The May 2016 edition of QNI Newsletter is now available at http://qninewsletter.net/.  There are many interesting articles including an update on the FEMA exercise “Cascadia Rising” which will take place in June 2016.  While there will likely be little if any traffic at the local level outside the states of WA, OR and ID, there will be activity on HF into the Eastern Area which will involve TCC (Transcontinental Corps) and NTSD (NTS Digital)  it is noteworthy that FEMA is interested in NTS involvement and this is an opportunity to show what NTS can do.

Marcia KW1U

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Spring is finally showing up in New England and it’s time to get outdoors, get those yards going, the grass mowed, the plants planted, and oh yes, get those antennas checked.  It was a good month in March for traffic and we have been seeing new hams checking into the nets which is always good to see.  Just a reminder we have a variety of traffic nets and all are good training grounds for message handling and net operation.

EM2MN meets currently on the Quincy repeater 146.67 Mhz PL 146.2 at 8 PM except for Tuesday when it meets on the Sharon repeater 146.865 Mhz PL 103.5

HHTN meets Monday Wednesday and Friday on the Minuteman linked repeater network (check MMRA.org for frequencies) at 10 PM

CM2MN meets daily on the Paxton repeater 146.97 Mhz PL 114.8 at 9 PM

MARIPN meets Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on 3978 Khz at 6 PM

MARI CW meets daily 3565 Khz at 7 PM



EM2MN 31 70 199 603 N1SYC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 14 15 55 171 N1LAH 3978 Khz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
HHTN 13 17 78 194 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM M,W,F
CITN No Report N2JWW 147.375 7:30PM Daily
MARI 31 80 93 413 KW1U 3565 Khz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 24 19 173 267 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 28 5 319 464 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 2 6 196 212 N1YCW 146.91 1PM M-F
WMEN 3 0 90 NA W1JWN 3944 Khz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report N2JWW 3945 Khz 8:45 Su
N1IQI 0 169 387 4 560 X
KW1U 0 224 180 4 408
N1TF 0 98 131 9 238
KB1WXC 1 38 48 2 89
KC1CIC 1 23 45 12 81
N1LKJ 0 12 32 0 44
N1LAH 1 3 15 2 21
W1PLK 0 5 3 3 11
AC7RB No Activity 0
PSHR 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
KC1CIC 40 40 30 5 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
KB1WXC 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LAH 40 21 20 5 0 0 86
N1LKJ 24 40 10 0 0 0 74



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New England Area Flea Markets, April 5, 2016

New England Area   Ham - Electronic Flea Market  ***  DATES ***    2016 P 1 of 2

All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~

2016                                                    Contact          Source     
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 

15 May Cambridge MA             Flea at  MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776  

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

21 May Brookline NH NEARC Antiqe @EvntCr $10@7:30 $5@8:30 Bruce 603 772 7516 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  +

LAST UPDATE 4-5-16 de W1GSL         http://swapfest.us                    P 1    
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New England QSO Party, May 7-8, 2016

New England mapTom Frenaye, K1KI writes:

The NEQP is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries. You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations.

We’re working to make sure that all of the New England counties are active again this year and would appreciate your help. Get on for at least an hour or two and join in on the fun. Please let me know if you can put in any time at all so we can work on activity from the rarest counties. Will you be QRV? Let us know which county you’ll be on from with a message to info@neqp.org

Oh yes, the NEQP is also lots of fun when mobile. Every time you cross a county line the action starts over again. It’s amazing what a 100w radio and mobile whip can do.

The QSO Party is 20 hours long overall, in two sections with a civilized break for sleep Saturday night. It goes from 4pm Saturday until 1am Sunday, then 9am Sunday until 8pm Sunday. Operate on CW, SSB and digital modes on 80-40-20-15-10 meters. For each QSO you’ll give your call sign, a signal report and your county/state.

Last year we had logs from 139 New England stations and 275 more from around the country and world.

The full rules are here -> http://www.neqp.org/rules.html

The 2015 results have been on-line for a week or so and the results since 2002 are also available -> http://www.neqp.org/results.html

It’s just a month until the 2016 NEQP. Please make some QSOs even if you don’t want to send in a log.


73 Tom/K1KI

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Run of The Charles Volunteers Sought, April 24, 2016

Brett Smith, AB1RL writes:

The Run of the Charles is one of the most unique public service events for hams each year. It’s a suite of canoe and kayak races for all different group sizes and course lengths. The variety draws all kinds of participants, and they all rely on us to help keep the event running safely and smoothly.

This year’s Run of the Charles is on Sunday, April 24. The full 26-mile course runs from Riverdale Park in Dedham down to Artesani Park in Brighton. Assignment check-in times vary by location, from 7:30 AM at far start points to 11:00 AM at portages near the finish. Since the CRWA relies on hams for all kinds of logistics, from on-site check-ins to rules infractions, there’s a position for volunteers at any experience level. For more information, visit the race Web site.

Volunteers for this event must have a dual-band (2m and 70cm) handheld radio and an antenna with improved gain over the stock rubber duck. These are necessary because many volunteer sites are low-lying areas where it can be a challenge to reach repeaters. If you can help, please write back with the following information:

  • Your call sign, full name, and name you prefer on the air
  • Phone numbers where you can be reached (cell, home, office)
  • Your preferred e-mail address
  • The transmit band(s) of your radio(s), and other equipment you could bring. Start sites that accept new registrations could benefit from a larger setup—think 10W+ and an antenna like a magmount or better. If you’re able and willing to bring that extra equipment, please let me know.
  • Your shirt size
  • Do you have any needs or requests we should consider when making your assignment?

If you have questions about the run, please get in touch by e-mail or phone (859) 466 5915.

Thank you, and 73,

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

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April 2,2016 Eastern MA Hospital Net


We are always looking for groups or organizations to try their hand at 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.

Net Control for the April 2, 2016 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be Greg Bennett KC1CIC from the South Shore Hospital. The net will commence at the usual time of 10am using the following repeaters in the order listed.


1. Sharon 146.685 tone 103.5

2. Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0

3. W. Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244

Simplex 147.42


The Net will than return to the Sharon 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 the participating hospitals to join the Net. We also extend an invitation to any RACES or ARES member to check in during the NET.

Any hospital wishing to join the net that needs assistance with equipment or personnel should contact us at ssharc@gmail.com. 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 (Sturdy Memorial Hospital)
Belmont 145.430 tone 146.2

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

Marshfield 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 (South Shore Hospital)

W. Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244 
Wrentham 147.09 tone 146.2

We look forward to hearing you all on the Net.


John O’

South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH
c/o Volunteer Services
55 Fogg Road,
South Weymouth, MA 02190
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Reminder: Monthly EMA ARES Net 4/4 8:30pm

Hello to all….

A reminder that the monthly ARES Net for April is rapidly approaching. The monthly ARES Net for April is Monday the 4th, 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:


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

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