Marine Lodge Supports FARA Communications Trailer Project

posted Oct 4, 2019, 10:13 AM by L Gray   [ updated Oct 4, 2019, 10:14 AM ]

Marine Lodge, Falmouth's Masonic Lodge, recently voted to make a donation in support of the FARA Communications Trailer Project.  On Thursday, October 3, Marine Lodge Master Erich F. Horgan amd Lodge member Maxwell J. Weinfuss (KC1MAX) presented a $5,000 check to the FARA Board of Directors.

The goal of the trailer project is to assemble a professional, self-contained, mobile communications platform that will be used to support emergency, and non-emergency, public safety and public service events.  The completed communications trailer will allow FARA to better serve the community in public service events, such as the Falmouth Road Race and Cape Cod Marathon.  In addition, the communications trailer will support the Falmouth Emergency Operations Center, CERT, Storm Shelters, and the Falmouth Hospital during emergencies, providing vital health and welfare communications support.  The communications trailer will also be used as part of FARA's on-going educational and community outreach activities.

The generous support of Marine Lodge will allow us to achieve our goal.  Falmouth is fortunate to have community based organizations such as Marine Lodge.

Making Satellite Contacts on VHF/UHF

posted Oct 3, 2019, 10:09 AM by L Gray   [ updated Oct 3, 2019, 10:19 AM ]

Geoff Allsup, W1OH, made an informative presentation on amateur satellite operations.   The presentation file can be viewed at:

Geoff pointed out that satellite contacts can be made with just an HT using the FM satellites.  While a HT supporting duplex operation is desirable, it is possible to make contacts with a non-duplex HT.  I have listened to a few FM satellite passes since Geoff's presentation, using my Baofeng HT.

Satellite pass information can be accessed via the app SatSat for the iPhone/iPad or the app ISS Detector for the Android phones/tablets.  A copy of Geoff's satellite "cheat sheet", listing various useful satellite details, can be accessed via the link at the bottom of the page.

Detailed information regarding amateur satellites and satellite operations can be found on the AMSat website,

As Geoff mentioned, satellite operations are a good alternative during the current HF propagation conditions.  Give it a try!

Technician License Course Cancelled

posted Aug 15, 2019, 5:53 AM by L Gray   [ updated Oct 6, 2019, 2:12 PM ]

The Technician license class scheduled for October has been cancelled.  Look for announcements for the re-scheduled class.  We expect ot hold a class in March, 2020.

FARA Field Day 2019

posted Jun 27, 2019, 7:32 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 27, 2019, 7:33 AM ]

Another successful FARA ARRL Field Day is in the books.  Our submitted score is 8,090, which is about 300 points better than last year.  We lost about 3 hours of prime operating time due to thunderstorms, so the operating crew did very well.  

Friday setup was also delayed by weather.  We waited until about 1100 to start setup and finished it at about 1430, just as rain started again.  Tear-down was not delayed by weather and was completed by 1600, which is record time.  The many volunteers made both setup and tear-down go smoothly.

Paul, K1COD, served as grill-master for the Saturday cookout with assistance from XYL Barbara, K1BOG.   Jim, KC1KM and Charlie, K1CB cooked a nice breakfast for the overnight operating crew.  Gene, KX1C, returned from Vermont to serve as grill-master for Sunday lunch.  Thanks to Joan and Shelly, and the donors of "pot luck" dishes, everyone was well fed.

Some images from FD2019 are shown below:


FARA Emergency Communications Trailer Project

posted Jun 25, 2019, 11:24 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 26, 2019, 12:41 PM ]

Double your donation.  We have a $1,000 donation that requires matching donations.  Donate now and double your donation!

FARA Field Day is June 22-23--Public is invited

posted Jun 20, 2019, 2:43 PM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 20, 2019, 2:45 PM ]

Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 22nd-23rd   Demonstrates Science, Skill, and Service 

Members of the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (FARA) will be participating in the National ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22nd – 23rd, 2019 at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds south parking area at Route 151 and Currier Road in East Falmouth. Visitors are welcome at the site starting at noon on June 22.  Visitors can make over the air contacts using a special station setup just for visitors.

