DAILY RIVER AND LAKE SUMMARY

DAILY RIVER AND LAKE SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1125 AM EST FRI APR 02 2004

…WIDESPREAD MINOR TO LOCALLY MODERATE FLOODING WILL CONTINUE ON
PORTIONS OF THE CONNECTICUT RIVER AND THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE
MERRIMACK RIVER VALLEY INTO THE WEEKEND…

FOUR TO EIGHT INCHES OF RAIN IN THE PAST 36 HOURS AS PRODUCED
WIDESPREAD MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING THORUGHOUT THE MERRIMACK VALLEY
AS WELL AS ALONG THE MAINSTEM CONNECTICUT RIVER. MOST RIVERS WILL
CREST THIS AFTERNOON OR TONIGHT…BUT THE MAINSTEM MERRIMACK AS WELL
AS THE SHAWSHEEN AND NASHUA RIVERS MAY NOT CREST UNTIL MIDDAY
SATURDAY.

THE LARGE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HEAVY RAINS IS
DRIFITNG SLOWLY EAST OVER THE MID ATLANTIC. CLOUDY AND DAMP
CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY. THEN AS THE STORM FINALLY
LIFTS OUT TO THE EAST…A PERIOD OF SNOW IS QUITE POSSIBLE LATE
SUNDAY INTO EARLY MONDAY.

