Fairhaven Repeater To Carry New Year Around The World QSO Party, Dec. 31, 2010-Jan. 1, 2011

New Year's Eve celebration, Sydney AustraliaRick Cabral, W1RJC writes on SEMARA Discussion list:

Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Association and South Coast MA Amateur Radio Group members:

Once again this year, the Crossroads IRLP Reflector is sponsoring its annual New Year Around The World QSO Party. Locally, it will be carried on the 145.490 Fairhaven repeater from about 6:00 AM on New Year’s Eve until about 3:00 AM on New Year’s Day. At its peak, there are normally around 100 repeaters worldwide that are linked together. So come join the fun on the ’49 repeater!

More information: http://scmarg.org/events.htm#newyear

Note: As in prior years, local SKYWARN activity will pre-empt the net. If this occurs, the net may be temporarily heard on the 147.000 Dartmouth repeater as a backup.


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Blizzard Warning

Greetings and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Your help will be needed from this afternoon through tomorrow night to relay any storm related information or infrastructure problems to our crew at NWS Taunton, using established SKYWARN and RACES repeater sites.  Check your home antennas and backup power now please.  We do NOT ask or desire mobile operations, the conditions will be far too dangerous.

After that, please accept my wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year!

de W1MPN, SM

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES STAND-BY Status Starting at 5 PM Sunday 12/26/10 for Major Winter Storm/Blizzard

Hello to all..


A major winter storm/nor’easter will likely pound the Eastern Massachusetts Section with heavy snow, blizzard conditions, damaging winds and the threat for a widespread moderate to isolated pockets of severe coastal flooding event over the area. A Blizzard Warning is in effect for the entire section except for Cape Cod and the Islands from Noon Sunday to 6 PM Monday for 15-20” of snow with isolated 24” amounts and winds sustained at 30-40 MPH with higher gusts to 60 MPH likely and even higher wind gusts possible.. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard for Sunday Afternoon into Monday Afternoon for 6” or more of snow though rain could mix in at these locations. A Coastal Flood Watch is in effect for East Coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Nantucket Island late Sunday Night through Monday Afternoon. Below is the latest Blizzard Coordination Message with greater details on the storm scenario.


We’d like to have ARES personnel assist with SKYWARN reporting of measured snowfall, any changeover in precipitation in extreme Southeast Massachusetts, wind damage reports and coastal flood reports and by providing damage/flood pictures where possible. Some of the most severe impact will happen overnight so overnight reporting would also be very helpful. 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.

If you have not already done so, please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime from now through Thursday December 30th, 2010. We are creating a list of availability for ARESMAT deployment if needed for various local EOC’s, Red Cross, Salvation Army and hospitals as required.

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

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Nashoba Valley ARC Members Conduct Highway Cleanup

Nashoba Valley ARC Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup, Nov. 2010Members of the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club conducted a road cleanup on November 21, 2010 as part of their ongoing “Adopt-a-Highway” program. The group picked up nine bags of trash. This was the last cleanup for 2010. The group plans to hold another cleanup in April, 2011.

Shown in photo, courtesy KD1SM, (L-R): Rod, WA1TAC; Stan, KD1LE; Nancy, KB1KEF; Gary, K1YTS. Not shown: Ralph, KD1SM.

–Thanks, Nashoba Valley ARC Signal, December 2010 Volume 19, Number 12



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Whitman ARC: Plimoth Plantation 2010 “Special Edition” Newsletter

Whitman ARC Plimoth Plantation Operation 2010 CertificateThe Whitman Amateur Radio Club has produced a special edition of its newsletter, The Spectrum, highlighting the club’s special event operation from the Plimoth Plantation November 27-28, 2010.

According to WARC President Paul Burbine, N1VTI, 33 WARC members — along with one area ham — helped set up and operate HF and 2-meter stations using portable antennas at the famous re-creation of the 17th century Pilgrim settlement and Wampanoag Indian homesite. “The crew exchanged contacts with 316 other amateur radio operators in 35 states, 16 foreign countries and 6 Canadian provinces,” Burbine reports.

[See also: Whitman ARC Garners Great Publicity For Plimoth Plantation Operation.]




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New MEMA Courses Offered

Mass Emergency Management Agency logoTom Kinahan, N1CPE writes on MRAS-general list:

The following new courses have been added to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s training calendar:

* Incident Command System 300 at Wellesley National Guard on December 13, 2010

* Incident Command System 300 at So. Attleboro Fire Station on January 4, 2011

* Incident Command System 300 at MEMA Headquarters-Operations Room on January 5, 2011

* Incident Command System 400 at Wellesley National Guard on December 16, 2010

* Incident Command System 400 at DelValle Institute – O’Neill Room on January 13, 2011

Visit our web site at http://tinyurl.com/36tcp6a for more details.

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NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       28    669   182   423   KB1ENV
EMRIPN      16    47    34    87    WA1FNM
HHTN        12    51    24    79    K1YCQ
WARPSN      04    10    81    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
W1GMF       2509        120
N1IQI       1427        130
KW1U        951         120
N1LKJ       500         120
N1UMJ       629         160
K1YCQ       442         110
KD1LE       91          115
W1PLK       48          NA
KK1X        10          72

Congratulations on a job WELL DONE.

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Whitman ARC Garners Great Publicity For Plimoth Plantation Operation

Plimoth Plantation logoThe Whitman Amateur Radio Club was featured prominently in a December 9, 2010 article in the Whitman Express entitled, Whitman Amateur Radio Club Visits Plimouth Plantation. The article, written by WARC’s Bruce Hayden, NI1X, described the club’s efforts in promoting to hams worldwide about the famous re-creation of the 17th century Pilgrim settlement and Indian homesite.

According to Hayden, 34 area hams operated five stations and made 316 contacts with 35 states and 16 foreign countries over the two-day operation. The WA1NPO special events station also made contact with M0VRT in Plymouth, England during the event.

The Whitman ARC has conducted the Plimoth Plantation operation annually at Thanksgiving for several years.

–Thanks, NI1X and Whitman ARC



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Boston ARC Assigned New 440 MHz Repeater Frequency Pair

Boston ARC logoThe Boston Amateur Radio Club has been assigned a new frequency pair for its 70 cm repeater by the New England Spectrum Management Council, according to BARC’s Bob Salow, WA1IDA.

“Your help is needed to verify the coverage and signal quality. At several times of the day, please try to make contacts and get signal reports. Make notes of your location, the type of radio, the power used, and the reported signal quality. Send this information to Tom Bertolino, KB1P at his arrl.net alias, or call him at 781.608.6186.”

The new frequency is: 443.550 MHz (+), PL 110.9 Hz.

–Thanks, The SPARC, December 2010

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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for December 2010

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for December is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for December is Monday December 6th, 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:


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:

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Genesis ARS To Establish Scholarship Honoring K1CG (SK)

Genesis ARS logoThe Genesis Amateur Radio Society is moving to establish a scholarship fund to honor the memory of Silent Key George Manning, K1CG.

Manning, a Genesis ARS Executive Committee member and the club’s Public Information Officer, left a large quantity of ham radio equipment to the club. According to GARS President John Williams, KB1EVY, GARS is initially conducting a silent auction so that club members will have an opportunity to first purchase any items of interest. Remaining items will then be sold to the ham public.

“Proceeds from sales will be held by the trustee in a separate interest account until such time that the scholarhip fund is established, and then handed over to the scholarship trustee for their care,” says Williams.

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Eastern MA Amateur Shares November QST Cover Plaque Award

QST cover, Nov. 2010

An Eastern MA amateur has won the November QST Cover Plaque Award. Bruce Walker, W1BW of Concord shares the prize with Joe Taylor, K1JT, for their article “WSPRing Around the World.” Congratulations, Joe and Bruce.The QST Cover Plaque award, given to the author or authors of the best article in each issue, is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll Web page.

Thanks, ARRL Letter, Dec. 2, 2010

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New England Area Flea Markets 12/1/2010

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

2010                                                    Contact          Source

4 Dec Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Indoor       John 860 673 0518 W

2011                                                    Contact          Source

5 Feb Chelsea ME AARA @CrystalFalls                  Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075 A+

19 Feb Marlborough MA AARC @MS $5@9 $20/T@6:30        Tim KA1OS 978 333 0067 F

20 Feb Westford MA GBARC RadioXLII $12@8 @Regency Antique       866 371 0512 F

26 Feb Colchester VT HAM-CON @Hampton $8@8 $15@6:30  Mitch W1SJ 802 879 6589 T

5 Mar Feeding Hills MA MtTARA @TurnverneinClb        Mary N1TOY 413 967 4008  

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

25 Mar Lewiston ME ME AARC StConv @ Ramada           Ivan N1OXA 207 577 5152 A+

26 Mar Middleetown NY OCARC @CommCtr                  Neil AC2O 914 490 2001 A+

27 Mar Henniker NH CVRC @CommSch                   Donald N1ZIH 603 651 8000 A+

3 April Framingham MA FARA @KeefeTech $5@9 $25/T      Bev N1LOO 508 626 2012  

10 Ap LaGrangeville NY MtBARC @TymorPk             David KC2AFK 845 677 5079 A+

16 Ap Manchester NH NHAntqRC @Bingo $10 @7:30 $3 @8:30  Charlie 603 898 4821 F

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