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.
The Worcester Area VE Team will be holding a special amateur radio exam session in Gardner to follow up for a Technician licensing course taught there. The session will also be open to the public and for all license classes. Additionally, their regularly scheduled exam session is also soon at WPI.
Gardner Session: Where: South Gardner Fire Station #1 / EOC, 2nd floor, 61 East Broadway, Gardner, MA (at the intersection with Prospect Street) When: Saturday April 13 at 9:00 AM
Regular Session at WPI: Where: Salisbury Labs, Room 402, Worcester Polytechnic Institute When: Thursday April 18 at 6:30 PM
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.
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.
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.
Volunteer registration for the 2013 Boston Marathon is now open! The Marathon will be held on Monday April 15th.
Radio operators are needed to provide safety communications and to assist the Red Cross. Assignments are available in Hopkinton, along the route, and in downtown Boston.
Each year several members of both Worcester Emergency Communications Team and the WPI Wireless Association get together to carpool from the WPI campus in Worcester to the finish line area at Copley Plaza in Boston to work with the finish line crew. If you are interested in joining in on this carpool, contact John N2YHK.