Get on the Air Activity from the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association

Hi,

I’m Jim, WA1GPO, one of the directors for (FARA) the Falmouth Amateur radio association. FARA is working to encourage operators to become more active. Generally speaking the amateur bands have been ‘quiet’; this may be due to the low sunspot activity or just the pace of the world we live  in, we don’t know. We’re hoping to try to generate a little interest in the local area with various ‘on the air’ activities. Everyone appears to have a 2m radio so that seems like a logical place to start.

Our first activity is a 2m QSO party, it’s on Sunday, May 30 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Sunday evenings are generally quiet so hopefully most operators will find it a convenient time. The major objective is to simply encourage folks to turn on a radio and to have a little fun!! It is a simplex (direct) style of operation, repeater contacts do not count  however repeaters may be utilized to solicit simplex contacts and to generate a little more activity!!

To make it a little more interesting we’re encouraging others in the SEMA area to participate as well.  I’d like to ask your assistance in spreading the word; if your group has a local net perhaps the net control could mention the activity, a few fliers at club meeting would be helpful, a mention in the club newsletter, a mailing list … the more activity we can stimulate the better.

If this activity is successful we would like to do more; different bands, modes, VHF/HF, whatever sparks an interest. Comments or suggestions would be most welcome. Please feel free to invite other groups or individuals to participate.

The pdf  which describes in detail the QSO party is available on the Falmouth ARA web site at; www.falara.org under FARA Events at the top of the page.

If there are any questions I may be reached via email or on my cell at 508-498-075.

Thank you for your support.

Jim, WA1GPO

 

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Mobilization Effective Monday March 29th, 2010 at 3 PM EDT

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***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO GO ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS BEGINNING AT 3 PM EDT MONDAY MARCH 29TH 2010 THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING APRIL 1ST 2010 DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF MOBILIZATION FROM A SLOW MOVING COASTAL STORM THAT WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD 3-6″ RAINFALL WITH AN AXES OF HIGHER AMOUNTS SOMEWHERE IN NEW ENGLAND DUE TO SIGNIFICANT RIVER/STREAM/URBAN FLOODING OVER MUCH OF NEW ENGLAND***
***SKYWARN ACTIVATION WITH OPS AT NWS TAUNTON WILL COMMENCE AT 3 PM MONDAY AFTERNOON AND LAST THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS AND INTO TUESDAY EVENING**

Another in what has been a series of significant coastal storms that has affected the region in the month of March will affect the region with significant river, stream and urban flooding with 3-6″ of rainfall and isolated higher amounts likely with the potential of an axis of heavier amounts somewhere in Southern New England. Due to the past coastal storms that have caused flooding and saturated the ground and the amount of rainfall this storm will bring, Eastern Massachusetts ARES will be placed on stand-by beginning at 3 PM Monday March 29th lasting through Thursday Evening April 1st. There is the possibility that ARES Stand-By could be extended past April 1st if it takes longer for the recovery phase of the operation to occur or recinded early if the storm is less than expected. It is also noted that New Hampshire ARES has been elevated to a Level-2 activation for SKYWARN and potential ARES support for served agencies in their section as well. The following is a link to the Storm Coordination Message that has all of the data on the storm’s potential impact:

http://www.wx1box.org/node/136

We’d like to have ARES personnel continue to assist with SKYWARN reporting of any river, stream, urban flooding by providing pictures where possible.   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.

Please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime over the next week through Thursday April 1st. Please copy your ASEC and SEC when you send a note to your EC/ADEC. This is being done to cover a situation where the EC/ADEC or DEC is unavailable because they were adversely affected by the storm, out of area or some other exigency has occurred.

