Western MA Emergency Net Operations for Winter Storm Izzy

The Western MA Emergency Net will operate tomorrow as a part of the SKYWARN operations form Winter Storm Izzy. This storm system we have coming up is a quick hitting but potent storm system for our area.

For portions of western and northwest Massachusetts, we will see the snow heavy at times with the potential of 5-9″ before a change over to sleet/freezing rain and possibly rain. Wind gusts of 40 MPH coupled with the snow and ice may bring some pockets of tree and wire damage. In Eastern Massachusetts, we are preparing for the potential of damaging winds and heavy rainfall with coastal flooding at the coast. Wind gusts of up to 65 MPH are likely especially in heavy rainfall that can bring the wind down to the surface.

A good chunk of the snowfall will occur overnight and then for a few hours in the early to mid-morning. Snowfall reports would be helpful particularly in locations in northern Worcester and Middlesex counties through Franklin, western Hampshire and western Hampden counties as well as changeover of precipitation type and any storm damage. Higher elevations may see the heaviest snowfall from this event.

In response, above and beyond the normal 2M VHF SKYWARN nets which will run at the top of each hour tomorrow morning, the Western MA Emergency Net will start at 6:30 AM with hourly call ups on the bottom of the hour thereafter until its no longer needed (likely 12:30).

All SKYWARN participants are welcome to check in to either the VHF nets or WMEN on or around 3944 kHz LSB with weather reports that meet reporting criteria. For this particular storm, WX1BOX is particularly interested in the following information on each call up:

  • Measured snowfall
  • Measured ice accretion (if any)
  • Current precipitation
  • Current temperature (if available)
  • Precipitation changeover time (if changes occured since last report)
  • Measured wind gusts of 40 MPH or greater
  • Any storm damage (wind or combo of snow/ice/wind)

The latest SKYWARN storm response messages can be seen on wx1box.org. Applicable reporting criteria can also be reviews on wx1box.org.

New WMA Amateur Licensees January 2022

Congratulations to the latest new hams of Western Massachusetts:

Kenneth Wiley, KC1QBF
PO Box 1004
Warren, MA 01083-1004

Eric H Niergarth, KC1QCR
9 Ashley St
# 1
Westfield, MA 01085-3801

John Giovanoni, KC1QAU
48 Athol Richmond Rd
Royalston, MA 01368-8901

Francis G Sobieski, KC1QAT
PO Box 125
South Deerfield, MA 01373-0125

Linnea Gardner, KC1QDA
180 Russell Hill Rd
Ashburnham, MA 01430-1315

Michael F Bedard, KC1QBE
30 Dean St
Worcester, MA 01609-3115

Charles H Kolbenson, AC1MI
95 Whitney Rd
Phillipston, MA 01331-9724

Sovan Gusack, KC1QDL
PO Box 617
Westborough, MA 01581-0617

Maxwell L Friedman, KC1QGG
100 Institute Rd
# 2190
Worcester, MA 01609-2247

Nicholas Smith, KC1QFB
404 Wattaquadock Hill Rd
Bolton, MA 01740-1224

Christopher C Wenck, KC1QDQ
55 Grove St
Milford, MA 01757-3367

Boston Marathon Volunteer Registration Opens on January 5

After a successful 2021 marathon this past October, we’re right back into planning mode for the 126th running of the Boston Marathon at our more traditional time frame on Monday, April 18, 2022.

Volunteer registration will open for the Marathon on January 5th, 2022. Please make sure to whitelist volunteer@baa.org to make sure you receive all BAA communications.

How to Volunteer
For returning volunteers, you will receive an email from the BAA with a direct link to register via the BAA Athlete’s Village.

If you haven’t previously volunteered, or have a friend who would like to volunteer, please go directly to the Volunteer Registration page on January 5th and follow the instructions for new volunteers.

Guidance on the Sign Up Process

  • On Step 3 – Select “General”
  • On Step 4 – Select “Yes, I am an Amateur Radio Operator”
  • Provide your call sign and what your equipment is in the appropriate boxes.
  • On Step 5 – Select “Apply as an Individual”
  • On Step 6
  • Select “Amateur Radio” as the Job Type regardless of what segment you wish to volunteer for.
  • On the next page you will be able to select the race segment.
  • If you want to add additional ARO assignment preferences select “Yes” to select another job and then an assignment type.  You can choose up to 3 job type requests.
  • On Step 7 – Confirm all selections are correct.

