Ham Class At Harvard Wireless Club, 3/31

Harvard Wireless Club logoClayton Nall, NF1R writes on HWC-List:

Chip Coldwell [W1CMC] has graciously agreed to teach a four-week licensing course for a couple of undergrads Tuesdays at 7 pm, starting March 31.

We would love to have more people in the class (of all ages, but especially undergrads). If you know anyone who’s expressed interest in ham radio, we’d love to get them into the class. Feel free to put them in touch with me or Chip (coldwell@frank.harvard.edu).

 

 

 

 

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Cape Ann ARA Hosts North Shore/Cape Ann Emergency Preparedness Coalition

Cape Ann Emergency Preparedness Coalition meeting at CAARA, 2/26/09 On Thursday, February 26, 2009 the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association held an open house for the North Shore/Cape Ann Emergency Prepardness Coalition. This coalition includes 15 Local Boards of Health and other health departments, including the American Red Cross and FEMA.

CAARA President Curtis Wright, AA3JE led a presentation which included how North Shore ARES responded during last December’s ice storm, as well as what Amateur Radio is and how it can be utilized  during a health care emergency. Afterward, a Morse code demonstration was conducted by Rick Maybury, WZ1B.

At the conclusion of the presentations, several health care professionals in attendance signed up for the Tech License In A Day course led by Stanley Stone, W4HIX.

–Thanks, CAARA News, April 2009

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Whitman ARC To Demonstrate Ham Radio At Youth Fair

Whitman ARC logoThe Whitman Amateur Radio Club will host an amateur radio table and demonstration at a youth fair at the Masonic Temple, 1170 Hancock Street in Quincy, MA on April 28, 2009 from 10AM until 3PM.

The display, requested by Pete Carlson, N1POO will feature Whitman ARC members explaining amateur radio to those individuals attending the fair. “We hope to put the young adults on the air using the Whitman repeater.”

Whitman ARC members are asked to monitor the repeater and answer the children when the control operators put them on the air for a contact.

Whitman ARC member Bill Hayden, N1FRE is coordinating the event. Anyone interested in helping out should contact N1FRE at wf.hayden at verizon dot net. Set up begins at 9AM.

–Thanks, Whitman ARC Spectrum, March 2009

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Falmouth ARA To Donate Library Books

Falmouth ARA logoFalmouth Amateur Radio Association members have voted to purchase the ARRL “Library Set” of books and manuals for donation to the Falmouth Library. The new volumes are intended to replace the old, outdated books currently on display. The motion, made by FARA President Geoff Way, KA1IOR and seconded by board member William Fleck, K2LYE passed on a voice vote.

–Thanks, FARA Newsletter, March, 2009

 


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W1AA Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse Operation on 3/21/09

W1AA/Minot's LedgeK1VV and K1WCC plan to activate Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse USA 502 in Scituate, MA as W1AA on Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 7:30 AM EDT (1130 UTC) until about 2:00 PM EDT (1800 UTC).

“Whitey” Doherty, K1VV notes that he and Henry will begin operations on 75 meters around 3996 kHz plus/minus 5 kHz. “We will go to 40 phone around 7234 when 75 runs dry. We’ll be on 14270 plus/minus later in the morning. If we experience QRM, we’ll QSY above 14310. And if band conditions allow, we will also try 18150 +-.”

K1VV says that they will be QRV on CW at approximately on the half hour, on 7035, 10116, 14035, and 18080 kHz, plus or minus QRM.

DX QSLs can be sent via the Bureau. Stateside cards should be sent to W1AA with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the QRZ.com address. Whitey reminds everyone that postal rates for first class envelopes climbs to $0.44 on May 11, 2009.

K1VV adds, “Minot’s Ledge will be our 69th lighthouse activation.”

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Belmont CERT Members Receive SKYWARN Training

KD1CY presenting SKYWARN training to Belmont CERT members, 1 of 2Members of the Belmont Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) received training on how to recognize severe, violent, and unusual weather conditions. Rob Macedo, KD1CY, a 14-year veteran of the National Weather Service SKYWARN program presented to the attendees at Belmont High School on March 12.

Similar SKYWARN severe weather training will be held next month at the Dexter and Southfield Schools in Brookline.

KD1CY presenting SKYWARN training to Belmont CERT members, 2 of 2

Shown (right): CERT attendees; (left): Rob Macedo, KD1CY. Photos © 2009 Bill Ricker, N1VUX, reprinted with permission

 

 

 

 

 

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Follow A 1000-foot Tower Climb via UHF on March 15, 2009

large towerRich Zack, K1RJZ writes on FraminghamARA-L:

Sunday night between 9PM and 1AM (or later), Kurt Jackson, W1OBQ will be climbing the WCVB microwave tower behind You-do-it electronics to the 1000ft level.  No elevator, just climb the hard it way.

