MARS Exercise

MARS will be holding an exercise starting Sunday (7/23/17) at 11:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. on Thursday (7/27/17).

ARES and general amateur radio operators should expect that at some point during this period, MARS members may be tasked to obtain information from the Amateur Radio operators in our areas.  Most likely, this will be the same type of infrastructure reporting we have done in the past and is done on the Sunday morning WMA HF net. We will only be looking for real, actual conditions; nothing simulated.

MARS communicators might try to obtain this infromation duing various scheduled nets including NTS messages nets, club nets, etc. They may also try to obtain information via the various SKYWARN and ARES/RACES partnered repeaters.

In addition to infrastructure reports, MARS is often interested in relayed reports from the avaiation automated weather systems (ASOS). Report weather information from airport ATIS/ASOS stations that you can directly receive via radio. These stations broadcast continuously in the 120.000 – 138.000 MHz frequency range using amplitude modulation. Information from the ATIS should include airport, time, temperature, altimeter (barometer), wind, precipitation, and visibility.

A list of stations with their frequencies and a map can be found at: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/weather/asos/?state=MA
A brief introduction to ATIS can be found at: https://www.ivao.aero/training/documentation/books/PP_ADC_ATIS.pdf
A more detailed introduction to ATIS/ASOS can be found at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/ASOS-book.pdf
Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG
EMA ARES SEC
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Boxboro 2017 Tickets Now On Sale

Boxboro/New England Division Convention logoBob Di Mattia, K1IW writes:

Hello All,

Just a quick note that we have opened ticketing on the Boxboro website. Boxboro! The ARRL New England Convention is held annually at the Boxboro Regency, just of I-495, in Boxborough, Mass.

This year, the convention is on September 8, 9, and 10. Friday the 8th is special forum day with emergency management, SKYWARN, and other special-topic forums. Friday wraps up with the DXCC/Contesting dinner where this year our speaker is Jeff Briggs, K1ZM. He will be telling us all about the 7O6T DXpedition to Yemen.

The convention gets into full swing on Saturday and Sunday when the exhibit hall and flea is open, along with an excellent set of forums, VE exams, License-is-a-Day, and other goodies.

Our Saturday Grand Banquet features Paul Stoerzer, N8HM, of AMSAT. He has racked up all sorts of awards based on a small apartment-based station and will be letting on about his tricks or the trade.

Learn more about the convention, and purchase general admission, flea spaces and banquet tickets at http://www.boxboro.org.

General admission tickets (only) are also available at Ham Radio Outlet in Salem, NH, and at Electronics Plus! in Littleton, MA.

73,
Bob – K1IW
Boxboro 2017! Publicity Chair

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Two SKYWARN Training Sessions in Lowell & Peabody

SKYWARN logo The National Weather Service in Taunton is offering two SKYWARN training sessions in the coming weeks in our area:

Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 – 630-900 PM:
University Crossing – Room 158
220 Pawtucket Street
Lowell, MA
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: Required – Pre-register via email to Rob Macedo-KD1CY at rmacedo@rcn.com

 

Thursday June 8th, 2017 – 700-930 PM:
Portuguese American War Veterans Building
103 Tremont Street
Peabody, MA
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: None Required

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SKYWARN Training in Plymouth, June 10, 2017

SKYWARN logo Ed Caron, KA1RSY writes on Facebook:

PLYMOUTH SKYWARN CLASS

This class is open to anyone who is interested in becoming an official National Weather Service Spotter. Also this would be good refresher for anyone who hasn’t attended a SKYWARN class in a few years, there is no charge to attend. The class conveniently located right over the bridge so hope to see you all there. You must pre-register in order to attend.

Saturday June 10th, 2017 – 1000 AM-1230 PM:
Plymouth Community Room (co-located with the fire station)
2209 State Road
Plymouth (Cedarville), MA
Note: The EOC/community room is located in the back of the fire station with the main entrance on the lower parking level
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: Required – Pre-register via email to Rob Macedo-KD1CY at rmacedo@rcn.com

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SKYWARN Training at Clay Center ARC, April 25, 2017

Clay Center ARC logoSKYWARN training teaches you how to spot and report severe weather conditions for the National Weather Service. Training will be provided on Tuesday evening, April 25, at the Clay Center by lead trainer Rob Macedo, KD1CY. All adults welcome, as well as youth who are scouts or ham radio operators. Space is limited. You must plan to stay from 6:30-9:00 to be certified. Register with bphinney@dextersouthfield.org.

 

 

 

 

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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Standby for the 2017 Boston Marathon & SKYWARN Dual Statement – Monday April 17th, 2017

Hello to all…

While this may be a bit off topic for some SKYWARN Spotters, Amateur Radio Operators and Red Cross volunteers, many of which are SKYWARN Spotters, will be involved in the Boston Marathon on Monday April 17th. To reach out to the highest level of Amateur Radio Operators involved in the event, this coordination message is being sent out to the SKYWARN email list and posted to the various Amateur Radio lists. We appreciate everyone’s patience with this message. This is a joint message between the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES)-SKYWARN program at NWS Taunton and Eastern Massachusetts ARES. This is likely to be the only coordination message on the Marathon unless a significant change in the weather forecast occurs. See information below:

Eastern Massachusetts ARES members not participating in the Boston Marathon are requested to be on standby for marathon activities on Monday April 17th from 6 AM-7 PM for any significant issues outside of the Boston Marathon that may require Amateur Radio Emergency Communications support and for any unexpected issues on the Boston Marathon route. With over 280 Amateur Radio Operators staffing the Boston Marathon route, the start line and the finish line, if an issue arises needing Amateur Radio support outside of the Marathon route or an unexpected issue arises in marathon operations, it is important that any ARES members not involved in the marathon can help with any response that is required. The Amateur Radio Station at the National Weather Service in Taunton, WX1BOX, will be active on Monday April 17th for the Boston Marathon to provide weather support to the Amateur Radio community participating in the marathon and to gather any weather reports of significance during the marathon. This station will also be used to coordinate any ARES response to any significant incidents regarding Amateur Radio support outside of the marathon zone including any incidents that need to be provided to the State EOC for situational awareness information.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) at the SEOC (State Emergency Operations Center) will be active for the Boston Marathon. Amateur Radio Operators will be at the SEOC to support Amateur Radio communications and will be on the air under call sign, WC1MA, while many agencies will be there performing primary operations for the marathon.

