Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Mobilization Secured at 630 PM ET Saturday August 29th, 2009

Hello to all…

…EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES STAND-BY MOBILIZATION SECURED AT 630 PM ET SATURDAY AUGUST 29TH, 2009…

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Standby Mobilization for the Kennedy Funeral and the Nor’easter storm associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Danny is secured at 630 PM Saturday August 29th, 2009. Thanks to all ARES folks who checked their go-kits and assisted with reports during the nor’easter associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Danny.

The Nor’easter brought the advertised 3-5″ of rain across Southeast New England with 1.5-3″ rainfall amounts common in Southern New Hampshire, Central and Northeastern Massachusetts. This produced some urban and poor drainage flooding and caused small rivers and streams to rise to near or just short of bankful. Winds briefly kicked up around the coast with 40-50 MPH wind gusts across East Coastal and South Coastal Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands. One report from an elevated wind platform at 60 feet in Horseshoe Shoals had a wind gust of 53 MPH/61 Knots associated with the storm. The winds were brief and were likely convective in nature except for some backside winds reported in some areas between 5-6 PM Saturday Evening. Rainfall and wind reports can be seen via the links below:

Local Storm Report on Wind Damage and Flood Reports:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nwus51.KBOX.html

Public Information Statement on Rainfall Reports:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nous41.KBOX.html

The Kennedy funeral also went flawlessly and without incident in Boston Massachusetts earlier today. The State EOC was operational and secured at 2 PM for this event and for the nor’easter storm that affected the area. Once again, thanks to all who supported the stand-by mobilization and thanks to all for their continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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://www.wx1box.org
http://ares.ema.arrl.org

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Help Requested For Jimmy Fund Walk, 9/13

Jimmy Fund logoSteve Schwarm, W3EVE writes:

I need several more hams to help with the Jimmy Fund Walk Sunday Sept. 13. This event is run on the Boston Marathon course and runs for most of the day. The majority of the activity is on the last half of the course. We have hams on the buses like the Marathon and a ham at each first aid/water station. This is a low key activity. We use 2 meters for this event.

Drop me an email if you can help. If you have questions feel free to call my cell phone at 508-922-9688.

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-by Mobilization Saturday for Danny and Kennedy Funeral

Hello to all..

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO BE PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR POSSIBLE MOBILIZATION STARTING AT 6 AM ET SATURDAY LASTING THROUGH 12 AM ET SUNDAY FOR IMPACTS OF TROPICAL STORM DANNY AND FRONTAL SYSTEM INTERACTION ALONG WITH THE SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY FUNERAL PROCEEDINGS IN BOSTON FOR SATURDAY MORNING***

 

***SKYWARN ACTIVATION WITH OPS AT NWS TAUNTON WILL COMMENCE AT 5 AM ET THROUGH LATE SATURDAY EVENING/EARLY SUNDAY MORNING***

 

With the impacts of Tropical Storm Danny and his interaction with a frontal system potentially bringing 3-6” of rainfall and the potential for strong to damaging winds near and just inland from the coast coupled with the fact that there are a significant amount of dignitaries present for the Senator Kennedy Funeral, Eastern Massachusetts ARES will be placed on stand-by to cover the storm and potential flooding and damaging wind issues as well as any exigencies with the Senator Kennedy funeral.  

 

While the intensity and track of Tropical Storm Danny is uncertain, there remains the potential for flooding rains and strong to damaging winds as Danny interacts with a couple other approaching storm systems. There is the potential for a strong hybrid system to bring 3-6” of rain and strong winds of 50-60 MPH on Cape Cod and the Islands and 40-50 MPH along East and South Coastal Massachusetts. While this would normally be handled simply as a SKYWARN Activation, there is an outside chance of something stronger and that needs to be watched. This coupled with the fact that we have a large number of dignitaries in the Metro Boston area for the Senator Kennedy funeral means we should be alert for any issues that could occur with the storm or the funeral or a combination of both events.

