Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Lifted as of 330 PM 8/30/11 As the Region Recovers from Hurricane Irene

Hello to all..

..EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES STAND-BY LIFTED AS OF 330 PM TUESDAY AUGUST 30TH 2011
AS THE AREA CONTINUES TO RECOVER FROM THE IMPACT OF HURRICANE IRENE..

Hurricane Irene caused widespread pockets of tree and wire damage across the
region. Irene knocked out power to over 600,000 residents in Massachusetts.
Those numbers as of this message wirting was down to approximately 215,000
people. Eastern Massachusetts ARES supported the following activities as
Irene impacted the region:

-ARES Support of NWS Taunton SKYWARN Operations and reportds from SKYWARN
Nets from across the entire NWS Taunton County Warning Area
-ARES support of the city of Boston and town of Carver EOCs
-ARES Support of Red Cross Regional Shelters that were established
-Support and communications to the FEMA Region 1 Federal Response Center
-Cape Cod ARES supported 7 shelters, Red Cross EOC Staffing, staffing at
the Mutual Aid Coordination Center (MACC) and Nantucket ARES supported a
shelter and primary and backup EOC communication.
-CAARA (Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association) supported the Gloucester EOC with three net control operators and one operator to Addison Gilbert Hospital, (part of the Northeast Health System).
-An ARESMAT was nearly required for Franklin County Massachusetts and
Western Massachusetts ARES. Several Amateurs were nearly deployed to support
issues caused by severe flooding in Franklin County Massachusetts but the
needs were covered in Western Massachusetts and those operations were
completed by Monday Evening August 29th.

The National Weather Service in Taunton has posted their Local Storm Report
and Public Information Statement on wind meassurements, river, stream, urban
and storm surge flooding reports as well as rainfall and measured wind
gust information. This information can be seen in their reports via the
following links embedded into the Post Hurricane Irene Coordination
Message #1:

NWS Taunton Local Storm Report Link:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/LSR_8_28_11.txt

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement link:
http://www.wx1box.org/local/pns_8_28_11.txt

A Hurricane Irene Post Tropical Cyclone Report will likely follow in the
coming days or weeks. This will be covered under a Post Hurricane Irene
Coordination Message that will be posted on the WX1BOX, NWS Taunton
Amateur Radio Station Home Page via the following link:

http://www.wx1box.org

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 Hurricane Irene. The efforts made by
everyone helped save lives and is greatly appreciated by the National
Weather Service, American Red Cross, 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

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UPDATED: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Status for Hurricane Irene – Requests for Assistance from Agencies

Hello to all..

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS REMAINS ON STAND-BY STATUS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM HURRICANE IRENE***
***WE HAVE RECEIVED SEVERAL REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE IN ADVANCE OF THE STORM AND ARE WORKING THROUGH OUR AVAILABILITY LIST.  PLEASE NOTIFY YOUR EC/DEC/ASEC/SEC OF YOUR AVAILABILITY AS OUTLINED BELOW***

Hurricane Irene made landfall this morning along the outer banks of North Carolina and slowly continues her track towards the Southern New England region.  All computer model guidance products have are now in agreement that Irene will travel up the coast overnight tonight and make landfall along Long Island and Southern CT (possibly Coastal RI) as a Category-1 Hurricane. Should the storm make landfall, this would be the first land falling hurricane in New England since Bob of 1991. Most importantly, Irene has a significantly large wind-field with strong winds being felt well away from the storm center.  For further meteorological updates, please see the NWS Taunton SKYWARN home page at http://www.wx1box.org

We are continuing to collect availability for potential deployment to some of our served agencies.  As of Saturday morning, 8/27, we have received several requests in advance of the storm including local EOC’s, American Red Cross, and hospital locations.  We are currently reviewing all submitted availability and will be sending out assignments as needed.  As a reminder, please do not self-deploy.  Check with your local ARES leadership for additional information on deployments.

Please continue to advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime from Saturday morning, 8/27 through early next week. 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.

When sending your availability, please continue to send the following: Name, Call-sign, License Class, Capability (HF / VHF / UHF), Availability, and any other special notes we should be aware of. We ask that as you contact your DEC, please send a copy of the message to hurricane@nsradio.org where multiple members of the EMA ARES Leadership will be able to access your availability.

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

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Ham Volunteers Needed For Jimmy Fund Walk, Sept. 18

Steve Schwarm, W3EVE writes:

The Jimmy Fund Walk is Sunday, September 18, 2011. Hams are needed for the Buses and First Aid Stations. Times run from 5 AM to 7 PM. There are some half day assignments for the Morning. Everything is normally done by 7PM. This event is on the Boston Marathon Course but most of the activity is on the last half.

This a great event for a new ham who wants to try out public serve. Every thing will be on 2 Meters. A good antenna for an HT with extra batteries is what is needed for the First Aid Stations. A mobile antenna is needed for the buses. Drop me an email at w3eve at arrl dot net if you can help. Please put Jimmy Fund in the subject. Give me a call or send an email if you have questions.

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES STAND-BY Activation for Major Hurricane Irene Starting Thursday August 25th, 2011 at 9 AM EDT

Hello to all..

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO GO ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 9:00AM THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM MAJOR HURRICANE IRENE***

Major Hurricane Irene has been steadily strengthening and currently sits as a major, category 3 storm currently affecting the Bahamas and is poised to become a category-4 storm in the next 24 hours.  Numerous computer model guidance products have established a track where the storm makes a direct impact to Long Island and/or New England during the day on Sunday as a Category-2 hurricane.  Should the storm make landfall, this would be the first land falling hurricane in New England since Bob of 1991. For further meteorological updates, please see the NWS Taunton SKYWARN home page at http://www.wx1box.org   

In advance of the storm, please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime from Saturday morning, 8/27 through early next week. 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.

When sending your availability, please send the following:  Name, Call-sign, License Class, Capability (HF / VHF / UHF), Availability, and any other special notes we should be aware of.  We ask that as you contact your DEC, please send a copy of the message to hurricane@nsradio.org where multiple members of the EMA ARES Leadership will be able to access your availability.

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

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Massachusetts Statewide Hurricane Hannah Drill After Action Reports

Hello to all..

We hope everyone enjoyed the Monday August 8th Hurricane Hannah Statewide Hurricane Drill. The drill is a great place to identify issues ahead of time as a drill ‘doesn’t count’ in terms of a real event and it gives us areas to look to improve on for the next drill or in the event a hurricane strikes the region. We also made some changes to the drill scenario and heard of some ideas that some did on their nets that we will try and incorporate into future drills. Feedback on issues identified and the structure of the drill is welcome through After Action Reports and we have already received a number of After Action Reports (AARs).

We would like to compile everyone’s after action reports into one large AAR and we will be keeping the orignators name of each after action report in the larger document. If possible, it would be great to receive all of the reports by Saturday 9/3/11. We’ll try and post the report to the various email groups and the Eastern Massachusetts ARES web site by 9/18/11 (hopefully sooner depending on the receipt of reports and any SKYWARN activations between now and this timeframe). When sending out your After Action Reports, feel free to copy the SECs of both the Eastern and Western Mass. section, the Region RACES Radio Officer and your ARES EC/DEC as appropriate.

We appreciate everyone’s support of this year’s exercise. Thanks to all who participated!

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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Southeastern MA ARA Tailgate Flea, Sept. 11, 2011

The Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Assocation will hold its 2011 Tailgate Flea at the SEMARA club house on 54 Donald Street in Dartmouth on Sept. 11, 2011 from 8:00 AM until 12 Noon, “rain or shine.” Seller setup begins at 7 AM. Admission for sellers is $10.00 per table. Adult buyers pay $5.00. Children under 12 years of age will receive free admission.

