Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net (EMHN) – Saturday 4/6/24 at 1000 AM ET

Jeff N1SOM and the South Shore Hospital Group W1SSH writes:

Good Evening,

On Saturday April 6, 2024 the South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Group will hold an Eastern MA Hospital Net commencing at 10:00AM.

We realize that some locations, individuals, and groups may be subject to COVID restrictions. We encourage everyone who is affected by these restrictions to utilize their home or mobile stations to check into the net if possible. Even if you cannot reach all the systems being used, please check-in on those you can.

We will use the following repeaters in the order listed.

1. West Bridgewater Repeater 146.775 dcs 244​
2. Dartmouth Repeater 147.000 tone 67.0​
3. Sharon Repeater 146.865 tone 103.5​
4. Simplex 147.420

We will then return to the West Bridgewater Repeater for 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: Here is.., un-key, wait 3 seconds to check for doubling, then give your or your facilities call sign, your first name, and your facility’s name.

We extend an invitation to any health care facility, EOC of any city or town as well as RACES or ARES members to check in during the NET.

We are always looking for groups or organizations to try their hand at Net Control duties. If you are interested in trying your hand at Net Control please let us know. We can be reached by sending an email to ssharg@outlook.com or replying to this message. The goal is to rotate Net Control practice and the experience among as many individuals and groups as possible.

We thank the repeater trustees for their generosity in allowing us to conduct these monthly nets and the use of their systems in an actual event.

We hope to hear you Saturday.

73,

Jeff N1SOM and the South Shore Hospital Group W1SSH

Reminder: April 1st, 2024 MEMA RACES/ACS Communications Test Net

Hello to all,

    This email is the typical monthly message to let everyone know that Monday evening, April 1st, 2023 is our first non-holiday Monday of the month and, as such, will be the next RACES/ACS/Preparedness Net night. I would like to thank the stations that checked into our nets last month as well as those stations that participated in the section emergency exercise that occurred this past weekend.

      As always, I am looking for Net Control stations to staff our sector nets for the evening. This month I am on my 24 hour Fire/EMS shift and I may not be able to run the Sector 2A net. As such, I am looking for any interested operator that may want to take that net to prevent the net from not occurring. If there is no Net Control Operator at the start of the net I strongly encourage any of the on-frequency stations to take over as NCO and run the net and submit a net report via email. If anyone would like to act as NCO, for the 2A net please let me know! As always I am looking for NCS operators to lead the Sector 2B (Plymouth County) net. Sector 2D has already arranged for an NCS operator for this month’s net and Sector 2C is a Winlink only net on a monthly basis.

              For any operators interested in performing the duties of Net Control Station (NCS), there are materials available to make the task fairly simple and straight forward. The net pre-amble and role call lists are available at http://wc1mab.org/RACES_R2_Interim_Preamble.pdf and http://wc1mab.org/Month.php with the role-call lists on the left column near the bottom. If anyone is worried that they may mess up running a net, please remember that, in many cases, a less than perfect net is WAY better than no net at all! At the conclusion of any net, any operator that acted as Net Control Operator is asked to please send a note to WC1MAB@gmail.com letting me know who ran the net and who checked in so that the proper numbers can be reported to our served agencies. We cannot always count on our normal net control operators to be available in the event of a large scale emergency, so every RACES operator should be prepared to act as NCO if needed when disaster and emergency strikes!

Winlink Net Instructions From Don Rolph: 

*Winlink Net*

To participate:

– create a check-in form using the Winlink standard checkin form

– send via Winlink after 6 AM EST Mon. April 1st and before midnight EST April 2nd  (any mode, but include mode in check-in form) to KF1D

   I continue to ask that any operators who have the time, please try to check into sector nets from near-by sections. This will allow our Net Control Operators to practice fielding nets with a strong check-in count and will also serve to help practice with relays or modified sector assignments in the event that a single repeater is out of service. 

   For those operators who serve as Net Control Operators, please try to remember to send me a list of the stations and communities that check into your nets. The numbers are reported to MEMA to show them our level of participation. I am continuing to work on a graphical map based report to show which parts of our section have strong coverage and which areas may need a more targeted recruitment campaign to improve our ability to provide back-up communications in an emergency.

