K1USN Veteran’s Day Operation

Happy Veterans Day!

Today we were able to activate K1USN from 9 AM – 3:30 PM. K1VV, K1RV, W1BT, KB1IUB, N1VTI and NI1X were on the air using both HF stations in Radio Room 5. We also activated the IRLP from Node # 4320.

We were able to work well over 100 contacts on 20-17-15 and 10 meters SSB. Band conditions were very good with many excellent signal reports from throughout the US, South America, Europe and Africa. We made many contacts with veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces.

We were able to work several other Museum Ships and also spoke with some of our friends associated with other ships that were not activated today. We did work the USS Clamagore just before they had to secure due to bad wx conditions! AA2WN-Harry said that the USS New Jersey is gearing up for this year’s Scouting program.They can be contacted on IRLP Node # 3740. VA3USN-John told us that the HCMS Haida was due to enter dry-dock within the next 10 days and several of their members have been spending time onboard the USS The Sullivans and USS Croaker. They expect more activity from the USS Little Rock soon. They also hope to get active on the IRLP soon.

The USS Kid was quite active and we did work them several times using the IRLP on Node # 8560 but not on HF. They also had well over 100 QSO’s today.

We spoke with one of the guys from the USS Hornet Radio Club – NB6GC, who tried to “hook us up” on 15 meters. We never did get to work them, but I did speak with several stations who had worked them. They may also be getting active with IRLP soon.

There were many stations working the USS Missouri – KH6BB today, but we never seemed to have good propagation to Pearl Harbor. Perhaps we should have tried the Echolink which was quite successful during the Museum Ships Weekend!

Thanks to all who participated today and encourage any other Museum Ships to let us know if they were active for Veterans Day.

73 , Pi – K1RV / K1USN

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EMA SET Update

***** 2002 SET Update *****
*** Generic Exercise Plan Available ***

Greetings to all,

I’m pleased to report that good progress is being made toward the 2002 SET on Saturday November 9. A generic exercise plan is now available for you to view on the EMa ARES website, http://www.emaares.com/Drills/SET2002_1.html. It will give you and/or your club a good idea of what will be happening that day. Please note that play is district-by-district, so please look for your final district plan containing details of the players, schedule, and frequencies on our website, and check in with your DEC. You can still join a team if you haven’t already done so. We now have 6 teams, and more are forming. Interested clubs can still join in.

Please contact your DEC as soon as possible, or me if you need to. If you’re not sure what district you’re in, our website has a map and list to help you at http://www.emaares.com/districts.html. Come on and join the fun!

Look forward to working with you then! 73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts Section
Pager: 1-800-759-8888 PIN 1155084
Admin: w1mpn (symbol for at) arrl.net
978-562-5662 Primary/Voice Mail
978-389-0558 FAX/ EFax Voice Mail

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EMA Emergency Communications Workshop Report

Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARCMike Neilsen and the crew put on a great workshop this past weekend at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, MA. An article outlining the event is available at the Sturdy club’s web site… click the “eNews” button from the [SMHARC] home page, http://www.w1smh.com.

Thanks to Mike and his staff for a great presentation!

73,

Jim Duarte – N1IV
Public Relations Manager
Sturdy Memorial Hospital ARC

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YOUTH NET GOES ON-THE-AIR

– – – – – Please pass this information on. – – – – – – –

The CEMARC Group has concluded arrangements for the start of a YOUTH NET.

The YOUTH NET will air starting Sunday, November 10th at 7:00pm. This net will be a directed net, with a Teen Net Control Operater, strictly for youth\’s up to Grade 12. Subject matter will be at the descreation of the net attendee\’s. All young operators are welcome.

NO ADULTS WILL BE ALLOWED *

The Minute Man Repeater Association, through Kevin Paetzold, k1kwp, has graciuosly made available their linked system to air this net, and will have control operator\’s monitoring. In addition, Ann Weldon, ka1pon, a mother, grandmother, Club President, and school teacher, has agreed to act as a mentor and help to coordinate this net.

What can you and I do? First, talk up the net start. Then, advise all youth that you are aware of to try connecting to one or more of the MMRA repeaters before the net start, to see which repeater is best for them from their QTH. Help them decide if you can. Check MMRA web site for list of repeaters.

The future of amateur radio, and our clubs depends on the young operaters. Their future in continuing in the hobby depends on us. Let\’s not fail them, our ourselves.

