31 Dec

New Year Around The World QSO Party – 927.8375

2013-12-31Get ready to ring in the new year with the festive annual IRLP New Year Around The World QSO Party on the 927.8375 Dartmouth repeater!

The event gets started early enough for the New Zealand nodes to participate at 11:00 UTC, December 31st (6:00 AM local time) and continues until at least 10:00 UTC, January 1st (5:00 AM local time) when Hawaii rolls into the new year. This is an open QSO party with no net control. It is carried worldwide with the IRLP Crossroads Reflector 9200 being the central hub.

Locally, the 145.490 repeater is normally the South Coast Massachusetts affiliate for the New Year Around The World QSO Party. Since the ’49 repeater is currently off the air, it will be carried in its entirety for the second year in a row on SEMARA’s 927.8375 Dartmouth repeater. Enjoy and Happy New Year 2015!

31 Dec

New Year Around The World QSO Party – 927.8375

2013-12-31Get ready to ring in the new year with the festive annual IRLP New Year Around The World QSO Party on the 927.8375 Dartmouth repeater!

The event gets started early enough for the New Zealand nodes to participate at 11:00 UTC, December 31st (6:00 AM local time) and continues until at least 10:00 UTC, January 1st (5:00 AM local time) when Hawaii rolls into the new year.  This is an open QSO party with no net control.  It is carried worldwide with the IRLP Crossroads Reflector 9200 being the central hub.

Locally, the 145.490 repeater is normally the South Coast Massachusetts affiliate for the New Year Around The World QSO Party.  Since the ’49 repeater is currently off the air, it will be carried this year in its entirety on SEMARA’s 927.8375 Dartmouth repeater.  Enjoy and Happy New Year 2014!

05 Nov

145.490 Repeater Relocating to Dartmouth

2013-11-05_22013-11-05Proceeding the recent painting and rehabilitation of the Fairhaven water tank on Boston Hill Road, SCMARG was unable to reach an acceptable agreement with the town’s Board of Public Works (BPW) that would allow us to provide the same level of service we had previously.  After much discussion between the SCMARG trustees, we have decided to pull the equipment out and to reinstall it at our other site located on Wilbur Avenue in Dartmouth.  This Dartmouth communications tower will offer at least comparable (if not somewhat better) coverage than our former Fairhaven location, based on the projected plots between the two locations.

SCMARG’s 927.6500 repeater that was located at the Dartmouth site has been removed from service and replaced with the 145.490 repeater.  The equipment swap was completed this past weekend and we are now awaiting the 2-meter antenna to be relocated from Fairhaven to Dartmouth.  Once that is completed, the 145.490 repeater will be on the air from its new location in Dartmouth.  We will keep everyone posted on the progress via SCMARG.org, as well as our Facebook and Twitter feeds.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition period.  We look forward to restoring the 145.490 repeater to service.

73, SCMARG Trustees

26 Aug

145.490 Fairhaven Repeater Back On-Air!

2013-08-26Hello to all..

The 145.490 Repeater is back on the air!! The repeater is running 20 watts at this time. We are going to expedite getting the amplifier for the repeater. Rick-W1RJC and Rob-KD1CY will coordinate this. We will try and get it ordered early this week. This will allow for the 20 watts from the repeater to become 160 watts.

Frank-WQ1O was able to get in with his base station running 5 watts from Marstons Mills-Barnstable, MA with some white noise, but totally readable. When he gets up to 25 watts, he’s totally readable. Rick-W1RJC was able to get into the repeater with a HT running 2.5 watts through a rubber duck antenna from his home in Dartmouth, provided he was standing up around the house.

That’s about all for now. Please use the repeater and see how it goes, understanding we’re are not running at optimum power. Signal reports and observations on the repeater are welcome.

Thanks!

73, SCMARG Trustees

22 Mar

145.490 Fairhaven Repeater Temporarily Off-Air

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello to all..

Between Friday Morning and Sunday Evening, the Fairhaven Repeater will be taken out of service due to construction on the water tower where the repeater is located. The construction on the water tower will take approximately 2-3 months. We are hoping to have the repeater up and running at an alternate location within a couple weeks. The level of coverage from the alternate location will depend on where it is ultimately located. Once the water tower work is completed, we intend to return the repeater to its original location with a new antenna and feedline. This will likely mean better coverage from the repeater and the resolution of some of the crackling and other issues we’ve had at times with the repeater over the past few years. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as this work is completed.

