U.S.S. Salem RC On For FISTS “Coast-to-Coast” Operating Event

straight keyPi, K1RV wrote:

Hello to all other FISTS Club stations!

As stated before, the USS Salem Radio Club – K1USN (FISTS # 9239) plans to be active all day on Sunday September 14th from onboard the USS Salem. We are planning to operate several stations and will be using a variety of straight keys, paddles and bugs during the day. We intend to also fire up some of the USS Salem vintage radio gear on 7058 (±)! We hope to have lots of members participate onboard.We are hoping to have some good participation from other Clubs as well. We are fortunate to have K1VV – Whitey as one of our USS Salem members. He has recently been putting together some fantastic video CD and DVD presentations. He has done them for the Marconi 100th Anniversary event ( KM1CC ), New England Steam and Wireless Museum ( Rhode Island ), W1NZR Field Day ( Ft. Burnside, RI ) and has just completed a presentation about the recent International Lighthouse Weekend activities at N1P ( Ned’s Point ) and N1L ( Boston ) Lighthouses.

These are SUPER for promoting Ham Radio to the general public as well as for presentations at Club meetings. He is now working on a video presentation focusing on FISTS and the C2C weekend! He will be onboard the USS Salem taking photos and conducting interviews. He has requested that all of the participating FISTS Club stations send him two photos ( only two because his dial-up server will be swamped! ) accompanied by the names/callsigns of those in the photos. You could also send a brief summary of comments and highlights from your operation. Whitey’s e-mail address is k1vv@tmlp.com

If you have anything additional to send such as more photos, etc. please send them via snail mail to his Callbook address.

The final product video CD should be something that will be a useful and valuable resource for FISTS. I’ve already spoken with Nancy-WZ8C and she will get the first copy. We discussed having her get someone from FISTS to work with her to make additional copies to distribute to FISTS Clubs and individual members. This FISTS Promotional video can be distributed freely and copied by FISTS members making sure to give artistic credit to K1VV!

In light of the recent WARC regulation changes regarding elimination of the Morse requirement; we FISTS members need to do our part to find a new way to attract people to WANT to use CW and carry on the legacy.

73, Pi – K1RV FISTS # 7012



Ham Radio Balloon Over New England Today

ham radio balloon/beaconTed T. Wright tedwright@csi.com wrote:

Everything is flight ready in Michigan, and Robert is monitoring the forecasts from different models. Just now he informed me that the models indicate favorable conditions TOMORROW (Friday 8/29/03), if they hold and the surface weather doesn’t prevent a morning launch. However, I fully expect this to change before tonight; that’s just the nature of this particular flight.

UPDATE: HamBONE/GPA-SD2 may fly on FRIDAY AUGUST 29!!! http://frodo.bruderhof.com/hambone/sd2.htm

HamBONE-GPA SD2 Solar tetroon from Michigan

Robert Rochte KC8UCH of the Grosse Pointe Academy in Michigan plans to fly a “Sky Diamond” tetrahedral zero-pressure solar floater carrying one of my beacons, adapted from the HamBONE-LD series. This is our first cooperative flight, and with the right conditions it could set a new record for distance or duration, or both. Solar balloons typically fly through the day and descend slowly after sunset.

We plan to launch the balloon from near Detroit, MI at about 9:00 local time, and ballast it to achieve a float altitude around 35,000 feet, where strong upper level winds will push it east across several states. This should give many people a chance to hear the 10 meter CW signal within about 250 miles of the balloon’s flight path. Likely areas within the radio footprint include northern Ohio and Pennsylvania, New York and New England, as well as southern Ontario, Canada. Tapes or transcripts of any portion of the flight telemetry will be very much appreciated, since no single ground station will be in range of the balloon for the whole duration of the flight. Contact the tracking center using the email address included in the

Recovery of the beacon is not planned, and of course the landing area cannot be predicted with any accuracy. If you hear telemetry from this beacon with increasing altimeter readings, please try to DF the signal using the nulls on the sides of a beam. Since the beacon batteries will last considerably longer than the flight (at least 4 days), there is a slight chance that recovery will be possible. That is, if it doesn’t land in the Atlantic!

