Cellphone Provision, H-4771 “Dead”

MA Statehouse QST–Massachusetts amateurs

On Friday July 23, the Massachusetts Senate deleted a cellphone provision from a major transportation bill. This is the bill (number H-4771) that you may have heard about late last month. The provision would have made it illegal to drive while using a hand-held cellphone.

The bill on which the H-4771 cellphone provision was based, H-3919, remains in the House Ways and Means committee. H-3919 has been stuck there for over a year. If it is not approved by the end of the year, it will expire.

While neither of these bills represents a direct threat to amateur interests, it is important that we be prepared to make ourselves heard should circumstances warrant.

If you have any questions about this or any other legislation, please contact K3HI.

Shawn O’Donnell, K3HI
EMA ARRL State Government Liaison
k3hi@arrl.net
508 877 7635

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ARES DNC Bulletin #003 On-line

DNC 2004 logoIn Brief:

EMa ARES will begin a limited mobilization starting next Sunday, July 25th…

…Red Cross Rapid Action Team (RAT) met Thursday, July 22 to finalize plans before the DNC begins next week. KD1CY presented the ARES briefing…

N1IV, EMa ARRL Public Information Coordinator has appointed Bill, KA1MOM to provide Public Relations assistance with the DNC Activities next week…

…Section Manager K9HI and Section Emergency Coordinator W1MPN met on July 22 with staff at ARRL Headquarters in Newington CT. to brief them on ARES preparations… [Full story]

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Scanning the DNC

DNC 2004 logoTerry Stader, KA8SCP writes on PART-list:

“I just added a link to the http://scan.wb1gof.org site on what you might want to listen to during the next week while people are in town for the DNC. Scroll down to the “Federal stuff” area at the bottom of the page.

For some of the most current information on new frequency captures, try the Scan-Mass-East Yahoo Groups http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Scan-Mass-East/.

Want to listed to your favorite “media” station, try the ScanBoston site: http://www.scanboston.com/media.htm or the Media Monitoring Guide at http://www.wiscomm.com/media/bosmedia.htm.

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DNC Daily Update #3

DNC Logo Hello to all…..

EMa ARES will begin a limited mobilization starting next Sunday, July 25th. Many of the germane parts of the Operations Plan (OpPlan) appear in the left column under the heading “DNC OPERATIONS”.

This is the daily update for Friday, July 23rd, on our plans to assist participating agencies with the DNC. News items will appear in this column, while permanent material or changes will be posted in the left hand column under the heading “DNC OPERATIONS”.

Please note that the frequency plan for our mobilization will not appear on this website, but will be passed to players under separate cover.

Amateur Radio Operators outside the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts section should first contact their ARES Section Emergency Coordinator for permission to mobilize, as no “self mobilized” hams will be accepted, and will be turned away. Their response to you will depend on whether we have asked for assistance from outside our section, based on how much support we receive from inside the Eastern Massachusetts section.

And now the news…..

1. The Red Cross Rapid Action Team (RAT) met last night to finalize plans before the DNC begins next week. Rob, KD1CY, presented the ARES brief. In attendance were SEC, Mike, W1MPN, and CCARES DEC, Frank, WQ1O. It was also announced that All personnel must have government picture ID’s (preferably two) each time they enter ANY client facility next week.
2. Jim, N1IV, ARRL Public Information Coordinator for the Eastern Mass Section, has appointed Bill, KA1MOM, to provide “PR” assistance with the DNC Activities next week. “With your Boston Media contacts and previous experience up there, we feel that you are the best person to handle this task,” Jim stated in an email overnight. He went on to add that “This is, on a grand scale, the best PR opportunity that we have had in the Eastern Mass Section, that I can remember.” SEC, Mike, W1MPN, said that Bill’s primary job will be to keep all ARES volunteers (and our entire community through the League) informed on a daily basis, of our activities supporting the DNC event.
3. SM, Phil, K9HI, and SEC, Mike, W1MPN, met yesterday at the ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT, with Field and Educational Services Manager Rosalie White, K1STO, and ARRL Public Service Specialist Steve Ewald, WV1X, and briefed them on our preparations for the DNC.
4. Bill, N1VUX, will be providing ducting reports in support of our limited mobilization (please see latest report in this column)
5. Players can expect the final plan by tomorrow night. Starting Monday, the plan will be updated on a daily basis using the Incident Action Plan (IAP) format.

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DNC Update #2

DNC Logo Hello to all…..

EMa ARES will begin a limited mobilization starting next Sunday, July 25th. Many of the germane parts of the Operations Plan (OpPlan) appear in the left column under the heading “DNC OPERATIONS”.

