Newsletter of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association September 1997, Vol. 64, No. 9

In This Issue

President's Message
DX Cluster Node
FARA Flea Market
Getting Started in SSTV
License in a Weekend Notice
and more...

President's Message

Where did the summer go?  All those ham projects in which I had all summer to do are still there.  Like the reflector on my thirty-plus year old Mosley yagi that got twisted a bit during one of those late winter ice storms.  Yep, it's still twisted a bit.  Not too likely another ice storm will come along and straighten it out this coming winter.  And there's also my G5RV that turned into a sloper during that April Fools 32" snow storm.  It's still a sloper.  Why should this year be any different.  I'm sure I can wait until the first few flakes start falling and that biting wind comes along, then I know it's time to tackle those projects.
Flea's coming.  The FARA Flea Market that is.  Bring the whole family, bring a friend, bring the friend's whole family.  But come, whether you're a volunteer worker, a seller, a buyer or just there for an eyeball QSO with an old repeater friend.  Sunday September 28.
Know someone who might be interested in getting their ham ticket? Tell  her or him about the upcoming License-In-A-Weekend.  The masterful tutelage of Ed, W1NXC,  and his crack team of instructors will help get them prepared for the Sunday exam given by Dick, K1KTK, and his VEs.  License-In-A-Weekend, September 19, 20, & 21.  For more info, call Ed 881-2301.  73
Jim, W1EQW

Committee To Study Establishing DX Cluster Node

by Charlie, NC1N

The FARA board has authorized the creation of a committee to investigate establishing a DX cluster packet node.  There's particular interest in providing service to FARA members in our southern membership area, who are having a particularly difficult time getting or staying connected to the network.
After the committee develops a specific plan as to the hardware, software, and logistics involved, the results will be brought back for discussion.
If you would like to participate in this committee, please contact Charlie Ross, NC1N.  The best way to contact him is via e-mail: Or, you can call evenings before 9 PM at 508-533-7680.

FARA Flea Market

by Bev, N1LOO

Mark your calendar now for Sunday, September 28th, and come to the FARA Fall Flea Market.  Look forward to many dealers with a variety of hamradio and computer goods.  This is always a great day for all who attend.  We are looking for vendors and buyers alike.  Is it time to clean out your shack  to make room for some new treasures?  Why not get a table and turn your old treasures into hard cash?  Are you looking for one more thing to get that project finished?  If so, stop in and look on the 28th.
The flea markets are the club's main fund raisers for the year and we can use your support by working the day of the flea also.  In exchange for you working a 2 hour shift you get free admission!!  A great deal!!!  If you can help on the day of the flea market, let me know by signing the sheet at the meeting or calling me at 626-2012.
There will be a VE session also and you can register by getting in touch with Dick, K1KTK, for all the details. 
Thanks for your continued support of the Flea Market and I look forward to seeing everyone there on the 28th.

Thursday, Sept. 4
This Month's Meeting

Marjie, KA1HIA

Come to this months meeting as Mark, WA1R talks antennas.

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