The payload package includes:

* An 8-bit microcontroller (PIC 16C715)
* A barometric altimeter (MPX100A/LM358M)
* An outside temperature sensor (DS1721S)
* An insolation sensor (CdS cell in a ping-pong ball diffuser)
* Battery voltage monitor
* CW Beacon on 28.636 MHz (crystal oscillator)
* Vertically polarized 10m dipole antenna
* Eight AA Li-Fe batteries for 12V @ 2500 mAh

Telemetry format (sent every 2 minutes) :

DE KA2QPG BLN GPA/SD2 UP 14H34M A 033 T NEG 55C L 204 B 8.7V


UP = flight time in hours and minutes
A = altimeter (absolute pressure, 0 – 255)
T = outside temperature (-99 – 99 degrees C)
L = light level (0 – 255, uncalibrated)
B = battery voltage (0.0 – 9.9 volts)

The remaining time in the 2-minute cycle will have a Morse “dit” and a beep of the piezo sounder every 4 seconds.

“What Is All That Stuff?”

eye-catching MIT Radio Society flyerFrom the “What-Is-All-This-Stuff-Department”: A recent walk through the Walker Memorial Building on the MIT campus revealed this attention-grabbing sign posted on the door of the MIT Radio Society.

A new academic school year begins soon at MIT and other college campuses throughout Eastern Massachusetts. That means the return of many younger hams along with renewed activity at the school clubs!

Ride For Hunger Needs Your Help

Ride for Hunger logoProject Bread is again sponsoring the Ride for Hunger on Sunday, September 14. This ride raises funds to support feeding programs all across the Commonwealth. With the high level of unemployment, our efforts are needed more than ever. The Crocker Public Service Group was a vital part of raising over $250,000 last year. Our team provides crucial safety links to the 1,000 cyclists in this tour.

The ride will start at Lake Cochituate in Natick. The MetroWest route goes through Sherborn and Millis, then returns. The TourWest route traverses towns including Holliston, Hopkinton, Grafton, Northborough, Hudson, and Wayland.

We will be supplying communications support along both the 25 and 70 mile routes. Positions include mobile operators, operators at critical intersections with marshals, and rest stop hams. Last year, an injured rider was aided over the noise of Speen Street to the great relief of the Project Bread staff. The 144, 222 and 440MHz bands will be used at different locations, courtesy of the Minuteman Repeater Association.

To sign up or to obtain more information, go to http://cpsg.amateur-radio.net or send mail to rfh2003@amateur-radio.net.

New North Attleboro High School ARC Forming

No. Attleboro High School imageAlexander Rullo, KB1JLU wrote:

“As many of you are aware there will be a new club at the North Attleboro High School this year. The youth-oriented amateur radio club will be taking place after school on a regular schedule to be determined.

The mission of the club is two-fold. First and foremost, the purpose of this club is to get youth interested in this fine hobby so that they may enjoy what we already do. Secondly the overall goal is of helping them obtain an amateur radio operators license.

The teaching philosophy of this club will be the same as the Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Learn-Do-Learn. The way we hope to carry out this teaching philosophy is through teaching from the ever-famous (and almost infamous) Now You’re Talking series. This, accompanied by actual experience on the air, should achieve both our goals.

The club is coming along. There is an initial core of students interested and we have not yet advertised. We expect a few more by the second or third week of this school year. We have also located radio equipment and are in the process of testing the equipment and antennas. On top of this we have located a place to hold our club; complete with a computer supplied by NAHS.

Although we do have full sponsorship from the SMH ARC we would like to keep costs down. We could use some help. If anybody is able to donate anything it would be appreciated. We can always use; radio equipment (even if it does not work; it may be a good hands-on project); teaching aids, including books and pamphlets; monetary donations; and of course experienced operators for presentations and other such activities. If anybody can help in any way please contact me at arullo123@comcast.net . I will also be available if you have any comments, questions or concerns. A copy of the club proposal is also available upon request.