If you want to listen in and have a scanner, he will be operating on the 450.4125 MHz which is normally the WCVB chopper freq repeater.

Climb #1 on Sunday will be to fix a bad copper control line and take up microwave gear to be installed on the next climb.  The microwave gear will be in backpacks.

Climb #2 is tba as two TV and one FM station again need to go dark for RF safety reasons. The will be to install the gear that went up in climb #1.

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Boston ARC Assists In BAA 5K Race

Boston ARC logoBob Salow, WA1IDA writes:

For many years, on the day before the Boston Marathon, there was an informal run on the streets of Boston.  That all changed last year when Boston was awarded the US Olympic Women’s Marathon Trials.  The Boston Amateur Radio Club responded with communication support for the 26.2 mile event run in Boston and Cambridge.

This year, to keep the date and advance the running sport, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) will hold a sanctioned 5K (3.1 miles) race followed by a series of 1 mile races for the state’s best high school runners.  All races will start near and finish at the Boston Marathon Finish line.

We have been asked to provide ham communications for these events.  The date is Sunday, 19 April, with hams assembling at 0700 near the Boston Public Library (more details later).  All events are expected to be over by 1100.

Note that there will be no interference with preparations for the Boston Marathon the next day.  If you can assist or have any questions, contact me at wa1ida@arrl.net or 508.650.9440.

Thanks, Boston ARC, The SPARC, March 2009

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STM REPORT EMA SECTION FEBRUARY 2009

STM REPORT EMA SECTION FEBRUARY 2009

NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       27    541   146   416   N1TPU
HHTN        22    945   94    369   K1YCQ
EMRIPN      20    127   73    245   WA1FNM
WAPSN       04    02    71    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic  QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
W1GMF       1538        120
N1IQI       1398        110
N1UMJ       1178        165
KW1U        797         120
N1LKJ       372         120
K1YCQ       354         120
NG1A        198         105
KD1LE       57          105
N1XLO       34          NA
KK1X        11          111
WA1FNM      04          NA

BPL EARNED 500 OR MORE: N1IQI  W1GMF  N1UMJ  KW1U
Congratulations on a job WELL DONE.
Jim N1LKJ

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Call For Volunteers–Walk For Hunger, May 3, 2009

Project Bread logoEric Horwitz, KA1NCF writes:

Greetings! This is for Boston, MA area hams. It is that time again… Public Service season is here. We are now looking for help for this year’s Project Bread Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 3, 2009.

This will be the 41st running of the event. We need people to provide communications support for the Project Bread Staff and volunteers along the 20 mile walk in Boston, MA.

If you are interested in helping out this year, go to http://wfh.mmra.org to log in and fill out the signup form.

If you have questions please send an email to: w4h@nsradio.org

73,
Eric – KA1NCF
Walk For Hunger 2009
Amateur Radio Communications Coordinator
Email: w4h@nsradio.org

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New England Area Flea Markets, March 1, 2009

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2009 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~

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2009 Contact Source
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7 March Feeding Hills MA MTARA @TurnvereinClb Cindy K1ISS 413 568 1175 W

8 Mar Hicksville NY LIMARC @LevitH $6@9+$20/T@7 Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 W

14 Mar Rockport MA CAARA @PigeonCoveCtr $3@9 $10/T Dick KR1G 508 269 4941

21 Mar Pomfret CT ECARA @CommSch $2@8 $10/T Paul KE1LI 860 928 2456 F

22 March Southington CT SARA @HS $5@8 $20/T@6:15 Chet KA1ILH 860 628 9346 W

28 Mar Middletown NY OCARC @Wallkill ComCtr Donald AA2DS 845 342 2056 A

28 Mar Lewiston ME AARC ME Conv @Ramada $6@8 +8/T Cory N1URA 207 514 0202

28 Mar Laval PQ CRLL @PolyGeorgesVanier $5@9 $10/T@7:30 514 708 8033 W+

29 March Framingham MA FARA @KeefeSch $5@9 $25/T@7:30 Bev N1LOO 508 626 2012 F

29 Mar Henniker NH CVRC @CommSch Jim NS1E 603 428 7438 A

11 April Montreal PQ MARC @CanLegion $5@9 $10/T@8 James 514 697 7205 W+

18 Apr Manchester NH NEAntqRC @BingoCtr $10@7:30$3@8:30 Charlie 603 898 4821 F

18 Apr S Portland ME PAWA @AmLegion Bryce K1GAX 207 799 1116 A+

18 Apr Gales Ferry CT RASON @Firehse $2@10 Auction Gary WT1SND 860 884 4218 +

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

25,26 Apr Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~ John 781 592 2553 W+

