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[NEW] April-May 2016 Newsletter [PDF]

[NEW] 2016 Whitman Club election results <click here>

[NEW] Fox Hunt results! <click here for details>

[Reminder] Our next MOTA (Meeting On The Air) will be Wednesday June 15th 2016 on the club repeater: 147.225mhz +pl67

[changes in dates] We have a new Technician training class running in May and June, ending with a VE session. The class meets at the Whitman Police Station from 7-9 pm. The following are the dates for the class:
Thursday May 5th, Thursday May 12th, Monday May 16th, Thursday May 26th, Thursday June 2nd, Thursday June 9th, new: Tuesday June 14th and a change to the VE Session which will now be on Thursday June 23rd due to classroom availability.

Our next club activity will be the ARRL Field Day event Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th 2016.

Setup starts at 9AM Saturday June 25th at the E. Bridgewater YMCA field. Radio Operations begin at 2pm sharp and continues for 24hrs until 2pm Sunday June 26th. From past Field Day operations, Bill N1FRE had prepared an operational info sheet showing the ARRL US section map and abbreviations used for the event. <Click here the PDF>.
[Just Announced] The Fall Flea Market/Craft Fair will be held on Labor Day Weekend Sunday Sept 4th & Monday Sept 5th
(click here for a full size PDF version)



June  2016 Sunday Public Service Net Control

June 5th             Bill N1FRE
June 12th           Jeff WK1D 
June 19th           Ross W1EKG (CranLand Fly-In)
June 26th           TBD from the Whitman club Field Day event
July 3rd              Bob KA1KIJ

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 1 page net control & NTS traffic preamble with instructions and a net log CLICK HERE
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For the new large font, multi-page net control script CLICK HERE

For the new large font, multi-page NTS traffic script CLICK HERE

Please note: our repeater operation now includes a 2 second delay when first transmitting. If the carrier has dropped, you should count to 2 before speaking when opening the repeater. If not, the first 2 seconds of your transmission will not be heard.

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2016 Whitman Club June 1st election results:

Officer: President
Joe Amorelli K1JMA : Elected
Officer: Vice-President
Paul Moss KB1MTW : Re-Elected
Officer: Treasurer
Jeff Tracy N1SOM : Re-Elected
Officer: Secretary
Larry Kenney K1LJK : Re-Elected
Director:
Richard Metcalf AG1B
: Elected

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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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Upcoming club meetings

Reminder

Our next MOTA (Meeting On The Air) will be Wednesday June 15th 2016 on the club repeater: 147.225mhz +pl67
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Fox Hunt Information



New Fox Hunt results from Richard AG1B, June 2016

Hello club members,
I retrieved the 146.535 Mh Fox Box Sunday afternoon after 51 hours of operation. The box was still functioning at pickup. The Fox Box was discussed on the Sunday morning WARC net after which Bill N1FRE made an attempt to find the transmitter. Bill N1FRE reported that the transmitter was strongest at an address on Walnut street in Whitman. Congratulations to Bill N1FRE for coming closest to the hidden transmitter. The Fox Box was shielded by a large tree that reduced the reception range. I would like to hear from any others who made an attempt to find the transmitter.
The club thanks Ross W1EKG for volunteering to host the Fox Box this week !
I am looking for others to host the Fox Box.
Please contact Richard AG1B at     rjmetcalf@comcast.net    if you would help support this part of the radio hobby.


73,  Richard ,  AG1B


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:

February-March 2016 Newsletter [PDF]
January 2016 Newsletter [PDF]

November-December 2015 Newsletter [PDF]
 November 2015 Secretary Notes [PDF]
October 2015 Secretary Notes [PDF]
September 2015 Secretary Notes [PDF]

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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2016 Amateur Radio Club events:

  • Marlborough Flea Market: Sat Feb 13th
  • Framingham Flea Market: Sun April 10th
  • NEAR-Fest: Fri & Sat  April 29th & 30th
  • Dayton Hamvention : Fri-Sun May 20th, 21st, 22nd
  • Whitman club Flea Market Memorial Day Weekend: Sun & Mon May 29th & 30th.
  • ARRL Field Day: Sat & Sun June 25th, 26th
  • MIT Sunday Flea Markets & (to be verified) CranLand Fly-ins:
  • April 17th, May 15th, June 19th, July 17th,
  • Aug 21st, Sept 18th, Oct 16th.
  • Marshfield Fair: Fri Aug 19th- Sun 28th
  • (station setup Thur Aug 18th, station breakdown Mon Aug 29th)
  • ARRL New England/Boxboro Convention: Fri-Sun Aug 26th, 27th, 28th.
  • Whitman club Flea Market Labor Day Weekend: Sun & Mon Sept 4th & 5th.
  • NEAR-Fest: Fri & Sat October 14th & 15th
  • Plimoth Plantation Special Event Fri-Sun Oct 25th, 26th, 27th.


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Past Amateur Radio Events

Plimoth Plantation Special Event operations took place over Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday and Sunday November 28th & 29th, 9am-3pm EST (14:00-20:00 UTC),  on or about: 7.260Mhz, 14.260Mhz, 18.160Mhz and club repeater: 147.225+pl67 using the NI1X call
 (Antenna party Friday morning 10am at the Plantation <click here for pictures>)
PlimothPlantation2015Totals


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



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

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Newsletters
April-May 2016 Newsletter Adobe PDF file  Adobe PDF file
February-March Newsletter Adobe PDF fileAdobe PDF file
January 2016 Newletter Adobe PDF fileAdobe PDF file
If you don't have the Adobe PDF file viewer, download it here
Click here for the 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.

Post Office Box 48
 Whitman, MA 02382
 ARRL Club #0082
 Club Call Sign: WA1NPO

Click Here 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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