Before concluding I would like to extend a thanks to John V. Bellissimo, KA1EWN. Our teachers at the school are very busy especially with last years budget crisis and recent change in administration. EWN has put forth much more effort than I expected. Initially all I really wanted was a signature, a teacher to officiate for the club. The club hasn’t even started and he has proved to be a more valuable asset than I could ever have imagined. Thanks for all the hard work!

In closing, do not hesitate to contact me if you have ANY comments, questions or concerns. I will try to help you the best I can.

Alexander Rullo


Amateur Radio Participation in 2003 Blackout As Reported by ARRL

blackoutARRL’s national web site carried summaries of Amateur Radio operations from the affected areas in the Midwest, New York and New England in the wake of yesterday’s major blackout. The following excerpt pertains to our section. It was based on a timely submission by EMa Public Information Coordinator Jim Duarte, N1IV:

“New England states were far less affected by the blackout since most operate on an altogether different power grid than the one that failed. New England area ARES/RACES operators were in standby mode after the blackout rippled through the system to the south and west. Only Connecticut and sections of Western Massachusetts reported significant outages, and ARES nets activated in both states.

“ARRL Eastern Massachusetts PIC Jim Duarte, N1IV, reports the ARES/RACES response in the Bay State was ‘quick and organized, showing that our recent drills and training sessions have proved beneficial.'”

Thanks to all of the ARES/RACES members in EMa who stood by, ready and willing to serve.

ARRLWeb: Hams a Bright Spot During Power Blackout

ARES/RACES Repeaters in Standby

Hi Folks,

New England area ARES/RACES Amateur Radio Operators went into full standby mode late this afternoon as word of the massive power outage filtered in. In the Eastern Mass Section, SEC Mike Neilsen – W1MPN placed all ARES/RACES Stations on Standby at 17:00 Thursday evening.

Several RACES/ARES stations checked in and monitored 3.943 Mhz for Massachusetts communications. WC1MA, the Mass State EMA Headquarters checked in and advised that they were on full alert. The Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC held their normally scheduled ARES Net and were joined by Rob Macedo – KD1CY, operating W1AEC, the Southeastern Mass ARC club station. Most ARES/RACES Teams had contacted their respective city/town EMA Directors, checked into their local repeaters and awaited further instructions. As word of the gradual restoration of power was made available, most stations were advised to “stand down” and were thanked for their assistance. The response was quick and organized, showing that our recent drills and training sessions have proved beneficial.

Thanks to all the local and regional ARES/RACES personnel that have given of their time to train our people in the techniques required to handle these situations. Also, thanks to the ARRL for their work with the ARECC (Amateur Radio Emergency Communicatons Course) program.


Jim Duarte – N1IV
ARRL Public Information Coordinator
Eastern Mass Section

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Text of original instructions and press release follow:****** MASSIVE POWER OUTAGE ******

A massive power outage has been reported in NYC and many Midwest cities including Canada. Media reporting “natural” occurrence not terrorism. It may or may not spread to our area.

NCS please bring up all ARES/RACES repeaters in standby mode. Advice of your presence, and require time between transmissions.

s/Michael P. Neilsen
Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN, EMa SEC
978.562.5662 Voice
978.389.0558 FAX/Secondary Voice

This is a precautionary move as many cities to our west including midwest and Canada have lost power. Terrorism in NOT suspected, but is felt to be part of an accidental breakdown. ISO New England has declared our power supply secure.

s/Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Eastern Mass. Section Emergency Coodinator

Hi All!

In the Eastern Mass Section, SEC Mike Neilsen – W1MPN placed all
ARES/RACES Stations on Standby as of 17:07 this evening. Several RACES
Stations are already checked in and monitoring our 75 meter frequency.
Most ARES/RACES Teams have been in contact with their respective
city/town EMA Directors and are awaiting further instructions.