This is the daily updates on our plans to assist participating agencies with the DNC, for Tuesday, July 20th. News items will appear in this column, while permanent material or changes will be posted in the left hand column under the heading “DNC OPERATIONS”.

Please note that the frequency plan for our mobilization will not appear on this website, but will be passed to players under separate cover.

Amateur Radio Operators outside the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts section should first contact their ARES Section Emergency Coordinator for permission to mobilize, as no “self mobilized” hams will be accepted, and will be turned away. Their response to you will depend on whether we have asked for assistance from outside our section, based on how much support we receive from inside the Eastern Massachusetts section.

And now the news…..

1. We held our combined RC/ARES communication drill last night. The drill was very successful, according to Deputy SEC, Rob, KD1CY. Other key players included N1CPE, WQ1O, N1VUX, N1FY, N1BDA, and W1ZSA. Our thanks to everyone who checked in and participated.
2. Bill, N1VUX, will be providing ducting reports in support of our limited mobilization (please see latest report above)
3. Players can expect the updated plan by the end of the week.

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DNC Update #1

DNC Logo Hello to all…..

This will be the first of what we hope will be daily updates on our plans to assist participating agencies with the DNC. News items will appear in this column, while permanent material or changes will be posted in the left hand column under the heading “DNC OPERATIONS”.

Please note: Amateur Radio Operators outside the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts section should first contact their ARES Section Emergency Coordinator for permission to mobilize, as no “self mobilized” hams will be accepted, and will be turned away. Their response to you will depend on whether we have asked for assistance from outside our section, based on how much support we receive from inside the Eastern Massachusetts section.

And now the news…..

1. EMa ARES will begin a limited mobilization starting next Sunday, July 25th. Many of the germane parts of the Operations Plan (OpPlan) appear in the left column under the heading “DNC OPERATIONS”.
2. We will be having a communication drill tonight. Please see the updated note in this column. Please note that the frequency plan for our mobilization will not appear on this website, but will be passed to players under separate cover.
3. We have filled most of the required shifts, but we can still use more volunteers. Please contact any of the DEC’s or me if you would like to help. A summary of our requirements appears below.
4. We held a meeting this past Saturday with most of the ARES leadership staff, and some of the participating players to go over the draft OpPlan.
5. Players can expect the updated plan by the end of the week.

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“Old Ironsides” QRV For Museum Ships On The Air

USS Constitution turnaroundK1NR writes:

“I will be operating from the deck of the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) this Saturday July 17 in conjunction with the ‘Museum Ships on the Air’ weekend. Please look for us on 20m and 40m SSB. Here is some more info below. I will be operating while underway in Boston Harbor. This may be a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to work the Constitution maritime mobile.
Museum Ships on the Air Weekend

Museum ships and submarines weekends offers operators a chance to work some rare and unusual stations and collect unique QSL cards and certificates. More than 80 museum ships and subs worldwide are expected to take part in the event, which is sponsored by the USS Salem Radio Club. Club members will operate K1USN aboard the USS Salem (CA-139), the world’s only preserved heavy cruiser, and WW2MAN from the Seehund U boat (U-5075) from their moorings at the US Naval Shipbuilding Museum in Quincy, Massachusetts.

There’s more information, including a listing of vessels planning to participate, on the K1USN web site http://www.qsl.net/k1usn/event.html.

Stations working 10 participating vessels are eligible for a certificate by sending a copy of log pages showing these contacts and a self-addressed, stamped envelope large enough to hold an 8-1/2 x 11-inch certificate (or send $2) to Bob Callahan, W1QWT, 56 Acorn St, Scituate, MA 02066.

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Red Cross Comm Test

A Red Cross “Special” Communications Test for the DNC will take place on Monday July 19th, 2004 at 7 PM. We would like a huge amount of participation across the typical HF frequencies (7245/3943), 47.42 and we will also be testing 2 Meter/440 MHz frequencies that would potentially be utilized during the DNC. I will be sending out the frequency plan and the Red Cross Communications Meeting Minutes from our past meeting Saturday later this week.

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Advanced Emer Comms Workshop NEW!

[Contributed by KD1CY]
Amateur Radio Advanced Emergency Communications Workshop Saturday August 28th, 2004:

SEMARA Clubhouse

There will be an Advanced Emergency Communications Workshop on Saturday August 28th, 2004 from 9:00 AM-3:30 PM at the SEMARA (Southeast Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association) Club House on 54 Donald Street in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. This session is being put on by the ARES SectionStaff, the SEMARA Club, and SEMARA Club Emergency Coordinator and Assistant Emergency Coordinator, KD1CY-Rob Macedo and N1XRS-Tony Duarte. Also, W1EV-Scott Szala, from the SEMARA Activities committee will be providing a lot of assistance for this workshop. [Please press “read more” button —> ]This Advanced Emergency Communications Workshop will provide additional background in advanced emergency communication topics that will build on our general level emergency communications workshop course. Those who have not attended our general level emergency communications workshop course may attend this advanced workshop but must understand that many of the basic topics that are covered in our general level course will not be covered in this specific workshop.