26 April Lagrangeville NY MtBARC @Tymor Pk James K2JIM 845 427 2702 A

1,2 May Deerfield NH NearFest @FG $10Fri@9 $5Sat@6 Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 F

2 May Moncton NB TCARC @MapletonLodge @9 Bruce VE9YM W+

9 May Lindenhurst NY GSBARC @FiremanPk $6@8:30 $25/T John W2HCB 631 669 6321 W

9 May Rensselaer NY EGARA Thomas KC2FCP 518 272 1498 A

9 May Halifax NS H+DARC @ForumAnnex $4@9 Dave VE1NN 902 462 3945 W+

17 May Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F

23 May Vernon CT NARC @TolandAg Wayne N1GUS 860 487 1921 A+
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Genesis ARS Technician Class: June 13, 20, 2009

Genesis ARS logoThe Genesis Amateur Radio Society‘s Education Officer reports that the tentative dates of June 13 and June 20 have been scheduled for a Technician class at the Plymouth Airport. The testing will take place on June 27.

VEs and instructor volunteers within the club ranks are requested. April 4 will be the cut-off date. April 11 will be a general meeting for the instructors, possibly at the airport. After Field Day, GARS plans to conduct a Morse code course. Those dates will be announced later.

Thanks, GARS Newsletter, February 2009

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Organizational Announcement

For continued growth in an organization, changes are needed to create depth and further growth and to establish leadership succession and support for existing leadership when unavailable. Several individuals within the Eastern Massachusetts ARES program have provided robust support of the program and have been doing work above and beyond their responsibility. In addition, other individuals within the program are doing an excellent job within their role and we recognize their contributions within the Eastern Massachusetts ARES program and the fact that they will continue in their roles working together with others within the Eastern Massachusetts ARES program that will have an increased role within the program. We also realize that none of this would be possible without the ARES members, Assistant Emergency Coordinators, Emergency Coordinators and Assistant District Emergency Coordinators who work hard to support the program. To support the organization going forward, the following organizational changes will be made effective immediately.

 

Carl Aveni-N1FY will be moved into the role of Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator. Through his working relationship with the Bridgewater EMA Director, Herb Lemon-KC1ZW, Eastern Massachusetts ARES has had full access to the town of Bridgewater EOC to be utilized as a net control center for drills, ARES/storm activations, and other events such as the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and the Operation Atlas Drill in 2005. Carl has been working on projects involving area hospitals and has also been a tremendous supporter of operations at the National Weather Service in Taunton and has been a main alternate contact for NWS Taunton operations. He has also built a solid South Shore ARES program with the assistance of several ARES Emergency Coordinators and assistants. Carl has recently retired after over 30 years with the Brockton VA Hospital and has devoted much of his spare time to projects within Eastern Massachusetts ARES as well as the Eastern Massachusetts section staff. We are very appreciative to Carl for accepting this new role.

 

Jim Palmer-KB1KQW will also be moved into the role of Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator. Jim Palmer is a younger Amateur who has done a superb job in his role assisting Eric Horwitz-KA1NCF with North Shore ARES and assisting the NWS Taunton and Gray Maine SKYWARN programs. In addition, Jim served as the ARESMAT Coordinator for the Gardner ARESMAT during the major ice storm of December 11th-12th 2008 and supported operations from the Massachusetts State EOC during the recovery phase of the ice storm. Jim brings youth and enthusiasm to the program and has assisted me in many ways and both the ARES and SKYWARN programs would not be where they are without his assistance not only to Eric-KA1NCF but to myself as well and we are glad that Jim has accepted this position.

 

Eric Horwitz-KA1NCF will continue in his role as North Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator (DEC). As many folks across the section and in particular the North Shore are aware, Eric and Jim have had a very good working relationship over the years. This organizational move reflects the strength of this working relationship in that Eric was willing to have Jim accept this role when I asked and Jim will act much in the way some managers do in professional circles where he will continue to work under Eric on North Shore ARES matters but assist the section when the SEC is unavailable and at my direction when needed and Eric will support Jim in that capacity when needed. This is no way a bad reflection on Eric and his leadership but an understanding of what Eric has to balance from a personal/family/career versus volunteer work perspective. In addition, this is much in the way Mike Neilsen and I have operated with Mike as Section Manager and myself as SEC. Many times Mike has acted in a capacity where I was in the lead and the opposite has been true in other matters. The plan is for a similar relationship to exist with Jim in his Assistant SEC role and Eric continuing in his North Shore ARES DEC role and I am thankful to both of them for their support and allowing this arrangement to take place as it is very much needed to grow the organization and to allow us to sustain the momentum of our program.

