EMCOMM East – Sunday September 29th, 2013

EmComm East
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference
Sunday, September 29, 2013
St. John Fisher College
Rochester, New York

If you have an interest in amateur radio emergency communications, you should join us for the premier emergency communications conference in the North East.

FEATURED SPEAKER: HAROLD KRAMER, ARRL COO

We are very excited to have Harold Kramer, WJ1B, as a featured speaker at EmComm East. Mr. Kramer is the ARRL Chief Operating Officer.

We also have some great speakers for this year’s conference, and we are adding more as well! You won’t want to miss out!

Please share this information with your friends and radio clubs. We would love to see you in September!

You can register for the conference today! Your $35 registration fee includes attendance at the keynote address and conference sessions, continental breakfast (bagels & coffee) and lunch.

To register, just head to our registration page:
http://www.emcommeast.org/registration

CONTACT US

Website: http://www.emcommeast.org
E-mail: info@emcommeast.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emcomm.east

EmComm East is brought to you by Monroe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Inc.

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Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday 9/7/13 at 10 AM

Hello Everyone,

Net Control for the September 7,2013 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be The South Coastal Massachusetts ARES group and the Acushnet Emergency Management agency. They will be operating from the ARES sub-regional command center at the Acushnet, Massachusetts EOC. The net will commence at the usual time of 10am using the following repeaters in the order listed.

Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0
Fairhaven 145.490 tone 67.0
Fall River 146.805. tone 67.0
Falmouth 147.375 tone 110.9
Simplex on 147.42.

They will than return to the Dartmouth Repeater for final comments.

We look forward to hearing everyone on the Net. Have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend.

73’s

John O’
K1JRO

South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH
55 Fogg Road, Mail Stop #25
South Weymouth, MA 02190

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Metro-Boston ARES District Meeting & Special Presentation 9/14 10am

Hello!

This is Marek, KB1NCG, the Metro-Boston ARES District Emergency Coordinator. I have met some of you but not as many as I would like. One of my primary goals is to set up a strong robust ARES team in the Metro-Boston area and the first major step is to have a group meeting to get to know everyone.

We will be holding an all hands meeting, which includes anyone in the Metro-Boston and surrounding areas interested in supporting Metro-Boston ARES, on September 14, 2013 at 10 am.  Current ARES membership is not required! The meeting will be held in the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center, 125 Antwerp Street, Brighton, MA.  Mrs. Fiorentino son, Lawrence, is a ham and wanted to provide meeting space for hams and plans are underway to install antennas on the roof and a radio station in the computer center.

Parking information will be finalized next week and detailed instructions will be forthcoming.

I am very pleased to also announce we will have a special presentation from two members of the Massachusetts State Police on the Boston Marathon bombing, manhunt, and MIT police officer memorial service.

Please RSVP to myself so we can estimate how many people will come to kb1ncg@gmail.com.

I have created a survey for everyone to fill out to better get a sense what you, our membership, want to get out of this group:

Metro-Boston ARES Survey:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8V26FBB

Please complete this by September 10, 2013, it should not take more than about 5 minutes to complete.

All HAMs from the Eastern MA section are welcome to fill out the survey!

Our meeting agenda will be:

1.) Introduction of Eastern Massachusetts ARES Staff

2.) Eastern Massachusetts ARES Overview

3.) Eastern Massachusetts ARES Goals

4.) Training Requirements

5.) Massachusetts State Police presentation on the Boston Marathon Bombing, Manhunt and MIT Police Officer Memorial Service.

Blair Sutherland is the Director of Telecommunications for the Massachussets State Police.  Blair’s unit provides the infrastructure for the statewide 800 MHz system which served as the backbone for communications for more than 1,100 users during these chaotic events.

John Ruggiero is an electrical engineer with the MSP and has worked on the system design and implementation and growth of the Statewide 800 MHz system.  He also serves as the APCO frequency coordinator for Massachusetts.

6.) Open discussion about future plans, training and other activities.

7.) Future meeting dates.

Look forward to seeing you all at the meeting!