Please bring a HT to the workshop as it may be utilized during the workshop.

Topics for this advanced workshop include the following:

Emergency Communication Applications of Voice Over IP Technology
Amateur Radio Digital Communications and Applications for Emergency Communications
How to Be a Participant and How to Be Net Control for a NTS Traffic Net
How to Deploy, Setup and Operate at an Existing EOC When Asked to Deploy
How to Deploy, Setup and Operate at a shelter or similar place of deployment

Please note that these topics may change slightly as we get closer to the workshop date.

This training will also feature a special 90 minute lunch that will be provided at no coerced cost to any Amateur who attends the session. The lunch will be Scott Szala’s “ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section” famous Chicken Barbeque that was done at the general Emergency Communications Workshop last year at SEMARA.
Where the SEMARA Club has their own club-house, there will be representatives from the club to give Amateurs a tour of the facility and the club’s plans moving forward. This will be especially good for those from other areas that may attend this workshop as the SEMARA Club is a signficant contributor to the ARRL Eastern Massachusetts section.

The Emergency Communications presentations will be given by other Amateur Operators well versed in the topics listed above. The training will be a worthwhile endeavor not just for emergency communicators but for anyone who is an amateur radio operator, and wants to learn more about the hobby.

Preregistration is required for this workshop so that the club can assure enough food is provided so please decide as soon as possible if you would like to attend this workshop.

Directions and a map to the SEMARA Club House:
http://www.semara.org/direct.htm

For any additional information and to preregister for the workshop, please contact:

N1XRS, Tony Duarte by email TDDuarte@comcast.net
KD1CY, Rob Macedo by email rmacedo@rcn.com
W1MPN, Mike Neilsen by email w1mpn@ema.arrl.org

This training should be a worthwhile endeavor for anyone interested in learning more about emergency communications and amateur radio in general.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
EMa Deputy Section Emergency Coordinator
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Southeast Massachusetts ARES District Emergency Coordinator
SEMARA ARES Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo

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K1USN QRV For Int’l Museum Ships Weekend!

K1USN QSL cardInternational Museum Ships weekend is this weekend (7/16-18)! We expect to be operating K1USN continuously from Friday evening through Sunday evening.

We are also expecting approximately 20 scouts (ages 10-12) from 3pm to 6pm on Saturday.

If you have not visited the Salem before, this is a terrific opportunity. If you can be there between 2:30pm and 6pm, you can help with the scouts. Come early or stay after and get in some operating. We’re planning to have 3 HF and 1 VHF stations operating! Band conditions permitting, we expect pileups!

Please email me at W1AI@hamtestonline.com if you will definitely be there on Saturday from 2:30pm to 6pm and are willing to help with the scouts!

Thanks,

JC Cunningham, W1AI

USS Salem K1USN Radio Club Scouting Program Volunteer Coordinator
www.hamtestonline.com

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New England Division Cabinet Meeting MInutes

EMA ARRL logoAttached are meeting notes from the New England Division cabinet meeting July 10, 2004. Thanks, K1TWF.ARRL New England Division
Cabinet Meeting
10 July 2004

