Hams Needed for Boston Brain Tumor Ride, May 15

Tom Bertolino, KB1P writes:

Hams are needed to assist in the command and control of the Boston Brain Tumor Ride on Sunday May 15, 2011. Your participation in this event will help to ensure the safety of the riders and make this event a success. The Brain Tumor Ride has three routes; a 10 mile, 25 mile, and 50 mile ride. All 3 rides start and end in the front parking lot of Reservoir Woods, Waltham, MA. The rides start at between 0800 and 1000 hrs and and will end in the early afternoon. The rides follow basically the same route with variations. The all 3 rides will travel through Waltham and Lincoln. The turnaround point for the ten mile ride is in Lincoln and it will return to Waltham through Weston. The 25 and 50 mile route with continue to Concord. The turnaround point for the 25 mile ride is in Concord. It will return to Waltham through Lincoln and Weston. The 50 mile ride continues to Carlisle, with a turnaround point in Westford. It will return to Waltham by way of Acton, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, and Weston.

Assignments will be at water stops, in sweep and recovery vehicles, and shadows at Reservoir Woods. Assignments start between 0700 – 1000 hrs and end between 1200 to 1400 hrs depending on the assignment. There will food and entertainment available after the ride in the start and finish area.

A 2-meter, 5 watt hand-held radio is satisfactory for most of the assignments at this event. A better antenna then the “rubber duck antenna” that came with your radio is desirable, and a “mag mount” antenna would be better still (not required) if you are assigned to a vehicle.

Our Ham supported public service events are interesting and fun experiences. The communication load is light, but safety and support for the participants are always primary. If you are new and want to get more public service experience, this is an excellent opportunity to learn the ropes. If you are an experienced public service volunteer we need your help.

If you can help with this event please reply to me with all of the following information as soon as possible. Reply by email is the best method. If you know other hams who would like to volunteer, ask them also send the following information to me.

Your assistance is valuable. Please let me know promptly if you can help. I will get the assignments and more details to you as soon possible. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to recommend another ham to join us.

Full name
On-air name
Call sign
Postal mailing address (including 9-digit ZIP code)
Evening phone
Day phone
Cell phone
Email address
Does your 2-meter radio have CTCSS (PL)?
Do you have a dual-band radio?
Do you have a magnetic mount antenna?
T-shirt size

Let me know your event preference. Note that we cannot assure you that all preferences can be granted. Try to get back to me as quickly as you can.

73,
Tom Bertolino, KB1P
kb1p at arrl.net
781-608-6186

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Urgent! Ham Volunteers Still Needed for The Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race, MS Journey of Hope Walk

Tom Bertolino, KB1P writes:

I know I have sent emails asking to volunteer for these events, and you might have already volunteered for one of them. If have already volunteered for one of these event could you consider volunteering for the other. If have not volunteered for either event could you reconsider and volunteer for one or both of these events. We need your help.

The Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race on Saturday, 30 April 2010

This is very short notice, but more hams are needed for the Run of the Charles canoe races on Saturday, 30 April 2010. There are critical safety issues which need our communications support, and I would like to have your help.

Because of Easter being on the traditional date that this event is normally held, the Run of the Charles was moved to Saturday April 30, 2011. This has caused the Run of the Charles not only compete with other events which are normally held on the 30th of April, but also Near-Fest. We still need Hams to help insure the safety of the racers. We need your help. Water level of the Charles River is higher than normal this year due to the heavy snow we received this winter resulting in swifter water currents around potages and dams. This could cause some dangerous conditions for the racers attempting to navigate around these areas. Hams are post at these potential danger areas to help ensure the safety of the racers. We do not have enough Hams to cover all these points. Please reconsider and volunteer to support this event .We need your help. Some assignments begin as early as 0700; others begin up to 1200. Most assignments last about four to five hours, there are only, a few which run the full day until 1630. If you have time issue please let me know.

The MS Journey of Hope Walk, Saturday, May 7, 2011, Natick, MA

This is a 7.5 mile walk which starts and finishes at Natick High School (15 West St, Natick, MA), proceeding through several areas of Natick. Our assignments begin at 0700 and should be complete by early afternoon. Hams are stationed at critical intersections and water stations to help to insure the safety of the walkers. We do not have enough hams to fill these assignments. We need your help. This is an excellent event for hams new to public service to get experience.

If you can help for one or both events, please respond with the following information as soon as possible. To manage this I ask that you get back to me as quickly and as accurately as you can. As in all other events that we coordinate, email will be the primary means of communication between us. If you have already volunteered for one of these events please consider volunteering for the other. We need your help.

Event

Full name

On-air name

Call sign

Postal mailing address (including 9-digit ZIP code)

Evening phone

Day phone

Cell phone

Email address

Does your 2-meter radio have CTCSS (PL)?

Do you have a dual-band radio?

Do you have a magnetic mount antenna?

T-shirt size

73,

Tom Bertolino, KB1P
kb1p at arrl.net
781-608-6186

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BCRA & Team HAMCOW Annual Martha’s Vineyard I. DXPedition May 6-8

Roland Diagnault, N1JOY writes:

Members of the Bristol County Repeater Association and Team HAMCOW will be on Martha’s Vineyard Island for our annual DX-Pedition. The HAMCOW trailer will be set up at the Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah Circle operating from 160 Meters through 1296 MHz. Work W1ACT for NEQP Dukes County, IOTA, Gay Head Lighthouse, or the Spring Microwave Sprint on 903 & 1296 MHz on Saturday 5/7 from 6AM to 1PM.

Follow the event with regular web updates and photos at http://hamcow.net and check if you are in our logs by clicking on the green ONLINE button to search our contest logs in near real time. This page is also a good place to see what frequencies we are currently operating on.

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Cape Ann ARA “Tech-In-A-Day” Course, May 7

Cape Ann ARA logoThe Cape Ann Amateur radio Association is offering a Tech-in-a-Day Course on Saturday, May 7th at the Lanesville Community Center on 8 Vulcan Street in Gloucester.

The course, led by CAARA President Stan Stone, W4HIX starts at 8:00 AM with sign up and will consist of six study periods throughout the day until 4 PM, with an hour for lunch and breaks in-between. Attendees can bring their lunch or visit one of several nearby restaurants. A volunteer exam session will be held at the end of the day.

The course fee is $20.00 which covers course materials, testing fees and snacks. Space is limited. Register via email to stan@lanescove.us to reserve your spot. Please bring two forms of identification. One must be a picture ID; the other must include your Social Security Number to process your FCC license application.

“This course will provide a quiet place to study and prepare for the test,” according to CAARA Clerk Dean Burgess, KB1PGH.

 

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Boston Marathon – Monday April 18th, 2011 Coordination Message

Hello to all..

While this may be a bit off topic for some SKYWARN Spotters, Amateur Radio Operators and Red Cross volunteers, many of which are SKYWARN Spotters, will be involved in the Boston Marathon on Monday April 18th. To reach out to the highest level of Amateur Radio Operators involved in the event, this coordination message is being sent out to the SKYWARN email list and posted to the various Amateur Radio lists. We appreciate everyone’s patience with this message. This is likely to be the only coordination message on the Marathon unless a significant change in the weather forecast occurs. See information below:

Eastern Massachusetts ARES members not participating in the Boston Marathon should be in a heightened state of awareness for marathon activities on Monday April 18th from 7 AM-7 PM for any significant issues outside of the Boston Marathon that may require Amateur Radio Emergency Communications support and for any unexpected issues on the Boston Marathon route. With over 300 Amateur Radio Operators staffing the Boston Marathon route, the start line and the finish line, if an issue arises needing Amateur Radio support outside of the Marathon route or an unexpected issue arises in marathon operations, it is important that any ARES members not involved in the marathon can help with any response that is required. There will be two backup operation centers including the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net Control Center at the town of Bridgewater EOC.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) UCC (Unified Command Center) at the SEOC (State Emergency Operations Center) will be active for the Boston Marathon. Amateur Radio Operators will be at the SEOC to support backup operations while many agencies will be there performing primary operations for the marathon. A Press Release from MEMA can be seen at the following link:

http://ares.ema.arrl.org/local/News_Release_MACC_2011.pdf

The weather outlook for the Boston Marathon is one that should be favorable for volunteers and favorable to slightly warm for the runners. The Weather Forecast across the Boston Marathon is for partly to mostly sunny conditions throughout the day. There will be a 15-20 MPH breeze with gusts of 25-30 MPH along the route. Temperatures will range in the mid to upper 30s early in the morning warming to around 50 degrees by mid to late morning to the upper 50s to around 60 degrees by afternoon. This means that conditions for the runners should be reasonable with an ‘average’ amount of ambulance requests along the route versus some prior years where warmer weather conditions resulted in some of the highest amounts of ambulance requests since Amateur Radio Operators have handled the event. It is noted that conditions this year are about the same to slightly warmer than last year so ambulance requests should be similar to or slightly higher than last year’s marathon.

For Amateur Radio, Red Cross and all other volunteers along the route, it is recommended that you dress in layers for this event so that you can put on or take off clothes as needed for comfort. Be sure to drink liquids and eat properly during the event and that you are self-sufficient so that you can be of full help to the function and not distract everyone from the main purpose of supporting the runners by having a health issue on your end that can be avoided. No rain is expected at this time so there should be no need for rain gear.

Barring a significant change in the weather forecast, this will be the only coordination message on the Boston Marathon. We appreciate everyone’s support in this event and hope those that volunteer enjoy themselves and feel the self-satisifcation of supporting this historic event and those that are monitoring the Marathon or events outside of the Marathon realize that the monitoring is an important function as well and is a testament to being able to scale other incidents beyond the marathon if required. Thanks to all for their support!