THESE FORECASTS INCLUDE 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION FOR THE PERIOD ENDING
AT 7 AM TODAY…AND FORECAST PRECIPITATION THROUGH 7 AM TOMORROW.:STATION FLOOD 7 AM 24-HR FORECASTS
:ID NAME STAGE STAGE CHANGE 7 AM 1 PM 7 PM 7 AM
: FRI SAT SAT SAT SUN
:
:CONNECTICUT RIVER
WLPN3:NORTH WALPOLE 28.0: 18.3/: 2.2: 18.3/ 18.1/ 17.8/ 17.7/
MNTM3:MONTAGUE 28.0: 29.3/: 8.5: 27.4/ 26.2/ 24.9/ 23.0/
NHMM3:NORTHAMPTON 112.0:113.2/: 5.6: 112.8/ 112.0/ 111.3/ 109.7/
HLUM3:HOLYOKE DAM 9.0: M/: M: 8.0/ 7.6/ 7.1/ 6.4/
HLYM3:HOLYOKE 26.5: 23.6/: 5.7: 24.5/ 23.4/ 22.3/ 20.4/
SPGM3:SPRINGFIELD 20.0: 14.0/: 4.5: 15.2/ 14.7/ 14.0/ 12.2/
TMVC3:THOMPSONVILLE 5.0: 5.0/: 2.4: 6.0/ 5.7/ 5.3/ 4.3/
HFDC3:HARTFORD 16.0: 16.1/: 4.2: 20.0/ 20.1/ 19.9/ 18.9/
MDDC3:MIDDLETOWN 8.0: 7.7/: 2.0: 11.4/ 11.8/ 11.9/ 11.5/
:
:CHICOPEE RIVER
INDM3:INDIAN ORCHARD 12.0: 7.7/: 0.8: 7.3/ 7.2/ 7.0/ 6.6/
:
:WESTFIELD RIVER
WSFM3:WESTFIELD 13.0: 10.0/: 1.6: 6.7/ 6.4/ 6.2/ 6.2/
:
:FARMINGTON RIVER
UNVC3:UNIONVILLE 12.0: 8.5/: 1.1: 6.7/ 6.3/ 6.0/ 5.7/
SIMC3:SIMSBURY 12.0: 9.6/: 2.9: 9.2/ 8.7/ 7.9/ 6.4/
TARC3:TARIFFVILLE 9.0: 5.7/: 1.4: 5.3/ 5.0/ 4.5/ 3.6/
:
:SHETUCKET RIVER
WLMC3:WILLIMANTIC 13.0: 8.1/: 1.9: 6.1/ 5.7/ 5.3/ 4.7/
:
:BLACKSTONE RIVER
NBRM3:NORTHBRIDGE 9.0: 8.1/: 1.8: 5.9/ 5.5/ 5.2/ 4.6/
WOOR1:WOONSOCKET 9.0: 7.4/: 2.6: 6.3/ 5.8/ 5.3/ 4.6/
:
:CHARLES RIVER
DOVM3:DOVER 5.0: 3.8/: 1.5: 4.4/ 4.4/ 4.4/ 4.1/
:
:NEPONSET RIVER
NRWM3:NORWOOD 9.0: 8.3/: 1.2: 7.9/ 7.8/ 7.7/ 7.4/
:
:PAWTUXET RIVER
CRAR1:CRANSTON 9.0: 8.8/: 2.6: 8.5/ 8.2/ 7.9/ 6.8/
:
:MERRIMACK RIVER
GOFN3:GOFFS FALLS 11.0: 9.9/: 3.0: 10.9/ 10.7/ 10.5/ 10.2/
NSHN3:NASHUA 18.0: M/: M: 17.9/ 17.4/ 16.9/ 15.3/
LOWM3:LOWELL 52.0: 50.2/: 4.2: 53.2/ 52.8/ 52.4/ 51.7/
LWMM3:LAWRENCE 20.0: M/: M: 21.4/ 20.9/ 20.3/ 17.9/
HAVM3:HAVERHILL 15.0: M/: M: 15.1/ 14.7/ 14.2/ 13.3/
:
:CONTOOCOOK RIVER
PTRN3:PETERBOROUGH 5.5: 5.9/: 2.4: 4.7/ 4.5/ 4.3/ 4.0/
:
:PISCATAQUOG RIVER
GFFN3:GOFFSTOWN 9.0: 10.3/: 4.1: 7.4/ 7.3/ 7.1/ 6.8/
:
:SOUHEGAN RIVER
SOHN3:MERRIMACK 9.0: 7.6/: 2.8: 7.5/ 6.9/ 6.7/ 6.1/
:
:NASHUA RIVER
DNSM3:EAST PEPPERELL 8.0: 7.4/: 3.7: 9.8/ 9.0/ 8.2/ 6.9/
:
:SQUANNACOOK RIVER
WGTM3:WEST GROTON 7.0: 7.7/: 3.9: 5.2/ 5.0/ 4.8/ 4.5/
:
:NORTH NASHUA RIVER
FBGM3:FITCHBURG 6.5: 7.2/: 2.2: 5.6/ 5.4/ 5.2/ 4.9/
:
:CONCORD RIVER
LCNM3:LOWELL 8.0: 7.1/: 1.1: 7.4/ 7.4/ 7.5/ 7.5/
:
:SUDBURY RIVER
SAXM3:SAXONVILLE 10.0: 10.4/: 2.8: 10.4/ 10.3/ 10.2/ 9.9/
:
:ASSABET RIVER
MAYM3:MAYNARD 5.0: 5.6/: 2.1: 5.8/ 5.7/ 5.6/ 5.2/
:
:SHAWSHEEN RIVER
WLMM3:WILMINGTON 7.0: 8.1/: 4.7: 8.7/ 8.5/ 8.0/ 7.2/
.END

UNAVAILABLE OBSERVED OR FORECAST STAGES ARE INDICATED BY “M”. DURING
PERIODS OF LOW FLOW…FORECASTS WILL VARY DUE TO TIDAL VARIATIONS
AND POWER GENERATION.

OBSERVED RIVER STAGES ARE COURTESY OF THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY…
NEW ENGLAND DIVISION OF THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS…AS WELL AS
OTHER COOPERATING AGENCIES.

DURING FLOOD EPISODES…CREST FORECAST UPDATES CAN BE OBTAINED IN
RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS /BOSFLWBOX/ AND RIVER FLOOD STATEMENTS
/BOSFLSBOX/. THESE PRODUCTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOMEPAGE AT
WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/ER/BOX.

SKYWARN Self-Activate (expired)

SKYWARN Logo Hello to all…

Please self-activate SKYWARN for rainfall totals, urban flooding enough to get cars stuck in roadways as well as rivers and streams near bankful or in flood. A Flood Warning has been issued until 2:30 PM Friday for all of Eastern
Massachusetts and RI except for Cape Cod and the Islands.

