KA8SCP Appointed As Assistant Section Manager

EMA ARRL logoMike Neilsen, W1MPN has announced the appointement of Terry Stader, KA8SCP as an Assistant Section Manager to liaise with the northern districts.

“Stader will provide additional contact for clubs in Middlesex, Essex, and parts of Norfolk counties,” writes Neilsen. “He will also provide a terrific bridge between my staff and the RACES and MARS communities.”

The appointment is effective January 13, 2009.

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Thanks in large part to the efforts of Phil McNamara, N1XTB, thousands of posts from previous years have been converted over onto this new site. You may find a few things missing and/or broken links over the next few days, but we’ll endeavor to fix all problems you bring to our attention.

You’ll note that any web story links from the old site will automatically map over to the new site; e.g., a story with a URL of http://ares.ema.arrl.org/article.php?sid=123 will display in your browser as http://ares.ema.arrl.org/node/123. So if you’ve linked to any of our stories, there’s no need to make any edits on your own site.

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Thanks in large part to the efforts of Phil McNamara, N1XTB, thousands of posts from previous years have been converted over onto this new site. You may find a few things missing and/or broken links over the next few days, but we’ll endeavor to fix all problems you bring to our attention.

You’ll note that any web story links from the old site will automatically map over to the new site; e.g., a story with a URL of http://ema.arrl.org/article.php?sid=123 will display in your browser as http://ema.arrl.org/node/123. So if you’ve linked to any of our stories, there’s no need to make any edits on your own site.

The move to Drupal also fixes a major problem where accounts were restricted earlier in the year due to spamming. (See “Web Site Comments Feature Disabled“.) Old accounts have been removed, but you’re welcome to re-apply for a user account and comment on stories, or submit material for new stories to the site. 73, K9HI

EMA SECTION MANAGER ELECTIONS RESULTS

In the Eastern Massachusetts election, Mike Neilsen, W1MPN, of Hudson, defeated incumbent Section Manager Art Greenberg, K1GBX, of Georgetown. Neilsen received 660 votes to Greenberg’s 224. Neilsen served as Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager from January 2005-December 2006. Just prior to his first term as Section Manager, he served as the Section Emergency Coordinator for the Section from September 2001-January 2005.

W1MPN Defeats K1GBX In Eastern MA Section Manager Election

EMA ARRL logoMike Nielsen, W1MPN, of Hudson, defeated incumbent Section Manager Art Greenberg, K1GBX, of Georgetown. Nielson received 660 votes to Greenberg’s 224. Neilsen served as Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager from January 2005-December 2006. Just prior to his first term as Section Manager, he served as the Section Emergency Coordinator for the Section from September 2001-January 2005.

Neilsen assumes the Section Manager leadership role on January 1, 2009.

–Thanks, ARRL

N1UMJ Nominated For 1RN Cycle 2 Net Manager

NTS logoJohn Miller, N1UMJ of Taunton has been nominated for the First Region Net Cycle Two Net Manager Slot.

In an email from the Chair of the Eastern Area Staff, Marcia Forde, KW1U, “After more than a year with no manager … we finally have a candidate for manager of 1RN cycle 2. John Miller, N1UMJ has been active on the net for some time now and has agreed to take the job.”

Forde adds that she’s “putting out a call” for further nominations for the job. But if none are forthcoming, KW1U is calling for Miller’s appointment effective July 1, 2007.

For more information on NTS nets, see the ARRL Public Service Communications Manual, section 2: National Traffic System.

KD1CY Appointed ASM

Eastern MA ARRL Section Manager Art Greenberg, K1GBX has announced the appointment of Rob Macedo, KD1CY as an Assistant Section Manager.

“I appointed KD1CY as my first appointment because of his talent, knowledge, and his ability to get the job done–fast and correctly, no matter what that job is,” writes Greenberg.

Macedo has held a number of positions within the ARRL field organization, including his current appointment as Section Emergency Coordinator. In addition, KD1CY serves as SKYWARN Coordinator for the Taunton, Massachusetts National Weather Service office.

“He is a young man with outstanding leadership, adds Greenberg. “For what I have planned for Eastern MA ARRL, I need a great second hand.”

New WMA ARRL Web Site Debutes

WMA ARRL logoThe Western MA ARRL section recently established a very attractive web site carrying news and information about section activities at a new domain address, http://wma.arrl.org.

The site is administered by Assistant Section Manager Gil Hayes, WK1H, and is powered by the same content management system software as its Eastern MA counterpart, called phpWebSite.

Congratulations to all the WMA ARRL section staff who have contributed to this fine site!

New Eastern MA ARRL Section Manager Announced

ARRL flagAs reported on today’s ARRL Web (“New ARRL Section Managers to Take Office”) Arthur S. Greenberg, K1GBX, of Georgetown, will succeed current SM Mike Neilsen, W1MPN, who decided against running for another term. Greenberg will take office on January 1, 2007.

A ham since 1957, Greenberg has a background in electronics and worked in the computer industry for many years before retiring in 1993.

WA1IDA Resigns As Assistant Section Manager

It is with regret that I accept today the resignation of S. Robert Salow, WA1IDA.

As my “primary” Assistant Section Manager these past four years, Bob has been instrumental in serving as my backup. He’s provided me with sage counsel. Bob has served as an excellent sounding board for many ideas and projects.

WA1IDA has a very long list of accomplishments. He has served as President of the Middlesex Amateur Radio Club, and is the founding President of the Boston Amateur Radio Club. He is a founder of the Council of Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Clubs (CEMARC). Bob has been an Assistant Director of the ARRL New England Division, and its delegate to the ARRL Public Service Advisory Committee.

WA1IDA was also elected Chairperson of the Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MAVOAD) which supports the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) for all voluntary agencies in the state. Bob has received training for all levels of the Incident Command System.

Please join me in thanking S. Robert Salow, WA1IDA for his long-standing service to the members of the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section!

New Section Managers Train In Newington

K9HI operating W1AWApproximately ten new Section Managers from across the United States attended a Section Manager’s Workshop September 17-19,2004 in Newington, Connecticut. The Section Managers heard talks from Headquarters employees regarding the various services offered by the ARRL, ranging from Field Services and Training to Certification and Continuing Education to Marketing and Public Relations. The SMs also received a large quantity of useful materials and handouts.

The weekend event included time for discussions about problem-solving and informal social networking, as well as an opportunity to tour ARRL Headquarters and operate W1AW. The SM Workshop is a regular event; it is held annually in Newington, Connecticut at ARRL Headquarters.

Also present was Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI of Watertown. Temples, a three-term Section Manager, was invited by the workshop organizers to participate and to share his experiences as a veteran Section Manager.

[photo: K9HI on 30m cw in W1AW Studio One]

Public Information Officer Appointments

Phil and I would like to officially welcome these PIO’s to the Section Staff. Bill – KA1MOM has been here for a while but a “snafu” in the database never registered his appointment. Ron – W1PLW was appointed last year and Jeff – N1SOM is new to the crew. The Eastern Mass Section Staff looks forward to working with you all and if there’s anything we can do to help, let us know.

Jim Duarte – N1IV
Eastern Mass PIC

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EMA Staff Meeting Minutes, Feb. 12, 2004

EMA ARRL logoMembers of the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL staff met on Thursday, February 12, 2004 in Burlington for their quarterly-annual staff meeting. Those present were: Phil Temples, K9HI, Section Manager; Bob Salow, WA1IDA, Assistant Section Manager; Elaine Chase, N1GTB, Assistant Section Manager; Mike Neilsen, W1MPN, Section Emergency Coordinator; Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator; Frank Murphy, N1DHW, Affiliated Club Coordinator; Mike Ardai, N1IST, Bulletin Manager; Mike Goldberg, K1LJN, Official Observer Coordinator; Shawn O’Donnell, K3HI, State Government Liaison. Those staff members who were unable to attend: Stan Laine, WA1ECF, Assistant SM; Jim Duarte, N1IV, Public Information Coordinator; Jim Ward, N1LKJ, Section Traffic Manager.

The meeting was called to order at approximately 6:40 pm.

Phil announced the resignation of Technical Coordinator Greg Richardson, N1QLS. Phil indicated that a potential candidate for the vacant position has already been in contact with Phil. K9HI will consider other qualified applicants as well.
Mike Goldberg, K1LJN reported that he attended the retirement party of outgoing FCC New England Engineer-in-charge Vince Kajunski. Mike mediated a reported interference case involving an FM simplex EchoLink node. He also forwarded a malicious interference case in Southern California to Riley Hollingsworth. K1LJN reported that many OO appointees have not been filing monthly reports. KlLJN also announced that he is seeking an assistant to help with OOC matters.

Frank Murphy, N1DHW reported on his affiliated club activities. He attended six meetings in the recent past. Frank has been very involved with Salvation Team Emergency Radio Network communications activities. N1DHW presented about SATERN as a guest speaker at the Boston ARC. Discussion ensued about the CEMARC Youth Net. The Youth Net was suspended to lack of activity. With the activation of an MMRA EchoLink Node it is thought that the Net might enjoy greater success.

Phil Temples, K9HI reported on several recent items, including: a possible letter-writing project in support of the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act (H.R. 713, S. 537) and the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Consistency Act (H.R. 1478); potential funding of Eastern Massachusetts emergency communications projects from Citizens Corps; a recent ARRL financial grant (The “Big Project”) to a Cambridge elementary school; attendance at the recent ARRL New England Division Cabinet meeting in Springfield; the EMA ARRL Speakers List; efforts by PIO KA1MOM to be featured on a talk-show on WBZ radio. Phil passed out the latest list of EMA section field organization appointments. Some list corrections were given to Phil from WA1IDA.

Shawn O’Donnell, K3HI reported that there has been no movement on the “hands-free” cellular telephone legislation on Beacon Hill. He reminded all that there is almost 11 months before these bills will expire. Shawn distributed a well-written document with “Do’s and Don’ts” for communicating with legislators. (This document will soon be posted at http://sgl.ema.arrl.org.) Discussion ensued on a plan to construct a web page that might allow users to select “canned text” to “painlessly” produce a letter to their respective legislators to comment on pending congressional bills.

Mike Neilsen, W1MPN and Rob Macedo, KD1CY jointly reported on the multitude of ARES-related activities in Eastern Massachusetts over recent months.

Those activities included: an emergency communications workshop in Littleton; ARES presentation to the Genesis ARS; annual Section Emergency Test (SET); SKYWARN activation for strong winds; Plymouth and CC ARES Districts self-activation due to a widespread power failure; major Nor’easter SKYWARN activation report; New Year’s Day limited ARES activation for Red Cross and Salvation Army for Boston First Night; Red Cross and ARES Communications Committee update; ARES leadership meeting; Cape Cod ARES drill; SKYWARN leadership meeting. Upcoming ARES and SKYWARN events include: ARES exercise on 2/21/2004; ARECC test at the SEOC in Framingham, February 2/28/2004; numerous SKYWARN Training Seminars; NTS-ARES Coordination meeting; Emergency communications workshop in Hingham, 4/3/2004; future Red Cross/ARES Communications Committee meetings. (A comprehensive list can soon be found on the EMA ARES web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org).

Discussion ensued about Citizen Corps funding opportunities, and whether the monies available for Amateur Radio via Citizen Corps and those for cities and towns for CERT were one-in-the-same.

Mike Ardai, N1IST reported on his recent listserv activities.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.