Developing Brockton Hospital, Ham Radio Relationship

Eastern MA ARES has been approached by Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton to develop a hospital/ham radio relationship for emergency communications. ARRL Section Manager Mike Neilsen, W1MPN and Assistant SM Carl Aveni, N1FY met with staff from Good Samaritan and came to a preliminary agreement. They will pursue a formal Memorandum of Understanding in the very near future. [Full story]

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2010 Eastern MA Field Day Directory Is On-line

2010 Field Day pin/logoThe 11th Annual Eastern Massachusetts Field Day Directory contains some of the most comprehensive Field Day resource pages of its kind.

“We have rich data, such as local landmark directions, coordinates, site and club field day history, and links to multiple map sources and webpages for club and site,” says Bill Ricker, N1VUX, maintainer of the site.

Ricker would appreciate an email from new clubs in Class A or F, clubs with new sites, clubs whose details on their EMA directory need updating, or who are definitely not using the site they had last year. Email N1VUX at his arrl alias address.

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Governor Patrick Declares Massachusetts Amateur Radio Week

Members of the Hampden County Radio Association (HCRA) successfully campaigned a state legislator to obtain from Governor Deval Patrick’s office a proclamation of “Amateur Radio Week” coinciding with the 2010 annual ARRL Field Day event. The complete article including an electronic copy of the proclamation can be seen at the following links:

http://wma.arrl.org/news.php

http://ema.arrl.org/node/1712

Special thanks to HCRA for their efforts and obtaining this proclamation.

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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Good Samaritan Hospital Approaches Eastern Massachusetts ARES for EMCOMM Support

Hello to all,

Eastern Mass. ARES has been approached by Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton to develop a hospital/ham radio relationship for emergency communications. Mike Neilsen, W1MPN, Eastern Mass. Section Manager and I met with staff from Good Samaritan hospital and came to a preliminary agreement. We will be persuing a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with them in the very near future.

In the meantime, we would like to start recruiting for folks who might be interested in being a regular part of Good Samaritan’s Emergency Communications Response Team. As such, each participant will be registered with the hospital’s Volunteer Department and issued an appropriate Volunteer ID that will allow access to the Good Samaritan Campus. Arrangements will be developed for regular training exercises so that participants can get to know the hospital and its equipment.

Good Samaritan is working on developing a three hospital (i.e. Goiod Samaritan, Norwood, & St. Anne’s) grant program to obtain the necessary equipment.

If you are interested in becoming part of this program, please contact me at my email address listed below. Also, please forward along this request to all those hams who are not part of this list, who might be interested in participating in this endeavor.

Thanks,

Carl, N1FY – Assistant Section Manager/SEC for Eastern Mass. ARRL/ARES

caave at peoplepc.com

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Salvation Army Disaster Vehicle and FedEx Nascar Vehicle On Display in Boston on Thursday June 24th, 2010

Hello to all..

The following information was provided by N1DHW-Frank Murphy, Salvation Army Boston Emergency Communications Coordinator for SATERN on their new disater vehicle and FedEx Nascar vehicle that will be on display in Boston on Thursday June 24th at Boston City Hall Plaza. A brochure of the disater vehicle is listed at the link below and the PR announcement from Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director, Chris Farrand, is listed below as well.

DRU-2 Vehicle Brochure: http://ares.ema.arrl.org/local/DRU2_Brochure.pdf

On June 24th The Salvation Army and FedEx will be hosting a dedication for a newest addition to our Emergency Disaster Services Massachusetts division fleet. This event will be held at City Hall Plaza beginning at 11am until 1pm and will include the FedEx NASCAR stock car and driver, tours of the new vehicle, a TSA band, and iced coffee and snacks served from the new canteen. This new vehicle, a DRU-2, will be the largest of The Salvation Army fleet in Massachusetts, and will provide primary support of the Mass Bay area from the new Kroc Center as well as secondary support throughout the state. Please plan to attend if you are available as your presence would be a welcome addition to the event.

Chris Farrand
Director
Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army
Massachusetts Division
25 Shawmut Rd.,
Canton, MA  02021

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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Gov. Patrick Declares Amateur Radio Week in MA

2010 Amateur Radio Week Proclamation in MAMembers of the Hampden County Radio Association successfully campaigned a state legislator to obtain from Governor Deval Patrick’s office a proclamation of “Amateur Radio Week” coinciding with the 2010 annual ARRL Field Day event.

According to HCRA’s Marty Bowen, W1MJB, the govenor’s proclamation was obtained through State Representative Angelo Puppolo. Bowen sent Puppolo an invitation to join the HCRA Field Day “in order to acquaint him with the HCRA and give him the opportunity to see amateur radio enthusiasts utilize ARRL field day to hone their emergency communication skills.” Several weeks later, Bowen received a phone call from Puppolo’s aide informing Bowen that the representative was unable to attend Field Day this year, but was interested in learning more about the HCRA and ARRL Field Day. During a series of e-mails and phone conversation with his Western Mass office, Bowen asked for Puppolo’s help in obtaining a proclamation from the Govenor Patrick “honoring the community and emergency communication service performed by Massachusetts amateur radio operators.”