Below is the Flood Warning Statement:WGUS41 KBOX 011927
FLWBOX
MAC005-009-017-021-023-025-RIC001-003-005-007-009-020315-

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
225 PM EST THU APR 1 2004

…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD
WARNING…IN
EFFECT UNTIL 2:30 PM EST FRIDAY…

THIS FLOOD WARNING INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES…

IN MASSACHUSETTS
SUFFOLK…ESSEX…MIDDLESEX AND NORFOLK

IN RHODE ISLAND
WASHINGTON…BRISTOL…NEWPORT…KENT AND PROVIDENCE

IN MASSACHUSETTS
PLYMOUTH AND BRISTOL

A LARGE SLOW MOVING STORM SYSTEM OVER THE MID ATLANTIC WILL
CONTINUE TO SEND BANDS OF HEAVY RAIN ACROSS RHODE ISLAND AND
EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS THROUGH MUCH OF TONIGHT. ONE TO OVER 3
INCHES HAS ALREADY FALLEN AND AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES IS
EXPECTED BY FRIDAY MORNING.

WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATES ONE EXTENSIVE AREA OF HEAVY
RAIN AFFECTING THE LOWER MERRIMACK VALLEY. THIS WILL WORK
SLOWLY NORTHEAST THIS EVENING. ANOTHER EXPANDING AREA OF
HEAVY RAINFALL FORMING JUST OFFSHORE WILL LIFT NORTHWARD AND
AFFECT THE WARNING AREA TONIGHT AND EARLY FRIDAY.

HEAVY RAINFALL WILL RESULT IN WIDESPREAD URBAN AND POOR
DRAINAGE FLOODING LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT. THE
COMBINATION OF RUNOFF FROM LAST NIGHTS RAINFALL AND THE
ADDITIONAL RAIN TONIGHT WILL RESULT IN MINOR FLOODING OF
SMALL RIVERS AND STREAMS AS THE NIGHT PROGRESSES. SOME OF THE
SLOWER RESPONDING RIVERS AND STREAMS WILL HAVE A MORE DELAYED
RESPONSE WITH MINOR FLOODING MATERIALIZING TOWARD DAYBREAK
FRIDAY.

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
IF YOU ARE IN A FLOOD PRONE LOCATION BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO
HIGHER GROUND.

NEVER ATTEMPT TO CROSS BRIDGES OR ROADS WHERE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. IT ONLY TAKES A FOOT OR TWO OF WATER TO WASH MOST
CARS AWAY. KNOW SOME ALTERNATE ROUTES BEFORE YOU START
TRAVELING IN CASE ROADS HAVE BEEN FLOODED AND CLOSED.

