Volume 5 Issue 5 Genesis Amateur Radio Society, Inc.
Editor: Joe Reynolds KA1GDQ
America’s Hometown Repeater - N1ZIZ - Plymouth, Massachusetts
John Williams KB1EVY
Bob Woodbury N1COP
Ken Kavaljian KB1KVL
Bill Scott K1JZX
John Williams KB1EVY
Bob Woodbury N1COP
Ken Kavaljian KB1KVL
Bill Scott K1JZX
Kevin O’Donnell K1KOD
Tom Sullivan K1TJS
Ron Smith N1PXX
Fred Sanford KA1CQD
Chris Johnson N1IR
Genesis Ragchew Net every
Tuesday night at 7:30 pm
on 146.685 MHz PL 82.5.
Meeting is the last Monday
of the month at 7:30 pm at
Plymouth Airport, Gate 2
Visitors Are Always Welcome
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From the President’s Desk
President of Genesis Amateur Radio Society
John Williams KB1EVY
From The President’s Desk
Its summer time! Well gang Memorial Day weekend came in with a rush.
I would like for all of us to remember what the 30 th of May really is all about. Remembering
our military dead, those who served and what they gave up for us, so we could and can have the
things that we all take for granted. These hero’s gave all for us. I hope that you were able to put
flowers at gravesites of your relatives and stopped by and visited those who have served and
pondered a moment in front of a flag placed at that individual finial resting place.
Maybe there was a cookout or two that you were able to attend and your weekend
was a relaxing one. As for myself, I did attend two cookouts and spent some time traveling. I
enjoyed the gathering, but the travel I could have forgone. Never got any time to use my radios.
We are now speeding our way to our field day. Are you ready? Our event officer
(KB1SRO) will be looking for ya! This year should be a “hum dinger”! So jump on board and join
in on the action. Judy has put forth a program and arranging show and tells with others in the club
that has and is still giving many hours to show the community what amateur radio is capably of. So I
hope you will be attending and demonstrating what our Ham Radio is all about.
In summary, lets show them a good time!
Well it’s time to say my adieu,
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Minutes of E-Board Meeting
Meeting on Saturday May 14, 2011
SUBMITTED BY JOHN KB1EVY
Discussion centered on:
1) Voting/ election prep/ how to
2) Field day update
3) Scholarship fund update and audit
4) Review of delinquent dues and members.
All board members were present but one.
Minutes of the General Meeting
For May 31, 2011
Opening: Meeting was called to order at 7:30
There was not business conducted so the laptop training could be
presented by our Education Officer.
Closing: The meeting adjourned at 7:45
Judy Attaya Harris
Anthony Attaya Harris
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Letter from the Editor:
By Joe Reynolds KA1GDQ
Hello everyone, and welcome to almost June 2011, my 2 nd Newsletter
since being handed the editor ship of our newsletter.
I want to thank those who got back to me on the past issue. Please send
me any and all ideas you have for Our Newsletter.
June 2011 is upon us. Judy, KB1SRO has been very busy with Field Day Coordination. She
has put many hours into it and we will have a great time. Don’t forget, she needs to know,
if you can come down, even for 1hr or all day or both days. Just tell her when you can be
there to operate, setup, break down and what you can bring for the BBQ. In preparation,
please go to http://n3fjp.com and download the Field Day Logging Program and practice it.
If you see or hear about a contest before Field Day, Practice with it. You don’t even have to
make a contact, just type in their call, the type of station (3A 1F 2B …) and their section
(EMA/WMA,MDC, CFL, SFL, CT, RI, or what ever their section is. The program is very
very easy, and you can go to N1IR’s website (http://www.n1ir.com and then click on GARS
CORNER) and watch the tutorial.
One of the last things I want to mention, is the fun of volunteering for special events, such
as Multiple Sclerosis, American Diabetes Foundation, Triathlons, the Pam-Mass Challenge
and other fund raising events. This is the season. Quite often you will see these posted on
http://ema.arrl.org. This is a great source of information, and I try and pass it over on to our
As I was typing this I saw on the news about the 89+ that have died in Joplin, MO. Please
keep all who were affected by this terrible Tornado, that actually whipped out the area
Hospital, in your thoughts and prayers. They hearts of all GARS Members go out to those
who have been hurt or lost a loved one in this disaster. Please monitor all HF Emergency
Nets for upcoming traffic if you can.
I will be adding a page on next month’s issue that you can print out and hang on your wall.
It will be the Genesis ARS Members Websites. Do you have a personal website? Email me
your website and I will list it on the MEMBERS Website Page. It will also be going on the
club’s website (new site).
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to send me your link.
Do you want to have an article posted? Send that to me as well. You can even write your
own article for the Newsletter. Again this is your Newsletter.
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News Inside GARS
Repeater Being Used to Support Charities
Our repeater is going to have a few more used this month. As in the past few years
the repeater will be used for the Cape Cod Get-a-Way for Multiple Sclerosis. This will be
on the first day of Field Day June 25, 2011, and could be used on a backup basis on the
2 nd day on June 26, 2011
There is a request for the repeater to be used for the BEST BUDDY RIDE (see below) on
June 4 th . The Request has been approved by our President John Williams, KB1EVY.
This is another bike ride that goes from Quincy to Hyannis on 1 Day.
Field Day Logging Program Tutorial Video on line
The Field Day Logging Program, which was our discussion this month, has a Video Tutorial,
narrated by our own Chris Johnson, N1IR on his website http://www.n1ir.com/p/gars-corner.html.
We suggest that you download the program at http://n3fjp.com/FD.htm
Then watch the video and then try and do logging. We will be using it to log all Field Day Long.
The program is actually very simple. Type in the call sign, hit tab, type in their report (usually 3A or
2A or 1F…..) and then the section (EMA, WV, CT, or whatever their section is). This is the same
program we have used the past few years.
2011 Young Ham Of The Year Nominations Now Open
Download 2011 Nominating Form (Microsoft Word) Here
DEADLINE FOR FILING IS JUNE 30 2011
I would like to nominate Anthony KB1UHV for the young ham of the year. He is an
active member of our club. He fills in as a Net Control. He plays soccer, he assists with Field Day.
Post Signs about Field Day.
Judy, KB1SRO would like to have some volunteers to post some signs. Please see Judy for the
posters she has, if she has no more, then you can print the last page of this newsletter advertising
Field Day 2011.
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NEWS AROUND EASTERN MASS ARRL SECTION
Most of these were posted on http://ema.arrl.org, or I received in an email.
Best Buddy Ride Looking for Operators by Jim Bradley KB1IKJ
The Best Buddies International is looking to recruit Ham radio operators to volunteer for the Twelfth Annual Audi Best
Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port on Saturday, June 4, 2011.
Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port consist of three bicycle rides; 100, 50, or 20-mile which wind through the New
England countryside. The 100 mile ride goes from Boston to Hyannis Port, MA. The 50 and 20-mile routes are contained
within the 100 route.
Assignments will be at five rest stops, in six sweep and recovery vans, and at Craigville Beach finish area in Hyannis
Port. This is an all-day event; the 100 mile ride starts at 0730 and the route closes at 1630. Some assignments will start
at 0630 depending on the assignment.
Due to the length of the route a mobile radio is preferred. Hams assigned to sweep and recovery vans should also have
a mag mount antenna. Rest Stop may use handheld radios, but should have access to a mobile radio, along with
sufficient batteries for your radio.
All volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt, food and beverages after the ride at finish area, and that warm fuzzy
feeling you get from doing a good thing! Transportation back to the start will be provided for hams assigned to sweep
and recovery vans.
Unfortunately, due to capacity limitations, volunteers are not permitted to attend the post ride lobster bake and
concert without meeting the same $1550 fundraising goal of the riders, walkers, and runners.
This will be the first time Hams will be used for this event. Your participation in this event will help to ensure the safety
of the riders and make this event a success.
If you can help with this event or have questions contact Jim Bradley, KB1JKJ at email@example.com, with your Name,
Callsign, E-Mail Address and T-Shirt Size?
MA RMV Snafu With Ham Plates Submitted by k9hi on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 15:07
Do you have a MA ham radio license plate? Do you need an inspection
According to Kevin Paetzold, K1KWP and other amateurs, you might run into a bit of a snafu
getting your car inspected--at least for the moment.
Paetzold says he went to get his car inspected on May 12, and was told that the Registry of Motor
Vehicles "cannot process inspections" for ham radio plates at this time.
According to Paetzold, "After hearing this from my inspection station I was able to verify this with
the RMV itself."
K1KWP was told there is supposedly "a fix in the works which should be available next week". He
adds, "The guy at the RMV told me [over the phone] that they changed their software to not accept
anything but alphas and numbers. Therefore, 'slant bar' (the character that represents the "lightning
bolt" on the plate) no longer works."
In the meantime, those who have stickers that expire in May will just have to keep their fingers
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YLRL 2011 Convention, Quincy MA
Submitted by k9hi on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 10:30
The Young Ladies Radio League will hold its 2011 convention July 21-24, 2011
at the Best Western Adams Inn, Quincy, MA. Activities include an all-day tour of
Boston, including the Freedom Trail; a general meeting; tours for the OMs; a
luncheon tour of the Adams Historical Site in Quincy; a tour of the Marconi Site
at Cape Code National Seashore; and a possible tour of ARRL Headquarters in
Hotel reservations must be made by June 21 to obtain the convention room rate.
For more information, see the convention flyer at http://tinyurl.com/43xrshn.
Organized in 1939, YLRL is a nonprofit organization of women Amateur Radio licensees. With a
membership of approximately 800, it is international in scope. Approximately 100 of its members
are DX YLs.
GARS MEMBERS ASSIST SOUTH SHORE FOX HUNTERS IN FOXHUNT
by Judi KB1SRO
The Whitman Amateur Radio Club members and South Shore
Fox Hunters had a hunt in the Bridgewaters on May 24th,
Saturday at 10 am. Fox Frequency was 146.535Mhz simplex
with coordination on the Whitman repeater on 147.225 Mhz.
Joe KA1JBE, Dino KB1RXQ, and Laura KB1UTH volunteered to
be the fox. The Fox was hiding in East Bridgewater, off of
Belmont Street, in the soccer field parking lot. First hunter in was
"The Bruce" NI1X, who came in in an hour and 10 minutes
followed by seconds was Richard KB1TEH. Third in was Roy
KA1CYV followed by John N1PRK and Judy KB1SRO. 5th in
was Jim KB1PFL. 6th place was an unknown Fox Hunter.Fun
was had by all! (see photo at the end of the newsletter)
NEWS From Amateur Radio Newsline
NewsLine is an Amateur Radio News Audio and written news site. Many repeaters and local clubs
have it accessible during their nets or via EchoLink. Newsline gets updated every week and you can
go to the web and download the audio. This is a nation wide Amateur Radio News Audio Program.
May 27, 2010
For more Amateur Radio News, please go to NewLine at http://www.arnewsline.org/
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06/19/2011 7/17/2011 8/21/2011 | Flea at MIT
Location: Cambridge, MA
Type: non-ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: MIT Radio Society, Harvard Wireless Club, MIT Electronics Research Society, &
MIT UHF Repeater Assn.
