KY1N List of New England Volunteer Exams 9/5/04

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Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations - CT MA ME NH RI VT
9/05/04
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
Date Time Contact Location Phone
09/08/04 18:00 *Ted Bartlett, K1DPD Belfast ME 207-525-3226
09/08/04 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
09/09/04 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
09/09/04 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
09/10/04 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
09/10/04 18:30 Albert Noble, AA1CZ Saco ME 207-642-8830
09/11/04 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
09/11/04 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
09/11/04 12:00 Daniel Miller, K3UFG Newington CT 860-206-3379
09/11/04 12:30 Bill Crowley, K1NIT Windsor ME 207-623-9075
09/12/04 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
09/12/04 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
09/13/04 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
09/14/04 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
09/15/04 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-933-958709/16/04 19:30 Lou Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
09/16/04 19:30 Richard Cantin, AA1TI Walpole MA 508-339-1089
09/18/04 09:00 Michael Breckinridge, N1JXP Alexander ME 207-454-8571
09/18/04 09:00 Bill Sullivan, K1AG Bangor ME 207-947-4051
09/18/04 11:30 Frank Sileo, N1PE Brookfield CT 203-438-0218
09/18/04 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
09/18/04 08:45 Conrad Ekstrom, WB1GXM Newport NH 603-543-1389
09/18/04 09:00 *Peter Leather, AE2D Orleans MA 508-225-9581
09/18/04 09:00 Francis D'auria, W1AD Rutland VT 802-775-3033
09/18/04 09:00 Bruce Howes, W1UJR South Portland ME 207-828-0248
09/18/04 09:00 Tom Senerchia, KA1VAY West Warwick RI 401-822-2592
09/20/04 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
09/21/04 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
09/22/04 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
09/22/04 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
09/24/04 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
09/25/04 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-683-4099
09/25/04 12:00 +Neil Henden, AA1OA Danvers MA 978-777-1608
09/25/04 09:00 Jack P Garforth, N1JK Middletown RI 401-683-2250
09/25/04 09:00 Norm Smith, NY1B Rockland ME 207-354-6853
10/02/04 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
10/02/04 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Hopkinton NH 603-672-4035
10/03/04 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
10/04/04 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
10/08/04 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
10/09/04 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
10/09/04 18:00 *Mitch Stern, W1SJ Essex Junction VT 802-879-6589
10/09/04 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
10/09/04 12:00 Daniel Miller, K3UFG Newington CT 860-206-3379
10/09/04 10:00 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Winslow ME 207-495-3891
10/10/04 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
10/10/04 18:30 Albert Noble, AA1CZ Saco ME 207-642-8830
10/11/04 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
10/12/04 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
10/13/04 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
10/14/04 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
10/14/04 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
10/16/04 13:30 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Bath ME 207-799-1116
10/16/04 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
10/16/04 09:00 *Peter Leather, AE2D Orleans MA 508-225-9581
10/18/04 19:00 Richard Strycharz Jr, KD1XP Amherst MA 413-665-2211
10/18/04 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
10/19/04 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
10/19/04 18:30 Wilburn A Scott, WA1YNZ Presque Isle ME 207-455-8333
10/20/04 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
10/20/04 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-933-9587
10/21/04 19:30 Lou Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
10/21/04 19:30 Richard Cantin, AA1TI Walpole MA 508-339-1089
10/21/04 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
10/22/04 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
10/23/04 12:00 +Neil Henden, AA1OA Danvers MA 978-777-1608
10/24/04 18:00 *Mitch Stern, W1SJ Manchester NH 802-879-6589
10/27/04 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
10/30/04 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-683-4099
10/30/04 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
11/05/04 18:30 Albert Noble, AA1CZ Saco ME 207-642-8830
11/06/04 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
11/07/04 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
11/08/04 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
11/09/04 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
11/10/04 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
11/11/04 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
11/11/04 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
11/12/04 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
11/13/04 09:00 Bill Sullivan, K1AG Bangor ME 207-947-4051
11/13/04 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
11/13/04 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
11/13/04 12:00 Daniel Miller, K3UFG Newington CT 860-206-3379
11/13/04 09:30 Marvin Fleischman, N1AWJ Stamford CT 203-438-7889
11/14/04 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
11/15/04 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
11/16/04 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
11/17/04 17:30 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Augusta ME 207-495-3891
11/17/04 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
11/17/04 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-933-9587
11/18/04 19:30 Lou Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
11/18/04 19:30 Richard Cantin, AA1TI Walpole MA 508-339-1089
11/20/04 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-683-4099
11/20/04 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
11/20/04 09:00 *Peter Leather, AE2D Orleans MA 508-225-9581
11/20/04 09:00 Bruce Howes, W1UJR South Portland ME 207-828-0248
11/20/04 09:00 Tom Senerchia, KA1VAY West Warwick RI 401-822-2592
11/23/04 19:00 Walton G Congdon, W1ZPB Northfield MA 413-498-2729
11/24/04 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
11/26/04 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
11/27/04 12:00 +Neil Henden, AA1OA Danvers MA 978-777-1608
12/04/04 11:30 Frank Sileo, N1PE Brookfield CT 203-438-0218
12/04/04 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
12/04/04 09:00 Jack P Garforth, N1JK Middletown RI 401-683-2250
12/04/04 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Nashua NH 603-672-4035
12/04/04 08:45 Conrad Ekstrom, WB1GXM Newport NH 603-543-1389
12/05/04 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
12/08/04 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
12/09/04 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
12/09/04 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
12/10/04 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
12/11/04 10:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Bath ME 207-799-1116
12/11/04 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
12/11/04 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
12/11/04 12:00 Daniel Miller, K3UFG Newington CT 860-206-3379
12/12/04 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
12/13/04 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
12/14/04 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
12/15/04 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-933-9587
12/16/04 19:30 Lou Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
12/16/04 19:30 Richard Cantin, AA1TI Walpole MA 508-339-1089
12/18/04 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-683-4099
12/18/04 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
12/18/04 09:00 *Peter Leather, AE2D Orleans MA 508-225-9581
12/18/04 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
12/20/04 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
12/21/04 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
12/22/04 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
12/22/04 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
12/24/04 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
12/25/04 12:00 +Neil Henden, AA1OA Danvers MA 978-777-1608
01/01/05 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
01/08/05 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
01/08/05 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
01/09/05 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
01/10/05 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
01/12/05 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
01/13/05 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
01/14/05 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
01/15/05 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
01/18/05 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
01/19/05 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
01/20/05 19:30 Lou Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
01/22/05 12:00 +Neil Henden, AA1OA Danvers MA 978-777-1608
01/26/05 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
01/28/05 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978

