Basic Emergency Comms Workshop for Saturday May 17th 9 AM-4 PM in Concord, Mass.

Emergency Communications Workshop in Concord Massachusetts…

Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Workshop Saturday May 17th, 2008:

There will be an Emergency Communications Workshop on Saturday May 17th, 2008 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM at the Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts.

This session is being put on by the ARES Section Staff through the efforts of Middlesex County ARES DEC, Steve Telsey, N1BDA, and the cooperation of the Concord Hospital staff. 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

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 May 12th, 2008 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 Emerson Hospital:

http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=m&lat=42.459915&lon=-71.347799&zoom=13&q1=Concord%2CMA

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/Emerson+Hospital:Concord+MA/#a/search/l:::Concord:MA::US:42.4603:-71.349403:city:Middlesex+County/m::7:42.43637:-71.255405:0:0:/so:Emerson+Hospital:::d::25:::::/e

From the North:
Rt 495 South to Rt 2 East or Rt 128 S to Rt 2 West
Emerson Hospital is on the south side of Rt 2 about 1 mile east of the Concord Rotary

From Boston:
Rt 2 East over Rt 128
Emerson Hospital is on the south side of Rt 2 about 7 miles from Rt 128

From the South:
Rt 495 North to Rt 2 East or Rt 128 North to Rt 2 West
Emerson Hospital is on the south side of Rt 2 about 1 mile east of the Concord Rotary

Parking, both outdoor and indoor, is available at the hospital for a fee. There is free parking in lots on the north side of Rt 2, but crossing the highway can be difficult.

There will be talk-in on the Concord 145.11 (pl 110.9) repeater.

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

N1BDA-Steve Telsey steve.n1bda@verizon.net
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
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org
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MEMA Hosts Unified Command Center (UCC) for Both Marathons

Hello to all….

The following announcement came from Massachusetts State RACES Radio officer, Tom Kinhan-N1CPE from MEMA Public Information Officer, Peter Judge:

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY
_____________________________

MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
400 Worcester Road Framingham, MA 01702-5399
Tel: 508-820-2000 Fax: 508-820-2030
Website: www.mass.gov/mema

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Peter Judge, MEMA PIO
April 18, 2008 (508) 820-2002

MEMA HOSTS UCC FOR BOTH MARATHONS
SEOC To Be Activated For Olympic Trials & Boston Marathon

FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Headquarters in Framingham will be the site of the Unified Command Center (UCC) for Sunday’s U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials and Monday’s 112th running of the Boston Marathon. The UCC, located at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC), will be activated and fully operational on Sunday, April 20th at 7:00AM for the Olympic Trials and again on Monday at 7:00AM, remaining operational until at least 7:00PM on Monday, April 21st. This is the seventh straight year that these extensive steps have been taken to ensure the safety and security of participants and spectators along the 26.2-mile course.

The purpose of the UCC is to bring together key organizations for decision-making, communication and support. Medical issues are a key focus again this year, as demonstrated by the detailed planning of this year’s Boston Marathon Medical Subcommittee with extensive outreach to the Commonwealth’s medical community, area hospitals and private ambulance services. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Boston Athletic Association Medical Team and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health helped raise medical preparedness and its coordination to an unprecedented level by again co-sponsoring the annual Boston Marathon Medical Seminar, which was held at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Over 200 volunteer medical personnel attended this year’s event.

Over 80 individuals from the local communities involved with the Boston Marathon, as well as State and Federal Public Safety agencies, organizations and departments are expected to be represented at the SEOC on Patriots’ Day. The UCC monitors the ‘Big Picture’ and rapidly and efficiently responds to situations as they arise. The UCC, through MEMA’s WebEOC technology has the capability of displaying real time messages, weather data, maps, and logs, exchanging information to users both inside and outside the UCC. The UCC had dedicated hard-line telephones and access to 800 MHz, Public Safety radios, backup amateur radios (RACES) and numerous types of wireless communication to support the event and ensure immediate two-way communication. The Incident Command System (ICS) will again be utilized to organize and coordinate activities in the UCC and the field.

