Eastern Massachusetts ARES Exercise – Operation Unify Coincident with National Red Cross Exercise – Saturday May 8th, 2021 – 10 AM-12 PM

The Eastern MA Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) will conduct an exercise in conjunction with the National Red Cross exercise. Operation “Unify” on May 8th, 2021 from 10 AM to 12 Noon (setup to start at 830-9 AM where needed) to test its capability in establishing communications with stations inside and outside of the section. Operation “Unity” will attempt to build upon the lessons learned from past operational exercises.

The exercise scenario involves a power grid failure caused by an X range solar flare. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of people in Eastern Massachusetts are left without power due to this solar flare.

“This exercise guideline is deliberately broad and generic in nature similar to our previous exercises. ARES groups are free to adapt this scenario and conduct their exercise as needed for their group,” writes District Emergency Coordinator Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O.

“This is another great opportunity, similar to the Fall and Winter exercises, for new Amateur Radio Operators, whether they are involved in ARES or not, to check into nets, provide simulated information and exercise traffic, or just check in and learn how nets work and what ARES can do during an actual event. This includes the National Weather Service SKYWARN component of ARES despite a non-weather scenario” writes Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator.

With the ongoing COVID-19 situation in MA, it will be unlikely that groups will be able to operate at EOCs and other municipal locations. Therefore any activation of shelters will be simulated by role play. It is likely that most of the operations involved in this exercise will utilize home stations along with field sites on Cape Cod and at other local ARES groups and those local groups’ discretion.

Some exercise objectives include:
• Simulate the activation of shelters in your area;
• Simulate the activation of EOC stations in your area;
• Establish and conduct a tactical net on simplex 2m FM/ repeater for your group;
• Simulate contact with any Town EOC RACES stations (Home stations is OK if COVID restricted) ;
• Establish contact with other ARES districts where possible;
• Establish an HF 75 meter voice net for all of MA (and potentially other areas);
• Establish an HF 60 meter voice net for all of MA (and potentially other areas);
• Pass an NTS type message on 2 meters VHF and/or 440 MHz;
• Pass a SKYWARN and/or tactical message on voice 2 meters and on the HF net;
• Optional components of the exercise to pass information digitally via Winlink and NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System) on VHF and HF between stations locally and to Red Cross

For full details, see the “Eastern MA Exercise Scenario and Guidelines” document at Eastern Massachusetts ARES Operation Unify Exercise – Saturday May 8th, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday May 3rd at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater Network

Hello to all…

The May Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday May 3rd, 2021 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 this month’s ARES Net, we will have comments regarding upcoming ARES Workshop training, virtual SKYWARN training (final class is Thursday 5/13/21 at 630 PM) and the Eastern Massachusetts ARES exercise coincident with a National Red Cross exercise on Saturday May 8th, 2021. Also, we’ll have some updates on COVID-19 and the recent announcements on restrictions being removed and how public service events such as road races and parades will be permitted later in May and beyond.

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 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Workshops Via Zoom During the Month of May – Check Here for Frequent Updates!

Hello to all…

Eastern Massachusetts ARES will be hosting an ARES Workshop over the course of May 2021 covering a variety of topics that support public service and emergency communications. These workshops will also be recorded and posted online after the series of workshop topics are completed.

The following is the topic schedule complete with the current list of presenters and the timeframe for each workshop/Zoom call presentation:
Thursday Evening 5/6/21 – 730-900 PM – Introduction to Eastern Massachusetts ARES, RACES, SKYWARN and Exercise Details – Presenter: KD1CY-Rob Macedo
Monday Evening 5/10 – 800-900 PM – ARES Database – How To? – Presenter: N1XTB-Phil McNamara
Thursday Evening 5/13 – 800-900 PM – Antennas -NVIS/60 and Portable antennas – Presenter: WQ1O-Frank O’Laughlin
Saturday Morning 5/15 – 1000 AM-1200 PM – Net Control Ops & Public Safety/Social Media Monitoring Presenter: KD1CY-Rob Macedo
Monday Evening 5/17 – 800 PM-900 PM – Go Kits Presenter: WQ1O-Frank O’Laughlin
Thursday Evening 5/20 – 800 PM-900 PM – NTS – Presenter: KW1U-Marcia Forde and one or two other members of the NTS team
Saturday Morning 5/22 – 1000 AM-1130 AM – Winlink and Vara Presenter: WQ1O-Frank O’Laughlin with members of his Cape Cod ARES team
Monday Evening 5/24 – 800 PM-900 PM – NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System) Presenters: WQ1O-Frank O’Laughlin and AB1PH-Don Rolph

Below are the Zoom Details for the Thursday Evening 5/6/21 Workshop Topic and please note that this web post will be updated with Zoom details for all other presentations as well as additional presenter information later this weekend or on Monday:

Rob Macedo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: ARES Workshop Topic: Introduction to Eastern Massachusetts ARES, SKYWARN & RACES and ARES Exercise Details
Time: May 6, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Please look for updates and we hope many can attend this series of ARES workshops and if they are unable to do so, they will be able to view the recordings that will be posted online after the entire workshop series is completed. Many thanks for everyone’s support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR MARCH 2021

March saw the beginning of spring and was a busy month on the traffic nets. Our section phone net, Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net (MARIPN) expanded to six evenings per week and has continued to average around 8 check-ins per session. They now meet Monday through Saturday at 1700 (5PM) on 3978 Khz and all are welcome.

The section CW net MARI continues to do well and consistently sends liaisons to both sessions of the evening CW region nets to handle traffic going to and from the rest of the country. Also on the CW scene, we now have a slower speed CW training net, MARISN thanks to Rob K2MZ. This net is run at 10 words per minute for the purpose of training in CW net and traffic protocol. This is a good opportunity to practice your CW skills as well. No one is expected to be perfect so don’t wait until you think you can do it perfectly. Join us on this net Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2030 or 8:30PM on 3598 Khz.  See information about how to participate on our section website under MARISN net.