$$

DRV

73,Rob-KD1CY.
ARES SKYWARN Cooordinator for NWS Taunton

KY1N List of Amateur Radio Exams, April 1, 2004

                         The KY1N Memorial List
Scheduled Amateur Radio Volunteer Examinations - CT MA ME NH RI VT
4/01/04
Jim, WW1Y, Editor
Date Time Contact Location Phone
04/03/04 09:00 Bill Sullivan, K1AG Bangor ME 207-947-4051
04/03/04 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
04/04/04 16:00 Lawrence Bartlett, K1DPD Belfast ME 207-525-3226
04/04/04 09:00 Richard Williamson, WA1YQE Milford CT 203-877-5020
04/07/04 18:30 *Richard Christopher, N1LT Laconia NH 603-524-6567
04/08/04 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
04/08/04 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
04/09/04 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
04/10/04 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
04/10/04 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
04/10/04 12:00 Daniel Miller, K3UFG Newington CT 860-206-3379
04/10/04 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Pawtucket RI 401-333-4787
04/11/04 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
04/12/04 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
04/13/04 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
04/14/04 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
04/15/04 19:30 Richard Cantin, AA1TI Norwood MA 508-339-1089
04/15/04 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
04/17/04 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
04/17/04 10:00 Bruce Howes, W1UJR So. Portland ME 207-828-0248
04/17/04 09:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX South Portland ME 207-799-1116
04/19/04 19:00 Richard Strycharz Jr, KD1XP Amherst MA 413-665-2211
04/19/04 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
04/20/04 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
04/20/04 18:30 Wilburn A Scott, WA1YNZ Presque Isle ME 207-455-8333 04/21/04 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
04/21/04 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-933-9587
04/23/04 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
04/24/04 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-683-4099
04/24/04 12:00 +Neil Henden, AA1OA Danvers MA 978-777-1608
04/24/04 09:00 Jack P Garforth, N1JK Middletown RI 401-683-2250
04/24/04 09:00 Norm Smith, NY1B Rockland ME 207-354-6853
04/27/04 18:30 John Ruggiero, N2YHK Worcester MA 508-982-0617
04/28/04 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
05/01/04 10:30 Larry Houbre, AA1FS Dartmouth MA 508-991-6055
05/01/04 09:00 Bill Studley, AA1OC Hopkinton NH 603-424-2857
05/02/04 09:00 Richard Williamson, WA1YQE Milford CT 203-877-5020
05/08/04 10:00 Wes Clement, N1WC Bath ME 207-729-8563
05/08/04 08:45 William J Needham, K1WN Braintree MA 781-843-4400
05/08/04 09:00 Joanne Reid, N1LNE Falmouth MA 508-548-1121
05/08/04 12:00 Daniel Miller, K3UFG Newington CT 860-206-3379
05/08/04 09:30 Marvin Fleischman, N1AWJ Stamford CT 203-438-7889
05/09/04 12:00 Bob Quinn, WV1A Gloucester MA 978-283-4660
05/10/04 19:00 Mike Ardai, N1IST Brookline MA 781-321-7939
05/11/04 19:00 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Thomaston CT 860-283-4089
05/12/04 19:30 Bruce Anderson, W1LUS Chelmsford MA 978-851-2886
05/13/04 19:00 Judy Nelson, KC1RI Providence RI 401-231-9156
05/13/04 19:00 Kevin Cellini, N1KGM Trumbull CT 203-268-5015
05/14/04 18:30 Ralph T Stetson III, KD1R Burlington VT 802-878-6454
05/14/04 18:30 Albert Noble, AA1CZ Saco ME 207-642-8830
05/15/04 09:30 Lawrence Polowy, KU1L Goshen CT 860-283-4089
05/15/04 09:00 Bill Wade, K1IJ Marlborough MA 617-699-3670
05/15/04 09:00 Bruce Howes, W1UJR So. Portland ME 207-828-0248
05/15/04 09:00 Bryce Rumery, K1GAX South Portland ME 207-799-1116
05/17/04 19:00 Arthur Denault, KB1CNB Fall River MA 774-644-3469
05/18/04 19:00 Paul Lux, K1PL Middletown CT 860-635-1742
05/19/04 17:30 Donald R Smith, AE1Q Augusta ME 207-495-3891
05/19/04 19:30 Nick Altenbernd, KA1MQX Cambridge MA 617-253-3776
05/19/04 19:00 Robert E Moreland, KA1ZMF Milford CT 203-933-9587
05/20/04 19:30 Richard Cantin, AA1TI Norwood MA 508-339-1089
05/22/04 09:00 Bob Jones, WB1P Slatersville RI 401-333-4787
05/25/04 19:00 Walton G Congdon, W1ZPB Northfield MA 413-498-2729
05/26/04 19:00 *Paul Upham, KD1YH Shirley MA 978-597-6535
05/28/04 18:00 David Cote, WA1DC Holyoke MA 413-592-4978
05/29/04 09:00 William D Wilson, K1IN Bloomfield CT 860-683-4099

NOTES:
* = PREREGISTRATION MANDATORY
+ = PLEASE CALL TO GAURANTEE SEATING
T = Technician Exams only
Times are Local Time
Please check with the contact person as some dates are tentative!
For the latest examination information, check
http://www.ky1n.net/ky1n.html.
If attending a session please remember to bring:
1) One photo ID, or two non-photo ID's (one with address)
2) Original FCC-issued license plus a photocopy (if already licensed)
3) Original plus photocopies of all CSCE's you are claiming
4) The 2004 test session fee of $12.00
All VE Teams are invited to contribute.
For additions/corrections contact Jim Heedles, WW1Y, 603-672-4035,
via email at ky1n@ky1n.net

USS Salem, Call For Volunteers April 3, 2004

USS Salem ARC QSL cardWA1I writes on K1USN-list:

Last Saturday with the scouts was a great success. Thanks to all who helped!