The HCRA through Bowen was also successful in obtaining a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives acknowledging the Hampden County Radio Association for their “voluntary contributions through emergency communications to the towns and cities in Hampden County.”

“It is a welcome reinforcement of the govenor’s proclamation and a timely acknowledgement that the Massachusetts legislature is aware of the important emergency communication services provided to the Commonwealth and the many non government emergency relief providers by the amateur radio operators of Massachusetts,” remarked Bowen.

Kudos to the HCRA and W1MJB for this achievement on behalf of all licensed amateurs in Massachusetts.

 

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Search Dogs Northeast (Non-Profit Organization) Seeking Amateur Radio/ARES Support

Hello to all..

The following announcement is about the Search Dogs of Northeast Non-Profit organization seeking Amateur Radio/ARES support for communications in search and rescue exercises and real events. See announcement below:

A non-profit search dog organization in MA and RI is looking for communication
support.  They may need to conduct large area searches beyond the
capabilities of their existing radio’s.

Volunteers would work directly with the search dog teams – and would be
on short notice call- which is the current practice with the dog
handlers now.

Volunteers must be in good health – able to handle lengthy walks in
rough terrain in all weather conditions.

The teams have standards for support personnel that need to be met:
-CPR, and First responder first aid, or EMT, or higher EMS.
(Arrangements will be made to provide the first responder training
through fire department volunteers)
-You will have to pass each states courses for Navigation and Search.
-You will have to pass Massachusetts and Rhodes Island State police
criminal records checks

Volunteers will need to provide their own go-kit with food, water, or
other items.

Job will include tasks to relieve the dog-handler of distractions i.e.
Navigation support (personal GPS and skill using it desirable), map
reading,  and radio communication via ham radio and other frequencies
allocated to the dog teams.

You will also be used as a subject for training searches, asked to hide
in remote places during training sessions.

Support may also include operating the search dog team base station.

Volunteers are expected to attend 9 training exercises with the dog
teams to get familiar with typical operations and the teams.

Interested hams please contact:
Phil McNamara N1XTB N1XTB at powersrvcs.com
Carl Aveni N1FY caave at peoplepc.com
Joe Krisnosky N1IXC joek54 at comcast.net

Phil McNamara (N1XTB) – South Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator

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Former MEMA State Director Don Boyce Now FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator

Hello to all..

Please see information on MEMA State Director Don Boyce taking a position as the FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator.

FEMA ADMINISTRATOR FUGATE APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S APPOINTMENT OF DONALD R. BOYCE AS REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR

WASHINGTON – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today applauded President Obama’s appointment of Don R. Boyce as FEMA Regional Administrator for Region I, which encompasses Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

“Regional Administrators are crucial to our ability to respond effectively to emergencies based on the needs of the communities we serve,” said Fugate. “Don Boyce is an experienced emergency manager at both the state and local level, and is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts in the northeast.”

Boyce has served as the Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency since 2007, where he has directed the response and recovery efforts for multiple disasters, some resulting in State and/or Presidential Declarations of Disaster.  He has also served as the State Coordinating Officer and the Governor’s Authorized Representative for two presidential disaster declarations. 

A native of New York City, Boyce served with the New York City Emergency Medical Service and the New York City Fire Department before moving to the private sector as Emergency Management Director for a large multi-hospital and ambulatory care network prior relocating to Massachusetts.

Biography for Donald R. Boyce, FEMA Regional Administrator, Region I

Don R. Boyce was appointed Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in 2007, where he was responsible for developing, directing, and implementing a statewide all-hazards emergency management plan with state and local officials.  He also served on numerous state emergency management commissions, and was on the Board of Directors for the National Emergency Managers Association, a member of the FEMA Regional Advisory Council, and a member of the Board of Directors for the North East States Emergency Consortium.  During his tenure, Boyce also created the Emergency Management Directors Advisory Committee, opening communications from the state to the local communities and designed and implemented a mobile response capability bringing technology and resource management capabilities to remote disaster locations.

Prior to his position with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Boyce was responsible for emergency management for Continuum Health Partners, Inc., a multi-hospital and ambulatory care network in New York City where he worked extensively with state and local officials on surge initiatives, emergency response plans, and CBNRE initiatives.  Boyce also enjoyed a full and distinguished career with both the New York City Fire Department and the New York City Emergency Medical Service.

Boyce has a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Francis College in Brooklyn.  He is married to Patricia Simino Boyce and has two children; Lily and Luke.