Since 1933, ham radio operators across the United States have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. Field Day is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location, creating an independent communications network. 
Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, and can interface with tablets or smartphones. Most ham radio stations can be setup up quickly by simply throwing a wire over a tree for an antenna, and using batteries for power. The ability to quickly setup communications is one of the greatest things about Ham radio, and is very beneficial in times of disasters and other emergencies.  When other communication infrastructures are not working, ham radio works.  

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 822,768 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. 

For more information about FARA's Field Day, contact Matthew Trott, KB1MLP, ( 

W1MGY - Titanic Memorial Event

posted Mar 29, 2019, 11:22 AM by L Gray   [ updated Mar 29, 2019, 11:23 AM ]

We will be operating April 13 and 14 from the old Coast Guard Station at Coast Guard beach in Eastham. 
Two stations will be set up and operated in approximately 4 hour shifts as follows:

  • Saturday April 13, 6:30 am- 10:00 am ; 10:00 am- 2:00 pm ; 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm ; 6:00 pm- 10:00 pm . we will not be operating over night
  • Sunday April 14, 6:30 am - 10:00 am ; 10:00 am- 2:00 pm ; 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm ; 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm ; 10:00 pm - 1:27 am on 15th

There are 18 slots, you can also come with a friend and log for them or switch off during the four hour slot.

 I'm going to plan on starting setup Wed. the 10th at noon and finish up Friday am if necessary.

Coffee and munchies will be available. Come and join the fun. The old station is a unique place to operate from.

Pick a time slot or slots and email me your choices so that I may set up a roster.

If you are a CW operator - you will have to supply your own key.

We will be open to the public Saturday from 1-4 pm.  73, 

Trustee / W1MGY

if you need to call me 508-237-3429

Cape Cod Maker Faire 2019

posted Mar 29, 2019, 7:50 AM by L Gray   [ updated Mar 29, 2019, 8:03 AM ]

FARA will again be participating in the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, to be held Saturday, April 27 at the Mashpee High School.

For more information about the Faire, see

We need FARA members to:
  • Setup stations
  • Operate 
  • Greet the public
  • Help kids make Morse Code sounders

If you are available to assist, or have any questions, please contact Brent, W1NCH, at

Field Day 2019 Update

posted Mar 29, 2019, 7:33 AM by L Gray   [ updated Mar 29, 2019, 7:33 AM ]

Field Day Update:
The following opportunities are still available for anyone willing to participate in FARA's Field Day event.  The setup/teardown crews usually have plenty of help.  However, we never have enough operators.
  • Food Captain - Procures and delivers food and related items for cookout on Saturday, solicits pot luck items
  • Public Information Table Coordinator - Sets up a public information table with club handouts/information and visitor sign-in log
  • 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/Digital, 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.  
Contact Larry, W1IZZ to sign up, or if you have questions about any of the positions.  Email is good on QRZ.

Falmouth ARA Participation in “Operation Shake Up”

posted Feb 23, 2019, 9:20 AM by L Gray   [ updated Feb 23, 2019, 9:21 AM ]

Matthew Trott, KB1MLP, Falmouth Amateur Radio Association Public Relations Officer writes:

Members of the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association/Cape Cod ARES participated in ARES drill “Operation Shake Up” on February 9 with surrounding Amateur Radio clubs and home stations.

The purpose of the drill was to test the capability in establishing communications with stations both within and outside of our district. The drill also tested communications capabilities with our hospital station, primary stations, EOC, shelters, and other ARES members’ home stations. Various field sites participated across Cape Cod, including: Falmouth, Sandwich, Harwich, Joint Base Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. In addition, home stations participated from as far away as Acushnet, Massachusetts. Communications utilized 2-meter and 70 cm FM, 75 and 40 meter SSB, and 2 meters PAC digital. ARES field teams were instructed to bring their own equipment. “Served agency” equipment was not used at any time. The Incident Command System (ICS) was assigned prior to the start of operations and used during the exercise.

Falmouth did a great job establishing operations at the Falmouth Hospital, the Falmouth EOC at Falmouth Fire Rescue Headquarters, and the Falmouth Field Site at Falmouth High School. Stations made use of various mobile transceivers, batteries, generators, amplifiers, and home brew antennas. Net control at the Falmouth Hospital did a great job in directing the operation. A lot was learned.

Drills and exercises like “Operation Shake Up” are very important in encouraging participation among Falmouth Amateur Radio Association members.  These exercises are an important part of FARA's continuing commitment to community service.

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