We will have approximately 56 scouts on board the USS Salem this weekend. I am looking for 4-5 volunteers to handle both the Intro to Amateur Radio presentations and the HF & VHF Demos. All activities are from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday (4/03/04).

No prior experience is necessary. We can show you the ropes!

Please email me ASAP at W1AI@hamtestonline.com if you will help!

Thanks,

JC Cunningham, W1AI
USS Salem K1USN Radio Club Scouting Program Volunteer Coordinator
http://www.hamtestonline.com

Fall River Sixth Graders Seeking The Thrill Of Ham Radio

Roland Daignault, N1JOY writes on the BCRA-List:

“As many of you already know, this is week #2 of the Kuss Middle School (Fall River, MA) ham radio classes.

If you have a few minutes, I’d like to get some of the students on the air around 7:30-7:45 Wednesday evenings at the end of the classroom session. There are several kids who are thrilled about the hobby, and quite a few who are starting to take an interest. These are 6th graders, and a little bit of fun time on the air could be a great influence to help them reach their goal of passing the exam and getting their own license! I’d appreciate one or two folks to be handy when I put the call out on Wednesday nights to chat with a couple of kids.

Thanks!

Roland – N1JOY

Tally Ho! It’s The South Shore Fox Hunters!

South Shore Fox Hunting crewMembers of the South Shore Fox Hunters held a successful hunt on March 12 near the Monponsett Ponds. Roy Logan, KB1CYV and George Davis, KC1FZ were hiding on a boat ramp off Route 58.

The fox was first found by Walter MacNeil, W1WMN. W1WMN participated for the first time with the South Shore Fox Hunters on February 28.

Veteran fox hunters “with 6 and 7 years of experience were seen scratching their heads and heard mumbling something about beginners luck.”

It’s great fun, a great challenge, and it happens weekly!

Shown here (L-R): Bruce Hayden, NI1X; Roy Logan, KB1CYV; George Davis, KC1FZ; Gil Follett, W1GMF; Walter MacNeil, W1WMN; Loren Pimentel, N1IQI; Walt Fitzgerald, N1LHD; Jennifer, with Mike Marinucci, N1FRV

—Whitman ARC Spectrum March 2004

Groton Road Race Volunteers Sought, April 25, 2004

Groton RR photo“Bo” Budinger, WA1QYM writes on PART/WB1GOF-List:

This year, the 12th Groton Road Race will be held on Sunday, April 25. Approximately 40 Radio Operators are needed to fill the necessary roles during the day.

They will have three periods during the day where they will need increasing numbers of volunteers. The first period starts at 0900 with a crew to help the parking team. The second period starts at 1130 with a crew for the 5k race. The third period starts at 1230 with the largest crew for the 10k race.

Typically everyone is secured from this 10k race by 1430. Handhelds are required; there are only a limited number of positions where it is reasonable to be standing outside of a parked vehicle to use a mobile rig.

If you are interested in helping out please send your e-mail to Ralph Swick at kd1sm@arrl.net. There will be a short pre-race meeting the weekend before.

Falmouth ARA’s Slow Speed Net Helping New “Brass Pounders”

Falmouth ARA logoFARA’s 2-meter Slow Speed CW Net is enjoying success, according to Falmouth ARA’s John Gould, WX1K. Gould reports that the weekly net received “4-5 check-ins.”

Gould thanked Henry Brown, K1WCC for his work as Net Control Station and for “helping the new brass pounders.”

The net meets every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. on 144.050 MHz.

Falmouth ARA Newsletter, February 2004

SEMARA Landscaping Work Party

SEMARA logoMembers of the Southeastern MA ARA are meeting on Sunday, March 28 to landscape a portion of the club house property. Plans call for grass and sod work as well as driveway repair. According to Dave Dean, K1JGV, the driveway will be repaired with stone dust the club has stockpiled. Also, a large portion of the driveway will be overlaid with 3/4-inch stone.

“The remaining stone dust will be placed in the new storage area we have made near the repater tower,” K1JGV said.

Dean reminds the membership — except for handicapped — to park as far as possible from the rear area of the club to facilitate the landscaping work.

SEMARA Zero Beat, April 2004

Genesis ARS Recognizes WB1FLA

WB1FLA award photoThe Genesis Amateur Radio Society recognized Tom Bolus, WB1FLA for his years of service as club president at last month’s GARS meeting.

Shown here: GARS Treasurer Ed Maccaferri, KB1ERV presenting a plaque to WB1FLA.

Incidently, Bolus has volunteered to serve as this year’s club’s Field Day Chairman!

Photo courtesy GARS Monthly Update, March 2004

USS Salem, Call For Volunteers, March 27, 2004

USS Salem ARC QSL cardWA1I writes on CEMARC-list:

Last Saturday with the scouts was a great success. Thanks to all who helped!

We will have approximately 68 scouts on board the USS Salem this weekend. I am looking for 4-5 volunteers to handle both the Intro to Amateur Radio presentations and the HF & VHF Demos. All activities are from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday (3/27/04).

We have already arranged an IRLP sched with McMurdo Station in Antarctica, which is always popular with both the scouts and the operators.

No prior experience is necessary. We can show you the ropes!

Please email me ASAP at W1AI@hamtestonline.com if you will help!

Opportunities for CERT Training

CERT logoTerry Stader, KA8SCP writes on CEMARC-list:

At the past CEMARC meeting I mentioned that a number of PART members were attending a CERT class in Lowell. For those of you that are not familiar with CERT, it stands for Community Emergency Response Team. This is a FEMA program and part of the Citizen’s Corp. collection of volunteers. In the class, we will be learning how a team of volunteers can work together in advance of the local government public safety professionals arriving on scene during a disaster.

Here is a link to an article that recently appeared in the Lowell Sun about the first class recently held in Lowell, Ken-KB1FFM, Hugh-N1QGE and myself are a part of the 12 students attending this second class:

http://www.lowellsun.com/Stories/0,1413,105~4761~2013656,00.html#

For more information on CERT, you can check out the FEMA site:

http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/CERT/

What communities in Massachusetts have programs in place or getting started:

http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/CERT/c_ma.htm

If your club is looking for a way to be a resource to your community, you may want to participate in these classes and be part of a team of like volunteers. Communications is one of the vital links we can provide to the community as well as a trained volunteer is disaster services.

Terry M. Stader – KA8SCP
MEMA Region 1 Communications/RACES Officer
ARRL EMA DEC – Northeast MA RACES
The Police Amateur Radio Team of Westford, MA – WB1GOF

WSJ Article Highlights Hams’ Beef With BPL

Wall Street JournalThe following article appeared in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. The Amateur referenced in the article is ARRL’s Rick Lindquist, N1RL.

In This Power Play, High-Wire Act Riles Ham-Radio Fans New Use for Lines Sparks Tension With Operators; ‘Firestorm’ in Penn Yan

By KEN BROWN
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
March 23, 2004; Page A1

Rick Lindquist drove down a street in a New York City suburb, ignoring the snow swirling around his car and twirling the dial on the ham radio mounted to the side of his dashboard. The radio picked up an operator in Minnesota discussing antennas, the Salvation Army’s daily emergency network check and then the time, as broadcast from Colorado by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

As the car turned onto North State Road in the village of Briarcliff Manor in Westchester County, the voices faded, replaced with whirs and wahs — what could have been sound effects from a 1950s science-fiction movie. The source, according to Mr. Lindquist, was right outside the window: the power lines running alongside the road.
Owned by Consolidated Edison, the lines transmit not just electricity but data, much like phone and cable-TV wires. The utility is testing a system for reading meters, probing for outages and potentially offering high-speed Internet access to its customers via their electrical outlets. The interference from the power lines “ranges from very annoying to that’s-all-I-can-hear,” contends Mr. Lindquist, 58 years old, who often taps out Morse-code messages as he drives.

In a clash between the dots and dashes of the telegraph and the bits and bytes of the Web, the nation’s vocal but shrinking population of ham-radio operators, or “hams” as they call themselves, are stirring up a war with the utility industry over new power-line communications. Hams have flooded the Federal Communications Commission with about 2,500 letters and e-mails opposing power-line trials. In a letter to the FCC, the American Radio Relay League, a ham-radio group with 160,000 members, called power-line communications “a Pandora’s box of unprecedented proportions.”

