Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday 12/7/19 at 1000 AM ET

Good Morning Everyone, We hope you all had a pleasant Thanksgiving, are ready for the winter weather and holiday shopping. Net Control for the December 7th Net will be the South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group. The Net will commence at 10am utilizing the following repeaters in the order listed followed by the simplex frequency test on 147.42. After the simplex test we will return to the Plymouth Repeater for comments, announcements, and Net closing. Plymouth 146.685 tone 131.8 Marshfield 145.390 tone 67.0 Boston 145.230 tone encode 88.5 tone decode 100.0 W. Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244 Simplex 147.42 no tone …

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WX1BOX QRV for SKYWARN Recognition Day, December 7, 2019

The National Weather Service in Boston/Norton Amateur Radio Station, WX1BOX, will once again be active for SKYWARN Recognition Day 2019. In addition, for the thirteenth 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 Blue Hill Observatory under call-sign WX1BHO from 9 AM-3 PM Saturday December 7th, 2019. This will be the 20th year of SKYWARN Recognition Day and its anticipated that 80-100 NWS Forecast Offices will be participating once again this year. …

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MARS Thanks Amateur Radio Operators for their support of MARS Exercise 19-4

Tom Kinahan-N1CPE writes: Thank you to all of the Amateur radio operators who supported and participated in Exercise 19-4. Below is a message from ARMY MARS headquarters that I have been asked to relay: P 181700Z NOV 2019 FM NETC G3-5 CUOPS HQ ARMY MARS FHU AZ TO UHXWWW/ALL MARS STATIONS BT UNCLAS EXER/COMEX 19-4// MSGID/GENADMIN/NETC G3-5 CUOPS HQ ARMY MARS FHU AZ/416// SUBJ/OPERATIONS UPDATE – ENDEX// POC/DAVID MCGINNIS/CTR/NETC G3-5 CUOPS HF-MARS/FT HUACHUCA, AZ/-// GENTEXT/REMARKS/Effective 18 NOV 2359Z, COMEX 19-4 is concluded. Complete all pending actions, recall all personnel and recover/rehab equipment. MARS members, please remind each other to complete …

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Request For Operators YuKanRun Holiday MerryThon, Gloucester, December 1, 2019

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the CAARA list: CAARA has a great public service team. Come out and have some fun with us. You are using amateur radio to provide a needed public service to ensure the safety and smooth running of a public event in local communities. I would, but I do not have a radio. No excuse, we have loaner radio’s available with a mag mount that will work in your car just by just plugging it into the cigarette lighter socket. We have loaner hand held radios as well! I don’t have transportation. No excuse, we will …

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Ham Volunteers for North Attleborough Santa Parade, December 1, 2019

Ray Cord, K2TGX, writes on the Study Memorial Hospital ARC mailing list: Just a reminder that it has been over a 25 year tradition that the Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club and other hams have supported the downtown North Attleborough Merchants Association in the staging and running of the annual Santa Parade. For those of you who may not be on the club mailing list or don’t attend the meetings, we are including the info here. Date: Sunday December 1st Time: Hams meet at 1:30PM  Parade steps off at 3:00PM Where: St Mary’s Church Parks St N. Attleborough What: …

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Cape Cod ARES Exercise 65 – “Black Autumn” A Success With Various ARES Groups in Eastern Mass Participating

On Saturday November 9th, the Cape and Islands ARES district held its Exercise #65 Operation “Black Autumn”. This was an emergency communications exercise based on a scenario of a cascading power blackout encompassing all of the northeast and mid-Atlantic states. The exercise would be for EOCs and home stations using VHF/UHF, HF, and digital modes. The exercise ran from 10am-noon. In the Cape and Islands district, the following EOCs were active. The County Multi Agency Coordination Center (MACC), Falmouth EOC, Harwich EOC, Dukes County EOC (Martha’s Vineyard), Joint Base Cape Cod EOC, Falmouth Hospital EOC. This included several home stations …

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Massachusetts General Hospital HAZMAT Exercise Seeks Volunteer “Victims,” November 14, 2019