The weather outlook for the Boston Marathon is one that should be favorable for volunteers but potentially too warm for the runners which could result in increased ambulance requests along the course for this year’s marathon and a higher than average year of medical related issues given the conditions. The Weather Forecast across the Boston Marathon is for mostly sunny conditions throughout the day. Temperatures are expected to be around 55-60 degrees in the pre-dawn and daybreak hours rising to the upper 60s to low 70s by afternoon. Dewpoint values will be low making conditions dry but warm. Winds will gust out of the west at 25-30 MPH. Volunteers should dress accordingly for these conditions and drink plenty of liquids and should be prepared for this potential of increased number of ambulance requests and higher than average year of medical related issues. Also, the low dewpoints and winds could result in increased brush fire risk across the region again for Monday. Below is the NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement and Fire Weather Forecast regarding that potential:

NWS Taunton Special Weather Statement:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.wwus81.KBOX.html

NWS Taunton Fire Weather Forecast:
http://kamala.cod.edu/ma/latest.fnus51.KBOX.html

From a SKYWARN perspective, the 146.64-Waltham Repeater and 145.23-Boston Repeater are being utilized for Marathon operations. From an ARES perspective, the Minutemen Repeater Association Repeater Network is being utilized for marathon operations. Please review the SKYWARN Frequency listing for your closest alternate repeater from a SKYWARN or ARES perspective.
http://www.wx1box.org/node/37

For Amateur Radio, Red Cross and all other volunteers along the route, it is recommended that you dress in layers for this event so that you can put on or take off clothes as needed for comfort. Be sure to drink liquids and eat properly during the event and that you are self-sufficient so that you can be of full help to the function and not distract everyone from the main purpose of supporting the runners by having a health issue on your end that can be avoided. No rain is expected at this time so there should be no need for rain gear.

For those people that are planning to go to the Boston Marathon as spectators, the following link details guidelines for spectators for the 2017 Boston Marathon:
http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/mema/2017-marathon-spectator-guidelines-final.pdf

Barring a significant change in the weather forecast, this will be the only coordination message on the Boston Marathon. We appreciate everyone’s support in this event and hope those that volunteer enjoy themselves and feel the self-satisfaction of supporting this historic event and those that are monitoring the Marathon or events outside of the Marathon realize that the monitoring is an important function as well and is a testament to being able to scale other incidents beyond the marathon if required. Thanks to all for their support!

Respectfully Submitted,

Marek Kozubal
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Email Address: kb1ncg@gmail.com

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 508-346-2929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com
http://ares.ema.arrl.org
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Update: ARES Stand-by Activation Through 1200 Wednesday for Winter Storm/Blizzard

Hello to all!

*** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES WILL REMAIN ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS THROUGH 1200 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM HIGH WINDS AND POWER OUTAGES ***

*** EXPECTED IMPACTS ARE OVERNIGHT HIGH WINDS AFFECTING SNOW COVERED TREES AND POWER LINES CAUSING INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES AS WELL AS POST-STORM COLD TEMPERATURES ***

*** WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR WESTERN AND NORTHERN MA REMAINS IN EFFECT THRHOUGH MIDNIGHT ***

 

ARES will remain on a stand by status until 1200 noon on Wednesday March 15th in case of any developments over night. No activations are expected at this time. Unless otherwise specified the stand by will automatically expire at 1200.

 

We would like to thank all the ARES members who volunteered their availability and offered to be available for deployment.

 

A major storm impacted the Southern New England area on Tuesday. As of 2000 59,000 residents are without power, mainly in northeastern MA. The forecast temperatures for tonight into tomorrow are lower teens through low 30s. As the low pressure system moves out a strong wind field may cause additional tree and power line damage. Any areas that got above freezing today will have a refreeze this evening causing slick roads and dangerous travel on any untreated surfaces.

 

This storm saw some significant gusts and damage across the region. A 100′ wind turbine tower collapsed in Galilee, RI. The highest gusts reported to SKYWARN were 74 mph in Barnstable, 70 in Rockport, MA, and 8 reports of 60+. Numerous reports of trees and wires down including some into houses and cars.

 

Part of the mission of ARES and SKYWARN is to help provide situational awareness and the diverse geographical distribution of amateur radio operators across the region is very helpful in gaining on the ground intelligence during storms and other incidents.

 

What is ARES Stand-By mode?

 

ARES stand-by mode is to alert Amateurs within ARES that a mobilization is possible on a wide-scale and that some localized mobilizations are or could be taking place in isolated areas. It means to take a look at your Go-Kit and have batteries and equipment ready to go and charged up and take care of any requirements at home in case a mobilization is required and you can participate. Do NOT self-deploy. Wait for guidance from leadership for any deployment. It is an honor to be ready even if you don’t deploy for the event. Hopefully, this is just another exercise of our preparedness and capabilities. If not, the ARES leadership looks forward to working with you if any wide scale mobilization is required after the impact of this major storm to the region is fully understood.

 

Thanks for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Marek Kozubal (KB1NCG)

ARES Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator

 

SEC/ASEC:

SEC – KB1NCG – kb1ncg@arrl.net

ASEC – N1YLQ – mpleger@comcast.net

ASEC – KD1CY – kd1cy@comcast.net

 

DECs:

Essex County – KB1KQW – kb1kqw@nsradio.org

Middlesex County – KB1KQW – kb1kqw@nsradio.org

Metro-Boston – KB1NCG – kb1ncg@arrl.net

Norfolk County – W3EVE – w3eve@arrl.net

Bristol County – KA1RSY – ka1rsy@comcast.net

Plymouth County – KA1RSY – ka1rsy@comcast.net

Cape & Islands – WQ1O – wq1o@comcast.com

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Update: ARES Stand-by Activation 0600 Tuesday for Winter Storm/Blizzard

Hello to all!