A few notes for volunteers:

  • Almost all ARO positions are single person assignments.  We are not able to group people on a single assignment, but we will try to accommodate which segment you are assigned to to allow for similar start/end times.
  • All volunteers must be fully vaccinated this year.  Details on how to provide proof of vaccination will be provided when assignments are given out.  Medical exemptions may be requested and will be reviewed by the BAA individually.

Don’t delay! Volunteer registration closes on Friday, February 18. Help us get the word out by forwarding this email to your club and other amateur radio operators who wish to volunteer. Most volunteers first learn about the event through word of mouth. If you know new licensees who might like to join us, please make sure to let them know about it. Even just a quick mention at your club meeting can be a big help.

If you have any questions about the upcoming volunteer registration period, or the 2022 Marathon generally, please get in touch anytime. Volunteering at the Marathon is a big job and we appreciate the time and effort everyone puts into it. We’re happy to do what we can to make your work fun, comfortable, and effective.

We look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Thank you, and 73,

Boston Marathon Communications Committee
contact@HamRadioBoston.org

Western Mass Traffic – New Year, New Schedule, New Time

Happy New Year to all in the Western Mass section. Effective with this new year, the Western Mass Traffic Net will meet at a new time. Effective Monday January 3, 2022 there will be one session daily Monday through Friday, at 6:00 PM local time. The net will continue to meet on the Mt Greylock 146.91 K1FFK repeater thanks to the Northern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club, with Echolink access via the K1FFK repeater thanks to Dave Foley W1TTT. The main purpose of the net is the handling of NTS traffic with liaison to the First Region Net. Training will be available to anyone interested. Check with Peter KD2JKV (kd2jkv@gmail.com) or Marcia KW1U (kw1u@arrl.net) for details.

Also note the Heavy Hitters Traffic Net links the K1FFK repeater to the Minuteman Repeater Network at 10:00 PM daily Sunday through Friday for statewide coverage. To those with HF capability there is a statewide traffic net called Mass Rhode Island Phone net which meets on 3978 Khz +/- at 5:00 PM daily Monday through Saturday.
Message handling is one of the mainstays of amateur radio and handling formal record traffic is what we are about. It is fun and rewarding to have the knowledge needed if required in an emergency. Everyone is invited to check it out. Hope to see you there.

73, Marcia KW1U
STM EMA and WMA

Section Manager’s Report Jan. 2022

   Greetings and Happy New Year! Sometimes I think the catchphrase of the year will be “I got all my shots!” We are entering the year with a certain amount of uncertainty. I truly hope this pandemic goes away real soon.

   This year I begin my third term as section manager and with that comes a new director who is already hitting the ground running. He has been meeting with ARRL’s management as well as other directors. There are also some assistant directors coming aboard also. Fred will be doing a lot of communicating so stay tuned. 

   For the past 4 years I have maintained my visibility to the section and visited many meetings. I will be continuing this. One thing I am going to concentrate on is getting an increased amount of education, testing and mentoring. It is my hope that my staff as well as the members will assist in this project. I have spent 2 terms getting the word out. The division is going to focus on the same as well as the league. The voices are being heard. 

   Clubs have become another focus. The league knows clubs are an essential part of its success. They are now looking at ways to assist them. Needless to say, the club membership needs to play a part in this. There are clubs that are not far away from folding their tents. (Division-wide) Clubs need to have activities inside and outside of their meetings. Don’t be afraid to tap your neighboring club for advice. Our esteemed director took a mediocre club and with a collective effort turned it into a nationally recognized powerhouse. It can be done! Getting new hams into the hobby (and keeping them!) will be critical for success.

   Marcia KW1U our section Traffic Manager has been working very hard in maintaining an active NTS network. She has also had her challenges in participation and wants to put the word out that traffic handling is still alive. She has a need for traffic and Net Control operators on various nets not just in WMA but also EMA which she serves as well. Mon-Fri at 6 PM there is a traffic net which is on 146.910 MT Greylock repeater and is linked to EMA on Echolink. We can use Net Control operators as well as the 146.970 Paxton repeater at 9 PM daily also. Sunday mornings there is an HF net at 830 AM on 3944 and, yep, they need operators as well. Consider helping out and you can learn a new skill.

   Bob, K1YO my SEC is putting plans together to start trainings for ARES. He is still short staffed but will be working with the crew he’s got, including myself. NTS will likely be playing a role as well as hopes that EMA and Vermont will join in as well. As the theme, he is looking for help and this is a good avenue to learn new skills. There is a bunch of talent there!

