July/August EMA ARES newsletter

The July/August EMA ARES newsletter is posted to
http://www.emaares.com/Newsletters/Newsletter-Latest.html *July/August Headlines*
ARES at Boxoboro Convention 8/23-25
— No ARES Net 8/25
Homeland Security Grant Training Set to Start September 1

Hurricane Season * Cape Cod Drill #9, #10
Skywarn Training Session at MIT a success (2002-07-28) Skywarn
Activations — July 23rd Outbreak included a Tornado/Downburst NWS
Taunton Now Has WX1BOX Call-Sign to be Used in All Future NWS Ham Ops

* ARES News from ARRL Letter*
Homeland Security Grant Training Set to Start September 1
Bulletin listings of ARES/RACES Responses nationwide

* Every Month*
Calendar: PSE, Training, Drill
Website updates

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VHF/UHF/Microwave Programs at Boxboro 2002

ARRL New England Division ConventionFollowing an absence of several years, there will be a VHF/UHF/Microwave session at this year’s New England Division ARRL Convention. These programs will occur from 9 AM until 1PM Sunday, August 25, immediately followed by the convention prize drawings at 2PM.This session will meet in the Grand Ballroom of the hotel, so there will be plenty of seating. Bring all of your friends!

Sunday will provide a “laid back” atmosphere for the VHF program, without competition from the many other Convention events held on Saturday. In contrast with Saturday, parking at the Boxboro Woods Holiday Inn is readily available on Sunday, and many dealers are eager to make “deals” rather than transporting their unsold merchandise back home.

Of course your $10.00 registration ticket (purchased at the door) provides admission on both days. Friday’s events held at the convention site will require preregistration and an additional fee.

Lew Collins, W1GXT, is serving as the VHF Program Chairman for the convention.

Check the Convention web site at http://www.boxboro.org for updates on the convention program, lists of commercial exhibitors, and other information.

8:30 AM Informal gathering for conversation and coffee

9:00 AM “Introduction to VHF/UHF Weak Signal Operating” presented by Grant “Chip” Taylor, W1AIM, Cabot, VT

This presentation will provide an overview of VHF/UHF propagation and technology. It will include practical hints for expanding your horizons on the bands above 50 MHz. This talk will be of interest to the newcomer as well as to the experienced VHFer.

10:00 AM “Your Rig Covers Six Meters – Now What?” presented by Dave Olean, K1WHS, Lebanon, ME

This presentation, which focuses mostly on antennas, will enable owners of the new “all band” transceivers to realize the potential of their new radio to work world-wide DX on 50 MHz. In addition, there will be some discussion of the other aspects of station design, such as feedlines, amplifiers, etc.

11:00 AM “Antennas for the Microwave Bands” presented by Paul Wade, W1GHZ, Shirley, MA

This presentation will describe a variety of easily constructed antennas for use on the bands above 1GHz. If you have dreamed of having an antenna with over 20 dB of gain, this talk is for you!

12:00 Noon “Predicting Radio Line-of-Sight Using the USGS Digital Topographic Maps” presented by Matt Reilly, KB1VC, Stow, MA

For years the USGS has provided digitized topographic map data in the form of their Digital Elevation Map datasets. This presentation will show you how to use a web service that utilizes this data to plot the radio signal path between any two points in the continental U.S.

Check the Convention web site at http://www.boxboro.org for updates on the convention program.


Lew Collins
VHF Program Chairman

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Emergency Communications Training to Begin September 1

ARRL Certification & Continuing Ed Program“…This week, ARRL section managers were asked to recommend up to five students to sign up to take the Level I Amateur Radio Emergency Communications on-line course. These individuals also will receive additional training to become instructors and mentors…”SB QST @ ARL $ARLB050
ARLB050 Emergency Communications Training to Begin September 1

ARRL Bulletin 50 ARLB050>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT August 16, 2002
To all radio amateurs

ARLB050 Emergency Communications Training to Begin September 1

Amateur Radio emergency communications training supported by a $181,900
federal homeland security grant will begin within a few weeks. The
League was among several dozen nonprofit organizations designated to
receive some $10.3 million in federal money to boost homeland defense
volunteer programs. During its first year, the grant–from the
Corporation for National and Community Service special volunteer
program–will reimburse the cost of Level I ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications Course training for up to 1700 volunteers.

ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, says the national
program will begin September 1 with the recruitment of at least 200
additional mentors and trainers. These volunteers then will help to
manage and train the student load during the first year of the grant.
Hobart and Dan Miller, K3UFG–formerly ARRL Certification and Continuing
Education Program Coordinator and now the Emergency Communications
Course Manager–have been working with CNCS to expedite the grant

This week, ARRL section managers were asked to recommend up to five
students to sign up to take the Level I Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications on-line course. These individuals also will receive
additional training to become instructors and mentors. Hobart pointed
out that additional mentors and instructors will be needed to help
handle the expected volume of students training under the grant program.
Anyone who has already completed the Level I course is qualified to
become a mentor with some additional training. Mentor candidates should
contact Dan Miller, k3ufg@arrl.org, for information on how to take part.

Once the ARRL members hand-picked by section managers to train as
mentors have completed the program, registration for routine Level I
training will open October 1, initially for ARRL field appointees.
Miller anticipates that the program will continue to handle
approximately 200 students per month. ”As much as we’d like to, we
can’t train everyone at once,” he said. ”Please be patient.”

To comply with grant requirements, the ARRL also will survey served
agencies and certain segments of the amateur population. Hobart said the
League wants to ensure that the course offered accurately represents
”what really happens in the field” during an emergency or disaster.

Students taking advantage of Level I emergency communications training
under the grant program will be asked to pay for the course via credit
card during the registration process. Level I course candidates from
Connecticut will continue to be trained under a $33,000 grant from
United Technologies Corporation to expand Amateur Radio emergency
communications training opportunities. Upon successfully completing the
training and certification, students will be reimbursed the $45 fee.

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CEMARC Meeting at Boxboro


The [New England Division] Convention Committe has granted CEMARC a place on the activity schedule to hold our summer meeting on Sunday morning at 9:00am. I hope that at least one delegate from each radio club in Eastern Mass. will take the time to attend. If you can’t attend, please ask for someone from your club to attend and represent the club.I would like to ask each delegate to submit agenda items to me as soon as possible. I realize that many clubs do not have summer meetings, so I’m asking those of you receiving this note to forward it on to your own club members for discussion topics, that would be of interest to such a potenially large audience.

Remember,CEMARC meetings are open to all amateur operators, not just the club voting delegates.

I look forward to hearing your suggestions for the agenda soon, also looking forward to meeting with all of you at the Convention.

Check for latest info.

Frank Murphy – n1dhw EMass. ACC

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