Hams Support Charity Road Race

Jeff Ayres WKID organized a group of hams to provide support for the Weymouth Food Pantry’s 5K Fresh Bite 5K Road Race. The race was held at Wompatuck State Park on Saturday June 15th. Joining Jeff was Anne Manna WB1ARU, Marcia Forde KW1U, Bob Mahoney KB1FBA, Jim O’Rourke WG1L, Larry Kenney W1VP, Rich Carnes, WA1RIW, Bob Azanow KA1KIJ, Rick Emord KB1TEE, Mike Davis WA1MAD and Greg Bennett KC1CIC who took the photo. WKID was NCS for the event. The hams got many thanks from the runners during the race and especially from the race organizers. Everyone had a great time supporting a great cause.

Boston ARC Field Day at Bare Cove Fire Museum, Hingham, June 22-23, 2019

Boston ARC logoJoe Chapman, NV1W, writes in the June issue of BARC’s The Sparc:

Field Day is less than two weeks away, on June 22 and 23, and as usual, [the Boston Amateur Radio Club] will be operating from the Bare Cove Fire Museum in Hingham. This is a high point of the year for me and for many other BARC members as well. If you’ve never been to Field Day before, consider joining us on Saturday, Sunday, or both. At the very least, consider coming for the cookout on Saturday.

We’ll start setting up on Saturday morning, and in addition to helping out, you’ll also learn a lot about setting up a station and erecting temporary antennas. It’s always fun to see what equipment others bring, and if you avoid buying ham equipment in the weeks after Field Day you have more self-control than I do.

Operating starts at 14:00 on Saturday. There will be plenty of Extra class licensees available to pair up with Technicians who want to try out HF. You may want to learn about a new mode like PSK31, or just watch experienced operators work. Even old dogs will find plenty of new tricks to learn.

I hope at long last to demonstrate a successful satellite contact. The SSB/CW satellite FO-29 will have a nice high pass starting at 16:40 on Saturday afternoon that looks perfect. To quote Bullwinkle J. Moose, this time for sure!

Fresh Air, Outdoor Fun: Crow Island ARA; Field Day Operation Planned

Ed Fitzgerald, K1DIN, writes on the Algonquin ARA list:

Ron Lahti, N1CNG, will be inviting interested hams to enjoy some fresh air radio fun at Crow Island, a beautiful private island airport surrounded by the Assabet river in Stow. The Airport presently hosts a few organizations such as a flying club, a model airplane club, and a trapeze training group, each assigned to segments of the island. The Crow Island owner has given Ron, a member of the model airplane club, permission to use a selected area for Ham Radio and Emergency Management radio activities. With help of some interested hams, Ron has been putting together the organization, planning the management, and purchasing site equipment, such as a tent, generator, lights, antennas, and military type guyed poles.

As you might imagine, Crow, as a privately-owned entity hosting organizations with various safety concerns, must insist on observance of some reasonable regulations and keyed access to the property. The rules simply keep the place workable, fun, and safe for all the groups. The simple procedures and regulations will be on the website.

Our choices of activities may include contesting (even all night – porta potty on site), testing equipment, experimenting, MEMA exercises, and, on the less technical side, barbecuing, enjoying the clear spring water (hand pump), swimming in the island pond (no life guards), and simply being outside in an amazing New England setting.

Ron is developing a website which should be up within a few days. We will announce the website availability here in the AARClist email.

Ron plans to be at Project Night and will take questions.

[Ed. note: the Crow Island QTH has been registered on the ARRL Locator page as the site of a proposed Field Day operation.]

New England Area Flea Markets, June 6, 2019

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8 June Windsor CT VR+CMus Antique                    John       860 673 0518

9 June Bethpage NY LIMARC @xBrierCl               Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937

16 June Cambridge MA             Flea at MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776 F+
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10 Aug St Albans VT STARC @Elks                    Arnold N1ARN 802 782 6650  +

17 Aug Adams MA NoBARC @FG $5@7 $10/TG@6:30           Eric      413 743 9975 F+

18 August Cambridge MA           Flea at MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776 F+

25 Aug Newtown CT CARA @TownHall $7@8 $20/T          John W1JGM 203 417 0160  +

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8 Sept Ballston Spa NY SCARA @FG                    Peter W2BEW 518 893 7484 A+

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28 Sept Brookline NH NEARC antique                              603 772 7516  +

8 Oct Queens NY HOSARC @HOS                     Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599

11,12 Oct Deerfield NH NEARfest XXVI @FG             Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235  +

13 Oct Meriden CT Nutmeg @Sheradon             John Bee N1GNV : 203 440-4973 A+

20 October Cambridge MA          Flea at MIT              Mitch 617 253 3776 F+

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27 Oct Hicksvile NY LIMARC @LevitHall$6@9+$22/T@7 Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 A+

2 Nov Gales Ferry CT TCARC @FireCo auction           Tom WA2RYV 860 464 6555

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Cambridge MA    Flea at MIT     http://www.swapfest.us

Hopkinton NH    Hosstraders   RIP 🙁    http://www.qsl.net/k1rqg/

Boxborough MA   NE ARRL Conv    http://www.boxboro.org/

Adams MA        N BerkshireARC  http://www.nobarc.org/hamfest.htm

Chicopee MA     MTARA           http://www.mtara.org/                

Falmouth MA     FARA            http://www.falara.org/

Framingham MA   FARA            http://www.fara.org/

Marlboro MA     AARC            http://www.qsl.net/n1em/                  

Newton MA       Waltham ARA Auction    http://www.wara64.org/auction/

Rockport MA     CAARA           www.caara.net

S Dartmouth MA  SEMARA          http://www.semara.org/

Wakefield MA    Photographica   http://www.phsne.org/

Westford MA     NEAntiqueRC     http://www.nearc.net/
moved to Nashua NH                                                       

Whately MA      FranklinCARC    http://www.fcarc.org/news.htm

Whitman MA      WARC            http://www.wa1npo.org                     

Worcester MA    WPI ACM         http://acm.wpi.edu/swapmeet/

Dayville CT     ECARA           http://www.qsl.net/k1muj/

Gales Ferry CT  RASON           http://www.rason.org/

Gales Ferry CT  TCARC           http://www.qsl.net/tricityarc/               

Goshen CT       SBARC           http://www.sberk.org                     +

Hartford CT     ARRL 100th      http://www.arrl.org/convention-volunteers  

Manchester CT   VHF/UHF Conf    http://www.newsvhf.com/             
         was Enfield

Manchester CT   PVRA            http://www.pvra.net                 

Meriden CT      Nutmeg CT Conv  http://www.nutmeghamfest.com
        was Wallingford

Newington CT    NARL            http://www.narlhamfest.org/

Newtown CT      CARA            http://www.cararadioclub.org/              

North Haven CT                  http://www.yankeehamfest.com

Southington CT  SARA            http://www.chetbacon.com/sara.htm

Vernon CT       NARC            http://hamfest.na1rc.org/

Wallingford CT  Nutmeg CT Conv  http://www.nutmeghamfest.com
         moved to Meriden CT

Windsor CT      Vintage R Mus   http://vrcmct.org/

Agusta ME       AARA            http://www.w1tlc.com/

Alexander ME    StCVARC          http://stcroixvalleyamateurradioclub.org

Hermon ME       PSARC           http://n1me.org/index.php?pr=Hamfest

Lewiston ME     AARC            http://www.w1npp.org                         +

S. Portland ME  PAWA            http://www.qsl.net/pawa/hamfest.html

St. Albans ME   PARC            http://www.qsl.net/parc/hamfest/hamfest.html

Thomaston ME    PBARC           http://penbayarc.org/

Windsor ME      AARA            http://www.w1tlc.com/

Brookline NH    NEAntiqueRC     http://www.nearc.net/

Deerfield NH    NEAR-Fest       http://www.near-fest.com/

Hampton NH      PCARC           http://www.w1wqm.org         

Henniker NH     CVRC            http://k1bke.org/

Londonderry NH  IRS             www.irs.nhradio.org/

Manchester NH   NEAntiqueRC     http://www.nearc.net/
        Moved to Westford MA
        Moved to Brookline NH

N Conway NH     WMARC           http://www.w1mwv.com

Nashua NH       NEARC           www.nearc.net                    
was Westford MA

Rochester NH    GBRA            http://www.w1fz.org/

Bergen NJ       BARA            http://www.bara.org/

Sussex NJ       SCARC    http://www.scarcnj.org/www.scarcnj.org/flyer_2007.htm

Ballston Spa NY SCRACES         http://k2dll.net/

E Greenbush NY  E Greenbush ARA http://www.w2egb.org/           

Fishkill NY     MtBARC          http://www.wr2abb.org/          
   was LaGrangeville

