Upcoming NSRA Public Service Events

NSRA logoThe North Shore Radio Association has updated its list of upcoming public service events for 2007; they are listed on the club’s web site at http://www.nsradio.org/events/index.htm. Contact Contact “eventnsra at nsradio dot org” (link omitted to thwart spam) for more information to volunteer for the events.

A few events from the list include:

* 7/3 Horribles July 4th Parade Gloucester, MA Parade is in Gloucester, MA

* 7/4 Manchester-by the-Sea July 4th Parade Parade is in Manchester, MA

* 7/21 Blackburn Challenge Rowing Race around Cape Ann, Gloucester, MA. A great day on the Water.

* 7/22 Reid’s Ride – Bike Ride from Lynn, MA to Gloucester, MA Bike Ride for a Cancer Charity

* 9/3 YMCA Cape Ann Run Gloucester, MA. Running races around Gloucester Area

* 9/8 Cycle 4 Life Bike Ride for Cancer Marblehead, MA to Ipswich, MA Ride for Cancer Hospital Ride is from Marblehead, MA to Ipswich, MA and Back

* 9/9 Beverly Triathlon Beverly, MA Swim, Bike, Run Triathlon

–Thanks, NSRA web site

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Patriot Half Iron Triathlon, July 1, 2007

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes on SEMARA list:

There is a public service event where Amateur Radio Operator support has been requested for the Patriot Half Iron 2007 Triathlon. This event is scheduled for Sunday, July 1st and is based out of Cathedral Camp in Freetown, MA. Amateur radio operators are needed to monitor racers along a 28 mile bike course and a 13.1 mile run. All volunteers will receive a race tee-shirt and a fabulous pasta meal from Riccardi’s, who is catering the event. The race starts at 7 AM and we would need people to gather at the Acushnet EMA at 14 Thomas Street in Acushnet, MA for 6:00 AM.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me via email. The Acushnet EMA and SCMARG were contacted by Eric Averill (director of the event) and will be jointly participating and we need additional help from any Amateurs in SEMARA who are willing to assist.

Find out more about this event by visiting the official Patriot Half Iron 2007 web site at http://www.patriothalf.com/.

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Eastern MA ARRL Club Speakers List, June 25, 2007

EMA ARRL logoThe 6/25/07 Eastern MA ARRL Club Speakers List has been posted to http://ema.arrl.org/mod.php?mod=userpage&menu=110512&page_id=62.

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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K9HI Promotes Handiham System At Zola Center

Phil Temples, K9HI, presents about the Handiham System at Zola CenterStaff members and clients of the non-profit Irving K. Zola Center in Newton, Massachusetts heard a presentation about Amateur Radio and the Courage Center Handiham System on June 9, 2007 from Handiham volunteer Phil Temples, K9HI.

Temples spoke about the various aspects of ham radio to the audience, including amateurs’ important contributions to public service. He also described the California and Minnesota radio camps in detail.

Temples’ presentation featured the Handiham promotional video “Making Contacts… Making Friends” produced by Pat Tice, WA0TDA and directed by Gary Gordon, K6KV, followed by a question and answer session.
“The group was really fired up at the conclusion of the presentation,” remarked K9HI. “The director inquired about affiliating with the Courage Center Handiham System. And, several clients asked about the possibility of holding a License In A Weekend session at the Center. I’d say that there’s an excellent chance the Zola Center might form a ham radio club in the future.”

The Irving K. Zola Center for Persons with Disabilities at Brigham House is a drop-in community center for persons with disabilities. The center is named for Irving Kenneth Zola, a resident of Newton, MA, who was an internationally known sociologist and advocate who specialized in disability studies and medical sociology.

[Photo: Phil Temples, K9HI, gives a presentation about the Handiham System at Zola Center.]

–Thanks, Courage Center Handiham System

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N1UMJ Nominated For 1RN Cycle 2 Net Manager

NTS logoJohn Miller, N1UMJ of Taunton has been nominated for the First Region Net Cycle Two Net Manager Slot.

