDF File)
If you don't have the PDF file viewer, download it here.

Newsletter Archive

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Club Info

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club is located about 25 miles south of Boston, MA, near the city of Brockton. Club meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the Whitman Knights of Columbus Hall on route 18 just south of the Abington line. The meetings start at 7:00 PM.

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view the prices of coax and other wire available to club members.

Club Membership Application
Ham Radio Related Links
New England Repeater Directory
2012 List of Activities
For an up to date list of all VE Exam sessions in the New England area, visit the KY1N Memorial List

Club Officers
Board of Directors
Vice President - Paul Moss KB1MTW
Treasurer - Jeff Tracy  N1SOM
Secretary - Larry Kenney K1LJK

Information and pictures from club events of the past
Memorial Day weekend Flea Market
The Mount Washington "DX Pedition"
Fox Hunting Pictures
Plimoth Plantation Special Event

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