 

*** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 0600 TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH UNTIL CANCELED DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM FORECASTED WINTER STORM/BLIZZARD ***

*** A BLIZZARD WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR WESTERN/CENTRAL MA INTO ESSEX AND CENTRAL/NORTHWEST MIDDLESEX COUNTY IN EASTERN MA ALONG WITH MOST OF CT AND NORTHWEST RI. TOTALS WILL RANGE FROM 12-18″+ WITH WINDS 25-35MPH AND GUSTS 40-50MPH ***

*** A WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX COUNTY AND SUFFOLK COUNTY INCLUDING THE CITY OF BOSTON, ALONG WITH NORFOLK, BRISLTOL, AND PLYMOUTH COUNTY. TOTALS WILL RANGE FROM 10-15″. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE AT TIMES IN THE WARNING AREA ***

*** A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS ***

*** A HIGH WIND WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS FOR WINDS 40-50MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65MPH ***

*** A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR EASTERN ESSEX, EASTERN PLYMOUTH, CAPE COD, MARTHAS VINEYARD AND NANTUCKET ISLAND FOR MINOR TO POCKETS OF MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING ***

*** A COSTAL FLOOD ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR SUFFOLK AND EASTERN NORFOLK COUNTIES ***

*** EXPECTED IMPACTS ARE POSSIBLY WET HEAVY SNOW AFFECTING TREES AND POWER LINES CAUSING INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES AS WELL AS POST-STORM COLD TEMPERATURES ***

*** SKYWARN OPS AT NWS-TAUNTON TO COMMENCE AROUND 0600 TUESDAY ***

 

A major storm will be impacting the region on Tuesday. All amateurs are asked to prepare for blizzard conditions and to notify ARES leadership of their availability to deploy for any post storm support. All amateurs during the storm are asked to shelter in place and monitor their local SKYWARN repeaters to help relay damage, snow fall amounts, and any other pertinent information. If able please monitor your local public safety frequencies for situational awareness and relay any criteria level information. ARES members are advised to continue to maintain readiness at home and check your emergency power, supplies, and antenna situation. Secure any loose objects that can blow around easily.

 

The list of SKYWARN repeaters can be found at: http://wx1box.org/node/37

A reminder of SKYWARN criteria can be found here: http://wx1box.org/node/35

 

SKYWARN nets will start up progressing from the south to the north on approximately the following schedule:

Cape Cod 6am & 8am

South Shore 8am

Metro-Boston 9am

North Shore 10am

 

The latest SKYWARN coordination message for this storm is at: http://wx1box.org/node/3901

 

Part of the mission of ARES and SKYWARN is to help provide situational awareness and the diverse geographical distribution of amateur radio operators across the region is very helpful in gaining on the ground intelligence during storms and other incidents.

 

An ARES HF net will be run on 3930+ kHz (up to 3955 kHz) starting in a stand by status at 0700 doing calls on the :00 and :30. If the net is active enough it will switch into a full active net.

 

Even if you are not a trained SKYWARN spotter your information can still be valuable and report items to your SKYWARN net control who will relay onto the National Weather Service.

 

In advance of the storm, please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC (SEC/DEC listed below) of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime over the following days. We are creating a list of availability for ARESMAT (ARES Mutual Aid Team) deployment if needed for various local EOC’s, Red Cross, Salvation Army, NWS Storm Survey Teams, and hospitals as required. Keep your situational awareness level high for any updates from ARES leadership by checking your email for updates and our ARES web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org and monitoring local SKYWARN/ARES/RACES frequencies for any updates on this developing situation.

 

When sending your availability, please send the following: Name, Call-sign, License Class, Capability (HF / VHF / UHF), Availability, and any other special notes we should be aware of. Also, please let us know if you can do an ARESMAT to another part of the Eastern Massachusetts section as this will be a large area impact storm for this anticipated blizzard. We ask that as you contact your DEC, please send a copy of the message to hurricane@nsradio.org where multiple members of the EMA ARES Leadership will be able to access your availability.

 

What is ARES Stand-By mode?

 

ARES stand-by mode is to alert Amateurs within ARES that a mobilization is possible on a wide-scale and that some localized mobilizations are or could be taking place in isolated areas. It means to take a look at your Go-Kit and have batteries and equipment ready to go and charged up and take care of any requirements at home in case a mobilization is required and you can participate. Do NOT self-deploy. Wait for guidance from leadership for any deployment. It is an honor to be ready even if you don’t deploy for the event. Hopefully, this is just another exercise of our preparedness and capabilities. If not, the ARES leadership looks forward to working with you if any wide scale mobilization is required after the impact of this major storm to the region is fully understood.

 

Thanks for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Marek Kozubal (KB1NCG)

ARES Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator

 

SEC/ASEC:

SEC – KB1NCG – kb1ncg@arrl.net

ASEC – N1YLQ – mpleger@comcast.net

ASEC – KD1CY – kd1cy@comcast.net

 

DECs:

Essex County – KB1KQW – kb1kqw@nsradio.org

Middlesex County – KB1KQW – kb1kqw@nsradio.org

Metro-Boston – KB1NCG – kb1ncg@arrl.net

Norfolk County – W3EVE – w3eve@arrl.net

Bristol County – KA1RSY – ka1rsy@comcast.net

Plymouth County – KA1RSY – ka1rsy@comcast.net

Cape & Islands – WQ1O – wq1o@comcast.com

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ARES Stand-by Activation 0600 Tuesday for Winter Storm/Blizzard

Hello to all…

*** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 0600 TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH UNTIL CANCELED DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM FORECASTED WINTER STORM/BLIZZARD ***
*** BLIZZARD WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ALL OF EASTERN MA EXCEPT NORTHERN PANHANDLE OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY AND THE CAPE AND ISLANDS WHICH HAVE A WINTER STORM WARNING  ***

*** WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE REST OF THE SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AREA ***
*** EXPECTED IMPACTS ARE POSSIBLY WET HEAVY SNOW AFFECTING TREES AND POWER LINES CAUSING INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES AS WELL AS POST-STORM COLD TEMPERATURES ***
*** SKYWARN OPS AT NWS-TAUNTON TO COMMENCE AROUND 0600 TUESDAY ***

A major storm storm will be impacting the region on Tuesday. All amateurs are asked to prepare for blizzard conditions and to notify ARES leadership of their availability to deploy for any post storm support. All amateurs during the storm are asked to shelter in place and monitor their local Skywarn repeaters to help relay damage, snow fall amounts, and any other pertinent information. ARES members are advised to continue to maintain readiness at home and check your emergency power and antenna situation. Secure any loose objects that can blow around easily.