The Eastern Mass 2 Meter Net (EM2MN) training program has been producing new traffic handlers and as a result we just announced two new Official Relay Station (ORS) appointments, Jack KB1SYL and Ethan KC1OIP, giving the net added outlets for message traffic. Peter KC1HHO, net manager says two more trainees are near to receiving the ORS appointment as well, and hopefully next month we will be announcing those as well. Peter is also training new net control stations and welcomes Bernie KC1MSN as a net control on Sundays.

Heavy Hitters Traffic Net (HHTN) has been working through some technical issues, but manager Joe W1HAI has been diligently making improvements so that the net has expanding and improved coverage throughout Massachusetts. There are several ways to access this net, via the MMRA repeater network, Mt Greylock repeater, Plymouth repeater, and Echolink.

The Cape and Islands Traffic Net (CITN) meets four nights a week and three of their participants also represent that area on the section phone and CW nets giving us reliable outlets to that part of the state. CITN meets Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on the 147.375 Falmouth repeater at 1930 (7:30PM).  Anyone vacationing on the Cape do check them out.

Net information and other information about traffic handling can be found on our section website ema.arrl.org, superbly maintained by Phil K9HI. Many thanks to Phil for all his help with our NTS page. Also note our group forum on groups.io. Search for MA-NTS group and request to join.

See you on the nets. 73, Marcia KW1U STM

MASSACHUSETTS STM REPORTS 2021      
               
NET SESSIONS  QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time
               
WMTN C1 18 3 200 148 N1YCW 146.91 1300 Daily
WMTN C2 24 5 102 71 KD2JKV 146.91 1630 Daily
MARIPN 27 68 202 407 N1LAH 3978 KHz 1700 M-Sa
MARI 31 168 176 702 KW1U 3565 KHz 1900 Daily
CITN 17 15 96 279 AC7RB 147.375 1930 Tu,Th,F, Sa
EM2MN 31 266 358 1318 KC1HHO 145.23 2000 Daily
MARISN 6 12 38 145 K2MZ 3598 Khz 2030 M,Tu,Fr,Sa
CM2MN 22 15 166 198 KK1X 146.97 2100 Daily
HHTN 18 48 222 526 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 2200 Su,M,W,F
WARPSN 4 8 86 NA N1IQI 147.225 0830 Su
WMEN/HF 4 0 117 80 N1CPE 3944 KHz 0830 Su
WMEN/VHF 4 0 65 65 N1PUA 146.91 0900 Su
  206 608 1828 3874      
               
Note: HHTN accessible also via Plymouth and Mt Greylock rptrs and Echolink New-Eng2 Conf and IRLP 9127
               
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL BPL = 500+ points
               
KW1U 0 296 274 0 570 X  
N1IQI 0 126 403 4 533 X  
KC1KVY 0 114 171 5 290    
KC1MSN 0 85 85 4 174    
N1TF 1 59 62 12 134    
W1RVY 0 87 42 0 129    
N1LAH 1 41 36 3 81    
KC1HHO 0 49 16 10 75    
KD2JKV 0 35 35 0 70    
AB1ZS 3 26 30 4 63    
WA1LPM 0 25 32 3 60    
W1TCD 0 21 24 8 53    
NV1N 0 5 41 0 46    
KB1SYL 0 15 15 15 45    
K2MZ 1 11 17 11 40    
WA1VAB 0 11 13 11 35    
KC1OIP 2 13 12 6 33    
AJ1DM 1 10 1 10 22    
W1PLK 0 3 3 3 9    
KC1NBI 2 1 2 1 6    
               
PSHR  Min 70 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
               
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130
N1TF 40 40 30 5 0 0 115
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110
KD2JKV 40 40 30 0 0 0 110
W1RVY 40 40 30 0 0 0 110
N1LAH 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
K2MZ 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
KC1KVY 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
WA1LPM 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
KC1MSN 40 40 10 0 0 0 90
KC1HHO 29 40 20 0 0 0 89
NV1N 22 40 10 0 0 0 72
               
               
               
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL        
               
KW1U 1268 1268 2536        
N1IQI 126 403 529        
KC1MSN 85 34 119        
AB1ZS 16 14 30        
W1RVY 0 7 7        
               

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday April 5th, 2021 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater Network

Hello to all…

The April Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday April 5th, 2021 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 this month’s ARES Net, we will have comments regarding upcoming ARES training, virtual SKYWARN training and an exercise coincident with a National Red Cross exercise on Saturday May 8th, 2021.

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 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
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NEW SLOW SPEED CW TRAFFIC NET

Want an opportunity to practice your newly acquired CW skills or brush up on old skills once learned but not used for many years? Learn and practice the art and skill of handling written messages, and have some fun along the way. You’ve asked for it and now we are reviving a slow speed CW traffic net. It is called MARISN or Massachusetts Rhode Island Slow Net and it will be meeting four evenings a week on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 PM local time on 3598 kHz.  Rob, K2MZ, has offered to organize and manage this net. He has been a successful teacher of CW and has been active on our various traffic nets. He is welcoming all comers. Come join us beginning Monday, March 22, 2021. Looking forward to seeing you there.

73, Marcia KW1U
STM EMA / WMA

MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR FEB 2021

Greetings all, and a happy month of spring’s beginnings. As I write this temperatures have been in the 70’s. Of course it will cool off again and maybe even snow again but we enjoy the warmth while it’s here, a good time to get out with those HTs and portable radios, hiking, cycling and exploring the many facets of amateur radio.

