Important News Item from ARRL

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ARRL Bulletin 3 ARLB003
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT January 20, 2004
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB003
ARLB003 ARRL to Propose New Entry-Level License, Code-Free HF Access

The ARRL will ask the FCC to create a new entry-level Amateur Radio
license that would include HF phone privileges without requiring a
Morse code test. The League also will propose consolidating all
current licensees into three classes, retaining the Element 1 Morse
requirement–now 5 WPM-only for the highest class. The ARRL Board of
Directors overwhelmingly approved the plan January 16 during its
Annual Meeting in Windsor, Connecticut. The proposals–developed by
the ARRL Executive Committee following a Board instruction last
July–are in response to changes made in Article 25 of the
international Radio Regulations at World Radiocommunication
Conference 2003 (WRC-03).

[Please press ARRL FAQ’s to learn more about this proposal – W1MPN]They would continue a process of
streamlining the amateur licensing structure that the FCC began more
than five years ago but left unfinished in the Amateur Service
license restructuring Report and Order (WT 98-143) that went into
effect April 15, 2000.

”Change in the Amateur Radio Service in the US, especially license
requirements and even more so when Morse is involved, has always
been emotional,” said ARRL First Vice President Joel Harrison, W5ZN,
in presenting the Executive Committee’s recommendations. ”In fact,
without a doubt, Morse is Amateur Radio’s ‘religious debate.”’

The entry-level license class–being called ”Novice” for now–would
require a 25-question written exam. It would offer limited HF
CW/data and phone/image privileges on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters as
well as VHF and UHF privileges on 6 and 2 meters and on 222-225 and
430-450 MHz. Power output would be restricted to 100 W on 80, 40,
and 15 meters and to 50 W on 10 meters and up.

”The Board sought to achieve balance in giving new Novice licensees
the opportunity to sample a wider range of Amateur Radio activity
than is available to current Technicians while retaining a
motivation to upgrade,” said ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ. Under the
ARRL plan, current Novice licensees–now the smallest and least
active group of radio amateurs–would be grandfathered to the new
entry-level class without further testing.

The middle group of licensees–Technician, Tech Plus (Technician
with Element 1 credit) and General–would be merged into a new
General license that also would not require a Morse examination.
Current Technician and Tech Plus license holders automatically would
gain current General class privileges without additional testing.
The current Element 3 General examination would remain in place for
new applicants.

The Board indicated that it saw no compelling reason to change the
Amateur Extra class license requirements. The ARRL plan calls on the
FCC to combine the current Advanced and Amateur Extra class
licensees into Amateur Extra, because the technical level of the
exams passed by these licensees is very similar. New applicants for
Extra would have to pass a 5 WPM Morse code examination, but the
written exam would stay the same. Sumner said the Board felt that
the highest level of accomplishment should include basic Morse
capability. Current Novice, Tech Plus and General licensees would
receive lifetime 5 WPM Morse credit.

”This structure provides a true entry-level license with HF
privileges to promote growth in the Amateur Service,” Harrison said.

Among other advantages, Sumner said the plan would allow new Novices
to participate in HF SSB emergency nets on 75 and 40 meters as well
as on the top 100 kHz of 15 meters. The new license also could get
another name, Sumner said. ”We’re trying to recapture the magic of
the old Novice license, but in a manner that’s appropriate for the
21st century.”

The overall proposed ARRL license restructuring plan would more
smoothly integrate HF spectrum privileges across the three license
classes and would incorporate the ”Novice refarming” plan the League
put forth nearly two years ago in a Petition for Rule Making
(RM-10413). The FCC has not yet acted on the ARRL plan, which would
alter current HF subbands.

The ARRL license restructuring design calls for no changes in
privileges for Extra and General class licensees on 160, 60, 30, 20,
17 or 12 meters. Novice licensees would have no access to those
bands.

See ”ARRL to Propose New Entry-Level License, Code-Free HF Access”
on the ARRL Web site, www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/01/19/1/, for
the specific subband allocations ARRL is proposing for each class.
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Call for Donations: North Attleboro High School ARC

N.Attleboro HSJohn Bellissimo, KA1EWN writes:

“We have a local club at North Attleboro High School (NA1HS) that accepts donations. We presently have nine members, two with tech licenses, and are in the process of setting up a club station at the high school. We have received a couple of donations so far which have helped to get us started, but used equipment donations would be gratefully accepted. If you think that you have something that might help us out, you can email me at ka1ewn@arrl.net, or the club directly at nahsarc@naschools.net.

Thank You.

John Bellissimo, KA1EWN
Club Advisor

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WBZ Late Night Talk Show to Discuss Ham Radio

WBZA Boston-area ARRL Public Information Officer may be featured on a late-night talk show to promote Amateur Radio. Bill McIninch, KA1MOM phoned in to Jordan Rich’s show on WBZ radio to “put in a plug” for ham radio.

