Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net (EMHN) – Saturday 9/9/23 at 1000 AM EDT

N1SOM-Jeff – Secretary of the South Shore Hospital (SSH) group writes:

Good evening,

On Saturday September 9, 2023, the Mansfield EMA will hold an Eastern MA Hospital Net commencing at 10:00AM. We realize that the usual locations for some individuals and groups are still unavailable due to ongoing COVID restrictions. We encourage everyone who is affected by these restrictions to utilize their home or mobile stations to check into the net.

We will use the following repeaters in the order listed.

1. Plymouth Repeater 146.685 tone 131.8
2. West Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244​
3. Attleboro Repeater 147.195 tone 127.3
4. 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.

Jeff N1SOM, Secretary, and the SSH group
N1SOM – W1SSH

Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net & Massachusetts RACES Nets Will Be on The Second Monday of the Month – Monday 9/11/23 Due to Labor Day Holiday

Hello to all…
 
We hope everyone is enjoying some well deserved excellent late summer/early fall weather during this long Labor Day Holiday Weekend. A reminder that the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net and the Massachusetts RACES Nets will be on the second Monday of the month – Monday 9/11/23 at their usual times due to the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Notices of the various ARES/RACES Nets will be posted on the email lists and the Eastern Mass ARES web site at https://ema.arrl.org/ares this coming weekend/Monday Morning 9/11/23. Thanks to all for their continued support of ARES and RACES at the local and state level.
 
73,Rob-KD1CY.
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net September 2023 – Saturday 9/9/23 Due to Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Jeff N1SOM, Secretary, and the SSH group writes:

Good evening,

Due to the upcoming Labor Day holiday, the Eastern MA Hospital Net will be on Saturday September 9, 2023 instead of the customary 1st Saturday of the month. I will be sending the Net details and repeaters that will be used for the Net next week.

Jeff N1SOM, Secretary, and the SSH group
N1SOM – W1SSH

Massachusetts Rhode Island STM Report for July 2023

Beginning this month you will see the Massachusetts Rhode Island STM Report, as your STM has been appointed as interim STM for Rhode Island. Rhode Island amateurs have long been included in our section traffic nets. Find the July report at https://ema.arrl.org/massachusetts-rhode-island-stm-report-for-july-2023/. Note there information on “Event Happenings”, “Net News”, “NTS 2.0 Update” and “Traffic Handler of the Month”, along with a peek preview of an upcoming initiative.

Reminder: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday August 7th, 2023 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater System

Hello to all…

The August Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday August 7th, 2023 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 Monday evening including a new item we’d like net participants to participate in partnering with our colleagues in NTS (National Traffic System) starting with the September Eastern Mass ARES Section Net which will be on Monday September 11th, 2023 at 830 PM EDT due to the Labor Day holiday on the first Monday in September.

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: Monday August 7th, 2023 MEMA RACES/ACS Communications Test Net

N1YLQ-Mike “Sparky” Leger – MEMA Region 2 RACES Radio Officer writes:

Hello to all,

      As we head deeper into the summer I hope this note finds everyone well! With particularly active weather patterns we have all had quite a few opportunities to remain “radio-active” with Skywarn activations in the last month or so. This email is the typical monthly message to let everyone know that Monday evening, August 7th, 2023 will be the next RACES/ACS/Preparedness Net night.

      Last month the Sector 2A net did not occur as the net control (ME) got tied up at the last minute and was unable to be on frequency at the appointed net time. While this is definitely a less than ideal situation, it really should not have caused the net to not happen at all. I’d like to remind all operators that, if there is a scheduled net and no Net Control Operator identifies themselves within a few minutes of the scheduled net time, any RACES/ACS operator on the frequency can and should take the helm and kick off the net to the best of their ability. If you don’t have the proper preamble and role call list that is OK! Just do your best, ask for check-ins (and if you can note who is a RACES/ACS operator vs General Interest operator that would be helpful, but not an absolute requirement), and have a quick net with a round of comments on the going-ons in the emergency radio community for the past month. In those cases, the simplex test can be optional. After the net or within a few days of it… just shoot an email with the check-ins and a quick blurb about the net to WC1MAB@gmail.com so it can be logged. As a group that is prepared to deal with emergencies and the unexpected… a late or absent net control operator should definitely not be something to completely derail our monthly net. Quite a few of us have other side tasks, jobs and hobbies that can take us away from the microphone unexpectedly ad the last minute so, while not common, a missing scheduled NCO shouldn’t be completely unanticipated!      

      As always, I am looking for Net Control stations to staff our sector nets for the evening. This month I expect to be able to run the Sector 2A net, but having a backup operator ready just incase may not be a terrible idea. I am also 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.

