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If You See Something…

18 Apr

 

Please remember always, especially after the Boston bombings, to report to law enforcement anything that seems out of place – especially at a public event or in a mass transit environment.

As hams, we often want to help – but do NOT investigate something suspicious on your own – call law enforcement.

It is also advised that you NOT use your HT or even cellphone to call in close proximity to the suspicious item. If it is an explosive device, you could set it off (IEDs are not exactly certified for EMC…)

Stay safe and keep those who have been victims of terror in your thoughts…

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SET Coming July 28-31, 2012

19 Jun

About a month after Field Day comes one of our other “big” events: the Simulated Emergency Test. This year it will be held on the last full weekend in July, and repeated on Monday and Tuesday so that towns can participate during the regular work week.

2011 saw many real emergencies – this year’s SET is an important measure of readiness for future emergencies, and a test of whether any improvements that have been proposed are effective.

It’s something all ARES hams in Connecticut should participate in. For more information, visit the Connecticut ARES web site.

A Big Thank You!

8 Jun

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Last weekend was one of our biggest annual public service events: the BKM/Steelcase MS Bike Tour out of Windsor, Connecticut.

Always A Challenge

The 100-mile ride (with shorter rides as well) always is a great preparedness challenge. This year, part of the route required a lot of communication back and forth because of a fire in Somers. The route stayed open, but riders had to dismount to safely navigate the fire scene (with the approval of the fire and police officers on scene).

It was a great event as always and a big thank you is owed to all the MS Connecticut Chapter staff, sag and technical volunteers, and the following hams who helped out:

  1. Net control operators – WA1VVB MARK, KB1HTA LINNEA, and AB1GL GEORGE
  2. The MS information booth – KB1KOS TOM
  3. CHECKPOINT #1 – K1PZS HARV
  4. CHECKPOINT #2 – AA1WM SCOTT
  5. CHECKPOINT #3 – AB1RB BOB
  6. CHECKPOINT #4 – KB1GTM DOV
  7. CHECKPOINT #5 – KB1MU DAVE
  8. CHECKPOINT #6 – K1MGM MARK
  9. CHECKPOINT #7 – KB1HSW KERSTIN
  10. CHECKPOINT #8 – KB1HTB LORI
  11. MOBILE BRAVO – AC1N JOSH
  12. MOBILE CHARLIE – AB1LZ BILL
  13. MOBILE DELTA – W1CPW JOHN
  14. MOBILE ECHO – KB1GTM DOV, AA1WM SCOTT
  15. MOBILE GULF – WB1FNK KARL

A Reliable Repeater System

This year we were fortunate enough to have our W1CWA Repeater operational at its new home, giving us the ability to reach all points along with course. In Connecticut we are fortunate to have a highly dense, reliable, and largely interconnected repeater network. There are sometimes questions raised as to whether there are “too many repeaters” or whether any more repeaters are needed. Having so many well-maintained systems providing overlapping coverage over the state is something we should be very proud of. Our State is not immune to disaster as the October 2011 snowstorm, 2011 “Springfield” tornado, January 2011 snowstorm, and hurricanes of past have taught us. A big thank you to Dana, KB1AEV for allowing use of his repeater system for our all-day MS Bike tour net, and to our members who made sure our repeater would be reliable following its relocation.

Recap – West Hartford MS Walk 2012

23 Apr

A great time yesterday at the MS Walk 2012 in West Hartford. No medical calls, and more participants than ever despite the threat of rain. It began to drizzle right after it wrapped up at 11:46 – so perfect timing!

From Roger, K1PAI:

“….I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to everybody, for a job well done this morning!! WE were lucky that the rain held off, and that we had no major issues. I’m sorry that several of you had little or nothing to do, but, what was done, was very much appreciated. WE also need to find another repeater that will give us better coverage, especially for the stations using an HT. Enjoy the rest of the upcoming week, and I hope to be working with you all next year.”

Volunteers Needed! MS Tour and Memorial Day Road Race 2012! (Updated)

16 Apr

We need YOU!

