Last Saturday's Eastern MA Hospital Net

Good afternoon Everyone,

I would like to thank those who participated in last Saturdays Eastern MA Hospital Net. We had 17 participants covering the area from the Elliot Hospital in New Hampshire all the way down to Dukes County Emergency Management on Martha’s Vineyard. I think this was our largest Net turnout and the largest geographic area covered to date. Our group and the repeaters available for our use continues to grow. 

Thanks also goes out to those Trustees who offer their repeaters for our use. Without your generosity this would not be possible and it is deeply appreciated.  

John O’

K1JRO

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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 2/6 8:30pm

Hello to all…
We will be resuming our monthly ARES Net in February. The monthly ARES Net for February is Monday the 6th, 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.

As part of our relationship with MARS and our own situational awareness gathering we will be asking for any known infrastructure issues that you are aware of. The information must either be personally observed, or obtained “over the air” via amateur radio. Items considered to be infrastructure include but are not limited to: electrical power, water, medical facilities, sanitation, communications, and transportation. Examples of failure would be: small or large area power failure, water main breaks, hospitals’ ER closed, sewage issues, TV/radio station off the air (including public safety),  interstate highway or major road closed. No known issues are just as important as reporting failures.

Additionally we are interested in relay of any weather information from airport ATIS/ASOS stations that you can directly receive via radio. These stations broadcast continuously in the 120.000 – 138.000 MHz frequency range using amplitude modulation. Information from the ATIS should include airport, temperature, altimeter (barometer), wind, precipitation, and visibility.

A list of stations with their frequencies and a map can be found at: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/weather/asos/?state=MA

A brief introduction to ATIS can be found at: https://www.ivao.aero/training/documentation/books/PP_ADC_ATIS.pdf
A more detailed introduction to ATIS/ASOS can be found at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/ASOS-book.pdf

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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Genesis Amateur Radio Society General Class, May 13 & 20

Genesis ARS logoJack Buckley, W1AKN writes:

The Genesis Amateur Radio Society will present a free Amateur General Class license training class on May 13 and 20, 2017.

The class will consist of two sessions, spanning 15 hours total on two weekends. It will be held in the Genesis ARS meeting room at the Plymouth Airport.

If you are interested, please email one of the following:

Jack, W1AKN w1akn@arrl.net
Mike, KG1U kg1ugars@gmail.com
Chris, N1IR chrisjohnson2003@gmail.com

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February 4, 2017 Eastern MA Hospital Net

Good Afternoon Everyone, 

Net Control for the February 4, 2017 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be W1SSH The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club

The February Net will include the newest addition to the repeaters available for our use, the Boston Amateur Radio Club’s W1BOS repeater located in Boston. Hopefully everyone that didn’t already have it programmed into their radios will have an opportunity to program it in or bring it up in VFO mode for the February Net. It will be exciting to see how many participants are able to use this repeater. 

The net will commence at the usual time of 10:AM using the following repeaters in the order listed.

1. Plymouth 146.865 tone 82.5

2. Boston 145.230 tone 88.5

3. Falmouth 147.375 tone 110.9

Simplex 147.42

The Net will than return to the Plymouth 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 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 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.

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

Boston 145.230 tone 88.5

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.

Respectfully,

John O’
K1JRO

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South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club – W1SSH

c/o Volunteer Services

55 Fogg Road,

South Weymouth, MA 02190

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