MMRA, QRA To Host Joint Fox Hunt, July 18, 2009

Minuteman RA logoQRAKevin Paetzold, K1KWP writes:

The Minuteman Repeater Association and the Quannapowitt Radio Association have scheduled a joint hidden transmitter fox hunt on Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.

– The fox will be a stationary ham radio operator in a  vehicle transmitting on 146.19 MHz PL 146.2.  This is the input frequency of the MMRA Weston repeater (146.79 PL  146.2).

– The fox will be located within 10 miles of the Weston  repeater which is at North 42deg 22.8′ West 071deg 19.2.

– The signal from the fox must be strong enough so the fox  can be understood on the repeater output.

– The fox will transmit for at least 30 seconds of every  five minutes during the fox hunt.  The fox hunt begins at
10:00AM and ends when either there are no more hunters who  have not found the fox or noon.

– The fox must continue to transmit on the hunt frequency  throughout the hunt.  However, hunters are prohibited from
transmitting once they have located the fox.

– The fox must not be on private property.  In order to be  found the fox must not require driving on private roads.

– Cooperation among the hunters is encouraged.  Sharing  initial direction bearings and signal strength
observations is necessary to allow some localization (for  example the town where the fox in located) so that finding
the fox within the time limits is more likely.

– Home stations are also encouraged to participate and share  their readings.  As the hunt progresses, information
sharing is less valuable.

– Information is generally shared via the 2M repeater used  for the hunt (in this case 146.79 MHz PL 146.2).  Many
hunters use 70-cm to talk and to hear what others are  saying as their 2-Meter radio may be dedicated to RDF on
the repeater input frequency.

The MMRA 70cm HUB1 repeater in Marlboro will be linked to  during the hunt.  Hunters therefore may transmit on either
2-meters or on 70-cm to join in the conversation.  HUB1  repeater output is 449.925 PL 88.5 and the input is
444.925 PL 88.5.

As the hunters approach the fox conversations often shifts  to 446.0 MHz FM simplex.

– We plan to have lunch at a restaurant near the fox  location after the hunt.  Lunch location will be a
consensus decision of those hunters who have found the  fox.

– Ham radio operators who do not have equipment or who would  like to gain experience from riding with an experienced
fox hunter are invited to ride along.

It is expected that each hunter will start from separate  locations (as determined by the hunter).

Contact k1kwp@mmra.org (Kevin) and n1be@mmra.org (Bob) to  coordinate ride alongs if needed.  Those hunters who have  room and are willing to accommodate riders are also asked  contact K1KWP and N1BE.

This information is also posted at: http://www.mmra.org/foxhunts.

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Whitman ARC, South Shore Fox Hunters Resolve Genesis ARS Repeater Interference

Genesis ARS logoWhitman ARC logoA practice fox hunt turned into an actual radio direction finding event on Saturday, July 11, 2009 to combat interference that had silenced the Genesis Amateur Radio Society‘s repeater in Plymouth for three days. Genesis club members traced the interfering signal to the intersection of Routes 28 and 58 in Wareham, MA but could not make further progress. GARS member Kevin O’Donnell, K1KOD contacted Bruce Hayden, NI1X for assistance.

“I said the South Shore Fox Hunters were going to be on a fox hunt Saturday morning and that I would ask the participants to help find the interference after the hunt.” Hayden added that “those participating that day were Whitman Amateur Radio Club members.”

Bruce Hayden, NI1X, Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ, Roy Logan, KB1CYV, Jeff Lehmann N1ZZN and Gary Cumiskey W1GRC “saddled up” and headed to Wareham to find the source of the interference.

The team of NI1X and KB1REQ found the source in a trailer park; W1GRC volunteered to approach the owner. The interference soon disappeared. N1ZZN reported that the owner said that some visiting kids “must have pushed the transmit lock bar down on his desk mike leaving the transmitter on all the time.”

Kudos to the South Shore Fox Hunters for resolving this interference issue.

