Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Update #2 for October Anomalous Major Nor'Easter

Hello to all..

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES REMAINS ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO IMPACTS FROM MAJOR NOREASTER IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND***
***POWER SLOWLY BEING RESTORED HOWEVER OVER 500,000 WITHOUT POWER IN MASSACHUSETTS AS OF 10AM MONDAY***

***NON-COMMUNICATIONS SHELTER SUPPORT REQUESTED FOR TOWN OF LEXINGTON***

In the aftermath of the significant early season nor’easter, several shelters opened overnight to assist people that had no heat or electricity at their residence.  Additionally, numerous roads remain blocked due to downed trees and wires, so it could be several hours if not days before the full impact of this storm is realized. If you have any pictures of storm damage, please continue to send them to pics@nsradio.org and credit will be given to the spotter when forwarding to media, emergency management, and the National Weather Service unless otherwise noted.  Here are the latest Local Storm Reports and Public Information Statements from NWS Taunton:

Local Storm Report (Damage): http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nwus51.KBOX.html
Public Information Statement (Wind/Snowfall): http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nous41.KBOX.html

We have received a request for additional volunteers in the Town of Lexington where a shelter has opened at the Lexington High School on Waltham St.  They are looking for 5 operators to assist with shelter operations, however please note that this is mostly a non-communications role.  As of early Monday morning, there were approximately 50 clients in this shelter with nearly 75% of the town without power.  If you are interested and/or available to assist with this request, please contact your DEC who will forward your information to the proper contact.  If conditions change throughout the day and the request is cancelled, we will let you know accordingly.

Most other communications infrastructure remains in-tact throughout the region although there have been localized groups supporting communications needs in isolated areas in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  It is possible that additional requests may come in throughout the day and ARES leadership continues to closely monitor the situation in the event additional requests for support are in fact received. 

It is expected that EMA ARES will remain on stand-by through tonight into Tuesday. We continue to compile 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. 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 aresmat@nsradio.org where multiple members of the EMA ARES Leadership will be able to access your availability.  As always, 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.

The next update to this message will be issued no later than Tuesday Evening. 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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Genesis ARS General Class in November, 2011

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

Friday, November 11, 2011 6:30-9:30 PM – Boynton Conference Room
Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:30 AM-6:30 PM – Scarzi Room
Saturday Nov 26, 2011 9:00 AM-6:00 PM – Funkhouser Room A

Walk-in registration for testing (all classes of Licenses) starts at 2:30 PM on Nov. 26; testing begins at 3 PM.

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

To register, please download the registration form and email the completed form to education.registration@genesisars.org.

If you have questions, 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.

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Update #1 for October Anomalous Major Nor'Easter

Hello to all..

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO REMAIN ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO IMPACTS FROM MAJOR NOREASTER IMPACTING SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND***
***NEARLY 700,000 WITHOUT POWER IN MASSACHUSETTS AS OF 8AM***

An anomalous but significant early season nor’easter impacted the region overnight with near blizzard conditions for most of interior MA and nearly hurricane force winds on the Cape in several areas resulting in extensive reports of tree and power line damage. As of 8am, there are nearly 700,000 power outages across Massachusetts, with numerous outages in surrounding states. Numerous roads remain blocked due to downed trees and wires, so it could be several hours if not days before the full impact of this storm is realized. Here are the latest Local Storm Reports and Public Information Statements from NWS Taunton:

Local Storm Report (Damage): http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nwus51.KBOX.html

Public Information Statement (Wind/Snowfall): http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nous41.KBOX.html

If you have any damage, snowfall, flooding, or wind reports, please continue to relay them to your local SKYWARN net control station, or contact a member of the EMA ARES leadership. Pictures of storm damage can be sent to pics@nsradio.org and credit will be given to the spotter when forwarding to media, emergency management, and the National Weather Service unless otherwise noted.

Due to the extent of the damage with this storm, EMA ARES remains on stand-by and this is expected to last into the middle part of this week. Although we have not yet received any requests for assistance, we continue to compile 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. 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 aresmat@nsradio.org where multiple members of the EMA ARES Leadership will be able to access your availability.

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.

The next update to this message will be issued either late Sunday night or early Monday morning. 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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Preliminary Storm Response Guidance for RACES from Acting State RACES Radio Officer Mike Neilsen-W1MPN

Hello all Stations:

We now expect the mobilizations for the storm to begin around 1800 today.

RACES will participate in a phased assist mode starting with helping to ensure that the mountain of storm and damage data gets to higher authorities in your local jurisdictions and then to the regional and state MEMA levels.  I desire that you assist in the efforts already requested in EMA and WMA SEC’s storm response guidance promulgated earlier in separate messages.  I have designated SKYWARN Taunton NWS as having tactical command of this phase.  Berkshire should feed reports to NWS Albany as well.

I will promulgate a detailed Operations Plan sometime this afternoon after consulting further with NWS and the SEOC.

I also need two experienced volunteers to assist with relay operations at the SEOC in Framingham.  Please reply to this email for coordination.

Please direct all questions to your RRO and/or ARES SEC/DC.

Please remember that your and your family’s safety is always paramount in any RACES/ARES response action!

I can be reached all day at (below AC) 562.5662

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR EVERYTHING YOU WILL BE DOING.

I request the widest possible dissemination of this message.

Regards and 73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
State RACES Officer (Acting)
Chairperson, Amateur Radio Working Group
Member of the MA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), and Policies and Programs subcommittee
Office Answering Service/FAX 978.389.0558
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Eastern Massachusetts ARES STAND-BY Activation for Early Season Nor'easter Starting Saturday October 29th, 2011 at 6 PM EDT

Hello to all..

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES TO GO ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 6:00 PM SATURDAY OCTOBER 29TH 2011, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM AN EARLY SEASON NOR’EASTER CAPABLE OF CAUSING SIGNIFICANT TREE AND WIRE DAMAGE FROM HEAVY WET SNOW ACCUMULATION COUPLED WITH FOILIAGE LEFT ON TREES OVER INTERIOR MASSACHUSETTS***

An anomalous early season nor’easter is expected to impact much of Southern New England including Massachusetts Saturday Night into Sunday. The main concern prompting the ARES Stand-by activation is the threat for heavy wet snow in interior Massachusetts especially along and west of I-495 coupled with foiliage left on trees causing widespread tree and power line damage and power outages. Other impacts will include strong to damaging winds, heavy rainfall along and southeast of the Boston to Providence RI corridor and minor to moderate coastal flooding in East Coastal Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands though this should be typical nor’easter impacts versus the heavy wet snow threat which looks much more serious. 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 evening, 10/27 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 aresmat@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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Nationwide EAS Test, Nov. 9 at 2 PM ET

Mike Neilsen, W1MPN writes:

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, wireline video providers, satellite digital audio radio service providers and direct broadcast satellite service providers to make their communications facilities available to the President during a national emergency. The system also may be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information such as AMBER (child abduction) alerts and severe weather warnings targeted to specific geographical regions or areas. The following transmitted message may be used:

 

“This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. This test will last for approximately three minutes.

During this test, most television and radio providers will remain on the air to participate in the test.

This is (station name). We will be discontinuing programming for the duration of the test.

Our programming will resume at the end of the test, in approximately three minutes.”

 

I am requesting the widest possible dissemination on all Yahoo Groups lists, the SKYWARN List, and the EMA and WMA websites.

Many thanks in advance.

Regards and 73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
State RACES Officer (Acting)
Chairperson, Amateur Radio Working Group
Member of the MA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), and Policies and Programs subcommittee
Office Answering Service/FAX 978.389.0558

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Framingham ARA Demos Ham Radio to Local Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts at W1FY shack, Oct. 2011Members of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association were on hand last week at the club station to demonstrate Amateur Radio to a local cub scout troop.

According to Jeff Piazza, Cub Master of the Wellesley Cub Scout Troop, the evening was a great success for all the participants.

“Thank you for a great evening for the boys. As you can appreciate, keeping a group of boys this age engaged and not bouncing off the walls can be a significant challenge, but this was not an issue with last night’s event. Clearly you were doing something right!”

“I want to thank Ed, W1NXC, Mary, KA1HGL, Sumner, W1VIV, and especially Jim, W1EQW who operated from his QTH on the FARA repeater for over an hour to give the scouts the thrill of talking with someone on the air,” added Framingham ARA President Gordy Bello, K1GB.

Additional photos from the cub scout event at W1FY are available for viewing.


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Cape Ann ARA Receives ARRL Foundation Grant

Cape Ann ARA logo The ARRL Foundation has awarded a $200 grant to the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association towards the purchase of equipment to support CAARA’s ongoing weekly Morse code classes.

In a letter dated October 19, 2011 from Foundation Secretary Mary Hobart, K1MMH to CAARA’s Rick Maybury, WZ1B, Hobart writes:

“On behalf of the ARRL Foundation I am pleased to advise you that the Foundation Board of Directors has approved a grant of $200 from the ARRL Foundation CW Operators Fund. The grant is provided for the purchase of a MFJ-4628 Multi-Mode Code reader.

“As outlined in your grant application, this grant will provide funding for equipment to be used in learning and practice of Morse code in your Saturday morning classes. The classes include the history of Morse code, reading, transmitting, contesting and emergency services.

“Congratulations! The Foundation Board will be eager to hear from you about the impact of this grant.”

The Eastern MA ARRL leadership  also extends its congratulations to CAARA members for their work in promoting Morse code–still a vibrant and popular mode of Amateur communication.

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STM REPORT EMA SECTION SEPTEMBER 2011

STM REPORT EMA SECTION SEPTEMBER 2011

NET         SES   QTC   QNI   QTR   NM
EM2MN       27    273   226   473   KB1ENV
MARIPN      15    16    34    78    N1LKJ
HHTN        08    06    17    75    N1LUM
WARPSN      04    12    67    NA    NI1X

QTC=Traffic  QNI=Checkins  QTR=Minutes

CALL        TOTAL       PSHR
N1IQI       1383        110
KW1U        996         130
K1YCQ       NA          NA
N1LKJ       142         110
KD1LE       135         150
N1TF        89          80
W1PLK       74          73
KK1X        06          76

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

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Tower Safety Rules To Live By

John Beanland, G3BVU writes on the PART List:

W1GFF has drawn our attention to a fatal accident [on October 12, 2011] on  the “WHDH” tower in Newton. Fatal accidents on a tower should NEVER happen provided a simple set of safety rule is followed 100%.

  1. Use a “climbing belt” and two (2) straps. If you have only one (1) strap, DON’T CLIMB.
  2. Carefully examine the belt and both straps before putting them on, REJECT IF DAMAGED.
  3. When only a few feet off of the ground, place one strap around the tower and throw your weight on it. NO HOLDING THE TOWER. If something breaks you will suffer only a bruise or two as you hit the ground.
  4. Repeat the test with the second strap.
  5. With two (2) straps there are four (4) ends.
  6. ALWAYS HAVE AT LEAST ONE STRAP AROUND THE TOWER AND THREE (3) ENDS CONNECTED TO YOUR BELT.
  7. When you come to a set of guys to prevent you climbing further, pass one strap around the tower on the other side of the guys and secure to your belt before releasing one end of the strap that is preventing further progress up/down the tower.
  8. BASICALLY YOU ARE ALWAYS SECURED TO THE TOWER BY YOUR BELT AND ONE STRAP.

Safe climbing.

de G3BVU

W1GFF wrote:

Boston news outlets are reporting that a tower worker fell 1,000 feet to his death today from the American Radio Systems Tower next to Rt 128 in Newton. The tower was formerly known as the WHDH-TV Channel 5 tower…but after Ch 5 lost their license in the 70’s it became known as FM-128 and was the home to a number of FM radio stations and two-way customers. The tower is owned by American Tower Systems.

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YCCC “Contest University” Andover, MA, Oct. 25

Yankee Clipper Contest Club logoOn Tuesday, October 25th, a Contest University will be presented by the Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC). The Philips Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will be hosting this unique opportunity to learn about contesting from some of the top-level contesters in the area!

The event will take place at the Philips Electronics facility, conveniently located near route 93 in Andover, MA.

Professors K1DG, K5ZD, and K1RX will be on hand to present tips, tricks, and techniques for maximizing your contest performance! Topics will be adjusted for audience interest, but will typically include:

  • Maximizing score with limited station
  • Maximizing score with limited operating time
  • Propagation – what’s expected this year
  • Operating tips for running, S&P, DO’s and DON’Ts
  • Sleep strategy

The event will take place from 6 to 11 pm. Philips employees will act as hosts/escorts for non-Philips attendees. We will take a collection for pizza and drinks.

If you are interested in attending, there is no fee, but you MUST PRE-REGISTER. Send an email to barockteer(at)aol.com or k1kp(at)arrl.net with your full name and callsign, and US citizenship status. You will be emailed detailed directions to the event to confirm your registration.

This will also count as a YCCC Local Meeting, and new members are welcome to join YCCC at this time.

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Bay State Marathon to be held Oct. 16th in Lowell

Bay State MarathonFor the second year, amateur radio has been asked to help with race communications throughout the course of the Bay State Marathon. This years course is a little longer and we would like additional communications resources to cover the entire race, so we are looking for a few more hams than in the past.

http://www.baystatemarathon.com/coursemaps.html

I know it is a “long” weekend which includes NEAR-FEST, but if you find that you don’t want to be dodging rain drops in Deerfield but enjoy the warm sunny skies of Lowell along the river, consider joining us.

It is an early morning event (7 AM) and you should be able to be home in time to watch fute-ball in the afternoon! Patriots game is at 4:15.

Please contact Alan-W1AHM or Terry-KA8SCP if you have questions or are available to assist.

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MEMA and Amateur Radio Update – Sunday October 2nd, 2011

Hello to all..

My apologies to all for a late update here. There have been a lot of developments in the past few weeks and it seemed it would be best to hold off on providing an update until a number of the items here were sorted out.

