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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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!
Metro-Boston District Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Radio Emergency Service