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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 Jim, KB1SEQ, for passing the Extra Class exam!

  • Welcome to new PART member Antoine, KC1PQC, of Westford, MA!

  • The presentation on GridTracker, given by Andy, KB1OIQ, at the August PART meeting is available on the Presentation page.

  • Welcome to new PART member Eric, KC1OAV, of Acton, MA!

  • PART member Bob, W1IS, along with Bob, KC1DSQ, are guest columnists in the August 2021 issue of CQ magazine, with an article titled "My Antenna Has Gain!" PART members will recall that they presented this topic at the January 2021 club meeting, and a video is available here.

  • In view of the latest guidance from the MA Department of Public Health regarding meetings and masks, PART will not hold in-person club meetings until further notice. Meetings will be held via Webex video conferencing.

  • In anticipation of activating a PART DMR repeater in the next few months, a PART DMR users group has started. You can join it here.

  • The slides from the July 2021 PART meeting, with presentations on Field Day, repeater status (including the new DMR repeater), and Tesla coils, are available here.

  • Welcome to new PART members Dirk, KB1HKN, and Carl, WG1V, of Stow, MA, Bill, W1FSH, of Leominster, MA, and Ryan, KC1PJE, of Acton, MA!

  • 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. Read the ARRL announcement 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. 

  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
In-person meetings are canceled until further notice. Monthly club meetings will be held via Webex video conferencing. A link for joining the meeting is sent to everyone on our email list a few days in advance.
Next Meeting: October 19
Topics:
Fred, K1VR, the New England Division Director, will discuss current ARRL matters.
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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

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.

Join the WB1GOF DMR users group
here.

Please send signal reports to
repeater@wb1gof.org

  Upcoming Events

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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.
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New England Director and Vice Director Elections
From October 1, 2021, until November 19, ARRL members in the New England Division will have the opportunity to cast ballots by mail for the positions of Director and Vice Director. Ballots will be sent to members from ARRL headquarters.

There are presently three candidates for Director: Tom Frenaye, K1KI, Fred Hopengarten (incumbent), K1VR, and Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, and one candidate for Vice Director, Phil Temples (incumbent), K9HI.

PART members are encouraged to investigate the candidates' positions on issues so they can make an informed decision. You can join a Groups.io forum to discuss the election and the candidates
here.

Director and Vice Director candidates maintain websites that discuss their positions:
  • The website of Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, is here.
  • The website of Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, is here.
  • The website of Phil Temples, K9HI, is here.
A video of the candidate forum conducted at the New England HamXposition is available for viewing here.

  Online License Testing

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

  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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