           The 6-meter net has generally been a very informal net. With this repeater back in operation, please report any comms testing on the repeater and the results of those tests.

              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 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 should 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 can not 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. August 7th  and before midnight EST August 8th (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: 53.31 has been reported as being repaired and back online. Please report tests on this repeater so that we can verify the repairs/improvements made to the repeater.

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  ß New Number

Massachusetts RACES Nets – Monday 8/7/23 for HF, Region 2D VHF, NBEMS & Winlink – Times and Details Below

AB1PH-Don Rolph-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 Aug., Mon Aug 7 is the first Monday of the month, so the RACES nets will be held on Mon Aug. 7.
The RACES nets will be held on Mon Aug 7 at:

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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.

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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.

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HF 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.

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Winlink Net:
Bryan Marcotte KF1D will be. net control.
Send a winlink checkin form to KF1D, copy AB1PH, between 0600 Monday Aug 7 and 2400 Monday Aug. 7.

We look forward to you checking in!

73,
AB1PH
Don Rolph

Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net (EMHN) – Saturday 8/5/23 – 1000 AM

K1JRO-John O’Neill – Eastern Massachusetts ARES District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) – Hospital Liaison writes:

Hi Folks,

Sorry for the VERY late notice. We have some equipment issues at South Shore Hospital and thought it best if we did not use the equipment until we had a chance to thoroughly check out all the stuff we have on the roof and make any repairs necessary. We were going to cancel the Net but at the last minute, on short notice, Jeremy KB1REQ and the group at Mansfield EMA offered to step in and come to the rescue (once again).

Tomorrow at 10am Mansfield EMA will be Net Control for the August 5,2023 EMHN.

They will use the following Repeaters and NEDECN Network in the order listed.

1. Bridgewater 147.180 tone 67.0
2. Sharon 146.865 tone 103.5​
3. Falmouth 147.375 tone 110.9
4. 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, Bourne 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.

Return to Bridgewater for comments and Net closing.

NET Protocol: Please wait for Net Control to ask for Check-ins. When asked to check in please use the standard net check-in procedure which is: 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,
John O’
K1JRO

Cape Cod ARES District Exercise – Exercise “Cyclone” – Eastern Mass ARES Section Participation Welcomed – Saturday 8/5/23 – 10 AM-12 PM

Hello to all…

For those ARES members and ARES groups interested, WQ1O-Frank O’Laughlin and the Cape Cod ARES team will be having their exercise from 1000 AM-1200 PM Saturday 8/5/23 and the district drill document is linked here -> ARESdrill#78V1.6Doc08-03-23. This exercise will be mostly Cape Cod ARES district focused but there are options in the document for other ARES groups and ARES members in the section to participate in the exercise if they are willing and able to do so. There is also a low probability of some thunderstorms early tomorrow morning at sunrise along the south coast that Frank and his team will be prepared for to delay exercise setup if lightning is in the area. The hope though is by the time they start the exercise, any activity will be out of their area but wanted to mention that for anyone interested in participating.

Thanks to all for their support of Eastern Massachusetts 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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Introduction to the Massachusetts Rhode Island Digital NTS Net (MARIDN)

The Massachusetts Rhode Island Digital NTS Net (MARIDN) is a Section-Level net of the National Traffic System (NTS) of the ARRL. MARIDN meets weekly for the purpose of passing NTS messages within, into, and out of the sections of Eastern and Western MA and RI. MARIDN is supplemental to the Massachusetts Rhode Island Phone Net (MARIPN) and Massachusetts Rhode Island CW Net (MARICW). MARIDN uses digital modes rather than voice or CW, particularly the fldigi suite of software.

How to Participate in MARIDN

Participants in MARIDN use the fldigi software suite, particularly fldigi and flmsg. This introduction assumes the user has downloaded, installed and configured fldigi to run in their environment, and has a basic understanding of how to use the software, including the ability to receive and send using  fldigi, and send a message using flmsg. There are countless YouTube videos and other helpful documents to assist a new user with downloading and configuring fldigi; how to install and configure one’s fldigi setup is beyond the scope of this introduction.

MARIDN meets at 1800 local time every Tuesday. MARIDN may run additional sessions as needed, e.g., during declared emergencies and for ARES exercises.

To get started, set your system as follows:

Transceiver:

3583 kHz, USB (or USB-Data); Squelch off; AGC fast; Noise Reduction off; Noise Blanker off; Audio (Speech) Processing off;

fldigi: Mode: THOR22; center-point 1500 Hz; AFC off; RsID on for receive and transmit;

flmsg: application running; open the “Received Messages” window (Utilities -> Received Messages) and position the window to be easily visible

The Net Control Station (NCS) will call the net, including instructions for checking in. All stations are encouraged to check in, whether or not they have traffic.