(*) While no adults will be recognised during the Net, parents who desire to sign on their child, under their control, using their call, may do so. However, once the Net starts, no adults will be recognised, only the child who was checked in.

Please direct any questions to:
Frank Murphy – N1DHW (n1dhw@arrl.net) or
Ann Weldon – KA1PON (aweldon@aol.com) or
Kevin Paetzold -K1KWP (k1kwp@arrl.net)

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EMA Simulated Emergency Test Nov. 9, 2002

Call for EMA 2002 SET Players
Please discuss with your Clubs

Subject: [mras_general] Call for EMA 2002 SET Players
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 21:55:46 -0400
From: “Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN”
To: “Mass RAS General”

Greetings to all…

I am pleased to announce the EMA section will hold the annual Section Emergency Test (SET) on Saturday November 9, 2002. As most of you know, the League requires at least one emergency communication exercise per year. These exercises may be accomplished on a local, district, and section level. Additional exercises can be held at any time by any of those leaders. For example, our Cape Cod and Islands District has already held 10 exercises just this year!

The theme this year will be functionality of mobile emergency communication teams, formed in each district in EMA. Our districts run roughly along county lines, headed by a DEC, but also can include important geographical areas like the North Shore (including Cape Ann), South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands. Teams will be formed using ARES members, and teams that are already formed in clubs are invited to participate as well.

These teams will be tasked to solve a communications problem created by an emergency of some kind (we’ll decide that later) away from their base of operations. Once the problem is revealed, they’ll have to get out there, set up communications with emergency power (mobile only allowed on the way) and to use simplex on at least primary frequencies. We want these teams to pass traffic to their DEC and other teams in their district, as well as any other districts. Short haul HF will be requested by some teams using conventional HF and NVIS methods. Mode selection on VHF/UHF/HF will at the discretion of team leaders, as the goal is to successfully pass traffic from the problem site.

Please do a follow up with your DEC. Details are now just being worked out. Our website www.emaares.com will continually have more information, so please check it often. Please also join the Mass/RACES/ARES/SKYWARN General Yahoo group for messages, if you have not already done so, in order to receive any updates and information.

RACES involvement this year will be limited to participation by each Regional RACES Officer and State RACES comms, meaning Terry in Region 1, Tom [Kinahan, N1CPE] in the big bunker, and Bob Mims, Sr. [WA1OEZ]in the Bridgewater bunker. It is unlikely that individual towns will participate. We’re asking them to receive reports and to task at one of the teams in their region (through the DEC) to solve a problem similar to that described above. That problem will be known only to the RACES officer until SET day.

Tactical communication (ham to ham) will be allowed only for contact and coordination. All traffic passed to solve the problem requires record format using NTS. So if you’re a bit rusty on NTS or net procedures, please plan to attend one the NTS classes being offered this fall to be held in October and November. You might also consider joining us at the ARES Workshop to be held in Attleboro on 10/26, to review some of the field procedures. [See the Calendar listings in the latest newsletter or net report for full training listings.]

We think it will be very good practice for all, and a lot of fun. I hope you will join us. In the meantime, please discuss participating at your next club meeting next month. Please also consider participating as an ARES member in an ARES team. We are also looking for team leaders, so sing out! Please follow up with your EC or DEC for any additional questions you may have.

For your convenience, we’ve broken down the [EMA] club list by EMA ARES District [below on the district directory webpage].

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MMRA Fox-a-thon Oct. 19 Stoneham/Wakefield

The Minuteman Repeater Association (MMRA) has scheduled a “Fox-a-thon” for this Saturday morning October 19 in the Stoneham/Wakefield area of Massachusetts. This is an opportunity for people who are interested in foxhunting and radio direction finding to gain some direct hands on experience riding along with a regular MMRA foxhunter.

This event is open to all and we want to explicitly invite members from other clubs and organizations. Our goal is to expose more people to foxhunting and RDF with some real hands on experience. You can see some details and photos from the last “fox-a-thon” at “http://www.foxfinder.org/RDF/fox-a-thon.htm”.

This event is essentially a regular MMRA Saturday morning Foxhunt except that the fox will be within 20 miles of the MMRA 146.715 Stoneham,MA repeater and the fox will be transmitting on 146.115 (which is the input for the Stoneham repeater). The actual foxhunt will begin at 10AM (as usual) and should conclude before noon. As is the usual custom the hunters will meet afterwards for breakfast/brunch/lunch at some local establishment in the area (in this case I believe
a Friendly’s).

