Request For Comments: NTS and ARES Cooperation

Happy Thanksgiving, EMA traffic handlers!

I wanted to share this Request For Information from the ARRL Volunteer Resources Committee, via Steve Ewald at ARRL Hq. VRC feels that more cooperation is needed between NTS and ARES programs. They are looking for input from Section Managers, Section Traffic Managers and Section Emergency Coordinators as to how this might occur.

Additionally, I invite comments from any NTS or ARES participants.

73,

Phil Temples, K9HI

ARRL Section Manager,
Eastern Massachusetts Section

ARRL Section Managers,

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BERT/SATERN After Action Report: EMA Simulated Emergency Test

Boston ARC logoThe Massachusetts SATERN EOC, at Mass. Div. HQ’s. was the designated Metro-Boston District EOC for the EMass. ARRL ARES/RACES SET conducted on November 9th. The Metro-Boston ARES DEC, Bill Ricker, N1VUX, was in command, assisted by both SATERN Team Leader, Frank Murphy, N1DHW and BERT Leader, Rick DeSisto, NG1L. ( Boston ARC ” Emergency Response Team”)…The purpose of this season’s drill was to test the ability of Primary Field Teams (PFT’s) to tactically communicate without the use of repeaters. Additionally, having PFT’s relay traffic from outlying district EOC’s and PFT’s to Metro-Boston EOC and MEMA. All tactical traffic between field teams and EOC’s was passed using 2m, 6m, and 70cm simplex only. Traffic between outlying District EOC’s and Mass. State Emergency Management sites was passed using RACES NTS formal HF messaging on 6 and 40 meters. (NVIS)

The SATERN EOC was manned by 6 SATERN members including the Massachusetts SATERN Coordinator, Bill Foley, kb1glf. One of the Boston canteens was manned by Rick Meuse, N1HID, and equipped for HF and vhf/uhf communications, and designated as Boston Tactical Remote Vehicle.

PFT’s were organized from the Boston Amateur Radio Club ” Emergency Response Team”, and were dispatched to two remote “high” areas outside Metro-Boston. Many of this group, 30 strong, are SATERN members; some of whom were active at “Ground Zero”. Individual “mobile and home players” provided tactical traffic related to “simulated emergency conditions/situations” that could be arise around Metro-Boston”. Additionally, the town of Hingham’s Emergency Management EOC was tied in, since it is located within contact range of the “Cape Cod and Islands District”. It was manned by the EM, Mark Duff, KB1EKN, the Hingham Deputy Fire Chief, and a radio officer.

Radio Equipment Used:

EOC – SATERN/METRO BOSTON

Yaesu FT900, Icom 706MKIIG, Icom 2100, Knwd TM-G707, Knwd 315A and individual Ht’s, and EOC scanners.

The SA location, 5 stories high, had a 5 band vertical, 6 mtr vertical, and a 40 mtr dipole(NVIS), along with 2, 220, and 440 vertical. (G5RV not used)

Commercial Power was used; however multiple rechargeable marine batteries and generators were available.

Tactical Remote Vehicle – A30:

Icom 706MKIIG, Knwd dual bander, Ht’s, and truck’s scanners. This vehicle is also equipped with direct Fire Alarm communications with Metro-Boston.

HF was with an Outbacker Antenna and trucks HF whip. VHF/UHF was with truck mounted antennas and mobile magnet mounts.

Primary Field Teams –

North – Located at Chelsea Veterans Home (Malone Park)
4 BERT/SATERN Members
NG1L ~ Rick – BERT Team Leader
AA1XS ~ James
N1LRT – Paul
KA1RDZ – Dan Equipped with 2 – 706 MKIIG (Mobile Verticals) / and dual band mobiles

South/West – Located at Larz Anderson Park, Brookline (BARC FD Site)
WA1IDA ~ Bob
N1ZKR ~ Paul / Pres. BARC
KB1IBG ~ Walter

Results and What We Learned:

The drill was a success, but not without its problems.

First, the drill as outlined, proved that we (SATERN and BERT) could communicate successfully to State EM without the use of repeaters in the Eastern Mass. Section. The SATERN EOC was able to directly communicate with all Mass. Emergency Management Agency locations on air. We were also able to communicate with all of our PFT’s, our Tactical Vehicle on HF, and the Hingham EOC on both HF and VHF simplex. The DEC used 6 meters to conduct drill discussions with the SEC, w1mpn. Additionally, we received and passed traffic from outlying district PFT’s, and also passed American Red Cross traffic from members of the Western Mass. Section, who were conducting an American Red Cross Hospital drill at the same time.