   As you can see, 2022 looks to be a busy one. We all are looking for help in getting our section up to speed. For those who feel they cannot participate in that capacity anymore, consider mentoring a new ham. Read my posts, spread the word. I find it surprising I still get emails about things I write about HERE! As usual, I am available for comments, questions, etc. 

  The best wishes for a fabulous 2022!

73, Ray AA1SE

Section Manager’s Report Dec 2021

Hi everyone. Yet another year over. (Just about.) The silly season is upon us. I do hope everyone and their families have a happy, healthy, safe Holiday Season and 2022. Clubs have been planning their festivities this month and no meetings. So, it’s been a little quiet this month.

Well, it has been well publicized of who the winner of the New England Director is in Fred, AB1OC. I hope our section will support him and his mission to bringing a fresh perspective to Newington and New England. He has a lot of great ideas and will be looking for assistance in bringing this to fruition.

The Mohawk Club is currently underway in building their club station in the Gardner Police building. The construction of a Rohn 45 tower and running cables for rotors and antennas has started. Hopefully by Spring it will be fully functional.

Also, a bit of news, as of Nov. 19 I am now AA1SE. This was a change I have been thinking of for a while. Problem is this change is as bad as moving! All the stuff I have to update. This call will be better in contests and will play nicely when I crack CW.

I guess if there is anything I may want for Christmas is 1) a greater readership of this website, 2) Hams to participate in activities especially in mentoring, licensing, and their clubs and section. As I start my new term in January, I may have a full plate as programs are likely launching to promote all the before mentioned items from different sources. The League is listening, our voices are getting heard.  Your part will make a difference!

That’s about all I have for this month. Just a reminder to clubs that put out newsletters to send a copy to clubs@arrl.org so they see what’s happening out there.

Once again, Happy Holidays!

73 Ray, AA1SE

Sutton Chain of Lights

Hi Folks,

Craig Shea from the Sutton Chain of Lights is again requesting assistance with communications to coordinate the trolleys for their annual event. We’re looking for about 10 ham radio operators to ride the trolleys and help keep them on schedule moving people around between stops.

We will meet at 08:30am on Sat 12/4/2021 in Sutton (location TBD – likely the Sutton High School). The event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm, although the final trolley drop off may be as late as 5:00pm. Lunch is provided.

You should bring a radio capable of 70cm operation with DPL/DCS, as we’ll likely be using the Westboro and Uxbridge 70cm repeaters. Portable mobile setups work well, but you need to provide your own power, and mag mounts don’t work on fiberglass vehicles. HTs with gain antennas can work as well. Radios and accessories can be provided, if necessary.

If you are available to help out, please email me at johnrugg@gmail.com. Call with any questions – 508-982-0617. If you are only available for part of the day, we can cycle you in and out as necessary. Thanks!

John, N2YHK

New WMA Amateur Licensees October 2021

Congratulations to the latest new hams of Western Massachusetts:

Lucas Elliott, KC1PZJ
36 Malburn Ter
Leominster, MA 01453-4873

Colin Bentley, KC1PZW
26 Upton Rd
Westborough, MA 01581-2203

Judy Gauvin, KC1PZN
12 Stone School Rd
Sutton, MA 01590-2942

Shijing Yang, KC1PYB
80 Salisbury St
Unit 710
Worcester, MA 01609-3135

Thomas R Gauvin, KC1PVO
12 Stone School Rd
Sutton, MA 01590-2942

Michael E Shatz, KC1PWE
7 Admirals Ln
Southborough, MA 01772-1836

Section Manager’s Report. Nov 2021

Hi everyone, yet another busy month here and lot’s going on. First thing is to write this email down, clubs@arrl.org. this email will be used for anything club related. Resources, inquiries. The other thing it will be used for is to edit your club information. If you need to change things such, as contact or update your annual filing, give it to them. There has been some hanky-panky going on and the editing has gone inhouse. The other thing is there will be a club newsletter from the league starting around the middle of this month similar to the ARRL letter, Contest Letter, etc. They will be looking for news items about club activities, events, club tips, etc. If you have anything send them to the email above. You can get the club letter by going into your profile on the league’s website and check the box.

I do want to send my apologies to everyone as one of the things I said I would do is put the new ham list here. I have not done this for a while. This and other things I may have slipped on please poke me. I am going to make a better effort on the listings.