The Region #2 and State Net Schedule for this evening is as follows:

Net Frequency/Offset Time
Sector 2A 147.00 /+0.60  PL 19:30 Local
Sector 2B 145.39/-0.60  PL 67.0 20:00 Local
Sector 2C Winlink Net Check-In 6AM-Midnight Local Time
Sector 2D 146.865/-0.60  PL 103.5 19:30 Local
6-Meter State Net 53.31 / -1.0  PL 71.9  

 

Note: Net activity on this repeater has been hit and miss. Please report any activity.

19:00 Local
MA RACES HF Net 3930 KHz LSB moving up to 3955 KHz until there is a clear frequency 18:45 Local
MA MEMA NBEMS Net Frequency:  3584.5 MHx, Center Frequency: 1500 Hz, Initial mode: THOR22 19:00 Local

    I appreciate you all answering the call to help our communities remain prepared. Thank you all for helping us keep things on track and prove that we remain a consistent source of communication capability to the Commonwealth. This net provides a monthly reminder to our communities and served agencies that we stand ready with a quiet professionalism prepared to serve as a voice to whomever needs one to get help and resources to where they need to be.

 If you know someone who would benefit from being on this list, please have them contact me at  WC1MAB@gmail.com and I will add them to this distribution. Thank you all!

      If anyone has any questions or comments I can be reached by e-mail or cell phone. Thanks for being a part of our team and I look forward to hearing back on who can participate this month.

Sincerely,

Michael Leger (N1YLQ)

MEMA Region #2 RACES Officer

C: 508_995_0203 

Reminder: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday April 1st, 2024 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater System

Hello to all…

The April Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday April 1st, 2024 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:
https://mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_linking.html (Click the ARES box to see the repeaters and other systems linked)

We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. We will have several announcements for the net and we will continue the NTS practice message that we started doing in these nets in October 2023.

Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Massachusetts RACES Nets – Monday 4/1/24 for HF, Region 2D VHF, NBEMS & Winlink – Times and Details Below

Don Rolph, AB1PH, Walpole area ARES Emergency Coordinator writes:

The MEMA RACES nets are held on the first Monday of the month, unless the first Monday is a holiday, when it is delayed one week, For Apr 2024, the RACES nets will be held on Mon Apr 1 at:

********************************************************************************
The HF net will start at 6:45 PM ET: using the following frequency plan:
We will start at 3930 KHz moving up to 3955 KHz until there is a clear frequency,

Marc Stern WA1R will be net control.

*********************************************************************************
Region 2D VHF net:
7:30 PM ET VHF net on 146.865 MHz PL 103.5 (Sharon Repeater)
We will have a general call up of any RACES, ARES, or other interested stations. If there is time, we will have a simplex test.
Jeff Marden N1JCM will be net control.

********************************************************************************
HF 80 meters NBEMS net:
7:00 PM ET
Dial Frequency: 3584.5 MHx
Center Frequency: 1500 Hz
Initial mode: THOR22
We will have checkins, followed by an ICS-213 format message using FLMSG.
Don Rolph AB1PH will be net control.

*********************************************************************************
Winlink Net:
Bryan Marcotte KF1D will be net control.
Send a winlink checkin form to KF1D, copy AB1PH, between 0600 Monday Apr 1 and 2400 Monday Apr 1.

We look forward to you checking in!

73,
AB1PH
Don Rolph

First Region Net Time Change effective March 10

First Region Net Cycle 2 (SSB) is changing its meeting time due to the time change to Daylight Savings. Both early and late sessions will meet on 3950 Khz at 1445 and 1630 local time. This change is due to the change in the Eastern Area Net time which will continue to meet at 1930 UTC except on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1915 UTC (1530 and 1515 local respectively). The alternate frequency for First Region is 7240 Khz. Eastern Area meets on 7243 Khz daily.

USCG Auxiliary Division 5 Weekly Sunday Amateur Radio Net Starts Sunday 3/10/24 at 1100 AM

Joseph-Fratto-N1RLO, FCC General Radiotelephone Operator  writes:

I attended the MMRA Minuteman Repeater Association board of directors meeting this evening. They
discussed and approved the “Auxiliary Net” to take place every Sunday morning from 11:00 to 12:00 on
the MMRA repeater network. The MMRA is a nonprofit Amateur Radio Club dedicated to Emergency.
Communications. The MMRA owns about twenty-five repeaters.

