Marlborough Proclaims “Amateur Radio Week”

City of Marlborough 2011 Amateur Radio Week ProclamationThe City of Marlborough has recognized the efforts of its more than 140 licensed Amateur Radio operators “who have demonstrated their value in public assistance” with a special proclamation coinciding with Field Day.

The Proclamation, signed by Nancy E. Stevens, Mayor of Marlborough, recognizes ARRL Field Day and proclaims June 26-July 2, 2011 as “Amateur Radio Week.”

The document was on display at the Algonquin Amateur Radio Club‘s Field Day operation conducted from the City’s Emergency Operations Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

Swansea Field Day Operation Garners Publicity on Providence TV

A joint Field Day operation in Swansea garnered some great publicity for Amateur Radio this weekend, including television coverage.

Carl Sawejko, WA1PQT was interviewed by two Providence, RI television crews who were on hand at the site to film the Field Day operations for the evening news. This year’s Swansea Field Day operation at the Town Hall Annex was a joint collaboration between the Pilgram Amateur Wireless Assocation (Taunton), and the Raymond J. Levesque Memorial ARC and the Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Group.

A video clip of the Channel 12 story can be viewed online at the WPRI web site. The WJAR Channel 10 web site is carrying this video interview.

 

 

Read More

MA Senate Passes Amateur Radio Week Declaration

2011 MA Senate Resolution honoring Amateur Radio WeekIn conjuntion with ARRL Field Day, the Massachusetts State Senate passed a Resolultion late last week “honoring Amateur Radio operators as they celebrate Amateur Radio Week and participate in Field Day.”

Like the Governor’s Proclamation, the Senate Resolution was brought about through the efforts of State Government Liaison, K3HI, Local Government Liaison Hank McCarl, W4RIG, by several club presidents; and, by one licensed Amateur in particular who happens to be a Massachusetts State Senator: Bruce Tarr, N1UIU.

Although a copy was not available to tour during Field Day, hard copies of the Resolution have been transmitted to ARRL Headquarters, and to Eastern and Western MA Section Managers Phil Temples, K9HI and Ed Emco, W1KT, respectively.

Sen. Tarr writes about the Resolution in his blog at http://www.tarrtalk.com/2011/06/arrl-field-day-event.html.

[See also: Governor Proclaims “Amateur Radio Week” in Massachusetts!]

 

 

 

 

Read More

How to Read a Technical Article (in QST)

How long does it take you to read your monthly copy of QST? Half an hour? Twenty minutes? Do you jump to the contest results and skip the rest? Maybe spend more time on the ads than editorials? Maybe you looked at some article title and thought, “That sounds interesting, but I could/would never do that!”

Here’s a guide to reading those skipped-over articles, especially the technically oriented ones, by Eastern MA ARRL Technical Coorinator Eric Falkof, K1NUN entitled, How to Read a Technical Article (in QST).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

Framingham ARA Honors W1NXC, KA1HGL For “Decades Of Dedication”

Mary and Ed Weiss Award Presentation at FARA Banquet, 6/18/11The Framingham Amateur Radio Association honored two very special club members at a dinner banquet on June 18, 2011. Mary and Ed Weiss, KA1HGL and W1NXC, respectively, received honors, presents and congratulations before a packed audience of family, friends, and radio club members at the La Cantina Restaurant in Framingham.

ARRL Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI presented a special plaque on behalf of FARA to Ed and Mary which read,

“The Framingham Amateur Radio Association takes great pride in awarding this certificate for decades of dediction in teaching ham radio to those caring and hard-working club members, Ed Weiss, W1NXC and Mary Weiss, KA1HGL.”

W1NXC received the prestigious Herb S. Brier Award from ARRL in 2003 for his years of dedication in volunteer teaching of ham radio coures. He is also thought to be one of the first instructors in the nation to promote the concept of a “License-In-A-Weekend” class.

Mary was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers; Ed was given a Special Edition Vibroplex “bug” by FARA, and a copy of the 2011 ARRL Radio Amateurs Handbook courtesy of the Eastern MA ARRL Section. Both Ed and Mary received baseball caps embroidered with their call signs.

Event planning was handled by Sumner Weisman, W1VIV. Master of Ceremonies Jim Weckback, W1EQW kept the evening lively and animated with light-hearted humor. Numerous other club members contributed remembrances and congratulatory remarks.

[Photo courtesy WA1HAM]

Read More

NTSD Available for Field Day Messages (And Beyond)

NTSD – The National Traffic System Digital network runs alongside the traditional NTS nets and covers the entire United States with liaison into Canada. Message traffic placed into the NTSD is relayed via scanning HF Pactor 2 and Pactor 3 MBO’s throughout the country which operate 24/7 and are accessed regularly by assigned digital relay stations who remove traffic from the MBO’s for local relay or delivery. The system is managed by area digital coordinators. Station KW1U in Concord MA operates a 24/7 MBO on HF with a VHF link on 145.09 Mhz via W1JOE-7 into the N1XTB-4 BBS.

