W1DAN Appointed New EMA Technical Coordinator

ARRL flagEastern Massachusetts ARRL Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI has announced the appointment of Dan Brown, W1DAN, as the section’s new Technical Coordinator.

Dan replaces Eric Falkof, K1NUN, who, tragically, passed away last month. A licensed amateur for 37 years, W1DAN currently serves as president of the Wellesley Amateur radio Society. He is employed as a broadcast engineer in Boston and lives in Natick, MA.

“I have the utmost confidence in Dan’s leadership and technical abilities,” commented Temples. “Dan’s a great guy and mentor. He’ll be a valuable resource to amateurs in the section, as well as a point-of-contact for those who are looking for additional resources or assistance with challenging technical problems.”

More information about W1DAN and a photo can be viewed under “EMA Section Staff” or by visiting http://ema.arrl.org/node/2036.

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SEMARA Technician Class Begins January 8, 2014

SEMARA logoMarcel Dumont writes on SEMARA List:

There will be a Technician License class given by Tony NN1D. The classes will be given on [four] Wednesday evenings beginning January 8, 2014 at 7 PM till 9 PM at the Dartmouth Police Department Training room, 249 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth. [The final fifth Wednesday will culminate with a VE exam.]

If you know anyone interested, please contact Tony at NN1D@ARRL.net or call 508-525-0949 or 508-579-2671.

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VEs Needed for Billerica License In A Day Class, 01/04/14

Kevin Fallon, KB1KTR writes on 12/28/13 on PART-L:

Billerica Emergency Management is having a license in a day class on January 4th. The class is full, and we are anxiously looking for additional VEs to proctor the exam at the end of the day. Do you know any? Could you please relay this request onto the part list? People can reach me at kfallon@billericaema.org.

Thanks for your help !
Kevin Fallon (KB1KTR)

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and 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 the Blizzard of 2013 in early February particularly in portions of Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands which were particularly hard hit during the blizzard. We also want to thank all Amateur Radio Operators who assisted during the Boston Marathon and the bombings that occurred at the finish line including those Amateurs who answered the short fused call on availability to mobilize if necessary as the bombings unfolded. While there are always lessons learned from such incidents, Amateur Radio played a critical role during this tragedy both on the course and finish line and the 2014 Boston Marathon will be an even bigger event because of it likely requiring earlier volunteering from Amateur Radio Operators as well as potentially more Amateur Radio volunteers for the event.

We also thank all Amateur Operators whether they are in ARES or not who supported all the Public Service Events throughout the year as well. 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 all Amateur Radio Operators who are continuing to support the Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net that has had regular participation from the South Coast Hospital group, hospitals on Cape Cod, Brockton Hospital and the lead hospital supporting the operation, the South Shore Hospital and South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club. 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:

http://www.wx1box.org/node/3391

As we move into 2014, we have had a few district meetings, specifically on the south coast of Massachusetts and Greater Boston area along with regular district meetings on Cape Cod and in Northern Middlesex County. We’d like to continue to expand the district meetings across the section and get back into the section emergency communication workshops similar to past years and plan for one to two exercises as we get towards the middle of 2014. Due to some changes in my own personal status that are ongoing, I’m going to continue 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 2013. 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 2014 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: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

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New England Area Flea Markets, Updated 12/14/13

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2014 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~

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2014                                                    Contact          Source
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1 Feb  Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Indoor      John 860 673 0518  +

8 Feb Springfield VT CVFMA @Cong Ch                 Steve N1QDT 802 885 8110 A+

15 Feb Marlborough MA AARC @MS $5@9 $20/T@6:30  Bef 9 Tim KA1OS 508 919 6136  +

16 Feb Westford MA NEARC RadioXVL 8AM@Regency $10 antique Bruce 603 772 7516 F+

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

2 Mar Hicksville NY LIMARC @Levittown Hall         Richie K2KNB 516 694 4937 A+

15 Mar Dayville CT ECARA 8A @StJosephCh              Paul KE1LI 860 928 5147

16 Mar Southington CT SARA $5@8A @HS $20/T@6:15   eve Norm W3IZ 860 584 1403 F+

28,29 Mar Lewiston ME AARC ME Conv @Ramada @8        Ivan N1OXA 207 784 0350

12,13 Apr Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~  John 781 592 2553 F+

12 Apr Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Outdoor     John 860 673 0518  +

18 April S.Portland ME PAWA @AmLegion $6@8 $10/T@6:30John W1JLB 207 776 2288 W+
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Zola Center Receives Radio Gift In Memory of K1NUN

The Irving K. Zola Center for Persons With Disabilities was awarded gifts of equipment and cash in memory of Eric Falkof, K1NUN (Silent Key) at a special meeting on December 14 at the Brigham House in Newton Highlands.

Mike Crestohl, W1RC, General Chairman of the New England Amateur Radio Festival (NEAR-Fest) and NEAR-Fest Forums Chairman John Flood, KB1FQG awarded a Icom D-STAR radio to the Center on behalf of the fledging radio club. Donna Suskawicz, KB1QVT, Director of the Zola Center, was on hand to accept the gifts, along with Eric’s widow, Nancy Falkof, KB1OCP; his daughter, Beth; and son-in-law, Matt Millstein. A cash gift was also presented to the group by ARRL Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI on behalf of the Eastern Massachusetts section.

In Eric’s absence, local Newton amateur Bob Drukman, WA1UIY, has stepped forward to lead the club and its activities.

Photo courtesy Dan Brown, W1DAN


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TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS NOV 2013

Here are the stats for November.  I’m happy to report that thanks to members of the Boston Amateur Radio Club the 145.23 repeater is back near coverage of pre-antenna damage daysMany thanks to those guys who braved the heights and weather to raise the new antenna.  We are now able to move the EM2MN solely to the Boston repeater and it has made a noticeable difference in net participation.  It is good to see some of the old regulars returning.

I’m also happy to report that Bob Holland N1SYC has agreed to assume managership of EM2MN effective December 1 2013.  We thank John Campbell KB1ENV for his service to the net, and hope in time he will find some time to join us again.  We thank Bob, and I’m sure you will give him your support.

Packet traffic is moving again.  We had some problems with nodes making it difficult to pass traffic between KW1U and N1XTB-4, but many thanks to Jim W1JT who has made his node accessible for our use.  Anyone interested in NTSDigital can get in touch with me (KW1U) for information.

The CW net (MARI) has been doing well.  I’m considering increasing from 5 to 7 nights a week.  Hopefully this will allow some others to participate.  We have outlets on this net for Central and Western Mass as well as East Mass, so do come join us.  For information or help with CW let me know.

Happy Holidays to all!  from Marcia KW1U

 

 

MASS STM REPORT NOVEMBER 2013
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 28 80 178 659 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 14 3 24 55 N1LKJ 3918 Khz 5:30 PM M-F
WARPSN 2 6 36 NA N1IQI
HHTN 13 12 35 141 N1LUM MMRA Rptrs 10PM MWF
CITN NO REPORT N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 21 118 92 460 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM M-F
CM2MN 21 9 77 161 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 27 0 160 215 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 20 3 143 151 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 2 0 53 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 446 1060 0 1506 X
KW1U 0 455 428 1 884 X
K1YCQ 18 121 114 18 271
N1UMJ 4 120 75 8 207
N1TF 0 71 74 2 147
N1LKJ 0 74 69 0 143
KB1WXC 17 27 69 1 114
W1PLK 0 10 5 8 23
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
N1UMJ 40 40 20 40 0 10 150
KW1U 40 40 30 5 0 20 135
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 34 40 20 0 0 0 94
KB1WXC 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE KW1U – STM
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Reminder: Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday December 7th, 2013 at 10 AM EST

Hello Everyone,

Net Control for the December 7,2013 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be the South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club. They will be conducting the NET from 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
Belmont 145.430 tone 67.0
Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0 
Falmouth 147.375 tone 110.9
Simplex 147.42

The Net will then return to the Plymouth 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 extend an invitation to 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 take Net Control duties. 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 needs assistance with equipment or personnel should contact us at ssharc@gmail.com or Carl Aveni at caave@peoplepc.com. We can assist with 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
Belmont 145.430 tone 67.0
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
South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH
55 Fogg Road, Mail Stop #25
South Weymouth, MA 02190

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Boston Marathon 2014 Ham Radio Team Registration is OPEN

Registration to be a 2014 Boston Marathon volunteer is now open.  If you’d like to help out as a radio operator at the Marathon on Monday April 21st and/or the smaller races on Saturday April 19th, you can register on our website:

http://marc.mmra.org

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to security issues, volunteer signup will END in early March.  We will NOT be able to accept volunteers “up to the last minute” as we have done in the past.  If you are 80% sure that you can help out, you are advised to signup early!

Thanks, 73, and hope to see you there!

Bob – K1IW
Registration Coordinator

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Boston Marathon 2014 Ham Radio Team Registration is OPEN

Registration to be a 2014 Boston Marathon volunteer is now open.  If you’d like to help out as a radio operator at the Marathon on Monday April 21st and/or the smaller races on Saturday April 19th, you can register on our website:

http://marc.mmra.org

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to security issues, volunteer signup will END in early March.  We will NOT be able to accept volunteers “up to the last minute” as we have done in the past.  If you are 80% sure that you can help out, you are advised to signup early!

Thanks, 73, and hope to see you there!

Bob – K1IW
Registration Coordinator

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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for December 2013

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for December is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for December is Monday December 2nd, 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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SKYWARN Recognition Day Operations

SKYWARN logoThe Taunton SKYWARN Amateur Radio Club, WX1BOX, will once again be active for SKYWARN Recognition Day 2013. In addition, for the seventh straight year, the National Weather Service office in Gray, Maine will also be active under call sign WX1GYX. The Boston Amateur Radio Club will also be active as they have been over the past several years at the NWS Blue Hill Observatory under call sign W1BOS from 9 AM-3 PM on Saturday, December 7, 2013. This will be the 15th year of SKYWARN Recognition Day and it is anticipated that over 100 NWS Forecast Offices will be participating this year.

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