The league has raised more than $300,000 from nearly 5,600 donors since last summer, to pay for testing, lobbying and publicity to spread the word about the perceived threat. A half-dozen hams even confronted FCC Chairman Michael Powell, a big advocate of the power-line technology, when he visited a test site near Raleigh, N.C., earlier this month.

The problem, most ham operators contend, is that power lines weren’t built to carry anything other than electricity. Telephone and cable-TV lines are either shielded with a second set of wires or twisted together to prevent their signals from interfering with other transmissions. But signals sent over electrical wires tend to spill out, the hams contend.

The FCC and the utilities say new technologies have eliminated the interference and accuse the hams of exploiting the issue for their own gains. “We haven’t seen the sun darken and everything electrical turn to white noise and haze during a deployment,” says Matt Oja, an executive at Progress Energy, whose test Mr. Powell visited. “This is a fairly vocal group that has been whipped into a frenzy by their organization.”

The controversy comes at a sensitive time for the hams. Not too many decades ago, ham-radio operators were on the cutting edge of communications technology. They chatted with people in far-flung places at a time when long-distance calling was still a luxury. They spread word of disasters that otherwise might have taken days to reach the public. In the age of e-mail, wireless Internet access and cellphones that double as walkie-talkies, many operators worry that their hobby will fade away.

To become a fully licensed ham operator, people still need to learn Morse code, though that requirement likely will be dropped soon after more than a decade of debate. Aging hams, who built crystal radio sets as kids or were radio operators during World War II, are dying. Fewer youngsters are replacing them. Armed with powerful computers, today’s young tinkerers grow up to be tech geeks, playing videogames and writing software.

The American Radio Relay League has seen its membership shrink to today’s 160,000 from a peak of 175,000 in 1995, and the average member is in his mid-50s. The group estimates that there are about 250,000 active ham-radio enthusiasts. Hams always have been a quirky bunch. They haunt a series of short-wave radio frequencies set aside for them by the federal government in the 1930s. Other slices of the spectrum are reserved for AM and FM radio, broadcast television, cellphones, and police and fire departments, among other uses.

Hams take great pride in radioing around the world. One favorite game: trying to contact someone in each of the 3,000-plus counties in the U.S. Mr. Lindquist is so enthusiastic about ham radio that he vacations in spots such as Whitehorse, the capital of Canada’s Yukon Territory, so other hams can claim they made contact with that city.

Ed Thomas, the FCC’s chief engineer, says the commission has spent a year listening to the hams’ concerns about power lines and is getting frustrated. “Why is this thing a major calamity?” he says. “And honestly, I’d love the answer to that.”

Companies such as Con Ed and Progress note that current FCC regulations call for systems to be shut down if they interfere with hams. The radio operators agree the rules are clear, but they fear they will be rescinded or not enforced.

Con Ed says its system in Briarcliff Manor doesn’t interfere with the hams and maintains that, in two years of testing, it hasn’t received one complaint. But the American Radio Relay League says it did mention this system in its letters to the FCC, and it has been complaining about it on its Web site.

The hams have been quick to act wherever systems are being rolled out. Just days after Penn Yan, a town of 5,200 that sits amid New York’s Finger Lakes, approved a plan to test power-line Internet access, “the firestorm started with the ham-radio operators — letters, e-mails, telephone calls saying, ‘You can’t do this,’ ” recalls Mayor Doug Marchionda Jr.

Hoping to keep everyone happy, he approached David Simmons, a local ham and owner of an electronics store that sells radio gear. They surveyed the town before the trial began to get base readings of interference. They even pinpointed a spot that had bothered police and firefighters for years, tracing it to refrigerators at a local supermarket.

With the refrigerators fixed and the power-line system in place over nine blocks of Penn Yan, Mr. Simmons is satisfied that there is no interference and now favors the new technology. “This thing has caught quite a buzz,” he says. “It’s just so much negativity out there.”

Tom Gius, a ham-radio operator in Alpine, Texas, sees the power lines as a threat to the public services that hams provide. When hailstorms sweep through each spring, Mr. Gius heads to the local radio station, while other hams fan out to the north, south, east and west. They communicate by radio, and Mr. Gius passes information to the radio station. “We won’t be able to understand each other, it’ll be so noisy,” frets Mr. Gius, a 60-year-old retired broadcaster.