John O’Neill, K1JRO, President, South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group writes: On November 14, Massachusetts General Hospital will host a HAZMAT Full-Scale training exercise from 5:30am to 9:30am.  MGH is seeking volunteers from outside the MGH community to act as victims for the exercise.  The MGH contact for the exercise is Stefanie Lane. If you are interested in volunteering please contact her at slane18@mgh.harvard.edu. If you have never participated in a Full-Scale drill this is valuable experience.  Attached are two documents. One explaining the exercise and volunteer information, the other a Volunteer Waiver:   Volunteer Services Victim Letter current Release form Volunteers …

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Cape Cod Amateurs Provide Communications for the 2019 Cape Cod Marathon in Falmouth

Approximately 30 Cape Cod amateurs provided communications  for the annual Cape Cod Marathon and Half Marathon in Falmouth on October 26-27, 2019. The premiere event is limited to 1,200 participants and serves as a qualifying race for the BAA Boston Marathon. “The weather was excellent for running on Saturday, but a completely different story for the full marathon on Sunday,” writes Falmouth Amateur Radio Association President and Communications Coordinator Barry Hutchinson, KB1TLR. “With strong winds and heavy rains along Falmouth’s coastline both runners and radio operators were put to the test.” Hutchinson reports that “banners for [the Barnstable Amateur Radio …

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Eastern MA Hospital Net, November 2, 2019

John O’Neill, K1JRO, writes: Good Morning Everyone, Net Control for the November 2, 2019 Eastern MA Hospital Net will be Allan Cox K1VQ from the Mansfield Emergency Management Agency. The net will commence at the usual time of 10:00 AM using the following repeaters / frequencies in the order listed:  Sharon 146.865 Mhz tone 103.5 Bridgewater 147.180 tone 67.0 Dartmouth 147.000 tone 67.0 Simplex 147.42 Mhz The Net will then return to the Sharon Repeater for final comments and Net closing. NET Protocol: Please wait for Net Control to ask for Check-ins. When asked to check in please use the standard net check-in procedure which is:   …

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YuKanRun Ocean View 5K and Half Marathon, Ipswich, November 3, 2019

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the CAARA list: CAARA has a great public service team. Come out and have some fun with us. You are using amateur radio to provide a needed public service to ensure the safety and smooth running of a public event in local communities. I would, but I do not have a radio. No excuse, we have loaner radio’s available with a mag mount that will work in your car just by just plugging it into the cigarette lighter socket. We have loaner hand held radios as well! I don’t have transportation. No excuse, we will …

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Norton Halloween Parade, October 27, 2019

Ray Cord, K2TGX, writes on the Study Memorial Hospital ARC mailing list: A sincere thank you from Sharon, Norton Parks & Recreation Director, for a job well done under adverse weather conditions. While it is still fresh in your mind, can you please forward me any comments you may have as to what worked, what didn’t work and suggestions for next year. Thanks to everyone especially to Rick for his job as Command and to Will who had to take all the abuse from drivers who thought they were special and the detour shouldn’t apply to them!! Now on to …

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Request for Operators, YuKanRun Around Cape Ann Half-Marathon, October 20, 2019

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT, <K1TAT@outlook.com> writes: YuKanRun Around Cape Ann Half Marathon on October 20th. CAARA has a great public service team. We have loaner radios if you need one. Come out and join the event. Just contact us and we will set you up with a radio. Please let me know if you can staff a communications check-point for the event  so I can plan staffing positions for the event. While CAARA’s repeater performance has greatly improved the we may still experience some difficulty with communications especially with low-powered HTs, so we’ll be looking for higher powered equipment to staff …

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Volunteers Needed for Halloween Watch, Marlborough, October 31, 2019

Joe Reynolds, KA1GDQ, writes on the Algonquin ARC list:   As you know, Halloween Watch is around the corner.  I am going to need 15 volunteers (including a Net Control).        School Minimum Hihgh School 4 Middle School 3 Hildreth School * 2 Kane School 1 Richer School 1 Jaworek School 1 Bigalow School 1 Senior Center 1 NET CONTROL 1 MINIMUM NEEDED 15   If you are available, school watch is from 7pm – 11pm. We do this to help the school system out, who donates the cafes at the middle school for the Flea Market and …

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Marine Lodge Supports Falmouth ARA Communications Trailer Project

