MARS Exercise

MARS will be holding an exercise starting Sunday (7/23/17) at 11:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. on Thursday (7/27/17).

ARES and general amateur radio operators should expect that at some point during this period, MARS members may be tasked to obtain information from the Amateur Radio operators in our areas.  Most likely, this will be the same type of infrastructure reporting we have done in the past and is done on the Sunday morning WMA HF net. We will only be looking for real, actual conditions; nothing simulated.

MARS communicators might try to obtain this infromation duing various scheduled nets including NTS messages nets, club nets, etc. They may also try to obtain information via the various SKYWARN and ARES/RACES partnered repeaters.

In addition to infrastructure reports, MARS is often interested in relayed reports from the avaiation automated weather systems (ASOS). Report 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, time, 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  [ALT LINK]socidoc.com_ppadcatis.

Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG

EMA ARES SEC

MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JUNE 2017

I hope everyone had a successful and enjoyable Field Day.  I enjoyed visiting the Whitman Club in East Bridgewater and the Boston Club in Hingham. Between nets and my MBO we saw a fair number of NTS messages.  I hope your club was able to participate in this aspect of FD and get the extra points.  We hope to expand on this next year with more instruction on how to go about it.

Traffic was down in June as well as the number of check-ins and perhaps this was due to vacations and other outdoor activities.  However a good job was done by all and we thank those who helped for their support.

The traffic handlers picnic will be held Sunday August 6 in Concord at 44 Raymond Road from Noon to 4PM.  Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.  Bring your beverage of choice and if you wish, anything you might want to share.  If you have any folding chairs for outdoors you might throw those in the car as well as I have a limited number of them here.  Most can find my QTH with GPS, but if you need directions contact me at kw1u@comcast.net.  If you plan to attend or are considering attending I would appreciate hearing from you so I can anticipate amount of hamburgers and hot dogs to provide.  All traffic handlers and would-be traffic handlers are invited whether from Massachusetts or not.  Hope to see you there.

Below is the June traffic report with thanks to Greg KC1CIC.

73, Marcia KW1U

MA STM REPORT       JUNE 2017    
               
               
NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
EM2MN 30 84 159 509 KC1CIC 145.23 8 PM Daily
MARIPN 13 15 43 141 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa
WARPSN 4 8 71 NA N1IQI 147.225 8:30AM Su
HHTN 17 18 54 166 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F
CITN 22 5 53 216 N1SYC 147.375 7:30PM M,T,T, F,Sa
MARI 30 65 105 400 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily
CM2MN 24 17 149 226 KK1X 146.97 9PM Daily
WMTN C1 27 7 243 432 N1QOV 146.91 10AM Daily
WMTN C2 23 6 137 128 N1YCW 146.91 1PM Daily
WMEN 3 0 73 NA W1JWN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su
NEPN No Report       N2JWW 3945 KHz 8:45 Su
               
               
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL  
KW1U 0 297 255 12 564 X  
N1IQI 0 46 144 4 194    
KC1CIC 0 73 35 17 125    
N1TF 1 35 55 6 97    
N1LKJ 0 20 38 2 60    
N1SYC 7 17 18 11 53    
AB1UF 0 14 22 6 42    
W1RVY 1 16 22 1 40    
N1LAH 0 16 17 4 37    
W1PLK 0 15 1 12 28    
AC7RB 0 0 5 0 5    
K1BML 0 2 0 2 4    
               
               
PSHR (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KW1U 40 40 30 15 0 20 145
KC1CIC 40 40 30 25 0 0 135
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
N1SYC 40 36 20 10 0 0 106
N1TF 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
W1RVY 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
N1LAH 40 37 20 0 0 0 97
N1LKJ 26 40 10 0 0 0 76
               
               
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL        
KW1U 820 706 1526        
N1IQI 22 310 332        
KC1CIC 39 16 55        
KC1ETB 5 4 9        
W1RVY 1 6 7        
KC1EGK 0 3 3        
               
BPL = 500 POINTS EARNED              
               
MARCIA FORDE STM MA              
 

Reminder: Monthly EMA ARES Net 7/10 8:30pm

*** Please note the 1-week delay this month due to the 4th of July weekend ***

Hello to all…
We will be continuing our monthly ARES Net in June. The monthly ARES Net for July is Monday the 10th, 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