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Charles Regetta Help Still Needed

Head of the Chas RegettaJeff Arnold, N1FWV writes:

I have heard from quite a few of you, but still need quite a bit of help for Saturday and Sunday October 23rd and 24th from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. We do need you for the whole day. It is too difficult to schedule someone to leave their site. If you can’t make it until a later time, we may be able to use you, but access to the course is very limited, since all the streets are closed in the area.

I still have openings for land and boat positions. Please pass the word around to those who you think may want to help us this year. If you know of email groups, or club web pages, please have them past this request.

For those who would like to volunteer, please send email to RWJeffA@comcast.net with the following information Name, address, call sign, phone, jacket size, what day they can work, and if they would like a land or boat position.

Thanks in advance.

Jeff

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Jeffrey Arnold
RWJeffA@comcast.net
N1FWV@amsat.org
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E.Mass. Hams Support Frances Communications

SKYWARN logoRob Macedo, KD1CY writes:

Amateur Radio Operators involved in the NWS Taunton ARES-SKYWARN program in Massachusetts were in a new support role over the Labor Day Weekend as net controls for the Voice Over IP SKYWARN Net that assists in supporting the National Hurricane Center which operates under call-sign, WX4NHC. The purpose of the net is to forward estimated and measured wind information, wind damage reports, barometric pressure, measured rainfall, coastal flooding, river and stream flooding and any funnel cloud/tornado reports to the National Hurricane Center when requested to do so by the National Hurricane Center coordinators.

Amateur Radio Operators from SEMARA (the Southeast Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association) ARES team, W1AEI-Arthur Irwin, W1RJC-Rick Cabral, KD4CLJ-Dave Bodman from the Sturdy Memorial ARES team, KB1CYO-Phil Mclaughlin from Norfolk County SKYWARN who is also an operator at NWS Taunton, Ray Weber-KA1JJM, Western Massachusetts SKYWARN Coordinator and Rob Macedo-KD1CY, the ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton assisted in these operations over the course of the past 3 days. This assistance included acting as a primary net control for the net, acting as an assistant net control to cover for the primary net control when sending reports online to the National Hurricane Center, and reading critical NHC advisories to the affected areas of Hurricane Frances.