The Department of Public Health will again coordinate the use of an innovative ‘runner/patient tracking system’, utilizing barcodes on the runner’s bibs and scores of hand-held devises along the course to track everything from the location of any runner or spectator receiving medical assistance or transport to the number and severity of medical issues that are occurring along the course. The Boston Marathon offers a first ‘real-life’ event utilizing this technology that presents numerous potential benefits during a Mass Casualty Emergency.

Key liaisons in the UCC will represent Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Service and Emergency Management departments from the municipalities which host the event – Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston. The various other agencies and organizations in the UCC, under the leadership of MEMA Director Don Boyce, include the Executive Office of Public Safety, Boston Athletic Association, MA State Police, MA National Guard, MA Department of Public Health, MA Department of Fire Services, MA Bay Transit Authority, MA Turnpike Authority, MA Highway Department, Federal Aviation Administration, Civil Air Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, American Red Cross, RACES/ARES (amateur radio volunteers), local hospitals and private ambulance services.

WHAT: 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials UCC
WHEN: Sunday, April 20, 2008, 7:00AM to at least Mid-day

WHAT: 2008 Boston Marathon UCC
WHEN: Monday, April 21, 2008, 7:00AM to at least 7:00PM
WHERE: The SEOC located at MEMA Headquarters, 400 Worcester Road (Rte. 9) Framingham, MA

WHY: To ensure the safety & security of Marathon participants & spectators

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and All Hazard Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.

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Hams Receive Valuable TV PR For Marathon Efforts

WBZ TV video clip showing W3EVE, describing ham radio's involvement in 2008 BAA MarathonWBZ-TV Channel 4 featured a 2:05 length broadcast story describing ham radio’s involvement in the 2008 BAA Marathon. The video featured Steve Schwarm, W3EVE, one of the ham event organizers. Scharm was shown operating station WC1MA, at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s Headquarters in Framingham. MEMA Spokesperson Peter Judge was also featured. He described the importance of having ham operators involved in the Marathon, saying that “they provided valuable intel” along the route.

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Fox Hunt, Central MA, May 10-11, 2008

FoxBarry Fox, W1HFN writes on PART List and others:

Attention all foxhunters!

In honor of the CQ Magazine World-Wide Foxhunting Weekend (May 10th & 11th) and to hopefully foster a resurgence of the activity in the Central MA area, I have assembled a “foxbox”.

It will be deployed within a 5-mile radius of a circle centered at N42° 28.102′ W71° 40.430′ For those of you without GPS or mapping software, that is the intersection of Rtes 70 & 117 in Lancaster, MA.

The fox consists of a 50mw transmitter on the national fox hunt frequency of 146.565, there will be a 20 second voice ID every 3 minutes. This rig feeds a 6dB gain antenna.

Testing with this antenna tied to my basement ceiling resulted in hearing it on my mobile rig over one mile away, so “in the clear” and at a decent height, it should be heard for quite some distance.

There will be the usual log in a plastic baggie, also finders can report their finds via my email; w1hfn@arrl.net, with a note detailing the message printed on the foxbox.

If there is sufficient interest in this fun aspect of ham radio, I will deploy the fox each weekend in a different location.

Please forward this notice to any persons or groups you think may be interested.

Good luck and happy hunting!

73,
Barry – W1HFN

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Red Cross Communications Vehicle Demonstration

Red Cross Northeast Service Area ECRV The following message has been received by Joe Heck-K1LBG, Massachusetts Bay Red Cross Communications Officer on an Emergency Communications Response Vehicle or ECRV demo at the Waltham Red Cross Chapter House:

The following is a message from American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay:

On Sunday April 20th from 1-5 PM, please stop by the Waltham Office to see the Northeast Area’s Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV). Joe Heck, the chapter’s Communications Lead, will be available throughout the afternoon for demonstrations and questions about the ECRV. This is a must see for any “techno geek!” Attached is a picture of a ECRV for you to see. For more information please contact Joe Heck at HeckJ at usa.redcross.org

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New England Area Flea Markets, April 2, 2008

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2008 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~
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4,5 Apr Lewiston ME AARC ME Conv @Ramada Bill N1KAT 207 782 4862 A

