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

Deputy Director Norton EMA 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.

Our event is coming up quickly and I am still in need of staff for every day both day and evening for our event.  If you could please get back to me with your agencies staff availability, any and all help would be greatly appreciated.  

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

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/  


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

Salem Maritime Festival Special Event Station N1S QRV, August 3-4, 2019

Nick Mollo, KC1DKY, writes on QRZ.com:

N1S will be the call sign used at National (Park) 1 Salem (Maritime) to celebrate their 31th annual Salem Maritime Festival being held on Saturday and Sunday, August 3rd and 4th, 2019.  The Parks On The Air team will predominantly transmit on 20m and 40m.  Operations on SSB, CW, and FT8 are assured, with PSK as a possibility.  Efforts to make satellite contacts on SO-50, AO-85, AO-91, and AO-92 will be made as well.  Watch the spotting clusters to find out where we are currently transmitting.  We will be on the air starting around 13:00UTC (9am Eastern) until around 20:00UTC on both days.

This is the fourth year the team will be transmitting from the event.  We will be multi-operators, on two stations – one 100W for HF and one 50W for satellites.  We will be highlighting amateur radio for all of the park visitors attending the festival using a laptop with a large screen monitor, plenty of table space, a practice oscillator for Morse code, and plenty of handouts.  We want to get as many visitors on the air as well, so if you make contact with us and we give you a solid “5×9” report, please stand by your radio and help us put a smile on a young child’s face by being the station on the other end.

Stations will receive credit for the following programs:
WWFF / KFF – Park designator KFF-0859
Parks on the Air designator K-0859
ARLHS designator for Derby Wharf Light House – USA-224

QSL cards to commemorate the special event station and the festival will be available for $1 + SASE for US contacts and $3US and self-addressed envelope for international contacts.  Visit my QRZ page, KC1DKY, as the event draws near for additional QSL information.  The cards will be nice to add to your collection.  So listen for us, and make a contact!

Eastern MA Hospital Net – July 6, 2019

Hi Everyone,

Net Control for the July 6, 2019 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be W1SSH, The South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group. The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters in the order listed.

1. Plymouth 146.685 tone 131.8
2. W. Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244
3. Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5
4. Simplex 147.42 MHz

The Net will then return to the Plymouth 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 to check for doubling, then give your or your facilities call sign, your first name, and your facility’s name.

We extend an invitation to any health care facility or EOC of any city or town that is served by one of the participating hospitals to join the Net. We also extend an invitation to any RACES or ARES member to check in during the NET.

We are always looking for groups or organizations to try their hand at Net Control duties. If you are interested in joining the group please let us know. We can be reached by sending an email to ssharg@outlook.com. The goal is to rotate Net Control practice and the experience among as many individuals and groups as possible.

We thank the repeater trustees for their generosity in allowing us to conduct the monthly nets and the use of their systems in an actual event. The following list of repeaters is available for our use. Only a few systems are used each month with the selection of those used made by Net Control for that month. More systems are being added to the list on a regular basis.

Attleboro 147.195 tone 127.3 (Sturdy Memorial Hospital)
Belmont 145.430 tone 146.2
Boston 145.230 tone encode 88.5 tone decode 100.0
Bridgewater 147.180 tone 67.0
Danvers 145.47 tone 136.5
Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0
Fall River 146.805. tone 67.0
Falmouth 147.375 tone 110.9
Mansfield EMA 446.925 tone 100.0
Mansfield 147.015 tone 67.0
Marshfield 145.390 tone 67.0
Norwood 147.210 tone 100.00
Plymouth 146.685 tone 131.8
Salem 146.88 tone 118.8
Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5
Weymouth 147.345 tone 110.9 (South Shore Hospital)
W. Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244
Wrentham 147.09 tone 146.2

We look forward to hearing from you all on the Net.


John Barbuto

South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group
55 Fogg Rd. Mail-Stop 42
South Weymouth, MA 02190

PART of Westford Field Day 2019: A Successful Public Relations-Public Information Effort

PART of Westford‘s Field Day Chairman George Allison, K1IG,  reports a successful public relations/public information effort on the part of PIO Lela Smith, KC1ACV and others.
“The club entertained a total of 75 participants and visitors this year, including the mayor of Leominster, a representative of the Billerica EMC, a Carlisle selectman, and a contingent of soldiers from the 211th Military Police Battalion who were sent by their commanding officer to get some experience in field communications. One of the officers from this group is now interested in joining PART,” reports George.
PART also netted a lengthy article in “Action Unlimited,” a weekly newsletter sent to most of the region’s residents. K1IG says a copy of the article will be submitted to ARRL as part of its Field Day report.
“Although our on-air time was diminished by thunderstorms and a hail storm, and propagation was affected by a sunspot count of zero, we made almost 1,300 contacts,” he adds.
Photos from the 211th Military Police Battalion’s visit can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/211thMPBN/photos/a.10151631768172189/10157592899137189/?type=3&theater
Action Unlimited publicity: