Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club

Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club

How Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club Began


Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club (S.M.H.A.R.C.) was formed in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1978. A group of ham radio operators teamed up to provide emergency communications to support local officials and to the Sturdy Memorial Hospital.  The club, already past its 40th year, has a fully equipped radio station and is capable of assisting in emergency communications operations support for the general Attleboro area should  the need arise.  Club members include technical experts in radio communications, emergency radio operations, radio technology, Information Technology and other associated areas relating to Amateur Radio. SMHARC is a member of the American Radio Relay League(ARRL)



As of March 1st. 2020, All Club Meeting & Gatherings that may have been scheduled are now CANCELLED, due to the Corona virus that has taken over our Country. We urge you to keep Social Distancing, if leaving your homes. Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds. Cover face with a mask or scarf when leaving you house.

Keep these practices in mind, so we may return to our old ways of life.

If that is at all Possible. Be Safe, and stay Healthy.

Thank you from your Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club.

It Saddens me to Report that one of our Senior Members of our Radio Club has Gone to a Silent Key.

It was brought to our attention on our A.R.E.S. weekly Net Meeting this last Thursday, Secretary/Treasure

Ray Cord informed the Net Meeting attendees of the Passing of Will Rollinson N1DPY, Will, who may have been

one of the original members of the Club at it's inception back in 1978.

Will had been battling cancer for the last year. And finally succumbing to it this last weekend May 2 or 3 of 2020.

No information of Services were given at that time. 

I will add any information I receive, that will be in time before services are scheduled.


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President:                  Gary Powers      KB1KA

Vice President:          Ernie Klawitter  KC1BOO

Secretary/Treasurer: Ray Cord           K2TGX




A motion was brought to the floor of Octobers monthly meeting to raise annual dues for the clubs membership. As mantyy of it members are on a fixed income, the increase of $5.00 per month to $20.00 for them. The others that are still employed will be increased by $10.00 to $25.00 for annual fees.

This will be voted on during the November 19, 2019 meeting. All members are encouraged to attend.

The motion was brought to a vote in the November meeting and was almost unanimously voted in favor in raising the membership dues, with only a couple abstentions. Starting January 2020 the dues for membership will be $25.00 for all working members otherwise it will be $20.00 for fixed income


Ham Radio License Classes


UPDATE:   It will be a General Class Preparation that will be taught not 

the Technician as previously reported. my apologies.

It was announced at the November meeting that the General Class classes will begin at 7 pm on January 15,  2020. The third Wednesday, and will continue for 10 to 12 weeks. Classes will be held in the Michael Poissant Room / Clinical Education Center from 7 pm to 9 pm near the front entrance of the Hospital.


It was announced by our Club Secretary Ray Cord that a Drill of our Club's ARES Members will participate along with the Members of the Norfolk Medical Reserve Corps of a setup of a Emergency Shelter that will have communications for outside needs that would be required for an Emergency Shelter during an actual weather related or a natural disaster, should one occur. All members wishing to attend and participate Please meet at the Norton Middle School parking lot, located at 215 West Main Street, Norton, MA. at 8:00 am on Saturday April 18, 2020.      More info to follow.

THE STORY OF "OLD MAGIC BEANS" as told by Jim Duarte N1EIV.

To learn more about Old Magic Beans just hit the Button below


ARES - Eastern Massachusetts Website

ARRL WEBSITE - American Radio Relay League Website

PLYMOUTH STATE WEATHER CENTER - Get the weather for where your at, or around the corner

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