Additional Call for Boston Marathon Volunteers

The Boston Athletic Association still needs Amateur Radio volunteers for the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016.

Radio team members provide communications linking the Hopkinton-based locations, net control, various course locations, including: first aid and water stations, observation points, supply vehicles, MEMA, sweep buses, and medical operations.

If interested, visit http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/event-information/volunteer-information.aspx to signup.

Boy Scout Radio Badge Instructor Sought

Dave Pascoe, KM3T writes on the YCCC reflector:

The wife of a former colleague and friend of mine is leading a Boy Scout STEM Merit Badge college in April. Her instructor for Radio Merit Badge did not pan out. Does anyone here know anyone who might be interested in teaching basic radio knowledge to teenage boys?

Previous experience is not required – just an understanding of the material. The curriculum is predetermined:

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Radio

The STEM University is being held at Assabet Valley Regional Technical HS in Marlborough MA on 2 Saturdays (4/9 and 4/30) from 9:00 to 2:30. Scouts are expected to attend both weekends. Each day will consist of 3 one and half hour sessions and a lunch break, you will have the same scouts both weekends.

If you can help please call me on (978) 843-4104 or pass this information along to someone you think might be able to help.

Framingham ARA Spring Flea Market April 10, 2016

The Framingham ARA Spring Flea Market will take place on April 10, 2016 at the Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter St. in Framingham. Admission for buyers is $5, and under 12 is free. Tables are $20 in advance and $25 at the door if available. There will be refreshments, a VE session and door prizes. Also, the Yankee Clipper Contest Club will hold an open meeting at the flea from 12:30-4:00 PM.

For complete information, visit http://www.w1fy.org/flea.aspx.

 

 

 

MASS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2016

Last month I talked about copying a message on a net.  After delivering the message you might need to send a message back to the originator.  Anytime a message is undeliverable a service message is required.  If the message you delivered had a handling instruction HXC the originator requests a message back with date and time of delivery. If a handling instruction is HXE the originator requests a reply from the recipient.  Or you might just want to send a message to a family member, a friend or another ham. How do you go about it?

First, have your radiogram form in front of you and fill it out appropriately, including the boxes in the preamble, the full address and phone number if available, the text and signature.  If sending a service message, ARRL Numbered radiograms can be used, ie ARL FORTY SEVEN if a message was successfully delivered, or ARL SIXTY SEVEN if you were unable to make a delivery.  A list of ARRL numbered radiograms can be found on our website. When using one of these texts don’t forget to fill in the blanks.  For example:
ARL FORTY SEVEN 123 K1ABC MARCH 10 2300, or ARL SIXTY SEVEN 456 PHONE 555 321 4566 DISCONNECTED.
When using these ARRL numbered radiograms add ARL to the check in the preamble, ie ARL 8, and spell out the ARL numbers in the text, ie ARL FORTY SEVEN, not ARL 47.  10 digit phone numbers in the text are sent in three word groups, ie 555 321 4566 is three word groups in the check.

When you check into a net, list traffic, and are directed by NCS to send your traffic, remember to read the message at a speed the recipient can copy.  Imagine writing the words yourself as you read.  Read all parts in the order of your radiogram form, using proper prowords where appropriate.  Prowords introduce certain parts of your message and are used for clarity and to help assure accuracy in copying.

In the preamble the only proword we use is the word “NUMBER” at the very beginning.  It is not necessary to say “station of origin is”, “check is”, etc. as the station copying the message is already anticipating the order of the preamble. Following the preamble go immediately into the name, address and phone number, spelling uncommon proper names using proper phonetics as listed on our website. Prior to reading the text, say “BREAK” and pause a few seconds to give the receiving station an opportunity to ask for fills.  If no response, continue on to the text.  NO need to say “how copy”, “text follows” etc.  If the receiving station isn’t copying, he/she will ask for fills as needed.

When reading the texts, spell uncommon words or letter groups, introducing with “I SPELL”.  Introduce number groups with “FIGURES” to distinguish from numbers spelled out. ie “FIGURES 678”.  Introduce an alphanumeric group with “MIXED GROUP”, ie 0230Z”, or for callsigns, “AMATEUR CALL”, ie AMATEUR CALL KW1U”.  At the end of the text, say “BREAK” again, pausing a few seconds to listen for any fills.  If no response, continue to signature followed by “END NO MORE”, or “END MORE” if appropriate.  Again, NO need to say “how copy”.  Receiving station will ask for fills if needed, or say “ROGER”. 

That’s it.  Sound complicated?  Not really.  Just remember we have all made mistakes, including your section traffic manager, and we’re all here to learn to do better.  We follow these guidelines since this has proven to lead to better accuracy and efficienty.