“I received back two e-mails. The first was a ‘thanks’ for the information. The second was this invitation to spend 1-2 hours as an in-studio guest talking and answering questions about ham radio,” McIninch said.

KA1MOM plans to come well-armed with materials he’s prepared. “Some of the topics I plan to discuss include, ‘Isn’t ham radio outdated?’, ‘Interference’, ‘Ham radio and national security’ and Legislation that impacts ham radio.” McIninch says the show might air during the early morning hours of January 24.

The clear channel station on 1030 kHz can be heard as far as Indiana and Florida. McIninch invites any advice, suggestions or comments that others might have at: ka1mom@aol.com.

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NVARC Members Tour Marconi Museum

NVARC logoMembers of Nashoba Valley ARC trekked to the Marconi Museum in Bedford NH on December 13 for a special group tour. Shown here are: (L-R) Ralph KD1SM, John KB1HDO, Ray Minichiello W1BC, museum curator, Dave N1MNX, Stan KD1LE, Gary K1YTS, Peter N1ZRG, Bob W1XP and behind the camera Peg (KB1HDO XYL). NVARC museum visit

Museum curator W1BC described the early equipment. Much of it was manufactured by the Marconi Company.

The museum is located in a Town-owned building in Bedford NH. Part of the lease arrangement requires improvements to the building and exterior painting. Nashoba Valley ARC members discussed a possible work party to help with improvements in the spring.

Nashoba Valley ARC Signal, January 2004. Photo courtesy KD1LE

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Possible Blackouts Today (expired)

Freeze strains Northeast power grid
Report: Lethal temperatures kill 5 in Michigan
Friday, January 16, 2004 Posted: 9:33 AM EST (1433 GMT)

FORECAST WIND CHILLS
For Friday morning:
Caribou, Maine: Minus 45 F
Portland, Maine: Minus 35 F
Boston, Massachusetts: Minus 40 F
New York: Minus 25 F
Source: CNN

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) — Temperatures remained below zero across New England on Friday morning after plunging to near record lows, straining power grids and bringing life to a near standstill in some places.

Officials asked residents to conserve energy voluntarily or face rolling blackouts.

The Midwest also is enduring bone-rattling temperatures that proved fatal for five people in Michigan, The Associated Press reported.

Vermont Gov. James Douglas appeared live on the state’s largest television network to urge New England residents to save energy and help prevent rolling blackouts, which may be needed in an extreme circumstance.

ISO New England Inc., the company responsible for maintaining the region’s power grid, is preparing to shut off power to some customers Friday if necessary to keep the grid working.

But early Friday no blackouts had been reported.The weather has created high demand for electricity, and as a result some power generating plants ran out of natural gas Thursday and increased the burden on other plants, according to ISO New England.

Steve Costello, a spokesman for the Central Vermont Public Service Corp., said it would be a first for the region if rolling blackouts are needed.

“We’ve never had to resort to that to maintain the stability of the system,” Costello said. “But there has been very, very high demand in New England today.”

CNN weather forecaster Galen Crader predicts the subfreezing temperatures will remain through the middle of next week.

Early Friday, the wind chill dropped to around 32 below zero in Boston and 17 below in New York, making it dangerous to expose any part of the body to the frigid air.

“These values can produce frostbite in just 10 or 15 minutes,” a National Weather Service advisory said. “If you don’t have to travel or be outside late tonight or early tomorrow, then stay indoors.”

In Maine, where wind chills could dip to 50 below zero Friday morning, Gov. John Baldacci declared a state of emergency in hopes of convincing federal highway regulators to allow longer driving hours for truckers carrying fuel oil.

“These conditions threaten public health and safety and endanger public property if fuel oil cannot be delivered to Maine homes and businesses,” Baldacci’s declaration said.

In Boston, the temperature reached a high of minus 2 degrees Thursday. The city’s largest homeless shelter, which provides 700 beds, has been packed.

But one woman on a Boston street said New Englanders know how to deal with bitterly cold weather:

“Dress in layers, keep moving and just try to have that old, good New England character,” she said.

Water used to douse a house fire in Oswego, New York, quickly became icicles in the bitter cold.
Business was off Thursday at a Waffle House restaurant in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, said cook Sandra Starke. “It’s awful, very cold,” she said. “We just got a dusting [of snow], but it’s so cold nobody wants to come out.”

New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Observatory, which boasts of having “the world’s worst weather,” recorded temperatures as low as 43 degrees below zero early Friday, coming close to the state’s all-time low temperature of minus 47.

Thursday evening, the observatory reported a wind chill of 97 below zero, with a combination of wind speeds gusting at 92 mph and an outside air temperature of minus 39.

“It’s actually very wonderful to be up here, to just be able to experience the weather extremes here that Mother Nature throws at you,” meteorologist Tim Markle said from a weather station on the mountain. “A lot of people don’t like the cold, but we’re loving it up here.”

CNN’s Laura Bernardini, Thom Patterson and Adaora Udoji contributed to this report.

