New MEMA Courses Offered

Mass Emergency Management Agency logoTom Kinahan, N1CPE writes on MRAS-general list:

The following new courses have been added to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s training calendar:

* Incident Command System 300 at Wellesley National Guard on December 13, 2010

* Incident Command System 300 at So. Attleboro Fire Station on January 4, 2011

* Incident Command System 300 at MEMA Headquarters-Operations Room on January 5, 2011

* Incident Command System 400 at Wellesley National Guard on December 16, 2010

* Incident Command System 400 at DelValle Institute – O’Neill Room on January 13, 2011

Visit our web site at for more details.

Whitman ARC Garners Great Publicity For Plimoth Plantation Operation

Plimoth Plantation logoThe Whitman Amateur Radio Club was featured prominently in a December 9, 2010 article in the Whitman Express entitled, Whitman Amateur Radio Club Visits Plimouth Plantation. The article, written by WARC’s Bruce Hayden, NI1X, described the club’s efforts in promoting to hams worldwide about the famous re-creation of the 17th century Pilgrim settlement and Indian homesite.

According to Hayden, 34 area hams operated five stations and made 316 contacts with 35 states and 16 foreign countries over the two-day operation. The WA1NPO special events station also made contact with M0VRT in Plymouth, England during the event.

The Whitman ARC has conducted the Plimoth Plantation operation annually at Thanksgiving for several years.

–Thanks, NI1X and Whitman ARC



Boston ARC Assigned New 440 MHz Repeater Frequency Pair

Boston ARC logoThe Boston Amateur Radio Club has been assigned a new frequency pair for its 70 cm repeater by the New England Spectrum Management Council, according to BARC’s Bob Salow, WA1IDA.

“Your help is needed to verify the coverage and signal quality. At several times of the day, please try to make contacts and get signal reports. Make notes of your location, the type of radio, the power used, and the reported signal quality. Send this information to Tom Bertolino, KB1P at his alias, or call him at 781.608.6186.”

The new frequency is: 443.550 MHz (+), PL 110.9 Hz.

–Thanks, The SPARC, December 2010

Genesis ARS To Establish Scholarship Honoring K1CG (SK)

Genesis ARS logoThe Genesis Amateur Radio Society is moving to establish a scholarship fund to honor the memory of Silent Key George Manning, K1CG.

Manning, a Genesis ARS Executive Committee member and the club’s Public Information Officer, left a large quantity of ham radio equipment to the club. According to GARS President John Williams, KB1EVY, GARS is initially conducting a silent auction so that club members will have an opportunity to first purchase any items of interest. Remaining items will then be sold to the ham public.

“Proceeds from sales will be held by the trustee in a separate interest account until such time that the scholarhip fund is established, and then handed over to the scholarship trustee for their care,” says Williams.

Eastern MA Amateur Shares November QST Cover Plaque Award

QST cover, Nov. 2010

An Eastern MA amateur has won the November QST Cover Plaque Award. Bruce Walker, W1BW of Concord shares the prize with Joe Taylor, K1JT, for their article “WSPRing Around the World.” Congratulations, Joe and Bruce.The QST Cover Plaque award, given to the author or authors of the best article in each issue, is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll Web page.

Thanks, ARRL Letter, Dec. 2, 2010

New England Area Flea Markets 12/1/2010

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20 Feb Westford MA GBARC RadioXLII $12@8 @Regency Antique       866 371 0512 F

26 Feb Colchester VT HAM-CON @Hampton $8@8 $15@6:30  Mitch W1SJ 802 879 6589 T

5 Mar Feeding Hills MA MtTARA @TurnverneinClb        Mary N1TOY 413 967 4008  

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25 Mar Lewiston ME ME AARC StConv @ Ramada           Ivan N1OXA 207 577 5152 A+

26 Mar Middleetown NY OCARC @CommCtr                  Neil AC2O 914 490 2001 A+

27 Mar Henniker NH CVRC @CommSch                   Donald N1ZIH 603 651 8000 A+

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10 Ap LaGrangeville NY MtBARC @TymorPk             David KC2AFK 845 677 5079 A+

