SEMARA Tailgate Flea Market, May 11, 2013


Eric, N1WCO writes:

I am pleased to announce the Annual SEMARA Tailgate Flea Market on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Set-up will begin at 8:00AM and open to the all from 9:00 AM to 2:00PM.

Addmission is as follows: Vendors, $10.00 per table; general admission: $2.00; club members and children under 12 attend for free.

If we have enough participation, there will be a door prize and a raffle.

Talk-in will occur on the 147.00 Dartmouth PL 67.0 and the 224.800 repeater PL 67.0.

For further information, contact Eric, N1WCO at <>.

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Merry Christmas/Happy New Year/Happy Holidays to All!

Hello to all..

On behalf of the Eastern Massachusetts ARES staff, we’d like to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holiday season! We have appreciated the support of all Amateurs who assisted in the mobilization for Hurricane Sandy in late October. We also thank all Amateur Operators whether they are in ARES or not who supported all the Public Service Events throughout the year including major events such as the Boston Marathon and the Walk for Hunger just to name a few events. We also thank all the RACES Radio Operators and Officers for their support of their local city and town emergency management as well as state emergency management. In addition, a thank you to some of the new Amateur Radio Operators who are supporting hospitals in the South Coast Hospital chain in the Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham area and those supporting other hospitals around the section including the South Shore Hospital, Falmouth Hospital and several other hospitals on Cape Cod and the Islands. The Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net, held monthly on the first Saturday of each month led by the efforts of the South Shore Amateur Radio Club, has had several hospital check-ins each month since its inception. For those Amateur Operators that support SKYWARN whether they are in ARES or not, a separate holiday message has been posted via the following link:

As we move into 2013, we realize that we have not been as proactive as in past years in regards to exercises and training workshops. Therefore, in 2013, we are looking to do more in the way of the section emergency communication workshops similar to past years and plan for one to two exercises as we get towards the middle of 2013. In addition, due to some changes in my own personal status, I’m going to be looking toward our ARES Assistant SECs and DECs to be doing more in their respective districts including more localized training sessions, meetings and exercises to provide additional and more localized support to ARES across our section. We will also be continuing to support hospitals and Non-Governmental Organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army building upon the work done in 2012. We also encourage those involved in emergency communications or those that have an interest in weather to become SKYWARN trained to support the National Weather Service for those interested.

Again, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays to all! We look forward to working with everyone during 2013 and 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:

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Massachusetts – Rhode Island CW Net

It is great to see more interest in CW these days.  It really is a fun mode, especially when you aren’t required to learn it for a license.

We had a section CW net (EMRI) for many years, which met every evening at 7:00 PM.  Unfortunately several years ago we disbanded due to lack of participation.  Now, however with the increased interest I would like to see this net operational again.  Since there is no West Mass CW net I would like this net to represent all Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Because some are working on building their CW skills, or may be a bit rusty, I would like to see a net run at a “relaxed” pace.  You can find opportunities to increase your code speed as you pass traffic, liaise to the region net (1RN), etc.  I will be asking Net Control stations to keep the speed down, and any participants can always ask to please QRS (slow down).  It is helpful if when checking in to send at a speed you are comfortable copying and NCS can return at your speed.  Don’t know how a CW net is run?  Listen, read the MPG on the ARRL website, or ask questions of me, or any NCS.

I don’t have a frequency at this time.  I will have more information later so please monitor this website.  Anyone interested let me know.  I have heard from some of you already.  We will plan to meet at 7PM.  I suggest beginning with five evenings a week.  If enough activity and net control stations available we can add weekends.  Of course we will need traffic, so please plan on bringing some with you, greetings to family, friends, fellow hams you meet on the bands, thanks for contact, let’s make  sked, etc.  Be creative.

Stay tuned, and hope to see you on CW.

73, Marcia KW1U

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November 2012 Section Traffic Manager’s Report


EM2MN 17 55 113 311 KB1ENV
MARIPN 12 4 31 75 N1LKJ
WARPSN 4 10 17 NA NI1X
HHTN 18 22 38 257 N1LUM
N1IQI 0 219 507 0 726 BPL X
KW1U 0 306 263 3 572 BPL X
K1YCQ 18 101 88 22 229
N1UMJ 11 88 56 12 169
N1TF 0 67 72 1 140
N1LKJ 0 73 45 2 120
W1PLK 0 22 5 15 42
KE1ML 0 1 1 1 3
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTALS
N1UMJ 40 40 20 40 100 10 250
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
K1YCQ 40 40 10 20 0 0 110
N1TF 40 40 10 10 0 0 100
N1LKJ 30 40 20 0 0 0 90
BPL = Earned 500 or more QTC
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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for December 2012

Hello to all…

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

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