Cape Cod Times: “Ham radio users face military interference”

PAVE PAWS installationThe May 30, 2007 issue of CapeCodTimes.com carries a story concerning the recent alleged interference to Cape Cod PAVE PAWS military radar from amateur operations, entitled “Ham radio users face military interference.”

The article features comments by ARRL District Emergency Coordinator Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, Falmouth ARA President Geoffrey Way, KA1IOR and a photo of East Falmouth amateur Ralph Swenson, N1YHS.

[Full story]

See also:
Barnstable ARC 443.500 Repeater Off The Air
ARRL Submits Plan to Mitigate Repeater Interference to Military Radars
ARRL Aiding Effort to Mitigate Repeater Interference to Military Radars
NESMC PAVE PAWS/UHF Repeater Update

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Updated: Mass. Statewide Hurricane Joshua Exercise Participants Document

Hello to all….

….Updated to correct WinLink HF frequencies. Remainder Below is unchanged….

The Massachusetts Statewide Hurricane Exercise Participants Manual is now available. The Controller’s document will be sent to Massachusetts RACES/ARES/SKYWARN MARS leadership and net controls the leadership designates. If you are a net control or an organizational leader that does not reside in Region Two and need the controller’s document, you may contact me or any ARES/RACES/SKYWARN leadersip for that controller’s document.

Special thanks to Mike Neilsen-W1MPN for his support in adding key material to the documentation including the charts in the Word Document, Rules of Play and some of the objectives for the exercise.

If you do not have access to Word, the text of the document is listed in the extended text of this web site posting. The Charts in the Appendix cannot be made available by any other means besides Microsoft Word but are not required material for the exericse. The Word Document is available via the link below.

Hurricane Joshua Exercise Participants Manual

Inevitably, there may be some typos or corrections needed to the document. If needed, updates will be posted via the web site.

Below is the text of the Word Document for those that cannot view Word documents:

Date and Timeframe of Exercise

Monday June 4th, 2007
Start Time 7 PM
End Time: 9 PM
Duration: 2 Hours
-Please allow time for setup/take down of any equipment during this exercise and the potential that the exercise goes longer than planned. EMA Directors and those controlling the exercise will ultimately determine the length of the exercise.

Purpose and Scenario

To exercise communication networks during the response phase of a severe storm scenario in the face of significant infrastructure damage to landline and cellular telephone, and loss of commercial power. EMA’s should strive to report damage assessments to state and federal authorities before and simultaneously with resource requests. EMA Managers are also encouraged to practice simulated recovery operations at their discretion as a training opportunity.

Eastern and Western Massachusetts ARES will participate in the Hurricane Joshua RACES Exercise for Monday June 4th from 7-9 PM. The purpose of this drill will be the following:

• Local RACES and ARES team coordination and deployment as well as local NTS and tactical message handling.
• Amateur Radio players are encouraged to use digital communications as the primary method. Use resource voice frequencies for coordination and information sharing (Highly recommended).
• EMA’s without embedded amateur radio operators can request actual amateur radio support ahead of exercise by contacting Rob Macedo at kd1cy@ema.arrl.org for Eastern Massachusetts cities and towns and can contact John Ruggerio at n2yhk@wpi.edu for Western Massachusetts cities and towns.
• EMA’s without embedded amateur radio operators can also request simulated amateur radio support during the exercise.
• Amateur radio operators should communicate with MARS nodes where possible.
• Intra district and interdistrict tactical and formal message handling.
• Utilization of HF, VHF, UHF, Packet, WinLink IRLP and Echolink modes of communication.
• Utilization of EOC or Simulated EOC’s at various points across the section and interfacing with other EOC’s, Simulated EOC’s and SKYWARN liaisons in other sections where appropriate.
• Local SKYWARN Net activations for passing of data to NWS Taunton.
• Utilization of the integrated conference server, which is the Echolink *NEW-ENG* conference node and IRLP Reflector 9123 as a command net for communications with WX1BOX-NWS Taunton.