We learned that once our Primary 40m (NVIS) frequency was taken over by a non-participating slow-scan video station, that the secondary HF frequency became too crowded. (needs Net Control Operator) The primary Tactical VHF frequency was also too crowded. (it also needed a Net Control)

The Frequency Table provided was adequate, but not utilized correctly by most.

While the locations selected for the remote sites were optimum for individual team communications, today’s high power equipment, good antennas, and the presence of a “lift condition”, created a condition on simplex similar to most DX pile-ups. Without a Net Control Operator to sort out the hailing stations and directing us to alternate frequencies to pass traffic, weaker, distant stations were not recognized, or if they were on alternate frequencies, they were not heard. Emphasis must be placed on proper use of hailing frequencies/initial contact freq’s, with direction to an alternate by a NCS. (Thought should be given by Section Manager and SEC, to assigning individual club simplex frequencies for better hailing.)

The next step for our SATERN/BERT Group must be to test our ability to communicate within the ring of “high ground”. We must dispatch mobile operators, or the canteen, to many of the shelters, hospitals, and local EOC’s to recognize those problem communication area’s we may encounter in a real world disaster in Metro-Boston . Also, the equipment used at the EOC was provided by SATERN members and took considerable time to transport, erect antennas and set-up. The Salvation Army Mass. Division MUST purchase its own equipment, and provide a permanently equipped in house EOC location, that can be opened and manned in a reasonable time to be able to respond quickly. The Sharon, Mass. “Camp Wonderland” should also be equipped and tested as an alternate EOC location.

Some areas we have to work-on are:

1 – separation of EOC operators (too distracting hearing multiple traffic)
2 – assign tactical calls to our own PFT’s for easier recognition of hailing
3 – assign a recorder to each operator, and a separate NTS writer for traffic
4 – build a retractable operating shelf in the canteen for HF radio equipment
5 – wire external antenna connectors
6 – provide seating for the mobile operator.
7 – SOP for SATERN and BERT teams/ tested and distributed to all members.
8 – better participation of club members to drill training efforts. Only 12 members participated from BERT,40%, and 8% of total BARC membership.
9 – request additional “home/mobile players” participate in next drill to test real world LOAD on EOC’s ability to steer and pass tactical info correctly.
10- establish a list of HF hailing freq’s to other New England SATERN and American Red Cross EOC’s.

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CEMARC Meeting Date

The final CEMARC meeting of the year will be hosted by the Algonquin Amateur Radio Club on December 7th at 9:00 am. Location will be the Central Fire Station in Marlborough. The address is 255 Maple Street (Route 85).

A tour of the Marlborough EOC will be conducted prior to the meeting.

Please submit agenda items to: n1dhw@arrl.net

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Cape Cod ARES After Action Report: EMA Simulated Emergency Test

The drill began for us at 10am. That was 1 hour later than the official start of the section SET. This was due to our operations plan having been completed before the Section plan was complete.

Cape Cod ARES dispatched 2 field teams. One was deployed to assist Sandwich Emergency Management office. The other was sent to the Lower Cape Regional Technical High School in Harwich MA…Communications were quickly established with K1PBO Cape cod ARES EOC and both teams via 2m FM simplex.

Communications were also quickly established via 40m NVIS on 7230khz (severe interference was observed from a slow scan TV Net on 7228kzh). NVIS signals were very strong even for such close range. Although CCARES has done this numerous times in our last 10 drills, the NVIS signals were the best we have encountered to date.

We attempted to initiate comms on 75m NVIS, but signals were very poor. It was certain that 40m would be the band of choice today. We were able to establish comms with our EC on Martha’s Vineyard Brad KB1QL on 40m. An attempt to establish communications with Region II on our liaison frequency of 147.465. Contact was unsuccessful.

Several NTS and tactical messages were exchanged between our field teams and CCARES EOC. We were able to fulfill envelope 1 by deploying team members to the Sandwich EM site. We were initially unable to successfully act on envelope #3 as a path had not been located.

Successful check-in was made to WC1MAB Region II anchoring the EMA/RI RACES Net on 7246khz. Signals were excellent.