And while you’re out, or if you’re in, you can participate in one of our many traffic nets, even send a radiogram. I am happy to announce that the Mass Rhode Island Phone Net has expanded it’s sessions to six evenings a week, Monday through Saturday. Find us on 3978 Khz plus or minus to avoid interference at 5 PM whether you have traffic or not.  One of the fun aspects of traffic nets is the camaraderie we experience. Get to know the folks on the net. Often time is set aside following the passing of traffic for comments. Keep in touch with the new friends you meet.

Our primary purpose of course is to handle message traffic. This is where we gain the knowledge and practice the skills that may one day be called upon in an emergency situation. We aim to be as professional as possible, yet remembering that this is a hobby, something that folks really enjoy doing with their leisure time and something we promote as a fun activity. We welcome newcomers, inviting them to join in the fun and encourage them in a kind and friendly way. Check out the many nets on both VHF and HF, voice and CW, and check out our digital network as well. Contact Section Traffic Manager Marcia KW1U as well as any of the net managers for details.

Below is an account of the net and net participant activities for February. Hope to see you soon.

73, Marcia KW1U, STM

MASSACHUSETTS STM REPORTS 2021 Feb-21      
                 
NET SESSIONS  QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time  
                 
WMTN C1 26 2 261 194 N1YCW 146.91 1300 Daily  
WMTN C2 25 1 172 262 KD2JKV 146.91 1630 Daily  
MARIPN 12 38 96 219 N1LAH 3978 KHz 1700 M-Sa  
MARI 28 129 158 567 KW1U 3565 KHz 1900 Daily  
EM2MN 28 155 312 993 KC1HHO 145.23 2000 Daily  
CM2MN 23 18 159 226 KK1X 146.97 2100 Daily  
HHTN 16 54 179 502 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 2200 Su,M,W,F  
CITN 16 11 103 273 AC7RB 147.375 1930 Tu,Th,F, Sa  
WARPSN 4 8 82 NA N1IQI 147.225 0830 Su  
WMEN/HF 4 0 104 80 N1CPE 3944 KHz 0830 Su  
WMEN/VHF 4 0 82 67 N1PUA 146.91 0900 Su  
  186 416 1708 3383        
                 
Note: HHTN accessible also via Plymouth and Mt Greylock rptrs and Echolink New-Eng2 Conf and IRLP 9127
                 
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL BPL = 500+ points  
                 
N1IQI 0 98 451 4 553 X    
KW1U 0 289 262 0 551 X    
KC1KVY 0 76 125 6 207      
WA1LPM 0 39 53 2 94      
N1TF 0 29 52 3 84      
W1RVY 0 58 22 0 80      
AB1ZS 0 33 33 0 66      
N1LAH 0 30 29 2 61      
KC1HHO 1 36 13 5 55      
NV1N 0 17 37 1 55      
K2MZ 1 14 15 9 39      
KC1MSN 0 15 13 10 38      
KE1ML 0 9 20 4 33      
KC1OIP 2 8 18 5 33      
KD2JKV 0 15 15 0 30      
W1TCD 0 9 13 1 23      
WA1VAB 0 8 7 1 16      
KC1NBI 3 1 3 3 10      
W1JWM 0 5 4 0 9      
AJ1DM 0 5 2 2 9      
W1PLK 0 4 2 2 8      
                 
  1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL  
PSHR  (Min 70 Points)              
                 
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130  
N1TF 40 40 30 5 0 0 115  
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110  
W1RVY 40 40 30 0 0 0 110  
K2MZ 40 39 10 15 0 0 104  
N1LAH 40 40 20 0 0 0 100  
KC1HHO 30 40 20 10 0 0 100  
KC1KVY 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
WA1LPM 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
KC1MSN 40 38 10 0 0 0 88  
KD2JKV 40 30 10 0 0 0 80  
KE1ML 20 33 10 0 0 10 73  
NV1N 23 40 10 0 0 0 73  
KC1OIP 29 33 0 10 0 0 72  
                 
  RCV FWD TOTAL          
DRS                
                 
KW1U 1050 1050 2100          
N1IQI 98 451 549          
AB1ZS 21 12 33          
W1RVY 3 4 7          
W1JWM 4 1 5          
                 

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday March 1st, 2021 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater Network

Hello to all…

The March Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday March 1st, 2021 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 this month’s ARES Net, we have a high wind event expected for the area Monday Night into Tuesday Morning so any reports of wind damage or wind gusts of 40 MPH or greater would be helpful to the National Weather Service. We will have comments regarding upcoming ARES training and an exercise coincident with a National Red Cross exercise on Saturday May 8th, 2021.

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 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR JAN 2021

As we look forward to spring and daylight savings time, we also look forward to some new happenings in the traffic world of Eastern MA. Because we have seen a big increase in the number of check-ins on the Mass Rhode Island Phone Net, we have decided to increase the number of sessions per week from three to six. More information will be forthcoming in the next few days so stay tuned to an announcement on this website.

In addition one of our newer traffic handlers on the CW net (he is also on the phone net and CM2MN) Rob K2MZ has made an offer I can’t refuse. We will be organizing a slow speed CW net, and I mean slow, slower than MARI CW, for those wanting to get their feet wet in CW message handling. More details will be forthcoming in the near future, but stay tuned for an announcement on our section website as well.

We are also seeing more new traffic handlers on EM2MN as a result of KC1HHO’s training, and so nice to hear Bob N1SYC back again from Plymouth. Nice to have an outlet down that way again.

Last month we reported the link on HHTN with the Mt Greylock repeater was down, but happy to say it has been restored so we’re back to almost statewide coverage on that net.

I believe on March 14 we will be back to Daylight Savings Time so the daytime First Region Net will be changing times for both sessions to 1445 and 1615. Announcement will be made prior to that change.