You can participate by:

1. hunting the fox yourself on the frequency given above!

2. Give a signal reports on the fox even though you are not directly hunting the fox Signal strength and/or bearing from your location would be interesting info.

3. Riding along with one of the regular hunters. The foxhunters will be meeting in Stoneham MA at 9AM at the location described below to coordinate with the riders (parking available etc…). You are welcome to bring your own equipment but you do not need to bring any equipment as the foxhunters will have their usual equipment.

4. listening in on the action on the Stoneham 146.715 repeater.

If you would like to ride-along with one of the hunters please notify us via email at mmra@mmra.org so we will know to be looking for you. Also it will help us determine how many riders we will have (and how many regular hunters we may need for the riders).

Hope to see you there. 73,

K1KWP
Minuteman Repeater Association

PS: Our thanks to W1DYJ and N1XKB for hosting/coordinating
this event!

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Directions to the initial coordination/assembly point in Stoneham:

Traveling South on I93 – exit 35. Left at bottom of ramp. Go under I93. Right at corner (Park St./ N. Border Rd.) Cross Rt28 — Main St. — and proceed to site, directions below.

Travelling North on I93 – exit 34. Straight at bottom of ramp, N. on Main St. Rt28. Turn right at South St. at stop light — and proceed to site, directions below.

Site directions:

From South Street — just go around the pond. Take the right hand choice at any intersection. Pass the Stoneham Zoo on your right. After about 1.5 miles you will see a large building on the left, with a central tower with all the antennas on top. Park in the front and look for the group.

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Boston ARC to Host JOTA Event Oct. 19

Hams are asked to please monitor the Boston Repeater, 145.230 MHz, minus offset, PL =88.5 on this coming Saturday, October 19 starting at 0900 hours.

BARC is hosting a Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) event at the Bare Cove Fire Museum, 19 Fort Hill Ave., Hingham MA. We plan on operating two HF stations and one VHF/UHF station, using the club call sign, W1BOS.

Some Boy and Girl Scouts may be calling on the Boston Repeater during JOTA using W1BOS. It would be great if hams would reply and have a QSO with them.

Thank you all very much for your help on this.

Arthur N1NHZ, 73
formerly Troop 45 BSA, Mineola NY

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EMA ARES Emergency Communication Workshop, October 26th

Eastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (ARES) will put on its Emergency Communication Workshop Saturday October 26th, 2002 from 9 AM-4 PM at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Massachusetts. It will be held in the Sturdy Memorial Rice-Webb Auditorium which has an outside entrance from the rear parking lot behind the Emergency Room. The workshop is being hosted by the Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club, its Emergency Communications Team and Sturdy Memorial Hospital working in conjunction with Eastern Massachusetts ARES. Amateur Operators from both Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island are welcome to attend this workshop.

This Emergency Communications Workshop will provide the background and information to serve Amateur Radio Operators when they need to respond to a communications emergency. It will feature an Introduction and Conclusion to Emergency Communications, and five 1-hour training sessions on topics including:

Introduction
Net Operations I (Tactical Message Handling for ARES/RACES/SKYWARN Nets)
Net Operations II
NTS Traffic Message Handling
Basic ICS
Go Kits

This training will also feature a 1 hour lunch that will be provided at no coerced cost to any Amateur who attends the session.

The presentations will be given by other Amateur Operators well versed in the topics listed above. The training will be a worthwhile endeavor not just for emergency communicators but for anyone who is an amateur radio operator, and wants to learn more about the hobby.

Preregistration is requested but is not required in case anyone would like to attend at the last minute. If you preregister, please try to do so by Monday October 21st, 2002 so that we can get an approximate head count. We will, however, accept any preregistrations after that day or any walk-ins as long as space permits.

Directions to the Sturdy Memorial Hospital as provided by the Sturdy Memorial Hospital Web Site: [Read if desired ]

From the Boston Area:

Route 95 south to Exit 5 (North Attleboro). Left and follow to lights on North Main Street (Route 152). Right on North Main and follow to traffic light/Park Street. Left onto Park Street (Route 118). Straight on Park to HOSPITAL.