An initial NTS message on current shelter status was sent to WC1MAB on 40m. We then learned that Region II had indeed heard us calling on the 2m liaison frequency (147.465)earlier. They could not get a sufficient signal back to us. Once a relay path was made, we were able to send an NTS message destined for W1MPN via 40m.

An NTS message was relayed to us from Central MA Red cross on the 40m Net(7246khz). We had contact with many stations on 40m NVIS(7230khz). Several RI EOCs checked in with us having super signals. Our local operations continued normally untill mid afternoon.

Participation of CCARES Members

Number of CCARES members participating in the Exercise: 12

WQ1O-Frank
WA1KCC-Jim
KB1EAJ-Ritchey
W1VZT-Ben
N1ZPO-Mark
W1PPY-Chris
W1RBF-%@!#%& (also Sandwich EM Director)
N1CP-Chris
WA1JSE-Paul
KC1KM-Jim
K1WCC-Henry
N1PIV-Trenor

Modes and bands Used in Exercise
2m FM
2m SSB
6m FM
6m SSB
40m NVIS
40m Normal deploy
Packet Radio 2m

Number of Messages Passed
NTS format – 15
Tactical Messages – 24
NTS using packet radio – 3

Number of off Cape Stations Worked
40m – 7 stations

Operational Objectives
Deploy field teams – Successful
Logistical Resupply(Food) – Partially successful
Conduct NVIS operations with other off Cape stations – Extremely successful
Conduct all mode operation between fied teams and EOC – Extremely successful
Establish Contact to Region II on Simplex 2m FM – Unsuccessful* (warrants further technical investigation as we were unable to hear WC1MAB on 2m, but they could hear us)(we also worked other stations further away than WC1MAB on 2m FM with no difficulty)
Provide relief operators at the field sites – Successful

Observations and Analysis of Operations

1. The goal of getting numerous stations to play in the EMa Section, WMa Section and RI was well represented. It was good to see all those call signs in there.

2. 40m was incredibly reliable for this exercise. It is interesting to note that CCARES has observed the situation in which communications with just one station using an NVIS antenna can do well even if the other station is using normal antenna configurations. We have observed this concept in 6 of our last 10 drills. When we were communicating with WC1MAB on 40m, we were using a normal dipole at 45 feet. Signals were good. As we approached the end of the 40m Net on 7246khz, I conducted a test with WC1MAB (W3EVE as NCS). We switched our antenna to our NVIS 40 meter dipole (6′ off the ground with a counterpoise wire 5% longer underneath). Steve reported a dramatic signal increase after the switch(thanks Steve!). This is a great demonstration of how NVIS can be used for significant advantage.

I also want to take this opportunity to note the professionalism in operations by the RACES Region station operators. Net operations were done very effectively. I want to thank Steve W3EVE and Bob WA1OEZ for helping WC1MAB anchor the net. Great Job to all. My thanks to WMa SEC Dennis Zonia and also the RI groups who participated. We are also very lucky to have Mike W1MPN as our SEC here in the east. My desire was to see people get in the field to operate. I used to believe for years that I was prepared for field ops. That belief was shaken to the core after CCARES began our series of field drills shortly after the 9-11 attacks. You never realize just how unprepared you are until your operation ceases because you failed to bring a 50 cent item. After that, you never forget that item again. During our May 18th drill, we had downpours all day long with strong winds. I learned more from that drill than any other to date. I never would have learned those lessons without going out and experiencing it. It was great to see all you guys “in action” today. You should all be proud of yourselves for doing a great job today! My thanks to all who put in time and hard work to make the exercise possible.

73s and Happy Holidays to all!

Respectfully Submitted,
Frank WQ1O
Cape Area ARES DEC

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Waltham ARA/1200 Radio Club Auction Coming Soon!

Don’t forget that the annual club auction is this coming Saturday November 16th. Complete information is on our club website at www.wara64.org/auction/

The main reason for this message is that our steadfast printer of our newsletter has, sadly gone out of business and the newsletter has yet to make it to the post office. We’re working hard to make that happen but it’s getting so close to the auction that I wanted to ask folks to talk it up on the air and with friends. This is our main fund raiser for the club for the year so anything you can do to help get the word out will be appreciated.

73 for now,
Ron, N1USS

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K1USN Veteran’s Day Operation

Happy Veterans Day!

