Announcements


Boxboro Tech in a Day Class

posted Aug 14, 2018, 9:03 AM by L Gray   [ updated Aug 14, 2018, 9:04 AM ]


The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association, CAARA, will be holding a one day study course for those interested in earning the FCC Technician class amateur radio license. 

This course will be held at the ARRL Boxboro Convention at the Boxboro Regency Hotel in Boxboro, MA on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Registration begins at 8am
Starting at 8:30 AM and going until 4:30 PM.
Exams will begin at the end of class.

There is a $20.00 fee for course materials, snacks and the FCC Test Fee.

You must sign up beforehand by e-mailing CAARA at techinaday@caara.net.

Please advise your members, there may be family members desiring to attend.

Thanks and 73,
BILL POULIN, WZ1L
ASST. VE LIAISON
CAPE ANN AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION
GLOUCESTER, MA

Spark Gap--Going to Dayton?......... Going to Dayton!

posted Aug 1, 2018, 8:02 AM by L Gray   [ updated Aug 1, 2018, 1:08 PM ]

Henry, K1WCC, contributed the August Spark Gap article, which is a guide for attending the annual Hamvention.  An excerpt is shown below: 

"The Dayton Hamvention (now held in nearby Xenia, OH) is THE Mecca for hams all over the
world. It's where it's at, as we used to say in the 60's. So what is going there all about? What do
you need to know? I've been there about 8 times, so I may be qualified to report.........."

 

FARA Club Station

posted Jul 28, 2018, 11:37 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jul 28, 2018, 11:38 AM ]

The Air Force has decided to demolish the building that houses the FARA Club Station, along with several other old buildings on the base.  A group of FARA members dismantled the club station on Saturday.  Equipment and other items will be placed in safe storage until a new home for the club station is found.

July Spark Gap - Recycling for 6M--A Cheap 6M antenna

posted Jul 13, 2018, 9:31 AM by L Gray   [ updated Aug 17, 2018, 8:14 AM ]





Jim Valdes, WA1GPO, wrote a timely Spark Gap article describing the fabrication of a 6M antenna using aluminum salvaged from a beach chair.  The design is based on the Cushcraft ASQ-6, 6 Meter Squalo antenna.  Jim's "beach chair" version is based on an article that appeared in QST, January, 2002.  

The Squalo, or hard loop design, results in a compact antenna that performs well.  Six meters has been open lately, so this is a timely antenna project.

Some links to some related information on antennas of this general design and the original QST article follow:

FARA Field Day 2018

posted Jun 28, 2018, 5:42 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 6:22 AM ]

FARA Field Day 2018 is done and dusted. Teardown took 1 hour and 45 minutes, thanks to the large number of volunteers.

In 2017, we made 1,959 contacts on CW, SSB, and Digital. In 2018, we made 2,095 contacts. The increase was mostly in CW, which counts double. So, the raw contact results look very good, particularly given the poor weather.  The submitted score for the FARA 2018 Field Day is 7,722. We scored 7,724 in 2017. Our total score this year was slightly lower, because we missed significant bonus points.  Total QSO points were 6,462. The bonus point total was 1,260.  We had one FD QSO with New Zealand, which wins the distance prize!

While we made lots of contacts, there was also plenty of socializing.  The usual Saturday night cookout with Grillmaster Gene at the grill, Jim Leavitt's excellent Sunday morning breakfast, and Gene's lunch cookout on Sunday all contributed to the social aspect of Field Day.  The weather wasn't great, but we made the best of it.

Thanks again to the 59 members and visitors who helped make another FARA Field Day fun and successful. If you missed this event, you missed a good time with a great bunch of folks. Put it on your calendar now for next year.


 Auspicious Sunrise
 Cranking Up VHF Tower
 Stations Setup
 Public Information Table
 Alan, KA1QMA, at SSB
 Youth at GOTA with Geoff
 Youths at GOTA
 Greg, W1KM at CW
 Larry, W1IZZ at VHF
 Nelson, AC1ED at CW
 Chris, KC1BZK at VHF
 Gene, KX1C, Grillmaster
 Enjoying the cookout
 Norm, KB1TSE, SSB at night
 VHF at night
 Dennis, W1UE, CW at night

Photos by: Geoff Allsup, Barry Hutchinson, Larry Gray

FARA Field Day 2018 Setup

posted Jun 22, 2018, 12:17 PM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 22, 2018, 1:31 PM ]

Field Day setup proceeded very smoothly, thanks to the efforts of the 28 FARA members and guests present for setup.  Many hands make light work.  The Sheriff's Community Service Program tent crew did a great job setting up the 40x40 tent.  The Barnstable Fairgrounds crew did a nice job mowing the field and the weather could not have been much better.

