MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JANUARY 2016

It’s hard to believe February is almost over already.  My apologies for being so late with this report.  It is always nice to see new folks checking into the nets.  I suspect there may be others out there listening to see what it is all about.  We can encourage those to check in and join us even if they are not yet ready to take traffic.  However for those who have been checking in but lack the courage to take a formal message for delivery, here are a few points to remember to ensure accuracy.

First of all, it is advisable when new to have a radiogram form in front of you and become familiar with it so you can fill in the blanks.  If you need forms they are available online at arrl.org, or I can send you a template you can print them or send some copies in the mail if you prefer.  Before letting the transmitting station know you are ready to copy you might want to remind him/her you are new so please go slowly.

Accuracy is important so here are some points to remember to assure accuracy.  If you miss words or groups of words, listen for the transmitting station to say “break”, which should be done immediately before and immediately after the text.  Use the following prowords to request the fills you need:

“Say again word after (blank)”, where blank is the word immediately before the one you missed.

“Say again word before (blank)”, where blank is the word immediately after the one you missed.

If you missed a group of words, “Say again between (blank) and (blank)” where the blanks are the words immediately before and immediately after the group you missed.

If you are not sure you copied a word or word group correctly, say “Confirm (blank)”, and transmitting station can confirm or correct as needed.

At the end of the message check to see if the word count in the text agrees with the check count in the preamble.  If it does not you might ask the transmitting station to read through the message again to see where you disagree.  Or you might have him/her go five word groups at a time.

If you are confident you have the message correctly, say “Roger”.

If you have questons, feel free to ask the transmitting station, the Net Control or the Net Manager

Having the message in hand you are ready to deliver it.  Note the article in the left column of this page, “Traffic Tips: Message Delivery”.

Being able to handle record trafic is an important skill, and our nets are a good place to learn and practice.  Next I will talk about originating and sending a message.  Meanwhile below is the traffic report for both East and West Mass for the month of January.  Thanks to all for your support.  73, Marcia KW1U

 

MASS STM REPORT Jan-16
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 31 95 172 586 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 17 63 181 N1LAH 3978 Khz 6 PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 75 NA N1IQI

HHTN 13 13 71 190 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 146 112 609 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 31 28 233 345 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 29 5 261 464 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 23 3 164 212 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 5 2 166 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
N1IQI 0 253 481 4 738 X
KW1U 3 319 267 7 596 X
N1TF 0 115 147 10 272
KB1WXC 3 50 55 4 112
KC1CIC 1 33 28 7 69
AC7RB 0 26 30 1 57
N1LKJ 0 27 27 0 54
W1PLK 0 9 6 4 19
N1LAH 0 8 10 0 18





PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
KC1CIC 40 40 30 10 0 0 120
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LKJ 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
AC7RB 33 40 0 0 0 0 73
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








N1XTB BBS: RECEIVED 547 FORWARDED 543 TOTAL 1090






MARCIA FORDE STM MA
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CALL FOR SPEAKERS – BOXBORO – SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2016

CALL FOR SPEAKERS – BOXBORO – SEPTEMBER 9-11, 2016

Don’t just attend Boxboro 2016—BE A PART OF IT!  The Boxboro Committee seeks fresh and exciting presentations for this year’s ARRL New England Division Convention.  (Note the new date!) As a Boxboro speaker, you will have the opportunity to share your subject and knowledge with Amateur Radio operators from around New England, surrounding states, and Canada.

Last year’s program included top-notch presentations of both a technical, as well as non-technical nature. This year, we will feature workshops on Friday, a Saturday morning keynote address, and an enhanced Sunday program schedule. It’s our hope that Convention attendees will attend the many activities spanning the three-day event.

If you represent a regional club or organization (e.g. YCCC, NEQRP, WRONE, MARS, etc.) we can help facilitate open forums or closed meetings by providing you a meeting space.

Groups who wish to set up information booths should get your requests in early. While the information booths are offered without charge, we ask for some volunteer time in return to assist us with ticket sales and other logistics during the convention.

To register as a presenter, please visit https://goo.gl/Nrwu1g and complete the online form. For the latest information on Boxboro 2016! please visit http://www.boxboro.org, or email or call us if you have additional questions. We look forward to meeting all of you at the convention!

73,

Phil Temples, K9HI

Program Committee Chair,

ARRL New England Division Convention

k9hi@boxboro.org

Tel: 617-331-0183

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EMA ARES Stand Down

Hello to all…

 

*** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES IS STANDING DOWN ITS STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ***

 

Eastern Massachusetts ARES is standing down from its standby status that began on February 8, 2016 at 10:00AM. The storm did not bring as big of an impact to the region as was predicted. The strongest winds occurred early in the storm before the snow took hold. The snow was not heavy and wet as it was on Friday, and slightly less snow fell than predicted (6″-11″ vs 10″-18″). However, blizzard conditions were met in southeast Massachusetts and travel and road conditions were not good. There were multiple motor vehicle accidents across the region as well as coastal flooding and more wires and trees down.

 

I would like to thank everyone who offered their time and gave their availability for deployment either locally or in an ARESMAT scenario. Even though no deployments were required I hope everyone took this opportunity to check their go-kits, check your supplies, and know that the call could come at anytime.

 

NWS storm products:

Blizzard Classification:

https://nwschat.weather.gov/p.php?pid=201602082238-KBOX-NOUS41-PNSBOX

 

Local Storm Report (LSR):

http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1602091506.nwus51.html

 

Public iNformation Statement (PNS):

http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/1602091422.nous41.html

 

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,

 

Marek Kozubal (KB1NCG)

ARES Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator

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EMA ARES Standby for upcoming winter storm 2016-02-08

Hello to all…

 

*** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 10:00AM MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8 THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM FORECASTED WINTER STORM/BLIZZARD ***

*** BLIZZARD WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR PLYMOUTH COUNTY, THE CAPE AND ISLANDS, AND A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE REST OF EASTERN MA AND RI ***

*** PRIMARY AREA OF CONCERN IS SOUTH OF BOSTON, HOWEVER RESOURCES MIGHT BE NEEDED FROM OTHER AREAS TO SUPPORT THE SOUTH SHORE ***

*** SKYWARN OPS AT NWS-TAUNTON TO COMMENCE AROUND 6:00AM MONDAY ***

 

With 8700 still without power in eastern Massachusetts and the effects of storm weakened utility lines and trees from last Friday’s storm there exists the potential of major power outages and additional damage across the region on Monday. There is a high confidence of blizzard conditions across southeast MA and the Cape/Islands and of at least scattered power outages in southeast MA. The greatest uncertainty currently is snow amounts west of the I-95 corridor into central MA, as a westward shift in the storm path could bring significant snowfall to the area.

 

Northeast wind gusts to 50–70 mph possible across Plymouth county, and the Cape and Islands with gusts to 35 mph further inland across the I-95 corridor. Pockets of moderate coastal flooding likely during late Monday morning high tide along the coast south of Boston to Nantucket. Minor costal flooding possible north of Boston through coastal Essex county.

 

Snow will develop along the south coast and Cape/Islands well after midnight, reaching Boston to Providence before daybreak. Heaviest snow Monday morning into early afternoon with rates of 1–2 inches per hour at times.

 

For further meteorological updates, including the latest Storm Coordination Message, please see the NWS Taunton SKYWARN home page at http://www.wx1box.org.

 

In advance of the storm, please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC (SEC/DEC listed below) 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,

 

Marek Kozubal (KB1NCG)

ARES Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator

 

SEC/ASEC:

SEC – KB1NCG – kb1ncg@arrl.net

ASEC – N1YLQ – mpleger@comcast.net

ASEC – KD1CY – kd1cy@comcast.net

 

DECs:

Essex County – KB1KQW – kb1kqw@nsradio.org

Middlesex County – KB1KQW – kb1kqw@nsradio.org

Metro-Boston – KC1DAB – kc1dab@gmail.com

Norfolk County – W3EVE – w3eve@arrl.net

Bristol County – KA1RSY – ka1rsy@comcast.net

Plymouth County – KA1RSY – ka1rsy@comcast.net

Cape & Islands – WQ1O – wq1o@comcast.net

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