Special Announcement: National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop and Livestreaming

Hello to all..

The National Hurricane Conference is coming up next week from Monday March 26th through Thursday March 29th. Amateur Radio will be represented at two sessions during the conference as well as at a function at the Orange County Florida Emergency Operatons Center Monday Evening March 26th where Dr. Richard Knabb of The Weather Channel will be present.

All workshops will be livestreamed. The livestream links that are available are as follows:

http://www.nsradio.org/stream.htm
http://www.voipwx.net/files/stream.htm

Information on the presenters including presenters from the NWS Taunton Amateur Radio Program are listed via the link below:

http://www.arrl.org/news/2012-national-hurricane-conference-to-feature-amateur-radio-activities

This information is also posted in the ARES E-Letter via the following link:

http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2012-03-21

We encourage folks to watch the livestream as presenters go through the role of the Amatuer Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC, the WX4NHC group’s role in the Haiti mission, an in-depth review of Amateur Radio’s role in the response to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene and other topics as listed. We will be looking into archiving the information via video on the web for those that cannot watch the livestream as it happens. 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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Boxboro Call For Speakers

Boxboro logo

Ken Caruso, WO1N writes:

All speakers and organizations wanting to participate in the 2012 ARRL New England Division Convention program, please contact us at your earliest opportunity. Note the dates for the convention this year: August 24 – 26, 2012.

While there has been good response to date, open program hours remain available. Contact us if you wish to present a talk; include a subject title and, if you are so prepared, include a brief abstract.

If you represent a regional club or organization (e.g. NESMC, CEMARC, MARS, NEWS etc.) we can help facilitate open forums or closed meetings by providing you a meeting room. We do ask that organizations like this to please consider Sunday morning time slots for their closed meetings.

Groups looking to set up information booths should get your request in early. While the information booths are offered without charge, we ask for some volunteer time in return to assist us with ticket sales and other logistics during the convention operation.

Note, if you require a hotel room, make your reservations ASAP per the instructions contained on the web site to get the special convention rate.

Keep an eye on the convention web site, http://www.boxboro.org, for the latest information.

We look forward to meeting you at the convention,

Ken Caruso, WO1N
Boxboro Program Chairman
Wo1n@arrl.net
508-572-3347

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NH-ARES Academy – Openings for Hams Outside of the NH Section – Saturday 3/17/12 830 AM-400 PM at NH Fire Academy – Concord NH

Hello to all..

New Hampshire (NH) ARES ASEC for Operations and Training, Dave Colter-WA1ZCN, and the NH ARRL/ARES Section are hosting the NH-ARES Academy. The NH-ARES Academy is similar to the EMCOMM Workshops offered in the Eastern and Western Massachusetts sections but does a concurrent session strategy of topics over portions of the training. Dave has contacted me stating that they have opened the academy to Hams outside of the New Hampshire section. Sign-up information and classes being offered as part of the academy can be seen via the following link which is a 2-page PDF document:

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

The Basic Info on the date/time and location are listed below:

When: Saturday March 17th, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Where: NH Fire Academy, Concord, NH
Coffee and donuts in the morning, soda and coffee provided for lunch
BYO bag lunch, or dash out to a nearby restaurant

I will be attending the ARES Academy and will be there for some or all of the classes. I will also be teaching a class on SITREPs as requested by Dave-WA1ZCN. It should be worthwhile to see how the New Hampshire section does their training and we will try to incorporate some of their training and best practicies in the EMCOMM workshops we offer in our state. We hope some of you may take part in the NH-ARES Academy as space allows. Thanks!

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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Red Cross Special Event Station to Promote American Red Cross Month for March 2012

Hi, all,

I will be organizing a special event station using my call sign — NE1R — at the American Red Cross of Central and Western Massachusetts (Worcester) Saturday, March 10 starting at 8 AM ET. The station was setup Friday March 9th and we QRT’ed at 6 PM ET. Good work given propagation: 93 QSOs (contacts), 27 states, and 6 countrys. We will be operating at least one HF station trying to make as many contacts as possible to promote awareness that March is American Red Cross Month. This is a local aspect of an effort being carried on in several chapter across the country.

If you are so inclined, I ask you to (1) follow me on Twitter — @NE1R — for near real-time up-dates on where we are operating, (2) contact me about volunteering to operate/log/tweet etc. at the event, (3) contact us on the air and give us a contact, (4) help spread the word about the event through your social medial, e-mail lists and reflectors, and on-air contacts. This isn’t really a “contest.” But, a bit of effort has been put into promoting this event and bragging rights would be a nice result. Also, it could be a long day if we don’t get a lot of activity.

If you can’t follow me on Twitter, look for us around 14.327 and 21.327 Mhz.

Thanks,
73,
Tom Carrigan
NE1R

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Severe Solar Storm Affecting Earth through Friday Morning 3/9/12

The following information was provided to MEMA by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

Location: Global

•The largest solar flare in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, global positioning systems (GPS) and airplane flights
•The sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the effects should start hitting Earth around 7 a.m. EST Thursday, according to forecasters at the Space Weather Prediction Center
◦The solar storm is likely to last t! hrough Friday morning, but the region of the sun that erupted can still send more blasts, a scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said
•Solar storms can disrupt technology on Earth through magnetic, radio and radiation emissions
◦All three types of disruptions are likely to be strong with the current storm, the scientist reported
•The magnetic part of the storm has the potential to trip electrical power grids, and power companies have been alerted to possible outages
•The storms can also make GPS less accurate, can cause communication problems and add radiation around the north and south poles, which will likely force airlines to reroute flights
•Satellites could also be affected

NEW:  Follow me on Twitter @WC1MA, and Facebook handle WC1MA

Regards and 73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
State RACES Officer (Acting);
Member of the MEMT;
Member of the MA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), and Policies and Programs subcommittee;
Chairperson, Amateur Radio Working Group
New Office Answering Service: 978.293.7858
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Genesis Amateur Radio Society Offering Ham Radio Class

The Genesis Amateur Radio Society, in Cooperation with Jordan Hospital, will be holding Amateur Radio – Technician License Classes and Exam sessions on the following dates.

The classes are broken up into 3 days. Day 3 will also include testing.

The Classes will be held at Jordan Hospital Conference/Class Rooms as shown below.
ALL CLASSES IN THE BOYNTON
Fri March 9, 2012 6:30p-9:30p
Sat March 10, 2012 9a-5p
Sat March 17, 2012 9a-5p

The 3rd class date also includes the test session going from approx 3:00p – 5pm.
Walk-ins registration allowed for testing ONLY starting at 2:30pm-3:00pm.

It is recommended to take all 3 classes, but not Mandatory.
Registration is a must due to limited seating.

If you attend the last class only, please download the Study Guide Below <http://genesisars.org/education/handouts/Tech_Study_Guide_2010.pdf> and study it for the testing session.

Any one and everyone is allowed to attend the last class from 9am-2pm on Saturday Aug 27. Please notify Education.Registration@genesisars.org

that you are planning on attending. There are at least 8-12 seats available.

If you are interested, please drop Joe Reynolds or Chris Johnson an email at
Joe: ka1gdq@gmail.com Voice-mail of 508-296-3622 Cell: 774-222-2542
Chris: n1ir@arrl.net

<=You will need a copy of the ARRL Q&A Technician Manual

The Technician License Manual is an Optional Book to help you with your studying.; More in-depth information. Ask how to obtain your book when you email or call Joe or Chris. =================================>>

Testing (paid on date of testing) will be $15.00 per ARRL Testing Guidelines.

Please download this registration <http://genesisars.org/Forms/TECH%20CLASS%20FORM%20March%202012.pdf> and email it to education.registration@genesisars.org <mailto:education.registration@genesisars.org>

TECH REGISTRATION FORM <http://genesisars.org/Forms/TECH%20CLASS%20FORM%20March%202012.pdf>

STUDY GUIDE MATERIAL <http://genesisars.org/education/handouts/Tech_Study_Guide_2010.pdf>

(if you know of a good place to post this, get the owners permission first. Thanks)


Joe Reynolds
KA1GDQ
PO BOX 10
BUZZARDS BAY, MA 02532
ka1gdq@gmail.com
http://ka1gdq.us/

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Genesis Amateur Radio Society Offering Ham Radio Class

The Genesis Amateur Radio Society, in Cooperation with Jordan Hospital, will be holding Amateur Radio – Technician License Classes and Exam sessions on the following dates.

