Amateur Communications Assistance for 2003 BAA Marathon

BAAW3EVE writes:

“Radio operators are making preparations to support the 107th running of the Boston Athletic Association Boston Marathon on April 21, 2003. Amateur Radio plays a vital part in supporting runners before, during, and after the marathon. This year we have a combined organization handling all phases of radio support; start area, length of the course, and finish line. Positions are available starting early in the day in Hopkington, along the route at aid and water stations, and at finish line operations in Boston. You can chose which activity you will be involved with, or work multiple locations. In Hopkington, we will assist with coordinating the multiple parking areas and providing for start line safety. Along the 26 mile route, assisting the Red Cross at aid stations with supply requirements and ambulance dispatch. Runner pick up busses traveling the route will have hams on board. At the finish line, working with the medical teams and shadowing officials.”You will need a two meter or dual band HT, extended antenna, and extra batteries for participation. Procedure sheets will be available before the event. We will try to accommodate your needs within the confines of the event set up.

“To signup mail in the BAA volunteer form available at the baa web site (http://www.baa.org). You can find the volunteer form by clicking B.A.A Marathon under B.A.A. Volunteering then click GENERAL VOLUNTEER APPLICATION. Fill it out and mail it in as instructed. Check in the Race Day section: if you want to work the start check radio team; if you want to work the finish check ham radio (finish only); and if you want to work the course check ham radio (course only). We will be doing a mailing at the end of Feb. with more details. You will be able to change your mind at that time as well. Or feel free to contact Steve Schwarm, W3EVE at (508)384-7697, w3eve@arrl.net. Please no calls after 9PM or before 8AM.”

Marconi/ Space Station Sked PR

Marconi RCWF1F wrote:

Last weekend I helped do a space station schedule with the Marconi Special Event Station on Cape Cod. Ten children and Marconi daughter Princess Electra Marconi all talked to the International Space Station.

The Lowell Channel 3 news interviewed me today and may show the footage during the 5:30 / 10:00 news segments.

Miles

Wind Chill Advisory for most of the Section

..WIND CHILL ADVISORY FOR TONIGHT THROUGH TUES MORNING…
..WIND CHILL WATCH FOR TUES NIGHT THROUGH WED MORNING…THE WIND CHILL ADVISORY & WIND CHILL WATCH ARE IN EFFECT FOR ALL
OF S. NEW ENGLAND…EXCEPT ALONG THE SOUTH COAST. AFFECTED CITIES INCLUDE NASHUA…WORCESTER…HARTFORD…PROVIDENCE & BOSTON.

ARCTIC AIR WILL OVERSPREAD S. NEW ENGLAND TONIGHT. THE VERY
COLD AIRMASS…COMBINED WITH BRISK NW WINDS…WILL PRODUCE WIND CHILL INDICES OF 15 TO 25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO FOR MUCH OF INTERIOR S. NEW ENGLAND TONIGHT INTO TUES MORNING. WIND CHILL INDICES WILL BE EVEN LOWER TUES NIGHT INTO WED MORNING…FALLING TO 25 TO 35 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

WHEN PEOPLE ARE EXPOSED TO VERY COLD WEATHER FOR PROLONGED PERIODS, FROSTBITE OR HYPOTHERMIA CAN RESULT. THE WIND CHILL INDEX IS BASED ON THE RATE OF HEAT LOSS FROM EXPOSED SKIN CAUSED BY THE COMBINED EFFECTS OF WIND & COLD. AS THE WIND INCREASES…HEAT IS CARRIED AWAY FROM THE BODY AT AN ACCELERATED RATE…DRIVING DOWN THE BODY TEMPERATURE. ANIMALS ARE ALSO AFFECTED BY WIND CHILL.

WIND CHILL VALUES LOWER THAN 15 BELOW ZERO CAN CAUSE FROSTBITE IF SKIN IS EXPOSED FOR 30 MINUTES. FROSTBITE CAN OCCUR WITHIN 10 MINUTES IF WIND CHILL READINGS DROP LOWER THAN 30 BELOW ZERO.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA OUTLET FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THIS DEVELOPING WEATHER SITUATION.

