UPDATED: Eastern Massachusetts ARES to Participate in National Red Cross Exercise and WX4NHC On-Air Test – Saturday May 30th 2020

Hello to all… **SECTION EXERCISE PLAN UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL FREQUENCY INFORMATION – REMAINDER BELOW IS UNCHANGED** Eastern Massachusetts ARES will participate in a National Red Cross exercise on Saturday May 30th, 2020 from 1000 AM-1200 PM (setup time starting as early as 900 AM). The exercise is split into two parts with Part A being the ARES component and Part B being handled by a small number of ARES members who are also part of Red Cross. The exercise has been adapted to allow for a partial weather scenario to encourage Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters to participate and to allow …

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES to Participate in National Red Cross Exercise and WX4NHC On-Air Test – Saturday May 30th 2020

Hello to all… Eastern Massachusetts ARES will participate in a National Red Cross exercise on Saturday May 30th, 2020 from 1000 AM-1200 PM (setup time starting as early as 900 AM). The exercise is split into two parts with Part A being the ARES component and Part B being handled by a small number of ARES members who are also part of Red Cross. The exercise has been adapted to allow for a partial weather scenario to encourage Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters to participate and to allow participation in other modes used traditionally in the section including Echolink and IRLP. …

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W1HFN Fox is QRV in Littleton

Barry Fox, W1HFN, writes on the NEMass Foxhunters list on May 22, 2020 at 4:24 PM: The W1HFN fox is out at:  https://littletonconservationtrust.org/property/hartwell-family-memorial-preserve/  No one there when I placed it. Frequency is 146.565; runs continuously with a voice ID every 30 seconds.  Batteries should last 3/4 days.  Happy Hunting!  

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Yankee Clipper Contest Club DMR Net, May 20, 2020

Reminder: YCCC DMR Net When: Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-04:00) America/New York Where: DMR TG NETAC1 View Event Organizer: ne1b.c6awb@gmail.com Description: YCCCers! Join us every Wednesday evening at 8pm ET for contesting talk on the DMR repeater network. There are several methods to access the Net:   By RF Access via 2 meter or 70 cm DMR repeater.  See the list of 91 repeaters near you at http://nedecn.org  The frequencies are in the left menu “DMR Repeaters>New England”.  Use the NETAC1 talk group. By Dongle or Hot Spot You can use openSpot, JumboSpot, ZumSpot, MMDVM By EchoLink Get the software app on …

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COVID Impact to ARRL Awards Program

The following correspondence was posted on the ARRL-Awards mailing list on May 8, 2020 in response to a query about a pending award: Congratulations on your achievements. Our return to HQ is dictated first by the Governor of CT, and then by consideration for safety of staff and how best to manage that.  Returning to HQ (even with minimal staff to ensure social distancing safety) is definitely still a few weeks out, and getting caught up on even the pre-shutdown backlog may take some weeks after that.  Following that are the shutdown receipts, which at this point are an unknown …

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Monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net Reports for April and May 2020

Hello to all… Here are net reports for the monthly Eastern Massachusetts ARES Nets for April and May 2020: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for April 6th, 2020: KD1CY-Rob-New Bedford, MA (Net Control Station) WA1OEZ-Bob-Taunton, MA- Army MARS Liaison W1SHS-Stu-Franklin, MA KB1OQA-Tom-Wayland, MA K1LXV-John-Mendon, MA KA1NMA-Bob-Plymouth, MA W1HAI-Joe-Natick, MA W1RVY-Eric-Southbridge, MA WB1EMS-Joe-Milton, MA N8TFD-Steve-Cincinnati, OH, ARES DEC For District 4 Ohio KC1FUH-Patrick-Arlington, MA KI4SZF-Chris-Sarasota FL N1YLQ-Sparky-Burlington, MA KB1NZZ-Chet-Quincy, MA N1JCM-Jeff-Walpole, MA N1UMJ-John-Taunton, MA W1HFP-Jason-Hudson, MA KC1MCW-Wayne-Milford, MA AE1EI-Kevin-Bellingham, MA W3EVE-Steve-Wrentham, MA KC1FUN-Joe-Arlington, MA KC1MSN-Bernie-Milton, MA Including NCS 22 stations in 46 minutes. Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net May 4th, 2020 Net Report …

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday 5/4/20 at 830 PM ET

Hello to all… The May Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday May 4, 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: http://www.mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_index_by_linkstate.html We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. For tonight’s ARES Net, we will be providing another update on COVID-19, what we are doing to monitor this health emergency …

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May 04 2020 – MEMA RACES / ACS / Emergency Communications Net

Mike “Sparky” Leger-N1YLQ, MEMA Region 2 RACES Radio Officer writes: Hello to all, I hope that everyone and your families and friends are continuing to stay healthy! Trying to remember what day it is has been a challenge as the normal workweek and routines have long since gone out the window as we distance socially from others… and temporally from our daily routines to make things work as best we can. Tomorrow, May 4th 2020 is the first non-holiday Monday of the month and, as such, is our RACES/ACS/Preparedness night. We will be holding our sector nets on the normally …

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Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday 5/2/20 at 1000 AM EDT

EMA ARES – DEC Healthcare Liaison – K1JRO-John O’Neill writes: Thanks to the Allan and the group at the Mansfield EOC for stepping up and taking Net Control for 2 months in a row. At the conclusion of the regular analog net, after the net closes, I would like to try the DMR Net once again. Plea​se see the bottom of this note for the DMR details. NEDECN (NEDECN.ORG) is graciously supporting the EMHN by providing us with our own Talkgroup on a number of their repeaters covering Eastern MA. I would ask that those interested in DMR to consider …

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Eastern MA Hospital Net, May 2, 2020

