QRA Comes to and end

It is sad news that I report that the Quannapowitt Radio Association ( QRA ) has ended.

At the October Board of Directors meeting the Board of directors recommended dissolution of the Association due to the number of factors as explained to the remaining QRA membership in a recent letter. The membership subsequently unanimously voted to dissolve the Association at the November Membership Meeting.

The membership also voted to distribute the remaining QRA treasury to FEMARA to support its scholarship programs.

It was also noted the the QRA dissolved on exactly their 73rd Birthday.

I would like to thank all Members, Board of Directors ( both present and Past ) and all others who supported the QRA in its 73 years of service to the Amateur Radio Field. We made a lot of friends both Nationally and Locally. Friends we will never forget. Hopefully we will catch each other on the bands.

73s DE

Don Melanson W1DM

QRA President.

Near Fest Coming Up

Northeast HamXposition  was quite an event. From what I have read there were a lot of upgrades and new Hams. I had the opportunity to attend a few Forums and wished I could of attended a few more. I see that K1DIN won the Icom IC-7300, KA1OXQ won the Yaesu FTDX-10 and WS1K won the RFinder B1. I would like to give a BIG Thank You to Mike Raisbeck K1TWF and all his Officers, Convention Committee Members, and Guest Speakers for taking their much needed time and showing the dedication to Amateur Radio. You all did GREAT and should be proud of what you stand for. Again Thank You for a great Event.

Next is the Near-Fest XXX on October 15th and 16th in Deerfield NH. Don’t forget about the Advance Tickets Sales on line and save a little money which will also put you in for the on-line only door prize drawing for an Xiegu G90 HF-20W SDR transceiver valued around $500.00. Hope to see you there.

As a special reminder Ballots for the up-coming election for the ARRL New England Director will go out on October 1st. This is an important election and all should vote. It’s a Three Way Race for Director and you can get more information the ARRL web site  and search each  Three Way Race for Director.

ARRL members in the New England and Roanoke Divisions will choose among three candidates running for Director in each Division. The candidates include two incumbents. Those are the only contested races in this year’s election cycle for Director and Vice Director.

In the New England Division, the candidates for Director are the incumbent, Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, of Lincoln, Massachusetts; Tom Frenaye, K1KI, of West Suffield, Connecticut, and Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, of Hollis, New Hampshire.

New England Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, of Watertown, Massachusetts, was uncontested and has been declared elected.

Great Presentation Done By Fred Kemmerer AB1OC

It was a Good Night that brought a lot of questions that was well answered by Fred Kemmerer. Fred’s topic on how to build your club along with the slides were very informative. We will be posting Fred’s presentation on our club web site in the very near future for all our members that were unable to attend and to review it again, after all it covered a lot of material.

Thank You Fred You did Great

Fred Kemmerer is this months QRA Guest Speaker

Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC
Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC

We are excited to announce that this months Guest Speaker is Fred Kemmerer AB1OC who is a candidate for the ARRL New England Division Director.

Fred is an Extra Class Radio Amateur. He is an Electrical Engineer and has held positions as a Technology and Business Executive in the Telecommunications industry. His Amateur Radio interests include Station Building and Space Communications and he writes a widely followed Blog (https://stationproject.blog) on these topics.

As President of the Nashua Area Radio Society for the past 5 years, Fred has grown the club to over 400 members and guided the club to the Club Of The Year award at the 2019 Dayton Hamvention. The club’s success has been built, in large part, by creating a focus on mentoring and new ham development. Fred has also been active in bringing Amateur Radio to young people in schools including serving as an ARISS Mentor and Ground Station.

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.


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.