CMARACentral Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association
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CMARA continues to maintain its affiliation with ARRL.
CMARA Vice President John Brusa explained that the origin of the word "ham" for an amateur radio operator goes back to the early 1900s, when two groups of people were involved in the wireless communications technology that would evolve into radio: professional wireless telegraphy operators, and amateur radio operators who experimented to improve the technology for personal satisfaction rather than monetary gain.
CMARA maintains the Southern Worcester County W1BIM VHF communications repeater, or automated relay station, which is used to increase signal range and links the area with emergency services and with the rest of the country in the event of an emergency.
Membership in CMARA is $25 a year, $20 a year for seniors 65 and older.
May 26, representatives from ARRL will present CMARA with a plaque honoring the association's 75th anniversary.
CMARA's membership includes training for the test for the FCC ham radio operator's license, which costs $12 and is good for 10 years.