Jim Duarte
Public Information Coordinator
ARRL Eastern Mass Section

Blackout of 2003

BlackoutBilled as the largest power blackout in U.S. history, areas around New York City, Hartford, Albany Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland lost power Thursday afternoon, August 14.

EMa SEC Mike Neilsen, W1MPN has placed all ARES/RACES Stations on Standby as of 5:07 p.m. ET this evening. Several RACES stations are already checked in and monitoring our 75 meter frequency.

Most ARES/RACES Teams have been in contact with their respective city/town EMA Directors and are awaiting further instructions.

Please monitor 146.64, 145.23 or http://ares.ema.arrl.org for additional information on possible Amateur Radio efforts.

International Lighthouse / Lightship Event Activities in EMA

Boston LightWhitey, K1VV wrote:

“International Lighthouse/Lightship Event .. Aug 16-17
in Eastern Massachusetts …. you may want to post this … Visitors welcome ……….. there are several other lighthouses in EMA which could be represented if some one would want to at this late hour ………..

N1L – Boston Light
W1NOB – Nobska Light – Falmouth
W1QWT – Scituate Light
N1P – Ned’s Point Light – Mattapoisett

We will be at N1P on SATURDAY … possibly Sunday … not sure ..

Members of the Marconi Radio Club will activate
Special event call N1P on Saturday Aug. 16th from
Ned’s Point Light in Mattapoisett MA…

Over looking Buzzards Bay ……… N1P will be taking part in the … http://www.lighthouses.net.au/illw/

August 16 , 2003 ONLY

We will be running a 706 and wire antennas ..CW & Phone … a FD like operation…

Special QSL for the event …… DX QSL to K1VV via W1 bureau ..

W/K to K1VV CBA …please with an S.A.S.E. … tnx ….


[See also: W1NOB photo album archive]

Boston ARC Field Day Photo in QST

Boston ARC Field DayThe September, 2003 QST’s “ARRL in Action” column features a photo taken by Boston ARC member Ramon Kolb, KX1T. The column and accompanying photos highlight visits to Field Day sites across the U.S. by Section Managers and other League field organization volunteers. Shown in the photo are (l-r): Bill Ricker, N1VUX; Phil Temples, K9HI; Paul Olivieri, N1ZKR and Bill McIninch, KA1MOM.

ARRL Volunteer Resources Committee Report: ORS’s Comments

My name is Peter Grace, KB1CVH.
I am writing to you about the Volunteer Resources Committee report on the ARRL’s Field Services Organization dated July 18-19, 2003.

When I first became licensed, and before I even owned an amateur radio, I was called on the phone by an amateur radio operator who welcomed me with a radiogram that welcomed me to the amateur radio world. When I obtained my first radio, my first or second conversation was with Jim Hatherley, WA1TBY,SK. I was very impressed by his kindness to this new ham. I then listened to and checked into the Eastern Massachusetts 2 meter traffic net on 145.23. I was welcomed to the net by Jim and the other amateurs who participated. Jim sent me a package on NTS in the mail. I didn’t check in again for some time as I wasn’t quite ready to handle traffic. Eventually the day came when I checked in and took traffic.

Now I am an Official Relay Station, a Net Control Station, a member of Eastern Massachusetts ARES, and RACES officer for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts, the 5th most densely populated city in the United States.

My introduction to amateur radio, besides reading the ARRL Amateur Radio Handbook, was listening to the local 2 meter traffic net. I’m certain that traffic nets are a way that the ARRL and Amateur Radio reaches out to many new hams. If there’s an NTS net on a local 2 meter repeater that meets every night like the Eastern Massachusetts 2 meter traffic net, many new hams will hear it.

While participating on traffic nets, I have learned how to participate in a formal net, how to pass traffic, how to receive traffic, how to be a net control station, and how to be part of the ‘System’. These skills are invaluable to amateur radio and to its members. These skills can be used in formal voice nets, in taking and passing traffic for served agencies in both ARES and RACES.

