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145.490 Fairhaven Repeater Off-Air Again
Posted:  Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The 145.490 Fairhaven repeater is off the air once again until further notice. We regret any inconvenience and apologize to the ham community for the fact that it has been off/on/off/on/off the air in the past few months. Issues revolving around the repeater site are being addressed and an update will be posted in the future.


145.490 Fairhaven Repeater Back On-Air Again
Posted:  Sunday, September 8, 2013

The 145.490 Fairhaven repeater is now back on the air again, but running barebones with it's internal controller. There will be no courtesy tone, IRLP or EchoLink until further notice while issue(s) are addressed.


145.490 Fairhaven Repeater Temporarily Off-Air
Posted:  Friday, September 6, 2013

Unfortunately, the 145.490 Fairhaven repeater is off the air (again) until further notice. When we are able to gain access to correct the issue(s), we will post an update.


145.490 Fairhaven Repeater Now Running 160 Watts
Posted:  Thursday, September 5, 2013

The 145.490 Fairhaven repeater is now running a TE Systems amplifier, which was installed around midnight today. This boosts the output power from 25 watts (which is what it was temporarily running since returning to the air about 2 weeks ago) to 160 watts. Signal reports are welcome.



145.490 Fairhaven Repeater Back On-Air!
Posted:  Monday, August 26, 2013

Hello to all..

The 145.490 Repeater is back on the air!! The repeater is running 20 watts at this time. We are going to expedite getting the amplifier for the repeater. Rick-W1RJC and Rob-KD1CY will coordinate this. We will try and get it ordered early this week. This will allow for the 20 watts from the repeater to become 160 watts.

Frank-WQ1O was able to get in with his base station running 5 watts from Marstons Mills-Barnstable, MA with some white noise, but totally readable. When he gets up to 25 watts, he's totally readable. Rick-W1RJC was able to get into the repeater with a HT running 2.5 watts through a rubber duck antenna from his home in Dartmouth, provided he was standing up around the house.

That's about all for now. Please use the repeater and see how it goes, understanding we're are not running at optimum power. Signal reports and observations on the repeater are welcome.

Thanks!

73, SCMARG Trustees
Rob-KD1CY/Rick-W1RJC/Tony-N1XRS.


145.490 Fairhaven Repeater Temporarily Off-Air
Posted:  Friday, March 22, 2013

Hello to all..

Between Friday Morning and Sunday Evening, the Fairhaven Repeater will be taken out of service due to construction on the water tower where the repeater is located. The construction on the water tower will take approximately 2-3 months. We are hoping to have the repeater up and running at an alternate location within a couple weeks. The level of coverage from the alternate location will depend on where it is ultimately located. Once the water tower work is completed, we intend to return the repeater to its original location with a new antenna and feedline. This will likely mean better coverage from the repeater and the resolution of some of the crackling and other issues we've had at times with the repeater over the past few years. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as this work is completed.

Thanks!

73, SCMARG Trustees
Rob-KD1CY/Rick-W1RJC/Tony-N1XRS.


Larry Lygren, W1DBX, SK
Posted:  Thursday, December 27, 2012

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Lawrence Lygren, W1DBX (formerly WB1DBX) of Acushnet, MA.  Larry passed away on the morning of Thursday, December 27, 2012 at the New Bedford Health Care Center in the north end of New Bedford after a long battle with cancer.

Larry became an amateur radio operator back in 1976.  He was the original owner and builder of SCMARG's 145.490 Fairhaven repeater in 1985.  He also enjoyed HF and was an early adopter of digital modes such as packet in the 1980s.  He was known for experimenting with new aspects of the hobby along with longtime friend Sonny (W1ESG, SK).

Larry worked for Tremblay's Bus Company in New Bedford for many years along with his wife Danielle (KA1BHH) and more recently at Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) before retiring.  He had lived in New Bedford for most of his life and had just recently moved to Acushnet.  His obituary is expected to be in The Sunday Standard-Times.  We send our sympathy to his family for their loss.  May he rest in peace.


Volunteers Needed For Triathlon - Sunday, September 20th
Posted:  Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Buzzards Bay Triathlon (a Max Performance event) will be on Sunday, September 20, 2009.  The site is Demarest Lloyd State Park on Barney's Joy Road in Dartmouth, MA.  The sprint is a 1/3 mile swim, 14.7 mile bike and 3.1 mile run.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Antone D. Duarte, Jr., N1XRS or Edward A. Caron, KA1RSY.

  • Find out more about this event by visiting the official Max Performance web site.
  • Communications information can be found on the N1XRS.net /events directory listing.

Volunteers Needed For Triathlon - Last Weekend of August
Posted:  Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Cranberry Trifest (formerly Cranberry Country Triathlon) will be on Saturday & Sunday, August 29 & 30, 2009.  The site is the Ted Williams Camp, with entrances off Precinct Street and MA Route 18 in Lakeville, MA.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ted Williams Camp.  Other beneficiaries include the Kiwanis of Bridgewater.

  The sprint will be on Saturday and will consist of a 0.5 mile swim, a 12 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run starting at 9:00 AM.  The kids duathlon will follow the sprint (distance TBD).  The intermediate distance triathlon (0.8 mile swim/24.9 mile bike/6.2 mile run) will be on Sunday at 8:00 AM.  The event coordinator donates to ham groups who help out!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Antone D. Duarte, Jr., N1XRS or Edward A. Caron, KA1RSY.


Volunteers Needed For Triathlon - Saturday, June 20th
Posted:  Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Patriot Triathlon will be on Saturday, June 20, 2009 and starts at 7:00AM.  The site is Cathedral Camp, located at 167 Middleboro Road in East Freetown, MA on the shores of Long Pond.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Cathedral Camp day camp for disadvantaged children.  Other beneficiaries include the Kiwanis of Bridgewater, Whitman Food Pantry and EMS of Acushnet.  The Patriot Triathlon is also a designated race in the American Cancer Society's Charity Runner Program.

The event includes a 1.2 mile swim, 58.3 mile bike (2 loops) and 13.1 mile run.  The first wave will go off at 7:00 AM.  Cut-off times for each leg of the race are as follows.  All swimmers must be out of the water by 8:45AM.  All bikers must be off the course by 1:00PM. All runners must be off the course by 4:30PM.  All volunteers are invited to enjoy the post-race catered meal at no additional charge.  The event coordinator donates to ham groups who help out!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Antone D. Duarte, Jr., N1XRS or Edward A. Caron, KA1RSY.


Volunteers Needed For Triathlon - Saturday, July 5th
Posted:  Sunday, May 18, 2008

SCMARG is looking for volunteers to help with the Patriot Triathlon 2008.   This event is scheduled for Saturday, July 5th and is based out of Cathedral Camp in Freetown, MA.  Amateur radio operators are needed to monitor racers along a 1.2 mile swim, 58 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run.  The event lasts a large portion of the day from about 7am until 5pm.  All volunteers will receive a race tee-shirt and a free catered meal.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Antone D. Duarte, Jr., N1XRS.  Both SCMARG and the Acushnet EMA were contacted by Eric Averill (director of the event) and will be jointly participating.  Whether you are interested in volunteering for a portion of the day or full the full event, your participation is appreciated.

  • Find out more about this event by visiting the official Patriot Triathlon web site.

FCC Looks to Raise Vanity Call Sign Fees
Posted:  Friday, May 9, 2008


The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order (NPRM) on May 8 seeking to raise fees for Amateur Radio vanity call signs.  Currently, a vanity call sign costs $11.70 and is good for 10 years; the new fee, if the FCC plan goes through, will go up to $12.30 for 10 years, an increase of $.60.  The FCC is authorized by the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended) to collect vanity call sign fees to recover the costs associated with that program.  The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable not only when applying for a new vanity call sign, but also upon renewing a vanity call sign for a new term.