Approximately 3 weeks after Hurricane Irene, there was the Southeast Massachusetts Emergency Managers Directors Association Meeting (SEMEMDA) meeting. After the meeting, a discussion on RACES ensued including the operational changes of the region 1 and 2 offices not being opened during Hurricane Irene. The official reason given by Region Two Manager, James Mannion, was that there was not enough staffing on the MEMA side to staff the Region 1 and 2 facilities. The closure of the region offices, as mentioned previously, affected not only Amateur Radio but local public safety and others that would normally route requests to the regional offices. The timing of this situation 4 weeks after an Amateur Radio Statewide Hurricane Drill was obviously not optimal for this change during an actual hurricane but again necessitated on their staffing and again Amateur Radio was not signaled out on the impact here and many other agencies were impacted.

Following Hurricane Irene was the cancellation of the September RACES Nets. At the SEMEMDA meeting, less of an explanation could be offered for the last minute cancellation, but later on, it was determined that MEMA was reviewing the program including changes to the RACES Nets resulting in the cancellation. The cancellation was very late and going forward such a situation will be avoided. The October RACES Nets will occur but with some changes as requested by the agency and that will be conducted and brought down to RACES folks through their region RACES Radio Officers. These changes will actually benefit and provide more training and more usefulness to the nets. As always, with changes can come some issues implementing the changes. As the changes are rolled out we remind folks as we state in our Emergency Communications Workshops the motto from the 9/11 ARES/Amateur Radio deployments wish is ‘blessed our the flexible for they will not get bent out of shape’.

By now, many of you may have heard that an Acting Massachusetts State RACES Radio Officer has been chosen and that is former Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator and ARRL Section Manager, Mike Neilsen-W1MPN. I can not think of a better person to be in this role at this critical time. Mike has many years of experience in ARES, Amateur Radio and served in RACES supporting Massachusetts State EOC operations working with Tom Kinahan-N1CPE as Massachusetts State RACES Radio Officer. Mike will help out significantly in implementing changes that MEMA is looking for in terms of the support Amateur Radio can provide and the right way that Amateur Radio can provide support for their changing needs. His announcement is provided in its entirety at the end of this update. It is noted that Mike is taking this on as an interim/acting position and that one of his priorities will be a search for a permanent candidate while implementing the most important initial changes on Amateur Radio support for MEMA.

From an ARES perspective, we will continue to support RACES/MEMA as a client agency. A greater role for our services in terms of training and preparation is likely to occur as we move forward. Other changes in operations for MEMA/RACES may occur as reviewed under Mike Neilsen-W1MPN’s leadership.

While the recent events understandably unsettled people on Amateur Radio’s role in MEMA and disasters, it is our belief that the long-term impact could be a strong positive as we work with MEMA to make the changes that they feel will make Amateur Radio crticial in their disaster operations while maintaining the main roles that Amateur Radio can fulfill. Further updates will be posted as required. Below is Mike’s announcement as posted to the MRAS-General email list:

Hello all RACES, ARES, and SKYWARN stations:

Recently, Tom Kinahan resigned his post as our State RACES Communications Officer after serving in that post since the mid-90’s.  Many of you have joined me in thanking him for his long service and wishing him the best in his future endeavors.

While we search for an exceptionally qualified candidate for permanent appointment, MEMA has asked me to assume the role of State RACES Communications Officer on a temporary basis.  I accepted the offer with that proviso.  I look forward to speaking with each of you, but in view of the pressing circumstances I would be very appreciative if you would contact your regional RACES Officer with your questions and comments.  They will relay to me as needed.

Please continue to function as you have in your local and state government RACES appointments, including the monthly radio drills.  There will, however, be some changes that will be implemented immediately in the monthly drill procedure, so please watch for a message on the 10/3 drill to be released shortly.  These developments for the RACES program do not immediately affect any ARES programs, but you are encouraged to contact your ARES leadership with any questions you may have.

In the meantime, we also have some pressing challenges that need to be addressed in the coming months.  I desire to receive as much input as possible for that process, starting with input from the recognized ham leadership, and then later providing a forum for general input such as our MRAS group, and other interested parties.

To that end, I will convene the Amateur Radio Working Group (ARWG) approved earlier this year by the State Interoperability Executive Committee to review grant proposals for Amateur Radio.  Unfortunately those funds have been frozen, but the ARWG can be used for the purpose of guiding the future of amateur radio emergency communications.  I will send invitations to those stakeholders shortly for a meeting in October and before the next MRAS meeting.

I look forward to working with you.

de W1MPN

Regards and 73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
State RACES Officer (Acting)
Chairperson, Amateur Radio Working Group
Member of the MA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), and Policies and Programs subcommittee
Office Answering Service/FAX 978.389.0558
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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: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for October 2011

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for October is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for October is Monday October 3rd, 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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