Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holiday Season to All!

Hello to all..

On behalf of the entire Eastern Massachusetts ARES staff, we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holiday Season to all! We feel we had another successful year within Eastern Massachusetts ARES. While we did not have a significant deployment or significant ARESMAT as we did in 2008 with the ice storm, much work was done over the past year.

We held two successful section level Emergency Communications Workshops (Boston and Acushnet) which trained approximately 40 Amateurs within ARES. South Shore ARES completed a very successful Amateur Radio licensing class of 15 people with all 15 people obtaining their Ham license. An EMCOMM Workshop will be targeted for this group as we move into early next year. Cape Cod ARES has had several deployments and exercises with the Barnstable County Local Emergency Planning Committee including its most recent deployment the weekend of December 19th and 20th for the Blizzard of 2009 and their most recent multi agency sheltering exercise in November. They have also held several Amateur Radio licensing classes and workshops for those newly licensed Amateurs significantly increasing the number of ARES members on Cape Cod.

We held two section wide drills for 2009 and one district to district exercise between South Shore ARES and Cape Cod ARES. The first section wide exercise being the Massachusetts Statewide Hurricane drill on the first Monday in June and the second section wide drill was in November coinciding with the Cape Cod and Islands Mulit Sheltering exericse. Both exercises went very well with the November exercise being the most interesting and successful as there was less than 24 hour formal notice for the exercise, yet there were over 70 participants outside of Cape Cod and the Islands with close to 100 participants counting those involved on Cape Cod and the Islands. In addition, the May district to district exercise between South Shore and Cape Cod ARES was very successful and was setup more widely to cover the entire section in the November exercise because of its success.

We had 2 Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-by moblizations for the year. The first was for the remnants of Tropical Storm Danny in combination with the funeral of Senator Ted Kennedy. The second stand-by mobilization was the weekend of December 19th and 20th for the Blizzard of 2009. Neither required section wide ARES deployment though Hams were deployed to shelters on Cape Cod and the Islands during the Blizzard of 2009.

Along with auxiliary support for RACES at the city and town level for the various exercises and monthly RACES Nets, ARES also supported Non-Governmental Organization as required. Eastern Massachusetts ARES also continues its very strong support of the National Weather Service Taunton SKYWARN program and ARES members trained in SKYWARN provided reports across various weather events over the past year.

We are very proud and thankful for all your support of RACES, Eastern Massachusetts ARES, local and state Emergency Management and the National Weather Service. We look forward to working with all of you again in 2010! 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
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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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Secure Message for Blizzard of 2009

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES will secure its stand-by operation as of 20:00 EST.  The Blizzard of 2009 has departed the region leaving in its wake a widespread 1-2 foot snowfall across portions of Rhode Island, the South Coast, Cape and Islands. 

While wind gusts of over 60mph were reported in some instances, the amount of damage from this storm was minimal with the primary impact resulting from heavy snow accumulation.  With the storm moving away from the region, the threat for additional damage has passed thus allowing Eastern MA ARES to secure its operation.  A summary of wind and snowfall reports can be found below within this notice. 

We offer a special thanks to each and every Amateur Radio Operator that offered their assistance to this storm in some way, from EOC/Shelter operations to relaying critical weather information to the NWS.  Without all of us working together as a team this tremendous effort would not have taken place.  It should be noted that we received a tremendous amount of gratitude from local Boston Meteorologist Matt Noyes from NECN who was receiving our reports in real-time and promoting Amateur Radio SKYWARN during his live coverage of the storm. 

Please forward to us any storm photos you may have from this past event.  These photos are used frequently in video slide shows that promote ARES and SKYWARN across the region.  To view previous videos, please visit http://video.nsradio.org/.

Here are the snowfall, wind and damage reports that many Amateur Radio Operators across 4 states provided to the National Weather Service in Taunton Massachusetts:

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement on Snowfall and Wind Reports:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nous41.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nwus51.KBOX.html

Thanks again to all for their continued help and 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 #: (508) 346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://www.wx1box.org
http://ares.ema.arrl.org

 

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES on Stand-By for Major Nor'easter/Blizzard – Saturday 12/19 8 PM Through Sunday Evening 12/20

Hello to all..

