Last nights Quannapowitt Radio Associations Zoom meeting on The W1AW Video Tour turned into a surprise for a few of our members. As the meeting was about to take place another ham operator signed into the meeting. His name is Skip Y Sugimoto JE2HCJ from Japan. Its a funny story according to Bob Reiser AA1M and club secretary. Seems when Bob was sorting his personal contacts for one of his upcoming ARRL awards he added Skips e-mail to our Zoom meeting invite without really knowing it. Bob was quite surprised when Skip asked for the login. Nothing was said to any of the members until Skip signed in. Skip started his day off by watching the Video and then answered a few questions from some of the members. It was a very enjoyable evening by all the members and guests who attended. Skip was very impressed with the video and the welcomed by all. A promise to keep in touch and possibly attend the next months meeting by Skip before login out and taking off to work . The QRA would like to thank the ARRL, Jeff Fox K1GF and W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia NJ1Q for making the video. It makes it possible for those unable to visit W1AW come true.
This upcoming zoom meeting on April 15,2021 at 7PM The Quannapowitt Radio Association will show the W1AW Tour Video. Its approximately 14 minutes long and a very informative video for those who have never visited W1AW. It is presented by Jeff Fox K1GF and W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia NJ1Q. Please join us for this tour. As always please e-mail Bob AA1M at QRAW1EKT@GMAIL.COM or 781-272-6219 for Zoom Meeting ID and Password.
On 3/18/2021 ARES SKYWARN Coordinator Rob Macedo KD1CY gave an excellent presentation all about SKYWARN.
The slides, pictures and examples were not only informative but gave a better understanding of what SKYWARN is and the very important roll they play in weather related emergencies. For those QRA members who were unable to attend this meeting Rob is going to send me some of the slides to pass along in our news letter.
On behalf of All the QRA members we would like to extend our thanks to Rob for taking his time doing this presentation and all he does for SKYWARN and Amateur Radio.
Here are a few links well worth checking out.
Eastern Massachusetts ARRL
KD1CY, Rob Macedo, who is the Eastern Massachusetts Section Emergency Coordinator, will give us an overview of The National Weather Service Taunton SKYWARN Program, and how an Amateur Radio Operator participates in the program.
Come join us at 7pm Thursday Evening. If you need the ID and Password e-mail Bob, AA1M, at QRAW1EKT@GMAIL.COM. The password and ID are the same for the last three meetings.
Hope To see all of you at the Zoom Meeting.
Bill Acito, W1PA, will give a talk on working amateur satellites. I know a few of our members have tried this and have worked a few stations through the satellites. Come join us at 7 PM Thursday evening. If you need the ID and password, email Bob, AA1M, at QRAW1EKT@gmail.com. The PW and ID are the same as it was for the last two meetings.
This month’s speaker is George Allison, K1IG. He will present on the “Theory and Repair of Astron Linear Power Supplies.” Linear power supplies will eventually fail, but they can be repaired easily if you have a little know-how. George will walk us through the design and theory of these popular devices and show how easy it can be to get a dead unit back on the air. If YOU own a similar power supply, this presentation will surely be interesting.
The next QRA meeting will be held online on Thursday, October 15th, 2020. The meeting will be held on Zoom, and all are invited.
This month’s speaker is Paul Topolski, W1SEX. Paul will speak about the interesting and colorful “History of the Heath Company,” the company founder, and the subsequent owners of Heath and how the Company’s rapid growth was bolstered by numerous economic factors that came to fruition at the close of World War II.
I’m sorry to announce that QRA member Jim Murphy, N1FXL became a Silent Key. Jim passed on Wednesday May 20, 2020 after a stay in the hospital . There is no plan for a service or memorial at this time, but his XYL (wife) said there will be a get together in the near future to honor him. Jim and his wife Abbie were involved in the Quannapowitt Radio Association and Jim served on the BOD in 1995-1996 and as VP for two terms from 1996 to 1998.
He will be missed at the QRA and by his friends on the different nets he visited.
(sincerely, Bob Reiser, AA1M QRA secretary)
Want to give 220 a try? The QRA is testing running the weekly net on the Stoneham 223.800 repeater. No tone needed to access the repeater. We will be meeting every Tuesday night at 7:30 PM on 220 throughout the month of April. If it works well, this will be a permanent change. Brian Gudzevich, net control coordinator for the QRA would welcome everyone’s thoughts on this change.
The town of Reading has informed us that the Reading Senior Center is still closed and unavailable for our scheduled April meeting. I’ll keep everyone up to date as soon as I get any information about the center being open.
73, Bob AA1M