The list of Skywarn repeaters can be found at: http://wx1box.org/node/37
The latest Skywarn coordination message for this storm is at: http://wx1box.org/node/3899
with the next update expected Monday morning. For the latest bulletins please visit http://wx1box.org/
A follow up announcement will be issued by 2200 Monday evening.
In advance of the storm, please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC (SEC/DEC listed below) of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime over the weekend. We are creating a list of availability for ARESMAT (ARES Mutual Aid Team) deployment if needed for various local EOC’s, Red Cross, Salvation Army, NWS Storm Survey Teams, and hospitals as required. Keep your situational awareness level high for any updates from ARES leadership by checking your email for updates and our ARES web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org and monitoring local SKYWARN/ARES/RACES frequencies for any updates on this developing situation.
When sending your availability, please send the following: Name, Call-sign, License Class, Capability (HF / VHF / UHF), Availability, and any other special notes we should be aware of. Also, please let us know if you can do an ARESMAT to another part of the Eastern Massachusetts section as this will be a large area impact storm for this anticipated blizzard. We ask that as you contact your DEC, please send a copy of the message to hurricane@nsradio.org where multiple members of the EMA ARES Leadership will be able to access your availability.

What is ARES Stand-By mode?

ARES stand-by mode is to alert Amateurs within ARES that a mobilization is possible on a wide-scale and that some localized mobilizations are or could be taking place in isolated areas. It means to take a look at your Go-Kit and have batteries and equipment ready to go and charged up and take care of any requirements at home in case a mobilization is required and you can participate. Do NOT self-deploy. Wait for guidance from leadership for any deployment. It is an honor to be ready even if you don’t deploy for the event. Hopefully, this is just another exercise of our preparedness and capabilities. If not, the ARES leadership looks forward to working with you if any wide scale mobilization is required after the impact of this major storm to the region is fully understood.

Thanks for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Marek Kozubal (KB1NCG)
ARES Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator

SEC/ASEC:
SEC – KB1NCG – kb1ncg@arrl.net
ASEC – N1YLQ – mpleger@comcast.net
ASEC – KD1CY – kd1cy@comcast.net

DECs:
Essex County – KB1KQW – kb1kqw@nsradio.org
Middlesex County – KB1KQW – kb1kqw@nsradio.org
Metro-Boston – KB1NCG – kb1ncg@arrl.net
Norfolk County – W3EVE – w3eve@arrl.net
Bristol County – KA1RSY – ka1rsy@comcast.net
Plymouth County – KA1RSY – ka1rsy@comcast.net
Cape & Islands – WQ1O – wq1o@comcast.com

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Boston ARC to Participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day, 12/3/16

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Mark Duff, KB1EKN writes:

On December 3rd, 2016, and for the 14th consecutive year, [the Boston Amateur Radio Club] will once again participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day. SRD is a joint event support by the ARRL and the National Weather Service where weather stations and weather buffs from across the country contact each other for fun and to promote the SKYWARN Program. Our station, WX1BHO, will be located at the summit of Great Blue Hill in Milton MA.

For several decades, hams have assisted the National Weather Service by providing real-time reports of severe weather and storm conditions. Although the NWS operates a network of 120 Doppler radars to track severe storms, at greater ranges weather radar has a difficult time sampling conditions close to the ground. The information radio operators located near a storm provide plays a key role in aiding forecasters. Stations will exchange signal reports, location and a brief description of the current weather at their respective locations (“sunny,” “partly cloudy,” “windy,” etc.). BARC will be on the air from approximately 0900 to 1500 local time.

The event itself is a great way in a low-key environment to make HF contacts and get your feet wet in the HF Spectrum. In past years we have endured all kinds of weather including warm and cold days, clear and cloudy days, and yes, even a blizzard. Access to the summit is gained by a 20 minute hike from the base of Great Blue Hill located on Route 138 next to the DCR Trailside Museum or (if you arrive early in the day) by car. Further information is available by contacting Mark Duff, KB1EKN, at emgmgt@comcast.com.

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Reminder of Upcoming Events this weekend!

Hello to all from your EMA ARES SEC.

There are a number of activities coming up in the next few weeks so I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of them.

1) Our neighbors in NH are having a SET exercise on November 5th from 0800-1300 and are interested in out of area stations on HF, and VHF/UHF if you can reach them to simulate ARESMAT activities.

Details: http://ares.ema.arrl.org/node/733

ARES NH web site: http://www.nh-ares.org/

2) During the NH ARES SET the Eastern MA hospital net will be happening at its usual time on 11/5 at 1000. http://ares.ema.arrl.org/node/736

3) The monthly ARES net on the MMRA system will be on 11/7 at 2030. We will be continuning our added traffic passing of infrastructure reports (including all okay reports) and ATIS/aviation weather data relayed from stations that can hear their local airport weather stations over RF. This information will be relayed to MARS and Skywarn as a practice of passing situational awareness traffic. More details will be in the ARES Net reminder, or see last months ARES net reminder.

Thank you.

Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG

Eastern MA ARES SEC

kb1ncg@arrl.net

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Upcoming Events!

Hello to all from your EMA ARES SEC.

There are a number of activities coming up in the next few weeks so I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of them.

1) Our neighbors in NH are having a SET exercise on November 5th from 0800-1300 and are interested in out of area stations on HF, and VHF/UHF if you can reach them to simulate ARESMAT activities.
Details: http://ares.ema.arrl.org/node/733
ARES NH web site: http://www.nh-ares.org/

2) Our military counterparts, MARS, will be having an exercise from 10/30 – 11/1.
Details: http://ares.ema.arrl.org/node/734
Webinar (11/25 2000 ET): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4300481724544982273
Facebook Event for Webinar: https://www.facebook.com/events/111916665942194/

3) During the NH ARES SET the Eastern MA hospital net will be happening at its usual time on 11/5 at 1000. Details will be posted on these lists.

4) The monthly ARES net on the MMRA system will be on 11/7 at 2030. We will be continuning our added traffic passing of infrastructure reports (including all okay reports) and ATIS/aviation weather data relayed from stations that can hear their local airport weather stations over RF. This information will be relayed to MARS and Skywarn as a practice of passing situational awareness traffic. More details will be in the ARES Net reminder, or see last months ARES net reminder.

