New England Public Service List February 25, 2004

Public Service Volunteer Opportunities in the New England Division

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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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
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
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

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K1EP Appointed As New Technical Coordinator

Ed Parish, K1EPEMA Section Manager K9HI has today appointed Ed Parish, K1EP as the section’s Technical Coordinator. Parish replaces Greg Richardson, N1QLS who stepped down from the TC position earlier this month due to increased work responsibilities.

Ed Parish was first licensed as WA2SCA in the early 70’s. He holds an Amateur Extra license and is a Life Member of the ARRL, a former Vice President of the Boston (MA) Amateur Radio Club and current treasurer of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club.

In the early 70’s, Ed built his first receiver and transmitter, the venerable Heathkit HR-10B and DX-60B and was on the air mostly on CW from his parent’s basement. While earning Electrical Engineering degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in the mid-70’s, Ed became quite active in the club, serving as an officer as well as participating in many VHF contesting activities. Those activities continue today, as Ed is a 6M operator from the W2SZ/1 VHF contesting station from Mt. Greylock, MA in June and September. In the last decade, Ed has also become active in HF contesting, participating in numerous domestic and international contests.

A resident of North Reading, MA, K1EP is a hardware engineering consultant specializing in networking, RF, and microcontroller design.

“I’m especially pleased to have someone of Ed’s caliber join us on the Eastern Mass. ARRL staff,” remarked Phil Temples, K9HI. “Ed is a well-rounded amateur. He has extensive on-air contesting and public service communications experience, as well as the technical know-how that qualifies him to address a wide range of technical matters from 160-meters to microwave.”

CEMARC Meeting 3/13/04 in Marlborough

CEMARC logoThe Council of Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Clubs will hold its next meeting on Saturday, March 13, 2004 from 0900-1300 at the Marlborough Emergency Operations Center (Central Fire Station), 215 Maple Street (Route 85) in Marlborough. Algonquin Amateur Radio Club is the host organization for this meeting. AARC will provide the morning coffee and donuts, and a pizza lunch.

“Since this is the first meeting of the year, all clubs are requested to have at least one delegate in attendance,” noted Eastern Mass. Affiliated Club Coordinator Frank Murphy, N1DHW. “Remember that any club member is welcome to attend and participate in discussions at CEMARC meetings; but only one vote to a club on any voting issues.”

A preliminary list of agenda items, a request for additions, and directions to the EOC are on the CEMARC Web Page at: http://www.qsl.net/cemarc. Questions? Send email to n1dhw@ema.arrl.org.

[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Winter Comm Exercise

Metro-Boston District:

Mark Duff, Metro-Boston DEC writes;

On Saturday Feb 21st, the Eastern Mass ARES staff will be conducting it’s annual winter Simulated Emergency Test (SET). The goal of the test is to simulate a winter storm driven, large scale, long term power outage. This is an ideal exercise to participate from your home. The exercise will begin at 1000am and end sometime after 1200pm local time.

Please tune to your local RACES 2M repeater frequency and/or to 146.64 to participate.

All ARES members and interested amateurs are invited and encourage to participate.

The events of August 2003 which plunged much of the eastern part of the country into darkness has once again illustrated our vulnerability to massive power outages and the many problems associated with loss of power. It also once again bought out the importance of amateur radio communications.

Additional information on ARES and the exercise is available on the Eastern Mass ARES WEB Site http://ares.ema.arrl.org

You may also I-Mail [me] directly if you have any further questions [at] emgmgt@comcast.net

CCARES District:

Please click on the CCARES Plan to see details of the exercise in that district.

South Shore/Bristol District:

Please click on the Southeast Massachusetts ARES Drill Plan to see details of the exercise in that district.

Middlesex District:

Please click on the Middlesex ARES Drill Plan to see details of the exercise in that district.

North Shore (Essex) District:

Please follow directions as laid out for the Metro Boston district above, and please guard RACES repeaters assignned to you during the exercise.

Coastal Flooding/Storm Coor Msg (expired)

SKYWARN Logo Hello to all….
….Coastal Flood Warning in effect for Cape Cod for Thursday Morning High Tide Cycle for a minor to moderate coastal flood event….
….Some Splashover Could Occur at the time of high tide across portions of East Coastal Massachusetts’ most vulnerable locations including the Cape Ann area, other exposed locations of the North Shore and places near Hull and Scituate, Mass. Nantucket could also see splashover at the time of high tide…
….Wind Advisory Extended Through This Morning for Cape Cod and Nantucket with the greatest threat for strongest winds over the Outer Cape and Nantucket….
…..Please Report Any Coastal Flooding and coastal flood damage to NWS Taunton. Also report any wind damage and wind gusts 46 MPH or greater to NWS Taunton….

A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect for Cape Cod for the Thursfay Morning High Tide Cycle. A largely minor coastal flood situation will develop over Cape Cod during this morning’s high tide cycle. Pockets of moderate coastal flooding could develop in the most exposed location. Across Nantucket Island and East Coastal Massachusetts, the most exposed locations could see some splashover at the time of high tide. Locations most vulnerable across East Coastal Massachusetts include the Cape Ann area, and vulnerable locations of Hull and Scituate, Mass. Please report any coastal flooding or coastal flood damage to NWS Taunton. The Wind Advisory continues through this morning for Cape Cod and Nantucket. The wind in combination with the wet snow that fell yesterday could result in isolated tree and power line damage. Please report any damage or wind gusts 46 MPH or greater to NWS Taunton.

This will be the only statement concerning this situation.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Southeast Massachusetts ARES District Emergency Coordinator
SEMARA ARES Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://users.rcn.com/rmacedo

Please press the “Read More” button [>>>] to view the Coastal Flood Warning and Wind Advisory Statements from NWS Taunton:COASTAL FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
320 AM EST THU FEB 19 2004

A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR HIGH TIDE THIS MORNING ON CAPE
COD
THIS INCLUDES SANDWICH, PROVINCETOWN, AND CHATHAM OUTER HARBOR. MINOR TO
PERHAPS MODERATE FLOODING IS EXPECTED.

THE WINTER STORM THAT BROUGHT HEAVY SNOW TO CAPE COD WEDNESDAY WILL HEAD TO
NOVA SCOTIA LATE TODAY. THIS STORM WILL PRODUCE A STORM SURGE OF 1.5 TO 2.0
FEET ON CAPE COD DURING HIGH TIDE THIS MORNING.

THIS STORM SURGE WILL RESULT IN MINOR TO PERHAPS MODERATE FLOODING OF THE
MORE VULNERABLE LOW LYING COASTAL LOCATIONS, DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF AN
ASTRONOMICALLY HIGH TIDE AND 15 TO 20 FOOT SEAS JUST OFFSHORE.

FOR SANDWICH, A STORM TIDE OF 12.1 FEET MLLW IS FORECAST AROUND NOON. AT
TIDE ELEVATIONS NEAR 12.0 FEET MLLW, MINOR FLOODING OF LOW LYING COASTAL
SECTIONS IN CAPE COD BAY IS EXPECTED. SOME IMMEDIATE COASTAL ROADS MAY BE
FLOODED FOR A SHORT TIME NEAREST HIGH TIDE DUE TO LARGE SURF AND HIGH TIDES.

FOR CHATHAM OUTER HARBOR, A STORM TIDE OF 9.3 MLLW IS FORECAST AROUND 11 AM.
AT TIDE ELEVATIONS NEAR 9.0 FEET MLLW, FLOODING OF LOWEST LYING COASTAL
AREAS IS LIKELY. SOME IMMEDIATE COASTAL ROADS MAY BE FLOODED NEAREST THE
TIME OF HIGH TIDE. LARGE SWELLS MAY ALSO PRODUCE SOME LOCALIZED BEACH
EROSION.

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
SANDWICH 12.0 12 PM THU 12.1
PROVINCETOWN 12.0 10 AM THU 12.1
CHATHAM OUTER HARBOR 9.0 11 AM THU 9.3

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.

WWUS71 KBOX 190808
NPWBOX

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
310 AM EST THU FEB 19 2004

MAZ023-190655-
DUKES MA-
310 AM EST THU FEB 19 2004

…WIND ADVISORY HAS EXPIRED FOR MARTHAS VINEYARD…

STRONG WINDS WHICH AFFECTED THE VINEYARD LAST NIGHT HAVE SUBSIDED.

