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 (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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
SKYWARN 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.
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.
THE 24+ HOUR BASIC CERT TRAINING COVERS:
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