We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit volunteer Amateur Radio operator team providing communications services in large scale disasters and to charitable events within the Central Massachusetts area. Our organization manages the WE1CT Worcester RACES Radio Station and assists the Worcester Emergency Management Department and other agencies.

Amateur Radio Exam Session

by admin  •  Mar 20 2015, 14:48    Bookmark and Share   printer friendly  
The Worcester Area VE Team will be holding an amateur radio test session for all license classes at Kaven Hall, Room 204, Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6:30 PM. The session is open to the general public.

Please bring:
  • AN ORIGINAL AND A PHOTOCOPY of your current license and any CSCEs or other paperwork you are submitting
  • A basic calculator
  • Two forms of state acceptable ID (one must be a picture ID)
  • $15 exam fee (if check, payable to "ARRL VEC")
  • Pen or pencil

The photocopies of your paperwork are very important as we must submit a copy of your records to the ARRL VEC if you are successful.

If you have never registered with the FCC's ULS system and received a FRN number, please read the notice in the Read More link below.

We will try to provide a talk-in on the 145.310 / 449.025 W1WPI repeater. It is recommended that if you are not familiar with the WPI campus that you print out and bring with you the campus map.

Any questions regarding this session can be directed to exams@wect.org.

Team Meeting on Feb 23

by admin  •  Feb 16 2015, 13:18    Bookmark and Share   printer friendly  
The next WECT meeting will be on Monday, February 23 at 7:00 PM in Meeting Room B at 50 Skyline Drive in Worcester. Anyone interested in WECT is welcome to come.

Tom, NE1R, will be giving a presentation titled Technological changes since 1970 and implications for Amateur Radio as an emergency communications service. The presentation also includes a video about the amateur radio response to Hurricane Katrina.

Additionally, the WECT executive board has openings for the position of Secretary and Vice President. Elections will be held at this meeting. Nominations will immediately precede elections, so any members wishing to run for either of these positions must attend the meeting to accept their nomination. Any members wishing to learn more about any position should contact the Executive Board. Only full WECT members can vote in the election or be nominated for either position.

The role of the Vice President is to assist the president in their duties. The Vice President currently also coordinates recruitment and membership. The current opening is for a term expiring 6/30/16. A full description of the role is described here.

The Secretary is responsible for handling all correspondence between the Officers and Directors and the Organization. The current opening is for a term expiring 6/30/15. A full description of the role is described here.

Hope to see you there!

Amateur Radio Exam Session

by admin  •  Jan 14 2015, 11:53    Bookmark and Share   printer friendly  
The Worcester Area VE Team will be holding an amateur radio test session for all license classes at Salisbury Labs, Room 011, Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Thursday, January 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM. The session is open to the general public.

If you have never registered with the FCC's ULS system and received a FRN number, please read the notice in the Read More link below.

We will try to provide a talk-in on the 145.310 / 449.025 W1WPI repeater. It is recommended that if you are not familiar with the WPI campus that you print out and bring with you the campus map.

Please bring:
  • AN ORIGINAL AND A PHOTOCOPY of your current license and any CSCEs or other paperwork you are submitting
  • A basic calculator
  • Two forms of state acceptable ID (one must be a picture ID)
  • $15 exam fee (if check, payable to "ARRL VEC")
  • Pen or pencil

The photocopies of your paperwork are very important as we must submit a copy of your records to the ARRL VEC if you are successful.

Any questions regarding this session can be directed to exams@wect.org.

December Team Meetings

by admin  •  Nov 18 2014, 12:17    Bookmark and Share   printer friendly  
The next WECT Executive Board meeting will be held on December 1st at 7:00 PM in Meeting Room A at 50 Skyline Drive. As per normal, we will be discussing a variety of business involving the team in general.

Our next General Meeting will be held on Saturday December 13th at 10:00 AM in Meeting Room B at 50 Skyline Drive. The purpose of this meeting will be a work party to organize and prepare the radio room for the winter. Please RSVP with President Ben Holmes NB1H so we know that we have the correct amount of people for this work party.

Sutton Chain of Lights 2014

by nm1b  •  Oct 30 2014, 19:13    Bookmark and Share   printer friendly  
We are looking for about 12 amateur radio operators to assist with the Sutton Chain of Lights on Saturday December 6 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Amateur radio has been supporting this event for years, and it's one of the more fun, low key public service events in the Central MA region. It is highly recommended for any amateur radio operator but especially those with little or no prior public service experience due to its low key nature.

Amateur Radio Exam Session

by nm1b  •  Oct 10 2014, 12:56    Bookmark and Share   printer friendly  
The Worcester Area VE Team will be holding an amateur radio test session for all license classes at Kaven Hall, Room 115, Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM. The session is open to the general public.

If you have never registered with the FCC's ULS system and received a FRN number, please read the notice in the Read More link below.

We will try to provide a talk-in on the 145.310 / 449.025 W1WPI repeater. It is recommended that if you are not familiar with the WPI campus that you print out and bring with you the campus map.

Please bring:
  • AN ORIGINAL AND A PHOTOCOPY of your current license and any CSCEs or other paperwork you are submitting
  • A basic calculator
  • Two forms of state acceptable ID (one must be a picture ID)
  • $15 exam fee (if check, payable to "ARRL VEC")
  • Pen or pencil

The photocopies of your paperwork are very important as we must submit a copy of your records to the ARRL VEC if you are successful.

Any questions regarding this session can be directed to exams@wect.org.

Run Around Hopkinton Relay Race

by admin  •  Sep 29 2014, 08:41    Bookmark and Share   printer friendly  
Hi Folks,

We're looking for about twelve to fifteen hams to provide communications assistance for the Run Around Hopkinton relay race in Hopkinton on Sunday, October 5th. It occurs from 8:30 am to about noon. It will be held in and around Hopkinton State Park. Assignments are mostly checkpoints along the course as well as a couple shadows and possibly a support vehicle.

If you are interested, please send e-mail us and let us know if you have UHF equipment with DCS / DPL. Thanks!

Thanks,
Matt, NM1B

Amateur Radio Exam Session

by admin  •  Sep 29 2014, 07:31    Bookmark and Share   printer friendly  
The Worcester Area VE Team will be holding an amateur radio test session for all license classes at Kaven Hall, Room 115, Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 6:30 PM. Normally the exam session is the third Thursday of January, April, July and October but WPIWA has requested this session a couple weeks early. The session is open to the general public.

If you have never registered with the FCC's ULS system and received a FRN number, please read the notice in the Read More link below.

We will try to provide a talk-in on the 145.310 / 449.025 W1WPI repeater. It is recommended that if you are not familiar with the WPI campus that you print out and bring with you the campus map.

Please bring:
  • AN ORIGINAL AND A PHOTOCOPY of your current license and any CSCEs or other paperwork you are submitting
  • A basic calculator
  • Two forms of state acceptable ID (one must be a picture ID)
  • $15 exam fee (if check, payable to "ARRL VEC")
  • Pen or pencil

The photocopies of your paperwork are very important as we must submit a copy of your records to the ARRL VEC if you are successful.

Any questions regarding this session can be directed to Matt Brennan NM1B or John Ruggiero N2YHK.

Tri-EPIC 2nd Annual Cops 'N' Kids Runway Car Show

by admin  •  Sep 08 2014, 11:18    Bookmark and Share   printer friendly  
Fellow Members,

I find myself in need of a few extra amateur radio operators. I'm involved with a regional Emergency Planning Committee called Tri-EPIC. We are having a "Show and Tell" on next Saturday (9/13). It will be combined with the Cops and Kids car show at Southbridge Municipal Airport.

Surrounding towns will be bringing their apparatus (trucks, trailers,etc), MEMA should be there as well. Being the communications aspect, they would like a operational radio set up showing how ham radio complements emergency operations.

I don't really have much to show off. I only have 2m equipment, which I'd be glad to set up. If you are available and have a hf radio, I think that would be a much better presentation. I'm not sure where we will be in the airport yet, so I'm not sure on power or trees. There is a meeting Tuesday morning if anyone willing to help out would like to attend. If I get some hands, we can do it kind of like a field day.

Please contact me if you would like to assist in this effort.

Alan R. Jeskey, KB1PWR

Ride to Defeat ALS

by admin  •  Aug 27 2014, 09:16    Bookmark and Share   printer friendly  
Hello Team,

We're looking for 12-15 volunteers to help with communications for a bicycle ride in Wayland on Sunday, September 28th. Some stations will need to be in place as early as 6:30 AM, with the last stations securing around 4:00 PM.

More information about the event is available on the event website.

If you're interested, please send me an email and what equipment you have available. VHF or UHF handhelds will work, some stations with mobile rigs will be helpful.

Thanks,
Rob KC2EMA
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