Emergency Communications Workshop in Ipswich, Mass. Saturday April 2nd

There will be an Emergency Communications Workshop on Saturday April 2nd, 2005 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM at the Ipswich High and Middle School in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

This session is being put on by the ARES Section Staff through the efforts of Charlie Cooper-K1CHC, town of Ipswich Emergency Management Director and police detective. This Emergency Communications Workshop will provide the background and information to serve Amateur Radio Operators when they need to respond to a communications emergency. It will feature an Introduction and Conclusion to Emergency Communications, and five 1-hour training sessions on topics including:

Overview of Eastern Massachusetts ARES-RACES-SKYWARN Programs
Net Operations
NTS Traffic Message Handling
Basic Overview of ICS
Go Kits
Interactive Exercises on Field Operations

This training will also feature a 1-hour lunch that will be provided at no coerced cost to any Amateur who attends the session.

The 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 requested but is not required in case anyone would like to attend at the last minute. Please try to preregister by Monday March 28th, 2005 to assure the meeting place is setup properly and we have enough refreshments for breaks between lectures and for the lunch break. We will, however, accept any last minute preregistrations after that day or any walk-ins as long as space permits.

Directions to the Ipswich High and Middle School:

The location of the Ipswich High and Middle School is 136 High Street which is also Route 1A/133, which is north of the center of town.

From the South-
Take route 93 North to Route 128 (95) North. Then take
Route 95 North off of Route 128. Take Route 133 East exit (Rowley). Stay on Route 133 and it will join Route 1A. Take a right onto Route 1A/133 South (East). Travel several miles and you will see the High/ Middle School on your right. The Performing Arts Center is on the right as you face the building.

From the North-
Take Route 95 or Route 1 South. Then take Route 133 east as described above.

From the West-
Take Route 128 North to Route 95 and follow above directions.

Alternate from the West-
Take Route 495 to either Route 128 North or to Route 133.

You can also obtain good directions from Mapquest by entering your destination address as 136 High Street in Ipswich, Mass.

There will be talk-in on the 145.49-Ipswich Repeater PL: 131.8.

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

K1CHC-Charlie Cooper coopsail@rcn.com
KD1CY-Rob Macedo rmacedo@rcn.com

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)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section 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
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