Jamboree on the Air at Falmouth Safety Fair

posted Sep 22, 2017, 2:32 PM by L Gray   [ updated Sep 23, 2017, 5:44 AM ]

FARA will be participating in the annual Boy Scout Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) with a booth at the Falmouth Safety Fair on October 21, 2017.

Henry Brown, K1WCC, has obtained a special event call sign - W1BSA! The goal is to show all attendees (specifically any Scouts, Boy or Girl) what ham radio has to offer and get them on the air!

Volunteers are needed to operate several stations as demo's and to help get folks on the air:
  • CW station
  • HF voice (SSB)
  • Digital (likely PSK31) with a big screen
  • 2m HT and/or mobile

Tables and chairs are provided - we need to supply the equipment and antennas! Henry has verified that it is a radio quiet zone, so we can use all bands from 80 to 2 meters!

We are coordinating with another JOTA event in Yarmouth for local 2m communications. If you can't assist with the event itself, but are available on the 21st, we could also use you and your station to make contacts!

Please contact Glen, KC1GKT, at

For more information about JOTA, see:

FARA Hams at Boxboro

posted Sep 22, 2017, 2:25 PM by L Gray   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 2:32 PM ]

A number of familiar FARA faces were seen at the Boxboro New England ARRL Convention and HamFest:

Images courtesy of Charlie, K1CB.

Community Emergency Response Team Training

posted Aug 3, 2017, 4:28 PM by L Gray   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 4:28 PM ]

Want to join an amazing team of community volunteers?
Attend our upcoming CERT training...

The CERT class will be held on Wednesday nights, 6 to 8 PM beginning on September 14th and ending on October 19th. The class will be held at Falmouth Fire Rescue Headquarters, 399 Main Street, Falmouth, in the Emergency Operations Center on the second floor.

Anyone interested in attending can register for the class and fill out the 'Application for Volunteer Service' and the 'CORI' form here: 

Joseph Gordon at 6000 Sheriff's Place, Bourne MA, 02532 or fax it to 508-563-4581.

Field Day Educational Activity

posted Jul 3, 2017, 7:25 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 7:25 AM ]

If you missed Field Day and Brent's antenna building activity, you can access the instructions for building an inexpensive 2 Meter co-linear vertical by clicking the link:  2 Meter Co-linear vertical instructions or just click on the image to enlarge it.

Field Day 2017

posted Jun 27, 2017, 7:33 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 30, 2017, 9:01 AM ]

FARA Field Day 2017 was a great time.  Setup and tear-down went very smoothly with a relatively large crew of veteran and new FARA volunteers.  There was torrential rain early Saturday morning, but the rain stopped well before operation began at 1400.  We were well fed with a cookout Saturday evening, breakfast Sunday morning, and a lunch cookout Sunday afternoon.  

Various station operators, a nice mix of veterans and new members, managed approximately 2,096 contacts in three modes; CW, SSB, and PSK-31 (a digital mode).  The VHF station was relatively active with openings into the South and the Mid-West.  Brent, W1NCH, managed to make a satellite contact, which gave us a 100 point bonus.  The preliminary total score, including various bonus points, appears to be approximately 7,700 points--a good showing, particularly without full-time CW operation.

If you missed Field Day, you missed a good time.  Thanks to everyone who assisted in making Field Day 2017 a success.







posted Jun 21, 2017, 2:28 PM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 2:31 PM ]

WHEREAS Amateur radio operators are celebrating over a century of radio,
and the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) is celebrating more
than 85 years; and

WHEREAS Amateur radio has provided, and continues to provide, a bridge
between peoples, societies and countries by creating friendships and
sharing ideas worldwide; and

WHEREAS Amateur radio operators have provided countless hours of
community services in emergencies and local organizations throughout
these decades; and

WHEREAS These amateur radio services are provided without compensation;

WHEREAS The Town recognizes the services FARA provides to our many
emergency response organizations, including the Falmouth Fire & Rescue
Department; and

WHEREAS FARA has further demonstrated their value in public assistance
by providing communications for local events such as the Falmouth Road
Race and the Cape Cod Marathon; and