Today we were able to activate K1USN from 9 AM – 3:30 PM. K1VV, K1RV, W1BT, KB1IUB, N1VTI and NI1X were on the air using both HF stations in Radio Room 5. We also activated the IRLP from Node # 4320.

We were able to work well over 100 contacts on 20-17-15 and 10 meters SSB. Band conditions were very good with many excellent signal reports from throughout the US, South America, Europe and Africa. We made many contacts with veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces.

We were able to work several other Museum Ships and also spoke with some of our friends associated with other ships that were not activated today. We did work the USS Clamagore just before they had to secure due to bad wx conditions! AA2WN-Harry said that the USS New Jersey is gearing up for this year’s Scouting program.They can be contacted on IRLP Node # 3740. VA3USN-John told us that the HCMS Haida was due to enter dry-dock within the next 10 days and several of their members have been spending time onboard the USS The Sullivans and USS Croaker. They expect more activity from the USS Little Rock soon. They also hope to get active on the IRLP soon.

The USS Kid was quite active and we did work them several times using the IRLP on Node # 8560 but not on HF. They also had well over 100 QSO’s today.

We spoke with one of the guys from the USS Hornet Radio Club – NB6GC, who tried to “hook us up” on 15 meters. We never did get to work them, but I did speak with several stations who had worked them. They may also be getting active with IRLP soon.

There were many stations working the USS Missouri – KH6BB today, but we never seemed to have good propagation to Pearl Harbor. Perhaps we should have tried the Echolink which was quite successful during the Museum Ships Weekend!

Thanks to all who participated today and encourage any other Museum Ships to let us know if they were active for Veterans Day.

73 , Pi – K1RV / K1USN

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EMA SET Update

***** 2002 SET Update *****
*** Generic Exercise Plan Available ***

Greetings to all,

I’m pleased to report that good progress is being made toward the 2002 SET on Saturday November 9. A generic exercise plan is now available for you to view on the EMa ARES website, http://www.emaares.com/Drills/SET2002_1.html. It will give you and/or your club a good idea of what will be happening that day. Please note that play is district-by-district, so please look for your final district plan containing details of the players, schedule, and frequencies on our website, and check in with your DEC. You can still join a team if you haven’t already done so. We now have 6 teams, and more are forming. Interested clubs can still join in.

Please contact your DEC as soon as possible, or me if you need to. If you’re not sure what district you’re in, our website has a map and list to help you at http://www.emaares.com/districts.html. Come on and join the fun!

Look forward to working with you then! 73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts Section
Pager: 1-800-759-8888 PIN 1155084
Admin: w1mpn (symbol for at) arrl.net
978-562-5662 Primary/Voice Mail
978-389-0558 FAX/ EFax Voice Mail

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EMA Emergency Communications Workshop Report

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARCMike Neilsen and the crew put on a great workshop this past weekend at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, MA. An article outlining the event is available at the Sturdy club’s web site… click the “eNews” button from the [SMHARC] home page, http://www.w1smh.com.

Thanks to Mike and his staff for a great presentation!

73,

Jim Duarte – N1IV
Public Relations Manager
Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC

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YOUTH NET GOES ON-THE-AIR

– – – – – Please pass this information on. – – – – – – –

The CEMARC Group has concluded arrangements for the start of a YOUTH NET.

The YOUTH NET will air starting Sunday, November 10th at 7:00pm. This net will be a directed net, with a Teen Net Control Operater, strictly for youth\’s up to Grade 12. Subject matter will be at the descreation of the net attendee\’s. All young operators are welcome.

NO ADULTS WILL BE ALLOWED *

The Minute Man Repeater Association, through Kevin Paetzold, k1kwp, has graciuosly made available their linked system to air this net, and will have control operator\’s monitoring. In addition, Ann Weldon, ka1pon, a mother, grandmother, Club President, and school teacher, has agreed to act as a mentor and help to coordinate this net.

What can you and I do? First, talk up the net start. Then, advise all youth that you are aware of to try connecting to one or more of the MMRA repeaters before the net start, to see which repeater is best for them from their QTH. Help them decide if you can. Check MMRA web site for list of repeaters.

The future of amateur radio, and our clubs depends on the young operaters. Their future in continuing in the hobby depends on us. Let\’s not fail them, our ourselves.

