WMA ARES Section Emergency Coordinator John Ruggiero N2YHK is looking assistance with this season's Massachusetts State Triathlon in Winchendon at the Lake Dennison Recreation Area on Sunday, July 14 from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM. 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.
The event is back to one day this year, which will be busy with 600 registered. The expanded course will continue, down into the center of Gardner. This means our communications plan will involve using a variety of systems on both 2m and 70cm, including deploying portable repeater systems.
For more details on the amateur radio assignments or to sign up contact John N2YHK.
Our open house for the general public will be from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Saturday June 22. If you don't have an amateur radio license, please feel free to come up at that time to check out our team, station, and operation. You'll even have the opportunity to get on the air and make some contacts yourself! No sign up is required for people that don't have an amateur radio license, just come up and we'll be happy to show you around!
Difficulties securing a regular meeting location have resulted in a an altered meeting schedule this year. In order to get things back on track and prepare for Field Day and elections on June 22nd, the team will be meeting on June 13th at 7PM in the First Congregational Church at 1070 Pleasant St. in Worcester.
Since the team hasn't met as a whole in quite some time, this upcoming meeting will be a potluck, if possible please bring a food item to share with the team. (Please let me know if there is any equipment or facilities you require for this).
The major topics of this meeting will be:
Two directors positions
With regard to Field Day, we are currently looking for team members who would be willing to bring their equipment to the site (Radios, Computers, etc.) as well as people who would like to be responsible for some role that day (setup, cooking, one of the radio stations, PR, etc.). If you are interested in any role in particular, or do not know which role you would like to fill, please contact me.
The upcoming meeting marks the 10th anniversary of the team, with our potluck dinner as the celebration!
WECT Member and Northbridge / Whitinsville RACES Officer Rick Roberts KB1SIL is inviting the amateur radio community and general public to attend SKYWARN Training on Tuesday May 21, 2013 from 7:00 PM to approximately 10:00 PM. It will be held at Alternatives, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville.
The session is open to the public at no charge. Amateur Radio Operators, Emergency managers, police, fire, and other first responders are encouraged to attend. Everyone age 16 and older who stays to complete the training will be able to become trained NWS weather spotters.
The training session includes a two-hour thirty-minute computer-based presentation, which discusses the development of thunderstorms, the criteria for "severe" thunderstorms, as well as the cloud features associated with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Additional information will be presented about winter storms and proper snow measurement and reporting of river, stream, and urban flooding and rainfall measurements. The session will also present the procedure for reporting weather information to the National Weather Service. Safety procedures for the various forms of summer severe weather (severe thunderstorms, tornado and lightning), winter storms, and flooding will also be covered in the training session. Anyone attending should bring a pen or pencil and bringing a notebook is optional.
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. Amateur radio volunteers will receive tickets for a professionally catered BBQ lunch, as well as a technical fabric t-shirts, instead of cotton. 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 John N2YHK, and let John know if you have UHF equipment with DCS / DPL when you sign up.
WECT Member Andy Garabedian KB1JRX is looking for about 7 - 10 amateur radio ops to assist with the Grafton Gazebo 5 Mile Road Race on Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Ops will need to have a dual band HT 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 radios capable of DCS / DPL on 440 MHz.
Treasurer Matt Brennan NM1B is looking for about 7 - 11 amateur radio operator volunteers to assist with communications for this year's March for Babies in Worcester. The event is on Sunday, April 28 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in downtown Worcester.
Typical assignments include NCS, Victory Vans, Shadows, Checkpoints and Observation Points. Radio operators will need an HT with batteries to last a few hours. Speaker-Mics and/or headset/headphones are suggested. A small mobile antenna is a good idea if you are put in a vehicle.