ALTHOUGH IT WILL BECOME WINDY TODAY…STRONG WINDS ARE NO LONGER
EXPECTED ON MARTHAS VINEYARD.

$$

MAZ022-024-191700-
BARNSTABLE MA-NANTUCKET MA-
310 AM EST THU FEB 19 2004

…WIND ADVISORY HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH THIS MORNING FOR CAPE COD
AND NANTUCKET…

STRONG WINDS WILL PERSIST ON THE OUTER CAPE AND NANTUCKET THIS
MORNING.

NORTH WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED DURING THE MORNING…WITH
GUSTS AS HIGH AS 45 MPH. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE FELT FROM
PROVINCETOWN AND TRURO TO CHATHAM AND NANTUCKET.

WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH THIS AFTERNOON.

$$

JWD

Framingham ARA License In A Weekend Class March 12-14, 2004

Framingham ARAThe Framingham Amateur Radio Association will hold its annual License In A Weekend class March 12-14 at the FARA radio room in the basement of the Danforth Museum Building on Lexington Street, Framingham. The class will prepare candidates for the entry level Technician class license. A $35 fee includes text, lunch, and the FCC examination fee.

For more information, call 508-879-8097 or 508-881-2301 or visit http://www.fara.org/liaw04.html.

Understanding Your Batteries

Batteries? You Got ’em, Now Use ’em Right

Batteries in your radio; batteries in your car; batteries in your phone. Why one kind and not another? When you need them, you want to depend on them. You want to get the best out of them.

Leo Burke, KA1LN knows, and he will share the practical and safe points at the Boston Amateur Radio Club’s February General meeting. He will tell us about the proper charging of several types and how to make sure that they are ready in an emergency. Leo will also let us in on the future of packaged power.

The BARC General meeting is this Thursday, 19 February at the Salvation Army HQ in Boston, starting at 1900. Parking is free in a private secure lot next to the SA Building. Directions, a map and other details can be found on the club web site.

Note: Late arrivals (after 7:15) need to call on
the talk-in frequency to have the gate opened.

Talk-in is on the BARC repeater: 145.23- 88.5

EMA Staff Meeting Minutes, Feb. 12, 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike Ardai, N1IST reported on his recent listserv activities.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Broadband over Power Lines Reaches NPRM Stage

Power linesThe FCC today agreed yesterday to go forward with a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on the subject of Broadband over Power Line (BPL). The NPRM is the next step in the BPL proceeding, which began last April with a Notice of Inquiry that attracted more than 5100 comments–many from the amateur community.

League President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, expressed disappointment with the FCC’s decision. “I had hoped the FCC would have shown a greater depth of understanding of the issue.” [Full story]

NHARES to hold 2m/6m SSB net

Hello to all. At the last NHARES leadership meeting, it was decided to run an initial test of using 2m SSB and /or 6m SSB as an alternative to 75m and the K1JY system. The test will be on Feb. 22 (Sunday) from 0930 to 1200. All NHARES members with 2m SSB or 6m SSB with any type of antennas (fixed or mobile or portable) are requested to participate. Vertical polarization is preferred, but we want to test all types…yagis, omnis…whatever we have. Those of you who know how bad 75m phone has been, know how important it is that we come up with an alternative.

Please put this on your schedule and try to participate. Further details are to follow.

[Although this is a great training opportunity for our members in the northern part of the EMa Section, this net is a directed net held for NH ARES members. To that end, please check in only after NCS asks for “any other stations”. Please allow NH players to check in first – W1MPN]

Thanks to all of you for your help and dedication in this time of need!

73,
Rex G. Carr, M.D.
AA1KL
NHARES EC Southern Grafton
VTARES AEC Windsor County
rexgcarr@sover.net
aa1kl@arrl.net
W 603-643-5254
H 603-643-4329
C 603-252-7152

N1QLS Resigns As Technical Coordinator

EMA ARRL logoSection Manager Phil Temples, K9HI today accepted the resignation of section Technical Coordinator Greg Richardson, N1QLS.

“Greg’s workload has increased to the point where he feels he can no longer serve in this capacity. I understand and appeciate his position,” remarked K9HI. “I want to warmly thank Greg for his service as the Eastern Massachusetts TC for the past 16 months.”

A 35-year veteran of the electronics industry, Richardson is the Communications Supervisor for the Boston Fire Department, and a member of several public safety frequency coordinating committees. N1QLS is an active member of the Mystic Valley Amateur Radio Group; he also serves as 440 MHz band coordinator for the New England Spectrum Management Council.

K1QW Authors QST Article on Gain Control

QSTLarry Coyle, K1QW of Needham, MA is the author of, “An Automatic Audio Volume Leveler” appearing in the February, 2004 issue of QST. Coyle’s article addresses the subpar performance of automatic gain controls of receivers and suggests practical solutions.

—Thanks, Wellesley ARS Sparkgap, February 2004

EMA Simulated Emergency Test February 21, 2004

Mark Duff, KB1EKN writes:

The Eastern Mass ARES staff will be conducting its annual winter Simulated Emergency Test (SET). The goal of the test is to simulate a winter storm-driven, large scale, long-term power outage. This is an ideal exercise to participate from your home. The exercise will begin at 1000 a.m. and end sometime after 1200 p.m. local time.

Please tune to your local RACES 2M repeater frequency and/or to 146.64 to participate.

All ARES members and interested amateurs are invited and encourage to participate.

The events of August, 2003 which plunged much of the eastern part of the country into darkness has once again illustrated our vulnerability to massive power outages and the many problems associated with loss of power. It also once again bought out the importance of amateur radio communications.

Additional information on ARES and the exercise is available on the Eastern Mass ARES web site at
http://ares.ema.arrl.org.

You may also email me directly if you have any further questions to: emgmgt@comcast.net.

Mark Duff, KB1EKN
Metro-Boston DEC

First USS Cassin Young ARC Meeting

K1WCC at USS Cassin Young ARCMembers of the USS Cassin Young Amateur Radio Club (WW2DD) held their first official meeting recently. Those attending the Saturday, February 7, 2004 meeting were: W1QWT, KB6YNO, Bob Quinn, NS1N, K1WCC, KC1HO. The USS Cassin Young ARC’s next meeting is April 10; the club plans to hold meetings every other month.

KB6YNO at USS Cassin Young ARCThe historic destroyer is situated next to the USS Constitution in the Old Boston Navy Yard in Charlestown. The Cassin Young’s World War II call sign was NTTH; its tactical call sign was “CLINKER”. For more information on the club, visit the USS Cassin Young ARC web site at: http://www.qsl.net/ww2dd/.

Shown here are: (L) K1WCC; (R) KB6YNO. Photos courtesy W1QWT

Framingham ARA Shack is “QRL”

Framingham ARA shack photo #1Framingham ARA shack photo #2The Framingham ARA’s station, W1FY at the Danforth Museum on Lexington Street is a busy place these days. The club holds regular Saturday morning get-togethers. Shown here: the station; some of the FARA gang: (L-R) WA1HAM, W1NXC, N1LOO, W1WMN, W1OSY, W1VIV, N1FTB. Photos courtesy WA1HAM

Code Practice Oscillators Sought

USS Salem ARCWilliam O’Hara, KB1IUB writes:

“I am looking for donations of practice oscillators
for the Morse Code Class. If anyone is willing
to donate a key, please mail it to me (KB1IUB)
or K1RV. Everyone’s help is appreciated. Thank you.”


William H. O’Hara, III – www.billohara.com
KB1IUB = WA1NPO/W1MV/WC1EOC/K1USN
RAILFAN = IC/CN/CP/GTS/CSX/NS/MBTA

CCARES Weekend Exercise

Frozen Canal

Operation Artic Chill

[Frozen Cape Cod Canal photo courtesy of W1MPN
Click on photo to enlarge in your browser window.]

Happy WQ1O A happy WQ1O, CCARES DEC, presided over his “Operation Arctic Chill” exercise on Sat 1/31. Based at the Sandwich EOC, team members established comms around the entire Cape Cod district (including Martha’s Vinyard and Nantucket Islands) using pre-planned 2m, 6m, and HF frequencies. NVIS quick deploy antenna systems were used for HF comms.

Please press “Read More” button to read the after action report and view some pictures. [Work on this piece is in progress – W1MPN] [WQ1O photo courtesy of W1MPN
Click on photo to enlarge in your browser window.] CCARES Exercise #18 “Operation Arctic Chill” After Action Report

The exercise began at 10am will the following EOC stations:

1. CCARES EOC Hyannis

2. Sandwich EOC

3. Falmouth EOC

4. Martha’s Vineyard EOC

5. Nantucket EOC

The CCARES primary operations Net was established on the RACES repeater 146.955. A resource Net was established on the Falmouth Repeater 146.655. An NVIS callup was started on 7232khz. NTS mesages were initialized just after 10am. Many messages were passed between EOC stations. Several home stations were used for relay and liaison purposes. 6m FM was established for backup long range district wide operations. Operations ended about 12:15pm as stated goals were met.

Sandwich EOC Evacuation and Field Operations

At just after 11am, a simulated evacuation was begun at the Sandwich EOC. Vehicles were designated for 30 minute intervals to be used for cold weather rehab. Temperatures were in the low to mid 20s. A trailer was used for field NVIS operations and 2m operations. Another vehicle was used to support 6m operations. Both vehicles had expedient vertical antennas for vhf usage.

NVIS Operations

NVIS contact was established with Hyannis and with Nantucket. Band conditions were very poor, but signal from Nantucket was good. Contact with Hyannis was in close proximity and was somewhat weak.

VHF and 6m Operations

VHF repeater communications were nominal as expected. Our control operator simulated repeater failure of the RACES 146.955 Dennis machine by shutting the repeater on and off without notice. Operator did not know the repeater status from one moment to the other. Simplex emergency communications on the output of the repeater were successfully implemented. Signals were excellent. 6m FM continued to prove a star performer. Its range and clarity have made it a continued favorite for district wide usage.

Messaging

NTS messaging continues to improve with each exercise. This is especially true of “message fills” and corrections. Operators are moving messages with increased efficiency.

What Worked/or Not/Lessons Learned

1. Appropriate cold weather clothing cannot be over emphasized It can never be too much!

2. Adequate spacing for RF interference is a must if vehicles are operating simultaneously on VHF

3. A rehab vehicle can significantly ease the burden of the Operators in cold conditions

4. All metallic masts and accessories must be handled with gloves (re-emphisized from last year)

5. A simplex 2m or 440 local field operations frequency is a must if using seperate vehicles

We wish to thank Dick Farrar W1RBF and the Town of Sandwich for hosting the field operations team. We also wish to thank the Nantucket, CCARES and Martha’s Vineyard ARES groups for their participation. The following operators participated in the exercise.

Frank Olaughlin WQ1O
George Allen N1NBQ
Brad Fligor KB1QL
Jim Bradbury WA1KCC
Bob Courtemanche N1WAT
Henry Brown K1WCC
Ben Carnevale W1VZT
Dan Howard K1DYO
Kent Bradshaw KB1ESG
Ritchey Guild KB1EAJ
Jim Leavitt KC1KM
Ron Trainor KC8CEV
Ross LLoyd KB1IMO
Paul Finnegan WA1JSE
Trenor Goodell N1PIV
Nick Norton K1NGJ
Ken Blackshaw W1NQT
Andy Bullington W1AWB
Jon Thayer KB1ILC
Phil Raneri W1PJR

Our special thanks to SEC Mike Neilsen for taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit us. Other visitors included Laura Neilsen, Rob Macedo KD1CY, Tony Duarte N1XRS. good to see everyone.

Preparations are already underway for the Section execise on 02/21/04

Respectfully submitted,
Frank Olaughlin WQ1O
Cape&Islands ARES District DEC

New England Flea Markets 02/07/2004

New England Area   Ham - Electronic  Flea Market  ***  DATES  *** 2004 P 1 of 2
All events are Ham Radio/ Electronic related except ~_____~
*******************************************************************************
2004 Contact Source
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
7 Feb Windsor CT VintgeR Museum @33MechanicsSt $12/T@8AM John 860 673 0518 +