(*) While no adults will be recognised during the Net, parents who desire to sign on their child, under their control, using their call, may do so. However, once the Net starts, no adults will be recognised, only the child who was checked in.

Please direct any questions to:
Frank Murphy – N1DHW (n1dhw@arrl.net) or
Ann Weldon – KA1PON (aweldon@aol.com) or
Kevin Paetzold -K1KWP (k1kwp@arrl.net)

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EMA Simulated Emergency Test Nov. 9, 2002

Call for EMA 2002 SET Players
Please discuss with your Clubs

Subject: [mras_general] Call for EMA 2002 SET Players
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 21:55:46 -0400
From: “Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN”
To: “Mass RAS General”

Greetings to all…

I am pleased to announce the EMA section will hold the annual Section Emergency Test (SET) on Saturday November 9, 2002. As most of you know, the League requires at least one emergency communication exercise per year. These exercises may be accomplished on a local, district, and section level. Additional exercises can be held at any time by any of those leaders. For example, our Cape Cod and Islands District has already held 10 exercises just this year!

The theme this year will be functionality of mobile emergency communication teams, formed in each district in EMA. Our districts run roughly along county lines, headed by a DEC, but also can include important geographical areas like the North Shore (including Cape Ann), South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands. Teams will be formed using ARES members, and teams that are already formed in clubs are invited to participate as well.

These teams will be tasked to solve a communications problem created by an emergency of some kind (we’ll decide that later) away from their base of operations. Once the problem is revealed, they’ll have to get out there, set up communications with emergency power (mobile only allowed on the way) and to use simplex on at least primary frequencies. We want these teams to pass traffic to their DEC and other teams in their district, as well as any other districts. Short haul HF will be requested by some teams using conventional HF and NVIS methods. Mode selection on VHF/UHF/HF will at the discretion of team leaders, as the goal is to successfully pass traffic from the problem site.

Please do a follow up with your DEC. Details are now just being worked out. Our website www.emaares.com will continually have more information, so please check it often. Please also join the Mass/RACES/ARES/SKYWARN General Yahoo group for messages, if you have not already done so, in order to receive any updates and information.

RACES involvement this year will be limited to participation by each Regional RACES Officer and State RACES comms, meaning Terry in Region 1, Tom [Kinahan, N1CPE] in the big bunker, and Bob Mims, Sr. [WA1OEZ]in the Bridgewater bunker. It is unlikely that individual towns will participate. We’re asking them to receive reports and to task at one of the teams in their region (through the DEC) to solve a problem similar to that described above. That problem will be known only to the RACES officer until SET day.

Tactical communication (ham to ham) will be allowed only for contact and coordination. All traffic passed to solve the problem requires record format using NTS. So if you’re a bit rusty on NTS or net procedures, please plan to attend one the NTS classes being offered this fall to be held in October and November. You might also consider joining us at the ARES Workshop to be held in Attleboro on 10/26, to review some of the field procedures. [See the Calendar listings in the latest newsletter or net report for full training listings.]

We think it will be very good practice for all, and a lot of fun. I hope you will join us. In the meantime, please discuss participating at your next club meeting next month. Please also consider participating as an ARES member in an ARES team. We are also looking for team leaders, so sing out! Please follow up with your EC or DEC for any additional questions you may have.

For your convenience, we’ve broken down the [EMA] club list by EMA ARES District [below on the district directory webpage].

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MMRA Fox-a-thon Oct. 19 Stoneham/Wakefield

The Minuteman Repeater Association (MMRA) has scheduled a “Fox-a-thon” for this Saturday morning October 19 in the Stoneham/Wakefield area of Massachusetts. This is an opportunity for people who are interested in foxhunting and radio direction finding to gain some direct hands on experience riding along with a regular MMRA foxhunter.

This event is open to all and we want to explicitly invite members from other clubs and organizations. Our goal is to expose more people to foxhunting and RDF with some real hands on experience. You can see some details and photos from the last “fox-a-thon” at “http://www.foxfinder.org/RDF/fox-a-thon.htm”.

This event is essentially a regular MMRA Saturday morning Foxhunt except that the fox will be within 20 miles of the MMRA 146.715 Stoneham,MA repeater and the fox will be transmitting on 146.115 (which is the input for the Stoneham repeater). The actual foxhunt will begin at 10AM (as usual) and should conclude before noon. As is the usual custom the hunters will meet afterwards for breakfast/brunch/lunch at some local establishment in the area (in this case I believe
a Friendly’s).