-Thanks, NI1X

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KY1N List of Volunteer Exam Sessions, 07/11/09

                          The KY1N Memorial List
Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations - CT MA ME NH RI VT
7/11/09
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
Date Time Contact Location Phone
07/12/09 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
07/12/09 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
07/13/09 19:00 Jim Clogher, N1ICN Brookline MA 617-364-4658
07/14/09 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
07/14/09 18:30 Wilburn A Scott, WA1YNZ Washburn ME 207-455-8333
07/15/09 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
07/16/09 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
07/16/09 18:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX South Portland ME 207-799-1116
07/16/09 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
07/17/09 19:00 Walter Styslo, KA1DFH Farmington CT 860-529-8474
07/19/09 10:00 William Mcgarvey, AA1ZR Machias ME 207-853-2951
07/20/09 19:00 Richard Strycharz, KD1XP Amherst MA 413-665-2211
07/20/09 19:00 Skip Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
07/21/09 12:00 Adam Woodbury, K1ADW Bedford MA 781-271-3062
07/21/09 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Portland CT 860-635-1742
07/22/09 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
07/22/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Lunenburg MA 978-597-6535
07/22/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
07/24/09 18:00 David Cote, W1FAB Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
07/25/09 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
07/25/09 09:00 Kenneth Carr, KB1AWV Cranston RI 401-828-1665
07/25/09 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
08/01/09 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
08/02/09 10:00 Richard Williamson, WA1YQE Milford CT 203-877-5020
08/03/09 18:00 *Bryce Rumery, K1GAX Topsham ME 207-799-1116
08/08/09 09:00 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
08/08/09 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
08/08/09 10:00 Darryl Del Grosso, WA1DD Gales Ferry CT 860-443-7799
08/08/09 09:00 Don Tarbet, KD1XU Saint Albans ME
08/09/09 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
08/10/09 19:00 Jim Clogher, N1ICN Brookline MA 617-364-4658
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EmComm Workshop, August 8, Boston

Boston ARC logo

Bob Salow, WA1IDA writes on BARC-List:

An Emergency Communications Workshop will be held on Saturday, 8 August 2009 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Boston Salvation Army Headquarters at 147 Berkeley Street, Boston. The entrance is from Columbus Avenue opposite the fire station.

This Workshop is for active hams and is produced by the ARES Section Staff through the efforts of Metro Boston ARES, and the cooperation of the Massachusetts Division of The Salvation Army Boston SATERN team.

This Emergency Communications Workshop will provide the background and information to support Amateur Radio operators when needed to respond to a communications emergency or when supplemental communications via Amateur Radio is required. It will feature an Introduction and Conclusion to Emergency Communications, and five one-hour training sessions on topics including:

* Overview of Eastern Massachusetts ARES-RACES-SKYWARN Programs
* Net Operations
* NTS Traffic Message Handling
* Basic Overview of the Incident Command System (ICS)
* Go Kits

This Workshop will also provide a one-hour lunch at no coerced cost to any Amateur Radio operator who attends the session. The presentations will be given by hams well versed in the topics listed above. The training will be a worthwhile experience not just for emergency communicators but for any ham who wants to learn more about our service and hobby.

Preregistration is requested, but is not required in case anyone decides to attend at the last minute. Please try to preregister by Monday, 3 August 2009 to assure the meeting location is set up properly and we have enough refreshments for breaks between lectures and for the lunch break. We will, however, accept any late registrations after that day or any walk-ins provided space permits.

To register or if you have questions, contact Blake, K1BTH, at < k1bth@aol.com> or 781.925.9900.

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New England Area Flea Markets, 07/01/09

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2009 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~

*******************************************************************************
2009                                                    Contact          Source
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

11 July Summerside PEI SPARC @WilmotComCtr $5@9      Bill VY2FF              W

19 July  Cambridge MA            FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F
                Third Sunday April thru October                 