From the Providence Area:

Route 95 north to Exit 3 (Attleboro). Right to South Avenue (Route 123). Left at second lights onto County Street (Route 123). Follow County to Park Street (Route 118). Straight on Park to HOSPITAL.

From Interstate 295:

Follow Route 295 north to Route 95 south to Exit 3 (Attleboro). Follow Providence area directions above.

From Interstate 495 (North or South):

Follow Interstate 495 to Exit 10 (Norton). Follow Route 123 west to Attleboro Center. Follow signs around island to Park Street (Route 118). Straight on Park to HOSPITAL.

From Rehoboth:

Take Route 118 north to Emory Street (one way intersection). Follow Emory to Brook Street. Left on Brook to Park Street (Route 118). Left on Park to HOSPITAL.

From Route 140 (North and South):

Turn onto Route 123 (Norton Center). Follow Route 123 west to Attleboro Center. Follow signs around island to Park Street (Route 118). Straight on Park to HOSPITAL.

From Seekonk:

Take Route 152 north to Attleboro Center. Right onto Park Street (Route 118). Follow Park straight to HOSPITAL.

Signs will be posted directing you to the Auditorium. Talk-in will be on the 147.195/147.795 PL: 100.0 Attleboro W1SMH Repeater.

For any additional information and to preregister for the workshop, please contact:

W1MPN/SEC, Mike Neilsen by email w1mpn@arrl.net
W3EVE/DEC-Training, Steve Schwarm by email w3eve@amsat.org
KD1CY/DEC-South-Shore, Rob Macedo by email rmacedo@rcn.com

or your local DEC

This training should be a worthwhile endeavor for anyone interested in learning more about emergency communications and amateur radio in general.

Announcement contributed by Rob, KD1CY

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts Section
Pager: 1-800-759-8888 PIN 1155084
Admin: w1mpn (symbol for at) arrl.net
978-562-5662 Primary/Voice Mail
978-389-0558 FAX/ EFax Voice Mail

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Youth Net

CEMARCWhat’s going on:

It began with a simple request from John Newell, kb1fpm,the father of a son that was a new ham, looking for a net strictly for young operators… The request was picked up by a CEMARC delegate, Roger, kB1XKB, posted to the CEMARC list, went through several replies, and other discussions direct. All comments were positive, and all agreed that a net was needed that encouraged our young operators to get on the air. We had, but don’t now have, an active YOUTH NET, in Eastern Mass. We had both 2 meter and HF nets that went silent as the Net Control operators grew up and went their own way.

As it stands now, the MMRA have agreed to provide a linked system for the Youth Net, a trained YOUNG net control operator and a Repeater Control operator to get it started, and Ann Weldon, ka1pon, has agreed to mentor, help organize, and get the net on the air.

What is needed now from your clubs, is a campaign to reach all of the young operators you know of, both in the club and friends and relatives of members, to determine the best time to conduct a Youth Net. Please put this request in your club newsletters, mail lists, and make it a topic on all club on-air nets. Have parents and young people forward their suggested day/time comments to either AnnWeldon@aol.com or n1dhw@arrl.net as soon as possible.

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NYC Recovery Retrospective

On the occasion that is the eve marking the anniversary of the most deadly
attack on our nation, September 11, 2001, I want to take a moment to
recognize the heroes in our community. Before I continue with that message,
however, I believe it is important that we not forget the death and
suffering of the victims and rescuers, and to recognize those of you reading
this message that have suffered the loss of friends and family one year ago
in NYC, or the Pentagon… Much has been said about the heroic efforts of professional public safety
personnel, individual citizens, and our public officials on that day. More
eloquent voices than mine have documented the monumental efforts of the
rescue crews, and the sacrifice and contribution of the thousands of
volunteers who helped with the recovery. I will not try to add to that
chorus.

I would, however, like to talk about some of those recovery volunteers;
Amateur Radio operators. They came from all over the nation, but
particularly from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Most came from the
ARES community, but also individuals and teams from Amateur Radio clubs
participated. Subtle, but important support for their efforts was also
garnered from family and employers. We (EMA) proudly sent two teams of
volunteers to the New York City recovery area (a.k.a “ground zero”), after
it was certain that we would not be needed in our home community. It is my
distinct honor to acknowledge the efforts of our volunteers in that mutual
assistance team effort.

Within an hour after the attack, ARES volunteers and key club individuals
help activate every important repeater and network throughout EMA, as we
tried to ascertain if the attack was extended to Boston. Phone and cell
phone service was crippled at the time, but as we were to learn that
afternoon, from the public overwhelming it and not from battle damage.

Once the situation had clarified itself, the ARES DEC staff and other key
ARES members swung into action. We had assistance from several clubs,
including a complete Emergency Radio Team from the Boston Amateur Radio Club
(BARC). The situation was chaotic down there, and it took the better part
of two days to get it figured out. My able partner was in this early effort
was Paul Vanasse, W1PEV, of RI. Paul assumed “command” of the RI effort and
worked together with me to send a contingent of MA and RI hams to the area,
once the particulars of logistics and security could be worked out. We
shared information, intelligence, and honed our strategy until the winning
one was arrived at. Those of you, who know Paul, know that he is man of
energy and determination, as well as having a pleasant and positive
attitude.

On our end, I needed someone to lead our team to the area. He had to be an
ARES “professional”, and available. That was Steve Schwarm, W3EVE, thanks
in part to his employer, EMC, and his family. Steve has years of public
service experience as a ham, and has held various positions in the ARRL
field program. Steve also has experience working with such groups as his
church and the Boy Scouts, and has such understands how to motivate support
in clubs etc. Steve organized a superb team of experienced hams, including
such veterans as Middlesex DEC Ed, N1VSJ, and former Norfolk/Bristol DEC,
Lou, N1UEC. Lou brought his formidable technical talents to bear in the
face of what was originally characterized as “electronic hell” by the LI/NYC
SEC. I also had a most able logistic assistant, Bob Salow, WA1IDA, in
obtaining much needed safety supplies for our deploying volunteers.

It is just as important the note the dedication (“courage”) of the other DEC
’s to remain in our home area. All wanted to go, but they realized that
they might be needed to respond to any possible additional attack in our
home area. Since the attack occurred in the zenith of the hurricane season,
Rob, KD1CY, was needed to respond to any weather exigency. Since the most
vulnerable area to hurricanes is Cape Cod and the Islands, Frank’s WQ1O,
continued presence there was crucial. This was all happening just a few
days after the attack, and we did not know if Boston was next. That is why
it was important to have Bill, N1VUX in place in the city, and he also
worked tirelessly on the website keeping everyone informed.

Finally, I want to again thank those ARES members who went to the NYC area,
performing so well that I received several phone calls and emails praising
our effort. Your readiness, preparation, and dedication were amply evident
to those we served. We even had a complete team in reserve, ready to deploy
to the area for a period in the October timeframe, headed by Carl,N1FY.
Although they were ultimately not needed, their effort to get ready and
remain in standby is very noteworthy.

For those who have been ARES members for years, and those of you who have
just joined us, thanks for being there! My best to you and your family.

73.

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
Section Emergency Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts Section
Pager: 1-800-759-8888 PIN 1155084
Admin: w1mpn (symbol for at) arrl.net
978-562-5662 Primary/Voice Mail
978-389-0558 FAX/ EFax Voice Mail

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Translate “Sales Leads” Into Prospective Hams!

Hello to all,

I am Trustee for the USS Salem Radio Club – K1USN in Quincy, Ma. This e-mail is being sent to as many Ham Clubs as possible from listings on the ARRL web site. We would like to try to enlist help from the Ham community with our efforts to encourage newcomers to our great hobby.

During the past year, we have hosted 6150 Scouts as part of our onboard Overnight Scouting Program. These Scouts have come from throughout the entire New England area plus NY, NJ and PA. We even hosted 14 Scouts from the UK back in January! Part of their 24 hours onboard the USS Salem is spent being introduced to Ham Radio and Morse Code. We have two complete HF stations and a VHF/UHF station in Radio Room 5 which are part of our demonstrations onboard. Most Scouts have an opportunity to make a contact on the air and have often gotten to speak with our good friend KE6ZYK – Mike at Mc Murdo Station, Antarctica! The Scouts also receive K1USN QSL cards, Official Radioman wallet cards, ARRL literature including QST magazines and most importantly- AN INTEREST IN AMATEUR RADIO!!

We need your assistance to help us transform these 6000 + “Sales Leads” into prospective Hams! We need to compile an accurate list of Clubs throughout this area that would be willing to give additional onsite demonstrations and offer License Classes.

Please feel free to pass this e-mail along to people from any other Ham Clubs throughout the Northeast that might be willing to assist these youngsters . Remember- The future of Amateur Radio is in the hands of EVERY Ham!

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Framingham ARA Extra Courses

Want to upgrade to Extra? Studying the 800 questions? Need some help?

Solution: Come to FARA’s “crash” courses!

Dates: Sept. 21, Oct. 19 2002

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Where: FARA club shack in downtown Framingham (basement of the Danforth Museum building, entrance on Lexington Street next
to public library parking garage)

NO fee! NO text needed!

For more information, call 508-881-2301 (before 9 pm please) or 508-879-8097, or e-mail fara@fara.org

Thanks to FARA training director Ed W1NXC for putting together this great new FARA class!

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July/August EMA ARES newsletter

The July/August EMA ARES newsletter is posted to
http://www.emaares.com/Newsletters/Newsletter-Latest.html *July/August Headlines*
ARES at Boxoboro Convention 8/23-25
— No ARES Net 8/25
Homeland Security Grant Training Set to Start September 1

Hurricane Season * Cape Cod Drill #9, #10
Skywarn Training Session at MIT a success (2002-07-28) Skywarn
Activations — July 23rd Outbreak included a Tornado/Downburst NWS
Taunton Now Has WX1BOX Call-Sign to be Used in All Future NWS Ham Ops

* ARES News from ARRL Letter*
Homeland Security Grant Training Set to Start September 1
Bulletin listings of ARES/RACES Responses nationwide

* Every Month*
Calendar: PSE, Training, Drill
Website updates

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VHF/UHF/Microwave Programs at Boxboro 2002

ARRL New England Division ConventionFollowing an absence of several years, there will be a VHF/UHF/Microwave session at this year’s New England Division ARRL Convention. These programs will occur from 9 AM until 1PM Sunday, August 25, immediately followed by the convention prize drawings at 2PM.This session will meet in the Grand Ballroom of the hotel, so there will be plenty of seating. Bring all of your friends!

Sunday will provide a “laid back” atmosphere for the VHF program, without competition from the many other Convention events held on Saturday. In contrast with Saturday, parking at the Boxboro Woods Holiday Inn is readily available on Sunday, and many dealers are eager to make “deals” rather than transporting their unsold merchandise back home.

Of course your $10.00 registration ticket (purchased at the door) provides admission on both days. Friday’s events held at the convention site will require preregistration and an additional fee.

Lew Collins, W1GXT, is serving as the VHF Program Chairman for the convention.

Check the Convention web site at http://www.boxboro.org for updates on the convention program, lists of commercial exhibitors, and other information.

8:30 AM Informal gathering for conversation and coffee

9:00 AM “Introduction to VHF/UHF Weak Signal Operating” presented by Grant “Chip” Taylor, W1AIM, Cabot, VT

This presentation will provide an overview of VHF/UHF propagation and technology. It will include practical hints for expanding your horizons on the bands above 50 MHz. This talk will be of interest to the newcomer as well as to the experienced VHFer.

10:00 AM “Your Rig Covers Six Meters – Now What?” presented by Dave Olean, K1WHS, Lebanon, ME

This presentation, which focuses mostly on antennas, will enable owners of the new “all band” transceivers to realize the potential of their new radio to work world-wide DX on 50 MHz. In addition, there will be some discussion of the other aspects of station design, such as feedlines, amplifiers, etc.

11:00 AM “Antennas for the Microwave Bands” presented by Paul Wade, W1GHZ, Shirley, MA

This presentation will describe a variety of easily constructed antennas for use on the bands above 1GHz. If you have dreamed of having an antenna with over 20 dB of gain, this talk is for you!

12:00 Noon “Predicting Radio Line-of-Sight Using the USGS Digital Topographic Maps” presented by Matt Reilly, KB1VC, Stow, MA

For years the USGS has provided digitized topographic map data in the form of their Digital Elevation Map datasets. This presentation will show you how to use a web service that utilizes this data to plot the radio signal path between any two points in the continental U.S.

Check the Convention web site at http://www.boxboro.org for updates on the convention program.

73,

Lew Collins
W1GXT
VHF Program Chairman

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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

ZCZC AG50
QST de W1AW
ARRL Bulletin 50 ARLB050>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT August 16, 2002
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB050
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
details.

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

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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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