Eastern Massachusetts ARES Standby Update – 10/31/12

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***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES CONTNUES STANDBY FOR POSSIBLE ARESMAT DEPLOYMENTS TO NYC/LI/NEW JERSEY AREA DUE TO MAJOR IMPACTS IN THAT AREA FROM HURRICANE SANDY.***

Hurricane Sandy caused impacts similar to Hurricane Irene across Southern New England from a storm surge and wind damage standpoint but less issues with regard to rainfall which was largely as expected. Approximately 400,000 lost power in the commonwealth of Massachusetts and approximately 600,000+ lost power in Connecticut. All of this with Sandy tracking into Southern New Jersey. ARES support for various agencies across the area came to an end on Tuesday. An update on storm impacts can be seen via the Post-Hurricane Sandy Coordination Message #1 and will be updated again later today. That message can be found on the NWS Taunton Amateur Radio SKYWARN home page at http://www.wx1box.org

Across New Jersey, New York City and Long Island, the issues were even more significant. New Jersey has 2.6 Million people without power (approximately double what Irene did) and there were major impacts across New York City and Long Island from wind damage and storm surge flooding. For this reason, the Eastern Massachusetts ARES standby remains in place for the next 48 hours for the potential of an ARESMAT to this region. Coordination is taking place with the ARES Section Emergency Coordinators of Northern New Jersey, Southern New Jersey and the New York City/Long Island sections in case support is requred.

We are looking for any folks interested in doing an ARESMAT deployment to this region. 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 for NWS Taunton Massachusetts
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Activation for Hurricane Sandy Effective Friday 10/26/12 830 PM Until Further Notice

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***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 8:30PM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM HURRICANE SANDY***

Hurricane Sandy is moving away from the Bahamas on a Northwest Track. Sandy continues to expand with a wind radius now 275 miles. The storm will likely expand further and likely have a wind field greater than 350 miles wide. Sandy is then expected to move parallel but offshore of the US East Coast. Multiple computer models are depicting a scenario where Sandy, either as a tropical system or a hybrid/nor’easter system with both tropical and non-tropical characteristics tracks into either the northern mid-Atlantic or Southern New England providing either a moderate to severe impact to the region. A scenario where Sandy moves out to sea is now off largely off the table. 

It is also important to note that most computer models have now begun to trend more towards the North into Northern New Jersey and even Long Island, which would result in a scenario with significant impact to our region.  You should not focus directly on the center of the official National Hurricane Center track, as Sandy will feature a very wide and expansive wind field radius of well over 350 miles.  At the least, this track would create a scenario where most of Southern New England experiences hurricane force wind gusts, at least moderate to perhaps major coastal flooding, and several inches of rain resulting in significant urban flooding.  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 Monday morning, 10/29 through mid-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 for NWS Taunton Massachusetts
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

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PART of Westford Halloween Pumpkin Patrol

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Alan Martin, W1AHM writes on PART-L:

Halloween and PART Pumpkin Patrol
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

As we have done for many years, PART will once again conduct Pumpkin Patrol in Westford on Halloween. Many of you are veterans and others may be volunteering for the first time… whichever you are… thank you in advance for your help!

Pumpkin Patrol is Amateur Radio volunteers providing additional eyes and ears to the Town of Westford during Trick or Treating. Our purpose is to observe and report any potential safety concerns back to the PART Pumpkin Patrol Net Control Station located at the Westford Police station. Reports from our patrollers are handed off to the Westford PD dispatcher and addressed by the Town’s public safety services. Our role is ONLY to report what we see and provide input to our Town’s public safety departments.

We like to have at least 6 mobile radio operators to patrol all the neighborhoods in the town, plus one net control operator at the police station. We can still use at least three more volunteers, including the distinguished role of Net Control.

Maps and a checklist of locations to watch will be provided when you check-in for your assignment. Check-in occurs at the Westford Police station where we record your call sign, vehicle and cell phone information. You do NOT need to be a resident of the Town of Westford to volunteer; by the time we’re done, you’ll have a real feel for the town’s geography!

The town specifies that Trick-or-Treating run from 6 PM until 8 PM. We normally run the operation from 5:30 PM until 10:00 – 11:00 PM. If the weather is lousy or the streets are quiet, the net closure time will be adjusted accordingly. We try and accommodate every individual’s schedule, we have run with 2 shifts in the past… an early and a late shift. We will accept your offer to assist at any time throughout the course of the evening. If there is interest, we will unwind at the British Beer Company after the event.