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30 Ap 1 My Wakefield MA Photographica @AmericalCtr ~photo~ John 781 592 2553  

14 May E Greenbush NY EGARA @FD $6@8 +$6?sp@6        Tom KC2FCP 518 272 1492  

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29 Oct Gales Ferry CT TCARC Auction @FireCo @10    Darryl WA1DD 860 443 7799  

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SKYWARN Recognition Day, Dec. 4, 2010

SKYWARN logoRob Macedo, KD1CY writes in SKYWARN Newsletter #267:

The National Weather Service in Taunton Amateur Radio Station, WX1BOX, will once again be active for SKYWARN Recognition Day 2010. In addition, for the fourth straight year, the National Weather Service Gray, Maine Office will also be active under call-sign, WX1GYX. The Boston Amateur Radio Club will also be active as they have been over the past several years at the NWS Blue Hill Observatory under call-sign W1BOS/MQE from 9 AM-3 PM Saturday December 4th, 2010. We are also working on a special station for SRD at the Southern New England Weather Conference, which will be on the same day as SRD, sponsored by the Worcester Emergency Communications Team (WECT). Further details on the Southern New England Weather Conference station will be available as we get closer to the event.

This will be the 12th year of SKYWARN Recognition Day and its anticipated that over 100 NWS Forecast Offices will be participating once again this year. This event was featured on page 62 of the December 2010 Issue of QST Magazine and web links to information on SKYWARN Recognition Day can be seen at the following links:

The following is a schedule of repeaters that will be utilized along with simplex being utilized during certain timeframes on Saturday at WX1BOX. We hope Amateurs will utilize this schedule and try and work WX1BOX during these various timeframes. If you don’t hear NWS, feel free to call for WX1BOX and if the office is monitoring, a response will be given. When you make contact, give your current sky condition and temperature as required. Below is the tentative schedule of operations:

Friday December 3rd, 2010:
7:00-7:30 PM: 146.970-Paxton Repeater (PL: 114.8 Hz)
7:30-8:00 PM: 147.180-Bridgewater Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
8:00-8:30 PM: 145.490-Fairhaven Repeater (PL: 67.0 Hz)
8:30-9:00 PM: 146.955-Westford Repeater (PL: 74.4 Hz)
9:00-9:30 PM: 146.79-Vernon, CT Repeater (PL: 82.5 Hz) (linked via IRLP.)
9:30-10:00 PM: 147.225-Killingly, CT Repeater (PL: 156.7 Hz)
10:00-10:30 PM: 146.760-Scituate, RI or 145.370-Coventry RI Repeater PL: 67.0 Hz
10:30-11:00 PM: 145.470-Danvers Repeater (PL: 136.5 Hz)
11:00-11:30 PM: 146.955-Barnstable PL: 88.5 or 147.375-Falmouth Repeater PL: 110.9
11:30 PM-12:00 AM: 146.640-Waltham Repeater

**Will Attempt to monitor both the New England Network and the *WX-TALK*/IRLP Reflector 9219 systems during this entire timeframe.