The Voice Over IP WX Net utilizes the WX_TALK server on Echolink and IRLP (Internet Radio Linking Project) reflector 9210 through a cross-link that allows both systems to be connected simultaneously. This allows the National Hurricane Center access to many Hams who may have weather station equipment or who are SKYWARN Spotters that may not have HF capability or privileges. It also allows net controls from around the United States and even internationally to assist in operations. There were several net controls from such far away places as Australia and Hawaii who covered the net during the overnight hours in the affected area of Florida. This works well since the operator’s in these areas are covering during “their” daytime. In addition, other net controls from Ohio, North Carolina, Washington, South Carolina, Minnesota, Texas and other states and countries were monitoring and assisting where required.

The SEMARA Club activated their Ham Station under call-sign W1AEC in support of this effort. The club station has capability to reach numerous Echolink/IRLP nodes and also allowed for monitoring and relaying to the Hurricane Watch Net on HF frequency 14.325 KHz when required. A station just outside of Stewart, Florida could not be heard by monitoring stations on the Hurricane Watch Net and Hams at the SEMARA Club relayed the information to the Hurricane Watch Net Control. The station in Stewart, Florida was looking for a position on the eye and whether the severe northeast quadrant of the eye had totally passed his location as he was without any capability to receive weather bulletins and radar updates. Net Control operations out of SEMARA was done by a team of Amateurs with at least 2 Amatuers present at all times. KD4CLJ-Dave, KB1CYO-Phil and KA1JJM-Ray opeated out of their home/work locations to provide support for the net.

Several dozen reports were handled by all the net controls including the ones who served from Massachusetts ARES-SKYWARN. Five shifts of varying lengths were covered in the varying capacities of Net Control and Assistant Net Control stations by Amateurs in Massachusetts and many other shifts were covered by Hams in other states and countries as stated previously. Many criteria reports of wind damage as well as measured and estimated winds were received by the net. One station in the affected area, KA4EPS-Lou from Deerfield Beach Florida gave several wind measurement reports at his location and at another residence’s location in Boynton Beach Inlet near Malapan, Florida as well as wind damage reports from his area to net controls from Massachusetts and other states during the course of the net. A peak wind gust of 113 MPH was measured at Boynton Beach Inlet before the anemometer was destroyed by the storm per a report recieved this morning. In addition, liaisons to SKYWARN Nets in the Tampa Bay area as well as Broward County Florida were also on frequency. Numerous stations from the Orlando and Daytona Beach Florida area were also on the air giving reports of criteria to be forwarded to the National Hurricane Center. Former NWS Taunton Amateur Radio Operator, Mike Leger, N1YLQ, who formerly lived in Massachusetts and now lives in Florida, provided reports to both the VoIP WX Net and the Hurricane Watch Net from the backup Daytona Beach Red Cross EOC in Deland, Florida and is providing support to Red Cross operations.

The experience has given Amateurs in Massachusetts a taste of what a hurricane can bring to the region as well as enhanced critical skills in determining what data should be sent to the National Hurricane Center if a hurricane strikes the NWS Taunton County Warning area. Unfortunately, the help maybe needed again as Hurricane Ivan threatens the Carribean Islands and could pose a threat to the US East Coast at the end of this week or early next week depending on his eventual track. Hurricane Ivan is currently a Category-IV Hurricane that is threatening the Carribean Leeward Islands including Barbados. The National Hurricane Center along with the Hurricane Watch Net, and the VoIP WX Net will activate as early as 6PM EDT on Monday for the impact of Hurricane Ivan.

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CERT Family Day in Marlborough, Sept. 25

CERT logoOn September 25 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Family Day will be held in Ward Park in Marlborough. CERT Teams from across the state will be there, participating in competitions, games and demonstrations. Mobile command centers from the MA State Police, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and Fire and Sheriffs Office will be on display.

—Thanks, Algonquin ARC QRZ, September 2004

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Hurricane FRANCES Contingency Update #3 (expired)

***** ARES Tropical Storm Discussion #3 *****
*** Hurricane Frances Contingency Updated ***

Hurricane Warning Flag Hello to all:

This note discusses the potential threat from Hurricane Frances for New England interests during the latter part of the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

The storm appears to be heading toward the Florida coast and affect us mid week as a windy rainstorm. I want to emphasize that it is still too early to say for sure where this hurricane will go, and our need to still carefully monitor it. Ironically a sudden turn to the North at this point would bring it to our area as a hurricane! Please continue to monitor storm’s progress through Rob’s status messages.

EMA-ARES Logo Only if the storm goes north of the 30th parallel and is west of Boston’s longitude (71W), on a northerly course, will I order the standby mobilization for our entire section. Cape Cod, South Shore (Plymouth), and Bristol DEC’s may elect to accelerate that schedule, so please check with them. Timing of the Skywarn mobilization will most likely follow a different schedule, so please look for Rob’s specific guidance there.

If we find ourselves under the gun, Rob or I will provide the impact of tropical storm winds (TSW)portion of the storm timeline should that prove necessary. After that has been announced, the HF team should be manned 36 hours prior to the arrival of TSW. Mobilization of our command post at the Bridgewater and Cape Cod EOC’s will be ordered 24 hours in advance of TSW, and the backup EOC’s in Ipswich and the SEMARA club at the 12 hour point. Again, local DEC’s may accelerate that schedule at their discretion.

As a final point, remember the storm speed is what can make the storm particularly dangerous for New Englander’s. Please also remember that the accelerating speed of the storm as it approaches us also compresses our time to react.

Please press the “read more” button (–>) to view hurricane readiness suggestions.

73,

/s/ Michael P. Neilsen
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 FAXHello to all:

As some of you know, August has already been one for the tropical season record books with 8 named storms, breaking the old record of 7 in any August. We can certainly also say that our season has been robust, with three major storms so far (Alex, Charley, and Frances) and it’s not even September yet!

Of greater concern is the track of Hurricane Frances during the upcoming week. Without sounding too dramatic, the storm is very powerful and its track is following those of past monsters such as the Great Hurricane of 1938, and Hurricanes Donna and Carol. I want to emphasize that it is still too early to say for sure where this will go, but its track suggests that we should start thinking about what we want to do. So here are my thoughts:

1. Review your supply situation now. Stock up now with water, batteries, and dry/canned goods. There is an excellent opportunity to do that when you go shopping for your holiday BBQ’s! Waiting until later this week could expose you to crowds trying to deal with holiday needs and an impending storm.
2. Thoroughly review your station status now. Please pay particular attention to outdoor items such as antennas and cabling. Test radios, and ensure batteries and backup power systems are ready to go. Remember we recommend alternative systems to portable generation be used first, due to the inherent dangers with generators to you and utility workers.
3. Those of you working with Echolink for weather management or hurricane reporting should pay particular attention to emergency power. Rob reports that the systems’ greatest vulnerability is power outage of individual stations, not Internet outage!
4. Program radios now to work with RACES and SKYWARN frequencies. You should be able to shift to simplex on the output frequency quickly if needed. Take the opportunity to also program in other liaison, resource, and logistic frequencies as directed by your district communication plan.
5. As a final point, remember the storm speed is what can make the storm particularly dangerous for New Englander’s. Please also remember that the accelerating speed of the storm as it approaches us also compresses our time to react.

Timing of the Skywarn mobilization will most likely follow a different schedule, so please look for Rob’s specific guidance there.

I hope that we will not have to deal with this storm, although I fear someone on the east coast will. I look forward to working with you again after our very successful DNC effort. Thank you in advance for your efforts to get prepared. My regards to you and your family. 73.

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Hurricane FRANCES Coor Msg #2 (expired)

Hurricane Warning Flag Hello to all from KD1CY….

…..Hurricane Frances is a Powerful Category-IV Hurricane that is Slamming
the Bahamas with Amateur Radio Reports of Trees down, roof damage and wind
gusts to 90 MPH as the core of the hurricane tracks between the islands…..
……Models remains split on solutions. While it appears the most likely
solution is landfall in East-Central Florida, Models still have not
converged totally and there remains 2 models that forecast the system to
slow just off the coast of Florida and then move toward the Carolinas. The
track continues to need close monitoring as if this occurs the threat to New
England early-mid next week would increase. A track into Florida as expected
greatly reduces the risk….
SKYWARN Logo …..Amateur Radio Operators Should Treat This like a “Planned Exercise” and
prepare their home stations and go-kits in case the track of Frances becomes
more threatening to our region…..

At 8 AM EDT Wednesday September 2nd, Hurricane Frances is pounding the Bahama Islands and is preparing to slam other Bahama islands as a Category IV hurricane. Frances appears to be in an increasing cycle as far as intensity and there will be some further fluctuations in intensity but a period where Frances becomes a Category 5 hurricane cannot be ruled out. Models have started to converge on a solution where Frances should make landfall in East-Central Florida, owever, two reliable models are insistent on a track towards the Carolinas. Therefore, ncertainity on the track does remain because of model divergence and the fact that landfall is expected in roughly 72-96 hours and at that timeframe, track error is roughly 200-300 miles.