For more information, see the club’s flyer at http://www.semara.org/files/stories/2011-08-06.pdf.

–Thanks, N1WCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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New England Area Flea Markets 08/04/11

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

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2011                                                    Contact          Source
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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
                   Third Sunday April thru October      

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  

10 Sept Windsor ME AARA @FG                          Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075 W+

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 RIAFMRS @VFW $5/Sp@8           Rick K1KYI 401 864 9611 W+

17 Sept Alton NH @Masonic Lodge $10/TG $20/Inside     Bob W1GWU 603 776 0086  +

18 Sept Cambridge MA             FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F
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TEN COMMANDMENTS OF NTS TRAFFIC OPS

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF NTS TRAFFIC OPS

1) THOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER DUTIES BEFORE YOU THAN TO DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER AS A LICENSED AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR TO SERVE THE PUBLIC GOOD WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE NATIONAL TRAFFIC SYSTEM. (I know that this may seem extreme; after all, we have jobs and families. Right? But, we’re having fun here, so… What are jobs for, except to buy more radios and build bigger and taller antennas with which we serve the public good?)

2) ONCE YOU HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE A PIECE OF RADIOGRAM TRAFFIC, YOU BECOME RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS ACCURATE AND SAFE HANDLING UNTIL IT IS EITHER RELAYED OR DELIVERED. THOU SHALT KEEP A RECORD OF ALL TRAFFIC THAT HAS BEEN INTRUSTED TO YOUR CARE. THOU SHALT NOT KILL A RADIOGRAM.

3) THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE (UNTRUE TO THE ORIGINAL) RADIOGRAMS. THOU SHALL DO EVERYTHING TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE CONTENT OF THE ORIGINAL RADIOGRAM. YOU MUST SEE TO IT THAT THE RADIOGRAM TEXT IS DELIVERED EXACTLY AS IT WAS ORIGINATED TO ITS INTENDED RECIPIENT AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE.

4) THOU SHALT NOT CONCERN THYSELF WITH ANYTHING BUT THE LEGALITY OF THE CONTENT OF A RADIOGRAM. WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE MESSAGE IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED. THOU SHALL NOT COVET “REAL” RADIOGRAMS.

5) THOU SHALT NOT MISUSE THE NAME OF THE NTS. THOU SHALL ALWAYS BE AS POSITIVE AND OPTIMISTIC AS POSSIBLE IN ALL YOUR COMMUNICATIONS CONCERNING THE NTS.

6) THOU SHALT BE COURTEOUS AND COMPASSIONATELY OFFICIAL IN ALL YOUR COMMUNICATION WITH THE RECIPIENTS OF RADIOGRAMS.

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STM REPORT EMA JULY 2011

STM REPORT EMA SECTION JULY 2011

NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       27    68    184   399   KB1ENV
EMRIPN      14    12    44    71    WA1FNM
HHTN        10    04    30    118   K1YCQ
WARPSN      05    15    95    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic  QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
N1IQI       237         NA
KW1U        659         140
N1TF        52          73
N1LKJ       56          90
K1YCQ       148         NA
W1PLK       32          NA
KK1X        23          198

BPL EARNED 500 OR MORE: KW1U
Congratulations on a job WELL DONE.
Marcia KW1U

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

Hello to all..

The Massachusetts Statewide Hurricane Drill is Monday August 8th, 2011 from 7-9 PM. An updated participants document has been provided. The biggest change was to the Winlink Appendix A documentation. Other more minor corrections for grammar etc. were made across the document. 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_2.pdf

A link has been provided within the participants document but the RACES frequency Plan has also been provided in ICS-217a format. See links below:

http://ares.ema.arrl.org/local/ICS217A_RACES-MISC.pdf
http://ares.ema.arrl.org/local/ICS217A_RACES_2M.pdf

This should be the last update to this document. If another update is required, we will post via the various email lists and the web site. 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

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