Red Cross Presentation at SEMARA January 16, 2003

SEMARA logoKD1CY writes:

On Thursday January 16th, Rachel Barrett from the New Bedford Chapter of the Red Cross will be coming to the Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association. She’ll be talking about Red Cross, what they do, and what the local chapter does in the area. Along those lines, Rachel will be discussing how Amateur Radio plays an important role in Red Cross and how individual hams and SEMARA can help.I will be at the presentation and will talk a bit on some of the things that Red Cross is looking for from a communications standpoint. I would like to thank the SEMARA club for hosting this presentation. Its very much appreciated and its hoped to see a great turnout.

As some of you maybe aware, back in 1996, we (myself and several other hams, many of which were SEMARA members)started the SEMCARES (Southeast Masaschusetts Coastal Amateur Radio Emergency Services) group. The group was formed to assist with Emergency Communications issues as they arise and to assist in public service events as needed. The group was strong until the late 90’s but as attempts to form a relationship with the Red Cross kept changing due to turnover in administrations at Red Cross and the gradual downturn of public service events (several events that communications were done for ceased to exist), the group splintered into assisting the towns of Dartmouth, Fairhaven and Acushnet with Emergency Management communications. This communications work is known as RACES or the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services.

In September 2002, I was approached by our ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, Mike Nielsen, W1MPN, with a request to talk to Rachel concerning Red Cross Disaster Communications. Rachel has taken over Disaster Services work with Red Cross back in the late 2000-2001 timeframe. The goal was to begin building plans and infrastructure for Red Cross communications. Since then, I’ve had several meetings with Rachel in the past several months as we attempt to achieve these goals. She has been a professional and its been a pleasure to be working with her and a served agency which is starting to organize itself and take on Amateur Radio and the concept of ARES seriously.

The Eastern Massachusetts ARES staff has announced a Emergency Communications Exercise for Saturday February 8th at 10 AM and were looking for as many groups to participate as possible. Rachel and New Bedford Red Cross have agreed to participating in this drill for Saturday. This means having actual ham operations at the Red Cross chapter house. Details on how Amateurs can help and participate in the drill will be talked about at this presentation. Participation in the drill will be done in such a way so that anyone can participate including people who would like to participate from home only.

I hope to see many of you at the presentation. If you can’t make the presentation but are interested in what our plans are with Red Cross or the Emergency Communications drill, feel free to send me an email at rmacedo@rcn.com

I also hope to get to more SEMARA functions this year as my work schedule should relax from the pace of the past 18 months through the high tech downturn at my work place.

Take care and hope to see many of you at the club!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
SEMCARES Emergency Coordinator
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Notes from New England Division Cabinet Meeting – January 11, 2003 – Springfield

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Notes from New England Division Cabinet Meeting – January 11, 2003 – Springfield MA
Tom Frenaye/K1KI + Mike Raisbeck/K1TWF

A. Introduction
1. List of attendees sent out in separate e-mail
2. Purpose of cabinet meeting – to gather information and advice in advance of the ARRL board meeting.
B. Membership and growth
1. Overall ham population is flat – 682,000 nationwide, 20,000 new hams last year, but net change was only +2220 hams nationally.
2. Change in New England was a loss of 15 overall, northern NE growing, southern NE losing hams
3. ARRL membership – trend down across the region – 274 loss overall in NE. Trend was downward in all NE sections.
4. ARRL membership 156,815 full (licensed) members. Another 10,00 are associated members, foreign members or have subscriptions.

C. Expected Board of Directors Issues Next Week
1. Discussion/action on getting new people licensed (and relicensed)
2. 2003 budget – recommended by Admin&Finance committee
a. typically, $3 or 4M available from 14 M budget after fixed recurring expenses covered (for advocacy, membership services, volunteer resources)
b. question – is it worth spending lots of money to defend all of our microwave allocations? Lots of pressure particularly for unlicensed devices.
3. Strategic planning

D. Spectrum planning
1. Low power device rules are sliding (causing us more interference)
2. FCC not particularly supportive here
3. If we make a big fuss over part 15, will the FCC just go to Congress to change the rules?
4. Spectrum protection act – got 53 house sponsors last year – will reintroduce this year – but only 1 from NE – did get 4 NE senators
5. To defend microwave space, we need to develop things to do that will attract more usage
6. Typically, a lot of spectrum protection work done by Chris Imlay, with technical backup by League staff