25 July N Haven CT @HI I91x12 $7@8 $15/T@6 $10/TG    John N1GNV 203 440 4468 F

1 Aug  St Romuald PQ ARES                            Theo       418 304 0820 M

8 Aug Gales Ferry CT RASON @VFD $4@9 $15/T@7       Wayne KB1NKK 206 350 3064

8 Aug St Albans ME PARC                           George WA1JMM 207 441 6112 A

15 Aug Swamton VT STARC I89x21 @RavenInd $5@6 +$5/Sp  Arn N1ARN 802 309 0666 F

16 August Cambridge MA           FLEA at MIT               Nick 617 253 3776 F

12 Sept Windsor ME AARA @FG $5@8                     Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075  

12 Sept Ballston Spa NY SCRACES @FG $5@7              Al KA1IEG 518 677 3316  

12 Sept Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Tailgate   John 860 673 0518 W

13 Sept Newtown CT CARA@TownHall $6@8:30 $15/T$10TG@7 Joe AB1DO 203 938 4880 W

19 Sept Forestdale RI RIFMRS @VFW rt146 8A flea+auct Rick K1KYI 401 864 9611  

19 Sept Alton NH MASONS @Lodge @7 Tg$10 $20/inside T  Bob W1GWU 603 776 0086

19 Sept Alexander ME StCVARC                        Mike KB1GEO 207 427 3058 A

19 Sept Omeaux PQ WIARC @Shriner's $5@9 $15/T@8      Ken VE2KLF              R+
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“Thirteen Original Colonies” Special Event Operation, July 1-5, 2009

13 Colonies special event certificateAn Amateur Radio special event station in Massachusetts in conjunction with other special event stations from each of the original thirteen colonies will be QRV for a “Fourth of July Thirteen Original Colonies” celebration on July 1-5, 2009.

A handsome commemorative certificate will be issued to amateurs who contact one or more of the special events stations, including a “clean sweep” endorsement for those working all 13 stations, designated K2A through K2M. Details are available via the Thirteen Colonies web site.

The Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford has agreed to represent the Massachusetts colony for this event using the call sign “K2H.” PART member Charlie Learoyd, K1PUB is organizing the activity. He is currently seeking volunteers within PART to participate.

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Special SKYWARN Announcement for Field Day Sites

EMA ARRL FD 'logo'From: SkyWarn Announcement List <SkyWarn-list@oak.powersrvcs.net>
To: Skywarn-list@oak.powersrvcs.net <Skywarn-list@oak.powersrvcs.net>
Sent: Thu Jun 25 09:02:13 2009
Subject: Severe Weather/Amateur Radio Field Day Coordination Message #1

Hello to all..

..The following is the first in a series of messages on Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend. Amateur Radio Field Day Weekend is an annual event where Ham Operators across the United States setup at Emergency Operations Centers, field locations, home locations etc. to operate and test their equipment and skills and make as many radio contacts as possible during the weekend. Many locations can be visited by the public and Amateur Radio Field Day can be a form of outreach to Ham and non-Ham Operators. It is both a fun/preparatory event for Ham Radio Operators for Emergency Communications scenarios..
..As have been done over the past 10 years, this will be the first in a series of Severe Weather/Amateur Radio Field Day Coordination Messages to pass instructions to Amateur Radio Field Day sites on what to do if threatening weather approaches and to have Field Day sites guard their SKYWARN repeaters as required if threatening weather approaches..
..Field Day Weekend is expected to have better weather than what we have seen in the past several days, however, there will be the threat of Severe Thunderstorms with Damaging winds and large hail the primary threats across much of Southern New England Friday as SPC and NWS Taunton are in agreement on a Slight Risk for Severe Thunderstorms on Friday. There are additional risks for thunderstorms over the weekend. The threat of those thunderstorms over the weekend is uncertain and it is noted that overall the weather will be drier this weekend than the past 4 days, however, thunderstorms even if non-severe can contain dangerous lightning and that is a threat to any outdoor Amateur Radio Field Day sites in the region..
..This Week is also Lightning Awareness Week and safety information on lightning gets propagated during this period and has coincidentally coincided with Amateur Radio Field Day weekend and that information is included in this coordination message..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton is likely on Friday. SKYWARN monitoring for even non-severe thunderstorms will be done over the weekend to protect Amateur Radio Field Day sites as best as possible..

There are a large number of Amateur Radio Field Day sites across the NWS Taunton County Warning Area and adjacent NWS County Warning Areas. Here are some links to information on these Amateur Radio Field Day Sites from across the region:

Amateur Radio Field Day National Announcement: http://www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/fd/
Amateur Radio Field Day National Locator: http://www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/fd/locator.php
Eastern Massachusetts Field Day Home Page: http://fd.ema.arrl.org/
Connecticut Section Field Day Information: http://ct.arrl.org/
New Hampshire Field Day Home Page: http://www.arrl-nh.org/fd2009.html
Western Massachusetts Field Day Information: http://wma.arrl.org/announce.php?id=163
Rhode Island Field Day Information: http://www.arrl.org/sections/RI.html

If there is additional Amateur Radio Field Day information that you would like to appear in these coordination messages, please contact me and I will add it to this section of the Amateur Radio Field Day Coordination Message.