Thank you.
Marek Kozubal, KB1NCG
Eastern MA ARES SEC
kb1ncg@arrl.net

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Upcoming MA, RI SKYWARN Classes

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Eastern MA Assistant SEC Rob Macedo, KD1CY, writes:

There have been two additional SKYWARN Classes schedules for the fall season. Both will be taught by an Amateur Radio Coordinator. Details on the class can be seen via the WX1BOX SKYWARN Training Class Schedule.

Detailed schedule info listed below:

Thursday September 29th, 2016 – 7-10 PM
Whitman Police Department
20 Essex Street
Whitman, MA
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: Pre-registration required. Email Rob Macedo-KD1CY at rmacedo@rcn.com

Saturday October 22nd, 2016 – 10 AM-1 PM
Charlestown Police Department – Emergency Operations Center (EOC) room
4901 Old Post Road
Charlestown, RI
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: Pre-registration required. Email Rob Macedo-KD1CY at rmacedo@rcn.com

These classes will also show on weather.gov/boston over the next several days. Please spread the word on these additional Fall 2016 SKYWARN classes.

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Upcoming SKYWARN Classes in Edgartown, Boxboro

Rob Macedo, KD1CY writes:

We are pleased to announce two Fall 2016 NWS Taunton SKYWARN classes for September. There is a possibility we may have a couple more SKYWARN Classes during the Fall season. You can check for updates via the following link:

http://www.wx1box.org/node/36

Class schedule listed below:

Wednesday September 7th, 2016: 530-730 PM:
Edgartown Public Library
35 Robinson Road
Edgartown, MA
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Friday September 9th, 2016: 1-4 PM:
Holiday Inn – Boxborough – Seminar Room
242 Adams Place
Boxborough Mass.
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: None Required
Sponsorship: This training is being run in conjunction with the ARRL New England Division Convention and Ham Radio Show. This is being done prior to the Hamfest starting and no admission will be charged on Friday for those interested in attending this SKYWARN Training session.

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SKYWARN Training, Concord MA, June 6

SKYWARN logoSteve Telsey, N1BDA writes on PART-list:

There will be a SKYWARN training session Monday evening, June 6, 7 pm, at the Harvey Wheeler Senior Center-Council on Aging, 1276 Main St, in Concord taught by NWS Taunton meteorologists. There is free parking in the adjacent lot accessed via Church St, about 1 mile from the Concord rotary.

If you plan to attend, please let me know via email at n1bda@arrl.net so we can plan accordingly.

73,

Steve, N1BDA

 

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EMA ARES Standby for upcoming winter storm 2016-02-08

Hello to all…

 

*** EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 10:00AM MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8 THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM FORECASTED WINTER STORM/BLIZZARD ***

*** BLIZZARD WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR PLYMOUTH COUNTY, THE CAPE AND ISLANDS, AND A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR THE REST OF EASTERN MA AND RI ***

*** PRIMARY AREA OF CONCERN IS SOUTH OF BOSTON, HOWEVER RESOURCES MIGHT BE NEEDED FROM OTHER AREAS TO SUPPORT THE SOUTH SHORE ***

*** SKYWARN OPS AT NWS-TAUNTON TO COMMENCE AROUND 6:00AM MONDAY ***

 

With 8700 still without power in eastern Massachusetts and the effects of storm weakened utility lines and trees from last Friday’s storm there exists the potential of major power outages and additional damage across the region on Monday. There is a high confidence of blizzard conditions across southeast MA and the Cape/Islands and of at least scattered power outages in southeast MA. The greatest uncertainty currently is snow amounts west of the I-95 corridor into central MA, as a westward shift in the storm path could bring significant snowfall to the area.

 

Northeast wind gusts to 50–70 mph possible across Plymouth county, and the Cape and Islands with gusts to 35 mph further inland across the I-95 corridor. Pockets of moderate coastal flooding likely during late Monday morning high tide along the coast south of Boston to Nantucket. Minor costal flooding possible north of Boston through coastal Essex county.

 

Snow will develop along the south coast and Cape/Islands well after midnight, reaching Boston to Providence before daybreak. Heaviest snow Monday morning into early afternoon with rates of 1–2 inches per hour at times.

 

For further meteorological updates, including the latest Storm Coordination Message, please see the NWS Taunton SKYWARN home page at http://www.wx1box.org.

 

In advance of the storm, please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC (SEC/DEC listed below) of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime over the weekend. We are creating a list of availability for ARESMAT deployment if needed for various local EOC’s, Red Cross, Salvation Army, NWS Storm Survey Teams, and hospitals as required. Keep your situational awareness level high for any updates from ARES leadership by checking your email for updates and our ARES web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org and monitoring local SKYWARN/ARES/RACES frequencies for any updates on this developing situation.

 

When sending your availability, please send the following: Name, Call-sign, License Class, Capability (HF / VHF / UHF), Availability, and any other special notes we should be aware of. Also, please let us know if you can do an ARESMAT to another part of the Eastern Massachusetts section (specifically East Coastal and Southeast Mass/Cape Cod) as this area looks to be particularly hardest hit by this anticipated blizzard. We ask that as you contact your DEC, please send a copy of the message to hurricane@nsradio.org where multiple members of the EMA ARES Leadership will be able to access your availability.

 

What is ARES Stand-By mode?

 

ARES stand-by mode is to alert Amateurs within ARES that a mobilization is possible on a wide-scale and that some localized mobilizations are or could be taking place in isolated areas. It means to take a look at your Go-Kit and have batteries and equipment ready to go and charged up and take care of any requirements at home in case a mobilization is required and you can participate. Do NOT self-deploy. Wait for guidance from leadership for any deployment. It is an honor to be ready even if you don’t deploy for the event. Hopefully, this is just another exercise of our preparedness and capabilities. If not, the ARES leadership looks forward to working with you if any wide scale mobilization is required after the impact of this major storm to the region is fully understood.