Lake Placid NY  NNY ARA  http://www.northnet.org/nnyham/hamfest_flyer2004.htm

Lindenhurst NY  ToB ARES        http://www.tobares.org/hamfest.html

Lindenhurst NY  GSB ARA         http://www.gsbarc.org/Hamfest.htm

Long Island NY  LIMARC          http://www.limarc.org/fest.htm

Middletown NY   OCARC           http://www.ocarc-ny.org/

Queens NY       Hall of Science http://www.hosarc.org/

Rochester NY    AWA             http://www.antiquewireless.org/

Rochester NY    RARA            http://www.rochesterham.org/hamfest.htm

Staten Island NY CPARA          http://www.wa2cp.org   +  

Wallkill NY     OCARC           http://www.ocarc-ny.org/

Greenwich RI    Fidelity ARC    http://users.ids.net/~newsm/dates.html

Forestdale RI   RIFMRS          http://www.qsl.net/riafmrs/Auction.html

Woonsocket RI   BVARC           www.w1ddd.org

Colchester VT   HAM-CON VT Conv  http://www.ranv.org/hamcon.html
   Moved to S Burlington

St. Albans VT   STARC           http://www.starc.org/

Springfield VT  CVFMA           http://www.cvfma.org/

Moncton NB      TCARC           http://www.ve9tca.org/

Quispamsis NB   LCARC           http://www.lcarc.ca/

Greenwood NS    GARC            http://www.greenwoodarc.org/

Drummondville PQ  leCRdeD       http://www.raqi.ca/ve2crd/hamfest/index.html

Greenwood PQ    GARC            www.greenwoodarc.org

Laval PQ        CRALL           http://www.ve2crl.qc.ca/

Montreal PQ     MARC            http://www.marc.qc.ca/fest/fest.html

Montreal PQ     WIARC           http://www.wiarc.ca/

Montreal PQ     MS-SARC         http://www.ve2clm.ca/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=120

Montreal PQ     UMS             http://www.ve2ums.ca/agenda/pub_2007_hamf.pdf

Sorel-Tracy PQ  CRAS-T          http://www.hamfest.qc.ca/

St Romuald PQ   ARESdQ          http://raqi.ca/ve2csq/

St Therese PQ   CRALL           http://www.ve2crl.qc.ca/hamfest2002.htm

Summerside PEI  SPARC      http://www.summersidearc.com/fleamarket2009.htm

Greenwood NS    GARC            http://www.greenwoodarc.org/

Halifax NS      HARC            http://www.halifax-arc.org/

Timonium MD     GBHC            http://www.gbhc.org/

Montreal Area   MARC List       http://www.marc.qc.ca/fest/festcal.html

Canada          RAC List        http://rac.eton.ca/events/upcoming.php

Phila. Area     VARA List       http://www.qsl.net/w2vtm/hamfest.html

USA             ARRL List       http://www.arrl.org/hamfests.html

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Framingham ARA Field Day, McAuliffe Public Library, Framingham, June 22

Framingham ARA logoSumner Weisman, W1VIV, writes on the FARA list:

Greetings to all hams,

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association‘s annual Field Day is coming soon!  We hope you will stop by and say hello.

    Date — Saturday, June 22.

    Place — McAuliffe Public Library, Water Street, Framingham

    Operating time — 2 pm to 6 pm.

We can’t promise, but there will be opportunities to operate as well.

We hope to see you there.

73, Sumner Weisman, W1VIV

“Triple Play:” MA Hams Receive Amateur Radio Proclamations, Resolutions from House, Senate, and Governor

MA State HouseMassachusetts ARRL staff received copies of proclamations and resolutions congratulating the Amateur Radio community for its service to the Commonwealth, and for the upcoming annual Field Day exercise June 22-23, 2019. 

The Massachusetts House of Representatives document “offers its sincerest congratulations to the American Radio Relay League in recognition of The ARRL Field Day and the Tireless Work of Amateur Radio Operators.” The document was signed by Robert A. DeLeo, Speaker of the House.

The Massachusetts State Senate weighed in with a resolution, adopted May 9, 2019. “[The Senate] extends its appreciation to Amateur Radio operators as they celebrate Amateur Radio Week and Field Day.” The resolution was signed by Senate President Karen E. Spilka and Michael D. Hurley, Senate Clerk. It was offered by Senator Bruce E. Tarr (N1UIU), who represents the 1st Essex and Middlesex District.

