Barnstable ARC Amateur Radio Demo at the Brooks Park Festival, Harwich, August 13-14, 2022

Barnstable ARC logoRob Leiden, K1UI, writes:
 
The Barnstable Amateur Radio Club will be holding an amateur radio demonstration this weekend at the Brooks Park Arts and Crafts Festival in Harwich. [The club station call sign] W1MA will be on the air on 10, 15 and 20 meters.
 
The festival runs from 9 AM—4 PM on Saturday and Sunday, with setup on Friday afternoon.
 
The event is one of the largest crafters’ events in the summer on the Cape with many food offerings as well.  The Brooks Park Arts and Crafts Festival information is at https://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/2022-brooks-park-arts-and-crafts-festival.
 

KC1PNP to Activate Bug Light Lighthouse (USA 1235) August 7, 2022

Bug Light Park, S. Portland ME
Bug Light Park, S. Portland ME

Nico Bezzerides, KC1PNP, writes on the Sci-Tech ARS mailing list at 9:10 AM on August 7, 2022:

This is Nico B., KC1PNP. I’ve been an amateur radio operator for about a year and had my general ticket for about 10 months now. 

I recently got the opportunity, due to some very generously donated equipment from Bruce Tinkler N9JBT, to operate at the Bug Light lighthouse (USA 1235) up in Maine today for the National Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend. I’m very excited about it!

If we manage to get over there safely (I’m on an island, and the water looks a bit rough today w/ higher winds), then I’ll be operating QRP SSB from there from about 10am onwards, EST. If you hear me (I’ll probably be on the upper end of the 20m band most of the time, please work me! It would be great to make some contacts with STARS members.

Hope to see you on the air!

Reminder – Traffic Handlers Picnic Sunday August 7 Concord MA

Just a reminder the traffic handlers picnic is this Sunday August 7 from noon on, 44 Raymond Rd in Concord MA. All traffic handlers and those with an interest in traffic handling are welcome. Hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausages will be provided along with baked beans. Bring your beverage of choice and anything else you wish to share. The latter is not a requirement. Also bring a folding chair if you have one. I have a limited number.
 
An RSVP to KW1U@arrl.net would be helpful so I can plan amount of food. Our director Fred AB1OC plans to be there and we can talk about the ongoing plans for a revitalized NTS we’re calling NTS 2.0. Hope to see you there.
 
73, Marcia KW1U
508 314 6836

Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday 8/6/22 at 1000 AM

Good evening,

On Saturday August 6, 2022, the South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group will hold an Eastern MA Hospital Net commencing at 10AM. We realize that the usual locations for some individuals and groups are still unavailable due to ongoing COVID restrictions. We encourage everyone who is affected by these restrictions to utilize their home or mobile stations to check into the net.

We will use the following repeaters and NEDECN DMR system in the order listed.

1. Sharon Repeater 146.865 tone 103.5
2. W. Bridgewater Repeater 146.775 DCS 224
3. DMR – EMHN Talkgroup 8851 Time Slot 1 on select NEDECN repeaters:
Boston 449.175 CC1, Hingham 146.430 -1.5M CC1, Bourne 145.200 CC10, Dennis 146.470 -1.5M CC11, and Martha’s Vineyard145.180 CC10 repeaters
4. Return to Sharon Repeater for 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, EOC of any city or town as well as RACES or ARES members 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 trying your hand at Net Control please let us know. We can be reached by sending an email to ssharg@outlook.com or replying to this message. 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 these monthly nets and the use of their systems in an actual event. We hope to hear you Saturday.

Jeff N1SOM, Secretary, and the SSH group
N1SOM – W1SSH

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

We Need YOU at the Amateur Radio Booth at The BIG E!

From nediv.arrl.org:

Amateur Radio will be on public display like never before at The BIG E in West Springfield, MA from September 16 – October 2, 2022. Over a million people will visit the Fair over the 17-day period. We need ham radio “Goodwill Ambassadors” to staff the booth and promote our hobby-service to the public and potential licensees.

Who: Amateurs like you who enjoy interacting with the public

What: You’ll be demonstrating ham radio contacts and sharing Amateur Radio information with the public (talking points will be provided)

When:

Two shifts per day, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM (first session) and 3:30 PM -10:00 PM (second session) on some days

Dates/times available:

  • September 16 (Military Appreciation Day), second session, 1-2 more people needed
  • September 17 (Maine Day), second session, 2 more
  • September 19, first session, 2 more
  • September 20 (Rhode Island Day), first and second sessions, 3-4 more
  • September 22 (Massachusetts Day), second session, 2 more
  • September 24 (Vermont Day), first and second sessions
  • September 25, second session
  • September 26, first and second sessions
  • September 28, first and second sessions
  • September 29, first and second sessions
  • September 30, first and second sessions
  • October 1, first and second sessions
  • October 2, first and second sessions

Where: Booth #103 inside Door 6 of the Better Living Center

How:—Sign up via the following link, which will list currently-available sessions:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9_iH1ZucHuCFCNwreEuVPWnmLOT5D_s92vHPuEUASS78Tew/viewform

SEE YOU THERE!

KC1PBG: “Ham Radio as it Pertains to Drones” at Sci-Tech ARS Hybrid Meeting, August 9, 2022

New England Sci Tech logoThe New England Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society will meet on-line and in-person on August 9, 2022 at 7 PM and feature: “Ham Radio as it Pertains to Drones” by Richard Bruce, KC1PBG.
 
This presentation will dive into the days of crystal transmitters and receivers and then fast forward to the cutting-edge technology we use today. It will touch on subjects that directly connect HAM radio to drones, but also on how HAM radio is connected to numerous things we take for granted in our daily lives. 
 
Richard Bruce is a veteran and is a retired nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological weapons specialist, a retired wild land firefighter for the State of Massachusetts, and a retired security contractor. He has expertise as an FAA part 107A sUAS Commercial Pilot, as well as in search and rescue, fugitive apprehension, wild land firefighting, FEMA-trained incident command and disaster relief, and many other areas. Richard was disabled in 2018 as a result of a medical procedure gone wrong and found a new meaning to life when he got into the commercial drone community and became a ham radio technician.

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday August 1st, 2022 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater System

Hello to all…

The August Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday August 1st, 2022 at 830 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:
https://mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_linking.html (Click the ARES box to see the repeaters and other systems linked)

We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. Our main announcements will be regarding the Saturday August 6th, 2022 Eastern Massachusetts ARES exercise and upcoming plans for Northeast HamXposition – Friday August 26th-28th, 2022. The information on the 8/6/22 Eastern Massachusetts ARES exercise can be seen here:

Eastern_Mass_ARES_Operation_Whirlwind_Drill_with_CCARES

Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
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Reminder: August 1st, 2022 MEMA RACES/ACS Communications Test Net

Michael “Sparky” Leger-N1YLQ-MEMA Region 2 RACES Radio Officer and ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator writes:

Hello to all,

      This email is a reminder that this evening, Augist 1st, 2022 is the first non-holiday Monday of the month and, as such, is our RACES/ACS/Preparedness Net night. We will be holding our sector nets on the normally assigned frequencies.

      As always, I am looking for Net Control stations to staff our sector nets for the evening. This month I will be able to run the Sector 2A net, but if anyone is interested in trying it out, please let me know.  I am looking for NCS operators to lead the Sector 2B (Plymouth County) nets. Sector 2D has already arranged for an NCS operator for this month’s net and Sector 2C is now a Winlink only net on a monthly basis.

              For any operators interested in performing the duties of Net Control Station (NCS), there are materials available to make the task fairly simple and straight forward. The net pre-amble and role call lists are available at http://wc1mab.org/RACES_R2_Interim_Preamble.pdf and http://wc1mab.org/Month.php with the role call lists on the left column near the bottom. If anyone is worried that they mess up running a net, please remember that, in many cases, a less than perfect net is WAY better than no net at all! At the conclusion of any net, any operator that acted as Net Control Operator should send a note to WC1MAB@gmail.com letting me know who ran the net and who checked in so that the proper numbers can be reported to our served agencies. We can not always count on our normal net control operators to be available in the event of a large scale emergency, so every RACES operator should be prepared to act as NCO if needed when disaster and emergency strikes!

 Winlink Net Instructions From Don Rolph: 

*Winlink Net*

To participate:

– create a checkin form using the Winlink standard checkin form

– send via winlink after 6 AM EST Mon. Aug 1st  and before midnight EST Aug 2nd (any mode, but include mode in check-in form) to AB1PH and KF1D

    I continue to ask that any operators who have the time, please try to check into sector nets from near-by sections. This will allow our Net Control Operators to practice fielding nets with a strong check-in count and will also serve to help practice with relays or modified sector assignments in the event that a single repeater is out of service. 

   For those operators who serve as Net Control Operators, please try to remember to send me a list of the stations and communities that check into your nets. The numbers are reported to MEMA to show them our level of participation. I am continuing to work on a graphical map based report to show which parts of our section have strong coverage and which areas may need a more targeted recruitment campaign to improve our ability to provide back-up communications in an emergency.

The Region #2 and State Net Schedule for this evening is as follows:

Net Frequency/Offset Time
Sector 2A 147.00 /+0.60  PL 19:30 Local
Sector 2B 145.39/-0.60  PL 67.0 20:00 Local
Sector 2C Winlink Net Check-In 6AM-Midnight Local Time
Sector 2D 146.865/-0.60  PL 103.5 19:30 Local
6-Meter State Net 53.31 / -1.0  PL 71.9  

 

Note: 53.31 has been reported to be having difficulties lately.

The appropriate people are aware and working to remedy any issues.

19:00 Local
MA RACES HF Net 3930 KHz LSB moving up to 3955 KHz until there is a clear frequency 18:45 Local
MA MEMA NBEMS Net Frequency:  3584.5 MHx, Center Frequency: 1500 Hz, Initial mode: THOR22 19:00 Local

    I appreciate you all answering the call to help our communities remain prepared. Thank you all for helping us keep things on track and prove that we remain a consistent source of communication capability to the Commonwealth. This net provides a monthly reminder to our communities and served agencies that we stand ready with a quiet professionalism prepared to serve as a voice to whomever needs one to get help and resources to where they need to be.

 If you know someone who would benefit from being on this list, please have them contact me at   WC1MAB@gmail.com and I will add them to this distribution. Thank you all!

      If anyone has any questions or comments I can be reached by e-mail or cell phone. Thanks for being a part of our team and I look forward to hearing back on who can participate this month.

Sincerely,

Michael Leger (N1YLQ)

MEMA Region #2 RACES Officer

C: 386-566-7666

 

Massachusetts RACES Nets – Monday 8/1/22 for HF, Region 2D VHF, NBEMS & Winlink – Times and Details Below

Don Rolph-AB1PH-Walpole area ARES Emergency Coordinator writes:

The first Monday of the month, unless the first Monday is a holiday, is the date for the MEMA nets. If the first Monday is a holiday then the nets are delayed for one week.
For Aug, the first Monday of the month is Aug 1 and this will be the date for the MEMA RACES nets.

The Races nets will be held on Mon Aug 1 at:
********************************************************************************
The HF net will start at 6:45 PM EDT: using the following frequency plan:
We will start at 3930 KHz moving up to 3955 KHz until there is a clear frequency,

Marc Stern WA1R will be net control.
*********************************************************************************
Region 2D VHF net:
7:30 PM EDT VHF net on 146.865 MHz PL 103.5 (Sharon Repeater)
We will have a general call up of any RACES, ARES, or other interested stations. If there is time, we will have a simplex test.

Jeff Marden N1JCM will be net control.
********************************************************************************
HF NBEMS net:
7:00 PM EDT
Dial Frequency: 3584.5 MHx
Center Frequency: 1500 Hz
Initial mode: THOR22
We will have checkins,followed by an ICS-213 format message using FLMSG.

Alan Richard WA1AR will be net control.
*********************************************************************************
Winlink Net:

To participate:

– create a checkin form using the Winlink standard checkin form

– send via winlink after 6 AM EDT Mon. Aug 1 and before 0000 EDT Aug 2 (any mode, but include mode in checkin form) to Bryan Marcotte KF1D
*************************************************************************************

We look forward to you checking in to any or all nets!

73,
AB1PH
Don Rolph

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Exercise – “Operation Whirlwind” – Saturday 8/6/22 – 1000 AM-1200 PM

Hello to all…

In collaboration with the Cape Cod ARES group, Eastern Massachusetts ARES will have an exercise “Operation Whirlwind” on Saturday 8/6/22 from 1000 AM-1200 PM. Details on frequencies and modes and start and end times for the various ARES teams (some groups will start a little later and end a bit earlier) can be seen in the Eastern Massachusetts ARES exercise document at the following link:

Eastern_Mass_ARES_Operation_Whirlwind_Drill_with_CCARES

This exercise document may be updated once more by Thursday Evening 8/4/22. If no update is given, this document can be treated as the final document. Only minor changes are expected (there may be an update on additional VHF/UHF frequencies used for the exercise in the section and a couple updates specific to the Cape Cod district).

We appreciate everyone’s support of this exercise as we use it as practice for any potential issues as we approach the main portion of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season from later August through October. Thanks to all for their continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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