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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STM REPORT EMA SECTION MARCH 2011

STM REPORT EMA SECTION MARCH 2011

NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       31    536   248   501   KB1ENV
EMRIPN      17    138   49    178   N1LKJ
HHTN        03    NA    06    69    N1LUM
WARPSN      04    08    81    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic  QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
N1IQI       2256        110
W1GMF       2010        120
KW1U        1005        145
N1UMJ       833         150
N1LKJ       402         110
K1YCQ       317         90
KD1LE       57          115
W1PLK       42          75
KK1X        18          75

BPL EARNED 500 OR MORE: N1IQI KW1U W1GMF N1UMJ
Congratulations on a job WELL DONE.
Marcia Forde KW1U STM-EMA

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ARRL Rookie Roundup, April 17, 2011

Bob Kelley, K1KVV writes on SEMARA discussion list:

CQ CQ CQ

If you’ve been licensed for three years or less (or you know someone like that) then give the ARRL’s Rookie Roundup a try on April 17th. It’s a contest in which the Rookies (that’s you) are sought after by the experienced stations instead of vice versa! This is the Phone version – there will be an RTTY and a CW version later in the year! Try web-based logging at In The Log. Stay tuned to the ARRL Rookie Roundup page for more information about on-line logging and certificates.

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K1P Patriot’s Day Special Event Station QRV April 16-17, 2011

PART of Westford members will operate special event station K1P in Concord on Patriots’ Day weekend in Massachusetts, a state holiday which commemorates the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord–the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

Look for K1P on the bands April 16-17 on 80 through 10 meters as conditions permit. More details are available at http://www.wb1gof.org/K1P/K1P.html.

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MS Journey of Hope Walk Seeks Ham Volunteers

The MS Journey of Hope, Saturday, May 7, 2011, is a 7.5 mile walk which starts and finishes at Natick High School (15 West St, Natick, MA), proceeding through several areas of Natick. Our assignments begin at 0700 and should be complete by early afternoon.

This event has hazards and quirks, but our communications will make the day safe and smooth. For those who are new to ham public service, this is a good introduction – and we need your help. For those who have done this before – your help is needed more than ever. In years past, we have been thanked and honored for our skilled service.

A dual-band 2-m/70-cm radio is required. The “rubber duck” antenna that came with your radio should all you need for this event, but if you have a better antenna for your radio bring it with you. Be sure to have sufficient batteries to last the day.

As ham public service events are interesting and fun experiences. The Ms Journey of Hope is no exception. The communication load for this event is light and an excellent opportunity for those who are new to public service to gain experience.

We need your assistance to ensure the safety of the participants and make this event successful. If you can help with this event, please reply to me with all of the following information as soon as possible. Reply by email is the best method.

Full name
On-air name
Call sign
Postal mailing address (including 9-digit ZIP code)
Evening phone
Day phone
Cell phone
Email address
Does your 2-meter/70-cm radio have CTCSS (PL)?
Do you have a magnetic mount antenna?
T-shirt size

If you know other hams who would like to volunteer, ask them to send the above information to me. If you are new and want to get more public service experience, this is an excellent event to get your feet wet. As significant as our communications will be, this event is a low impact opportunity to learn the ropes.

Your assistance is valuable. Please let me know promptly if you can help. I will get the assignments and more details to you as soon possible. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to recommend another ham to join us.

73,

Rick Savage, KB1LYJ
rpsavage@comcast.net
781.289.7364

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Hurricane Awareness Tour – P3 Hurricane Plane at Otis AFB in Falmouth Mass. Monday 5/2/11

Hello to all..

The National Weather Service Taunton Massachusetts forecast office in coordination with the National Hurricane Center will be hosting the P3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft, part of the NOAA/National Hurricane Center Hurricane Awareness Tour, on Monday May 2nd, 2011 at the Otis Air Force Base (AFB) in Falmouth Massachusetts. Public tours will be open from 230-530 PM. School tours will occur between 930 AM-130 PM. This is similar to what was done in 2007 at Quonset State Airport in Rhode Island. A flyer on the Hurricane Awareness Tour can be seen via the following link:

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box//HAT_tour.shtml

In addition to the P3 Hurricane Hunter Aircraft, there will be numerous information booths from numerous agencies at the base for the Hurricane Awareness Tour. This will include a ‘special event’ Amateur Radio Station to make contacts via Amateur Radio nationally and internationally and will include making contact with the National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Station in Miami Florida, WX4NHC. Amateur Operators will also be providing event communications for National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center personnel. The list of other Information booths for the Hurricane Awareness Tour is shown below:

National Weather Service Taunton
Northeast River Forecast Center (NERFC)
Two HAM stations (One sponsored by the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association with a second sponsored by Cape Cod Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES))
URI Hurricane: Science and Society
Mass Military Reservation
Stellwagen Bank
Radio Station – WQRC
UMass Lowell – AMS/NWA
Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps
Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) – Region 1

We ask for wide distribution of this announcement and are looking forward to a great turnout for this event. This announcement will be retransmitted and updated with any changes as we draw closer to this special event.

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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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for April 2011

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for April is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for April is Monday April 4th, 2011, 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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