WHEREAS The Town of Falmouth recognizes and appreciates the diligence of
these hams who also serve as weather spotters in the Skywarn program of
the United States’ Weather Bureau; and

WHEREAS The American Radio Relay League is the national organization for
Amateur Radio in the United States; and

WHEREAS The League’s Field Day exercise will take place on June 24-25,
2017, and is a 24hour emergency preparedness exercise and demonstration
of the radio amateurs’ skills and readiness to provide self supporting
communications without further infrastructure being required.
NOW, THEREFORE, WE Susan L. Moran, Megan English Braga, Doug Jones,
Samuel H. Patterson and Douglas C. Brown, as Selectmen of the Town of
Falmouth, by the authority vested in us, do hereby PROCLAIM,

IN WITNESS THEREOF, we have hereunto set our hand and caused the great
seal of the Town of Falmouth to be affixed.

Field Day Opportunities

posted Jun 10, 2017, 5:45 AM by L Gray   [ updated Jun 10, 2017, 5:50 AM ]

There are still the following opportunities for members to assist in this year's Field Day:

VHF Station Captain
Safety Officer
Public Information Table Setup

If you are interested in taking advantage of one of these opportunities or need further information, please contact me.

The SSB, Digital/CW, and GOTA station captains will need operators to fill various slots.  Contact them directly if you are interested in operating during field day.

SSB - Henry Brown, K1WCC at
Digital/CW - Chris Kelly, kellyaudio at
GOTA - Alan Costa, KA1QMA at

Joan Carreiro, jgc1153 at, is coordinating the cookout.  If you can bring a dish, please let her know.

Larry, W1IZZ at

FARA at CC Mini Maker Faire

posted Apr 29, 2017, 3:20 PM by L Gray   [ updated Apr 29, 2017, 3:21 PM ]

An overall view of the activity

Lots of activity at the CC Mini Maker Faire. Exhibits ran the gamut from bamboo sword fighting, sword and armor making, air powered rockets, robot obstacle courses, 3D printing model aircraft parts... to ham radio. Brent assisted young people in the manufacture of about 50 clothes-pin CW sounders. FARA was well represented by a number of members.

 Clothes pin CW "key"

Cold forging armor
Making a sword

Internet Privacy and Security

posted Apr 29, 2017, 3:06 PM by L Gray   [ updated Apr 29, 2017, 3:09 PM ]

As a part of the April 26 FARA monthly meeting, FARA President Brent Putnam gave an informative presentation on privacy and security.  A copy of the presentation slides, including the notes, is attached to this posting.  Click the link below to open the presentation in Adobe Acrobat or other PDF reader.

Field Day Opportunities

posted Apr 18, 2017, 9:57 AM by L Gray   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 9:59 AM ]

We need assistance from FARA members during Field Day.  There are numerous opportunities available to help FARA hold a successful and fun Field Day event.  

A list of the available opportunities follows.  Please contact me if you are interested in one or more of these opportunities.

Field Boss - Coordinate the antenna assembly and tower work during setup and tear down

CW Station Captain - Set up the CW station (rig, cabling, table, chairs, screen tent...) and schedule operators.

VHF Station Captain - Set up the VHF station (rig, cabling, table, chairs, screen tent...) and schedule operators.

Public Information Table - Set up a table with FARA information, ham radio information, and a visitor's log

Message Origination to Section Manager: Send an ARRL radiogram via RF to the Eastern MA ARRL section manager

Message Handling: Send 10 ARRL radiograms via RF

W1AW Bulletin: Copy the W1AW Field Day Bulletin via CW, SSB, PSK or RTTY and provide a 100% accurate copy of the bulletin

Educational activity bonus: Develop and conduct an educational activity at the field day site.

Field Day Youth Participation: Coordinate/encourage people 18 and younger to make QSO's at the Field Day site.

Safety Officer - Verify all safety concerns on the safety checklist and submit the completed checklist
​ ​
​If you are interested in any of these opportunities​, please contact me.  If you have any questions about any of these opportunities, please contact Larry, W1IZZ at

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