MS Bike Tour – June 3, 2012

A big part of amateur radio is public service and we are asking for help for two upcoming events. The first is the MS Bike Tour starting right near Bloomfield in Windsor at the Griffin Office Park. It includes multiple paths from 25 up to 100 miles. Details from the MS Society here. We have hams in vehicles as well as at the tour start/finish, and positioned at rest stops along the way. This is one of our larger events – we’ll be posting more details soon about how many operators we will need and equipment requirements. In the past a 2m HT and magmount preferable were the only recommendations.

Bloomfield Memorial Day Road Race – May 28, 2012 – 9:30AM

This is a fairly short event through Bloomfield’s town center. We need 3 or 4 hams with HTs. No APRS required. We coordinate with MDC and the Town of Boomfield Leisure Services as part of this event. The road race itself starts at 9:30AM.

The road race is followed by the parade assembly at 11:00AM with the parade stepping off at 11:30AM.

Getting Involved

If you can participate, or are interested in either event, please contact Mark, WA1VVB (WA1VVB “at” ARRL.net) or Josh, AC1N.

Skywarn Training 2012 Updates

21 Mar

Upcoming Training – 2012 Update

(Last Updated Mach 21, 2012 – from Skywarn Listserv / Robert Macedo KD1CY – ARES SKYWARN Coordinator):

We have confirmed a few additional SKYWARN training sessions for the region. More work is being done to schedule additional classes.

The class schedule can be seen at the following links and it is also listed below:

NWS Taunton SKYWARN Training Schedule link (WX1BOX web site):
http://www.wx1box.org/node/36

NWS Taunton SKYWARN Training schedule link (NWS Taunton web site):
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/officePrograms/skywarn/skywarnTraining.shtml

The following are SKYWARN Training Sessions booked for 2012. Further training sessions will be booked over the course of the year so check back frequently for updates.

Monday April 2nd, 2012: 7-10 PM:
Hancock Town Library
25 Main Street
Hancock, NH
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Tuesday April 17th, 2012: 7-10 PM:
Wilton NH Fire Department
102 Main Street
Wilton, NH
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Saturday April 21st, 2012: 10 AM-1 PM:
Lanesville Community Center
8 Vulcan Street
Gloucester, MA
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: None Required

Monday April 30th, 2012: 630-930 PM:
NH West Chapter House
83 Court Street
Keene, NH
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required
Sponsored by: Cheshire County NH CCDX Amateur Radio Club

Thursday May 3rd, 2012: 7-10 PM:
Walpole Public Library
147 School Street
Walpole, MA
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Saturday May 5th, 2012: 10 AM-1 PM:
Scouter’s Hall
13 North Main Street
North Smithfield, RI
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: None Required
Building Location/Parking:
The entrance to the parking is across the street from the N. Smithfield
Library and N. Main Street. The gray building is in about 200 yards off
the street behind a very old stone building.  It is at the east end of
Pacheco Park.

Saturday May 12th, 2012: 10 AM-1 PM:
Clay Center Observatory Lecture Hall
Dexter and Southfield Schools
20 Newton Street
Brookline, MA
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: None Required
Directions: www.claycenter.org

Wednesday May 16th, 2012: 7-10 PM:
Canton, CT Community Center
40 Dyer Avenue
Canton, CT
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Thursday May 31st, 2012: 7-10 PM:
22News WWLP-TV
1 Broadcast Center
Chicopee, Mass.
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Saturday June 2nd, 2012: Noon-3 PM:
Hitchcock Free Academy
2 Brookfield Road
Brimfield, Mass.
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Hartford Marathon Oct. 15: Hams Needed!

2 Oct

One of the biggest events of the year in terms of numbers of hams – this is an excellent event for new and experienced ARES and non-ARES personnel on how to work within a structured communications system.

In addition to hams in leadership posts and in vans, Larry needs an additional 35 operators to help along the route, so please contact him if you are able to assist – 2m HT is all that’s needed, dual-band is better but NOT required. APRS is not necessary either.

From Larry:

Hi All,

The Hartford Marathon time has come upon us again and I am looking for help as usual to man the positions along the route.

It takes about 35 Hams to do a proper job and I am several short at this time.