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Severe Cold, Wind & Ocean Effect Snow Coordination Message #2 (expired)

SKYWARN Logo
Hello to all…

….Wind Advisory Continues Through 6 PM Today over Cape Cod and the
Islands, the Greater Boston Metro Area, the Blue Hills Region, the higher
terrain of Worcester County and Block Island RI…
….Winter WX Advisory Posted for Outer Cape Cod for Ocean Effect Snow….
….Wind Chill Warning Continues Through Late Morning….
….Spotters are asked to report any wind damage to NWS Taunton. SKYWARN
Self-Activation May Be Needed if Wind Damage were widespread enough and
ARES/RACES Groups Should Monitor as any power outages that are widespread
enough coupled with the severe cold could result in activation for these
groups. Consult local ARES/RACES Leadership….

A Wind Advisory continues through 6 PM today over Cape Cod and the Islands,
the Boston Metro area, the Blue Hills region and the higher terrain of
Worcester County and Block Island RI. Wind gusts of 45-55 MPH are possible
with sustained winds of 25-35 MPH. This would be enough to cause some tree
and power line damage. Please report any wind damage to NWS Taunton as
needed. If wind damage is widespread enough, SKYWARN Self-Activation may be
needed.

A Winter WX Advisory is posted for Outer Cape Cod for Ocean Effect Snow. 1-3
inches of snow could occur from snow squalls over the Cape. Please report
snowfall every 2″ and final amounts to NWS.

A Wind Chill Warning Continues through late this morning. Low temperatures
ranged from -1 to -20 across much of the region with brutally cold wind
chills of -25 to -45 with some lower wind chills in the higher elevations.
Please allow extra time to warm up your vehicle and bundle up accordingly as
this will continue to be an extremely cold day with moderation occurring
this weekend. Those that have thermometers can report their lowest
temperature reading via email to me. Do not phone the spotter line with this
information since its not on our reporting criteria sheet.

As stated previously, SKYWARN Self-Activation may be needed if wind damage
were to become widespread enough. If enough wind damage were to occur over
vulnerable locations or over a widespread area, it could prompt ARES/RACES
groups to become active. Please consult local ARES/RACES leadership as
needed.

This will be the last coordination message. A roundup of below zero
temperatures will be sent out either tonight or Saturday Morning. Below is
the Wind Chill Warning/Winter WX Advisory, Wind Advisory and Hazardous WX
Outlook from NWS Taunton:FLUS41 KBOX 161159
HWOBOX

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
658 AM EST FRI JAN 16 2004

CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-171159-
BARNSTABLE MA-BLOCK ISLAND RI-BRISTOL RI-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-
CHESHIRE NH-DUKES MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-
EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-
EASTERN KENT RI-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-HARTFORD CT-
NANTUCKET MA-NEWPORT RI-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-
NORTHWEST MIDDLESEX MA-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-SUFFOLK MA-TOLLAND CT-
WASHINGTON RI-WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-WESTERN ESSEX MA-
WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN KENT RI-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-WINDHAM CT-
658 AM EST FRI JAN 16 2004

.DAY ONE…
WIND CHILL WARNINGS CONTINUE THROUGH ABOUT 10 AM FOR THE ENTIRE
FORECAST AREA THEN WILL PROBABLY BE DOWNGRADED TO THE LESS
THREATENING ADVISORY DURING MIDDAY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THE
OUTER CAPE THIS MORNING IS FOR A COMBINATION OF SQUALLS…BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW. A WIND ADVISORY CONTINUES THROUGH TONIGHT FOR SELECT
EXPOSURES ALONG THE SOUTH COAST…WORCESTER AND BOSTON FOR OCCASIONAL
SUSTAINED WINDS OVER 30 MPH WITH GUSTS 45 TO 55 MPH. PLEASE SEE THE
TWO PRIMARY STATEMENTS THAT REFERENCE DETAILS.

HARBOR ICE WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND RAPIDLY THROUGH TONIGHT DESPITE
THE STEADY OR RISING TEMPERATURE TREND THAT BEGINS AROUND 8 AM THIS
MORNING AND CONTINUES THROUGH SATURDAY MID AFTERNOON.

THE AFTERMATH OF COLD RELATED ISSUES MAY CONTINUE WELL INTO NEXT WEEK
INCLUDING FROST HEAVES IN ROAD BEDS… AND ALSO EVENTUAL DEEP
PENETRATION OF FROST IN NON SNOWCOVERED AREAS OF THE I 95 CORRIDOR.

GALES CONTINUE ON THE COASTAL WATERS THROUGH TONIGHT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…
THE ARCTIC AIRMASS WILL MODERATE THIS WEEKEND.

SNOW IS EXPECTED SUNDAY…RIGHT NOW NOT A BIG STORM BUT THIS NEEDS TO
BE WATCHED A BIT FOR A 1 TO 6 INCH ACCUMULATION…THAT MAY IMPACT
TRAVEL SAFETY CONDITIONS SUNDAY AFTERNOON. IT MAY BE WARM ENOUGH FOR
RAIN ON THE SOUTH COAST.