Below is the January section traffic report. Thanks to all for your great support.

73, Marcia KW1U
STM EMA / WMA

MASSACHUSETTS STM REPORTS 2021 Jan-21      
                 
NET SESSIONS  QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time  
                 
WMTN C1 28 2 206 175 N1YCW 146.91 1300 Daily  
WMTN C2 29 4 188 281 KD2JKV 146.91 1630 Daily  
MARI 31 141 185 615 KW1U 3565 KHz 1900 Daily  
EM2MN 31 206 360 1096 KC1HHO 145.23 2000 Daily  
CM2MN 21 29 146 219 KK1X 146.97 2100 Daily  
HHTN 18 43 200 471 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 2200 Su,M,W,F  
CITN 18 9 96 254 AC7RB 147.375 1930 Tu,Th,F, Sa  
MARIPN 13 46 114 229 N1LAH 3978 KHz 1700 Tu,Th,Sa  
WARPSN 5 106 10 NA N1IQI 147.225 0830 Su  
WMEN/HF 4 0 134 80 N1CPE 3944 KHz 0830 Su  
WMEN/VHF 4 0 73 61 N1PUA 146.91 0900 Su  
  202 586 1712 3420        
                 
Note: HHTN accessible also via Plymouth and Mt Greylock rptrs and Echolink New-Eng2 Conf and IRLP 9127
                 
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL BPL = 500+ points  
                 
KW1U 35 336 336 0 707 X    
N1IQI 0 116 538 4 658 X    
KC1KVY 0 70 124 15 209      
N1TF 0 43 65 2 110      
W1RVY 0 71 32 4 107      
KC1HHO 1 59 16 6 82      
WA1LPM 0 26 35 1 62      
N1LAH 0 25 25 1 51      
KE1ML 0 21 20 9 50      
AB1ZS 0 26 23 0 49      
KD2JKV 0 22 22 0 44      
NV1N 0 12 25 0 37      
WA1VAB 1 11 12 8 32      
W1TCD 0 13 11 7 31      
KC1MSN 0 6 8 8 22      
W1JWM 0 10 8 0 18      
W1PLK 0 5 6 4 15      
KC1NBI 4 5 4 2 15      
AJ1DM 0 6 0 6 12      
KC1OIP 1 3 4 3 11      
                 
PSHR  (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL  
                 
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130  
N1TF 40 40 30 5 0 0 115  
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110  
W1RVY 40 40 30 0 0 0 110  
KD2JKV 40 40 20 0 0 0 100  
N1LAH 40 40 20 0 0 0 100  
KC1HHO 35 40 20 0 0 0 95  
KC1KVY 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
WA1LPM 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
KE1ML 24 36 10 0 0 10 80  
NV1N 25 37 10 0 0 0 72  
KC1MSN 40 22 10 0 0 0 72  
                 
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL          
                 
KW1U 733 485 1218          
N1IQI 116 538 654          
AB1ZS 13 9 22          
W1JWM 8 5 13          
W1RVY 1 3 4          
                 

Eastern MA Hospital Nets

Hello,

Covid-19 restrictions are still in place for EOCs, and Amateur Radio Volunteers at Healthcare facilities are still locked out. Although some home stations have been participating in the Nets most home stations are unable to reach multiple repeaters unlike the Hospital Stations. Because of the diminished numbers and results, I am suspending the Eastern MA Hospital Nets until further notice.

We are nearing the point in time where a large majority of Hospital HAM Volunteers will be eligible to be vaccinated. Hopefully, once this is completed we will once again be able to man our hospital stations and resume the NETS.

Stay safe, 73s
John O’
K1JRO

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for February – Monday February 1st, 2021 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater System

Hello to all…

The February Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday February 1st, 2021 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 this month’s ARES Net, given the major winter storm affecting the region, we’d like to ask all stations to provide a measured snowfall total, whether precipitation is occurring and their current temperature if they have thermometer. We will also have comments on the Eastern Mass ARES Section Exercise for Saturday February 6th, 2021 from 1000 AM-1200 PM.

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 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Exercise – “Operation Frozen Days” – Saturday 2/6/21 – 1000 AM-1200 PM EDT

The Eastern MA Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) will conduct an exercise in conjunction with the Cape Cod ARES exercise Operation “Frozen Days” on February 6, 2021 from 10 AM to 12 Noon (setup to start at 830-9 AM where needed) to test its capability in establishing communications with stations inside and outside of the section. Operation “Frozen Days” will attempt to build upon the lessons learned from past operational exercises.

The exercise scenario involves a series of coastal storms battering Cape Cod and the Islands with winds over 90 MPH over several storms. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of people in Eastern Massachusetts are left without power due to this series of coastal storms.

“This exercise guideline is deliberately broad and generic in nature like the fall exercise. ARES groups are free to adapt this scenario and conduct their exercise as needed for their group,” writes District Emergency Coordinator Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O.

“This is another great opportunity, similar to the Fall exercise, for new Amateur Radio Operators, whether they are involved in ARES or not, to check into nets, provide simulated information and exercise traffic, or just check in and learn how nets work and what ARES can do during an actual event. This includes the National Weather Service SKYWARN component of ARES” writes Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator.

With the ongoing COVID-19 situation in MA, it will be unlikely that groups will be able to operate at EOCs and other municipal locations. Therefore any activation of shelters will be simulated by role play. It is likely that most of the operations involved in this exercise will utilize home stations along with field sites on Cape Cod and at other local ARES groups and those local groups’ discretion.

