Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for April 2013

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for April is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for April is Monday April 1st, 2013, 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:

http://www.mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_index_by_linkstate.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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NH ARES Academy for Saturday March 30th, 2013 Now Open to Amateur Radio Operators in Other Sections

Hello to all..

Per the New Hampshire ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator for Operations & Training, Dave Colter-WA1ZCN, there are seats available for the NH ARES Academy for Saturday March 30th, 2013 for Amateur Radio Operators outside of the New Hampshire section. Those interested can get more information on the NH-ARES Academy via the link below:

http://www.nh-ares.org/academy.php

Thanks!

73,Rob-KD1CY.
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

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SECTION TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST MASS FEBRURY 2013

February gave us some interesting (well I was trying to be nice about it) weather.  It also gave us some interesting statistics.  The new CW net reported 20 sessions (it meets Monday through Friday), and yet EM2MN which meets daily reported only 12 sessions.  I think some of the problem may be related to reports not turned in.  This is something we can improve upon.  Perhaps a bigger problem has been the reduced power of the Boston repeater.  Folks from further away have been unable to access the repeater.  Byron K1YCQ has been running a net on the Sharon repeater and we thank Byron for that.  However not everyone can access that repeater, including our net manager KB1ENV.  Often two nets were running concurrently which has led to some confusion.  Hopefully the Boston repeater will be back up to its former robust self in the near future and we can get back to normal. Meanwhile if you can’t find activity on Boston, check 146.865.

Also noted in the stats for February are reduced net sessions for both MARIPN (3918 Khz at 5:30) and HHTN (MMRA linked repeaters at 10:00 M-W-F).  Unfortunately Jim N1LKJ, manager of MARIPN was battling respiratory problems much of the month and we missed him dearly.  Jim is feeling better now and we sure are glad to have him back.

Just a point of information:  if there is no NCS by three minutes past net time, ANYONE can assume net control.  You don’t have to be appointed, you don’t have to be experienced.  We’re all friends here.  No one can be criticized for trying, and there will no doubt be help from the peanut gallery.  Let’s try to get 100% nets run and reported.

I would also like to thank all those who turned in SAR (Station Activity Reports) and PSHR (Public Service Honor Roll) reports.  Information on these can be found on this website, and anyone is welcome and encouaged to submit either or both to me.  There are no minimums for SAR although 500 or more points will earn a BPL or Brass Pounders League award.  The PSHR however requires a minimum of 70 points to be listed, and these calls will be found in a subsequent issue of QST.

Thanks to all you fine folks for your participation in the nets.  It keeps us in practice and helps keep the nets alive.  How about originating some traffic to friends or family or other hams you have worked on the air.  Most will get a kick out of it and you will become an ace traffic handler in the process.  See you on the nets.

73, Marcia

 

 

NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 12 79 116 316 KB1ENV
MARIPN 13 1 21 51 N1LKJ
WARPSN 4 3 24 NA NI1X
HHTN 8 11 27 100 N1LUM
MARI CW 20 57 84 342 KW1U
CITN No Report
SAR FEB. ORG. REC. SENT DEL. TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 256 446 0 702 X
KW1U 0 465 422 2 889 X
N1TF 0 91 161 3 255
K1YCQ 21 98 109 18 246
N1UMJ 6 129 93 4 232
N1LKJ 0 47 23 0 70
W1PLK 0 15 5 12 32
KB1WXC 1 7 8 2 18
KE1ML 0 1 4 1 6
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTALS
N1UMJ 40 40 30 30 150 10 290
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1IQI 40 40 10 30 0 10 130
K1YCQ 40 40 10 20 0 0 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
N1LKJ 27 40 20 0 0 0 87
MARCIA FORDE STM -MA
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Ham Assistance Requested for Good Friday Walk, Wompatuck State Park, March 29

Anne Manna, WB1ARU, writes:

I am in need of operators for the Good Friday Walk held in Wompatuck State Park in Hingham on March 29. Some of my previous operators are out of commission for one reason or another. Shifts are anywhere from two hours to most of the day.

I would appreciate it if you could spread the word to hams that you are in touch with. My contact info is <enoaru@gis.net> or 781-878-9235 (March 13 or after).

Thanks and 73,
Anne WB1ARU

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Southeast/South Shore Massachusetts ARES District Meeting – 3/16/13 at 10 AM at the SEMARA Club House

Hello all…

  The South Shore District of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) in conjuction with the South Eastern Mass. Amatuer Radio Association (SEMARA) will be hosting a District meeting on March the 16th at 10am and ending at approximately 2pm.The purpose of this meeting is to get ARES members together for an “eye ball”, sit down and enjoy a  day of presentations on Amateur radio and discuss and asked questions about Amatuer Radio and Emergency Communications.

  The theme for this meeting will be  “From Tactical to Digital”, our first speaker will be Steve Schwarm w3eve, Steve is the Eastern Ma. Section District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) in charge of Field Operations. Steve is also the Coordinator for Amateur Radio Operations at the Boston Marathon the largest Amateur Radio Public Service event in New England. Steve’s presentation will be on the “Tactical” side of ham radio and he will discuss the vast operations of the Marathon. Also speaking will be Rob Macedo kd1cy, our Eastern Ma. ARES Section Emergency Coordinator and SKYWARN Coordinator for the  National Weather Service in Taunton. We will also have an afternoon speaker (WQ1O-Frank O’Laughlin) to cover the Digital portion of our meeting.

   The meeting will be held at the SEMARA Club House located at 54 Donald St. in Dartmouth, Ma. www.semara.org at 10am all Amateur Radio Operators who are interested in Public Service and Emergency Communications are invited to attend this event which promises to be an interesting get together. More specific information will be announced as the meeting date gets closer. In the mean time please mark your calendar and plan to join us in Dartmouth on March the 16th.