E. Getting Legislative Support
1. Takes a lot of banging on doors – a “game of inches”
2. Know your “two minute drill” (elevator speech)
3. Mary H. – we got a great reception in Washington from the Homeland Security folks.
4. Maine has been particularly successful in getting Congressional support
5. Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Consistency Act – HR4720 – to allow radio in CCR covered places – real estate lobby is very strong – got 35 sponsors
6. Phil T. – are there specific targeted mailing lists for interested amateurs (ie., SGL’s) in the legislative arena?
7. Would it be possible to “regionalize” QST ??
8. Big problem getting hams to “write their congressman”

F. Getting membership
1. Biggest challenge is getting people on the air and active
2. Bill W. – give League membership as a gift
3. To get from 160,000 to 200,000 members, we could buy memberships for $1.4M

G. Mary Hobart/K1MMH – development
1. Key to fundraising is in setting up relationships with people
2. In picking donors…
a. Does person have the interest?
b. Does he/she have the money?
3. Advocacy costs us about $1.2M per year – in defense of frequencies we’ve gone up from $200K through donations per year, up to $400k, but last year back down to $250K
4. We now have 40 schools participating in the Big Project – now looking for objective ways to measure success here
5. Currently testing a campaign to endow W1AW – $2M – 3M would be nice
6. History project now underway using seed money – need to measure possibilities here, too
7. Diamond club – funds not restricted – this makes it particularly important. – over 400 have signed up since program started in September

H. Dave Hoaglin/K1HR – Contest Advisory Committee – reported not a great deal of activity

I. Frank Murphy/N1DHW – brief report on Salvation Army/SATERN-Boston activity
1. Beginning to build up state-based groups
2. net on 14.265 M-F

J. Big Project Schools
1. Worcester East Middle School (MA)
2. Orono Middle School, ME
3. The best combination is school with ham-licensed teacher, and a supportive local club

K. Logbook of the World
1. In beta test now
2. Possibly public test in a month or two
3. Is it possible to flag Q’s in LOTW for special purposes (ie., info only, no credit)

L. Tower cases – very little happening in NE at the moment

M. Educating the public about ham radio – the future
1. More Archie comics, or some updated equivalent?
2. Morse code certificates have been popular
3. Problem is that the general public doesn’t know anything about us
4. Hams (unlike other hobbyists) don’t identify themselves publicly as ARRL, but rather as members of individual local clubs. Push branding down a few levels?
5. Maybe the term “amateur” is not serving us well.
6. Effort must be sustained
7. Look at example of AOPA
8. Strong support for more ARRL action on this and gaining new hams

N. Auction of publications gained $148 towards the ARRL Lab fund

O. WARC-03
1. 40 meters realignment still a mystery
2. Threat from earth sensing radar at 435 MHz
3. Elimination of CW as international requirement – quite probable

P. HF digital committee
1. Where should the broader HF digital modes go?
2. Possibly revisit digital control
3. Reconsideration of sub-bands

Q. VHF awards and contests – working on making these more appealing, to increase activity

R. Section reports
1. CT
a. participation in UTC grant
b. reactivation of packet network
c. some cabinet reshuffling
2. EMA
a. 100th Marconi operations
b. website updates
3. RI
a. Bob will run for another term
b. Doing well
4. VT
a. rebuilding ARRL presence

S. NEQP – good activity with 260 logs in 2002, next running is May 3-4, 2003

T. Miscellaneous comments
1. Kudos for Boxboro
2. Noted some interference in ARRL news bulletin recording
3. Put America back on ARRL materials
4. Echolink – FCC is investigating control issues
5. Plug for Eastern States expo

Thanks to K1TWF for taking notes! — Tom

Traffic Handling Training on the Air!

A new traffic handling training net will begin on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m., beginning February 13th, on the Falmouth repeater (146.655, no tone). This is an excellent method to learn about traffic handling. It’s also excellent training for RACES/ARES groups. Many thanks to Mark, W2EAG for leading this effort, and to the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association for hosting the net.

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ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Phillip Temples, K9HI
k9hi@arrl.org

“Marconi Work Party”

Marconi work partyK1VV writes:

We were at Coast Guard Beach all day on Sunday the 12th … final work on the antennas … jacked up the H.F. masts … installed the 160 & 80 meter dipoles … set up the R8 and 2 meter antennas …… networking computers .. IRLP … Satellite …. Packet …

Watch the W1AA web page for more photos to be posted over the next few days …. http://personal.tmlp.com/k1vv/w1aa/w1aa_1001.htm . Most will be on page 8 ….

Bob Doherty K1VV

“Eastern Area Net”

fiction by Phil Temples, K9HI

published, January 5, 2003

This story, while fictionalized, serves as an introduction to the National Traffic System beyond the local nets. The dedicated hams who relay traffic throughout the US and Canada are role models for all who aspire to this high service.

“EAN.”

I transmitted the net name, “EAN” indicating to stations that they should now “QNI” or “check in” to the Eastern Area Net. This particular net was being conducted via Morse code, an efficient mode for this sort of work. Traffic would be heavy this Tuesday evening, just a few days before Christmas. I was Net Control Station, or “NCS” of the Eastern Area Net, a clearing house for all formal, written radiogram messages passing between regions in the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. and Canada.

As NCS of the net it was my responsibility to act as the “master of ceremonies” to ensure that stations with messages for one region would get hooked up to their counterparts in other regions to send, receive and relay messages destined for other nets.

In response to my call, I heard:

“Dit.”

“…Dah dah.”

“… …Dididit.”

Three stations came back simultaneously with different “signs” and on slightly different frequencies a few Hertz apart. The result was a not-unpleasant melody of varying pitches spelling out letters like “E”, “M” and “S.” They were easily distinguishable to the ear. I thought I recognized the swing in the “M” emanating from the semi-automatic key “fist” of W2MTA.

“Dah dah,”I replied, pressing one side of the Bencher paddle to form the dashes indicating that the station signing “M” should go ahead.

Immediately I heard, “…DE W2MTA PAN RX QRU.

Bill’s regular schedule, or “sked” involved him acting as the receiving station (“RX”) for message traffic destined for the Pacific Area Net. Bill used a standard Q signal, “QRU” to indicate that he had no traffic to send.

W2MTA R AS,” I replied. “R” meant “received.” And the letters “AS” sent together “didahdididit” instructed him to standby.

DE …”

DE,” I replied, in turn.

“…W2EAG 1RN TX QTC CAN 12 3RN 5 4RN 3 AR.”

W2EAG, Mark in Taunton, Massachusetts was the First Region Net Transmit station. His list of traffic, or “QTC” included the traffic’s destination followed by actual number of messages. Clearly, Central Area Receive was going to be busy this evening. In addition, Mark listed traffic for the Third and Fourth Regions.

Sending radiogram traffic on Morse code can be an absolute pleasure. One of the real advantages one has using Morse code over voice is something called “full break-in.” If Mark had been transmitting simultaneously, or “doubling” with another station he would have quickly known this by hearing the dots and dashes of someone else’s signals between his own. The concept is similar to a group at a party who begin to speak all at once, then pause and allow one to proceed. Traffic handlers refer to full break-in as “QSK.” Sent as a question, QSK means, “Can you receive between my signals?” As a statement it means, “I can receive between your signals.”

“…Dididah.”

I instructed the sender of “U” to proceed.

“DE KW1U CAN RX QRU K.”

Marcia, KW1U, from Martha’s Vineyard was accepting messages on behalf of the Central Area Net. Marcia would check in directly to the Central Area Net in one hour with any messages she received off the Eastern Area Net.

I decided to get down to business.

“1U…”

“…dah,” replied Marcia, immediately.

“EAG…”

“…dit,” Mark responded, about fifty milliseconds later.

“D 10 CAN.”

Simultaneously I heard two “dahs” from Marcia and Mark, respectively, acknowledging my instructions.

In less than six seconds I had instructed both stations to move off frequency’specifically “D 10” or “down ten kilohertz.” It was understood that Marcia would be receiving traffic destined for CAN. As the receiver, she would call Mark on the closest open frequency “down ten” per my instructions.

“EAN K.” Ready for more business.

“Dahdididit.”

I acknowledged the “B” station.

“…DE VE3BDM ECN TX 1RN 4 2RN 3 4RN 6 8RN 2 AR.”

George in Elizabethtown, Ontario, acting as Eastern Canada Net’s TX station, listed his QTC.

Without so much as an “R” for acknowledgement I decided to hook George up with the Fourth Region Net Receive station–a station who had not yet checked in.

“4RN RX QNI,” I sent to the net. In other words, “Fourth Region Net Receive station please check in now.”

“…DE W4ANK 4RN RX QRU,” came the reply.

I dispatched the two off frequency:

“W4ANK VE3BDM U 7 4RN.”

I heard a quick “dit” and “dah” response from W4ANK and VE3BDM as they headed “Up Seven” to handle the Fourth Region traffic.

Ten minutes later, I had Transmit and Receive stations checked in from the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Eighth and Eastern Canada Region Nets. I also had TX and RX stations from the Central and Pacific Area Nets. The latter were members of the TCC or “Transcontinental Corps”, an elite group who liaise between the three Area nets.

An Alternate Transmit, or “ALT TX” station from First Region Net came to EAN. The 1RN Net Control Station had wisely decided to spread the load of outgoing traffic between two stations instead of a single TX station. To further assist with the heavy volume I also had 2RN- and a 3RN ALT RX stations standing by if needed. One other station with no assignment casually checked in, “QRU.” I politely excused him from the net.

I consulted the “bingo sheet,” my low-tech, pencil-and-paper solution for tracking the locations and traffic lists of all stations on the Net. By my calculations I had facilitated the passing of roughly 60 percent of the traffic listed. Several stations were “queued” up off frequency awaiting their turn to send traffic to receiving stations.

Using my auxiliary VFO, I tuned down 20 kHz to hear how the Fourth Region Net Receive and Third Region Transmit stations were doing. Everything sounded copasetic.

“…AR 1.”

“Dit.”

The 3RN TX ended a message with the pro sign “AR” followed by the number 1, indicating that he had one more message left to transmit. 4RN RX acknowledged that he was ready to copy the next message by answering with a single “dit”. I decided that it was time to have the next station with 4RN traffic queued up and ready to go.

I flipped back to the net frequency.

“HRI,” I sent, addressing the 1RN Alternate TX, WB1HRI.

“Dit,” replied WB1HRI.

“QNQ D 20 W4ANK 4RN,” I said. (Translation: “Change frequency down 20 kHz and wait for W4ANK to finish handling traffic. Then send him traffic for 4RN.”)

G,” he replied. (“Going.”)

Just like that, it was done.

I dialed “Up 20” to listen to the traffic flow between the 2RN TX and 3RN RX stations. Things were a little rough. The Receive station had instructed the Transmit station to “QRS 10” or “Send more slowly, 10 words per minute.” There was a significant amount of signal fading, or “QSB” between the two stations.

Solid copy is paramount when handling radiograms; speed takes a back seat to accuracy. I’ve heard veteran traffic handlers slow down to less than five wpm when the situation warranted.

“…MERRY CHRI […] MA…”

“…Daaaahhhhhh….”

The receiving station hit his key to interrupt. When he heard the TX station had stopped, RX sent, “AA MERRY.” Translation: “ALL AFTER the word MERRY.”

A causal operator might assume that the word in question was CHRISTMAS. When handling traffic, however, one does not assume. Instead, one requests a “fill” by using pro signs such as AA (“All After”), AB (“All Before”), BN (“BetweeN”) and so forth.

The sending station picked up with the word MERRY and continued sending the rest of the message slowly.

Back on the Net frequency I heard, “QRL?” A station that was not a part of the Net was inquiring, “Is the frequency in use?”

“QRL” I replied. (“The frequency is in use.”)

“SRI.” The station apologized for the intrusion and left.

A moment later, I heard: “OKN NG” followed immediately by, “…FTX.”

The previous exchange between the 3RN RX and 2RN TX stations had gone poorly. W3OKN had indicated a busted exchange by saying “NG”, or “No Go.” Following proper procedure, they returned to net frequency to await further instructions. It was time to get them a relay–someone located in a favorable QTH who could both hear and be heard by them.

“OKN FTX AS,” I replied. “Standby.” Then I called for a relay.

“W4ABC.”

Dah.” W4ABC responded.

I said, “QNB W3OKN N4FTX U 20.”

I heard three “dits” confirming that all three stations acknowledged my instructions for W4ABC to act as a relay for W3OKN and N4FTX. All three went up 20 kHz to try again.

Things were rolling along. The net had been in session for thirty five minutes. Everyone who had their traffic cleared had been “QNX” or excused from the net. Eight stations were currently passing traffic, or queued up waiting. I had had no new check-ins for ten minutes. I decided to officially close the net.

QNC QRU EAN QNF TU GUD WRK ALL.” Translation: “Announcement. No traffic for Eastern Area Net. The Net is Free. Thank You. Good Work, Everyone.”

I remained on frequency for the next 15-20 minutes, excusing returning stations and thanking them individually. In the space of 55 or so minutes, we had collectively relayed 67 messages with 100 percent accuracy. Tomorrow evening a whole different group of Amateur operators would get together and do it all over again, as it’s done every day of the week, 365 days per year.

HF Nets now part of Monthly RACES Net – From N1CPE

Hello and Happy New Year to All!

I’d like to announce formally that we have been and plan to continue to operate HF nets in conjunction with our monthly First Monday RACES nets across the state.

These Nets convene at 7pm local time on or about 3.943 MHz, and 7.245 MHz LSB on the first Mondays of every month for those stations or communities that wish to test their HF equipment regularly. In addition these frequencies may be activated during RACES or ARES activations in Massachusetts.

At times, noise and other conditions may interfere with these nets. Our team of HF Net control stations will do their best to convene the nets, and pass any official or other traffic as needed.

Thanks to our team of HF net control stations: Marc WA1R, Chatmon WA1FIR, Steve W3EVE and Jerry AA2T.

Tomorrow night, January 6 at 7pm these nets will convene, as will local VHF nets at their appointed times.

73,

-Tom Kinahan N1CPE

Winter ARES Exercise Call for Players

ARES logo
***** Winter Exercise Scheduled for Saturday February, 8, 2003 *****
***** Announcing a Call for Players from the ARES community,
and from Clubs in the Section *****
***** Proposed Play for the Exercise *****

Happy New Year to all of you, and I hope that the year brings happiness and prosperity to you and your family.

The ARES leadership has scheduled a Winter Quarter exercise for Saturday February 8, 2003. The exercise will be an EOC to EOC emergency communications exercise using a similar approach as the November exercise, but implementing improvements suggested in critique sessions. We will also use a major winter storm scenario to add realism and purpose.Due to the time of the year, the field component prominent in the November SET will not be exercised. Additionally, the relatively quick follow on was in response to many of you who suggested doing a similar exercise as soon as possible.

ARES members, ARESMAT teams, Club Emergency response teams, town and city RACES officers, and individuals are invited to play in this exercise. Official RACES participation is not expected, but always welcome.

** Concept **

Teams and clubs are asked to set up a physical EOC and operators for the exercise. Ideally, several of these will be set up in each district. Due to the time of year, all exercise activities will be carried out in these locations. Obviously, EOC’s must be heated and lighted, and available for amateur use that day. Public Service Agencies are welcome to participate to any extent they wish. Please remember that most EMA personnel may not choose to participate because as it is a Saturday. They are, however, most welcome to participate if they so desire.

The exercise will consist of establishing contact with other EOC’s within and without your district, and then passing various traffic. Most traffic will be from simulated agency officials in each EOC, and some will consist of urgent traffic. We will “pick up” where we left off in November. Most importantly, we will strive to improve our ability to establish communications, set up effective net controls, and efficiently pass NTS traffic. We will implement many of the suggestions you forwarded such as revising the frequency plans with more local emphasis, setting up more planned activities during the day (i.e. “envelopes” or timed activities), and allowing use of some repeater assets. There was some discussion about adding more complexity and extending the exercise period, but no decision has been made as of yet.

** Schedule **

Please discuss participation with your clubs and interested individuals as soon as possible during the month. If you have any suggestions, please forward them as soon as you can. If you would like your DEC or me to answer questions at your meeting, please don’t hesitate to ask.

The DEC’s and I meet a week from Saturday on January 11 to finalize plans. An exercise plan will then be available about a week later. The district frequency plan will appear separately about a week before the exercise.

I will send an update shortly after the staff meeting on the 11th. Let’s work together toward a successful exercise!

s/Michael P. Neilsen

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts Section
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Coastal Flood Warning

COASTAL FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
505 AM EST SAT JAN 04 2003

…A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR EAST COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS…

FOR EAST COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS THIS INCLUDES GLOUCESTER HARBOR…BOSTON
HARBOR…SCITUATE…PROVINCETOWN…CHATHAM OUTER HARBOR.

GALE FORCE NORTHEAST WINDS CONTINUE EARLY THIS MORNING. THE PERSISTANT EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS HAVE CAUSED THE OCEAN WATERS TO PILED UP ALONG THE EAST COAST OF MASSACHUSETTS AND TIDES THIS MORNING ARE RUNNING UP TO TWO AND ONE HALF FOOT ABOVE NORMAL. TIDES WILL CONTINUE TO RUN FROM TWO TO TWO AND ONE HALF FEET ABOVE NORMAL THROUGH TODAYS MID DAY HIGH TIDE. THE ABOVE NORMAL TIDE COMBINED WITH 15
FOOT WAVES CRASHING ONSHORE…WILL LIKELY RESULT IN MINOR COASTAL FLOODING. A FEW OF THE MORE VULNERABLE LOCATIONS COULD EXPERIENCE MODERATE FLOODING.

THE FOLLOWING IS LIST OF THE MOST LIKELY LOCATIONS TO EXPERIENCE COASTAL FLOODING.

&&

STORM TIDE FORECASTS FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS ARE IN FEET MEAN LOWER LOW
WATER. TIME OF HIGH TIDE HAS BEEN ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST HOUR.
SITE FLOOD TIME OF FORECAST
STAGE HIGH TIDE STORM TIDE

EAST COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS
GLOUCESTER HARBOR 11.5 12 PM SAT 11.9
BOSTON HARBOR 13.5 12 PM SAT 13.5
SCITUATE 12.5 12 PM SAT 12.6
PROVINCETOWN 12.0 12 PM SAT 12.4
CHATHAM OUTER HARBOR 9.0 12 PM SAT 9.5

OTHER LOCATIONS ALONG THE EAST COAST OF MASSACHUSETTS THAT
COULD EXPERIENCE MINOR COASTAL FLOODING OR SPLASH OVER.

NEWBURYPORT 10.5 12 PM SAT 9.6
MARBLEHEAD 12.8 12 PM SAT 12.6
PLYMOUTH 14.3 12 PM SAT 13.3
SANDWICH 12.0 12 PM SAT 11.0

A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT THE COASTAL FLOODING IS IMMINENT. ANYONE
WITH INTERESTS ALONG THE COAST INCLUDED IN THIS WARNING MUST TAKE ACTION NOW TO
PROTECT PROPERTY. THE COMBINATION OF LARGE SURF AND HIGH TIDES WILL RESULT IN
FLOODING OF ROADWAYS AND ALTERNATE ROUTES MAY BE NEEDED.

$$

Winter Storm Warning, Again!

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
618 PM EST FRI JAN 3 2003

CTZ002-003-MAZ002>005-008>012-NHZ011-012-040441-
CHESHIRE NH-EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-
EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-HARTFORD CT-HILLSBOROUGH NH-
NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-TOLLAND CT-
WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN MIDDLESEX MA-
618 PM EST FRI JAN 3 2003

..WINTER STORM WARNING THROUGH SAT AFTERNOON FOR S. NEW HAMPSHIRE THE WEST & CENTRAL PORTION OF MASSACHUSETTS & NORTH
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT…

A MAJOR WINTER STORM IS IN PROGRESS ACROSS INTERIOR S. NEW ENGLAND.

THE FIRST BAND OF HEAVY SNOW DUMPED BETWEEN 3 & 8 INCHES OF SNOW IN ABOUT 4 HOURS THIS AFTERNOON.

THE NEXT BATCH OF HEAVY SNOW IS ON ITS WAY & WILL POUND THE AREA BETWEEN 730 PM & 330 AM. TEN TO 20 INCHES IS FORECAST TO COVER MUCH OF THE WARNING AREA BY MORNING WITH HEAVIEST FROM THE
MONADNOCKS INTO THE NW HALF OF MASSACHUSETTS.

STORM TOTALS OF 10 TO POSSIBLY 15 INCHES ARE EXPECTED FROM LOWELL TO SPRINGFIELD & NORTHAMPTON IN MASSACHUSETTS DOWN INTO THE NW CORNER OF HARTFORD COUNTY.

THE MIXED PRECIPITATION ZONE FROM HARTFORD TO STURBRIDGE &
WORCESTER WILL SEE SNOW CHANGE TO SLEET FOR A TIME BETWEEN 8 PM &
11 PM. THIS WILL LIMIT AMOUNTS TO SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 6 & 12 INCHES
TONIGHT ALONG & JUST NORTH OF THIS INTERSTATE 84 CORRIDOR.

AMOUNTS IN S. HARTFORD COUNTY & S. TOLLAND COUNTY
SHOULD REMAIN BETWEEN 5 & 7 INCHES…AS SLEET & FREEZING RAIN
BECOME PREDOMINANT THIS EVENING.

INCREASING WINDS WILL CAUSE BLOWING & DRIFTING SNOW…ALONG WITH
LOW VISIBILITIES. SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE EXPECTED TOWARD
MIDNIGHT AS WINDS STRENGTHEN & COMBINE WITH ICE OR WET SNOW
ACCUMULATION TO BREAK SOME TREE BRANCHES.

BACKLASH SNOW TOMORROW WILL BRING AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 5 INCHES BUT
THE WORST OF THIS STORM IS OCCURRING TONIGHT.

CONSIDER POSTPONING TRAVEL UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE SOMETIME
TOMORROW. IF YOU MUST BE OUT ON THE ROADS…ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME TO
REACH YOUR DESTINATION.

$$

CTZ004-MAZ006-007-013>016-RIZ001-040443-
EASTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-SUFFOLK MA-WESTERN ESSEX MA-
WESTERN NORFOLK MA-WINDHAM CT-
618 PM EST FRI JAN 3 2003

..WINTER STORM WARNING THROUGH SAT AFTERNOON…

AN INTENSIFYING NOREASTER HAS BROUGHT A SHORT PERIOD OF HEAVY SNOW
TO NE CONNECTICUT & THE HILLS OF NW RHODE ISLAND
WITH 2 TO 4 INCHES THERE. THE IMMEDIATE BOSTON AREA HAS YET TO SEE
SUBSTANTIAL SNOW BUT THAT SHOULD CHANGE FOR A FEW HOURS LATE THIS
EVENING.

THE WARM OCEAN AIR MAY KEEP AMOUNTS LESS THAN FORECAST IN BOSTON &
CAPE ANN BUT PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE BACK TO A PERIOD OF
HEAVY WET SNOW THIS EVENING BEFORE CHANGING TO SLEET OR RAIN
OVERNIGHT.

SOME BACKLASH SNOW IS EXPECTED TOMORROW SO THAT STORM TOTALS SHOULD
BE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 4 & 8 INCHES IN THE REGION FROM BOSTON TO
WOONSOCKET & WILLIMANTIC.

MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE CHANGING ROAD
CONDITIONS…AND BE AWARE OF SLIPPERY ROADS DUE TO THE WIDE VARIETY
OF WEATHER IN THE AREA.

$$

MAZ017>019-RIZ002>004-040443-
EASTERN KENT RI-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
618 PM EST FRI JAN 3 2003

..WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY THIS EVENING FOR THE PROVIDENCE AREA INTO
SOUTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS…

PRECIPITATION MAY CHANGE BACK TO SNOW OR SLEET AGAIN FOR A COUPLE OF
HOURS THIS EVENING BRINGING A QUICK 1 TO 4 INCHES SLUSHY
ACCUMULATION.

IF IT DOESNT CHANGE BACK TO SNOW BY 10 PM…THEN SNOWFALL WILL BE
LESS THAN FORECAST. THE MOST LIKELY AREA TO RECEIVE ADVERSE WINTRY
WEATHER THIS EVENING IS IMMEDIATE N. & WESTERN SUBURBS OF
PROVIDENCE TO NEAR BROCKTON & HINGHAM.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR A VARIETY OF WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS…INCLUDING SNOW OR SLEET ACCUMULATING NEAR 4 INCHES…OR
COMBINED WITH SOME FREEZING RAIN.

$$
DRAG



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High Wind Warning and Flood Advisory Coastal Areas

WWUS71 KBOX 032040
NPWBOX

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
338 PM EST FRI JAN 3 2003

MAZ007-015-016-019-040229-
EASTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-SUFFOLK MA-
338 PM EST FRI JAN 3 2003

…HIGH WIND WARNING FROM 9 PM TO 5 AM SATURDAY MORNING FOR EASTERN COASTAL MASSACHUSETTS REMAINS IN EFFECT…

A DEVELOPING NOREASTER WILL BRING SEVERAL HOURS OF SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR 40 MPH…WITH GUSTS TO 50 TO 60 MPH…TO PORTIONS OF THE EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS COAST TONIGHT.

THIS WARNING INCLUDES THE CITY OF BOSTON…ALONG WITH THE TOWNS OF NEWBURYPORT…GLOUCESTER…MARBLEHEAD…REVERE…HINGHAM…MARSHFIELD AND PLYMOUTH.

THE STRONGEST WIND IS LIKELY TO OCCUR BETWEEN 9 PM AND 4 AM.

THE WIND COMBINED WITH WET SNOW CHANGING TO HEAVY SLEET OR RAIN IS LIKELY TO CAUSE SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES DURING THE NIGHT.

STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS WILL MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO DRIVE…ESPECIALLY
HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES SUCH AS VANS…RECREATIONAL VEHICLES AND
TRACTOR TRAILERS. BE CAREFUL WHEN DRIVING OVER BRIDGES OR OVERPASSES.

$$

MAZ004>006-012>014-017-018-020>024-RIZ001>007-040229-
BARNSTABLE MA-BRISTOL RI-DUKES MA-EASTERN KENT RI-NANTUCKET MA-
NEWPORT RI-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-
NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WASHINGTON RI-WESTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN KENT RI-
WESTERN MIDDLESEX MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
338 PM EST FRI JAN 3 2003

…WIND ADVISORY THIS EVENING THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING FOR
EASTERN AND CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS AND ALL OF RHODE ISLAND REMAINS IN
EFFECT…

A DEVELOPING NOREASTER WILL BRING SEVERAL HOURS OF SUSTAINED
NORTHEAST WINDS BETWEEN 25 AND 35 MPH WITH SCATTERED GUSTS OF 45 MPH.

THE NORTHEAST WIND COMBINED WITH HEAVY WET SNOW FROM THE MERRIMACK
VALLEY TO WORCESTER COUNTY AND INTERIOR EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS IS
LIKELY TO CAUSE SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES.

THE STRONGEST WIND ALONG THE SOUTH COAST IS EXPECTED BETWEEN 8 PM
AND MIDNIGHT WHERE IT WILL BE RAINING HEAVILY…AND ELSEWHERE
BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 5 AM WHERE OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW MAY BE MIXED
WITH SLEET.

TRAVEL TONIGHT IS GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT ESPECIALLY FROM BOSTONS
WESTERN SUBURBS TO WORCESTER AND LOWELL.

ANY BOATERS OR FISHERMEN MIGHT CONSIDER POSTPONING THEIR OUTINGS DUE
TO THE HIGH WINDS…OR PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION ON THE WATERS.

$$

NOCERA



SKYWARN Ops Possible

—–Original Message—–
From: weather@ndws.com [mailto:weather@ndws.com]On Behalf Of
rmacedo@rcn.com
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 10:12
To: Mike Neilsen
Subject: [coordinators-box] Possible Formal SKYWARN Activation With
Ops???? {01}

Hello to all…

Latest AFD from NWS Taunton may prompt formal SKYWARN Activation with Ops
at NWS Taunton due to the high wind warning and coastal flood watch. Again,
it might be a staggered operation with ops late this afternoon and tonight
and then reconvene operations Saturday Morning into early afternoon. If
current AFD plans hold, will call NWS to determine our plan.

Winter Exercise Call for Players

***** Winter Exercise Scheduled for Saturday February, 8, 2003 *****
***** Announcing a Call for Players from the ARES community,
and from Clubs in the Section *****
***** Proposed Play for the Exercise *****

Happy New Year to all of you, and I hope that the year brings happiness and prosperity to you and your family.

The ARES leadership has scheduled a Winter Quarter exercise for Saturday February 8, 2003. The exercise will be an EOC to EOC emergency communications exercise using a similar approach as the November exercise, but implementing improvements suggested in critique sessions. We will also use a major winter storm scenario to add realism and purpose. Due to the time of the year, the field component prominent in the November SET will not be exercised. Additionally, the relatively quick follow on was in response to many of you who suggested doing a similar exercise as soon as possible.

ARES members, ARESMAT teams, Club Emergency response teams, town and city RACES officers, and individuals are invited to play in this exercise. Official RACES participation is not expected, but always welcome.

** Concept ** Teams and clubs are asked to set up a physical EOC and operators for the exercise. Ideally, several of these will be set up in each district. Due to the time of year, all exercise activities will be carried out in these locations. Obviously, EOC’s must be heated and lighted, and available for amateur use that day. Public Service Agencies are welcome to participate to any extent they wish. Please remember that most EMA personnel may not choose to participate because as it is a Saturday. They are, however, most welcome to participate if they so desire.

The exercise will consist of establishing contact with other EOC’s within and without your district, and then passing various traffic. Most traffic will be from simulated agency officials in each EOC, and some will consist of urgent traffic. We will “pick up” where we left off in November. Most importantly, we will strive to improve our ability to establish communications, set up effective net controls, and efficiently pass NTS traffic. We will implement many of the suggestions you forwarded such as revising the frequency plans with more local emphasis, setting up more planned activities during the day (i.e. “envelopes” or timed activities), and allowing use of some repeater assets. There was some discussion about adding more complexity and extending the exercise period, but no decision has been made as of yet.

** Schedule ** Please discuss participation with your clubs and interested individuals as soon as possible during the month. If you have any suggestions, please forward them as soon as you can. If you would like your DEC or me to answer questions at your meeting, please don’t hesitate to ask.

The DEC’s and I meet a week from Saturday on January 11 to finalize plans. An exercise plan will then be available about a week later. The district frequency plan will appear separately about a week before the exercise.

I will send an update shortly after the staff meeting on the 11th. Let’s work together toward a successful exercise!

s/Michael P. Neilsen

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts Section
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WPI WA License Class Begins January 9, 2003

WPI Wireless AssnThe Worcester Polytechnic Institute Wireless Association is offering a Ham Radio class to help you prepare for the examination to earn your beginner-level Ham Radio license. Join us and learn what Amateur Radio is all about!

When:

Wednesday & Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30PM
from Thursday, January 9th, 2003 until
Thursday, February 20th, 2003

Where:

WPI’s Kaven Hall

Cost:

$25 for textbook and materials

Contact:

John Ruggiero, WPI Wireless Association
Phone: (508) 831-5446
E-Mail: hamclass@wpi.edu

Please Register by January 3, 2003!

73’s
Rob
KB1GNC
http://kb1gnc.vze.com