 

We will activate the town of Bridgewater EOC as the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Incident Command Post. We will also activate the Acushnet EOC over the course of the day Saturday to assist with storm reporting and monitoring any other exigencies pertaining to the Kennedy funeral.

 

We’d like to have ARES personnel assist with SKYWARN reporting of flooding of rivers, streams and urban areas as well as any wind damage. Keep your situational awareness level high from any updates from ARES leadership by checking your email for updates and our ares web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org and monitor local media on the funeral for Senator Kennedy.

 

What is ARES Stand-By mode?

ARES stand-by mode is to alert Amateurs within ARES that a mobilization is possible on a wide-scale and that some localized mobilizations are or could be taking place in isolated areas. It means to take a look at your Go-Kit and have batteries and equipment ready to go and charged up and take care of any requirements at home in case a mobilization is required and you can participate. Do NOT self-deploy. Wait for guidance from leadership for any deployment. It is an honor to be ready even if you don’t deploy for the event.  Hopefully, this is just another exercise of our preparedness and capabilities. If not, the ARES leadership looks forward to working with you if any wide scale mobilization is required after the impact of this major storm to the region or an issue arises at the Kennedy funeral.

 

Thanks for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator 
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://www.wx1box.org
http://ares.ema.arrl.org

 

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Salvation Army Field Exercise, Sept. 26, 2009 (UPDATED)

SATERN logoFrank Murphy, N1DHW writes:

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services has planned a Field Exercise on Saturday, 26 September at Camp Wonderland in Sharon, MA.  This event will focus on disaster operations training for key members of the Command staff and Volunteers.  We have participated in this event for several years, and ham radio support has been and continues to be a vital part of this exercise.  The drill will simulate a specific, large scale disaster response, and work on building response capacity in a number of different areas.

The drill will begin with registration at 0830, followed by a Disaster Services Organization role-specific training from 0930 to 1030, with the live exercise beginning at 1030.  Lunch will be served from canteen kitchens as part of the drill.  A brief time for assessment is planned before the event is completed at 1545pm.

Communications will be managed from the fully outfitted Communications van as in a realistic situation.  About 20 hams are urgently needed for assignments as shadows for Salvation Army commanders and managers, specific field operations, and at the food and supply locations.

If you are able to participate, or have any questions, please contact me at n1dhw@arrl.net.

–Thanks, Boston ARC The SPARC, August, 2009

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Hurricane Bill Safety Outreach

This message contains some points with regard to the approach of Hurricane Bill near our area.  Although the impact of the storm appears to be no greater than what we would experience during other times of the year, the storm could be especially dangerous to boating and beach enthusiasts.

I am requesting that you assist our safety outreach in the following ways:

1.    Remind friends and family about the dangers of storm generated surf, which may be especially prudent since the hot weather may beckon people to go swimming.  There are many websites that explain the “riptide” phenomena and safety measures.
2.    Please listen for ham maritime mobile stations and verify they have current storm information.  Please encourage them to monitor the weather radio, and if they tell you they are using a marine radio, remind them to monitor Marine channels 16 (156.8 MHz) and 22A (157.1 MHz).
3.    For those of you on the coast this weekend, please report all flooding and “splash-over” (water carried ashore by crashing waves) to SKYWARN observers.
4.    If you (especially our SKYWARN cadre) are asked by other citizens what you think about the storm, encourage these folks to familiarize themselves with the storm by visiting National Weather Service (NWS) websites, listening to weather radio, and watching TV and web broadcasts.  Remind people that weather safety issues are exclusively the responsibility of the NWS.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

de W1MPN

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ARRL – The national association for Amateur Radio™

Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
w1mpn@arrl.org

 

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STM REPORT EMA SECTION JULY 2009

STM REPORT EMA SECTION JULY 2009

NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       30    296   203   454   N1TPU
EMRIPN      27    131   76    246   WA1FNM
HHTN        23    81    90    324   K1YCQ
WARPSN      04    08    59    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic  QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
W1GMF       992         120
N1IQI       642         110
KW1U        497         120
N1LKJ       430         120
K1YCQ       324         110
N1UMJ       314         320
KD1LE       60          300
KK1X        37          320
WA1FNM      12          NA