Thanks!

73, SCMARG Trustees

27 Dec

Lawrence Lygren, W1DBX – SK

2012-12-27It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Lawrence Lygren, W1DBX (formerly WB1DBX) of Acushnet, MA.  Larry passed away on the morning of Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the New Bedford Health Care Center in the north end of New Bedford after a long battle with cancer.

Larry became an amateur radio operator back in 1976.  He was the original owner and builder of SCMARG’s 145.490 Fairhaven repeater in 1985.  He also enjoyed HF and was an early adopter of digital modes such as packet in the 1980s.  He was known for experimenting with new aspects of the hobby along with longtime friend Sonny (W1ESG, SK).

Larry worked for Tremblay’s Bus Company in New Bedford for many years along with his wife Danielle (KA1BHH) and more recently at Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) before retiring.  He had lived in New Bedford for most of his life and had just recently moved to Acushnet.  His obituary is expected to be in The Sunday Standard-Times.  We send our sympathy to his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.

28 May

Volunteers Needed For Triathlon – Last Weekend of August

2009-05-28_2The Cranberry Trifest (formerly Cranberry Country Triathlon) will be on Saturday & Sunday, August 29 & 30, 2009.  The site is the Ted Williams Camp, with entrances off Precinct Street and MA Route 18 in Lakeville, MA.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ted Williams Camp.  Other beneficiaries include the Kiwanis of Bridgewater.

The sprint will be on Saturday and will consist of a 0.5 mile swim, a 12 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run starting at 9:00 AM.  The kids duathlon will follow the sprint (distance TBD).  The intermediate distance triathlon (0.8 mile swim/24.9 mile bike/6.2 mile run) will be on Sunday at 8:00 AM.  The event coordinator donates to ham groups who help out!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Antone D. Duarte, Jr., N1XRS or Edward A. Caron, KA1RSY.

28 May

Volunteers Needed For Triathlon – Sunday, September 20th

2009-05-28_3The Buzzards Bay Triathlon (a Max Performance event) will be on Sunday, September 20, 2009.  The site is Demarest Lloyd State Park on Barney’s Joy Road in Dartmouth, MA.  The sprint is a 1/3 mile swim, 14.7 mile bike and 3.1 mile run.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Antone D. Duarte, Jr., N1XRS or Edward A. Caron, KA1RSY.

  • Find out more about this event by visiting the official Max Performance web site.
  • Communications information can be found on the N1XRS.net /events directory listing.
28 May

Volunteers Needed For Triathlon – Saturday, June 20th

2009-05-28The Patriot Triathlon will be on Saturday, June 20, 2009 and starts at 7:00AM.  The site is Cathedral Camp, located at 167 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, MA on the shores of Long Pond.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Cathedral Camp day camp for disadvantaged children.  Other beneficiaries include the Kiwanis of Bridgewater, Whitman Food Pantry and EMS of Acushnet.  The Patriot Triathlon is also a designated race in the American Cancer Society’s Charity Runner Program.

The event includes a 1.2 mile swim, 58.3 mile bike (2 loops) and 13.1 mile run.  The first wave will go off at 7:00 AM.  Cut-off times for each leg of the race are as follows.  All swimmers must be out of the water by 8:45AM.  All bikers must be off the course by 1:00PM. All runners must be off the course by 4:30PM.  All volunteers are invited to enjoy the post-race catered meal at no additional charge.  The event coordinator donates to ham groups who help out!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Antone D. Duarte, Jr., N1XRS or Edward A. Caron, KA1RSY.

18 May

Volunteers Needed For Triathlon – Saturday, July 5th

2008-05-18SCMARG is looking for volunteers to help with the Patriot Triathlon 2008.   This event is scheduled for Saturday, July 5th and is based out of Cathedral Camp in Freetown, MA.  Amateur radio operators are needed to monitor racers along a 1.2 mile swim, 58 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run.  The event lasts a large portion of the day from about 7am until 5pm.  All volunteers will receive a race tee-shirt and a free catered meal.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Antone D. Duarte, Jr., N1XRS.  Both SCMARG and the Acushnet EMA were contacted by Eric Averill (director of the event) and will be jointly participating.  Whether you are interested in volunteering for a portion of the day or full the full event, your participation is appreciated.

  • Find out more about this event by visiting the official Patriot Triathlon web site.