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://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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KY1N List of Volunteer Exams, 03/23/2010

 

The KY1N Memorial List
Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations - CT MA ME NH RI VT
3/23/10
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
Date     Time   Contact                        Location           Phone
03/24/10 19:30  Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX        Cambridge       MA 617-253-3776
03/24/10 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH              Lunenburg       MA 978-597-6535
03/26/10 18:00  David Cote, W1FAB              Holyoke         MA 413-575-2950
03/27/10 09:00  William D Wilson, K1IN         Bloomfield      CT 860-869-1059
03/27/10 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL              Danvers         MA 978-352-4513
03/27/10 12:00  Bradley Saunders, N1GZB        Lewiston        ME
03/27/10 09:00  Bob Jones, WB1P                Slatersville    RI 401-333-4787
04/03/10 09:00 *Don Tarbet, KD1XU              Bangor          ME 207-327-1453
04/03/10 10:30  Larry Houbre, AA1FS            Dartmouth       MA 508-991-6055
04/03/10 10:00 *Celeste Dean, W1CMD            South Yarmouth  MA
04/08/10 19:00  Louis Mester, W1CH             Providence      RI 401-263-6045
04/08/10 19:00  Kevin Cellini, N1KGM           Trumbull        CT 203-268-1843
04/09/10 18:30  Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R      Burlington      VT 802-878-6454
04/10/10 09:00 *William J Needham, K1WN        Braintree       MA 781-843-4400
04/10/10 12:00  Gregory Fitch, KB1EZJ          Conway          NH 603-759-6671
04/10/10 09:00  Ben Fleck, K2LYE               Falmouth        MA 508-540-2583
04/10/10 09:00  Steven Ewald, WV1X             Newington       CT 860-594-0265

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-by Status Secured at 8 AM ET Monday 3/22/10 – More Rainfall Expected Tuesday 3/23/10

Hello to all..

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-by status is now secured at 8 AM ET Monday March 22nd, 2010. Over the past 3 days, ARES was active supporting the Red Cross with communications support for damage assessment on Friday March 19th and North Shore ARES was active supporting the distribution of Red Cross clean-up kits working with Peabody Emergency Management during the daytime hours of Saturday and Sunday. A brief synopsis of each activation follows below:

Red Cross requested ARES support for damage assessment on Friday March 19th for the entire day. Six Amateur Operators deployed to the Red Cross field office in Haverhill for supporting this activity. The Ham Radio piece of the operation was small but did help support the damage assessment work and allowed for a good exercise in supporting such an operation in the future. In the past several years, many of the players for Red Cross had changed and this was an opportunity to meet many of these new people and to establish relationships. The activation was successful and Red Cross viewed the operation and the work done by Hams as an asset for future incidents.

North Shore ARES was active supporting Peabody Emergency Management with the distribution of clean-up kits to citizens in and around Peabody. Much of the communications occurred on simplex and was to help coordinate the distribution of the kits. The operation lasted from 9 AM-6 PM Saturday March 20th and 10 AM-3 PM Sunday March 21st. Approximately 12 Amateurs took place in this operation supporting Red Cross and Peabody Emergency Management. Further details on these activations will be posted next week or in early April.

At the time of writing this status message, additional rainfall of 1-3″ with isolated higher amounts and the potential for renewed flooding threatens the Eastern Massachusetts section as we get into Tuesday Morning and Afternoon. A Flood Watch is in effect for the entire Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section except for Cape Cod and the Islands. The watch extends into Worcester County of the Western Massachusetts section, Rhode Island and Southern New Hampshire. The rainfall will not be as significant as what we just had so flooding should not be as significant, however, it will not take as much rainfall to cause flooding over the region. At this time, the current thinking is that any flooding that takes place will fall below ARES activation thresholds but this will be monitored closely and those Hams involved in ARES and SKYWARN are asked to keep a close eye on rivers and streams as the potential for renewed flooding and report in observations that meet the SKYWARN reporting thresholds. Below is information on the rivers that remain in minor flooding as well as the Flood Watch Statement as posted by NWS Taunton:

NWS Taunton Flood Watch Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus61.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Flood Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus81.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html

Thanks to all for their continued support for 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://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Status Update 3/18/2010 at 600 PM