I think the report of the ARRL’s Field Services Organization may have done a disservice to the National Traffic system in comparing the NTS to other services. Some comments indicated that NTS isn’t changing with the times, and that it’s not using new technologies, and that there are delays in passing traffic. These do not reflect an understanding of NTS.

I would like to try to address these comments:

NTS is changing with the times. NTS is suffering by a lack of younger members due in part to the availability of other services to pass formal messages over long distances. Amateur Radio is suffering for the same reason. NTS still provides a valuable training ground for ARES and RACES operators who will need the skills when they are activated. ARES operators may be called upon to pass formal written messages from shelters or other locations for the public or served agencies. How will they know how to do this if they don’t get the experience in NTS ? When participating in ARES SETS and also while participating in local RACES nets, I have tried to work with amateur radio operators who didn’t know how to pass or receive an NTS format message correctly. It was very difficult to work with them as they didn’t have the skill gained from the experience of participating in NTS. NTS is a ‘System’. Systems have structure and procedures.

I know from personal experience that one does not get skilled at participating in a system by reading a book or piece of paper. NTS experience is a great way to learn how to pass formal traffic. Participating in local 2 meter NTS traffic nets that meet nightly are very accessible ways to get skilled at participating in formal nets and passing formal written traffic. Participation in NTS CW nets are wonderful for getting very skilled at CW and CW nets. NTS nets are the gold standard. If anything, ARES and RACES operators who don’t participate in NTS net are missing out on great opportunities to get skilled. Either it’s because there’s no local net accessible to them or they don’t make the time to participate. In ARES, we need to be functional when we are needed. Training is important. NTS traffic nets are training for ARES and any other service where formal nets are required. Monthly or Annual exercises do not train operators but can only give us an idea of how well those services can work. Experience, gained from frequently NTS net participation help operator performance.

NTS uses new technologies. There was one a time when traffic was passed only via CW. Now traffic is passed via voice on SSB and FM. Traffic is passed via packet radio. When a technology is sufficiently available to amateur radio operators and is able to be utilized to pass traffic, NTS uses that method if it helps to get the message through. Frequently though, the method that works is the lowest common denominator. An operator may not be part of NTS with PSK31 ability in the 617 areacode area and thus may not be able to respond to a call CQ NTS MA 617 K on PSK31. Many operators do have FM repeater ability which allows the message to get through. As technologies mature, amateurs make use of them in many ways including NTS.

There are delays in passing traffic. Most traffic is passed with Routine priority. There are additional priorities available for handling priority or emergency traffic. I know that NTS trained operators who do what ever it takes to get such a message through as soon as possible, but that routine traffic is generally not time sensitive or urgent. Perhaps due to a lack of NTS operators in a community, some traffic for that community isn’t delivered without delay. This points out a need to recruit more NTS operators, not a need to remove support for NTS.

The Volunteer Resources Committee report on the ARRL’s Field Services Organization dated July 18-19, 2003 did a disservice to the National Traffic System by not recognizing that NTS is a very important part of the ARRL’s mission and that it may benefit the ARRL and NTS to provide additional resources for recruitment of additional operators, additional local NTS nets, and retainment of NTS operators.

Sincerely yours,
Peter Grace KB1CVH/ORS
ARRL Member

Milford Hospital “Monster” Field Day September 13, 2003

A group of amateurs spearheaded by Tom Kinahan, N1CPE are planning an Amateur Radio exhibit/message fair for the Milford Hospital “Monster” Field Day September 13, 2003. The fair celebrates events from one hundred years ago.

“We’re trying to re-create a bit of the magic of Marconi 100 years ago,” commented N1CPE.

Below are minutes from the first organizing meeting.”At our organizing meeting in attendance were: Bruce Piggot KC1US, Steve Schwarm, W3EVE, Fran Belliveau KA4FRH and Tom Kinahan N1CPE.

