A Short Summary of Fred, AB1OC’s Plans and Background

Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, has announced his intention to run for the position of ARRL New England Division Director. Kemmerer has a long history of helping individuals to become licensed, learn new skills, and become active in the Amateur Radio Service. Fred has also served as President of the Nashua Area Radio Society, a club that has provided many hams licensing and development programs over the past six years.

“I believe that Amateur Radio clubs and interest groups play an essential role in bringing new hams into the Amateur Radio Service and in helping hams to develop new skills,” said Kemmerer. “As New England Division Director, I will work with clubs and individuals in New England to help them expand their role as mentors and create a world-class environment for learning based upon Amateur Radio.”

Fred, AB1OC, also serves as an ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Mentor and Ground Station, helping schools around to world to participate in STEM learning based upon Amateur Radio. “I will help groups and individuals in New England to create projects and programs to bring Amateur Radio to young people across the division,” said Kemmerer. “Amateur Radio provides a tremendous opportunity for youths to learn about technical topics and to develop valuable skills that they can use throughout their lives.”

Kemmerer has been an active amateur for over 10 years with a broad range of Amateur Radio interests. “I enjoy many aspects of the hobby, including DXing, contesting, EmCom activities and Field Day, satellites, station building, and weak signal operating on the VHF and higher bands. One of Amateur Radio’s most important strengths is its tremendous diversity and range of interests and activities. We need to work across New England and the ARRL to grow our hobby and protect our spectrum by encouraging our hobby’s broad use.”

You can learn more about Fred, AB1OC’s campaign, and what he is hoping to accomplish as ARRL New England Division director at https://ab1oc-4-director.org.

Great Job To all on Field Day

I would like to congratulate all Clubs and Amateur Radio Operators who participated in Field Day. I’ve been reading some of the local postings on successes, but more importantly the failures. I give them a big plus for their findings. I know its a big thing for all the scores but I also think we should recognize all those who found troubles with, set-up, equipment, operation and so on. After all its better to find out now instead of in a real emergency so Thank You and well done.

IF you want to try something interesting next try the Annual 13 Colonies Special Event running from July 1st 9am eastern time (1300 utc) to July 7th midnight eastern time (0400 utc)

As Hurricane season is approaching us there are some of the many nets and organizations worth reading and getting involved in. Lets start with SKYWARN.SKYWARN®, a program of the National Weather Service, includes thousands of volunteer storm spotters who serve as a first line of defense against severe weather. Amateur Radio operators bring to storm spotting great resources; an established communications system that can function in an emergency, a pool of volunteers willing to be trained, a history of public service, and technologies that no other group has. For more information and how to get involved go to www.weather.gov/SKYWARN or locally the Eastern Mass ARRL.

Hurricane nets are another interesting way of getting involved. During a weather emergency you should listen to the Hurricane Watch Net during the day time on 14.325 MHz USB and at night on 7.268 mhz LSB. And remember the ARRL is a great source if information for all Amateurs.

QRA ZOOM MEMBERSHIP MEETING THIS THURSDAY

The Quannapowitt Radio Association will hold there zoom meeting this Thursday night at 7pm.
Topics to discuss will be Field day, the possible start up of the monthly meetings, and the long over due banquet.
This should be an interesting round table discussion. Just received word form Jeff our treasurer that there has been no word on when the Reading Senior Citizen Center will open. Hopefully we will hear something soon.

Any member that did not get the zoom link please e-mail AA1M Bob Reiser at qraw1ekt@gmail.com for link

USS Cassin Young and Ships Weekend 2021

Again this year the USS Cassin Young DD 793 will be on the air for the 2021 Museum Ships Weekend event.
Call sign WW2DD will be broadcasting from the ship on June 5th at 0000z. Plans are to operate on 20 and 40 meters SSB and some digital modes.
Located at the Charlestown Navy Ship Yard National Park Number HP-04 its berthed just across from the USS Constitution. For QSL info Google search WW2DD .

 

QRA Zoom Meeting Gets Visit From Japan

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.

W1AW Video Tour “April 15th Meeting”

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.

Great SKYWARN Presentation

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.
SKYWARN
Eastern Massachusetts ARRL