The classes are broken up into 3 days. Day 3 will also include testing.

The Classes will be held at Jordan Hospital Conference/Class Rooms as shown below.
ALL CLASSES IN THE BOYNTON
Fri March 9, 2012 6:30p-9:30p
Sat March 10, 2012 9a-5p
Sat March 17, 2012 9a-5p

The 3rd class date also includes the test session going from approx 3:00p – 5pm.
Walk-ins registration allowed for testing ONLY starting at 2:30pm-3:00pm.

It is recommended to take all 3 classes, but not Mandatory.
Registration is a must due to limited seating.

If you attend the last class only, please download the Study Guide Below <http://genesisars.org/education/handouts/Tech_Study_Guide_2010.pdf> and study it for the testing session.

Any one and everyone is allowed to attend the last class from 9am-2pm on Saturday Aug 27. Please notify Education.Registration@genesisars.org

that you are planning on attending. There are at least 8-12 seats available.

If you are interested, please drop Joe Reynolds or Chris Johnson an email at
Joe: ka1gdq@gmail.com Voice-mail of 508-296-3622 Cell: 774-222-2542
Chris: n1ir@arrl.net

<=You will need a copy of the ARRL Q&A Technician Manual

The Technician License Manual is an Optional Book to help you with your studying.; More in-depth information. Ask how to obtain your book when you email or call Joe or Chris. =================================>>

Testing (paid on date of testing) will be $15.00 per ARRL Testing Guidelines.

Please download this registration <http://genesisars.org/Forms/TECH%20CLASS%20FORM%20March%202012.pdf> and email it to education.registration@genesisars.org <mailto:education.registration@genesisars.org>

TECH REGISTRATION FORM <http://genesisars.org/Forms/TECH%20CLASS%20FORM%20March%202012.pdf>

STUDY GUIDE MATERIAL <http://genesisars.org/education/handouts/Tech_Study_Guide_2010.pdf>

(if you know of a good place to post this, get the owners permission first. Thanks)


Joe Reynolds
KA1GDQ
PO BOX 10
BUZZARDS BAY, MA 02532
ka1gdq@gmail.com
http://ka1gdq.us/

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Walk for Hunger, May 6 Ham Assistance Requested

Walk for Hunger 2012 logoGreetings!

This is for Boston, MA area hams. It is that time again… Public service season is here. We are now looking for help for this year’s Project Bread Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 6, 2012.

This will be the 44th running of the event. We need people to provide communications support for the Project Bread staff and volunteers along the 20 mile walk.

If you are interested in helping out this year, go to http://www.mmra.org/wfh/ to log in and fill out the signup form.

If you have questions please send an email to: wfh12@mmra.org.

73,

Eric Horwitz, KA1NCF
Walk For Hunger 2012
Amateur Radio Communications Coordinator

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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for March 2012

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for March is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for March is Monday March 5th, 2012, 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 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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RACES Transition to ACS PR Statement

All,

Many of you asked for some follow-up information on the presentation last Saturday.  I have prepared a press release for amateur radio use only that fills in some details and answer some questions with as much information as we have now.  See the link below for the press release:

http://ares.ema.arrl.org/local/PR_ACS2.pdf

More information will be available in a few weeks after my team and I have met with the MEMA Director.  You may direct any questions you may have (that we can answer now) to me, the Regional RO’s, and the WMA and EMA SEC’s.

NEW:  Follow me on Twitter @WC1MA, and Facebook handle WC1MA

Regards and 73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
State RACES Officer (Acting);
Member of the MEMT;
Member of the MA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), and Policies and Programs subcommittee;
Chairperson, Amateur Radio Working Group
New Office Answering Service: 978.293.7858
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