You can participate by:

1. hunting the fox yourself on the frequency given above!

2. Give a signal reports on the fox even though you are not directly hunting the fox Signal strength and/or bearing from your location would be interesting info.

3. Riding along with one of the regular hunters. The foxhunters will be meeting in Stoneham MA at 9AM at the location described below to coordinate with the riders (parking available etc…). You are welcome to bring your own equipment but you do not need to bring any equipment as the foxhunters will have their usual equipment.

4. listening in on the action on the Stoneham 146.715 repeater.

If you would like to ride-along with one of the hunters please notify us via email at mmra@mmra.org so we will know to be looking for you. Also it will help us determine how many riders we will have (and how many regular hunters we may need for the riders).

Hope to see you there. 73,

K1KWP
Minuteman Repeater Association

PS: Our thanks to W1DYJ and N1XKB for hosting/coordinating
this event!

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Directions to the initial coordination/assembly point in Stoneham:

Traveling South on I93 – exit 35. Left at bottom of ramp. Go under I93. Right at corner (Park St./ N. Border Rd.) Cross Rt28 — Main St. — and proceed to site, directions below.

Travelling North on I93 – exit 34. Straight at bottom of ramp, N. on Main St. Rt28. Turn right at South St. at stop light — and proceed to site, directions below.

Site directions:

From South Street — just go around the pond. Take the right hand choice at any intersection. Pass the Stoneham Zoo on your right. After about 1.5 miles you will see a large building on the left, with a central tower with all the antennas on top. Park in the front and look for the group.

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Boston ARC to Host JOTA Event Oct. 19

Hams are asked to please monitor the Boston Repeater, 145.230 MHz, minus offset, PL =88.5 on this coming Saturday, October 19 starting at 0900 hours.

BARC is hosting a Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) event at the Bare Cove Fire Museum, 19 Fort Hill Ave., Hingham MA. We plan on operating two HF stations and one VHF/UHF station, using the club call sign, W1BOS.

Some Boy and Girl Scouts may be calling on the Boston Repeater during JOTA using W1BOS. It would be great if hams would reply and have a QSO with them.

Thank you all very much for your help on this.

Arthur N1NHZ, 73
formerly Troop 45 BSA, Mineola NY

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EMA ARES Emergency Communication Workshop, October 26th

Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (ARES) will put on its Emergency Communication Workshop Saturday October 26th, 2002 from 9 AM-4 PM at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts. It will be held in the Sturdy Memorial Rice-Webb Auditorium which has an outside entrance from the rear parking lot behind the Emergency Room. The workshop is being hosted by the Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club, its Emergency Communications Team and Sturdy Memorial Hospital working in conjunction with Eastern Massachusetts ARES. Amateur Operators from both Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island are welcome to attend this workshop.

This Emergency Communications Workshop will provide the background and information to serve Amateur Radio Operators when they need to respond to a communications emergency. It will feature an Introduction and Conclusion to Emergency Communications, and five 1-hour training sessions on topics including:

Introduction
Net Operations I (Tactical Message Handling for ARES/RACES/SKYWARN Nets)
Net Operations II
NTS Traffic Message Handling
Basic ICS
Go Kits

This training will also feature a 1 hour lunch that will be provided at no coerced cost to any Amateur who attends the session.

The presentations will be given by other Amateur Operators well versed in the topics listed above. The training will be a worthwhile endeavor not just for emergency communicators but for anyone who is an amateur radio operator, and wants to learn more about the hobby.

Preregistration is requested but is not required in case anyone would like to attend at the last minute. If you preregister, please try to do so by Monday October 21st, 2002 so that we can get an approximate head count. We will, however, accept any preregistrations after that day or any walk-ins as long as space permits.

Directions to the Sturdy Memorial Hospital as provided by the Sturdy Memorial Hospital Web Site: [Read if desired ]

From the Boston Area:

Route 95 south to Exit 5 (North Attleboro). Left and follow to lights on North Main Street (Route 152). Right on North Main and follow to traffic light/Park Street. Left onto Park Street (Route 118). Straight on Park to HOSPITAL.

From the Providence Area:

Route 95 north to Exit 3 (Attleboro). Right to South Avenue (Route 123). Left at second lights onto County Street (Route 123). Follow County to Park Street (Route 118). Straight on Park to HOSPITAL.