MUCH COLDER AIR WILL RETURN EARLY OR MIDDLE PART OF NEXT WEEK WITH
SUBZERO TEMPERATURES.

.SPOTTER CALL TO ACTION STATEMENT…
SPOTTER REPORTS ARE REQUESTED THURSDAY FOR SNOWFALL AMOUNTS 2 INCHES
AND GREATER.

$$

DRAG

WWUS41 KBOX 160909
WSWBOX

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
409 AM EST FRI JAN 16 2004

…DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL VALUES BETWEEN 25 AND 40 BELOW ZERO
WILL CONTINUE THROUGH 10 AM THEN EASE TO LESS THREATENING LEVELS
DURING MIDDAY…

.THE COLDEST WIND DRIVEN AIRMASS TO STRIKE OUR REGION SINCE CHRISTMAS
1980 HAS ALSO ESTABLISHED NEW RECORDS FOR THIS DATE IN BOSTON AND
PROVIDENCE. IT WILL SOON EASE ITS FRIGID GRIP ON OUR AREA…STARTING
AROUND 10 AM. HOWEVER…UNTIL THEN…FROSTBITE CAN STILL OCCUR TO
EXPOSED FLESH IN JUST 10 MINUTES THIS MORNING WITH THESE CONDITIONS!
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…DRESS IN MANY LAYERS TO PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM THESE LIFE THREATENING CONDITIONS.

MAZ023-024-161515-
DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-
409 AM EST FRI JAN 16 2004

…WIND CHILL WARNING THIS MORNING FOR NANTUCKET AND MARTHAS
VINEYARD…

NORTHWEST WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH THIS MORNING COMBINED WITH ZERO AND
SUBZERO TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE CHILL VALUES IN THE 25 TO 40
BELOW ZERO RANGE. THEN THE SLOWLY RISING TEMPERATURES AFTER 10 AM
WILL ALLOW THE CHILL FACTOR TO SLOWLY DECREASE. HOWEVER…FOR MOST OF
THIS MORNING…THE FRIGID CHILL VALUES WILL MAKE IT DANGEROUS TO BE
OUTSIDE FOR MORE THAN A FEW MINUTES AT A TIME WITH PROPER PROTECTION.
EXPOSED SKIN MAY FREEZE IN AS LITTLE AS 10 MINUTES.

IF YOU MUST GO OUTDOORS…COVER ANY EXPOSED SKIN. WEAR A HAT…
MITTENS OR GLOVES…AND SEVERAL LAYERS OF LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING.
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO…OR YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA OUTLET…
FOR LATER INFORMATION.

$$

MAZ022-161515-
BARNSTABLE MA-
409 AM EST FRI JAN 16 2004

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR OUTER CAPE COD THIS MORNING…
…WIND CHILL WARNING ALL OF CAPE COD THIS MORNING…

BANDS OF SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEPOSIT 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW THIS MORNING
ON PARTS OF THE OUTER CAPE. THE STRONG WIND WILL CAUSE BLOWING AND
DRIFTING OF ANY SNOW THAT TRIES TO ACCUMULATE IN THIS ARCTIC
OUTBREAK.

IN ADDITION…NORTHWEST WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH THIS MORNING COMBINED
WITH ZERO AND SUBZERO TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE CHILL VALUES IN THE
25 TO 40 BELOW ZERO RANGE. THEN THE SLOWLY RISING TEMPERATURES AFTER
10 AM WILL ALLOW THE CHILL FACTOR TO SLOWLY DECREASE. HOWEVER…FOR
MOST OF THIS MORNING…THE FRIGID CHILL VALUES WILL MAKE IT DANGEROUS
TO BE OUTSIDE FOR MORE THAN A FEW MINUTES AT A TIME WITHOUT PROPER
PROTECTION. EXPOSED SKIN MAY FREEZE IN AS LITTLE AS 10 MINUTES.

IF YOU MUST GO OUTDOORS…COVER ANY EXPOSED SKIN. WEAR A HAT…
MITTENS OR GLOVES…AND SEVERAL LAYERS OF LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING.
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO…OR YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA OUTLET…
FOR LATER INFORMATION.

$$

MAZ002>010-014-026-NHZ011-012-015-161515-
CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-CHESHIRE NH-EASTERN ESSEX MA-
EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-
NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-NORTHWEST MIDDLESEX MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-WESTERN ESSEX MA-
WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
409 AM EST FRI JAN 16 2004

…WIND CHILL WARNING CONTINUES THIS MORNING…

NORTHERN MASSACHUSETTS AND SOUTHWEST NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL CONTINUE
EXPERIENCING SUSTAINED WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH RIDGE TOP GUSTS OF
45 MPH THIS MORNING. THIS COMBINED WITH TEMPERATURES OF 5 TO 15 BELOW
ZERO WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL VALUES OF
30 TO 40 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

THE MOST SEVERE PORTION OF THE COLD WILL BEGIN EASING AFTER ABOUT
10 AM.

THESE FRIGID WIND CHILL VALUES…SELDOM OCCURRING IN RECENT TIMES
OVER OUR AREA…WILL MAKE IT DANGEROUS TO BE OUTSIDE. EXPOSED SKIN
MAY FREEZE IN AS LITTLE AS 10 MINUTES. IF YOU MUST GO OUTDOORS…
COVER ANY EXPOSED SKIN. WEAR A HAT…MITTENS OR GLOVES…AND SEVERAL
LAYERS OF LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO…
OR YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA OUTLET…FOR LATER INFORMATION.

$$

CTZ002>004-MAZ011>013-015>021-RIZ001>008-161515-
BLOCK ISLAND RI-BRISTOL RI-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN KENT RI-
EASTERN NORFOLK MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-HARTFORD CT-NEWPORT RI-
NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-
SUFFOLK MA-TOLLAND CT-WASHINGTON RI-WESTERN KENT RI-
WESTERN NORFOLK MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-WINDHAM CT-
409 AM EST FRI JAN 16 2004

…WIND CHILL WARNING UNTIL 10 AM THIS MORNING…

AREAS OF NEW ENGLAND ALONG AND SOUTH OF THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE
WILL CONTINUE EXPERIENCING SUSTAINED WEST NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO
30 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 45 MPH. THIS WIND COMBINED WITH SUBZERO
TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD WIND CHILL
VALUES OF AROUND 25 TO 35 BELOW ZERO IN RHODE ISLAND AND NORTHERN
CONNECTICUT AS WELL AS SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS INCLUDING THE
BOSTON AREA.

THE MOST SEVERE PORTION OF THE COLD WILL BEGIN NOTICEABLY EASING
AFTER ABOUT 10 AM. HOWEVER STRONG WIND WILL CONTINUE ALL DAY.

THESE WIND CHILL VALUES WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE IT DANGEROUS TO BE
OUTSIDE FOR MORE THAN A FEW MINUTES AT A TIME…WITHOUT PROPER
PROTECTION. EXPOSED SKIN MAY FREEZE IN AS LITTLE AS 10 OR 15 MINUTES.
IF YOU MUST GO OUTDOORS…COVER ANY EXPOSED SKIN. WEAR A HAT…
MITTENS OR GLOVES…AND SEVERAL LAYERS OF LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING.
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO…OR YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA OUTLET…
FOR LATER INFORMATION.

$$

DRAG

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

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ARECC Level III On-line Course Registration

ARCEP logoRegistration opens Monday, January 19, 12:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time (0501 UTC), for the Level III Emergency Communications on-line course (EC-003). Registration remains open through the January 24-25 weekend or until all available seats have been filled–whichever comes first. Class begins Tuesday, February 3.

Thanks to our grant sponsors–the Corporation for National and Community Service and the United Technologies Corporation–the $45 registration fee paid upon enrollment will be reimbursed after successful completion of the course. During this registration period, approximately 50 seats are being offered to ARRL members on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (C-CE) Web page and the C-CE Links found there. For more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, dmiller@arrl.org, 860-594-0340.

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Handi-ham Radio Camp Openings Available

From the Handi-ham web site:

“There are still openings for beginners at Handi-ham Radio Camp in Malibu, California. We are looking for new campers who are getting started in amateur radio and want to earn their Technician tickets. Camp is open to any Handiham member with a disability, and we have a special deal for beginners this year—it is FREE! Well, almost free. We will pay your camp tuition except for a $45 registration/insurance fee, but that’s it.

Handiham logoCampers get picked up at the Los Angeles airport if necessary, get all of their food, lodging, and normal caregiving needs met through the week, ham radio classes and fun activities, and a VE session. Campers do have to pay their travel expense to Los Angeles, but we take care of almost everything else.

If you know a beginner who may benefit from this camp experience, please contact Handiham Student Coordinator Jerry Kloss, N0VOE, at his callsign at handiham.org or call Nancy toll-free at 1-866-426-3442.”

[Please share this with all Eastern MA clubs. The camps are a fantastic experience for any ham or would-be ham with a disability. – K9HI]

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A Thought for Message Handlers

A Thought for Handlers.
Just a suggestion which may help a few of you:

When delivering a message to a non ham who doesn’t know you it’s
particularly important to give the info most important to the recipient
first. The mechanics of how the message got to him/her is secondary. Start
with:

I have a message from (name) in (place) for (name).

That way they know you’re not a telemarketer and they may want to hear more.
Then you can say that the message came via ham radio if the text doesn’t
have that info. You’re starting with a name they know and saying that you
have info from him/her. I have never gotten a negative response from this.
The mechanics of the transmission process is of interest to us but not to
our public. In the case of ham to ham spam, I agree with the prior comments
that blindly going from unedited lists of calls is not the best practice,
but how often do we hit a silent key? Also, perhaps the next of kin might
like the fact that somewhere, someone, has made note of the prior existence
of the loved one? And like it or not we do need the traffic during periods
of low activity of “real” messages. A traffic net can’t exist without
traffic.

