I have had requests to send welfare inquiries into Puerto Rico and have been sending these NTS messages via pactor to Florida where under normal conditions there has been regular contact with Puerto Rico for the relaying of messages.  Because of the extreme devastation however I was informed by a Florida operator that the following information provided by the Weather Channel is being used to inquire about status of residents of PR.  I suggest folks try either that or the Red Cross Safe and Well site, URL listed below. While we will try to get information via NTS, please understand that it may not be possible under the circumstances.

PR’s Federal Affairs Administration:
Call: 202-800-3133 or 202-778-0710
Please provide your contact info and share as many details as possible.
Please send only one email, no follow-ups

Red Cross Safe and Well site:

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MA STM REPORT       AUGUST 2017                                     NET SESSIONS QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time EM2MN 31 103 189 579 KC1CIC 145.23 8 PM Daily MARIPN 14 29 58 186 N1LAH 3978 KHz 6PM Tu,Th,Sa WARPSN 4 8 60 NA N1IQI 147.225 8:30AM Su HHTN 17 31 75 220 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 10PM Su,M,W,F CITN 22 2 58 283 N1SYC 147.375 7:30PM M,T,T, F,Sa MARI 31 119 123 526 KW1U 3565 KHz 7PM Daily CM2MN 27 12 134 195 KK1X …

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ARISS Contact From Fenway Park A Huge Success

The Red Sox 2017 STEM Day at Fenway Park in Boston, MA drew over 2,500 students from schools in every New England state, including schools in low-income areas. Some students traveled a day early to ensure they’d be there on time.  The Red Sox had been sending various STEM education materials to all schools. A tweet from the Italian Space Agency / ISS crew member and amateur radio operator Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA: “One astronaut and 2000 future ones! Had fun talking with you all!”  Fenway Park also tweeted, resulting in 26.5K tweets, 305 following, and 514 followers. Dan Barstow from CASIS …

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New England Area Flea Markets, September 5, 2017

New England Area   Ham - Electronic Flea Market  ***  DATES ***   2017 P 1 of 2

All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~
2017                                                    Contact          Source

8,10 Sept Boxboro MA FEMARA NE Conv                  Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235

9 Sept Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Outside     John 860 673 0518

10 Sept Ballston Spa NY SCRACES @FG $6@7               Jim KG2H 518 703-9558 F

16 Sept Alexander ME StCVARC @ElSch                  Roger W1LH 207 454 2174 A

16 Sept Lincoln RI RIAFMRS @KoC $5/T@8A            Roland N1JOY 617 839 9081  +

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

1 Oct Fishkill, NY MBARC @Down St Corr              Adam KC2DAA 845 849 3666 A

8 Oct Queens NY HoSARC  $5@9 $10/S@7:30          Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 F

13-14 Oct Deerfield NH NEARFest XXII @FG             Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 W

15 Oct Cambridge MA             Flea at  MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776 F

21 Oct Brookline NH NEARC Antique@EvntCr $10@7:30 $5@8:30 Bruce 603 772 7516 W

21 Oct Accord NY OMARC @JrHS                       Keith K2UNI  845 687 9951 A

22 Oct Meriden CT Nutmeg@Sheraton                    John N1GNV 203 440 4973 A

28 Oct Gales Ferry CT TCARC @FireCo auction        Darryl WA1DD 860 443 7799 W

29 Oct Hicksville NY LIMARC @LeviitHall           Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 A

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

2 Dec Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Indoor       John 860 673 0518

LAST UPDATE 9-5-17 de W1GSL         http://swapfest.us                    P 1
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It saddens us to hear of the passing of Joe O’Brien K1LCQ last January 9, 2017.  Joe was for many years an icon of the East Mass Two Meter Traffic Net, holding the position of Friday night NCS for at least 30 years before becoming ill last year.  When I first upgraded to General class from a Novice in 1982 Joe was on the Boston repeater reliably every Friday and always signed off with “88s to the ladies”.  We will surely miss him.  RIP Joe and 73 from the gang on EM2MN

The follow article was posted on this website in 2008:


Born June 28, 1926 in Jamaica Plain. Graduated from St. Ann’s School Neponset June 1939. Graduated from Mechanic Arts High School (now Boston Tech) June 1943. Served US Army Air Corps as a bandsman and also a broadcaster on the base Armed Forces Radio Station at Fort Pepperell Newfoundland, August 1945 to December 1946. Played the trombone in the Army and also locally with American Legion Bands, but I was a lousy trombone player.

Upon return to civilian life I worked for phone company 1947 – 1949. Joined the City of Boston Public Works Dept. in 1950 and later the Boston Water and Sewer Dept. until retirement in 1996. The last 15 years of which I served as their Radio Dispatcher and was responsible for keeping their repeaters in operating condition, working with FCC licensed contractors.

Joined the ranks of amateur radio June 10, 1959 as a tech and operated six meter AM. Upgraded to General Glass and Advance class a few years later. At that time Hams took their exams in the FCC Office at the Custom House Building in downtown Boston. Joined EM2MN back in the days when it was on 145.800 using AM emission before we had FM and repeaters. Had to use Beam Antennas to communicate and pass traffic. That was back in 1978. Have been NCS on EM2MN on Friday nights for 25 years.

The following is a link to Joe’s obituary.


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Reminder: Monthly EMA ARES Net 9/11 8:30pm

Please note we are delayed one week due to Labor Day. Also all ARES, SKYWARN, RACES, and other folks are advised to keep an eye on Hurricane Irma. It is too early to say where it will go, but a hit on the eastern seaboard is not out of the question. Now is a good time to revisit your emergency go kits and other supplies as hurricane season is upon us, and eventual preparation for the upcoming New England winter season.

Hello to all…
We will be continuing our monthly ARES Net in September. The monthly ARES Net for September is Monday the 11th, 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.

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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Noted Media Historian to Speak at North Shore RA, Sept. 18, 2017

North Shore RA logoNSRA General Meeting on September 18th, 2017
NOTE: Third week this month
Doors open at 7pm, meeting starts at 7:30pm
Link to Meeting Location

Media Historian, Professor, & Former broadcaster
Dr. Donna Halper

Speaking on:
How the Amateurs Created Commercial Radio… and what happened after that

Today, people can listen to radio in a number of ways– online, in the car, at home, even on their smartphone. But there was a time in the early 1920s when radio was new, and there was only one way to listen– in your “radio room.” In those early years, one group of people helped to keep your favorite stations on the air– ham radio operators.

Join media historian, professor, and former broadcaster Donna Halper on September 18th, as she brings along her rare radio memorabilia and takes you back in time. She will introduce you to some pioneering hams who kept a foot in both amateur and commercial radio (without them, there would have been no stations like WBZ or WEEI or the first station in Massachusetts– 1XE/WGI).

Dr. Halper will also share some interesting facts about the history of Boston radio, including why radio today isn’t as good as what many of us remember from when we were growing up. And she will tell you about some performers and announcers who came from the North Shore.

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