For this exercise, it is expected that all EC’s, SKYWARN Liaisons or their designee to support this drill and what is to be exercised. As always, at the local level, message handling and formation is critical and keeping Hams at the local level busy must occur. Be creative and at the same time be realistic. The drill scenario will follow the envelopes that RACES will be following in Region II. For those that are not directly involved with a city/town in Region II RACES, the drill scenario will follow messages that have been used in past drills and have been made to follow the Region II RACES envelopes. Net Controls involved in the Region II RACES Nets are asked to read off enough of the envelopes to inform ARES/SKYWARN Amateurs and general Amateurs of the scenario and timeline. Net Controls involved in any net that is not the Region II RACES Nets are asked to read the messages that are to guide the scenario over their net frequency. Net participants are asked to respond with information based on the messages and how the hurricane is evolving as the message will guide us through the exercise.

Amateurs are asked to then build tactical messages, particularly SKYWARN messages as well as NTS traffic messages for the exercise. For this drill, the Eastern Massachusetts ARES SEC will be located at the National Weather Service in Taunton Massachusetts (WX1BOX) and he will be on the air running the command net to be held on VoIP and as needed he will assist with drill direction for teams within the section and for inter-section communications as needed and “oversee” the exercise as much as possible.

Rules of Play

• Use battery/emergency power wherever possible during the exercise so you can see if those systems work (or don’t) before an actual emergency.
• In order to experience significant play in a very short time, please focus on message response to your local issues, and reporting damage.
• Use messages put out by the net control stations and exercise controllers to stay informed of exercise progression. Incoming information messages about the scenario are to cue responses from your area on damage and problems from the hurricane.
• If you should fall behind, always work on the most current (real world time) events first. Catch up on un-played events when you can.
• Please report your local damage status even if you don’t have specific resource needs. Current information is always needed at the state and federal levels to guide their response.
• Consider delegating damage reporting to amateur radio personnel such as the SKYWARN teams where available. Please refer to SKYWARN frequencies listed here in your exercise package if you don’t have amateur radio operators embedded.
• Consider delegating communication duties on state frequencies to embedded amateur radio personnel.
• Amateur radio operators should have radios ready to communicate on simplex frequencies at a moment’s notice. Repeater outages may occur randomly as prompted by the exercise controllers/net control stations.

• Amateur radio operators should always start with the regional SKYWARN or RACES repeater and activate your (prearranged and pre-published) network(s) from there.

If you, as a participant, are having trouble generating tactical/formal message traffic on damage reports, one way to generate data can be to have each color house in your neighborhood be associated with a certain amount of damage. This type of ideology is done in Damage Assessment exercises. Here is an example that could be utilized as required:

White Houses: Totally destroyed
Blue Houses: Roofs are torn off
Red houses: Minor roof damage
Brown houses: Minor damage to roof shingles and siding

The same could be done for tree damage:

Trees near white houses: Trees totally uprooted in the area.
Trees near blue houses: Numerous large trees down only a few untouched.
Trees near red houses: Several trees down but larger tress undamaged.
Trees near Brown houses: 1-3 large trees down in the area.

With these damage examples, you can also create reports of trees down on to houses causing damage as well. SKYWARN Spotters/Amateurs who are mobile during or prior to the exercise could map out these types of reports in various cities and towns and relay those reports at the appropriate time in the exercise.

Exercise Objectives

The objectives of this exercise are as follows:

• Have all teams have one liaison that monitors their local RACES Repeater in addition to their local operations.
• ARES teams willing to deploy away teams are asked to do so where possible provided benign weather conditions on the drill date.
• Establish district wide communication utilizing the following modes:
o IRLP and/or Echolink nodes.
o Utilizing the integrated Echolink *NEW-ENG* Conference Node (Node #9123) and IRLP reflector 9123 as a command net for contact with NWS Taunton (WX1BOX)
o HF
o Utilizing Various 2 Meter Repeaters that the ARES teams will be utilizing in the area when necessary.
o Utilizing SKYWARN frequencies to give mock tactical reports that meet SKYWARN criteria.
o Monitoring RACES Nets active during the exercise and communicate with RACES stations when/if needed. In Region II, discretion is requested given the different format that will be utilized in that area versus the rest of the state.
o Establish a digital means of contact via Packet or WinLink between areas for those that have WinLink and/or Packet capability.
• Establish contact with other ARES districts and EOC’s via HF (3943 and/or 7245 KHz).
• Test and evaluate the range of Home stations for relay operations.
• Having mobile “roving” Amateurs wherever possible.
• Practice sending many test NTS messages for requests for assistance and status reports to ARES leadership and for RACES stations to send requests for assistance and status reports to their Region I, II or III Managers.
• Practice sending many test tactical messages to ARES/RACES leadership.
• Practice sending many test tactical SKYWARN messages to NWS Taunton.
• Practice sending out of bulletins and statements from NWS Taunton to the various ARES teams.
• Practice sending traffic between ARES members within an ARES team.
• Practice sending traffic between EOC’s within an ARRL Setion.
• Practice sending traffic to the Western Massachusetts section ARES/RACES/SKYWARN personnel where appropriate.
• Assure MARS Liaisons have a way to gather SKYWARN and ARES reports to formulate into EEI’s (Essential Elements of Information).