From Interstate 295:

Follow Route 295 north to Route 95 south to Exit 3 (Attleboro). Follow Providence area directions above.

From Interstate 495 (North or South):

Follow Interstate 495 to Exit 10 (Norton). Follow Route 123 west to Attleboro Center. Follow signs around island to Park Street (Route 118). Straight on Park to HOSPITAL.

From Rehoboth:

Take Route 118 north to Emory Street (one way intersection). Follow Emory to Brook Street. Left on Brook to Park Street (Route 118). Left on Park to HOSPITAL.

From Route 140 (North and South):

Turn onto Route 123 (Norton Center). Follow Route 123 west to Attleboro Center. Follow signs around island to Park Street (Route 118). Straight on Park to HOSPITAL.

From Seekonk:

Take Route 152 north to Attleboro Center. Right onto Park Street (Route 118). Follow Park straight to HOSPITAL.

Signs will be posted directing you to the Auditorium. Talk-in will be on the 147.195/147.795 PL: 100.0 Attleboro W1SMH Repeater.

For any additional information and to preregister for the workshop, please contact:

W1MPN/SEC, Mike Neilsen by email w1mpn@arrl.net
W3EVE/DEC-Training, Steve Schwarm by email w3eve@amsat.org
KD1CY/DEC-South-Shore, Rob Macedo by email rmacedo@rcn.com

or your local DEC

This training should be a worthwhile endeavor for anyone interested in learning more about emergency communications and amateur radio in general.

Announcement contributed by Rob, KD1CY

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts Section
Pager: 1-800-759-8888 PIN 1155084
Admin: w1mpn (symbol for at) arrl.net
978-562-5662 Primary/Voice Mail
978-389-0558 FAX/ EFax Voice Mail

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Youth Net

CEMARCWhat’s going on:

It began with a simple request from John Newell, kb1fpm,the father of a son that was a new ham, looking for a net strictly for young operators… The request was picked up by a CEMARC delegate, Roger, kB1XKB, posted to the CEMARC list, went through several replies, and other discussions direct. All comments were positive, and all agreed that a net was needed that encouraged our young operators to get on the air. We had, but don’t now have, an active YOUTH NET, in Eastern Mass. We had both 2 meter and HF nets that went silent as the Net Control operators grew up and went their own way.

As it stands now, the MMRA have agreed to provide a linked system for the Youth Net, a trained YOUNG net control operator and a Repeater Control operator to get it started, and Ann Weldon, ka1pon, has agreed to mentor, help organize, and get the net on the air.

What is needed now from your clubs, is a campaign to reach all of the young operators you know of, both in the club and friends and relatives of members, to determine the best time to conduct a Youth Net. Please put this request in your club newsletters, mail lists, and make it a topic on all club on-air nets. Have parents and young people forward their suggested day/time comments to either AnnWeldon@aol.com or n1dhw@arrl.net as soon as possible.

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NYC Recovery Retrospective

On the occasion that is the eve marking the anniversary of the most deadly
attack on our nation, September 11, 2001, I want to take a moment to
recognize the heroes in our community. Before I continue with that message,
however, I believe it is important that we not forget the death and
suffering of the victims and rescuers, and to recognize those of you reading
this message that have suffered the loss of friends and family one year ago
in NYC, or the Pentagon… Much has been said about the heroic efforts of professional public safety
personnel, individual citizens, and our public officials on that day. More
eloquent voices than mine have documented the monumental efforts of the
rescue crews, and the sacrifice and contribution of the thousands of
volunteers who helped with the recovery. I will not try to add to that
chorus.

I would, however, like to talk about some of those recovery volunteers;
Amateur Radio operators. They came from all over the nation, but
particularly from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Most came from the
ARES community, but also individuals and teams from Amateur Radio clubs
participated. Subtle, but important support for their efforts was also
garnered from family and employers. We (EMA) proudly sent two teams of
volunteers to the New York City recovery area (a.k.a “ground zero”), after
it was certain that we would not be needed in our home community. It is my
distinct honor to acknowledge the efforts of our volunteers in that mutual
assistance team effort.

Within an hour after the attack, ARES volunteers and key club individuals
help activate every important repeater and network throughout EMA, as we
tried to ascertain if the attack was extended to Boston. Phone and cell
phone service was crippled at the time, but as we were to learn that
afternoon, from the public overwhelming it and not from battle damage.

Once the situation had clarified itself, the ARES DEC staff and other key
ARES members swung into action. We had assistance from several clubs,
including a complete Emergency Radio Team from the Boston Amateur Radio Club
(BARC). The situation was chaotic down there, and it took the better part
of two days to get it figured out. My able partner was in this early effort
was Paul Vanasse, W1PEV, of RI. Paul assumed “command” of the RI effort and
worked together with me to send a contingent of MA and RI hams to the area,
once the particulars of logistics and security could be worked out. We
shared information, intelligence, and honed our strategy until the winning
one was arrived at. Those of you, who know Paul, know that he is man of
energy and determination, as well as having a pleasant and positive
attitude.

On our end, I needed someone to lead our team to the area. He had to be an
ARES “professional”, and available. That was Steve Schwarm, W3EVE, thanks
in part to his employer, EMC, and his family. Steve has years of public
service experience as a ham, and has held various positions in the ARRL
field program. Steve also has experience working with such groups as his
church and the Boy Scouts, and has such understands how to motivate support
in clubs etc. Steve organized a superb team of experienced hams, including
such veterans as Middlesex DEC Ed, N1VSJ, and former Norfolk/Bristol DEC,
Lou, N1UEC. Lou brought his formidable technical talents to bear in the
face of what was originally characterized as “electronic hell” by the LI/NYC
SEC. I also had a most able logistic assistant, Bob Salow, WA1IDA, in
obtaining much needed safety supplies for our deploying volunteers.

It is just as important the note the dedication (“courage”) of the other DEC
’s to remain in our home area. All wanted to go, but they realized that
they might be needed to respond to any possible additional attack in our
home area. Since the attack occurred in the zenith of the hurricane season,
Rob, KD1CY, was needed to respond to any weather exigency. Since the most
vulnerable area to hurricanes is Cape Cod and the Islands, Frank’s WQ1O,
continued presence there was crucial. This was all happening just a few
days after the attack, and we did not know if Boston was next. That is why
it was important to have Bill, N1VUX in place in the city, and he also
worked tirelessly on the website keeping everyone informed.

Finally, I want to again thank those ARES members who went to the NYC area,
performing so well that I received several phone calls and emails praising
our effort. Your readiness, preparation, and dedication were amply evident
to those we served. We even had a complete team in reserve, ready to deploy
to the area for a period in the October timeframe, headed by Carl,N1FY.
Although they were ultimately not needed, their effort to get ready and
remain in standby is very noteworthy.

For those who have been ARES members for years, and those of you who have
just joined us, thanks for being there! My best to you and your family.

73.

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts Section
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Admin: w1mpn (symbol for at) arrl.net
978-562-5662 Primary/Voice Mail
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Translate “Sales Leads” Into Prospective Hams!

Hello to all,

I am Trustee for the USS Salem Radio Club – K1USN in Quincy, Ma. This e-mail is being sent to as many Ham Clubs as possible from listings on the ARRL web site. We would like to try to enlist help from the Ham community with our efforts to encourage newcomers to our great hobby.

During the past year, we have hosted 6150 Scouts as part of our onboard Overnight Scouting Program. These Scouts have come from throughout the entire New England area plus NY, NJ and PA. We even hosted 14 Scouts from the UK back in January! Part of their 24 hours onboard the USS Salem is spent being introduced to Ham Radio and Morse Code. We have two complete HF stations and a VHF/UHF station in Radio Room 5 which are part of our demonstrations onboard. Most Scouts have an opportunity to make a contact on the air and have often gotten to speak with our good friend KE6ZYK – Mike at Mc Murdo Station, Antarctica! The Scouts also receive K1USN QSL cards, Official Radioman wallet cards, ARRL literature including QST magazines and most importantly- AN INTEREST IN AMATEUR RADIO!!

We need your assistance to help us transform these 6000 + “Sales Leads” into prospective Hams! We need to compile an accurate list of Clubs throughout this area that would be willing to give additional onsite demonstrations and offer License Classes.

Please feel free to pass this e-mail along to people from any other Ham Clubs throughout the Northeast that might be willing to assist these youngsters . Remember- The future of Amateur Radio is in the hands of EVERY Ham!

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