Hollingsworth to Stay Put at FCC
Posted:  Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The ARRL reports that Riley Hollingsworth, Special Counsel for the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, has decided not to retire; he had announced last week that he would leave the FCC in January 2008.  "After spending the entire weekend thinking about the decision [to retire], it became more and more clear to me that it just isn't the right decision for me right now.  There are several issues on the table that I want to continue to work through with the amateur community."

The Enforcement Bureau is the primary organizational unit within the Federal Communications Commission that is responsible for enforcement of provisions of the Communications Act, the Commission's rules, Commission orders and terms and conditions of station authorizations, as well as enforcement of Amateur Radio rules (Part 97).



FCC's Riley Hollingsworth to Retire
Posted:  Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Riley Hollingsworth, Special Counsel in the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, announced his retirement this week, effective Friday, January 3, 2008.  While his successor has not been named, Hollingsworth was quick to point out that the FCC's Amateur Radio enforcement program will continue.

Hollingsworth told the ARRL: "After about a year of thinking about the 'if not now, when?' question, I decided to retire January 3.  I love working for the FCC and I've always had great jobs, but this one involving the Amateur Radio Service has been the most fun and I have enjoyed every day of it."


October SCMARG Dinner Meet
Posted:  Monday, October 1, 2007


SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, October 12th, 7:00pm at Davy's Locker, 1480 East Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford, MA.  No formal agenda is planned.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!




Rest In Peace 443.800
Posted:  Tuesday, September 10, 2007

For the past several months, the ARRL has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to mitigate interference caused by amateur repeaters to the PAVE PAWS radar system at Otis AFB on Cape Cod.  Dan Henderson, N1ND of the ARRL sent notifications to several 440 MHz repeater owners (including SCMARG) on Wednesday, September 5th informing each owner how much signal reduction needed to be seen in order to eliminate the interference.

For SCMARG's 443.800 Dartmouth Repeater, it meant running the repeater with less than one watt.  Due to this finding, SCMARG has made the a decision not to return the repeater to the air.  Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC, primary trustee of the former repeater, will be selling the system.


September SCMARG Dinner Meet
Posted:  Thursday, August 30, 2007

SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, September 14th, 7:00pm at Friendly's, 307 State Road, Dartmouth, MA.  No formal agenda is planned.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!


Volunteers Needed For Triathlon - Sunday, August 26th
Posted:  Tuesday, August 7, 2007


SCMARG is looking for volunteers to help with the Cranberry County Triathlon 2007.  This event is scheduled for Sunday, August 26st and is based out of Ted Williams Camp on MA Route 18 in Lakeville, MA.  Amateur radio operators are needed to monitor racers along a 24.9 mile bike course and a 6.2 mile run.  After the event, there will be a fabulous barbecue, plus a DJ and live music.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Antone D. Duarte, N1XRS by email or by calling him at (508) 889-1174.  Both SCMARG and the Acushnet EMA were contacted by Eric Averill (director of the event) and will be jointly participating.


August SCMARG Dinner Meet
Posted:  Wednesday, July 25, 2007


SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, August 10th, 7:00pm at Mike's Restaurant, 390 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven, MA.  They specialize in Italian, seafood and prime rib.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!





July SCMARG Dinner Meet
Posted:  Thursday, July 5, 2007




SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, July 13th, 7:00pm at Friendly Pizza & Seafood, 216 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth, MA.  No formal agenda is planned.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!

 


440 MHz Threatened By PAVE PAWS
Posted:  Friday, June 1, 2007

PAVE PAWS is a United States' Air Force Space Command radar system operated by three 21st Space Wing squadrons for missile warning and space surveillance.  Operational PAVE PAWS radars are located at the Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts, Beale Air Force Base, California and Clear Air Force Station, Alaska.

Since early 2006, the USAF has claimed that amateur radio repeaters operating within a certain distance of Otis AFB and Beale AFB are causing unacceptable interference to the PAVE PAWS radar system.  Since the radar is classified, little to no details have been released on how to remedy the problem thus far. This leaves the future status of 440 MHz in our area in question.