Hurricane Watches have been posted for the East-Central Florida coast and its expected that hurricane warnings will be posted later today for portions of the coast. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion there.

It is noted that as Frances approaches Florida, dangerous rip currents and heavy surf will affect the Southern New England coast during the Labor Day weekend. Please use extreme caution if you plan on going on area beaches this weekend. Rip currents and heavy surf can cause signifcant problems for inexperienced swimmers and for children on area beaches.

Any direct impact would not be felt in Southern New England until the early to middle part of next week but please note that if it remained over water, it could have the potential to accelerate and move more northerly could cause the system to approach quicker and that is why monitoring of this system should commence now.

The Hurricane Watch Net is now active and will be active from 8 AM-11 PM through Friday and will be “drawing up” plans to activate through the Labor Day Weekend. The ham station at WX4NHC will also likely be manned during this timeframe. The VoIP (Voice Over IP) WX Net is active as well. There are no direct Echolink/IRLP nodes in the Bahamas so the net is issuing advisory information and there are Hams monitoring the WX_TALK server on Echolink and are also occasionally monitoring on the IRLP reflector 9210. As Frances approaches Florida, the net will be more active and could sustain operations through a 24-hour period. The NWS Taunton SKYWARN program and the Southeast Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association (SEMARA) ARES team will be assisting with net duties during the course of Hurricane Frances’ impact on the US East Coast. Information on these and other activation nets are listed in a set of links below.

Hurricane Watch Net Status and Information: http://www.hwn.org
VoIP WX Net Status and Information: http://www.voipwx.net
SATERN (Salavation Army Emergency Response Team): http://www.satern.org/
National Hurricane Center Web-Site: http://www.wx4nhc.org/

The next coordination message will be issued Friday Morning by 9 AM.

Please press the “read more” button [–>] for more details.

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/rmacedoFLUS41 KBOX 021047
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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-
647 AM EDT THU SEP 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…
NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN (FRIDAY THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY)…
NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS CURRENTLY FORECAST THROUGH NEXT TUESDAY.
THERE IS A POSSIBILITY FOR RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE SOUTHEASTERN NEW
ENGLAND COAST THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND AS SWELLS BUILD. THIS WILL BE
PARTLY IN RESPONSE TO COOL HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING SOUTHEAST FROM
CANADA GENERATING AN EASTERLY SWELL COMBINING WITH THE ARRIVING AND
SLOWLY BUILDING SOUTHERLY SWELL ENERGY FROM DISTANT HURRICANE
FRANCES. THE RESULT COULD BE SEVERAL PERIODS OF NOTABLE SURF HERE
THIS WEEKEND.

THEREAFTER…ANY HAZARDOUS WEATHER THAT MAY OCCUR AFTER MONDAY WILL
DEPEND UPON THE ULTIMATE TRACK OF THE LARGE SCALE POWERFUL HURRICANE
FRANCES. DESPITE THE CURRENT TRACK HEADING FOR A LANDFALL SOMEWHERE
ALONG THE SOUTHEAST COAST THIS WEEKEND…THIS TROPICAL SYSTEM SHOULD
BE MONITORED FOR ITS PROGRESS THE EARLY AND MIDDLE PORTION OF NEXT
WEEK. IT STILL HAS POTENTIAL TO BRING SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE WEATHER TO
OUR AREA…BEYOND THIS WEEKENDS EXPECTATION OF INCREASING SURF.

.SPOTTER CALL TO ACTION STATEMENT…
SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT ANTICIPATED FOR THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$

EVT

For Amateur Radio Operators, now is the time to make sure your home station
and go-kits where applicable are ready for use. Here are some worthwhile
tips from Mike Neilsen-W1MPN, Eastern Massachusetts ARES, on preparations.
These are generic tips that apply to everyone and modified slightly to be
generic.

1.. Review your supply situation now. Stock up now with water, batteries,
and dry/canned goods. There is an excellent opportunity to do that when you
go shopping for your holiday BBQ’s! Waiting until later this week could
expose you to crowds trying to deal with holiday needs and an impending
storm.

2.. Thoroughly review your station status now. Please pay particular
attention to outdoor items such as antennas and cabling. Test radios, and
ensure batteries and backup power systems are ready to go. Remember we
recommend alternative systems to portable generation be used first, due to
the inherent dangers with generators to you and utility workers.

