Amateur Radio Hurricane Nets for Hurricanes

Amateur Radio Operators in Massachusetts will be providing support to the VoIP Hurricane Net as necessary.

Links below are for various net activations for hurricanes:

Hurricane Watch Net Activation Plans:

VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Plans:

Salvation Army Team Emergency Response Network (SATERN) Southern Territory Net Activation Plans:

Submitted by,

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

2017 Fall Public Service Events

  1. Surftown Half Marathon and 5K, Sunday, Sept. 10, in Westerly, RI

    This event is run along the ocean front streets of Misquamicut Beach and Watch Hill, RI, It draws about 2800 runners each year. If you are interested in participating, contact Jim Creamer, KB1MAO, Westerly Amateur Radio Team <>

  2. Cystic Fibrosis (CF)Ride for Life, Saturday, Sept. 16 in Westport, MA

    This event has used the SEMARA (147.000) Repeater for the past few years. Expect Ride traffic to start around 8 AM and wrap up around 3 PM. If you are interested in participating, contact Henry Brown, K1WCC, CF Communications Coordinator <>

  3. Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday, Sept. 24, Boston Marathon route

    We’d like to build up the team size for this year, especially along the earlier parts of the route. If interested in participating, contact Brett Smith, AB1RL, Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club <>

  4. BAA Half Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 8 in Boston area

    Volunteer registration for this event will be through the BAA’s website <>. It will open up on Tuesday, August 15. You’ll get an announcement from them, and me, when that happens. Brett Smith, AB1RL, Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club <>

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:

NWS Taunton Public Information Statement – Start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season:

National Hurricane Center – Start of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season – Tropical Weather Outlook and Overview of Products:

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

Volunteers Needed For CF Bicycle Tour – September 19th

2015-08-26I received the below message from John-WA1ESO that he needs help with the CF bicycle tour on September 19th.  I have helped out with this detail for three years in a row.  It is a fun event and a good way to help the club out as well.  If you can help, send John a email.

Joe K  N1IXC

SEMARA’s own public service event, the CF bicycle tour for September 19th, could use a couple more hams with 2-meter capability. The event is based at Westport Vineyards and will have hams stationed between Westport, Tiverton and Little Compton.

TNX & 73

wa1eso [at] juno [dot] com

Greater Boston Public Service Events – Fall 2015

2015-08-26Brett Smith, AB1RL, Public Service Coordinator for the Boston Amateur Radio Club (BARC) is looking for volunteers for two upcoming public service events.  If interested in helping out for either event, email ab1rl [at] brettcsmith [dot] org or call (859) 466-5915.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer. Fall will be here faster than you know it, and with it come more public service opportunities for hams. There are a couple I wanted to let you know about.

The Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday, September 27. This is an all-day walk along the Boston Marathon route to raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Hams provide communications for each medical tent along the route and the sweep vehicles that serve them.

To help out, please write me back with your call sign, phone number(s), available equipment, and t-shirt size. Please also let me know if you have any constraints on your schedule that day—if you can’t start before, or must finish by, a particular time.

The BAA Half-Marathon on Sunday, October 11. This is the BAA’s annual half-marathon along the Emerald Necklace in Boston. Volunteers will need to park at the Roxbury Community College before 6:00 AM to report to their assignments, and will finish in the early afternoon.

To help out, please register as a volunteer on the BAA site. When asked for an assignment preference, make sure you select Ham Radios. You don’t need to join any group.

If you have questions about either event, please feel free to contact me at ab1rl [at] brettcsmith [dot] org, or phone (859) 466 5915. I look forward to hearing you on the air soon!


Brett Smith, AB1RL
Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club

Volunteers Needed: Tour de Cure – June 7th

2015-05-08_2Jim Creamer, ARES Emergency Coordinator for Rhode Island, has put out the call for area hams to help support this charity fund raising bicycle ride on June 7th.  I have volunteered for the past 3 years and found that the ham support to this event very valuable.  Meeting other area hams and cyclists always made it a fun day.  All hams and cyclists are treated to a fine buffet lunch.

If you have June 7th free and would like to join in this year please read Jim’s call out below and make contact.  If someone from our area volunteers but prefers not to drive down to the event alone, please give me a call and we can consider riding down together.

TNX & 73


Hello Hams,

As you know the Tour de Cure is one month away.  I am working on putting the finishing touches on the assignments for the Tour de Cure on June 7th.  I am still in need of a few more hams for SAG duty, Navigators and Rest Stops so I can spread out the work.  I am also in need of more information from those that volunteered for SAG duty so I can fine tune those assignment.  I have attached some general guidelines from the ADA for the SAGs.

