01 Jun

440 MHz Threatened By PAVE PAWS

2007-06-01PAVE PAWS is a United States’ Air Force Space Command radar system operated by three 21st Space Wing squadrons for missile warning and space surveillance.  Operational PAVE PAWS radars are located at the Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts, Beale Air Force Base, California and Clear Air Force Station, Alaska.

Since early 2006, the USAF has claimed that amateur radio repeaters operating within a certain distance of Otis AFB and Beale AFB are causing unacceptable interference to the PAVE PAWS radar system.  Since the radar is classified, little to no details have been released on how to remedy the problem thus far. This leaves the future status of 440 MHz in our area in question.

Pictured:  One of the phased array antennas that makes up PAVE PAWS radar.

21 May

SKYWARN Training – Thursday, June 14th

2007-05-21SKYWARN is the NWS volunteer weather spotting program where public citizens send reports to weather meteorologists to help them make a precise prediction to protect life and property.  The Acushnet EMA is sponsoring a SKYWARN Training session on Thursday, June 14th, 2007, 7:00pm at the Acushnet Community Center, 232 Middle Road, Acushnet, MA.  This session is open to the public, free of charge and runs about three hours.

A video presentation will show cloud features associated with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.  It will also stresses what types of phenomena should be reported.  Upon completion of the training, identification cards will be handed out along with a special phone number for reporting directly to the National Weather Service.

11 May

June SCMARG Dinner Meet

2007-05-11SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, June 1st, 2007, 7:00pm at T.K. O’Malley’s Resturant, 227 State Road (US Route 6), Dartmouth, MA.  No formal agenda is planned.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!

03 May

Volunteers Needed For Triathlon – Sunday, July 1st

2007-05-03SCMARG is looking for volunteers to help with the Patriot Half Iron 2007 Triathlon.  This event is scheduled for Sunday, July 1st and is based out of Cathedral Camp in Freetown, MA.  Amateur radio operators are needed to monitor racers along a 28 mile bike course and a 13.1 mile run.  All volunteers will receive a race tee-shirt and a fabulous pasta meal from Riccardi’s, who is catering the event.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC.  Both SCMARG and the Acushnet EMA were contacted by Eric Averill (director of the event) and will be jointly participating.  Eric has also provided a map of the race course; click here to view it.

13 Apr

May SCMARG Dinner Meet

2007-04-13SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, May 11th, 2007, 7:00pm at Riccardi’s Italian Restaurant, 38 Sconticut Neck Road, Fairhaven, MA.  Please note that this is the Riccardi’s in Fairhaven and not New Bedford.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!

18 Mar

NEAR-Fest: It’s Official!

2007-03-18It was officially announced this week by Michael Crestohl, W1RC that the New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) will hold its first ever get-together and flea market on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, Highway 43 in Deerfield, New Hampshire.

This festival is not to be confused with Hosstraders that was formerly held in Hopkinton, NH (and several other locations).  Thirty-three years ago Norman B. Blake, W1ITT, Joseph M. Demaso, K1RQG and Robert V. Tiffany, W1GWU started what has become a highly popular and much beloved New England amateur radio institution.  The NEAR-Fest was instituted to retain this wonderful tradition.

  • Read the full story now on the new NEAR-Fest web site.
11 Mar

Technical Excellence Award: VE7LTD

2007-03-11The Dayton Hamvention’s Technical Excellence Award goes each year to a person who has made an outstanding technical advancement in the field of Amateur Radio.  This year, David Cameron, VE7LTD was named the recipient of the Technical Excellence Award for his work developing the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP).

The award announcement said Cameron “was instrumental in development of the software, hardware, and technology” to permit worldwide radio and repeaters linking via the Internet Radio Linking Project.  “His work literally transformed FM repeater communication from a local entity into a worldwide communication network that has been of immense value in emergencies and has helped unite the world’s radio amateurs over the Internet and radio,” the award nomination said.

07 Mar

NEAR-Fest: The Next Hosstraders?

2007-03-07New England hams feeling the void of the now defunct Hosstraders may have some hope after all.  According to a post by Michael Crestohl, W1RC on The AM Forum site, things look very promising for two new events in the tradition of Hosstraders.  These events will tentatively be on May 4th and 5th as well as October 12th and 13th (both on Friday and Saturday).

Where will this new event be held?  Mike comments that “Right now I am not at liberty to reveal the venue […] It will offer all the amenities we have become used to having and more.”  How about a name for this event?  Mike adds “I have decided [to] tentatively call the event the New England Amateur Radio Festival, which produces a nice acronym; NEAR-Fest.”

  • Read Mike’s full post now on the AM Fone web site.
02 Mar

April SCMARG Dinner Meet

2007-03-02SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, April 13th, 2007, 7:15pm at UNO Chicago Grill, 214 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven, MA.  This meet is on the 2nd week of April due to Good Friday, and no formal agenda is planned.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!

23 Feb

Amateur Radio Enters A New Era

2007-02-23A new Amateur Radio Service regime now is in place.  The requirement to demonstrate Morse code proficiency to gain HF privileges officially disappeared from the FCC’s Part 97 rules today at 12:01 AM Eastern Time.  At the same time, some 200,000 Technician licensees without Morse code exam credit acquired HF privileges equivalent to those available to Novice licensees.  The League is marking the occasion with a W1AW special event aimed at welcoming newcomers to the HF bands.