June Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net Canceled

John O’Neill – K1JRO writes: Good Evening Everyone, My apologies for the late notice. I was hoping that one of the members from the SSHARG would be able to take the net this month. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Therefore, the June 6 EMHN is cancelled. I believe that with the next phased re-opening on June 8th, Massachusetts health care facilities will be asking their locked-out volunteers to return. Once this happens, we can all get back into our shacks. If all goes well, SSHARG will be able to include Winlink and DMR testing in the monthly net soon. …

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday 6/1/2020 at 830 PM EDT

Hello to all… The June Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday June 1st, 2020 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. For frequencies that will be linked into the ARES Net on the MMRA Network, please see the following link from the MMRA web site detailing the repeaters that will be linked in through Hub 1: 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 discuss the start of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season and provide a brief COVID-19-Update …

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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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Boston Marathon Cancelled

WBZ BOSTON (CBS): There will be no Boston Marathon this year. Initially the race was moved from Patriots’ Day to September 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but on Thursday the in-person event was canceled. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city and Boston Athletic Association will work to hold the event virtually. The race had never been canceled or rescheduled in its 124-year history until this year. The marathon brings in more than $200 million to Boston’s economy each year, according to Walsh, and raises $36 million for charities. About 30,000 people run the Boston Marathon each year with …

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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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KD1CY Featured on Ham Radio Live! May 7, 2020

Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, Julio Ripoll, WD4R, Eastern Massachusetts Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, and Lloyd Colston, KC5FM from the Hurricane Watch Net and the VoIP Hurricane Net were guests on Ham Radio Live! to discuss Hurricane Preparedness Week, Weather Observers Day, the 55th anniversary of the Hurricane Watch Net, and the 40th anniversary of the amateur radio station at the National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC. The nationwide podcast and live call-in talk radio show is hosted by Neil Rapp, WB9VPG. The weekly show is also simulcast on shortwave station WTWW on 5.830 MHz. If you missed tuning in the episode, …

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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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SKYWARN “Virtual” Spotter Training Sessions Offered Beginning May 7, 2020

From: US National Weather Service Boston MA Facebook page: [PLEASE SHARE] Are you interested in learning about severe thunderstorms & other types of weather? Next Thursday May 7th, is our first of 3 VIRTUAL Skywarn Spotter trainings! It will be provided via GoToWebinar. Register & get a link to the free training @ https://bit.ly/2We5OsK

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday 4/6/20 at 830 PM ET – COVID-19 Communications Status Update Main Topic for Tonight’s Net

Hello to all… The April ARES net will be Monday April 6, 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 information on COVID-19, what we are doing to monitor this health emergency from a communications needs …

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BAA Marathon Postponed

March 13, 2020: The Boston Marathon has been rescheduled to Sept. 14 due to the new coronavirus, marking the first postponement in the race’s 124-year history. The Marathon had been scheduled for April 20.   March 12, 2020: One of Amateur Radio’s premiere public service events, the BAA “Boston” Marathon, will be postponed to September, according to WCVB Channel 5. Courtesy WCVB.com: “Organizers of the 2020 Boston Marathon will postpone this year’s race amid concerns about COVID-19, sources tell 5 Investigates. “The 124th running of the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon was set for April 20, Patriots’ Day. Organizers …

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CANCELLED: Volunteers Sought, YuKanRun Fool’s Dual 5K & Half Marathon, April 5, 2020

Christopher Winczewski, K1TAT, writes on the Cape Ann ARA mailing list: See https://ema.arrl.org/covid19-response/#YuKanRun_Fools_Dual_5K_Half_Marathon_Cape_Ann_ARA_Gloucester It’s that time of the year again. Public service 2020 is starting with the Sunday, April 5, YuKanRun Fool’s Dual 5K  9 AM Race Start 10:00 AM Half Marathon, O’Maley Middle School, 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester, MA. CAARA has a great public service team. Come out and have some fun with us. Why? 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. If you are unable to be there for the …

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CANCELLED: SKYWARN Training at Minuteman RA Meeting, Leominster, March 18, 2020

“We cancelled the next meeting on March 18th. Our first venue cancelled, we got a second venue and was all set but it was SKYWARN training and NWS cancelled…We had arranged an online meeting as a backup, but NWS won’t allow spotter IDs to be issued. We are adding an online option for future meetings, but have not tested that yet.” –David, N1DCH Please join us on Wednesday, March 18th @ 7pm, for SKYWARN weather spotter training. The training is being presented by Robert Macedo, KD1CY. All attendees will be issued a SKYWARN spotter ID and will be eligible to …

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Boston Marathon “Urgent Appeal” for More Volunteers

This year we have worked hard to build up our volunteer numbers so that the mission may be accomplished.  Unfortunately we’ve been met with lower than hoped for volunteer applications.  So here’s our urgent appeal for help. Please spread the word, personally, that comms volunteers are needed at the Marathon.  In particular, we are seeking Amateur Radio communications for Course Medical tents, Hydration stations, Transportation medical Sweep and Express buses, and operators in the Course Net Control Operations Center. Please tell your local Amateur Radio clubs and your licensed friends about the need. To volunteer, send the following information immediately …

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Ham Volunteers Sought for ToughRuck, April 19, 2020

The Tough Ruck event has been postponed.  See https://ema.arrl.org/covid19-response/#Tough_Ruck_2020_Road_Race Bruce Pigott, KC1US, writes: A request for communications support has been made by the ToughRuck group for their event in Concord, Massachusetts on Sunday, April 19. This route will start in Concord and go into Lexington by way of the Minuteman National Park Trail, also known as the Battle Road Trail. The 1,000 participants will be carrying full military packs and will complete multiple loops to do a total of 26 miles. Public safety radio systems are unable to cover the full route. We are looking for operators to be at …

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More Boston Marathon Ham Radio Operators Needed

Via wma.arrl.org:   The Boston Marathon Communications Committee is currently at 240 out of our goal of 350 volunteer registrations for this year’s Boston Marathon. Registration was scheduled to close on February 7th — the BAA has granted us an extension until February 17th.    If you’re interested in volunteering, please register today. You can sign up at http://register.hamradioboston.org. Please share this note with your ham friends / organizations that may be interested.   Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions. You can also email contact@hamradioboston.org to contact the entire committee.   Thanks and 73, Matt Brennan NM1B Finish Segment Coordinator

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Registration Open Through February 7, 2020, for Boston Marathon Amateur Radio Communications Volunteers

Rob Macedo, KD1CY, writes on SKYWARN-Announce: Registration has been open for the 2020 Boston Marathon for Amateur Radio Operators across the start, course, finish and with transportation medical buses. Volunteer registration is open through Friday February 7th and whole some arrangements can be made with the Boston Marathon Amateur Radio Committee to volunteer after this deadline, we are hoping to get all needed volunteers prior to the February 7th deadline. For volunteer information registration and information, please see the following link:   http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/event-information/volunteer-information/volunteer-registration.aspx If you are interested in volunteering for the 2020 Boston Marathon but are not sure at this stage about whether …

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