In the”Sirens of Titan” it turns out that life and technology over the
course of 5000 years were speeded up by an alien whose intergalactic
spacecraft made a forced landing on Titan (a moon of Jupiter) and needed a
part which required a developed planetary technology. At the end we find
that his mission was the delivery of a message from the president of his
galaxy to the president of another. His route took him through our galaxy.
The content of the message proves to be trivial. Thus the medium is the
message. Even our spamgrams are of greater importance. But the fact remains
that delivering the message is an end in itself.

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Winter WX Advisory Posted (expired)

SKYWARN Logo Hello to all….

….Winter WX Advisory Posted from 11 PM Tonight through 7 AM Monday Morning
for North-Central Rhode Island and Northern CT for 2-4″ of snow….
….Please report snowfall of 2″ or more and final amounts to NWS Taunton as
needed….

A Winter WX Advisory has been posted for tonight through early Monday
Morning for North Central Rhode Island and Northern CT for 2-4″ of snow.
Much of the rest of Southern New England will see 1-3″ of snow in their
area. Please allow a little extra time for travelling and cleaning off the
snow from your vehicle for the Monday Morning commute.

Following this small storm and a brief respite from the bitter cold/frigid
conditions. Artcic air will plow back into Southern New England on Tuesday
Night and could bring some of the worst cold in 20 years to Southern New
England late this week. There is also the outside chance of a significant
storm to affect parts of Southern New England late Wednesday to late
Thursday. This will need to be monitored and right now the greatest impact,
if any, will be felt over South Coastal Mass/RI and Cape Cod and the
Islands.

Please report any final snowfall amounts and snowfall of 2″ or more to NWS
Taunton as needed. This will be the only message on this event.

Below is the Winter WX Advisory Statement and Hazardous WX Outlook from NWS
Taunton:
WWUS41 KBOX 112032
WSWBOX

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
331 PM EST SUN JAN 11 2004

CTZ002>004-RIZ001>004-120330-
EASTERN KENT RI-HARTFORD CT-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-TOLLAND CT-WESTERN KENT RI-WINDHAM CT-
331 PM EST SUN JAN 11 2004

…A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM TONIGHT
UNTIL 7 AM MONDAY FOR NORTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT AND NORTHERN
RHODE ISLAND…

THE ADVISORY INCLUDES HARTFORD…WILLIMANTIC…PROVIDENCE AND
WOONSOCKET.

SNOW WILL FALL BRIEFLY HEAVY DURING THE NIGHT…MOST OF IT IN
A 5 HOUR PERIOD BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM.

THE MORNING COMMUTE IS LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED BY SNOW COVERED AND
SLIPPERY SIDE ROADS THAT REMAIN UNTREATED AND UNPLOWED.

SNOW WILL QUICKLY END BETWEEN 5 AM AND 7 AM.

TEMPERATURES ARE LIKELY RISE ABOVE FREEZING DURING MIDDAY MONDAY…
CAUSING SOME MELTING.

LIGHT WIND AND CLEARING SKIES MONDAY NIGHT WILL ALLOW FOR FROSTY
CONDITIONS AND SOME REFREEZING OF THE MELTING SNOW…RESULTING IN A
FEW SLIPPERY SPOTS LATE TOMORROW NIGHT.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER LOCAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES…
INCLUDING A POSSIBLE EXPANSION OF THE ADVISORY INTO THE SPRINGFIELD
AND WORCESTER AREAS.

$$
DRAG

FLUS41 KBOX 112259
HWOBOX

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
558 PM EST SUN JAN 11 2004

CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-121200-
BARNSTABLE MA-BLOCK ISLAND RI-BRISTOL RI-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-
CHESHIRE NH-DUKES MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-
EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-
EASTERN KENT RI-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-HARTFORD CT-
NANTUCKET MA-NEWPORT RI-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-
NORTHWEST MIDDLESEX MA-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-SUFFOLK MA-TOLLAND CT-
WASHINGTON RI-WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-WESTERN ESSEX MA-
WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN KENT RI-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-WINDHAM CT-
558 PM EST SUN JAN 11 2004

.DAY ONE…
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSTED FOR
NORTH CENTRAL CONNECTICUT AND NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND BETWEEN 11 PM
TONIGHT AND 7 AM MONDAY. ESLEWHERE 1 TO 3 INCHES WILL ACCUMULATE.
SPOT AMOUNTS OF 5 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE HIGH TERRAIN SOUTH OF
THE MASS PIKE AS THE SNOW FALLS HEAVILY FOR AN HOUR TWO OVERNIGHT.
THE FIRST PART OF THE MORNING COMMUTE IS LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED…
EVEN AS MOST OF THE SIGNIFICANT SNOW HAS TAPERED TO FLURRIES.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…
FROSTY CONDITIONS UNDER A PERIOD OF LIGHT WIND AND CLEAR SKIES MAY
CAUSE ICY STRETCHES OF PAVEMENT…BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES LATE
MONDAY NIGHT.

AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA TUESDAY
EVENING. SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS AND FLURRIES WILL OCCUR SOMETIME
LATE TUESDAY. GALE FORCE WINDS CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE COASTAL
WATERS TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY. A WIND CHILL ADVISORY WILL LIKELY
BE NEEDED LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. A WIND ADVISORY
IS ANTICIPATED FOR THE CAPE AND NANTUCKET LATE TUESDAY.

LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPING OVER THE LOWER OHIO VALLEY WILL TRACK OFF THE
MID ATLANTIC COAST MIDDAY THURSDAY. SNOW IS LIKELY ON THE SOUTH COAST
SOMETIME BETWEEN 3 AM AND 3 PM THURSDAY. AMOUNTS WILL DEPEND UPON
THE TRACK OF THE LOW. THIS IS A POTENT AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS
WEATHER MAKER THAT NEEDS TO BE WATCHED CAREFULLY. A SLIGHT SLOWING…
AND MORE NORTHERLY TRACK WOULD PLACE SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND IN
POSITION TO RECEIVE A FORMIDABLE SNOW…DRIFTING SNOW AND DANGEROUSLY
COLD WIND CHILL EVENT. RIGHT NOW…THE ODDS ARE LESS THAN 25 PERCENT
OF THIS OCCURING BUT ITS A LOW PROBABILITY OPTION.

OF MORE CONCERN IS THE PROBABLE COLDEST WEATHER FOR THE URBAN
CENTERS SINCE CHRISTMAS AROUND 1980 WHEN THE MERCURY DROPPED TO 7
BELOW ZERO IN BOSTON. CURRENTLY EXPOSED GROUND NEEDS A BLANKET OF
SNOW TO PREVENT THE FROST FROM FURTHER RAPID PENENTRATION. WIND
CHILL THURSDAY NIGHT SHOULD BE CLOSE TO THE MORE LIFE THREATENING
WARNING CRITERIA FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS…25 TO 35 BELOW ZERO.

THIS 3 DAY SEIGE OF UNUSUAL COLD MAY PUSH MORE HEATING AND POORLY
INSULATED PLUMBING SYSTEMS TO THE BRINK OF FAILURE. MARGINALLY
WORKING CAR BATTERIES ARE LIKELY TO FAIL. HOMELESS LIVING ON THE
STREET ARE EXTREMELY VULNERABLE TO INJURY FROM THIS NEXT BOUT OF
COLD. ADDITIONALLY FIRES FROM INAPPROPRIATE USE OF HEATING DEVICES
COULD BE A PROBLEM.

THE COLD RELEASE ITS INTENSE GRIP THIS WEEKEND.

.SPOTTER CALL TO ACTION STATEMENT…
SPOTTER REPORTS MAY BE REQUESTED EARLY MONDAY FOR SNOW AMOUNTS OF 2
INCHES OR GREATER.

$$

DRAG

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

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Attention Allston/Brighton Hams: Community Meeting With U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano

KA1MOM@aol.com writes:

This e-mail is being sent to [amateurs] who happen to live in the Rep. Capuano’s district; please do not pass it along to hams in other congressional districts. 


From the Allston-Brighton TAB, 1/9/04:

On Sunday, Jan. 11 from 1 to 2:30  p.m., U.S. Representative Mike Capuano, D-8th, will host a community meeting at the Brighton Marine Health Center, 77 Warren St.  All are encouraged to attend.

 “Since I took office, I’ve hosted similar meetings throughout the 8th Congressional District.  They are excellent opportunities to hear directly from constituents.  If you have something on your mind, or if you would simply like to hear what others are thinking, please join us.  I look forward to seeing you,” said Capuano.

Residents will have the opportunity to ask Capuano questions about the issues that most concern them.  For additional information, please contact the district office at 617-621-6208.


As mentioned on the ARRL Web, this is our chance to let our congressman know that there are reasons he should support H.R. 713 (the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act) and H.R. 1478 (the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Consistency Act).

I will be there with data on hams in the MA congressional districts, ARES and homeland security, etc.

-= Bill McIninch, Jr. KA1MOM =-

PIO, Metro Boston

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DHS Lowers Threat to Elevated (Yellow)

As of 11:51 [1/9/04], story posted at 11:46 / 5 minutes ago

By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration lowered the national terror alert level
Friday as Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said that an urgent threat
had passed.

“I know we are all thankful that nothing happened,” said Ridge, announcing
the lowering of the threat level at a news conference. However, airports and
airlines will keep their high alert status, said a government official
speaking on condition of anonymity.