So if you can help or have a friend that can help PLEASE  volunteer and help out a good cause.

This is a big event of around 10,000 runners.

Saturday OCT 15th is the day, from around 7AM until 1PM

Please contact me, Larry, if you can help out. I need to know as soon as possible.

Thanks

Larry

K1IED

ARES News: SET Oct. 29, ARES Registration Requirements

13 Sep

Cedric and Josh operate W1CWA from the Bloomfield EOC during SET 2009.

Simulated Emergency Test Oct. 29-30, 2011

The following is from Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV:

Greetings!

After getting consensus from the members of the Connecticut ARES Leadership Council (CALC), I have decided to conduct the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) for the Connecticut Section during the weekend of 29-30 October 2011.

The activity tempo of IRENE and an unusually large number of Public Service events (as well as other related activities) in October have made this change necessary. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Please pass the word to all ARES, SKYWARN, and NTS operators in your Regions and on your respective nets. And have them encourage ALL amateurs to participate in this important exercise!

See you on the radio for the Simulated Emergency Test on Saturday, 29 October 2011!!

73 & Thanx, Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV
Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Radio Emergency Service(r) (ARES(r))

ARES Registration Requirements

One the issues that became very apparent in the days leading to Irene, and during the deployment was that not enough hams are ARES members, and that there may be gaps in the information that registered members have provided.

You do NOT need to have specialized training to be sign up as an ARES member, or have any “fancy” gear. The training is important, and go-kits useful, but we need people to register first! We can help you find the resources for training, and building go-kits as you develop your interest and hone your EMCOM skills.

Regardless of your CT-ARES registration status, please visit the ARES registration site to update your information or create a new registration record. Please also contact your local EC (for Bloomfield it’s AC1N).

Thank you for all your help!

ARES Return to LEVEL 0 – STAND DOWN

28 Aug

All Bloomfield ARES Members Stand Down as of 1300 EDT – August 28, 2011

Thank you for your service and cooperation during this event. At the next in-person meetingon September 13, 2011 I will go over a debriefing on our performance and areas for improvement in future activations.

ARES ACTIVATION HURRICANE IRENE

26 Aug

All Bloomfield ARES Members Stand Down as of 1300 EDT – August 28, 2011

Thank you for your service and cooperation during this event. At the next in-person meeting on September 13, 2011 I will go over a debriefing on our performance and areas for improvement in future activations.

ARES Member General Instructions

See Member Handbook and Frequency List (ICS-205) under ARES Documents. PRINT THESE DOCUMENTS and keep them with you, along with log paper, blank Radiograms, and your equipment operating manuals. KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT. Also keep personal medication lists, and other items needed for your own safety and welfare. DO NOT self-deploy and endanger yourself for any reason, including because you want to “be a hero” or “help out” – YOUR safety is the priority.

If you are an active ARES Operator in the Connecticut Area, the following applies to you (from N1CLV):

Anticipating significant impact in our area from Hurricane IRENE over the weekend, I am raising the CT ARES activation level to a Level 2 Standby effective at 1800 EDT, Friday, 26 August 2011. I expect to go to Level 3 Deploy on Saturday, 27 August 2011.

As part of our CT ARES preparations for Hurricane IRENE, we will hold an SM/SEC Net at 2000 EDT, Friday, 26 August 2011, on the KB1AEV linked-repeater system. All ARES/SKYWARN/NTS operators are requested to join this net. I will conduct the call-up by CT ARES Regions.

As soon as possible please contact your ARES District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) to advise him of your availability to assist. We expect to need a lot of operators to staff Red Cross shelters across the state. You should NOT, repeat NOT, deploy without a specific assignment from your DEC, ADEC, EC, or other competent authority.

Please ensure that you and your equipment are prepared to assist our Served Agencies. Ensure arrangements are in place to keep your families safe should you be asked to deploy.

Please monitor SKYWARN advisory emails and your regular news/weather media to keep informed of the storm’s progress and the expected consequences.

Remember, your first priority is the safety of you and your family!!

73 & Thanx, Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV
Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Radio Emergency Service(r) (ARES(r))