Write to Ken Brown at ken.brown@wsj.com

Framingham ARA Receives SSC Renewal

Framingham ARA logoThe Framingham Amateur Radio Association has been officially renewed as a Special Service Club.

“Through the work of its members, [Framingham ARA] is recognized for its continued efforts on behalf of Amateur Radio and services to its community.” said ARRL Educational Activities Assistant Linda Mullally, KB1HSV in a March 22, 2004 letter to FARA’s Bob Hess, W1RH, EMA Affiliated Club Coordinator Frank Murphy, N1DHW, EMA Section Manager, K9HI, and New England Division Director, K1KI.

“Extraordinary clubs like FARA actively pursue all aspects of Amateur Radio: new ham development and training; public relations; emergency communications; school club support; technical advancement; and operating activities,” commented EMA Section Manager Phil Temples, K9HI.

More information about Special Service Clubs can be found at http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/club/#ssc_program

Ham Radio Operators needed

Hello All:

The Charles River Watershed Association is running their annual event on April 25th, Sunday. If people are interested in helping to provide communications for health and welfare, please contact:

Ed Burg – N1VSJ mooseeb@comcast.net

The times for the event start 7:00 am till about 5:00 pm. Operators are not required to remain there for the whole event.

Thanks, Brad – N1VUF

New England Public Service List March 11, 2004

PSLIST

Listing public events at which Amateur Radio communications is
providing a public service and for which additional volunteers from
the Amateur Community are needed and welcome. Please contact the
person listed to identify how you may serve and what equipment you
may need to bring.

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**** Every event listed is looking for communications volunteers ****

Date Location Event Contact Tel/Email

Apr 19 Hopkinton MA Boston Marathon Start Steve K1ST
k1st@arrl.net
Apr 19 Hopkinton MA Boston Marathon Course Steve W3EVE
to Boston baa2004@amateur-radio.net
Apr 19 Boston MA Boston Marathon Finish Paul W1SEX
w1sex@arrl.net
Apr 25 Groton MA Groton Road Race Ralph KD1SM 978-582-7351
kd1sm@arrl.net
Apr 25 Boston MA March of Dimes WalkAmerica Bruce KC1US 781-275-3740
kc1us04@amateur-radio.net
Apr 25 Boston MA Run of the Charles Ed N1VSJ 774-930-6404
mooseeb@aol.com
May 1 Grafton MA Grafton Road Race Bob KA1OTQ 508-865-2215
ka1otq@arrl.net
May 2 Boston MA Walk for Hunger Bob K1IW 413-647-3111
wfh2004@amateur-radio.net
May 15 Portsmouth NH Lung Association bike trek David KA1VJU 603-581-2602
to Ogunquit ME ka1vju@dmegin.com
May 16 Ogunquit ME Lung Association bike trek David KA1VJU 603-581-2602
to Portsmouth NH ka1vju@dmegin.com
May 16 Devens MA Parker Classic Road Race Stan KD1LE 978-433-5090
kd1le@arrl.net
May 23 Boston MA ALA Asthma Walk Bruce KC1US 781-275-3740
kc1us04@amateur-radio.net
Jun 13 Wayland MA ALS scenic bicycle tour Bruce KC1US 781-275-3740
kc1us04@amateur-radio.net
Jun 26 Boston MA MS GMG Bike Tour John N1PYN 508-588-3250
to Bourne n1pyn@arrl.net
Jun 27 Bourne MA MS GMG Bike Tour John N1PYN 508-588-3250
to Boston n1pyn@arrl.net
Jun 27 Marshfield MA ADA Tour de Cure Bruce KC1US 781-275-3740
kc1us04@amateur-radio.net
Jul 4 Westminstr MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM 978-582-7351
kd1sm@arrl.net
Jul 5 Fitchburg MA Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Ralph KD1SM 978-582-7351
kd1sm@arrl.net
Sep 10 Hyannis MA MS Challenge Walk John N1PYN 508-588-3250
to Brewster n1pyn@arrl.net
Sep 11 Brewseter MA MS Challenge Walk John N1PYN 508-588-3250
to Easthamr n1pyn@arrl.net
Sep 12 Brewster MA MS Challenge Walk John N1PYN 508-588-3250
to Dennis n1pyn@arrl.net

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