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***REQUEST ARES MEMBERS PROVIDE THEIR AVAILABILITY FROM FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY DUE TO REQUESTS TO SUPPORT DAMAGE ASSESSMENT OPERATIONS IN EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS.  THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR FULL ARES ACTIVATION DURING THIS TIME FRAME AND THIS IS BEING COORDINATED WITH OUR SERVED AGENCY PARTNERS THIS EVENING***

***MEMA/FEMA/RED CROSS COMMENCED DAMAGE ASSESSMENT OPERATIONS WEDNESDAY MARCH 17TH AND ARES STAFF CHECKING WITH AGENCIES ON ANY NEEDS FOR THIS ASSESSMENT.  OPERATIONS CONTINUED TODAY IN BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH SHORE COMMUNITIES***

***A COMPLETE UPDATE WILL BE ISSUED LATE THIS EVENING OR EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WITH DETAILS***

With damage assessment operations having commenced, there is now a potential need for ARES operators to support this mission with the American Red Cross.  Please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment from Friday, March 20th through Sunday March 22nd. Please copy your ASEC and SEC when you send a note to your EC/ADEC. This is being done to cover a situation where the EC/ADEC or DEC is unavailable because they were adversely affected by the storm, out of area or some other exigency has occurred.  ARES operators will need at least a mobile radio with a mobile antenna to assist with any potential operation or activation that may occur and this will be refined with future coordination.

A complete update to this email will be issued either late tonight or early tomorrow morning with further details once additional agency coordination has been completed

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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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-by Status Update 3/18/2010 820 AM

Hello to all..

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES CONTINUES STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF MOBILIZATION STARTING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON MARCH 20TH 12 PM ET DUE TO MAJOR STORM THAT CAUSED SIGNIFICANT FLOODING IN PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION AS WELL AS BROUGHT POCKETS OF WIND DAMAGE TO THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION***
***MEMA/FEMA/RED CROSS COMMENCED DAMAGE ASSESSMENT OPERATIONS WEDNESDAY MARCH 17TH AND ARES STAFF CHECKING WITH AGENCIES ON ANY NEEDS FOR THIS ASSESSMENT***

A significant coastal storm affected the region with significant river, stream and urban flooding. Secondarily, the storm has brought down pockets of trees and power lines across portions of the Eastern Massachusetts section.  Due to the significant flooding and pockets of wind damage that has been reported, Eastern Massachusetts ARES continues in stand-by mode from through 12 PM ET Saturday Afternoon in the event that support is requested by our served agencies.  There have been numerous reports of significant flooding which has included evacuation of apartment complexes. Winds to near hurricane force on Cape Cod and the Islands Sunday Morning and wind gusts to 50 MPH or more occurred in the Eastern Massachusetts section Sunday and Monday.  A complete listing of storm damage reports and current NWS-Taunton statements can be found at: 

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

Public Information Statement:  http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1003162127.nous41.html

Flood Warning:  http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus41.KBOX.html

Flood Statement: http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus81.KBOX.html

As of Thursday morning, a press release was sent by MEMA concerning damage assessment in the wake of this major storm. It is here where Amateur Radio resources ‘may’ be requested similar to what occcurred in the May Floods of 2006. Frank O’Laughlin-WQ1O, Cape Cod ARES DEC and Red Cross Communications Officer is checking in with Red Cross officials to determine if our help maybe needed to assess damage areas. It is noted that all reports from the National Weather Service on flooding and damage and pictures provided by various Amateur Radio Operators with appropriate credit to those folks has been forward to state and federal emergency management, the National Weather Service and media outlets. A link to the MEMA Press Release on damage assessment appears below:

http://www.wx1box.org/local/News_Release_Flood_PDA_Mar2010.doc

We’d like to have ARES personnel continue to assist with SKYWARN reporting of any river, stream, urban flooding by providing pictures where possible.   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.