Operational Ground Rules

The following are some operational ground rules for this exercise:

• All communications options should be utilized. Exercise controllers may throw in “failures” to test out “failover” of communications wherever possible as long as they are properly communicated up and down the ARES leadership.
• Many messages of both a tactical and NTS formal nature should be sent within the teams participating, between teams and between districts wherever possible.
• Frequent usage of the phrase “This is a Drill” should be incorporated with any messages, traffic or announcements relating to the drill.

Operational Players List

The following is a list of agencies and a general list of EOC’s that will be playing in the exercise.

National Weather Service in Taunton Massachusetts (WX1BOX)

The National Weather Service in Taunton Massachusetts will be active on the Echolink *NEW-ENG* (Node #: 9123) and IRLP Reflector 9123 systems as well as roving local repeaters to pick up crticial mock reports of weather and damage reports. We will also attempt to monitor HF and 6 Meters given the current limitations with the radio system setup at NWS Taunton.

Numerous EOC’s in MEMA Region II and Other MEMA Regions Across Massachusetts

There will be numerous EOC’s concentrated in Region II but also scattered about in other MEMA regions that will be active during the exercise. They will be active on their RACES frequencies and will be encouraged to be active on their SKYWARN Repeaters, HF and VoIP using the EchoLink *NEW-ENG* conference node #9123 and IRLP Reflector 9123 utilizing links on Echolink and IRLP and using individual PC’s that can utilize the Echolink program.

Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Network (SATERN)

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Network or SATERN will most likely participate in the exercise similar to what has been done in past hurricane exercises. They will monitor HF, VoIP and their local Boston area repeaters as required to communicate with ARES/RACES/MARS personnel.

American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay will be participating in the exercise from their headquarters in Cambridge seeking to communicate with their 5 regional offices and to communicate with MEMA Regions and the National Weather Service as part of the exercise.

MARS Stations

MARS stations are encouraged to play along with the exercise to assist with ARES/RACES/SKYWARN support and to utilize information presented in the exercise for the formation of Essential Elements of Information or EEI’s where possible.

Home Stations

We encourage home stations across Massachusetts to monitor and check into nets across the region for ARES and SKYWARN assistance. Some home stations can act as “simulated EOC’s” or net controls where appropriate. We encourage stations to generate tactical message traffic for SKYWARN and formal message traffic for ARES where possible.

Mobile Stations

Mobile stations are encouraged to participate utilizing all modes at their disposal and can be utilized as roving stations and can report conditions that they might see if a real hurricane is occurring from their mobile station. We encourage stations to generate tactical message traffic for SKYWARN and formal message traffic for ARES where possible.

Amateur Radio Frequency Plan

The frequency plan will utilize existing SKYWARN and RACES repeaters that are well documented via the web. The following links detail these frequencies:

SKYWARN Frequencies:
http://www.wx1box.org/mod.php?mod=userpage&menu=10&page_id=3

RACES/Simplex Frequencies:
http://ares.ema.arrl.org/mod.php?mod=userpage&menu=1804&page_id=9
Please note that SKYWARN Frequencies are more up to date on the first link.

It is noted that IRLP and Echolink nodes maybe connected either to the *NEW-ENG* Conference node or IRLP Reflector 9123. This will again serve as a command net for the the National Weather Service in Taunton Massachusetts, WX1BOX, to facilitate contact with ARES-SKYWARN liaisons, MARS Liaisons, and city/town EOC’s who have the capability to liaison via this system. Individual Hams and Spotters are welcome to listen and if they have no other means to pass their information, they can pass it over this system but are otherwise asked to use their local SKYWARN, RACES and ARES repeaters to pass their traffic and allow the liaisons to pass the information to NWS Taunton, Massachusetts. In addition, NWS Taunton will be roving the various local repeaters to pick up information per the normal SKYWARN Activation process along with monitoring the command net. We will also attempt to have a station monitor both 6 Meters and HF simultaneously.

