Section Manager (SM) - Phil Temples, K9HI
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) - "Bo" Budinger, WA1QYM
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) - Ed Parish, K1EP
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) - Bob Salow, WA1IDA
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) - Rob Macedo, KD1CY
Section Traffic Manager (STM) – Marcia Forde, KW1U
State Government Liaison (SGL) - Shawn O'Donnell, K3HI
Technical Coordinator (TC) - Eric Falkof, K1NUN


Just weeks after conducting an extensive "Hurricane Hannah" emergency
communications drill, our section -- and much of the region --
experienced the real thing as Tropical Storm Irene crashed into New
York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the south coast of Massachusetts,
bringing with it high winds and devastating flooding to the region. As
I write, many in Eastern Massachusetts are still without power.
Eastern MA ARES was well prepared for the task. The ARES leadership
held numerous telephone conference calls in advance of the storm to
coordinate its activities. And the ARES leadership supplied ARRL
Headquarters with information on section activities before, during and
after the storm.

ARES presence and support included: SKYWARN operators at the National
Weather Service in Taunton; operations at the ARES Command Centers in
Bridgewater, Acushnet and Brookline; staffing at regional American Red
Cross shelters in Salem, Dedham, Attleboro, Weymouth and Bridgewater;
and operations at EOCs in Gloucester and Carver. Our section was also
on standby to render mutual aid to Western MA ARES in the Town of
Greenfield along the Deerfield River in the wake of serious flooding.

I want to personally thank all of the amateurs in our section who
selflessly volunteered to participate in these crucial operations to
help protect property and public safety.

August weather tried to put the damper on the Eastern MA NTS Traffic
Handlers Picnic in Raynham, but the traffic handlers persevered. STM
KW1U reports the picnic was successfully rescheduled to the following

The Eastern MA ARRL staff held its third quarterly meeting on August 24
in Hopkinton.

The Pilgrim ARC mourns the loss of Silent Key Earl Chaddock, WA1KZT of

Want to know more of the technical details about software-defined
radio? KB1LQC recommends this on-line white paper, found at

Genesis ARS in Plymouth is starting the new Genesis 75 Meter Rag Chew
Net beginning Sept. 7. The net will meet on 3.962 MHz at 6:30 PM on
Wednesday nights. KB1KVL invites all who are interested to check in.

Cape Ann ARA members held a BBQ cookout at their clubhouse on August
21. The club also provided communications that same day for the "Run
Gloucester" event.

The K1USN Radio Club was featured in a nice online article at entitled "Braintree Radio Group offers
Window on World".

KB1CHU and K1WCC donated a Pentium P4 computer and flat panel screen,
respectively, to the K1USN RC to replace the club's existing "dinosaur"

After many years of dedicated service to the Framingham ARA, club prez
K1GB has decided to step down and pass the gauntlet after this year.

PART of Westford members would like to remind everyone about their
monthly breakfasts on the first Saturday of every month at the Westford
Regency Inn. Both full and lighter, less-expensive fares are available.
Email info at wb1gof dot org for details.

PART members have also been busy of late following the K2H Thirteen
Colonies special event station operation. A group including W1JMA,
W1AHM, AB1HD, W1RAG and KB1OIQ gathered recently over pizza to fill out
QSL cards for contacts made.

Mark your calendars for the Southeastern MA ARA Tailgate Flea on
September 11. See

Ham volunteers are needed for the annual Jimmy Fund Walk on September
18. The walk follows the Boston Marathon course from Hopkinton to
Boston. See for more details.

Boston ARC was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Arthur
Ashley, N1NHZ of Cambridge.

This SM was once again honored to serve as a volunteer instructor at
the 2011 Courage Center Handiham Radio Camp in Maple Lake, Minnesota on
August 7-13.

Kudos to Handiham volunteer N1BLF of North Dartmouth for investing
hundreds of hours of his time reading and recording Amateur Radio
articles and publications for blind and visually impaired members.

Barnstable ARC held a cookout and fox hunt at Woodsong Farm in Brewster
on August 20.

Eastern MA ARRL is offering a new resource: the External Speakers
Bureau. The list includes amateurs who have registered to speak at
non-amateur organizations about our hobby service. Public Information
Coordinator Bob Salow, WA1IDA, maintains the list. If you're the leader
of such a group and would like to schedule a presentation on Amateur
Radio, check out the link on the left hand column of the section web
site, or visit

Cape Ann ARA mourns the loss of Silent Key Larry Sargent, W1ZBE of

KB1PGH reports that he will be operating HF portable at the Fuller
School in Gloucester on September 3. CAARA operated Field Day at the
school this past June for the first time.

I'm pleased to announce that our Eastern MA ASM for Youth Activities,
Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ has been invited by ARRL President Kaye
Craigie, N3KN to serve on an Ad Hoc Committee on Youth in the Second
Century which will "seek input from youth and also from adult amateurs
working with young people." This new committee will report to the ARRL
Board of Directors in January 2012. 

YCCC members turned out in good numbers for the North American QSO
Party (NAQP) SSB and CW contests in August. 

ACC Bo Budinger, WA1QYM dropped in for a visit at the August meeting of
the Raymond J. Levesque Memorial ARC in Somerset.

North Shore Radio Association is hosting comms for the Marblehead
Rotary Great Race Walking & Rowing Event on September 5.

The Pilgrim ARC September 13 meeting will feature a talk by DEC WQ1O on
go-kits and regional emergency shelters.

Framingham ARA has appointed KB1PJN as its new Webmaster.

Kudos is in order to the Whitman ARC for again conducting their annual
special events station and Amateur Radio exhibit at the Marshfield Fair
starting August 19, 2011. It's an incredibly complex logistical
operation. And even though event was curtailed on account of Tropical
Storm Irene, it was still a great success. NN1MF was QRV on 80-10
meters, 2 meters, Echolink and IRLP. If you worked NN1MF, you can
receive a nice certificate and QSL card by sending an SASE to PO Box
48, Whitman MA 02382.

From the humorous "Ten Commandments of Electronics": Rule #1 -- Beware
of the lightning that lurks in an undischarged capacitor lest it cause
thee to be bounced upon thy backside in a most un-gentlemanly manner.
(Thanks, Bristol County Repeater Assoc. mailing list)

Are you a technically savvy person? Are you the guy or gal that others
in your club or community turn to for assistance with antenna
questions, help with a homebrew rig, or advice on combatting a stubborn
grounding problem? For a section field organization to be effective,
there must be a cadre of qualified, competent Technical Specialists.
The TS serves as a technical advisor to local hams and clubs, by
corresponding by telephone and letter on technical topics, and
referring correspondents to other sources if specific topic is outside
TS's knowledge.  Are you up for the challenge? Want to give back to
your community? Contact Eastern MA Technical Coordinator Eric Falkof,
K1NUN. His contact information is listed on the Eastern MA web site at 


Phil, K9HI

ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Phillip Temples, K9HI