Please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime over the next week through Sunday March 22nd. Please copy your ASEC and SEC when you send a note to your EC/ADEC. This is being done to cover a situation where the EC/ADEC or DEC is unavailable because they were adversely affected by the storm, out of area or some other exigency has occurred.

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://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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MEMA Mass 211 News Release

Hello to all..

Please see the MEMA Press Release below on Mass 2-1-1 as an information line during emergency for flood issues.

73,Rob-KD1CY.

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               Peter Judge, MEMA PIO

March 15, 2010                                                                                                  (508) 820-2002 

 

CALL 2-1-1 WITH FLOODING ISSUES

Mass2-1-1 Serves as the Commonwealth’s Information Line during Emergencies

 

FRAMINGHAM, MA – The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recommends that those who have been impacted by the storm and subsequent flooding should call 2-1-1 with any questions or issues. Mass2-1-1 serves as the Commonwealth’s primary telephone information call center during times of emergency. 

 

The easy-to-remember 2-1-1 telephone number is a 24/7 resource for human service, public safety and disaster response agencies.  It was designed, in part, to reduce the number of non-emergency calls made to 9-1-1.

 

Mass2-1-1 offers citizens the opportunity for ‘one-stop-shopping’, with access to vital updated disaster information, numerous post-disaster programs, interpreter services, and call tracking of caller locations.  Mass2-1-1 was created by The Council of Massachusetts United Ways on behalf of 22 local United Ways serving every community of the Commonwealth. 

 

For additional information about Mass2-1-1, go to http://www.mass211.org/.

 

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 & Flooding Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Continue to follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Peter W. Judge
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
400 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702-5399
 
Phone:   508-820-2002
24-hour:  508-820-2000
Fax:       508-820-2030
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***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF MOBILIZATION ***

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***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF MOBILIZATION STARTING AT 8 PM ET SUNDAY LASTING THROUGH AT LEAST 9 AM TUESDAY MORNING DUE TO MAJOR STORM THAT IS ONGOING AND CAUSING SIGNIFICANT FLOODING IN PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION AS WELL AS BROUGHT POCKETS OF WIND DAMAGE TO THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION***

***OTHER AREAS SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR THIS SITUATION FOR ANY SIGNIFCANT CHANGES***

***SKYWARN ACTIVATION WITH OPS AT NWS TAUNTON CONTINUES UNTIL 12 AM ET MONDAY AND WILL TEMPORARILY SECURE AND THEN RECOMMENCE AT 6 AM ET MONDAY***  

A significant coastal storm continues to affect the region with significant river, stream and urban flooding. Secondarily, the storm has brought down pockets of trees and power lines across portions of the Eastern Massachusetts section.  Due to the significant flooding and pockets of wind damage that has been reported, we are placing Eastern Massachusetts ARES in stand-by mode from 8 PM ET Sunday Evening through at least 9 AM Tuesday Morning in the event that support is requested by our served agencies.  There have been numerous reports of significant flooding which has included evacuation of apartment complexes. Winds to near hurricane force on Cape Cod and the Islands and wind gusts to 50 MPH or more have occurred in the Eastern Massachusetts section. While winds have temporarily subsided, another round of strong to damaging winds are expected on Monday

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UPDATE: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Mobilization Effective 8 PM EDT Sunday March 14th, 2010 for Major Nor'easter

Hello to all..

***MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE IMPACTS OF THE MAJOR NOREASTER THAT HAS IMPACTED THE COMMONWEALTH***

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES CONTINUES STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS DUE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF MOBILIZATION STARTING AT 8 PM ET SUNDAY AND HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON MARCH 20TH 12 PM ET DUE TO MAJOR STORM THAT IS ONGOING AND CAUSING SIGNIFICANT FLOODING IN PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION AS WELL AS BROUGHT POCKETS OF WIND DAMAGE TO THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION***
***OTHER AREAS SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR THIS SITUATION FOR ANY SIGNIFCANT CHANGES***