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association has received a generous donation in support of their communications trailer project from Marine Lodge, the town’s Masonic Lodge. On October 3, 2019, Marine Lodge Master Erich F. Horgan and Lodge member Maxwell J. Weinfuss, KC1MAX, presented a $5,000 check to the FARA Board of Directors. The goal of the trailer project is to assemble a professional, self-contained, mobile communications platform that will be used to support emergency, and non-emergency, public safety and public service events.  [Full story]

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Head of the Charles, Volunteers Sought, October 19-20, 2019

Henry Brown, K1WCC, writes on the Falmouth ARA Facebook page:   This is a fun event with Amateur Radio being a big part of it. Contact Jeff Arnold, K1EMS, directly if interested. Dates are October 19-20. It’s great way to meet other volunteers and do something useful with your HT.   — This is the final request for more help for this year’s HOCR I have 1 water open for Saturday 5 land on Friday 2 water on Sunday Pass the word around. Registration ends this coming Tuesday Thank you in advance Jeff ******************************************************* Sincerely and Fraternally, Jeffrey Arnold Aleppo2010@comcast.net …

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Cape Cod ARES at Falmouth Community Emergency Preparedness & Fire Prevention Fair, September 21, 2019

Cape Cod radio amateurs participated in the seventh annual Falmouth Community Emergency Preparedness and Fire Prevention Fair at the Gus Canty Community Center, Falmouth, on September 21, 2019 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The fair featured “more than 60 organizations and numerous children’s activities, including a Touch-A-Truck in the parking lot.” Falmouth Hospital ARES (W1HQH) had a table prominently on display, staffed by Tom Wruk, KB1QCQ, Gene Bradeen, KX1C, and Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O. “We set up some display kit gear and answered questions from the public on communications,” writes Cape and Islands District Emergency Coordinator WQ1O. “It was great …

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Request for Operators, YuKanRun Half-By-The-Sea Half Marathon, Manchester, September 22, 2019

Chris Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the CAARA mailing list:   CAARA has a great public service team! Come out and have some fun with us. We have loaner radios if you need one. Come out and join the event. Just contact us and we will set you up with a radio. We are looking for operators to staff the YuKanRun Half-By-The-Sea Half Marathon. on Sunday, September 22. Please be on location at your Check Point by 9:30 AM for a 10:00 AM start. Manchester Essex Memorial Elementary School, 43 Lincoln Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944 Please let me know if you …

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Volunteers Needed: Buzzards Bay Du/Triathlon – Sunday, September 15th

Matt Brennan-NM1B writes: Hi Folks, I’m looking for about fifteen hams to provide communications assistance for the Buzzard’s Bay Triathlon in Westport on Sunday, September 15th. It occurs from 9AM (hams will meet at 8AM) until about 1PM (some assignments should secure by noon). It will be held in Horseneck Beach State Park and includes a swim, bike and run that travels through the town of Westport. There is also a duathlon option. More info online: www.maxperformanceonline.com. It is a very scenic area. Please send a note to events@wect.org if you’re able to help. This is well outside WECT’s normal …

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WECT Public Service Events

Courtesy wma.arrl.org: The Worcester Emergency Communications Team is looking for ham radio operators to assist with two more upcoming public service events.  Both of these events are out of WECT’s normal operational area. The Buzzard’s Bay Triathlon in Westport on Sunday, September 15th. It occurs from 9 AM (hams will meet at 8 AM) until about 1 PM (some assignments should secure by noon). It will be held in Horseneck Beach State Park and includes a swim, bike and run that travels through the town of Westport. There is also a duathlon option. It is a very scenic area. The Ride to Defeat ALS on Sunday September 22 from 6 AM to …

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Requested, Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life, October 5, 2019

Dave Gilman, KC1DDH, writes:   Mark Richards, K1MGY and I head up the Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life event based out of Holliston and we are coming up woefully short of volunteers from our usual pool. We are in need of Amateur Radio operators to operate at rest stops and as SAG vehicles roaming the course to keep an eye on and assist the cyclists.   The event is on Saturday, October 5th based at Fatima Shrine in Holliston.  There are three routes:  12 mile, 30 mile and 65 mile courses traversing Holliston, Sherborn, Medfield, Medway and Hopkinton.  We can …

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