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

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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

  • Congratulations to PART member Wayne, AG1A, for receiving the ARRL WAS Triple Play award! This award is given to hams who work all states on phone, CW, and digital modes, and have all contacts confirmed on Logbook of the World.

  • Congratulations to the PART officers elected at the October 2022 meeting: President: George, K1IG, Vice President: Rich, AB1HD, Secretary: Geoff, W1GCF, Treasurer: Alan, W1AHM.

  • Welcome to new PART members Tim, KC1RET, of Andover, MA, and Jen, KC1QPF, of Carlisle, MA!

  • The presentations given at the October PART meeting: "Logging Receiver Data with GPS Coordinates," by Ray, WA1CYB, and "How to Not Blow Up Your QRP Transceiver," by George, K1IG, are available in the Club Presentations tab. The QRP tuner described in the presentation is available from the Four State QRP Group here. The QDX digital transceiver is available from QRP Labs here.

  • If you missed the presentation on "Andy's Ham Radio Linux" given by PART member Andy, KB1OIQ, at the recent HamXpo, you can see a video here.

  • The presentation on Radiological Awareness given by Terry, KA8SCP, at the August PART meeting is in the Club Presentations tab.

  • The presentation on End-Fed antennas given by Bob, W1IS, and Bob, KC1DSQ, at the July PART meeting is in the Club Presentations tab.

  • During the recent 13 Colonies event, PART member Andy, KB1OIQ, served as one of the Massachusetts (K2H) operators. Andy reports making 1,533 contacts SSB contacts in 24 hours of operating over seven days, including at least five PART members and several DX stations. If you missed Andy in this year's event, he promises to be back next year!

  • Congratulations to PART member Megan Wagner, KC1FGH, on being awarded a FEMARA Scholarship for 2022!

  • PART member Andy, KB1OIQ, is the author of "Andy's Ham Radio Linux," a complete Linux desktop system with just about every ham radio program already installed. You can see a YouTube review here and download the software here.

  • PART now has a "loaner rig" for use by members who want to try out HF. The rig consists of a Yaesu FT-897D transceiver, Astron SS-30 power supply, Signalink sound card interface, and an MFJ-944 antenna tuner. If you're interested in borrowing the rig, contact PART president George, K1IG here.

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At the May 17, 2022 PART of Westford meeting, PART members Bob Glorioso, W1IS (left), and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ (not shown), received the March 2022 QST Cover Plaque award from New England Division Director Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC (right).

  • 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.

  • 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:

December 20: PART Holiday Party
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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
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Nightly 10 Meter Net
Every night (especially Wednesday) there's an informal rag-chew on 28.400 MHz SSB. If you don't hear anyone, put out a call and see who's there!

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 operational

Join the WB1GOF D-Star users group

Join the WB1GOF DMR users group

Please send signal reports to

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

  Upcoming Events

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Boston Marathon
Planning is well underway for the 2023 Boston Marathon scheduled for Monday, April 17! The BAA volunteer registration is now open.
Returning volunteers should have received an email from the BAA with details about how to register.
New volunteers can get info and sign up here.
The Marathon committee has also provided a step by step guide on how to select Amateur Radio volunteer positions during the registration process. Click here to read it.
If you have any questions about the upcoming volunteer registration period, or the 2023 Marathon generally, please get in touch anytime via the email address:

  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
  • First year free for anyone first licensed less than a year prior to joining!

  Subscribe to PART Email

PART uses for club email and notifications. 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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