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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Patriot Triathlon Assistance

Roland Daignault, N1JOY writes:

Hi Everybody,

The Patriot Triathlon is next weekend, June 19th, and we can use a quite few more radio operators to man the checkpoints. The Hams are providing communications along the bicycle and running courses for 2 simultaneous events. The Patriot half-triathlon, and Minuteman Sprint races. The Patriot courses are a 13 mile run and 56 mile bicycle (two 28-mile laps), and the Minuteman Sprint is a 4 mile run and 14 mile bike ride. That makes for a LOT of checkpoints, plus a few people at the start/finish to monitor the transition areas where the racers go from swimming, to bicycles, to running, Net Control, and if possible, one person to sweep the course and stay behind the last racer.

If you have ever been interested in doing a public service event, this is a great chance to participate. I will be hauling the HAMCOW to the race to use as our Net Control station Friday night, and the race organizer is providing a nice catered meal at the end of the day with a band playing music. The HAMCOW will be utilizing 2 Meters and 440 for communications, and if you have either as an HT or mobile, then you’re ready to help!

The race starts and finishes in East Freetown, MA, and winds through Rochester, Acushnet, Middleboro, and Lakeville. Please consider joining us for a nice day of supporting the racers, and promoting Ham Radio.

If you are interested in helping, please contact me at n1joy@arrl.net, or direct on my cell at: (617)-839-9081.

Check out the event web site at: http://www.patriottriathlon.com/.

I also have some photos of the 2009 triathlon event at: http://hamcow.net. Click on Past HAMCOW Events.

Please pass the word to anybody who might be interested in helping out with this event, or any of the other events coming up this season.

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EMA TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC SUNDAY AUGUST 1, 2010

EMA TRAFFIC HANDLERS PICNIC SUNDAY AUGUST 1, 2010

The annual Traffic Handlers Picnic for EMA will be held August 1, 2010 at the
Raynham Senior Center picnic area in Raynham MA.

The picnic will run from 12:00Pm to 4:00PM.
Your host N1LKJ will provide hamburgers. Bring your own drinks.
No alcohol allowed because it is on Town Property.
If you wish to bring cookies or cakes to share with the group
that would be great.

There are two barbecues for those who want to cook own food.
There is also toilet facilities available.

A great chance to eyeball people you have been hearing all year.
A good time for all.

Directions: From RT 24 NORTH or SOUTH. Take Exit 13 west to Taunton
RT 44. Follow 44 1.5 miles to set of lights. Rite Aid  Pharmacy on corner.
Take Right on to RT 104 Raynham. Follow 104 1/2 mile, take first left on to
King Philip St. Follow King Philip 1/4 mile up. Raynham Senior Center on
left. Pull right into parking lot. Picnic area on left.

Jim N1LKJ

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STM REPORT EMA SECTION MAY 2010

STM REPORT EMA SECTION MAY 2010

NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       30    426   178   441   KB1ENV
EMRIPN      23    109   51    108   WA1FNM
HHTN        20    70    80    354   K1YCQ
WARPSN      05    10    80    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic  QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
N1IQI       1914        120
KW1U        690         120
N1LKJ       600         120
W1GMF       399         120
K1YCQ       393         110
KD1LE       90          125
KK1X        59          152
W1PLK       40          71
WA1FNM      05          NA

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

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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for June 2010

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for June is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for June is Monday June 7th, 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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New England Area Flea Markets 06/04/10

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2010 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~ 

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2010                                                    Contact          Source
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4 Jun Feeding Hills MA HCRA Tail Gate @CongCh @6:30PM  Jim KK1W 413 245 3228  +

5 June Rochester NY RARA                             Duane K2SI 585 594 4945 A

5 June Hermon ME PSARC @HS                         Roger KA1TKS 207 848 3846 A

6 June Bethpage NY LIMARC @Briarcliffe            Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 A

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

12 June Rochester NH GBRA @ CommCtr                 Larry K1SRJ 603 335 4805 A

13 June Queens NY HOSARC @HoS $5@9 $10/sp@7:30   Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 W

19 June Newington CT NARL @StMarySchool              Steve WV1X 860 667 8199 A

19 June Windsor VT CVFMA @HS 10AM                      Ray K1XV 802 875 4525 A+

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

18 July      Cambridge MA        FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776  

24 July Thomaston ME PBARC @AmLegion $5@8 $5/T      Norman NY1B 207 354 6853 W

24 July N Haven CT YankeePeddler @HI $7@8$19/sp$15/T John N1GNV 203 440 4468 F+

14 Aug Gales Ferry CT RASON @FireHs $4@9 $15/T       Chip N1MIE 860 376 0888  +

14 Aug Swanton VT StAARC @RavenIndPk                  Arn N1ARN 802 309 0666 A+
 
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WW2MAN QRV For Museum Ships Operation, June 5-6, 2010

photo of SeehundThe Seehund Amateur Radio Association will activate the Seehund U-5075 as WW2MAN in Quincy for the Museum Ships Special Event operation June 5-6, 2010. Over eighty ships around the world will take part in the event.

Operators Henry Brown, K1WCC and Whitey Doherty, K1VV will be QRV on 40, 30, 20 and, possibly, higher frequencies if open. DX QSL via the bureau; W/K via the callbook address. A standard-sized SASE is required for a card.

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