On Friday, the dreary cool weather will abate completely and lead to warmer conditions. A Cold Front/trough will approach Southern New England and this will be the triggering mechanism for showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms will have the potential to become severe with damaging winds and large hail the primary threats and all thunderstorms have the threat of lightning. The threat timeframe will be in the mid-late afternoon and early evening hours. Key items that will affect the severe potential is the timing of the trough/cold front into the region and the amount of sunshine that will lead to heating and destablization along and ahead of the front. At the time of this coordination message, SPC has placed the region in a Slight Risk for Severe Thunderstorms and NWS Taunton is in agreement with this assessment. Further details on the Friday potential for severe weather will be posted in the Thursday Evening coordination message. Amateur Radio Field Day sites setting up on Friday should use caution and keep an eye to the sky and monitor their local SKYWARN Repeater, NOAA Weather Radio or weather information via Internet and media resources to guard against safety issues if thunderstorms, even if they are non-severe, occur in the region due to the potential lightning risk on radio equipment and antennas. Below is the NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook and SPC Day-2 Convective Outlook:

NWS Taunton Hazardous Weather Outlook: http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.flus41.KBOX.html
SPC Day-1 Convective Outlook: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton is likely on Friday. SKYWARN monitoring for non-severe thunderstorms and their lightning risk will be done throughout the weekend to protect Amateur Radio Field Day sites.

For the weekend, there will be the potential for isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms on Saturday with lesser chances for this activity on Sunday. Details on how the weekend will evolve are still not certain. As stated previously, the weekend is not expected to be a washout and conditions away from the immediate coastal areas should be better than the past 4 days or so with warmer and more summer like conditions but there will be the potential for an isolated to scattered shower or thunderstorm activity. Future coordination messages will better define the activity for this weekend.

Remember that non-severe thunderstorms can pose a threat to Amateur Radio Field Day sites due to the threat of lightning. Please keep this in mind if you have an outdoor Field Day site. This week is Lightning Awareness Week and the National Weather Service in Taunton has posted information on Lightning Safety Awareness Week. See links below for this information:

NWS Taunton Latest Lightning Safety Awareness Week Statement: http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.nous41.KBOX.html
NWS Taunton Wednesday 6/24/09 Lightning Safety Awareness Week Statement: http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/0906241320.nous41.html
NWS Taunton Tuesday 6/23/09 Lightning Safety Awareness Week Statement: http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/0906231724.nous41.html
NWS Taunton Monday 6/22/09 Lightning Safety Awareness Week Statement: http://kamala.cod.edu/offs/KBOX/0906221445.nous41.html
NWS Lightning Safety Awareness Home Page: http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/

Field Day sites are encouraged to bring a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio and a dedicated Ham Radio that can monitor their local SKYWARN Frequency for their area or if they have mobile Internet capability, that is also a way to monitor for weather information if thunderstorms, even that are non-severe, approach your area. Please see the link below for the latest SKYWARN Frequency information for the region:
http://www.wx1box.org/node/37

The next coordination message will be posted by 1130 PM this evening.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
http://www.wx1box.org

 

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BCRA Field Day To Welcome Scouts

BCRA/FRARA logoRoland Daignault, N1JOY writes on BCRA-Club list:

…I have confirmation that we will be having Boy Scout Troop 100 from Westport joining [the Bristol County Repeater Association/Fall River ARC] for a few hours on Saturday afternoon. They have a hike planned that morning and should be finishing up right around the same time the Field Day event begins, which is 2:00 PM. I hope we can have a couple of people available to be good ambassadors for Ham Radio. We have the GOTA station planned, so hopefully we can get a few kids on the air.

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New Winlink2000 Node In S.E. Mass.