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ARRL Division Cabinet Meeting Notes

Tom Frenaye, K1KIThe ARRL New England Division cabinet meeting was held on January 4, 2004 in Springfield. Eastern Massachusetts was well represented—six club presidents or representatives attended along with Section Manager K9HI.

The meeting is convened by Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI and Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF shortly before each bi-annual ARRL Board of Directors meeting so that K1KI can obtain input on important issues that come up for discussion and votes.

K1TWF has made available his notes from that meeting.

[Pictured above: Tom Frenaye, K1KI. Photo courtesy http://www.barc.org]

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Ham Radio Demo Volunteers Needed, January 10, 2004

USS Salem ARCW1AI writes:

“The USS Salem will be hosting its first group of scouts for 2004 on Saturday, January 10, 2004, from 3 to 6 p.m. I need 4+ volunteers so we can do the Morse code presentations and Radio 5 demos. Your help is needed, whether or not you have previous experience. We can show you everything you need to know.

I have to let the USS Salem know whether we have enough volunteers, so please let me know ASAP whether I can count you in! The only other weekend in January that the USS Salem has scouts scheduled is 1/31.

I am also still seeking a replacement volunteer coordinator. Please let me know if you might be interested.”

Thanks,

JC, W1AI

USS Salem K1USN Radio Club scouting program volunteer coordinator
W1AI@hamtestonline.com

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UHF Repeater Test (2nd request)

EMa ARES Logo We request that you gather signal reports from the list of repeaters listed below. It should be fun, and take about a half hour.

Please list:

Your location and date/time
Whether home or mobile
List of repeaters worked
Power on input
Antenna type
Other comments (i.e. unusually good or bad location, weather, etc.)

Please send reports to w1mpn@ema.arrl.org

[Note: “446.725 is off the air at this instant. That will probably change in a day
or so”, per K1KWP 19 Jan 04 – W1MPN].

List of repeaters: (please press read more link button>>>)443.450-Westport Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

443.700-Gloucester Repeater No PL Listed

444.200-Bourne Repeater PL: 118.8 Hz

445.175-Newton Repeater PL: 141.3 Hz

446.575-Boston Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

449.925-Marlborough Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz Part of
MMRA System

446.725-Stoneham Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz Part
of MMRA System

447.075-Kingston Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

447.175-Boston Repeater PL: 110.9 Hz

447.325-Truro Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

447.575-Concord Repeater PL: 110.9 Hz

447.975-North Attleboro Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

448.125-Framingham Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

448.975-Walpole Repeater PL: 141.3 Hz

449.075-Waltham Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

The following repeaters were considered Good location, good local coverage,
may have extended coverage and has linking capability (to either other
repeaters, IRLP, Echolink or a combination of each):

442.450-Westford Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

443.350-Pack Monadnock, NH PL: 110.9 Hz

443.500-Dennis Repeater PL: 141.3 Hz Part
of Cape Cod Link Sys.

443.800-Dartmouth Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

444.200-North Truro Repeater PL: 141.3 Hz

444.250-Falmouth Repeater PL: 141.3 Hz Part
of Cape Cod Link Sys.

445.175-Barnstable Repeater PL: 141.3 Hz Part
of Cape Cod Link Sys.

447.875-Brookline Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz Part
of MMRA/Has Echolink

446.675-Marlborough Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz Algonquin

The following repeaters have good location but unknown or questionable
coverage. Some of these repeaters may have IRLP or Echolink coverage:

441.075-Chelmsford Repeater PL: 100.0 Hz

441.400-Assonet Repeater PL: 192.8 Hz

441.400-Plymouth Repeater PL: 100.0 Hz

441.500-Medfield Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

441.750-Seekonk Repeater PL: 192.8 Hz

441.850-Bradford Repeater PL: 127.3 Hz

442.250-Marlborough Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz -Has Echolink
capability

442.500-Braintree Repeater PL: 118.8 Hz

442.800-Danvers Repeater PL: 136.5 Hz

442.900-Pepperell Repeater PL: 100 Hz

443.200-North Andover Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

443.600-Norwell Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz -Has Echolink
capability

444.100-Wilmington Repeater PL: 123.0 Hz

444.300-Saugus Repeater PL: 123.0 Hz

443.350-Fall River Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

444.550-Bridgewater Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

444.600-Newton Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

444.700-Boston Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

446.525-Reading Repeater PL: 151.4 Hz

446.875-North Reading Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

446.925-Medford Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

447.025-Peabody Repeater PL: 110.9 Hz

447.275-Haverhill Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

447.625-Lawrence Repeater PL: 88.5 Hz

447.675-Natick Repeater PL: 203.5 Hz -RACES?

449.650-Belmont Repeater PL: 67.0 Hz

449.725-Cambridge Repeater PL: 114.8 Hz

449.825-Woburn Repeater PL: 136.5 Hz

Thanks in advance for your help.

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN, EMa SEC
978.562.5662 Voice
978.389.0558 FAX/Secondary Voice
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
w1mpn@ema.ares.org

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