SKYWARN Training 2023 Schedule Update for June 2023

SKYWARN logoRob Macedo, KD1CY, writes:

The following is updated SKYWARN Training information with a couple additional classes for the month of June in Acushnet and Walpole MA.

Additional SKYWARN Training classes are in planning. This includes the following locations:

Northeast HamXposition in Marlborough, Mass (Late August 2023)
Gardner MA
Tolland CT

The following is the latest 2023 NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN Training Class Schedule for the early Summer season. Please distribute widely to anyone interested in becoming a SKYWARN Spotter and we will update as additional classes are confirmed!

Saturday June 10th, 2023 – 1000 AM-1230 PM:
Acushnet Council on Aging
59 1/2 South Main Street
Acushnet, MA 02743
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Co-sponsored by: Acushnet Office of Emergency Management
Registration is required via Eventbrite at the following link:

Tuesday June 13th, 2023 – 630 PM-830 PM:
Walpole Town Hall – Select Board Meeting Room
135 School Street
Walpole, MA 02081
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Co-sponsored by: Walpole Emergency Management Agency
Registration is required via Eventbrite at the following link:

Again, we will provide updates when new SKYWARN training classes are added to the schedule.  Also, if specific groups are interested in a live or virtual class, the Amateur Radio Coordinator team would be able to support those groups as needed. Thanks to all for their support of the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN program!

Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
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Memorial Day Fox Hunt, Preston CT, May 29, 2023

Mark Noe, KE1IU, writes on the ctfoxhunter list:

[Southeastern CT Amateur Radio Society] will be sponsoring a Memorial Day fox hunt on Monday, May 29 at 1 PM. This will be an on-foot fox hunt. Meet at Preston Community Park: 13 Route 117, Preston, CT 06365. This park is located between Route 2A and Route 117. Your foxes will be Mark KE1IU and Dave K1DCT. We will have 4 foxes running with the potential to add a couple more. The frequencies for the four that will be hidden are listed below. I will send a followup e-mail with information on additional foxes. Talk in on 146.730 (- offset, PL 156.7)

I will be bringing my tape measure Yagi and offset attenuator. We will happily help beginners, and if you do not have equipment there will be some available for you to borrow. The weather forecast for Monday is partly cloudy and 76 F – perfect for fox hunting. I look forward to seeing you there!

Fox chart


KC1NEK Elected to Rhode Island Section Manager Post

Nancy Austin, KC1NEK
Nancy Austin, KC1NEK, Section Manager Elect of the ARRL Rhode Island Section.

From the ARRL Letter, May 25, 2023:

ARRL Section Manager Spring Election Results

The results of two balloted Section Manager elections held this spring were determined when the ballots were counted at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.


Nancy Austin, KC1NEK, was elected as ARRL Rhode Island Section Manager when she received 129 votes, and incumbent Section Manager Bob Beaudet, W1YRC, received 127 votes.

Austin, of Middletown, is the President of the Newport County Radio Club, and she will begin a 2-year term of office on July 1.

Beaudet, of Cumberland, has served as ARRL Rhode Island Section Manager for 21 years.


Ham Help Sought for Cisco Brewers Portsmouth 5K Fundraiser, Portsmouth NH, May 28, 2023

Sherry Brooks, N1NSB, writes on the Port City ARC mailing list:

The Cisco Brewers Portsmouth 5K fundraiser for The Krempels Center will be held on Sunday, May 28th 2023.  The point person for this is Derek, KB1LXX.

Date:  May 28
Time:  07:00 until about 11:00
Location:  Cisco Brewery Pease Trade Port.

Typically, the volunteers have been in charge of directing traffic for parking cars.

The VIP section is already sold out, so I think the parking will be pretty busy this year.

Click Sign up here:  Sign Up Here.

WX4NHC, National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Station Annual Communications Test, May 27, 2023

SKYWARN logoAnnouncement from WX4NHC
Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, Miami Florida
WX4NHC will be On-The-Air for the Annual Communications Test
Saturday May 27th, 2023 from 9AM – 5 PM EDT (1300z-2100z)

The amateur radio station of the National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC (NHC), located on the campus of Florida International University in Miami, will conduct their on-the-air Annual Communications Test on Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 9 AM – 5 PM EDT (1300z- 2100z).

This is the NHC’s 43rd year of public service. NHC Amateur Radio Assistant Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R/WX4NHC, reports that the purpose of this event is to test amateur radio equipment and antennas at the NHC as well as operators’ home equipment, antennas, and computers prior to this year’s hurricane season. The 2023 hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30.

This event is good practice for amateur radio operators worldwide to practice amateur radio communications during times of severe weather.

