Technician License Course 2019

posted Feb 13, 2019, 1:04 PM by L Gray   [ updated Feb 14, 2019, 5:06 AM ]

FARA will be offering a Technician Class amateur radio license course in the Fall, most likely in October.  Please check this website, the FARA Facebook page, the Falmouth Community TV Bulletin board, and local media for announcements.

School Club Roundup, February 11-15

posted Feb 6, 2019, 7:30 AM by L Gray   [ updated Feb 6, 2019, 7:31 AM ]

About School Club Roundup:

Winter/Spring Term: February 11-15, 2019

Fall Term: October 15-19, 2018 (October 21-25, 2019)

Objective: To exchange QSO information with club stations that are part of an elementary, middle, high school or college. Non-school clubs and individuals are encouraged to participate.

Sponsored by the ARRL, its Hudson Division Education Task Force and and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC) to foster contacts with and among school radio clubs.

Award certificates will be issued for the following US and DX categories: 

Schools: Elementary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, High School and College/University
Non-school Clubs

FARA Field Day 2019 Opportunities

posted Jan 23, 2019, 8:01 AM by L Gray   [ updated Feb 4, 2019, 8:10 AM ]

We have less than 150 days until Field Day 2019.  Setup begins on Friday, June 21.  Field Day operation takes place on Saturday-Sunday, June 22-23.  Teardown takes place after 1400 on Sunday, 23 June.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!

There are numerous opportunities to participate in FARA's Field Day activities.  There is an opportunity for everyone, regardless of experience or physical condition.

The following positions need to be filled:
  • Field Boss - Directs setup and teardown of antennas and related equipment 
  • Station Captain SSB Station - Sets up the SSB station and schedules operators (Taken)
  • Station Captain CW Station - Sets up the CW station and schedules operators
  • Station Captain VHF Station - Sets up the VHF station and schedules operators
  • Station Captain GOTA station - Sets up the GOTA station and schedules operators (Taken)
  • Food Captain - Procures and delivers food and related items for cookout on Saturday, solicits pot luck items
  • Media Publicity Coordinator - Develops and sends press releases to local media
  • Public Information Table Coordinator - Sets up a public information table with club handouts/information and visitor sign-in log
  • Satellite Station Captain - Sets up a satellite station and completes at least one satellite QSO
  • Alternate Power Coordinator - Sets up solar power/battery power and makes at least 5 QSO's using alternate power 
  • Educational Activity Coordinator - Develops and presents a ham radio related  educational activity during Field Day
  • Youth Participation Coordinator - Recruits youth participants to make QSO's from the GOTA station
  • Safety Officer - Completes ARRL safety checklist and monitors safety during Field Day.
  • Operators - Operators are needed for the SSB, CW, and VHF stations to cover the 24 hour period from 1400 on Saturday, 22 June through 1400 Sunday, 23 June
  • Setup Crew - Several people are required to assist with retrieving equipment from the club storage container and setup of the towers, antennas and related items.  Most of this work is done on Friday, June 21.  
  • Teardown Crew - Several people are required to assist with taking down the towers and antennas, coiling coax, storing the equipment in the club storage container.  Teardown is done after 1400 on Sunday, June 23.  
There are opportunities for club members of any skill level or physical condition to assist with Field Day.

If you are available on the Field Day dates and would like to assist, please let me know via email.  Please include the opportunities of interest to you.  If you filled a position last year, hopefully, you will be available again this year.

Larry, W1IZZ
Field Day Coordinator

AM Rally 2019 February 2-4

posted Jan 13, 2019, 6:05 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jan 13, 2019, 6:06 AM ]

About the AM Rally:
The purpose of this event is to encourage the use of Amplitude Modulation on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10 , and 6 meter Amateur Radio Bands, and to highlight various types of AM equipment in use today. This event is open to any and all radio amateurs who are running full carrier amplitude modulation (standard AM), using any type of radio equipment. Modern, Vintage, Tube, Transistor, Software Defined, Military, Boat Anchor, Broadcast, Home Brew or Commercially available radio are all welcomed to join in on the AM fun.

This is a great chance to try out that AM mode on your rig.  This is a very informal, more conversational operating event.  Give it a try--you will enjoy it!

AM Rally - Operating Event on the HF+6M Amateur Bands
0000Z Saturday February 2 - 0700Z Monday February 4
( 7:00pm EST Friday February 1 - 2:00am EST Monday February 4 )
( 4:00pm PST Friday February 1 - 11:00pm PST Sunday February 3 )

See for complete details.

Winter Field Day January 26-27

posted Jan 4, 2019, 6:44 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 6:47 AM ]

Winter Field Day is scheduled for January 26-27, 2019.  Complete rules and information can be found on

This is a great winter ham radio activity.  

KM1CC Anniversary 1st Transatlantic Wireless Special Event

posted Jan 3, 2019, 9:23 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jan 3, 2019, 9:25 AM ]

On January 18, 1903, young inventor Guglielmo Marconi made communication history by sending the first public transatlantic wireless message from his station on the South Wellfleet bluffs to Poldhu, Great Britain. 

The KM1CC Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club operators will talk to hams around the world on January 18-19, 2019 beginning at 1000 hours Eastern Time (1500 Hours G.M.T.). Instead of operating at the Coast Guard Station in Eastham this month, we will operate from Russ Apgar's home, K1RTA in Wellfleet, MA, 285 Old Wharf Road off U.S. Route 6 across the street from the original Marconi Site. Grid Square FN51av. Operators are welcome to attend

Here are the operating frequencies and modes..

80M 3.660-3.860 SSB / 3.535 CW
40M 7.130-7.260 SSB / 7.035 CW
30M 10.110.CW 
20M 14.260 SSB / 14.035 CW
17M 18.160 SSB / 18.080 CW
15M 21.360 SSB / 21.035 CW

73 Bill N2KNL

2019 First Day Breakfast

posted Jan 1, 2019, 1:14 PM by L Gray   [ updated Jan 1, 2019, 1:16 PM ]

There was a good crowd of FARA folks at the annual First Day Breakfast.  Given all of the smiling faces, the food must have been good.

(image courtesy of Geoff Way)

FARA Annual First Day Breakfast

posted Dec 15, 2018, 9:03 AM by L Gray   [ updated Dec 15, 2018, 9:03 AM ]

The First Day Breakfast is an old tradition in FARA, with some of us gathering on January 1st at a local restaurant for a New Year's Breakfast.  This year we will meet at Persey’s Restaurant at 8 AM. Persey’s is part of the “The Inn on the Square”, on the corner of Depot Ave, on the way to Woods Hole.  The address is 40 North Main St., Route 28, Falmouth, MA 02540.  There is plenty of parking along the side of the hotel.  If you plan to attend, please contact Brent W1NCH at  It's unorganized, just come if you can. If enough people show up, we might be able to get them to push some tables together. 

Annual FARA Dues by January 31

posted Nov 28, 2018, 7:42 AM by L Gray   [ updated Nov 28, 2018, 7:43 AM ]

FARA long ago established the cutoff date for dues at April 1. The lengthly grace period accommodated the fact that dues were largely paid by check, or by cash in person at one of the FARA meetings. Many of our members are seasonal residents, and are often out of the state on January 1.

The advent of the Internet has made such grace periods unnecessary. News of the club, previously mailed monthly in a newsletter, is now distributed almost continuously via email, Facebook and our website. PayPal is accepted for dues payments, which can be made from anywhere there is an Internet connection. As a result, the Board of Directors voted to move the grace period for 2018 from April 1 to March 1.

For 2019, the Board established a cutoff date of January 31. If you have not paid your dues by February 1, 2019 you will be removed from the membership roll and all FARA privileges will be revoked.

Annual membership dues are due on January 1st. Member is $20, family $30, student $10, and the first year of a new licensee is $5. New applications or renewals are available at

Checks can be mailed to the FARA address (PO Box 815, West Falmouth, MA 02574), or brought in person to one of the FARA regular meetings, or via PayPal on our website at

If you've any questions, feel free to reach out to any FARA officer or director.

FARA 2018 Field Day Results

posted Nov 17, 2018, 5:06 AM by L Gray   [ updated Nov 17, 2018, 5:07 AM ]

The 2018 ARRL Field Day results were released in the December issue of QST.  FARA did very well, both regionally and nationally.

FARA's Field Day score was:

#1 in Eastern Massachusetts in Class 2A
#3 in New England in Class 2A
#13 nationally in Class 2A out of 282 entries
#82 nationally overall out of 2,902 entries in all classes

Thanks to everyone who contributed to another successful FARA Field Day.

Field Day 2019 is just 217 days away.  Field Day 2019 is scheduled for June 22-23, 2019--put the dates on your calendar now!

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