“Marconi’s daughter helps mark historic day”

Marconi RC“WELLFLEET (Boston Globe)—On any other day, it would have seemed they had nothing in common: a 72-year-old Italian princess, wearing fur and pearl earrings; a squad of National Park Service rangers, in their trademark wide-brimmed hats; and dozens of local ham radio enthusiasts, wearing matching yellow T-shirts.

“But yesterday, 100 years after Guglielmo Marconi sent a wireless message to England from a Cape Cod cliff, a crowd that included history buffs, local Boy Scouts, and the Italian inventor’s daughter came together on the Cape to mark the historic event.” [Full story]

ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Course Registration

ARRL Level III Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (EC-003) and HF Digital Communications (EC-005) courses opens Monday, January 20, 12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time (0501 UTC).

Registration will remain open through Sunday, January 26. Classes begin Monday, January 27.

No seats remain in the January registration period for the ARRL Level II Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (EC-002).

Registration for Antenna Modeling (EC-004) course remains open through Sunday, January 19.

A new service now allows those who may be interested in taking an ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (C-CE) course in the future to be advised via e-mail in advance of registration opportunities. Send an e-mail to prereg@arrl.org, and include the course name or number (eg, EC-00#) on the subject line as well as your name, call sign, email address, and the month you want to start the course in the body.

To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Web page http://www.arrl.org/cce and the C-CE Links found there.

For more information, contact Certification and Continuing Education Program Coordinator Howard Robins, W1HSR, hrobins@arrl.org.

ARES Net This Weekend!

Hello to all…

The monthly ARES Net will be held this Sunday 1/19 at 2000 (8pm) on the MMRA network, or after the weekly Youth Net secures. For information on the MMRA network, please press the “EMa ARES Overview” button, and click on the MMRA link within. Please press the “read more” button.Although this change has been announced previously, we wanted to remind you again of the change, particularly the new time. These changes were in response to comments made by many of you, and we hope you like the result. Additionally, our long time net control and congenial host, Bill, N1VUX, is not available at this new time slot. Please join me in thanking Bill for his long dedicated service to the ARES net. I will be Net Control (NC) for the next few months, while we establish a schedule of NC’s. Please consider NC’ing this net on a rotating basis with other volunteers in the months to come.

We are making some changes to the venerable net, and more in the near future. The monthly ARES Net purpose is to practice making an ARES call to volunteers during an emergency/exigency, and then receiving checkins of volunteering ARES members, and other interested hams. As in the real situation, we will ask hams to check in with call, name, location of station or location if mobile/portable, and power source, as we have before. And as with past practice, it is important that you allow pauses in your transmissions to allow priority break-ins, and the network to drop/refresh properly. In a real world situation, you would check in the MMRA network FIRST to relieve congestion on the area RACES repeaters, so this monthly net is practice for that as well. We are exploring the use of internet based protocols such as IRLP and Echolink, to expand our net to the entire section as soon as we can.

We are asking you to add one important new item to your checkin. Please indicate whether you have priority traffic to pass to the net control. In an actual exigency, priority traffic would be involve any important information that must be passed to net control and cannot wait for the completion of check-in’s or a roll call. The traffic could be a fresh incident report, a report of major damage, or a high priority agency request. In a real situation, you must use your best judgment on what is priority information, with net control then deciding how to handle your information and when to continue the checkin. In the real situation, you would receive important information in the net concerning the exigency, directions for mobilization (or standby information), and staging/rendezvous points when the mobilization begins.

Since there will not be this activity in the monthly net (unless we have an exercise), we will substitute other activities. Changes will be announced in the future, but for this month we will:

Run two or more rounds of check-ins
Make brief announcements
SEC’s monthly comments
Contributors comments. KC1US will be a regular contributor of brief PSE announcements with website references for details
Roundtable discussion. This month’s topic will be the February 8th exercise.

A procedural note. If the network experiences problems, we will ask you to shift to the next repeater west of your location to attempt to maintain contact. For example, if Quincy 146.67 would fail, shift to Quincy 224.4 or Weston 146.82. If Stoughton 146.715 would fail, shift to 446.725 or west to Marlboro 146.61, 449.925, 53.81 repeaters. Same procedure for those south using Shrewsbury and Hopkinton repeaters to move north.

I look forward to talking to you on the net. 73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts Section
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New EC Appointments in EMa

The Eastern Massachusetts ARES leadership would like to welcome the following Emergency Coordinator (EC) appointments into the Eastern Massachusetts section.

Carl Aveni, N1FY, Brockton and Bridgewater EC
John Benson, N1FLO, EC to the Sturdy EmComm Team, and
Darrel Mallory, K1EJ, EC based in ChelmsfordCarl Aveni, N1FY, has been appointed as the ARES Emergency Coordinator for the Bridgewater-Brockton area. Carl brings years of Emergency Communication and Public Service experience to the Eastern Massachusetts ARES program. Carl is an Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator and was first licensed in 1988. Carl is a member of the Massasoit, Marconi and Boston Amateur Radio Clubs and is a psuedo member of the Whitman Amateur Radio Club. Carl serves on the NWS Taunton Board of Directors where he is also a NWS Taunton Operator. Carl has been doing NWS Taunton Operations as a member of South Shore SKYWARN, acting as an alternate single point of contact for SKYWARN NWS operations when needed and has been one of the primary NWS Taunton Operators since 1996. Carl has assisted in numerous SKYWARN Activations including staying all night for activation for Tropical Storm Floyd and assisted in numerous large scale Severe Weather Outbreaks across the region.

Carl has worked diligently with the Bridgewater Emergency Management Director to build a team of ARES and RACES operators for the town of Bridgewater and is the Communications Officer for the town of Bridgewater. Carl established a strong bond between the Massasoit Amateur Radio Club and the town of Bridgewater. Carl has also been named the Disaster/Ham Radio liaison for the Brockton Veterans Administration Medical Clinic (VAMC) where Carl is professionally employed as a clinical social worker in the Acute Psychiatry Unit for 35 years.

Carl and his team have participated in numerous Eastern Massachusetts ARES drills. Carl was the first person to have a team of trained Emergency Communicators ready to deploy to NYC for the September 11th terrorist attacks. Carl also assisted in emergency communications efforts for Y2K for the Brockton VA Hospital. The Eastern Massachusetts ARES staff is proud of Carl’s accomplishments and leadership skills and we have recognized Carl with the appointment of Emergency Coordinator for the Brockton-Bridgewater area of Northern Plymouth County Massachusetts.

John Benson, N1FLO, has been appointed as the ARES Emergency Coordinator for the Sturdy Memorial EMCOMM (Emergency Communication) team, which is a team based out of the Sturdy Memorial Amateur Radio Club in Attleboro Massachusetts. John received his technician license in 1988. In 1990, John became involved in the National Traffic System (NTS) and as an Official Relay Station (ORS). John later became the net manager of the Heavy Hitters Traffic Net (HHTN). In 1992, John became the net manager of the EMRI CW Net and at the same time, became active in the Navy/Marine Corps MARS program.

After a 4-year hiatus from active public service Amateur Radio roles from 1997-2001 to spend additional time with his family, a few members of the Sturdy Memorial Amateur Radio Club began working John and put together an Emergency Communication team. John trained members on NTS traffic, traffic handling and became the team leader for the Sturdy Memorial EMCOMM team. John and his team have done two drills, including one that they designed themselves and critiqued on their own. The second drill was done in concert with Eastern Massachusetts ARES last November where they did their first ever SKYWARN mock activation and it was highly successful. It included a field operation with an outdoor EOC setup and people doing mock damage assessments in the area. John’s team assisted with coordinating an Emergency Communications Workshop working with Eastern Massachusetts ARES. John has team members that lead effectively when he is unable to participate and this exemplifies John’s strong delegation of leadership when needed.

John has meetings often with his team and the team is very active Emergency Communications team. John has offered the 147.195-Attleboro Repeater for ARES-SKYWARN Activations and that repeater will be utilized as needed for both SKYWARN and ARES purposes. The Eastern Massachusetts ARES staff is proud of John’s accomplishments and leadership skills and we have recognized John with the appointment of Emergency Coordinator for the Sturdy Memorial EMCOMM team in the Attleboro area of Northern Bristol County Massachusetts.

Carl Aveni, N1FY, and John Benson, N1FLO, will report to Rob Macedo, KD1CY, who is the ARES District Emergency Coordinator for Bristol and Plymouth Counties and is the ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton. Congratulations to Carl Aveni, N1FY and John Benson, N1FLO, on their Emergency Coordinator appointments.

DARREL came to Amateur radio in 1996 after taking classes given by the local VEC. Darrel passed the tech plus requirements and was granted N1YDJ. After passing the general, advanced requirements, he earned the Amateur Extra in April 2000. Darrel is a VE since August 2001. Darrel applied for and received his present vanity call K1EJ. After visiting the Trade Center on Labor Day 2001 and then seeing the aftermath a week later, it became evident that emergencies were possible. Darrel started talking up the ARRL course at club meetings and completed the three levels within a year. He is a Certified Instructor and Examiner by the ARRL and has tested peers in the course. Darrel will use his knowledge to teach other members of his team and to certify them in Emergency Communications. Darrel is a member of the Billerica Amateur Radio Society and the Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford. Diversification is important to keep abreast of community work and to have increased resources. Darrel is a net control for PART training net. Darrel also enjoys growing bonsai and working on midi music, building antennas. (Contributed by K1EJ)

Darrel will report to SEC, Mike, W1MPN, for administrative matters, and Ed, N1VSJ during emergencies. Congratulations to Darrel, K1EJ for his appointment!

Tech Class in Concord, Feb 3,6,10, 2003

Now You're Talking book coverN1BDA writes:

“An ad hoc Concord group will be running a technician class February 3, 6, and 10 at the Concord Municipal Light Plant, 1175 Elm Street, on Route 2A just west of the rotary. Classes will be 7-10pm. The exam is planned for Monday, February 10 about 9pm. We are not planning to offer any other exam elements.

“If you know of anyone interested, have them contact Steve Bates, WB1EYJ, stevebateshp@att.net or Phil Gaudet, K1IRK, k1irk@arrl.net. They are requesting that students buy and read (at least begin to read) the “Now You’re Talking” ARRL text.

Steve
N1BDA

KM1CC Publicity on WBZ-TV!

W1AA logoK1VV writes:

Boston WBZ TV 4 was at the Marconi 100th Anniversary special event station KM1CC filming video on Weds ….

TV 4 News Reporter Ron Sanders from TV 4 did a couple of interviews … http://wbz4.com/bios/local_bio_052120504/

He said it will be aired on Friday the 17th …Evening news between 5:00 and 6:30 PM .. and possibly on the Saturday news also ……

Bob Doherty K1VV
Marconi Radio Club W1AA
http://www.qsl.net/w1aa/w1aa_1001.htm

CA Handi-ham Camp Slots Available

WA0TDA writes:

“As of today, we are estimating that there are six places left at California Radio camp, March 2 – 9, 2003. If you know of a potential new ham who would qualify for Handi-Ham services and be interested in getting a first license at camp, please alert them to this opportunity. We do teach all levels of licensure at camp, including operating skills and computing for those already licensed at any level, but the beginners are eligible for a campership to pay a significant part of the camp tuition if they cannot afford it. Please e-mail radiocamp@courage.org or call toll-free 1-866-426-3442. Campers will meet Bill Pasternak, Gordon West, and Bob Zeida, as well as our other volunteers!”

[EMA clubs: do you have a new or would-be disabled ham living in your community? Consider sponsoring him or her for this camp! -K9HI]

EMa ARES Net Schedule Change

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W1MPN writes:

EMa ARES has now shifted its monthly net to the third Sunday of every month, starting at 2000 (8pm) on the Minuteman Repeater Association linked repeater system following the weekly Youth Net.

73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts Section
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