Massachusetts Statewide Hurricane Drill – Monday August 8th, 2011 from 7-9 PM – Participants Document

Hello to all..

The Massachusetts Statewide Hurricane Drill is Monday August 8th, 2011 from 7-9 PM. The following is a link to the participants document for the exercise:

http://ares.ema.arrl.org/local/2011_Hurricane_Hannah_Mass_Drill_Participants_Doc_Rev_1.pdf

This document maybe updated again on Monday August 1st with any corrections received and potentially some revised information. An update will be sent via the email lists and the Eastern Massachusetts ARES web site if updates are made and the posting will state what parts of the document have been updated.

We look forward to everyone’s participation in the drill!

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

Boston College Summer Campers Learn About Amateur Radio

Youngsters attending Boston College’s St. Columbkille Summer Camp were treated to an Amateur Radio presentation by Eastern MA ARRL leaders on July 12, 2011.

Approximately two-dozen 10-year-olds from the greater Boston area witnessed  operational HF and VHF/UHF stations, complete with a vertical antenna mounted on a stepladder, and Morse code telegraph keys made from paper clips, a doorknob, and a block of wood. The campers were given the opportunity to use code practice oscillators, then they completed a fun quiz in the Morse code and the international spelling alphabets. The session culminated in each boy and girl speaking via UHF repeater to youths at the nearby Dexter Academy in Brookline.

Shown here: ARRL Technical Coordinator Eric Falkof, K1NUN; Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI. Not shown: Public Information Coordinator Bob Salow, WA1IDA. Photo courtesy WA1IDA.

[See also: Local Children Schooled on Technology of Amateur Radio at St. Columbkille Summer Camp]

Read More

Upcoming SKYWARN Training Sessions in Eastern MA

SKYWARN logoRob Macedo, KD1CY writes:

The following are SKYWARN Training Sessions booked for late July/Early August 2011. Further training sessions will be booked over the course of the year so check http://www.wx1box.org/node/36 frequently for updates.

Saturday July 30th, 2011: 10 AM-1 PM:
Marlborough Central Fire Department
215 Maple Street (Route 85)
Marlborough, Mass.
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: None Required

Saturday August 6th, 2011: 10 AM-1 PM:
Beverly Emergency Management Agency
43 Airport Road
Beverly Mass.
Taught by Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: None Required

Read More

EMA Traffic Handlers Picnic, August 7, 2011

The annual Traffic Handlers Picnic for Eastern Massachusetts will be held August 7, 2011 at the Raynham Senior Center picnic area in Raynham MA. The picnic will run from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Your host KW1U 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.

Read More

Sen. Bruce Tarr Visits Cape Ann ARA

Sen. Bruce Tarr visit to CAARA, July 17, 2011The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association hosted Massachusetts State Senator Bruce Tarr, N1UIU along with Eastern MA ARRL leaders at its club house in Gloucester on Sunday, July 17. Tarr brought along the original Senate-House Resolution proclaiming Amateur Radio Week in Massachusetts. His office was instrumental in helping the Eastern MA ARRL field organization to secure both the legislative resolution as well as a gubernatorial proclamation.

Sen. Tarr described the steps involved in creating the resolution and its impact–particularly, how it underscores the work of amateur radio operators in the Commonwealth. He praised CAARA and its members for their dedication to public service, as well as acknowledging the club’s ARRL Special Service Club status.

[See also:

Governor Proclaims “Amateur Radio Week” in Massachusetts
MA Senate Passes Amateur Radio Week Declaration]

Shown here (l-r): Sen. Bruce Tarr, N1UIU; ARRL Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI; ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY; Local Government Liaison Hank McCarl, W4RIG; CAARA President Stanley Stone, W4HIX. Photo courtesy Dean Burgess, KB1PGH.

 

Read More

Genesis ARS Technician Classes in August, 2011

The Genesis Amateur Radio Society, in cooperation with Jordan Hospital will conduct a Technician license class culminating in a volunteer exam testing session in August, 2011. The class sessions will be held at Jordan Hospital:

Friday, August 12, 2011 7-9 PM – Boynton Conference Room
Sunday, August 14, 2011 1-6 PM – Boynton Conference Room
Saturday, August 27, 2011 9 AM-5 PM – Funkhouser Room B

The third class date includes a test session from 2-5 PM. Walk-ins for the exams ONLY are allowed from 2-2:30 PM.

While not mandatory, it is recommended that candidates participate in all three classes. Registration is required due to limited seating.

To register, visit www.genesisars.org and email the completed registration form to education.registration@genesisars.org.

Class participants must have a copy of the ARRL Technician Q&A Manual and, optionally, the ARRL Technician License Manual. A fee of $15.00 is required for the ARRL VEC-sponsored examination.

For questions, including obtaining the course material, please email: Joe Reynolds at ka1gdq@gmail.com or call 508-296-3622 (voice mail) or 774-222-2542 (mobile); Chris Johnson, n1ir@arrl.net.

Read More

South Shore Hospital ARC Seeks Volunteers for Run to The Rock Road Race

Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH July 10, 2011

To: All Amateur Radio Operators, a request to volunteer.

The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club has been asked by the organizers of the Plymouth Boys & Girls Club “Run To The Rock Road Race” to assist them with their communications needs on September 10,2011.

Joining forces with the South Shore Hospital group are members of the Whitman Amateur Radio Club and the Genesis Amateur Radio Society. This event is shaping up to be a fun and challenging event. If you’ve never had the opportunity to volunteer for such an event this is shaping up to be a fun and worthwhile experience.

We are in need of both experienced and inexperienced Operators to assist us in manning positions along the 3 different routes the runners will be traveling throughout Plymouth. Standard 2 meter equipment is all that is required.

There is a cookout for the runners and volunteers at the conclusion of the race.

Please volunteer to join us on September 10, 2011. Let’s demonstrate to the public the fellowship, spirit, and value of Amateur Radio. Information about the race is available at http://runtotherock.webs.com. To volunteer, please send an email to SSHARC@GMAIL.COM. Please include your name, call-sign, and phone number.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
John O’Neill, KB1QEM
President South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH
Email: oneilljr at gmail dot com
55 Fogg Road
South Weymouth
Massachusetts
02190-2455
southshorehospital.org

Read More

Framingham ARA Awards Scholarship to KB1FGU

Brendan Silkey, KB1FGU receives scholarship from FARA's Jim Weckback, W1EQW The Framingham Amateur Radio Association awarded its 2011 FARA Scholarship to Brendan Silkey, KB1FGU of Hubbardston, MA. The scholarship was presented at a special banquet on June 18 honoring Ed Weiss, W1NXC and Mary Weiss, KA1HGL.

Silkey, the grandson of Ed Weiss, is an honors student at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. After he graduates, Silkey has aspirations to attend medical school. He also intends to upgrade to General class soon. KB1FGU attended one of the FARA license in a weekend classes in 2000 where he earned his Technican class license.

Congratulations to Brendan Silkey, and to the Framingham Amateur Radio Association for furthering the scholarship of a such a promising, young radio amateur.

Shown here: KB1FGU receives the FARA scholarship from FARA Director Jim Weckback, W1EQW. Photo courtesy WA1HAM.


Read More

Massachusetts Statewide Hurricane Drill – Monday August 8th, 2011 from 7-9 PM

Hello to all..

As stated on the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net on Monday July 11th, 2011, there will be the Massachusetts Statewide Hurricane Drill on Monday August 8th, 2011 from 7-9 PM. MEMA Regional stations and the State EOC, the NWS Taunton station will be active and we encourage local cities and towns, ARES/RACES/SKYWARN and MARS stations to participate. Since we will be doing the drill on the second Monday in August, the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for the first Monday will be cancelled as will the RACES Nets though ARES Net Manager and Middlesex County ARES DEC, Steve Telsey-N1BDA, will be on the MMRA system on the first Monday of the month to answer any questions informally concerning the drill. Region Two is expected to host their typical hurricane exercise meeting on the first Monday in August and an announcement should follow in the coming days there as well.