We will be using an assignment of eight repeaters all linked together on separate frequencies covering
from the Worcester area to the Boston Harbor. They are waiting for me to give them further areas we
wish to cover. Our members in New Hampshire please let me know of 2 meter machines in your area
so we can determine whether they can be linked to allow you access to the net. Currently we are able
to get into the Nashua area.

147.120-Billerica PL 146.2
146.715-North Reading PL 146.2
146.820-Boston Prudential PL 146.2
146.790-Weston PL 146.2
147.270-Marlboro PL 146.2
146.610-Mendon PL 146.2
146.670-Quincy PL 146.2 (Temporarily off air for a couple of weeks)
442.250-Lowell PL 88.5

There is also an Echo Link system attached to this linked repeater net. The Echo Link can handle up to 100 callers at a time. If you are a licensed Ham with a callsign and you don’t have a radio you can come into the net by Echo Link.

These repeaters will be all automatically linked during the 11 to 12:00 Net times. They are all analog.
Please check online for the PL CTCSS tone codes.

The net control station for the present time will be myself using my Ham radio callsign N1RLO. Ham radio
callsigns only on this net. This is a Ham radio net on Ham radio frequencies NO federal callsigns allowed.
The first “Auxiliary Net” will be held on Sunday 10 MAR 2024 at 11:00 hrs. AM. This is a fellowship net and
NO official business to be discussed.

This is a good time for any members who are not licensed Ham radio operators to become motivated and
get their entry level Ham license. Everything including the FCC exams are online and very convenient. This
system is so robust you should be able to hit one of these repeaters with a portable walkie talkie.

The Prudential Building 146.82 repeater should cover the entire harbor area out to and including P Town.
For help with programming contact captdan3@aol.com Dan Long for help.

Submitted:

Joseph Fratto
FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License

Reminder: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday March 4th, 2024 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater System

Hello to all…

The March Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday March 4th, 2024 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:
https://mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_linking.html (Click the ARES box to see the repeaters and other systems linked)

We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. We will have several announcements for the net and we will continue the NTS practice message that we started doing in these nets in October 2023.

Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Reminder: March 4th, 2024 MEMA RACES/ACS Communications Test Net

Hello to all,

    This email is the typical monthly message to let everyone know that Monday evening, March 4th, 2023 is our first non-holiday Monday of the month and, as such, will be the next RACES/ACS/Preparedness Net night. I would like to thank the stations that checked into our nets last month as well as those stations that participated in the section emergency exercise that occurred this past weekend.

      As always, I am looking for Net Control stations to staff our sector nets for the evening. This month expect to be able to run the Sector 2A net. If there is no Net Control Operator at the start of the net I strongly encourage any of the on-frequency stations to take over as NCO and run the net and submit a net report via email. If anyone would like to act as NCO, for the 2A net please let me know! As always I am looking for NCS operators to lead the Sector 2B (Plymouth County) net. Sector 2D has already arranged for an NCS operator for this month’s net and Sector 2C is a Winlink only net on a monthly basis.

              For any operators interested in performing the duties of Net Control Station (NCS), there are materials available to make the task fairly simple and straight forward. The net pre-amble and role call lists are available at http://wc1mab.org/RACES_R2_Interim_Preamble.pdf and http://wc1mab.org/Month.php with the role-call lists on the left column near the bottom. If anyone is worried that they may mess up running a net, please remember that, in many cases, a less than perfect net is WAY better than no net at all! At the conclusion of any net, any operator that acted as Net Control Operator is asked to please send a note to WC1MAB@gmail.com letting me know who ran the net and who checked in so that the proper numbers can be reported to our served agencies. We cannot always count on our normal net control operators to be available in the event of a large scale emergency, so every RACES operator should be prepared to act as NCO if needed when disaster and emergency strikes!

Winlink Net Instructions From Don Rolph: 

*Winlink Net*

To participate:

– create a check-in form using the Winlink standard checkin form

– send via Winlink after 6 AM EST Mon. March 4th  and before midnight EST March 5th  (any mode, but include mode in check-in form) to KF1D

   I continue to ask that any operators who have the time, please try to check into sector nets from near-by sections. This will allow our Net Control Operators to practice fielding nets with a strong check-in count and will also serve to help practice with relays or modified sector assignments in the event that a single repeater is out of service. 