14 Feb Marlboro MA AARC @MS $3@9 $15/T@7 Ann KA1PON 508 481 4988

14 Feb Chelsea ME AARA Bill K1NIT 207 623 9075 A+

15 Feb Westford MA GBARC Radio35 Antique @Regency $8@8 Pat ARC 866 371 0512 F+

28 Feb Milton VT RANV+ARRL Vt Conv @HS $10@6:30 $5@8 Mitch W1SJ 802 879 6589 W

29 Feb Hicksville NY LIMARC @LevitHall $6@9 $25/T@8 Diane K2DO 631 286 7562 W

14 Mar New Windsor NY OCARC Ed N2XJI 845 534 3492 A+

20 Mar Pomfret CT ECARC @ComSch Rt169+101 $2@8 $10/T Paul KE1LI 860 928 2456

27,28 Mar Timonium MD GBARC @FG Doug N3VEJ 410 256 0257 F

27 Mar Lewiston MA AARC @Ramada $5@8 $8/T Rick N1WFO 207 784 1266 A+

28 Mar Henniker NH CVRC @CommSch $3@8 $10/T@7 Jim NS1E 603 428 7436 +

28 Mar Framingham MA FARA Bev N1LOO 508 626 2012 A+

3 April Waterford CT RASON Auction Gary WT1SND 860 884 4218 A+

17 April Nashua NH NE Antique RC $15/T@7 $2@9 @StStan's Marty 603 938 5051 F

17 April S Portland ME PAWA @AmLeg $5@8 $10/T Bryce K1GAX 207 799 1116 W+

17 April Montreal PQ MARC @RCLeg $4@7:30 $8/T@7:30 James VE2VE 514 697 7205 W+

18 April Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F
Third Sunday April thru October

24-25 April Waltham MA Photographica @HS ~photo~ Ed Shaw 617 965 0807 +

25 April Southington CT SARA @HS $5@9 $18@6:30 Alex KB7HCO 860 214 3013 F

30 Ap, 1 May Hopkinton NH HossTraders @FG x7 I89 Joe K1RQG 207 469 3492

10 May Whately MA FCARC Monday PM Bill N1EWK 413 774 4669 A+

16 May Cambridge MA FLEA at MIT Nick 617 253 3776 F

29 May Vernon CT NARC Wayne N1GUS 860 487 1921 A+

4-6 June Rochester NY Atlantic Div Conv Harold K2HC 585 424 7184 A

5 June Windsor CT VintgeR Museum @33MechanicsSt $10/S@6AM John 860 673 0518 +

5 June Herman ME PSARC Roger KA1TKS 207 848 3846 A+

6 June Queens NY HoSARC Stephen WB2KDG 718 898 5599 A+
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Cambridge MA Flea at MIT http://www.swapfest.us +

Hopkinton NH Hosstraders http://www.qsl.net/k1rqg/

Amherst MA Mt. Tom ARC http://www.mtara.org/hamfest/flea.html

Adams MA N BerkshireARC http://www.nobarc.org/hamfest

Boxborough MA NE ARRL Conv http://www.boxboro.org/

Framingham MA FARA http://www.fara.org/

Newton MA Waltham ARA Auction http://www.wara64.org/auction/

S Dartmouth MA SEMARA http://www.semara.org/flea/fleamkt.htm +

Whately MA FranklinCARC http://www.fcarc.org/flea.html

Enfield CT VHF/UHF Conf http://www.newsvhf.com +

Southington CT SARA http://www.chetbacon.com/sara.htm

Wallingford CT Nutmeg CT Conv http://www.qsl.net/nutmeghamfest/

Lewiston ME AARC http://www.dlois.com/mainearrl/convent.htm

Portland ME PAWA http://www.qsl.net/pawa/fleamarket.html +

Henniker NH CVRC http://www.qsl.net/k1bke/ +

Bergen NJ BARA http://www.bara.org/

Lake Placid NY NNY ARA http://www.geocities.com/nnyara/

Lindenhurst NY ToB ARES http://www.tobares.org/hamfest.html +

Long Island NY LIMARC http://www.limarc.org/fest.htm +

Massapequa NY GSB ARA http://www.gsbarc.org/flyermay03.pdf +

Queens NY Hall of Science http://www.qsl.net/hosarc/hamfest.html

Rochester NY AWA http://www.antiquewireless.org/

Greenwich RI Fidelity ARC http://users.ids.net/~newsm/dates.html

Essex Junction VT Burlington ARC http://www.vtstetson.net/fest02.pdf

Milton VT RANV VT Conv http://www.ranv.org/milton.html

Montreal PQ MARC http://www.marc.qc.ca/fest/fest.html +

Montreal PQ WIARC http://www.pubnix.net/wiarc/hamfest.htm

Montreal PQ MS-SARC http://www.ve2clm.ca/hamfesta.htm

Sorel-Tracy PQ CRAS-T http://www.hamfest.qc.ca/

St Therese PQ CRALL http://www.ve2crl.qc.ca/hamfest2002.htm

Canada RAC List http://rac.eton.ca/data/racfleas.taf?function=form

Phila. Area VARA List http://www.qsl.net/w2vtm/hamfest.html +

USA ARRL List http://www.arrl.org/hamfests.html

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