SKYWARN Recognition Day 2018

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day (SRD) 2018
Saturday, December 1, from 0000 until 2400 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 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.

-Marek, KB1NCG

* 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.

CERT Training – New Bedford & Westport

The South Coast Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Collaborative comprised of the Emergency Management Agencies (EMAs) from the communities of Dartmouth, Freetown, New Bedford and Westport will be conducting two CERT training courses in our area beginning next month.  The first class to be held in New Bedford will start on Wednesday, May 2nd and the first to be held in Westport will start on Thursday, May 3rd.

Edward A. Caron, KA1RSY, has provided the following additional information:

The first class to be held in New Bedford will start on Wednesday 02 May and every Wednesday until the 27th of June. The New Bedford class will run from
18:30hrs.(6:30pm) to 21:30hrs.(9:30pm) and will be held at the Brooklawn Park Senior Center, 1997 Acushnet Ave. New Bedford. The second calls will be held at the Westport Fire Headquarters located at 54 Hix Bridge Road, Westport and will start on Thursday 03 May and will continue every Thursday evening from 18:30hrs. to 21:30hrs. through the 28th of June.
Participants must attend all sessions to be eligeble for a Certificate of Completion.


Disaster Prepardness
Disaster Medical Operations Part 1- Triage and Treating life threatening Injuries Disaster Medical Operations Part 2- Assesment and Treatment of Common Injuries Light Search and Rescue Terrorism Awareness Fire Safety Disaster Psychology Course Review and Disaster Simulation

There is no cost for this training the CERT Classes are FREE!

CERT classes provides good basic training for anyone who is involved in Emergency Management. In addition CERT training is also recommended for any individual who is involved in Disaster response i.e. Medical Reserve Corp., ARES, RACES, SMART or Hospital Disaster Communications groups with an eye to possible field deployment.
If you are interested in participating in any one of the classes please contact me as soon as possible and I will make sure to send your name in for registration, just let me know which class you wish to attend, either the New Bedford or Westport training site.


Edward A. Caron
Asst. Operations Officer
Town of Acushnet
Office of Emergency Management
(508)998-0295 ext 232

South Coastal Massachusetts
ARES/SKYWARN Emergency Coordinator

RACES/ACS Transition Delayed

In March, it was announced that the Auxiliary Communications System (ACS) would replace the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) in April.  The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has announced that they are still developing their ACS program guidelines and the current RACES program will continue until further notice.

Mike Neilsen, W1MPN has provided the following statement:

Hello all stations

I hope you all had a good Easter Holiday. I have an important update on the ACS transition project, and some other announcements.

The management at MEMA has informed us that they are still developing their ACS Program guidelines, and they are desirous of postponing any further transition activities. This means we will continue with the present RACES program until further notice. I will also remain in the State RACES role (albeit temporary) until we begin the transition process again.

MEMA has been hard at work at this process, but it had to attend to several important projects first in order to make this change a reality. One of the most important was finalizing the State Interoperable Operations Guide, and defining how new communication positions will support the state Communication Leader (COML) program. For example, the Radio Operator (RADO) position will be important to us.

We are now anticipating receiving MEMA’s draft plan for our comment sometime early next month. After our review, we will enter into discussions to finalize the plan. Assuming we do not suffer any major disasters this Spring, we *may* be able to begin the transition process again in July. So please go about your normal RACES routine until you hear from me again with the approved plan.

I can tell you that rumors have hurt us in the past few months. I have always been honest with you. If you have questions, please ask one of us on the transition team. You are encouraged to contact any of the following team members:

Mike Neilsen, W1MPN, SRO

Terry Stader, KA8SCP, RR1

Mike Leger, N1YLQ, RR2

Gil Hayes, WK1H, WECT

Rob Macedo, KD1CY, EMA SEC

John Ruggiero, N2YHK, WMA SEC

Carl Aveni, N1FY, EMA ASEC

Frank O’Laughlin, WQ1O, Cape Cod and Islands DEC

I guarantee we will have the best information!


RACES and ARES will activate in stand-by mode from 0730 to 1800 on Monday to support any issues occurring outside of the Boston Marathon Race Zone. This is for those of you who are not already committed to supporting the Marathon. A unified command center (RACES/ARES) will be stood up in the SEOC and the EMA ARES ICP in the town of Bridgewater. We are also hoping that WECT can be available. These facilities are expected to begin to function within 15 minutes. We would like other RACES stations to be able to mobilize within 30 minutes. Please see the RACES OPLAN to be passed under separate cover.

2. The Hurricane training conference will be held on May 9th in the former Ft. Devens complex.

3. Please plan on a normal “emergency communications” night on Monday May 7th. As before, we will conduct system checks only on tactical frequencies. We will be looking to you to set up relays for simplex comms. Please try to use battery power. Pass administrative and club traffic on resource nets, digitally if possible. Finally don’t miss the opportunity (and fun) of checking in with the HF gang. NVIS anyone?

4. The FCC has invited comments on the use of AR in emergency communications. I will be submitting comments on behalf of the AR community in MA. If you want us to consider any issue in our submission, please forward them to my email at w1mpn [at] arrl [dot] net.

5. Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to avail yourself to SKYWARN training classes to be held in various venues around the state. See the schedule at Remember too, you can always practice your skills at a public service event.

Thank you again for your help and participation. I will be talking to you again soon.

de W1MPN

Regards and 73,

Michael P. Neilsen, W1MPN
State RACES Officer (Acting);
Member of the MEMT;
Member of the MA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), and Policies and Programs subcommittee;
Chairperson, Amateur Radio Working Group
Office Answering Service: 978.293.7858