   For those operators who serve as Net Control Operators, please try to remember to send me a list of the stations and communities that check into your nets. The numbers are reported to MEMA to show them our level of participation. I am continuing to work on a graphical map based report to show which parts of our section have strong coverage and which areas may need a more targeted recruitment campaign to improve our ability to provide back-up communications in an emergency.

The Region #2 and State Net Schedule for this evening is as follows:

Net Frequency/Offset Time
Sector 2A 147.00 /+0.60  PL 19:30 Local
Sector 2B 145.39/-0.60  PL 67.0 20:00 Local
Sector 2C Winlink Net Check-In 6AM-Midnight Local Time
Sector 2D 146.865/-0.60  PL 103.5 19:30 Local
6-Meter State Net 53.31 / -1.0  PL 71.9  

 

Note: Net activity on this repeater has been hit and miss. Please report any activity.

19:00 Local
MA RACES HF Net 3930 KHz LSB moving up to 3955 KHz until there is a clear frequency 18:45 Local
MA MEMA NBEMS Net Frequency:  3584.5 MHx, Center Frequency: 1500 Hz, Initial mode: THOR22 19:00 Local

 I appreciate you all answering the call to help our communities remain prepared. Thank you all for helping us keep things on track and prove that we remain a consistent source of communication capability to the Commonwealth. This net provides a monthly reminder to our communities and served agencies that we stand ready with a quiet professionalism prepared to serve as a voice to whomever needs one to get help and resources to where they need to be.

 If you know someone who would benefit from being on this list, please have them contact me at  WC1MAB@gmail.com and I will add them to this distribution. Thank you all!

 If anyone has any questions or comments I can be reached by e-mail or cell phone. Thanks for being a part of our team and I look forward to hearing back on who can participate this month.

Sincerely,

Michael Leger (N1YLQ)
MEMA Region #2 RACES Officer

Massachusetts RACES Nets – Monday 3/4/24 for HF, Region 2D VHF, NBEMS & Winlink – Times and Details Below

Don Rolph, AB1PH, Walpole area ARES Emergency Coordinator writes:

The MEMA RACES nets are held on the first Monday of the month, unless the first Monday is a holiday, when it is delayed one week, For Mar 2024, the RACES nets will be held on Mon Mar 4 at:

********************************************************************************

The HF net will start at 6:45 PM ET: using the following frequency plan:
We will start at 3930 KHz moving up to 3955 KHz until there is a clear frequency,
Marc Stern WA1R will be net control.

*********************************************************************************

Region 2D VHF net:
7:30 PM ET VHF net on 146.865 MHz PL 103.5 (Sharon Repeater)
We will have a general call up of any RACES, ARES, or other interested stations. If there is time, we will have a simplex test.
Don Rolph using WA1PLE will be net control.

********************************************************************************

HF 80 meters NBEMS net:
7:00 PM ET
Dial Frequency: 3584.5 MHx
Center Frequency: 1500 Hz
Initial mode: THOR22
We will have checkins, followed by an ICS-213 format message using FLMSG.
Don Rolph AB1PH will be net control.

*********************************************************************************
Winlink Net:
Bryan Marcotte KF1D will be net control.

Send a winlink checkin form to KF1D, copy AB1PH, between 0600 Monday Mar 4 and 2400 Monday Mar 4.

We look forward to you checking in!

73,
AB1PH
Don Rolph

Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday 3/2/24 – 1000 AM

Jeff N1SOM and the South Shore Hospital Group W1SSH writes:

Good Evening,

On Saturday March 2, 2024 the South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Group will hold an Eastern MA Hospital Net commencing at 10:00AM.

We realize that some locations, individuals, and groups may be subject to COVID restrictions. We encourage everyone who is affected by these restrictions to utilize their home or mobile stations to check into the net if possible. Even if you cannot reach all the systems being used, please check-in on those you can.

We will use the following repeaters in the order listed.

1. Plymouth Repeater 146.685 tone 131.8
2. West Bridgewater Repeater 146.775 dcs 244​
3. DMR -Talkgroup 8851 Time Slot :1 on the following NEDECN repeaters: Boston 449.175 -5.M CC:1, Hingham 146.430 -1.5M CC:1, Sagamore 145.200 – 0.6M CC:10, Dennis 146.470 -1.5M CC:11, East Falmouth 145.210 -0.600 CC:9, Martha’s Vineyard145.180 -0.600 CC:10, and Walpole 145.380 -0.600 CC:12.
4. Sharon Repeater 146.865 tone 103.5​
5. Simplex 147.420

We will then return to the Plymouth Repeater for 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: Here is.., un-key, wait 3 seconds to check for doubling, then give your or your facilities call sign, your first name, and your facility’s name.