When a station sends a message, fldigi will decode the message and pass it to flmsg for display. Each received message will create a new row in the Received Messages window. Select (click on) a row, then click the View button to see that message in flmsg and also in a browser window.

Other Thoughts

MARIDN participants run a Zoom call simultaneous with the net, to help with coordination. We encourage stations to connect to the Zoom, especially the first few times they check in to the net. For more information about MARIDN, including the Zoom link, please contact Net Manager Jon N1ILZ at n1ilz@arrl.org.

Conclusion

MARIDN is an officially sanctioned net within the National Traffic System (NTS). Operators use the fldigi software suite to pass messages. In addition to traditional Radiograms, flmsg can natively send a wide variety of other forms, including ICS-213. We believe this can and will be an important part of NTS going forward. We encourage stations from all over Massachusetts and Rhode Island to join the fun!

Massachusetts STM Report for June 2023

The Massachusetts STM Report for June 2023 can be found at  https://ema.arrl.org/massachusetts-stm-report-for-june-2023/ . Especially Note: Traffic Handlers Picnic Sunday August 6 beginning at noon at 44 Raymond Rd Concord MA. Anyone interested in traffic handling throughout the region is welcome. Hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausages will be provided along with a big shade tree. Bring your beverage of choice and a lawn chair. Please RSVP to KW1U@comcast.net so we have enough food. Also note upcoming HamXposition and NTS events, new field appointments and reporting clarification.

 

New Manager for Heavy Hitters Traffic Net (HHTN)

The Heavy Hitters Traffic Net will have a new manager effective August 1, 2023. Bob Sparkes KC1KVY has agreed to assume management of the net. Bob has been very active on HHTN as well as EM2MN and MARIPN, and has served as liaison to First Region Net and Eastern Area net. Bob has also been involved in training new traffic handlers while in his spare time generating confirmation radiograms to those he has worked in Parks on the Air. Bob is certainly well qualified and I know he will do a great job guiding HHTN. Thanks to Bob for taking on this responsibility.
 
We also thank Joe Weiss W1HAI for all he has done for HHTN in increasing activity to seven nights a week and expanding coverage to nearly statewide for the net. Joe assures us he will continue to be available to help with technical matters such as repeater and Echolink linking. Many thanks again to Joe for years of service to HHTN.
 
73, Marcia KW1U  STM

Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net (EMHN) – Saturday 7/8/23 – 1000 AM EDT

Good evening,

On Saturday July 8, 2023, the South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group will hold an Eastern MA Hospital Net commencing at 10:00AM. We realize that the usual locations for some individuals and groups are still unavailable due to ongoing COVID restrictions. We encourage everyone who is affected by these restrictions to utilize their home or mobile stations to check into the net.

We will use the following repeaters and NEDECN DMR system in the order listed.

1. Plymouth Repeater 146.685 tone 131.8
2. Whitman Repeater 147.225 tone 67.0​
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, Bourne 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. West Bridgewater 146.775 dcs 244
5. Simplex 147.420
6. 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.

Jeff N1SOM, Secretary, and the SSH group
N1SOM – W1SSH

South Shore Health Amateur Radio Group
55 Fogg Rd. Mail-Stop 42
South Weymouth, MA 02190

Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Net (EMHN) Postponed for One Week to 7/8/23 Due to 7/1/23 Being Part of the Long July 4th Weekend

John O’Neill-K1JRO-Eastern Massachusetts Hospital Liaison ARES DEC writes:

Good afternoon,

As announced last month, this is a reminder that tomorrow‘s EMHN is postponed for one week.  Due to July 1st (the first Saturday of the month, our regular day for the monthly EMHN) being part of the long July 4 weekend.
We will hold the Eastern MA Hospital Net on July 8.

Also, we are very happy to announce that the Whitman Amateur Radio Club’s Repeater is now available for Eastern MA Hospital Net use.
If not already programmed into your radio equipment, please add this repeater. WA1NPO 147.225 + CTCSS 67.0 

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend.
Looking forward to hearing you all next Saturday

John O’
K1JRO

Massachusetts STM Report for May 2023

The Section Traffic Manager’s report for May 2023 can be found at the following link https://ema.arrl.org/massachusetts-stm-report-for-may-2023/ . Note upcoming Traffic Handlers’ Picnic in Concord MA Sunday, August 6 beginning at noon. Also note NTS Meet and Greet and NTS 2.0 presentation at HamXposition weekend of August 25-27, dates and times TBD. See also featured traffic handler of the month Ralph Devlin, N1LAH, and traffic tip of the month.