The Governor’s Office issued a proclamation proclaiming June 22, 2019 to be “Amateur Radio Day” in the Commonwealth. The proclamation was signed by His Excellency Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth, Karyn E. Polito, Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth, and William Francis Galvin, Secretary of the Commonwealth.

MA State Government Liaison Hank McCarl, W4RIG, was instrumental in securing the three documents.

Copies of the documents will be delivered to Tom Walsh, K1TW, and Ray Lajoie, KB1LRL, ARRL Section Managers for Eastern and Western Massachusetts, respectively; and to ARRL New England Division Director Fred Hopengarten, K1VR.  K1TW plans to bring the copies with him for display as he tours various Field Day sites around the section.


Waltham ARA Club Picnic and Field Day Operation, June 22, 2019

Waltham ARA logoEliot Mayer, W1MJ, writes on the wara64 mailing list:

On Saturday, June 22, 2018, WARA will combine a club picnic and a 4-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, plates, napkins, etc.    Attendees are encouraged  to  their own (non-alcoholic) drinks and a side or snacks  to share.

The FD operation is very laid back, and everyone is welcome to operate.

To learn more about the ARRL Field Day, see http://www.arrl.org/field-day.

Volunteers Needed, Weymouth Food Pantry Fresh Bite 5K Hunger Run, Wompatuck State Park, June 15, 2019

“Pi” Pugh, K1RV, writes:

The Weymouth Food Pantry is holding its annual Fresh Bite 5K race on June 15. The amateur radio club that normally provides communications for this event is not able to do so this year, so I am requesting assistance in putting together a group to accomplish this. The race is held in Wompatuck State Park. There are two courses, one that is 1 mile, the other is 5K or approximately 3 miles. As there is no vehicle access to the course, it may require a walk as far as a mile and a half to get to your assigned location.

I am looking for six to eight people, the more the better! Experience is helpful but not necessary. A fully charged handheld radio is needed and I recommend an aftermarket antenna if you have one, as we will be spread around the park, and this does present some communications challenges. The main communications will be on the Norwell Repeater, 145.250 – Shift PL 77.0 with Simplex on 147.420, as backup.

Hams with bicycles will be very welcome for this event, as it extremely useful to be able to conduct a sweep of the course at the end of the race, as well as being able to go to a location quickly.

As far as I know, there will not be an ambulance on location, as we have had in the past. If someone who has experience as Net Control for this type of event, and would be willing to be Net Control, please advise. 

We will meet at the visitors center at 8:15 AM, as the first race starts at 9:30. We will have a brief pre-race meeting. You will have to be at your assigned location by 9:15 AM for roll call.

I would suggest bringing insect repellent and water, and comfortable walking shoes.

Those interested in volunteering, please contact Jeff, WK1D at WK1D@arrl.net.

Thanks very much!


Jeff, WK1D

W1HFN Fox Deployed in Littleton, June 8, 2019

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the foxhunting list on June 8, 2019 at 1:16 PM:

Freq 146.565 with a 20 second voice ID every 40 seconds.  Location is Prouty Woods off Foster Street in Littleton, behind the fire station.  Battery should last a week or so.


Some bushwhacking involved, but not too much.

Happy hunting.

Flea at MIT, Cambridge, June 16, 2019

Swapfest (The flea at MIT) is an event to buy, sell, and swap amateur radio equipment, components, used computers, electronics, instruments and audio equipment, tools, and a plethora of other items. Includes vendors specializing in odd, rare, and antique electronics and other pieces of technology.

Swapfest occurs on the third Sunday of each month, April through October, and has been running for almost 40 years. Hosted by the MIT Radio Society, in conjunction with the MIT UHF Repeater Association, the MIT Electronics Research Society, and the Harvard Wireless Club.

The Swapfest is held at MIT’s Albany Street Garage on Albany St between Main Streets and Mass Ave in Cambridge. The gate opens for buyers at 9 am. There is an admission fee of $6. Free with an MIT or Harvard student ID.