I. Introduction
A. Round table introductions
B. HQ update – Tom
C. Amateur radio is not growing
1. 682,000 overall now, down 5,000
2. About 20,000 new hams per year – not enough
3. entry level license proposal is on the table
D. discussion of the ARRL board process
II. Open discussions
A. Some kudos
1. Thanks to the ARRL for QST articles on CW related things
2. Kudos to EM for the good Field Day site map
3. Big kudos to Bart and the ARRL VEC – turnaround is down to a week
4. standardization of license class testing would help – we could use more help from the League here
B. Working with new hams
1. discussion of encouraging new hams – Elmering/mentoring is key
2. note lots of GOTA stations this year in Field Day
3. training classes do well, but are a lot of work. How can the League help these? Materials, such as PowerPoint presentations, would be very useful
4. need a kids oriented entry level manual
5. Big Project addressing this to some degree – about 90 schools so far
6. Note that Maine (N1RY) has created a TV-based ham radio tutorial
C. What makes clubs successful
1. regular newsletter
2. classes
3. making money is tough – hams are cheap
4. costs to run repeaters (insurance, power) are very substantial
5. it’s important to run clubs as a business
6. there is some need for a for sharing ideas among clubs (ie., CEMARC)
7. it seems that in most clubs a few people do all the work. One club requires renewing members to sign up for at least one committee. Question, is this counterproductive by discouraging membership for some?
8. encourage on the air meetings, particularly for committees (ie., Field Day planning)
9. encourage bequests of equipment
10. some homeland security money is available, especially through states. Clubs should consider banding together to get access to this.
11. for grant related questions, start with Steve Ewald and Mary Hobart
12. note that Verizon gives grants for community related projects
III. Boxboro
A. note NE Spectrum management meeting
B. note NE volunteer meeting Saturday
IV. Scholarships, etc.
A. Tom announced some of the new scholarships from the Foundation
B. Jim/W1LLU announced the new YCCC scholarship program
C. YCCC DXpedition program – stipends to encourage youth to get into contesting by covering some of the expenses involved in sending them on DXpeditions – deadline for application is July 31
V. League Finances – suggestion – that QST have an article on how the League budgets and spends
VI. BPL
A. FCC NPRM comment period has run
B. Technical information provided to the FCC seems to be ignored
C. FCC has done some testing, but won’t make the results public
D. Clearly a disconnect between the technical realities and the political realities
E. League is working it’s way through the political channels
F. Where tests have been done, it is clear that the interference is real, not theoretical
G. Over 50 interference complaints pending with the FCC
H. The League should strengthen alliances with other affected radio services
VII. Book Auction – collected $210, even sold the box!
VIII. Big-E
A. runs until October 3 this year
B. N1JWF looking for volunteers
IX. Winlink
A. League board committee is working on close ties between NTS and emergency services (ARES)
B. Winlink (a digital store and forward using the Internet as a backbone) is being considered in this space. There are some issues in the details.
X. Bills in Congress
A. Spectrum protection – HR 713/SR 537 about 40 sponsors
B. ECOM Consistency Act – HR 1478
C. As always, write letters

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Volunteers Needed For The DNC

DNC logoMike Neilsen, W1MPN, ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator writes on http://ares.ema.arrl.org:

“Requirements for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) continue to be developed by our clients. In particular, the American Red Cross has solidified their plans and what they are requesting from their volunteers. Amateur duties that the Red Cross is requesting include responding to the Red Cross chapters in Boston and Waltham during normal and potential incident operations.

Other duties expected from our cadre will range from maintaining net watches at home stations to passing status traffic messages directing mobilization. Teams supporting other served agencies such as the Salvation Army will be mobilized as required. [Full story]

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Bristol County RA “Geek Fest” July 31, 2004

club logoRoland Daignault, Jr., N1JOY writes:

“Geek Fest is just around the corner!! July 31st is just 4 weeks away! If you are interested in attending, please contact W2DAN, or myself (N1JOY) for dinner and raffle tickets.

If you are a BCRA member and would like to help promote the event, please see W2DAN for dinner & raffle tickets to sell. Every ticket sold will help offset the cost of the great raffle prizes we have this year, and hopefully put a few dollars into the club treasury to help support our two repeaters.

Remember, dinner tickets are only available for approximately 3 more weeks as the food needs to be ordered ahead of time. Raffle tickets will be sold either until they are gone, or right up to the drawing at Geek Fest.

As in past years, your dinner choices will be a New England Clam Boil ($15 per plate), or Chicken BBQ ($10 per plate). For more details go to: http://www.qsl.net/bcra/geekfest2004.html.

Don’t forget we are also having a flea market in the parking lot, and vendor tables are FREE!!! C’mon down and set up a table and maybe make a few bucks, and please tell all of your friends! For more info on the
flea market, please contact Skip (KB1CNB) at: skip@newtestamentschool.org.

Please join us for a great time, plenty of food, and see all of your old acquaintances again!

SEE YA!!

Roland – N1JOY

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CAARA Wins Lease Renewal For Club House

Cape Ann ARA club shackThe Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association successfully secured a new lease for its club house located at 6 Stanwood Street in Gloucester. (See “Cape Ann ARA Seeks New Lease on Club house“.) According to club president Charlie Anderson, WI1U, “We’re happy to report CAARA has a new lease for the building from the City… Our response to the Request for Proposal was accepted by the City with a request for an additional Insurance document, which was completed a few days ago. I am now just waiting for a final copy of the document.”

Anderson adds that the lease terms are identical to CAARA’s previous lease. The City charges CAARA an nominal fee of $1.00 per year.

—The Repeater On-line CAARA newsletter

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Volunteers Needed for the DNC

DNC Logo Hello to all…..

***** Call for Volunteers Summary *****

(*Amateurs living outside of the EMa area, please see note below)

Requirements for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) continue to be developed by our clients. In particular, the American Red Cross has solidified their plans and what they are requesting from their volunteers. Amateur duties that the Red Cross is requesting include responding to the Red Cross chapters in Boston and Waltham during normal and potential incident operations.

