MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MAY

Greetings all traffic handlers, Attached is the May traffic report for the combined sections  of East and West Mass.  Thanks to all for your support, and as always a special thanks to Greg KC1CIC for compiling the report and to all who make the deliveries, whether by phone, email, USPS or bicycle.  As some of you know Dan N1AXR is back on the nets and hand-delivering messages by travelling around the area on his bike. As you can see, there is no end of possibilities in message handling. Just a reminder that Field Day is this coming weekend June 23-24.  …

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KD1CY Featured in SKYWARN Interview on WILI AM 1400

Rob Macedo, KD1CY was featured in a radio interview on  radio station WILI AM 1400 in Willamantic, Connecticut on June 15. Macedo spoke on severe weather and the importance of trained SKYWARN observers.  KD1CY is an Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator for Eastern Massachusetts and SKYWARN Coordinator for the National Weather Service office in Norton.

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WQ1O Interviewed About Emergency Communications by WCAI

Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O writes on Facebook: I was interviewed today by Kathryn Eident of NPR station WCAI today at our Barnstable County facility (used for the Multi-Agency Coordination Center) on Cape Cod. We discussed ARES, agencies, volunteers and how basic simple equipment can often endure due to its lack of dependence on infrastructure. We gave her a live demonstration of digital modes and NBEMS sending files and ICS forms. We then had ARES member Jim, KC1KM send a digital image on VHF. It was of Kathryn’s own WCAI broadcast facility in Falmouth. I think the interview went well. She is …

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Natick High Altitude Balloon–Successful Tethered Test

Don Clements writes:   Successful tethered test! We didn’t launch (due to the cloud cover), but the test was great. With the large tank, the balloon filled quickly and easily. You can have pretty much any lift you want. We filled the balloon too much, and went off the 2 kg scale for lift. The last aspect we need to control is the amount of lift, and that’s pretty straightforward. At this point we’re ready to launch(!) If you look at the picture full size you can see the parachute and instrument package up there. We had it 150ft up, …

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Massachusetts Senate Proclaims Amateur Radio Week

A Resolution has been received by the ARRL Eastern and Western MA Section Managers from Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester), President of the Massachusetts State Senate.  The Resolution, adopted on June 4, 2018, is entitled “Commemorating Amateur Radio Week and Honoring Amateur Radio  Operators as They Celebrate Field Day”:   WHEREAS,  Amateur Radio operators have made great contributions in developing world-wide radio communications; and   WHEREAS, over 13,500 Amateur Radio operators thrive in the Commonwealth, consistently displaying their value in public assistance; and   WHEREAS, Amateur Radio operators use their equipment and skills to unfailingly assist local and state officials in …

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Algonquin ARC Field Day 2018

The Algonquin Amateur Radio Association will conduct its Field Day operation June 23-24 at the Marlborough Emergency Operations Center at the Central Fire Station, 215 Maple St, Marlborough. The group will operate three stations–possibly four–in the “F” Category (Emergency Operations Center).      Update: June 21, 2018: David “Shack” Haralambou, W1SHK writes on the Algonquin ARC mailing list: Here are the plans for Field Day at this moment: We will be running 4 stations We will be using N1MM Logger at each station Setup will begin at 9 AM on Saturday at the Main fire station EOC room Contesting begins at 2 …

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Waltham ARA Picnic and Field Day 2018

Waltham Amateur Radio Association posts on its web site: On Saturday, June 23, 2018, WARA will combine a club picnic and a four-hour operation in the ARRL Field Day. Time:  12:00  – 6:00 PM Location:  Sunset Shelter, Prospect Hill Park, Waltham (near the repeater site) The club provides hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and water.   Attendees may optionally bring other food items to share. The FD operation is very laid back, and everyone is welcome to operate.

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New England Amateur Radio Field Day 2018

New England Amateur Radio, Inc. writes: According to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), Field Day is the most popular on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio.  Always on the fourth full weekend of June, the event draws tens of thousands of amateur radio operators across the country to participate by setting up public demonstrations of the Amateur Radio service. This is the big event you look forward to all year! Where we go “off-grid” for 24 hours and run on solar or generator power, operate from tents or vehicles, and make contacts all over North America! Come join the fun at the …

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DMR Simplex Mountaintop Activity Planned, June 17, 2018

Gene Balinski, K1NR shared this on the Algonquin ARC mailing list from Tim Watson, KB1HNZ:   I just wanted to get the word out that our club is planning a DMR Simplex activity for Sunday morning, June 17th. We will be having parties travel to the summits of Mt. Washington, NH, Mt. Equinox, VT, and Mt. Greylock, in Western Mass. We’re hoping to try for a couple of summit to summit contacts, but also, in order to make it a worthwhile [Summits On The Air] activation, we’d like to be able to work a few other stations besides each other.  From past experience, calling …

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Boston ARC Field Day 2018

Joe Harris, N1QD writes on the Boston ARC mailing list: We are counting down the days to the 2018 edition of ARRL Field Day!! Setup will begin at 8:30AM on Saturday, June 23 at the Bare Cove Fire Museum. The plan is to repeat the 3A with a VHF setup that has been used the past few years. Logging will be done with N1MM+, and there will be opportunities for phone, CW, and digital ops. Will the stars finally align for a satellite QSO? Will 15 or 10 open? Will there be another 6 meter opening? Find out June 23 and 24! The signup form …

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Quannapowitt RA Field Day 2018

“This year, QRA will be holding ARRL Field Day at the Overlook Park in Burlington. This is the site we held Field Day the last two years. All members and friends are invited to stop by and either operate or observe. There will be at least three stations operating with phone, CW and digital modes with a possibility of some satellite and 6 meter. Our plans are to start setting up around 12 noon on Saturday June 23, 2018. There are no plans for operating on Sunday. We’re hoping for warm sunny weather for the event. “Directions to the site …

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Natick High School Balloon Launch Carrying Amateur Radio

Charlie Bures, WA3ITR reports he is involved with a Natick High School High Altitude Balloon (HAB) launch carrying an Amateur Radio Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) package. The project is funded by the AeroClub of New England via the David Frawley Foundation.   “The launch will be soon,” said Charlie. “I’m working with the science teacher at Natick High School. We are currently doing tethered dry-run integration tests in preparation for our actual launch.  We are also monitoring the jet streams so that our balloon platform doesn’t go into the Atlantic but, hopefully, lands around the Natick area, or at least outside …

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ARRL Kids Day, June 16, 2018

Twice per year in January and June for five hours, ARRL Kids Day promotes Amateur Radio to our youth.  Kids Day is designed to give the on-the-air experience to young people and foster interest in getting a license of their own.  It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children.  Share the excitement with your kids, grand-kids, a scout troop, a church or the general public.  Suggested initial exchange is name, age, location and favorite color.  You can work the same station again if an operator has changed.  …

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Nashoba Valley ARC Field Day 2018

The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club will conduct its Field Day operations on June 23-24 at the Heald Street Orchard at 110 Heald Street in Pepperell.  Talk-in will be provided on the 147.345(+), 100Hz and  442.900(+), 100Hz N1MNX repeaters. The Eastern MA ARRL Field Day pages contain detailed location information.  For more information, contact Jim Wilber at 617-314-7525 or email fd@n1nc.org.  UPDATED June 20, 2018   Bruce Blain, K1BG writes:   Once again, the Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club will participate in this year’s ARRL Field Day, starting this Saturday, June 23th at 2 PM (setup beginning at 8 AM or shortly thereafter) and finishing on …

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Be A Boxboro Volunteer!

Are you planning to attend the Boxboro ARRL New England Division Convention on September 7-9, 2018? Volunteers play a crucial role in making the convention possible. Help your fellow hams, and have a fun time doing it. Convention volunteers working for a two or more hour slot receive a voucher for a free lunch with the hotel! Just fill out the form, or contact Boxboro Volunteer Coordinator Steve Schwarm, W3EVE.

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Request for Operators: YMCA Father’s Day 5k and 10k, Rockport, June 17, 2018

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list:   The YMCA Father’s Day 5K & 10K will be ran as one event,  one net control and we have two lead vehicles. Check points 1. 5 and 6 are both 5k and 10k check points in case there is limited staff. and it is less confusing with one net control. We tried this last year on the 5k and 10k event and it worked well    ROCKPORT FATHER’S DAY 5K ROAD RACE COURSE DIRECTIONS Start: From Ramsden Way (Access Road at school) right onto Jerden’s Lane From Jerden’s …

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