We plan to use the WB1GOF 2 meter repeater, 146.955MHz (P/L 74.4), for the entire event. So all a volunteer will need is a 2m radio. If you want to ride shotgun with another ham, that can be accommodated as well.

Feel free to drop me a note with any questions and/or if you would like to volunteer. Pass this along to others who may be interested.

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North Attleboro Santa Parade Seeks Volunteers

The Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC will again provide communications support for the annual North Attleboro Santa Parade on November 25, 2012.

“First, let me thank those who have already signed up for the Santa Parade. If you would like to participate, but haven’t signed up as yet, there is still plenty of time,” writes SMHARC’s Bruce Alexander, KA1IG.

This year, KA1IG intends to introduce a new twist: tracking capabilities using several of the volunteers’ Kenwood D7 handhelds and other GPRS-capable radios. “This is an idea, hopefully, which will enable the parade committee to better know where gaps are happening.”

To volunteer, contact Bruce at ka1ig at verizon dot net, or phone at (508) 643-0008. KA1IG can also be found on the air on 447-975 or 147-195.

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Acting State RACES Radio Officer Mike Neilsen-W1MPN Resigns

Mike Neilsen-W1MPN is resigning as the Acting State RACES Officer effective today.

He is heading to new volunteer challenges and retirement and states that it has been my privilege to work with all of you. He wishes everyone all the best of luck and success in their endeavors, and good health and happiness to you and yours.

His letter pertaining to the situation for your perusal can be seen via the link below:

http://ares.ema.arrl.org/local/Resignation10-12.pdf

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Bay State Marathon – Sunday Oct. 21st, 2012

The Lowell CERT Communications Team will be operational for the Bay State Marathon on Sunday, October 21st from approximately 0700 until event completion (estimated 1400) requested by Lowell Office of Emergency Management and Lowell Fire Department. The communications team will be employing Amateur Radio to provide this communications asset.

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

We will be operating with 2 stations, one near the Tsongas Arena and the other at the foot of the Rourke bridge on the Pawtucket Blvd side. We are extending our reach because there are a number of our team that will not be able to make it. Please contact me if you are able to assist.

v/r Terry (Email: ka8scp at wb1gof.org – put this way to prevent spamming)

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YCCC Contest University, Oct. 9

YCCC logoThe Yankee Clipper Contest Club will conduct a Fall 2012 Contest Univesity session on Oct. 9, 2012 from 6:30-10:30 PM at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center in Sturbridge, MA. Directions to the center are posted on the YCCC web site.

YCCC will have top contesters on hand as “professors” to share their tips, secrets, and words of wisdom on contesting, including winning strategies.

According to the club, this will also serve as a local meeting; new members may apply for membership and join YCCC at this time.

Join YCCC for a great evening of contest discussion. Please RSVP to president@yccc.org if you are attending.

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New England Area Flea Markets, October 1, 2012

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2012 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~ 

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6 Oct Greenwoodd NS GARC @CommCtr $4@10 S@8           Guy VE1NC 902 825 6151 R

7 Oct Meriden CT Nutmeg @Sheraton  was Wallingford   John N1GNV 203 440 4973 F+

12,13 Oct Deerfield NH NEARFest XII @FG              Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235  

14 Oct Queens NY HoSARC @HoS                     Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 A

20 Oct Longueuil PQ CRAR-SdeM $7@9 +$10/T@6          Guy VE2GGY 450 679 2318 R

21 Oct Cambridge MA              FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F
                Third Sunday April thru October      

27 Oct Gales Ferry CT TCARC Auction @FireCo @10    Darryl WA1DD 860 443 7799 

28 Oct Hicksville NY LIMARC @LevitHall            Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 A

2 Nov Feeding Hills MA HCRA   ** CANCELLED **          Jim KK1W 413 237 4666  +

3 Nov Bourne MA FARA @UpperCC VoTech $5@9 $10/S@7   Ralph N1YHS 508 548 0422 F

3 Nov Londonderry NH IRS @Lions $3@8 S@6           Chris KB1QVM 603 434 6137 F

1 Dec Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Indoor       John 860 673 0518  

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New England Area  Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2012  P2 of 2

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16 Feb Marlboro MA AARC @MidSc $5@9 $20/T@7       Timothy KA1OS 508 919 6136 T

17 Feb Westford MA NEARC RadioXLIV @Regency @8 Antique    Bruce 603 772 7516 F+

23 Feb S Burlington VT HAM-CON @HI I89x14 $8@8 $15@6 Mitch W1SJ 802 879 6589  +
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