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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

  • Congratulations to the two Bobs, W1IS, and KC1DSQ, for winning the QST cover plaque award for June! This award is voted on by all the members of ARRL, and is indicative of the high quality of their article.

  • The Field Day planning slides from the June PART meeting are posted in the Presentations section here.

  • Welcome to new PART member Tony, N1AP, of Medford, MA!

  • PART member Bob, W1IS, and Bob, KC1DSQ, have another article published in CQ Magazine! In the May 2021 issue is their article titled "A New Design of a 40-6 Meter Off-Center-Fed Dipole," that describes a dipole antenna covering the 40, 20, 15, 10, and 6-meter bands. 

  • Monthly breakfasts on the first Saturday have resumed at Paul's Diner in Westford.

  • Field Day is coming! Mark your calendars for June 26-27 and get ready to participate. PART has reserved the Concord Rod & Gun Club facility in Concord, MA, for this event, but we expect many to be participating from home as well. Details will be promulgated.

  • Congratulations to PART member Bob, W1IS, who, along with Bob, KC1DSQ, have the lead article in the June 2021 issue of QST! Their article, "A Portable Two-Element 40-Meter Wire Beam," describes an antenna that PART has used successfully in several Field Days. ARRL members can cast their vote for the QST Cover Plaque award by visiting this site starting May 10.

  • Welcome to new PART member Mark, KA1INE, of Chelmsford, MA!

  • Videos that were presented at the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo in March are now available for viewing here.

  • Congratulations to PART member Eric, N1JUR, for upgrading to Amateur Extra Class!

  • Welcome to new PART member Susan, WB2OSY, of Berlin, MA!

  • Congratulations to Jim, KB1SEQ, for winning the ARRL Worked All States (WAS) award on FT8!

  • New call sign: Harsha, ex-K9ZHV, is now NG1V

  • Welcome to new PART member Roy, N3IRY, of Bedford, MA!

  • 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
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Monthly Club Breakfast
First Saturday 8 AM
Paul's Diner
6 Carlisle Road
Westford, MA

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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Field Day 2021
Field Day is on for June 26-27! We've reserved the Concord Rod & Gun Club in Concord, MA, for this event and it should be a good one. You can read all about it at the ARRL Field Day webpage
here.


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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.


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Boston Marathon
The 2021 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, October 11, 2021, and the marathon committee is looking for volunteer amateur radio operators to provide communications during the event. If you have volunteered before, you'll receive an email with registration instructions. If you haven't volunteered before and want to participate, visit the
Volunteer Registration page and follow the instructions for new volunteers which will include setup of an account via the BAA Athlete's Village. Volunteer registration closes on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM.


  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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