Other duties expected from our cadre will range from maintaining net watches at home stations to passing status traffic messages directing mobilization. Teams supporting other served agencies such as the Salvation Army will be mobilized as required.

We are also looking for a large number of “stand-by” operators that will be ready to provide additional support if an incident occurs. As per our doctrine, Amateurs volunteering for this duty will always be asked to accept any further deployment, so please consider being part of our standby corps!

The Red Cross is requesting the following support during the week of the DNC to support their concept of “normal” operations:

[Please press “read more” button —>]-Two Amateur Radio Operators deploying to the Waltham Red Cross Chapter from 8 AM-4 PM Monday July 26th through Friday July 30th.
-Two Amateur Radio Operators deploying to the altham Red Cross Chapter from 4 PM-1 AM Monday July 26th through Thursday July 29th.
-One Amateur Radio Operator deploying to the Boston Red Cross Chapter from 8 AM-4 PM Monday July 26th through Friday July 30th.

It is noted that the DNC is still roughly one month away and these requirements listed above could experience several minor adjustments as we approach the week of the DNC.

A Net Control Command Center will be setup to support this activity utilizing the town of Bridgewater Emergency Operations Center (EOC). We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Herb Lemon, KC1ZW, Bridgewater Emergency Management Director and Chairman of the Board of Selectman for his support in allowing us to utilize the EOC for the week of the DNC. Carl Aveni, N1FY, newly named ARES District Emergency Coordinator for Plymouth County, will be coordinating the net control activity at the Bridgewater EOC.

As stated in the previous call to action, the day shift will be most challenging to fill, as the DNC will be taking place during the workweek. The ARES staff cannot ask anyone to take time off from work, but if you can arrange to donate a vacation day or two to help, it would be greatly appreciated. Amateur Operators that have already contacted us in the first DNC Volunteer Call to Action announcement will be contacted again within the next 7-10 days to discuss where they will be best suited to serve in this operation.

In the previous call to action, we asked about what ARES members have received any form of ICS training. While we are still asking ARES members to respond to this question (it would be greatly appreciated since it is not in our questionnaires), you do not need to be ICS trained to assist us in DNC operations. Frankly, we are rather looking for “good old-fashioned” Amateur Radio knowledge, good operating skills and most importantly, a sincere desire to serve the agencies that are requesting support, and being flexible with the situation and conditions of the deployment.

With this entire infrastructure being setup to support the DNC, as was done by the Red Cross and Salvation Army for Boston First Night New Year’s celebrations, it is important to remember that the most likely outcome is that nothing of consequence will happen during the DNC. This was what we experienced during the limited ARES Activation on New Year’s Eve.

In that scenario, this will lead to quite a bit of time where we are monitoring the event with nothing happening, and we are just sitting watching and waiting. While it may not be exciting or glamorous, the agencies we are serving view this stand-by and limited deployment by us as providing them a huge advantage in case something does happen. Moreover, serving in this capacity at these agencies’ request give us tremendous credibility with their organizations and is greatly appreciated. We ask that those that deploy to the served agencies to bring a book, game, or something to entertain them during this potential for large periods of “down” time. The ARES staff, however, will be utilizing the DNC as a great training opportunity to practice an ARES-MAT, fine-tune net control skills as we will have regular call-ups of nets every few hours, pass routine NTS status traffic messages. We will continue to exercise our net call-ups and regular NTS traffic nets every evening, and practice home station usage and message handling. If, on the low probability that some type of incident occurs (and an incident could range from a wide variety of different things through man-made or natural causes), activity could rapidly ramp up and quickly transition routine nets to heavy use for important and vital emergency traffic.

More updates to this call to action will follow over the next few weeks. We ask that interested Amateurs please contact Mike Neilsen, W1MPN, and Robert Macedo, KD1CY during this timeframe if you live in the Eastern Massachusetts section via email. Their email addresses appear below:

W1MPN-Mike Neilsen: w1mpn@ema.arrl.org
KD1CY-Rob Macedo: rmacedo@rcn.com or kd1cy@comcast.net

*Amateur Radio Operators outside the Eastern Massachusetts section should first contact their ARES Section Emergency Coordinator. Their response to you will depend on how much support is received from inside the Eastern Massachusetts section, before we ask for support outside the section.

The ARES Staff would like to extend our sincere thanks in advance for your efforts!

Respectfully Submitted,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Eastern Massachusetts
Section Emergency Coordinator
w1mpn@ema.arrl.org
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
978.562.5662 Office
978.389.0558 FAX

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
Deputy Section Emergency Coordinator
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Southeast Massachusetts ARES District Emergency Coordinator
SAMARA ARES Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo

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Severe WX Coor Msg (expired)

SKYWARN Logo Hello to all….

