General license upgrade course to be held on four consecutive Saturday mornings 9AM to noon, beginning 3/18/17, and ending 4/8/17. Class includes the spiral-bound version of the ARRL General Class License manual and a free license examination on 4/8/17. Course fee will be approximately $35.
Contact Charlie Bresnahan, K1CB at email@example.com
for further details, or to sign up for the course.
The January, 2017 "Spark Gap
" has been posted.
Long time FARA member Joanne Reid, N1LNE, marked her 90th birthday with a surprise party. Members of FARA attended the celebration and presented her with a floral arrangement.
Happy Birthday to Jo! May she have many more.
Santa made an appearance at the FARA Christmas party in the form of Will Santa, adding fun and good cheer. A number of FARA members and their guests attended the event held at the Falmouth Yacht Club, enjoying the good company, great food, and Christmas cheer.
(Images courtesy of Barry Hutchinson, KB1TLR and Gerry Campbell, KB1NNH)
The 2016 FARA Christmas Party will be held on December 15, at the Falmouth Yacht Club. The cost is $30 per person-with a cash bar. Bring a gift for the gift swap, which is always a highlight. The fun begins at 6:30 PM.
Checks can be sent to the FARA PO Box, or brought in person to the upcoming Saturday meeting at the club station. Payment of $30 per person can also be made via PayPal by clicking the button below.
Purpose: To encourage local activity; to provide a ‘gauge’ for individual station capabilities; to provide an introduction to QSO Parties and contesting; and to HAVE FUN. QSO Party contacts count in the ARRL VHF Contest during the same time period provided you include your grid square in the exchange.
Date: January 21, two operating periods – 1500 to 1700 & 1900 to 2100 EST.
Operating: Pick either or both periods, 4 hours maximum. You may also claim 100 bonus points for working each of the FARA assigned call signs: K1RK, K1AIR, W1NOB and W1HQH. Bonus stations will be active on the hour and half hour. All contact must be made on simplex / direct, no repeaters.
Rules: KEEP IT SIMPLE, Total Score = [Number of contacts x Multipliers] + bonus points.
- Categories – Base Station, Rover (mobile), Portable (HT w/rubber duck).
- Multipliers – local geographical areas OR local landmarks. For example the Town of Falmouth includes the following areas, North, South, and East Falmouth, also Woods Hole, well as other locally recognized areas such as Waquoit. It includes such landmarks such as Nobska lighthouse (Nobska), Falmouth Hospital, etc. All of these are acceptable as multipliers. So, be creative, the more multipliers the better. Rover multipliers should be indicated with a /R, i.e., Barnstable/R.
- Exchanges – Call, Name, and Multiplier used. Signal reports and Grid Square are encouraged but not required for the FARA QSO Party. Falmouth is located in grid FN41 (to determine your grid square see https://www.qrz.com/gridmapper, for your location.)
- Frequencies – 146.520, 146.535, 146.550, 146.565, 146.580 or any national or locally utilized calling frequency made be used. Repeater contacts DO NOT COUNT however; the use of repeaters to SOLICIT simplex contacts is permitted.
- Rovers may only be worked once per geographical area.
- Logs must be postmarked no later than 10 days after the QSO Party ends. Paper or electronic logs are acceptable.
- Logs must include the following information:
- Header: Call, Category, and Operator Name
- Log: Date, Time (local/GMT), contact Call, Multiplier, Report (optional), Grid Square (optional)
Send logs to:
Falmouth Amateur Radio Association
West Falmouth, MA 02574
All logs will be posted in the order processed, not by score, on the FARA WEB site at www.falara.org.
A group of FARA members provided communications support for the 2016 running of the Cape Cod Marathon. Members were spread out along the course at water stops and medical stations, as well as riding in the various support vehicles, to provide constant updates to the race director. The Cape Cod Marathon is one of several events each year that rely on FARA volunteers for communications support.
Some images from the event:
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The FARA 85th anniversary event was a success thanks to the work of a number of FARA volunteers. There were numerous visitors looking for amateur radio information, people interested in the upcoming technician course, young people having fun with the "clothes-pin key" activity and, of course, music and classic cars next door.
Here are some images from the event:
6 AM Antenna Setup
Posters and information
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