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

W1MGY Titanic Special Event

posted Apr 15, 2017, 2:54 PM by L Gray   [ updated Apr 15, 2017, 2:57 PM ]

Here are some videos and images from the W1MGY Titanic Special Event remembering the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic:


New England QSO Party (NEQP)

posted Apr 9, 2017, 5:03 AM by L Gray   [ updated Apr 9, 2017, 5:03 AM ]

This year, the New England QSO Party (NEQP) will be held on May 6-7, from 4pm EDT Saturday to 1am EDT Sunday, and then 9am-8pm EDT on Sunday.

This relaxed contest is a great way to get on the air. We have elmers willing to help others get their feet wet and/or learn how to operate the equipment at the JBCC shack.

As we get closer to the event, a sign-up sheet will be made available.

For more information about the NEQP, see

DMR Repeater K1RK Now Fully Operational

posted Apr 6, 2017, 3:19 PM by L Gray   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 3:20 PM ]

From Ralph, N1YHS:
The Bourne, K1RK DMR Repeater is now connected to the network! After much effort by Bill (NE1B), Dave (KN3T) and Mike (W1MLL), we were able to get the FreedomPop MIFI Access Point and the Cradlepoint Router installed this morning at the site and get the system on the network! Great job everyone! Could not have done it without you guys!

System is working great and we are looking forward to some signal reports from around the area. All groups (local, regional, national and world wide) are accessible. Have fun and enjoy!

1-10 of 67