For more information, see the online copy of our Swapfest flyer. Print out a copy of the flyer and bring it with you for a discount on the buyer’s admission: http://web.mit.edu/w1mx/www/swapfest/swapfest-2019.05.pdf

For information on (free) parking, becoming a seller, and for all other questions, visit  http://w1mx.mit.edu/flea-at-mit/

SEMARA Field Day, June 22-23, 2019

Don Rosinha, WA1BXY, writes on the Southeastern MA ARA list:

Southeastern MA ARA logoField day is in a few weeks. I was unable to attend last nights meeting. I am planning on the same setup as last year. I will have my generator at the club and my grill. I am looking for few ops to kick off field day as that weekend my daughter has dance concert which I will be arriving at club 3-4pm Saturday and there for rest. So couple guys to get the generator going and such for 2pm Saturday would be great. I am also looking for operators throughout the event. Mainly one or two CW ops would be great. Also any SSB or digi ops are also welcome. We will have three stations running. 

Volunteers Requested, Alzheimer’s Association Ride, June 22

Mark Richards, K1MGY, writes on the PART of Westford list:

For the past few years now the Alzheimer’s Association RIDE has been scheduled smack on the same day as Field Day, June 22.  Volunteer participation has been diminished, but acceptable.  This year, we’re in deep doo doo 🙂

I’m sending this appeal to PART.. for those who are NOT planning to attend Field Day and would enjoy working a worthy event. 

Volunteers are needed to provide communications support for this event.  There are three event courses, the longest being 62 Miles.  We use VHF Amateur Radio repeaters.  Operators will accompany experienced Alzheimer’s staff who provide SAG (Support and Gear) assistance to participants.  Coordination is managed at the Rye, NH event operations center. 

This is truly a lovely event.  Not only is the main site gorgeous, but the course route travels through some of the most picturesque areas of Rockingham County, NH and Essex County, MA.

We provide full documentation which will familiarize comms volunteers with the event and procedures.  This will be a great opportunity to travel :), and to work within a well-organized team in benefit of a very worthy organization.  New volunteers need not fret.  This will be an excellent introduction to practical Amateur Radio communications.

The Alzheimer’s Association really takes great care of their volunteers.  All you need is a mobile radio with mag mount.  (We can supply a few for volunteers who only own portables).

Please reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for your assistance.

Please respond to:

    Mark Richards, K1MGY
    Safety and Communications, RIDE to end Alzheimers
    617 592 4392

Request for Operators, YMCA Father’s Day 5K, Rockport, June 16

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the CAARA list:

The YMCA Father’s Day 5K is on Sunday, June 16th in Rockport. It was a 5K & 10K last year, but this year it is only a 5K. Start/finish is at the Rockport High School at 24 Jerdens Ln. The race starts at 9 am.

CAARA. Has A Great Public Service Team. Come Out And Have Some Fun With Us Why?

You are using amateur radio to provide a needed public service to ensure the safety and smooth running of a public event in local communities.

I would but I do not have a radio. No excuse, we have loaner radio’s available with a mag mount that will work in your car just by just plugging it into the cigarette lighter socket. We have loaner hand held radios as well!

I don’t have transportation. No excuse, we will pick you up and drop you off at your house.

I do not have the time to spare for a whole race. Well, you can commit to a time slot, for just two hours. We will bend over backwards to get you to participate. Thank you in advance.

Start at Jerdens Ln & Ramsden Way

Continue straight on Jerdens Ln

Right on South St

Left on 2nd Marmion Way (TCP1)

Bear right to stay on Marmion Way

Right on Old Garden Rd

Left on Norwood Ave

Right on Atlantic Ave

Left on Mt. Pleasant St (TCP2)

Continue straight onto South St

Right on Jerdens Ln

End at High School

YMCA Fathers Day Communications Team  
Rockport, Mass  
Last Updated: 6/5//2019 9:00am  
Event date: 6/16/2019  
On Location: 8:30 am  
Starts: 5K Run = 9 am  
Freq: W1GLO 145.130 MHz – PL:107.2 Back up: 443.700 MHz – PL107.2



Driver Hand-Held Cellphone Ban Moves Closer To Becoming Law

BOSTON (AP), June 6 — A bill that would bar Massachusetts drivers from using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel has moved one step closer to becoming law.

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to approve the bill that would also ramp up the collection of data on traffic stops around the state, after concerns were raised by minority legislators that a cellphone law could lead to more racial profiling.

[Full story]

See also: Massachusetts Hands-Free Mobile Device Legislation Update


New England Sci-Tech General Class Course, Natick, June 15-16, 2019

New England Sci Tech logoFor junior high and high school students, homeschool students, and adults who already have a Technician level license, this fast-paced, two-day course will get you ready to take the GENERAL license exam. Topics range from the science of radio electronics to the FCC rules governing the radio spectrum.  Some preliminary reading and study is necessary to get the best results from this course. Material will be sent approximately a week before the course.

The GENERAL level course runs Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm, followed by the FCC General exam at noon, at New England Sci-Tech, 16 Tech Circle, Natick.

Included with course fee: printed handouts, lecture study guide, license fee if tested at our location, a guest pass to the NEAR/STARS Radio Room and radio club meetings for 2 months, and free coffee, tea, or hot chocolate during the course. Advance registration and payment required.

For more information and to register, visit <https://www.nescitech.org/product/weekend-general-class/>. For questions, e-mail bobphinney at nescitech.org or call 508-720-4179.


Algonquin ARC QRV for Field Day, June 22-23, 2019

AARC logo[From QRZ, the AARC Newsletter, June, 2019]

This year Field Day will take place from Saturday, June 22nd, to Sunday, June 23rd, in the Training Room of the Central Fire Station located at 215 Maple St, Marlboro, MA.

The event will run from Saturday at 12pm until Sunday at 12pm. Setup will begin on Saturday at 9am. Anyone is invited to participate. You do not need to be a member of the club or a licensed amateur radio operator.

Volunteers Sought, North Attleborough Fire Fighters Kids Day, July 25-28, 2019

Ray Cord, K2TGX, writes on the Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC mailing list:

This a call for assistance from all EMA, CERT. HAM and MRC groups to help at the North Attleborough Fire Fighters Kids Day.
Those Agencies that are supplying equipment (Light Towers, Message Boards etc) have been contacted separately for Mutual Aid 

WHAT: N.A. Firefighters Kids Day- A four day long Family Event with a Carnival Games, Music, Vendors,  Classic Cars Cruise Night
           Food Court Bands and ending with Fireworks at Dark on both Friday AND Saturday There will also be a Road Race on Sunday
           Morning that will need coverage

WHEN: Thursday July 25th Through Sunday July 28th  Noon to 11:00PM  Sunday Carnival ends at 6:00PM. The Sunday Road Race will be at  
            7AM Until approximately 10AM.

WHERE: N.A. Middle School Campus 564 Landry Ave  North Attleborough

WHO; Everybody. Volunteers can bring their families and friends
          Duty uniform weather dependent but HiViz Jacket/Raincoat/ or Vest Dark pants or shorts, Baseball cap, Traffic Wand/Flashlight,
          Sunscreen and bug spray. Radios will be provided as needed.

THE MISSION: Our Mission is to manage the Parking Lots and roadways on site and at one overflow off site Parking lot on Landry Ave.
There will be two shifts. A Day Shift and a Night Shift which will change between 5:00PM and 6:00PM 
The Day Shift will start at 11AM and end at 5:30PM. The Night Shift will start at 5:00PM and end at 11:00PM or earlier if traffic warrants it.
There will be meal tickets provided by the Committee for a meal half way through your shift and breaks (Hydration) will be provided as needed.

Our Mission is to manage the on campus Parking Lots, Accessible Parking and assist the Police with Pedestrian safety both before, during and after the Event and Fireworks. After the Fireworks we will assist the Police Detail in safely getting cars from the Parking Lots to the Street and make sure that Pedestrians and Cars don’t mix. We will also be responsible for starting and maintaining the several light towers and Message Boards scattered throughout the Campus.

We recognize that this is a long duration event but would appreciate what ever time you can give us. It is suggested that if a specific Team could do a Day or Shift or two that would work best. If you have mobility issues we can put you where you are not on your feet (Volunteer Registration Booth, Command Post  etc) or bring a lawn chair.

Please email  scott.bumpus@nafirefighterskidsday.org ASAP to give us the time shift you can work and the organization that you belong to, so that we may start plugging people into ICS positions.

For more info about the event go to    http://nakidsday.com/

Thank you 

Scott Bumpus FF, NRP, COML, COMTCommunications/CERT CoordinatorNAFFKD Committee

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for Monday June 3 at 8:30pm

Hello to all…

The June ARES Net is Monday June 3, at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system.
The July ARES net will be Monday July 1, 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:


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.vatsim.net/pilot-resource-centre/general-lessons/understanding-atis>. 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 <https://ema.arrl.org/ares>. Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

Rob Macedo, KD1CY

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator