NH ARES Academy for Saturday March 29th, 2014 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 29th, 2014 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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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-by Message for Saturday 2/15/14-Sunday Morning 2/16/14 Anticipated Blizzard

Hello to all…

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 4:00PM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM FORECASTED BLIZZARD***

***BLIZZARD WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN MA COAST FROM 4:00PM SATURDAY THOUGH 5:00AM SUNDAY. WINTER STORM WARNINGS UP FOR REMAINDER OF SECTION***

***WIND GUSTS TO HURRICANE FORCE POSSIBLE ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST***

***SKYWARN OPS AT NWS-TAUNTON TO COMMENCE AT 4:00PM SATURDAY***

As the snow begins to fall across southern New England, models have begun to consolidate on a trend which brings a period of heavy snow and strong winds to the region starting late this afternoon and continuing overnight. Snowfall accumulation of 6-10 inches is possible across much of Eastern Massachusetts with over 12 inches possible across southeastern MA and the Cape/Islands. Isolated higher amounts are possible depending on where the heaviest snow band set up over the area

Wind speeds in the blizzard warning area are forecasted to increase to 25-35mph sustained with gusts possibly reaching hurricane force (60-70mph), especially along the immediate coast per the latest forecast. Winds of this magnitude may cause power outages along with pockets of scattered damage. Travel during the storm is not recommended. For further meteorological updates, including the latest Blizzard Coordination Message, please see the NWS Taunton SKYWARN home page at http://www.wx1box.org

For the remainder of the Eastern MA section, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for snowfall of 6-12 inches along with winds 15-25mph gusting to near 45-50 mph. These conditions will also create isolated pockets of tree/power line damage.

In advance of the storm, please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime over the weekend. We are creating a list of availability for ARESMAT deployment if needed for various local EOC’s, Red Cross, Salvation Army, NWS Storm Survey Teams, and hospitals as required. Keep your situational awareness level high for any updates from ARES leadership by checking your email for updates and our ARES web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org and monitoring local SKYWARN/ARES/RACES frequencies for any updates on this developing situation.

When sending your availability, please send the following: Name, Call-sign, License Class, Capability (HF / VHF / UHF), Availability, and any other special notes we should be aware of. Also, please let us know if you can do an ARESMAT to another part of the Eastern Massachusetts section (specifically East Coastal and Southeast Mass/Cape Cod) as this area looks to be particularly hardest hit by this anticipated blizzard. We ask that as you contact your DEC, please send a copy of the message to hurricane@nsradio.org where multiple members of the EMA ARES Leadership will be able to access your availability.

What is ARES Stand-By mode?

ARES stand-by mode is to alert Amateurs within ARES that a mobilization is possible on a wide-scale and that some localized mobilizations are or could be taking place in isolated areas. It means to take a look at your Go-Kit and have batteries and equipment ready to go and charged up and take care of any requirements at home in case a mobilization is required and you can participate. Do NOT self-deploy. Wait for guidance from leadership for any deployment. It is an honor to be ready even if you don’t deploy for the event. Hopefully, this is just another exercise of our preparedness and capabilities. If not, the ARES leadership looks forward to working with you if any wide scale mobilization is required after the impact of this major storm to the region is fully understood.

Thanks for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

KD1CY / KB1KQW

 

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JANUARY, 2014 TRAFFIC REPORT

The January traffic report can be found by scrolling down this page.  Great job all.  We even have a report for the Cape and Islands (CITN) and New England Phone Net (NEPN).  Thanks Mike.  More folks are reporting Station Activity Reports (SAR) and PSHR (Public Service Honor Roll).  Anyone who handles traffic can send an SAR to your STM.  To be included in the PSHR report however you must earn a minimum of 70 points.  See the left side column on this page for information on SAR and PSHR.

We appreciate all your support on the nets.  A couple nets however can use some extra support.  The Mass Rhode Island Phone (MARIPN) meets on 3918 Khz at 5:30 PM Monday through Friday.  Some new callsigns are being seen there.  Keep up the good work.  Maybe we will be able to return to 7 days a week so that the working folks can make the 5:30 time slot.  Also Heavy Hitters (HHTN) has a few regulars but we would like to see more of you night owls checking into this net at 10:00PM on the MMRA linked repeaters (see mmra.org for details).

If anyone would like help with message handling or net procedures, please contact KW1U@arrl.net or one of the net managers listed below.  Hope everyone is surviving this arctic winter.  Remember spring is just around the corner and it will be time again for antenna work.

73, Marcia KW1U

STM EMA and WMA

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TRAFFIC REPORT FOR EAST AND WEST MASS JAN 2014

 

MASS STM REPORT Jan-14
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 31 144 215 785 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 12 7 18 65 N1LKJ 3918 Khz 5:30 PM M-F
WARPSN 4 12 59 n/a N1IQI
HHTN 19 29 47 221 N1LUM MMRA Rptrs 10PM MWF
CITN 30 21 176 453 N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 105 140 590 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 21 12 81 189 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 4 321 434 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 19 3 171 197 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 3 0 79 n/a W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN 4 1 39 103 N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45AM Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 541 1117 0 1658 X
KW1U 0 386 315 7 708 X
K1YCQ 21 112 100 28 261
N1TF 0 108 135 11 254
N1UMJ 8 89 42 5 144
N1LUM 0 35 68 0 103
KB1WXC 10 29 49 2 90
W1PLK 0 21 6 15 42
N1LKJ 0 21 11 0 32
AC7RB 0 0 3 0 3
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
N1UMJ 40 40 20 10 135 10 255
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
N1LUM 40 40 10 0 0 10 100
KB1WXC 40 40 0 0 0 0 80
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED
MARCIA FORDE STM -MA

 

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Amateur Radio Support Needed for Ashland Half Marathon in March

As a warm-up to the Boston Marathon in April, Ashland, Massachusetts has organized the Ashland Marathon Park Prep, a half-marathon road race, to be held on 16 March, 2014. Expect this event to span between 8AM and at the latest 1PM.

This may well be the very first Amateur Radio public service opportunity of the year.

Last year was the first time ham radio made a showing, thanks to the support of the MMRA and FARA. This year, the event organizers are depending upon the safety and logistics communications presence that our Amateur Radio Service brings.

http://www.marathonparkprep.com

Come one, come all. Experienced or first timers. There will be a place in our communications constellation for you in this organized event.

It’s helpful if you have 2M/70CM mobile and portable radios. Your portable should have sufficient battery for 4 to 6 hours of use and a gain antenna.

To register, you have two options:

Send email to Mark Richards, K1MGY, Amateur Radio Team coordinator at:

k1mgy@arrl.net

Or register using the online form at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gNDUmHF3dEhCiIltlfntpiczZGM8ceTLxBisWFQXceY

Once registered you’ll be contacted by K1MGY with further information. Assignments and other documentation will be forthcoming within the next two weeks.

Looking forward to your support!

/Mark Richards
K1MGY

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Reminder: Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for February 2014

Hello to all…

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for February is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for February is Monday February 3rd, 2014, 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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