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Amateur Radio Club for All Ages

The Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS) welcomes radio enthusiasts of all ages from New England and beyond. We meet both in Natick and on-line.

Members include students, parents, mentors, and supportive individuals of all ages.

STARS is supported by New England Sci-Tech (NEST) in Natick
and is an affiliated club of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL).




Where We Meet

STARS is based at a high-tech STEM education center called New England Sci-Tech (NE SciTech), located at 16 Tech Circle, Natick, MA. The STARS radio room and the maker labs are set up with HF, VHF, and UHF rigs as well as electronics test equipment such as soldering benches, oscilloscopes, antenna analyzer, and spectrum analyzer. NESciTech has a conference room with a kitchenette for meetings and classes, a space science lab for astronomy and space science projects, a multi-purpose classroom, a wood/metal shop with machines for project fabrication, multiple soldering stations, 3D printers, and LASER cutter. NESciTech also has a 4-meter dome inflatable planetarium for astronomy shows on-site and a 5-meter travel planetarium for off-site locations. NE SciTech owns a communications trailer, useful for Field Day and ham conventions. STARS hosts a Metrowest UHF repeater on 446.325 MHz (- offset) PL 146.2Hz with NETS on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm. See our other radio repeaters in the next panel.
Callsign Location Output Input PL in PL out Link Comment
W1STR Natick 446.325 441.325 146.2 146.2 NEAR NE Sci-Tech
NE1AR Milton 449.125 444.125 146.2 146.2 NEAR Blue Hills
NE1AR Milton 146.985 146.385 88.5 88.5 NEAR Blue Hills
NE1AR S. Natick 447.025 442.025 146.2 146.2 none Portable
Hopkinton 448.025 443.025 88.5 88.5 none NE Sci-Tech
EchoLink: Natick
        4942 W1CLA-R
Natick         4942  

Meeting Times

STARS meets most Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM both on Zoom and in person at 16 Tech Circle, Natick, MA. Members may come in as early as 3:00 PM to use the radio room. We usually have at least two guest speakers per month on a wide range of topics in radio or other sciences.  When we don't have a speaker, we may hold a general meeting, shop talk meeting, or work on projects like communications trailer.

STARS also hosts the Wireless Technology Club (WTC) that gets hands-on with wireless tech, electronics, and radio communications. For paid members only, "WiTech" meets approximately twice a month on Saturday mornings, 10-11:30 AM.  We work on antenna builds, soldering kits, RF robotics, competitive fox hunts, long range communication (DX) contests, Morse code, high altitude balloon tracking, encoding and decoding data signals, and more. Both youth (grades 4+) and adults are welcome.

ARRL Affiliated Club

STARS is an affiliated club of the national American Radio Relay League (ARRL). As such, we need at least 50% of STARS members to be ARRL members as well. Please read about all the benefits of an ARRL membership and join ARRL today!

How To Join STARS (two ways)

  1. Just join any New England Sci-Tech membership category, then select Amateur Radio on the Interests Category and you become an active member, or
  2. Sign up just for the yearly STARS membership on the New England Sci-Tech membership page.
Active Membership privileges include use of the amateur radio portion of NE SciTech, attendance at all STARS meetings on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm, e-mailed newsletters and invitations to club events and activities, and ability to vote and run for STARS offices at the annual meeting. Although there are no age restrictions, it is recommended that children be at least age 10 and that a parent also enroll as a supporting member for youth.

ARRL — One-Stop Resource for Amateur Radio

Join or Renew Today!  All members will access digital editions of all four ARRL magazines: QST, On the Air, QEX, and NCJ.

The radio room at New England Sci-Tech is shared by STARS, NEAR, and NE SciTech. The radio room and nearby electronics lab are equipped with HF, VHF, and UHF radios, electronics work bench, test equipment, oscilloscope, and antenna analyzer. The room can be used by anyone with a STARS or NEAR membership, or anyone who is a member of New England Sci-Tech.

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