3.. Those of you working with Echolink for weather management or hurricane
reporting should pay particular attention to emergency power. Rob reports
that the systems’ greatest vulnerability is power outage of individual
stations, not Internet outage!

4.. Program radios now to work with RACES and SKYWARN frequencies. You
should be able to shift to simplex on the output frequency quickly if
needed. Take the opportunity to also program in other liaison, resource,
and logistic frequencies as directed by your district/section communication
plan.

5.. As a final point, remember the storm speed is what can make the storm
particularly dangerous for New Englander’s. Please also remember that the
accelerating speed of the storm as it approaches us also compresses our time
to react.

6..Consult local ARES/RACES leadership for instructions if activation is
required.

The Hurricane Watch Net is now active and will be active from 8 AM-11 PM
through Friday and will be “drawing up” plans to activate through the Labor
Day Weekend. The ham station at WX4NHC will also likely be manned during
this timeframe. The VoIP (Voice Over IP) WX Net is active informally. There
are no direct Echolink/IRLP nodes in the Bahamas so the net is not
officially active as of yet but advisory information is being read and there
are Hams monitoring the WX_TALK server on Echolink and are also occasionally
monitoring on the IRLP reflector 9210. As Frances approaches Florida, the
net will most likely be formally active and could sustain operations through
a 24-hour period. Information on these and other activation nets are listed
in a set of links below.

Hurricane Watch Net Status and Information: http://www.hwn.org
VoIP WX Net Status and Information: http://www.voipwx.net
SATERN (Salavation Army Emergency Response Team): http://www.satern.org/
National Hurricane Center Web-Site: http://www.wx4nhc.org/

Below are some main and alternate links to Hurricane Frances advisories as
well as model output for the hurricane. Use extreme caution with any raw
model output data as they are not for planning purposes. The only thing that
should be utilized for planning purposes is the official National Hurricane
Center forecast track.

Advisory information on Frances:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Alternate Advisory sites and Model Information on Hurricane Frances:
Public Advisory: http://kamala.cod.edu/tropic/latest.wtnt31.KNHC.html
Marine Advisory: http://kamala.cod.edu/tropic/latest.wtnt21.KNHC.html
Technical Discussion: http://kamala.cod.edu/tropic/latest.wtnt41.KNHC.html
Probability Information:
http://kamala.cod.edu/tropic/latest.wtnt71.KNHC.html
All Frances advisory info from the College of Dupage:
http://kamala.cod.edu/tropic
All Frances advisory info from the Hurricane Watch Net:
http://www.hwn.org/home/atlantic.html
Frances Model Information: http://www.hurricanealley.net/Storms/06L.html
Frances Advisory and model information: http://www.wunderground.com/tropical

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Boy Scouts looking for Hams for JOTA

Any hams in the Brookline, Dedham, Needham, Westwood, or Dover area (Towns in the Boy Scout Noanet District) interested in helping Boy Scouts participate in the Jamboree on the Air October 16-17? I am a ham and a scout leader, but I will be with my troop (Troop 3 Westwood) on Cape Cod operating JOTA from Nickerson State Park (and I’m hoping for no rain!).

If you are in another town and are interested in JOTA, I will pass your information to the Boston Minuteman Council Boy Scout officials to see if they have other scouts interested in other areas in Eastern Massachusetts.

Please e-mail me at bean.richard@comcast.net or call me at home at 781-461-0101.

Thank you,
Dick Bean, K1HC

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Hiram Percy Maxim 135 Celebration – – A “PR” Opportunity

I note in the September QST (pg 40) of the celebration of Hiram Percy Maxim\’s Birthday, from September 2nd through the 12th.

This is an ideal time for the section management of the ARRL, ARES, etc to \”talk up\” the section, and who\’s involved, especially to the newer hams.

In North Carolina, for the 125th celebration, we organized a statewide net that linked up several repeaters in the state, and had every qualified station that could(ARRL Field Positions), check in to the net. Then all other checkins were taken, from any ham station.

All of the non-qualifying stations got \”credit for a contact\” with all of the qualifying stations, so were able to qualify for the certificate offered by the ARRL for the event.

But even more important, each non-qualifying station became aware of WHO THEIR SECTION LEADERSHIP WAS, local as well as state-wide.

The net was long, in fact so long we decided to extend it to the next evening, so it totaled up to be a six-hour net!

It is perhaps too late to try and organize something this year, but perhaps it\’s something for the future.

For now, if you\’re a Field Appointee, please consider signing \”callsign/135\” for the duration of the event!

David Bodman, KD4CLJ

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