EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS SECTION NEWS – FIELD DAY ISSUE – June 24-25, 2017 –
ARE YOU READY!
Field Day is now just hours away and Eastern Massachusetts is ready! Whatever your level of engagement in this fascinating world of amateur radio, this weekend should be on the top on your list. Field Day comes only once a year, but offers the most rewarding experience in my mind. Beginners and seasoned hams join-together towards a common goal of demonstrating our capability to operate under less than perfect conditions, away from home or office, without commercial power and established infrastructure. Nothing demonstrates both the versatility and importance of Amateur Radio to the nation more than the tens of thousands of amateurs who participate in field day. I hope you will be one of them and have a good time, while you are at it.
FINDING A FIELD SITE NEAR YOU:
Oh, have we made this easy thanks to the ARRL and the Internet. At last count, I can find at least 35 field day locations in the EMA section. At least one or more should be close to you. If you have not already selected your spot, look at the superb EMA Field Day Directory maintained by Bill, N1VUX at <http://fd.ema.arrl.org/fd_dir.php> Once there, you can find locations by county. Take the time to browse the rest of the <http://fd.ema.arrl.org/fd_dir.php> site for the history of earlier EMA field days and other information.
THE ARRL FIELD DAY LOCATOR:
This site will also help you find an EMA field location so visit this for even more EMA information at <http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator>. The ARRL location lists 1507 field day locations across the entire nation. If you are curious about field day elsewhere or if you might be on the road as you read this you can find information whether in EMA or 6-land, for example.
MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR, SENATE AND HOUSE ISSUE AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY
Field Day proclamations have been received by ARRL Eastern and Western MA Section Managers from the Massachusetts Governor’s Office, the State House of Representatives, and the MA Senate respectively. These proclamations coincide with the annual ARRL Field Day event on June 24-25, 2017. Further information on the content of the proclamations is found at <http://ema.arrl.org/node/2241>
RECOGNITION OF FIELD DAY ACROSS THE NATION:
Along with Massachusetts, many states and localities have provided recognition of the Amateur Radio Field Day. ARRL provides a summary of these at <http://www.arrl.org/news/state-and-local-governments-honor-amateur-radio-in-advance-of-field-day-2017>
FALMOUTH MASSACHUSETTS PROCLAIMS, JUNE 19-25, 2017 AS AMATEUR RADIO
WHEREAS Amateur radio operators are celebrating over a century of radio, and the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association (FARA) is celebrating more than 85 years; and
WHEREAS Amateur radio has provided, and continues to provide, a bridge between peoples, societies and countries by creating friendships and sharing ideas worldwide; and
WHEREAS Amateur radio operators have provided countless hours of community services in emergencies and local organizations throughout these decades; and
WHEREAS These amateur radio services are provided without compensation; and
WHEREAS The Town recognizes the services FARA provides to our many emergency response organizations, including the Falmouth Fire & Rescue Department; and
WHEREAS FARA has further demonstrated their value in public assistance by providing communications for local events such as the Falmouth Road Race and the Cape Cod Marathon; and
WHEREAS The Town of Falmouth recognizes and appreciates the diligence of these hams who also serve as weather spotters in the Skywarn program of the United States’ Weather Bureau; and
WHEREAS The American Radio Relay League is the national organization for Amateur Radio in the United States; and
WHEREAS The League’s Field Day exercise will take place on June 24-25, 2017, and is a 24hour emergency preparedness exercise and demonstration of the radio amateurs’ skills and readiness to provide self supporting communications without further infrastructure being required. NOW, THEREFORE, WE Susan L. Moran, Megan English Braga, Doug Jones, Samuel H. Patterson and Douglas C. Brown, as Selectmen of the Town of Falmouth, by the authority vested in us, do hereby PROCLAIM, JUNE 19-25, 2017 AS AMATEUR RADIO WEEK
IN WITNESS THEREOF, we have hereunto set our hand and caused the great seal of the Town of Falmouth to be affixed.
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT FIELD DAY LINKS:
SEMD A FIELD DAY MESSAGE FOR BONUS POINTS:
Don’t forget to send a Field Day message to your Section Manager (SM) or Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) to gather a 100-point bonus. See the list of EMA/WMA NTS Nets below.
EM2MN 145.230 MHz 8 PM Daily EMA 2 Meter
MARIPN 3978 KHz 6PM Tu, Th, Sa MASS/Rhode Island
HHTN MMRA Repeaters 10PM Su, M, W, F Heavy Hitters
CITN 147.375 MHz 7:30PM M, Tu, Th, Sa Cape & Islands
MARI 3565 KHz 7PM Daily MASS/Rhode Island
CM2MN 146.970 MHz 9PM Daily Central MA
WMTN 146.910 MHz 10AM Daily WMA
WMTN 146.910 MHz 1PM Daily WMA
WMEN 3944 KHz 8:30AM Su WMA
NEPN 3945 KHz 8:45 Su NE Phone Net
MY EMA STAFF LIST
Need to contact someone? The staff list is here <http://ema.arrl.org/>
If you have some interesting short stories from your Field Day operation, please submit them to me for consideration to be included in the July Section News or perhaps later throughout the year as we look back.
Enjoy a safe, successful and fun Field Day,
ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW