Boxboro Hamfest/New England ARRL Division Convention 2012 Features ARES/RACES/SKYWARN Booth/Presentations

Hello to all..

The Boxboro Hamfest and New England ARRL Division Convention will be held Friday August 24th-26th, 2012 at the Holiday Inn in Boxboro Massachusetts. General information on the Hamfest/Convention including the complete forum program, schedule, dinners, vendors and other events can be seen via the following link:

There will be a RACES/ARES/SKYWARN booth at the Boxboro Hamfest/New England Division Convention staffed by Eastern Massachusetts ARES, RACES, SKYWARN personnel who can answer questions on the various EMCOMM programs in Massachusetts and direct folks within the New England Division to resources within their section. Please stop by and visit the booth during the convention/hamfest. Sign-ups for ARES and SKYWARN and various email lists will be taken at the booth throughout the convention timeframe. Additional booths by other organizations will be present and see for more information.

The Hamfest and New England Division Convention will feature the following in regards to SKYWARN/ARES/RACES/MARS/EMCOMM related items:

-SKYWARN Training on Friday August 24th, 2012 from 1-4 PM in the Cotillion Room at the Holiday Inn in Boxboro. The session is open to anyone wishing to receive SKYWARN training and will count for full training class credit.

Emergency Communications/SKYWARN Presentations on Saturday August 25th, 2012 in the Seminar Conference Room:

-MA Interoperable Program Mike Neilsen – W1MPN from 9 AM-10 AM

-9/11 – A 10 Year Retrospective Steve Schwarm – W3EVE from 10 AM-11 AM

-SKYWARN Overview presented by Rob Macedo-KD1CY from 11 AM-Noon.

-ARES SEC (Section Emergency Coordinator) Forum moderated/presented by Rob Macedo-KD1CY with representation from various ARES Section Emergency Coordinators and their designees Noon-1 PM.

It is also noted that at the Boxboro Banquet on Saturday Evening August 25th, Connecticut TV Meteorologist Geoff Fox-K1GF will be the guest speaker.

Emeregency Communications Presentations on Sunday August 26th, 2012:

-Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines MARS Joint Meeting moderated by Bob Veth-K1RJV/NNN0FCC in the Cotillion Conference Room from 10 AM-Noon. Open to all Amateur Radio Operators

Once again, a complete forum schedule, vendors and other information on the Boxboro Hamfest/New England Division Convention are available via their web site at

We look forward to seeing many folks at the convention!

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:

NTS Traffic Handlers Picnic Photos

Shown here: Photos from the August 5, 2012 annual Traffic Handlers Picnic for EMA at the Raynham Senior Center picnic area in Raynham MA. Photos courtesy KW1U. (Click on thumbnails to enlarge.)

The East Mass traffic handlers picnic was enjoyed by all. Weather was great, food was great thanks to master grill chef Jack N1OTC. My thanks to all who attended and to those who contributed goodies for all present. For those who couldn’t attend we missed you and hope to see you next year.
73, Marcia KW1U

N1UMJ with James and Jessica

Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for August 2012

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for August is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for August is Monday August 6th, 2012, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. This is after the MEMA 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 detailing the repeaters that will be linked in through Hub 1:

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

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:

Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday August 4th, 2012 at 1000 AM

Hello all,

On Saturday 04 Aug. 2012 at 1000hrs. the Eastern Ma. Hospital Net will be conducting their monthly exercise. The Net Control Station for this month’s drill will be St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. I would like to invite all ARES and RACES Stations including EOC’s to participate in Saturday’s Drill.  The frequencies that will be used are listed below ,if you cannot make contact on a frequency please QSY to the next frequency or repeater and stand by for the net. The most important part of the drill will be the simplex portion of this test so we can see if there are stations out there that may be able to operate as relays between Hospitals if the need ever arises.This will be a great oportunity to test our ARES capabilities here on the South Coast. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me.The drill will begin on 147.180 Bridgewater repeater at 10am.

Frequencies to be used areas follows:

Bridgewater 147.180 pl 67.0
Sharon      146.865 pl 103.5
Attleboro   147.195 pl 127.3
Danvers     145.470 pl 136.5
Norwood     147.210 pl 100.0
Dartmouth   147.000 pl 67.0
Salem       146.880 pl 118.8
Wrentham    147.090 pl 146.2
Norwell     145.390 pl 67.0
Fairhaven   145.490 pl 67.0


Again if there are any questions please feel free to contact me.

Submitted by,

Edward A. Caron (ka1rsy)
Bristol County, Ma.
Asst. ARES District Emergency Coordinator

STM Report EMA July 2012

EM2MN 28 66 158 360 KB1ENV
MARIPN 18 19 49 102 N1LKJ
WARPSN 5 15 97 NA NI1X
HHTN 13 12 23 103 N1LUM
CITN No report N2JWW
N1IQI 0 457 1008 0 1465
KW1U 3 380 332 34 749
K1YCQ 21 63 52 12 148
KD1LE 0 44 57 7 108
N1LKJ 0 53 47 4 104
N1TF 1 38 43 3 85
W1PLK 0 8 7 6 21
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTALS
KD1LE 40 40 20 125 0 10 235
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
K1YCQ 40 40 0 15 0 0 95
N1LKJ 32 40 20 0 0 0 92
N1TF 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
Thanks to Jim N1LKJ for assistance in compiling this report.