….After Two Rounds of Isolated to Scattered Severe Thunderstorms (one
round Thursday Afternoon and a second round from 1:30-6:30 AM Friday
Morning), a more widespread severe weather event is possible today across
Southern New England with Damaging Winds and Large Hail the Primary
Threats….
….SPC has placed Practically All of Southern New England and Central and
Eastern New Hampshire in a Slight Risk for Severe Weather with Damaging
Winds and Large Hail the primary threats….
…..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton is expected today. Spotters
and Coordinators should be prepared for activation again later today
possibly beginning as early as late morning but more likely toward early-mid
afternoon….

NWS Taunton and the Storm Prediction Center are in agreement on a Severe Weather risk for much of Southern New England today with damaging winds and large hail the primary threats. Threat today is for a multicellular line of thunderstorms with the threat for isolated supercells. Convective boundaries from the thunderstorms that affected much of Southern New England overnight will enhance severe potential. Any cloud cover and convective debris from the previous line of thunderstorms that affected the area will dissipate rapidly. Sun and daytime heating will rapidly destabilize the atmosphere once again over Southern New England and as a cold front approaches, the ingredients will most likely be in place for another round of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail the primary threats.

The timeframe for this threat would appear to be anytime after 2 PM but it is noted that activity could start as early as late morning. SKYWARN Spotters and Coordinators should be prepared for activation today and a portion of the activation could occur during work hours so if possible spotters are asked to forward reports if possible today if the event occurs during work hours. The highest risk area is over Central and Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Southern and Eastern New Hampshire and Eastern Connecticut but keep in mind that practically all of Southern New England is in a Slight Risk for Severe Weather today.

This will most likely be the only coordination message on this event. Pages will be sent throughout the day to update the threat. Below is the NWS Taunton Area Forecast Discussion, Hazardous WX Outlook, and SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook: [Please press “read more” button —>]

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Southeast Massachusetts ARES District Emergency Coordinator
SEMARA ARES Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedoFXUS61 KBOX 020807
AFDBOX

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
405 AM EDT FRI JUL 2 2004

…A ROUND OF SMALL HAIL…GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN IN MORNING
TSTMS…THEN REGENERATING THIS AFTERNOON WITH LARGER HAIL AND
STRONGER WINDS POSSIBLE…

.SHORT TERM (TODAY AND TONIGHT)…
LINE OF CONVECTION MOVING ACROSS THE REGION EARLY THIS MORNING
PRODUCING MANY REPORTS OF SMALL HAIL…GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY
RAIN. THUS FAR ONLY ONE REPORT OF SEVERE WEATHER…NICKEL SIZE HAIL
IN HARTFORD COUNTY AT 225 AM. EXPECTING CONVECTION TO CONTINUE
MOVING EAST AND EXIT EASTERN MA 10-12Z.

CONVECTION WILL REFIRE BEGINNING AROUND MIDDAY…AS SURFACE FRONT
REMAINS WELL WEST (NY STATE & PA) OF THE REGION THIS MORNING. IN
ADDITION…LEFTOVER BOUNDARIES FROM MORNING CONVECTION WILL FURTHER
AID AFTERNOON TSTM DEVELOP. ATMOSPHERE FURTHER DESTABILIZES TODAY
WITH ALL CONVECTIVE INDICES AND MODEL SOUNDINGS INDICATING MODERATE
INSTABILITY. STRONG LOW LEVEL MOISTURE CONVERGENCE ALONG AND AHEAD
OF APPROACHING FRONT WILL PROVIDE SUFFICIENT FORCING COUPLED WITH
MODERATE INSTABILITY FOR NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS AND THE RISK OF
SEVERE WEATHER.

HIGHEST RISK WILL LIKELY BE EASTERN CT…RI…SOUTHEAST NH AND
EASTERN THIRD OF MA. FARTHER WEST…LOW LEVEL WINDS BEGIN VEERING
TO WEST BY MIDDAY…AS FRONT ENTERS CT RIVER VALLEY. THIS WILL
LIMIT LOW LEVEL CONVERGENCE…THUS LOWER CHANCE OF SEVERE WEATHER CT
RIVER VALLEY. GIVEN MAGNITUDE OF INSTABILITY AND WET BULB ZERO
HEIGHTS OF 8500-9000 KFT…THREAT OF LARGE HAIL EXIST. WIND FIELD
NOT VERY STRONG…HOWEVER MODERATE INSTABILITY SUGGEST STRONG
UPDRAFTS AND DAMAGING WINDS POSSIBLE WITH COLLAPSING CELLS. WE WILL
ISSUE A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT (SPS) LATER THIS MORNING TO ADDRESS
THE SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL.

CONVECTION WILL EXIT THE REGION THIS EVENING AS UPPER LOW AND
ASSOCIATED SURFACE FRONT MOVE OFFSHORE. DRIER AND LESS HUMID
AIRMASS BEGINS TO ADVECT ACROSS THE AREA LATER TONIGHT.

.LONG TERM (SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY)…
GIVEN ONGOING CONVECTION THIS MORNING AND POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE
WEATHER TODAY…DID NOT SPEND MUCH TIME WITH THE EXTENDED FORECAST.
DATABASE MATCHES UP WELL WITH LATEST 00Z MODEL GUIDANCE…SO NO
CHANGES PLANNED.

&&

.MARINE…
IN THE SHORT TERM…ONLY CONCERN ARE WINDS APPROACHING 25 KT TODAY IN
SOUTHWEST FLOW. HIGHEST WIND WILL BE ALONG THE SOUTH COAST AND NEAR
SHORE GIVEN STRONG SURFACE HEATING AND CORRESPONDING AFTERNOON
TEMPERATURES. VSBY LOWERING THIS MORNING IN PATCHY FOG AND IN
TSTMS.

&&

.AVIATION…
LIFR CEILINGS ACROSS SOUTH COAST THIS MORNING. STRATUS WILL ERODE
LATER THIS MORNING WITH CEILINGS LIFTING TO VFR CONDITIONS. PATCHY
FOG WITH MVFR VSBYS WILL BURN OFF TOWARD MIDDAY AS WELL. MVFR
CONDITIONS THIS AFTERNOON IN TSTMS…WITH IMPROVING CONDITIONS THIS
EVENING FROM WEST TO EAST.

&&

.BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES…
CT…NONE.
MA…NONE.
NH…NONE.
RI…NONE.
MARINE…NONE.

$$

NOCERA/STRAUSS

FLUS41 KBOX 021010
HWOBOX

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
609 AM EDT FRI JUL 2 2004

CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-030930-
BARNSTABLE MA-BLOCK ISLAND RI-BRISTOL RI-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-
CHESHIRE NH-DUKES MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-
EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-
EASTERN KENT RI-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-HARTFORD CT-
NANTUCKET MA-NEWPORT RI-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-
NORTHWEST MIDDLESEX MA-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-SUFFOLK MA-TOLLAND CT-
WASHINGTON RI-WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-WESTERN ESSEX MA-
WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN KENT RI-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-WINDHAM CT-
609 AM EDT FRI JUL 2 2004

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST
CONNECTICUT…MASSACHUSETTS EAST OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY…SOUTHWEST NEW
HAMPSHIRE AND ALL OF RHODE ISLAND.

.DAY ONE (TODAY AND TONIGHT)…
SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH SMALL HAIL…GUSTY WINDS
AND HEAVY RAIN WILL EXIT CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS BY 8 AM. A COLD
FRONT ACROSS EASTERN NEW YORK STATE WILL MOVE INTO NEW ENGLAND THIS
AFTERNOON…TRIGGERING ANOTHER ROUND OF THUNDERSTORMS. A FEW OF
THESE STORMS MAY TURN SEVERE…WITH HAIL AND GUSTY WINDS. THE
HIGHEST RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON APPEARS TO BE
ACROSS EASTERN CONNECTICUT…RHODE ISLAND…SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
AND MOST OF MASSACHUSETTS…EXCLUDING THE BERKSHIRES.

THE COLD FRONT WILL MOVE OFFSHORE TONIGHT…BRINGING AN END TO THE
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS…AS WELL AS USHERING IN A DRIER AND LESS
HUMID AIRMASS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN (FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY)…
NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

MORE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY
AS ANOTHER FRONTAL SYSTEM APPROACHES FROM THE WEST.

.SPOTTER CALL TO ACTION STATEMENT…
SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS DEFINITELY REQUESTED FOR THIS AFTERNOON.
THANKS SKYWARN!

THIS PRODUCT CAN BE FOUND ON OUR WEB SITE…WWW.WEATHER.GOV/ER/BOX

$$

NOCERA

SPC AC 020544

DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1244 AM CDT FRI JUL 02 2004

VALID 021200Z – 031200Z

…THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE TSTMS ACROSS PORTIONS OF NEW
ENGLAND…

…NEW ENGLAND…

SLOW MOVING UPPER TROUGH AXIS WILL SHIFT EWD ACROSS NEW ENGLAND
DURING THE PERIOD FORCING SFC FRONT TO MOVE ACROSS ALL BUT IMMEDIATE
COASTAL AREAS BY LATE AFTERNOON. AS THIS OCCURS…SWLY BOUNDARY
LAYER FLOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE WARM SECTOR ENSURING A RAPID WARM
UP BY EARLY AFTERNOON AHEAD OF COLD FRONT. FORECAST SOUNDINGS
SUGGEST CONVECTION SHOULD READILY DEVELOP BY 18-20Z IN RESPONSE TO
STEEPENING LAPSE RATES AND FOCUSED LOW LEVEL CONVERGENCE ALONG WIND
SHIFT. DEEP LAYER VERTICAL SHEAR SUPPORTS MULTICELL AND ISOLATED
SUPERCELL DEVELOPMENT. LARGE HAIL MAY ACCOMPANY THE STRONGEST
STORMS ALONG WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING WINDS. TIMING OF
FRONTAL ZONE SUGGESTS THE GREATEST CONCENTRATION OF STORMS WILL MOVE
OFFSHORE DURING THE EARLY EVENING HOURS.

..DARROW.. 07/02/2004

…NOTICE…
FOR USERS DECODING THE POINTS PARAGRAPH HEREIN…LATITUDE AND
LONGITUDE POINTS FOR THE CATEGORICAL AND PROBABILISTIC OUTLOOK
GRAPHICS ALSO ARE LOCATED IN A SEPARATE PRODUCT UNDER THE WMO
HEADINGS WUUS01 PTSDY1…WUUS02 PTSDY2…AND WUUS03 PTSDY3. THE
INCLUSION OF POINTS IN THIS PRODUCT WILL EVENTUALLY BE DISCONTINUED.

NOTE: THE NEXT DAY 1 OUTLOOK IS SCHEDULED FOR 1300Z

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10 July Union ME PBARC Scott KB1DSW 207 354 6809 A

10 July Charlottetown PEI SARC @FlyClb $3@10 $5/T@8 Bill VY2FF 902 859 1485 R+

17 July Nashua NH NE Antique RC $15/T@7 $2@9 @StStan's Marty 603 938 5051 F

18 July Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F
Third Sunday April thru October

31 July Swansea MA BCRA @Am Legion $2@8 Sell Free Roland N1JOY 508 678 6331

14 Aug St Albans ME PARC George WA1JMM 207 965 8864 A+

14-15 Aug Boxboro MA NE Conv Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235

15 August Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F

22 Aug Adams MA NBARC @Bowe Field $3@8 $5/T@6 Alan K1SAV 513 743 1619 F

11 Sept BallstonSpa NY SCRACES fri6P $5+5/T+15cmp Darlene N2XQG 518 587 2385

11 Sept Windsor CT VintgeR Museum @33MechanicsSt $10/S@6AM John 860 673 0518

12 Sept Newtown CT CARA @TownHall $5@8:30 $12.5/T Bill N1PJG 203 798 2831 F

12 Sept Bethpage NY LIMARC Diane K2DO 631 286 7562 A

12 Sept S Dartmouth MA SMARA $2@7 Sell@6A Tim N1TI 508 758 3680 F

18 Sept Forestdale RI RIFMRS @VFW rt146 8A flea+auct Rick K1KYI 401 725 7507

18 Sept Alexander ME SCVARC Skip KB1HXC 207 454 2156 A+

18 Sept Shediac NB MAARC @HS Mike VE9MCA 506 383 9632 R+

19 Sept Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F

25 Sept Drummondville PQ CRADI @Col St-Bernard Jacques 819 478 2847 R+

1.2 Oct Hopkinton NH HossTraders @FG x7 I89 Joe K1RQG 207 469 3492

8,9 Oct Lake Placid NY NNYARA $5@2PM inc 1sp Tom WB2KLD 518 827 4800 W

9 Oct Nashua NH NE Antique RC $15/T@7 $2@9 @StStan's Marty 603 938 5051 F

9 Oct Orange MA MARC John AE1B 978 355 0019 A

10 Oct Wallingford CT Nutmeg Conv Sell@6 Buy@9 Andrew N1XXU 203 235 8440 W

10 Oct Queens NY HoSARC $5@9A $10/S@7:30 Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 W

16 Oct Greenwood NS GARC @CommCtr $3@10 Sell@8 Guy VE1NC 902 825 6151 R+
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Cambridge MA Flea at MIT http://www.swapfest.us

Hopkinton NH Hosstraders http://www.qsl.net/k1rqg/

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.nutmeghamfest.com

Windsor CT Vintage R Mus http://www.NationalCommunicationsMuseum.org/

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.northnet.org/nnyham/hamfest_flyer2004.htm

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/

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

Rensselaer NY E Greenbush ARA http://www.com-tech.org/EGARA.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/fest.html

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

Montreal PQ MS-SARC http://www.ve2clm.ca/hamfesta.htm

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

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

Halafax NS HARC http://www.halifax-arc.org/

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

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