 

Phil McNamara-N1XTB has accepted the role of South Shore ARES DEC covering much of Southeast Massachusetts. Phil has been working very hard with Carl to build the South Shore ARES program and to also be a liaison to the various military branches of the Military Affiliated Radio System (MARS). Phil has also been the key provider and technologist of our Eastern Massachusetts ARES database that was used significantly during the Ice Storm ARESMAT and to track the growth and sustainability of our program and the resources that Eastern Massachusetts ARES has as a section and we are working to expand this to be a complete EMCOMM database that involves all interested parties and programs. Phil has also been working with several towns and groups in Southeast Massachusetts including Plymouth, Duxbury, Carver and Middleboro to establish Amateur Radio support in these areas. Clearly, Phil has stepped up to perform a role that is more like an ARES DEC versus his current EC role and Phil has graciously accepted to step up and perform this duty for our section.

 

Frank O’Laughlin-WQ1O is continuing in his role as Cape Cod and Islands ARES District Emergency Coordinator and remains a critical part of our organization. Frank has seen a significant expansion to his program with several Amateur Radio classes done resulting in many new Amateurs on Cape Cod and right after those Amateur Radio classes have taken place, Frank has led Amateur Radio EMCOMM classes for those new Amateurs. Frank recently conducted a Cape Cod ARES cold weather drill in January and continues the weekly Cape Cod ARES Net on the 146.955 MHz Barnstable Repeater. Frank O’Laughlin and Dan Howard-K1DYO also assisted the Massachusetts State EOC operations in the recovery phase of the December Ice Storm. We will continue to work closely with Frank in his role in the Eastern Massachusetts ARES program.

 

Steve Telsey-N1BDA is continuing in his role as Middlesex County ARES District Emergency Coordinator. Steve also continues his role as managing the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net that meets on the first Monday of each month (except for first Monday of the month holidays). Steve has assisted with activities for the Northern Middlesex County ARES group and has supported getting CERT members their Amateur Radio license across areas bordering the metro Boston area. Steve also supported Massachusetts State EOC operations during the recovery phase of the December Ice Storm as well.

 

Steve Schwarm-W3EVE is continuing in his role as Field Operations DEC and assisting with Norfolk County as required. Steve has also supported operations during the recovery phase of the December Ice Storm and also supported Hurricane Matt drill operations from NWS Taunton in August of 2008. Steve is still a resource that is available to support Eastern Massachusetts ARES as required.

 

Blake Haskell-K1BTH is continuing in his role as Metro Boston ARES DEC. Blake, who has recovered from some illnesses, continues to work with various agencies in the Boston area including Boston Emergency Management and the Strategic National Stockpile as well as a few hospitals in the Metro Boston area. Blake will be continuing to grow these relationships and will work to add more depth to the Metro Boston ARES organization now that he has recovered from his illnesses.

 

Mark Duff-KB1EKN is continuing in his role as Public Safety Liaison DEC. Mark has been assisting the Eastern Massachusetts ARES staff in this advisory role to give us a perspective on the public safety side of what is happening and how it could affect the Amateur Radio community given his role as Fire Chief of the town of Hingham. He also advises the staff of organizational changes on the public safety side and any impact on the Amateur Radio community and advises if any cities or towns are interested in support from the Amateur Radio community so we can involve appropriate folks from both RACES and ARES to support those areas.

 

We have a number of ARES Emergency Coordinators and Assistant District Emergency Coordinators who will continue in their roles as well. We would not be successful without these individuals and we appreciate all of their efforts as well. If additional individuals would like to step up in these roles, please contact the ARES DEC, our new Assistant Section Emergency Coordinators or myself for assistance. We also have a few folks that we’ve identified for some of these roles that we will be working with over the next few weeks.

 

We also have over 400 ARES members across our section. Without all of you, none of the leadership organizational changes that we have made would matter, as it’s all of you that help us be successful and make a difference. We appreciate all of your support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES and the NWS Taunton SKYWARN program and look forward to continue to work with you and support all of you in making Eastern Massachusetts ARES the best it can be.

 

Finally, I would like to encourage new folks that are interested in Eastern Massachusetts ARES to please fill out the ARES Registration Form off of our Eastern Massachusetts ARES web site and contact your local EC, DEC, ASEC or SEC with questions or assistance on the program. For existing ARES members that are in the database, I encourage you to login and make sure your contact information is updated and that you create a training record to track your training and list any equipment resources you have available. A link to both the Eastern Massachusetts ARES web site and the Eastern Massachusetts ARES registration form and database are listed below:

 

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Registration Form and Database: https://secure.ema.arrl.org/ares/ARES_about

 

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Web Site:

http://ares.ema.arrl.org/

 

Thanks to all of you for your support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES. We hope these organizational changes will recruit more Amateurs to get involved with ARES and SKYWARN and provide the leadership growth, succession and depth required to continue to the strengthen the program.

 

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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