Field Day is Coming

Jun 08 2010, 18:15
by wk1h
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate.

On Field Day the Worcester Emergency Communications Team will work as many stations as possible on the 80, 40 and 20 meter amateur bands (with a Get on the Air station on 10m) and we will learn and practice operating in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. If enough people sign up in the next 10 days we will add 15 meters and even 10 meters stations!

It's a known fact that QSO's don't happen on RF alone and this year the canteen promises to be the best ever! We've added an 'All-You-Can-Eat' meal plan – 3 meals for just $20. The BBQ feeds the QSO frenzy on Saturday evening with a new "all-you-can-eat" menu for just $12.00. Breakfast refuels the QSO troopers with a $6 breakfast and we've added a Sunday lunch for $6. The more signups we get the better the vittles.

Attend an educational session on Weather Prediction presented by Stephen, KB1SCD on Sunday at 9:00 AM.

Practice satellite communications during field day – don't miss this fun event!

Boy Scout Troop 101 will be helping us this year at the GotA station.

Please sign up using the signup form so we know how many will be attending. Bring the kids, nieces, nephews, spouse and neighbors – all are welcome!

This year's Field Day promises to be even more spectacular than ever – with your participation.

Field Day will be held at the usual site at the National Guard Building, 50 Skyline Drive, Worcester MA.

More info on the Field Day info page, or email Field Day Event Coordinator Dirk Hart KB1HKN.

Setup begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday 26 June - see you then!

New Website Launched

May 31 2010, 17:03
by wk1h
As everyone can see, our team has a brand new website!

There are many new items to take note of on the new website. The Field Day 2010 info page and signup form are both up, use the drop down above to check it out or sign up. The new website is on wect.org instead of wect.net, and all requests to wect.net will redirect here. There are lots of new features and the like. Members are no longer required to login for any purpose. Members can also change their email address on the team's email reflector using the form in the "Members" drop down.

One thing that we are looking for are more radio pictures for the top header here. If anyone wants their radio features, send the pictures to Gil WK1H. The pictures should have 1000 pixels width and 285 pixels height.

Please look around and let us know what you think!

Required training for all RACES appointees, mandated by MEMA and FEMA

Feb 04 2010, 08:23
by wk1h
If you are affiliated with Worcester RACES or RACES in another town, both the federal and state governments have recently agreed upon some basic core requirements for RACES personnel in order to retain the RACES designation and certification. These requirements consist of taking two Incident Command Courses offered online by FEMA. The specific courses are IS-100.b and IS-700.a. The IS-100.a is basic Incident Command Structure. This is the management system that is to be used to manage any large scale incidents. IS-700.a is a NIMS Introduction. NIMS (National Incident Management System) is the federal implementation of the ICS system. Additionally, if you are likely to assume a supervisory role during an incident, IS-200.b (ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents) is required. Since any Net Control assignment is considered a supervisory role, it is highly recommended that all team members take this course as well because any member may be asked to take a NCS assignment at any time during an incident. IS-100.b is a prerequisite to taking IS-200.b. All three courses are free and only involve a few hours of your time. If classroom courses are preferred over online courses, email Worcester Emergency Management with your request. If enough people are interested (10+), we will be able to run a normal classroom session for any of these courses, again, free of charge. For more on this subject, see the Recommended Training page.