Respectfully,
 
Edward A. Caron (ka1rsy)
South Shore District
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
District Emergency Coordinator
ka1rsy@arrl.net

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Southeast/South Shore Massachusetts ARES District Meeting – 3/16/13 at 10 AM at the SEMARA Club House

Hello all…

  The South Shore District of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) in conjuction with the South Eastern Mass. Amatuer Radio Association (SEMARA) will be hosting a District meeting on March the 16th at 10am and ending at approximately 2pm.The purpose of this meeting is to get ARES members together for an “eye ball”, sit down and enjoy a  day of presentations on Amateur radio and discuss and asked questions about Amatuer Radio and Emergency Communications.

  The theme for this meeting will be  “From Tactical to Digital”, our first speaker will be Steve Schwarm w3eve, Steve is the Eastern Ma. Section District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) in charge of Field Operations. Steve is also the Coordinator for Amateur Radio Operations at the Boston Marathon the largest Amateur Radio Public Service event in New England. Steve’s presentation will be on the “Tactical” side of ham radio and he will discuss the vast operations of the Marathon. Also speaking will be Rob Macedo kd1cy, our Eastern Ma. ARES Section Emergency Coordinator and SKYWARN Coordinator for the  National Weather Service in Taunton. We will also have an afternoon speaker (WQ1O-Frank O’Laughlin) to cover the Digital portion of our meeting.

   The meeting will be held at the SEMARA Club House located at 54 Donald St. in Dartmouth, Ma. www.semara.org at 10am all Amateur Radio Operators who are interested in Public Service and Emergency Communications are invited to attend this event which promises to be an interesting get together. More specific information will be announced as the meeting date gets closer. In the mean time please mark your calendar and plan to join us in Dartmouth on March the 16th.

Respectfully,
 
Edward A. Caron (ka1rsy)
South Shore District
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
District Emergency Coordinator
ka1rsy@arrl.net

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Reminder: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for March 2013

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for March is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for March is Monday March 4th, 2013, 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:

http://www.mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_index_by_linkstate.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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Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday March 2, 2013 at 10 AM

Good Evening Everyone,

Net Control for March’s Eastern MA Hospital Net will be the South Shore Hospital. The net will commence at the usual time of 10am using the following repeaters in the order listed.

Plymouth 146.685 tone 82.5
Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0     
Falmouth 147.375 tone 110.9      
Norwell 145.390 tone 67.0          
Norwood 147.210 tone 100.00    
Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5         
West Bridgewater 146.755 dpl 244
Simplex test on 147.42

We will than return to the Plymouth Repeater for final comments and net closing.

If you unable to reach a specific repeater please monitor the next system in the rotation and wait for the net to arrive. If you lose contact with the rotation and are not sure where the net is currently located, South Shore Hospital will continue to monitor the Plymouth Repeater during the Net. You can check with us (W1SSH) on Plymouth and ask where the Net is currently located.

A conference line will also be active this month for anyone wishing to call in during the net. The toll free number is 888-330-9943, when asked for your PIN enter 21459#.

NET Protocol: Please wait for Net Control to ask for Check-ins. When asked to check in please use the standard net check in procedure which is:   Here is.., un-key, wait 3 seconds to check for doubling, then give your facility’s call sign, your first name, and your facility’s name. Alternatively If your facility does not have it’s own call sign, Your call sign, Your Name, and the facility you are located at or facility / group represented.

If any group or organization would like to run the Net from their facility as Net Control please let us know. We would like to rotate the Net Control duty among as many facilities as possible.

We would like to extend an invitation to the EOC of any city or town that is served by one of our participating hospitals to join the Net. During an event it is quite likely that these locations will be activated, and the need to communicate with health care facilities via amateur radio may become a real possibility.

Any hospital unable to join due to a lack of equipment or personal please contact us or Carl Aveni at caave@peoplepc.com for assistance in getting your location on the air.  

The following list of repeaters are available for us to use to conduct the Nets. Only a few systems are used each month with the selection of those used made by Net Control for that month.  More systems are being added to the list on a regular basis through the generosity of their trustees.

Attleboro 147.195 tone 127.3  
Bridgewater 147.180 tone 67.0
Danvers 145.47 tone 136.5     
Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0 
Fairhaven 145.490 tone 67.0   
Falmouth 147.375 tone 110.9 
Norwell 145.390 tone 67.0     
Norwood 147.210 tone 100.00
Plymouth 146.685 tone 82.5  
Salem 146.88 tone 118.8       
Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5   
W. Bridgewater 146.775 dpl 244
Wrentham 147.09 tone 146.2

We look forward to hearing you all on the Net.

Respectfully,

John O’Neill – K1JRO

South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH
55 Fogg Road, Mail Stop #40
South Weymouth, MA 02190

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PRODUCTS WITH NTS LOGO

The following notice from Steve Ewald at ARRL was posted today.  The NTS logo is seen on this page.  If anyone is interested in products such as patches, T shirts, coffee mugs, etc. with the logo, please get in touch with sewald@arrl.org and let him know your interest.  This would be great publicity for NTS.

Marcia KW1U

 

 

Hello, everyone.

I have some good news:  The ARRL Sales and Marketing Department is considering creating some items and products for sale with the

National Traffic System logo on them.

What kind of items would you be interesting in purchasing from the ARRL Store that features the National Traffic System?

For example, if any of these were available, would you like to get an NTS patch, sticker, a pin, a coffee mug, some kind of apparel. or something else?

Please send me your ideas and comments, and I will forward them to our Sales and Marketing Department for further consideration.

Thank you!

73,

Steve Ewald, WV1X

Supervisor, Field Organization Team

ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™

860-594-0265

sewald@arrl.org

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