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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.
To get on the invitation list for our video-conference club meetings, just join our email group (instructions at the bottom of this page).

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


  Club News

  • At the April club meeting, the membership voted to give free PART membership to full-time students under the age of 25 and newly licensed hams until the end of the year in which they are first licensed. See the Articles of Organization for details.

  • Congratulations to PART members Bob, W1IS, and Bob, KC1DSQ, for winning the QST Cover Plaque award for March, 2022! Their article “Portable 20-Meter Phased Dipole Beam” was voted the best article by the ARRL membership. This is the second time in less than a year that the two Bobs have won the award; the last time was June 2021 for their article on a 40-6 meter off-center fed dipole. We look forward to seeing these antennas in action at Field Day in June!

  • The slides for "20 Meter Phased Dipole Wire Beam" given by Bob, W1IS, and Bob, KC1DSQ, at the March club meeting is now in the Club Presentations tab.

  • Weekly club breakfasts at the Owl Diner in Lowell have returned! The meeting time is now Wednesday morning at 8:00 A.M. Contact Terry, KA8SCP, for details.

  • Monthly breakfast at Paul's Diner in Westford has resumed! Masks and social distancing are not required. See sidebar to the right for details. Everyone is welcome to attend!

  • Congratulations to PART member Andy, KB1OIQ, for receiving an award from the SourceForge website. His software collection "Andy's Ham Radio Linux" that he has maintained for ten years has been downloaded 100,000 times! SourceForge has recognized his projects in the areas of Community Leader, Community Choice, Open Source Excellence, and SourceForge Favorite.

  • Congratulations to PART member Wayne, AG1A, on achieving DXCC on 160 meters (serial # 3,781) and 9-Band DXCC! This is even more remarkable because he made the 160 meter contacts with just 100 watts to an inverted-L antenna.

  • Annual dues are now being collected. See the information at the bottom this page about payment.

  • PART has again been recognized by ARRL as a Special Service Club for a term of two years. Designation as a Special Service Club means that PART meets the highest standards of Amateur Radio in areas such as: new ham development and training, public relations, emergency communications, school club support, technical advancement, operating activities, and annual reports. Well done to all PART members!

  • 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.

  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
Monthly club meetings are conducted in-person at the Cameron Senior Center, and online via the Webex video conferencing system. A link for joining the meeting is sent to everyone on our email list a few days before the meeting. Join the list and attend a meeting no matter where you live!
Next Meeting: May 17, 2022
Topic:
New England Division Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, will present the March 2022 QST Cover Plaque award to Bob, W1IS, and Bob, KC1DSQ, and will give an update on ARRL activities, including the club grant program.
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Monthly Club Breakfast
First Saturday 8 AM
Paul's Diner
6 Carlisle Road
Westford, MA
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Weekly Club Breakfast
Every Wednesday 8 AM
Four Sisters Owl Diner
244 Appleton Street
Lowell, 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.

Join the WB1GOF DMR users group
here.

Please send signal reports to
repeater@wb1gof.org

Heavy Weather and Emergencies

During periods of heavy weather (snowstorms, blizzards, hurricanes) and public emergencies, monitor the WB1GOF 2 meter analog repeater (146.955 -, pl 74.4) for information.

For information on SkyWarn, click
here.

  Upcoming Events

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Project Big E to Highlight Modern Amateur Radio
Project Big E is a 17-day amateur radio exhibit to be held at the 2022 Big E from September 16-October 3, 2022 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Western Massachusetts ARRL Affiliated Club Coordinator and Hampden County Radio Association president Larry Krainson, W1AST, is the Project Big E General Chairman.

The Big E, formerly known as The Eastern States Exposition, is billed as “New England’s Great State fair.” It is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the sixth-largest fair in the nation. In 2021, the Big E had 1.5 million visitors, and over 1.6 million visitors in 2019. [Wikipedia.org]

Planning for Project Big E is underway. An impressive ham radio booth will showcase the many aspects of modern ham radio, and provide an avenue for people to sign up for information and courses in their local area.
Features proposed for Project Big E will include:
  • an EmComm display
  • DMR and/or other digital mobile mode demo
  • Digital HF modes on a big screen
  • A special event station (N1E) with unique QSL cards
  • SSB, CW and digital modes
  • Demonstrations of portable stations for field operation (i.e., Parks On The Air, Summits On The Air)
  • A live ARISS contact
Project Big E can succeed only if there is a sufficient number of volunteers and radio clubs who agree to participate in the event.  A web page has been created at https://nediv.arrl.org/ProjectBigE
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Northeast HamXposition
The Northeast HamXposition (a.k.a. ARRL New England Division Convention) organizing committee has confirmed the dates for the 2022 convention: August 26-28, 2022. This year, the New England and Hudson divisions are having a combined convention in Marlborough… it should be a really big show! Tickets are on sale now.

  Online License Training & Testing

The ARRL Learning Center on YouTube now offers online training for the Technician class license. This series of videos features Dave Casler, KE0OG, QST’s “Ask Dave” columnist, who leads viewers through The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. These videos supplement the manual and provide an overview of the sections you’ll be studying, along with a few videos on how things work. The Technician training videos are available here.

Several organizations now offer online testing for Amateur Radio license exams. Click on the links to 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 under 25: Free
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.

  PART Supports These Organizations

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Westford Food Panty
The Westford Food Pantry provides services for individuals and families in the local community and surrounding towns with emergency, short and long-term needs for quality fresh and dry foods along with personal care and household items. You can donate food at five drop-box locations in Westford and at the Food Pantry itself. For a location list, go here.
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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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