Winlink 2k For Dummies book coverDavid Neal, W2DAN writes on BCRA-club list:

I want to let everybody know that there is a new Winlink 2000 Radio Message Server Node (RMS) W2DAN-10 on VHF at 145.010 It is time to dust of those tnc’s and check out Winlink2000. There are some good lessons online that will help you understand Winlink 2000 at http://www.winlink.org and joining the Winlink 2000 Yahoo group.

Winlink 2000 is a worldwide radio messaging system that takes advantage of the Internet where possible. It does this in order to allow the end-user more radio spectrum on the crowded spectrum. Winlink 2000 has an interesting history that may be worth reviewing. Currently, there are more than 15,000 radio users on all the classes of users and approximately 100,000 Internet recipients. Monthly traffic averages over 150,000 messages or 280,000 minutes. Each message has an average duration of approximately 3.4 minutes and each message averages approximately 3,200 bytes. The Pactor 1, 2 and 3 protocols are used on HF, and AX.25 Packet, D-Star and 802.11 are used on VHF/UHF. Growth of the system is dependent on the various classes of users, including normal Amateur use, emergency communications organizations such as the ARRL ARES® and RACES, the UK Cadet forces, the three MARS branches, and others. Most recently there has been an increasing interest in emergency communications, and the Winlink 2000 development team has responded by adding features and functions that make the system more reliable, flexible and redundant. The role of Winlink 2000 in emergency communications is to supplement existing methodologies to add another tool in the toolkit of the volunteer services deploying emergency communications in their communities.

I will be installing a Kam + into the HAMCOW which will be used for APRS, VHF Winlink 2000 Airmail, and HF Winlink 2000 Airmail.. We will have this setup for FD and I will be happy to demonstrate and answer any question. If you are interested in setting up you station to receive Airmail let me know and I will do what I can help and answer any questions.

73
Dave
W2DAN

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Amateurs Receive Praise From MEMA

MEMA logoThe June 18, 2009 issue of MEMA Reports carried a story praising Amateur Radio’s efforts associated with the recent annual hurricane drill:

“On June 1st, MA Amateur Radio emergency communicators, in conjunction with MEMA Region II Office in Bridgewater and the State Emergency Operations Center in Framingham, participated in their annual Hurricane Drill. Local Hams and their Emergency Management Director counterparts from 52 communities performed simulated damage assessments from ‘Hurricane Madison’ using the exercise scenario and local criteria. The results of the drill were universally praised, which bodes well if the region experiences the next ‘real thing’.”

MEMA Reports is distributed as a monthly newsletter produced by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to help keep the Public Safety Community of Massachusetts better informed about the day’s Emergency Management issues. MEMA Reports also appears on the MEMA website: <http://www.mass.gov/mema>.

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KY1N List of Volunteer Exam Sessions, 06/19/09

                          The KY1N Memorial List
Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations - CT MA ME NH RI VT
6/19/09
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
Date Time Contact Location Phone
06/20/09 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
06/20/09 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
06/20/09 09:00 Jim Heedles, WW1Y Nashua NH 603-673-7395
06/20/09 09:00 Thomas Jaworski, WA1MJE Pittsfield MA 413-528-9002
06/21/09 13:00 *Michael Murphy Manchester NH 603-819-1849
06/24/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Lunenburg MA 978-597-6535
06/24/09 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
06/26/09 18:00 David Cote, W1FAB Holyoke MA 413-575-2950
06/27/09 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-869-1059
06/27/09 09:00 Kenneth Carr, KB1AWV Cranston RI 401-828-1665
06/27/09 12:00 +Daniel Lee, W1DFL Danvers MA 978-352-4513
06/27/09 13:00 Russ Appleyard, WA2MHY Plymouth MA 508-746-9240
06/28/09 10:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-282-7645
06/28/09 10:00 Richard Williamson, WA1YQE Milford CT 203-877-5020
07/08/09 19:15 *James Weckback, W1EQW Framingham MA 508-435-6487
07/09/09 19:00 Louis Mester, W1CH Providence RI 401-263-6045
07/09/09 19:00 Ivan Lazure, N1OXA South Paris ME 207-784-0350
07/10/09 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
07/11/09 08:45 *William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
07/11/09 09:00 Ben Fleck, K2LYE Falmouth MA 508-540-2583
07/11/09 09:30 Ernest Laug, KA1NGG Stamford CT 203-348-3993
07/12/09 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
07/12/09 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
07/13/09 19:00 Jim Clogher, N1ICN Brookline MA 617-364-4658
07/14/09 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
07/15/09 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-934-4059
07/16/09 19:30 Louis Harris, N1UEC Canton MA 508-668-0858
07/16/09 18:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX South Portland ME 207-799-1116
07/16/09 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
07/17/09 19:00 Walter Styslo, KA1DFH Farmington CT 860-529-8474
07/19/09 10:00 William Mcgarvey, AA1ZR Machias ME 207-853-2951