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

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New England Area Flea Markets 08/07/09

 

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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8 Aug Gales Ferry CT RASON @VFD $4@9 $15/T@7       Wayne KB1NKK 206 350 3064

8 Aug St Albans ME PARC                           George WA1JMM 207 441 6112 A

15 Aug Swamton VT STARC I89x21 @RavenInd $5@6 +$5/Sp  Arn N1ARN 802 309 0666 F

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

16 Aug Adams MA NoBARC @BoweFld $5@8 $10/sp@7          Al K1SAV 413 743 1619 W+

22 Aug Salem NH N1HIT @HRO  $10/sp           Dave N1FCC fleamarket@n1hit.org F+

12 Sept Windsor ME AARA @FG $5@8                     Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075 

12 Sept Ballston Spa NY SCRACES @FG $5@7              Al KA1IEG 518 677 3316 

12 Sept Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Tailgate   John 860 673 0518 W

13 Sept Newtown CT CARA@TownHall $6@8:30 $15/T$10TG@7 Joe AB1DO 203 938 4880 W

13 Sept Dartmouth MA SEMARA @54 Donald St B@9 S@8      Tim N1TI 508 758 3680  +

19 Sept Forestdale RI RIFMRS @VFW rt146 8A flea+auct Rick K1KYI 401 864 9611 

19 Sept Alton NH MASONS @Lodge @7 Tg$10 $20/inside T  Bob W1GWU 603 776 0086

19 Sept Alexander ME StCVARC                        Mike KB1GEO 207 427 3058 A

19 Sept Omeaux PQ WIARC @Shriner's $5@9 $15/T@8      Ken VE2KLF              R+
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CAARA To Activate Thatchers I. August 7-9, 2009

Cape Ann ARA logoThe Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association has again set up to operate amateur radio on Thatchers Island, off Cape Ann from Friday, August 07, 2009 at 05:00 PM until Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 6:00 PM EDT.

According to CAARA’s Briggs Longbothum, AB2NJ, “The Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a ‘Special Use Permit’ for the club’s activity at the North Tower.” Briggs adds, “The Thatchers Island Association is being very supportive of our plans.

CAARA intends to stream live video of the operation via UStream from its web site. To view the festivities, visit the current home page at: http://caara.net.

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Framingham ARA To Participate In CERT/MRC Emergency Readiness Fair

Gordy Bello, K1GB writes:

On Sunday Sept. 13, [the Framingham Amateur Radio Association] will be taking part in the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) Emergency Readiness Fair at the Peter Noyes School in Sudbury from 12 noon to 3 PM.  There will be other organizations represented as well.

This is a great PR opportunity to inform the public about EMCOMM.  We will be speaking to the public and handing out brochures, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cape Cod ARES Supports Funeral Services for Marine Cpl. Nicholas Xiarhos

Hello to all..

At the request of the Cape Cod Incident Management Team and the Cape Cod Red Cross, Cape Cod ARES provided support for the funeral services of Marine Corporal Nicholas Xiarhos who died in the line of duty in Afghanistan in late July. Cape Cod ARES District Emergency Coordinator Frank O’Laughlin-WQ1O provides his after action report via the PDF document below:

http://ares.ema.arrl.org/local/CCARES_After-Action_FuneralSrvcs_Marine_Cpl._Nicholas_Xiarhos_07-31-09.pdf

It was an honor and privilege for Cape Cod ARES to participate. On behalf of Eastern Massachusetts ARES, I’d like to thank Cape Cod ARES for their support of this event.

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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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for August 2009

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for August is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for August is Monday August 3rd, 2009, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. This is after the RACES Nets earlier in the evening. For frequencies that will be linked into the ARES Net on the MMRA Network, please see the following link from the MMRA web site and the repeaters that will be linked in will be through Hub 1:

http://www.mmra.org/repeaters/map.html

In addition, if the Echo-IRLP node on the MMRA hub is available, we will likely link that to the New England Reflector system on IRLP 9123/Echolink Conference *NEW-ENG* Node: 9123.

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!

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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