Ripoll said WX4NHC will be on HF, VHF, UHF, 2- and 30-meter APRS, and Winlink, To contact the NHC’s amateur radio station send an email to The subject of the email must contain //WL2K.

The Hurricane Watch Net will try to stay on 14.325 MHz for most of the time, as well as 7.268 MHz depending on propagation. They may also change frequencies due to potential QRM.

You may be able to find WX4NHC on HF by using one of the DX spotting networks, such as the DX Summit website at

The VoIP Hurricane Net will also be active from 4 PM – 5 PM EDT (2000-2100z), IRLP node 9219/EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203. Visit their website for more information.

WX4NHC will also make a few contacts on local VHF and UHF repeaters, as well as the Florida Statewide Amateur Radio Network (SARnet) system to test station equipment.

QSL cards are available via WD4R with a self-addressed stamped envelope. More information about the NHC is available at their website.

Thank you for your participation in the WX4NHC Annual Station Test event.

73, Julio – WX4NHC/WD4R

Maine eNews, May 2023

Phil Duggan, N1EPeNews Maine Section Manager, May 2023

Hamfest Correction

The June QST has an error regarding the date of the HERMON HAMFEST. The correct date is Saturday, June 3 at the Hermon High School. This will be a fun hamfest, rain or shine. An antenna launching competition is scheduled, along with VE exams, tailgating and more. Check out for more details.

ARRL Member Survey

Please log onto your ARRL member account at before the end of the month to take the Member Dues Survey. The League wants your input on how to best overcome the huge inflationary costs that is impacting the ARRL. This is your opportunity to voice your opinion, so please do so.

Field Day Locator

Clubs: list your Field Day Site in the ARRL Field Day Locator. Several are not listed and I have been getting queries on where the nearest field day sites are, so if you want more participation and visitors, make it easy for them to find you.

Digital Voice Net Highlights

The Maine Dirigo DMR Net meets Sunday mornings at 10 am on Maine Statewide. The New England UFB Fusion Net meets Sundays at 7:30PM on the linked repeater system viewed here:


Maine Slow Speed Net (CW) meets Monday through Friday on 3585 kHz at 6pm.


Bravo Zulu to Jim Kutsch, KY2D, for being such a prolific traffic handler for the Maine section.


If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to share something with Maine hams, please let me know. Email 73

ARRL Maine Section
Section Manager: Philip W Duggan, N1EP

WMØG: “Emergency Communications”

photo of Jack Ciaccia, WM0GBy Jack Ciaccia, WMØG
ARRL New England Division Assistant Director
Emergency Communications & Public Service

I was recently appointed by Fred, AB1OC, to help the many amateur radio EmComm organizations in New England. My charter includes ARES, traffic handling, SKYWARN, RACES, and Public Service organizations. The plan is to:

  • Encourage participation in EmComm & Public Service activities
  • Encourage the development and sharing of Training Programs
  • Encourage developing and sharing resource contact information, training data, and
    preparedness exercise information.
  • Provide for publicizing these programs across the division and the ARRL.

First, some credentials: I am a New Englander, born in Rhode Island, and educated in RI and England. I’m a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran. After the Air Force, Sanders Associates hired me as an Electronic Countermeasures technical representative. Later, I worked for GTE/Sylvania, where we developed the first bar code reading systems. We lived in Nashua, New Hampshire before I made a career move and relocated my family to Colorado in 1983. I worked in the electronics industry as a sales and marketing executive for major electronics manufacturers and as the General Manager of a worldwide electronics distributor. Later, I started my business as president and owner of a custom power supply design and manufacturing company and later as a manufacturers representative for many well-known electronic companies. I retired in 2018. We decided to move back to Nashua in 2020.

I’m an Extra-Class ham with w/20 wpm code, and I’ve been a ham since I was a teenager in 1957 when I got my original Novice call sign, KN1IVY. I have emergency communications experience from my previous ARES and ARRL positions in Colorado. I was president of the Boulder Amateur Radio Club for ten years. I was Emergency Coordinator for Boulder County ARES for over ten years and a member of that organization for thirty-five years. I was appointed Assistant Section Manager for two years and then Colorado Section Manager for nine years. As the EC and as SM, during that time, I coordinated and participated in over twenty-five major wildfire events and the 2013 flood that paralyzed the Front Range of the Rockies. So, like James Taylor sang, “I’ve Seen Fire, and I’ve Seen Rain.”

I also helped create three new laws in the State of Colorado along with my SEC/SGL and Colorado state legislators from both sides. On behalf of Colorado hams, the State adopted PRB-1 as a rule for ham radio antenna ordinances to the cities and counties. Another was an amendment to a proposed law to exempt rural ham radio towers from being painted red and white according to a new FAA regulation on behalf of crop dusting aircraft that was meant for the temporary gas and oil exploration towers—and we got another amendment exempting ham radio operators from the law prohibiting the use of handheld devices in moving vehicles.