Another thing I have been working on is taking charge of a club that is on the verge of ending after 70 years. This is proving to be a real challenge as getting the few to put in the effort to revive it and get interest back. I have reached out to some people to assist and consult and hopefully, in time, I can write a success story and not an obituary.

October 23rd, I held a “Play Radio” event at Sholan Farms. The event went fairly well with eleven people stopped to visit. I even had four from the Franklin Club visit. This was very much appreciated. People did say it was enjoyable and look to have more like this. Maybe I’m on to something. Thanks to Brad W1BCC!

Gil Hayes WK1H reached out and asked for help for Worcester County ARES and also some Club Coordinator things as well. Here is the info:


WMA ARES in Worcester County recently had a number of ECs move out of the area. We’re looking for a few more ECs, especially in central and southern Worcester County. The role of the EC is to be the on-the-ground leadership of ARES in their local area, to build up the ARES membership in the area including training and direction, and to establish and maintain relationships with local served agency leadership. If interested, please contact Southern Worcester County District EC Hisham Al-Beik KB1JLW at kb1jlw@gmail.com or Worcester County ASEC Gil Hayes WK1H at wk1h@arrl.net.

Additionally, we’re updating the WMA Club Presenters List. The list is for the benefit of club officers, to try to give them some good ideas for presentations at monthly club meetings. If anyone has a presentation you’ve given at an event and want to be included on the list, please contact WMA Affiliated Club Coordinator Gil Hayes WK1H at wk1h@arrl.net.


With that I can additionally add the request for other section and ARES help. We need a PIC and a Government Liaison among others. Please consider volunteering for any of these. We are going to get very busy soon.


Stay tuned, I feel November will be just as busy with the League ramping up it’s emphasis on Clubs and membership, maybe a new director and contests galore. Also, add a little Thanksgiving to the mix. Yep, the silly season is upon us again.


I hope to see you soon somewhere, if not, I do want to wish you a fabulous Tanksgiving!

73, Ray KB1LRL

September new ham list

Report for 2021-10-06

Henry M Jones, KC1PXC
PO Box 443
Brimfield, MA 01010-0443

Jason R Leduc, KC1PWK
280 Munger Hill Rd
Westfield, MA 01085-4584

David M Thomas, KC1PWL
244 Poplar Ave
West Springfield, MA 01089-2929

Adrian Piris, KC1PXB
146 Endicott St
Springfield, MA 01118-2324

Brendan A Mcevilly, KC1PUM
305 Reservoir Rd
Lunenburg, MA 01462-1532

Aniket A Tadepalli, KC1PUD
6002 Avalon Dr
Northborough, MA 01532-2287

Mike Tartaglia, KC1PVT
296 Lake St
Shrewsbury, MA 01545-3960

Richard J Martunas, KC1PVM
41 Lakeshore Dr
Spencer, MA 01562-2905

Thomas R Gauvin, KC1PVO
12 Stone School Rd
Sutton, MA 01590-2942

Michael E Shatz, KC1PWE
7 Admirals Ln
Southborough, MA 01772-1836

Report for 2021-09-02

Beizong Chen, KC1PQO
1C Brandywine
Amherst, MA 01002-4009

Donald L Hubbard, KC1PTG
PO Box 104
Barre, MA 01005-0104

Angelina L Hubbard, KC1PTC
PO Box 1004
Barre, MA 01005-1004

Jonathan X Hubbard, KC1PTI
PO Box 1004
Barre, MA 01005-1004

Salvatore J Puliafico, KC1PTS
PO Box 174
Hardwick, MA 01037-0174

John G Fortin, KC1PTW
418 Alvord Pl
South Hadley, MA 01075-1373

Mario Colucci, KC1PTX
5 Jered Ln
Southwick, MA 01077-9202

Chester G Motyka, KC1PRG
PO Box 53
Three Rivers, MA 01080-0053

David J Ennulat, KC1PTF
360 Royalston Rd
Phillipston, MA 01331-9408

Seth R Norton, KC1PTL
65 Regwood Dr
Phillipston, MA 01331-9737

Ayden J Dubuque, KC1PTD
29 Limerick St
Gardner, MA 01440-2924

Crystal M Nilsson, KC1PTE
70 Limerick St
Gardner, MA 01440-2941

Seomas M Lizotte, KC1PTM
9 Olney St
Gardner, MA 01440-3313

Andrew Irwin, KC1PRK
86 Flaggler Rd
Leominster, MA 01453-1720

Jeremy J Sperry, KC1PQS
4 Elliott Dr
Charlton, MA 01507-1279