Harvard Wireless Club Participates in Merit Badge U Activities

HWC shieldHarvard Wireless Club (HWC) members participated in the Boston Minuteman Council’s “Merit Badge University” on April 9, 2005. The program serves Scouts in the greater Boston area. According to the Boston Minuteman Council’s web site, “Scouts can earn up to three merit badges in such diverse areas as American Cultures, Journalism, and Radio. Classes are taught by counselors from the Boston Minuteman Council and by Harvard students with Scouting experience.” The event is co-sponsored by the Harvard Friends of Scouting and the Boston Minuteman Council Activities Committee.

HWC members KG2OT, N1QZY, N1EXQ, and W1HFA participated in the event. “[Approximately] twenty-five scouts came through the club and divided their time up between a class upstairs […] and some good solid radio contact with our off-site reps down in the station under [N1QZY’s] supervision,” wrote Matt Gline, KG2OT. “It was nice to see the club active and nice to see people genuinely interested in radio.”

Gline added, “The people in charge of Merit Badge University thanked us for being around, and I promised our services in years to come.”

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Dracut Ham Sought For RACES Liaison

RACES logoTerry Stader, KA8SCP writes:

I have been speaking to the Emergency Management Director in Dracut over the last several months and they are interested in establishing an Amateur Radio liason for communications. There is a major drill coming up in September and we would like to get a team of hams in place to support this exercise.

If you are a Dracut ham or can pass this message on to one, please have them contact me directly so we can connect up the interested parties.

Thanks.

Terry M. Stader – KA8SCP
MEMA Region 1 Communications Coordinator/RACES Officer
ARRL EMA DEC for Region 1 RACES

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101 Science Web Site Includes Amateur Radio Information

Bo Budinger, WA1QYM, writes on PART-L:

“If you have ever been interested in the various fields of science–even from a layman’s perspective–the web site 101 Science is for you. It has links to over 20,000 other web sites that relate to physics, chemistry, electronics, astronomy, etc. Of real interest to most of us is the Amateur Radio section that contains two pages of some of the best internet links I have ever seen. Enjoy!”

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Wireless & Steam Museum Joint Club Visit Planned

New England Wiress & Steam Museum logoThe Framingham Amateur Radio Association has announced that plans are underway for a joint trip with the Boston Amateur Radio Club to visit the New England Wireless and Steam Museum in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

“We are tentatively looking at either Saturday, June 4 or 11,” writes FARA’s Vice President Gordy Bello, K1GB. “After the visit we may stop for a bite at a reasonably-priced restaurant.”

According to the museum’s web site, the wireless building “shows the span of electric communication from telegraph to TV. It features keys, sounders, crystal sets, tubes, microphones, ocean cable instruments, spark transmitters, detectors, an 1881 Dolbear receiver, an 1899 Marconi coherer, and a jigger and spark set exactly like the one used on to call for help on the Titanic in 1912.”

Additional information about the New England Wireless & Steam Museum can be found at its web site, http://users.ids.net/~newsm/.

Bello asks individuals who are interested in the trip to please contact him if they have a preference for the date.

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MARS Exercise—Request ARES/NTS Support

There will be a MARS Exercise on Saturday April 9th, 2005. This exercise is being held for MARS stations to practice gathering tactical and formal message traffic and have that traffic turned into “EEI’s” or Essential Elements of Information.

On Saturday April 9th, Liaison frequencies that will be utilized for the MARS Emergency Exercise will be 7243 during the Day, 3943 in the evening along with nets on the 146.97-Paxton Repeater at 10 AM, 2 PM, and 6 PM. This information was given through a NTS RACES Traffic Message written by Bob Mims, Region II RACES Radio Officer and Southern New England Army MARS Coordinator.

This is an opportunity for Eastern Massachusetts ARES and NTS to continue its partnership and cooperation with MARS. Recently, the ARRL has expanded its partnership with MARS and we are continuing what the national organization would like to see completed across the country. Please support the exercise and bring some tactical and formal traffic that MARS can transfer into EEI’s for their exercise.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
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo
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SKYWARN Training Schedule Updated

The SKYWARN Training Schedule for 2005 has been updated. There are a total of 10 SKYWARN Training sessions now scheduled across Southern New England. This includes three sessions in Eastern Massachusetts. Those sessions are in Westford, Wilmington and Brockton. The complete schedule can be viewed at http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo/trsched.htm

An additional training session will be scheduled in Western New England in July. 1

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Combined RACES, ARES, SKYWARN Hurricane Drill Planned, June 6

RACES logoEMA ARES logoSKYWARN logo

MRAS (Massachusetts RACES ARES SKYWARN) leaders have announced a state-wide hurricane drill to be held on the evening of June 6, 2005.

“This drill has typically been in Region II only but will be done statewide [with approval] by Dave Martineau at MA Emergency Management Agency Headquarters,” writes Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY.

Macedo hopes to involve the VoIP Hurricane Preparation Net and the National Hurricane Center in the exercise. “The National Weather Service will be staffed and the hope is to staff all typical ARES stations as would normally be done for an ARES Exercise/hurricane situation.”

According to MA State RACES Officer Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, “All participants are requested to attend a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center in Framingham on May 14 at 10 AM.”

Further details will be worked out by the MRAS leadership team over the next few weeks. Please monitor the Eastern MA ARES web site for additional updates.

 

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ARES “Stand Down”

EMA ARES logoRob Macedo, KD1CY, ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator writes:

****Eastern MA ARES to Stand Down from Standby Mobilization for Possible Flooding****

Luckily, the heaviest rainfall past west of Southern New England, some flooding did occur in parts of the area and there was even strong winds and wind damage in parts of Southeastern New England but the region was spared major flooding and problems from this latest Spring storm and ARES can standdown effective immediately.

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ARES Standdown Message/Reminder: Monthly ARES Net Tonight

Hello to all….

****Eastern Massachusetts ARES to Stand Down from Standby Mobilization for
Possible Flooding****
****Reminder of the Monthly ARES Net Tonight at 830 PM****

Luckily, the heaviest rainfall past west of Southern New England, some flooding did occur in parts of the area and there was even strong winds and
wind damage in parts of Southeastern New England but the region was spared major flooding and problems from this latest Spring storm and ARES can standdown effective immediately.

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for February is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for April is Monday April 3rd, 2005, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. This is after the RACES Nets earlier in the evening.

Make the first Monday of the month, “Emergency Communications Night” and check into your local RACES Net and then check into the ARES Net on the MMRA
Repeater System. We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. Thanks to all for your
continued participation!

We will have several interesting announcements for the net this evening and we look forward to everyone’s participation. Updates will be posted via
email and on the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Web Site at
http://ares.ema.arrl.org

Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

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
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo
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USS Salem RC: “Very Few Volunteers” At Present

K1USN QSL cardBill O Hara, N1EY, writes:

We need people to help out the Scouting Program. We have very few volunteers. I have only three persons scheduled including myself. Radio Room 5 shall be open at the bare minimum on April 9th.

Anyone welcome to checking out the radio room and its operations should come by on the 9th. Pi K1RV shall be giving tours.

We require help every weekend. This should not be news to any club members. I shouldn’t even have to put an email in the manner that JC did every week.
I think that people should hold themselves accountable and be responsible. Other individuals arrive every week and work to man other stations such as CIC, sickbay, gunnery, engine rooms, or act as tour guides.

If we are truly interested in maintaining this ship, then people should be showing up.

April 9th – 225 scouts
April 16th – 85 scouts
April 23rd – 50 scouts morning; 155 scouts afternoon
April 30th – 203 scouts
May 7th – 170 scouts
May 14th – 225 scouts
May 21st – 225 scouts
June 4th – 177 scouts
June 11th – 210 scouts

This is the primary source of revenue to pay for badly needed repairs to the ship. Few club members are helping out. W1BT works very hard and is at the ship many times during the week to keep the juice running.

We also have not handled other club tasks such as getting the transmitters in RR 2 up to sniff and scratch standards. Nor we have done anything like getting a working teletype circuit.

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New England Area Ham Fests 04/02/05

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2005 P 1 of 2
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2,3 April Timonium MD GBARC @FG 6AM 800 HAM FEST F

2,3 April Watertown MA Photographica ~photo~ Ed Shaw 617 965 0807 +

3 April Framingham MA FARA @Walsh Sch $5@9 $20/T Bev N1LOO 508 626 2012 F+

9 Ap Londonderry NH IRS @Lions Club $10@6 $3@8 Paul K1NL 603 883 3308 F

9 April Montreal PQ MARC @RCLegion $4@8:30 $8@7:30 James VE2VE 514 697 7205 W

9 Ap Norwich CT RANSON Auction @ Fire House Gary WT1SND 860 884 4218 A+

10 Ap Enfield CT VHF/UHF Conf @Radisson Mark K1MAP 413 566 2445

10 Ap Henniker NH CVRC @Comm School B@8 S@7 Jim NS1E 603 428 7436 A

10 April Unionvale NY MtBARC Colleen KC2HUT 845 497 3687 A+

16 April S Portland ME PAWA @AmLegion Roger N1XP 207 671 0671 W

17 April Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776
Third Sunday April thru October
23 Ap Nashua NH NE Antique RC $15/T@7 $2@9 @StStan's Marty 603 938 5051 F

23 Ap Rochester NH GBRA 150 WakefieldSt @9AM $10/T Karen KB1KBE 207 698 1618 +

24 Ap Southington CT SARA @HS $5@9 $10@8:30 $18/T@6:30 Alex 860 214 3013 F

6,7 May Hopkinton NH HossTraders @FG x7 I89 Joe K1RQG 207 469 3492

9 May Whately MA FCARC @ElSc Monday $3@5PM $5/T Walt W1ZPB 413 498 2729 +

14 May Goshen CT SoBARC @ FG Rte 63 $3@8 $10/T@6 Lee K1LEE 860 435 0051 +

15 May Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776

20-22 May Dayton OH

21 May E Greenbush NY EGARA @FireHS $5@8 $10/T@6 Betty N2POS 518 785 0727 F+

28 May WashTownship NJ BARA @WestwoodHS $5@8 $15@6 Jim K2ZO 201 664 6725 F

28 May Vernon CT NARC @Tolland Ag Ctr Wayne N1GUS 860 487 1921 A

3-5 June Rochester NY $9@6AM+$10/sp Harold K2HC 585 424 7184 W

3 June Feeding Hills MA HCRA @CongCh $5/T@6:30PM Dave KB1MU 413 596 6605

4 June Herman ME PSARC Roger KA!TKS 207 848 3846 A+

5 June Queens NY HoSARC @9A Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 W+
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3 Dec Windsor CT VintgeR Museum @8AM @115 Pierson Ln John 860 673 0518 W+
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18 Mar Pomfret CT ECARA @CommSch Rt101+169 $2@8 $10/TPaul KE1LI 860 928 2456 T+

25-27 Aug Boxboro MA FEMARA NE Conv @HI Mike K1TWF 978 250 1236 A+
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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

Newington CT NARL http://www.narl.net/1.htm

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.mainearrl.org/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://hosarc.org/hamfest.html +

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

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

Rochester NY RARA http://www.rochesterhamfest.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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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Mobilization Requested

EMA ARES logo****EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES STAND-BY ACTIVATION REQUESTED FOR POTENTIAL WIDESPREAD RIVER AND STREAM FLOOD EVENT IN OR CLOSE TO THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION BEGINNING AT 7 PM SATURDAY LASTING THROUGH SUNDAY****

****FORMAL SKYWARN ACTIVATION WITH OPS AT NWS TAUNTON TO COMMENCE AT 4 PM EDT****

****FURTHER UPDATES OR STAND-DOWN MESSAGE TO BE POSTED AS NEEDED****

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Walk For Hunger Volunteers Needed, May 1, 2005

Walk For Hunger '05 logoBruce Pigott, KC1US, writes:

Do you have a two meter hand held radio? Six hours of time? On Sunday May 1st, we can use your help to support the 40,000 walkers participating in the Walk for Hunger. Project Bread will be depending on the skills of hams to tie together the walk coordinators, volunteers and managers. The twenty mile route starts in Boston, goes out to Newton, continues through Watertown and then back to Boston Common. This is the major fund raising event for Project Bread which provides assistance to nearly 400 feeding agencies across the Commonwealth. Last year just over $3 million was raised thanks in part to our efforts.

Assignments include both stationary and mobile positions. You can sign up on line at the Crocker Public Service Group web page http://cpsg.amateur-radio.net/. For more information call Bruce KC1US, at 781 275-3740, or send a message to wfh2005@amateur-radio.net.

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YL-Only Net Proposed

Arlene Arruda, KB1KGG writes on SEMARA-list:

“My name is Arlene Arruda (KB1KGG). I live in Acushnet, Mass and I am thinking of running an informal 2-meter YL-only Net. Every woman is welcome.

I would like to get your feedback. Please e-mail me blbomb2@earthlink.net and let me know if you would be interested the net, which repeaters you can use, and what time is best for you.

I think that it would be fun. I hope to hear from you soon.”

(See also “YL Net, 145.11 MHz Repeater on Feb. 9”.)

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ARECC Level I On-line Course Registration Opens April 4, 2005

ARCEP logoRegistration for the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level I on-line course (EC-001) opens Monday, April 04, 2005, at 1201 AM EST and will remain open until all available seats have been filled or through the April 9-10 weekend–whichever comes first. Class begins Friday, April 22. Thanks to our grant sponsors–the Corporation for National and Community Service and the United Technologies Corporation–the $45 registration fee paid upon enrollment will be reimbursed after successful completion of the course.

Act now! This is the final year of the grant-subsidized classes! Radio amateurs age 55 and older are strongly encouraged to participate. During this registration period, seats are being offered to ARRL members on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Web page http://www.arrl.org/cce. For more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, cce@arrl.org; 860-594-0340.

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ARECC Level I On-line Course Registration Opens April 4, 2005

ARCEP logoRegistration for the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level I on-line course (EC-001) opens Monday, April 04, 2005, at 1201 AM EST and will remain open until all available seats have been filled or through the April 9-10 weekend–whichever comes first. Class begins Friday, April 22. Thanks to our grant sponsors–the Corporation for National and Community Service and the United Technologies Corporation–the $45 registration fee paid upon enrollment will be reimbursed after successful completion of the course.

Act now! This is the final year of the grant-subsidized classes! Radio amateurs age 55 and older are strongly encouraged to participate. During this registration period, seats are being offered to ARRL members on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Web page http://www.arrl.org/cce. For more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, cce@arrl.org; 860-594-0340.

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