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2009 EMA Field Day Directory Now On-line

ARRL Field Day 2009 logoThe 10th Annual Eastern Massachusetts Field Day Directory contains some of the most comprehensive Field Day resource pages of its kind.

According to Bill Ricker, N1VUX, the section Field Day pages offer detailed information on individual field day club operations  as well as new features, like:

“OpenLayers /OpenStreetMaps zoom/pan widgets with a choice of base map. These are open source data (CC-BY-SA) maps. Thanks to OSM volunteers we even have a Mass Topo server linked, a welcome gift since the commercial topo sites are no longer linkable.

See http://fd.ema.arrl.org/fd_dir.php and http://fd.ema.arrl.org/SiteDetail.php?site=MiltGr

“For a ‘before’ view compare the static map http://fd.ema.arrl.org/ and TIGER map http://fd.ema.arrl.org/ClubDetail.php?club=MVARG (Or turn off JavaScript temporarily — the new pages will revert when script is blocked, unlike Google on the ARRL HQ 2nd First Annual Locator.)

“We still have richer data, such as local landmark directions and site and club FD history, and links to multiple map sources and webpages for club and site,” adds Ricker.

“Clubs which are reactivating a previous Class A or F site can confirm to the EMA Directory by simply putting their pin in at the ARRL Locator – conveniently linked from our directory. I’ll pick that up and mark them confirmed. I would appreciate an email from new clubs in Class A or F, clubs with new sites, clubs whose details on their EMA directory need updating, or who are definitely not using the site they had last year. Email N1VUX.

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New England Public Service List 04/09/09

PSLIST

Listing public events at which Amateur Radio communications is providing a public service and for which additional volunteers from the Amateur Community are needed and welcome. Please contact the person listed to identify how you may serve and what equipment you may need to bring.

The most up-to-date copy of this list is maintained as http://purl.org/hamradio/publicservice/nediv.

**** Every event listed is looking for communications volunteers ****

Date      Location     Event                       Contact        Tel/Email

Apr 19 Boston MA BAA 5K and Invitational 1 mi Bob WA1IDA 508.650.9440
wa1ida@arrl.net
Apr 20 Hopkinton MA Boston Marathon Bob K1IW marc2009@mmra.org
to Boston MA signup at http://marc.mmra.org
Apr 26 Groton MA Groton Road Race Ralph KD1SM kd1sm@arrl.net
Apr 26 Needham MA Run of the Charles Canoe Race Tom KB1OKP 781.395.5538
to Boston MA kb1okp@arrl.net
May 2 Mrth'sVnyrd MA MS - Ride the Vineyard Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
May 3 Boston MA Walk for Hunger Eric KA1NCF w4h@nsradio.org
signup at http://wfh.mmra.org
May 16 Westford MA Apple Blossom Parade Terry KA8SCP 978.490.8150
ka8scp@arrl.net
May 17 Devens MA Parker Classic Road Race John KK1X john@kk1x.net
Jun 7 Boston MA Bikes Not Bombs bike rides Bob WA1IDA 508.650.9440
and southern suburbs wa1ida@arrl.net
Jun 27 Quincy MA MS Cape Cod Getaway Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Jun 28 Provincetwn MA MS Cape Cod Getaway Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Jul 3 Fitchburg MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM kd1sm@arrl.net
Jul 4 Princeton MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM kd1sm@arrl.net
Jul 5 Fitchburg MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM kd1sm@arrl.net
Jul 25 Devens MA Memory Ride for Alzheimer's Ralph KD1SM kd1sm@arrl.net
Jul 26 Haverhill MA Cycle for Shelter Ross KB1MGD 603.382.2742
rscoe2001@yahoo.com
Aug 8 Stratham NH MS Seacoast Escape Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Sep 11 Cape Cod MA MS Challenge Walk Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Sep 12 Cape Cod MA MS Challenge Walk Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Sep 13 Cape Cod MA MS Challenge Walk Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Sep 26 Berkshires MA MS Bike&Hike the Berkshires Jim KB1JKJ kb1jkj@arrl.net
Oct 11 Boston MA BAA Half Marathon Bob WA1IDA 508.650.9440
wa1ida@arrl.net