Some exercise objectives include:
• Simulate the activation of shelters in your area;
• Simulate the activation of EOC stations in your area;
• Establish and conduct a tactical net on simplex 2m FM/ repeater for your group;
• Simulate contact with any Town EOC RACES stations;
• Establish contact with other ARES districts where possible;
• Establish an HF 75 meter voice net for all of MA (and potentially other areas);
• Pass an NTS type message on 2 meters VHF and/or 440 MHz;
• Pass a SKYWARN and/or tactical message on voice 2 meters and on the HF net;
• Optional components of the exercise to pass information digitally via Winlink and NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System)

For full details, see the “Eastern MA Exercise Scenario and Guidelines” document at Eastern Massachusetts ARES Winter Exericse – Saturday February 6th, 2021

MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2020

Greetings from your STM. I hope all our friends are remaining well and safe from the Covid virus and that amateur radio may be helping some from going stir-crazy due to activity restrictions resulting from the virus.

The nets continue to be busy and we have been adding new net attendees and traffic handlers. Peter KC1HHO reports Jack KB1SYL has begun the training program available on EM2MN and Shannon KC1OHT has expressed interest in getting involved. We welcome these newcomers to the program. Other newly licensed hams have also been checking into that net. Also Bob KC1KVY has become a regular on the First Region Net and therefore available to assist with “thru” traffic.

Joe W1HAI reports that HHTN has had to temporarily discontinue the link to the Mt Greylock repeater due to technical difficulties. Among other things this has resulted in the loss of a new NCS for that net, Matt KC1JPU. It is hoped these problems can soon be resolved. Meanwhile we will miss that outlet to the westernmost counties of the state.

The MARI CW net has added a new check in, Rob K2MZ from Worcester. It’s great to have another outlet into Worcester County.

MARIPN has been growing and regularly getting 8 or 9 check-ins and is handling more and more traffic. As that net continues to grow perhaps we will be able to extend to nightly sessions. For now however we continue to meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Want to learn CW? More and more folks are becoming interested in learning the art of Morse Code. CWOPS is an organization which sponsors a CW Academy. CWOPS has membership dues, but membership is not required for CW Academy, which is free. The URL is cwops.org/cw-academy   I also recently learned of another less formal group teaching CW for which I have been asked to give a presentation. It is called Long Island CW Club. I’m told there is a $30 annual donation for membership, but I’ve heard good things about their training program. Their classes are also given online. Their URL is longislandcwclub.org

Remember the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo last fall?  There will be another March 13-14 2021. Early bird tickets are $10 and information and registration can be found at www.qsotodayhamexpo.com.

A reminder we have an email group for the purpose of exchange of information including monthly net reports, questions, and discussion of any topic relating to traffic handling and traffic nets. All interested folks can go to groups.io, search for the MA-NTS group and request to join.

Happy hamming and 73,
Marcia KW1U STM

MASSACHUSETTS STM REPORTS 2020   Dec-20      
                 
NET SESSIONS  QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time  
                 
WMTN C1 26 0 259 163 N1YCW 146.91 1300 Daily  
WMTN C2 26 4 156 59 KD2JKV 146.91 1700 Daily  
MARI 31 161 157 710 KW1U 3565 KHz 1900 Daily  
EM2MN 31 163 309 965 KC1HHO 145.23 2000 Daily  
CM2MN 19 27 103 176 KK1X 146.97 2100 Daily  
HHTN 17 44 170 422 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 2200 Su,M,W,F  
CITN 18 5 85 182 AC7RB 147.375 1930 Tu,Th,F, Sa  
MARIPN 14 48 99 251 N1LAH 3978 KHz 1700 Tu,Th,Sa  
WARPSN 4 8 78 NA N1IQI 147.225 0830 Su  
WMEN/HF 4 0 136 80 N1CPE 3944 KHz 0830 Su  
WMEN/VHF 4 0 72 59 N1PUA 146.91 0900 Su  
  194 460 1624 3008        
                 
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL BPL = 500+ points  
                 
KW1U 0 405 377 0 782 X    
N1IQI 94 446 4 0 544 X    
KC1KVY 0 90 118 17 225      
N1TF 0 44 62 14 120      
W1RVY 5 71 23 0 99      
KC1HHO 0 36 13 6 55      
N1LAH 6 21 22 1 50      
KE1ML 0 21 20 9 50      
KD2JKV 0 25 25 0 50      
NV1N 0 16 30 2 48      
WA1VAB 7 18 17 5 47      
AB1ZS 0 22 20 0 42      
KC1MSN 0 23 9 10 42      
W1TCD 0 17 10 12 39      
WA1LPM 0 13 24 0 37      
W1PLK 0 10 8 8 26      
W1JWM 2 12 11 0 25      
KC1NBI 3 9 3 5 20      
                 
Note: HHTN accessible also via Plymouth and Mt Greylock rptrs and Echolink New-Eng2 Conf and IRLP 9127  
                 
PSHR  (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL  
                 
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130  
N1TF 40 40 30 5 0 0 115  
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110  
W1RVY 40 40 30 0 0 0 110  
N1LAH 39 40 20 0 0 0 99  
KC1HHO 34 40 20 5 0 0 99  
KD2JKV 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
KC1KVY 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
KC1MSN 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
WA1LPM 40 37 10 0 0 0 87  
KE1ML 23 40 10 0 0 10 83  
NV1N 23 40 10 0 0 0 73  
                 
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL          
                 
KW1U 1036 830 1866          
N1IQI 94 446 540          
AB1ZS 15 8 23          
W1JWM 9 9 18          
W1RVY 0 2 2          
                 

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net for January – Monday January 4th, 2021 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 4th, 2021 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 this month’s ARES Net, we will review events of the past month and talk a bit on ARES plans for 2021.

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 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2020

November was a busy month. Following the ARES Academy in October our traffic handlers put out over 400 radiograms to participants of that event, getting experience in originating third party messages. They were advised to add an op note at the end of each message regarding servicing messages to the station of origin (themselves), which is proper protocol, rather than the signer of the message. Since we see so little real third party traffic these days a lot of confusion has grown up over this procedure. Great job all!