5 Apr Londonderry NH IRS @Lions Sellers$15@6 $3@8 Nelson NU1G 603 660 6288 +

6 April Framingham MA FARA @Keefe Sch $25/T@7:30 $5@9 Bev N1LOO 508 626 2012 F

12 April LaSalle PQ MARC @CanLegion $5@9 $10/T@8 Jim 514 697 7205 W+

13 April LaGrangeville NY MtBARC @TymorePk$6@9$10/T27 Jim K2JIM 845 427 2702 W+

19 Apr Manchester NH NEAntqRC @BingoCtr $15@7:30$5@8:30 Charlie 603 898 4821 F

19 Apr S Portland ME PAWA @AM Legion $5@8 $10/T@6:30 Mike N1GRO 207 797 6584 W

20 April Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776
Third Sunday April thru October

26 April Middletown NY OCARC @WallkillCommCtr $5@8 Tom W2TRR 845 401 3757 W+

26 Ap Rochester NH GBRA @CommCtr @8 $10/T Larry K1SRJ 603 335 4805 W+

27 Ap Lindenhurst NY GSBARC @FireMmPk $6@9$25/T@7 Walter KA2RGI 631 957 0218 F+

2-3 May Deerfield NH NearFest @FG Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 W

3-4 May Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~ John 781 592 2553 W

10 May Rensselaer NY EGARA @FireCo $5@8 $5/sp@6 Thomas KC2FCP 518 272 1494 W

18 May Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 24 May Vernon CT NARC @Tolland AgCtr $5@8 TG Free Wayne N1GUS 860 487 1921 F+

25 May Sorel-Tracy PQ @CurlingClb $5@9 $15/T@6 Luc VE2DWE 450 743 8676 R+

30-31 May Rochester NY RARA Harold K2HC 585 424 7184 W

1 June Bethpage NY LIMARC @Briarcliff $6@9 $10/Sp Richie K2KNB 516 694 4937 F+

7 June Hermon ME PSARC @HS @8 Roger KA1TKS 207 848 3846 W

7 June Goshen CT SBARC @FG Rt 63 $3@8 $10/T@6 $5TG Lee K1LEE 860 435 0051 W+

8 June Queens NY HOSARC @9 Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 W+

14 June Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @6AM Tailgate John 860 673 0518
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New England Area Ham - Electronic Flea Market *** DATES *** P4
Links to New England Hamfest Web Sites (c) 2008 W1GSL
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Cambridge MA Flea at MIT http://www.swapfest.us

Hopkinton NH Hosstraders RIP :-( http://www.qsl.net/k1rqg/

Adams MA N BerkshireARC http://www.nobarc.org/hamfest.htm

Boxborough MA NE ARRL Conv http://www.boxboro.org/

Dartmouth MA SEMARA http://www.semara.org/flea.htm

Falmouth MA FARA http://www.falara.org/

FeedingHills MA MTARA http://www.mtara.org/flea08.html

Framingham MA FARA http://www.fara.org/

Marlboro MA AARC http://www.qsl.net/n1em/FleaMarketFlier2008a.pdf

Newton MA Waltham ARA Auction http://www.wara64.org/auction/

S Dartmouth MA SEMARA http://www.semara.org/

Wakefield MA Photographica http://www.phsne.org/

Whately MA FranklinCARC http://www.fcarc.org/news.htm

Gales Ferry CT RASON http://www.rason.org/hamfest.html

Goshen CT SBARC http://www.w1baa.org/hamfest.html

Enfield CT VHF/UHF Conf http://www.newsvhf.com/vhfconf.html

Newington CT NARL http://www.narlhamfest.org/

Newtown CT CARA http://www.danbury.org/cara/Hamfest.html +

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/

Hermon ME PSARC http://n1me.org/index.php?pr=Hamfest

Lewiston ME AARC http://www.mainearrl.org/convent.htm

S. Portland ME PAWA http://www.pawa-maine.org/

Deerfield NH NEAR-Fest http://www.near-fest.com/

Henniker NH CVRC http://www.qsl.net/k1bke/

Manchester NH NEAntiqueRC http://www.nearc.net/

Rochester NH GBRA http://www.w1fz.org/

Bergen NJ BARA http://www.bara.org/

Sussex NJ SCARC http://www.scarcnj.org/www.scarcnj.org/flyer_2007.htm

LaGrangeville NY MtBARC http://www.wr2abb.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/