MS Society Needs Rest Stop Amateur Radio Operators for the Bike MS Cape Cod Get Away

Don Rolph-AB1PH & Emily Rivera from MS Society Writes:

We are looking for HAM radio operators for our rest stops at Bike MS: Cape Cod Getaway on June 24 & 25. We are in need of operators at the following locations:

  Day 1 June 24, 2023  
Location Address Vol Support Start Time
Rest Stop 1: Wompatuck State Park Union St, Hingham, MA 7:15am
Rest Stop 2: Eames Way Elementary 164 Eames Way, Marshfield, MA 7:30am
Rest Stop 3 (Lunch):  Duxbury High School 71 Alden St, Duxbury MA 8:15am
Rest Stop 4: Sacred Heart High School 399 Bishops Highway, Kingston, MA 9:00am
Rest Stop 5:  Bryne Sand & Gravel 210 Wood St Middleborough, MA 9:45am
Rest Stop 6: Oiva Hannula & Sons 8 Rochester Rd, Carver MA 10:15am
Rest Stop 7: College Pond Rec Area Myles Standish Forest, Lower College Pond Rd, Plymouth,MA 9:30am
Rest Stop 8: Plymouth South Elementary 178 Bourne Rd, Plymouth, MA 10:00am
  Day 2  
Location Address Vol Support Start Time
Rest Stop 1: Spaulding Rehab Hospital 311 Service Rd, Sandwich, MA 4:45am
Rest Stop 2: Cape Cod Five Savings Bank 1582 Lyannough Rd, Hyannis, MA 5:15am
Rest Stop 3 (Lunch): Stony Brooke Elementary 384 Underpass Rd, Brewster, MA 6:00am
Rest Stop 4: Cooks Brook Beach Steele Rd, Eastham, MA 6:45am
Rest Stop 5: Wellfleet Elementary 100 Lawrence Rd, Wellfleet, MA 7:15am
Rest Stop 6: Truro Central School 317 RT6, Truro, MA 7:30am

We are happy to provide housing at Mass Maritime Academy for any operator that would need it Saturday evening.

Thanks,

Emily

Heavy Hitters Traffic Net (HHTN) -Time Change – effective immediately

Per Net Manager Joe Weiss W1HAI, effective tonight Monday, June 5, the Heavy Hitters Traffic Net will meet 15 minutes earlier, at 9:45 PM local, on Sundays through Fridays. For now the Saturday session will continue to meet at 10:00 PM. HHTN can be accessed via the Minuteman Repeater network, Mt Greylock, Fitchburg and Gardner repeaters and Echolink New-Eng2 Conference Node 9127.

Reminder: Eastern Massachusetts ARES Net – Monday June 5th, 2023 at 830 PM on the MMRA Repeater System

Hello to all…

The June Eastern Massachusetts ARES section net will be Monday June 5th, 2023 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 Monday evening.

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: June 5th, 2023 MEMA RACES/ACS Communications Test Net

N1YLQ-Mike “Sparky” Leger – MEMA Region 2 RACES Radio Officer writes:

Hello to all,

      This email is a reminder that Monday evening, June 5th, 2023 is the first non-holiday Monday of the month and, as such, is our RACES/ACS/Preparedness Net night. We will be holding our sector nets on the normally assigned frequencies.

      As always, I am looking for Net Control stations to staff our sector nets for the evening. This month I will not be able to reliably run the Sector 2A net due to work requirements and I will be looking for someone to run this net in my absence. I am also 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.

           The 6-meter net has generally been a very informal net. We have received an update that repairs have been implemented on the repeater. Please report any comms testing on the repeater so that those repairs can be verified.

              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 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 should 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 can not 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. June 5th  and before midnight EST April 6th (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: 53.31 has been reported as being repaired and back online. Please report tests on this repeater so that we can verify the repairs/improvements made to the repeater.

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: 386-566-7666

Massachusetts RACES Nets – Monday 6/5/23 for HF, Region 2D VHF, NBEMS & Winlink – Times and Details Below

AB1PH-Don Rolph-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 June 2023, the RACES nets will be held on Mon June 5.

The RACES nets will be held on Mon June 5 at:
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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.
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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.
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HF 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.
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Winlink Net:

Bryan Marcotte KF1S will be. net control.
Send a winlink checkin form to KF1D, copy AB1PH between 0600 Monday June 5 and 2400 Monday June 5

We look forward to you checking in!

73,
AB1PH
Don Rolph