January 2020

Before starting off the new year, there’s some business to take care of from last year – thanking Chauncey, K1OPE, for arranging the annual holiday party at Il Forno in Littleton. We had a very good turnout, and as usual, the Yankee Swap, emceed by Alan, KD1D, was the highlight of the night. If you’ve got any comments or feedback on the event or the location, let Chauncey or me know.

So, the new year has arrived… did you make any ham-related resolutions? This hobby is so vast that there is always something new you can resolve to do. For example:
  • Try operating in a contest. Every week, there are probably seven or eight on-the-air contests that you can enter with no experience and pick up a few new and rare contacts. Contesting isn’t difficult; as with anything new, the first contact is always the hardest – after that it’s addictive. See the listing at https://www.contestcalendar.com/index.html for a complete schedule of the year’s events.
  • Volunteer for a public service event. April’s Boston Marathon is, of course, the major public service event and it needs hundreds of volunteer hams on the route, but there are local events as well that are looking for hams. The Apple Blossom Parade in Westford in May is a fun event and the Pumpkin Patrol on Halloween can use some volunteers too. Keep these dates in mind as you plan your schedule for the year.
  • When the weather gets warmer, the fox hunting season will start. PART has many avid hunters who can provide spare equipment to get you started in this outdoor sport.
  • PART is always looking for meeting speakers. Is there a project you’ve been working on, or some special expertise you want to share with the club? It needn’t be technical, and even a ten or fifteen-minute presentation is welcome. Contact Greg, N1DAM, or me if you want to discuss an idea.
PART is trying something new this year that we’ll need helpers for: Winter Field Day (WFD), to be held on January 25-26. Brian, W1BP, is setting up a station for WFD at the Westford Sportsman’s Club, 80 West Street, Westford, and he’s looking for operators. With only a single station, this is not going to be nearly as large as summer Field Day, and weather considerations will require flexibility in operating. Brian will describe the event at the January PART meeting.

This should be a good year for PART, and there are rumors that sunspots are finally starting to appear, so warm up your transceiver and get on the air. Don’t let those sunspots go to waste!

73, George K1IG
PART President