**It is possible we may switch off to different repeaters or simplex during time slots if we run out of contacts.

Saturday December 4th, 2010:
7:00-8:30 AM: 146.595 Simplex
8:30-9:00 AM: Litchfield County Linked System via KB1AEV repeater system
9:00-9:30 AM: 145.230-Boston Repeater (PL: 88.5 Hz)
9:30-10:00 AM: 146.640-Waltham Repeater
10:00-10:30 AM: 146.895-Walpole Repeater (PL: 123.0 Hz)
10:30-11:00 AM: 147.225-Killingly, CT Repeater (PL: 156.7 Hz)
11:00-11:30 AM: 145.470-Danvers Repeater (PL: 136.5 Hz)
11:30 AM-Noon: 146.79-Vernon, CT Repeater (Linked via IRLP.)
Noon-1:00 PM: 146.595 Simplex
1:00-1:30 PM: 146.685-Plymouth Repeater (PL: 82.5 Hz)
1:30-2:00 PM: 145.130-Gloucester Repeater (PL: 107.2 Hz)
2:00-2:30 PM: 146.955-Barnstable (PL: 88.5) or 147.375-Falmouth Repeater (PL: 110.9)
2:30-3:00 PM: 146.955-Westford Repeater (PL: 74.4)
3:00-3:30 PM: 146.970-Paxton Repeater (PL: 114.8)
3:30-4:00 PM: 147.165-Exeter, RI Repeater (PL: 67.0)
4:00-4:30 PM: 146.760-Scituate, RI or 145.37-Coventry, RI Repeater (PL: 67.0)
4:30-5:00 PM: 145.490-Fairhaven Repeater (PL: 67.0)
5:00-5:30 PM: 147.180-Bridgewater Repeater (PL: 67.0)
5:30-6:00 PM: 449.375-Pack Monadnock, NH Repeater (PL: 88.5 Hz)
6:00-6:30 PM: 146.895-Walpole Repeater (PL: 123.0)
6:30-7:00 PM: 147.000-Dartmouth Repeater (PL: 67.0)

**Will Attempt to monitor both the New England Network and the *WX-TALK*/IRLP Reflector 9219 systems during this entire timeframe.

**It is possible we may switch off to different repeaters or simplex during time slots if we run out of contacts.

The following is information EchoLink/IRLP operations during SKYWARN Recognition Day. Further updates to follow as we get closer to the event:

Time in UTC NWS Office Call-Sign
0000-0100: WX0GLD (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
0100-0200: WX1GYX (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
0200-0300: WX4MLB (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
0300-0400: W0ABR (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
0400-0500: WX1BOX (Confirmed to keep the time slot but can swap if needed)
0500-0600: WX9GRB (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
0600-0700: WX4HUN (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
0700-0800: N0NWS (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
0800-0900: KL7FWX (New NWS Office in Fairbanks Alaska. Will Show Up on Echolink as KL2GS)
0900-1000: KL7FWX (New NWS Office in Fairbanks Alaska. Will Show Up on Echolink as KL2GS)
1000-1100: KL7FWX (New NWS Office in Fairbanks Alaska. Will Show Up on Echolink as KL2GS)
1100-1200: WX7PHX (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
1200-1300: W7NWS (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
1300-1400: KL7FWX (New NWS Office in Fairbanks Alaska. Will Show Up on Echolink as KL2GS)
1400-1500: WX4HUN (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
1500-1600: WX1BOX (Confirmed to keep the time slot but can swap if needed)
1600-1800: WX4NC (Confirmed to keep the time slot, 2 hour time slot and time slot is from last year)
1800-1900: WX6MTR (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
1900-2000: K0MPX (Confirmed to Keep Time Slot)
2000-2100: WX4MLB (Confirmed to keep Time Slot)
2100-2300: WX4NHC (Confirmed to keep Time Slot)
2300-2400: Open

There will be other conference systems utilized for SKYWARN Recognition Day. They are as follows:

The New England Reflector Gateway System will be utilized by the NWS Taunton, Mass. and NWS Gray, Maine offices from 0000-0500 UTC and 1200-2400 UTC. The New England Gateway system is on EchoLink Conference server *NEW-ENG* Node: 9123, IRLP reflector 9123. If other NWS offices would like to join the system, they are welcome to do so and participants in SKYWARN Recognition Day can also use that system to make contact with various NWS offices.

Also, the Western Reflector will be having NWS offices calling CQ as in past years on reflector 9250 and have its gateway system on IRLP 9258/EchoLink Conference *NV-GATE* Node: 125266 open for NWS offices. Please contact Kent-W7AOR for additional information on the Western Reflector.

A few technical reminders for folks interested in making contacts with the NWS Forecast Offices on the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP 9219 and New England Reflector Gateway IRLP 9123/*NEW-ENG* Echolink Node: 9123 systems:

-The system allows both EchoLink and IRLP connections. For EchoLink users, you connect to the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203 conference system. For IRLP users, you would connect to IRLP reflector 9219.