For Field Day messages in Eastern Mass, it is best to put messages on the N1XTB BBS which will then forward to KW1U for relay on HF as needed. See instructions on the ‘nts.ema.arrl.org ‘website under ‘packet procedures’ for help. If you are unable to access this BBS, station KW1U can be accessed via HF Pactor 1, 2 or 3 on one of the scanning frequencies below, all given in center frequencies: 3591.9, 3593.9, 7100.4, 7102.4 10140.9, 10142.9, 14095.9, 14097.9, 14112.4. For help contact Marcia at kw1u@arrl.net or kw1u@winlink.org.

Good luck with Field Day, and keep those messages coming!

73, Marcia KW1U

Read More

Governor Proclaims “Amateur Radio Week” in Massachusetts!

MA Amateur Radio Week 2011 ProclamationJust in time for Field Day–Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick has declared June 25-26, 2011 to be “Amateur Radio Week” in Massachusetts.

The Proclamation was signed at the Executive Chamber in Boston on June 15. The official document was awarded on June 21 to ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI who met wtih Bianca Hoffman in the Governor’s Office on Beacon Hill. Last year’s proclamation was secured through the diligent efforts of the Hampden County Radio Association in Western Massachusetts. (See <http://ema.arrl.org/node/1712>.)

Several individuals worked to secure this year’s proclamation, according to Temples. “I want to acknowledge the work of our State Government Liaison, K3HI, along with effort by several club presidents–and in particular, one of our Local Government Liaisons, Hank McCarl, W4RIG of Gloucester,” remarked Temples. “Hank set up conversations with the office of the Senate Minority Leader–who is, coincidentally, a licensed amateur, and a member of the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association.” Temples added, “We hope also to secure a Senate Resolution honoring Amateur Radio before the start of Field Day.”

K9HI plans to tour with the official Proclamation throughout Eastern Massachusetts during the Field Day weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

Ham Help Needed for BAA 10K Race

Boston ARC logoThe BAA has added to its racing menu a 10K race on Sunday June 26, 2011. The race starts at 0800 on Charles St near the Boston Common and follows Commonwealth Ave and Bay State Rd to a turnaround at Babcock St. The return course is almost the same. The race is expected to attract around 5,000 runners of all abilities. It is believed the race should take no longer than two hours. Ham support for this event involves communications for medical, water station support and runner safety. Most ham assignments are scheduled to begin at around 0700 and should end around 0930.

This new BAA event is now added to the highly acclaimed Boston repertoire. Because of the BAA reputation it quickly attracted an international field including famed local runners as Bill Rodgers and Joan Benoit Samuelson. We have been asked to assist in maintaining the established quality level.

We know this is the Sunday of Field Day, but if you do not participate in Field Day or another ham event, please consider supporting this race. If you can help, please contact Tom Bertolino by email at kb1p at arrl dot net, or by phone at 781.608.6186; or Bob Salow by email at wa1ida at arrl dot net, or by phone at 617.650.0062. We need your help for this important community service.

–Thanks, BARC’s The SPARC, June 2011

Read More

Volunteer Exams At Cape Ann ARA Field Day

ARRL Field Day 2011 logoDean Burgess, KB1PGH writes on CAARAmail list:

The Caara VE team will hold an FCC Amateur Radio license exam session at this year’s field day event site at the Fuller School in Gloucester. The VE session will be on Sunday June 26th, from 10 AM until noon.

If you are planning to take a test please bring two forms of ID. One must be a picture ID and the other your Social Secuity number. Please bring $15.00 as well for the FCC testing fee. You may reserve a spot by e-mailing CAARA VE team leader Bob Quinn, WV1A at bquinn32 at comcast dot net.

We will also welcome walk-ins as well if you want to become a ham or upgrade your license at the last minute.

Read More

Norfolk County RA Demonstrates Amateur Radio at Walpole Fair

Norfolk County Radio Association members, led by Jeff Marden, KB1TJI, put together a very nice display about Amateur Radio on June 11, 2011 at the annual Walpole Village Fair on the grounds of the Episcopal Church in Walpole Center. Roger Turner, W1ZSA, generously provided equipment to round out the station that operated on 2, 10, and 20 meters. Several contacts were made.

Jeff also had a lap-top computer running a repeating video provided by the ARRL that gave a quick overview of ham radio entitled “Hello”.

Shown, below (l-r): Norfolk Co. RA Amateur Radio display at 2011 Walpole Village Fair; Jeff, KB1TJI, operating

 

Amateur Radio display at 2011 Walpole Village FairKB1TJI at 2011 Walpole Village Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

STM REPORT EMA SECTION MAY 2011

STM REPORT EMA SECTION MAY 2011

NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       25    278   207   476   KB1ENV
MARIPN      14    42    33    112   N1LKJ
HHTN        08    04    18    100   N1LUM
WARPSN      05    16    88    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic  QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
N1IQI       1850        205
W1GMF       767         120
KW1U        827         130
N1LKJ       626         110
K1YCQ       403         110
N1UMJ       293         NA
KD1LE       171         135
W1PLK       46          77
KK1X        14          90

BPL EARNED 500 OR MORE: N1IQI KW1U W1GMF N1LKJ
Congratulations on a job WELL DONE.
MARCIA FORDE KW1U STM-EMA

Read More

Microwave Update 2011 & 37th Eastern VHF/UHF Conference, Call For Papers

Microwave Update 2011 & The 37th Eastern VHF/UHF Conference. Both sponsored by the North East Weak Signal Group at:

Holiday Inn
1 Bright Meadow Blvd
Enfield, CT, 06082 USA

October 13 – 15, 2011

This year the premier amateur radio microwave conference and the Eastern VHF/UHF conference will include tours, hospitality, swap session, equipment for measuring and tweaking, banquet and, of course, technical presentations.

Please visit http://www.microwaveupdate.org/ for the latest updates, registration and hotel information. Contact Paul Wade W1GHZ at  w1ghz at arrl dot org by July 15, 2011 for paper and talk arrangements. Papers must be submitted by August 30.

Read More

K1USN RC International Museum Ships Weekend Wrap-up

USS Lawence/ K1USN QSL card“Pi” Pugh, K1RV writes on K1USN RC list:

The 2011 International Museum Ships Weekend was a resounding success!

We had quite a group of operators, helpers and visitors last weekend and we were able to make close to 1000 contacts with 46 states, 31 DXCC countries and 24 participating Museum Ships! The K1USN QSL requests are already pouring in! We hope to have our new cards printed ASAP.

We arrived at 7 PM Friday evening to get the HF stations ready to go. We ran the Yaesu FT-920 and 500 watt Ameritron Amplifier on 20 meters into the Sommer yagi. It performed flawlessly.

We decided to use the Kenwood TS-690-S into the G5RV antenna as our second station and concentrated on 40 meters.

We had over 250 contacts before shutting down for the night at 11:30PM.

Many of the K1USN crew went to Jamies in Braintree at 7 AM for breakfast before heading over to operate. Saturday morning we had both stations operational throughout the day and continued to rack up contacts. Although we did some operating on 17, 15 and 6 meters we pretty much stuck to the “bread n’ butter” bands of 20 and 40 meters.

Special thanks goes to Warren, WA1YKF, for doing a fine job preparing the ends of our hardline cable run to give us the option of using the R-5 vertical which is mounted on the phone pole at the lower end of the parking lot. This enabled us to add a third HF station using the IC-746-PRO and R-5. As an added bonus we found that six meters was open on Saturday and the R-5 loaded quite well on that band, too.

BTW, we were able to work a number of old friends including several who spent many hours operating with us during previous MSW events onboard the USS Salem. Bruce, K1HTN and Norm, WA1DBR as well as former USS Salem crew member, Radar, N2GDY.

We were unable to get our vintage station operational this year, but we already have plans for some station improvements by W1EKG and KB1IIU. BTW, Bill has offered to supply a watertight box for completing the hardline installation.

We had a total of 976 contacts with 262 on CW and the rest on SSB.

Read More

Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for June 2011

Hello to all…

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

Read More

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Lifted Friday June 3rd, 2011 at 1100 PM

Hello to all..

..COMMUNICATIONS RESTORED TO REASONABLE STRENGTH AFTER INITIAL COMMUNICATIONS
PROBLEMS IN THE WAKE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TORNADO OUTBREAK OF JUNE 1ST 2011..
..EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES STAND-BY LIFTED AS OF 11 PM FRIDAY JUNE 3RD 2011..

After the worst tornado outbreak in Massachusetts since 1995, there were
initial communications issues after tornadoes ripped through the Western
Massachusetts ARRL section. Eastern Massachusetts ARES was placed on stand-by
in case support of our neighboring section was required. Since that time,
communications have been restored to tolerable levels and we have lifted
the ARES stand-by as of 11 PM Friday June 3rd, 2011.

The National Weather Service in Taunton has posted their assessment on the
tornado outbreak that hit Massachusetts. Three Tornadoes hit the state. The
complete report on the tornadoes can be seen via the following
Public Information Statement link:

http://www.wx1box.org/local/pns_6_3_11_tor_report.txt

The complete severe weather report for all of the severe thunderstorms is
listed in the link below:

http://www.wx1box.org/local/lsr_6_1_11.txt

The following is a tornado response report from John Ruggiero-N2YHK, Western
Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator:

Just a quick note about the assistance that amateur radio provided during
and after the recent series of tornadoes that affected the area from
Westfield to Southbridge in the Western MA Section:

* SkyWarn was active and amateur radio operators assisted in gathering
severe weather reports on the Mt. Tom, Paxton and other associated
repeaters. Initial reports of a tornado striking Westfield were relayed
to NWS via amateur radio and SkyWarn.

* Tom Doyle, N1MUV, DEC Hampden / Hampshire, and his team provided
assistance to the Red Cross by staffing the Springfield Chapter and three
shelters in Springfield, Monson and Brimfield.

* Tom and his team also provided assistance to several local EOCs, as well
as support to RACES operations at the MEMA Regional HQ in Agawam.

* Charlie Dunlap, K1II, EC Hampden West, and his team provided assistance
to Southwick and surrounding communities, as well as support to RACES
operations at the MEMA Regional HQ in Agawam.

* Tim Mongeau, KB1LZF, EC Worcester, staffed the Worcester Emergency
Communications Team / MEMA Region 4 Radio Room and provided assistance in
gathering reports for SkyWarn.

* Amateur radio operators were present with NWS survey teams today.

* The ARRL has posted a news article about amateur radio’s response on
their website. See link below:
http://www.arrl.org/news/central-massachusetts-experiences-rare-tornado-area-hams-hasten-to-help

* At this time, amateur radio operations are winding down and no further
requests for assistance are pending.

Thank you all for your assistance and continued support of WMA ARES!

John, N2YHK
WMA SEC

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has setup storm assistance
centers for people in need of aid after the tornado outbreak. They have also
setup their 211 line for homeowners and businesses to report damage. Damage
Asessment teams from MEMA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
will be on site starting Monday. Links to these PR releases are listed below:

Storm Assistance Centers:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/storm_assistance_centers.pdf

211 Registration News Release:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/211_Registration_News_Release.pdf

FEMA/MEMA Damage Assessment Teams Press Release:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/News_Release_IA_PA_PDAs_6-3-11.pdf

A great thank you to all the Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters, non-Amateur
Radio SKYWARN Spotters and Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) members
for their support in this horrific tornadic outbreak. The efforts made by
everyone helped save lives and is greatly appreciated by the National
Weather Service, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and local, state and
federal emergency management.

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

Read More

New England Flea Markets, 06/02/111

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2011 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~

*******************************************************************************
2011                                                    Contact          Source
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

3 June Feeding Hills MA HCRA Tailgate Party @6PM Free  Jim KK1W 413 245 3228

4 June Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN                  John 860 673 0518

4 June Goshen CT SBARC @FG                            Lee K1LEE 860 435 0051 A

4 June Hermon ME PSARC 8AM @HS                     Roger KA1TKS 207 848 3846

5 June Bethpage NY LIMARC @Briarcliff $6@9 s@7:30  Richie K2KNB 516 694 4937 W

11 June Windsor VT CVFMA @HS Free                      Ray K1XV 802 875 4525  +

12 June Queens NY HoSARC $5@9 $10/sp@7:30        Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 W

18 June Newington CT NARL @StMarySch                 Steve WV1X 860 594 0265 A+

19 June Cambridge MA             FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F

17 July Cambridge MA             FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F

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

13 Aug Milo ME PARC @HS was StAlbans ME           George WA1JMM 207 441 6112 A+

20 Aug St Albans VT StARC @VFW $5@9                   Arn N1ARN 802 309 0666 W
Read More

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Mobilization through Friday Evening 6/3/11 for Tornado Outbreak in Western and Central Massachusetts

Hello to all..

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO GO ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING JUNE 3RD 2011 DUE TO DAMAGE FROM MAJOR TORNADO OUTBREAK ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS.***

There has been a significant outbreak of severe weather across the region including numerous reports of tornadoes on the ground from Springfield to points as far east as Sturbridge and beyond.  Due to the significant infrastructure damage, we are activating Eastern Massachusetts ARES in stand-by mode to support any potential requests for assistance from around the area. 

Please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime from now through Friday June 3rd, 2011. We are creating a list of availability for ARESMAT deployment if needed for various local EOC’s, Red Cross, Salvation Army, NWS Storm Survey Teams, and hospitals as required.  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 and monitoring local SKYWARN/ARES/RACES frequencies for any updates on this developing situation.

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 is fully understood.

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

Read More