We also created Colorado Auxcomm, which gave our ARES leaders positions within the Colorado Division of Public Safety and the Colorado Department of Homeland Security. Within the law, there’s a provision for any participating Auxcomm or ARES members to be covered under Colorado State workman’s compensation for any injury incurred during any emergency- related event, including training exercises. That law also protects those hams from liability and torts in the event of any accident they might be responsible for during an emergency or practice.

Here is something I wrote a few years ago concerning the future of ARES:

ARES, as we know it, is changing dynamically and will continue to do so in the coming years. Our served agencies will continue to define our organization, mission, and purpose, and our future will depend on our mission capabilities and operators’ training, qualifications, and credentials.

It used to be that all you had to do in an emergency was to be a Good Samaritan ham radio operator with a handi-talkie on your belt, show up at the EOC and get assigned to assist with some communication needs – pretty simple. And they usually did a good job! Why was that? Because our served agencies had radios and a communications system that typically needed more flexibility and interoperability to communicate in multi-agency or multi-location events.

What changed? The first big answer to that is that 9/11 happened. Ham radio played a huge role in maintaining communication in a nightmarish interoperability scenario when the typical telephone and land mobile system infrastructure was either gone or overloaded. Federal, State, and local agencies said radio interoperability issues and land-based communication systems constructed on vast and complex communications infrastructures for our first responders would have to change, which made the guys with the “bat-wings” smile a lot. These new systems would create a need for more modern communications devices, creating more “bat-wing” smiles. What else happened? Hurricane Katrina happened – same issues as with 9/11. Then the Haiti earthquake occurred – more of the same problems, but even worse, complicated by the lack of a structured communication system.

So, what happened? In both cases, ham radio was integral in getting some communications up and running when the existing infrastructure was gone or overloaded. The onslaught of multiple agencies arrived at these disasters with interoperability issues, further exasperating the glaring weaknesses of the old or non-existent communication systems.

The Government poured a massive amount of $$$ into the problem. The $$$ went to DHS, FEMA, State EOCs, and others. Eventually, some of this $$$ even found its way to local ARES groups in a splendid example of the “trickle down” theory. But now that those ARES groups accepted the Federal or State $$$, Guess what? The agencies where the $$$ came from have defined the new rules that those ARES groups will play under from here on out.

How does that affect ARES? More reliable communication systems are available today to our served agencies. With just a handi-talkie on his belt, that Good Samaritan ham is now useless to them. The EOCs and the OEMs want and expect radio operators trained and credentialed. The modern ARES ham will have ICS and NIMS certifications, provide valued skills, possess modern radio equipment, and have accessibility to modes and frequencies that our served agencies cannot access.

The new requirements will cause a paradigm shift in how ARES members train and respond. Do you remember the large VHF /UHF repeater groups that provided Autopatch capability to hams? And do you remember what happened to their membership numbers once the cell phone became omnipresent? The ARES groups that adapt and conform to these changes will survive and thrive. The others that refuse to change may go the way of the Dodo Bird.

In a Related Issue:

Attention PIOs: ARES needs good press. What’s so crucial about Public Relations? It gives us CPR – Community Recognition, Protection, and Recruitment. When we do something good, or people we’re associated with are doing something good, we like to have it recognized. One of the reasons amateur radio exists is to provide service to the public. A positive perception of amateur radio translates into allies and helps build support for us among neighbors, educators, corporate leaders, and government officials.

WM0G Public Service article


Boulder Co Sherrif's Office commendation to Boulder Co. ARES (WM0G)

FEMA Award

POTA Meet Up, Allenstown NH, May 20, 2023

Eric Pfeifer N1JUR, writes on May 20, 2023 at 8:24 AM:

Looking at the forecast the rain is to start around 2:30/3pm. So I’ve decided that we’re going to move up the time an hour (12 to 4pm) to get the event in before the rain comes.

Bear Brook has a covered pavilion so you can setup there if you want. Otherwise feel free to bring an easy up.

Also if you want to come earlier I will be there around 11:30am.

Hope to see you all there.

POTA Meet Up flyerEric Pfeifer, N1JUR, writes:

We are gathering on May 20th from 1 to 4 pm at Bear Brook State Park Pavilion (399 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, NH).

This is a great way to learn more about Parks on the Air (POTA), or maybe you’re a Technician and want to get on the air (we’ll be operating our club call N1QC).

We will have at least two stations set up, so if you prefer to come and operate, you are more than welcome. But bring your gear to share what you’ve been working on.

Please free free to spread the word, and you can download our flyer here.

If you have any questions, please email me at