-If you are using EchoLink, the RF node or PC that you’re using must have EchoLink conferencing disabled. If it is not disabled, the system will automatically kick the node or PC off of the system.

The reason this occurs is to prevent unintentional interference from a conferencing station that may not know the node is connected somewhere else. This will keep traffic moving on the net and reduce interference considerably.

For more information on VoIP Technical Configuration Tips, please go to our web site at where we have a link to that information on the main menu of the web site. This announcement will also be on the web site.

We are looking forward to another fun SKYWARN Recognition Day on the *WX-TALK* Node: 7203/IRLP reflector 9219 system, New England Reflector Gateway system and Western Reflector system. Thanks to all for there support!

K9HI New Section Manager On January 1, 2011

EMA ARRL logo“[Section Manager election] ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, November 23.

“In Eastern Massachusetts, Phil Temples, K9HI, will become the Section Manager on January 1. Temples, of Watertown, has served previously as the Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager for terms from 1994 through 1996 and again from 2001 through 2004. Temples was the only nominee for the position after present Section Manager Mike Neilsen, W1MPN, decided not to run for another term of office. Neilsen has served as Section Manager for two terms of office, from 2005 to 2006, and again in 2009 through the end of this year.”

-via ARRL News, 11/23/10

HF Antenna Improvments At W1FY

Framingham ARA 75th anniversary logoHF capability at the Framingham Amateur Radio Association‘s club station, W1FY has recently been improved, according to FARA’s Sumner Weisman, W1VIV.

Weisman says a new 40/80 meter trap dipole was erected on the roof by he and W1JSS. The trap dipole complements an existing 10/15/20 meter yagi.

“All bands operate very well,” comments W1VIV. “The sunspot cycle is growing nicely, and there are even good 10-meter openings for the first time in a while.  Members are invited to come on down and get on the air any Saturday morning.”



Software Defined Radio Presentation, Waltham, Nov. 17

Jim Ussailis of National Wireless, Inc. will present on software defined radio on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at a meeting of The Consultants Network at 6:30 PM. The meeting location is at Foley Hoag LLP, Emerging Enterprise Center, Bay Colony Corporate Center, 1000 Winter Street, Suite 4000, North Entrance, Waltham, MA.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For further details, see

Thanks, BARS-W1HH list

Cape Ann ARA Participates in EmComm Drill

Cape Ann ARA logoCurtis Wright, AA3JE writes:

Just a note to let you know that [the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association] Emergency Communications Team did us and their community a great service Friday [Oct. 29] when they participated in a Homeland Security drill at the Fuller School.

This was one of the mandatory drills that needs to be conducted to maintain our State grants, and it was attended by the Mayor of Gloucester, the Finance Chief (does our lease), and Town Administrators or equivalent and first responders from Essex, Manchester and Rockport.

It was an anxious day for me, as since I had worked on the planning, I could not participate.

The EmComm team handled communications, were professional, learned, and uniformly I heard, “I had no idea hams could do that” from table after table.

What a wonderful performance. Did us proud.

Lowell CERT Active in Bay State Marathon

CERT logo

Terry Stader, KA8SCP writes:

The Lowell CERT communications team was called to action this past Sunday, October. 17th, to provide multiple communications activities for the Bay State Marathon, now the third largest marathon in New England. Communications unit leader Terry Stader, KA8SCP was contacted several weeks ago with the thought that Amateur Radio could provide a link from one of the medical groups housed in the visitor’s locker-room at LeLacheur Field in Lowell, to the incident command post located at the base of the Rourke Bridge. They were also asked, during the course of planning, if they would be able to provide a link for “accountability”, where family and friends of runners could be advised the status those runners on the course. Both medical and accountability nets were established for the race by the CERT team members. The entire ham radio operation was conducted using 2 meter simplex frequencies and after a couple of key antenna placement issues, flawless communications was established.