***SKYWARN ACTIVATION WITH OPS AT NWS TAUNTON WILL TEMPORARILY SECURE AT APPROXIMATELY 10 PM MONDAY EVENING AND REACTIVATE ON TUESDAY FOR THE IMPACT OF THIS MAJOR STORM BEFORE SECURING BY TUESDAY EVENING***  

A significant coastal storm continues to affect the region with significant river, stream and urban flooding. Secondarily, the storm has brought down pockets of trees and power lines across portions of the Eastern Massachusetts section.  Due to the significant flooding and pockets of wind damage that has been reported, we have placed Eastern Massachusetts ARES in stand-by mode from 8 PM ET Sunday Evening and extended the standby mobilization status through 12 PM ET Saturday Afternoon in the event that support is requested by our served agencies.  There have been numerous reports of significant flooding which has included evacuation of apartment complexes. Winds to near hurricane force on Cape Cod and the Islands and wind gusts to 50 MPH or more have occurred in the Eastern Massachusetts section. Another round of winds with gusts to 50-60 MPH will occur overnight before the storm finally departs from the region Tuesday. A complete listing of storm damage reports and current NWS-Taunton statements can be found at: 

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

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

Coastal Flood Advisory:  http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.whus41.KBOX.html

Flood Warning:  http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus41.KBOX.html

Flood Statement: http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus81.KBOX.html

The Massachusetts STATE EOC and Regional offices are now in a full activation mode to monitor the progress of this storm.  Other than local support at the city/town level, there have been no formal requests for widespread assistance from our served agencies (i.e.: Red Cross and Salvation Army among others) in Eastern MA and our Eastern Massachusetts ARES leadership continues to closely monitor this changing situation.  It is noted that 2 regional American Red Cross shelters have been opened which are the Arlington School in Lawrence and the Brockton High school in Brockton. To date, phone services continue to be in place but that could change, as rivers are still not at the point of cresting. In addition, auxiliary support resources by served agencies such as the Red Cross may be utilized for damage assessment similar to what was done in the May Floods of 2006. A request of this type occurred several days after the floods and the storm had passed. Therefore, the ARES Stand-By mobilization has been extended in case such an agency request occurs. 

We’d like to have ARES personnel continue to assist with SKYWARN reporting of any river, stream, urban flooding, wind damage and power outages, along with reports of coastal flooding.   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.

Please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime over the next week through Sunday March 22nd. Please copy your ASEC and SEC when you send a note to your EC/ADEC. This is being done to cover a situation where the EC/ADEC or DEC is unavailable because they were adversely affected by the storm, out of area or some other exigency has occurred.

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://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

 

 

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State Government Liaison (SGL): K3HI Cell Phone Legislation Bill Update

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Please see info on the Cell Phone Legislation Bill as provided by State Government Liasion (SGL) Shawn O’Donnell-K3HI. The bill which currently includes the exemption ammendments for Amateur Radio and other Two-way radio communications is in the ‘house-senate’ conference committee and Shawn describes what we can do next to make sure our ammendments remain in the bill once it comes out of conference committee and potentially goes to a full vote, DE Rob-KD1CY.

Everyone–

The representatives from the House on the conference committee, as confirmed in the House Journal for Monday, are

Joseph Wagner of Chicopee
Michael Costello of Newburyport
Donald Humason of Westfield

The Senate representatives, if Senator’s aide has it right, are

Steven Baddour of Methuen
Stephen Brewer of Barre
Robert Hedlund of Weymouth

Wagner and Baddour are the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Transportation.  Hedlund was co-sponsor of one of the amendments that granted amateur radio an exemption in the Senate version of the bill.  So we have a friend on the committee. 

As for your right to petition the government…

I don’t get the sense that direct communications with these conference committee members, even from their constituents, will have much effect.  These guys get their marching orders from the House/Senate leadership.  It would perhaps be more effective for us to contact our own representative and senator, and ask them to urge their chamber to support the two amendments in S2290 that recognize the important contributions of amateur radio.  If the leadership hears from enough representatives & senators, we’ll be in good shape. 