Drill overview participant and drill contoller documents will be dessiminated sometime between 7/26-7/28. For this year, we would like to shake up some components of the drill. Specifically, much of the drill time is spent creating mock damage reports from a hurricane. While this will still be a component of the drill, we will be working on other ways to prompt drill participants to give tactical and formal messages that would be pertinent to a hurricane scenario to see if it will drive more activity on the various nets and also help preparedness in a real hurricane scenario.

We appreciate everyone’s support for the drill and look forward to working with everyone. 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

Read More

Pilgrim ARC Receives 35-Year ARRL Affiliation Award

PARC 35th anniversary of ARRL Affiliation plaque award

The Pilgrim Amateur Radio Club received a special plaque commemorating 35 years of ARRL affiliation at the club’s July 12 meeting in Provincetown.

On hand to present the award was ARRL Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI. Temples thanked the membership for their years of dedication to the League. Almost 100 percent of members present indicated they belonged to the League.

Shown here (l-r): President Bob Angelelli, KC2BDB; Founding President Dana Henrique, WA1KYU; Phil Temples, K9HI.

 

 

 

 

Read More

Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for July 2011

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for July is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for July is Monday July 11th, 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 this second Monday of the month due to a holiday on 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

Cape Ann ARA To Activate Thacher I., July 29-Aug. 1

Cape Ann ARA logoThe Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association will conduct another DXpedition to Thacher Island off the Rockport coast, from July 29-August 1. Club members will operate from the National Historic Site using the callsign W1T. They will operate primarily on 20 and 40 meters using SSB, CW and PSK31 modes.

Operation will be conducted from the South Tower (Lighthouse # USA-105), grid square FN42rp. If time permits, they may also operate from the North Tower (Lighthouse # USA-1027), same grid square. Thacher Island contacts will also count for IOTA # NA-148 and USI MA001S. QSO informtion can be found at http://www.qrz.com/db/w1t.

 

Read More

New England Area Flea Markets, July 6, 2011

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

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

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

23 July N Haven CT YankeePeddler  *** CANCELLED ***  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

21 Aug Cambridge MA              FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F

28 Aug Adams MA NoBARC @FG $4@8 TG$10@7           Timothy KE3HT 413 822 7075 W

10 Sept Ballston Spa NY SCRACES @FG @7            Darlene N2XQG 518 587 2385 W

10 Sept Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN                 John 860 673 0518  

11 Sept Newtown CT CARA @TownHall @8:30 sell@7        Joe AB1DO 203 938 4880 W

17 Sept Alexander ME StCVARC @ElSch               William AA1ZR 207 853 2951 A

17 Sept Forestdale RI RIFMRS @VFW                    Rick K1KYI 401 864 9611 A

18 Sept Cambridge MA             FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F
Read More

ARRL Hurricane Webinar: 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season

SKYWARN logoThe ARRL will host a webinar on Hurricanes and the Amateur Radio Response to the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season on July 7, 2011 from 8:00-9:30 PM EDT.

Representatives from the VoIP Hurricane Net, and amateur radio station WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center, the Hurricane Watch Net and the ARRL will be giving presentations and discussion in this webinar. The webinar is open to all Amateurs.

Rob Macedo, KD1CY will co-present. [Full story].

 

 

 

 

Read More

KD1CY Discusses SKYWARN On Radio Program

SKYWARN logoEastern MA ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator and SKYWARN Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY along with several town and Red Cross officials were featured recently on the WFCR radio program, “Focus Western New England: Tornado Aftermath” discussing the recent Western Massachusetts tornados.

An audio recording of the show can be heard on-line at http://tinyurl.com/5s393bm. Macedo can be heard at approximately 40 minutes into the recording.

See also: Special Announcement: WFCR 88.5 FM Amherst Massachusetts Talk Show on Western Massachusetts Tornadoes 6/29/11 4-5 PM.

 

 

Read More