With the help of the above our nets saw a big increase in traffic handled on the nets. Now we are into the holidays and we’re beginning to see some holiday greetings. I encourage all to keep that momentum going and originate some of these to friends and families. It’s something different from a card or email and might even spread word about amateur radio.

Thanks to message handling training given by Peter KC1HHO, manager of EM2MN, we now have two new Official Relay Stations (ARRL Field Service ORS appointment). Thanks to Bernie KC1MSN and Steve KC1NBI for a job well done.

To all those new hams on 2 meters, we hope to see you on the HF bands as you upgrade to General and/or Extra class. You are always welcome on the Mass Rhode Island Phone Net on 3978 Khz at 5 PM on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. If anyone wants to try CW check us out on MARI CW net at 7 PM nightly on 3565. If conditions are such that the skip is long and folks don’t hear each other, we move to 1810 Khz. Even if unable to transmit there, give a listen.

To those on the EM2MN, I may not be around much on the net after the first of the year as I’m moving into an apartment in Maynard MA. I won’t have antennas but I will still have access to my station in Concord which will be monitored by my son Dale K1WU who will be living here. I will be on HF remotely as I learn how to operate that way. I will also try to make HHTN by Echolink if not via the Marlboro MMRA repeater.

Also a reminder that we have a new email group on groups.io. If you haven’t signed up already search for MA-NTS. I will be posting these reports there as well as on ema.arrl.org. The groups is also for any communications, questions, comments, discussion regarding message handling and net operation, anything of interest to the group.

Below is the November traffic report. Meanwhile I wish all you good folks the best of the holiday season with wishes for a happy and healthy 2021.

73, Marcia KW1U
STM EMA / WMA

MASSACHUSETTS STM REPORTS 2020 Nov-20      
                 
NET SESSIONS  QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time  
                 
WMTN C1 25 6 260 185 N1YCW 146.91 1300 Daily  
WMTN C2 25 5 217 275 KD2JKV 146.91 1700 Daily  
MARI 30 149 131 714 KW1U 3565 KHz 1900 Daily  
EM2MN 30 263 322 1308 KC1HHO 145.23 2000 Daily  
CM2MN 21 10 88 142 KK1X 146.97 2100 Daily  
HHTN 18 41 222 535 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 2200 Su,M,W,F  
CITN 16 7 75 198 AC7RB 147.375 1930 Tu,Th,F, Sa  
MARIPN 12 65 94 286 N1LAH 3978 KHz 1700 Tu,Th,Sa  
WARPSN 5 10 87 na N1IQI 147.225 0830 Su  
WMEN/HF 4 0 170 101 N1CPE 3944 KHz 0830 Su  
WMEN/VHF 4 0 67 55 N1PUA 146.91 0900 Su  
  190 556 1733 3744        
                 
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL BPL = 500+ points
                 
KW1U 16 470 393 0 879 X    
N1IQI 0 71 402 4 477      
KC1KVY 52 103 150 33 338      
N1TF 24 47 74 10 155      
W1RVY 20 69 41 6 136      
KC1HHO 18 52 34 20 124      
N1LAH 23 27 48 6 104      
KC1MSN 10 20 17 19 66      
W1JWM 13 18 33 0 64      
AB1ZS 10 24 24 0 58      
NV1N 0 14 41 2 57      
KE1ML 0 20 26 10 56      
W1TCD 0 24 9 20 53      
KD2JKV 0 26 26 0 52      
WA1LPM 0 21 26 4 51      
WA1VAB 17 9 20 4 50      
KC1NBI 0 3 31 0 34      
W1PLK 0 10 6 3 19      
                 
Note: HHTN accessible also via Plymouth and Mt Greylock rptrs and Echolink New-Eng2 Conf and IRLP 9127
                 
PSHR  (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL  
                 
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130  
N1TF 40 40 30 5 0 0 115  
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110  
W1RVY 40 40 30 0 0 0 110  
N1LAH 40 40 20 0 0 0 100  
KC1KVY 40 40 10 10 0 0 100  
KC1HHO 36 40 20 0 0 0 96  
KD2JKV 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
KE1ML 25 40 10 0 0 10 85  
WA1LPM 31 40 10 0 0 0 81  
KC1MSN 40 40 0 0 0 0 80  
NV1N 21 40 10 0 0 0 71  
                 
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL          
                 
KW1U 1047 876 1923          
N1IQI 71 402 473          
W1JWM 3 31 34          
W1RVY 4 23 27          
AB1ZS 9 12 21          
                 

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday December 7th, 2020 – 830 PM EDT

Hello to all…

The December Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday December 7th, 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 review events of the past month and talk a bit on ARES plans for 2021.

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 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Does Virtual Meet & Greet with Massachusetts VOAD Via Zoom – Tuesday 11/3/20

On Tuesday Morning, 11/3/20, Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, KD1CY-Rob Macedo, did a virtual Meet & Greet with Massachusetts VOAD to explain ARES role and how ARES can support Non-Governmental Organizations. The 30 minute meeting was well received by the VOAD leadership that participated. ARES has been a member within the VOAD organization since 2012.

VOAD stands for Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster. The ARRL has a national level Memorandum of Understanding with VOAD and encourages section ARES programs to work with state VOADs. Examples of organizations that are part of VOAD include ARES traditional partners such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army as well as Team Rubicon, various church groups that support disaster relief for individuals and families and many other organizations.