We extend an invitation to any health care facility, EOC of any city or town as well as RACES or ARES members to check in during the NET.

We are always looking for groups or organizations to try their hand at Net Control duties. If you are interested in trying your hand at Net Control please let us know. We can be reached by sending an email to ssharg@outlook.com or replying to this message. The goal is to rotate Net Control practice and the experience among as many individuals and groups as possible.

We thank the repeater trustees for their generosity in allowing us to conduct these monthly nets and the use of their systems in an actual event.

We hope to hear you Saturday.

73,

Jeff N1SOM and the South Shore Hospital Group W1SSH

2024 Boston Marathon Still In Need of Amateur Radio Volunteers – Volunteer Registration Extended Until End of Day Sunday 2/11/24

BAA Amateur Radio Communications Committee Writes:

The 2024 Boston Marathon is still in need of Amateur Radio Volunteers. Therefore, Amateur Radio volunteer registration for the 2024 Boston Marathon has been extended until end-of-day Sunday 2/11/2024. Register now at register.hamradioboston.org! If you are unsure if you can volunteer but are interested in volunteering, please register now and just let us know within a reasonable amount of time if you ultimately can’t volunteer! Thanks to all for their support!

Sincerely,

BAA Amateur Radio Communications Committee

Reminder: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday February 5th, 2024 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater System

Hello to all…

The February Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday February 5th, 2024 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:
https://mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_linking.html (Click the ARES box to see the repeaters and other systems linked)

We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. We will have a number of announcements including a brief verbal wrap-up on the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Operation Snow Globe exercise for this month’s net and we will continue the NTS practice message that we started doing in these nets in October 2023.

Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Massachusetts RACES Nets – Monday 2/5/24 for HF, Region 2D VHF, NBEMS & Winlink – Times and Details Below

Don Rolph, AB1PH, Walpole area ARES Emergency Coordinator writes:

The MEMA RACES nets are held on the first Monday of the month, unless the first Monday is a holiday, when it is delayed one week, For Feb 2024, the RACES nets will be held on Mon Feb 5 at:

********************************************************************************
The HF net will start at 6:45 PM ET: using the following frequency plan:
We will start at 3930 KHz moving up to 3955 KHz until there is a clear frequency,
Marc Stern WA1R will be net control.

*********************************************************************************
Region 2D VHF net:
7:30 PM ET VHF net on 146.865 MHz PL 103.5 (Sharon Repeater)
We will have a general call up of any RACES, ARES, or other interested stations. If there is time, we will have a simplex test.
Don Rolph using WA1PLE will be net control.

********************************************************************************
HF 80 meters NBEMS net:
7:00 PM ET
Dial Frequency: 3584.5 MHx
Center Frequency: 1500 Hz
Initial mode: THOR22
We will have checkins, followed by an ICS-213 format message using FLMSG.
Don Rolph AB1PH will be net control.

*********************************************************************************
Winlink Net:
Bryan Marcotte KF1D will be net control.
Send a winlink checkin form to KF1D, copy AB1PH, between 0600 Monday Feb 5 and 2400 Monday Feb 5.

We look forward to you checking in!

73,
AB1PH
Don Rolph

Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net – Saturday 2/3/24 – 1000 AM

Jeff N1SOM and the South Shore Hospital Group W1SSH writes:

Good Evening,

On Saturday February 3, 2024 the South Shore Hospital Amateur Radio Group will hold an Eastern MA Hospital Net commencing at 10:00AM.

We realize that some locations, individuals, and groups may be subject to COVID restrictions. We encourage everyone who is affected by these restrictions to utilize their home or mobile stations to check into the net if possible. Even if you cannot reach all the systems being used, please check-in on those you can.

We will use the following repeaters in the order listed.

1. West Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244
2. Boston 145.230 tone encode 88.5 tone decode 100.0
3. Plymouth​ 146.685 tone 131.8
4. Whitman Repeater 147.225 tone 67.0

We will then return to the West Bridgewater Repeater for 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: Here is.., un-key, wait 3 seconds to check for doubling, then give your or your facilities call sign, your first name, and your facility’s name.