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New England Area Flea Markets, May 1, 2009

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2009 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~

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2009 Contact Source
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1,2 May Deerfield NH NearFest @FG $10Fri@9 $5Sat@6 Mike K1TWF 978 250 1235 F

2 May Moncton NB TCARC @MapletonLodge @9 Bruce VE9YM W+

9 May Lindenhurst NY GSBARC @FiremanPk $6@8:30 $25/T John W2HCB 631 669 6321 W

9 May Rensselaer NY EGARA @FireCo $6@8 $6/T@6 Thomas KC2FCP 518 272 1498 W+

9 May Halifax NS H+DARC @ForumAnnex $4@9 Dave VE1NN 902 462 3945 W+

17 May Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F
Third Sunday April thru October

23 May Vernon CT NARC @TolandAg $5@8 $20/T Wayne N1GUS 860 487 1921 F+

30 May Rochester NY RARA New Location Sat Only Len KC2PCD 585 671 2424 W+

30 May Goshen CT SoBerksARC @Fairground Rte 63 $3@8 Lee K1LEE 860 435 0051 +

30 May Quispamsis NB LCARC @MidSch $4@9:30 Sell@8:30 Phil VE1PGC W+

6 June Hermon ME PSARC @HS Rodger KA1TKS 207 848 3846 A+

7 June Queens NY HoSARC $5@9 $10/Sp Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 W+

13 June Windsor CT VR+C Mus 115 Pierson LN @8AM Tailgate John 860 673 0518 W

14 June Bethpage NY LIMARC @Briarcliff Richard K2KNB 516 694 4937 A+

20 June Newington CT NARL @StMarySch @8 Mary K1MMH 860 594 0397 W+

21 June Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F

11 July Summerside PEI SPARC @WilmotComCtr $5@9 Bill VY2FF W+

19 July Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F

25 July N Haven CT @HI I91x12 $7@8 $15/T@6 $10/TG John N1GNV 203 440 4468 F+

8 Aug Gales Ferry CT RASON @VFD $4@9 $15/T@7 Wayne KB1NKK 206 350 3064

8 Aug St Albans ME PARC George WA1JMM 207 441 6112 A+

15 Aug Swamton VT STARC I89x21 @RavenInd $5@6 +$5/Sp Arn N1ARN 802 309 0666 F+

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H.R.2160 – New Legislation

Dear ARRL Member:

I am contacting you as part of the ARRL Legislative Action “Grassroots” Program and asking you to get involved by writing to your Congressman — Edward Markey.

One of the biggest challenges that amateurs face is antenna restrictions – those implemented by local governments and those originating from deed restrictions and building development covenants.  As you may know, the FCC’s PRB-1 limited preemption order offers amateurs some relief when facing zoning and building restrictions.  However, PRB-1 does not extend to include covenants, conditions and restrictions (known as CC&Rs).  These deed and property use restrictions strongly and negatively affect the ability of Amateur Radio service licensees to perform valuable emergency and disaster communications.  Finding a method to extend the PRB-1 protections is a key component of the ARRL Legislative Action Program.

Recently Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) introduced House Bill H.R.2160 – the “Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009”.   If enacted into law, H.R.2160 would instruct the Secretary of Homeland Security to undertake a study and report its findings to Congress within 180 days. The study would spell out uses and capabilities of Amateur Radio communications in emergencies and disaster relief. The study shall:

* Include recommendations for enhancements in the voluntary deployment of Amateur Radio licensees in disaster and emergency communications and disaster relief efforts.
* Include recommendations for improved integration of Amateur Radio operators in planning and in furtherance of the Department of Homeland Security initiatives.
* Identify unreasonable or unnecessary impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio communications — such as the effects of private land use regulations on residential antenna installations — and make recommendations regarding such impediments.
* Include an evaluation of Section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-104, 110 Stat 56 [1996]).
* Recommend whether Section 207 should be modified to prevent unreasonable private land use restrictions that impair the ability of amateurs to conduct, or prepare to conduct, emergency communications by means of effective outdoor antennas and support structures at reasonable heights and dimensions for the purpose in residential areas.