“We got to explain ARES role and what we can provide to Non-Government Organizations in both auxiliary communications, additional resources supporting communications and situational awareness information when normal communications means are up as well as what we can provide to them when other forms of communication fails. We also encouraged VOAD to look at ways we can help their organization based on their communications and technical needs after giving them some understanding of what we traditionally provide and explained to them all the MOUs ARES through the ARRL has with various organizations within VOAD and National VOAD” Macedo said.

Macedo reported that the members on the call understood how Amateur Radio plays a role and is often in the background performing important tasks that help their teams and other agencies. They were impressed with the presentation and look forward to future engagement both with Eastern Massachusetts ARES and Western Massachusetts ARES. “They asked for the Western Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator contact info which we provided to them along with a short presentation that we reviewed on the call and we look forward to a continued and stronger relationship with Massachusetts VOAD and the member agencies within VOAD going forward” Macedo said.

SEMARA ARES Activates Net Sunday Morning 11/8/20 for Situational Awareness After Earthquake 3.6 on Richter Scale Occurs Southeast of the New Bedford Area

SEMARA ARES activated an ARES Net at 950 AM Sunday for a little over 2 hours on the 147.000-Dartmouth Repeater, approximately 40 minutes after an earthquake, originally registered 4.2 on the Richter scale and revised down to 3.6 on the Richter scale occurred several miles offshore of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The earthquake was felt as far north as Southern New Hampshire and through much of Rhode Island through parts of Western and Central Massachusetts and Connecticut and the Long Island New York area.

Rob Macedo-KD1CY felt the earthquake at his home in New Bedford while checked into the New England Phone Net on HF on 3945 KHz. “I was checked in and monitoring the New England Phone Net where I heard 2 loud bangs as if someone was in my garage and had opened the garage doors and then had rattling and shaking that was fairly violent from what I’m used to in quakes I’ve felt in the past. After about 15-20 seconds total, it was over and after checking with an Amateur Radio SKYWARN Coordinator and friend from Rhode Island, N1EGS-John Buco, it was clear that we had an earthquake with information posted on the USGS web site. I immediately informed the New England Phone Net of what I experienced and ask for reports on who felt the quake.”

Very quickly things ramped up for a time from a public safety response perspective. Fire departments in New Bedford, Westport, Dartmouth and Fairhaven responded to possible gas leak issues at numerous homes in these communities. Information on posting what you felt during the earthquake was posted on the WX1BOX Facebook and Twitter feeds.

“We informed the National Weather Service within about 5 minutes of the incident that an earthquake had occurred and we were checking on damage reports and sent a report to the USGS via their form for the quake in question” Macedo said. Numerous reports on feeling the quake were fielded from the WX1BOX social media feeds. The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association has a USGS seismograph and it measured this quake as well – see Cape Ann ARA Seismograph Detected Sunday’s Earthquake

At the suggestion of Mike “Sparky’ Leger-N1YLQ ARES DEC and Region 2 RACES Radio Officer, it was agreed to put up a formal ARES Net on the 147.000-Dartmouth Repeater for situational awareness and in case any needs arrived from partner agencies. From Sparky’s logs, 11 stations checked into the net which ran for a little over 2 hours. The net report is listed below:

N1YLQ-Sparky-Acushnet, MA (NCO)
KA1RSY-Ed-New Bedford, MA
KD1CY-Rob-New Bedford, MA
KC0AEO-South Dartmouth, MA
KC1FOZ-Al-South Westport, MA
KC1ISZ-New Bedford, MA
KC1CBR-Berkley, MA
N1IXC-Joe-South Dartmouth, MA
W1AEC-SEMARA Clubhouse
W1EAV-Chris-Marion, MA
KB1UAM-Anthony-New Bedford, MA

Three confirmed damage reports were received on Crapo Street in the city of New Bedford as relayed by Acushnet Emergency Management Deputy Director, KA1RSY-Ed Caron and KD1CY-Rob Macedo. Three homes sustained damage to the chimney smokestack area near gas mains inside of the residences and were evacuated with 20 people being temporarily displaced. Red Cross was involved in caring for these residents. This information was relayed to the National Weather Service and the minor damage reports were include in the NWS Boston/Norton Earthquake Report. Joe Krisnosky-N1IXC, who is part of New Bedford EMA, forwarded pictures of the damage from New Bedford EMA Director, Brian Nobrega.

“This is an example of ARES in action to provide rapid and precise situational awareness for use by other agencies. In this case, it was the USGS and the National Weather Service” Macedo said.

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) – Saturday 11/14/20 1000 AM-1200 PM

The Eastern MA Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) will conduct a Simulated Emergency Test on November 14, 2020 from 10 AM to 12 Noon (setup to start at 9 AM where needed) to test its capability in establishing communications with stations inside and outside of the section. Operation “Fall Fury” will attempt to build upon the lessons learned from past operational exercises. This SET is being done in coordination with a Red Cross national exercise also being held on Saturday 11/14/20.

The exercise scenario involves a fictional Category 1 hurricane which strikes MA/CT/RI as a hybrid coastal storm, battering Cape Cod and the Islands with winds ranging from 90-100 MPH. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of people in Eastern Massachusetts are left without power as the rain rapidly changes to heavy, wet snow.

“This exercise guideline is deliberately broad and generic in nature. ARES groups are free to adapt this scenario and conduct their exercise as needed for their group,” writes District Emergency Coordinator Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O.

“This is also a great opportunity for new Amateur Radio Operators, whether they are involved in ARES or not, to check into nets, provide simulated information and exercise traffic, or just check in and learn how nets work and what ARES can do during an actual event. This includes the National Weather Service SKYWARN component of ARES” writes Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator.

With the ongoing COVID-19 situation in MA, it will be unlikely that groups will be able to operate at EOCs and other municipal locations. Therefore any activation of shelters will be simulated by role play. It is likely that most of the operations involved in this exercise will utilize home stations.