Marek Kozubal
Metro-Boston District Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Radio Emergency Service
kb1ncg@gmail.com

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Metro Boston ARES “All Hands” Meeting, 9/14 at 10 AM

KB1NCG, Metro-Boston ARES District Emergency Coordinator writes on Metro-Boston ARES List:

You are receiving this email because of your interest in supporting ARES in Eastern Massachusetts.  I have met some of you but not as many as I would like. One of my primary goals is to set up a strong robust ARES team in the Metro-Boston area and the first major step is to have a group meeting to get to know everyone.

We will be holding an all hands meeting, which includes anyone in the Metro-Boston and surrounding areas interested in supporting Metro-Boston ARES, on September 14, 2013 at 10 am.  Current ARES membership is not required! The meeting will be held in the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center, 125 Antwerp Street, Brighton, MA.!   Mrs. Fiorentino son, Lawrence, is a ham and wanted to provide meeting space for hams and plans are underway to install antennas on the roof and a radio station in the computer center.

Parking information will be finalized next week and detailed instructions will be forthcoming.

I am very pleased to also announce we will have a special presentation from two members of the Massachusetts State Police on the Boston Marathon bombing, manhunt, and MIT police officer memorial service.

Please RSVP to myself so we can estimate how many people will come to kb1ncg@gmail.com.

I have created a survey for everyone to fill out to better get a sense what you, our membership, want to get out of this group:!
Metro-Boston ARES Survey — Please complete this by September 10, 2013, it should not take more than about 5 minutes to complete.
All HAMs from the Eastern MA section are welcome to fill out the survey!

Our meeting agenda will be:

1.) Introduction of Eastern Massachusetts ARES Staff


2.) Eastern Massachusetts ARES Overview

3.) Eastern Massachusetts ARES Goals

4.) Training Requirements

5.) Massachusetts State Police presentation on the Boston Marathon Bombing, Manhunt and MIT Police Officer Memorial Service.

Blair Sutherland is the Director of Telecommunications for the Massachussets State Police.  Blair’s unit provides the infrastructure for the statewide 800 MHz system which served as the backbone for communications fo! r more than 1,100 users during these chaotic events.

John Ruggiero is an electrical engineer with the MSP and has worked on the system design and implementation and growth of the Statewide 800 MHz system.  He also serves as the APCO frequency coordinator for Massachusetts.

5.) Open discussion about future plans, training and other activities.

6.) Future meeting dates.

Look forward to seeing you all at the meeting!

Marek Kozubal
Metro-Boston District Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Radio Emergency Service

 

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Whitman Labor Day Flea Market, Sept. 1-2, 2013

Whitman ARCThe Whitman Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual Labor Day weekend flea market on Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2 at the Knights of Columbus in Whitman on Route 18, just south of the Abington line.

The flea market will take place each day between 8 AM and 3 PM. Sellers can setup at 7 AM. If it is raining on Sunday, the club will have access to the inside of the hall where vendors can setup if necessary. Sellers spaces are $25 each day or $40 for both days. According to the club’s web site, “this is a fundraiser flea market for the club and does not just have ham radio equipment, though there usually are a couple tables that the club and some members have containing radio equipment. Please stop by as it’s always a great social event! We hope to have an HF station on the air as well as be monitoring 147.225.”

Contact wa1npo@gmail.com for further information.

 

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HRO Manufacturer’s Day, Salem NH, August 24

HRO logoHam Radio Outlet in Salem, NH writes:

Please join us in Salem New Hampshire, for our bi-annual event! Store hours are 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

There will be prize drawings throughout the day, a VE session, a keynote panel address by Boston Marathon Amateur Radio leadership, and a chance to win a TS-590 Grand Prize donated by Kenwood USA.

Meet representatives from the following organizations: ABR Cable, ARRL, Cable Xperts, Davis RF, Granite State (Cobra UltraLite) Antennas, Icom, Kenwood, MFJ, NEAR-DV, Radio Oasis, Radiowavz, Samlex America, Times Microwave, Unadilla, WRTC, and Yaesu.