The setup crew: Alden-K1IZB, Mike-KC1HKW, Mel-KC1ELB, Al-KC1JLV, Henry-K1WCC, Doug-N1OEI, Jeremy-KB1SFS, Gene-KX1C, Mike-K1VTR, George-N1GJ, Paul-K1COD, Bob-WA1DRQ, Jay-WB4KYW, Steve-KG4SHD, Bill-W1WH, Earl-W1EEB, Norm-KB1TSE, Jim-KX1M, Lee-NQ1L, Tom-N1TB, Greg-W1KM, Geoff-W1OH, Jim-WA1GPO, Bill-N2OSZ, Dick-KB1KMP, Ralph-N1YHS, Don-N1JCT, and Larry-W1IZZ.

The setup crew moved all of the equipment up from the storage container, setup 4 antenna towers, assembled 5 beams, rolled out coaxial cables and put up three 40M dipoles.  The stations will be connected Saturday AM, when power will be available from the "Killer Mouse Electric Company" via propane powered generators.

We hope to see many FARA members and visitors on Saturday and Sunday.  There are still plenty of opportunities for FARA members or visitors to make contacts from one of the four radio stations,  and the Saturday afternoon cookout is a great time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Images by Geoff Allsup and Larry Gray)

FARA at Maker Faire 2018

posted Jun 6, 2018, 4:51 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 4:52 AM ]

Several FARA members staffed FARA's Maker Faire exhibit, providing ham radio information, live demonstrations and a clothes pin key building activity.  Among the FARA members working were: Gene Bradeen (KX1C), Lee Thomas (NQ1L), Will Plikaitis (KB1WLY), Alan Duester (KC1JLV), Brian Pierce (W1HXN), Alan Costa (KA1QMA), Geoff Allsup (W1OH) and Mike (KC1HCW).  Mike spent virtually the entire time doing the clothes pin key building activity.

Geoff worked outside, making satellite contacts.  He managed nine contacts during one pass of Saudi-Oscar 50 ( SO-50 ).  The satellite pass photo was taken by Geoff's granddaughter Ella, KC1HJF.   The other photos were taken by Lee Thomas.

 Satellite Pass
 FARA Exhibit
 Clothes Pin Key Building

18 Days to FARA Field Day 2018

posted Jun 5, 2018, 7:26 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 5, 2018, 7:46 AM ]





We have less than 18 days until Field Day 2018
.  Setup begins on Friday, June 22 at 10am.  Field Day operation takes place from 1400 Saturday- until 1400 Sunday, June 23-24.  Teardown takes place after 1400 on Sunday, 24 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:
  • Station Captain CW Station - Sets up the CW station and schedules operators.  This can also be a Digital Station
  • Public Information Table Coordinator - Sets up a public information table with club handouts/information and visitor sign-in log
  • 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, 23 June through 1400 Sunday, 24 June
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.

Thanks,
Larry, W1IZZ
Field Day Coordinator

FARA Logging Workshop

posted Apr 8, 2018, 12:55 PM by L Gray   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 12:56 PM ]






FARA held a logging workshop on Saturday, 7 April at the Falmouth EOC.  About 20 FARA members were in attendance.  Information on setting up and using the N1MM+ and N3FJP logging software was presented.  The images below were supplied by Norm, KB1TSE.

The information presented in the workshop is available on the FARA website, at Logging Workshop.

 
 
 

FARA Field Day 2018 Opportunities

posted Mar 20, 2018, 9:36 AM by L Gray   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 5:39 AM ]





We have less than 100 days until Field Day 2018.  Setup begins on Friday, June 22.  Field Day operation takes place on Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24.  Teardown takes place after 1400 on Sunday, 24 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 (FILLED)
  • Station Captain SSB Station - Sets up the SSB station and schedules operators (FILLED)
  • 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 (FILLED)
  • 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 (FILLED)
  • 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, 23 June through 1400 Sunday, 24 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 22.  
  • 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 24.  
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.

Thanks,
Larry, W1IZZ
Field Day Coordinator

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