Some exercise objectives include:
• Simulate the activation of shelters in your area;
• Simulate the activation of EOC stations in your area;
• Establish and conduct a tactical net on simplex 2m FM/ repeater for your group;
• Simulate contact with any Town EOC RACES stations;
• Establish contact with other ARES districts where possible;
• Establish an HF 75 meter voice net for all of MA (and potentially other areas);
• Pass an NTS type message on 2 meters VHF and/or 440 MHz;
• Pass a SKYWARN and/or tactical message on voice 2 meters and on the HF net;
• Optional components of the exercise to pass information digitally via Winlink and NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System)

For full details, see the “Eastern MA Simulated Emergency Test 2020 Scenario and Guidelines” document at https://ema.arrl.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EasternMA-ARES-SET-11-14-20.pdf.

MASSACHUSETTS TRAFFIC REPORT FOR OCTOBER 2020

It is almost Thanksgiving although it hardly seems like it as it has been 70 degrees the past few days. Good weather for last minute preparations for New England winter.

As many of you know, the New England ARES Academy was conducted during the month of October as part of our virtual HamXposition. Yours truly, along with K1UAF SM of NH and participant on MARIPN conducted the session on message handling. All the programs were recorded and are available on YouTube under New England ARES Academy. There were 400 to 500 registered participants from all over, and thanks to our own K9HI, the organizer has agreed to send out radiograms to all those who were registered. Guess what? I can’t handle that many, so we will all be busy in one way or another. I will have more details in a separate mailing.

Something came up today that perhaps needs some explanation. I received a radiogram with an email address in the text. We don’t often see this but it is possible so we should know the proper way to handle it. We are familiar with sending email addresses in the address portion of the radiogram but it is important to remember how to count the word groups in the text. For example if I send a radiogram requesting a reply to kw1u@comcast.net, it could be counted as one word group for the check. However if that radiogram were to end up on CW at some point it would need to be sent as five word groups, thus changing the check in the preamble. Therefore we write it as we do in the address portion as ‘kw1u atsign comcast dot net’ which makes 5 word groups instead of one.

After consulting with several traffic handlers in the section there seemed to be a positive interest in an email group for Massachusetts traffic handlers. I have now set up a group on groups.io called MA-NTS, for the purpose of sharing information, asking questions and having discussions about topics of interest in regard to the National Traffic System, message handling and net operation. All MA message traffic handlers and anyone interested in learning more about it are invited to join us. Go to groups.io search for MA-NTS.

The nets are doing fantastically well with new check-ins, and with Peter KC1HHO’s training program a number of these are now handling message traffic. If any are interested in training and can make the Boston 145.23 repeater at 8 PM nightly, check in with Peter, or if not contact KW1U@arrl.net for more information.

The October net and traffic report is found below. 73 and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Marcia KW1U  STM EMA and WMA

MASSACHUSETTS STM REPORTS 2020 Oct-20      
                 
NET SESSIONS  QTC QNI QTR NM FREQ Net Time  
                 
WMTN C1 25 3 242 197 N1YCW 146.91 1300 Daily  
WMTN C2 25 5 160 193 KD2JKV 146.91 1700 Daily  
MARI 31 177 164 633 KW1U 3565 KHz 1900 Daily  
EM2MN 31 237 373 1222 KC1HHO 145.23 2000 Daily  
CM2MN 17 3 81 112 KK1X 146.97 2100 Daily  
HHTN 17 35 211 309 W1HAI MMRA Rptrs 2200 Su,M,W,F  
CITN 19 8 89 226 AC7RB 147.375 1930 Tu,Th,F, Sa  
MARIPN 14 70 114 310 N1LAH 3978 KHz 1700 Tu,Th,Sa  
WARPSN 4 8 91 na N1IQI 147.225 0830 Su  
WMEN/HF 3 0 91 61 N1CPE 3944 KHz 0830 Su  
WMEN/VHF 4 0 63 52 N1PUA 146.91 0900 Su  
  190 546 1679 3263        
                 
Note: HHTN accessible also via Plymouth and Mt Greylock rptrs and Echolink New-Eng2 Conf and IRLP 9127
                 
SAR ORG REC SENT DEL TOTAL BPL BPL = 500+ points  
                 
KW1U 0 422 391 2 815 X    
N1IQI 0 69 397 4 470      
N1TF 0 43 58 7 108      
W1RVY 0 87 32 2 121      
KC1KVY 7 52 94 22 175      
N1LAH 1 46 40 4 91      
WA1LPM 1 48 32 2 83      
KC1HHO 0 50 18 10 78      
KE1ML 2 29 32 12 75      
WA1VAB 0 13 8 2 23      
NV1N 0 15 42 1 58      
W1JWM 0 40 35 0 75      
W1PLK 0 13 11 10 34      
W1TCD 0 9 15 4 28      
AB1ZS 0 10 15 0 25      
KC1MSN 0 13 18 12 43      
KC1NBI 1 4 3 4 12      
                 
PSHR  (Min 70 Points) 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL  
                 
KW1U 40 40 30 0 0 20 130  
N1TF 40 40 30 5 0 0 115  
N1IQI 40 40 10 10 0 10 110  
W1RVY 40 40 30 0 0 0 110  
N1LAH 40 40 20 0 0 0 100  
KE1ML 35 40 10 0 0 10 95  
KC1HHO 32 40 20 0 0 0 92  
KC1KVY 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
WA1LPM 40 40 10 0 0 0 90  
NV1N 24 40 10 0 0 0 74  
KC1MSN 40 40 0 0 0 0 80  
                 
DRS RCV FWD TOTAL          
                 
KW1U 1124 974 2098          
N1IQI 69 397 466          
W1JWM 14 23 37          
AB1ZS 5 11 16          
W1RVY 2 9 11