Pictured:  One of the phased array antennas that makes up PAVE PAWS radar.


SKYWARN Training - Thursday, June 14th
Posted:  Monday, May 21, 2007

SKYWARN is the NWS volunteer weather spotting program where public citizens send reports to weather meteorologists to help them make a precise prediction to protect life and property.  The Acushnet EMA is sponsoring a SKYWARN Training session on Thursday, June 14th, 7:00pm at the Acushnet Community Center, 232 Middle Road, Acushnet, MA.  This session is open to the public, free of charge and runs about three hours.

A video presentation will show cloud features associated with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.  It will also stresses what types of phenomena should be reported.  Upon completion of the training, identification cards will be handed out along with a special phone number for reporting directly to the National Weather Service.


June SCMARG Dinner Meet
Posted:  Friday, May 11, 2007



SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, June 1st, 7:00pm at T.K. O'Malley's Resturant, 227 State Road (US Route 6), Dartmouth, MA.  No formal agenda is planned.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!



Volunteers Needed For Triathlon - Sunday, July 1st
Posted:  Thursday, May 3, 2007

SCMARG is looking for volunteers to help with the Patriot Half Iron 2007 Triathlon.  This event is scheduled for Sunday, July 1st and is based out of Cathedral Camp in Freetown, MA.  Amateur radio operators are needed to monitor racers along a 28 mile bike course and a 13.1 mile run.  All volunteers will receive a race tee-shirt and a fabulous pasta meal from Riccardi's, who is catering the event.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Richard J. Cabral, W1RJC.  Both SCMARG and the Acushnet EMA were contacted by Eric Averill (director of the event) and will be jointly participating.  Eric has also provided a map of the race course; click here to view it.


May SCMARG Dinner Meet
Posted:  Friday, April 13, 2007

SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, May 11th, 7:00pm at Riccardi's Italian Restaurant, 38 Sconticut Neck Road, Fairhaven, MA.  Please note that this is the Riccardi's in Fairhaven and not New Bedford.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!




NEAR-Fest: It's Official!
Posted:  Sunday, March 18, 2007

It was officially announced this week by Michael Crestohl, W1RC that the New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) will hold its first ever get-together and flea market on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th at the Deerfield Fairgrounds, Highway 43 in Deerfield, New Hampshire.

This festival is not to be confused with Hosstraders that was formerly held in Hopkinton, NH (and several other locations).  Thirty-three years ago Norman B. Blake, W1ITT, Joseph M. Demaso, K1RQG and Robert V. Tiffany, W1GWU started what has become a highly popular and much beloved New England amateur radio institution.  The NEAR-Fest was instituted to retain this wonderful tradition.

  • Read the full story now on the new NEAR-Fest web site.

Technical Excellence Award: VE7LTD
Posted:  Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Dayton Hamvention's Technical Excellence Award goes each year to a person who has made an outstanding technical advancement in the field of Amateur Radio.  This year, David Cameron, VE7LTD was named the recipient of the Technical Excellence Award for his work developing the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP).

The award announcement said Cameron "was instrumental in development of the software, hardware, and technology" to permit worldwide radio and repeaters linking via the Internet Radio Linking Project.  "His work literally transformed FM repeater communication from a local entity into a worldwide communication network that has been of immense value in emergencies and has helped unite the world's radio amateurs over the Internet and radio," the award nomination said.


NEAR-Fest: The Next Hosstraders?
Posted:  Wednesday, March 7, 2007

New England hams feeling the void of the now defunct Hosstraders may have some hope after all.  According to a post by Michael Crestohl, W1RC on The AM Forum site, things look very promising for two new events in the tradition of Hosstraders.  These events will tentatively be on May 4th and 5th as well as October 12th and 13th (both on Friday and Saturday).

Where will this new event be held?  Mike comments that "Right now I am not at liberty to reveal the venue [...] It will offer all the amenities we have become used to having and more."  How about a name for this event?  Mike adds "I have decided [to] tentatively call the event the New England Amateur Radio Festival, which produces a nice acronym; NEAR-Fest."

  • Read Mike's full post now on the AM Fone web site.

April SCMARG Dinner Meet
Posted:  Friday, March 2, 2007


SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, April 13th, 7:15pm at UNO Chicago Grill, 214 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven, MA.  This meet is on the 2nd week of April due to Good Friday, and no formal agenda is planned.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!




Amateur Radio Enters A New Era
Posted:  Friday, February 23, 2007

A new Amateur Radio Service regime now is in place.  The requirement to demonstrate Morse code proficiency to gain HF privileges officially disappeared from the FCC's Part 97 rules today at 12:01 AM Eastern Time.  At the same time, some 200,000 Technician licensees without Morse code exam credit acquired HF privileges equivalent to those available to Novice licensees.  The League is marking the occasion with a W1AW special event aimed at welcoming newcomers to the HF bands.


Hosstraders Discontinued
Posted:  Friday, February 9, 2007

It is with deep regret that we report the end of a fond New England tradition.  Each May and October, hams from all over New England, New York and nearby Canada would gather for a fun filled weekend tailgate party.  This hamfest/fleamarket was called Hosstraders (a play on words for the way New Englanders pronounce "horse traders").

The event featured raffles, concessions, ham radio dealers and several fun filled eyeball QSOs.  Norman B. Blake, W1ITT along with Joseph M. Demaso, K1RQG and Robert V. Tiffany, W1GWU had done a fine job with the event since 1973.  It was last held in Hopkinton, NH at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds, with previous homes in Seabrook, Deerfield, Kingston and Rochester over the years.

  • Read the official announcement now on the Hosstraders web site.

William M. Miller, Jr., K1IBR - SK
Posted:  Monday, February 5, 2007


The South Coast lost a friend in amateur radio on February 5, 2007.  William M. Miller, Jr., K1IBR passed away just before 2:00am after a brief illness.  Without a doubt, no one can deny that Bill did a lot for the amateur radio community.  He touched many people's lives with his vast knowledge and dedication.  He was a longtime member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (SEMARA) where he served as Technical Committee Chairman for several years.  Bill was always willing to help others with technical projects without asking for anything in return.  He will be missed.

  • To read more, please follow this link to the K1IBR Tribute on the SEMARA web site.

March SCMARG Dinner Meet
Posted:  Friday, February 2, 2007


SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  Our next SCMARG dinner meet will be held on Friday, March 2nd, 7:15pm at Riccardi's Italian Restaurant, 901 Hathaway Road, New Bedford, MA.  No formal agenda is planned.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!


Morse Code Requirement Ending
Posted:  Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Circle Friday, February 23, on your calendar.  That's when the current 5 WPM Morse code requirement will officially disappear from the Amateur Radio Service Part 97 rules in accordance with the FCC's Report and Order (R&O) in the "Morse code proceeding," WT Docket 05-235.  Beginning on that date, applicants for a General or Amateur Extra class Amateur Radio license no longer will have to demonstrate proficiency in Morse code.  They'll just have to pass the applicable written examination.  Publication of the new rules in the January 24 Federal Register started a 30-day countdown for the new rules to become effective.


February SCMARG Dinner Meet
Posted:  Friday, January 5, 2007


SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  The next dinner meet will be on Friday, February 2nd, 7:15pm at Me & Ed's Family Restaurant, 30 Brock Avenue, New Bedford, MA.  SCMARG would like to thank Tim, N1TI for making reservations for us to utilize the small upstairs function room upstairs.  No formal agenda is planned.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!


January SCMARG Dinner Meet
Posted:  December 25, 2006


SCMARG schedules informal monthly gatherings called Dinner Meets.  These meets are at a different restaurant each month as determined by the members present at the prior meet.  The first ever dinner meet will be on Friday, January 5th, 7:15pm at T.K. O'Malley's Resturant, 227 State Road (US Route 6), Dartmouth, MA.  We have a small agenda of items to discuss, but nothing of major importance.  Both members and guests are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!



 
   

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