It is also noted that some SKYWARN, RACES and ARES frequencies overlap with one another. Past exercises have proven that there have been no issues with such overlap. This exercise will test that theory once again and will require net controls and ARES/RACES/SKYWARN management to manage their repeater and frequency resources:

The following additional frequencies may be utilized during the drill in the Southeast Massachusetts district:

SEMARA ARES Response Team Frequency:
147.000-Dartmouth Repeater

Fall River (BCRA) ARES/RACES Team Frequency:
145.15-Fall River Repeater PL: 123.0 Hz.

The MMRA Repeater System will be linked up for the two-hour period of the drill and we will attempt to have a Net Control monitoring the system full-time and facilitate traffic at a section level for Eastern Massachusetts. Below is the link for the frequencies that can be linked up utilizing the MMRA System:

http://www.mmra.org

The following are important regional frequencies via HF for this drill:

Regional ARES/RACES Net Primary for this drill:
3943 KHz LSB

Regional ARES/RACES Net Secondary for this drill:
7245 KHz LSB

The following are important Packet Frequencies on VHF/UHF and HF for this drill:

WinLink Frequencies:
145.75: Main WinLink Frequency for Mass. State EOC and MEMA Region I
3.590 USB: Main HF WinLink Frequency for Mass. State EOC and MEMA
Region One. Region One setup currently down due to interference issues.

Packet Frequencies:
145.01: Packet Frequency supporting MEMA Regions and State EOC
145.09: BBS infrastructure supporting MEMA and NWS main Packet Freq.

Regional Simplex Frequency:
Near the end of the exercise, we will ask stations to go to 147.42 Simplex and run a roundtable of stations to determine the range of specific served agencies utilizing simplex. This will be instructed towards the end of the exercise.

There are additional local frequencies that maybe utilized in this drill at your local town/city level or at a regional level. Please contact your ARES DEC or EC for further information on additional frequencies that maybe utilized in your specific area during the drill.

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Nantucket Amateurs To Assist In Ironman Race

Cape Cod ARES logoNantucket Island amateurs plan to provide communications and coordination for the 27th annual Iron Teams Relay on Sunday, June 3, 2007 to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nantucket.

According to George Allen, N1NBQ, Nantucket RACES Officer, a new communications van will be utilized at the race command point. Hams will also set up at five or six additional locations. “Four of these locations will be at beaches where [the Iron Team participants] will paddle across the harbor to Coatue Beach, run several miles down the beach with 20 pound weights and then swim back across the harbor,” writes N1NBQ. “From there, they will bike the full length of the Island and back.”

–Thanks, WQ1O

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Ham Volunteers Sought For Chelmsford Fourth of July Parade

Alan Martin, W1AHM writes on PART-L:

The Northern Middlesex ARES group is organizing ham radio event support for Chelmsford’s annual 4th of July parade. The parade is on a Wednesday this year.

Ham radio volunteers are needed to work the parade by shadowing officials, helping to organize floats and marchers, or monitoring the route. If you are interested, please contact Darrel Mallory at k1ej at arrl dot net.

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K9HI Honored By Boston College For Community Service

K9HI receiving award at Boston CollegeAn Eastern Massachusetts amateur has been recognized by Boston College for his work with the Courage Center Handiham program and participation in the Read Aloud program in the Boston school system.

Phil Temples, K9HI, an employee in the Boston College Computer Science Department and a Handiham volunteer instructor, was honored with the prestigious 2007 Community Service Award at a recognition dinner on May 23, 2007. University President William P. Leahy, S.J. and Thomas Keady, Vice President for Governmental Community Affairs presented the award to Temples at a banquet with approximately 100 invited guests, university officials and other honorees in attendance.

“You have been recognized for your efforts in recruiting, organizing, teaching and mentoring at the non-profit Courage HandiHam System Camp in Lake George, Minnesota and Cupertino, California,” wrote William R. Mills, Jr., Director of Community Affairs at Boston College. “We know you consider yourself a privileged man to be able to serve others because you believe that people should have the right to live, work and learn in a community based on abilities, not disabilities.”

Photo (L-R): Phil Temples, K9HI and Fr. William Leahy, President, Boston College

[See also: Temples Seeks to ‘Open Lives’ of Disabled]

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Latest SKYWARN Training Schedule

SKYWARN logoSKYWARN Weather Spotter Training season is upon us. The training is free and open to the public. Hams and non-hams alike are welcome to attend the training and learn about identifying and reporting severe weather patterns to the National Weather Service. Additionally, those that have previously taken the class are advised that it is a good idea to retake the class every five years or so to ensure that your skills and abilities are up to date and cutting edge.

