Assignments will vary but will generally include various checkpoints along the route, start and finish line, and shadowing the triathlon coordinators. Times involved with each of the assignments will vary as well. More details on the triathlons are available on the Max Performance website.
For more details on the amateur radio assignments or to sign up contact WECT Events, and let John know if you have UHF equipment with DCS / DPL when you sign up.
Ops will need to have a dual band HT capable of DCS / DPL with enough battery power to last the event. Assignments will include checkpoints and water stops along the route, ambulance, and shadowing officials. This is a rain or shine event, so all volunteers must dress appropriately for the weather the day of the event.
For more information or to sign up, contact Andy KB1JRX, and let him know if you have a dual band HT capable of DCS / DPL.
The Worcester Emergency Communications Team will be meeting at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 11 in Meeting Room A at 50 Skyline Drive in Worcester.
The meeting will feature a presentation by Director of Worcester Emergency Management Rich Fiske on the city's new 800Mhz digital trunked radio system that is currently being placed into service, as well as the new dispatch center that is currently being constructed. The meeting is open to the general public so all are welcome to attend.
Additionally, we will hold nominations for WECT's executive board elections that will occur at a later meeting. The following positions are up for election this year:
President, currently held by Ben Holmes, NB1H
Treasurer, currently held by Matt Brennan, NM1B
Director, currently held by Rob Capizzio, KC2EMA
Director, currently held by Paul Poirier, AB1ES
If you are interested in any of these positions and would like to learn more about them, please let me know. If you would like to nominate someone or be nominated but cannot attend the meeting, let me know and I can make a nomination for you. Please note that only WECT members in good standing can vote or be nominated or elected to a WECT office.
At our team's request, the WX1BOX SKYWARN team will be giving a SKYWARN Weather Spotter training session here in Worcester. Given that it is sometimes a hassle for some WPIWA members to get up to Skyline Drive, we've worked with all involved to have it at WPI.
The SKYWARN Training will be on Wednesday March 23rd, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Higgins Lab, Room 116.
The session is free and is open to the public so anyone interested can attend. Anyone that hasn't been to this training within the last 5 years or so should probably retake it as a refresher as reporting criteria do change slightly over time.
The Sutton Chain of lights will be held again this year on the 5 December 2015. Most of you have worked it last year, and I am hoping will work it again this year. I am looking for operators to work this event. If you are available, and would like to contribute your communications knowledge to this event please let me know by e-mail. Looking forward to working with you. More info available at the Town of Sutton's website or on the Sutton Chain of Lights Facebook page.
WECT is supporting the Ride to Defeat ALS on Sunday September 27 from 6 AM to around 3 PM (depending on assignment). This is a low key event with the primary focus being on charity rather than racing. The 70 mile bicycle course begins at the Longfellow club in Wayland and continues through several towns with rest stops in Hudson, Bolton, Acton, Concord, and Sudbury. Operators working at a course station can report directly to their station. Lunch is provided for operators in Wayland. Due to the large area covered, some stations will require a mobile radio.
If you are available, please respond to the @ and indicate if you have a station preference and if you have a mobile radio with 2M or 440 capability.
The Worcester Area VE Team will be holding a special amateur radio test session for all license classes at Higgins Labs, Room 230, Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM. The session is open to the general public.
AN ORIGINAL AND A PHOTOCOPY of your current license and any CSCEs or other paperwork you are submitting
A basic calculator
Two forms of state acceptable ID (one must be a picture ID)
$15 exam fee (if check, payable to "ARRL VEC")
Pen or pencil
The photocopies of your paperwork are very important as we must submit a copy of your records to the ARRL VEC if you are successful.
If you have never registered with the FCC's ULS system and received a FRN number, please read the notice in the Read More link below.
Any questions regarding this session can be directed to @.
NOTICE ABOUT PRIVACY CONCERNS - FCC REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS
Some amateurs have been concerned over the FCC's requirement for your Social Security Number (SSN). The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, Public Law 104-134, requires all federal agencies to collect Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) from all persons doing business with the agency. This includes all applicants and holders of FCC licenses. For an individual, your TIN is your SSN.
It is suggested that all applicants register in the FCC's Universal Licensing System to obtain an FCC Registration Number (FRN) prior to attending a VE session. When you register for an FRN, your SSN will not be disclosed to the public and it must be given only once. You may then use your FRN in place of your SSN on all future applications, including the Form 605 you will complete at the VE session. The Commission has taken several steps to ensure the privacy of your SSN. Electronic registration on the Internet is accomplished using the FCC's secure Web server.
To register for an FRN, go to http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls and click on REGISTER. Once you obtain your FRN, write it down and bring it with you to the VE session. Be sure to keep a record of your FRN and password for future use. If you do not register before the VE session, you will be required to provide your SSN on Form 605 at the VE session in order for your application to be processed.
NWS Alerts for Worcester County
Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Worcester (MAC027) Massachusetts Issued by the National Weather Service
There are no active watches, warnings or advisories