In an email from the Chair of the Eastern Area Staff, Marcia Forde, KW1U, “After more than a year with no manager … we finally have a candidate for manager of 1RN cycle 2. John Miller, N1UMJ has been active on the net for some time now and has agreed to take the job.”

Forde adds that she’s “putting out a call” for further nominations for the job. But if none are forthcoming, KW1U is calling for Miller’s appointment effective July 1, 2007.

For more information on NTS nets, see the ARRL Public Service Communications Manual, section 2: National Traffic System.

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Swansea EMA Nets Valuable Publicity For EmComm Exercises

Swansea EMA Coordinator Carl Sawejko, WA1PQTRecent activities by the Town of Swansea’s Emergency Management Agency in the simulated “Hurricane Joshua” and this weekend’s ARRL Field Day are catching the attention of the reading public.

News stories about the EMA program and its modified former ambulance-turned-emergency communications van are the subject of stories in editions of the Swansea News, The Somerset Swansea Spectator and The Point.

Swansea EMA is operating in this weekend’s Field Day event as the Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Group using the call sign K1RFI in the 2F (EOC) category. Police and fire officials were on hand today to witness the exercise.

[Shown here: Swansea Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Carl Sawejko, WA1PQT installing antenna at Field Day. -K9HI photo]

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NVARC Members Support Parker Road Races

NVARC members at Parker Road Race, 2007Members of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club provided communications and coordination support for the Parker Road Races in Devens, MA on May 20, 2007.

The conditions were less than optimal; inclement weather threatened the event. But NVARC members helped by “making sure the course was set up prior to each race, the mile mark clocks were set at each start, and by tracking the lead and last runners/walkers.”

One of the hams literally saved the two-mile race event by “putting the runners back on the course” after a law enforcement officer turned the runners prematurely at the wrong intersection.

Participants included: KB1KEF, K1YTS, KD1LE, KB1ESR, KK1X, K1JHC, KD1SM and W1JMM.

–Thanks, Nashoba Valley ARC’s Signal, June 2007

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QRA Fox Hunt, June 21, 2007

Quannapowitt Radio Association logoThe Quannapowitt Radio Assocation will hold a 2-meter fox hunt on June 21, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Participants are invited to meet in the parking lot of the Reading Senior Center, 49 Pleasant Street, Reading, MA.

“Even if you do not have a directional antenna, you can still participate and have a good time,” writes QRA’s Tom Charbonneau, NZ1X. “Some of us have built a popular 3-element tape measure beam that stows easily in the trunk or back seat and can take a beating. It costs less than $10 to build and works well. I urge you all to build one.”

According to Charbonneau, QRA plans to hold fox hunts on a regular basis.

[See also: QRA Members Go On A Fox Hunt–And A Fabulous Feast!]

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Southeastern New England Repeater Directory Available On-line

SNE edition logoRick Cabral, W1RJC writes on the SEMARA discussion list:

Looking for an accurate repeater listing for our area? I have created a new regional edition of the New England Repeater Directory. The data is extracted directly from our master database at NERD which is updated frequently by our database manager, Frank, N1DGQ as things change.

This new “Southeastern New England Edition” includes all of Rhode Island, Cape Cod and four counties in between; Bristol, Plymouth, Norfolk and Suffolk. As a bonus, it also includes VoIP Simplex Nodes (IRLP & EchoLink).

Bookmark this page and visit whenever you need it: http://www.nerepeaters.com/se.htm.

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Whitman ARC, RACES Receive Publicity for Hurricane Exercise

Whitman ARC logoWhitman amateurs netted valuable publicity in their local newspaper with an article describing hams’ participation in the recent joint state hurricane drill on June 4, 2007.

The story, entitled In the event of an actual emergency was published in the June 13, 2007 issue of the Whitman Times. The article was the result of a submitted press release by Bruce Hayden, NI1X, of the Whitman Amateur Radio Club. The article features quotes by Hayden and others; it describes the efforts of Whitman RACES operators as well as Citizens Emergency Reponse Team members.