Middletown NY OCARC http://www.ocarc-ny.org/ +

Queens NY Hall of Science http://www.hosarc.org/ +

Rensselaer NY E Greenbush ARA http://www.w2egb.org/

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

Rochester NY RARA http://www.rochesterhamfest.org/

Wallkill NY OCARC http://www.ocarc-ny.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

St Albans VT STARC http://www.starc.org/

Drummondville PQ leCRdeD http://www.9bit.qc.ca/~ve2crd/hamfest/index.html

Greenwood PQ GARC http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/esmith/GARC/activities.htm

Laval PQ CRALL http://www.ve2crl.qc.ca/

Montreal PQ MARC http://www.marc.qc.ca/fest/fest.html

Montreal PQ WIARC http://shell.pubnix.net/~wiarc/hamfest.htm

Montreal PQ MS-SARC http://www.ve2clm.ca/hamfesta.htm

Montreal PQ UMS http://www.ve2ums.ca/agenda/pub_2007_hamf.pdf

Sorel-Tracy PQ CRAS-T http://www.hamfest.qc.ca/

St Romuald PQ ARES http://www.aresqc.org/

St Therese PQ CRALL http://www.ve2crl.qc.ca/hamfest2002.htm

Summerside PEI SPARC http://www.summersidearc.com/

Halafax NS HARC http://www.halifax-arc.org/

Timonium MD GBHC http://www.gbhc.org/

Montreal Area MARC List http://www.marc.qc.ca/fest/festcal.html

Canada RAC List http://rac.eton.ca/events/upcoming.php +

Phila. Area VARA List http://www.qsl.net/w2vtm/hamfest.html

USA ARRL List http://www.arrl.org/hamfests.html

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W1AAX/WFQB and K1VV/NJPJ QRV for MRD, April 12, 2008

“Whitey” Doherty, K1VV writes:

Harry Wilson, W1AAX/WFQB and Whitey Doherty, K1VV/NJPJ will operate on or near 3520 kHZ at around 8:00 AM (1200 UTC) APRIL 12 to work any locals on ground wave. See http://www.radiomaritimeday.org:80/ for rules and details.

Code speeds will be slow so get out that vintage J-38 key.

Harry and Whitey will be on the higher bands afterwards.

This an all CW special event. Former maritime radio operators will be calling “CQ MRD”. The exchange will be their Name and their last Ship Call Sign, “Op Bob last ship NEGX NEGX”.

The ship and shore operators will adjust their CW speed for the slower CW operators.

Taking part from EMA will be:

W1AAX / WFQB, Overseas Marilyn (Grain Carrier)
K1VV / NJPJ Reliance WMEC 615( USCG Cutter).

Ship Photo QSL cards will be used by the ship operators.
There will be several hundred former ship and shore based maritime radio operators worldwide taking part. The list of operators and their ships and shore stations is listed on the Radio Maritime Day web page.

If you are interested in collecting some “one of a kind” unique QSL cards, this is an event you should tune into.

Suggested RMD FREQUENCIES LIST

1824 khz, 3520 khz, 7020 khz, 14052 khz, 21052 khz, 28052 khz. Operating frequencies are +- 5 khz.

W1AAX/WFQB QSL cardK1VV/NJPJ QSL card

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New Mass. Emergency Management Agency Courses

MEMA logoTom Kinahan, N1CPE writes on mras_general list:

The following new courses have been added to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s training calendar:

* EOC Management and Operations Course at Middleton Police Department on May 12, 2008

* Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program at Plymouth Cty. Sheriff’s Dept. Regional Training Center on June 10, 2008

* HSEEP Toolkit Training Workshop at MEMA Headquarters-Operations Room on May 8, 2008

* Incident Command System 200 at Somerset Police Department on April 22, 2008

* Incident Command System 300 at John Augustus Hall on April 22, 2008

* Incident Command System 300 at Northern Essex Community College on April 28, 2008

* Incident Command System 300 at Ma-Task Force 1 on May 5, 2008

* Incident Command System 300 at DelValle Institute – O’Neill Room on May 14, 2008

* Incident Command System 300 at Dalton Fire Station on May 14, 2008

* Incident Command System 400 at DelValle Institute – O’Neill Room on June 18, 2008

* Large Animal Rescue Training for the Rescue Professional at Dragonfly Equestrian Center on March 25, 2008

Visit our web site at
http://tinyurl.com/ypzh5y
for more details.

