MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MARCH 2018

Attached here is the section traffic report for both East and West Mass. It is good to know that the nets are not dependent on any one person and function very well such as when your STM was off the air. As many of you know my station has had its problems for the past few months and I have had to replace various pieces of equipment. Many improvements including a new antenna are now in place thanks to Greg KC1CIC (and the N1OTC bow and arrow), to whom I am greatly indebted. I am now back and hopefully with …

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Storm & Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message #2 – Sunday April 15th 2018-Monday April 16th 2018

Hello to all… ..Coordination Message updated for Winter Weather headlines. No changes to current thinking for Marathon Monday. Updates on Marathon Monday Forecast will be posted in the evening coordination message update.. ..Winter to be felt through early Monday Morning followed by heavy rain and strong winds for Patriots Day/Marathon Monday. This is a combined Storm & Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message and these will continue to be combined through Sunday Evening/Monday Morning.. ..A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through 8 AM Monday for Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for up to 0.20″ radial ice accumulations and result in slippery …

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Report, 14 April 2018

Eric Williams, KV1J writes on the Algonquin ARC list: We had perfect weather today and great support for another successful joint Hudson-Marlborough Household Hazardous Waste Collection day!   Everything went smoothly with the usual rush in the beginning that stayed at a steady flow for the first 3 hours.  The total was 432 cars, 33 more than last Fall’s event.  Marlborough had 246 vehicles and Hudson had 186. We used the new Kenwood UHF portables.  We share the frequency with a regional public service communications in Worcester county.  We could also hear their communications and they were also conducting a Hazardous …

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ARES & SKYWARN Prepare for the 2018 Boston Marathon

SKYWARN link: http://www.wx1box.org/node/4071 EMA ARRL link: https://ema.arrl.org/2018/04/14/marathon-2018-1/ Hello to all… ..Winter to be felt late tonight through early Monday Morning followed by heavy rain and strong winds for Patriots Day/Marathon Monday. This is a combined Storm & Boston Marathon Weather Coordination Message and these will continue to be combined through Sunday Evening/Monday Morning.. ..A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect through 8 AM Monday for Franklin, Western Hampshire, Western Hampden, Northern Worcester and Northern Middlesex Counties of Massachusetts for up to 0.20″ radial ice accumulations and result in slippery road conditions. If 0.20″ or more of icing occurs, isolated pockets …

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WX1BOX Communications Test, April 14, 2018

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes: WX1BOX, the Amateur Radio Station at NWS Boston/Norton, will conduct an Amateur Radio VHF/UHF Communications Test this SaturdayAfternoon/Evening 4/14/18 to test out the VHF/UHF Amateur Radio Gear at the NWS office.. Over the last 2 weeks, NWS Boston/Norton Electronics Technician staff installed and connected up the 2 VHF/UHF antennas for the WX1BOX Amateur Radio Station. On Thursday 4/14/18, a very brief test was run and proved that one of the antennas is in proper working order for at least VHF if not UHF. For Saturday Afternoon into early this evening, two Amateur Radio Operators will be at the …

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National Grid Talk at Dan’s Tech Night, April 12, 2018

Dan Pedtke, KW2T writes: Looks like we’re on this month with the two engineers from National Grid.  They have verified they will be coming this week.  So we’ll learn some interesting things about the local power grid, and be able to ask questions about it.  I mentioned five topics to them as examples: The local large transmission lines – what are they used for, power to/from where, voltage, etc. The Sandy Pond inverter station – not a National Grid asset, but maybe some basic facts Working on live transmission lines – what’s it like to have 13KV in your hands …

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“Bootleg” CubeSats Earns FCC’s Ire

From Slate.com: “In January a Silicon Valley–based commercial space startup named Swarm Technologies launched four experimental satellites into orbit aboard an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket… There’s just one problem: It appears Swarm launched the SpaceBEEs without an experimental authorization from the Federal Communications Commission, something that should have been acquired before launching.” [Full story]

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CapeCod.com Highlights National Seashore Amateur Radio Events

The online newspaper CapeCod.com carried a story on April 4 entitled, “National Seashore to Host Events Commemorating Titanic, Marconi.” The article publicizes two upcoming events: the Titanic Memorial Event on April 14, which will honor the the lives of 1,500 people lost aboard the RMS Titanic. That operation is being conducted by the Titanic/Marconi Memorial Association of Cape Cod, W1MGY. The Cape Cod newspaper article also describes International Marconi Day on April 21,  an event which will honor Guglielmo Marconi for his contributions to wireless technology. The Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, will operate KM1CC at the Nauset Coast Guard Station. This, …

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KW1U Antenna Restored

Recent storms in New England took a toll on antennas at the QTH of our Section Traffic Manager Marcia Forde, KW1U.  Last Saturday, Greg Bennett, KC1CIC replaced Marcia’s ailing Alpha Delta antenna with a new G5RV.  However, only days later the high winds took it down. But April 7, 2018 was “antenna raising day.” Greg used Jack’s (N1OTC) bow and arrow and got the antenna up over a tree branch at least 60 feet up.  Now KW1U is back on the air!

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Eastern MA Hospital Net, April 7, 2018

John O’Neill, K1JRO writes: Net Control for the April 7, 2018 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be W1SSH, The South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Club . The Net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters in the order listed: Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5 Marshfield 145.390 tone 67.0 Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0 Simplex 147.42 The Net will then return to the Sharon 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 …

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Amateur Radio Operators Needed: Groton Road Race, April 29, 2018

Ralph Swick, KD1SM writes: April 29 will be the 27th running of [the Groton Road Race] and the race committee is again asking the Amateur Radio community to provide the logistics and safety communications for this high-profile event. The Groton Road Race continues to be a major event for Amateur Radio in North Central Massachusetts. Those of you who have joined us in the past years know that the runners sincerely appreciate our presence. Many say so as they run past. This event is so large that Police Departments from several other communities come to assist the Groton PD. Part …

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Plymouth Repeater PL Tone Change

John O’ Neill, K1JRO writes on the South Shore Hospital ARC list: The Genesis Amateur Radio Society‘s repeater, N1ZIZ, has a new PL tone as of April 1, 2018 . The PL has been changed  from 82.5 to 131.8 CTCS. It is recommended you change both encode/decode on all your radios since the repeater is transmitting both analog FM and digital FM. This will help listeners to avoid hearing the noise digital operation produces on the analog side. Short story: change your PL associated with 146.685 the N1ZIZ repeater to 131.8 CTCS post haste. Please note the Eastern MA Hospital Net will continue …

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Falmouth ARA to Participate in Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, April 28, 2018

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association  will again take part in the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, April 28 at Mashpee High School. The Faire bills itself as “a gathering of fascinating, curious people who love sharing what they can do.” “Because of the din in the room last year, FARA will utilize the digital modes this year,” according the FARA president Brent Putnam, W1NCH. The club is seeking additional volunteers for the event, “especially with construction of the Morse code key.”

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Wellesley Veteran’s Parade Assistance Requested, May 20, 2018

Carl Nelson writes: As in the past, I am a volunteer for the veterans parade in Wellesley and I am looking for radio communications help with the veterans parade. The Wellesley Veterans Parade will be held on Sunday, May 20 and we hope you will be able to help. This year — due to a generous donation by an individual — each radio personnel will be given a small stipend of $50 to cover their parade day expenses such as gas, mileage and any equipment maintenance. The time commitment is: 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday, May 20 in Wellesley. We meet at 11 AM at the …

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Run of the Charles Assistance Requested, April 29, 2018

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 series 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 29. 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 7:00 AM at far start points to 10:00 AM at portages near the …

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Monthly EMA ARES Net 4/2 8:30pm

Hello to all… We will be continuing our monthly ARES Net in April. The monthly ARES Net for April is Monday the 2nd, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. 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 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 …

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Fox Hunting Training, Westford, April 21, 2018

Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ writes on PART-L: Mark your calendars for Saturday morning, April 21st, at 11 AM.  We will  hold a fox hunting training exercise at the Westford Town Common, which is across the street from the JV Fletcher Library, 50 Main Street.  The rain date will be Sunday morning, April 22nd, at 11 AM. What is a “fox hunting”?  Otherwise known as “Amateur Radio Direction Finding”, fox hunting involves locating a hidden transmitter.  We’ll hide the transmitter, and you’ll find it.  No license is needed to find the transmitter, so ANYBODY can do it! John (KB1MGI), Andy (KB1OIQ), and anybody else who wants to help …

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