This is a great opportunity to showcase the skills of the ham community, hone your emergency communication skills and provide much needed support for a worthy cause, research and education for diabetes.  Around 30 million Americans have diabetes and that number increases about 2 million a year.  Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

If you have not registered as a volunteer on the Tour de Cure web site, please do so.  Not only does this help the ADA and myself for planning purposes, it also makes sure you get your Tour de Cure T-Shirt.  Use the link below.  Please select “Ham” for volunteer opportunities.

Click Here

From the SAG volunteers, I need to know:
• Do you have a bike rack or other way to carry bicycles? (may have access to some loaner racks)
• Do you have a trailer hitch for a bike rack?
• Do you have a navigator or will you need one?
• Do you have APRS capabilities? (we may have the ability to pull from APRS-FI; this is available for most Android smartphones via APRS Droid and may be available for other platforms)

Jim Creamer
Westerly Amateur Ratio Team
ARES Emergency Coordinator
2 David Ave.
Westerly, RI 02891
P: 401-596-2720
C: 401-864-4510

2015 Boston Marathon Communications Team Sign Up

2015-02-03Registration Closes Soon

The race is still months away, but volunteer registration for the Boston Marathon is almost over. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 10. We hope you’re as excited to help out as we are, so don’t delay—register now!

Registration is a simple two-step process:

1. Register with the BAA
If you’ve volunteered at a BAA event before, you’ll sign in with your BAA Volunteer Loyalty Number, which you can look up on the site. Otherwise, you can sign up as a new volunteer. When the system asks you for your assignment preferences, make sure to choose one of the Ham Radio options. You’ll know you’re done with this step when the system shows you a confirmation number.

2. Sign up with MMRA
We use this to collect additional information specific to our volunteers, like what equipment you have.

For more details, refer to the BAA’s information page for amateur radio operator volunteers.

If you have any questions about the sign-up process, feel free to send those to baa-contact [at] kd1sm [dot] net. And as always, thanks for volunteering.

Brett Smith, AB1RL
for the Boston Marathon Communications Committee

Hams Needed For Public Service Event – 9/28

SEMARA is looking for volunteers to provide communications for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle For Life.  This public service event begins on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM.  Communications will be needed along the cyclist route through the FarmCoast towns of Little Compton, Tiverton and Westport.  John, WA1ESO has more:

Hi OMs and YLs,

All are invited to help a very worthy cause.  Several from SEMARA and one other ham from the Newport group had a great day in Little Compton providing communication support last year.

The bicycle ride fundraiser runs through Little Compton, Tiverton, and Westport.  Anyone with two meter gear to work through the SEMARA repeater would be welcome to help out along the route providing radio communication.  Spouses of hams are also welcome to help out in Little Compton and at the various rest stops.  Folks with first aid training are a big plus.

Please contact me directly if you are free September 28th and think you might like to help out.  Below are the names of hams returning for this second annual CF event:

Anthony Lessa, KB1UAM – SAG WAGON
Brian Cottle, N1TBT – SAG WAGON

TNX & 73
wa1eso [at] juno [dot] com

Public Service Events – Volunteers Requested

The Ham Radio Communications on Wheels (HAMCOW) is a locally ran mobile communications center which is deployed for road races, amateur radio contests, field day, public safety and public service events.

The HAMCOW crew is actively looking for volunteers to assist with communications on several upcoming local events.  If you would like more information or are interested in helping out, you may contact them directly – hamcow [at] qsl [dot] net.

Upcoming Events:

  • 6/19 – Freetown: Patriot Half Triathlon & Minuteman Sprint
  • 7/24 – New Bedford: Whaling City Triathlon
  • 8/28 – Lakeville: Cranberry Tri-Fest
  • 9/26 – Dartmouth: Buzzards Bay Triathlon

Volunteers Needed for Patriot Triathalon

The Patriot Triathlon is almost here! The event on June 20, 2009 consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 58 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run. As always, Ham Radio operators are needed to assist with the communications of the event. The event starts early so a few operators are needed to be in position by 7AM, so early arrival on site is a must. Operators are needed mostly on the bike ride and running courses. Check out the Patriot Triathlon web page for a video of last years event.

Most assignments should only require a 5 watt HT, but a high-gain antenna and spare battery are preferred for reliability. If you plan to volunteer please contact Tony Duarte, N1XRS, at tdduarte-at-comcast-dot-net.