While the bill does not automatically extend PRB-1 to include CC&Rs, it takes a first big step in that direction by determining the extent that things such as CC&Rs impede the Amateur Service in performing public and emergency service communications.

H.R.2160 has been assigned to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  Getting the bill out of committee is the first major hurdle to overcome – and that is where you play an essential role.  Your Congressman is a member of that committee.  We need you to let them hear your voice of support for H.R.2160.

Attached to this email is a draft letter for you to personalize and send to your Congressman/woman.  I am asking that you first personalize the letter (including your name and address).  After that, I ask that you send the letter to Chwat & Co, our representation in Washington.  To facilitate the process, please either email the letter directly to Chwat & Co. at arrl@chwatco.com or fax the letter to their office at 703-684-7594 (Do not send it only to your Congressman by US Mail because it can take weeks before they receive it due to security scanning processes).  Their staff will be hand delivering your letter (along with the letters of others) directly to the various Congressional offices.  If you choose to send your letter directly to your member of Congress, please still email or fax a copy as directed above.  This will allow Chwat’s staff to most effectively represent the ARRL in this process.

H.R.2160 can go a long way towards assisting thousands of amateurs who are restrained unreasonably by CC&Rs.  However, it is going to take a concerted effort by all amateurs for this effort to be successful.  Time can become critical – so please act quickly in contacting your Representative.  Together our voices can be heard and make a difference.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, or the ARRL Regulatory Information office at reginfo@arrl.org

Thanks and 73,

Tom

Tom Frenaye, K1KI
ARRL New England Division Director
P O Box J
West Suffield CT 06093
860-668-5444
frenaye@pcnet.com

 

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Update On Amateur Radio And Flu

EMA ARRL logoARRL Section Manager Mike Neilsen, W1MPN writes:

Just some thoughts about what is going on.  It is still early in the public health investigation of this outbreak, and our government officials seem to be working hard to gather as much information as possible about the situation nationally and here in our state.  Some of the cases in Mexico have been very serious, but the confirmed cases from California, Texas, Kansas, Ohio and New York City have been reported to be mild.  We don’t know yet why the cases in Mexico and the U.S. seem to be different in severity, but answering that question will be part of the larger public health investigation.  There is still much to be learned from the little evidence that the world authorities have accumulated.  The CDC has now confirmed 64 cases of swine flu in humans in the U.S.  There have been no cases identified yet in Massachusetts, however, like other states we are increasing our surveillance activities to see if cases develop in the Commonwealth. 

In the coming days, patience will be the best approach to this problem. Hams can demonstrate calm by controlling rumors and encouraging people to stay plugged into authoritative sources. I have found information on the media to be relevant and balanced.  Good updates are also available on the mass.gov site, and for more information on swine flu, visit the
CDC’s new web site at www.cdc.gov/swineflu.  There is also have some very good information on how to care for someone at home who has the flu on the DPH web site.  MDPH and MEMA will be utilizing Mass211 as a information center.  The goal was to have Mass211 operational by today.

Consider that if the worst scenario should materialize, widespread flu will greatly impact already thin workforces causing supply disruptions and real service problems, even with light casualties.  I strongly recommend that you quietly but persistently ensure your readiness for challenges ahead by procuring at least two weeks worth of canned food, clean water, and other supplies for your home.  Please encourage your relatives, friends, and neighbors to do the same.

Our ARES Team is standing by to assist in any way we can in the weeks ahead.  ASM, Carl, N1FYM, is actively reviewing the news to see, what if anything, is specifically pertinent to us.  Whatever we find out will be promptly added to our website at ema.arrl.org, so please check it often.

Best regards to you and your family.

73,

de W1MPN

Office Answering Service/FAX 978-389-0558

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ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
w1mpn@arrl.org

 

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