Additional Lowell CERT personnel were used on the course for various runner support activities as well. The incident command staff were pleased with the hams ability to overcome radio communications obstacles they had encountered in the past. Lowell CERT Communications Unit members are active ARES (Northern Middlesex ARES) and RACES (Region 1 RACES) members who also support the Upper Merrimack Valley MRC when needed. This is the first time the Lowell CERT unit was activated for a special event and will be more than likely be called to return to the Bay State Marathon as well as other Lowell-area events. Stader thanks all the ham that assisted as well as the Lowell public safety (Fire and Office of Emergency Management) personnel that asked for Amateur Radio support for this event and displayed their ability to communicate, when all else failed.

Terry M. Stader, KA8SCP
MEMA Region 1 Communications/RACES Officer
ARRL EMA Assistant Section Manager
NESMC Eastern Massachusetts Director
Senior Club Advisor, PART of Westford, MA – WB1GOF
WB1GOF and K1HRO D-Star Gateway Administrator
WB1GOF-R (Node 380799) Echolink Administrator
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(978) 490-8150 Nextel
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Whitman ARC Recipient of Harvard Pilgrim Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant

Whitman ARC logoThe Whitman Amateur Radio Club has been informed that it is the recipient of a $500 Harvard Pilgrim Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant. WARC’s Elayne Tovet, KB1IKH, a Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare employee, submitted the application for the grant on behalf of the WARC.

In the letter, Laura S. Peabody, Chair, and Karen Voci, Executive Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, respectively, wrote: “The Foundation gives you this grant to support and enhance your community program. We greatly appreciate the work you do.”

The Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grants Program was created by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to commemorate the first anniversary of September 11, 2001 through a special contribution to its Foundation. The Foundation administers this special fund and distributes the Mini-Grants to non-profit organizations that Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Health Plans Inc. and Dell Perot employees nominate.

WARC will use the funds to help construct an emergency communications “Go Kit.”

Congratulations to the Whitman Amateur Radio Club in securing this special funding to help further their service to the Whitman community!

–Thanks, Whitman ARC Spectrum (“The Voice of the Humble Electron”), October 2010

Barnstable ARC, Explorer Post 73 To Operate In 100th Anniversary JOTA Operation

JOTA 100th anniversary logoPaul Laconto, W1NP writes:

On October 16, 17, 2010 the Cape Cod and Island Council of the Boy Scouts of America is sponsoring the annual Jamboree On The Air scouting communication event at Camp Greenough along with fellow ham radio operators to communicate with scouts in the United States and the world. The event is an international undertaking and will be held at the pavilion near the administration building at the camp. Barnstable Amateur Radio Club amateurs and others along with Cape Cod Explorer Post 73 amateurs will be operating the stations [under the call sign W1EXP]. The event will begin on Saturday Oct. 16 at 9:00 AM and continue into the evening. On Sunday Oct 17 the event will begin at 9:00 AM and continue to about 3:00 PM. This event is opened to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Explorers and Venturers.

During the event ham radio operators will establish a contact with other JOTA stations or individual ham stations and allow our scouts to have conversations with other scouts or radio amateurs in various parts of the country and the world. The ham radio operators will also demonstrate various modes of communication that they use.

The modes of communication planned are as follows:

HF communication via voice contacts on the 6, 10, 15, 20, 40, and 80-meter radio frequency bands where the scouts will communicate with each other throughout the United States and the world.

VHF communication via voice contacts on the 2-meter radio frequency band through repeaters. Scouts will be able to talk to other scouts in the New England area in this mode.

PACKET communications via Radio and computer together connecting to other packet stations to relay messages directly or into their station mailbox. Winlink connection will able scouts to send emails through the radio to their families and friends.

APRS communications (automatic positioning reporting system) With the use of VHF radio, computer and GPS units, this mode of operation allows ham stations to send beacons which get displayed on a map and from this map messages can be sent from station to station. Mobiles with GPS units and radios in their vehicle will have their signals transmitted to the map as well at a predetermined interval. Therefore you can watch the vehicle travel on the map to its destination.