The schedule is available on the WX1BOX Taunton Skywarn website.

–Thanks, wma.arrl.org

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EMA ARRL Club Speakers List, May 21, 2007

EMA ARRL logoThe 5/21/07 Eastern MA ARRL Club Speakers List has been posted to http://ema.arrl.org/mod.php?mod=userpage&menu=110511&page_id=61.

Additions and corrections are welcome. If you are a club officer or presenter, please share information on your speakers and presentations with Affiliated Club Coordinator Phil Temples, K9HI so that we might improve upon this important section resource.

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Algonquin ARC To Assist Marlborough Hospital With Coverage Map

Algonquin ARC logoThe Algonquin Amateur Radio Club has offered its assistance to emergency planners in helping to map radio coverage for the Marlborough Hospital.

AARC members plan to send volunteers “roaming through several towns” to locate dead zones for radio communication. Don Cusson, Marlborough’s Emergency Management Agency Director, will provide topographic maps to guide the efforts which are slated to begin on May 21, 2007 and continue into June.

A map of radio coverage is mandated for emergency preparedness for all hospitals in Massachusetts.

–Thanks, AARC QRZ, April 2007 and Marlborough Amateur Radio Emergency Group

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Hurricane Drill for Monday June 4th, 2007 7-9 PM

Hello to all….

MEMA Region Two will be having its region RACES hurricane exercise on Monday June 4th, 2007 from 7-9 PM. As has been done in past years, the drill scenario will be taken statewide by broadening the Region Two scenario and will include the State EOC and other MEMA Regions participating as RACES. ARES, SKYWARN and MARS partners will also participate in the exercise. Operations will be active at the NWS Taunton Forecast office for the exercise.

Region Two will use a special reporting form as they have done in previous years while the remaining RACES participants along with ARES, SKYWARN and MARS will use tactical messages, NTS and their traditional forms of traffic to handle messaging. Scenario details for RACES Operators in Region Two will be handled through a briefing at Region Two Headquarters. For the remainder of the participants and controllers in the state, information will be provided via the web and email over the next week to week and a half.

Thanks to all for their support of this 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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2007 EMA Field Day Pages Now On-line

2007 ARRL Field Day logoThe Eastern Massachusetts ARRL section web site contains some of the most comprehensive Field Day resource pages of its kind! Maintained by Bill Ricker, N1VUX, the Field Day pages offer detailed information on individual field day club operations, and much more:

* Hints and suggestions for Safety Officers
* Weather safety
* ICS/FD discussion
* 2007 Logo
* Rules changes
* Previous year’s scores
* Latitude and longitude coordinates
* Links to Google Maps for street maps
* Section staff tour plans
* Past site maps and tour-maps linked and preserved, with old logos

Please check your club’s listings. If you have new information, or can confirm last year’s information as current, please email N1VUX at bill.n1vux at gmail dot com. Also, if you have scores (or pictures) from previous years that are not shown (or linked) for your organization, please send that, too.

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Eastern MA Students Awarded Scholarships

ARRL Foundation logoThe ARRL Foundation has announced the recipients of 61 scholarship awards totaling more than $56,500 for the 2007-2008 academic year. Three of the recipients hail from Eastern Massachusetts.

Bryce Salmi, KB1LQC, of Chelmsford, MA and three other youths were awarded a Dayton Amateur Radio Association Scholarship worth $1000 each.

Gillian Davies, KB1KGP, of Chelmsford, MA and four other youths were awarded a New England Federation of Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association (FEMARA) Scholarship worth $1000 each.

Brenton Salmi, KB1LQD, Chelmsford, MA was the recipient of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club Youth Scholarship totaling $1000.

Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients, and especially to the Eastern Massachusetts student winners.

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PART Toolbox Talk Schedule

Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford logo[See also: PART’s “Tool Box Talks” To Debute At Field Day]

“Bo” Budinger, WA1QYM writes on PART-L:

Below is the current list of volunteers for [the Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford] Field Day “Tool Box” Talks and the subjects of these talks. We still have room for many more talks. These are short (15-30 minute) talks or demonstrations given in a very casual and interactive manner. Many will be held outdoors (weather permitting) and some will be held in doors in the entry way of our Field Day site… the new Westford Highway Department Building. These are directed toward the new ham radio operator but from the list you can see there is something for all of us new and old!

Anyone out there willing to sign on for additional talks? You don’t need to be an expert and the subject can be anything related to ham radio… how to wire a PL 259 connector, electrical safety in ham radio, antenna design, how to chase DX, scanners for the ham radio operator… the list can go on and on!

Let me know if you are willing to present one or more of these talks.

And remember: Field Day is FUN !

Bo
WA1QYM
President
PART of Westford

Tool Box Talks for PART Field Day 2007

Weak Signal VHF Operation Allison (KB1GMX)
Solar Power for Field Day Allison (KB1GMX)
HF Propagation for the Beginner Bo (WA1QYM)
PSK31 Rich (KB1MCS)
Buddipole Demo Scott (NE1RD)
Buddistick Demo Scott (NE1RD)
Sigma 5 Vertical Demo Scott (NE1RD)
Fishing Pole Vertical Scott (NE1RD)
What is a Contest Scott (NE1RD)
Computer Logging in Contests Scott (NE1RD)
Using an Antenna Analzyzer Scott (NE1RD)
Portable Operations Scott (NE1RD)
Dipole construction Ron (WQ1Z)
Buying and Selling Ham Gear on Ebay Rick (W1RAG)
Working the EasySats Allison (KB1GMX) (tenative)
APRS Andy (KB1OUQ)
Basic Knots Steve (N1BDA) Sat only
NVIS Antennas Steve (N1BDA) Sat only
Improving your SSB audio Ron (WQ1Z)

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Volunteers Sought For Middleboro YMCA Walk-a-thon

Massasoit ARA logoThe Massasoit Amateur Radio Association is calling for ham radio volunteers to provide emergency communication support for the Camp Yomechas 5k Road Race on June 3, 2007. The volunteers will congregate at 8:00 a.m. at Camp Yomechas and receive communication assignments for one of the various intersections along the race course. Talk-in will be conductedd on the Bridgewater 147.180 MHz repeater.

–Thanks, Whitman ARC Spectrum, May 2007

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2007 Hurricane Awareness Tour

Amateur Radio demo at 2007 Hurricane Awareness TourAmateur radio operators, weather enthusiasts, and public safety officials from throughout New England turned out in numbers for the 2007 Hurricane Awareness Tour, hosted by the National Weather Service in Taunton, MA at Quonset State Airport in North Kingstown, RI on April 30, 2007.

The day featured tours by the personnel of the NOAA WP3 Orion Hurricane Hunter aircraft which was open to the public. The Tour marked the start of an annual campaign to raise awareness and preparation for the upcoming hurricane season.

Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY coordinated the efforts of nearly 40 ham volunteers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut to provide communications support throughout the event. A special Winlink station operated by hams demonstrated e-mail communications via Amateur Radio in lieu of the internet. EchoLink contacts also highlighted Amateur Radio’s emergency communications capabilities. Macedo assisted in establishing communications via Amateur Radio between Bill Prozena, Director of the National Hurricane Center with Prozena’s office in Miami, Florida.

Nine members of the Taunton Area Communication Group demonstrated Amateur Radio capabilities by operating two 2-meter FM stations and one HF station. TACGroup established stateside QSOs, as well as DX contacts with Italy, the Netherlands and Russia. They also made contacts with area hams via local repeaters.

[Seated, left-right: Hurricane Specialist Michelle Mainelli; Rob Macedo, KD1CY; Dan Roy, KA1BNO, Bulletin Manager, R.I.]

–Thanks, Whitman ARC Spectrum, May 2007

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New England Public Service List May 17, 2007

Public Service Volunteer Opportunities in the New England Division

Listing public events at which Amateur Radio communications is providing a public service and for which additional volunteers from the Amateur Community are needed and welcome. Please contact the person listed to identify how you may serve and what equipment you may need to bring.

The most up-to-date copy of this list is maintained as
http://purl.org/hamradio/publicservice/nediv

**** Every event listed is looking for communications volunteers ****

Date    Location      Event                       Contact      Tel/Email

May 19  Portsmouth NH NH Lung Clean Air Challenge  Dave KA1VJU
     to 20                                                  ka1vju@cnharc.org
May 20  Devens     MA Parker Road Race             Stan  KD1LE   978.433.5090
May 20  Hadley     MA Hadley Mem. Day Road Race    Richard KD1XP 
                                                              kd1xp@kd1xp.org
Jun 16  Longmeadow MA Road Race                    Eric  N1QKO
                                                               n1qko@arrl.net
Jun 16  Mt WashngtnNH Mt Washington Road Race      Cliff N1RCQ
                             n1rcq@amsat.org or Dave KA1VJU ka1vju@cnharc.org
Jun 28  Feeding Hills MA American Turners Festival Eric  N1QKO
     to 30                                                     n1qko@arrl.net
Jul  7  Mt WashngtnNH Newton's Revenge cycle race  Cliff N1RCQ
                             n1rcq@amsat.org or Dave KA1VJU ka1vju@cnharc.org
Aug 18  Mt WashngtnNH Mt. Wash. Bicycle Hill Climb Cliff N1RCQ
                             n1rcq@amsat.org or Dave KA1VJU ka1vju@cnharc.org
Aug 19  Mt WashngtnNH Mt. Washington Century Ride  Cliff N1RCQ
                             n1rcq@amsat.org or Dave KA1VJU ka1vju@cnharc.org
Sep 29  Bristol    NH NH Marathon                  Cliff N1RCQ
                             n1rcq@amsat.org or Dave KA1VJU ka1vju@cnharc.org
Oct  6  Hollis     NH Applefest Half Marathon      Jim  WD4JZO   603.889.4429
                                                              wd4jzo@arrl.net

This list is published periodically as demand warrants by Stan KD1LE and Ralph KD1SM. Our usual distribution is via packet to NEBBS, via Internet mail to the arrl-nediv-list and ema-arrl distribution lists,
and on the World Wide Web (see address above). If other mailing list owners wish us to distribute via their lists we will be happy to oblige. Permission is herewith granted to republish this list in its entirety provided credit is given to the authors and the Web address below is included. Send comments, corrections, and updates to:

(via Internet) KD1SM@ARRL.NET.

We make an attempt to confirm entries with the coordinator unless the information is from another published source. We very much appreciate the assistance we have been receiving from our ‘scouts’; everyone is welcome to send us postings.

Refer to http://purl.org/hamradio/publicservice/nediv for the most recent version of the PSLIST.

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Nashoba Valley ARC Recognized for Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Efforts

NVARC Certificate of Appreciation for Adopt-A-Highway 2007NVARC Highway Cleanup, April 2007The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Town of Groton Selectmen for its participation in the Adopt-A-Highway program. Accepting the award on behalf of NVARC was club president Stan Pozerski, KD1LE.

NVARC held its first road cleanup of the year on April 21, 2007. A large number of members turned out for the event, picking up 38 bags of trash along the club’s assigned stretch of Route 119.

The Nashoba Valley ARC has been participating in the program now for ten years.

–Thanks, Nashoba Valley ARC Signal, May 2007

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YCCC Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

YCCC logoMike Pride, K1RX writes on the YCCC web site:

The Yankee Clipper Contest Club celebrates its 30th year of competing in the unlimited club category from the Northeastern US.

Now having a membership count of nearly 400, the club has steadily grown since its inception (1977), the current officers of the YCCC offer the following on-the-air fun event for both the membership as well as our fellow contesters worldwide. For the balance of 2007, commencing immediately, YCCC members may sign their calls /30, indicating our 30-year anniversary, as a way to positively promote the YCCC on the air. A special certificate will be provided after confirming contacts with at least 10 members. This confirmation and request for the special certificate can be done via email at yccc30@gmail.com. Please indicate the date, time, frequency, call sign of member along with your mailing address so we might send you the certificate. QSL cards may be used to confirm these contacts as well and by sending them to Dave, W1CTN who will administer the program. Additionally, the complete list of YCCC members can be found at http://www.yccc.org then click on “Members Only” in the left-side menu and follow the directions to enter the site (open to all). Look up “roster” in the right-side menu for the complete list of members active within the YCCC.

All eligible QSOs for the award must be completed by December 31, 2007, with the request for the certificate submitted no later than February 1, 2008.

QSLs may be sent to:

David Arruzza, W1CTN
32 Benz Street
Ansonia, CT, USA 06401

Also for those attending the Dayton Hamvention, watch for the special YCCC 30th badges members will be wearing and congratulate them when you see them!

Regards,

Mark, K1RX/30

Good luck and happy hunting!

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