–Shawn

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Waltham ARA Raises Funds for Courage Center Handiham

Waltham PHI logoMembers of the Waltham Amateur Radio Association recently embarked upon a project to benefit the Courage Center Handiham program, and to honor the memory of long-time member and Silent Key, Laurie Cote, KC1BN.

A Cote family member contacted Handiham in November, 2009 to inform them that KC1BN had left a sizeable amount of ham equipment from his estate to the non-profit organization based in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Handiham’s Manager, Pat Tice, WA0TDA reached out to Eastern MA Handiham volunteer instructor Phil Temples, K9HI.

Handiham very much appreciated the generous gift from Laurie,” explained Temples. “But the Handiham staff were not easily able to take possession and liquidate the equipment.” That’s when Temples thought to approach Laurie’s home club, the Waltham Amateur Radio Association and seek their help.

“I suggested to WA0TDA that it might make sense to enlist the aid of WARA to sell the equipment from Laurie’s estate, retain a portion of the proceeds, and donate the remainder to the Handiham program. Pat agreed.” Temples added, “I thought it would both honor an organization that Laurie admired, and afford WARA the opportunity to honor Laurie’s memory.”

All parties were agreeable, so K9HI presented the idea at a Waltham ARA meeting in January, 2010. WARA’s Vice President, John Flood, KB1FQG enthusiastically agreed; he volunteered to spearhead the project.

“I’m glad that WARA is able to help the Handiham group with this project,” said Flood. “I do remember hearing that [Laurie] liked the work they do. He wanted to do something like this to help Handiham.”

Flood spent many hours cataloging and testing equipment from Cote’s estate, as well as advertising the items on the club’s mailing list. The response has been very positive: to date, over $3,500 has been collected from sales, with an additional $1,000 expected in the coming weeks.

“Thank you so much for your hard work on our behalf,” wrote Pat Tice, WA0TDA to Flood on behalf of WARA.

“I want to add my thanks for all the hard work [KB1FQG] and other Waltham ARA members have contributed to this project on behalf of Laurie’s family and the two organizations,” added K9HI.

The Courage Center Handiham System is a national program that provides tools for people with disabilities to learn Amateur Radio and technology skills, and to earn their Amateur Radio licenses.

The Waltham Amateur Radio Association is an ARRL-affiliated club, established in 1938. Its repeater site is located on Prospect Hill in Waltham, MA.

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STM REPORT EMA SECTION FEBRUARY 2010

STM REPORT EMA SECTION FEBRUARY 2010

NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       28    430   190   405   N1TPU
EMRIPN      23    86    42    176   WA1FNM
HHTN        20    84    86    358   K1YCQ
WARPSN      04    09    62    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic  QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
N1IQI       2130        115
KW1U        939         120
W1GMF       483         120
N1UMJ       466         140
N1LKJ       411         120
K1YCQ       358         110
KD1LE       84          105
W1PLK       25          70
KK1X        24          84
WA1FNM      02          NA

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

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Cell Phone Bill Legislation Update from K3HI State Government Liaison

Hello to all..

The following is an update from State Government Liaison Shawn O’Donnell-K3HI on the Cell Phone Bill Legislation:

Last Thursday, I was told by a Senate Ways & Means staffer that there was no schedule for hearing the bill; by Friday, they had edited & published an amended version of the bill.

The Senate’s version of H4475 is called S2290.  It removes the requirement for hands-free cell phones for the over-18 crowd.  It still bans all cell phone use for junior drivers, and it still prohibits text messaging for everyone, but the hand-held phone/radio rule is gone from this version of the bill.

Full text is available at http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/186/st02pdf/st02290.pdf

The Senate is expected to debate & vote on this tomorrow, 2 March.  If they approve this altered version of the bill, then the House & Senate will have to go to a conference committee to hammer out a mutually agreeable version that they can both approve.  Once a bill makes it out of conference, it moves rapidly.