In addition to their travel and booth demonstrations, the attendees have also donated prizes. Additional donors include West Mountain Radio, RT Systems, & Alpha Delta. We thank them all for their generous contributions, commitment, and support!

See you Saturday the 24th, and if you’re a D-Star enthusiast, meet us Friday evening at Sal’s Pizza- 29 North Broadway near the corner of North Broadway and Main Street at 6:30 for a meet and greet, dutch treat!

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NRSA Public Service Events on 9/2, 9/7

Dave Wolfe, KG1H writes on MMRA Public Service List:

Operators are needed to help with Public Service events on the North Shore:

Monday, September 2nd YMCA Cape Ann Run
A 25km road race around Gloucester and Rockport starting at 9AM

Saturday, September 7th Cycle 4 Life Bike Ride supporting Floating Hospital for Children
25 and 50 mile bicycle tours starting in Marblehead going to Manchester by the Sea or Ipswich starting at 9AM. Both stationary and mobile operators will be needed.

Two meter repeaters will be used to support both events.

To volunteer for either event go to http://www.nsradio.org/events/index.htm and use the sign up link near the top to fill in your information.

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Whitman ARC at the Marshfield Fair, August 15-25, 2013

The Whitman Amateur Radio Club is currently holding its annual Marshfield Fair booth and special events station operation (NN1MF). The event runs from 8/15 through 8/25.

The club’s web site lists several frequencies on which the station will be active, on or around: 3.860, 7.260, 14.260, and 18.160.

The group will also be making contacts on the local 147.225+ (PL 67.0) repeater, and on EchoLink WA1NPO-R and IRLP Node 8691.

 

 

 

 

 

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Plymouth Run To The Rock Road Race – Saturday September 7th, 2013

Good Afternoon Everyone!

The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club has been asked to coordinate communications once again this year for the annul Plymouth Boys & Girls Club “Run To The Rock Road Race”. We are in need of 35 Amateur Radio Operators to effectively cover the Event. Please see the link below for this years invitation to the event.

The popularity and number of registered runners for this event grows every year as does our need for Amateur Radio Volunteers. We look forward to seeing our regulars again this year and hope to see lots of new faces. Please forward this message along to anyone you know who may be interested and excuse us if you received multiple mailings.

Thanks,

John O’Neill K1JRO
John Barbuto KS1Q

South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH
55 Fogg Road, Mail Stop #25
South Weymouth, MA 02190
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Plymouth Run To The Rock Road Race – Saturday September 7th, 2013

Good Afternoon Everyone!

The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club has been asked to coordinate communications once again this year for the annul Plymouth Boys & Girls Club “Run To The Rock Road Race”. We are in need of 35 Amateur Radio Operators to effectively cover the Event. Please see the link below for this years invitation to the event.

The popularity and number of registered runners for this event grows every year as does our need for Amateur Radio Volunteers. We look forward to seeing our regulars again this year and hope to see lots of new faces. Please forward this message along to anyone you know who may be interested and excuse us if you received multiple mailings.

Thanks,

John O’Neill K1JRO
John Barbuto KS1Q

South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH
55 Fogg Road, Mail Stop #25
South Weymouth, MA 02190
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Head of the Charles Regatta, October 19-21, 2013

Hello everyone!!!

Well, it’s that time of year again… The Head of the Charles® Regatta is
just around the corner… (63 days to be exact) Skip Farkas and I are
Co-Chairing Emergency Services this year.

I hope you are having a safe and fun summer so far. I am sending this email
to you today because you either have volunteered at The Head of the
Charles® Regatta in Cambridge in the past, or for another Red Cross event
throughout the years. Once again, The Head of the Charles® is partnering
with the Red Cross to provide medical support throughout the regatta (this
includes lifeguards, ham radio operators and first aid personnel). We are
currently looking for volunteers to help staff this event. The event is Friday,
October 18th, Saturday, October 19th, and Sunday, October 20th, 2013.

We are looking to staff 5 rescue boats with 1 ham radio operator and 1-2
lifeguards (on Friday) 13 rescue boats with 1 ham radio operator and 1-2
lifeguards per boat (on Saturday and Sunday).

