Amateurs Requested for YuKanRun Stache Half Marathon & One Mile Race, Nov. 2

Gardner H. Winchester, II, KA1BTK writes:

The Cape Ann ARA and Ipswich Emergency Management Agency are supporting the YuKanRun Stache Half Marathon & 1-Mile Race on November 2nd, 2014 in Ipswich as part of our EmComms practice.

We need about 7 operators to staff check-points along the route. The 1-Mile event starts at 0900 and the 1/2-Marathon starts at 0930 from the Ipswich High-School. Please inform me if you can work this event. Requirements will be a mobile or HT 2-meter radio. We’ll probably be using the Ipswich repeater at 145.490 (-, PL-131.8) and back up with 146.505 Simplex.

Please let me know if you can help!


Metro-Boston ARES Meeting Saturday 10/25/14 10am at the Joseph A Fiorentino Community Center in Brighton Mass.


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 Saturday, October 25th, 2014 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.

A map with parking and bus information can be found at
There is also street parking available on Harvard St. 

Please RSVP to myself so we can estimate how many people to prepare for to and/or at the Facebook event:

If you have not yet done so our Metro-Boston ARES survey is still open and can be found here:

Our meeting agenda will be:

1.) A visit and update from our new Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Michael Neilsen, W1MPN, discussing his appointment and his plans for the Eastern MA ARES group.

2.) Winter is fast approaching, so we will be reviewing the SkyWarn winter reporting criteria, how and where to report, and go over the SkyWarn repeater list for the NWS Taunton area.

3.) A review and discussion of the results from the Metro-Boston ARES survey about where we should focus our efforts.

4.) Open discussion about future plans, training, and other topics of interest.

5.) Discussions on next meeting dates and topics.

Look forward to seeing you all at the meeting!

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

JOTA Ham Assistance Sought, Union CT

57th annual JOTA logoDouglas Sharafanowich, WA1SFH writes:

Good Morning! The annual BSA Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) 2014 is happening over the weekend of 10/18/14.

A JOTA On Steroids
Unlike other JOTA events where Amateur Radio is typically an unscheduled activity that is left to fend for itself while other scheduled activities are being run, we have specifically incorporated JOTA 2014 related activities into our Fall Camporee entitled: “Disaster in East Scoutopia”.

QTH: (10 min from Sturbridge, MA)
Camp Pomperaug (AKA: East Scoutopia), Union , CT (I-84 East, Exit 74).

Did I mention that we are expecting 200 Boy Scouts? 😉

ARDF / Foxhunting
As one of the 4 Amateur Radio scheduled Activities (Mast Building, Inverted “V” Antenna Building and GOTA stations), we have included an Activity called: “Search & Rescue (SAR) – Find the Lost Patrol”. In this case, the “Lost Patrol” will be one of 4 hidden transmitters placed around the Camp property enabling us to run 4 short Fox Hunting courses throughout the day.

We need help in conducting and equipping this 1 Day Activity.
– Specifically: 2 instructors, 2 HTs & Antennas, and 4 Hidden Transmitters (144 or 440).

If you would like to be part of this ARDF/ Foxhunting Team, and can help with instruction and/or equipment, please contact me ASAP.
– We are about 10 days away from this event.


* PS – Also need a few additional HF operators for the day.

Douglas Sharafanowich – WA1SFH
BSA Radio Merit Badge Counselor
District Emergency Coordinator, Region 2
Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CT ARES)
(Home) 203-876-1189
[Cell] 203-494-3885

Reminder: Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday October 4th, 2014 at 1000 AM EDT

Hello Everyone,

Net Control for the October 4, 2014 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be Charles Bresnahan K1CB. He will be conducting the NET from Falmouth Hospital. The net will commence at the usual time of 10am using the following repeaters in the order listed.

1. Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5
2. W. Bridgewater 146.775 dpl 244
3. Belmont 145.430 tone 67.0
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 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 We can assist you 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 
Mansfield EMA  446.925 tone 100.0
Mansfield 147.015 tone 67.0
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   
Weymouth 147.345 tone 110.9
W. Bridgewater 146.775 dpl 244
Wrentham 147.09 tone 146.2

We look forward to hearing you all on the Net.


John O’Neill

South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH

55 Fogg Road, Mail Stop #25
South Weymouth, MA 02190