The fall 2020 nationwide Red Cross Emergency Communication Drill will take place on Saturday, November 14, in conjunction with ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups. The focus of the exercise is sending messages from local sites to a group of divisional clearing houses to simulate and demonstrate amateur radio’s capability to relay information in emergencies and disasters. The drill will get under way at 0900 until 1800 local time in each time zone. The scenario is a major weather event that has caused outages and created hazardous conditions across the country.
The drill will use Winlink as the primary method of delivering pre-formatted messages. The goal is to encourage more operators to become familiar with Winlink and its message templates — primarily ARC-213. This format permits sending standardized messages. The drill aims to bring as many radio operators as possible up to a “basic” level of Winlink proficiency.
A series of Winlink Workshops is held each Thursday at 0100 UTC on Zoom. Join the SEC-ARES group for announcements and discussions. Include name and call sign when registering.
Winlink proficiency goals have been drafted, a Winlink technical support team has been formed, and metrics for drill success have been developed. The proficiency goals are established as a training guideline and reference online training resources. Many hams new to Winlink may find these resources helpful.
Several hundred radio amateurs have already signed up for the event. This event is open to all radio amateurs.
Congratulations to these hams who passed their exams at the October 3, 2020 VE Session:
David A. De Costa, KD1YZ, Extra Christopher Fowler, KC1NZM, Technician Gerald D. Goodson, KC1MAU, General Mary K. Keefe,KC1NPY, General Richard. Lords,KC1NPZ, General Glenn Neto, KC1NZN, Technician + General
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Email us @ radioevents [at] semara [dot] org with your particular needs, including antennas, VHF/UHF handheld programming, SSB, CW and/or digital mode operation, etc. When are you available? We may be able to arrange either 1-on-1 or small classes.
Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) volunteers will take part in the Department of Defense (DOD) Communications Exercise 20-4, starting on October 3 and concluding on October 26.
Throughout October, MARS stations will operate on 60 meters, and WWV/WWVH will broadcast messages to the amateur radio community.
The MARS focus is interoperability with ARRL and the amateur radio community. “Throughout the month of October, MARS members will interoperate with various amateur radio organizations that will be conducting their annual simulated emergency tests with state, county, and local emergency management personnel,” said MARS Chief Paul English, WD8DBY.
MARS members will send a DOD-approved message to amateur radio organizations.”
MARS members will also train with the ARRL National Traffic System (NTS) and Radio Relay International (RRI) to send ICS 213 general messages to numerous amateur radio leaders across the US.
This exercise will culminate with MARS Auxiliarists sending a number of summary messages in support of a larger DOD communications exercise taking place October 20 – 26.
*Abstracted from 09/21/2020 ARRL Announcement “MARS Communications Exercise will Involve Amateur Radio Community“
The NE-ARES Academy program’s goal is to offer both basic and advanced skills training based in ARRL ARES training standards.
The first-ever New England Division ARES Academy, scheduled for the Division Convention in November, will instead be held over a period of several weeks in October via Zoom.
AS shown inthe schedule, there are five Basic Track classes for those just getting started, and more advanced classes and workshops for those who already have the basics.
A benefit of the on-line schedule is the opportunity to take every single class and workshop instead of having to pick and choose.
Weeknight class participants will be able to ask questions and interact with the instructor via chat.
The two-hour Saturday workshops are designed to be even more interactive. Academy Instructors are all recognized experts in their subject area.
Building a standardized base of training across New England will enhance our ability to provide better local emergency communications, and an effective ARESMAT (ARES Mutual Assistance Team) response across the region, and beyond.
~Dave Colter,WA1ZCN *
Academy coordinator Dave Colter, WA1ZCN, was the original editor and principal author of ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course series in the early 2000s, and creator of the original NH-ARES Academy. He is currently ASEC-Training for NH-ARES.
Brad Paiva, W1BEP (SK) was a long-time member of SEMARA. Brad enjoyed operating amateur radio, especially as a weekly net control operator on 10m.
He was 73 when he passed away at home on June 16, 2020, after a brief illness. He was married for nearly 45 years to Christine R. (Rebello) Paiva.
Brad served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a Police Officer in New Bedford for twenty-eight years, retiring in 1997. Brad was the owner/operator of Brad’s RV Repair (started in 2006). He was also a member of the Freetown Gun Club.
In addition to his wife Christine, Brad is survived by four daughters, three grandchildren and a sister, as well as several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the East Freetown Congregational Church, 2 Washburn Road, East Freetown, MA 02717 or Community Nurse and Home Care, P.O. Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719.
Our condolences to Brad’s family in this time of sorrow.