We’re not being asked to “coordinate” or help them run the events of this day. We’re only doing a display of Ham Radio.

1) We need a CW person/demonstrator that can do a good demonstration for kids, and come up with the appropriate keys / oscillators and materials.

2) We need Signage. We would like to have signage to talk about FARA, Ham Radio, Marconi, CW, and NTS how messages get through.

These are assumed to be our biggest issues.

We will need 40 feet of tables to go under a tent provided by N1CPE/Wellesley ARS. It’s 20′ x 10′.

We expect to apply for a special event callsign (Under W1FY).

We would like to demonstrate the phonetic alphabet as a different “code” for kids. Need a poster/handouts.

We calculated that we’ll need 120V@ 10A or a 1200- 2000 Watt generator. This sill be supplied by the MRH.

Fran and Steve will arrange the HF antenna given the field layout.

We put together a “blurb” for the advertising for our part of the event. We will run a “message Fair” and a ham radio demo using HF and 2m,70cm FM.

We want to be able to use the name of Framingham ARA as our group, and will apply for a special event callsign of K1H, N1H, or W1H for this event.

We’ll need to have some scheme for special event QSL cards.

-Tom K.

New England Area Ham – Electronic Flea Market 8-1-03

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Amherst MA Mt. Tom ARC http://www.mtara.org/hamfest/flea.html

Adams MA N BerkshireARC http://www.nobarc.org/hamfest

Boxborough MA NE ARRL Conv http://www.boxboro.org/

Framingham MA FARA http://www.fara.org/

Newton MA Waltham ARA Auction http://www.wara64.org/auction/

S Dartmouth MA SEMARA http://www.semara.org/flea/fleamkt.htm +

Whately MA FranklinCARC http://www.fcarc.org/flea.html

Enfield CT VHF/UHF Conf http://www.newsvhf.com +

Southington CT SARA http://www.chetbacon.com/sara.htm

Wallingford CT Nutmeg CT Conv http://www.qsl.net/nutmeghamfest/

Lewiston ME AARC http://www.dlois.com/mainearrl/convent.htm

Portland ME PAWA http://www.qsl.net/pawa/fleamarket.html +

Henniker NH CVRC http://www.qsl.net/k1bke/ +

Bergen NJ BARA http://www.bara.org/

Lake Placid NY NNY ARA http://www.geocities.com/nnyara/

Lindenhurst NY ToB ARES http://www.tobares.org/hamfest.html +

Long Island NY LIMARC http://www.limarc.org/fest.htm +

Massapequa NY GSB ARA http://www.gsbarc.org/flyermay03.pdf +

Queens NY Hall of Science http://www.qsl.net/hosarc/hamfest.html

Rochester NY AWA http://www.antiquewireless.org/

Greenwich RI Fidelity ARC http://users.ids.net/~newsm/dates.html

Essex Junction VT Burlington ARC http://www.vtstetson.net/fest02.pdf

Milton VT RANV VT Conv http://www.ranv.org/milton.html

Montreal PQ MARC http://www.marc.qc.ca/fest.html

Montreal PQ WIARC http://www.pubnix.net/wiarc/hamfest.htm

Sorel-Tracy PQ CRAS-T http://www.hamfest.qc.ca/

St Therese PQ CRALL http://www.ve2crl.qc.ca/hamfest2002.htm

Canada RAC List http://rac.eton.ca/data/racfleas.taf?function=form

Phila. Area VARA List http://www.qsl.net/w2vtm/hamfest.html +

USA ARRL List http://www.arrl.org/hamfests.html

W1NXC Wins ARRL Instructor of the Year Award

Ed Weiss, W1NXCEdmond (“Ed”) Weiss, W1NXC has been named by ARRL as the winner of the 2002 Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year award. Weiss, a long-time member of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association, was nominated by fellow members.

Weiss is retired from the New England Telephone Company. He worked as a transmission engineer. W1NXC holds an Amateur Extra and commercial General Class license. He is also a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts.

Weiss served in World War II as a radio officer and is a member of the Society of Wireless Pioneers. The head instructor for Framingham Amateur Radio Association since 1978, Weiss has also completed the ARRL Emergency Communications courses and is a certified instructor for level I, II, and III.

“It is indeed an honor for someone to win the Herb S. Brier award,” said Phil Temples, K9HI, Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager. “Nominees from across the country must demonstrate a high success rate by way of numbers of students who pass their license exams and a high percentage of those who begin a course who successfully complete it.” Temples added, “candidates must also display extraordinary personal commitment. The endorsements and testimonials supplied by fellow club members and students are key in winning the award. I know that Ed’s fellow club members hold him in high esteem. He’s very deserving of this award.”

“Herb S. Brier, W9AD, long-time CQ Novice Editor, represented the spirit of effective, caring Amateur Radio instruction. The ARRL sponsors this award, in conjunction with the Lake County (IN) Amateur Radio Club, in his memory to recognize the very best in volunteer Amateur Radio instruction,” according to the ARRL web site.

Weiss will receive an engraved plaque and a $100 credit for purchase of ARRL publications. The award will be co-presented at a special “FARA Night Out” activity by K9HI and ARRL New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI.

[I knew the late Herb Brier while growing up in Indiana. Herb’s cheery demeaneor on the air and selfless dedication to all newcomers to the hobby was legendary. Way to go, Ed! -K9HI]

CEMARC BBQ, ARES Workshop at SEMARA 8/9/03

combined CEMARC, EMA ARES logosFrank Murphy, N1DHW writes:

Time is getting close for the BBQ at the Southeastern MA ARA on August 9th. If you are planning to attend just the BBQ lunch, please reply to this email, or call me, Frank N1DHW, 617-491-8451 so SEMARA can plan for food. If you plan to attend just the BBQ, arrive about 10:00 a.m.

Spread the word to those in your club who might want to attend. You are on the CEMARC mail list and others in the club depend on YOU to forward CEMARC info. Talk it up on the repeater.

Better yet, attend the all day ARES Workshop being conducted at SEMARA that day, and really have a day out. The Workshop is from 9:00 – 4:30, with a 2 hour break for the BBQ lunch.

Workshop details, and directions to SEMARA can be found at:


Hope to see you there.

Boston Third Annual Triathlon Help Needed

Boston ARC logoBob Salow, WA1IDA writes:

We have been asked again to support emergency communications for the third annual Triathlon held in Boston. Formally known as the “Monster Challenge, Tri-Boston,” this world-class race is sponsored by Monster.com (the job-finding web site) for the benefit of the AIDS Action Committee. The event is basically unchanged from last year.

The triathlon consists of a swim in the harbor around the World Trade Center (WTC) in South Boston; bike from there through downtown Boston, Charlestown, across and around Cambridge, and back to the WTC; and run from the WTC into and around the Marine Industrial Park and finish at the WTC. Exhausting? Yes for the racers, no for us hams.

Date: Sunday, 31 August 2003
Ham start: 0600
Ham finish: 0930 to 1100

The ham start time is governed by road closures and access to the station locations. It is important to be at the assigned locations on time (even if you are the first one there) – the triathletes move very fast (I don’t know how they do it), so the course is occupied quickly.

Yes, I know it is the day before Labor Day. The upside is it starts early and ends early, leaving plenty of weekend enjoyment time. Your help is greatly needed to continue this as a superb event and to uphold our reputation for dependable support. Our assignments consist of monitoring hazardous and critical locations along the course, and the medical/support stations. As we did last year, we plan to use a 2-meter repeater and/or a 70-cm repeater. Hand-held with a good battery is the way to go.

If you can help, please contact me as soon as possible. I will email the assignments and more detail early, and for most, you can go directly to your station. If you reply from an email address other than the best for you, let me know. Also, please send me a phone number. Parking should be available very close to each location. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Thanks and 73,

Bob Salow, WA1IDA