We extend an invitation to any health care facility, EOC of any city or town as well as RACES or ARES members to check in during the NET.

We are always looking for groups or organizations to try their hand at Net Control duties. If you are interested in trying your hand at Net Control please let us know. We can be reached by sending an email to ssharg@outlook.com or replying to this message. The goal is to rotate Net Control practice and the experience among as many individuals and groups as possible.

We thank the repeater trustees for their generosity in allowing us to conduct these monthly nets and the use of their systems in an actual event.

We hope to hear you Saturday.

73,

Jeff N1SOM and the South Shore Hospital Group W1SSH
South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group
55 Fogg Rd. Mail-Stop 42
South Weymouth, MA 02190

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Exercise – Operation Snow Globe – Final Exercise Document – Saturday 2/3/24 1000 AM-1200 PM

Hello to all…

Please see the final exercise document for the Saturday 2/3/24 1000 AM-1200 PM Eastern Massachusetts ARES Exercise – Operation: Snow Globe. This includes all frequency information and activities for the drill. The key updates to the exercise document are as follows:

-60m frequency changes (Channel 5 – 5403.5 KHz primary, Fall-back to Channel 4 – 5371.5 KHz)
-Added the 6m 53.31 MHz (PL: 71.9 Hz) Net Operation at 1130 AM
-Added wording to include “This is a drill” disclaimer on NTS health and welfare messages

Link to the exercise document is listed below:
https://ema.arrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/EasternMA-ARES-Winter-Exercise-01-31-24-V1.6-1.pdf

While this is an ARES exercise based in Eastern Massachusetts, the exercise is open to all who would like to participate and you need not be a member of ARES or living in Eastern Massachusetts to participate. Many thanks for all those that participate.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Exercise – Operation Snow Globe Document – Saturday 2/3/24 1000 AM-1200 PM

Hello to all…

Please see the exercise document for the Saturday 2/3/24 1000 AM-1200 PM Eastern Massachusetts ARES Exercise – Operation: Snow Globe. This includes all frequency information and activities for the drill. Please note that this document will be updated once more with final changes and updates to the exercise document. Link to the exercise document is listed below:

https://ema.arrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/EasternMA-ARES-Winter-Exercise-01-25-24-Draft-V1.4-1.pdf

While this is an ARES exercise based in Eastern Massachusetts, the exercise is open to all who would like to participate and you need not be a member of ARES or living in Eastern Massachusetts to participate. Many thanks for all those that participate.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Massachusetts – Rhode Island STM Report for December 2023

The Section Traffic Manager’s report for December 2023 can be found at https://ema.arrl.org/massachusetts-rhode-island-stm-report-for-december-2023-2/ .  Note a recap of 2023 stats and events, NTS participation in February 3 section SET, traffic tip on service messages and spotlight on KC1KVY.

(Note page 2 of report can be found by placing curser over bottom of the page and clicking on page 2)

MASSACHUSETTS – RHODE ISLAND STM REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2023

STM Report for December 2023

Year End Review

Since the year 2023 came to an end, I have been reflecting on all our accomplishments during the past year and the list has grown amazingly long. See below a few stats and some of the year’s achievements.

2023 2022 2021
Sessions 2002 1901 2328
Traffic 5767 6220 5610
Check-ins 12,992 12,396 18,916
Time 32,454 32,363 37,426

HHTN increased sessions from 6 to 7 evenings per week effective Dec 2022
MARIPN increased sessions from 6 to 7 evenings per week effective Jan 2024
MARIDN (Digital Net) created and reporting NTS operation beginning in December 2022
MEN Montachusett Emergency Net began reporting weekly nets in August, handling NTS traffic.
APRS to DTN Gateway created by Michael WZ0C, reporting handling NTS traffic beginning in September.
New Official Relay Stations added: KC1SLQ, N1CVO, W1LEM, N1ILZ
New HHTN manager Bob Sparkes KC1KVY effective August 2023
New link to HHTN: Gardner and Fitchburg repeaters giving increased access to Worcester County
New Assistant STM for training, Peter KC1HHO appointed.
New NTS-ARES coordination team created under WZ0C and KD1CY
November section SET added NTS messaging including encapsulated ICS-213 type messages.
New Rhode Island Section Manager Nancy Austin KC1NEK elected and participating on MARIPN.
New website NTS2.arrl.org created reporting on activities of NTS 2.0 group working on improvement and enhancement of NTS.
New article on NTS featured in July QST, won ARRL cover plaque award.
New article in On the Air magazine highlighting volunteerism featuring KC1OIP, KC1HHO
New NTS Letter featuring all news NTS published by ARRL monthly beginning in October.
Annual traffic handlers picnic in August.
NE HamXposition in August featured two forums held on NTS.
Monthly STM reports highlighted W1HAI, N1LAH, KC1HHO, WZ0C, N1ILZ
Monthly traffic tips included on originations, deliveries, book traffic, SAR/PSHR reports.