See also:
MEMA Region II Participates In Joint Hurricane Exercise
Statewide Hurricane Drill June 4, 2007

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KY1N List of New England Volunteer Exam Sessions, June 15, 2007

                         The KY1N Memorial List
Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations - CT MA ME NH RI VT
6/15/07
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
Date Time Contact Location Phone
06/16/07 09:30 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Goshen CT 860-283-4089
06/16/07 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
06/16/07 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Nashua NH 603-673-7395
06/16/07 09:00 *Peter Leather, AE2D Orleans MA 508-225-9581
06/18/07 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
06/19/07 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
06/19/07 19:00 Joel T Curneal, N1JEO Wallingford CT 203-634-4444
06/20/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
06/20/07 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
06/21/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
06/22/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
06/23/07 09:00 Kenneth Carr, KB1AWV Cranston RI 401-828-1665
06/23/07 12:00 Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
06/23/07 14:00 Penny Harts, N1NAG Newington CT 860-594-0200
06/24/07 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-6514
06/24/07 10:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Rockport MA 978-281-1408
06/27/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
06/30/07 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
06/30/07 15:00 George Rinalducci, KB1KBC Greenland NH 603-231-1392
07/08/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
07/10/07 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
07/11/07 19:30 *James Weckback, W1EQW Framingham MA 508-435-6487
07/12/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
07/12/07 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
07/13/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
07/14/07 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
07/14/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
07/14/07 09:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX South Portland ME 207-799-1116
07/14/07 09:00 Norm Smith, NY1B Union ME 207-354-6853
07/16/07 19:00 Richard Strycharz Jr, KD1XP Amherst MA 413-665-2211
07/16/07 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
07/17/07 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
07/18/07 17:30 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Augusta ME 207-495-3891
07/18/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
07/18/07 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
07/19/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
07/19/07 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
07/25/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
07/26/07 12:00 Adam Woodbury, K1ADW Bedford MA 781-271-3062
07/27/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
07/28/07 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
07/28/07 09:00 Kenneth Carr, KB1AWV Cranston RI 401-828-1665
07/28/07 12:00 Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
08/02/07 19:00 Walton G Congdon, W1ZPB Northfield MA 413-498-2729
08/05/07 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
08/09/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
08/09/07 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
08/10/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
08/11/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
08/11/07 09:30 Ernest Laug, KA1NGG Stamford CT 203-348-3993
08/11/07 10:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Topsham ME 207-799-1116
08/12/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-281-1408
08/14/07 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
08/15/07 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
08/16/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
08/20/07 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
08/21/07 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
08/22/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
08/22/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
08/24/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
08/25/07 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
08/25/07 12:00 Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
08/25/07 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
09/08/07 11:30 Frank Sileo, N1PE Bethel CT 203-438-0218
09/08/07 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
09/08/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
09/08/07 08:00 Conrad Ekstrom, WB1GXM Newport NH 603-543-1389
09/08/07 13:00 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Windsor ME 207-495-3891
09/08/07 13:00 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Winslow ME 207-495-3891
09/09/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
09/09/07 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
09/10/07 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
09/11/07 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
09/12/07 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
09/13/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
09/13/07 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
09/14/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
09/15/07 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
09/15/07 09:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX South Portland ME 207-799-1116
09/17/07 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
09/18/07 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
09/19/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
09/19/07 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
09/20/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
09/21/07 18:30 Albert Noble, AA1CZ Saco ME 207-642-8830
09/22/07 09:00 Kenneth Carr, KB1AWV Cranston RI 401-828-1665
09/22/07 12:00 Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
09/22/07 12:00 +George Johnson, W1ZT Danvers MA 978-927-7211
09/26/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
09/28/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
09/29/07 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
09/29/07 09:30 David Carberry, WA1IKN Gales Ferry CT 860-464-0225
09/29/07 09:00 Jack P Garforth, N1JK Middletown RI 401-683-2250
10/01/07 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
10/06/07 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
10/06/07 10:30 Ron Manson, W1SSF Winslow ME 207-873-2071
10/07/07 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-5020
10/09/07 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
10/10/07 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
10/11/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
10/11/07 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
10/12/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
10/13/07 09:00 *Don Tarbet, KD1XU Bangor ME 207-327-1453
10/13/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
10/13/07 10:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Topsham ME 207-799-1116
10/14/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
10/16/07 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
10/18/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
10/20/07 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
10/24/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
10/24/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
10/26/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
10/27/07 12:00 +George Johnson, W1ZT Danvers MA 978-927-7211
11/03/07 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
11/05/07 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
11/08/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
11/09/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
11/10/07 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
11/10/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
11/11/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
11/14/07 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
11/15/07 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Norwood MA 508-668-0858
11/17/07 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
11/20/07 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
11/21/07 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
11/23/07 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
11/24/07 12:00 +George Johnson, W1ZT Danvers MA 978-927-7211
11/28/07 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
12/01/07 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
12/01/07 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Nashua NH 603-673-7395
12/08/07 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
12/09/07 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
12/10/07 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
12/12/07 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
12/13/07 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
12/14/07 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
12/15/07 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670