 

Thanks for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Marek Kozubal (KB1NCG)

ARES Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator

 

SEC/ASEC:

SEC – KB1NCG – kb1ncg@arrl.net

ASEC – N1YLQ – mpleger@comcast.net

ASEC – KD1CY – kd1cy@comcast.net

 

DECs:

Essex County – KB1KQW – kb1kqw@nsradio.org

Middlesex County – KB1KQW – kb1kqw@nsradio.org

Metro-Boston – KC1DAB – kc1dab@gmail.com

Norfolk County – W3EVE – w3eve@arrl.net

Bristol County – KA1RSY – ka1rsy@comcast.net

Plymouth County – KA1RSY – ka1rsy@comcast.net

Cape & Islands – WQ1O – wq1o@comcast.net

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SKYWARN Class in Belmont, 11/18

SKYWARN logoRob Macedo, KD1CY writes:

There will be one SKYWARN Class this Fall and that will be in Belmont, Mass on Wednesday November 18th, 2015 from 7-930 PM. The details follow below:

Wednesday November 18th, 2015 – 7-930 PM
Belmont High School Auditorium
221 Concord Avenue
Belmont, MA
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: None Required

Please spread the word about this SKYWARN Class for those interested in taking a session before the end of 2015. A new slate of SKYWARN Classes will be planned for the start of 2016.

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ARES Mobilization during the running of the 2015 Boston Marathon – Monday 4/20/15

A special mobilization of EMA ARES personnel who are not involved with the operation of the event.  Details are in the document via the link below:

DO NOT RESPOND TO INCIDENTS WITHIN THE MARATHON ZONE OR INTERFERE WITH THEIR COMMUNICATIONS.  Our role would be to assist with problems happening elsewhere in the Section.

Many thanks in advance for your help


73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
EMA Section Emergency Coordinator and Special Advisor to NWS Taunton CWA SKYWARN

Office Answering Service: 978.293.7858

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APRIL 2015 SECTION NEWS

ARRL EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS (EMA) SECTION

Section Manager (SM) – Tom Walsh, K1TW 
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) – Phil Temples, K9HI 
Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) – Arthur "Bo" Budinger, WA1QYM 
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) - Ed Parish, K1EP 
Public Information Coordinator (PIC) - Bob Salow, WA1IDA 
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) – Mike Neilsen, W1MPN 
Section Traffic Manager (STM) – Marcia Forde, KW1U 
Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) – Jeremy Breef-Pilz, KB1REQ 
State Government Liaison (SGL) – Hank Mc Carl, W4RIG 
Technical Coordinator (TC) – Dan Brown, W1DAN 


APRIL 2015 SECTION NEWS 

Welcome to the April EMA section news. I start as usual with updates
from your ARRL section staff.

Paul Laconto, W1NP, honored as the first EMA recipient of the new ARRL
Amateur Radio Service to Scouting Award. 

“After retiring to the Cape, Paul joined the Cape Cod & Islands
Council in 2006 when he became a committee member of Troop 76 in
Harwich and later the District Committee.  With him he brought exposure
to Amateur Ham Radio.  For the last 7 years with the help of the
Barnstable Amateur Radio Club, Paul has been instrumental in organizing
JOTA “Jamboree on the Air” and starting an Amateur Radio Club 73 at
the Lighthouse Charter School for middle school. Many of our boy scouts
have received their Radio and the 2010 historical Signaling MB because
of his efforts.”  (Thanks to Elaine Mason, KB1VAJ, for this
information).

The ARRL recognizes actively involved Scouting leaders who make a
significant contribution to providing Scouts with a memorable and
valuable Amateur Radio experience.  Nominations should be sent to your
Section Manager.  Full details including how to nominate someone are
found on the ARRL web site at
<http://www.arrl.org/news/boy-scouts-recognize-arrl-amateur-radio-service-to-scouting-award>.

This month, I continued with my section travels by speaking to the
members of the Framingham Amateur Radio Association at their monthly
meeting on April 2 at the Framingham Police Department. The visit was
arranged before I assumed the section duties, and afforded a wonderful
opportunity to meet with another excellent Eastern Massachusetts radio
club.  

Bo Budinger, WA1QYM, Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC) has a note for
all EMA ARRL Affiliated Clubs.  It is important to have the information
about your club on the ARRL web site updated every year.  Once a club is
affiliated with the ARRL it is always affiliated.  A club does run the
risk of becoming non-active and have its listing removed from the ARRL
web page listing of Affiliated Clubs if it is not updated every year. 
Bo reminds us this is a simple procedure and only takes a few minutes.
Log on to the ARRL web site and go to Updating Your Club Record at:
<http://www.arrl.org/club-update>. Follow the instructions under:
“update your club information”.  It is as simple as that.

Marcia Forde, KW1U, Section Traffic Manager (STM) sadly reports that
Dave Spaulding, N1LUM, became a silent key on March 3, 2015.  Dave was
Net Manager for the Heavy Hitters Traffic Net (HHTN).

Brass Pounders League (BPL). 
Marcia Forde, KW1U, reports the following EMA amateurs qualified for
the ARRL BPL and will be recognized in QST:  KW1U

ARRL Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR).
Marcia Forde, KW1U, reports the following EMA amateurs qualified for
the ARRL PSHR and will be recognized in QST:  N1UMJ, KW1U, N1IQI, N1TF,
and KB1CIC
 
EMA Section Field Day Locator Map <http://fd.ema.arrl.org/>.
This invaluable tool, skillfully managed by Bill Ricker, N1VUX, is for
anyone searching for information about Field Day in Eastern
Massachusetts. Bill has managed to capture an amazing wealth of
information on the history of past field days, current plans, travel
plans, etc.  Please see his note to club officers and FD chairs. 
Looking for a Field Day near your home, visit the Directory.  All clubs
and other Field Day sites should send in their plans and locations to
Bill just as soon as possible at <n1vux@arrl.net>.  

Section Manager Field Day Travel planning.  
Would your club appreciate a visit from the Section Manager during the
field day weekend?  If so, please contact me at <k1tw@arrl.org> and
I’ll see if I can make arrangements. I will be concentrating on the
northern area of the section this year and hope to respond in kind next
year for our southern locations.


ARRL NEW ENGLAND DIVISION HAMFEST - BOXBORO! 2015

Boxboro! 2015 will be held from August 21-23 at the Holiday Inn,
Boxborough, MA.  Gordon West will be the keynote speaker at the
Saturday evening banquet. Jeff Jolie, NM1Y, a member of the K1N 2015
Navassa DXpedition will be the keynote speaker at the Friday DX Dinner.
 Tickets for both banquets are now available at the BOXBORO! 2015
website, <http://www.boxboro.org>.  


FLEA MARKETS

APRIL 12, FRAMINGHAM, MA:  
The Framingham Amateur Radio Association is holding its ham radio flea
market on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Keefe Technical School in
Framingham.  Ham exams will be held. Talk-in will be provided on
147.15.  Full information may be found at
<http://www.w1fy.org/Flea.aspx>. 

MAY 1-2, NEARFEST in DEERFIELD, NH
The twice annual New England Amateur Radio Festival in Deerfield NH is
coming soon.  Both Friday and Saturday are packed with interesting
forums on varied topics such as “Buddipole in the Field”,
“Introduction to Radio Contesting”, “Introduction to Software
Defined Radio using inexpensive USB TV Tuner Sticks”, “More R390A
Fun”, and a “DMR Update”.  It’s a very full program.  Full
details can be found at < http://www.near-fest.com:8084/nearfest/>. 


OTHER EVENTS

SATURDAY, APRIL 11: Tech in a Day
The Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association (CAARA) is sponsoring a "Tech in
a day" session at the Lanesville Community Center on 8 Vulcan Street in
Gloucester.  The all-day study course starts at 8:30 AM and ends later
in the afternoon with the FCC Technician Class Amateur Radio license
test. The course costs $20.00 which includes course study material,
snacks and the test fee. For those interested in taking the course and
to reserve a spot please contact course leader Stan Stone W4HIX at
<techinaday@caara.net>.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 1-4:30 PM:  YCCC OPEN HOUSE
Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC) will be holding an Open House in
Sturbridge MA, which will include two presentations that are oriented
towards newly licensed or upgraded hams:
    "What’s the Best HF Transceiver for Me? -A Radio Selection
Strategy" – by Brian Machesney, K1LI and others.
    “Antenna Selection and Design- What's Important” – by Joe
Reisert, W1JR.
YCCC is a club of over 350 members who are interested in Contesting.
All hams are welcome and invited to attend this meeting. Full details
at <http://www.yccc.org/>.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12:  MS WALK BOSTON
The MS Walk Boston is this coming Sunday, April 12, around Boston
University’s Nickerson Fields. It supports the National MS Society,
and assignments run from 8am to the early afternoon. To volunteer or
get more information, contact Rick Savage, KB1LYJ via
<rpsavage@comcast.net>.  (info via Wellesley ARS newsletter).

APRIL 14-15: MARITIME RADIO DAY 
The Southeastern Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association (SEMARA) web
page <http://semara.org/maritime-radio-day-april-14th-15th/> contains
news about Maritime Radio Day. Whitey, K1VV, is expected to sign using
K1VV/NJPJ since he served aboard that ship. 

APRIL 17-18-19, FRIDAY-SUNDAY
41st ANNUAL EASTERN VHF/UHF/MICROWAVE CONFERENCE
BAYMONT INN & SUITES, 20 Taylor St., Manchester, CT 06042
(Just a few miles northeast of Hartford, CT off I-84, at Exit 63)
Registration web page at <http://www.newsvhf.com/vhfconf.html>

SUNDAY, APRIL 26: RUN OF THE CHARLES
The Run of the Charles is a suite of canoe and kayak races for all
different group sizes and course lengths. The event draws all kinds of
participants, and they all rely on hams to help keep the event running
safely and smoothly.  Volunteers for this event must have a dual-band
(2m and 70cm) handheld radio and an antenna with improved gain over the
stock rubber duck.  For more information, visit the race web site at
<http://www.crwa.org/run-of-the-charles>.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26:  GROTON ROAD RACE
This is a major event for Amateur Radio in North Central Massachusetts
traditionally supported by several amateur radio clubs.  The Groton
Road Race is a low-stress event and a great way to gain more experience
with the public service aspect of amateur radio.  Please consider
joining us on the 26th. If you are interested in helping at these
events but unsure of what is expected of you or what equipment you may
need, please contact Ralph Swick, <ralph@kd1sm.net> 

SUNDAY, MAY 3:  PROJECT BREAD SERVICE EVENT
Project Bread Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 is looking for
people to provide communications support for the Project Bread staff
and volunteers along the 20 mile walk. This will be the 47th running of
the event.  Signup at <http://www.mmra.org/wfh/>.  If you have questions
please send an email to: <wfh15@mmra.org>. (Info via Wellesley ARS
newsletter). 

MAY 15-17: LICENSE IN A WEEKEND CLASS
This class is offered by the Falmouth Amateur Radio Association.  More
information and registration details can be found at
<http://www.falara.org>.


MORE NEWS

Preparations are continuing for Marathon Monday, April 20.  Many EMA
volunteers will be actively engaged. 

Charlie Learoyd, K1PUB, Massachusetts 13 Colonies Coordinator is
seeking clubs and amateurs to support operating K2H during the 13
colonies special event between June 30 and July 5.

The ARRL has announced the window to apply for Centennial Points
Challenge and W1AW WAS awards is now open. Full details at
<http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-centennial-points-challenge-w1aw-was-awards-application-window-open>.

The Falmouth Amateur Radio Association is running several Friday
sessions, beginning on April 10, to teach Morse code to 6th, 7th, and
8th graders. 

The Pilgrim Amateur Wireless Association (PAWA), located in Taunton
completed its fourth and final Amateur Extra Mentoring class followed
by a VE session conducted by N1UEC and his crew from the Canton/Norwood
area.  PAWA is very pleased to report that all four students who
completed the class also passed the Extra Class exams.  The PAWA is now
considering a General mentoring class for next winter. Dates and times
will be announced this fall.  Congratulations to John, N1OTY, and the
gang at PAWA for a fine accomplishment.

Niece Haynes, KA1ULN, presented a talk about The Young Ladies Radio
League (YLRL) on April 1 at the Billerica ARS (BARS) meeting in
Bedford.  Niece is the YLRL District 1 chairwoman.

Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association (CAARA) reports having a new 440
repeater on the air.

The Framingham Amateur Radio Association reports they will have a booth
at Earth Day on April 22, including both HF and VHF stations.  The
location is the Framingham Town Green.  They are looking for operators.
 Contact Sumner, W1VIV, <w1viv@rcn.net> for more information.