Welcome to a new traffic handler, Tyler KC1RVS. A Fitchburg resident and newly licensed in September 2022 and upgraded to General Class in December 2022, Tyler has become very active handling traffic on both MARIPN and HHTN. A welcome addition from Worcester County and the Western Mass section.

NTS-ARES coordination and participation in upcoming section SET February 3, 2024

Since amateur radio operator privileges are awarded in part due to the ability of licensed radio amateurs to assist public service organizations in times of disasters and other emergency situations, NTS and ARES leadership is promoting greater coordination between these two programs. A team under the leadership of Michael WZ0C, ASTM for NTS-ARES Coordination, and Rob KD1CY SEC, has been discussing how both NTS and ARES personnel can collaborate more effectively. During an upcoming SET (Section Emergency Test) on February 3 from 10 AM to Noon, NTS personnel will be assisting ARES by relaying and delivering Health and Welfare traffic received from ARES teams. During this exercise several ARES groups will be originating test Health and Welfare messages that will be relayed via NTS. NTS will have traffic handlers in the role of NTS-Coordinators, who will receive these messages from each ARES group and relay them into the National Traffic System. EM2MN (145.23), MARIPN (3978) and MARIDN (3582.5) will be operating during this exercise. As in past exercises NTS stations are being asked to check into at least one of these nets and to also send a radiogram to Marcia KW1U (Section Traffic Manager) and/or Jon N1ILZ (Section Manager). Please mark the date and help practice readiness for service to the public.

NTS2.arrl.org website and NTS Letter:

Just a reminder that the NTS 2.0 teams continue to work on updating and enhancing the National Traffic System. Check out the website for new information. Also check out the NTS Letter, available for ARRL members to opt in to receive monthly issues in their e-mailboxes. Soon to go public is a web-based portal for use by the public or those unable to check into a net for entering messages which will be automatically converted into radiograms and then picked up by authorized traffic handlers from across the country for entry into the NTS. Another coming attraction is a treasure hunt where radiograms will be used to track clues and find hidden treasure. We know there are a lot of gamers out there and hope this will provide a little fun while keeping nets busy and our skills in practice. Teams are also working on creating training videos which should become available early in 2024. Stay tuned.

Traffic Tip – Servicing radiograms:

I have been noticing continued confusion on how to service radiograms. If for any reason you are unable to deliver a radiogram, a service message must go to the Station of Origin, informing that person of the message status and including a brief explanation. ARRL SIXTY SEVEN (see ARRL numbered radiograms) is generally used for this purpose.

It is important to distinguish between a Station of Origin and a message Originator. The Station of Origin is the one whose call sign appears in the header or preamble of the message and who formats the radiogram and enters it into the NTS. The Originator may be a third party other than the station of origin and whose signature is given at the conclusion of the radiogram. It is also the Originator’s location that is given in the preamble as the Place of Origin. So, remember to send service messages to the station of origin whose address can be found in an online database such as qrz.com. The originator of a third-party message likely knows little or nothing about radiograms including message numbers. The Station of Origin will know how to contact the Originator if needed to inform him/her of the message status. Of course, if there is a reply from the recipient to the originator that would be addressed to the originator. I must admit that it took me years of traffic handling to get this straight! I hope this helps.

Spotlight of the month: KC1KVY

This month I would like to spotlight our newest net manager Bob Sparkes KC1KVY, manager of the Heavy Hitters Traffic Net. While Bob is a relative newcomer, having been first licensed in 2019, he has become a valuable member of the traffic handling community, as a participant on multiple nets, an Official Relay Station, a Net Control Station and now Net Manager.