AREA EXAM SESSIONS
06/11/2011 | Braintree MA 02184-5337
Sponsor: Braintree Radio Club
Location: Watson Library
Time: 9:00 AM (No walk-ins)
06/20/2011 | Fall River MA 02720-3720
Sponsor: Bristol County Repeater Assoc
Location: Union United Methodist Church
Time: 7:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
06/11/2011 | Falmouth MA 02540
Sponsor: Falmouth ARA
06/25/2011 | Plymouth, MA
Sponsor: Genesis Amateur Radio Society
Location: Plymouth Municipal Airport
Location: Town Hall
Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
Time: 9:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed)
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Upcoming Ham Events for June 2011
Submitted to GARS2 Reflector by Jack Buckley W1AKN
This Week on the Radio
June 10 -- NCCC Sprint Ladder
June 11 -- Portugal Day Contest; Asia-Pacific Sprint (SSB)
June 11-12 -- DRCG Long Distance Contest (RTTY), VK Shires Contest; CWops
Mini-CWT Test; GACW WWSA CW DX Contest; REF DDFM 6 Meter Contest
June 11-13 -- ARRL June VHF QSO Party
June 12 -- SKCC Weekend Sprint
June 15 -- NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint
June 17 -- NCCC Sprint Ladder
June 18 -- Feld Hell Sprint; AGCW VHF/UHF Contest
June 18-19 -- West Virginia QSO Party; Stew Perry Topband Challenge; All Asian
DX Contest (CW); SMIRK Contest
June 19 -- WAB 50 MHz Phone Contest
June 20 -- Run for the Bacon QRP Contest
June 22 -- SKCC Sprint; NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint
June 22-23 -- CWops Mini-CWT Test
All dates, unless otherwise stated, are UTC. See the ARRL Contest Branch page, the
ARRL Contest Update and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar for more information. Looking
for a Special Event station? Be sure to check out the ARRL Special Event Stations Web
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GARS SWAP SHOP
This page will list any items by Genesis Members or other hams who wish to sell Amateur Radio
Related Equipment .
To have it posted here in the Genesis ARS Newsletter, please email Joe Reynolds at
Items for Sale From:
George Manning Scholarship Fund:
1. Kenwood TS-830S with the following accessories for $850 or Best Offer
a. MC-50 Microphone
b. Matching Speaker
c. Kenwood Antenna Tuner
d. External VFO
2. Full Military CW Station, in Original Military Wooden Boxes $500 or Best Offer
FROM: JOHN KB1EVY: CONTACT INFO: MARJON3@COMCAST.NET
I have my Icom V8000 2 meter rig. It is been benched right now looking 125.00 or BO
FROM W1AKN, CONTACT W1AKN@ARRL.NET
I have for sale:
$400 complete - just checked out by Ralph
KW MC 60 mic With 440
KW SP940 Spkr with 440
SPECIFICATIONS: See the GARS Website Swap Shop Page
KW R2000 with HF and VHF modules $400 just checked out by Ralph and
SPECIFICATIONS: See the GARS Website Swap Shop Page
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Vibroplex Bug Original Standard circa 1965
$75 most eBay sales $100 plus
The Vibroplex Original is a genuine piece of history. First patented in 1904, the Original
is still manufactured today, using tools and dies very similar to those used by its inventor,
Horace G. Martin, when he revolutionized the telegraph industry with his "Bug." The Bug is
designed for code speeds ranging from approximately 20 wpm on the low side to 50+ wpm
on the high side. Today, operators using the Original can have the same experience
pioneer telegraph and railroad operators felt over a century ago. Owning this beautifully
crafted instrument will link you to a great tradition. The quality and pride of ownership of a
Vibroplex Bug cannot be matched. Weight 4 lbs. Cord not included.
LDG AT-897 auto tuner for the FT-897D new in box $200
$297.99 1 year ago
Description: Bolt on wide range autotuner for the Yaesu FT-897. No cooling fan! Latching
relays means no current draw once tuned. Provides access to CAT port for computer
control of the radio.
Yaesu VR5000 communications receiver with DSP module $600 - $1100 new 2
The Yaesu VR-5000 provides sophisticated wideband reception. Coverage is from 100 kHz
to 2600 MHz (2.6 GHz) less cellular, in AM, FM-Narrow, FM-Wide, LSB, USB and CW. This
radio features a real-time bandscope that can display: 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 2.5, 5.0
or 10.0 MHz. of spectrum. You get 2000 alphanumeric memory channels grouped into 100
banks. The priority channel may be set for 1, 2, 5 or 10 seconds. According to lab tests
recently performed by Passport to World Band Radio, which they have granted permission
to Universal to reproduce, "bandwidths measure 17.2, 8.7 and 3.9 kHz for the AM mode,
and 4.0 kHz for SSB -- all with superb-to-excellent skirt selectivity and good (70 dB)
Alinco DJ-X2000 wideband receiver 10KHz - 2.15GHz with cell phone freqs
UNBLOCKED "K" model $400 $835 3 years ago
Description: Alinco's new scanner, Range 0.1000 - 2150 MHz. Features include, Bug
detectors, Frequency counter; Digital TCXO; Voice inversion; Digital recorder (160 sec);
CTCSS decode/scan Bandscope; Attenuator (10/20dB); Alpha-tags; 24 hour on/off timers;
Battery level indicator; Selectable battery saver; Selectable LCD/key light; FM stereo
headphone jack; PC Interface; Radio Cloning; Ability to capture strong RF's nearby (Kinda
like a built-in Opto Scout Frequency counter).
RCI 2950 to the For Sale
Tweaked/tuned, Speech Compressor module, and Mod-ed RCI 2950 40w AM, FM, SSB,
CW 10 and 12 meter mobile $300
FROM N1PXX EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a wooded roof rack for a car with three Emergency revolving lights on it. On each end there
is a 2-bulb sealed beam revolving grote light. In the middle is a 4-bulb sealed
beam revolving grote light, all three revolving lights has a Amber ( orange-ish ) lens. The value is in
the lights themselves with the heavy duty wiring cable. If you went to
replace these lights,they would cost you at least $263.00
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This light bar since all three lights are Grote seal beam lights have been put to the test and they out
shine any modern Emergency bar light system daytime,nighttime,foggy weather etc.
If you want take them off the roof rack ( junk the roof rack ) and someone professionally mount
them on your vehicle or mount them on a newer roof rack.
My price is for the light units themselves only the roof rack just comes with it.
My price is $175.00 firm. Anyone interested contact Ron N1PXX contact information ii on
the roster. Thank you and 73 N1PXX
FROM KB1KVL EMAIL: email@example.com
PowerMaster VSWR and Power Meter with HF-6m 3 KW coupler SO-239 connector. Complete with
original manual and CD. Sells new for $475
Asking $375 Lower 48 States ONLY
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GENESIS ARS FIELD DAY 2011
JUNE 25 & 26, 2011
PLYMOUTH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
START JUNE 25 @ 2PM
Ending June 26 @ 2pm
BREAKFAST @ PLANE JANE’S 8AM – 9AM (PAY YOUR OWN WAY)
V.E. SESSION 9AM
RADIO OPERATING CONTEST/CONTACTS START @ 2PM
GEORGE MANNING SCHOLARSHIP FUND FLEA MARKET
NEEDING OPERATORS TO SIGN UP
NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR SETUP & CLEANUP
DINNER @ PLANE JANE’S (PAY YOUR OWN WAY)
HOT DOGS, CHIPS, SALADS AND SODA PROVIDED BY GENESIS
BAKE GOODS/DESSERTS DONATED BY GARS MEMBER (BRING
SOME FOR THE TABLE)
Please contact Judy, KB1SRO for more information.
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The picture is of today's fox hunt. In the picture it is the following: Bruce NI1X, Roy KB1CYV, Richard
KB1TEH, John N1PRK, Walt W1WCF, John KB1ODS, Dino KB1RXQ, Joe KA1JBE, Judy KB1SRO, Anthony
KB1UHV,and Laura KB1UTA.
Richard came in first followed by Joe,Dino and Laura.third was Walt, fourth was Bruce, fifth was John,
Judy and Anthony sixth was John. Fun was had by all!
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