Join Eastern Massachusetts ARES

If you are interested in joining Eastern Massachusetts ARES, visit
https://secure1.ema.arrl.org/qilan/ares/EMA/ARES_about.

The first Monday of every month is a test of the Massachusetts RACES and ARES communication capabilities.

The monthly ARES VHF Net is at 8:30 PM on the MMRA Repeater system.

To find out more about EMA ARES visit https://ema.arrl.org/ares/.

To see all the recent news on Eastern Massachusetts ARES please visit
https://ema.arrl.org/category/emcomm/. This site is constantly maintained with the latest happenings by our EMA SEC, Rob, KD1CY.

Rob, KD1CY Receives Outstanding Service Award

Plaque is inscribed “Outstanding Service Award presented to Rob Macedo, in recognition of your many years of service to the weather community.” Click the image above to view the full-sized photo.

SEMARA member Robert D. Macedo, KD1CY has been recognized for his work.  On November 9, 2018 during a Blue Hills Observatory fundraising event, the Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center awarded Macedo its Outstanding Service Award.

Doing the honors were meteorologist and Weather Channel personality Jim Cantore and former Weather Channel meteorologist Mish Michaels.

The honor was especially meaningful for Macedo as it coincided with his birthday.

“It’s both rewarding and humbling to receive [the award] in the presence of some of the most respected people in the meteorology profession,” Macedo said.  “It wouldn’t be possible without the support of hundreds to thousands of SKYWARN spotters and Amateur Radio operators.”

SKYWARN Recognition Day – Saturday, December 1, 2018

SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2018
Saturday, December 1, 0000 to 2359 UTC

During SKYWARN Recognition Day, special event stations will be on the air from NWS offices, contacting radio amateurs around the world.

The object of SRD is for all amateur stations to exchange contact information with as many National Weather Service stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters, plus 70 centimeters.  Contacts via repeaters are permitted. EchoLink and IRLP nodes, including the Voice over Internet Protocol Weather Net (VoIP-WX), are expected to be active.

Modes: SSB, FM, AM, RTTY, CW, and PSK31.
While working digital modes, special event stations will append “NWS” to their call signs (e.g., N0A/NWS).  It’s suggested that during SRD operations a non-NWS volunteer serve as a station control operator.

Event certificates are electronic and printable from the main website at the conclusion of SRD. Submit SRD log summaries on the website.

 

2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar – June 11, 2018

Rob, KD1CY reports:

The ARRL will be sponsoring the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday 6/11/18 at 8:00 PM EDT.  The webinar will go through an overview of the historic 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, lessons learned from the season, key Amateur Radio group’s preparedness for the new season and how Amateur Radio Operators and SKYWARN Spotters can become involved.  These Amateur Radio Groups include, WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, which is now in its 37th year of service, the Hurricane Watch Net, the VoIP Hurricane Net, SATERN (the Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Network) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  Also, an Amateur Radio Operator who is the Warning Preparedness Meteorologist at the Canadian Hurricane Centre will be giving the meteorological overview of the 2018 season.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator

Update 06/12/2018 by W1RJC: The webinar has been posted on YouTube.  You can watch it below.

ARES Drills & Nets – February 2018

ARRL Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator Marek, KB1NCG writes:

Hello everyone.

Eastern MA ARES will be holding an exercise during the morning of Saturday, February 10th.  More details will follow soon, as the ARES team is still preparing the exercise scenario.

Also, the monthly hospital net will be on Saturday, February 3rd.  Check ares.ema.arrl.org for which repeaters they will be using this month.  The monthly ARES net will be on Monday, February 5th on the MMRA network*.  Its normal reminder will be sent out soon.

Thanks!
-Marek, KB1NCG
EMA ARES SEC

* Please note that the affiliate repeater for ARES/SKYWARN in Bristol County is the Dartmouth 145.490 repeater, which has the ability to link into the MMRA network via RF.  While that repeater is not currently up to normal health, SEMARA’s 2m repeater continues to be used as an alternative.  With that said, the monthly ARES net will be carried on the Dartmouth 147.000 repeater on Monday, February 5th at 8:30 PM, barring any issues with MMRA’s IRLP node.

SKYWARN Recognition Day – December 2, 2017

SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) will take place this year on Saturday, December 2 from 0000Z until 2400Z (starts on the evening of Friday, December 1, in US time zones).  During the SKYWARN Special Event, hams will set up stations at National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other radio amateurs around the world.

Participating Amateur Radio stations will exchange a brief description of their current weather (rainy, windy, partially cloudy, etc.) with as many NWS-based stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters plus 70 centimeters.  Contacts via repeaters are permitted.

Credit: The ARES E-Letter – November 15, 2017

Start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

June 1st marks the start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  NWS Taunton has sent out a Public Information Statement regarding the start of the season including storm names, some Southern New England Hurricane History and tropical system safety tips.  The National Hurricane Center has now started issuing their Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlooks and have provided info on storm names and their various products.  Details at the following links:

It never hurts to have preparations in place and review safety rules prior to any impending tropical system affecting the region.  This info can help you stay informed and understand products issued by the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service in Taunton and prepare properly if Southern New England were to be affected by a tropical system this season.

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator

SKYWARN Recognition Day – December 3rd

2016-11-07SKYWARN Recognition Day will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 00:00 to 00:00 UTC.

This is the day when Amateur Radio operators visit National Weather Service (NWS) offices and contact other operators around the world.  The purpose of the event is to recognize the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations.  It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.  The event is co-sponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Service.

Full details are available on the NOAA website.