Cape Ann ARA Assists In Recording Minor Earthquake!

Cape Ann ARA logoSpecial instrumentation housed at the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association’s clubhouse helped to detect a small earthquake situated offshore of Cape Ann on Saturday evening, September 15 according to Weston Observatory officials.

In an email to the club from Prof. John E. Ebel of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College, “Weston Observatory detected a small earthquake from offshore Cape Ann late on Saturday evening 9/15 (early Sunday morning 9/16 GMT). That event was detected by the NetQuakes instrument at the CAARA site in Gloucester.”

Ebel adds, “If you go to the NetQuakes map page and pull up the MAGLO site, the latest seismogram you will see is the seismogram from this earthquake… Thanks to all for the great instrument location.”

Weston Observatory says this is the first recorded seismic event for the instrumentation located at CAARA.

Whitman ARC and the Taunton Amateur Communications Group (TACG) to Sponsor 55th Boy Scouts Jamboree On the Air (JOTA)

Hello Everyone

We are beginning to put together plans for the 55th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). This year’s event will take place on Saturday October 20th .

For more information about what JOTA is, check out the following link:

I will be putting together a group of hams from the Taunton Area Communications Group and our friends from the Whitman ARC.

We will operate from Camp Norse in Kingston MA using the call sign KC1TAC. We will again be using local 2M repeaters and Scout HF frequencies.

Since 2007 we have helped to get 700+ Scouts on the air. The JOTA Group at camp and the several unsung Eastern Mass Radio Operators have encouraged the young would be Hams to get-on-the-air. These young Scouts will be the life blood of our hobby in the coming years and I need your help to make it as exciting as we can for them.

What do we need?
1. Volunteer Operators at camp,
2. The use of local repeaters
3. Contacts!

1st, Volunteers Operators; if you have helped out in the past or would like to help out this year, please contact me and I will add your name to the 55th JOTA Group list.

I will give you all the information you need for a day. Our operation has changed from previous years. Annawon Council is hosting us during its Cranboree WEEK-END. Boy Scout and Venture Crews (Scouts age 11-21) are camping at Norse for the week-end and will be our radio guest. This will allow us more time with Scouts, as they will be able to visit the station in the morning as a small patrol and then return in the afternoon for more mic time on their own.

Furthermore, with NEAR-Fest a week earlier, more hams will be available to assist. Maybe even demonstrate a special part of Amateur Radio. (Fox Hunters, Packet, Satellite, D*Star, Digital)

2nd, Are you a trustee of a local repeater? Or do you know someone who is? Please Ask them if we may list their repeater as a place to make contacts during the JOTA events on Saturday October 20th. The Whitman ARC 147.225 has already stepped up and said YES. I will make a complete list of usable repeaters and pass it to those interested as the date nears. The Eastern Mass Radio Clubs have always been supportive of our effort and I hope to hear from you all soon.

Also if your repeater has Echo-link or IRLP, on the day of JOTA will you add “JOTA” to your Stations name description? Scouts across the country and around the world will be search for contacts via VOIP too.

3rd, Will you be hosting a JOTA event with your Scout Pack/Den or Troop/Crew? I’d like to add your groups to our list of Scout contacts.

Forward me your name, call sign and location. The modes you will use for JOTA and the call sign you will use for the day. I will send you the list of local JOTA Groups before the event.

Maybe you don’t have a Scout connection and want to help from your QTH? Great! We still want to hear from you too! Let me know where you’ll be and when.

Please mark your calendar for the Saturday October 20th

Feel Free to pass this request on to your club members and Ham Radio friends. The bigger the list the better the time!

With your help and some good weather we will have another Great JOTA event in Eastern Massachusetts. Thank you for your assistance, we’ll look for you on the air.

Feel free to contact me with questions.

73’s YIS
Don Burke KB1LXH
Secretary TACGroup
ACM Pack 49
ASM Troop 40

Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for September 2012

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for September is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for September is Monday September 10th, 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 second Monday of the month due to Labor Day 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

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:

“Robert Mims Takes Being a Ham Radio Operator Seriously”

photo of Bob Mims, WA1OEZ“It’s no bologna that Robert Mims takes being a ham radio operator seriously. Mims, 66, will be among an elite group of 10 “region directors” across the country attending a three-day meeting next week in Dallas.”

This September 8, 2012 Taunton Gazette story features Bob Mims, WA1OEZ and describes his involvement with Amateur Radio, MARS and MEMA.

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September 2012 Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday 9/8/12 at 10 AM EDT

Good Afternoon Everyone,

As you know, due to the Labor Day holiday the Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net will be conducted one week later on Saturday September 8 commencing at the usual time of 10am. Net Control for this months drill will be done by members from the South Coast Hospital Group. Going forward, if any group or organization would like to assist and run Net Control from your facility please let us know. It would be great to rotate months among several groups.

We would also like to extend an invitation to the EOC of any city or town that is served by any of our participating hospitals to join the NET. During an event it is quite possible that these locations will be activated and communications with health care facilities solely via amateur radio is a possibility. 

The following repeaters will be used in the order listed starting at 10AM unless otherwise announced at the beginning of the NET. If you can not reach a specific repeater please monitor the next system in the rotation and wait for the net to arrive. When checking into the Net please use the standard net check in procedure which is: Here is.., un-key, wait 3 seconds to check for doubling, then give your call sign, Name, and facility or group represented.
It should be noted that the Plymouth Repeater is being skipped this month and has been taken out of the list. Through the generosity of the Genesis Amateur Radio Society system will be in use for coordinating a large road race in Plymouth.

Repeater, frequency, tone
Bridgewater 147.180 tone 67.0
Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5
Attleboro 147.195 tone 127.3
Norwood 147.210 tone 100.00
Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0
Wrentham 147.09 146.2
Norwell 145.390 tone 67.0
Fairhaven 145.490 tone 67.0
Simplex 147.420
Simplex 146.565
The Net will return to the Bridgewater repeater for final comments and net closing.
John O’Neill

STM Report EMA August 2012

EM2MN 25 72 153 393 KB1ENV
MARIPN 18 12 19 57 N1LKJ
WARPSN 4 36 73 NA NI1X
HHTN 11 3 14 88 N1LUM
CITN No Report N2JWW
N1IQI 0 385 847 0 1232
KW1U 0 313 245 19 577
N1TF 0 94 111 4 209
K1YCQ 21 74 61 31 187
N1LKJ 0 55 60 0 105
W1PLK 0 8 3 6 17
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTALS
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 10 5 0 0 95
K1YCQ 40 40 0 15 0 0 95
N1LKJ 32 40 20 0 0 0 92
BPL EARNED 500 OR MORE QTC   N1IQI  1216 N1IQI 1232  KW1U 577
Thanks to Jim N1LKJ for assistance in compiling this report.