Good Morning Everyone,   I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  The members of the South Shore Hospital Radio Group are still prohibited from entering the hospital as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. I imagine other hospitals are practicing the same precautions.  This Saturday, being the first Saturday of the month is the Eastern MA Hospital Net. We are seeking an individual to volunteer as Net Control for the month of May as well as volunteers for next few months until we can all get back to our hospital shacks.    If you have access to an EOC, Home Station, or know of a location where you can reach …

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ARISS to Experiment with School Contacts Using “Multipoint Telebridge” Approach

From ARRL Web: 04/29/2020 – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is hoping to adopt a concept it’s calling the “multipoint telebridge contact via amateur radio” that will allow stay-at-home students to take part in amateur radio contacts with members of the space station crew. ARISS has used telebridge stations in the past to enable contacts at times when the ISS orbit does not pass overhead to permit a direct radio contact with the school or other location. In a conventional ARISS telebridge contact, an amateur station ground station in a favorable location for an ISS pass on …

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YCCC Special Presentation: “Remote Operating Opportunities,” April 28, 2020

The Yankee Clipper Contest Club is offering a special video presentation on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 7:30-9:00 PM entitled, “Remote Operating Opportunities.” According to the event organizer, Jim Idelson, K1IR, “Gerry Hull, W1VE, will provide how-to info for both hosts and remote ops.”  The Zoom conference is closed to YCCC members only. K1IR reports several individuals have requested the ability to watch the session at a later time. “We will push the record button and make the session available at some point after the event. [Also,]  we will be streaming the event live on YouTube. The link is: https://studio.youtube.com/video/Rl8-HR9bQyU/edit?c=UCOZDgRPZQ5lvtry1OjNWBYQ.”

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ARRL Suggests Taking a Creative Approach to Field Day 2020

From ARRL Web: 04/22/2020 – This year, ARRL Field Day promises to be a unique iteration of this annual event, with many individuals and groups coming up with new and interesting ways to adjust their approach. As an event, Field Day is structured to be versatile and can be adapted for any situation. Many groups have asked how they can adjust their Field Day planning to address social-distancing guidelines that may be in effect in many areas of the country, as gathering at their traditional Field Day site may not be feasible or safe. Instead of participating in a group event this …

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ARRL Rookie Roundup, April 19, 2020

Andy Wallace, KA1GTT, writes on the Billerica ARS mailing list:   Everyone, I know by the raft of KC1 calls heard on our net that there are some recent licensees in our club. This weekend’s contest is for YOU if you’ve been licensed within the last two years.    See the full rules at the link below. The exchange is not too complex but read carefully:   Exchange: Call sign of station worked, your call sign, your first name, two-digit number of the year first licensed (“check”) and state, Canadian province, Mexican call area, or “DX”.   So for, say, last night’s …

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Contest University USA 2020 On-Line, May 14, 2020

Contest University USA 2020 will be held on-line via Zoom on Thursday May 14, 2020. CTU 2020 is free. The CTU course outline is posted here https://www.contestuniversity.com/course-outline/ Connection details to the CTU Zoom bridge will be posted on the Contest University one week ahead of CTU. CTU 2020 will be recorded for easy viewing any time after May 14 and the slide decks will be posted on the CTU website as well. At the end of CTU 2020 Dave, K3ZJ from CQ Magazine will present the 2020 CQ Contest Hall of Fame awards – live on the Zoom bridge. 73, …

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YCCC DMR Net, April 15, 2020

Reminder: YCCC DMR Net When: Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-04:00) America/New York Where: DMR TG NETAC1 View Event Organizer: ne1b.c6awb@gmail.com Description: YCCCers! Join us every Wednesday evening at 8pm ET for contesting talk on the DMR repeater network. There are several methods to access the Net:   By RF Access via 2 meter or 70 cm DMR repeater.  See the list of 91 repeaters near you at http://nedecn.org  The frequencies are in the left menu “DMR Repeaters>New England”.  Use the NETAC1 talk group. By Dongle or Hot Spot You can use openSpot, JumboSpot, ZumSpot, MMDVM By EchoLink Get the software app on …

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Weekly Zola Net, April 16, 2020

Matt Chao, N1IBB, writes: Hi, Folks.  It’s that time of the week again – the Zola Net!  Check in tomorrow night  at 7:00 pm on 147.36, with a PL of 67.0.  The purpose of the Net is to enable new and experienced hams the opportunity to participate in a controlled net environment.  Talk with you all tomorrow night.–Matt, N1IBB. *** This is a service of the Middlesex Amateur Radio Club; Newton, Massachusetts. Please join us every Thursday evening at 7 PM Eastern for our weekly net. We can be found at 147.360 MHz with a PL of 67.0 Hz tone, …

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Youth Team Postpones its Planned CQ WPX CW Operation from K3LR

From ARRL Web: 04/14/2020 –The youthful Team Exuberance has announced that it’s postponing its planned CQ WPX CW contest operation from K3LR until May 2021. Team Exuberance will compete in the multi-two category. “While this decision was not taken lightly, it was clearly the appropriate action in light of the coronavirus pandemic,” team member Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, said in an announcement. “Thank you to all individuals and clubs who financially contributed to our fundraising efforts,” he said. Those seeking to have their 2020 contributions refunded should email him or Marty Sullaway, NN1C. All funds retained will go toward Team Exuberance’s next …

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New England QSO Party, May 2-3, 2020

Tom Frenaye, K1KI, writes: The [New England QSO Party on May 2-3 2020] is a great time to check out antenna systems and offers a moderately paced opportunity to work new states and countries.   You’ll find a wide variety of participants, from newcomers to experienced contesters, all interested in making contacts with New England stations. With travel restrictions we do not expect to have activity from mobile stations but hope we can generate a big increase in home station activity.   Our goal is to get every one of the 67 counties in New England on the air so …

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