PSK31 communication is a digital mode with the use of HF radios and computers to connect to ham stations throughout the world. This mode requires less power to connect and the conversations are through a computer keyboard.

ECHOLINK communications is a computer to computer or a computer to radio mode, which connects to the Internet where you can select a station who you wish to talk to from a list. This mode of operation, stations listed are from all over the world.

CW mode also known as Morse code. At this mode you can have communication with stations over the world and was one of the first modes that ham operators needed to learn and is still popular today.

SLOW SCAN TV MODE This mode of communication allows for sending pictures between stations through radio and computers combined.

There are additional modes we may demonstrate depending on equipment availability.

You will be able to see and experience the equipment needed that ham operators use such as different types of radios, power supplies, antennas and other misc. equipment.

We will also have other related activities during the event for participation.

We will have literature available and we will have a limited amount of 100 aniversary of scouting JOTA patches for distribution to the scouts for those who participate.

Boy scouts who plan on working toward their Radio merit badge can achieve some of their requirements at this event.

We will also have a signup for any youth or adult wishing to take a class to to get his or her ham radio license which will be given on the Thanksgiving weekend at the Marconi museum in Chatham, MA. and after the class will take the Technician license exam.

Clubs Invited To NVARC QSL Sort, Oct. 21, 2010

Nashoba Valley ARC logoStan Pozerski, KD1LE writes:

[The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club] is inviting local Amateur Radio clubs to participate in our QSL Card Sort for the W1 Incoming QSL Bureau. It will be held at our October meeting on Thursday, October 21st. We will be sorting between 18-20,000 incoming QSL cards. Pizza and soft drinks will be served after the sort.

Our meetings start at 7:30 or a bit earlier if we can get in at the Pepperell Community Center, which is at the rotary junction of Route 111 and Route 113 in Pepperell.

See the club Web site for more information at

SEMARA Demos Ham Radio At Friends Of The Forest Event, Sept. 26

SEMARA Friends of the Forest, photo 1Members of the Southeastern MA Amateur Radio Associaton demonstrated Amateur Radio at a Friends of the Forest outing in the Freetown-Fall River State Forest on September 26, 2010.

The demonstration featured an operational ham station on HF with a long wire antenna, along with 2 meters, 220, 440, and 900 MHz. A large camper with solar power was supplied by W1BEP; it sported the SEMARA club banner. SEMARA Friends of the Forest, photo 2

Club members made on-air contacts, and “spoke with a lot of people about the hobby.”

–Thanks, SEMARA Zero Beat, October 2010

Shown here (lower left): Brad Paiva, W1BEP with Smokey the Bear, SWL. Upper right, L-R: Marcel, W1MLD; Joe, N1IXC; Paul, KA1IB; Brad Paiva, W1BEP; Sonny, K1USW. Not shown: Marty, KA1YFV.

Head Of The Charles Ham Assistance Requested, Oct. 22-24, 2010

Head of the Charles photo, courtesy K9HIWe are in the process of looking for hams who would be available to support Red Cross stations, on land and on water. This year’s event will be [October 22, 23 and 24, 2010]. If you are available for any portion of these 3 days, all help would be appreciated.

We are looking for individuals with HT capabilities to [provide] emergency communications on boats, at a Red Cross tent, and [….] for walk teams at first aid stations.

Specific times will come soon but rough schedules are…. Friday (22nd) starting around 12 pm. Saturday (23rd) and Sunday (24th) starting around 6am.

If you are available and can assist, please send me the following information.

Call Sign
Email address
Best available phone number
How many years you have been doing The Head of The Charles
Your preferred station
Dates of availability
Jacket/T-Shirt size

Please note:

I can not guarantee station assignments until closer to the event.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. As the event gets closer you will be receiving more information.

Please note I am also looking for certified lifeguards over the age of 16. If you know of any who would be interested in volunteering as well, please send them my way.

Thank you!

Heather Arnold
Emergency Communications Coordinator
Heather Arnold
BBM: 32278A57