 

 

MASS STM REPORT Feb-16
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM
EM2MN 29 54 167 542 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 11 7 40 133 N1LAH 3978 Khz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 75 NA N1IQI

HHTN 12 9 74 199 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report


N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 29 73 98 412 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 26 17 176 236 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 26 6 286 390 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 16 4 121 129 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 4 124 1 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report


N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL
KW1U 0 219 193 4 416
N1IQI 0 163 209 0 372
N1TF 2 82 98 14 196
KB1WXC 1 32 42 1 76
N1LKJ 1 27 36 0 64
KC1CIC 0 15 33 11 59
W1PLK 0 5 3 3 11
N1LAH 0 0 0 0 0
AC7RB Inactive


0





PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 10 0 20 140
KC1CIC 40 40 30 15 0 0 125
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 28 40 10 5 0 0 83
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED








N1XTB BBS: RECEIVED 250 FORWARDED 250 TOTAL 500






MARCIA FORDE STM MA

Falmouth ARA on Community TV

Brent Putnam writes on the Falmouth ARA Facebook page:

“Falmouth in Focus” is a news magazine style production of Falmouth Community Television (Comcast Channel 13), our local public access station. They will be at the club shack on the Joint Base Cape Cod on Thursday, March 10 at 5:30pm to film the shack and interview some members of FARA. Anyone interested is welcome to attend – to watch or to participate if you’re so inclined.”

 

 

 

 

March 5,2016 Eastern MA Hospital Net

Hello Everyone, 

Net Control for the March 5, 2016 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be the South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club. The net will commence at the usual time of 10am using the following repeaters in the order listed.

 

1. Plymouth 146.685 tone 82.5

2. Marshfield 145.390 tone 67.0

3. Fall River 146.805 tone 67.0

4. Simplex 147.42


The Net will than return to the Plymouth Repeater for final comments and Net closing.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

I have been informed that the Genesis Amateur Radio Society has recently worked on their repeater and they believe performance should be improved.

 

The South Shore Hospital’s repeater 147.345 tone 110.9 recently had improvements completed as well. We would like to test it this month after the regular net to determine the ability of net participants to communicate with it. If the test proves successful we will place this repeater into the regular monthly rotation.

 

We Hope to hear you all Saturday @10am

73’s
John O’ – K1JRO


South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH
c/o Volunteer Services
55 Fogg Road,
South Weymouth, MA 02190

New England Area Flea Markets, March 1, 2016

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5 Mar Chicopee MA MtTomARA @MooseLdge @8:30 S@6:30 Brian KC1BDF 860 478 6790  + 
                                     
6 Mar Westford MA Radio    @Regency   Antique             Bruce 603 772 7516       

13 Mar Henniker NH CVRC @Comm Sch                  Donald N1ZIH 603 707 7996 A+
    
19 Mar Dayville CT ECARA @StJosephCh $3@8A $10/T    Peter K1LNX 401 603 1485    

20 Mar Southington CT @HS $5@8 $20/T                John WA1JKR 860 621 8791    
    
25,26 Mar Lewiston ME AARC ME Conv @Ramada @8        Ivan N1OXA 207 784 0350       

2 Ap Newton MA PHSNE Photographica Sat Only @AmLegion @9A  John 781 592 2553  +
  
9 Ap Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Indoor/Out    John 860 673 0518  +

9 Ap Hampton NH PCARC @MasonLdg $5@8 $10/T@7          Mark K1RX 603 775 0220 F+

9 Ap LaSalle PQ MARC @RC Legion $5@9 $10/T@8:15             Jim 514 990 1965 W+

10 April Framingham MA FARA @KeefeTech @9 $25/T     Eric KB1PJN 508 310 5913   

16 April Gails Ferry CT RASON Auction $5@9 S@8       Stan KT1SS 860 376 3770  

16 Ap S Portland ME PAWA @Am Legion $6@8 $10/T@6:30 Bryce K1GAX 207 415 0498 W+

17 Apr Cambridge MA             Flea at  MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776     
                     Third Sunday April thru October  

24 Ap Middletown NY OCARC                          Bruce K2ULZ  845 391 3620 A+  

29,30 Apr Deerfield NH NEARfest XIX   @FG            Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235    

14 May E Greenbush NY EGARA @FireCo $6@8 $6/T@6      Tom KC2FCP 518 272 1494 

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15 May Cambridge MA             Flea at  MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776  
                       Third Sunday April thru October

21 May Goshen CT  SoBARC  $5@8  @FG                 Stan W2VID  518 398 7003  W+

4 June Hermon ME PSARA @8 @HS TG@6:30               Jerry K1GUP 207 848 3400  

5 June Bethpage NY LIMARC @Briercliff             Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 A+

5 June Fishkill NY MtBARC @CorrectionalQWL $5@8     Adam KC2DAA 845 849 3666 W+

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

19 June Cambridge MA           Flea at  MIT               Mitch 617 253 3776  

17 July Cambridge MA           Flea at  MIT               Mitch 617 253 3776  

13 Aug St Albans VT STARC @VFW $5@8                   Arn N1ARN 802 309 0666    

21 Aug Cambridge MA             Flea at  MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776  +

28 Aug Adams MA NoBARC @BoweFld 6:30sell 7:30buy    Eric KA1SUN 413 743 9975  

17 Sept Forestdale RI RIAFMRS @VFW $5/Sp@8           Pete AA1PL 401 639 4484  

9,11 Sept Boxboro MA FEMARA NE Conv   *NEW DATE *    Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235  +      
        
10 Sept Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Outdoor    John 860 673 0518  +

18 Sep Cambridge MA             Flea at  MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776  

14,15 Oct Deerfield NH NEARfest XX    @FG            Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235  +

16 Oct Cambridge MA             Flea at  MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776  

30 Oct Hicksville NY LIMARC @Levitt Hall          Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 A+

12 Nov Bourne MA FARA @UpperCC VoTech $5@9 $10/S@7  Ralph N1YHS 508 548 0422  

3 Dec Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Indoor       John 860 673 0518  +
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Cambridge MA    Flea at MIT     http://www.swapfest.us

Hopkinton NH    Hosstraders   RIP     http://www.qsl.net/k1rqg/

Boxborough MA   NE ARRL Conv    http://www.boxboro.org/

Adams MA        N BerkshireARC  http://www.nobarc.org/hamfest.htm

Dartmouth MA    SEMARA          http://www.semara.org/flea.htm

Falmouth MA     FARA            http://www.falara.org/

FeedingHills MA MTARA           http://www.mtara.org/

Framingham MA   FARA            http://www.fara.org/
                                http://www.n1em.org             

Marlboro MA     AARC            http://www.qsl.net/n1em/                  +

Newton MA       Waltham ARA Auction    http://www.wara64.org/auction/

Rockport MA     CAARA           www.caara.net

S Dartmouth MA  SEMARA          http://www.semara.org/

Wakefield MA    Photographica   http://www.phsne.org/

Westford MA     NEAntiqueRC     http://www.nearc.net/

Whately MA      FranklinCARC    http://www.fcarc.org/news.htm

Worcester MA    WPI ACM         http://acm.wpi.edu/swapmeet/

Dayville CT     ECARA           http://www.qsl.net/k1muj/

Gales Ferry CT  RASON           http://www.rason.org/

Gales Ferry CT  TCARC     	http://www.qsl.net/tricityarc/               +

Goshen CT       SBARC           http://www.w1baa.org/

Hartford CT     ARRL 100th      http://www.arrl.org/convention-volunteers  

Manchester CT   VHF/UHF Conf    http://www.newsvhf.com/             
         was Enfield

Manchester CT   PVRA            http://www.pvra.net                 

Meriden CT      Nutmeg CT Conv  http://www.nutmeghamfest.com
        was Wallingford

Newington CT    NARL            http://www.narlhamfest.org/

Newtown CT      CARA            http://www.cararadioclub.org/              +

North Haven CT                  http://www.yankeehamfest.com

Southington CT  SARA            http://www.chetbacon.com/sara.htm

Vernon CT       NARC            http://hamfest.na1rc.org/

Wallingford CT  Nutmeg CT Conv  http://www.nutmeghamfest.com
         moved to Meriden CT

Windsor CT      Vintage R Mus   http://vrcmct.org/

Agusta ME       AARA            http://www.w1tlc.com/

Alexander ME    StCVARC          http://stcroixvalleyamateurradioclub.org

Hermon ME       PSARC           http://n1me.org/index.php?pr=Hamfest

Lewiston ME     AARC      http://www.w1npp.org/pages/meconvention2016.html       +      
  
S. Portland ME  PAWA            http://www.qsl.net/pawa/hamfest.html

St. Albans ME   PARC            http://www.qsl.net/parc/hamfest/hamfest.html

Thomaston ME    PBARC           http://penbayarc.org/

Windsor ME      AARA            http://www.w1tlc.com/

Brookline NH    NEAntiqueRC     http://www.nearc.net/

Deerfield NH    NEAR-Fest       http://www.near-fest.com/

Hampton NH      PCARC           http://www.w1wqm.org         +

Henniker NH     CVRC            http://k1bke.org/

Londonderry NH  IRS             www.irs.nhradio.org/

Manchester NH   NEAntiqueRC     http://www.nearc.net/
        Moved to Westford MA
        Moved to Brookline NH

N Conway NH     WMARC           http://www.w1mwv.com

Rochester NH    GBRA            http://www.w1fz.org/

Bergen NJ       BARA            http://www.bara.org/

Sussex NJ       SCARC    http://www.scarcnj.org/www.scarcnj.org/flyer_2007.htm

Ballston Spa NY SCRACES         http://k2dll.net/

E Greenbush NY  E Greenbush ARA http://www.w2egb.org/           +

Fishkill NY     MtBARC          http://www.wr2abb.org/          +
   was LaGrangeville
 
Lake Placid NY  NNY ARA  http://www.northnet.org/nnyham/hamfest_flyer2004.htm

Lindenhurst NY  ToB ARES        http://www.tobares.org/hamfest.html

Lindenhurst NY  GSB ARA         http://www.gsbarc.org/Hamfest.htm

Long Island NY  LIMARC          http://www.limarc.org/fest.htm

Middletown NY   OCARC           http://www.ocarc-ny.org/

Queens NY       Hall of Science http://www.hosarc.org/

Rochester NY    AWA             http://www.antiquewireless.org/

Rochester NY    RARA            http://www.rochesterham.org/hamfest.htm

Wallkill NY     OCARC           http://www.ocarc-ny.org/

Greenwich RI    Fidelity ARC    http://users.ids.net/~newsm/dates.html

Forestdale RI   RIFMRS          http://www.qsl.net/riafmrs/Auction.html

Woonsocket RI   BVARC           www.w1ddd.org

Colchester VT   HAM-CON VT Conv  http://www.ranv.org/hamcon.html
   Moved to S Burlington

St. Albans VT   STARC           http://www.starc.org/

Springfield VT  CVFMA           http://www.cvfma.org/

Moncton NB      TCARC           http://www.ve9tca.org/

Quispamsis NB   LCARC           http://www.lcarc.ca/

Greenwood NS    GARC            http://www.greenwoodarc.org/

Drummondville PQ  leCRdeD       http://www.raqi.ca/ve2crd/hamfest/index.html

Greenwood PQ    GARC            www.greenwoodarc.org

Laval PQ        CRALL           http://www.ve2crl.qc.ca/

Montreal PQ     MARC            http://www.marc.qc.ca/fest/fest.html

Montreal PQ     WIARC           http://www.wiarc.ca/

Montreal PQ     MS-SARC         http://www.ve2clm.ca/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=120

Montreal PQ     UMS             http://www.ve2ums.ca/agenda/pub_2007_hamf.pdf

Sorel-Tracy PQ  CRAS-T          http://www.hamfest.qc.ca/

St Romuald PQ   ARESdQ          http://raqi.ca/ve2csq/

St Therese PQ   CRALL           http://www.ve2crl.qc.ca/hamfest2002.htm

Summerside PEI  SPARC      http://www.summersidearc.com/fleamarket2009.htm

Greenwood NS    GARC            http://www.greenwoodarc.org/

Halifax NS      HARC            http://www.halifax-arc.org/

Timonium MD     GBHC            http://www.gbhc.org/

Montreal Area   MARC List       http://www.marc.qc.ca/fest/festcal.html

Canada          RAC List        http://rac.eton.ca/events/upcoming.php

Phila. Area     VARA List       http://www.qsl.net/w2vtm/hamfest.html

USA             ARRL List       http://www.arrl.org/hamfests.html

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Reminder: Monthly EMA ARES Net 3/7 8:30pm

Hello to all….

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for March is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for March is Monday the 7th, 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

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!

Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG
EMA Section Emergency Coordinator

MS Walk Boston, April 3, 2016

Brett Smith, ab1rl-pubserv@brettcsmith.org writes:

Throughout the year, the National MS Society organizes walks to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research and patient advocacy. The Boston-area walks have long relied on hams to help ensure everyone’s safety.

This year’s MS Walk Boston is on Sunday, April 3rd. It starts and ends at Boston University’s Nickerson Field in Boston, and runs along the Commonwealth Ave and Charles River. Volunteers will check in at 8:00 AM, and stay until the early afternoon. Lunch is available at the finish.

Rick Savage, KB1LYJ, is organizing the hams for this event. To volunteer, please write him with the following information:

Your call sign, full name, and name you prefer on the air
Contact information: your e-mail address, postal address, and phone numbers where you can be reached (cell, home, office)
Your shirt size
The transmit band(s) of your radio(s), and other equipment you could bring
Do you have any needs or requests we should consider when making your assignment?
In addition to contacting Rick all volunteers must register online. This is a requirement of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Rick can also answer any questions you have about the event.

Thanks for volunteering, and 73,


Brett Smith, AB1RL
Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club