June 2016 Meeting

The June 16th, Thursday 2016 meeting of the Pentucket Radio Association will be held at The West Newbury Emergency Operations Center, 401 Main Street, West Newbury on the second floor at 7:30 PM.

Talk-in will be on our repeater: 146.625 MHz PL 131.8

For members who may need or want a ride, let us know (via the email list) and we’ll try to accommodate you.

John J. will also attempt to use skype for those members who wish to attend remotely. Add pentucket.radio to your buddy list if you want to wish to take advantage of this and be online at meeting time.

With the offer from the Town of West Newbury to use the Mill Pond Reservation site for our Field Day efforts, planning for this event will likely be a hot topic.

Field Day is Approaching

Field Day is fast approaching (Field Day 2016 is June 25-26, 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday) and there’s some great news about a location. Likely this will be a hot topic for the June meeting, as time is short.

Here’s a snippet from an email Jarrod (K1LVA) sent out recently describing the location possibilities:

  A few months back I sent an email to Mike Dwyer KB1HAZ regarding this years Field Day location. Last year we held it at the West Newbury firehouse on Main St. It worked out great for the group and was a great spot for public relations. The fire department was very accommodating to our needs and we can’t thank them enough!
 
Well getting back to the email I sent recently, Mr Dwyer got back to me and asked if the club would be willing to hold Field Day at a different location. So the next day I met up with Mr Dwyer at the proposed location to get the lay of the land and to also make sure it would accommodate the basic needs of operating a field day event. The location is called Mill Pond Reservation. It’s a beautiful location with plenty of trees for shade and antennas, and a recreation building for us to use if needed. The building is huge and may have electrical power.
 
Now I know what you’re gonna say! “Now wait just a minute! Real field day stations don’t use commercial power!” Well I agree! So Mr Dwyer has offered to deliver a generator to the new location!! How great is that?
 
So more on the location, it is set off the road a little ways, but there is plenty of foot traffic that will pass right by our station. We will be allowed to put a sign out by the entrance, like a sandwich board or something to that effect. The pond offers a beautiful view which is conveniently located directly in front of the rec building. I believe there are also walking trails which is where all the foot traffic come into play. When I was there, the place was very active with dog walkers, kids, and couples sitting in Adirondack style chairs looking out over the pond. You really can’t beat the  site!!
 
So to sum it all up, a beautiful site with a gorgeous view, plenty plenty of room, shade, and has all the essentials we’ll need to have a successful field day. This is an unbelievable gift that the Town of West Newbury has given us and it would be my suggestion to the group that we take advantage of this gift and give Field Day 2016 a run for its money!!!

May 2016 Meeting

The May 19th, Thursday 2016 meeting of the Pentucket Radio Association will be held at The West Newbury Emergency Operations Center, 401 Main Street, West Newbury on the second floor at 7:30 PM.

Talk-in will be on our repeater: 146.625 MHz PL 131.8

For members who may need or want a ride, let us know (via the email list) and we’ll try to accommodate you.

John J. will also attempt to use skype for those members who wish to attend remotely. Add pentucket.radio to your buddy list if you want to wish to take advantage of this and be online at meeting time.

We will start public planning for Field Day in this meeting.

April 2016 Meeting

Meeting Reminder

The April 21st, Thursday 2016 meeting of the Pentucket Radio
Association will be held at The West Newbury Emergency Operations Center,
401 Main Street, West Newbury on the second floor at 7:30 PM.

Talk-in will be on our repeater: 146.625 MHz PL 131.8

For members who may need or want a ride, let us know and we’ll try to accommodate you.

I will also attempt to use skype for those members who wish to attend remotely. Add pentucket.radio to your buddy list if you want to wish to take advantage of this and be online at meeting time.

This meeting will probably be dominated by NEAR-Fest talk and perhaps some initial talk about Field Day.

2016 Annual Meeting

The P.R.A. Annual Meeting will be held at the West Newbury Emergency Operations Center, 401 Main Street along Route 113 in West Newbury on 21 January 2016 at 7:30PM EST. The West Newbury EOC will likely be the “standard” location for our meeting, going forward. Thanks to Mike Dwyer for setting this up.

Please note, your 2016 dues must be paid in full in order to be eligible to run for office (or to vote for those who do). John has mailed out renewal forms to all. Please return them at your earliest convenience.

September Meeting

The September 18th Friday, 2015 meeting of the Pentucket Radio Association will be held at The New Brookridge Community Church, 232 Main Street (Rt 125), Haverhill, MA at 7:30 PM.

Talk-in will be on our repeater: 146.625 MHz PL 131.8

John will attempt to skype anyone in who wishes to attend remotely. Please add pentucket.radio as a buddy if you are interested.

This is the first meeting after the summer and the last meeting before October NearFest. Most of the discussion will probably involve NearFest preparation.

June Meeting

Monthly Meeting Reminder

The June 18th Thursday, 2015 meeting of the Pentucket Radio Association will be held at the Heavenly Donuts in Bradford on Rt. 125 at 7:30 PM. Sadly, the church isn’t available, so this is the best fall-back we can think of. If you have a better idea for a meeting place in that part of town, let us know.

Talk-in will be on our repeater: 146.625 MHz PL 131.8

John will attempt to skype anyone in who wishes to attend remotely. This may not work well in a donut shop, but please add pentucket.radio as a buddy if you are interested.

This is the last meeting before Field Day and the last meeting before the summer break. We expect mostly discussion related to Field Day planning.

May Meeting

The May 21st Thursday, 2015 meeting of the Pentucket Radio Association will be held at the NEW Brookridge Community Church, 232 Main Street (Rt 125), Haverhill, MA at 7:30 PM.

Talk-in will be on our repeater: 146.625 MHz PL 131.8

We will attempt to skype anyone in who wishes to attend remotely. Please add pentucket.radio as a buddy if you are interested.

There will likely be a lively discussion about upcoming Field Day preparations. There will be a lot of work and planning to do. Contact Dave KD1NA or myself if you can volunteer time or equipment but can’t make it to the next two meetings.

April Meeting

The April 16th Thursday, 2015 meeting of the Pentucket Radio Association
will be held at the NEW Brookridge Community Church, 232 Main Street (Rt
125), Haverhill, MA at 7:30 PM.

Talk-in will be on our repeater: 146.625 MHz PL 131.8

We will attempt to skype anyone in who wishes to attend remotely. Please
add pentucket.radio as a buddy if you are interested.

As with last month, the meeting business will probably be dominated by
NEAR-Fest and Field Day planning. We encourage your attendance if you’re
interested in these topics. If we close out business early, Either Dave
KD1NA or John (AB1PX) will give a technical presentation.