NOTES:
* = PREREGISTRATION MANDATORY
+ = PLEASE CALL TO GAURANTEE SEATING
T = Technician Exams only
Times are Local Time
Please check with the contact person as some dates are tentative!
For the latest examination information, check
http://www.ky1n.net/ky1n.html.
If attending a session please remember to bring:
1) One photo ID, or two non-photo ID's (one with address)
2) Original FCC-issued license plus a photocopy (if already licensed)
3) Original plus photocopies of all CSCE's you are claiming
4) The 2007 test session fee of $14.00
All VE Teams are invited to contribute.
For additions/corrections contact Jim Heedles, WW1Y, 603-673-7395,
via email at ky1n@ky1n.net

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SEMARA To Operate Kids Day Event June 16, 2007

Southeastern MA ARA logoThe Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Association will be “QRV” for the ARRL Kids Day event on June 16, 2007, according to SEMARA’s Bob Kelley, K1KVV. Kelley is hosting the event.

The event is sponsored every six months by the ARRL to encourage youths to get on the air and make contacts. All kids are eligible to receive a colorful certificate from the event.

“You don’t have to come down to participate. You can also have any youngster talk from your home station,” writes Kelley.

Kelley anticipates operating on 20 meters between 14.270 to 14.300 MHz starting at 14:00 ET. “I’ll run until the propagation, or the kids, gives up.”

As an added incentive for the kids, Kelley intends to have pizzas and free beverages on-hand from the club refrigerator. “Adults bringing kids may enjoy a slice of pizza too.”

Visitors to the shack can find directions and a map to W1AEC at http://semara.org/directions.htm.

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QRA Members Go On A Fox Hunt–And A Fabulous Feast!

Quannapowitt Radio Association logoMembers and guests of the Quannapowitt Radio Assocation participated in a radio direction-finding “fox hunt” and also, were treated to an exceptional meal at the home of Tom Charbonneau, NZ1X on May 29, 2007.

According to QRA’s Bob Reiser, AA1M, he and Ron Draper, WA1QZK hid on a hill near the Stoneham-Reading town line near Route 28. “There was a small problem with the leads on the power supply in the repeater Ron set up, but this was bypassed and the hunt began.”

According to Reiser, the “foxes” were first found by WA1RHN, then a bit later by N1PRW and KB1OZS. All participants finally surrounded the target by 9:45 p.m.

“This was the first fox hunt held by the members of QRA in quite a while,” reports AA1M. “Everyone had a great time and Tom, NZ1X mentioned that maybe next time we will do it on a weekend day so all the participants can get home at a reasonable time.”

–Thanks, QRA News, June 2007

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Boston ARC Distributing “Eyeball” QSO Cards At Meetings

Boston ARC logoThe Boston Amateur Radio Club is distributing generic “eyeball” QSL cards to its members, writes BARC Membership Services Chair Arthur Ashley, N1NHZ. The business-sized cards display the club’s web and email addresses, with room on the bottom in which to write one’s name and call sign.