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TIPS Net To Feature Spring/Summer Weather Panel

SKYWARN logoThe Training Information and Public Service Net for this Tuesday April 8th, 2008 at 730 PM will feature a Spring/Summer Weather Panel featuring the following folks:

Bill Babcock SKYWARN Program Leader

K1PAI-Roger Jeanfaivre Hartford-Tolland County CT SKYWARN Coordinator

K1SJW-Steve Williams Connecticut State SKYWARN Coordinator

WD4R-Julio Ripoll National Hurricane Center-WX4NHC Assistant Coordinator

KD1CY-Rob Macedo ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton

John-N1IWT, Program and Publicity Manager and Anne-K1STM, Net Manager are proud to be doing this program. This net is available via the following:

* The KB1EAV Connecticut Linked system: http://www.kb1aev.net

* The New England Reflector System (EchoLink *NEW-ENG* Node: 9123/IRLP 9123)

* The Fairhaven Repeater, 145.490, linked via IRLP

Other IRLP nodes could be linked in for the net for users who have access to those nodes.

Please join us for the TIPS Net this evening.

Thanks, SKYWARN Newsletter #252

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Boston ARC, Zola Center To Hold License In A Weekend Course

The Irving K. Zola Center for Persons with Disabilities, 20 Hartford Street, Newton Highlands, MA 02461 in collaboration with Boston Amateur Radio Club is offering a two-weekend Ham Radio Licensing Course for persons with disabilities.

Orientation; May 10, 2008, 11:00AM-12:00PM
Course: Friday, June 6, 2008,6:30PM-9:30PM,
Saturday, June 7, 2008, 9:00AM-4:00PM,
Sunday, June 8, 2008, 9:00AM-3:00PM

Join the fun of worldwide communication and local public service. Immediately after the course, the BARC staff will administer the required exam. Follow up support to get you on the air too. Cost of $ 40.00 includes textbook, class training, lunch Saturday and Sunday, and FCC license exam fee.

This class is open to men and women. Full scholarships are available for women with disabilities through a grant awarded to the Zola Center from “Avon Hello Tomorrow Fund.”

Space is limited. Contact Donna Suskawicz at 617 277-5131 or zolacenter@juno.com to register or for more information.

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Police Amateur Radio Team To Assist In Westford Apple Blossom Parade

Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford logoTerry Stader, KA8SCP writes on PART-L:

Once again, the ham radio community has been asked to assist as a communications resource for the Westford Apple Blossom Parade on Saturday, May 17th.

The parade starts around 10 AM and will start near the junction of Graniteville Rd and Main St. and ending at Abbot School. Duty will be from 8:30/9:00AM until 11:00AM/noon at the latest. You will need to bring a 2 meter walkie. We need about 10-12 operators for this event.

Most volunteers will be assigned to “shadow” various members of the Parade committee. We will also be manning the Special Operations Vehicle (which may actually be a parade participant) as well as the Net Control Station at the Police station. Our actual duty will not start till about 9:00AM but we need to get into the center of town (meet in the PD/Town Hall parking lot) before the roads are closed and we need to establish our assignments by 8:30 AM or so.

Please contact me if you are interested and can assist or need more information.

Terry Stader, KA8SCP
ka8scp@wb1gof.org

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Monthly ARES Net for April

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for April is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for April is Monday April 7th, 2008, 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.

We will have several interesting announcements for the net that 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!
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EMA Amateur Seeks Donations For “Beep Baseball” Trip

An Eastern MA amateur is asking for donations to help his Beep Baseball team, the Boston Renegades, afford a trip to the Beep Baseball World Series in Houston, Texas.

Joe O’Neill, KY1B of Chelmsford, who is blind, is very involved and has played in the sport for years. Beep Baseball is sponsored by the National Beep Baseball Association.

The sport is designed for visually impaired adults to play baseball. The ball beeps and is a modified, and oversized, softball. According to Wikipedia, “The bases are blue, nearly 5 feet tall, and have mostly foam interior with the electronics that cause it to buzz steadily when a switch is thrown. They are each placed 100 feet from homeplate and are in the equivalent positions to first and third bases in regular baseball.”

A video that demonstrates that sport can be viewed at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YXLodu9CcQ.

O’Neill is a long-time member of the Billerica Amateur Radio Society.

If you are interested in helping O’Neill and his fellow team members,visit the on-line donation site http://www.firstgiving.com/abc23.

Thanks, Billerica ARS Newsletter, April, 2008

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Boxboro 2008 Call For Speakers

New England Division Boxboro ConventionKen Caruso, WO1N, Boxboro Program Chairman writes:

We are well into the planning phases of the 2008 edition of the ARRL New England Division Convention. This is a call for speakers and other participants to fill out the convention program.

Note the new dates for the convention this year: August 22, 23 and 24.The venue is the same as it has been for many years now, Boxboro.

If you would like a return engagement, you are more than welcome. We have some 50+ hours of programming to fill. For those that have already contacted us, Thank You!

Please drop me a note indicating your willingness to participate. At this point a subject title is fine, if you are so prepared include a brief abstract.

If you are a representative of a club or organization (e.g. NESMC, CEMARC, MARS) we can help facilitate open forums or closed meetings by providing you a meeting room. We are asking organizations like this to please consider Sunday time slots.

Additionally club or organization information tables can be arranged. Please get your request in early. We are asking volunteer assistance in return for the table to help us with parking, ticket sales and other convention logistics.

Keep an eye on the web site, www.boxboro.org, for the latest information.

I look forward to meeting you at the convention,

Ken Caruso, WO1N
Boxboro Program Chairman
WO1N@ARRL.NET

–Thanks, Billerica ARS Newsletter, April, 2008

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KY1N List of New England VE Seesions, April 1, 2008

                         The KY1N Memorial List
Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations - CT MA ME NH RI VT
4/01/08
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
Date Time Contact Location Phone
04/05/08 09:00 Charles French, KB1LVP Bedford NH 603-487-5201
04/05/08 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
04/05/08 12:15 Ivan Lazure, N1OXA Lewiston ME 207-784-0350
04/05/08 09:00 Charles French, KB1LVP Manchester NH 603-487-5201
04/06/08 09:00 Richard Williamson, WA1YQE Milford CT 203-877-5020
04/08/08 18:30 Wilburn A Scott, WA1YNZ Presque Isle ME 207-455-8333
04/08/08 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
04/09/08 18:30 Ronald Pariseau, K1VSC Ashford CT 860-942-3632
04/09/08 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
04/10/08 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
04/10/08 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
04/11/08 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
04/11/08 19:00 Paul Gibson, N1TUP Manchester CT 860-643-2105
04/12/08 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
04/12/08 09:00 Steven Ewald, WV1X Newington CT 860-594-0265
04/12/08 10:30 Ron Manson, W1SSF Winslow ME 207-873-2071
04/13/08 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
04/14/08 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
04/15/08 19:00 Orrin Riggott, AB1EL Portland CT 860-223-8867
04/15/08 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
04/16/08 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
04/17/08 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
04/17/08 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
04/19/08 09:00 Don Tarbet, KD1XU Bangor ME 207-327-1453
04/19/08 10:00 Gregory Fitch, KB1EZJ Conway NH 603-356-3875
04/19/08 10:00 Walter Styslo, KA1DFH Farmington CT 860-529-8474
04/19/08 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
04/19/08 09:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX South Portland ME 207-799-1116
04/19/08 10:00 John Miller, N1UMJ Taunton MA 508-823-8837
04/21/08 19:00 Richard Strycharz Jr, KD1XP Amherst MA 413-665-2211
04/21/08 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
04/22/08 12:00 Adam Woodbury, K1ADW Bedford MA 781-271-3062
04/23/08 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
04/23/08 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
04/25/08 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
04/26/08 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
04/26/08 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
04/26/08 09:00 Jack P Garforth, N1JK Middletown RI 401-683-2250
04/26/08 09:00 Norm Smith, NY1B Rockland ME 207-354-6853
04/30/08 10:00 Joseph Lombardo, AI1G Southington CT 860-747-4864
05/03/08 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
05/03/08 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Deerfield NH 978-851-2886
05/04/08 09:00 Richard Williamson, WA1YQE Milford CT 203-877-5020
05/08/08 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
05/08/08 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
05/09/08 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
05/10/08 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
05/10/08 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
05/10/08 09:00 Steven Ewald, WV1X Newington CT 860-594-0265
05/10/08 10:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Topsham ME 207-799-1116
05/11/08 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
05/12/08 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
05/13/08 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
05/14/08 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
05/15/08 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
05/16/08 18:30 Albert Noble, AA1CZ Saco ME 207-642-8830
05/17/08 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
05/19/08 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
05/20/08 19:00 Orrin Riggott, AB1EL Portland CT 860-223-8867
05/21/08 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
05/21/08 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
05/23/08 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
05/24/08 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
05/24/08 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
05/28/08 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
05/31/08 14:30 George Rinalducci, KB1KBC Greenland NH 603-231-1392
05/31/08 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
06/01/08 09:00 Richard Williamson, WA1YQE Milford CT 203-877-5020
06/07/08 11:30 Frank Sileo, N1PE Bethel CT 203-438-0218
06/07/08 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
06/07/08 09:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Goshen CT 860-283-4089
06/07/08 09:00 *Don Tarbet, KD1XU Hermon ME 207-327-1453
06/07/08 08:00 Conrad Ekstrom, WB1GXM Newport NH 603-543-1389
06/08/08 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
06/09/08 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
06/10/08 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
06/11/08 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
06/12/08 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
06/12/08 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
06/13/08 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
06/14/08 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
06/14/08 09:00 Jack P Garforth, N1JK Middletown RI 401-683-2250
06/16/08 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
06/17/08 19:00 Orrin Riggott, AB1EL Portland CT 860-223-8867
06/18/08 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
06/18/08 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
06/19/08 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
06/21/08 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
06/21/08 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
06/21/08 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Nashua NH 603-673-7395
06/25/08 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
06/27/08 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
06/28/08 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
06/28/08 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-281-1408
06/28/08 09:00 Richard Barton, N1NCZ Milford CT 203-877-6514
06/29/08 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-281-1408
07/05/08 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
07/08/08 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
07/10/08 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
07/10/08 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
07/11/08 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
07/12/08 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
07/12/08 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
07/12/08 09:30 Ernest Laug, KA1NGG Stamford CT 203-348-3993
07/12/08 09:00 Norm Smith, NY1B Union ME 207-354-6853
07/13/08 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
07/15/08 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
07/16/08 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
07/17/08 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
07/17/08 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
07/19/08 09:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX South Portland ME 207-799-1116
07/21/08 19:00 Richard Strycharz Jr, KD1XP Amherst MA 413-665-2211
07/21/08 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
07/22/08 12:00 Adam Woodbury, K1ADW Bedford MA 781-271-3062
07/23/08 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
07/23/08 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
07/25/08 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
07/26/08 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
07/26/08 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
08/02/08 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
08/08/08 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
08/09/08 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
08/10/08 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
08/14/08 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
08/19/08 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
08/20/08 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
08/21/08 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
08/22/08 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
08/23/08 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
08/27/08 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
09/08/08 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
09/10/08 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
09/11/08 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
09/12/08 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
09/13/08 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
09/13/08 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
09/14/08 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
09/16/08 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
09/17/08 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
09/18/08 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
09/20/08 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
09/24/08 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
09/26/08 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
09/27/08 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
10/04/08 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
10/06/08 19:00 Dick Doherty, KA1TUZ Brookline MA 617-527-2968
10/08/08 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
10/09/08 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
10/10/08 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
10/11/08 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
10/12/08 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
10/16/08 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
10/18/08 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
10/21/08 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
10/22/08 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
10/22/08 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
10/24/08 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
10/25/08 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513

NOTES:
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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 2008 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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