We are also looking to staff 2 land first aid stations (on Friday) and 6-8
land first aid stations (on Saturday and Sunday). Each land station
includes 3-4 HAMs and 10-12 first aid personnel (all ranges of
certifications accepted – minimum first aid AND CPR).

The hours of the regatta are as follows for the Emergency Services
Committee:

Friday, October 19th:
Water Based Stations: 10am-6pm
Land Based Stations: 12pm-6pm

Saturday, October 20th:
Water Based Stations: 5am-6pm
Land Based Stations: 6am-6pm

Sunday, October 21st:
Water Based Stations: 5am-6pm
Land Based Stations: 6am-6pm

(ALL ENDING TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Due to the manner of our responsibilities, we only accept full day shirts
for our volunteers.
If you are available to volunteer and can commit to a shift, please visit
http://www.hocr-volunteer.org/active/volunteer/ . In the comment section,
please note what your current certifications are (HAM, Lifeguard, First
Aid, First Responder, RN, EMT… etc).

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me. If you
have any friends or associates (who are properly certified), and would be
willing to help out, please forward this email to them. We are looking for
as many volunteers as possible. This is a fun event, but requires a lot of
support from Red Cross volunteers in order to make it a safe and successful
weekend.

I hope to hear from you soon!


Heather Gravelese
Co-Chair Emergency Services
Head of the Charles ® Regatta
Lg1Hocr@gmail.com
978-882-5081

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Head of the Charles Regatta, October 19-21, 2013

Hello everyone!!!

Well, it’s that time of year again… The Head of the Charles® Regatta is just around the corner… (63 days to be exact) Skip Farkas and I are
Co-Chairing Emergency Services this year.

I hope you are having a safe and fun summer so far. I am sending this email to you today because you either have volunteered at The Head of the
Charles® Regatta in Cambridge in the past, or for another Red Cross event throughout the years. Once again, The Head of the Charles® is partnering with the Red Cross to provide medical support throughout the regatta (this includes lifeguards, ham radio operators and first aid personnel). We are currently looking for volunteers to help staff this event. The event is Friday, October 18th, Saturday, October 19th, and Sunday, October 20th, 2013.

We are looking to staff 5 rescue boats with 1 ham radio operator and 1-2 lifeguards (on Friday) 13 rescue boats with 1 ham radio operator and 1-2
lifeguards per boat (on Saturday and Sunday).

We are also looking to staff 2 land first aid stations (on Friday) and 6-8 land first aid stations (on Saturday and Sunday). Each land station
includes 3-4 HAMs and 10-12 first aid personnel (all ranges of certifications accepted – minimum first aid AND CPR).

The hours of the regatta are as follows for the Emergency Services Committee:

Friday, October 19th:
Water Based Stations: 10am-6pm
Land Based Stations: 12pm-6pm

Saturday, October 20th:
Water Based Stations: 5am-6pm
Land Based Stations: 6am-6pm

Sunday, October 21st:
Water Based Stations: 5am-6pm
Land Based Stations: 6am-6pm

(ALL ENDING TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Due to the manner of our responsibilities, we only accept full day shirts for our volunteers.

If you are available to volunteer and can commit to a shift, please visit http://www.hocr-volunteer.org/active/volunteer/ . In the comment section,
please note what your current certifications are (HAM, Lifeguard, First Aid, First Responder, RN, EMT… etc).

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me. If you have any friends or associates (who are properly certified), and would be willing to help out, please forward this email to them. We are looking for as many volunteers as possible. This is a fun event, but requires a lot of support from Red Cross volunteers in order to make it a safe and successful weekend.

I hope to hear from you soon!


Heather Gravelese
Co-Chair Emergency Services
Head of the Charles ® Regatta
Lg1Hocr@gmail.com
978-882-5081

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Methods and Practices Guidelines – MPG

Looking for information on message handling and net operation?  We are fortunate to have a very comprehensive resource document on the ARRL’s website called “Methods and Practices Guidelines” or “MPG”.