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO BE PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR POSSIBLE MOBILIZATION STARTING AT 8 PM ET SATURDAY LASTING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING FOR MAJOR NOR’EASTER/BLIZZARD TO AFFECT PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION***

***SKYWARN ACTIVATION WITH OPS AT NWS TAUNTON WILL COMMENCE AT 6 PM ET THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON***

With the impacts of a major nor’easter/blizzard clearly defined, we will be placing Eastern Massachusetts ARES in stand-by mode from 6 PM ET Saturday through Sunday Evening for the impact of this major nor’easter/blizzard to affect portions of the Eastern Massachusetts section. Blizzard and Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the Eastern Massachusetts section. Please see the Blizzard Coordination Message posted at the link below:

http://www.wx1box.org/node/117

The Massachusetts State Emergency Operation Center Headquarters in Framingham along with the Region 1 MEMA Tewksbury office will be in partial activation starting at 9 PM. Region Two MEMA office in Bridgewater will be active between  7-9 PM to monitor this major coastal storm. A Public Advisory on State EOC activation can be seen at the following link:

http://ares.ema.arrl.org/local/MEMA_SEOC_Activation.doc

We will place the town of Bridgewater EOC as the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Incident Command Post on stand-by. We will, however, activate the Acushnet EOC sub-regional ARES command center due to the most significant impact of the storm being over South Coastal Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands.

We’d like to have ARES personnel assist with SKYWARN reporting of snowfall, whiteout conditions, thunderstorms with heavy snow as well as any wind damage and power outages. Keep your situational awareness level high for any updates from ARES leadership by checking your email for updates and our ares web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org, monitoring local SKYWARN/ARES/RACES frequencies and reporting into the nets and monitor local media on this potentially significant storm.

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.

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 #: (508) 346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://www.wx1box.org
http://ares.ema.arrl.org

 

 

 

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New England Area Ham-Electronic Flea Markets

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market 


All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~

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2010                                                    Contact          Source
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6 Feb Chelsea ME AARA @Crystal Falls                 Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075 A+

13 Feb Marlboro MA AARC @MiddleSc $5@9 $20/T@6:30     Tim KA1OS 978 333 1329 F+

27 Feb Colchester VT HAM-CON @Hampton $8@8 $15@6:30  Mitch W1SJ 802 879 6589 W+

28 Feb Hicksville NY LIMARC @LevittHal $6@9 $20@7 Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937  

6 Mar Feeding Hills MA MtTARA @TurnverneinClb        Mary N1TOY 413 967 4008 A+

20 Mar Dayville CT ECARA @StJoseph Ch                Paul KE1LI 860 928 2456  +

21 Mar Southington CT SARA @HS $5@8 $20/T@6:15        Norm W3IZ 860 584 1403 F

10 Apr Middletown NY OCARC @Wallkill ComCtr         Bruce K2ULZ 845 562 4226 A

17 April Lindenhurst NY GSBARC @FiremanPk            John W2HCB 631 669 6321 A

17,18 Apr Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~  John 781 592 2553 F


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STM REPORT EMA SECTION NOVEMBER 2009

STM REPORT EMA SECTION NOVEMBER 2009

NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       30    391   183   376   N1TPU
EMRIPN      22    77    61    177   WA1FNM
HHTN        23    74    80    341   K1YCQ
WARPSN      05    09    91    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic  QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
N1IQI       1556        120
W1GMF       997         120
KW1U        798         NA
N1LKJ       503         120
N1UMJ       489         130
K1YCQ       326         110
KD1LE       96          105
KK1X        19          79
W1PLK       14          NA
WA1FNM      02          NA

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

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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for December 2009

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for December is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for December is Monday December 7th, 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 
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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