The Quannapowitt Radio Association (QRA) had an excellent talk from
Steve Telsey, N1BDA, on amateur radio traffic handling.  QRA is
encouraging all of their members to become ELMERS in what they call a
“new approach to helping our new hams.”  This is a wonderful idea. 
The QRA website is found at <http://www.w1ekt.org>. 

PART of Westford,<http://www.wb1gof.org/index.html> has once again been
asked to provide communications for the Westford Kiwanis Apple Blossom
Parade this year which is on Saturday, May 16th, 2015.  Contact Terry
Stader <ka8scp@wb1gof.org> if you are interested and can assist or need
more information.

PART of Westford Field Day planning seems to be off to another great
start with lots of volunteers already for many positions.  Contact
George, K1IG, <K1IG@arrl.net> for further information.

PART of Westford is planning a Kit Building session on Saturday April
25.  The selected kit is a TECSUN 2P3 super-heterodyne AM radio kit.  

The Wellesley Amateur Radio Society (WARS) meeting on March 21 had Carl
Achin, WA1ZCQ, talk about QRP low power operating.  The next meeting on
May 16 will have as their guest speaker, Mr. Frank Ventura from the
Mass Commission for the Blind with a talk on keeping IT systems up and
running.


And finally… 

During the past several months, many dedicated amateurs in our region
devoted many hours to supporting Skywarn, ARES, and section emergency
communications during this record setting winter.  Clubs faced many
challenges too in just being able to hold meetings. We all owe these
fine amateur radio operators a sincere thank-you for a job well done.

April is finally here.  I don’t know about you, but after this
winter, that alone is enough for me at least!  

See you next month.

73, 

Tom, K1TW

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ARRL Eastern Massachusetts Section
Section Manager: Thomas D Walsh, K1TW
k1tw@arrl.org
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Eastern Massachusetts ARES Stand-By Beginning at 6 PM EST Monday 1/26/15 Through Wednesday Evening

Hello to all…

***EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ARES PLACED ON STAND-BY FOR ALL AREAS EFFECTIVE 6:00PM MONDAY, JANUARY 26 THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING DUE TO POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM FORECASTED BLIZZARD***
***BLIZZARD WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN MA COAST AND CAPE COD/MARTHAS VINEYARD FROM 7:00PM MONDAY THOUGH 1:00AM WEDNESDAY.  WINTER STORM WARNINGS/HIGH WIND WARNINGS UP FOR NANTUCKET***
***COASTAL FLOOD WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN MA COASTLINE INCLUDING CAPE AND ISLANDS FOR THE TUESDAY MORNING HIGH TIDE.  POCKETS OF MODERATE-MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING POSSIBLE.
***WIND GUSTS TO HURRICANE FORCE POSSIBLE ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST***
***SKYWARN OPS AT NWS-TAUNTON TO COMMENCE AT 6:00PM MONDAY***

Models have begun to consolidate on a trend which brings a period of heavy snow and strong winds to the region starting late tomorrow afternoon/evening and continuing through Tuesday.  Snowfall accumulation of 24-30 inches is possible across much of Eastern Massachusetts with 10-18 inches possible across the Cape/Islands.  Isolated higher amounts are possible depending on where the heaviest snow band set up over the area.

Wind speeds in the blizzard warning area are forecasted to increase to 25-35mph sustained with gusts possibly reaching hurricane force (60-70mph), especially along the immediate coast per the latest forecast.  Winds of this magnitude combined with the weight of the snowfall may cause power outages along with pockets of scattered damage.  Travel during the storm is not recommended.  For further meteorological updates, including the latest Blizzard Coordination Message, please see the NWS Taunton SKYWARN home page at http://www.wx1box.org

A coastal flood warning is also in effect for pockets of moderate to potentially major coastal flooding along the Eastern MA coastline.  High tide is anticipated at 5am Tuesday morning, and another high tide at 5pm Tuesday evening.

Preparations should be completed by early this evening based on the latest forecasts, and again to repeat, travel is not recommended once the storm has begun.

Storm pictures and video of snowfall measurements, wind and coastal damage will be very helpful for situational awareness/disaster intelligence purposes benefiting the National Weather Service, Emergency Management, the media, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). They can be sent via the WX1BOX Facebook, Twitter feed, or to pics@nsradio.org with credit given to the spotter for the pictures unless otherwise noted. Pictures can be sent during and after the storm. Please do not compromise safety to get these pictures and video.

In advance of the storm, please advise your local EC/DEC/ADEC of your availability to support a potential deployment anytime over the weekend. We are creating a list of availability for ARESMAT deployment if needed for various local EOC’s, Red Cross, Salvation Army, NWS Storm Survey Teams, and hospitals as required. Keep your situational awareness level high for any updates from ARES leadership by checking your email for updates and our ARES web site at http://ares.ema.arrl.org and monitoring local SKYWARN/ARES/RACES frequencies for any updates on this developing situation.

When sending your availability, please send the following: Name, Call-sign, License Class, Capability (HF / VHF / UHF), Availability, and any other special notes we should be aware of. Also, please let us know if you can do an ARESMAT to another part of the Eastern Massachusetts section (specifically East Coastal and Southeast Mass/Cape Cod) as this area looks to be particularly hardest hit by this anticipated blizzard. We ask that as you contact your DEC, please send a copy of the message to blizzard@nsradio.org where multiple members of the EMA ARES Leadership will be able to access your availability.

What is ARES Stand-By mode?

ARES stand-by mode is to alert Amateurs within ARES that a mobilization is possible on a wide-scale and that some localized mobilizations are or could be taking place in isolated areas. It means to take a look at your Go-Kit and have batteries and equipment ready to go and charged up and take care of any requirements at home in case a mobilization is required and you can participate. Do NOT self-deploy. Wait for guidance from leadership for any deployment. It is an honor to be ready even if you don’t deploy for the event. Hopefully, this is just another exercise of our preparedness and capabilities. If not, the ARES leadership looks forward to working with you if any wide scale mobilization is required after the impact of this major storm to the region is fully understood.

Thanks for your continued support of Eastern Massachusetts ARES!

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Telsey – N1BDA
Acting Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator

Jim Palmer – KB1KQW
North Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator
North Shore SKYWARN Coordinator

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