Emergency Communications Training to Begin September 1

ARRL Certification & Continuing Ed Program“…This week, ARRL section managers were asked to recommend up to five students to sign up to take the Level I Amateur Radio Emergency Communications on-line course. These individuals also will receive additional training to become instructors and mentors…”SB QST @ ARL $ARLB050
ARLB050 Emergency Communications Training to Begin September 1

ARRL Bulletin 50 ARLB050>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT August 16, 2002
To all radio amateurs

ARLB050 Emergency Communications Training to Begin September 1

Amateur Radio emergency communications training supported by a $181,900
federal homeland security grant will begin within a few weeks. The
League was among several dozen nonprofit organizations designated to
receive some $10.3 million in federal money to boost homeland defense
volunteer programs. During its first year, the grant–from the
Corporation for National and Community Service special volunteer
program–will reimburse the cost of Level I ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications Course training for up to 1700 volunteers.

ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, says the national
program will begin September 1 with the recruitment of at least 200
additional mentors and trainers. These volunteers then will help to
manage and train the student load during the first year of the grant.
Hobart and Dan Miller, K3UFG–formerly ARRL Certification and Continuing
Education Program Coordinator and now the Emergency Communications
Course Manager–have been working with CNCS to expedite the grant

This week, ARRL section managers were asked to recommend up to five
students to sign up to take the Level I Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications on-line course. These individuals also will receive
additional training to become instructors and mentors. Hobart pointed
out that additional mentors and instructors will be needed to help
handle the expected volume of students training under the grant program.
Anyone who has already completed the Level I course is qualified to
become a mentor with some additional training. Mentor candidates should
contact Dan Miller, k3ufg@arrl.org, for information on how to take part.

Once the ARRL members hand-picked by section managers to train as
mentors have completed the program, registration for routine Level I
training will open October 1, initially for ARRL field appointees.
Miller anticipates that the program will continue to handle
approximately 200 students per month. ”As much as we’d like to, we
can’t train everyone at once,” he said. ”Please be patient.”

To comply with grant requirements, the ARRL also will survey served
agencies and certain segments of the amateur population. Hobart said the
League wants to ensure that the course offered accurately represents
”what really happens in the field” during an emergency or disaster.

Students taking advantage of Level I emergency communications training
under the grant program will be asked to pay for the course via credit
card during the registration process. Level I course candidates from
Connecticut will continue to be trained under a $33,000 grant from
United Technologies Corporation to expand Amateur Radio emergency
communications training opportunities. Upon successfully completing the
training and certification, students will be reimbursed the $45 fee.

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CEMARC Meeting at Boxboro


The [New England Division] Convention Committe has granted CEMARC a place on the activity schedule to hold our summer meeting on Sunday morning at 9:00am. I hope that at least one delegate from each radio club in Eastern Mass. will take the time to attend. If you can’t attend, please ask for someone from your club to attend and represent the club.I would like to ask each delegate to submit agenda items to me as soon as possible. I realize that many clubs do not have summer meetings, so I’m asking those of you receiving this note to forward it on to your own club members for discussion topics, that would be of interest to such a potenially large audience.

Remember,CEMARC meetings are open to all amateur operators, not just the club voting delegates.

I look forward to hearing your suggestions for the agenda soon, also looking forward to meeting with all of you at the Convention.

Check for latest info.

Frank Murphy – n1dhw EMass. ACC

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BoxboroThe ARRL New England Division Convention in Boxboro, MA on August 23-25, 2002 promises to be bigger and better than ever.

This year’s banquet speaker is the ever-entertaining ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP.

On-site parking has been straightened out this year.

A recent email indicated that hotel rooms have been sold out.

This Convention promises to be one of the biggest and best yet!

See www.boxboro.org for additional information.

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SKYWARN Training, Cambridge MA July 28

Skywarn is pleased to announce a bonus training session for the 2002 season. On Sunday, July 28th, 2002, NWS meteorologists will present the Skywarn Spotter Training course at MIT, Cambridge, in room 6-120 from 1 to 4pm…

MAP http://whereis.mit.edu/bin/map?locate=room_6-120

Talkin: W1XM 449.725-/114.8 is on the top of the tall building opposite the classroom. From 2m, try BARC 145.230-/88.5 (our usual Skywarn frequency WARA 146.64/csq will be hard to hit from building 6.)


Our thanks to jhawk and the W1MX team and to NWS-BOX for pulling this together for us.

— bill n1vux at arrl.net

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W1A Volunteers Needed

“I hope you’re all enjoying the summer and had fun at FD! I am […] the chairman of the W1A effort in Boxboro this year.


I need volunteers for two-hour stints, Saturday and Sunday, to help supervise the Station (i.e., be the control operator). You can even run pile-ups during light times! I will also need volunteers to help set-up and take down. This activity is comparable to a Class 1A Field Day effort, except when you’re done, you can retreat inside an air-conditioned building next to a bar!

If any of you are interested, please respond via email to me ASAP. All control op time slots are currently open, so first-come, first-served.

Please pass this along to anyone you know […]

Steve Wedge, W1ES

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Field Day 2002!

“Field Day 2002. For some, it was the culmination of weeks of hard work and planning. For others, it was a wonderful occasion to socialize with old friends and to make new acquaintances…”I and other members of the EMA ARRL and ARES staff traveled throughout Eastern Massachusetts June 22-23 to visit with many of the radio clubs involved in this annual event.

I’ve included my thoughts, observations and photos at http://www.temples.com/local/fd2002.html. I hope that you will take a moment and visit this page.

On behalf of the EMA ARRL staff, I want to thank everyone who particpated in Field Day. Good job!

73, Phil Temples, K9HI

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New EMA Section Traffic Manager Appointed

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Jim Ward, N1LKJ as the new Eastern Massachusetts Section Traffic Manager effective June 1,2002. Jim replaces outgoing STM Bill Wornham, NZ1D of Townsend, MA…
Jim Ward has been licensed for over ten years. He currently holds a General Class license. Jim has been an active traffic handler for over 10 years, and has served as Net Manager of the Eastern MA Two Meter Traffic Net (EM2MN) for eight years. *N1LKJ* enjoys DXing, PSK, Packet and RTTY modes.

A retired commercial property manager, Jim has been married 40 years this September to his wife, Diane. They have three daughters and six grandchildren.

Jim inherits a well-managed operation from NZ1D. I want to thank Bill for his efforts! I’m sure that Jim can count on Bill’s sage advice, as well as the assistance of all the wonderful traffic handlers in the EMA section.

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Bridgewater Town of Selectmen Proclaim “MARA Day”

The Massasoit Amateur Radio Association was recognized by the Bridgewater Town of Selectman in a special proclamation on March 20.  Noting the club’s “technical and communications expertise” to the emergency management department, police, and fire departments, they declared March 20, 2001 as “MARA Day.”  

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