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Police Amateur Radio Team
of Westford, Massachusetts
An ARRL Special Service Club
WB1GOF

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Welcome to PART of Westford, an ARRL Special Service Amateur Radio club serving Eastern Massachusetts! We have monthly meetings, breakfasts, kit-building sessions, and many operating and social events throughout the year, and we welcome everyone with an interest in Amateur Radio, whether licensed or not.

Our diverse membership has interests ranging from public service support and community outreach, to radio contesting, equipment construction, radio fox hunting, and more. In fact, it is the diversity of our interests that has kept the club strong and vibrant throughout its 45+ year run.

If you have an interest in ham radio but don't know how to get started, please join us at one of our club meetings.

Click on the menu tabs at the top of this page to learn more about us.


  Club News

  • PART member George, K1IG, will be a speaker at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, March 13-14, making a presentation on "High Speed CW in Your Head."

  • The January 2021 issue of CQ magazine has an article by PART member Bob Glorioso, W1IS, and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ, titled "Baluns Basics" that describes what baluns are, how they work, and how to make them.

  • Welcome to new PART member Zhaohui (Jeffrey), KC1LWE, of Westford, MA!

  • Welcome to new PART member Harsha, K9CHV, Westford, MA!

  • Welcome to new PART member Mark, KC1DST, Stow, MA!

  • Welcome to new PART member Douglas, KC1IOK, Lancaster, MA!

  • New call sign: Tim, ex-KC1AJJ, is now W1MWS.

  • The December 2020 issue of CQ magazine has an article by PART member Bob Glorioso, W1IS, and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ, titled “A Simple Dual-Band Upgrade for Your 40-Meter Dipole.” The article describes an easy modification to a 40-meter dipole antenna to allow it to resonate on 15 meters as well, and it has some good (and easily understood) antenna theory. These two authors will be the speakers at the January 19 PART meeting.

  • The presentation "ARRL Update" given by Phil, K9HI, at the December PART meeting is available here. You can find past meeting presentations in the Club Presentations section of this website.

  • The 2020 ARRL Field Day results are now posted online as club aggregate scores here, and as individual scores here.  The official aggregate score for PART (listed as “Police AR Team of Westford”) is 12,420 points and 23 participants, which is over double our score of 2019 (5,746 points)!

  • Are you joining ARRL or renewing your membership? Contact PART treasurer Alan, W1AHM, to find out how you can benefit our club.

  • During this time of "social distancing," there's a new PART net on 10 meters. We meet occasionally at 7:30 PM local time on 28.400 MHz. There's usually someone listening, so if you don't hear anyone, just announce that you're on frequency or call CQ. Thanks to Bob, W1IS, for setting this up.

  Club Meetings

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Weekly Two Meter Net
Every Sunday 8 PM
146.955 (-) pl 74.4
Echolink: WB1GOF-R
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Monthly Club Meeting
Third Tuesday 7:30 PM
Cameron Senior Center
20 Pleasant Street
Westford, MA

The March 16 meeting will be held online via video conference, starting at 7:30 PM. Login details will be sent to members via Groups.io. The two Bobs, W1IS and KC1DSQ, return to discuss their latest CQ magazine article "Baluns Basics."

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Monthly Club Breakfast
First Saturday 8 AM
Paul's Diner
6 Carlisle Road
Westford, MA
Monthly breakfasts are canceled until further notice
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Weekly Club Breakfast
Every Wednesday 6 AM
Four Sisters Owl Diner
244 Appleton Street
Lowell, MA
Weekly breakfasts are canceled until further notice

WB1GOF Repeater Status

There are three WB1GOF repeaters: a 2 meter analog repeater, and two D-Star repeaters. For full info on repeater frequencies and access and details on new antennas, click here.

All repeaters are operational
Echolink is up


Join the WB1GOF D-Star users group
here.

Please send signal reports to
repeater@wb1gof.org

  Online License Testing

Several organizations now offer online testing for Amateur Radio license exams. Go to one of these websites for details:

  Upcoming Events

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QSO Today Online Ham Expo
Join your fellow hams at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo on Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14. This will be a world-wide event with speakers, panel discussions, and kit-building. Registration is now open at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/. This is an ARRL-sanctioned event.


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Northeast HamXposition
The 2021 Northeast HamXposition & New England ARRL Convention (formerly Boxboro) is now scheduled to be held in-person at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough, MA, on September 10, 11 and 12.
Details will be posted here.


  Join PART

Would you like to become a member of PART? You can fill out the application and mail it to: PART of Westford, PO Box 503, Westford, MA 01886, or you can join at any PART club meeting.

Annual Dues
Full member: $25.00
Family membership: $30.00
Full-time Student member: $15.00
Senior member (over 64): $15.00.
Associate member (non-Hams only): $10.00

  Subscribe to PART Email

PART uses Groups.io for club email and notifications. Groups.io gives us a lot of capability to manage email to members, and additionally provides space for files, photos, and even a wiki. Signing up and using the system is easy; go here and request to join. Be sure to put your call sign on the request to join.
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Do you want to get an Amateur Radio license and participate in the world's greatest hobby? The American Radio Relay League licensing website is the place to start (click here), then come to a PART club meeting to get more information!
PART of Westford
PO BOX 503
Westford, MA 01886

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