“The back of the card is blank,” adds Ashley. “That’s another opportunity for you to personalize the card. For instance, if you are giving a card to a ham, please invite them to check into the BARC Net. You can write ‘Monday, 9:00 pm, 145.230 MHz, (-), PL=88.5’, etcetera on the back.”

N1NHZ is distributing the cards to members and visitors who attend business and general meetings, with a request: “that they email me at n1nhz at arrl dot net with their experiences and opinions of the cards.”

–Thanks, Boston ARC The SPARC, June 2007

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Wellesley Town Parade Canceled–Twice!

Wellesley ARS logoIn April we reported on plans by the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society to assist with organizing the Wellesley Wonderful Weekend Parade. [See Wellesley ARS To Assist With Town Parade.]

Unbelievably, the Wellesley Parade was postponed twice, reports WARS President Dan Brown, W1DAN. “The Wellesley Parade was an interesting non-event this year,” Brown writes. Six amateurs showed up to assist on the rescheduled date, June 3, 2007, but the parade was again canceled due to inclement weather. “We actually helped make phone calls to alert the participants of the cancellation.”

The parade may be held in the fall, writes W1DAN.

–Thanks, Wellesley ARS The Sparkgap, June 2007

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MEMA Region II Participates In Joint Hurricane Exercise

Mass. EMA logoBob Mims, WA1OEZ writes on mras-general list:

M.E.M.A. Region II RACES held its most successful hurricane exercise on Monday June 4th with a record number of communities participating in this annual exercise. Forty two mainland communities, 6 communities on Martha’s Vineyard, the island of Nantucket, and three County EOCs all participated. Also participating were two American Red Chapters, two hospitals on Cape Cod, MARS, and ARES.
The following communities participated:

Norfolk Cty Braintree Cohasset Dover Foxboro Franklin Hingham Holbrook Medfield Medway Millis Plainville Quincy Sharon Walpole Wellesley Wrentham

Bristol Cty County EOC Ascushnet Attleboro Fall River Mansfield New Bedford Norton Rehobeth Somerset Swansea Taunton

Plymouth Cty Bridgewater Brockton Carver Kingston Marshfield Marion Mattapoisett Whitman

Barnstable County EOC Brewster Chatham
Dennis Falmouth Sandwhich Yarmouth

Nantucket

Dukes County County EOC Aquinnah Chilmark Gosnold Oak Bluffs Tisbury West Tisbury

Also Participating were The Region II Headquarters in Bridgewater, Cape Cod Hospital, Falmouth Hospital, Cape Cod Red Cross, Cambridge Red Cross, MARS, and Cape Cod ARES. The communities all were testing their amateur radio back up communications system to be used if a major event knocks out normal communications. Message traffic, support requests and community status reports were passed between the communities and Region II Headquarters.

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Whitman ARC’s Saftler Flea “A Great Success”

Whitman ARC Saftler's fleaThe Whitman Amateur Radio Club held its annual Saftler’s Flea Market fund raiser over the Memorial Day weekend. The flea was deemed a “great success.” According to WARC’s Bruce Hayden, NI1X, approximately “35 Whitman club members and 15 area amateurs stopped by to socialize, pick up a few goodies and help staff the club table.”

The club has produced a special Saftler’s Flea Market newsletter for viewing on its web site. The issue is chock-full of photos from the event.

[Photo: standing, l-r: NI1X, KB1ISG, KB1ODU, KB1CYV, NM1F; seated, l-r: N1SOM, N1VTI, KB1EKN, N1FRE]

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PART To Provide Communications For Lowell Soccer Event

Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford logoBo Budinger, WA1QYM writes in Particles, June, 2007:

The Lowell Youth Soccer Association has again asked [the Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford] to provide communications for the Middlesex County Championships. This event will take place on Saturday June 16, 2007 at the end of Edwards Street in Lowell. This is the same location as the Fall Freeze event that we participated in last Fall. We would like to start at 7:00 AM and go to 4:00 PM. We already have six volunteers but could use a few more. All it takes is a 2-meter walkie. Let me know if you are interested in participating.

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