It’s impossible to say what S2290 will look like if it makes it through the Senate.  There could be numerous amendments introduced from the floor during debate.  At this point, however, it looks like the part of the bill that was most threatening to us has been removed. Whether it will stay removed after debate, or after conference committee–who knows.  So it might still be nice for a ham radio exemption to make it in there.  If it doesn’t, we’ll just have to hope that the Senate version prevails.

Phone calls to Senators’ offices today, Monday the 1st, or early tomorrow, the 2nd, could be helpful.  Please pass the word.  For today & tomorrow, we need calls to Senators, not Representatives.  We can call the Representatives once we learn what happens in the Senate.

73,Rob-KD1CY.

 

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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for March 2010

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for March is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for March is Monday March 1st, 2010, 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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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Secure at 18:00

Hello to all…

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES SECURED FROM ALL OPERATIONS AS OF 18:00 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28***
 
***PLEASE SEND AFTER ACTION COMMENTS TO YOUR EC OR DEC***
 
***SKYWARN ACTIVATION POSSIBLE NEXT 24-48 HOURS FOR UPCOMING STORM SYSTEM – SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS***

The following is the final sit-rep to update the ARES activities that have been taking place in the Eastern Massachusetts section barring any significant changes to the incident.   After supporting the American Red Cross Northeast Massachusetts chapter on Saturday, no requests for support were received on Sunday.  Power outages across Massachusetts have been reduced to below 2,000 total affected customers from National Grid, again most centered on the North Shore area.  Therefore, we will allow Eastern Massachusetts ARES to stand down effective 18:00 this evening.  In the unlikely event additional support requests are received, local activations may take place but the threat for a wide-scale ARES operation has now passed. 
 
A significant number of power outages remain in NH (approximately 87,000) even with approximately 2/3 of customers restored,  however we have not received any support requests from our New Hampshire ARES neighbors.  Eastern MA ARES staff will continue to closely monitor the situation in the event an ARES-MAT request does come through, however this is also considered unlikely and we wish our friends to the north a rapid recovery from the storm as well.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every ARES operator who volunteered their availability in the event additional support was requested or required.  Remember, it takes a team of operators to make Eastern MA ARES the success that it has become – no one individual can take the reins alone.   All of your support is tremendously appreciated.
 
If you have any damage pictures from this event, please send them along to your EC or DEC or directly to myself (kb1kqw@nsradio.org) for use by Emergency Management and National Weather Service officials, along with an upcoming SKYWARN recap video that will incorporate this storm.  All pictures are helpful and we thank you in advance for sending them along.
 
Please send any after-action comments that you may have to your DEC or local EC who will relay this information to Eric-KA1NCF and myself, and all comments will be reviewed by EMA ARES staff at an upcoming meeting.  All feedback is appreciated, either negative or positive, and will be used to refine our future operations.
 
Looking towards the future, a storm system will affect portions of the region with some winter weather, strong winds, and a potential for coastal flooding along the Eastern Massachusetts coast.  SKYWARN activation of some form is possible over the next 24-48 hours, so please stay tuned to your email for any potential activation messages.  The following statements have been issued:
 
Winter Weather Advisory (Essex County):  http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus41.KBOX.html
Coastal Flood Watch (Eastern MA Coast):  http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.whus41.KBOX.html
Wind Advisory (Cape and Islands):  http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus71.KBOX.html
Flood Warnings (Continued):  http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wgus81.KBOX.html

Again, a heartfelt thanks to everyone for either deploying or standing ready to deploy.  It has been a pleasure to work with all of you and thanks for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Jim Palmer – KB1KQW
Eastern Massachusetts Asst. Section Emergency Coordinator
North-side Operations

Carl Aveni – N1FY
Eastern Massachusetts Asst. Section Emergency Coordinator
South-side Operations

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