Bob’s professional background is one of service. He was an elementary school teacher for 34 years, retiring as an Interim Principal. As an educator he also served as Adjunct Lecturer for the Education Department at Merrimack College for 30 years. In his “so-called” spare time he served as a part time police officer for the town of Hampton NH for 41 years. It was in this position as a police officer that he became acquainted with radio operation, and while curious about amateur radio, it wasn’t until after retirement from his busy schedule that he first became licensed in January 2019. Just one month later he upgraded to General class.

At first Bob checked into several of the local club nets, but on receiving a radiogram from NX9K delivered by Al W1PLK he was encouraged to check into the Eastern Mass 2 Meter Net. After listening to the net for awhile he was persuaded to deliver some radiograms to local recipients, thanking them for volunteering for the Boston Marathon. Bob can now be found on EM2MN, HHTN, MARIPN and First Region Net where he volunteers as net control. He also checks into the Eastern Area Net as a liaison station. Then, of course, what traffic handler throughout the US and Canada has not handled one of his POTA contact confirmation radiograms he sends out regularly.

Bob says he enjoys the ham radio activities he participates in but most of all he enjoys the wonderful people he has met along the way. He thanks his mentors KW1U, KC1HHO, N1LAH, K1UAF W8YS, W1HAI and many others who have guided him along the way. I think I can speak for all of those who say thank you Bob for the many contributions of service and encouragement you have provided to the whole traffic handling community.

That’s all folks for 2023. I look forward to more friends and more traffic in 2024. The December report can be found below.

73, Marcia KW1U
Section Traffic Manager

MASSACHUSETTS - RHODE ISLAND STM REPORT FOR DEC 2023

 

 

Volunteer Registration for the 2024 Boston Marathon is Underway

We are about two-thirds of the way to our goal for Amateur Radio volunteers for the 2024 Boston Marathon. The registration deadline is Friday, February 2, 2024. It is a hard deadline. We’d like to make sure we achieve our goal and have reserves for the myriad of cancellations that we get as we near the event. We prefer folks to register now even if they are unsure they can do the event and if they can’t make it, they cancel within a reasonable period of time versus not registering because they aren’t sure if they can volunteer as after the deadline, we usually can’t accommodate any new registrants per BAA policy. The details on volunteer registration is listed below between the hashtags and please post these details as is to your various email lists (for any credit cited on the email, please credit the Boston Marathon BAA Amateur Radio Communications Committee):
 
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Volunteer registration for the 2024 Boston Marathon is open. Returning volunteers have received an email from the BAA that included registration instructions. In order to make registration as smooth as possible, we are providing specific instructions for our Amateur Radio Operator (ARO) volunteers.

If you haven’t previously volunteered, or have a friend who would like to volunteer, please go directly to the Volunteer Registration page and follow the instructions for new volunteers.
 
Step by Step Sign Up Guide:
https://hamradioboston.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/44002497536-2024-volunteer-registration-step-by-step-guide

A few notes for volunteers:

Almost all amateur radio positions are single person assignments. We are not able to group people on a single assignment, but we will try to accommodate which segment you are assigned to in order to allow for similar start/end times.

Don’t delay! Volunteer registration closes on Friday, February 2 at 5:00 PM EST. It would help our planning processes if you could complete your registration by Friday, January 26.

Help us get the word out by forwarding this email to your club and other amateur radio operators who might wish to volunteer. Most volunteers first learn about the event through word of mouth. If you know new licensees who might like to join us, please make sure to let them know about it. Even just a quick mention at your club meeting can be a big help!

If you have any questions about the upcoming volunteer registration period, or the 2024 Marathon generally, please get in touch anytime. Volunteering at the Marathon is a big job and we appreciate the time and effort everyone puts into it. We’re happy to do what we can to make your work fun, comfortable, and effective.

We look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Thank you, and 73,

Boston Marathon Communications Committee
contact@HamRadioBoston.org

Reminder: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday January 8th, 2024 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater System

Hello to all…

Happy New Year to all! The January Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday January 8th, 2024 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater system. It is on the second Monday of the month due to the New Year’s holiday last Monday.

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:
https://mmra.org/repeaters/repeater_linking.html (Click the ARES box to see the repeaters and other systems linked)

We look forward to your participation and remember, we are always looking for Net Controls to run the ARES Net. We will have a number of announcements and items for this month’s net and we will continue the NTS practice message that we started doing in these nets in October 2023.

Thanks for your continued support of ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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