It was compiled with the help of very experienced traffic handlers and contains many examples of the best operating practices.  While it is lengthy and not designed as a training course, it is well indexed for finding what information you may be looking for.


Chapter 6 on digital messaging has been updated and contains information on “radio email”, a valuable tool for emergency communications and one that can be used by NTS and ARES alike.

This updated chapter, along with the entire MPG, can be found on the ARRL website and can be reached using the link below.  I encourage all traffic handlers to reference and use this information as a guide.

For the MPG Table of Contents Click here


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Flea at MIT 8/18

via the MIT Flea Mailing List:


This coming Sunday ...

NB  Buyers Parking should be much easier this month, there will NOT
    be a road race closing half the local streets.   

NB  Be aware that in addition to our traditional local surface lots 
    and street parking, there are over 2000 spaces available in 
    discount Garages about a block away..

    For details see 

       http://web.mit.edu/w1gsl/Public/bparking

    and a map at 

       http://web.mit.edu/w1mx/www/swapfest/buyers-parking.pdf

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Chelmsford Fox Hunt, 8/18

KB1OIQ writes:

We will be having another Fox Hunt on Sunday, August 18th, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (or until the battery dies, which ever comes first).

John (KB1MGI) and I (KB1OIQ) will be hiding TWO (2) transmitters (foxes) in the town of Chelmsford. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to find one or both foxes.

Each fox will be on public land easily accessible to the public.

The frequency will be: 146.565 MHz FM

For an added challenge, both foxes will be on the same frequency! Their CW messages will be distinctly different.

When you find a fox, don’t forget to sign the log book.

Have a lot of fun, and 73,

Andy

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TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS JULY 2013

 

MASS STM REPORT JULY 2013
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ TIME
EM2MN 28 51 185 520 KB1ENV 145.23 / 146.865 8PM Daily
MARIPN 10 2 15 52 N1LKJ 3918 Khz 5:30 PM M-F
WARPSN 4 12 66 NA NI1X
HHTN 14 4 31 128 N1LUM MMRA Rptrs 10PM MWF
CITN NO REPORT N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 23 68 75 395 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM M-F
CM2MN 16 17 67 185 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 21 0 246 294 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 21 6 231 105 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 0 92 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 292 542 0 834 X
KW1U 0 295 249 1 519 X
K1YCQ 24 96 109 21 250
N1UMJ 8 106 37 31 182
N1TF 0 47 57 3 107
N1LKJ 0 58 34 0 92
KB1WXC 2 24 23 5 54
W1PLK 0 15 7 9 31
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
N1UMJ 40 40 20 30 0 10 140
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 20 5 0 0 105
N1LKJ 26 40 20 0 0 0 86
KB1WXC 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM -MA
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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for August 2013

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for August is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for August is Monday August 5th, 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 August 3rd, 2013 at 10 AM

Hello Everyone,

Net Control for the August 3,2013 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be the South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club operating from the South Shore Hospital. The net will commence at the usual time of 10am using the following repeaters and one simplex frequency in the order listed.

Sharon 146.865 Tone 103.5
Fall River 146.805 Tone 67.0
Falmouth 147.375 Tone 110.9
Simplex 147.42

The Net will than return to the Sharon repeater for final comments and net closing.

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 or your facilities call sign, your first name, and your facility’s name.

We would like to encourage the EOC of any city or town that is served by one of our participating hospitals to join the Net. We also extend an invitation to any RACES or ARES member to check in during the NET.

We are always looking for more groups or organizations to join and run the Net. If you are interested please let us know. Our goal is to rotate Net Control practice and the experience among as many groups as possible.

Any hospital wishing to join the net that that needs assistance with equipment or personal should contact us at ssharc@gmail.com or Carl Aveni at caave@peoplepc.com . We can help in getting your location on the air.

We thank the repeater trustees for their generosity in allowing us to conduct the monthly nets and the use of their systems in an actual event. The following list of repeaters are available for our use. 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.

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   
Fall River 146.805. 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

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